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Newsletter – September 2017


Reaching Our Community Through God’s Grace
Jeff Pinney, Pastor
P.O. Box 206, 104 N.E. Mill Street, Patoka, IN 47666
Church Email: / Pastor’s Email:
Parsonage Phone: 812-779-5438 / Pastor’s Cell: 812-766-3344
Patoka United Methodist Church: facebook / Jeff Pinney: facebook
Patoka UMC Prayer Chain: 812-779-3693 / Upper Room Prayer: 1-800-251-2468
Worship: 9:15 AM / Sunday School: 10:15 AM

My heart is broken over the emergence of anger, hate, and violence that seems to have simply increased in our world. As your pastor, I have been thinking about what to write in this September newsletter and I have also felt obligated to speak up about racism in light of the events of Charlottesville. We discussed at Tuesday night Bible study, what is the appropriate response of people who call themselves followers of Jesus. That night I indicated that the response of Martin Luther King Jr. was the way that we should respond. As I searched for the words, I found this article posted by Rev. Jim Moon III, pastor of Park Memorial UMC in Jeffersonville, IN. In it you will find what I too say as well as the definition of “peaceful resistance”. I cannot express it better. Here are the words of Jim Moon III:
“By now people everywhere should be aware of the events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia. These events point to a brokenness that is going to be difficult to heal. I can honestly say that I am not your average news junkie. I don’t just hear something and then take it as truth. I am willing to do a little investigating on my own to determine my own opinion, even if that opinion is different from the majority. I spent some time studying Jason Kessler, the organizer of the “Unite the Right Rally.” I’ve listened to several of his video blogs and believe him to be a producer of hate. One of his beliefs and there are many, is that the removing of Confederate statues disrespects the heritage of himself and the people he represents. He stands upon the platforms of “white genocide” and “demographic displacement.” He feels that we should celebrate the history of white culture and the events that brought us to where we are. I couldn’t disagree more. To celebrate historical events that have hurt people is akin to celebrating the day your mother found out she had cancer or the day your father had a heart attack. There is no cause for celebration or rallying around times and places that have caused harm to others. To signal that these events make up the genetic fiber of Caucasian people is like saying adding dirt to a pot of chili makes it taste better. The only thing we could celebrate about these situations is if confession and forgiveness were sought after and received.
As a response, I want to call on fellow followers of Jesus to follow Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent resistance. In his book Stride Toward Freedom he says, “true pacifism” or “nonviolent resistance” is “a courageous confrontation of evil by the power of love.” King’s notion of nonviolence had six key principles. First, one can resist evil without resorting to violence. Second, nonviolence seeks to win the ‘‘friendship and understanding’’ of the opponent, not to humiliate him (King, Stride, 84). Third, evil itself, not the people committing evil acts, should be opposed. Fourth, those committed to nonviolence must be willing to suffer without retaliation as suffering itself can be redemptive. Fifth, nonviolent resistance avoids ‘‘external physical violence’’ and ‘‘internal violence of spirit’’ as well: ‘‘The nonviolent resister not only refuses to shoot his opponent but he also refuses to hate him’’ (King, Stride, 85). The resistor should be motivated by love in the sense of the Greek word agape, which means ‘‘understanding,’’ or ‘‘redeeming good will for all men’’ (King, Stride, 86). The sixth principle is that the nonviolent resister must have a ‘‘deep faith in the future,’’ stemming from the conviction that ‘‘the universe is on the side of justice’’ (King, Stride, 88). Continued next page….
II Corinthians 5:16-21 says, (16) So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. (17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (18) All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: (19) that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. (20) We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. (21) God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” We are called as followers of Christ to be ambassadors for Christ into a ministry of reconciliation.

It’s hard not to allow producers of hate to stir in us also a cauldron of hatred but we must resist such a response. We must see God’s grace-filled potential in every person, for without that the gospel that we preach has no power. This Saturday my family will be celebrating the first birthday of my grandson, Roman. When I look at him I see all the potential for the greatest of possibilities that a life could ever have. You see, Roman’s father is Caucasian and his mother is African-American so I realize that I/we have to fight against prejudice, racism, and all other forms of hatred so that young people like him can fulfill whatever God calls them to be. Please pray, listen, and speak these truths in love so that grace wins!!!” By Pastor Jim Moon III

I have nothing to add except that the time has come to decrease the hatred and anger that exists not only concerning racism but in every facet of our life. We must engage in listening then acting in reasonable ways that reduce all violence, whether physical but possibly and more importantly verbal. We must treat others as people of worth. We must, as followers of Jesus, live our life following the command of “loving our neighbor as we love ourselves.” Yes, we must fiercely fight racism but we need to watch how we fight against racism as well as whatever you feel necessary to fight against. If we meet violence, with either physical or frankly today with verbal violence and vitriol, it will only escalate. Yes, I am just like you, I fear for the world that my children and grandchildren are growing up into……BUT we need to stop talking about how messed up the world is and WE need to consider how Jesus handled things, and we followers of Jesus need to live more like Jesus and less like the world we seem to live in.

