March 2016 Newsletter

 Dear Church Family,

One of the scripture passages that most everyone is taught as a child is John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." As we look towards Holy week we are reminded of the cost Jesus paid to live out his love of God and God's love for each of us. God's desire is that everyone will experience the free gift to us of love and grace. The gift is free as a result of the price paid by Jesus.

John 3:17 is of equal importance, "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." This verse shows us God's heart by providing the way for the world to be saved. That way was Jesus suffering, then death on the cross and finally the resurrection which brought new life to all who would believe.

II Corinthians 5:16-18 declares for us, "So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:"

It is in Christ that we are reconciled to God as the old life of sin that brings with it guilt, shame, broken relationships and so many other worldly attitudes, is gone. In other words, in Christ sin no longer has power over us unless we allow it. We are made new; we get to start over no matter what.

Easter is the day that we set aside to celebrate this great gift from God. As we prayerfully prepare for our Holy Week experiences let us pray for those in our lives who have not been reconciled to God through new life in Christ. For we have been given the ministry of reconciliation. The greatest gift we can ever give to another is God's love and grace in Christ. Who do we know that desperately needs a new start?

May the love of God overflow from your life in Christ, may the light of Christ in you overcome the darkness in another and may the Holy Spirit lead you to one in great spiritual need. Easter is all about new life.

Blessings,  
Pastor Mike

 

March 4 Prayer and Fasting: The Cross 

On Friday, March 4, pray that we will follow Jesus to the cross and embrace a lifestyle of radical forgiveness. Suggestions to focus our praying for the month of  March at http://www.westohioumc.org

A New Opportunity for Prayer

A new ministry open to everyone is forming in our church!   We are starting a Prayer Time on Sunday mornings from 9-10:00, just before the Worship Service, and would like to invite everyone who is interested, no matter your age, to join us on Sunday, March 6 for our initial kick-off.  

We are going to gather in the Sanctuary and, making use of a Prayer Kit compiled by Alaire Rothhaas plus some other resources, pray scripture as a group for that hour.   There will be many things to pray for: the Worship Service and all its participants; WUMC and all its various components; our community and all its divisions; the AW School community, students, teachers, etc.; our county, state, and country and the multitude of issues facing us in this regard.   Besides, whatever other things God places on your heart that morning, whether they be personal and private or larger and general.   Though we are together as a group, we will each be praying individually however God leads.  

This is a new adventure for us and we are following the instruction from Luke in Acts 4:24 - "Then all the believers were united as they lifted their voices in prayer." We profess ourselves to be a praying church, so this is just another element to increase that commitment to touch others, reach across barriers, and seek God's mission for this congregation.

If you have any questions, please call Karen Wiggins (419-350-1211). Or perhaps you would simply like to come and observe the group for a time or two. Remember, this is new to all of us, but we are aiming for it to be a blessing and the start of a renewal both within and without the walls of WUMC.   

The Women's Card Ministry

The Women's Card Ministry is being revived.  We have added a check box onto the prayer cards, located in the pew racks, for you to request a card be sent to a person needing encouragement.  Be sure to add the address on the prayer card to where it should be sent.  Hopefully this small act of kindness will help the person receiving the card in their time of need.  Feel free to email Charlene Hansen at Charlene.hansen@live.com for additional information or to have someone given a card from the Women's Card Ministry. 

Photo Directory Status

As you are aware, last year we had problems with the software used for managing individual giving records. This same software was also used to manage membership information, including the ability to create a photo directory. Because of these problems and until we could get them resolved, we stopped using the software.

Unfortunately that meant we had to stop the photo directory project that Cathy Landis and David Stafford had been working on (many hours by both). Thank you! Also, unfortunately, we did not do a very good job of communicating this to all of you. So, that's the truth and we wish we would have handled things differently.

Now for the good news. After much time and effort by Ted Myers (Thank you!), our computer equipment has been upgraded and new software has been installed which has resolved all issues and the financial and membership programs are working properly.

We are now ready to proceed with the creation of a photo directory that will be available to everyone. Tom Wiggins will be leading a team of two or three members to re-start this effort. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Tom. An action plan will be developed to complete the project in a timely and organized manner. We will provide progress updates as we go along. For now, please keep this in your thoughts and prayers.  

Seeking Bell Choir Director

Seeking multi-octave Bell Choir Director for the Waterville United Methodist Church.  Rehearsals are once a week with Sunday morning Worship approximately once per month.  All interested parties should send name and contact information to : Email: pastormike@watervilleumc.org with Bell Choir in subject line or mail to WUMC, attn: Bell Choir Director Position, 102 N. Fifth Street, Waterville, OH43566, no later than May 1st, 2016.

Compensation negotiable based upon experience and qualifications.

WUMC Family News!

Hospitalized: Elaine Larimer- now back home at Browning's.  

Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathyfor the family and friends of Donald R. Myers Sr. of Neapolis who passed away on February 12 in Winter Haven, Florida.  Don was engaged to Alta Damron. 

Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy:for the family of Fritzie Schifferly  who passed away on Wednesday, February 24.  Services were held on Monday, Febraury 29, at Hope United Methodist Church.

WUMC You've Got Mail 

Dear Friends in Mission:

Thank you for your gift received on February 16 to Imagine No Malaria campaign through The Advance, the designated mission giving channel of The United Methodist Church.  We are pleased to share that 100 percent of your contribution will go towards eliminating one of the world's most deadly diseases.  Giving through The Advance enables United Methodists to support one another in mission and ministry around the world.  Thank you for partnering with us in God's mission.

Through gifts like yours, Imagine No Malaria has already distributed 1.2 million insecticide-treated bed nets throughout Africa.  We have also trained more than 5,400 community health workers to personally deliver mosquito nets and measure usage rates.  Today, because of the dedicated and generous support of people like you, malaria's impact has been cut in half!

 Your gift supports the work of the United Methodist church and our many partners including The Global Fund to Fight AIDS; Tuberculosis and Malaria; The United Nations Foundation; the International Federation of the Red Crescent and Red Cross Societies, Nets for Life, and United Methodist central conferences across Africa. 

May God grant you a sense of hope and joy as you continue your support for mission and as we advance towards a day with no malaria.

Grace and Peace,

Roland Fernandes

General Treasurer

General Board of Global Ministries 

March Bible Reading 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 March.

If you have a prayer request, please feel free to email the Prayer Chain:

prayers@watervilleumc.org.  

March Calendar  

Click Here for March 2016 Calendar


Theatre For The World Presents

  Harmony Romances

Ready or not, here we go! TFTW is excited to present our next production, Harmony Romances, on March 4, 5 at 7:30 and 6th at 1:30. Please note: we recommend that the audience be middle-school age and above. The show is quite funny, but a few themes will go over the heads of younger children. We believe all will enjoy the production and we're hoping the audience will see a little bit of themselves in the characters. One could describe this show as "The Golden Girls" go to church. The same fun characters, but a little less edgy. Don't worry, there will be plenty of fun for all!  

We thank all the folks who have graciously volunteered to help us with our mission project. We really cannot do it without volunteer assistance. We are so very grateful for the years of support. With just one week until opening night, we ask that you share our mission project with a family member, co-worker, friend or even a stranger. Our goal is to assist as many people as possible. This really isn't about doing a play. Theatre is simply the vehicle God has provided for us to utilize our gifts, so that we might make a difference in this world. Obviously, we can't do that alone.   It requires God's help and a very gracious audience!  

Hunger continues to be a large problem globally, in America and in the local communities. Our very neighbors may need help. Due to financial shortage and lack of food, 1 in 5 children in America misses a meal each day. That is completely unacceptable! We can do something about it and we pray that you will consider attending our show and donating to the local food pantries. We will gladly accept food donations at the door and welcome any monetary donations upon leaving. Please, if you know of someone who uses one of the pantries, invite them. They wouldn't need to donate a thing. It could simply be a night of free entertainment.  

Finally, please lift our entire project up in prayer. Prayers for the folks who require food assistance and for each person lending their time and talent to the project. We are absolutely certain, none of this would be possible without God's help!  

Hope to see you at the show!

God bless,

The Cast & Crew of TFTW

 Volunteers Needed 

Every year the success of Theatre for the World would not happen if not for the many volunteers that lend a helping hand by allowing their God-given talents to be used for His glory and 2016 is no exception. Please see the bullentin board for sign-up sheets for cookies, brownies,etc needed for the three intermissions of the show or a pan of lasagna or dessert for the teen fund raiser, or as a hostess.

 You will be glad you gave of your best for the Master's use. Thank You.

Youth Fundraiser - Lasagna Dinner - Saturday, March 5,2016

Make your Lasagna Dinner Reservations on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board no later than March 2 or until 78 reservations have been made. A delicious Lasagna Dinner will served by our teens at 6:30 pm.  Adults $7.00 and Children $5.00. 

Easter Lily Orders 

We wish to have lilies grace the Chancel Area for our Easter Worship Service, as we celebrate our Lord's Resurrection over sin and death.

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.  OR you may click on the link below to place your lily order.    

CLICK HERE TO PLACE YOUR EASTER LILY ORDER

The cost of the lilies this year is $8.00 per lily and the deadline to order is Sunday, March 13, 2016.

February 2016 Newsletter

Dear Church Family,                               

Blessings in the name of our Savior and Lord, Jesus.

As was shared in a letter to you the church leadership is working at improving our communication when it comes to the ministry and service to one another and our community. This priority grew out of conversations in our Church Council and with other leaders in our congregation in regards to our building project. It was determined that we must communicate much better and in a timely manner in every area of our ministry and service.

I am pleased to share with you that one important step the Church Council has taken is contracting with Pauline W. Glaza, owner of Enhanced Publications. Please visit her web site to learn more about Pauline, http://www.enhancedpublications.com/.

Pauline will be working with our congregational leaders to improve our communication as we strive to move forward in mission and service. The present goal is to have our work completed with Pauline by the end of May. During the next few months the course will be charted for moving ahead to fulfill our mission: To make new disciples by celebrating, teaching, and sharing God's love. The areas of focus for our work with Pauline in relationship to mission and service are: where we have been, where we are now and where we are headed in the future. Watch for the next communication from the church council for more information.

One way we will fulfill our mission will be our Lenten Study, Loving Generously. Loving Generously is a five-week study that is taking during lent. We will launch this study on February 14th. The study includes a sermon series and small group studies. The small group opportunities include 6:00 pm Sunday, 7:00 pm Tuesday, 9:30 am Wednesday women's group and 1:00 pm Thursday.

The season of Lent historically has been a time of reflection upon our spiritual relationship with God in preparation to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior from the dead. God's gracious gift to each of us, the sacrifice of God's only begotten son, that the power of sin in our lives was defeated.

In reflection, are you where you would like to be in your relationship with God? Do you know the loving presence of God in your daily activities? What is God calling you to reflect upon during this season of Lent?

God's love for us is endless. God's love for us is not reduced by our shortcomings, our mistakes, even our sin. God desires to bless us as we allow the Holy Spirit to teach us and call us to faithfulness due to our love for God.

Relationships take work. What work is the Holy Spirit calling you to be about to make your relationship with God greater than ever before in your life?

May the power of God's Holy Spirit bless you,

Pastor Mike  

FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP

 Facts, Figures, and FYI's                            

As a follow up to our presentation on Sunday, January 24th, and to insure everyone receives the information, we have some grand news to share.

First of all, thank you for your faithful stewardship in support of the mission and ministries of Waterville United Methodist Church, whether it was financial giving, offering prayers, sharing of your talent or participating in activities or programs.

We finished the year in the black! Our total General Fund Income for 2015 was $281,442 and our total Operating Expenses were $272,402, resulting in a year-end General Fund balance of $9,040. We were not only able complete many facility upgrades and outreach & mission programs, but also have reserved funds for a variety of activities, programs and projects for 2016.

We had a great response to our 2016 Stewardship Program, receiving 63 Estimate of Giving cards that totaled $202,080. The Administrative Council has approved a 2016 Operating Budget of $275,500, which means our estimated giving will cover 73% of our budget.

Changes in the commitment amounts on the Estimate of Giving cards 2016 vs. 2015

25          Increases

  6          Decreases

24          Same Amount

  6          New (did not submit card last year)

Thank you to each and every one of you for your willingness to share, so generously, a portion of what He has entrusted to you. This level of giving is a tremendous indicator of the spiritual health of WUMC and the importance we place on the work of His Church, sharing the good news and leading others to Christ.  

Please contact the Church Office or Tom Wiggins if you have any questions about anything related to finance or stewardship at financialsec@watervilleumc.org or (419) 878-5503.  

JANUARY  STATISTICS

  2015 GIVING STATEMENTS                            

2015 statements are on the shelf outside the church office.  Please make every effort to pick up your statement in order to save mailing costs.  Please contact Tom Wiggins if you have any questions at financialsec@watervilleumc.org 

CHURCH OFFICE CHANGE      

 Effective January 13 for twelve weeks, the church office on Wednesdays will be open from 8:00 am until 10:30 am.     Starting on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Wednesday office hours will again be from 8:00am until 12 noon.                      
                              

DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING 

Our day of prayer and fasting will be on Friday, February 5.  Our prayer focus for this month is the upcoming General Conference.  Bulletins are located on the Prayer Table with the list of all of our delegates and suggested prayers.        

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES  - FEBRUARY 10 

Our Ash Wednesday service will be a service of  personal reflection and the imposition of ashes.  The service will conclude at 7:30 am so folks can get to work. 

Browning Ash Wednesday Service - 1:00pm in Harmony Hall - You are invited to join with the Browning Masonic Home Residents for an Ash Wednesday Service.  

FAMILY OPPORTUNITY AT BROWNING MASONIC COMMUNITY

Pastor Mike ministers to the residents at Browning Masonic Community in Waterville and is extending an opportunity for the children to join him.  On the first Sunday of the month, Pastor Mike leads a church service for the residents who would like to attend.  We would like for the children of our church to consider coming to sing a song together for the residents during this church service.  This would be a great way to extend our outreach ministry to the people in the Browning community.   The next service will be on Sunday, February 7, at 1:30 pm.  A lunch will be offered after our church service at WUMC and then we can caravan to Browning and arrive there around 1:15pm.  The service will

be no longer than an hour and the kids are free to go after they sing the song at the beginning of the service.  During Sunday School time, the children will spend a few minutes practicing one song to sing for the residents.  We will be singing, Jesus in the Morning. for the first service on Feb. 7th. Along with the song, four chikdren will read a short scripture verse that goes along with the song.  Please contact Stephanie Shelton if your child will be attending the service to sing.   (You would be responsible for getting them to and from Browning Masonic Community).  Also, please respond with how many will be attending the lunch after our church service so we know how much food to plan for.  Lunch is for the whole family.                             

Loving Generously  - A Five Week study during Lent

 Loving Generously focuses upon loving God and one another.  This sermon series and small group experience will begin on February 14.  Personal and congregational vitality grows as we grow to know, to love and to serve the least and the lost.                              

WUMC FAMILY NEWS

HOSPITALIZED:   

Fritzie Schifferly - St. Luke's

Dr. Roger Hertzman - St. Luke's

Larry Noward - St. Luke's

PRAYERS OF CHRISTIAN HOPE AND SYMPATHY:  

For the family of Ron Hart who passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2016.

For the family of Grace Russell who passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2016.

CONGRATULATIONS & MANY HAPPY MEMORIES TO ENJOY!

Praising God for the birth of their first grandchild, Emma Grace Box is Doug & Cindy Box.  Emma Grace was born on January 12 to Wes & Kelly Box in the Denver area.  

          OUR WUMC FAMILY

 Dear Waterville United Methodist Church:

On behalf of The Salvation Army and our community members in need, we thank you for volunteering during our RED KETTLE campaign.  Through your selfless dedication to others, you were able to raise $640.62 during December.

The Salvation Army strives to do the most good for our community each day, and, without your support, we would be unable to meet that goal.  We are enormously thankful for your willingness to put others before yourself.

Again, thank you for your assistance.  It is our privilege to partner with you in serving the Northwest Ohiocommunity.  We hope to work withyou again this year!

May God Bless You,

Scott Kelly and Susan Kelly, Majors

Area Coordinators,

Northwest Ohio Area Services

 

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year and thank you so much for the nice "Welcome Greetings".  We appreciate your invitation to worship with you and plan to do so.  We probably will not be living in Waterville for 3-4 months, as some remodeling is being done.  But, we will make trips back and forth.  Our grandchildren live in Whitehouse and play scoccer and basketball.  So, we try to see their games and bring a minivan full each trip.

We hope to meet you soon.

Thanks again,

Ginny & Joe Bender  

 

Dear Friends at Waterville United,

Just a quick note to say that we are thinking of you.  We pray that the love and grace of God would continue to increase among you, confident that it will overflow into your community.

Thank you for your past support.

Jane

for The Water Project Team

 

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

Your outpouring of kind words and prayers for Dad were a great comfort to us during a very difficult time for our family.

Thank you so much.

Bob and Sue Deardurff

FEBRUARY 2016 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Click to view February 2016 Calendar  

 

February Bible Reading and Prayer

 I Timothy 2:1&2 I urge that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone;for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

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 email the Prayer Chain:prayers@watervilleumc.org.   

Theatre for the World  - Harmony Romances

We are back in the swing of things with our March production. Please consider joining us on March 4th or 5th at 7:30 or March 6th at 1:30 for the comedy, Harmony Romances, by Ron Hill. Just to be clear, the show is really more for a middle school and older audience. It is nothing compared to television today, but like a few shows we have done in the past, some of the themes are a bit beyond the elementary kids.

We think you'll love this comedy. One is never too old to fall in love, no matter what the gossipy ladies from the Harmony United Methodist Church Funeral Committee may think about the circumstances in which it occurs. We have quite a band of characters and each character's flaws are on full comedic display; however, despite these flaws, each of us should be welcomed in the church. A lesson in Christianity that is far too often ignored. We all have room to grow, but there should be no better place to do that growing than in a church, free of judgment. Trust me, the show is most definitely a comedy. You will laugh, and you will witness these Christian people having a lot of fun, but I'm hoping this year, we might reach someone who could really benefit from the other message as well.

Your donations last year helped to feed many people locally and also provided fresh clean water with two water projects in Africa. We can't wait to share pictures with our audience at the upcoming production. Remember, there are no ticket sales. We simply ask that you consider bringing a donation of canned goods or non-perishable items. We also collect a free will offering after the show. All proceeds from this production will go directly to the two Anthony Wayne Pantries and the Grand Rapids Pantry.

Finally, we are grateful for all the volunteers each year. There are so many ways in which one can get involved. Please see our sign-up sheet outside the office for further details. Help us promote the show, invite a friend, hang a poster at work or at a local business. It all helps. God has done so much over the years with what we have to offer. We are truly humbled. Also, remember to support our Youth Group by making a reservation for the Lasagna Supper. We are so grateful for their efforts providing dinner theatre on Saturday evenings. All the proceeds from the supper will support their mission trip. Hope to see you at the show!

God bless,

The TFTW Gang                 

YOUTH FUNDRAISER - LASAGNA DINNER 

Volunteers are needed to provide either a pan of lasagna or a dessert for the Lasagna Dinner on Saturday, March 5 at 6:30pm.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the main hallway for anyone who is interested in helping out the Youth Group with this project. 

LASAGNA DINNER RESERVATIONS

Please sign up to reserve your Lasagna Dinner on Saturday, March 5 at 6:30pm. The cost is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.  The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the main hallway.  Deadline for reservations will be March 2 or until 78 reservations have been made. 

EASTER LILY ORDERS 

We wish to have lilies grace the Chancel Area for our Easter Worship Service, as we celebrate our Lord's Resurrection over sin and death.

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.  OR you may click on the link below to place your lily order.  

CLICK HERE TO PLACE YOUR EASTER LILY ORDER

The cost of each lily is $8.00 and the order deadline is Sunday, March 13,2016.
                                

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD  PROCESSING CENTER  2015

The trip touched me in many ways.  First, meeting others on the same mission was very fulfilling.  Everyone was so nice.  I am very thankful for the opportunity to witness God's love and share it with others.  It was truly an awesome experience.  Just the thought of imagining a child's face opening the boxes that we touched and prayed over was humbling and exciting.   The church service we attended together as a group was so special. Touring the Billy Graham facilities was outstanding. My Christian Walk continues to grow because of this experience.  If anyone ever gets the chance to go on this mission trip, grab it, go, and you won't regret it.   

Yvonne Lammon                            

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY  with  "FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Food for Thought is an organization in Toledo that provides volunteer opportunities to serve at a mobile food pantry, warehouse stocking, and also packing lunches on Friday evenings and delivering the lunches on the streets of Toledo on Saturday mornings.  You can find out more about the organization at www.feedtoledo.org.  The WUMC Youth Group has set two dates for this spring to volunteer with this organization.  On April 22 from 5:30-7:30, we will be making sandwiches and packing lunches that will be delivered in Toledo on Saturday morning.  Then, on May 14 from 9:15-12:15, we will be delivering lunches in Toledo.  The WUMC Youth would like to invite anyone who is interested in volunteering to join us! Please contact Adam or Stephanie Shelton if you are interested.                           

