The Sunday Bulletin

Welcome! The bulletins and announcements for the week of Sunday November 16 are available for download as a PDF file.

 

General Announcements

Annual Church Conference Session - Sunday Nov. 23
     Our regular annual meeting of the Church Conference, the official business meeting of the congregation, will be held Sunday, November 23, at Indian Falls UMC. The meeting will be part of a regional gathering of congregations for combined meetings.

Among the business to be conducted will be the election of key leaders of the congregation, including members of the Board of Trustees; setting of the pastor’s compensation package for 2015; approval of the 2013 financial audit; and receiving of the pastor’s report and other reports of ministry in the congregation.

The gathering will begin with a combined worship celebration with other congregations at

3:30 p.m. and will continue with our Church Conference being convened at 4:30. All official members of the congregation are eligible to participate and vote at this meeting.
ATTENTION: One Worship Service Nov. 30
ATTENTION: Please mark your calendar ~ Sunday, November 30 there will be just one worship service at 10:00 a.m.



An Invitation to Join Our Fellowship

Are you interested in deepening your relationship with God and with the congregation? One of the primary ways of doing that is by taking the radical step of joining the congregation as a member.

“Christianity is more than a matter of new understanding” of life and God, according to Stanley Hauerwas, a former professor at Duke Divinity School,

and Bishop William Willimon. It “is an invitation to be part of an alien people who make a difference because they see something that cannot otherwise be seen without Christ. Right living is more the challenge than right thinking. The challenge is not the intellectual one but the political one – the creation of a new people who have aligned themselves with the seismic shift that has occurred in the world since Christ.”

Joining the church, despite the predominant cultural view, a view prevalent even in the church itself, involves a radical reordering of priorities and allegiances in life in concert with others who have made a similar reordering of their lives. It’s not for everyone. But for those who take the step, it’s the entry into a new and deeper relationship with God and neighbor.

If you want to explore your questions about church membership, or if you are ready to undertake such a commitment, contact Pastor Rich Neal at 984-3541 or by email at richneal@together.net


Helping in the Ebola Crisis
In a letter to the members of the Upper New York Conference, Bishop Mark J. Webb wrote about the United Methodist response to the Ebola epidemic.

“The United Methodist Church is bringing hope to individuals and families affected by Ebola,” he wrote. “Over 300 United Methodist hospitals, clinics and health outposts are engaged in the response effort. Hospital clinics have been re-purposed as Ebola holding centers. Doctors and nurses have continued to treat patients even when good protective gear has not been available.”

Bishop Webb went on to share his hope for how the Upper New York Conference would support the efforts.

“United Methodists in Upper New York have a remarkable history of responding to the needs of our neighbors. I am asking you to do so again,” Bishop Webb wrote. “First of all, please pray fervently… I also invite you to consider – as individuals and congregations – giving financially to assist with the needs brought on by the Ebola crisis. UMCOR has designated its International Disaster Relief Advance # 982450 for the Ebola emergency response team.”

You can give to this effort by donating online. Choose Missions and in the Optional line, type “Ebola.” For more information, you can visit http://www.umc.org/ebola

More Announcements and Events
Click this icon to see additional Announcements about upcoming services, meetings, and events at WUMC. Announcements are grouped by ministry area such as Family Life, Missions, and Worship.


 

How Firm a Foundation

 

At Williamsville United Methodist Church, we welcome all people to encounter Jesus Christ. We provide a spiritual community that nurtures active fellowship and participation through a variety of ministries. We encourage people of all ages to join us on a spiritual journey with Christ.

The Williamsville United Methodist Church has been a part of the Village of Williamsville since 1821.While we are proud of our historic presence in the Village of Williamsville, we know what keeps us relevant is far more than our building and history. It is the joy, love, and respect accorded everyone who enters our church, the quality of our staff, the strength of our programs, and our varied ministries.

We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about us. We hope you will return often to read announcements and articles that provide information about upcoming services, ministries, and events. You might also enjoy reading some "Ruminations of a Pastor" from Pastor Neal on his "Sauntering Pilgrim: Notes, Ruminations, and Seeds of Contemplation" blog.

 

We invite you to join us for Sunday worship, Christian education, and fellowship. Our doors are always open and we look forward to getting to know you.

 

Sunday Morning Meeting Times:

Two worship services mid-September through May: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Sunday school for all ages mid-September through May: 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

One worship service June through mid-September: 10:00 a.m.

Williamsville United Methodist Church

5681 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221-5517

Phone: (716) 634-4800

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Williamsville-United-Methodist-Church/420017971370009

E-mail: wumc@williamsvilleumc.org

Your inquiry will be forwarded to the appropriate contact person.

 


  

Welcome Statements

WUMC WELCOME STATEMENT

We welcome you to the Williamsville United Methodist Church in the name and sprit of Jesus Christ, offering openness, acceptance and support that enables all persons to participate in the life of the church. All are welcome.

VISION STATEMENT 

As a village church, Williamsville United Methodist faithfully continues the vision and tradition of our founders by welcoming all people to encounter Jesus Christ. We will nurture active fellowship and participation through a variety of ministries that encourage people of all ages to grow in a spiritual journey with Christ.

MISSION STATEMENT 

The Williamsville United Methodist Church is a community of people striving to be contemporary disciples of Jesus Christ. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we affirm that God has a purpose for our congregation and that our church can have a telling impact. To that end, our mission is to be and make disciples for Christ! We accomplish this by worshiping God and nurturing each other through our common faith in a loving environment, and by proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ by our daily actions, and by our service in this community and in the world.

Our Foundational Beliefs

We as United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share many basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities.  For more information on our beliefs, visit Our Christian Roots on the UMC.org website.

As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness. To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.



Visit the "Our Faith" page of the UMC.org website to learn more about what United Methodists believe and how these beliefs are reflected in our ministries. You can also visit the "Our World" page to discover how ministries of the United Methodist Church are making a difference in lives around the world.