April 2016 Newsletter

Dear Church Family,

In the Gospel of John, Jesus teaches that when he has returned to God following his resurrection that the counselor, the Holy Spirit would teach God's truth to His disciples, John 14:25-26. Another promise is that the Holy Spirit would remind the disciples of all that Jesus taught.

The Holy Spirit continues to do this same work in us. There are countless testimonies of prisoners of war, kidnap victims and those jailed for their faith surviving their ordeal through the Holy Spirit reminding them of scripture they had memorized during their faith journey.

One of the keys to God being with us is growing in the knowledge and memorization of scripture. Do you ever struggle in remembering a particular verse of scripture, or while in the service of our Lord remembering a name of a person who you are serving? I have and I know others as well struggle remembering.

To this end we have invited Mr. Jerry Lucas known today as Dr. Memory and before that an Ohio State and professional basketball legend. Jerry will be with us May 1st and 2nd. Please note Jerry will not be talking about his basketball career.

On Sunday morning May 1st, Mr. Lucas will preach the morning sermon entitled "Improving Family Relationships". 

Sunday evening at 6:00 pm Jerry will teach a one-hour session entitled, "Learning Made Fun and Easy" using his Automatic Learning concepts.  In this session Jerry teaches how to remember lists forwards and backwards, many educational applications and the Word of God, all automatically. 

Monday evening at 7:00 pm Jerry will teach another one-hour session entitled, "Names and Faces Made Easy."  This is a skill that helps all in attendance.  This session has been a great outreach into communities for people who normally don't come to church. Everyone wants to learn how to remember names and faces.  Jerry will give his testimony during this session to reach as many as possible.

This is a great outreach opportunity to invite friends, neighbors, students to learn with us how to remember scripture, names and faces and the endless list of things we want to remember but sometimes struggle.

May God's blessings be upon you as we continue to impact our community with the Gospel of Jesus, our Savior and our Lord.

Pastor Mike

 

FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP
Facts, Figures, FYI's

 

     Date    Worship

Mar 6       146

Mar 13      150

Mar 20      165

Mar 27      209

Quarterly Statements: Your 1st Quarter Giving Statements will be emailed on Saturday, April 9. For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pick up on Sunday, April 10 on the shelf outside the Church Office.

           "Money is an excellent gift of God answering the noblest of ends"                                                                    John Wesley

Please contact Tom Wiggins if you have any questions. (419) 878-5503 or financialsec@watervilleumc.org.

 APRIL PRAYER & FASTING

The next day of Prayer & Fasting , as called for by our Bishop, will be Friday, April 1st.  This month's theme will be the Resurrection.  There are bulletins located on the Prayer Table at the front of the sanctuary with suggested readings, prayers and hymns for that day.               

GENERAL CONFERENCE UPDATE

The General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which meets once every four years. It is the only body that can set official policy and speak for the denomination. The General Conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. The nearly 900 delegates are elected by annual conferences around the world to attend General conference. Half of the delegates are laity, half are clergy. On May 10-20, 2016, the next General Conference of The United Methodist church will meet in Portland, Oregon. The General Conference now has an app in the Apple App or the Google Play store for your phone or tablet. Search under "United Methodist General Conference" to follow the proceedings later this Spring.

WELCOME our new custodian!! We are pleased to announce that Arthur Meade has been hired as the new custodian for Waterville United Methodist Church.  Welcome to the church staff.              

 WUMC FAMILY MAIL


Dear Quilting Ladies,

Thank you so much for the prayer quilt.  It is beautiful and for all the prayers.  God is good, all the prayers brought Everliegh thru surgery!!  You are an amazing group of ladies! I appreciated all your prayers and kindness to get us thru our difficult time.  Everliegh lays on the blanket and says "Awe" every time.

Thanks again,

Brea Fisher

P.S. Everliegh is doing amazing after surgery and healing well! 

Bless you from the bottom of my oh-so-thankful heart.Your kindness was so thoughtful.