  ZION HOSTS HAM LOAF DINNER  

Zion U. M. Church Whitehouse is hosting a Ham Loaf  Dinner on February 18 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.  Price is $8.50 for adults, $3.00 for children under 10 years of age.                        
                             

ANTHONY WAYNE SPIRIT OF GIVING

Mark your calendars!!! Anthony Wayne Spirit of Giving is excited to announce our 9th annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser. It will be held on February 19th, 2016. The dinner fundraiser will be held from 4:30-8pm in the high school cafeteria. The meal will include a spaghetti dinner (with or without meat), side salad, and homemade desserts donated by many community members. 

Tickets are $5 each and can be bought at the door. Dine in, carry out, or drive thru is available just follow the posted signs. 

Over the years AWSG has adopted and helped over 20 Anthony Wayne families, and this does not include the one time monetary grants given in the past 9 years to other families in the AW district in need. Please join us on February 19th so we can help more!

Thank you for your on going support!                                            

THE PREGNANCY CENTER of GREATER TOLEDO PRESENTS

  Registration is open!

                

             Featuring Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family

March 17 @ Westgate Chapel

 $20.00 per person or host a row for $100.
 

Purchase Here

January 2016 Newsletter

WATERVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

JANUARY 2016

THE AMBASSADOR

Dear Church Family,

My hope and prayer is that your Christmas and New Year gatherings with family and friends have been a blessing to all.

This is the time each year that many of us reflect upon all of our experiences of the previous year and make new years' resolutions. Over the years many of us have made resolutions only to fall short. The very definition of a resolution is to make a firm decision. What firm decisions can we make that will build our faith in, love for and service of our gracious, generous, loving God?

All that we need for an ever growing relationship with God has been provided through God's gift of grace in our Savior, Jesus, in God's word, the Bible and in the community of faith, the church and family.

God's free gift of grace demonstrates God's radical generosity. This free gift of life in Christ and forgiveness of all sin so that God's original design for an intimate loving relationship can be restored.

How then can we participate in growing closer to our God in Christ and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit? One way is to study God's word. To that end during 2016 we will all have the opportunity to study God's generosity. The first study will be during the season of Lent and is titled Loving Generously. This five-week study focuses upon God's generosity and our response as we serve the least and the lost. Loving Generously is designed as an all church experience with a sermon series and small group study.

Another way that we grow closer to God is to spend personal private time with God each day. Many of us already do daily devotions. If you already do daily devotions are you experiencing the outcome you desire? It is very easy to get caught up in doing devotions for devotions sake. Let's challenge ourselves to do our devotions for the purpose of experiencing God and dwelling in God's presence. To accomplish this end, we may need to change our devotional resource or learn a new way to spend daily time with God.

The heart of our relationship with God begins with the reality of God's unmeasurable love for us or to make it personal, God's unmeasurable love for you. The key to experience the fullness of God's love and presence is our love for God. Ask yourself, do I truly love God? How you answer this question can guide your new year's resolutions for a maturing relationship with God.

If you were to accomplish all your spiritual resolutions for 2016 what would be the condition of your relationship with God? What are the resources you will need to fulfill your relational growth with God? Who is a close personal brother or sister in Christ that can support, encourage and help with accountability to your desires for spiritual growth in 2016?

Let us all pray daily that we will grow as disciples of our Savior and Lord. May 2016 be a holy blessing as we seek to know God more fully and grow in our love for God.

Pastor Mike

 

FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP

Facts, Figures & FYI's

2016 Stewardship Campaign: With the start of the New Year, our "New Consecration Sunday" Stewardship Campaign draws to a close. We continued our approach of financing the ministries of our church and our personal stewardship from a spiritual perspective rather than a fundraising perspective. It focused on the question, "What is God calling me to do?" rather than, "What does the church need in order to pay bills?"

On behalf of the Stewardship Team, thank you to all who contributed to and participated in making this program a success. We will be sharing the final results during worship on January 24, 2016.

Finally, if you haven't had the opportunity to turn in your 2016 Estimate of Giving Card, we will gladly accept them at any time. You may place them in the offering, send via US Mail or drop them off in the Church Office. If you need one, they are available on the shelf by the Church Office. 

2016 Giving Envelopes: Thank you very much for your tremendous response of picking up your 2016 Giving Envelope. It has saved the time and expense of mailing them.

2015 Giving Statements: Since we continue to have emailing issues with the software used to maintain individual giving records, everyone will receive a hardcopy of their final 2015 giving. They will be available on Sunday, January 10, 2016, on the shelf outside the church office. Please make every effort to pick them up, in order to save mailing costs. We will be converting to the updated software in January, which should not only eliminate our emailing problem, but also enhance our record keeping capabilities.

Please contact the Church Office, (419) 878-3645, wumc@watervilleumc.org or Tom Wiggins (419) 878-5503, financialsec@watervilleumc.org if you have any questions about anything related to finance or stewardship.

Waterville UMC Family News:

Hospitalized: Marilyn Simpson - St. V's now home.

Fritze Schifferly , now home - would appreciate cards but not visits at this time.  

Prayers of Sympathy and Christian Comfort:  

The family of Bob Deardurff upon the passing of Bob's father Lawrence R.  Deardurff on Christmas Eve.

Wedding Congratulations!

Stephanie Allison and Tyler Chirdon were united in marriage on Saturday, January 2, 2016.  Stephanie is the daughter of Mike and Becky Allison and Tyler is the son of Bob and Kathy Chirdon.

WUMC Mail

Dear Christian Brothers & Sisters,

May God, whose love is everywhere, bless you every day for being what you always are- so nice in every way!

Thank you so much for the prayer quilt and all the prayers on my behalf.  I believe in the power of prayer and I take the quilt with me to all my treatments because it brings me great comfort.  It has been a good witnessing tool as well when I explain what it is.  God's richest blessing to you all.

Emily Vernon 

 I received a beautiful thank you note from Emily Vernon thanking our church for the prayer quilt and the prayers.  She wrote 'When you brought the prayer quilt to me, it brought tears to my eyes to think your church group prayed for my healing.  I take it to my treatments and it comforts me."  She thanks us for the blessing we are to her during this difficult time.   I thank the quilt ministry and all who were a part of this ministry.   I don't think we realize how this small act of kindness brings so much comfort to those who need our prayers.

 In Christ love,

Charlotte Pritchett

 

God's Garden, 2015   

Thanks to all for supporting my Veggie Stand this year.  I send all the receipts to the Church at the end of the year. As a result of your faithful support I was able to send $10,200 to  the new building fund this year. If the Lord is willing, I will have the garden next year. 

Have a wonderful New Year. 

John Nicholson

 

2015 Giving Statements

Everyone will receive a hardcopy of their final 2015 giving statement. The 2015 statements will be available on Sunday, January 10, 2016, on the shelf outside the church office.  Please make every effort to pick up your statement in order to save mailing costs.  We will be converting to the updated software in January, which should not only eliminate our emailing problem, but also enhance our record keeping capabilities. 

JANUARY BIBLE READING 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 January.

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

January 2016 Calendar

Click to view January 2016 Calendar 

Celebration Service for

Rev. Scot Ocke

You are invited to attend a Celebration service for the Appointment to District Superintendent for Rev. Scot Ocke on Sunday, January 10 at 3:30 p.m. at Monroe Street United Methodist Church located at 3616 Monroe Street in Toledo.  Bishop Gregory Palmer will be preaching. 

2016 Financial Commitments

If you have not had the opportunity to submit your Estimate of Giving Cards we, will gladly accept them at any time.  You may place them in the offering, send via US Mail, or send an email to Tom Wiggins at financialsec@watervilleumc.org.  If needed, additional Estimate of Giving Cards are located on the hallway shelf outside the Church Office marked as 2016 Stewardship Campaign. 

2016 Giving Envelopes

Your 2016 Giving Envelopes are now available on the hallway shelf outside the church office.  Please make every effort to pick them up, as it is quite expensive to mail them.  In addition, the Counting Team appreciates your using these envelopes for your contributions as they help streamline the process of the weekly offerings. 

Funeral & Memorial Luncheons

When the Women's Ministry serves a luncheon following a funeral or memorial service, we usually ask for donations of either a salad or a dessert.  If you are willing to provide one of these when the occasion arises, please sign the sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway?  We would like your e-mail address and a phone number.  Someone will notify you when there is a need.  Thank You!

The Friendly Center

serves Toledo's inner city children and is a ministry of The United Methodist Church.  During the cold winter months, they have extra need for NEW hats, gloves/mittens and socks.  If you would like to support this ministry, there is a basket in the Fireside Room for collecting these items.  Our Women's Ministry will deliver them to the Friendly Center in mid-January. 

Operation Christmas Child Processing Center 2015

As always, we had another awesome experience and were very blessed to be there.  It was good to have Yvonne and Sherry along this year.  Yvonne and Sherry will be sharing their thoughts and experiences as first timers at the center. 

Some of you have asked about the quantities processed.  So, here are the numbers:

Nov. 24      79,943

Nov. 25     170,647

Nov. 27     121,416

Nov. 28    167,288

Nov. 30    102,560

Dec. 1 *   108,326

Dec. 2 *   103,901

Dec. 3*    134,075

Dec. 4*    150,000

* Are the days our group worked.  On Thursday morning,they hit the 1 million mark at Charlotte.  Processing continued the week of December 7. 

Countries boxes were shipped to incloude: Haiti, Paraguay, St. Vincent, So. Africa, Belize, Ghana, Benin, Gabon, Zimbabwe and countries with undisclosed locations with special access.

We found out that from the Northwest Ohio region there were 27,573 boxes collected.  In 2014 there had been 23,000.

Karen Longnecker

Theatre for the World - 2016

Theatre for the World is back in motion and very excited to be starting our mission projects for 2016.  2015 was a huge year for our group and your support of that show and all ten of our productions has been incredible.  Needless to say, God did some great things locally and across the globe with the money raised.  Please continue to pray for the people in Kenya and the positive impact the well may have on their lives.    

Did you happen to notice in the above paragraph that we said project"s"?   You read it correctly, we are planning two shows in 2016.  We haven't worked out all the final details yet, but we hope you will share in the excitement as we attempt to be God's hands in this world.  

Our first show will be, Harmony Romances, a small-cast comedy by local playwright, Ron Hill.  Performances are slated for March, 4,5 and 6.  The show is a humorous look at how a church funeral committee reacts as one of their own rekindles a romance with her long lost high school sweetheart over the internet.   Gossip is not encouraged, but these folks can't resist sharing their crazy thoughts on this relationship.   We would greatly appreciate any assistance with volunteering.   WUMC makes our group shine.  We will post a sheet outside the office in January.  Please consider joining us in our mission work.  

Our second show will be a Christmas musical.  Yep, you read that correctly as well.  We are planning to sing, and perhaps dance a little.  Any of the ladies who may have seen some of the Women's Christmas Dinner entertainment from 2008 and 2009 will recognize some of the material, but Brian is attempting to incorporate some of the old skits, add new material, a different plot, a few original songs and a larger cast of characters so we can do a Christmas musical in November or December.  This will be our first, and possibly our last venture into the musical realm.  They are much harder to pull together than a play.  We welcome and strongly encourage everyone to pray.    

Lots in store, but we couldn't be more excited to see what God can do with what we offer!

Merry Christmas and may God bless you dearly in 2016!  

The TFTW Gang

December 2015 Newsletter

Dear Church Family,  

Christmas will be here before we know it. Are we ready to celebrate this gift of grace through God's son, Jesus? One of the ways of preparation for the celebration of Jesus birth is the traditions of Advent.

Advent, from a historic perspective, is a recent tradition tracing its roots to Germany in the 1800's and not arriving in the United States until the 1930's. This time of preparation reminds us of God's gift and the promise that Jesus will return.

Each Sunday of Advent is designated one of God's promises. These promises in order are: hope, peace, love and joy. Hope that is ours by faith in Jesus as our Savior and hope that Jesus will return and establish his kingdom on earth.

Peace that can only be found in Jesus. A peace in our spirit  that can only be found in our relationship with Christ as known in the Holy Spirit.

God's love that is so great, he sent his only begotten Son to pay the ultimate price for you and I to be redeemed in our relationship with God. Jesus also lived as our example of how we as human beings can love God with every part of our being and love each other. Jesus, out of his love for God and his love for us was willing to die on the Cross.

God desires that we all would know the joy of being a faithful follower of Jesus. Joy deep within that over shadows all else. A sense of God with us every moment of every day.

Here are a couple of ways to engage this time of preparation. One is to search the scriptures for the theme of the week: hope, peace, love and joy. If you do not have a concordance it is easy to search on line. My favorite site is: https://www.biblegateway.com/.  On this site you can search any given word found in scripture. During the search and reading of scripture ask that the Holy Spirit will teach God's meaning of each verse.

Another way is to join the Sunday School Class on each Sunday morning of Advent which will focus upon the advent themes. The class is titled: A Savior is Born. We will meet in the fellowship hall in the basement at 9:00 am. If you would like to be a part of the study you can access the videos and study guides through rightnow MEDIA. To register for your own account email Stephanie Shelton at: sshelton171@gmail.com and request an invitation to rightnow MEDIA. After you sign in you will have access to many great resources.

How will you prepare for the celebration of Jesus birth this year? As we prepare for the celebration of Christmas let us prepare as much spiritually as we do for all the other activities that go along with Christmas.

May you know the hope, peace, love and Joy of God,

Pastor Mike                             

Breathe Together and Join the Uprising
Our next day of prayer and fasting, as called for by Bishop Palmer is on Friday, December 4, 2015.  The theme for December is incarnation.         

 Finance & Stewardship

 Facts, Figures, & FYI's  

 2016 Stewardship Campaign: We had a very blessed worship service for our "New Consecration Sunday" Stewardship Campaign on November 15th at Waterville Primary School. Following the message by our guest speaker, Rev. Rae Lynn Schleif, we presented our 2016 Estimate of Giving Cards and then enjoyed an awesome catered meal. We give thanks and praise for the 47 commitments we received totaling $150,400. It was a terrific start toward meeting the financial goals necessary to help support God's work for the coming year. If you were not able to attend, we will gladly accept your Estimate of Giving Cards at any time. You may place them in the offering, send via US Mail, drop them off in the Church Office or send an email to Tom Wiggins at the address listed below.

2016 Giving Envelopes: Your 2016 Giving Envelopes will be available on Sunday, December 6th on the shelf outside the church office. Please make every effort to pick them up, as it quite expensive to mail them.

2015 Giving Statements: Since we continue to have emailing issues with the software used to maintain individual giving records, everyone will receive a hardcopy of their final 2015 giving. They will be available on Sunday, January 10, 2016, on the shelf outside the church office. Please make every effort to pick them up, in order to save mailing costs. We will be converting to the updated software in January, which should not only eliminate our emailing problem, but also enhance our record keeping capabilities.

Please contact the Church Office wumc@watervilleumc.org or Tom Wiggins financialsec@watervilleumc.org if you have any questions about anything related to finance or stewardship.

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 Thank You!

Our thanks to the Staff/Parish Relations Committee for hosting the "Grazing Potluck" on November 1. Many thanks, also, to everyone who shared their wonderful appetizers. We are so blessed to be sharing in ministry with you here at Waterville Church.

Love in Christ........Pastor Mike & Pam

WUMC Family News
 

Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy:  to Bobbi Hires and Family upon the death of her brother, Scott Gathman.                  

Wedding Congratulations                   

Our congratulations to Anna Emahiser and Mark Banachowski on their wedding on November 27, 2015. Their new residence is 28867 Georgia, Perrysburg, OH 43551

WUMC Mail Bag


   Dear WUMC Family,

Thank you for all your kind words andexpressions of appreciation.   It is a joy to see the many ways you serve our Lord and the many hearts that are touched.

Janet Poling          

I just wanted to say thank you to Cara and everyone who made Parents Night Out possible!  My daughter, Evie, had a fantastic time and my husband and I enjoyed a nice dinner out.  Thank you so much.  Your hardwork was much appreciated!  Evie says she can't wait to be back!

Thanks again,

Rachel, Joe and Evelyn Thoma

WUMC welcomed back Parents Night Out on Saturday November 14th.  The evening was a great success filled with lots of smiles and laughter!  25 kids attended and enjoyed crafts, science experiments, bounce houses, pizza, and brownies!  We also welcomed a special guest, the Toledo Zoo, who brought a rat, lizard & snake for a "Cool Coverings" program.  It was a wonderful night serving God and extending WUMC into the community.  We want to give a HUGE thank you to the 13 amazing WUMC volunteers who made the evening fun & safe for all!  

Adult Advent Bible Study                    

Have you ever thought about the intricate details of the first Christmas?  How Mary handled the startling message from the angel Gabriel?  Why God sought fitto first appear to the lowly shepherds, and choose a manger in Bethlehem?  Or what it would have been like to stand before a multitude of angels?  Join us, beginning Sunday, November 29 at 9:00 a.m. for a four week study entitled "A Savior Is Born" by Peter Briscoe.  We will look at the topics of hope, peace, love and joy.  

Funeral/Memorial Luncheons

Whenthe Women's Ministry serves a luncheon following a funeral or memorial service, we usually ask for donations of either a salad or a dessert.  If you are willing to provide one of these when the occasion arises, will you please sign the sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway?  We would like your e-mail address and a phone number.  Someone will notify you when there is a need.  Thank You!

December Scripture and Prayer

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 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 ofDecember.

If you have a prayer request, please feel free to email the Prayer Chain:

 prayers @watervilleumc.org.   

December 2015 Calendar                    

  Click to View December 2015 Calendar

 CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

Be sure to mark your calendar and to attend the Children's Christmas program on Sunday, December 13 during our 10:30 worship service. A curious lizard goes exploring amongst the branches of the family Christmas tree.  Along the way, she meets many ornaments that all tell her a different meaning for Christmas.  When the lizard finally gets to the top of the tree, she meets the angel.  It is then that the lizard discovers the true meaning of Christmas- Jesus is the Reason we Celebrate the Season!   

Cookies Needed

After the Children's Christmas Program, we will be having a special Fellowship Time which will include lots of yummy Christmas cookies.  If you would like to provide a plate of cookies, please place your name and phone number on the sign up sheet in the main hallway.  Please have your cookies to church by 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 13.  If you are dropping them off earlier, please label "For Fellowship Time".     

 Carovan Christmas Caroling                     

Lets bundle up and spread Christmas joy! Please bring your family and friends to our Carovan Christmas Caroling event! We will meet at the church Sun December 13th and depart at 6:30pm. Our members that are unable to get to church, or have difficulty doing so, love to have us bring His glory to their doorstep this time of year.  Children may bring bells to ring as we sing "Jingle Bells."   We will conclude the evening with hot chocolate and cookies in Fellowship Hall.  If you enjoy baking this time of year, extra cookies are welcome!!!  

Click here to Order Your Christmas Poinsettias  

As part of our Christmas celebration we wish to grace the Chancel Area with poinsettias for our Christmas Service.  You may order your poinsettias by completing an order envelope located on the bulletin board outside Pastor Mike's Office. The cost is $7.00 per poinsettia.  Please list the number of poinsettias, color, to whom you are dedicating the poinsettias, if you desire to contribute to the New Building Fund and sign as you want your name listed in the Christmas Bulletin. Place your money in the envelope and drop into the offering plate or into the church office.

Or you may Click on the link above and complete the order form. WUMC does not take credit card information or payment online.  You will need to send or place your check/ money in the offering plate. The order deadline is Sunday, December 13, 2015


 Did you know that you can support Waterville United Methodist Church when you shop online using Amazon Smile? 

Amazon will  donate 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to WUMC when selected by customers.  Be sure to use our charity link:

http://smile.amazon.com/ch/34-4437474. If you have any questions, please sign into http://org.amazon.com and click on the Help tab. 

THE FRIENDLY CENTER

The Friendly Center serves Toledo's inner city children and is a ministry of The United Methodist Church.  During the cold winter months, they have extra need for NEW hats, gloves/mittens and socks.  If you would like to support this ministry, there will be a basket in the Fireside room for collecting these items.  Our Women's Ministry will deliver them to the Friendly Center in mid-January.  

Maumee UMW Invitation                    

Maumee United Methodist Women have invited us to help them by eating at Bob Evanson December 7 and 17. Their Women's Ministry will receive 15% of the sales on these two dates.  You must present the Bob Evans Community Fundraiser coupon at the time of check out.

