News For September 18. 2015

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,

Sunday’s lesson is a “part 2” of a news story The Wired Word looked at last January, regarding a church bishop, very drunk and texting while driving, who hit and killed a cyclist and then fled the scene.  The new development is that she has pled guilty to manslaughter and other charges and will be incarcerated for 10 years.  We are not going back over the original story, but are looking at what the new developments say to us about what’s been called “cheap grace,” and how its opposite, “costly grace,” relates to second chances and accountability.   Adults, please join us for scripture, coffee and discussion at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning in Fellowship Hall.  

Worship Service for Sunday, September 20 – 

             Presentation of Bibles to our Third Grade Class 

             Children’s Moment -  

             Hymns -  Come, Christians, Join to Sing and  Blessed Assurance

             Sanctuary Choir Anthem -  He Is Exalted

             Olga’s selections - 

                   Prelude: Shine, Jesus Shine

                   Offertory: Day By Day

                   Postlude:  We Will Glorify

             Scripture -  James 5:7-11  

             Pastor Mike’s Sermon Title - Becoming Patient in All Circumstances

             Liturgist - Priscilla Berseé

 Please join us for a reception to welcome Pastor Joel Schutte as our Worship Leader / Minister of Music in Fellowship Hall following the worship service this Sunday.   We are blessed to have Joel on our worship staff.  Please take some time to join in fellowship this morning.  The Staff / Parish Relations Committee will be hosting this event.

 This Sunday is a Welcome A Neighbor Sunday.  There are 18 gift bags on the table in the entryway that will need to be delivered to new residents in the Waterville area.  Please check the addresses on the bags to see if any of these new neighbors live near you.

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.   

During the months of September and October, we will be collecting small clothing items such as socks, underwear, hats, scarves, etc.  for our Operation Christmas Child extra Shoeboxes.  Anne Stevens would also like to suggest you consider buying some flip-flops – most stores have them discounted to under $1.00 now.  The collection basket is under the table in the foyer. 

The Roche de Bout (or Roche de Boeuf) Parade is fast approaching next weekend.  Anne Stevens still needs 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.  The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the hallway by Pastor Mike’s door.

The freight company has called the church and the new cabinets for the nursery will be arriving by truck either today or Monday.  So, that means that the current shelving in the nursery needs to be gone!  If you are thinking about taking them to your house, please contact Stephanie Shelton.  Otherwise, they may meet an unfriendly sledge hammer…. 

If you haven’t checked your listing in one of the three printed church directories (located in the hallway on the shelf, in the church office, or downstairs in Fellowship Hall), please do so.  If all the information is correct, please put your initials by your listing.  If there are corrections that need to be made, please indicate the changes.

Our Bishop has called the church to Prayer and Fasting the first Friday of each month until our next Annual Conference in June 2016.  Our next Prayer and Fasting date is Friday, October 2.  You will find salmon colored bulletins on the table in the Prayer Corner of the sanctuary with prayers and scriptures for that day.

And finally, we extend our Christian love and sympathy to Charlotte and Penn Pritchett upon the death of Char’s brother, Frank Fischer, on Monday, September 15 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Be a Blessing,

Church Cathy