Summer worship schedule begins in May

Worship schedule for May and the summer

  • May 3, 10 & 17 – 8:30 & 11 a.m.
  • May 24 – 9:30 a.m. only
  • May 31 – 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. (through August)

For the summer of 2015 the UMC of Chugiak will be adding an evening service on an experimental basis. Upon the recommendation of the Worship Team, the UMCC Church Council voted for the trial worship schedule this summer. In addition to the 9:30 a.m. worship service in the sanctuary during the summer season, there will be an additional service offered in the evening at 7 p.m. It is anticipated that this will offer people who may be out of town for the weekend, or for those busy with outdoor activities, an opportunity to worship before returning to work on Monday.

The summer schedule for UMCC begins on Memorial Day weekend and concludes on Labor Day weekend. These two holidays are society’s traditional beginning and ending of the “summer” season. These are also both three-day weekends with a Monday holiday. For 2015, we will follow this schedule and 9:30 a.m. worship will begin on May 24, and the final 9:30 a.m. worship will be on September 6. On these two “bookend” Sundays of the summer, there will ONLY be a service at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.

Beginning on May 31, there will also be a service offered at 7:00 p.m. This is in addition to the 9:30 a.m. morning service. The evening service will continue through August with the final evening service to be offered on August 30. Depending upon weather and attendance, the evening service will be either in the sanctuary or at other locations on the church property. Possibilities include the Community Center and out-of-doors. The location will depend upon weather and the decision of those leading the worship service.

Holy Communion will be offered at all services on the first Sunday of the month. During May and June, communion will also be offered at the 7 p.m. service. Pastor Tim will participate in the decision regarding Holy Communion offerings during July and August. We are in conversation with our nursery staff to have the nursery available for the new Sunday evening service. There will be no Children’s Church during the evening service.

This decision regarding the summer worship service schedule is not made as a permanent change. Following the experience of the summer services, there will be an evaluation of the offering, with a decision for 2016 to be made after that evaluation.

As we come quickly to the Sundays of summer 2015, please keep in mind the two worship services (except May 31 and September 6) that will be available for you. No matter which worship service you choose, be sure and worship God this summer – and each and every Sunday!