E-Newsletter – Weekly


Chapel Hillers…my dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ….Grace to you and peace in the name of the One who was, the One who is, and the One who is to come. Amen.

This Saturday, April 16th, Chapel Hill is hosting a conference for men with the keynote speaker being the wolf from the KC Chiefs! He is inspiring and a devout follower of Jesus. Please click here to register, if you have further questions, feel free to call the church office 316-684-1117. This is an all-day event and Jay Robinson is our local liaison.

Saturday, April 23rd, Beautify Planeview –  As I mentioned in my sermon this past Sunday, Chapel Hill is going to Planeview to work. This is a great opportunity to find out what and where Planeview is as a neighborhood. We would greatly appreciate it if you would click here to sign up in advance so we can be prepared. Please contact Pastor Jill at jsander-chali@chapelhillwichita.org if you have any questions! Thanks for your prayerful consideration of serving the most impoverished neighborhood in our City.

Transportation Ministry  Do you feel the call to be a driver of the church van on Sunday morning to pick up and deliver those who are unable to drive on their own? We have several in our congregation for whom this ministry would be extremely beneficial. Please let Kellie Ochsner know if you have any interest in serving in this ministry. Drivers do not need a CDL. A license to drive a car is sufficient. Kellie can be reached at kochsner@chapelhillwichita.org

This Sunday in Worship….I will be preaching part 3 of the current sermon series, “Who Is This Man?” As I shared in part 1, Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness is radical and brought a challenging teaching to the first century and beyond. Forgiveness is complicated and complex. For example, there is a difference between forgiveness and reconciliation. Jesus is clear about the difference. I hope to see you on Sunday!

My blog this week….  Some reflections on the importance of hospitality as a congregation with a challenge to all of us….

Have a blessed week and remember….God loves you and so do I!

– Jeff Gannon, Senior Pastor

Emergency Contact Number – If you have a crisis and need to get ahold of a pastor, please use this number 316-261-8006 after church business hours. Monday through Thursday – 8 to 5 and on Friday – 8 to 4:00. Your call will be answered by an operator who will call the pastor on call. You will then receive a call from the on-call pastor. Please put this number in your phones and on your refrigerators.

Click here for the Monthly Publication of Messages From The Hill!


Please join us in celebrating the Baptisms of:

Hughson James Smith, son of Grant and Lindsey Smith who was baptized on Sunday, April 3rd!

Cooper Lee Brobst, son of Justin and Michelle, who was baptized on Sunday, April 10th.


Wednesday Nights

5:30 – 6:15 Dinner

6:15 – 7:30 Classes

Contact Dawn Wagner at dwagner@chapelhillwichita.org for more information!


The Circle Maker
Reaching Capture: The Journey to be One
The Enneagram
Outdoor Games

Kidzcare and Nursery are also available.

Register NOW by clicking here!

Click here for more information on Wednesday Night @ The Hill.



UMW Spring Bake Sale- THIS SUNDAY!!!!

Hi Chapelhillers!  It is time for the United Methodist Women’s Spring bake sale!  So, all you great bakers get out the pans and start your ovens.  We need pies, cakes, cookies, breads, etc. to sell on April 17th.  Please bring your goodies prior to the service you attend.   All proceeds go to charities both local and global.  In the past we have purchased children’s bibles for Brookside church in Plainview, bought backpacks full of food for children in need, supported the local human trafficking organization that takes in girls in need, sent young women on mission trips, supported medical missionaries in Africa, etc.  So, please help us continue this mission by baking.  If you have any questions, please call Pam Larsen at 650-2024.  Thanks for your support.

Small Group’s

Heaven’s Belles – Monday at 1:00 p.m., Room LL1. Led by Ruth Ann Burton. We are studying “Sensible Shoes,” by Sharon Garlough Brown. Starting April 18th we will begin “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson. Contact Ruth Ann with questions at 316-636-8985.

