News for November 4, 2016

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,

Please lift upJim Simpson and his son, Jim, in your prayers with health concerns.  (The prayer request that was sent out earlier this week asked for prayers for his other son, Mike, by mistake.)

IMPORTANT – Remember to turn your clocks BACK one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night, as Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 a.m.

November’s Mission Focus will continue to 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.  Have you noticed the bars of soap by the empty OCC boxes in the entryway and on the table in Fellowship Hall? We received them from an organization called “Clean the World.”  They are a non-profit organization that collects and recycles soap from the hotel industry and sends the bars of soap that they manufacture all over the world to combat hygiene-related deaths in impoverished countries.  You are welcome to help yourself to some of these bars of soap.  Please place these bars of soap in a baggie and perhaps include a washcloth in the bag before you add them to your OCC shoeboxes.

The Living Generously small group study begins on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room.   Pastor Mike is teaching this class.

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

Worship Service for Sunday, November 6

              Prelude - O Be Joyful In the Lord by the Hand bell Choir

              Song of Worship -  He Is Exalted

Children’s Moment - 

Olga’s Selections:

              Offertory: I Worship You, Almighty God with I Sing Praises

              Postlude:  Great Is the Lord

Sanctuary Choir Anthem - It Is Well with My Soul

              Scripture-  2 Corinthians 8:15

              Sermon - Giving Our Hearts to God - Third sermon in the Living Generously series

              Communion - by intinction

              Closing Hymn - My Hope Is Built

              Liturgist - Dave Landis

There will be a Prayer Quilt this Sunday for Richard Dehm. Richard is the brother of new member, Bobbie Long.

Parents of Sunday School children - please have your child bring their Greatest Journey folder with them to church.  Stephanie Shelton will be keeping the folders at church until January and updating them for 2017. 

 Dawn Buskey and Barb & Steve Crandall are your Fellowship Hosts for November.

The Upper Room, a daily devotional booklet for November and December, will be available at both entrances of the sanctuary this Sunday.  The cost is $1.00 and may be placed in the offering plate.

For the past two weeks, a blue sheet of paper entitled General Information & Service Opportunities has been placed in your bulletin.  To date, we have only received 11 completed forms in the church office.  Please, take a few minutes and fill out your form this week and either put it in the offering plate or return it to the church office.  Thank you!

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.  You will find an invitation to No Ordinary Christmas Miracle in you bulletin this Sunday.  Please share it with your friends, family or neighbors.

Living Generously, a 5-week video series, began 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:

Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room in the church basement

Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Stephanie & Adam Shelton (171 Freedom Lane, Waterville)

Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Tom and Karen Wiggins (1040Farmview Drive, Waterville)

Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room in the church basement

Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room in the church basement

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.

Waterville UMC will once again be a collection station for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in Waterville.  There is now a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board asking for volunteers to assist with collection and delivery of these shoeboxes.  All collection centers have been asked to have additional hours this year, so we really need your help.  Collection week this year will take place November 14 - November 21.  We will be delivering the boxes to Bowling Green on Monday, November 21.  Click here to go to the website and get some suggestions about what to include in your shoebox -

We would like to serve Christmas cookies to all who bring Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes to our collection site.  If you would be willing to do some baking, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the main hallway.

Our Packing Party for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes was such a success last year that we would like to continue it this year.  Anne Stevens has placed a box by the main entrance for your donations.  This year’s packing party will take place during Fellowship Time on Sunday, November 13. 

Volunteers needed: WUMC is planning a Parents' Night Out for Saturday, November 19th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.  We are in need of volunteers (ages 14+).  Volunteers will be given areas to lead such as games, crafts, dinner, the nursery, etc.  The Toledo Zoo is also coming with a live animal presentation.  Your time commitment will be from 4:15 to 7:30 pm.  Volunteers will receive a "LIVE GENEROUSLY" super-soft t-shirt from Thrivent Financial.  Everyone loved their shirts last time!  If you want to join the fun, but can only attend for a portion of the evening,  please reach out to us & we'll fit you in!  Background checks are required for all volunteers.  Please contact Cara or Brian McMillan at 419-344-2171 (text or call) or

Families: WUMC is planning a Parents' Night Out for Saturday, November 19th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.  Treat yourself to a night out, or get an early start on Christmas shopping, while your children are cared for in a fun, safe environment!  This is a free child care evening for children ages 6 months to 6th grade.  Your children will have a blast with crafts, games, a Toledo Zoo live animal presentation, &  dinner (pizza, fruit/veggies, & dessert).  We would love for you to invite friends and neighbors to experience WUMC via PNO too!  Please register by contacting Cara or Brian McMillan at 419-344-2171 (text or call) or  Registration required, space is limited to 35 children.

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.

Volunteers are needed to help with projects for the children’s Christmas Program.  Stephanie Shelton is looking for individuals who would like to help with art/craft projects and costumes that will be used in this year’s program.  You do not need to be a regular part of the Children’s Ministry team to help with this.  If interested, please contact Stephanie at 567-202-5035 or

The Christmas poinsettia plants have been ordered for December.  Beginning on Sunday, November 13, you will find order envelopes in the racks in the pews.  The price will remain $7.00 this year.  You may order either a red or white plantand have it be in honor of or in memory of someone or make a donation to our Building Fund.  All plants will be displayed during our Christmas Eve Worship Service and you will be able to take the plants home following the service.  Your name and your flower’s dedication will be printed in the Christmas Eve bulletin.  We have ordered 30 red plants and 5 white plants this year. 

A date has been set for ringing the bell for the Salvation Army kettle.  We will be volunteering on Saturday, December 17 from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Karen Wiggins has placed a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.  We are looking for folks to volunteer for one hour slots during the day.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 13, when we will be celebrating Veterans Day at Waterville United Methodist Church.  All Veterans will be invited to come to the front of the sanctuary to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.  Steve Letzring, retired U.S. Army, will be our special guest speaker that Sunday and we will be singing patriotic music.

Be a Blessing,

Church Cathy