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WILLIAMSVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

PO Box 79, Williamsville, IL 62693 Office Phone 217.566.3614
Email: wumc@casscomm.com Website: williamsvilleumc.com/
Rev. Dick Piscatelli, pastor 302 Wagon Wheel Lane, Chatham IL 62629
Dick’s cell 217.494.1475 Carole’s cell 217.494.1525
Emails: revpisky@comcast.net or cjpisky@comcast.net
Sunday Worship 9:00 a.m.

Celebrating the joys of our faith
THE MESSENGER
20 APRIL 18
FROM THE HEART OF THE LITTLE FISH

“I CAN ONLY IMAGINE”

John’s Gospel tells us that following the death of Jesus the next morning the women went to the tomb to anoint his body. When they arrived at the tomb there was an angel sitting on the grave who said, “Why are you here?” They answered, “We came to anoint the Master’s body.” The angel said to them, “Who is going to remove the stone for you? You women aren’t strong enough, and I’m not going to do it.” Shocked, the women began to weep and to walk away.” APRIL FOOL!

That’s not how the story goes! No. Up from the grave Jesus arose on Easter morning to live forever so that our world could know the power of the resurrection. That mean old deceptor, who always tries to deceive the world, tried his best to destroy God’s plan of salvation but his plan failed from the beginning of time. He got Eve to pick and eat the forbidden fruit and to share it with Adam. Yes. They found out they were naked. It is true that because of what they did, sin, entered the world. But that wasn’t the end of the story. In many ways that’s the beginning of the story of salvation, including Easter morning.

What a wonderful story Easter is! When we see the signs of spring, smell the Easter Lilies, hear the resurrection story, we are touched by the graciousness of God. His plan of salvation laid out many years before now lays before the world so that all who believe in the resurrection can receive the great gift of eternal life.

Have you ever thought of what heaven is like? Streets of gold, no darkness, friends and family there. I can only imagine. Can’t you? Singing praises to God, worshipping with all the saints in glory. Laughter abounds, as well as people with smiles. No frowning aloud. I can only imagine sitting at the feet of Jesus, finding time to listen to the Apostle Paul. Picking the brain of Peter.

I can only imagine seeing my family again, catching up on things, and seeing some close friends who have gone on to glory. All this, because on Easter morning the tomb was empty. All this because our God had put this plan into action in a Garden where sin found it roots. But that wasn’t the end of the story. It just led to a new story where God’s grace would abound, and sins would be forgiven, and God’s people, well, one day they would ascend to heaven and live forever with the Saints to reign. I can only imagine!

May you find the joy of the resurrection this Easter Sunday for Christ lives today and invites each of us to imagine what heaven might be like.

Dick

SEE THE APRIL CALENDAR
FOR BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY INFORMATION

GREETERS FOR APRIL
April 1 – MARSHA MENZEL and DOROTHY LUGIBILL
8– JOYCE McDANIEL& ALICE FRANKLIN
15 — CAROLE PISCATELLI & DOROTHY LUGIBILL
22 – PAUL & LORI FINLEY

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AFTER-CHURCH FELLOWSHIP ON APRIL 8
COME AND CELEBRATE
THE 90th BIRTHDAY WITH JEANNE GAITHER

SENIOR POTLUCK is Tuesday, April 3rd at Noon. Come and bring a dish to share and your own table service and enjoy a delicious lunch and conversation with your friends and family. Coffee and tea are provided!

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN meet at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. DOROTHY LUGIBILL will lead the program. Margaret Baugher and Dick and Carole will share refreshments.

OUR DEAR FRIEND, MARY SAMUELS, 93, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 17th. What a beautiful lady! Mary was a blessing to all who knew her!

LET’S REMEMBER OUR SHUT-INS WITH CARDS AND VISITS.
If you need the addresses for any of these, ask Tracey or Carole.

OUR FISH DINNERS were a big success and OUR NEW BUILDING made it a convenient location and a quick trip from cookers to table. Thanks to all who helped by cooking, serving, baking, cleaning up, and transporting the fish to the servers! It takes a lot of effort by many hands and feet! You are appreciated!

BAPTISMS

MASON CHRISTOPHER SCHMULBACH on February 25th.

COLTON DEAN MOHAN, 1-1/2, and THOMAS MICHAEL MOHAN, 2 months, were baptized on Palm Sunday. What a joyful blessing for the congregation to witness these two special and holy sacraments.

THE PARSONAGE
It’s been renovated, new carpeting, freshly painted, new flooring and new blinds. The parsonage is handicap-accessible and has four bedrooms, full basement, washer and dryer. Rent is $1200 per month. No smokers and no pets. If you know of anyone who is interested, call Tom Yokley.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
We are using a Max Lucado book called HE CHOSE THE NAILS and we have extra books so there is one for YOU if you’d like to join us! Max has a way of using everyday examples from his own life and from situations around us that give us new perspectives and help us to understand the Scriptures in a fresh way. Come and join in the casual and comfortable discussions that follow each chapter.

COMMUNITY LENTEN SERVICES
Our church, along with the other United Methodist Churches, enjoyed the sharing of pulpits on Sunday evenings during Lent and the fellowship afterward. Offerings were taken during each service, collecting almost a thousand dollars for HABITAT FOR HUMANITY. This money will go toward the building of a new home in Springfield and an assist for a family who will work on the house along with the many volunteers who help to build it. This is a United Methodist mission and workers for the area offer their services as well.

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