May 2016 Newsletter

Dear Church Family,

 In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 we read, "Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." As a congregation we have much for which to be thankful. We are going to give thanks to God on May 15 as we celebrate our ministry and service during worship. We will then continue our celebration with a potluck meal following worship.

This time of celebration is laying the groundwork for moving forward in faithful ministry and next steps in preparing for the work necessary with a new building. You will not want to miss this special time of worship.

As Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica he instructed the Church to illustrate their life of faith with three actions. We too are being challenged to participate in God's kingdom on earth by being, "joyful always, to never stop praying and to be thankful in every circumstance."

Let us be joyful always as a congregation for the way God is leading us. I am thankful for the May 1-2 with the ministry of Jerry Lucas as he will teach us to unlock our ability to memorize information such as scripture, names and faces, lists, etc. Invite your friends and neighbors to worship this Sunday morning as Jerry preaches about the healthy, Sunday evening at 6:00 pm the teaching is on memorizing lists and Monday evening at 7:00 pm on names and faces. Each of these teachings are good for the whole family as children and youth will be able to apply what they learn in school each day.

I am inviting us all to pray in every circumstance. Pray for our new adult 9:00 am Sunday School class and a 7:00 pm Tuesday night Bible study that will expand on the sermon series on Putting on the Armor of God as described in Ephesians 6:10-18. Pray for our Church Council as they lead us into the next season of faithful service and new life. Pray specifically for God's guidance and wisdom in the areas of communication, developing discipleship small groups and working out all the details of a new building. Pray for the United Methodist Church as the General Conference takes place May 10-20. This general conference has the potential of dividing the denomination as the delegates take on the issue of Homosexuality.

Let's give thanks that God is always with us and will never leave us. May you be blessed as you are joyful always as God is with you, never stop talking with God in prayer, and give thanks continually for God's saving grace.

Pastor Mike  

FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP

Facts, Figures, FYI's 

Giving Statements via Email

If you currently receive a hardcopy of your quarterly giving statement, you may want to consider using our optional and cost saving method of receiving them via email. We simply attach a PDF file to an email, which you may print or file electronically. If you would like to participate in this program or obtain additional information, please contact the Church Office or send an email to watervilleumc@watervilleumc.org.

Also if you are not aware, The Ambassador monthly newsletter and a weekly church news update, affectionately known as the "Friday Blaster" are both sent via email. If you currently do not receive these and would like to, please contact the church office with your email address.

"Loving Provider, help us to save and spend wisely so we can give generously, as You give to us each day. AMEN"

 Prayer from Upper Room, January 2012

Please contact the Tom Wiggins financialsec@watervilleumc.org if you have any questions about anything related to finance or stewardship.  

APRIL STATISTICS

Date                 Worship

Apr.   3                   119

Apr. 10                     187

Apr. 17                    132

Apr. 24                    141

Jerry Lucas To Speak At WUMC

Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 1 and Monday, May 2. Jerry Lucas, known today as Dr. Memory, and before that an Ohio State and professional basketball legend, will be preaching on Sunday morning on the topic of "Improving Family Relationships." On Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m., he will teach a one-hour session entitled "Learning Made Fun and Easy" using his Automatic Learning concepts. Then on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m., Jerry will teach another one-hour session entitled "Names and Faces Made Easy." Jerry will also give his testimony during this session to reach as many as possible. This is a great outreach opportunity to invite friends, neighbors and students to learn with us how to remember scripture, names and faces and the endless lists of things we want to remember.                 

WUMC Family News

Larry Noward is now back at his residence, 2015 Perrysburg-Holland Rd #126 Holland, OH43528.  Welcome Home, Larry!  

WUMC Mail Box

To Waterville United Methodist Church:

Thank you for your prayers and concerns for our Son, Abraham Wiggins.  He is in a much better place emotionally and spiritually through God's grace and through the healing power and love of Christ Jesus.  My family felt your prayers and let there be NO doubt that it made a difference in Abe's battle and recovery all to the glory and name of Jesus.  Our church, Osborne Baptist, was also praying and it was so comforting and humbling to know that so many Saints were joined together in prayer.  It also helped to know that we were not alone in this situation and could ask others to help bear our burden.  

Please do not stop praying for each other, and most importantly, praying for the lost, for the unbelieving and for the enemies of the Church.  It matters.  It makes a difference.  It is a privilege that we as Christians should never take lightly or for granted.  For Jesus said, 19 "Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." (Matthew 18:19-20) 

We also appreciated receiving a card from your church ministry.  It is the little things that often make a big difference and I pray that you will continue in this endeavor to offer comfort to others who are sick or hurting.

We can't thank you enough and just ask that you continue to pray for Abe and for our family as we walk together from this trial in our lives one day at a time.

Take care and God Bless.

Sincerely In Christ,

The Family of Tom Wiggins, Jr. 

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS                

Confirmation Class Members: Caroline Amspaugh, Nick Amspaugh, Blake Hood, Jacob Kahl,Chase Kirby,Hanna Letzring, Caitlin May, Lauren May, Cari Varner, Jake Varner, Kyle Wielgopolski.  Transferring their Membership : Jason, Sandi, and Brad Hood.

Fellowship Hosts Needed

We are in need of two people to host Fellowship Time following the worship service during the month of May.  Signup Sheet is on the bulletin board in the hallway.  

