Easter Sunday
Apr
21
7:00 AM07:00

Easter Sunday

Come celebrate the risen Lord with us on Easter Sunday morning!

Our day begins at 7:00 am in our courtyard with our Easter Sunrise service, led by Rev. Tom Hartung with special music by Lee Tong. Rev. Rhonda Blevins will lead our traditional worship services at 8:30 and 10:00 am along with our Chapel Choir and brass ensemble. Our annual Easter Egg Hunt in the courtyard will follow the last worship service . . . with a guest appearance by the Easter Bunny!

We hope you’ll join us on Easter Sunday as together we proclaim, “He is Risen!”

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7:00 am—Sunrise Service

8:30 & 10:00 am—Traditional Worship

11:00 am—Easter Egg Hunt

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Good Friday Experience
Apr
19
12:00 PM12:00

Good Friday Experience

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This year our Good Friday observance will be a read through of the the Gospel of Mark. Beginning with the first verse, Mark 1:1, we’ll take turns reading until we complete the Gospel.

The value in a whole-Gospel read through is that we gain a deeper understanding of the arc of Jesus’ life, whereas we most often hear or read the story in bits and pieces.

So join us as together we read the Holy Scriptures—allowing the words to penetrate our hearts and minds.

Friday, April 19 at Noon in the Conference Room.

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Chapel Chicks
Apr
9
11:30 AM11:30

Chapel Chicks

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THEME: Springtime

MENU: Chef Ken’s Spring Salad with diced ham, swiss cheese, green olives, parmesan cheese, diced tomato, tossed in herb dressing, served with a side of fresh fruit

Elizabeth Gilbert faced down a pre-midlife crisis by doing what we all secretly dream of -- running off for a year. Her travels through Italy, India and Indonesia resulted in the mega-bestselling and deeply beloved memoir Eat, Pray, Love, about her process of finding herself by leaving home. 

She's a longtime magazine writer -- covering music and politics for Spin and GQ -- as well as a novelist and short-story writer. Her books include the story collection Pilgrims, the novel Stern Men (about lobster fishermen in Maine) and a biography of the woodsman Eustace Conway, called The Last American Man. Her work has been the basis for two movies so far (Coyote Ugly, based on her own tale of working at the famously raunchy bar in New York City), and Eat, Pray, Love, with the part of Gilbert played by Julia Roberts. Not bad for a year off.

In 2010, Elizabeth published Committed, a memoir exploring her ambivalent feelings about the institution of marriage. And her 2013 novel, The Signature of All Things, is "a sprawling tale of 19th century botanical exploration."

Gilbert also owns and runs the import shop Two Buttons in Frenchtown, New Jersey.

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Maryville College Choir
Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Maryville College Choir

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The Maryville College Concert Choir from Maryville, Tennessee will lead us in worship on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

The Maryville College Concert Choir was organized in 1917 for the purpose of singing vesper services and was appropriately named the Vesper Choir. It became a part of the music curriculum in 1936 and underwent a name change to the “Maryville College Concert Choir” in 1954. Of the numerous fine directors, the one with the longest tenure is Dr. Harry H. Harter, who led the group from 1947 until his retirement in 1981. Current director is Stacey Murphy Wilner, who is the director of choral activities at Maryville College. Wilner has served as past president and as the repertoire and standards chair of the Tennessee chapter of ACDA. 

Today, members of the Concert Choir serve as musical ambassadors for the college, touring both domestically and internationally. Participation is by audition only and many of the students are music or choral scholarship recipients. Students assist in hosting All East Chorus in November, participate in an annual fall retreat and host a benefit Invitational Choir Festival, to support non-profit groups such as the Blount County Boys and Girls Club, the Joy of Music School and Africa-Eli. Performances throughout the year also include Homecoming Choir Concert, A Maryville Christmas, Spring Homecoming Concerts, Knoxville Opera’s “Rossini Festival”, and performances at area churches and other events in the community throughout the year.

As part of 2016 “Journey to the Heartland” tour to Scotland, the Concert Choir performed at St. Andrew’s University with the St. Salvator’s Chapel Choir. In January of 2018 and in February of 2019, the Concert Choir hosted artist-in-residence Paul Phoenix, a grammy award winning former member of the The King’s Singers. The choir participates in master classes each year with professional musicians such as Cantus, Jacqui Horner-Kwiatek formerly of Anonymous 4, Dr. Joe Miller of Westminster Choir Collegeand most recently with Voces8. The Concert Choir performed at the Tennessee Music Educators Association State Conference in Nashville in April of 2013 and 2017. The “Make Our Garden Grow”spring choir tour in March will include locations such as Spartanburg SC, Fernandina Beach FL, Sarasota FL, Clearwater FL and Valdosta GA.

Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation in partnership with others. The philosophy of the students in the Concert Choir closely follows that of Maryville College founder Isaac Anderson, which is “to do good on the largest possible scale”. 

 

 HOSTS NEEDED

Homes are needed to host the singers in groups of 2 or 3 (or more). Hosts will need to pick up the singers at 8pm at the Chapel on Saturday, March 9. You’ll want to have some evening snacks and offer breakfast. Willing to host? Sign up below!

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Lent 2019: "Were You There?"
Mar
6
to Apr 20

Lent 2019: "Were You There?"

