May 2015 Newsletter

Dear WUMC Family,

May the blessings of our Lord Jesus be upon you.

I love this time of year. As the flowers begin to bloom, the grass and trees become green again, the birds and animals are caring for new borns and it is becoming warm again. This season reminds me of what Paul wrote to the Church in Corinth in  2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

The writer of the letters to the Corinthians the Apostle Paul is trying to teach this fairly young group of believers how to live in Christ and how to avoid temptation and sin. Paul then shares the reminder in the scripture above that for everyone in Christ there is a new beginning.

The Holy Spirit is speaking through Paul not only to the Corinthians so long ago but to us today. When we are in Christ we have become a new creature, transformed from the old sinful self into a new creature, a new being, a person set free from the power of sin.

We who have accepted Christ as our Savior have had a new beginning. Everything is fresh and new. The light of Christ has overcome all the darkness within us.

Just like everything new at times we become tarnished by the world and by personal choices and we then need the tarnish removed. Anyone who has cleaned brass or silver knows that it sometimes takes a lot of hard rubbing to get the items clean and shiny once again.

This is true for us as well. Sometimes the Holy Spirit has to do a lot of hard rubbing before we are willing to follow the Holy Spirit again and to let the light of Christ shine through us. The good news is that God provides for us the grace to start over when we become tarnished.

Just like brass and silver if we use them often we will polish them each time they are used and they stay bright and shiny. One of the ways we can avoid the tarnish of this world is to stay in touch with God as much as we possibly can. As we stay close to God, God promises to stay close to us. How shiny are you at this moment?

Let God remove the tarnish and receive God’s blessings as we stay close to God.

 Pastor Mike

 

Finance  &  Stewardship 

Facts, Figures and  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 by CLICKING HERE

 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 CLICK HERE to contact the church office with your email address.

 

Offering Counting Position

We are seeking an individual interested in joining our Offering Counting Team. That would make a total of 8 members, allowing each two person team to work one Sunday per month. The process normally takes 1 to 1-1/2 hours to complete. Each Sunday, two counters collect, sort, record and document the offering and deposit the money. Great opportunity to serve with minimal time commitment. If you are interested or would like additional information, please contact Tom Wiggins at  financialsec@watervilleumc.org.

 

"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 Church Office or Tom Wiggins if you have any questions about anything related to finance or stewardship.

APRIL STATISTICS 

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CHECK OUT WUMC'S NEW WEBSITE 

The church's website www.watervilleumc.org has been redesigned and made its debut on Easter weekend.  You will be able to find The Ambassador, the latest Friday-E-Blast, the church calendar and other information about the church.  You will also be able to listen to Pastor Mike's recent sermons.  Check it out and let us know what you think!

 

WATERVILLE  UMC  FAMILY  NEWS !

Hospitalized: Mildred Hires, St. Luke's

Sue Gregory - hip surgery St. Luke's

Jim Simpson - UTMC Hospital
Bonne Spychalski - St. Luke's

Prayers of Christian Comfort and Sympathy to Squire Young and family upon the death of Squire's sister Cynthia Young-Killough in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 1, 2015.

 

SCHOOL KITS

 Many thanks to the folks who already donated fabric and spent time assembling and sewing our UMCOR cloth bags for our School Kits. We are all set for this year. We will have fun filling these bags in a few months. God's richest blessings......

  

WUMC  FAMILY  MAIL

It's not for money, it's not for fame,

It's not for any personal gain,

It's just for love of fellow man,

It's just to give a helping hand.

 

It's your reward in your heart,

It's a feeling that you've been a part,

Of helping others far and near.

That makes you want to

           VOLUNTEER

Many thanks for all your help.

 The Friendly Center  

 

Thanks WUMC Family

Thank you to all that attended the March of Dimes Pancake Breakfast to support Marny and Tony Mazzarella and the memory of their daughter, Sophia.  Your generous donations helped the team to raise over $4,600 this year.
It is so nice to be part of such a wonderful congregation.  
Thanks so much,
Marny
 

Teacher Appreciation Day

May 3rd WUMC will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day during our Worship Service.  Plan to join us following the service for cake and punch in the Fellowship Hall.   

 

Did You Know?

A part of the Outreach Ministry at Waterville United Methodist Church is the Visitation Team. It is a group that reaches out to members who can no longer attend church, are in need of some special assistance, or enjoy hearing a friendly voice. Through the faithful direction of Pastor Mike, the team has developed a visitation process that helps to serve these homebound members. In the past three years, a team of seven very faithful and dedicated people made phone calls, sent cards or made home visits on a regular basis. Transportation for doctor's appointments, help with grocery shopping and in some situations delivery of meals have been part of this Outreach Ministry. Two to three times a year they take communion to those who desire to have communion at home. During Advent, Pastor Mike shares in delivering the communion elements. This team helps to provide a link for our homebound members to our church family.

