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December 2016

Let us prepare ourselves for the revealing of God’s love and salvation as we gather for worship during the seasons of Advent and Christmas!

ADVENT WORSHIP November 27: 9AM & 11AM – First Sunday in Advent. Today we light the candle of hope on our Advent wreath and begin our journey of watching and waiting for God’s hope to once again be revealed. The annual UM Student Day offering will be collected. Hanging of the Greens will take place following 11AM worship. Please help decorate our church for the season!

December 4: 9AM & 11AM – Second Sunday in Advent. Today we light the candle of peace on our Advent wreath as we seek to understand and embrace God’s vision of peace for us and for our world. Holy Communion will be served at both services.

December 11: 9AM & 11AM – Third Sunday in Advent. Today we light the candle of joy on our Advent wreath as we raise our voices in joyous praise to the God who saves us. The Chancel Choir and Ringing Bells will lead us in our annual All Music Sunday at both 9AM and 11AM.

December 18: 9AM & 11AM – Fourth Sunday in Advent. Today we light the candle of love on our Advent wreath as we prepare to receive God’s gift of love. Shepherds of Sound and the King’s Singers will lead us in music at both 9AM and 11AM, and the annual Children’s crèche tableau will conclude the 11AM service.

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT WORSHIP 5PM, 7PM & 10PM 5PM – This will be a more visual worship experience with a combination of traditional Christmas carols and contemporary Christmas music. The service will be led by Bob Myers, Youth and Education Director. Shepherds of Sound, under the direction of Karen Spisak, will participate in this service.

7PM & 10PM – This will be a more traditional worship experience of Lessons and Carols led by Rev. Joyce Lawson. The Chancel Choir under the direction of David Gilson, Director of Music, will participate in both of these later services. (Please note that the late service is at 10PM and not 11PM this year). A guest harpist will present pre-service music.

CHRISTMAS DAY WORSHIP Sunday, December 25, 10AM – ONE COMBINED SERVICE as we gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The Rev. Dr. Peter Lawson will share a message and the Chancel Choir will lead the morning music.

NEW YEARS DAY WORSHIP Sunday, January 1, 2017 – ONE COMBINED SERVICE at 10AM. As a united church family, we will gather for worship and share in Holy Communion on this first Sunday of a New Year. There will be no JAM Sessions on December 25 and January 1



PMO PRIORITY REGISTRATION FOR CHURCH MEMBERS! The Parents’ Morning Out (PMO) program is now accepting registration information from OUR church members for the 2016-2017 classes. PMO is open from mid-September through mid-May; children may attend one day each week for 31 weeks. A second day enrichment day option is available for returning children (at least 25 months) by September 30. A "children’s time together" with other young children, PMO participants must be at least 12 months, but not 3 years of age by September 30, 2017 to enroll. Children are placed into the Nursery or Room 101 classes based on their age; 21 to 36 month olds may attend one of four weekday programs offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Room 101; 12 to 20 month olds may participate on Tuesdays or Wednesdays in the Nursery. A third Nursery day will be offered again depending upon demand. PMO is open from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm each day. PMO activities are guided and supervised by kind, nurturing, responsible teachers. Daily lesson plans include Bible stories, related songs, crafts and art projects, large motor activities, snacks, music, freeplay and social skills development activities. PMO offers age-appropriate exposure to colors, shapes, numbers and letters in every fun-filled day. Children bring their lunches and eat together before going home. To pre-register for one day a week, please contact Leslie McKnight at (440) 543-8107 or as soon as possible. Pre-registration for currently enrolled participants begins January 5. Please provide child’s name, date of birth, your address, phone number and day preference. Church members have priority, so call/email as soon as possible to reserve your child’s spot. -Leslie McKnight, PMO Director

