I don’t ever recall having a $112,600 giving September before in the life of this church! You continue to show us what God’s Generous Spirit does as it moves among the people of God. THANK YOU!

I am so very excited about the Fall Festival - October 12 (9-4 pm) & October 13 (9-2pm). That truly is an “all hands on deck” clarion call as we join together in raising funds for paying off our MAC loan together. If you have a Fall Festival related question, call Stan at 229-326-0644.

I also want to get onto everyone’s radar that our 9:45 worship band OVERFLOW is holding another free Wednesday evening concert during the week of Fall break - Wednesday, October 17 at 6 pm. The band will play for a while, then the Youth will be selling popcorn and goodies during an intermission before the band returns for their final set. This is a free concert that we hope is an OUTREACH event - that only happens if you lead someone here that night. Invite your friends and come - OVERFLOW will take their breathe away (I promise - this unique blend of 6 people is just outstanding!)…what a gracious way to introduce (one or 50) friends to your church!

Please see the note below about our Second Missions fair on Sunday, November 18. If you want a Table at that fair that day to draw people to your mission/ministry area - see Kim!

Just a reminder, the invitation to unite with what Christ is doing through this part of the Body of Christ at FUMC of Union County is always present. Simply schedule a meeting with me by replying to this tickle to begin the process.
God’s Peace,
Pastor Mark

Wednesday Night Nurture activities this week:
Supper at 5:00 pm
Menu: Fall Soup and Salad Dinner
By Hospitality featuring ….
Chili, Vegetable soup, navy bean soup, chicken taco soup, French bread, crackers,
and dessert
Adult Bible Study - led by Mike Cloyd at 6:00 pm in the Fidelis SS room, studying the book of Ruth - bring your Bible and come!
Children and Youth will have their programs at 6:00 pm
Choir at 7:00 pm

Relay for Life:
We are having another Spirit Night at the Blairsville Chick-Fil-A THIS 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.

The Morning Glory Circle will be meeting on Wednesday, October 10th at 10:00 am in the Youth Activity Room in the MAC. We will be packaging candy for the Fall Festival Sweet Shoppe. Women’s Bible Study will not meet that day.

David Kuykendall will be teaching a North Georgia Conference-approved Chainsaw operation and safety course here on Friday, Nov. 2nd from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and Saturday, Nov. 3rd beginning at 8:30 am. There will be field demonstration and technique practice on the church campus. This course is a have-to to participate in disaster relief chainsaw work with the Methodist Church. You may also attend if you are interested in chainsaw safety for your own benefit or helping a saw operator clear limbs, move wood, etc. If you’d like further information, please call David Kuykendall at 706 994 0384.

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

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.

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 - came home Friday - will be doing rehab here in Blairsville
Norris Wood - healing at home from heart valve repair surgery
Bud Akins - melanoma related surgery - Oct 9 - Northside Hospital
Carol Head - holy ground - family has requested no more visitors please
Emily Cobb - father having open heart surgery October 10
Lisa Wilson- back & knee inflammations (knee is being a real nuisance)
JoAnn Strickland - recovering from hip replacement - at church Sunday!
Helen Douyllie - recovering from hip surgery
David Heyer - foot surgery on Thursday went well
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 - bone infection (that’s the real cause behind the knee)
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
September 30th……..$24,006……………….$ 808,283

On our current YTD giving rate (39 weeks), we would end at $1,077,710 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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