October 2016 Newsletter

Dear Church Family,

I hope this message finds you in the presence of God's peace and joy.

In Matthew 20:28 Jesus states, "For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many." Jesus is clearly teaching about the attitude and the work of a Christian. Every Christian is to follow the example of Christ and become more like our Savior. Jesus ransomed each of us with his death on the cross.

Each fall as a congregation we focus on stewardship. The focus this year is living generously. In a few days you will be receiving a letter sharing much more detail. One part of our stewardship focus is the many opportunities to serve our Lord through our congregational ministries.

When was the last time you prayed about where God desires for you to serve in our community of faith? One opportunity is to lead or participate in small group bible studies. As a part of Living Generously there will be small group opportunities during the five-week series that I hope many will participate.

Other opportunities include serving in youth or children's ministries. During worship ushering, greeting, liturgist, special music, singing in the choir, playing in the bell choir and serving during the fellowship time following worship.

Then there is the administrative side of service. Such as church council, finance, trustees, staff parish relations and nominations.

As the church council leads our congregation forward there are four other teams that are in the process of filling immediately. Each of these teams are working towards relocating to a new building at 7115 Waterville Monclova Road. These teams are: the project leadership, site development, project communications and project finance.

In following Jesus' teaching and fulfilling our call as disciples of Jesus we must serve. Where is God calling you to serve in the holy work of building up the kingdom of earth. As we pray each week in worship, "...thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

We as Jesus' disciples are the servants that will help to transform our community through serving others due to our love of Jesus and our love for our neighbors.

My prayer is that as you pray, asking God where you are to serve, that you hear clearly God's call. I also pray that as you hear the call that you will take a step of faith and fulfill your calling to the glory of God.

May you know God's blessings,

Pastor Mike


Finance & Stewardship

 Facts, Figures and FYI's

When we think of generosity, we might look at the size of the gift or the nobility of the cause. But Jesus measured generosity by a radically new standard: the condition of the heart. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:21)   So, giving is more than an obligation for followers of Christ, it is an exciting opportunity to lay up treasures that will last for all eternity. "The Lord Jesus himself said: It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35b).  

Fields of Gold

 Andy Stanley

2017 Stewardship Campaign: Please keep WUMC, Pastor Mike and the entire church family in your thoughts and prayers, including how you may contribute to God's work through your finances, prayers, service, participation and witness.

 

Quarterly Statements: Your 3rd Quarter Giving Statements will be emailed on Saturday, October 1. For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pick up on Sunday, October 2 on the shelf outside the Church Office.

 

Please contact Tom Wiggins, financialsec@watervilleumc.org if you have any questions about anything related to finance, stewardship or the Capital Campaign.  


September Statistics

DateWorship

Sept. 4      82

Sept. 11     151

Sept. 18    123

Sept. 25    126

  


Church Council Update

The City of Waterville will be constructing a sidewalk across the front of our new building property located on Waterville-Monclova Road.   WUMC is required to pay one-half of the cost and the Council approved the $8,800 expenditure, from the new building fund.  We agreed to utilize the City's contractor and align our property driveway/access across from Pray Blvd.

The Browning Community is willing to provide WUMC with approximately 5,000 cubic square yards of fill dirt at no cost to our Church.  We estimate this to be valued at about $75,000 as built into previously submitted costs for the site preparation.   Council created a check list regarding "Fill Dirt" for the property on Waterville Monclova Road.  A small group of volunteers met with the Lucas County Engineer, Waterville Zoning & Public Works and the Browning developer to determine requirements and potential next steps.

There are many teams that need to be formed as we continue to pray about the next steps with our new building and our Mission to "Nurture discipleship by celebrating, teaching and sharing God's love".  Council is asking members of the congregation to pray about your role in this new phase in the life of our Church and consider what role will you take on?  Where is God leading you to engage and participate?   We need volunteers for our Building project as we continue to plan and explore God's unexpected gifts - like the fill dirt.  

WUMC Family News

Hospitalized: Rob Greenlese, Toledo Hospital  

Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy to Delores Young and family upon the death of Delores's cousin, John Peeples, who passed away on September 21 in South Carolina.

  WUMC Mail

Your kind expresson of Sympathy means so much. Thanks. 

Dear Quilters,

Thank you just doesn't seem enough for the beautiful quilt and your prayers.  When Elaine Colyer delivered it to me, she gave me a huge hug and I could feel ALL  your love pour through her embrace.  The memory of our beautiful angel, Carrie, will live in our hearts forever.  So again, thank you and God bless you all!

Gail & Denny Edwards and the family of Carrie, L. Pfeiffer. 

Dear Church Family,

Thankyou very much for your beautiful birthday card.  Your thoughts and kind words meant so very much to me!

Love,

Ana Nicholson

 

Dear Friends:

Thank you for your generous contribution to the work of Church World Service - which we appreciate more than ever in these challenging times.

Your Compassionate support is helping impoverished communities: develop clean, reliable water sources, teach poor farmers sustainable ways to create food security and provide food, water, shelter and other necessities to families struggling to rebuild their lives and livelihoods, after natural disasters and civil conflict.

I have seen both the resilience and the resolve of the women, men and children we assist.  And I have been deeply moved by the generosity of people like you, who give hope and opportunity to people in need,here in the U. S. and around the world.

May God bless you for your kindness.

Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO Church World Service

rayer Chainollowing 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 October.If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact the Prayer Chain:prayers@watervilleumc.org.

 

October Calendar    

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 October Operation Christmas Child Packing Party Items

Feel that nip in the air!  It won't be long until there is frost on the pumpkin!  Be on the lookout for hats, gloves, scarves, etc for our October items. 

Again thank you for all the amazing items you have brought in.   We are on target to pack more boxes than last year, thanks to your generous giving.  Begin to pray for the children that will receive our boxes.   

You Have Heard the Call and Gave - Thank You

Thank you to all who have donated paperback books for the military in the box in the main hallway.  Another large donation was dropped off on Thursday.  I think that we are making Ellen smile!. Keep them coming, You still have time to put more books in.  

Youth Leaf Raking

The youth will be raking leaves on Sunday, November 6, starting at 1:00 P.M.   If you or someone you know needs help with this fall project,please contact Adam Sheldon at 419-205-2516 or ashelton@bex.net.  There is also a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway.  The youth would appreciate any donations to help support their summer mission trip.  Thank You!           

Election Day Lunch

 WUMC will be reaching out to our community and offering a Free Election Day Lunch on Tuesday, November 8 from 11:00 - 1:00 P. M.  in the church Fellowship Hall.  We will be in need of soups and desserts along with help for the day of the lunch.

Watch for the signup sheet on the bulletin board, and stop by to lend a hand in this day we celebrate our freedom to vote.