THE METHODIST PRESCHOOL Greetings from your Methodist Preschool! As we begin the journey of Advent and the Christmas season, let me share with you how grateful my heart is, especially during this special season. I am blessed to be able to “come full circle” and to serve the church that gave me such a strong Christian foundation. Being baptized, confirmed and raised in this church, and now to serve as your Director of Preschool is amazing beyond words! Surrounding me are each and every member of this church that helped guide and shape me as a Christian. Included in this special group are my parents that raised our family in a strong faith-based home, where they “walked the walk and talked the talk.” So, thank you United Methodist Church, thank you for being in my life yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Now it is my turn to share the many blessings of our wonderful church and church family with a new generation of children! METHODIST PRESCHOOL HOLIDAY REACH OUT: Each year in the true spirit of Christmas, The Methodist Preschool Staff adopts a charity in which our preschool families and staff may donate to during the Holidays. This year, our charity is” GINA’S JOURNEY,” which is an outreach for cancer patients ages young child through adult, through the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. We are collecting new hats, baseball caps, and scarves for children and adults. The Methodist Preschool Staff adores witnessing the sweetness on our preschoolers’ faces as they proudly place their gifts from their heart under our little Christmas tree. We will begin accepting the new hats, caps or scarves on December 1. We will collect from December 1 through December 16 upstairs in the Preschool. These items do not need to be gift wrapped. We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and blessings throughout the New Year! Beth Barber, Director, The Methodist Preschool 2

ADVENT DEVOTIONAL BOOKLET “From Heaven Above,” by Michael Hoy To encourage and support you on your Advent journey of preparation, the church has purchased a daily devotional which begins on the first Sunday in Advent (Nov. 27) and ends on Christmas Eve. You may pick up a copy of this year’s Advent Devotional, “From Heaven Above,” outside the office or in the narthex. There is no cost.

WOMEN’S ADVENT MORNING OF REFLECTION Holy Angels Catholic Church-December 7 Slow down, simplify and stay centered on God this Advent. Join us for A Simply Centered Advent, Wednesday, December 7 from 9AM-12 noon with Rev. Sharon Seyfarth Garner, an ordained United Methodist pastor. Rev. Sharon will highlight the traditional Advent theme of Hope and connect it with the spiritual practice of praying with mandalas. The event includes a continental breakfast. Registration is requested. Please contact Sr. Susan Javorek at 440-708-0000 x202 or

AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE All Music Sunday Breakfast for our Chancel Choir All Music Sunday is December 11, 2016. To show your sincere appreciation for the worship experience being offered by approximately 30 talented musicians, please consider helping to provide breakfast that morning. Suggested donations: quiches, egg casseroles, donuts/muffins, and juice, which can be brought to the church kitchen by 10AM on December 11. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board.

INVITING ALL CHILDREN! It is time investigate a musical program for the King's Singers to present to the congregation in May. Practices will be on Thursday afternoons 4:30-5:30 (times can be somewhat flexible if needed). Please contact the church or Karen Spisak if interested as soon as possible.

REFORMATION & CELEBRATION TOUR September 25 – October 8, 2017

Because October 31, 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, this is going to be an exciting year for such a trip. Dr. Charles and Barbara Yoost are hosting a “Reformation & Celebration Tour” this fall. Many of you know Dr. Yoost (pastor emeritus of Church of the Saviour in Cleveland Heights). Last December he led an Advent study at Chagrin Falls, and he has also preached in my absence. My husband, Peter, and I are planning to participate in the tour. In fact, Dr. Yoost has invited me to co-host the trip with him and Barb. The tour includes Reformation sites associated with Martin Luther, John Calvin and Huldrich Zwingli (the early leaders of the Reformation), and will also include several sites in Germany, Switzerland and France that are connected to these world-changing events. If you think this trip sounds both interesting and inspirational, I encourage you to pick up a brochure on the shelf outside the church office. Besides Peter and me, Jean Ohlrich and Kim Berger have also expressed interest in the trip. There will be an informational meeting on January 8 at 4 PM in the Fireside room. If you are interested, please let me know so I have an idea on the number of people to expect. Until that time, if you have questions, I will do my best to answer them. -Rev. Joyce


