Dear Church Family,
When considering what to write this month the words of a hymn continued in my spirit, "O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds thy hands have made,." These opening words of How Great Thou Art state so clearly the writers praise of joy God as he declares the awe of considering all of God's creation.
The psalmist in Psalm 8 writes in verse 1, "O Lord, our Lord, the majesty of your name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens." Both authors are praising God. When was the last time while praising God you experienced his holy presence like the psalmist and the writer of the hymn?
Psalm 150 states clearly that everything that lives is to praise God,
"Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heaven!
2 Praise him for his mighty works;
praise his unequaled greatness!
3 Praise him with a blast of the ram's horn;
praise him with the lyre and harp!
4 Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;
praise him with strings and flutes!
5 Praise him with a clash of cymbals;
praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
6 Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!
Praise the Lord!"
Praising God is our response to the awesome gift of grace we are given in Jesus as we experience salvation and grow daily in the likeness of our savior. In this psalm we are given direction in what to give praise for and some of the ways we can express that praise.
How and when do you praise God? Praising God is one of the ways we declare our love for our creator, our savior and the Holy Spirit that dwells in us. God is always with us. Do we thank God with our praise for never leaving us, for always loving us no matter what we have done or will do and God's abundant provision for every part of our being?
In the days and weeks ahead I would encourage each of us to study God's Word and to praise God each day. Let the joy of the Lord flood into our spirits' as we intentionally praise God. I have discovered the peace of God while giving praise when my life has been a wreck. You can too. It is amazing how God shows up in every circumstance when we start with our praise of our loving and gracious God. Try it!
Finance & Stewardship
Facts, Figures, & FYI's
As a follow up to our presentation on Sunday, January 8th and to insure everyone receives the information, we have some grand news to share.
First of all, thank you for your faithful stewardship in support of the mission and ministries of Waterville United Methodist Church, whether it was financial giving, offering prayers, sharing of your talent or participating in activities or programs.
We finished the year in the black! Our total General Fund Income for 2016 was $304,252 and our total Operating Expenses were $293,166, resulting in a year-end General Fund balance of $11,086. We were not only able to pay all of our expenses, including outreach & mission programs, but also have a reserve of funds to begin the year.
We had a great response to our 2017 Living Generously Stewardship Program, receiving 62 Estimate of Giving Cards that totaled $198,996. The Administrative Council has approved a 2017 Operating Budget of $275,175, which means our estimated giving will cover 72% of our budget.
In addition, in 2016 we received pre-payment of 2017 giving of $13,304. So if we subtract this amount from the $275,175 Operating Budget, we have a 2017 income requirement of $261,187 or an average of $5,036 in weekly offerings.
Changes in the commitment amounts on the Estimate of Giving Cards 2017 vs. 2016
18 Same Amount
8 New (did not submit card last year)
Thank you to each and every one of you for your willingness to share, so generously, a portion of what He has entrusted to you. This level of giving is a tremendous indicator of the spiritual health of WUMC and the importance we place on the work of His Church, sharing the good news and leading others to Christ.
Please contact the Church Office or Tom Wiggins if you have any questions about anything related to finance or stewardship at email@example.com or (419) 878-5503.
January 2017 Statistics
Jan. 1 56
Jan. 8 128
Jan. 15 115
Jan. 22 130
Jan. 29 137
WUMC Family News
Hospitalized:Jim Simpson - Heritage of Waterville, rehab to home
Bonne Spychalski - Back surgery at St. Luke's Hospital
Barb Page - St. Luke's Hospital
Ted Myers - St. Luke's Hospital pneumonia
Lowell Crabtree, father of Pam Denman, double by-pass heart surgery
Roger Hertzman, St. Luke's Hospital
Prayers of Christian Hope and Peace to the family of Brian Schultz at the passing of his father, George Schultz on Dec. 29, 2016.
Prayers of Christian Sympathy and Comfort to the Bob Deardurff family upon the passing of Sue's mother, Ruth Ann Nafziger on January 9, 2017.
Dear WUMC Friends,
Thank you for the beautiful Christmas candle and poinsettia wreath. I enjoyed the flickering light and as a reminder that He is the light of our life. Also thank you for your prayers during my November surgeries and December recovery. I am looking forward th a heathly 2017.