Participating Bob Evans Restaurants are 1303 Levis Commons Blvd, 10770 Fremont Pike, 24335 S. Reynolds Rd. and 6420 Kit Lane Maumee. Please pick up your coupon on the shelf outside the church office door. 

November 2015 Newsletters


Dear Church Family, 

November is a great month for the church as we give thanks each week. Yet, it is also a very busy time for all. Sometimes we get so busy that we forget that every day is a day the Lord has made.

Psalm 118:24 tells us, that "This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." (NLT) Many find this verse to be a great start of each day, especially when the statement is made into a personal prayer; thank you God for this day you have made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. Many of us know that at times the day make look overwhelming. Leaders of the reformation and Christians today have found that when life becomes overwhelming that giving more time to prayer and worship each day provides the opportunity for God to bring peace into every circumstance.

Each Sunday of November has a different emphasis on Thanksgiving. Giving thanks for the saints that have gone on to be with the Lord, giving thanks for the sacrifices of our veterans, giving thanks for all of God's provision by the giving of our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness, and the giving of thanks for our blessings of God upon our lives.

In Paul's first letter to the church of Thessalonica we are reminded of attitudes God desires of us. I Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." These directives are easier said than done for most Christ followers. Let's not forget that if we are willing to trust God in every area of our lives that we will find peace.

How can we be thankful in every circumstance? The thanksgiving does not come from the circumstance in which we find ourselves, the thankfulness is from being convinced through faith that God is always with us. The faith aspect is that even when we feel separated from God we can declare God is with us. Several times in scripture we are told God will never leave us. Standing on this promise is the key to being joyful always, praying constantly and being able to give thanks to God in every circumstance.

Here is a challenge for all of us. Let's make this personal. Each morning start the day by proclaiming, this is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. Then during your regular daily time of prayer give thanks to God. Thank you God that your Son is my Savior, that you are with me in every circumstance and you will never leave me or forsake me.

May the blessings of God be poured out upon you,

Pastor Mike
                                                                                  


Consecration Sunday Is Coming  

Our congregation was introduced to the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program two years ago and it was widely accepted and embraced. We learned to approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective rather than view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. In addition, many saw their financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church's mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.  

Our Leadership Team has selected this same approach as we prayerfully consider our financial commitments for 2016.  

As a reminder, New Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, "What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?"  

New Consecration Sunday, November 15, 2015, will be held at The Waterville Elementary School (no service at Church), beginning at 10:30am. During worship we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church's missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world. Instead of Sunday School for the children, they will be rehearsing the Christmas Program in the Music Room at the school during worship.  

All are invited to share a meal that will be provided following the service. In order to help with meal planning, Reservation Cards for the Celebration Luncheon will be distributed, completed and collected during worship on November 1, 2015.  

Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by attending morning worship on Consecration Sunday. We urge people to attend who feel strongly opposed to completing a card. The procedure is done in such a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card.  

We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During morning worship our guest leader, Rae Lynn Schleif, Assistant to the District Superintendant, will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship.  

We will encourage participation in Consecration Sunday events through the Consecration Sunday team and Administrative Council members. Since we will make no follow-up visits to ask people to complete their cards, we will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend Consecration Sunday worship.  

Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in Consecration Sunday events. 

WUMC Administrative Council 

WUMC FAMILY NEWS

 Hospitalized: Elaine Larimer - St. Lukes Hospital 

Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy to Carolyn Myerholtz and Family upon the death of Carolyn's son, Steven Bell, on Thursday, October 15. 

Prayers of Christian Love and Sympathy to Paul Buskey & Family upon the death of Paul's brother-in-law, David Baker.

Prayers of Christian Peace and Sympathy to Kris & Tom Kahl as well as Eric & Jennifer Kahl and Stephanie & Adam Shelton families upon the passing of Kris's mother, Virginia R. Kohn on October 12, 2015. 

NOVEMBER PRAYER & FASTING FOCUS: GRATITUTE

Friday, November 6, brings our third monthly "Day of Fasting and Prayer" for the life and well-being of the church, and we have some resources to inspire. Conference-wide we are embracing a shared opportunity to join our hearts and bend our knees in some regular times of fasting and prayer on the first Friday of each month. 

Suggestions to focus our praying for November:

Prayer for Illumination - Bless the Lord, O my soul. All that is within me: Bless God's holy name. For you, O God, have showered me with blessings too numerous to count; in return, too often I have overlooked, or taken for granted your bounty.  Beyond all else that you have given, grant me yet one thing more: an unfailingly grateful heart. Amen (This Day, A Wesleyan Way of Prayer)

Centering Scripture: Exodus 16:4-12; Psalm 23: Psalm 100: Psalm 106: 1-3; Luke 8:26-39; Luke 17: 11-19; I Corinthians 15:51,53,54b-55, 57;  Colossians 3:15-17.

Gratitude for the Communion of the Saints: Almighty God,  You have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord.   Grant us grace so to follow your holy saints in all virtuous and godly living,    

that we may come to those unspeakable joys, which you have prepared for those who sincerely love you; 

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  (The Book of Common Prayer)

Gratitude for the Gift of Each Day: New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world.  Sir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.  (UM Book of Worship)

God of mercy, this midday moment of rest is your welcome gift.  Bless the work we have begun, make good its defects, and let us finish it in a way that pleases you.  Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.  (UM Book of Worship)

O Lord my God, I thank thee that thou hast brought this day to its close.  I thank thee that thou dost give rest to body and soul.  Thy hand has been over me, guarding me and preserving me.  Forgive my feeble faith and all the wrong I have done this day, and help me to forgive all who have wronged me. 

 Grant that I may sleep in peace beneath thy care, and defend me from the temptations of darkness.  Into thy hands I commend my loved ones, I commend this household, I commend my body and soul.  O God, thy holy name be praised. Amen.  (Dietrich Bonhoeffer; #689 UMH)   

Gratitude for the Gift and for the Giver:            

What gift can we bring, what present, what token? 

What words can convey it, the joy of this day?

When grateful we come, remembering, rejoicing, what song can we offer in honor and praise?

Give thanks for the past, for those who had vision, who planted and watered so dreams could come true.

Give thanks for the now, for study, for worship, for mission that bids us turn prayer into deed.

Give thanks for tomorrow, full of surprises, for knowing whatever tomorrow may bring, the Word is our promise always, forever, we rest in God's keeping and live in God's love.

This gift we now bring, this present, this token, these words can convey it the joy of this day! 

When grateful we come, remembering, rejoicing, this song we now offer in honor and praise! (What Gift Can We Bring; Jane Marshall, 1980)

"Ingratitude is a grave offense against God, and the closer to God we think we are, the more we are inclined to take divine grace for granted.  So Jesus suggests in Luke 17:11-19.  For this reason, even the practice of daily devotions can be dangerous!  The psalmist, quoted in Psalm 106:1-3, points out another difficulty in giving thanks.  We do not have sufficient words to praise God's goodness. Oral testimony is important, to be sure.  But to it we are to add the observance of justice, the doing of righteousness at all times.  Otherwise our voices sound like "a noisy gong or clanging cymbal" (I Cor. 13).  Ask yourself...For what experiences do I particularly praise God? What opportunities for thanksgiving have I overlooked during this month? Have I shown gratitude in words only, or also by my deeds - by my demonstrated concern for the weak, the lowly, the suffering?"  (This Day, A Wesleyan Way of Prayer)

"Praise to you, my risen Redeemer, who keeps on challenging the doubt in me, who perceives the Thomas in me and allows me those graceful times when I, too, can put my fingers in the signs and wounds of my everyday life and there come in contact with you. 

Praise to you, my risen Lord, who keeps on meeting me in the garden of my life, who keeps on calling my name, allowing me to feel loved, blessed and cherished.

Praise to you, risen Jesus, who walks with me on my Emmaus journeys, coaxing the ache out of me, comforting and strengthening me with the intimate presence of yourself.

Praise to, my risen Savior, who surprises me on the sandy beaches of my so often planned and programmed life, inviting me to come and taste what you have prepared. Time after time, you nourish me with all that I need to carry your risen presence with me, where I go and whomever I meet".  (Fresh Bread & Other Gifts of Spiritual Nourishment, by Joyce Rupp, osm)

                   Hymns: Now Thank We All Our God; For the Beauty of the Earth; Great is Thy Faithfulness. 

WATER WELL COMPLETED!
The well in Africa that has been supported by you, our community, and the Theatre-for-the-World is complete!  Click HERE.  This will take you to the Kwa Mutunga Shallow Well Project.  You will be able to view photos, maps and a detailed description of the community that the well will be servicing.  

WUMC MAIL
Dear Waterville United Methodist Church,

We just want to say THANKS for welcoming us to your community and also the bag of popcorn.  Thank you very much and may the Lord bless you this day and forward.

Thanks,

Kevin & Dawn Heck


Dear Caring Quilters,

Thank you so much for the beautiful prayer quilt.  It warms my heart to think of the prayers in each tie.  I will cherish it and heal more quickly because of it.

May you and your church be blessed as you have blessed me so greatly.

With prayers and gratitude,

Teena Scheub

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  November.   
If you have a prayer request, please feel free to email the Prayer Chain at prayers@watervilleumc.org. 

NOVEMBER 2015 CALENDAR

 Click Here for November 2015 Calendar
 

 YOUTH LEAF RAKING

The youth will be raking leaves on Sunday, November 1 and Sunday, November 8.  If you or someone you know needs help with this fall project, please contact Adam Sheldon at 419-205-2516 or ashelton@bex.net.  There is also a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway.  The youth would appreciate any donations to help support their summer mission trip.  Thank You!

 FREE ELECTION DAY LUNCHEON

Once again our church will offer a Free Election Day Lunch to our church and our community on Tuesday, November 3rd from 11:00 till 1:00 pm.  Dust off your favorite soup, sloppy joe or dessert recipe and go directly to the bulletin board and sign up.  If cooking is not your gift, we need people to set-up, serve and clean up afterwards.  We also need to spread the word, invite your neighbors and your friends to meet you for lunch at WUMC.  If you know of somewhere that we can hang a flyer, pick up a flyer on the table at the bottom of the stairs, we want to get the word out.   We on the sharing team thank you for all your help in making this outreach ministry a success.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOX PACKING PARTY

A Packing Party will be held during Fellowship Time on Sunday, November 8.  Children and youth are asked to come downstairs after church and fill shoeboxes with the items that our congregation has been collecting all year long.  We can still use more toiletry type items - soap, washcloths, hairbrushes, combs, etc. 

PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Volunteers needed: WUMC Outreach Committee is planning a Parents Night Out for Saturday, November 14th from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.  This isan event WUMC has hosted in the past with much success, and we are looking forward to bringing it back to reach out to our community and have a fun evening filling our church with kids!  We are in need ofvolunteers (ages 14+ are welcome!)  We promise you will have as much fun as the kids will!  Volunteers will be given activities to lead such as games, crafts, dinner, etc. The Toledo Zoo is also coming with a live animal presentation.  Your time commitment will be from 4:45 to 7:30 pm. If you want to join the fun, but can't attend or can only come for part of it,  please reach out to us.  We are so excited to restart this popular event!  Please contact Cara or Brian McMillan at 419-344-2171 (text or call) or cara.m.mcmillan@gmail.com.

 

For Parents: WUMC is planning a Parents Night Out for Saturday, November 14 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.   Treat yourself to a night out while your children are cared for in a fun, safe environment! This is a free child care evening for children ages 1 to 6th grade.  We would love for you to invite friends and neighbors to experience our church by having a night out together!  We think this is a perfect way to introduce friends to our church and meet us.  Your children will have a blast with crafts, games an indoor bounce house,a Toledo Zoo live animal presentation, &  dinner (pizza & snacks).  Please register by contacting Cara or Brian McMillan at 419-344-2171 (text or call) or cara.m.mcmillan@gmail.com.  Registration required, space is limited to 25 children.  Please spread the word to friends/neighbors to register!

OPERATION CHIRSTMAS CHILD

November 16 - 23 is Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child. 3800 Collection Centers will be open during this National Collection week.  WUMC is a collection site for the Anthony Wayne area, and we need your help. There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board near the office.   Sign up for a designated time-with a couple of friends, as a prayer group, study group/organization or as a family (what an amazing way to further show our children how to become God's disciples!) for a 2-3 hour time segment during this week.  We need help counting, packing, and delivering boxes during this week.  Any questions, please contact Anne Stevens at 419-367-7379 or astevens@bex.net

 

This year we would love to have you track your box.  Instructions are given on the donation envelope.  You can give online and discover the destination of your box.  Scan the QR code to donate online at www.samaritanspurse.org.  You will received an email informing you of the destination country of your box.   When you have been notified of your box(s) destination please let the church office know.

VOLUNTEER BAKER NEEDED:

Stephanie Shelton is looking for someone to make around 40 "cinnamon applesauce" Christmas ornaments.  The recipe, cookie cutter, and ingredients would be provided for you.  The ornaments would need to be completed by November 28 in order for the kids to paint them on Sunday, November 29.  Please contact Stephanie at 567-202-5035 or sshelton171@gmail.com

 

                                         The Children's Christmas Program

                                 Sunday, December 13 - 10:30 am

 A curious lizard goes exploring amongst the branches of the family Christmas tree. Along the way, she meets many ornaments that all tell her a different meaning for Christmas. When the lizard finally gets to the top of the tree, she meets the angel. It is then that the lizard discovers the true meaning of Christmas - Jesus is the Reason we Celebrate the Season!
 

Christmas Program Practice Schedule

Sunday, November 1 - During Children's Sunday School, 10:30 am

Sunday, November 8 - During Children's Sunday School, 10:30 am

Sunday, November 15 - At Waterville Primary School, 10:30 am

Sunday, November 22 - During Children's Sunday School, 10:30 am

Sunday, November 29 - During Children's Sunday School, 10:30 am

Sunday, December 6 - During Children's Sunday School, 10:30 am

Saturday, December 12 - 10:00 - 11:30 (Parents do not need to stay)!

Sunday, December 13 - 9:00 am / Program at 10:30 am

*Kinder Choir on Wednesdays, 5:15-6:00 pm, is open to all children who want some extra practice singing the songs for the program. (Beginning November 4).

 

CHRISTMAS COOKIES NEEDED

After the Children's Christmas Program there will be a special Fellowship Time with lots of yummyChristmas cookies.  If you would be willing to provide a plate of cookies, please sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board. Any questions please contact Stephanie Shelton, 567-202-5035.

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

CLICK HERE TO PLACE YOUR POINSETTIA ORDER

As part of our Christmas celebration we wish to grace the Chancel Area with poinsettias for our Christmas Service.  You may order your poinsettias by completing an order envelope located on the bulletin board outside Pastor Mike's Office. The cost is $7.00 per poinsettia.  Please list the number of poinsettias, color, to whom you are dedicating the poinsettias, if you desire to contribute to the New Building Fund and sign as you want your name listed in the Christmas Bulletin. Place your money in the envelope and drop into the offering plate or into the church office.

Or you may Click on the link above and complete the order form.  The order deadline is Sunday, December 13, 2015.
 

ATTENTION ALL XYZ'ers - You know who you are!

 Mark you calendar now (don't forget)  for New Year's Eve - December 31, 2015.

More exciting news will be coming - so stay tuned and be ready for this important news flash.
 

Haskins Community Church Annual Ham Loaf Dinner

Haskins Community Churchinvites you to their fall Ham Loaf Dinner on Saturday, November 14th from 4:00 - 7:00 P. M. at 209 West Main Street , Haskins. 

Menu: Delicious homemade ham loaf or turkey, salad, mashed potatoes, green beans or corn, rolls, drink and dessert.

Adults: $8.00

Children ages 4-10: $4.00

Children ages 3 and under: Free

Carry-outs are available

Church is handicapped accessible

Also visit the Country Store with crafts and baked goods.

Sincerely,
Cathy Landis & Janet Poling  

October 2015 Newsletter

Dear Church Family,

May God's peace be with you. As a community of Christian believers we strive to follow God's plan and purpose in our lives. Jesus said, "if you love me then obey my commands." In other words, our love of Jesus is demonstrated in the way we live our lives in every moment of every day.

The Christian life is a journey. As we travel the path that God has prepared for us there will be different seasons that will come and go. Some of these seasons will be great, some difficult, seasons of great growth in our relationship with God and seasons of struggle. Yet, we live with the hope and conviction that God will see us through. 

As we travel this journey we are not alone. God and our church family travel with us. One part of the journey together is learning and growing in our understanding of God's love for us and our love for God. When Jesus stated that we demonstrate our love for Him in obeying His commands He was teaching that we have been given all that we need for this journey and we need to follow  His direction. 

Following God's leading requires of us intentional effort and many times hard work. Let's ponder for a moment our personal walk with God. Here are a couple of questions for us to answer: Am I living out the commands of Jesus? Am I on the path that God has prepared for me? If either or both of our answers are no or I don't know then our next steps are prepared for us. If we are not following what Jesus taught in an area of our lives it is time to respond to Christ's love by loving Jesus to the extent that we begin to do what Jesus said to do. 

Most of us have had a person in our lives that we loved so much that the last thing we ever wanted to do was to disappoint that person. It is this type of relationship that God desires for us. That we love God in Jesus so much that we never want to disappoint God or Jesus. Hear these words of God's grace, God loves you and will be with you no matter how disappointing some of our choices have been. God is waiting now for us to lay our unfaithfulness, those disappointing actions, at the foot of the cross.

God is so loving that He is patiently waiting for us to live a faithful journey as a follower of Jesus. A journey that is marked by living a Christ like life. A life of love and faithfulness. Never forget that you are a child of God, created for a purpose, created as a much needed part of the Kingdom of God.

How are you going to show your love for God today, tomorrow and forever? 

Blessings,

Pastor Mike

October Prayer And Fasting


Friday, October 2, as called for by our Bishop, is our next Prayer and Fasting Day. Our focus in October will be on The Mission of the Church. Conference-wide we are embracing a shared opportunity to join our hearts and bend our knees in some regular times of fasting and prayer on the first Friday of each month.

You will find a bulletin in the Prayer Corner at the front of the sanctuary with suggested prayers and centering Bible scriptures to help you focus your thoughts on October 2.  

 Finance & Stewardship

  Facts, Figures, & FYI's


Quarterly Statements: Your 3rd Quarter Giving Statements will be emailed on Saturday, October 10. For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pickup on Sunday, October 11 on the shelf outside the Church Office.

Giving Statements via Email: If you receive a hardcopy of your giving statements, please consider using our optional and cost saving method of receiving them via email. We simply attach a PDF file to an email, which you may print or file electronically. If you would like to participate in this program or obtain additional information, please contact the Church Office or send an email from here.

2016 Stewardship Campaign: The planning and organizing for 2016 is underway. Please keep WUMC, Pastor Mike and the entire church family in your thoughts and prayers, including how you may contribute to God's work through your finances, prayers, service, participation and witness. Pastor Mike's message on Sunday, October 4th will kick off our 2016 campaign. Watch for additional information in November's Ambassador.

"What if we offered to God our small gifts, talents and work, prayed about them and asked God to use them? If we truly believe God's power is at work in us and through us, our little could do much. In fact, if we just step back and look, we may see what God has already been doing. Looking for what God has done in our past can strengthen our resolve to make ourselves available in our future."                                                   The Upper Room, Oct 18, 2012

Please contact the Church Office or Tom Wiggins (financialsec@watervilleumc.org) if you have any questions about anything related to finance, stewardship or the Capital Campaign.  


Church Conference

WUMC church congregation will be holding their annual Church Conference on

Sunday, November 1 at 6:00 p. m. at  Sylvania First United Methodist Church at 7000 Erie Street  Sylvania, Ohio.  Pease plan to attend.

 HOORAY ! We Must Toot Our Horn! 
Thanks to all who assembled UMCOR Hygiene Kits in July and UMCOR School Kits in August. Many lives will be improved by your giving. Here's how you did:

     UMCOR Hygiene Kits - 25

     UMCOR School Kits   - 99

Also, thanks, again, to all those who graciously sewed our cloth school bags.  
 

Prayer Requests

We've just made it easier for you to add someone/something to our Prayer Chain. Using your computer, phone or tablet, just send a message to prayers@watervilleumc.org. This will send your request to Mary Williams and Pam Plassmann and they will send it out to our prayer warriors here at Waterville United Methodist Church. This information is now included on the back page of your bulletin cover.

Prayer Partners Wanted

We have several openings for members of the congregation to signup to pray for Pastor Mike through the remainder of the year. The schedule is at the front of the church on the table in the Prayer Corner.  

WUMC Family News 

Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy to Charlotte and Penn Pritchett upon the death of Charlotte's brother, Frank Fischer on Monday, September 15 in St. Louis, MO.

