What an amazing Sunday in worship! We ended our sermon series on our FUMC purpose statement: Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts and launch disciples. If you were present Sunday, you also know all the hand motions behind that mission statement - hand motions all our children learned and then taught to us! And thank you families of young children for participating in Children’s Sabbath Sunday at the 11 am worship service. That is a huge day in the life of our church and it was so wonderful to watch all the little children serve in worship in so many ways. I am so thankful to be part of a church that values children and youth ministries so much that they come in any weather to support them! It was wonderful to see so many children - and I have to admit, having the little ones do “the wave” in the Narthex as the adults came through to church to greet them was heart warming! I hope everyone saw that as you came! I will cherish my two new stoles the little ones made for me. And of course, one of the grand highlights of the day was watching God adopt another child into the family of God as God baptized baby Hazel Stafford. Add to that an awesome Mission and Ministry fair that was well supported and well attended - WHAT A DAY!!!

I am so excited about this coming Wednesday night (Nov 1.) Our band OVERFLOW who lead worship at THE WELL every Sunday morning at 9:45 am will be offering their first community concert in our MAC at 7 pm. Extra nursery will be available later into the night this Wednesday to help cover this free concert. Even if this is not your worship service, please come out this Wednesday and support these 7 musicians (includes three vocalists) with your presence. The concert is free - a gift of Christian music to our community. We have been promoting this in a number of places. If you can come help greet folks, and just help people get to the right place, greatly appreciated. Wear your T-Shirts if you have them! Let’s, reach, touch…ok,ok, I’m done preaching.

Our Wednesday night Max Lucado Bible Study “Anxious for Nothing - Being calm in a chaotic world” will be in the fellowship hall at 6 pm and end at 6:45 pm for the concert. Come be with us! Great turn out last week!

Lastly, I have been in Atlanta or Gainesville the last three consecutive Tuesdays for District and Conference related activities. That combined with multiple funerals and other pastoral care demands placed me behind in other initiatives and emails (stacked up over 150 emails!) I will catch back up with you - but it will take some time. I am glad I serve in a “place of Grace.”

In the meantime, thank you for welcoming our Union County Sheriff Deputies on Sunday mornings. And we are surviving the lock change with just a few bumps along the way and the new CEC preschool pickup line traffic pattern on Mon, Wed, and Fridays at noon - but I need to tell you why it is all working - we have THE BEST STAFF TEAM in all the world. Be thankful. I sure am!!!!!!!!!!!!
God’s Joy, pastor mark


This Saturday we will host the memorial service for Bobby Young. Pastor Mark is officiating. He and his wife Carolyn were members who moved away for several years and then moved back to the area in January. Bobby had been ill and Carolyn has been caring for him all this time. Please help us surround this family with love around Carolyn and her children/grandchildren. Please come be the church and surround this family with Christian love. Visitation will begin here at 1 pm on Saturday with the service at 2 pm.

Don’t forget to set your clocks back on Saturday night !

Stan Wallace reported the updated Fall Festival results Sunday:
We welcomed and met our community
We had all the volunteers we needed
We had a lot of fun
We raised roughly $18,500 that will go towards retiring the MAC debt
A very, very, very good result! Thank you everyone!

A couple of birthdays missed the newsletter. Please add the following birthdays:
6th - John Hahn, 14th - Roger Pope, 18th Pennie Hebble and Norm Thompson

The CEC yard sale has been changed to the first weekend in December.

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner menu: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, and dessert
Youth - will meet at 6 pm downstairs in the MAC
Children - will meet at 6 pm downstairs in the Fundamentals Room
Pastor Mark’s Bible Study - continues at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Loving Nursery - provided
Choir Practice in Music Room at 6 pm tonight for the concert
OVERFLOW Concert in the MAC at 7 pm

THE WELL T shirts are still available through November 5th (last day to order for awhile). They are $16 each and come in long and short sleeves. To order, email Teri McGinnis at terimcg@gmail.com with size and sleeve length. Mail check to 111 Lowell Lane, Bville 30512.


The FUMC Girl Scouts send a great big thank you and hug to everyone who came out to support the Fall Fundraiser. Through dinner donations, cookie sales, and just plain outright generosity, the girls realized almost $400.00 that will be split amongst the Union County troops. Yahoo!!!!! Sincerely, Troops 11611, 11632, 11635, 11636

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.

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.

PLEASE NOTE NEW CHANGES WITH THE CHRISTMAS SHOEBOXES - They no longer accept toothpaste or candy. The shipping has increased to $9.

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
Larry Rosenberry - upcoming cryosurgery for prostate cancer tomorrow
Nancy Joyce - ankle surgery Thursday at UGH
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.
Virginia Collins - recent loss of a dear friend
Kelly Schuknecht’s niece - had ATV accident and is currently paralyzed from the neck down
Mike Brandenburg - recovering from infection in Chatuge Regional Hospital, Room 133 - will be there through November
Jeannie Pickerill- fell and injured her back
Wider/Jorgensen family - recent loss of a family member
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 procedure
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!

October 1st …..$23,565………………… $ 826,030
October 8th……$22,280………………….$ 848,310
October 15th….$16,528………………….$ 864,838
October 22nd…$33,540………………….$ 898,379*
……………………………………………………*includes fall festival
October 29th… $12,449………………….$ 910,828

That was a $108,362 month - we are so THANKFUL!

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

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