If you were in worship Sunday, you know our Honduras Mission team has safely returned and we are thankful. Now that our routine ministries have started back up for the Spring cycle, we are trying to focus the entire church on our 2nd annual Tim Tebow Foundation “A Night to Shine” event February 8. Once again, please go through to our web site to register as a volunteer - we can find a place for everyone to serve in preparations for that night, serving our guests on that night, and in clean up after the night. If you are going to be involved, you need to come to one of two training events (even if you did the training last year) - details are below - but one training event is THIS WED Night in the sanctuary at 6 pm and the other is next Sunday in the Sanctuary at 4 pm. Pastor mark, Joe and Kim Tatman will be here to facilitate. Our second mile giving emphasis for the entire month of January is this event. We have partnered with several businesses but we would also like to partner with you. Simply place “A Night to Shine” in the memo section of any second mile giving for this event. THANK YOU CHURCH! Lastly, the weather has been marginal and it just seems to be that way in January. But you really don’t want to miss this Sunday (Christians and water just go together!) Come worship. Come serve. Come watch God move.
This is going to be a Sunday to remember…
God’s Peace,
pastor mark

Welcome Newest Members:
Mike and Kelly Sulser- 234 Knights Square, Blairsville 30512

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Menu: Hotdogs, frito chili pies, salad bar and dessert
Fundraiser for the Boy Scouts
The meal is free but we do put out a basket for any donations to help us defray the cost of the meal - give if you can but it is not required.
Youth Gathering, Children’s Ministry Fundamentals - 6:00 pm
Handbells - 6:00 pm in the fellowship hall
Adult Study in the sanctuary- 6:00 pm
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:
Because of the criteria between Tim Tebow Foundation and our FUMC Safe Sanctuary Policy, if you plan on registering as a volunteer for the February 8th “A Night to Shine” Event, you MUST attend one of our two 45 minute training sessions - even if you did this last year - you MUST do it again. Your background check is good for 4 years - but you still need to come to one of these training events. They are Wednesday Night, January 16 at 6 pm in the FUMC Sanctuary and Sunday afternoon, January 20 at 4 pm in the FUMC Sanctuary. Please go to our web site to register as a volunteer: firstmethodistblairsville.com There truly are places of service for everyone. We have over 170 people registered as volunteers already - but we know we will need more. Guest registration has already exceeded last years numbers. Help!

New Emails:
New year - new stuff - new emails - it just kind of flows!
BlairsvilleFUMCMark@gmail.com——–Pastor Mark

Hope House is having a fundraiser at Chick-fil-a this Thursday night beginning at 5:00 pm. Can’t get much easier to raise funds for this worthwhile benevolence center then to be told to go eat! 🙂

United Methodist Men Email Distribution:
We have recently had a significant number of smaller projects on our Church Campus (like put up and take down the manger, remove trees, etc…) and in our Blairsville Community (like add a special access ramp) that are one day or half day kinds of projects. The way we have been sending out the call for those projects is via our UMM group email distribution. If you are not on that distribution but would like to be added, please respond to this tickle and we will add you. Most of these projects require 5-7 people for a half day. Not everyone comes, you come if it fits your schedule or if you are interested in the project. Usually someone steps forward as the coordinator and we just pass the list of people interested onto them to coordinate through. It seems to be working well. It’s a good way to get to know some other people in the life of the church. Some activities are weekday driven, some are weekend driven. We have a couple of light building projects coming up in the months to come - one on campus and one out in the community. Don’t miss out..

ATTENTION All Youth will attend Night to Shine Training with Ragan and Jennifer this Wednesday from 6-7 pm in the sanctuary. This will be the only youth programming for the evening.

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.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Our FUMC Mission team to Honduras: Joe & Kim Tatman, Lamar & Jackie Franklin, Jennifer de la Montagne, Jack Duggar, Jim Belcher - leaving this Saturday (Jan 5) - will be back next Saturday (Jan 12)
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
Bill Gleasure - liver issues
Tricia Wallace’s stepdad Mike Brooks at home in Florida
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - general health (Deidra is there)
John & Fran Browning’s daughter (Stephanie) struggling with complications from thyroid surgery
Shelley Lewis’ sister - general health
Faith Family recovering from procedures: Ernie Payne, Rod McClarnon, Helen Douylliez, Wayne Jones, Emily Cobb
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
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
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

What a great start to a new year! Woo! Hoo!!! Thank you!

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

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