News for May 12, 2017

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,
We received word earlier this week that Betty Nelson passed away on Sunday evening.  Betty, who was active in our church years ago, is survived by her husband, Clifford; daughter, Jamie (Bruce) Laurie;  and son, Clifford III.  Visitation took place on May 10 and funeral services were conducted on Thursday, May 11 , followed by interment in Riverside Cemetery.  The family has requested that memorial contributions be given to Waterville United Methodist Church.
Please continue to pray for the following folks:
              Lowell Crabtree, father of Pam Denman, recovering from infection following heart surgery and has returned to his home
              Sally Waggoner - suffered a stroke, now in rehab
              Alta Damron - heart and lung issues
              Natalie Przybylski
              Sharon Schulte - mother of Char Hansen who has some reoccurring issues
              John Scheub - lymphoma
              Pastor Mike and Pam
              Duncan Komisarek - seven-month-old grandson of Frank and Robin Lipinski with botulism – was released from hospital yesterday and is now home
              Paul Hem - pneumonia – in ICU on ventilator in Hawaii
              Elaine Colyer - shoulder surgery today
Elaine and Keith Colyer have requested a Prayer Quilt this week for Fay Cornett.  Fay is the Grandmother of their daughter-in-law.  She had surgery for lung cancer and is home now, but she may have further treatment.  Please take a few moments on Sunday to stop by the quilt, say a prayer and tie a knot for Fay.
Our May Mission Focus is The Week of Hope Community Service Youth Mission Trip.  Fourteen youth and four adults will be serving in Cincinnati, Ohio with Group Mission Trips from June 25-30 this year.  In addition to these folks, we also have two of our youth that have been going on mission trips since seventh grade will be on staff with Group this year.  Youth and adults may serve homeless with volunteers at a community garden, teach dance and literature to inner-city children at a local gospel mission, pack/sort supplies for needy families in developing nations, lead activities for inner-city youth at local Boys & Girls Club, prep food and take meals to feeding locations and interact with the kids, and help elderly at Assisted Living Centers with activities, games, and other needs.   Mission envelopes are available in the pew racks. 
The Prayer Group will meet at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday.  
Adult Bible Study - 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.
Worship Service for Sunday, May 14:  Mother’s Day
              Prelude -  
              Welcome - Tom Quinn
Opening Prayer - 
Call to Worship -
              Song of Worship - More Precious Than Silver
Children’s Moment  -  
Anthem - He Touched Me
              Scripture  -  Acts 7:55-60
              Sermon - Lord Jesus, Accept My Life - Rev. Joel
Sharing God’s Tithes and Offerings
              Offertory - 
              Doxology -
              Offertory and Dedication Prayer -
Prayers of God’s People -
The Lord’s Prayer -
              Closing Hymn - The Church’s One Foundation
              Sanctuary Choir Choral Benediction - God Will Make a Way
              Postlude - 
              Liturgist - Tom Quinn
Olga is out on tour with a choral group from Bowling Green State University and will miss playing for us this Sunday.  We thank Anna Banachowski for taking her place again this week.
Your Fellowship Hosts for the month of May will be Cindy Box, Penny Greenlese and Terry Myers.
Your Celebration Team (Worship Committee) will make a financial donation to The Daughter Project to honor all the women and mothers of our congregation on this Mother’s Day.
Fellowship hosts are still needed.   All of the months are still available except for May and July. 
Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes -  Our collection items for the month of May will be “boy items” – tools, duct tape, flashlights and batteries, work gloves, wallets, handkerchiefs, ball glove, stuffed animal, small water bottles, deflated soccer balls and pumps or other balls and Matchbox or Hot Wheel cars. 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.
Bus Drivers Needed  - With the growing numbers of our congregation moving into the Browning Masonic Complex, we would like to fully staff the number of people who would be willing to drive the Browning bus to and from our worship services on Sunday mornings.  Paul Croy has graciously volunteered to head up this effort.  If you would be willing to volunteer for this outreach project,  please contact Paul at 419-261-5953.
Folded Flags in Triangle Display Boxes Needed - As part of our Memorial Day observance on Sunday, May 28, we would like to arrange the chancel area with the folded flags of service men and women.  If you have such a flag at your house and would be willing to have it displayed that morning, please bring them to the church office by Wednesday, May 24.  The flags will be securely stored in Pastor’s office.  When you drop off your flag, please be sure and fill out one of the small blue information sheets and put your name on the bottom of the flag box.  An insert will be made with the names of all the soldiers whose flags are displayed along with their service branch and in or during what conflict they served.
How Prepared is Your Family in the event of a disaster:  fire, tornado, storm, personal injury or even death?  Do you have copies of important legal documents, tax returns, birth certificates, wills, insurance policy numbers in a safe place?  Do you have water and non-perishable food for 3 to 5 days?  For you and your pets?  Have you identified “safe rooms” or shelter areas for violent weather?  The Maumee Watershed District is presenting “Connecting Neighbors”, a Disaster Ministry helping families be disaster-ready.  Participants will be inspired to take action in order to prepare themselves, their households and others  before and immediately following a disaster.   This training will take place on Tuesday, May 23 from 6:30 – 8:45 p.m. at Bowling Green First UMC (1526 E. Wooster Street in Bowling Green.) 
