Dear Waterville Church Family,
We are about to celebrate the greatest gift ever given our world, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. A free gift from God and from Jesus for Jesus wrestled mightily with God's plan to save the world through Jesus' death on a cross. Yet, Jesus chose to give himself that we can be redeemed by his blood.
Jesus resurrection from the dead has provided for a new life as we pass from being dead in sin to being alive in Christ. When we ask Jesus into our hearts, take responsibility for sin and receive God's grace in forgiveness we experience a spiritual resurrection.
Our tendency as human beings is to become complacent in our walk with God in Christ as individuals and as congregations. So how do we avoid becoming complacent?
As individuals we must read and study God's word, have a regular discipline of prayer, be in community with other believers, worship privately and corporately and be in fellowship with non-believers so that we can make new disciples. The making of new disciples is our mission on earth.
As a congregation we too need to be faithful to our mission of making new disciples. How do we measure the vitality and effectiveness of our congregational life and ministry?
Jesus teaches in John 15:7-17. "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit-fruit that will last-and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other."
How do we then measure if we are bearing fruit and if the fruit is lasting? As United Methodist we focus on "Five Fruitful Practices." Each year the Church Council adopts goals for each of these practices and it will take the effort of us all to bear fruit.
The Five Fruitful Practices are: Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-taking Mission and Service and Extravagant Generosity.
Radical Hospitality is the welcoming of all people into the family of God. That is we treat every guest, visitor and each person in which we have contact as if they are already a member of the loving family of God family. Our measure of success is how many people come to know the loving grace of God for themselves in the accepting of Jesus as Savior and experiencing baptism by faith.
Passionate Worship looks at every part of our worship experience each week. Striving to improve the vitality, variety, the overall experience and the average attendance.
As followers of Jesus that are called to bear fruit we must continually be about Intentional Faith Development. As faithful disciples of Jesus we are on an ongoing journey of learning what a disciple of Jesus looks like and how a disciple acts and serves. Jesus said we are known as disciples in the way we love one another. One measurement of intentional faith development is the number of persons participating in small groups.
Mission and Service will always require of us risk. As God teaches us to live by faith we will learn that God will call us to serve in ways that feel risky in that we may be out of our comfort zone, or called to an area of town that makes us nervous or a career change to be more available for God's purpose. Risk Taking Mission and Service is partly measured by the number of people from within and outside of our congregation involved in mission and outreach.
Finally, Extravagant Generosity is our response to God in the giving of time, talents and finances. Extravagant Generosity is measured is our financial response to God for the mission of making new disciples.
Our goals for these five areas for 2015 are: a 10% increase in average attendance, 5 adult provisions of faith in Christ, 16 small groups, over 300 involved in mission and service and ongoing training in extravagant generosity. Watch for ongoing information on the ways we are going to reach these goals including a sermon series following Easter.
Let us all pray for God's blessing as we strive to bear much fruit, fruit that lasts.
Easter is Almost Here!
If you would be interested in helping with some "Spring Cleaning" in the Sanctuary, please head to the church on Tuesday, March 31st at 9:00 a.m. We will be mopping the wood floors in the sanctuary, polishing the wood, cleaning the pews and the window sills and hunting down cobwebs. the more helpers we have, the faster this task will be completed. Let's get the place ready for company on Easter Sunday!
Special Easter and April Mission Offerings
Our mission emphasis for April is the small animal project through Samaritan's Purse. Many of you will recognize Samaritan's Purse with our Operation Christmas Child ministry each fall. The small animal project provides sheep, goats, chickens and other small animals to families so that they can become self-sufficient, but not only the family the whole village will be blessed. When these animals have offspring the family must give the offspring to another family in the village. Please prayerful consider what God is asking of you to transform people who will be blessed by the gift of life through the gift of small animals.
