WILDWOOD/VILLAGE MILLS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

METHODIST MESSENGER

VOLUME 21, NUMBER 3                                                               MAY, JUNE 2017

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK

 

 

BLESSINGS AND OPPORTUNITIES

We have had a wonderful start to 2017.  The Lord continues to shower  us with many amazing blessings.  The ministry of the church continues to expand, which allows us to reach more people with the message of Christ.

As the ministry of the church expands so do the opportunities for service. We have some great opportunities that need your help with prayers and participation.  I hope you will prayerfully consider looking for a new place to serve.

HERE ARE SOME OF OUR BLESSINGS:

· There are quite a few more new residents in Wildwood than we have had in quite some time.  Our Evangelism Committee has had the chance to make a number of new contacts, and some of these new residents have already visited our church.

· The Cecil Project (the Warren UMC Food Pantry) has expanded its ministry to now include clothing for the needy.  We are excited about the privilege we have had to help support and grow the Cecil Project.

· We are learning new ways to reach out to our community.   One of those ways is Social Media.  We are in the process of expanding our Facebook page and our website.  Another new program is our third Thursday evening Game Night which is open to the community.  Another new program brought to us by our new members the Millers is getting connected with prison ministry through Kairos Ministries.

 

AS A RESULT OF THESE BLESSINGS HERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES:

· The Evangelism Committee would ask anyone who knows any of our new residents to contact us and help us to make contact with them and invite them to church.

· Our Social Media ministry needs photographers who will submit pictures of our church events to the church office to post on Facebook and active Social Media members help us spread the news about church events.

· Come and invite friends and neighbors to new Game Night program because it is great outreach in a casual and fun setting.

· On May 15th we will begin our Grief Support Group led by Dr, George Graham.  Please pass the word to anyone you know who could benefit from the opportunity to deal with this difficult issue.

· Prayerfully consider working with Kairos Prison Ministry.  This is highly rewarding work that provides the opportunity to see lives dramatically changed for Jesus Christ.  Contact Scott Miller.

Prayerfully we will continue following Jesus command to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked and visit those in prison.   The choice is ours.  We choose loving, and giving, and serving as far as God wants to take us.

Loving, giving, and serving with you,

Randy and Rene’

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                        Jane Forsythe

Barb Hickman                   Dale Hillyer 

Jim Horn                          Joyce Lyon

Brady & Merline McCoy

Tim & Janie Meredith         Ollie Murphy

Ray & Nancy Reid               Ed Spears

 

Family & Friends

Erin Bowers                     Jerry Brewer

Sherry Burkes                  Tommy Clegg

Larry Crowley                  Emmet Greene Austin Halter                    Kay Kelly         Ricky Keltz                      George Marsh

Eldon & Christine Reed

George & Kandy Sanner

Dan Savage                     Scot Smith   

Bob Tate                         Amy Tinch

Butch Troy                      Regina Woodrom

"Earth has no sorrow Heaven cannot heal."

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

 

May

01 Kathy McDonough    17  Hope Wood

06  Caileb Linscomb      22  Gloria Brewer

12  Carol Smith            30  Rudy Seiley

15  Hanna Wood          31  Jan Smith

      Doris O-Quinn           

June

06   Randy Stanley     16  Bailey Williams

10   Nicole Jornet             Lisa Keltz

       Melissa Moore     19  Eldon Reed

       Tristan Stanley    21  Somer Parish

11   Judy Davis                Brian Cheney

       Wilma Walton     23  Justan Stanley

15   Robert Brewer     24  Sandra Gaspard

                               29 Delores Honeycutt

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

 

 

May

          26   Barney & Sandra Gaspard

          28   Maurice & Nancy Bigham

        

 

June

             07  Wayne & Edith Tutt

             11  Rudy & Paula Seiley

             12  Ray & Nancy Reid

             18  Gil & Madell Jornet

             30  Brady & Merline McCoy

NEWS FROM THE PEWS

OUTREACH

During the months of March and April, we collected jam/jelly, and cornbread mix. The Outreach committee divided 101 jars of jelly/jam and 218 boxes/envelopes of cornbread mix 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

 

MAY   2lb Bag of Sugar

 

JUNE  2lb Bag of Flour

                                            

 

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!

GAME NIGHT!

Game nights are on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm. May 18th and June 15th are the next two dates. Bring your favorite game, or just bring yourself and play what is already set up!

INSTRUMENT SALE

The church is continuing to upgrade our worship instruments.  We began with the purchase of our new grand piano for the sanctuary, and we want to continue with a keyboard for use in the choir room and in our contemporary services.  That means that we have 3 pianos and an electronic organ (the one in the choir room) that are no longer needed and we would like to offer them to the congregation for purchase.  If you would like to submit a bid on any of these instruments, please turn them in to the church office.  The Trustees Committee will make the decisions. Funds raised from the sales will go towards the purchase of the new keyboard.

The deadline to place your bids is Monday, May 15. There is no minimum bid.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP BEGINS

Monday May 15th at 2pm we will  have our first Grief Support Meeting.  It will be led by our own Dr. George Graham who has led these groups in the past.  It is an 8 week program but can continue longer if needed.  You may sign up in the church office or you are welcome to just come on May 15th.

LAST SUNDAY MEALS

There will be a meal on Sunday, May 28. There will be no meal in June.

VITAL SIGNS

OF THE CHURCH

MEMBERSHIP

              Total Net Membership                

April 2016      April 2017

180               164

ATTENDANCE

Worship Average      

April 2016     April 2017

                           80                78

August Sunday School Average

36

MARCH 2017

FINANCIAL SUMMARY

BUDGET PERFORMANCE

                           Mar.               YTD

Contributions        $15,818          $48,341

Expenses             $ 11,346         $ 35,484

Difference            $   4,472         $ 12,859

    2017 Budget    $153,795        

OTHER ITEMS IN MAR.

Checking Account                  $  86,341

Money Market Fund               $  10,084

               Total                     $  96,425

Restricted Funds                   $ -31,305

Available Funds                     $  65,120

 

MUSIC CORNER

CHOIR

May is the final month the choir will meet before disbanding for Camp Meet days during the summer!  The choir will sing May 7, 14, and the 28. Thank you to the faithful group of members who have attended practices and have enriched the Sunday morning worship services with your voices!

~Chelsea Hartman, Director

HANDBELLS

We welcome our newest ringers: Ed & Karen Lee! The handbell choir will be playing one last time before breaking for the Summer. Come hear them on Sunday, May 21 at 9am!  Also, there will be a one-day workshop on Handbells and reading music this summer! The date has yet to be determined, but let Jeanne Jones or Chelsea know if you are interested!

~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

May      11     10:00 am           Homebound Communion  

May      18       6:30 pm           Game Night

May      21       9:00 am           Handbell Choir Plays

May      22       6:30 pm           Long-Range Planning Committee Meeting

May      27       8:00 am           United Methodist Men Breakfast

May      28        9:00 am          Senior Recognition Sunday

May      29                             Memorial Day - Office Closed

June      4                              Camp Meet Days begin

June      8       10:00 am          Homebound Communion

June     15        6:30 pm          Game Night

June     19-23                         VBS at Wildwood Baptist Church

June     26        6:30 pm          Church Council Meeting

Regular Scheduled Program

TUESDAY

8:30 am     Prayer Group

9:30 am     Exercise Group

5:15 pm     Handbell Practice

6:45 pm     Choir Practice

(Handbells and Choir will not meet in June-July)

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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