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Portage Chapel Hill United Methodist

In as much as the snow makes it feel like Christmas is upon us, our faith tradition has us reserve the four weeks before Christmas for a season of waiting and reflection called “Advent”.  This year our worship series is called “Sacred” and helps us consider all that is sacred in our often profane (or secular) world.  On the four Sundays we will consider Sacred Time, Sacred People, Sacred Space, and Sacred Knowing.  The series, though, will go beyond that time of waiting! Christmas Eve will center on Sacred Being, while the Sunday after Christmas will look at Sacred Doing.

Advent Booklet Now Available
The 2014 Advent Booklet is a beautifully written, this booklet will help guide you prayerfully through the Advent season. See it HERE.

Christmas Eve Services
An Unexpected Christmas
Candlelight Family Services -
Children of Chapel Hill

Sacred Being
Candlelight Service, Lessons ans Carols Chancel Choir & New Life Team - Pastor Barry Petrucci
Candlelight Service with Holy Communion -
Deacon Pat Catellier


Something inside brought you to this ‘click’.  Maybe you have no connection to any faith at all and are trying to figure out what all the buzz is about.  Maybe you have had really crummy experiences in the faith and are looking for what might be out there that does not require you to “check your mind at the door.”  Maybe you have heard some idle rumor about that brown brick church with the awesome stained glass windows at Oakland and Romence.   Whatever…I am glad you made the ‘click’.  This little section of our website tells you some of the basics of this community of faith.

Recently a member of staff here at PCHUM (Portage Chapel Hill United Methodist) described us as “classically progressive”.  I like that.  We carry the 2000 year-old history of Christianity and the 216 year-old history of Methodism into a culture that is changing so fast we are all seeking some grounding, while knowing that life is different…very different.  We are classical in that we hold the tradition with honor without being tied to it in such a way that it cannot evolve.  And we are progressive in that we work hard to keep the simple message of Jesus relevant to the wild diversity of folks in our time.  Classically progressive…

Every church says it is “friendly”.  And we try.  More than that, though, we have forged a congregation with the questions and concerns of folks new in the faith or needed to be Renewed in the faith in mind.  I hope you come and discover who we are, who Christ is, and who you might become as part of this community.

See you real soon…


Pastor Barry Petrucci


Church Office Hours are:  Monday - Thursday from 9am - 2pm

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Worship Services:

8:00am "Come to the Table"
(weekly communion with prayer and message in the Chapel)

9:00am "The Gathering"
(a blended worship centered in music and scripture based message)

11:30am "New Life"
(a casual service with the New Life Band)

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