Dear Church Family,
Blessings in the name of our Savior and Lord, Jesus.
As was shared in a letter to you the church leadership is working at improving our communication when it comes to the ministry and service to one another and our community. This priority grew out of conversations in our Church Council and with other leaders in our congregation in regards to our building project. It was determined that we must communicate much better and in a timely manner in every area of our ministry and service.
I am pleased to share with you that one important step the Church Council has taken is contracting with Pauline W. Glaza, owner of Enhanced Publications. Please visit her web site to learn more about Pauline, http://www.enhancedpublications.com/.
Pauline will be working with our congregational leaders to improve our communication as we strive to move forward in mission and service. The present goal is to have our work completed with Pauline by the end of May. During the next few months the course will be charted for moving ahead to fulfill our mission: To make new disciples by celebrating, teaching, and sharing God's love. The areas of focus for our work with Pauline in relationship to mission and service are: where we have been, where we are now and where we are headed in the future. Watch for the next communication from the church council for more information.
One way we will fulfill our mission will be our Lenten Study, Loving Generously. Loving Generously is a five-week study that is taking during lent. We will launch this study on February 14th. The study includes a sermon series and small group studies. The small group opportunities include 6:00 pm Sunday, 7:00 pm Tuesday, 9:30 am Wednesday women's group and 1:00 pm Thursday.
The season of Lent historically has been a time of reflection upon our spiritual relationship with God in preparation to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior from the dead. God's gracious gift to each of us, the sacrifice of God's only begotten son, that the power of sin in our lives was defeated.
In reflection, are you where you would like to be in your relationship with God? Do you know the loving presence of God in your daily activities? What is God calling you to reflect upon during this season of Lent?
God's love for us is endless. God's love for us is not reduced by our shortcomings, our mistakes, even our sin. God desires to bless us as we allow the Holy Spirit to teach us and call us to faithfulness due to our love for God.
Relationships take work. What work is the Holy Spirit calling you to be about to make your relationship with God greater than ever before in your life?
May the power of God's Holy Spirit bless you,
FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP
Facts, Figures, and FYI's
As a follow up to our presentation on Sunday, January 24th, and to insure everyone receives the information, we have some grand news to share.
First of all, thank you for your faithful stewardship in support of the mission and ministries of Waterville United Methodist Church, whether it was financial giving, offering prayers, sharing of your talent or participating in activities or programs.
We finished the year in the black! Our total General Fund Income for 2015 was $281,442 and our total Operating Expenses were $272,402, resulting in a year-end General Fund balance of $9,040. We were not only able complete many facility upgrades and outreach & mission programs, but also have reserved funds for a variety of activities, programs and projects for 2016.
We had a great response to our 2016 Stewardship Program, receiving 63 Estimate of Giving cards that totaled $202,080. The Administrative Council has approved a 2016 Operating Budget of $275,500, which means our estimated giving will cover 73% of our budget.
Changes in the commitment amounts on the Estimate of Giving cards 2016 vs. 2015
24 Same Amount
6 New (did not submit card last year)
Thank you to each and every one of you for your willingness to share, so generously, a portion of what He has entrusted to you. This level of giving is a tremendous indicator of the spiritual health of WUMC and the importance we place on the work of His Church, sharing the good news and leading others to Christ.
Please contact the Church Office or Tom Wiggins if you have any questions about anything related to finance or stewardship at firstname.lastname@example.org or (419) 878-5503.
2015 GIVING STATEMENTS
2015 statements are on the shelf outside the church office. Please make every effort to pick up your statement in order to save mailing costs. Please contact Tom Wiggins if you have any questions at email@example.com
CHURCH OFFICE CHANGE
Effective January 13 for twelve weeks, the church office on Wednesdays will be open from 8:00 am until 10:30 am. Starting on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Wednesday office hours will again be from 8:00am until 12 noon.
DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING
Our day of prayer and fasting will be on Friday, February 5. Our prayer focus for this month is the upcoming General Conference. Bulletins are located on the Prayer Table with the list of all of our delegates and suggested prayers.
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES - FEBRUARY 10
Our Ash Wednesday service will be a service of personal reflection and the imposition of ashes. The service will conclude at 7:30 am so folks can get to work.
Browning Ash Wednesday Service - 1:00pm in Harmony Hall - You are invited to join with the Browning Masonic Home Residents for an Ash Wednesday Service.
