Dear Church Family,
Once again we have moved from summer to the beginning of a new school year. Isn't it amazing how much of our lives are scheduled around school even in the church. For those of us with children and grandchildren we have a new schedule, life takes on a different rhythm. Yet, while we are in the midst of this new beginning do we make sure that our walk with God is placed on our schedule as well. It is so easy to get caught up with the things of this world that our relationship with God can get neglected.
Throughout God's Word we are reminded that when we meet God in Christ we become new, transformed. In several instances this transformation was marked with a new name, Abram became Abraham due to his faith. Simon the son of John, a disciple of Jesus became Cephas who is better known as Peter. Saul a Pharisee, persecutor of Christians became the Apostle Paul.
Each of these persons became new not only in their spirit but given a new name to communicate their transformation. Paul, in writing to a group or groups of believers in Rome points to God's part and our part in the ongoing transformation of a Christian. Romans 12:2 states "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is."
Our part in our transformation into a faithful disciple of Jesus is to no longer allow the ways of this world guide our lives or set our goals and priorities. God's part is transforming us as we make ourselves available to the leading of God's Holy Spirit. As we learn when God's Spirit is prompting us, then, by faith, act upon that prompting our lives will begin to look different to the world and our personal relationship with God will continue to grow immeasurably.
How do we know that we are beginning to live by faith and are following the Holy Spirit? In Acts 1:8 Jesus says, "When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere - in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." When we are led by the Holy Spirit we will experience God's power and will have the confidence to share about Jesus. The world would tell us to be quiet, God tells us to speak up in love.
Another passage that helps us know when we are being led by God's Spirit is in Galatians 5:22-23, "But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." As we put our relationship with God at the top of our priority list and invite the Holy Spirit to lead us we will begin to bear fruit.
God's desire for each of us is to be transformed into the likeness of Christ that we can be God's servants for the transformation of the world. Where are you in your transformation and what kind of fruit are you bearing?
This is a time for new beginnings, this may be your time for a new beginning in your relationship with God as you seek to grow in the empowerment and leading of the Holy Spirit.
May God's blessings be with you,
Date Worship General Fund Capital Improv Missions
Aug 2 110 $2,844.00 $484.00 $25.00
Aug 9 76 $2,680.00 $50,065.00 $0.00
Aug 16 92 $3,985.00 $515.00 $70.00
Aug 23 124 $2,765.00 $535.00 $0.00
Aug 30 163 $4,447.00 $1,305.00 $126.00
BREATHE TOGETHER and JOIN the UPRISING
Dear Ones in Christ Jesus:
During Annual Conference this year I shared that I had been nudged inwardly and outwardly about the need for us to find our "praying ground" together across the West Ohio Conference. Some of you have been especially thoughtful and helpful in suggesting that in this season leading up to the 2016 General Conference it would be good if we could embrace the time-honored practices of Christians of prayer and fasting. We who are Christians in the Wesleyan way call these means of grace that have nourished the personal and corporate lives of many.
So I am inviting you to join together across this conference on the first Friday of every month starting Friday, September 4 in a time of prayer and fasting. We will continue this pattern through Friday, June 3, 2016. This will take us not only through the General Conference but to the eve of our next Annual Conference.
Following the Wesleyan pattern, fasting would ideally begin following the evening meal on Thursday evening and continue until the fast is broken with the evening meal on Friday.
You may want to consider donating the money saved by fasting from food to some mission initiative in the life of the conference.
Your abstinence or fasting from food should be done in consultation with your medical practitioners and your own bodily needs. Not all can abstain from food but all can pray.
You are encouraged to spend intentional time in prayer from Thursday evening and early Friday evening. As you are able, devote some time to private prayer and to prayer in community (a prayer partner, small groups etc).
In general our prayers should focus on the well-being of the church and the mission of the church. We will be seeking the heart of God to renew the heart of the church. Prior to each first Friday a suggested focus for our day of prayer will be made available through the conference website, Facebook, Twitter etc.
For now look ahead on your calendar and mark these days. Connect with others who will covenant to join you in designated times of prayer. Be on the watch for suggestions on prayer and fasting. Finally there are two images about prayer stirring in me. First think of this call to prayer and fasting as if you are intentionally participating in a holy conspiracy - a breathing together. Secondly this quote from Karl Barth: "To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world."
So let's learn to breathe together and join the uprising. I am,
Yours in Christ,
Gregory V. Palmer
Welcome to our Minister of Music:
We welcome Joel Schutte, (pronounced Scutty), to WUMC as our Minister of Music beginning September 1st. Some of you have already had the pleasure of meeting Joel as he filled in at the pulpit for Pastor Mike while our Pastor enjoyed some vacation and family time recently.
Joel has a Masters Degree in Theology and a Bachelors Degree in Pastoral Studies with a Minor in Church Music. He is ordained with the Vineyard Churches, USA , he is approved by the West Ohio Conference of the UMC to perform clergy ministry, and Joel is an experienced Worship Leader .
