October 2017

Dear Church Family,

The fall is always a very busy time. School, sports, planning for the fast approaching holidays and more. With this time of year, I tend to get overwhelmed with all the business. Yet, I discovered that God can strengthen and guide us through all the circumstances in which we find ourselves. God will provide.

In reference to provision, each fall we focus on how we use all of the resources for the growing of God's kingdom here on earth. This fall our annual stewardship campaign, remember stewardship is using all of our resources, will focus on much more than money. The question for all of us to consider is this: am I being a faithful disciple in the way I use my time, talents and all the other resources God has entrusted to me?

Will the issue of finances be talked about during our five-week focus, yes. The Bible contains more scripture on possessions than almost any other singular topic. Why is this? Jesus made it very clear that our possessions and desires can very easily replace God as the most important things in our lives.

Other questions, where and how is God calling to serve and who has God created you to be? Remember, our service must grow out of our call and our discovery of who God has designed us to be. It is in being a child of God, a brother and sister of Jesus and a disciple in relationship with God that will bring us peace in all circumstances.

Now, I am asking you to be in prayer in three areas of our congregational life together. The first is to seek God's calling for the area of service and stewardship that God desires of each of us. Second, for the present sermon series and bible studies on anxiety that God will set us free. And third for the leadership of our church in the areas of church growth and a new building.

An update on the new building. The Church Leadership team has sent, Building God's Way, a final foot print of their design. They will incorporate the changes and send back the updated conceptual design. Then they will send an all in dollar amount to build the building.

As we pray and serve together remember that God will ask of us more than is comfortable. The spiritual battle we face each day is between our desired comfort and God's planned journey for each of us as faithful disciples of Jesus. That is why we must live by faith. God is bigger and more loving that anyone or anything we face each day.

A great start to each day is this brief prayer; God I love you, thank you for this day as I recommit my life fully to you. Use me to show your love and grace to others. Remind me that you are always with me. Give me the faith and the courage to do your will through the leading of your Holy Spirit.

Pastor Mike

SEPTEMBER STATISTICS

Date    Worship

Sept. 3     88   

Sept. 10     111   

Sept. 17   144 

Sept. 24   138 

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6.

 

WUMC FAMILY NEWS

HOSPITALIZED: Bob Hires Sr.,

Barb Page, Dr. Roger Hertzman

PRAYERS OF CHRISTIAN COMFORT AND PEACE for the Nancy A. Stafford family upon her passing on September 11, 2017.  

BABY CONGRATULATIONS  go to Mr. & Mrs. Steven Suchocki on the birth of Anthony James Suchocki on September 19, 2017.  Anthony is the 8th great-grandchild of Mr. & Mrs. Bob Hires Sr.
  

OCTOBER SCRIPTURES AND PRAYERS

Prayer Chain

Following each daily Scripture Reading are the names of the families and individuals for our daily prayer list. Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of October.

If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact the Prayer Chain:prayers@watervilleumc.org

OCTOBER CALENDAR

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Operation Christmas Child Shopping Items

September 2017

Dear Church Family,                    

I Thessalonians 5:16 states, "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." I invite you to pray continually for the leadership of the church as we strive to discover and live in the center of God's will for our congregation. There are three primary concerns at this moment; church growth, serving the needs of our community and the new building. Let us all commit ourselves to concentrated and focused prayer in each of these areas.

Throughout history God has moved in mighty ways. One consistent truth is that proceeding these God moments the faithful had been praying for God's Holy Spirit to be at work. We are on the verge of one of those God moments. Yet, if we are unwilling to dedicate ourselves first to God and then to prayer this moment could be missed.

The percentage of active Christians is shrinking in our country. We can turn this trend around as we actively seek a deeper walk with our Lord Jesus. One of the ways we can show our relationship with God is to discover being joyful in all circumstances. This joy is not an outward expression when our favorite team has won or some accomplishment has been reached. It is a sense of complete contentment and peace deep within us. This kind of joy shows itself to others and they desire this kind of joy as well.

Only an ever deepening relationship with God will provide this inner joy that can be with us always no matter the inner struggles we might be facing. Is there an area in your life in which you are discontented? If your answer is yes, then beginning now take it to the Lord in prayer, ask God the next step to discover complete contentment in your life.

As you pray ask God to reveal to you what you need to be contented and how God is calling you to help others to become contented in Christ. God desires to use us all and we are interdependent upon God and one another. There are people in our congregation and in our community that need to know God more fully to become completely contented. How does God want to use you in helping others to find peace and contentment?

When we become discontented we believe change is the answer. This is exactly true. Yet, the change be in us, the change may be our increased involvement, the change may be responding to the call of God upon us to become the change agent of God.

My prayer for each of us is that we will allow God's Holy Spirit to direct the area in each of our lives in which God desires for us to change. The area that may be preventing us from experiencing contentment in Jesus. When we allow God to move in our souls, not only will our lives be more fulfilled and contented, our congregation will grow in transformational power; power that will change lives inside and outside our church.

May the power of the Holy Spirit bring contentment and blessing upon you,

Pastor Mike

 

August Statistics

Date       Worship

Aug. 6            80     

Aug. 13            96   

Aug. 20           76      

Aug. 27           88      

 

Waterville UMC Family News

 Hospitalized: Barb Page 

 Jim Simpson, UTMC

 

Are you an organizer? Do you love weddings?  Do we have an opportunity for YOU!

WUMC is seeking a  Wedding Coordinator.  This position is part time and paid by the bridal party. The Coordinator will help to ensure the wedding ceremony at Waterville United Methodist Church is a memorable experience for the bride, the groom and their guests.  Interested parties should contact Char Hansen for additional information at Charlene.Hansen@live.com. 

 

September 2017 Calendar

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Operation Christmas Child Items

September items are: socks, gloves, t-shirts, sleevelees tops, pajamas, scarves, mini umbrellas, any small clothes items.

Keep in mind the most needed boxes are for the 10-14 boys.

Pray for shopping wisdom and you purchase these monthly items and the items for your own boxes.  The Lord knows the children who will receive your gifts and He can guide your shopping adventures to exactly what will meet needs and give joy.   

ROCHE de BOEUF BOOTH

September 23, WUMC will be having a booth at the annual Roche de Bouef Festival here in Waterville.  We'd once again like to invite the community to join us in the Samaritan Purse Operation Christmas Child (OCC)Shoebox ministry by handing out OCC shoeboxes and flyers about the project with suggestions and instructions. There is a signup sheet on the bulletin board to assist with coverage in the booth for two hour shifts that day. Please consider helping us impact more children around the world and share God's word with this unique ministry!

    Remember National Collection Week is Nov 13-20 this year! 

 

Prayer Chain

Following each daily Scripture Reading are the names of the families and individuals for our daily prayer list. Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of September.

If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact the Prayer Chain:prayers@watervilleumc.org

Optimally Aging At Home And In The Community

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

BGSU Bowen-Thompson Student Union

Explore how to "age in place" and how to make our communities "age-friendly."

Keynote: Esther Greenhouse, Environmental Gerontologist

Discover home modifications to consider, the truth about reverse mortgages, aging-in-place

"Villages", AARP Ohio's Livable Communities, home care options, over 40 exhibitors, raffles and more.

Only $10 per person, including lunch; advance registration required at

 bgsu.edu/oai. For more information, call 419-372-8244. 

See flier posted on bulletin board.

August 2017

THE AMBASSADOR

WATERVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

AUGUST 2017

Mark 4:41 Even the wind and the sea obey him.

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Dear Church Family,

My hope is that you are having a great summer and that the Lord is blessing you greatly.

I am inviting you to be in a season of prayer to reveal to our entire congregation God's plan for church growth and for wisdom for the new building. Our church council have been seeking God's wisdom as we trust that this is God's time to move ahead with a new building. A building that will be fully accessible to all people, plenty of parking, a resource for the entire community and most importantly a lighthouse shining with God's love.

Your prayers are so important. In the coming week several from the church are meeting with Building Church God's Way (BGW). This Christian company has built over 700 churches with a heart for the local congregation to fulfill God's plan for the church and the community. Please seek God in prayer from the time you receive this letter. On Tuesday, August 8 through Thursday, August 10, BGW will be with us seeking God's plan for a new building. Please spend some extra time in prayer from now through Thursday that we all will see clearly God's revelations.

The Psalmist writes in Psalm 127:1-2 these words, "Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones." We must seek God to build His house to provide His ministries to our community and region. Our unified prayers are so important.

Also, we are seeking God's plan for our ministry focus and church growth in Waterville and beyond. God uses His people and His angels to guard our community. We must move beyond our own desires and preferences if we are going to experience the miraculous moving of God's Spirit amongst us, the people of Waterville and beyond.

Thank you for the over 50 of you that have already filled out the survey that will help inform the work with BGW next week. Even though the original deadline of July 31 has past we still need to hear from you. Check your email for the link to fill this out online. You can also call the office and request the email to be resent, request an email attachment to print off, fill out and bring with you Sunday or stop by the office and pick up a paper copy. Your prayerfully considered responses are of great importance for all of us to hear clearly from God. 

Remember that you may be the person to whom God speaks His truth and direction.

May you know the presence of God this day,

Pastor Mike

Your Prayers Are Needed - In light of the upcoming design visit please pray for Austin Fredrickson, those representing Weaver Commercial Contractor and those of the design team who will be helping Austin develop the plans for your facility.Pray for traveling safety and health, for clarity of ideas as the team develops concepts for WUMC, pray for our staff and those interacting with the BGW team that there would be effective communication from both sides.  As so often happens in anything we do that attempts to expand God's Kingdom and reach more people with the Salvation message, Satan will do all he can to disrupt those efforts.  Pray that Satan's efforts to confuse and disrupt will be bound from our church plans.

FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP

Facts, Figures, and FYI's

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The financial requirements of WUMC are an integral and necessary part of doing God's work through us. The largest portion of our financial requirements is our Ministry Expenses which are supported by your General Fund (GF) Contributions. Each year, following prayerful thought and guidance, an annual Ministry Budget is prepared based on estimated expenses for the coming year and the challenge is to keep expenses at or below this budget estimate. So, keeping track of our GF contributions and how it compares to our budget and actual expenses gives us a good picture of where we stand financially. The chart above shows the monthly GF Contributions for each quarter and how the total amount for the quarter compares to the budget requirement and the actual expenses. As the year progresses, these quaterly totals are then added to the year to date (YTD) totals.

Prepaid: Some individuals chose to prepay for the next year's GF by making year-end contributions. So for accounting purposes this prepaid total amount ($13,304) is divided by 12 and entered each month ($1,109).

Thank you for sharing a portion of what God has entrusted to you!


JULY STATISTICS 

Date     Worship

July 2        89

July 9       103

July 16        90

July 23        84

July 30        87

WUMC FAMILY HAPPENINGS

 Hospitalized: Jim Simpson, UTMC

                      Barb Page, UTMC

                      Dan Breen,

Prayers of Christian Comfort and Sympathy
for the family of Jack Steele, Penny Greenlese's brother who passed away in Kansas. Prayers for comfort, strength and peace for the family as they mourn yet another loss in their family.

Prayers of Christian Comfort and Sympathy for

the family of Joanne Cooper as they mourn their loss and are in need of peace, comfort and strength.

Prayers of God-speed and protection as Brandon Chase, Dave & Cathy Landis's son-in-law, serves overseas in our military.  Brandon will be serving overseas for 9 months. Pray also for Alissa, and sons Wyatt and Jonah as they carry on life here in the States.

AUGUST BIBLE READING AND PRAYER

 

Prayer Chain

Following each daily Scripture Reading are the names of the families and individuals for our daily prayer list. Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of August.

If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact the Prayer Chain:prayers@watervilleumc.org  

AUGUST2017 CALENDAR

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August Operation Christmas Child Items

August items to shop for are: School Supplies- crayons, pencils, sharpeners, paper, ruler, colored pencils, scissors, calculators, learning bookds, index cards, small notebooks, pencil cases,  and small paint kits with brushes.

Reminder, the most needed boxes are for the 10-14 boys.

Pray for shopping wisdom as you purchase these monthly items and the items for your own boxes.  The Lord knows the children who will receive your gifts and He can guide your shopping adventures to exactly what will meet the needs and give joy.

Shoppers you have received your instructions, now go and shop!
 

Pregnancy Center of Toledo Annual 5K Run &  Walk

The Pregnancy Center of Toledo will once again have their Annual 5K Run and Walk for Life on Saturday, August 19th.  Anyone wishing to participate can join our church team and walk with Connie Kirkman, Sherry Hill and Melva Robinson.  If unable to participate by walking, consider supporting the team with a financial donation, which can be given to any team member or sign your intention on the Run Baby Run,  Walk For Life sign-up sheet posted on the hallway bulletin board.  Information can also be found on Facebook or Twitter.  Any questions contact Melva Robinson. 

WUMC SeekingWedding Coordinator

The Church Wedding Coordinator position is part time and paid by the bridal party. The Coordinator will help to ensure the wedding ceremony at Waterville United Methodist Church is a memorable experience for the bride, the groom and their guests.  Interested parties should contact Char Hansen for additional information at Charlene.Hansen@live.com.

Part Time Music Minister

WUMC is looking to hire a part-time Minister of Music.  Experience as a worship leader and directing musical ensembles is highly desired.  Directing the church choir will be the main focus.  Must have familiarty with all Christian musical styles.  Strong organizational and communication skills are needed.  Expected time commitment of 10 to 12 hours per week.  Here is a link to our District Website. Part time Music Minister

 

It is never too early to start planning even more closely for your Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. Thank you to those of you that have donated throughout the year already towards our packing party items!

 

A couple of changes I would like to mention.....

This year there has been a small increase to the suggested donation. Starting in 2017, the per-shoebox suggested donation has increased from $7 to $9. This donation provides for the collection, processing and shipping of the shoeboxes, as well as helps provide ministry materials (such as The Greatest Gift Bible Story Booklet that children are given with their shoebox gift!). If you give your donation online, you can follow your box and discover what country your gift is sent to, which is just an awesome thing to see.

 

Also starting this year, candy and toothpaste will not be accepted due to increasing custom regulations. I know these two items were always a staple in my boxes and while I am sad to have to exclude these items, at least it gives me more precious space in my box for other goodies.

 

There is one last change and this one is pretty great! Available this year, red and green plastic shoeboxes! From our project supervisors at Samaritan's Purse- "This year we are excited to announce new red and green plastic shoeboxes! A unique mold has been developed that ensures the highest quality available for shoebox gifts, to be sure they will be durable in the hottest and coldest climates". These plastic shoeboxes become a gift for the child itself alongside the toys, hygiene items, and school supplies found inside. This useful and valuable shoebox will serve as a long lasting reminder of the gift and love received, and the Gospel message the child heard. There will be a charge for us to get these shoeboxes, but if you are someone who generally pays to purchase a plastic shoebox at the dollar store, these are much more durable. I have ordered 100 of these boxes and we will figure out the cost for you when my statement arrives ($1.00-1.50 each perhaps).

 

Does this mean cardboard shoeboxes are no longer available at church? No, we do have some boxes stored from last year, and always remember that you may use your own boxes that you may wrap (or not). Consistency in size with these Samaritan's Purse shoeboxes is helpful when we pack them at our collection center, but DO NOT hesitate to use any basic shoebox sized box and we will be sure to get them packed in with the others!

This is such a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children. Thank you WUMC for your heart in this amazing mission! Collection Week for 2017 is the third week in November, Nov 13-20.

Any questions, give me a call! Anne Stevens     419-367-7379

Directory Correction

Please update your directory to : STEVENS, Dan & Anne

                                                  (419)-367-7379  

                                                  HIRES, Justin & Renee

                                                   11143 Oak Pointe Dr.

                                                   Whitehouse, OH 43571

June 2017

Dear Church Family,

Let us give thanks in all circumstances. I want to thank you for your prayers, cards, emails, and texts during my 30-day leave. It is impossible for me to describe what each and every one met to me. There are three steps that I would like to share with you that is part of my journey to God's peace and I hope they are steps that help you as well.

In the midst of dark and difficult times it becomes difficult to live by faith. The first truth that God has revealed is His sovereignty. God is in control and desires for each of us to live in and fully experience love beyond understanding. A question each of us must settle is: do I believe that God is in control and has my best interest in His plan for my life? A follow-up thought is this: am I willing to relinquish control of my life completely to God? The only way to experience the peace of God beyond understanding requires this first step of trusting in God's love and grace. God's love and grace are given to each of us no matter our present, past or future actions.

One of the ways to grow in understanding in God's sovereignty is reading God's Word. I have discovered the blessing of simply reading God's Word for the sole purpose of feeding my soul as food feeds my body. Here is a challenge. Beyond your daily devotional routine, add the reading of the Bible to feed on the Word. Start out with 10 minutes. You will be amazed at what God will reveal when you read for the sole reason to experience God as He reveals Himself in the Word.

That brings us to the second step, finding God's peace. How often do you find yourself restless, anxious or really down on yourself? Jesus promised the first disciples and the promise remains for us, His present disciples, to give us peace that cannot be found in anyway in this world. An inner peace that God is with us which carries us through the hard moments and even seasons of life. Nothing can move us to healing and wholeness in our spirit than discovering and living in the peace of God. Every troubled and fearful heart is transformed by the peace of God. This inner peace is our very core.

If you are in the midst of struggle and life is overwhelming, then, ask for, seek out and receive God's peace. This peace is an inner confidence that God is with you, that God is in control and that God can be trusted.

The third step is to get in touch with God's presence in our lives. It is so important to learn how to pray which includes hearing God's Holy Spirit directing our lives. Our prayer life is so critical. Jesus demonstrated the need to be in communication with God as He prayed. Sometimes these times of having a conversation with God lasted all night. A conversation is exactly what God desires. The difficult part of prayer is learning to listen for God's part of the conversation. We often spend so much time talking to God that there is no room for God to speak to us.

Try this for the next 30 days. For every minute you speak to God you spend a minute in quiet listening for God to respond. It may take the whole 30 days for you to finally recognize God's still small voice responding to your prayer. Also remember that God wants to hear your very thought. Yes, God already knows our thoughts and feelings yet God loves us so much that He desires to listen to our sharing with our thoughts and feelings, whatever they may be, with Him.

Start now taking these steps and let me know how they are going for you.

Pastor Mike

Finance & Stewardship

Facts, Figures, & FYI's

Giving Statements via Email

If you currently receive a hardcopy of your quarterly giving statement, you may want to consider using our optional and cost saving method of receiving them via email. We simply attach a PDF file to an email, which you may print or file electronically. If you would like to participate in this program or obtain additional information, please contact the Church Office or send an email to watervilleumc@watervilleumc.org.

Also, if you are not aware, The Ambassador monthly newsletter and a weekly church news update, affectionately known as the "Friday Blaster" are both sent via email. If you currently do not receive these and would like to, please contact the church office with your email address.

"Loving Provider, help us to save and spend wisely so we can give generously, as You give to us each day. AMEN"

                                                                        Prayer from Upper Room, January 2012

Please contact the Tom Wiggins financialsec@watervilleumc.org if you have any questions about anything related to finance or stewardship.

May Statistics

        Date               Worship

Apr. 30                 127

May 7                    105

May 14                   99

May 21                   120

May 28                    69

WUMC Information Udates:

Administrative Council update:

  • Council has approved a YMCA sponsorship for 5 years duration.  This sponsorship gives WUMC a banner at the Waterville Y with our name on it, displayed in a prominent location for public recognition of our support.  The sponsorship money goes towards scholarships for family memberships, camps, & classes for our local community members who can otherwise not afford them.

Building team updates:

  • Site development: We are excited to report our contractor, Total Ground Solutions, has completed the hauling of donated dirt as of Wednesday, May 24.  Approximately 6,000 cubic yards of donated dirt is now on our site, which fulfills our future needs for site preparation.

  • A group of members on the Project Leadership team & Pastor Mike visited a local church, Blessed John XXIII, to learn more about their tremendous growth in membership while in their present multi-purpose facility. So successful that after just 8 years in this building, they have started on a huge expansion project. We thank Blessed John's Father Herb for sharing their success story with our group that day.

  • The Project Leadership team learned of an organization called "Building God's Way (BGW)."  BGW is a Christian building organization that provides guidance or a full boat of services up to and including architectural, project management, construction, and building material supply.  BGW wants to insure Christians are building for God's purposes as well as building structures that can pay for themselves by being used as an income stream to help cover construction and operating costs.  BGW says their organization can bring plan drawing costs in at 1/10th the traditional architect's charges and up to 30% less total construction cost.  BGW has 700+ Christian buildings under their belt which allows them a unique perspective and much experience in the process of church building. Please visit http://bgwservices.com/ to learn more about this organizationTwo members attended a seminar in Fairlawn, OH to learn more about this organization.  They also found a great opportunity for our Administrative Council & Project Leadership team to meet 2 people from BGW's team.  A BGW architect happened to be driving through town and the director of BGW's Ohio builder, Weaver Commercial Contractor, agreed to drive here.  The meeting happened on Friday May 19 at 11:30am.

  • The meeting was a success with all attendees impressed with the architect & builder.  Administrative Council & the Project Leadership team held a follow up meeting on May 24 to discuss our thoughts on the meeting from the 19th & our next steps.  We all felt impressed with BGW & that God has placed them in our path.  The next step to move forward with BGW is to hire them to do a demographic study & design charrette.     

  • BGW Architects utilize a unique design process called a "charrette", an intense and highly collaborative effort that takes place over a 2 - 3 day period at the ministry site.  This process allows design solutions to evolve quickly with direct participation of key ministry leaders and real-time adaptations by the architect.  During this process, between 75 - 90% of the preliminary design is completed and the vision of the ministry is captured and translated into preliminary site plans, floor plans, seating diagrams, sketches and exterior renderings.  A motion was made and approved by Administrative Council to hire BGW to do a demographic study and design charrette.  We desire to complete this within 1-2 months & will update soon on the date we are able to book with BGW.  It is also important to note that there is no contract with BGW and the only commitment being made is to the demographic study & design charrette.  We will make further decisions after the charrette.

