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Newsletter – July 2017

FROM THE PASTOR… When Do We Stop & When Do We Start?

When do we stop?
When do we stop the train of hate, violence, meanness, and anger that seems to be out of control in this country and actually among those who call themselves followers of Jesus. The saying goes that “loves covers a multitude of sins” so should we not be full of love and grace? Jesus was full of love and grace. Verbal senseless violence leads to senseless violence. The Bible clearly states that our interaction with the world on all levels is to be seasoned with grace and love.

Bishop Mike Coyner wrote this several years ago and it is now more true than ever: “I fear that we have crossed some thresholds of hatred, racism, intolerance, and loss of civility in our nation which means violence will be our on-going pattern. I hope not, but it seems to be so. At the root of it all? Seeing another person as anything less than a person. That is the evil which underlies racism, and pornography, and abuse of power, and sexual abuse, and just plain old poor manners. When we look at any other person and see something less than a real person, a child of God, a person of sacred worth – whenever we see any other person as an “it” or object – that is the underlying cause of all prejudice, division, discord, and ultimately violence. You can’t shoot another person without “objectifying” them and seeing them as something less than a real person. It all starts at that most basic level.

Let’s start by praying for ourselves this prayer: “O God, forgive me whenever I regard another person as anything less than the valuable human being you have created them to be. Forgive me whenever I look at another person through the filters of race, or class, or politics, or religious differences, or any other barriers. Forgive me, Lord, and help me to see the other as Your child. Amen.” – Bishop Coyner
Frankly, I think it’s time for us to add some “political correctness” and “truth” back into our speech and world and we should demand it from others…so before we speak – THINK
T – is it True
H – is it Helpful
I – is it Inspiring
N – is it Necessary
K – is it Kind

Here are “7 Keys To Life” that I firmly believe that Jesus would recommend:
1. God First
2. Love one another
3. Never hate.
4. Give generously
5. Live simply.
6. Forgive quickly
7. Be kind always
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When Do We Start?
When do we start gearing up for some GREAT MISSIONS things – JULY!!!!!

FREE FARMERS MARKET – TENTATIVELY PLANNED FOR JULY 29TH !!! This is for any & all excess produce from our farmers and gardeners, to distribute to the community. We ask that you have produce to the church by 7:00am; however, we will receive produce on thru the day. If anyone needs help “picking” on Friday, contact Pastor Jeff Pinney or Kathy Hudson. We do not propose that you “can” less or “eat” less of your garden harvest, but often, gardeners have excess which is often a chore to get to those that need it. And our prayer is that the Lord provides a bumper crop! We ask that you also spread the word to your neighbors and friends who plant gardens, since we hope to get as much produce as possible. We will “ration” what we give to each family unit to only what they might eat in a week, or say 1 dozen ears of sweet corn, 6 tomatoes, etc. Our intention is to really get the word out on this, as far reaching as possible, so the more produce the more people we can touch! The farmers market is for PUMC church folks too!!

SUMMER 2 SCHOOL BACKPACK BASH SUPPLIES – July 29th – We have been asked to donate “post-it notes” and index cards – getting quantities but we will need donations for that!

FREE YARD SALE IS SATURDAY AUGUST 5TH!!! Patoka UMC is hosting its annual free back-to-school yard sale from 7:30-10:00am. Any & all donations would be appreciated. Feel free to bring any and all GOOD / WORKING items and household goods, GENTLY USED clothing & accessories, toys, books, furniture etc. to the FLC garage now thru Friday July 31st. The earlier in the week (sale week) you have items to the FLC, the easier it will be on those setting up and managing the event. Please place all donations on the wood pallets in the attached garage to prevent water damage. Clearly mark on boxes/bags “for yard sale” since the garage is also 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 for anything. Just come that morning – August 6th – 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

“Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matthew 25:34-35

PUMC Ad. Council met in regular session on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 6:30pm with the following present – Pastor Jeff Pinney, Mildred Heidenreich, Marilyn Hudson, David Hudson, Melissa Gaines, Kathy Hudson, Amber May and Patty Craig. Minutes from the previous meeting were approved as presented. The Treasurer’s Report was approved as presented.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
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 – had not met, however, Pastor reported that Trustees now have an estimate for the room add-on for the Frazier house. Trustees will meet Monday, June 26th at 6:30pm.

