News for February 23, 2018

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,


The Gathering of God’s People

Prelude – Carillon For a Joyous Day – Handbell Choir


Call to Worship

Song of Worship – This is Amazing Grace

Celebration of Baptism – The Baptism of Ian Richard Fellhauer

Children’s Moment – Mission Jar

Anthem – Beloved, Let Us Love One Another - Sanctuary Choir

Scripture – John 15:9-17

Sermon – God Chose You – Pastor Mike

Sharing God’s Tithes and Offerings

Offertory – In the Name of the Lord - Olga Topuzova Meade


Offering Dedication Prayer

Prayers of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

Hymn – Are Ye Able #530

Benediction – Pastor Mike

Choral Benediction – The Light of God – Sanctuary Choir

Postlude – He Is Exalted - Olga Topuzova-Meade

Liturgist – Tom Quinn


Brandon Chase–Active Duty

Carly Meeker

Stacy Wagner Morgan

Nafziger and Hires Families for the passing of Harriet Nafziger

Kaylee Owens

Ron and Lou Peyton

John Richards


Praise be to the Lord for his faithfulness when we come to him in prayer.


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

When: February 25th 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.

Lenten Services Schedule 

 March 29:                6:00 pm Maundy Thursday Potluck Dinner and Holy Communion in the Fellowship Hall

March 30:                12:00 pm Good Friday Cross Walk - Meet in the back of the church

April 1:                    Sunrise Service - To Be Announced

                              10:30 am Easter Worship Celebration

  Lenten Sermon Series

Everyone wants to know that they are loved unconditionally. During Lent this year, our sermon series is going to focus on God’s love for us and how God desires us to show that same love to one another. The church, the body of Christ in which we are all apart in Christ, is the instrument of God’s love in our world. Let us learn together the rich blessings God has in store for us and all those that we love with God’s love.


Starting this Sunday morning at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall - A new members class for adults wishing to know more about Waterville United Methodist Church and church membership will begin on Sunday morning February 25 at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. This will be a great time to meet other members of the church and to discover more about the ministry, mission, vision and discipleship of our congregation. This is a four-week experience. That will conclude on March 18. Please contact Pastor Mike at 419-469-0156 or with any questions.


OUR FEBRUARY MISSION FOCUS is Freedom School.  A Freedom School is a six-week Monday through Friday reading and enrichment program developed by the Children’s Defense Fund in 1995.  This Program has a proven track record for increasing reading levels from 1.4 to 2.2 grade levels over two to three summers for children that participate in the Freedom School.  Freedom Schools were birthed as a vision to the end of what was known as the “cradle to prison pipeline.”  We know there is a direct correlation between third grade reading test scores and incarceration in adulthood for at-risk children in our urban areas. The Maumee Watershed District of the United Methodist Church is hosting a Freedom School at The Friendly Center in Toledo.   The school will start June 18th and conclude July 27th.  Our gift will be helping to provide funds to send one or more children to school.  The school hosts 50 children from K-12.  It costs $1000.00 to send one child.  The school also will need volunteers for mentoring.  There will be more details to come in the next few months.  Let’s try to better a child’s life with your contribution. 

Prayer Time on Sundays from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in the Sanctuary.  Anyone is welcome to join on any Sunday.  Here is a brief summary of Sunday Morning Prayer Time:  We usually start at the altar with a group prayer or meditation for 5 minutes or so, then head off to whatever spot we like around the sanctuary to pray by ourselves for the rest of the time.   There is a box of prayer booklets on the Prayer Corner table that can guide you, if you like.  There is usually some quiet, thoughtful music playing during the hour, and some people feel comfortable praying quietly out loud to themselves, or moving around the sanctuary.   The world needs prayer warriors, feel free to join us any Sunday.  Amen.


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.


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. 

Operation Christmas Child 

We are gathering OCC monthly donations for a packing party again this year when collection week rolls around in 2018.  This past November, we packed 67 shoeboxes to add our totals with this packing party! 

February Collection Items:

~Watch for end of month sales on hats, gloves, and scarves~

Pray for shopping wisdom as you purchase these monthly items and the items for your own boxes for 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.

These children may never receive another shoebox of gifts and love again. They deserve new items to open and cherish.  

As you collect items for the year, please remember that boys ages 10 to 14 are painfully under represented.   Need help with ideas for boys ages 10 to 14??  There is a list of ideas on the hallway bulletin board, PLEASE TAKE ONE!

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.

The Upper Room for March-April 2018 is located on the table at the sanctuary entrance.

The February 2018 Better FAMILIES Pamphlet is available at both entrances.


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