The Word: Monthly Newsletter February 2015 The Word Look Inside: Pastor's Page Worship Info February Celebrations & Condolences Mission Connections Kids & Youth Connections News & Notes February Calendar As we prepare the MCCI report for the conference consultation team I have become even more in love with this church. Many of you remember a different day and age in this church when the pews were full and the children were plentiful. You remember when worship was a glorious event and your friends were just a few pews over. Those were good days. It can be painful to think back to what we used to be and wonder if this church will ever again see the days of reaching the people of Wapakoneta for Christ. In my prayer life I have been deeply convicted that First Church of Wapakoneta can be that church again! I see overflowing worship venues, tripping over children, outstanding worship, unbelievable outreach, effective Christian education and meaningful outlet of service in our future! What are your dreams for the future of First Church? Have you been praying about the breakthroughs God is going to make through First Church on His behalf? I cannot emphasize enough how important prayer is to the entire process! We must be praying that God opens the hearts and minds of First Church for the purpose of reaching others for Christ! Friday, April 24-Sunday, April 26 will be our MCCI weekend. During this weekend many will be interviewed and asked what their dreams for First Church are and what we need to do to become more effective. On Saturday, our leaders will receive an exciting training led by the Conference team. On Sunday, April 26, a report will be shared with the congregation through a combined service at 10:00 a.m. (There will be no Sunday School but childcare will be provided during worship. Dinner to follow the combined service.) The report will tell what they heard during the interviews and in the self-study. Then they will share with us five prescriptions they are recommending to us. I pray you will make the time to prioritize being in church for this very special service! Pastor Kim First United Methodist Church ● Wapakoneta, Ohio The Word: Monthly Newsletter February 2015 Worship Connection 4th SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY, February 1, 2015 Message: "Royal Dreams" - Rev. Kimberly Pope-Seiberling Sermon Series: Destiny and Dreams Scripture: Genesis 41:1-14, 25-32 8:15 a.m. Traditional Worship Service with Holy Communion Greeters/Ushers: Maurice & Sarah DeVore 9:15 a.m. Sunday School Classes for all ages 10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship Service with Holy Communion Greeters/Ushers: Scott & Traci Turner and Les & Kim Bowers 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Service with Holy Communion in Beckwith Hall 5th SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY, FEBRUARY 8, 2015, BOY SCOUT SUNDAY Message: "Family Destiny" - Rev. Mike Westbay Sermon Series: Destiny & Dreams Scripture: Genesis 42 & 43 story tellers 8:15 a.m. Traditional Worship Service with Holy Communion Greeters/Ushers: Maurice & Sarah DeVore 9:15 a.m. Sunday School Classes for all ages 10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship Service Greeters/Ushers: Scott & Traci Turner and Les & Kim Bowers 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Service in Beckwith Hall LAST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY, FEBRUARY 15, 2015 Message: "Dreams Come True" - Rev. Kimberly Pope-Seiberling Sermon Series: Destiny & Dreams Scripture: Genesis 44 & 46 story tellers 8:15 a.m. Traditional Worship Service with Holy Communion Greeters/Ushers: Steve & Jennifer McDevitt 9:15 a.m. Sunday School Classes for all ages 10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship Service Greeters/Ushers: Les & Kim Bowers and Blaine & Kara Kohler 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Service in Beckwith Hall 1st SUNDAY IN LENT, FEBRUARY 22, 2015 Message: "Prayer" - Rev. Kimberly Pope-Seiberling Sermon Series: Practices make Perfect Scripture: Matthew 6 8:15 a.m. Traditional Worship Service with Holy Communion Greeters/Ushers: Steve & Jennifer McDevitt 9:15 a.m. Sunday School Classes for all ages 10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship Service Greeters/Ushers: Les & Kim Bowers and Blaine & Kara Kohler 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Service in Beckwith Hall First United Methodist Church ● Wapakoneta, Ohio The Word: Monthly Newsletter February 2015 Worship Connection NOTICE! CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED for Presidents Day, February 16, 2015. SUNDAY