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Bulletin – 12-18-16

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 – (health concerns – see prayer list)
Tom Bryant, 2089 West 400 North, Patoka, IN 47666

PRAYER LIST… Pray One for Another – James 5:16
Our sympathy & prayers are extended to the family & friends of Audry Briggs(aunt of Mike Kermode)… and the family & friends of Elizabeth Lankford Bruce(step-mother of Kelley Marvel / sister-in-law of Bob Bruce).
Tom Bryant (underwent procedure Friday for a significant circulation problem on left leg)
Rita Barton (fell / severe black eye swollen shut / bruising & swelling above right eye / large hematoma on right thigh / no severe injuries or concussion)
Haily (daughter of Gina Beckner / 4 blood clots / ICU @ Deaconess Gateway)
Frank Conner (recovering from back surgery)
Ed Prior (mass in brain is gone – PTL! / recovering from surgery 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)
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)
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-95 / Sunday School Attendance Last Sunday-30

UP FRONT NEXT SUNDAY
ACOLYTES—Colton Duke & Ryder Duke
BELL STEWARD—Mike Phares
CHILDREN’S CHURCH—[no Children’s Church]
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE—Muppets
GREETERS—Ellyn Horrall
ORGANIST—Nedra West
USHERS—Eric Westlund, Shane Hayes, Ethan Muncy, Andy Schafer
WORSHIP LEADER—Ron Hudson

THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES & UPCOMING EVENTS
TODAY White Gift Sunday Program / No Brunch / Regular Sunday School
MONDAY Trustees Meeting, 6:30pm
TUESDAY GGH Devotional Service, 2:00pm
WEDNESDAY Ad. Council, 6:30pm
FRIDAY – Office Closed
SATURDAY 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
1/1/17 Communion Sunday / Pantry Sunday

ANNOUNCEMENTS
DEAR PATOKA UMC FAMILY: A special thank you for the $2000.00 from Land of Lakes for our Food Pantry. We can never thank you enough for the donations you give every month. We have given to 141 families this year so far, and will be giving more the rest of the month, besides we will give some Christmas baskets. Your kindness is a blessing to these families! Love and prayers, June White / Pastor William Morris

DEAR FRIENDS: Your thoughtful donation of $100.00 is helping victims of domestic & sexual violence and providing proactive programs so that future generations do not fall victim to abuse. Your belief in Albion Fellows Bacon Center and our mission makes it possible for us to provide critical services, at no cost to those in need. Realizing that there are many deserving charities you could support, we are honored that you chose Albion. Thank you for your support and being a part of our “Community of Advocates”! Rachel Gumble, Community Engagement Director

APPLE BUTTER UPDATE: We still have an ample supply of apple butter available in the Family Life Center. Apple butter would make a great Christmas gift! Or just enjoy some as the family gathers for meals during the holidays. Here’s what we have (quarts-$8; pints-$6; ½ pints-$4):
Regular – 191 pints; 1 ½ pint
Regular Brown (no red hots) – 15 quarts; 23 pints; 2 ½ pints
Splenda – 52 quarts; 73 pints
Splenda Brown (no red hots) – 12 quarts; 23 pints; 2 ½ pints

TRUSTEES MEETING – Monday, December 19th at 6:30pm. This should be a relatively brief, yet VERY IMPORTANT meeting concerning the Frazier house, and your input is requested. Committee members are Mike Berry(chpsn.), Chris MacKay, Jeff May, Greg Ault, Mary Case, David Marvel, Ron Hudson, Patty Craig, Chris Heidenreich, John Dunning.

CANDLELIGHT/COMMUNION SERVICE: Patoka UMC’s Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service begins at 9:00pm this Saturday, 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 – next 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.

PANTRY NEEDS: A great number of families have been served recently through the Patoka Food Pantry and the shelves need restocking. Below are a number of items that are greatly needed at this time. Thank you in advance for your generosity and willingness to share with and bless others. Needed: hamburger helper box dinners, boxes of spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, cornbread mix, boxes of any variety of cheesy potatoes, pasta sides (in packets), canned beef stew, Spam & canned luncheon type meats, canned sausage gravy, canned ravioli/spaghetti & meatballs, etc., canned carrots, canned chili with beans, cooking oil, peanut butter, grape jelly, sugar, icing (no cake mixes needed at this time), canned tomato juice, Sunny D, hot chocolate or hot cocoa mixes, kool-aid, paper towels, toilet tissue, kleenex, dish soap, laundry detergent, men’s & women’s deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, bar soap, shaving cream.

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.

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.
THE POINSETTIAS THAT DECORATE THE SANCTUARY ARE IN LOVING MEMORY AND HONOR OF THE FOLLOWING:

In memory of Tim Kissel from Cindy Kissel family
In memory of Paul Heidenreich from Cindy Kissel family
In memory of Bill Richeson from Sharon Richeson
In memory of Loved Ones from Mike & Mary Jane Kermode & family
In memory of Loved Ones from Mike & Mary Jane Kermode & family
In memory of Wayne & Emma Pinney and Doris & Garland Burger
from Jeff & Bonnie Pinney
In memory of Our Parents from David & Marilyn Hudson
In memory of Donald Hudson from David & Marilyn Hudson
In memory of Joe Horath from Virginia Horath
In memory of Mick & Monica Welsh from Buddy & Puff Rogers
In memory of Bill & Doris Rogers from Buddy & Puff Rogers
In memory of Our Parents from Bill & Pat Anthis
In memory of Ressa Marshall, Delores Arnold & Sameulla Anthis from
Bill & Pat Anthis
In memory of Our Loved Ones That Are Gone from the Bryant family
In memory of John Hollen from Sue Hollen and Spencer & Melissa Gaines
In memory of Ed Barton from Rita Barton & family
In memory of Dutch & Gussie Sturgeon from Rita Barton & family
In memory of Jack & Michele Bishop from Jim & Jeanne Bishop
In memory of Goldie & Leonard Bishop, Von & Anna Lee, Madeline
from Jim & Jeanne Bishop
In memory of Gene Rodgers, Flo Rodgers, Warren Phares
from Mike & Debby Phares
In honor of Marjorie Phares from Mike & Debby Phares
In memory of Kenny & Carol Schafer from Craig & Linda Schafer & family
In memory of Dale & Nellie Hyatt from Craig & Linda Schafer & family
In memory of Bonnie & Walter Phillips from Lynn Westlund & family
In memory of Delmas & Virginia Collins & Cleola Kintner Collins
from Tanya Nauyoks
In memory of Delmas & Virginia Collins & Cleola Kintner Collins
from Tanya Nauyoks
In memory of Delmas & Virginia Collins & Cleola Kintner Collins
from Tanya Nauyoks

If you’ve shared a flower to decorate the altar,
we thank you for adding to the beauty of the sanctuary
this Christmas season in such a personal and loving way.

Please remember to take your flower(s) home with you
no later than next Sunday, December 25th.

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