News for September 16, 2016

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,

September’s Mission Focus will be to support the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s operating budget.  None of the funds they collect for other mission projects through this agency (school kits, health kits, disaster response efforts, etc.) covers any of their operational costs, so 100% of the gifts they receive for mission projects goes directly to the projects themselves.  And, unlike the rest of Global Ministries in the United Methodist Church, UMCOR does not receive apportionment funds to cover its administrative costs.  So, in order to keep this wonderful world-wide blessing going we felt the need to support their behind-the-scene efforts that keep all the “balls rolling” for UMCOR.  Mission envelopes are available in the pew racks.  

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, September 18: Youth Mission Trip Sunday

              Song of Worship -  The Heart of Worship

              Kinder Choir will be singing Wonderful Book of God’s People and B-I-B-L-E

Children’s Moment -  Presentation of Bibles to Third Grade Students Maddock Hires, Trevor Letzring, Frances Lockyer, Eliana Richards and Jonathan Schutte 

              Olga’s selections:

                     Prelude:  How Majestic Is Your Name

                     Postlude:   Majesty

             Offertory - Sasha Meade will be singingYou Are A Holy God

             Special Music - Caitlin May will be singing Start A Fire     

             Scripture-  Ephesians 2:10

             The Youth will tell of their Mission Trip experiences and present a slide show of some of their photos

             Closing Hymn - Here I Am, Lord

A note to parents of Sunday School aged children:  On Sunday, there will only be Sunday School for the children ages 4 through third grade.  We would like for the older kids in 4th through 6th grades to stay in the service to hear about the mission trip experiences.  We will have a fully staffed nursery. 

This Sunday will be a Welcome A Neighbor Sunday.  We will have 9 gift bags that will need to be distributed to new neighbors in our community.      

Please join us, following worship, for a time of light refreshments in Fellowship Hall. 

The Tuesday evening Women’s Bible Study will CHANGE to Wednesday evenings startingSeptember 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Nancy O. Stafford (306 Ridgepoint in Waterville).  They will be using When God Doesn’t Fix It by Laura Story for their study book this fall.  Please contact Delores Young at 419-878-8238 for additional information.

The M & Ms Women’s Bible Study group will begin again on Wednesday, September 21 at 9:30 a.m. in the balcony of the church.  They will be using the book Life Lessons from Women in the Bible

By Rhonda H. Kelley.  You may contact Connie Kirkman at 419-878-6096 or Cindy Box at 419-877-5031 with any questions concerning this study.

Our church has begun hosting a FREE 6 week diabetes education class by the YMCA in our Community Room.  Classes began on Monday, September 12 and run through October 17 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  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.

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 September, we are asking you to donate dental hygiene items.  Anne Stevens has placed a box by the main entrance for your donations.

We are in need of volunteers to staff our Operation Christmas Child booth at the Roche de Boeuf Festival on Saturday, September 24.  Anne Stevens is in need of 12 people to work for two hour shifts throughout the day.  The first shift would begin at 7:00 a.m. with the set-up of the tent and tables.  The last shift at 5:00 p.m. would be taking down the tent and bringing the items back to the church.  A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the hallway.

Thank you to all who have donated paperback books for the military in the box in the main hallway.  There are some new items that have been requested by Operation Paperbook.  Those include puzzle books, large print mysteries, books for toddlers, inspirational stories, recent magazines, textbooks of all subjects, DVDs and CDs.  The collection box for these items in on the shelf outside the church office.

Church Council Update: 

The City of Waterville will be constructing a sidewalk across the front of our new building property located on Waterville-Monclova Road.   WUMC is required to pay one-half of the cost and the Council approved the $8,800 expenditure, from the new building fund.  We agreed to utilize the City’s contractor and align our property driveway/access across from Pray Blvd.

The Browning Community is willing to provide WUMC with approximately 5,000 cubic square yards of fill dirt at no cost to our Church.  We estimate this to be valued at about $75,000 as built into previously submitted costs for the site preparation.   Council created a check list regarding “Fill Dirt” for the property on Waterville Monclova Road.  A small group of volunteers met with the Lucas County Engineer, Waterville Zoning & Public Works and the Browning developer to determine requirements and potential next steps.

There are many teams that need to be formed as we continue to pray about the next steps with our new building and our Mission to “Nurture discipleship by celebrating, teaching and sharing God’s love”.  Council is asking members of the congregation to pray about your role in this new phase in the life of our Church and consider what role will you take on?  Where is God leading you to engage and participate?   We need volunteers for our Building project as we continue to plan and explore God’s unexpected gifts – like the fill dirt.

Council is holding an All Church Meeting at 5 pm on Sunday, September 25th in Fellowship Hall (refreshments provided) to have open dialogue about expanding our Ministries within our community, planning for our new building and your role.   “Start thinking about where God is calling you to serve.”   

A Memorial Service for Audrey Entenman will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the Church of St. Andrew United Methodist.  The church is located at 3620 Heatherdowns Boulevard in Toledo Ohio.  The service is scheduled from 2-4 p.m.                                                                                                                                            

Be a Blessing,

Church Cathy