The UMM are providing our TACO Bar themed Cinco de Mayo (well the closest Wed. night to May 5th) this Wednesday - dinner begins at 5 pm. Please come and support the UMM’s ministry. This is a fundraiser to raise money to pay for the gas and equipment repairs for our campus care ministry. I hope we have a big turnout - it is our annual way of saying THANK YOU to all the people who cut the grass on our 31 acre campus as an act of service and love. As I said (with a grin) at all three services on Sunday - come help the UMM’s taco bar raise some gas money.)

Come be with us Thursday night in the Sanctuary for our National Day of Prayer Service at 6:30 pm. The service is designed to be a peaceful time of public and private prayer. Members of our FUMC prayer team will offer the public prayers interlaced with instrumental music that will allow every a peaceful time of private reflective prayer. This service is expected to be about 50 minutes long - come casual. Come talk to God with us.

And don’t forget the RELAY for Life take home box lunches this coming Sunday. If you wish to insure you have a takeout lunch - buy a ticket from a Relay for Life team member - or just go to the MAC kitchen after any of the three worship service this Sunday to pick up your BBQ box lunch - they are $8.

God’s Joy,
Pastor Mark

Welcome our newest members who joined this Sunday:
at 8:30 Doris Wilder 888 Wesley Mountain Drive, Blairsville
at 9:45 Brenda and Jim McCracken 182 Gray Eagle Lane, Blairsville

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Cinco de Mayo meal by the Methodist Men, Taco bar, Mexcian rice, and brownies - Fundraiser for our lawn care
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - will meet 6 pm in the Conference Room.
Confirmation Class begins at 6 pm in the pastor’s office
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 - no choir practice tonight

The 3rd Annual Pickelball Tournament sponsored by the Blairsville Pickelball Club will be held at the MAC on May 21 and May 22. This tournament is a benefit for FUMC. All proceeds will be donated to the church. It is the club’s way of saying thank you for providing us with a much needed indoor facility for all skill levels. This tournament at the MAC is open to all players. You do not need to be a member of the Blairsville Pickelball club or the church to sign up. Contact Dave or Marty Evans for more information 312 751 1527

VBS online registration is up and running on our website www.firstmethodistblairsville.com for both participants and volunteers
VBS is June 24-28 from 5 pm to 8 pm. Given that we had 28 little ones (K-5th) in the Children’s Sunday School hour at 9:45 am this last Sunday just in our church, we think we are going to need lot’s of volunteers! Shipwrecked? Come be rescued by Jesus! The behind the scenes construction planning has begun!

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning:
May 13 - Mother’s Day
May 19 - Church Workday (starts at 9 am)
May 19 - Union County Relay for Life Event - Farmers Market
May 19 - Trustee coordinated Campus wide work day
May 20 - Pentecost / Promotion Sunday - Last Day of UC School - May 25
June 3 - UMW Sunday / Youth Mission Trip Send off
June 17 - Father’s Day / UMM Sunday
June 24-28 VBS - all hands on deck! We will be “Shipwrecked!”
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 by the UMW 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!

The Prayer Quilt Ministry is accepting donations to help buy needed supplies for this new (growing) ministry. Just mark “Quilts” on your check. We will move this ministry into our Church Ministry plan in the next planning cycle. Until then, any help you can provide is appreciated. The hand made prayer quilts are being very well received. Help us sustain this vital ministry.

Church Campus Work Day: (Come be green with us!)
The Trustees are coordinating a church campus work day for Saturday, May 19 beginning at 9 am. More info to come. Please mark this day on your calendar. The Trustees are currently putting together a project scope for that day (pulling weeds, spreading mulch, etc…) - come work as long or as short as you can. We will have a specific list of activities. We are praying for good weather and a good turnout.

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” - we have several again!
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Ian McFarlane - recent diagnosis of lympohoma
Margie Bowron - been in UGH - coming home this afternoon - heart rythym
Kim Kuykendall - been at Northside hospital for days fighting infection - home now
Donna Fredericks (our Nursery Director) - gall bladder surgery at UGH Wed
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma (treatments beginning)
Ceil Jordan - was at UGH due to Bronchitis - back home now
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. Solar batteries have been removed - final site prep work happening for contractor demo.
George Houdeshel - general health (cancer related)
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Rod McClarnon - eye muscle surgery scheduled for May 25th.
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) - cancer
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
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
Thank you so much for your faithful giving! Our giving across the first 17 weeks of 2018 puts us on an annualized pace to receive $1,085,000. What a blessing! Our ministry plan is based on receiving $1,100,000 through 2018. We usually start way behind in winter and build momentum as the year unfolds.This year, we have started strong in spite of a very harsh winter season. We truly do count on your faithful giving to keep our ministries fully funded. Thank you for every gift! And thank you ministry leaders for being such good stewards of our congregation’s generosity. Our goal is that every dollar received helps grow the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Well done Church!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
April 1…………………$26,485………………………..$ 271,384
April 8…………………$25,549………………………..$ 296,933
April 15……………….$21,577………………………..$ 318,510
April 22……………….$17,730………………………..$ 336,240
April 29……………….$18,176………………………..$ 354,416

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

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