Do you see the sun today? How glorious it is! It reminds me that spring IS coming- winter doesn’t last forever. Do I hear an amen? If you’ve been careful to stay home this winter because of the cold and illness, I hope that as the weather does become prettier you will venture back into church. It is a place where the SON shines all the time.

Wednesday Night Nurture

Dinner at 5 pm - Mac ‘n cheese with ham, vegetable and dessert
There is no Adult Bible Study this week - Pastor Mark will be doing chapel at Young Harris College. You are welcome to come and join him in the YHC Chapel beginning at 7 pm.
Youth (Middlers & High Schoolers) meet with Jennifer & Erin
at “The Gathering” at 6 pm
Children (K-5th grade) meet with Ms. Shannon and her helpers
in the Fundamentals room at 6 pm
Hand Bells practice this Wednesday at 6 pm
Choir practice at 7 pm in the choir room behind the Sanctuary

If you know someone willing to sell a portable oxygen machine, please contact Kristi Tornabene

There is a prayer quilt in the Bray Chapel ready to be prayed over. The instructions are posted in the room.
The prayer quilt ministry is in need of large pieces of 100% cotton material to use for the backing of these quilts. If you’d like to donate material, please drop it off at the church office.

Our Relay for Life team is taking orders for beautiful fresh cut daffodils. They are $5.00 for a bunch of 10. Orders will be turned in by TOMORROW and the Daffodils will arrive on March 29th for distribution. Please contact Glenda Taylor at 706-781-7528 or any Relay team member to place your order.
Zaxby’s is sponsoring our Relay for Life team with a 2 week fundraising opportunity. For every $10 you spend at the Blairsville Zaxby’s between March 4th and March 17, our team will receive $1.00! However, you MUST present our voucher to Zaxby’s. Vouchers will be in this week’s bulletin and Relay for Life team members will have extras to hand out. There is no limit on how many times you may visit, so please visit often! YCJCY1D!

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 or Kyle Freed

We have infants and toddlers at all three services - WHICH MEANS - we need NURSERY HELP at all three worship services! Our Nursery Director (Donna Fredericks) coordinates schedules if you would like to volunteer for one worship our in our team rotation. Please contact Shannon Burgess at 770 365 8967 or Donna Fredericks at 239 821 0178.


Correct dates are June 24-28 in the evening

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!

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Families in Parkland and Coral Springs Florida
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
Kelly Schuknecht - dislocated hip, in pain, waiting to see doctor
Manon Thompson - hip replacement surgery went well yesterday, at Northside Cherokee Hospital until Thursday then on to rehab
Marie Goddard - sister passed
Jim Norman - difficult cancer diagnosis
Claudia Deprez - daughter Jeny Lyn in AZ Hosopital with meningitis
Joe Kennard - knee
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 - at home with bronchitus
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) - radiation treatments
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
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 & Carol Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/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 Your Finance Team

WE THANK YOU! Your generosity is wonderful!

……………………….Received……………….YTD Received
February 4th ….$29,476……………………$102,818
February 11th…$21,152……………………$123,970
February 18th…$17,694……………………$141,664
February 25th…$13,178……………………$154,843

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

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