SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT – God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith; the warmth of Christmas, which is love; the radiance of Christmas, which is purity; the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice; the belief in Christmas, which is truth; the all of Christmas, which is Christ. (Wilda English)
LOVED ONE OF THE WEEK – (to let her know she’s thought of and prayed for) Rev. Patricia Greffey – Rocky Mountain Manor, Apt. 204 – 140 N. Cheyenne – Powell, Wyoming 82435
PRAYER LIST – Pray One for Another – James 5:16
Our sympathy & prayers are extended to the family & friends of Connie Cross(daughter of friend of Frank & Flo Conner)
Red Miller (recovering from a burn / possible infection) – at home
Jim Bishop (admitted to Deaconess Downtown this week / congestive heart failure / breathing issues)
Ed Prior (procedure went well this past week – PTL!) – at home
Gary Kinnaman (brother-in-law of Nora Miller / health concerns)
Chris MacKay (recovering from a knife wound)
Ruth Knust (nose bleed issues)
Retta Gaines (mother-in-law of Melissa Gaines / tests Dec. 7th)
Judy Lawson (former co-worker of Sue Stuckey / complications from heart surgery)
Karen Muncy (mother of Sam Muncy / recurrence of cancer (lymphoma) / prognosis good / prayers for tolerance of chemo treatments)
Ted Thompson (continuing health concerns)
Darvin Hulfachor (cancer)
Greg Nixon (cancer)
Megan Miller (granddaughter of Red & Nora Miller / health concerns)
Patty Pflug (mass on kidney)
Bonnie Potts (health concerns)
Romaine McCabe (friend of Puff Rogers’ / mass around heart / chemo/radiation)
Matt Harper (undergoing cancer treatments)
Toni Whitehouse (gr’daughter of Barbara Whitehouse/awaiting kidney transplant)
Karen Gress (undergoing cancer treatments)
Harold Cox (brother of Dorthy Douglas / stage 4 cancer / chemo)
Harlan Scott (friend of Ed & Ellyn Horrall / cancer)
Jeff Stenfenagel (co-worker of Greg Ault / undergoing chemo)
Jewell Pressley (friend of Dorthy Douglas / maintenance chemo)
Vic Welch (uncle of Darla Meyer Smith & Lisa Meyer / cancer treatments)
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); Christopher Cook & family (New Mexico) / Unspoken Concerns / Trinity Cluster
ATTENDANCE – Worship Attendance Last Sunday-84 / Sunday School Attendance Last Sunday-21
UP FRONT NEXT SUNDAY
ACOLYTES—Addison Schafer & Camden Miller
BELL STEWARD—Nora Miller
CHILDREN’S CHURCH—Amanda Sands
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE—Jeanne Bishop
USHERS—Ron Hudson, (need volunteer), David Hudson, Mike Berry
WORSHIP LEADER—Jim Bishop
THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES & UPCOMING EVENTS
TUESDAY Bible Study, 7:00pm
THURSDAY FLC Reserved, 6:00-9:00pm
12/17/17 White Gift Sunday
White Gift Offering Coin Boxes Collected Today
12/18/17 FLC Reserved, all day
12/19/17 Bible Study, 7:00pm
12/20/17 Ad. Council, 6:30pm
THANK YOU for your kindness [community Thanksgiving meal]. May peace be unto you this holiday season. P & J Clayton
ADVENT COIN BOXES AND DEVOTIONALS are still available on the foyer table and in the booklet rack above. This year’s White Gift Offering will go to the Frazier House Remodeling Project. Coin boxes will be collected on Sunday morning, December 17th.
