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 @ 10AM        
Don Gilchrist, Pastor        



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Worship: Sunday
s at 10:00 AM

Communion: 1st Sunday of month
Children's Sunday School @ 10:15am
Adult Sunday School @ 11:15am 
Coffee time immediately following the service in the conference room; come join us! 
New --->> Sunday: Bedford Towers Apartments Worship Service 1pm
-All are welcome! 

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12/03, Sunday @10am - First Sunday of Advent; Communion     

                      @ 1pm - worship service at Bedford Towers        

12/08, Wednesday@10am-1pm Christmas party for special needs

12/10, Sunday @ 10am - Second Sunday of Advent                    

                                @ 1pm - worship service at Bedford Towers                   

                               @ 1:30 - Christmas party at Bedford Towers                 

 12/17, Sunday @ 10am - Third Sunday of Advent                        

            @ 1pm - worship service at Bedford Towers

 12/24, Sunday @ 10am - Christmas Eve Worship Service              
                               @ 1pm - worship service at Bedford Towers                   
 12/25, CHRISTMAS DAY                                                             

12/31, Sunday @ 10am - Sunday Worship                                  
                         @ 1pm - worship service at Bedford Towers             

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Pastor: Don Gilchrist 
Musicians: Amy Polifko, Sharon Gattens, Jared Bradway, Amanda Gilchrist
Singers: Holly Edwards, Jennifer Walsh, Leslye Artfitch 
Head Usher: Brian Walsh 
Acolyte: Jeffrey Walsh 
Secretary: Jackie Walsh 
Sunday School Superintendent: Jean Lynch 
Sunday School Teachers: Sandy Thorpe, Melissa Leonhardt, Michelle Gilchrist

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An Angel appeared to the shepherds who were tending
their sheep by night.

Click here to read Luke 2:8-20 at Bible Gateway

God so
Loved the 
world He gave
His one and only
Son that whoever
believes in Him shall not
perish but have eternal life


Click here to Read 'John 3' at

Our Christmas Project this year will be for the United Methodist Children's Home in Mechanicsburg, PA.  The Children's Home takes care of neglected and abused children throughout our conference and helps them get a new start in life.  We are asking over the next 3 Sunday's (Dec. 3rd, 10th 17th) that each family consider donating $20.00 to this cause. The church, through our missions will donate dollar for dollar in this campaign. 

Christmas Party for Special Needs
On December 8th from 10am -1pm, we will host a Christmas party for those with special needs in Fellowship hall.  If you are interested in helping out that day, there is a sign up in the back of the church.  Set up for the party will be Thursday evening Dec. 7th at 5:30pm. 

Christmas Poinsettias
Anyone who wishes to order Christmas poinsettias for church, please fill out an order form on the info table and return it with payment to either Giles, Michelle, or Pastor Don.  The deadline is Sunday, December 10th.
Cost is $7.oo.


Our ACTS team continues its ongoing mission to Abington Manor to have fellowship with some of the residents. They assist the Activity Coordinators and bring the Spirit of God to those they interact with.  Please continue to pray and let them know you support them. They will be performing their mission of Good Will to the Abington Manor once a month over the next year. Thank You to Norma and Michelle for coordinating this excellent endeavor for the kids. 

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Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
~ Proverbs 22:6 

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Praise Team

Praise Team practice every Wednesday @ 6pm at the church
(all are welcome to join)

Prayer List and Shut-In List -- Lifting Up in Prayer
To add a person to the Prayer or Shut-in list, please see Pastor Don, or call 570-587-2578.
Please also pass along the names of military service men and women who are currently serving so we can add them to our prayer lists. 


If anyone would like to offer bulletins in memory/dedication of someone or a special occasion, please see the sign-up sheet in the back of the sanctuary, or contact Pastor Don, (570-587-2578).

Food Donations 
Food donation boxes are located in the back of the church.  Please make a donation to support our Mission to the soup kitchens. 

Clothing Collection 
There is a clothing collection drop box in the church parking lot.  Please make your donations to help local families in need. 

Aluminum Cans

Donate your aluminum cans to support the church. 
Place cans in the trailer next to the shed in the parking lot.

Supplies Needed for the Dessin Animal Shelter

Old pillows, blankets, towels, and cleaning supplies are needed at the Dessin Animal Shelter. Please see Michelle Gilchrist with your donations.  Thank you! 

**Please check the information table for other events in our community!


Trustees meet on 1st Tuesdays: 

Finance and Administrative Council meet on 2nd Tuesdays:

PPR Meeting
To be announced

Ministries Committee Meeting
To be announced

"He Leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul."

~Psalm 23: 2b-3a

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Submit Your Articles for Publication  

If there are any events or dates to publicize to the congregation, 
please pass this information along to Pastor Don for the bulletin, 

and to, to get the information on the church website. Thanks!

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Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you...
Let not your heart be troubled.
~ John 14:27



May God be with and protect our children 

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    Nursery is available during worship service.
                                     If you would like to volunteer, 
Jean Lynch.

Adult Sunday School

New and varied informative choices of topics. 
You do not have to know anything about the Bible to enjoy this class. 
All are welcome! 

 We are still all 'works in progress' on our Christian journey. 
e God, he hasn't given up on us yet!

Children's Sunday School
...Held during the morning worship service
The children attending are having a great time learning and
doing appropriate activities and crafts based on each lesson. 

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On the first Sunday each month, you are welcome to receive Holy Communion.
The only requirement is that you believe in Jesus Christ.

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I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
-Philippians 4:13

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Our Father, who art in Heaven, 
hallowed by 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, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen 

click here to --->> Read the LORDS PRAYER at Bible Gateway

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Want to read the Bible?

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For daily devotions:

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The Great Commission

Matthew 28:16-20
English Standard Version (ESV)

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

click here to read this on BibleGateway


Read more about the Susquehanna Conference.
The Susquehanna LINK [News]:

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

Let all that you do be done in Love.
~ 1 Corinthians 16:14

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... Wise men and women still follow Him ...


 This page was last updated on: December 2, 2017


Chinchilla United Methodist Church,  411 Layton Road, South Abington Township, PA  18411   [570-587-2578]           

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