WORSHIP TIMES 8:15 A.M. Traditional Worship Service with Communion 9:15 A.M. Sunday School Classes for all ages 10:30 A.M. Traditional Worship Service (with Communion 1st Sunday of every month) 11:00 A.M. Contemporary Service in Beckwith Hall (with Communion 1st Sunday of every month) WEEKLY CHURCH ATTENDANCE Christmas Eve, December 24, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. – 274 and 11:00 p.m. – 72 December 28, 2014 – 8:15 a.m. – 47 and 10:30 a.m. – 115 and 11:00 a.m. – 55 January 4, 2014 – 8:15 a.m. – 42 and 10:30 a.m. – 109 and 11:00 a.m. – 44 January 11, 2014 – 8:15 a.m. – 39 and 10:30 a.m. – 101 and 11:00 a.m. – 46 January 18, 2014 – 8:15 a.m. – 47 and 10:30 a.m. – 117 and 11:00 a.m. – 35 January 25, 2014 – 8:15 a.m. – 44 and 10:30 a.m. – 122 and 11:00 a.m. – 40 SUNDAY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE January 4, 2015 - 76 January 11, 2015 - 87 January 18, 2015 - 69 Please Pray For: Nick Welker, Jim Marsden, Rita Williamson, David Stoll, Edison Keller, Wayne Fowler, Donna Wirth, Juanita Swanbeck, Lois Yinger, Gene Williams, Edison Keller, Don & Dee Nevergall, Tony Montgomery, Lois Ann Siferd, Julia Wolfe, John Ruoff, Jim Elshire, Mae Cartmell, Kay Ruoff, Paula Goodes, Nancy Oen First United Methodist Church ● Wapakoneta, Ohio The Word: Monthly Newsletter February 2015 Celebrations & Condolences FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS! 01 Gary Walls Madison Davis (9 yrs.) 03 Marilyn James Van Allen Parfait (3 yrs.) 04 Barb Lee Jim Dulebohn 05 Philip Myers Mara Stiles (11 yrs.) Nathan Niemeyer (8 yrs.) 07 Mabeline Goodwin (15 yrs.) 08 Richard Hengstler Vicky Cartmell Jacob Bowersock Paul Kimmel Holly Fuller 09 Joyce Dotson 10 Fred Erb Flo Kennedy 11 Gene Williams Dan Graf 12 David Stoll 14 Bruce Thuman Deb Pedersen Janell Welker 15 Jim Bowersock Matt Gill Rebecca Peterson Lindsay Stachowicz 16 Dennis McCormick 17 Mark Schneider Arlene Searcy Dr. Wm. Reed Searcy Miriam Reese Zakery Dulebohn Kris Bowersock 18 Lucy Stedke (6 yrs.) 19 Cara Dauch (17 yrs.) Ryan Thuman 20 Kirsten Walters 22 Georgia Casto Christine Schwartz Jeannette Burkholder 24 Karen Kohler Miya Hollis (3 yrs.) 25 June Keiber Rogina Turner Yvonne Southall Tom Briley 26 Katherine Schlatter Susan Gill 28 Deb Clutter Donovan Winget Scott Turner 29 Brian Ritchie CONDOLENCES! To Sheila (Wayne) Fowler and family on the passing of her sister, Glenita "Cookie" Dudley, of Cambridge City, Indiana on December 24, 2014. To Merita (Stan) Arnold and family on the passing of her son, Roger White, on January 1, 2015. To Guyneth (Dean) Coolidge and family on the passing of her father, John Staples, on January 7, 2015. To Miriam (Bill) Reese and family on the passing of her sister, Marilyn Rehn, on January 20, 2015. First United Methodist Church ● Wapakoneta, Ohio The Word: Monthly Newsletter February 2015 Mission Connection The Mission Team has several projects and goals in mind for 2015. - We hope to arrange a mission trip for the youth of our church. Kim Bowers is beginning to look into possible opportunities for the trip. - The Mission Team will also continue to support local ministries such as God’s Storehouse, St. Vincent DePaul, and Mercy Unlimited. - We are also looking to help provide food to students in need over the weekends within Wapakoneta City Schools. - Reaching out internationally to help those abroad will be another focus of our team this year. - Within our church, the team will be leading a book study using the book “What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty” by Ruby Payne. The goal of the Mission Team this year is simple: to do something! We plan to provide continued financial support this year, but would like to challenge the members of our church to go out and serve. So please join us, let’s do something! I woke up this morning Saw a world full of trouble now Thought, how’d we ever get so far down How’s it ever gonna turn around So I turned my eyes to Heaven I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?” Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of People living in poverty Children sold into slavery The thought disgusted me So, I shook my fist at Heaven Said, “God, why don’t You do something?” He said, “I did, I created you” - lyrics from Matthew West’s song “Do Something” First United Methodist Church ● Wapakoneta, Ohio The Word: Monthly Newsletter February 2015 Kids & Youth Connection 412 KIDS January found the 412 Kids of First United Methodist Church busy planning their next mission project. They have also spent Wednesday nights doing skits, scavenger hunts, crafting, playing games, and building lasting friendships while learning about Jesus. 