Summer is in full swing and looking glorious!

And while the song goes, “those lazy, hazy days of summer” you can bet that there’s no laziness going on here.Things are rolling right along as we’re getting in shape for our “fall” (hard to call it that when we still have weather in the 90’s) season. The Trustees have been hard at work in several areas on campus including laying new carpet in the downstair children’s side and installing new lights in the sanctuary. The youth are continuing their fundraising workdays on Saturdays. The directory is being printed and will be available for pick up this Sunday.( Look for a copy in your Sunday School room. Extras will be out on the narthex desk. If you miss one this week, there will be more next week. ) The preschool is expanding and adding a new 2 year old classroom. And our grass cutting crew is diligently grooming our lawn every week. Thank you to all the many hard working hands, backs and feet around here!

Have a wonderful week. Share a smile with someone you don’t know!

Pastor Mark is still away on vacation. PLEASE continue to honor his rest and do not text, call or email him during this time. If an emergency comes up, please let the church staff know and we will make contact. Your assistance will allow him to have some much-needed down time and will bring him back to us refreshed. Thank you !



All scouts in uniform, along with their families, are invited to Scouts Day at the Blairsville Cinema for the showing of Transylvania III. Price per each person in the family is $6.00 and includes a small popcorn and beverage. Other snacks will be available at regular prices.

The theater is opening for a special showing for Scouts only. Please arrive at the theater at 9:30 so there is ample time to get tickets, snacks, and seats before a short program and the movie. Boy Scouts should plan to utilize the left hand front side of the theater; girls to the right front side, and parents are welcome to the seats in the rear of the theater.

YAH Back to School
“Bunco Fellowship”
Friday, August 10th
6:00pm In the Fellowship Hall –
Everyone should bring an appetizer or a dessert. $2.00 per person donation. Bunco has been played in America at least since the 1800’s. It’s a game centered around three dice and usually three sets of four players, averaging a standard group of 12. It is a game of pure luck; no real skill is required other than rolling the dice. However, the game is played in upbeat and social settings involving a lot of eating and fellowship, so there is always plenty to do! Join us!

9:45 Worship Service sound board: Gary Groves will train you. We need two new people to keep this a team of four so that everyone does one week out of four. We had no one in the sound booth this last Sunday. That required all of us who are leading worship to mute and un-mute our mics from the stage. It’s distracting and cumbersome. Gary is the sound Engineer - you don’t need to be - what we need is people willing to do the simple tasks in the sound booth during worship as coached by Gary. Help us worship with excellence!

9:45 Worship Service light board: Stacy Clements will train you. We need two more people to keep this a team of four so that everyone does one week out of four. This is not a complicated role - but it is vital to enhance our Praise Worship experience in a reduced light setting. Help us worship with excellence!

Fenced in Playground of the Hill: We need a handful of people who will oversee this vital area of our church. Our Preschoolers and our Children’s ministry use this area. Unattended, the weeds and poison Ivy take over quickly. Pastor mark took care of it last year. He cannot do it again this year. Basically, we need someone to spray and oversee this area to make certain there is nothing unsafe up there for any of our children.

Memorial Garden Area (Adjacent to the Sanctuary): We have a handful of people who doing the extra special care of this manicured sacred space on our campus. If you like caring for a very special small space that includes, push mower, weed eating, and blowing, join this group. This small area requires an extra amount of TLC. We will work out a schedule.

9:45 Service MAC Stage Design: We are looking for folks who are willing to occasionally get up on a ladder. The stage is a very large space. The sky is limitless in the possibilities. We need people willing to jump into preparing the stage for each season in the life of the church (not every Sunday.) Help us worship with excellence.

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 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!

RENT A YOUTH: firstYOUTH would like to thank the MANY people who have expressed interest in the Rent-A-Youth Program, and we appreciate you patience and grace as we get our operation off the ground! We are currently scheduling work on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings throughout the summer, and the calendar is filling up quickly! This program is intended as work-for-donation to the Youth Ministry at FUMC. We offer helping hands for your house work or yard work, but do not own nor can we bring equipment to your home such as wheelbarrows, weed trimmers, or lawnmowers. Thank you all for supporting firstYOUTH at First United Methodist Church! Contact our Youth Director, Jennifer de la Montagne, at with your needs, and we’ll set a date to come and work!

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:
Please contact me with any questions. Tricia Wallace 229-402-9361
You will hear more details this Sunday in Worship.

Upcoming Key Dates for Long Range Planning
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!

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
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
Praise for the new baby in our faith family - Gordon Schuknecht born 7/11
Margie Bowron - had heart procedure today; doing well in recovery; will stay overnight and come home tomorrow
Bill Dittus - lawnmower accident; staples in head and compression fracture in the lower vertebra
Bill Gleasure -recovering from leg infection
Norris Wood - building up strength at home before surgery in 3 weeks
Virginia Lane - foot injury
Ellie Dobson - went home to Glory on Monday, services later
Charles Smith - recovering nicely from knee surgery
Joe Roach - ongoing illness
Don Koeble - home healing from many 2nd and 3rd degree burns
Ceil Jordan - stent went well - at home recovering
David Steed - upcoming knee surgery (cartilage tear)
Ian McFarlane - lymphoma
Nick Poulos - back in Blairsville; resting from treatments
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
Bambi Wooten - hip surgery on July 26th
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 - cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – 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
What a wonderful way to begin the second half of the year! THANK YOU Church! You are AWESOME! That helps!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
July 1………………$ 28,186…………………………..$ 541,833
July 8………………$ 17, 314………………………….$ 559,147
July 15……………. $15,983…………………………..$ 575,130

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

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