Wednesday Night Nurture begins next week - August 15. Pastor Mark will begin teaching a 4-6 week United Methodist 101 course that will begin with a conversation on our polity (how we make denominational decisions) and how our polity is moving us through the human sexuality topic. I discussed this in detail in last months newsletter - this is just a reminder. I am inviting everyone to come be informed on how our denomination is engaged in this conversation. We will meet in the Sanctuary at 6 pm August 15. The topic is polity (how our denomination makes decisions) but I clearly recognize the bigger issue in the room that night. I have heard a lot of misinformation and that will probably grow as we approach the called Special Session of General Conference in February to address this issue for our global denomination. My goal is that everyone be informed and aware as this conversation unfolds and what shape it has taken in recent months.

Shannon and Pastor Mark will offer once again our 34 week Bible Study called Disiciple 1. We teach this DVD driven study intentionally for people of all ages who may not have ever had time to take a Bible study. This is the class for you. This is a perfect “first step” into studying the Bible in a small group setting. Come check it out at our informational meeting on Sunday August 19 at 2 pm in the lower level of the MAC. Shannon and I will be there to walk you through the details so you can decide if you wish to do this. Disciple I was my first formal adult Bible study many years ago - it changed my life. Don’t worry about any barriers you may have that “seem: to get in the way of this - we will work with you to navigate them. Come walk with us through the Bible. Let’s discover God together. What this takes is a willing spirit, open heart, and commitment - everything else will appear.

On Saturday, August 11, volunteers from FUMC are hosting an appreciation dinner event for the Firefighter families of Union County.

Come to worship this Sunday and meet our new YHC Youth intern. Jennifer will be introducing her at all three services this Sunday!

The Connectional Group comprised of the 8 United Methodist Churches of Union County and Town’s County is doing it’s annual GREAT Night of Music at Hiawassee UMC on Sunday August 12 at 6:30 pm. The churches bring musical groups and we just have a fun night of music. Billy Hendricks and Rose Oberlin will be representing FUMC. Come early - it’s usually a full house.

Girl Scouts is having an Ice Cream Social and Recruitment event on August 14 in the Fundamentals Room for girls of all ages - up to and including highschoolers.

Due to illness,Chuck Morgan delayed starting the men’s weekly Bible study to next Tuesday, August 14 at 10 am in the MAC upstairs.

Details are below for the women’s weekly study on Wednesday’s August 22 at 10 am. If you are looking for a diverse group of women of all ages to fellowship and Book studies - come check this group out. They have a lot of fun together studying various Christian authors.

Have you been touched by the shared music ministry of Jeff Bauman and Keith DeFoor? Well then come be with us on August 26. We have many special things planned that day as our way of appreciating them and celebrating the 20th anniversary of their ministry at FUMC. Don’t miss this day!

Our CEC Preschool had parent orientation night last night. Our preschool year begins next week. We have a large enrollment this year. Please drive accordingly - there will be lots of 2,3,and 4 yr olds on campus!

A very special word of THANK YOU to our Trustees and church campus volunteers for the coordination work prepping us for the fall cycle. Come to church and see all the new rooms, lights, and carpeting. We are ready for all who come to God’s House!

Look at all that is happening! Come get involved. We have a place for you to make a difference! This is Christ’s “place of grace.” A community Church who’s core value is still to “know Christ and make Christ known.”

Pastor mark

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!

Come celebrate Camille Higginbotham’s 80th birthday on Saturday, August 11th from 1:30 until 4:00 pm. The party is drop- in so please come when you can, held in FUMC fellowship hall. Your presence is her present.

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.

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
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

Supporting Boy Scout Troop # 101
Sat. Aug. 25 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

859 HWY 515, Blairsville, GA 706-745-2073
Sponsored by the United Methodist Men

DONATION : $7.00
Includes: Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Pancakes, Grits,
Biscuits and Gravy, and Beverage

Come to worship this Sunday and meet our new YHC Youth intern. Jennifer will be introducing her at all three services this Sunday!

The Roaches new address is 6070 Erinblair Loop, Haymarket, Virginia 20169

Upcoming Key Dates for Long Range Planning
August 12 - Blood Drive, 9:30 am till 2 pm
August 14 - Girl Scout Ice Cream Recruitment Social, 4 pm - 7 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
Melanie Howell - sister (Karen) passed Sunday
Rev. Charles Black passed last week
Margie Bowron - recovering at home
Jim Arthur - heart cath today affirmed heart valve concerns. They kept Jim overnight and have heart valve replacement surgery planned at 6:30 am tomorrow.
Rod Johnson - leg infection needs healing
Rod McClarnon - second eye surgery this Friday
Billy Hendricks - healing from surgery to repar broken hand
Pat Patchin - hip replacement went well today
Shannon Burgess brother in law - cancer related surgery tomorrow
Judy Haygood - new pacemaker in - cardiac oblation in September
Norris Wood - heart valve surgery on August 17th
Nancy Sanford’s son (Daniel) - key tests this week
Ellie Dobson’s family - recent loss
Hedi Hillenbrand - transferred from UGH to Nursing home in TN (if you have details of how to reach Ms. Hedi in her new place, please call Evelyn and let us know those details)
Wayne Jones (the one married to Barbara) - brother Jim - stroke recovery
Joe & Billie Roach - recent move to Virginia to live with their son’s family
Joan Wiley - move this month to live next to children 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
Jim Norman - 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
We have invested (per our 2018 ministry plan) significantly in our church this year. Our facilities are calling for our attention and we have been responding. Thank you for strong giving that allows us to continue to meet the needs of all our ministries. Let’s change the world together!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
August 5th $ 27,604…………………………..$634,409

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

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