February 2018

Dear Church Family, 

May the Blessings of God be with you. We are about to begin another journey of the Christian year, the season of Lent. This is a season of self-reflection and preparation. Lent finds some of its roots in a very early tradition of preparing new converts for baptism.

This time of preparation included fasting Monday thru Saturday all food from daylight to dark and being taught the meaning and practice of being a faithful disciple of Jesus. This practice included study of scripture and the discipline of prayer. You may want to make a commitment to some of these disciplines during the season of lent in 2018 which begins with Ash Wednesday on February 14.

We will launch our Lenten journey with the opportunity to receive the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion with a personal experience in the sanctuary from 6-9 am Ash Wednesday morning. I will be there to serve you when you are ready and there will be guides printed for your personal experience with God. Also, there will be a worship service at Browning Masonic in Harmony Hall at 1:00 pm for everyone who would  like to experience Ash Wednesday in worship.

Our Lenten experience will continue with a sermon series based upon God's commands to Love. These commands include to love our neighbors, love one another and to love God. Think of our love of God and those around us this way: could we love as Jesus did that while hanging on the cross? Could we look out at those who cried out "crucify him" and those who drove the nails into his hands and feet and then look to heaven and say, "Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing."

Lent is one of those seasons in which God will often ask of us to serve in a way that we may prefer not to. Just as Jesus human preference was not to go to the cross. Yet, Jesus set for us the ultimate example of following God's will when he declared, "not my will but yours be done." No matter our reasons, are we willing to love God as Jesus did and declare as Jesus did, "not my will, desire, or preference but, whatever you ask God, I will do."

Pastor Mike 

SAVE THE DATE: FEBRUARY 4TH & 11TH

You are invited to a "trade fair" unveiling of WUMC's proposed new Church design! 

When: February 4th & 11th, 2018 (attend one) immediately following 10:30am service

Where: Fellowship Hall

What: Presenters at each of 7 booths will walk you through the important design aspects of this exciting new Church design. Please plan to visit our presenters at each booth for a short presentation. Pizza, finger foods, and beverages will be served. Child care is available in our Nursery.

Daniel, Lives of Integrity,Words of Prophecy

 Tuesday Night Bible Study - Daniel, Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy. Join us at 7:00 pm on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm for this exciting bible study beginning on January 30. This 12-week DVD study is led by Beth Moore and has been a moving study for men and women alike. Don't miss out on this great opportunity.

January Statistics

Date             Worship

Dec. 31             81       

Jan.   7             113       

Jan. 14             115       

Jan. 21            109     

Jan. 28            154    

2018 Giving Envelopes

 2018 Giving Envelopes are on the shelf outside the church office for your pickup.  Please make every effort to pick up your envelopes in order to save mailing costs.  Please contact Tom Wiggins if you have any questions at financialsec@watervilleumc.org or 419-878-5503. 

Lent Service Schedule   

February 14 - Ash Wednesday 6:00 - 9:00 am Church Sanctuary Communion and Imposition of Ashes

1:00pm Ash Wednesday Worship Service @ Browning Harmony Hall

March 29 - Maundy Thursday 6:00 pm Dinner and Holy Communion in the Basement

March 30 - Good Friday Cross Walk - Meet in the back of the church at 12:00 pm

April 1 - Sunrise Service - to be announced

April 1 - Easter Worship Celebration 10:30 am  

WUMC Family News

Hospitalized: John Mason; Vonnie Utz

Ron Peyton, now home from rehab.

WUMC Mail

Dear WUMC, 

It was such an honor to be with you all on January 14th. I appreciate the longstanding partnership we have. 

In Him,

Savanna Martin

The Pregnancy Center  

Thank You WUMC for Caring and Sharing

 The Salvation Army tallied the collection received at Waterville Kroger on  Dec. 2 to be  $631.10.    Thank you to all who rang the bell and who generously gave so others would enjoy a loving Christmas.  
 

February 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 February.

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

February Calendar

Click for February 2018 Calendar

 Easter Lily Orders

We wish to have lilies grace the Chancel Area for our Easter Worship Service on April 1, as we celebrate our Lord's Resurrection over sin and death.  We will begin to received orders on Sunday, February 25.

To place your 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.  Enclose your money and place the order envelope in the offering plate or drop it by the church office.

The cost of each lily is $ 8.00.        The order deadline is Sunday,March 25 ,2018.