News from October 7, 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.  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 9: 

              Prelude - Jesus’ Name by the Handbell Choir

              Song of Worship -  How Great Is Our God

              Kinder Choir will be singing The Golden Rule and Awesome God

  Children’s Moment -  

              Olga’s selections:  

                     Offertory:  Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

                     Postlude:   All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

             Sanctuary Choir Anthem - Be Thou My Vision

             Scripture  -  2 Timothy 2:8-15

             Sermon - Enduring This Life

             Closing Hymn - Great Is Thy Faithfulness

             Liturgist - Dave Landis

 No one has signed up to be 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.  Watch for more details concerning the day and time of these meetings.

 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.

Happy to report that Ardis Cullen is now home from her stint in rehab for her broken pelvis.

Please continue to lift Penny Greenlese and Family in your prayers.  Visitation for Rob will be held on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee.  There will also be an hour of visitation on Monday morning at the church from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. with the service beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will be in Wakeman Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to Kairos Prison Ministries or the Lucas county Veterans’ Burial Corps.

Be a Blessing,

Church Cathy