FROM THE PASTOR… Salvation Is More Than Just Saying You Believe
“The seed on the rock are those who receive the word joyfully when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while but fall away when they are tempted. As for the seed that fell among thorny plants, these are the ones who, as they go about their lives, are choked by the concerns, riches, and pleasures of life, and their fruit never matures. The seed that fell on good soil are those who hear the word and commit themselves to it with a good and upright heart. Through their resolve, they bear fruit.”
We have developed the incorrect assumption that salvation is assured when we just come to the alter or we just say in our hearts, “I believe in Jesus Christ as my personal Savior”. Jesus spoke often about the fact that it is more than that. This parable about the sower is just one example. We must consider this scripture along with Jesus’ words from Matthew 7:22-23, “On the Judgment Day, many people will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name and expel demons in your name and do lots of miracles in your name?’ Then I’ll tell them, ‘I’ve never known you. Get away from me, you people who do wrong.’”
Doesn’t all this give you pause? Jesus desired more than our “words” saying we are a Christian. Jesus desired total surrender and commitment to living and interacting as He did. When Jesus said, “Follow Me”, he meant to follow Him, not just say you do. That’s more than we often do – all the time. We have times when we fall away when we are tempted. We especially often go about our lives and get choked by concerns, riches, and pleasures of life. That is simply not what Jesus came to this earth for us to do. Jesus wants us to completely follow Him.
It’s time we remind ourselves that Jesus does not want just an “on the surface” relationship and not live as He lived. Jesus’ life was filled with grace and mercy when He interacted with people. Jesus was not of this world yet lived in the world, just as we should live. Jesus tells us that we should care about the poor, the lowly, the forgotten of this world, just as we should. Jesus had a busy 3 years in ministry yet He always had time to stop for others, just as we should. Jesus told us not to judge, just as we should. This list could go on and on. Is this how we live?
Consider something else that is often overlooked. Jesus took the time in His busy schedule to get away in solitude. Jesus took the time to get away and pray. Jesus was frugal in His living. Jesus also knew scripture, He must have studied it even though we assume He just simply knew it. Jesus took the time each Sabbath to worship. Jesus submitted His life to His Father. Once again this begs the question: “Do we go in solitude and pray, live frugally, study (not just read) scripture, truly worship the Lord rather than going to church to see what we can get out of the Sunday church, and finally have we truly submitted ourselves to Him?
The time has come for the people who call themselves “Christians” to actually live our lives like Jesus. The time has come to expand the phrase “What would Jesus do?” to every moment in our life. The time has come to “practice” being like Jesus, not just now and then but always. You might not like that word “practice”. But there is a great analogy to that. No great athlete or musician didn’t practice. Tiger Woods spent hours on the golf range. I am sure Stephan Curry shoots a bunch of basketballs almost every day. What makes us think that we can call ourselves “good or great Christians” if we don’t “practice” being a Christian all the time rather than now and then?
So, let’s make a commitment to “practice” like the pro’s do. Let’s practice more grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Let’s practice not getting angry, judging less, worrying less, acting holier than thou less. Let’s practice true worship more, taking time to pray more, studying scripture more, and how about recategorizing our “needs” more. This list can go on and on too.
Finally let’s redefine the word “salvation”. Salvation is living like Jesus daily so the fruits of the Spirit show in our life. Let’s stop being just like Jesus now and then. Let’s stop taking our salvation for granted so that when we take our last breath and meet Jesus he does not say: “I’ve never known you. Get away from me, you people who do wrong.”
PATOKA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL
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, July 19, 2017 at 6:30pm with the following present – Pastor Jeff Pinney, Mildred Heidenreich, Melissa Gaines, Kathy Hudson. 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 June 26th and reported to the Council that they feel necessary changes to the Frazier house need to be discussed, followed by another meeting with F & M will follow. Mike Berry will also meet with kitchen consultants to discuss options. The septic tank will be moved east.
Sound for Family Life Center / Grant – Pastor Jeff shared an estimate of $14,950.00 for sound panels for the Family Life Center, from Concept Sound & Light, Inc. It is our hope that a grant through the Gibson County Community Foundations will cover a significant part of the cost. A motion was made and unanimously approved that Patoka UMC pledge 10% of the grant amount toward the panels.
