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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 ( on your computer or mobile device and click “Give.”  You can designate your gift […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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!


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Commitment Sunday on May 7, Pledge Generously

Jane Stricklin  |  Chair of Finance

Everyone should give whatever they have decided in their hearts. They shouldn’t give with hesitation or because of pressure. God loves a cheerful giver.  -2 Corinthians 9:7
On May 7, our congregation will […]

United Methodist Women Annual Cookie Walk, April 15

The Chatham United Methodist Women are gearing up for their Annual Easter Cookie Walk (sponsored by the Chatham UMW and supported by our church family) on Holy Saturday April 15 beginning at 9:00am.

This is the UMW’s […]

Endowment Committee Plans 2017 Program

Curt Floyd  |  Endowment Committee Chair


In 2016, your Endowment Committee sponsored two programs to assist the congregation in dealing with issues regarding of wills, estate, and advance planning.

Building on that foundation, this year we will […]

Contribute Financially to the Lenten Offering & Decorations Fund

For those who would like to contribute to decorations for the church during the Lenten season and Holy Week and/or make a Lenten offering, you may do so now. This is a great opportunity to […]

Youth Lenten Study During Weekly Meetings

During the Lenten Season, the youth are exploring how to improve their relationship with Christ through study and discussion sessions using A Family Study for Lent by Mary Jane Pierce (from the website).

All youth […]

Frozen Meal Pack Orders Begin in April, Fundraiser for Youth Mission.

The next Meal Fundraiser to support the Youth Mission Trip and other youth activities is ready to kick off.

The youth will begin taking orders for these ready-to-use frozen meals on Sunday, April 2, and running […]

The James & Marie Shields Scholarship Fund is Now Accepting Applications for the 2017/18 School Year.

Shields Scholarship 2017 from Chatham United Methodist Church on Vimeo.

The Shields Scholarship Fund is now taking applications for academic scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year. The number and dollar amount of scholarships is based on […]

ISBELL’S INSPIRATIONS: Hey – Who Left the Door Open?

Pastor Sara Isbell  |  Directing Pastor


We’ve been having issues with our garage door lately. It seems the first cold weather days come around each year, and something triggers the garage door opener to open – […]

Ash Wednesday, Marking the
 Beginning of Lent, March 1

The tradition of Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent.

For forty days we slow our pace, and take time for prayer, reflection, repentance and meditation. We remember that we are formed from […]

Worship During Lent and Easter

The season of Lent is a time of reflection, repentance, and renewal of faith. This season we will examine our own beliefs as Christians, as well as learning about other faith traditions.

Our sermon series will […]

LENTEN STUDY: Christianity & World Religions

Why are there so many different religions?  How should Christians view other religions? How is God at work in other religions? And what is the fate of those who earnestly pursue God through other religions?
Join us for a […]

What Does the Finance Committee Do?

Jane Stricklin  |  Chair of Finance


The Finance Committee helps provide the church with financial direction. That means we try to make sure that the church has the money it needs to fulfill its mission and […]

UMCOR Sunday, March 26

On March 26 we will accept a special offering for UMCOR Sunday, one of the seven special offerings for the United Methodist Church each year. Gifts to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, or UMCOR, […]

Youth Summer Mission Trip, June – July 2017

Michael Ferguson  |  Youth & Children’s Minister


We are off to a fantastic start and raised $7,000 from our first Frozen Meals Pack Fundraiser to go toward the mission trip! Your support in helping our young […]

Calling All “Possible,” “Maybe,” & “Sometime” Volunteers

Michael Ferguson  |  Youth & Children’s Minister


If you have ever (or never) considered volunteering with children or youth, now is the time to get involved and try it out! We are always looking for people […]

The Scholarship Committee Now Accepting Applications for the 2017 Shields Scholarship Fund

The Shields Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications for academic scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year. The number and dollar amount of scholarships is based on the funds available and the number of qualified applicants […]

Ever Feel Like
 Pushing Some Buttons?

Ron Logsdon  |  Technology and Media Director


The Worship Technology Ministry Team is looking for some new members. Each week, a group of dedicated volunteers ensure worship happens. These are the people you may not see, […]

 Light Gets In

Leonard Cohen died this past year, on Nov. 7. Maybe you’ve heard of him; he wrote the iconic, much-performed, often-revised song, “Hallelujah.” I heard him interviewed on the radio from time to time, and thought […]

REACH! Anniversary Update

Jane Stricklin  |  Chair of Finance


As we approach the Second Anniversary of the REACH church renovation campaign, all that can be said is THANK YOU for your faithfulness in giving. Anniversaries are a time for […]

Sunday School for Youth and Children is Up and Running

Michael Ferguson  |  Children & Youth Minister

Sunday School Classes for children and Jr High youth have begun.  We will continue the successful programming we have used so far this year:

Nursery and Pre-K meet in the […]

REACH! Capital Campaign Update

Jane Stricklin | Chair of Finance

As of January 19, we have collected $671,210 in gifts to the REACH Capital Campaign!  We celebrate what those gifts have helped create–a wonderful new entryway into our church that […]

Serve with Heart

When we become members of the United Methodist Church, we promise to give of our time and service.