Piecemaker’s Quilting Group –  Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 1-4:30 p.m.This is a diverse group and includes those with different levels of expertise. We do other crafts also, so bring your project and join us! For more information, contact Leo Jean Parker, leojeanparker@ymail.com. Call 316-744-2003 for location.

Women of The Word – Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., Room LL11. Women of the Word is an intergenerational women’s group and all are welcome! We are now studying “The Patriarchs,” by Beth Moore. The group is led by Jana McDaniel and Jan Longhofer. Childcare available.

Mothers Of Young Children – Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., Room LL1
Calling all Women of Young Children to a group made for you! Jen Hinz facilitates this ongoing fellowship and book study. New study starting April 6, “Discerning the Voice of God:  How to Recognize When God Speaks” by Priscilla Shirer which is a 4 week study. Childcare available.

Spiritual Friendship Group – Thursday at 9:30 a.m., Larksfield Place, 7373 E. 29th St. N. The Spiritual Friendship Group is now studying The Family of Jesus and The Friends of Jesus. Karen Kingsbury brings these characters to life. Based on the Bible, interspersed with emotionally gripping fictional details as well as historical and theological insights, these stories will shed a new light on God’s word. We will begin “Jesus Calling” for April 28 through May 26th and begin “Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important part of You” by John Ortberg on June 2nd.For more information, contact Arlene Amis at arlene.amis@gmail.com or call her at 316-253-7359.


Chapel Hill is going to have a new Pictorial Directory as one way to celebrate our 20th Anniversary! If you consider Chapel Hill your church home, we want to include you in the Directory, whether you are a member or not.

We have openings on Fri, May 6, and Sat, May 7. There are three ways to schedule on these days:

1.       Online schedule: https://www.securedata-trans14.com/ap/chapelhillunitedmethodistchurch/index.php?page=10

2.       Fellowship Hall this Sunday, April 17

3.       Contact Diana Tillison (contact info below)

If you are unable to have your photos taken on May 6 or 7, you can do one of two things:

1.       Call Lifetouch at 800-521-4611 to schedule a photo session at another location in Wichita. Please give them Acct #425821 when you schedule and when you go for your photos.

2.       Contact Diana Tillison (contact info below) to talk about other options.

Every family unit of one or more people will receive:

·        one free 8X10

·        a free Directory

·        a $10 discount on photo orders

·        a $5 discount for bringing one or more cans of food to donate (Chapel Hill decides where the cans of food go)

·        20% off photo orders

Don’t delay! We want you in the new Chapel Hill Pictorial Directory. Questions? Contact Diana Tillison, dtillison@chapelhillwichita.org, 316-641-0506.


For more information about any of these classes or to sign-up, contact Dawn Wagner, Director of Adult Discipleship and Spiritual Formation, email: dwagner@chapelhillwichita.org or call the church office, 316-684-1117.

Small Group Studies

“The Good and Beautiful Life” – Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., Room LL1. Study of “The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of God,” by James Bryan Smith, will be led by Ben Leader. Please purchase your own book. Contact Ben for more information at ben.leader@sbcglobal.net or 316-636-5287.

Pastors Bible Study –  Led by Rev. Dr. Jerry Vogt, Sunday at 9:30 a.m., Room LL34. Studying the Gospel of John.

ADULT Sunday School Class – Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Room LL1. “The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus” Follow up Advent on a journey with Jesus. This is an 8-week class focusing on the life and teachings of Jesus. Please purchase your own book. Contact Dawn Wagner for more information at dwagner@chapelhillwichita.org.



The second annual Wichita Christian Men’s Gathering will be held at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church on April 16, 2016.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the conference ends at 5 p.m.  The Gathering will continue to challenge men to Make the Difference for Jesus.  The challenge will be brought this year by Rod Handley and Dan Meers of Character that Counts.  Some of you may know Dan as the Wolf, the mascot for the KC Chiefs.  You will also get the chance to meet in small groups to share and discuss the challenge.  You will be blessed by the music and the word while helping support the continuing scholarships for young men and women attending Christian colleges in Kansas.  The registration is $35 (all of which goes to the scholarships) and includes lunch.

