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Lenten Worship Series
Living in a world that can feel like a relentless push for  “bigger, better, faster, more”, our faith calls us to consider when enough is, well, enough.  Small groups have been encouraged to spend 5 weeks, being guided by a little book by Adam Hamilton, Lead Pastor of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the most visible and largest UMCs in the country.  If you would like to read it on your own,  or join a group, it is a great opportunity to take a look at the values that guide your life.  Groups are encouraged to make use of a DVD to guide conversation.  These can be obtained through the church office, contact office@pchum.org.

Spectrum
An alternative worship service for families with members on the Autism Spectrum will meet on Thursday, March 23 at 6:30pm in our Chapel.

OFFERING OF LETTERS
On Sunday, March 26, we will be conducting an Offering of Letters through Bread for the World. Letters to our legislators will be written before, during, and after the services. Starting today, you can find sample letters in the lobby if you would like to write your letters in advance and submit them next Sunday. However, there will be an opportunity to write letters during worship on the 26th. Letters need to be at the church prior to Tuesday, March 28th. Carolyn Pesheck, part of the “Faith In Action Team” (FIAT), will be flying to Washington, DC to deliver the letters personally. This year the Chapel Hill “FIAT” offers three topics of special concern:  Concerns around further cuts to the social safety net;  Affirmation of the strong U.S. tradition of humanitarian aid around the world; and Support for open immigration and refugee resettlement policies.   
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carolyn at cvpesheck@sbcglobal.net.

PCHUM 101:  Next Meeting:  March 26
​PCHUM 101 is for persons considering membership, or for those who simply want to know more about life at Chapel Hill. Pastor Barry will sit down with all interested folks for a block of time and refreshments at 2:30pm in Room #108.  Childcare is available upon request.  If you have any questions, please contact the office at 327-6643  or office@pchum.org.

We Want to Help PCHUM Youth: Spaghetti Dinner, March 26th 
Want to learn more about “Pay-it-Forward”, Red Envelope Giving, Scholarships, or the many different Christian Camps in West MI https://umcamping.org/?   Have an interest in supporting our youth as they explore their faith through camping?  Come join us on March 26th immediately after New Life Worship in the Fellowship Hall (lower level) for: Camp-style Spaghetti Dinner (provided), Dessert potluck (bring a dessert to share that serves 4 people), Live music in a fire bowl setting.  If you have a passion for Christian Camping and want to help us with this event, please contact Larry at  LarryFrench@pchum.org or 269-327-6643 x 105

UMCOR Sunday ~ March 26th
Formerly One Great Hour of Sharing, this special offering taken on the fourth Sunday in Lent provides major support for immediate assistance in the wake of natural and human-caused disasters and helps support ongoing ministries of food, shelter, health and peace. UMCOR Sunday giving allows 100 percent of designated gifts to be used for the specified disaster response or other ministry.

yE Youth Group Outing to SkyZone!
Come join us for this fun Sunday Night Youth Group Outing on Sunday, March 26th, Jump time is 7pm - 8pm.  Meet at Sky Zone, 5103 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002.  Show up early to fill out waiver, or fill out ahead of time at https://kalamazoostore.skyzone.com/waiver/WaiverInfo.aspx.  Open to grades 5 -12.  Jump fee is $12 + $1 for “SKYSOCKS”  (If purchased in the past, bring ‘em!).  Full scholarships are available for this Youth Group event!  Contact Larry at LarryFrench@pchum.org or 269-327-6643 x 105  to sign up for this event!

Baptism and New Member Sunday
We are planning a Sunday morning celebration of baptism and, for those who so desire, membership with this congregation on Sunday, April 23rd.  As you think about this, Pastor Barry encourages you to contact him at barrypetrucci@pchum.org or 327-6643, ext. 107 to talk a bit about what baptism would mean, and how membership might be important to you.

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

Palm Sunday - April 9
Maundy Thursday Open Communion - April 13, 
6:30-8am & 11:00-1:00pm, Chapel
Good Friday - April 14, Sanctuary @7pm
Easter Sunday - April 16, 7:00am at Oakland Park, 9&11:30am

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.