I don’t know all the details - but rumor has it that the meal this Wednesday is a pretty special! Dinner begins at 5 pm. Like all Wednesday nights that are not group specific fundraisers, the meal is free but there will be a basket out to receive donations to help us defray the cost of the wonderful meal. I hope to see you all Wednesday night after a dry and sunshine laden day!

I will begin another series of UM101 this Wednesday at 6 pm as a multi-week adult study on what it means to be United Methodist. I try to change it around a little each time I teach this class. In this iteration, the 6 (or so) sessions will be: Our Roots, Local Churches Spirit-Led to Mission, Baptism and Holy Communion, What We Believe, Salvation, and How Do I Get Involved. This course is open to members and non-members, new members, considering to become a member, and folks who have been members their whole lives. We will go from 6 pm to 6:45 pm in the lower level of the MAC - Fidelis Sunday School room at the end of the hall. Come and grow.

Thank you Church for such an amazing week of mission and ministry. To everyone involved in our 2nd Annual “A Night to Shine” - I THANK YOU! To everyone involved in donating over 700 cans of soup on Soup-or-Bowl Sunday, I THANK YOU! To everyone involved in the many missions and ministries through the life of FUMC of Union County, I THANK YOU! To the 9 people of our church attending the North Georgia Conference Disaster Response Academy classes this coming Saturday, I THANK YOU! It has been and incredible week of mission and ministry. Well done Church!

Lastly, help me welcome our new members who joined what Christ is doing through us this last Sunday:
Wade & Shirley Smith 25 Moccasin Trail, Blairsville, GA, 30512
Anita Meza 4375 Gainesville Highway, Blairsville, GA 30512
Roger and Maria McGlen 1677 Lazy Drive, Blairsville, GA 30512
God’s Joy,
mark

Ash Wednesday & the Season of Lent are fast approaching - March 6

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Menu: Beef, vegetables, and a special Valentine dessert
Children meet at 6 pm
Youth THE GATHERING meets at 6 pm
Adult BibleStudy- will meet at 6 pm and begin a United Methodist-101 Class
Handbells 6:00 pm
Choir 7:00 pm

FUMC Prayer Meeting:
The February Prayer Team meeting has been intentionally scheduled to happen the Thursday before General Conference. Come be with your prayer team on Thursday February 21 at 5:30 pm in the main Sanctuary as we gather in a shared time of prayer for God’s will to be realized at General Conference and for protection of all our delegates.

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.

Stay Informed:
Easy links 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

After General Conference, clergy and laity are invited to District Gatherings to review the details of what happened at the called Special Session. The Atlanta-Emory, Atlanta-Roswell, and Gainesville Districts meeting will be March 24 , 4 to 6 pm at Buford First UMC for all who wish to come.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Special Session of General Conference February 23-26 in St Louis
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
Kelly Schuknecht’s Father (Art) - holy ground
Kim Tatman - recent loss in extended family
Chuck& Pam Morgan’s son - recent injury in the line of duty
Glen Boland- moved to Pruitt’s Healthcare of Blue Ridge (B6)
Shane Douylliez - new knee - at home recovering
Kim Kuykendall - beginning use of new spinal stimulator implant for pain control
Pat Warden - Grand daughter in car accident
Sandy Eady - adult niece passed
Pam Ackerman - Gall bladder surgery at UGH 2-20
Shirley Cobb - neurostimulator procedure 2-27
Bryan Thomas - replacement hip 2-28
Tricia Wallace’s - Step-Dad Mike Brooks at home in Alabama
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - lung cancer
John & Fran Browning’s daughter (Stephanie) struggling with complications from thyroid surgery
Joan Shaw - lung surgery went well - back home
Camille Higginbotham - general health
Eileen Nichols - general health
Nancy Joyce - general health
Helen Owenby - general health
Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) - radiation treatments
Stephen & Kelly Schuknecht - newborn great grandchild heart surgery went well
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
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
February 3rd……… $ 24,856…………………..$ 120,539
February 10th……..$ 24,576…………………..$ 145,115

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

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