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Bulletin – 11-20-16

Perhaps it’s time we all started to pray like the tax collector (in Luke 18). Perhaps it’s time for us all to have a little more humility. Offering no excuses. Taking responsibility for our own actions – or, inability or unwillingness to take action. Asking mercy and compassion in at least equal measure to the mercy and compassion we offer to others. God, have mercy on us, for we are a nation of sinners – who are loved and justified by a God of Love and compassion. It’s time we started acting like it. (Elizabeth Kaeton)

LOVED ONE OF THE WEEK – (91st birthday – November 22nd) Frank Eads, 122 Dogwood Drive, Warren, Indiana 46792-9260

PRAYER LIST… Pray One for Another – James 5:16
Our sympathy & prayers are extended to the family & friends of Amy Adams(sister of Patty Craig & Mary Case)… and to the Crossroads Christian Church family at the loss of 3 members of the Rinehart family (their worship pastor/his daughter/his mother).
Sue Parker’s sister-in-law, Dixie (health concerns)
Bobby York & wife Dawn (Bobby underwent surgery for kidney cancer this past week)
Fred Johnson (step-father of Sarah Payton / complications from cancer / tumors behind eyes / procedure to relieve pressure / will attempt radiation)
Elizabeth (Lankford) Bruce (in hospital / tests / trying to gain physical strength)
Ellen Evans (friend of Larry & Heather Luttrell & family / bleeding internally / undergoing tests / travel mercies for move to Florida)
Toni Whitehouse (granddaughter of Barbara Whitehouse) – I.U. Hospital
Angela Bignall (friend of Shelby Luttrell / bike accident / broken arm & leg)
Gary Taylor (mass found / undergoing further testing)
Karen Gress (recurrence of cancer / continuing treatments)
Darwin Nelson (friend of Spencer & Melissa Gaines / undergoing chemo)
Ed Prior (critical tests)
Steve Sullivan (brother of Faith Livermore / cancer)
Harold Cox (brother of Dorthy Douglas / stage 4 liver, bile duct & stomach cancer / will undergo chemo / possible remission with treatment)
Harlan Scott (friend of Ed & Ellyn Horrall / cancer)
Cale Thomas (great-nephew of Mary Jane & Mike Kermode / recovering from kidney cancer surgery / mass removed & continuing to heal / no further
treatment (chemo/radiation) can be done / pray that the cancer is gone)
Dick Johnson (continuing health concerns)
Heather Ota (teacher at PCIS / uterine cancer / undergoing chemo)
Denise Kilps (4th battle with cancer/chemo / recovering from surgery)
Sue Parker (torn meniscus / recovering from rotator cuff surgery / 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 multiple health concerns)
Ruth Knust (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-94 / Sunday School Attendance Last Sunday-50

ACOLYTES—Connor Miller & Ryder Duke
GREETERS—Mike & Debby Phares
USHERS—Ron Hudson, Jim Bishop, David Hudson, Mike Berry
WORSHIP LEADER—Barbara Skelton

WEDNESDAY FLC Reserved, all day
THURSDAY Office Closed – FLC Reserved for Free Community Thanksgiving Meal
FRIDAY Office Closed -FLC Reserved, 4:00-7:00pm
SATURDAY FLC Reserved, 8:30am
Hanging of the Greens, 3:00pm & Carry-in Soup/Sandwich Meal,5:00pm
11/29/16 NO Bible Study – there will be no Bible Study until January
12/4/16 Communion Sunday / Pantry Sunday
FLC Reserved, 12:00pm
Caroling & Pizza, meet at GGH lobby at 4:00pm

THANK YOU to all those who chose to support Operation Christmas Child with a shoebox!! We collected 27 boxes this year.

FYI: Albion Fellows Bacon Center is one of the organizations supported by Patoka UMC through Missions giving. Albion Fellows would also benefit from your old, unwanted cell phones, which would be reprogrammed for 911 calls to assist victims of domestic abuse and other emergency situations. Patoka UMC now has a basket in the entryway specifically for discarded cell phones, along with our other collections. If you have the chargers for your old phones they would be appreciated as well, but are not required.

MEN’S BREAKFAST: Due to the holidays there will be no Men’s Breakfast in November or December. We do invite you to join us again after the first of the year. All men, all ages are welcome on the last Saturday of each month. We encourage you to invite friends as well. There’s always plenty of room, great food, and good fellowship. So plan to join us in January!

