News for February 20, 2015

Dear Members and Friends of Waterville United Methodist Church, 

The Church Council will be having a Planning Session tomorrow (Saturday) beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Please keep these members and their meeting in your prayers. 

A gruesome Islamic State (ISIS) video has been released which shows the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya.  The global community has condemned this brutal slaughter of innocent people, and Egyptian leaders have called for revenge.  But the cycle of violence is difficult to break, both in international affairs and in our personal lives.  Revenge, forgiveness, Christian unity and turning enemies into friends will be the topics of this week’s The Wired Word Adult Sunday School Class. Join us in Fellowship Hall at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday for coffee, scriptures and discussion.   

Stephanie Shelton wants to make sure that all children attending Sunday School this week bring a paint shirt to church.  The kids will be painting with acrylic paint. 

Worship Service for Sunday, February 22nd :  

            Children’s Moment - Mission Jar collection for the S.O.W.E.R. Project in Kentucky

            Hymns - Be Thou My Vision and Go to Dark Gethsemane

            Choir Anthem -  Old, Rugged Cross

            Scripture -  1 Peter 3:18-22

            Pastor Mike’s sermon title -  Living in the Presence of God

            Olga’s selections - O Worship the King

                                             Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

                                             His Name Is Wonderful

            Liturgist - Dave Landis

            Prayer Quilt -  The Tuesday Night Women’s Bible Study Group has requested a Prayer Quilt for their member Bev Drage, who is now out of the hospital and is                     rehabbing in Perrysburg at Kingston Manor. 

We will have 5 Welcome A Neighbor bags this Sunday.  Please check the addresses to see if any of these new residents live close to you or are on your route home.  Delivery is easy…just walk up to the door, knock or ring the doorbell, smile, introduce yourself and welcome them to the area.  The bags are filled with a notepad, pen, information about our church and a bag of microwave popcorn.  Thank you to Bobbie Westfall and Becky Allison for putting these bags together each month. 

The Upper Room, a daily devotional book for the months of March and April, will be available at both entrances to the sanctuary this Sunday.  The cost is $1.00. 

Following the worship service, please join us in Fellowship Hall for a time of light refreshments and conversation.  Cindy Box and Penny Greenlese have been your hosts during the month of February. 

A New Member Class is set to begin on Sunday, March 8th at 9:00 am in the pastor’s office. All who are interested please fill out the form in Sunday’s bulletin and place it in the offering plate or call the church office at 419-878-3645. The class will meet on Sunday, March 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th with the reception of new members on the 29th. If you have any questions call or email Pastor Mike at 419-469-0156 or pastormike@watervilleumc.org

Our mission focus for the month of February will be the S.O.W.E.R. Project (Sharing Our Witness – Enriching Relationships).  The 2015 SOWER Team is in the planning stages for constructing the 15th home for a family near Frakes, Kentucky (the Cumberland Gap area).  The cost of materials to build one of the 28’ x 28’ or 28’ x 32’ houses from the ground up is approximately $43,000 to $47,000  The project is in need of both funding to cover material costs and volunteers for the six week building process. For more information, you may visit www.hendersonsettlement.com and http://www.westohioumc.org.  If you are interested in working on the construction phase, you will find the SOWER build schedule and the registration forms on the shelf outside the church office.  If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to Pastor Mike or Dave and myself about our experiences at the site during August 2014.  Mission envelopes are located in the pew racks for your financial gifts. 

Friday, February 27, 2015 is the 8th Annual Anthony Wayne Spirit of Giving Spaghetti Dinner in the Anthony Wayne High School Cafeteria from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Please mark your calendars and come out and support this organization comprised of AW Staff, students, and neighbors, as we raise funds to help support families within our district with catastrophic illnesses.  This year there are four families that have been “adopted” by AWSG and several others that will be given smaller grants to assist with financial needs. AWSG is not just about financial assistance, many AW students and staff assist by babysitting siblings during treatment times, taking care of yard work for families when that’s the last thing that need to care about, or grocery shopping to help fill empty shelves. Please help us help others by coming out to the spaghetti dinner AND if you or  someone you know would have a item or service you might donate to the Silent Auction that accompanies the dinner that night, we genuinely welcome the contribution.  See Anne Stevens for details. 

Theatre-for-the-World will take place on Friday, March 13th, Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th.  Friday and Saturday’s shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday show will start at 1:30 p.m.  This year’s production is FOOLS, a family-friendly comedy by Neil Simon. 

