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June 2017 Newsletter


FROM THE PASTOR… Christian Values
As I considered a short sermon for the graduates and us, I kept going back to what I have been going back to for quite some time now: We who call ourselves followers of Jesus should live differently that those that are not followers of Jesus! Our values should be different! Webster defines “’values” as: something such as a principle or quality intrinsically valuable or desirable. The key word in that definition is intrinsic which means: belonging to the essential nature of a thing. So, our Christian values should be naturally in us if we indeed calls ourselves Christians. With the world as it is today, it seems that we followers are failing to have these “Christian values” in our life or it seems we aren’t displaying them as we should. It is time we understand our “Christian values” and apply them and display them. Don’t you think?

Matthew 5:43-44; Luke 6:27-28
Let’s check our foundation of “love” before we tackle the “not hate” part. Here is our foundation: “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” Do you? Does your life portray this, does God see this in you? Again, there is a very simple measurement / test. Here it is:

What is the center of your personal universe? (circle only one)
Spouse Children Grandchildren Job hobby addiction cellphone, pad, or computer money status or finally yourself?
The center of your personal universe must be Jesus Christ. How much time do you spend with Jesus?

LOVE NOT HATE means we should love others as you love yourself. It’s easy to love the “neighbor” that we like but it’s harder to love the “neighbor” we don’t like. People all too often see us “Christians” as not loving and frankly we are hating way too much. It is time to stop saying we hate whether explicitly or implicitly. We are all too often perceived as the people who judge, who look down, who want to point out other people’s faults. That is hate. You may think that is a harsh statement, but when that is done to you….do you think that is love?

Matthew 6:12; 14-15; 7:-15; 18:21-22, 34-35; Mark 11:25; Luke 6:37, 11:4
The Old Testament is full of revenge. “An eye for an eye”, the Psalms are full of revenge requests but I believe Jesus came to clarify a few things and this is definitely one of them. Forgiveness turns the tables. Forgiveness frees you. Jesus even put this emphasis in the prayer He taught us, let’s apply it.

Matthew 5:9; 26:51-52; Mark 9:50; Luke 1:78-80; 10:5-6; John 20:19-22
There Jesus really goes against our worldly nature. We fight back, we think we need to be “warriors”, we need to be as vicious as our enemies, forget that turning the other cheek. Well Jesus said too to turn the other cheek!

Matthew 5:43; 6:19-21; 7:12; 19:19, 23-35; 22:39; 23:25; 25:31-46; Mark 12:31-33; Luke 3:10-11; 10:27; 12:15-21
Now I’m not going to go down the road of who deserves what, what people are their own worst enemy, or the “I earned it” road here. There is but one thing I will say that the Bible supports: It is the Lord who gave it to you!” Now if you desire to qualify your generosity, then I ask you – “Are you truly generous?”

Jesus desires us to have His values because when we have His values we are like Jesus and we will be so weird and different that people will be attracted to us and they will want to know why we are so strange. Then the door has opened to give them the reason why AND then we can count on the fact that the Holy Spirit will open up their heart so they might invite Jesus too to be the master of their lives……just like us! Isn’t that what you desire too?

Seven Things Church Members Should Say to Guests
By Thom S. Rainer
1. “Thank you for being here.” It’s just that basic. I have heard from numerous church guests who returned because they were simply told “thank you.”
2. “Let me help you with that.” If you see someone struggling with umbrellas, young children, diaper bags, purses, and other items, a gesture to hold something for them is a huge positive. Of course, this comment is appropriate for member to member as well.
3. “Please take my seat.” I actually heard that comment twice in a church where I was speaking in the Nashville area. The first comment came from a member to a young family of five who were trying to find a place to sit together.
4. “Here is my email address. Please let me know if I can help in any way.” Of course, this comment must be used with discretion, but it can be a hugely positive message to a guest.
5. “Can I show you where you need to go?” Even in smaller churches, guests will not know where to find the nursery, restrooms, and small group meeting areas. You can usually tell when a guest does not know where he or she is to go.
6. “Let me introduce you to ___________.” The return rate of guests is always higher if they meet other people. A church member may have the opportunity to introduce the guest to the pastor, other church staff, and other members of the church.
7. “Would you join us for lunch?” I saved this question for last for two reasons. First, the situation must obviously be appropriate before you offer the invitation. Second, I have seen this approach have the highest guest return rate of any one factor. What if your church members sought to invite different guests 6 to 12 times a year? The burden would not be great; but the impact would be huge.
Let’s look at one example of breaking attendance barriers by saying the right things to guests. Presume your church has two first-time guests a week. Over the course of a year, the church would have 100 first-time guests. With most of the members being genuinely guest friendly, you could see half of those guests become active members. Attendance could thus increase by as much as 50 persons every year.
[Our goal shouldn’t be JUST to see numbers go up… but to see lives changed by individuals receiving Christ as their savior. This is less likely to happen if they’re not in church. Who’s going to invite them? Me? You? YES!]

