Awesome Sunday my Family! Wakonda forever! (you had to be here!)
Kenny did a great job with both Mission moments! Remember two dates:
SUPERCHEF SHOWDOWN for Hope House in the MAC Saturday, March 9
Jennifer is leading our Youth to be the chef’s representing FUMC!!!!!!!!!!
PLEASE come and support them by contributing to their table March 9!
Also, if you have been waiting for a Red Bird Trip - our next Connectional
Team trip is Sept 8-14. If you wish to invest $375 and one week in a team mission trip to Beverly Kentucky (the UMC Mission there - google it) come to the informational meeting at Sharp Memorial UMC (YHC Campus) March 12, 6 pm. People will be there to talk about the trip and answer all your questions.
Jennifer & Ragan get an HUGE shout out for 72 hours of round the clock
ministry with the youth of our community through the annual DNOW retreat!!!
We are up to 12 new men and women who have volunteered for our campus
grass cutting ministry - joining the 4 Saints we had - and still have!
Just call or email Evelyn if you would like to help - she will connect you.
And another shout out to the Trustees team - they have a lot of key projects in the works right now - thank them as you see new things appear!
Today is the final day of General Conference - pray without ceasing as those proceedings come to a close at 6:30 pm today.
God’s Peace,

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

Wednesday Night Nurture
Menu: Meatloaf, twice mashed potatoes, green beans and dessert
The Friendship Sunday School class is preparing as a fundraiser for Michael Bruce’s Scout project
Children meet at 6 pm
Youth THE GATHERING meets at 6 pm
Adult Bible Study- 6 pm in the Sanctuary, United Methodist-101 Class
Pastor mark will continue - this week is finishing sacraments - great group of folks - come join us in the Sanctuary from 6 pm to 6:45 pm.
Handbells 6:00 pm
Choir 7:00 pm

Welcome New Member:
Diane Brackett 840 Whispering Pines, Blairsville

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.

Prepare to come to the Super Chef Showdown on Saturday, 9th where FIRSTyouth will be serving an awesome dish. Begins at 11:30 am and runs till 1:00 pm in the MAC. Admission is $12. Proceeds go to Hope House.

New Women’s Study begins Wednesday March 13
Jeremiah offers women hope for living in an uncertain world by learning to navigate the challenges and circumstances of their lives. This 6 week study in the book of Jeremiah examines God’s words of instruction through the prophet for intentional living to overcome fear, worry, and doubt as we surrender our wills to God’s WILL and put our hope in God alone. The study is in the lower level of the MAC in the center Youth room space at 10 am.

Relay for Life:
It’s Daffidil time again! Daffodils are a symbol of Hope and a sign Sping is on the way! Our Relay for Life team is taking orders this week for beautiful fresh cut Daffodils for $5.00 a bunch (10 buds). Please contact Glenda Taylor 706-781-7528 or to place your order.

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 - ends today
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 - at UGH - still struggling with oxygen levels
Bill Gleasure - sent back to Emory Hospital last night - trouble eating & drinking
Tricia Wallace’s - Step-Dad Mike Brooks at home in Alabama
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - lung cancer
Maggie Plott - thyroid related testing
Deputy Todd Smith - recovering from heart attack & 3 stents
June Colditz - undergoing treatments for lymphoma
Kelly Schuknecht’s Family - recent loss
Gail McGuire, Pam Ackerman, Carter Spence - all home healing
Christine Golden (Jay’s wife) - healing at home
Tiffany Martinez - recently engaged!
Rod McClarnon - continued eye issues
Kim Kuykendall - using new spinal stimulator implant for pain control
Shirley Cobb - neurostimulator procedure 2-27
Bryan Thomas - replacement hip 2-28
Karen McGinn - hip replacement March 1
Camille Higginbotham - general health
Eileen Nichols - general health
Helen Owenby - general health
Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) - radiation treatments
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 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
February 24th……..$ 23,476……………………$182,763

We are off to a stronger start in 2019 than 2018! Across the first 8 weeks of this year we are on a $1,188,000 pace. That’s much better than the challenging $1,006,000 pace we began the first 8 weeks of 2018 with - thank you! It will be critical that we stay financially strong in order for us to carry forward our incremental staffing plans in 2019.

Every gift given to the ministry of FUMC is greatly appreciated. We are trying to limit designated giving to only MAC Debt retirement and specified second mile giving that get lifted up in worship. You can rest assured that when you give to the General Fund, every ministry benefits from that gift. 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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