Faith Family: (Watch for the December Newsletter!)
On behalf of your FUMC of Union County South Georgia Chainsaw Mission Team, thank you for the prayers, goodies, and support. We are all back and everyone is ok (sore - but ok!) You will hear the story in the weeks to come as best as we can tell it. God is there with all those people who are still in shock from those storms that devastated their community. Forgive us if we struggle to find words. It was just heart rendering and honestly, we are all a little shocked too. Thank you Mission Committee for helping to equip this trip! We helped six locations - but they have a long, long way to go. Thank you Church for all your giving to the General Fund so that our Mission Committee could send us.

As we turn to the week ahead, I encourage EVERYONE to be at Church again this Sunday. We will continue our GET UP AND GO theme for November with our annual Missions fair in the Fellowship Hall Sunday morning. Anytime after the 8:30 am worship service, please come by and browse the mission opportunities on display this year. There will be sign up lists (and light finger food) if you wish to participate or just know more.There may even be a person sitting at the table to answer your questions. Walk, talk, then GET UP AND GO if you have yet to find your mission through the life of this church!
pastor mark
Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts and launch disciples

Conference Emergency Response Teams:

Save the date for Saturday, February 16, when we’ll host a North Georgia Disaster Academy at Salem Campground near Covington!

Our FUMC of Union County ERT Coordinator is Kyle Freed
Our FUMC Of Union County Chainsaw Team Coordinator is David Kuykendall Contact them if you wish to get involved.

Wednesday Night Nurture activities:
Supper at 5:00 pm
Italian Night! It is a fundraiser for the Brownie troop (young Girl Scouts)
Adult Bible Study - led by Rev. Mike Cloyd at 6:00 pm in the Fidelis SS room, continuing in the book of Esther
Youth meet at THE GATHERING at 6 pm in the MAC lower level
Children (5th grade and younger) meet in the Fundamentals Room at 6 pm
Choir at 7:00 pm

Myron & Brenda Turner’s Grandson Brady will be participating in a Medical Mission Trip to the Amazon. If you would like to support Brady, he is collecting the follow items: Flip Flops (all sizes), Bar Soap, Tooth Brushes, Adult & Children’s Vitamins with Iron, Fishing Line, Lures & Hooks. There will be a collection box in the Narthex.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: DUE THIS THURSDAY Boxes are still available for you to pick up in the MAC . The list of approved items is there too. Please have boxes returned with the $9.

Operation Turkey Tree - FUMC Youth Mission
Turkey Trees are now set up in the Narthex and MAC. Please take a paper turkey and purchase the suggested item. You may then bring the item and place it under the tree (Turkey’s in the Freezer in the MAC Kitchen.) The youth will later fill Thanksgiving boxes with this food to give to needy families in Union County. Hurry - needs to be done before Thanksgiving!

Our Community-Wide Holiday Dinner will be Wednesday, Dec. 5th in the MAC. Please invite your neighbors and come - this will be a very special meal.

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 -

Thank you for all the Coats - the Morning Glory Circle partnership with Antioch Baptist Church will happen this Thursday! Hundreds of Union County residents will be warmer this winter becuase of you!

Night to Shine event will be held here at FUMC again in 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
California fires - loss of life - firefighters - communities
Those recovering from the storms
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 - brain bleed has worsened - reconnecting with doctor in Gainesville Friday - surgery anticipated the following week
Pam Ackerman - complications from knee surgery - blood clots in lungs and pneumonia - moved to Chaturge for Rehab - Room 125
Darrell Hackney - second leg procedure this Friday
Debbie Crask - home now - IV Antibiotics
Ruth Stefko’s daughter Dawn - general health
Joan Shaw - lung cancer diagnosis - begun Chemo/Radiation - surgery later
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer has spread)
Rod McClarnon - cardiac concerns and needed eye surgery
Claudia Deprez - cancer has returned again (staying in Florida)
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) - hospice care Address is:
C/O Franciscan Hospice House
8414 Franciscan Lane Indianapolis, IN 46237
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

We are planning on communicating the results of our 2018 “Increase The LIGHT” Stewardship Journey at all three worship services on Sunday, November 25th. Come be THANKFUL with us on Thanks Giving Weekend! We are so thankful for your generous hearts.

Our current 45 week YTD giving rate would project us to end the year at $1,126,325. Well done Church!

………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
November 4th……$32,907…………………$957,938
November 11th….$16,766…………………$974,705

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

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