Please come be with us for our night of Worship and Turkey & Dressing dinner this Wednesday (tomorrow.) Everything is shut down to make this special night available to all. The evening begins with a 45 minute casual worship service in the Sanctuary. Jeff and Keith will be our worship leaders. Our guest preacher is one of the finest preachers in the North Georgia Conference - Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - our new Gainesville District Superintendent. This is meant to be our night to come meet Alice! The worship service is led by Lay members of the 8 UMC’s in Towns and Union County. The pot luck meal afterward is free. It is an 8 church pot luck meal. Our part here at FUMC was to provide the Turkey, gravy and drinks. Ro & the Robinettes have done that for us (THANKS BE TO RO!) If you have a dish you like to make - feel free to bring it. We worship at 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary - we eat together in the MAC at 6:30 pm. Come meet a few other Methodists! Come meet Alice. Everyone is invited - children, youth, adults, everyone! Dress casual and come…nothing else happens on this Wed. night. So come! Worship first at 5:30 pm and then dinner at 6:30 pm.
Lastly, this coming Sunday is an annual celebration that you really don’t want to miss. We have two United Methodist affiliated agencies in our two county area - one is Branan Lodge, the other is Young Harris College. This coming Sunday is our annual celebration of the special relationship we have with this United Methodist School 8 miles up the road. At 8:30 am and 11 am, worship will be led by Jeff’s YHC traveling Choir. At 9:45, worship will be led by a YHC music graduate (his name is Eric Miller - he leads the OVERFLOW that happens at THE WELL every Sunday!) Don’t miss out of this amazing Sunday!
Evelyn Ueltzen’s Mother’s Service Information:
The family has asked us to place this info in the tickle today. The funeral service for Celeste Lewis. will be this Friday in the Rock Chapel at First Baptist Church of Blairsville. Family and Friends time of visitation begins there at 1 pm. The service will begin at 2:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking we honor her memory through donations to The Hope House here in Blairsville. There is a basket that we placed on Evelyn’s desk at Church to make it easy for people to drop off cards for her here.
ERT Forming for future Storm Relief:
If you were unable to make last Thursdays meeting about forming an Early Response Team (responding to neighbors during the recovery phase for one to three days), please contact him by this email. He can walk you into the next step the group is doing right now (a skills/desires survey) email@example.com
Calling United Methodist Men! A huge part of our Fall Festival each year is our BBQ LUNCH. United Methodist Men we need you to help serve on our BBQ team. We need a team of men to help in areas such as food prep, the serving line, table hosts, cashiers, and clean up. Bill Kolb has volunteered to head up the effort. On Friday’s at the Festival we serve approx. 250 BBQ plates! On Saturday’s our average is 150 plates. Serving times are 11:00am - 1:30 on both days. Men we need you! To volunteer Call Bill Kolb at 706-745-9531 or Stan at the church (706-745-2073).
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
Fall Festival News!!!
Volunteers Needed … Find Your Place!
A huge part of our Fall Festival each year is our BBQ LUNCH. United Methodist Men we need you to help serve on our BBQ team. We need a team of men to help in areas such as food prep, the serving line, table hosts, cashiers, and clean up. On Friday’s at the Festival we serve approx. 250 BBQ plates! On Saturday’s our average is 150 plates. Serving times are 11:00am - 1:30 on both days. Men we need you! Call Stan at the church to volunteer!
In our marketplace this year we will be having some new areas, expanding others, and of course keeping our most popular. But WE NEED HELP!! Read the following and find the place you can serve.
SILENT AUCTION ITEMS: We are still looking for some special auction items. We would like to have some college themed gift baskets to auction. We are collecting small college themed items to make up the baskets. We will start with UGA, Georgia Tech, and Florida baskets (unless there are items enough for another school). Also, we are looking for someone gifted in helping assemble the baskets. Contact Tricia Wallace if you can help.
GENERAL STORE: This is an area we will be expanding this year…so exciting! Think about any items you may find in a general store that you can donate…canned goods (we sold a lot of these last year!!), cookbooks, unique kitchen items (cast iron and such), utensils, sewing/crafting items, fabric items such as aprons, dish towels, candles, scented items, homemade soaps/lotions, bird houses, baskets, etc. Get the idea? Contact: Eileen Nichols at 561-635-6130, or Tricia Wallace.
CRAFTERS ROW: CRAFTERS NEEDED! Anyone needing tables for their craft items just let us know. We will again be displaying similar items together to save on tables and space. If there is something you LOVE to make, bring it! You don’t need a full table of items. REMEMBER even just a few items, makes a great impact when put all together. You don’t have to make 50 to be helpful (well, other than scrubbies, never enough of those). PLEASE include a recommended selling price. … Contact Tricia Wallace.
CRAFT DEMONSTRATIONS: This was an idea from last year!! We had one of our resident artists set-up and paint over the two days and we had a wonderful response. This year we would like to have more of our artists and crafters demonstrating their skills during the Festival. Weavers, Chair Caners, Needle Crafters, Painters, Woodcarvers, Quilters, etc…It would be really nice if at your table you could have a few items to sale (but not required) People love to see you work. Contact Stan Wallace if you can help.
CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER!! Yes… A new Christmas corner is coming this year so begin digging in your Christmas closet, attic or storage room. We are looking for anything Christmas that is in good shape and working. Nativity sets, home decor, pillows, dishes, fabric/quilted items, trees, ornaments, wrapping paper, bows, tags, etc. ALSO, this will be an area we will begin setting up on the Monday before the sale. We will need a lot of help that week! Contact Tricia Wallace if you could serve as a helper for her that week!
BAKERY: Homemade cookies, brownies, pies and cakes are always needed. Sugar free / gluten free and children friendly are always a good idea. THE BIG NEED IS ALSO yummy LAYERED CAKES!!! Items can be brought to the church anytime on Thursday October 11th or before. We have freezer space available here at the church for your Bakery items if you want to bake early.
SWEET SHOPPE: Our Sweet Shoppe each year is sponsored by the United Methodist Women’s Morning Glory Circle. For more information about the “Sweet Shoppe” contact Linda Roberson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, remember our TREASURE SALE (collecting your yard sale items on Friday’s at the annex from 9am-11am)
& CLOTHES CLOSET (accepting your slightly used clothes on Tuesday’s and Friday’s from 9am-11am in the Fellowship Hall).
You can bring Marketplace items to Stan’s office anytime or to the Small Dining Room the week of festival set-up. Festival dates are Friday, October 12th 9am-4pm & Saturday, October 13th 9am-2pm WOW!! Exciting stuff!!! THANK YOU and Remember… “ It’s all hands on deck !”
Contact phone #’s…
Stan Wallace 229-326-0644
Tricia Wallace 229-402-9361
A “Traveling Gift Shop” is something new from the Morning Glory Circle for our congregation to find small UM items like bookmarks, key rings, coins and jewelry that they might want for themselves or want to purchase as gifts. The MGC Traveling Gift Shop hours are: Sunday, 9:20 am to 9:40 am and 10:45 am to 10:55 am in the narthex. Look for Alice O’Rourke or another member sitting next to a small display case waiting for you to view and select your items.
FUMC MISSIONS FAIR: On Sunday November 18th our church would once again like to shine a spotlight on all the Missions and Ministry operating within our congregation so that members can easily find a place to serve. If you are an advocate for a Mission or Ministry and would like to be included in this event, please email Kim Tatman now in order to have your service included in the literature and planning.
Night to Shine event will be held here at FUMC again next February.
“The atmosphere is charged with God’s love! I have never been anywhere other than the Night to Shine where there has been as many smiles and promotion of God’s unconditional love for everyone. This energy lingers on past the Night to Shine event. Community connections are made and friendships are formed that last far beyond the night of the Night to Shine. I am of the opinion that the Night to Shine is the closest experience I have ever had to what Heaven will be like. Disabilities, and we all have them; will not matter, as we will be wrapped up in the arms and love of Jesus for eternity! What a day that will be!”
Financial donations are needed to host such a huge event. Thank you in advance for your prayerful consideration.
Would you like to be a volunteer for Night to Shine – February 8, 2019? In the coming weeks - watch for a general on-line link to register as a volunteer.
Lastly, but most important…we are looking for many subcommittee leaders. If you would like to be involved in the planning please contact Kim & Joe Tatman.
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Those in the path of the storms (recovery)
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
Red Bird Adult Mission Team (Kenny Engle from our church)
Ron Schultz - healing at home from back surgery
Bud Akins - Melanoma related testing at Northside Hospital yesterday
Evelyn Ueltzen - recent loss of her Mom
Melinda Weldon - loss of her Dad
Dot MacFarlane - recent loss
Lee Dunham- surgery related infection on foot
JoAnn Strickland - recovering from hip replacement - now at home
Helen Douyllie - recovering from hip surgery
Goodwin Bryan - confirmed no cancer - back home!
Glen & Jan Boland’s sister-in-law - (Ruth Boland) - recently passed
Ruth Stefko’s daughter Dawn - general health (fell again)
Joan Shaw - sister Jackie - cancer diagnosis
Bart & Richard Hoibraten - step mother in CA in hospice
Janet Dittus - knee replacement surgery rescheduled to Thursday
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer has spread
Jim Arthur - recovery form open heart surgery
Elmo Giorgi - recovery from open heart surgery (quadruple bypass - at home now)
Rod McClarnon - cardiac concerns and needed eye surgery
Pat Patchin - healing and stability on that new hip
Judy Haygood - out of the hospital - doing better
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
God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. As we move into the season of our annual FUMC Stewardship Campaign, please be prayerful of how God is calling you to be His light.
………………. . …….Received……….. .YTD Received
September 2nd …….$32,658………………. $ 728,452
September 9th ……. $15,559………………..$ 744,011
September 16th…….$25,586………………..$ 769,597
On our current YTD giving rate (37 weeks), we would end at $1,081,595 of our $1,100,000 2018 Ministry plan.
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!