Serving as Director of Christian Emphasis for the Toledo Area YMCA is Joel's full-time job. At WUMC he will be leading during our Sunday morning worship services, directing our Sanctuary Choir, and generally helping organize and integrate the various elements of our music ministry.
Rehearsals for choir will resume as usual at 7 PM on September 3rd with the first choir service in worship scheduled for September 20th. As always, the wonderful experience of spiritual growth and service through being part of Sanctuary Choir is open to all from Jr. High age on up who are led in that direction. Maybe that's you?
Please plan to celebrate Joel into the WUMC family at a reception which will be held in the Fellowship Hall after worship on Sunday, September 20th.
Welcome aboard, Joel! We feel blessed to have you serving and growing with us at WUMC as we strive to be a blessing to His Church and our community.
SEPTEMBER MISSION FOCUS
September's Mission Focus will be to support the United Methodist Committee on Relief's operating budget. None of the funds they collect for other mission projects through this agency (school kits, health kits, disaster response efforts, etc.) covers any of their operational costs, so 100% of the gifts they receive for mission projects goes directly to the projects themselves. And, unlike the rest of Global Ministries in the United Methodist Church, UMCOR does not receive apportionment funds to cover its administrative costs. So, in order to keep this wonderful world-wide blessing going we felt the need to support their behind-the-scene efforts that keep all the "balls rolling" for UMCOR.
WUMC FAMILY NEWS
Hospitalized: Dorothy Bunde - Toledo Hospital
Prayers of Christian Love and Sympathy to the Thad and Barbara Jones family upon the passing of Barb's mother Leona Sherer on August 7, 2015.
Prayers of Christian Comfort and Sympathy to the family of Shawnand Carolyn Myerholtz upon the passing of Carolyn's father Marvin Strayer on August 9.
Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy to the Randy and Jennifer Reihing family upon the passing ofDonna Walters on August 9.
Prayers of Christian Comfort and Love to the family and friends of Katherine Smith who passed away on Sunday, August 16.
Prayers of Christian Love and Sympathy to the family and friends of Donnel Doblinger Sr. who passed away on Saturday, August 29 at Kingston of Perrysburg. Visitation will be on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home, Whitehouse with funeral services on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 11:00 am in the funeral home.
WUMC MAIL CALL!
To Waterville United Methodist Church Prayer Quilt Ministry:
I am so grateful for the lovely quilt and prayers that you ladies made. It means so much to know that people we don't even know care enough to do this.
I appreciate the love and prayers so much. The quilt is by me always when I'm home and will remain there.
With deepest appreciation,
Thanks to Pastor Mike for his presence and prayer for me and my family at Wood County Hospital on July 29, 2015 prior to my surgery to repair a compression fracture of the fifth vertebrae.
Dear Christian Friends,
I am very grateful for the many kind expressions of sympathy and prayers offered on my family's behalf in the passing of my brother, Arthur Perry.
Especially prayers for my mother as shegrieved the loss of her son. The Lord is faithful and workedin many ways to remind us of His love and care for us during thisdifficult time. Thank you for extending to me and my family the Lord's comfort and love.
SEPTEMBER BIBLE READING AND PRAYER
SCRIPTURE SEPT .PRAYER
Proverbs 17 & 18 Revelation 6 1 Mrs. Janice Battin
Proverbs 19 & 20Revelation 7 2 Matt Beakas Family
Proverbs 21 & 22Revelation 8 3 Mr & Mrs. Joe Becker
Proverbs 23 & 24Revelation 9 4 Aaron Bersee Family
Proverbs 25 & 26Revelation 10 5 Mr& Mrs. .Jack Bersee
Proverbs 27 & 28Revelation 11 6 Mr. & Mrs. Jim Bersee
Proverbs 29, 30 & 31Revelation 12 7 Carrie Black Family
Ecclesiastes 1 & 2Revelation 13 8 Harry Blackmon Family
Ecclesiastes 3 & 4Revelation 14 9 Tim Bock Family
Ecclesiastes 5 & 6Revelation 15 10 Mr&Mrs ZachBollinger
Ecclesiastes 7 & 8Revelation 16 11 Sandy Boost
Ecclesiastes 9 & 10Revelation 17 12 Janet Borough
Ecclesiastes 11 & 12Revelation 18 13 Bob Bowers Family
Song of Solomon 1 & 2Revelation 19 14 Mr. & Mrs. Doug Box
Song of Solomon 3 & 4Revelation 20 15 Gary Breymaier Family
Song of Solomon 5 & 6Revelation 21 16 Randy Breymaier Family
Song of Solomon 7 & 8Revelation 22 17 Sarah Broseke Family
Isaiah 1 & 2Psalm 1 & 2 18 Joel Brown Family
Isaiah 3 & 4Psalm 3 & 4 19 Mrs. Joyce Bruce
Isaiah 5 & 6Psalm 5 & 6 20 Mrs. Dorothy Bunde
Isaiah 7 & 8Psalm 7 & 8 21 Paul Buskey Family
Isaiah 9 & 10Psalm 9 & 10 22 Kenny Cameron Family
