Congregational Concerns – December 29th, 2013

Congregational Concerns – December 29th, 2013
Welcome! God bless you! During the welcome and announcements, please write your name & address
in the Registration Pad, even if you are here every Sunday; that way, you may just meet a neighbor. We
welcome all visitors today and ask that you please take the time to tell us a little about yourself by filling
out one of the yellow cards (visitor and member information update) found in the red registration pads.
Please place your completed card in the offering plate. For more information about Peace Church, please
speak to one of the Greeters or Rev. David Erickson.
*Prayer Requests Cards – are in the back of each pew and in the attendance book. If you have a prayer
need, please fill out the card and place it in the offering plate so that we can pray for you and your loved
*Crying/Nursery Room: The crying room may be found to the right as you enter Peace’s front door.
The room is marked “Classroom 1”. Nursery Room directions: After entering the front doors, turn right
and follow the hallway to the end. The Nursery will be the last door on the left hand side at the very end
of the hallway.
*Children’s Church (11:00): Early elementary school children and younger are invited to Children’s
Church in Room 3.
*Christian Education at Peace: Can be found on the next page.
*The Peace UMC Budget:
Food Pantry Donations
*STEWARDSHIP: “We will be loyal to the United Methodist Church and support it with our
VARIOUS PUMC FUNDS- If you wish to Donate to an individual fund please make a separate check,
for each fund, for example, ‘Building Fund’, ‘Church Building Maintenance’, etc., in the memo line.
Please do not combine General Funds with the special Funds!!
ATTENDANCE FOR 12/22/13: 8:30 AM = 22 11 AM = 76 Total = 98
CHURCH E-MAIL IS: [email protected]
PASTOR’S E-MAIL IS: [email protected]
Blessed by God to be a Blessing
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing
in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3).
OUR 2014 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN – If you have your stewardship card, please put your
card in the offering plate. Stewardship cards are on the old pulpit in the narthex.
The Families of Peace United Methodist Church are invited to join in these exciting Sunday School
activities, each Sunday morning from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Pre K - 5th Grade - Children's Sunday School: In January, the children will move from the Advent
Season to focusing on "New Beginnings" in the Bible. Each day is a new beginning in our lives as
Christians. The Sunday School time is spent with sharing, interactive play, a craft and snack. All
children of the church, along with their friends and neighbors, are welcome.
Middle & High School (6th – 12th Grade) (In the Youth Room (Room 1)) - CLAIM THE LIFE – this
year will be exploring scriptures, music and helping our youth develop closer relationships with one
another and tending to God at work in their lives and the world. In Sunday School, we have an
introduction to the nature of faith, God, in whom we have faith, living as a community of faith, living
faithfully and faith eternal.
ADULTS – have a choice between three classes. The Seekers Class in Burgess Hall is discussing what
Bible Study they would like to do next.
(1) Join the Seekers at 9:45 a.m. Sunday for coffee and snacks with class starting shortly thereafter.
During the month of December, Bill Buttram will lead a class on Advent. Hope to see you there.
(2) Growing Faithful Families Class: All are welcome to join Patty Erickson in class room 4 for The
Growing Faithful Families Class – Travel with Adam Hamilton as he retraces the life and ministry of
Jesus Christ. Using historical information, archaeological data, and stories of the faith, Hamilton follows
in the footsteps of Jesus from his baptism to the temptations to the heart of his ministry, including the
people he loved, the parables he taught, the enemies he made, and the healing he brought.
This 40-day focus will help you and your group grow deeper in their faith, learn more about the life of
Christ, spend time in daily reading and reflecting upon the Scriptures.
(3) “New Testament book of Acts” Bible Study: Interested in learning more about the Bible?
PUMC will be offering a third Adult Sunday School class this fall that will focus on in-depth study and
discussion of specific books, starting with the New Testament book
of Acts. Want to learn more about the beginning of the modern Christian church? How Saul came to be
known as Paul? What did Peter do? Then come join us on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. in the
Library to begin our journey. We will be using Cokesbury material as our lesson guide source. We'd
love to see you there, no previous experience required!
The Education Committee at Peace UMC believes that teaching and learning are the most important
ministries of the church. Christian education helps transform lives and leads people and children to
become disciples of Jesus Christ.