OLD BUSINESS:
Mission Work Trip (via Jim Bishop) – no updates

School Backpack Program (via Missions) – Patoka UMC will be supplying post-it notes for 3rd graders and index cards for 5th graders that take advantage of the Summer 2 School Backpack Bash at Lafayette Park on July 29th. PUMC will buy a suggested number of each and then allow the congregation the opportunity to donate toward covering the cost of the purchase. We are not asking for individuals to buy these items. They will be purchased by the church. You can then deposit donations in the designated container (on foyer table soon) to defray the cost.

Posting for Liability (via Pastor) – Pastor Jeff contacted both the church attorney and the church insurance agent in regards to posting for liability – signs around the property – and was assured that signs are not necessary at this time.

NEW BUSINESS:
Sound for Family Life Center / Grant – Pastor told the Council that he will be meeting with a representative from Sound Concepts to determine a bid for sound upgrades in the Family Life Center. The bid is needed as part of the grant application through Gibson County Community Foundation that Pastor Jeff and Buddy Rogers are overseeing. The deadline for grant application information is August 1st.

PASTOR’S REPORT:
None

With no further business Kathy closed the meeting with prayer.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 19th at 6:30pm.

JOYS AND CONCERNS
OUR SYMPATHIES TO:
The family & friends of Diane Purnell(wife of former D.S. George Purnell)
The family & friends of Jeff Ford
The family & friends of Bernie Burger(father of Bonnie Pinney)
The family & friends of Dorthy Anthis

ON OUR PRAYER LIST RECENTLY:
Erick Meyer, Diane Purnell, Fred Anthis, Robert Williams, Jack Bell, Abby Heidenreich & work team to Haiti,
Sue Ellen Parker, Megan Miller, Elizabeth Williams, Pat Chamberlain, Mary Ann Stone, Belle Howell, Erica Pinney,
Betty Woodlief, Romaine McCabe, Brook & Savannah Teremini, co-worker of Ellyn Horrall, Matt Harper, Heather Ota,
Dave Newcome, Toni Whitehouse, Karen Gress, Harold Cox, Steve Sullivan, Harlan Scott, Jeff Stenfenagel,
Jewell Pressley, Bernie Burger, Vic Welch, Mike Ellis, Becky Woodburn, Jakatelyn Morrow, Rev. Patricia Greffey,
Robert Luttrell, Jr., D.S. Stephen Beutler, Caleb Michael Phares, Elizabeth Key, Maria Stone, Jack West

NURSING HOME / ASSISTED LIVING / SHUT-IN LIST:
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)

OUR JOYS
Congratulations to Mike & Debby Phares on the birth of their grandson, Caleb Michael Phares, born June 9th, 7lbs. 7oz., 21½ inches long!

BIRTHDAYS
2-Kayla Cotterman
2-James Little
4-Kathy Hudson
4-Francie Bishop
5-David Lloyd
5-Don Davis
8-Camden Miller
8-Frank Conner
9-Kyle Schafer
11-Christian Schafer
13-Clint Anthis
13-Ed Craig
14-Thomas Ault
18-Noah Bodenstein
18-Sue Hollen
20-Heather Luttrell
20-Beth Miller
22-Paul [Shorty] Stone
22-Puff Rogers
23-Melissa Gaines
25-Nancy Nelson

ANNIVERSARIES
5-Jacob & Rachael Anthis
6-Jim & Jeanne Bishop
7-Jim & Lora Anthis
10-Don & Patti Davis
22-Joe & Linda Fears
28-Ed & Ellyn Horrall
28-Shane & Kayla Hayes

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS
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
July 2 Nedra W. Debbie B.
July 9 Nedra W. Mike P.
July 16 Kathy H. Barbara S.
July 23 Kathy H. David M.
July 30 Nedra W. Mark B.

DATE BELL STEWARD ACOLYTES
July 2 Mike P. Jamison M. & Brandon L.
July 9 Mark B. Aadin L. & Kimberly C.
July 16 David H. Colton D. & Ryder D.
July 23 Becky L. Asher B. & Jamison M.
July 30 Jim B. Addison S. & Camden M.

