News for January 15, 2016

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church, 

Our mission emphasis for the month of January will be The Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo.  Their goal is to lovingly share the truth about life, relationships and faith.  They help men and women make life-saving, life-changing decisions by sharing information about options, consequences and available services.  With the exception of a small amount of grant funding for abstinence education, all funds come from donations.  Over 32,000 women have already received help.  The Pregnancy Center continues to be a community outreach committed to expressing the compassion of Christ through support and education in pregnancy related issues. We can help keep the doors open!  

Worship Service for Sunday, January 17   

              Hymns -  Majesty, Holy, Holy, Holy! and  Great Is Thy Faithfulness

              Children’s Moment -

              Olga’s selections -

                   Prelude:  All Hail the Power Of Jesus’ Name!

                   Offertory:  May Jesus Christ Be Praised

                   Postlude:  Bind Us Together          

  Anthem - Here I Am, Lord

             Scripture-  Philippians 3:10-14

             Pastor Mike’s sermon - God’s Equipping of Disciples

             Liturgist - Dave Landis

We have 7 Welcome a Neighbor gift bags that will need to be distributed following our worship service on Sunday.  Please check and see if any of these new residents live near you and then make a quick stop on your way home to drop it off at their front door.            

Please join us for light refreshments following Sunday’s worship service in our Fellowship Hall.  Charlotte Pritchett and Melva Robinson will be your hosts for the month of January.  

Your 2015 giving statements were emailed on Thursday, January 7th.  Those receiving hardcopies are on the shelf outside the church office.  Please make every effort to pick them up in order to save mailing costs.  Please contact Tom Wiggins if you have any questions at or (419) 878-5503. 

This Sunday will be the final day to support The Friendly Center by donating NEW hats, gloves/mittens and socks for the children they serve in Toledo’s inner city.  There is a basket in the Fireside Room for collecting these items.  After Sunday,  they will be delivered to The Friendly Center.  Thank you to all who are helping to fill the basket. 

A cd is available (on the shelf outside the church office) of the December 13 presentation of The Christmas Lizard.  Bill Plassmann is making these available to members of the congregation for a donation to the Youth Group Mission Trip Fund. 

Effective January 13, the Wednesday church office hours will be from 8:00 am until 10:30am.  Beginning on April 6, we will return to the normal hours of 8:00 am until noon on Wednesday. 

Pastor Mike ministers to the residents at Browning Masonic Community in Waterville and is extending an opportunity for the children to join him.  On the first Sunday of the month, he leads a church service for the residents who would like to attend.  We would like for the children at our church to consider coming to sing a song together for the residents during this church service.  This would be a great way to extend our outreach ministry to the people in the Browning community. The service is Sunday, February 7, at 1:30.  A lunch will be offered after our church service at WUMC and then we can caravan to Browning and arrive there around 1:15.  The service will be no longer than an hour and the kids are free to go after they sing the song at the beginning of the service.  During Sunday School time, the children will spend a few minutes practicing one song to sing for the residents.  We will be singing, Jesus in the Morning.  Along with the song, four kids will read a short scripture verse that goes along with the song.   Please contact Stephanie Shelton if your child will be attending the service to sing.  (You would be responsible for getting them to and from Browning Masonic Community).  Also, please respond with how many will be attending the lunch after our church service so we know how much food to plan for.  Lunch is for the whole family. 

Coming soon……Loving Generously – A Five Week study during Lent

Loving Generously focuses upon loving God and one another. This sermon series and small group experience will begin on February 14. Personal and congregational vitality grows as we grow to know, love and serve the least and the lost. Continue to watch for additional information. 

Harmony Romances, a small-cast comedy by local playwright, Ron Hill, is slated to be presented by the Theatre-for-the-World cast and crew on March 4, 5 & 6.  The show is a humorous look at how a church funeral committee reacts as one of their own rekindles a romance with her long lost high school sweetheart over the internet.  Gossip is not encouraged, but these folks can’t resist sharing their crazy thoughts on this relationship.  Brian, the cast and crew would greatly appreciate any assistance with volunteering.  They will post a sheet outside the office in January with opportunities for you to help.  Mark your calendar now for a fun weekend at Waterville United Methodist Church! 

Stephanie has placed two sign-up sheets on the bulletin board in the main hallway.  One is asking for volunteers to provide either a pan of lasagnaor a dessert (both 9” x 12”) for the Youth Group’s annual Lasagna Dinner on Saturday, March5 in Fellowship Hall.  There is also a sheet to make your reservations to attend the dinner.  Reservations must be made by March 2 or until they have 78 people.  The cost is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. 

Church member, Grace Russell, passed away on January 9 at Pathways at Browning Masonic Community at age 94.  The family will receive friends at the Coyle Funeral Home in Toledo (1770 South Reynolds Road) on Friday, January 15 from 3-7:00 p.m.  The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Coyle, followed by burial in Woodlawn Memorial Park.                                                                                                                                  

Be a Blessing,

Church Cathy