Friday, August 25, 2017


     This week has been a week of firsts at Chautauqua; food trucks and wine and beer on the Plaza. 



 "The times are a changing" but at the UM House a tradition of hospitality with a touch of children's laughter was the theme of the week.

     Our chaplain, Emily Huyge, her husband Dana and children Sarah and Jacob made the House feel like a laughter filled family setting.  Her talks on food and the spirituality connection were timely.

Our guests Week Nine:

Week Nine Activities:

Story time

Porch chat

Sun gazing

Stone Tea

Zack's pick 'en

Botti Blues

     The boat is in and we are out of here.  See you next year!

Friday, August 18, 2017


     It seems that there is a communication problem in this country but that was not a factor in the UM House programs this past week.  Bishop Peggy Johnson and her husband Michael led discussions on controversial topics in a display of civil discourse not found in today's communities.

     Our guests for Week Eight:

Week's activities:

Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Quartet

             Westfield Tea Group

Kool and the Gang

Zoe, our Connection Student

Thanks to the APYA students for their presence on our porch while at Chautauqua.

Friday, August 11, 2017


     Following the previous week of  'humor' we entertained a topic of equal importance, 'fear'!  As this blogger said at the chaplain's chat, "fear not, for you are on the UM House porch!"  However, there are legitimate causes for alarm in our society as stated by one, Shaun King (Black Lives Matter).

      Representing the element of 'warm peaceful hospitality' was our chaplain, Dr. Heather Murray Elkins of Drew Theological Seminary.

Our Guests:

What beautiful smiles

The Hills of West Virginia

Returning due to special request

 La Hoya Lady

Butler Buddies

Week Seven Activities:

Charleston Activist

Birthday girl

Awesome Alice

Youth performers ice cream social

Porch friendships

Tea from Lakewood

Knitting for Peace results

Bella Fleck

Glenn Miller Band


Anxiety release: