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December 30, 2018 Heard in Church



Carol Sims welcomed those present with warm Christian greetings.  She shared with the congregation that District Superintendent Weatherall will be meeting with the WUMC’s staff-parish committee this Wednesday night.  The purpose is to discuss  the new placement of a minister due to Pastor Dick’s death.   She DID NOT KNOW if anyone has yet been chosen and if there will be an appointment announced at that time.  

Our on-going winter mission project is to help provide some warmth for the homeless in the form of socks. Please bring in NEW  long men’s socks and place in the  box designated for them located under the coat rack in the lower entryway.  This project will continue through the month of December and socks will continue being collected till the end of the year.  They will then be gathered together and taken to Helping Hands for distribution early in January.  To date, we have given 113 pairs of socks to help those needing them, exceeding Carol Sims goal of a minimum number of donated socks reaching 100 or more. 

The all-church potluck has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 9 at 6:00 pm.  A clipboard was passed around the congregation for those planning on attending to sign up.  Meat and drinks are provided as well as table service.  Attendees are asked to bring a side dish:  salad, vegetable, or dessert to help fill the buffet table and for all to enjoy.  Come and share an evening of fellowship, friendly conversations, and enjoyable entertainment.

As the congregation entered the sanctuary , they were greeted by Dorothy Lugibill and Alice Franklin.  Rick Selinger lit the altar candles and beautiful music was presented by our pianist , Linda  Selinger, preparing us for worship.  Next week, greeters will be Larry and Polly Wise.

This week the pulpit was again filled by Rev. Kieth Anderson.   We have been fortunate to have been able to enjoy his sermons as he stepped into a leadership role for this past month.

The Nimble Fingers Quilters will gather from 8:00-11:30 Monday, December 31.  Everyone is welcome, and there is always room for more!

Carol suggested those interested in reading short articles about local people whose lives have made a difference to their communities to pick up this week’s copy of “Illinois Times.”   Her father, Rev. Paul Sims, and local playwright/entertainer, Ken Bradbury, are just two noted.

If anyone has any questions regarding church activities, please call the church.


Bart Henderson announced his Uncle Johnnie Henderson, who lives in Florida and is ninty- six, has opted for chemo therapy to begin treatment for is acute leukemia.  John is Wayne Henderson’s younger brother.

Rev. Dick Piscatelli, Pastor
Rev. Dick Piscatelli, Pastor

Reverend Richard Piscatelli, (Pastor Dick) has been serving this church since 2006 and has begun his 13th year at Williamsville. Dick is a graduate of Asbury College, 1980, now Asbury University, and Asbury Theological Seminary, 1983, in Wilmore, Kentucky. Originally from Watertown, Massachusetts, he and his wife, Carole, have enjoyed living in the Midwest and have made many friends here. Dick’s first appointment was to Buffalo/Dawson UMCs, a two-point charge, which he served for almost 8 years when he was appointed to Paris Trinity UMC. He served at Paris for 6 years and was then appointed to First UMC at St. Elmo in southern Illinois. Dick’s final full-time appointment was to Roanoke/Secor UMCs, a two-point charge. These churches brought much satisfaction and lasting relationships in each. Williamsville UMC has been a joy to serve as he actually began his first church in “retirement,” and is very much involved in all areas of ministry, as the Lord leads. Pastor Dick has a special gift for doing Celebrations of Life and comforting the family. He prepares uplifting, inspiring sermons in a more casual and relaxed style, using humor when appropriate, yet ever-mindful of the importance of bringing the Gospel message for the salvation that Jesus Christ offers to all.