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and we want to get to know you. 

Welcome

 

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, and preaching from the Bible.

 

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
 
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.
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Altar Cross at our outdoor          Worship Service

    (Thanks for the photo, Eric)

Worship Services  
 
We will be having our SONrise service on Easter Sunday at 7:30 AM.  Following this special service, we will have a Pancake Breakfast, with a ribbon cutting to celebrate of  upgraded Fellowship Hall.  Our traditional Easter Service will begin at 9:30 AM.   If you haven't visited us yet, know that you will be a stranger for only about 2 minutes - after that you're family. All are welcome!
   
 
Contact us:  7465 Egypt Rd
         Phone:  (330) 722-1015

Pastor Les is continuing his regular office time, on Wednesdays 9-12 AM,   You may call his cell phone to make an appointment if  you have a special need
(216)-536-0997  
Events
 

 Wednesday         May  18   10:00 AM                                     Prayer Shawl Ministry 

                             Trustees   10:00 AM

                

Monday Bible Study  May  23  10:15 AM 

 

Sunday                       May 29   Decoration of the graves

                                                   in Waltz Cemetery

                                                   following regular service 

Monday Bible Study    May 30    No Bible Study (Memorial Day)

We welcome Ed Gugliucci to our membership as a transfer from Brecksville UMC with a gift of a Prayer Shawl made by our Prayer Shawl Ministry knitters,   

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Special Prayer Needs:

 

We share in joy that Chuck Anderson has reunited with his sister Debby, who is now residing with him.  Debby has Huntington's and will benefit from Chuck's care.  

  For George and Doris Mueller making their new home at The Echelon,

   For Tristan, Roger Fowler's nephew's grandson, seriously injured in a car accident. He is now home

   For Judy Lucas with a broken shoulder.

   

    Paul Freese had surgery April 11, and is recovering well, still in hospital care, hoping to be released to a rehab facility. 

    Raymond Dean (son of Jennifer/Kevin Dean was injured in a motorbike accident (hit by a deer).  Miraculously, nothing is broken, no internal injuries, but a lot of scrapes and soreness. 

   

 

 

                Merry Christmas!

                         2021

   

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Happy Easter!
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Pastor's Corner:  I will be publishing the weekly Sermon Notes here that correspond to the Sunday Sermon available on our Facebook page (Waltz United Methodist Church) or on YouTube. 

Sermon Notes: What Our Church Says

Intro: Jesus’ Resurrection turned the religious system of that time upside down. Religion had become a burdensome set of rules and laws. A system of rules supposedly that pleased God, disciplined one’s life, and showed justice to others. Upon death, deeds recorded in Book of Life were reviewed by God to determine if they were righteous enough to enter heaven. Jesus’ crucifixion, a shameful way of dying, was His punishment for violating the laws religious leaders thought should disqualify Him from heaven. His Resurrection clearly showed He had overcome death, and welcomed to heaven. But how one got to heaven was still a mysterious spiritual journey to those who now believed in Him. Was there hope that His followers could also be resurrected? In I Corinthians, Paul wrote to the Church at Corinth to assure them there was resurrection of the dead. Corinth was center of Epicurean belief, followers of the Greek philosopher, Epicurus, who taught there was no life of the soul after death, no punishment in a nonexistent afterlife. During Jesus’ earthly ministry, the strong religious group, the Sadducees, also rejected a life after death and therefore strongly opposed Jesus’ teachings

I. I Corinthians 15:35-43.

     A. Our God is a God of order. His laws are a means of living disciplined             lives of order. Living the way God intended for His Creation that 

    included honoring God as well as loving/living in peace with others. If

    there was no life after death, you could live as you pleased, while you

    could, without eternal consequence. No accountability. But Jesus had

    established His Church as framework for believers to learn about being

    received into eternal life through resurrection. So, Paul was adamant in

    addressing the Corinthian Church that Jesus did rise from the dead, and

    there was a resurrection of all believers.       

    B. Paul argued that if there was no resurrection of the dead, then their  

    preaching was useless. If there is no resurrection from the dead, the

    Gospel message of salvation through Jesus is meaningless. If there is no

    resurrection of the dead, then our faith would be futile. By faith we

    recognize God’s blessings for us, and we give back to Him, knowing we

    can because He will continue to bless us throughout our earthly lives.