G e t C o n n e c t e d i n P r ay e r

JOYS Sharon, friend of Melissa Vlasak, is cancer free! Gary and Rosemary Beck are moving back to Chagrin Falls in December. Prayers as they prepare to move. Lillian, Kristin Schron’s grandmother, celebrated her 100th birthday. Lucille Anderson, Ken’s mother, celebrated her 101st birthday. CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES OF: Lowell LeClair, Kristin Schron’s grandfather. Ed Speck passed away November 14. Mark Osborn died of a stroke. Michlig family on the tragic passing of the husband and father of three young children. Doris Flammang passed away November 23. Bob Ogden, former member of UMC of CF. NEW PRAYER CONCERNS/UPDATES Heather Field, niece of Noel and Betty Slonaker, is recovering from a brain aneurysm. Peg Cardaman, Scott’s mother, is recovering from hip surgery. For the people in Umbria, Italy (earthquake). Jess Tarr, Judy’s husband, fell and broke his hip. He is recovering from surgery. Doloris, Diane Kater’s aunt, had a pacemaker installed. Theresa Andrews, Diane Kater’s mother, is beginning a new treatment. Doug Evans, friend of Nita Ewald, has been diagnosed with cancer. Alice Hopkin, friend of Barbara Butcher, is hospitalized with cancer and other issues. Peggy Hladik has complications from recent foot surgery. Charlie, 1 1/2 year old relative of Jean Bricker, is at Akron Children’s Hospital with pneumonia. Judy Gianelos, dealing with vertigo and will be moving soon. Don Nichols has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Janet Gawrys, Connie Hasman’s aunt, is in ICU with c diff and kidney failure. Dale Wennerstrom is now at The Weils and engaged in rehab. Glenn Wyville is recovering from pneumonia. Cindy Hancharick, daughter of of Glenn and Marilyn Wyville, is having medical tests. UNDER THE CARE OF HOSPICE Marilyn Peterson, Don Davidson (Joe & Arlene Allen’s brother-in-law), Joyce (Lauren Clemmer’s friend) CARE BEAR/BLANKET PRAYER REQUESTS THIS MONTH Mary Varga, Tina Douglas, Taylor Douglas, Judy Gianelos, Glenn Wyville, Miriam Weyberg, Tricia Pfaff

LONG TERM PRAYER REQUESTS John Althans Frances Buskey Carl Fogel Judy Gianelos

Ann Goss Jane Griffiths Ross Jarman Ed Kagy

Nancy Kaniecki Jan Lillyholm Ruth Long Amy Mahan

Caitlin Naylor Cindy O’Donnell Jennifer O’Donnell Marilyn Peterson

Tom Poultney Ellen Slater Lydian Yard

Debbie Adams Georgia Althar Theresa Andrews Dr. Sheldon Artz Cheryl Barber David Bardos Ti Bennett Renee Bird Luke Bladnock Hal Bogart Kelly Bosworth Steven Boyer Katy Brent Aliye Bricker Rev. Paul Brook Marjorie Brown Davis Linda Brown Bill Burton Don Campbell Quinn Clarke John Clegg Jim Cole Daisy Cooper-Harmon Doloris Corpus

Bill Coughlin Ray Cruickshanks Rachel Curtis Tomier Davenport Don Davidson Christine Duncan Jeff Eagle Manie Elliott Madeline Ellingsworth Bill Evans Phyllis Ewald Fiorelli Family Lynn Fischer Jon Groth Gary Hall John Hendricks Joan Hughes Robert Hughes Hawken Hunt Meg Jadlowker Jennifer Jones Mo King Sue Knowlton Mary Kushner

Julie Lambert Byrnadine Lawson Karen, Kyle, Jack Laywell Ethel Leonhardt Tracy Long Julia Madden Barbara Mattern Shirley Markham Mary Jane Miner George Moore Sally Moser Lori Murphy Julie McCullough Musselwhite Pam Newton Celia Oswich Ken Paul Carl Paskey Sharon Pervo Jackson Pilny Ramer Family Marge ReHark Judy Reimenschneider Ron Rinehart

