August 2016 Newsletter

Dear Church Family,

Have you ever asked yourself this question; is my relationship with God what I want it to be? Another question, is God please with your relationship with him? If you answered no to either of these questions what are you doing in your life to be able answer both questions with a yes.

As we read the gospels we discover several different ways Jesus taught His first disciples how to be in relationship with God.

Jesus called his disciples. You and I are also called by God's Holy Spirit to a relationship with God in Christ.

After calling the first disciples Jesus went about teaching them to ultimately take over His ministry. Jesus created the original small group in which to entrust the gospel truth. Being a part of a small group has many benefits. One is the ever growing love for each other.

Another is the trust that each member has the others best interest at heart. The members of a group can hold one another accountable in living out the faith and in growing in the faith.

Keep watch for small groups as they develop for the fall. One small group experience will be Loving Generously. I hope everyone attending our church will be a part of this 5-week small group experience which will begin in mid-October and conclude in late November. Disciples of Jesus are known by their love for one another which is at the heart of small groups.

 Jesus often would demonstrate the power of God through signs and wonders. It was not uncommon for Jesus to teach and demonstrate the way of a disciple then send His disciples out to serve through the same power with signs and wonders. One of the common struggles for us as disciples is the going out and doing what God is teaching in the season of life we find ourselves in.

Our daughter Kristin tells of the youth group trip in which the youth were taught a spiritual truth in the morning and then being dropped off in Chicago to practice what she had learned. One of the lessons taught how to begin a conversation with a person that would ultimately lead to discovery as to their faith in Christ. Our family enjoys fishing. Kristin went into a city park and began a conversation with a person who was fishing off of a bridge. Before the afternoon was done Kristin was fishing with the young man and discovered he was unchurched.

Any of us who live by faith in Jesus will be taught and then have the opportunity to put the lesson into practice. Jesus sent first disciples out to practice their lesson. As Jesus's disciples today are we willing to practice what Jesus is teaching?

 Pastor Mike

July Statistics

       Date                 Worship

July 3                    90

July 10                  116

July 17                   97

July 24                   87




PRAYERS OF CHRISTIAN HOPE AND COMFORT: for the family of Dave Landis at the passing of his step-mother, Barb Landis.  Memorial service was held on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

PRAYERS OF CHRISTIAN HOPE AND COMFORT for the Kenneth Wiggins family on his passing on July 24, 2016.  Kenneth is the father of Tom Wiggins and grandfather of Lara Eisel..


Dear Sisters and Brothers at Waterville UMC,

Thank you so much for your recent donation.  Your generosity will help us to continue to care for the young girls who come to our recovery home in Wood County.  In the last four years, we have helped 12 girls between the ages of 13 and 17, begin their life-long journey of healing.  It is unthinkable that girls, especially this young, suffer physical and sexual abuse by sex traffickers but we are so glad that we are part of the solution to this horrific crime that ravages children around the world and in our own communities; Toledo, Perrysburg, Maumee and even Pemberville.  Thank you for being a part  of The Daughter Project family.

Upcoming events for The Daughter Project. Anything you can do to help us raise awareness and to encourage participation will be a great blessing.

Friday, July 29, 7 pm at Emmanual Baptist Church - "Nefarious' screening - details and free "ticket" reservations online. This is a supremely well-made, shocking and inspirational documentary about sex trafficking around the world and in the U. S. We hope to have the EBC sanctuary full with 800 people.

Saturday, August 27 from 9am to 1pm at Emmanuel Christian School - Sex Trafficking Overview Training details and free registration on the "get involved/training page of our website.  This is a training event we offer four times per year for anyone who wants to learn more about sex trafficking and TDP.

Saturday, November 19, 7pm at the Stranahan Theater -'5th Annual Smile for Freedom' comedy show fundraiser with Chonda Pierce.  This is our signature awareness/fundraising event.  Tickets are available for purchase on our website; or at The Stranahan Theater.

