News for May 4, 2018

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church,



The Gathering of God’s People


Prelude – Bless Be the Name - Olga Topuzova-Meade

Mission Moment – Pam Denman

Recognition Moment – Pastor Mike

Call to Worship – David Landis

Song of Worship – Draw Me Close to You - YouTube address to listen!:

Children’s Moment – Pastor Mike

Scripture – John 15:5-17

Sermon – Living a Successful Christian Life – Pastor Mike

Hymn –  Take Time to Be Holy #395

Sharing God’s Tithes and Offerings

Offertory – There Is a Fountain - Olga Topuzova-Meade


Offertory and Dedication Prayer

Prayers of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

Anthem – He is Here in the Breaking of Bread – Sanctuary Choir

Celebration of Holy Communion – In Pews

Hymn – Victory in Jesus  #370

Benediction – Pastor Mike

Postlude – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty - Olga Topuzova-Meade

Liturgist – David Landis


Praises for Baby Landon!

Karl Kirkman

The Family of Mike Mullenhour

Gabriel, Ana’s son

Jim Russell

Nelson Scheub

Bonnie Spychalski

Baby Wesley

Kyle Wielgopolski

Ephesians 6:18  Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

May Mission Focus – Supporting the Youth Group’s Week of Hope – Community Service Youth Mission Trip

Join us to support our church’s May mission focus:

What?    Week of Hope – Community Service Youth Mission Trip

When?   June 17-22, 2018

Where?  Burtonsville, Maryland

Planned through:  Group Mission Trips; Ft Collins, CO

How many are scheduled to attend?

-15 youth (6 first-timers)

-4 adults (1 first-timer)

-2 Red Shirts (Two of our youth will be working directly with the Group Mission Trip staff.)

Who will be greatly blessed?  Us

Feel free to take a peek at the following link for a cool 3 minute video about this year’s theme called “Grit”:

How will our youth & adults serve others

They will serve the people of Burtonsville, Maryland, and surrounding communities. They’ll experience God working through them as they:

· Assist elderly residents at local retirement and assisted living communities with activities/games/gardening/other projects

· Serve local residents with much-needed painting projects/minor home repair/yard clean-up

· Spend time with people receiving care at local nursing homes

· Serve in an interfaith clothing center by helping clean/arrange and maintain a safe environment for the clients/visitors, sorting and organizing donations, hanging clothes, and greeting donors

· Serve in a variety of capacities at several local food banks and food rescue organizations from food packaging and distribution to garden building

· Help families moving out of shelters, or otherwise living without their basic needs, by stocking/organizing/helping select furniture/other basic home items as they prepare to move into stable housing

Excellent Bible Study -  Join Us on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am or Tuesday Evenings at 7:00 pm in the Fireside Room:

Contact Persons:  Pastor Mike or Charlene Monroe

NEW Study:  “Whisper” by Mark Batterson

Summary:  Many people have a tough time believing that God still speaks. We’ve learned from Scripture that God spoke to His people in ancient times and in mysterious ways, but how do we hear His voice now? The truth is God still communicates with His people, but He often speaks in a whisper—not to make it difficult to hear Him, but to draw us close.  In this 4-session series, Mark Batterson teaches what it means for Christians to discern the voice of God in their lives. He will introduce the seven love languages of God—each of them unique and entirely divine. By learning to tune in and decipher each language, Mark equips believers to hear God’s guidance and grow closer to Him.  God is speaking.  Do you know how to listen?

Waterville Elementary Teacher Appreciation Lunch

We will once again honor the 60 teachers and staff at Waterville Elementary School on Friday, June 1st at 11:00 a.m.   As before, we will need salads, desserts and helpers.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the secretary’s office.  Please consider being a part of this outreach ministry.  Thank you!!!

Youth Trip to Creation Museum and Ark Encounter

The youth group will be taking an exciting trip (June 1 & 2) to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter in Kentucky.  This is an amazing opportunity for the youth to learn more about God’s creation and discover the truths found in His Word.  If you would like to help with the cost of this trip by making a financial donation, please make checks payable to WUMC (Memo: Youth Creation).  We also appreciate your prayer support for those youth and leaders who will be making the trip.  If you have any questions, please contact Adam or Stephanie Shelton.

Graduation Sunday June 3

On June 3 we will be recognizing graduates during the church service.  We will feature the graduates in a slideshow and also celebrate their accomplishments with a special fellowship time of cake and punch.  If you are graduating or have someone in your family graduating, please contact Stephanie Shelton (  She will need to know where you are graduating from, major, future plans, and any other activities you were involved with.  Also, if you would like to be included in the slideshow, please send Stephanie 5-8 photos of yourself at different ages (birth-present).  Please send the photos electronically.  Deadline for submitting the photos is May 25. 

Ladies Reteat! Join us to see Priscilla Shirer, gifted Bible Study teacher, August 24-25 in Fort Wayne, Indiana for a transformative retreat filled with worship, fellowship and an in-depth study of God’s Word.  A group price for 10 or more is only $59 per person!  We can also split the cost of 3 motel rooms.  The program begins Friday at 7 pm and ends at Noon on Saturday.  Please sign up soon on sheet on the bulletin board.  Tickets sell quickly!  For more information, look on line at under  Ministries/Women/Priscilla Shirer Live.

Good News!

Freedom School is coming soon!  The school is from June 18 to July 27.  WUMC has agreed to serve breakfast on the following Tuesdays:  June 26, July 10 and July 24.  It’s simple because it’s a cold breakfast day!  The menu includes cereal, fruit and yogurt, so you may need to clean some fruit.  Watch for a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.  Also, on May 20, we will be having a special guest speaker, Rev. Rae Lynn Schleif, who will give us some information about the school and what is planned for the children this summer.  Let’s make this mission a fantastic one!!!

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.    Bags of white rice

6.    2 Hot Glue Guns

7.    **NEW ITEM NEEDED!:  Empty plastic ice cream pails – I guess we have to eat some ICE CREAM!!!!

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.

Operation Christmas Child        

**OCC May Collection Items**  Boy items- tools of all kinds, duct tape, flashlights (batteries) work gloves, wallets, watches, harmonicas, ball caps, balls (soccer ball), string or zip ties, utility apron or belt, eating utensils (spoons and forks only).    A great opportunity to buy items for boys ages 10-14!

Dear Church Family,

 We just can’t express to you how much your loving prayers and concerns have meant to us during Karl’s hospitalization.  We will be flying home this Friday so we should see you on Sunday.  We do appreciate the warm weather welcome you are going to provide us too! 


Karl and Connie Kirkman


Please plan to join us in the Fellowship Hall after the service to thank Janet Poling for her many years of faithful service to Waterville United Methodist Church!

“But the word of the Lord remains forever.”  1 Peter 1:25

Sandy Clark

Secretary Thursday/Friday