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!
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 21: “Were You There on the Roadside?” (Palm Sunday) Luke 19:28-40
April 26: “Were You There on a Hill Far Away?” (Good Friday)
April 28: “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.”
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The Maryville College Concert Choir from Maryville, Tennessee will lead us in worship on Sunday, March 10, 2019. This 53-voice choir will fill our sanctuary with delightful sacred music. 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!
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."
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.
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 . . .
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?
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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:
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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