Dear Church Family,
November is a great month for the church as we give thanks each week. Yet, it is also a very busy time for all. Sometimes we get so busy that we forget that every day is a day the Lord has made.
Psalm 118:24 tells us, that "This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." (NLT) Many find this verse to be a great start of each day, especially when the statement is made into a personal prayer; thank you God for this day you have made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. Many of us know that at times the day make look overwhelming. Leaders of the reformation and Christians today have found that when life becomes overwhelming that giving more time to prayer and worship each day provides the opportunity for God to bring peace into every circumstance.
Each Sunday of November has a different emphasis on Thanksgiving. Giving thanks for the saints that have gone on to be with the Lord, giving thanks for the sacrifices of our veterans, giving thanks for all of God's provision by the giving of our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness, and the giving of thanks for our blessings of God upon our lives.
In Paul's first letter to the church of Thessalonica we are reminded of attitudes God desires of us. I Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." These directives are easier said than done for most Christ followers. Let's not forget that if we are willing to trust God in every area of our lives that we will find peace.
How can we be thankful in every circumstance? The thanksgiving does not come from the circumstance in which we find ourselves, the thankfulness is from being convinced through faith that God is always with us. The faith aspect is that even when we feel separated from God we can declare God is with us. Several times in scripture we are told God will never leave us. Standing on this promise is the key to being joyful always, praying constantly and being able to give thanks to God in every circumstance.
Here is a challenge for all of us. Let's make this personal. Each morning start the day by proclaiming, this is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. Then during your regular daily time of prayer give thanks to God. Thank you God that your Son is my Savior, that you are with me in every circumstance and you will never leave me or forsake me.
May the blessings of God be poured out upon you,
Consecration Sunday Is Coming
Our congregation was introduced to the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program two years ago and it was widely accepted and embraced. We learned to approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective rather than view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. In addition, many saw their financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church's mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.
Our Leadership Team has selected this same approach as we prayerfully consider our financial commitments for 2016.
As a reminder, New Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, "What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?"
New Consecration Sunday, November 15, 2015, will be held at The Waterville Elementary School (no service at Church), beginning at 10:30am. During worship we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church's missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world. Instead of Sunday School for the children, they will be rehearsing the Christmas Program in the Music Room at the school during worship.
All are invited to share a meal that will be provided following the service. In order to help with meal planning, Reservation Cards for the Celebration Luncheon will be distributed, completed and collected during worship on November 1, 2015.
Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by attending morning worship on Consecration Sunday. We urge people to attend who feel strongly opposed to completing a card. The procedure is done in such a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card.
We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During morning worship our guest leader, Rae Lynn Schleif, Assistant to the District Superintendant, will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship.
We will encourage participation in Consecration Sunday events through the Consecration Sunday team and Administrative Council members. Since we will make no follow-up visits to ask people to complete their cards, we will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend Consecration Sunday worship.
Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in Consecration Sunday events.
WUMC Administrative Council
WUMC FAMILY NEWS
Hospitalized: Elaine Larimer - St. Lukes Hospital
Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy to Carolyn Myerholtz and Family upon the death of Carolyn's son, Steven Bell, on Thursday, October 15.
Prayers of Christian Love and Sympathy to Paul Buskey & Family upon the death of Paul's brother-in-law, David Baker.
Prayers of Christian Peace and Sympathy to Kris & Tom Kahl as well as Eric & Jennifer Kahl and Stephanie & Adam Shelton families upon the passing of Kris's mother, Virginia R. Kohn on October 12, 2015.
NOVEMBER PRAYER & FASTING FOCUS: GRATITUTE
Friday, November 6, brings our third monthly "Day of Fasting and Prayer" for the life and well-being of the church, and we have some resources to inspire. Conference-wide we are embracing a shared opportunity to join our hearts and bend our knees in some regular times of fasting and prayer on the first Friday of each month.
Suggestions to focus our praying for November:
Prayer for Illumination - Bless the Lord, O my soul. All that is within me: Bless God's holy name. For you, O God, have showered me with blessings too numerous to count; in return, too often I have overlooked, or taken for granted your bounty. Beyond all else that you have given, grant me yet one thing more: an unfailingly grateful heart. Amen (This Day, A Wesleyan Way of Prayer)
Centering Scripture: Exodus 16:4-12; Psalm 23: Psalm 100: Psalm 106: 1-3; Luke 8:26-39; Luke 17: 11-19; I Corinthians 15:51,53,54b-55, 57; Colossians 3:15-17.
Gratitude for the Communion of the Saints: Almighty God, You have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord. Grant us grace so to follow your holy saints in all virtuous and godly living,
that we may come to those unspeakable joys, which you have prepared for those who sincerely love you;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer)
Gratitude for the Gift of Each Day: New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Sir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen. (UM Book of Worship)
God of mercy, this midday moment of rest is your welcome gift. Bless the work we have begun, make good its defects, and let us finish it in a way that pleases you. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen. (UM Book of Worship)
O Lord my God, I thank thee that thou hast brought this day to its close. I thank thee that thou dost give rest to body and soul. Thy hand has been over me, guarding me and preserving me. Forgive my feeble faith and all the wrong I have done this day, and help me to forgive all who have wronged me.
