Dear Waterville Church Family,
In Andy Stanley's book, How GOOD is good enough? he raises the question of what people think is the way to heaven. In most, if not all world religions there is the general theme that to get into heaven one must be a good person, living a good life and doing the good that is required by the religious leaders.
The question everyone faces when there is a health scare, the death of a family member or friend is this, when I die will I go to heaven? And tells the story of his wife feeling a need to talk to her 90-year-old grandmother about heaven. Sandra's grandmother was the ultimate good person. If anyone was good enough to get into heaven it would be her. She attended church regularly, loved others and all the other things we would look for in a good person. When asked if she would go to heaven the response was "I hope so."
If being a good person gets one into heaven, then one would think that there would be a confidence of entering heaven within the ultimate good person. The reality is being a good person in this world is no guarantee of entering heaven. This confidence and inner peace only comes to a person who intimately knows God. As Christians, we are convinced that the only path to knowing God is through Jesus Christ.
What is your confidence level if your life would end today? Matthew 5:20 states, "But I warn you-unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!" What Jesus is teaching us here is that those who are self-righteous, thinking they are good enough, is not enough. Our righteousness must be based upon our relationship with God. God's Holy Spirit will direct our lives and as we follow where the Spirit leads God will declare us righteous.
We read in Matthew 6:33, "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need." Living righteously is much more than doing the right things. It is living our lives according to God's standards and truth. We cannot work our way into heaven. By seeking the kingdom of God above all else we learn more and more about living righteously.
Back to the question, what is your confidence level that you will go to heaven? Would you like your confidence level to be 100%? The only way is to accept the gift of grace God gave the world in Jesus. For it is being convinced of our salvation through Jesus, then living as God directs, growing each day in understanding of what it is to live as a disciple of Jesus.
One activity that God expects of every Christian is that of sharing this gift of grace with other people in our lives. Do you have someone in your life that is deceived by the world view that if they live a good life then they will go to heaven? Maybe it is time to have a conversation like Sandra had with her grandmother. The sooner the better that they may live as long as possible as a confident believer and disciple of Jesus.
May the peace of God be upon you as you live in the inner peace that only comes in an active, ever growing relationship with God.
FINANCE and STEWARDSHIP
Facts, Figures and FYI's
Thank you for your generosity and willingness to share your financial resources. May God continue to bless each of you and this congregation, as we work together doing His work of sharing the good news with others.
Summer Giving: Historically our General Fund giving normally drops off during the summer months as many of us are out of town on vacations or away enjoying other summer-time activities. Unfortunately expenses continue each month regardless of the amount of income we receive, so we ask you to please consider this issue and the timeliness of your contributions.
Quarterly Statements: Your 2nd Quarter Giving Statements will be emailed on Wednesday July 6. For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pick-up on Sunday, July 10 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.
WUMC FAMILY NEWS!
Hospitalized: Rob Greenlese , Cleveland Clinic
Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy: for the family and friends of Tena Golding who passed away on June 12 ,2016.
Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy: for the families Steve and Barb Crandall, Cara & Brian McMillan and Kelly & Brian Wittenmyer on the passing of Steve's mother Marjorie J. Crandall on June 28.
Congratulations to the New Parents of Dane Hudson Lipinski who was born on June 15th to Bronson and Callan Lipinski. Grandparents are Frank and Robin Lipinski and Great Grandparents were Bill and Jean LaRue and Don and Audrey Enteman.
I have so many things to thank this church for - where do I begin? Thank you so much for the book, the wonderful flowers and the senior reception, it was amazing. Lastly, I would like to thank the church for allowing me to use the fellowship hall for my graduation party, it was perfect.
Dear Char Pritchett and Pastor Denman,
I am writing to thank you and the congregation of Waterville United Methodist Church for the delicious lunch you all provided to our teachers and staff last Friday. The food and fellowship were a perfect ending to an extremely successful school year. We all really appreciate your support and thoughtfulness. It was a blessing to have you here with us.
The Staff of Waterville Primary
Sunday School Children do their part to send Teens On Mission Trip.
This is a picture of the Goody Bags that the Sunday School children designed as their last "Project with a Purpose." The bags were filled with snacks, water bottle, and notepad/pen (journal) for the youth and leaders to take on their trip to Indy.
Mission Focus for July 2016
School Kits - For several years WUMC has gathered items for school kits that give children in impoverished communities and refugee camps some of the basic tools for learning. For July we will again be asking for your help in donating items from the list below.