Chairperson – Mildred Heidenreich, Secretary – Melissa Gaines, Treasurer – Amber May, Co-Financial Secretary – Laura Heidenreich, Co-Financial Secretary – Rick Hudson, Membership Secretary – Melissa Gaines, Lay Member to Annual Conference – Jim Bishop,
Co-Lay Leaders – Debbie Bryant & Ron Hudson, Church Historian – David Hudson & Sue Ellen Parker, Sanctuary Stewards – Patty Craig & Laura Heidenreich, Muppet Coordinators – Mark & Stephanie Berry, Sunday School Superintendent – Jeanne Bishop,
Missions Chairperson – Kathy Hudson, Nurture Chairperson – Jamie Schafer, Staff-Parish Relations Chairperson – Chris Heidenreich, Trustees Chairperson – Mike Berry, Finance Chairperson – Mike Phares

PUMC Ad. Council met in regular session on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 at 6:30pm with the following present – Mildred Heidenreich, Marilyn Hudson, Melissa Gaines, Kathy Hudson, Amber May, Patty Craig, Pastor Jeff Pinney and Jim Bishop. Minutes from the previous meeting were approved as presented. The Treasurer’s Report was approved as presented.

Finance – had not met
Lay Leadership/Nominations – had not met
Missions – had not met
Nurture – had not met
Staff-Parish Relations – had not met
Trustees – met May 10th with the following present – Chris Heidenreich, Mike Berry, Mary Case, Pastor Jeff Pinney, and John Dunning. New plans have been drawn up for improvements to the Frazier house. Trustees are now waiting on estimates.

Frazier House Updates – (see Trustees report)

Mission Work Trip – Jim approached the Council with a request for consideration of support, both manpower and financial(for volunteer support and project support), for a future mission work trip to Appalachia. Jim will gather more information and meet with the pastor to determine how to proceed.

Camp Assistance – Kathy told the Council that the Missions Committee had been contacted and a request made for funding for a local youth to attend camp this summer. After some discussion the Council unanimously agreed to honor the request, at the discretion of the Missions Committee.

School Backpack Program – Patoka UMC has been offered the opportunity to participate in the 1st annual Summer 2 School Backpack Bash. [a plan to centralize all Back to School donations for North Gibson School Corporation students grades K-8. Participating churches and donors will be allowed to set up a table or booth, pass out their supplies to North Gibson students, and provide fellowship.] After discussion, the Council decided to revisit the request at the June meeting.

Posting for Liability – Melissa shared some information gathered from other churches that are beginning to “post” for liability on church property, to minimize legal action in the case of youth (or anyone for that matter) who might be injured while skateboarding, skating, biking, playing, etc. on church property. Churches are being advised to have actual signs posted in a number of areas on the property. Pastor will check into the legal liability of the church in case of injuries from this type of activity.

Pastor reported that Confirmation AND Grad Sunday for Patoka UMC will take place May 21st.

With no further business Kathy closed the meeting with prayer.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21st at 6:30pm.

Ad. Council Meetings Are Open To All Who Wish To Attend
We Invite And Encourage Everyone To Participate In The Plans And Business Of Our Church

The family & friends of Catherine Jones(aunt of Red Miller)
The family & friends of Sara Hillenberg(aunt of Greg Ault / sister of Linda Ault-Potter)
The family & friends of Fred Wise

