I truly want to thank all of you who have given financial support for and sweat equity for our second annual “A Night to Shine” event for those with special needs. We have our last night of training tonight at 6:30 pm. Because of all you have done, we are ready and I am very thankful. Well done church!

Thank you for all the cans during last Sunday’s Youth Soup or Bowl can drive - you have just got to see what you did “together” - come Sunday, we will share.

The Burgess family has been down for the count since Sunday afternoon. We are on the mend now but we have had to unplug and crawl under the covers. I am going to delay starting my next session of UM101 on Wednesday nights to Wednesday, February 13 at 6 pm. Please put that date on your calendar if you are interested in a 3-4 week course on where Methodists come from, what drives our theology, our understanding of baptism and Holy Communion, and how we are structured both locally and globally to do mission and ministry. I love telling our story - we have a good story to tell.

I invited the entire church this last Sunday to join with me in an intentional month of prayer as General Conference approaches Feb 23-26. The conference is focused on trying to discern a “way forward” for the global United Methodist Denomination on the human sexuality question. We had a great turnout last fall (roughly 120 people) on a Wednesday night presentation when I did my best to bring everyone up to speed with this conversation. Nothing has been decided - nor will be decided - until the conference happens. I ask (regardless of your perspective on this topic) that you join with me (and each other) praying for God’s will to rise up in this conversation when the roughly 860 delegates from around the world meet in St Louis the last week of February. There is more information below on how to stay informed as the conference unfolds below in this tickle if you seek it.

And lastly, since I missed the Superbowl, I sure do hope the Rams won by at least 30 points! I have it recorded - I may (or may not) watch it later…depending on how many people snicker at me today…
God’s Joy,
mark

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Menu: Pizza, salad and dessert
Children meet at 6 pm
Youth meet at 6 pm
NO Adult BibleStudy
Handbells 6:00 pm
Choir 7:00 pm

A Night to Shine Volunteer Training:
Ok folks,last night of training is tonight. Buddy training is at 5:30, safe sanctuary training is at 6:30 pm. Both will be in the sanctuary. Decorating is going on all week. If you’d like to volunteer to decorate, please call Kim Tatman.

Thank you for the response to providing a ride for someone. A list is being made of those who’d volunteer to be contacted when there is a need. If you’d like to on that list, please notify Evelyn in the church office.

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.

Special Session of General Conference: February 23-26 in St. Louis
Thank you for joining in a season of prayer as we approach the Special Session of General Conference this month. As districts and churches have held conversations , some have asked for resources to share accurate information with your congregation about this event. The North Georgia Conference has adapted a resource “Your 2019 Special Session of the General Conference Communications Tool Kit” for your use. (Find it at www.ngumc.org/gc2019communicationtoolkit.)
The conference has also created a special email address specifically for your questions about the session. While we may not have answers to all of them, Bishop Sue will address questions by video. To ask a question, email WayForwardquestions@ngumc.org.
Once General Conference begins, there are a host of tools to stay current.
The event will be streamed by United Methodist Communications in its entirety — beginning with the Day of Prayer on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 9 a.m. and adjourning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
North Georgia Conference will send a Daily e-Newsletter during General Conference. Be sure to subscribe.
The North Georgia Conference will continually update the webpage www.ngumc.org/GC2019.

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.
The Atlanta-Emory, Atlanta-Roswell, and Gainesville Districts meeting will be March 24 , 4 to 6 pm at Buford First UMC.

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
Glen Boland- general health
Kim Kuykendall - procedure tomorrow to reinstall spinal stimulator implant
Bill Gleasure - liver issues - responding well to meds
Lindie Wright - husband Shane hospitalized on West Coast while traveling
Myron Turner - lungs (being very careful)
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
Joan Shaw - surgery to remove portion of lung went well yesterday
Camille Higginbotham - general health
Eileen Nichols - general health
Nancy Joyce - general health
Helen Owenby - in the Gainesville hospital
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
Kelly Schuknecht’s father (Art) - general health
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

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

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