Welcome to Danville UMC


Danville United Methodist Church
820 West Mill Street


Welcome to Danville United Methodist Church! We’re so glad you are here.

From the Pastor …

When arriving as your pastor this past summer I was told by several that the summer would be slow.  They lied!  I was also told that November and December would be crazy.  It appears they were telling the truth.


Throughout this newsletter you’ll see information about “Coming Attractions.”  I’m pleased that most things have been scheduled and that information has been sent to Cathy, our Administrative Assistant, so that you can plan accordingly.  I’m really excited about all the events for children.  Of special highlight is the Pre-School Holiday production, the Family Activities Time musical, and the Christmas Eve 11:00am worship service being designed with children in mind.


For the 25th year in a row our congregation is providing Live Nativity as a gift to the community.  This will obviously be my first one although I’ve heard about it for over twenty years.  Robbin and Owen McLean have already had the first planning meeting and things are well underway.  Both the one on Sunday evening, December 17th at the church, and the brief one after Thanksgiving, November 24th at the Courthouse, impact a great deal of the Hendricks and Putnam County communities.  Roger Riggs has once again been able to obtain the animals that will be used.  And I recently discovered that there will be a special kitchen/restaurant available for all the workers on December 17th, just another reason to be a volunteer and help out in a variety of ways that are needed.  I’ve been asked to pray that there be no snow or freezing rain at either Live Nativity event this year; the outcome of that determines whether or not I get to eat!


I’m a “lazy Susan” with all sorts of identities and heritages I’ve picked up from congregation to congregation.  I’ve asked the Passionate Worship Team if I may introduce something new into the traditions you have on Christmas Eve and they have approved.  One hour before the main evening service I would like to make communion available to anyone and any family that would like to receive.  I will be here an hour before the service begins with CD music playing in the background.  For fifty minutes I’ll be available to serve communion.  You may sit in the pews, pray and meditate, for as long as you would like both before and after receiving.  This is a custom that comes out of German Christianity as it was brought to southern Indiana 150 years and more ago and I experienced the beauty of this custom while serving such oriented congregations in southern Indiana.


As I’m writing this Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are before me.  I’m going to need a break!  So beginning on Christmas Day I plan on being in Evansville for the week.  I’ll be visiting with family and friends and watching a game of the basketball team my nephew coaches at South Spencer High School.  And without missing a Sunday I’ll see all of you on New Year’s Eve.  I hear there may be a “White Elephant Gift Exchange” between the worship services.  What fun!


Pastor P.T. Wilson

Currently, there are two active Bible Study groups. One is for Ladies and is held at 10:00 am on Tuesday mornings. The second is for anyone who wants to attend, and it is held on Monday nights at 6:30 pm.


Family Adventure Time – We would like to take this opportunity to announce our new Sunday morning offering for children and their families.  Family Adventure Time will launch on Sunday, September 10, at 10:10.  We are excited to watch adults and kids of all ages learn about God together!  This program will replace our current children’s Sunday school classes and Critterland (children’s church during worship).  Senior high youth will join us on even Sundays but will continue with their group Bible study on odd Sundays.  Adult classes will continue to meet as currently posted.


Help support the Danville UMC Building Fund! Watch for tables in the gathering area outside of the Sanctuary. Proceeds will be used to help pay the mortgage for our sanctuary.



Our hat, mitten, glove, scarf, and sock collection will continue for the next few weeks – please place items in the basket in the new Welcome Center. It is definitely an opportunity to “Share Our Blessings!!!”

Special thanks to everyone who made and/or donated HATS / SCARVES / GLOVES / SOCKS for the first Shared Blessings Give-a-way. We added more socks to the collection and we had some small stuffed animals, so it was quite an assortment. We served 71 families at the food pantry on Saturday, November 11th and everyone had the opportunity to choose items that would work for their family members (mostly children). I heard many great comments on the handmade items – especially the scarves. Thank you all.