Jim Ritchie Meg Roley Kevin Rooney Bill Rosecrance Donald Satava Bill Schaffer Elaine Shakley Marcy Shannon Bobbie Shamberg Norma Shusky James Skala Marybeth Skoch Lynn Slezak Lindsay Smith Peter Sorace Tim Spisak Cathy Sprocca Chris Starrett Madelyn Sukol Bob Syme Lonnie Tallin Jesse Tarr DeAnna Tenney Ray Timko

Ron Turney Mary Unkrich Ralph Vicory Mabel Weals Mary Welch Bob Wilcox Ingrid Wolter Loretta Woodward Toni Wright Julie Youngblood Judy, Linda Darrow’s sister Lexi, Bradley van Hoek’s son’s girlfriend Mike, (Charissa Sallach’s brother) Barbara (friend of Pris H.) Jan (friend of Pris Hoag) Joyce (friend of Lauren C.) Karen (friend of Pris H.) Sylvia (friend of Melissa V) Serving overseas: Daniel Tintera

Please take a moment to look over the long term prayer request list. If changes/updates should be made, please contact the church office. Thank you!


December Birthdays 1 Susan Austin

16 Bruce Alexander

2 Bob Myers

17 Elizabeth Hosmer

3 Blake Schultz, Jamie Young

18 Zachary Roshon, Kate Waddell

4 Ed Castrillo, Samantha Miller, Jane Snider, Emma Stewart-Bates

19 Bruce Corson, Jim Martin, Robert O’Donnell

5 Gary Runyon

21 Janice Carter, Keith Jacobson

6 Rebecca Esterer, Jackie Harris

22 Sallie Wennerstrom

7 Amy Bensen

23 Adelaide Crawford, Ted deConingh, Christopher Ferrone, Tom Mattern, Elaine Shakley

8 Jeremy Kearns, Tucker White

24 William O’Neil

10 Christopher Heaney, Dora Lily Norton, Adelyn Spisak

25 David Pavlich

11 Tim Favaro, Jackie Tallerico

26 Tina Bongiovanni, Marie Rankin

12 Greg Welch

27 Stan Bowe, Lucy Chipps, Melissa Vlasak

13 Chris Bartel

28 Christopher Dobeck, Clark Reboul, Pam Wurster

14 Carter Jarman, Dennis Tallerico

29 Rosemarie Beck, Judy Gianelos, Donna Krohn, Kris Prather 31 Robert Bensen, Beth Hatch

December Anniversaries 10 Tricia and Winston Breeden


Arlene and Joe Allen Kerry and Keith Laninga

12 Lois and David Toole


Marilyn and Glenn Wyville


Jan Lilyholm and Carl Fogel Della and Rev. Ben Magee Karin and Ken Anderson


GET CONNECTED WITH THE UMW Terry Willingham will present a witty and humorous show titled “Hatpins and Hemlines” on Friday, December 9 in Harris Fellowship Hall. It will follow lunch at noon (catered by Trifles) and feature the all-time favorite hot chicken salad, broccoli salad and tea breads. Dessert will be ice cream and cookies. The program and lunch is free and open to all UMW members and members of the church. If you are not a circle member, call Shirley Ashby for reservations (440-247-0151). The toffee project was a big success and completed over the course of one weekend! We are very grateful to Cindy O’Donnell for the use of her kitchen and dining room. Thanks to all who helped cook, pack and wrap the toffee. It was a project that required 2.5 to 3 hours each day over the course of 9 days! Circle Events Ida Good and Lydia Circles: The December 9 program and lunch in Harris Fellowship Hall Rachel: December 10, Make Your Own Baklava in the church kitchen at 9:30 am. Host is Danette McHale. Refreshments, Allison Witalec.

