News For Friday April 17, 2015

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,

This week, we’ll be looking at two recent news items.  The first is about the “demise” of an online company that promised “eternal life” to its users’ avatars, each loaded with data from the person and able to interact with that person’s real-life friends, even after he or she dies.  The other story regards the possibility – within the next two years – of the world’s first head transplant onto a donor body.  Both stories give us an opportunity to think about the fear of death and about eternal life as taught by the Bible and by Jesus.  So those will be the topics of this week’s installment of The Wired Word.  Join us in Fellowship Hall at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday for coffee, scriptures and discussion. 

 Worship Service for Sunday, April 19th  - 

             Baptism of Aiden David Wittenmyer.  Aiden is the son of Brian & Kelly (Crandall) Wittenmyer

            Kinder Choir sings Come Bless the Lord and Luke 10:27

            Children’s Moment -

            Hymns -  We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise  and He Touched Me  

            Olga’s selections - Mighty Is Our God and Jesus’ Name Medley

            Scripture -  Exodus 8:1-8

            Sanctuary Choir Anthem - Then Will the Very Rocks Cry Out

            Pastor Mike’s sermon title - Why Worship God?

            Liturgist  - Dave Landis

Sunday’s sermon will address the topic of Passionate Worship.  Daily worship is one of the ways that we honor God.  Romans 12:1-2 states:  “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s Mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to Go – this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mine.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Our daily worship of God is practiced in the way that we serve others.  Public worship is the gathering of the body of Christ as a community of faith for the honor and praise of God.  One key to passionate worship is directly impacted by the time that is spent with God each day.  How much time do you intentionally spend with God each day?  Do you pray for God to direct both personal and public worship in your life?  God desires to bless you; our worship is an expression of thanksgiving to God for all our blessings.

JoAnn Lucas has requested a prayer quilt this Sunday for her friends Muriel & Jim Connolly of Troy, Ohio.  Muriel had an ocular stroke in her one good eye and will be having eye surgery.  Please be sure and stop by the quilt, say a prayer and tie a knot for Jeanette this Sunday.

 Parents – Remind your children that they will be checked during Sunday School this week for their Memory Verse.  “You are the God of great wonders!”  Psalm 77:14

Our regular fellowship time following worship will return this Sunday.  The mother/daughter duo of Barb Page and Christy Wielgopolski will be your hosts for the month of April.

All articles are due in the church office on Tuesday, April 21st for the May issue of The Ambassador.

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, but 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.

Stephanie Shelton is still in need of some volunteer help in the Children’s Ministry Department.  She has placed a list of volunteer positions that are currently open in this area of our church.  There are three different positions still available.  Some of the positions are ongoing, while others are just for one day.  If you are interested, please add your name to the list on the bulletin board signup sheet or contact her at or 567-202-5035.

Be a blessing,

Church Cathy