Click here to register, or call 316-684-1117.


**NEW Young Men’s Bible Study COMING SOON** 

Led by Eli Copas – copas.eli@gmail.com

Looking for a Few Young Men to start a Young Men’s Small Group Bible Study to be led by Eli Copas. Join this ongoing small group designed with young men in mind (35 and younger). Based on interest and availability, this time could change. Please contact Eli with questions and to sign up. No book purchase necessary.

Men’s Bible Study – Wednesday 6:30 a.m., in the Upper Room. Have coffee and start your day off right!  Men of all ages are welcome to this ongoing Men’s Bible Study, facilitated by Jay Robinson. We are currently studying “The 7 Deadly Sins” by Maxie Dunnam.



A place to experience and fall in love with Jesus!

Worship and teaching that allows kids to come alive!

Every child is seen, accepted, and knows they are made 
incredibly unique and special in the image of God!!!


VBS will be June 20-24 this year. Save these dates to bring your kids to VBS and to volunteer, if possible. We need lots of volunteers to make VBS a valuable, fun, and safe experience for everyone!

Your life will be changed! Being a VBS volunteer and participating in a week that changes young lives will also change your life!!! You will meet over 100 new adult friends and get the privilege of experiencing over 300 kids falling in love with Jesus. So grab your Hawaiian shirts, sunglasses, and flip flops, and let’s make VBS 2016 an incredible experience for all!!!

Online registration and volunteer sign-up is open! You can register your kids to attend and sign yourself up to volunteer at VBS (you will choose your t-shirt size in the online sign-up as well as sharing your contact information with us):  http://2016.cokesburyvbs.com/chapelhillkids

   Sunday morning volunteers needed: VBS recruitment and registration will begin this Sunday in Fellowship Hall and in the Children’s Check-In Area on the Lower Level. If you would like to help in this way, please contact Diana or Raegan.



KidzCare, a mission-oriented class for Pre-K through 5th graders, meets on Wednesday nights through May 4. We have two mission projects we will be working on.

On Wednesday, April 27, the kids will be assembling health kits to support the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). The health kits are used to provide basic necessities to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of natural disaster. If you would like to contribute items for the health kits, you can pick up a list at the Kids  Booth in Fellowship Hall, or you can contact Raegan. We are excited for the kids to learn that they can be a part of missions and changing the world no matter their age!!

We will also be participating in Read to Feed, a project created by Heifer International. Heifer is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending world hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. The goal for our KidzCare class is to promote reading and to help Heifer provide livestock to struggling families as an ongoing source of income. Our goal for the class is $250 to buy a water buffalo. We only have until May 4th (our last class) to reach this goal! Prayerfully consider saying yes if any of the KidzCare kids ask you on a Sunday morning or Wednesday evening to sponsor them for this project.

Our prayer is that the Chapel Hill Kids experience that they can change the world and share the love of Jesus no matter how old they are!


In Sunday School, our Pre-K through 2nd graders are using Godly Play (a Montessori-based style of teaching) to continue the Easter story. Our 3rd through 5th graders are focusing on Resurrection in their Sunday School lessons.


The Chapel Hill Kids have Worship at the beginning of each Sunday School hour. In Kids Worship, we have been learning the Lord’s Prayer. Your children should have a pretty good understanding of the prayer Jesus taught us to pray! We are currently learning the Apostles Creed. Each week we are adding a new prop to our altar table to go along with learning and understanding the Apostles Creed. We are also learning the books of the New Testament with a fun song by Phil Joel (you can buy it on iTunes and practice at home).


Raegan Brane, Director of Children’s Ministry, rbrane@chapelhillwichita.org, 316-734-9565

Diana Tillison, Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry, dtillison@chapelhillwichita.org, 316-641-0506

KDIC (Kids Day in Christ)


Now Hiring Substitutes!

