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REACH-ing Another Milestone

by Jane Stricklin

On May 17, our congregation reached another goal in giving to the REACH renovation campaign as donations surpassed the amount promised through pledges.  This is a real “Praise God” moment because the total cost of the renovation will exceed $1,010,000!

You see on the chart below (current as of […]

Annual Conference – June 8-10, 2017

by Sara Isbell

Chatham United Methodist Church will be represented by clergy member Sara Isbell and lay members Michael Ferguson and Jane Stricklin.  Also participating from Chatham UMC will be Reverends Keith Anderson, Ted Frost and Thomas Logsdon, as well as lay staff: Paul Black, Nancy Patton, Laura Steinway, Doug and […]

Caring for Caregivers – Sunday, June 25 (9:45am)

“God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, 25 that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with […]

New Generation Singers July 15-16, 2017

Coming to Chatham UMC July 15-16, 2017!

Host Families Needed!

Check out their video here!

Saturday, July 15 they will present their full program in the Chatham UMC sanctuary. We get to host them overnight as a “thank you” for their performance: hosts are asked to feed them […]

A Benefit for Titan Fuel: Shrimp Boil & Barbeque

Come out and support Titan Fuel in their big fundraiser of the year!  Ticket price of $50 per person includes a casual dinner, two drink tickets, and entertainment.  Tickets may be obtained online at titanfuelbcsd.org or in person at Modern Woodmen of American (7036 Kingsmill Ct in Piper Glen) or […]

Youth Mission Trips

The youth will soon be heading off on their annual mission trip to one of the poorest regions in the United States: the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  Both the Sr High and Jr High will travel to Mountain T.O.P. to serve those in need.  Our Sr High will be […]

VBS – “Hero Central” – July 23-38, 2017

Come see how our renovated building will be transformed into “Hero Central” during VBS this year.  We will be joined by Sugar Creek UMC for a fabulous program, July 23-28.  Our theme Bible verse this year is “Do good! Seek peace and go after it!” —Psalm 34:14b (CEB). The kids will […]

Summer Sunday School

Volunteers Needed!

Summer Sunday School is coming fast!  The summer will be full of fun with a weekly Bible story, games, and crafts—a little more relaxed, but we’ll still be helping our children learn about and experience the Bible.

We still need volunteers to help out with our program!  We are searching […]

NEW Online Giving Option

Have you ever been sitting in church, hearing about a “Mission of the Month” that really touches your  heart—but you didn’t bring the checkbook with you?  Or donated to a worthy cause online and wondered, “why doesn’t my church do that?”  Well—now we do!

Just go to our church’s website (www.chathamumc.net) […]

Got a minute? Volunteer!

Your Nominations and  Leadership Development (NLD) Team has identified a number of ministry areas in the church that could use your help!  Take a moment with the “Ready to Serve” checklist you’ll find in this issue of the Circuit Rider (there are also copies available at church), and let us […]

HELP WANTED: Tech-Media/Communications Director

Chatham UMC is seeking to fill the position of part-time Tech-Media Director.  The position includes Worship Media, sound and lights; Circuit Rider newsletter and Constant Contact list; Website and Publicity.  For a complete job description, please talk to Pastor Sara or any member of the SPRC.  We are also seeking […]

Isbell’s Inspirations: “Love the One You’re With”

by Pastor Sara Isbell

If you can’t be with the one you love, honey,

    Love the one you’re with!

                                                                                (Crosby, Stills and Nash)


Do you remember this song?  I used to hear […]

Worship in June-July: “Half-Truths”

Our June-July sermon series will be based on Rev. Adam Hamilton’s book, Half-Truths: “God Helps Those Who Help Themselves,” and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say.  We’ll take a look at common ideas that sound biblical, but in fact may be mis-used or mis-applied to mis-represent the Christian faith.  Join […]

Pentecost and Graduation

June 4—Set Our Hearts on Fire!

Pentecost-Graduation Sunday-Shields Scholarship

Happy Birthday to the Church! 

And Congratulations, Graduates!


Scripture:  Acts 2:1-21


Pentecost is a  joyous day for the Church, as we remember the Holy Spirit coming upon the disciples, anointing them with power for ministry!  We will anoint and bless our […]

Commitment Sunday, May 7,
 One Service at 9:30am

Jane Stricklin  |  Chair of Finance

On May 7, our congregation will celebrate Commitment Sunday. We will gather for one service at 9:30am when we will be treated to great preaching from Rev. Robert K. Freeman.
After the service, we will celebrate in the fellowship hall with cake, cupcakes, and a popcorn […]

It’s New – And It’s Awesome!

Ron Logsdon  |  Director of Technology & Media

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: “I don’t carry cash on me.” Or how about this one: “Nine years later and I’m still on my first box of checks.”  This is all well and good. It is 2017 and plastic is […]

An Update from Titan Fuel

Meredith Ferguson  |  Titan Fuel Coordinator
Titan Fuel has one more packing day on May 10 and another year will be in the books!
Titan Fuel passes out an average of 320 bags every two weeks. And over the course of the school year, will have sent out 6400 bags. Thanks to […]

VBS Hero Central Coming to A Church Near You!

Vacation Bible School is just around the corner! This year’s theme will be VBS Hero Central with a focus on discovering the qualities that make us truly heroic for Christ. The dates for VBS are July 23-28, so mark your calendar now! We will partner with Sugar Creek Church and […]

New Generation Singers Coming to Chatham UMC July 15-16 – Host Families Needed

Mark your calendars for this very special weekend event! The New Generation Singers, a group of extraordinarily talented high school and college students from Ashland United Methodist Church in St. Joseph, Missouri, is coming our way July 15-16 to share their exciting and inspirational performance.

The New Generation Singers will be […]

ISBELL’S INSPIRATIONS: Layaway, Delayed Disbursement, & Joy

Rev. Sara Isbell  |  Directing Pastor


When I was little, my mom used to take my sister and me shopping for new Easter dresses. I don’t remember ever doing the “hats and gloves” piece, but a bright, pretty new Easter dress was a tradition we never seemed to get tired of. […]

Economic Freedom

Curt Floyd  |  Endowment Committee Chair


The Endowment Committee is working hard on this year’s program to help you and your family to achieve the economic freedom you deserve.  We will be announcing the dates in the near future.  Be ready to sign up.

Our next recommended book is for the whole […]

The Lord Loves a “Noisy” Giver, Too!

Ron Fahs  |  Endowment Committee Member

Everyone who enters our church has the opportunity to be a “noisy” giver and you won’t get into any trouble for making the “noise”!!

We have a Fifty-Cent Fund that is available every Sunday for your “spare” change and can be deposited in a short, silver […]