Hot dogs on the Hill was a hoot last Wednesday! I am still trying to find two more of my family’s frisbees - anyone know where they are?

Mother’s, Mom’s and Mommies - we pray you had a great day on Sunday. We are celebrating the birth of baby Fritz Patterson (Congrats Matthew, Lindsay and Evie!) Thank you Church for helping to pray that child into the world - keep praying, we have more Mommies “to be” who are waiting…

Thank you Table of Grace for feeding our hungry community “love” across lunch time in the MAC today!

Come participate in our last Wednesday Night dinner - a pot luck picnic inside the MAC at 5 pm. Ro & the Robinettes have the main course and drinks covered. Bring a dessert or side to share and come enjoy the fellowship.

On Friday night, your preschool ministry is celebrating the 4 yr old graduation ceremony in the Sanctuary. You are invited to the program and to come show your support for this class of 4 yr olds. They came to our celebration of CEC Sunday on May 6th - come help us return the favor in the Sanctuary as we REACH OUT to these families together. If you have never been to one of these, come - it will bless your socks off!

On behalf of the Trustees, I thank all of you who have ALREADY spent time out here this week caring for our church campus ahead of the Saturday work day coming up this weekend. THANK YOU for helping make God’s house shine. As you are able, meet with us Saturday morning at 9 am as we follow the Trustees guidance in making the most out of Saturday morning to finish the work of sprucing up this campus. Bring gloves!

The Union County Relay for Life event is at the Union County Farmers Market this Saturday from 4 pm until 10 pm. Seek out our FUMC Relay for Life booth and join our team (if you dare!) Please bring a chair to sit in - the Survivors dinner begins at 4:30 pm (not 5 pm.)

Just a reminder, Church Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, at 6:30 pm in the lower level of the MAC.

God’s Joy
pastor mark

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Church-wide picnic
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - 6 pm in the Conf. Room.
Confirmation Class begins at 6 pm in the Pastor’s office
Youth (Middlers & High Schoolers) meet with Jennifer
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 - not this Wednesday
Choir practice - in the Choir room behind the Sanctuary beginning at 7 pm

We are beginning work on a new church directory. We are doing something different this year - not using an external photographer. We are going to do the directories in house. Sample directories will be in each Sunday School room for you to confirm your information and see if we have a picture on you. If we don’t, simply submit one. You are also welcome to email the church office with your information and your choice of photo.

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. 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 for both participants and volunteers
Our VBS is JUNE 24-28 from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Shipwrecked? Come be rescued by Jesus!

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning:
May 19 - Church Workday (starts at 9 am)
May 19 - Union County Relay for Life Event - Farmers Market
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!

Two groups that we ask be on your prayer radar in the coming weeks:
Our Confirmation class - 6 people
Our FUMC Youth Mission team to Red Bird Kentucky - 13 people

Blairsville Pickleball Youth Clinic
Location – Meeks Park in Blairsville Tennis / Pickleball Courts
Time – 8:15 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Date – June 4, 5, 6 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
Cost – “Free”
Who can participate – Coed youth (boys and girls) ages 12 to 14
The Blairsville Pickleball Club will host the first annual Pickleball Clinic for coed youth ages 12 to 14 years old. The Club will provide top adult and youth expertise in the sport of Pickleball, net systems, balls and paddles for all participants. The cost to participate is “FREE”. Each youth participant will receive a T-shirt and valuable instruction on the game and playing time to develop the skills of the game. Each participant will provide their own snack and water/Gatorade each day. Additionally, each participant is to furnish their own tennis shoes and appropriate playing attire (shorts, socks, shirts, baseball style hat, sunscreen.) Pickleball is currently the fastest growing sport in America. It is fun, skillful and great exercise. Each participant will have developed the skills needed to play the game at the conclusion of the clinic. To participate contact Chuck Herrera 281-683-6262 (call or text) or email at or contact Donnie Woodham 404-597-7193 (text or call)

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 & Branan Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Peace in the Middle East
Ian McFarlane - recent diagnosis of lymphoma
Larry Rosenberry - procedure tomorrow at UGH
Pete Hussey - recent loss
Nick Poulos - returning to Florida for treatments
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma (treatments beginning)
Myron Turner - general health (tests)
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
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
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip doing well - preparing to do second hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Rod McClarnon - eye muscle surgery scheduled for May 25th.
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Jim Norman - chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
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
Wow! Generosity is also contagious! Thank you Church!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
May 6……………$ 28,365………………………$382,782
May 13………….$ 18,129………………………$400,912

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

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