May 2017 Newsletter

Dear Church Family,

May the Lord be with you and bring you peace.

One of my favorite scriptures is John 14:27, "I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid." (New Living Translation) Even though this is one of the scriptures I cherish I need to share that I struggle in receiving this peace for myself. How about you? Are you struggling in discovering and knowing God's peace? Are there areas in your life in which you would like to discover God's peace?

Depending upon God's peace is God's way of walking with us through every trial, every challenge and every crises of faith. The challenge is depending upon God so that we can experience God's peace. I know this first hand and for most of my life I have be dealing with depression of which has been hidden from others. I have managed through isolation and over commitment.

As we all know it is one thing to know the gospel and another thing to live it out. As you read this I am beginning a spiritual renewal leave to deal with my depression and jump start a lengthy healing process. This leave has been approved by our District Superintendent with the Staff Parish Relations Committee and Church Council being informed during the past week. Please keep Pam and I in your prayers.

The pastoral needs of the church are covered for the length of my leave.

How about you? Is there anything in your life that is preventing you from knowing the peace of God in your innermost being? If so, God wants to heal you of this, I am fully convinced. God desires to give us this gift of peace. Maybe this is a call not only for me to find healing but for you as well. It is never too late for God to transform us into the person God created us to be.

Don't put off, for the majority of your life like I have, knowing the fullness of God's grace and peace.

Blessings,

Pastor Mike


Finance & Stewardship

Facts, Figures,& & FYI's

April Statistics


Staff Parish Relations Committee News

It is with deep regret that the Staff Parish Relations Committee has accepted the resignation from one of our secretaries, Cathy Landis.  We will all miss her friendly greetings in the church office and her dedication to her job and our church.  Cathy's last day will be May 26th.  At her request, there will be no formal reception held in her honor.  So when you see her, wish her well in her "retirement" and thank her for her years of great service to Waterville UMC.

WUMC Family News

Hospitalized: Jim Simpson at UTMC Hospital , back at Kingston Perrysburg

Sally Waggoner at St. Lukes Hospital, now at St. Charles Rehab. Rm 2627

 2600 Navarre Ave. Oregon, OH 43616

Natalie Przbylski-  upcoming procedure


Baptism of Emma Jean Beakas on April 23, 2017

Emma Jean, Katie, Brynn & Matthew Beakas


WUMC Mail

To: WUMC Family,

Thanks for all of your prayers and help during my recent illness.  They really helped in my recovery.

Bless you all

Ted Myers


Church Secretary - Part Time  

The Waterville United Methodist Church is seeking a part-time church secretary.  The job qualifications include: be proficient in MS Office Suite, proficient in working with social media, administrative secretarial duties (answering phones, scheduling appointments, greeting guests, etc.).  A detailed job description is available by contacting Charlene Hansen.  Interested applicants should email their resumes including reference list by May 15, 2017 to Charlene.Hansen@live.com or mail to Waterville United Methodist Church, c/o Charlene Hansen, 102 N. Fifth St., Waterville, OH 43566. The Waterville United Methodist Church is an EEO/M/F/D/V employer


May Mission Focus - Youth Mission Trip

May 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 May.

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

May Calendar

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May Operation Christmas Child Items

Hello Adventureous Shoppers! May OCC items to be on the lookout for are: "Boy Items"- tools, duct tape, flashlights (and batteries), work gloves, wallets, handkerchiefs, ball glove, stuffed animal (every shoebox needs an item that will GRAB the child's attention), small water bottles, deflated soccer balls and pumps or other balls, matchbox cars and other items the Lord directs your way.

You are an amazing group of shoppers. Thanks for all the items you have brought in!

VBS Donations for Crafts: 

 Each night of VBS the children get to make a creative craft to go along with the VBS theme.  In order to help with the cost of providing craft materials for around 150 kids, we are hoping to get some of the items donated.  The following items are needed for donation: snack size zip-loc bags; sandwich size zip-loc bags; Sharpie permanent markers (colors); Sheets of decorative scrapbook paper (not card stock); Crayola Washable markers; toilet paper tubes; Bubbles (4 fl. oz. bottles); small plastic plates.  Items can be given to Stephanie Shelton or placed in a box by the children's Sunday School rooms.  Thank You!

Maker Fun Factory - Created by God/Built for a Purpose.

 This year's theme for VBS is "Maker Fun Factory - Created by God/Built for a Purpose." After the children finish their nightly craft at VBS, they have the opportunity to participate in a variety of stations set up in the craft room. This year's stations will go along with the Fun Factory theme. We are looking for donations of Spirographs, Gear Sets, Magnet and other building sets. These items would not be returned. The items would either go to a church in Toledo at the conclusion of our VBS or to our Sunday School program here at WUMC.   Any questions, please contact Stephanie Shelton. 

Graduation Sunday 

We will be honoring our graduates on Sunday, June 4.  Graduates from high school, college, technical school, and higher education will be recognized during the church service.  We will also have a time of celebration after the service in the fellowship hall.  Stephanie Shelton is in need of the following information from our graduates:  Name, school graduating from, and any future plans.  This information will be listed in a special bulletin insert on June 4th.  Also, if you would like to be included in the slideshow during the service, please get Stephanie about 8 photos of you (at different ages - infant to current) by May 21st.  Please send the photos electronically to Stephanie at sshelton171@gmail.com   Thank you!  

Waterville Elementary Teacher Appreciation Lunch

We will once again honor the 60 teachers and staff at Waterville Elementary School on Tuesday, May 30th at 11:00 a.m.   As before, we will need salads, desserts and helpers. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the secretaries office. Please consider being a part of this outreach ministry. Thank you!!!