We have printed several flyers for the Theatre-for-the-World production.  Please feel free to take some of the posters home with you this Sunday and display them in places that you shop, dine or at your place of employment.  They are located on the shelf outside the church office. 

We are looking for volunteers to be ushers and food runners for all of the Theatre-for-the-World performances.  You will need to be present 45 minutes before the production to hand out programs.  There will be a sign up sheet in the hallway on Sunday morning.  Please see Bobbie Westfall or Nancy Stafford with any questions.  Thank you , in advance, for your support. 

Stephanie Shelton has placed sign-up sheets on the bulletin board for reservations for the Youth Lasagna Dinner on the Saturday evening before the Theatre-for-the-World performance on March 14th.  The deadline for reservations will be March 11th.  She is also in need of lasagna makers and dessert bakers for that evening.  

You have three more Sundays to order your Easter lily!  To help save on the cost of the paper by placing order forms in the church bulletins for several weeks and the printing costs, we would like to try something different this year. If you would like to order a flower or make a donation to our Building Fund, please use the envelopes that can be found on the bulletin board outside Pastor Mike’s office.  Write your information on the outside of the envelope and place your money inside the envelope.  You may either place them in the offering plate or drop them off in the office. We will be taking orders from Sunday, February 1st to Sunday, March 8th. (This date is one week earlier than previously published – we need to have our order turned into the greenhouse by March 13th.) The cost of each lily is $8.00.  There is also a link to order your Easter lily in the February issue of The Ambassador – you will just fill out the form online and send it to the office.  (You will then send us a check or place your money in the offering plate – we will not be asking for any credit card information.)   

Once again, snow is being forecast for this weekend.  As long as we are not under a Level 3 Snow Emergency, we will be having worship.  If in doubt, call the church office before you leave home.  

Be a blessing,

Church Cathy

News for February 13, 2015

Recent news about NBC Nightly News anchorman Brian Williams relating on the air false details of an experience he had in Iraq in 2003 have led to public outcry about his trustworthiness as a journalist. As NBC launched an internal investigation last week, Williams, also managing editor of the program, took himself out of the anchor role for "several days," saying his actions had made him "too much a part of the news." A few days later, NBC suspended him for six months without pay.

This story reminds us of how Jesus often pointed beyond himself to God the Father, and leads us to consider how we, when sharing our faith and ministering to others, might ensure that Jesus is the "news" -- not ourselves. So that topic, along with the reliability of human memory and the psychology of lying or "embellishing," will be the focus of this installment of The Wired Word Adult Sunday School Class.  Join us in Fellowship Hall at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday for coffee, scriptures and discussion. 

 Worship Service for Sunday, February 15th :  

Children’s Moment 

Hymns - Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us and I Stand Amazed in the Presence

Choir Anthem -  Somebody’s Knocking at Your Door

Scripture -  James 5:1-20

Pastor Mike’s sermon title -  The Judge Is Standing At The Door

Olga’s selections - All Creatures of Our God and King with All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus

Liturgist - Aaron Bersee

Prayer Quilt - Shannon Jones (She was seriously injured in a car accident last week and has multiple injuries.)  Shannon is the daughter of WUMC members Thad                                       & Barbara Jones and the great, great granddaughter of Ruth Van Tassel  (How many of you long-time members recall that name and face?)

Following the worship service, please join us in Fellowship Hall for a time of light refreshments and conversation.  Cindy Box and Penny Greenlese will be your hosts during the month of February.

Stephanie Shelton reports that the children just finished their series in Sunday School called, Maze Days, which focused on Moses and the book of Exodus.  The kid’s offering went towards Imagine No Malaria.  They raised $50!  Their Project with a Purpose was making Thank You cards for the local police and firefighters.  Way to go, Kids!

Our former pastor, Rev. David Hogg, was taken to St. Anne’s Hospital at 4:30 a.m. on Thursday with chest pains.  Please keep he and Paulette in your prayers as he is undergoing more tests today.  Get well wishes may be sent to Dave at his home:   6202 Willowcrest Dr., Columbus, OH   43229

Olga’s classical music CD may be purchased after church during Fellowship Hour.  It includes songs from Bach, Johannes Brahms, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Samuel Barber.  The cost is $15.00.  She is donating a portion of each sale to the church.  We also have a few to sell in the Church Office. 

