News for July 22, 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.   To date, 22 completed school kits that have been returned to the table in the Community Room.

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 24

              Song of Worship - In Christ Alone

              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:  He Keeps Me Singing

                     Offertory:  All Creatures of Our God and King

                     Postlude:  I Sing the Mighty Power of God

             Special Music - Miss Sasha Meade will be singing this Sunday

             Scripture-  Colossians 2:6-15

             Pastor Mike’s message -  Canceling Our Debt

             Closing Hymn - Seek Ye First

             Liturgist - Dave Landis


This Sunday will be a Welcome a Neighbor Sunday.  We will have 11 gift bags that will need to be delivered to new residents in our area.  Please check the addresses on the bags and see if any of these new neighbors live close to you.             

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.

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

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