Dear Friends,

It's very rare to find a ministry so faithful as yours.  I feel blessed to benefit fromyour ministry.  Thank you for the card and the many prayers that went with it.  It made all the difference for my recovery.  Cuddling in the quilt helps too. 

With gratitude,

Teena Scheub

RECENT SERVICE

Ted Myers did an audio recording of Rev. Jim Stewart's portion of Fritzie Schifferly's funeral service.  This may be heard by going to the church's website, www.watervilleumc.org, and selecting "Recent Services."  You will also find a link there to connect you with the entire service.      

B & B Bible Study

The Thursday morning B & B Bible Study is starting a new book following Easter.  They have decided to go with a classic!  Beginning on Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 a.m. in the side room at Papoo's Restaurant in Whitehouse, they will be reading from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.  This book provides thought-provoking meditations to cultivate a closer walk with God. Readers can gain a fresh perspective on how to grow in faith as they discover more about God and their relationship to Him.  All are welcome to join this co-ed group to share in the Bible, a delicious breakfast and fellowship.     

A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR PRAYER

A new ministry open to everyone has formed in our church!   We are starting a Prayer Time on Sunday mornings from 9-10:00, just before the Worship Service, and would like to invite everyone who is interested, no matter your age, to join us. We are going to gather in the Sanctuary and, making use of a Prayer Kit compiled by Alaire Rothhaas plus some other resources, pray scripture as a group for that hour.   There will be many things to pray for: the Worship Service and all its participants; WUMC and all its various components; our community and all its divisions; the AW School community, students, teachers, etc.; our county, state, and country and the multitude of issues facing us in this regard. Besides, whatever other things God places on your heart that morning, whether they be personal and private or larger and general.   Though we are together as a group, we will each be praying individually however God leads.   This is a new adventure for us and we are following the instruction from Luke in Acts 4:24 - "Then all the believers were united as they lifted their voices in prayer." We profess ourselves to be a praying church, so this is just another element to increase that commitment to touch others, reach across barriers, and seek God's mission for this congregation. If you have any questions, please call Karen Wiggins (419-350-1211). Or perhaps you would simply like to come and observe the group for a time or two. Remember, this is new to all of us, but we are aiming for it to be a blessing and the start of a renewal both within and without the walls of WUMC. 

APRIL SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER

Prayer Chain

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 April.

If you have a prayer request, please feel free to email the Prayer Chain: prayers@watervilleumc.org

 

APRIL WUMC CALENDAR

Click to View April 2016 Calendar

 

 "Project with a Purpose"

Children's Sunday School

Outreach Ministry

Throughout the year, the children at WUMC, participate in numerous

"Projects with a Purpose." A "Project with a Purpose" is an outreach project that the kids create to bless others in our church, our community, or the world. Some of the projects the children have completed are making Rainbow Loom bracelets and fleece puppets for the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes; Valentines for Veterans; Thank You cards to our local firemen and police officers; Treat Bags & Bible Verse cards to the Youth for the Mission Trip; Designed Wells to Collect Coins for African Well;

Pen Pal letters and Scripture Pictures to residents at Browning Masonic Community.

If you have any questions about these projects or have ideas for future projects, please contact Stephanie Shelton at 567-202-5025 or sshelton171@gmail.com. 

   

BELL CHOIR DIRECTOR  

Seeking multi-octave Bell Choir Director for the Waterville United Methodist Church.  Rehearsals are once a week with Sunday morning Worship approximately once per month.  All interested parties should send name and contact information to : Email: pastormike@watervilleumc.org with Bell Choir in subject line or mail to WUMC, attn: Bell Choir Director Position, 102 N. Fifth Street, Waterville, OH43566, no later than May 1st, 2016.

Compensation negotiable based upon experience and qualifications.

