Living on church campus gives me a unique perspective to all that is happening across the weekend on campus that is not just “Sunday morning” driven. Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts were all here this weekend. Our FUMC Youth retreat was here this weekend. People working set design for upcoming Living Lord’s Supper drama were in the Annex cutting and pounding. Upward soccer for K-3rd graders was happening in the MAC. Disciple Bible study was here. Trustees were here. Tim Tebow Foundation “A Night to Shine” community training event for those designated as Buddies to our guests were here. And that doesn’t capture it all! Wow! (Or should I say, “WOO HOO!)

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!

Now to everyone, our youth are inviting everyone to bring a can(s) of soup to help feed the hungry through our Ninth District food pantry in our special celebration of “Soup or Bowl” Sunday this coming Superbowl Sunday - bring your cans to Church Sunday (grin!!!)

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!

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.

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.)

Lastly, one more time, I truly wish to recognize the work of our Trustees for undertaking a significant extra amount of work recently in the life of our church. Forgive us Trustees, when we don’t notice the lights now work, the switches now switch, the noise if less, the machine runs, the tires turn, the campus appears neater, and the things that get in the way of ministry are reduced or gone. Thank you for all you do! And thank you church, your faithful giving (among other things) resources our Trustees to help get things done.
God’s Joy, pastor mark

Wellness Protocol in Church:
We will be changing our “time of Christian fellowship” in worship to be a “hands free” moment and coaching our wonderful greeters to greet by sharing a smile and bulletin only until we get to Easter.

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - FUNDRAISER FOR THE BOY SCOUTS Baked potato bar, 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

Your FUMC Prayer Team meets this Thursday in the conference room at 5:30 pm - come sit in with us and just see how we cover this church in prayer.

Young At Heart “Super Bowl” Bunco 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!

FUMC Relay for Life Organizing Meeting:
Hi Everyone! We had a great time at the County Relay Kickoff last Thursday with good food, fun games and lots of information! Now it is time for our FUMC team to get geared up again to Lasso a Cure! (our 2018 theme.) We will have a brain-storming meeting on Monday, February 5th at 6:00 in the small MAC dining room. Please come and bring a friend! The more team members we have, the better our opportunity to raise money to fight the dreaded disease of Cancer. Glenda Taylor glendactaylor@yahoo.com

Hinton Center Speaking Event (Hayesville, NC):
Rev. Virginia Tinsley is someone we know well. She is an ordained Deacon in the North Georgia Conference, spent many years leading the Housing & Homeless Council, and is married to Rev. David Tinsley (current pastor of Sharp Memorial UMC at YHC.) She delivered the sermon here on a UMW Sunday two years ago. Virginia is the speaker on Sunday, February 4 at 4 pm at the Hinton Center. The topic is “How Do We Develop Civil Dialog in a Divided Nation?” She is helping to equip us answer the question, “how does a divided nation talk politics?” If you are interested in this topic, please go and support Virginia with your presence. I know she would love to see you!

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 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. See you Wed, February 7.

Rumor has it…that some folks don’t know where I (The Church Mouse) live and so they don’t know how to give me information for my newsletter articles. In the Narthex, to the right of the couch, there is a stand with my house right on top!! There are notes and pens to write your comments, and then just push them through the front door!! I’ll collect them when nobody is looking!! Thanks! TCM

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

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
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
Charles Smith - knee replacement surgery today went well - will be in UGH (Rm 331) through Thursday
Kitty Jones - at home recovering from new knee
Rose Oberlin - moving Mother to assisted living facility this week
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health
Fran Browning’s brother (Rhett Leonard) - below knee amputation - healing
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 - 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) - 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.

……………………….Received……………….YTD Received
January 7 …………. $ 23,968 ……………………….$ 23,968
January 14………….$ 16,192………………………..$ 40,161
January 21………….$ 16,359………………………..$ 56,520
January 28………….$ 16,822………………………..$ 73,342

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

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