Isaiah 11 & 12Psalm 11 & 12 23 Ms. Jeanne Carpenter
Isaiah 13 & 14Psalm 13 & 14 24 Mr& Mrs. Chris Cheney
Isaiah 15 & 16Psalm 15 & 16 25 Ms. Tehya Collinsworth
Isaiah 17 & 18Psalm 17 & 18 26 Mr & Mrs. Keith Colyer
Isaiah 19 & 20Psalm 19 & 20 27 Robin Condon Family
Isaiah 21 & 22Psalm 21 & 22 28 Ms. Pam Cook
Isaiah 23 & 24Psalm 23 & 24 29 Allen Cox Family
Isaiah 25 & 26Psalm 25 & 26 30 Gordon Cox Family
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 ofSeptember. If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact the Prayer Chain at firstname.lastname@example.org
SEPTEMBER 2015 CALENDAR
M & M'S BIBLE STUDY
The Mary and Martha Women's Bible Study will begin on September 9 at 9:30 a.m. at the church. They will be studying Twelve Women of the Bible. They invite ladies to join them! Please let Cindy Box or Connie Kirkman know if you plan to attend so they may order a book for you.
Calling All Parade Walkers and Booth Staff !
The Roche de Bout (or Roche de Boeuf) Parade is fast approaching. Anne Stevens now has two signup sheets on the bulletin board: the first one is to walk in the parade on Saturday, September 26 wearing an OCC tee shirt and to pass out information about OCC and our collection center; the second sheet is for volunteers to staff our OOC booth during the day of Saturday, September 26. Anne will arrive at the booth and get it set up that morning, but we have four 2-hour shifts (9-11 a.m., 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 1-3 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.) that will need to be filled with at least 2-3 people per shift. She will also need someone to clean up and tear down the booth from 5-6 p.m. and return the items to church.
CHURCH CONFERENCE DATE SET
Our church congregation will be holding their annual Church Conference on Sunday, October 11 at 6:00p.m. at Church of the Cross. Please mark this date on your calendar and plan to attend.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
It has been exciting to see all the items come in each month. Thank youfor being the "Warm Heart and Helping Hands of Jesus" as you have scouted out each month's selected items and other items as well. September is small clothing items - socks, underwear, etc.
Stay tuned as the Packing Party plans are being made andwe will let you know when to arrive to begin packing.
ATTENTION ALL KNITTERS
The Operation Christmas Child Shoebox crew has found a really cute Teddy Bear pattern and is recruiting knitters to make some to fill up empty spaces in our shoeboxes. The pattern may be found on the shelf outside the church office along with a sample bear that Karen Longnecker made. If you have any questions, please contact Karen.
A BIG THANK YOU!
WUMC would like to thank Mike, Troy, Trish & Sherry Hill , Tom Quinn and Randy Reihing for the tree trimming that has bee done around the church. Also a special Thanks to John Nicholson for the use of his trailer for hauling away all the limbs.
Remember Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. NIV.
Thank You To All Who Provided Special Music This Summer!
WUMC is blessed of God to have folks with such awesome musical gifts and we are so grateful to each of them for sharing and giving their time and talent during our Worship services this summer. We want to thankSasha Meade, JoAnn Lucas, Dr. Mathis on Trombone, Ted Myers, John Nicholson, the slide show with music from the children of Vacation Bible School, Karen Wiggins, Charlene Hansen, Jennifer Reihing, the quartet of Anna Emahiser, Melva Robinson, Ted Myers and Dan Rigal, Pam Denman and Keith Colyer. Thank you to each of you. You have been a blessing to God, and to Waterville United Methodist Church as we gathered in worship to praise God through music .
The Upper Room daily devotional guide
The September and Octoberedition of The Upper Room is available at both entrances of the sanctuary. The cost is $1.00 per booklet.
Needed: Good Home
We have 2 large storage unit cabinets in the nursery that need to find a home. If anyone is interested in them, please let the nursery staff or Stephanie Shelton know. We need to have them out of the nursery as soon as possible to make way for some new cabinets that have been ordered.
North Fifth Street Resurfacing
The City of Waterville has contracted with Gerken Paving to resurface North Fifth Street. Work began on Tuesday, August 25 and will continue for three weeks. However, the work will be intermittent with some days with no work occurring on Fifth Street. Access to WUMC driveways will be maintained with minimal delay. We have been asked to NOT park on Fifth Street during this time period when the "No Parking" signs are in place on the curbs. The schedule is subject to good weather or any unforeseen delay. Our cooperation during this work is appreciated.