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September 2018 Newsletter

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.

By the time most of you receive this Newsletter Carole and I will have celebrated our 55th wedding anniversary. What makes this noteworthy is that I planned a renewal of our vows with my pastor friend Curt Rush. It was to be a surprise to Carole on Sunday August 26, the closest to our anniversary, which is August 30. However, I thought I better ask Carole if she would like to renew our vows this year since it is our 55th year together. Who knew this second marriage for both would work? God did! The night we were to be married by a Justice of the Peace we stood at the bottom of the stairs leading to his office and I said to Carole, “If you’re going to back out, do it now.” She didn’t. And here we are 55 years later, still happily married looking forward to the next years together. Through ups and downs, through heartaches, the joy of our marriage, the joy of our relationship has been wonderful. Look where God has taken us! From a home in New England, to college and seminary in Kentucky, to serving churches in Illinois, to retirement, to serving the Williamsville church these past 12 years, working on number 13. From a factory worker to preacher. Who knew? …. God did!

So, on Sunday, August 26, with some family present, with the Williamsville congregation as our witnesses, Pastor Curt Rush will walk us through the renewal of vows. As the title of this message, the title of that song, in reality, “We’ve Only Just Begun.”  Marriage is a lifelong commitment. Some of you have been married longer than we have, like the Tuckers and Tibbs. We stick together like glue, as a line from a country song says. For Carole and me it has been a wonderful journey where we have met and shared our lives with many beautiful friends in many wonderful churches. Who knew we would meet so many wonderful people who have embraced us and loved us?….  God did!

Like those weddings I have officiated at, or those of you who have been married, you know the commitment that comes with taking those vows to love one another till the end of one’s life. The joy that comes with each passing day cannot be compared. With the ups and downs, the heartaches, the sorrows that come you grow together as you take that journey of faith committed to the relationship, committed to the marriage, committed to each other.

Paul has words to guide any married couple, in the twilight years, or just beginning. He says to love one another as God has loved us. He reminds us that love is kind, love is sincere, love is helping each other, love is going the extra mile, love is putting each other first. Read 1 Corinthians 13 and re-read those words because they are powerful words for every occasion. Read them in different translations and grasp their true meaning. The final part of those words to us is this…love never fails…. love never ends…. Love never gives up.  Love is the greatest gift that God has given to each of us to share with someone. Who knew how powerful that one word could be….  God did!  By the way I am thankful she climbed those stairs with me. It’s been wonderful, and we’ve been blessed.

Praise the Lord!

  

Dick   

BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY AND GREETER INFORMATION

 PICTORIAL DIRECTORY

Pictures were taken at the church in August and some are already receiving those photos in the mail.  The new church directories should be here in a few weeks.

A NEW ARRIVAL!

LORI and DAVE BENNER welcomed their 9th grandchild on June 28th.  What a blessing!  DAMIEN ALLEN ELSTON weighed in at 7 pounds, 13.5 oz and was 19.6” at birth.  Parents are DANIELLE and JACK and big sister NAOMI is excited about her new baby brother!  CONGRATULATIONS to all!

SENIOR COMMUNITY POTLUCK at Noon on Tuesday, September 4th in the Green Room

ANNUAL CHICKEN DINNER

ON THE BOULEVARD

Saturday, September 8th

4:30-7:00 p.m.

Menu

Fried Chicken

Baked Potato

Green Beans/Coleslaw

Homemade Dessert

Drink

Adults (3 pieces) $9.00

Kids (10 & under) $5.00 (2 pieces)

CARRY-OUTS AVAILABLE

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WORSHIP ON THE BOULEVARD

Sunday, September 9th

9:00 a.m.

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GRANDPARENTS DAY IS SEPTEMBER 9th

For all of you who are lucky enough to be grandparents, maybe you will enjoy this little story.  A certain 5-year-old wanted to jump on the trampoline but he wanted his Grandmommy to jump with him.  Now this 50+ year-old Grandmommy who has had four children should NOT be jumping on a trampoline!  However, she made some “adaptations” and the two of them had a blast!  A few days later the irresistible plea came again.  “Grandmommy, Will you put your diaper on so we can jump on the trampoline again?  “BE RIGHT BACK!”

A SPECIAL DRAMATIC PRESENTATION

Wednesday, September 12th

7:00 p.m.

COME ONE!  COME ALL!  MARILYN OAKS is preparing a special program for us and we hope to have a good turnout for it will be a memorable evening.  She has written the script and will be in full dress, portraying a character from the Bible!  Marilyn is a gifted actor as you will see and we are blessed to have her here for this extraordinary performance.  Invite a friend to come with you!

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DID YOU KNOW…

MOSES was the first person with a tablet downloading data from the cloud!

When it rains, it pours… but GOD is our SHELTER IN THE STORM!

“Let God’s promises fall on your problems.”  Corrie ten Boom

“God never said that the journey would be easy but He did say the arrival would be worth it!”   Max Lucado

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”   Chuck Swindoll

PASTOR ON VACATION – Thursday, September 20 – Tuesday, September 25

Dick and Carole will be away for a granddaughter’s wedding in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.  It will be a great family reunion with relatives from Connecticut, Oklahoma, Chatham and Singapore!  MATT JONASON and HEATHER PISCATELLI will be married on September 21.

THANKS VERY MUCH TO THE VILLAGE!  We appreciate the new sidewalk you put in front of the church!  It not only looks great but provides more safety for our parishioners.

SEND A CARD!   BRING A SMILE!   LIFT A SPIRIT!   PRAY!

MICHELLE SEIF is recovering from brain surgery and will be recuperating at the home of her sisters in Ohio for an extended time.  A note or card from her church family and friends could bring a lift right when she needs it!

Her address is: MICHELLE SEIF

679 NORTH WAYNE STREET

KENTON  OH  43326

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 (www.WithCoaching.com) 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.