News for August 12, 2016

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,

The family of Joe Becker will receive friends at the Peinert Dunn Funeral Home, 7220 Dutch Rod., Waterville, Ohio on Friday, August 12 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Funeral service will be on Saturday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m. at the Waterville United Methodist Church.  Joe had been a member of WUMC since April 4, 1954.

Our mission emphasis for the month of August will be Hygiene Kits For several years, WUMC has gathered items for hygiene kits that make all the difference between sickness and health for struggling families.  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 for each of the gallon-sized Zip-lock plastic bags can be found in your August issue of The Ambassador and on the back of the worship bulletin each Sunday this month.  

The Prayer Time in the sanctuary will resume this week at 9:00 a.m.

Worship Service for Sunday, August 14

              Song of Worship - How Great Is Our God

              Children’s Moment -  

              Olga’s selections:

                     Prelude:  How Firm a Foundation

                     Offertory:  In the Name of the Lord

                     Postlude:   Our God Reigns

             Special Music - Shall We Gather at the River will be sung by Anna Banachowski, daughter Alaina Hem, and Anna’s brothers, Joe and Nelson Scheub

             Scripture-  Hebrews 11:29 -12:2

             Pastor Mike’s message -  Running the Race

             Closing Hymn - Soon and Very Soon

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 August, we are asking you to donate school supplies.  Anne Stevens has placed a box by the main entrance for your donations.

Our church has been asked to host the Pre-Charge Conference Briefing for the Maumee Watershed District.  It will be held on Wednesday, August 24 at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.  We would like to provide light refreshments and beverages for those attending this meeting.  I have placed a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway for cookies, brownies, etc. and for a few folks who would be able to help with set-up, serving and clean-up that day.  The meeting is expected to last for about an hour, so we should be able to leave by 5:00-5:30 p.m. 

Here’s a new, quick project to get involved with during the hot, dog days of summer.  Don’t want to go outside in the heat?  Looking for an excuse to stay inside?  Beginning this Sunday, you will find a box on the shelf outside the church office for the collection of paperback books.  These books are being collected for our servicemen and military families.  There is a story as to how this all came about.  Melva Robinson’s former neighbors gave up their home and moved to Perrysburg Commons.  About six months later, the husband died.  Since his death, Melva could sense the physical and mental health of the wife, Ellen, going downhill.  Then, several weeks ago, Melva noticed a marked difference in Ellen’s attitude.  Ellen then told Melva how she had become involved in collecting paperback books for the military and military families.  She said that “at last, she was again a contributing member to society and was doing something worthwhile.”  Melva told her that she would try to help.  Who better to ask for help than her church family?  So, if you have any paperback books on your shelves you haven’t read in a while, would you consider bringing them to church and filling Ellen’s box?  Melva will see that they are delivered to Ellen. 

Are you missing some of your favorite dishes?  Can’t find them anywhere?  Have you checked the counter by the dishwasher in the church’s kitchen?  We have a small community of dishes that were left over from funeral dinners, the Waterville Teacher’s Luncheon and Vacation Bible School that are waiting to get back to their owners. 

We are still in need of Fellowship Hosts for September through December.  The refreshments are provided and the coffee is already made.  All you have to do is to put the food out on the table and then clean up afterwards.  The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the main hallway.

And finally, counting today, there are only 20 more Fridays until Christmas.  Hope that will cool all of you down a little bit!!!

Be a Blessing,

Church Cathy