Our mission focus for the month of February will be the S.O.W.E.R. Project (Sharing Our Witness – Enriching Relationships).  The 2015 SOWER Team is in the planning stages for constructing the 15th home for a family near Frakes, Kentucky (the Cumberland Gap area).  The cost of materials to build one of the 28’ x 28’ or 28’ x 32’ houses from the ground up is approximately $43,000 to $47,000  The project is in need of both funding to cover material costs and volunteers for the six week building process. For more information, you may visit www.hendersonsettlement.com and http://www.westohioumc.org.  If you are interested in working on the construction phase, you will find the SOWER build schedule and the registration forms on the shelf outside the church office.  If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to Pastor Mike or Dave and myself about our experiences at the site during August 2014.  Dave will be sharing some of his experiences from last year’s trip at the beginning of this week’s worship service.  Mission envelopes are located in the pew racks for your financial gifts.

Ash Wednesday is less than a week away.   Our sanctuary will be open on Wednesday, February 18th from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. for anyone who would like to have the Imposition of Ashes and/or Holy communion prior to the work day.  This will be a time in which each of us can spend as much time in the sanctuary as we would like in prayer and meditation, personal worship and reflection.  One thing will happen if you are marked with the sign of the cross in ashes.  Someone will ask “Why?”  This provides a great opportunity to share our personal faith and to invite folks to church.

The congregation is invited to attend the Ash Wednesday Service at 12:30 p.m. at the Browning Masonic Community in Waterville on Wednesday, February 18th for the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion.  Pastor Mike will be leading that service.

Friday, February 27, 2015 is the 8th Annual Anthony Wayne Spirit of Giving Spaghetti Dinner in the Anthony Wayne High School Cafeteria from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Please mark your calendars and come out and support this organization comprised of AW Staff, students, and neighbors, as we raise funds to help support families within our district with catastrophic illnesses.  This year there are four families that have been “adopted” by AWSG and several others that will be given smaller grants to assist with financial needs. AWSG is not just about financial assistance, many AW students and staff assist by babysitting siblings during treatment times, taking care of yard work for families when that’s the last thing that need to care about, or grocery shopping to help fill empty shelves. Please help us help others by coming out to the spaghetti dinner AND if you or  someone you know would have a item or service you might donate to the Silent Auction that accompanies the dinner that night, we genuinely welcome the contribution.  See Anne Stevens for details.

Theatre-for-the-World will take place on Friday, March 13th, Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th.  Friday and Saturday’s shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday show will start at 1:30 p.m.  This year’s production is FOOLS, a family-friendly comedy by Neil Simon. 

We have printed several flyers for the Theatre-for-the-World production.  Karen Longnecker will be placing about 10 of them in locations in the Whitehouse area.  Please feel free to take some of the posters home with you this Sunday and display them in places that you shop, dine or at your place of employment.  They are located on the shelf outside the church office.

Theatre-for-the-World is now active in social media.  If you have a Facebook account, we'd sure appreciate it if you'd "like us" and "share us" with your contacts.  www.facebook.com/TFTW06. People will be able to read more about our mission project and even click to donate.  Thanks!

We are looking for volunteers to be ushers and food runners for all of the Theatre-for-the-World performances.  You will need to be present 45 minutes before the production to hand out programs.  There will be a sign up sheet in the hallway on Sunday morning.  Please see Bobbie Westfall or Nancy Stafford with any questions.  Thank you , in advance, for your support.

Stephanie Shelton has placed sign-up sheets on the bulletin board for reservations for the Youth Lasagna Dinner on the Saturday evening before the Theatre-for-the-World performance on March 14th.  The deadline for reservations will be March 11th.  She is also in need of lasagna makers and dessert bakers for that evening. 

Our Financial Secretary, Tom Wiggins, has a new e-mail address that is linked to the church.  If you have any questions or comments about your financial giving, quarterly or yearend giving statements, please contact him at financialsec@watervilleumc.org  If you forget this information, it has now been included on the back page of each week’s bulletin along with Jim Page’s church e-mail address:  treasurer@watervilleumc.org     

As usual, we wish to have lilies in the Chancel Area on Easter Sunday.  To help save on the cost of the paper by placing order forms in the church bulletins for several weeks and the printing costs, we would like to try something different this year. If you would like to order a flower or make a donation to our Building Fund, please use the envelopes that can be found on the bulletin board outside Pastor Mike’s office.  Write your information on the outside of the envelope and place your money inside the envelope.  You may either place them in the offering plate or drop them off in the office. We will be taking orders from Sunday, February 1st to Sunday, March 15th.  The cost of each lily is $8.00.  There is also a link to order your Easter lily in the February issue of The Ambassador – you will just fill out the form online and send it to the office.  (You will then send us a check or place your money in the offering plate – we will not be asking for any credit card information.) 

