There have been several people from our church who have been involved in the hurricane(s) devastation area(s) for weeks now. We now also have a team of 8 people from our church who are traveling to the South Georgia Hurricane zone to do chainsaw clearing and debris removal work for four days November 9-12. Foremost, keep the people who were in the path of the storms in your prayers - but also, keep all of the people who are reaching out to help them in your prayers - especially Friday through Monday of this week!


David Kuykendall, Kyle Freed, Mel Crask, Emily Stafford, Sam Wilson, Alice Janessa, Mark Burgess, Ernie Payne.
pastor mark

IMMEDIATE NEED - The Chainsaw ERT Team needs one or two water-tight storage boxes or bins that will fit in the back of a pickup truck. They need to store saws, tools,etc, safely on the drive to and from Donalsonville. Please contact David Kuykendall or Kyle Freed if you have something you would be willing to lend the team for a few days. David 706 994 0384/Kyle 678 772 1417

Conference Emergency Response Teams:
We have several updates and a “Save the Date” for you.

The Alabama-West Florida Conference is now accepting out-of-conference ERT Teams who are badged and 100% self-contained (bring your own food, water, gasoline and either have your own housing/lodging or enter and leave the same day). Team leaders can register at the Alabama-West Florida Conference’s new online portal at:

In the South Georgia Conference, electricity is starting to return to the affected area. The Conference has issued a call for ERTs and volunteers to help with debris cleanup and tarping roofs. Only the team leader must be a current ERT. The work is primarily in Decatur, Seminole, Miller, Baker, Mitchell, Randolph, and Dougherty counties. There are local churches and other buildings with space for your team to spend the night. Team leaders are asked to register their team at:

THANK YOU for your church and your praying, giving, and going in disaster response ministry this fall! Our North Georgia teams are making significant contributions in North Carolina, South Carolina, South Georgia, and Florida as we assist our neighbors in response to hurricanes Florence and Michael. Continue to help, and to get more people prepared to help, by pointing them to training for the winter quarter at:

Lastly, save the date for Saturday, February 16, when we’ll host a North Georgia Disaster Academy at Salem Campground near Covington!
More details and registration will be coming in weeks ahead as we offer a variety of beginner and renewal ERT plus advanced training including chainsaw and other specialized classes. We’ll have different churches showing their trailers and plenty of networking. The Dacula UMC food trunk will be with us showing what they can do. This will be a great meetup for both veteran and rookie disaster response ministry folk.

Rev. Scott Parrish
North Georgia Conference Disaster Response Coordinator

Wednesday Night Nurture activities:
Supper at 5:00 pm
Soups and salad along with dessert. It is a fundraiser for the Daisy 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 - Chapters 4 and 5
Handbells at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary
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: 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 by November 15th.

Operation Turkey Tree - FUMC Youth Mission
Turkey Trees are now set up in the narthex and MAC. “Turkeys” will be on the trees by Wednesday night. Please take a paper turkey and purchase the suggested item. You may then bring the item and place it under the tree. The youth will later fill Thanksgiving boxes with this food to give to needy families in Union County.

There is a community-wide Thanksgiving Dinner available for any and all who would like one. You may dine in at the House of Prayer - Family Life Center, or pick it or have it delivered. The dinner is Thursday, November 22nd from 11:30 - 2:30 pm. Deadline to sign up is Monday, November 19th at noon. You may sign up through the church office of call 706 751 3556.

Don’t forget to go through your coat closet and donate any gently used winter coats to the Morning Glory Circle coat collection. They will be distributing out to the community next month. Share the warmth and give a coat.Donations may be placed in the MAC closet across from the reception desk.

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 -

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 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
Pam Akerman - had second knee replacement surgery today; recovering nicely
Richard and Bart Hoibraten- recent loss of their stepmom
Debbie Crask - multiple issues going on from knee, in Emory
John Cook - recovery from hernia operation
Julie Sundsted’s - brother (David) recovering from cancer related surgery 10-31
Pam Ackerman - knee replacement surgery Tuesday at UGH
Joan Shaw - undergoing chemo/radiation for lung cancer
Bud Akins - test results are encouraging
Lisa Wilson- knee concerns
Judy Walls brother in Texas passed
Ruth Stefko’s daughter Dawn - general health
Joan Shaw - lung cancer diagnosis - begun Chemo/Radiation - surgery later
Bart & Richard Hoibraten - step mother in CA in hospice
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
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!

A Note from Your Finance Team

We usually have a very strong October because we benefit from the proceeds of the FALL Festival for the MAC loan. But even with our amazing Fall Festival, we do not remember having a $116,474 October before!

………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
November 4th $32,907…………………$957,938

The numbers are a little skewed “up” from the Fall Festival numbers this month, but our current 43 week YTD giving rate would project us to end the year at $1,118,642.
Well done Church!

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

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