Waterville UMC News!
November 2018
Dear Church Family,

All around us change is happening. Some of these changes bless our very soul others elicit grief and a feeling of sadness. Looking around this rainy morning I am reminded that change is going to happen and I have no power to change that fact. The leaves are changing and for a few short weeks the colors are amazing. Then, the leaves fall and we are left with the bare dark trees. There is less daylight and it is getting colder neither of these changes fills me with great joy.

Yet, during these reflections this scripture comes to mind, “So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” Just like my grieving the changes that take place every fall I realize my perspective is from a human point of view. This scripture describes for us what life can be for the follower of Christ that allows the Holy Spirit to change our perspective from human to Godly.

When we learn to depend upon Christ everything becomes new. We are reminded in God’s creation as next spring there is a new beginning; the trees bud, flowers bloom, the temperature rises and the days get longer. The same is true in our relationship with God. We will go through different seasons. Yet, by faith we know that God will always bring us to a new beginning. This new beginning is in God’s time which usually frustrates us from our human perspective.

Our congregation is in the midst of one of these seasons of change and the vision of God’s new beginning in our midst. One of these changes is in our annual stewardship campaign. This year our commitment cards are different. Our commitment is from the position that all we do is part of being faithful stewards. When we bring our commitments to God they will include where we believe God is asking us to serve as well as how God desires for us to give.

God’s timing is almost never convenient for us. After the first of the year we will launch our
New Beginning capital campaign. This is another new begging for our congregation as we strive to live into God’s vision for serving our entire community through our faithful service of God and a new location from which to worship, learn and serve.

Finally, the timing that is most difficult is February 23-26. This is the scheduled special General Conference in which the United Methodist Church will decide what our policies will be in the future in dealing with the ordination and appointment of members of the LGBTQ community. There is a real possibility that a division will take place in the United Methodist Church. Please pray for God’s Holy Spirit to lead this meeting. Let’s not let this issue become a distraction that can be used to derail what God is leading us to do and who is leading us into a New Beginning .

May the Lord bless you as the Holy Spirit leads us out of the “old life and into a new life” in Christ,
Pastor Mike

by Tom Wiggins
Our 2019 General Fund Stewardship Campaign continues and our journey towards
 “A New Beginning” trusting in God to show us the way. 

As we have pointed out, Stewardship is more than just your financial commitment. It includes your commitment of prayer, service, presence and witness. During the week of November 12, you will be receiving your 2019 Stewardship Commitment Form to be completed, brought to church on November 18 where we will present them on the altar during worship.

The Church Council (Leadership Team) is responsible for all operations & functions of the various ministry teams. Its membership consists of Chair, Education, Missions, Trustees, Staff Parish Relations, Treasurer, Celebration, Outreach, Finance and at large members. There are many positions available for you to assist and participate in these ministry teams. Listed below are several non-financial opportunities and areas of interest from the 2019 Stewardship Commitment Form for your prayerful consideration. Please contact Pastor Mike or the Church Office if you would like more information.
Education and Children’s Ministry
(Youth – requires a Background Check)

  • Teach Children Sunday School Class
  • Adult Teacher’s Assistant
  • Assist with Vacation Bible School
  • Assist with craft projects & preparations
  • A special skill or interest I’d like to share with children/youth.
  • Volunteer for youth program
  • Chaperone mission events
  • Youth Mission Trip volunteer
  • Work with youth on ongoing basis
  • Prepare meal for youth group
  • Provide snacks / drinks for youth group
  • Will share my testimony with youth group

Nursery Ministry-requires a Background Check
  • Early service nursery helper (Sunday school
  • Later service nursery helper (Worship)
Music/Arts Ministries

  • Sing in Sanctuary choir
  • Hand bell choir
  • Assist in children’s music
  • Serve as accompanist
  • Participate in Theater productions
  • Play special musical instruments

Hospitality / Fellowship Ministries

  • Browning Bus Driver (Sunday)    
  • Greeter
  • Usher
  • Follow up with visitors
  • Adopt a new member
  • Host Fellowship Time

