March 2018

The Ambassador

Waterville United Methodist Church

 Dear Church Family,  

Today feels like a great day. The sun is shining and we are being promised nearly 60 degrees as the high temperature. How often do we allow the weather or other circumstances in our lives to dictate our mood or attitudes for each day? Do we believe that God loves us more than to let external and even internal circumstances control how we experience each of our days?

In Nehemiah 8 the story is told of the fathers, mothers and children of the age that could understand requesting the reading of the book of the law of Moses. They had to make the request as there was one copy. Unlike the privilege, we enjoy of all having a copy of God's Word, only the very, very rich people of the Old Testament and the rich of the New Testament people, up until the printing press had the possibility of a personal copy of scripture.

As Ezra read the Book of the Law and the teachers taught the people, they began to weep as the Holy Spirit convicted them of their shortcomings in living according to God's desire. Nehemiah told the people in verse 10, "Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don't be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!"

As a result of the people understanding God's teaching that it was time to celebrate not to weep. Also to remember where a believer's real strength comes from. Our strength does not come from any external circumstance it comes from the "joy of the Lord". During this season of Lent one of my prayers for you is that you will find strength from God as you search and find God's everlasting Joy in your heart. Joy in all circumstances as you acknowledge that God is with you. That inner sense of God's presence and peace that is ours, as we know that God loves us through every circumstance we face.

Here is one of the joys I am feeling right now. We had our second trade fair about the new building. There was again a lot of excitement in the room. We are working on responses to all the comment cards and will be making written responses as soon as possible. Keep watching the bulletin, announcements on the screens prior to worship, the newsletter, emails and first class mail as we continue to work together as a congregation to make final decisions about the future of our congregation.

May you know the love, joy and peace of God in all circumstances,

Pastor Mike  


Date             Worship

Feb.   4              95          

Feb. 11            Cancelled

Feb. 18                 130       

Feb. 25                134        


HOSPITALIZED: Ana Nicholson, St. Lukes

PRAYERS OF CHRISTIAN HOPE AND COMFORT for the family of Henry Hanzl who passed away on February 20 in Foster City, California. He is survived by daughters Peg Divine and Beth Phares. 


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 March. If you have a prayer request, please feel free to             


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As part of our celebration of our Lord's Ressurection over sin and death, we wish to grace the Chancel Area with lillies for our Easter Worship on Sunday, April 1.

To place your Lily Order please complete an order envelope located in the pew envelope holder.  Please complete with the number of lillies you are ordering, the person(s) name to whom you are dedicating, if you are contributing to the New Building Fund and you name as you would like it printed in the bulletin.   Enclose your payment and place the order envelope in the offering plate. 

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

OCC Monthly Packing Collection

Congratulations WUMC shoppers! You allowed us to pack an additional 67 shoeboxes because of you sniffing out those great sales last year. This year we are calling upon your gererous spirit to again help us to share Jesus' message to those who may not hear otherwise. The items we would like you to be on the lookout for are:

Quality craft supplies, books, stickers, cars, puzzles, tea party items, balls, jacks, yo-yos, balloons, silly putty, noisy toys, jump ropes, harmonicas, and stuffed animals 10 inches or smaller.

Thank you for your generosity and ask the Lord to guide you as you shop. Remember items you enjoyed and share that with a child. 

11 Gift Ideas for Boys ages 10-14

1. Card games - It doesn't matter that they can't read the rules, they''ll  make up their own! Ideas include: Old Maid, Crazy Eights, or Go Fish.

2. Items with Super Heros, Sports, or Cars not war toys or weapons.

3. Small toys Yo-Yo's, balls  on a string, marbles,

4. Legos creator lego sets.

5. Round things Small balls, nerf balls

6. Logic Games and Puzzles Rubik Cubes, Dominos.

7. Toothbrush and comb and even a bar of soap.

8. Coloring Books and Crayons

9. Flash-lights and batteries

10. Solar Calculator

11. Something Silly, like fake teeth, plastic bugs,

11.5 Bonus Ideas - wash cloh, bandana, drawstring bag, ruler, a level, screwdriver(one Philips and one regular) bungee cords, pair of work gloves, pencil pouch with pencils, sharpener, eraser, colored pencils.

This is doable! Let's show the boys of the world the love of Jesus. After all Jesus was a boy and would have loved these items as well.

Haskins Community Church

209 West Main Street

Pancake Day

Satudray, March 3 from 8:00 a. m. until 2:00 p.m. 

Adults: $8.00

Children (4-10 yrs.) : $2.00

Children 3 and under eat FREE

Whole Hog Sausage

Light & Fluffy Pancakes



                                         ALL YOU CAN EAT

Note: An elevator (east side of building) is available.


First Presbyterian Church Presents Broadway Night

Once again, First Presbyterian Church will support Anthony Wayne Community Food Ministry by hosting Broadway Night on Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and there will be a free will donation for the Food Ministry. Refreshments will be available at intermission.  Questions, please email or call 419-878-2806.  

Waterville Historical Society Day!

Sunday, March 25

Dine To Donate

Granite City Food & Brewery

All day long 9:00 a. m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Brunch Buffet 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Can't make it in? To-Go orders included too!

Tell your server you are with the Waterville Historical Society and Granite City will donate 20% of your total check to this great cause.  


 Janet Poling & Sandy Clark