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Giving Trees

It’s that time of the year again!  Time for the Giving Tree project!  The trees are up and the names have been collected. Beginning Sunday, November 19th you can select a child’s name to bless this holiday season.  Most of the names are on the sign up genius with a few kids on the actual trees. Please make the effort to leave the tags on the trees for those that are not able to select off of the signup genius. If you usually take more than one name please consider taking a family off the list.  Families will all have the same code number followed by a letter.. Families range from 2 to 9 kids this year. As always, this is the most generous of congregations and I am excited to see what this year holds for these wonderful kids!

Please also note there are YELLOW ANGEL ornaments on the trees which are names of parishioners who could use some extra prayers this year.
The BLUE BELLS represent a “ good deed” you can do this year!
The RED HEARTS represent charities that you can make a donation to this season. Envelopes are included. Please place the envelope in the church office, the offering box or the decorated box in the information hub. This years charities are : Nehemiah Project, Birthright, Subzero Mission and Forbes House.

Thank you for all you do to make this Christmas season a special one for many families.

Please reach out to Betsy Iskra with questions :  440-283-6524 or

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Christmas Season Services & Events

Tis the Season!

We hope you join us for the exciting season ahead as we join together to enjoy beautiful musical performances, services, and contribute to holiday missions. See details below to get involved.

Advent Wreath Lighting Sign Up

Sign yourself, family, or friends up for our wreath lighting this year! Click here to see what days and services are available. Pastor Tammy will contact you after you sign up with the information and liturgy.

Gift of Time

We will have a ‘Gift of Time’, an afternoon of Childcare, on Saturday, December 2nd from 1-4 PM here at MUMC. This is a great opportunity for parents & guardians to drop off their children and get Christmas shopping done (or a nap)! Childcare is offered by Children’s Ministry Team. Sign up here OR volunteer here.

Washington DC Field Trip

You are invited to join Pastor Steve, his wife Rev. Cara, Pastor Ivy and Pastor Tammy along with others from Mentor UMC on a field trip to Washington DC from the 3rd to the 5th. You can learn more here.

Poinsettia Order Forms

Please have your poinsettia order forms turned in by December 3rd. Plants are $7 each. Physical forms are available in the Information Hub and Church office or you can order online by clicking here.

Christmas Cantata: O Holy Light

Come see our annual Christmas Cantata during the 9 & 11 AM Traditional services in the Sanctuary on December 3rd. Our 11 AM service is streamed on Facebook and YouTube. We look forward to the excellent efforts of our choir and orchestral members. No cost or registration is required.

Christmas Play: Believe!

Our Christmas Play will be performed on December 9th at 4 PM with a potluck to follow in Fellowship Hall. You can purchase your tickets by clicking here.

Giving Trees

Our Giving Trees ministry is an annual mission where we provide gifts and support for those in need. To get involved, visit the trees displayed throughout the church or this page. Deadline to drop off gifts is December 10th.

Directory Photography Days

For those that would like to be included in our directory (or just want photos taken of their family), our photography days in December are the 13-16th. You can learn more here.

Prelude to Christmas

We’ll meet in the Sanctuary on December 15th at 7:30 PM for the “Prelude to Christmas”, a wonderful service led by our Charter Members Men’s Choir and some members of the men’s choirs from Painesville & Chardon UMC. No cost or registration is required.

Blue Christmas

Join us in the Chapel for our Blue Christmas service at 7 PM on December 20th. This service is for those who are grieving or struggling this Advent and Christmas season.

Sunday Morning Services

Our Sunday morning worship services continue to be 9 & 11 AM Modern and 9 & 11 AM Traditional. 9 AM Modern is streamed online as well as 11 AM Traditional. For the fourth Sunday of Advent, Christmas Eve morning, we will have 9 AM Modern and 11 AM Traditional, both livestreamed.