Kids Day in Christ is currently hiring substitute teachers! There is some training involved and most of the costs will be covered. Please contact Samantha Phinney, Director of KDiC, at kdic@chapelhillwichita.org or call 316-684-1117.


Preschool enrollment now open to all!!

 Chapel Hill Preschool is excited to announce that enrollment for the 2016-17 school year is now open to the public!  Tours of the Preschool are currently being offered and may be scheduled with Debie Marklevits, Director of Chapel Hill Preschool. Please call 316-684-1117 or email dmarklevits@chapelhillwichita.org to schedule a tour. Students must be potty-trained by the beginning of the school year, immunized as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control based on the child’s age, and be three years old by December 2016.


We look forward to partnering with you on your child’s educational journey!




BBQ Fund Raiser – April 24, 2016

Next weekend!   Come ready to Eat!!

$7/meal suggested donation.

Professionally smoked BBQ will be served to Eat at church, or “to go”

Start buying lunch at 10:30 when first service is over!


BBQ ITEMS Wish List!!  Please help if you can!

Youth Need help to round up items for the BIG BBQ Fundraiser!

*Potato Salad – 5lb total

*Baked beans – 5 large cans

*Snacks & goodies to sell for dessert

*Potato chips – big box of snack-size assorted types

*Lemonade – dry mix bags

*Hamburger Buns – REGULAR size – NOT huge buns

*BBQ sauce – sweet baby rays brand or KC masterpiece – 2 gallon jugs

*To GO food  containers – white Styrofoam that open up side and hold puke

*Plastic forks & spoons (~200)

*Plates (~200)

*Cups (~200)

*A kitchen scale for weight

*Bean Cooker Volunteer to make beans more tasty

*Helper Crews – 2 hour shifts – Parents AND kids invited!


This Sunday, April 17  5:30-8:00

East Heights UMC Church.

$5/person (for pizza & drink)

Meet @ Chapel Hill @ 5:00 if you wanna ride in church van.

There will be NO HS Large Group & Bible Study.

WE will all be trying to kill each other with dodgeballs (in a loving “Jesus” kinda way)

register online by clicking here:  https://gp-reg.brtapp.com/WichitaDodgeball2016


Saturday April 23 –Beautify Plainview Church Outreach Service Project

Click here to sign up for morning, Afternoon or all day!



SUMMER CAMP at CAMP HORIZON IS COMING! Click here for information AND to Register NOW!! Space is LIMITED and Fills up FAST!!

April 23 – 8:30 – 2:00 –  Beautify Plainview – Local Outreach to Plainview Community. An ALL church Event. Sign up in 1, 2, or 4 hour blocks.  Contact Eric to Sign up – ehauck@chapelhillwichita.org

April 24 – BBQ Meal fund raiser – Sunday morning Smoked BBQ available for take-out or sit-down in the Fellowship Hall During Sunday morning services.  To Help students raise $ for Summer mission Trips.

June 13-17- Middle School Camp Horizon $270/kid (scholarships available)

June 26-July 1 – HS mission trip Redbud Reservation – South Dakota. Sign Up NOW!!   Space is Limited!!

July 11-15 – High School Camp Horizon $270/kid (scholarships available)

July 24-July 28 – MS mission trip – OKC Outreach & Service



Middle School Large Group, Wednesdays at 6-7:30 p.m.

High School Large Group & Bible Study, Sundays at 6-8 p.m.

Sunday Mornings: Middle School at 9:30 a.m., High School at 11:00 a.m.


Wanna help the HS & MS students?

We are in need of some specific help! If you’re able to help, contact youth leader, Eric Hauck at: ehauck@chapelhillwichita.org or by calling the church office at 316-684-1117.

