Like so many of you, I went from the highest high of worship on Sunday morning to tears of sadness at the news from a small town church in Texas Sunday night. How can such a tragedy happen? This is one of those rare times when I turn to the book of Lamentations and cry out with Jeremiah, “How lonely sits the city (the church) that once was full of people.” Pray for those families. Pray for that church. Pray for that community. Pray for our world. Pray without ceasing.
God’s Strength, Faith, Hope, Steadfastness, Compassion, Love
pastor mark

Come walk the Gratitude Path with Us

Even in the midst of un-explainable tragedies of life, God is with us. We began a new sermon series this last Sunday based on the theme “Give Thanks.” Come get your free “Gratitude Journal” - we have more now. They are in the baskets around the church. Each day (no matter what happens in the world or in your life,) write three things you are thankful to God for - every day - in your private journal. The one rule is you can never write the same thing twice. The 40 pages (use front and back of each page) will take you right up to the week of Christmas. Join with us in this intentional, disciplined practice of Giving Thanks and just see what happens to your “attitude of Gratitude.” Also, come see who from our congregation appears in the next “gratitude grabs” on the video screens in worship. And mark Sunday, November 26 as Pioneer Day - a day we will GIVE THANKS for all those who have been worshiping with us longer than 7 years. This will be a very special day in the life of our congregation - come GIVE THANKS with us.

Welcome our Newest Member

Jennifer de la Montagne: 260 Hammock Trail, Murphy NC 28906

If you are interested in uniting with Christ’s movement through us here in this place of grace, simply call the church office and ask for Evelyn (706-745-2073) and arrange a meeting with Pastor mark. He will answer whatever questions you may have.

Wednesday Night Nurture

Chicken & Rice, Broccoli, bread, dessert - dinner starts at 5 pm
Hand Bells in Sanctuary at 6 pm / Choir in choir room at 7 pm
Pastor Mark Max Lucado Study - Finding Calm in a Chaotic World
will be in the Fellowship Hall from 6 pm to 6:50 pm
The Gathering (Youth - 6th grade to High School) in lower level of the MAC
with Jennifer de la Montagne and Erin Fincannon from 6-7pm
Children’s Ministry (K thru 5th grade) - Fundamentals Room - lower level
of children’s wing with Mrs. Shannon from 6-7pm
Disciple II Bible Study - break until January

Please remember our Veteran recognition events in our church

Veteran’s Day - Friday November 11 (11th hour)
Veteran’s Day Luncheon at our MAC - 11 am to 2 pm ($7 at the door)
Veteran’s Sunday - special recognition at all three Worship services
This is a voting Tuesday - veteran’s and voting are forever linked.
Voting exists because of freedom. Freedom exists because of veterans.

Prayer Quilt Ministry Informational Meeting

Friday, Nov 10 @ 10:30 a.m. Anyone interested in being part of this ministry aimed at quilting prayer quilt is welcomed to attend. No sewing experience needed! Contact Lisa Wilson with any questions. 706.379.2997″

Operation Turkey Tree

is going strong. Help the Youth feed 20 (or more) families in our area with a Thanksgiving dinner. Grab a cut out turkey ornament off the trees, buy the item marked on the back and bring it back by Wednesday, Nov. 15th and place under the tree. If you get a turkey prompting you to buy a TURKEY, please do so and bring it to the refrigerator in the MAC kitchen Monday through Thursday 9 am to 4 pm - place in refrigerator with the 3 D turkey taped to it - many turkeys are already showing up there. Evelyn can point the way.

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are due Thursday, November 16th


LAST 2 WEEKS! Morning Glory Circle is coat collecting for distribution on November 16th at Antioch Baptist Church. Deadline is the 14th to bring them in. You may drop off your gently used winter coats in the closet across from the MAC desk.

Critical Opportunities to Serve

We need communion servers to serve Holy Communion to our homebounds - you serve the same folks once a month on your schedule. We also need two more people to serve in the video recording chair under Robbie Turner guidance at the 11 am worship service. This needs to be a rotation of four people - you will rotate through once per month. Robbie will train you. This role prepares the video that is given to Windstream for cable TV. If you wish to simply know more about either role, please contact Pastor Mark by email at Please pray about this - both roles are critical!

Pray without Ceasing for

Everyone impacted by the recent violence, storms, fires, earthquake
Our military families - many recent deployments
Families affected by the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas
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
Larry Rosenberry - healing at home from cancer related procedure
Nancy Joyce - healing at home from ankle procedure
Sandy & Jesse Eady son (Sean) - severe infection in right arm - hand at risk
Manon Thompson - recovering at Pruitt Health, Room C8, 99 Ouida Street, Blue Ridge. 30513
Jim Belcher’s Mother (Francis Belcher) - ICU at Emory Midtown
Kelly Schuknecht’s sister’s family - two nieces with major health concerns
Mike Brandenburg - sent home today to complete recovery at home
Gene Strickland- procedures today to remove kidney stones
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie recovering from a stroke
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Ginger Adamson’s sister (Brenda) in hospital
Mike Lewis - mother in Maryland on holy ground - family has gathered
Silesia Clark - mother with severe health issues
Dena and Jack Randall - their son Jeff and wife Tracy lost their home to fires in CA
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Larry Culpepper’s sister (Joyce Hampton) - serious illness
Claudia Deprez - goods test results in months ahead
Jamie Patton - upcoming pacemaker procedure
Phil Salling - healing from leg procedures
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Ferguson - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Sharon Willits - general health
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer has spread to brain - reconnecting with Doctor the end of this week - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Alex Box - returned to Hiawassee Rehab; he will have his gall bladder out in a couple of weeks
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

As you do your shopping on AMAZON, you also have the opportunity to donate money to the our church. Simply use AMAZON SMILE, then set up “First United Methodist Church of Union County” as the supporting organization. Once you set it up, every time you place an AMAZON order (must use AMAZON SMILE), Amazon makes a donation to our church. Your same settings and benefits, including Amazon Prime, apply. So we urge you to make the change today. Thanks for your continued support!

November 5th….$ 25,490…………………..$ 936,318

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

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