We are celebrating a lot of things! We are celebrating the UMM Cinco de Mayo Wed night that netted about $450 for campus lawn care gas money. We are celebrating the Relay for Life Box lunch event that brought in over $2,100. We are celebrating an awesome CEC Preschool that already has 53 children enrolled for next year - well done Heidi & Team! We are celebrating 609 souls in worship last Sunday! We are celebrating the ministry of our YHC Youth Helper intern (Erin Fincannon) as we send this new college graduate back to the South Georgia Annual Conference Leadership Academy where she will continue to explore God’s calling in her life. And we are preparing to celebrate Mother’s Day this coming Sunday - come make her day and HIS Day a very special day!
God’s Joy (Don’t worry, be happy now…it’s still in your head, isn’t it?)
Pastor Mark

The Cardell Family invites you to a
Mothers’ Day Reception (Cookies & Lemonade)
Sunday, May 13 after the 11am Service
In the
Roy Cardell Memorial Garden
“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”
Robert Browning

Welcome our newest members who joined this Sunday:
Richard and Diana Guimond 1053 Lakeside Drive, Blairsville GA 30512

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Hot Dogs on the Hill
A free hot dogs, chips, (beans while they last,) Lemonade, and smores / roasted marshmellos banquet will begin outside on the hill by the Children’s playground - bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on - looks like a nice, warm, sunny day! Come be with us. Stay as long as you like. Pastor Mark promises not to sing!
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - will meet 6 pm in the Conference Room.
Confirmation Class begins at 6 pm up on Hot Dog Hill at 6 pm! (Outside)
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 at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Choir practice - meet again in the Music room 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. firstumc@windstream.net

Relay for Life will be on Saturday, May 19th, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Union County Farmer’s Market. Please come out and enjoy the fun, friendship and festivities as we honor and remember those who have fought this awful disease. You do not need to be a team member to attend, we just ask that you please bring a chair! The Survivor’s dinner is at 5:00 and the Opening Ceremony and Survivors’ Lap begins at 6:00.

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 www.firstmethodistblairsville.com 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 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!

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

Church Wide 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
All our recent college graduates
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
The Patterson family in the birth of their new son “Fritz”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Ian McFarlane - recent diagnosis of lympohoma
Pete Hussey - recent death of his mother in Florida
Kim Kuykendall - in home IV antibiotics
Donna Fredericks (our Nursery Director) - healing from gall bladder surgery
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma (treatments beginning)
Ceil Jordan - Bronchitis
Myron Turner - general health
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
Ruth Stefko’s - recent death of her son Mike
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
Wow! Generosity is also contagious! Thank you Church!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
May 6……………$ 28,365………………………$382,782

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

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