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September 2018 Newsletter


 PO Box 79, Williamsville, IL 62693 Office Phone 217.566.3614                                                           

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  Rev. Dick Piscatelli, pastor 302 Wagon Wheel Lane, Chatham IL 62629  

Dick’s cell 217.494.1475    Carole’s cell 217.494.1525  

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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!





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.


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



Saturday, September 8th

4:30-7:00 p.m.


Fried Chicken

Baked Potato

Green Beans/Coleslaw

Homemade Dessert


Adults (3 pieces) $9.00

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




Sunday, September 9th

9:00 a.m.



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!”


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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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.


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


KENTON  OH  43326

Pastor Shane Sims
Pastor Shane Sims

Shane Sims Pastor, Williamsville United Methodist Church Bio Pastor Shane Sims comes to us as his first appointment. Recently graduating from License to Preach School and Previously serving as a Lay Leader at Springfield First United Methodist Church as a Campus Pastor. Where over time he was mentored and developed by multiple pastoral leaders. He has a passion for the lost to be reached and for the church to meet them right where they are in life. Pastor Shane believes and his teachings encourage that everyone is loved by God and there is a plan for each life. He brings innovative ideas, with a biblical foundation to GO into the world and make disciples. Pastor Shane is in the process of finishing his education at Western Illinois University and furthering his education through Divinity Studies. He resides in Springfield with his lovely wife Yanin ( and no this is not a misspelling), daughter Addyson, two sons Max and Sebastian. Hobbies include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, working out and spending time with family and friends.