THANK YOU CHURCH! The weather looked pretty bleak on Saturday. We were in all the right conversations and assessing the weather details as the story unfolded. The challenge is that the weather in Blairsville and the weather where “you” live are never the same. We are thankful that in the lower elevations the temps stayed above freezing which allowed many to safely come to Church Sunday. We had 72 people at early church, 103 people at THE WELL and 139 people at the 11 am service. I am thankful for everyone who came AND I AM ALSO THANKFUL for the decision many of you made to stay home. You know your elevation best. You know your mountain best. You know your abilities best. Be safe out there. It looks like this is going to be a challenging winter this year. May we all make good decisions in it.

Join me in our celebration of one of our youth being baptized and professing his faith in Jesus Christ on Sunday (part of this year’s confirmation class):
Welcome Andrew Engle: 170 Bryant Cove Rd, Blairsville GA 30512

We will continue our three week sermon series this coming Sunday entitled “Unexpected.” Don’t miss any week of this sermon series! It’s Luke’s story!
God’s Hope, Peace, Joy, Love
pastor mark

Wednesday Night Nurture: next dinner will be January 9th
Youth are having their own gathering this Wednesday at 6 pm
Rev. Rod McClarnon continues his Adult Advent Study in lower level of MAC at 6 pm. Band practice and Choir practice at 7 pm.

Morning Glory Circle will have their Christmas luncheon here tomorrow at 11:30 am.

As the Staff Parish Relation committee chair, I would like to share an opportunity with you.

Our staff works tirelessly in their mission to help us move the ministry forward here. We are so blessed that God has sent each person on our staff to share their gifts and graces they bring to the ministry here.

Each year we present an opportunity to show how much we love and appreciate our each of our staff for what they do, what they share and give in ministry here.

If you would like to show your appreciation for them, you may give a love offering gift until December 16th by placing your gift in the envelopes in the pew, designate it Staff Love offering and place in in the offering. We will share your gift with the staff in time to add to their holiday.
Thank you
Kelly Schuknecht
Staff Parish Relations Chairperson

Our Angel Tree at the MAC Desk Entrance.
Well done church! As of this writing, only two angels remain and the tree overflows with toys. THANK YOU!

The Men’s Bible Study meets on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am in the MAC, room M-7. We have a consistent group of 8-12 men who meet for an hour and study the Holy Word of God. We have just concluded the book of Acts where we studied the actions of the apostles in launching the Christian church and are now beginning to study the Epistles of the apostles beginning with the earliest letter of James. We will be studying them in chronological order and discussing how they all influence one another.

If there are any men who are looking for a good Bible based study, please join us on Tuesday mornings. We will welcome you warmly and offer you some coffee, and now and then, some coffee cakes. Join us, you’ll like it!

A little help please… someone expressed interest in joining the prayer quilt team at the Missions Fair.. They, unfortunately, have lost that name. If it was you, they are eager to have you join them. Please call the church office and give your name to Evelyn. She will forward to the prayer quilt team.

STAY INFORMED:
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
Jerry Roberson - recent passing of his brother Elbert
Kathy Zimmerman - recent passing of her sister Alice
Tricia Wallace’s stepdad Mike Brooks- in hospital ICU in Alabama, critical heart issues
Marion Lifsey - home now after rotator cuff surgery yesterday
Linda Womack - at Pruitt’s Healthcare in Blue Ridge (room B11)
Helen Owenby - Gainesville Hospital after a fall
Vic Henderson’s brother - heart surgery went well
Dottie Kuberek - recent forward fall (home from hospital - healing)
Nisia Redgrave - moved to Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
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 - baby is here - Mother and child are doing well
Stephen & Kelly Schuknecht - first great grandchild born last week at Erlanger Hospital (baby will have heart surgery in a few months to correct known heart issue)
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Laura Wilcher’s Mother - recovery from recent knee surgery
Lisa Wilson - knee
Debbie Crask - home now - IV Antibiotics
Ruth Stefko’s daughter Dawn - general health
Joan Shaw - treatment for lung cancer complete - surgery in January
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer has spread)
Rod McClarnon - cleared cardiac screen - eye surgery scheduled in January
Claudia Deprez - cancer is in remission again!
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
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
December 2nd….$ 40,884……………..$ 1,043,616
December 9th…..$ 25,220……………..$ 1,068,837

Our 2018 Ministry Plan giving goal is $1,100,000. We are within reach with three Sundays left in December!

As always, for your giving to be a matter of record in calendar year 2018, we must receive it in the Church Office by Monday, December 31.

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

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