News for November 20, 2015

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church, 

Today is the deadline for all articles for the December edition of The Ambassador.  Please send your items to Janet at 

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox collections continue this weekend in the Community Room.  We will be accepting boxes on Friday, November 20 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 21 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  

Our Thanksgiving Offering will be given to Operation Christmas Child this year. 

Worship Service for Sunday, November 22 - Thanksgiving Sunday

             Kinder Choir –I Will Give Thanks and Never Forget to Be Thankful

             Children’s Moment – Dedication of the OCC Shoeboxes

             Hymns -  We Gather Together and  For the Beauty of the Earth

             Sanctuary Choir anthem - Thank You

             Olga’s selections -

                    Prelude:  This Is the Day

                   Offertory: Thanksgiving and Praise

                   Postlude:  All Creatures of Our God and King

             Scripture -  1 Thessalonians 5:12-19

             Pastor Mike’s Sermon – Thankful In All Circumstances, You’ve got to Be Kidding

             Stewardship Moment – Tom Wiggins

            Liturgist – Dave Landis

Charlotte Pritchett has requested a Prayer Quilt this Sunday for her friend, Emily Vernon.  Please stop by the quilt, tie a knot and say a prayer for Emily this Sunday

This Sunday is Welcome A Neighbor Sunday.  We will have 14 gift bags that will need to be distributed to new residents of our community.  Please check and see if any of these new neighbors live near you. 

There will be poinsettia flower order forms in your worship bulletin this Sunday.  The deadline for orders will be Sunday, December 13.  The cost remains at $7.00 per plant.  Donations to the church’s new building fund will also be accepted on these forms.  Your name and your dedications will be listed in the Christmas Eve bulletins.           

November’sMission Focus will be Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. We will be dedicating all of our shoeboxes during the Children’s Moment in our Worship Service this week.  If you still don’t have your boxes finished, you may still bring them to church on Sunday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. or on Monday, November 23 from 10:00 a.m. until Noon.  Please remember to include your $7.00 for each box to help with the shipping. 

Our church will once again serve as a drop off / collection site for the area’s OCC Shoeboxes through Monday, November 23.  We are in need of one more volunteer on Monday morning, November 23 from 10-Noon.  Please contact Anne Stevens if you are available to help. 

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 fit to 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 on Sunday, November 29 at 9:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall for a four week adult Bible study entitled “A Savior Is Born” by Pete Briscoe.  We will look at the topics of hope, peace, love and joy. Childcare will be provided.  Watch for a signup sheet on the bulletin board Sunday and an insert in your bulletin with additional information. 

The children have begun to practice for their annual Sunday School Christmas Program.  It will be presented on Sunday, December 13th during the worship service.   Following the 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 signup sheet in the main hallway.  

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the church office will be closed on Thursday and Friday next week.  Janet and I will both be in the office on Monday and Tuesday.  The bulletin will be printed on Tuesday morning…please make sure you have any items to be included in it turned into the office by Monday!                                                                                                        

Be a Blessing,

Church Cathy