FAMILY OPPORTUNITY AT BROWNING MASONIC COMMUNITY
Pastor Mike ministers to the residents at Browning Masonic Community in Waterville and is extending an opportunity for the children to join him. On the first Sunday of the month, Pastor Mike leads a church service for the residents who would like to attend. We would like for the children of our church to consider coming to sing a song together for the residents during this church service. This would be a great way to extend our outreach ministry to the people in the Browning community. The next service will be on Sunday, February 7, at 1:30 pm. A lunch will be offered after our church service at WUMC and then we can caravan to Browning and arrive there around 1:15pm. The service will
be no longer than an hour and the kids are free to go after they sing the song at the beginning of the service. During Sunday School time, the children will spend a few minutes practicing one song to sing for the residents. We will be singing, Jesus in the Morning. for the first service on Feb. 7th. Along with the song, four chikdren will read a short scripture verse that goes along with the song. Please contact Stephanie Shelton if your child will be attending the service to sing. (You would be responsible for getting them to and from Browning Masonic Community). Also, please respond with how many will be attending the lunch after our church service so we know how much food to plan for. Lunch is for the whole family.
Loving Generously - A Five Week study during Lent
Loving Generously focuses upon loving God and one another. This sermon series and small group experience will begin on February 14. Personal and congregational vitality grows as we grow to know, to love and to serve the least and the lost.
WUMC FAMILY NEWS
Fritzie Schifferly - St. Luke's
Dr. Roger Hertzman - St. Luke's
Larry Noward - St. Luke's
PRAYERS OF CHRISTIAN HOPE AND SYMPATHY:
For the family of Ron Hart who passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2016.
For the family of Grace Russell who passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2016.
CONGRATULATIONS & MANY HAPPY MEMORIES TO ENJOY!
Praising God for the birth of their first grandchild, Emma Grace Box is Doug & Cindy Box. Emma Grace was born on January 12 to Wes & Kelly Box in the Denver area.
OUR WUMC FAMILY
Dear Waterville United Methodist Church:
On behalf of The Salvation Army and our community members in need, we thank you for volunteering during our RED KETTLE campaign. Through your selfless dedication to others, you were able to raise $640.62 during December.
The Salvation Army strives to do the most good for our community each day, and, without your support, we would be unable to meet that goal. We are enormously thankful for your willingness to put others before yourself.
Again, thank you for your assistance. It is our privilege to partner with you in serving the Northwest Ohiocommunity. We hope to work withyou again this year!
May God Bless You,
Scott Kelly and Susan Kelly, Majors
Northwest Ohio Area Services
Happy New Year and thank you so much for the nice "Welcome Greetings". We appreciate your invitation to worship with you and plan to do so. We probably will not be living in Waterville for 3-4 months, as some remodeling is being done. But, we will make trips back and forth. Our grandchildren live in Whitehouse and play scoccer and basketball. So, we try to see their games and bring a minivan full each trip.
We hope to meet you soon.
Ginny & Joe Bender
Dear Friends at Waterville United,
Just a quick note to say that we are thinking of you. We pray that the love and grace of God would continue to increase among you, confident that it will overflow into your community.
Thank you for your past support.
for The Water Project Team
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
Your outpouring of kind words and prayers for Dad were a great comfort to us during a very difficult time for our family.
Thank you so much.
Bob and Sue Deardurff
FEBRUARY 2016 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
February Bible Reading and Prayer
I Timothy 2:1&2 I urge that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone;for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
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 February.
If you have a prayer request, please feel free to email the Prayer Chain:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theatre for the World - Harmony Romances
We are back in the swing of things with our March production. Please consider joining us on March 4th or 5th at 7:30 or March 6th at 1:30 for the comedy, Harmony Romances, by Ron Hill. Just to be clear, the show is really more for a middle school and older audience. It is nothing compared to television today, but like a few shows we have done in the past, some of the themes are a bit beyond the elementary kids.
We think you'll love this comedy. One is never too old to fall in love, no matter what the gossipy ladies from the Harmony United Methodist Church Funeral Committee may think about the circumstances in which it occurs. We have quite a band of characters and each character's flaws are on full comedic display; however, despite these flaws, each of us should be welcomed in the church. A lesson in Christianity that is far too often ignored. We all have room to grow, but there should be no better place to do that growing than in a church, free of judgment. Trust me, the show is most definitely a comedy. You will laugh, and you will witness these Christian people having a lot of fun, but I'm hoping this year, we might reach someone who could really benefit from the other message as well.
