Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.  The people of the United Methodist Church!

 The United Methodist Church of Chinchilla

411 Layton Road, South Abington Township, PA  18411
Sunday Worship @ 9:30AM        
Kevin St. Martin, Pastor   570-585-1216




 

 


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You are invited... All are welcome...Please join us!

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PLEASE NOTE: 

   AS RECOMMENDED BY THE SUSQUEHANNA CONFERENCE, 
THERE WILL BE NO ONSITE WORSHIP AT THIS TIME 
DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.
STAY SAFE.  STAY HEALTHY.

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Wishing you God’s Peace and Comfort    





                                             

"God With Us"

"The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son,
and will call him Immanuel."
~ Isaiah 7:14

         


C H R I S T M A S

A time

 of 

HOPE
PEACE
LOVE 
JOY

  

Pastor: Kevin St. Martin 

Acolyte: PJ Winowich
 

Sunday School Teacher: Norma Winowich

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The United Methodist Church of Chinchilla...

...A welcoming Christian community, developing personal relationships with God, growing together in love and faith, and promoting social responsibility.  This is our Mission.


The Lord's Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.   ~Matthew 6: 9-13
 
 


The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


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  Meet the Pastor  

"Pastor Kevin St. Martin"


Pastor Kevin & Letty, his wife

Phone:  (570) 585-1216
kstmartin@susumc.org


                        

Lifting Up in Prayer
Please see Pastor Kevin, or call 570-585-1216 

to add a person to the Prayer list.
Please also pass along the names of military men and women who are currently serving so we could add them to the Prayer list.


                         
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                                                            Find Us

United Methodist Church of Chinchilla, 411 Layton Road, South Abington Twp, PA 18411 

From Scranton: from the Scranton-Carbondale Highway, exit toward Clarks Summit.  Turn right at the first light, onto Layton Road.  Go just a quarter mile to Church St.  We are on the corner of Church St. and Layton Road. 

From Clarks Summit: drive toward Chinchilla (same direction as if going toward Scranton).  In Chinchilla, turn left at the light at the intersection of Rte. 6 & 11 and Layton Road.  Go just a quarter mile to Church St.  We are on the corner of Church St. and Layton Road.  

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                                             About Us 

Who We Are - Our Mission and Vision
   ...A welcoming Christian community, developing personal relationships with God, growing together in love and faith, and promoting social responsibility.  This is our Mission.

   ...Our Vision of the community and each member of the congregation is:  through diligent prayer and genuine love, bring each of us personally and collectively to the understanding of God's work and Will in our lives, our church and our community.   

   ...we love and welcome visitors and new members 



...We are a member of the Susquehanna Conference, a Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church

"A Witness to Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World"

Susquehanna Conference Website:  www.susumc.org

The Susquehanna LINK [News]:  www.suslink.org

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About the Church Building

Constructed in 1961, is of modern gothic design.  The sanctuary of the church focuses upon the stain glass window showing "The Invitation of Christ".  The lighted brick tower rises 58 feet, housing the bell from the original church.  Approximately 270 persons can be seated in the nave.  Adequate facilities for Sunday School, fellowship and cultural-recreation activities are found in the education wing.    

The United Methodist Church of Chinchilla celebrated their 150th anniversary in 2018. 

 

          

  

                                                             Church History

     It was in 1818, in the log house of Ephraim Leach that the first Methodist services were held by the Reverend George Peck.   Services were held here in irregular intervals until a frame school house was built on a site across from the present South Abington Elementary School.  Church services were held here in the same manner until 1868.  

     In 1868, the "little white church" was built and dedicated by the Reverend Peck who first conducted services 50 years before.  Egbert Snyder donated the land on which it stood and Giles Leach gave all the hemlock lumber in which it was built.  The little white church was located at the triangle formerly made by the intersection of Clarks Green Road (now known as South Abington Road) and routes 6 & 11. 

     In 1905, the Holgate building was transformed into a church under the direction of the Reverend J.S. Custard.  This was the center of the Christian and social life of the community.  

     Interestingly enough it wasn't until the pastorate of the Reverend John Frey (1913-1914) that the hour of worship was changed from the afternoon to 11:00A.M. one month and 7:30 P.M. the next, alternating with Clarks Green.  About this time the church was wired for electricity.  The bell which still calls worshipers and has hung in three steeples in Chinchilla was procured by the Royal Daughters' Sunday School Class.

     In 1924 a new church was built where route 81 now crosses Layton Road.  Keeping pace with the growth in population was the growth in membership and financial strength of the church.  Services were held here until May 1960 when the church was dismantled to make way for the construction of interstate highway route 81. 

     In 1961, the present day church was constructed on a property purchased from the grandchildren of Egbert Leach, descendant of Ephraim Leach, one of the first settlers of the area. The first worship  services were held on December 24, 1961.
 


NOTE WORTHY:
The Abington Community Library has a book about the history of the church
 
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF CHINCHILLA. 
The author is INEZ BAILEY

It is just 12 pages.  Published 1969
LHS 287.6 UNITED
Reference Book, Lackawanna Historical Society  




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The Lord's Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.   ~Matthew 6: 9-13  
Click here to read the Lord's Prayer at BibleGateway.com 


The Great Commission
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.  And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.  ~Matthew 28:16-20

click here to read this on BibleGateway


The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
 
 

               

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He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation"
~Mark 16:15

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Chinchilla United Methodist Church,  411 Layton Road, South Abington Township, PA  18411     570-585-1216  
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