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Looking back on February
(top: Amy Eggert, Carl Sandlin, Karen Ridgway, Kay Rhea, Joan Korpal, Ed Jensen, Hazel Cole;  bottom: Rachel Sciretti, Sandra Ladner, Beth Dudley, Diane Cameron, Diane Gonzalez, Dot August, Charlene Pettigrew)

Last week, a team of fourteen set out for Baldwin, Louisiana to join 50 others from across the US for a week of service at the UMCOR Depot @ Sager Brown. UMCOR stands for the United Methodist Committee on Relief. A depot station is one of two major warehouses which processes and stores supplies that can be quickly mobilized in response to global disasters. These supplies include school supply kits, hygiene kits, and flood buckets. In addition, teams spend time in the community among some of the most vulnerable of South Louisiana. Many on the Chapelwood team have been coming for close to a decade.  Click here to read our blog

Next year's dates are  February 21-26, 2021. We have space for at least 14 people and would love to have you as one of them. Talk with one of these fine people to learn how meaningful this week was and how you can get involved.

February's Senior Adult Lunch Series with NASA's Andrzej Stewart
We enjoyed a fascinating program on where we are in the mission to send astronauts to Mars. We learned about the research and realities of humans living in space for extended missions. God's world is so big, we are thankful for those with curious minds, willing bodies, and tenacious spirits to plunge the mysteries and share their findings with us.
Coming Up
September 27-October 2: Great Trains & the Grand Canyon Trip to Sedona,  AZ

Chapelwood Senior Adults are ready to start traveling again. God's world is so big and beautiful and we are going to try to experience as many natural wonders as we can - the Grand Canyon being the first one.  Pick up brochure at a table in the fountain hallway or email Rachel to get a pdf of the full itinerary.

Informational Meetings - Monday, March 9
Our Premiere World Discovery Tour Group representative will be with us to walk us through the trip and answer any questions we have. There are two options for the meeting.

  • 12:00 p.m. with a light lunch will be served in the Fireside Room
  • 4:00 p.m. with refreshments in the Fireside Room
Direct questions to Rachel Sciretti. We hope to see you there!
Senior Adult Luncheon Series: Keeping Watch
Thursday, March 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
(Check-in between 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.)
The Fellowship Hall, $5 at the door

According to the FBI, scam artists seek out older adults because:
  • They have saved more money.
  • They are less likely to report fraud.
  • They are polite and trusting.
  • Impairment makes it more difficult to detect schemes.
Knowing about today's more common scams can help you identify and prevent them from happening to you.  Join us for lunch and conversation with Chapelwood's own Bill Thorne as he shares with us some "red flags" of fraud and ways to protect ourselves.

Reservations are required by March 19. Contact Kimberly Pieper at (713) 354-4410. Click here for more information.
San Antonio Trip! We have room for just a few more people!
Wednesday - Friday, April 1-3

Join Pastor Rachel, Jan Sellers, and Chapelwood friends old and new on a cultural excursion as we enjoy the gems of San Antonio - Mission San Jos√©, Mission Concepci√≥n, The Menger Hotel, Riverwalk, The McNay, The Witte, Japanese Tea Gardens, fine dining, shopping and more!

There are 30 people registered at this point and maximum capacity is 40, so there is still room for you! The cost is all-inclusive (all meals, lodging, tips, transportation, etc.) at $665 per person ($175 extra for single occupancy). At this point when you register, full payment should be made. Thank you to Jan Sellers for planning this trip. 

Click here to see the full itinerary and information on how to register.
Day Trip: Painted Churches of Schulenburg & Hallettsville 
Wednesday, April 15 8:00 am.m - 600 p.m., cost TBA

Come be amazed at these gems hidden in the plains of southeast Texas. A professional tour guide will help us more fully appreciate this art. We will enjoy lunch at the Oakridge Smokehouse Restaurant and a special stop at Mopsy & Gary Andrews' historic family home for dessert. Our means of transportation will be a comfortable Harris County Precinct Bus.
Registration for this special day begins March 4 and seats on the bus are limited to 35 people. Invite a friend. Seats will go fast. To make your reservation, contact Kimberly Pieper or call (713) 354-4410.
Serving Opportunities
The Buckingham

The Buckingham is home to some of Chapelwood's saints and sages and even though they can't physically come to the church-house, they are still connected through long-time relationships and this satellite worship gathering each Sunday. We are in need of volunteers for this important ministry - all you need is the willingness to share your worship experience one Sunday a month, wear a smile, hold a hand, give a hug, and pass out bulletins. Contact Adrian Granger with questions, to arrange a visit, and to sign up at

The Gathering Place

Chapelwood hosts a themed-party on the first Mondays of most months for folks living with memory loss. It is a time of great joy and friendship. Our next Gatherings are March 2 and April 6. If you know of someone who would benefit from this ministry or if you are interested in join our team of volunteers, contact Ed Jensen.

For more info on the ministry, click here.
Looking for a good book to read?

We'd love to have you join us in LC-211 each month at 1:00 p.m. to discuss some of the books everyone is talking about. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, March 3:  Eleanor: A Spiritual Biography  by Harold Ivan Smith

Tuesday, April 7:  The Well Women by Ladine Housholder

Tuesday, May 5:  Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Click here for the full line-up and links to book summaries.
Looking for a Group?

Click here to see a listing of senior groups that meet for fun and enrichment - Bridge, Exercise, Yoga, Dance, and Serving Groups.

Click here to see a listing of Bible Study/Sunday School Groups.

Click here to see a listing of United Methodist Women's Circles.  Women's Ministry Director Nicole Nehring will be happy to help you.

If you have not already made your estimate of giving and you are ready to do so, click here

Pastor Rachel will be on the Chapelwood pilgrimage to the Holy Land and out of the office March 11-25. Kimberly Pieper, the Senior Adult Ministry Assistant will be happy to help you. Her offices are located in The Anchor House and her contact info is listed throughout the newsletter.

Chapelwood UMC
(713) 465-3467