News for April 29, 2016

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,

 Our mission emphasis for the month of May will be our Youth Group’s Mission Trip in June.  Mission envelopes are located in the pew racks for your financial gifts.  

Two small group Bible Studies will begin this week.  On Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room, Pastor Mike will be leading a class about The Armor of God which will compliment his sermon series that started last Sunday.  If that time doesn’t work for you, he will be leading the same study on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room. 

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, May 1:

              Hymns - The Heart of Worship and This Is My Father’s World

              Mission Moment-

              Children’s Moment – Memory verse check in Sunday School this week!  “Give as freely as you have received.”  Matthew 10:8

              Olga’s selections-

                     Prelude: Mighty Is Our God

                     Offertory:  Praise Him!  Praise Him!

                     Postlude:  Spirit Song

  Anthem -  Fairest Lord Jesus


             Jerry Lucas’ message -  Improving Family Relationships

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.   

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 put items on serving plates or baskets.  The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the main hallway.  This Sunday, Fellowship Time will be hosted by the men and women of the Thursday morning Bible Study Group…the B&Bs.   

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 May, we are asking you to purchase hygiene items such as hand soap, washcloths, small towels, hairbrushes, combs and deodorant.  Anne Stevens has placed a box by the main entrance for your donations. 

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.) 

General Conference Watch Party - On Wednesday, May 11 at 11:30 a.m., our West Ohio Conference’s Bishop Gregory V. Palmer will be giving the Episcopal Address to the General Conference in Portland, Oregon.  For those who are interested in watching this speech in the company of others, we will gather in Fellowship Hall at 11:00 a.m. and then have a session of prayer for the church before his speech begins.  We are asking that everyone brings their own sack lunch.  Beverages will be provided. Following the speech, we will gather for discussion and dessert. 

We will join together as a congregation on May 15 to celebrate our ministry and service during our worship service.  Following the service, we will continue our celebration with a potluck meal in Fellowship Hall.  More details to come next week. 

We will be honoring our graduates during the church service on May 22.  (Please note the change of date.) 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  Photos need to be received by May 11. 

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 one date left for this spring to volunteer with this organization.  On May 13, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.., they will be making lunches in Toledo.  The WUMC Youth would like to invite anyone who is interested in volunteering to join them!  Please meet at the church at 5:00 p.m. and plan to leave the church at 5:10 p.m.  There is a signup sheet on the bulletin board in the main hallway.  Please contact Adam or Stephanie Shelton if you have any questions.   

It’s Back!!!!! - WUMC is planning a Parents Night Out for Saturday, May 14 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.  Treat yourself to a night out while your children are cared for in a fun, safe environment!  This is a free child care evening for children up thru 6th grade.  We would love for you to invite friends and neighbors to experience our church by having a night out together while your children have a blast with crafts, games, bounce houses, & dinner (pizza & snacks).  Please register by contacting Cara at 419-344-2171 (call or text) or  Registration required, space is limited to 40 children.  Please spread the word to friends/neighbors! 

Operation Christmas Child is requesting that all relay collection centers have a representative from their congregation willing to assist as a "Community Relations Volunteer" in their own community.  The volunteer position would entail being willing to contact area schools, civic and service clubs, businesses, Boy and Girl Scout Troops and other community organizations to encourage them to pack shoe boxes. We would then supply them with pamphlets and boxes if they so desire.  Please prayerfully consider the few hours this task would take, while greatly helping expand this outreach. If you have a passion for OCC and have considered helping in some other way, we welcome your prayerful consideration of assistance in this ministry.  Please contact Anne Stevens at 419.367.7379. 

The Upper Room, a daily devotional book for May and June, is available at both entrances to the sanctuary this Sunday.  The cost is $1.00. 

Waterville Primary School Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - We will be honoring the 55 teachers and staff at Waterville Primary School on Friday, May 27th at 11am.  As before, we will need salads, desserts, and helpers at the school that morning.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway outside of the church offices.  Please consider being part of this outreach ministry.  Thank you!! 

The Youth Group Garage Sale will once again be held at the Shelton House during the Waterville Community Garage Sale on June 9-11 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Donated items to sell can be dropped off at the Shelton House (171 Freedom Lane) on June 7 & 8.  They are also in need of donations of bottled water, cans of pop, bags of chips, hot dogs, hot dog buns, snow cone flavoring and baked goods.                                                                                                                                                                  

Be a Blessing,

Church Cathy