Pastor Jeff expressed his hope for a great deal of participation from the congregation for the upcoming Farmer’s Market and also the Free Yard Sale. He also told the Council that he and Bonnie will be on vacation from Monday, September 25th thru Monday, October 2nd.
With no further business Pastor Jeff closed the meeting with prayer.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 16th at 6:30pm.
JOYS AND CONCERNS
OUR SYMPATHIES TO:
The family & friends of Dianna DeBord
The family & friends of Alan House
The family & friends of Virginia Wilzbacher(grandmother of Hana Muncy)
The family & friends of Kaydence Hyneman
The family & friends of John Hull
The family & friends of Jane Woods
ON OUR PRAYER LIST RECENTLY:
Our Government, Our Leaders, Our Schools, Our Churches, Our Homes & Families
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
Dianna DeBord, Fred Anthis, Maria Stone, Elizabeth Key, Jack West, Robert Luttrell Jr., D.S. Stephen Beutler,
Caleb Michael Phares, Mike Ellis, Jakatelyn Morrow, Robert Williams, Jack Bell, Megan Miller, Belle Howell,
Erica Pinney, Romaine McCabe, Brook & Savannah Teremini, co-worker of Ellyn Horrall, Matt Harper, Toni Whitehouse,
Karen Gress, Harold Cox, Steve Sullivan, Harlan Scott, Jeff Stenfenagel, Jewell Pressley, Vic Welch, Joyce Berry,
Leighton Sioux, John “Willard” Wilson, Pat Chamberlain, Spencer Gaines, Rick Hudson, Frank Eads
NURSING HOME / ASSISTED LIVING / SHUT-IN LIST:
Ellen Roach(sister of Jim Bishop)-Parkview Care Center-Evansville
Margaret Dodson-The Waters
Rev. Patricia Greffey-Rocky Mountain Manor-Wyoming
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 Jessica Hellums on the birth of a daughter, Karsyn Lilyann Mae, born 6/26/17, 7 lbs., 13 oz., 19½ inches long!
3-Steve & Amanda Stuckey
7-David & Kelley Marvel
14-David & Marilyn Hudson
22-Sam & Neeley Muncy
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
DATE ORGANIST WORSHIP LEADER
Aug. 6 Nedra W. Jim B.
Aug. 13 Kathy H. Grace L.
Aug. 20 Kathy H. Ron H.
Aug. 27 Nedra W. Nora M.
DATE BELL STEWARD ACOLYTES
Aug. 6 James L. Jamison M. & Brandon L.
Aug. 13 Nora M. Aadin L. & Kimberly C.
Aug. 20 Patty C. Colton D. & Ryder D.
Aug. 27 Chris H. Asher B. & Jamison M.
DATE GREETERS CHILDREN’S MESSAGE
Aug. 6 Greg A. family Pastor Jeff
Aug. 13 Maria S. Mike P.
Aug. 20 Don & Patti D. Bonnie P.
Aug. 27 Sue Ellen P. Muppets
Aug. 6 Ellie A., Lance S., Christian S., Ethan L.
Aug. 13 Ron H., Jim B., David H., Mike B.
Aug. 20 Alison M., Ashlyn A., Ava L., Brittany K.
Aug. 27 Mike K., James L., David M., Jeff C.
DATE CHILDREN’S CHURCH
Aug. 6 Bonnie P.
Aug. 13 Jamie S.
Aug. 20 Amanda S.
Aug. 27 Shea D.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER FOR ANY OF THE ABOVE
WORSHIP ASSISTANT JOBS, PLEASE CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE
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 freethegirls.org, or thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com 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.
DON’T FORGET $$$: The refrigerator (soft drinks) is a great convenience for many. The proceeds go to our youth. Please be sure to pay as you buy or we may need to discontinue.
HOLY COMMUNION will be observed at Patoka UMC on Sunday, August 6th.
ANTRY SUNDAY: August 6th 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]
YES FREE!! We are currently collecting items 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 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.
SCHOOL BEGINS Wednesday, August 9th. Please pray for our students, teachers, faculty and staff for a safe and productive year.
PRAYER SPONSORS – if you have been (or have never been) and would like to be a prayer sponsor for one of our youth thru the school year, please notify Darla Meyer Smith or Lisa Meyer. All it requires is doing just what it sounds like… pray regularly for the youth whose name you will be given, and if you choose to, remember them with cards and notes and small gifts on special occasions or “just because” to encourage and uplift them. We will not assume that because you were a prayer sponsor this past school year that you automatically wish to be one this school year. So, please let Darla or Lisa know right away.
