News for June 30, 2016

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,

Our mission emphasis for the month of July will be School Kits For several years, WUMC has gathered items for school kits that give children in impoverished communities and refugee camps some of the basic tools for learning.  Thanks to a family in this congregation, we already have over 100 cloth bags that will be used to hold these school items.  Let’s see if we can collect enough items to fill all the available bags!  Your support makes a tremendous difference in the lives of so many people both here at home and around the world.  Each kit represents a person whose life will be changed because of the simple items contained within.  A listing of the contents of each bag can be found in your July issue of The Ambassador and on the back of the worship bulletin each Sunday this month.  

On Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, Pastor Mike will be leading a study about prayer entitled War Room.   War Room is a Christian film released in 2015 that was rated poorly by critics yet became a surprise hit as the Christian community responded in good numbers.  Can’t make it on Sunday?  A similar discussion group will be held on Tuesday evenings  in the Fireside Room at 7:00 p.m.

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 in the church courtyard for Sunday, July 3

              Song of Worship - God Bless America

              Children’s Moment -  

              Olga’s selections:

                     Prelude:  Patriotic Medley in the style of Bach

                     Offertory:  God of Our Fathers

                     Postlude:  You’re a Grand Old Flag

             Special Music - Ted Myers will be singing a patriotic song

             Scripture-  Galatians 6:7-16

             Pastor Mike’s message -  Sharing Christ by Doing Good

             Celebration of Holy Communion - served at the altar

             Closing Hymn - Battle Hymn of the Republic

             Liturgist - Rev. Joel Schutte

Following worship, please join us for a time of light refreshments in Fellowship Hall.  During the month of July, Bobbie Westfall and Ann Nightingale will be your hosts. 

Your 2nd Quarter Giving Statements will be emailed on Wednesday July 6.  For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pick-up on Sunday, July 10 on the shelf outside the Church Office.

The Upper Room, a daily devotional guide for July and August, will be available at both entrances of the sanctuary this Sunday.  The cost is $1.00.

One of our ministries is the transporting of Browning Masonic residents to our Sunday morning worship services.  We need three additional drivers to fill out the driving rotation and to provide substitutes when needed.  Prayerfully consider if God is calling you for this ministry.  Contact Pastor Mike if you have any questions.

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 July, we are asking you to donate clothing items, socks, underwear, flip flops, summer clothing that is on sale and shoes.  Anne Stevens has placed a box by the main entrance for your donations.

The Waterville Community Vacation Bible School, Cave Quest – Following Jesus the Light of the World, will be held on Sunday, July 10 through Thursday, July 13 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church for all children ages 4 through completed 6th grade.  They will meet from 6:15 -8:30 p.m. each evening.  Space is limited this year, so they are accepting advance registrations only.  Please submit your registrations by Sunday, July 3.  Registration forms may be found on the bulletin board by the red double doors.   Here is a list of items that are needed for the craft time this year:  Cool Whip containers, washable Crayola markers, Elmer’s glue sticks, plastic milk or juice caps, clear packing tape and black Sharpie markers.  (No additional egg cartons are needed.)  Stephanie has placed a box above the coat rack by the Community Room for your donations.

VBS DINNER on July 12 at 5:30 - Our church’s night to feed the VBS volunteers and their families (around 75-100 people)!  Individuals are needed to make a crock pot of sloppy joes, cheesy potatoes, cookies.  Or you can sign up to provide hamburger buns, individual bags of chips, paper plates, napkins, or forks.  We also will need 4 volunteers to serve the dinner at Zion Lutheran on July 12th.  Contact Stephanie Shelton at 567-202-5035 or if you are interested in helping.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin in the hallway if you can assist with this project.

VBS SNACK - On Tuesday, July 12, our church is responsible for providing the Compass Cupcake snacks for Vacation Bible School.  We will need 175 white frosted cupcakes.  Please use yellow or white cake mix and white vanilla frosting.  We also need donations of pretzel sticks (not rods), plain M&Ms, and gum drops.  Please contact Stephanie Shelton at 567-202-5035 or or place your name on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway if you can help with this project.

A CD of the Vacation Bible School music is now available to purchase.  They are located on the shelf outside of the church office.  The cost is $10.00.  Please make your check payable to Waterville Community Fund and drop it off in Stephanie Shelton’s mailbox at the church.

Several folks asked for the yummy meatball recipe that Pam Denman brought to the Potluck last Sunday.  She has graciously shared it:

Cranberry Chili Meatballs Recipe


1 can (14 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce

1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce

¾ cup packed brown sugar

½ teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 package (32 ounces) frozen fully cooked home-style meatballs, thawed


In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the first six ingredients; stir until sugar is dissolved.  Add meatballs; cook for 20-25 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Yield:  about 6 dozen.

The church office will be closed on Friday, July 1, as I am taking a vacation day.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!                                                                                                                                                   

Be a Blessing,

Church Cathy