May 2018

Dear Waterville Church Family,

God is good. One of the basic beliefs for Christians is that God is good. This foundational belief begins with the creation story and flows throughout God's word. Yet, many of us as believers in Jesus struggle in our relationship with God in our daily lives. Do we really trust God?

Trusting God is one of the keys to an ever deepening relationship with God in Christ. The battle within of trusting God is often the battle between our desires and God's purpose in our lives. Ask yourself, do I trust God and am I willing to follow God's leading in my life?

Jesus prayed for each of us prior to his death on the cross. His prayer was that we would be at one with Jesus just as Jesus is one with God. So how do we know or measure the condition of our relationship with God?

One of the ways we can measure our relationship with God is to consider the level of peace we have within. This is due to Jesus teaching and giving to each believer the gift of inner peace. It is this inner peace that everyone is searching for.

Where are you looking for peace and contentment? Some of us have been working for most of our lives to find this kind of peace in our daily lives. What do you believe will bring you real contentment?

It is an easy answer to say Jesus. Yes, we do find real peace and contentment when we ask Jesus to be our Savior. It is maintaining this peace and contentment that seems so very difficult. So, what are some of the boundaries to living each day in peace?

One action that blocks our peace is the condition of our relationship with God. How would you rate your relationship with God?

By God's grace Jesus dealt with the sin piece on our behalf. Our part in this relationship is living in the peace that Jesus promised. Peace that only comes from God. What is robbing you of a vital relationship with God that is confirmed by a peace within that passes all understanding. Don't let our world or Satan steal your peace in Christ. It is this peace that we can use to help us measure our relationship with God.

May you live in God's peace today,

Pastor Mike

 

FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP                                     

APRIL STATISTICS 

  Date       Worship

Apr. 1          202

Apr. 8           132

Apr. 15          109

Apr. 22           114

Apr. 29            115

 

STAFF PARRISH NEWS

The Staff Parrish Relations Committee has a number of announcements.  On behalf of the committee I would like to announce the hiring of Sarah Shoemaker who was hired to replace Amy Brentlinger in the nursery.  Sarah started April 15, 2018.

We would like to announce the retirement of Janet Polling effective May 31, 2018.  There will be a reception for her on May 6, 2018 for her years of service to the church.  Please be sure to attend or send a card her way. 

May 20, 2018 will be Claire Long's last Sunday as Bell Choir Director. She will be moving on to pursue graduate work in another state.  We will have a reception in her honor after church service on May 20.  In August, Nadia Taylor will assume the Bell Choir Director duties.

Last, but not least, we have rehired Leanne Dunn as Janet's replacement beginning May 1  to assist for a smooth transition in the office.

Please extend warm welcome to all who are in new roles and heart felt gratitude to Amy, Janet and Claire for their commitment to our church.

Charlene Monroe


WUMC FAMILY NEWS

Hospitalized:  Milie Hires, Robert Hires Jr., Karl Kirkman,  Bonne Spychalski

Prayers of Christian Hope and Comfort for John Mason, family ,and friends at the passing of Anne Mason on Thursday, April 19. Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. 

A special thank you to Amy Brentlinger for her 9 years of service as staff in the nursery. She always greeted everyone with a smile and the kids always looked forward to seeing, "Miss Amy."

Amy - You made a difference in so many young lives! We wish you all the best and you will be missed!

 Good Luck and God Bless

 Claire Long,Bell Choir Director, will be conducting the last performance of  this season on Sunday, May 20.  Claire has been our dedicated Bell Choir Director for the past six years and this will  be her last performance with us. 

Claire graduated with her Masters Degree from BGSU and will be pursuing additional  studies.

A Card Shower Appreciation and Farwell Reception will be held to honor Claire following worship service on May 20th. Please join us in the Fellowship Hall to thank Claire for her time and dedicated service, and  to wish her well in her future endeavors.                          

WUMC'S MAIL BOX

To Our Church Family,

It is with a humble and grateful heart that we thank you for your cards (so many cards), your calls, your e-mails, your visits and your prayers. It was your prayers that got us through and gave us peace knowing God was with us and still is with us.  

Now for doctor visits, and rehab, hopefully getting Penn back to a new normal.  

It is a time like this that we are so grateful to our church and our church family.  Pastor Mike has been with us during the entire process, and we are so thankful. 

May God's blessing be with each of you.

Penn & Char  

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: prayers@watervilleumc.org.                  

MAY CALENDAR
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MAY Operation Christmas Child PACKING PARTY ITEMS

 
 Great Job Shoppers! We are well on our way to an exciting and plentiful packing party.

May items to search out are: Boy items- tools of all kinds, duct tape, flashlights (batteries) work gloves, wallets, watches, harmonicas, ball caps, balls (soccer ball), string or zip ties, utility apron or belt, eating utensils (spoons and forks only).    

Please remember that boys ages 10-14 are painfully under represented. Let's see what we can do to change that this year.

WUMC YOUTH VOLUNTEERS

The youth will be packing lunches on Friday, May 11th, to help support the mission, "Food for Thought."  You can find out more about this organization by checking out www.feedtoledo.org.

GRADUATION SUNDAY     

On June 3 we will be recognizing graduates during the church service.  We will feature the graduates in a slideshow and also celebrate their accomplishments with a special fellowship time of cake and punch.  If you are graduating or have someone in your family graduating, please contact Stephanie Shelton (sshelton171@gmail.com).  She will need to know where you are graduating from, major, future plans, and any other activities you were involved with.  Also, if you would like to be included in the slideshow, please send Stephanie 5-8 photos of yourself at different ages (birth-present).  Please send the photos electronically.  Deadline for submitting the photos is May 25.       

YOUTH GROUP TO CREATION MUSEUM and ARK ENCOUNTER

The youth group will be taking an exciting trip (June 1 & 2) to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter in Kentucky.  This is an amazing opportunity for the youth to learn more about God's creation and discover the truths found in His Word.  If you would like to help with the cost of this trip by making a financial donation, please make checks payable to WUMC (Memo: Youth Creation).  We also appreciate your prayer support for those youth and leaders who will be making the trip.  If you have any questions, please contact Adam or Stephanie Shelton.

 

Vacation Bible School is coming!

July 9 - 12, Ages 4 to Sixth Grade

Mark your calendar....Tell your friends!

 
In preparation for VBS the following donation items are needed:

Party Blowers ( at least 6 inches in length), Quart size zip-loc baggies, Black ultra fine-tip Sharpie markers, Hot Glue sticks, Bags of white rice, 1 package of cone shapped Dixie cups and 2 hot glue guns .

You can drop-off your supplies to Stephanie Shelton or put them in the VBS Donation Box by the Cummunity Room.  The list will be updated each week as items are donated.  If you have questions about any of the items, please contact Stephanie Shelton at  sshelton171@gmail.or 567-202-5035.

LADIES! YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND  

 Plan to join Priscilla Shirer, gifted Bible study teacher , August 24-25, in Fort Wayne, Indiana for a transformative retreat filled with worship, fellowship, and an in-depth study of God's Word.  A group price for 10 or more is only $59.00 per person. We can split the cost of 3 motel rooms. The program   begins at 7:00 p.m. Friday and ends Noon on Saturday.  Please sign up soon on the sheet on the bulletin board.  Tickets sell quickly ! For more information, look on line at www.lifeway.com under Ministries/Women/Priscilla Shirer Live.