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Palmyra United Methodist Church
Thursday, March 05, 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 1, 2015 
                 2nd  Sunday in Lent
Scripture Reading for March 1:  Genesis 17:1-7; Psalm 22:23-310; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38


Scripture Readings for Mar. 8:  Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22


I am sorry to report that the 11:00 service today has been canceled.  It is icy and slick.  Be careful.  Stay safe and warm...  Hope to see everyone next Sunday. 


Sunday, March 1:
  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.


9:45 -10:30: Confirmation Class

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 2:
      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, March 3:  
     Choir Practice at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us.  New members are always welcome.
Wednesday, March 4:
     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 to 11:30 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 to 7:45 PM at Salem United Methodist Church. Leader is Rev. Albright. 
   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 4:           Salem at 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM                 Light meal                                                                      Study by Rev. Albright
March 11:         Grace & Glory at 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM    Light meal                                                                      Study by Rev. Willson
March 18:         Grace & Glory at 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM    Light meal                                                                      Study by Rev. Gorman
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

Saturday, March 7:

     Charlottesville District United Methodist Women - lenten Breakfast, 9:30 AM – 12:00 Noon, at

Rock Springs UMC, 1655 Rock Springs Road, Faber VA. Speaker is Barbara "Willow" Drinkwater on

"Praying for Strangers.” Offering is for the Feed My Sheep project, a Gordonsville UMW project.


Wednesday, March 11:
     Finance Team meeting 11:00 AM
     Worship Team meeting 11:15 AM
     Light Meal/Lenten Study, Grace & Glory Lutheran Church 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM

Sunday, March 15:
     PUMC's Confirmation Class: Following 11;00 am Church Service come to celebrate 8 confirmands.            It will have a St. Patrick's Day Theme. Bring a casserole or a salad.
     Love offering for Linda Hughes Smith and TK and Rashee. Checks to be made out directly to Linda.



Saturday, March 28: 

     United Methodist Men, 7:30 to 9:30 AM Pancake breakfast $7.00 for adults / $3.00 for children.
     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.          
From the Pastor…
Dear Congregation, Thank you sincerely for the many ways you have reached out to Linda, TK and Rashee. They have never asked for anything but I know the needs continue and the resources are limited. You are a very caring and compassionate congregation and I know you will want to be a part of the love offering on March 15 during the service.    Thank you,    George




Do You Know...?
As you know, Joyce Anderson is at home under hospice care. She and Andy would love to have visitors (with consideration that there is a standing appointment every day at 3:30). Just give them a call to make sure the way is clear. Thanks


Remember, Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 8. Consider setting your clocks ahead one hour (“spring forward”) before you go to bed Saturday night.
BE SURE TO STOP BY and see Sharon’s wonderful display of created baskets and inspirational book marks outside my office. If there are others of you who are willing to share something meaningful to you in the display area (eg., collections, art work, pictures, baskets, wood work, writings, etc.) April through December are available. Please let the pastor know. Maybe you have a hobby of collecting comic books or jewelry boxes or dolls or stuffed animals, for example, that you would like to share with the congregation.

PLACE YOUR ORDER FOR EASTER CANDY.  A Spring Fund-raiser to benefit the General Fund is underway.  A variety of See's famous candy is available for gifts or your enjoyment.  See Joann Oss for details and to place your order.  Your purchase of these tasty treats will help defray some of our operating expenses.  The deadline for placing orders is March 8th to allow time for delivery by Easter Sunday. Checks are to be made out to the church. The pastor said it has to be great candy because it comes from San Francisco.
BUY AN ENERGY SAVING LIGHT BULB to help defray the high cost of our utility bills and have something in return. We thank Leslie for creating this fundraiser. She will be available after the service with your light bulbs.
Please be sure to pick up “The Parables of Lent” daily devotional in the narthex. This devotional will be used for our Wednesday study time in addition to being a great resource for our private devotional time during Lent.
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 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 on Feb 15 were exceptional. Our current receipts and budgets are compared below:

                                        Feb. Budget      Feb. Receipts       YTD Budget       YTD Receipts

General Fund                      $13,714            $18,013               $23,998                 $31,505

Building Fund                      $  2,800            $  1,567               $  4,900                 $  3,636


2014 Financial Recap statements are available for pickup in the narthex.  Please direct any questions about your statement to Nancy Burkhart.  
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.


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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