|Ye Olde Burgess Christmas LetterMerry Christmas (2018) from|
Psalm 22 Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.
JacobJake’s found his groove as he plows through his sophomore year at Young Harris College – a United Methodist affiliated college 8 miles from our parsonage. He continues to live at home and tackle the challenges of life like “Physics” and “Chemistry.” We are proud of our son. He has learned how to dig in and make it happen. He also has learned how to hit a backhand on the tennis court. That’s really a very troubling development. Dad is being forced to learn how to run again!
Katie & Mark & Timber & TeakKatie and Mark continue to live and love in Castle Rock, Colorado. Their family grew this year by four feet! His name is Teak. Like most Chocolate Lab pups, he is a bundle of unbridled energy. Katie is preparing to defend her dissertation in the spring. There are too many big words involved for us to fully understand. All we know is that once published, we are convinced a lot of ventilated NICU babies will receive optimum care (something that’s been a passion of Katie’s since she was 14 years old.) We also want to say how much we appreciate our son-in-law Mark. Not only has his rock solid IT skills built a successful career, but he has served FUMC of Union County (here in Georgia) faithfully as part of our Tech Service Department. We cannot count how many technical problems he has solved for us as our tech guy in the cloud!
Mark & Shannon & Heavenly GraceWe said good bye to our family doggie recently. Grace had been with us for a long time. We miss her but we find comfort knowing that sweet souls like her never really end – they too move through that great heavenly door. It is that door that transforms an end into a beginning. Shannon and I are giving our lives to guide people there. That door was opened from the heavenly side. A Holiday invitation has been given. “Come home.”
From our family to your family, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!HE HAS DONE IT!
|Wednesday Night Nurture: next dinner will be January 9thRev. Rod McClarnon continues his Adult Advent Study in lower level of MAC at 6 pm. Hand Bells will practice at 6 pm and Choir practice at 7 pm.|
|Christmas Worship Services PlanWe will have our usual 3 worship services this coming Sunday, December 23rd at 8:30, 9:45 and 11 am. Christmas Eve is Monday night this year. On Monday night December 24th, we will worship at 3 candlelight services at 5 pm, 7 pm , and 11 pm. Loving nursery will be provided for the 5 pm and 7 pm candlelight services on Christmas Eve. Billy (Vocalist) and Rose (Pianist and Harpist) will be leading the music ministry at the 11 pm service.|
|HOLIDAY HOURS OF THE MAC AND CHURCH OFFICES: The MAC will be closed from Monday, 24th til Wednesday, January 2nd. The church offices will also be closed to the public. Staff will be in and out during this time. Should you need to reach one of us, please leave a phone message or write an email. These will be periodically checked from Wednesday, 26th through January 1st.|
|Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our worldThose recovering from the storms and firesOur military familiesThe two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GAOur entire staff team and their extended familiesAll our expecting “Mommies to be”All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related strugglesTricia Wallace’s stepdad Mike Brooks- in hospital ICU in Alabama, critical heart issuesBill Gleasure - at Emory Hospital with reduced Liver functionMarion Lifsey - home now after rotator cuff surgery yesterdayLinda Womack - recovering now at home - continuing to improveHelen Owenby - back to assisted care from hospitalNisia Redgrave - moved to Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)Bob Eshelman - general healthSonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) - began ChemoTom Gilbert - hand procedure went well yesterday - hernia repair ThursdayStephen & Kelly Schuknecht - newborn great grandchild requires heart surgeryLarry Culpepper’s sister - general healthLisa Wilson - kneeDebbie Crask - home now - IV AntibioticsRuth Stefko’s daughter Dawn - general healthJoan Shaw - treatment for lung cancer complete - surgery in JanuaryMargie Bowron – general healthDee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer has spread)Rod McClarnon - cleared cardiac screen - eye surgery scheduled in JanuaryClaudia Deprez - cancer is in remission again!George Houdeshel - general healthKerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemoRev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapyShannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancerShirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – chronic back/neck/pain issues.|
|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 ReceivedDecember 2nd….$ 40,884……………..$ 1,043,616December 9th…..$ 25,220……………..$ 1,068,837December 16th…$ 24,758……………..$ 1,093,595
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!