Our Government, Our Leaders, Our Schools, Our Churches, Our Homes & Families
Our Military
Derek Wilson (nephew of Pat Chamberlain & Jo Ellen Bingham / Navy / Naples, Italy);
Christopher Cook & family (New Mexico); Brad Hale (Nephew of Dick & Babs Johnson / re-deployed)
Mark Ambrose, Jr. (Grand big of Kevin Meyer / on alert status with U.S. Coast Guard / completing degree at Ball State)
Unspoken Health Concerns, Unspoken Requests
Trinity Cluster Churches – Decker, Decker Chapel, Hazleton, Mt. Olive, Patoka, and Wheeling
John & Ellen Vinson, Jensen Anthis, Pat Chamberlain, Ruth Knust, Mary Ann Stone, Hana Muncy, Belle Howell,
Red Miller, Haley Beckner, Erica Pinney, Betty Woodlief, great-niece of Kathy Hudson, Romaine McCabe,
Dianna DeBord, Nancy McCormick, Betty Bateman, Brooke & Savannah Teremini, co-worker of Ellyn Horrall,
Fred Wise, Matt Harper, Heather Ota, Marty Bishop, Dave Newcome, Toni Whitehouse, Tina Taylor, Karen Gress,
Harold Cox, Steve Sullivan, Harlan Scott, Jeff Stenfenagel, Jewell Pressley, Bernie Burger, Vic Welch, Faith Livermore,Larry & Heather Luttrell, Megan Miller, Elizabeth Williams, Sue Ellen Parker, Fred Anthis, Robert Williams, Jack Bell, Abby Heidenreich & mission trip team, Diane Purnell

Ellen Roach(sister of Jim Bishop)-Parkview Care Center-Evansville
Jean Boyles-Evansville,
Margaret Dodson-The Waters
Rev. Patricia Greffey-Rocky Mountain Manor-Wyoming
Frank Eads
Steve Sullivan (brother of Faith Livermore)-Amber Manor-Petersburg
John & Ellen Vinson (friends of Jack & Eleanor McDowell)-assisted living in Petersburg
Betty Bateman-Gibson General 5th floor (room 535)

… Congratulations to Nathan & Sherry Black on the birth of their son, Gabriel James Black, born May 15th. He weighed 3 lbs., 8 oz. and was 17 inches long!

1-Janet Ault
6-Brandon Luttrell
6-Mike Kermode
8-Jack McDowell
9-Amber Brown
11-Amy Waterman
15-Mildred Heidenreich
17-Blake Anthis
19-Kyle Stuckey
19-Mary Jane Kermode
22-Marilyn Hudson
24-Jim Bishop
24-Joe Anthis
24-Evan Kissel
24-Neeley Muncy
24-Bonnie Pinney
24-Jaxon Schafer
26-Will Stith
26-Stephanie Berry
28-Brock Kolb
30-Dale Pollitt
30-Amber May
30-Linda Schafer

9-Jack & Nedra West
19-Roger & Darla Smith
21-Mike & Mary Jane Kermode
25- Jeff & Alyssa Koberstein
28-J.D. & Beth Miller
28-Eddie Ray & Julie Craig

If You Are Unable To Meet This Obligation It Is Your Responsibility To
Find A Replacement And To Notify The Pastor and Melissa Of The Change Prior To Your Sunday

June 4 Nedra W. Jim B.
June 11 Nedra W. David M.
June 18 Kathy H. Ron H.
June 25 Kathy H. Nora M.

June 4 James L. Aadin L. & Kimberly C.
June 11 Nora M. Colten D. & Ryder D.
June 18 Patty C. Asher B. & Jamison M.
June 25 Chris H. Addison S. & Camden M.

June 4 Barbara S. Pastor Jeff
June 11 Albert & Grace L. Buddy R.
June 18 Jim B. Bonnie P.
June 25 Ellyn H. Muppets

June 4 Ellie A., Connor M., Christian S., Ethan L.
June 11 Ron H., Jim B., David H., Mike B.
June 18 Alison M., Ashlyn A., Ava L., Brittany K.
June 25 Mike K., James L., David M., Jeff C.

June 4 Bonnie P.
June 11 Jamie S.
June 18 Amanda S.
June 25 Shea D.


BIBLE-IN-A-YEAR: Copies of the monthly “Bible-In-A-Year” readings have been placed near the entry. Feel free to pick one up!!

BRA BANK APPEAL: We continue collecting gently used bras (leave in designated container by front doors) for a special project designed to aid African women in the prevention of sexual assaults [less likely to be attacked if wearing undergarments] and human trafficking. For more info go to, or and click on ‘Mozambique Or Bust’.

We continue to collect Bibles, Sunday School lessons, Upper Rooms, Our Daily Bread, Hymnals… basically any Christian literature, to be distributed to third world countries where so many are hungry for the word of God that they take our excess, out of date items and cherish them. Instead of throwing out these things, place them in the designated container near the front entrance and we will get them to people who need them.

SOUND PERSONNEL SUBS NEEDED: We are always in need of a few volunteers who will agree to fill in when a sub is needed to run our sound board and power point presentation on Sunday morning. It is a very important job but one that is easily mastered after a lesson or two. If interested contact Pastor Jeff.

