July 2015 Newsletter


Wishing you a safe and a happy July 4th!

Dear Church Family

My hope and prayer for you is that this day and every day you may know the peace of God that goes beyond all understanding.

As we celebrate the Declaration of Independence on Saturday, it causes me to pause and consider the nature of our relationship with God. Due to the injustice the people of the New World were experiencing from the King and leaders of England they desired to be set free and were willing to fight for this freedom.

Throughout scripture God and Jesus teach about freedom. Not physical freedom from the tyranny of an oppressive government but freedom in the core of our spirit to know and to worship God. Freedom from the powers of this world and freedom from the human desires that separate us from God. 

In observing the actions of people all around in the great nation this desire of independence still reigns supreme and is often counterproductive to our walk with God. Our relationship with God is not an independent of co-dependent relationship but an interdependent relationship.

This interdependent relationship is based upon our need to for our spirit to be redeemed and reconciled to God as a result of spiritual separation due to sin. The gift of grace in the death and resurrection of Jesus began this act of reconciliation and changes our relationship with God.

God sent his son to set us free. Not freedom to go on in a life of separation from God but freedom to enter into the relationship that God intended in the very creation of human beings. Therefore we are to live in dependence upon God and God's dependence upon us to be the messengers, the ministers of God in this world. The only way that we will find and experience all that God desires for us is to learn how to depend upon God in everything.

As we remember and celebrate what the original signers of the Declaration of Independence risk to declare freedom from England, let us also be willing to declare the one true freedom for the world. Freedom to know God. Freedom to express with the same passion and risk the message of Jesus to our families, friends, neighbor's co-workers and even strangers. 

Freedom to experience God fully with all the blessings, peace and assurance. Freedom to choose in every circumstance God's way of living. Let us celebrate our freedom in Christ to serve God and not our own desires, not the temptations of this world and not the standards of our culture.

May you know the presence of God as you depend upon the leading and power of God's Holy Spirit in every part of your life.

Pastor Mike 


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

Quarterly Statements: Your 2nd Quarter Giving Statements will be emailed on Friday, July 3. For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pickup on Sunday, July 5 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, stewardship or the Capital Campaign. 


June Statistics    
Date       Worship General Fund   Capital Improvements   Missions 
June 7       128         $4,190.00            $180.00                   $0.00 
June 14      103        $5,090.00           $845.00                $227.00 
June 21       98         $2,887.00           $220.00                 $25.00 
June 28     106         $5,581.00            $175.00                 $10.00 



2015 Youth Mission Trip

 Dear Church,

Once again, I'm amazed at how God assembled and used the youth group this past week at Kenosha, Wisconsin on our mission trip! The youth were able to grow closer to God through their acts of service, powerful programs, and Spirit led youth group devotion time.  Our youth have God centered hearts that are not only ready to serve on mission trips, but serve others around them daily.  They have learned to not think of themselves.  Please continue to pray for our youth each day.  Pray that they continue to seek God's plan for their lives and that they will live their lives in a way that brings glory to Him.  Thank you all for your prayers and donations to make this trip possible. 

In Christ, 

Adam Shelton



Marilyn Simpson at St. Vincent Hospital 

Katherine Smith at St. Luke's Hospital  

Margaret Hayes

PRAYERS OF CHRISTIAN HOPE AND COMFORT: to Karen Longnecker and family upon the passing of her sister Eileen Dayton on Sunday, May 31, 2015. 

We express our Christian love and sympathy to the family and friends of Mary Ann Parker, who died on Wednesday, June 11. 

We express our Christian love and sympathy to the Dick Warner family on the passing of their nephew Larry Tornai on June 16. Larry was on our prayer list and fought the battle of  lung cancer.

We express our Christian love and sympathy to the Art Meade family upon the passing of Art's mother on June 23.  

CONGRATS to Phillip Gribble and colleagues on receiving the Clint Thomas Award for clinic advancement at the National Athletic Trainers Association meeting in St. Louis, MO.  (They wrote a paper on important information on what's really to be expected from ACL surgery.)


To All My Church Family,

Thank you so much for your prayers, cards, and expressions of sympathy at the time of my sister Eileen Dayton's passing.  Pastor Mike, thank you for your prayers and words of comfort. I am so blessed to be part of such a loving, caring church family.

 Karen Longnecker


Dear Congregation, 

Thank you so much for the gift in recognition of my 15 years of service as your Minister of Music/Choir Director.  Your generosity is much appreciated.  I look forward to serving this congregation in some new ways and continue my gift of music and song. 

Much love, 

Jennifer Reihing


Dear WUMC Choir, 

You overwhelm me with your love and gifts.  It has been my honor to serve as your director for the past 15 years.  It has been a pleasure to be part of the choir family for fifty years of my life.  Yes, I said fifty years.  The journey is not over.  Once a member, always a member.  I look forward to singing with you either in small groups, as a substitute or in whatever capacity God places on my heart.  I love you all so much and am blessed beyond measure for knowing each one of you.

