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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
MAY 2018
FROM THE HEART OF THE LITTLE FISH

To Your House
“ALL OF THEM WERE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT”
That’s how Pentecost began. Sitting together in the Upper Room waiting for the promise of the Holy Spirit the disciples gathered in prayer. Luke says, “Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. And all were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.”

It’s amazing what one can do when under the power of God. Peter is the one most Christians like to identify with because of the way he was. He could be bull-headed, someone who would speak his mind. A burly fishermen we could say, maybe a little ‘salty’ at times. But Jesus saw something in him, like he sees in all of us. He saw Peter’s potential, not what he was. He saw what he could become when under the control of the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost, my, what a great sermon he gave as hearts were touched, and new life offered, and over 3,000 folks were miraculously changed in a twinkling of an eye. Let us not forget what Luke adds to that first evangelistic meeting. God kept adding to their numbers daily, and the followers came together to share what they had, to pray, to study, and to participate in the Lord’s Supper. The church was full of life and they were full of joy and hope.

So it was with the other disciples as well. That Upper Room experience transformed each person who was there. No more hiding and being afraid. They came out to proclaim God’s message unafraid of what was waiting for them. They spoke with boldness, did amazing things like Jesus said they would. This group of what one might have originally called misfits, now were proclaimers of the hope one could have through believing in the One who died on the cross for the world. The church was alive, and it was fruitful in its mission and with its message. Christ is alive and there is power in the precious Name of Jesus.

The church today needs the renewal of that same power. It’s there in us when we receive Christ. We just need to turn on the switch and watch what God will do. The power of the Holy Spirit allows us to sing God’s praises and to speak to others about what God is doing in our lives. The message of the church lives on through you and me today. The work of the Holy Spirit continues to change lives and the Kingdom of God can still grow. The message hasn’t changed. Only the messengers have changed. It’s you and me. We are the new apostles of Jesus who are given the task to share the Good News with the world. We have been commissioned to “Go, into all the world bringing my name, my vision, my hope, my forgiveness, my salvation, my power, my love, to the world.” (Littlefish translation)

Every year we look for revival in our churches, our denomination. But first and foremost, it needs to begin in our own lives. Let’s pray that God will get hold of us and that our hearts will be set on fire for the faith that God will bring a revival to our church that will spread to other churches. IT CAN HAPPEN! IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN! Let’s be Peters and Pauls and spread God’s love. Will you join with me and take on the task that God calls you to do?

Dick

SEE THE MAY CALENDAR
FOR BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY INFORMATION

GREETERS FOR MAY
May 6 – PAUL & LORI FINLEY
13 – CAROLE PISCATELLI & ALICE FRANKLIN
20 – FRANK & PEG OVERMEYER
27 –CHARLIE & EILEEN GRAMPP

SENIOR POTLUCK is Tuesday, May 1st at Noon. All seniors are welcomed! Invite your neighbors to come and join in the fellowship. Bring a dish to share and your own table service and enjoy lunch and conversation with your friends and family. Drinks
are provided!

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN meet at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 9th.

SPECIAL FELLOWSHIPS CELEBRATIONS AFTER CHURCH
May 13 – MOTHER’S DAY
20 – GRADUATES HONORED

GRADUATES
HIGH SCHOOL
THOMAS HOFFERKAMP – Air Guard, then on to SIU-E Nursing Program
SAMANTHA KESSINGER – to Western Illinois University, Macomb

COLLEGE and UNIVERSITY
MORGAN SMITH from Lincoln Land Community College with Culinary Arts Degree
MACKENZIE McCALL from Bradley University – will be working as CPA at Price
Waterhouse Cooper Accounting in Peoria
GRAY PISCATELLI – Purdue University, Degree in Accounting, Minor in Tax
CHELSEA NICHOLS – M.D. from University of Missouri School of Medicine;
Family Medicine residency at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis
JEFF DRISSELL – from UM Kansas City School of Dentistry, doing General
Practice dentistry in St. Louis
NOAH ANDREW OSMAN – Illinois State University, Physics and Computer Physics
Major, Math Minor – Attending University of Illinois Graduate
School. Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering

WILLIAMSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL VOCAL JAZZ CHOIR will be performing for us here at the church on Tuesday, May 15th at 6:30 p.m. Take the opportunity to come and see and hear the talented musicians from WHS! Everyone is welcomed! Invite a friend to come with you for a very special treat!

MEMORIALSERVICE ON THE BOULEVARD
SUNDAY, MAY 27 – 11:45 a.m.
PENTECOST SUNDAY – WEAR RED
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
A mother cooks. A mother sews. Washes dishes. Washes clothes.
Feeds the children, Daddy too. That’s what mothers do!

A father goes to work each day. Doesn’t have much time for play.
Fixes broken toys for you. That’s what Fathers Do!

So much for the old-fashioned sing-song verses our children sang a few years ago! Life has certainly changed for most of us, hasn’t it?

BUT… Can we relate to this?

When I’m an old lady, I’ll live with each kid
And bring so much happiness just as they did.
I want to pay back all the joy they’ve provided.
Returning each deed! Oh, they’ll be so excited
When I’m an old lady and live with my kids.

I’ll write on the walls with reds, whites, and blues
And bounce on the furniture… wearing my shoes.
I’ll drink from the carton and then leave it out
I’ll stuff all the toilets and oh, how they’ll shout!
When I’m an old lady and live with my kids.

When they’re on the phone and just out of reach
I’ll get into things like sugar and bleach.
Oh, they’ll snap their fingers and then shake their head
And when that is done, I’ll hide under the bed
When I’m an old lady and live with my kids.

When they cook dinner and call me to eat
I’ll not touch my green beans or salad or meat
I’ll gag on my okra, spill milk on the table
And when they get angry… I’ll run… if I’m able!
When I’m an old lady and live with my kids.

I’ll sit close to the TV, through channels I’ll click
I’ll cross both eyes just to see if they stick.
I’ll take off my socks and throw one away
And play in the mud ‘til the end of the day!

And later in bed, I’ll lay back and sigh
I’ll thank God in prayer and then close my eyes.
My kids will look down with a smile slowly creeping
And say with a groan, “She’s so sweet when she’s sleeping!”

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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