The Church Mouse reports that the new storage area in the basement is almost complete.  Randy Reihing has been busy painting the trim wood this week.  Jerry Robinson and he will be installing the trim on Saturday.  Be sure and stop down in Fellowship Hall and check out the finished product on Sunday. 

This is going to be one of those weekends that we will all be wishing we were in Florida.  Please be careful out there!  It looks like Sunday’s high temperature will be a balmy 3 degrees.  Safe travels for those of you who are vacationing on this holiday weekend!

News for February 6, 2015

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner recently invited Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without informing the White House.  This occurred just days after President Barack Obama invited British prime minister David Cameron to lobby Congress against the Iran sanctions bill supported by Boehner.  Such use of foreign leaders in U.S. governance reveals that once again American leaders are failing to build consensus around important issues.  Respect, communication, negotiation and the setting of proper boundaries will be the topics of this week’s Wired Word Adult Sunday School class.   Join us in Fellowship Hall at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday for coffee, scriptures and discussion. 

 Worship Service for Sunday, February 8th : 

 Kinder Choir will be singing “Disciples” and “Tell Me, Tell Me”

Children’s Moment – (Memory Verse check during Sunday School – “My help comes from the Lord”  Psalm 121:2)

Hymns – Open My Eyes and Trust and Obey

Choir Anthem – Thy Will Be Done with solo by Tom Wiggins

 Scripture:  James 3:18 - 4:17

 Pastor Mike’s sermon title:  Humble Yourself Before the Lord

 Olga’s selections – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

 Holy, Holy, Holy

 Liturgist – Dave Landis

Following the worship service, please join us in Fellowship Hall for a time of light refreshments and conversation.  Cindy Box and Penny Greenlese will be your hosts during the month of February.

Olga’s classical music CD may be purchased after church during Fellowship Hour.  It includes songs from Bach, Johannes Brahms, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Samuel Barber.  The cost is $15.00.  She is donating a portion of each sale to the church.  We also have a few to sell in the Church Office. 

Our mission focus for the month of February will be the S.O.W.E.R. Project (Sharing Our Witness – Enriching Relationships).  The 2015 SOWER Team is in the planning stages for constructing the 15th home for a family near Frakes, Kentucky (the Cumberland Gap area).  The cost of materials to build one of the 28’ x 28’ or 28’ x 32’ houses from the ground up is approximately $43,000 to $47,000  The project is in need of both funding to cover material costs and volunteers for the six week building process. For more information, you may visit www.hendersonsettlement.com and http://www.westohioumc.org.  If you are interested in working on the construction phase, you will find the SOWER build schedule and the registration forms on the shelf outside the church office.  If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to Pastor Mike or Dave and myself about our experiences at the site during August 2014.  Mission envelopes are located in the pew racks for your financial gifts.

 Karen Longnecker would like to inform the congregation of a Ham Loaf Dinner at Zion United Methodist Church in Whitehouse on Thursday, February 12th from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.  Cost is $8.50 for adults and $3.00 for children under 10. 

 Ash Wednesday is right around the corner.  Our church will be open on Wednesday, February 18th from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. for anyone who would like to have the Imposition of Ashes and/or Holy communion prior to the work day.  This will be a time in which each of us can spend as much time in the sanctuary as we would like in prayer and meditation, personal worship and reflection.

 February 27, 2015 is the 8th Annual Anthony Wayne Spirit of Giving Spaghetti Dinner in the Anthony Wayne High School Cafeteria from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Please mark your calendars and come out and support this organization comprised of AW Staff, students, and neighbors, as we raise funds to help support families within our district with catastrophic illnesses.  This year there are four families that have been “adopted” by AWSG and several others that will be given smaller grants to assist with financial needs. AWSG is not just about financial assistance, many AW students and staff assist by babysitting siblings during treatment times, taking care of yard work for families when that’s the last thing that need to care about, or grocery shopping to help fill empty shelves. Please help us help others by coming out to the spaghetti dinner AND if you or  someone you know would have a item or service you might donate to the Silent Auction that accompanies the dinner that night, we genuinely welcome the contribution.  See Anne Stevens for details.