There are many ways you can support your church family with your service!  Some of them are:

GREETER Arive […]

Choir Notes

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
– Psalm 98:4 NRSV
Music is an essential part of a church service. It is a way to give thanks and praise and […]

Isbell’s Inspirations: How to Say ‘I Love You’

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many of us will be racking our brains for some new way to say those three little words: “I Love You.” Everybody who loves somebody – whether a spouse, partner, best […]

Youth News and Events

Upcoming Youth Activities
Snow Tubing

The youth will be going Snow Tubing on Feb. 20 at Hidden Valley in Wildwood, MO.

School will be out for President’s Day, so what better way to celebrate than flying down a […]

Sunday School for Youth and Children

Michael Ferguson  |  Children & Youth Minister

Sunday School Classes will be offered weekly beginning on January 8th for youth and children.  We will continue the successful programming we have used so far this year.

Nursery and […]

Reach Financial Update

Jane Stricklin  |  Chair of Finance

We are so blessed by your faithful giving! Every week it’s fun to watch the dollars rise in each pledge category (see table below) and the percentages creep closer to 100%.

Every dollar […]

Human Relations Day, Jan. 15

Turn on the news or drive around the outskirts of town and you will find who Jesus called “the least of these.” Those living on the margins of society, struggling to survive.

Over and over Jesus […]

Leadership Development Opportunities

On the local level
(Chatham United
Methodist Church)

There will be a Leadership Retreat for all elected church leaders on Sat., Jan. 14, from 8:30am – 2:00pm.

This retreat is an important orientation and organizational meeting for all elected […]

Merry Christmas from Titan Fuel!

Meredith Ferguson  |  Titan Fuel Coordinator

2016 was a great year for Titan Fuel. We hosted our first fundraiser bringing in over $22,000, grants were received, and most importantly we entered all of the schools in […]

ISBELL’S INSPIRATIONS: Leaving it Better Than We Found It

Rev. Sara Isbell  |  Directing Pastor

A friend of mine posted on facebook recently, “Goodbye 2016, and good riddance! I’m ready to be done with you and to move on!” My initial reaction was sympathy for […]

Youth Mission Trip Fundraiser, Jan. 22 Pickup Date

As we prepare ourselves spiritually, mentally, and physically for our annual mission trip to the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee at Mountain T.O.P in June & July, we also must prepare ourselves financially.

We will be holding […]

January Worship Schedule

✚ January 1 • New Year, New Covenant
One service at 9:30am

We will use John Wesley’s Covenant Renewal Service, to get our year off to a good start. Copies will be available online for those who […]

Children’s Christmas Musical, Dec. 11

Jane Stricklin, Children’s Musical Production Coordinator
Tis the season!  The sights and sounds of Christmas are everywhere—decorations on every corner, lights on the tree, and shoppers frantically attempting to check off all the names on their shopping […]

Breakfast With Santa

Breakfast with Santa will be held in the Chatham UMC Fellowship Hall and Commons on Saturday December 3.

We will be serving breakfast at 9:00am, followed by some awesome crafts, story time, and of course a […]

Sunday School for Youth and Children

Micheal Ferguson, Children & Youth Minister
Sunday School Classes will be offered for youth and children this fall at 9:45am on select dates and will become weekly in 2017. We will continue the successful programming we […]

Five Things You Need to Know

ONE | Advent Offering For Chaddock
The Church Council has selected Chaddock, a United Methodist ministry serving children and youth with spiritual, emotional and relational needs, to receive this year’s Advent Offering. Chaddock, located in Quincy, IL, has just […]

Volunteer’s Needed

Michael Ferguson, Children & Youth Minister
If any member of our church would like to volunteer to help with the youth or children ministries, please let me know.

We can use second adults for youth meetings and Sunday […]

Titan Fuel Update

Meredith Ferguson, Titan Fuel Coordinator
Titan Fuel has had a great deal to be thankful for this month.  We have hosted Girl Scouts, DAR members, church members, and school teachers as packers this month.

We have a […]

United Methodist Women / Ruth Circle, Dec. 14

Ruth Circle will gather in December at the home of Rita Walker on December 14th (please note the change in date).

We will celebrate friendship and the blessings God has provided us throughout the year. Please […]

United Methodist Men Fellowship, Dec. 18

Next stop on our journey following the early Christians is Cappadocia, an isolated area of modern Turkey. Here those early followers of Christ carved their church out of ancient lava cliffs, and here we learn why […]

Thanksgiving Meal Update

Carol Frost, Lay Ministry Coordinator
Last Sunday I attended one of my favorite annual Springfield events: the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Hosted by St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Catholic Parish, and coordinated by the pastor of the Unitarian Universalist […]

Isbell Inspirations: One More Thing to be Thankful For

Pastor Sara Isbell, Directing Pastor
Last Sunday I attended one of my favorite annual Springfield events: the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Hosted by St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Catholic Parish, and coordinated by the pastor of the Unitarian […]

Welcome Home! October 30
 Grand Reopening Celebration

Join us on Sunday, October 30, for our Welcome Home Party! The renovation is done, and the building is ready for ministry again!

9:30am – Worship
10:30am – Open House

We will gather in worship for one last combined […]

For All the Saints…

Sunday, Nov. 6 will be our All Saints Sunday observance at Chatham UMC (at both the 8:15 and 10:45 services). It is our honored tradition to read the roll of the dead on that Sunday, […]

Chatham UMC Welcomes
 These New Members

Wayne and Gin Ford
Wayne and Virginia transfer their membership from Sugar Creek UMC, but they were United Methodists long before that! They moved back to Chatham from Maryville, IL three years ago. Wayne is a […]

For the Youth

Welcome home!!! After many months and countless hours of work and renovation, we are returning to our building! We will start meeting in the youth gathering room (large room on the first floor at the […]

Sunday School & Open House, November 13

A “Sunday School Open House” will take place on November 13, at 9:45am, for all kids and parents to learn about our program!

