News for January 13, 2017

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,

The Fellowship Hall has been reserved on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Our January Mission Focus is The Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo.  Their goal is to lovingly share the truth about life, relationships and faith.  They help men and women make life-saving, life-changing decisions by sharing information about options, consequences and available services.  With the exception of a small amount of grant funding for abstinence education, all funds come from donations.  Over 32,000 women have already received help.  The Pregnancy Center continues to be a community outreach committed to expressing the compassion of Christ through support and education in pregnancy related issues. We can help keep the doors open!  Mission envelopes are available in the pew racks. 

Let's start 2017 getting "Unstuck: Moving From the Mundane to the Meaningful" on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. and Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.  We will watch the short film clips from "Journey to Jamaa" which uncovers the four themes we will be discussing:  Unimaginable, Unsafe, Unwanted and Unstuck.  Consider:  How can the unimaginable keep us stuck?  How can temptation be unsafe where we remain stuck?  When we feel unwanted, how does that keep us stuck? Where is Jesus in all of these situations?  After seeing the film, what can you being to do to become "unstuck"?  Everyone wants to make a difference in someone's lives.  We've talked about living and loving generously.  Now it's time to get Unstuck and Move from Mundane to Meaningful. 

See you on Sunday mornings or Tuesday evenings!

Char and Pastor Mike

The Prayer Group will resume meeting at 9:00 a.m. in the sanctuary this Sunday.

Worship Service for Sunday, January 15

              Call to Worship

              Songs of Worship - I Love You, Lord and I Exalt Thee

              Children’s Moment-

              Sanctuary Choir Anthem -  Breath of Life

              Olga’s selections:

                             Prelude:  Praise the Name of Jesus with All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

                             Offertory:  When Morning Gilds the Sky

                             Postlude:  I Sing the Mighty Power of God

              A Mission Moment about The Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo

              Scripture-  John 1: 29-42

              Sermon -  Discovering Jesus, the Teacher

              Hymn - Great is Thy Faithfulness

              Choral Benediction - Our New Year’s Prayer for You

              Liturgist:  Dave Landis

              Prayer Partner for Pastor Mike this week:  Delores Young

No one has signed up to be Fellowship Hosts for the month of January.

If you ordered a poinsettia for Christmas, please remember to take it home with you.  There are clear, plastic sleeves beside the piano to help protect it from the cold weather.

Just a reminder to please pick up your 2017 offering envelopes when you are at church this Sunday.  Please pick your set of offering envelopes up to help us save on postage…they will cost close to $5.00 each to mail.  

If you receive your statement of giving at the end of the year by email, they were sent out on Saturday, January 7.  If you receive a hard copy, they will be available for you to pick up on the shelf outside the church office.

Mission Update – Karen Wiggins, our Mission Chairwoman, just heard from the Salvation Army that our day of ringing the bell at their Red Kettle collection point resulted in $754.93!!  That is over $100 more than we collected in 2015!   Thank you to all the members who staffed the kettle that day, kept that bell ringing, and smiled at everyone who donated.  Hopefully everyone noticed our sign for WUMC and now has a sense of our presence in the community. 

The Friendly Center serves Toledo’s inner city children and is a ministry of The United Methodist Church.  During the cold winter months, they have extra need for NEW hats, gloves/mittens and socks.  If you would like to support this ministry, there will be a basket in the Fireside room for collecting these items.  The final day to donate will be this Sunday.  Our Women’s Ministry will deliver them to the Friendly Center.

For the past few years, the M&M Bible Study has been volunteering at the SeaGate Food Bank the first Wednesday of the month packing food boxes for senior citizens.  We start at 10:00 a.m. and work until 11:30/Noon.  We would like to open this mission project up to the entire congregation, women, men and children.  Lunch afterwards at a local restaurant is included but is optional.  The work is not hard and we all have a good time, lots of laughter and fellowship.  Throughout the year there are other short projects we help with also.  You can carpool from the church or meet us there.  If you would like to join us, please contact Penny Greenlese at or 419-206-1602.  We would love to have your help and you will be rewarded with a feeling of helping those less fortunate.

All of our small groups are meeting again following the Christmas holiday.  Please take a few minutes this Sunday to look over the ivory insert in your bulletin that lists them and their meeting times.  We currently have two groups meeting on Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings for Youth, two on Tuesday evenings, one on Wednesday mornings and one on Thursday mornings.  You would be welcome to join any of these groups.

Bill Plassmann has placed DVD copies of the Children’s Christmas Program on the shelf outside the church office.  He asks that those taking a DVD make a donation to the Youth Group Mission Trip fund. 

The counter by the dishwasher in the kitchen is full of serving trays and Tupperware containers from all the goodies that were brought to the church during the month of December (Theatre for the World and the Children’s Christmas Program).  Please take a few minutes to see if any of these dishes belong to you so we can get them back home where they belong.

Art Meade is almost done with the construction/renovation in the restroom just off Fellowship Hall.  One of the toilets will be removed and a pedestal sink will be installed along with new floor tiles that will extend partially up the walls.  A changing station for babies will be installed and the lighting will also be updated.  Please be patient while this project moves forward.

Be a Blessing,

Church Cathy