MAKE YOUR OWN BAKLAVA! Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 9:30AM the Rachel Circle is hosting a Make-Your-OwnBaklava class in Harris Fellowship Hall. For those who are unfamiliar… baklava is a delicious Greek pastry make with layers of flaky phyllo dough, butter, walnuts and cinnamon baked in a honey syrup. Everyone is welcome, but please RSVP no later than Friday, December 2 to Danette McHale ( or (440-543-6359), so we have enough ingredients for everyone. You will need to bring the following: *$18 ingredient fee (cash or check). *one 13x9 glass or metal baking pan (aluminum disposable pans will not work). *one plastic container with tight fitting lid (2 cup capacity) with your name on it. *one pastry brush (not a BBQ brush). If you don’t own one, we’ll have one for you to use. This is a fun event and you will leave with 48 pieces of baklava to use for the holidays! Hope to see you there!


FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE 2016 FINANCE UPDATE: Our deficit is finally decreasing! It is now ($45,941) as shown in the graph below. We are headed in the right direction, but still need extra giving donations to help balance the budget. If you have not yet donated, it’s not too late! Please send in your additional donations before December 31 to be counted in 2016. Please indicate “2016 Extra Giving” on the memo line of your check.

Don’t forget that you can use your Giant Eagle gift cards to purchase other retail gift cards. This would be perfect for Christmas gifts! If you aren’t able to purchase your cards on Sundays, then please stop by the church office during the week. They are available each day during office hours. The church receives 5% back on all gift cards sold. Please consider buying a few cards to help support the church as you shop!

GIFT CARDS FOR SALE: The next dates for gift card sales will be December 11 and January 8. Do you shop on If so, please sign up for the Amazon Smile program and choose the UMC of Chagrin Falls as your charity. The church will then receive a rebate equal to ½% of all your purchases. This is another easy way to support the church while doing your Christmas shopping! 7

OUTREACH: HOLIDAY OPPORTUNITIES TO CELEBRATE AND GIVE BACK The Outreach Team is sponsoring many opportunities to “celebrate and give back” from now through Christmas Day. Sponsor-a-Family (Geauga County Job & Family Services) Choose an item or items from the suggested list (see insert) and return to the labeled bin in the narthex by December 15. Gifts do not need to be wrapped. Adopt-a-Family Geauga County Job & Family Services has given us a specific family for the holiday. Jessica and her four children reside in Newbury. Choose an ornament off the paper tree on the bulletin board in the office foyer. Tear off the top half; put your name and phone on the matching bottom half; shop, wrap and label your gift with recipient’s first name. Check off the bottom half of your ornament when you bring the gift back to church by December 15. If you prefer not to wrap, return the gift to the church with the top half of the ornament, and we will wrap it. Heifer International Purchase an item off the list (see insert) for the hard to buy for people on your list or make a donation and let Outreach do so in behalf of the church. Visit the display table between services beginning November 27 to participate. Coats for Kids (and Adults) Both new and gently used coats of all sizes are needed and welcome in the labeled bin in the narthex. Please bring to church by December 15 for Geauga County Job & Family Services’ 12/20 delivery to families. Wayne and Pat Hosmer have a collection in their basement already! Mitten Tree Join Christian Education and PMO in sponsoring the annual Mitten tree in Harris Hall. NEW gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, socks, and pj’s welcome. Items do not need to be wrapped. Christmas Day Dinner Volunteers are needed for the free meal held at Federated Church’s Family Life Center (16349 Chillicothe Rd., Bainbridge Twp.) from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Day. This event is sponsored by the Chagrin Valley Council of Churches of which we are a member. To help, you must speak with the volunteer coordinator, Andrea, at 216-406-6241. For home delivery or to arrange transportation to the dinner, call 440-708-0000, ext. 331. The 2016 Christmas offering will be split between GCJF&S and Heifer International. -Leslie McKnight

AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP! A member of our community is in need of household items such as a bed, dresser, dining table and chairs, etc. If you have extra items in your home that are in good condition, please consider assisting this member of our community. See Rev. Joyce for more information.