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 collecting the tabs!
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!  
Waterville Elementary Teacher Appreciation Lunch - We will once again honor the 60 teachers and staff at Waterville Elementary School on Tuesday, May 30th at 11:00 a.m.   As before, we will need salads, desserts and helpers.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the secretary’s office.  Please consider being a part of this outreach ministry.  Thank you!!!
Freedom School Volunteers Needed from June 19 –June 28 at Monroe Street UMC:
•CLASSROOM ASSISTANTS help teachers in the classrooms (9:00-noon). Come at 8:30 for Harambe, the opening circle time and enjoy the children! 
• READING TUTORS read one-on-one or in small groups with children from 11a.m. till noon. Tutors should bring their own books to read, as well because at 11:45 until noon, everyone in the building stops to read! 
• LUNCH BUDDIES bring your own sack lunch and eat and chat with the children while they eat lunch. Lunch begins at noon and ends with a group activity. 
• ENRICHMENT VOLUNTEERS participate from 1:00-3:00 p.m. each afternoon in enrichment activities with the children. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the children will rotate through arts activities. On Tuesdays, they will be outside planting a butterfly garden. On Thursdays, they will participate in creative writing and music and other special events. 
• FIELD TRIP CHAPERONES chaperone our Friday afternoon field trips. We will take the children to Widewater on our last day of Freedom School for our only all-day field trip. 
Sign-up NOW at:
Mark your calendars:  Our church will be serving breakfast to the children and staff of The Freedom School on Tuesday, July 18 at Monroe Street United Methodist Church.  Pam Cook has volunteered to be in charge of this event, but will need volunteers to help. She will be placing a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board for volunteers.  
VBS Donations for Crafts - Each night of VBS the children get to make a creative craft to go along with the VBS theme.  In order to help with the costs of providing craft materials for around 150 kids, we are hoping to get some of the items donated.  The following items are needed for donation:  snack size zip-loc bags; sandwich size zip-loc bags; Sheets of decorative scrapbook paper (not card stock); Crayola Washable markers; toilet paper tubes; Bubbles (4 fl. oz. bottles); small plastic plates.  Items can be given to Stephanie Shelton or placed in a box by the children’s Sunday School rooms.  Thank you!  
VBS Donations - This year’s theme for VBS is “Maker Fun Factory - Created by God/Built for a Purpose.”  After the children finish their nightly craft at VBS, they have the opportunity to participate in a variety of stations set up in the craft room.  This year’s stations will go along with the Fun Factory theme.  We are looking for donations of Spirographs, Gear Sets, Magnet and other building sets.  These items would not be returned.  The items would either go to a church in Toledo at the conclusion of our VBS or to our Sunday School program here at WUMC.    Any questions, please contact Stephanie Shelton.  
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 Saturday, 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.
James (a former Pastor of Waterville UMC) and Barbara Stewart will also be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary in June.  Their children, Jennifer and Jay, will be hosting an Open House for  Jim and Barbara on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from Noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Maumee United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall, 405 Sackett St., Maumee, Ohio.  No RSVPs are necessary.  If you are unable to attend, but want to send a note of congratulations or a memory, please do so by sending it to this address:  Jennifer Wuertz, 5320 Brown Road, Oregon, Ohio, 43616.  The invitation with their original wedding photo is now on display on the bulletin board in the main hallway.
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.  Karen has placed a plastic basket on the shelf outside of the church office for your jars.
Staff Parish Relations Committee News -It is with deep regret that the Staff Parish Relations Committee has accepted the resignation from one of our secretaries, Cathy Landis.  We will all miss her friendly greetings in the church office and her dedication to her job and our church.  Cathy's last day will be Friday, May 26th.  At her request, there will be no formal reception held in her honor.  So when you see her, wish her well in her "retirement" and thank her for her years of great service to Waterville UMC.
Job Opening at the Church - The Waterville UMC is seeking a part-time church secretary.  Job qualifications include: must be proficient in MS Office Suite, proficient in working with social media, administrative secretarial duties (answering phones, scheduling appointments, greeting guests, etc.).  A detailed job description is available by contacting Charlene Hansen.  Interested applicants should email their resumes including reference list by May 15, 2017 to or mail to Waterville United Methodist Church, c/o Charlene Hansen, 102 N. Fifth St., Waterville, OH 43566. The Waterville United Methodist Church is an EEO/M/F/D/V employer.  
And finally, with the announcement of my retirement at the end of May, we will be in need of folks to run the PowerPoint slides on Sunday mornings.  The slides will be completed during the week by the office staff, but you would need to be at the church by 10:00 a.m. to show the announcements and run the slides that go with the worship service.  If you are interested, please contact the church office during business hours. talk to me on Sunday mornings or better yet, come and sit with me in the balcony to see what the job entails. 
Happy Mother’s Day and don’t forget to Be A Blessing,
Church Cathy