WATERVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Mark 4:41 Even the wind and the sea obey him.
Dear Church Family,
My hope is that you are having a great summer and that the Lord is blessing you greatly.
I am inviting you to be in a season of prayer to reveal to our entire congregation God's plan for church growth and for wisdom for the new building. Our church council have been seeking God's wisdom as we trust that this is God's time to move ahead with a new building. A building that will be fully accessible to all people, plenty of parking, a resource for the entire community and most importantly a lighthouse shining with God's love.
Your prayers are so important. In the coming week several from the church are meeting with Building Church God's Way (BGW). This Christian company has built over 700 churches with a heart for the local congregation to fulfill God's plan for the church and the community. Please seek God in prayer from the time you receive this letter. On Tuesday, August 8 through Thursday, August 10, BGW will be with us seeking God's plan for a new building. Please spend some extra time in prayer from now through Thursday that we all will see clearly God's revelations.
The Psalmist writes in Psalm 127:1-2 these words, "Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones." We must seek God to build His house to provide His ministries to our community and region. Our unified prayers are so important.
Also, we are seeking God's plan for our ministry focus and church growth in Waterville and beyond. God uses His people and His angels to guard our community. We must move beyond our own desires and preferences if we are going to experience the miraculous moving of God's Spirit amongst us, the people of Waterville and beyond.
Thank you for the over 50 of you that have already filled out the survey that will help inform the work with BGW next week. Even though the original deadline of July 31 has past we still need to hear from you. Check your email for the link to fill this out online. You can also call the office and request the email to be resent, request an email attachment to print off, fill out and bring with you Sunday or stop by the office and pick up a paper copy. Your prayerfully considered responses are of great importance for all of us to hear clearly from God.
Remember that you may be the person to whom God speaks His truth and direction.
May you know the presence of God this day,
Your Prayers Are Needed - In light of the upcoming design visit please pray for Austin Fredrickson, those representing Weaver Commercial Contractor and those of the design team who will be helping Austin develop the plans for your facility.Pray for traveling safety and health, for clarity of ideas as the team develops concepts for WUMC, pray for our staff and those interacting with the BGW team that there would be effective communication from both sides. As so often happens in anything we do that attempts to expand God's Kingdom and reach more people with the Salvation message, Satan will do all he can to disrupt those efforts. Pray that Satan's efforts to confuse and disrupt will be bound from our church plans.
FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP
Facts, Figures, and FYI's
The financial requirements of WUMC are an integral and necessary part of doing God's work through us. The largest portion of our financial requirements is our Ministry Expenses which are supported by your General Fund (GF) Contributions. Each year, following prayerful thought and guidance, an annual Ministry Budget is prepared based on estimated expenses for the coming year and the challenge is to keep expenses at or below this budget estimate. So, keeping track of our GF contributions and how it compares to our budget and actual expenses gives us a good picture of where we stand financially. The chart above shows the monthly GF Contributions for each quarter and how the total amount for the quarter compares to the budget requirement and the actual expenses. As the year progresses, these quaterly totals are then added to the year to date (YTD) totals.
Prepaid: Some individuals chose to prepay for the next year's GF by making year-end contributions. So for accounting purposes this prepaid total amount ($13,304) is divided by 12 and entered each month ($1,109).
Thank you for sharing a portion of what God has entrusted to you!
July 2 89
July 9 103
July 16 90
July 23 84
July 30 87
WUMC FAMILY HAPPENINGS
Hospitalized: Jim Simpson, UTMC
Barb Page, UTMC
Prayers of Christian Comfort and Sympathy
for the family of Jack Steele, Penny Greenlese's brother who passed away in Kansas. Prayers for comfort, strength and peace for the family as they mourn yet another loss in their family.
Prayers of Christian Comfort and Sympathy for
the family of Joanne Cooper as they mourn their loss and are in need of peace, comfort and strength.
Prayers of God-speed and protection as Brandon Chase, Dave & Cathy Landis's son-in-law, serves overseas in our military. Brandon will be serving overseas for 9 months. Pray also for Alissa, and sons Wyatt and Jonah as they carry on life here in the States.
AUGUST BIBLE READING 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 August.
If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact the Prayer Chain:firstname.lastname@example.org