June Mission Focus

The Week of Hope Community Service Youth Mission Trip is our June Mission Focus.  Fourteen youth and four adults will be serving in Cincinnati, Ohio with Group Mission Trips from June 25-30 this year. In addition to these folks, we also have two of our youth that have been going on mission trips since seventh grade will be on staff with Group this year.Mission envelopes are located in the pew racks for your financial gifts. 

Welcome Our New Secretary, Leanne Dunn

Stop in to say "Hi" to our new secretary Leanne. Leanne and husband, Maurice moved to the Maumee Watershed District from Ohio River Valley in June 2016. They have five grown children. Maurice serves as Pastor at Christ United Methodist, Portage, Ohio.  Leanne serves as secretary at Christ United Methodist and uses her many talents in her service to the Lord.    

WUMC Family Happenings!

Hospitalized: Alta Damron - Toledo Hospital for heart and lung issues.

                         Elaine Colyer - shoulder surgery

                         Roger Hertzman - St. Luke's Hospital

                         Jim Simpson - UTMC

                         Char Hansen

Prayers of Christian Peace and Comfort for the family and friends ofJessie Loraine Welker who died on May 4, 2017. 

We express our Chrisitan love and sympathy to the family and friends of BettyNelson who passed away on May 7, 2017. Betty was active in our church years ago, and is survived by her husband, Clifford; daughter, Jamie (Bruce) Laurie;  and son, Clifford III.  

Prayers of Christian Peace and Comfort for Wayne & Barb Strayer upon the passing of Wayne's mother, Abbie Strayer on May 16th.

WUMC Mail

Dear Sisters and Brothers at Waterville UMC,

Thank you so much for your faithfulness in helping us help young girls over the long term.  As you can imagine, recovering from this kind of physical and sexual abuse is a very long process.  That is why your ongoing support is so important to The Daughter Project and the young ladies who find safety, hope and healing in our home.

In the last four years we have helped 14 girls between the ages of 12 and 17.  Our most recent two girls are 15 years old; Charity and Jasmine and they have been with us since last Thanksgiving.  Charity just left to move to group home nearer to her family but Jasmine continues to be loved and cared for by our House Moms in our home in Wood County.

I hope you find this letter informative and encouraging.  Thank you again for caring enough about these young ladies in our community to support them in this tangible way.  You are a true blessing to all the members of The Daughter Project family but you are also modern day abolitionists alongside us.

Your Brother in the eternal family of God,

Serving God by serving others,

Please pray for TDP, especailly our girls,

Jeff & Diana Wilbarger

Director, The Daughter Project 


Dear Waterville UMC,

Thank-you for the contribution of $505.00 which you recently donated to the food pantry.  We are grateful for your part in this mission.  The Pantry is open on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon all year.  More persons seem to be needing help in the last few months.

We are encouraged to know we have your help, along with others of the community, in keeping the shelves filled with groceries.

Gratefully, Anthony Wayne Community Food Pantry

Denise Longnecker, Mission Committee Chairman,

Lee Thomas, Food Pantry Custodian

Joyce Thomas

Donna Vascik

Lenora Brown

Many Others

June Scripture and Prayer

PRAYER CHAIN 

Following each Scripture Reading are the names of our WUMC family. 

Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of June.  

If you have a prayer request, please contact: 

prayers@watervilleumc.org


June 2017 Calendar

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VBS DONATIONS FOR CRAFTS

Each night of VBS the children get to make a creative craft to go along with the VBS theme.  In order to help with the costs of providing craft materials for around 150 kids, we are hoping to get some of the items donated.  The following items are needed for donation:  toilet paper tubes; Bubbles (4 fl. oz. bottles); small plastic plates.  Items can be given to Stephanie Shelton or placed in a box by the Community Room.  Thank you!  

VBS DONATIONS

This year's theme for VBS is "Maker Fun Factory - Created by God/Built for a Purpose." After the children finish their nightly craft at VBS, they have the opportunity to participate in a variety of stations set up in the craft room. This year's stations will go along with the Fun Factory theme. We are looking for donations of Spirographs, Gear Sets, Magnet and other building sets. These items would not be returned. The items would either go to a church in Toledo at the conclusion of our VBS or to our Sunday School program here at WUMC.   Any questions, please contact Stephanie Shelton.  

June Operation Christmas Child

June is "Girl Item" month - Something to love (stuffed animal, doll, Beanie Babies), hair bows/ties, headbands, purses, jewerly, sewing kits, small water bottles, deflated soccer balls and pumps (or more BOY 10-14 items!!!). Think of items you loved as a girl and pass on the joy!

Again, remember that the most  needed boxes are those for 10-14 boys.

Pray for shopping wisdom as you purchase the monthly items and the items for your own boxes for collection in November.  The Lord knows the children who will receive your gifts and He can guide your shopping adventures to exactly what will meet the needs and give joy.

FREEDOM SCHOOL IS IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS

Choose to volunteer anytime from June 19 - July 28 this summer at Monroe Street United Methodist Church. Opportunities include Classroom Assistants from 9-Noon, Reading Tutors from 11-Noon, Lunch Buddies from Noon until 1:00 pm, Enrichment Volunteers from 1-3:00 pm each afternoon (Monday and Wednesday are art activities; Tuesdays are planting in the butterfly garden; Thursdays are creative writing and music); and Field Trip Chaperones for their Friday afternoon field trips. To sign-up, copy and paste the following link into your browser (or press CTRL and click on link) then find: Monroe Street UMC sign-up page:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f48a5a82aabff2-freedom

Our church will be hosting the School's breakfast on Tuesday, July 18. Pam Cook will be heading up this effort. She will be posting a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in a few weeks.

50 Year Anniversary Celebration of James & Barbara Stewart

Join Jim and  Barbara Stewartas they celebrate 50 years of marriage on June 11, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Maumee United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 405 Sackett St. Maumee, OH.

Over the course of their fifty years of marriage, our parents have had the privilege of serving the Lord through ministry with so many wonderful congregations:

Cherry Grove UMC - Cincinnati

Trinity UMC - Bowling Green

Waterville UMC - Waterville

Collingwood UMC (Interim pastor) Toledo

Weston UMC (interim pastor) Weston

There have been so many wonderful people that have been part of our parents' lives and become part of our family through these ministries, along with our current church family at Maumee United Methodist Church.  We would like to extend an open invitation to all from these congregations to celebrate with our parents at their open house on Sunday, June 11, 2017!

We'd also extend an invitation to all who would like to worship with our family ahead of the open house.  The service starts at 11 am and the open house will begin immediately following the service. Maumee United Methodist Church 405 Sackett St. Maumee, OH 43537

If you are unable to join us, but would like to send a congratulatory note or share a memory, please send to either:

Jennifer Wuertz 5320 Brown Road Oregon, OH 43616 or

Jay Stewart 2164 Arkansas Oregon, OH 43616

Please see the bulletin board for the picture invitation sent to the church.

USED PEANUT BUTTER JARS NEEDED

The dogs (and humans) of Lucas County Humane Society want to thank all of you who donated empty peanut butter jars. This is an easy project that perhaps should be continued until further notice. There is a basket on the shelf in the hallway for the jars. By the way, it seems like choosy mothers do choose Jif.

Browning Masonic Drivers Needed For Sunday Mornings

With more of our congregation making their homes at Browning, we would like to offer transportation to and from our church on Sunday mornings.  If you would be interested in this outreach ministry, please contact Paul Croy at 419-261-5953.

ATTENTION

There will be NO Youth Garage Sale this year. We apologize if you have been saving your treasures for the sale. We are hoping to have one next year (summer 2018) if you want to save your stuff for then. Any questions, contact Stephanie Shelton. Thank you.

May 2017 Newsletter

Dear Church Family,

May the Lord be with you and bring you peace.

One of my favorite scriptures is John 14:27, "I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid." (New Living Translation) Even though this is one of the scriptures I cherish I need to share that I struggle in receiving this peace for myself. How about you? Are you struggling in discovering and knowing God's peace? Are there areas in your life in which you would like to discover God's peace?

Depending upon God's peace is God's way of walking with us through every trial, every challenge and every crises of faith. The challenge is depending upon God so that we can experience God's peace. I know this first hand and for most of my life I have be dealing with depression of which has been hidden from others. I have managed through isolation and over commitment.

As we all know it is one thing to know the gospel and another thing to live it out. As you read this I am beginning a spiritual renewal leave to deal with my depression and jump start a lengthy healing process. This leave has been approved by our District Superintendent with the Staff Parish Relations Committee and Church Council being informed during the past week. Please keep Pam and I in your prayers.

The pastoral needs of the church are covered for the length of my leave.

How about you? Is there anything in your life that is preventing you from knowing the peace of God in your innermost being? If so, God wants to heal you of this, I am fully convinced. God desires to give us this gift of peace. Maybe this is a call not only for me to find healing but for you as well. It is never too late for God to transform us into the person God created us to be.

Don't put off, for the majority of your life like I have, knowing the fullness of God's grace and peace.

Blessings,

Pastor Mike


Finance & Stewardship

Facts, Figures,& & FYI's

April Statistics


Staff Parish Relations Committee News

It is with deep regret that the Staff Parish Relations Committee has accepted the resignation from one of our secretaries, Cathy Landis.  We will all miss her friendly greetings in the church office and her dedication to her job and our church.  Cathy's last day will be May 26th.  At her request, there will be no formal reception held in her honor.  So when you see her, wish her well in her "retirement" and thank her for her years of great service to Waterville UMC.

WUMC Family News

Hospitalized: Jim Simpson at UTMC Hospital , back at Kingston Perrysburg

Sally Waggoner at St. Lukes Hospital, now at St. Charles Rehab. Rm 2627

 2600 Navarre Ave. Oregon, OH 43616

Natalie Przbylski-  upcoming procedure


Baptism of Emma Jean Beakas on April 23, 2017

Emma Jean, Katie, Brynn & Matthew Beakas


WUMC Mail

To: WUMC Family,

Thanks for all of your prayers and help during my recent illness.  They really helped in my recovery.

Bless you all

Ted Myers


Church Secretary - Part Time  

The Waterville United Methodist Church is seeking a part-time church secretary.  The job qualifications include: be proficient in MS Office Suite, proficient in working with social media, administrative secretarial duties (answering phones, scheduling appointments, greeting guests, etc.).  A detailed job description is available by contacting Charlene Hansen.  Interested applicants should email their resumes including reference list by May 15, 2017 to Charlene.Hansen@live.com or mail to Waterville United Methodist Church, c/o Charlene Hansen, 102 N. Fifth St., Waterville, OH 43566. The Waterville United Methodist Church is an EEO/M/F/D/V employer


May Mission Focus - Youth Mission Trip

May Scripture and Prayer

 

Prayer Chain

Following each daily Scripture Reading are the names of the families and individuals for our daily prayer list. Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of May.

If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact the Prayer Chain: prayers@watervilleumc.org.

May Calendar

Click to View May Calendar

May Operation Christmas Child Items

Hello Adventureous Shoppers! May OCC items to be on the lookout for are: "Boy Items"- tools, duct tape, flashlights (and batteries), work gloves, wallets, handkerchiefs, ball glove, stuffed animal (every shoebox needs an item that will GRAB the child's attention), small water bottles, deflated soccer balls and pumps or other balls, matchbox cars and other items the Lord directs your way.

You are an amazing group of shoppers. Thanks for all the items you have brought in!

VBS Donations for Crafts: 

 Each night of VBS the children get to make a creative craft to go along with the VBS theme.  In order to help with the cost of providing craft materials for around 150 kids, we are hoping to get some of the items donated.  The following items are needed for donation: snack size zip-loc bags; sandwich size zip-loc bags; Sharpie permanent markers (colors); Sheets of decorative scrapbook paper (not card stock); Crayola Washable markers; toilet paper tubes; Bubbles (4 fl. oz. bottles); small plastic plates.  Items can be given to Stephanie Shelton or placed in a box by the children's Sunday School rooms.  Thank You!

Maker Fun Factory - Created by God/Built for a Purpose.

 This year's theme for VBS is "Maker Fun Factory - Created by God/Built for a Purpose." After the children finish their nightly craft at VBS, they have the opportunity to participate in a variety of stations set up in the craft room. This year's stations will go along with the Fun Factory theme. We are looking for donations of Spirographs, Gear Sets, Magnet and other building sets. These items would not be returned. The items would either go to a church in Toledo at the conclusion of our VBS or to our Sunday School program here at WUMC.   Any questions, please contact Stephanie Shelton. 

Graduation Sunday 

We will be honoring our graduates on Sunday, June 4.  Graduates from high school, college, technical school, and higher education will be recognized during the church service.  We will also have a time of celebration after the service in the fellowship hall.  Stephanie Shelton is in need of the following information from our graduates:  Name, school graduating from, and any future plans.  This information will be listed in a special bulletin insert on June 4th.  Also, if you would like to be included in the slideshow during the service, please get Stephanie about 8 photos of you (at different ages - infant to current) by May 21st.  Please send the photos electronically to Stephanie at sshelton171@gmail.com   Thank you!  

Waterville Elementary Teacher Appreciation Lunch

We will once again honor the 60 teachers and staff at Waterville Elementary School on Tuesday, May 30th at 11:00 a.m.   As before, we will need salads, desserts and helpers. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the secretaries office. Please consider being a part of this outreach ministry. Thank you!!!

 

 

 

 

April 2017 Newsletter

Behold my hands and my feet..

Luke 24:39

 Jesus said unto Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet believed.

John 20: 29

Dear Church Family,

May the peace of God be with you. We have read and heard this salutation throughout our lives. But what does it really mean to know the peace of God?

Jesus during his final meal with the disciples prior to his arrest, multiple beatings and finally death by crucifixion, Jesus shared this statement with his disciples, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27.

Not long after Jesus offers this teaching of peace we see him wrestling with God's plan for himself to the point of "his sweat being like drops of blood." During this time of deep anguish Jesus prays to God, "If it is your will, let this cup pass from me, yet, not my will but yours be done." Luke 22:39-44.

Can we even image what it would have been like to be facing crucifixion? Crucifixion, not because he had done anything to deserve it, but for God to show how much He loves every person. A love so profound the He sent his son as a sacrifice to once and for all remove the barrier of sin that separates people from God.

Jesus shows us how to know God fully and ultimately how to have a peace in our soul that guides us in every aspect of life. Peace, an innermost sense of calm that comes only when we know God is with us in everything. Jesus human preference was not to go to the cross. Yet, we see even in his asking of God to change the plan that his greatest desire was to do God's will. For Jesus knew from his lifetime of experience that true peace only comes from knowing God and then by faith living out God's plan.

We are God's disciples today. God is saying to us, "my peace I give to you," peace, security, an inner sense of hope and joy that God is with us.

We are quickly coming to our celebration of Christ's ultimate victory over sin and death as we gather on Easter morning to praise God for Christ resurrection from death. But Easter is more than simply the celebration of Jesus's resurrection. It is the celebration that we can be in the Holy presence of God. For all who are separated from God are in the death that comes via sin. We are celebrating our resurrected life as we proclaim in worship, in living a life of victory over sin and living in such a way that others experience God's love through us that we are alive in Jesus.

Do you know God's peace? Peace that guides and strengthens us so that we overcome troubled hearts do not live in fear. If you do not know this kind of peace, then ask God to fill your heart now. Remember even Jesus wrestled in his humanness with God's plan. Yet the driving force of his life was doing the will of God. Jesus did this to show us that our love of God is demonstrated in living life God's way.

May the peace that comes in Christ's victory over death fill you. May the Holy Spirit reveal God's plan for your life as we all celebrate together new life in Jesus on Easter morning.

Pastor Mike


Finance & Stewardship

Facts, Figures, FYI's

Quarterly Statements: Your 1st Quarter Giving Statements will be emailed on Saturday, April 8. For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pick up on Sunday, April 9 on the shelf outside the Church Office.

Please contact Tom Wiggins, financialsec@watervilleumc.org if you have any questions about anything related to finance, stewardship or the Capital Campaign.

             "Money is an excellent gift of God answering the noblest of ends" 

                                                                                      John Wesley  

March Statistics

      Date        Worship

Mar.   5           102

 Mar. 12           104

 Mar. 19           104

 Mar. 26           110

  

April Mission Focus

The Daughter Project

In 2016, Jeff Wilbarger, was presented with the honor of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Community Service and his hope is that this recognition will bring even more awareness to child trafficking. Mr. Wilbarger is a Math Teacher at Emmanuel Christian Academy. He is also the founder of The Daughter Project, which helps children- ages 10-17 recover from their ordeal.

Mr.Wilbarger's son-in-law gave him a book called "Not For Sale"- about trafficking. The book immediately touched his heart and helped him understand this problem is NOT just in far off countries, but right here in the US. The numbers of children involved broke his heart- 100,000 children in the US....but something that touched him even more greatly was research that showed him there were over 1000 trafficked children in Ohio at that time. According to FBI statistics, TOLEDO is one of the top FIVE cities in America for trafficking according to the Ohio Trafficking Commission--Toledo is behind LasVegas, Miami and Portland.

John Kasich in introducing executive order in 2016, noted that the most common age in Ohio for children to become victims of human trafficking is 13!   Eighth grade- can you all think of a child, neighbor, or grandchild that is 13. That is beyond my comprehension.

After reading the book, Mr. Wilbarger decided to find a shelter where he could use his teaching skills to help. He quickly found there was no such place in Ohio, Indiana or Michigan.

The Daughter Project started in the summer of 2012. The home was named the Daughter Project, so we will not forget that all girls, are "someone's daughter". Five years ago, The Daughter Project became Ohio's first licensed recovery home for girls rescued from traffickers. The Daughter Project provides services including physical and sexual abuse counselling, education services, life and social counseling. Some stay for a year, some for less. The goal is to get them back to their families, or if that is not a healthy situation, then help find a foster family. Since then the project has helped 12 girls, ages 13-17.

The Daughter Project home was built by area builders and is completely mortgage free because of their generosity and donations from others. Annual operating expenses are around $250,000 and come from individual, church, business donations, high school and college fundraisers. The home is licensed to help a maximum of six girls at a time, and Wilbarger plans to break ground in the next couple of months for a second home in NW Ohio.

This month we will be asking for donations for this project, but Mr. Wilbarger also wanted us all to be aware that the greatest need at this time is for mature, Godly women to apply to be House Moms, either full or part time. Being a House mom is a paid position with training and is very challenging work, but supremely satisfying. 

WUMC Family News

Hospitalized: Bob Hires Sr. now home

                       Jim Simpson, UTMC, now back at Kingston Rehabilitation Center,  Room #226, 345 E. Boundary StreetPerrysburg, OH 43551

Margaret (Peg) Walker is now back home from her recent hospital and rehab stay. Welcome Home Peg!

Prayers of Christian Hope and Comfort for Jim & Marilyn Simpson family and Mary Breymaier upon the home going of sister and aunt Rev. Karen Shepler on Friday, March 10, 2017. Celebration of Life Service was held on March 18 at Monroe Street UMC.

Congratulations to Brian and Cara McMillan on the birth of their son Blake Allen at 2:36 am on Saturday, March 25th. Blake weighed in at 8 pounds and 15 ounces and 20 and 1/2 inches long.  Gage and Brooklyn are super excited and so are Grandpa Steve and Grandma Barb. Best wishes to the new family and let the fun and memories begin!

Project With a Purpose - Will You Help Us?

WUMC Mail

 Dear Members of Waterville United Methodist Church:

Thank you so much for your current considerate contribution of $2500.00 for the truck fund to feed the hungry.  For the year 2014 we exceeded 453,000 punds of food for the hungry.  We processed just over 374,000 pounds for the year 2015.  For 2016 the final total was 382,583 pounds.  Althought harvest time is over, we are still getting calls from food distribution businesses and others who have food that needs to be used.  We are continuing to receive food and the truck makes runs from one to four times per week.  Much of the food we are getting would otherwise be dumped in a field or be thrown out and lost for those who need it most.  Thank you so very much and may God richly bless you in all you do.

Sincerely,

Eulan Tucker, Treasurer

Maumee Watershed District United Methodist Men


April Scripture and Prayer

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Prayer Chain

Following each daily Scripture Reading are the names of the families and individuals for our daily prayer list. Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of April.

If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact the Prayer Chain: prayers@watervilleumc.org.

April Calendar

 Click to view April Calendar

  

Easter Lily Orders

 We wish to have lilies grace the Chancel Area for our Easter Worship Service on April 16, as we celebrate our Lord's Resurrection over sin and death.

To placeyour Lily Order please complete an order envelope located in the pew envelope holder.  Please complete with the number of lilies you are ordering,the person(s) name to whom you are dedicating, if you are contributing to the New Building Fund and your name as you would like it printed in the bulletin, enclouse your payment and drop in the offering plate.  OR you may click on the link below to place your order and then drop your payment in the offering plate.

Click Here to place your Lily Order

The cost of each lily is $8.00.  The deadline to order is Sunday, April 9, 2017.

Egg-citing News

Join us for an Easter Egg Hunt on April 9th (Palm Sunday) following church.  Children up to 6th grade are welcome to participate in this egg-citing event and adults are encouraged to "egg" them on.  All egg hunters will be awarded a sackfull of goodies.  Please bring your own baskets (we will have some bags on hand too).  If you have questions, want to donate candy or goodies for the sacks, or would like to help hide eggs on the day of the event, please contact Cara McMillan at 419-344-2171.

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party

April's designated items to look for are: Hygiene items: toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, washcloths, lip balm, Band aids, fingernail care items, brushes/combs.

