It sure was great having 455 people in worship Sunday! That’s 455 dispensers of the good news of Jesus Christ - “go” - be God’s Heavenly Coke machines! You have to be there Sunday for that to remotely make sense…

What a joy to have Sue Stewart unite with what God is doing through us here at FUMC! Sue also made her public profession of faith in Jesus Christ when she joined. Her address is: 151 Townhouse Dr #A Blairsville, GA 30512 We have another confirmand making her public profession of Jesus Christ this coming Sunday at the 11 am service! Woo! Hoo!

The story in our church during the week days this week is the official start of the fall season of “stuff.” We had 64 little ones begin in our CEC Preschool yesterday. Pray for a great year of learning!

The Girl Scouts have their Ice Cream Recruitment Social in the Fundamentals room tonight for all girls from Kindergarten thru High School at 4 pm.

Wednesday night begins our Wednesday Night Nurture. Come check out dinner at 5 pm (technically, the meal is free but we put out a basket for donations to help us cover the cost of these meals.) I will kick off another iteration of United Methodist 101 classes (a 4-6 week study) with a very special conversation on United Methodist Polity - and how that polity is being used to navigate the human sexuality question our denomination is currently considering. If you are interested in how this conversation is unfolding, come be with me in the Sanctuary at 6 pm for 45 minutes. Nursery is provided during Wednesday night nurture after dinner. Children’s ministry (toddlers through 5th graders) will begin. Also, Jennifer de la Montagne and Ragan Cook (our new YHC Youth Intern) will meet with all our youth (6th graders through seniors) at THE GATHERING in the lower level of the MAC at 6 pm.

The Disciple 1 study informational meeting will be Sunday, August 19 at 2 pm in the lower level of the MAC. Come check it out - Shannon and and I will both be present to answer your questions about the study. This is the 34 week Bible Study facilitated by us. If you have never taken a study, take this one! It is a GREAT START!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

God’s Joy,
Pastor mark

As the hot, sultry “Dog Days of Summer” come to an end. “Wednesday Night Nurture” begins! Woo Hoo!!! Join us THIS Wednesday, August 15th at 5:00 for dinner followed by programming for children, youth and adults. Dinner includes a Hot dog bar with a variety of fixin’s, Gene’s Beans, Cole Slaw and an Ice Cream bar for dessert. If you have never had Gene’s Beans, you have been missing a very special delight all your life!

We are looking for some people to be Welcome Greeters at the 11 o’clock service. If you are interested in being a greeter and want more information, please contact Barb or John Hahn at 706 835 1289.

Orphanage Emmanuel:
Come take your vacation with God to Orphanage Emmanuel. Trip Date is January 5-12. The first organizational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5 at 6:00 PM (room to be announced later). Additionally, you can contact Joe Tatman for more information at 2jtatman@gmail.com.
The August Second Mile Giving is going to International Missions support for FUMC missions. You can designate your giving to Orphanage Emmanuel if you like. Two opportunities: 1) support the team projects and expenses, 2) sponsor a Quinceanera girl (our 3rd annual Quinceanera) for $40.
A special note about International Missions; as Acts 1:8 puts it “… to the ends of the Earth”. Travel costs can be a barrier for one of our own disciples to be a part of a team. Please consider this when you are nudged to give.

The Women’s study of FUMC will begin a 6 week study on Elijah on August 22 at 10am in the youth room in the center of the lower level of the MAC. Study Book will be Elijah, Spiritual Stamina in Every Season by Melissa Spoelstra. Please join us as we grow in faith and develop spiritual stamina that will help us not only survive, but THRIVE! Please contact Shannon Burgess with any questions at sburgess421@gmail.com.

ERT badges are in the church office. If you took the recent class, please stop by the church office and pick up yours.

Joan Wiley’s new address is PO Box 814, 43 Walnut Street, Richfield Springs, NY 13439, phone # 706 487 0853.

Hedi Hillenbrand has moved. Her new address is: Hewitt House, 322 E Washington Street, Room 308, Pulaski, TN 38478

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
Melanie Howell - recent loss
Margie Bowron - recovering at home
Jim Arthur - at home recovering from new heart valve surgery
Rod McClarnon - cardiac concerns caused hospitalization - home now
Pat Patchin - healing and stability on that new hip
Judy Haygood - new pacemaker in - cardiac oblation in September
Norris Wood - heart valve surgery this Friday at Atlanta Piedmont
Wayne Jones (the one married to Barbara) - brother Jim - stroke recovery
Joan Wiley - moving this week to family in New York
David Steed - upcoming knee replacement August 28
Ian McFarlane - lymphoma - and their daughter Kathy has been in ICU for 2 months
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - 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
Thank you so much for your faithful giving. Our facility expenses and ministry expenses have been higher than expected across the first half of the year. But through your generosity, God has and will provide. God is so good!

………………. ..Received……….. .YTD Received
August 5th $ 27,604…………………………..$634,409
August 12th $ 18,870…………………………..$653,278

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

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