Just one last THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped with Vacation Bible School this year - directly and indirectly. We were in ministry to 117 children between the ages a 3 yrs old and 5th graders. It was a great week. And we appreciated all the prayers. Continue to pray for God to lead those who do not have a church home to come check this one out. Rest. Renew. Rejoice.

Now let’s turn our attention to our large Community Outreach event tomorrow on July 4rth! Bring your chairs or blankets and a few friends. The weather looks promising. Details of “what happens when” is below. While the fireworks begin at 9:30 pm, stuff begins on our church campus at 6:30 pm. Don’t miss it!

Lastly, I am making a very heart felt appeal for help. Below in this tickle are many servant heart opportunities that are currently open. Pray about them. Consider stepping beyond your comfort zone. Church “goes” because people are willing to step forward and claim ministries. We will be here to equip you and help you. Look them over and pray it through. Contact Evelyn if you are willing to talk about any of these needed roles.

God’s Peace,

Our Church Campus Wednesday July 4rth Plan:

6:30 ‘Overflow’ plays
6:45 Sons of the American Revolution present
copy of the Declaration of Independence to Rev. Burgess
7:00 Girl Scouts’ Flag Retirement Ceremony
followed by SAR musket salute.
‘Overflow’ resumes playing
8:00 Patriotic sing-a-long
Song #1*
Preamble to Constitution / Richard
Songs # 2&3
Pledge of Allegiance / Richard
‘Overflow’ resumes playing
9:30. 🇺🇸🎉🎆💥 Fireworks!
*your choice on patriotic songs

Janice Taylor’s Girl Scout Troop 11635 will sell ice cream and cookies, Courtney Bruce is helping BS Troop 101 with BBQ plates (Jeremy is out of town). Jennifer and the Youth will be selling soft drinks. Artie and Gene are in charge of water, PopPop’s Candies will sell treats.

Driver needed: Barbara Lewis is needing a driver to take her to Northside Hospital, Atlanta by 5:30 am on Wednesday, July 11th. She will have an outpatient procedure and come home later in the day. She is willing to pay for the drive. Please contact the church office if you are willing.

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.

Morning Glory Circle will NOT meet tomorrow as it is the 4th of July. They will meet next Wednesday, 11th at their regular time.

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!

RENT A YOUTH: first  YOUTH 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 jennifer.fumcyouth@gmail.com 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: https://sites.google.com/view/backpack-2-school-bash
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 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!

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
Bryan Thomas - recent loss of his Father-in-Law
Charles Smith - healing at home with new knee
Joe Roach - at home recovering from recent hospitalization
Don Koeble - home healing from many 2nd and 3rd degree burns
Kenny Engle - healing of knee - still on crutches
Margie Bowron - cardiac related diagnostic procedure Thursday at NE Georgia Medical Hospital in Gainesville
Ceil Jordan - stent went well - at home recovering
David Steed - upcoming knee surgery (cartilage tear)
Ian McFarlane - lymphoma
Nick Poulos - in Florida receiving radiation treatments
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 - 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

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

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