  • Worship Service Assistant
  • Altar arrangement assistant
  • Lead Children’s Moment
  • Prepare altar for Sundays
  • Restock pew supplies
  • Communion preparation/cleanup
  • Communion servers
  • Special and seasonal decorations
  • Operate Sound and PowerPoint
Congregational Care

  • Visit homebound members
  • Visit hospital patients with Pastor
  • Card Ministry: Write/send cards
  • Provide meals for families in need
  • Prepare food for funerals meals at church
  • Work with senior adults
  • Drive for those needing transportation
  • Do light home maintenance
Learning and Spiritual Growth

  • Attend Sunday School
  • Attend Wed. Bible study
  • Attend Sun. Night Bible Study
  • Attend a small group
  • Invite a friend to church
  • Learn to share my faith
  • Lead a small group study
  • Lead where needed, with training

  • Seagate Food Pantry Team
  • Volunteers in Missions
  • Local missions
  • Welcome a Neighbor Bags
  • Disaster relief/ISOH-Impact
  • Habitat for Humanity Project
  • Bake Cookies for Kairos

Media Ministry
  • Assist with Web site / Ambassador
  • Photography/video
  • Newspaper communications
  • Write letters, articles, etc.
  • Manage church’s Facebook page
  • Volunteer for office help

Church Building and Grounds Care
  • Adopt a flower bed
  • Rake leaves
  • Prune shrubs
  • Participate in seasonal clean up

  • Member of Offering Counting Team
  • Wherever the church needs me
  • Member of Church Council

Good News
Great Joy
National Collection Week is
Nov 12–19, 2018.


We have the opportunity to be a Collection Site for this area, but we need volunteers from our congregation to host the site during all published hours. Please sign up on the Bulletin Board.
Are you ready to get out those Christmas cookie recipes!
We need some Christmas cookies for Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week.
We would like to play Christmas music and pass out cookies.
If you could donate some cookies, please sign up on the bulletin board list.

THIS SUNDAY, November 4 !!!!
Would you be willing to pack just one more box for a boy ages 10-14 to reach just one more in this age group?

 October 7..........118
October 14.........115
October 21.........94
October 28 .........135

It is time again for our annual participation in the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Bell Ringing!  Our date is set for Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Waterville Kroger location.  
Times are one-hour slots, though you may take two time slots. The times are from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Grab a friend because it's always more fun that way! Sign - up sheet is on the hallway bulletin board. The bells, kettle, and sign are provided, all you will need is to bring yourself. We will be located in the Kroger Lobby, so please dress warm.

Thank you,
The Missions Team

Our church will be hosting a Free Election Day Lunch on
Tuesday, November 6 from 11:00 to 1:00. 
All are welcome!
Thank you in advance for making this annual event a success! 

What a great time to be able to get your yard raked, and support the youth ministry at WUMC! Maybe you have a neighbor that can't get out and rake their leaves. This is an opportunity you can show them the love of God in this way !

Contact Adam or Stephanie Shelton, or Sign up this Sunday to have the youth rake leaves on Sunday, November 11!
We need Cardboard boxes!
We need Cardboard boxes with lids for the Christmas program. (ex. copy paper boxes)
You can place them outside of the community Room.

A Big THANK YOU to all who donated blankets to the Pregnancy Center!
We exceeded our goal for more than 100 blankets!
As part of our Christmas celebration we wish to grace the Chancel Area with Poinsettias for our Christmas Service.
It's time to order your poinsettias!
You may order your poinsettias by completing an order envelope located in the pew , or the and place it in the offering plate. Please mark how many you want, who they are dedicated to, and enclose your payment.

If you do not wan t a poinsettia, you may want to contribute to
"A New Beginning" building fund.

The cost of each poinsettia is  $ 7.00 and the last day to order is Sunday, December 16, 2018. 
Memory Verse
This is is the memory verse WUMC Kids are learning.
Take a moment and see if you can memorize it too...
Children's Musical
Love Came Down At Christmas will be presented
December 9
Mark your calendars!

