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Palmyra United Methodist Church
Wednesday, July 29, 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 July 26, 2015  
9th Sunday after Pentecost
SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE: Sunday July 12 through September 6th.
8:30 am & 10:00 am
Scripture Readings for July 26: 2 Sam. 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John6:1-21
Scripture Readings for Aug. 2: 2 Sam. 11:26-12:13a; Psalm 51:1-12; Eph. 4:1-6;
John 6:24-35
Sunday, July 26: 
  8:30 AM, Early Worship; 
10:00 AM Worship with Children’s Church. Nursery provided for preschool children on terrace level of education building.
A Light lunch to follow honoring Christine Nothnagle, who turned 95 yesterday. 
After the 10 am service: Short organizational meeting after the 10 am service of all folks interested in helping maintain, repair and continuously beautify the Serenity Garden. Some of you are already helping out, so please be present. Members and nonmembers welcome.
Haden chapel Worship: 12:30 PM,
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.
Schedule for the current week:
8:30 am and 10:00 am thru Sept 6.

Monday, July 27: 
  4:00 PM, HUGS, (Hands United by God’s Spirit), at Cuppa Joe’s. 
  8:00 PM, Narcotics Anonymous meets in the conference room.

Wednesday, July 29: 
10:00 AM: Mission Team, Fellowship Hall
  8:00 PM: Narcotics Anonymous meets in the Conference Room.

Tuesday, August 18:
7:00 – 9:00 pm, and
Tuesday, September 1:
10:00 am – 12:00 noon, Devotional Workshops and Advent Project. Sponsored by Outreach team as we start a tradition of Palmyra United Methodist Church member-written devotionals for each day of the Advent/Christmas season. Led by our own published writers and teachers Kay Snodgrass and Sue Mink. Contact Kay to learn more and sign up to attend a workshop and/or to be a volunteer writer or help in other ways.
Note from the Pastor: We have been blessed to have two of our three grandchildren, Henry and Beatrice, with us these past two weeks. I will be flying them back to San Fran Tuesday, July 21 and will return Wednesday, July 29. Rev Norm Perry (retired from pastoral ministry this last Annual Conference) will celebrate the worship services, for which I am very grateful. Many of you know Norm, whose wife is Perrie, who usually attends the 8:30 service. During my absence Rev Bob Donnelly (also a retired Methodist minister who is attending church here when he is not busy helping out at other churches) will be on call for any pastoral emergencies. He can be reached by calling
Note from the Pastor: Some months ago I had floated the idea of the possibility of having a “Children’s Choir,” that would perhaps sing at least monthly. I received great response from volunteering adults. If I have left your name out please be quick to correct me. I believe the volunteers are: Kitty Davis, Ferne Picinich, Bridgette Madison, and Rita Gorman. Perhaps others want to help. I would appreciate all interested volunteers scheduling an organizational meeting with the goal of starting practice after Labor Day. A children’s choir will add much to our worship experience. Thanks.

A Big Thank You to Rockfish Gap and Ralph, Maggie and Mitch for bringing us special music on Sunday as an important part of our worship experience.
Members and nonmembers (i.e., anyone attending) we really want your e-mail address in order to keep our congregational grouping accurate and to facilitate instant communications. However, if you are currently on the list and desire to be taken off, please let Martha know. We want to honor your privacy. But if you are okay with sharing and are not currently receiving Martha’s church e-mails (many of them coming from the pastor), please see her at church. Thanks.
Christine Nothnagle will be celebrated her 95th birthday on July 25th. Cards can be sent to: Christine Nothnagle / Envoy Nursing Home / 4238 James Madison Highway / Fork Union, VA 23055. Join us for a light lunch after the service on the 26th.
Help!! Drivers needed to take our food donations to the Food Bank each week. More volunteers mean fewer trips. Only requirement is a driver’s license and a heart for ministry. Please see Arlene Young.
Share Your Talent this Summer: Since the choir takes the summer off, there are plenty of opportunities to share your talents during the 8:30 and 10:00 worship services. Please consider singing a solo or duet, or playing an instrument at one or both of the services. See Jeff Suling to sign up for a date if you are interested and willing. 
Be a 'BEAR HUNTER': When you see a small inexpensive bear (Dollar Tree is a good hunting ground) that would like a seat in a pew, bring it to Sharon for tagging as a Prayer Bear.
And Bears are for anyone in need of prayer and consolation. 
Allergy Safe Zone – There are some folks who are highly allergic to strong odors such as perfume and after shave, to the point of sometimes causing breathing issues. Therefore, being sensitive to that and so they can continue to worship in community we have created a safe zone, which will be the first two pews by the piano. Thank you for being considerate of the needs of others. George

Serenity Garden Inscribed Bricks available for purchase ($35/brick) and will be installed in the Serenity Garden to memorialize or honor people of your choice and with whatever words you choose.  Order forms are in the narthex. Contact Mary Trumbull. If affordability is an issue, please let the pastor know privately. We want all to be able to participate.  Mary will be placing an order in the latter part of June.

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Quotes to ponder: “The strength and happiness of a man consists in finding out the way in which God is going, and going that way too.” (Henry Ward Beecher)
“Jesus hath many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of His cross.”  (Thomas A. Kempis)
Prayer Chain – To add a need, contact Flo Strohmayer at    
Food Pantry –  Please remember our goal to bring one food item per week per person to feed the hungry of Fluvanna.  There is always a need.  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.    

H.U.G.S. would be glad to get blankets or shawls to anyone who could benefit from receiving one. Please contact Celie McGurk (589-5556) or Martha Rossi (589-6545). Think of those we request prayers for at church.
Bookmarks in pews are not just for marking hymns - you may take them home if you like.

Good Stewardship News: We recycle rinsed aluminum cans for Ronald McDonald House. Please take them to Sharon Sutton’s garage along with your very used sneakers that get to Nike's Reuse-a-Shoe project. 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.
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.
Reminder that each month George Oss, our Finance Chair, with help from Bonnie Nix, our Treasurer, prepares a multi-page comprehensive Financial Statement, which the pastor posts on the bulletin board. It is available for you to review at any time, to include making a copy if you so choose. We continue initiatives that provide total transparency.
Financial Update from George Oss, Chair, Finance Team: Last week's offering receipts to the General Fund put us on track to achieve our budget for the month of July.  Our current budgets and receipts are compared below.
                                   July Budget            MTD Receipts            YTD Budget            YTD Receipts
General Fund                $13,713                    $10,174                    $99,422                  $109,849
Building Fund                    ----                        $       45                        ---                        $    9,698
Work continues on the exterior of the sanctuary in preparation for painting. Meanwhile the budget process for 2016 is underway. Budget manager inputs are due by August 3rd.


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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