Beginning November 12th, Children of DUMC will practice a Christmas Play on  Sundays, with the performance on Sunday, December 10th at 10:10 am, during the Sunday School hour. All children are invited to participate. Practices will be held        instead of Family Adventure Time (10:110-11:00) from Sunday, November 12 through Sunday, December 3. Adult Sunday School classes will not meet that day, and refreshments will be provided after the performance. Amy Elliott is the Director.


Christmas on the Square – Friday, November 24th from 4-6 pm—Danville’s Christmas on the Square will be held the Friday after Thanksgiving. We will have an opportunity to share a mini version of our Live Nativity with the community of Danville. Sign-up sheets for characters will be posted on November 5th.

Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break – Pastor P.T. Wilson will lead in the 4-week Advent study “Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break” by James W. Moore. We will meet Wednesday, November 29, Wednesday,         December 6, Tuesday, December 12 and Wednesday, December 20 from 6:30-8:00 pm at Church. (Note: Three of the sessions will meet on Wednesday evening, but we will meet on Tuesday the 12th because of scheduling conflicts.) Study guides will be provided, but please sign up through the church office.



Men of the Church – The Men of the Church have been meeting on the first Saturday morning of each month, from 7:30 – 9 am.


Shared BlessingsPlease help pack the pantry!

November—Soup / Ramen / Spaghettios           December—Shampoo / Soap / Lotion

Gleaners Delivery Dates will be Friday, November 17 at 8 am, and Friday, December 15 at 8 am.

If anyone would like to donate a $25 gift card for a family in need—it’s great to have some on hand to distribute as a special surprise around Christmas. Suggested stores—Walmart and Kroger. Thank you to everyone who shopped / donated to the Meijer SimplyGive program. We should be receiving our Meijer food cards soon, and they will be used to keep our shelves stocked.


Holiday Cheeseballs – Yum! The UMW will prepare cheeseballs on November 16 and December 14 for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Orders will be taken beginning October 29 and each Sunday thereafter. Pick-up is  November 19 and December 17. Cost is $6 per cheeseball. Add a cheeseball to your holiday entertaining!

UMW’s Christmas Party will be Monday, December 4 at 6:00 pm at the Bread Basket. All women are invited, and our men are    invited also. There will be a gift exchange of Christmas ornaments for anyone who wishes to bring a gift.



Live Nativity – On Sunday, December 17 from 6-8:30 pm, DUMC will hold the annual Live Nativity. We will need help with set-up and tear-down, food donations and preparation, costume organization, childcare, runners and characters. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to produce this wonderful gift to the community.  Sign-up sheets will be posted the week after Thanksgiving. Food will be provided for volunteers.


Christmas at Danville United Methodist Church


November 24                        4:00pm – 6:00 pm –   Mini Live Nativity, Christmas on the Square

November 26                       9:00 am  –  Traditional Worship

November 29                            6:30 pm – Study Group – 1 of 4 – Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break

November 30                            7:00 pm – DUMC Preschool Christmas Program

December 3                          ADVENT BEGINS

December 4                          6:00 pm – United Methodist Women Christmas Party

December 6                         6:30 pm – Study Group – 2 of 4 – Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break

December 9                          7:30 am – Men of the Church – Bring Your Own Breakfast

December 13                        6:30 pm – Study Group – 3 of 4 – Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break

December 17                   6:00 – 8:30 pm – Live Nativity

December 20                         6:30 pm – Study Group – 4 of 4 – Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break

December 24                      9:00 am –  Traditional Worship

                                             11:00 am – Children’s Christmas Service

                                             8:00 pm –  Communion Offered

                                             9:00 pm –  Christmas Candlelight Service

                                             11:00 pm –“Kleine Nacht Mass” Service 


Celebrate a memory and leave a lasting tribute in the Meditation Garden…

Be a part of our beautiful Meditation by purchasing an Engraved Paver. You choose the wording to be engraved on your brick. There are many ways to personalize.   A few ideas include:




Family Names




Military Service

In Honor of a Special Mentor…

The choice is yours. The cost is $100 for a 4” x 8” paving stone and $190 for an 8” x 8” paver. Net proceeds will be used towards the new church building and needed new furnishings. The entire cost of the paver is tax-deductible.

Pick up your order form at the door of the garden or get on line at www.danvilleumc.org.