We are well on our way to having a grand packing party.  Rememberthat the most needed boxes are those for 10-14 boys. 

Pray for shopping wisdom as you purchase these monthly items and the items for your own boxes for collection in November.  The Lord knows the children who will receive your gifts and He can guide your shopping adventures to exactly what will meet needs and give joy.  Onward Shoppers!  

Used Peanut Butter Jars Needed 

The Lucas County Humane Society wants empty peanut butter jars with some peanut butter residue remaining for their dogs.  If people could bring in the jars, Karen Longnecker will be glad to drop them off at the shelter.  Karen knows we have some animal lovers who might want to help the pooches.  (And remember, she is a cat person, but Hobo gave his approval for her to do this.)  


Dave & Paulette Hogg - Save the Date

Come share with us  

50th Wedding Renwal of Vows Celebration

Church of the Master United Methodist, Westerville

24 N. Grove St. Westerville (Corner of Grove and Main Streets)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 1-4:00pm Renewal of vows at 1:30pm

 Dr. Carl L. Wiley officiated at our wedding 50 years ago and wll do renewal.  Reception to follow in Fellowship Hall.

In Lieu of gifts, bring a canned food item to be divided between 2 local food pantries.

R.S.V.P. by June 1 to Dave's cell: 614-208-4105

Our actual 50th Anniversary is April 29.

Dave and Paulette Hogg

6202 Willowcrest Dr.

Columbs, OH 43229

There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board, so they can know how much food to provide.

We hope you can share in this special day with us.

Thank You so much

Dave and  Paulette Hogg


Sincerely,
Cathy Landis & Janet Poling

March 2017 Newsletter

THE AMBASSADOR

Dear Church Family,             

We have entered the season of Lent which is a season of preparation. Lent as we know it has its roots in the early 4th century. Lent was first practiced in several different forms as early as the 2nd century.

The season of lent is a time in which Christians have the opportunity to focus on prayer, penance, sacrifice and Christian service. Another very early practice was that of fasting.

The Lenten fast is the sacrificial portion of Lent. This time of fasting has gone through different common rules, but has settled generally on eating only one meal a day, in the evening, with snacks only if needed, and only Monday through Saturday beginning on Ash Wednesday, thus the 40 days of lent.

This all leads us to the common language of "giving something up for lent". I would like to invite all of us to participate in the Lenten fast as our sacrifice during lent. Personally, my sacrifice will be time. This year I will sacrifice half an hour each day to be in prayer for God's wisdom for the mission and vision for our congregation.

Now this fast by itself may be good for us but will not by itself draw us closer to God or help us on our journey towards our celebration of Easter. Here is the key, to replace the time spent doing something else, i.e. tv, reading the newspaper, facebook, etc, with prayer.

As a congregation I am calling us to pray for transformation in each of our hearts and minds to become more Christ like in our daily activities. Also, to pray for those persons in our lives and in our communities that do not know the love of God as found in Christ Jesus. Finally, how God desires to use each of us in our community to show Jesus to others, this is our mission. We will truly be blessed.

During Lent we have an opportunity experience together a Lenten study by Max Lucado, He Chose the Nails, what God did to win your heart. Don't ever forget, God loves you.

Pastor Mike  


 February Statistics  

         Date            Worship    

Feb.   5              112

Feb. 12             106

Feb. 19              176

Feb. 26              120

 

Lenten Study Series  - HE CHOSE THE NAILS        

 In He Chose the Nails, a five-session video Bible study, Max Lucado continues by examining the gifts that Christ gave at his crucifixion. These include not only the gift of the cross, but also the gift of the thorns, the nails, and the empty tomb. The cross is rich with God's gifts of grace, and as we unwrap them, we will hear him whisper, "I did it just for you." This study will begin on Sunday morning March 12 at 9:00 am or at 6:30 pm at the Wiggin's home and Tuesday evening March 14 at 7:00 pm. in the Fireside Room at the church. Signup sheets are on the bulletin board in the hallway.

WUMC Family News 

Hospitalized:  

Jim Simpson is residing at Kingston Care of Perrysburg Room  227  333 E. Boundary Perrysburg, OH 43551

Peg Walker - Kingston Rehab Center Room 228 Perrysburg, OH 43551

Dear Friends:

The Schultz family cannot thank you enough for all the prayers and cards and support over the past two months concerning the loss of my Dad.  We are extremely grateful that God guided us to Waterville United Methodist Church so many years ago.  You continue to be a blessing to this world and to our family.  We truly thank you! 

 God bless, 

The Schultz Family  

WUMC Mail              

Thank you to all for the cards and prayers while I was in St. Luke's.  A special thanks to Anne for driving me there and Pastor Mike for his visit and prayer.  It is wonderful to be part of such a loving, caring church family.

Karen Longnecker 

A Big Thank You

Anthony Wayne Spirit of Giving would like to Give a BIG Thank You to everyone who came out to support the 10th annual spaghetti fundraiser.  On Friday, February 17th we served an overwhelming 1300 people, which is one of our largest turnouts since 2008!

Thank you to hundreds of faculty, students, parents and community members who sponsored, donated and volunteered as well.  Your support and dedication to the Anthony Wayne family and community is overwhelming and inspiring, and will help us to make a tangible impact for the Spanbauer Family as well as future Spirit of Giving Families.

Prayers for Robby and his family are welcome as he continues his journey of treatment again at this time.

Thank you again for continuous support and generosity,

Anthony Wayne Spirit of Giving Board 

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

John 10:11

March Scripture and Prayer

 

 

 Prayer Chain

Following each daily Scripture Reading are the names of the families and individuals for our daily prayer list. Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of March.

If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact the Prayer Chain: prayers@watervilleumc.org.

March Calendar    
Click to view March 2017 Calendar 


UMCOR Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator  

The strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator.  This is the first time that UMCOR has earned this top distinction.  

Easter Lily Orders           

We wish to have lilies grace the Chancel Area for our Easter Worship Service on Apirl 16, as we celebrate our Lord's Resurrection over sin and death.

To place your Lily Order please complete an order envelope located in the pew envelope holder.  Please complete with the number of lilies you are ordering, the person(s) name to whom you are dedicating, if you are contributing to the New Building Fund and your name as you would like it printed in the bulletin, enclose your payment and drop in the offering plate.  OR you may click on the link below to place your lily order.

Click here to place your Lily Order.

The cost of each lily is $8.00.  The deadline to order is Sunday, April 9, 2017.  

Operation Christmas Child  

Once again we would like to have a Packing Party in November . Anne Stevens reports we add approximately 70 -80 additional boxes which means additional children that receive the message of Jesus love for them.  

So each month as you are out shopping remember to scout out those "bargains"  and amaze us with your finds. Let's remember that the most needed boxes are for the 10-14 year old boys.   Pray for shopping wisdom as you purchase these monthly items and the items for your own boxes.  The Lord knows the children who will receive your gifts and He can guide your shopping adventures to exactly what will meet the needs and give joy.

For the month of March: Craft supplies, books, stickers, cars, puzzles, plastic animals, balls, jacks, yoyo's jump ropes, harmonicas, Slinkys, musical instruments, paddles with the ball attached, playing cards, sticker sheets, coloring books, puppets, Legos, tennis balls, duct tape and whatever"finds" the Lord directs you to.

Happy Shopping and may the Lord direct fantastic bargains your way!  

 Sweet Endings

Thursday, March 23, 2017 with Guest Speaker Abby Johnson, Former Director of a Planned Parenthood Center. Sweet Endings will be held at Westgate Chapel 2500 Wilford Drive, Toledo, OH beginning at 5:30 P.    M.   with HorD'Oeuvres & Dessert Reception, Program begins at 7:00 P. M. Tickets are $20.00 and Registration is required. RSVP deadline is March, 13, 2017.  This event is open to the public.  For more information or to register online please visit www.friendsofpregnancycenter.org

 Pancake Day - Haskins Community Church

Saturday , March 4 from 8:00 - 1:00 and4:00-7:00

Adults - $8.00

Children (4-10 yrs) - $2.00

Children 3 and under eat Free

Menu: Whole Hog Sausage, Light Fluffy Pancakes, Applesauce and Beverage

ALL YOU CAN EAT

Haskins Community Church is located at 209 West Main Street, Haskins

An elevator (east side of building) is available. 

February 2017 Newsletter

Dear Church Family,                    

When considering what to write this month the words of a hymn continued in my spirit, "O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds thy hands have made,." These opening words of How Great Thou Art state so clearly the writers praise of joy God as he declares the awe of considering all of God's creation.

The psalmist in Psalm 8 writes in verse 1, "O Lord, our Lord, the majesty of your name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens." Both authors are praising God. When was the last time while praising God you experienced his holy presence like the psalmist and the writer of the hymn?

Psalm 150 states clearly that everything that lives is to praise God,

"Praise the Lord!

Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heaven!
2 Praise him for his mighty works;
    praise his unequaled greatness!
3 Praise him with a blast of the ram's horn;
    praise him with the lyre and harp!
4 Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;
    praise him with strings and flutes!
5 Praise him with a clash of cymbals;
    praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
6 Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!

Praise the Lord!"

Praising God is our response to the awesome gift of grace we are given in Jesus as we experience salvation and grow daily in the likeness of our savior. In this psalm we are given direction in what to give praise for and some of the ways we can express that praise.

How and when do you praise God? Praising God is one of the ways we declare our love for our creator, our savior and the Holy Spirit that dwells in us. God is always with us. Do we thank God with our praise for never leaving us, for always loving us no matter what we have done or will do and God's abundant provision for every part of our being?

In the days and weeks ahead I would encourage each of us to study God's Word and to praise God each day. Let the joy of the Lord flood into our spirits' as we intentionally praise God. I have discovered the peace of God while giving praise when my life has been a wreck. You can too. It is amazing how God shows up in every circumstance when we start with our praise of our loving and gracious God. Try it!

Pastor Mike

 Finance & Stewardship

Facts, Figures, & FYI's

 As a follow up to our presentation on Sunday, January 8th and to insure everyone receives the information, we have some grand news to share.  

First of all, thank you for your faithful stewardship in support of the mission and ministries of Waterville United Methodist Church, whether it was financial giving, offering prayers, sharing of your talent or participating in activities or programs.  

We finished the year in the black! Our total General Fund Income for 2016 was $304,252 and our total Operating Expenses were $293,166, resulting in a year-end General Fund balance of $11,086. We were not only able to pay all of our expenses, including outreach & mission programs, but also have a reserve of funds to begin the year.  

We had a great response to our 2017 Living Generously Stewardship Program, receiving 62 Estimate of Giving Cards that totaled $198,996. The Administrative Council has approved a 2017 Operating Budget of $275,175, which means our estimated giving will cover 72% of our budget. 

In addition, in 2016 we received pre-payment of 2017 giving of $13,304. So if we subtract this amount from the $275,175 Operating Budget, we have a 2017 income requirement of $261,187 or an average of $5,036 in weekly offerings.  

Changes in the commitment amounts on the Estimate of Giving Cards 2017 vs. 2016

28          Increases

  6          Decreases

18          Same Amount

 8         New (did not submit card last year)  

Thank you to each and every one of you for your willingness to share, so generously, a portion of what He has entrusted to you. This level of giving is a tremendous indicator of the spiritual health of WUMC and the importance we place on the work of His Church, sharing the good news and leading others to Christ.  

Please contact the Church Office or Tom Wiggins if you have any questions about anything related to finance or stewardship at financialsec@watervilleumc.org or (419) 878-5503.  

 January 2017 Statistics

      Date     Worship

Jan. 1       56

Jan. 8      128

Jan. 15      115

Jan. 22      130

Jan. 29       137

 WUMC Family News

Hospitalized:Jim Simpson - Heritage of Waterville, rehab to home

                    Bonne Spychalski - Back surgery at St. Luke's Hospital

                    Barb Page - St. Luke's Hospital

                    Ted Myers - St. Luke's Hospital pneumonia

                    Lowell Crabtree, father of Pam Denman, double by-pass heart surgery

                    Roger Hertzman, St. Luke's Hospital

 

Prayers of Christian Hope and Peace to the family of Brian Schultz at the passing of his father, George Schultz on Dec. 29, 2016. 

Prayers of Christian Sympathy and Comfort to the Bob Deardurff family upon the passing of Sue's mother, Ruth Ann Nafziger on January 9, 2017.

 WUMC Mail

Dear WUMC Friends,

Thank you for the beautiful Christmas candle and poinsettia wreath.  I enjoyed the flickering light and as a reminder that He is the light of our life.  Also thank you for your prayers during my November surgeries and December recovery.  I am looking forward th a heathly 2017. 

Blessings,

Elaine Larimer


Dear friends of WUMC,

Thank you for your prayers and messages of concern during our recent illnesses.
 John & Anne Mason 

New Site Work -  Progress in the Making

Thanks to Randall Reihing we have additional pictures of the progress being made at our new location. This picture shows the truck that brought in dirt and the dozer that was used to move and put into place.

To God be the Glory - great things He has done!

 

Thanks Randall!                               

February Calendar


Click to view February 2017 Calendar

February Scripture and Prayer

 

Prayer Chain

Following each daily Scripture Reading are the names of the families and individuals for our daily prayer list. Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of February.

If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact the Prayer Chain: prayers@watervilleumc.org.

Mission Update

Karen Wiggins reports that the figures are in from our day of ringing the bell at the Salvation Army Red Kettle collection point resulted in $754.93!!  That is over $100 more than we collected in 2015!   Thank you to all the members who staffed the kettle that day, kept that bell ringing, and smiled at everyone who donated.  Hopefully everyone noticed our sign for WUMC and now has a sense of our presence in the community.                             

MISSING SOME DISHES??? The church kitchen has quite a collection of serving dishes and plates that were used for various programs in the month of December. Please stop by the kitchen and check out the counter by the dishwasher to see if you recognize any of your dishes.

Support WUMC

As you shop for Valentine's Day gifts, remember to shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/34-4437474  to support WUMC. Just click the link and you will be taken directly to amazonsmile's website and automatically any purchase will result in a donation to WUMC.  Amazon has a large variety of gifts that are perfect for Valentine's Day including electronics, jewelry, clothing, and more. Get a head start on Easter, Mother's Day, Graduation, Father's Day, Bridal and or Baby Shower gifts as well.                                 

VBS - Save the date! - Plans for Vacation Bible School 2017 are underway and we wanted to let you know the dates so you could mark you calendars.  VBS will be July 9 or 10th through July 13th.  The VBS planning team is still deciding whether to have VBS be 4 or 5 days this year.  In the past, it has always been 5 days, but we struggled to get volunteers last year and may shorten it a day in hopes to get more volunteers.  We will keep you posted on the official start date soon, but it will either be July 9th or 10th.  If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Shelton 567-202-5035 or sshelton171@gmail.com.  The theme for VBS this year is "Maker Fun Factory - Created by God.  Built for a Purpose."                                

Anthony Wayne Spirit of Giving

FT Families and Friends,

We have a very unique opportunity to help the family of Robby Spanbauer. Robby is a 5th grade student at Fallen Timbers. Last spring he was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer. Since then Robby, his family, the community, and his new school family (the class of 2024) have been fighting hard together.

This year the Anthony Wayne Spirit of Giving, a community organization having the mission to help medically fragile families in the Anthony Wayne district, has adopted Robby and his family. The Spirit of Giving was established in 2006. Thirty families have received significant financial support which has greatly reduced family stress and helped these families to focus their efforts on healing. The Spanbauer's and our Fallen Timbers family are greatly appreciative to the Spirit of Giving for choosing the Spanbauer's to
sponsor in 2017.

With that said, there are several ways the FT
family can support this important cause for our friend and classmate Robby. Please review some ways, listed below, to support the Spanbauer's :

Donation Opportunities

1) Attend the Spirit of Giving Spaghetti Dinner

February 17th in the High School Cafeteria

4:30 - 8pm

Tickets are $5.00 each

FT students will sell dinner tickets during lunch
at FT on February 14th.

Dinner tickets may also be purchased at the dinner.

 

2) FT "Quilt Viewing" January 30 FT - Feb 6th

Please stop in the FT Office and purchase quilt
raffle tickets from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm

Jan 30th - Feb. 6th

Tickets are $5.00 each

Quilt raffle tickets will also be on sale at the
dinner on Feb. 17th along with silent auction items.

 

Proceeds for Dinner Tickets and Raffle Tickets
benefit the Spanbauer Family.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

1)Make a Dessert to Donate

RSVP to make a dessert by sending email to jminni@anthonywayneschools.org by Feb. 14th. Deliver the dessert to High School Office on February 17th by 12 noon.

 

2)Volunteer at the dinner. Contact tsharp@anthonywayneschools.org for job assignments.

 

3)FT students may write an encouraging note to Robby. Please give your note to
Mrs. Minni by the morning of Feb. 17th.

 

4)Make a sign to support the dinner to display in FT hallways. Students and send
the signs to FT Office by Monday Feb. 6th.

 

5) Spread the word to family and friends.

 

Thank you,


The Fallen Timbers Staff 

January 2017 Newsletter

Dear Church Family,

     As we come to the end of 2016 we share many different feelings. Some of us will be very glad to leave 2016 behind and look towards a new start in 2017. Others of us will look back at 2016 and give thanks for some great experiences and hope 2017 will be just as great. How about you personally? What can you give thanks for from 2016 and what do you hope for in 2017?

     Let each of us ponder for a moment on our lives and what we would like to experience in 2017. There are the normal things that come to mind. Getting into better physical condition, losing weight, eating healthier, spending more time with family, the list goes on. What about our spiritual lives?

     Two questions that I hope each of us will consider are: What would you desire above all else in your spiritual journey with Jesus and what do you desire to learn from God? These are important questions for us to seek the answers from God.

     There are two more questions that must parallel the first. As we receive our desire in our spiritual journey how does God want us to use what has been revealed to us and how are we to serve God as the Holy Spirit teaches us?

   One of the tools that we have available to move ahead in our spiritual is the next Sunday School and Small Group Study Unstuck. This study will focus on, "Moving from the Mundane to the Meaningful." It provides a platform for our personal spiritual development and growth. Unstuck will be offered on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am and Tuesdays evenings at 7:00 pm beginning Sunday, January 8. If neither of these times work for you, please let me know and we will start other groups.

     Unstuck is available on Right Now Media for those who desire to do the study on their own or with their own small group. If you have not signed up for Right Now Media which is a web based resource with a large number of studies. To sign up send an email to Stephanie Shelton, sshelton171@gmail.com, requesting to become a member of Right Now Media. She will send you the sign up information. This membership is a part of our church subscription. The only cost to you may be materials for a given study.

     Another crucial aspect of our daily walk with God is to set aside time each day to practice spiritual disciplines of study, praying, reading God's Word, serving God as we serve others. Here is a challenge. We all keep track of our schedules in some way. As we include the important things to us in our daily schedule let us in 2017 start our new year by putting God in our schedules first. This is a way to honor God above all else.

May 2017 be a great year of spiritual growth for each of us.

Pastor Mike

FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP

Facts, Figures and FYI's

2017 Living Generously Stewardship Campaign: With the start of the New Year, our "Living Generously" Stewardship Campaign draws to a close. May we all continue to approach the financing of the ministries of our church and our personal stewardship from a spiritual and Biblical perspective trusting in God's leading as to the sharing of our resources.

On behalf of the Stewardship Team, thank you to all who contributed to and participated in making this program a success. We will be sharing the final results during worship on January 22, 2017.

Finally, if you haven't had the opportunity to turn in your 2017 Estimate of Giving Card, we will gladly accept them at any time. You may place them in the offering, send via US Mail or drop them off in the Church Office. If you need one, they are available on the shelf by the Church Office. 

2017 Giving Envelopes: Thank you very much for your tremendous response of picking up your 2017 Giving Envelope. It has saved the time and expense of mailing them.

Please contact the Church Office, (419) 878-3645, wumc@watervilleumc.org or Tom Wiggins (419) 878-5503, financialsec@watervilleumc.org if you have any questions about anything related to finance or stewardship.  

December Statistics

        
WUMC Building Site Progress

Randall Reihing visited the WUMC new church building site on Waterville-Monclova on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 21st while work was in progress on the 200 foot driveway extension to allow secure passage for the dump trucks that will bring the needed fill dirt.  Randall took this picture from his vehicle for us..Thanks Randall from those of us who were not able to see for ourselves the work in progress.

 2017 Giving Envelopes

2017 Offering Envelopes are on the shelf outside the church office.  Please make every effort to pick them up, as it is quite expensive to mail them. .

2016 Giving Statements  

2016 Giving Statements will be emailed on Saturday, January 7th.  For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for you to pick-up on Sunday, January 8th on the shelf outside the church office.  

2017 Sign-Up Sheets Posted

New sheets have been posted on the bulletin boards in the main hallway for Greeters,Fellowship Hosts and Altar Flowers for 2017.  You will also find the 2017 Partners in Prayer list on the Prayer Table in the sanctuary. Where is God calling you to serve?

Parents Night Out , Saturday November 19th

The evening was a great success filled with lots of smiles and laughter!  39 kids attended and enjoyed crafts, science experierments and fun activities.  We also welcomed a special guest, Eli Martin for a magic show that delighted all ages!  It was a wonderful night serving God and extending WUMC into the community.  We want to give a HUGE thank you to the eleven amazing WUMC volunteers who made the evening fun and safe for all!  And thank you to Thrivent Financial for sponsoring a portion of the cost and giving us awesome "LIVE GENEROUSLY" shirts. 

Theatre for the World Presented No Ordinary Christmas Miracle

Thank you WUMC for all the tremendous support shown for our Christmas show and mission project.  You helped us raise over $ 3,300 for our charities.  We have sent half of our proceeds to The Water Project and are fairly certain our contribution will be receiving matching funds from another donor.  What a blessing that will be for people in need across the globe.  The other half of our donations will be used to purchase needed farm animals through Samaritan's Purse.  Also, after some needed editing, I am hoping to get my script published, so I can continue to donate some money to these two charities in TFTW's name for life.  That way, the impact of our little group may live on well beyond  our performing years.

