Prayers for the Animals

“The animals of God’s creation inhabit the skies, the earth and the sea. They share in the fortunes of human existence and have a part in human life. God, who confers gifts on all living things, has often used the service of animals or made them reminders of salvation…We, therefore, invoke God’s blessing on these animals.
As we do so, let us praise the Creator and thank God for setting us as stewards over all the creatures of the earth.”—from “Occasional Services: A Service for the Blessing of Animals”.
Praise for Nancy Cimbal & Tony DelGobbo for opening their hearts and home to Albie, an 11 year old rescue dog.

Book Club – January 19, 2018

The Book Club will begin 2018 with Michael J. Fox’s memoir “Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist.”
We will meet on Friday, January 19, at 7:30 pm in the CHURCH LIBRARY. If you’ve been thinking about doing something new, why not join us for good discussions, good fellowship, and good food. There are multiple copies of the book in the library system.

The Huber Family Thanks WUMC

I just want to express my gratitude to everyone at WUMC. The Memorial Service for Fred was wonderful. It was all our family could have wanted and more. Our friends and extended family commented on how personal and loving everything was. This was a tribute to Fred, but also for our church and church family.
Thank you ~ Linda Huber

New Member Class

Next week is your week! Come and join the conversation! This includes new membership, profession of faith- a first time “yes” to Jesus, and membership transfers. Meet with Pastor Heather in the library at the top of the Oakgrove steps on SUNDAY JAN 21st from 9:45-10:45. See you there!

Open Door Nursery School Registration

Do you have a little one or a grandchild that lives locally? Open Door Nursery (a ministry of Williamsville UM Church) is now accepting enrollment applications for the 2018-2019. WUMC church-goers receive early registration. Call Mindy at 633.1655 for more details! The Open House for the public is Saturday January 20th from 11-1pm. All are invited!

Gateway-Longview Says Thank You!

Dear Pastor Heather and Friends at Williamsville UMC,
As we turned off the lights at Angel Headquarters for the last time this season, I found myself reflecting on all of the magical moments that occurred in that space. That small storefront was transformed into Santa’s Workshop, with the hustle and bustle of toys and gifts moving about in every nook and cranny.
Seeing the gifts come in was truly heartwarming. The careful consideration for choosing the right item and the kindness that was involved in each gift was clear to see. Seeing them leave was even more joyous, because behind each gift that left Angel Headquarters was a child’s face smiling. Each gift was more than a doll or a ball, every gift you donated represents hope, and has given happiness to those in our care that will last throughout the holiday sea-son and into the New Year.
We are so grateful for the happiness you have brought to our families. This year, over 900 angels were adopted across Gateway’s educational, residential, and community services received gifts to make their holiday brighter. You are responsible for making holiday miracles happen for so many children and families this year, and we cannot thank you enough for your selfless act of kindness this holiday season.
Wishing you all a joyful holiday and a Happy New Year!
Sincerely ~ Dani

Happy New Year

Friends, as you enjoy New Year’s Eve and reflect on the year that has past, do so with gratitude toward God. May you find memories and moments of joy, laughter and love even in the midst of sorrow, changes, or sadness.
– Pastor Heather

New Tax Law

From the finance committee………….

In light of the recent tax law changes it might be a good time to look at the option of prepaying your 2018 pledge.
Charitable deductions made in 2017 are fully deductible and if you make a “2018” charitable donation this year it will not affect your ability to take the standard deduction in 2018.
Brenda will make the final deposit of 2017 donations on Friday, December 29, 2017.

Brenda Barton
Church Administrator
Williamsville United Methodist Church