"A year round center for retreats and renewal at Chautauqua Institution offering a positive radiant expression of United Methodist Christianity. Providing for spiritual refreshment, quiet renewal, friendship and fellowship!"

Saturday, October 27, 2012


     A small group of volunteers went about the business of winterizing the UM House.  It was wet and cool but the work was completed.  Thanks to all who attended!  We await the 125 Anniversary Season '12.  See you then!

Sunday, August 26, 2012


     As Chautauqua focused on 'U. S. Presidents' this week our House was the scene of discussions that complimented that theme.  Rev. Wayne Butler, our chaplain, led discussions on the porch and in the chapel; 'Faith and the Presidential Elections' & 'The Jefferson Bible.'
Cody, Molly & Wayne

Our guests for Week 9:
George & Dottie
Eva & Fred
Cathy & Bob
Kay & Bob
Sarah, Ina, Janet & Nancy
Other events during the week:
Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, authors of The Presidents'Club speak
The Lettermen perform
Political satire by Capital Steps
Presidents Johnson's and Ford's daughters speak
Tea ladies from McKean
Cody & bike

What a glorious Summer of '12 Season it has been.  The 'three taps' signify that the end is nigh but we will be back for the 125th Anniversary Year, 2013.  Look for advance notice of the 
upcoming celebration events.  
Remember when?

Sunday, August 19, 2012


     This was the week for radical change and our chaplain was ready and willing to set the stage for religious discourse on this theme.  His porch talk was entitled "Apocalypse: Radical Texts for a Radical Community." The students at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where Steve teaches Old Testament Bible are indeed lucky to have such an emotional, caring person in their midst.  We were honored to have Steve and his wife Wendy with us this past week.
Wendy & Steve
     Other guests Week 8:
Stacey & Dalton

The ladies from Uniontown, PA
The McCardell's
Bob & Mary
Patsy & Doug
    Other activities at the House Week 8:
Ice Cream Social for the Youth Symphony
Vince Gill performed in the Amp
New Hope tea group
Packed House for the Men's Club
Charlie our skateboarder
     'Radical Hospitality' is our motto and we strive to maintain that high bar. One hundred and twenty-four years and counting!

Saturday, August 11, 2012


The Golden Gate of the CLSC
 It was a week of CLSC celebrations.  As the class of 2012 was inducted.  Three guests at our house were part of the excitement; Doug & Patsy Wilson and Jan Eichberg.  Congratulations!!
Also, the Guild of Seven Seals was awarded to Alice Cripe and Bob & Karen Douds.
The Wilsons from Richmond

Jan Eichberg from Buffalo

Our chaplain was Bob Williams from the General Commission of History & Archives of the United Methodist Church.  He and his wife, Renee, brought the excitement of history to our House, as they showed and explained documents relating to Chautauqua's beginnings.
The report of the first meeting at Chautauqua
Bob & Renee Williams
Our other guests:
Liz & Jerry

Jim & Judy
Maurice Williamson & Alice Cripe
Jan, Nancy, Nancy & Denise
Other Week 7 activities:

Saturday Evening Meal
Ambassador Andrew Young
Tea group from Trinity-Amhurst
Our Connection students
More from the fountain of youth
Anna's beautiful voice
Our week was cut short by the death of Karen's father Earle P. Smith of Charleston W. V.
We celebrate his 91 years on this Earth.
We would like to thank Bruce & Barbara Burr, Bob & Renee Williams, Doug & Patsy Wilson, Doug & Celia Thompson and Dave & Cindy Shuff for filling in during this period of bereavement.

Saturday, August 4, 2012


        E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Blog....Yes this is the language of the Digital Age and the topic for Chautauqua this past week!  The lectures dealt with the advances, problems and advantages of social media today.
David Folkenflik of NPR

Vivian Schiller, NBC
   Meanwhile on our Porch the conversation dealt with problems within the mainline churches that possibly might be solved using social media.  Our chaplain David Morse led us throughout the week seeking answers to such perplexing queries.

Dave & Penny 

     Our guests for Week Six:
Bob & Mary

Joan & Helen
Bill & Audrey

Al & Joyce

Anne Marie & Duane

     Other activities at the House:
Relaxing with a 'tea.'
The fountain of youth
UM House groupies from Columbus
Warren women
     Chautauqua and the UM House is a veritable utopia.