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This is our current pledge campaign.  You are welcome to join at any time.
If you have any questions, please contact Teresa in the Church Office at 440-255-3496, Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 4 PM.

Gingerbread House Craft Show

The Gingerbread House Craft Show is a United Methodist Women event.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2019 show a success!  See you in 2021!

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the Gingerbread House Craft Show has been cancelled for 2020. Join us November 5 and 6 of 2021. 

Please contact with any questions or to inquire about participation.  All crafter correspondence is directed to this email.
Click HERE to view the website for the Gingerbread House Craft Show. 

Craft Show History
When Mentor Methodist’s “new” church building was completed in 1906, the Ladies’ Aid Society, as it was then called, organized its first bazaar, at which craft items, vegetables, candy, and other foods were sold. This forerunner of the current Gingerbread House continued through the 1920’s, when the Model T replaced the previously used horse and buggy as a means of bringing workers and shoppers to festivals.

The Fall Festival, as it was then known, gained more space with the addition of the Education Wing, and at various times has included sales areas featuring plants, children’s clothing, books, attic treasures, a special quilt made by the Quilters, a Christmas workshop, lunch and tea rooms, a hot dog stand, and for a short time, antiques.

Workshops to prepare for the bazaar were held once or twice a week for several months beforehand, and this continues today. At one time a meal was served the night before the bazaar, but that was dropped in favor of lighter fare served on the day of the sale….

Caramel making once played a big part in preparation for the bazaar. That was a twice-a-week affair, lasting for a month or six weeks. Up to 500 pounds of caramels were made during that time. A few of the men helped to cut the candy, and the older ladies wrapped it. One husband made a carpeted platform for the women to stand on during the 2-3 hour task of stirring the sticky concoction.

In 1972 the Fall Festival acquired a new name—the...

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Travel to Bethlehem Drive in Worship

Come And Worship As A Church Family - “Travel to Bethlehem”
December 20, Drive-In Worship Experience

4:30 – 5:30 PM
Drive past Christmas Scenes along the Ed Wing
Listen to our Modern Worship Band on our FM Station
Pick up candles and glowsticks under the portico for Christmas Eve
Bring snacks, and candles or flashlights
Find a spot in our parking lot to be ready for singing and storytelling

5:45 Worship
Over the FM Station and Seeing each other “car-to-car”
We will hear the familiar story
We will sing favorite carols to our organ accompaniment
We will end the evening with “Silent Night”
We receive a Christmas Blessing

SPRC Announcement

Staff Parish Relations Announcement

The Mentor UMC Staff Parish Relations Committee is excited to announce that Bishop Tracy Malone intends to appoint Pastor Mikayla Kovacik as an Associate Pastor to Mentor UMC, effective early January 2021.
Pastor Mikayla received her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies and Music, from the University of Mount Union. She received her Master of Divinity from the Pittsburg Theological Seminary, where she focused on intercity ministry and outreach, as part of her studies. After graduating Seminary, she served as the pastor for two separate rural churches in Mahoning County, prior to her current appointment. Pastor Mikayla is currently serving as the Pastor of Pleasant Hill UMC in Middleburg Heights. Within the last month, Pastor Mikayla became a newlywed as she married Robert Doepker.
Pastor Mikayla has amazing spiritual gifts to help this church continue to live into our church’s mission of leading all onto a path of Christ-centered discipleship. She has an affinity for both modern and traditional types of worship services, loves planning worship services, and preaching passionate messages. Pastor Mikayla has a truly genuine passion for Jesus, as well as the thoughtful approach on how to reach out to the community to bring others to know the love of our heavenly father.
In the coming weeks, please join us in praying for Pastor Mikayla and Robert, as they go through a transition and move during the ongoing pandemic. Also, please pray for the Pleasant Hills UMC congregation who also receives this appointment news today. We are excited to welcome Mikayla and obert to Mentor UMC in January 2021, and see what God has in store for this church in the new year.


Western Reserve Drop-Off Site

Mentor United Methodist Church is a drop off site for Midwest Mission to pick up the Christmas Giving Opportunity needs.
Please see the flyer for information.

Western Reserve | Mentor UMC | 8600 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060
Drop-off times are 9:00 PM-3:00 PM Nov 30 to Dec 4.
(440) 255-3496
Enter the parking lot at the rear of the church and proceed to “Preschool Entrance” on the west side of the building. Items may be left at the entrance.  This will be a “no personal contact” site. If you need assistance with unloading or need to arrange another time for drop-off, please call the church office at (440) 255-3496.

Giving Trees

Giving Tree

Giving Tree SignUpGenius

Giving Tree
We had so many names, we had to create another SignUpGenius! Please see the link for the second list.