Grant that I may sleep in peace beneath thy care, and defend me from the temptations of darkness. Into thy hands I commend my loved ones, I commend this household, I commend my body and soul. O God, thy holy name be praised. Amen. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer; #689 UMH)
Gratitude for the Gift and for the Giver:
What gift can we bring, what present, what token?
What words can convey it, the joy of this day?
When grateful we come, remembering, rejoicing, what song can we offer in honor and praise?
Give thanks for the past, for those who had vision, who planted and watered so dreams could come true.
Give thanks for the now, for study, for worship, for mission that bids us turn prayer into deed.
Give thanks for tomorrow, full of surprises, for knowing whatever tomorrow may bring, the Word is our promise always, forever, we rest in God's keeping and live in God's love.
This gift we now bring, this present, this token, these words can convey it the joy of this day!
When grateful we come, remembering, rejoicing, this song we now offer in honor and praise! (What Gift Can We Bring; Jane Marshall, 1980)
"Ingratitude is a grave offense against God, and the closer to God we think we are, the more we are inclined to take divine grace for granted. So Jesus suggests in Luke 17:11-19. For this reason, even the practice of daily devotions can be dangerous! The psalmist, quoted in Psalm 106:1-3, points out another difficulty in giving thanks. We do not have sufficient words to praise God's goodness. Oral testimony is important, to be sure. But to it we are to add the observance of justice, the doing of righteousness at all times. Otherwise our voices sound like "a noisy gong or clanging cymbal" (I Cor. 13). Ask yourself...For what experiences do I particularly praise God? What opportunities for thanksgiving have I overlooked during this month? Have I shown gratitude in words only, or also by my deeds - by my demonstrated concern for the weak, the lowly, the suffering?" (This Day, A Wesleyan Way of Prayer)
"Praise to you, my risen Redeemer, who keeps on challenging the doubt in me, who perceives the Thomas in me and allows me those graceful times when I, too, can put my fingers in the signs and wounds of my everyday life and there come in contact with you.
Praise to you, my risen Lord, who keeps on meeting me in the garden of my life, who keeps on calling my name, allowing me to feel loved, blessed and cherished.
Praise to you, risen Jesus, who walks with me on my Emmaus journeys, coaxing the ache out of me, comforting and strengthening me with the intimate presence of yourself.
Praise to, my risen Savior, who surprises me on the sandy beaches of my so often planned and programmed life, inviting me to come and taste what you have prepared. Time after time, you nourish me with all that I need to carry your risen presence with me, where I go and whomever I meet". (Fresh Bread & Other Gifts of Spiritual Nourishment, by Joyce Rupp, osm)
Hymns: Now Thank We All Our God; For the Beauty of the Earth; Great is Thy Faithfulness.
WATER WELL COMPLETED!
The well in Africa that has been supported by you, our community, and the Theatre-for-the-World is complete! Click HERE. This will take you to the Kwa Mutunga Shallow Well Project. You will be able to view photos, maps and a detailed description of the community that the well will be servicing.
Dear Waterville United Methodist Church,
We just want to say THANKS for welcoming us to your community and also the bag of popcorn. Thank you very much and may the Lord bless you this day and forward.
Kevin & Dawn Heck
Dear Caring Quilters,
Thank you so much for the beautiful prayer quilt. It warms my heart to think of the prayers in each tie. I will cherish it and heal more quickly because of it.
May you and your church be blessed as you have blessed me so greatly.
With prayers and gratitude,
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 November.
If you have a prayer request, please feel free to email the Prayer Chain at email@example.com.
NOVEMBER 2015 CALENDAR
YOUTH LEAF RAKING
The youth will be raking leaves on Sunday, November 1 and Sunday, November 8. If you or someone you know needs help with this fall project, please contact Adam Sheldon at 419-205-2516 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
FREE ELECTION DAY LUNCHEON
Once again our church will offer a Free Election Day Lunch to our church and our community on Tuesday, November 3rd from 11:00 till 1:00 pm. Dust off your favorite soup, sloppy joe or dessert recipe and go directly to the bulletin board and sign up. If cooking is not your gift, we need people to set-up, serve and clean up afterwards. We also need to spread the word, invite your neighbors and your friends to meet you for lunch at WUMC. If you know of somewhere that we can hang a flyer, pick up a flyer on the table at the bottom of the stairs, we want to get the word out. We on the sharing team thank you for all your help in making this outreach ministry a success.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOX PACKING PARTY
A Packing Party will be held during Fellowship Time on Sunday, November 8. Children and youth are asked to come downstairs after church and fill shoeboxes with the items that our congregation has been collecting all year long. We can still use more toiletry type items - soap, washcloths, hairbrushes, combs, etc.
