SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Only Jesus would be crazy enough to suggest that if you want to become the greatest, you should become the least. Only Jesus would declare God’s blessing on the poor rather than on the rich and would insist that it’s not enough to just love your friends. I just began to wonder if anybody still believed Jesus meant those things he said.” (Shane Claiborne)
LOVED ONE OF THE WEEK – (remembering our college students)
501 N. Sunrise Dr., Room A320
Bloomington, IN 47406-7506
PRAYER LIST… Pray One for Another – James 5:16
Our sympathy & prayers are extended to the family & friends of Ed Knust.
Sue Hollen (health concerns)
Marty Bishop (pneumonia in both lungs) – Gibson General
Ruth Knust (health concerns)
Jim Bishop (recovering from gall bladder surgery)
Gary Kinnaman (brother-in-law of Nora Miller / recovering from back surgery) –
Tom Bryant (surgery this past week)
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)
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 (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-75 / Sunday School Attendance Last Sunday-15
UP FRONT NEXT SUNDAY
ACOLYTES—Aadin Lovett & Kimberly Chamberlain
BELL STEWARD—Becky Little
CHILDREN’S CHURCH—Amanda Sands
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE—Debbie Bryant
USHERS—Sam Muncy, Andy Schafer, Rick Hudson, Greg Ault
WORSHIP LEADER—Mike Phares
THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES & UPCOMING EVENTS
TODAY UMYF, 10:30-11:30am
MONDAY Finance Committee Meeting, 6:30pm
TUESDAY Gibson General Devotional Service, 2:00pm
Bible Study, 7:00pm
WEDNESDAY Ad. Council, 6:30pm
1/18/17 Nurture, 6:00pm
1/22/17 UMYF, 10:30-11:30am
FLC Reserved, 12:00pm
1/24/17 Bible Study, 7:00pm
1/28/17 Men’s Breakfast, 7:00am
FLC Reserved, 8:30am
THANKS SO MUCH for your prayers, thoughts, cards, calls, and Jeff’s visit. Means a lot. Please keep us in your prayers, as we have a long road ahead and at least two surgeries. Tom & Diane Bryant
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Thank you for the gifts. It has helped my family out. We really appreciate it. God bless you all. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Alicia (recipient of gifts shared from those of you who gave to our PUMC Christmas Families this past year)
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU AT THE CHURCH for sending out the newsletters, sermons and any info that you get in between the mailings. We miss our small town Patoka, but do not know too many of the younger people. Shorty & Mary Ann Stone [a loved gift was also included for PUMC with this note, to be used as needed]
NEW ADDRESS for Dick & Babs Johnson
628 Cresthaven Drive
Indianapolis, Indiana 46217
GIVING/FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AVAILABLE: If anyone using the numbered/envelope tithing method of giving at PUMC would like an end-of-year giving statement, please let Laura Heidenreich or Rick Hudson know.
FINANCE COMMITTEE meets tomorrow, January 9th at 6:30pm in the FLC Wesley Room. Committee members are 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.
PATOKA UMC ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL meets this Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30pm in the FLC Wesley Room. Ad. Council mtgs. are open to any and all wishing to have a voice in the plans and business of Patoka UMC. 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!
PEW PADS: Please remember to sign the pew pads each Sunday morning with the names of each member of your family in attendance… and make sure your neighbor has signed also. We are glad to send bulletins/newsletters but strive to be good stewards by not sending mail unnecessarily. If you do not sign we assume you are not in attendance. It is also vital that you sign for accurate record keeping. The pew pads can also be used to list prayer requests that are spoken or unspoken during Worship. It only takes a minute to sign your name and pass the book to your neighbor.
2017 OFFERING ENVELOPES: An individual offering envelope system is available at PUMC for your convenience. This allows you to designate on the envelope where you prefer your tithes & offerings go each week – such as General Fund, Missions, etc. Use of these envelopes is confidential. They may also be used for tax purposes. For 2017 envelopes, contact Marilyn Hudson at 812-779-5235.
AUCTION ITEMS / AFTER CHRISTMAS SALES!! After Christmas sales are the perfect time to pick up a few items for the church’s spring auction – which is closer than you think! Questions? Contact Jamie Schafer.
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING: Patoka UMC will once again observe Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday on February 5th – which is our regular Pantry Sunday. We hope to gather in even more food and items than we did last year, for the Patoka Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, which we share in stocking for outreach to our community. More than 25 years ago the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat”. Since that day, more than $110million has been raised for local charities across the country. Be part of this movement that’s sharing God’s love with those in need… please give generously on February 5th and help us exceed last year’s totals – 482 ‘food items’ and 136 ‘other’.