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Palmyra United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 26, 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 October 26, 2014
                  20th Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture Readings for October 26:  Deuteronomy 34: 1-12; Psalm 90: 1-6, 13-17; 1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8; Matthew 22: 34-46.
Scripture Readings for November 2: Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 34:1-10, 22; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12. 
“Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live.” (Robert Southwell)
Sunday, October 26:
       8:30 AM: Early Worship Service
       9:45 AM: Adult Sunday School 
     11:00 AM: Worship Service with Children’s Church. Nursery provided for preschool children on the terrace level of the education building. 
     Halloween Party: 5:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Wear a costume, bring 1 dozen cookies (without nuts) to share.  Pizza, salad & drinks provided.  Prizes & games for kids and adults.  Come join in the fun.
  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, October 27:
      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.
     Narcotics Anonymous meets at  8:00 PM in the conference room.  
Tuesday, October 28:
     Choir Practice 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, October 29:
     Bible Discussion at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall 
     Narcotics Anonymous Meeting at 8:00 PM in the conference room.
Thursday, October 30:
      Wesley Fall Fest:  6:00 PM until 8:30 PM at the Wesley Center at UVA.  Please see the bulletin board for more information.
Sunday, November 2:
     Daylight Savings Time ends: 2:00 AM.  "Fall back" one hour.   When you go to bed Saturday evening, set your clock back one hour.
Wednesday, November 5:
     Bible Discussion at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall 
     HUGS Pot Luck Lunch:    conference with Grace & Glory and Cunningham Prayer Shawn group in the Fellowship Hall.
     Narcotics Anonymous Meeting at 8:00 PM in the conference room.
Saturday, November 8:
      Methodist Men's Pancake Breakfast:  In the Lake Monticello Fire House.  
      Charlottesville District Conference:  9:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Charlottesville. 9:30 to 11:00 is worship and the conference will follow from 11:30 to 1:00 PM with training in Church Finance, Prayer, Staff/Pastor Parish Relations, Meeting and inviting new people to church, Designing great worship.  See bulletin board for other details.  (the Conference is preceded by a “Pancake and Sausage Breakfast,” with proceeds to go to Heart Havens.) District Steward from Palmyra is Carol Parkerson and District Representative is Margaret Ann Webster with Iscella Wittich as the alternate representative.


Thursday, November 27:
      Annual Thanksgiving Dinner:  1:00 PM until 3:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Invite a friend or neighbor to join you. Sign-up sheets will be available for the next few Sundays.  Let's make this a special holiday for someone who might otherwise be along.  If you have any questions contact Cindy Brown.
Special Notes  -  From the Pastor…
We are planning to organize a children’s choir to potentially sing during the service once a month. Ferne has volunteered to provide the piano talent and Rita will help but we would like a couple others to join in. Please let Marion or the pastor know if this ministry tugs at your heart. 


We are planning a Confirmation Class for January/February 2015. Generally children 10 years old and up are eligible and who are baptized (however we can baptize and confirm on the same day). Planning to meet at the Sunday School time (9:45 to 10:30 am) for probably 6 to 8 sessions. It will be a time of learning and interaction (and some good fellowship). We have a number of children who are eligible. Please let the pastor or Marion know of your interest. Thanks.
Do You Know...?
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.     

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 to both the General Fund and the Building Fund for the third week of October keep us on track to meet our budgets for the month.  Note that proceeds from "Art in the Spirit" fund-raiser held earlier this month totaled $3,039 and are included in the General Fund numbers below.
                                    OCT. Budget    MTD Receipts         YTD Budget   YTD Receipts 
  General Fund                $12,585            $13,216                  $132,137        $140,858
  Building Fund                 $5,326             $  4,238                  $  55,924        $  71,249
Now that we have paid our mortgage for the Fellowship Hall, continuing receipts to the Building Fund will be held for upcoming projects.  High on that list is painting the outside of the sanctuary.  The three-year pledge period for the Building Program runs through next April and the remaining pledge receipts are expected to cover the planned projects. Thanks for your continuing second mile giving.

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.   
November/December UPPER ROOM DEVOTIONALS: We now have regular and Large Print editions available in the narthex.
Check-out the box in Fellowship Hall filled with snapshots of past church events taken by Ernie Wittich.  Feel free to take your favorites for 25 cents each.  All monies will go to the building fund.  Enjoy! 

Meals on Wheels: Would you be willing to Volunteer Contact  
We have 10 large print hymnals available in the vestibule.  Ask an usher if needed.
If you were not able to attend the Charge Conference, please be sure to pick up a Charge Conference Report in the narthex. It contains the pastor’s narrative, a number of Team reports, the 2015 budget, and the church organization for 2015. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask the pastor or the initiator of a particular report. This reflects our continuing pledge to remain transparent in all matters in which we can in the life of our church family.
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!