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New Church Directory Photo Shoot

Click this text to schedule your photo session!

Once the life touch page opens please select the number people who will be in your group  for pictures.   After your group size is selected a calendar will appear,  the grey days are not available.

Selecting a day will change the screen again to display the available […]

Vacation Bible School – Hero Central! July 23-28, 2017!

It’s time for VBS! Time for Hero Central!

Join us for a wonderful week of music, crafts, games and stories, with Chatham and Sugar Creek United Methodist Churches!  Children ages 3 and up (toilet trained) are welcome for a truly heroic week of fun! Children ages 5th grade and up are […]

Isbell’s Inspirations: Thankful to be United Methodist

This month’s Circuit Rider includes a report from Annual Conference by our lay members, Jane Stricklin and Maddie Steinway.  It’s a long report – but then, it was a long conference.  I hope you’ll take a moment to read it.  It’s important to know how decisions are made in a […]

The New Generation Singers – July 15 and 16

The New Generation Singers are a talented group of high school and college age young people from  St. Joseph, Missouri, who will bless us with their unique performance of Christian music on July 15 and July 16.

Contemporary, traditional, accompanied, a cappella, serious and fun pieces are a part of their […]

Worship in July

July 2 – “Half-Truths” Part 4: “God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It!” Holy Communion (both services)

July 9 – “Half-Truths” Part 5: “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin.”  Rev. Keith Anderson, preaching

July 16 – “Soul Aflame” – sermon in song presented by The New Generation Singers

July 23 – […]

Choir Notes

By Sherry Way

“Then those who sing as well as those who play flutes shall say, All my springs of joy are in you.  Psalm 87:7

We are looking for instrumentalists or singers who would like to play or sing during the 8:15 service.  If you have a musical gift you would […]

Back to School Blessings Day – August 5th

Providing school supplies to Chatham students is a long-standing commitment from Chatham United Methodist Church.  Three years ago we went from delivering supplies to schools to offering a “one-stop-shop” for students to gather supplies, and entire families to be treated to the welcoming arms of our congregation.

This year’s Back to […]

Other Mission Opportunities

On the 1st Tuesday of each month, we serve a dinner at Kumler UMC.  Volunteers are always needed and welcomed!  Please contact Jim Zimmermann ( jimzim2021@yahoo.com ) if you are interested!


On the 3rd Tuesday of each month, we are responsible for dinner at the Ronald McDonald House.  The contact for the RMH dinner is […]

THANK YOU! from Titan Fuel

The 2017 Titan Fuel Shrimp Boil and BBQ was a huge success!  Many thanks to our generous sponsors, church family and friends.  Nearly 250 people attended the event in support of our fundraiser.  It’s a great day to be a Titan and a part of the Chatham United Methodist Church […]

Caregiving for Caregivers

Preparing to Parent Your Parents/Spouse – (July 2 – August 6)

24bGod has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, 25that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another.  26If one member suffers, all suffer together […]

Children and Youth Sunday School

Growing Disciples for Jesus Christ – Christian Education at Chatham UMC

The mission of Chatham United Methodist Church is “transforming lives and growing disciples for Jesus Christ.”  If you’ve ever wondered how we do that, come check out the Christian Education ministry!  We are growing disciples from cradle to college, and […]

Volunteers Needed

by Michael Ferguson

We are in need of volunteers for our Children’s and Youth programs. Please consider giving a small portion of your time to help lead these young people in their Christian growth. It really doesn’t take much from you, just the love of Jesus and the desire to help […]

Mission Trip Update

By Michael Ferguson

The youth and adults attending this year’s mission trips would like to thank each of you in this congregation for all your support and love this year while we were fundraising and preparing to embark on our trip into the mountains of Tennessee. As you read this our […]

Youth Summer Schedule

by Michael Ferguson


Note: Youth will not meet on June 28 or July 5 due to Mission trips.

July 12 – Youth will meet in Youth Gathering Room at 6:15pm

July 19 – Youth will be helping set up for VBS at 6:00pm

July 23 – Youth attending Mission Trip will give testimonies during morning worship

July 23-28 – Youth will be helping nightly during […]

Everyone Has a Talent-What’s Yours?

There are many ways your talents can be used to help our church accomplish its mission and vision.  Your Nominations and Leadership Development (NLD) Team has identified a number of ministry areas in the church that could use your help!  Our “Ready to Serve” checklist is available as a Word […]

Help Wanted: Technology and Media Director

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) is seeking a part-time staff person for the position of Tech-Media Director.  Expected hours are 10-20/week.  In addition, volunteers with an interest in worship media, technology and communications are needed to help with this ministry.  If you have a passion or curiosity for any of the following […]

Shields Scholarship Recipients

The 2017 recipients of the Shields Scholarship have been announced.  Recent high school graduate recipients are: Riley Anders, Alyssa Glazier, Willa Phillips, and Elizabeth Wilson.  Repeat recipients include  Angie Ford, Elizabeth Graham, and Lauren Taylor.

The Shields Scholarships assist our students with college costs.  This year, the Shields Scholarship Fund received […]

2017 Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference

by Maddie Steinway & Jane Stricklin

This year’s Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference gathered with the theme “Let’s Get Fired Up… For Kids” on June 8-10 at the Peoria Civic Center.  Pastor Sara Isbell and lay members Jane Stricklin and Madeline Steinway represented Chatham UMC; other participants included district youth at-large […]

REACH! Update

By Jane Stricklin

Last month we announced that the congregation reached a milestone in giving to REACH as donations surpassed the amount promised through pledges.  This was a real “Praise God” moment because the total cost of renovating the building, which also includes roof repair and replacement, a bathroom in the […]

Stewardship Report

Stewardship Report        for 2017 YTD

Given to budget year-to-date         $  185,294.34

Given to Annuity Fund  (YTD)      $         173.39

Given to REACH Building Fund  $ 734,334.00

Detailed financial information is available by request in the church office. 


NEW Online Giving Option

Chatham UMC offers a new way of giving—and all you need is your cell phone!  Just go to our website (www.chathamumc.net) on your computer or mobile device and click “Give.”  You can designate your gift for a special project (such as REACH, or the Mission of the Month), select a […]

Host a Fellowship Breakfast!

by Carol Frost

Chatham UMC offers breakfast between services throughout the year.  We need hosts for July 23rd and 30th, and August 6th and 27th.  Hosting includes purchasing the food (you would be reimbursed), preparing the food and drinks to be served, and clean up.  Please contact Carol Frost at cfrost@chathamumc.net or […]

Birthday and Anniversary Lunch

by Carol Frost

Come out and join us on Thursday, July 20th, for our monthly Birthday and Anniversary Lunch.  All are welcome even if you don’t have a birthday or anniversary in July, but those who do will be our special guests! Our menu will be Chicken/Bacon Alfredo, corn, peas and […]

United Methodist Men

The UMM is on summer hiatus.  Mark your calendar now to join the UMM for fellowship and food on September 17, at 6pm.


United Methodist Women/RUTH CIRCLE

by Jan Miller

Ruth Circle will gather at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July19.  Jessica & Rob Burke will be joining us.  They will be sharing about their experiences in Haiti and how God blessed them on their journey and hear more about the journey that awaits their family.  Hope you can […]

Youth Disciple Graduates

By Michael Ferguson

Congratulations to the four senior high students:  Mikey Ford, Isa Camacho, Allie Boyd, and Samantha Kessinger, who completed the Disciple Fast Track program recently! These students took the opportunity to dig in and learn about the Bible during this 24-week study of the Old and New testaments, while […]