News for April 14, 2017

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,

Please continue to pray for the following folks:

              Jim Simpson in the hospital at UTMC

              Lowell Crabtree, father of Pam Denman, recovering from infection following heart surgery and has returned to his home

              Sally Waggoner - suffered a stroke

              Family of Denny Oliver upon his death this week

              Natalie Przybylski - upcoming procedure

              Ed Lewis

              Sharon Schulte - mother of Char Hansen who has some reoccurring issues

              Marny Mazzarella’s mother - fell and broke her hip last week and will be having hip replacement surgery today

Those interested in joining the Cross Walk today should arrive in the church’s courtyard at 11:45 a.m.  The group will be leaving at noon and will be stopping at 14 points around the area for prayer and will be following The Stations of the Cross.  The community has been invited to join in this event this year. 

The Waterville Community Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday at the river behind the recently torn down Elementary School.  Following the service, Zion Lutheran Church will be hosting a breakfast.

Our April Mission Focus is The Daughter Project. A faith-based organization, they provide holistic healing services in an extremely safe, home-like environment to girls/women who have been freed from sex traffickers at no cost to them or their families.  The services include abuse & addiction counseling, family/friend restoration, health & nutrition education, medical/dental/vision care, legal counsel and spiritual mentorship.  Caring & competent professionals and volunteers provide this help.  They have recruited doctors, counselors and other professionals to provide medical services to the girls.  In addition to medical services, they collaborate with various local community organizations to provide healthy, educational and recreational opportunities for the girls.  Mission envelopes are available in the pew racks. 

In addition to our financial gifts to The Daughter Project, with month we would also like to collect the following items for The Daughter Project:  toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, disposable scrubber sponges, liquid hand soap, light bulbs, Mrs. Meyers cleaning supplies, bleach, Lysol sprays and wipes, air freshener cans, journals (plain without words or quotes), planners, without the year and gift cards for stores to purchase clothes and household items as needed.  A basket will be available for your items on the table in the Fireside Room.

Mr. Wilbarger, the founder of The Daughter Project, also wanted us all to be aware that the greatest need at this time is for mature, Godly women to apply to be House Moms, either full or part time.  Being a House Mom is a paid position with training and is very challenging work, but supremely satisfying.

The Prayer Group will meet at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday.  

Worship Service for Sunday, April 16:  Easter Sunday

              Prelude -  Christ Is Risen!

              Welcome -

              Processional Hymn - Christ the Lord Is Risen Today      

Opening Prayer -

Call to Worship -

              Song of Worship - He Lives

Children’s Moment-  (Just a reminder that there will not be any Sunday School for the children this week, so the teachers can enjoy Easter worship with their families.  There will be special activity sheets available for the kids this Sunday.  Please ask an usher for your copy.)

Sharing God’s Tithes and Offerings

              Offertory - We Shall Behold Him

              Doxology -

              Offertory and Dedication Prayer -

Hymn - Up from the Grave He Arose

              Scripture-  John 20:1-18

              Sermon - Learning to Expect the Unexpected

Prayers of God’s People -

The Lord’s Prayer -

              Closing Hymn - Crown Him with Many Crowns

              Sanctuary Choir Anthem -  Halleluiah Chorus

              Postlude - Crown Him with Many Crowns

              Liturgist - Tom Quinn

              Prayer Partner for Pastor Mike - Keith Colyer

There will not be any fellowship time on Easter Sunday.

Fellowship hosts are still needed.   All of the months are still available except for May and July.

Your first quarter Giving Statements were emailed on Saturday, April 8.  For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pick up on the shelf outside the Church Office.  Please contact Tom Wiggins, if you have any questions about anything related to finance, stewardship or the Capital Campaign.

Deep within you lies the same faith and longing that sent Peter walking across the wind-swept Sea of Galilee toward Jesus.  In what ways is the Lord telling you, as he did Peter, “Come”?  Author John Ortberg invites you to consider the incredible potential that awaits you outside your comfort zone.  Out on the risky waters of faith, Jesus is waiting to meet you in ways that will change you forever, deepening your character and your trust in God.  The experience is terrifying.  It is thrilling beyond belief.  It is everything you’d expect of someone worthy to be called Lord.  The choice is yours to know him as only a water-walker can, aligning yourself with God’s purpose for your life in the process.  There’s just one requirement:  If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat.   This Bible Study will be meeting on Sunday mornings at 9:00, April 23 – June 25 and Tuesday evenings at 7:00, April 25 – June 27 in the Fireside Room.  Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the hallway.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes -  Our collection items for the month of April will be hygiene items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, washcloths, lip balm, Band-Aids, fingernail care items and brushes/combs. 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!

Graduation Sunday - We will be honoring our graduates on Sunday, June 4.  Graduates from high school, college, technical school, and higher education will be recognized during the church service.  We will also have a time of celebration after the service in the fellowship hall.  Stephanie Shelton is in need of the following information from our graduates:  Name, school graduating from, and any future plans.  This information will be listed in a special bulletin insert on June 4th.  Also, if you would like to be included in the slideshow during the service, please get Stephanie about 8 photos of you (at different ages - infant to current) by May 21st.  Please send the photos electronically to Stephanie at   Thank you!  

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.) 

And finally, the Church Mouse would like to thank Pastor Mike, Rev. Joel, Olga, Matt Emahiser and The Sanctuary Choir for the awesome worship service on Maundy Thursday.  The music and the spoken words were amazing!  Thank you for your hard work and dedication to make this such a memorable evening.  Those in attendance were truly blessed.                                    

Easter Blessings,

Church Cathy