WILDWOOD/VILLAGE MILLS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

METHODIST MESSENGER

VOLUME 21, NUMBER 2                                                               MARCH, APRIL 2017

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK

 

 

LENT AND EASTER 

Even though Christmas is still in our rear view mirror, we are already preparing for Easter.  Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter being the two major seasons in the Christian Year.  The Season of Lent begins this week.  Lent is our preparation time for Easter.  Lent begins this Wednesday March 1st at 6pm with our annual Ash Wednesday Service.  The season concludes on Easter Sunday is April 16th.

The sermon series for Lent/Easter is called “Miracles of Lent” and it examines the miracles that took place during Jesus last hours on the cross. Here is the outline of our special Lenten programs:

 

Ash Wednesday The Miraculous Darkness

 

1st Sunday in Lent The Miraculous Tearing of the Temple Curtain

 

2nd Sunday in Lent The Miraculous Earthquake

 

3rd Sunday in Lent The Miraculous Splitting Rocks

 

4th Sunday in Lent Passover Presentation by Bill Katz

 

5th Sunday in Lent The Miraculous Raising of the Saints

 

Psalm Sunday The Miraculous of the Roman Soldiers

 

Day of Prayer Wednesday April  12th 7am-7pm

 

Maundy Thursday The Miraculous Found in Holy Communion

 

Easter Sunday The Miracle of Easter

 

We are excited to have Bill Katz from Chosen People Ministries join us on March 26 to share with us his ministry as a Messianic Jew (a Jew who accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior). His primary mission is to bring Christ to the Jewish Community but an important part of their program involves teaching Christians how the Jewish Scriptures (OT) ties into the ministry of Jesus.

GOALS FOR 2017

 We are about our goals for 2017.  Our emphasis this year is on expanding our outreach to our community.  We are continuing our outreach programs from last year and adding 2 more programs.

 

2016 Programs

1. Continue our Methodist Matinee program as a community outreach.

2. Continue to expand our COF Estate Sale ministry growth.

3. Continue our new resident Evangelism program.

 

2017 Programs

1. New Community Games Night Fellowship program.

2. Establishing regular Social Media events listed on our Facebook page.

WVMUMC                                 Phone: 409-834-2234                               Sunday Morning

P.O. BOX 332                           Fax: 409-834-2809                              9:00am Worship Service

5943 FM 3063                          www.wvmumc.org                            10:05am Refreshments

AT WILDWOOD RESORT                   Office Email:  secretary.wvmumc@aol.com    10:15am Sunday School

VILLAGE MILLS, TX 77663

Staff

Pastor: Rev. Randy Carrion      Secretary: Chelsea Hartman     Choir Director: Chelsea Hartman

randy.wvmumc@aol.com           secretary.wvmumc@aol.com       Handbell Director: Jeanne Jones

409-834-2222 (home)                  409-834-2234 (Office)             Organist: Barry Johnson

409-543-9026 (cell)                                                                  Pianist: Chelsea Hartman

                                                                                              Nursery: Dawn Stanley

 

PRAYER CONCERNS

Please notify Jan Wright, prayer team coordinator, with any prayer, illness, or hospital concerns.   409-834-2410

 

CHURCH MEMBERS

Jack Barbee                   Gerry Blackman Juanita Bridwell        Randy & Rene Carrion

Tom Clark                        Dale Hillyer 

Jim Horn                Brady & Merline McCoy

Tim & Janie Meredith         Ollie Murphy

Ray & Nancy Reid               Ed Spears

 

Family & Friends

Rose Ann Brashier            Jerry Brewer

Sherry Burkes                  Tommy Clegg 

Emmet Greene                 Austin Halter

Kay Kelly                         Ricky Keltz

George Marsh                

Eldon & Christine Reed

Regina Rudrud              George Sanner

Scot Smith                         Bob Tate

Butch Troy

"Earth has no sorrow Heaven cannot heal."

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

 

March

01 Delene Oistad          24  Paula Seiley

04  Kathlynn Schultz      25  Marie Combs

05 Bill Green                 26  Chloe Craus

06  Mike Boyette           29  Susan Williams

07 Ron Turner              31  Betty Barbee

09  Ethan Moore                Janet Gibson

16 Jack Barbee                       

April

01   Jerry Stewart       16   Jack Pedigo

02   Rowland Priddy    17   Emma Cullen

03  Jim Horn              20   Ian Stewart

05   Kirstan Stanley              Robert Gilbert

09   Zachary Cheney   21   Gil Jornet

10   Tom Clark                    Lesley Moore

12   Betty Tupper       22 Beverly Mallgrave

       Dawn Stanley      25   Barney Gaspard

14  Aaron Cox                   Larry Dixon

      Don Schreiber      29    Betty Peters

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

 

 

March

          02   Robert & Ollie Erickson

        

 

April

             01  Patrick & Mary Stidham

             03  Darryl & Karry Craus

             11 Harold & Marilyn Woodrom

                  Rowland & Jackie Priddy

             12 Felix & Carolyn Smith

             26   Loren & Max Clay

NEWS FROM THE PEWS

OUTREACH

During the months of January and February, we collected 2 lb bags of flour and sugar. The Outreach committee divided 115 bags of sugar and 99 bags of flour between the Christian Loving Care Center in Kountze, Caring is Sharing in Woodville, and the pantry in the Warren Methodist church. Thank you so much for your donations and support! Here are the upcoming donation items.