11/01/2018 - 11/03/2018
The Justin Hires Family
The Jason Hood Family
Mr. & Mrs. Thad Jones

11//04/2018 - 11/10//2018  
Erik Kahl Family
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Kahl
United Methodist Church
Chris Kirby Family
Mr. & Mrs. Karl Kirkman
Glen Lammon Family
Mrs. Elaine Larimer

11/11/2018 - 11/17/2018
Steve Letzring Family
Frank Lipinski Family
Trevor Lockyer Family
Mr. & Mrs. Ben Long
Miss Claire Long
Karen Longnecker
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Matla

11/18/2018 - 11/24/2018
Mrs. JoAnn Lucas
Chris Major
Donna Martin Family
Mr. & Mrs. Bill Martin
Mr. & Mrs. Larry Vasko
Chris May Family
Tony Mazzarella Family

11/25/2018 - 11/30/2018
Mr. & Mrs. Tom McCausland
Brian McMillan Family
Ann McVicker
Arthur Meade Family
Mr. & Mrs. John MIchael
Jeffrey Monroe Family
11/01/2018 - 11/03/2018
Jeremiah 23 & 24
Jeremiah 25 & 26
Jeremiah 27 & 28

11//04/2018 - 11/10//2018   
Jeremiah 29 & 30
Jeremiah 31 & 32
Jeremiah 33 & 34
Jeremiah 35 & 36
Jeremiah 37 & 38
Jeremiah 39 & 40
Jeremiah 41 & 42

11/11/2018 - 11/17/2018
Jeremiah 43 & 44
Jeremiah 45 & 46
Jeremiah 47 & 48
Jeremiah 49 & 50
Jeremiah 51 & 52
Lamentations 1 & 2
Lamentations 3 & 4

11/18/2018 - 11/24/2018
Ezekiel 1& 2
Ezekiel 3 & 4
Ezekiel 5 & 6
Ezekiel 7,8 & 9
Ezekiel 10, 11 & 12
Ezekiel 13,14 & 15
Ezekiel 16, 17 & 18

 11/25/2018 - 11/30/2018
Ezekiel 19, 20 & 21
Ezekiel 22, 23 & 24
Ezekiel 25, 26 & 27
Ezekiel 28, 29 & 30
Ezekiel 31, 32 & 33
Ezekiel 34, 35 & 36
11/01/2018 - 11/03/2018
Psalm 89 & 90
Psalm 91
Psalm 92
11//04/2018 - 11/10//2018  
Psalm 93
Psalm 94
Psalm 95
Psalm 96
Psalm 97
Psalm 98
Psalm 99

11/11/2018 - 11/17/2018
Psalm 100
Psalm 101
Psalm 102
Psalm 103
Psalm 104
Psalm 105
Psalm 106

11/18/2018 - 11/24/2018
Psalm 107
Psalm 108
Psalm 109
Psalm 110
Psalm 111
Psalm 112
Psalm 113

11/25/2018 - 11/30/2018
Psalm 114
Psalm 115
Psalm 116
Psalm 117
Psalm 118
Psalm 119

Melva Robinson November 1
Aiden Wittenmyer November 3
Rev. Mike Denman November 4
Janet Quinn November 4
Stephanie Shelton November 5
Juniper Clark November 5
Maddox Hires November 8
David Landis November 8
Nicholas Sheridan November 9
James Suchocki November 10
Wendell Welker November 10
Barb Korecki November 11
Lindsey Laurie November 11
Hailey Kahl November 14
Caitlin May November 14
Lauren May November 14
William Plassmann November 14
Steve Rath November 14
Marny Mazzarella November 16
Zoe Rose November 17
Heather Rose November 18
Jan Sheridan November 18
Hazel McCausland November 19
Delores Young November 19
Shamarr Lipinski November 20
Thomas McCausland November 20
Steven Smith November 20
Karen Wiggins November 20
Chase Kirby November 21
Thomas Kahl November 23
Gage McMillan November 24
Stephanie Allison November 25
Elaine Colyer November 25
Jamel Lipinski November 26
Tommy Laurie November 27
Michael Page November 27
Jacob Kahl November 28
Donna Martin November 28

( If you have an November Birthday that isn't listed here,
please call the church office.)
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