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        At PPUMC, we intentionally prepare ways for God to work a change in us,

        by creating opportunities for families, of one or of many,

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                                            to worship,

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November 2014 News PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Floyd   

Tamales - Coming up by Popular Demand!

     PPUMC’s Hispanic Ministry will sell handmade Tamales on Sunday, December 7th. Place your orders ahead of time by contacting Elsa Eliason or Patty Ramos. The tamales will be ready for pickup following the worship services in the Fellowship Hall on December 7th.

     The pork tamales are sold by the dozen for $15.00. All proceeds will go to the Hispanic Ministry for Mommy and Me groups and tutoring for community children.

     These tamales will be made on Saturday, December 6th starting at 10am in the Fellowship Hall. Come learn how to make delicious Tamales while making those to be sold the next day. Sign up with Elsa, Patty or the church office to learn the art of Tamales-making. At least 12 people are needed to make the tamales.  


PPUMChili Cook-Off Honors US Veterans

     Men’s Fellowship is hosting this event for the entire congregation to come and honor our veterans. Men, women, families, kids, neighborhood teams, all are welcome to enter their chili in the cook-off.

     The judging will be conducted by PPUMC veterans and an

American Flag that was flown over the US Congress building will be awarded to the winner.

Rules: 1) Individuals, families and team entries also welcome

2) Must name the entry, be creative (note mild, medium or hot)

3) Top entries will be asked for recipes (if it not top secret)

     Not a chili cook? Come ENJOY all the chili you want on Saturday, November 8 at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall. Sign ups are helpful to make sure there is plenty for everyone.


Kids’ shine in

That Starry Night Christmas Musical

     Our elementary school children are putting on the Christmas musical, “That Starry Night” which teaches kids and adults that all are welcome at church, everyone is important to the Christmas story and Jesus IS the Reason for the Season!

     There are two showings, both in the Great Room of the Ministry Center. The first is Friday, December 12th at 7pm. The second showing is a matinee on Saturday, December 13th at 2pm.

     Come and support our children who put so much energy and enthusiasm into this production about 3 kids who happen upon a group of kids rehearsing for their annual Christmas Eve pageant. Not knowing what a pageant is or understanding the teachings of Jesus, they learn a lot from their new friends. When the brothers playing the Three Wise Men suddenly get sick, guess who’s asked to be part of the pageant?  Those 3 kids, who quickly realize they do belong and are a huge part of the show.


Mission Team had Fun Goal for Selling Tri Tip Tickets

     The Missions Committee is holding a Tri-Tip Sandwich Meal Fundraiser on Sunday, November 2 after all four worship services. Many tickets were sold in advance in an energetic and imaginative way.

     The proceeds will be used to help with the cost of sending a team of six to the UMCOR West Depot in Salt Lake City in January. The six adults heading to UMCOR West are: Nancy Baker 9am; Antonio Eguia 9am; Linda Floyd 9am; Chuck Hamilton 9am; Pat Hoppe 11am and Kathy Madison 9&6.

     These six have been selling Tri-Tip tickets competitively …the person selling the most tickets won’t have to wash any dishes during the week’s stay at Christ UMC in Salt Lake City! Each team member will be in charge of preparing dinner for one night of the trip, including washing dishes, except the winner of the ticket-selling contest!

     There is still time to support this mission trip and get a great meal at the same time. If you need tickets, you can contact the church office or stop at the Fellowship Hall on November 2nd, there will be some extra meals available after each service.

     On that day, just follow your nose to the Fellowship Hall after your worship service and your meal will be packed to go. The meal includes a mouth-watering BBQ Tri-Tip sandwich, crispy cole slaw salad and scrumptious baked beans all for $10.00. 


     A huge thank you goes out from the 5th & 6th grade Sunday school class for our church family’s support at our annual Bake Sale for the Shoebox Christmas Project. Through your generosity, $500.00 was raised and will go for purchasing items for Shoe box gifts for Native American children in Chiloquin, Oregon. 


Sophia, Morgan, Riley, TJ, Allie, Katie, Mae, Larisa, Brienne and Linda H.

Potato Bar to Benefit SSP

    Tired of left over turkey?  Want to relax and not cook lunch/dinner on Sunday, November 30?  We have just the thing for you!  Come enjoy the SSP Baked Potato Bar in the Fellowship Hall following the traditional service and the 6pm service. There will be chili, cheese, sour cream, broccoli and all the other fixings available for $5.00 for a large potato and $3.00 for the small one. The proceeds go to support the Sierra Service Project youth.


Packing Party Coming Up


By Deb Holbrook

     Christmas Shoebox gifts are built from love for children that might not otherwise get a gift.

      To start, wrap the bottom and top of the box separately. We are getting specific information on needs for children in Chiloquin, Oregon, and will pass it on to our church family. Add that, a few more small gifts, some candy, place a rubber band around the box and the top, then put the name or age group and gender of the child on top of the box. You built a box of love!

     Don’t want to make your own Shoebox gift? Cash donations will be accepted and our Sunday school kids and Mission Committee will shop for you. See Linda Harrell to make a monetary donation.

     If you’ve been taking advantage of the back to school shopping and have items to go in shoebox gifts, you can bring those items to the Fellowship Hall or the lobby of the Ministry Center beginning now. Place the gifts in the large, gift-wrapped box. They will be tallied, then when the children go shopping to finish filling the boxes, they’ll know what they need to buy.

     Watch for details on the Packing Party in late November or early December. There will be plenty of opportunities for the entire church family to work on these Shoeboxes of Love before they get delivered to the children of Chiloquin, Oregon by members of our youth SSP and Adult Mission teams.