Serving God by serving others,

Jeff & Diana Wilbarger

Director, The Daughter Project

Dear WUMC,    

Your kind expression of sympathy is deeply appreciated and gratefully acknowledged by the family of Tena Golding.  Thank you very much for the good food and your kindness shown to our family.

Ed Golding        

Dear Church Family,

At long last, I am out of the hospital and recuperating at home.  I want to sincerely thank you for all your prayers, thoughts, cards and concerns.  A special thanks to Pastor Mike who checked in on me and prayed with me.  Also, special thanks to the Women's Ministry for the thoughts and cards.  And, of course, to all in the congregation who sent cards and prayers.  The power of prayer is real.  I felt it and am thankful and grateful to all.

May God bless you all,

Rob Greenlese      



  Click here to view August 2016 Calendar


Mission Focus for August 2016

Hygiene Kits: For several years WUMC has gathered items for hygiene kits that make a difference between sickness and health for struggling families.  For August we will again be asking for your help in donating items from the list below:

Health Kit Materials:

1 hand towel 15x25 inches to 17x27 inches

1 washcloth

1 comb - Comb needs to be sturdy and longer than 6 inches. No pocket combs or picks, Rattial combs and combs withouthandles are acceptable with a minimum of 6 inches of teeth.

1 metal nail file or nail clippers  No emery boards, please

1 bath-sized soap 3 oz. and larger sizes only, No Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content, Do not remove the original packaging.

1 toothbrush Adult size only.  Do not remove from original packaging.

6 adhesive bandages  3/4 inch to 1 inch size. Common household Band-Aids.

Here is a brief story of how some of your previous generosity was used.

At two orphanges in Sierra Leone, you have made it possible for 78 kids to have an easier,

more pleasant morning routine.  What does that mean?   Rolling out of bed excited to go to school because you get to use your new toothbrush and towel.  Feeling clean, confident, and focused when sitting in class because of a washcloth and a new nailclipper that got rid of a pesky hangnail.  Getting a warm feeling when walking back to your room knowing that even though you don't have parents, there are some people whom you've never met that loved you enough to give you a gift that mattered and expected nothing in return.

Your simple work and a few extra dollars at your next grocery store visit have brought more than hygiene kits.  You have carried light into darkness.  You have lit up two orphanages with smiles, from the youngest child who received her first toothbrush to the orphanage staff members feeling less overwhelmed with the needs of the children around them.

Your support makes a tremedous difference in the lives of so many people both here at home and around the world.  Each kit represents a person whose life will be changed because of the simple items contained within.   


August Operation Christmas Child Packing Party Items

   Remember the excitement of getting new school supplies, crayons, pencils, erasers, rulers- all the pretty colors, and imagining how and what masterpieces  you would create with them....well children today are still excited to recieve these same items.

AugustPacking Party items are school supplies.  So shoppers you have been given your assignment , go shopping and do yourself proud by filling up our baskets. You will be glad you did.                              

Theater For The World Presents

No Ordinary Christmas Miracle

is a musical-comedy that celebrates the Spirit of Christmas through the collective faith of a church choir and the sharing of their talents to save the local Angel Shelter, a homeless shelter housed in the old sanctuary of the WUMC.

The story unfolds when the church choir is confronted with the news that due to a dwindling congregation and the ensuing budget cuts, the WUMC Church Council has no option but to make the heart-wrenching decision to close the Angel Shelter at the end of the year. Seeing that many of the shelter volunteers, including the founding members, are active members of the choir, the idea of putting on a show, reminiscent of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland movies, in order to raise enough funds to keep the shelter doors open, becomes reality.

This family-friendly show has many fun characters, lots of physical and situational comedy, some familiar Christmas carols and hymns and even a few original musical numbers. Most importantly, there is the underlying message that when we give our time and talents to God, there are no limits on what He can do with what we offer. It will take a miracle to save the Angel Shelter, but God is in the business of making miracles happen!