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Newsletter – May 2017

Easter has now come and gone. One can’t help but notice that this is a time to plant, a time to sow. We have celebrated the bedrock of our faith, Christ arose. That sets us apart as far as a religion. That gives us the promise of eternal life when we believe. We now can live for Jesus because of His free gift of giving His life for us. But after Easter, we are faced with the question of “so what?” Jesus begs us to ask ourselves, “So what are you going to do about it?”

What are we going to do in light of the fact that we say we have “faith?” Faith is one of those words that can mean so much, in terms of the biblical use, it is a deep, full word. When I looked faith up in the Harper Collins’ Bible Dictionary it covered 3 pages. That’s a bunch. It described faith in light of the Old Testament, then the New Testament, then what faith meant to Paul in his letters and finally what faith meant to the other New Testament writers. One thing is clear, the word “faith” is both a noun and a verb! Faith is dynamic, it carries an action even when used as a noun. Faith is not meant to be stagnant! Well as I did this research and after much thought, maybe we need to explore “faith” in a sermon series.

“Change Your Life And Live By Faith” is the name of a planned 8 week sermon series. I think we say we “have” faith, we say we “live” by faith but do we? I think as we explore faith we can better discern if we really do or do we say we do….but in reality don’t?
I want to give you the tentative plan of the sermons. (Rabbit hole! The Bible in a year is in the book of Joshua right now and….he gives us some insight into real faith….read Joshua chapters 23 & 24.)
“Change Your Life And Live By Faith.”

1. Creating A Faith Environment – This sermon looks at how we create a faith environment in our lives, families, and church. This is taken from Joshua’s parting words to the nation of Israel. For something to be and grow you must have the right soil, the right environment.

2. & 3. Living God’s Dream – Let’s look at those things we can do to enhance being able to live God’s dream and purpose. God’s dream and purpose is infinitely better than our dreams and stated purpose, right? Yes I think it will take 2 weeks for this exploration.

4. Moving Forward By Faith – We are looking at the encounter Jesus had with blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52. Take the time to read that scripture and you will understand that probable sermon title.
Well there are probably four more sermons to be done on faith but they will fall into June and that’s the next newsletter. Let me tell you once again what I have told you before: I am preaching to myself too! We say we have faith, we say we are saved by faith, we say we walk by faith, and the list goes on and on but here is the key question – do our actions truly show that? Do our choices show that? Do our worries and cares show that? Yes, I am making an assumption and a confession —– I need too: “Change My Life And Live By Faith.” What about you?

5TH Grade
Connor Miller from PCIS
8th Grade
Ben Heidenreich from PCMS
Cydney Miller from North Jr. High
Lance Stuckey from PCMS
High School
Jada Graves (granddaughter of Ed & Patty Craig) from PCHS
Brittany Koberstein from PCHS
Alison Marvel from Indiana Virtual School – attending Vincennes University to pursue an Associates Degree in Nursing
Taylor Anthis from ISU with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training Cum Laude –
beginning Master’s in Occupational Therapy at ISU May 30th
Kevin W. Meyer from Ball State University with Bachelor of Science Cum Laude in Exercise Science –
attending Logan University, Chesterfield, Ohio for Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine, Fall 2017-2020
Jon Sullivan(grandson of Faith Livermore) major – Political Science & Urban Planning/ Minor – Arabic
[moving from current address prior to graduation / if sending cards please mail to
109 S. Jefferson, Princeton, IN 47670]

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, April 19, 2017 at 6:30pm with the following present – Pastor Jeff Pinney, Mildred Heidenreich, Kathy Hudson, Patty Craig and Melissa Gaines. 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 – met March 15th. Future meetings will be held on an “as needed” basis.
Nurture – met March 15th. Future meetings will be held on an “as needed” basis.
Staff-Parish Relations – had not met
Trustees – had not met

Mowing – Jimmy Lee Miller has been hired to do lawn upkeep for Patoka UMC.
Frazier House/Updates – Trustees are waiting to meet with F&M’s contact person (delayed due to medical issues) to discuss detailed drawings and estimates for upgrades to the house.
Grant Application – A grant application, through Gibson County Community Foundation, to fund sound upgrades for the Family Life Center is still in process.

Designation of Auction Funds – A motion was made and approved for the 2017 Auction proceeds to go to the General Fund.

