WILDWOOD/VILLAGE MILLS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

METHODIST MESSENGER

VOLUME 21, NUMBER 1                                                               JANUARY, FEBRUARY 2017

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR 

As we begin 2017, it's good to look back at the accomplishments of 2016. We had a very successful year by all accounts. Our membership added 15 new members, which is the most we've seen in many years. Your giving was extraordinary; all of you gave well over the figures we had budgeted for the year. Our Outreach Committee added the Warren UMC Food Pantry (Cecil's) to our giving opportunities, and our Education Committee had quarterly children's events (including our first Tweens and Teens (TNT) event). Our Worship Committee had us well organized for all of our worship services, and they did a particularly amazing job for our Holy Day seasons (Christmas and Easter).

So as we begin 2017, we start knowing that God is blessing us and we can accomplish great and mighty things in His name this year.  January and February are very important months because this is where all the planning takes place.  Prayerfully consider your part in the ministry of our church.  If you are not already serving, I pray that this New Year will challenge you to consider where God wants you to use your gifts.

Here is the schedule for the New Year’s Planning process.

Jan. 9-13         Pastor meets with Committee Chairs

Jan. 16-20      Committees meet for Calendar Planning

Jan. 23            Long  Range Planning Meeting

Jan. 29            District Leadership Training

Feb. 26 Church-wide Celebration Brunch

Feb. 27 Church Council Meeting

THANK YOU

Rene’ and I would like to say a huge thank you to our church family for your wonderful generosity in the form of our Christmas gift.  Your love knows no bounds, and we are overwhelmed by your love and support.  We are so blessed that you have demonstrated so beautifully what it means to be the body of Christ.  Keep up the good work because you love is an inspiration to all those around you.

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

Jan Wright

 

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

 

January

01   Elva Fell             02   Nancy Bigham

06   Dianne Barnett   09   Laurie Cox

11   Tom Stafford      13   Patti Johnson

13   Molly Armour      16  Jim Norwood

19   Madalyn Fry        19   Brady McCoy

21 Sandy Westhoven  22   Madell Jornet

22   Max Clay            

25   Cindy Urban

29   Harold Woodrom

February

01   Beverly Thibodeaux 03   Debbie Cox

07   Baylor Cox          07  Beaux Cox

07   Trish Schreiber    11  Merline McCoy

11   Ray Reid             12   Kolton Cox

12   Karen Norwood   13   Wanda Carroll

14   David Peters     14   Charmaine Garner

19   Jim Barnett         19  Art Walton

21   Patrick Stidham   25  Tommy Compton

26   Rob Rosetta        26  Jann Stewart

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

 

 

January

          13   Scott & Karen Miller

          17   Jerry & Jann Stewart

          24   Gary & Sharon Wornick

        

 

October

          02   Tim & Kathy McDonough

          03   Robert & Gloria Brewer

          05   Don & Barbara Hickman

          06   Jack & Alberta Pedigo

          26   Jim & Dianne Barnett

NEWS FROM THE PEWS

OUTREACH

During the month of November, we collected various household necessities, and in December, we participated in the Angel Tree giving program. The Outreach committee divided 218 bars of soap, 79 bottles of dish detergent, and 398 rolls of toilet paper between the Christian Loving Care Center in Kountze, the food pantry in Warren, and Caring is Sharing in Woodville. Thank you so much for your donations and support! Here are the upcoming donation items.

Food Item Donations

 

JANUARY   2 lb bags of Sugar   

 

FEBRUARY 2 lb bags 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!

"TNT" TEEN GAME NIGHT 2016

On December 14th, nine youth gathered at the church for a time of fun and games. Food was served, there was a white elephant gift exchange, board games were set up, and s’mores were roasted outdoors beneath the   pavilion. Also set up outside was a couple lawn games, including box hockey, which the kids loved!

Pastor Randy stepped in and beat every single challenger. Kirstin Stanley then made a come back and beat the Box Hockey Champ.

It was a fun night, and we look forward to the next time!

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY

On Sunday, February 5, we will have our “Souper Bowl of Caring”.  There will be a meal featuring homemade soups from members of the congregation!  If you’d like to enter your own pot of soup/gumbo/chili/stew, there is a signup sheet in the Fellowship Hall.  So far, there are 7 contenders, including last year’s winner, Trish Schreiber.  Have a taste of everyone’s dishes, and then contribute to your favorite. The person who raises the most money wins!  All proceeds will benefit the Kountze and Warren schools, buying supplies for students grades K-12.

LAST SUNDAY MEALS

The Last Sunday Meals will resume this month! January 29th, join us    after Sunday School for an Italian feast!

VITAL SIGNS

OF THE CHURCH

MEMBERSHIP

              Total Net Membership                

December 2015      December 2016

173               166

ATTENDANCE

Worship Average      

 December 2015      December 2016

                        71                       77

August Sunday School Average

44

NOVEMBER 2016

FINANCIAL SUMMARY

BUDGET PERFORMANCE

                           Nov.               YTD

Contributions        $12,929          $166,229

Expenses             $14,252          $159,374

Difference            $ -1,323         $   6,855

    2016 Budget    $178,149        

OTHER ITEMS IN Nov.

Checking Account                  $  80,998

Money Market Fund               $  10,083

               Total                     $  91,081

Restricted Funds                   $ -64,581

Available Funds                     $  56,500

 

MUSIC CORNER

CHOIR

Welcome Barry Johnson, our new organist!

Thank you to all who participated in the Christmas cantata, it was a wonderful performance! The choir will be back in the loft on Sunday, Jan. 22nd singing O Praise the Name. Come join us for practices on Tuesdays at 7pm in the music room.

~Chelsea Hartman, Director

HANDBELLS

The handbell choir will play Jan. 15th for the morning worship service. We will present Carol of the Bells, Let Heaven and Earth Sing Gloria, and Silent Night, featuring Zach Cheney on   Baritone. We always welcome anyone who is  interested in playing / learning to play. 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

Jan.       5      10:00 am           Homebound Communion

Jan.       8        9:00 am    Special Guest Speaker: Gideon Frank Williams

Jan.      10       6:45 pm           Outreach Committee Meeting    

Jan.      15       9:00 am           Handbells Play

Jan.      23       6:30 pm           Long-Range Planning Committee Meeting

Jan.      28       8:00 am           United Methodist Men Breakfast

Jan.      29       9:00 am           5th Sunday Contemporary Service

                     11:30 am           Last Sunday Meal—Italian

Feb.       5      11:30 am           Souper Bowl Sunday cook off!

Feb.       9      10:00 am           Homebound Communion

Feb.     26      11:30 am           Last Sunday Meal—Mexican

Feb      27        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

7:00 pm     Choir Practice

THURSDAY

9:15 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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