News for March 2, 2018

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,

 WORSHIP SERVICE THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018 at 10:30 AM                                  

The Gathering of God’s People


Prelude – To God be the Glory – Anna Banachowski

Call to Worship

Song of Worship – Redeemed

Children’s Moment

Anthem – I Have Decided to Follow Jesus - Sanctuary Choir

Scripture – Psalm 97:9-12

Sermon – Who Do You Love? – Pastor Mike

Sharing God’s Tithes and Offerings

Offertory – Nadia Taylor


Offering Dedication Prayer

Prayers of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

Celebration of Holy Communion

Prayer of Confession

Hymn – Nothing but the Blood #362

Benediction – Pastor Mike

Postlude – Nadia Taylor

Liturgist – Tom Quinn


Brandon Chase–Active Duty

Ana Nicholson

Ron and Lou Peyton

Shery Raske

Rhoda Scheub

Psalm 66:20   Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me.

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

*Please note there is a sign-up sheet on the hallway bulletin board.  Please take time to sign up for two dishes you will bring to share.  Thank you!

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.


A new members class for adults wishing to know more about Waterville United Methodist Church and church membership is being held on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. This is 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.

MARCH 2018 MISSION FOCUS – UMCOR Administrative Costs

March’s Mission Focus will be to support the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s operating budget by donating to the One Great Hour of Sharing Campaign.  None of the funds they collect for other mission projects through this agency (school kits, health kits, disaster response efforts, etc.) covers any of their operational costs, so 100% of the gifts they receive for mission projects goes directly to the projects themselves.  And, unlike Global Ministries in the United Methodist Church, UMCOR does not receive apportionment funds to cover its administrative costs.  In order to keep this wonderful worldwide blessing going let us support their behind-the-scene efforts for UMCOR.

 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.

There will be two prayer quilts in the sanctuary on Sunday, one for Gabriella and one for Isabella.  Please take time to say a prayer for each and tie a knot.  May the warmth of the quilt remind them that God’s loving presence is with them and that our caring prayers will continue.


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 – Help at Seagate Food Bank this Wednesday, March 7

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. 

Easter Lily Orders - Please help to beautify the altar for Easter by ordering a lily in honor of someone or in memory of a loved one never forgotten.  Envelopes for Easter Lily orders have been placed in each pew and in each attendance booklet. Please use them to place your order.  The cost is $8.00.  Please complete the number of flowers and to whom you are dedicating to.  Place your envelope and money in the offering or drop it off at the church office.  The last day to order is Sunday, March 25.

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! 

March Collection Items:

~Quality Craft Supplies – books, stickers, cars, puzzles, tea party items, balls, jacks, yo-yos, silly putty, noisy toys, jump ropes, harmonicas, stuffed animals 10 inches or smaller~

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, !

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.

 Broadway Nights – On Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 pm, the Waterville First Presbyterian Church is having Broadway Night to support the Anthony Wayne Community Food Ministry.   Admission is free and there will be a free will donation for the Food Ministry.  There will also be refreshments at intermission. 


Happy tails continue to wag 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