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’
OF THE CHURCH
Total Net Membership
April 2016 April 2017
April 2016 April 2017
August Sunday School Average
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
Regular Scheduled Program
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)
9:30 am Exercise Group
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
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NEWS FROM THE PEWS
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!
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
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)
LAST SUNDAY MEALS
There will be a meal on Sunday, May 28. There will be no meal in June.
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!
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.
01 Kathy McDonough 17 Hope Wood
06 Caileb Linscomb 22 Gloria Brewer
12 Carol Smith 30 Rudy Seiley
15 Hanna Wood 31 Jan Smith
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
26 Barney & Sandra Gaspard
28 Maurice & Nancy Bigham
07 Wayne & Edith Tutt
11 Rudy & Paula Seiley
12 Ray & Nancy Reid
18 Gil & Madell Jornet
30 Brady & Merline McCoy
WVMUMC Phone: 409-834-2234 Sunday Morning
P.O. BOX 332 Fax: 409-834-2809 9:00am Worship Service
5943 FM 3063 10:05am Refreshments
AT WILDWOOD RESORT Office Email: 10:15am Sunday School
VILLAGE MILLS, TX 77663
Pastor: Rev. Randy Carrion Secretary: Chelsea Hartman Choir Director: Chelsea Hartman
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
Please notify Jan Wright, prayer team coordinator, with any prayer, illness, or hospital concerns. 409-834-2410
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."
WILDWOOD/VILLAGE MILLS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
VOLUME 21, NUMBER 3 MAY, JUNE 2017
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.
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.