CHRISTMAS FAMILY – DEADLINE FOR GIFTS IS TODAY: Patoka UMC is sponsoring 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 meals and happy times, and remember the greatest gift ever given to us – God’s own Son. All gifts must be wrapped and to the Family Life Center TODAY. Please be sure to mark each gift with the appropriate information – who gift is for – such as “boy 1” or “girl 1”. Details following:
Boy 1 – boys 12 / husky 14; interests are Harry Potter, building/science toys
Girl 1 – junior size 3; interests are arts/crafts books, board games
Boy 2 – boys size 6; interests are Legos, building toys, crafts, books
Girl 2 – girls size 6-6x; interests are dolls, Barbies, books, board games
Boy 3 – boys size 4T; interests are trains, cars, Paw Patrol, books
GORDON MOTE IN CONCERT: Christian singer, pianist, and worship leader Gordon Mote will be in concert at Owensville United Methodist Church on Thursday, December 21st at 7:00pm. Mote, has released eight studio albums, including the album featuring his well-known hit Don’t Let Me Miss the Glory, and has toured with the Gaithers. A free will offering will be taken. The church is located at 103 S. 3rd Street in Owensville. For more information call 812-724-4041.
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 & worship with throughout the year. Invite friends and family to be a part of this special evening.
GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS:
Apple Butter – available in Family Life Center
$8.00; Pints – $6.00; ½ Pints – $4.00
Remaining at last count:
Reg qt – 92; Reg pint – 103; Reg ½ pint – 13
Brown reg qt – 2; Brown reg pint – 4
Splenda qt – 64; Splenda pint -107
Brown Splenda qt.– 1; Brown spleda pint – 15
Church Cookbooks – $10.00 each – available in Family Life Center
Cutlery & Kitchen Items – thru Class #7
Pecans for baking up holiday treats! – available in Family Life Center
NO MEN’S BREAKFAST IN DECEMBER – but please plan to join us again in the new year, invite guests, and enjoy a time of food & fellowship as we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord!
2018 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 to go each week – such as General Fund, Missions, etc. Use of these envelopes is confidential. They may also be used for tax purposes. For 2018 envelopes, contact Laura Heidenreich or Rick Hudson.
AUCTION ITEMS / AFTER CHRISTMAS SALES!! After Christmas sales are the perfect time to pick up a few items for the church’s annual auction – which is closer than you think! Questions? Contact Jamie Schafer.
UN-DECORATING OF THE CHURCH will take place on Wednesday, January 10th at 5:00pm. Any and all help would be appreciated.
MEMBERSHIP CLASS: Pastor Jeff will be leading a membership class soon for anyone wishing to learn more about the history of United Methodism and Patoka UMC, and who desires to become a member of our church. Dates/Times to be determined. There will be 2-3 sessions. If you are interested in becoming a member or would just like more information please contact Pastor Jeff.
HELP KEEP US CURRENT… we strive to keep all information in newsletters, bulletins, directory books, on file, and in the computer up to date, but we need your help. If your personal information – phone #, email address, etc. – changes please let us know in the church office while you’re updating other pertinent sources. If someone needs to be added or removed from our birthday & anniversary list, directory listings, or even the prayer list, your input is needed. We may or may not ‘hear through the grapevine’ that something changes, so we ask that you help us serve you best by taking just a minute to keep us current. We appreciate any and all assistance and updates.
PEW PADS: Please sign the pew pad each Sunday morning with the names of each family member in attendance… and make sure your neighbor has signed also. If you do not sign we assume you are not in attendance and bulletins/newsletters will be sent. It is also vital that you sign for accurate record keeping. Pew pads can also be used to list prayer requests. It only takes a minute to sign and pass the book.
PUMC ENDOWMENT FUND: In the bulletin’s financial section you see “PUMC Endowment Fund” balance each week… funds given by members & friends of PUMC. This is a great way to benefit the church! The principle generates interest annually to be used as we see fit. It is backed by the Lilly Foundation, conservatively invested, and managed by the Gibson Co. Comm. Foundation. Each of the 92 counties in IN has this (safe investment). With $100,000 in the fund, we would receive at least $4,000 annually, as long as the fund exists. This fund would be an excellent choice for estate planning or giving now. If you have immediate questions, please contact Pastor Jeff.