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November 11, 2018 Heard in Church



Today was the one hundredth anniversary of the ending of World War I:  at 11:00 am on November 11. Paul Osman gave a short factual speech telling us some interesting general war facts as well as local information regarding what was happening in our area at that time.  The Williamsville residents were very supportive in many ways of their boys fighting on foreign soil. 

  At 11:00 am the church bell was rung in remembrance for those brave soldiers who lost their lives during that horrific war.  The other bells in Williamsville, at the train depot and the community center, were also rung at the same time. 

In recognition of Veterans’ Day, Pastor asked all veterans to stand and be recognized.  The congregation showed their appreciation with a round of applause.  Several patriotic songs were sung as pear of the worship service.  

Coffee Fellowship was enjoyed following the morning worship service hosted by Eileen and Charlie Grampp and Sandy Moynahan. 

Adult Sunday School will resume beginning next week. 

Operation Christmas Shoebox is winding up this week.  We are hoping to fill one hundred shoe boxes to send to children around the world.  

An additional winter mission project is to provide 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 at the lower entry level under the coat rack.   These will be gathered together and taken to Helping Hands Ministry for distribution.  

Millikin University’s annual Christmas Vespers including carols, choirs,  and  candlelight services is again being planned for a group trek north to Bloomington.  Tickets are being ordered and purchased for the Sunday evening, December 2, performance at 7:30. Those interested in more information, contact Carol Sims.  

The quilters are continuing to meet working on quilts to be given to residents at Cunningham Children’s Home in Champaign/Urbana.  A quilt is given to each child upon arrival at the home and again when the child leaves.  This last week one quilt was completed, but many more are being planned and are in various stages.   For more information regarding the quilters, contact Polly Wise

Wednesday night is a busy night for church activities. Christmas choir practice has started and begins at 6:00 this week, and United Methodist Women gather at 7:00 for their monthly meeting. 

  If anyone has any questions regarding church activities, please call the church office:  566-3614. 


Five former Congregaants from Pastor Dick’s churches at Roanoke and Secor were present for church service.  


Sandy Moynhan attended two weddings over the weekend

Laura Smith commented that Bowser  is continuing to do well   

Judy  Krell proudly announced that Rochester football team won and will be going to the semifinals in their bracket.  


Pastor announced that chemotherapy  treatments will begin on his lung cancer but no dates have yet been set.   Polly Wise gave Dick one of the prayer shawls made by our knitting group.  

Nick and Dana Constant’s twin boys were born last week. Since they were only approximately twenty-four weeks developed, they are quite small at one and one-half pounds each and will have to stay in the hospital for a while.  

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.