|Gift Wrapping Fundraiser Today|
Sunday, December 11th between services – the youth group will be set-up to wrap gifts in Fillmore Hall. Donations are appreciated toward the upcoming Appalachian Service Project (ASP) mission trip.
|Opportunity to Serve|
Do you LOVE to de-clutter and organize? Have we got a deal for you! Call Pastor Heather for details.
|Open Door Nursery School (ODNS) Open House|
Registration for the 2017 - 2018 school year will begin on January 4th, 2017. Priority is given to current ODNS families and WUMC members before we open registration to the public. Our morning programs consist of certified teachers and aides conducting separate classes for 2, 3, 4, and 5 year-old children. Our school year begins the MONDAY after Labor Day and ends the FRIDAY before Memorial Day. Children must be 2,3,4, or 5 years old, respectively, before December 1, 2017, to be enrolled. Current registration and application forms can be downloaded from our website or can be found downstairs in the main nursery school hallway beginning January 2017. For more information or a tour of the school, call Melinda Foran-Bibko at 633-1655 or visit our website at www.opendoorns.com We will also be holding an Open House on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 11am to 1pm. This is a great opportunity to meet the staff, see the classrooms and register your child for preschool.
|Last day to Order Christmas Decorations and/or Blankets|
Today is the last day to order poinsettias or blankets. See the red insert in today’s bulletin.
Join the email list. We promise not to overwhelm you with constant emails. Just a reminder or notification of changes in scheduled events. If you want to join, complete the insert and drop the sheet in the offering. We will NOT add your email unless you give us permission to do so.
|Calling all Ushers|
Men, women, youth, and adults! We need your help! Each week for worship at least 2 ushers are needed to help folks navigate our space. We appreciate those who already serve – thank you! Call or email Bruce Wattle for more information or to sign-up today (636-6272, firstname.lastname@example.org).
|Change in Book Club Selection|The Book Club will meet on Friday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Bev Hyatt (32 Hampton Hill Dr.). Please note that our December book is now “Perfect Match” by Jodi Picoult.
|Christmas Cookies Needed|
Cookies are needed for the Children’s Christmas Party at Seneca Street UMC on December 17th. Please consider making a little extra as you complete your Christmas baking. Cookies should be in zip-lock bags and marked for Seneca Street. All cookies need to be brought to the church by Wednesday, November 14th.
|Praying on the 9's|
“Do not grow weary”, friends! In this season of worldly busy-ness, let us continue to remember and pause on the 9’s as we pray for the church, our community, and ourselves. Prayer is our way of communicating with God, may we continue to do so with strength!
|Thank you from Pastors Heather and Greg|
Thank you SO much for all the reception and for the very generous baby gift for Lucas! We are so very grateful for all that the church has done to welcome him into the world and into the fold at Williamsville UMC.
Pastors Gregg and Heather
|WOW Has Been Busy Helping Others|
The Women of Williamsville have indeed been busy. At the November meeting, they joined forces with Priceless Purses, a local charitable initiative that gathers gently used purses and donates them to homeless, battered and otherwise disenfranchised women all over western New York. The special things about these purses is they were all stuffed with female essentials like shampoo, deodorant, body wash, toothpaste, gloves and socks as well as body spray, hair brushes and soap. In all, 40 stuffed handbags were donated by WOW. Louise O’Connor, founder of Priceless Purses, was pleased and honored by this generous effort.
In December, two more charitable moments will be organized by WOW. They will include gift cards and Christmas cards for WUMC’s adopted friends at Plymouth Crossroads and Beechwood.
|Winter Coats, Hats and Gloves for Seneca Street UMC|
Winter weather is coming. Gently used and cleaned winter coats are needed for all ages, children and adults. Please, no dress coats. There is a small tree in the Narthex that has ornaments for hats and gloves. Please consider picking up a pair of mittens or a hat to keep someone warm this winter.
|UNY Bridge November 2016, Issue I|The Bridge is a communications tool designed for local churches to stay connected to each other and to the ministries taking place around the Upper New York Conference and The United Methodist Church. Copies of this latest publication are available in the Narthex.
|Parlor Rocking Chairs|
We have two beautiful rocking chairs in the children’s corner of the parlor thanks to Marlene Zimpfer and another anonymous donor.
|John Wesley’s Advice for Elections|
This comes from his Journal dated Oct. 6, 1774.