Sunday School Classes will be offered for youth and children this fall, on […]


Does it feel different?
Do we feel different?
I want to tell you how proud I am of this church for taking a leap of faith to widen our welcome and create a welcome, open environment where […]

Ruth Circle – United Methodist
 Women Meet Nov. 9

United Methodist Women’s focus all along has been on women and children. Sometimes we are able to care for and impact children in different ways. Adoption is one way families are able to celebrate by […]

Together, We Educate Students So They
 Can Make a Difference in the World

United Methodist Student Day is Nov. 27
Across the country, the people of The United Methodist Church are serving the people God loves in Jesus’ name. We’re doing it at home, but so often we’d like […]

United Methodist Men Monthly Fellowship, Nov. 20

This month, the United Methodist Men learn the powerful story of Timothy, Paul’s disciple at their monthly fellowship on Nov. 20. We hear this story where it actually happened on the Tel of Lystra in […]

How Titan Fuel is Making a
Difference in Less Than an Hour

Thank you, thank you! We asked the Chatham UMC family for donations of individual serving cereals, and you really responded!

Thanks also to the many folks who made donations to the food drive at the high […]

Church to hold Annual Charge Conference Nov. 29

Chatham UMC will hold its annual Charge Conference on Nov. 29 at 7:00pm. This meeting, officiated by the District Superintendent Terry Harter, is the connecting link between the local church and the general Church.

The primary […]

What’s This Kumler Meal You Keep Hearing About?

Kumler is a Dinner Mission at the Kumler United Methodist Church in Springfield. We provide dinner, dessert, drinks and blessings to around 100 people every month.

It is a chance for homeless and less fortunate people […]

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Set for Nov. 16

Chatham UMC is called to be a “Matthew 25” congregation for our community: to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, visit the sick and lonely – and in so doing, to share the […]

Advanced Planning
Workshop, Nov. 13

Q: How can I plan now for my family to avoid probate when I die?
A: Come to our free seminar on November 13 to hear how this can be done from Robert Stuart, an attorney […]

November Worship Schedule

In November we resume our regular worship schedule in the sanctuary at 104 W. Chestnut.

Join us at 8:15am for traditional worship, 9:45 for Sunday School, and 10:45 for contemporary/blended worship.

Remembering the Saints, Celebrating […]

Almost There

By the time you read this issue of the Circuit Rider, we are just weeks away from the completion of our renovation and our re-entry celebration! The Aspen Group, our local contractors, our church Trustees […]

Exciting News from Your Staff-Parish Relations Committee

SPRC announces with great pleasure that we have filled the Office Manager and Director of Choirs positions.

Cheryl Vertrees began her duties as our new Office Manager on Monday, September 19, 2016. Cheryl brings to the position […]

Welcome Home Party

The Hospitality Evangelism and Publicity (HEP) Committee invites everyone to come and celebrate the completion of our REACH renovation at our Welcome Home Party on Sunday, October 23.

What better way to begin our celebration than […]


After seven months of asking, “are we there yet?,” it’s hard to believe we’re almost home. Seven months is a long time!  (Eight, once we actually get back in and settled!) You have been patient, […]

From the Children and Youth

Jr and Sr High Youth will continue this fall meeting together on Wed. evenings at 6:15 and will last about one hour. These meetings will generally begin with a small meal / snack, possibly a […]

Thank you Pam

All of us at Chatham UMC would like to say a big thank you to our interim Office Manager, Pam Gibbons, who has served us faithfully for seven months and seen us through the transitions […]

Methodists Recognize World Communion Sunday, October 2

“The Church has kept me grounded and [has] always been there
to support me and reward me for my accomplishments.”

-Chelsea Tubbs, Ethnic Scholar

Around the globe, countless gifted and qualified people face financial obstacles that hinder them […]

Construction Costs Increase For Six Good Reasons

The original REACH plan included major changes in the narthex and kitchen, new main floor office space, meeting rooms, an elevator, and redesign, repair, and replacement of some of the roof. The cost was about […]

Titan Fuel Underway!

The school year has begun and so has Titan Fuel! We have packed our first bags and it went well. September blessed us with a great community food drive, awesome volunteers, some generous donations, a […]

Chatham UMC Plans New Season of Dinner Groups

Chatham UMC sponsors a dinner group program as an opportunity for our church family to get to know one another better.  Groups will dine together November through April. There is no program — this is […]

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Set for Nov. 9

Chatham UMC is called to be a “Matthew 25” congregation for our community: to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, visit the sick and lonely – and in so doing, to share the […]

Pray for Disciple Bible Study

Disciple classes have started! We have a session of Disciple 1 (Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study) and a session of Disciple 4 (Under the Tree of Life) going.

These people will be reading daily and studying together […]

October Worship Schedule

October 2  World Communion Sunday – Special Offering
Guest Preacher: Rev. Mike Crawford Director of Congregational Development, IGRC
2 Timothy 1:3-7  Fan Into Flame

October 9  Letter to the Exiles
Jeremiah 29:1-7  Seek the Welfare of the City

October 16  […]

Titan Fuel Has Arrived!

Meredith Ferguson
Titan Fuel is set to benefit every school campus in the Ball – Chatham School System this school year!