TFTW is so very grateful for the many volunteers.  There are far too many names to mention here, but I do need to point out Tom and Karen Wiggins.  Even before I moved, these mission projects would not have been possible without their tireless efforts.   We cannot thank them sufficiently for all of the juggling they have done to keep us on track year after year.

What a whirlwind!  We have done twelve shows over the past ten years and the WUMC has been more than generous in all areas.  Since we did two shows in 2016, we currently do not have a show planned for 2017.  Our future is uncertain for many reasons, but there are wonderful possibilities for each of us and even TFTW going forward.   We hope you'll join us in praying for God's guidance and our necessary patience as we forge ahead in His light over the coming years.  

On a personal note, I am humbled and extremely blessed to have spent so many wonderful years with you at WUMC.  It is no coincidence that our family wound up in Waterville amongst some of the nicest and most faithful people I have ever known.  Ignorant as I may be, even I recognize that was God's plan!  Thank you for supporting my journey of faith and for everything you've done to make each TFTW project a success.  Using my "gifts" and faith in this unique way has changed me forever.  I am certain that God intended that; however, far greater than refining me, I am positive He wanted our focus on Him so our efforts would be an expression of His love to the world.  We have always tried to fix our minds and hearts on Him and helping others, but the love and blessings we have received far outweigh any love we possibly could have given.  I highly recommend it!  

As I pray for God's guidance with a servant's heart, something that is not easy for the dreamer in me, I must express how appreciative I am that He allowed our paths to cross.  Thank you to the many people who have stepped up in faith to "play a part" either on stage or behind the scenes in our efforts to make a difference for God.  Whatever the future may hold for me and TFTW, I will never forget the love and support so freely given by the "church with a warm heart."  I always feel at home surrounded by the people of the WUMC.  'Til next time...wherever and whenever that might be...

God bless, 

Brian

Journey to the Light

The Church Mouse was SO impressed with the Children's Christmas Program last Sunday.  Everyone did such a wonderful job and your singing was just awesome!!!  One of the photos that was taken from the balcony of the entire cast and then posted on the Facebook page of the church has reached 776 people.  THAT is a new record for WUMC!!!!   Thank you to all who "shared" the photo onto your pages also.  Have you "liked" the Waterville United Methodist Church's Facebook page?  We are getting really close to crossing the 100 mark. 

WUMC Family News

Hospitalized: Millie Hires at home from St. Lukes Hospital and Otterbein.  

Jim Simpson at home from UTMC

Peg Walker - St. Luke's Hospital , now home

Prayers Of Christian Comfort and Hope: for the Dave Landis family upon the passing of Dave's father, Frank Landis, on Monday December 5 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Celebration of Holy Baptism

Our Christmas Eve Service of Worship also included the baptism of Emma Grace Box, daughter of Kelly Ann and Wesly Douglas Box and grandaughter of Doug and Cindy Box. Emma was born at Presbyterian St. Luke Hospital in Denver, Colorado on January 12, 2016.

 

WUMC Mail

Thank you, my Church family, for all your prayers and encouragement in support of my recent heart Cath and Stent incursion procedure.  I truly felt God's presence and peace.  His continued blessings to all.    

Tom Wiggins

  

 Dear WUMC Family,

Wishing you Christmas Joy!

Adam and I were very surprised with the generous Christmas gift we both received from the church congregation!  We want to thank you for thinking of us and supporting the ministries of youth and children's ministry.  We definitely could not imagine a more supportive church family!

To God Be the Glory,

Adam & Stephanie Shelton

 

 Dear WUMC Church Family,

What a warm and loving heart you have and demonstrate as you serve our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Your generous Christmas gift was truly overwhelming. Thank You! As the truth of  God's Word promises , ..thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. I look forward to "seeing God's blessings showered upon you in 2017 and the coming years".

Janet Poling

 

 Dear Church Family,

Thank you so much for your gererous Christmas gift!  Your kindness has touched my heart.

Blessings,

Church Cathy

January Mission Focus

 The Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo

The Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo's goal is to lovingly share the truth about life, relationships and faith. They help men and women make life-saving, life-changing decisions by sharing information about options, consequences and available services. With the exception of a small amount of grant funding for abstinence education, all funds come from donations. Over 32,000 women have already received help. The Pregnancy Center continues to be a community outreach committed to expressing the compassion of Christ through support and education in pregnancy related issues. We can help keep the doors open!

Mission envelopes are located in the pew racks for your financial gifts.            

January Scripture and Prayer

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

John 1:1

 

Prayer Chain

Following each daily Scripture Reading are the names of the families and individuals for our daily prayer list. Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of January.

If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact the Prayer Chain: prayers@watervilleumc.org.

Youth Alive! to begin "Shaken"

Youth Alive! will begin a new study beginning January 8, 2017.  "Shaken" by Tim Tebow shares glimpses of Tim'sjourney and what he has learned along the way.  Tim focuses on building his identity in God, not the world.  The series features practical wisdom from Scripture.

Come join, learn and apply these valuable lessons to your life. Youth Alive! is for youth from 6th through 12th grade and meets in the Youth Room Sunday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.  For further details, Contact Adam Shelton - 419-205-2516. 

Unstuck- Moving from the Mundone to the Meaningful.

A new eight-week small group study will begin on January 8, 2017.  It is called Unstuck - Moving from the Mundane to the Meaningful.   Classes will meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room and then again on Tueday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the same location.

Come and join our journey to a  meaningful Christian life in the new year ahead.


Women's Bible Study

The Women's Bible Study will begin a new study "Gideon: Your Weakness God's Strength" by Priscilla Shirer on Tuesday,January 10th at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Nancy Stafford, 306 Ridgepoint Circle, Waterville. Come and join us as we learn Gideon's story is also about us- our lives, doubts, struggles, and possibilities as believers.  This study will encourage you to recognize your weaknesses as the keys that the Lord gives you to unlock the full experience of His Strength.  

For more information contact Delores Young - 419-878-8238.

Volunteer Opportunity

For the last few years, the M&M Bible Study has been volunteering at the SeaGate Food Bank the first Wednesday of the month packing food boxes for senior citizens. We start at 10:00 and work until 11:30/12 noon.   We would like to open this mission project up to the whole congregation, women, men and children. Lunch afterwards at a local restaurant is included but optional. The work is not hard and we all have a good time, lots of laughter and fellowship. Throughout the year there are other short projects we help with also. You can carpool from the church or meet us there. If you would like to join us, please contact Penny Greenlese at pgreenlese@yahoo.com or 419-206-1602. We would love to have your help and you will be rewarded with a feeling of helping those less fortunate. 

January 2017 Calendar

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             Friendly Center Collects Hats, Gloves, Mittens and Socks

 

The Friendly Center serves Toledo's inner city children and is a ministry of The United Methodist Church.  During the cold winter months, they have extra need for NEW hats, gloves/mittens and socks.  There is a basket in the Fireside Room for collecting these items through January 15 Our Women's Ministry will then deliver these items to the Friendly Center.   

Sincerely,

Cathy Landis and Janet Poling

December 2016 Newsletter

Dear Church Family,

   What a special time of the year to be a Christian. In the midst of buying gifts, going to parties, visiting with family, special church services and so much more we know the real reason for Christmas. Christians throughout the world are celebrating the arrival of our Savior and Lord.

   When we get so busy with all the worldly aspects of celebrating Christmas it is easy to let the real celebration to get lost. Let's pause for a moment and think of the story.

   Mary and Joseph are engaged to be married. Mary is visited by an angel to let her know that God has chosen her to give birth to the Savior. Joseph is visited by an angel to let him know that Mary's pregnancy is part of God's plan.

   Then of all things, the Roman governor ordered a census that required Mary and Joseph to travel 90 miles. I don't think we can even imagine what it would be like to be ready to deliver a baby and make a 90 mile trip with Joseph walking and Mary riding a donkey. They arrive in Bethlehem only to be given a cattle stall to sleep. Then our Savior is born with a manger for a crib. If that is not bad enough the king decides this little baby is dangerous and ordered all the boys two years and younger to be killed. An angel warns Mary and Joseph and they leave all that they have known to live in Egypt.

   There is nothing like holding a new born baby. Thinking of all that Mary and Joseph had to endure before, during and after Jesus birth they we filled with joy at his birth. In fact, all the heavenly host praised God for the Savior had been born. The shepherds are visited and go and find the baby in a manger just as God told them through another angel. The wise men show up and bring gifts for the new born king. What faith they had to travel a long distance following a star.

   The good news is that as we read of Jesus birth, life, death and resurrection is that he faced all that we face. He grew up in a modest family. He went to school, he learned his father's trade and worked like all of us. Then, God revealed to him that it was time to begin his true purpose. To teach God's truth to all who would listen. Then demonstrate his complete faith in his Heavenly Father by suffering and dying for each of us.

   Jesus gave the world the greatest gift in history.

   As we choose each gift this Christmas how might we share the story of Jesus with someone who has yet to discover the perfect love of God in Christ?

   May you be truly blessed this Christmas and may you be a blessing to others.

God bless you and yours,

Pastor Mike  

FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP
FACTS, FIGURES AND FYI'S

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2017 Living Generously Stewardship Campaign: We had a very blessed worship service for our "Consecration Sunday" on November 20th as we concluded our 5-week Living Generously series and presented our 2017 Estimate of Giving Cards. We give thanks and praise for the 35 commitments we received totaling $109,160 towards a budget of $275,175. It was a terrific start toward meeting the financial goals necessary to help support God's work for the coming year. Since then, we have received additional commitments bringing our total to 48 commitments of $157,156. If you have not had the opportunity to return your Estimate of Giving Cards, we will gladly accept yours at any time. You may place them in the offering, send via US Mail, drop them off in the Church Office or send an email to Tom Wiggins at the address listed below. Everyone will be receiving an acknowledgement letter confirming your financial commitment. A final campaign update will be presented on Sunday, January 8th during our worship service. Thank you again for your faithful stewardship...................

2017 Giving Envelopes: Your 2017 Giving Envelopes will be available on Sunday, December 18h on the shelf outside the church office. Please make every effort to pick them up, as it quite expensive to mail them.

2016 Giving Statements: Your 2016 Giving Statements will be emailed on Saturday, January 7th.  For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pick-up on Sunday, January 8th on the shelf outside the Church Office.

Please contact the Church Office or Tom Wiggins @ financialsec@watervilleumc.org if you have any questions about anything related to finance or stewardship.   

NOVEMBER STATISTICS

    Date     Worship

Nov. 6                 148

Nov. 13                153

Nov. 20                169

Nov. 27                 155

  

Erosion Control Installation at New Property
 

Neither wind nor cold, nor snow flurries would stop WUMC family as they met to install the erosion control coverageon Saturday, November 19,2016.  Twenty-nine brave hardworkingpeople  came together to pray, install 2,600 linear feet of   erosion control  and see the progress taking place at our new worship  site.

WATERVILLE UMC FAMILY NEWS

Hospitalized: Mildred Hires St. Lukes Hospital

Ed Wronkowicz - St. Lukes Hospital

Dr. Roger Hertzman - St. Lukes Hospital  

                
 Prayers of Christian Comfort and Peace for the Larry Noward family and friends on Larry's homegoing on Saturday, November 19, 2016.       

WUMC MAIL

A simple act of kindness has a beauty all its own. With Sincere Thanks  For all you do... Thank You

I thank you for the delicious lunch on Election Day.  Most of all I thank you for providing a chance to renew acquaintances with old friends and share with new ones.  Always a special day in my history! A blessing!

Carol Streight  

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To our church family,

How can we begin to thank you for all the love and support you have given us? To Pastor Mike for all his visits, prayers, and a beautiful celebration of life for Rob.  For all the many prayers from our congregation that were truly felt by Rob and me.  For all the cards, meals and hugs we received and the beautiful prayer quilt.  Thank you all so much, you have really shown that we are a church of warms hearts.

Love, Penny, Amy, Andrew, and Michael Greenlese

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Thank you to the person who found my lost silver earring and placed it in the lost and found.  It had been a gift from my son, and every mother knows we cherish each gift from our children including dandelion flowers.  I asked the Lord to show me where it was as I looked for it, but I did not find it.  Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you to answer my prayer!.  I now have a pair of earrings. Thank You!.

Janet Poling

Operation Christmas Child Box Dedication
 

On Sunday, November 20th WUMC boxes were dedicated during worship service.  Statistics for this year include: Volunteers: 17; WUMC boxes: 276; Monetary donations accepted $958.70+ ; Total boxes collected at WUMC 834.  Total number of boxes at DaySpring in Bowling Green 29,460. 

Thank you to all who prayed,  shopped, packed, baked, and volunteered, and especially Anne Stevens who heads up this outreach.  Your service to our Lord will be used by Him to demonstrate and proclaim His love to children around the world.  

Advent Small Group Study

Beginning on Sunday, November 27, we will be offering Max Lucado's Because of Bethlehem; Love Is Born - Hope Is Here.  The classes will be meeting on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall and again on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in joining a small group study, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the main hallway.  

No Ordinary Christmas Miracle

Thank you once again, WUMC. We are just days from opening our latest production, No Ordinary Christmas Miracle, and we are so very grateful for all the volunteers lending a hand to our mission project. We couldn't do it without you!

You may have noticed all the prop boxes filling up the choir loft or even heard some vaguely familiar Christmas carols echoing from the sanctuary. We are having lots of fun, but you all know, that's not what our show is about. Sure, we love to perform, but this is a mission project and we truly need your help. Please help us spread the word about the show. We are doing our best to be God's hands in this world, but that requires an audience.

We are donating all of our proceeds to two fantastic charities. We are on board once again with TheWaterProject to help provide clean safe water to people in Africa and we will also be purchasing farm animals through Samaritan's Purse. Both endeavors help families in need in the immediate future, but also provide the opportunity for recipients to pay it forward to other folks in their villages that are also in need of assistance.

This is the world premiere of No Ordinary Christmas Miracle. Okay, that makes it sound way bigger than it is, but you should be aware that this is an original, family-friendly, musical-comedy filled with many familiar Christmas songs and some new tunes. On top of all that, the show is set in a very familiar place, The Waterville United Methodist Church. We promise you'll have fun as an audience member and we may even pull at your heartstrings. There are plenty of laughs as we celebrate all things Christmas, with an emphasis on God's gift of Our Lord and Savior.

Please invite a friend. Curtain is at 7:30 P.M, Friday & Saturday, December 2 & 3. We also have a matinee at 1:30 P.M. on Sunday the 4th. There are no advance tickets. We simply collect a free-will offering following the performances. This show is for everyone! There are no limits to what God can do with what we offer, not just in donations, but in the truth of the message. God loves each of us and desires a personal relationship that will last an eternity. There is no greater gift to celebrate and be grateful for this and every Christmas. Hope to see you at the show!
God bless and Merry Christmas,
The Cast & Crew of TFTW 

ORDER CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

To us this flower is known as Poinsettia, however to some this flower is known as the Christmas Eve flower.  This is the legend of how the Poinsettia became known as the Christmas Eve flower.  In the 16th century in Mexico each child from the village would present a gift to the Christ Child at the Christmas Eve service.  Unfortunately, a girl called Pepita was so poor that she had nothing to her name other than the clothes on her back and so a gift wasn't something she could give. On the way to the chapel she was accompanied by her cousin Pedro, but her heart was filled with sadness rather than joy.  Seeing her sadness, her cousin Pedro tried to comfort her.

"I am sure Pepita," Pedro said, "That even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in the Christ Child's eyes".

Not knowing what else to do, Pepita knelt down by the roadside and gathered a handful of common weeds. On her way to the chapel, Pepita busied herself by fashioning the weeds into a small bouquet.  Looking at the scraggly bunch of weeds, she became sadder and even embarrassed by the humbleness of her offering.  Pepita began to cry as she entered the doors to the small village chapel.  As she approached the altar, she remembered Pedro's kind words.

"Even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes." 

 Immediately, Pepita felt her spirits lift as she knelt down to lay the bouquet  at the foot of the nativity scene, and as she lay them down the bouquet of weeds burst into blooms of brilliant red.  All those who witnessed the event believed that they had seen a Christmas miracle.  From that day forward, these bright red flowers were re-named the Christmas Eve flower.  

May we  learn as Pepita did the beauty of giving to our Lord out of a heart of love this Christmas season and through the years ahead.

To place your order for Christmas Poinsettias complete an order envelopelocated in the pew envelope holder or attendance pad. Complete the order form with  the number of poinsettia(s); the person(s) name to whom you wish to make the dedication or If contributing to the New Building Fund; sign as you want your name entered in the Christmas Bulletin and  place the money in the envelope .  The envelope may be placed into the offering plate or given to the church office.  Or you may click on the link below to place your order.

The deadline for ordering is December 18,2016 and the cost is $7.00 per Poinsettia.

 Click Here to Order Your Christmas Poinsettias

DECEMBER SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER

 

Prayer Chain

Following each daily Scripture Reading are the names of the families and individuals for our daily prayer list. Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of December.

If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact the Prayer Chain:

prayers@watervilleumc.org

 

DECEMBER CALENDAR

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"Journey to the Light"

As the children are diligently working to present their Christmas Program for you on Sunday, December 11th , they could use your help with some projects.  Stephanie Shelton is looking for individuals who would like to help with art/craft projects and costumes that will be used in the program.  You do not need to be a regular part of the Children's Ministry team to help.  Stephanie is also looking for someone who can scan the kid's artwork (8 1/2 x 11sheets) and put the images into Power Point.  Cathy Landis will provide the flash drive to save the presentation on.  Please contact Stephanie Shelton at 567-202-5035 or sshelton171@gmail.com . 

"Journey to the Light"

 will be presented on Sunday, December 11 during the worship service. Why did God send His son, Jesus, to earth? Why do we celebrate this as the greatest gift we will ever receive? Join us as we "journey to the light" and answer these questions through the Children's Christmas program. Refreshments and cookies will be served after the program.   

Christmas Cookies

are needed for the Fellowship Time following the Children's Christmas Program on December 11. If you would like to provide a plate of cookies, please sign-up on the sheet on the bulletin board in the main hallway or contact Stephanie Shelton at 567-202-5035. She asks that you have your cookies to church by 10:00 a.m. on that morning. If you are dropping them off earlier, please label "For Children's Christmas Program." .  

Salvation Army Bell Ringers

WUMC will once again man the Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Waterville Kroger location.  This year's date is Saturday, December 17 .  One hour shifts will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will end at 6:00 p.m.  A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board in the main hallway.  

Friendly Center Collecting Hats, Gloves, Mittens and Socks

The Friendly Center serves Toledo's inner city children and is a ministry of The United Methodist Church.  During the cold winter monthis, they have extra need for NEW hats, gloves/mittens and socks.  There is a basket in the Fireside Room for collection these items through January 15th. .  Our Women's Ministry will then deliver these items to the Friendly Center.

Epworth UMC Artist Series

By presenting local and regional talent, they provide events filled with music for their members as well as our community. On Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 pm, join us for "Carols with music written for The Canadian Brass and Choir Featuring The Academy Brass Quintet." This concert features the Epworth Chancel Choir and The Academy Brass Quintet. They'll sing favorite Christmas carols as arranged for the Canadian Brass Quintet and choir. This year they will also commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Epworth is located at 4855 W. Central Ave. across from Wildwood in Toledo. 

No Promises Vocal Band

Sing in the Christmas season with the breathtaking harmonization of the No Promises Vocal Band. Comprised of all-star vocalists from across the state, the men of No Promises introduce their new Christmas album and offer an unforgettable evening of sacred and secular holiday favorites, along with pop tunes by Stevie Wonder and Huey Lewis and the News. The event will feature special guest and Waterville native Tyler Schwanz. The concert will be held on Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Waterville Community Church located at 8217 Dutch Road in Waterville. This event is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be accepted. Proceeds to benefit the Anthony Wayne Community Food Ministry. 

Christmas Shopping Two Fold
 This is a great opportunity to support Waterville United Methodist Church's AmazonSmile donations by shopping at smile.amazon.com. 

 #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/34-4437474  and Amazon donates to Waterville Methodist Church. 

November 2016 Newsletter

Dear Church Family,  

First, thank you all for your prayers, your cards of encouragement and appreciation and the recognition following worship this past week of appreciation and birthday celebration. A special thanks to the Staff Parish Relations Committee for putting everything together

You are a generous congregation for which God will continue to bless.

If you have not been by our Waterville Monclova road property you may want to drive by. You will discover the new cement apron and sidewalk. Many people who live near the home of our new church building are already enjoying the sidewalk.

A brief update on the church property. A site development team is working on all the permits and bids to move the dirt that was so graciously donated by Browning Masonic Home of Waterville. Pray for wisdom for this team as they work through a long list of details.

There is a lot of work that must be done to actually move forward with a new building and every person in our congregation will have the opportunity to offer your thoughts. Most of all we must be in prayer as we seek God's wisdom and provision!

In our present stewardship campaign, we are learning to live generously with our time, talents and treasure. Where is God calling you to serve with your time and with your natural gifts and with the gifts of the Holy Spirit? How is God directing the use of your treasure? James 1:5 states, "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." Ask for God's wisdom and you will receive it generously.

Also, it is important not just to seek God's wisdom but to also seek the leading and empowering of the Holy Spirit. Seek the Holy Spirt and you will be gifted and empowered for ministry.

Two of our leading ministries are Operation Christmas Child (OCC) and Theatre for the World.

Time is passing by very quickly to pick up and fill OCC shoe boxes. OCC is a great opportunity to ask family, friends and neighbors to also fill a box to bless children throughout the world. There are innumerous stories of how a shoe box full of many items literally changed a person's life. You can be a part of this life changing ministry.

