What do the Foo Fighters, Rare Earth, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Rogers and
Cover of Harold Arlen
Hammerstein, John Lennon, Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg have in common? Besides being the creators of some of the world’s most popular music, they’re also going to have a selection of their songs featured in this Sunday’s worship at University Circle United Methodist Church as “secular meets sacred” throughout our 11:00 service.
Quite often, popular music is barred at the church door as “unfit” or inappropriate in a sacred setting. And some of it may well deserve that stamp. But, many more pieces do not, and this Transfiguration Sunday’s service illustrates the messages we miss when we limit the musical support of our faith journey to only the world of traditional hymns and anthems.
Be a part of this exciting and meaningful morning as Dr. Chalker shares his meditation, “Let’s Make This an Annual Event,” followed by Holy Communion. And after our service, join us in the Great Hall for our regular First-Sunday Potluck, featuring a baked potato bar extravaganza. Plus, experience the Truth Booth set up in the Gym – part of our collaboration with artist Hank Willis Thomas to capture “art in progress” as folks step inside to record what real truth is or should be.
And don’t be shy about sharing these opportunities with friends and family. Few Cleveland venues are going to offer this variety of music, worship and fellowship this Sunday morning. Bring someone with you to share in the joy.
One weather advisory: While the doors will be open for Saturday evening’s Mardi Gras dinner and Sunday’s service and potluck, please use your best judgment about whether to come in.
Hooray! The driveway is clear! Come on over to University Circle United Methodist Church on Sunday.
Black History Month finishes strong with praise and spirituals. The Chancel Choir brings us R. Nathaniel Dett’s “Listen to the Lambs” and the Chancel Bell Choir rings out “There Is a Balm in Gilead.” Under the inspired direction of Jeanie Vargo, the Gospel Choir comes back strong with “Total Praise.”
Dr. Chalker has titled his sermon, “No Way. Not Today. Nobody Would.”He may sound stubborn at the onset but the message is sure to offer energy and enthusiasm for living. This is part of the statement which defines our identity:
We are striving, with God’s help, to create a faith family that is a place of hope that lifts the spirit. We affirm that we are a faith family being drawn together, not out of rigid doctrine or fear, but as a result God’s presence in our midst.
Come on over. Sunday service starts at 11am.
Wow – February! The Olympics bring phenomenal sights and stories to our days. Valentine’s Day brings thoughts of red hearts, love, chocolates and flowers. Even more exciting things can be found at University Circle United Methodist Church: warm and caring people, energy and enthusiasm for living, assurance that each of us is one of God’s children, celebrations of love and grace and even a cup of coffee.
Dr. Chalker’s sermon includes Olympic-sized energy and motivation. A new slate of “opportunities for fun and enrichment” is laid out for you. Come and explore. Come and worship. Come and mingle. We are waiting for you.
Winter Window on University Circle
Let’s talk about salt. Not the messy road salt which signals wintertime in Cleveland, coating cars and coloring our world gray. Let’s talk about YOU, the salt of the earth. The essential element in the life of the church. The stuff from which God has made us. As we continue to seek our essence and live the full lives God intends, we are going to talk about salt. We need YOU to flavor our family of faith.
Those who decide that the roadways to UCUMC are safe enough to travel on Sunday morning will be treated to rich music from Moses Hogan, includingDeep River and I Am His Child. Lend your voice in singing Standing in the Need of Prayer and This Little Light of Mine. Give a hug. Collect a hug. Forget about the road salt and think about the spirit God has placed within you. The doors will be open.
You are amazing! You got through January, 2014, in Cleveland! Whatever the weather may be, the climate within University Circle UMC is warm, inclusive and enthusiastic. Come and be among us, celebrate the Sacrament of Communion and be reminded that God loves YOU. No exceptions.
Dr. Chalker’s meditation is titled, “It’s a Blockbuster.” The scripture reading will be very familiar to you, but the message may present a new understanding. Following the worship service, you are invited to an all-church potluck in the Great Hall. Bring a dish to share and participate in an outreach project while enjoying food and fellowship. Sunday classes at 9:30am and worship at 11am. The doors will be open for you.
Need a place to warm your heart? The doors of University Circle UMC will be open, regardless of the weather outside. You are encouraged to use your own judgment to determine whether traveling through the elements is a wise option for you. The Rev. Jim Longsworth offers a message entitled, “Follow Me,” in which he shares his thoughts about our need to find something greater than ourselves, something “life giving,” to follow.
Heidi Denman, M.Div, joins Michael Regnier, the Chancel Choir and the Full Circle Combo in leading us through a time of encouragement and praise. The Chancel Choir presents “Be Not Afraid,” a work from Craig Courtney.
Some special books will be on display, and opportunities to sign up for FIVE events are available. Come and see what is going on in our faith family. You will be warmly greeted!
“His life informed us, his dreams sustain us yet.”
(Citation of the posthumous award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., July 4, 1977.)
Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deutsch: 1964: Martin Luther King Português: Martin Luther King (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
At University Circle United Methodist Church, you are always welcome. We recognize all of God’s children as equally valuable. A service of celebration and praise includes readings from The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as hymns and anthems raised in strong voices. The call for justice continues.
Mr. Robert P. Madison, a Cleveland architect and entrepreneur, draws from his extensive life experiences to present a message during worship. Mr. Madison served in World War II, and then earned degrees in architectural studies from Case Western Reserve University, Harvard University and L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France.
Above all, you are called to join in fellowship, prayer, praise and outreach. We are here. Come and lend your spirit on Sunday at 11am.
At University Circle United Methodist Church, we are always celebrating the goodness of God. This Sunday, January 12, we will gather to remember the baptism of Jesus and then witness Kace, a child of God, as he receives the sacrament of baptism.
Images of water will continue to immerse us as the Chancel Choir shares their talent inpresenting “At the River” by Aaron Copland, and the FullCircle Combo shares a new arrangement of “Wade in the Water.” Dr. Chalker has a question for us: Are we prepared for a Spiritual Polar Vortex? He will need to explain what that is before we can ponder the matter.
Please join us and celebrate the goodness God has to share with us. Sundays at 11am. All are welcome.
“This Is a Day of New Beginnings”, and we invite you to join us this tomorrow, January 5th for worship at 11am. Communion is offered to anyone who feels invited by Jesus Christ to share in his gift. Speaking of gifts, a celebration of Epiphany causes us to pause and remember the arrival of the Wisemen at the cradle of the poor, peasant baby who became their Lord.
Dr. Chalker has a message to share, which is entitled, “It Can Be Cold Telling It on a Mountain”. Our service or worship is followed by an all-church potluck this Sunday, and then a time to celebrate the life of Mark Urban.
Please bring your own special gifts, humble and great, to share in our midst throughout the new year. You are welcome here.
Whether your Christmas has been joy-filled or difficult, you are invited to walk through the 12 days of Christmas and into the new year with peace. Join us in praying that God will “open all our senses so that we can be aware of the constant miracle of His love.” We will gather this Sunday, December 29, for worship at 11am.
On New Year’s Eve, University Circle United Methodist Church offers a Watchnight service at 6pm. This is a time for reflection, reaffirmation of faith and preparation for the new year. Heidi E. Denman, M.Div., leads this time marked with quiet assurance and a unique new expression of covenant. Come and try it.