News from October 14, 2016

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,

OCTOBER IS PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH !!!  While we appreciate Pastor Mike every day, the month of October has been designated as the month to celebrate his ministry here at Waterville United Methodist Church.   Please let him know, sometime during the month, how much you appreciate his service to this congregation and his love for Christ.

October’s Mission Focus will be Operation Christmas Child.  OCC delivers great joy to millions of children around the world through shoeboxes lovingly and prayerfully packed with gifts that will bring delight to a child. In the hands of local churches, every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship—transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ!   We will dedicate our shoeboxes at WUMC on Sunday, November 20.  Please place your completed boxes on the storage cabinets in the Fireside Room in the church basement.  Mission envelopes are available in the pew racks.  

The Book of the Revelation study continues on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room.   Pastor Mike is teaching this class.

On Tuesday evenings, the Book of the Revelation study is meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room.  Pastor Mike is also teaching this class.

The Prayer Time in the sanctuary will begin at 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning.  

Worship Service for Sunday, October 16: 

             Song of Worship -  In Christ Alone

Reception of New Members - We will be welcoming Amy & Josh Hankins, Barbara & Ben Long and Anne & John Mason into our congregation 

 Children’s Moment -  

             Olga’s selections: 

                     Prelude:  Praise Him!  Praise Him!

                     Offertory:  You Are My Hiding Place

                     Postlude:   Seek Ye First

             Sanctuary Choir Anthem - Here I Am, Lord

             Scripture  -  2 Timothy 3: 14 - 4:5

             Sermon - Commissioned to Share the Gospel

             Closing Hymn - This Is a Day of New Beginnings

             Liturgist - Tom Quinn

This is the third Sunday of the month and that means it’s a Welcome A Neighbor Sunday!  We will have 20 gift bags that will need to be delivered to new residents in our area.

Jerry and Melva Robinson are your Fellowship Hosts for the month of October.

Your 3rd quarter giving statements were e-mailed to you on Saturday, October 1.  If you receive a hard copy, they will be available this Sunday on the shelf outside the church office.  

Theatre for the World will be here before we know it.  Brian has placed a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the main hallway for ushers and folks to host the Intermission Cookies/Coffee time.  We will also be in need of cookies, brownies, etc. for those times of fellowship.  

Living Generously, a 5-week video series, will begin on Sunday, October 23 and will be the launch of our Stewardship campaign.  It will feature the same cast of characters from our last video series.  There will also be small group meetings during the series.  There is an insert in your bulletin this week with a listing of the six small groups and the day, time and place they will be meeting.  When you decide which one works best for your schedule, please be sure and add your name to the sign-up sheets that are located on the bulletin boards in the main hallway.

The youth will be raking leaves on Sunday, November 6 following worship.  If you or someone you know needs help with this fall project, please contact Adam Shelton at 419-205-2516 or  There is also a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway.  The youth would appreciate any donations to help support their summer mission trip. Thank you!  

Once again our church will offer a Free Election Day Lunch to our church and our community on Tuesday, November 8 from 11:00 till 1:00.  Dust off your favorite soup, sloppy joe or dessert recipe and go directly to the bulletin board and sign up.  If cooking is not your gift, we need people to set-up, serve and clean up afterwards.  We also need to spread the word, invite your neighbors and your friends to meet you for lunch at WUMC.  We on the Sharing Team thank you for all your help in making this outreach ministry a success. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pritchett.

Our Packing Party for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes was such a success last year that we would like to continue it this year.  So, for the month of October, we are asking you to donate hats, gloves and scarves.  Anne Stevens has placed a box by the main entrance for your donations.

Thank you to all who have donated paperback books for the military in the box in the main hallway.  There are some new items that have been requested by Operation Paperbook.  Those include puzzle books, large print mysteries, books for toddlers, inspirational stories, recent magazines, textbooks of all subjects, DVDs and CDs.  The collection box for these items in on the shelf outside the church office.

A Dine 2 Donate event will take place this Sunday, October 16 at Granite City at Fallen Timbers.  Twenty percent of your total tab will be donated to the Waterville Historical Society.  You will need to pick up one of the small flyers on the bulletin board in the main hallway and take it with you to the restaurant.  If you don’t have the time to sit down and dine, this flyer is also good for to go orders. 

Be a Blessing,

Church Cathy