Theatre for the World will be presenting their newest show December 3-5 which is the second weekend of advent. What an opportunity for us to invite co-workers, neighbors and friends to a great time away from the business that builds up from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Offer this gift of fun and humor.

God is so good to each of us. Let us say thanks as we impact the lives of others with the gospel of grace.

Have a great thanksgiving and be blessed,

Pastor Mike

Finance & Stewardship               

Dear Friends,

 First of all, on behalf of the Church Council and Pastor Mike, thank you for your ongoing support of the mission and ministry of WUMC. It takes all of us, not just a few, working together, sharing our money, our time, our talents, our participation and our witness to do God's work of spreading the good news and making disciples for Jesus Christ.

Sunday, October 23rd was the kick off for our 2017 Stewardship Campaign. It is a time of prayer for all of us, thanking God for His many blessings and asking for His guidance and direction to do His will as individuals, as families and as a congregation.

What portion of the resources that He has given us does He want us to return to Him for the work of His Church? Whether its financial giving, volunteering for a committee or project, participating in worship or an activity, etc. To help us find the answers to these questions and others, we will once again follow the Donovan family as they experience these same issues. If you recall, we met them in our Loving Generously series we used during Lent this past spring.   This next series is entitled Living Generously.

It will be the 2017 Stewardship Campaign or maybe we should rename it our Living Generously Campaign.   In any event, during this 5-week series, we along with the Donovan's, will be introduced to "giving" from a spiritual emphasis. As noted in the Study Guide, "Experiencing the life that is truly life". "This series is designed to open our eyes to the Biblical model of generous giving and chart a course for our own journey of generosity."

Now, besides the five messages by Pastor Mike, we will also be having weekly small group sessions to further discuss the weekly topic. We'll review the video along with the questions and suggestions in the study guide that you will receive. There are signup sheets on the wall in the hallway for a variety days & times. We still have openings, so please consider joining one of these small groups. If you not able to be at any session, you can attend another or make other arrangements.

On November 20th, we will be completing our commitment cards during worship service. For those not able to be with us, we will send theirs via U.S. Mail. We will share the results Dec 4th.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow..........

Please contact the Tom Wiggins financialsec@watervilleumc.org if you have any questions about anything related to finance or stewardship.

October Statistics

Date         Worship

Oct. 2            115

Oct. 9          135

Oct. 16           119

Oct. 23          125

Oct. 30          121

Church Conference Date

Our church congregation will be holding their annual Church Conference on Sunday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at Sylvania First UMC located at 7000 Erie Street in Sylvania, OH.  Please mark this date on your calendar and plan to attend.
 

November Mission Focus

Operation Christmas Child will be our mission project for November.  There are three box sizes this year.  Shoeboxes are located at both doors to the sanctuary.  Near the boxes are bars of soap that we received from an organization called "Clean the World".  They collect and recycle soap from the hotel industry.  You are invited to help yourself to some of these bars of soap to include in your shoeboxes.  Pleaseplace these bars of soap in a baggie and include a washcloth in the bag whern placing them in your shoebox. Also, we have cloth bags made by a friend of this ministry that can be added to your box so that the recipient will have an item to carry belongings.

WUMC day of dedication will be Sunday, November 20.  Mission envelopes are located in the pew racks for your financial gifts.

News of our WUMC Family  

 Welcome to our newest Family Members: 

 Anne & John Mason; Amy & Josh Hankins and Ben and Barbara Long became members on October 16, 2016.

Hospitalized:  Bill Gregory Sr. - St. Luke's Suricare 

Our Prayers of Christian Sympathy to Penny Greenlese and family upon the home going of Rob Greenlese on Monday, October 3, 2016.

November Calendar

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John's Veggie Stand

Thanks to all who supported my Veggie Stand this year.  Because of your loyal support we have taken in more than $11,000 this year.  As you may know, all money taken in is given to the New Church Building Fund (Capital Fund) of our Church.  This year's amount takes my 8 year total to $103,000 total.  This was never my goal when the first pledge campaign was started, but the Lord has blessed this project abundantly. 

I am blessed with the many new friends I have met at the Stand, and have been privileged to share in their story, giving free food to some and to Food Banks, and to be able to pray with those who share a concern. 

The Lord willing, I will continue the project next year as well. 

It excites me to see the beginnings with the new sidewalk,  the concrete driveway entrance, and the promise of receiving the new fill-dirt from Browning.

God Bless us All!!

November Scripture and Prayer  

Children's Christmas Program Practice..

Youth Leaf Raking

The youth will be raking leaves on Sunday, November 6, starting at 1:00 P.M.   If you or someone you know needs help with this fall project, please contact Adam Shelton at 419-205-2516 or ashelton@bex.net.  There is also a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway.  The youth would appreciate any donations to help support their summer mission trip.  Thank You!


Election Day Lunch

WUMC will offer a Free Election Day Lunch to our church and our community on Tuesday, November 8 from 11:00 am til 1:00pm

We need people to spread the word, invite your neighbors and your friends to meet you for lunch.

We on the Sharing Team thank you for all your help in making this outreach ministry a success.  If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pritchett..
 

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party November 13th

Come one and all! Join the fun!

We will pack OCC boxes using items you collected and donated throughout this year during Fellowship Time on Sunday, November 13 in the Fireside Room. .

Parents Night Out

Volunteers needed: WUMC is planning a Parents' Night Out  for Saturday, November 19th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.  We are in need of volunteers (ages 14+).  Volunteers will be given areas to lead such as games, crafts, dinner, the nursery, etc.  The Toledo Zoo is also coming with a live animal presentation.  Your time commitment will be from 4:15 to 7:30 pm.  Volunteers will receive a "LIVE GENEROUSLY" super-soft t-shirt from Thrivent Financial.  Everyone loved their shirts last time!  If you want to join the fun, but can only attend for a portion of the evening,  please reach out to us & we'll fit you in!  Background checks are required for all volunteers.  Please contact Cara or Brian McMillan at 419-344-2171 (text or call) or cara.m.mcmillan@gmail.com.

Families: Parents Night Out:

WUMC is planning a Parents' Night Out for Saturday, November 19th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.  Treat yourself to a night out, or get an early start on Christmas shopping, while your children are cared for in a fun, safe environment!  This is a free child care evening for children ages 6 months to 6th grade.  Your children will have a blast with crafts, games, a Toledo Zoo live animal presentation, &  dinner (pizza, fruit/veggies, & dessert).  We would love for you to invite friends and neighbors to experience WUMC via PNO too!  Please register by contacting Cara or Brian McMillan at 419-344-2171 (text or call) or cara.m.mcmillan@gmail.com.  Registration required, space is limited to 35 children.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection Station

Once again, Waterville UMC has the privilege this year to be a drop-off station for OCC shoeboxes in this area. All collection centers have been asked to have additional hours this year, so we need your help! A sign-up sheet has been placed on the bulletin board in the main hallway with the days and times our Community Room will be open. Please consider giving a couple hours of your time to help with our November Mission Project.

No Ordinary Christmas Miricale

TFTW is in full swing on our Christmas musical.  We have a very busy month ahead, but we are excited about our latest mission project.  We aren't just putting on a show, we are praying God uses our efforts to do wonderful things across the globe.  

Our project will benefit two international charities allowing us, with God's help, to provide clean water through The Water Project to a village in Africa and many farm animals to families around the world through Samaritan's Purse.  Please join us in praying for great success in both of these life-sustaining efforts.

We are so very grateful for the support from WUMC.  It is a blessing to have so many members of the congregation on board with our project.  There are many ways to help.  The volunteer sign up sheet is posted on the bulletin board.  Please consider joining us behind the scenes, especially sharing the dates, hanging a poster and inviting friends, co-workers or strangers.  We're not picky!

When is this show and what is it about?  We will be performing, No Ordinary Christmas Miracle on December, 2&3 at 7:30 P.M. and December 4 at 1:30 P.M.   This is an original, musical-comedy containing many recognizable Christmas carols and some original songs.  It is a contemporary, family-friendly production that will hopefully allow the audience, young and old, to laugh often and even shed a tear as we celebrate the many joys of Christmas and emphasize God's undying love for us with the gift of His Son.  

This is our largest cast by far.  We are welcoming many new faces, some of which are past audience members.  That means we'll need new folks to fill those seats, so invite a friend.  Please thank Tom and Karen Wiggins for extending themselves to keep this crazy train on track.  It is no small undertaking and it would not be possible without their dedication.  We can't wait to perform for you, but most importantly we are looking forward to the opportunity to live our faith first-hand and witness what God can do with what we offer.  Please continue to pray for our project and for all those involved.  Hope to see you at the show!

Salvation Army Red Kettle

WUMC's Salvation Arrmy Red Kettle Day will be Saturday, December 17th.  at Kroger in Waterville. Watch for sign up sheet on the bulletin board coming soon for times.  

Sower Project 2017 - SOWER is a West Ohio Conference Volunteers In Mission (VIM) project that operates in conjunction with Henderson Settlement in Frakes, KY. The counties served by Henderson Settlement are among the most impoverished in the nation, with more than a third of all the families living below the poverty line, double the average for the state of Kentucky. Several years ago, the Henderson Settlement staff realized that new housing was needed in the area; this is when SOWER was begun. Each summer, volunteers from all over Ohio, gather in Frakes, KY to build a house for a deserving family. The build schedule has been released for 2017 and the dates run from May 7th through August 26. Room and board for the week is $250. For more information, contact Ralph Brandon at sowervimproject@gmail.com or pick up one of the brochures on the shelf outside the church office. 
 

Annual Ham Loaf Dinner

Saturday, November 12th4-7:00 P. M.

Haskins Community Church

209 West Main St. Haskins

 Menu: Delicious homemade ham loaf or turkey* salad* mashed potatoes* green beans or corn* rolls* drink* dessert* 

$8.00 for adults

$4.00 for children ages 4-10

Children 3 and under free

Carry -outs available, Church is handicapped accessible

Country Store: crafts and baked goods

October 2016 Newsletter

Dear Church Family,

I hope this message finds you in the presence of God's peace and joy.

In Matthew 20:28 Jesus states, "For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many." Jesus is clearly teaching about the attitude and the work of a Christian. Every Christian is to follow the example of Christ and become more like our Savior. Jesus ransomed each of us with his death on the cross.

Each fall as a congregation we focus on stewardship. The focus this year is living generously. In a few days you will be receiving a letter sharing much more detail. One part of our stewardship focus is the many opportunities to serve our Lord through our congregational ministries.

When was the last time you prayed about where God desires for you to serve in our community of faith? One opportunity is to lead or participate in small group bible studies. As a part of Living Generously there will be small group opportunities during the five-week series that I hope many will participate.

Other opportunities include serving in youth or children's ministries. During worship ushering, greeting, liturgist, special music, singing in the choir, playing in the bell choir and serving during the fellowship time following worship.

Then there is the administrative side of service. Such as church council, finance, trustees, staff parish relations and nominations.

As the church council leads our congregation forward there are four other teams that are in the process of filling immediately. Each of these teams are working towards relocating to a new building at 7115 Waterville Monclova Road. These teams are: the project leadership, site development, project communications and project finance.

In following Jesus' teaching and fulfilling our call as disciples of Jesus we must serve. Where is God calling you to serve in the holy work of building up the kingdom of earth. As we pray each week in worship, "...thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

We as Jesus' disciples are the servants that will help to transform our community through serving others due to our love of Jesus and our love for our neighbors.

My prayer is that as you pray, asking God where you are to serve, that you hear clearly God's call. I also pray that as you hear the call that you will take a step of faith and fulfill your calling to the glory of God.

May you know God's blessings,

Pastor Mike


Finance & Stewardship

 Facts, Figures and FYI's

When we think of generosity, we might look at the size of the gift or the nobility of the cause. But Jesus measured generosity by a radically new standard: the condition of the heart. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:21)   So, giving is more than an obligation for followers of Christ, it is an exciting opportunity to lay up treasures that will last for all eternity. "The Lord Jesus himself said: It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35b).  

Fields of Gold

 Andy Stanley

2017 Stewardship Campaign: Please keep WUMC, Pastor Mike and the entire church family in your thoughts and prayers, including how you may contribute to God's work through your finances, prayers, service, participation and witness.

 

Quarterly Statements: Your 3rd Quarter Giving Statements will be emailed on Saturday, October 1. For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pick up on Sunday, October 2 on the shelf outside the Church Office.

 

Please contact Tom Wiggins, financialsec@watervilleumc.org if you have any questions about anything related to finance, stewardship or the Capital Campaign.  


September Statistics

DateWorship

Sept. 4      82

Sept. 11     151

Sept. 18    123

Sept. 25    126

  


Church Council Update

The City of Waterville will be constructing a sidewalk across the front of our new building property located on Waterville-Monclova Road.   WUMC is required to pay one-half of the cost and the Council approved the $8,800 expenditure, from the new building fund.  We agreed to utilize the City's contractor and align our property driveway/access across from Pray Blvd.

The Browning Community is willing to provide WUMC with approximately 5,000 cubic square yards of fill dirt at no cost to our Church.  We estimate this to be valued at about $75,000 as built into previously submitted costs for the site preparation.   Council created a check list regarding "Fill Dirt" for the property on Waterville Monclova Road.  A small group of volunteers met with the Lucas County Engineer, Waterville Zoning & Public Works and the Browning developer to determine requirements and potential next steps.

There are many teams that need to be formed as we continue to pray about the next steps with our new building and our Mission to "Nurture discipleship by celebrating, teaching and sharing God's love".  Council is asking members of the congregation to pray about your role in this new phase in the life of our Church and consider what role will you take on?  Where is God leading you to engage and participate?   We need volunteers for our Building project as we continue to plan and explore God's unexpected gifts - like the fill dirt.  

WUMC Family News

Hospitalized: Rob Greenlese, Toledo Hospital  

Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy to Delores Young and family upon the death of Delores's cousin, John Peeples, who passed away on September 21 in South Carolina.

  WUMC Mail

Your kind expresson of Sympathy means so much. Thanks. 

Dear Quilters,

Thank you just doesn't seem enough for the beautiful quilt and your prayers.  When Elaine Colyer delivered it to me, she gave me a huge hug and I could feel ALL  your love pour through her embrace.  The memory of our beautiful angel, Carrie, will live in our hearts forever.  So again, thank you and God bless you all!

Gail & Denny Edwards and the family of Carrie, L. Pfeiffer. 

Dear Church Family,

Thankyou very much for your beautiful birthday card.  Your thoughts and kind words meant so very much to me!

Love,

Ana Nicholson

 

Dear Friends:

Thank you for your generous contribution to the work of Church World Service - which we appreciate more than ever in these challenging times.

Your Compassionate support is helping impoverished communities: develop clean, reliable water sources, teach poor farmers sustainable ways to create food security and provide food, water, shelter and other necessities to families struggling to rebuild their lives and livelihoods, after natural disasters and civil conflict.

I have seen both the resilience and the resolve of the women, men and children we assist.  And I have been deeply moved by the generosity of people like you, who give hope and opportunity to people in need,here in the U. S. and around the world.

May God bless you for your kindness.

Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO Church World Service

rayer Chainollowing each daily Scripture Reading are the names of the families and individuals for our daily prayer list. Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of October.If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact the Prayer Chain:prayers@watervilleumc.org.

 

October Calendar    

Click to view October, 2016 Calendar


 October Operation Christmas Child Packing Party Items

Feel that nip in the air!  It won't be long until there is frost on the pumpkin!  Be on the lookout for hats, gloves, scarves, etc for our October items. 

Again thank you for all the amazing items you have brought in.   We are on target to pack more boxes than last year, thanks to your generous giving.  Begin to pray for the children that will receive our boxes.   

You Have Heard the Call and Gave - Thank You

Thank you to all who have donated paperback books for the military in the box in the main hallway.  Another large donation was dropped off on Thursday.  I think that we are making Ellen smile!. Keep them coming, You still have time to put more books in.  

Youth Leaf Raking

The youth will be raking leaves on Sunday, November 6, starting at 1:00 P.M.   If you or someone you know needs help with this fall project,please contact Adam Sheldon at 419-205-2516 or ashelton@bex.net.  There is also a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway.  The youth would appreciate any donations to help support their summer mission trip.  Thank You!           

Election Day Lunch

 WUMC will be reaching out to our community and offering a Free Election Day Lunch on Tuesday, November 8 from 11:00 - 1:00 P. M.  in the church Fellowship Hall.  We will be in need of soups and desserts along with help for the day of the lunch.

Watch for the signup sheet on the bulletin board, and stop by to lend a hand in this day we celebrate our freedom to vote.

September 2016 Newsletter

Dear Waterville Church Family, 

In Paul's letter to the church in Philippi we read, "Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ's return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy. (Philippians 2:16-18)" Paul is encouraging the believers in Philippi to hold onto the word of life, that is the gospel of Christ.

When you reflect on your love and relationship with God do you ask yourself if you are holding firmly onto the word of life? In other words, are we living by God's truth? Paul is saying that as we hold onto God's word of life we will be faithful servants and we will rejoice.

One of the keys to experiencing God's joy in our lives is knowing without doubt that we are serving God when and where he calls us to serve. This service of God takes on many forms. One is the way we serve other Christians, meeting their needs, loving unconditionally lifting one another up in prayer and the list goes on.

We also serve God as we serve the needy around us, the hungry, the poor, the homeless, the imprisoned, either in body or spirit.

There are so many places to serve God. Where is your place and are you serving God in that place? God often calls us to serve sacrificially for the benefit of others. It is in the sacrifice that we often get caught and will choose not to serve. The result is we miss out on the joy of God that comes when we serve and sacrifice as we faithfully follow the leading of God's Holy Spirit.

I am reminded of images of great service and sacrifice in reflecting upon the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks upon our nation. Images of first responders running into the twin towers to attempt to save as many as possible only to have the towers collapse. Images of fire, rescue, police, military personnel, people who worked and people living in the area covered in dirt as they searched for survivors. Let us never take for granted our freedom and the service of police, fire, first responders and all the military personnel that serve us, let us keep them in our prayers.

As Christians we are called to serve and sacrifice and get dirty to offer the hope that can only be found in Jesus. Let us rejoice in our faithful service to God, even when we are tired, hungry, disillusioned, dirty and asking ourselves what's the use? Here is God's truth. When we are tired God will give us rest, hungry God will feed us, disillusioned hope, dirty washed clean, discouraged God will lift us up.

May we all answer the call to serve and know the joy that only God can give as we serve faithfully. Remember the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Pastor Mike

 

August Statistics

Date     Worship

Jul 31       96

Aug 07      76

Aug 14     117

Aug 21     83

Aug 28     98

 

UMCOR - One Great Hour of Sharing-September Mission Focus

The United Methodist Committee on Relief or UMCOR is the United Methodist disaster response and management ministry. UMCOR's roots are traced back to the early days of WWII as the church ministered to those in great need at the beginning of the war. 

The month of September Mission's focus is One Great Hour of Sharing. One Great Hour of Sharing is a yearly special offering within the UMC. This allows 100% of the donation for designated disasters to go to meet the needs of suffering people. Which is good to know but...this leaves a need for donations so that the organization is able to succeed.   One Great Hour of Sharing collections are used for administrative costs, overhead and communication.


As you know UMCOR disaster relief works with the conjunction of the annual conference. They respond at the invitation of and through the annual conference. This program is available in the U. S. and internationally.

 

Prayer for America  


Please click on the link below to read and pray Alex Kendrick's Prayer for America.  This prayer is powerful and needs to be offered before God's holy throne. 

 2017 National Day of Prayer will be May, 4 .  

Click here to view
  

 

WUMC FAMILY NEWS!

Hospitalized: Bob Hires, St. Luke's Hospital 

Ardis Cullen, Lakes of Monclova, Room 309

6935 Monclova Rd. Maumee, OH 43537

 Prayers of Christian Hope and Comfort for the family and friends of LaDonna Maria VerSteeg who passed away on August 18, 2016.  Rev. Robert VerSteeg and Donna served at WUMC in 2003. 
 

Prayers of Christian Hope and Comfort for Squire Young and family upon the death of Squire's sister Chrissy Young.

 

WUMC MAILBOX
 
 Waterville United Methodist Church,

Thank you very much for the generous cash donation received in 2016 to help fund our Snowball Express program.

We are glad you found our website or learned about our mission and were your choice of charity.  Snowball Expressreceived the hightest rating (4-star) from Charity Navigator so you can give confidently knowing your donation will directly benefit the children.

Less than 1% of our population serves in the armed forces.  Your support allows a small portion of the more than 10,000 children whose families have paid the ultimate price for our freedom, an opportunity to gather together during the holiday season.

Since 2006 Gold Star family members who faced similar tragedies have been connected to each other.  Based on a survey after our 2014 program 82% of parents said their children gained friends with whom they stay in touch all year and they no longer felt isolated or alone.  Overall 85% said their children experienced significant healing and had an improvement in their overall emotional wellbeing as a result of attending Snowball Express.  Finally 97% believe the overall experience of attending our program was beneficial and had a positive impact on their children.

Take a moment to view https://vimeo.com/150042037 and please continue to check our website and Facebook page for updates, stories and pictures to share with your friends, family and colleagues. 

Again thank you for honoring our fallen and their families.

Sincerely,

Robert Apetz

Chairman, Board of Directors

 

Dear WUMC Family, 

On behalf of our entire family, thank you so much for sharing your cards, kind words, love and prayers following the loss of our Dad.  We are so thankful to be part of a caring church family that surrounds us with comfort and peace. 

Tom & Karen Wiggins

 

Dear Waterville United Methodist, 

We are so grateful for your donation to the Anthony Wayne Community Food Ministry.  Your gracious gift will enable us to continue to provide food to an ever growing number of individuals and families in need in our local community. 

