News For May 8, 2015

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church, 

On Saturday, May 9, letter carriers in our community will be collecting food for families in need.  You may help with this project by donating non-perishable food items (canned meats, fish, soup, juice, vegetables, pasta, cereal, peanut butter and rice) and placing them in bags.  Then, place your bags of food by your mailbox for your letter carrier to deliver to the Seagate Food Bank…the same place where our M&Ms Bible Study group volunteers!  The staff at Seagate will be working a 12 hour day on Saturday as they unload the trucks that are delivering the donations.  (By the way, the seven ladies from M&Ms were able to pack 300 Senior food boxes this past Wednesday at Seagate Food Bank.) 

News has dominated the headlines concerning both peaceful and violent protests in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, an African-American, as a result of injuries he suffered while in police custody in April.  The atmosphere has changed since Maryland’s attorney for the city, Marilyn J. Mosby, brought charges on May 1 against the six police officers involved in Gray’s arrest and transport.  For this week’s lesson from The Wired Word, we will examine the role of civic leaders to work for justice and peace in times of crisis.  We will also explore how believers can help defuse volatile emotions in such situations.  Join us in Fellowship Hall at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday for coffee, scriptures and discussion.   

Worship Service for Sunday, May 10  - 

            Kinder Choir - Hymn of Promise and The Butterfly Song

            Children’s Moment

            Hymns -  Bless His Holy Name, O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing  and Take Time to Be Holy  

            Olga’s selections – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing and To God Be the Glory

            Scripture -  2 Corinthians 9:6-11

            Sanctuary Choir Anthem - Sweet, Sweet, Spirit

            Pastor Mike’s sermon title - The Blessing of Generosity 

Sunday’s sermon will address the topic of Extravagant Generosity

To honor all the mothers of Waterville United Methodist Church, a special monetary gift has been sent to Journey of the Heart Ministries for their Center of Hope.  They are located on South Byrne Road in Toledo.  The Center of Hope is a safe and confidential place in the community where women can discover a new way to live in Hope.  The purpose of the center is to provide a beautiful place where women’s lives are changed and where they learn they are not alone in their struggles.  There is an insert in the bulletin this Sunday that will provide you with additional information about this ministry in our community.  

You may want to come to church a few minutes early on Sunday for a special Power Point slideshow.  During Sunday School the past two weeks, the children that were present were asked “why they love their mom” or “why they are thankful for their mom.”  Their responses will be shown on the screens before the church service this week.  These responses will also be included in your bulletins on a special insert.           

Our mission emphasis for May is the upcoming Youth Group mission trip to Wisconsin in June. 

Graduation Sunday will be Sunday, June 7.  We will be recognizing our graduates from high school, college, and technical school.  If you are graduating, please contact Stephanie Shelton ( 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 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. 

How’s your Spring Cleaning coming along?  Remember that the Youth Group will be having their annual garage sale on June 11-13 at the Shelton house (171 Freedom Lane.)  If you have any items to donate, you may drop them off at the Shelton home beginning on June 7.  The youth will also 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.  If you have any questions please contact Adam or Stephanie Shelton.  All monies raised will go toward the Youth Group mission trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin.  (They still need to raise nearly $3,000.)  

Be a blessing,

Church Cathy