Dear Church Family,
First, thank you all for your prayers, your cards of encouragement and appreciation and the recognition following worship this past week of appreciation and birthday celebration. A special thanks to the Staff Parish Relations Committee for putting everything together
You are a generous congregation for which God will continue to bless.
If you have not been by our Waterville Monclova road property you may want to drive by. You will discover the new cement apron and sidewalk. Many people who live near the home of our new church building are already enjoying the sidewalk.
A brief update on the church property. A site development team is working on all the permits and bids to move the dirt that was so graciously donated by Browning Masonic Home of Waterville. Pray for wisdom for this team as they work through a long list of details.
There is a lot of work that must be done to actually move forward with a new building and every person in our congregation will have the opportunity to offer your thoughts. Most of all we must be in prayer as we seek God's wisdom and provision!
In our present stewardship campaign, we are learning to live generously with our time, talents and treasure. Where is God calling you to serve with your time and with your natural gifts and with the gifts of the Holy Spirit? How is God directing the use of your treasure? James 1:5 states, "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." Ask for God's wisdom and you will receive it generously.
Also, it is important not just to seek God's wisdom but to also seek the leading and empowering of the Holy Spirit. Seek the Holy Spirt and you will be gifted and empowered for ministry.
Two of our leading ministries are Operation Christmas Child (OCC) and Theatre for the World.
Time is passing by very quickly to pick up and fill OCC shoe boxes. OCC is a great opportunity to ask family, friends and neighbors to also fill a box to bless children throughout the world. There are innumerous stories of how a shoe box full of many items literally changed a person's life. You can be a part of this life changing ministry.
Theatre for the World will be presenting their newest show December 3-5 which is the second weekend of advent. What an opportunity for us to invite co-workers, neighbors and friends to a great time away from the business that builds up from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Offer this gift of fun and humor.
God is so good to each of us. Let us say thanks as we impact the lives of others with the gospel of grace.
Have a great thanksgiving and be blessed,
Finance & Stewardship
First of all, on behalf of the Church Council and Pastor Mike, thank you for your ongoing support of the mission and ministry of WUMC. It takes all of us, not just a few, working together, sharing our money, our time, our talents, our participation and our witness to do God's work of spreading the good news and making disciples for Jesus Christ.
Sunday, October 23rd was the kick off for our 2017 Stewardship Campaign. It is a time of prayer for all of us, thanking God for His many blessings and asking for His guidance and direction to do His will as individuals, as families and as a congregation.
What portion of the resources that He has given us does He want us to return to Him for the work of His Church? Whether its financial giving, volunteering for a committee or project, participating in worship or an activity, etc. To help us find the answers to these questions and others, we will once again follow the Donovan family as they experience these same issues. If you recall, we met them in our Loving Generously series we used during Lent this past spring. This next series is entitled Living Generously.
It will be the 2017 Stewardship Campaign or maybe we should rename it our Living Generously Campaign. In any event, during this 5-week series, we along with the Donovan's, will be introduced to "giving" from a spiritual emphasis. As noted in the Study Guide, "Experiencing the life that is truly life". "This series is designed to open our eyes to the Biblical model of generous giving and chart a course for our own journey of generosity."
Now, besides the five messages by Pastor Mike, we will also be having weekly small group sessions to further discuss the weekly topic. We'll review the video along with the questions and suggestions in the study guide that you will receive. There are signup sheets on the wall in the hallway for a variety days & times. We still have openings, so please consider joining one of these small groups. If you not able to be at any session, you can attend another or make other arrangements.
On November 20th, we will be completing our commitment cards during worship service. For those not able to be with us, we will send theirs via U.S. Mail. We will share the results Dec 4th.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow..........
Please contact the Tom Wiggins firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about anything related to finance or stewardship.
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Church Conference Date
Our church congregation will be holding their annual Church Conference on Sunday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Sylvania First UMC located at 7000 Erie Street in Sylvania, OH. Please mark this date on your calendar and plan to attend.
November Mission Focus
Operation Christmas Child will be our mission project for November. There are three box sizes this year. Shoeboxes are located at both doors to the sanctuary. Near the boxes are bars of soap that we received from an organization called "Clean the World". They collect and recycle soap from the hotel industry. You are invited to help yourself to some of these bars of soap to include in your shoeboxes. Pleaseplace these bars of soap in a baggie and include a washcloth in the bag whern placing them in your shoebox. Also, we have cloth bags made by a friend of this ministry that can be added to your box so that the recipient will have an item to carry belongings.
WUMC day of dedication will be Sunday, November 20. Mission envelopes are located in the pew racks for your financial gifts.
News of our WUMC Family
Welcome to our newest Family Members: