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Bulletin – 2-26-17

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT – “If Christians around the world were to suddenly renounce their personal agendas, their life goals and their aspirations, and begin responding in radical obedience to everything God showed them, the world would be turned upside down. How do we know? Because that’s what first century Christians did, and the world is still talking about it.”
(Henry T. Blackaby)

LOVED ONE OF THE WEEK – Francie Bishop, 12930 Kingsley Court, Evansville, IN 47725

PRAYER LIST… Pray One for Another – James 5:16
Francie Bishop (recovering from carpal tunnel surgery & complications following surgery)
Haley Dill (friend of Shelby Luttrell / ankle surgery)
Darwin Nelson (friend of Spencer & Melissa Gaines / cancer)
Matt Harper (recurrence of cancer / undergoing treatments)
Heather Ota (undergoing cancer treatments / consultations)
Jane Hudson (sister-in-law of David Hudson and of Sue Stuckey / recovering from surgery)
Heston Runde (great-nephew of Jeanne Bishop / 3 yrs. old / Kawasake Disease) –
St. Mary’s Children’s Ward / possible transfer to Riley
Rita Barton (being referred to a neurosurgeon due to continued severe back pain)
Don Colvin (father of Amber May / had cataract surgery / glaucoma causing issues)
Jermene Penrod (aneurysm at the aorta / 3.8 in size / consulting with drs.)
Marty Bishop (recovering from pneumonia / blood clot in lung) – at home
Dave Newcome (friend of Barb Skelton / stroke)
Toni Whitehouse (granddaughter of Barbara Whitehouse / awaiting kidney transplant)
Tina Taylor (health concerns)
Karen Gress (recurrence of cancer / continuing treatments)
Harold Cox (brother of Dorthy Douglas / stage 4 cancer / chemo)
Steve Sullivan (brother of Faith Livermore / cancer)
Harlan Scott (friend of Ed & Ellyn Horrall / cancer)
Denise Kilps (4th battle with cancer/chemo / recovering from surgery)
Scott Payne (step-grandfather of Austin Meyer / aggressive stage 4 cancer / chemo)
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 (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-81 / Sunday School Attendance Last Sunday-15

ACOLYTES—Jamison Meyer & Asher Braden
BELL STEWARD—(need volunteer)
GREETERS—Sue Ellen Parker
ORGANIST—Kathy Hudson
USHERS—Frank Conner, John Anthis, (need volunteer), Don Davis

TUESDAY Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper, 4:30-6:00pm, Bible Study, 7:00pm
WEDNESDAY FLC Reserved, 1:00-4:00pm, Ash Wednesday Service, 7:00pm
3/5/17 COMMUNION SUNDAY, PANTRY SUNDAY, FLC Reserved, 12:00pm
3/7/17 Bible Study, 7:00pm
3/9/17 Winter Jam – see announcements

February 26- Leviticus 19:1-20:21, Mark 8:11-38, Psalm 42:1-11, Proverbs 10:17
February 27- Leviticus 20:22-22:16, Mark 9:1-29, Psalm 43:1-5, Proverbs 10:18
February 28- Leviticus 22:17-23:44, Mark 9:30-10:12, Psalm 44:1-8, Proverbs 10:19
March 1- Leviticus 24:1-25:46, Mark 10:13-31, Psalm 44:9-26, Proverbs 10:20-21
March 2- Leviticus 25:47-27:13, Mark 10:32-52, Psalm 45:1-17, Proverbs 10:22
March 3- Leviticus 27:14-Numbers 1:54, Mark 11:1-26, Psalm 46:1-11, Proverbs 10:23
March 4- Numbers 2:1-3:51, Mark 11:27-12:17, Psalm 47:1-9, Proverbs 10:24-25
March 5- Numbers 4:1-5:31, Mark 12:18-37, Psalm 48:1-14, Proverbs 10:26

THANK YOU SO MUCH for the delicious meal for our family and friends. Also, your prayers, food, and love that has been expressed to us. Thanks for Pastor Jeff’s visitation and others from the church. Sometimes Tom wasn’t awake, but I remembered. It was a good feeling to know you cared. Love, Diane, Debbie, Becky, James, Ava & Ethan – The family of Tom Bryant

2017 DIRECTORY BOOKS ARE HERE!! Don’t forget to pick one up on your way out this morning. One per family, please, until we make sure everyone has one. If there are extras in a few weeks, feel free to take one for the car, your office, or wherever you might like.

LENTEN DEVOTIONALS: A limited supply of Pastor Jeff’s 2017 Lenten Devotionals are on the foyer table for those who do not have email or prefer a hard copy. If you are on Pastor’s current email list you will receive these automatically. If you are not, but wish to be added, please let him know. Following is a brief intro to this year’s devotionals. Lent – among Christians originally the period of prebaptismal preparation, later of public penance. Finally it became a forty-day devotional preparation for Easter traditionally based on Jesus’ wilderness fast. (Mark 1:13) Lent is a time to prepare us for the celebration of Jesus rising from the dead. Why do this forty day devotion? On Easter we will celebrate what Jesus did for us and we did nothing! Nothing! It is but by the grace, the unmerited favor of God, that we can stand before God and be in His Presence for the rest of time when we leave this earth. I am sure of one thing. Heaven will be a time when we are always in the wonderful Presence of God. This devotion series invites you to be in the Presence of God – NOW! I am also convinced that by being in God’s Presence each day will be fuller. Is that what you desire? I firmly believe that you will find this is what God desires. Finally, have you ever given a gift to a loved one and never received a “Thank You”? Lenten devotions are a “Thank You” to God, it is worship, it is praise. The devotions are made up of daily excerpts from the book: “Experiencing God’s Presence” by Chris Tiegreen. I bought this devotional for my friends in Rwanda. After typing these devotions, I need to get it for myself! I suggest you take notes on the bottom of each page or start a journal of thoughts. These aren’t just whimsical devotions, there are practical applications. So dive in! Enjoy! I will join you! Pastor Jeff

