News for January 29, 2016

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church, 

Thank you to Ted, who was able to get Outlook up and running again this afternoon.  Here is your E-Blast!! 

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 31:

              Prelude - Handbell Choir playing Simple Gifts  

              Hymns -  Spirit of the Living God and  Here I Am, Lord

              Children’s Moment - Mission Jar

              Olga’s selections -

                   Offertory:  A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

                   Postlude:  I Worship You, Almighty God          

  Anthem - Come, Now Is the Time to Worship

             Scripture-  1 Corinthians 13:1-13

             Pastor Mike’s sermon - God’s Standard for Disciples

             Liturgist - Dave Landis    

Please join us for light refreshments following Sunday’s worship service in our Fellowship Hall.  Charlotte Pritchett and Melva Robinson have been 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. 

A dvd 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. 

Friday, February 5 will be our next day of Prayer and Fasting.  This month, the emphasis is on our upcoming General Assembly.  Bulletins for that day are located on the Prayer Table in the sanctuary with the list of all of our delegates and suggested prayers for their gathering in May. 

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.  A signup sheet has been posted for ushers, food runners and hostesses for intermission. 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. 

And finally, some closets at the church have been cleaned out this week and there are many items that need to be purged from our storage areas at the church.  Items have all been place on the table and on the small pew in the Fireside Room.  If you, or someone you know, would like to adopt any of these items, please feel free to do so.  After two weeks, the items will be removed.                                       

Be a Blessing,

Church Cathy