Thank you for your contribution received on May 18, 2016 from your congregation, and gifts received from sponsoring us throuigh your Theater outreach totaling $1,277.15. 

The AWCFM Board Members wish to thank you for your kind and generous support. 

Scott Livingston, Rose Shoemaker, Randy King, Thomas Smith, Jon Rhoades, Linda Blomquist, Ginny Martin.

 

Dear Prayer Quilt Ministry, 

Thank you so much for the prayer quilt!  It is such a wonderful gesture.  It helped lift my spirit and added to my faith. 

Sincerely,

Jeff Viola

 

In the quiet moments...

when everything else drifts away...

we see God most clearly and realize that He is nearer than we ever knew. 

May you be encouraged and feel His assuring love and strength. 

Thanks again for the lovely funeral service and meal the church provided for us.
In Christ,

The Becker Family  

 

 

A GREAT BIG HELLO TO ALL W.U.M.C GIRLS AND BOYS

(and parents too):  

We hope you had a great summer break and got to do lots of fun things!  

If you love to sing, we invite you to come and join (or return to) our Children's Choir! You will be a special part of our wonderful music ministry as we worship God. All boys and girls are welcome to join us.    

Children's Choir will meet for rehearsal each Wednesday from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room and will participate in Worship Service each month.  We meet each Wednesday that school is in session.  

By learning and committing songs to our hearts, we are entering into a lifelong journey of faith with God. God has given each of us many talents AND the gift of MUSIC. We honor God by using our talents to praise Him and to give the most special of all messages: GOD LOVES US SO WE LOVE EACH OTHER!  

Please come and let your light shine for Him. We look forward to seeing all of you on Wednesday, August 31st, at 5:15 p.m. for our beginning rehearsal, as we prepare for Youth Sunday, September 18th.   Please come and join the fun!     If you have any questions, please call Barbara Page (419-877-0169) and/or Bobbie Westfall (419-878-2817).  

Good Luck in your new school year of 2016-2017!

 

Sanctuary Choir Rehearsals Resume
The new choir year will begin on Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room.  The rehearsals  are beginning a little early this year because of the special September 11 Remembrance Service that has been planned.  New Members are always welcome!!!

 

ALTAR FLOWERS  

A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board for anyone who would like to have flowers on the altar to commemorate a special occasion.  Please sign your name on the date of your choice and list the occasion or person honored.  The church office will place the order with Anthony Wayne Floral.  The cost is $30.00 and you may place your payment in the offering plate.  You may take the arrangement home for your enjoyment after the service. 

 

SEPTEMBER SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER

 

 

 

Prayer Chain

Following each daily Scripture Reading are the names of the families and individuals for our daily prayer list. Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of September.

If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact the Prayer Chain:prayers@watervilleumc.org.  
  

 

SEPTEMBER 2016 CALENDAR  

Click to view September 2016 Calendar
 

 

Fellowship Hosts Needed

We are in need of hosts for September through December. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the main hallway.  Food is provided and the coffee will be ready to serve. 

Greeters Needed

We would love to have your friendly face and warm handshake at the church entrances on Sunday mornings to greet our friends, guests and members as they enter the house of the Lord to worship. Please sign up for a month's tour of duty - but if by chance you are not able to be here every Sunday in the month, ask someone else to cover for you!  You would need to be at the door from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.  A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board in the main hallway and greeters are needed in September through December. 

 

SEPTEMBER Operation Christmas Child PACKING PARTY ITEMS

Hello Shoppers only a few short months before our Packing Party begins.  September items to be on the lookout for are: dental hygine items.  What colorful toothbrushes and great flavors of toothpaste, mouthwash and floss  can you find?

We can even begin praying for the children that will receive these items.  How wonderful it is to be a co-laborer of the Lord's in this endeavor.

See you at the packing party!!

 

BOOKS FOR MILITARY
 You will find a box on the shelf outside the church office for the collection of paperback books.  These books are being collected for our servicemen and military families.  

There is a story as to how this all came about.  My former neighbors gave up their home and moved to Perrysburg Commons.  About six months later he died.  Since his death every conversation I have hadwith Ellen, I have sensed her physical and mental health going down.  Then, several weeks ago, when I spoke with her, I noticed a marked difference in her attitude. 

Ellen then told me she had become involved in collecting paper back books for the military and military families.  She said at last she was again a contributring member to society and doing something worthwhile.  I told her I would try to help.  Who better to ask for help than my church family?

So,if you have any paperback books on your shelves you haven't read in awhile would you consider bringing them to church and filling my box?   I will see that she gets them.  Thank You.

Melva Robinson

 

 

"NEVER FORGET"  9 11 PRAYER WALK

Please join Joy Ministries on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Farnsworth Metropark, Indianola Area, 8505 S. River Road Waterville from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
 

Praise and fellowship will begin at 1:00 p.m. Pizza and refreshments will be served after the walk.  

To register call: Cell 419-878-8823. 

Thank you for all of your prayers and support.
 

 

 

Shoebox Countdown Event 
 
You are invited to hear Kojo's Shoebox Story!
 

Kojo was born and raised in a very poor town in Ghana.  His family of nine lived in a one-room clay house.  He remembers walking one and a half to two miles each day to school, having no money and no food.  Kojo is grateful for the challenges and the financial difficulties he faced as a child, as that was what made him rely on God.  Come hear how receiving an Operation Christmas Child shoebox changed his life story forever!

 Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. 

Bible Temple Family Worship Center

3327 Airport Highway

Toledo, OH 43609 

 

First Presbyterian Church of Waterville Invites You to their Roche De Boeuf Booth 

 

Theatre for the World Presents: No Ordinary Christmas Miracle
December 2,3 & 4, 2016


No Ordinary Christmas Miracle is a musical-comedy that celebrates the Spirit of Christmas. The story unfolds when the church choir is confronted with the news that due to a dwindling congregation and the ensuing budget cuts, the WUMC Church Council has no option but to make the heart-wrenching decision to close the Angel Shelter (a homeless shelter housed in the old sanctuary of WUMC).   Seeing that many of the shelter volunteers, including the founding members, are choir members the need for funds to keep the shelter doors open, become reality.  This family-friendly show has many fun characters, lots of physical and situational comedy, some familiar Christmas carols and hymns and even a few original musical numbers.  Most importantly, there is the underlying message that when we give our time and talents to God, there are no limits on what He can do with what we offer.  It will take a miracle to save the Angel Shelter, but God is in the business of making miracles happen! 

August 2016 Newsletter

Dear Church Family,

Have you ever asked yourself this question; is my relationship with God what I want it to be? Another question, is God please with your relationship with him? If you answered no to either of these questions what are you doing in your life to be able answer both questions with a yes.

As we read the gospels we discover several different ways Jesus taught His first disciples how to be in relationship with God.

Jesus called his disciples. You and I are also called by God's Holy Spirit to a relationship with God in Christ.

After calling the first disciples Jesus went about teaching them to ultimately take over His ministry. Jesus created the original small group in which to entrust the gospel truth. Being a part of a small group has many benefits. One is the ever growing love for each other.

Another is the trust that each member has the others best interest at heart. The members of a group can hold one another accountable in living out the faith and in growing in the faith.

Keep watch for small groups as they develop for the fall. One small group experience will be Loving Generously. I hope everyone attending our church will be a part of this 5-week small group experience which will begin in mid-October and conclude in late November. Disciples of Jesus are known by their love for one another which is at the heart of small groups.

 Jesus often would demonstrate the power of God through signs and wonders. It was not uncommon for Jesus to teach and demonstrate the way of a disciple then send His disciples out to serve through the same power with signs and wonders. One of the common struggles for us as disciples is the going out and doing what God is teaching in the season of life we find ourselves in.

Our daughter Kristin tells of the youth group trip in which the youth were taught a spiritual truth in the morning and then being dropped off in Chicago to practice what she had learned. One of the lessons taught how to begin a conversation with a person that would ultimately lead to discovery as to their faith in Christ. Our family enjoys fishing. Kristin went into a city park and began a conversation with a person who was fishing off of a bridge. Before the afternoon was done Kristin was fishing with the young man and discovered he was unchurched.

Any of us who live by faith in Jesus will be taught and then have the opportunity to put the lesson into practice. Jesus sent first disciples out to practice their lesson. As Jesus's disciples today are we willing to practice what Jesus is teaching?

 Pastor Mike

July Statistics

       Date                 Worship

July 3                    90

July 10                  116

July 17                   97

July 24                   87

 

WUMC FAMILY NEWS

HOSPITALIZED: Jim Simpson, UTMCU.

PRAYERS OF CHRISTIAN HOPE AND COMFORT: for the family of Dave Landis at the passing of his step-mother, Barb Landis.  Memorial service was held on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

PRAYERS OF CHRISTIAN HOPE AND COMFORT for the Kenneth Wiggins family on his passing on July 24, 2016.  Kenneth is the father of Tom Wiggins and grandfather of Lara Eisel..

WUMC'S MAILBOX

Dear Sisters and Brothers at Waterville UMC,

Thank you so much for your recent donation.  Your generosity will help us to continue to care for the young girls who come to our recovery home in Wood County.  In the last four years, we have helped 12 girls between the ages of 13 and 17, begin their life-long journey of healing.  It is unthinkable that girls, especially this young, suffer physical and sexual abuse by sex traffickers but we are so glad that we are part of the solution to this horrific crime that ravages children around the world and in our own communities; Toledo, Perrysburg, Maumee and even Pemberville.  Thank you for being a part  of The Daughter Project family.

Upcoming events for The Daughter Project. Anything you can do to help us raise awareness and to encourage participation will be a great blessing.

Friday, July 29, 7 pm at Emmanual Baptist Church - "Nefarious' screening - details and free "ticket" reservations online. This is a supremely well-made, shocking and inspirational documentary about sex trafficking around the world and in the U. S. We hope to have the EBC sanctuary full with 800 people.

Saturday, August 27 from 9am to 1pm at Emmanuel Christian School - Sex Trafficking Overview Training details and free registration on the "get involved/training page of our website.  This is a training event we offer four times per year for anyone who wants to learn more about sex trafficking and TDP.

Saturday, November 19, 7pm at the Stranahan Theater -'5th Annual Smile for Freedom' comedy show fundraiser with Chonda Pierce.  This is our signature awareness/fundraising event.  Tickets are available for purchase on our website; thedaughterproject.org or at The Stranahan Theater.

Serving God by serving others,

Jeff & Diana Wilbarger

Director, The Daughter Project


Dear WUMC,    

Your kind expression of sympathy is deeply appreciated and gratefully acknowledged by the family of Tena Golding.  Thank you very much for the good food and your kindness shown to our family.

Ed Golding        

Dear Church Family,

At long last, I am out of the hospital and recuperating at home.  I want to sincerely thank you for all your prayers, thoughts, cards and concerns.  A special thanks to Pastor Mike who checked in on me and prayed with me.  Also, special thanks to the Women's Ministry for the thoughts and cards.  And, of course, to all in the congregation who sent cards and prayers.  The power of prayer is real.  I felt it and am thankful and grateful to all.

May God bless you all,

Rob Greenlese      


AUGUST SCRIPTURE READING AND PRAYER

AUGUST CALENDAR

  Click here to view August 2016 Calendar

  

Mission Focus for August 2016

Hygiene Kits: For several years WUMC has gathered items for hygiene kits that make a difference between sickness and health for struggling families.  For August we will again be asking for your help in donating items from the list below:

Health Kit Materials:

1 hand towel 15x25 inches to 17x27 inches

1 washcloth

1 comb - Comb needs to be sturdy and longer than 6 inches. No pocket combs or picks, Rattial combs and combs withouthandles are acceptable with a minimum of 6 inches of teeth.

1 metal nail file or nail clippers  No emery boards, please

1 bath-sized soap 3 oz. and larger sizes only, No Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content, Do not remove the original packaging.

1 toothbrush Adult size only.  Do not remove from original packaging.

6 adhesive bandages  3/4 inch to 1 inch size. Common household Band-Aids.

Here is a brief story of how some of your previous generosity was used.

At two orphanges in Sierra Leone, you have made it possible for 78 kids to have an easier,

more pleasant morning routine.  What does that mean?   Rolling out of bed excited to go to school because you get to use your new toothbrush and towel.  Feeling clean, confident, and focused when sitting in class because of a washcloth and a new nailclipper that got rid of a pesky hangnail.  Getting a warm feeling when walking back to your room knowing that even though you don't have parents, there are some people whom you've never met that loved you enough to give you a gift that mattered and expected nothing in return.

Your simple work and a few extra dollars at your next grocery store visit have brought more than hygiene kits.  You have carried light into darkness.  You have lit up two orphanages with smiles, from the youngest child who received her first toothbrush to the orphanage staff members feeling less overwhelmed with the needs of the children around them.

Your support makes a tremedous difference in the lives of so many people both here at home and around the world.  Each kit represents a person whose life will be changed because of the simple items contained within.   

 

August Operation Christmas Child Packing Party Items

   Remember the excitement of getting new school supplies, crayons, pencils, erasers, rulers- all the pretty colors, and imagining how and what masterpieces  you would create with them....well children today are still excited to recieve these same items.

AugustPacking Party items are school supplies.  So shoppers you have been given your assignment , go shopping and do yourself proud by filling up our baskets. You will be glad you did.                              


Theater For The World Presents

No Ordinary Christmas Miracle

is a musical-comedy that celebrates the Spirit of Christmas through the collective faith of a church choir and the sharing of their talents to save the local Angel Shelter, a homeless shelter housed in the old sanctuary of the WUMC.

The story unfolds when the church choir is confronted with the news that due to a dwindling congregation and the ensuing budget cuts, the WUMC Church Council has no option but to make the heart-wrenching decision to close the Angel Shelter at the end of the year. Seeing that many of the shelter volunteers, including the founding members, are active members of the choir, the idea of putting on a show, reminiscent of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland movies, in order to raise enough funds to keep the shelter doors open, becomes reality.

This family-friendly show has many fun characters, lots of physical and situational comedy, some familiar Christmas carols and hymns and even a few original musical numbers. Most importantly, there is the underlying message that when we give our time and talents to God, there are no limits on what He can do with what we offer. It will take a miracle to save the Angel Shelter, but God is in the business of making miracles happen!

July 2016 Newsletter

Dear Waterville Church Family,

In Andy Stanley's book, How GOOD is good enough? he raises the question of what people think is the way to heaven. In most, if not all world religions there is the general theme that to get into heaven one must be a good person, living a good life and doing the good that is required by the religious leaders.

The question everyone faces when there is a health scare, the death of a family member or friend is this, when I die will I go to heaven? And tells the story of his wife feeling a need to talk to her 90-year-old grandmother about heaven. Sandra's grandmother was the ultimate good person. If anyone was good enough to get into heaven it would be her. She attended church regularly, loved others and all the other things we would look for in a good person. When asked if she would go to heaven the response was "I hope so."

If being a good person gets one into heaven, then one would think that there would be a confidence of entering heaven within the ultimate good person. The reality is being a good person in this world is no guarantee of entering heaven. This confidence and inner peace only comes to a person who intimately knows God. As Christians, we are convinced that the only path to knowing God is through Jesus Christ.

What is your confidence level if your life would end today? Matthew 5:20 states, "But I warn you-unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!" What Jesus is teaching us here is that those who are self-righteous, thinking they are good enough, is not enough. Our righteousness must be based upon our relationship with God. God's Holy Spirit will direct our lives and as we follow where the Spirit leads God will declare us righteous.

We read in Matthew 6:33, "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need." Living righteously is much more than doing the right things. It is living our lives according to God's standards and truth. We cannot work our way into heaven. By seeking the kingdom of God above all else we learn more and more about living righteously.

Back to the question, what is your confidence level that you will go to heaven? Would you like your confidence level to be 100%? The only way is to accept the gift of grace God gave the world in Jesus. For it is being convinced of our salvation through Jesus, then living as God directs, growing each day in understanding of what it is to live as a disciple of Jesus.

One activity that God expects of every Christian is that of sharing this gift of grace with other people in our lives. Do you have someone in your life that is deceived by the world view that if they live a good life then they will go to heaven? Maybe it is time to have a conversation like Sandra had with her grandmother. The sooner the better that they may live as long as possible as a confident believer and disciple of Jesus.

May the peace of God be upon you as you live in the inner peace that only comes in an active, ever growing relationship with God.

Pastor Mike 


FINANCE and STEWARDSHIP

Facts, Figures and FYI's

Thank you for your generosity and willingness to share your financial resources. May God continue to bless each of you and this congregation, as we work together doing His work of sharing the good news with others.

Summer Giving: Historically our General Fund giving normally drops off during the summer months as many of us are out of town on vacations or away enjoying other summer-time activities. Unfortunately expenses continue each month regardless of the amount of income we receive, so we ask you to please consider this issue and the timeliness of your contributions.

Quarterly Statements: Your 2nd Quarter Giving Statements will be emailed on Wednesday July 6. For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pick-up on Sunday, July 10 on the shelf outside the Church Office.

Please contact the Church Office or Tom Wiggins @ financialsec@watervilleumc.org if you have any questions about anything related to finance or stewardship.

WUMC FAMILY NEWS!

Hospitalized: Rob Greenlese , Cleveland Clinic
Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy: for the family and friends of Tena Golding who passed away on June 12 ,2016.

Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy: for the families Steve and Barb Crandall, Cara & Brian McMillan and Kelly & Brian Wittenmyer on the passing of Steve's mother Marjorie J. Crandall on June 28. 

Congratulations to the New Parents of Dane Hudson Lipinski who was born on June 15th to Bronson and Callan Lipinski.  Grandparents are Frank and Robin Lipinski and Great Grandparents were Bill and Jean LaRue and Don and Audrey Enteman.


WUMC MAIL

Waterville UMC,

I have so many things to thank this church for - where do I begin?  Thank you so much for the book, the wonderful flowers and the senior reception, it was amazing.  Lastly, I would like to thank the church for allowing me to use the fellowship hall for my graduation party, it was perfect.

Thank You

Zach Sisler 

 

Dear Char Pritchett and Pastor Denman,

I am writing to thank you and the congregation of Waterville United Methodist Church for the delicious lunch you all provided to our teachers and staff last Friday.  The food and fellowship were a perfect ending to an extremely successful school year.  We all really appreciate your support and thoughtfulness.  It was a blessing to have you here with us. 

Sincerely,

The Staff of Waterville Primary 


Sunday School Children do their part to send Teens On Mission Trip. 

This is a picture of the Goody Bags that the Sunday School children designed as their last "Project with a Purpose."  The bags were filled with snacks, water bottle, and notepad/pen (journal) for the youth and leaders to take on their trip to Indy. 

Mission Focus for July 2016

School Kits - For several years WUMC has gathered items for school kits that give children in impoverished communities and refugee camps some of the basic tools for learning.  For July we will again be asking for your help in donating items from the list below. 
School Kit Materials:

 1 pair blunt scissors: Round tip only, No plastic scissors please.

 3 pads of paper: Spiral or top-bound pads, 150 sheets or less of loose-leaf paper can be substituted for 1 pad, combination of spiral, top-bound, side-bound or loose-leaf paper is acceptable.

1 hand held pencil sharpener: must be at least 1 inch long, remove from packaging.

1 30-centimneter ruler : Hard or flexible, cartoon characters are acceptable, no advertisements please.

6 unsharpened pencils: no advertisements, religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols, please. Cartoon characters are acceptable.

1 2 inch or larger-size eraser: no advertisements, religious, patriotic, military, or camouflage symbols,please. Cartoon characters are acceptable.

1 24 count box of crayons:  Only 24 count boxes, please.

Here is a brief story of a family in Columbus, Ohio who benefited from your previous generosity:

A caseworker had brought school kits to his client Jacqueline, a single mother of five from the Congo, who had recently settled in Columbus.  Navigating single motherhood presents extra challenges for Jacqueline as she transitions to life in the US.  Receiving school kits for each of her children meant that Jacqueline had one less thing to worry about.  "Their eyes were so happy when they pulled everything out of the bags.  The kids were sitting on the floor together going through the items, and they all looked up at me and smiled."  Something as simple as a notebook and a pencil means that a family's children will be prepared to go to school and learn English, propelling them towards a meaningful future.

Thanks to a family in this congregation, we already have over 100 cloth bags that will be used to hold these school items.  Let's see if we can collect enough items to fill allthe available bags! 

Your support makes a tremendous difference in the lives of so many people both here at home and round the world.  Each kit represents a person whose life will be changed because of the simple items contained within.

JULY SCRIPTURE READING AND PRAYER

Prayer Chain:Following each daily Scripture Reading are the names of the families and individuals for our daily prayer list. Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of July.

If you have a prayer request, please feel free to cntact the Prayer Chain:

prayers@watervilleumc.org 


JULY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Click to view July 2016 Calendar


WATERVILLE COMMUNITY VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

CAVE QUEST FOLLOWING JESUS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

will be held from Sunday, July 10 to Thursday, July 14 from

 6:15- 8:30 p.m. All children ages 4 through completed 6th grade are encouraged to attend. Space is limited this year and only advance registrations will be accepted. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer during the week, please contact Stephanie Shelton at 567-202-5035. 


July Operation Christmas Child Packing Party Items

One more box=one more child reached in Jesus name.

Thank you so much for the items you have brought in.  What an amazing job you are doing sniffing out and finding great buys and items that the children will love to receive.

July targeted items are clothing items, socks, underware, flip flops , shoes, especially summer clothing that is on sale.

On with the shopping - we only have four and a half short months before the packing party begins!

Several bits of information concerning Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry .   

First of all there will be some new boxes this coming year - we have purchased "big bro boxes" that are actually 3 inches wider to accommodate spiral ring notebooks and or coloring/activity books . 100 of these boxes have been purchased to accompany the red and green box supply that we get at no charge from Samaritan's Purse. As always, you may always use your own boxes , however if you feel this may be a help to you when packing we ask that you use them sparingly so that others in our church family may have the opportunity to get one also. The white larger (more heavy-duty) boxes this year will only be what we have left over from prior years - those are not being manufactured any longer.  