FINANCE and STEWARDSHIP
Facts, Figures and FYI's
Quarterly Statements: Your 1st Quarter Giving Statements will be emailed on Saturday, April 4. For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pickup on Sunday, April 5 on the shelf outside the Church Office.
Please contact Tom Wiggins,
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"
Date Worship General Fund Capital Improve Missions
Mar. 1 104 $3,169.00 $267.00 $0.00
Mar. 8 113 $5,131.00 $295.00 $553.00
Mar. 15 138 $8,290.00 $1,045.00 $623.00
Mar. 22 151 $3,979.97 $355.00 $75.00
Mar. 29 Will be listed with April
WUMC FAMILY NEWS !
HOSPITALIZED: Robert Hires Sr., St. Luke's Hospital
Jerry Hahn, St. Luke's Hospital
Vonnie Utz, St. Luke's Hospital
Shannon Jones, Lakes of Monclova, rehab after car accident and leg surgery
PRAYERS OF CHRISTIAN HOPE AND SYMPATHY : to Lou Peyton and Family upon the death of Lou's sister, Tovia Asher.
Join us following worship on Sunday, April 12th in the Fellowship Hall for a Pancake Breakfast. Adult tickets are $6.00 and Children 10 and under will be $4.00. All proceeds will go to the March of Dimes in memory of Marny and Tony Mazzarella's first daughter Sophia. Purchase tickets from Marny on Easter Sunday or contact her at email@example.com.
Dear Pastor Mike and W.U.M.C. Congregation:
On behalf of Tom & Karen Wiggins and TFTW, I wish to extend my deepest gratitude for ten years of volunteer efforts, donations and prayer support. As I am writing this, I do not know the final figures of our monetary collection, but we did garner 143 bags of groceries for the local pantries. I am also fairly certain that your financial support will allow us to dig a new well in Africa over the next year. Thanks for helping us publicize the show. We had 354 people in attendance. I am amazed and humbled by the unwavering support. We will keep the church updated with the progress of the well and share news on our facebook page. www.facebook.com/TFTW06.
God planted the seed for this group in my heart, many years ago, but to witness what it has become is truly awesome. The energy I see within our cast & crew and throughout our many volunteers is inspiring. Please thank Tom and Karen Wiggins for keeping Theatre-for-the-World together in Waterville. Without their efforts, I simply could not manage it from Westerville. It wouldn't hurt to give Cathy Landis a hug either. I nearly caused her a heart attack with my power point slides. We thank her for all her last minute efforts trying to keep the show on track.
Christ lives within each one of us. When we use our gifts for His glory, He blesses our hearts in ways unfathomable. I wish I could say I live every day with as much passion as I do when we're pulling shows together, but that's not true. To be honest, it can be exhausting; however, when I'm using my gifts for a Godly purpose, regardless of the amount of time and effort it takes, I feel truly alive! This year, brought all kinds of interesting challenges that stretched me in ways, I often didn't like, but I relied upon God. He has always been faithful.
So, what is your purpose and how can you use it for His glory? I urge you to take the same journey of faith, because you are here for a reason. That purpose could begin or change at any age, but God's faithfulness and love for you will remain constant. Use your gifts, your imperfections, your story to tell others about Jesus. Allow everyone to see Him living inside of you. I am far from an evangelist, but I have never found it easier to share God's message and love than when we began this theater group. Thank you for ten wonderful years! Thank you for supporting our mission work and for encouraging me and this entire group in our journey. Together, with God's grace, we are making a difference both locally and across the globe. 'Til next time...Praise be to God!
