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.
Medina is now in the Governor's high risk (purple zone). it's important that we do what we can to avoid spreading the virus, so will continue to limit our worship to virtual services via Facebook (Waltz United Methodist Church) , posting for Sunday, which you can still see throughout the week. This Sunday Dec 6, I will lead us in virtual worship with Communion. If you would like to participate, you may want to have a juice and bread with you as we partake on line.
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 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
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. Our Nov meeting has been canceled due to Medina moving into the Governor's Red Zone. All are welcome when we resume 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.
The Admin Bd meeting, Trustees, and Prayer Shawl ministry will not meet as scheduled Dec 2 while the Covid risk remains too high, and that 'white stuff' is falling so heavily
Special Prayer Needs:
Rev Jim Patterson, former pastor at Waltz and Poe UM Churches passed away Tues Dec 28. The private showing at Waite Funeral Home will be live streamed on Wed Jan 6 at 11:30 AM. Link will be found on Waite obituary page for James Patterson.
Barb Atterer asks for healing for her son, Jeff. Jeff is at Beachwood Cleveland Clinic for dye injections and surgery to test the lymph nodes after discovering melanoma on his back. The extra fear is that he is in stage 3 kidney failure due to being diabetic most of his life and the dye may destroy his kidneys further.
Barry Frank has been in hospital treating an infection in his leg. He went through a procedure on Monday (Dec 7). to ensure he had full circulation in that leg. Doctors treated several blood clots and Barry has full circulation again. He is back home.
Keep Dave Stobinski, a friend of the Heath family, in prayer while he is undergoing chemo treatments. The tumors in his legs and in his groin are gone, and one in his lungs is reduced. Praise the Lord for healing to date and continue praying for complete healing.
Kathleen Anderson, after her courageous struggle with MS and cancer, went to be with her Lord Sunday night, Nov 28. Keep her husband Chuck in prayer.
Jesse Brown, at the Samaritan Care Center, is in hospice care.
Kathleen's parents, Alan and Kathi Eaken, residents at Sanctuary Senior Living Center, have both tested positive for Covid, and are quarantined.
Warren and Debbie Gott ask for prayer for Warren's cousin Jodi and her husband Todd who both have Covid symptoms. Jodi is at home, not doing too well. Todd may need to transfer to Cleveland Clinic, for a lung machine. Keep them in prayer.
I am 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
Tuesday January 12
From Psalms 35:17-19
"How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life from these lions. I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you. Do not let those gloat over me who are my enemies without cause;"
Previous to this passage, the psalmist had complained that he had been sympathetic to his enemies, but when he stumbled they laughed at him and treated him maliciously, repaying his good with evil. The psalmist now takes up his complaint to God, asking how long He would see this happening and not intervene? The psalmist dramatically asks to be rescued from his savage enemies he calls lions. He promises to give thanks before the people, but asking that his enemies do not get to gloat over him without cause. It's a plea for justice.
It seems that the psalmist wants God to intervene in his life, expressing his impatience that God would wait so long. We all feel this way at times. God seems to let our enemies, our problems, go on too long. Those who see us think our faith in God to make changes is foolish talk. But God's plan doesn't change with our impatience. It would be like harvesting a crop before it had fully ripened. It is better to let God's plan develop, and let Him develop us too. We can present our desires to God, but we should pray to see His Hand working according to His plan. God knows our needs and has His plan at work. We need to let God change us to work within HIs plan.
"I call out for justice, Lord, as if I understand what that really means. Enlighten me, that I may see what You want me to do to help where You want me to."
Daily Devotional for
Wednesday January 13
From Psalms 35:26-27
"May all who gloat over my distress be put to shame and confusion; may all who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and disgrace. May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, 'The Lord be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant.; "
I'm not sure where gloating falls on the sin scale, but it should be fairly high. In pro football, there is a 15 yard penalty for taunting, which is gloating to intimidate an opponent. A second occurrence results in ejection from the game. Gloating often results in causing vengeful retaliation in an opponent and good sportsmanship is soon lost. When gloating celebrates another person's failure, or at least disregarding their feelings, we are not acting out of love, and very much acting out of arrogance. We may have earned a victory by hard work and preparation, but we'd be overlooking the reasons for our success, and overlook an opponent's hard work.
I love to see a person celebrating a victory by thanking God for his/her abilities, and then recognizing their opponent(s) for their efforts. Such a humble attitude makes such a person a true champion. God's champion. And God's champions know God's victories are putting others ahead of ourselves.
Even though David's situation had greater consequences than winning a contest, even in battle, how one treats a conquered foe may be a greater witness for God than all the success laurels of victory. The best way to conquer an enemy is make them a friend. That's God's strategy.
"Lord forgive me when I get so enamored by my success that I lose perspective of other people, and I forget to love others as You taught so often. I forget to treat others as I would want to be treated. Help me to be Your champion."
Daily Devotional for
Thursday January 14
From Psalms 36:1-2
"I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before their eyes.
In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin."
David's love for the Lord left him a message in his heart. It was a message of remorse about what he saw in the wicked. That they did not have the proper respect, awe, or reverence, which is meant by fear of the Lord. For a man of God, that is a sorrow. That God would be treated as irrelevant. Many people say they 'believe in God' but their actions paint a different picture. They don't revere Him as holy, nor respect what He expects of us for our own good. They don't recognize Him as the most powerful force, the Creator, of this world.
Why they are so blind, David says, is because they can't see past themselves. They flatter themselves as being righteous, and good, they can't see past themselves to compare themselves against God's standards. They aren't able to realize they are sinners. All they can really understand is themselves. Woe to them when tragedy strikes. Then they turn to God for help. But without the fear of the Lord, their pleas for help likely fall on deaf ears. Their plea is likely a blanket emergency request shot in the dark. As stated in Proverbs 1:7, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Then we can know we have sinned but can find His forgiveness.
"Lord, hear my plea for mercy. I call on You as my Savior and hope of forgiveness because I know You are holy, worthy of my worship, praise, and honor.
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