Hi~

It is written that to everything there is a season. Apparently, King Solomon was not familiar with Blairsville where you can have 4 seasons in 1 day! 🙂 Yesterday we had fall wind, winter snow, spring rain and today we’re supposed to hit summer temps. Is that crazy or what? Who knows what to wear?! Like life, sometimes you just have to buckle your seatbelt and enjoy the ride or weather - whichever the case may be! I trust that sooner rather than later we will enjoy spring weather that stays.But on to more important things….

Pastor Mark is out of the office today for a conference and will be back tomorrow.

Welcome our newest members from this Sunday in the 11 am service:
Penny Collins/Bruce Johnson - 105 Winter Drive, Morganton, GA 30560

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - NOT your average supper - Chicken Cordon Bleu, rice, vegetable and cheesecake tarts. This is a fundraiser for the kitchen committee.
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - will NOT meet this week.
Confirmation Class begins at 6 pm in the conference room with Pastor Mark.
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
Disciple II Class in MAC lower level Youth corner class room
Hand Bells practice at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Choir practice at 7 pm in the choir room behind the Sanctuary

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. There are still full scholarships available to people desiring to take this class. If you wish to know more, contact Stan Wallace stanwallace@windstream.net

Prayer Team was rescheduled for this Thursday night at 5:30 pm (April 19) - topic of discussion will be our plans for our first National Day of Prayer service at FUMC May 3rd

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning:
April - “New Member Month” - many new members across this month!
May 6 - CEC Celebration Sunday / Erin Fincannon Recognition
May 13 - Mother’s Day
May 20 - Pentecost / Promotion Sunday - Last Day of UC School - May 25
June 3 - UMW Sunday
June 24-28 VBS - all hands on deck!
July 4 (Wednesday) - Fireworks Outreach Event at FUMC - all hands on deck!
July 28 - Backpack2school FUMC Community Event - all hands on deck!
August 3 - Union County back to school
August 26 - 20th Anniversary Celebration of Jeff Bauman & Keith DeFoor - help us get the word out about this very special Sunday celebration as we worship God in song and music - also celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Keith & Jeff (they started the same month - a very good month - 20 years ago.) There will be a reception for them both and their families in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am service. Mark this day and help us get the word out to everyone who has been blessed by their gifts here at FUMC for 20 years!

If you heard Pastor Mark Sunday he spoke on the Methodist Men’s grass cutting and weed eating ministry. If you wish to become a part of this team, please contact David Steed at davidsteed90@yahoo.com

We need someone who is willing to drive the media disc out to the Windstream office in Young Harris each week. If you are willing, please talk to Evelyn in the church office. This is a critical ministry need to keep us on Cable TV.

Annual FOCUS gathering on THIS SATURDAY at the Farmers’ Market!
Anyone or any church organization that would like to showcase their ministry please contact Rev. Mike Cloyd whoopiemike@brmemc.net. He is coordinating our FUMC presence at that community event again this year. Provide Mike with the materials/information that you would like to get out to the public. Mike will take some tables and chairs down early on Saturday the 21st, and set things up. Of course anyone who would like to come share the time from
8:30 am - 2:30 pm would be welcome.

13 people are going on our first YOUTH Red Bird Missions Trip in June led by Ken Engle and Pastor Mark. To God be the Glory!

We’ll be celebrating Promotion Sunday on May 20th- We will be promoting our 5th graders to the youth program and recognizing our graduating high schoolers who have been touched by the church over the years. If you wish to be recognized or have your child recognized, please contact the church office and send a picture to firstumc@windstream.net along with their post graduation plans.

Relay for Life:
Your Relay for Life Team would like to thank you for your support in our Spirit Night fundraiser at Chick-fil-A! We raised over $740, had a wonderful time of fellowship and ministered to people who shared their family stories of cancer.
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We are having a Silent Auction this Sunday at the Mac desk area and hallway. Be sure to check out some great items! April 25th’s Wednesday Night Dinner will be a fundraiser for Relay AND we are having a Take-Out, Boxed BBQ lunch with 2 sides and dessert for $8.00 on Sunday, May 6th. (the BBQ is being prepared by Jeremy Bruce!) Tickets are now on sale from any Relay Team member.

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
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Ron Taylor - ICU at Union General, improving slowly from pneumonia
Ruth Stefko’s - Son Mike under hospice care. Daughter Dawn Chappell neck injury has new complications - consulting doctors
Rev. Mike Cloyd - son David and his wife Amy home destroyed in fire. Church mobilizing around them in multiple ways. More info to come.
Janice Boland - recovering from gall bladder surgery
George Houdeshel - general health (cancer related)
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Leslie Hauschild - Father in hospital with pneumonia
Janice Smith - healing hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Bill Fowler - upcoming heart valve replacement
Rod McClarnon - eye muscle surgery scheduled for May 25th.
Manon Thompson - back home
Kerry Rittenhouse - Father passed, Mother continues on Chemo
Jim Norman - cancer diagnosis - treatments and path forward now set
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
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) with recent cancer diagnosis - awaiting scan results.
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Maggie Guerrier - general health (Kidney and back)
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
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

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
April 1…………………$26,485………………………..$ 271,384
April 8…………………$25,549………………………..$ 296,933
April 15……………….$21,577………………………..$ 318,510

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

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