Theatre-for-the-World will take place on Friday, March 13th, Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th.  Friday and Saturday’s shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday show will start at 1:30 p.m.  This year’s production is FOOLS, a family-friendly comedy by Neil Simon. 

Theatre-for-the-World is now active in social media.  If you have a Facebook account, we'd sure appreciate it if you'd "like us" and "share us" with your contacts.  www.facebook.com/TFTW06. People will be able to read more about our mission project and even click to donate.  Thanks!

We are looking for volunteers to be ushers and food runners for all of the Theatre-for-the-World performances.  You will need to be present 45 minutes before the production to hand out programs.  There will be a sign up sheet in the hallway on Sunday morning.  Please see Bobbie Westfall or Nancy Stafford with any questions.  Thank you , in advance, for your support.

Stephanie Shelton has placed sign-up sheets on the bulletin board for reservations for the Youth Lasagna Dinner on the Saturday evening before the Theatre-for-the-World performance on March 14th.  She is also in need of lasagna makers and dessert bakers for that evening. 

Our Financial Secretary, Tom Wiggins, has a new e-mail address that is linked to the church.  If you have any questions or comments about your financial giving, quarterly or yearend giving statements, please contact him at financialsec@watervilleumc.org

As usual, we wish to have lilies in the Chancel Area on Easter Sunday.  To help save on the cost of the paper by placing order forms in the church bulletins for several weeks and the printing costs, we would like to try something different this year. If you would like to order a flower or make a donation to our Building Fund, please use the envelopes that can be found on the bulletin board outside Pastor Mike’s office.  Write your information on the outside of the envelope and place your money inside the envelope.  You may either place them in the offering plate or drop them off in the office. We will be taking orders from Sunday, February 1st to Sunday, March 15th.  The cost of each lily is $8.00.  There is also a link to order your Easter lily in the February issue of The Ambassador – you will just fill out the form online and send it to the office.  (You will then send us a check or place your money in the offering plate – we will not be asking for any credit card information.) 

And lastly, this week Operation Christmas Child was able to report the final number of shoeboxes that were collected in 2014.  Drum roll please……..10,440,333 boxes were packed and shipped to children around the globe.  Remember to keep praying for each of those who were touched by this ministry.  If you are one of those folks who like to shop for your boxes all year long, the OCC items that they suggest purchasing in February are toothbrushes and toothpaste.

News for January 30, 2015

Under-inflated footballs have been big news of late, ever since it was discovered that the New England Patriots were using them in their game with the Indianapolis Colts.  Because the under-inflated balls are thought by some to provide a slight edge to the team on offense and using such is a violation of NFL rules, it’s assumed that the balls in question were deliberately deflated.  This has led to still-unproven claims that the Patriots were cheating.  While not assuming anyone’s guilt, the news does give us an opportunity to talk about how we convince ourselves that cheating (or almost any other wrongdoing) is okay.  That is, assuming we accept basic morality to begin with – and surely most Christians do – how do we give ourselves permission to do something that is not acceptable according to our moral code?  That will be the topic of this week’s Wired Word lesson.   Join us in Fellowship Hall at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday for coffee, scriptures and discussion. 

 Worship Service for Sunday, February 1st : 

Handbell Choir will be ringing the Prelude – “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High”

Children’s Moment 

Hymns – Breathe on Me, Breath of God and Take Time to Be Holy

Choir Anthem – Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Scripture:  James 3:1-17

Pastor Mike’s sermon title:  No Man Can Tame the Tongue

Celebration of Holy Communion by intinction at the front of the church

Olga’s selections – Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

I’ll Praise Your Name, Lord 

Liturgist – Dave Landis

Following the worship service, please join us in Fellowship Hall for a time of light refreshments and conversation.  Cindy Box and Penny Greenlese will be your hosts during the month of February.

Olga’s classical music CD may be purchased after church during Fellowship Hour.  It includes songs from Bach, Johannes Brahms, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Samuel Barber.  The cost is $15.00.  She is donating a portion of each sale to the church.  We also have a few to sell in the Church Office.  (Florida congregation members – if any of you would like a CD, I’m sure we could arrange a special delivery by one of our Snow Birds that will be leaving here soon!)

