News for March 10, 2017

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,
Please continue to pray for Jim Simpson, who is still in the hospital and is improving, and for Peg Walker who is at Kingston Rehabilitation in #228.
Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night before you go to bed!  
Our March Mission Focus are our local food pantries. The Anthony Wayne Food Pantry in Whitehouse serves families in the Anthony Wayne School District on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Zion United Methodist Church.  The Anthony Wayne Community Food Ministry Pantry, located at the Waterville Community Church, serves families from the local area as well as Toledo, East Toledo, Holland, Swanton, Perrysburg and other areas of Lucas, Fulton, and Wood Counties.  They are open on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.  Each pantry is always in need of non-expired, non-perishable food as well as monetary donations to buy additional items such as meat, eggs and cheese.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  Mission envelopes are available in the pew racks. 
The Prayer Group will meet at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday.  
The Max Lucado Lenten small group study, He Chose the Nails, will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room this Sunday morning and then at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Tom and Karen Wiggins.
Worship Service for Sunday, March 12:  
              Opening Prayer
              Call to Worship
              Song of Worship - The Heart of Worship
              Children’s Moment  -  
              Sanctuary Choir Anthem -  Above All
              Scripture  -  John 3: 1-17
              Sermon - What Does It Mean to be Born Again?
              Hymn -  Freely, Freely
              Closing Hymn - To God Be the Glory
              Choral Benediction -  Make Me a Servant
              Liturgist - Dave Landis
              Prayer Partner for Pastor Mike this week -  Lisa & Kyle Galton
Olga will be traveling with the Bowling Green State University’s Men’s Choir on Sunday, March 12th.   Rev. Joel and Anna Banachowski will be filling in for Olga this week.
No one has signed up to be Fellowship Hosts for the month of March.   All of the months are still available except for May.
A new Lenten study series will begin on Sunday, March 12 at 9:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room at the church and then at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Karen & Tom Wiggins and Tuesday evening, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room  We will be using Max Lucado’s He Chose the Nails.  This is a five-session video Bible study.  Max continues by examining the gifts that Christ gave at his crucifixion.  These include not only the gift of the cross, but also the gift of the thorns, the nails, and the empty tomb.  The cross is rich with God’s gifts of grace, and as we unwrap them, we will hear him whisper, “I did it just for you.”  Signup sheets are on the bulletin board in the hallway if you would like to attend.
Easter is about a month away.  In your bulletin this Sunday, you will find an Easter Lily order form.  The cost will remain $8.00 this year.  All orders need to be turned in by Palm Sunday - April 9th.  
Sweet Endings, a fundraiser for the Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo, will be held on Thursday, March 23 at Westgate Chapel, 2500 Wilford Drive, Toledo, OH.  Guest Speaker will be Abby Johnson, a former Director of a Planned Parenthood Center.  Tickets are $20 and include heavy hor d’oeuvres and & dessert reception at 5:30 p.m. with a program at 7:00 p.m.  Registration is required.  RSVP deadline is March 13, 2017.  For more information or to register online, please visit 
Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes -  Our collection items for the month of March will be craft supplies, books, stickers, cars, puzzles, plastic animals, balls, jacks, yoyos, jump ropes, harmonicas, Slinkys, musical instruments, paddles with the ball attached, playing cards, puzzles, stickers sheets, coloring books, puppets, Legos, tennis balls and duct tape.  Let’s always remember that the most needed boxes are those for age 10-14 boys – please keep that in mind as you shop.  Each month:  Pray for shopping wisdom as you purchase these monthly items and the items for your own boxes for the collection in November.  The Lord knows the children who will receive your gifts and He can guide your shopping adventures to exactly what will meet needs and give joy.
Project With a Purpose - During March through May 2017, the children in our Sunday School will be collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of NW Ohio.  Beginning Sunday, March 19, you will have the opportunity to pull the tabs off aluminum cans, and save them in a provided Ronald McDonald cardboard house.  Return your houses to Waterville UMC by no later than Sunday, May 28.  Our Sunday School kids will drop off the pull-tabs to our Waterville McDonald’s on Sunday, June 4.  The tabs will be sold to a recycling station for the market price of recycled aluminum.  They send a check to the Ronald McDonald House, and the funds are used for the guest food budget.  Thank you for starting to collect the tabs today!
The Church Mouse would like to thank Jean and Dick Warner for doing some clean-up on the sidewalk and curbs in front of the church on Thursday afternoon this week. Dick is a real professional with the leaf blower!!
One final reminder…. turn your clocks forward one hour on Saturday night before you go to bed….you don’t want to be late for church!!!
Be a Blessing,
Church Cathy