WUMC Mail about our Welcome a Neighbor Bags

Dear Friends at Waterville U. M. Church,

Thank you for delivering my "Welcome to the neighborhood" gift.  The popcorn  was delicious!

I travel a lot on business and won't be able to attend this Sunday, but plan on stopping in the following Sunday. Thanks again for your generosity, it was much appreciated.

 Best regards,

 Mike Hagan

 8 Zachary Circle

 Waterville, Oh      

  October 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 October.

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

October Calendar

Click Here for October 2015 Calendar   
 


  GOOD NEWS

Operation Christmas Child is excited to announce and present an evening of inspiration, worship and praise. 

Come hear the heartwarming story of Jaki Steward, an orphan from Guatemala who received an OCC shoebox when she was only 5 years old, and listen to how this tangible gift  of God's love impacted her life. .

Also, join us for a powerful time of worship with notable band Alanna Story.  Through national and international travels, as well as four recording projects, Alanna Story has been noted to create an influential, energetic atmosphere for others to encounter the presence of God. 

Come experience an evening to remember!

Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 6:30 P.M. at Grace United Methodist Church

 601 East Boundary St. Perrysburg, OH 43551  419-217-2030   jjcustom1@gmail.com

A free-will offering will be collected.  

 

Rossord UM Church

270 Dixie Highway

Fall Chicken BBQ

Sunday, October 4, 2015

12:00 Noon to ???

Adults - $9.00

Seniors - $8.00

Children (5-12) - $4.00

Children (4 and Under) Free


Menu

1/2 Chicken

Scalloped Potatoes

Sweet & Sour Cabbage

Green Beans, Bread, Dessert

Drink (Those who eat in)

Eat in or Drive Through

 

SmileForFreedom

4th Annual Comedy Show

New Comics/Same Great Cause

100% of the proceeds to benefit The Daughter Project

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 5 & 8 pm University of Toledo- Nitschke Auditorium

Tickets & Info: www.thedaughterproject.org

Dana Daniels  & Henry Cho

Lucas County Rehabilitation and Repair Program

Lucas County offers two housing improvement programs designed to help rehabilitate and repair owner-occupied homes.  To quality, households must meet all eligibility requirements for this program and Not reside inside the Toledo city Limits. .Program assistance can be provided as a grant or an interest free deferred loan depending on the program selected.  Brochures are available on the table in the entryway with income guidelines. 
 

Sincerely,
Cathy Landis & Janet Poling   

 

 

 

September 2015 Newsletter

Dear Church Family, 

Once again we have moved from summer to the beginning of a new school year. Isn't it amazing how much of our lives are scheduled around school even in the church. For those of us with children and grandchildren we have a new schedule, life takes on a different rhythm. Yet, while we are in the midst of this new beginning do we make sure that our walk with God is placed on our schedule as well. It is so easy to get caught up with the things of this world that our relationship with God can get neglected. 

Throughout God's Word we are reminded that when we meet God in Christ we become new, transformed. In several instances this transformation was marked with a new name, Abram became Abraham due to his faith. Simon the son of John, a disciple of Jesus became Cephas who is better known as Peter. Saul a Pharisee, persecutor of Christians became the Apostle Paul. 

Each of these persons became new not only in their spirit but given a new name to communicate their transformation. Paul, in writing to a group or groups of believers in Rome points to God's part and our part in the ongoing transformation of a Christian. Romans 12:2 states "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is." 

Our part in our transformation into a faithful disciple of Jesus is to no longer allow the ways of this world guide our lives or set our goals and priorities. God's part is transforming us as we make ourselves available to the leading of God's Holy Spirit. As we learn when God's Spirit is prompting us, then, by faith, act upon that prompting our lives will begin to look different to the world and our personal relationship with God will continue to grow immeasurably.  

How do we know that we are beginning to live by faith and are following the Holy Spirit? In Acts 1:8 Jesus says, "When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere - in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." When we are led by the Holy Spirit we will experience God's power and will have the confidence to share about Jesus. The world would tell us to be quiet, God tells us to speak up in love. 

Another passage that helps us know when we are being led by God's Spirit is in Galatians 5:22-23, "But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." As we put our relationship with God at the top of our priority list and invite the Holy Spirit to lead us we will begin to bear fruit.  

God's desire for each of us is to be transformed into the likeness of Christ that we can be God's servants for the transformation of the world. Where are you in your transformation and what kind of fruit are you bearing? 

This is a time for new beginnings, this may be your time for a new beginning in your relationship with God as you seek to grow in the empowerment and leading of the Holy Spirit.

May God's blessings be with you, 

Pastor Mike 

 

 AUGUST STATISTICS

Date    Worship   General Fund   Capital Improv    Missions

Aug 2        110              $2,844.00           $484.00          $25.00

Aug 9           76               $2,680.00          $50,065.00       $0.00

Aug 16          92              $3,985.00             $515.00            $70.00

Aug 23           124              $2,765.00            $535.00               $0.00

Aug 30            163           $4,447.00           $1,305.00            $126.00

 

BREATHE  TOGETHER and JOIN the UPRISING

Dear Ones in Christ Jesus:

During Annual Conference this year I shared that I had been nudged inwardly and outwardly about the need for us to find our "praying ground" together across the West Ohio Conference. Some of you have been especially thoughtful and helpful in suggesting that in this season leading up to the 2016 General Conference it would be good if we could embrace the time-honored practices of Christians of prayer and fasting. We who are Christians in the Wesleyan way call these means of grace that have nourished the personal and corporate lives of many.

So I am inviting you to join together across this conference on the first Friday of every month starting Friday, September 4 in a time of prayer and fasting. We will continue this pattern through Friday, June 3, 2016. This will take us not only through the General Conference but to the eve of our next Annual Conference.

  • Following the Wesleyan pattern, fasting would ideally begin following the evening meal on Thursday evening and continue until the fast is broken with the evening meal on Friday.

  • You may want to consider donating the money saved by fasting from food to some mission initiative in the life of the conference.

  • Your abstinence or fasting from food should be done in consultation with your medical practitioners and your own bodily needs. Not all can abstain from food but all can pray.

  • You are encouraged to spend intentional time in prayer from Thursday evening and early Friday evening. As you are able, devote some time to private prayer and to prayer in community (a prayer partner, small groups etc).

  • In general our prayers should focus on the well-being of the church and the mission of the church. We will be seeking the heart of God to renew the heart of the church. Prior to each first Friday a suggested focus for our day of prayer will be made available through the conference website, Facebook, Twitter etc.

For now look ahead on your calendar and mark these days. Connect with others who will covenant to join you in designated times of prayer. Be on the watch for suggestions on prayer and fasting. Finally there are two images about prayer stirring in me. First think of this call to prayer and fasting as if you are intentionally participating in a holy conspiracy - a breathing together. Secondly this quote from Karl Barth: "To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world."

So let's learn to breathe together and join the uprising. I am,

Yours in Christ,

Gregory V. Palmer 

 

Welcome to our Minister of Music:

We welcome Joel Schutte, (pronounced Scutty), to WUMC as our Minister of Music beginning September 1st. Some of you have already had the pleasure of meeting Joel as he filled in at the pulpit for Pastor Mike while our Pastor enjoyed some vacation and family time recently.

Joel has a Masters Degree in Theology and a Bachelors Degree in Pastoral Studies with a Minor in Church Music. He is ordained with the Vineyard Churches, USA , he is approved by the West Ohio Conference of the UMC to perform clergy ministry, and Joel is an experienced Worship Leader .

Serving as Director of Christian Emphasis for the Toledo Area YMCA is Joel's full-time job. At WUMC he will be leading during our Sunday morning worship services, directing our Sanctuary Choir, and generally helping organize and integrate the various elements of our music ministry.

Rehearsals for choir will resume as usual at 7 PM on September 3rd with the first choir service in worship scheduled for September 20th. As always, the wonderful experience of spiritual growth and service through being part of Sanctuary Choir is open to all from Jr. High age on up who are led in that direction. Maybe that's you?

Please plan to celebrate Joel into the WUMC family at a reception which will be held in the Fellowship Hall after worship on Sunday, September 20th. 

Welcome aboard, Joel! We feel blessed to have you serving and growing with us at WUMC as we strive to be a blessing to His Church and our community.

SEPTEMBER MISSION FOCUS

September's Mission Focus will be to support the United Methodist Committee on Relief's operating budget.   None of the funds they collect for other mission projects through this agency (school kits, health kits, disaster response efforts, etc.) covers any of their operational costs, so 100% of the gifts they receive for mission projects goes directly to the projects themselves.  And, unlike the rest of Global Ministries in the United Methodist Church, UMCOR does not receive apportionment funds to cover its administrative costs.   So, in order to keep this wonderful world-wide blessing going we felt the need to support their behind-the-scene efforts that keep all the "balls rolling" for UMCOR. 

WUMC FAMILY NEWS

Hospitalized: Dorothy Bunde - Toledo Hospital

Prayers of Christian Love and Sympathy to the Thad and Barbara Jones family upon the passing of Barb's mother Leona Sherer on August 7, 2015. 

Prayers of Christian Comfort and Sympathy to the family of Shawnand Carolyn Myerholtz upon the passing of Carolyn's father Marvin Strayer on August 9.

Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy to the Randy and Jennifer Reihing family upon the passing ofDonna Walters on August 9.

Prayers of Christian Comfort and Love to the family and friends of Katherine Smith who passed away on Sunday, August 16.  

Prayers of Christian Love and Sympathy to the family and friends of Donnel Doblinger Sr. who passed away on Saturday, August 29 at Kingston of Perrysburg.  Visitation will be on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home, Whitehouse with funeral services on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 11:00 am in the funeral home.  

 WUMC MAIL CALL!

To Waterville United Methodist Church Prayer Quilt Ministry:  

I am so grateful for the lovely quilt and prayers that you ladies made.  It means so much to know that people we don't even know care enough to do this.  

I appreciate the love and prayers so much.  The quilt is by me always when I'm home and will remain there. 

With deepest appreciation,

Judy Garis

Thanks to Pastor Mike for his presence and prayer for me and my family at Wood County Hospital on July 29, 2015 prior to my surgery to repair a compression fracture of the fifth vertebrae.

Carl Fox  

Dear Christian Friends,

I am very grateful for the many kind expressions of sympathy and prayers offered on my family's behalf in the passing of my brother, Arthur Perry.

Especially prayers for my mother as shegrieved the loss of her son.  The Lord is faithful and workedin many ways to remind us of His love and care for us during thisdifficult time. Thank you for extending to me and my family the Lord's comfort and love. 

Janet Poling  

                          SEPTEMBER BIBLE READING AND PRAYER

 

SCRIPTURE                                       SEPT              .PRAYER

Proverbs 17 & 18  Revelation 6           1              Mrs. Janice Battin

Proverbs 19 & 20Revelation 7           2               Matt Beakas Family

Proverbs 21 & 22Revelation 8            3               Mr & Mrs. Joe Becker

Proverbs 23 & 24Revelation 9           4               Aaron Bersee Family

Proverbs 25 & 26Revelation 10          5               Mr& Mrs. .Jack Bersee

Proverbs 27 & 28Revelation 11           6               Mr. & Mrs. Jim Bersee

Proverbs 29, 30 & 31Revelation 12     7               Carrie Black Family

Ecclesiastes 1 & 2Revelation 13           8               Harry Blackmon Family

Ecclesiastes 3 & 4Revelation 14          9              Tim Bock Family

Ecclesiastes 5 & 6Revelation 15         10              Mr&Mrs ZachBollinger

Ecclesiastes 7 & 8Revelation 16          11               Sandy Boost

Ecclesiastes 9 & 10Revelation 17         12             Janet Borough

Ecclesiastes 11 & 12Revelation 18          13            Bob Bowers Family

Song of Solomon 1 & 2Revelation 19    14           Mr. & Mrs. Doug Box 

Song of Solomon 3 & 4Revelation 20  15           Gary Breymaier Family

Song of Solomon 5 & 6Revelation 21    16          Randy Breymaier Family

Song of Solomon 7 & 8Revelation 22    17         Sarah Broseke Family

Isaiah 1 & 2Psalm 1 & 2                              18          Joel Brown Family

Isaiah 3 & 4Psalm 3 & 4                            19          Mrs. Joyce Bruce

Isaiah 5 & 6Psalm 5 & 6                            20          Mrs. Dorothy Bunde

Isaiah 7 & 8Psalm 7 & 8                            21           Paul Buskey Family

Isaiah 9 & 10Psalm 9 & 10                        22           Kenny Cameron Family

Isaiah 11 & 12Psalm 11 & 12                        23            Ms. Jeanne Carpenter

Isaiah 13 & 14Psalm 13 & 14                      24            Mr& Mrs. Chris Cheney

Isaiah 15 & 16Psalm 15 & 16                      25           Ms. Tehya Collinsworth

Isaiah 17 & 18Psalm 17 & 18                      26           Mr & Mrs.  Keith Colyer

Isaiah 19 & 20Psalm 19 & 20                   27           Robin Condon Family

Isaiah 21 & 22Psalm 21 & 22                    28            Ms. Pam Cook

Isaiah 23 & 24Psalm 23 & 24                  29            Allen Cox Family

Isaiah 25 & 26Psalm 25 & 26                  30            Gordon Cox Family

 

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

 SEPTEMBER 2015 CALENDAR

 

M & M'S BIBLE STUDY

The Mary and Martha Women's Bible Study will begin on September 9 at 9:30 a.m. at the church.  They will be studying Twelve Women of the Bible.  They invite ladies to join them!  Please let Cindy Box or Connie Kirkman know if you plan to attend so they may order a book for you.  

Calling All Parade Walkers and Booth Staff !

The Roche de Bout (or Roche de Boeuf) Parade is fast approaching.  Anne Stevens now has two signup sheets on the bulletin board:  the first one is to walk in the parade on Saturday, September 26 wearing an  OCC tee shirt and to  pass out information about OCC and our collection center; the second sheet is for volunteers to staff our OOC booth during the day of Saturday, September 26.  Anne will arrive at the booth and get it set up that morning, but we have four 2-hour shifts (9-11 a.m., 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 1-3 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.) that will need to be filled with at least 2-3 people per shift.  She will also need someone to clean up and tear down the booth from 5-6 p.m. and return the items to church.

CHURCH CONFERENCE DATE SET

Our church congregation will be holding their annual Church Conference on Sunday, October 11 at 6:00p.m. at Church of the Cross.  Please mark this date on your calendar and plan to attend.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

It has been exciting to see all the items come in each month.  Thank youfor being the "Warm Heart and Helping Hands of Jesus" as you have scouted out each month's selected items and other items as well. September is small clothing items - socks, underwear, etc.

Stay tuned as the Packing Party plans are being made andwe  will let you know when to arrive to begin packing.

 ATTENTION ALL KNITTERS

The Operation Christmas Child Shoebox crew has found a really cute Teddy Bear pattern and is recruiting knitters to make some to fill up empty spaces in our shoeboxes.  The pattern may be found on the shelf outside the church office along with a sample bear that Karen Longnecker made.  If you have any questions, please contact Karen.

 A BIG THANK YOU!

WUMC would like to thank Mike, Troy, Trish & Sherry Hill , Tom Quinn and Randy Reihing for the tree trimming that has bee done around the church.  Also a special Thanks to John Nicholson for the use of his trailer for hauling away all the limbs. 

Remember Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. NIV.

Thank You To All Who Provided Special Music This Summer!

WUMC is blessed of God to have folks with such awesome musical gifts and we are so grateful to each of them for sharing and giving their time and talent during our Worship services this summer.  We want to thankSasha Meade, JoAnn Lucas, Dr. Mathis on Trombone, Ted Myers, John Nicholson, the slide show with music from the children of Vacation Bible School, Karen Wiggins, Charlene Hansen, Jennifer Reihing, the quartet of Anna Emahiser, Melva Robinson, Ted Myers and Dan Rigal, Pam Denman and Keith Colyer.  Thank you to each of you.  You have been a blessing to God, and to Waterville United Methodist Church as we gathered in worship to praise God through music .  

The Upper Room daily devotional guide

The September and Octoberedition of The Upper Room is available at both entrances of the sanctuary.  The cost is $1.00 per booklet. 

Needed: Good Home

 We have 2 large storage unit cabinets in the nursery that need to find a home.  If anyone is interested in them, please let the nursery staff or Stephanie Shelton know.  We need to have them out of the nursery as soon as possible to make way for some new cabinets that have been ordered.

 North Fifth Street Resurfacing

The City of Waterville has contracted with Gerken Paving to resurface North Fifth Street.  Work began on Tuesday, August 25 and will continue for three weeks.  However, the work will be intermittent with some days with no work occurring on Fifth Street.  Access to WUMC driveways will be maintained with minimal delay.  We have been asked to NOT park on Fifth Street during this time period when the "No Parking" signs are in place on the curbs.  The schedule is subject to good weather or any unforeseen delay.  Our cooperation during this work is appreciated.  

 

August 2015 Newsletter

Dear Church Family,

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if we were free from worry, anxiety and stress? In other words what if we discovered the key to a life of inner peace? The Word of God talks about this type of life. 

Romans 12:2 states, "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." One of the questions that I get asked regularly is how do I know God's purpose or calling? This passage from Roman's gives us a key to discovering God's will for our lives.  

We must be careful what we expose our minds to each day, even down to each moment. A great barrier to experiencing the transforming power of God is found in our behavior. Way too often we are busy copying the ways of this world verses allowing God to transform us beginning with the way that we think.  

God has recently been working on me in the area of what I am putting in my mind. For several years I have enjoyed listening to books while driving and if I finished a book and did not have a new one with me I would listen to classic rock. One day God spoke very clearly to me to turn off the book I was listening to and pray. This was a very interesting book and I know myself well enough that if I kept the book I would turn it back on. So I prayed as God directed and when I had the chance I returned the book to the public library along with two others. 

Why would God direct me to stop listening to books while I drive? First they were putting things in my mind that focused on the "behavior and customs of this world." God was letting me know that I need to change the way I think to live according to His plan for my life. 

This is true for you as well. What are you putting in your mind each day, the ways of God or the ways of this world? Let's do a little test. How much time do we spend listening to music, TV, talk shows, etc? How much of what we listen to is specifically Christian, music, scripture, biblical teaching? There are many resources that provide for us the ability to replace what we listen to that is of this world with the things of God. Now, how about what we read? How much of our total reading time each day focuses on the things of God?  

Let's take a journey together through the month of August to allow God to make each of us a new person by changing the way we think. The challenge is to pick one area, what we listen to, read or watch and replace it with God specific resources. If you're looking for a big challenge then replace all three. Here is an example: make all you listen to Christian. Christian music, teaching, bible studies and more.  

Here is the goal, to allow God to change the way we think from the focus upon the things of this world to the things of God. The benefit will be an ever growing inner peace no matter the circumstances of the present. For we will begin to discover God's perfect will for our lives and find an inner peace as a result. 

One key to a life filled with the blessings of God is to allow God to transform the way we think. 

Blessings, 

Pastor Mike

  

JULY STATISTICS  

Date          Worship         General Fund           Capital Improvements     Missions

July 5                  76                $2,660.00                    $174.00                        $0.00

July 12                101                  $3,065.00                    $0.00                          $0.00

July 19                 90                   $4,025.00              $445.00                      $30.00

July 26             99                  $7,084.00                   $365.00                   $68.00

 

Part-Time Minister of Music Position Available

Waterville UMC has an opening for a part-time Minister of Music.  The job description can be found by visiting the MWD Job Ads page by clicking: MWD Job Ads - Waterville UMC

or at : http://www.watervilleumc.org/job-opportunities/Please send all inquiries along with a resume electronically to Pastor Mike Denman at pastormike@watervilleumc.org

or by mail to: Pastor Mike Denman

                      102 N. 5th Street

                       Waterville, OH  43566

  

WUMC FAMILY HAPPENINGS !

Hospitalized:

                       Dr. Roger Hertzman - St. Luke's Hospital

                       Ed Wronkowicz - Now at Heartland Waterville

                     John Michael - St. Luke's Hospital

                     Marilyn Simpson - St. Vincent Hospital

                     Jan Sheridan - Knee Surgery

WUMC MAIL

Dear Ladies,

I would like to express my sincere appreciation for  the prayer blanket presented to my husband while he was at Hospice.

Your sewing group certainly has special talents in making such a unique gift.

Many thanks also to Tehya.  

Sincerely,

Jean Shaffer

 

Dear WUMC,

My niece, Chrissy Hurst sends her thanks for the quilt and prayers.  Chrissy has movement in her leg and is grateful for the prayers.

Thank You!