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 did not meet in regular session in August, due to a number of conflicts.
Items and updates that were scheduled to be discussed that evening are as follows:
Grant for Sound for Family Life Center – Pastor will be receiving a phone call from the grant people and will have a visit and interview with them soon to answer any questions and clarify anything. The grant committee received requests for $138,000 and has $47,000+ to disperse. The date of decision/dispersal is believed to be November 1st. We will know more after that.

Charge Conference – set for October 15th at 2:00pm at Patoka UMC and will involve only Patoka UMC. Doug Heiman from Bluegrass UMC will officiate. Committees will meet soon to prepare necessary leadership rolls, information, and stats. Since Rev. Heiman will have to immediately move to another charge conference, there will be no reception or social time following Patoka’s charge conference.

New Southwest District Superintendent – Rev. Mitch Gieselman is the new Southwest District Superintendent, effective September 1st. Rev. Gieselman was lead pastor at Aldersgate UMC in Evansville and has also served on the Board of the Evansville United Methodist Youth Home. [more details in article on bulletin board]

Coats for the Community – We are planning a FREE coat give-away Saturday, November 11th (time TBD), similar to our free yard sale in August. Bring in good, used or NEW coats, for adults and kids. Details are forthcoming.

Finances – show that in comparison, we have stayed pretty much on track with last year’s figures.

Frazier House – no updates

Apples / Apple Butter – Jeff Cook has gotten a good report on the progress of the apples and we should be on target for production on September 11th & 12th.

Pastor’s Report – Special thanks to all who helped with the Free Farmer’s Market produce give-away and also with the Free Yard Sale. Both were a success. / Pastor Jeff & Bonnie will be on vacation from Sept. 25th – October 2nd. / Tentatively scheduled 2-week work-mission trip to Rwanda is January 29th.

Financial Report for July is available in the church office if you would like a copy.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20th 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 Lt. Aaron Allan(husband of cousin of Debby Phares)
The family & friends of Janice Kiesel

Our Nation, 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
Rick Hudson, Frank Eads, John “Willard” Wilson, Pat Chamberlain, Spencer Gaines, Leighton Sioux, Elizabeth Key,
Mike Ellis, Jakatelyn Morrow, Robert Williams, Megan Miller, 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, Students/Teachers/Faculty/Staff, Sandra Bilskie, Nick & Lori Beloat family, Norman Hulfachor, Ruth Knust, Barb Skelton’s nephew, Kelly Griffin, Bonnie Potts, Mary Lou Broadwater,
Becky Woodburn

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 – assisted living
Steve Sullivan (brother of Faith Livermore)-Amber Manor-Petersburg
John & Ellen Vinson (friends of Jack & Eleanor McDowell)-assisted living in Petersburg
Betty Bateman

We are grateful for God’s unending grace and mercy in a world that too often makes us believe there is no good left… there is no kindness left… there is no justice left… there is no love left. We, who are called His Own, know better. We experience His love and grace and kindness and forgiveness on a regular basis. Sometimes we take it for granted – forgive us, Lord. Sometimes we keep it just for ourselves – forgive us, Lord. Prod us, Father, in this time of urgency before Your return, to share Your Good News, love, mercy, grace, and promises with as many as we can. You put people in our path every day who need to know You or know more of You. You make the work easy for us, if only we’ll see. Break our hearts for what breaks Yours. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

4-David Hudson
5-David Marvel
5-Barb Pollitt
7-Connor Miller
9-Pam Brown
11-Red Miller
14-Shane Hayes
14-Eric Heidenreich
15-Greg Ault
18-Jon Sullivan
19-David Douglas
21-Shellye Davis
22-J.D. Miller
25-Maxine Julian
25-Ben Heidenreich
26-Jeff Cook
28-Lance Stuckey
28-Cydney Miller
29-Faith Livermore
29-Eddie Ray Craig, IV

5-Albert & Grace Luttrell
22-Ray & Sue Stuckey
26-Kyle & Brooke Schafer
28-Jeff & Bonnie Pinney

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

Sept. 3 Nedra W. Debbie B.
Sept. 10 Kathy H. Mark B.
Sept. 17 Kathy H. Barbara S.
Sept. 24 Nedra W. Mike P.

Sept. 3 Mike P. Addison S. & Camden M.
Sept. 10 David H. Jamison M. & Brandon L.
Sept. 17 Mark B. Aadin L. & Kimberly C.
Sept. 24 Becky L. Colton D. & Ryder D.

Sept. 3 Sharon R. Debby P.
Sept. 10 Bill & Pat A. Buddy R.
Sept. 17 David M. family Grace L.
Sept. 24 Faith L. Muppets

Sept. 3 Jim A., Chris H., Albert L., Mark B.
Sept. 10 Eric W., Shane H., Ethan M., Andy S.
Sept. 17 Frank C., John A., Mike P., Don D.
Sept. 24 Ben H., Emma A., Olivia M., Andrew M.

Sept. 3 Bonnie P.
Sept. 10 Jamie S.
Sept. 17 Amanda S.
Sept. 24 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.
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, September 3rd.

