We had a great Sunday - I know the weather was a challenge but I am thankful for 417 people finding their way here on a rainy day to enjoy watermelon together (sorry, you had to be here!)

Thank you Table of Grace for feeding our hungry community lunch today!
Thank you Prayer Quilt ministry for touching lives so profoundly - church, make a habit of looping through our Bray Prayer Chapel and tying some knots on the new quilts that are ALWAYS in there.

Wed Night is cooking (pun intended!) This just feels like an excellent soup night this week - dinner starts at 5 pm in the MAC. Pastor Mark will continue his UM101 class in the SANCTUARY at 6 pm - we end at 6:45. Even if you missed last week, please come. We had a full house in the Fidelis Classroom - moving into the Sanctuary to make a little extra room.

If you are looking for a Sunday School class, we have many to choose from at all three hours. Come to worship 10 minutes early, our pre-service slideshow now includes pictures of each class and where they meet. Find the group you wish to go check out! We have invited all the classes to do an invitational picture…we will keep those up for several weeks.

Prayer Team (which every member of our church is technically a member of) meets this Thursday (5:30 to 6:30 pm) in the Sanctuary. Come just “be” with us - you won’t be asked to pray out loud if you do not wish. The prayer team will be there as we pray for so many people, so many situations, and also for the upcoming Special Session of General Conference Feb 23-26.

We really had a great response to the Grass Cutting Mission moment this last Sunday. That was truly heart warming. The invitation is simple. If you would like to give a few hours working outdoors cutting the grass using our excellent equipment (and being trained by our existing folks) a few hours on a given week, give us your name and email or phone number. Men, women, servant hearts are all welcome. People from that ministry team will connect with you shortly.

Lastly, please hold our annual local community Youth rally (Disciple Now) in your prayers. The event happens Friday through Sunday of this coming weekend. Jennifer has once again led our youth into the event. This event usually touches around 200 youth of the greater Blairsville area.

OASIS winter session (thursdays) ends March 7 and the Spring session begins March 28.

Did I mention that there is a lot going on! (And so much more than just this!)
God’s Joy,

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

Trustee meeting tonight begins at 5 pm. Your promptness is appreciated.

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Menu: Variety of soups, sandwiches and dessert
Children meet at 6 pm
Youth THE GATHERING meets at 6 pm
Adult BibleStudy- will meet at 6 pm, United Methodist-101 Class
Handbells 6:00 pm
Choir 7:00 pm

Welcome New Members:
Harold and Peggy Hergert 28 Creek Hollow Lane, Blairsville
Miriam Roper 15 Gustason Drive, Blairsville

FUMC Prayer Meeting THIS WEEK:
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
June Colditz - undergoing treatments for lymphoma
Kelly Schuknecht’s Father (Art) - holy ground
Gail McGuire - knee replacement Thursday
Kim Tatman - recent loss in extended family
Rod McClarnon - continued eye problem
Chuck& Pam Morgan’s son - recent injury in the line of duty
Glen Boland- had to leave home and back at UGH (ICU)
Shane Douylliez - new knee - at home recovering
Kim Kuykendall - beginning use of new spinal stimulator implant for pain control
Pam Ackerman - Gall bladder surgery at UGH Wednesday
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
February 17th……..$ 14,171…………………..$ 159,287

Every gift given to the ministry of FUMC is greatly appreciated. We are trying to limit designated giving to only those specified. You can rest assured that when you give to the General Fund, every ministry benefits from that dollar. Thank you for your continued contributions of your time, talent, gifts, service and witness to the Kingdom of God.

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

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