Chris Major

 

AUGUST SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER

SCRIPTURE          AUGUST          PRAYER

Esther 3, 4, 5 & 6   Hebrews 9     1    The Holly Warner Family 

Esther 7, 8 & 9    Hebrews 10    2    Mr. & Mrs.Dick Warner

Job 1 & 2   Hebrews 11           3   Mrs. Loraine Welker 

Job 3 & 4    Hebrews 12      4    The Wendell Welker Family

Job 5 & 6    Hebrews 13      5     Mr. & Mrs. Neil Westfall Family

Job 7 & 8    James 1     6    The Anthony Westfall Family

Job 9 & 10    James 2     7    The Tom Wielgopolski Family

Job 11 & 12    James 3     8     Mr. & Mrs. Tom Wiggins

Job 13 & 14    James 4     9    Mr. & Mrs. Gene Williams

Job 15 & 16    James 5     10    The Brian Wittenmyer Family

Job 17 & 18      IPeter 1    11     Mr. & Mrs. Ed Wronkowicz

Job 19 & 20     I Peter 2    12      Clark Wyatt & Marilyn Masola

Job 21 & 22    I Peter 3    13    Ms. Delores Young

Job 23 & 24    I Peter 4    14    Mr. Squire Young

Job 25 & 26    I Peter 5    15     Maumee Watershed Dist. Office 

Job 27 & 28    II Peter 1     16    Rev. Linda Middelberg, Dist. Supt.

Job 29 & 30     II Peter 2    17    West Ohio Conference

Job 31 & 32    II Peter 3    18    Bishop Gregory V. Palmer

Job 33 & 34    I John 1     19     Rev. James & Karen Caldwell

Job 35 & 36    I John 2    20    Rev. Dave & Mrs. Hogg

Job 37 & 38    I John 3    21    Mrs. Dottie Linter

Job 39 & 40     I John 4    22    Mrs. Rhoda Quick

Job 41 & 42    I John 5    23    Rev. Steve Rath

Proverbs 1 & 2     II John   24   Rev. Russell Sawmiller

Proverbs 3 & 4    III John   25    Rev. Jim & Barbara Stewart

Proverbs 5 & 6    Jude     26    Rev. Robert & Donna Versteeg

Proverbs 7 & 8     Revelation 1     27     Rev. Warren Wilson

Proverbs 9 & 10     Revelation 2    28     Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Abbey

Proverbs 11 & 12    Revealtion 3    29    The Mike Allison Family

Proverbs 13 & 14       Revelation 4     30    The John Amspaugh Family

Proverbs 15 & 16    Revelation 5    31     Shelly Bankey

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  August. 

If you have a prayer request, please feel free to call the Prayer Chain:  

Pam Plassmann email plassmb@accesstoledo.com

or Mary Williams email margewill@toast.net

AUGUST CALENDAR

  Celebrating Rev. Linda Middelberg's Ministry  

On Wednesday, August 12, 5:15 p.m. at First UMC, 200 W. Second St. Perrysburg, we will gather to honor and celebrate with Rev. Linda Middelberg.  Rev. Middelberg has faithfully served our District this past year and will be moving to the Capital Area North District.  All laity and clergy are invited to come and express gratitude for Linda's ministry.  You are welcome to bring cards and notes of joy and thanksgiving.  Refreshments will be served.

Our August Mission Focus is UMCOR School Kits.           

What is UMCOR? The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR's work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more. UMCOR is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year!  

 UMCOR is connected to whom? UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church through the General Board of Global Ministries, and the goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe all people have God-given worth and dignity.

How far does UMCOR reach? UMCOR's work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the US. We provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own. UMCOR provides these survivors not only temporary relief but long-term education, training, and support.

UMCOR spends 100% of designated donations on the projects our donors specify. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ.

What are the School Kits? In some countries, children don't have books or school supplies. Many have no schoolrooms; classes are held in inadequate or half-destroyed buildings, tents, or even the open air. School Kits may be these children's only educational resources. The Kit includes scissors, paper, pencil sharpener, ruler, pencils, eraser, and crayons all nestled in a lovely provided hand-sewn bag. See below for location of cloth bags.

School Kit Materials:

*1 pair blunt scissors (rounded tip only; no plastic scissors, please)

*3 pads of paper (spiral or top-bound pads; 150 sheets or less of loose-leaf paper can be substituted for 1 pad; combination of spiral, top-bound, side-bound, or loose-leaf paper is acceptable; no composition books, please)

*1 hand-held pencil sharpener (must be at least 1 inch long; remove from packaging)

*1 30-centimeter ruler (hard or flexible; cartoon characters are acceptable; no advertisements please)

*6 unsharpened pencils (no advertisements, religious, patriotic, military, or camouflage symbols, please; cartoon characters are acceptable)

*1 2-inch or larger-size eraser (no advertisements, religious, patriotic, military, or camouflage symbols, please; cartoon characters are acceptable)

*1 24-count box of crayons (only 24-count boxes, please)

*1 14x16 inch cloth bag (These have already been graciously sewn/supplied. The bags are located inside the boxes located inside 3 of our church entryways.)

NOTE:  Please enclose at least $1 for each Kit. This donation enables Kits to be sent to areas in need. You will find large boxes inside 3 church entryway doors to place your completed School Kits. Slip your $1 bill, to assist with shipping, inside the large kraft envelope located inside the box. Thank you so much.

Assembly Directions:

Place all loose items on top of paper. Turn items sideways and slide into the cloth bag. Fold over the top of the bag so loose items don't fall out.

Important Notes:

*All items must be new.

*All emergency Kits are carefully planned to make them usable in the greatest number of situations. Since strict rules often govern product entry into international countries, it is important that Kits contain only the requested items, nothing more.

*Do not include any personal notes, money, or additional material in the Kits. These things must be painstakingly removed and will delay the shipment.                                      

  Meet Our New District Superintendent  

 Scot Ocke has served as Senior Pastor at Maumee United Methodist Church since 2006 and Chair of the Maumee Watershed District Leadership Team for seven years. Prior to that he was pastor at First United Methodist Church (Marysville), Grace United Methodist Church (Piqua) and the former Hedges Chapel, now Village Chapel United Methodist Church, in Ashville. Scot felt the call to ministry at his home church of First United Methodist in Sidney where he grew up, and while in seminary became a student pastor and deacon there.  A graduate of Bowling Green State University in Business Administration, Scot received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary. Scot serves on the Conference Board of Ministry, the Board of Trustees at Lakeside Chautauqua, and as Spiritual Director for several Walk to Emmaus communities. As Superintendent, Scot will have spiritual and administrative oversight for the 106 congregations in the Maumee Watershed District as well as numerous mission sites and ministries. Scot's passion for mission work has led him to Methodist Camp Sierra Linda in Mexico, Henderson Settlement in Kentucky, and local mission work in South Toledo. While at Maumee he led the church to complete a Family Life Center, providing space for new ministries for the church and community. Scot is married to Mary and they have four children, all of whom they are proud to say, are active members of United Methodist Churches where they live.  Scott will start this new assignment on September 1.  

Roche De Bout Parade

Needed -  Two volunteers to wear OCC Collection boxes and walk in the Roche De Bout Parade along with other volunteers to carry and hand out OCC information in the parade.  

 This is a great family project and a great way to see everyone attending the  parade. Or teens this would be a wonderful fun way to participate in the celebration and show off your winning smile. Moms and Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas - get your exercise and see all your neighbors at the same time.  Get into the Holiday Spirit a little early and enjoy knowing that more boys and girls will be receiving boxes because of your willingness to walk in the parade. ..Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.  I Corinthians 15: 58 

Sign Up Sheet is on the bulletin board in the main hallway.    

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

School supplies  are  the highlighted items for our extra boxes collection this month. Remember how excited you were to get the new pencils, paper, erasers, rulers, glue, and crayons?  The children receiving our extra boxes will be just as excited to receive these items for their very own - thanks to you!   

PHOTOGRAPHY:

Developing Your Artist's Eye

with photographer Ellen Loeffler-Kalinoski

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Waterville Branch Library

Create and compose dynamic images, find the perfect light and choose a unique perspective.  Bring your camera and instruction manual to learn camera basics and how to use your camera's controls to create stunning photographs.  Digital or film camera users welcome. This is a free class; registration is required.  

SUNBEAM CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL

Now accepting registrations for Sunbeam Christian Preschool!  Call for a tour or for more information. Sandi Hood  Email: sunbeamchristianps@gmail.com.

Ages 3-5 Classes held Monday-Friday 9:00am - 11:30am.  Located in the Zion United Methodist Church 6656 N. Texas St. Whitehouse, OH  

Sincerely,  

Cathy Landis

Janet Poling

July 2015 Newsletter


HAPPY JULY 4TH!

 2015
Wishing you a safe and a happy July 4th!


Dear Church Family

My hope and prayer for you is that this day and every day you may know the peace of God that goes beyond all understanding.

As we celebrate the Declaration of Independence on Saturday, it causes me to pause and consider the nature of our relationship with God. Due to the injustice the people of the New World were experiencing from the King and leaders of England they desired to be set free and were willing to fight for this freedom.

Throughout scripture God and Jesus teach about freedom. Not physical freedom from the tyranny of an oppressive government but freedom in the core of our spirit to know and to worship God. Freedom from the powers of this world and freedom from the human desires that separate us from God. 

In observing the actions of people all around in the great nation this desire of independence still reigns supreme and is often counterproductive to our walk with God. Our relationship with God is not an independent of co-dependent relationship but an interdependent relationship.

This interdependent relationship is based upon our need to for our spirit to be redeemed and reconciled to God as a result of spiritual separation due to sin. The gift of grace in the death and resurrection of Jesus began this act of reconciliation and changes our relationship with God.

God sent his son to set us free. Not freedom to go on in a life of separation from God but freedom to enter into the relationship that God intended in the very creation of human beings. Therefore we are to live in dependence upon God and God's dependence upon us to be the messengers, the ministers of God in this world. The only way that we will find and experience all that God desires for us is to learn how to depend upon God in everything.

As we remember and celebrate what the original signers of the Declaration of Independence risk to declare freedom from England, let us also be willing to declare the one true freedom for the world. Freedom to know God. Freedom to express with the same passion and risk the message of Jesus to our families, friends, neighbor's co-workers and even strangers. 

Freedom to experience God fully with all the blessings, peace and assurance. Freedom to choose in every circumstance God's way of living. Let us celebrate our freedom in Christ to serve God and not our own desires, not the temptations of this world and not the standards of our culture.

May you know the presence of God as you depend upon the leading and power of God's Holy Spirit in every part of your life.

Pastor Mike 

 FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP

Facts, Figures and FYI's

____________________________________________________________ 
 

When we think of generosity, we might look at the size of the gift or the nobility of the cause. But Jesus measured generosity by a radically new standard: the condition of the heart. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:21)    

So, giving is more than an obligation for followers of Christ, it is an exciting opportunity to lay up treasures that will last for all eternity. "The Lord Jesus himself said: It is more blessed to give than to receive"   (Acts 20:35b).   


 Fields of Gold

 Andy Stanley

Quarterly Statements: Your 2nd Quarter Giving Statements will be emailed on Friday, July 3. For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pickup on Sunday, July 5 on the shelf outside the Church Office.

Please contact the Church Office or Tom Wiggins @ financialsec@watervilleumc.org if you have any questions about anything related to finance, stewardship or the Capital Campaign. 

  
 JUNE STATISTICS

June Statistics    
Date       Worship General Fund   Capital Improvements   Missions 
June 7       128         $4,190.00            $180.00                   $0.00 
June 14      103        $5,090.00           $845.00                $227.00 
June 21       98         $2,887.00           $220.00                 $25.00 
June 28     106         $5,581.00            $175.00                 $10.00 

 

2015 YOUTH MISSION TRIP

2015 Youth Mission Trip

 Dear Church,

Once again, I'm amazed at how God assembled and used the youth group this past week at Kenosha, Wisconsin on our mission trip! The youth were able to grow closer to God through their acts of service, powerful programs, and Spirit led youth group devotion time.  Our youth have God centered hearts that are not only ready to serve on mission trips, but serve others around them daily.  They have learned to not think of themselves.  Please continue to pray for our youth each day.  Pray that they continue to seek God's plan for their lives and that they will live their lives in a way that brings glory to Him.  Thank you all for your prayers and donations to make this trip possible. 

In Christ, 

Adam Shelton

  WUMC FAMILY HAPPENINGS 

HOSPITALIZED: John Michael 

Marilyn Simpson at St. Vincent Hospital 

Katherine Smith at St. Luke's Hospital  

Margaret Hayes

PRAYERS OF CHRISTIAN HOPE AND COMFORT: to Karen Longnecker and family upon the passing of her sister Eileen Dayton on Sunday, May 31, 2015. 

We express our Christian love and sympathy to the family and friends of Mary Ann Parker, who died on Wednesday, June 11. 

We express our Christian love and sympathy to the Dick Warner family on the passing of their nephew Larry Tornai on June 16. Larry was on our prayer list and fought the battle of  lung cancer.

We express our Christian love and sympathy to the Art Meade family upon the passing of Art's mother on June 23.  

CONGRATS to Phillip Gribble and colleagues on receiving the Clint Thomas Award for clinic advancement at the National Athletic Trainers Association meeting in St. Louis, MO.  (They wrote a paper on important information on what's really to be expected from ACL surgery.)

WUMC MAIL

To All My Church Family,

Thank you so much for your prayers, cards, and expressions of sympathy at the time of my sister Eileen Dayton's passing.  Pastor Mike, thank you for your prayers and words of comfort. I am so blessed to be part of such a loving, caring church family.

 Karen Longnecker

 

Dear Congregation, 

Thank you so much for the gift in recognition of my 15 years of service as your Minister of Music/Choir Director.  Your generosity is much appreciated.  I look forward to serving this congregation in some new ways and continue my gift of music and song. 

Much love, 

Jennifer Reihing

 

Dear WUMC Choir, 

You overwhelm me with your love and gifts.  It has been my honor to serve as your director for the past 15 years.  It has been a pleasure to be part of the choir family for fifty years of my life.  Yes, I said fifty years.  The journey is not over.  Once a member, always a member.  I look forward to singing with you either in small groups, as a substitute or in whatever capacity God places on my heart.  I love you all so much and am blessed beyond measure for knowing each one of you.

With much love and thanks, 

Jennifer Reihing


Our July Mission Focus is UMCOR Health Kits.

What is UMCOR?  The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR's work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more. UMCOR is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year! 

UMCOR is connected to whom?  UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church through the General Board of Global Ministries, and the goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe all people have God-given worth and dignity.

How far does UMCOR reach?   UMCOR's work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the US. We provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own. UMCOR provides these survivors not only temporary relief but long-term education, training, and support.

UMCOR spends 100% of designated donations on the projects our donors specify. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ.                              

What are the Health Kits?  Health Kits help sustain everyday life for people who lack ready access to essential supplies and who may have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. The kits include a hand towel, washcloth, comb, nail file or nail clippers,soap,toothbrush,bandages,and toothpaste.   

 Assembly Instructions for UMCOR Health Kit:

*1 hand towel (15" x 25" to 17" x 27"; kitchen, cleaning, & microfiber towels not acceptable)

*1 washcloth

*1 comb (comb needs to be sturdy & longer than 6" long; no pocket combs or picks please; rattail combs & combs without handles are acceptable with a minimum of 6" of teeth)

*1 metal nail file or nail clippers (no emery boards, please)

*1 bath-size soap (3 oz. & larger sizes only; no Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content; do not remove from original packaging)

*1 toothbrush (adult size only; do not remove from original packaging)

*6 adhesive bandages (¾" to 1"-size; common household band-aids)

*1 plastic bag (one-gallon size sealable bag only)

*$1.00 to purchase toothpaste

Assembly Directions for UMCOR Health Kit:

Lay out the hand towel flat on a table. Lay the washcloth flat in the center of the hand towel. Place all remaining items on top of the washcloth. Fold over the sides of the hand towel to cover all of the items. Fold over one end of the hand towel so that it covers all of the items. Grasp the bundle of items tightly, and roll over the remainder of the hand towel tightly. Place the tightly rolled bundle in the plastic bag. Remove as much air as possible, and seal the bag.

Important Notes:

*All items must be new.

*Do not wash any of the items as they will be considered used.

*Please remove all packaging, unless otherwise specified.

*All emergency kits are carefully planned to make them usable in the greatest number of situations. Since strict rules often govern product entry into international countries, it is important that kits contain only the requested items, nothing more.

*Do not include any personal notes, money, or additional material in the kits. These things must be painstakingly removed and will delay the shipment.

*UMCOR is now purchasing toothpaste in bulk to be added to health kits before shipping to ensure that the product does not expire before they are sent. Inside several church entryways, you will find a large box to place your completed health kits. Slip your $1 bill, to cover the cost of the toothpaste, inside the large kraft envelope located inside the box. Thank you. 

 JULY BIBLE READING AND PRAYER 

SCRIPTURE  JULY PRAYER 
I Chronicles 27, 28 & 29  Colossians 4 1 The Glenn Rothhaas Family  
II Chronicles 1 & 2 I Thessalonians 1 2  Mrs. Grace  Russell  
II Chronicles 3 & 4  I Thessalonians 2 3 Mrs. Fritzie Schifferly  
II Chronicles 5 & 6  I Thessalonians 3  4 Mrs. Priscilla Schlingman  
II Chronicles 7 & 8  I Thessalonians 4  5 The Brian Schultz Family  
II Chronicles 9 & 10  I Thessalonians 5  6 The Adam Shelton Family  
II Chronicles 11 & 12  II Thessalonians 1 7 The Jay Sheridan Family  
II Chronicles 13 & 14  II Thessalonians 2 8 Mr. & Mrs. Larry Sheridan  
II Chronicles 15 & 16  II Thessalonians 3  9 Mr. & Mrs. Tom Shoemaker 
II Chronicles 17 & 18  I Timothy 1  10 Mr. & Mrs. Jim Simpson  
II Chronicles 19 & 20  I Timothy 2  11 The Doug Smith Family  
II Chronicles 21 & 22  I Timothy 3  12 Mrs. Katherine Smith  
II Chronicles 23 & 24  I Timothy 4  13 The Brian Snyder Family  
II Chronicles 25 & 26  I Timothy 5  14 Mr. & Mrs. Bob Spychalski  
II Chronicles 27 & 28  I Timothy 6  15  Christopher Stafford Family  
II Chronicles 29 & 30  II Timothy 1 16 The David Stafford  Family  
II Chronicles 31 & 32  II Timothy 2 17 Mrs. Nancy A. Stafford  
II Chronicles 33 & 34  II Timothy 3  18 Mr. Robert Stearns  
II Chronicles 35 & 36 II Timothy 4  19 The Dan Stevens Family  
Ezra 1 & 2 Titus 1 20 Fred Stover & Barbara Korecki 
Ezra 3 & 4  Titus 2  21 Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Strayer 
Ezra 5 & 6  Titus 3  22 The Kip Studer Family  
Ezra 7 & 8  Philemon  23 Mr. & Mrs. Todd Swanson  
Ezra 9 & 10  Hebrews 1 24 Mrs. Joyce Thomas  
Nehemiah 1 & 2  Hebrews 2  25 The Ed Thompson Family  
Nehemiah 3 & 4  Hebrews 3  26 Mrs. Lucy Topuzova  
Nehemiah 5 & 6 Hebrews 4  27 Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Utz  
Nehemiah 7 & 8  Hebrews 5  28 The Craig Varner Family  
Nehemiah 9 & 10  Hebrews 6  29 The Eric Varner Family  
Nehemiah 11, 12 & 13  Hebrews 7  30 Ms. Sally Waggoner  
Esther 1 & 2  Hebrews 8  31 Mr. & Mrs. Dave Walker  

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  July.

If you have a prayer request, please feel free to contact the Prayer Chain:    
Pam Plassmann  atl plassmb@accesstoledo.com  or Mary Williams or email margewill@toast.net  

 JULY CALENDAR OF EVENTS !

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MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY - DRIVERS NEEDED 

The Browning Masonic Home has many ministry opportunities.  One of these opportunities is providing transportation to our weekly worship service.  For this to happen we are looking for 6 persons who are called to serve the residents of Browning who desire to attend church. 

As Waterville UMC continues to seek God's leading in every ministry one of our great opportunities is through this transportation ministry.  Please contact Pastor Mike for further information.

LUNCH BUNCH NEWS JULY 2015 

We are having a Special MOTHER-DAUGHTER-GRANDAUGHTER POTLUCK AND SWIM at the home of Tehya Collinsworth.

Mark your calendars for this special get together, WED JULY 15 AT 12:45. DON'T FORGET YOUR SWIMSUIT AND A TOWEL!