School Kit Materials:
1 pair blunt scissors: Round tip only, No plastic scissors please.
3 pads of paper: Spiral or top-bound pads, 150 sheets or less of loose-leaf paper can be substituted for 1 pad, combination of spiral, top-bound, side-bound or loose-leaf paper is acceptable.
1 hand held pencil sharpener: must be at least 1 inch long, remove from packaging.
1 30-centimneter ruler : Hard or flexible, cartoon characters are acceptable, no advertisements please.
6 unsharpened pencils: no advertisements, religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols, please. Cartoon characters are acceptable.
1 2 inch or larger-size eraser: no advertisements, religious, patriotic, military, or camouflage symbols,please. Cartoon characters are acceptable.
1 24 count box of crayons: Only 24 count boxes, please.
Here is a brief story of a family in Columbus, Ohio who benefited from your previous generosity:
A caseworker had brought school kits to his client Jacqueline, a single mother of five from the Congo, who had recently settled in Columbus. Navigating single motherhood presents extra challenges for Jacqueline as she transitions to life in the US. Receiving school kits for each of her children meant that Jacqueline had one less thing to worry about. "Their eyes were so happy when they pulled everything out of the bags. The kids were sitting on the floor together going through the items, and they all looked up at me and smiled." Something as simple as a notebook and a pencil means that a family's children will be prepared to go to school and learn English, propelling them towards a meaningful future.
Thanks to a family in this congregation, we already have over 100 cloth bags that will be used to hold these school items. Let's see if we can collect enough items to fill allthe available bags!
Your support makes a tremendous difference in the lives of so many people both here at home and round the world. Each kit represents a person whose life will be changed because of the simple items contained within.
JULY SCRIPTURE READING 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 July.
If you have a prayer request, please feel free to cntact the Prayer Chain:
WATERVILLE COMMUNITY VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
CAVE QUEST FOLLOWING JESUS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
will be held from Sunday, July 10 to Thursday, July 14 from
6:15- 8:30 p.m. All children ages 4 through completed 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.
July Operation Christmas Child Packing Party Items
One more box=one more child reached in Jesus name.
Thank you so much for the items you have brought in. What an amazing job you are doing sniffing out and finding great buys and items that the children will love to receive.
July targeted items are clothing items, socks, underware, flip flops , shoes, especially summer clothing that is on sale.
On with the shopping - we only have four and a half short months before the packing party begins!
Several bits of information concerning Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry .
First of all there will be some new boxes this coming year - we have purchased "big bro boxes" that are actually 3 inches wider to accommodate spiral ring notebooks and or coloring/activity books . 100 of these boxes have been purchased to accompany the red and green box supply that we get at no charge from Samaritan's Purse. As always, you may always use your own boxes , however if you feel this may be a help to you when packing we ask that you use them sparingly so that others in our church family may have the opportunity to get one also. The white larger (more heavy-duty) boxes this year will only be what we have left over from prior years - those are not being manufactured any longer.
Secondly, OCC has given us the opportunity to purchase bars of soap from an organization called "Soap for a Clean World" (This is an organization that recycles partially used soap and makes it into bars and sends to countries to assist in preventing the spread of diseases and those that may actually die from hygiene and sanitation related illnesses each year) 200 bars have been purchased for WUMC- so keep that in mind while preparing to pack - these will be available to our church family .
One last item to keep in mind, this year hard candy and toothpaste are definitely allowed in our shoeboxes, however because of increasing customs regulations making it increasingly difficult to get these items into some countries - next year 2017 collection - hard candy and toothpaste will not be allowed.
Interesting! It's just never too early to start thinking about packing shoeboxes!
Collection week this year is November 14-21.
PATRIOTIC CONCERT - Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church will be sponsoring The Young Swedish Singers in a patriotic concert in Conrad Park on Sunday, July 3 at 10:00 a.m. If you have questions, you may call Karen (of Zion) at 419-878-0266.
VBS Dinner on July 12 at 5:30 - Our church's night to feed the VBS volunteers and their families (around 75-100 people)! Individuals are needed to make a crock pot of sloppy joes, cheesy potatoes, cookies. Or you can sign up to provide hamburger buns, individual bags of chips, paper plates, napkins, or forks. We also will need 4 volunteers to serve the dinner at Zion Lutheran on July 12th. Contact Stephanie Shelton at 567-202-5035 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping.