September 2016 Newsletter

Dear Waterville Church Family, 

In Paul's letter to the church in Philippi we read, "Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ's return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy. (Philippians 2:16-18)" Paul is encouraging the believers in Philippi to hold onto the word of life, that is the gospel of Christ.

When you reflect on your love and relationship with God do you ask yourself if you are holding firmly onto the word of life? In other words, are we living by God's truth? Paul is saying that as we hold onto God's word of life we will be faithful servants and we will rejoice.

One of the keys to experiencing God's joy in our lives is knowing without doubt that we are serving God when and where he calls us to serve. This service of God takes on many forms. One is the way we serve other Christians, meeting their needs, loving unconditionally lifting one another up in prayer and the list goes on.

We also serve God as we serve the needy around us, the hungry, the poor, the homeless, the imprisoned, either in body or spirit.

There are so many places to serve God. Where is your place and are you serving God in that place? God often calls us to serve sacrificially for the benefit of others. It is in the sacrifice that we often get caught and will choose not to serve. The result is we miss out on the joy of God that comes when we serve and sacrifice as we faithfully follow the leading of God's Holy Spirit.

I am reminded of images of great service and sacrifice in reflecting upon the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks upon our nation. Images of first responders running into the twin towers to attempt to save as many as possible only to have the towers collapse. Images of fire, rescue, police, military personnel, people who worked and people living in the area covered in dirt as they searched for survivors. Let us never take for granted our freedom and the service of police, fire, first responders and all the military personnel that serve us, let us keep them in our prayers.

As Christians we are called to serve and sacrifice and get dirty to offer the hope that can only be found in Jesus. Let us rejoice in our faithful service to God, even when we are tired, hungry, disillusioned, dirty and asking ourselves what's the use? Here is God's truth. When we are tired God will give us rest, hungry God will feed us, disillusioned hope, dirty washed clean, discouraged God will lift us up.

May we all answer the call to serve and know the joy that only God can give as we serve faithfully. Remember the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Pastor Mike


August Statistics

Date     Worship

Jul 31       96

Aug 07      76

Aug 14     117

Aug 21     83

Aug 28     98


UMCOR - One Great Hour of Sharing-September Mission Focus

The United Methodist Committee on Relief or UMCOR is the United Methodist disaster response and management ministry. UMCOR's roots are traced back to the early days of WWII as the church ministered to those in great need at the beginning of the war. 

The month of September Mission's focus is One Great Hour of Sharing. One Great Hour of Sharing is a yearly special offering within the UMC. This allows 100% of the donation for designated disasters to go to meet the needs of suffering people. Which is good to know but...this leaves a need for donations so that the organization is able to succeed.   One Great Hour of Sharing collections are used for administrative costs, overhead and communication.

As you know UMCOR disaster relief works with the conjunction of the annual conference. They respond at the invitation of and through the annual conference. This program is available in the U. S. and internationally.


Prayer for America  

Please click on the link below to read and pray Alex Kendrick's Prayer for America.  This prayer is powerful and needs to be offered before God's holy throne. 

 2017 National Day of Prayer will be May, 4 .  

Click here to view



Hospitalized: Bob Hires, St. Luke's Hospital 

Ardis Cullen, Lakes of Monclova, Room 309

6935 Monclova Rd. Maumee, OH 43537

 Prayers of Christian Hope and Comfort for the family and friends of LaDonna Maria VerSteeg who passed away on August 18, 2016.  Rev. Robert VerSteeg and Donna served at WUMC in 2003. 

Prayers of Christian Hope and Comfort for Squire Young and family upon the death of Squire's sister Chrissy Young.


 Waterville United Methodist Church,

Thank you very much for the generous cash donation received in 2016 to help fund our Snowball Express program.

We are glad you found our website or learned about our mission and were your choice of charity.  Snowball Expressreceived the hightest rating (4-star) from Charity Navigator so you can give confidently knowing your donation will directly benefit the children.

Less than 1% of our population serves in the armed forces.  Your support allows a small portion of the more than 10,000 children whose families have paid the ultimate price for our freedom, an opportunity to gather together during the holiday season.

Since 2006 Gold Star family members who faced similar tragedies have been connected to each other.  Based on a survey after our 2014 program 82% of parents said their children gained friends with whom they stay in touch all year and they no longer felt isolated or alone.  Overall 85% said their children experienced significant healing and had an improvement in their overall emotional wellbeing as a result of attending Snowball Express.  Finally 97% believe the overall experience of attending our program was beneficial and had a positive impact on their children.

Take a moment to view and please continue to check our website and Facebook page for updates, stories and pictures to share with your friends, family and colleagues. 

Again thank you for honoring our fallen and their families.


Robert Apetz

Chairman, Board of Directors


Dear WUMC Family, 

On behalf of our entire family, thank you so much for sharing your cards, kind words, love and prayers following the loss of our Dad.  We are so thankful to be part of a caring church family that surrounds us with comfort and peace. 

Tom & Karen Wiggins


Dear Waterville United Methodist, 

We are so grateful for your donation to the Anthony Wayne Community Food Ministry.  Your gracious gift will enable us to continue to provide food to an ever growing number of individuals and families in need in our local community. 

Thank you for your contribution received on May 18, 2016 from your congregation, and gifts received from sponsoring us throuigh your Theater outreach totaling $1,277.15. 

The AWCFM Board Members wish to thank you for your kind and generous support. 

Scott Livingston, Rose Shoemaker, Randy King, Thomas Smith, Jon Rhoades, Linda Blomquist, Ginny Martin.


Dear Prayer Quilt Ministry, 

Thank you so much for the prayer quilt!  It is such a wonderful gesture.  It helped lift my spirit and added to my faith. 


Jeff Viola


In the quiet moments...

when everything else drifts away...

we see God most clearly and realize that He is nearer than we ever knew. 

May you be encouraged and feel His assuring love and strength. 

Thanks again for the lovely funeral service and meal the church provided for us.
In Christ,

The Becker Family  




(and parents too):  

We hope you had a great summer break and got to do lots of fun things!  

If you love to sing, we invite you to come and join (or return to) our Children's Choir! You will be a special part of our wonderful music ministry as we worship God. All boys and girls are welcome to join us.    

Children's Choir will meet for rehearsal each Wednesday from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room and will participate in Worship Service each month.  We meet each Wednesday that school is in session.  

By learning and committing songs to our hearts, we are entering into a lifelong journey of faith with God. God has given each of us many talents AND the gift of MUSIC. We honor God by using our talents to praise Him and to give the most special of all messages: GOD LOVES US SO WE LOVE EACH OTHER!  

Please come and let your light shine for Him. We look forward to seeing all of you on Wednesday, August 31st, at 5:15 p.m. for our beginning rehearsal, as we prepare for Youth Sunday, September 18th.   Please come and join the fun!     If you have any questions, please call Barbara Page (419-877-0169) and/or Bobbie Westfall (419-878-2817).  

Good Luck in your new school year of 2016-2017!


Sanctuary Choir Rehearsals Resume
The new choir year will begin on Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room.  The rehearsals  are beginning a little early this year because of the special September 11 Remembrance Service that has been planned.  New Members are always welcome!!!



A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board for anyone who would like to have flowers on the altar to commemorate a special occasion.  Please sign your name on the date of your choice and list the occasion or person honored.  The church office will place the order with Anthony Wayne Floral.  The cost is $30.00 and you may place your payment in the offering plate.  You may take the arrangement home for your enjoyment after the service. 






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 September.

If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact the Prayer  



Click to view September 2016 Calendar


Fellowship Hosts Needed

We are in need of hosts for September through December. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the main hallway.  Food is provided and the coffee will be ready to serve. 

Greeters Needed

We would love to have your friendly face and warm handshake at the church entrances on Sunday mornings to greet our friends, guests and members as they enter the house of the Lord to worship. Please sign up for a month's tour of duty - but if by chance you are not able to be here every Sunday in the month, ask someone else to cover for you!  You would need to be at the door from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.  A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board in the main hallway and greeters are needed in September through December. 



Hello Shoppers only a few short months before our Packing Party begins.  September items to be on the lookout for are: dental hygine items.  What colorful toothbrushes and great flavors of toothpaste, mouthwash and floss  can you find?

We can even begin praying for the children that will receive these items.  How wonderful it is to be a co-laborer of the Lord's in this endeavor.

See you at the packing party!!


 You will find a box on the shelf outside the church office for the collection of paperback books.  These books are being collected for our servicemen and military families.  

There is a story as to how this all came about.  My former neighbors gave up their home and moved to Perrysburg Commons.  About six months later he died.  Since his death every conversation I have hadwith Ellen, I have sensed her physical and mental health going down.  Then, several weeks ago, when I spoke with her, I noticed a marked difference in her attitude. 

Ellen then told me she had become involved in collecting paper back books for the military and military families.  She said at last she was again a contributring member to society and doing something worthwhile.  I told her I would try to help.  Who better to ask for help than my church family?

So,if you have any paperback books on your shelves you haven't read in awhile would you consider bringing them to church and filling my box?   I will see that she gets them.  Thank You.

Melva Robinson




Please join Joy Ministries on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Farnsworth Metropark, Indianola Area, 8505 S. River Road Waterville from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Praise and fellowship will begin at 1:00 p.m. Pizza and refreshments will be served after the walk.  

To register call: Cell 419-878-8823. 

Thank you for all of your prayers and support.



Shoebox Countdown Event 
You are invited to hear Kojo's Shoebox Story!

Kojo was born and raised in a very poor town in Ghana.  His family of nine lived in a one-room clay house.  He remembers walking one and a half to two miles each day to school, having no money and no food.  Kojo is grateful for the challenges and the financial difficulties he faced as a child, as that was what made him rely on God.  Come hear how receiving an Operation Christmas Child shoebox changed his life story forever!

 Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. 

Bible Temple Family Worship Center

3327 Airport Highway

Toledo, OH 43609 


First Presbyterian Church of Waterville Invites You to their Roche De Boeuf Booth 


Theatre for the World Presents: No Ordinary Christmas Miracle
December 2,3 & 4, 2016

No Ordinary Christmas Miracle is a musical-comedy that celebrates the Spirit of Christmas. 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 (a homeless shelter housed in the old sanctuary of WUMC).   Seeing that many of the shelter volunteers, including the founding members, are choir members the need for funds to keep the shelter doors open, become 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!