Saturday, July 15, 2017

THE ANNUAL MEETING ; WHAT AN EXCITING EVENT!

      This blogger has been associated with 9 Annual Meetings of the United Methodist House and the joy and togetherness of the board members, House supporters and guests are what makes the UM House the stable institution it is.  

Our song leader




Thanks Judie



     Our chaplain rejoiced in the celebration and added some thoughtful moments during the week.


Holly and Ken


Our guests:

A 4th favorite

Jersey boys

Mounting excitement

Always a smile

Painter and spouse

Activities:

Dewittville darlings


Cousins


Nebraska artist


Never a dull moment


What a joy

 A relaxing John


Sunday worship


Old friends

  BREAKING NEWS:  Nancy Richards has released her new book on the UM House: The Story of the House and It's People.



     If you would like a copy the price is $10 at the House, or $15 mailed to your door. Make checks payable to the United Methodist House, Chautauqua.  Call the House for more details. 716-357-2055

     These three first ladies of the UM House were heard to exclaim, "You need to buy this account of 125 years of the House."



Friday, July 7, 2017

FIREWORKS AT CHAUTAUQUA AND THE UM HOUSE!

     Time stands still at Chautauqua and the 4th of July activities personified that statement.  The Community Orchestra on the plaza; the little children flag waving parade around the fountain; the 'Overture of 1812' with paper bag explosions and the torches lit around the lake with accompanying fireworks are just a few of those memorable but remarkably similar events each year.


     At the United Methodist House a remarkable chaplain, Don Messer, director of the Center for Health and Hope: Focusing on Global HIV and AIDS, was challenging the assembled on topics such as 'Fence Movers in a World of Borders', 'United Methodism: Is Schism Inevitable?' and 'How do we break the church's silence about sex, stigma, human rights and the struggle against AIDS?'  Fireworks from our house!  The conversation was intense, educational and very compassionate.

Don and Bonnie



      Our guests:







Activities:

Saturday dinner


Our APYA students

Lady liberty

'I swan'

House supporters

California beauties
Porch friends

     The 4th of July at the UM House!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

IT'S NEW BUT IT LOOKS OLD.................THE AMP., OUR NEIGHBOR!

      We returned to Chautauqua to find a wonderfully constructed new Amphitheater, closely resembling the old one.  The view from our porch is better than ever and the sound system (after a few tweaks) provides an acoustically pure environment.



     On our porch we were treated to the optimistic mission mantra of Stephanie Gottschalk.  Her warm and caring personality was a pleasant blanket for our guests and friends during, at times, a cool first week!


    

     The theme was 'Inventions' and one can see the UM House's contribution to creative change on the sign behind Stephanie, "129 YEARS OF HOSPITALITY". 

 
     Guests: 





     






     Activities:

Installation of 18th President, Michael Hill


Tea from St. Paul's
Popcorn night


The first Cappuccino & Conversation

Porch friends

Pastoral conversations


Photo opportunity

Neighbors

Tom Cross & Bill Ward
    

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