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Bulletin – 3-12-17

“You Christians look after a document containing enough dynamite to blow all civilization to pieces, turn the world upside down and bring peace to a battle-torn planet. But you treat it as though it is nothing more than a piece of literature.” (Mahatma Gandhi) (Funny how this Hindu man understands what many Christians forget. – Pastor Jeff)

(birthday – March 18th) Ruth Knust, 1109 Hillcrest Drive, Mt. Carmel, IL 62863

PRAYER LIST… Pray One for Another – James 5:16
Our sympathy & prayers are extended to the family & friends of Darwin Nelson (friend of Spencer & Melissa Gaines).
Co-Worker of Ellyn Horrall (diagnosed with breast cancer / needs prayers)
Fred Wise (prostate cancer)
Haley (daughter of Gina Beckner / blood clots)
Haley Dill (friend of Shelby Luttrell / ankle surgery)
Matt Harper (recurrence of cancer / undergoing treatments)
Heather Ota (cancer concerns)
Rita Barton (referred to a neurosurgeon due to continued severe back pain)
Don Colvin (father of Amber May / eye issues)
Jermene Penrod (aneurysm at the aorta / 3.8 in size / consulting with drs.)
Marty Bishop (continuing issues with pneumonia / blood clot in lung) – at home
Dave Newcome (friend of Barb Skelton / stroke / improving slowly but steadily)
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); Christopher Cook & family (New Mexico); Unspoken Concerns; Trinity Cluster Churches

ATTENDANCE – Worship Attendance Last Sunday-104 / Sunday School Attendance Last Sunday-24
ACOLYTES—Addison Schafer & Camden Miller
GREETERS—Sharon Richeson
USHERS—Sam Muncy, Andy Schafer, Rick Hudson, Greg Ault

WEDNESDAY NO Nurture mtg. tonight, Ad. Council, 6:30pm
SATURDAY FLC Reserved, all day
3/21/17 GGH Devotional Service, 2:00pm, Bible Study, 7:00pm
3/25/17 Men’s Breakfast, 7:00am in FLC, FLC Reserved, 8:30am
3/28/17 Bible Study, 7:00pm

NO NURTURE MEETING THIS WEEK: The Nurture Committee meeting previously scheduled for this Wednesday, March 15th has been cancelled.

ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL MEETS THIS WEDNESDAY, March 15th at 6:30pm in the FLC Wesley Room. Ad. Council’s purpose (according to U.M. Church Discipline) is to plan a program of nurture, outreach, and witness; implement the plan; provide an administrative infrastructure; align the plan with the mission of the church; evaluate the effectiveness of the plan; act as the administrative agency of the charge conference; and supervise the local congregation so that we fulfill our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. Simply put, Ad. Council mainly focuses on and addresses the business aspects of church life and the day-to-day operations and needs of the church as a ministry. Ad. Council is open to any and all who would like to be a part of or have a voice in the plans and business of Patoka UMC. All are welcome to attend. Committee Members: Mildred Heidenreich, Melissa Gaines, Amber May, Laura Heidenreich, Rick Hudson, Jim Bishop, Debbie Bryant, Ron Hudson, David Hudson, Sue Ellen Parker, Patty Craig, Mark Berry, Stephanie Berry, Jeanne Bishop, Kathy Hudson, Jamie Schafer, Chris Heidenreich, Mike Berry, Mike Phares.

CONFIRMATION CLASS: We have at least one youth that desires to go through Confirmation Classes to join the church. In the United Methodist Church, young adults from approximately 6th grade onward take “membership” classes and confirm their baptism and declare their acceptance of Jesus as their Lord and Savior and join the church. If you desire to join the class, please let me know (Pastor Jeff) and we will schedule the classes for everyone’s convenience. Please realize that I do not “recruit” for this, you must request.

NEW MEMBER CLASS: If anyone wishes to join the Patoka United Methodist Church as a member, please contact me (Pastor Jeff) and we will schedule classes. Please realize that I do not “recruit” for this, you must request.

 Quarts are $8; pints $6; half-pints $4
 Regular (made with apples, sugar, red hots, cinnamon)
 Regular/ brown (no red hots)
 Splenda (made with apples, Splenda, red hots, cinnamon)
 Splenda/brown (no red hots)

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.

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.

MISSIONS/NURTURE PLEASE RESPOND: Recently, a letter was sent 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

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. There is currently a box for donations on the back table for anyone who might not be able to support the auction in other ways, or would just like to help cover last-minute, unforeseen expenses. 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.

 GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE at GGH 5th Floor Activities Area is scheduled for April 14th at 2:00pm. Come join us as we share the afternoon with residents and staff. We hope you choose to be with us this year.
 COMBINED MAUNDY THURSDAY / GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE at PUMC – join us at 7:00pm Friday, April 14th for something a little different, uplifting, challenging and inspiring as we reflect through word and song on Christ’s final moments of ministry on this earth. Invite some to join you.
 EASTER SONRISE SERVICE will begin at 6:30am on April 16th. Regular worship is at 9:15am.

PEW PADS: Please remember to sign the pew pads each Sunday morning with the names of each member of your family in attendance… and make sure your neighbor has signed also. We are glad to send bulletins/newsletters but strive to be good stewards by not sending mail unnecessarily. If you do not sign we assume you are not in attendance. It is also vital that you sign for accurate record keeping. The pew pads can also be used to list prayer requests that are spoken or unspoken during Worship. It only takes a minute to sign your name and pass the book to your neighbor.

DONATE OLD CELL PHONES: Albion Fellows Bacon Center can benefit from your old, unwanted cell phones, which would be reprogrammed for 911 calls to assist victims of domestic abuse and other emergency situations. PUMC has a basket in the entryway specifically for discarded cell phones. The chargers would be appreciated as well, but are not required.

When you read God’s Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, “It is talking to me, and about me.” –Soren Kierkegaard

“There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . . Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .”― Charles H. Spurgeon

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