Secondly, OCC has given us the opportunity to purchase bars of soap from an organization called "Soap for a Clean World" (This is an organization that recycles partially used soap and makes it into bars and sends to countries to assist in preventing the spread of diseases and those that may actually die from hygiene and sanitation related illnesses each year) 200 bars have been purchased for WUMC- so keep that in mind while preparing to pack - these will be available to our church family .  

One last item to keep in mind, this year hard candy and toothpaste are definitely allowed in our shoeboxes, however because of increasing customs regulations making it increasingly difficult to get these items into some countries - next year 2017 collection - hard candy and toothpaste will not be allowed. 

Interesting! It's just never too early to start thinking about packing shoeboxes!  

Collection week this year is November 14-21.  


PATRIOTIC CONCERT - Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church will be sponsoring The Young Swedish Singers in a patriotic concert in Conrad Park on Sunday, July 3 at 10:00 a.m. If you have questions, you may call Karen (of Zion) at 419-878-0266.

VBS Dinner on July 12 at 5:30 - Our church's night to feed the VBS volunteers and their families (around 75-100 people)!  Individuals are needed to make a crock pot of sloppy joes, cheesy potatoes, cookies.  Or you can sign up to provide hamburger buns, individual bags of chips, paper plates, napkins, or forks.  We also will need 4 volunteers to serve the dinner at Zion Lutheran on July 12th.  Contact Stephanie Shelton at 567-202-5035 or sshelton171@gmail.com if you are interested in helping.

June 2016 Newsletter

THE AMBASSADOR 

 Dear Church Family,

Summer is finally upon us. Many of us will be spending more time with family and friends in summer activities. As a Christian we must be careful not to leave God out of our daily journey of faith.

As we conclude the Armor of God series the end of June we are reminded in Ephesians 6:18 to, "Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere." Prayer, our conversation with God, is essential to our faith experience. To continue the emphasis on be spiritually prepared for all that will face in our lives the next study on Sunday morning at 9:00 am and Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm will be a study about prayer entitled War Room.

War Room is a Christian Film released in 2015 that was rated poorly by critics yet became a surprise hit as the Christian community responded in good numbers. A small group study has been developed to apply the power of prayer to our daily lives. For those who will be gone many weekends this summer the Tuesday evening study of War Room is a great way to stay in community with other believers and learn how to deepen our understanding and practice of prayer.

Prayer is a critical part of our relationship with God. Sometimes we get stuck in our journey of faith. Do you feel stuck in your walk with God? It is easy to get stuck. In September there will be several small groups offering the five-week study entitled UNSTUCK. This study is facilitated with a video teaching by nationally recognized pastors and teachers with study guides for every participant. You will not want to miss this study.

Finally, continue to pray for our congregation daily. We need the prayers of one another as we strive to serve God faithfully. Just as Paul wrote to several churches, pray at all times, pray without ceasing, pray in the spirit, be persistent in your prayers for all believers. We need the prayers of one another to stand firm in our faith and to continue to grow in our relationship with God and one another.

May God bless your relationship with God and others,

Pastor Mike 

WUMC FAMILY NEWS

Hospitalized:

Rob Greenlese, Ron Peyton  

Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy:

for the family and friends of Audrey Entenman who passed away on May 14.   

For the family and friends of Charles P. Duck Jr., father of Priscilla Bersee who passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016.   

                         

Welcome Dr. Roger Hertzman

 Dr. Roger Hertzman was baptized and welcomed into membership on May, 22, 2016.  

Graduation Sunday

"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans".  Proverbs 16:3

High School Graduates:

Malachi Lipinski is graduating from Anthony Wayne High School.  He will be attending Owens Community College and will be working for his brother's landscaping company. 

Mikael Lipinski is graduating from Anthony Wayne High School.  He will be attending Owens Community College and will be working for his brother's landscaping company.  

Madeline Lockyer is graduating from Maumee Valley Country Day School.  She will be attending Kenyon College with a major in Chinese and International Business and a Studio Art Minor.  Madeline will also be playing field hocky for Kenyon.

Emily May is graduating from Anthony Wayne High School. Emily will be attending Bowling Green State University with a major in Visual Communication Technology.

Savannah Rothhaas is graduating from Anthony Wayne High School.  Savannah will be attending Hillsdale College.

Zach Sisler is graduating from Anthony Wayne High School.  Zach will be attending University of Cincinnati with a major in Engineering.  He also plans to go on a two-week hiking trip to Philmont in New Mexico with the Scouts this summer.

College Graduates: 

Nikki (Westfall) Fellhauer graduated from University of Michigan with a Master's degree in Business Administration.

Claire Long graduated from Bowling Green State University with a major in Athletic Training.  She plans to attend BGSU to earn a Master's of Education degree with a specilization in Kinesiology.  She will also be working as the certified athletic trainer for the BGSU gymnastics and cross-country teams.  
Maggie (Long) Hayes graduated from Washington Lee University, School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree.  she will be working for a law firm and obtaining her Master's degree on-line.

Lucy Rothhaas graduated from Hillsdale College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science.    

WUMC MAIL BOX

Ladies of Waterville U. M. Church,

Thank you so kindly for the greeting and blessing as I approach my 95th mile marker.  I never thought I would live these many years as the Lorduses me to share His love to others. 

Also, I thank you for the encouraging message of Psalm 90:12 Just what I needed for today.

Ponder the word church as used in the new testament with its Greek connotation, which I am sure your Pastor has high-lighted in sermons.  The word is derived from two Greek words:

"out of" , and "the called".  Therefore, the new testament meaning of the word church is the "called out ones".  Ponder its depth.

Yours because His,

W. H. Wilson     

 

Unending Love

I looked out the window and saw the roses,

I looked up, and saw the sun;

I breathed, and felt God's Holy Presence-

All surrounding me with love.

 

Reflecting on His faithfulness,

Moments don themselves with joy;

That which seemed so discouraging

Now reverberates with poise.

 

I know my sufficiency is not of self-

Because His Word has told me so;

Now I rest on His unchanging Grace,

Until I see His Smiling Face.

 

Don't be discouraged, one with heavy heart-

He who feeds the sparrow will also

End your plight.

So be strong in the Lord and the Power of His Might-

A better day is coming when all will be Heavenly Bright!

Hallelujah!!

 

Warren H. Wilson - 11/15/2012

   PRAYER CHAIN 

Following each Scripture Reading are the names of our WUMC family. 

Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of June.  

If you have a prayer request, please contact: 

prayers@watervilleumc.org.

Drivers Needed

One of our ministries is the transporting of Browning Masonic Home residents to our Sunday morning worship service. We need three additional drivers to fill out the driving rotation and to provide substitutes when needed. Prayerfully consider if God is calling you for this ministry. Contact Pastor Mike if you have any questions.                           

Wayward Walkers Invites You

 Do you want to get out and walk but don't have anyone to walk with or direction?   Join Charlene Hansen on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at the church starting on June 2.  Each week we will walk in a different location.  We will start walking around the neighborhoods, branch out to Farnsworth Park, Fallen Timbers Mall and Park Area (not all at the same time).  Walk at your own pace and as far as you want to go.  Grap your tennis shoes,dog, baby buggy, family  and let's get walking!   

Please contact Charlene Hansen 419-277-2779 with questions.   

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD is requesting that all relay collection centers have a representative from their congregation willing to assist as a "Community Relations Volunteer" in their own community.  The volunteer position would entail being willing to contact area schools, civic and service clubs, businesses, Boy and Girl Scout Troops and other community organizations to encourage them to pack shoe boxes. We would then supply them with pamphlets and boxes if they so desire. Please prayerfully consider the few hours this task would take, while greatly helping expand this outreach. If you have a passion for OCC and have considered helping in some other way, we welcome your prayerful consideration of assistance in this ministry. Please contact Anne Stevens at 419.367.7379 or the church office.

OCC Packing Party June Items

                              
 Our "stash of packing party items" is growing by leaps and bounds thanks to you.   For the month of June we would like you to be on the lookout for toys and games, so put your God-given shopping talents to good use and fill our collection basket at the main ENTRANCE.    

Let's see what interesting finds you bring in - and oh how we wish we could play with the items ourselves but better not!                           

Waterville Community Vacation Bible School

will be held from Sunday, July 10 to Thursday July 14 from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church.  All children ages 4 through compleged 6th grade are encouraged to attend.  Space is limited this year and only advance registrations will be accepted.  If you have any questions or would like to volunteer during the week, please contact Stephanie Shelton at 567-202-5035. 

Volunteers Needed                            
Stephanie Shelton is looking forsome helpers to prepare craft materials for VBS.  The work which would involve cutting, organizingsupplies, etc. can be done at home.  If you are interested, please contact Stephanie at sshelton171@gmail.com. or 567-202-5035.

VBS Craft Items Needed

VBS is just around the corner, here is a list of some of the craft items thatwill be needed:

Egg Cartons, Cool Whip Containers, washable Crayola markers, Elmers glue sticks,  plastic milk or juice caps, grey or silver duck tape and black Sharpie markers. .

Youth Garage Sale

WUMC will host a garage sale at the Shelton House located at 171 Freedom Lane during Waterville Community Garage Sales , June 9-11 from 9:00 am til 4:00 pm.  Donated items can be dropped off at the Shelton House on June 7 & 8 .  The Youth are also in need of donations of bottled water, cans of pop, bags of chips, hot dogs, hot dog buns, snow cone flavoring and baked goods.        

Outreach Opportunity

A friend and neighbor of the Galton's,  Becky Ohm will be going in for her 5th and 6th chemo reatment.  She will follow up with radiation and surgery.  Becky is the mother of 3 small children and her husband is a pilot, who is frequently away on work trips.  Becky has a great support system that has set up mealtrain.com/59zq6z.  If you are interested in making a meal for the Ohm family, please refer to the meal train address.  You can also follow Becky's story on Caringbridge.com.

The Young Swedish Singers In Concert

The Young Swedish Singers, a 34 member gospel singing group from Hassleholm, Skane, Sweden, will appear in concert at Conrad Park in Waterville next to the public Library (hosted by Zion Lutheran Church) on Sunday, July 3 at 10:00am. If you have questions or need more information please call Zion at 419-878-0266. The group's tour includes stops in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio from June 16 - July 3, 2016.

This youth choir, founded by Director Birgitta Roslund in 1991, comes from a very musical Lutheran church in the far south of Sweden. Choir members range in age from teenagers to young adults. This is their sixth tour in fourteen years.

The Young Swedish Singers' concert, sung mostly in English, will include gospel, hymns, and Swedish folk music. The choir will make sixteen church appearances and participate in two Swedish festivals. Along the way, the choir members will be hosted by approximately 300 families who enjoy the cultural exchange.

Another important part of the tour is enjoying interesting local sights along the way, including shopping opportunities. Choir members have raised funds to cover both their airfare to the U.S. and the coach bus transportation. Sales of their two CD's helps to defer those costs. All offering income received during the tour will benefit Shepherd's Canyon Retreat, a non-profit ministry providing counseling retreats for clergy and their spouses.

www.shepherdscanyonretreat.org

Also we are looking for a few more host families to accommodate 2-3 singers on Saturday night July 2 and bring them to the concert on Sunday. If you would be interested in this or need more information please call Karen at Zion Monday-Friday at 419-878-0266. Thank you.

May 2016 Newsletter

Dear Church Family,

 In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 we read, "Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." As a congregation we have much for which to be thankful. We are going to give thanks to God on May 15 as we celebrate our ministry and service during worship. We will then continue our celebration with a potluck meal following worship.

This time of celebration is laying the groundwork for moving forward in faithful ministry and next steps in preparing for the work necessary with a new building. You will not want to miss this special time of worship.

As Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica he instructed the Church to illustrate their life of faith with three actions. We too are being challenged to participate in God's kingdom on earth by being, "joyful always, to never stop praying and to be thankful in every circumstance."

Let us be joyful always as a congregation for the way God is leading us. I am thankful for the May 1-2 with the ministry of Jerry Lucas as he will teach us to unlock our ability to memorize information such as scripture, names and faces, lists, etc. Invite your friends and neighbors to worship this Sunday morning as Jerry preaches about the healthy, Sunday evening at 6:00 pm the teaching is on memorizing lists and Monday evening at 7:00 pm on names and faces. Each of these teachings are good for the whole family as children and youth will be able to apply what they learn in school each day.

I am inviting us all to pray in every circumstance. Pray for our new adult 9:00 am Sunday School class and a 7:00 pm Tuesday night Bible study that will expand on the sermon series on Putting on the Armor of God as described in Ephesians 6:10-18. Pray for our Church Council as they lead us into the next season of faithful service and new life. Pray specifically for God's guidance and wisdom in the areas of communication, developing discipleship small groups and working out all the details of a new building. Pray for the United Methodist Church as the General Conference takes place May 10-20. This general conference has the potential of dividing the denomination as the delegates take on the issue of Homosexuality.

Let's give thanks that God is always with us and will never leave us. May you be blessed as you are joyful always as God is with you, never stop talking with God in prayer, and give thanks continually for God's saving grace.

Pastor Mike  

FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP

Facts, Figures, FYI's 

Giving Statements via Email

If you currently receive a hardcopy of your quarterly giving statement, you may want to consider using our optional and cost saving method of receiving them via email. We simply attach a PDF file to an email, which you may print or file electronically. If you would like to participate in this program or obtain additional information, please contact the Church Office or send an email to watervilleumc@watervilleumc.org.

Also if you are not aware, The Ambassador monthly newsletter and a weekly church news update, affectionately known as the "Friday Blaster" are both sent via email. If you currently do not receive these and would like to, please contact the church office with your email address.

"Loving Provider, help us to save and spend wisely so we can give generously, as You give to us each day. AMEN"

 Prayer from Upper Room, January 2012

Please contact the Tom Wiggins financialsec@watervilleumc.org if you have any questions about anything related to finance or stewardship.  

APRIL STATISTICS

Date                 Worship

Apr.   3                   119

Apr. 10                     187

Apr. 17                    132

Apr. 24                    141

Jerry Lucas To Speak At WUMC

Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 1 and Monday, May 2. Jerry Lucas, known today as Dr. Memory, and before that an Ohio State and professional basketball legend, will be preaching on Sunday morning on the topic of "Improving Family Relationships." On Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m., he will teach a one-hour session entitled "Learning Made Fun and Easy" using his Automatic Learning concepts. Then on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m., Jerry will teach another one-hour session entitled "Names and Faces Made Easy." Jerry will also give his testimony during this session to reach as many as possible. This is a great outreach opportunity to invite friends, neighbors and students to learn with us how to remember scripture, names and faces and the endless lists of things we want to remember.                 

WUMC Family News

Larry Noward is now back at his residence, 2015 Perrysburg-Holland Rd #126 Holland, OH43528.  Welcome Home, Larry!  

WUMC Mail Box

To Waterville United Methodist Church:

Thank you for your prayers and concerns for our Son, Abraham Wiggins.  He is in a much better place emotionally and spiritually through God's grace and through the healing power and love of Christ Jesus.  My family felt your prayers and let there be NO doubt that it made a difference in Abe's battle and recovery all to the glory and name of Jesus.  Our church, Osborne Baptist, was also praying and it was so comforting and humbling to know that so many Saints were joined together in prayer.  It also helped to know that we were not alone in this situation and could ask others to help bear our burden.  

Please do not stop praying for each other, and most importantly, praying for the lost, for the unbelieving and for the enemies of the Church.  It matters.  It makes a difference.  It is a privilege that we as Christians should never take lightly or for granted.  For Jesus said, 19 "Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." (Matthew 18:19-20) 

We also appreciated receiving a card from your church ministry.  It is the little things that often make a big difference and I pray that you will continue in this endeavor to offer comfort to others who are sick or hurting.

We can't thank you enough and just ask that you continue to pray for Abe and for our family as we walk together from this trial in our lives one day at a time.

Take care and God Bless.

Sincerely In Christ,

The Family of Tom Wiggins, Jr. 

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS                

Confirmation Class Members: Caroline Amspaugh, Nick Amspaugh, Blake Hood, Jacob Kahl,Chase Kirby,Hanna Letzring, Caitlin May, Lauren May, Cari Varner, Jake Varner, Kyle Wielgopolski.  Transferring their Membership : Jason, Sandi, and Brad Hood.

Fellowship Hosts Needed

We are in need of two people to host Fellowship Time following the worship service during the month of May.  Signup Sheet is on the bulletin board in the hallway.  

May Mission

 Congratulations and Welcome Back  

Claire Long, our Handbell Director will be returning as director for the next two years.  Claire was awarded a full schlorshipfor her Masters and PHD degrees at BGSU.  Congratulations and we are so glad to have Claire remain our Handbell Director.

May Scripture & Prayer

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble .

Following each daily Scripture Reading are the names of the families and individuals for our daily prayer list. Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of May.  If you have a prayer request, please feel free to email the Prayer Chainprayers@watervilleumc.org.

 

May Calendar

     Click to view May 2016 Calendar   

Parents Night Out

WUMC is planning a Parents Night Out for Saturday, May 14 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.  Treat yourself to a night out while your children are cared for in a fun, safe environment!  This is a free child care evening for children up thru 6th grade.  We would love for you to invite friends and neighbors to experience our church by having a night out together while your children have a blast with crafts, games, bounce houses, & dinner (pizza &snacks).  Please register by contacting Cara  419-344-2171 (call or text) or cara.m.mcmillan@gmail.com.  Registration required, space is limited to 40 children.  Please spread the word to friends/neighbors!  

Graduation  Sunday  

We will be honoring our graduates during the church service on June 12.  There will be a special slideshow featuring the graduates and cake and punch after the service.  If you are graduating from high school, college, or vocational school, please contact Stephanie Shelton.  If you would like to be included in the slideshow, please send 8-10 photos of yourself at different ages.  The photos should be sent electronically to Stephanie at sshelton171@gmail.com.  Photos need to be received by May 22. 

Waterville Primary Teacher Appreciation Lunch

We will be honoring the 55 teachers and staff at Waterville Primary School on Friday May 27th at 11am.  As before, we will need salads, desserts, and helpers at the school that morning.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway outside of the church offices.  Please consider being part of this outreach ministry.  Thank you!!                                                         

Kroger Community Rewards Program

WUMC Ladies:   

It's time to re-enroll for the new year of Kroger Community Rewards. You need to re-enroll in the month of April in order to continue contributing to WUMC through the May 1st 2016 to April 30th 2017 year. 

For you to re-enroll your card you simply go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com

·         Click "sign-in"

·         Put in your email address and password that you used to enroll your card.

·         Click on your name at the top right, scroll to the bottom for Community Rewards.

·         Put in the group number(#90590) or part of the name of Waterv ille United Methodist Churc h .

·         Choose the Waterville United Methodist Church . 

·         Click Enroll.

You are now enrolled for the May 1st 2016 to April 30th 2017 year of Kroger Community Rewards.

If you are having an issue with your password and or email address pleasecall

1-800-KROGERS, press 5 for customer service, press 5 to speak to a customer service representative.

If it's the first time you are registering, the member will need to set up your account first.

·         For a member to enroll their card you simply go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com

·         Click "create an account"

·         Put in their email address and password.  Confirm their password

·         Enter plus card OR alt ID number

·         Go to Community Rewards (near bottom)

·         Follow through the steps. (Name, address, etc.)

·         Put in the group number or part of the name of the organization.

·         Choose the correct organization. 

·         Click Enroll.

You are now enrolled for the May 1st 2016 to April 30th 2017 year of Kroger Community Reward.  

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party Items

One more box=one more child reached in Jesus name.

What an amazing number of boxes WUMC was able to add to our count by the yearlong collection of items last year and 2016 looks even more amazing.

May items to be on the lookout for are Hygiene Items (handsoap, washcloths, small towels, hairbrushes, combs, deodorant, etc.) 

Look for sale items, but also please remember the items in this box could possibly be the only gift of this sort the child may ever receive.  Lets have items be a quality that can be useful for the child.  The purpose of the shoebox is to grab the child's attention, and let them know there are people that do not even know them, but care for them and will pray for them to come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, not to see how many items we can get into one box.     

A box has been placed by the main enterance for collection of your items.     

Community  Relations Volunteer 

Operation Christmas Child is requesting that all relay collection centers have a representative from their congregation willing to assist as a "Community Relations Volunteer" in their own community.  The volunteer position would entail being willing to contact area schools, civic and service clubs, businesses, Boy and Girl Scout Troops and other community organizations to encourage them to pack shoe boxes. We would then supply them with pamphlets and boxes if they so desire.

Please prayerfully consider the few hours this task would take, while greatly helping expand this outreach. If you have a passion for OCC and have considered helping in some other way, we welcome your prayerful consideration of assistance in this ministry.
Please contact Anne Stevens at 419.367.7379 or the church office.                         

Road Trip                               

If you would be interested in going on the Operation Christimas Child trip to the Charlotte Processing Center, November 28-December 3, 2016, please see Karen Longnecker as soon as possible.  They will be taking 2 buses but space fills up fast.  Reservations need to be sent in soon.     

 

Boy Scout Troop # 101 Flower Sale

Boy Scout Troop # 101 is in the midst of their annual flower sale.  You will find order forms and information sheets on the shelf outside the church office.   You may turn in your order to either Doug Smith, Keith Colyer, the Sisler's, the Kirby's or Craig Varner., or drop it off at theirMonday night meeting in Fellowship Hall from 7-8:30pm.  Flowers will be available for pick up on Saturday, May 7.   

Waterville Rotary Fundraiser

The Waterville Rotary will hold a pancake supper with entertainment by the Children's Choir of Northwest Ohio on Monday, May 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Waterville Primary School.  Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students and are availabe at the door or from any Waterville Rotarian.  Proceeds will support community projects and scholarships.                  

