It is great to be back from a week away. How could I fall three weeks behind by taking off just one week? That’s the way it feels today on my first day back. But seriously, here is what I am reminded of once again - we have the most gifted team of people at FUMC - thank you staff team, thank you volunteers, thank you for doing all you do. You are all awesome!

And I celebrate with you - lots of wonderful stories regarding the Hope House Super Chef Showdown we hosted on Saturday in the MAC. Thank you Jennifer & Youth & FUMC for raising almost $1000 for Hope House through the FUMC Youth money jar - (you guys are on fire!) Well done!!!

We are a praying church. What a joy to see all the prayer knots representing your individual prayers over that prayer quilt in the Bray Chapel - it was presented to Maggie Guerrier this week.

I hope to see everyone Wednesday Night at our one hour OVERFLOW concert in the MAC - it begins at 6:30 (approximately one hour this time.) The concert is free. They have some new music prepared! Don’t miss it! It could be part of your journey from Spiritual winter to Spiritual SPRING.
God’s JOY
Pastor Mark

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Bangers and Mash to be served in the fellowship hall. This is a fundraiser for the Girl Scouts.
There is no Adult Bible Study this week - due to the OVERFLOW CONCERT in the MAC from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
There is no Children’s ministry (K-5th grader) tonight - come to the concert!
Youth (Middlers & High Schoolers) - special note from Jennifer:
Students! Parents! Congregation! Looking for something to do between dinner and the Overflow Concert this Wednesday? Come to a brief informational meeting down in the Youth Room beginning at 6:00 pm! We will be discussing:
*Our Summer Schedule
*An Awesome Mission Trip Opportunity
*Special Ops Registration for Congregation Members

Special Ops Servants will be integral to a new mentoring program, enabling our summer program to continue until our new Youth Intern arrives in August, and by serving as a Safe Sanctuary Second Adult for Youth Sunday School from May 19 - August.

Join us for 15 minutes on Wednesday prior to the concert and learn how your gifts and talents can bless our youth at First Methodist!

There are 40 baby bottles still unaccounted for the Women’s Enrichment Center fundraiser. If you have a bottle, filled or unfilled, please return the bottle asap to the church office.

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.

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University Course at FUMC:
Rev. Rod McClarnon will kick off a multi week Dave Ramsey Financial Peace course with an introductory session on Wednesday night at 6 pm April 11. If you wish to know more, contact Rod McClarnon rodmcc@windstream.net or Stan Wallace stanwallace@windstream.net

Relay for Life team:
Daffodils sold by the Relay for Life team will arrive Monday March 19th and can be picked up at 6:00 in the Mac Dining room.Please remember to support our team by eating at ZAXBY’S! They will donate $1.00 for every $10 you spend, as long as you present our VOUCHER! This is the last week for this fundraiser. YCJCY1D

The United Methodist Men are going to provide a breakfast in the fellowship hall for the Worship Choir & guest instrumentalists (& spouses) at 9:45 AM between the 8:30 & 11:00 AM Cantata presentations on Palm Sunday, March 25, as an act of appreciation for all their work making the Easter Cantata happen for all of us. Because they must sing again at 11 we will have a relatively light breakfast for them consisting of scrambled eggs, mixed fruit bowl, cinnamon roll, juice and coffee. We have a group of 5 men so far committed to making this happen. We will be serving approximately 80 people. If you would like to help in this act of discipleship (and you should still be able to attend the 11 am service), please contact Sam Wilson g1a88man@gmail.com

This Wednesday, the Women’s Bible Study will begin a 6 week study by Tiffany Bluhm. Join us on the lower level of the MAC in the center Youth room at 10am on Wednesday mornings! If you have questions contact Shannon Burgess at sburgess421@gmail.com. Books are available at cokesbury.com and amazon.com.

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:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
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
Our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Kelly Schuknecht - now home recovering from hip surgery
Bill Fowler - at Atlanta Piedmont (cardiac related proactive testing)
Manon Thompson - transferred to Salude Rehab Center, 601 Northolt Parkway, Suwanee, Georgia 30024
Sheila Loy’s Dad (Willis Cochran) recovering from knee replacement
Kerry Rittenhouse - both parents undergoing chemo
Will Stafford - recent loss in his extended family
Jack Duggar - safely back home from mission trip to Indonesia
Tatmans, Franklins and Camden Goddard mission trip to Orphanage Emmanuel, March 9-16 (they arrived safely in Honduras)
Patty Norwood - recovering from eye surgery
Dave Evans - recovering from knee surgery
Jim Norman - difficult cancer diagnosis
Joe Kennard - knee
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Phil Sallings - general health
Debbie Steed - radiation treatments (10 left to go - almost 3/4 done)
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer)
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) - has completed radiation treatments
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
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) - general health
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
March 4………. $ 29,712……………………..$ 184,555
March 11………$ 15,939……………………..$ 200,494

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

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