Church, you have a God sized heart! On the last Sunday of January, we did a special appeal to support Operation Footlocker (the Morning Glory UMW Circle led ministry that sends care packages to service men and women in forward deployments.) We received $1,400 of second mile giving on this single Sunday appeal to help fund this ministry! The Youth led soup-or-bowl can drive “filled up” an entire vehicle with cans that were delivered to the food pantry this morning - wait until you see the picture in worship! Thank you Table of Grace for feeding our hungry community a hot lunch today. We called off the 8:30 am service last Sunday to keep people safe from the winter weather early in the day. And yet, we received almost $30,000 last week in giving. YOU ARE AN AMAZING CHURCH! We may have only had 2 services Sunday - but both were AWESOME! Remember our wellness protocols (love each other “without shaking hands” until Easter Sunday on April 1.) And lastly, please help us saturate our “A Night To Shine” event this Friday with prayer. We have approximately 70 guests with special needs coming to this dinner/dance event from our region and 230 trained volunteers from our church, other churches, both colleges, and our community in general ready to greet them and their families. The decorations are beginning to go up. So much good work is happening. God’s house has been prepared to host “love.”
God’s JOY,

Pastor Mark

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Pizza, salad, and dessert
Youth meet at “The Gathering” with Jennifer & Erin at 6 pm
Children meet with Ms. Shannon and her helpers at 6 pm
Hand bells practice at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Choir practice at 7 pm in the choir room behind the Sanctuary
Adult Bible Study “Mark with mark” in the Fidelis Sunday School Room 6 pm

Dementia Caregiver Support Group: A new support group is being sponsored by the Parish Nurses. It is a support group for those giving care to dementia patients, are related to dementia patients or have an interest in helping people with dementia. It meets on the 1st Wednesday (Feb 7 this month - this Wednesday) of each month at 3:00 pm in the downstairs of the MAC, M7. If you need more info, please contact Kathy Fain at 706 969 6549.

This Sunday is our annual celebration of Boy Scout Sunday. Representatives from Boy Scout Troop 101 and Cub Scout Pack 101 will be with us at the 11 am service. There will be a very special recognition of our 52 year relationship with Boy Scouts as we celebrate several of the original charter members who will be with us in worship as our special guests. A very special luncheon follows the 11 am service in the fellowship hall for those who currently are or have been part of our Boy/Cub Scouting program.

Please put our ASH Wednesday Worship service in our Sanctuary on your calendars - it is Wednesday night, February 14, in our Sanctuary at 6 pm.

Firewood Ministry Needs Willing Hands.
Our Firewood Ministry partnership with Antioch Baptist Church has distributed a very large amount of wood to needy individuals and families this winter, and we anticipate a continued heavy demand. However, the number of folks from both churches who participate in this effort has gone down over the past several months. We really need additional help in loading, unloading, and splitting cut wood. We could even use additional chainsaw help. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, contact either David Kuykendall kandd2@windstream.net or Kyle Freed zep8997@gmail.com

There is a stamping/punching greeting card workshop on February 13th at 10:00 am in the MAC. This course will be taught by Kathy Heyer. For more info call her at 706 994 4990.

I would like to speak to “all the men of our church” for just a moment. If you would like to sit in on a planning meeting for the United Methodist Men of this church - come be with us on February 17 (Saturday) at 9 am in the Fellowship Hall as we plan UMM events for calendar year 2018. This meeting will end before 10 am. Just planning - nothing else. Bring your calendars!

Member Carol Rogers has just published a book of writings titled Heavenly Sounds which will be available at both desks. The price is $16 to be donated to SAFE house.

Please help us fill our 2018 confirmation class. The class will be on Wednesday nights (6 pm to 7 pm) beginning April 11 for six consecutive Wednesdays. The class will be led by me and include some of my helpers from time to time. You do not need to be raised in our church to go through this class. It is open to the community we serve. It is designed for current fifth graders. However, you are invited if you are a few years older but never had the chance to complete confirmation. This is the class in our tradition that intentionally prepares youth in their discernment to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Nothing is more important than this holy - life giving - invitation!

Consider Anchoring Yourself to Something Rock Solid:
Have you been worshipping with us for some time? Have you found a church home where you encounter the Holy? Maybe it’s time to take that next step. Prayerfully consider uniting with what Jesus is doing through us here at FUMC of Union County. You are invited to put your faith anchor down here. If you feel that now is the time, simply make an appointment to spend some time with pastor mark. He can answer whatever questions you may have. We are family here at this place of grace. And you are invited to come be part of the family with us. The Church Office phone is 706-745-2073 - ask for Evelyn - tell her you wish to make an appointment to see the pastor about membership. She is here during the day Monday through Thursday and Friday mornings.

Critical FUMC Open Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)
Can you push a button? Then you have the background necessary to sit in the chair that controls what goes up on the screens. We have systems in place that boil it down to being that straight forward. Let pastor mark know if you would like to serve one day a month in the 11 am service in this critical role.
firstumcpastor@windstream.net

And for you long term planners who really desire to volunteer for Vacation Bible School, VBS will be Group’s “Shipwrecked - Saved by Jesus” on June 3-7 (Sunday through Thursday evenings.)

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:

Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The Olympics
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
Our expecting Mommies to be
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Lamar & Jackie Franklin daughter-in-law (Sherry Franklin) - ICU Nashville
Sandy Eady - illness has recently become pneumonia (at home)
Glen & Jan Boland nephew (Trevor Holden) - surgery Friday to rebuild bone in forehead
Charles Smith - moved to Chatuge Regional Hospital - Room 129
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - pursuing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Nancy Sanford’s Mother (Geneva Will) - scans show lung cancer is shrinking
Phil Sallings - general health
Debbie Steed - 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) - radiation treatments
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
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

If you would like a year-end contribution statement, please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. Thank you for your Divine generosity! Just a reminder that the 2018 Giving year is well underway. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

……………………….Received……………….YTD Received
February 4th ….$29,476……………………$102, 818

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

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