Your donations last year helped to feed many people locally and also provided fresh clean water with two water projects in Africa. We can't wait to share pictures with our audience at the upcoming production. Remember, there are no ticket sales. We simply ask that you consider bringing a donation of canned goods or non-perishable items. We also collect a free will offering after the show. All proceeds from this production will go directly to the two Anthony Wayne Pantries and the Grand Rapids Pantry.
Finally, we are grateful for all the volunteers each year. There are so many ways in which one can get involved. Please see our sign-up sheet outside the office for further details. Help us promote the show, invite a friend, hang a poster at work or at a local business. It all helps. God has done so much over the years with what we have to offer. We are truly humbled. Also, remember to support our Youth Group by making a reservation for the Lasagna Supper. We are so grateful for their efforts providing dinner theatre on Saturday evenings. All the proceeds from the supper will support their mission trip. Hope to see you at the show!
The TFTW Gang
YOUTH FUNDRAISER - LASAGNA DINNER
Volunteers are needed to provide either a pan of lasagna or a dessert for the Lasagna Dinner on Saturday, March 5 at 6:30pm. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the main hallway for anyone who is interested in helping out the Youth Group with this project.
LASAGNA DINNER RESERVATIONS
Please sign up to reserve your Lasagna Dinner on Saturday, March 5 at 6:30pm. The cost is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the main hallway. Deadline for reservations will be March 2 or until 78 reservations have been made.
EASTER LILY ORDERS
We wish to have lilies grace the Chancel Area for our Easter Worship Service, as we celebrate our Lord's Resurrection over sin and death.
To place your Lily Order please complete an order envelope located in the pew envelope holder. Please complete with the number of lilies you are ordering, the person(s) name to whom you are dedicating, if you are contributing to the New Building Fund and your name as you would like it printed in the bulletin. Enclose your money and place the order envelope in the offering plate or drop it by the church office. OR you may click on the link below to place your lily order.
The cost of each lily is $8.00 and the order deadline is Sunday, March 13,2016.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD PROCESSING CENTER 2015
The trip touched me in many ways. First, meeting others on the same mission was very fulfilling. Everyone was so nice. I am very thankful for the opportunity to witness God's love and share it with others. It was truly an awesome experience. Just the thought of imagining a child's face opening the boxes that we touched and prayed over was humbling and exciting. The church service we attended together as a group was so special. Touring the Billy Graham facilities was outstanding. My Christian Walk continues to grow because of this experience. If anyone ever gets the chance to go on this mission trip, grab it, go, and you won't regret it.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY with "FOOD FOR THOUGHT"
Food for Thought is an organization in Toledo that provides volunteer opportunities to serve at a mobile food pantry, warehouse stocking, and also packing lunches on Friday evenings and delivering the lunches on the streets of Toledo on Saturday mornings. You can find out more about the organization at www.feedtoledo.org. The WUMC Youth Group has set two dates for this spring to volunteer with this organization. On April 22 from 5:30-7:30, we will be making sandwiches and packing lunches that will be delivered in Toledo on Saturday morning. Then, on May 14 from 9:15-12:15, we will be delivering lunches in Toledo. The WUMC Youth would like to invite anyone who is interested in volunteering to join us! Please contact Adam or Stephanie Shelton if you are interested.
ZION HOSTS HAM LOAF DINNER
Zion U. M. Church Whitehouse is hosting a Ham Loaf Dinner on February 18 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Price is $8.50 for adults, $3.00 for children under 10 years of age.
ANTHONY WAYNE SPIRIT OF GIVING
Mark your calendars!!! Anthony Wayne Spirit of Giving is excited to announce our 9th annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser. It will be held on February 19th, 2016. The dinner fundraiser will be held from 4:30-8pm in the high school cafeteria. The meal will include a spaghetti dinner (with or without meat), side salad, and homemade desserts donated by many community members.
Tickets are $5 each and can be bought at the door. Dine in, carry out, or drive thru is available just follow the posted signs.
Over the years AWSG has adopted and helped over 20 Anthony Wayne families, and this does not include the one time monetary grants given in the past 9 years to other families in the AW district in need. Please join us on February 19th so we can help more!
Thank you for your on going support!
THE PREGNANCY CENTER of GREATER TOLEDO PRESENTS
Registration is open!
Featuring Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family
March 17 @ Westgate Chapel
$20.00 per person or host a row for $100.