PARENTS NIGHT OUT
Volunteers needed: WUMC Outreach Committee is planning a Parents Night Out for Saturday, November 14th from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. This isan event WUMC has hosted in the past with much success, and we are looking forward to bringing it back to reach out to our community and have a fun evening filling our church with kids! We are in need ofvolunteers (ages 14+ are welcome!) We promise you will have as much fun as the kids will! Volunteers will be given activities to lead such as games, crafts, dinner, etc. The Toledo Zoo is also coming with a live animal presentation. Your time commitment will be from 4:45 to 7:30 pm. If you want to join the fun, but can't attend or can only come for part of it, please reach out to us. We are so excited to restart this popular event! Please contact Cara or Brian McMillan at 419-344-2171 (text or call) or email@example.com.
For Parents: WUMC is planning a Parents Night Out for Saturday, November 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 ages 1 to 6th grade. We would love for you to invite friends and neighbors to experience our church by having a night out together! We think this is a perfect way to introduce friends to our church and meet us. Your children will have a blast with crafts, games an indoor bounce house,a Toledo Zoo live animal presentation, & dinner (pizza & snacks). Please register by contacting Cara or Brian McMillan at 419-344-2171 (text or call) or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration required, space is limited to 25 children. Please spread the word to friends/neighbors to register!
OPERATION CHIRSTMAS CHILD
November 16 - 23 is Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child. 3800 Collection Centers will be open during this National Collection week. WUMC is a collection site for the Anthony Wayne area, and we need your help. There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board near the office. Sign up for a designated time-with a couple of friends, as a prayer group, study group/organization or as a family (what an amazing way to further show our children how to become God's disciples!) for a 2-3 hour time segment during this week. We need help counting, packing, and delivering boxes during this week. Any questions, please contact Anne Stevens at 419-367-7379 or email@example.com.
This year we would love to have you track your box. Instructions are given on the donation envelope. You can give online and discover the destination of your box. Scan the QR code to donate online at www.samaritanspurse.org. You will received an email informing you of the destination country of your box. When you have been notified of your box(s) destination please let the church office know.
VOLUNTEER BAKER NEEDED:
Stephanie Shelton is looking for someone to make around 40 "cinnamon applesauce" Christmas ornaments. The recipe, cookie cutter, and ingredients would be provided for you. The ornaments would need to be completed by November 28 in order for the kids to paint them on Sunday, November 29. Please contact Stephanie at 567-202-5035 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Children's Christmas Program
Sunday, December 13 - 10:30 am
A curious lizard goes exploring amongst the branches of the family Christmas tree. Along the way, she meets many ornaments that all tell her a different meaning for Christmas. When the lizard finally gets to the top of the tree, she meets the angel. It is then that the lizard discovers the true meaning of Christmas - Jesus is the Reason we Celebrate the Season!
Christmas Program Practice Schedule
Sunday, November 1 - During Children's Sunday School, 10:30 am
Sunday, November 8 - During Children's Sunday School, 10:30 am
Sunday, November 15 - At Waterville Primary School, 10:30 am
Sunday, November 22 - During Children's Sunday School, 10:30 am
Sunday, November 29 - During Children's Sunday School, 10:30 am
Sunday, December 6 - During Children's Sunday School, 10:30 am
Saturday, December 12 - 10:00 - 11:30 (Parents do not need to stay)!
Sunday, December 13 - 9:00 am / Program at 10:30 am
*Kinder Choir on Wednesdays, 5:15-6:00 pm, is open to all children who want some extra practice singing the songs for the program. (Beginning November 4).
CHRISTMAS COOKIES NEEDED
After the Children's Christmas Program there will be a special Fellowship Time with lots of yummyChristmas cookies. If you would be willing to provide a plate of cookies, please sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board. Any questions please contact Stephanie Shelton, 567-202-5035.
As part of our Christmas celebration we wish to grace the Chancel Area with poinsettias for our Christmas Service. You may order your poinsettias by completing an order envelope located on the bulletin board outside Pastor Mike's Office. The cost is $7.00 per poinsettia. Please list the number of poinsettias, color, to whom you are dedicating the poinsettias, if you desire to contribute to the New Building Fund and sign as you want your name listed in the Christmas Bulletin. Place your money in the envelope and drop into the offering plate or into the church office.
Or you may Click on the link above and complete the order form. The order deadline is Sunday, December 13, 2015.
ATTENTION ALL XYZ'ers - You know who you are!
Mark you calendar now (don't forget) for New Year's Eve - December 31, 2015.
More exciting news will be coming - so stay tuned and be ready for this important news flash.
Haskins Community Church Annual Ham Loaf Dinner
Haskins Community Churchinvites you to their fall Ham Loaf Dinner on Saturday, November 14th from 4:00 - 7:00 P. M. at 209 West Main Street , Haskins.
Menu: Delicious homemade ham loaf or turkey, salad, mashed potatoes, green beans or corn, rolls, drink and dessert.
Children ages 4-10: $4.00
Children ages 3 and under: Free
Carry-outs are available
Church is handicapped accessible
Also visit the Country Store with crafts and baked goods.
Cathy Landis & Janet Poling