I know January is supposed to be the cold month - but single digit temps are not supposed to be part of Georgia weather (I am certain I read that in the fine print somewhere!) Be safe out there. Stay warm. If you were traveling, we had an awesome Christmas celebration here in the mountains! The new year rhythm of church life starts back up this week. Our CEC Preschool is back in session on Wednesday and the OASIS Winter session begins this Thursday. Our prayer team will be meeting at 5:30 pm Thursday evening in the conference room in our first meeting of the new year (just in case joining with us was one of your new years resolutions!) Our Wednesday night activities - including the first dinner of the spring cycle begins next week, January 10. It may not be warming up outside this week but it certainly is warming up inside your church!
God’s Warmth, pastor mark (Go Dawgs! - and LSU will rise next year!)
Remaining Christmas cards are now on the MAC desk - please check there.
Welcome your new Charge Conference Approved 2018 Leaders:
Your newest Lay Leaders: Benetta Cook and Mitzi Gasaway
Pete Hussey, Tim Cristofaro, Glenda Taylor, Sandra Buchanan
Joining Staff Parish Relations:
Mitzi Gasaway, Pam Jordan, Hugh Stone, Sam Wilson, Frank Loy, Tim Holby
Joining the Trustees: Greg Lane
Joining the Finance Team:
Benetta Cook, Pam Jordan, Lamar Franklin, Lindie Wright
Joining Church Council:
Benneta Cook, Mitzi Gasaway, Jennifer de la Montagne, Ivy Robbins, Emily Stafford, Pam Jordan, Alice Orourke
Joining the CEC Preschool Board:
Pat Clay and Debbie Ray
Joining the OASIS Board:
We took time at all three services this last Sunday to recognize and say thank you to those rotating off and to those rotating on. You walk into the rich legacy of servant leadership of those you follow. Thank you everyone!
Living Lord’s Supper Worship Drama;
There will be an orientation meeting for all those who have volunteered to help with the Living Last Supper worship drama. We will meet in the fellowship hall on Saturday, January 13th at 10:30 am until noon. Please come and be a part of this important meeting. You’ll get to meet the apostles, and we’ve even found Jesus! We’ll be handing out briefing packets that will give you all the information you will need to move closer to Christ. Any questions, see Chuck or Pam Morgan email@example.com
Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras:
We have 5 people from our church going to the Honduras Orphanage January 18-25 (Joe & Kim Tatman, Lamar & Jackie Franklin, Camden Goddard.) Please pray for them while they are away.
Are you interested in sponsoring an Orphanage Emmauel child? The Sponsorship Program is the Orphanage’s primary source of funds for caring for all of the children. It also allows sponsors to establish a personal relationship with an individual child. Sponsors may select a child or they will assign one. The children at Emmanuel come from difficult circumstances. Some are orphans, some abandoned, abused or come from extreme poverty. Once at Emmanuel, they joyfully assume responsibility for their care - including nutritional food, comfortable and clean clothing and living quarters, as well as educational, medical, and general developmental needs. Most importantly, they strive to give the children strong spiritual guidance.
In the last month, Emmanuel has received approximately 30 new children, many of whom are unsponsored. If you are interested in becoming part of a child’s life at Orphanage Emmanuel, please feel free to contact our sponsorship coordinator, Sarah Schuenemeyer, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Critical FUMC Open Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)
Volunteer for the Tim Tebow, “A Night to Shine” through our church web site.
The 11 am sound team could use one more person to join this team.
The 11 am computer team could use one more person to join this team.
The 11 am DVD Team is full with people in training - thank you
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Honduras Mission team this month (Joe, Kim, Lamar, Jackie, Camden)
Our military families
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
Bonnie Weaver - recent loss of her husband
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - currently at Wellstar Kennestone
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie at home with multiple health issues
Fran Browning’s brother (Rhett Leonard) - in serious car accident in South Carolina
Nancy Joyce - brother in Pittsburgh - general health (continue to pray for Nancy’s Mother - Gloria Mason)
Carolyn Tanner - biopsy
Rod McClarnon’s sister (Sue) has broken her pelvis
Helen Owenby - recovering at assisted living facility from stress fractures
Brenda Adams & Tom Morningstar - congrats on your recent engagement!
Silesia Clark - recent loss of Father
B.L. Anderson (our custodian) - general health
Sheila Loy father (Willis) - will have knee replacement in the near future
Phil Sallings - general health (good to see the Sallings in worship Sunday!)
Debbie Steed - some followup radiation treatments
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer)
Rod Johnson - continued testing to diagnose vision issues
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Mitzi Gasaway - cousin in TX diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Susan & Walt Forrester’s brother in law - pancreatic cancer surgery
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) healing at home from cancer related procedure
Manon Thompson — back home but needs our prayers for continued healing
Kelly Schuknecht’s sister’s family - niece Emily - memory
Mike Brandenburg - new hip replacement a success - back home and healing.
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Larry Culpepper’s sister (Joyce Hampton) - serious illness
Claudia Deprez - general health
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
Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/Greg Lane – 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
We have had a record giving year again this year (more on that soon!) From all of us on your Finance Team, we greatly appreciate your generosity, your passion, and your ongoing support for the mission and ministry of this place of grace. Every time you give to the general offering of our church, you touch every single ministry of this church. We thank you for making 2017 a year of record ministry for FUMC in our ongoing effort to reach, touch, change and launch! To God be the Glory!
January 1 ……….not counted yet