March 2017 Newsletter

THE AMBASSADOR

Dear Church Family,             

We have entered the season of Lent which is a season of preparation. Lent as we know it has its roots in the early 4th century. Lent was first practiced in several different forms as early as the 2nd century.

The season of lent is a time in which Christians have the opportunity to focus on prayer, penance, sacrifice and Christian service. Another very early practice was that of fasting.

The Lenten fast is the sacrificial portion of Lent. This time of fasting has gone through different common rules, but has settled generally on eating only one meal a day, in the evening, with snacks only if needed, and only Monday through Saturday beginning on Ash Wednesday, thus the 40 days of lent.

This all leads us to the common language of "giving something up for lent". I would like to invite all of us to participate in the Lenten fast as our sacrifice during lent. Personally, my sacrifice will be time. This year I will sacrifice half an hour each day to be in prayer for God's wisdom for the mission and vision for our congregation.

Now this fast by itself may be good for us but will not by itself draw us closer to God or help us on our journey towards our celebration of Easter. Here is the key, to replace the time spent doing something else, i.e. tv, reading the newspaper, facebook, etc, with prayer.

As a congregation I am calling us to pray for transformation in each of our hearts and minds to become more Christ like in our daily activities. Also, to pray for those persons in our lives and in our communities that do not know the love of God as found in Christ Jesus. Finally, how God desires to use each of us in our community to show Jesus to others, this is our mission. We will truly be blessed.

During Lent we have an opportunity experience together a Lenten study by Max Lucado, He Chose the Nails, what God did to win your heart. Don't ever forget, God loves you.

Pastor Mike  


 February Statistics  

         Date            Worship    

Feb.   5              112

Feb. 12             106

Feb. 19              176

Feb. 26              120

 

Lenten Study Series  - HE CHOSE THE NAILS        

 In He Chose the Nails, a five-session video Bible study, Max Lucado continues by examining the gifts that Christ gave at his crucifixion. These include not only the gift of the cross, but also the gift of the thorns, the nails, and the empty tomb. The cross is rich with God's gifts of grace, and as we unwrap them, we will hear him whisper, "I did it just for you." This study will begin on Sunday morning March 12 at 9:00 am or at 6:30 pm at the Wiggin's home and Tuesday evening March 14 at 7:00 pm. in the Fireside Room at the church. Signup sheets are on the bulletin board in the hallway.

WUMC Family News 

Hospitalized:  

Jim Simpson is residing at Kingston Care of Perrysburg Room  227  333 E. Boundary Perrysburg, OH 43551

Peg Walker - Kingston Rehab Center Room 228 Perrysburg, OH 43551

Dear Friends:

The Schultz family cannot thank you enough for all the prayers and cards and support over the past two months concerning the loss of my Dad.  We are extremely grateful that God guided us to Waterville United Methodist Church so many years ago.  You continue to be a blessing to this world and to our family.  We truly thank you! 

 God bless, 

The Schultz Family  

WUMC Mail              

Thank you to all for the cards and prayers while I was in St. Luke's.  A special thanks to Anne for driving me there and Pastor Mike for his visit and prayer.  It is wonderful to be part of such a loving, caring church family.

Karen Longnecker 

A Big Thank You

Anthony Wayne Spirit of Giving would like to Give a BIG Thank You to everyone who came out to support the 10th annual spaghetti fundraiser.  On Friday, February 17th we served an overwhelming 1300 people, which is one of our largest turnouts since 2008!

Thank you to hundreds of faculty, students, parents and community members who sponsored, donated and volunteered as well.  Your support and dedication to the Anthony Wayne family and community is overwhelming and inspiring, and will help us to make a tangible impact for the Spanbauer Family as well as future Spirit of Giving Families.

Prayers for Robby and his family are welcome as he continues his journey of treatment again at this time.

Thank you again for continuous support and generosity,

Anthony Wayne Spirit of Giving Board 

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

John 10:11

March Scripture 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 March.

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

March Calendar    
Click to view March 2017 Calendar 


UMCOR Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator  

The strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator.  This is the first time that UMCOR has earned this top distinction.  

Easter Lily Orders           

We wish to have lilies grace the Chancel Area for our Easter Worship Service on Apirl 16, as we celebrate our Lord's Resurrection over sin and death.

To place your Lily Order please complete an order envelope located in the pew envelope holder.  Please complete with the number of lilies you are ordering, the person(s) name to whom you are dedicating, if you are contributing to the New Building Fund and your name as you would like it printed in the bulletin, enclose your payment and drop in the offering plate.  OR you may click on the link below to place your lily order.

Click here to place your Lily Order.

The cost of each lily is $8.00.  The deadline to order is Sunday, April 9, 2017.  

Operation Christmas Child  

Once again we would like to have a Packing Party in November . Anne Stevens reports we add approximately 70 -80 additional boxes which means additional children that receive the message of Jesus love for them.  

So each month as you are out shopping remember to scout out those "bargains"  and amaze us with your finds. Let's remember that the most needed boxes are for the 10-14 year old boys.   Pray for shopping wisdom as you purchase these monthly items and the items for your own boxes.  The Lord knows the children who will receive your gifts and He can guide your shopping adventures to exactly what will meet the needs and give joy.

For the month of March: Craft supplies, books, stickers, cars, puzzles, plastic animals, balls, jacks, yoyo's jump ropes, harmonicas, Slinkys, musical instruments, paddles with the ball attached, playing cards, sticker sheets, coloring books, puppets, Legos, tennis balls, duct tape and whatever"finds" the Lord directs you to.

Happy Shopping and may the Lord direct fantastic bargains your way!  

 Sweet Endings

Thursday, March 23, 2017 with Guest Speaker Abby Johnson, Former Director of a Planned Parenthood Center. Sweet Endings will be held at Westgate Chapel 2500 Wilford Drive, Toledo, OH beginning at 5:30 P.    M.   with HorD'Oeuvres & Dessert Reception, Program begins at 7:00 P. M. Tickets are $20.00 and Registration is required. RSVP deadline is March, 13, 2017.  This event is open to the public.  For more information or to register online please visit www.friendsofpregnancycenter.org

 Pancake Day - Haskins Community Church

Saturday , March 4 from 8:00 - 1:00 and4:00-7:00

Adults - $8.00

Children (4-10 yrs) - $2.00

Children 3 and under eat Free

Menu: Whole Hog Sausage, Light Fluffy Pancakes, Applesauce and Beverage

ALL YOU CAN EAT

Haskins Community Church is located at 209 West Main Street, Haskins

An elevator (east side of building) is available.