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Palmyra United Methodist Church
Thursday, December 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 December 14, 2014
                 Third Sunday of Advent
Scripture Reading for December 14Isaiah 61:8-11, Psalm 126, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, John 1:6-8, 19-28.
Scripture Reading for December 21:  2 Samuel 7:1-11, Luke 1:26-38, 47-55, Romans 16:25-27.
We make a living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give.” (Winston Churchill)
Sunday, December 14:
       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. 
Refreshments following 11:00 am service
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, December 15:
      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.    
      Trustee Meeting 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.    
Tuesday, December 16:  
     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, December 10:
     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.
Church Council  will not meet this month.  The next meeting will be in January.
Wednesday, December 24:
     Christmas Eve Service at 7:00 PM.  Please pause in your busy day and come as you are (blue jeans or whatever) and bring friends.  What a wonderful way to embrace the celebration of the Birth of Christ.
From the Pastor…
The Food Bank.  The shelves are almost EMPTY.  Just think what would happen if each person brought just one item every Sunday.  This time of year there is a great need.
We are planning a Confirmation Class for January/February/March 2015. Generally baptized children 10 years old and up are eligible (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. So far Jashee, TK, Ella, Alex, Kathryn, Kellie, Ashley, and Will have expressed a desire to be confirmed. Thanks.
We recently purchased another portable sign.  When I am at the church it will be in front of the church doors (which will be unlocked) inviting all to come in.
Please take a moment  and view the wonderful workmanship of Ken Smith on display outside my office.  Ken made all of those Christmas decorations in 2014.  They represent 80 hours of labor for the Lord.
A big thank you to all of those who helped set up the Nativity Scene and decorate the church.
Another big thank you to Gerry Brown for making and installing an additional railing on the steps in the Fellowship Hall.
Do You Know...?
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.
Congregational Caring Christmas Card: send your greetings to your friends at Palmyra United Methodist Church and at the same time share your love and care with someone in need by participating in the Congregational Caring Christmas Card Program.  Look for the large felt Christmas tree in the Fellowship hall and the red offering basket.  Write your name on one of the Christmas ornaments and hang it on the tree.  Put the savings made on the cost of the cards and postage into the envelope.  Please make checks out to "Palmyra United Methodist Women".  The Love Offering will go to local charities.  Thank you so much for caring.
Alternative Giving: Give anytime gift that helps another.  On December 14 in the Fellowship Hall, you will have seven alternative giving choices to peruse after worship services.  Gift cards will be available for Fluvanna Meals on Wheels, Heart Haven, Costa Rica Missions, Mike & Kris York in Romania, Fluvanna Christian Service Society, and No More Malaria nets.  Consider an alternative gift for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc. to honor friends or family who have all they need--and it helps an unknown person in the process.  Win-Win!
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.

We have 10 large print hymnals available in the vestibule.  Ask an usher if needed.

Financial Update from George Oss, Chair, Finance Team:   Receipts for the first week of December for both the General Fund and the Building Fund are shown below.  These receipts put us on track to meet this month's budget.
                                Dec. Budget   MTD Receipts          YTD Budget   YTD Receipts
     General Fund           $12,585         $  4,909                    $154,160        $163,252
     Building Fund           $  5,326         $  3,762                    $  65,245        $  80,251 
As reported last week, our November offering receipts fell a bit short of the month's budget.  Meanwhile, operating expenses during November exceeded our receipts by about $1,500, requiring the use of some of our cash reserve.  Year-to-date, our operating expenses exceed our offering receipts by about $1,400.  This deficit, however, is covered by proceeds from the two fund-raisers held earlier this year.  This highlights the importance of the fund-raisers to our finances.  The Finance Team extends a special thanks to all those who made that possible.


Reminder that the current very detailed monthly financials of the church are always posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall as a fulfillment of our pledge of total transparency. If at any time you would like a personal copy, please let the pastor know. In addition, the Charge Conference package (which most of you received) with a copy of the 2015 budget is also posted. Thanks.
The 2015 church offering envelopes are now available.  Please drop by the Fellowship Hall to pick up your envelopes. This year there is a label on the envelopes with your name and address.  The envelopes are arranged alphabetically. 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.  

Children's Choir:  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. 


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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