This Week – November 1, 2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018 – All Saints’ Day
9:30 a.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal
10:15 a.m. Worship/Communion
Debbie Belfry from VEAP will join us this Sunday.

Scripture: Luke 6: 32-36, Luke 14: 12-14
Sermon: “Do it for Yourself, Others, and God: Generosity”

Serving Our Church:
Liturgist: Amanda Kerr
Ushers: The Worship Team

All Saints’ Day – THIS Sunday, November 4th
We will remember and celebrate friends and family who have died this past year. Please let Alan know the names of friends or relatives you wish to have remembered in prayer. If you have a picture of them, please send it electronically to (

It’s VEAP Food Shelf Sunday
Please bring non-perishable food items or a financial donation made payable to Chapel Hills – write VEAP on the memo line.

A Note From Karla Gabriela Ramirez
(Our Sponsored Student from Mexico)
Hi, my name is Karla. I don’t know if you remember me? I wanted to tell you that I just entered high school. It’s the first semester and this is a big step for me. My teachers are good and I like them. Even the Algebra teacher (haha). Just now I was doing my homework. I’m doing a presentation to google drive and sending to my classmates and then to my teacher. I haven’t done that yet. Also, I am doing my logic homework to investigate different types of debates. Now, I am doing chemistry homework. Which is about knowing the different lab materials. But I still have to do Algebra, which is a lot of homework. Today is Saturday and me time.
I forgot to tell you that I graduated second in my class from middle school. Too bad it wasn’t first place, but I am still very happy. I am happy to be in high school.
I am happy because yesterday was my 15th birthday party! Although between you and me I really had my 15th birthday on Sept 18th. Because it was a weekday and also on my birthday it always rains so I have to admit that on the 14th it also rained. I have to say that September is the month of rain. On the 18th it didn’t rain (haha)
This page has gotten short, but after writing all of this, I say good bye. Until next time.

Marketing & Branding
The Council is interested in forming a team to work on Chapel Hills marketing and branding strategies/tactics over the next several months and is seeking volunteers to help with this effort. If you have passion or expertise in marketing, branding, SEO, multi-media and /or web design, this is the opportunity for you! Please grab Alan or me and let us know. We will be coordinating a team to tackle this in the next several weeks.

Tom Okonek, Moderator


A Chapel Hills Labyrinth was one of the focus groups that grew out of the New Beginnings process. There was much excitement and research done initially, but the group became a bit bogged down over discussion of location and materials.
The Chapel Hills Youth brought new enthusiasm and motivation to the project this Fall during a brain storming session. It became a mission focus for them! It was decided that the labyrinth would be completely temporary so that the church and neighbors could try it out and see what they thought of the location and design!!
The youth prepped the area and laid old hoses and electrical cords to mark the design and then the spray painting fun began!! VOILA!  A labyrinth that can be used but also can be totally changed in the future!! Please try it out and let us know what you think!!

There are meditation suggestions near the bench. Access to the area is easiest from the driveway where the ground is flattest.

What is a Prayer Labyrinth?

A labyrinth is simply a place to walk and pray. There is nothing mystical about it. It gives you the freedom to walk around while focusing your mind on God – and not worry about getting lost.
A labyrinth contains a single walking path to the center and then back out again. It has many turns but, unlike mazes, does not have dead ends. Labyrinths come in a variety of forms: you may walk through them inside on a canvas mat or outside on grass, tile, or a stone-laid path. There are also finger labyrinths and even an online labyrinth. Labyrinths have a long history, both inside and outside the church, and can be found all around the world.
In Christian usage, the purpose of the labyrinth is personal and spiritual transformation. One way to pray a labyrinth is to worship and praise God as you walk to the center, then intercede for people and concerns as you walk back to the outside. Today there are churches from many different denominations that encourage people to use labyrinths as part of their devotional practices.
We invite you to walk the labyrinth and pray. If you find that it helps you relax and concentrate on God, then good – use it. If it doesn’t help you, then use other prayer tools.

Upcoming Events…

Harvest Festival Potluck – Sunday, November 11th
Join us, following worship on Sunday, November 11th, as we celebrate the bounty of the harvest season. Sign up in the Narthex to bring either a main dish (turkey or chicken), a vegetable side dish or salad. Dessert and beverages will be provided.

Sandwich Making – Sunday, November 18th
Join us on Sunday, November 18th following worship. We will be making 300+ sandwiches to benefit those in need through the House of Charity.

Book Group – Sunday, November 18th (Following Worship)
Our November Book Group selection is…
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
By Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

Looking Ahead
November 4 All Saints/Communion/VEAP Food Shelf Sunday/Confirmation
Daylight Saving Time Ends
November 5 Worship Team Meeting – 5:30 p.m.
November 6 Election Day – Chapel Hills is an Edina Polling Site
November 7 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
November 10 House of Charity – 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
November 11 Harvest Festival Potluck – Following Worship
November 14 Church Council Meeting – 6:30 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
November 15 Londonderry Townhome Association Meeting – 6:30 p.m.
November 18 Book Group/Confirmation/Sandwich Making – Following Worship

Worship This Sunday
Scripture: Luke 6: 32-36, Luke 14: 12-14
Sermon: “Do it for Yourself, Others, and God: Generosity”

When we hear or use the word ‘generosity” I suspect we limit our “thoughts” to the realm of money. To be generous is to give away from our financial resources. The original meaning is far broader than that: actions that are gallant, courageous, magnanimous, and free from stinginess or prejudice. Such giving and acting is one of the disciplines of discipleship. Consider occasions when you were on the receiving end of such actions. Were they done to create obligation in you? If so, they were not generous. Were they done to inspire you, to help you “pay it forward?” Then perhaps they were. God is generous and giving.
And we… we are to be as God is. Or so one could conclude from the readings for Sunday.

