What a good turnout we had for yesterday’s services. Woo hoo!

Yes, the TICKLE is early. 🙂 We’re working fast and furious in the office today due to the harsh weather expected the rest of the week. Union County schools have already closed for tomorrow and, following our winter weather policy, we have done the same. The MAC and offices will remain closed until the Union County schools re-open. In addition, we have already cancelled Wednesday night supper and programming.

We pray everyone stays safe and warm during this extreme cold.

Take care, Evelyn

Wednesday Night Nurture:

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 blairsvillefumcdeidra@gmail.com 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 redcrossblood.org 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.

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
Glen Boland- retaining fluid around lungs
Family of Ruth Stefko in her recent passing
Bill Gleasure - liver issues
Tricia Wallace’s - Step-Dad Mike Brooks at home in Alabama
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - general health
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
January 27th….$ 22,718……………………….$ 95,683

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

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