Dear friends of WUMC,
Thank you for your prayers and messages of concern during our recent illnesses.
John & Anne Mason
New Site Work - Progress in the Making
Thanks to Randall Reihing we have additional pictures of the progress being made at our new location. This picture shows the truck that brought in dirt and the dozer that was used to move and put into place.
To God be the Glory - great things He has done!
February Scripture and Prayer
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 February.
If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact the Prayer Chain: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen Wiggins reports that the figures are in from our day of ringing the bell at the Salvation Army Red Kettle collection point resulted in $754.93!! That is over $100 more than we collected in 2015! Thank you to all the members who staffed the kettle that day, kept that bell ringing, and smiled at everyone who donated. Hopefully everyone noticed our sign for WUMC and now has a sense of our presence in the community.
MISSING SOME DISHES??? The church kitchen has quite a collection of serving dishes and plates that were used for various programs in the month of December. Please stop by the kitchen and check out the counter by the dishwasher to see if you recognize any of your dishes.
As you shop for Valentine's Day gifts, remember to shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/34-4437474 to support WUMC. Just click the link and you will be taken directly to amazonsmile's website and automatically any purchase will result in a donation to WUMC. Amazon has a large variety of gifts that are perfect for Valentine's Day including electronics, jewelry, clothing, and more. Get a head start on Easter, Mother's Day, Graduation, Father's Day, Bridal and or Baby Shower gifts as well.
VBS - Save the date! - Plans for Vacation Bible School 2017 are underway and we wanted to let you know the dates so you could mark you calendars. VBS will be July 9 or 10th through July 13th. The VBS planning team is still deciding whether to have VBS be 4 or 5 days this year. In the past, it has always been 5 days, but we struggled to get volunteers last year and may shorten it a day in hopes to get more volunteers. We will keep you posted on the official start date soon, but it will either be July 9th or 10th. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Shelton 567-202-5035 or email@example.com. The theme for VBS this year is "Maker Fun Factory - Created by God. Built for a Purpose."
Anthony Wayne Spirit of Giving
FT Families and Friends,
We have a very unique opportunity to help the family of Robby Spanbauer. Robby is a 5th grade student at Fallen Timbers. Last spring he was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer. Since then Robby, his family, the community, and his new school family (the class of 2024) have been fighting hard together.
This year the Anthony Wayne Spirit of Giving, a community organization having the mission to help medically fragile families in the Anthony Wayne district, has adopted Robby and his family. The Spirit of Giving was established in 2006. Thirty families have received significant financial support which has greatly reduced family stress and helped these families to focus their efforts on healing. The Spanbauer's and our Fallen Timbers family are greatly appreciative to the Spirit of Giving for choosing the Spanbauer's to
sponsor in 2017.
With that said, there are several ways the FT
family can support this important cause for our friend and classmate Robby. Please review some ways, listed below, to support the Spanbauer's :
1) Attend the Spirit of Giving Spaghetti Dinner
February 17th in the High School Cafeteria
4:30 - 8pm
Tickets are $5.00 each
FT students will sell dinner tickets during lunch
at FT on February 14th.
Dinner tickets may also be purchased at the dinner.
2) FT "Quilt Viewing" January 30 FT - Feb 6th
Please stop in the FT Office and purchase quilt
raffle tickets from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Jan 30th - Feb. 6th
Tickets are $5.00 each
Quilt raffle tickets will also be on sale at the
dinner on Feb. 17th along with silent auction items.
Proceeds for Dinner Tickets and Raffle Tickets
benefit the Spanbauer Family.
1)Make a Dessert to Donate
RSVP to make a dessert by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 14th. Deliver the dessert to High School Office on February 17th by 12 noon.
2)Volunteer at the dinner. Contact email@example.com for job assignments.
3)FT students may write an encouraging note to Robby. Please give your note to
Mrs. Minni by the morning of Feb. 17th.
4)Make a sign to support the dinner to display in FT hallways. Students and send
the signs to FT Office by Monday Feb. 6th.
5) Spread the word to family and friends.
The Fallen Timbers Staff