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.
We are still in the Yellow Zone, although the number of red zones increased this week. We have been worshiping in our Sanctuary the past Sundays now that the temperatures are in the chilly Fall range again. We encourage proper health protocols, but some are still understandably uncomfortable in indoor settings. But we have still continued to reach out with our online worship through Facebook (Waltz United Methodist Church) on Sunday, which you can still see throughout the week. If you would like the companion Sermon Notes, let me know and I will email you a copy so you can have when you watch our online service.
We are continuing to review ways to worship safely, and to be of any help we can be for you.
Contact us: 7465 Egypt Rd
Phone: (330) 722-1015
Pastor Les is continuing hi s gular 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
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. Presently we are studying the Parables 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.
Prayer Shawl Ministry meets in Fellowship Hall on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, 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 October 21 at 10 AM
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.
Special Prayer Needs:
Jim Johnson, father of Greg and Dana Johnson will be underwent triple bypass surgery Thursday, October8. He is recovering well.
Keep Roger Fowler in prayer as he is recovering well from his back surgery.
We lift up Tom Knight Sr, recovering from a stroke. Also, Janet Knight has returned home after rehab for her broken shoulder.
Prayers for Glenn Fish, special friends of Chuck and Jill Heath. Glenn fell at home and is in hospital. No broken bones, thankfully. Prayers also for their daughter-in-law Jen who underwent lumpectomy for breast cancer today (Sept 28).
Prayer of praise for Dave Babcock who underwent heart catherization Sept 28) and needed 4 stents, but no open heart surgery.
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 struggling with health issues at home, leaving her weak, and in need of oxygen.
In answer to our prayers, Medina County is currently in the Governor's Yellow Zone. Keep praying for us and to keep doing our part by wearing masks and keeping appropriate distancing as our partnership with God.
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Daily Devotional for
Friday October 16, 2020
From Psalm 14:5-6
."..for God is present in the company of the righteous. You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the Lord is their refuge."
The psalmist here is portraying God talking to, (warning?) evildoers in a kind of a reverse means of comfort that He is in the company of the righteous. He tells the evildoers, who take on the personna of the wealthy, the oppressors, that He is the refuge for the poor, the helpless oppressed. Even though we may not consider ourselves poor and oppressed, we might be hard pressed to defend ourselves against more powerful people intent on doing evil at times. But none are as powerful as our God.
Wasn't it nice to find protection from a parent, an older sibling, or even a strong friend when we were in danger? Hopefully one of those was around when danger came. But our God is always with us, even if we may not feel He is, or feel we don't deserve His protection. He is our refuge, the place we can always come to for protection. God may not fight our battles for us, or even take us around the valley of the shadow of death. But He will provide us with the resources to overcome, or walk with us through those dark valleys. Even if death is the outcome, He is there keeping us from Satan, ready to bring us to the absolute refuge of heaven.
"Lord God, the psalmist wrote in Psalm 56, 'when I am afraid, I will put my trust in You." And I know that even when I don't recognize danger, You are with me as my Protector. Thank You Lord. "
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Daily Devotional for
Saturday October 17, 2020
From Psalm 15:1
"Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?"
Our text is the lead sentence of this psalm that asks a very important question: Who is worthy of living in God's sacred tent or living on His Holy mountain? We obviously know it's none of us, for we are sinners. But the list of qualifiers from the remainder of the psalm is interesting though. Space doesn't permit me to list them, except to point out being righteous, truthful, not slandering, keeping our oaths, respecting those who fear the Lord....These aren't necessarily theological impossibilities. They sound like things decent human beings should be doing. Especially those who obey the Lord. But I won't be making any reservations on God's holy mountain or for visits in His holy tent. But they are excellent goals I should strive for, like John Wesley's path to perfection.
Fortunately we have a God of grace, a God of forgiveness. I may fail along that path, but I know our God will help me up again to help me keep trying.
What a better world this would be if all of us could live up to these standards. But it will be better than it is if we at least keep trying to live by these standards with the help of the Holy Spirit.
"I know I can never be worthy of coming into Your sacred tent, Lord, but I know You live in this world, in our Presence, helping us on our Christian Journey. Thank You, loving God."
Daily Devotional for
Monday October 19, 2020
From Psalm 16:2
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”
The psalmist here has put worldly living in proper perspective. When we make Him Lord, we are giving God power over lives. A Lord was the legitimate ruler over another. Master over a slave. A Master owned the slave 24/7.
The concept of slavery is offensive in American history because of the oppression and abuses that were part of the system. But to be a slave of our Lord is nothing like that. Our Master loves us, cares for us, protects us. In Biblical times a Master might even make a beloved slave an heir of his estate, which Jesus has done for us. So, the psalmist here states that apart from his Lord, his God, he had no good thing. The good things he desired and needed were from the Hands of his Master.
We prefer to use the word servant instead of slave. It makes the relationship sound more voluntary and willing. Perhaps we would be better off using our Kingdom job title 'slave' to better reflect that we belong to our Lord 24/7. But we are heirs of his Heavenly Estate, and our Master loves us enough to die in our place. What can the world offer to match that?
"Lord, I surrender all I am to You. I owe You my soul, and in return I am ready to be Your slave, O wonderful Master."