Behold my hands and my feet..
Jesus said unto Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet believed.
John 20: 29
Dear Church Family,
May the peace of God be with you. We have read and heard this salutation throughout our lives. But what does it really mean to know the peace of God?
Jesus during his final meal with the disciples prior to his arrest, multiple beatings and finally death by crucifixion, Jesus shared this statement with his disciples, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27.
Not long after Jesus offers this teaching of peace we see him wrestling with God's plan for himself to the point of "his sweat being like drops of blood." During this time of deep anguish Jesus prays to God, "If it is your will, let this cup pass from me, yet, not my will but yours be done." Luke 22:39-44.
Can we even image what it would have been like to be facing crucifixion? Crucifixion, not because he had done anything to deserve it, but for God to show how much He loves every person. A love so profound the He sent his son as a sacrifice to once and for all remove the barrier of sin that separates people from God.
Jesus shows us how to know God fully and ultimately how to have a peace in our soul that guides us in every aspect of life. Peace, an innermost sense of calm that comes only when we know God is with us in everything. Jesus human preference was not to go to the cross. Yet, we see even in his asking of God to change the plan that his greatest desire was to do God's will. For Jesus knew from his lifetime of experience that true peace only comes from knowing God and then by faith living out God's plan.
We are God's disciples today. God is saying to us, "my peace I give to you," peace, security, an inner sense of hope and joy that God is with us.
We are quickly coming to our celebration of Christ's ultimate victory over sin and death as we gather on Easter morning to praise God for Christ resurrection from death. But Easter is more than simply the celebration of Jesus's resurrection. It is the celebration that we can be in the Holy presence of God. For all who are separated from God are in the death that comes via sin. We are celebrating our resurrected life as we proclaim in worship, in living a life of victory over sin and living in such a way that others experience God's love through us that we are alive in Jesus.
Do you know God's peace? Peace that guides and strengthens us so that we overcome troubled hearts do not live in fear. If you do not know this kind of peace, then ask God to fill your heart now. Remember even Jesus wrestled in his humanness with God's plan. Yet the driving force of his life was doing the will of God. Jesus did this to show us that our love of God is demonstrated in living life God's way.
May the peace that comes in Christ's victory over death fill you. May the Holy Spirit reveal God's plan for your life as we all celebrate together new life in Jesus on Easter morning.
Finance & Stewardship
Facts, Figures, FYI's
Quarterly Statements: Your 1st Quarter Giving Statements will be emailed on Saturday, April 8. For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pick up on Sunday, April 9 on the shelf outside the Church Office.
Please contact Tom Wiggins, email@example.com if you have any questions about anything related to finance, stewardship or the Capital Campaign.
"Money is an excellent gift of God answering the noblest of ends"
Mar. 5 102
Mar. 12 104
Mar. 19 104
Mar. 26 110
April Mission Focus
The Daughter Project
In 2016, Jeff Wilbarger, was presented with the honor of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Community Service and his hope is that this recognition will bring even more awareness to child trafficking. Mr. Wilbarger is a Math Teacher at Emmanuel Christian Academy. He is also the founder of The Daughter Project, which helps children- ages 10-17 recover from their ordeal.
Mr.Wilbarger's son-in-law gave him a book called "Not For Sale"- about trafficking. The book immediately touched his heart and helped him understand this problem is NOT just in far off countries, but right here in the US. The numbers of children involved broke his heart- 100,000 children in the US....but something that touched him even more greatly was research that showed him there were over 1000 trafficked children in Ohio at that time. According to FBI statistics, TOLEDO is one of the top FIVE cities in America for trafficking according to the Ohio Trafficking Commission--Toledo is behind LasVegas, Miami and Portland.
John Kasich in introducing executive order in 2016, noted that the most common age in Ohio for children to become victims of human trafficking is 13! Eighth grade- can you all think of a child, neighbor, or grandchild that is 13. That is beyond my comprehension.
After reading the book, Mr. Wilbarger decided to find a shelter where he could use his teaching skills to help. He quickly found there was no such place in Ohio, Indiana or Michigan.
The Daughter Project started in the summer of 2012. The home was named the Daughter Project, so we will not forget that all girls, are "someone's daughter". Five years ago, The Daughter Project became Ohio's first licensed recovery home for girls rescued from traffickers. The Daughter Project provides services including physical and sexual abuse counselling, education services, life and social counseling. Some stay for a year, some for less. The goal is to get them back to their families, or if that is not a healthy situation, then help find a foster family. Since then the project has helped 12 girls, ages 13-17.
