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Bulletin – April 10, 2016

When was the last time you asked someone to join you in church?
It is our call to bring others to know Jesus more,
to center on Christ once a week,
it is the responsibility of ALL as disciples of Jesus –
“Therefore go and make disciples”

We want to evangelize like D.L. Moody, pray like George Mueller, preach like Charles Swindoll, counsel like James Dobson…. But Christ keeps saying to me and to you, “What is that to you, really? You follow me.” (Richard G. Mylander)

(in honor of our District Superintendent’s celebration of ministry retirement party – April 17th)
Rev. George & Diane Purnell
4455 Epworth Road, Suite A
Newburgh, Indiana 47630

PRAYER LIST… Pray One for Another – James 5:16
[Last Week’s Additions & Updates Are in BOLD]
Laura Chupp (friend of Amber May / major heart issues / 10% chance of survival)
Kaylin Winkler (continuing health concerns from blood clot in arm)
Kelsey Bullock (continuing health concerns from spider bite)
Chick Bugher (recovering from surgery)
Bill Kittinger (friend of Abby Heidenreich)
Niece of Grace Luttrell (in Brentwood Meadows for depression & PTSD)
John Wagner (son-in-law of Virginia Horath / stage 3 cancer of the neck & throat)
Florence Rodgers (mother of Debby Phares)
Patricia Cardin (step-mother of Chris MacKay / stage 4 cancer / undergoing chemo)
Unspoken Request Concerning Employment/Jobs
Jeff Stenfenagel (co-worker of Greg Ault / stage 4 cancer)
Jewell Pressley (friend of Dorthy Douglas / stage 4 cancer)
Bernie Burger(father of Bonnie Pinney / health concerns)
Tom Bryant (health concerns) – at home
Vic Welch (uncle of Darla Meyer Smith & Lisa Meyer / undergoing cancer treatment)
Faith Livermore (health concerns)
Carol (friend of Bonnie / acute leukemia / undergoing treatment)
Jeannette Dickerson (sister of Patti Davis / rehab facility in Terre Haute)
Lana Kennedy (friend of Buddy & Puff Rogers / cancer)
Heather Luttrell (continuing health concerns)
Cody Byrns (further surgeries & rehab for injuries & burns from auto accident)
Ed Knust & Ruth Knust (health concerns)
Military: Matt Welsh (nephew of Puff & Buddy Rogers / deployed to Asia Pacific); 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 (Turkey); Those Who Can’t Be With Us Today; Unspoken Concerns; Trinity Cluster Churches

ACOLYTES—Connor Miller & Camden Miller
GREETERS—Faith Livermore
USHERS—Alison Marvel, Ashlyn Anthis, Ava Little, Brittany Koberstein

FRIDAY FLC Reserved, all day
SATURDAY FLC Reserved, all day
4/19/16 GGH Devotional Service, 2:00pm
Missions, 6:00pm
Bible Study, 7:00pm
4/20/16 Ad. Council, 6:30pm
4/22/16 Church/FLC Reserved, all day
4/23/16 Church/FLC Reserved, all day
4/24/16 UMYF, 10:30-11:30am
FLC Reserved, 12:00-6:00pm

April 11- Joshua 3:1-4:24, Luke 14:7-35, Psalm 80:1-19, Proverbs 12:27-28
April 12- Joshua 5:1-7:15, Luke 15:1-32, Psalm 81:1-16, Proverbs 13:1
April 13- Joshua 7:16-9:2, Luke 16:1-18, Psalm 82:1-8, Proverbs 13:2-3
April 14- Joshua 9:3-10:43, Luke 16:19-17:10, Psalm 83:1-18, Proverbs 13:4
April 15- Joshua 11:1-12:24, Luke 17:11-37, Psalm 84:1-12, Proverbs 13:5-6
April 16- Joshua 13:1-14:15, Luke 18:1-17, Psalm 85:1-13, Proverbs 13:7-8
April 17- Joshua 15:1-63, Luke 18:18-43, Psalm 86:1-17, Proverbs 13:9-10


THANK YOU to all who contributed to, assisted with, and prayed for this year’s auction fundraiser. A special thanks to our Auction Committee for all the work that went into ensuring another successful event!!

