Wow! What a day we had on Sunday! A family of two at 8:30, a family of four at 9:45, and another family of two at 11 united with what Christ is doing through this part of the body at FUMC of Union County! It is a Holy moment to see two adults experience their one baptism. And then the announcement of complete joy from our Finance Chair (details below in the “A Note from Finance” section.) It may have been cold outside, but it sure was warm inside!
God’s Peace,
pastor mark

Welcome Newest Members:
Mike and Rhonda Schlienger 1410 Ivy Log Drive, Blairsville
Rick, Jessica, Paisley and Maybelle Stamper 5920 J Garland Drive, YH 30582
Carlene and Carter Spence 70 Rosewood Lane, Young Harris, 30582

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Menu: Pork tenderloin, scalloped potatoes, vegetable and dessert
Youth Gathering, Children’s Ministry Fundamentals - 6:00 pm
Handbells - 6:00 pm in the fellowship hall
There is no Adult Study this week Jan 23 or next week Jan 30
Choir practice at 7 pm in the music room, no hand bell practice this week.
OVERFLOW Band practice at 7 pm in the MAC.

A Night to Shine Volunteer Training:
Ok folks, we are in good shape. We have had an incredible volunteer response to this year’s “A NIght to Shine” event planned for Friday, Feb 8. Thank you for coming to one of the two training events that are now complete - we had a large crowd again this last Sunday. Help us if you can connect with community business sponsors. We are looking for partners who can help financially with this event. We are creating a Sponser’s T-Shirt this year and plan to show our appreciation for all our community businesses who partner with us. This has now grown to a five figure event! We have received a grant from the Tim Tebow Foundation, the Missions Committee is also resourcing this out of our church missions ministry plan, our entire faith family also has the opportunity to help through the second mile giving during January (one more Sunday to go) - but if you know of a business in our community who might wish to become one of our “A Night to Shine” partners - please go talk to them and let Joe & Kim Tatman know about that conversation.

Church-wide Work Day for A Night to Shine:
The Trustees are coordinating another church-wide workday to help prepare our campus (inside and out) to receive our special guests on February 8. The work day is Saturday morning, February 2 from 9 am to 1 pm. There may even be donuts and coffee if you come at 9 am! If you can help, please come. there will be people here directing willing volunteers into what needs to be done.

The office has received a couple of requests from members needing rides down to Atlanta for medical procedures. If you would be willing to drive down, wait and and bring back someone, please contact the church office. There is some monetary compensation available.

2018 Contribution Statements are available now. Please write your name down on the notepad on the narthex or email Deidra directly at to request your copy.

Red Cross Blood Drive
First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Sunday, March 24th 9:00AM – 1:30PM
Schedule your blood donation appointment today.
Please call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767),
OR visit OR call Nancy at (706) 745-4870.

BUNCO game night is almost here. Friday, February 1st at 6 pm in the fellowship hall. Bring an appetizer or dessert and $2.00 per person to play.

Myrtle von Staden’s new address is: 18 Curtis Drive, East Berlin, PA 17316

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
All those adversely impacted by the ongoing Government shutdown
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
Family of Ruth Stefko in her recent passing - funeral is today at 2 pm at Mountain View Funeral Home
Bill Gleasure - liver issues
Tricia Wallace’s - Step-Dad Mike Brooks at home in Florida
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - general health (Deidra is back)
John & Fran Browning’s daughter (Stephanie) struggling with complications from thyroid surgery
Shelley Lewis’ sister - general health
Margie Richards - procedure at Gainesville hospital today (carotid artery #1)
Kathy Johnson - knee surgery today at UGH
Joan Shaw - cancer related scans tomorrow - anticipated Lung surgery 1-30
Camille Higginbotham - general health
Eileen Nichols - general health
Nancy Joyce - general health
Helen Owenby - in assisted care - see Bud Akins or Church Office for details
Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) - stepped back from chemo treatments
Stephen & Kelly Schuknecht - newborn great grandchild requires heart surgery
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Debbie Crask - home now - IV Antibiotics
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer
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.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Your Finance Team

………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
January 6th……$ 36,368……………………….$ 36,368
January 13th….$ 17,749……………………….$ 54,117
January 20th….$ 18,846………………………..$72,964

Over this last year, Bob & Carol Head went on to glory in heaven. FUMC was blessed for many years by their ministry, their faith and their gifts. Even after they’re gone, their legacy continues to live on at FUMC, as they left in their estate a gift to the church of stocks currently valued at approximately $500,000. The Finance Team will be recommending to Church Council that this gift be used to pay down the MAC loan. It is critical that we not be deterred from our planned giving in 2019. Praise God for Bob & Carol Head, and for all of you in our church family!

Teresa L Davis
FUMC Finance Chair

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

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