With much love and thanks, 

Jennifer Reihing

Our July Mission Focus is UMCOR Health Kits.

What is UMCOR?  The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR's work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more. UMCOR is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year! 

UMCOR is connected to whom?  UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church through the General Board of Global Ministries, and the goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe all people have God-given worth and dignity.

How far does UMCOR reach?   UMCOR's work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the US. We provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own. UMCOR provides these survivors not only temporary relief but long-term education, training, and support.

UMCOR spends 100% of designated donations on the projects our donors specify. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ.                              

What are the Health Kits?  Health Kits help sustain everyday life for people who lack ready access to essential supplies and who may have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. The kits include a hand towel, washcloth, comb, nail file or nail clippers,soap,toothbrush,bandages,and toothpaste.   

 Assembly Instructions for UMCOR Health Kit:

*1 hand towel (15" x 25" to 17" x 27"; kitchen, cleaning, & microfiber towels not acceptable)

*1 washcloth

*1 comb (comb needs to be sturdy & longer than 6" long; no pocket combs or picks please; rattail combs & combs without handles are acceptable with a minimum of 6" of teeth)

*1 metal nail file or nail clippers (no emery boards, please)

*1 bath-size soap (3 oz. & larger sizes only; no Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content; do not remove from original packaging)

*1 toothbrush (adult size only; do not remove from original packaging)

*6 adhesive bandages (¾" to 1"-size; common household band-aids)

*1 plastic bag (one-gallon size sealable bag only)

*$1.00 to purchase toothpaste

Assembly Directions for UMCOR Health Kit:

Lay out the hand towel flat on a table. Lay the washcloth flat in the center of the hand towel. Place all remaining items on top of the washcloth. Fold over the sides of the hand towel to cover all of the items. Fold over one end of the hand towel so that it covers all of the items. Grasp the bundle of items tightly, and roll over the remainder of the hand towel tightly. Place the tightly rolled bundle in the plastic bag. Remove as much air as possible, and seal the bag.

Important Notes:

*All items must be new.

*Do not wash any of the items as they will be considered used.

*Please remove all packaging, unless otherwise specified.

*All emergency kits are carefully planned to make them usable in the greatest number of situations. Since strict rules often govern product entry into international countries, it is important that kits contain only the requested items, nothing more.

*Do not include any personal notes, money, or additional material in the kits. These things must be painstakingly removed and will delay the shipment.

*UMCOR is now purchasing toothpaste in bulk to be added to health kits before shipping to ensure that the product does not expire before they are sent. Inside several church entryways, you will find a large box to place your completed health kits. Slip your $1 bill, to cover the cost of the toothpaste, inside the large kraft envelope located inside the box. Thank you. 


I Chronicles 27, 28 & 29  Colossians 4 1 The Glenn Rothhaas Family  
II Chronicles 1 & 2 I Thessalonians 1 2  Mrs. Grace  Russell  
II Chronicles 3 & 4  I Thessalonians 2 3 Mrs. Fritzie Schifferly  
II Chronicles 5 & 6  I Thessalonians 3  4 Mrs. Priscilla Schlingman  
II Chronicles 7 & 8  I Thessalonians 4  5 The Brian Schultz Family  
II Chronicles 9 & 10  I Thessalonians 5  6 The Adam Shelton Family  
II Chronicles 11 & 12  II Thessalonians 1 7 The Jay Sheridan Family  
II Chronicles 13 & 14  II Thessalonians 2 8 Mr. & Mrs. Larry Sheridan  
II Chronicles 15 & 16  II Thessalonians 3  9 Mr. & Mrs. Tom Shoemaker 
II Chronicles 17 & 18  I Timothy 1  10 Mr. & Mrs. Jim Simpson  
II Chronicles 19 & 20  I Timothy 2  11 The Doug Smith Family  
II Chronicles 21 & 22  I Timothy 3  12 Mrs. Katherine Smith  
II Chronicles 23 & 24  I Timothy 4  13 The Brian Snyder Family  
II Chronicles 25 & 26  I Timothy 5  14 Mr. & Mrs. Bob Spychalski  
II Chronicles 27 & 28  I Timothy 6  15  Christopher Stafford Family  
II Chronicles 29 & 30  II Timothy 1 16 The David Stafford  Family  
II Chronicles 31 & 32  II Timothy 2 17 Mrs. Nancy A. Stafford  
II Chronicles 33 & 34  II Timothy 3  18 Mr. Robert Stearns  
II Chronicles 35 & 36 II Timothy 4  19 The Dan Stevens Family  
Ezra 1 & 2 Titus 1 20 Fred Stover & Barbara Korecki 
Ezra 3 & 4  Titus 2  21 Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Strayer 
Ezra 5 & 6  Titus 3  22 The Kip Studer Family  
Ezra 7 & 8  Philemon  23 Mr. & Mrs. Todd Swanson  
Ezra 9 & 10  Hebrews 1 24 Mrs. Joyce Thomas  
Nehemiah 1 & 2  Hebrews 2  25 The Ed Thompson Family  
Nehemiah 3 & 4  Hebrews 3  26 Mrs. Lucy Topuzova  
Nehemiah 5 & 6 Hebrews 4  27 Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Utz  
Nehemiah 7 & 8  Hebrews 5  28 The Craig Varner Family  
Nehemiah 9 & 10  Hebrews 6  29 The Eric Varner Family  
Nehemiah 11, 12 & 13  Hebrews 7  30 Ms. Sally Waggoner  
Esther 1 & 2  Hebrews 8  31 Mr. & Mrs. Dave Walker  


