Jesus loves you
and we want to get to know you.
Welcome, and thank you for visiting Waltz United Methodist Church online, or in gathered worship. We hope that our website highlights the worship, fellowship, and service opportunities available.
We worship in a traditional style, in traditional hymns, preaching from the Bible, and hugging (once we can do that safely again).
Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor.
Our mission is to be fully devoted to Jesus by opening our arms to those in search of the truth. All are welcome.
We show God’s love and concern for our fellow man at every opportunity. Through works of charity and opening our doors to listen and love, we feel that we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
Although we are still in the Orange Zone, we will hold worship services in our Sanctuary this Sunday, (Sept 20 at 9:30 AM) due the cold weather projected. You can still join in our worship online through Facebook (Waltz United Methodist Church) on Sunday if you prefer the safety of your own home.
Decisions to worship in the following weeks will be made week by week. We are reviewing ways to do that safely.
Contact us: 7465 Egypt Rd
Phone: (330) 722-1015
Pastor Les has resumed regular office time, Wednesdays 9-12 AM, You may call his cell phone to make an appointment if you have a special need (216) 536-0997
Altar Cross at our outdoor Worship Service
(Thanks for the photo, Eric)
Bible Study reconvened June 8. We meet Mondays, usually in Fellowship Hall at 10:15 but in our outdoor pavilion, weather permitting. All are welcome. We are studying the miracles of Jesus.
Our Breakfast Group, hosted by the men, normally meets on the first Saturday of the month at the Hungry Bear in Litchfield. All are welcome as we share in fellowship. We have postponed our August meeting while we are in the Red zone.
Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet in Fellowship Hall on Wed, Sept 2, at 10 AM. Join us even if you don't know how to knit. We can teach you while we enjoy a social time together. Masks are encouraged.
Trustees meet next on September 16 at 10 AM
Special Prayer Needs.
We lift up Tom Knight Sr, hospitalized after a stroke this weekend.
Prayers for Glenn Fish, special friends of Chuck and Jill Heath. Glenn fell at home and is in hospital. No broken bones, thankfully. Prayers of support for his wife Barb.
Keep Janet Knight in prayer. She fell and broke her shoulder. Doctors are hopeful now it will heal on its own, and may not need surgery. She is currently at Sanctuary, for rehab.
Keep Dave Scobinski, a friend of the Heath family, in prayer. He is undergoing chemo treatments, and doctors have found the tumors in his legs and in his groin are gone, and one in his lungs is reduced by 25%. Praise the Lord for healing to date and continue praying for complete healing.
Kathleen Anderson is continuing her therapy, but finding it leaves her weak and tired.
In answer to our prayers, Medina County is Orange this week again, meaning our threat level is still decreased. Many surrounding counties have gone to Yellow. Keep praying for us to go Yellow, but keep doing our part by wearing masks and keeping appropriate distancing.
I will be posting daily devotions from Psalms in this section. Though each day will be a new posting, I will keep the previous two days visible, in case you want to refer back to them.
Best weapon against 'invisible enemy'
Daily Devotional for Friday September 18
From Psalm 4:6
Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”Let the light of your face shine on us."
Who will bring us prosperity is a question we ask especially in an election year like this is. We look to which candidate will fulfill our expectations. No matter who wins the election in question, the reality is that every candidate has his/her flaws, and each has their strengths. And many things are out of their control - weather, health concerns, foreign markets. So who will bring us prosperity?
First, we need to ask what is prosperity? Is it wealth? Is it peace? In this year of the pandemic, it may be a vaccine, and allowing us to resume our once normal lives. But the psalmist here asks the light of the Lord to shine on us. Then we will know prosperity, not by these worldly standards, but knowing the Lord's presence, guiding us into a time of His justice, and living by His righteousness. A time when it it is well with our souls, and we are more concerned with what God expects of us, than what the world demands from us.
Only our God can provide that prosperity. He alone loves us so much He would sacrifice His own Son to restore what once was the perfection of His creation.
"Jesus, You who came to us to show us the path of true prosperity, let Your light shine on us, showing us the way to Your kingdom."
Daily Devotional for Saturday September 19
From Psalm 4:8
"In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety."
Isn't it special to watch a baby sleeping? So peaceful, so calm. And we wish we could sleep like that. But there are bills to pay, things to do, worries about........
In David's days, as a shepherd, he would probably not be able to sleep deeply while he was with his sheep, listening for anything that would indicate a predator was near, endangering the sheep. The sheep would be safe while the shepherd was on watch.
Jesus called Himself the Good Shepherd, telling us we are the sheep of His pasture. The 23rd Psalm gives us assurances of His peace and blessings for His sheep. The psalmist here acknowledges that, saying that He alone makes me dwell in safety. That assurance may not allow me to leave my house unlocked at night, but once I have done all i can, I can let my deeper worries in His hands. Jesus tells us we can't add one day to our lives by worrying, and that if we trust Him we will know true inner peace. Our Shepherd is on duty. He's working on our problems, and His love assures me of His presence. Sleep well!
"Gentle Shepherd, leading me beside still waters into green pastures, thank You for the peace You offer us. Inner peace that makes life worth living."
Daily Devotional for Monday September 21
From Psalm 5:1-2
"Listen to my words, Lord,
consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray."
This psalm of lament asks God to 'consider' his words. But 'consider' is translated more like 'understand'. So, the psalmist, presumably David, is asking God to understand his words, which is like saying hear what I'm trying to say with these words, but understand the deeper meaning beyond my words. Hear the groanings, or laments, cries of my soul. He is turning to his King, his God, with this heartfelt prayer, asking God to understand. This is the essence of a lament. Not just a complaint, or a petition, but a heartfelt prayer of a deep longing soul.
Most of us have felt this way. When a particular need is so heavy on our hearts, it seems like words are inadequate. We just hang our heads and perhaps just moan, "Why, God, why? Help me, I have no other hope." The rest of the psalm lays out some of his problems with the wicked around him. Like David we feel overwhelmed by our enemy or enemies. And in this state, it may be easier for us then to know God. Know that all else will fail, but He is the only hope we have. Then we know the depth of of our longing for our Almighty God.
'I come before You, my Lord God, knowing my situation that only You can resolve. Humbly, I bow before You, God. Help me...help me."