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and we want to get to know you. 

Welcome

 

Welcome, and thank you for visiting Waltz United Methodist Church online. 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.

 

 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.
             Worship Services  
 
We were able to have our first Sunday back on May 24 in our outdoor pavilion as part of our Memorial Sunday traditional remembrance in the adjacent cemetery.  Last Sunday, June 21, was a beautiful day for our outdoor worship in our church pavilion.  You can see the video of it on our Waltz United Methodist Facebook page.  Photo on right is a glimpse of the beauty of our Father's Day service.  
We will be worshiping outdoors again this Sunday, June 28 at 9:30 AM.  We would love to have you join us.  Masks are encouraged but optional. 
 
Decisions to worship in 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)

Events
Bible Study reconvened June 8.  We meet Mondays in Fellowship Hall at 10:15. All are welcome.  We are studying the miracles of Jesus.  
 
Men's Breakfast will be at at Hungry Bear in Litchfield, Sat July 11 at 8:30.  All men are welcome as we share in fellowship.  
 
Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet again in Fellowship Hall on Wed July 7, 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.   

Special Prayer Needs.

Prayers of thanksgiving for Dads on this Father's Day! It only takes a  moment to become a father, but it takes a lifetime of love, care, and commitment to become a Dad.  What a difference they make in our lives.

  

Barry Frank had his surgery to amputate his leg below the knee,  and it went well. Keep Barry in prayer as he continues his rehab process at Edwin Shaw Center of the Cleveland Clinic.  He may be coming home on Saturday.

Keep Janet Knight in prayer.  She was at Samaritan Rehab Center for kidney problems, but has been returned to Medina Hospital.  She is doing much better recently.   

 

Bob Garver had successful  gall bladder surgery today (June 25) and is recovering.     

Kathleen Anderson is struggling with continuing health problems.  Keep her, and Chuck in prayer.  

Mary Lou Kerr is having facial skin cancer tissue removed.  

Pray that as the states begin to reopen that we will be able to control exposure to Covid 19.  Pray for our leaders making important decisions.

 

Pray for Justice but an end to violence.  Justice is not injustice responding to injustice.  

 

  

 

Happy Easter!

Pastor's Corner

 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.  

Daily Devotional for

Monday June 29

From Psalm 102

Know that the Lord is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

If I hadn't known the 23rd Psalm, or the Good Shepherd texts from John, I might not understand being compared to the sheep of His pasture.  But those passages make this psalm so meaningful.  The Good Shepherd loved his flock and would lay down his life for them.  He would comfort them, move them to green pastures, even if he had to lead them through dark valleys.   We are His people, the sheep of his pasture.  He made us, and wants to ensure that we are well and prosperous.  

    We do this by first of all knowing that the Lord is God, that He has the power to create us, care for us, and love us.  And the more I learn about our  God the more I know about His plans for my life, and His plans for me to be with Him in eternity.  With my Good Shepherd.

"Lord, I want to be one of Yours in Your flocks, where I know I am loved and cared for.  Help me know you more."

"Hear my prayer, Lord; let my cry for help come to you. Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress.  Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly."

   In the title of this psalm are the words, "A prayer of an afflicted person who has grown weak and pours out a lament before the Lord."  The entire psalm is a prayer, made up of earnest requests, as one who was in great affliction, whether he refers to his own individual sorrows, or whether he speaks as one of the people.   Perhaps this was written by a person during the exile.  It was not a mental prayer, it was meant to be a loud cry for help.  

   We too are in a kind of exile with the pandemic.  You can hear the cry of affliction from those who are sick, from those who are afraid of getting sick, and even those who are tired of living under the shadow.  Have you ever felt so frustrated you just wanted to scream?  If you did, you may have even felt some relief.  Sometimes we should cry out to God, get it off our chests.  It's not a sin, and although God hears our breath prayers as well as our loud cries., He might even agree we need to let it out.  Take it to the Lord in prayer, even loudly.  He wants us to turn to Him honestly and sincere - that's the right way to pray.

 

"AAAARGH!  You know my thoughts anyway, so I'm going to express my feelings of frustration out loud. Hear my cry, O God, answer me quickly.  But thank You for the assurance You hear me and want me to come to You, even this way".   

Daily Devotional for

Tuesday June 30

From Psalm 103:1-3

Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul,

and forget not all his benefits—

who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases"

When we're sick and in pain, we focus on our pain, and the more we focus on our pain, the more intense that pain can seem.  This pandemic has many of us worried - maybe scared is a better word.  We don't want to get sick, so we wear masks, adhere to the advice of the experts...and worry.  It's the right thing to do to protect ourselves and our loved ones.  But if we get so focused on our worry, we lose the joy of the life we do have. 

   The advice of David in this psalm is to focus on praising the Lord for the joy of even some limited life.  Praise him not just with words, but a focused joy of knowing He will lead us through this crisis.  We should do all we can and not worry.  Forget not His benefits - the joy that not even sickness or death, nothing can separate us from the love of God.  If we focus on that reality, and knowing He can cure my worst sickness - sin - then I need fear nothing.  

"Lord Jesus, I confess I can do nothing by worrying, not even add a day to my life.  Help me to do what is wise, then trust You  so I can focus on far more important things than what might happen." 

Best weapon against 'invisible enemy'

Daily Devotional for

Wednesday July 1

From Psalm 104: 27-29

All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. When you hide your face, they are terrified;

Don't you just envy your pets?  They are happy when you put their food in front of them, and usually seem quite satisfied that the food is good.  They trust us, and seem happy when we return, and so sad when we leave them all alone.  The psalmist shows the kind of life we could have if we trusted our God that way.  But even then, we can turn to our God, tell him our problems and our joys.  But we're not as easily satisfied at times and turn away from Him, even blaming Him if we don't get what we want.  When we turn away from Him, we might find ourselves terrified, even though He is not the one who pulled away.  

   We don't have to envy our pets.  We too have a Master who provides for us, and tells us nothing can ever separate us from His love.  

"Father, thank You for all You provide for us.  Forgive me for not being satisfied, when I complain about what You give me.  I foolishly fear You hiding from me, when it's my sin that makes is seems You have left me alone."

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