Please take your trash and any items that can be re-cycled and deposit them in the
appropriate containers at the back of the Sanctuary as you leave the church. Thanks
Our Prayers
Mikala Ambrose, Aunt Peggy, Barbara, Our sympathies to the Beard Family on the loss of their mother,
Mrs. Beard’s daughter-in-laws mother, Ellie Blan, Our sympathies to Bob Brook’s brother and their
Family and Friends on the passing of his wife Carolyn, Virginia Buttram, Bill Buttram, Joe Buttram, Ken
Clemen's mother, Cody, Becky Compton, Gary Compton, Curtis, The Darby Family, Daughter-in-law,
Jim Deluca, Josh Dixon, Steven Dirienzo, Patty Erickson's aunt, Sarah Faulconer, Marion Fletcher,
Brandy Frenk, Brandon Frenk, Jordan Frenk, Marion Frenk’s friend, prayers for Gemma and her family
in the Philippines and for the loss of Gemma's mother, Brenda Ginn, Fred Goshen, The Graves Family,
Jim Guyler, Kathleen Haigler, Ethel Mary Hall, Steve Harley, Our Sympathies to the Family and Friends
of the Hatch Family – they lost a loved one over the Christmas Holidays, Beth and Doc Hawley and
Ophelia, Gregory Heath's mother, The Jennings Family, Andrea Johnson, Gary Loprete's mother, Our
Sympathies to the Family and Friends of the Willis and Loprete Families - Kathleen Willis (Alice
Loprete's Aunt) passed away Christmas Eve, Alice Loprete’s friend, Kris Mashiana’s sister, Roy
McCandless, Fran McClure, Fran McClure’s daughter – Lynn Teal, Jim McDavid, Jim McDavid's friend,
Our sympathies to Frances McNaulty’s Family and Friends – Frances passed away last week, Dan
Measell’s sister, Ed Merkel, William Moore, Gayle Munkacsy, Joe Notarnicola, Harlow Peck's step
father, Prayers for postal workers, Ray Reese, Jim Scott’s sister - Penny, Sharon, Sue Sherman, Jeff
Standring's friend - Brian R., Melissa Stanley and her husband , Arnell Steckler, Gary Steele, Mike
Steele's mother Mildred, Estaleah Stocking, Gene Taylor, teacher at Salem Elementary, Harry Thiede,
Ron Thornton, Donna Turner, Alice Verney, The Wassen's Family, Paul Wiedorn, Angela Wilkerson,
Katherine Willis, Paulette Winn, World Leaders. Prayers for a woman who was shot, Prayers for a middle
school student who needs a heart transplant. For all those who carry unmentioned hurts and sorrows and
need to know they are held in the palm of God's hand. Prayers for those in the Philippine's. Those
suffering in the Midwest. Prayers for the congregation to remember Christ blessings. Prayers for those
who are challenged in finding better jobs or employment. Prayers for the homeless and families who are
having difficulties obtaining enough food and heat. For Peace in the world, for our church. All those who
are on the road traveling or working in this weather. All those who have no or little heat or live in the
elements. For those serving in the military and those deployed. For our political leaders to work together
and make wise decisions. Keep those in prayer who will be away from family this holiday season,
including those in the military, on deployment and in posts far from home. Prayers for all who struggle
with health, financial, personal and family issues this season. Also for those who are refugees, homeless
or living in substandard situations.
Joy: Cody Peck home for Christmas and New Years
Joy: Bill and Ginny Buttram celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary
Our Military Personnel: Nick Biggs, Anthony Connolly, Josiah, Jake Haugh, Jordan Haugh, Jon Lister,
Sarah Martin, Matthew McKlveen, Charlie Meskunas, Sean Mullane, Cody Peck, Eric Pungas, Geoffery
Range, Shawn & Rachael Reese, Justin Sanner, David Schoenhardt, Jason Sharpe, Andrew Weisman,
Mark, Philip Wilkerson and William Wilkerson
The Monthly Church Calendar is on our webs site at
SUNDAY DECEMBER 29, 2013 - Noisy Sunday
8:15a-8:30a Fellowship Time (Burgess Hall) / Meditation Time (Sanctuary)
8:30a-9:30a Worship (Sanctuary)
11a-12p Worship (Sanctuary)
9:45a-10:45a Sunday School
MONDAY DECEMBER 30, 2013 - Office Closed
9:30a-12p ESL Class (Choir Room)
TUESDAY DECEMBER 31, 2013- Office Closed - New Year’s Eve
7p-8:30p CoDa (Room 5)
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 1, 2014 - New Year's Day - Office Closed
5:15p-9p AA (Burgess Hall)
7p-9p Alanon (R5)/Alateen (YR, Pre-School Room)
THURSDAY JANUARY 2, 2014- Office Closed
FRIDAY JANUARY 3, 2013- Office Closed
9a-11a AA (Room 4)
8am-5pm Boy Scouts (Burgess Hall & Kitchen)