    We don’t need to live just for today, for ourselves. We can have hope

    for eternity. But all the faith in the world means nothing if there is no

    resurrection from the dead! If there is no resurrection of the dead, then

    sin would control us. Without a hope of resurrection, there would be no

    need for accountability in this life. Sins would have no consequence

    if there is no resurrection from the dead. Eat, drink, and be merry,

    C. But there is a resurrection from the dead and we are accountable!

    There is value in preaching and hearing the word of God to show us

     what we are accountable for. Our faith lets us believe our Redeemer  

     lives, that He has overcome sin/ death, that He forgives us, there is a  

     place with Him in eternity. Our faith lets us know sin cannot control us,

     holding us back from Him. We can hope for a resurrection with Him.

     D. In this Epistle, Paul explains resurrection, offering comfort to these

     still new Christians. Comfort in the reality of resurrection, in spite of  

     normal, human grieving. But comfort is elusive for those who haven’t

     found such understanding when confronting death. Paul desired his                   congregation to have that understanding for comfort.

     E. As humans, death proves we are perishable, mortal, subject to sin’s               consequences. Although we have a natural body, we also have a

     spiritual body. Our earthly bodies are like a seed that must die before it

     can release its spiritual body to eternal life. Our earthly bodies are sown

     in the soil, in its perishable form, scarred and marked during its earthly

     existence, in human weakness, incapable of doing anything more than

     what it was created to do. Upon death, our human bodies, like a seed

     sown in its perishable form, gives way to new, imperishable life. Our 

     mortal, perishable body is planted in death, but from it our spiritual    

     being emerges, reaching out for its Creator God, unblemished,  

     imperishable, unhindered by human limitations. No longer bearing the

     image of a mortal being, but now bearing the image of the glory of God.  

     Flesh and blood cannot enter the kingdom of God, but in our spiritual    

     bodies, we will be resurrected to our eternal future with our Lord.

     F. This may sound like a simple concept. We’ve all planted seeds. Why

     do some seeds sprout to new life, while others don’t?  We can only say  

     it’s up to God to decide which seeds grow. If it’s up to God to bring us to

     new life from death through resurrection, we need to prepare ourselves

     for God’s miracle. We aren’t born with that understanding, nor can we

     understand it with our human understanding. Just as seeds need fertile

     soil, nutrients, and water to prepare for a seed to be planted, God

     prepares us, with understanding through Scripture, His Church, and by

     His Holy Spirit. And Church offers good access to God’s application

      of Scripture and the working of the Holy Spirit to prepare us.

II.  The Church Framework

      A. Having heard the importance of Church to prepare us for resurrection

      I want to look at the operation of our Church, and the issue confronting

      future operation of the UM Church with the possible split of the Church.

      B. First understand that God is a God of order. He knew we couldn’t live             peacefully with one another without some framework of order and

      discipline. His Church provided not only a building, but an orderly  

      framework of rules and procedures for teaching/application of Scripture    

      to our lives. As foundation and cornerstone of His Church, Jesus is the

      authority of His Church, delegating responsibilities to govern the

      Church, and even later, denominations of churches. In our Epistle Paul

      is teaching these concepts of authority/delegation for the Church as well

      as society, acknowledging all governments get their authority from God,

      all authorized governments are to be submissive to God’s authority

      Paul further writes that we are to submit to the authorities, not only  

      because of possible punishment from them, but also as a matter of  

      conscience before God. Although Paul was a Roman citizen, living

      under Roman rule not necessarily a God-fearing government, that  

      governance provided order/discipline under which the Church would

      grow. Therefore, we should respect/honor even Roman government.

      B. As United Methodists, we find order/discipline in our church that has

      evolved through methods John Wesley established. His methods and

      beliefs became incorporated into our governing authority called the

      Book of Discipline, BOD. Just as our Constitution is this nation’s basis

      of all our laws, the BOD gives us the basic governing framework of the

      UMC, defining our basic beliefs about God and Scripture, and

      establishing the structure of its operations. For example, the duties and  

      responsibilities of its clergy, bishops to local pastors, are defined.  

      Sacraments, social principles, rules of order for annual conferences,  

      apportionments, are all regulated under the BOD. Since all church

      property – churches, parsonages, educational buildings -  is owned by

      the UMC, if a church is closed, or wants to disaffiliate with the UMC but

      retain its building, there are defined procedures for how that’s done.                   While the BOD provides order and discipline within the church, it gets

      its authority from Scripture and must agree with it. It never is to take

      precedence over Scripture.