DEAR PATOKA CHURCH FRIENDS: Thank you for making us loved ones of the week again. You make us feel so special, and you are very special to us. We have many fond memories of our time at Patoka Methodist Church. We miss you and think about you often. Sincerely, Frank & Frankie Eads (photo on bulletin board of cards received and displayed around Frankie’s door)

DEAR CHURCH FAMILY: Thank you for all the many visits, prayers and concerns that were expressed for Bob and our family for the past 19 months. We were humbled by it all. And we appreciate all the food prepared for the bereavement dinner. God bless all of you. The Bob Cloin Family

2016 DIRECTORY BOOKS ARE NOW AVAILABE in the basket on the foyer table. We ask that you take 1 per family at this time. If there are extras in a few weeks, then feel free to take another. Changes that have occurred since books went to print are: phone # for Don & Patti Davis is now 812-385-6269; address for Ethan Muncy is now 408 S. West Street, Haubstadt, IN 47639.

GORDON MOTE CONCERT – TODAY: Christian recording artist Gordon Mote will be at Owensville United Methodist Church this evening at 6:00pm. Mote is a Christian country singer, pianist & worship leader, has released 8 albums including “Don’t Let Me Miss the Glory”, and has worked with a number of well established artists, toured with Gaither Homecoming, and received the Academy of Country Music award for Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year. Cost: Free Will Offering.

BRIDAL SHOWER… AND YOU’RE INVITED!! All the ladies of the church are invited to a bridal shower in honor of Alyssa Hudson – the future Mrs. Jeff Koberstein – this Saturday, April 16th at 2:00pm in the Patoka UMC Family Life Center. Alyssa & Jeff are registered at Wal-Mart and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Alyssa also asks that you bring your favorite recipe to share with her. Anyone wishing to help with the shower should contact Kayla Cotterman at or Maria Stone.

RETIREMENT PARTY FOR GEORGE & DIANE PURNELL… Please save the date of Sunday, April 17th and plan to attend a Celebration of Ministry / Retirement Party for our DS, Rev. Dr. George Purnell and his wife, Diane at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 5130 Lincoln Avenue in Evansville. Pastors and friends may begin to gather between 2:00-3:00pm to enjoy refreshments and take the opportunity to congratulate George and Diane on their years of ministry and service. At 3:00pm there will be a celebration program in the sanctuary where several special guests will be given the opportunity to recognize the wonderful ministry that the Purnells have offered to the churches and district to which they were assigned. Opportunity for more refreshments and personal greeting will then continue until 5:00pm.

MEN’S BREAKFAST: All men, all ages are invited to breakfast & fellowship on Saturday, April 30th at 7:00am in the Family Life Center. There’s always plenty of good food and plenty of room, so invite someone and join us!

ELECTION SITE: Patoka UMC will be a host site for the May 3rd primary election. Use of the building will be limited to voters and election staff from May 2nd-May 4th – while voting equipment is in the building.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER – SIGN UP TODAY! National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, [May 5, 2016] inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It stands as a call for us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. It is a crucial time for us to individually and collectively seek God’s divine intervention for the challenges facing us. We need to pray not only for our nation, but we need to pray for our leaders, for all those who govern us, that they will turn to God with humble hearts and follow Him. Our military leaders need our prayers as we have dedicated men and women serving on battlefields and sacrificing their blood to protect our nation and many innocent people around the world. God is faithful to bless those who turn to Him. Pray that as a nation we would return to God. As we call on God, let us do so by genuine faith, believing that He hears our prayers. God can heal this great land, for which our forefathers fought and died. We need spiritual renewal, we need a revival in America, and we need each and everyone to pray. Lord, Hear Our Cry! —Franklin Graham Our hope is that you choose to support Patoka UMC’s efforts as we once again join others across the United States in praying for our nation, its leaders, the upcoming election, our government leaders – local, state & national, our schools, churches, homes & families on May 5th. There is a sign-up sheet on the foyer table for anyone who will commit to pray for 15 minutes [or longer] that day. You can pray from your home, work, in the car, at school, or come to the sanctuary between 8:00am-1:00pm. The place is not as important as the commitment. The only requirement is that if you sign up, you pray. For more information on national day of prayer go to

GOLF SCRAMBLE: Evansville Rescue Mission’s 13th Annual Golf Scramble is coming up! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for this fun event that directly benefits ERM’s Summer Camp program for Tri-State children. Where: Rolling Hills Country Club. When: Monday, May 9th. Start Time: 12:00pm with a complimentary lunch between 10:30am and 11:45am. Cost: $500/team of four; $125/individual. How to Register: Call 812-962-6701 or e-mail to Sponsorships are available beginning at $100.