Christmas Eve Services

All our Christmas Eve services are candlelight.
3 PM - Communion
5 PM - Family Service
7 PM - Modern (streamed as well)
9 PM - Traditional (streamed as well)

More Than A Meal

Our December MTAM will be on Saturday, December 30th. Doors open at 5 PM and dinner is served at 5:30 PM. To volunteer for this, click here. To join for this free meal, simply show up!

Update Your Records

Records Update

We are in the midst of updating our digital records for families & individuals and would like your help! Fill out this form (also below) to get your information up to date. ALL information shared is private and known only to the staff who work with the database. There is also no requirement that all fields be filled; only what you are comfortable sharing. For a physical form, check the Information Hub (forms are YELLOW).

Washington DC Trip

Fieldtrip to Washington D.C.
December 3 – 5
You are invited to join Pastor Steve, his wife Rev. Cara, Pastor Ivy and Pastor Tammy along with others from Member UMC on a field trip to Washington DC.
We will leave Mentor UMC at 3:30 on Sunday, December 3 traveling in rented 15-passenger van(s).

We will visit the National African American History museum on Monday and on Tuesday, we will attend chapel service and lunch at Wesley Theological Seminary for the celebration of the installation of Artist Catherine Kapikian’s De Vinci’s Last Supper.

Catherine Kapikian was Pastor Steve’s Professor of Art and Spirituality at Wesley Theological Seminary.  She is a renowned artist who has worked with many churches to transform the space and the community.  Watch her short video about her latest work – De Vinci’s Last Supper:
Visit Catherine’s website to see pictures of her works around the nation

Thanks to GEM for covering the cost of transportation!

Each participant is responsible for their own cost of food and two nights lodging.

We will depart Wesley Theological Seminary on Tuesday afternoon by 3:30 pm and return to Mentor UMC approximately by 10:00 pm.

More information can be found HERE.

If you have questions, please contact Pastor Steve
To register, please click here.

Shepherding Summit

Shepherding Summit: Leadership Strengthening

Join us on the evening of Sunday, November 19th for our “Shepherding Summit - Leadership Strengthening” from 4:00-7:00 PM. We hope to see you for this engaging gathering & dinner. Please RSVP online HERE or call/email the church office.
440.255.3496 |

Thanksgiving 2023

This year our Thanksgiving meal will be delivery and pickup only. We look forward to providing this free community meal! If you would like to request a meal, please call the church office 440.255.3496 or email Let us know your name, phone number, address (if delivery), and how many meals you would like.


To volunteer click below.
Sign Up!
There are different times and areas to volunteer in, so check out what works for you! Volunteers are needed on Wednesday, November 22nd and Thursday, November 23rd.

Food Donations

To view the food donation list and sign up to provide itemsclick here.
Please look carefully at the items and their quantities/drop off dates. Most items include a GFS (Gordon Food Services) identification number to help discern which item(s) you are getting.

Charge Conference Reports

Click here to view or download the 2023 Pastor Report.

Click here to view or download the 2023 Lay Leader Report.

Church Directory

Church Directory 2023

We are so excited to begin putting together our next church directory! We hope you get involved either by getting your picture taken or volunteering to help. We will have 5 photography dates starting in November and ending in December. You do not NEED to be in the Directory to get your photo taken! Take advantage of our picture days to get some for you and your family. NOTE: if you want photographs in-hand BEFORE Christmas, you will need to sign up for a NOVEMBER slot.


Friday, November 24th
Saturday, November 25th
Tuesday, December 12th
Wednesday, December 13th
Thursday, December 14th
Friday, December 15th
Saturday, December 16th

You can sign up for a time slot (1 slot per 5 family members, select additional slots as needed) by visiting this site:
Use the code: oh2729 with the password: photos (case sensitive).
To sign up in person, visit the Information Hub after services on Sunday.


To volunteer on photography days, click here. Volunteers will direct and help people check in for 2-3 hour shifts (or custom hours if needed).

