Dear Church Family,
What a special time of the year to be a Christian. In the midst of buying gifts, going to parties, visiting with family, special church services and so much more we know the real reason for Christmas. Christians throughout the world are celebrating the arrival of our Savior and Lord.
When we get so busy with all the worldly aspects of celebrating Christmas it is easy to let the real celebration to get lost. Let's pause for a moment and think of the story.
Mary and Joseph are engaged to be married. Mary is visited by an angel to let her know that God has chosen her to give birth to the Savior. Joseph is visited by an angel to let him know that Mary's pregnancy is part of God's plan.
Then of all things, the Roman governor ordered a census that required Mary and Joseph to travel 90 miles. I don't think we can even imagine what it would be like to be ready to deliver a baby and make a 90 mile trip with Joseph walking and Mary riding a donkey. They arrive in Bethlehem only to be given a cattle stall to sleep. Then our Savior is born with a manger for a crib. If that is not bad enough the king decides this little baby is dangerous and ordered all the boys two years and younger to be killed. An angel warns Mary and Joseph and they leave all that they have known to live in Egypt.
There is nothing like holding a new born baby. Thinking of all that Mary and Joseph had to endure before, during and after Jesus birth they we filled with joy at his birth. In fact, all the heavenly host praised God for the Savior had been born. The shepherds are visited and go and find the baby in a manger just as God told them through another angel. The wise men show up and bring gifts for the new born king. What faith they had to travel a long distance following a star.
The good news is that as we read of Jesus birth, life, death and resurrection is that he faced all that we face. He grew up in a modest family. He went to school, he learned his father's trade and worked like all of us. Then, God revealed to him that it was time to begin his true purpose. To teach God's truth to all who would listen. Then demonstrate his complete faith in his Heavenly Father by suffering and dying for each of us.
Jesus gave the world the greatest gift in history.
As we choose each gift this Christmas how might we share the story of Jesus with someone who has yet to discover the perfect love of God in Christ?
May you be truly blessed this Christmas and may you be a blessing to others.
God bless you and yours,
FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP
FACTS, FIGURES AND FYI'S
2017 Living Generously Stewardship Campaign: We had a very blessed worship service for our "Consecration Sunday" on November 20th as we concluded our 5-week Living Generously series and presented our 2017 Estimate of Giving Cards. We give thanks and praise for the 35 commitments we received totaling $109,160 towards a budget of $275,175. It was a terrific start toward meeting the financial goals necessary to help support God's work for the coming year. Since then, we have received additional commitments bringing our total to 48 commitments of $157,156. If you have not had the opportunity to return your Estimate of Giving Cards, we will gladly accept yours at any time. You may place them in the offering, send via US Mail, drop them off in the Church Office or send an email to Tom Wiggins at the address listed below. Everyone will be receiving an acknowledgement letter confirming your financial commitment. A final campaign update will be presented on Sunday, January 8th during our worship service. Thank you again for your faithful stewardship...................
2017 Giving Envelopes: Your 2017 Giving Envelopes will be available on Sunday, December 18h on the shelf outside the church office. Please make every effort to pick them up, as it quite expensive to mail them.
2016 Giving Statements: Your 2016 Giving Statements will be emailed on Saturday, January 7th. For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pick-up on Sunday, January 8th on the shelf outside the Church Office.
Please contact the Church Office or Tom Wiggins @ email@example.com if you have any questions about anything related to finance or stewardship.
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Erosion Control Installation at New Property
Neither wind nor cold, nor snow flurries would stop WUMC family as they met to install the erosion control coverageon Saturday, November 19,2016. Twenty-nine brave hardworkingpeople came together to pray, install 2,600 linear feet of erosion control and see the progress taking place at our new worship site.
WATERVILLE UMC FAMILY NEWS
Hospitalized: Mildred Hires St. Lukes Hospital
Ed Wronkowicz - St. Lukes Hospital
Dr. Roger Hertzman - St. Lukes Hospital
Prayers of Christian Comfort and Peace for the Larry Noward family and friends on Larry's homegoing on Saturday, November 19, 2016.
A simple act of kindness has a beauty all its own. With Sincere Thanks For all you do... Thank You
I thank you for the delicious lunch on Election Day. Most of all I thank you for providing a chance to renew acquaintances with old friends and share with new ones. Always a special day in my history! A blessing!
To our church family,
How can we begin to thank you for all the love and support you have given us? To Pastor Mike for all his visits, prayers, and a beautiful celebration of life for Rob. For all the many prayers from our congregation that were truly felt by Rob and me. For all the cards, meals and hugs we received and the beautiful prayer quilt. Thank you all so much, you have really shown that we are a church of warms hearts.
Love, Penny, Amy, Andrew, and Michael Greenlese
Thank you to the person who found my lost silver earring and placed it in the lost and found. It had been a gift from my son, and every mother knows we cherish each gift from our children including dandelion flowers. I asked the Lord to show me where it was as I looked for it, but I did not find it. Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you to answer my prayer!. I now have a pair of earrings. Thank You!.
