This is a week full of fresh starts. I hope you plug into the faith family through the many opportunities we have this week to do all the good we can! Come to our first full Wednesday Night Nurture event this Wednesday. We have something for all ages. And I hope you come Saturday to the United Methodist Men’s Pancake breakfast in our fellowship hall - tell everyone you know to come to this community wide fundraiser for the UMM and BSA Troop 101 - help us get the word out. You will need a good breakfast to prepare you to serve at the Habitat for Humanity house behind Ace Hardware (also on Saturday). All the details are below! Come get connected - you will meet people as you step out there for Christ.

God’s Joy,  Pastor Mark


If you signed up for the Wednesday CPR course, it is TOMORROW beginning at 6 PM in the downstairs of the children’s wing (Fundamentals room). Bring $5 if you want a card.

Wednesday Night Nurture

Dinner in MAC begins at 5 pm - Chicken Pot Pie, Veggie, Dessert
The meal is free - donations appreciated to help defray our costs
Highchairs are available for the little ones!
Youth (6th grade through High School) begins in lower level of the MAC at 6 pm with Jennifer and Erin
Children (K through 5th) will meet in the craft room room in the lower level of the children’s wing (CPR has the Fundamentals room this night)
Adult Multi-week Study by Rod McClarnon - “Whose Plan is it Anyway” will meet in the Friendship Sunday School room at 6 pm
United Methodist 101 Multi-week Class by Pastor Mark will meet in the Youth Room “Corner room” in the lower level of the MAC at 6 pm - tonight topic is “Where Did Methodism Come from?” What’s our story? It’s a good story.
Loving Nursery is provided on Wednesday Nights beginning at 6 pm

Saturday Pancake Breakfast

No tickets are needed - just come. Anyone can come. The cost is $7 per person. It’s a fundraiser for the UMM and BSA Troop 101. Breakfast will be servded in our fellowship hall from 8 am to 11 am. Breakfast includes pancakes, bacon or sausage, and a drink.
Habitat Home Inside Painting Day - Saturday:
Come serve with us under the guidance of Bryan Thomas (the Habitat build coordinator for Towns/Union County Habitat for Humanity.) This house is being built behind the Blairsville Ace Hardware store – but you have to pay attention to the directions to get to it – it is in a fairly remote area (and that’s saying a lot up here!)
Turn off Hwy 515 (the four lane in Blairsville) onto Old Blue Ridge Hwy between Meeks Park and the lighted intersection of Hwy 515 and Hwy 129.
Go 1.4 miles on Old Blue Ridge Hwy then turn left on to Fairview Church Road – Fairview Baptist Church is on that corner. (Park there and let us ferry you in and out)
To get to the house from Fairview Baptist Church
Go 0.3 miles on Fairview Church Rd then turn left onto Fairview Trail (road signs are very visible)
Go 300 yards on small dirt road called Duckworth Lane – past many residences – see the new house on the left – (You have arrived at your destination!)
There is virtually no parking and to park on that road will be to shut down those other residences – which is not being a “good neighbor.” We have gotten permission from Fairview Baptist Church to let us park in their 20 car parking lot and then have someone be the designated driver to drive us back and forth. I will be the initial taxi driver until someone takes my place so I can paint. Our primary scope of work is painting the inside. All supplies and materials are provided for that task. You need to bring nothing except clothes you are willing to paint in. There are 8-10 spaces that can be painted simultaneously – not a big house, but lots of interior surface to paint and room to spread out to do it. The secondary scope if there are some who come willing to do it – is build the two patio railings – for that, you will need to bring tools. Bryan will oversee the day and have the appropriate release forms for everyone to sign before work can begin. A sandwich lunch will be provided. Water is provided too. There is no set start time – the work will last all day – rather than everyone come at once (which is hard to organize) – a better way is for folks to come and go across the day when it fits their schedules. Bryan and I will be there from 8 am on.

Not this week, but Upcoming Key Events

1. 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.
2. 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 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
    • Marian Malac - living with son Tim in Maryland, 19324 Cypress Hill Way, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879 phone number 706.835.8917
    • Kris and Larry Ferguson – their 38 year old daughter Holly just got diagnosed with breast cancer.
    • Jean Riddle – her sister (Ruby Hruby) is in the hospital
    • Ro Robbins, Debbie Steed, Frank Loy, Virginia Lane - healing from their procedures
    • 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
    • Janice Jarrard - sister diagnosed with ovarian cancer
    • Sharon Willits - general health
    • Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer treatments done for now - scans planned at end of September - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - general health
    • Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - more cancer related treatments
    • 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 FinanceThank you for your continued generosity!

Received                                            YTD
August 6th                $27,550          $670,790

August 13th               $14,414          $685,204

August 20th              $13,615           $698,819

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts; wills!

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