LENTEN COIN BOXES are in the basket near the foyer table for you to take home and fill as you feel led during the Lenten Season. This year’s Lenten Offering will go to the Building Fund to be used for renovations and projects on the Frazier house. Please prayerfully consider your Lenten gift as it goes toward our future parsonage. Coin boxes will be collected on Easter Sunday, April 16th.

MISSIONS/NURTURE WE NEED YOUR INPUT: Recently, a letter was sent out to every member of the Nurture Committee and Missions Committee. I pray that you have read it and you find that you desire to participate in the goals in the letter. In light of the fact that we desire maximum participation, there was a questionnaire along with it asking you for the best time for you to meet in committee. PLEASE fill it out and return it to the basket at the church entrance or discuss it with your committee chair. I feel that this will better enable us to advance the Kingdom in the world. Pastor Jeff

MEN’S CONFERENCE: All are invited to the 3rd annual Men’s Conference – Stay in the Fight – sponsored by Armor Bearers, February 24th & 25th at North Knox High School (10890 State Hwy. 159 in Bicknell, IN). This event is free and features speakers Tom Allen – IU Head Football Coach and Chris Mishler – Pastor & Life Coach. There will also be live worship and break-out sessions. Pre-registration is required for free lunch and breakout sessions. For complete information go to

FAT TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER is this Tuesday, February 28th from 4:30-6:00pm in the Family Life Center. A free-will offering will be taken as a fundraiser for our youth. YOUTH – put this on your calendar now – we need you here to work!!! The menu includes pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and milk. Save yourself the trouble of cooking that evening and come and support our youth! There is a sign-up sheet on the foyer table for ANYone that can help that evening, youth OR adults.

ASH WEDNESDAY will be observed with a special service at Patoka UMC this Wednesday, March 1st at 7:00pm. Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a time of reflection on our individual relationship with God and a re-dedication to purpose our lives in following Him completely. Ashes rubbed on the forehead of those who attend are a reminder of our mortality and an expression of our repentance. All are invited to share this very special evening. We hope you will invite someone to join us as well.

PANTRY SUNDAY: March 5th is Pantry Sunday… each Communion Sunday [1st Sunday of the month] we ask that you bring canned goods and non-perishable items [especially canned meats and/or box dinners] with you to place in the collection container near the front doors for the Patoka Food Pantry. We are fed by Jesus Christ on Communion Sunday, therefore we need to feed others. A great number of families have been served recently through the Patoka Food Pantry and the shelves need restocking. [items which always come in handy – and cannot be purchased with food stamps – soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, dish soap, deodorant, paper towels, toilet paper, toothpaste]

 What: an annual American music tour featuring Christian rock, Christian rap, and contemporary Christian music bands, stunt and/or comedy performances, and a guest speaker.
 Where: Evansville, IN at The Ford Center
 When: Thursday, March 9, 2017
 Starts: 7:00PM / Doors Open: 6:00PM
 Cost: Only $10 at the door! No tickets required!
 Artists include: Crowder, Britt Nicole, Tenth Avenue North, Sadie Robertson, Thousand Foot Kruch, Andy Mineo, Colton Dixon, Newsong, Tony Nolan, OBB, Sarah Reeves, Steven Malcolm
 For More Information: Call 812-422-1515 or go to

DON’T FORGET TO SET CLOCKS FORWARD 1 hour before going to bed on Saturday, March 11th. Daylight Savings Time begins March 12th!

AUCTION: Patoka UMC’s annual dinner & auction is Saturday, April 8th, with dinner at 4:30pm and live auction at 5:30pm. $7/adults; $4/kids 10 & under. Dinner – homemade soups, sandwiches, chips, dessert & drink. Auction – handmade crafts, homemade baked goods, jelly, relish, candy, quilted items, gift certificates, gift baskets, sports items and more!! If you have homemade or quilted items, furniture, antiques, any items listed above, or newly purchased items that you might donate please leave them in the old nursery room in the church basement beginning in March. Watch the bulletin and newsletter for more details and sign-up sheets in the future. In the meantime, mark your calendars and start inviting friends & neighbors. Questions? Contact Jamie Schafer. Need a flyer for your place of employment or a bulletin board you know of? See Melissa in the church office.

EGG HUNT DONATIONS will be needed for the children’s Easter Egg Hunt on Palm Sunday, April 9th following Sunday School. Donations of very small, individually wrapped candies, stickers & toys, as well as LARGE Easter eggs are needed by Thursday, April 6th and should be left in the designated COLLECTION BOX IN THE FAMILY LIFE CENTER WESLEY ROOM beginning in March. Volunteers will be needed Friday, April 7th at 9:00am (Wesley Room) to fill eggs.

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