BIBLE STUDY: There’s always room for anyone who has a desire to ‘grow in the knowledge & grace of the Lord’… so join us Tuesdays at 7:00pm (unless otherwise noted in the bulletin) in the Family Life Center Wesley Room. The discussions are lively, the fellowship is sweet, and the Lord always blesses!!
WHEN BORROWING ITEMS from the church or Family Life Center, we ask that you let the pastor or Melissa know so that we don’t over extend our lending. Folks borrow tables for yard sales (old brown tables in attached garage) or tables & chairs for family events, even walkers & wheel chairs, and we try to keep a record of who needs what, when, so that everyone benefits from what we have available. We wouldn’t want to promise tables or equipment to someone and find that they aren’t there because someone else borrowed them on the spur of the moment and forgot to let us know. Thanks for helping us keep things running smoothly!

DEADLINE FOR BULLETIN is Wednesday (12:00 noon). Deadline for the next monthly Newsletter is the 3rd Monday (12:00 noon) of the current month.

Anyone who would like to become a member of Patoka UMC, please contact the pastor for more information.

All men, all ages are invited to breakfast & fellowship on the last Saturday of the month at 7:00am in the Family Life Center. Invite a friend!!

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 refrigerator (soft drinks) is a great convenience for many. The proceeds go to our youth. Lately we have stocked the frig a lot but have not had funds equal to the soda that has been sold. Please be sure to pay as you buy or we may need to discontinue this service that so many like.

APPLE BUTTER STILL AVAILABLE: Quarts are $8; pints $6; half-pints $4

NEW MAILING ADDRESS FOR THE SW DISTRICT CENTER / PHONE NUMBERS REMAIN THE SAME: The SW District office has been transitioning to a virtual office. Joy will now be fully virtual with primary hours in Santa Claus from Monday-Thursday 7:30am(cst) – 4:00pm(cst). She will be available to come to your church or area if needed. ALL FUTURE MAIL should be addressed to SW District, PO Box 99, Santa Claus, IN 47579-0099. DS Steve and ADS Anderson will be available by appointment. Joy does keep both calendars. Feel free to contact her. All phone numbers remain the same. (812)965-6200 Office or (877)781-6715.

THE HOPPERS IN CONCERT: Southern Gospel Recording Artists The Hoppers will be in concert in the Family Life Center of North Friendship General Baptist Church (Pastor Spencer & Melissa Gaines’ church), on Thursday evening, June 1st at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:00pm. A free will offering will be received. The women’s ministry will serve concessions. North Friendship is located at 2244 IN-68 in Lynnville, Indiana. For more info or directions call 812-922-3645 or talk with Melissa.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS BENEFIT RIDE: The Rolling Disciples motorcycle ministry of First General Baptist Church in Princeton hosts their 4th annual Benefit Ride on Saturday, June 3rd with proceeds benefitting Special Olympics. A BBQ pork dinner will be held at the church following the ride, with door prizes, silent auction, Chinese auction, free bike show/people’s choice award, and grand prize of a $250.00 gift card from J & P Cycle. Sign up 9:00am at Princeton Courthouse Gazebo. Coffee & donuts served. $15.00 per rider / $10.00 per passenger. Last bike out – 10:00am. Last bike in – 1:00pm. For more information call 812-677-2755 or 812-385-5410.

HOLY COMMUNION will be observed at Patoka UMC on Sunday, June 4th.

PANTRY SUNDAY: June 4th 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. [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]

INDIANA ANNUAL CONFERENCE: “Together We. Are. More.” is the theme of the 2017 Indiana Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church which will be in session Thursday, June 8th to Saturday, June 10th at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Pastor Jeff & Bonnie, as well as Jim Bishop(Lay Leader to Annual Conference) will attend. Everyone is welcome to attend most all of the scheduled events at the 3-day gathering. For more information regarding Annual Conference contact Pastor Jeff or Jim Bishop, or go to and click on events.

HOLIDAY WORLD TRIP: The annual outing to Holiday World/Splashin’ Safari is set for Friday, June 23rd. Ticket cost is $32/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 Tuesday, June 20th . PUMC youth entering 6thgrade 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. We will leave PUMC at 8:30 that morning.