May the strength of God guide us, the Power of God preserve us, the wisdom of God instruct us, the Spirit of God be within us, this day and evermore. Amen.

Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals – Sunday, October 7th

Bring your pet(s) for a Blessing of the Animals Celebration at Chapel Hills on Sunday, October 7th. A Few Reminders:


  • keep all small pets in safe travel containers
  • keep all dogs/cats on leashes
  • make sure all animals are fully vaccinated
  • bring treats for your own pet (we’ll provide water)
  • pets who prefer to be away from other animals should be left at home

We will provide “treats” for the owners, companions, and all the humans in attendance.

This Week – June 7, 2018

We open ourselves to God’s Spirit in worship, prayer and study, holding each other
in community and encouraging one another to grow in the Spirit.
We reach out in generosity and compassion to the people around us.

Sunday, June 10, 2018
10:15 a.m. Worship
11:15 a.m. Dessert of the Month Drawing

Scripture: Genesis 24, 25, 27 – selections
Sermon: “Rebekah”

Serving Our Church:
Liturgist: Susan Brauer
Greeters: Pat Heiman & Caroline Mast
Ushers: The Worship Team

Last Chance to Buy Tickets
Dessert of the Month Fundraiser

Get your tickets before this Sunday’s drawing! $5/ticket or $20/5 tickets.  Don’t miss this delicious opportunity!  We will draw 12 names on Sunday, June 10th (one dessert for each month).

House of Charity
Special thanks to Mark & Susan Brauer and Bob & Julie Guelich, who will be representing Chapel Hills at the House of Charity this Saturday, June 9th.

Recognizing our 2018 High School & College Graduates
Please email us the names of your graduates so we can acknowledge their well-deserved success. The church email address is:

Being Mortal – Book Group Discussion
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande is a book every aging American should read… and reread… and reflect on deeply and intentionally. Our 2nd discussion (chapters 5-8) will be on Sunday, June 10th – following worship. All are welcome to join the conversation.

Church Bylaws
We are in the process of revising our Church Bylaws. Copies of the current Bylaws, the proposed new Bylaws, and a summary of the changes are available at church. If you would like copies of any or all of those documents emailed or mailed to you, please let us know and we will send them.

Flowers from Your Garden
During the summer months we welcome and encourage folks to help brighten up the Sunday morning worship service by bringing fresh cut flowers from their gardens.

You may sign-up to bring flowers if it’s to celebrate a special occasion that you would like noted in the weekly news and the Sunday bulletin. Otherwise, just bring them!

Thanks in advance to those who will be sharing the beauty and abundance of summertime.

The Will of God
Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

People often talk about their church as their family, and it certainly can be that for people. We take care of each other. We share food. We go on trips together. We visit each other when we are sick. We pray for one another. These are all the warm and obvious ways we understand family. Jesus, however, ups the ante on his understanding of family. Jesus says that his family are those who do the “Will of God.” If Jesus was a bona fide current member of your congregation figuring out the Will of God (WOG) would be easy. You could just ask him. Today, however, there are many people who think they know exactly what that the WOG is, and all of them can’t be correct…can they? Even within our churches people disagree about what WOG looks like. But Jesus says that’s the only way you know who are in your family. What’s a church family member to do?

We could throw our arms up and say that since we can never know for sure about the WOG we shouldn’t even try to figure it out. But figuring it out, at least trying to, is what being a Congregationalist is all about. We are each of us called to interpret and study and discern God’s will for ourselves to be the best of our ability. Sometimes congregations call themselves to discern God’s will about their vision for the church or where God is calling them. Sometimes individuals or small groups get together in the same sort of discernment. It’s not a frivolous journey to take with others. It requires commitment and sincerity.

In service to small groups and congregations, the United Church of Christ has developed a resource for churches, small groups and individuals called a DISCERNMENT TRAVELOGUE. You can find it at the UCC resources section of Your Pastor may have some materials as well. Getting together with others in search of answers to life’s big questions, the direction of your own ministry, or the ministry of your congregation is an opportunity to develop deep spiritual bonds with people. The biggest commitment is agreeing that no one knows the answer before you start. Then, stepping out on that discernment limb together, is an adventure worth having. At some point, you’ll understand what Jesus meant about family. You may not uncover certainty but the WOG will feel more like a solid path under your feet and one that you travel with others. And, the congregational part of our heritage will glow with appreciation.

Looking Ahead
June 9 House of Charity
June 10 Pastoral Relations Meeting – 8:30 a.m.
Dessert of the Month Drawing
Book Group – Being Mortal (chapters 5-8) – Following Worship
July 1 Communion & VEAP Food Shelf Sunday

Worship This Sunday
Scripture: Genesis 24, 25, 27 selections
Sermon: “Rebekah”

Top 3 Hymn Selections: Morning Has Broken, Simple Gifts, Softly and Tenderly

Almighty God, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth: send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, without which whoever lives is counted as dead before you. Amen.