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Palmyra United Methodist Church
Friday, March 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 Palmyra United Methodist Church.
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 March 22, 2015  
5th  Sunday in Lent

Scripture Readings for Mar. 22: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33

Scripture Readings for Mar. 29: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16 & Psalm 118:1-2,19-29; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 11:1-11,14:1-15 or 15:1-39. 

Sunday, March 22:
  8:30: Early Worship;
  9:45: Adult Sunday School begins;
11:00 Worship with Children’s Church. Nursery provided for preschool children on terrace level of education building.
One Great Hour of Sharing Offering for UMCOR, to be applied against annual administrative costs for our great domestic and international relief organization (UMCOR, United Methodist Committee on Relief), responding to disasters throughout the world. All other contributions to UMCOR throughout the year are 100% applied to each disaster.

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, March 23:
      HUGS (Hands United in God's Service), knitting/crocheting prayerful items, at Cuppa Jo’s from 4:00 PM. All are invited.  (Note time change)
      Narcotics Anonymous meets at  8:00 PM in the conference room.    
Tuesday, March 24:  
     Choir Practice at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us.  New members are always welcome.
Wednesday, March 25:
     Bible Discussion at 10:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall. (the 7 PM Bible Discussion will resume after Easter due to special Wednesday gathering during Lent.
     Prison Ministry will meet at  9:30 AM  Sorting & counting cards at Effort Baptist Church in the Sanctuary/Fellowship Hall. We will be meeting every Wednesday thorough May 27th. The work is easy. Come any Wednesday.   If questions contact Joyce Chippendale.
    Wednesday night Lenten Soup & Study at 6:00 PM at Salem UMC. (All churches contribute to the meal).
    Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8:00 PM in the conference room. 
Joint Ash Wednesday Service (The light meal will consist of soup and bread.)
March 25:         Salem at 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM                Light meal                                                                      Study by Rev. Frost
April 2:              Grace & Glory at 7:00 PM                     Maundy Thursday Service Communion/Foot washing   Preacher - Rev. Willson
April 3:              Palmyra 7:00 PM                                   Good Friday Service by Rev. Gorman

Thursday, March 26:  
     UMW Meeting at 10:00 AM in Fellowship Hall. The 2013 DVD, Life and Death in Assisted Living (50 min.) will be presented as well as a 15 minute Power Point presentation about Assisted Living Facilities in VA and how well VA protects residents of Assisted Living Facilities. Anyone interested in this subject is welcome to attend. 
Saturday, March 28:  
     United Methodist Men, Pancake Breakfast 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM (funds used for local missions)
$7.00/adults, #3.00/children. See United Men members for tickets, although you can get a ticket at the door.
Sunday, March 29 (Palm Sunday)You are invited to the 2:00 PM worship service at Our Lady of-Peace (home of Joe Giovanelli), which the pastor will celebrate.


Thursday, April 2: 

     Lenten Soup & Study:  Grace & Glory at 7:00 PM Maundy Thursday Service Communion/Foot washing.  Rev. Willson will be preaching.



Friday, April 3

    Good Friday Tenebrae service at 7:00 PM in our sanctuary with Cunningham UMC, Grace and Glory Lutheran Church, Salem UMC also participating. Leader is Rev. George Gorman. 
Save April 19th on your calendar. On that Sunday we will have a special dedication of the Fellowship Hall with invited guests and a time of fellowship. Iscella Wittich is taking the lead in the planning of our celebration.          
Dear PUMC congregation, never in my life have I been shown so much love and concern. Your kind, loving words and deeds have overwhelmed me. I thank God for each and every one of you. Pastor Gorman has truly been a comfort and shoulder to cry on. Thank you Pastor Gorman. On 2/3/2015, I had a major health event. Every day since that time, PUMC has supported me. I love you all. ......  I pray that I will be a part of your lives as long as I am here on Earth. God bless you all in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Thank you for being in my life.” Linda Hughes-Smith 
From the Pastor…


Out of respect for our time together, let us try to make our announcements brief. You will notice that in an effort to help the flow of the service, we have moved the announcements to right after the opening hymn. We welcome your feedback. Thanks.    

Over the next several months we will take a few moments to introduce you to and recognize the different teams serving this congregation. Today we lift up the Trustees, who have the very important role of maintaining all of our facilities, to include the parsonage and to represent the church in all legal transactions. They are co-chairs Ron Fertile and Gerry Brown, with members Mike Burkhart, Dave Burns, Gary Ziemer, Mike Madison, Linda Perez and Ernie Wittich.




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Take a moment and check out Tom Gorski’s great art work and published cartoons outside the pastor’s office in the fellowship hall.

Good News! Joyce Anderson is no longer in hospice but at home under home health care, gaining strength to take physical therapy. She and Andy would love to have visitors. Just give them a call to make sure the way is clear. Thanks  
Prayer Chain – To add a need, contact Flo Strohmayer at    
HELP! Food Pantry running very, very low. Following items needed: beans (not baked beans), macaroni, cereal, tuna/salmon, soups. Shelves get empty very quickly. Thanks for your support. Your help is much appreciated.   
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 or or CBS, Channel 6 or or our Church website or the Church Facebook page.
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 keep us on track to meet this month's budget.  Our current receipts and budgets are compared below: 
                                          Mar. Budget           MTD Receipts            YTD Budget            YTD Receipts
General Fund                      $17,142                      $13,190                   $37,712               $44,695
Building Fund                      $  3,500                      $  2,736                   $  7,700               $  6,372
Last week's receipts to the Building Fund also keep us on track to meet our budget for March.  Continuing receipts will be held for building-related projects as approved by the Trustees.

New procedure for flower contributions: Thank you for your faithfulness by contributing flowers weekly for our worship together. Going forward there will no longer be separate envelopes. Merely include your flower contribution in your regular offering envelope and mark “Flowers” on the “other” line and the amount. Any questions see Isabelle. Thanks.


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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