News for March 25, 2016

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,

 The Community Sunrise Easter Service will take place at 7:15 a.m. on March 27 by the old primary school on the river.  The Presbyterian church will be in charge of the service.  A breakfast will be served at their building following the service.

 Our mission emphasis for the month of March will be a continuation of our Theatre-for-the-World projects.  We will be collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items for the three local food banks in our area.  Items especially appreciated are canned fruits, peanut butter and cereals.  Monetary donations are also welcome.

The Prayer Time in the sanctuary will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.  You will find the Prayer Kit, compiled by Alaire Rothhaas, on the Prayer Table in the sanctuary.  Remember, this is new to all of us, but we are aiming for it to be a blessing and the start of a renewal both within and without the walls of WUMC.

Worship Service for Easter Sunday, March 27:

              Hymns -  Christ the Lord Is Risen Today and  Up from the Grave He Arose

              Children’s Moment

              Olga’s selections

                    Prelude:  Christ Is Risen!

                    Offertory:  The Old Rugged Cross

                    Postlude:   To God Be the Glory

  Anthems -  We Have Seen Him and Lord of Glory

             Scripture-  John 12:47-50

             Pastor Mike’s sermon - The Greatest Gift – New Life in God’s Grace

             Liturgist - Dave Landis

There will be a nursery provided on Sunday, but there will not be any Sunday School.  Janet has put together an additional activity sheet for the children, but parents, you may want to bring some books, etc. to help the kids get through the church service.

 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.

The Thursday morning B & B Bible Study is starting a new book following Easter.  They have decided to go with a classic!  Beginning on Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 a.m. in the side room at Papoo’s Restaurant in Whitehouse, they will be reading from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.  This book provides thought-provoking meditations to cultivate a closer walk with God. Readers can gain a fresh perspective on how to grow in faith as they discover more about God and their relationship to Him.  All are welcome to join this co-ed group to share in the Bible, a delicious breakfast and fellowship. 

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 March, we are asking you to purchase quality craft kits and toys.  Our April item will be stuffed animals.  Anne Stevens will be placing a box by the main entrance for your donations.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY with “Food for Thought” -  Food for Thought is an organization in Toledo that provides volunteer opportunities to serve at a mobile food pantry, warehouse stocking, and also packing lunches on Friday evenings and delivering the lunches on the streets of Toledo on Saturday mornings.  You can find out more about the organization at  The WUMC Youth Group has set two dates for this spring to volunteer with this organization.  On April 22 from 5:30-7:30, we will be making sandwiches and packing lunches that will be delivered in Toledo on Saturday morning.  Then, on May 14 from 9:15-12:15, we will be delivering lunches in Toledo.  The WUMC Youth would like to invite anyone who is interested in volunteering to join us! There is a signup sheet on the bulletin board in the main hallway.  Please contact Adam or Stephanie Shelton if you have any questions.                                                           

Happy Easter,

Church Cathy