FROM THE WORSHIP TEAM Christmas Eve services will be held at 5PM, 7PM, and 10PM this year. Printed invitations will be available at the December 11 and the December 18 services. The ushers will provide you with as many invitations as you would like to take. The invitations may be mailed as postcards or given personally to friends and neighbors. SAVIOR Over two thousand years ago A baby was born to a woman named Mary God himself came in human form To all who were cynical and wary. That child named Jesus, the light of the world The hope for all mankind lay before us Who would suspect this sinless babe, Would become the only man we could trust He spoke no lies, only words of salvation For those who love him, his spirit has reigned Without his preaching all man would be lost, Now look at all we have gained. A heavenly home of majestic beauty No heartaches, worries or woes A father so loving, he died on the cross To save the souls he already knows. How peaceful to realize heaven is waiting We will see the savior's arms outstretched in love, As we are carried on wings of the Angels To our everlasting home above. -Phyllis Machnics

G e t C o n n ec t ed i n Wo rs h i p December WORSHIP CALENDAR




Sound System Preaching Coffee Fellowship





Second Sunday of Advent/ Communion Sunday

Third Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent

First Sunday after Christmas Day

9a: Mark Muntean 11a: Keith & Martha Jacobson

9a: Lillian Lodwick & Phyllis Machincs 11a: open

9a: Mark Muntean 11a: Jinny Hagan

10a: open

9a: Kim Berger 11a: Gloria Bayer

9a: Marilyn Wyville 11a: Nita Ewald

9a: Tracie Guggenheim 11a: Joanne Dissaur

10a: Peter Lawson

9a: Will Asplin 11a: open

9a: Charlie Asplin 11a: open

9a: open 11a: open

10a: open

Zach Hupp

Zach Hupp

Zach Hupp

Zach Hupp

Rev. Lawson

Rev. Lawson

All Music Sunday

Rev. Dr. Peter Lawson

Heidi Asplin

Danette McHale

Marilyn Wyville

No Coffee Fellowship

Lucy Ranieri

Lexi Neal

Ellie Conrad

None needed

Special Worship Nursery Helper Communion Stewards

Lucy Chipps and Marilyn Wyville


RECOGNIZING OUR CHURCH STAFF At The United Methodist Church of Chagrin Falls, we are truly blessed to have such a dedicated and talented church staff! In recognition and thanksgiving for their ministry among us and their service to the church, we would like to sponsor a “Staff Love Offering” to be divided and presented as a Christmas gift to each of our church staff members. For that purpose, donations will be collected now through December 28. Please consider this opportunity to show your appreciation. Donations of cash should be placed in a separate envelope marked “Staff Love Offering.” All checks should be made out to Chris Taylor (chair of Staff Parish Relations), and the memo line designation should say “Staff Love Offering.” It would be helpful if checks were also placed in a separate envelope marked “Staff Love Offering. You may place your marked envelopes in the collection plate, drop them off at the church office, or give them directly to Chris Taylor. Please note: Because this is a love offering your gift will not be recorded or be eligible for a tax deduction. Staff Parish Relations Committee- Chris Taylor, chairperson

STAFFING CHANGES REPORT The Staff Parish Relations Committee wishes to communicate to the congregation that Toni Cirino, who has been our financial secretary for the last several years, will be leaving her position at the end of December. We truly appreciate Toni’s service to our church!! Those that know or have worked with her will miss her talents, her experience, and her positive and uplifting spirit. We wish Toni and her husband God’s blessings, as well as many warm and sunny days as they continue to winter in Florida. Staff Parish is in an ongoing effort to address the church’s staffing needs for the future, implement efficiencies, and respond to the reality of budget trends, and has decided to integrate our current three financial staff positions into two, and to reassign Toni’s duties. Effective January 2017, Patrice Hendricks will continue as Treasurer but will assume the new responsibility of keeping our giving records up to date. Anne Korenowski will assume the title of Financial Secretary but will mostly be continuing in her role as accounts payable clerk. Payroll responsibilities, which were held by Patrice, will now be addressed by the East Ohio Conference of the UMC Payroll Service.

2017 CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES If you requested a box of envelopes for 2016, you will automatically receive a box for 2017. If you would like a box of contribution envelopes for 2017 and did NOT have any for 2016, please call Toni at the church or email her at Your boxed envelopes will be available for pickup in the narthex beginning December 4. Thank you!