HELP NEEDED – YOUTH COALITION MEAL: PUMC will serve both youth & staff on Friday, May 13th at PCHS, in connection with Gibson County Youth Coalition. We will need volunteers that day to help serve, at approximately 4:00pm at the high school. We will also need donations of homemade cookies, brownies or rice crispie treats. Cookies, brownies and rice crispie treats are needed at the Family Life Center no later than noon that day. Watch for sign-up sheets. If you have any questions contact Laura Heidenreich at 812-385-5079.

GRADUATION SUNDAY AT PATOKA UMC will be held on May 15th, honoring our seniors during worship and at a reception to follow in the Family Life Center. There will be no Sunday School that morning. Come celebrate with us!!
We would love to celebrate not only our seniors but all those in your family graduating from preschool, kindergarten, 5th grade, 8th grade, high school, and college. If you would like your graduates to be included in the May Newsletter, please turn in the following information to Melissa in the church office no later than Sunday, April 17th – names, family connection, school/grade from which they will graduate, and any degrees or special honors. PARENTS: Pastor Jeff needs 10 photos of our graduating seniors no later than May 8th.

SANTA CLAUS GOLF SCRAMBLE: The Golf Scramble for the Historic Santa Claus Campground Trust will be Thursday, June 9th at Christmas Lake Village Golf Course, beginning with a shotgun start at 1:00pm. A donation of $60 covers 18 holes, cart, prizes, range balls, and food at the golf course afterwards. Sponsors ($100/hole and up) are also sought. Send registration (available in PUMC office) or sponsorship by June 2nd to Joe Kamman, 910 S. Jolly Lane, Santa Claus, IN 47579 with a check made payable to “Historic Santa Claus Campground Inc.” If you have questions, contact Joe Kamman at 812-544-3879 or email to

HOLIDAY WORLD TRIP: The annual outing to Holiday World/Splashin’ Safari is set for Friday, June 17th. Ticket cost is $31/person, with a minimum of 15 people, so if you plan to attend be sure to get your name on the sign-up sheet on the foyer table no later than Sunday, June 12th. PUMC youth entering 6th grade in the fall or just having graduated high school may go for free, as the youth fund will pay for your admission and the admission of 1 friend you may take along. All others, including adults and other children will have to pay the regular price. This year, ALL youth and friends will require a chaperone. Questions? Speak with Pastor Jeff. We will leave PUMC at 8:30am on June 17th.

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP: Santa Claus UMC’s 4th annual Student ministries summer camp – Aftershock – is set for June 16th-19th at Santa Claus Campground. Experience worship with The Neverclaim and All Things New. Hear guest speakers Mya Hull and Pastor Frank Audia. Enjoy fun & games like bubble soccer, water zorbz and more! To register, or for more information, go to, or pick up a brochure in the PUMC office. Early bird registration is underway!!

ELEMENTARY CAMP: Santa Claus UMC is sponsoring Knight Camp – for grades 3-6 – July 10th-15th at Santa Claus Campground. Spiritual focus will be on the Beatitudes. Also included are crafts, swimming, archery, canoeing and music/praise & worship. In order to get into the spirit of this year’s theme campers will have fun with knights and tournaments, medieval time dinners, and even a “knighting” ceremony. The camp will be led by Sally Schaaf and Debbie Kasten, and is geared for both boys and girls who are going into grades 3-6. To register, or for more information, go to or pick up a brochure in the PUMC office.

Matthew 4:19 – “Come, follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
Followers eventually fish, IF they’re really followers. (Andy Stanley)

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