June 2016 Newsletter

THE AMBASSADOR 

 Dear Church Family,

Summer is finally upon us. Many of us will be spending more time with family and friends in summer activities. As a Christian we must be careful not to leave God out of our daily journey of faith.

As we conclude the Armor of God series the end of June we are reminded in Ephesians 6:18 to, "Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere." Prayer, our conversation with God, is essential to our faith experience. To continue the emphasis on be spiritually prepared for all that will face in our lives the next study on Sunday morning at 9:00 am and Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm will be a study about prayer entitled War Room.

War Room is a Christian Film released in 2015 that was rated poorly by critics yet became a surprise hit as the Christian community responded in good numbers. A small group study has been developed to apply the power of prayer to our daily lives. For those who will be gone many weekends this summer the Tuesday evening study of War Room is a great way to stay in community with other believers and learn how to deepen our understanding and practice of prayer.

Prayer is a critical part of our relationship with God. Sometimes we get stuck in our journey of faith. Do you feel stuck in your walk with God? It is easy to get stuck. In September there will be several small groups offering the five-week study entitled UNSTUCK. This study is facilitated with a video teaching by nationally recognized pastors and teachers with study guides for every participant. You will not want to miss this study.

Finally, continue to pray for our congregation daily. We need the prayers of one another as we strive to serve God faithfully. Just as Paul wrote to several churches, pray at all times, pray without ceasing, pray in the spirit, be persistent in your prayers for all believers. We need the prayers of one another to stand firm in our faith and to continue to grow in our relationship with God and one another.

May God bless your relationship with God and others,

Pastor Mike 

WUMC FAMILY NEWS

Hospitalized:

Rob Greenlese, Ron Peyton  

Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy:

for the family and friends of Audrey Entenman who passed away on May 14.   

For the family and friends of Charles P. Duck Jr., father of Priscilla Bersee who passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016.   

                         

Welcome Dr. Roger Hertzman

 Dr. Roger Hertzman was baptized and welcomed into membership on May, 22, 2016.  

Graduation Sunday

"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans".  Proverbs 16:3

High School Graduates:

Malachi Lipinski is graduating from Anthony Wayne High School.  He will be attending Owens Community College and will be working for his brother's landscaping company. 

Mikael Lipinski is graduating from Anthony Wayne High School.  He will be attending Owens Community College and will be working for his brother's landscaping company.  

Madeline Lockyer is graduating from Maumee Valley Country Day School.  She will be attending Kenyon College with a major in Chinese and International Business and a Studio Art Minor.  Madeline will also be playing field hocky for Kenyon.

Emily May is graduating from Anthony Wayne High School. Emily will be attending Bowling Green State University with a major in Visual Communication Technology.

Savannah Rothhaas is graduating from Anthony Wayne High School.  Savannah will be attending Hillsdale College.

Zach Sisler is graduating from Anthony Wayne High School.  Zach will be attending University of Cincinnati with a major in Engineering.  He also plans to go on a two-week hiking trip to Philmont in New Mexico with the Scouts this summer.

College Graduates: 

Nikki (Westfall) Fellhauer graduated from University of Michigan with a Master's degree in Business Administration.

Claire Long graduated from Bowling Green State University with a major in Athletic Training.  She plans to attend BGSU to earn a Master's of Education degree with a specilization in Kinesiology.  She will also be working as the certified athletic trainer for the BGSU gymnastics and cross-country teams.  
Maggie (Long) Hayes graduated from Washington Lee University, School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree.  she will be working for a law firm and obtaining her Master's degree on-line.

Lucy Rothhaas graduated from Hillsdale College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science.    

WUMC MAIL BOX

Ladies of Waterville U. M. Church,

Thank you so kindly for the greeting and blessing as I approach my 95th mile marker.  I never thought I would live these many years as the Lorduses me to share His love to others. 

Also, I thank you for the encouraging message of Psalm 90:12 Just what I needed for today.

Ponder the word church as used in the new testament with its Greek connotation, which I am sure your Pastor has high-lighted in sermons.  The word is derived from two Greek words:

"out of" , and "the called".  Therefore, the new testament meaning of the word church is the "called out ones".  Ponder its depth.

Yours because His,

W. H. Wilson     

 

Unending Love

I looked out the window and saw the roses,

I looked up, and saw the sun;

I breathed, and felt God's Holy Presence-

All surrounding me with love.

 

Reflecting on His faithfulness,

Moments don themselves with joy;

That which seemed so discouraging

Now reverberates with poise.

 

I know my sufficiency is not of self-

Because His Word has told me so;

Now I rest on His unchanging Grace,

Until I see His Smiling Face.

 

Don't be discouraged, one with heavy heart-

He who feeds the sparrow will also

End your plight.

