News for April 8 2016

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church, 

Our mission emphasis for the month of April will be The Daughter ProjectThe Daughter Project, a local charity, provides holistic healing services in an extremely safe, home-like environment to girls/women who have been freed from sex traffickers at no cost to them or their families. The services include; abuse & addiction counseling, family/friend restoration, health & nutrition education, medical/dental/vision care, legal counsel and spiritual mentorship. This help is provided by caring & competent professionals and volunteers. They have recruited doctors, counselors and other professionals to provide medical services to their girls. In addition to medical services, TDP collaborates with various local community organizations to provide healthy, educational and recreational opportunities for our girls. Mission envelopes are located in the pew racks for your financial gifts.  

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 Sunday, April 10:

              Hymn -  Here I Am, Lord

              Olga’s selections

                    Prelude:  Come, Christians, Join to Sing

                    Postlude:   Great Is the Lord

             Offertory - The Glorious Unfolding sung by Keith Colyer

  Anthem -  This Do In Remembrance of Me

             Scripture-  Hebrews 12:1-4

             Pastor Mike’s sermon -  Running the Race

              Celebration of Confirmation for 12 of our youth

             Receiving of Jason, Sandi and Brad Hood into membership at Waterville United Methodist Church

              Holy Communion by intinction

             Liturgist - Dave Landis

There will be a reception following the worship service in Fellowship Hall to celebrate the Confirmation Class.  Please join us for cake and punch and a time of fellowship hosted by the Celebration Team.  Members of the Confirmation Class include Caroline and Nick Amspaugh, Lexi Galton, Blake Hood, Jacob Kahl, Chase Kirby, Hanna Letzring, Caitlin and Lauren May, Cari and Jake Varner and Kyle Wielgopolski. 

Your First Quarter Giving Statements will be emailed on Saturday, April 9.  For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pick up on Sunday, April 10 on the shelf outside the Church Office.  Please contact Tom Wiggins if you have any questions at 419-878-5503 or  

CHILDREN’S CHOIR OF NORTHWEST OHIO will be presenting at concert on Sunday, April 10 at 4:00 p.m. at the Maumee Performing Arts Center entitled “I am You, and You Are Me, and We Are One.”  The event will feature 13 ABC personality Tony Geftos.  Our own Mia Przybylski sings in this choir. 

For those of you who were in warmer location or not able to see Harmony Romances by Ron Hill, you will have one more chance!  On April 24, we will be having a potluck dinner in Fellowship Hall with the meal starting at 6:15 p.m., followed by a recorded presentation of this year’s play in the sanctuary at 7:00 p.m.  So mark your calendars!  In addition, if you require child care, please contact the Church Office, Terry Myers or Tom Wiggins by Sunday, April 21, so arrangements can be made.  Watch for more details in the coming weeks.  Note:  Recommended audience is for middle school age and above.  

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 April, we are asking you to purchase stuffed animals.  Anne Stevens has placed a box by the main entrance for your donations. 

If anyone is interested in going on the Operation Christmas Child trip to the Charlotte processing center, Nov. 28-Dec. 3, please see Karen Longnecker as soon as possible.  They will be taking 2 buses but space fills up fast.  Reservations need to be sent in soon. 

NAVIGATING THE CHALLENGES OF HEALTH CARE is the name of the St. Luke’s Hospital’s next special presentation on how to successfully navigate the challenges of health care and life planning.  The event will take place on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to Noon at St. Luke’s Hospital Auditorium.  A light lunch will be provided compliments of Elizabeth Scott community.  Featured speaker, Diana Waugh, Waugh Consulting, LLC, will help you better understand how to advocate for yourself and what you can do to prepare your family for a health care crisis and more.  Other topics to be discussed include ICE (In Case of Emergency) – helping first responders find the most important information about you, and the importance of Life Planning – where are you spiritually and do you have an advance directive or a living will?  Does your family know about what your wishes are?  Do they agree with you?  There is no fee to attend this free community forum; however, pre-registration is required.  You may register by calling 419-897-8484 (please leave your name, the names of those attending the presentation with you, and your phone number) or e-mailing no later than Monday, April 25. 

Waterville Rotary Pancake Supper will take place on Monday, May 2 from 5-7 p.m. at the Waterville Primary School.  Entertainment will be provided by the Children’s Choir of Northwest Ohio.  Proceeds from this event support community projects and scholarships.  Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students and may be purchased from any of the following Rotarians in our congregation:  Pastor Mike, Jim Page, Jim Pease, Paul Croy, Steve Letzring, Paul Buskey and Gail McNeely.  (They each have 10 tickets to sell.) 

Jerry Lucas to speak at WUMC - Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 1 and Monday, May 2.  Jerry Lucas, known today as Dr. Memory, and before that an Ohio State and professional basketball legend, will be preaching on Sunday morning on the topic of “Improving Family Relationships.”  On Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m., he will teach a one-hour session entitled “Learning Made Fun and Easy” using his Automatic Learning concepts.  Then on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m., Jerry will teach another one-hour session entitled “Names and Faces Made Easy.”  Jerry will also give his testimony during this session to reach as many as possible.  This is a great outreach opportunity to invite friends, neighbors and students to learn with us how to remember scripture, names and faces and the endless lists of things we want to remember. 

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.  

The dates for Community Vacation Bible School have been announced.  Please mark your calendars for Sunday, July 10 through Thursday, July 14.  Waterville United Methodist Church will be responsible for the meal and snacks on Tuesday, July 12.  We will also need 5 adults to be crew leaders for that week.                                                                                                                                                                    

Be a Blessing,

Church Cathy