News for March 23, 2018

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,




The Gathering of God’s People


Prelude – I Will Enter His Gates with This Is the Day – Olga Topuzova-Meade

Processional Hymn – Hosanna, Loud Hosanna #278

Call to Worship

Song of Worship – Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)

Children’s Moment – Mission Jar

Anthem – Hosanna We Sing - Sanctuary Choir

Scripture – Mark 11:1-11

Sermon – Blessings in the Coming of the Lord – Pastor Mike

Sharing God’s Tithes and Offerings

Offertory – O Worship the King – Olga Topuzova Meade


Offering Dedication Prayer

Prayers of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

Hymn – All Glory, Laud, and Honor #280

Benediction – Pastor Mike

Choral Benediction – As We Depart – Sanctuary Choir

Postlude – As We Depart – Olga Topuzova-Meade

Liturgist – David Landis





Brandon Chase–Active Duty

Sue Gregory

Doug Hansen

Anne Mason

Louise Munich

Penn Pritchett

Sharon Schulte

Jim Simpson


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



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



March 25:              10:30 am Palm Sunday / After service - Easter Egg Hunt

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 at 11:45 am

April 1:                   7:00 am  Sunrise Service at Farnsworth Park – River Rd at Roche de Bout Shelter

                                            Breakfast Following at Zion Lutheran Church

                             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!


  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.



Egg-citing News:

Join us for an Easter egg hunt this Sunday following church.  Children up to 6th grade are welcome to participate in this egg-citing event and adults are encouraged to “egg” them on!  All egg hunters will be awarded a sackful of goodies.  Please bring your own basket (we will have some bags on hand too).  Ages 4 and under will be in the courtyard; ages 5 to 2nd grade in the front of the church; 3rd to 6th grade on the side of the church.



Next Thursday, March 29 at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall - Maundy Thursday Potluck Dinner and Holy Communion with special music from the choir.




Good Friday Cross Walk

Friday, March 30 please meet at 11:45 am in the back parking lot of Waterville UMC, 102 North Fifth Street.  This year’s walk will include 14 prayer stops, including 3 at the WUMC.  For those who desire to travel the entire distance, it will be a total of 2.5 miles.  There will be several locations that people can stop and then rejoin the group if the distant is too great.  The cross we will carry is heavy for some. There is no reason two, three or even four people cannot help one another carry the cross. By the time Jesus was to carry the cross he was so weak he could not carry it either and needed help.  We too need help to daily pick up our cross and follow Jesus.  Let’s us gather to witness in our community the great gift of Grace God gave the world in the life, death and resurrection of God’s Son and our Savior.



April 1 - 7:00 am  Sunrise Service at Farnsworth Park – River Rd at Roche de Bout Shelter.  Breakfast Following at Zion Lutheran Church

           10:30 am Easter Worship Celebration at WUMC



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.  There are 8 lilies left and the last day to order is this Sunday, March 25.



MARCH 2018 MISSION FOCUS – UMCOR Administrative Costs – this Sunday is Mission Jar Sunday!

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.



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, !


  Vacation Bible School is coming!  Mark your calendar…Tell your friends! - July 9th – July 12th - Ages 4 to Sixth Grade


Donation Items Needed for VBS:


1.    Party Blowers (at least 6 inches in length)

2.    Quart size zip-loc baggies

3.    Black, fine-tip Sharpie markers

4.    Hot Glue sticks

5.    Buttons (any size or color)

6.    25 new, shiny pennies

7.    Crayons

8.    Bags of white rice

9.    1 package of Dixie cups

10.  1 package of cone shaped Dixie cups

11.  2 Hot Glue Guns


You can drop-off your supplies to Stephanie Shelton or put them in the VBS Donation Box by the Community Room.  The list will be updated each week as items are donated.  If you have questions about any of the items, please contact Stephanie at or 567-202-5035.






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. 




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.

 Sandy Clark

Secretary Thursday/Friday