SECOND LIST Giving Tree SignUpGenius

Gifts are due by December 6.

This year’s Giving Trees have gone Virtual!  Please use this signup genius to choose a child to buy gifts for!  All the info is here just like on your tags.  Families are indicated by the code. Each number is a different family with the letters for each child. Codes 100 and higher are Broadmoor families. If there is ** they are a Broadmoor student. Please understand that the gift requested may be for a younger age but it is for their developmental age.

When you fill out your info it will be just like that duplicate tag info I ask for each year. You will have to use your own gift tags to label the gifts. Please make sure to securely label each gift with the name of the child and their code number. Once you have done that the gifts can be returned to church.  We are starting early so people can take care of their shopping as soon as they want! When using SignUpGenius, be sure to select the slots you would like, then go to the bottom of the page and click, “Submit and Sign Up” to complete the process.

If you are buying gifts via Amazon and shipping directly to the church please make sure to note my name (Betsy Iskra), the child’s name, and their code number.  This is a new process for us so if multiple children are in one box or gifts arrive in separate shipments I may be giving you a call to clarify. 

Thank you for all that you do to make this such a successful event this year! Please feel free to call me at 440-283-6524 or email at

Christmas Eve Altar Poinsettias

It is a tradition at MUMC to place poinsettias on the altar at Christmas in the memory or appreciation of a loved one(s) or for the glory of God.
Plants are $7 each. Please indicate if you will be picking up or donating them to the church.
Checks can be made out to MUMC or Mentor United Methodist Church with “Poinsettias” as the memo.  Please return form and check to:

Mentor United Methodist Church
c/o The Altar Guild Poinsettias
8600 Mentor Avenue
Mentor, Ohio 44060

Click here to fill out an online form.

Click here for a downloadable pdf.

Online payment can be made at the following link Choose the fund “Poinsettias”.

Service Sign Up and Building Reopen Strategy

October 25, 2020 update:

Dear Friends,

With news of Lake County’s status moving to Level Red, we will utilize MUMC’s established guideline to assure the health and safety of one another.  We will take the steps necessary to care for those who are most vulnerable, as well as assist in stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

• Effective October 26, all in-building ministries are suspended until further notice.

• Worship will return to on-line only November 1, 2020.

• We will hold drive-thru communion on November 1, 2020, from 12 PM to 1 PM. We have safety measures in place to protect you and your family.

We will continue to monitor the situation, and when Lake County conditions improve look forward to gathering in person once again. 

We hope you will continue to join us for on-line worship each Sunday at 9 and 11. You may access our services through our website at, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.  Just search for Mentor United Methodist Church and you will find us.

Click here for our YouTube Channel.

Click here for our Facebook page.

Please call the church office at 440.255.3496 should you have any questions, needs or concerns.  We continue to trust God to guide us forward and empower us to be faithful witnesses. 

Pastor Sondra

Click here to read the Building Reopen Strategy

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




Cornerstone logo
Cornerstone is a new take on fellowship.

Cornerstone is for all ages and all stages of faith-life here at MUMC,
from children to teens to grown-ups (and not-so-grown-ups)!

Cornerstone provides opportunities for fun, spiritual fulfillment and service to others
in an atmosphere of Christ-centered discipleship.
That’s our mission.

Rummage Sale 2019 Report
As money continues to trickle in, we are happy to report that this year’s sale has netted over $9000.  Funds will be used to support the missions of our church as well as other endeavors by individuals or groups that request help from Cornerstone.  We thank the legions of volunteers that worked tirelessly to make the sale a success, as well as Howard Hannah for supplying the truck to take unsold items to the Salvation Army, and to the ReStore in Eastlake and the Lake-Geauga Furniture Bank for coming and taking items they could use at the end of the day.  However, as Paul Harvey would say, here’s “The Rest of the Story.”

Hundreds of community members visited our church that day.  For many, it might have been the only time they would be in a church all year.  They were greeted by smiling, welcoming people.  Items that were destined for a landfill found a new home.  The preschool classes toured the rummage sale and were taught about the value of reusing and recycling. Hope Chest received cash from the items donated.  Newcomers stepped up to volunteer.  Many were not members of our church but they were invited by MUMC members. Veterans of the sale met new people and learned things about those they already knew. Bibles and other reading materials left over from the sale were given to those who attended More Than A Meal that evening.  We were assisted in emptying our truck by youth from the Painesville Assembly of God.  Finally, working next to people with a common goal is its own reward.  You can’t put a price on fellowship!  See you next year—the last Saturday in April!

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