COLLEGE ADDRESSES – we would also like to stay in touch with our college students, so we’re asking for new and updated addresses for those students as soon as they are available. If you’d like to include phone #’s, emails, birthdays, etc. that would be fantastic! When all addresses are turned in we will post a permanent list on the bulletin board. Please turn in college addresses to Melissa in the church office.
PATOKA PRESBYTERIAN ICE CREAM FUNDRAISER will be held August 19th from 4:00-7:00pm at the Patoka Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Also available that evening – pies, cakes, cobblers, cookies & brownies. For complete details call June White at 812-779-3334/812-779-6991 or Jo Ellen Bingham at 812-779-5311/812-664-7262.
FOR HIS CHILDREN-RYAN STEVENSON, COCHREN & CO. AND THE CHANGE IN CONCERT FOR THE ISAIAH 1:17 PROJECT: Sunday, August 20th, 5:30-7:30pm at Princeton Community High School. An awesome night of praise and worship all to benefit The Isaiah 1:17 Project – which seeks to equip children entering foster care with new clothing, essential items, and comfort items in blessing bags, serves children and families in our community, and raises awareness for the need for good foster families! Tickets are $15/general admission, $20/lower level seating, and $25/VIP tickets(limited). For info call (812) 664-6754. Or find tickets at www.itickets.com.
WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: First United Methodist Church in Fort Branch Indiana [100 East Vine St.] invites all ladies to join them for a DAYCATION at their women’s conference – “Joy Comes In The Morning” on Saturday, August 26th from 9:00am-2:00pm. Cost is $20 and includes luncheon and t-shirt. Guest speaker is Jill Savage. Jill is an author and speaker who is passionate about relationships. She is the founder of Hearts at Home. Jill speaks to thousands of men and women each year about their priorities, their passions, and their purpose. Find out more about Jill at wwwjillsavage.org. If interested in attending the conference please RSVP Kristi Pflug at 812-664-1108 or the church office at 812-753-4424 by August 20th.
APPLE BUTTER WEEK is expected to be September 11th & 12th. We have great coordinators in place but EVERYONE’S help is needed, from washing jars to peeling & cooking and stirring & filling jars! There’s a job for anyone willing to help. We’ll start at 6:30am each day, but we can use people all throughout the day & evening. We will need a firm commitment from those volunteering, so plan ahead and add your name to the sign-up sheet when it becomes available. Also…..
Stock up on jars, lids & rings
Stock up on sugar (we’ll need at least 55 bags of the 4-lb bags / we CANNOT use “fine granulated”)
Stock up on Splenda (we’ll need at least 25 LARGE bags)
We’ll need 2 cans of PAM cooking spray
Monetary donations are ALWAYS a great help for extra, unexpected, last-minute purchases
Donate fabric for jar toppers
Take home fabric & cut out toppers (check with Melissa for fabric & topper pattern)
Plan to work at our church booth at Heritage Days September 15th & 16th
Pray for production days and for our volunteers
RIVERCITY FAITHFEST 2017: Saturday, September 23rd, 2:00-9:00pm / Downtown: 320 Cherry Street in Evansville. RiverCity Faithfest is a FREE Christian music festival that shares JESUS with the entire tristate! You DON’T WANT TO MISS it! Artists & bands this year include: We Are Messengers, Hannah Kerr, Danen Kane, Building Nations, Anno Domini, Yung Kriss, Don Ready, Deante Ramone & The Rise, Skylight View. FOR THE KIDS: Indian Creek Kids Zone with inflatables and fun for kids (and kids at heart)! Faithfest is excited to announce its partnership in ministry with Operation Christmas Child and the Evansville Rescue Mission! The festival is completely FREE! For more information go to http://rivercityfaithfest.com/vip.
PATOKA UMC ENDOWMENT FUND: In the financial section of our bulletin, you see the “PUMC Endowment Fund” balance each week. 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 for sale. 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 relevant concerns] We invite all to participate in the business & 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 www.patokaumc.org 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.
We must be careful we don’t substitute comfort, convenience, safety, ease, balance, and a Christian lifestyle, for taking up our cross daily. (Christine Caine)