PANTRY SUNDAY: September 3rd 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. Current Needs: Sweet Peas, Sliced Carrots, Soup with Meat, Tuna, Spam, Treet, Luncheon Meat, Chicken, Vienna Sausage, Canned Ravioli, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Beefy Mac, Mini O’s, Canned Fruit, Ketchup, Mustard, Cooking Oil, Sugar, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Snacks, Kool aid, Lemonade , Juice of any kind, Hamburger Helper, canned or boxed Potatoes, Sides, Shampoo, Toilet Paper, Paper Towel, Toothpaste, Deodorant. [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]

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.

MEETINGS / COMMITTEE VOLUTEERS NEEDED: We have 2 committees which need 3 volunteers each. Rather than “drafting” people it would be much better if you prayed about which committee you would be led to join for your church. Your response would be greatly appreciated:
Staff Parish Committee (3 year term)
 Meeting date/time pending
 Duties: Be a liaison between the church and the staff when needed / Set salaries
 The following 3 people will be off in 2018: Chris Heidenreich (chairman) Amber May, Neeley Muncy
 Remaining: Shea Duke, David Marvel, Eric Westlund, Mark Berry, Jeff Cook, Buddy Rogers
 In 2018 we need 3 new members and also someone to volunteer to be chairman.
Nominations committee (3 year term)
 Duties: Meet once a year to nominate committee members
 Will meet Wednesday, September 6th @ 6:30 to nominate those who wish to serve on committees in 2018.
 What committee do you wish to serve on and be a part of? What committee are you on which you would like to be removed from?
 Term ends after 2017: Melissa Gaines, Ellyn Horrall, Maria Stone
 Remaining: Shane Hayes, Cindy Kissel, Amanda Sands, Tabitha Anthis, Janet Ault, Patti Davis
 Need 3 volunteers
Finance Committee
 Finance Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday, September 5th at 6:00pm
 To review and report where we are through August.
 Finance Committee members are: Jim Bishop, Amber May, Mildred Heidenreich, Ellyn Horall, Laura Heidenreich, Rick Hudson, Debbie Bryant, Ron Hudson, Chris Heidenreich, Mike berry, Kathy Hudson, Jamie Schafer, Mike Phares

APPLE BUTTER DAYS are set for September 11th & 12th. Coordinators are 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 now need 40 bags of the 4-lb bags / we CANNOT use “fine granulated”)
 Stock up on Splenda (we need at least 25 LARGE bags)
 We need 2 cans of PAM cooking spray
 Monetary donations are ALWAYS appreciated
 Donate fabric for jar toppers OR 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

APPLE BUTTER BOOTH – SIGN UP!! Please take a minute to add your name to the sign-up sheet (on foyer table) if you plan to work at the Apple Butter Booth during Heritage Days, Friday, September 15th & Saturday, September 16th. We need volunteers from Friday noon-8:00pm and Saturday 9:00am-8:00pm. Shifts are 2-3 hours, depending on your shift. It would be helpful if there were at least 2-3 people each shift.

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! The festival is completely FREE! For more information go to

UMYH BOYS HOME GROUND BREAKING: We are thrilled to have a date for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Boys Home! Please join us on Sunday, October 1st at 2:00pm for a short ceremony, refreshments, and an opportunity to tour our campus. We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating this milestone! (UMYH is located at 2521 N. Burkhardt Rd. in Evansville) The Staff & Residents of United Methodist Youth Home

 Tuesday, October 3rd
 6:00pm / help needed at 5:15
 PCHS Cross Country
 To help, contact Laura Heidenreich at 812-385-5079

The 2017 Smile on Down Syndrome Smile Mile walk is set for Saturday, October 7th, 9:00am-12:00pm at the Vanderburgh Co. 4-H Center. S.M.I.L.E. raises awareness and serves hundreds of families who have a loved one with Down Syndrome. If you’d like to support our own Eddie Craig with a donation to the Eddie’s Buddies team, talk with Patty Craig or Laura Heidenreich prior to walk day.

CHARGE CONFERENCE: Patoka UMC Charge Conference will be held on Sunday, October 15th at 2:00pm at Patoka UMC and will involve only Patoka UMC. Rev. Doug Heiman from Bluegrass UMC will officiate. Committees will meet soon to prepare necessary leadership rolls, information, and stats. Since Rev. Heiman will have to immediately move to another charge conference, there will be no reception or social time following Patoka’s meeting. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

COATS FOR THE COMMUNITY: We are planning a FREE coat give-away Saturday, November 11th (time TBD), similar to our free yard sale in August. Bring in good, used or NEW coats, for adults and kids. Details are forthcoming.

 Nov. 4 – Set clocks back 1 hour
 Nov. 12 – Deadline for Shoebox Collection
 Nov. 18- Dinner & Bazaar
 Nov. 23 – Community Outreach Meal
 Nov. 26- Hanging of the Greens & Carry-in

PATOKA UMC ENDOWMENT FUND: In the financial section of our bulletin, you see “PUMC Endowment Fund” balance each week… funds given by members & friends of PUMC. This 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. Comm. Foundation. Each of the 92 counties in IN has this (safe investment). With $100,000 in the fund, we would receive at least $4,000 annually, as long as the fund exists, which should be a 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 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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