We need to know by July 10th  how many plan to attend to

arrange for patio seating.  Call or Email Tehya at

 dawgh2o@yahoo.com or bed2biscuit@gmail.com 

 

VBS Volunteer Sign Up and Student Registration


2015 summer is here and it is time for VBS.  You will find Student Registration Forms and Volunteer Sign Up Forms on the bulletin board outside Pastor Mike's office.  This year we will embark on an icy expedition that empowers kids to overcome obstacles with God's awesome power.  Kids will be anchored in rock-solid Bible truths that will guide them through life's challenges.  So don't be left out in the heat come along and Conquer Challenges with God's Mighty Power.  Advance registration by July 1st will help to make certain this year's VBS is really cool.  You may also register by going to http://goo.gl/forms/ZHEXyrhUwE.  Any questions, please contact Stephanie Shelton.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL CD PRE-SALE: Copies of the VBS music CD are now available fore purchase on the shelf outside the church office.  The cost is $10.00 Please give your money to Stephanie Shelton. ( Checks payable to Waterville Community Fund.)  

VBS CRAFT DONATIONS: The following items are needed to help with the VBS Crafts this summer.  Toilet paper rolls, sandwich size zip-loc bags, flour, salt, colorful Sharpie markers, and battery operated tea lights.  If you would like to donate an item, please get it to Stephanie Shelton or there is a collection box outside the Community Room.  Thank you for your support! 

VBS SNACK & DINNER DONATIONS
Each night of VBS, a different church is responsible for a snack that goes along with the Bible Point /Lesson for the evening.  WUMC's night is Tuesday, July 14.  The snack will be heart cut-out cookies.  Any recipe is fine.  We need at least 225 cookies.  Please sign-up on the bulletin board or contact Stephanie Shelton or Stephani Letzring if you are interested.  Our church is also responsible for providing dinner to all the volunteers on the evening of the 14th.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board to find ways you can help with the dinner!  Thank you very much for all your support of this great outreach ministry!

NEEDED: Someone(s) to plan, organization and oversee an Operation Christmas Child  float for the Roche de Bout Parade.  The parade is a wonderful way in which to get the word out to the community that WUMC is a collection site.  Many parade goers  stop by the booth to pick up their boxes.   Many filled boxes mean the love of Jesus is shown to many children. 

Anne Stevens has graciously headed this project in the past and will be available on the day of the parade, however she will be  assisting with her daughter's September wedding. 

There will be a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the church office.   Remember many hands make light work and an idle mind is a terrible thing to waste so get the creative juices flowing and use them for the work of the Lord to bring the love of Jesus to many children.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD EXTRA BOXES 
Thank you so much for the items that you have brought in!  Your generosity is overwhelming!  Many more children will be receiving a box and the news of God's love for them this Christmas thanks to you!  Once again July  items are toiletries and hygiene items.  

YOGA FOR EVERYONE  
WEDNESDAY, JULY 15

6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

Need to relax and stretch?

No matter your age or fitness level, yoga is for you.

Please join Yoga Mike and re-learn how to breathe and relax. 

Bring a yoga mat if you have one.   We will be barefoot.

Registration required.

Waterville Branch Library, 

800 Michigan Ave. Waterville, OH  43566

 

REMEMBERING WATERVILLE SCHOOL 1886 TO 1997

Presented by Jim Conrad of the Waterville Historical Society

July 22, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Waterville Branch Library 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY:

Developing Your Artist's Eye

with photographer Ellen Loeffler-Kalinoski

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 

Create and compose dynamic images, find the perfect light and choose a unique perspective.  Bring your camera and instruction manual to learn camera basics and how to use your camera's controls to create stunning photographs.  Digital or film camera users welcome.

This is a free class; registration is required.  

Waterville Branch Library 

June 2015 Newsletter

Dear Church Family,
 
As we look towards the summer may the God of Creation bless us all. Many of us look forward to summer. The sunny days, the warmth and the opportunities to be outdoors enjoying all that God has made.
 
Summer is a great time while we are enjoying God's creation to do an inward search on the condition of our relationship with God and one another. We know that all of God's creation is good and that we experience God's love through many different ways. 
 
As United Methodist we live by three simple rules. These rules are stated in such a way that we can evaluate our walk with the Lord in the way we apply these three rules to our daily living. The rules are: do no harm, do good and stay in love with God.
 
These rules are interdependent upon one another just as our relationship with one another is to be interdependent. 
 
What then does it mean to follow these three simple rules? First, we are to do no harm. No harm means we are considerate of everyone in which we come into contact. To follow this first rule requires of us to be consistent in witness of God's saving grace in our lives through Jesus. One of the easy ways to do harm is in the way we treat others, especially. It is so easy when we get tired or irritated about something to take our frustrations out on another person, many times the person who has no influence upon our frustration. To make this very personal, how do I treat others, when am I hurtful, when do I hurt others feelings, when do I demand what I believe I deserve in negative ways? 
 
Second we are to do good. There are many ways we are doing good each day. There are times we get so caught up in doing good in the world's terms that we forget that the test of doing good for a Christian has everything to do with being led by the Holy Spirit. We are doing good in God's terms when we follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit and do the good that God has prepared for us to do. 
 
Staying in love with God is the last of the three simple rules. Just like our human relationships we must work each day to stay in love with God. There will be moments when we do not feel like we are in love with God yet, never forget that God is still in love with us. There are several ways we demonstrate that we are in love with God. Two of the ways are to do the first two rules, then follow God's commands to love God with our whole self and to love our neighbors the same way.
 
During worship the last weeks of June we will explore together these three simple rules for living a fruitful life with God. 
 
My prayer for you is that each day you will do no harm, do good and stay in love with God.

Pastor Mike

MAY STATISTICS 

WUMC FAMILY NEWS
                              
HOSPITALIZED: Bernard Utz - St. Luke's Hospital 
Mary Ann Parker - St. Luke's Hospital
Jim Simpson - UTMC undergoing tests
Peg Walker - Toledo Hospital

PRAYERS OF CHRISTIAN COMFORT AND PEACE: to Deb Cheney and Shelly Bankey and families  upon the death of their father James Kuhlman, on May 4th.
 
We express our Christian love and sympathy to Grace Russell and family upon the death of her husband, Lawrence this week.  Services were held on Monday, May 18 at Peinert Funeral Home with Pastor Mike officiating. 

WUMC MAIL BOX
Dear Theater For The World Ministry Team:
Thank you for the contribution of $180.67 which you recently donated to the Food Pantry.  We are grateful for your part in this mission.  The Pantry is open on the 1st and 4rd Tuesdays from 10:00am until 12:00 Noon all year long.  In the past months more persons seem to be in need of our help. 
 
We are encouraged to know we have your help, along with others of the community, in  keeping the shelves filled with groceries.
 
Gratefully,
Denise Longnecker, Mission Comm. Ch
Lee Thomas, Food Pantry Custodian
Joyce Thomas
Lenora Brown
Donna Vascik
Many Others


 
Dear Friends,
Thank you for your generous donation. 
 
In just a few months, your gift will provide clean, safe water to a community in need... for years to come.  And we are going to show you where!
 
Access to safe water restores hope  and unlocks potential in the communities we serve.  Free from sickness and countless wasted hours hauling dirty water, people are able to get back to truly beneficial work.  They re-build local economies and that helps break the cycle of poverty.
 
Your support makes their success possible.
 
With Much Gratitude,
R. Peter Chasse
President, The Water Project, Inc.                               

JUNE BIBLE READING AND PRAYER 

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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 June.
If you have a prayer request, please feel free to call the Prayer Chain:
Pam Plassmann  email plassmb@accesstoledo.com. or
Mary Williams email margewill@toast.net.

 

The Practice of Prayer Workshop
                               
Do you struggle to pray?  Do you feel like your personal prayer time is like a desert?
 
Come be refreshed by learning to pray God's Word.  Let the living waters of the Word wash over your soul!
 
              THE PRACTICE OF PRAYER WORKSHOP
              FRIDAY, JUNE 5TH 7-9PM
              SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH 9AM-12NOON
              ZION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
              10926 MAUMEE STREET
              WHITEHOUSE, OHIO 43571
 
Call 419-277-9054 to register
or register by e-mail thescriptureprayerinstitute@gmail.com 
Registrations will also be taken at the door.
Cost:  $10 for Workbook
Teacher:  Alaire Rothhaas


SCHOOL KITS   
Many thanks to the folks who already donated fabric and spent time assembling and sewing our UMCOR cloth bags for our School Kits. We are all set for this year. We will have fun filling these bags in a few months. God's richest blessings...... 


NEPAL EARTHQUAKE
There are more than 5,000 dead, 11,000 injured , 1.5 million people in need of urgent help and millions of people affected.  These grim numbers are the heartbreaking aftermath of the earthquake in the Himalayan nation of Nepal, one of the world's poorest countries.  Since the earth quake, additional devastation and tragedy continues with thunderstorms, landslides, avalanches and fires pummeling the survivors and interfering with rescue efforts.  Many remote areas have not yet been reached and the search continues for survivors.  The needs of the hurt, hungry and homeless are urgent and enormous. 
How You Can Help:       
•    Pray for all  who have been impacted by this emergency; for the people of Nepal, for Global Ministries and UMCOR partners at work on the ground there, and for Global Ministries' five missionaries and their families assigned to serve there.
•    Give to UMCOR International Diaster Response, Advance #982450.  Your gifts to UMCOR International Disaster Response make it possible for UMCOR to respond quickly to emergency situations through our local and international partners.  You may also link to this sight from our church's website: www.watervilleumc.org.                     

YOUTH GARAGE SALE FUNDRAISER  
The youth group will be having a garage sale on June 11-13 at the Shelton House, 171 Freedom Lane. If you have any items to donate to sell, you may drop them off at the Shelton house beginning on June 7. The youth also will be selling food at the garage sale and would appreciate any donations of the following items: cans of pop, bottled water, individual bags of chips/snacks, plastic 8 oz. cups, Snow Cone flavoring (Jelly Belly), plastic spoons, and baked goods. Thank you for your support as the youth group raises money for their mission trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin! We still have nearly $3,000 to raise! If you have any questions, contact Adam or Stephanie Shelton 


OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD                                                              
In the months of June and July we would like to  highlight toiletries and hygiene items for our Operation Christmas Child extra boxes collection.  The collection basket is under the table in the foyer.  We thank you for your generous response and it is a joy to see the different items come in.  We can just imagine the happy expressions on the faces of the children when they open their box and find these treasurers are for them.    

                       
VBS DONATIONS                               
The following items are needed to help with the VBS Crafts this summer, July 12-16: Toilet paper rolls, sandwich size zip-loc bags, baby wipes, painter's tape (blue, thin), flour, salt, colorful Sharpie markers, containers of washable craft paint (any color besides black), colored plastic straws, colored cardstock or battery operated tea lights. If you would like to donate an item, please get it to Stephanie Shelton or there will be a collection box in or near the Community Room. Thank you for your support!


VBS REGISTRATION FORMS                                                           
Registration forms for Waterville Community VBS July 12-16  are available on the bulletin board outside Pastor Mike's office, or by registering on-line at http://goo.gl/forms/ZHEXyrhUwE. Please feel free to take as many registration forms as you need and return them to the church office or to Stephanie Shelton by July 1.  This year boys and girls will learn to conquer challenges with God's Mighty Power.  They will embark on an icy expedition that empowers them to overcome obstacles with God's awesome power.  They will learn rock-solid Bible truths that will guide them through life's challenges.
Also, why not have Lots-n-Lots of Fun and Make Jesus Real at VBS by being a VOLUNTEER.  Volunteers can be from Junior High Student age through Adult.  There are many opportunities - Crew Leader, Decorations, Clean-up, or by Doing Anything that is Needed.
Questions may be directed to Stephanie.
 
Thank you in advance for your help!!  We know you will have lots of fun!


Friends of the Library Book Sale 
The Friends of the Library are sponsoring a Book Sale during Waterville Garage Sale Days,  on June 12 & 13 from 9-5:00 p.m. .  While you are out hunting bargains, stop in to see our great deals on all kinds of items!
•    Children's Books
•    Cookbooks &  Craft Books
•    Popular paperbacks
•    Lots of Adult Bestsellers!
Next to the railroad tracks in Conrad Park  - Waterville Branch Library
                                                                       800 Michigan Avenue
                                                                       Waterville, OH  43566
                                                                       Phone: 419-878-3055 
 
Music in the Park - Fun Family Event!
Sunday, June 28, 2015 
6-8:00 p.m. 
Conrad Park Gazebo
798 Michigan Ave. 
Waterville, OH 
Live music by Deepwater Bluegrass
Ice cream social  hosted by  the Waterville Historical society 
Free and open to the public.  


Yoga For Everyone
Wednesday, July 15
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Waterville Branch Library 
800 Michigan Avenue
Waterville, OH   419-878-3055
 
Need to relax and stretch?  
No matter your age or fitness level, yoga is for you. 
Please join Yoga Mike and re-learn how to breathe and relax. 
Bring a yoga mat if you have one.  We will be barefoot. Registration required

 

May 2015 Newsletter

Dear WUMC Family,

May the blessings of our Lord Jesus be upon you.

I love this time of year. As the flowers begin to bloom, the grass and trees become green again, the birds and animals are caring for new borns and it is becoming warm again. This season reminds me of what Paul wrote to the Church in Corinth in  2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

The writer of the letters to the Corinthians the Apostle Paul is trying to teach this fairly young group of believers how to live in Christ and how to avoid temptation and sin. Paul then shares the reminder in the scripture above that for everyone in Christ there is a new beginning.

The Holy Spirit is speaking through Paul not only to the Corinthians so long ago but to us today. When we are in Christ we have become a new creature, transformed from the old sinful self into a new creature, a new being, a person set free from the power of sin.

We who have accepted Christ as our Savior have had a new beginning. Everything is fresh and new. The light of Christ has overcome all the darkness within us.

Just like everything new at times we become tarnished by the world and by personal choices and we then need the tarnish removed. Anyone who has cleaned brass or silver knows that it sometimes takes a lot of hard rubbing to get the items clean and shiny once again.

This is true for us as well. Sometimes the Holy Spirit has to do a lot of hard rubbing before we are willing to follow the Holy Spirit again and to let the light of Christ shine through us. The good news is that God provides for us the grace to start over when we become tarnished.

Just like brass and silver if we use them often we will polish them each time they are used and they stay bright and shiny. One of the ways we can avoid the tarnish of this world is to stay in touch with God as much as we possibly can. As we stay close to God, God promises to stay close to us. How shiny are you at this moment?

Let God remove the tarnish and receive God’s blessings as we stay close to God.

 Pastor Mike

 

Finance  &  Stewardship 

Facts, Figures and  FYI's

Giving Statements via Email

If you currently receive a hardcopy of your quarterly giving statement, you may want to consider using our optional and cost saving method of receiving them via email. We simply attach a PDF file to an email, which you may print or file electronically. If you would like to participate in this program or obtain additional information, please contact the Church Office by CLICKING HERE

 Also if you are not aware, The Ambassador monthly newsletter and a weekly church news update, affectionately known as the "Friday Blaster" are both sent via email. If you currently do not receive these and would like to, please CLICK HERE to contact the church office with your email address.

 

Offering Counting Position

We are seeking an individual interested in joining our Offering Counting Team. That would make a total of 8 members, allowing each two person team to work one Sunday per month. The process normally takes 1 to 1-1/2 hours to complete. Each Sunday, two counters collect, sort, record and document the offering and deposit the money. Great opportunity to serve with minimal time commitment. If you are interested or would like additional information, please contact Tom Wiggins at  financialsec@watervilleumc.org.

 

"Loving Provider, help us to save and spend wisely so we can give generously, as You give to us each day. AMEN"                                                                                            Prayer from Upper Room, January 2012

 

Please contact the Church Office or Tom Wiggins if you have any questions about anything related to finance or stewardship.

APRIL STATISTICS 

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CHECK OUT WUMC'S NEW WEBSITE 

The church's website www.watervilleumc.org has been redesigned and made its debut on Easter weekend.  You will be able to find The Ambassador, the latest Friday-E-Blast, the church calendar and other information about the church.  You will also be able to listen to Pastor Mike's recent sermons.  Check it out and let us know what you think!

 

WATERVILLE  UMC  FAMILY  NEWS !

Hospitalized: Mildred Hires, St. Luke's

Sue Gregory - hip surgery St. Luke's

Jim Simpson - UTMC Hospital
Bonne Spychalski - St. Luke's

Prayers of Christian Comfort and Sympathy to Squire Young and family upon the death of Squire's sister Cynthia Young-Killough in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 1, 2015.

 

SCHOOL KITS

 Many thanks to the folks who already donated fabric and spent time assembling and sewing our UMCOR cloth bags for our School Kits. We are all set for this year. We will have fun filling these bags in a few months. God's richest blessings......

  

WUMC  FAMILY  MAIL

It's not for money, it's not for fame,

It's not for any personal gain,

It's just for love of fellow man,

It's just to give a helping hand.

 

It's your reward in your heart,

It's a feeling that you've been a part,

Of helping others far and near.

That makes you want to

           VOLUNTEER

Many thanks for all your help.

 The Friendly Center  

 

Thanks WUMC Family

Thank you to all that attended the March of Dimes Pancake Breakfast to support Marny and Tony Mazzarella and the memory of their daughter, Sophia.  Your generous donations helped the team to raise over $4,600 this year.
It is so nice to be part of such a wonderful congregation.  
Thanks so much,
Marny
 

Teacher Appreciation Day

May 3rd WUMC will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day during our Worship Service.  Plan to join us following the service for cake and punch in the Fellowship Hall.   

 

Did You Know?

A part of the Outreach Ministry at Waterville United Methodist Church is the Visitation Team. It is a group that reaches out to members who can no longer attend church, are in need of some special assistance, or enjoy hearing a friendly voice. Through the faithful direction of Pastor Mike, the team has developed a visitation process that helps to serve these homebound members. In the past three years, a team of seven very faithful and dedicated people made phone calls, sent cards or made home visits on a regular basis. Transportation for doctor's appointments, help with grocery shopping and in some situations delivery of meals have been part of this Outreach Ministry. Two to three times a year they take communion to those who desire to have communion at home. During Advent, Pastor Mike shares in delivering the communion elements. This team helps to provide a link for our homebound members to our church family.

Each Christmas the Visitation Team remembers these special people with a gift from the church. This past Christmas they planted amaryllis bulbs and delivered one to each of them. It was a huge success, as the at-home members could actually watch the plant grow and bloom. Many appreciative notes and phone calls were received describing the beauty of the flowers and the number of blooms. Amazingly, most had at least 9 or 10 blooms. What joy this simple gift brought to both giver and receiver.

With God's help, this committee will continue to serve God in this very special way to some very special angels of our church. If you feel that you would like to be a part of this team, or know a church member who would like a visit, please contact the team leader, Charlotte Pritchett, or the church office.

God's Garden Challenge

Dear WUMC Members: 
I have been giving all the receipts from my garden veggie stand to the Capital Fund (new church building fund) for the last 7 years and have given around $84,000.  I would like to get the total to $100,000, but don't know how many more years I can keep going.
Would you like to participate, also?  Perhaps you would like to match the receipts for a day, a week, a month or a year.   I could tell you the amount for that period and you could write a check to WUMC with "God's Garden Challenge" in the "For" line.  Or, just chose a dollar amount of $1 or more.   
Week days in August are usually in the $100 range, and the Labor Day Holiday Weekend runs around $200-$300 per day; and August weeks usually average around $1,000 per week.
Please pray about this challenge and check with me if you like.  Let's have some fun with it.
John Nicholson

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DEPARTMENT

Stephanie Shelton has created a list of volunteer positions that are currently open in our Children's Ministry area of the church. There are three different positions still available. Some of the positions are ongoing while others are just for one day. The list of positions is posted on the bulletin board outside Pastor's office.  If you are interested, please contact Stephanie at ashelton26@accesstoledo.com 

 

Theatre For The World Update

Thanks and praise to God! We made it! We are going to provide clean drinking water for a community in sub-Saharan Africa. We have so many people to thank for their generosity and support in helping us complete another successful production, with this year's being Fools by Neil Simon.

Our total attendance for the three shows was 354, and we received 145 bags of groceries. To date, the total funds received from performance donations & the March Mission Offerings is $7,453 ($542 for the Food Pantries and $6,911 for the Well Project). In addition, the youth Group had a successful lasagna dinner to help raise funds for their upcoming mission trip. 

The groceries and money were divided equally and distributed to three pantries: AW Community Food Ministry and Anthony Wayne & Otsego Food Pantries.

Our main goal this year was the Well Project as we hoped to raise enough money to actually dig a well. We partnered with The Water Project, a non-profit organization that will handle the project in Africa, which required $12,000 to dig the well and cover maintenance & upkeep costs for 3-5 years. This amount has been received and sent to The Water Project. We already had $4,433 in the Well Project Fund and received a $2,500 donation from The Waterville Rotary. Proceeds from this year made up the difference. In fact, we have over $1,800 left over and have requested information on a new additional agreement covering extended maintenance costs beyond the 3-5 years.  