Operation Christmas Child Box Dedication
On Sunday, November 20th WUMC boxes were dedicated during worship service. Statistics for this year include: Volunteers: 17; WUMC boxes: 276; Monetary donations accepted $958.70+ ; Total boxes collected at WUMC 834. Total number of boxes at DaySpring in Bowling Green 29,460.
Thank you to all who prayed, shopped, packed, baked, and volunteered, and especially Anne Stevens who heads up this outreach. Your service to our Lord will be used by Him to demonstrate and proclaim His love to children around the world.
Advent Small Group Study
Beginning on Sunday, November 27, we will be offering Max Lucado's Because of Bethlehem; Love Is Born - Hope Is Here. The classes will be meeting on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall and again on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in joining a small group study, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the main hallway.
No Ordinary Christmas Miracle
Thank you once again, WUMC. We are just days from opening our latest production, No Ordinary Christmas Miracle, and we are so very grateful for all the volunteers lending a hand to our mission project. We couldn't do it without you!
You may have noticed all the prop boxes filling up the choir loft or even heard some vaguely familiar Christmas carols echoing from the sanctuary. We are having lots of fun, but you all know, that's not what our show is about. Sure, we love to perform, but this is a mission project and we truly need your help. Please help us spread the word about the show. We are doing our best to be God's hands in this world, but that requires an audience.
We are donating all of our proceeds to two fantastic charities. We are on board once again with TheWaterProject to help provide clean safe water to people in Africa and we will also be purchasing farm animals through Samaritan's Purse. Both endeavors help families in need in the immediate future, but also provide the opportunity for recipients to pay it forward to other folks in their villages that are also in need of assistance.
This is the world premiere of No Ordinary Christmas Miracle. Okay, that makes it sound way bigger than it is, but you should be aware that this is an original, family-friendly, musical-comedy filled with many familiar Christmas songs and some new tunes. On top of all that, the show is set in a very familiar place, The Waterville United Methodist Church. We promise you'll have fun as an audience member and we may even pull at your heartstrings. There are plenty of laughs as we celebrate all things Christmas, with an emphasis on God's gift of Our Lord and Savior.
Please invite a friend. Curtain is at 7:30 P.M, Friday & Saturday, December 2 & 3. We also have a matinee at 1:30 P.M. on Sunday the 4th. There are no advance tickets. We simply collect a free-will offering following the performances. This show is for everyone! There are no limits to what God can do with what we offer, not just in donations, but in the truth of the message. God loves each of us and desires a personal relationship that will last an eternity. There is no greater gift to celebrate and be grateful for this and every Christmas. Hope to see you at the show!
God bless and Merry Christmas,
The Cast & Crew of TFTW
ORDER CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS
To us this flower is known as Poinsettia, however to some this flower is known as the Christmas Eve flower. This is the legend of how the Poinsettia became known as the Christmas Eve flower. In the 16th century in Mexico each child from the village would present a gift to the Christ Child at the Christmas Eve service. Unfortunately, a girl called Pepita was so poor that she had nothing to her name other than the clothes on her back and so a gift wasn't something she could give. On the way to the chapel she was accompanied by her cousin Pedro, but her heart was filled with sadness rather than joy. Seeing her sadness, her cousin Pedro tried to comfort her.
"I am sure Pepita," Pedro said, "That even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in the Christ Child's eyes".
Not knowing what else to do, Pepita knelt down by the roadside and gathered a handful of common weeds. On her way to the chapel, Pepita busied herself by fashioning the weeds into a small bouquet. Looking at the scraggly bunch of weeds, she became sadder and even embarrassed by the humbleness of her offering. Pepita began to cry as she entered the doors to the small village chapel. As she approached the altar, she remembered Pedro's kind words.
"Even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes."
Immediately, Pepita felt her spirits lift as she knelt down to lay the bouquet at the foot of the nativity scene, and as she lay them down the bouquet of weeds burst into blooms of brilliant red. All those who witnessed the event believed that they had seen a Christmas miracle. From that day forward, these bright red flowers were re-named the Christmas Eve flower.
May we learn as Pepita did the beauty of giving to our Lord out of a heart of love this Christmas season and through the years ahead.
To place your order for Christmas Poinsettias complete an order envelopelocated in the pew envelope holder or attendance pad. Complete the order form with the number of poinsettia(s); the person(s) name to whom you wish to make the dedication or If contributing to the New Building Fund; sign as you want your name entered in the Christmas Bulletin and place the money in the envelope . The envelope may be placed into the offering plate or given to the church office. Or you may click on the link below to place your order.
The deadline for ordering is December 18,2016 and the cost is $7.00 per Poinsettia.
DECEMBER SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER
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 December.
If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact the Prayer Chain:
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