Pastor Mark is with the youth working at RedBird Mission in Kentucky this week. He will be back Sunday.

In the meantime, here is what I know….

There is a VBS Q/A tonight at 6 pm in the sanctuary. This is intended to help anyone who is thinking of volunteering at VBS but isn’t quite sure what all is involved. Come tonight with your questions and Shannon will answer them. (previous VBS volunteers need not attend). Volunteers ARE still needed for VBS.

Wednesday Night Nurture: IS ON SUMMER BREAK!
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - 6 pm in the Conf. Room.

Choir practice - in the Choir room behind the Sanctuary beginning at 7 pm

The pictorial directory is progressing nicely. Please continue to send in your family’s picture to be included. The pictures can be YOUR pick of setting. 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 til the end of June.

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!

VBS - You can help with Supplies!
We have several things that we need for VBS this year—would you consider helping us with collecting these items before VBS? We need:
25-30 empty, clean, gallon size milk jugs
Buttons
4-6 beach balls
Brightly colored finger nail polish (lots and lots!)
LARGE Cardboard boxes in all sizes for decorating
Old umbrellas, especially golf size, that you will not get back!
Empty 16 oz. water bottles with lids
Large, red, washable markers
Small bottles of hand sanitizer
Pens
If you are willing to donate any of these items please place them in the Children’s Ministry office in the main hall between the Sanctuary and the MAC. Thank you!
Our training and meeting schedule for VBS volunteers is as follows:
May 31 at 6pm Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
June 5 at 6pm VBS orientation and question and answer session in the Sanctuary
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

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning
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!

We ask that you keep on your prayer radar THIS week:

Our FUMC Youth Mission team to Red Bird Kentucky - 13 people

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
Youth and chaperones- Red Bird mission work this week
Ceil Jordan - back home after vascular stents were put in yesterday
Alan/Kathy Zimmerman - recent death of son-in-law
Ian McFarlane - recent diagnosis of lymphoma
Jacque Bentley - recent loss
Debbie Steed - broken wrist
Nick Poulos - in Florida receiving radiation treatments
Myron Turner - cardiac ablation went well last week
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma (treatments beginning)
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.

On a personal note - Thank you for your concern, care, cards and prayers during my mom’s recent hospitalization. She is back at the nursing home continuing to slowly recover. I do thank you for honoring Mark’s request to not beseige me with questions during that time. You,church family, are precious to me and I appreciate all your care for me and my family. ~ Evelyn

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
June 3……………. $22,046………………………….. $ 460,150

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

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