One of the 5 Fruitful Practices that were adopted by the Ad Council for 2015 was Risk Taking Mission and Service, which Pastor Mike talked about in his April Ambassador article and during worship on April 12th. He stated that it is partly measured by the number of people from within and outside of our congregation involved in mission and outreach. Theatre For The World has been so blessed over the years with tremendous support from our congregation as well as the residents and organizations from Waterville and the surrounding area. Besides the 354 folks who attended and watched Fools, we had 90 individuals who were directly involved in providing all the pieces needed to put together a successful production from beginning to end, including: cast, crew, ushers, food handlers, cookie bakers, administrative help, prayer warriors, encouragement givers, clean-up and miscellaneous jobs. A special thanks to Troop 101 for their help!  It is just amazing that so many seem to have actually taken ownership of and want to be a part of our annual event each year. Again thanks and praise to God!

Well construction is projected to be sometime in 2016. Please follow the progress at:

www.facebook.com/tftw06

or

www.watervilleumc.org.

Any additional monetary donations for the well project are to be given or sent to WUMC as the on-line giving process will be ending soon.  

Since we began TFTW ten years ago, this mission / outreach ministry has raised over $28,000, collected 1,054 bags of groceries and several thousand have participated in and watched our shows. Their continued support helps to provide for those who are in need.

Wow! How awesome! All we can say is THANK YOU and GOD BLESS! 

 

The Upper Room - Daily  Devotional Book

Have you picked up your copy of The Upper Room? The May and June books are available at the entrances to the sanctuary.  The cost is $1.00.  

 

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS

IT'S TIME TO RE-ENROLL for the new year of Kroger Community Rewards. You will need to re-enroll in the month of April in order to continue contributing to your organization through the May 1st 2015 to April 30th 2016 year. For a member to re-enroll their card they simply go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com * Click "sign-in" * Put in their email address and password that they used to enroll their card. * Put in the group number or part of the name of the organization. * Choose the correct organization. * Click Enroll. You are now enrolled for the May 1st 2015 to April 30th 2016 year of Kroger Community Rewards. If you are having an issue with your password and or email address please call 1-800-KROGERS, press 5 to speak to a customer service representative. If it's the first time they are registering, the member will need to set up their account first. * For a member to enroll their card they simply go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com * Click "create an account" * Put in their email address and password. Confirm their password * Enter plus card OR alt ID number * Go to Community Rewards (near bottom) * Follow through the steps. (Name, address, etc.) * Put in the group number or part of the name of the organization. * Choose the correct organization. * Click Enroll. You are now enrolled for the May 1st 2015 to April 30th 2016 year of Kroger Community Reward.   

Amazon Smile

 With Mother's Day just around the corner, now is a great time to shop AmazonSmile and earn a donation  to WUMC. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to Waterville United Methodist Church whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.   You will find great Mother's Day gifts like jewelry, flowers, and electronics.  And don't forget Dad his day will be here very soon!

 Just click on WUMC's link:     http://smile.amazon.com/ch/34-4437474.

 

Kairos Benefit Concert

The Worship Arts ministry at Westgate Chapel in Toledo will host a concert on Friday May 15th  at 7:00 P. M. to benefit of Kairos.  The evening will feature praise and worship music by the Westgate Chapel Praise Band , Praise Team and choir, as well as remarks by ToCI's own Chaplain Vloch and (hopefully) Warden Coleman.  You, your family and friends are invited.

There is no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be taken, with the proceeds to go to Kairos. 

Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch ladies will meet Wed. May 20 @ 12:45 P.M.

At the OLIVE GARDEN restaurant on South Reynolds Road.

Please call Tehya Collinsworth if you need transportation.  

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

 Just a reminder, as you are out and about shopping, keep an eye out for small toys, coloring books, crayons, markers, and other small toy items that can be used to fill up our Operation Christmas Child boxesThere is a basket in the foyer (under the table) to put your treasures into.  We will store them and  have a packing party to celebrate later on. Also, June & July items to be on the lookout for are toiletries and hygiene items, August is school supplies and September small clothing items- socks, underwear, etc. And if you see any items you can't pass up- any shoebox item is welcome!

Just one more way to reach others with the news of God's love, compassion, and mercy for people all over the world.  Thanks for supporting Operation Christmas Child for over 15 years. Let’s help generate even more than 10 million boxes this year!  

Rotary Club of Waterville

 The Rotary Club of Waterville is sponsoring an al you can eat Pancake & Sausage Supper on Monday, May 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Waterville Primary School, 473 Sycamore Lane, Waterville.  The cost for adults is $6.00 and for children under 10 years of age $4.00. Tickets  are available from any Waterville Rotarian or at the door.  The proceeds from the dinner will be used for our Anthony Wayne and Otsego scholarship program and other community projects.  The Waterville Primary students will be providing entertainment.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional people united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

 Bruno Page ,Featured Artist For Tropical Nights 2015

"Tropical Nights" is an annual benefit that helps those affected by autism living in South Florida.  It is a fundraiser benefiting the programs, services and research initiatives of the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD).  It is a festive celebration designed to raise autism awareness while entertaining our guests with fine food, drinks, music, dancing, and acknowledging the tireless efforts of important members of our community!

This year's featured artist is 11-year-old Bruno Page, the youngest artist to date.  Bruno is the son of Michael & Marcia Page and the grandson of Jim & Barb Page.

Tropical Nights will take place on Saturday, May 9th 2015, at the InterContinental Miami.

To view more of Bruno's artwork, visit his web page at http://www.brunopage.com.

 

LinkedIn for those Thinking "Why Should I?"

This session is for you if: You're 50+.  You have a job. You're happy right where you are.  You want to know why you "should be doing LinkedIn."

Join us at Waterville Branch Library on Wednesday May 13, 2015 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.   

 

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

There are currently 252 youth in Lucas, Wood, and Ottawa counties waiting to be matched with a positive role model. At this time, 60 percent of the youth waiting for a mentor in their program are boys. Many of their waiting youth live in a home with a single parent or have a parent that is currently incarcerated. To volunteer or to get more information contact them at 419-243-4600 or on the web at www.bbbsnwo.org.

WATERVILLE COMMUNITY V B S

Parents - mark your calendars!  The Waterville Community Vacation Bible School will take place on Sunday, July 12th through Thursday, July 16th at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in the evenings.  Our church will be responsible for providing the evening meal and the snacks on Tuesday, July 14th.  

YOUTH GARAGE SALE FUND RAISER

With Spring finally here,  many of you might be undertaking the task of some Spring Cleaning.  This is a reminder that the Youth Group will be holding their annual fund raiser during the Waterville Community Garage Sale Days from Thursday, June 11th to Saturday, June 13th.  It will be here before you know it!!

Graduation Sunday, June 7th

 We will be recognizing our graduates from high school, college, and technical school.  If you are graduating, please contact Stephanie Shelton (ashelton26@accesstoledo.com) with the following information:  where you are graduating from and any future plans (example:  what college you are attending and your major).  We also will be having our annual slideshow of graduates during the service on June 7.  If you would like to be included in the slideshow, please send about 8 photos (ranging in age from infant to current) to Char Hansen at Charlene.Hansen@utoledo.edu by Sunday, May 24.  We would appreciate digital photos, but if your photos need scanned we can do that, too.  Just get Char Hansen or Stephanie Shelton your hard copies and we will get them returned to you.    

 

MAY SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER

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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 call the Prayer Chain:

Pam Plassmann at  plassmb@accesstoledo.com or

Mary Williams at margewill@toast.net

April 2015 Newsletter

Dear Waterville Church Family,
 
We are about to celebrate the greatest gift ever given our world, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. A free gift from God and from Jesus for Jesus wrestled mightily with God's plan to save the world through Jesus' death on a cross. Yet, Jesus chose to give himself that we can be redeemed by his blood.
 
Jesus resurrection from the dead has provided for a new life as we pass from being dead in sin to being alive in Christ. When we ask Jesus into our hearts, take responsibility for sin and receive God's grace in forgiveness we experience a spiritual resurrection. 
 
Our tendency as human beings is to become complacent in our walk with God in Christ as individuals and as congregations. So how do we avoid becoming complacent? 
 
As individuals we must read and study God's word, have a regular discipline of prayer, be in community with other believers, worship privately and corporately and be in fellowship with non-believers so that we can make new disciples. The making of new disciples is our mission on earth.
 
As a congregation we too need to be faithful to our mission of making new disciples. How do we measure the vitality and effectiveness of our congregational life and ministry? 
 
Jesus teaches in John 15:7-17. "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit-fruit that will last-and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other."
 
How do we then measure if we are bearing fruit and if the fruit is lasting? As United Methodist we focus on "Five Fruitful Practices." Each year the Church Council adopts goals for each of these practices and it will take the effort of us all to bear fruit.
 
The Five Fruitful Practices are: Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-taking Mission and Service and Extravagant Generosity. 

 
Radical Hospitality is the welcoming of all people into the family of God. That is we treat every guest, visitor and each person in which we have contact as if they are already a member of the loving family of God family. Our measure of success is how many people come to know the loving grace of God for themselves in the accepting of Jesus as Savior and experiencing baptism by faith.
 
Passionate Worship looks at every part of our worship experience each week. Striving to improve the vitality, variety, the overall experience and the average attendance.
 
As followers of Jesus that are called to bear fruit we must continually be about Intentional Faith Development. As faithful disciples of Jesus we are on an ongoing journey of learning what a disciple of Jesus looks like and how a disciple acts and serves. Jesus said we are known as disciples in the way we love one another. One measurement of intentional faith development is the number of persons participating in small groups.
 
Mission and Service will always require of us risk. As God teaches us to live by faith we will learn that God will call us to serve in ways that feel risky in that we may be out of our comfort zone, or called to an area of town that makes us nervous or a career change to be more available for God's purpose. Risk Taking Mission and Service is partly measured by the number of people from within and outside of our congregation involved in mission and outreach.
 
Finally, Extravagant Generosity is our response to God in the giving of time, talents and finances. Extravagant Generosity is measured is our financial response to God for the mission of making new disciples.
 
Our goals for these five areas for 2015 are: a 10% increase in average attendance, 5 adult provisions of faith in Christ, 16 small groups, over 300 involved in mission and service and ongoing training in extravagant generosity. Watch for ongoing information on the ways we are going to reach these goals including a sermon series following Easter.
 
Let us all pray for God's blessing as we strive to bear much fruit, fruit that lasts.
 
Pastor Mike

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Easter is Almost Here! 
If you would be interested in helping with some "Spring Cleaning" in the Sanctuary, please head to the church on Tuesday, March 31st at 9:00 a.m. We will be mopping the wood floors in the sanctuary, polishing the wood, cleaning the pews and the window sills and hunting down cobwebs.  the more helpers we have, the faster this task will be completed.  Let's get the place ready for company on Easter Sunday!  

Special Easter and April Mission Offerings
 
Our mission emphasis for April is the small animal project through Samaritan's Purse. Many of you will recognize Samaritan's Purse with our Operation Christmas Child ministry each fall. The small animal project provides sheep, goats, chickens and other small animals to families so that they can become self-sufficient, but not only the family the whole village will be blessed. When these animals have offspring the family must give the offspring to another family in the village. Please prayerful consider what God is asking of you to transform people who will be blessed by the gift of life through the gift of small animals.     

    FINANCE and STEWARDSHIP
Facts, Figures and FYI's 
___________________________________________________________________ 
 
Quarterly Statements: Your 1st Quarter Giving Statements will be emailed on Saturday, April 4. For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pickup on Sunday, April 5 on the shelf outside the Church Office. 
 
Please contact Tom Wiggins, 
financialsec@watervilleumc.org
if you have any questions about anything related to finance, stewardship or the Capital Campaign.
 
"Money is an excellent gift of God answering the noblest of ends"
John Wesley

March Statistics                                         
            
Date    Worship    General Fund     Capital Improve    Missions
Mar. 1      104          $3,169.00               $267.00              $0.00
Mar.   8    113            $5,131.00                $295.00            $553.00
Mar. 15    138          $8,290.00             $1,045.00            $623.00
Mar. 22    151           $3,979.97              $355.00               $75.00
Mar. 29    Will be     listed with     April      

WUMC FAMILY NEWS !            
HOSPITALIZED: Robert Hires Sr., St. Luke's Hospital
Jerry Hahn, St. Luke's Hospital
Vonnie Utz, St. Luke's Hospital
Shannon Jones, Lakes of Monclova, rehab after car accident and leg surgery 
 
PRAYERS OF CHRISTIAN HOPE AND SYMPATHY : to Lou Peyton and Family upon the death of Lou's sister, Tovia Asher.


Pancake Breakfast 
Join us following worship on Sunday, April 12th in the Fellowship Hall for a Pancake Breakfast. Adult tickets are $6.00 and Children 10 and under will be $4.00.  All proceeds will go to the March of Dimes in memory of Marny and Tony Mazzarella's first daughter Sophia.  Purchase tickets from Marny on Easter Sunday or contact her at marny_dedrick@hotmail.com.

Dear Pastor Mike and W.U.M.C. Congregation: 
On behalf of Tom & Karen Wiggins and TFTW, I wish to extend my deepest gratitude for ten years of volunteer efforts, donations and prayer support. As I am writing this, I do not know the final figures of our monetary collection, but we did garner 143 bags of groceries for the local pantries. I am also fairly certain that your financial support will allow us to dig a new well in Africa over the next year. Thanks for helping us publicize the show. We had 354 people in attendance. I am amazed and humbled by the unwavering support. We will keep the church updated with the progress of the well and share news on our facebook page.   www.facebook.com/TFTW06.
 
God planted the seed for this group in my heart, many years ago, but to witness what it has become is truly awesome. The energy I see within our cast & crew and throughout our many volunteers is inspiring. Please thank Tom and Karen Wiggins for keeping Theatre-for-the-World together in Waterville. Without their efforts, I simply could not manage it from Westerville. It wouldn't hurt to give Cathy Landis a hug either. I nearly caused her a heart attack with my power point slides. We thank her for all her last minute efforts trying to keep the show on track.
 
Christ lives within each one of us. When we use our gifts for His glory, He blesses our hearts in ways unfathomable. I wish I could say I live every day with as much passion as I do when we're pulling shows together, but that's not true. To be honest, it can be exhausting; however, when I'm using my gifts for a Godly purpose, regardless of the amount of time and effort it takes, I feel truly alive! This year, brought all kinds of interesting challenges that stretched me in ways, I often didn't like, but I relied upon God.   He has always been faithful. 
 
So, what is your purpose and how can you use it for His glory? I urge you to take the same journey of faith, because you are here for a reason. That purpose could begin or change at any age, but God's faithfulness and love for you will remain constant. Use your gifts, your imperfections, your story to tell others about Jesus. Allow everyone to see Him living inside of you. I am far from an evangelist, but I have never found it easier to share God's message and love than when we began this theater group. Thank you for ten wonderful years! Thank you for supporting our mission work and for encouraging me and this entire group in our journey. Together, with God's grace, we are making a difference both locally and across the globe. 'Til next time...Praise be to God!
 
In His Service,
Brian, Tom, Karen and the Cast & Crew of TFTW

APRIL SCRIPTURE READING AND PRAYER

SCRIPTURE        APRIL     PRAYER
Deuteronomy 29 & 30     Acts 2    1    Mr. & Mrs. Steve Crandall
Deuteronomy 31 & 32     Acts 3    2    Mrs. Sally Croy  
Deuteronomy 33 & 34     Acts 4    3    The Paul Croy Family 
Joshua 1& 2    Acts 5    4    Mrs. Ardis Cullen 
Joshua 3 & 4     Acts 6    5    Mrs. Ann Dalton
Joshua 5 & 6     Acts 7     6    Mrs. Alta Damron
Joshua 7 & 8    Acts 8    7    Mrs. Nancy Davidson 
Joshua 9 & 10     Acts 9    8    The Bob Deardurff Family 
Joshua 11 & 12     Acts 10    9    Pastor Mike & Pam Denman 
Joshua 13 & 14     Acts 11    10    The John Doyle Family   
Joshua 15 & 16     Acts 12    11    The Jason Eisel Family   
Joshua 17 & 18     Acts 13    12    Mr. Russell Eldridge   
Joshua 19 & 20     Acts 14    13    The Anna Emahiser Family   
Joshua 21 & 22     Acts 15    14    Mr. & Mrs. Carl Fox  
Joshua 23 & 24     Acts 16    15    The Kyle Galton Family    
Judges 1 & 2     Acts 17    16    Mr. E. J. Gariety   
Judges 3 & 4     Acts 18     17    Mr. & Mrs. Dick George   
Judges 5 & 6     Acts 19    18    Mr. & Mrs. Ed Golding   
Judges 7 & 8     Acts 20     19    Mr. & Mrs. Rob Greenlese     
Judges 9 & 10     Acts 21     20    Mr. & Mrs.  Bill Gregory     
Judges 11 & 12     Acts 22    21    The Bill Gregory Jr. Family  
Judges 13 & 14     Acts 23    22    Ms. Charlene Hansen      
Judges 15 & 16     Acts 24     23    Mr. Ron Hart    
Judges 17 & 18     Acts 25     24    Mr. & Mrs. Donald Harter  
Judges 19,20 & 21     Acts 26     25    Mrs. Margaret Hayes     
Ruth 1 & 2     Acts 27     26    The John Henry Family    
Ruth 3 & 4     Acts 28     27    Dr. Roger Hertzman 
I Samuel 1 & 2     Romans 1    28    Mrs.  Sharon Hill 
I Samuel 3 & 4     Romans 2     29    Mr. & Mrs. Bob Hires Sr. 
I Samuel 5 & 6     Romans 3     30    Mr. & Mrs. Bob Hires Jr. 
            
            
            
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 April.
If you have a prayer request, please feel free to call the Prayer Chain: 
Pam Plassmann  email plassmb@accesstoledo.com or 
Mary Williams  email margewill@toast.net                  

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Operation Christmas Child Collection                    
Our church has always tremendously supported Operation Christmas Child. This year we'd like to initiate a year long collection for filling shoeboxes. When the time gets closer, we will then have a packing party in addition to our conventional way of packing shoeboxes on our own or with our families. We do this in the hope of generating even more boxes and reaching even more children.
 
For the month of April and May- we ask that you collect and donate small toys, coloring books, crayons, markers, tops, and any other small toy items. Remember to keep in mind the size of our shoeboxes. Any toy items are welcome that are allowed by Samaritans Purse. (Perhaps you can find something in an after Easter sale!)
 
In June and July we ask that you bring in toiletries and hygiene items, in August-school supplies, and September-small clothing items-socks, underwear,etc.
 
While focusing on certain items during certain months, hopefully our collected items will "balance out"  when it comes time to pack the extra boxes, and you can be watching for sale items (for example, school supplies as you purchase them for your own children).
 
A collection box will be placed  (under the table in the foyer). Any time you see a sale item, pick a couple up. If you see a HUGE sale you just can't pass up---any shoebox item is welcome. We will store items until it's time to pack up boxes later in the year.
 
Just one more way to reach others with the news of God's love, compassion, and mercy for people all over the world. Thanks for supporting Operation Christmas Child for over 15 years. Lets help generate even more than 10 million boxes this year!

Where Did They Go?                     
 Many of you registered your Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes online when you paid for the shipping costs.  We would like to know where your boxes were sent.  Please let the church office know and we will mark them on our world map.

Sincerely,
Cathy Landis & Janet Poling 
Waterville United Methodist Church


March 2015 Newsletter

THE AMBASSADOR

WATERVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Dear Church Family,

In Joshua 24:15 we read, "But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."

Over the years different types of spiritual gifts surveys have been developed. When we as Christians are seeking to know and use our spiritual gifts these surveys can be helpful. One thing I have discovered is that in every one of these surveys 70%, give or take a few percentage points, of the people have the spiritual gift of service.

As Joshua proclaimed he and his house would serve the Lord faithfully. When you are in your devotional time do you ever ask how God wants to use you in service? There are many ways to serve. One upcoming opportunity is Theatre-for-the-World.

Theatre-for-the-World is our mission emphasis for the month of March. In addition to the offering the last Sunday of March there are opportunities to serve during the play, "Fools" on Friday the 13th, Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th.

On Saturday evening the Youth of our congregation serve a Lasagna dinner to assist in financing their summer mission trip. There are three areas of service for the youth and Theatre-for-the-World. One is making a pan of Lasagna and/or cookies for the Lasagna Dinner. Second is making cookies to be served each of the three performances of "Fools."  

The most important area of service is to pray for God to move in a mighty way as people are lead to bring can goods or make financial donations for the area food pantries and for the Well Project in Sub-Saharan Africa.  

Finally, as we all reflect upon our relationship with God each day let us ask God and ourselves if we are serving as God desires. My hope and prayer is that each of us can proclaim as Joshua did, "me and my house will serve the Lord."