ADVENT COIN BOXES AND DEVOTIONALS are now available. Please remember to pick one up on your way out this morning. Coin boxes will be collected on White Gift Sunday – December 18th. White Gift Fund – The “General Budget” account was designated as where this year’s White Gift funds would be applied. We have applied a lot of funds to the building fund over the past year and while we will be buying the Frazier house, we need at the present time to build up the general fund. Please recognize that this is important at the present time.

BIBLE STUDY BREAK: With Thanksgiving and Christmas upon us, and schedules already being overloaded, we will be taking a break from Tuesday night Bible Study until after the holidays. Please watch announcements for plans to resume in January.

THANKSGIVING DINNER OUTREACH: Grace & Albert Luttrell, their family, and volunteers will offer a traditional Thanksgiving meal as a community outreach this Thanksgiving Day, November 24th, from noon-2:00pm at the Patoka United Methodist Church Family Life Center. They will cook, serve, and deliver food for anyone who needs a hot meal. If you (or someone you know) can’t prepare a meal, are alone this year, or can’t get out of your home, they would like to help you enjoy a home cooked Thanksgiving dinner. If you (or someone you know) would like to come enjoy dinner, or require a meal delivered, please call 812-664-0981 right away. Volunteers are still needed and welcomed. If you’d like to lend a hand, or donate to help offset the cost of this outreach, please call 812-664-0981 for more information. If you plan to attend the dinner, or need to sign up for delivery, please speak with Grace or Albert right away.

DIRECTORY BOOK DEADLINE – NEXT SUNDAY: We need ALL changes to the current church directory book turned in no later than Sunday, November 27th to ensure that your family’s information is correct in the 2017 book. Thank you! Melissa

HANGING OF THE GREENS – NEXT SUNDAY: The season of Advent is upon us, which means preparing ourselves as well as the church for the holidays. On Sunday, November 27th we will gather to decorate the church and Family Life Center during our annual Hanging of the Greens, beginning at 3:00pm. MUCH help is needed. Bring a pot of soup and/or sandwiches and join us in the FLC for a bite to eat afterwards. The more the merrier!

POINSETTIA ORDER FORMS are now available on the foyer table if you would like to purchase a poinsettia to decorate the sanctuary during the holidays, in memory or honor of loved ones. Flowers are $10 each. Order forms and payment must be turned in to Marilyn Hudson no later than Sunday, December 4th.

CAROLING & PIZZA is set for Sunday, December 4th! We’ll meet in the lobby of Gibson General Hospital at 4:00pm and proceed to 5th floor for caroling… then on to The Waters at 4:45 and River Oaks at 5:30. Following, we’ll meet at Pizza Hut (approx. 6:15) for food & fellowship. If you’ve never joined us for caroling before, please plan to this year. It will bless you more than you can imagine!

“JOURNEY (to Bethlehem)”, an interactive walking tour, focuses on the sights, sounds, tastes, & characters associated with Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth. Most of the tour takes place outdoors, regardless of the weather, with a considerable amount of walking. Wheel chairs, walkers and strollers will not be able to navigate the Journey path. Journey is December 9th & 10th from 4:30-8:00pm(CST) at New Hope Christian Church in Washington, IN – 559 East 100 South. Free Admission. Tickets are not required – it is a first come, first serve basis. If you plan to bring a large group (15 or more) it is suggested that you come after 6:00pm, but it is not required. For more information call 812-254-1006 or go to

CHRISTMAS FAMILY: Patoka UMC will sponsor a family during the holidays to brighten their Christmas and show them the love of Jesus at a time when we celebrate with our own families by sharing gifts and as we remember the greatest gift ever given to us – God’s own Son. All gifts must be wrapped and to the Family Life Center no later than Sunday, December 13th. Please be sure to mark each gift with the appropriate information – who gift is for – such as “girl 1”/(no age given); “girl 2” or “girl age 5”; “girl 3” or “girl age12”; “boy”; “mother”; “father”. Details following:
 1st girl: size 10 pants, (no age given) 12-14 shirts, interests are reading, coloring, arts, crafts and listening to music
 2nd girl: 5 years old, wears size 6 pants and 6-7 size shirts, enjoys horses, dolls, dressing up and anything to do with the movie Frozen
 3rd girl: 12 years old, girls pants size 16-18, shirts XL or 16-18, enjoys reading, hair items and games
 boy: age 3, wears size 3T pants and 4T shirts, likes “Paw Patrol” things, and semi-trucks
 mother – general gifts suggested
 step-father – general gifts suggested

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