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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 FEBRUARY 2018
FROM THE HEART OF THE LITTLE FISH

To Your House
IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL

In our Sunday School class, I was reminded of the story behind this hymn, written by Horatio Spafford. Mr. Spafford wrote this hymn following a family tragedy. After going through the great Chicago Fire losing just about everything, a few years later something else challenged his faith more. The Spafford family planned a trip to Europe, but when the time came near, Horatio remained home as his wife and four daughters set sail to England knowing he would join them later. Sad to say that Horatio received a telegram from his wife a few days later that almost broke his heart. He read “SAVED ALONE.” Following a collision at sea, the ship sank, and their four daughters perished. Horatio set sail to England and when they arrived over the exact spot where that ship went down the captain stopped so he and perhaps others could pay their last respects. Looking over the side of the ship grieving the loss of his daughters God spoke to him in words that brought comfort to his aching heart, words he wrote down that became one of the great hymns of our faith, especially for those who go through times of doubts and fears in their faith. It is one of my favorite hymns.

Many of you know the words but thinking about them might touch someone’s heart today. “When peace, like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blest assurance control, that Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and hath shed his own blood for my soul…. My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole, is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, praise the Lord, praise the Lord, oh my soul! And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, the clouds be rolled back like a scroll, the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend, even so, it is well with my soul. It is well, with my soul, it is well, it is well with my soul.” I get goose bumps just thinking about that hymn, especially the verse I highlighted.

Here is something else that gives me goose bumps. We are entering the season of Lent. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, which is also Valentine’s Day, (how fitting,) we reflect on the love of God that offers His eternal presence, His everlasting comfort, along with the gift of salvation and eternal life. For those 40 days we will be reminded that no matter the sacrifices or struggles in our own lives, the one thing that can remain constant is our faith in our God. And by the way, Easter this year is on April 1, April fool’s day. Guess who got fooled? This Lenten journey will remind us of God’s eternal love and His wonderful, matchless grace that comes to us through His love. This journey of faith leads us to the joy and victory of Easter.

I pray God will bless you as we enter the journey to the cross remembering what Jesus endured for those He came to save. Jesus could have lifted His voice on that final day and sang the words to that hymn. For even in our own situations, though “Satan should buffet, though trials should come,” we can raise our voices in victory and sing with certainty, “it is well, it is well with my soul.” That’s the message of the cross, and the message of Lent.
Dick
SEE THE FEBRUARY CALENDAR
FOR BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY INFORMATION

GREETERS FOR FEBRUARY

February 4 – BOB & JO TIBBS
11– DOROTHY LUGIBILL & CAROLE PISCATELLI
18 — COLE & KATHERINE BECKER
25 – JOYCE McDANIEL & ALICE FRANKLIN

“REJOICE WITH THOSE WHO REJOICE…” (Romans 12:15a)
JULIE & BRADY MOHAN… CONGRATULATIONS on the birth of your new baby boy! THOMAS MICHAEL was born on Saturday, January 13th, weighing in at 8 pounds AND was in CHURCH on Sunday, January 21st, with his parents and his big brother, COLTON. Grandparents, JEREMIAH and LAURA SMITH, accompanied the family! BLESSINGS on all!

(Sorry this announcement fell through the cracks.)
SHAY HARPER LEMME was born on August 29th and weighed 8 pounds, 8 oz., was 21” long. BRIAN and JENI LEMME are the happy parents. SHAY was welcomed home by big sister, LAURYN, and big brother, EVAN. Proud grandma and grandpa are DAVE and KATHY LEMME. God continues to bless the LEMME and extended BENNER family!

BOOK FAIR & SOUP LUNCHEON
Saturday, February 3rd

Please bring any books you would like to contribute for the Book Fair by January 30. On Saturday the BOOK FAIR begins at 8:00 a.m. and goes until 1:00 p.m. Come and browse the great assortment of books on display and take home some treasures! There will be quite a variety from which to choose. Children’s books, cookbooks, novels, history, and more.

CHILI/SOUP LUNCH will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. LARRY WISE has volunteered to make the soup and chili this year. Thank you! A sign-up sheet will be circulated on the 28th for ingredients needed to make the soup and chili. Watch for it and please have all ingredients to the church by Thursday, February 1st.
SENIOR POTLUCK is Tuesday, February 6th at Noon. Due to bad weather we had to cancel our luncheon last month. Come and bring a dish to share and your own table service and enjoy a casual lunch and conversation with your friends and family. Coffee and tea are provided!

SHROVE TUESDAY
(Fat Tuesday)
PANCAKE & SAUSAGE SUPPER
6:00 p.m.

Come and enjoy our version of Fat Tuesday by eating a sumptuous meal before the beginning of Lent! If you haven’t heard of Shrove Tuesday, ask the question.

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE
February 14 at 7:00 p.m.

No meeting for UNITED METHODIST WOMEN in February.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

This is the beginning of Lent so, as we remember our loved ones on this special day, let’s remember JESUS who gave the ultimate love gift to us, His death on the cross.

“…MOURN WITH THOSE WHO MOURN.”
Romans 12:15b

KENNETH “LEFTY” LIESMAN, beloved brother of POLLY WISE, left this life on January 3rd to begin his celebration of new life in Heaven. He has left a very big “Lefty-sized hole” in the life of his family. Our prayers are lifted for you, Polly!

KATHRYN “KAY” BAUGHER passed away on January 8th. She was one day short of her 96th birthday. KATHRYN is the mother of DEAN BAUGHER and was a long-time, faithful member of Athens United Methodist Church.

EDITH HOWARD passed from the journey of this life to the next. Her daughter, LOIS GUFFEY, wrote “Mother was granted her final wish this morning (Jan. 10) – to walk through the pearly gates and meet her Lord and Savior. Rest in Peace, Momma.”

LENTEN SERVICES SCHEDULE
Sunday Evenings at 6:30

February 25 Cantrall UMC John Vidakovich
March 4 Sherman Dick Piscatelli
March 11 Athens Craig Sweet
March 18 Williamsville Kathy Sweet
March 25 Rochester Paulette Cott
This is the opportunity to exchange pulpits and listen to the other United Methodist pastors in our area as they help to prepare us during the Lenten Season.
CHOIR PRACTICE starts Wednesday, February 21st at 6:00 p.m.

FISH FRY TIME

Fridays 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Beginning on February 23rd we will have our annual Lenten Fish Fry Days!

A NEW GARAGE-TYPE SHED

Pastor Dick
Maybe you’ve noticed something new has been added. A new garage type shed has been built on our property. This was something we need in order to continue our service to the community through our Fish Fries and Chicken Dinners. The facility we have used in the past is no longer available to us and we thank our community leaders for allowing our use until now. This new shed will provide quicker response time for getting the food out. We borrowed money and can pay back the loan within a few years. Trustees and the Administrative Council looked long and hard at the best way to continue our outreach to the community. This building seemed to be the most feasible option. If you desire to make a donation toward funding, please mark your check for the building. As always, 10% of all profit goes to missions and 90% goes to debt paydown. This report is to keep our congregation informed.

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