SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT – Some businessmen are saying this could be the greatest Christmas ever. I always thought that the first one was. (Art Fettig)
LOVED ONE OF THE WEEK – (health concerns) – Ruth Knust, 1109 Hillcrest Drive, Mt. Carmel, Illinois 62863
Our sympathy & prayers are extended to the family & friends of Lois Krackenberger(grandmother of Stephanie Conway & Shelby Anderson)… and to the family & friends of Irene Williams(friend of David Hudson).
Gary Kinnaman (brother-in-law of Nora Miller / health concerns)
Chris MacKay (recovering from a knife wound)
Ruth Knust (nose bleed issues)
Tina Porter (friend of Jennifer MacKay / was to undergo hip surgery Nov. 28th)
Retta Gaines (mother-in-law of Melissa Gaines / undergoing 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-81 / Sunday School Attendance Last Sunday-22
UP FRONT NEXT SUNDAY
ACOLYTES—Asher Braden & Jamison Meyer
BELL STEWARD—James Little
CHILDREN’S CHURCH—Jamie Schafer
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE—Debbie Bryant
USHERS—Ellie Anthis, Connor Miller, Christian Schafer, Ethan Little
WORSHIP LEADER—Grace Luttrell
THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES & UPCOMING EVENTS
TODAY Deadline for Poinsettia Orders (Order Forms On Foyer Table)
Church & FLC Reserved, 2:00pm
Caroling & Pizza, 4:00pm (Meet In GGH Lobby)
TUESDAY Bible Study, 7:00pm
WEDNESDAY FLC Reserved, 1:00-4:00pm
12/12/17 Bible Study, 7:00pm
12/14/17 FLC Reserved, 6:00-9:00pm
12/17/17 White Gift Sunday & Program (during worship)
White Gift Offering Coin Boxes Collected Today
THANK YOU so much for the meal that was provided for our family. Thanks for all the thoughts, prayers and hugs. The family of David Lloyd
ADVENT COIN BOXES AND DEVOTIONALS are available on the foyer table this morning. This year’s White Gift Offering will go to the Frazier House Remodeling Project. Coin boxes will be collected on Sunday morning, December 17th in connection with the White Gift/Children’s Program.
POINSETTIA DEADLINE IS TODAY: If you would like to remember or honor a loved one or friend with a poinsettia during the Christmas season, order forms are on the foyer table. DEADLINE TO TURN IN FORMS IS TODAY. Please print your information on the order form and turn it in, along with payment, to Laura Heidenreich or Rick Hudson before leaving this morning.
JOIN US FOR CAROLING & PIZZA THIS EVENING!! We will be sharing the season in song with the residents & staff at Gibson General 5th floor, The Waters and River Oaks this evening. Meet at GGH at 4:00pm in the front lobby. We should be at The Waters around 4:45 and River Oaks about 5:30. Following, we’ll meet at Pizza Hut (approximately 6:15) for food & fellowship. If you’ve never joined us for caroling before, please don’t miss out on a great evening! It will bless you more than you can imagine! Sign-up (foyer table) if you plan to go.
CHRISTMAS FAMILY – DEADLINE FOR GIFTS IS NEXT SUNDAY: Patoka UMC will sponsor 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 no later than next Sunday, December 10th. 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.
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.
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!
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.
APPLE BUTTER – $8.00; Pints – $6.00; ½ Pints – $4.00
Remaining at last count:
Reg qrt – 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
Total $ to sell – $2,698
JOURNEY (TO BETHLEHEM), sponsored by New Hope Christian Church in Washington, Indiana, is an interactive walking tour, focusing on the sights, sounds, tastes and characters associated with Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth. Most of the tour takes place outside, regardless of the weather, with a considerable amount of walking. Wheel chairs & walkers/strollers cannot navigate the path. Admission is free. Tickets are not required – it is first come, first serve. For more information about dates/times/group rates, call New Hope at 812-254-1006 or go to www.newhopewashington.com.
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.
The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things. – Thomas S. Monson
(From Pastor Jeff) – Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas. – Kin Hubbard (I’m just seeing if anyone reads the quotes! Merry Christmas!)