We will be packing food bags for students in all the schools except the high school. […]

Welcome Home

The Hospitality Evangelism and Publicity (HEP) Committee invites you to save the following dates for an opportunity to celebrate the completion of our REACH renovation. We anticipate entering back into our church home with one […]

“Get to Know Us” Class

Are you interested in learning more about the United Methodist Church? Wondering if this is the right time for you to become a member of Chatham UMC? Mark your calendars for the following dates, and […]

Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov. 9

Carol Frost, Lay-Ministry Coordinator
Chatham United Methodist Church hosted for many years a Thanksgiving Dinner for our church family and friends.  In 2009 we decided to reach out even further beyond our walls and be more […]

Fall Weekly Bible Study Planned Beginning in September

Carol Frost, Lay-Ministry Coordinator
Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely

The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow it to […]

Two Adult Disciple Classes Planned for September

If you have been thinking about deepening your discipleship – the door to Disciple Bible Study is still open! We will offer two classes for adults:

Disciple I
Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study: a 34-week journey through […]

Financial Update

Jane Stricklin, Chair of Finance
The REACH financial campaign has been going strong since we formally began accepting donations about 18 months ago. This project continues to be one of God providing for our needs in […]

2017 Youth Schedule

2017 Mission Trip

There will be a planning meeting on Sunday, September 18, to start preparations for our 2017 Summer Mission Trip. We anticipate a return to Mountain T.O.P. this coming year.  Anyone with an interest in participating […]

Jr. High YAR, October

Jr High Youth Annual Retreat (YAR) is fast approaching! It will be held the weekend of October 7, 8, and 9 this year. The cost is $125 and includes lodging, four meals, and all materials […]

Ministry with
Children & Youth

Micheal Ferguson, Children’s & Youth Minister
Jr and Sr High Youth will begin this fall with all of the youth meeting together on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 in the church offices at the back (under the […]

Back to School Blessings Day Was a Success!

Shelly Phillips, Event Coordinator
Back to School Blessings Day was a huge success due to the incredible support of this little church on the square and all the efforts put forth by so many to ensure […]


Rev. Sara Isbell
Each month I have the opportunity to reflect before writing this column, on what inspires me. As I write these words I am marveling at the Summer Olympic games in Rio, and the […]

Ronald McDonald House Meals

Last month we talked about our mission with Ronald McDonald House and the meals we serve once a month.  As we progress into the fall season, we would like to extend an opportunity to you […]

REACH Progress Update

We are five months, or 75%, into the project by the time you read this. The framing, electrical, and plumbing inspections have been completed. The new roofing has been installed on the flat roofs of […]

Church to Hold Annual Charge Conference Nov. 29

Chatham UMC will hold its annual Charge Conference on November 29. This meeting, officiated by the District Superintendent, is the connecting link between the local church and the general Church.

The primary responsibilities of the charge […]

Installation Service of
Bishop Frank Beard

The Service of Installation of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference new Bishop, Bishop Frank Beard, will be Sunday, September 11 at Springfield First UMC (2941 S. Koke Mill Road). The service will begin at 3:00pm.

For […]

United Methodist Men
Monthly Meeting: Sep. 18

How did the disciples translate the passion of Elijah to the new gentile believers in Asia Minor? They used the metaphors of the Olympic Games – especially running. There are many biblical references to this […]

Back to School Blessing Day

Shelly Phillips
The event is quickly approaching, and Chatham UMC is gearing up for the biggest and best give-away day yet. We are expecting over 175 students this year. Supplies are on order, t-shirts are being […]


The Hospitality Evangelism and Publicity (HEP) Committee invites you to save the following dates for an opportunity to celebrate the completion of our REACH renovation.

We anticipate entering back into our church home with one service […]

Children Gather Along the Nile River for Egypt: Vacation Bible School

Over 40 children and 25 leaders gathered July 17-22 at Sugar Creek Church for a combined Vacation Bible School (VBS).

The kids explored their way through markets, story re-enactments, and outside games. Each station reinforced the […]

Ronald McDonald House

Once a month, Chatham UMC is in charge of serving the evening meal for Ronald McDonald House. The church has done this for many years. (If anyone has an idea how long we have been doing […]

St John’s Breadline

Chatham UMC has supported the St John’s Breadline for  many years. What you may not know is who are the individuals that benefit.

Many believe all are homeless; however, this is not the case. Clients include […]

You are the Potter, I am the Clay: Inspiration from the Youth

Micheal Ferguson, Children & Youth Minister
I recently completed two weeks in the Cumberland Mountains in Tennessee on mission trips with our youth groups. I have learned many things during these two weeks: some about the […]

From the Children and Youth

Michael Ferguson, Children & Youth Minister
Get ready for a new year of school, Sunday School, and Kid’s Night Live! We will resume our full schedule as soon as we return to our building, but we […]

Rev. Frank Beard elected bishop by North Central Jurisdiction

Ron Logsdon, Tech-Media Director
The Rev. Dr. Frank Beard, of Indianapolis, IN, has been elected Bishop in the North Central Jurisdiction, and has been assigned to Illinois Great Rivers Conference effective September 1, 2016. Bishop Beard […]

Disciple Bible Study

If you have been thinking about Disciple Bible Study, now is your chance to learn more about it.

