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.
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
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
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!
The Schultz Family
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.
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.
March Scripture and Prayer