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Bulletin – 12-11-16

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. (Mother Teresa)

LOVED ONE OF THE WEEK – (both with health concerns – see prayer list)
Ed & Laura Prior, 1701 Martin Lane, Princeton, IN 47670

PRAYER LIST… Pray One for Another – James 5:16
Frank Conner (recovering from back surgery)
Audry Briggs (aunt of Mike Kermode / 90 yrs. old / stopping dialysis / hospice called in)
Fiancé of Barbara Skelton’s daughter (stroke / paralyzed on right side) –Good Samaritan Hospital
Ed Prior (mass in brain is gone – PTL! / underwent surgery Dec. 9th for cancer in lung) – IU Med/downtown Indy
Laura Prior (recovering from surgery for broken hip) – at home & progressing
Unspoken Request
Dave Newcome (friend of Barb Skelton / stroke)
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)
Gary & Tina Taylor (Gary – mass found / Tina – health concerns)
Karen Gress (recurrence of cancer / continuing treatments)
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)
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-90 / Sunday School Attendance Last Sunday-24
UP FRONT NEXT SUNDAY
ACOLYTES—Lance Stuckey & Christian Schafer
BELL STEWARD—Patty Craig
CHILDREN’S CHURCH—[White Gift Program]
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE—Pastor Jeff
GREETERS—Barbara Skelton
ORGANIST—Nedra West
USHERS—Jim Anthis, Chris Heidenreich, Albert Luttrell, Mark Berry
WORSHIP LEADER—Jim Bishop

THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES & UPCOMING EVENTS
12/18/16 White Gift Sunday Program / No Brunch / Regular Sunday School
12/20/16 GGH Devotional Service, 2:00pm
12/21/16 Ad. Council, 6:30pm
12/23/16 Office Closed
12/24/16 Candlelight Communion Service, 9:00pm
12/25/16 Regular Worship / No Sunday School / No UMYF
12/26/16 Office Closed
12/31/16 FLC Reserved, 8:30am

ANNOUNCEMENTS
DEAR PATOKA UMC: Thank you for your generosity, support and commitment to Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home (Lebanon, IN). The financial contributions provided by caring organizations like yours enable the Home to provide quality services and a caring environment to the children we serve – helping them to develop valuable life skills and to work toward building stronger families. Your gift is a tribute to the children we serve. It sends the message that you care about them and the quality of their future. We are grateful to have you as a partner in our mission to build better lives for our youth. With grateful appreciation, Richard A. Lapinski, MS, Executive Director/CEO

DEAR MEMBERS & FRIENDS OF PATOKA UMC: Thank you so much for your recent donation to the (Evansville) United Methodist Youth Home’s Christmas fund. The celebration the youth have here at UMYH may be the only holiday cheer they have. We are so grateful that donors like you make it possible for the youth to have a merry and bright holiday season. We hope that you will continue your interest in helping us carry out our mission in 2017. Every youth deserves a fair chance at being successful and living up to his or her potential and the best way we can do that is by giving them the care, attention, and structure they need. Thanks for helping our kids have a very Merry Christmas! May all of your congregation have the same! Blessings, Travis Johnson, Development Officer

CHRISTMAS FAMILY – GIFTS DUE 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 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 today. Please 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

ADVENT COIN BOXES AND DEVOTIONALS are still available on the foyer table. Coin boxes will be collected next Sunday 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.

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.

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.

PATOKA UMC ENDOWMENT FUND: In the financial section of our bulletin, you see the “PUMC Endowment Fund” with a balance of $85,289.21. These funds are given by members & friends of PUMC. This fund is a great way to benefit the church, not only now but forever. The principle of this fund generates, at present, 4% interest annually to be used as we see fit. It is backed by the Lilly Foundation, conservatively invested, and managed by the Gibson Co. Community Foundation. Each of the 92 counties in Indiana has this (safe investment). If we had $100,000 in the fund, we would receive at least $4,000 annually for as long as the fund exists which should be a VERY, VERY long time. This fund would be an excellent choice for estate planning or giving now. If you have immediate questions, please contact me, Pastor Jeff.

CHRISTMAS IDEAS: Class #7 has pecans available for your holiday baking – pieces and halves, as well as a wide variety of knives and kitchen items from Rada Cutlery that would make wonderful Christmas gifts. Pecans can be purchased in the Family Life Center, thru any member of the class, or by contacting Marilyn Hudson at 812-779-5235. Talk to Marilyn if interested in the knives or kitchen items.

CHURCH COOKBOOKS – A Taste of Heaven – Patoka UMC Church Family & Friends Cookbooks – are available for purchase in the Family Life Center and on the front entrance table. Books are $10 each and would make a great Christmas gifts for the cooks and collectors in your life!

IN THIS SEASON OF GIVING, HERE ARE SOME WAYS YOU CAN HELP… and it will cost you nothing:
 DONATE OLD CELL PHONS: 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.
 BRA BANK APPEAL: We continue collecting gently used bras (leave in designated container by front doors) for a special project designed to aid African women in the prevention of sexual assaults [less likely to be attacked if wearing undergarments] and human trafficking. For more info go to freethegirls.org, or thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com and click on ‘Mozambique Or Bust’.
 LOVE PACKAGES: We continue to collect Bibles, Sunday School lessons, Upper Rooms, Our Daily Bread… basically any Christian literature, to be distributed to third world countries where so many are hungry for the word of God that they take our excess, out of date items and cherish them. Instead of throwing out these things, place them in the designated container near the front entrance and we will get them to people who need them.

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. (Thomas S. Monson)

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