So be strong in the Lord and the Power of His Might-

A better day is coming when all will be Heavenly Bright!

Hallelujah!!

 

Warren H. Wilson - 11/15/2012

   PRAYER CHAIN 

Following each Scripture Reading are the names of our WUMC family. 

Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of June.  

If you have a prayer request, please contact: 

prayers@watervilleumc.org.

Drivers Needed

One of our ministries is the transporting of Browning Masonic Home residents to our Sunday morning worship service. We need three additional drivers to fill out the driving rotation and to provide substitutes when needed. Prayerfully consider if God is calling you for this ministry. Contact Pastor Mike if you have any questions.                           

Wayward Walkers Invites You

 Do you want to get out and walk but don't have anyone to walk with or direction?   Join Charlene Hansen on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at the church starting on June 2.  Each week we will walk in a different location.  We will start walking around the neighborhoods, branch out to Farnsworth Park, Fallen Timbers Mall and Park Area (not all at the same time).  Walk at your own pace and as far as you want to go.  Grap your tennis shoes,dog, baby buggy, family  and let's get walking!   

Please contact Charlene Hansen 419-277-2779 with questions.   

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.

OCC Packing Party June Items

                              
 Our "stash of packing party items" is growing by leaps and bounds thanks to you.   For the month of June we would like you to be on the lookout for toys and games, so put your God-given shopping talents to good use and fill our collection basket at the main ENTRANCE.    

Let's see what interesting finds you bring in - and oh how we wish we could play with the items ourselves but better not!                           

Waterville Community Vacation Bible School

will be held from Sunday, July 10 to Thursday July 14 from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church.  All children ages 4 through compleged 6th grade are encouraged to attend.  Space is limited this year and only advance registrations will be accepted.  If you have any questions or would like to volunteer during the week, please contact Stephanie Shelton at 567-202-5035. 

Volunteers Needed                            
Stephanie Shelton is looking forsome helpers to prepare craft materials for VBS.  The work which would involve cutting, organizingsupplies, etc. can be done at home.  If you are interested, please contact Stephanie at sshelton171@gmail.com. or 567-202-5035.

VBS Craft Items Needed

VBS is just around the corner, here is a list of some of the craft items thatwill be needed:

Egg Cartons, Cool Whip Containers, washable Crayola markers, Elmers glue sticks,  plastic milk or juice caps, grey or silver duck tape and black Sharpie markers. .

Youth Garage Sale

WUMC will host a garage sale at the Shelton House located at 171 Freedom Lane during Waterville Community Garage Sales , June 9-11 from 9:00 am til 4:00 pm.  Donated items can be dropped off at the Shelton House on June 7 & 8 .  The Youth are also in need of donations of bottled water, cans of pop, bags of chips, hot dogs, hot dog buns, snow cone flavoring and baked goods.        

Outreach Opportunity

A friend and neighbor of the Galton's,  Becky Ohm will be going in for her 5th and 6th chemo reatment.  She will follow up with radiation and surgery.  Becky is the mother of 3 small children and her husband is a pilot, who is frequently away on work trips.  Becky has a great support system that has set up mealtrain.com/59zq6z.  If you are interested in making a meal for the Ohm family, please refer to the meal train address.  You can also follow Becky's story on Caringbridge.com.

The Young Swedish Singers In Concert

The Young Swedish Singers, a 34 member gospel singing group from Hassleholm, Skane, Sweden, will appear in concert at Conrad Park in Waterville next to the public Library (hosted by Zion Lutheran Church) on Sunday, July 3 at 10:00am. If you have questions or need more information please call Zion at 419-878-0266. The group's tour includes stops in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio from June 16 - July 3, 2016.

This youth choir, founded by Director Birgitta Roslund in 1991, comes from a very musical Lutheran church in the far south of Sweden. Choir members range in age from teenagers to young adults. This is their sixth tour in fourteen years.

The Young Swedish Singers' concert, sung mostly in English, will include gospel, hymns, and Swedish folk music. The choir will make sixteen church appearances and participate in two Swedish festivals. Along the way, the choir members will be hosted by approximately 300 families who enjoy the cultural exchange.

Another important part of the tour is enjoying interesting local sights along the way, including shopping opportunities. Choir members have raised funds to cover both their airfare to the U.S. and the coach bus transportation. Sales of their two CD's helps to defer those costs. All offering income received during the tour will benefit Shepherd's Canyon Retreat, a non-profit ministry providing counseling retreats for clergy and their spouses.

www.shepherdscanyonretreat.org

Also we are looking for a few more host families to accommodate 2-3 singers on Saturday night July 2 and bring them to the concert on Sunday. If you would be interested in this or need more information please call Karen at Zion Monday-Friday at 419-878-0266. Thank you.