News for March 21, 2017

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,
Please continue to pray for the following folks:
              Jim Simpson in Kingston Rehabilitation Center, 345 E. Boundary Street, Perrysburg, OH   43551  Room #226
              Lowell Crabtree, father of Pam Denman, recovering from infection following heart surgery
Today, Tuesday, March 21, is the deadline for articles for the April issue of The Ambassador.  Please send them to Janet as soon as possible:  
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.  
For this week only,  the 6:30 p.m. Sunday group will move to Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Tom and Karen Wiggins.
Worship Service for Sunday, March 26:  
              Prelude - Awesome God
              Opening Prayer - 
              Songs of Worship - Amazing Grace / My Chains Are Gone
              Children’s Moment  -  Mission Jar
              Sharing God’s tithes and offerings -
              Offertory - O Worship the King
              Sanctuary Choir Anthem -  Easter Alleluia
              Hymn - Open My Eyes, That I May See
              Scripture  -  John 9:1-17 – The story of how Jesus healed the blind beggar on the Sabbath
              Sermon - Protecting the Status Quo
              Prayers of God’s People -
              Closing Hymn - Great Is Thy Faithfulness
              Choral Benediction -  Make Me a Servant
              Postlude - Shine On Us
              Liturgist - Dave Landis
              Prayer Partner for Pastor Mike this week -  Delores Young
Fellowship hosts are still needed.   All of the months are still available except for April, May and July. Thank you to those who signed up last week.  
Greeters for the month of April are needed.  The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the main hallway.
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. 
About half of our lilies have been spoken for – we have 14 that are still available. 
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!
Dave and Paulette Hogg, a former pastor and his wife at Waterville United Methodist Church,  will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary with a Renewal of their Vows on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 1-4 p.m.  The renewal of vows will take place at 1:30 p.m.  The event will take place at the Church of the Master United Methodist Church in Westerville, Ohio which is located at 24 N. Grove Street (Corner of Grove and Main Streets.)  Dr. Carl L. Wiley officiated at their wedding 50 years ago and will be doing the renewal ceremony.  A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.  In lieu of gifts, please bring a canned food item to be divided between the two local food pantries.  If you plan to attend, please R.S.V. P. by June 1 to Dave’s cell phone: 614-208-4105.  Their actual 50th Wedding Anniversary is April 29.  Cards may be sent to them at the following address:  Dave and Paulette Hogg, 6202 Willowcrest Dr., Columbus, OH   43229.  We have placed a signup sheet on our bulletin board in the main hallway for those who plan on attending this event.  This will help them know how much food is needed.
The Lucas County Humane Society wants empty peanut butter jars with some peanut butter residue remaining for their dogs.  If people could bring in the jars, Karen Longnecker will be glad to drop them off.  She knows we have some animal lovers who might want to help out the pooches.  (And remember, she is a cat person, but Hobo gave his approval for her to do this.)
Be a Blessing,
Church Cathy