UPCOMING WORSHIP


The parking lot at Chagrin Falls Intermediate School (CFIS) is once again available on Sunday mornings. 

If you are able-bodied and lightly-burdened please park there

so that the Federated parking spaces are available to new visitors and those with mobility issues. 

The CFIS parking lot can now be accessed from Philomethian Street only.

The driveway between our lot and theirs is gone, but the lighted set of stairs remains allowing easy access.



SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22

 

Water Sermon Series: Soak

Rev. Hamilton Throckmorton preaching

 

10AM

Worship & Sunday School

 

11:30AM

RISE to Shine Worship

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29

FIFTH SUNDAY: CELEBRATING 100 YEARS


Water Sermon Series: Immerse

Rev. Hamilton Throckmorton preaching


10AM

Worship & Sunday School

Special Music by Children's Choir and Bell Choir


11:30AM

RISE to Shine Worship

SUNDAY OCTOBER 6


Water Sermon Series: Connection/Flowing Together

Rev. Hamilton Throckmorton preaching

Communion served

UCC Neighbors in Need offering collected

10AM

Worship & Sunday School


11:30AM

RISE to Shine Worship


This fall our eight-week sermon series will feature water as a theme.


Week 1: September 8 – Approach 

On this first Sunday of the series, we approach the “deep well” that holds the renewing waters of our baptism. What will we find if we allow ourselves to come near?  To approach is to respond to the hand that is always held out to us, inviting us to profound journeys of life and love.

Scripture:  Isaiah 55 


Week 2:  September 15 - Enter

It takes courage to “jump in!”   To enter the water - whether it is slowly or with a big jump - is a willingness to be up to our necks in our questions, our fears, our doubts, our longings.  But it is the water that’s over our heads that is the water that holds what we’re looking for.

Scripture: Matthew 14: 22-33


Week 3: September 22 – Soak

Sometimes there’s too much water.  Sometimes we find ourselves in a torrential downpour, in a tiny boat in a big sea, waiting for the end of the storm.  The stories of Jesus’ actions in the midst of literal storms assures us that we are not alone.

Scripture: Mark 4:35-41


Week 4: September 29 – Immerse 

Whether or not we were sprinkled or dunked, baptism holds images of being immersed in community through death and resurrection with Jesus.  We remember Jesus’ baptism and our own and ask ourselves what we’ve immersed our everyday lives in–messages of death and fear?

Scripture:  Romans 6:1-4


Week 5: October 6 – Connection / Flowing together 

Communion Sunday – Many parts, one body

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12: 12-26


Week 6: October 13 - Cleansing 

Story of water as healing - Namaan - and Jesus healing. How does water heal? How does community heal?

Scripture:  2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c


Week 7: October 20 – Persistence

Water continues to flow, to break down barriers, to form canyons - to erode.  Can we be persistent even when progress is so slow?

Scripture: Luke 18:1-8


Week 8:  October 27 – Breathe 

In this last Sunday of the series, we emerge and take a big, deep breath.  As necessary as our regular breathing, we need the regularity of spiritual renewal.  We rededicate ourselves to the renewal of our spirits, the renewal of the earth, the renewal of our communities.

Scripture: Romans 12:1-??



ACCESSIBILITY AND ACCOMMODATIONS



Accessibility

Both the Bell Street campus and the Family Life Center campus are fully handicapped accessible and have marked handicapped parking.  The entire Family Life Center Campus is on one level.  The Bell Street building has an elevator inside the parking lot entrance that leads to all levels including classrooms, restrooms, offices and the Sanctuary.  The level Bell Street drop-off entrance leads directly into the Narthex.  Inside the Sanctuary there are spaces for individuals in wheelchairs.  Those finding it difficult to sit in pews may find one of the padded armchairs more comfortable.  Ushers and greeters are available for assistance before and throughout services.



Vision and Hearing Concerns

Our Sanctuary is equipped with a Hearing Loop system. This system turns hearing aids into loudspeakers, delivering sound right into the ear. A current is amplified and sent to a magnetic cable loop surrounding the Sanctuary and the balcony. This magnetic cable is installed under the carpet. Sound received with this system has improved quality and clarity. 85% of all hearing aids are equipped with a Telecoil which picks up the magnetic field signal. A person so equipped must visit their audiologist to ensure the Telecoil is activated. The individual simply pushes a button on their hearing aid upon entering the Sanctuary and they are immediately wired in when they enter the ‘loop’.


Large print bulletins and hearing aid devices are available in the Narthex.  



Communion Accommodations

For communion we use grape juice and bread. An alternative to the bread is available for those with gluten or wheat allergies.