Sincerely,  

Cathy Landis& Janet Poling
Waterville United Methodist Church

April 2016 Newsletter

Dear Church Family,

In the Gospel of John, Jesus teaches that when he has returned to God following his resurrection that the counselor, the Holy Spirit would teach God's truth to His disciples, John 14:25-26. Another promise is that the Holy Spirit would remind the disciples of all that Jesus taught.

The Holy Spirit continues to do this same work in us. There are countless testimonies of prisoners of war, kidnap victims and those jailed for their faith surviving their ordeal through the Holy Spirit reminding them of scripture they had memorized during their faith journey.

One of the keys to God being with us is growing in the knowledge and memorization of scripture. Do you ever struggle in remembering a particular verse of scripture, or while in the service of our Lord remembering a name of a person who you are serving? I have and I know others as well struggle remembering.

To this end we have invited Mr. Jerry Lucas known today as Dr. Memory and before that an Ohio State and professional basketball legend. Jerry will be with us May 1st and 2nd. Please note Jerry will not be talking about his basketball career.

On Sunday morning May 1st, Mr. Lucas will preach the morning sermon entitled "Improving Family Relationships". 

Sunday evening at 6:00 pm Jerry will teach a one-hour session entitled, "Learning Made Fun and Easy" using his Automatic Learning concepts.  In this session Jerry teaches how to remember lists forwards and backwards, many educational applications and the Word of God, all automatically. 

Monday evening at 7:00 pm Jerry will teach another one-hour session entitled, "Names and Faces Made Easy."  This is a skill that helps all in attendance.  This session has been a great outreach into communities for people who normally don't come to church. Everyone wants to learn how to remember names and faces.  Jerry will give his testimony during this session to reach as many as possible.

This is a great outreach opportunity to invite friends, neighbors, students to learn with us how to remember scripture, names and faces and the endless list of things we want to remember but sometimes struggle.

May God's blessings be upon you as we continue to impact our community with the Gospel of Jesus, our Savior and our Lord.

Pastor Mike

 

FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP
Facts, Figures, FYI's

 

     Date    Worship

Mar 6       146

Mar 13      150

Mar 20      165

Mar 27      209

Quarterly Statements: Your 1st Quarter Giving Statements will be emailed on Saturday, April 9. For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pick up on Sunday, April 10 on the shelf outside the Church Office.

           "Money is an excellent gift of God answering the noblest of ends"                                                                    John Wesley

Please contact Tom Wiggins if you have any questions. (419) 878-5503 or financialsec@watervilleumc.org.

 APRIL PRAYER & FASTING

The next day of Prayer & Fasting , as called for by our Bishop, will be Friday, April 1st.  This month's theme will be the Resurrection.  There are bulletins located on the Prayer Table at the front of the sanctuary with suggested readings, prayers and hymns for that day.               

GENERAL CONFERENCE UPDATE

The General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which meets once every four years. It is the only body that can set official policy and speak for the denomination. The General Conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. The nearly 900 delegates are elected by annual conferences around the world to attend General conference. Half of the delegates are laity, half are clergy. On May 10-20, 2016, the next General Conference of The United Methodist church will meet in Portland, Oregon. The General Conference now has an app in the Apple App or the Google Play store for your phone or tablet. Search under "United Methodist General Conference" to follow the proceedings later this Spring.

WELCOME our new custodian!! We are pleased to announce that Arthur Meade has been hired as the new custodian for Waterville United Methodist Church.  Welcome to the church staff.              

 WUMC FAMILY MAIL


Dear Quilting Ladies,

Thank you so much for the prayer quilt.  It is beautiful and for all the prayers.  God is good, all the prayers brought Everliegh thru surgery!!  You are an amazing group of ladies! I appreciated all your prayers and kindness to get us thru our difficult time.  Everliegh lays on the blanket and says "Awe" every time.

Thanks again,

Brea Fisher

P.S. Everliegh is doing amazing after surgery and healing well! 

Bless you from the bottom of my oh-so-thankful heart.Your kindness was so thoughtful.

Dear Friends,

It's very rare to find a ministry so faithful as yours.  I feel blessed to benefit fromyour ministry.  Thank you for the card and the many prayers that went with it.  It made all the difference for my recovery.  Cuddling in the quilt helps too. 

With gratitude,

Teena Scheub

RECENT SERVICE

Ted Myers did an audio recording of Rev. Jim Stewart's portion of Fritzie Schifferly's funeral service.  This may be heard by going to the church's website, www.watervilleumc.org, and selecting "Recent Services."  You will also find a link there to connect you with the entire service.      

B & B Bible Study

The Thursday morning B & B Bible Study is starting a new book following Easter.  They have decided to go with a classic!  Beginning on Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 a.m. in the side room at Papoo's Restaurant in Whitehouse, they will be reading from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.  This book provides thought-provoking meditations to cultivate a closer walk with God. Readers can gain a fresh perspective on how to grow in faith as they discover more about God and their relationship to Him.  All are welcome to join this co-ed group to share in the Bible, a delicious breakfast and fellowship.     

A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR PRAYER

A new ministry open to everyone has formed in our church!   We are starting a Prayer Time on Sunday mornings from 9-10:00, just before the Worship Service, and would like to invite everyone who is interested, no matter your age, to join us. We are going to gather in the Sanctuary and, making use of a Prayer Kit compiled by Alaire Rothhaas plus some other resources, pray scripture as a group for that hour.   There will be many things to pray for: the Worship Service and all its participants; WUMC and all its various components; our community and all its divisions; the AW School community, students, teachers, etc.; our county, state, and country and the multitude of issues facing us in this regard. Besides, whatever other things God places on your heart that morning, whether they be personal and private or larger and general.   Though we are together as a group, we will each be praying individually however God leads.   This is a new adventure for us and we are following the instruction from Luke in Acts 4:24 - "Then all the believers were united as they lifted their voices in prayer." We profess ourselves to be a praying church, so this is just another element to increase that commitment to touch others, reach across barriers, and seek God's mission for this congregation. If you have any questions, please call Karen Wiggins (419-350-1211). Or perhaps you would simply like to come and observe the group for a time or two. Remember, this is new to all of us, but we are aiming for it to be a blessing and the start of a renewal both within and without the walls of WUMC. 

APRIL SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER

Prayer Chain

Following each daily Scripture Reading are the names of the families and individuals for our daily prayer list. Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of April.

If you have a prayer request, please feel free to email the Prayer Chain: prayers@watervilleumc.org

 

APRIL WUMC CALENDAR

Click to View April 2016 Calendar

 

 "Project with a Purpose"

Children's Sunday School

Outreach Ministry

Throughout the year, the children at WUMC, participate in numerous

"Projects with a Purpose." A "Project with a Purpose" is an outreach project that the kids create to bless others in our church, our community, or the world. Some of the projects the children have completed are making Rainbow Loom bracelets and fleece puppets for the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes; Valentines for Veterans; Thank You cards to our local firemen and police officers; Treat Bags & Bible Verse cards to the Youth for the Mission Trip; Designed Wells to Collect Coins for African Well;

Pen Pal letters and Scripture Pictures to residents at Browning Masonic Community.

If you have any questions about these projects or have ideas for future projects, please contact Stephanie Shelton at 567-202-5025 or sshelton171@gmail.com. 

   

BELL CHOIR DIRECTOR  

Seeking multi-octave Bell Choir Director for the Waterville United Methodist Church.  Rehearsals are once a week with Sunday morning Worship approximately once per month.  All interested parties should send name and contact information to : Email: pastormike@watervilleumc.org with Bell Choir in subject line or mail to WUMC, attn: Bell Choir Director Position, 102 N. Fifth Street, Waterville, OH43566, no later than May 1st, 2016.

Compensation negotiable based upon experience and qualifications.

Theatre For The World

Thank you so much for supporting our recent show, Harmony Romances.  We are extremely grateful for all the volunteers that helped us pull things together.  Another successful show, with record numbers of patrons on Sunday and a record number of grocery donations.  God is good!  At the time of this printing, we do not have a final number concerning our monetary donations. TFTW is currently the mission focus for the month of March; however, we are certain many families will benefit from your support.    We will update everyone in the near future with the final results as well as provide some information concerning our Christmas musical.  We are very excited about the show, but more importantly, we are anxious to see what God can do with our efforts to help people around the world.   Please keep TFTW in your prayers.  Thank you and God bless!    

By the way, see below..............

Encore!   Encore!   Encore!


For those of you who were in warmer locations or not able to see Harmony Romances by Ron Hill, you have one more chance!  On April 24th we will be having a potluck dinner in Fellowship Hall with the meal starting at 6:15pm, followed by a recorded presentation of this year's play in the sanctuary at 7:00pm. So mark your calendars! In addition, if you require child care, please contact the Church Office, Terry Myers or Tom Wiggins by Sunday, April 21st so arrangements can be made. Watch for more details in the coming weeks. 

Note: Recommended audience is for middle school age and above.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY with "Food for Thought" -  Food for Thought is an organization in Toledo that provides volunteer opportunities to serve at a mobile food pantry, warehouse stocking, and also packing lunches on Friday evenings and delivering the lunches on the streets of Toledo on Saturday mornings.  You can find out more about the organization at www.feedtoledo.org.  The WUMC Youth Group has set two dates for this spring to volunteer with this organization.  On April 22 from 5:30-7:30, we will be making sandwiches and packing lunches that will be delivered in Toledo on Saturday morning.  Then, on May 14 from 9:15-12:15, we will be delivering lunches in Toledo.  The WUMC Youth would like to invite anyone who is interested in volunteering to join us! There is a signup sheet on the bulletin board in the main hallway.  Please contact Adam or Stephanie Shelton if you have any questions.                 

Our Packing Party for Operation Christmas Child

Shoeboxes was such a success last year that we would like to continue it this year.  So, for the month of April, we are asking you to purchase stuffed animals.  Anne Stevens has placed a box by the main entrance for your donations.

Women's Retreat Friday, April 8th, 5:30pm to Saturday April 9th, 4:30pm

Join us as we take our Bible study deeper with Faithful, Abundant True - a rich resource from Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer, and Beth Moore!

Registration is at 5:30 p.m. The Retreat begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Cost is $25 and includes appetizers Friday, continental breakfast Saturday, box lunch, and snacks on Saturday.

 All women are welcome. 

For more information, call the church at 419-382-6722, or go to the retreat webpage. 

Location Name: Church of The Cross

Location Address:1750 Eastgate Rd., Toledo OH 43614

Contact: Jane Raab

Email: office@cotcumc.com

Price: $25

 

Children's Choir of Northwest Ohio Presents:

I AM YOU, AND YOU ARE ME, AND WE ARE ONE 

Sunday, April 10th, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Maumee Performing Arts Center

Featuring 13 ABC Personality Tony Geftos

Come see Mia Przybylski and the Children's Choir of Northwest Ohio in concert.

Broadway Night

First Presbyterian Church of Waterville is hosting a BROADWAY NIGHT on April 14th at 7 p.m. to benefit the Anthony Wayne Community Food Ministry.  Join us for an evening of entertainment and song to benefit a great cause.     

The Waterville Playshop presents . . .

Children of Eden" is the theatrical portrayal of Genesis with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, who has written many other musicals, most notably Pippin and Wicked. 

The show begins with the creation of Eden and features the stories of Adam and Eve, Abel and Cain, and Noah's Ark.  It should be noted, however, that Children of Eden takes creative license and does not strictly adhere to the Bible.

The show is under the direction of Inge Klopping with Matt Zwyer as music director and Tracy Wilson and Angela Hampton as choreographers. The cast includes Joe Barton as Father, Jarrod Alexander as Adam, Sarah Stierman as Eve, Tyler Cowdrey as Cain, Jonathan Crawford as Abel, Trevor Gill-Snow as Seth, David Dysard as Noah, Sarah Pettee as Mamma Noah, Mikey Del Vecchio as Japheth, Katie Trumbull as Yonah, Catherine Burns as Aphra, Bradley King as Shem, Sarah Dysard as Aysha, Andy Dysard as Hem, Ben Bascuk as Young Cain and Lucas Patterson as Young Abel.  In all there are 40 wonderfully-talented people in our cast.

Performances are at the Maumee Indoor Theater on April 15 and 16 at 8 pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm.  If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please visit www.watervilleplayshop.org.     Tickets may also be purchased at the door, pending availability.

March 2016 Newsletter

 Dear Church Family,

One of the scripture passages that most everyone is taught as a child is John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." As we look towards Holy week we are reminded of the cost Jesus paid to live out his love of God and God's love for each of us. God's desire is that everyone will experience the free gift to us of love and grace. The gift is free as a result of the price paid by Jesus.

John 3:17 is of equal importance, "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." This verse shows us God's heart by providing the way for the world to be saved. That way was Jesus suffering, then death on the cross and finally the resurrection which brought new life to all who would believe.

II Corinthians 5:16-18 declares for us, "So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:"

It is in Christ that we are reconciled to God as the old life of sin that brings with it guilt, shame, broken relationships and so many other worldly attitudes, is gone. In other words, in Christ sin no longer has power over us unless we allow it. We are made new; we get to start over no matter what.

Easter is the day that we set aside to celebrate this great gift from God. As we prayerfully prepare for our Holy Week experiences let us pray for those in our lives who have not been reconciled to God through new life in Christ. For we have been given the ministry of reconciliation. The greatest gift we can ever give to another is God's love and grace in Christ. Who do we know that desperately needs a new start?

May the love of God overflow from your life in Christ, may the light of Christ in you overcome the darkness in another and may the Holy Spirit lead you to one in great spiritual need. Easter is all about new life.

Blessings,  
Pastor Mike

 

March 4 Prayer and Fasting: The Cross 

On Friday, March 4, pray that we will follow Jesus to the cross and embrace a lifestyle of radical forgiveness. Suggestions to focus our praying for the month of  March at http://www.westohioumc.org

A New Opportunity for Prayer

A new ministry open to everyone is forming in our church!   We are starting a Prayer Time on Sunday mornings from 9-10:00, just before the Worship Service, and would like to invite everyone who is interested, no matter your age, to join us on Sunday, March 6 for our initial kick-off.  

We are going to gather in the Sanctuary and, making use of a Prayer Kit compiled by Alaire Rothhaas plus some other resources, pray scripture as a group for that hour.   There will be many things to pray for: the Worship Service and all its participants; WUMC and all its various components; our community and all its divisions; the AW School community, students, teachers, etc.; our county, state, and country and the multitude of issues facing us in this regard.   Besides, whatever other things God places on your heart that morning, whether they be personal and private or larger and general.   Though we are together as a group, we will each be praying individually however God leads.  

This is a new adventure for us and we are following the instruction from Luke in Acts 4:24 - "Then all the believers were united as they lifted their voices in prayer." We profess ourselves to be a praying church, so this is just another element to increase that commitment to touch others, reach across barriers, and seek God's mission for this congregation.

If you have any questions, please call Karen Wiggins (419-350-1211). Or perhaps you would simply like to come and observe the group for a time or two. Remember, this is new to all of us, but we are aiming for it to be a blessing and the start of a renewal both within and without the walls of WUMC.   

The Women's Card Ministry

The Women's Card Ministry is being revived.  We have added a check box onto the prayer cards, located in the pew racks, for you to request a card be sent to a person needing encouragement.  Be sure to add the address on the prayer card to where it should be sent.  Hopefully this small act of kindness will help the person receiving the card in their time of need.  Feel free to email Charlene Hansen at Charlene.hansen@live.com for additional information or to have someone given a card from the Women's Card Ministry. 

Photo Directory Status

As you are aware, last year we had problems with the software used for managing individual giving records. This same software was also used to manage membership information, including the ability to create a photo directory. Because of these problems and until we could get them resolved, we stopped using the software.

Unfortunately that meant we had to stop the photo directory project that Cathy Landis and David Stafford had been working on (many hours by both). Thank you! Also, unfortunately, we did not do a very good job of communicating this to all of you. So, that's the truth and we wish we would have handled things differently.

Now for the good news. After much time and effort by Ted Myers (Thank you!), our computer equipment has been upgraded and new software has been installed which has resolved all issues and the financial and membership programs are working properly.

We are now ready to proceed with the creation of a photo directory that will be available to everyone. Tom Wiggins will be leading a team of two or three members to re-start this effort. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Tom. An action plan will be developed to complete the project in a timely and organized manner. We will provide progress updates as we go along. For now, please keep this in your thoughts and prayers.  

Seeking Bell Choir Director

Seeking multi-octave Bell Choir Director for the Waterville United Methodist Church.  Rehearsals are once a week with Sunday morning Worship approximately once per month.  All interested parties should send name and contact information to : Email: pastormike@watervilleumc.org with Bell Choir in subject line or mail to WUMC, attn: Bell Choir Director Position, 102 N. Fifth Street, Waterville, OH43566, no later than May 1st, 2016.

Compensation negotiable based upon experience and qualifications.

WUMC Family News!

Hospitalized: Elaine Larimer- now back home at Browning's.  

Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathyfor the family and friends of Donald R. Myers Sr. of Neapolis who passed away on February 12 in Winter Haven, Florida.  Don was engaged to Alta Damron. 

Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy:for the family of Fritzie Schifferly  who passed away on Wednesday, February 24.  Services were held on Monday, Febraury 29, at Hope United Methodist Church.

WUMC You've Got Mail 

Dear Friends in Mission:

Thank you for your gift received on February 16 to Imagine No Malaria campaign through The Advance, the designated mission giving channel of The United Methodist Church.  We are pleased to share that 100 percent of your contribution will go towards eliminating one of the world's most deadly diseases.  Giving through The Advance enables United Methodists to support one another in mission and ministry around the world.  Thank you for partnering with us in God's mission.

Through gifts like yours, Imagine No Malaria has already distributed 1.2 million insecticide-treated bed nets throughout Africa.  We have also trained more than 5,400 community health workers to personally deliver mosquito nets and measure usage rates.  Today, because of the dedicated and generous support of people like you, malaria's impact has been cut in half!

 Your gift supports the work of the United Methodist church and our many partners including The Global Fund to Fight AIDS; Tuberculosis and Malaria; The United Nations Foundation; the International Federation of the Red Crescent and Red Cross Societies, Nets for Life, and United Methodist central conferences across Africa. 

May God grant you a sense of hope and joy as you continue your support for mission and as we advance towards a day with no malaria.

Grace and Peace,

Roland Fernandes

General Treasurer

General Board of Global Ministries 

March Bible Reading and Prayer

 

Prayer Chain

Following each daily Scripture Reading are the names of the families and individuals for our daily prayer list. Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of March.

If you have a prayer request, please feel free to email the Prayer Chain:

prayers@watervilleumc.org.  

March Calendar  

Click Here for March 2016 Calendar


Theatre For The World Presents

  Harmony Romances

Ready or not, here we go! TFTW is excited to present our next production, Harmony Romances, on March 4, 5 at 7:30 and 6th at 1:30. Please note: we recommend that the audience be middle-school age and above. The show is quite funny, but a few themes will go over the heads of younger children. We believe all will enjoy the production and we're hoping the audience will see a little bit of themselves in the characters. One could describe this show as "The Golden Girls" go to church. The same fun characters, but a little less edgy. Don't worry, there will be plenty of fun for all!  

We thank all the folks who have graciously volunteered to help us with our mission project. We really cannot do it without volunteer assistance. We are so very grateful for the years of support. With just one week until opening night, we ask that you share our mission project with a family member, co-worker, friend or even a stranger. Our goal is to assist as many people as possible. This really isn't about doing a play. Theatre is simply the vehicle God has provided for us to utilize our gifts, so that we might make a difference in this world. Obviously, we can't do that alone.   It requires God's help and a very gracious audience!  

Hunger continues to be a large problem globally, in America and in the local communities. Our very neighbors may need help. Due to financial shortage and lack of food, 1 in 5 children in America misses a meal each day. That is completely unacceptable! We can do something about it and we pray that you will consider attending our show and donating to the local food pantries. We will gladly accept food donations at the door and welcome any monetary donations upon leaving. Please, if you know of someone who uses one of the pantries, invite them. They wouldn't need to donate a thing. It could simply be a night of free entertainment.  

Finally, please lift our entire project up in prayer. Prayers for the folks who require food assistance and for each person lending their time and talent to the project. We are absolutely certain, none of this would be possible without God's help!  

Hope to see you at the show!

God bless,

The Cast & Crew of TFTW

 Volunteers Needed 

Every year the success of Theatre for the World would not happen if not for the many volunteers that lend a helping hand by allowing their God-given talents to be used for His glory and 2016 is no exception. Please see the bullentin board for sign-up sheets for cookies, brownies,etc needed for the three intermissions of the show or a pan of lasagna or dessert for the teen fund raiser, or as a hostess.

 You will be glad you gave of your best for the Master's use. Thank You.

Youth Fundraiser - Lasagna Dinner - Saturday, March 5,2016

Make your Lasagna Dinner Reservations on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board no later than March 2 or until 78 reservations have been made. A delicious Lasagna Dinner will served by our teens at 6:30 pm.  Adults $7.00 and Children $5.00. 

Easter Lily Orders 

We wish to have lilies grace the Chancel Area for our Easter Worship Service, as we celebrate our Lord's Resurrection over sin and death.

To place your Lily Order please complete an order envelope located in the pew envelope holder.   Please complete with the number of lilies you are ordering, the person(s) name to whom you are dedicating, if you are contributing to the New Building Fund and your name as you would like it printed in the bulletin. Enclose your money and place the order envelope in the offering plate or drop it by the church office.  OR you may click on the link below to place your lily order.    

CLICK HERE TO PLACE YOUR EASTER LILY ORDER

The cost of the lilies this year is $8.00 per lily and the deadline to order is Sunday, March 13, 2016.