(To the tune of Jingle Bells - over and over and over)

Sing to God!
Sing to God!
Singing all the way!
Oh what fun it is to pray
to God all night and Day!

Wasn’t Sunday a great day with our music ministries?! We are truly blessed with sooooooo much “giftedness” in our church. We thank everyone in front and behind the scenes who made that amazing day possible - THANK YOU!

And now we turn our attention to Wednesday Night. We will have a special feast fully provided by Ro and the Robinettes. It will be a meal that will have your tastebuds jumping in jubilation. We will also be recognizing the 2018 new members. Here’s your chance to see these new faces and put a name with them. And if you ARE one of the new faces of 2018, please, please come to dinner and let us get to know you. It will be special time of fellowship for all who come.

Pastor Mark will begin a three week sermon series this Sunday entitled “Unexpected.” Don’t miss any week of this sermon series!
God’s Hope, Peace, Joy, Love

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Menu: Chicken cordon bleu, vegetable, fruit salad, and HOMEMADE red velvet cheesecake. Meal compliments of the Robinettes.
Rod McClarnon will begin an Advent Study immediately following the meal at 6:00 pm. This will continue for the next 3 Wednesdays.

WANT MORE MUSIC? - 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.

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 chair

The Angel Tree will be up by tomorrow night. It will be in the MAC. Each angel will have a child’s Christmas request. You purchase said item and return it under the tree unwrapped.

Prayer Team will meet this Thursday at 5:30 pm in the Conference Room. All are invited to come.

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!

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
Our country as we mourn the loss of our 41st President George HW Bush
Tricia Wallace’s stepdad Mike Brooks- in hospital ICU in Alabama, critical heart issues
Youth Director Jennifer de la Montagne’s dad - hospital in North Carolina
Linda Womack - moving from hospital to Blue Ridge rehab facility today
Doris Wilder and Daughter DeAnna Jorgenson - good to see back in church
Vic Henderson’s brother - heart surgery today
Dottie Kuberek - recent forward fall (home from hospital - healing)
Nisia Redgrave - general health, moved to Chatuge Rehab
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 - good to see him back in church
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 - good to see back in church
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
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
December 2nd….$ 40,884……………..$1,043,616

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

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