412 meets each Wednesday from 6:00-7:30 pm. SENIOR HIGH YOUTH The Senior High Youth (9th grade thru 12th grade) will be meeting Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Eric Temple and John Bailey are the Senior High Youth leaders. ACOLYTES WANTED Any Youth in Junior High or Senior High who is interested in being an Acolyte for the Sunday Worship Services is invited to sign up on the sheet on the Welcome Center counter in the narthex. First United Methodist Church ● Wapakoneta, Ohio The W ord: Monthly Newsletter February 2015 News & Notes WELCOME NEW MEMBERS The following people were received into First United Methodist Church's membership by Pastor Kimberly Pope-Seiberling: Zac Lauck joined on January 18, 2015, by transferred from Cridersville United Methodist Church. Nancy (Rev. Mike) Westbay joined on January 18, 2015, by transfer from Mt. Tabor UMC. COMMUNITY LENTEN SERVICES 12:00 Noon at St. Joseph Catholic Church February 18 through April 1, 2015 The Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association will be sponsoring the weekly Community Lenten Worship at St. Joseph Catholic Church beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 18, during the noon hour and continuing each Wednesday during Lent. There will be a 30 minute worship followed by a luncheon in their Parish Center. The speakers, topics and luncheon will be provided by the various churches in the Wapakoneta area. First United Methodist Church will be in charge of the Lenten Service and luncheon on March 4th. A donation for the lunch helps to not only pay the expenses of the meal but gives the Ministerial Association financial support for their various ministries. FIRST CHURCH'S IMPOSITION OF ASHES Plan now to attend the Imposition of Ashes service in our sanctuary on Ash Wednesday, February 18th, at 7:00 p.m. It will be very brief so please be prompt. OUTREACH COMMITTEE The Outreach Committee met in January to discuss and plan our 2015 calendar. We have decided to start with our community Easter egg hunt. It will be held on April 4. The committee will have more information available as the date approaches. We will be asking for donations of candy to fill the eggs. SHROVE TUESDAY ANNUAL PANCAKE DINNER Be sure to mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 17, 2014, to attend our annual Pancake Dinner. All you can eat pancakes served with one Walter's fresh sausage (an extra sausage is $1.00) and beverage. Tickets are $5.00 per person (children under 10 years old can eat pancakes free) and can be purchased at the door. Serving time begins at 4:30 p.m. sponsored by the United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church. Volunteers are needed to help this day. If you are interested, please see signup sheet on the Welcome Center counter. First United Methodist Church ● Wapakoneta, Ohio The Word: Monthly Newsletter February 2015 News & Notes continued WOMEN SUPPORTING WOMEN Dear Ladies, Attendance…..Do you want to be a member of now Women Supporting Women? Ladies this is very important due to our budget cut and fellowship. We are now supporting ourselves for regular meetings and the specialty meetings such as Mother’s day, Family day, Angel Share Productions and our Christmas party will be funded from our budget. With that said postage went up and it’s easier to text, pc message or call those that don’t have internet or texting abilities. Since I have gotten married and want to help women be the best they can be there will be some changes to our program. 1. As of February 2015 Women Supporting Single Women will become Women Supporting Women. This will not only support singles but open our membership up to all age appropriate women starting at 21 years of age. 2. The mission statement will remain the same except changing the words single to all age appropriate women. 3. A committee of seven will form to help support the life of WSW. If anyone is interested for a one year term please call Yvonne -- [email protected], 419-905-2847 (cell & texting). LOAVES AND FISHES First United Methodist Church hosts the Loaves & Fishes community ministry every Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in Beckwith Hall (served by the various churches in the Wapakoneta area). First United Methodist Church's turn is on February 5th. The meal is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the great food and good fellowship! CAMERA FRIENDS Camera Friends next meeting will be on Monday, February 16, at 2:00 p.m. Any questions, please contact L.V. Hollis at 419-738-2574. VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER AND