Each Christmas the Visitation Team remembers these special people with a gift from the church. This past Christmas they planted amaryllis bulbs and delivered one to each of them. It was a huge success, as the at-home members could actually watch the plant grow and bloom. Many appreciative notes and phone calls were received describing the beauty of the flowers and the number of blooms. Amazingly, most had at least 9 or 10 blooms. What joy this simple gift brought to both giver and receiver.

With God's help, this committee will continue to serve God in this very special way to some very special angels of our church. If you feel that you would like to be a part of this team, or know a church member who would like a visit, please contact the team leader, Charlotte Pritchett, or the church office.

God's Garden Challenge

Dear WUMC Members: 
I have been giving all the receipts from my garden veggie stand to the Capital Fund (new church building fund) for the last 7 years and have given around $84,000.  I would like to get the total to $100,000, but don't know how many more years I can keep going.
Would you like to participate, also?  Perhaps you would like to match the receipts for a day, a week, a month or a year.   I could tell you the amount for that period and you could write a check to WUMC with "God's Garden Challenge" in the "For" line.  Or, just chose a dollar amount of $1 or more.   
Week days in August are usually in the $100 range, and the Labor Day Holiday Weekend runs around $200-$300 per day; and August weeks usually average around $1,000 per week.
Please pray about this challenge and check with me if you like.  Let's have some fun with it.
John Nicholson

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DEPARTMENT

Stephanie Shelton has created a list of volunteer positions that are currently open in our Children's Ministry area of the church. There are three different positions still available. Some of the positions are ongoing while others are just for one day. The list of positions is posted on the bulletin board outside Pastor's office.  If you are interested, please contact Stephanie at ashelton26@accesstoledo.com 

 

Theatre For The World Update

Thanks and praise to God! We made it! We are going to provide clean drinking water for a community in sub-Saharan Africa. We have so many people to thank for their generosity and support in helping us complete another successful production, with this year's being Fools by Neil Simon.

Our total attendance for the three shows was 354, and we received 145 bags of groceries. To date, the total funds received from performance donations & the March Mission Offerings is $7,453 ($542 for the Food Pantries and $6,911 for the Well Project). In addition, the youth Group had a successful lasagna dinner to help raise funds for their upcoming mission trip. 

The groceries and money were divided equally and distributed to three pantries: AW Community Food Ministry and Anthony Wayne & Otsego Food Pantries.

Our main goal this year was the Well Project as we hoped to raise enough money to actually dig a well. We partnered with The Water Project, a non-profit organization that will handle the project in Africa, which required $12,000 to dig the well and cover maintenance & upkeep costs for 3-5 years. This amount has been received and sent to The Water Project. We already had $4,433 in the Well Project Fund and received a $2,500 donation from The Waterville Rotary. Proceeds from this year made up the difference. In fact, we have over $1,800 left over and have requested information on a new additional agreement covering extended maintenance costs beyond the 3-5 years.  

One of the 5 Fruitful Practices that were adopted by the Ad Council for 2015 was Risk Taking Mission and Service, which Pastor Mike talked about in his April Ambassador article and during worship on April 12th. He stated that it is partly measured by the number of people from within and outside of our congregation involved in mission and outreach. Theatre For The World has been so blessed over the years with tremendous support from our congregation as well as the residents and organizations from Waterville and the surrounding area. Besides the 354 folks who attended and watched Fools, we had 90 individuals who were directly involved in providing all the pieces needed to put together a successful production from beginning to end, including: cast, crew, ushers, food handlers, cookie bakers, administrative help, prayer warriors, encouragement givers, clean-up and miscellaneous jobs. A special thanks to Troop 101 for their help!  It is just amazing that so many seem to have actually taken ownership of and want to be a part of our annual event each year. Again thanks and praise to God!

Well construction is projected to be sometime in 2016. Please follow the progress at:

www.facebook.com/tftw06

or

www.watervilleumc.org.

Any additional monetary donations for the well project are to be given or sent to WUMC as the on-line giving process will be ending soon.  

Since we began TFTW ten years ago, this mission / outreach ministry has raised over $28,000, collected 1,054 bags of groceries and several thousand have participated in and watched our shows. Their continued support helps to provide for those who are in need.

Wow! How awesome! All we can say is THANK YOU and GOD BLESS! 

 

The Upper Room - Daily  Devotional Book

Have you picked up your copy of The Upper Room? The May and June books are available at the entrances to the sanctuary.  The cost is $1.00.  

 

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS

IT'S TIME TO RE-ENROLL for the new year of Kroger Community Rewards. You will need to re-enroll in the month of April in order to continue contributing to your organization through the May 1st 2015 to April 30th 2016 year. For a member to re-enroll their card they simply go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com * Click "sign-in" * Put in their email address and password that they used to enroll their card. * 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 2015 to April 30th 2016 year of Kroger Community Rewards. If you are having an issue with your password and or email address please call 1-800-KROGERS, press 5 to speak to a customer service representative. If it's the first time they are registering, the member will need to set up their account first. * For a member to enroll their card they 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 2015 to April 30th 2016 year of Kroger Community Reward.   