"John Wesley famously advised his parishioners how to conduct themselves in an election:
1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy
2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against
3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side".
Starting this week, there is an evergreen tree at the Oakgrove Entrance with Christmas wish tags. These are items that Seneca Street UM Church is in need of during the holiday season. These items will be used to fill their Christmas Shoppe so that children and youth may purchase gifts for loved ones. Please consider taking a tag from the tree and returning it unwrapped with its tag attached by Sunday November 27th. We thank God for an opportunity to serve!
As November 20th approaches, let us consider, prayerfully, our Ministry Commitment cards that have arrived by mail. Let us think about how we will give back to God for the blessings we have been given. How will your commitment to God look in the year ahead? How will you honor a commitment to prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness? Please plan to turn in your card on November 20th or before so we can celebrate the upcoming year!
|How I Began to Tithe by Rosemary Elliott|
Around the turn of the Century I decided that I wanted to tithe. I had been thinking of this for a while, and decided that now was the time. At that time I was donating about 5% of my net income. Each year I increased the amount by 1%, so by 2005 I was donating 10% of my net income. I then decided to move towards donating 10% of my gross income, so I calculated the % of my gross income I was giving, and repeated the process of increasing, so after a few years I was donating 10% of my gross income. Shortly after this I retired, so needed a further assessment of the % of my pension and Social Security. Later I had to add the required minimum amounts from my 405b. Now I finally have reached the point at which all of my income is tithed. It gives me a lot of satisfaction to be able to do this. I reached the 10% mark gradually, first using my net income as a goal. This made it something that I could manage without major changes in my spending. I hope my story may be helpful to those that are thinking of tithing, but reluctant to make a major change.
Did you notice our new WELCOME BANNER when you arrived at church on Rally Day? You will also be seeing a new banner called FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT starting on October 16? These banners were given to us by our MEMORIAL TEAM and we would like to thank them for their generous gifts.
These banners bring a welcoming feel to our church as we are called to praise God with every ounce of our being.
Again THANK YOU Memorial Team from the bottoms of our hearts.
The Altar Guild
|Bishop Mark J. Webb releases statement on shootings in Orlando, Fla.|
June 12, 2016 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb
Once again we are witnesses to unimaginable and horrific violence that has claimed the lives of over 50 people and injured dozens more. This time it has happened in Orlando, Fla. I invite you to join me in prayer for the families and friends of those killed, that God would bring comfort in the midst of despair. Let us pray for God’s healing touch upon those who are dealing with physical injuries and emotional trauma. Let us pray for our United Methodist sisters and brothers in the Orlando area as God uses them to be the presence of Christ in the midst of this tragedy.
Days like this remind us that evil is real and darkness is a part of the world in which we live. As people who claim faith in Jesus Christ, we know the light, we have been changed by the light, and we are called to offer the light of Christ to the world. Let us seek the ways we can be the very tangible hands and feet of Christ, following and living the Gospel message. Let us seek ways to be bold in proclaiming the name of Jesus and inviting others to experience the transformation that only Jesus can provide.
Our world needs the good news – let us be people of good news! Our world needs Jesus – let us be people who invite others to know the One we know. In the midst of violence, let us not shrink from the hope we have in the one we call Savior. May we not shrink from offering the hope of Jesus to a world in desperate need. Spiritual forces of darkness will not have victory – the victory has been won in Jesus the Christ!
Lord, in your mercy comfort those who mourn, touch those who need your healing and provide peace in the midst of fear. Lord, in your mercy allow goodness to overcome evil and light to pierce the darkness.
--Bishop Mark J.
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