Grace is my favorite word. Especially after being away from church for 2 weeks. It’s like trying to jump onto a train moving 100 mph. Ok, here comes my leap to catch up with all of you despite triple digits of “barely read” emails - did I say that GRACE was my favorite word?

Plans for VBS are all on track. The creative decorations are in the process of being created - thanks teams! The children pre-registrations are at 74 and rising. Add to that children who come Sunday Night unregistered and we have a grand party in front of us! VBS starts Sunday night and goes through Thursday night. Thank you army of volunteers! And thank you faith family for praying us through the week to come. We will need your prayers!

I also want to re-enforce the UMM activities we lifted up during Sunday’s Father’s Day mission moment. Come check out the Men’s weekly Bible Study when they start back up after summer break on Tuesday mornings, men’s breakfast groups (usually meet every other week at a restaurant of your choosing), campus care team, aluminum can recycling, partnerships with the Youth ministry (pumpkin patch active right now), partnerships with Scouting (Eagle Projects, etc…), partnerships with Children’s ministry (Playground care), partnerships with Memorial Garden care, events (like VBS, July 4rth Outreach, Fall Festival, etc…) and our Spiritual Gathering of Men event roughly every 4 months where we all come together (the only time we all come together) to worship God in a “Men’s themed” weekend experience for one hour. Have you looked at Men’s ministry at FUMC recently? There is a place for you. Come help men disciple men.
God’s Peace,
mark

WELCOME OUR NEWEST MEMBERS:
David and Rada Cline 785 Summit Way, Blairsville 30512

The pictorial directory is progressing nicely. Please continue to send in your family’s picture to be included. Several of you have written that you wanted to submit a new picture but have not done so. The pictures can be YOUR pick of setting and style. And if you need one taken, just pop by the office and Evelyn can take one. This directory is for anyone and everyone who calls FUMC their church home. Just email your picture to the church office at firstumc@windstream.net. Picture submissions are open until the end of June. Today is June 19.

We will be ordering THE WELL t-shirts again soon for those who wish to purchase. They are $16 for long or short sleeves. Please order via email at terimcg@gmail.com and include sizes. In your email, be sure to include complete information including sleeve length, size, number of shirts, your name and phone number. Checks should be made out to FUMC and left in the church office. Your shirt will be ordered once we have 13 shirts ordered and paid for. You will be notified via email once shirts are ready for pick up in church office. Thanks!

First YOUTH will meet at 6 pm TONIGHT at our pumpkin patch, in the field just beyond the Annex. Come dressed for the heat, bring a water bottle, and prepare to get dirty as together we plant the field with pumpkins and some gourds. Pick-up will be at 7 pm, after we consume large amounts of ice pops!

Also, if you are needing some help around your house or yard, why not RENT-A-YOUTH?! The youth are fundraising for missions, and are hoping to work for ministry donations. Contact our Youth Director, Jennifer de la Montagne, at jennifer.fumcyouth@gmail.com with your needs, and we’ll set a date to come and work!

VBS - STARTING THIS SUNDAY, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Shipwrecked? Come be rescued by Jesus!

Our training and meeting schedule for VBS volunteers is as follows:
June 19 at 6pm VBS training in the Sanctuary for all volunteers
June 21 at 6pm Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
June 23 at 10 am Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
Every volunteer must have had Safe Sanctuary training done by Pastor Mark and have had a background check in the last 3 years. If you have not, please plan to attend one of the Safe Sanctuary training events

Backpack 2 School EVENT at FUMC….JULY 28th
When: July 28th Time 11:00-2:00
Where: MAC
FUMC will be collecting primary level(cute) bookbags, student scissors, and loose leaf paper (Both College and Wide), OR financial contributions…
Our goal is to serve 400 students this year!!! We will need at least 250 of each item…
If you know of a family in need please forward this website for registration: https://sites.google.com/view/backpack-2-school-bash
Please contact me with any questions. Tricia Wallace 229-402-9361

Upcoming Key Dates for Long Range Planning
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 12 - Blood Drive, 9:30 am till 2 pm
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!

FUMC is hosting an Early Response Team Certification course on Saturday June 30 in the MAC from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Recipients will earn their ERT badges (which are good for 2 years.) If there is any chance that you might wish to participate in Hurricane Damage response (past or present) – this certification is the entry level training virtually required these days before you will be allowed entrance to an area that has significant damage. Course materials and lunch are included (catered by Chick-fil-a). The cost is $10 per person. To register, email firstumc@windstream.net or call the church office.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Children separated from their parents
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
All the moving United Methodist Pastor’s this week
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
Chuck Stancil passed last week in Florida
Charles Smith - other knee replacement Surgery this Thursday in Knoxville
Kim Kuykendall - back home and on antibiotics
Peggy Wood - diverticulitus
Gwen Graphman - recent hospitalization
Gary Ledbetter - home healing from Achillels Tendon surgery
Devin Gasaway - Congrats on your Eagle Scout!!!
Kenny Engle - healing of knee - still on crutches
Ceil Jordan - upcoming Kidney related arterial stent
Ian McFarlane - lymphoma
Nick Poulos - in Florida receiving radiation treatments
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
George Houdeshel - general health
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip doing well - preparing to do second hip
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
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
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
Help us finish strong on this coming Sunday as we complete the halfway mark in our $1,100,000 ministry plan year. Our expenses are on that track.

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
June 3……………. $ 22,046………………………….. $ 460,150
June 10……………$ 20,360……………………………$ 480,510
June 17……………$ 19,231……………………………$ 499,742

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

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