Food Item Donations

 

MARCH   Grape/Strawberry Jam/Jelly   

 

APRIL    Cornbread Mix (8.5oz Box or package)                          

                                            

 

We also collect empty egg cartons. You can bring those at anytime. Please bring donated items and place them in the outreach box in the Fellowship Hall, to the left of Pastor Randy's office. Thank you!

VALENTINE’S 2017

With the help of Family Life Ministries, the United Methodist Men hosted the annual Sweetheart banquet.  It was a great evening of food, fellowship, and fun! Jack & Betty Barbee were awarded as the Longest Married couple, followed by Jack & Alberta Pedigo as the Second Longest Married. Pastor Randy walked away with both the Most Children and Most Grandchildren award.

Carol Smith is your 2017 Sweetheart.

Jeanne Jones is the Woman of the Year.

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY

Wilma Walton walked away with the silver ladle on Feb. 5, 2017, marked the winner of the Souper Bowl cook-off!

Thank you to all the participants, we raised over $1,000 to   divide between the Kountze and Warren schools to buy supplies for the students.

GAME NIGHT!

March 16th at 6:30pm, come join us in an evening of games, food, and fellowship! Bring your favorite game, or just bring yourself and play what is already set up!

METHODIST MATINEE

 

Friday, March 10, join us to go see the movie The Shack! Meet at the church to carpool to Tinseltown theaters in Beaumont. The movie time has yet to be determined, but we will stop for lunch at Cheddars restaurant, which is near the theater.

LAST SUNDAY MEALS

The Last Sunday Meals will be Sunday, March 26th and Sunday, April 30th.

VITAL SIGNS

OF THE CHURCH

MEMBERSHIP

              Total Net Membership                

February 2016      February 2017

177               164

ATTENDANCE

Worship Average      

 February 2016     February 2017

                        81                       78

August Sunday School Average

44

JANUARY 2017

FINANCIAL SUMMARY

BUDGET PERFORMANCE

                           Jan.               YTD

Contributions        $18,412          $18,412

Expenses             $ 11,026         $ 11,026

Difference            $   7,386         $  7,386

    2017 Budget    $153,795        

OTHER ITEMS IN JAN.

Checking Account                  $  78,802

Money Market Fund               $  10,083

               Total                     $  88,885

Restricted Funds                   $ -29,520

Available Funds                     $  59,365

 

MUSIC CORNER

CHOIR

There’s lots of music being worked on in the choir. Anthems from Chris Tomlin, Twila Paris, and Keith Getty will be sung for the Lenten/Easter season!  The choir  only has three more months of practice before breaking for Camp Meet days! Come join us for practices on Tuesdays at 6:45pm in the music room.

~Chelsea Hartman, Director

HANDBELLS

We welcome our newest ringer: Zach Cheney! The handbell choir is working on new music to play sometime in April, around Easter time. There are spots available, and we could use more ringers! If you’re interested, come join us Tuesday evenings at 5:15pm. 

~Jeanne Jones, Director

"Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; sing the glory of His name; give to Him glorious praise!" (Psalm 66:1-2)

CALENDAR

Mar.      10     10:00 am           Methodist Matinee "The Shack"   

Mar.      16       6:30 pm           Game Night - Fellowship Hall

Mar.      25       8:00 am          United Methodist Men Breakfast

Mar.      26       9:00 am           Chosen People Ministries

Mar.      27       6:30 pm           Long-Range Planning Meeting

Apr.       6       10:00 am           Homebound Communion

Apr.      12      7am-7pm           Prayer Vigil

Apr.      13        6:00 pm           Maundy Thursday Service

Apr.      17                             OFFICE CLOSED

Apr.      22        8:00 am          United Methodist Men Breakfast

Apr.      23        9:00 am          Outdoors Service

Apr.      24        6:30 pm          Church Council Meeting

Apr.      30        9:00 am          5th Sunday Contemporary Service

Regular Scheduled Program

TUESDAY

8:30 am     Prayer Group

9:30 am     Exercise Group

5:15 pm     Handbell Practice

6:45 pm     Choir Practice

THURSDAY

9:30 am     Exercise Group

PUBLICATION STATEMENT

THE METHOTDIST MESSENGER is published every other month by the Wildwood/Village Mills United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 332, Village Mills, TX 77663, (409) 834-2234, Chelsea Hartman, Publisher. Church-related news items should be mailed, e-mailed, or delivered to the church office for receipt by no later than the 15th of the month prior to publication. Items are published on a space available basis and are edited at the discretion of the publister. When moving, please promptly send change of address notice to the church office.

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