The Daughter Project home was built by area builders and is completely mortgage free because of their generosity and donations from others. Annual operating expenses are around $250,000 and come from individual, church, business donations, high school and college fundraisers. The home is licensed to help a maximum of six girls at a time, and Wilbarger plans to break ground in the next couple of months for a second home in NW Ohio.
This month we will be asking for donations for this project, but Mr. Wilbarger also wanted us all to be aware that the greatest need at this time is for mature, Godly women to apply to be House Moms, either full or part time. Being a House mom is a paid position with training and is very challenging work, but supremely satisfying.
WUMC Family News
Hospitalized: Bob Hires Sr. now home
Jim Simpson, UTMC, now back at Kingston Rehabilitation Center, Room #226, 345 E. Boundary Street, Perrysburg, OH 43551
Margaret (Peg) Walker is now back home from her recent hospital and rehab stay. Welcome Home Peg!
Prayers of Christian Hope and Comfort for Jim & Marilyn Simpson family and Mary Breymaier upon the home going of sister and aunt Rev. Karen Shepler on Friday, March 10, 2017. Celebration of Life Service was held on March 18 at Monroe Street UMC.
Congratulations to Brian and Cara McMillan on the birth of their son Blake Allen at 2:36 am on Saturday, March 25th. Blake weighed in at 8 pounds and 15 ounces and 20 and 1/2 inches long. Gage and Brooklyn are super excited and so are Grandpa Steve and Grandma Barb. Best wishes to the new family and let the fun and memories begin!
Project With a Purpose - Will You Help Us?
Dear Members of Waterville United Methodist Church:
Thank you so much for your current considerate contribution of $2500.00 for the truck fund to feed the hungry. For the year 2014 we exceeded 453,000 punds of food for the hungry. We processed just over 374,000 pounds for the year 2015. For 2016 the final total was 382,583 pounds. Althought harvest time is over, we are still getting calls from food distribution businesses and others who have food that needs to be used. We are continuing to receive food and the truck makes runs from one to four times per week. Much of the food we are getting would otherwise be dumped in a field or be thrown out and lost for those who need it most. Thank you so very much and may God richly bless you in all you do.
Eulan Tucker, Treasurer
Maumee Watershed District United Methodist Men
April 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 April.
If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact the Prayer Chain: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easter Lily Orders
We wish to have lilies grace the Chancel Area for our Easter Worship Service on April 16, as we celebrate our Lord's Resurrection over sin and death.
To placeyour 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, enclouse your payment and drop in the offering plate. OR you may click on the link below to place your order and then drop your payment in the offering plate.
The cost of each lily is $8.00. The deadline to order is Sunday, April 9, 2017.
Join us for an Easter Egg Hunt on April 9th (Palm Sunday) following church. Children up to 6th grade are welcome to participate in this egg-citing event and adults are encouraged to "egg" them on. All egg hunters will be awarded a sackfull of goodies. Please bring your own baskets (we will have some bags on hand too). If you have questions, want to donate candy or goodies for the sacks, or would like to help hide eggs on the day of the event, please contact Cara McMillan at 419-344-2171.
Operation Christmas Child Packing Party
April's designated items to look for are: Hygiene items: toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, washcloths, lip balm, Band aids, fingernail care items, brushes/combs.
We are well on our way to having a grand packing party. Rememberthat the most needed boxes are those for 10-14 boys.
Pray for shopping wisdom as you purchase these monthly items and the items for your own boxes for collection in November. The Lord knows the children who will receive your gifts and He can guide your shopping adventures to exactly what will meet needs and give joy. Onward Shoppers!
Used Peanut Butter Jars Needed
The Lucas County Humane Society wants empty peanut butter jars with some peanut butter residue remaining for their dogs. If people could bring in the jars, Karen Longnecker will be glad to drop them off at the shelter. Karen knows we have some animal lovers who might want to help the pooches. (And remember, she is a cat person, but Hobo gave his approval for her to do this.)
Dave & Paulette Hogg - Save the Date
Come share with us
50th Wedding Renwal of Vows Celebration
Church of the Master United Methodist, Westerville
24 N. Grove St. Westerville (Corner of Grove and Main Streets)
Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 1-4:00pm Renewal of vows at 1:30pm
Dr. Carl L. Wiley officiated at our wedding 50 years ago and wll do renewal. Reception to follow in Fellowship Hall.
In Lieu of gifts, bring a canned food item to be divided between 2 local food pantries.
R.S.V.P. by June 1 to Dave's cell: 614-208-4105
Our actual 50th Anniversary is April 29.
Dave and Paulette Hogg
6202 Willowcrest Dr.
Columbs, OH 43229
There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board, so they can know how much food to provide.
We hope you can share in this special day with us.
Thank You so much
Dave and Paulette Hogg
Cathy Landis & Janet Poling