I hope everyone had a chance to “pause” across this Labor Day weekend - that was part of our shared message on Sunday.
As I turn towards the week ahead, we are being led by the Spirit to hold an impromptu Prayer Service tomorrow night (Wednesday Night) at 6 pm in the Sanctuary. The name of the service is “Praying between the Storms of Life.” With the impact of Harvey still being felt in Texas and now Hurricane Irma approaching Florida this weekend - we are literally “in between the storms.” And perhaps you feel as though you personally are in a season of life pinched between storms - this is for you too. Come be with us at 6 pm - I am asking all the children, all the youth, all the adult programming “pause” for this one night so everyone can come to this prayer service. God’s people pray without ceasing. This night will take the place of the Thursday prayer team meeting this week. I hope you come.
If you wish to make the cleanup kits for Hurricane relief, the instructions were in the bulletin insert and I am tacking them onto the end of this Tickle as well: UMCOR: US Disaster Response” ( Fund Number 4390)
God’s Joy, mark
IF ONLY WE KNEW….
The Mission Committee is planning a Mini Mission Fair to show case ALL the church (that’s you the people) does in serving outside our church walls on October 29. Please let Kim Tatman (Mission Chairperson) know if you have a Mission to share with our congregation. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org I pray that together our church will carry Christ’s light out of the sanctuary and into the community.
Wednesday Night Nurture
Dinner in MAC begins at 5 pm - Swiss Chicken, stuffing, green beans and chocolate tarts. Highchairs are available for the little ones!
Youth - please come to the prayer service in the Sanctuary at 6 pm Children - please come to the prayer service in the Sanctuary at 6 pm Adult Multi-week Study by Rod McClarnon - please come to the prayer service in the Sanctuary at 6 pm
Methodist 101 Multi-week Class by Pastor Mark - please come to the prayer service in the Sanctuary at 6 pm
Loving Nursery is provided on Wednesday Nights beginning at 6 pm
Hand Bells Practice - please come to the prayer service at 6 pm
Choir Practice in Music Room at 7 pm
Disciple 2 Bible Study Fast Track Orientation Mtg will happen on Wednesday night September 6 at 5:30 pm in the conference room. This 24 week study is on Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts. David and Benetta Cook will be facilitating this study on Wednesday nights beginning September 13 at 6 pm in the MAC lower level corner Youth room. Come see the materials and ask you questions - schedule and first reading assignment will be given at this meeting.
Choral Concert at Sharp Memorial UMC
One of the choral groups our Jeff Bauman sings with is the Orpheus Men’s Choir. That 30 voice group is made up of area music ministers, choir directors, and professional singers. The concert is next Sunday, September 10 at 7 pm. The concert is free.
The Union County Relay for Life team
is looking for members to help plan and organize the 2018 event. A planning meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 7th at 5 pm in the Blairsville Civic Center.
Morning Glory Circle
has begun their coat collecting for distribution this November. You may drop off your gently used winter coats in the closet across from the MAC desk.
FUMC Fall Festival News: October 13/14
You may drop off your gently used clothing (NO socks or underwear) on Tuesday mornings from 9 -11 am or Friday mornings from 9 - 11 am in the fellowship hall.
Yard Sale Stuff in the Annex
People will be present to receive your “treasures” at the Annex from 9 am to noon each Friday in September. Whatever you donate, we sell during the Fall festival with all the proceeds going to retire the MAC debt.
What can you make for the Fall Festival? This is an “ALL HANDS ON DECK:
What can you make for the Fall Festival?
This is an “ALL HANDS ON DECK: event where the entire church comes together to donate time and resources.
This is our one event each year for the purpose of retiring the MAC debt.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!
Hey Crafters… Need Yarn? Come to our “Yarn Giveaway” Thursday September 14th 9am – 11:30am in the MAC lobby. Come fill your bag!
Not this week, but Upcoming Key Events
1. We will be sending our Red Bird Mission team off on Sunday for one week.
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 yhc.edu/glennmcginnis. 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.