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 contact the Prayer Chain:    
Pam Plassmann  atl plassmb@accesstoledo.com  or Mary Williams or email margewill@toast.net  


Click to view July 2015 Calendar  


The Browning Masonic Home has many ministry opportunities.  One of these opportunities is providing transportation to our weekly worship service.  For this to happen we are looking for 6 persons who are called to serve the residents of Browning who desire to attend church. 

As Waterville UMC continues to seek God's leading in every ministry one of our great opportunities is through this transportation ministry.  Please contact Pastor Mike for further information.


We are having a Special MOTHER-DAUGHTER-GRANDAUGHTER POTLUCK AND SWIM at the home of Tehya Collinsworth.

Mark your calendars for this special get together, WED JULY 15 AT 12:45. DON'T FORGET YOUR SWIMSUIT AND A TOWEL!

We need to know by July 10th  how many plan to attend to

arrange for patio seating.  Call or Email Tehya at

 dawgh2o@yahoo.com or bed2biscuit@gmail.com 


VBS Volunteer Sign Up and Student Registration

2015 summer is here and it is time for VBS.  You will find Student Registration Forms and Volunteer Sign Up Forms on the bulletin board outside Pastor Mike's office.  This year we will embark on an icy expedition that empowers kids to overcome obstacles with God's awesome power.  Kids will be anchored in rock-solid Bible truths that will guide them through life's challenges.  So don't be left out in the heat come along and Conquer Challenges with God's Mighty Power.  Advance registration by July 1st will help to make certain this year's VBS is really cool.  You may also register by going to http://goo.gl/forms/ZHEXyrhUwE.  Any questions, please contact Stephanie Shelton.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL CD PRE-SALE: Copies of the VBS music CD are now available fore purchase on the shelf outside the church office.  The cost is $10.00 Please give your money to Stephanie Shelton. ( Checks payable to Waterville Community Fund.)  

VBS CRAFT DONATIONS: The following items are needed to help with the VBS Crafts this summer.  Toilet paper rolls, sandwich size zip-loc bags, flour, salt, colorful Sharpie markers, and battery operated tea lights.  If you would like to donate an item, please get it to Stephanie Shelton or there is a collection box outside the Community Room.  Thank you for your support! 

Each night of VBS, a different church is responsible for a snack that goes along with the Bible Point /Lesson for the evening.  WUMC's night is Tuesday, July 14.  The snack will be heart cut-out cookies.  Any recipe is fine.  We need at least 225 cookies.  Please sign-up on the bulletin board or contact Stephanie Shelton or Stephani Letzring if you are interested.  Our church is also responsible for providing dinner to all the volunteers on the evening of the 14th.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board to find ways you can help with the dinner!  Thank you very much for all your support of this great outreach ministry!

NEEDED: Someone(s) to plan, organization and oversee an Operation Christmas Child  float for the Roche de Bout Parade.  The parade is a wonderful way in which to get the word out to the community that WUMC is a collection site.  Many parade goers  stop by the booth to pick up their boxes.   Many filled boxes mean the love of Jesus is shown to many children. 

Anne Stevens has graciously headed this project in the past and will be available on the day of the parade, however she will be  assisting with her daughter's September wedding. 

There will be a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the church office.   Remember many hands make light work and an idle mind is a terrible thing to waste so get the creative juices flowing and use them for the work of the Lord to bring the love of Jesus to many children.

Thank you so much for the items that you have brought in!  Your generosity is overwhelming!  Many more children will be receiving a box and the news of God's love for them this Christmas thanks to you!  Once again July  items are toiletries and hygiene items.  


6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

Need to relax and stretch?

No matter your age or fitness level, yoga is for you.

Please join Yoga Mike and re-learn how to breathe and relax. 

Bring a yoga mat if you have one.   We will be barefoot.

Registration required.

Waterville Branch Library, 

800 Michigan Ave. Waterville, OH  43566



Presented by Jim Conrad of the Waterville Historical Society

July 22, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Waterville Branch Library 



Developing Your Artist's Eye

with photographer Ellen Loeffler-Kalinoski

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 

Create and compose dynamic images, find the perfect light and choose a unique perspective.  Bring your camera and instruction manual to learn camera basics and how to use your camera's controls to create stunning photographs.  Digital or film camera users welcome.

This is a free class; registration is required.  

Waterville Branch Library