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?
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WUMC FAMILY NEWS
HOSPITALIZED: Jim Simpson, UTMCU.
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; thedaughterproject.org or at The Stranahan Theater.
Serving God by serving others,
Jeff & Diana Wilbarger
Director, The Daughter Project
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.
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,
AUGUST SCRIPTURE READING AND PRAYER