Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,
A REMINDER to set your clocks ahead before you go to sleep on Saturday night so you’ll be ON TIME Sunday Morning!
WORSHIP SERVICE THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2018 at 10:30 AM:
The Gathering of God’s People
Prelude – And Can It Be – Olga Topuzova-Meade
Mission Moment – John Nicholson
Call to Worship
Song of Worship – At The Cross
Anthem – We Rejoice in the Grace of God - Sanctuary Choir
Scripture – John 3:14-21
Sermon – Do I Need to Love God? – Pastor Mike
Sharing God’s Tithes and Offerings
Offertory – Oh How He Loves You and Me with O How I Love Jesus – Olga Topuzova Meade
Offering Dedication Prayer
Prayers of God’s People
The Lord’s Prayer
Hymn – When Moring Gilds the Skies #185
Benediction – Pastor Mike
Choral Benediction – As We Depart – Sanctuary Choir
Postlude – His Name Is Wonderful – Olga Topuzova-Meade
Liturgist – David Landis
Brandon Chase–Active Duty
Ron and Lou Peyton
Vonnie and Bernie Utz
Psalm 66:20 Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me.
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
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!
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.
Join us for an Easter egg hunt on March 25th (Palm 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). We are accepting candy donations for goody bags; please place them on the shelf outside the church office.
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.
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.
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 a prayer quilt in the sanctuary on Sunday for Beverly Bishop. Please take time to say a prayer 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 will continue.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
WOMEN’S MONDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY
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.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
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
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!
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 - 12th - Ages 4 to Sixth Grade
Donation Items Needed for VBS:
1. Colored Straws
2. Party Blowers (at least 6 inches in length)
3. Quart size zip-loc baggies
4. Black, fine-tip Sharpie markers
5. Hot Glue sticks
6. Buttons (any size or color)
7. Paper clips (new)
8. 200 new, shiny pennies
10. Bags of white rice
11. Snack-size zip-loc baggies
12. 1 package of Dixie cups
13. 1 package of cone shaped Dixie cups
14. Pencil top erasers
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 email@example.com or 567-202-5035.
Additional dirt being delivered and graded at the new site today!
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 March 2018 Better Families pamphlet is available at both entrances.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – The New Musical is now showing at the Maumee Indoor Theatre. Shows at 8:00 PM on Friday and Saturday as well as Saturday and Sunday Matinee Shows at 2:30 PM. Tickets available on line at 3Bproductions.org.
Broadway Nights – Next week, 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.
Peanut Butter Jars - 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.