News for July 14, 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 for Sunday, July 17

              Songs of Worship - An old fashioned Hymn Sing

              Children’s Moment -  There will not be any Sunday School this week.  The nursery is available for children in preschool through first grade.

              Olga’s selections:

                     Prelude:  Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

                     Offertory:  All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name (Diadem, Miles Lane and Coronation)

                     Postlude:  A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

             Special Music - Pastor Joel will be singing In Christ Alone (with the words on the screen)

             Scripture-  Colossians 1:15-28

             Pastor Mike’s message -  Knowing the Presence of God

             Closing Hymn - It Is Well with My Soul

             Liturgist - Tom Quinn

We will have two prayer quilts on Sunday.  The first one is for Jeff Viola.  Jeff, a co-worker of Anna Banachowski, was recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.  The second quilt is for Jane Robertson, the daughter of Ed Golding, who was recently in an accident.  Jane had successful surgery last Friday, but will have a long recovery period.  Please take a minute and say a prayer and tie a knot on each of these quilts on Sunday morning.

      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 were emailed on Wednesday July 6.  For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pick-up on the shelf outside the Church Office.

The months are flying by this year!!!  Thursday, July 21 will be the deadline for all items and articles for the August issue of the church newsletter, The Ambassador.  Please send your items to Janet at by Thursday.

Charlene Hansen has posted the schedule for the Wayward Walkers for the month of July:

Thursday, July 14, meet at the Waterville Primary School on the Farmview/backside/playground side at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 21, meet at the Fallen Timbers Battlefield on Jerome Road at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 28, meet at Farnsworth Park in the Indianola parking lot at 7:00 p.m.

Look for a black Toyota RAV 4.  For additional information, please call 419-277-2779

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.

Mark your calendars!  We are taking our worship service “on the road” on Sunday, August 7.  We will be traveling to Harmony Hall at the Browning Masonic Community in Waterville to join with the residents in worship and praise to God.  The service will begin at 10:25 a.m. and we will celebrate Holy Communion by intinction with them.  Your Celebration Team has been hopeful to have this off-site worship with the members of the Browning Masonic Community in order that we, as a congregation, can reach out to these folks that have not had the opportunity to come and worship with us on a Sunday morning.  We want all of our congregation, including our kids, to go to them.  (There will not be any children’s Sunday School or Nursery at Browning, but the service will be kid friendly.) 

 Be a Blessing,

Church Cathy