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.
On Nov 5, we moved into the Governor's Red Zone as the statistics have risen dramatically. Reluctantly, we will not worship in the Sanctuary until we are in the Yellow zone again. But we will continue to reach out with our online worship through Facebook (Waltz United Methodist Church) on Sunday, which you can still see throughout the week.
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:
Barry Frank was recovering from the amputation of his leg above the knee, but on Monday, he broke the femur on that leg and was sent to the Akron General Hospital. Doctors were able to insert pins to repair the leg, so amputation will not be necessary. He is back home, continuing to heal well.
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.
Kathleen's parents, Alan and Kathi Eaken, residents at Sanctuary Senior Living Center have both tested positive for Covid, and are quarantined.
Keep Chuck and Heath in prayer as they travel to their winter home in Fla.
Best weapon against our 'invisible enemy'
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
Saturday November 28, 2020
From Psalms 27:3
"Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident."
David had seen this scene before. He had faced Goliath and won. He had to flee from Saul and with God's help, had escaped every time. He had even snuck up on Saul and cut off a piece of his clothes to prove to Saul how close he had been and had not killed him because Saul was the Lord's anointed. Now David is expressing His confidence in the Lord, using his experiences to justify such confidence. His heart would remain bold, knowing the Lord was in command. Even if war should break out, David would remain confident that His God would protect Him.
God doesn't give us a free pass against pain, suffering, and adversity in this life. But nothing can happen to us without the Lord's approval. And if is His plan, it is good, and we are wise to accept it. That's true confidence in God.
There are many fearful things in this life. But even death is under His control, and He has conquered it. We will all die one day, but we will be resurrected in Him. We have nothing to fear, and everything to gain in God's plan. And every reason to be confident.
"Lord, I may recite these words of David, but things still scare me in this life. Help me to face each of them, knowing whatever happens will only have happened because You knew what was best. "
Daily Devotional for
Monday November 30 2020
From Psalms 27:5
"For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock."
The psalmist is not just saying God would protect him when he was in trouble. He would hide him from his oppressors to keep him safe in the shelter of his sacred tent. The sacred tent refers to the tabernacle, the place where God was seen to dwell among the people. God would not only invite him into the entrance of his sacred tent during oppression, He would hide him (or secret him in Hebrew) in the inner part of his sacred place. He would be sheltered, safe, as someone very important to his God.
We too are important to our God, who will shelter us from our vilest opponent, Satan. He doesn't necessarily keep us from trouble; often trouble helps us develop endurance, and endurance character, as Paul writes in Romans. But in God's sacred hiding, Satan cannot touch us and we are not in danger of his greatest threat of condemnation. But we must seek Him, knock on the door of this tabernacle. To go about our own way and expect God to be on guard around us is presumptuous. We will be attacked, but God puts us on His high place where we have the strong advantage over our attackers.
We are precious to God, but we can never presume His grace. Grace is not earned or deserved. It is not cheap; He bought it with his blood. HIs willing gift for all who call on His Name.
"Lord, hear my cry for Your help, for it is You I call on, and You I will trust and obey. Keep me safe in Your sacred presence."
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Daily Devotional for
Monday December 1, 2020
From Psalms 27:9
"Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior."
Many people do not handle rejection well, myself included. Especially by a close friend, or even someone you hoped thought of you as a friend. It's an empty feeling, a lonely feeling, it hurts. When Israel went into exile to Babylon because of its sinfulness, they knew they deserved God's punishment. But it seemed like God had turned his back on them, and rejected them. And they wept in sorrow.
David is making a plea to God for something not clear to us, in this psalm of lament. He is pleading for God not to turn away from him, or send him away in His anger, citing that God had been his helper. David may have had reason to be concerned that God was angry, but he pleads for God not to forsake or reject Him.
Like David, we may not handle rejection well, but God will never abandon or reject us. He invested the life of His Son to forgive our sin and restore us to Himself. God is a jealous God, in that He wants no false gods to turn us away from Him. During Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, even knowing He was about to be crucified, Jesus wept over Jerusalem, lamenting how often He had longed to gather His people like a mother hen for her chicks. And yet, it was the people, us, who rejected Him. But, He never rejects us. He never will. Because He said He never would, and His Word is absolute
"What wondrous Love is this, O my soul, that caused Him to bear the dreadful curse for me? Lord, let me love you as I should, and not reject You as I am prone to do."