WATERVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Dear Church Family,
My hope and prayer is that your Christmas and New Year gatherings with family and friends have been a blessing to all.
This is the time each year that many of us reflect upon all of our experiences of the previous year and make new years' resolutions. Over the years many of us have made resolutions only to fall short. The very definition of a resolution is to make a firm decision. What firm decisions can we make that will build our faith in, love for and service of our gracious, generous, loving God?
All that we need for an ever growing relationship with God has been provided through God's gift of grace in our Savior, Jesus, in God's word, the Bible and in the community of faith, the church and family.
God's free gift of grace demonstrates God's radical generosity. This free gift of life in Christ and forgiveness of all sin so that God's original design for an intimate loving relationship can be restored.
How then can we participate in growing closer to our God in Christ and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit? One way is to study God's word. To that end during 2016 we will all have the opportunity to study God's generosity. The first study will be during the season of Lent and is titled Loving Generously. This five-week study focuses upon God's generosity and our response as we serve the least and the lost. Loving Generously is designed as an all church experience with a sermon series and small group study.
Another way that we grow closer to God is to spend personal private time with God each day. Many of us already do daily devotions. If you already do daily devotions are you experiencing the outcome you desire? It is very easy to get caught up in doing devotions for devotions sake. Let's challenge ourselves to do our devotions for the purpose of experiencing God and dwelling in God's presence. To accomplish this end, we may need to change our devotional resource or learn a new way to spend daily time with God.
The heart of our relationship with God begins with the reality of God's unmeasurable love for us or to make it personal, God's unmeasurable love for you. The key to experience the fullness of God's love and presence is our love for God. Ask yourself, do I truly love God? How you answer this question can guide your new year's resolutions for a maturing relationship with God.
If you were to accomplish all your spiritual resolutions for 2016 what would be the condition of your relationship with God? What are the resources you will need to fulfill your relational growth with God? Who is a close personal brother or sister in Christ that can support, encourage and help with accountability to your desires for spiritual growth in 2016?
Let us all pray daily that we will grow as disciples of our Savior and Lord. May 2016 be a holy blessing as we seek to know God more fully and grow in our love for God.
FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP
Facts, Figures & FYI's
2016 Stewardship Campaign: With the start of the New Year, our "New Consecration Sunday" Stewardship Campaign draws to a close. We continued our approach of financing the ministries of our church and our personal stewardship from a spiritual perspective rather than a fundraising perspective. It focused on the question, "What is God calling me to do?" rather than, "What does the church need in order to pay bills?"
On behalf of the Stewardship Team, thank you to all who contributed to and participated in making this program a success. We will be sharing the final results during worship on January 24, 2016.
Finally, if you haven't had the opportunity to turn in your 2016 Estimate of Giving Card, we will gladly accept them at any time. You may place them in the offering, send via US Mail or drop them off in the Church Office. If you need one, they are available on the shelf by the Church Office.
2016 Giving Envelopes: Thank you very much for your tremendous response of picking up your 2016 Giving Envelope. It has saved the time and expense of mailing them.
2015 Giving Statements: Since we continue to have emailing issues with the software used to maintain individual giving records, everyone will receive a hardcopy of their final 2015 giving. They will be available on Sunday, January 10, 2016, on the shelf outside the church office. Please make every effort to pick them up, in order to save mailing costs. We will be converting to the updated software in January, which should not only eliminate our emailing problem, but also enhance our record keeping capabilities.
Please contact the Church Office, (419) 878-3645, email@example.com or Tom Wiggins (419) 878-5503, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about anything related to finance or stewardship.
Waterville UMC Family News:
Hospitalized: Marilyn Simpson - St. V's now home.
Fritze Schifferly , now home - would appreciate cards but not visits at this time.
Prayers of Sympathy and Christian Comfort:
The family of Bob Deardurff upon the passing of Bob's father Lawrence R. Deardurff on Christmas Eve.
Stephanie Allison and Tyler Chirdon were united in marriage on Saturday, January 2, 2016. Stephanie is the daughter of Mike and Becky Allison and Tyler is the son of Bob and Kathy Chirdon.
Dear Christian Brothers & Sisters,
May God, whose love is everywhere, bless you every day for being what you always are- so nice in every way!
Thank you so much for the prayer quilt and all the prayers on my behalf. I believe in the power of prayer and I take the quilt with me to all my treatments because it brings me great comfort. It has been a good witnessing tool as well when I explain what it is. God's richest blessing to you all.
I received a beautiful thank you note from Emily Vernon thanking our church for the prayer quilt and the prayers. She wrote 'When you brought the prayer quilt to me, it brought tears to my eyes to think your church group prayed for my healing. I take it to my treatments and it comforts me." She thanks us for the blessing we are to her during this difficult time. I thank the quilt ministry and all who were a part of this ministry. I don't think we realize how this small act of kindness brings so much comfort to those who need our prayers.
In Christ love,
God's Garden, 2015
Thanks to all for supporting my Veggie Stand this year. I send all the receipts to the Church at the end of the year. As a result of your faithful support I was able to send $10,200 to the new building fund this year. If the Lord is willing, I will have the garden next year.
Have a wonderful New Year.
2015 Giving Statements
Everyone will receive a hardcopy of their final 2015 giving statement. The 2015 statements will be available on Sunday, January 10, 2016, on the shelf outside the church office. Please make every effort to pick up your statement in order to save mailing costs. We will be converting to the updated software in January, which should not only eliminate our emailing problem, but also enhance our record keeping capabilities.
JANUARY BIBLE READING and PRAYER