CONCERT Please join supporters of Family Promise of Lima-Allen County for our second annual Valentine's Day Dinner and Concert. Dinner catered by the Milano Café. Concert by The Third Floor Band. Enjoy the Evening with your Valentine, or with your special friends. A table will be set up for singles at Shawnee Community Church, Corner of Shawnee and Zurmehly Roads on February 14, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. Donation: $50.00 per person (eight or more 10% off). All proceeds benefit homeless families. To reserve your tickets see Mike Powell or email [email protected] or call 419-879-4600. First United Methodist Church ● Wapakoneta, Ohio The Word: Monthly Newsletter February 2015 News & Notes continued POVERTY SIMULATION On Monday, February 23, from 6:00-8:30 pm, a poverty simulation will be offered at St Paul’s UCC. This experience is a joint venture between First United Methodist Church, St. Paul UCC Church and St. Joe’s Catholic Church. In the poverty simulation, you will be given an identity then given tasks to complete. The experience is designed to help increase our understanding of issues facing the poor. This is excellent training for those planning to volunteer for Family Promise. Pastor Kim will be there and would love to see a strong Showing. There is a signup sheet on the Welcome Center. Spaces are limited and we anticipate the registration will fill up quickly. ANGEL SHARE PRODUCTIONS 2014 Angel Share was created by Yvonne Hines Southall from a dream given to her by the Lord. The purpose of this event is “to teach children from ages 3-17 to give back to their parents and grandparents. The children get to choose a gift for parents, grandparents or guardian. The gifts are wrapped by volunteers and the children get a Christmas card that they personally sign. They get their pictures taken by the tree or Santa. We give each child a personal gift or treat. We engage them in knowing the story of Jesus’ birth and how He gave back to us with love and sacrifice by a live play done by children in the community. Saturday, November 22, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., we held the Angel Share for the children only. We had 51 children signed up. Most were from Auglaize, Mercer and Allen Counties. They received a candy bag and an apples provided by the Mary Hannah Unit. Thanks ladies. Donations of wrapping paper and bows from individuals were very much appreciated. There are other parts to Angel Share Productions, its new name as of November 2013. One is open rummage with winter clothes such as coats, gloves, jeans or warm pants, socks, scarves, and sweaters; new blankets; household items can be from small appliances to Christmas Trees, anything that people don’t want in good condition. We advertise through free media, Wapakoneta Daily News and community awareness. Families sign their children up with permission to take their photos. The gifts come from Yvonne buying during the year using her personal funds, other individual donations, community and out of state businesses as well as some corporations as I write letters of our needs. The volunteers come from our church and community. Thank you so much to our volunteers for their dedication. We need 15 people to facilitate the complete program. If anyone is interested in helping support this event in anyway please contact Yvonne Southall at 419.738.2439 or email at [email protected] PUPPETS To everyone who tells us "We love the puppets - so glad you performed today!" It's very encouraging to hear that and we thank you very much for giving us a boost! We are working on a song entitled "Give it Away" and plan to sing on February 8th. Anyone who wishes to join us should come to practice each Sunday evening at 6:00 pm in room 100 (age 9 to 99) we would love to see some new faces as we seek to serve our Lord. If you have any questions call Leroy (419-604-0749), Lynne (419-738-4278), or Wendy (419-236-1189), Puppet Coordinators. First United Methodist Church ● Wapakoneta, Ohio \ The Word: Monthly Newsletter February 2015 News & Notes continued A SPIRITUAL FORMATION WORKBOOK Over Lent we will be focusing on spiritual disciplines. We will be using the book “A Spiritual Formation Workbook: Small Group Resources for Nurturing Christian Growth” by Richard Foster. Spiritual disciplines are practices that help draw us closer to God. The focus of the study will be on practicing the disciplines such as prayer and acts of mercy. Weekly Bible Studies will be conducted over Lent and coordinate with the sermon series. People will be assigned a group to be in according to their availability. Many of the groups