News For October 23, 2015

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,  

If you receive a printed copy of your giving statement, they are available for you to pick up on Sunday morning on the shelf outside the church office.  Please help us save money on postage by picking up your statement this week.

 Worship Service for Sunday, October 25 –  

             Children’s Moment -  Mission Jar collection for Operation Christmas Child

             Hymns -  Come, Now is the Time to Worship and  Open My Eyes, That I May See

             Sanctuary Choir anthem - I Worship You, Almighty God

             Olga’s selections – 

                   Prelude:  Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

                   Offertory: What A Friend We Have in Jesus

                   Postlude:  Lord, Be Glorified

             Scripture -  1 Corinthians 9: 19-26  (NLT)

             Pastor Mike’s Sermon Title - Discovering the Blessing of Self-Control

             Liturgist - Aaron Berseé


There is a Prayer Quilt on the sanctuary wall this Sunday for Fran Rowe.  Fran, a relative of Elaine Colyer,  has heart issues and blood clots in her legs and lungs.  

Please join us for a time of light refreshments following the worship service.  Terry Myers and Anne Stevens will be your hosts during the month of October.                      

October and November’s  Mission Focus will be Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes.  There are empty shoeboxes in the community room, by the front door and on the table in the Fireside Room.  

During the month of October, we will be collecting small clothing items such as socks, underwear, hats, scarves, etc.  for our Operation Christmas Child extra shoeboxes.   The collection basket is under the table in the foyer.   

Let’s Show Them Our Love!

It’s not just a job.  For Pastor Mike and the Staff here at WUMC, it’s also a labor of love.  Love for our Creator/Redeemer God and His church here at WUMC are also important reasons they serve.

SPRC invites everyone, young and ... eh, not so young any more, and everyone in-between, to reflect some love back to them as we celebrate Pastor/Staff Appreciation Month.  Here are two ways you can show your love and appreciation:

1)  Over the next week or two, take a few moments to hand-write a short note of thanks and appreciation for all they do for us and the Lord.  Then, mail it to the church, attention “Staff”, or drop it in the specially prepared box which will be located on the shelves in the office corridor.  SPRC will compile and deliver them.

2)  Fellowship together at the “Grazing Pot Luck” which SPRC is sponsoring after worship on November 1st.  Please bring your favorite appetizers to share to help us celebrate our love for Pastor and our Staff.

These are our Brothers and Sisters in Christ who we are lifting up in love:

Pastor Mike Denman                      Quen Doyle                          Amy Plassmann

Olga Meade                                      Barb Page                             Cathy Landis

Adam Sheldon                                 Claire Long                           Joel Schutte

Janet Poling                                     Stephanie Sheldon             Jenny Bollinger 


The Youth Group will be available to do their annual Leaf Raking Fundraiser on Sunday, November 1 and Sunday, November 8.  All money earned from this activity will go towards their mission trip in 2016.  If you need some help with your yardwork, please let Adam know and he will put you on their schedule or put your name on the signup sheet in the main hallway and he will be in touch with you.

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.  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.  Please talk to Charlotte Pritchett if you have any questions.  

The next day of Prayer and Fasting, as called for by our Bishop, will be Friday, November 6.  The theme for November is Gratitude.  There are special yellow bulletins on the Prayer Table in the sanctuary that have scriptures, prayers, quotes and songs to help you to center your thoughts for this day.  

Parents Night Out Returns

Volunteers needed: WUMC Outreach Committee is planning a Parents Night Out for Saturday, November 14th from 5pm-7:30pm.  This is an 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 & have a fun-filled evening filling our church with kids!  We are in need of many volunteers for the evening (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, Thanksgiving crafts, dinner, etc.  Your time commitment will be from 4:50pm-7:30pm.  If want to join the fun, but can't attend the entire time, or not that evening, please reach out and let us know.  We are so excited to restart this popular event!  Please contact Cara or Brian McMillan at 419-344-2171 (text or call) or

For parents: WUMC is planning a Parents Night Out for Saturday, November 14th from 5pm-7:30pm.  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 11.  We would love for you to invite friends & neighbors to experience our church by having a night out together!!  We think this is a perfect way to introduce friends to our church & meet us.  Your children will have a blast playing games & doing crafts, dinner will be provided too.  Please register by contacting Cara or Brian McMillan at 419-344-2171 (text or call) or  Registration required, space is limited to 25 children.  Please spread the word to friends/neighbors to register!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             And finally, the water well in Africa was completed on Wednesday!!!  The Water Project just posted some new pictures of some of the construction and the finished well. The community will now wait for the newly constructed sand dam, which can be seen in the background of some of the pictures, to mature, raising the water table in the area, and filling this well with safe, clean water. (You may visit and type in #4377 to view the photos.)  I will be posting some of the new photos in the announcement slides before the church service on Sunday.  

Be a Blessing,

Church Cathy