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Palmyra United Methodist Church
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
We come together to worship God, with eyes, hands, and minds of all ages to be an inspiration and serve all the people.

Welcome to Palmyra United Methodist Church!

We are a community of faith who seek to learn, serve, and grow as we worship God together.  You are invited to join us for worship, learning, and fellowship. We have been reaching out to the world and the community in Fluvanna county since at least 1779, and we continue to reach out in love and service to Palmyra, Virginia, and all of the world.
258 Palmyra Way, Palmyra, VA 22963
 Located on the North side of Courthouse square across the street from the old Court House off Route 15.


Celebrating 180 years!  

  Service of Worship:  8:30 AM

Adult Sunday School:  9:45 AM
  Service of Worship:  11:00 AM

with Children's Church and Nursery for preschooler children

We are a church that seeks to worship God, empower individuals
and change the world through our gifts and God's grace.
“No Peanut” policy: Due to significant allergies, we have adopted a “No Peanut” policy at PUMC.
This means that we ask that no peanuts or peanut products be brought to church.
Thank you for helping make our church accessible to all, including those with peanut allergies. Thank you! 
Pastor George Gorman
You may schedule appointments/visits either at your home or the church.
Office Phone: (434) 589-1700 Parsonage Phone: (434) 589-5210
Mobile Phone: 434-222-7293 (*preferred method of contact*)
Pastor E-mail:
Church E-mail:
Meetings and Activities: 
For any questions call 434-589-1700.
Week of January 25, 2015
                 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture Reading for January 25: Jonah 3:1-5, Psalm 62:5-12, 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, Mark 1:14-20
Scripture Reading for January 28:  Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Psalm 11, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28
           A quote from Mother Theresa, shared with me in an e-mail from Kay Snodgrass

“The poor are Christ in distress in disguises.”


Sunday, January 25:
       8:30 AM: Early Worship Service
       9:45 AM: Adult Sunday School 
       9:45 to 10:30 AM: Confirmation Class, downstairs in the Fellowship Hall 
     11:00 AM: Worship Service with Children’s Church. Nursery provided for preschool children on the terrace level of the education building. 
     12:15 PM: Soup Sale and Fellowship Hour
CONFESSION - Almighty and merciful God, we know that when we offend another, we offend you. We are aware that we have often allowed the shadow of hate to cloud our souls, hiding the light from our unseeking eyes. We have said unpleasant and hurtful things to our brothers and sisters when they failed to live up to our expectations. Grant that we might find that spark of love that ever burns within us, the love that you have shown to us even when we failed you. Fan the embers of that love until it roars again in flames of love, peace, and reconciliation. Forgive us our sins and help us to forgive those who have sinned against us.  Lead us into new life through your Son Jesus Christ, who died for the sins of all. Amen.

Future Events:  

Monday, January 26:
      HUGS (Hands United in God's Service), knitting/crocheting prayerful items, at Cuppa Jo’s from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. All are invited.
      Narcotics Anonymous meets at  8:00 PM in the conference room.    
Tuesday, January 27:  
     Choir Practice at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  No Choir practice this week. Please join us for practice next week.
Wednesday, January 28:
     Bible Discussion at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.
     Worship Team will meet at 11:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall downstairs.
     Narcotics Anonymous  8:00 pm in the Conference Room.
Thursday, January 29: 
     Community Singers practice will resume at 6:30 PM at the High School. 
Saturday, February 7:
     United Methodist Women Officers Training at 10:00 AM through 12:30 PM at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in the old sanctuary.
Sunday, February 15:
      Confirmation Class, will meet at 9:45 AM to 10:30 AM downstairs in Fellowship Hall.  
      Soup Sale at 12:15 PM in the Fellowship Hall.
      Bill Henderson concert at 3:00 PM at the V. Earl Dickinson Building at Piedmont Community College, located at 501 College Dr, Charlottesville. He will be Accompanied by Jeff Suling, his vocal teacher.
Wednesday, February 18:
     Joint Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00 PM at Cunningham United Methodist Church. Preacher will be Rev. Ken Albright of Grace and Glory Lutheran. A schedule of Wednesday meetings and Services throughout Lent will be provided next week.

From the Pastor…
Dear Congregation,
     Effective with today, the Gorman family is increasing their stewardship to the church. God is our first priority and it is important that I lead by example. I am selective with what I do for second mile giving but first mile giving to the budget of the church trumps second mile giving. You responded in a magnificent way starting in August of 2013, to bring us to financial health. But as all of you know, it takes constant vigilance within our homes as well as within our church to maintain that health. I trust that in faithfulness to God, today’s offering will reflect a minimum of the $4190 to keep us at budget year to date.
In service to Christ,


Fellowship Hall


Sunday, February 15th




$3.00/pint; $5.00/ quart


Any person in the congregation, be it men or women,  are welcome to make the soup.   Also, we are asking that you write down the ingredients that are in the soup on a 4x6 index card that will be placed in front of the soup due to certain allergies that some members have to contend with.  (EX:  Pastor George is allergic to MSG).  The soup will be sold immediately after the church service on February 15th in The Fellowship Hall

Please return your empty jars to the Fellowship Hall so that they may be used for the soup sale next year.  The ladies of Palmyra United Methodist Women would like to "Thank You" ahead of time for your contribution of homemade soups for our sale.