will meet in the homes of the facilitator. Each session will last one hour. Bible studies will begin Feb 22-Feb 28 and continue through the season of Easter. The cost of the book is $12.00 or it is available on the kindle for $2.00. If interested please fill out a registration form available at the Welcome Center. Completed forms can be turned into the church office or placed in the offering plate. \ HOSPITALITY OPPORTUNITIES Would you be willing to volunteer some of your time on Sunday to help us at the Welcome Center? Your duties would be to stand or sit behind the desk and answer general questions from our members and guests. We have a notebook on the desk with the answers. And there is always someone near-by that would be happy to help. You already know where the restrooms are and where Sunday school classes meet. And when we have a first time guest, you can give them a travel mug. We would welcome your help. There is also an opportunity for you to be of service to our members and guests on Sunday mornings at the Beverage Centers. We have beverages and snacks available to those who attend church. Beverages and snacks are available in the Narthex from 8 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. and also in Beckwith Hall from 10:30 a.m. to noon. You would be asked to provide about 5 dozen cookies, donuts, fruit breads, cheese & crackers, brownies or anything you want to bring. The church provides coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cappuccino and orange juice. We also have all the paper products you need. There will be complete instructions at each center. You can sign up on the pad at the Welcome Center or when you are called to help, please say yes. First United Methodist Church ● Wapakoneta, Ohio CALENDAR FOR FEBRUARY 2015 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY 1 Communion 2 8:15 am Worship 9:15 am Sunday School 10:30 am Worship 11:00 am Contemporary Service 5:00 pm Volleyball at YMCA 6:00 pm Puppets 6:30 pm Financial Peace 7:00 pm Sr. High 8 3 10:30 am Bible Study 7:30 am Study – at Cloud 9 WEDNESDAY 4 7:00 pm Trustees 7:00 pm Dartball Practice 6:00 pm 412 Youth (3rd & 4th graders) 6:30 pm Handbells 7:00 pm Chancel Choir 5 6 7 13 14 20 21 8:00 pm Dartball Game here 7:00 pm Missions 11 8:15 am Worship/Holy Communion 9:15 am Sunday School 10:30 am Worship 11:00 am Contemporary Service 5:00 pm Volleyball at YMCA 6:00 pm Puppets 6:30 pm Financial Peace 7:00 pm Sr. High 10:30 am Bible Study 7:30 am Study – at Cloud 9 8:30 am Ladies Quilting 7:00 pm Dartball Practice 6:00 pm 412 Youth (3rd & 4th graders) 6:30 pm Handbells 7:00 pm Chancel Choir 15 16 6:00 pm Finance 7:00 pm Staff/Parish 17 Presidents Day 7:30 am Study – at Cloud 9 Church Office Closed 4:30 pm Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner 10:30 am Bible Study 2:00 pm Camera Friends 7:30 pm Ad Board 22 8:15 am Worship/ 23 Holy Communion 9:15 am Sunday School 10:30 am Worship 11:00 am Contemporary Service 5:00 pm Volleyball at YMCA 6:00 pm Puppets 6:30 pm Financial Peace 7:00 pm Sr. High SATURDAY 4:30 pm Loaves & Fishes 10 8:15 am Worship/Holy Communion 9:15 am Sunday School 10:30 am Worship 11:00 am Contemporary Service 5:00 pm Volleyball at YMCA 6:0 pm Puppets 6:30 pm Financial Peace 7:00 pm Sr. High FRIDAY 8:30 am Ladies Quilting 9 Boy Scout Sunday THURSDAY 10:30 am Bible Study 6:00-8:30 pm Poverty Simulation at St. Paul UCC Church 8:00 pm Dartball Game here 8:30 am Ladies Quilting Noon - Community Service at St. Joe's 4:30 pm Loaves & Fishes 24 25 7:00 pm Dartball Practice 6:00 Outreach 19 Ash Wednesday 7:00 pm Dartball Practice 7:30 am Study – at Cloud 9 4:30 pm Loaves & Fishes 18 6:00 pm 412 Youth (3rd &4th graders) 6:30 pm Handbells 7:00 pm Chancel Choir 7:00 pm Imposition of Ashes 6:30 pm Hospitality 12 2:00 pm Women Supporting Women 6:30 pm Education in room 100 8:00 pm Dartball Game at Jackson Twp. 26 27 8:30 am Ladies Quilting Noon - Community Lenten Service at St. Joe's 6:00 pm 412 Youth (3rd &4th graders) 6:30 pm Handbells 7:00 pm Chancel Choir 4:30 pm Loaves & Fishes 8:00 pm Dartball Game here First United Methodist Church ● Wapakoneta, Ohio 28 First United Methodist Church 504 Glynwood Road Wapakoneta, OH 45895 First United Methodist Church 504 Glynwood Road, Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895 Contact Information: First United Methodist Church’s e-mail address: [email protected] Web Page address: http://bright.net/~fumc/ Telephone: 419-738-8168 Please have any articles you wish to have published in March's newsletter to the church office by Friday, February 20, 2015 .
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