Recent News

Housing Needed for Visiting Choirs

FUMC will be hosting two youth choirs this summer and host families will be needed for both. Chapel Choir members have enjoyed their experiences with host families during tour over the years, so now it's our turn to provide some hospitality.

The Celebration Singers and Ringers from Church of the Saviour UMC in Cincinatti will present a concert on Sunday, June 10. Overnight housing will be needed that evening for approximately 41 youth and 8 adults.

The Sonshine Choir from Brentwood (TN) UMC will be here Saturday, July 14. They will present a concert that evening and then sing at both worship services the following morning. Housing will be needed for approximately 100 youth.

We are currently looking for housing for the Celebration Singers and Ringers on June 10. If you have available beds please contact Katie Bartholomew or Don Dunham.

Tent Rental Program

The Tent Rental Program is already getting started for this summer. We need students to volunteer to help wipe down chairs used in the past to start the season off right! Come to Youth Group this Sunday, May 6 to help get things rolling. If students are interested in signing up for more dates, please contact Katie ( or Don Dunham.

Wash and Worship!

For students interested in fundraising for Choir or Mission Trips, we will have two car-washes available this summer.

Sunday, July 8th from 8-11AM and Sunday August 19th from 8-11AM students will wash cars while members of the congregation attend services!

Cool down during the summer heat and earn credits for your trips! It's a win-win!

Stock Sale

Senior High students attending the 2012 Mission Trip to Belle, WV will be selling shares of stock to members of the congregation starting next Sunday, May 13. Students can sign up to sell shares in the Parlor between services. Please contact Katie or JJ to sign up.

Senior High Mission Trip Meeting

There will be an informational meeting for all students (entering the 9th grade in the fall) and parents interested in attending the Senior High Mission Trip this summer on Sunday, April 15 at 10:40AM in the Youth Room. We will be embarking on a journey to Oklahoma the week of July 22-July 28 to serve others! If you are at all interested in attending the trip, you must either attend the meeting or contact Katie Bartholomew (630 968 7120 ext. 203) so we can have a clear idea of the number of people attending.

For more information on the organization we will be using for this trip, you can visit Hope to see you on Sunday!

Movie Night Cancellation

Please note that the planned screening for the Youth Group of The Passion of Christ on Saturday, April 7, has been cancelled.

No youth groups on April 1 and 8

There will be no Youth Group on April 1st and April 8th. All Youth are encouraged to attend the Chapel Choir Tour Concert at DGFUMC at 4pm on the 1st, and are encouraged to spend time with
their families on April 8th.

Youth Group Cancellations

J.J. Mannschreck cannot be here today, Sunday, March 11, so the Praise Break Worship service and both the Junior and Senior High Youth Groups will not take place today.

Special Bibles for 8th Grade Confirmation Students

The Onward Bound leaders would like to invite people in the church to purchase a teen study Bible for an 8th grade student, to be presented to the student on Confirmation Sunday, April 29. The cost of each Bible will be about $20. If you are interested in providing a Bible for a student, that can help them continue to grow in the faith in the years ahead, please leave word for Pastor Greta in the church office.

Meet our new Youth Minister

Katie BartholomewOn April 1, Katie Bartholomew will join our church staff as Youth Minister.

Katie grew up near Cleveland, Ohio graduating from Brecksville- Broadview Heights High School. She has a Bachelors Degree in liberal arts with a concentration in religion from Baldwin-Wallace College located in Berea, Ohio where she was an honor society member.

She learned the ins and outs of youth ministry as a Youth Ministry Intern at the Brecksville United Methodist Church, serving as a chaperone at various events, leading Bible study, developing educational curriculum, teaching Sunday School classes, and helping coordinate Vacation Bible School.

Katie is currently enrolled in graduate classes focused on the Old Testament at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston.

Beginning on April 1 Katie will work with our intern JJ Mannschreck and John Smoke to plan for the summer youth activities and to get to know our youth and their families.

Katie will assume full-time responsibilities for our church after her classes are completed in May. Her enthusiasm and excitement about fostering our youth ministry promises to be contagious.


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