Our Christmas Cantata
is this Sunday!!!
Faith Family:
Please help us get the word out. Tell your friends! Tell your neighbors! Tell the strangers you meet this week! Our music ministry will be presenting our Christmas Cantata at the 8:30 am service and the 11 am service. Our band OVERFLOW will be leading us in a Christmas Celebration at THE WELL at 9:45 am. To help you get into the Christmas Spirit, Jennifer and the Youth will be leading the “Hanging of the Greens” worship service in our Sanctuary this Wednesday at 6 pm. Come support “your” Youth ministry as they lead us in worship.Come casual. Come joyful - leave blessed. There is no other program (Adult, Youth, or Children) this Wednesday so that everyone can come to this service. And come early, we had a large turnout last year!
God’s Peace,

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Menu provided by Girl Scout Juniors - beef eye round, baked potato, vegetable and dessert
The whole family is invited to the youth-led Hanging of the Greens service at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary. This will be in place of the usual Bible Studies.

Mountain Community Choir Christmas Concert (hosted at FUMC)
Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm in our FUMC Sanctuary - concert is free but donations will be appreciated.

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. Everything will be provided including sides and desserts. The main course is chicken corden bleu - dessert and sides are all included. In this meal, we will be recognizing and celebrating our new members who united with us in 2018.

Let the Light Shine: (2018 Stewardship Journey Results)
The light is truly shining bright at FUMC of Union County. The Finance Team is pleased to share with you great news ~ our church family set new records this year in our shared “Increase the Light” Stewardship Journey.

This year’s results are:
- 206 households respond with estimate of giving cards – compared to 168 last year
- 77 households indicated they are giving the full tithe of 10%– 51 households last year
- 89 households who indicated they increased their giving –52 households last year
- 10 families who said they reached the full tithe for the first time –7 families last year
- 26 families filled out their first ever card –15 families last year
- $814,344 total dollars represented on the cards – $660,000 last year

That last number always comes in lower than what we actually receive because there are people who give faithfully but who do not fill out a card. We are prayerful that through your continued commitment to giving we will come in on our plan for 2018 of $1,100,000. And, as always, your Finance team will be monitoring our giving closely across the beginning of 2019. We are hopeful that these results will allow us to walk into our vision of increased staffing and increased ministry for 2019. We are very optimistic that you will “increase the Light” at FUMC of Union County in 2019. On behalf of your Finance Team, we thank you for your continued support, generous hearts, hard work, faithful giving and your unending prayers. Praise be to God!

Teresa L Davis
FUMC Finance Chair

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

NIGHT TO SHINE sponsorship opportunity. Community sponsors are a vital component to the success of our Night to Shine event. If you are interested in participating as a sponsor visit the First UMC website and follow the link to the Night to Shine page to register your interest. Select the button “Businesses click here to sponsor the event”. Please do not hesitate to pass this along to someone you know that may have interest. Individuals may also be sponsors. http://firstmethodistblairsville.com/events-night-to-shine/

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Those recovering from the storms and fires
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 extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Linda Womack - moving from hospital to Blue Ridge rehab facility today
Doris Wilder - recent loss of husband (and Daughter DeAnna Jorgenson - recent loss of step-Dad)
Vic Henderson’s brother - heart surgery today
Dottie Kuberek - recent forward fall (home from hospital - healing)
Nisia Redgrave - general health
Bob Eshelman - general health
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) - began Chemo
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother - injury from fall
Bev Cardell - broken rib from fall
Will Stafford’s Sister - expecting this week
A.G. Sherman - home from hospital (no evidence of stroke - lot’s of questions)
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Laura Wilcher’s Mother - recovery from recent knee surgery
Lamar & Jackie Franklin’s daughter-in-law (Sherry) - hospitalized for acute abdominal pain of unknown origin
Lisa Wilson - knee
Darrell Hackney - healing at home
Debbie Crask - home now - IV Antibiotics
Ruth Stefko’s daughter Dawn - general health
Joan Shaw - Chemo/Radiation treatments ongoing for lung cancer - surgery later
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer has spread)
Rod McClarnon - cardiac concerns and needed eye surgery - appt’s next week
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
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert)
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

Thank you for your generous hearts Church!

………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
November 4th……$32,907…………………$957,938
November 11th….$16,766…………………$974,705
November 18th….$14,801…………………$989,506
November 25th….$13,225………………$1,002,732

If we receive $97,300 across the five Sundays in December, we will end directly on our 2018 Ministry plan target of $1,100,000. Help us get there if you can!

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

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