We will be hosting some exploratory meetings on three different evenings so you can learn just what Disciple […]

Register Now for Convergence

Registration is still open for a “Convergence” of young adults of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference at East Bay Camp from August 9 to August 12, 2016.  If you are between the ages of 18 and […]

Chatham UMC Recognized as a 5-Star Church

Ron Logsdon, Tech-Media Director
One of only 14 churches within the Sangamon River District (which includes 88 churches in the towns of Springfield, Chatham, Auburn, and as far as Decatur and Taylorville) are to be recognized as a 5-Star […]

Take a Stroll Along the Nile

by Micheal Ferguson

Vacation Bible School is just around the corner. We are joining with Sugar Creek Church for VBS this year at their facility. VBS will be held July 17-22 from 6:30-8:30pm each evening. Dinner […]

United Methodist Men: July 17

How did the early Christians compete with the grandeur of massive Temples like the one to Athena at Priene?

Come with the United Methodist Men on the third Sunday of July and learn the answer. Our video […]

Renovation Update

by Terry Burke

We are three months, or 50%, into the project by the time you read this. The mason crew has cut in the new door opening into the kitchen storage, new window opening in […]

Endowment Opportunity

Question What percent of the Chatham United Methodist Church congregation have a will?

Answer 100%.  If you don’t have your own, the State has one for you.  Is yours up to date, avoid probate or is […]

2016 Shields Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the following students for being selected to receive the Shields Scholarship from Chatham UMC! The Shields Scholarship was created to honor the memory and legacy of James and Marie Shields, parents (and parents-in-law) of […]

Prayers for Orlando – Isbell’s Inspirations

by Pastor Sara

I didn’t hear the news on Sunday morning. I try to be very quiet on Sunday mornings and get ready in the dark and get out of the house without waking everyone else […]

Summertime Is No Time to Slow Down

by Micheal Ferguson
Summer Camp
There is a place for you
Remember Summer Church Camp? Do you miss it? It’s still here and there is a place for YOU!  Whether you are a child, or an adult wishing […]

Annual Conference Report

by Pastor Sara

The Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference was held June 8-11, 2016, in Peoria. Chatham UMC was represented by Lay members Mike Taylor, Jane Stricklin, and Ron Logsdon, alternate; Clergy members: Sara Isbell, Keith […]

Prayers for Jurisdictional Conference

So…. If Bishop Keaton is retiring, who is our new bishop going to be?

We will find out the answer to that question at the North Central Jurisdictional (NCJ) Conference, to be held in Peoria IL from […]

Back to School Blessings Day

   Shelly Phillips

School’s out for the summer but it’s not out forever, so the Back to School Blessings Committee is already at work planning our church’s annual Back to School Blessings Day.

The return to school […]

Eclipse Retreat Includes Bible Study & Worship

Early bird registration deadline for IGRC guests is Sept 1, 2016
Plans are already underway at the IGRC’s Little Grassy Camp to make a rare solar eclipse event on Aug. 21, 2017 a special occasion.

The special […]

Titan Fuel Update

  by Meredith Ferguson

So much good to celebrate. Our First Annual Shrimp Boil was awesome. Chatham United Methodist showed up along with a great support from the community for a great night at Piper Glen. […]

Re-Entry Celebration

When the building is finished, we are planning a marvelous, wonderful, fun, and exciting Celebration! We’d say “Mark your calendars,” but we don’t have a date yet! Still, keep your eye on The Circuit Rider, Announcements […]

Special Summer Bible Study Offered

Have you ever had someone bump into your ‘happy’, causing you to stuff the negative emotions down deep inside you, only to eventually explode and become emotionally “unglued”? Is it possible to make those emotions […]

Garrison Keillor on “Methodists”

By Jane Stricklin
We make fun of Methodists for their blandness, their excessive calm, their fear of giving offense, their lack of speed, and also for their secret fondness for macaroni and cheese.

But nobody sings like […]

REACH! Building Demolition Update

By Terry Burke

We are two months, or 40%, into the project by the time you read this, and the demolition of the education wing and narthex has been completed. The concrete has been removed in […]

Titan Fuel Update

By Meredith Ferguson
The 2015-2016 school year is in the books. We packed over 4,000 bags. Each bag included three main meals, three breakfast meals, and seven snacks. Let’s do the math, that equals 24,000 meals […]

Ball-Chatham Food Pantry News

On behalf of the families served by the Ball-Chatham Food Pantry, they wish to thank you for your incredible support. This is also a time of some changes within the Food Pantry. After over eight years of […]

Bishop’s Open Golf Tournament

The Fifth Annual Bishops’ Open for Making Dreams Possible Scholarships at Africa University was held Friday, April 22nd, at the Edgewood Golf Club.

Chatham UMC was well repre-sented at this event with Tom Sweatman, Bill Brown, […]

From the Children and Youth

By Micheal Ferguson
Remember Summer Church Camp? Do you miss it? It’s still here and there is a place for you! Whether you are a child or an adult wishing you were still a child, there […]

Fighting Hunger

The Central Illinois Food Bank is in a “Fight Against Hunger”.  48.1 million Americans lived in food-insecure households, including more than 15 million children.  Food insecurity means living at risk of hunger and not knowing […]

May 15 is Pentecost

Happy Birthday, dear Church!  Happy Birthday to You!

Don’t miss worship on Sunday, May 15 (and don’t forget to wear RED!), as we commemorate the birth of the Church by the descent of the Holy Spirit […]

May Worship Schedule

May 1 • Commitment Sunday
Rev. Rose Booker-Jones preaching: John 6:1-13, What’s in Your Basket? Everyone has something that can be used to fulfill God’s purpose and plan for kingdom building – bring your gifts and commitments to […]

Renovation Report

Terry Burke & Lynn Weddle
We are happy to report on the progress of the renovation, though it is early in the timeline. At this writing, we are two weeks into the demolition of the church’s […]

Congratulations Confirmation Class of 2015-16!

