We had a great day! It’s very special when we have roughly 600 people in worship here at FUMC. While we were there to worship God first, I am so thankful so many were present to help us also communicate our love and appreciation for two decades of God’s ministry through Jeff and Keith. Thank you all for giving the DeFoor family and the Bauman family a memory that I am certain they will never forget (Lord knows, they have done that for us too many times to count!) To God be the Glory!

God’s Joy,
Pastor mark

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.

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.

Wed Night Activities this week! (and don’t forget Women’s study 10 am)
Dinner begins at 5 pm
Pecan crusted tilapia, potato crowns, coleslaw and dessert
Children’s Ministry begins at 6 pm in the Fundamentals room (nursery available)
Youth (6th grade and up) at THE GATHERING begins at 6 pm in lower level of the MAC
Hand bells at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
United Methodism 101 BACK IN THE SANCTUARY (6 pm to 6:45 pm)
……………This Week’s UM101 topic is “Sacraments” - Baptism and Holy Communion
Choir rehearsal in the music room behind the Sanctuary at 7 pm

Classes for Adults over 50
The first class of the fall session begins Thursday, September 6th. If you have not registered - don’t wait too long! Classes are filling up! Class flyers are out.

The best link to official United Methodist Church Denominational (Global) news comes from a publication from the United Methodist Communications office that you can subscribe to at the following website umcom.org

On that web page, click the large “Subscribe box.” In the window that comes up, select Weekly Digest under United Methodist News. You then get a summary email from the United Methodist Church sent to you each week regarding the major developments in core stories around the globe. Among many other things, updates on the upcoming Special Session of General Conference in February will be found there. The North Georgia Conference Web site is a good source of continuous information as well - ngumc.org

In the mountains, it’s not spring cleaning - but fall cleaning - that is our rhythm of life. Do you have some stuff in your house that has value but you don’t know what to do with it? Consider donating it to our Fall Festival MAC Fundraising event. Every penny we earn in this event goes to pay down our MAC Loan. So come on - wander into that basement - open those boxes - who knows what treasures may be there! People are in the Annex Building (tan metal storage building on back side of parking lot) ready to receive your donations each Tuesday and Friday from 9 am to 11 am. And beginning in September, people will also be in the Fellowship Hall on Tuesday and Friday from 9 am to 11 am to receive your used clothing, shoes, etc… HELP US MAKE THIS THE BEST FALL FESTIVAL EVER!

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.

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 change 315 868 0755

Hedi Hillenbrand has moved. Her new address is: Hewitt House, 322 E Washington Street, Room 308, Pulaski, TN 38478 phone # 706 897 5529 Her son has asked us to be sensitive in not asking her when she is coming back to Blairsville. She misses everyone so much but coming back to Blairsville may not be a possibility for her.

A Very Special Invitation:
Our new District Superintendent (Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers) will have her formal “installation of office” worship service on Sunday, September 9th at Gainesville FUMC at 3 pm. If you have never been to a D.S. installation, come with us to this one. One of the guest choirs at this special worship service is the Jeff Bauman led YHC Chamber Choir. This is a service for all the clergy and all the laity of our District. The Bishop and Bishop’s cabinet (the other District Superintendents) will all be present. All church members are invited. Stan Wallace has agreed to drive the church bus leaving our church at 1 pm. The first 14 people to sign up on Evelyn’s list in her office can ride the church bus. For everyone else, the address is 2780 Thompson Bridge Road Gainesville, GA 30506 Come be with us - you are invited!

Enotah CASA invites you to attend our open house on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Towns County Historical Society located at 900 N Main Street Hiawassee, GA. Enotah CASA is looking for volunteers to advocate for children’s best interest that are in foster care and ambassadors to take our message to the public, help raise support for our cause and/or assist with events. For more information please contact Stephanie Brown at 706-435-7419 or sbrown@enotahcasa.org

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)
Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Bill Kolb - carpal tunnel surgery went well - healing
Joan Shaw - sister Jackie - recent cancer diagnosis
Doug Young - home from hospital
Bart & Richard Hoibraten - step mother in CA in hospice
Janet Dittus - upcoming replacement knee surgery - Sept 17 - Murphy Hospital
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer has spread
Jim Arthur - at home recovering from new heart valve surgery
Rod McClarnon - cardiac concerns and needed eye surgery
Pat Patchin - healing and stability on that new hip
Judy Haygood - new pacemaker in - cardiac oblation in September
David Steed - knee replacement went well this morning - be at UGH tonight
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
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!…………

………………. ..Received……….. .YTD Received
August 5th $ 27,604…………………………….$634,409
August 12th $ 18,870…………………………..$653,278
August 19th $ 19,604…………………………..$672,883
August 26th $ 27,411……………………………$700,294

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

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