Vacation – Pastor Jeff & Bonnie will be on vacation from April 22nd-28th. David Marvel will fill the pulpit during Pastor’s absence. Pastoral care will be covered through Pastor Brenda Wick.
Confirmation Sunday – the pastor is tentatively planning to observe a Confirmation Sunday for youth on May 7th. Those being baptized and/or joining include Andrew May, Kyndall Anthis and Cydney Miller.
Holiday World – Pastor will be scheduling the youth/church outing to Holiday World as soon as ticket prices/dates can be verified.

With no further business Kathy closed the meeting with prayer.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17th 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 Betty Masters
The family & friends of Joe Thompson
The family & friends of Russell Butts
The family & friends of Scott Payne(step-grandfather of Austin Meyer)
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
Melanie White, Russell Butts, Nancy McCormick, Betty Bateman, Brooke & unborn baby Savannah Teremini,
co-worker of Ellyn Horrall, Fred Wise, Haley Beckner, Matt Harper, Heather Ota, Rita Barton, Don Colvin, Marty Bishop, Dave Newcome, Toni Whitehouse, Tina Taylor, Karen Gress, Harold Cox, Steve Sullivan, Scott Payne, Harlan Scott, Jeff Stenfenagel, Jewell Pressley, Bernie Burger, Vic Welch, Faith Livermore, Larry & Heather Luttrell, Romaine McCabe, Dianna DeBord, Belle Howell, Red Miller, Erica Pinney, Betty Woodlief’s son-in-law, Kathy Hudson’s great-niece, Jensen Anthis, Pat Chamberlain, Ruth Knust, Mary Ann Stone, Hana Muncy, John & Ellen Vinson

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

…Congratulations to Jeremy & Brynn Blankenberger, and big brother Noah, on the birth of Penelope Claire, born 3/31/17, 8 lbs. 1 oz., 19¾ inches long!

9-John Dunning
11-Charleston Hayes
11-Jeanne Bishop
13-Ryan Luttrell
15-Jamie Schafer
18-Dorthy Anthis
19-Mary Ann Stone
22-Brianna Meyer
23-Julie Craig
24-Ethan Little
31-Rebecca Parker

7-Jeff & Amber May
18-Trevor & Kayla Cotterman
21-Bobby & Maria Stone
22-Andy & Jamie Schafer
23-Bill & Pat Anthis
24-Mike & Janice Berry
28-Ethan & Hana Muncy
29-Chris & Jennifer MacKay

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

May 7 Nedra W. Mike P.
May 14 Nedra W. Grace L.
May 21 Kathy H. Mark B.
May 28 Kathy H. Barbara S.

May 7 Mark B. Colton D. & Ryder D.
May 14 David H. Asher B. & Jamison M.
May 21 Becky L. Addison S. & Camden M.
May 28 Jim B. Jamison M. & Brandon L.

May 7 Darla S. & Lisa M. Debbie B.
May 14 Andy S. family Jeanne B.
May 21 Mike & Debby P. Grace L.
May 28 Buddy & Puff R. Muppets

May 7 Ron H., Jim B., David H.,Mike B.
May 14 Frank C., John A., Mike P., Don D.
May 21 Ben H., Emma A., Olivia M., Andrew M.
May 28 Sam M., Andy S., Rick H., Greg A.

May 7 Bonnie P.
May 14 Jamie S.
May 21 Amanda S.
May 28 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

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER: As citizens and residents of the United States and as believers in Christ Jesus, we not only have a spiritual responsibility, according to 1 Tim. 2:1-2 to pray, but a civic duty as well to stand in the gap for our nation. Our theme this year is For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us… Forgive Us…Heal Us! taken from Daniel 9:19, which says, “O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act! For Your Sake, O My God…” As the 2017 National Day of Prayer approaches, thousands of individuals, churches, and communities will be rallying millions of Christian’s to once again heed this call! Scripture tells us again and again that our fervent prayer is effective. At this crucial time for our nation, we can do nothing more important than pray. Thank you in advance for making this a personal priority and for standing with us at Patoka UMC as we join others across the United States in praying for our nation, its leaders, our government leaders – local, state & national, our schools, churches, homes and families. There is a sign-up sheet on the foyer table at this time for anyone who will commit to pray for 15 minutes [or longer] on Thursday, May 4th. Pray from 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.

