November 2021
Congregation Appreciation
I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother and sisters, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people." Philemon 1:4-7

October was Pastor Appreciation Month and the church pictured Leanne and me in the Crescent News, while we have also been given cards and gifts. We greatly appreciate the gestures and we thank you. However, we appreciate you too! We realize it takes a lot of your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness, to keep Ayersville UMC operational in a vital manner. As a means of saying thank you and as a Christmas gift to the churches, we will host a Christmas open house at the parsonage on Sunday, December 5, from 5pm to 8pm. Everyone is welcome to stop in anytime during those hours at 27770 Ayersville Pleasant Bend Rd (next to the church) for refreshments.

Expectations can get complicated when it comes to pastors and lay people. The picture you see on this page represents in humorous fashion the unrealistic expectations that a congregation can direct towards their pastor. That door can swing both ways. Pastors can have unrealistic expectations towards the congregations too. And congregants can place unrealistic expectations on themselves corporately and personally. We all know what it feels like to want to say “I’m just one person!!” Sometimes it helps to be gentle with each other and even with ourselves.

This Thanksgiving season, Leanne and I are grateful to still be serving here. Seeing new faces, that are actually familiar faces, at Ayersville, has been uniquely heartwarming for us. On Thanksgiving Day, and all year round, we should be grateful for those with which we share the mission of Christ. As Paul said to Philemon, “you have refreshed our hearts.”

In Christ’s Love,
Mo & Leanne Dunn
Children & Youth Ministries
This Month at
Kids Sunday School
Each Sunday Following Worship & Fellowship Time (approximately 10:10am)

Wednesday Nights at 6:30pm
November 3 & 17
Theme: Gobble Up Gratitude
Shoebox Mission Project

All kids Kindergarten - 6th grade are invited!
Family Meal and Games start at 5:45 pm for those interested
Youth Sunday School
Sundays following worship

Youth Meeting
Sunday, November 14

All youth 6th - 12th grades are invited!

Adult Studies
The Fellowship of the Table - Rm 2
Relying on the Holy Spirit - Rm 5
Angels- Fellowship Hall
Wednesday Night Bible Study, 6:30pm

The Chosen Season 2
Cardio Drumming!
Cardio Drumming is held on Wednesdays at 5pm. Great exercise for all ages and skill levels.
If you are interested in participating , please contact Leanne or the church office.
Join the Noodle Crew!
Help make homemade noodles!
Tues., Nov. 2 & Wed., Nov. 3, 1pm

Community Breakfast
Saturday, November 6
If you can lend a hand,
contact Joyce Cavanaugh or
the church office.
Board Meeting
Tuesday, November 9,
2nd Sundays - November 14, 5pm
Food, Fellowship & the Word
Bring a dish to share, invite a friend and come enjoy food and fellowship as we do dinner and church around the table. Hope to see you on Sunday, November 14 at 5pm!
Homemade Donuts Drive Thru
Homemade Donuts Drive Thru
3rd Saturday of every month
Cinnamon, Sugar, Plain
& Pumpkin Spice
Next dates: Sat., November 20,
starting at 7am while supplies last
Ayersville dozen for $4
Scrapbook Day
Saturday, November 20
9 am - 4 pm

Bring your current scrapbook project and come work and share with fellow scrapbookers.
Toledo Walleye Hockey Game
Saturday, November 20, 7:15pm
Sign Up by November 8
if you would like to attend

Sunday Movie Nights
You're invited to our next Movie Night on Sunday, November 28 at 5pm in the Fellowship Hall. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.
Click here or on the picture for November's Church Events Calendar.
Fill a Shoebox for Operation Christmas Child! Share the love of Christ with kids around the world. If you don't want to fill a box, you may also bring donations to the church and place them in the collection box outside the Sanctuary. Shoeboxes will be due by November 21.
Continue to
Worship God
through Giving
Offering plates are in the back
at each worship service or

Send donations to:
27728 Ayersville Rd.,
Defiance, Ohio 43512

or a donation drop box is available
under the carport at the church
Give online through
Be a part of the AUMC Prayer Chain! When someone needs prayer the pastor, the church office or the first person on the list will be contacted and they will start the prayer chain so that the request is prayed for by everyone on the chain. Chain members will also prayer for our weekly prayer list. To join contact Janet Stevens or the church office.
Congrats to Nick and Taylor (Vogelsong) Wood who were married on October 16 and to Trevor and Holly (Ludwig) Speiser who were married on October 23. We wish them God's blessings as they begin their lives together!
Congrats to Chelsea Marckel on the birth of her son, Hayes Daniel, who was born on October 18. We wish her and her family God's blessings as they celebrate the joy of a child!
Happy Birthday!
Joyce McKibben November 11
Ben Nafziger November 12
Jeanine Stevens November 15
Jenni Martin November 19
Julie Waldron November 20
Marcia Baldwin November 24
Kathy Ludwig November 25
Amber Baldwin November 27
God's blessing to you on your special day! If you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary this month, we rejoice with you too! Please let us know so we may add it to our calendar.
At a finance meeting, the congregation’s wealthiest member decided to share a portion of his faith story. “I’m a millionaire,” he said, “and I attribute it all to the rich blessings of God in my life. I can still remember the turning point in my faith, like it was yesterday: I had just earned my first dollar and I went to a youth meeting that night. The speaker was a missionary who told about his work. I knew that I only had a dollar bill and had to either give it all to God’s work or nothing at all. So at that moment I decided to give my whole dollar to God. I believe that God blessed that decision, and that is why I am a rich man today.”

When he finished and sat down, the chair of the stewardship committee leaned over and said: “Wonderful story! I dare you to do it again!”