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!

New Ministry Opportunity

WUMC and Gateway-Longview are partnering to provide monthly birthday parties for the children and youth who reside just up the street from us. Every second Thursday of the month from 7-8pm, we will send volunteers to Gateway-Longview.  We have been asked to provide cake, cards, a spirit of joy and people to interact with these youth.  Bakers, card makers, and volunteers are needed!  Please contact the church office for more details.  A volunteer application is required to participate on campus.

A Way Forward Fleshing Out Three Possible Futures

By Heather Hahn
Jan. 22, 2018 | UMNS
The Commission on a Way Forward is fleshing out the details of three possible models for how the denomination treats LGBTQ inclusion. The multinational group, appointed by United Methodist bishops, held its seventh meeting behind closed doors Jan. 18-20 in Dallas.
Each model has its supporters among the 32 commission members with no single plan having a clear majority, commission members told United Methodist News Service. “Some commission members prefer one sketch; others prefer a different sketch,” the Rev. Tom Lambrecht said. “There’s no one sketch that pre-dominates how we think is the best way to go forward.” Dave Nuckols, another commission member, said that it’s less relevant which model commission members prefer than that they provide the bishops what they need.
The bishops also have asked the commission to draft a theological statement that both informs the three models and creates a compelling narrative for them. “Ultimately, the final report of our work is really not going to be our final report,” Nuckols said. “It’s going to be what the bishops make of our work because we are supporting them.”
The three options, in no particular order, are:
1. Affirm the current Book of Discipline language and place a high value on accountability. The church policy book says the practice of homosexuality “is incompatible with Christian teaching” and lists officiating at a same-gender union or being a “self-avowed practicing” gay clergy member as chargeable offenses under church law.
2. Remove restrictive language and place a high value on contextualization. This sketch also specifically protects the rights of those whose conscience will not allow them to perform same-gender weddings or ordain LGBTQ persons.
3. Create multiple branches that have clearly defined values such as accountability, contextualization and justice. This model would maintain shared doctrine and services and one Council of Bishops.
All three models come with a way for churches to exit the denomination. Read the full article at: http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/way-forward-fleshing-out-3-possible-futures

Counters Needed

Are you looking for ways to become more involved in the church but not sure what you can do or how much time you can commit? Becoming a church counter is a great place to help out for those with limited time. We are in need of additional counters to help count the offering collection after church on Sunday’s. The commitment would be for approximately 30 minutes, 1 Sunday a month. Please contact Rosemary Elliott or contact the church office or email Brenda at wumc@williamsvilleumc.org.

Urgent Local Need For School Supplies

We are supporting an urgent need for school supplies right here in the Williamsville Central School District WCSD) . We were contacted by the District because of the increase in children from low-income house and refugee families. Please consider a donation to help offset the cost of the supplies we provided to WCSD. Donations should be marked for WCSD. Thank you!

Tangents

Join us for Tangents, which is the adult “current issues” discussion group and each week we consider the news of the day with a United Methodist perspective. The Tangents group covers the entire range of perspectives from Tucker Carlson to Rachel Madow, from Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders, from the Amherst Bee to Artvoice. What makes our discussions worthwhile is (1) everyone is well informed and up to date on the news (2) we bring a variety of in-sights and experiences to learn from each other and (3) in spite of a wide latitude of viewpoints we have calm, dignified conversations, unlike most cable TV news programs. As the pot of daily events boils there is something new to talk about every week…come share your insights, ideas and 2 cents worth in Tangents beginning Sunday September 16th at 9:50 in the Parlor.