News for August 14, 2015

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,  

On Saturday evening, the Waterville Rotary will be having their “Blues, Brews & Brats Street Festival” on Third Street in downtown Waterville.  The event starts at 6:00 p.m. and goes until midnight.  There will be three bands to entertain you.  Tickets are on sale now for the party at Third Street Cigar for $10 each.  The funds raised will go towards the Waterville Rotary Foundation.  Bring a chair and enjoy the festivities!  

For this Sunday’s The Wired Word Adult Bible Fellowship Class, we are going to look at the inspiring story of a Turkish couple who elected to use money designated for their wedding reception to feed 4,000 refugees instead.  We will explore the purpose of marriage and how Christians can use their resources to serve others.  Join us for scripture, coffee and discussion at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning in Fellowship Hall.  

Sunday School for our children will return this week.  The nursery will be available for those children 3 and under.  

Pastor Mike is on vacation and will be out of the office until Monday, August 17.  If there is an emergency and you need Pastoral Care, please contact the church office.    

In Pastor Mike’s absence, we welcome Rev. Joel Schutte to our pulpit again this Sunday.   Rev. Schutte currently serves as the Director of Christian Emphasis for the YMCA of Greater Toledo.  Folks, if you missed hearing this young man preach last week, you won’t want to miss him this week!  I’m sure that everyone who heard him last week would agree…they gave him a round of applause at the end of the service.  

Worship Service for Sunday, August 16  

             Children’s Moment -  

             Hymns -  O Spirit of the Living God;  Take Time to Be Holy and Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

            Special Music -  Jennifer Reihing will be singing Lamb of God

            Olga’s selections - 

                   Prelude: Christians, We Have Met to Worship

                   Offertory:  He Is Exalted

                   Postlude:  Shine, Jesus, Shine

            Scripture -  Ephesians 5:3-21  (New Living Translation)

            Sermon title - Living Out Our Lives in Love

            Prayer Quilt - Charlotte Pritchett has requested a quilt for her brother, Frank Fischer, who has cancer.  

This is a Welcome A Neighbor Sunday at Waterville United Methodist Church.  We will have 18 gift bags that will need to be taken to new residents in our community following our worship service.  Please check and see if any of these new neighbors live close to you.  The addresses will be on each bag and each location will be marked on the map on the bulletin board at the main office entrance by the elevator.  

Please join us for light refreshments in Fellowship Hall following the worship service.  The sister team of Lisa Galton and Sara Kirby will be your hosts for the month of August.                       

Our mission emphasis for August is UMCOR School Kits.  You will find information on the kits in the August issue of The Ambassador and in the envelopes on the side of each of the three collection boxes located at the church entrances.   A special thanks to Carl and Marilyn Fox for sewing all of our cloth bags again this year.  As of this morning, we have collected 31 completed School Kits.  

During the month of August we would like to collect school supplies for our Operation Christmas Child extra shoebox collection.  The collection basket is under the table in the foyer.  

Speaking of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes…Karen Longnecker has found a really cute knitted teddy bear pattern.  Are there any members of the congregation that would be interested in making some of them for our “extra” shoeboxes that we will be packing later in the year?  The pattern for making the bear has been placed on the shelf outside the church office along with the sample bear that Karen made.  If you have any questions, please talk to Karen.  If you would like me to email a scanned copy of the pattern, please let me know.  

The church’s Finance Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. and the Church Council will be meeting in Fellowship Hall the same night, but at 7:15 p.m.  

All articles for the September issue of The Ambassador are due into the church office by Friday, August 21.  You may send them via email to Janet at   

Run, Baby, Run and Walk 2015, a fund-raiser benefitting the Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo, will be held on August 22, 2015 at Secor Metropark.  You are welcome to join a group of ladies from our church for this one mile walk.  Please contact Melva Robinson or Connie Kirkman for additional information.  They welcome contributions to be given to this worthwhile cause and will have pledge sheets available during Fellowship following worship on Sunday.   

The Roche de Bout (or Roche de Boeuf) Parade is fast approaching.  Anne Stevens would like to recruit a few adults to dress up in oversized OCC Shoeboxes to walk in the parade.  She would also like some children to walk with the adults and carry some of the actual sized OCC Shoeboxes and hand out information.  If this is something you might be interested in, please place your name on the signup sheet on the bulletin board in the main hallway.  

Summer is winding down and soon our Fall schedule will kick into full gear:

The Tuesday evening Women’s Bible Study at the home of Nancy O. Stafford will begin again on September 8 at 7:00 p.m.  

The Wednesday morning M&Ms (Mary & Martha) Women’s Bible Study at the church will being again on September 9 at 9:30 a.m.  They will be studying    “Twelve Women of the Bible.”  All women are invited to attend.  Please contact Cindy Box or Connie Kirkman if you are planning to attend so a book may be purchased for you.  

The Thursday morning B&B (Bible and Breakfast) co-ed group continues to meet year-round at 7:30 a.m. and will resume meeting in the back room at Papoo’s Restaurant in Whitehouse (following the summer road construction work) on Thursday, August 20.   

Please continue to lift up in prayer:

Katherine Smith (Aunt of Marilyn Simpson) as she is at home and receiving Hospice Care

Barbara Jones and Family upon the death of her mother, Leona Sherer, on August 7.

Carolyn Myerholtz and Family upon the death of her father, Marvin Strayer, on August 9.  

Our former Pastor, Rev. Warren Wilson, called the church this morning.  He said to please say “hello” to the congregation.  He asked if anyone knows the address for Paul and Darlene Smith.  If you know where they are located, would you please let me know and I will get that information back to Rev. Wilson.  

Be a blessing,

Church Cathy