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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
MARCH 2018
FROM THE HEART OF THE LITTLE FISH

“By His Stripes We Are Healed” Isaiah 53:5
The other day the Christian faith lost a great man and communicator of the Gospel when The Rev. Billy Graham went to his eternal reward. As I listened and read about his life and ministry I remember how much influence he had in the world and it reminded me of the importance of our faith. With so much bad news, turmoil in our world, in our country, in our cities, I think we need the message of hope and transformation Rev. Billy Graham preached time after time. We need to hear the power of that message in order to find peace. Instead of sowing seeds of hate and anger, we can sow seeds of love and acceptance. Billy Graham would say we were sinners in need of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. That Good News is, of course, that God loves you and cares for you. One of our children’s hymns reminds us that “Jesus loves Me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Through believing in Jesus Christ one’s life can be changed. What a wonderful gift!

As some of you may remember, Billy Graham had many crusades that were on TV and touched scores of lives. His partner in ministry was George Beverly Shea. Each time he sang, you got goose-bumps. These crusades were done all over the world and many lives were changed, new hope given, and many found peace within. Billy became a counselor to presidents, popes, and Queen Elizabeth when there was unrest and troubled times, just as there is today.

There was a hero of WWII I mentioned once before, dealing with anger after being in a Japanese prison camp for years. Now married, dealing with depression and alcoholism, he promised to go with his wife to a crusade but at the last minute backed out. Finally, on one of the final nights he kept his promise to hear Billy Graham at a tent crusade in their city. He wasn’t seeking help; he was just trying to please his wife who complained about his drinking. Long and short of it, he went a second time and when they played “Just as I am without one plea that thou my Lord hast died for me” God spoke to Louie Zamperini that this was his time to be healed of his alcoholism, depression and anger. The power of God was so strong that when the final verse of the hymn was sung, he got up from his seat, started out of his row to head home. Instead he went forward where Billy Graham prayed for him to receive Christ. This hard-hearted man felt the peace of God flood his soul, and at that moment received Christ into his life and was delivered from his sin. His marriage was saved. Louie began a new life dedicated to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

That’s the power of God’s message to the world today. Thousands upon thousands of people have come to the saving grace of Jesus Christ and become witnesses for Him. That’s the power of the message God wants to communicate to the whole world today. The message is the same today as it was in Isaiah’s time. God loves and cares for us. How thankful I am that I had a mentor who shared the Gospel message with me. Most importantly, we should be thankful for the thousands who still enter the mission field to spread the Gospel message wherever they go. Like them, I love to tell that story of Jesus’ love because I know what it did in my life and can do in yours. I pray you will be touched this Lenten season by Jesus’ message from the cross. He loves you!
Dick
SEE THE MARCH CALENDAR
FOR BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY INFORMATION

GREETERS FOR MARCH
March 4 – MARSHA MENZEL and DOROTH LUGIBILL
11– PAUL & PAULINE OSMAN
18 — CAROLE PISCATELLI & ALICE FRANKLIN
25 – PAUL & LORI FINLEY

HOSTS FOR AFTER-CHURCH FELLOWSHIP
March 11 – SANDY MOYNAHAN & MICHELLE SEIF
25 – CHARLIE & EILEEN GRAMPP

SENIOR POTLUCK is Tuesday, March 6th 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, March 14.

CHOIR PRACTICES
Wednesdays — 6:00 p.m-
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LENTEN SERVICES SCHEDULE
Sunday Evenings at 6:30
February 25 Cantrall UMC John Vidakovich
March 4 Sherman Dick Piscatelli
11 Athens Craig Sweet
18 Williamsville Kathy Sweet
25 Rochester Paulette Cott
Take time during this Lenten Season to hear the pastors from other United Methodist Church in the area as they bring their own messages for Lent. Refreshments follow.

FISH FRY FRIDAYS
4:30-7:00 p.m.
March 9 and March 23
Dinner Includes:
Walleye
Baked Potato or Potato Salad
Coleslaw
Applesauce
Dessert & Drink
Adults — $8.00
Children 12 & Under — $4.00
Hot Dog Dinner — $3.00

Come and enjoy!

OUR PRAYERS are lifted for the family of DARLENE RODGERS who passed away in Arizona. She is Marsha McCall’s mother.
BAPTISM – Ten-year-old MASON CHRISTOPHER SCHMULBACH is being baptized this morning (February 25). Mason requested baptism and has talked with Pastor Dick about the meaning and importance of the sacrament. Parents are Chris and Kendra. Mason’s great grandmother is Jeanne Gaither.

RENEWED HER VOWS – GRACE SHERROCK
TRANSFERRED MEMBERSHIP – CAROLYN SUE BISHOP from Kumler UMC.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MEMBER OF WUMC, please speak with Pastor Dick and he will be glad to meet with you.

ENGAGED – JON HAMPTON and SHANNON BECKER on Christmas Eve!

OUR NEW BUILDING is now complete and operational for our Fish Fry Dinners.

PARSONAGE RENOVATION is finished and ready to be rented. If you know of any who are interested in renting, please contact TOM YOKLEY.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 – Time to set clocks ahead! Can SPRING be far behind?

March 29
6:00 p.m. Meal and Service
March 30 –7:00 p.m.

EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES
April 1
Sunrise at 7:00 a.m.
[Breakfast Following]
Worship at 9:00 a.m.

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