On Sunday, April 17, nine students completed a 25-week “CREDO” curriculum and graduated from Confirmation class.

In addition, seven of these students completed all the requirements for Confirmation (75% of class and worship attendance, 18 service […]

General Conference: May 10-20, 2016

Every four years, the worldwide United Methodist Church gathers for worship, prayer, celebration and business. It is always exciting to share the good news about our witness in the world through efforts like Africa University […]

Isbell’s Inspirations So how’s the renovation going?

Sara Isbell, Pastor
My fellow clergy around the conference and community often ask me how things are going. I know they’re interested in the building project; we’ve been talking about this renovation for a long time […]

Fifty-Cent Annuity Fund

A lot of planning and hard work went into accomplishing the move to our temporary church home. Luckily, we remembered to bring the receptacle for donations to the Fifty-Cent Annuity Fund! It’s located right inside […]

We Need Teachers

Laura Steinway
As Chatham UMC is ever trying to raise-up new leaders, new teachers, new helpers, this is yet another opening to serve. Sunday School currently starts just after church at 10:45am and ends by 11:30am. […]

REACH Financial Update: 50% pledge goal within sight!

Jane Stricklin
A year ago, individuals and families in our congregation committed $750,000 in faith pledges, to be given over a three-year period to REACH remodel-ing and expansion. These pledges, along with the appraisal of church […]

United Methodist Men & Women’s Groups

United Methodist Men
What new lessons can we learn from two well-known stories about Jesus? The first is His answer to the trick question about paying taxes. The second is Peter’s lack of faith when attempting to walk […]

From the Children and Youth

Micheal Ferguson
I hope you had the opportunity to be present on April 17 when a fantastic group of young people finished their Confirmation Class. These youth have worked hard and faithfully toward completion of this […]

Sunday, May 1

Jane Stricklin
The Christian Life begins with commitment. During Confirm-ation Sunday in April, seven young people committed them-selves to Christian life and the Church. Our youth and their leaders demonstrate their commit-ment to Christian service through […]

Chatham UMC Welcomes Rev. Dr. Rose Booker-Jones on Commitment Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Rose Booker-Jones will bless us with the message on May 1st, our annual Commitment Sunday. Rev. Rose will preach on What’s in Your Basket? Everyone has something that can be used to fulfill […]

Annual Conference to Feature Wednesday Afternoon Workshops

The Current
PEORIA – The 2016 Annual Conference will feature work-shops aimed at helping the local church make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Nine workshops, covering a wide array of practical skills […]

Nominees sought for social justice awards

The Current
Nominations are now being accepted for both the Cramer-Heuerman and the Cramer-Tolly Awards for social justice, to be presented by the IGRC Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action at the Social Justice […]

Shields Scholarship Fund

Endowment Committee
The Shields Scholarship Fund is now taking applications for academic scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year. The number and dollar amount of scholarships is based on the funds available and the number of qualified […]

Chatham Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Thursday, May 5

The Annual Chatham Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held on the first Thursday of May: the National Day of Prayer. Our speaker will be Brett Sanner, from Chatham Christian Church, who spent five years in […]

Back to School Blessing Day & Chatham UMC Need Your Help

Shelly Phillips
On that awesome First Day of school, children discover new friends, new opportunities, and new challenges; a new world that is both exciting and scary. An image of what the rest of the school […]

Disciple 1 Bible Study Class Graduates

Jeremy Peck
On May 22, the current class will be graduating Disciple Bible Study. Disciple Bible Study is an intensive 34 week study of the Bible. In this class members read at least weekly, daily if possible, from […]

Save the Date(s)

There were a lot of positive comments about last fall’s “Planned Giving” seminar, so the Endowment Committee is going to be sponsoring two followup sessions in October.

If you are interested in this important topic, please […]

IGRC Conference-wide Events
and Opportunities

UM Family Day at the Ballpark June 18 
The IGRC and Missouri Conference United Methodist Men are hosting a United Methodist Family Day at Busch Stadium on Saturday, June 18, when the St. Louis Cardinals play […]

30 Days of Generosity Begins April 3

We live in a culture that worships the material – yet in our minds we want to worship God – to connect what we think about God with what we do in daily life.

30 Days […]

Renovation Relocation – Matthew 25 On the Move

Hey, Church Leaders! While our church is “camping” out in the community, we have an awesome opportunity to make a witness, and let people see our church “from the inside, out!” When your church group […]

REACH! Update – Read to Go

On Sunday, March 13 the congregation participated in a symbolic signing of the REACH renovation contract with Aspen Group, to “create a welcome, open environment” on the corner of 104 W. Chestnut. If you didn’t […]

Welcome Pam Gibbons!

We have a new face in the office – Pam Gibbons. Pam is replacing Justina, who needed to shift to a full time position. With all the exciting adventures our church has ahead, Pam is […]

Isbell’s Inspirations “So you’re meeting in a Funeral Home???”

