March 2015 Newsletter

THE AMBASSADOR

WATERVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Dear Church Family,

In Joshua 24:15 we read, "But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."

Over the years different types of spiritual gifts surveys have been developed. When we as Christians are seeking to know and use our spiritual gifts these surveys can be helpful. One thing I have discovered is that in every one of these surveys 70%, give or take a few percentage points, of the people have the spiritual gift of service.

As Joshua proclaimed he and his house would serve the Lord faithfully. When you are in your devotional time do you ever ask how God wants to use you in service? There are many ways to serve. One upcoming opportunity is Theatre-for-the-World.

Theatre-for-the-World is our mission emphasis for the month of March. In addition to the offering the last Sunday of March there are opportunities to serve during the play, "Fools" on Friday the 13th, Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th.

On Saturday evening the Youth of our congregation serve a Lasagna dinner to assist in financing their summer mission trip. There are three areas of service for the youth and Theatre-for-the-World. One is making a pan of Lasagna and/or cookies for the Lasagna Dinner. Second is making cookies to be served each of the three performances of "Fools."  

The most important area of service is to pray for God to move in a mighty way as people are lead to bring can goods or make financial donations for the area food pantries and for the Well Project in Sub-Saharan Africa.  

Finally, as we all reflect upon our relationship with God each day let us ask God and ourselves if we are serving as God desires. My hope and prayer is that each of us can proclaim as Joshua did, "me and my house will serve the Lord."

Blessings,
 
Pastor Mike 

FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP 

Facts, Figures, FYI's 

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse.
Tom Wiggins, our Financial Secretary, now has his own e-mail address on the church account.  If you have financial questions concerning your giving to the church, please contact Tom.

WUMC FAMILY NEWS

Rejoice with me , for I have found my sheep which was lost.  Luke 15:6

Hospitalized:

Renee Welker - Hip Surgery     Shannon Jones  - Right leg surgery from a car accident.  

                     
Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy:

to the family of  Rev. William E.  (Bill) Croy Jr. , Sally Croy's nephew and Paul's cousin. Bill passed away on January 29 due to  ALS.   Services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Maple Grove United Methodist Church, Columbus, Oh.  

Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy: to the family of Sarah Lockyer upon the passing of her father, Charles F. Kahle on Saturday, February 7. Services were held on February 11, 2015.

Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy: to Rob Greenlese  and family upon the sudden passing of Rob 's sister  Diane Spivey. 
 

WUMC MAIL  BOX                                                                   

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your recent gift to the ministry of Samaritan's Purse in the area of Goats and Dairy Animals. 

Everything we do is centered on the Gospel.  As we help feed the hungry, care for the sick, or meet another urgent needs, God gives us opportunities to share the message of eternal life in Jesus Christ.  "When the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the Rock" (Luke 6:48).  Thank you again for your partnership.  May God bless you.

Sincerely,

Franklin Graham

Dear Friends,

Hope blossoms into reality because of your support.  The gift of clean, safe water helps unlock the God-given potential in those who receive it.  Our heartfelt thanks!

Leilia & The Water Project Team.

P.S. Read Esther's story of hope: thewaterproject.org/esther

Dear Friends in Mission:

Thank you for your gift of $6,240.85 to the 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! 

Please visit www.imaginenomalaria.org to learn more about how your support is making an impact with a full range of interventions to combat malaria. 

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 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 call the Prayer Chain: Pam Plassmann   or Mary Williams.  

Children's March Memory Verse

  You are the God of great wonders! Psalm 77: 14 

Okay, Friends of WUMC, we need your help!

Theatre-for-the-World is in full swing on the family-friendly comedy production of Fools, by Neil Simon.     The dates are March 13 and 14 at 7:30 PM and Sunday the 15th at 1:30 PM. Even though we are trying to complete the funding for our well project, we do not want to forget the three food pantries that we have helped in the past. This year only, 85% of our monetary donations will support the well fund while 15% will be divided among the pantries. That is a big difference and we do not want to let the pantries down. I'm hoping we can generate more food this year, since our monetary donations will be considerably less. There are no advance tickets to our show, but canned goods and non-perishable items are welcome at the door. I'm hoping everyone can check their cupboards for a few items they might donate.

Believe it or not, this is our tenth production and we want to celebrate by helping a village in Africa. Clean water saves lives and can provide hope for future generations. Please pray for our mission project, tell someone about the show, consider taking the water challenge with us to help raise money. (We'll explain it all on Sunday, March 8th.) We promise to coax a few laughs out of you, but beyond that, we're hoping to make you laugh so hard that money literally falls out of your pockets. We are not beyond crawling around on the floor after the show to find money to dig this well. Wear loose clothing !

