Weekly E-Blast - Friday, December 21, 2018

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,

Highlights of the Worship Service this Sunday, December 23 at 10:30 am:

Prelude – Carol Medley – Olga Topuzova-Meade

Lighting of the Advent Wreath – The Kirby Family

Call to Worship

Hymn of Worship – Hark! the Herald Angels Sing #240

Children’s Moment

Anthem – Manger Throne Medley – Sanctuary Choir

Offertory – Pat A Pan – Olga Topuzova-Meade

Prayers of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

Scripture – Luke 1:39-45

Sermon – Why Does God Bless Us? – Pastor Mike

Closing Hymn – What Child Is This? #219

Postlude – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – Olga Topuzova-Meade

Liturgist – Brian McMillan

Counters – Ted Myers & Dan Breen

Prayer and Praise:

Stephanie Baker, Paul Buskey’s sister

Alex Hansen

Janet, Connie and Karl Kirkman’s sister-in-law

Jeff Monroe

The Family of Jane O’Shea

Bill Shellenbarger, Mindy Rozelle’s grandpa

Gary Waugh

Susie’s Coats - Watch for the wrapped Christmas box at each entrance at the Christmas Eve Service on Monday at 7:00 pm.  We will be accepting financial donations for the December Mission Focus, Susie’s Coats!

Save the Dates!

January 13:  Capital Campaign Kickoff Presentation with Pastor Mike and Dawn Buskey – Trade Show following service

January 20:  Capital Campaign Moment with Charlene Monroe

January 27:  Capital Campaign Moment with Bob & Sue Deardurff

February 3:  Capital Campaign Commitment Sunday

Our journey continues, as we prepare for the next major steps toward “A New Beginning”.  Besides these important dates, we will be having small group informational meetings between January 14th and January 27th that we encourage you to attend. Sign-up sheets, meeting details and other information will be coming in the near future. Please continue to pray for God’s guidance and direction in all that we do.

Recent Applications to the City of Waterville

We recently made applications to the City of Waterville.  They were to request for the re-zoning our property from A-1 (agricultural) to R-1 (residential) and to request a ‘Special Use Permit’ to start construction on our property when and if we are ready within the next 12 months.  

There will be meetings in January and February with the Waterville Planning Commission and Council.  Watch The Ambassador and the Bulletin for information regarding the meeting dates and time.  Please continue to pray for this process.


Group: Woman’s Bible Study:  It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst

Meeting Place and Time:  306 Ridgepoint Circle, Waterville- Mondays at 7:00 pm– Beginning January 14 for 12 weeks

Contact Person:  Delores Young 419-878-8238.  **MUST CONTACT HER BY DECEMBER 28 if you wish to participate**

Summary:  Shares life-giving perspectives for finding strength when disappointments leave us shattered. Her Biblical insights combined with her own journey through the valley offer hope in the context of God's bigger story.


2019 Giving Envelopes: Your 2019 Giving Envelopes are available on the table at the Sanctuary Entrance.  Please make every effort to pick them up, as it is quite expensive to mail them. In addition, we ask that you please use them for your giving. It really helps us keep accurate records.  If you have any questions, please contact Tom Wiggins (419) 304-2254 or (financialsec@watervilleumc.org).

Holiday Schedule Changes:

*The Sunday morning Adult Bible Study and Tuesday evening Adult Bible Study will not be meeting this week or next.

*The Church Office will be closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and will reopen Thursday, December 27.

Christmas Eve Service – Monday, December 24 at 7:00 pm - Please plan to join us for our Christmas Eve Service to celebrate the best gift of all, Jesus.

Sandy Clark, Secretary