"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, July 27, 2013

WHAT IS HAPPINESS? A WEEK AT THE UNITED METHODIST HOUSE!

     The theme for Week 5 was 'the pursuit of happiness' and that  was accomplished at the United Methodist House as the leadership team of Chaplain Richard Barton and his wife, Gloria, ran several workshops on that very illusive goal.


      Our guests for the week:


Young "new clergy" and young wife


Waiting for David

Kansas: The Couple

Still smiling

A porch favorite twosome  

  The week's activities included:
Gospel Greatness.........
Finding Happiness......
Tea from Amherst
We love celebrations!


125th Anniversary Archives:





 125 Years of Hospitality for the UM House!


Sunday, July 21, 2013

"A GRAND TIME WITH GRAND PEOPLE, GRAND MUSIC AND GRANDCHILDREN!"

         Music is always over the top at Chautauqua and this week we heard from the Ampitheater the musical strains of Charles Wesley.  With a heavily populated Methodist audience, Jared Jacobsen and choir led the attendees in Wesley hymns.  However, the UM House had its own Wesley Day as Charles himself (Larry Homitsky), in period dress and discourse, engaged an audience of over 120 people.  A reception followed in the UM House.  A personal thank you to Barbara Burr for chairing this amazing event and to the many friends of the UM House for all their help.




     Our chaplain was also a 'grande' person.  As General Secretary of Discipleship Karen Greenwaldt and her husband Russ Harris provided conversational topics and with their easy going style brought to the porch many enlightening and delightful moments.




     Our guests this past week:

Has anyone seen their house flying by?


Nicholas' close friends.......

From the 'deep South'........
"And you all win a new air-conditioner"......

Supporters of the House and repair man extraordinaire!
    Events that took place:

Stanford's Women's Basketball coach, Tara VanDervee, spoke in the chapel

Doll making and spirituality

Tea from Marionville, PA

Zach, piano virtuoso and kitchen aide.....


Background music from Ben....


more of the same from twin Sam....

soloist Peter 
Handmade costume replica of the 1880's by Elaine
     125th Anniversary Archives:


Leaving the chapel in 1928
video
 
   
      But it was this child's playful innocence & his desire to be a magician that charmed the hearts of the people on the porch.

     A week with grandchildren, what a Chautauqua Bonus!