Personally, I cannot thank this congregation enough for supporting our group over the past nine years. Your talents, volunteer help, patronage, donations, prayers have allowed us to touch many lives locally, and this year, globally. When I stepped out in faith to begin this group in the fall of 2005, many of you barely knew me. Thankfully, God intervened and many of you joined me without hesitation. Even I'm speechless !

How 'bout, I let God do the talking. "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various form." (1Peter 4:10). For me, that gift appears to be music and theater. It may not have been profitable professionally, but what it has done for my life and my faith is immeasurable; furthermore, what God can do with it is unfathomable. Let's send our love to Africa. Together, we can be God's hands in this world. I thank you for supporting TFTW and me in this extremely personal journey of faith. It has changed my life and I am eternally grateful !

God bless, Brian Schultz 

P.S. Don't forget the youth group is providing a lasagna supper before Saturday's performance. You can lift up two mission projects on one night! Reservations Required!

Theatre-for-the-World is now active in social media.  If you have a Facebook account, we'd sure appreciate it if you would "like us" and "share us" with your contacts.                      

                                                     www.facebook.com/TFTW06.

People will be able to read more about our mission project and even click to donate. Thanks

LILIES TO GRACE THE CHANCEL AREA ON EASTER SUNDAY

As in years past...We wish to have lilies for the Chancel Area on Easter Sunday.

You may also donate to the New Building Fund.

Your name and the person(s) you are dedicating the flower to will be listed in the bulletin.

The cost of the plants this year is $8.00 each.

Please fill out the online order form by Sunday, March 8, 2015.

Or you may use the envelopes on the bulletin board outside Pastor Mike's office.  Write your information on the outside of the envelope and place your money inside the envelope.  You may either place the envelope in the offering plate or drop it off in the office

PANCAKE DAY AT HASKINS COMMUNITY CHURCH

Haskins Community Church, 209 West Main Street invites you to join them in celebration of Pancake Day on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 8:00 am until 1:00pm and from 4:00pm until 7:00pm.  The cost is

Adults $8.00 and Children (4-10 years) $2.00 and Children under age 3 eat free. The menu consists of whole hog sausage, light fluffy pancakes, applesauce and beverage. 

There is an elevator on the east side of the building for those who need handicap access.

"Let's All Go Down to Tiedtke's"

hosted by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

Join us as we watch the WGTE presentation- Toledo Stories: Let's All Go Down to Tiedtke's.
Reminisce about the Toledo landmark with Cathy Kamenca, WGTE's Program Coordinator and enjoy light refreshments, raffles, and great conversation! 
Waterville Branch Saturday, March 21 1-2:30 p.m. Registration required. 419-878-3055

Changed Life Seminar

 "Behold! All things are become new."  

The Beautiful Response to Brokenness 

"What if...I did what I could?

What if I offered my story and my skills?

What if I didn't wait until I had it right or finished or perfect?

What if I believed God loved me so much that I wanted to love Him back by doing what I could? "

Elisa Morgan

I Did What I Could 

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and He saves those whose spirits have been crushed."

Psalm 34:18 

"There's no such thing as a perfect family.  But God loves the broken. You. Me. Us. God uses the broken.  You. Me. Our families."

Elisa Morgan

The Beauty of Broken 

"He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds."  Psalm 143:3 

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015

Time: Registration 8:15 am, Seminar 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Place: Emmanuel Baptist Church

Address: 4207 W. Laskey Road ( Near Talmadge) Toledo, OH

Cost: $25.00 - Including Lunch

Contact: Mary Lou Leonard 419-865-5795

Online registration available at  ChangedLifeSeminar.com

Edible Book Contest

 Waterville Friends of the Library  invite you to join them in the Edible Book Contest on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

Guidelines:

All ages may participate.  Families or other groups welcome.

Entries must be book related.

Entries can be made out of anything, as long as it is edible.  they will be eaten at the reception following the contest.

Entries must be family-friendly.

12-1:30 pm - Contestants should bring their entries to the Waterville Branch Library, 800 Michigan Avenue, Waterville, OH

2:00 pm - Public Judging will begin.

2:30 pm - Announcement of 1st 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Gift Certificate prizes and reception provide by the Waterville Branch Friends of the Library.  Call 419-878-3055 for more information and Entry Form