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March 24, 2018 Clipboard

Lenten Evening Service Today at 6:30pm.  Our shared United Methodist Lenten Evening Worship services are on Sundays at 6:30pm through April 14. Today’s service is at the Rochester UMC, 555 S. Walnut St., Rochester, with Rev. Paul Dinges as preacher.

Fish Fry is THIS Friday! ….and it’s from 4:30-7:00pm. Please use the clip-board to sign-up to help – particularly coming toward the end of the event to help with clean-up – and please speak with Laura and Cathy as well with questions, etc.  AND invite your friends and family to enjoy a fabulous meal and fellowship!

UMW 150 Year Celebration Special Gift! Everyone is welcome to make a special financial gift on or around March 23 to celebrate 150 years of powerful ministry around the world through the United Methodist Women. The UMW is the largest women’s faith-based service and advocacy organization, underwriting programs that provide life-changing opportunities for women, children and youth. Donations to the Legacy Fund will expand and strengthen the capacity of the UMW far into the future. You can make donations by check to Williamsville UMC (put UMW Legacy Fund in the memo line), at, or send your check to UMW Development, 475 Riverside Dr. 15th Floor, New York, NY 10115 (Legacy Fund in the memo line). 

Guest Preacher & UMCOR Offering. On Sunday, March 31 we will welcome Rev. Dan Brown (Pastor Meredith’s father-in-law!) as our guest preacher. We will also receive a special offering to support the tremendous work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (see insert).

“Renegade Gospel: The Rebel Jesus” Continues.  It’s not too late to join in our Lenten study for adults AND youth. On Sundays following worship, you can join in with the Adult Sunday School class (led by Polly & Pauline) or the Youth Study (led by Teresa). On Tuesdays at 7:30pm, you can join in the On-line Study Group (led by Pastor Meredith). Please use the Response Sheet to let us know you’re planning to participate (include your e-mail address to join the On-line Study Group), and pick-up a study book.

Choir Rehearsals on Wednesdays. Our seasonal choir offers music in March and April for Sunday morning worship and special Lent and Easter services. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 6:00pm in the in the Overflow Room and Sanctuary. All are welcome! Speak with Linda Selinger, Music Director, for more information.


Tuesday, 3/26 On-line Bible Study at 7:30 pm

Wednesday, 3/27 Senior Lunch at Sherman UMC 12:00 pm

Wednesday, 3/27 Choir Practice at WUMC 6:00 pm

Thursday, 3/28 Knitting Ministry at Library 12:30 pm

Friday, 3/29 Fish Fry WUMC 4:30 to 7:00 pm

Sunday, 3/31 Lenten Evening Service at Sugar Creek UMC 6:30 pm

Monday, 4/1 Nimble Fingers Quilters at WUMC 8:00 am

Tuesday, 4/2 Senior Potluck at WUMC 12:00 pm

Tuesday, 4/2 On-line Bible Study at 7:30 pm

Wednesday, 4/3 Choir Practice at WUMC 6:00 pm

Thursday, 4/4 Knotty Quilters at WUMC 9:00 am

Saturday, 4/6 Outside Work Day at WUMC 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pastor Meredith Brown
Pastor Meredith Brown

REV. MEREDITH MANNING BROWN, Interim Pastor Rev. Meredith Manning Brown is an experienced pastor and ministry leader, focused on innovative congregations and spiritual entrepreneurship. With decades of ministry leadership experience, Meredith has led multiple new church planting efforts, pastored through several church revitalization and growth projects, and served in senior ministry staff positions in large and small congregations across the United States. Most recently, Pastor Meredith served as the Lead Planting Pastor for the new Evergreen United Methodist Faith Community in Lacey, Washington, an innovative, neighborhood-based, progressive, intergenerational community focused on connecting with people who don’t know, don’t like or have had enough of church as usual. Through her coaching and consulting ministry ( Pastor Meredith shares her experience and perspective to support leaders seeking to integrate their spiritual practices, their missional callings, and their household relationships into their busy lives as innovators and leaders in the church, businesses, and public life.
 Pastor Meredith is a United Methodist Elder with membership in the New England Conference. A native of Austin, Texas, she is a proud graduate of Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana where she completed a B.A. in religion, a B.M. in sacred music, and a Certificate of Church Careers. She holds a Master in Sacred Music degree and a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology. Pastor Meredith lives in Springfield with her delightful husband, two active teen-aged daughters, and a lazy housecat. She is also a happy experimental baker, loves to go adventuring with her family, and is the holder of the Brown Family Tournament of Games and Round-Robin Classic record for the most yahtzees rolled in a single game.