Amazon Smile

 With Mother's Day just around the corner, now is a great time to shop AmazonSmile and earn a donation  to WUMC. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to Waterville United Methodist Church whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.   You will find great Mother's Day gifts like jewelry, flowers, and electronics.  And don't forget Dad his day will be here very soon!

 Just click on WUMC's link:     http://smile.amazon.com/ch/34-4437474.

 

Kairos Benefit Concert

The Worship Arts ministry at Westgate Chapel in Toledo will host a concert on Friday May 15th  at 7:00 P. M. to benefit of Kairos.  The evening will feature praise and worship music by the Westgate Chapel Praise Band , Praise Team and choir, as well as remarks by ToCI's own Chaplain Vloch and (hopefully) Warden Coleman.  You, your family and friends are invited.

There is no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be taken, with the proceeds to go to Kairos. 

Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch ladies will meet Wed. May 20 @ 12:45 P.M.

At the OLIVE GARDEN restaurant on South Reynolds Road.

Please call Tehya Collinsworth if you need transportation.  

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

 Just a reminder, as you are out and about shopping, keep an eye out for small toys, coloring books, crayons, markers, and other small toy items that can be used to fill up our Operation Christmas Child boxesThere is a basket in the foyer (under the table) to put your treasures into.  We will store them and  have a packing party to celebrate later on. Also, June & July items to be on the lookout for are toiletries and hygiene items, August is school supplies and September small clothing items- socks, underwear, etc. And if you see any items you can't pass up- any shoebox item is welcome!

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. Let’s help generate even more than 10 million boxes this year!  

Rotary Club of Waterville

 The Rotary Club of Waterville is sponsoring an al you can eat Pancake & Sausage Supper on Monday, May 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Waterville Primary School, 473 Sycamore Lane, Waterville.  The cost for adults is $6.00 and for children under 10 years of age $4.00. Tickets  are available from any Waterville Rotarian or at the door.  The proceeds from the dinner will be used for our Anthony Wayne and Otsego scholarship program and other community projects.  The Waterville Primary students will be providing entertainment.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional people united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

 Bruno Page ,Featured Artist For Tropical Nights 2015

"Tropical Nights" is an annual benefit that helps those affected by autism living in South Florida.  It is a fundraiser benefiting the programs, services and research initiatives of the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD).  It is a festive celebration designed to raise autism awareness while entertaining our guests with fine food, drinks, music, dancing, and acknowledging the tireless efforts of important members of our community!

This year's featured artist is 11-year-old Bruno Page, the youngest artist to date.  Bruno is the son of Michael & Marcia Page and the grandson of Jim & Barb Page.

Tropical Nights will take place on Saturday, May 9th 2015, at the InterContinental Miami.

To view more of Bruno's artwork, visit his web page at http://www.brunopage.com.

 

LinkedIn for those Thinking "Why Should I?"

This session is for you if: You're 50+.  You have a job. You're happy right where you are.  You want to know why you "should be doing LinkedIn."

Join us at Waterville Branch Library on Wednesday May 13, 2015 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.   

 

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

There are currently 252 youth in Lucas, Wood, and Ottawa counties waiting to be matched with a positive role model. At this time, 60 percent of the youth waiting for a mentor in their program are boys. Many of their waiting youth live in a home with a single parent or have a parent that is currently incarcerated. To volunteer or to get more information contact them at 419-243-4600 or on the web at www.bbbsnwo.org.

WATERVILLE COMMUNITY V B S

Parents - mark your calendars!  The Waterville Community Vacation Bible School will take place on Sunday, July 12th through Thursday, July 16th at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in the evenings.  Our church will be responsible for providing the evening meal and the snacks on Tuesday, July 14th.  

YOUTH GARAGE SALE FUND RAISER

With Spring finally here,  many of you might be undertaking the task of some Spring Cleaning.  This is a reminder that the Youth Group will be holding their annual fund raiser during the Waterville Community Garage Sale Days from Thursday, June 11th to Saturday, June 13th.  It will be here before you know it!!

Graduation Sunday, June 7th

 We will be recognizing our graduates from high school, college, and technical school.  If you are graduating, please contact Stephanie Shelton (ashelton26@accesstoledo.com) with the following information:  where you are graduating from and any future plans (example:  what college you are attending and your major).  We also will be having our annual slideshow of graduates during the service on June 7.  If you would like to be included in the slideshow, please send about 8 photos (ranging in age from infant to current) to Char Hansen at Charlene.Hansen@utoledo.edu by Sunday, May 24.  We would appreciate digital photos, but if your photos need scanned we can do that, too.  Just get Char Hansen or Stephanie Shelton your hard copies and we will get them returned to you.    

 

MAY 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 May.

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

Pam Plassmann at  plassmb@accesstoledo.com or

Mary Williams at margewill@toast.net