News for June 2, 2017


You will not want to miss this Sunday!  Look at the great worship service lined up.


              Prelude - Every Time I Feel the Spirit


Opening Prayer

Mission Moment- Pam Denman

Call to Worship

              Song of Worship – Spirit Song

              Recognition of Graduates- Stephanie Shelton

Children’s Moment - 

Special Music – Karen Wiggins- What Can Separate You?

              Scripture - Acts 2:1-21

              Sermon – I Will Pour out My Spirit on All People- Pastor Mike

              Celebration of Holy Communion

Sharing God’s Tithes and Offerings

              Offertory – Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus, Sweet, Sweet Spirit


              Offertory and Dedication Prayer -

Prayers of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

              Closing Song – Spirit of the Living God


              Postlude – Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart

              Liturgist – Dave Landis

GRADUATION SUNDAY – Congratulations to our graduates!

              We will be honoring our graduates this Sunday, June 4.  Graduates from high school, college, technical school, and higher education will receive a special recognition during our worship   service.  Please join us for a time of celebration in the fellowship hall following the service.


              Prayer group will meet at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday.  This is a vital part of ministry.

              Ardis Cullen –recent fall

              Walter Scheub- Broken Hip

              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 re-occurring issues

              John Scheub - lymphoma

              Pastor Mike and Pam

              Paul Hem - pneumonia - in ICU on ventilator in Hawaii

              Elaine Colyer - recovering from shoulder surgery

              Wayne and Barb Strayer - his mother passed away

              Skip Decker - father of Church Cathy, is now home and improving every day.  Thanks for your      prayers!


Today as I was walking around the church, I heard something. I looked and looked inside but I didn’t’ see anything, so I opened a window and looked outside. As I started to look I smelled something so nice! I peered over the edge to see what it was I smelled!  It was flowers!  I got so excited how beautiful it looked that I nearly fell off the ledge of the window.  Then, I jumped back a moment because I heard that sound again! What is it? PEOPLE!   I ran back inside, and made a sharp turn around the windows trim. They were smiling and happy! I realized at that very moment that they were making the churchpretty! They all seemed very kind. I saw them all working on the yard with great diligence.  I decided to go back to the window ledge. They did not see me sitting there or they may have jumped! I am a mouse after all! How wonderful that our God put people on the earth to help in and around His kingdom. The altar last week was phenomenal! All of the flags were beautiful!  I guess I will go back inside to see if there is anything else happening that I need to be aware of. I am looking forward to this week, I hear there are people celebrating graduation, and Pastor Mike has a great sermon on the Holy Spirit. I will see you there, although, you will not see me!

Signing off for now,

Mouse in the House                                          

OUR JUNE MISSION FOCUS is The Week of Hope Community Service Youth Mission Trip.  Twelve youth        and three 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 that will be on staff with Group this year.  Youth and adults may serve homeless peoplewith 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, interact with the kids, and help elderly at Assisted Living Centers with activities, games, and other needs.   Mission envelopes are located in the pew racks for your financial gift.

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 would 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 is 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. 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE FELLOWSHIP HOSTS? We are still in need of fellowship hosts. 


              We are in need of someone to run the media. The Power Point slides will be completed for you            by the office staff. This requires you 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.

BUS DRIVERS NEEDED - We have growing numbers of our congregation moving into the Browning Masonic Complex. We would like to staff fully a 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       ministry, you may contact Paul Croy at 419-261-5953.


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:  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 Community Room.  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. 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES - Our collection items for the month of June will be “girl items” - Something to Love (Stuffed animal, doll, Beanie Babies), hair bows and ties, headbands, purses, jewelry, sewing kits, small water bottles and deflated soccer balls and pumps 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.

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.


              •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        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.

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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. 

Yummy Peanut Butter

              The Dogs at theHumane Society thank all of you who donated peanut butter jars.  This is an easy project that perhaps should be continued until further notice.  There is a basket on the shelf by the church office for the jars.  By the way, it seems like choosy mothers do choose Jif!

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. The church 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. These will be divided between 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.  You may send cards to Dave and Paulette Hogg, 6202 Willowcrest Dr., Columbus, OH   43229. There is a signup sheet on our bulletin board in the main hallway for those who plan on attending.

In addition, celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary in June is James and Barbara         Stewart.  James is a former pastor of Waterville UMC. Their children, Jennifer and Jay, will be hosting an Open House on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Maumee United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall located at 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.

Administrative Council:

  • Council has approved a YMCA sponsorship for 5 years duration.  This sponsorship gives WUMC a banner at the Waterville Y with our name on it, displayed in a prominent location for public recognition of our support.  The sponsorship money goes towards scholarships for family memberships, camps, & classes for our local community members who can otherwise not afford them.

Building team updates:

  • A group of members on the Project Leadership team & Pastor Mike visited a local church, Blessed John XXIII, to learn more about their tremendous growth in membership while in their present multi-purpose facility. So successful that after just 8 years in this building, they have started on a huge expansion project. We thank Blessed John's Father Herb for sharing their success story with our group that day.

  • The Project Leadership team learned of an organization called "Building God's Way (BGW)."  BGW is a Christian building organization that provides guidance or a full boat of services up to and including architectural, project management, construction, and building material supply.  BGW wants to insure Christians are building for God’s purposes as well as building structures that can pay for themselves by being used as an income stream to help cover construction and operating costs.  BGW says their organization can bring plan drawing costs in at 1/10th the traditional architect’s charges and up to 30% less total construction cost.  BGW has 700+ Christian buildings under their belt which allows them a unique perspective and much experience in the process of church building.

  • Two members attended a seminar in Fairlawn, OH to learn more about this organization.  They now have a great opportunity for our Administrative Council & Project Leadership team to meet 2 people from BGW's team.  A BGW architect happened to be driving through town and the director of BGW's Ohio builder, Weaver Commercial Contractor, has agreed to drive here.  We look forward to sharing an update after this meeting.  In the meantime, please visit to learn more about this organization.                                                                                               

In His Steps,

Leanne Dunn