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Men’s Breakfast November 20, 2021

Plainfield UMC’s men, young men, and guests gather at the church on the third Saturday of every month at 8:30 a.m. for food and fellowship.


We meet in Clayton Hall/Worship Annex. Bring an empty stomach, a friend, and your Bible! Be ready to be nourished through delicious food and the word of God! Hope to see you there!

Check our pumc.org or the pumc.org kiosk by the blue wall in the main lobby for more information.

In Memoriam

Members of the Plainfield UMC family that have moved on to the larger life in 2021.

Juanita Stultz
Faith Gallaher
John Martin
Nancy Crider
Don Groninger
Rick Long
Marj Morris
Carol Dudek
Jerry Helser
Phil Cavett
Margaret Hay
Ric McCoy
Dorothy Meyer
Lloyd McDaniel
Floyd Bennett
Geoff Klinger
Bob Howard
Marsha Wright
Kathy Turner
Cora Lee Rosemary
Jay Harbison
Dixie Schmidlin
Steven Linville
Jeanine Maloney
Thelma Brown

Community Thanksgiving Service

The Plainfield Federation of Churches is sponsoring a Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Plainfield (at the corner of Simmons St. and Stafford Rd.). The offering that evening will benefit the Community Food Pantry. All are invited to worship and give thanks at this community service.

Second Saturday Lunch

We invite you to come in and pick up a carry-out meal between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on November 13, 2021. Please come in through door 14 and go to the kitchen, and someone will be there to get your meal. If you know of someone who might need a meal, visit “Ministries” on pumc.org or on the pumc.org kiosk located in the Main Lobby by the big blue wall.

Fall Food Drive

Even though Plainfield UMC has been collecting and delivering food each week in recent months, the Mission Committee planned a special food drive for November 7, 2021, to help emphasize the needs of the local area food pantries during this time of thanksgiving.


On November 7, grocery bags with a list of needed items will be available after the 8:45 and 10:00 a.m. worship services. Bags and lists will also be available in the office during the week of November 7, 2021. Deliveries of the collected donations will happen in the weeks of November 14 and 21.


If you cannot make it to the grocery store during the week of November 7, monetary donations will be gratefully accepted.


Your help to provide food for hungry people is greatly appreciated.

50-Year & New Members since 2020 Consecration Sunday

Every year on Consecration Sunday, Plainfield UMC likes to recognize members celebrating their 50th anniversary of membership and the newest members to the Plainfield UMC congregation.

New 50-year members:

  • Pat Conway
  • Gail Dixon
  • Jane Iles
  • John Hylton
  • Karen Taber

New members:

  • Charity Aton
  • Carol Clem
  • Jack Davis
  • Sarah Denman
  • Rebecca Rhodes
  • Carter Rininger
  • Claire Rininger

Thank you to the members celebrating 50 years and our newest members. We appreciate your faithful in Jesus and all of the gifts you bring to Plainfield UMC.

2021 Angel Tree

The Angel Tree mission provides gifts, cookies, a bible, and a personal message from their parent for children of incarcerated people who cannot get gifts for their children. You can help by choosing a child from the Angel Trees in the Main Lobby, purchasing and wrapping the present (no gift bags, please).
Then return the package to the tree, and a crew of volunteers will sort and distribute the gifts to the children.
Please contact Steve Brizendine (317-965-7623), head of the 2021 Angel Tree mission, if you have questions.

How can you Get involved!

Choose a name and buy a gift.

Choose a name for an Angel tree; there is enough personal information to purchase a gift. Wrap the gift in a box (do not stuff a lot of presents into one package, please).

Volunteer to sort or distribute gifts and cookies.

If you have more time than money, volunteering is a way you can be involved.
Volunteer to sort presents, cookies, or you can play Santa and deliver the gifts. We welcome everyone who wants to help.

Important Angel Tree Dates

November 21, 28, and December 5, 2021.
Angel Trees will be setup in the main lobby and Angels ready to be picked up.

Sunday, December 12, 2021
12:00 p.m. Gifts are due.
1:00 p.m. Gift sorting begins.

Friday, December 17, 2021
5:00 p.m. Cookies are due.
5:30 p.m. The cookie sort begins.

Sunday, December 19, 2021
Gift delivery begins.

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
–2 Corinthians 9:15

PUMC Director of Music Enters the Larger Life

With grief and the most profound sense of loss, Plainfield UMC mourns the loss of our Director of Music, Steven Linville, who entered the Large Life on October 19, 2021. He was succeeding in his battle with meningitis, but other health conditions were too severe to overcome.

With the family, Plainfield UMC will celebrate Steven’s life on November 6, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Autoimmune Hepatitis Foundation in memory of Steven. He was hopeful that their research would continue and donations made in his memory will save someone else’s life. You can find information at aihep.org/takeaction on how to donate. Scroll down to donate on this page, and please be sure to select Dedicate this gift and then In memory of to enter Steven’s name.

Steven’s obituary, with information for the DePauw University Celebration of Life can be found at pumc.link/stevenlinville. You can watch the Live Stream of the DePauw University Celebration of Life, by going to this link, Depauw.edu/stream.

Please continue to keep Steven’s family and friends in your prayers for comfort, strength, and peace. Please pray for one another. Steven made an enormous impact on the ministries of PUMC and will be deeply and dearly missed by one and all.

Last Saturday Lunch

Plainfield UMC’s Last Saturday Lunch committee is excited to continue offering in-house lunches at the church on October 30, 2021. We will be following new safety guidelines for serving. The LSL committee will evaluate each month moving forward to see if it is safe to continue serving in-house.

Join us on Saturday, October 30, between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Clayton Hall (Door 14) for an excellent lunch and fellowship. If you know someone who might need a meal or would like to volunteer, visit ‘Next Steps’ at pumc.org or the pumc.org kiosk in the main lobby by the blue wall.

Financial Update from Finance Chairperson, Mike Simek

I pray that you and yours are well, and I’m glad to have seen many of you in church recently to hear this message. If you didn’t get a chance to listen, I’d like to offer a note of appreciation, provide a quick update on our finances year to date, and share the finance committee’s forecast as we look forward to next year.

The generosity of this congregation is genuinely inspiring. Consider all of the targeted major giving we’ve seen this year to include:

  • HVAC and the Roof, which were must-do projects,
  • The door security system providing much-needed threat protection for those attending services on the weekend and the children and staff here throughout the week,
  • The beautiful carpet offers a much more warm and inviting atmosphere, especially for visitors looking for a church home.

All of these beautiful and essential improvements were made possible because of your generosity. Thanks be to you, and thanks be to God.

Relative to this year’s budget, we’re in a relatively strong position. We have a $40k surplus which, of course, is excellent. That surplus is driven primarily by fewer expenses than planned for staff salaries & utilities, coupled with surplus carried over from last year. However, we’re also about $25k under projected giving, which is a cause for concern, and it is shaping our planning as we look forward into 2022.

With contributions falling steadily since 2018 due to key donors passing away or relocating, there has been increasing pressure on the operational budget. Brian Larcom has put a lot of rigor into analyzing our actual historical contributions and spending (many thanks to Brian for his time and his expertise) and the initial look into next year’s forecasts about an $80k budget deficit.

With the committee’s intent to submit a balanced budget, we could face making some difficult decisions in the coming weeks.

As you prepare for Consecration Sunday and prayerfully consider what God is calling you to give, we thought it appropriate, so share a candid view of where we are for your consideration.

The generosity of this congregation is incredible. The hand of God has consistently provided for us year over year. I pray those trends to continue into next year as well.
Thank you and God Bless.

Mike Simek,
Chairperson, Finance