DATE GREETERS CHILDREN’S MESSAGE
July 2 Ron & Kathy H. Debby P.
July 9 Mildred H. Grace L.
July 16 Mark B. Debbie B.
July 23 Chris H. family Muppets
July 30 Jeff & Donna C. Jeanne B.

DATE USHERS
July 2 Jim A., Chris H., Albert L., Mark B.
July 9 Eric W., Shane H., Ethan M., Andy S.
July 16 Frank C., John A., Mike P., Don D.
July 23 Ben H., Emma A., Olivia M., Andrew M.
July 30 Sam M., Andy S., Rick H., Greg A.

DATE CHILDREN’S CHURCH
July 2 Bonnie P.
July 9 Jamie S.
July 16 Amanda S.
July 23 Shea D.
July 30 Laura H.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER FOR ANY OF THE ABOVE
WORSHIP ASSISTANT JOBS, PLEASE CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE

CHURCH-WIDE HAPPENINGS
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 this service that so many like.

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

HOLY COMMUNION will be observed at Patoka UMC on Sunday, July 2nd.

PANTRY SUNDAY: July 2nd 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]

HELP NEEDED TO SERVE MEAL: Patoka UMC will serve the meal for the Patoka Alumni Banquet on Saturday, July 8th at 6:00pm in the Family Life Center. Help will be needed prior to, during the meal, and for clean-up. If you can help, please contact Laura Heidenreich at 812-385-5079.

Santa Claus U.M. Church Camp for grades 3-6 will be held July 9th-14th. Register online at www.santaclausumc.org or pick up a flyer from Melissa in the church office for more details.

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 restoringpeople.com

FREE FARMERS MARKET – TENTATIVELY PLANNED FOR JULY 29TH !!! This is for any & all excess produce from our farmers and gardeners, to distribute to the community. We ask that you have produce to the church by 7:00am; however, we will receive produce on thru the day. If anyone needs help “picking” on Friday, contact Pastor Jeff Pinney or Kathy Hudson. We do not propose that you “can” less or “eat” less of your garden harvest, but often, gardeners have excess which is often a chore to get to those that need it. And our prayer is that the Lord provides a bumper crop! We ask that you also spread the word to your neighbors and friends who plant gardens, since we hope to get as much produce as possible. We will “ration” what we give to each family unit to only what they might eat in a week, or say 1 dozen ears of sweet corn, 6 tomatoes, etc. Our intention is to really get the word out on this, as far reaching as possible, so the more produce the more people we can touch! The farmers market is for PUMC church folks too!!

SUMMER 2 SCHOOL BACKPACK BASH: City of Princeton Parks Board is sponsoring their 1st annual Summer 2 School Backpack Bash on Saturday, July 29th from 5:00-7:00pm at Princeton Aquatic Center & Lafayette Park. It will feature a FREE pool party from 5:00-7:00pm, backpack & school supply pick-up from local donors from 7:00-8:00pm (or while supplies last), games & fun in the park from 8:00-8:45pm, and finish with a school themed movie-in-the-park. The event is completely FREE to all, including sponsors. Patoka UMC will be supplying post-it notes for 3rd graders and index cards for 5th graders that take advantage of the Summer 2 School Backpack Bash at Lafayette Park on July 29th. PUMC will buy a suggested number of each and then allow the congregation the opportunity to donate toward covering the cost of the purchase. We are not asking for individuals to buy these items. They will be purchased by the church. You can then deposit donations in the designated container (on foyer table soon) to defray the cost.

FUNDRAISER FOR PATOKA POLICE DEPT. AND PATOKA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.: Purchase a “Patoka” t-shirt, show your pride in our community, and at the same time support local police and fire departments! Shirts are available in sizes youth small to adult 3X. Cost is $17 per shirt and payment must accompany orders. Order deadline is July 31st. Information contact is Pat Chamberlain at TradeMart or at 812-215-9153 OR Stephanie Berry at Patoka Town Hall or 812-779-3401. All proceeds benefit the Patoka Police and Volunteer Fire Departments.

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.
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.

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.

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 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.

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