Have you heard of the Church of the Resurrection, in Leawood Kansas? It’s the largest and fastest-growing United Methodist Church in the U.S.  Church of the Resurrection (COR) is only about 25 years old, and […]

Higher Education and Campus Ministry Grant

The Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry (IGRC) 2016 Scholarship is being offered. Applicants must be members of a United Methodist Church for a minimum of one year. Scholarships awarded will be sent to […]

Shields Scholarship Fund

The Shields Scholarship Fund is now taking applications for academic scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year. The number and dollar amount of scholarships is based on the funds available and the number of qualified applicants.

Recent […]

Children and Youth News

Micheal Ferguson, Children and Youth Minister
It has been awhile since the last Circuit Rider and much has been happening in the life of our church and our young people. It is such an exciting time! […]

Volunteers for Worship Committee

The church is currently requesting six volunteers to serve on a Worship Committee. This group will assist Pastor Sara in planning the worship experience at Chatham UMC.

The team of six, meeting weekly, will consist of […]

Sangamon River District UMW
 Spring Meeting

The United Methodist Women of the Sangamon River District will hold their Spring Meeting at the Illiopolis United Methodist Church on April 16. The meeting will begin at 9:00am with lunch to follow for a […]

Outreach Committee

Shelly Phillips
Although the move this month has made it a little more challenging for Outreach, work continues on in this Matthew 25 congregation.

Monthly meals, coordinated by Laura Welch, are being prepared and served at Ronald […]

United Methodist Men

In our next Faith Lesson, When the Rabbi Says “Come”, we return to Galilee. We visit two of the small villages where Jesus preached. One of them, Bethsaida, was where He selected five of His […]

Welcome Justina!

Chatham UMC welcomes Justina Schacht (rhymes with “Shocked”) to the church office!

Justina has two decades of clerical experience, including bookkeeping, payroll, news-letters, web page content, mailings, and proofreading.

She comes to us most recently from the […]

District Leadership Development Day

All Chatham UMC leaders are invited to join us on Sat, Jan. 24, for our annual Leadership Development Day, sponsored by the Sangamon River District.

Workshops include “What is an Effective SPRC?”, “Small Group Ministries Today,” […]

Hospitality House

Jim Zimmermann
The first Tuesday of each month, Chatham UMC is responsible for providing a meal for our north-end neighbors in Springfield.

As a volunteer you would need to arrive at 4:30pm and stay until 6:15pm. During […]

Ronald McDonald House

Laura Welch
We have been serving a meal at RMH on the third Tuesday every month for many years. The people staying there are family members of children in one of the local hospitals who live […]

Progress Reports

Jeremy Peck
While you have been preparing for Advent, the Disciple 1 class has been working our way through the Old Testament.  We’ve covered the period of the Kings, the exile to Babylon, and the restoration […]

Prayer Group Offerings

Prayer Meetings on Mondays at 6:30pm

Chatham UMC has several prayer groups and one is the Prayer Meeting that meets every Monday night at 6:30pm in the Church Library or the sanctuary. This prayer meeting is dedicated to praying for our church–our […]

Reach Update

We are excited to update the congregation on our REACH progress to-date!

Over a quarter of a million dollars has been received toward the renovation, and we are right on track for our capital campaign!  Year-end […]

Reflections from our Youth & Children’s Ministries

Michael Ferguson, Youth and Children’s Minister
What a magical time of the year. To think that thousands of years ago a baby born in a stable started all this! A special time of the year for […]

“What’s it Like to be You?” Constructive Conversations on Race

Is “white privilege” a real thing?  Why are black Americans so much less likely to graduate from college, and more likely to go to prison, than whites? How is “growing up black” in America different […]

Movie Night

For over 35 years , Sight and Sound Theatres has been visualizing and dramatizing Biblical stories through unique live stage productions that combine the art of storytelling, amazing effects and inspiring music.  In the near […]

Isbell’s Inspirations: Let There be Peace on Earth

Recently the news has been filled with disturbing stories of violence, terrorism, fear and conflict.  Mass shootings, explosions, suicide killings – all have grabbed our attention and our emotion, and become all-too prevalent.  Extremists from […]

Message from the Ball Chatham Food Pantry

Dear Chatham UMC Family,

This letter comes to thank all of you for your October, November, and December donations of more than $2500 dollars to the Ball Chatham Food Pantry. Your thoughtfulness and extreme generosity are […]

Chatham UMC’s New 2016 Missionary

The youth of Chatham UMC have decided on a new missionary to support, Christina Trager.

Ms. Trager is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, where she is engaged in a […]

Children’s Christmas Musical on Sunday, December 13

Our children will once again open the Christmas season with a musical presentation at both services on Sunday, December 13.  Wrapping All the Way by Christy and David Semson begins in a tiny town called […]

Hanging of the Greens

December 1-4
Do you love decorating for the season of Advent?   Come join us as we prepare our church home for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior.  We will be “Hanging […]

Christmas Eve at Hollybrook

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 at 6:15pm
Join us for our third annual “Christmas Eve at Hollybrook” service, at the Villas of Hollybrook, 825 E. Walnut St. in Chatham Tuesday December 15.  We’ll begin with a brass […]

Chatham UMC Christmas Shut-In List

There are some in our Chatham UMC family who are not always physically able to worship with us.  We would like to let them know that we are thinking of them during this season.  You […]

LIVE NATIVITY – Nov. 29-Dec. 21

Take a drive through the park – Chatham’s South Park, that is – for the Village “Light Up the Park” display. And notice that this year, there’s something special going on!  Just outside the entrance […]

Birthday and Anniversary Christmas Lunch – Dec. 17

We are doing something a little different for our Birthday and Anniversary/Christmas Lunch on Thursday, December 17.  Missy Whitley will be catering our meal and is planning a very special meal.  In order to help […]

Advent Offering: Africa University

If you were present in worship on Nov. 15, you heard inspiring stories of lives changed by Africa University, shared by Ms. Joyce Helm Francis, of the IGRC Africa University Partnership.