3. September 17 will be YHC Sunday here at FUMC. The YHC Concert Choir will be here at 8:30 am and 11 am services along with several special speakers. At 9:45, we are doing our formal launch of THE WELL to our community. Come be a part of a special day! 4. Deborah Polston Human Trafficking Presentation - a Story of Rescue & Redemption Sunday, September 24, 2017 2 pm in our Sanctuary:
A member of our congregation is a good friend of Deborah. That connection has made this very special event possible for us. Deborah is appointed by Florida’s Governor as that states Human Trafficking Advocate. She resides in Florida where her husband is the Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice. Deborah has a story to tell. Her passion is for fighting a good fight against the powers in our world that promote the horrendous global practice of human trafficking. A love offering will be received at the 2 pm presentation. This is open to our entire community. Help us get the word out as we all have a profound opportunity to learn more about this rising problem in our world (a problem that has Atlanta at it’s hub.) Come hear this story! Deborah will be the mission moment at all three services on Sunday, September 24.
5. Fall Festival October 13 & 14 … Our 2017 Fall Festival coming in October will be one of our largest community outreach events of the year.
Cleaning Kit Materials:
5-gallon bucket with resealable lid—Buckets from fast-food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and cleaned. Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner. Advertisements on the outside are acceptable.
Liquid laundry detergent—One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) only
Liquid household cleaner—12-16 oz. liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water. No spray cleaners
Dish soap—16-28 oz. bottle any brand
1 can air freshener—Aerosol or pump
1 insect repellant spray—6-14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover
1 scrub brush—Plastic or wooden handle
18 cleaning wipes—Handi-wipes or reusable wipes. No terry cleaning towels. Remove from packaging.
7 sponges—No cellulose sponges due to mold issues. Remove from wrapper.
5 scouring pads—Remove from wrapper. No stainless steel, Brillo pads, or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in).
Clothesline—One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines. Cotton or plastic.
24-roll heavy-duty trash bags—33-45 gallon sizes. Remove from the box.
5 dust masks
2 pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves—Should be durable enough for multiple uses. Remove from packaging.
1 pair work gloves—Cotton with leather palm or all leather
Assembly Directions Place all liquid items in first. Place remaining items in the bucket, fitting them around and between the liquid items. Sponges, scouring pads, clothespins, and trash bags can be separated in order to fit all of the items in the bucket. Ensure the lid is closed securely.
Important Notes All items must be new except for the actual bucket and lid. All cleaning agents must be liquid and in plastic containers. No powders, please. If you cannot find the requested size of a liquid item, use a smaller size. Including larger sizes of any item will prevent the lid from sealing. If all of the items on the list are not included, please put a label on the bucket indicating what has been omitted.
Pray without Ceasing for
The people along the TX/LA Gulf Coast
Our military families - many recent deployments
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge) Our entire staff team
Several expectant Mommies in our congregation
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Joan Wiley - recent passing of husband Jim - tentative service date is Saturday at FUMC - but nothing has been confirmed by the family yet.
Claudia Deprez - continuing chemo treatments
David Kuykendall - step mother passed this weekend - pray for his Dad
Jamie Patton - came home this weekend - but general health
Myron Turner - back at UGH - continued breathing problems
Ellie Dobson - back at home - multiple broken ribs and stress fractures
Kelly Schuknecht - two losses in extended family this weekend
Phil Salling - healing from leg procedure
Hugh Lee - moved to Nursing home in Blue Ridge
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Ferguson - their 38 year old daughter Holly just got diagnosed with breast cancer.
Janice Taylor - recent breast cancer diagnosis
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 Finance
With 8 months of 2017 under our belt, we are reminded each day how much our Lord blesses us with members who are faithful to Him and His calling us to give. We went into the year with a very aggressive ministry plan. Thanks to each of you, we continue to be on budget with our plan. But please be mindful that we still have 4 months to go with lots of expenses yet to come. We ask that you continue to be prayerful, and faithful, in your giving, not only your gifts, but also giving of your prayers, your presence, and your service.
September 3rd not counted yet due to holiday
Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!