Our mission focus for the month of February will be the S.O.W.E.R. Project (Sharing Our Witness – Enriching Relationships).  The 2015 SOWER Team is in the planning stages for constructing the 15th home for a family near Frakes, Kentucky (the Cumberland Gap area).  The cost of materials to build one of the 28’ x 28’ or 28’ x 32’ houses from the ground up is approximately $43,000 to $47,000  The project is in need of both funding to cover material costs and volunteers for the six week building process. For more information, you may visit www.hendersonsettlement.com and http://www.westohioumc.org.  If you are interested in working on the construction phase, you will find the SOWER build schedule and the registration forms on the shelf outside the church office.  If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to Pastor Mike or Dave and myself about our experiences at the site during August 2014.  Mission envelopes are located in the pew racks for your financial gifts.

Ted Myers was in the office yesterday and showed me the newest church website that he has been working hard on.  All I can say is WOW!!  It should be rolling out in the next few weeks.  I will be sure and keep you updated as to when it is ready to roll

Theatre-for-the-World will take place on Friday, March 13th, Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th.  Friday and Saturday’s shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday show will start at 1:30 p.m.  This year’s production is FOOLS, a family-friendly comedy by Neil Simon.  Watch for a sign-up sheet to be posted soon on the bulletin board near the office for Volunteers to help with this endeavor. (Also, be sure and read the article about this year’s production in the February issue of The Ambassador that was sent earlier this week.)

Stephanie Shelton has placed sign-up sheets on the bulletin board for reservations for the Youth Lasagna Dinner on the Saturday evening before the Theatre-for-the-World performance on March 14th.  She is also in need of lasagna makers and dessert bakers for that evening. 

As usual, we wish to have lilies in the Chancel Area on Easter Sunday.  To help save on the cost of the paper by placing order forms in the church bulletins for several weeks and the printing costs, we would like to try something different this year. If you would like to order a flower or make a donation to our Building Fund, please use the envelopes that can be found on the bulletin board outside Pastor Mike’s office.  Write your information on the outside of the envelope and place your money inside the envelope.  You may either place them in the offering plate or drop them off in the office. We will be taking orders from Sunday, February 1st to Sunday, March 15th.  The cost of each lily is $8.00.  There is also a link to order your Easter lily in the February issue of The Ambassador – you will just fill out the form online and send it to the office.  (You will then send us a check or place your money in the offering plate – we will not be asking for any credit card information.) 

Construction on the storage area in Fellowship Hall will continue next week on Tuesday, February 3rd.

The weather forecast for Sunday looks a little snowy.  Please be aware, that with the freezing rain we had on Thursday, that there are still icy areas in the parking lot and sidewalks.  Jerry Robinson was at the church this morning and put salt down on the sidewalks and walkways, but because of the cold temperatures expected over the next week, we are unsure of how much melting will take place.  Please, please, please be careful on Sunday morning on those areas!!!   

News for January 23, 2015

The Wired Word Adult Bible Fellowship Class will reflect on what Seattle Seahawks fans missed when they left the stadium before the conclusion of the NFL Championship Game last Sunday.  We’ll touch on the biblical themes of perseverance, faith and endurance during touch times.  (There might even be some discussion about deflated footballs and playing by the rules!)  Join us in Fellowship Hall at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday for coffee, scriptures and discussion.

Worship Service for Sunday, January 25th : 

 Financial Update from Tom Wiggins

 Children’s Moment  with Mission Jar Collection for the Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo 

      Hymns – Rescue the Perishing and Lead On, O King Eternal

       Choir Anthem – Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

       Scripture:  James 2:14-26

       Pastor Mike’s sermon title:  Faith Without Works Is Dead

       Olga’s selections – A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

                Day By Day                                

       Liturgist – Tom Quinn

We will have a Prayer Quilt this Sunday for Michael Steele, a seventeen year old who has shown up on our Prayer Chain many times during the past couple of years. 

We have 15 Welcome A Neighbor Bags that are ready for distribution to new residents of our area.  Following the worship service, be sure and check to see if any of the new neighbors live close to you.

Following the worship service, please join us in Fellowship Hall for a time of light refreshments and conversation.  Sherry Hill and Pam Cook will be your hosts during the month of January.

Olga’s classical music CD went on sale last week after church.  It includes songs from Bach, Johannes Brahms, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Samuel Barber.  The cost is $15.00.  She is donating a portion of each sale to the church.  They may be purchased from Olga or we do have a few to sell in the Church Office.

