Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,
Our mission emphasis for the month of April will be The Daughter Project. The 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 24:
Hymns - God of Wonders and All Creatures of Our God and King
Celebration of Teacher Appreciation Sunday
Children’s Moment - Mission Jar for The Daughter Project
Prelude: I Will Call Upon the Lord
Offertory: Medley of Praise
Postlude: Bind Us Together
Anthem - Immortal, Invisible
Scripture- Ephesians 6:10-18
Pastor Mike’s sermon - Becoming Strong in the Lord
Liturgist - Dave Landis
This Sunday is Welcome A Neighbor Sunday. We will have 11 gift bags that will need to be delivered to new neighbors in this area. Please check the bulletin board by the elevator entrance in the narthex to see if any of these residents live close to you.
Please join us following the worship service for cake and punch in Fellowship Hall to honor all of our Sunday School Teachers, Nursery Caregivers, Youth Leaders, Kinder Choir Directors and Youth Volunteers. This month’s fellowship hosts have been Cindy Box and Penny Greenlese.
We are in need of hosts for the month of May for our Fellowship Time following worship. All the food is provided. You will need to make the coffee and put items on serving plates or baskets. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the main hallway.
We are also in need of greeters for the month of May.
Your First Quarter Giving Statements were emailed on Saturday, April 9. For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for you to pick up on the shelf outside the Church Office. Please contact Tom Wiggins if you have any questions at 419-878-5503 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Sunday, 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. Note: Recommended audience is for middle school age and above.
Boy Scout Troop #101 is in the midst of their annual flower sale. You will find order forms and information sheets on the shelf outside the church office. You may turn in your orders and your payment to either Doug Smith, Keith Colyer, the Sisler’s, the Kirby’s or Craig Varner. Ordered flowers will be available for you to pick up at the Fire Station in Waterville on Saturday, May 7.
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 email@example.com 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. (There will be an invitation card in your bulletin this Sunday to share with your family and friends.)
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 www.feedtoledo.org. The WUMC Youth Group has set two dates for this spring to volunteer with this organization. This evening, they will be working from 5:30-7:30 p.m. On May 14, from 9:15-12:15, they will be delivering lunches in Toledo. The WUMC Youth would like to invite anyone who is interested in volunteering to join them! There is a signup sheet on the bulletin board in the main hallway. Please contact Adam or Stephanie Shelton if you have any questions.
We will be honoring our graduates during the church service on June 12. There will be a special slideshow featuring the graduates and cake and punch after the service. If you are graduating from high school, college, or vocational school, please contact Stephanie Shelton. If you would like to be included in the slideshow, please send 8-10 photos of yourself at different ages. The photos should be sent electronically to Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos need to be received by May 22.
Be a Blessing,