We turn the corner this week from Thanksgiving to Advent. Come get caught up in the joy of the new season. I am still “thankful” for all the servant hearts who helped create the Gratitude Graze brunch all morning this last Sunday. I am still “thankful” for everyone who has responded with their 2018 Estimate of Giving Cards (treasure chests will stay out for another couple of weeks.) I am still “thankful” for everyone still writing three things they are thankful to God for in their Gratitude Journals right up to Christmas Eve. I am still “thankful” for all the pioneers of our church we got to “give thanks” for this last Sunday. I am still “thankful” for the trailblazer DNA that formed the wonderful story of FUMC of Union County - a story we told and celebrated this last Sunday. I guess what I am saying is don’t leave your thankfulness behind - bring it with you as we turn into Advent this week! God’s Joy, Pastor Mark

Stuff this Week to Consider:
YHC Music Dept. Christmas Program tonight at 7 pm - YHC Glenn McGinnis Hall Wed
Wed morning Women’s Study - lower level of MAC at 10 am
Wed Night Dinner starts serving at 4:30 (just this Wed) - Chili & Grilled Cheese
Special Hanging of the Greens Worship service in the Sanctuary at 5:30 pm
This will be led by our Youth Group (everyone is invited - please come support them)
The children are invited to attend the 5:30 pm service with Ms. Shannon
Hand bells will practice in the Sanctuary after the Hanging of the greens service
Pastor Mark Advent DVD driven Bible Study will be in the Fellowship Hall after the
hanging of the greens service
Mountain Community Choir Christmas Concert Friday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm
at YHC Glenn / McGinnis Hall
CEC Preschool Yard Sale Friday & Saturday (Dec 1 & 2) in the Fellowship Hall
Young at Hearts Road Trip Sunday, December 3rd - Christmas in Dillard - includes
transportation, a play, and supper - see the December newsletter for more details.
The bus will leave the church at 1:30 pm. $40 per person.

Wednesday, December 6, Holiday Feast: (Put this on your calendar!)

We moved our Thanksgiving Feast to coincide with two others things. We decided to try a “Holiday Feast” located between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year on a Wednesday night so that it does not interfere with other family plans. This is our New Member reception night as well. We will be celebrating roughly 50 new members in calendar 2017. This is also the final Christmas Cantata practice night and we wanted to provide our appreciation to them. Ro & the Robinettes are “doing” this meal this year. We are being given a great gift. The turkey meal, sides, and desserts are all being provided by Ro & the Robinettes. All you bring is “yourself” - that’s it. And this meal is free (no basket will be out for donations - it is a great gift) and open to our community. It is our way of continuing to Give THANKS for what God is doing among us.

Give Thanks, (Lord knows I am!) pastor mark

Upcoming December Plans

Cantata Sunday - December 10 at 8:30 am and 11 am in the Sanctuary
Children’s Christmas Program - December 17, 3 pm in the MAC
Sunday December 24 Worship services:
There will be four worship services that day. 11 am, 5 pm, 7 pm, 11 pm

Welcome our Newest Member

Alice Janessa - 240 Talon Trace, Blairsville 30512

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.

Hurricane Response Mission Team Request

Sunday, December 3rd - Christmas in Dillard - includes transportation, a play, and supper - see the December newsletter for more details. The bus will leave the church at 1:30 pm. $40 per person.

Parish Nurses Update

We are thankful for our Parish Nursing Ministry at FUMC! Jackie Franklin has recently stepped down after leading this ministry team along with Bambi Wooten and Sharon Willits. Well done servant hearts! We are also thankful for the folks who have stepped forward to continue the legacy of this ministry. Kathy Fain is now the chair of Parish Nursing and Lee Dunham continues as chair of the board that oversees our Parish Nursing ministry.

Critical Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)

Remember to volunteer to help for “A Night to Shine” - the Tim Tebow Foundation Prom dinner/dance for people with special needs February 9 in our MAC. We also need communion servers to serve Holy Communion to our home bounds - you serve the same person(s) once a month on your schedule. Please help our growing team of servers bring God’s Grace to our members who can no longer come to the Table - help us take the Table to them! We also need two more people to serve in the video recording chair under Robbie Turner’s 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 firstumcpastor@windstream.net Please pray about this - both roles are critical!

Pray without Ceasing for

Those who do not yet really know Jesus
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
Alex & Pat Box - Alex gall bladder surgery tomorrow at UGH
Debbie Steed - determining path forward
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam & Tommy Ackerman - 9 yr old granddaughter (Katelyn) lumbar surgery Dec 4
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Rev. Mike Cloyd - been in UGH hospital - just released to go home.
Shannon Burgess - nephew Matt Dickey - young man with colon cancer
Diane & Bill Kolb’s daughter (Trish Wilkes) - sent to Atlanta Northside Hospital with blood clots in both lungs
Mitzi Gasaway - cousin in TX diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Susan & Walt Forrester’s brother in law - pancreatic cancer Dec 7 surgery
Ray Norwood - recent stroke - recovering at home now
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) healing at home from cancer related 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 - will be discharged to home Dec 5 (Woo! Hoo!)
Kelly Schuknecht’s sister’s family - two nieces with major health concerns
Mike Brandenburg - completing antibiotic treatment at home
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Janice Boland Nephew (Trevor) - severe brain trauma
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 - general health (kidney failure and cancer) - testing
Phil Salling - healing from leg procedures
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
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!

Received………………….YTD
November 5th….$ 25,490…………………..$ 936,318
November 12th..$ 23,420…………………..$ 959,738
November 19th..$ 18,989…………………..$ 978,727
November 26th..$ 12,787…………………..$ 991,515

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

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