Theatre For The World

Thank you so much for supporting our recent show, Harmony Romances.  We are extremely grateful for all the volunteers that helped us pull things together.  Another successful show, with record numbers of patrons on Sunday and a record number of grocery donations.  God is good!  At the time of this printing, we do not have a final number concerning our monetary donations. TFTW is currently the mission focus for the month of March; however, we are certain many families will benefit from your support.    We will update everyone in the near future with the final results as well as provide some information concerning our Christmas musical.  We are very excited about the show, but more importantly, we are anxious to see what God can do with our efforts to help people around the world.   Please keep TFTW in your prayers.  Thank you and God bless!    

By the way, see below..............

Encore!   Encore!   Encore!


For those of you who were in warmer locations or not able to see Harmony Romances by Ron Hill, you have one more chance!  On April 24th we will be having a potluck dinner in Fellowship Hall with the meal starting at 6:15pm, followed by a recorded presentation of this year's play in the sanctuary at 7:00pm. So mark your calendars! In addition, if you require child care, please contact the Church Office, Terry Myers or Tom Wiggins by Sunday, April 21st so arrangements can be made. Watch for more details in the coming weeks. 

Note: Recommended audience is for middle school age and above.

 

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! There is a signup sheet on the bulletin board in the main hallway.  Please contact Adam or Stephanie Shelton if you have any questions.                 

Our Packing Party for Operation Christmas Child

Shoeboxes was such a success last year that we would like to continue it this year.  So, for the month of April, we are asking you to purchase stuffed animals.  Anne Stevens has placed a box by the main entrance for your donations.

Women's Retreat Friday, April 8th, 5:30pm to Saturday April 9th, 4:30pm

Join us as we take our Bible study deeper with Faithful, Abundant True - a rich resource from Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer, and Beth Moore!

Registration is at 5:30 p.m. The Retreat begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Cost is $25 and includes appetizers Friday, continental breakfast Saturday, box lunch, and snacks on Saturday.

 All women are welcome. 

For more information, call the church at 419-382-6722, or go to the retreat webpage. 

Location Name: Church of The Cross

Location Address:1750 Eastgate Rd., Toledo OH 43614

Contact: Jane Raab

Email: office@cotcumc.com

Price: $25

 

Children's Choir of Northwest Ohio Presents:

I AM YOU, AND YOU ARE ME, AND WE ARE ONE 

Sunday, April 10th, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Maumee Performing Arts Center

Featuring 13 ABC Personality Tony Geftos

Come see Mia Przybylski and the Children's Choir of Northwest Ohio in concert.

Broadway Night

First Presbyterian Church of Waterville is hosting a BROADWAY NIGHT on April 14th at 7 p.m. to benefit the Anthony Wayne Community Food Ministry.  Join us for an evening of entertainment and song to benefit a great cause.     

The Waterville Playshop presents . . .

Children of Eden" is the theatrical portrayal of Genesis with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, who has written many other musicals, most notably Pippin and Wicked. 

The show begins with the creation of Eden and features the stories of Adam and Eve, Abel and Cain, and Noah's Ark.  It should be noted, however, that Children of Eden takes creative license and does not strictly adhere to the Bible.

The show is under the direction of Inge Klopping with Matt Zwyer as music director and Tracy Wilson and Angela Hampton as choreographers. The cast includes Joe Barton as Father, Jarrod Alexander as Adam, Sarah Stierman as Eve, Tyler Cowdrey as Cain, Jonathan Crawford as Abel, Trevor Gill-Snow as Seth, David Dysard as Noah, Sarah Pettee as Mamma Noah, Mikey Del Vecchio as Japheth, Katie Trumbull as Yonah, Catherine Burns as Aphra, Bradley King as Shem, Sarah Dysard as Aysha, Andy Dysard as Hem, Ben Bascuk as Young Cain and Lucas Patterson as Young Abel.  In all there are 40 wonderfully-talented people in our cast.

Performances are at the Maumee Indoor Theater on April 15 and 16 at 8 pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm.  If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please visit www.watervilleplayshop.org.     Tickets may also be purchased at the door, pending availability.