Thank you Table of Grace for feeding our greater Blairsville community a hot lunch today. Our Table of Grace teams provide that free meal on the first and third Tuesdays for all who are hungry in our community. Thank you for conveying Christ into the world.

Thank you UMM for cutting down/up the four dead trees at the parsonage Saturday - much appreciated! And thank you UMM for all the work on our church campus - even though several of our mowers have been in the shop - the campus is magnificient - well done!

This Wednesday is a very special day for us. We begin our Wednesday night dinners again with a churchwide “indoor” picnic in the air conditioned MAC. The church is providing the BBQ. Bring a side or a dessert if you can and just join the feast at 5 pm. We have lot’s of new folks - make an effort to introduce yourselves to people you may not know. Our Youth Director (Jennifer de la Montagne) will also be there to say hello. Her FUMC email will be At 6 pm, there are two very special things happening. Our Stephen Ministry is providing a healing prayer service for everyone in the Sanctuary. At the same time, all our parents and youth are invited to meet with Jennifer (and our Youth Helper from YHC Erin Fincannon) in the lower level of the MAC. And the choir practice cycle begins at 7 pm.

I know the weather may not feel like it - but it is now the Fall cycle!
God’s Joy, mark

HELP! The altar flower book is missing! If you know where it is, please call Evelyn and tell her!

Closed for the Eclipse but Open for Sunday Worship

The Church Council Eclipse Task Force conversation has resulted in the decision that it’s in the best interest of the church to close the entire campus on Monday, August 21st (Eclipse Monday). We plan to block off the 515 entrances with our two church vans for Sunday worship and also to keep vehicles out on Monday - the day of the eclipse. I think the glasses are almost all sold.

Red Bird Mission

We are collecting baby items (clothing, diapers, bottles, formula) for Red Bird Mission. There are boxes at each entrance to receive the items.

Not this week, but Upcoming Key Events

1. Two new classes for Adults on Wednesday Nights begin August 23rd at 6 pm. First, Rod McClarnon will be teaching a multiweek study entitled “Whose Plan is it Anyway?” Second, Pastor Mark will be teaching a three week UM101 course - good class for people wanting to find out what iit means to be a Methodist. Nursery is provided on Wednesday nights along with Children’s programs and Youth programs. All start at 6 pm August 23.
2. Women’s Bible Study begins meeting again next Wednesday, 23rd at 10 am in the lower level of the MAC. In August we will finish our spring study. They will begin a new study A Woman Overwhelmed on September 13th.
3. UMM/BSA Troop 101 Community Pancake Breakfast Saturday, August 26 If you want to help, contact Joe Kennard
4. Help us paint the inside and outside of our local Habitat for Humanity House 8-26 (spilling into the next week as necessary to complete the work.) The house is basically behind Ace hardware - eat breakfast at our Pancake fundraiser and then come help us paint the inside of the house - everything supplied - there is also a couple of deck railings that need to be built. Contact Peggy Schultz for more details
5. Shannon and Mark Burgess will be facilitating a Disciple 1 fast track 24 week Bible study course on Sunday afternoons beginning September 10. Contact Shannon at if you wish to sign up or have questions. This is a perfect study for folks who have never done any Bible study at anytime in their life. Books cost $15 each of the two 12 weeks.
6. Young Harris College is proud to welcome the world famous Glen Miller Orchestra to the YHC campus on Thursday, September 14th at 7pm. Please join us for a fine evening of beautiful music. The Fine Arts Building on the YHC campus has recently undergone extensive renovations thanks to the generosity of YHC Board of Trustee member Richard McGinnis and his wife, Shirley. In addition to a new name, Glenn~McGinnis Hall now offers new, comfortable seating, improved sound and acoustics for top quality musical and theatrical performances, an improved HVAC system to minimize noise, and enhanced lighting. Tickets are $25 per person, $15 per faculty member and $5 for students, and may be purchased at To learn more about Glenn~McGinnis Hall including information on how to name a seat or to order Glen Miller tickets by phone, call the YHC Office of Advancement at (706) 379-5173.
7. Fall Festival October 13 & 14 … Our 2017 Fall Festival coming in October will be one of our largest community outreach events of the year. Included in this 2 day event will be a Craft Sale, Silent Auction, Bakery, Country Store, Candy Shoppe, Clothes Sale, and a Treasure Sale @ the Annex. All proceeds will go toward retiring the MAC debt! WE WILL NEED THE INVOLVEMENT OF EVERYBODY! We are in need of sale items for each of the areas of the Festival. Start now … Crafters, Bakers, Candy Makers. Also do you have an item or a service that we could offer in our Silent Auction? Call Stan at the church office (706-745-2073) if you would be willing to help in any way with this outreach event. Thank you!

Upcoming Special Sundays

Sending forth of our Mission Team to Red Bird Kentucky September 10
YHC Sunday September 17

The official launch of THE WELL at 9:45 to our community September 17

Human Trafficing  Awareness Sunday - Workshop at FUMC September 24

Pray without Ceasing for

World peace - every nation, every family, every child, every soul
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team
Several expectant Mommies in our congregation
Claudia Deprez - chemo treatments
Phil Salling - healing from leg procedure
Hugh Lee - moved to Nursing home in Blue Ridge - getting address
Marian Malac - moving tomorrow to Maryland, 19324 Cypress Hill Way, Gaithersburg, Maryland 208
Carol Warren - general health
Helen Owenby - broken arm
Kris and Larry Ferguson - their 38 year old daughter Holly just got diagnosed with breast cancer.
Virginia Lane - oral surgery Friday
Jean Riddle - her sister (Ruby Hruby) is in the hospital
Ro Robbins - knee replacement Friday
Frank Loy - carpel tunnel procedure on left hand Fridayy
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles (there are many in our faith family and extended faith family) and all their loving caregivers
Martha Preston - 4155 Joyce Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Debbie Steed - in recovery from surgery today
Kim Kuykendall - test’s and evaluations continue
Janice Jarrard - sister diagnosed with ovarian cancer
Sharon Willits - general health
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) and daughter (Dawn Chappel)
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - more cancer related treatments
Liz Patton’s son - struggling with PTSD
Alex Box - Chatuge Regional Nursing Home (visitors welcome!) Room A29 - driving from Blairsville take the first left up the hill after you pass McConnel Baptist Church in Hiawassee.
Nancy Sanford’s Mother in Kansas - alzheimers and now also lung cancer
Nancy Joyce’s - Brother-in Law in Penn.- general health
Alex and Pat Box’s Son (Stephen) – severe health issues related to chronic Lyme disease - long term treatment continues
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through our sacrificial service, God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Finance
What a privilege it is to be part of this generous faith family!

Received YTD
August 6th $27,550 $ 670,790
August 13th $14,414 $ 685,204

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

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