WUMC Announcements


If you need to speak with the contact person for an event, either locate their phone number in your Church Directory or contact the church office (634-4800) for contact information.

 

Welcome!

Are you new here?  Visiting?  We are so glad you have joined us today!  Please grab a snack or hot beverage at the Oakgrove entrance and indicate to an usher that you are new.  We have a visitor bag with information about our church and how you can become a part of it!

 
Doris Orgek Thanks Rachel Circle

Doris extends her deepest thanks to the members of the Rachel Circle for a wonderful luncheon and gift card.  She would also like to thank all the members for their hard work helping her as Chair of the Circle.  THANK YOU!

 
M and M’s Money for Missions
Kids, don’t forget to fill up your M & M tubes!  Adults, looking to lighten your pockets or pocketbook?  As a whole church initiative, we are collecting spare change in our M & M Bank at the Oakgrove entrance. These monies are being collected to help us fully fund our Ministry Share Giving for missions.  The finance team is highlighting some of these great causes on 5th Sundays.  Our first focus was Angel’s Haven Orphanage in Thailand. 
CHICKEN BARBECUE!!!
Saturday June 3rd will be our annual chicken barbecue. Dinner will be served from 4 till 7PM. $10 per person, $1 for desert. Consider bringing a lawn chair and eating outside! see you there! 
Birthdays!
Have we missed your birthday?  If so, we are so sorry!!!  Please call the church office to let us know your birthdate.  Also, if you see an error in the listed birthdays on the weekly Messenger, call the office.  We will correct the information in our membership database.  Thank you! 
UNY Bridge January 2017
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. 
Email List
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. 
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. 
Looking Ahead.......

Summer Worship Hours begin on June 4th- Combined worship at 10am in the sanctuary.

A special Charge Conference will be held following worship on June 4th.  A brief discussion and vote regarding the use of endowment funds with coffee and fellowship time to follow in the parlor.  All church members are encouraged to attend and are able to vote.

 

 
Methodism 101

We continue to learn more about who we are as Methodists and even more so as United Methodists.  How is this resonating with you?  Have you learned anything new?  Pastor Heather is looking for feedback and Methodist Messenger “blurbs”.  Send your thoughts to hstierheim@pts.edu or drop her a note on her desk😊

 
Advent Choir Knows How to Have fun

The Advent Choir at rehearsal and enjoying a Halloween party.  This group knows how to have fun and make a joyful noise!  See Wendy or Judy if you have a child who would like to join us.  You can also send Wendy (wamuso@roadrunner.com) or Judy (jstafford716@gmail.com) if you have any questions. 

  

 
Dash's Receipts for Open Door Nursery School

Your children may have long outgrown Open Door, but you can still help our wonderful nursery school by saving your Dash’s Market receipts.  For every $100 in collected receipts, Dash’s generously gives Open Door $2.50.  It really adds up and helps our school replace worn items and make improvements.  It’s an easy way to help and it makes a big difference to our little school. Look for collection boxes in the parlor, narthex, or outside classroom doors.

 
Tangents & Sermon Topic Discussions
  • Tangents is in the parlor!  Join them for a topical discussion of current events @ 9:50.

  • A small group discussion based on the sermon topic or lectionary Scripture readings is offered each Sunday from 9:45-10:45am.  Pastor Gregg and several lay members take turns leading this group.  Stop in to add to the discussion!  Meeting space:  2nd floor in the gym, behind the balcony.

 
Youth Group Activities Calendar
You can find the latest Youth Group calendar Online at Google Docs 
Beechwood News

Special thanks go out to the Red Blazer Quartet who were a big hit with the ladies…..all were thrilled with their talented singing they shared. Special thanks also go out to JoAn Campbell for donating the flowers and pots for our flower planting as well as Sue Penkacikk and Deb VanKerkhove for helping make this a special day spent with our seniors.

The Men’s Group are planning to put on a cook out dinner there Sunday June 11th about 4:30.  We are looking for donations of salads and desserts for their cookout.  Please see me if you are willing to do this. Perhaps a nice potato salad, macaroni salad, or fruit salad, baked beans, cake would be appreciated to make this special for them.

We also are looking forward to July 26th where we will be looking for wheelchair pushers for their Annual RootBeer Float Classic Car Cruise….we will need 6-8 people to help out with this. 

August 13th at 2 PM Ben Atanacio will be performing with his beautiful bells. Come and enjoy the music and visit with our lovely seniors we have adopted.