      C. Every year, each of the several Annual Conferences we’re divided

      into, meets/hears proposed changes to the BOD, and votes whether to              submit the proposals to General Conference, which meets every 4 yrs,              representing all worldwide Annual Conferences. General Conference                  votes whether to accept the proposed changes.

      D. The authority of the BOD is focal issue of the current controversy                    dividing the Church. The issue is only indirectly about whether  

      homosexuality is right/wrong. Our BOD clearly states homosexuality is  

      an abomination before the Lord. It does not recognize same sex  

      marriages, nor allow clergy to perform such weddings. Practicing

      homosexuals may not become clergy, just as domestic violence, sexual

      misconduct, alcoholism, for example, will prevent clergy appointments,  

      or cause removal. Clergy must conduct themselves to be trusted and be

      a moral example for their congregation. But the BOD also affirms that all  

      individuals are of value and are to be fully welcomed. God hates all sin

      but loves the sinner. Those who disagree with the BOD, are refusing to

       submit to its authority, and want change, while those who agree with

      BOD want to retain the Church’s traditional governance.   

      E. As gay movement has gained support, there have been several

      proposals/votes to amend the BOD, but without the required votes to

      take action. In 2019, a special session of General Conference  

       considered rewriting the BOD or keep it as written. The final vote was to

      keep the traditional values of the BOD. That wasn’t surprising, though,                given the worldwide nature of the Church. Homosexuality in some parts              of the world is not tolerated. While support for the gay rights has gained              considerable support in US, membership in the UMC has declined,

      while non accepting churches like Korea, Russia, Africa have grown  

      considerably. Especially in US, some churches, clergy, even bishops

      have openly defied the BOD, even taking their defense to civil courts.

      F. Issue is recognizing the authority of the BOD as written. Traditional                  churches get frustrated at those who openly violate Church law, while                churches supporting gay rights are impatient to change the BOD. Many             churches impatient at delayed meeting of General Conference from ‘20

      to ‘22, now ‘24, to resolve differences by establishing the procedures 

      for voting to split the church, and how split will be done.

      F. As result, the Global Methodist Church was launched on May 1.     

      Despite name change, it embraces the BOD’s stated traditional values.

      Churches impatient with the continuing disobedience to the BOD of

      bishops, clergy, and congregations have disaffiliated with UMC and

      affiliated with GMC. Churches impatient with delayed vote to change,    

      have opted to disaffiliate and simply become independent churches. But

      there is a path of disaffiliation for those choosing to, with a financial  

      settlement for them to buy their church building, and continue support of

      past programs voted on by the whole church.

      G. It appears liberal church, with total acceptance of homosexuality,

      would retain UMC name, but those type of issues will be decided by the

      ‘24 General Conference. Despite wishing United Methodists could  

      remain one body, to quote Council of Bishops, “it appears the time has

      come to bless/send our sisters/brothers who cannot remain under the  

      big tent of Methodism.” Annual Conferences, like our East Ohio 

      Conference, will have to decide between traditionalist Global and liberal

      UMC and establish alternative conferences. Then each church, by

      majority vote of its total membership, would decide its allegiance, and

      how it would fit within revised structures. Pastors would have to choose              to stand with their congregation, or choose a different path.  

      H. What does all this mean to Waltz UMC?  Our bishop has been loyal

      to the existing governance under the BOD. She has also been  

      understanding and helpful to those wanting to disaffiliate. She has

      shown faithful leadership, remained true to her vows, and yet

      functioning with love, fulfilling the law, as Paul wrote. While many    

      churches have grown discontent, opting to disaffiliate, I believe that we

      would be better staying as we are until all alternatives are known. But I  

      can’t make that decision unilaterally, and wanted to present this

      overview, anticipating hearing from you.

In summary, Jesus was resurrected, defeating sin, and by so doing,

became the foundation and cornerstone of His Church that He calls us to

be a part of. He rules His church by His Word of Scripture. He provides a framework of governance based on His word, and no government,

including Church government, exists without His authority. Our ancestors

established the United Methodist Church, governed by the BOD. But +whichever governance we choose, as a church of order, we can’t pick and

choose which laws to obey and which ones we won’t. We are now

confronted with choosing our governing authority, consistent with our interpretation of Scripture and our beliefs. May the Holy Spirit guide our choices. Amen