News for March 30, 2018

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,




Farnsworth Park – River Rd at Roche de Bout Shelter - Breakfast Following at Zion Lutheran Church




The Gathering of God’s People

Prelude - Christ Is Risen! – Olga Topuzova-Meade

Processional Hymn – Christ the Lord Is Risen Today  #302


Call to Worship

Hymn of Worship – Up from the Grave He Arose #322

Celebration of Church Membership

Childrens Choir – Jesus Is Risen!  Sing for Joy!

Children’s Moment

Anthem – Lord of Glory - Sanctuary Choir

Scripture – John 20:11-18

Sermon – Reconnected with God – Pastor Mike

Special Music – Resurrection Medley – The Sanctuary Choir

Sharing God’s Tithes and Offerings

Offertory – Behold the Lamb – Olga Topuzova Meade


Offering Dedication Prayer

Prayers of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

Hymn – He Lives #310

Benediction – Pastor Mike

Postlude – Sing Hallelujah – Olga Topuzova-Meade

Liturgist – Tom Quinn






Brandon Chase–Active Duty

Sue Gregory

Doug Hansen

Elaine Larimer

Anne Mason

Louise Munich

Penn Pritchett

Sharon Schulte

Jim Simpson

Bernard Utz and Family


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



Prayer Quilt Ministry – This Sunday, there will be a prayer quilt for Sue Gregory.  Please stop by and say a prayer of comfort and tie a knot.  May the warmth of the quilt remind her that God’s loving presence is with her and that our caring prayers continue.




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



Easter Lilies will grace the Chancel Area this Sunday.  Thank you to all who purchased one in honor or memory of loved ones.  Please remember to take your flower after Sunday’s Service.



APRIL 2018 MISSION FOCUS – Food for Thought

Every month, Food for Thought mobile pantries provide food assistance at multiple partner sites throughout greater Toledo.  We help people who face the realities of food insecurity, offering a choice of nutritious meal options, including shelf-stable items and fresh produce.  Maintaining our patron’s dignity – and serving them thoughtfully – is our utmost priority.  Every Friday night, volunteers meet to make sandwiches and pack lunches for distribution on Saturday to people throughout the downtown Toledo area.  We provide food, water or coffee, as well as conversation for the people we meet.  15,600 lunches were made in 2016!  Our Sunday School will be doing a special project for Food for Thought during the month of April.  Whatever is collected from our Mission Jar this month will be combined with the children’s efforts to support the mission of Food for Thought. 


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! 

**OCC April Collection Items**

Hygiene items – toothbrushes, hair brush, combs, deodorant, soap in plastic bag, wash cloths,

lip balm, Band-Aids, finger nail care

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, ULTRA fine-tip Sharpie markers

4.    Hot Glue sticks

5.    Buttons (any size or color)

6.    100 new, shiny pennies

7.    Bags of white rice

8.  1 package of cone shaped Dixie cups

9.  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.


M&M BIBLE Study– Help with  this Wednesday at 10:00 am to Noon.  If you need a ride, please meet at the church at 9:30 am.

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.

Quarterly Statements:  Your 1st Quarter Giving Statements will be emailed on Saturday, April 7th.  For those who receive hardcopies, they will be available for your pick up on Sunday, April 8th on the shelf outside the Church Office.  Please contact Tom Wiggins at if you have any questions.

 Sandy Clark

Secretary Thursday/Friday