Youth Group Wish-List 

  • Families to help provide occasional meals for Sunday night High School Gatherings
  • Wood-workers/ Construction help making a GAGA ball pit & Cabinets
  • Scholarships for Students Summer Mission Trips & Camps
  • Gaming console & games – (playstation or xbox)
  • Drum Hi-hat & crash & ride cymbal & stands



Watch for emails from LaVonna Johansen for information on the pictorial project for the 20th anniversary of our church. You will be able to sign up to volunteer for a few hours. Some of you have already offered your time and we are very grateful.

If you have an idea for a day trip or special entertainment, or for more information, contact the church office or Rita Flickinger, 316-288-1110, flicka4@me.com.


***April 23rd – SAVE THE DATE (Register Here)***


Join us Saturday, April 23rd as we help beautify Planeview! We will be working on the community garden as well as helping with some other landscaping needs at the church.

OUR GOAL – TO HAVE 30 VOLUNTEERS to work alongside members of the community. This will be the first annual Beautify Planeview Day for Chapel Hill! Come be a part of it!!!


The Lord’s Diner relies on volunteers to achieve the mission of “Responding to Christ’s call to feed the hungry”. The Diner currently serves about 2,500 meals daily, 365 days a year, from two dining facilities and two food trucks. 

Chapel Hill is part of this mission by providing the volunteer help on the second Sunday of each month. This help consists of serving the food and drink, and providing the clean-up, to the families and individuals who choose to come to the south Lord’s Diner location located at 2825 S Hillside. 

If you would like to help, a food handler’s card is required (see info below). 

Food Handlers Class

Need to renew your Food Handlers Card or don’t have one yet? Come to this FREE class! Be sure to get there a bit early to complete paperwork and avoid the last minute rush. All are welcome!

2016 Classes

Saturday, April 23
Crossroads Church
2139 S. Maize Rd.
9:30 a.m.

City of Wichita Classes
The Environmental Health Department offers classes on the 1st and 3rd Mondays and Saturdays of each month. Online classes are also available for a fee. Please call 316-268-8351 or go to wichita.gov for additional information or to register for a class.

If you currently have a card and want to sign up to help at the Lord’s Diner or have any questions please email Shirley Rogers at dsrogers100@sbcglobal.net.

Health & Wholeness

Click here to Register for the Run!


Results of Sunday’s Blood Drive, (4-10-16)

We had a full slate of 23 donors. 17 units of blood was collected.

A big thank you to all of our loyal Chapel Hill donors who step up and help us meet our goal of saving lives.
Open Door Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed at United Methodist Open Door in the Klothes Kloset to hang clothing and stock shelves.  Individuals, families, groups and students can be scheduled on a regular schedule or a one-time basis, monthly, weekly, daily or whatever fits in with their lives.  If you are interested in volunteering at Open Door, please call Nita Nikkel, Coordinator of Volunteers at 316-267-4201. Or Email: nnikkel@umopendoor.org.


 Bishop’s Bicycle Challenge

June 18, 2016

100K, 50K and 20 mile rides

Rides begin at 7:00 AM

Registration $55.00

Rides begin and end at 

Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 

7901 West 21st St., Wichita, KS

Register at:


 For additional information please visit:  www.bishopsbicyclechallenge.org

All proceeds support United Methodist Open Door


When you are unable to attend Sunday Services, the Audio Visual Services team has created a way for you to still participate! Sunday services are now delivered via live webcast which you may link to via the Chapel Hill website at www.chapelhillwichita.org/watch-sunday-services/. An archive of the service is held at that link for one week, and then a video archive of sermons is available through the Chapel Hill YouTube channel, found here. If you prefer listening to the service, you can find the Chapel Hill podcast by clicking here.

Chapel Hill Newsletter

Articles for the Chapel Hill weekly newsletter are due before 3:00 p.m. on Friday prior to the week of publication. Please include date, time, location of your event and contact information. All articles should be submitted to acarroll@chapelhillwichita.org.Thank you!

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church is committed to providing a safe environment for children, youth, and vulnerable adults. Church staff and servant ministry volunteers which serve these groups are required by the Great Plains Conference of The United Methodist Church to successfully complete Safe