Wow! What a Sunday! Thank you YHC Concert Choir, YHC President (Dr. Van Horn) who was with us at all three services, YHC Dean of Chapel and Religious Life (Rev. Blair Tolbert) who shared the Word of God at all three services, and all the connections we have with YHC across all three services in the life of this church. I also would like to say a HUGE thank you to the FUMC Worship Choir and FUMC Hospitality groups for providing the “purple brunch” for the entire YHC Concert Choir in the middle hour Sunday. All our connections shined bright across this very special weekend. What a special privilege to have the YHC Concert Choir help lead worship at both 8:30 and 11. Thank you Professor Bauman! I had a hard time staying in my seat!

I am also excited about Rev. Mike Cloyd agreeing to share his “teaching talents” for several weeks on Wednesday nights. He will be leading a Bible study on the Book of Ruth this Wednesday at 6 pm in the Fidelis Sunday School Room - lower level of the MAC. Bring your Bibles and come!
pastor mark

We’re back to regular Wednesday Night Nurture activities this week:
Supper at 5:00 pm
Menu: Johnny Appleseed Day - Chicken stuffed with apple and brie, apple wild rice pilaf, green beans almondine, apple sauce and apple crisp for dessert.
Adult Bible Study - led by Mike Cloyd at 6:00 pm in the Fidelis SS room, studying the book of Ruth
Children and Youth will have their programs at 6:00 pm
Choir at 7:00 pm

Dear Church Family, You have touched me in a profound way with the outpouring of love you have given me upon my mom’s death. I thank you for all the cards, kind words, hugs and donations to Hope House in her memory. I also thank you for your understanding when I was popping in and out before her death. It was a difficult time and I thank you for the grace to have a lenient schedule so I might be with her more. You are wonderful people, and I am blessed to work for you. ~ Evelyn

Church Council meeting tonight at 6:30 pm in the lower level of the MAC.

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

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 -

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

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.

Relay for Life:
We are having another Spirit Night at the Blairsville Chick-Fil-A on Thursday, October 4th. and Survivors in Fashion, fashion show on Saturday, October 20th from 5-7 p.m. at the Union County Civic Center-Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from Glenda Taylor-706-781-7528 or any Team member.

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.

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) - Operation BBQ! Woo! Hoo!!!
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
Linda Womack - in ICU at Gainesville - fell, minor brain bleed, doing better today, will stay one more night and then come home
Ron Schultz - healing at home from back surgery
Bud Akins - waiting on path forward for foot related melanoma
Evelyn Ueltzen - recent loss of her Mom
Melinda Weldon - recent loss of her Dad
Norris Wood - heart valve surgery Friday
Lisa Wilson- back & knee inflammations
JoAnn Strickland - recovering from hip replacement - at church Sunday!
Helen Douyllie - recovering from hip surgery
David Heyer - foot surgery on Thursday
Brenda Adams Mornigstar - recovery from car surgery
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 - healing after surgery
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
Kenny Engle - infecetd knee - MRI this Week
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.

As you do your shopping on AMAZON, you also have the opportunity to donate money to the our church. Simply use AMAZON SMILE, then set up “First United Methodist Church of Union County” as the supporting organization. Once you set it up, every time you place an AMAZON order (must use AMAZON SMILE), Amazon makes a donation to our church. Your same settings and benefits, including Amazon Prime, apply. So we urge you to make the change today. Thanks for your continued support!

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
September 23rd…….$14,679………………..$ 784,276

On our current YTD giving rate (38 weeks), we would end at $1,073,219 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!

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