HOLY COMMUNION will be observed at Patoka UMC on Sunday, May 7th.

PANTRY SUNDAY: May 7th 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 GREATLY NEEDED AT THIS TIME: Boxed – Macaroni & Cheese, Cornbread mix, Spaghetti & Sauce, instant Oatmeal, Pancake mix, Cereal, Egg Noodles; Cans –Beef Stew, Chicken & Dumplings, Sweet Whole Kernel Corn, Beef & Chicken Broth, Ravioli, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Sausage Gravy, Corn Beef Hash, Beans & Franks, Chunky Soups, Spam, Luncheon Meat – Treet, Tuna, Chicken; Drinks –Kool Aid (Grape, Cherry, Fruit Punch), Lemonade, Juices, Sunny D; Staples – Ketchup, Mayo or Miracle Whip, Cooking Oil, Laundry detergent, Dish Washing Soap, Wipes. [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]

GOLF SCRAMBLE: The Evansville Rescue Mission invites you to join them on Monday, May 8th for their 14th Annual Golf Scramble that benefits their summer camp program held at Camp Reveal for tri-state children. For more information go to or call 812-421-3800.

HONORING PARENTS: United Methodist Youth Home offers you the opportunity to honor your parents 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. Mother’s Day is May 14th. Father’s Day is June 18th. Donations are being accepted now. The new Boys Home will feature a plaque celebrating the names of all Mother’s Day and Father’s Day 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.

GRADUATION SUNDAY AT PATOKA UMC is May 21st, honoring our seniors during worship and at a reception to follow in the Family Life Center. No Sunday School that morning. Come celebrate our graduates with us! This will also be the Sunday that our current prayer sponsors reveal themselves to the youth they’ve been praying for throughout the school year. Don’t forget to let them know Prayer Sponsors!!

MOTE IN CONCERT: Nashville Gospel recording artist Gordon Mote is featured in concert at Owensville United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 21st at 6:00pm. The Dove Award nominee has played with artists such as Lee Greenwood, Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Porter Wagoner, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Bob Seger, Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Lionel Richie, Josh Turner, Darius Rucker, Alison Krauss, The Gaither Vocal Band, and has been a part of the long-running Gaither Homecoming Tour, earning 2 Academy of Country Music Awards for top piano/keyboard player, as well as top honors and recognition as a solo performer and instrumentalist. A free will offering will be taken at the service. The public is invited.

THY WORD NETWORK GOLF SCRAMBLE: Register now for the 12th Annual Golf Outing scheduled for Thursday May 25th at Oak Meadow Golf Club! Get a team together or they will be glad to pair you up with other players. Registration begins at 7:15am and the event will finish up with a luncheon. Call 800-264-5550 for details or visit All proceeds will go toward the 1330 AM restoration project.

OPPORTUNITY TO HELP: Abby Heidenreich will be travelling to Haiti on a mission trip from May 28th thru June 3rd. Their team will be taking the following and if anyone would like to donate, it would be appreciated: new dresses-size small or children’s sizes, but the shoulders need to be covered and knee length; new dress shirts – men’s small; ties; paper & pens; Tylenol; ibuprofen; toothbrushes. Deadline for bringing donations is May 20th-21st.

SAVE THE DATE – THE HOPPERS IN CONCERT: Southern Gospel Recording Artists The Hoppers will be in concert at North Friendship General Baptist Church (Pastor Spencer & Melissa Gaines’ church), on Thursday evening, June 1st. Concert starts at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:00pm. A free will offering will received. The women’s ministry will be serving refreshments following the concert. North Friendship is located at 2244 IN-68 in Lynnville, Indiana. For more information 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 will host 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, along with door prizes, silent auction, Chinese auction, free bike show with people’s choice award, and grand prize of a $250.00 gift card from J & P Cycle. Sign up at 9:00am at Princeton Courthouse Gazebo. Coffee & donuts will be 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.

June – no Mt. Mission pick up in June – collecting for our annual Free Yard Sale instead
June 8-10 – Annual Conference
June 16 – Holiday World Trip (tentative)
June 26-30 – 5 Day Good News Club
July 9-14 – Santa Claus U.M. Church Camp [for
Grades 3-6]
July 17 – Evansville Christian Life Center Golf
July 29 – Free Farmers Market Vegetable Give-Away
August 5 – Free Yard Sale

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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