Questions? please contact Judy Fertile or Isabelle Karmondy.

Do You Know...?
Prayer Chain – To add a need, contact Flo Strohmayer at    
Food Pantry –  Please remember to bring one food item per week per person to feed the hungry of Fluvanna.  Thank you for your help.
Altar Flowers – Flower chart is in the narthex. Please sign up or contact Isabelle at     
Recording of Sunday Services: Contact Martha Rossi at for a CD to share with others.    
Reminder: Please take a Palmyra bear to anyone in need of prayer and consolation.    
Recycle news: Please take your rinsed recycle cans and totally worn-out sneakers to Sharon Sutton’s garage. Thank you.     

Newsletter input:  Please contact Margie Rohleder with input for our newsletter, The Palmyra United Methodist Church Messenger.

We have 10 large print hymnals available in the vestibule.  Ask an usher if needed.

Note from Larry York (Disaster Control Coordinator) – In the event of inclement weather be sure to check NBC, Channel 29 on your television for activity and service cancellations. Thanks.
Alternative gift giving for birthdays, anniversaries, etc., will be available year around. More information on this in the weeks ahead. Thank you for supporting your favorite missions through alternative gift giving.


Financial Update from George Oss, Chair, Finance Team:   Offering receipts to the General Fund last week brought us below the pace needed to achieve our monthly budget.  Our operating budget this year calls for an increase of about 3% over last year's total receipts to the General Fund (6% if proceeds from the fundraisers are excluded).  Receipts through the first three weeks of the January are shown below.



                                           Jan. Budget        Jan. Receipts        YTD Budget        YTD Receipts
        General Fund                $13,713               $  9,523                $10,285                $9,523
        Building Fund                $  5,326               $  1,463                $  3,993                $1,463
Pledge receipts to the Building Fund during the remaining few months of the three-year pledge period are slowing, as anticipated, since many of the pledges have been fulfilled.  Continuing receipts will be held for building related projects as designated and approved by the trustees.
A 2014 Financial Recap is available in the narthex.
2014 contribution statements are available for pickup in the narthex.  Please direct any questions about your statement to Nancy Burkhart.


The 2015 church offering envelopes can be picked up in the narthex.  We would like everyone to please use envelopes to make the job of the counters much easier. If you don’t have a set for 2015 or have any other questions, please contact Eileen Wolfe or Carol Parkerson. Note: the dates have been left off, so we will need to write them in on each envelope used. Leaving the specific date off and making the envelopes generic will allow those who give less frequently than weekly to use the “unused” envelopes in subsequent years, which will cut down on our future “offering envelope” expense. As an enhancement, the next time we order envelopes we will be sure to have the company print a separate line and the word “Date” under it, so you will have a designated place to write in the date. Thank you for using the envelopes. Your Finance Team.  

Missing someone? If you notice that someone has been absent from church over a period of 2 or 3 weeks, please give them a friendly call. Or, if you prefer, notify Shirley Todd and she will call them. 

Culpepper United Methodist Church: let me (Pastor Gorman) know that they are praying for us. Let us reciprocate by praying for their congregation as God continues to use them to spread the Good News.  This is part of the Bishop's initiative to support one another in prayer throughout the Virginia Conference.  May we also include Salem United Methodist Church and Cunningham United Methodist Church.  Thanks, George

Name Tags: Thanks for faithfully wearing your name tag, an act of hospitality and courtesy to your neighbor.  They will be placed in alphabetical order rather than by numbered slots.   
Remember to check the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall and your mail slots in the library.   
Our Great Church Library: Just a reminder that there is a treasure waiting for you. Our church library is located downstairs from the Fellowship Hall and contains all types of books.  There is no limit on how many you may borrow nor how long you need to take for reading them.  Come and look, you may be pleasantly surprised.   
UPPER ROOM DEVOTIONALS: We now have regular and Large Print editions available in the narthex.
Meals on Wheels: Would you be willing to Volunteer Contact  
Remember we now have two wheel chairs available.  Leave your wheel chair at home and the usher can meet you at your vehicle with one of our wheel chairs.  Feel free to worship in a wheel chair and the usher will take you back to your vehicle at the end of the service.  
As a courtesy to the weekly counters and the financial secretary: It is less work for them if you use the provided envelopes for your regular offerings.  If you don't have any, there are extra packets in the vestibule with a unique number.  If you take a packet, please sign the log.  Thanks   

“No Peanut” policy: Due to significant allergies, we have adopted a “No Peanut” policy at PUMC.
This means that we ask that no peanuts or peanut products be brought to church.
Thank you for helping make our church accessible to all, including those with peanut allergies. Thank you! 


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