September 2017

Dear Church Family,                    

I Thessalonians 5:16 states, "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." I invite you to pray continually for the leadership of the church as we strive to discover and live in the center of God's will for our congregation. There are three primary concerns at this moment; church growth, serving the needs of our community and the new building. Let us all commit ourselves to concentrated and focused prayer in each of these areas.

Throughout history God has moved in mighty ways. One consistent truth is that proceeding these God moments the faithful had been praying for God's Holy Spirit to be at work. We are on the verge of one of those God moments. Yet, if we are unwilling to dedicate ourselves first to God and then to prayer this moment could be missed.

The percentage of active Christians is shrinking in our country. We can turn this trend around as we actively seek a deeper walk with our Lord Jesus. One of the ways we can show our relationship with God is to discover being joyful in all circumstances. This joy is not an outward expression when our favorite team has won or some accomplishment has been reached. It is a sense of complete contentment and peace deep within us. This kind of joy shows itself to others and they desire this kind of joy as well.

Only an ever deepening relationship with God will provide this inner joy that can be with us always no matter the inner struggles we might be facing. Is there an area in your life in which you are discontented? If your answer is yes, then beginning now take it to the Lord in prayer, ask God the next step to discover complete contentment in your life.

As you pray ask God to reveal to you what you need to be contented and how God is calling you to help others to become contented in Christ. God desires to use us all and we are interdependent upon God and one another. There are people in our congregation and in our community that need to know God more fully to become completely contented. How does God want to use you in helping others to find peace and contentment?

When we become discontented we believe change is the answer. This is exactly true. Yet, the change be in us, the change may be our increased involvement, the change may be responding to the call of God upon us to become the change agent of God.

My prayer for each of us is that we will allow God's Holy Spirit to direct the area in each of our lives in which God desires for us to change. The area that may be preventing us from experiencing contentment in Jesus. When we allow God to move in our souls, not only will our lives be more fulfilled and contented, our congregation will grow in transformational power; power that will change lives inside and outside our church.

May the power of the Holy Spirit bring contentment and blessing upon you,

Pastor Mike

 

August Statistics

Date       Worship

Aug. 6            80     

Aug. 13            96   

Aug. 20           76      

Aug. 27           88      

 

Waterville UMC Family News

 Hospitalized: Barb Page 

 Jim Simpson, UTMC

 

Are you an organizer? Do you love weddings?  Do we have an opportunity for YOU!

WUMC is seeking a  Wedding Coordinator.  This position is part time and paid by the bridal party. The Coordinator will help to ensure the wedding ceremony at Waterville United Methodist Church is a memorable experience for the bride, the groom and their guests.  Interested parties should contact Char Hansen for additional information at Charlene.Hansen@live.com. 

 

September 2017 Calendar

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Operation Christmas Child Items

September items are: socks, gloves, t-shirts, sleevelees tops, pajamas, scarves, mini umbrellas, any small clothes items.

Keep in mind the most needed boxes are for the 10-14 boys.

Pray for shopping wisdom and 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 needs and give joy.   

ROCHE de BOEUF BOOTH

September 23, WUMC will be having a booth at the annual Roche de Bouef Festival here in Waterville.  We'd once again like to invite the community to join us in the Samaritan Purse Operation Christmas Child (OCC)Shoebox ministry by handing out OCC shoeboxes and flyers about the project with suggestions and instructions. There is a signup sheet on the bulletin board to assist with coverage in the booth for two hour shifts that day. Please consider helping us impact more children around the world and share God's word with this unique ministry!

    Remember National Collection Week is Nov 13-20 this year! 

 

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 September.

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

Optimally Aging At Home And In The Community

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

BGSU Bowen-Thompson Student Union

Explore how to "age in place" and how to make our communities "age-friendly."

Keynote: Esther Greenhouse, Environmental Gerontologist

Discover home modifications to consider, the truth about reverse mortgages, aging-in-place

"Villages", AARP Ohio's Livable Communities, home care options, over 40 exhibitors, raffles and more.

Only $10 per person, including lunch; advance registration required at

 bgsu.edu/oai. For more information, call 419-372-8244. 

See flier posted on bulletin board.