Thank you, Lynn Soucise,  716-689-6738, lsoucise@gmail.com 
money & mission

Williamsville United Methodist Church will be reaching out in ministry this year with special appeals for mission.  Much of what we do as a church in mission comes through paying our Shared Ministries.  Too often however, we know little of how our giving is ultimately used, and so, we have decided to highlight several specific mission programs that that the United Methodist Church supports.  Our focus over the course of the year on these programs will allow us to grow our Shared Ministry Giving.  These following mission opportunities focus on international, national, and local type programs.

  • Our Gifts Will Help Young Girls Pursue Their Dreams

  • To date we collected $332 for our Shared Ministries which support ministries like Angels’ Haven Orphanage in Thailand. The orphanage specializes in caring for children with HIV and AIDS.  If you would still like to make a donation, just mark M&M on your donation envelope or consider going to the website www.williamsvilleumc.org, clicking on the DONATE button and completing the MONEY & MISSION box.

Teacher, seamstress, dancer, musician, missionary, hairdresser….these are some of the careers the twelve girls living at the Angels’ Haven orphanage dream about.  The orphanage is in Chiang Mai, Thailand and was established to care for children with HIV and AIDS.  The girls, aged 10-17 have been abandoned or orphaned and many of them have HIV.  The ministry of Angels’ Haven has established a sense of family and stability for the girls.

All of the children attend school and the older girls attend a vocational school to help them prepare for their future.  Our gifts will help support basic housing, education and food.  Food is a substantial part of the cost as it is important that the girls east nutritious and substantial food because many of them have compromised immune systems.

On April 30th we collected $206 for this mission opportunity.  If you were unable to make a contribution, please consider going to the website www.williamsvilleumc.org, clicking on the DONATE button and completing the MONEY & MISSION box.

 

 

  • Helping to improve the lives of single parents and their children

  • Supporting nomads traveling the country helping to rebuild lives

Throughout the balance of the year you will have an opportunity to donate your loose change to these worthy causes.  Each Sunday in the Oakgrove entrance there will be a receptacle where you can drop all of those coins that weigh down your pockets and purses.

In addition, there will be opportunities to support these mission efforts through Fifth Sunday special appeal offerings in April, July and October, by making donations online, or possibly giving at church via a giving kiosk in the Oakgrove entrance.

As disciples of Christ we are called to make a difference in the world.  What better way to make a difference than to share our resources with those most in need.

 
A Note From Seneca Street UMC

Dear Williamsville UMC,

Thank you so much (again) for your Faithful Giving to help Seneca Street UMC.  This time $325.00.  Needless to say, nothing could continue at Seneca St. without our Friends of Seneca St. Group friends, both with gifts of time and $’s.  You are all angels!!  God Bless and keep you always, in all ways.  Shalom,  Seneca St. UMC

 
Thank You From UMCOR

Dear Friends in Mission,

Thank you for partnering with UMCOR.  Through your gift, you are helping to provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.

Your gift of $180.00 was received on 1-5-15 for Disaster Response, United States, Advance #901670.  Through The Advance, the designated giving channel of the United Methodist Church, 100% of your contribution will go to supporting UMCOR’s response to disasters in the United States.  Giving through The Advance enables United Methodists to support one another in mission and ministry around the world.  Thank you for partnering with us to “Be Hope” to those who desperately need it.

Grace and Peace,

General Board of Global Ministries

 
Church World Service Blankets

Thank you for your generous contribution to the work of Church World Service – which we appreciate more than ever in these challenging times.

     Your compassionate support is helping impoverished communities by providing food, water, shelter and other necessities to families struggling to rebuild their lives and livelihoods after natural disasters and civil conflict.

     I have seen the resilience and the resolve of the women, men and children we assist. And I have been deeply moved by the generosity of people like you, who give hope and opportunity to people in need, here in the U.S. and around the world.

May God bless you for your kindness.

Rev. John L. McCullough

President & CEO Church World Service

 
Pastor's Discretionary Fund
Our pastor has a special fund he can use when local families or individuals need urgent assistance. Gifts to this fund give our pastor a valuable tool when he is asked to respond with compassion to those in need. Donations are accepted throughout the year. Checks should be made payable to WUMC, with "Pastor's Fund" written in the memo line.  
Knitting Ministry

The Knitting Ministry at WUMC provides blankets and layette sets to children who are baptized at our church. This handmade gift is a loving reminder to families of their child's special day and that they are God's children. If you are able to knit or sew, consider contacting the church about how you can contribute to this unique ministry.

 
Building Use and Set Up

We are an alive, active, and involved church - which is something to celebrate! However, to accommodate the needs of all the groups who want to use the church facilities, you need to let the church office know about your plans at least one week in advance of your meeting date so we can have everything ready for you. You can begin this process by either downloading a pdf version of the Building Use and Set Up form or picking up a copy in the church office. Please submit the completed form to the church office and speak with someone in the church office about the availability of the space and equipment you plan to use.