SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT – “The will of God is not something you add to your life. It’s a course you choose. You either line yourself up with the Son of God…or you capitulate to the principle which governs the rest of the world.” (Elisabeth Elliot)
LOVED ONE OF THE WEEK – (just to let her know we’re thinking of her)
Maxine Julian, 107 S. Spring St., Apt. 4E, Princeton, IN 47670
PRAYER LIST… Pray One for Another – James 5:16
Our sympathy & prayers are extended to the family & friends of Garry Taylor.
Ruth Knust (Mt. Carmel hospital / ICU / blood pressure issues / nose bleeds)
Jim Bishop (recovering from gall bladder surgery)
Gary Kinnaman (brother-in-law of Nora Miller / recovering from back surgery / recovering at Amber Manor in Petersburg)
Tom Bryant (upcoming circulatory procedure / prayers needed for circulatory improvement to prevent further issues / prayers needed for pain issues)
Haily (daughter of Gina Beckner / readmitted to hospital / pneumonia returned)
Ed Prior & Laura Prior (both at home doing well / recovering from recent health issues)
Dave Newcome (friend of Barb Skelton / stroke)
Toni Whitehouse (granddaughter of Barbara Whitehouse / awaiting kidney transplant)
Tina Taylor (health concerns)
Karen Gress (recurrence of cancer / continuing treatments)
Harold Cox (brother of Dorthy Douglas / stage 4 liver, bile duct & stomach cancer / chemo / possible remission with treatment)
Steve Sullivan (brother of Faith Livermore / cancer)
Harlan Scott (friend of Ed & Ellyn Horrall / cancer)
Dick Johnson (health concerns)
Heather Ota (teacher at PCIS / uterine cancer / undergoing chemo)
Denise Kilps (4th battle with cancer/chemo / recovering from surgery)
Sue Parker (recovering from knee surgery / undergoing therapy)
Scott Payne (step-grandfather of Austin Meyer / aggressive stage 4 cancer / chemo)
Casey Lamb (teacher at PCIS / recovering from double mastectomy / radiation)
Jeff Stenfenagel (co-worker of Greg Ault / stage 4 cancer)
Jewell Pressley (friend of Dorthy Douglas / undergoing maintenance chemo)
Bernie Burger(father of Bonnie Pinney / health concerns)
Vic Welch (uncle of Darla Meyer Smith & Lisa Meyer / undergoing cancer treatment)
Faith Livermore (health concerns)
Larry & Heather Luttrell (continuing health concerns for both)
Ed Knust (continuing health concerns)
Military: Mark Ambrose, Jr. (Grandbig of Kevin Meyer / on alert status with U.S. Coast Guard / currently completing degree at Ball State); Brad Hale (nephew of Dick & Babs Johnson/re-deployed); Derek Wilson(nephew of Pat Chamberlain & Jo Ellen Bingham/Navy/Naples, Italy); Christopher Cook & family (New Mexico); Unspoken Concerns; Trinity Cluster Churches
ATTENDANCE – Worship Attendance Last Sunday + Christmas Eve-136
UP FRONT NEXT SUNDAY
ACOLYTES—Connor Miller & Camden Miller
BELL STEWARD—David Hudson
CHILDREN’S CHURCH—Jamie Schafer
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE—Bonnie Pinney
GREETERS—Mark & Stephanie Berry
USHERS—Ben Heidenreich, Emma Ault, Olivia Marvel, Andrew May
WORSHIP LEADER—Debbie Bryant
THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES & UPCOMING EVENTS
MONDAY Office Closed
TUESDAY Bible Study, 7:00pm
WEDNESDAY FLC Reserved, 1:00-4:00pm, Un-decorate Church, 5:00pm
TO CHURCH FAMILY: Merry Christmas! Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! In His Love, Margaret & Debbie Dodson
PATOKA UMC FAMILY: Thank you for the prayers, visits, calls & cards. Ed and I are both home and feeling stronger each day. Special thanks to the children for the beautiful Christmas and get-well cards. God has truly blessed us! In Christ’s love, Laurie & Ed Prior
DEAR PATOKA UMC: Thank you for your generous donation of $52.74! You’re a part of a wonderful group in our tri-state area that believes hurting individuals deserve a second chance… that the most difficult life can be turned around… that those who are less fortunate in our community can be fed and get back on their feet. On behalf of our staff, volunteers and most importantly our guests, we’re thrilled you’ve opened your heart to those in dire need. Gratefully, Tracy L. Gorman, President/CEO, Evansville Rescue Mission
THANK YOU very much for the Christmas bonus. It is very much appreciated. Stephanie Berry
THANK YOU so much. I appreciated the Christmas bonus. Patty Craig
CHURCH FAMILY: Thank you for the cards and remembrances this Christmas. And thank you for the Christmas bonus. Looking forward to another year of serving the Lord with you in 2017! Melissa Gaines
UN-DECORATING OF THE CHURCH will take place this Wednesday, January 4th at 5:00pm. Any and all help would be appreciated.
FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING: Patoka UMC’s Finance Committee will meet on Monday, January 9th at 6:30pm in the FLC Wesley Room. Committee members include Jim Bishop (Lay Member of Annual Conference), Amber May (Treasurer), Mildred Heidenreich (Administrative Council Chairperson), Ellyn Horrall (Laity), Laura Heidenreich (Co-Financial Secretary), Rick Hudson (Co-Financial Secretary), Jeff Pinney (Pastor), Debbie Bryant (Lay Leader), Ron Hudson (Lay Leader), Chris Heidenreich (Staff-Parish Relations Chairperson), Mike Berry (Trustees Chairperson), Kathy Hudson (Missions Chairperson), Jamie Schafer (Nurture Chairperson), Mike Phares (Finance Chairperson), however, all those interested are welcome to attend.
ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL MEETING: Patoka UMC’s Ad. Council will meet on Wednesday, January 11th (NOTE DATE CHANGE) at 6:30pm in the FLC Wesley Room. Ad. Council is open to any and all who would like to be a part of or have a voice in the plans and business of Patoka UMC. All are welcome to attend. Committee Members: Mildred Heidenreich, Melissa Gaines, Amber May, Laura Heidenreich, Rick Hudson, Jim Bishop, Debbie Bryant, Ron Hudson, David Hudson, Sue Ellen Parker, Patty Craig, Mark Berry, Stephanie Berry, Jeanne Bishop, Kathy Hudson, Jamie Schafer, Chris Heidenreich, Mike Berry, Mike Phares.
NU-VISION: Please take a moment and read this letter. I will be traveling to Rwanda again in February and we need your help for a kitchen remodel/addition. We now will have 1,000 students and the kitchen wasn’t big enough for the 700 plus we had. You will be feeding the school kids and you will be employing the locals. I will also be preaching and participating in school religion classes. May God Bless you! Jeff (Updates will occur on facebook “Nu-Vision USA pages as well as some e-mail)
Let me tell you what we are about:
Nu-Vision High School / Middle School
1. It is a Christian boarding school.
2. In just 9 short years it has grown to over 1,000 students.
3. Academically it is a premier Rwandan school.
4. At least 80 students have gone on to the university level world wide.
5. Students give back to the community. The school allows locals to tap into water and electricity, free.
1. Over 200 other students are sponsored at other schools in Rwanda @ $300 / year
2. Worship outreach is done to other schools in the country
3. Distribution of Bibles and Bible tracts to children in Rwanda
4. Active in Aids education with children and families in Rwanda
I will be traveling to Rwanda for the 10th time in February for 2 weeks. Your contribution will go towards material and labor for the kitchen while I am there. None of your funds finance my trip.
When you contribute these things happen:
1. For every $ you contribute a matching $ will be given by a wonderful contributor up to $5,000! You cannot invest in anything with a better return!
2. Or in addition to above. – You can sponsor a child in Rwandan school for $25 per month or $300 per year.
Why should you contribute?
Nu-Vision Ministry is a Christian ministry. The school begins each day with devotions and yes it is open to children of all faiths. Education is the key to all people in the world and you can help. I check up on how your funds are being used. Make a difference in this chaotic world!
For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary:
to fulfill our own destiny, according to God’s will,
to be what God wants us to be.”
(Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island)
Finding God’s Plan For 2017
1. What is my PURPOSE in this world?
Supporting Scripture: Romans 14:8, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Philippians 2:12-13, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 6:33 –
Reflect on whether your life reflects the purpose found in these verses. What needs to change?
2. Establish your PRIORITIES.
Write down your gifts, talents & interests:
Reflect on whether you are using them for God’s will or your will.
What needs to change?
3. Make a PLAN.
Supporting scripture: Ephesians 5:15-20
Today’s simple question:
Up until today, have you defined your purpose, priorities, and plans as you see fit to rather than as God desires them to be?
Reflect on this daily.