Church News

New Thursday Bible Study

Harris Hill UMC · Published September 30, 2017

Unpack a Parable

Thursday Small Group: “Unpack a Parable.” No book necessary, each week stands on its own. All Thursday studies will take place in the Adult Sunday School Room at the church. Sessions listed below:

  • October 5th, 7PM
  • October 12th, 7PM
  • November 2th, 7PM
  • November 9th, 7PM
See the church calendar for all events

New Men's Small Group Study

Matt Wiltrout · Published September 20, 2017

Epic of Eden: Isaiah

Saturday morning men's group will be starting "The Epic of Eden: Isaiah" Saturday September 23, 2017.

Often named “the fifth gospel,” the book of the prophet Isaiah has more to say about Israel’s coming Messiah than any other Old Testament book. This eight-week study explains Israel’s religion and economy, explores the definition and role of the prophets, and helps us to apply the message of this great champion of the faith to our lives today.

All meetings begin at 7:00 Saturday mornings with breakfast at Jon Delong's house followed by a a video which summarizes and further explains the material of the assigned chapter. Contact Jon DeLong if interested in joining the group or attending one of the sessions.

District Day with the Bishop

Harris Hill UMC · Published September 20, 2017

Coffee Hour

HHUMC will be hosting this year’s District Day with the Bishop: A Way Forward Discussion on October 3, 2017. From 1:00PM - 3:00PM there will be a clergy session and from 6:30PM - 8:30PM the bishop will meet with laity. All laity of the church is invited to participate in the evening discussion.

Coffee Hour Hosts

Harris Hill UMC · Published September 20, 2017

Coffee Hour

Hosts are needed for 2017-2018 Coffee Hours. Please sign up at the Welcome Center.

Flooding From Hurricane Harvey

Rev. Katie Zettle · Published August 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Devistation
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With the continued coverage of the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, many are asking what they can do to contribute to the relief efforts. Bishop Webb issued a letter last month (included in its entirety at the bottom of this post) indicating how assistance can be given through the United Methodist Church. Summarizing, individuals may:

  1. Pray (suggested prayer below)
  2. Purchase items for and/or build cleaning buckets. Items may be dropped off at the church, 8495 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221
  3. Donate to UMCOR United Methodist Committee On Relief. 100% of donations will go directly to assist in this disaster response

Prayer to Share

Lord of Heaven and Earth, we pray that as the storm rages and the flood waters rise you would allow us also to rise to the challenge of housing the homeless, feeding the hungry, comforting the grieving, and repairing the breach. We pray for those who are isolated and in danger, that you would hear their cries and send help. Give us the wisdom to know when we are called to act or pray or give or wait upon your guidance. And make us vigilant so that no one is left behind and all come to know your grace in the midst of disaster. Amen.

A Letter from Bishop Mark J. Webb: Flooding from Hurricane Harvey

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
As you are aware, Hurricane Harvey continues to cause tremendous devastation to the greater Houston area, forcing thousands to evacuate. When the waters subside, many people will return to discover their homes and businesses have been destroyed. Rebuilding will take weeks, months, even years. I know you have been keeping these people in your prayers; I ask you to continue. And I ask you to allow God to make you part of the answer to these prayers.
I have been in conversation with Bishop Scott Jones of the Texas Conference, and have reached out to Bishop Robert Schnase of the Rio Texas Conference assuring them of our prayers and to determine specific ways we can assist in the future, but right now there are two immediate material needs you and your congregation can meet:
1. Invite your congregation to take up a special collection one Sunday in September. Announce to your people which Sunday you will do this and ask them to be especially generous. You may forward these funds to the Conference Office with a single check, made out to Upper New York Conference with FUND # 481 - “2017 Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief” on the memo line.
2. Assemble Cleaning Kits (Flood Buckets) and bring these to [Harris Hill UMC located at 8495 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221]. Click here for instructions.
In the future, Volunteers in Mission (VIM) will also be needed to help with the recovery. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will let us know when teams can be sent.
When I see the images of flooded homes and distraught people, my heart breaks, but I am reminded of God's promise in Isaiah, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you,” (Isaiah 42:3).
God does not abandon, but stands with us in the midst of the wreckage and will enable the people to recover. We are called and privileged to be part of God's presence and work in this. And so, I ask you to offer your prayers, your dollars, and your time.
Grace and peace,
Bishop Mark J. Webb


Harris Hill UMC · Published August 29, 2017

Camp Asbury

Save the dates October 27-28 for a Church-wide family Retreat at Asbury Camp & Retreat Center on Silver Lake. Cost for overnight stay and 3 meals will be $97 for adults; $89 for Youth ages 12-17; $31.50 for kids 4-12: and free for kids under 4. $7.50 extra for linens or you can bring your own. We will begin registration and collecting money in September.

Time and Talent Auction

Harris Hill UMC · Published August 29, 2017

Time and Talent Auction
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Start building, sewing, painting, crafting, and PLANNING your awesome donation for HHUMC’s Time & Talent Auction Saturday, October 14!! See Erin for more info.

Summer Gospel Reading

Harris Hill UMC · Published August 29, 2017

Summer Gospel Reading
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Pastor Katie is wondering how God has given you new insight in reading one of the Gospels this summer. What new thought, idea or revelation did you have? Please share with her by sending an email or writing something out on paper and leave it in her mailbox in the copy room, with the scripture and your thoughts. Limit it to 2-3, these ideas will be used in an upcoming message in October. No names will be used.

NEW Church News Page

Matt Wiltrout · Published August 29, 2017

Church News
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Hello church family! Welcome to the new Church News page. This page is taking the place of the church newsletter which has been discontinued as of May 2017. Check back for posts about upcoming events, church finances, monthly mission and more. If you have any events you would like posted on this page, contact the church office at