Observe the Season of Lent through special services offered through the Chapel. For details, click the button below. Pastor Blevins’ sermon series, Were You There?, invites us to place ourselves in the Gospel stories at some of the places Jesus taught, healed, and prayed:

  • March 17: “Were You There in the Desert?” Luke 4:1-13

  • March 24: “Were You There in the Tree?” Luke 19:1-10

  • March 31: “Were You There in the Home?” John 12:1-8

  • April 7: “Were You There in the Upper Room?” (Communion) Luke 22:14-30

  • April 14: “Were You There on the Roadside?” (Palm Sunday) Luke 19:28-40

  • April 19: “Were You There on a Hill Far Away?” (Good Friday)

  • April 21: “Were You There in the Garden?” (Easter)

Throughout the season of Lent, we will sing the old spiritual “Were You There?” Included in almost every major hymnal of the last thirty years, “Were You There” is one of the most prominent and popular of the African-American spirituals. Yet, like most spirituals, the origins of “Were You There” are impossible to trace, borne not from the pen of an individual but out of the communal slave experience. As Paul Westermeyer notes in the companion to Evangelical Lutheran Worship, its first published iteration came in 1899 in William E. Barton’s Old Plantation Songs in the section “Recent Negro Melodies.” There, it included four stanzas: 1) Were you there when they crucified my Lord?; 2) …when they nailed him to the cross?; 3) …when they pierced him in the side?; 4) …when the sun refused to shine. The United Methodist Hymnal, along with many other songbooks, includes a fifth: “…when they laid him in the tomb.”

Continue reading here.

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70th Anniversary Celebration
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

70th Anniversary Celebration

The Chapel turns 70 this year!

Join us for a celebration of the milestone featuring:

  • Preaching by Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Herb Frieitag

  • A visit from Rev. Phil Tom, executive director of the International Council of Community Churches

  • Special selections performed by our Chapel Choir

  • An anniversary hymn penned by Pastor Rhonda Blevins

  • A reception with light hors d’oeuvres to follow

Let’s celebrate Chapel by the Sea!

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Chapel Chicks
Feb
12
11:30 AM11:30

Chapel Chicks

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THEME: Valentine’s Day

MENU: Strawberry Fields Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing, Tomato Bisque Soup, and Red Velvet Cake for Dessert

Anne Lamott hooks into our common experience and guides us to an understanding infused with openness. An activist, former alcoholic and Sunday School teacher, Lamott uses humor to weave through loss, parenthood, faith and the cancer diagnosis given to her best friend, in beloved books like Bird by Bird and Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. She says, "Hope begins in the dark ... if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up."

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BeachWalk/Walk
Feb
2
7:30 AM07:30

BeachWalk/Walk

A Clearwater Beach tradition is ready to launch. Chapel-by-the-Sea and Religious Community Services (RCS) will kick off the 10th Annual Beach Walk/Walk on Sat. February 2, 2019. Chapel-by-the-Sea and RCS partner to raise funds to provide food and services for the less fortunate residents in Pinellas County. Last year the RCS Food Bank and The Haven for Domestic Violence served over 165,000 needy people. Since its inception in 2010 the Beach Walk/Walk has raised over $100,000 in support of RCS’s activities.

The Palm Pavilion launches the event with registration at 7:30 am and the starting lineup at 8:30 am. A sumptuous pancake breakfast provided by Clear Sky Café follows the race back at the Chapel. Many local merchants and residents contribute to the event  as sponsors as well as donating to the Walk’s Super Silent Auction.  

The cost is $30 for pre-registered walkers ($35 after Thursday January 31), $10 for those ages 6-18. The family maximum is $75. You may pre-register online (form coming soon) at Chapel by the Sea or pick up a form from the church.

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Church Dinner
Jan
27
11:15 AM11:15

Church Dinner

Stick around after church for a delicious dinner prepared by our Peace Cafe crew as a fundraiser to support our church’s efforts with Peace Cafe—a ministry that feeds those experiencing homelessness that we participate in monthly. More details to come. . .

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Chapel Chicks
Jan
8
11:30 AM11:30

Chapel Chicks

THE FIRST GATHERING OF CHAPEL CHICKS (and Friends!)

MENU: Grilled Chicken Caesar Spinach Wrap with Roasted Butternut Squash Soup and Peach Cobbler for Dessert

For our first season of Chapel Chicks, we’ll screen a different TED talk each month. Here’s what’s up in January . . .

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Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. She poses the questions:

How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?

More Information & Registration: Click here.

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Family Advent Gathering
Dec
2
11:00 AM11:00

Family Advent Gathering

After church on Sunday, December 2, we’ll gather for lunch (chili, baked potatoes, and pizza for the kids!). Santa will make a guest appearance, and we’ll craft Chrismons for our brand new Chrismon Tree! Chrismons are Christmas ornaments shaped in symbols of the faith. Sign up to bring a pot of your special-recipe chili, or simply sign up to eat and craft. A great time for all ages! Learn more about Chrismons by watching the video below:

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Thanksgiving Food Drive
Nov
4
to Nov 18

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Beginning November 4, rather than just the Sunday before Thanksgiving, bring non-perishable food and leave it in the wagon in the narthex. The children will bring it forward during the  service and place it on the chancel. We will thus build a bountiful offering to help RCS Food Bank feed the hungry in our area.

Wait for November 18 to bring the turkeys!

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