Just a quick update on the week ahead. Ladies, don’t forget the new Women’s Bible study on the “Miracles of Jesus” that begins this Wednesday at 10 am in the lower level of the MAC. Also, this Wednesday begins our Spring cycle for Wednesday night dinner and programs. Just come and join in. Dinner begins in the MAC at 5 pm - fellowship, soup, salad, and dessert. It’s free but there is a basket out to receive donations to help us defray the costs of the meal. Jennifer and Erin will be with the youth (Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers) at “The Gathering” beginning at 6 pm in the lower level of the MAC. Shannon and friends will be in the Fundamentals Room for the Children beginning at 6 pm. Donna will be in the Nursery. And Pastor mark will begin a five week study on the Gospel of Mark. Bring a Bible and come do “Mark with mark” in the Fidelis Classroom - lower level of the MAC - from 6 to 6:45 pm. And if you are involved as a volunteer with the February “Night to Shine” Tim Tebow Foundation event we are hosting - please read the details of the training event planned for this Thursday night at 6 pm in our Sanctuary - some of those details have recently changed.
God’s Warmth, pastor mark

Remaining Christmas cards are now on the narthex desk.

Branan Lodge Ministry Opportunities:
In worship on Sunday you heard two excellent opportunities to make a difference to people living at Branan Lodge (a United Methodist Wesley Woods facility for quality senior living.) If you wish to shuttle the meals prepared by Union General Hospital to the people who receive them at Branan Lodge, one day a week, please contact Lloyd Dunham Lloydlee474@yahoo.com If you would like to occasionally help meet the need of a resident who cannot get outside, contact Georgia Jestings gajestings@yahoo.com

A Night To Shine Training Event: PLEASE READ - THERE ARE CHANGES
We are now asking EVERYONE who is volunteering for the February 9 Tim Tebow Event to come to one of our two scheduled training courses. If you cannot come to either, please contact Joe or Kim Tatman 2jtatman@gmail.com Not only will we briefly cover the applicable parts of Safe Sanctuary training for this event - we will also now cover training required by the Tim Tebow Foundation. So even if you have done safe Sanctuary training with Pastor Mark, YOU STILL NEED TO COME TO THIS. Come either to the Thursday night event (this Thursday, January 11) at 6 pm in the Sanctuary or come to the Sunday afternoon January 21 at 4 pm event in the Sanctuary. We will have everything you need at both places. Please choose one or the other.


Young At Heart “Super Bowl” Bunko Fellowship!

Friday, February 2nd 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. $2.00 per person donation. Everyone should bring an appetizer or a dessert. Bunco is an easy game anybody can learn. Don’t worry if you have never played. The best part is the great fellowship we have together. Come get to know your church family!

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.
We need another person to join the 9:45 am light team

Our Relay for Life Team would like to invite you to join us for our annual Relay Kickoff on Thursday, January 18th at 6:00 p.m. at the Mountain Presbyterian Church in Blairsville. There will be a light dinner, fun games, inspirational stories and an overview of our 2018 Relay for Life event. If you would like to attend this fun evening and learn more about Relay for Life, please contact Glenda Taylor at 706-781-7528 or e-mail her at: glendactaylor@yahoo.com Please RSVP by January 12th.

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
Myrtle and Henry von Staden - recent passing of daughter Cathy
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - currently at Wellstar Kennestone rehab
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie cardioinversion (bring heart into rhythm) was successful this morning. They are back home resting
Pamela Ackerman - knee replacement surgery right now at UGH
Fran Browning’s brother (Rhett Leonard) - in serious car accident in South Carolina - still trying to make decision to save leg.
Nancy Joyce - her mother Gloria Mason
Helen Owenby - recovering at assisted living facility from stress fractures
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)
Mark Burgess brother (Scott) - third hip replacement Thursday
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
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 thank you for your generosity in 2017. If you would like a year-end contribution statement, please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. We are off to a great start in 2018!

……………………….Received……………….YTD Received
January 7 …………. $ 23,968 …………………… …$23,968

Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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