2nd Saturday Breakfast

In Elk Grove

By Deb Holbrook

     PPUMC has accepted the invitation of the Elk Grove UMC to serve at its Community Breakfast. Each week, the community breakfast provides a free meal for those who need it and a gathering place for those living alone, those without homes, and others who want to know their neighbors…a place where the barriers that typically isolate members of our community, are let down. It is served from 8am to 10am, and we have been asked to partner with EGUMC by taking on the second Saturday of each month. This month it’s November 8, 2014.

     EGUMC provides all the necessary food, dishes and equipment. Our responsibilities would be to arrive at EGUMC to start the set up and preparation of the meal by 6:30am, with additional people arriving between 7 and 8am to begin serving the meal, cleaning and visiting with guests. Most of the work would be done by 10:30am, with the final cleaning done by 11am.

     We are looking for 8-10 people to serve at EGUMC on the second Saturday of each month. All ages are encouraged to participate! For more information, call Nate at 544-7922 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 



Tarzan Swing Part 2


By Linda Floyd

Continuing from last month… Antonio and I are ziplining in Costa Rica. We’ve completed 9 of the 10 canopy stops and are now at the highest point in the tour, an enormous tree overlooking a steep canyon. The group held up until the last one arrived, me. Our leader Oscar, explained what was going to happen at the “optional” Tarzan Swing. (Remember the mantra.)

     In our group we had a couple from Germany who had ziplined before, so the man went first to show us how it was done. He was hooked to a rope that was tied off to a branch hanging far out over the canyon. This was all very safe, since his harness was actually hooked to the end of the rope, allowing his hands and feet to dangle freely. He was shoved off the edge of the platform and swung out. At the apex of the swing he turned toward us and at the urging of the guides, he let go of the rope and swung back and forth with his arms and legs waving and kicking. The landing was the trickiest part, having to touchdown on a narrow step above a small platform attached to the edge of the canyon. Once safely hooked to the main cable, it was a short climb back to the platform where the rest of us waited.

     Antonio decided to go next. He was hooked to the rope and without even counting, the guide hurled him off the ledge, twirling him as he let go! Poor Antonio “called out”, (he insists men don’t scream) and swung back to the platform, still twirling, and because he’s so tall, he had to lift his legs not to smack them on the edge of the platform! He calmed down and enjoyed the scenery below, posing for pictures as he swung to and fro.

     Soon enough, two were left, me and a young woman who had done “tandem” zipping with a guide from the start because she was so scared. It figured, I had to be the brave one and go next, after all, I did have my mantra…if an 80 year old woman can do this…so can I.

     First thing, I told the Tico hooking me up that I didn’t go for the violence of shoving me off the ledge…that I wanted to go gently and peacefully. He grinned and promised he’d be gentle. I stepped to the edge, DID NOT look down and prepared for the countdown.

     At three, I was pushed off the ledge, shrieking, screaming and nearly crying. My eyes were squeezed shut and my mouth wide open. Antonio said I had this very high pitched shriek that started the moment my feet dropped off the ledge, continued all the way out to the end of the rope, and still continued on my way back to the ledge. About that time, I opened my eyes and saw everyone staring at me in shock, particularly the Ticos. When I reached the platform I laughed, setting them at ease, then that long shriek started up again, because I swung back out over the canyon. The only time the canyon was silent was when I inhaled to continue the shriek.

     After my five turns at swinging, Oscar climbed down to the lower platform to help me come in. As I swung by, he grabbed me and pulled me in toward the narrow step. I’m so short, I couldn’t reach it and gravity pulled me back toward the canyon. Oscar had to let me go, saying, “When I pull you in, you have to stand on this step.” I was shrieking so I couldn’t respond that I’d try harder next time. He pulled me in again, and once again, I couldn’t reach the step. Antonio was calling out to me to try to reach it with my toes, but balancing on my tippy toes on the edge of a narrow step on a small ledge on the side of a steep canyon just didn’t sound reasonable to me.

     Oscar had to let me go out on the swing again. I called out, “Maybe I’ll just have to stay here, I can’t reach the step.”

     Oscar replied, “Next time I pull you in, hang on to my shoulders, then try to stand up.” He reached for me and I clung to his shoulders, then stretched

with my toes to reach the step. While clinging to Oscar, he hooked my secondary tether to him (he was safely hooked to the main line all along). Then I was able to stand upright on the step, while he reattached my secondary tether to the main line so I could climb back to the platform where everyone waited for me.

     As if that adventure wasn’t enough, the last zip went all the way back to the outpost where we began, 600 meters long, and very fast. I forced myself to keep my eyes open and enjoy the scenery buzzing by. Eventually I relaxed enough to really take in the scenery, it was so beautiful and I felt like a part of nature, traveling with nothing but a cable, pulley and harness.

     When we returned to the outpost to turn in our equipment, the sales clerk asked if I had fun.

     “What, you didn’t hear me screaming?” I asked.

     She looked at me and smiled then said, “Is that what I heard? It just went on and on. I didn’t know what it was.”

     Yep, that was me, been there, done that, and I have the video to prove  it.


Little Church PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Floyd   



'Little church worth finding' grows with Ministry Center


Pastor Neal Harrell in his office at Point Pleasant United Methodist Church.


By Mary Lewis - Citizen Staff Writer

Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 4:26 PM PDT A new, tall building rises among the farms and houses that make up the community of Point Pleasant, about five miles south of Elk Grove Boulevard and west of Franklin Boulevard. To read more click here