News for January 26, 2018

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,

 WORSHIP SERVICE THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 2018 at 10:30 AM:                             

Boy Scout Celebration – Troop 101

The Gathering of God’s People

Prelude - Awesome and Exalted - Awesome God – I Exalt Thee - Olga Topuzova-Meade

Welcome – Zachary Knapp

Processional Hymn – All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name #154

Pledge of Allegiance and Pledge to the Christian Flag – Jacob Varner

The Boy Scout Law – Greg Miller

Recognition of Scouting Achievements in 2017 – Ryan Burke

Celebration of Scouting – Doug Smith

Children’s Moment – Mission Jar Sunday – Pastor Mike

Anthem – Shine, Jesus Shine - Sanctuary Choir

Scripture – 1 Corinthians 8

Sermon – Never Being a Stumbling Block to Another Christian – Pastor Mike

Sharing God’s Tithes and Offerings – Boy Scouts

Offertory – A Mighty Fortress Is Our God - Olga Topuzova Meade


Offering Dedication Prayer – Doug Smith

Prayers of God’s People – Pastor Mike

The Lord’s Prayer

Hymn – Take Time to Be Holy #389


Choral Benediction – Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart – Sanctuary Choir

Postlude – Bind Us Together - Olga Topuzova-Meade

Liturgist – Zachary Knapp, Nick Wacha, Jacob Varner, Greg Miller, Ryan Burke, Doug Smith

Greeters – Jake Varner, Ben Bowen, Blake Hood, Micah Arquette

Ushers – Tyler Baden, Andrew Croak, Rowan Croak, Matthew Faguett, Andrew Williamson, Ben Dacre



Brandon Chase–Active Duty

Amy Banachowski

Family of Russell Eldridge

Alta Damron

Solveigh Keene

Ron and Lou Peyton

John Richards

Nadia Taylor

Jody Stein & Baby Tyler

Jennifer & Baby Wesley


You are invited to a "trade fair" unveiling of WUMC's proposed new Church design!

When: February 4th & 11th, 2018 (attend one) immediately following the 10:30 am service

Where: Fellowship Hall

What:   Presenters at each of the 7 booths will walk you through the important design aspects of this exciting new Church design. Pizza, finger foods & beverages will be served. Child care is available for infants to kindergarteners.

JANUARY 2018 MISSION FOCUS - The Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo – This Sunday is MISSION JAR SUNDAY!

What We Do:  Save & Changes Lives.  Who We Are:  A Place for Answers.  A Place for Hope.

 2016 at a Glance:  1,144 individuals served; 605 ultrasounds performed, 899 pregnancy tests administered, 114 people attended a parenting class, 90% of abortion vulnerable clients chose life after seeing their ultrasound.

Their goal is to lovingly share the truth about life, relationships and faith.  They help men and women make life-saving, life-changing decisions by sharing information about options, consequences and available services.  With the exception of a small amount of grant funding for abstinence education, all funds come from donations.  Over 40,000 women have already received help.  The Pregnancy Center continues to be a community outreach committed to expressing the compassion of Christ through support and education in pregnancy related issues.   We can help keep the doors open!  Mission envelopes are located in the pew racks for your financial gifts.

Prayer Time on Sundays from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in the Sanctuary

MONDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY – New Study Began January 15

Meeting Place:  11040 Villacort Lane (neighborhood behind Whitehouse Post Office)

Day and Time:  Mondays at 7:00 PM

Contact Person:  Delores Young 419-878-8238

Study:  When God Rewrites Your Story

Summary:  When God Rewrites Your Story is a Bible Study about Biblical names – where they came from and how God changed people’s names when He changed them.  The core themes are transformation and revelation.  The character’s included are Abraham and Sarah, Jacob, Naomi, Daniel, Peter, and the woman caught in adultery.


Meeting Place:  Fireside Room

Day and Time:  Tuesdays at 7:00 PM

Contact Person:  Pastor Mike 419-878-3645

Study:  Daniel, Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy

Summary:  This 12-week DVD study is led by Beth Moore and has been a moving study for men and women alike. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

M&M BIBLE STUDY – New Study began January 17

Group:  M&M’s (Mary and Martha)

Meeting Place and Time:  Community Room/Wednesdays @ 9:30 AM 

Contact Persons:  Connie Kirkman or Cindy Box

Current Study:  “GIDEON, Your Weakness, God’s Strength” by Priscilla Shirer

Summary:  “If you have ever struggled with insecurity or had trouble accepting your limitations, this study will help you see how God can use your weakness to unlock His strength.  Yes, Gideon can attest – weakness is a gift.  Join us for a Bible study that will open your eyes to a brand new perspective on yourself, God, and Gideon.”


Group:  Thursday Morning  B & B (Bible and Breakfast)

Meeting Place and Time: Dales in Waterville/Thursdays at 7:30 am

Contact Persons:  Jim Page – 419-343-0714; Tom Wiggins – 419-304-2254

Current Study/Book: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Summary:  This book provides thought-provoking meditations to cultivate a closer walk with God.  Readers can gain a fresh perspective on how to grow in faith as they discover more about God and their relationship in Him. 

Fellowship Ministry

We are in need of a volunteer to oversee the Fellowship Ministry.  This is an important time when we visit with guests, members, friends and family; share our concerns or a story over a cup of coffee, before we continue with our week.  This person would make sure there is food available and  make sure there are people signed up to make coffee, set out the treats, and clean up.  Maybe consider sharing this responsibility with a friend.  Please contact the Church office at 419-878-3645, if you are interested in serving in this ministry.

Sunday Worship Services A Few Changes for Security:

Following will be the changes on Sunday morning related to security to further protect our children and all attenders and to provide as safe a place as possible.

  *  At 10:40 am all exterior doors will be locked.

  *  Clear signage will be installed directing anyone arriving after 10:40 to the office and courtyard door near the offices as an usher will be posted there to let people in and assist with the elevator if needed.

  *   Training will be given to the ushers and others to understand what needs to be done if an intruder situation would occur.

  *  Watch for more information as this plan continues to unfold.

These are not big changes and many of us will not be impacted by them in any way at all. Let us remember the families of the Texas church shooting of recent weeks and continue to pray for each of them and the whole congregation. Also, to pray for all the churches that have been targeted by evil persons by mass shooting, bombs fires and vandalism.

 2017 Giving Statements:  Your 2017 Giving Statements were emailed on Saturday, January 6th.   For those who receive hardcopies, they are available for your pick-up on the shelf outside the Church Office.  If you have any questions, please contact Tom Wiggins (419) 878-5503 or (

 Would you like a DVD of the Children’s Program, “Finding Christmas Under the Sea?”  Sign up for your copy on the hallway bulletin board!


Happy tails wagging saying “THANK YOU!” to all who have donated peanut butter jars for the Humane Society.  Please continue to place un-scraped jars in the basket on the shelf by the church office.

Sandy Clark

Secretary Thursday/Friday