Directories are out. You may pick up one at the MAC desk during the week or on Sunday morning. There is one update already. Maggie Guerrier is now at 123 Buck Ridge Drive, Blairsville.

Ellie Dobson’s funeral arrangements are: Visitation at church on Saturday, August 4th at 10:00 am. Service will follow at 11:00 am here.

Pastor Mark will be back in the pulpit on Sunday morning. Come to church and help us give him and Shannon a warm welcome back.

And in the meantime, have a wonderful, joy-filled week!

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!

BLOOD DRIVE: Sunday, August 12th from 9:30 til 2:00 pm. To schedule a blood donation appointment please call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767), visit or call Nancy at (706) 745-4870.

The youth need your help. Please bring old newspapers and drop them off in the youth office. They will be shredding them to use as weed killer in the pumpkin patch.

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.

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 11:00-2:00 in the MAC
Here we are church family! 4 days out and we now we have 404 students registered!!!
We have closed registration as of now, but will continue to serve as many walk-ups as supplies allow. No one will go without. If we can’t meet the need Saturday, we will work with Family Connections to make sure everyone has what they need.

This community and especially this church, has responded to the call to GIVE… and given you have. Prayers, school supplies and financial contributions have been overwhelming.

Now I hope you will give yourself the chance to RECEIVE… receive the pure joy that only children can give, the opportunity to show love and grace to the MANY that will walk upon our campus, and most importantly receive the chance for others to see Jesus through your actions and words.

Please consider coming and spending some time with us this Saturday, July 28th from 11-2, Wear your volunteer t-shirt if you have one and as Pastor Mark says; “All Hands On Deck!”

My Heartfelt Thanks,
Tricia Wallace

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
Margie Bowron - recovering at home
Bill Dittus - lawnmower accident; staples in head and compression fracture in the lower vertebra
Rod Johnson - leg infection needs healing
Bill Gleasure -recovering from leg infection
Judy Haygood - heart surgery last week
Norris Wood - building up strength at home before surgery on August 17th
Virginia Lane - foot injury
Ellie Dobson’s family - strength and prayer; service on August 4th
Charles Smith - recovering nicely from knee surgery
Joe Roach - ongoing illness
Don Koeble - home healing from many 2nd and 3rd degree burns
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 this Thursday in Florida
George Houdeshel - general health
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Pat Parsons - hip surgery on August 7th
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
July 22…………….$ 14,505…………………………..$ 589,635

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

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