JANUARY BELL TOWER DEADLINE/HOLY FOLDERS The deadline for all articles to be included in the January Bell Tower is Wednesday, December 16. You can drop off articles to the church office or submit them electronically to Our Holy Folders will meet on Wednesday, December 30 at 9:30AM to assemble and prepare the January Bell Tower for mailing. Everyone welcome!


Youth Ministry News High School Youth to Teach Children’s JAM Sessions December 4, 11, and 18 9:50AM Please do your best to be upstairs in room 210 by 9:50AM. We will lead the children (preschool-grade 3). This is three easy hours of service and a great way to give back to the church.

Middle and High School Christmas Dinner at Bob’s House December 4 5:30-9:00PM Come to Bob’s house for an elegant dinner with appetizers and desserts. Come and see all of Bob’s trees and decorations. We will have linen napkins and some amazing food if I do say so myself. Bring a movie to vote on to watch. I hope you will do your best to attend. I will need people to sign up so I can plan the menu the deadline to sign up is Tuesday, November 29 and the cost is $20 per person. NO EXCEPTIONS. It is already a busy month. Bob needs to plan. To sign up, see or text Bob. We will meet at the church and caravan to my home and back. Plan rides accordingly. You can pay that night.

Middle and High School Ice Skating in Downtown Cleveland December 11 Noon– 4PM Come and join Bob and others for a great afternoon of lunch, fellowship, and ice skating in downtown Cleveland. We will travel to and from the church. Cost TBD. It will be a blast. Do your best to attend and maybe invite a friend!! We hope to see you there.

College Retreat December 16-18 Calling all college-aged young adults for a few days of fun, faith, and fellowship. We will meet on Friday, December16 at the church. Time TBD. We will be staying in a house at Lakeside, Ohio The cost is $45/person and covers all lodging and food. We will return sometime on Sunday, December 18. It is a great time to reconnect and worship together. Hope you can come!!

Middle and High School Whirlyball and Laser Tag January 8 12-4:30 pm Calling all middle school and high school youth for a fun afternoon of lunch, whirleyball and laser tag. The cost is $25/person. Your cost covers lunch, 1 hour of whirlyball, and 2 sessions of lasertag. Hope you can join us. It should be a blast.

Christian Education News Mitten Tree We will once again have a mitten tree in Harris Fellowship Hall. Please place new mittens, scarves, and hats beneath the tree in Harris Hall by December 18. St. Matthews UMC will pick them up and distribute them to those who need them in their East Cleveland community.

Christmas Creche Scene All Children are invited to help us make the creche scene at the 11AM service on December 18. No practice or planning needed; just come that morning!! We will ask all those who want to join us to leave following the “Kid’s Time” in the worship service. 11

United Methodist Church of Chagrin Falls


20 South Franklin Street Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022


Phone: 440-247-5848 Fax: 440-247-2656 E-mail:


Reverend Joyce Lawson, Pastor Bob Myers, Youth and Education Director

A FAMILY of FAITH, LIVING in HOPE, SERVING in LOVE IN THIS ISSUE… Birthdays and Anniversaries Calendar of Events Christmas Services Christian Education News Finance Update Outreach News Pastor’s Message PMO Registration Prayer List Staffing Changes Report The King’s Singers The Methodist Preschool UMW News Worship Calendar Youth Group News

Page 5 insert Page 1 Page 11 Page 7 Page 8 insert Page 2 Page 4 Page 10 Page 3 Page 2 Page 6 Page 9 Page 11

Judy DeVere, Proofreader Kim Berger, Librarian Patrice Hendricks, Treasurer Toni Cirino, Financial Secretary Anne Korenowski, Accounts Payable Jerry Gibson, Custodian Connie Hasman, Administrative Secretary Zach Hupp, Communications Coordinator David Gilson, Director of Music Karen Spisak, Director, King’s Singers/Ringing Bells Beth Barber, Director, The Methodist Preschool Phone: (440) 247-0950 Miss Leslie McKnight, Director, Parents’ Morning Out Program

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