WUMC and Gateway-Longview are partnering to provide monthly birthday parties for the youth who reside just up the street from us. Every second Thursday of the month from 6:30-8pm, 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. We are told that the boys LOVE to play cards! Bakers, card makers, and volunteers are needed! Please contact the church office to get your name on the list. A volunteer application is required to participate on campus.
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!
Hello, WUMC! I pray this finds you well in the midst of this year’s Holy Week.
Over the past several weeks, I have been engaging in conversation with the Interfaith group in our community. The Unitarian Universalist Church (just up the road from us on Main Street), had their “Black Lives Matter” sign vandalized. As you can imagine, it was devastating to them and to the Interfaith group. This action would be the second or third act of hatred on a religious group within my time at Williamsville. Our response as religious leaders was to offer a “sign” of solidarity and peace. The literal “signs” read: “We need not look a like, to love a like.” This action within our comunity made the Buffalo News.
The hope is that this message with bloom like daffodils throughout WNY. We have 18 additional yard signs to be used in local neighborhoods. If this resonates with you and you would like to share this story of community unity on your street, please stop in the office for a sign.
May God’s peace prevail,
Traveling choir to provide evening concert at WUMC. Housing is needed for 47 students. Are you able to host? Contact Denise Reichard at 716-636-0350.
The ODNS Nursery school is looking for church members to be part of the board. They meet once a month on the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Tony DelGobbo at 716-912-3891.
Our UMC Hymnals are now 20 years old, and many are in need of repair. If you come across a hymnal with a torn binding, please bring that hymnal to the church office, or place on the piano in the choir room. The Feringtons are working to repair damaged hymnals with special library binding tape to get us through until a new edition is printed in an estimated 5 years.
About a dozen folks showed up at church Saturday morning, March 3rd, to work on various small projects and jobs around church. We were able to pare down the “To Do” list of needed work around church. The Trusteees give many thanks to all who participated. See the White board in Narthex for postings of jobs/projects yet to be completed. Feel free to add to the list if you see something that needs to be done around church. We will have another work day for outside jobs as soon as the weather permits; the date will be published in Messenger and on White board.
Know someone who is? Asbury UMC (one of our neighboring UM Churches) will be the site for respite care for the caregivers of memory-impaired adults. This once a month program will give the caregiver a 4-hour break to do errands, attend doctor or dentist appointments, go to lunch with a friend or just relax. It will be every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 10am to 2pm, and starts March 13. Trained volunteers will provide supervised fun activities, piano music/singing, games, and a nutritious lunch – all at NO CHARGE to the participants. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy Diati at 846-9392 to register.
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.
WUMC along with many other local UMC’s will be teaching and preaching on Rehab Worship during Lent. “Rehab is a word that can refer to many different things. Just a quick glance through the Wikipedia article on rehabilitation, or “rehab,” points to issues ranging from health (cognitive rehab, wildlife rehab, drug rehab, occupational rehab, physical rehab, psychiatric rehab, vision rehab, vocational rehab) to politics (restoration of disgraced politicians) to home improvement (Rehab Addict!). In general, the word rehabilitate means to restore to a condition of good health, ability to work; to restore to good condition or operation; or to restore a person’s reputation.” (UMC General Board of Disciplehip)
Let’s worship together to understand how Lent is a journey toward God’s rehabilitation in our lives- both individually and corporately.
During Lent we are focusing on the theme of “Rehab.” This is not meant to be a time to be “preachy” or holier than thou. Rather, it is a time for all of us to admit our humanness, brokenness, and need for the Savior. Please continue to open yourself up for opportunities to be held accountable, to meet your neighbor in the pew or loft, and to respond to God’s message for you and the larger church. ~ Pastor Heather