I thank everyone who came to church on Sunday in the midst of what was the remnants of hurricane Nate passing through us. In the Sunday to come, we will continue our four week sermon series encountering Scriptures that help form our purpose statement here at FUMC, “Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples.” Our focus this coming Sunday will be touching souls.

Also part of this Sunday will be a conversation about security here at FUMC. We are implementing some new measures that will impact how you get into the campus buildings after October 22 and other added security measures. Please come and share in these details.

Can’t wait to help out in the Fall Festival this coming Friday (9 am - 4 pm) and Saturday (9 am - 2 pm). If you have not found a place to help volunteer, contact Stan Wallace at stanwallace@windstream.net - he can guide you to the contact point of the right group for you to help. I know the United Methodist Men are still looking for some help. Come help us reach people and if you are real lucky touch a soul! Contact Stan, he will direct you to the point of contact.

There are no Wednesday Night program or activities because of the Fall Festival on Friday and Saturday.

Welcome our newest members:
Neal Wiley and Kathy Fain Wiley 306 Choestoe Lane, Blairsville, GA 30512

God’s Peace, mark

Campus Care Tuesday: The Trustees are coordinating a “Campus Care” day for everyone who can come on Tuesday, October 17. We hope to have coordinators here who can help guide folks towards pulling weeds, weed eating, bush trimming, that sort of thing. If you like working outside and can give us one or two hours Tuesday morning, we will be here from 8 am to 11 am to help the dear hearts who have already been giving of their time to care for our church campus. Bring gloves, tools, whatever you think would be helpful. We need to clean some of the low gutters around the church too if you are willing. Goodwyn Bryan is coordinating this event for the Trustees.

Hello all, this is Goodwin. I need help for the project on the 17th. Could those of you coming to help, meet me at the workshop at 7:00 am on the 17th. I need area leaders to watch over what needs to be done in each area. I have instructions and a map of the areas. I just need to go over it with whomever is willing to do so. Thanks,

FUMC Mission Committee Fair

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: tokimnjoe@bellsouth.net I pray that together our church will carry Christ’s light out of the sanctuary and into the community.

Wednesday Night Nurture

NO Dinner this week due to Fall Festival prep using all our people
Youth - follow Jennifer’s lead
Children - follow Shannon’s lead
Disciple 2 Bible Study Fast Track - led by David and Benetta Cook, 6 pm
Loving Nursery - (no nursery tonight)
Choir Practice in Music Room at 7 pm

Hope House is having a Chamber Ribbon Cutting for their new office space on Monday, 16th at 1 pm. 178 Brackett’s Way, Suite 8. Everyone is invited to attend.

Morning Glory Circle is coat collecting for distribution this November. You may drop off your gently used winter coats in the closet across from the MAC desk.

Open Service/Training Opportunities at FUMC

Serving Holy Communion to Shut-ins Team:
There is a meeting scheduled for tomorrow - Wed, October 11, at 3 pm for everyone who is currently part of serving Holy Communion to Shut-ins and those who want to know more about that so that you might become part of that act of compassionate ministry. Pastor Mark is leading the meeting.

Emergency Response Team response

We have had a wonderful response to this invitation offered the last two Sundays in worship. Pastor Mark will be scheduling a “conversation” meeting in the next week with all who responded - THANK YOU!

Flag Team: We have one now - THANK YOU! If you wish to help, contact Bill Haygood billandjudy@bellsouth.net

Holy Communion Servers in Worship - would you like to be trained to serve Holy communion in worship - we have a significant group of people who do this - you serve only in the service you worship in. Pastor Mark will lead this training / refresher training Wed evening October 11 in the main Sanctuary at 6 pm.

Videographer Team for 11 am worship service - we need two more people to join the 3 people who fill this necessary role in the 11 am service. You will be trained how to create the DVD that airs on Cable TV. Robbie Turner is our trainer. Once trained, you will serve one Sunday a month.

Lighting Team for 9:45 Service - we need two more people to join the existing 3 people who control the lights for the 9:45 service. Once trained, you will serve one week a month.

Computer Team for 9:45 Service - we need one more person to join the existing 4 people who run the computer for the 9:45 service. Once trained, you will serve one week a month.

First Methodist Family…Our 2017 Fall Festival Silent Auction items will be on display beginning this Sunday morning and will remain out through the week leading up to our Festival next weekend (13th and 14th). Remember, all proceeds from our sale will go toward retiring our MAC debt. Come this Sunday ready to “Bid or Buy”.

Contemporary Christian Band Concert live in the MAC by our Band OVERFLOW on Wednesday night at 7 pm, November 1 in the the MAC. Extra Nursery help will be provided for those who wish to come for this free concert. If you worship with us at THE WELL - you know this amazing band and multiple voices / musicians very well - they are a blessing! If you have always wondered what our band does at 9:45 am, come hear the breadth of Christian music they convey each Sunday morning. Bring a friend to come check them out! This will be a relaxed night of joy. Help us reach people by getting the word out.

Orphanage Emmanuel Trip will be January 18-25. If you feel even the slightest nudge from God to “GO” please contact Joe Tatman 2jtatman@gmail.com

Orphanage Emmanuel – We are collecting Boy Themed Twin Sheets. We are also collecting items for the 2nd Quinceanera : Perfume, Make-up, Nail Polish, Shampoo & Conditioners and gently used Fancy Shoes (with Rhinestones, Sequins, Beads) size 6 or smaller.

Not this Week but Upcoming

1. Trustees coordinated “Campus Care Tuesday” beginning October 17
2. Union County School Fall Break - October 16-20
3. FUMC Missions Fair - October 29
4. Christian Contemporary Music Concert by OVERFLOW - Wed, Nov 1, 7 pm MAC

Pray without Ceasing for

Everyone impacted by the recent violence, storms, fires, earthquake
Our military families - many recent deployments
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Katie and Matthew Mashburn (Chloe & Max) - baby girl due mid October
Wyckoff Family - Don Wyckoff passed early Sunday morning. The service will be at the church Don’s family was instrumental in starting decades ago - St John’s UMC in Atlanta on Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 am - (located just inside I 285 on North side of Atlanta - more info to come.) Pastor Mark is assisting in the service.
Joyce Byers - recent losses
Dena and Jack Randall - their son Jeff and wife Tracy lost their home to fires in CA
Tommy Ackerman - heart cath at Atlanta Piedmont Monday - no stents required
Marian Malac - surgery to install pacemaker and new leads went well today
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Mike Brandenburg - multiple biopsies - waiting 2 weeks for results
Larry Culpepper’s sister (Joyce Hampton) - serious illness
Claudia Deprez - goods test results in months ahead
Jamie Patton - home now - but upcoming pacemaker procedure
Phil Salling - healing from leg procedure
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Ferguson - their 38 year old daughter Holly just got diagnosed with breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Sharon Willits - general health
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer has spread to brain - radiation treatments next step - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Alex Box - Chatuge hospital with gall bladder driven pancreatitis (Rm 115)
Nancy Sanford’s Mother in Kansas - alzheimers and now also lung cancer
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Finance

Come to worship this Sunday and hear what you did together financially in support of UMCOR hurricane relief - it is a God thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 1st ……$23,565……………….. $ 826,030
October 8th……$22,280………………….$ 848,310

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

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