SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT – “Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus!” ― Neal A. Maxwell
LOVED ONE OF THE WEEK – (Southwest District Associate D.S. / recovering from mild heart attack and a stent procedure) Rev. Randy Anderson, 1634 Breezy Creek, Evansville, IN 47720
JOYS OF THE WEEK
***Congratulations to Emma Ault, a PCHS Rising Star of Indiana – a program to honor high school juniors for their academic achievement!
PRAYER LIST – Pray One for Another – James 5:16 / [Additions & Updates in BOLD]
Rev. Randy Anderson (Southwest District Associate D.S. / recovering from mild heart attack and a stent procedure / doing well / now at home)
Red Miller (recovering from a burn / possible infection) – at home
Gary Kinnaman (brother-in-law of Nora Miller / health concerns)
Ruth Knust (nose bleed issues)
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-103 / Sunday School Attendance Last Sunday-24
UP FRONT NEXT SUNDAY
ACOLYTES—Jamison Meyer & Brandon Luttrell
BELL STEWARD—Patty Craig
CHILDREN’S CHURCH—Shea Duke
USHERS—Alison Marvel, Ashlyn Anthis, Ava Little, Brittany Koberstein
WORSHIP LEADER—Ron Hudson
THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES & UPCOMING EVENTS
MONDAY FLC Reserved, all day
TUESDAY Bible Study, 7:00pm
WEDNESDAY Ad. Council, 6:30pm
FRIDAY Office Closed
SATURDAY FLC Reserved, all day
12/24/17 Regular Worship, 9:15am & Sunday School
Candlelight/Communion Service, 9:00pm
12/25/17 Office Closed
ADVENT COIN BOXES ARE DUE THIS MORNING: There are still boxes available on the foyer table if you need to grab one before they’re collected this morning. This year’s White Gift Offering will go to the Frazier House Remodeling Project.
GORDON MOTE IN CONCERT THIS WEEK: 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.
And when the Lord Jesus has become your peace, remember, there is another thing: good will towards men. Do not try to keep Christmas without good will towards men. -Charles Spurgeon
So God throws open the door of this world—and enters as a baby. As the most vulnerable imaginable. Because He wants unimaginable intimacy with you. What religion ever had a god that wanted such intimacy with us that He came with such vulnerability to us? What God ever came so tender we could touch Him? So fragile that we could break Him? So vulnerable that His bare, beating heart could be hurt? Only the One who loves you to death. -Ann Voskamp