Blessings,
 
Pastor Mike 

FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP 

Facts, Figures, FYI's 

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse.
Tom Wiggins, our Financial Secretary, now has his own e-mail address on the church account.  If you have financial questions concerning your giving to the church, please contact Tom.

WUMC FAMILY NEWS

Rejoice with me , for I have found my sheep which was lost.  Luke 15:6

Hospitalized:

Renee Welker - Hip Surgery     Shannon Jones  - Right leg surgery from a car accident.  

                     
Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy:

to the family of  Rev. William E.  (Bill) Croy Jr. , Sally Croy's nephew and Paul's cousin. Bill passed away on January 29 due to  ALS.   Services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Maple Grove United Methodist Church, Columbus, Oh.  

Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy: to the family of Sarah Lockyer upon the passing of her father, Charles F. Kahle on Saturday, February 7. Services were held on February 11, 2015.

Prayers of Christian Hope and Sympathy: to Rob Greenlese  and family upon the sudden passing of Rob 's sister  Diane Spivey. 
 

WUMC MAIL  BOX                                                                   

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your recent gift to the ministry of Samaritan's Purse in the area of Goats and Dairy Animals. 

Everything we do is centered on the Gospel.  As we help feed the hungry, care for the sick, or meet another urgent needs, God gives us opportunities to share the message of eternal life in Jesus Christ.  "When the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the Rock" (Luke 6:48).  Thank you again for your partnership.  May God bless you.

Sincerely,

Franklin Graham

Dear Friends,

Hope blossoms into reality because of your support.  The gift of clean, safe water helps unlock the God-given potential in those who receive it.  Our heartfelt thanks!

Leilia & The Water Project Team.

P.S. Read Esther's story of hope: thewaterproject.org/esther

Dear Friends in Mission:

Thank you for your gift of $6,240.85 to the Imagine No Malaria campaign through The Advance, the designated mission giving channel of The United Methodist Church.  We are pleased to share that 100 percent of your contribution will go towards eliminating one of the world's most deadly diseases.  Giving through The Advance enables United Methodists to support one another in mission and ministry around the world.  Thank you for partnering with us in God's mission. 

Through gifts like yours, Imagine No Malaria has already distributed 1.2 million insecticide-treated bed nets throughout Africa.  We have also trained more than 5,400 community health workers to personally deliver mosquito nets and measure usage rates.  Today, because of the dedicated and generous support of people like you, malaria's impact has been cut in half! 

Please visit www.imaginenomalaria.org to learn more about how your support is making an impact with a full range of interventions to combat malaria. 

May God grant you a sense of hope and joy as you continue your support for mission and as we advance towards a day with no malaria.

Grace and peace,

Roland Fernandes

General Treasurer

General Board of Global Ministries

March 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 March.If you have a prayer request, please feel free to call the Prayer Chain: Pam Plassmann   or Mary Williams.  

Children's March Memory Verse

  You are the God of great wonders! Psalm 77: 14 

Okay, Friends of WUMC, we need your help!

Theatre-for-the-World is in full swing on the family-friendly comedy production of Fools, by Neil Simon.     The dates are March 13 and 14 at 7:30 PM and Sunday the 15th at 1:30 PM. Even though we are trying to complete the funding for our well project, we do not want to forget the three food pantries that we have helped in the past. This year only, 85% of our monetary donations will support the well fund while 15% will be divided among the pantries. That is a big difference and we do not want to let the pantries down. I'm hoping we can generate more food this year, since our monetary donations will be considerably less. There are no advance tickets to our show, but canned goods and non-perishable items are welcome at the door. I'm hoping everyone can check their cupboards for a few items they might donate.

Believe it or not, this is our tenth production and we want to celebrate by helping a village in Africa. Clean water saves lives and can provide hope for future generations. Please pray for our mission project, tell someone about the show, consider taking the water challenge with us to help raise money. (We'll explain it all on Sunday, March 8th.) We promise to coax a few laughs out of you, but beyond that, we're hoping to make you laugh so hard that money literally falls out of your pockets. We are not beyond crawling around on the floor after the show to find money to dig this well. Wear loose clothing !

Personally, I cannot thank this congregation enough for supporting our group over the past nine years. Your talents, volunteer help, patronage, donations, prayers have allowed us to touch many lives locally, and this year, globally. When I stepped out in faith to begin this group in the fall of 2005, many of you barely knew me. Thankfully, God intervened and many of you joined me without hesitation. Even I'm speechless !

How 'bout, I let God do the talking. "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various form." (1Peter 4:10). For me, that gift appears to be music and theater. It may not have been profitable professionally, but what it has done for my life and my faith is immeasurable; furthermore, what God can do with it is unfathomable. Let's send our love to Africa. Together, we can be God's hands in this world. I thank you for supporting TFTW and me in this extremely personal journey of faith. It has changed my life and I am eternally grateful !

God bless, Brian Schultz 

P.S. Don't forget the youth group is providing a lasagna supper before Saturday's performance. You can lift up two mission projects on one night! Reservations Required!

Theatre-for-the-World is now active in social media.  If you have a Facebook account, we'd sure appreciate it if you would "like us" and "share us" with your contacts.                      

                                                     www.facebook.com/TFTW06.

People will be able to read more about our mission project and even click to donate. Thanks

LILIES TO GRACE THE CHANCEL AREA ON EASTER SUNDAY

As in years past...We wish to have lilies for the Chancel Area on Easter Sunday.

You may also donate to the New Building Fund.

Your name and the person(s) you are dedicating the flower to will be listed in the bulletin.

The cost of the plants this year is $8.00 each.

Please fill out the online order form by Sunday, March 8, 2015.

Or you may use the envelopes on the bulletin board outside Pastor Mike's office.  Write your information on the outside of the envelope and place your money inside the envelope.  You may either place the envelope in the offering plate or drop it off in the office

PANCAKE DAY AT HASKINS COMMUNITY CHURCH

Haskins Community Church, 209 West Main Street invites you to join them in celebration of Pancake Day on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 8:00 am until 1:00pm and from 4:00pm until 7:00pm.  The cost is

Adults $8.00 and Children (4-10 years) $2.00 and Children under age 3 eat free. The menu consists of whole hog sausage, light fluffy pancakes, applesauce and beverage. 

There is an elevator on the east side of the building for those who need handicap access.

"Let's All Go Down to Tiedtke's"

hosted by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

Join us as we watch the WGTE presentation- Toledo Stories: Let's All Go Down to Tiedtke's.
Reminisce about the Toledo landmark with Cathy Kamenca, WGTE's Program Coordinator and enjoy light refreshments, raffles, and great conversation! 
Waterville Branch Saturday, March 21 1-2:30 p.m. Registration required. 419-878-3055

Changed Life Seminar

 "Behold! All things are become new."  

The Beautiful Response to Brokenness 

"What if...I did what I could?

What if I offered my story and my skills?

What if I didn't wait until I had it right or finished or perfect?

What if I believed God loved me so much that I wanted to love Him back by doing what I could? "

Elisa Morgan

I Did What I Could 

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and He saves those whose spirits have been crushed."

Psalm 34:18 

"There's no such thing as a perfect family.  But God loves the broken. You. Me. Us. God uses the broken.  You. Me. Our families."

Elisa Morgan

The Beauty of Broken 

"He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds."  Psalm 143:3 

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015

Time: Registration 8:15 am, Seminar 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Place: Emmanuel Baptist Church

Address: 4207 W. Laskey Road ( Near Talmadge) Toledo, OH

Cost: $25.00 - Including Lunch

Contact: Mary Lou Leonard 419-865-5795

Online registration available at  ChangedLifeSeminar.com

Edible Book Contest

 Waterville Friends of the Library  invite you to join them in the Edible Book Contest on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

Guidelines:

All ages may participate.  Families or other groups welcome.

Entries must be book related.

Entries can be made out of anything, as long as it is edible.  they will be eaten at the reception following the contest.

Entries must be family-friendly.

12-1:30 pm - Contestants should bring their entries to the Waterville Branch Library, 800 Michigan Avenue, Waterville, OH

2:00 pm - Public Judging will begin.

2:30 pm - Announcement of 1st 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Gift Certificate prizes and reception provide by the Waterville Branch Friends of the Library.  Call 419-878-3055 for more information and Entry Form

February 2015 Newsletter

THE AMBASSADOR

WATERVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Dear Church Family,

The Season of Lent is nearly upon us beginning with Ash Wednesday on February 18. This is a season in which we set aside personal time to reflect on our relationship with God through the crucified and resurrected Jesus our Savior.

Let us ask ourselves, what is the condition of my relationship with Jesus? Is it stagnant, growing, vital or in need? What do I need for my relationship to be fulfilling every day?

One of the traditions of Lent is to fast in some way. This is where the notion of giving something up for lent comes from. The actual intent is to set something aside in a fast to remind ourselves to spend additional time with God talking about our relationship. Simply “giving something up” without taking time to talk with God defeats the purpose. What will you fast this year in preparing for the celebration of Jesus resurrection on Easter Morning?

Below is the schedule for Lent. On Ash Wednesday the church will be open for anyone who would like to have the Imposition of Ashes and/or Holy Communion prior to the work day. This will be a time in which each of us can spend as much time in the sanctuary as we would like in prayer and meditation, personal worship and reflection. One thing will happen if you are marked with the sign of the cross in ashes. Someone will ask why? This provides a great opportunity to share our personal faith and to invite folks to church.

Lent is an opportunity to look inside our soul and spirit while seeking God. Don’t let this time pass without setting aside additional time each day to be with God. We will be blessed.

Pastor Mike

Season of Lent Schedule

Ash Wednesday – February 18

Communion and Imposition of Ashes in the Sanctuary 6:30 am – 11:30 am

Ash Wednesday Service 12:30 pm at Browning Masonic Home

Maundy Thursday Service – April 2 at 6:00 pm

Maundy Thursday will be celebrated as a Seder Meal

Good Friday – April 3 at 12:00 pm

This year we will celebrate Good Friday with a Cross walk throughout Waterville.

We will walk from place to place to pray while carrying a cross.

Easter Sunday – April 5

Community Sunrise Service – watch for details

Easter Worship Celebration – 10:30 am

 

FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP

Facts, Figures and FYI's  

As a follow up to our presentation on Sunday, January 25th, and to insure everyone receives the information, we have some grand news to share.  

First of all, thank you for your faithful stewardship in support of the mission and ministries of Waterville United Methodist Church, whether it was financial giving, offering prayers, sharing of your talent or participating in activities or programs. 

We finished the year in the black! Our total General Fund Income for 2014 was $312,063 and our total Operating Expenses were $283,684, resulting in a year-end General Fund balance of $28,379. We were not only able to complete many facility upgrades and outreach & mission programs, but also have reserved funds for a variety of activities, programs and projects for 2015.  

We had a great response to our 2015 Stewardship Program, receiving 66 Estimate of Giving cards that totaled $222,875. The Administrative Council has approved a 2015 Operating Budget of $283,116, which means our estimated giving will cover 79% of our budget. 

Changes in the commitment amounts on the Estimate of Giving cards 2015 vs. 2014

35 Increases

7 Decreases

17 Same Amount

7 New (did not submit card last year) 

Thank you to each and every one of you for your willingness to share, so generously, a portion of what He has entrusted to you. This level of giving is a tremendous indicator of the spiritual health of WUMC and the importance we place on the work of His Church, sharing the good news and leading others to Christ.  

Offering Counting Position:

We are seeking an individual interested in joining our Offering Counting Team. That would make a total of 8 members, allowing each two person team to work one Sunday per month. The process normally takes 1 to 1-1/2 hours to complete. Each Sunday, two counters collect, sort, record and document the offering and deposit the offering. If you are interested or would like additional information, please contact Tom Wiggins. 

Please contact the Church Office or Tom Wiggins if you have any questions about anything related to finance or stewardship.  

January Statistics

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NEW CHURCH PHOTO DIRECTORY

 We are almost ready to go to "print" on the new photo church directory.  This is your final chance to make any changes in your information. Do you have a new phone number or have you changed your e-mail address?  Have you discontinued your land line phone??  Have you moved and not notified the office?  If so, please contact the church office with your new information as soon as possible.  We want to make this an accurate document and can only do so with your help.   

                                    WUMC FAMILY NEWS        

HOSPITALIZED: Bob Hires at St. Luke's Hospital  

Anna Emahiser at St. Luke's Hospital                                                                                                               

PRAYERS OF CHRISTIAN HOPE AND SYMPATHY: 

The family of Mary Lynn Miller Westfall who passed away on January 14, 2015.  Funeral was January 22 at Kingswood Methodist Church Urbana, Ohio with burial at Highland Memory Gardens Waterville. Mary Lynn was the daughter of Ward and Addie Miller and is survived by her sons, her brothers Dale and Neil and her step-brothers Gary, Randy and Jeff Breymaier and their families. 

PRAYERS OF CHRISTIAN HOPE AND SYMPATHY:

The family of Ellen Peyton who passed away on Sunday,

January 25.  Ellen is the sister - in-law to Ron and Lou Peyton.  Services will be in Florida where Ellen lived.

WUMC FAMILY MAIL

Best Wishes for the New Year 2015.

Thank you for the letter I received, it made me feel so good.

Thank the congregation and the staff and the girls up stairs. I miss everyone and wish I was back - ( you never know).

I wish everyone  at church a wonderful New Year and Thanks for my gift.

 Love,   Elaine Reece 

Dear Church Family,

My heartfelt thanks for the generous Christmas gift.  You never cease to amaze me with your acts of appreciation and love.   It is my honor to serve you as choir director.  God blesses me in so many ways through this ministry and I pray you are blessed as well.  

Please let me know if there are music selections you would like to hear, people or groups you want to invite to serve through music or if you feel lead to participate.  Choir practice on Thursday night is always filled with laughter and love.  My tenor section sees to it that I remain humble in my capacity as director with a bounty of humorous comments.   My cup runneth over.  If you ever need a midweek pick me up stop in for fellowship, you don't even have to sing.  You can just worship with us by being present and who knows, maybe the gift of song will flow from you.  

My prayer for you is that God may enter your heart through the word of God and music.  

Blessings to you and yours,

Jennifer Reihing

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Colossians 3:23
 

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville UMC, 

Mark Twain once said "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."  I want to sincerely express my appreciation for your financial gift at Christmas.  Your generosity is overwhelming!  I am blessed being able to serve you and our God on a weekly basis.

Thank You,  Church Cathy 

Dear Waterville UM

It is with great appreciation that we thank you for your recent donation to the Friendly Center, Inc.  The Friendly Center values your support and would not be able to serve the community in the capacity we do if not for supporters like you. 

Your donation of hats, gloves and socks are certainly appreciated this winter season

Sincerely, Friendly Center, Inc.  Community & Staff  

EASTER LILLIES

As in years past we wish to have lilies for the Chancel Area on Easter Sunday.   In order to make certain our Easter Lily Order is placed on time we will begin taking orders on Sunday, February 1 and the last day to order will be Sunday, March 15th.   Order forms along with an envelope to place your payment are on the bulletin board outside the offices. Complete the order form and place it in the offering plate, or drop it off at the church office, or place your order by clicking below.

The cost of each lily is $8.00. You may also make a donation to the New Building Fund in Memory or in Honor of someone.

FEBRUARY SCRIPTURE READING AND PRAYER

And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart.

Deuteronomy 6:5

 

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 call the Prayer Chain:

Pam Plassmann or Mary Williams.

Youth Alive Wish List for the Youth Room 

All items on the Youth Alive wish list have been generously donated by you the heart of WUMC.  Thank You!  However, there still is a need of cans of pop to be donated. If you would like to fill this need please drop off pop cans at the Youth Room or see Adam or Stephanie Shelton.

ANNUAL LASAGNA DINNER YOUTH FUNDRAISER

The Youth Fundraiser Lasagna Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 14th before Theatre-for-the-World play FOOLS. You may make reservations by adding your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board, calling the church office (419-878-3645) or calling Stephanie Shelton.

LASAGNA DINNER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Youth Group is in need of people to make and donate pans of lasagna and desserts for their fundraiser on Saturday, March 14th before the Theatre-for-the-World production of FOOLS.  Please sign up on the sheets on the bulletin board.

DECEMBER CHURCH COUNCIL SETS GOALS FOR 2015

1. Passionate Worship - The proposed goal for 2015 is 141 average worship attendance.  (This is an increase of 10%)

 2. Radical Hospitality - Our proposed goals for 2015 are 5 professions of faith and 5 adult baptisms.

3. Intentional Faith Development - Proposed goals for 2015 are to have 16 small groups.  Bible Studies and Sunday School classes for all ages; have an average attendance of 120 in the studies above; and have 50% of the average worship attendance participating in these studies.

4. Risk-Taking Mission & Service - The proposed goal for 2015 is 282 people involved in mission/outreach.  (Allowing that many will be counted for participation in more than one ministry)

5. Extravagant Generosity - The proposed goals for 2015 are to develop and launch a Growing Generous Givers plan by March 1, 2015 to communicate the concepts and progress on a regular basis; and paying 100% of our apportionments.

LUNCH BUNCH

All ladies are invited to the home of Tehya Collinsworth on Wednesday, February 18th  at 12:45 P. M. for Soup, Sandwich and Dessert luncheon and to share fellowship.  Please call or e-mail Tehya if you are planning to attend.

THEATRE-for-the-WORLD

SAVE THE DATES FOR FOOLS, a family-friendly comedy by Neil Simon on March 13 & 14 at 7:30 P.M. and 15th at 1:30 P.M.  This is a re-creation of our first production performed at the Old Waterville Primary School.  Please help us make this the biggest show to date.

Thanks to our congregation and very loving and "forgiving" God, Theatre-for-the-World is celebrating our tenth production in March.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Ten shows in which you have helped us raise over $20,000 and collect over 900 bags of groceries.  As we celebrate this year, we intend to do things just a little differently.  We are grateful that we've been able to help so many folks locally and we intend to continue that support, but we have also been saving 15% of our donations over the years to dig a well in Africa.  We are stepping out in faith and hoping to raise enough money to turn that well into a reality in 2015.  We will be flipping our percentage for this show only and using 85% of the monetary donations to fund the well and the other 15% will be distributed, along with the food donations, to the three local food pantries. 

Ten shows and counting and we can't thank the WUMC enough for rallying behind each and every show with prayer, volunteer hours and donations.  No matter how well we've performed on a given night, you have been unwavering in your support of our little mission project.  Have you ever wondered why we never do a show during tomato season?   Always thinking!  Also, it seemed like such a contradiction having all those tomatoes wasted when we are trying to feed people in need.

We will have a sign-up sheet posted on the bulletin board near the office for volunteers.  We are grateful for all the people that have already volunteered to head up various aspects of our project and production. Once, again, we are praying you'll consider helping us fill the usual positions of ushering, cookie baking, refreshments and food collecting.  Our success starts the minute people enter those new doors and we have always relied upon our congregation creating the right atmosphere.  Beyond volunteering, we are truly hoping you help us spread the word this year.  As I said earlier, digging the well is a lofty goal, but I am certain with God's help it is attainable.  We will continue with a theme you have already become familiar with, "Give the gift of life!".  This is exactly what we can do with the success of this project.  Together we can change the lives of people for generations.  Many people in Africa have never been able to live with a generational mind set.  Understandably, we take that for granted in the U. S., just as easily as we do access to fresh running water.  We have an opportunity to change things for them.

We have lots of plans to raise funds and personally, I do not want the entire financial burden of digging a well to rest completely upon our congregation.  Our audience has grown virtually every year outside of our members, but ultimately our congregation represents 65% of our attendance.  We will be implementing some social media fund raising in February.  Please watch your bulletin for information about our website fund raising page where people can donate directly to our well fund from anywhere in the world.   If you feel so inclined, please share us or like us on Facebook so we can reach more folks.  The more people we reach the more likely God is to touch individual hearts in some way.  We will be the mission focus in March and we'll challenge the congregation, but I know God will bless.  Throughout the process we intend to share a little history of our group and how God has always been faithful.  As we celebrate, we'll do our best to keep the focus on Him and our mission. It has always been a mission project.  It is our way  of using our gifts to be God's hands in this world.  Please lift this project up in prayer, share the dates, consider volunteering, hang a poster or simply attend.  We promise we'll coax  a laugh or two out of you while God blesses what we give to make a difference locally and across the globe. 

In His Service,  Brian, Tom & Karen 

The Pregnancy Center of Toledo Annual Fundraiser

The 2015 fundraiser for The Pregnancy Center of Toledo will be held on Thursday, March 19th at Westgate Chapel at 5:30 p.m.  The guest speaker for the Sweet Endings event will be Carol Everett, a former abortion clinic owner.  You may register to attend by visiting friendsofpregnancycenter.org. .

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