January 2018

Dear Church Family,

Happy 2018. It is hard to believe 2017 is a few days from being complete and 2018 is on the verge of beginning. Here at the church we have several exciting opportunities during 2018 beginning as well.

A couple of months ago I mentioned ministries at the Waterville Primary School. These will begin in January. Be sure to watch for further announcements as the children return to school.

Another exciting opportunity that you will want to look for are the announcements and information meetings for the new building. For those of you not familiar with the vision God has given our congregation here is some additional information.

For over 20 years there has been a dream and vision to build a new building that is one level and in a more visible location. Waterville UMC owns 10 acres at 7115 Waterville Monclova Rd. which is next door to the Fire House. My thanks to the many people that have served and sacrificed to get us to this point.

The present Building Leadership Team is about to receive the final building cost for the recommended first phase of our relocation. This is an exciting time. Watch for many announcements for congregational meetings towards the end of January.

I am so excited with what God is doing in our midst. As we pray together for the moving of the Holy Spirit in our personal lives and in our congregation God will bless all of His ministry plans for us as we join God where He is already working to prepare the way.

Most of all pray for God's guidance for each step we take together. For we are the light of Christ in our community. May Waterville and the region around us see the Light of Christ shining brightly from Waterville UMC as we serve God.

Be blessed in 2018 with the peace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit,

Pastor Mike


December 2017 Statistics


Date               Worship

Dec.   3               171     

Dec. 10               247   

Dec. 17                 113   

Dec. 24                 96  

Dec. 24 Candle Light Service  172 

Dec. 31         Will be listed in Jan.

Christmas Candlelight Service 2017

Altar Guild

WUMC has been very fortunate these many years to bring the creativity of our Lord into our presence at each worship service in a number of ways but especially with the flower arrangements on our altar.  These arrangements give us the opportunity to enjoy the flowers and along with the spoken word and music be reminded of who we are worshiping.  They also provide an occasion to honor and celebrate family, friends and our Lord.  I take this time to tell you Third Street Blooms in Waterville is the florist who prepares each order for our altar as requested.  The Sign Up sheet for flowers is on the bulletin board by the church office.  The cost of each arrangement will be increased to forty ($40.00) dollars beginning the first of 2018.  If you have ordered flowers recently you realize the cost.  Our florist has been very generous with the arrangements and delivery. 

Send your payment to the church and indicate altar flowers.

Don't forget you may take your arrangement home after the service.

Melva Robinson, Chairman Altar Guild  

New Monday Night Bible Study

Please join us for our Bible Study - Namesake: When God Rewrites Your Story. This is a study about Biblical names- where they came from and how God changed people's names when He changed them.  The core themes are transformation and revelation.  The people included are Abraham and Sarah, Jacob, Naomi, Daniel, Peter and the woman caught in adultery.

The study will begin on Monday, January 8th at 7:00 pm. This study will run for 12 weeks. Please call Delores Young at 419-878-8238 to allow for materials to be ordered.

WUMC Family News

Hospitalized:Ron Peyton St. Lukes Hip Surgery

Ron is now at Elizabeth Scott for rehab.

Prayers of Christian Comfort and Peace for family and friends of Ardis Cullen upon her home going.  Funeral Service was held on December 14, 2017.

Prayers of Christian Comfort and Peace for JoAnn Lucas and friends of Roger Hertzman upon his passing on Thursday, December 21, 2017.


WUMC Mailbox

Dear Church Family,

Thank you so much for the generous Christmas gift we received! We appreciated all the support each one of you give to the Children's ministry and the Youth Group. We are honored to serve and give God all the glory.


Adam and Stephanie Shelton

Dear Friends of WUMC,

Thank you for your generous and loving Christmas gift.  As the song says "There is joy to serving Jesus". Thank you for allowing me to serve Jesus and you here at WUMC.

Janet Poling

M&M's Bible Study"GIDEON, Your Weakness, God's Strength" to Begin January 10, 2018

"If you have ever struggled with insecurity or had trouble accepting your limitations, this study will help you see how God can use your weakness to unlock His strength. Yes, Gideon can attest - weakness is a gift. Join us for a Bible study, written by Priscilla Shirer that will open your eyes to a brand new perspective on yourself, God, and Gideon."


January Calendar

Click to view January 2018 Calendar


January  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 January.

  If you have a prayer request,contact:prayers@watervilleumc.org .  


Mission Focus

Mission Bell Ringers

Jen, Kate, Owen & Colleen Hildegrand,  were among the volunteers to ring the bell for Salvation Army on December 2, 2017. 

Christmas Shut In Ministry

Beautiful cozy warm fleece blankets were prepared as Christmas gifts for those who are not able to be out and about.