We weep at the events that make no sense. We cry for those families who were touched by the recent horrible mass shooting event in Las Vegas. But we are not defined by events like this; rather, we are defined by how we respond to events like this. “Pray without ceasing.” Continue to put yourself out there to make the world a better place. Let nothing deter you. Do not let this event change your identity as a child of Hope. Reflect the Light in all seasons.

I will begin a new sermon series this Sunday that engages the following defining statement we use in the life of our church: “Through us GOD WILL reach people, touch souls, change hearts. and launch disciples.” We will encounter “reaching people” this Sunday. This series builds each week on the previous week so it will be important to be present this Sunday.
God’s Peace, mark

The local Sheriff’s department will be performing a drill on our campus this Wednesday morning about 6 am. Please do not be alarmed if you see a lot of police vehicles here. It is only a DRILL that had been planned weeks ago!

Health Cabinet will meet Tuesday, October 10th, at 4:30 in the Conference Room. Members are asked to make every effort to attend.

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. His email is goodwinandbeth@gmail.com


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

Dinner in MAC begins at 5 pm -Baked potato bar, salad and dessert
Youth - will meet downstairs in the youth room at 6 pm
Children - will meet in the Fundamentals room at 6 pm
Adult Multi-week Study by Rod McClarnon will meet at 6 pm
Pastor Mark UM-101 - no class tonight
Disciple 2 Bible Study Fast Track - led by David and Benetta Cook, 6 pm
Loving Nursery is provided on Wednesday Nights beginning at 6 pm
Choir Practice in Music Room at 7 pm

Hope House is is need of some cleaning supplies. If you’d like to donate any, there are plastic tubs at each entrance to collect them.

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.

Serving Holy Communion to Shut-ins Team

Would you like to join with a group of people who serve Holy Communion to our shut-ins once per month? Contact pastor mark if you would like to know more.

Flag Team

Would you like to be part of a group of people who raise and lower the Church outdoor flags during seasons of respect at half mast. Just give me your name and I will set you up with others who wish to be part of this team.

FUMC Fall Festival News: 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. This is an “ALL HANDS ON DECK: event where the entire church comes together to donate time and resources. We need the involvement of everybody! Yard Sale Stuff in the Annex! People will be present to receive your “treasures” at the Annex from 9 am to noon on Friday, September 29th and Friday, October 6th. Whatever you donate, we sell during the Fall festival with all the proceeds going to retire the MAC debt. We are in need of sale items for each of the areas of the Festival. What can you make for the Fall Festival? Start now … Crafters, Bakers, Canners, and Candy Makers… If you MAKE IT, BAKE IT, CAN IT, or DON’T NEED IT, BRING IT! Bring your items to the MAC anytime beginning Monday, October 9th. 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! Remember, all proceeds will go toward retiring the MAC debt! See you there!

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. Fall Festival October 13 & 14 … Our 2017 Fall Festival coming in October will be one of our largest community outreach events of the year.
2. Trustees coordinated “Campus Care Tuesday” beginning October 17
3. Union County School Fall Break - October 16-20
4. FUMC Missions Fair - October 29
5. Christian Contemporary Music Concert by OVERFLOW - Wed, Nov 1, 7 pm MAC

Pray without Ceasing for

All the people and families harmed by the Las Vegas shooting
Everyone impacted by all the Hurricanes & 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
Linda Fussell and family - recent passing of Father (Richard)
Joyce Byers - recent death of another brother
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
Bob Taylor - home and doing well
Kelly Schuknecht - niece in Pittsburg - significant memory loss
Phil Salling - healing from leg procedure
Marilyn Barnes - ankle
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 Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Sharon Willits - general health
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - upcoming appts.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing 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. Alex visited the church yesterday for the first time.
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

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

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