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Worship Service Questionnaire
The Vital Church Initiative Worship Design Team of Portage Chapel Hill UMC appreciates your taking a few minutes to complete this survey on worship times, content preferences, and children in relationship to the main worship services.  As we work together to shape worship that responds to the emerging needs of the community beyond the walls of the church, it is important for us to know the preferences of all currently connected in some way to worship at Chapel Hill.  Thanks for taking the time! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G7WMHKC

Taking the Next Step...
As part of our season of learning about stewardship (the management of all the gifts God has given us),  we are encouraging folks to pick up a copy of “Practicing Extravagant Generosity”, a 4 week daily devotional booklet by Robert Schnase.  Books are available in the church office.  A $5 donation will help defray cost, but should not be a barrier for anyone who is interested in reading.  Questions?  Contact the church office at 269-327-6643.

A Matter of Balance
Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities.  "A Matter of Balance" is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.  This class will be held at Chapel Hill on Thursdays, starting April 20th, for 8 weeks, from 2-4pm.  There is a $15 materials fee.  Pre-registration is requested, please call 327-6643.

The next Spectrum Worship Service will held on Thursday, April 27th, from 6:30-7:00pm in the Chapel.  SPECTRUM is a worship service for children and young adults on the autism spectrum AND their families. We sing, pray, listen to Scripture and a Bible story and retell it in creative ways. Learning about God’s love for us is always the central theme in our time together.  

Crop Walk
End hunger one step at a time! CROP walk coming on April 30! http://kalamazoocropwalk.org/ Registration starts at 1:00 PM, the walk at 2 PM. The walk is a 5K, 3.2miles long, on the north side of Kalamazoo, and passes several of the organizations supported by the funds raised. Pick up your registration packets in the Narthex on April 23rd or 30th, collect pledges, and walk! If you aren’t able to walk, you can also give online at http://www.crophungerwalk.org/kalamazoomi.

Over the Chapel Hill Gang
A Monthly Gathering of Retired Persons, Wednesday, May 3, 11:45am, Michelle’s on Gull, 4210 Gull Road.  Need a ride?  Call:  Dorothy Harrington (269-327-0303),  Doris Mettler (269-327-8272).  Other Information:  Bring personal care items for the food pantry, if able.  A suggested donation will be announced  Join us!

Red Envelope Campaign
Interested in helping fund Camp and Mission Trip scholarships? Chapel Hill provides half the cost of camps and mission trips.  If you would like to help this program, please grab a red envelope from the box across from the office for cash donations.  Checks can be made out to PCHUM with a note of Red Envelope on the memo line.  You can also give online at www.pchum.org/give, using the General Fund/Other option and specifying  your gift as Red Envelope.

Cabaret - May 21st @ 4pm, in our Sanctuary
Come to the Cabaret! Join us for a collection of songs and readings telling stories of the Bible in a fun, child-friendly format. Our two children's choirs and our youth choir will be presenting the program.

Church Rummage Sale
Save Your Items!  Are your closets overflowing? Is your basement full? Can you put your car in the garage? The United Methodist Women (UMW) will be sponsoring the church rummage sale June 16-17, 2017. All proceeds will benefit the UMW mission projects.  More information to follow in upcoming weeks.  Questions? Please contact:  Jane & Stan Smeed: bjcornette-smeed@sbcglobal.net, 269-327-5319; Sandy & Russ Looker: rslooker@aol.com,  269-753-4370

Summer Camp Registration is Open for Kids of All Ages!
It’s time to start planning your summer fun and register for the camp of your choice!   Three ways to register:  online at: www.umcamping.org/events,  grab a camp brochure in the Narthex for a paper registration form, or go to www.pchum.org/youth to find a pdf of the brochure with registration form on the last page.  We will also have computers available at Youth Group for the next few Sunday nights to assist you if you need help registering.  Through the Red Envelope Campaign we are committed to providing 50% scholarships for all PCHUM campers (more details on the campaign coming next week).  Please contact Larry French if you have questions about summer camps or camping scholarships.

2017 Mission Trip - Save the Date!
This year our PCHUM Youth have the opportunity to experience the poverty simulation at Urban Spirit in Louisville, KY.  This is a week long trip scheduled for July 23rd - 29th, and is available to youth graduating from 8th through 12th grade.  For more details contact Larry.  Larry’s contact info:  LarryFrench@pchum.org or 269-327-6643 x 105.