Our mission focus for the month of January is the Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo.  Their goal is to lovingly share the truth about life, relationships and faith.  They help men and women make life-saving, life-changing decisions by sharing information about options, consequences and available services.  With the exception of a small amount of grant funding for abstinence education, all funds come from donations.  Over 32,000 women have already received help.  The Pregnancy Center continues to be a community outreach committed to expressing the compassion of Christ through support and education in pregnancy related issues. We can help keep the doors open!  Remember, this Sunday will be the Mission Jar coin collection!

Bill Plassmann has made DVDs and Blueray recordings of the 2014 Children’s Christmas Program from mid-December.  If you would like to have a copy, he asks that you make a donation to the Youth Group Mission Trip Fund.  These DVDs are located on the shelf outside the church office. 

The Youth Alive Wish List has been taken care of with the exception of one item…they still are in need of cans of pop.  You may leave any donations in the youth room.

Theatre-for-the-World will take place on Friday, March 13th, Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th.  Friday and Saturday’s shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday show will start at 1:30 p.m.  This year’s production is FOOLS, a family-friendly comedy by Neil Simon.  Watch for a sign-up sheet to be posted soon on the bulletin board near the office for Volunteers to help with this endeavor. (Also, be sure and read the article about this year’s production in the February issue of The Ambassador when it is published next week.)

Stephanie Shelton has placed sign-up sheets on the bulletin board for reservations for the Youth Lasagna Dinner on the Saturday evening before the Theatre-for-the-World performance on March 14th.  She is also in need of lasagna makers and dessert bakers for that evening. 

Construction has begun in Fellowship Hall this morning!  The framing is taking place along the back wall for the construction of a large storage area.  Carpenter Bob Ziegler and his helper are moving right along.

News for January 16, 2015

Downstairs in Fellowship Hall

The Wired Word Adult Bible Fellowship Class will be looking at two news reports from this week about individuals whose heroics in difficult circumstances seem to some people all the more remarkable because of the identity of those heroes.  We’ll look at how our perceptions and preconceptions color our judgment about people, and ask what it takes to create the character of an unlikely hero.  Join us in Fellowship Hall at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday for coffee, scriptures and discussion. 

Worship Service for Sunday, January 18th :             

            Children’s Moment  

            Hymns – Blessed Assurance and Jesus Calls Us

            Special Music – Trust and Obey

            Scripture:  James 1:19 to James 2:13

            Pastor Mike’s sermon title:  Doers of the Word

            Olga’s selections – Praise Him! Praise Him! Medley with Let There Be Praise and Praise Him, Praise Him

                                             May Jesus Christ Be Praised

                                             Lord, Be Glorified

            Liturgist – Tom Quinn

 During the Church Council’s December meeting, they voted on accepting goals for 2015 in the areas of Passionate Worship, Radical Hospitality, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-taking Mission & Service and Extravagant Generosity.  You will find these goals listed in your worship bulletin this weekend. 

Our Welcome A Neighbor bags will be pushed back a week this month due to the holiday weekend.  There will be 15 bags for new neighbors next weekend. 

Following the worship service, please join us in Fellowship Hall for a time of light refreshments and conversation.  Sherry Hill and Pam Cook will be your hosts during the month of January. 

Our mission focus for the month of January is the Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo.  Their goal is to lovingly share the truth about life, relationships and faith.  They help men and women make life-saving, life-changing decisions by sharing information about options, consequences and available services.  With the exception of a small amount of grant funding for abstinence education, all funds come from donations.  Over 32,000 women have already received help.  The Pregnancy Center continues to be a community outreach committed to expressing the compassion of Christ through support and education in pregnancy related issues. We can help keep the doors open!   

Bill Plassmann has made DVDs and Blueray recordings of the 2014 Children’s Christmas Program from mid-December.  If you would like to have a copy, he asks that you make a donation to the Youth Group Mission Trip Fund.  These DVDs are located on the shelf outside the church office.   

There are still several end-of-year giving statements on the shelf outside the church office.  Please stop by and pick yours up to help us save on postage.  

We are about to have some additional construction take place in Fellowship Hall.  Beginning next Friday, a wall-length storage unit will be built along the back wall (by the Scout shelves and the chair storage rack.)   The Trustees have hired a contractor to do this work.  The shelves will be covered with the same type of folding accordion doors that separate our Fellowship Hall and Fireside Room.  This should provide ample storage for the chair rack, tables and our Christmas decoration boxes.  The Church Mouse should have more to report next week and might even include some photos for our Florida folks. 

Be a blessing,

Church Cathy