8:15a-8:30a Fellowship Time (Burgess Hall) / Meditation Time (Sanctuary)
8:30a-9:30a Worship (Sanctuary)
9:45a-10:45a Sunday School
11a-12p Worship (Sanctuary)
5p Set-up of UMW Potluck (BH, Kitchen)
5:30p UMW Epiphany Potluck (BH, Kitchen)
A= Annex, BH = Burgess Hall, CR = Choir Room, K = Kitchen, L = Library, N =
R4 = Room 4, R5 = Room 5, S = Sanctuary, YR = Youth Room
Dec. 27
Dec. 28
Dec. 29
Dec. 30
Dec. 31
Owen Frenk
Tom Groel
Gloria Cundiff
Maddison Jennings
Benjamin Jarrett
Erin Swartz
Jan. 1
Jan. 2
Jan. 3
Jan. 4
Katie Brogan
Alfred Kwayisi
Josi Brooks
Erin Weisman
Trevor Tiberio
Lew Sherman
Hunter Catlett
PEACE ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK: No Peace Activities this week
NEW PHONE DIRECTORY – please pick up a new phone directory out in the Narthex. If you see
incorrect information, we apologize for that and please e-mail the secretary at
[email protected] and send her the correction. Thank you to Jim Scott, Rick
Marvin and the secretary for helping to update, format, and publish the phone directory!
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES – See page 2 for information.
YOUTH GROUP CALENDAR SALE - The Youth Group is having a UMYF fundraiser by selling
‘2014 God’s Creation Wall Calendars’ for $10.
NOISY SUNDAY TODAY - Please remember that the fifth Sunday is Noisy Sunday. Please donate your
pocket change; our children will collect it as an offering. We will donate it to Heifer International, to
provide farm animals for poor families around the world.
A NOTE FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE - As we rapidly approach the end of the year, we
would like to remind everyone that contributions to the church are tax deductible if you itemize your
deductions. This would be a great time to increase your deductions and reduce your taxes by giving
an additional amount to the church.
OFFICE HOURS AT YEAR’S END - The Office will shift to Pastor David's home office this week
(December 30th through January 3rd). Pastor David will work from home and can be reached at: Home
540-785-3545, Cell: 540-540-604-7374.
We will not have a food pantry on Jan. 2nd.
UMW EPIPHANY POTLUCK - The UMW is organizing an Epiphany Pot Luck Dinner for our entire
church family next Sunday, January 5th, with set up at 5:00 p.m. and dinner at 5:30 p.m. After a busy
Christmas season, please come out and relax, while getting to know some of our new, as well as our more
experienced, church members. In the spirit of the Wise Men, please consider bringing canned or boxed
items for our Food Pantry, along with a main, side or dessert dish to share for dinner.
an annual offering drive. UMFS Offering envelopes can be found in the kiosk.
Your generous gift will help UMFS continue the healing process for children and families who
have suffered from abuse, neglect, crisis and trauma – touching the lives of more than 7,500
individuals each year.
Through your tax deductible gifts to UMFS, you can help at-risk children and their families learn
to live productive and fulfilling lives. Supporting UMFS helps us meet the most pressing needs of
our children and families by ensuring both the present and the future of our programs and services.
Your generosity is turning lives right side up.
Please look at your calendar and see if you could sign up for a Sunday. The sign-up sheet is on the
table in the narthex.
EL SALVADOR VIM (VOLUNTEER IN MISSION) - There are still 4 spots available on the
April 21-27, 2014 Fredericksburg District El Salvador Mission Trip. If you are interested, please
contact Rev. Janet Grissett at 804.529.6344 or [email protected] as soon as possible.
ASSISTANCE THIS WEEK: We are in need of everything, but especially veggies, spaghetti sauce,
tuna, tuna helper, fresh carrots, potatoes and onions. Also fresh oranges and apples!
FOOD from Dec. 19, 2013 – 21 Families (72 people); Food Pantry was closed on Dec. 26th.
THURMAN BRISBEN CENTER - Thanks to all who generously give to the Thurman Brisben Center
(540-899-9853 or The following items are especially needed: Toilet paper,
paper toweling, tokens for FRED bus, detergent, 39 gallon trash bags (Big Lots) and laundry detergent.
The families that leave the center to move into a home need furniture. Compassion Restoration
Ministries will pick up, store and deliver to those in need. You can reach them at
[email protected] If you have any questions, call Rob or Shirley Roberson.