The Sunday Bulletin

Welcome! The Bulletin and Announcements for the week of Sunday, August 2 are available to download as a PDF file. Please note we are on our summer schedule and there is only one worship service at 10:00 am.

General Announcements

Mission Prayer Team Discovers some “Prayerscaping" Surprises

Following an experiment in “prayerscaping” –an exercise in attempting to see one’s surroundings as God sees them and to modify them according to how one perceives God’s will – partners in our Mission Prayer Team met last Sunday to share their experiences.

            The team had been given instructions to sit quietly in a public space, offer a simple prayer (“Lord, help me see what you see”) perhaps repeatedly, then listen for up to an hour for the voice of God.

            For one team member, that led to a simple yet unexpectedly fruitful encounter with a visitor to the church who was looking for resources for a support group that would meet later that day.

            For another, the prayer question continued into the rest of the week, and the distractions that had intruded into the prayer time became themselves the focus of ongoing prayer in other settings, providing greater sensitivity to the world at hand.

            Members of the Mission Prayer Team will continue their ministry as a loose connection of pray-ers, using a variety of questions or phrases as the focus of their prayer. If you would like to know more about the team or explore becoming part of it, contact Pastor Rich Neal.


Members of our congregation’s newly formed Mission Prayer Team have begun a ministry of prayerscaping.

            A prayerscape is defined as “a description or depiction of one’s surroundings as God is thought to see them,” and to prayerscape means “to seek to modify or enhance one’s surroundings in harmony with God’s perceived will for the place and its inhabitants.”

            Responding to an invitation from Pastor Rich during our June 21 worship celebration, the first eight members to join the Mission Prayer Team are Nancy Cimbal, Tony DelGobbo, Shirley Giesler, Nancy Goodwin, Rena Harbaugh, Dave Reichard, Denise Reichard, and Jim Steimer.

            Team members will follow specific instructions as they pray for the surrounding community and for the mission of the church, which The Book of Discipline states is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

            Their ministry involves listening for the voice of God as they contemplate specific parts of our community, and then meeting together to share what they have heard.

            New members of the Mission Prayer Team are welcome. If you are interested in being part of this ministry, contact Pastor Rich at 984-3541 or

Register for Vacation Bible School (Volunteers also needed)

Vacation Bible School, August 3-7

Open to children ages 4-6th grade

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

68 Eagle Street, Williamsville

Co-Sponsored by: Williamsville United Methodist Church

5:30 – 6:10 PM:  Dinner from the Mountaintop Menu will be served (Good Will Offering)

6:10 – 8:00 PM:  EVEREST Program (Free)             

Join us as we learn to overcome obstacles with God’s awesome power!  Be a part of the climbing crew and “trek” through Everest, discovering God’s power and promises all along the way.  Start an adventure. Learn that his awesome power is enough to overcome any “mountain” or problem in life.  At Everest, you will have an exciting, fun-filled, Bible-based blast you are sure to love.  At every stop you and your crew will learn, grow and have a grand time seeing that God’s power is bigger than any of life’s circumstances.

Download the Registration form and return it to the Church office.

We also dearly need many adult and teen volunteers to assist in setting-up the week before, cleanup, classroom help!  Please contact Barbara Manhardt,, or Mike and Mina Rohde, or call the church office 634-4800.

Summer Church Office Hours

Monday - Thursday

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

More Announcements and Events
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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:

One worship service May 31 through mid-September: 10:00 a.m.

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.

Williamsville United Methodist Church

5681 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221-5517

Phone: (716) 634-4800



Your inquiry will be forwarded to the appropriate contact person.



Welcome Statements


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.


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.


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 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 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.