In His Service,
Brian, Tom, Karen and the Cast & Crew of TFTW
APRIL SCRIPTURE READING AND PRAYER
SCRIPTURE APRIL PRAYER
Deuteronomy 29 & 30 Acts 2 1 Mr. & Mrs. Steve Crandall
Deuteronomy 31 & 32 Acts 3 2 Mrs. Sally Croy
Deuteronomy 33 & 34 Acts 4 3 The Paul Croy Family
Joshua 1& 2 Acts 5 4 Mrs. Ardis Cullen
Joshua 3 & 4 Acts 6 5 Mrs. Ann Dalton
Joshua 5 & 6 Acts 7 6 Mrs. Alta Damron
Joshua 7 & 8 Acts 8 7 Mrs. Nancy Davidson
Joshua 9 & 10 Acts 9 8 The Bob Deardurff Family
Joshua 11 & 12 Acts 10 9 Pastor Mike & Pam Denman
Joshua 13 & 14 Acts 11 10 The John Doyle Family
Joshua 15 & 16 Acts 12 11 The Jason Eisel Family
Joshua 17 & 18 Acts 13 12 Mr. Russell Eldridge
Joshua 19 & 20 Acts 14 13 The Anna Emahiser Family
Joshua 21 & 22 Acts 15 14 Mr. & Mrs. Carl Fox
Joshua 23 & 24 Acts 16 15 The Kyle Galton Family
Judges 1 & 2 Acts 17 16 Mr. E. J. Gariety
Judges 3 & 4 Acts 18 17 Mr. & Mrs. Dick George
Judges 5 & 6 Acts 19 18 Mr. & Mrs. Ed Golding
Judges 7 & 8 Acts 20 19 Mr. & Mrs. Rob Greenlese
Judges 9 & 10 Acts 21 20 Mr. & Mrs. Bill Gregory
Judges 11 & 12 Acts 22 21 The Bill Gregory Jr. Family
Judges 13 & 14 Acts 23 22 Ms. Charlene Hansen
Judges 15 & 16 Acts 24 23 Mr. Ron Hart
Judges 17 & 18 Acts 25 24 Mr. & Mrs. Donald Harter
Judges 19,20 & 21 Acts 26 25 Mrs. Margaret Hayes
Ruth 1 & 2 Acts 27 26 The John Henry Family
Ruth 3 & 4 Acts 28 27 Dr. Roger Hertzman
I Samuel 1 & 2 Romans 1 28 Mrs. Sharon Hill
I Samuel 3 & 4 Romans 2 29 Mr. & Mrs. Bob Hires Sr.
I Samuel 5 & 6 Romans 3 30 Mr. & Mrs. Bob Hires Jr.
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 call the Prayer Chain:
Pam Plassmann email firstname.lastname@example.org or
Mary Williams email email@example.com
Operation Christmas Child Collection
Our church has always tremendously supported Operation Christmas Child. This year we'd like to initiate a year long collection for filling shoeboxes. When the time gets closer, we will then have a packing party in addition to our conventional way of packing shoeboxes on our own or with our families. We do this in the hope of generating even more boxes and reaching even more children.
For the month of April and May- we ask that you collect and donate small toys, coloring books, crayons, markers, tops, and any other small toy items. Remember to keep in mind the size of our shoeboxes. Any toy items are welcome that are allowed by Samaritans Purse. (Perhaps you can find something in an after Easter sale!)
In June and July we ask that you bring in toiletries and hygiene items, in August-school supplies, and September-small clothing items-socks, underwear,etc.
While focusing on certain items during certain months, hopefully our collected items will "balance out" when it comes time to pack the extra boxes, and you can be watching for sale items (for example, school supplies as you purchase them for your own children).
A collection box will be placed (under the table in the foyer). Any time you see a sale item, pick a couple up. If you see a HUGE sale you just can't pass up---any shoebox item is welcome. We will store items until it's time to pack up boxes later in the year.
Just one more way to reach others with the news of God's love, compassion, and mercy for people all over the world. Thanks for supporting Operation Christmas Child for over 15 years. Lets help generate even more than 10 million boxes this year!
Where Did They Go?
Many of you registered your Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes online when you paid for the shipping costs. We would like to know where your boxes were sent. Please let the church office know and we will mark them on our world map.
Cathy Landis & Janet Poling
Waterville United Methodist Church