Africa University is a pan-African, […]

From the Youth

Hello Church Family! We would like to let you know some of the awesome things the Youth have been doing and what is planned or in the planning stages for the near future.  Again, thank […]

From the Children

Is there any better time of the year? Finishing our Thanksgiving turkeys means Christmas is right around the corner! All the children are excited, the adults are excited and all because………………it’s Jesus’ birthday!

Our Children’s Sunday […]

Chatham UMC Wishes a Happy Retirement to Jinny Sachsenmaier!

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee wishes to thank our long term office coordinator, Jinny Sachsenmaier, for her faithful service for 22 years.  Jinny turns 65 this coming February, and we are grudgingly allowing her to retire, […]

Chatham UMC Welcomes Ron Logsdon as Tech-Media Director

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee has named Ron Logsdon as the Tech-Media Director for Chatham UMC.  Ron has been volunteering in the sound booth for a year already, and knows his way around both “media” and […]

Chatham UMC Welcomes These New Members!

On Sunday, Nov. 29, the following will be welcomed into membership at Chatham UMC:

Nancy Alsman – Nancy is a retired secretary with the Springfield Public School District 186.  She has lived in Chatham 8 months, […]

United Methodist Men Breakfast – Dec. 20

On December 20, the UMM’s program will visit one of the communities with an early Christian church.  Sardis, mentioned in Revelation 3 (in present day Turkey), presents us with the dilemma we still face today: […]

Chances to Serve the Community

Kumler Hospitality House

We will prepare and serve a meal at Kumler Neighborhood Ministry on Tuesday, December 1. If you would like to help with this meal, please contact Jim Zimmermann, 652-4092, or email

Ronald McDonald […]

REACH Update

(as shared with the congregation on Nov. 22, 2015)
It’s been a long journey since first we came before you with a dream about renovating and updating our building.  Eighteen months or more of gathering ideas […]

Chatham UMC Endowment Committee

The Endowment Committee would like to say “Thank You!!” for your generosity during 2015. Your financial support of the church budget, REACH, the Endowment funds, and other individual ministries has made it possible for our […]

Harvest Sunday Report

On October 25, 2015, we celebrated Harvest Sunday.  This is an annual celebration of God’s abundance and generosity to us, in which we challenge the church to step out in faith and “Try a Tithe.”  […]

Isbell’s Inspirations – Those Who Wait Upon the Lord…

I asked my dad one time what his favorite Bible verse was.  He told me it was Isaiah 40.31:  “Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings […]

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner – Nov. 11

   Carol Frost, Lay Ministry Coordinator
Chatham UMC is called to be a “Matthew 25” congregation for our community: to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, visit the sick and lonely-and in so […]

November Mission of the Month

The November Mission of the Month is the Ball-Chatham Food Pantry. The food pantry has filled food orders serving 160 families this year. To help the pantry make it through the holidays, we will have […]

Have you ever wondered…

   Judy Blahofski & Randy Welch
…about that container in the narthex with the sign “50 Cent Annuity”?  It all started over a hundred years ago, with a little girl named Hattie May who wanted to […]

Christmas Gifts for Cunningham Children’s Home

It is hard to believe that this year is passing so quickly.  Once again, for the 15th consecutive year, the United Methodist Women and Chatham UMC are sponsoring the mission project of providing Christmas gifts […]

Isbel’s Inspirations: Reflections from the Parliament of World’s Religions

Rev. Sara Isbell, Directing Pastor

“Food for one must be food for all.  Health for me must be health for you.”
“Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”
“Never let inconvenience stand in the way of acting in accordance with […]

From the Children

   Michael Ferguson, Children & Youth Minister
Cooler weather, leaves changing color, sniffy noses, all signs that autumn is upon us and Winter is right around the corner! It is amazing to look at God’s creation […]

Paint Ball – November 7

It’s time for our annual paintball trip! This year we are going to Sudden Impact in McLean, IL.  Any youth 12 years of age or older is welcome to go!  We will be leaving at […]

From the Youth

   Michael Ferguson, Children & Youth Minister
Hello Church Family! We would like to let you know some of the awesome things the Youth have going on in the near future and thank everyone for all […]

Welcome to Our New(ish) Youth Minister

The Staff Parish Relations Comm-ittee is pleased to announce that Michael Ferguson will assume the position of Youth Minister on an interim basis effective immediately and continuing throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Michael is well known […]

Upcoming Events

United Methodist Men’s Breakfast Sunday, November 15
Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again! What does it mean to be His Disciple? Our next Faith lesson starts us on Christianity’s journey out of Judea to the […]

Chances for you to Serve

Kumler Outreach Ministries
We will prepare and serve a meal at Kumler Outreach Ministries on Tuesday, November 3rd.  If you would like to help with this meal please contact Jim Zimmermann.

Ronald McDonald House
We will prepare a […]

Leadership Celebration & Transition

Each year we take time to say “Thank you” to our elected leadership, and to bless our incoming leadership.

All 2015 leaders (continuing and graduating) and newly-elected 2016 leaders are invited to a dessert fellowship/thank you/blessing […]