Records Update

We are in the midst of updating our digital records for families & individuals and would like your help! Fill out this form (also below) to get your information up to date. ALL information shared is private and known only to the staff who work with the database. There is also no requirement that all fields be filled; only what you are comfortable sharing. For a physical form, check the Information Hub (forms are YELLOW).

Covenant Relationships

Mentor United Methodist Church has formed a covenant relationship with missionary Janice Lee. Our annual commitment to Janice Lee is $2500 through the Board of Global Ministries but anyone can give personally to her mission by making checks out to Mentor UMC and designation to Missionary Janice Lee. Here is a Youtube video link of a short clip of Janice Lee in Cambodia:
More videos from Janice and her team can be found here.

Our Nagle Journey Group has formed a relationship with Blair Moses Kamanga. If you are a small group and wish to form a covenant relationship with any of our 300 plus missionaries around the world, please contact Craig Eppler or Kate Colbow.
Here is an MP4 clip from Blair Moses Kamanga of Mozambique:
Click here to view.

Now Hiring

Are you looking to support the work & ministry of our congregation in its efforts to fulfill the church’s mission to lead all onto a path of Christ-centered discipleship? To apply to a MUMC position, send your resume to or apply through our Indeed postings (check the job descriptions below for guidance). Note that our positions require a submission of a statement of faith (like a cover letter) and references.

Director of Modern Worship (full-time)

Is your calling to create and direct a compelling modern worship experience through music and media, that authentically leads others into the presence of God? Are you a passionate visionary who can support the continued evolution of contemporary worship that seeks to welcome and engage those who currently participate as well as engage those that we have not yet been able to connect with? We’re looking for a leader who can recruit and develop a team of emerging leaders and energize the existing team to bring their passion for singing, playing, and leading to continue to grow our Modern Worship service at Mentor UMC. This position requires a statement of faith to be submitted along with a resume.

*Full-time position

TO APPLY: Visit Indeed

Youth Director (full-time)

Do you have a heart for working with youth to address their needs and maximize their opportunities to grow in strength and wisdom and relationship with Jesus? Are you willing to invest yourself in the lives of young people and their families, developing and maintaining relational and inclusive ministries opportunities? Then join our team as the primary contact for our church family helping youth between the 7th and 12th grades grow and deepen their faith as Christian disciples. Mentor United Methodist Church is looking for a Director of Youth Ministries to build and vision how to equip and disciple youth and their families to be lifelong followers of Jesus and to fulfill our mission to lead all onto a path of Christ-centered discipleship. You will develop and facilitate comprehensive youth programs for the church and the community, including students in the life of the church through worship, service, and leadership, and relationship building. This position requires a statement of faith to be submitted along with a resume.

*This is a full-time position

TO APPLY: Visit Indeed.

Fellowship Hall Renovations

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the display in the Gallery, we encourage you to do so. There you will find a board and flyers showing a proposed redesign for certain aspects of Fellowship Hall and have an opportunity to voice your thoughts. The renovations are focused on lighting, a new media booth, floors, paint, and chairs and would be done in PHASES. The main flow and purpose of the room will not change. You can also view the plans below and fill out a Google Form to share your thoughts. Reminder that these are just ideas, nothing final. There is no definitive timeline or cost as of now. Click here to see a brief FAQ page.


Figure 1 Media Booth by Kenna Tanner

Blood Drives

The next Red Cross Blood Drive is:
Tuesday, January 16, 2024, from 9 AM to 3 PM
  Click here to make an appointment.

Church History

Mentor United Methodist Church celebrated its 200th year in 2018!
Celebrating the past, living in the present, building for the future.


Read the monthly Bicentennial Moments from service.


Click here to read the monthly Through the Years column in our Steepletalk Newsletter

Do you have any MUMC history you would like to share with the congregation?
Please send it to:
Don Humphrey
7330 Holly Park Dr.
Concord, Ohio 44060-6704 or e-mail to: