July 2018

Dear Church Family,

Greetings in the name of the Lord. My hope and prayer is that you are having a great summer. Considering our summer activities most of us find ourselves busy with all kinds of activities; vacations, weekend getaways, sports and caring for our homes while the summer weather provides great opportunities.

Busyness is a major aspect of our post-modern lifestyles. Do you feel overwhelmed with all that you want to accomplish or with all the plans for the coming few weeks or months? Busyness is not simply a summer challenge. Many times we are so busy that there is no room for one more appointment, event, or any unplanned activity in our lives.

Here is a critical consideration for us very busy people - are we spending time with God in the midst of all the busyness? Finding peace in the midst of all the activities we are involved in is impossible without spending time with God each day.

Consider this; how much time each day do I spend keeping my body healthy, in recreational activities, working around the house or serving a community group? All these and many more things in our lives take up valuable time. Now, let’s ask, how much time and effort am I putting into my relationship with God?

The Gospel of Luke 9:23 states, “Then he said to them all: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Do you make time with God a priority? Any relationship takes work. How much work do we give to our relationship with God?

To deny ourselves is to give our own desires to God. Keeping our relationship with God as our greatest endeavor. Taking up the cross is to acknowledge God as being first in our lives due to sacrifice of Jesus on the cross to provide the way for us to be reconciled to God. Are you willing to take up your cross each day?

How do I take up the cross? We take up the cross as we put God in control of every part of our lives every day. It is a simple thing to set aside the time necessary to take up our cross each day in prayer and commitment.

The real struggle to follow God is when the Holy Spirit wants to interrupt our plans, desires and schedule to spend more time with God and to serve God each day.

I want to encourage each of us to start each day by spending time with God in prayer and commitment. Giving the day to God, submitting ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit and living by faith when the Holy Spirit seeks to change our plans. We will all be blessed as we put our relationship with God before all else. A great discovery will occur. We will discover that our desires will be transformed, our hearts wanting more than anything an intimate relationship with God and our discovery of the promised peace in all circumstances.

May you be richly blessed with God’s peace,

Pastor Mike

Youth Mission Trip

Week of Hope

15 Youth (6 first timers)

4 Adults (1 First timer)

Worked with GROUP on a week long mission trip on June 17-22 in Burtonsville, Maryland.





The teens were split up over a few different areas to assist with elderly residents in assisted living and retirement communities. Service projects for local residents, spend time with residents in nursing facilities, assist in clothing centers, help families move out of shelters, and help with food banks.



Bring your favorite picnic dishes to share. We are excited that Browning residents will be our guest.


July Mission Focus

In the face of natural disasters, violence, and grinding poverty, Hygiene Kits can mean the difference between sickness and health for struggling families; and School Kits can give children in these impoverished communities and refugee camps some of the basic tools for learning.

Your support makes a tremendous difference in the lives of so many people both here at home and around the world.

Each kit represents a person whose life will be changed because of the simple items contained within. Please donate only the items from the lists below. The Festival of Sharing is very particular that items be the same in each kit.


Our most needed Kits! These little kits are jam-packed with supplies to help keep people clean and healthy.

  • One hand towel measuring approximately 15# X 28# to 16# X 32# (no fingertip, bath, dish towel, or micro-fiber)
  • One washcloth
  • One wide-tooth comb removed from the package (found at discount dealers like sallybeauty.com
  • One fingernail or toenail clipper removed from the package (either one is acceptable)
  • One bath size bar of soap in the original package
  • One toothbrush in the original package
  • Ten standard size Band-Aids

All items need to fit inside a one-gallon Ziploc type bag. Remove the excess air from the bag and seal before boxing. Do not add any extra items or toothpaste. A tube of extended expiration date toothpaste will be added to each hygiene kit just prior to it's journey.

Processing Cost: $2.00 per kit



We all remember how great it felt to start a new school year with all the right supplies. Now, you'r giving that same feeling to students around the world who otherwise wouldn't have the supplies they need. You're making sure children have the best chance to succeed in school, even if they are recovering from a disaster of living in other tough circumstances.

  • One pair of blunt scissors removed from the package (rounded tip, only)
  • Three 70-count bound notebooks or notebooks totaling 200-210 pages ( no loose-leaf or filler paper
  • One 30- centimeter, 12" ruler
  • One hand-held pencil sharpener removed from the package
  • One large eraser ( no pencil cap erasers)
  • Six new, un-sharpened pencils with erasers. Please remove pencils from the package.
  • One box of 24 crayons
  • One 12" x 14" to 14# x 17" finished size Cotton or lightweight canvas bag with handles (solid color or Kid-friendly fabric, no logos, reusable shopping bags, or backpacks.

All items must be packed inside of the bag.

Optional: Loose school kit items may be placed in a large Ziploc type bag to keep them together. Remove the air, seal the bag and place inside of the cotton/canvas bag.

Value: $15.00 Processing Fee $2.00 Per Kit


June 3 ................137

June 10 ..............100

June 17 ..............102

June 24.................88


Please Click here to access July Calendar.



Join us this summer for walking and praying in our community. Wear your sneakers, bring your kids or your pets, while we walk and pray around town. Meet at 7:00 PM on the dates and locations below.

June 28 - Story Point

July 5 - Fallen Timbers Monument

July 12 - Battlefield (off Jerome Rd/Mall Side)

July 19 - Farnsworth Park (1st entrance)

July 26 - Church

For Questions or additional information please contact Char Monroe @ 419.277.2779


WUMC Mail Bag

Dear WUMC, Thank you for partnering with UMCOR. Through your gift, you are helping to provide humanitarioan relief when war, conflicth, or natural disater disrupts life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.

Through the compassion and solidarity of faithful friends like you, UMCOR is able to provide comfort to those impacted by disasters like earthquakes and storms, food for the hungry and healthcare to those who would otherwise would have none.

The gift will bring hope to those who need it most.

Grace and Peace.

Roland Fernandes

General Treasures UMCOR

General Board of Global Ministries

Russel Pierce

Executive director of Communications, Advance & Fundraising

General Board of Global Ministries




Thank you very much for the donation for the SOWER Materials fund and your generous support of the SOWER VIM Project this year and in prior years.


Ralph Brandon.


Prayers of Christian Comfort and Peace for the

Priscilla Schlingman Family & Terry Jessie Family



Even though it is summer and we are enjoying the beautiful weather, our packing party will be here soon. Be on the lookout for sunglasses, hats, beach balls, outdoor play games, flip-flops, drink cups, jump ropes.  

Pray for shopping wisdom as you purchase these monthly items and the items for your own boxes for collection in November. The Lord knows that children who will receive your gifts and He can guide your shopping adventures to exactly what will meet needs and give joy. 



July 9-12, 6:15-8:30 PM at Zion Lutheran Church in Waterville.

Please be in prayer for the Volunteers, and the children. Vacation Bible School is an amazing outreach opportunity where God is at work, and lives are changed!


There are a Few ways you can be a part of this VBS.

We need Snacks and /or help with serving Wednesday, July 11.

Please see the bulletin board for information and to sign up.

Crew Leaders are needed for Vacation Bible School this summer - July 9 - 12, 6:15-8:30 pm at Zion Lutheran Church. A crew leader is responsible for getting a small group of children to each of the 4 stations (Bible Point, Music, Craft, and Snack) throughout the evening. There are station leaders at each of the locations that guide the lesson/activity.  You would also be paired with another adult or youth. Dinner would be provided for you and your family each evening at 5:30 pm. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Stephanie Shelton  


July 10, and July 24

Come and be a part and help serve breakfast.

Sign up sheet on the bulletin board.

Arrive by 7:00 AM

Breakfast starts @ 8:00 AM

Monroe St. UMC 3613 Monroe St. Toledo, OH


We need some help. Would you be willing to help fill in on some Sundays? Slides completed and loaded on the computer. We need you to advance them with a click of a button. It's that easy! Please pray and let Pastor Mike know if you would be willing to train on this.

Volunteer Opportunity

Interested in supporting a local facility that has provided summer family memories for years? Camp Widewater is looking for those who want to garden trim trails, chop wood, mow lawns, weed whack and more. There are also projects that would be perfect for men's women's & youth groups.      CLICK HERE TO CONTACT REBECCA WOODS

Scripture Readings

Each daily Scripture Reading has names of families and individuals for our daily prayer list. Please read your Bible and pray for these persons for the month of July.  PRAYER REQUEST


  • July 1 Nicole Westfall
  • July 4 America
  • July 5 Deanna Mohr-Damron
  • July 6 Gabriel Sheridan
  • July 10 Charlene Monroe
  • July 10 Thomas Quinn
  • July 11 Keith Colyer
  • July 12 Kristin Denman
  • July 13 Lisa Galton
  • July 14 Caroline Gribble
  • July 19 Pamela Denman
  • July 19 Tiffany Stevens
  • July 20 Christina Wielgopolski
  • July 21 Chris May
  • July 23 Aimee Allison
  • July 23 Bill Gregory. Jr
  • July 23 Jane Schwind
  • July 24 Carolyn Myerholtz
  • July 24 Lucy Topuzova
  • July 25 Gloria Peyton
  • July 25 Lindsay Watson
  • July 27 Isaiah Wittenmyer
  • July 28 Amy Peel
  • July 29 Hanna Letzring