May Mission

 Congratulations and Welcome Back  

Claire Long, our Handbell Director will be returning as director for the next two years.  Claire was awarded a full schlorshipfor her Masters and PHD degrees at BGSU.  Congratulations and we are so glad to have Claire remain our Handbell Director.

May Scripture & Prayer

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble .

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 May.  If you have a prayer request, please feel free to email the Prayer Chainprayers@watervilleumc.org.

 

May Calendar

     Click to view May 2016 Calendar   

Parents Night Out

WUMC is planning a Parents Night Out for Saturday, May 14 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.  Treat yourself to a night out while your children are cared for in a fun, safe environment!  This is a free child care evening for children up thru 6th grade.  We would love for you to invite friends and neighbors to experience our church by having a night out together while your children have a blast with crafts, games, bounce houses, & dinner (pizza &snacks).  Please register by contacting Cara  419-344-2171 (call or text) or cara.m.mcmillan@gmail.com.  Registration required, space is limited to 40 children.  Please spread the word to friends/neighbors!  

Graduation  Sunday  

We will be honoring our graduates during the church service on June 12.  There will be a special slideshow featuring the graduates and cake and punch after the service.  If you are graduating from high school, college, or vocational school, please contact Stephanie Shelton.  If you would like to be included in the slideshow, please send 8-10 photos of yourself at different ages.  The photos should be sent electronically to Stephanie at sshelton171@gmail.com.  Photos need to be received by May 22. 

Waterville Primary Teacher Appreciation Lunch

We will be honoring the 55 teachers and staff at Waterville Primary School on Friday May 27th at 11am.  As before, we will need salads, desserts, and helpers at the school that morning.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway outside of the church offices.  Please consider being part of this outreach ministry.  Thank you!!                                                         

Kroger Community Rewards Program

WUMC Ladies:   

It's time to re-enroll for the new year of Kroger Community Rewards. You need to re-enroll in the month of April in order to continue contributing to WUMC through the May 1st 2016 to April 30th 2017 year. 

For you to re-enroll your card you simply go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com

·         Click "sign-in"

·         Put in your email address and password that you used to enroll your card.

·         Click on your name at the top right, scroll to the bottom for Community Rewards.

·         Put in the group number(#90590) or part of the name of Waterv ille United Methodist Churc h .

·         Choose the Waterville United Methodist Church . 

·         Click Enroll.

You are now enrolled for the May 1st 2016 to April 30th 2017 year of Kroger Community Rewards.

If you are having an issue with your password and or email address pleasecall

1-800-KROGERS, press 5 for customer service, press 5 to speak to a customer service representative.

If it's the first time you are registering, the member will need to set up your account first.

·         For a member to enroll their card you simply go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com

·         Click "create an account"

·         Put in their email address and password.  Confirm their password

·         Enter plus card OR alt ID number

·         Go to Community Rewards (near bottom)

·         Follow through the steps. (Name, address, etc.)

·         Put in the group number or part of the name of the organization.

·         Choose the correct organization. 

·         Click Enroll.

You are now enrolled for the May 1st 2016 to April 30th 2017 year of Kroger Community Reward.  

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party Items

One more box=one more child reached in Jesus name.

What an amazing number of boxes WUMC was able to add to our count by the yearlong collection of items last year and 2016 looks even more amazing.

May items to be on the lookout for are Hygiene Items (handsoap, washcloths, small towels, hairbrushes, combs, deodorant, etc.) 

Look for sale items, but also please remember the items in this box could possibly be the only gift of this sort the child may ever receive.  Lets have items be a quality that can be useful for the child.  The purpose of the shoebox is to grab the child's attention, and let them know there are people that do not even know them, but care for them and will pray for them to come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, not to see how many items we can get into one box.     

A box has been placed by the main enterance for collection of your items.     

Community  Relations Volunteer 

Operation Christmas Child is requesting that all relay collection centers have a representative from their congregation willing to assist as a "Community Relations Volunteer" in their own community.  The volunteer position would entail being willing to contact area schools, civic and service clubs, businesses, Boy and Girl Scout Troops and other community organizations to encourage them to pack shoe boxes. We would then supply them with pamphlets and boxes if they so desire.

Please prayerfully consider the few hours this task would take, while greatly helping expand this outreach. If you have a passion for OCC and have considered helping in some other way, we welcome your prayerful consideration of assistance in this ministry.
Please contact Anne Stevens at 419.367.7379 or the church office.                         

Road Trip                               

If you would be interested in going on the Operation Christimas Child trip to the Charlotte Processing Center, November 28-December 3, 2016, please see Karen Longnecker as soon as possible.  They will be taking 2 buses but space fills up fast.  Reservations need to be sent in soon.     

 

Boy Scout Troop # 101 Flower Sale

Boy Scout Troop # 101 is in the midst of their annual flower sale.  You will find order forms and information sheets on the shelf outside the church office.   You may turn in your order to either Doug Smith, Keith Colyer, the Sisler's, the Kirby's or Craig Varner., or drop it off at theirMonday night meeting in Fellowship Hall from 7-8:30pm.  Flowers will be available for pick up on Saturday, May 7.   

Waterville Rotary Fundraiser

The Waterville Rotary will hold a pancake supper with entertainment by the Children's Choir of Northwest Ohio on Monday, May 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Waterville Primary School.  Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students and are availabe at the door or from any Waterville Rotarian.  Proceeds will support community projects and scholarships.                  

Sincerely,  

Cathy Landis& Janet Poling
Waterville United Methodist Church