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Bulletin – 12-25-16

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT – “Christmas is based on an exchange of gifts, the gift of God to man – His unspeakable gift of His Son, and the gift of man to God – when we present our bodies a living sacrifice.” (Vance Havner)

LOVED ONE OF THE WEEK
(brother of Faith Livermore / cancer / to let him know he remains in our prayers)
Steve Sullivan, Amber Manor, 801 E Illinois St, Petersburg, IN 47567

PRAYER LIST… Pray One for Another – James 5:16
Our sympathy & prayers are extended to the family & friends of Harold Cantrell(father of Rita Byrum-neighbor & daycare helper of Lisa Meyer-Rita is a widow & retired South Gibson teacher-please keep her in your prayers).
Engelbrecht family (lost home in fire)
Jim Bishop (recovering from gall bladder surgery)
Gary Kinnaman (brother-in-law of Nora Miller / recovering from back surgery / recovering at Amber Manor in Petersburg)
Tom Bryant (procedure to insert 2 stents on his right side this past Tuesday, then tests Wednesday, and left leg is scheduled for a circulatory procedure the Tuesday following Christmas-Dec. 27th)
Rita Barton (recovering from a fall)
Haily (daughter of Gina Beckner / 4 blood clots / ICU @ Deaconess Gateway)
Frank Conner (recovering from back surgery)
Ed Prior (mass in brain gone – PTL! / recovering from surgery for cancer in lung)
Laura Prior (recovering from surgery for broken hip) – at home & progressing
Dave Newcome (friend of Barb Skelton / stroke)
Bobby York & wife Dawn (Bobby – recovering from kidney cancer surgery)
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 (was to undergo surgery on knee this past week)
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-105 / Sunday School Attendance Last Sunday-26

UP FRONT NEXT SUNDAY
ACOLYTES—Addison Schafer & Jamison Meyer
BELL STEWARD—Mark Berry
CHILDREN’S CHURCH—Bonnie Pinney
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE—Debby Phares
GREETERS—Jim Bishop
ORGANIST—Kathy Hudson
USHERS—Frank Connor, John Anthis, Mike Phares, Don Davis
WORSHIP LEADER—Nora Miller

THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES & UPCOMING EVENTS
THURSDAY FLC Reserved, 2:00pm
1/1/17 Communion Sunday / Pantry Sunday
1/3/17 Bible Study, 7:00pm

ANNOUNCEMENTS
DEAR FRIENDS: Thank you so much for your recent donation to us in the amount of $200.00. We appreciate your willingness in helping the community of Princeton in this way. Especially at this time of year people are in serious need of help, and your donation goes a long way in aiding them this holiday season. Thank you for your generosity. Sincerely, Aimee Norton, Captain, The Salvation Army

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.

NU-VISION: Please take a moment and read this letter. I will be traveling to Rwanda again in February and we need your help for a kitchen remodel/addition. We now will have 1,000 students and the kitchen wasn’t big enough for the 700 plus we had. You will be feeding the school kids and you will be employing the locals. I will also be preaching and participating in school religion classes. May God Bless you! Jeff (Updates will occur on facebook “Nu-Vision USA pages as well as some e-mail)
Let me tell you what we are about:
Nu-Vision High School / Middle School
1. It is a Christian boarding school.
2. In just 9 short years it has grown to over 1,000 students.
3. Academically it is a premier Rwandan school.
4. At least 80 students have gone on to the university level world wide.
5. Students give back to the community. The school allows locals to tap into water and electricity, free.
Ministries
1. Over 200 other students are sponsored at other schools in Rwanda @ $300 / year
2. Worship outreach is done to other schools in the country
3. Distribution of Bibles and Bible tracts to children in Rwanda
4. Active in Aids education with children and families in Rwanda

I will be traveling to Rwanda for the 10th time in February for 2 weeks. Your contribution will go towards material and labor for the kitchen while I am there. None of your funds finance my trip.
When you contribute these things happen:
1. For every $ you contribute a matching $ will be given by a wonderful contributor up to $5,000! You cannot invest in anything with a better return!
2. Or in addition to above. – You can sponsor a child in Rwandan school for $25 per month or $300 per year.
Why should you contribute?
Nu-Vision Ministry is a Christian ministry. The school begins each day with devotions and yes it is open to children of all faiths. Education is the key to all people in the world and you can help. I check up on how your funds are being used. Make a difference in this chaotic world!

AUCTION ITEMS / AFTER CHRISTMAS SALES!! After Christmas sales are the perfect time to pick up a few items for the church’s spring auction – which is closer than you think! Questions? Contact Jamie Schafer.

APPLE BUTTER UPDATE: We still have an ample supply of apple butter available in the Family Life Center. Apple butter would make a great last-minute Christmas gift! Or just enjoy some as the family gathers for meals during the holidays. Here’s what we had as of last week (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

HERE ARE SOME WAYS YOU CAN CONTINUE THE GIVING SPIRIT OF THE SEASON, ALL THROUGH THE YEAR…
 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.

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