Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,
The Wired Word Adult Sunday School Class will be looking at the apology Pope Francis offered to indigenous people during his recent visit to the Americas. The event allows us to explore the practice and meaning of confession of communal sins. Among the big questions this week: To what degree is it possible for one generation to take responsibility for – and to atone for—the wrongs of an earlier generation? How should we feel about victims who want us to apologize for wrongs we personally did not commit? Is there a point at which the past should simply be acknowledged as the past and move on without taking responsibility for it? Is a verbal apology sufficient, or are actions, especially restitution of some sort, necessary to prove the sincerity of repentance, to attempt to undo the harm caused to victims, and to pave the way to forgiveness and healing? Join us for scripture, coffee and discussion at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning in Fellowship Hall.
This week is a Welcome A Neighbor Sunday and we will have 21 gift bags that will need to be delivered to new residents in our area. Please, please, please, check and see if any of these new neighbors live near you and help us deliver the bags following worship.
There will not be any Sunday School for the children this week. Following the Children’s Moment, the children will be asked to return to the pews and remain there for the rest of the church service. The Nursery will be available.
Worship Service for Sunday, July 19
Children’s Moment - A video with music and photos from VBS will be shown during the Children’s moment.
Hymns - Through It All; To God Be the Glory and Have Thine Own Way, Lord
Olga’s selections -
Prelude: Rejoice In the Lord Always
Offertory: I Will Call Upon the Lord
Postlude: His Name Is Wonderful
Scripture - Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 (New Living Translation)
Pastor Mike’s sermon title - Faith Can Change Everything
Liturgist - Aaron Berseé
Prayer Quilt – Melva Robinson has requested a prayer quilt for her lifelong friend, Judy Garis, who is now dealing with stage 4 colon cancer. Please stop by the quilt, say a prayer and tie a knot for Judy this Sunday.
Please join us for light refreshments in Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Ann Nightingale and Bobbie Westfall will be your hosts for the month of July.
All articles for the August issue of The Ambassador are due in the church office on Tuesday, July 21. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our mission emphasis for July is UMCOR Health Kits. You will find information on the kits in the July issue of The Ambassador. For a list of items needed to make a Health Kit, please visit any of the three collection boxes found by the church entrances. You will find the sheets containing this information in the large envelopes on the outside of the boxes.
Our mission focus for August will be School Kits – so keep your eyes open for those good “back-to-school” prices on school supplies!! (Notebooks, pencils, scissors, erasers, pencil sharpeners, rulers and crayons)
During the month of 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.
The Roche de Bout (or Roche de Boeuf) Parade is fast approaching. Anne Stevens is wondering if there are any who would like to design, plan and build an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox float for the parade at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 26. If so, please put your name on the signup sheet on the bulletin board in the main hallway. We will also need volunteers to staff our booth that day…more details to come!
The Trustees has been busy installing glass windows in the solid wood interior doors of the main entryway this week. You will also notice that the trim around the windows that were installed earlier this month in the Education classroom doors, community room doors and office doors have been painted. Thank you for all of your hard work!!!
Be a blessing,