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Bulletin – 11-27-16

“All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ.” (David Jeremiah)
“Some businessmen are saying this could be the greatest Christmas ever.I always thought that the first one was.” (Art Fettig)

LOVED ONE OF THE WEEK – (both with health concerns)
Gary & Tina Taylor, 903 E. Broadway, Princeton, IN 47670

PRAYER LIST… Pray One for Another – James 5:16
Our sympathy & prayers are extended to the family & friends of Bobby Heldt… the family & friends of Claude Davis… and the family & friends of Lisa Dawson.
Sue Parker’s sister-in-law, Dixie (health concerns)
Bobby York & wife Dawn (Bobby – recovering from kidney cancer surgery)
Fred Johnson (step-father of Sarah Payton)
Elizabeth (Lankford) Bruce (in hospital / tests / trying to gain physical strength)
Toni Whitehouse (granddaughter of Barbara Whitehouse / awaiting kidney transplant) – at home
Gary & Tina Taylor (Gary – mass found / undergoing further testing)
Karen Gress (recurrence of cancer / continuing treatments)
Darwin Nelson (friend of Spencer & Melissa Gaines / undergoing chemo)
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-104 / Sunday School Attendance Last Sunday-21

ACOLYTES—Cydney Miller & Addison Schafer
GREETERS—Andy Schafer family
ORGANIST—Kathy Hudson
USHERS—Alison Marvel, Ashlyn Anthis, Ava Little, Brittany Koberstein

TUESDAY NO Bible Study
THURSDAY FLC Reserved, 5:00-8:00pm
12/4/16 Communion Sunday / Pantry Sunday, FLC Reserved, 12:00pm
Caroling & Pizza, meet at GGH lobby at 4:00pm
DECEMBER NEWSLETTERS will be distributed on Sunday, December 4th. All information needed before that date is available in today’s bulletin. Birthday & Anniversary information for the first week of December is as follows: birthdays – 1-Ed Horrall, 2-Taylor Anthis, 4-Dortha Fortner, 5-Mandy (Schmidt) Bilyeu, 6-Fred Anthis, 7-Johnna Braden, 7-Ashlyn Anthis / Anniversaries -2-Chris & Laura Heidenreich.

ADVENT COIN BOXES AND DEVOTIONALS are available on the foyer table. 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.

DIRECTORY BOOK DEADLINE – TODAY: We need ALL changes to the current church directory book turned in before you leave this morning to ensure that your family’s information is correct in the 2017 book. Thank you! Melissa

HANGING OF THE GREENS – THIS AFTERNOON: Today begins the season of Advent, which means preparing ourselves as well as the church for the holidays. This afternoon 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!

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING: Patoka UMC’s Finance Committee will meet this Wednesday, November 30th at 6:30pm, with the purpose to:
1. Discuss present status of accounts
2. Discuss funds application
3. Discuss means to raise funds for Frazier Purchase
Committee members include: Jim Bishop, Amber May, Mildred Heidenreich, Ellyn Horrall, Marilyn Hudson, Pastor Jeff Pinney, Debbie Bryant, Ron Hudson, Mike Phares, Mike Berry, however, any Patoka UMC member may attend and observe.

POINSETTIA ORDER FORMS ARE DUE NEXT SUNDAY and are 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 next Sunday, December 4th.

CAROLING & PIZZA IS NEXT SUNDAY 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

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.

CANDLELIGHT/COMMUNION SERVICE: Patoka UMC’s Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service begins at 9:00pm on December 24th. We invite everyone to join us as we ready our hearts and spirits to once again welcome the Christ Child. What better way to share the holidays than in God’s house with the ones we love and worship with throughout the year.

CHRISTMAS SUNDAY we will share in regular worship at 9:15am, however, there will be no Sunday School that morning and no UMYF. Come worship with us and then spend the day with family and friends, giving thanks for God’s unspeakable gift.

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