HONORING FATHERS: United Methodist Youth Home offers you the opportunity to honor your father while also assisting them with building a much needed Boys Home. They hope you will consider giving a gift toward the Boys Home in honor or memory of the people who provided the building blocks for your life. Any amount is appreciated. Father’s Day is June 18th. Donations are being accepted now. The new Boys Home will feature a plaque celebrating the names of all honor & memorial gift dedications. The names will also be listed in the next UMYH Newsletter, and a special letter mailed to the honorees. For more information or a donation form, see Melissa in the church office.
5-DAY GOOD NEWS CLUB IS COMING!!! Patoka UMC will host the 5-Day Good News Club once again this summer – June 26th-30th from 12:30-2:00pm each day. 5-day club is for children ages 4-12 and will offer Bible lessons, activities, snacks, music and lots of fun! We look forward to seeing you… and bring your friends too!!

NO MOUNTAIN MISSION PICK UP IN JUNE / FREE YARD SALE: Instead of our June Mountain Mission pick up we will collect for the free back-to-school yard sale that Patoka UMC will host on Saturday, August 5th, 7:30-10:00am Any & all donations are appreciated and can be stored in the attached garage at the Family Life Center. Please place donations on the wood pallets please to prevent water damage. Clearly mark items “for yard sale” since the garage is used for other storage and we don’t want to overlook anything when sorting begins. Who can donate? EVERYONE! Who can take advantage of the items being offered? EVERYONE! There is no charge. Just come that morning and take what you like or need. In the meantime, if you would like to assist with preparation for the sale or need more information, contact Kathy Hudson at 812-779-2058.

Santa Claus U.M. Church Camp for grades 3-6 will be held July 9th-14th. Register online at or pick up a flyer from Melissa in the church office for more details.
Aftershock Camp, for middle and high school students, will be taking place at the Historic Santa Claus Campground June 8th – 11th. This year will feature Mya Hull as the guest speaker, Bonray as the worship band and Steven Malcolm as special guest artist. Registration is now open at

GIBSON COUNTY FAIR is July 9th-15th which means it’s time to enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of the midway and to support our folks who participate in Home Ec and 4-H events, as well as other activities throughout the week. See you at the fair!!

GOLF SCRAMBLE: Spend a day at the course with Evansville Christian Life Center, to support their work of restoring people from need to potential at the 27th annual ECLC Golf Scramble, Monday, July 17th at Rolling Hills Country Club (1666 Old Plank Road).
• Light breakfast/registration at 8:00am
• Shotgun start at 9:00am
• Lunch at 2:00pm
• Great prizes for top 3 teams
• $150 per person / $500 per team of 4
• Questions? Contact Josey at 812-492-0734
or jroth at

July 8 – Patoka Alumni Banquet / PUMC serving
meal ?????
July 29 – Free Farmers Market Vegetable Give-Away
August 9 – First Day of School
September 11/12 – (tentative) Apple Butter
September 15/16 – (tentative) Heritage Days/Apple
Butter Booth

PATOKA UMC ENDOWMENT FUND: In the financial section of our bulletin, you see the “PUMC Endowment Fund” balance of $88,858.12. These funds are given by members & friends of PUMC. This fund is a great way to benefit the church, not only now but forever. The principle generates interest annually to be used as we see fit. It is backed by the Lilly Foundation, conservatively invested, and managed by the Gibson Co. Community Foundation. Each of the 92 counties in Indiana has this (safe investment). If we had $100,000 in the fund, we would receive at least $4,000 annually for as long as the fund exists which should be a VERY, VERY long time. This fund would be an excellent choice for estate planning or giving now. If you have immediate questions, please contact me, Pastor Jeff.

• Pecans – Class #7 has pecans – pieces and halves, as well as a wide variety of knives and kitchen items. Pecans can be purchased in the Family Life Center, thru any member of the class, or by contacting Marilyn Hudson at 779-5235.
• Donate Old Cell Phone – Albion Fellows Bacon Center can benefit from your old, unwanted cell phones, to be reprogrammed for 911 calls to assist victims of domestic abuse & 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.
• Meetings – All meetings, except Staff-Parish, are open to everyone in the congregation. [contact any member of the Staff-Parish Committee at any time however, with concerns relevant to that committee] We invite you to come and participate in the business and ministries of the church. Committees and chairpersons are listed in the back of the Directory Book.
• Cookbooks – A Taste of Heaven – Patoka UMC Church Family & Friends Cookbooks – are available for purchase in the Family Life Center and on the front entrance table. Books are $10 each.
• Pew Pads – Please remember to sign the pew pads each Sunday morning with the names of each family member 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 unnecessary mail. 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.
• Web Site – Visit regularly for up-to-date information. Also note that it is compatible with your phone! If you would like to help maintain the web site, please let Pastor Jeff know.

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