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Palmyra United Methodist Church
Thursday, September 18, 2014
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 September 14, 2014
                  14th Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture Readings for Sept. 14:  Exodus 14: 19-31; Exodus 15: 1b-11, 20-21; Romans 14: 1-12;Matthew 18: 21-35.
Scripture Readings for September 21: Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 or Psalm 78; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16.  
"No philosophical theory which I have yet come across is a radical improvement on the words of Genesis, that 'In the beginning God made Heaven and Earth.'" (C. S. Lewis)
Sunday, September 14:
       8:30 AM: Early Worship Service
       9:45 AM: Adult Sunday School 
     11:00 AM: Later Worship Service with Children’s Church. Nursery provided for preschool children on the terrace level of the education building. 
Free concert by Bill Henderson at PUMC:  3pm, Bill is a life-long resident of Fluvanna County, who has been a faithful member of Jeff Suling’s choirs from Middle and High School, through Community Singers and PVCC Chorus.  Bill now takes private voice lessons from Jeff. He also happens to be next door neighbors with Susan and Chris Nothnagle.  Come hear some beautiful music and share in this special event celebrating Bill’s accomplishments.  There will be a reception in the fellowship hall after the concert.
Haden Chapel United Methodist Church will have a homecoming Service at at 3:00 PM.

  If you would like to read the Sunday sermons, select "Worship" and then "Sermon" for the specific date. 
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, September 15:
     Church Council Meeting at 10:00 AM.
     HUGS (Hands United in God's Service), knitting/crocheting prayerful items at Cuppa Joe's from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.  All are invited.        
      Trustees Meeting at 7:00 PM.  
Tuesday, September 16:
     Choir Practice resumes at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  New members are always welcome.  Share your love of music with the rest of the church. Please join us for practice.
Wednesday, September 17:
     Bible Discussion starts back up at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall
     Outreach Team (formerly Marketing) will meet at 5:00 PM 
     Narcotics Anonymous Meeting at 8:00 PM in the conference room.
Thursday, September 18:
     Missions Meeting at 10:00 AM.
     Choraleers Practice at 7:00 PM.
Saturday, September 20:
      United Methodist Men: will meet at Salem United Methodist Church.  Food and fellowship.  All men are invited. 
Thursday, September 25:
     United Methodist Women Meeting and Salad Lunch at 10:00 AM.  All women are invited and are welcome.
Notes from the Pastor  - 

Lucille Minter Wickline, 93 and a lifetime member of Palmyra United Methodist Church, left this world last week to begin her journey in eternity.  Betty McGehee recalled for me that she sang in the choir as a soprano and taught Sunday School.  In fact, Fred Lewis said he and she split duties teaching the same class, as they met in the basement of the church.  She would lovingly lend her beautiful touch to arranging many flowers that graced the chancel area.  Molly shared an aside, that Lucille, who worked at the Healthy Department, gave her her first job.  

Our Annual Charge Conference will be held on Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM in the fellowship hall. The District Superintendent, Rev. Danny Kesner, will preside.  I hope you will put this date on your calendar and plan to be there as you show your support for our church in the Charlottesville District. Thanks, George.  

Your Worship Team chose the theme of “Season of Creation” as an emphasis for our liturgies for September, during what we call the Ordinary Time of the liturgical year.  Today we lift up “the land” as we honor our relationship with our environment as it relates to Creation and celebrate Christ in Creation.  

Do You Know...?
See the beautiful Japanese Maple, the first plant gracing the Serenity Garden.  This has been a pay as you go project, as some folks have graciously donated money to get it off the ground.  The Outreach Team (formerly Marketing) will in the near future present us with the opportunity to order memorial and/or honorarium bricks.  In the meantime if you would like to engage in second mile giving to generate funds to purchase additional plants, please know that you can do so by making the check out to the church and write in Serenity Garden.  You can also help by putting your loose change in the “Pennies from Heaven” jar in the vestibule.  Thanks.
Address for Jim and Peggy Utterback:  2324 41st Street South, Apt. 154, Wilmington, NC 28403.  
Prayer Chain – To add a need, contact Flo Strohmayer at    
Food Pantry –  Please remember to bring one food item per week.  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.     
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.   


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


Financial Update from George Oss, Chair, Finance Team: 
Receipts for the first week of September are shown below for both the General Fund and the Building Fund.
                                SEPT. Budget      SEPT. Receipts       YTD Budget   YTD Receipts 
General Fund            $12,584               $ 4,350                      $113,260           $119,101
Building Fund           $ 5,326                $ 1,594                      $  47,935           $  62,608

Offering receipts last week put us on track to meet our budget for September.  The same is true for the Building Fund.  The month of September is off to a good start.  Note that the YTD receipts to the General Fund include receipts from the Yard/Bake Sale.


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 Large Print editions. Available in vestibule.

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!