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Bulletin – April 17, 2016

Despite what many people think, a parish does not exist to serve the needs of those who belong to the parish. The people are the parish. They exist to serve the needs of each other, and even more so, to serve the needs of those outside the parish. The focus of the parish is outward, not inward. (Father Eugene Walsh)

(health concerns) Rita Barton, 5868 South 175 East, Fort Branch, IN 47648

PRAYER LIST… Pray One for Another – James 5:16
[Last Week’s Additions & Updates Are in BOLD]
Our sympathy & prayers are extended to the family & friends of Ralph Graper(cousin of Jeanne Bishop)… and to the family & friends of Max Vore.
Pam Brown (granddaughter of Maxine Julian / health concerns)
Rita Barton (severe back & neck pain / consulting with physical therapist)
Todd Georges (heart & kidney issues)
Patsy Stetzer (sister-in-law of Maxine Julian & sister of Betty Bateman / throat cancer / growth on voice box / undergoing radiation)
Sheryl Morrison (daughter of Mary Ann Stone / ongoing health issues)
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 / hospital stay this past week)
Patricia Cardin (step-mother of Chris MacKay / stage 4 cancer / undergoing chemo)
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)
Unspoken Requests Concerning Employment/Jobs
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

Worship Attendance Last Sunday-107 / Sunday School Attendance Last Sunday-60

ACOLYTES—Ellie Anthis & Kimberly Chamberlain
GREETERS—Jeff May family
ORGANIST—Kathy Hudson
USHERS—Mike Kermode, James Little, David Marvel, Jeff Cook
WORSHIP LEADER—Barbara Skelton

TUESDAY GGH Devotional Service, 2:00pm, Missions, 6:00pm, Bible Study, 7:00pm
WEDNESDAY Ad. Council, 6:30pm
FRIDAY Church & FLC Reserved, all day
SATURDAY Church & FLC Reserved, all day
4/24/16 UMYF, 10:30-11:30am
FLC Reserved, 12:00-6:00pm
4/26/16 Bible Study, 7:00pm
4/30/16 Men’s Breakfast, 7:00am / FLC Reserved, 8:30am
5/2/16 FLC Reserved for Election
5/3/16 FLC Reserved for Election

April 18- Joshua 16:1-18:28, Luke 19:1-27, Psalm 87:1-7, Proverbs 13:11
April 19- Joshua 19:1-20:9, Luke 19:28-48, Psalm 88:1-18, Proverbs 13:12-14
April 20- Joshua 21:1-22:20, Luke 20:1-16, Psalm 89:1-13, Proverbs 13:15-16
April 21- Joshua 22:21-23:16, Luke 20:27-47, Psalm 89:14-37, Proverbs 13:17-19
April 22- Joshua 24:1-33, Luke 21:1-28, Psalm 89:38-52, Proverbs 13:20-23
April 23- Judges 1:1-2:9, Luke 21:29-22:13, Psalm 90:1-91:16, Proverbs 13:24-25
April 24- Judges 2:10-3:31, Luke 22:14-34, Psalm 92:1-93:5, Proverbs 14:1-2

DEAR FRIENDS: I was so blessed to have been the loved one of the week. I received many cards. Now I am confined with a bad sprained ankle and hopping around with a walker. I’m doing better each day. Lots of memories to handle and some days are hard to get thru. Please keep me in your prayers. I hope to return soon. Thanks again. Sincerely, Jean Holder

2016 DIRECTORY BOOKS & CORRECTIONS: 2016 PUMC Directory Books are 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; address for Kevin Meyer is 909 W. Ashland Avenue, Muncie, IN 47303.

RETIREMENT PARTY FOR GEORGE & DIANE PURNELL – TODAY… You are invited 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, this afternoon. 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.

MISSIONS MEETS THIS TUESDAY, April 19th at 6:00pm in the FLC Wesley Room. Committee members include Rita Barton, Jim Bishop, Debbie Bryant(chairperson), Mary Case, Shea Duke, Dick Johnson, Cindy Kissel, Nora Miller, Mike Phares and Sue Stuckey. However, everyone is welcome to attend and share ideas on how this committee might best serve the needs of those in our community and beyond.

AD. COUNCIL MEETS THIS WEDNESDAY, April 20th at 6:30pm in the FLC Wesley Room. Ad. Council focuses on and addresses the business aspects of church life and day-to-day operations and needs of the ministry, and is open to any and all who would like to have a voice in the plans and business of Patoka UMC. Committee Members: Mildred Heidenreich(chpsn.), Melissa Gaines, Amber May, Marilyn Hudson, Laura Heidenreich, Rick Hudson, Jim Bishop, Debbie Bryant, Ron Hudson, David Hudson, Patty Craig, Mark Berry, Stephanie Berry, Jeanne Bishop, Alison Marvel, Jamie Schafer, Mike Phares, Mike Berry.

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. 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.

BENEFIT RIDE: Rolling Disciples motorcycle ministry of First General Baptist Church in Princeton will host their 3rd annual Benefit Ride on Saturday, June 4th with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Gibson County. Pork Chop Dinner – Door Prizes – Silent Auction – Chinese Auction – Free Bike Show with People’s Choice Award – Grand Prize of $250 gift card from JP Cycle. Jason Clutter and Michael Tetrick will provide music on site (at the church). Sign up 9:00am at Princeton Courthouse Square Gazebo. Coffee & donuts will be served. $20/rider. $10/passenger. Last bike out – 10:00am. Last bike in – 1:30pm. ALL RIDERS WELCOME. For more information call 812-385-5410 or 812-677-2755.

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.

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