Other WUMC Community Activities
Our vibrant community at WUMC includes many other activities that meet the spiritual and fellowship needs of members and friends including:
WUMC Prayer Chain Ministry
The Prayer Chain at WUMC accepts prayer requests for friends, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers. You do not need to be a member of our church to ask for prayers.
As soon as we receive a prayer request from an individual or the pastor, we start the prayer request on the two lists of Prayer Chain members. Each member of the Prayer Chain calls the person below them to ensure the Prayer Chain is not broken. We convey the prayer request as succinctly as possible to protect one’s privacy. In fact, all prayer requests are considered confidential and are shared only with the pastor and other members of the Prayer Chain. Once we are notified that the last person on each list has received the prayer request, then we close the Prayer Chain.
While it takes only a few minutes of telephone conversation to pass along a prayer request, this is an important ministry to those in need of spiritual assistance with all of life’s many problems. I do not know of many other church activities that are more rewarding. Feel free to call Bob or Irene Hayman at 688-1258 if you have a prayer request or need additional information.
On May 23, 1982, part of the worship service at Williamsville United Methodist was to recognize and pay tribute to those who had been members of our church for 40 years or more. On that day, 16 Charter Members of the “Forty Fellowship” were honored. During the worship service they were presented with a United Methodist pin and a Charter Member Certificate to the Forty Fellowship. A reception was held after the service and pictures were taken. Forming a Forty Fellowship was a small way to say, “We love you and appreciate your faithfulness."
The hope of the membership committee in 1982 (Mary Jane Haight-Eckert, Clifford Eckert, Gretchen Hall, Mary El Minich, Robert Oehmler, Frank Swansfefer, Irene Williams, and Lyn Wixom) was to make the Forty Fellowship a regular part of Heritage Sunday each year.
For over 30 years, WUMC has continued this wonderful tradition of honoring these special members of our congregation. Congratulations to our new Forty Fellowship members and all who have been honored for this milestone over the years!!
Forty Fellowship Honored - June 2013
In a lovely service on June 9, 2013, Williamsville UMC recognized our 40+ year members. The fellowship began in 1982 with 16 members and honors those who have been continuous members of WUMC for 40 years or more. It is the ministries of these faithful members that have allowed WUMC to move forward and be the terrific church it is.
The inductees into the Forty Fellowship this year are James Leopold, Geoffrey Goodwin, and Thomas Harlock.
It is through the memories, wisdom, and experience of our Forty Fellowship members that we too learn about faith. May God walk with each of you as you continue on your faith journey.
Listen to me, O house of Jacob..... even to your old age I am he, even when you turn gray I will carry you. I have made and I will bear; I will carry and will save. Isaiah 46:3-4
Beechwood Service Guild
Over 50 years ago, the Beechwood Service Guild was formed to assist with activities for the residents of the Beechwood Continuing Care. The goal of this Guild that was set forth many years ago is to: Serve the Beechwood residents in all possible ways.
All thanks to God that we are able to serve in various ways. Our gratitude goes to you, our Guild members and friends, who have supported us each year. Annual dues to the Guild are only $3.00. Special envelopes are placed in the church bulletin today. You make a meaningful difference when you renew your support. Each year the Guild hosts a Christmas Tea in December that includes a mini bazaar. Proceeds go to the Activities Department to provide funds to purchase needed items for the residents. Proceeds from the June Tea go to the Living Care Fund that helps support the residents who have used up their personal resources.
Meetings for special programs are held the first Wednesday of October, November, January, and May at 10:30 AM. Coffee and snacks are served. We welcome you to our meetings and encourage you to BE A FRIEND. May God bless you abundantly.