News for August 26, 2016

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,

We  express our Christian love and sympathy to the family and friends of LaDonna Maia VerSteeg who passed away peacefully on August 18, 2016 in Bowling Green, Ohio.  She was married to the late Rev. Robert VerSteeg, who served Waterville United Methodist Church in 2003.  She is survived by her son, Rick Stevens and his family.  A private, family funeral service was held.

Some prayer request updates for you:

              Jane Robertson (daughter of Ed Golding) is now back in Ohio at a rehab facility in Findlay.  Cards may be sent to her at 15100 Birchaven Lane, Room #126, Findlay, OH   45840

              Ardis Cullen has left St. Luke’s and is now at The Lakes of Monclova, 6935 Monclova Rd., Maumee, OH43537 in Room #309.

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. To date, 23 Health Kits have been brought to the church.

The Book of the Revelation study continues on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room.   Pastor Mike is teaching this class.

On Tuesday evenings, the Book of the Revelation study is meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room.  Pastor Mike is also teaching this class.

The Prayer Time in the sanctuary will begin at 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning. 

Worship Service for Sunday, August 28

              Song of Worship - You Are My All in All

              Children’s Moment -  Mission Jar

              Olga’s selections:

                     Prelude:  Crown Him with Many Crowns

                     Offertory:  O, How I Love Jesus

                     Postlude:   His Name is Wonderful

             Special Music - Keith Colyer will be singing O Church Arise

             Scripture-  Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

             Pastor Mike’s message -  Living the Good Life

             Closing Hymn - O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (first three verses)

             Liturgist - Dave Landis

Glen and Yvonne Lammon have requested a prayer quilt for the brother of their good friend who is in his final stages of battling cancer.  The man’s name is Otto Schropp.  Please stop by the quilt and tie a knot and say a prayer for Otto and his family.

Please join us, following worship for a time of light refreshments in Fellowship Hall.  Sara Kirby and Lisa Galton were your hosts this month.  This Sunday, Char Pritchett and Ann Nightingale will be substituting for them.

You will find two special inserts in your bulletin this Sunday.  Our church will be hosting a FREE 6 week diabetes education class by the YMCA in our Community Room.  Certified Diabetes Educators, Dieticians and YMCA wellness staff will provide education for diabetes management.  Participants are eligible to receive up to 3 months FREE YMCA/JCC Membership.  A physician’s referral will be required to participate.  Call Susan Ruff at 419-725-7844 for more information and registration.

The second insert is Bishop Palmer’s call for action after the historic Louisiana flooding.  For one more week, we will be including envelopes in the bulletin for donations to the UMCOR United States Disaster Response Advance #901670.  Your checks will need to be made payable to Waterville UMC and please put LA-Flooding in the memo line.  If you pay with cash, please remember to write your name or your offering envelope number on the outside of the envelope. The monies donated will be added to your end-of-year financial statements.  The collected monies will then be sent to the West Ohio Conference Office.

The Kinder Choir will begin the rehearsals on Wednesday, August 31 from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room.  All boys and girls are invited to attend.  The choir normally sings once a month.  They will be singing for the first time this fall on Sunday, September 18.  If you have any questions, please talk to Barb Page or Bobbie Westfall.

The Sanctuary Choir rehearsals will resume next week.   The new choir year will begin on Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room.  They are beginning a little early this year because of the special September 11 Remembrance Service that has been planned.  New members are always welcome!!!

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.

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?  There is 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. 

 know that it is still a couple of weeks away, but please mark your calendars and be sure to attend our worship service on Sunday, September 11.  We will be having a very patriotic service to remember the 15th anniversary of the attacks on 9-11-01.  There will be lots of special music and I’m sure it will be a very moving service.

And finally, the Church Mouse would like to give a big “Thank You” to all who helped with the Maumee Watershed District Pre-Charge Conference Meeting that was held at our church on Wednesday afternoon.  Delicious cookies and brownies were made by Karen Wiggins, Charlotte Pritchett, Pam Denman, Barb Page and Melva Robinson.  The kitchen helpers and servers were Charlotte & Penn Pritchett and Jim & Barb Page.  Jim Page filled in for Pastor Mike (who was attending a family member’s funeral.)  Ted Myers provided his expertise with the computer and also recorded the event and Art Meade handled the sound system and the microphones.   Thank you for a job well done!!!

Be a Blessing,

Church Cathy