It's Back - News For June 5. 2015

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,

I’m back!  Thank you to Janet for filling in for me in the office while Dave and I enjoyed spending some time at Ft. Polk, Louisiana with our grandsons, our daughter and our son-in-law.  We had a wonderful time!    

The Wired Word Sunday School Class will be looking at the plight of aging nuns in the Roman Catholic Church this Sunday.  We explore biblical examples of loving relationships and examine our responsibilities toward those most vulnerable among us. Join us in Fellowship Hall at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday for coffee, scriptures and discussion.   

Worship Service for Sunday, June 7  - 

            Celebrating 100 years of worship in our sanctuary with a special litany

            Recognition of our graduates  with a slide show and a special responsive prayer           

            Children’s Moment - This Sunday will be the ticket raffle and the Memory Verse check during Sunday School.  The verse is “There is no greater love than to lay                            down one’s life for one’s friends.”  John 15:13

            Hymns -  O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing and Christ the Lord is Risen Today  

            Olga’s selections – The Church’s One Foundation and Ye Servants of God

            Scripture -  2 Corinthians 4:13 - 5:1

            Sanctuary Choir Anthem - You Raised Me Up with Be Still My Soul

            Pastor Mike’s sermon title - How to Experience Thankfulness to God

             Liturgist - Tom Quinn  

Please join us for a cake and punch reception in Fellowship Hall following the worship service to honor all of our graduates.  

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

During the months of June and July we would like to highlight toiletries and hygiene items for our Operation Christmas child extra shoebox collection.  The collection basket is under the table in the foyer.    

Time is running out for your Spring cleaning!!!  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 Sunday, 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.  Please put the baked goods in sandwich size zip-loc bags to sell individually (2 items in a bag or one large item).  Brownies, cookies or Rice Krispie Treats sell best during the garage sale.  They will also need lots of help at the Food Stand and also for the sale days.  They will also need help on June 10 to help price items.  If you have any questions please contact Adam or Stephanie Shelton (419-205-2516 or 567-202-5035).  All monies raised will go toward the Youth Group mission trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin.  (They still need to raise nearly $3,000.)   

It’s time to sign up for Vacation Bible School.  You will find Student Registration Forms and Volunteer Sign Up Forms on the bulletin board outside of Pastor Mike’s Office.  This year we will embark on an icy expedition that empowers kids to overcome obstacles with God’s awesome power.  Kids will be anchored in rock-solid Bible truths that will guide them through life’s challenges.  Advance registration by July 1 will help to make certain this year’s VBS is really cool.  You may also register by going to   Any questions, please contact Stephanie Shelton.  

The following items are needed to help with the VBS Crafts this summer, July 12-16:  Toilet paper rolls, sandwich size zip-loc bags, baby wipes, flour, salt, colorful Sharpie markers, colored plastic straws, and battery operated tea lights.  If you would like to donate an item, please get it to Stephanie Shelton or there will be a collection box in or near the Community Room.  Thank you for your support!  (No painter’s tape, paint or card stock is needed now.)  

Pastor Mike and Keith Colyer will be attending the West Ohio Annual Conference at Lakeside beginning on Sunday afternoon.  You will be able to view the proceedings live on your home computer by going to: or   

Here is a listing of some of the important sessions you may be interested in viewing:    
•Laity Session, Sunday @ 6pm
•Memorial Service with Gospel Mass, Sunday @ 7:30pm
•Guest Teacher, Dr. Thomas Long, Monday @ 2pm and Tuesday @ 10:55am
•Episcopal Address, Monday @ 8pm
•Global Praise Worship & Imagine No Malaria Offering, Tuesday @ 9am
•Celebration of Ministry Service, Tuesday @ 4:30pm
•Hymn Sing, Wednesday @ 8:30am
•Fixing of Appointments, Commissioning of Elected Delegates, Wednesday

They will live stream from Hoover Auditorium continuously, including during business sessions, ministry reports, election of delegates, and during voting on recommendations.  Former Pastor Steve Rath will be playing the piano during parts of the conference – so you might enjoy listening to him again!  

Peg Walker has been able to return to her home following her heart procedure.  Please continue to keep she and Dave in your prayers as she heals from her recent surgery.  

Please continue your prayers for Mary Ann Parker and her family.  

And finally, our Christian love and sympathy are extended to Karen Longnecker upon the death of her sister, Eileen R. Dayton, last Sunday.  Funeral services were held this morning at Zion United Methodist Church.

 Be a blessing,

Church Cathy