First Methodist Family…

Many years ago the country music band ALABAMA put out a song that has the chorus… “I’m in a hurry to get things done. I rush and rush until life’s no fun. All I really gotta do is live and die, But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.”

Time is a limited and precious commodity in this life, and what we do with it matters eternally! I have never read in the Bible that Jesus rushed anywhere. He was usually busy, but He still found time to pray a lot. His total ministry was accomplished in three short years, but he found time to play with children, to take a boat ride, and to rest at noon time beside a well. One day we will give an account for how we spent our time and how we have lived our lives before God. The Bible teaches that our lives will be evaluated by what we do in basically three areas. First, by how well we GROW in our knowledge of God’s character and develop our relationship with Him through study of His Word. Secondly, by how much we BECOME the person He wants us to become as we are constantly being transformed (Romans 12) through our obedience to Him. And thirdly, by how well we DO what God has created us to do, serving Him using the gifts He has given us. As the time when we meet the Lord gets closer, are you being transformed? If not you could be wasting valuable time. Theologian C.S. Lewis said “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” Commit yourself to spending time doing the only things that will matter in the end. Grow, Become, & Do! You can find plenty of opportunities to do all three right here at FUMC.

Press on! Stan

Extra! Extra! In the last couple of days we had five cancellations for our Atlanta Braves game trip this Thursday, June 13th. We now have 5 tickets available that have been donated. Details are… It’s the Braves vs. the Pittsburg Pirates. Game starts at 12:10pm. We leave the church at 8:00am and return at approx. 6:00pm. If you would like join us call the church ASAP. First 5 people to call the office get the seats.

Flag Retirement Ceremony
National Flag Day, Friday, June 14th
Boy Scout Troop 101 and the Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter, SAR will conduct a flag retirement ceremony at the outdoor bandstand area on Friday June 14 at 6:30 PM. This ceremony is an outstanding, formal, and well conducted event in which the public is invited to attend. Church members with children will find it an educational, patriotic, and moving experience. Plan now to attend this event.

FUMC Red Cross Blood Drive
This Sunday, June 16 9am – 1pm
in the Fellowship Hall
There are 3 ways to schedule a time to give blood…
Go to redcrossblood.org , call 1-800-733-2767
or call Nancy at 706-745-4870
Please give! There is an URGENT need for blood right now.
Sponsored by the FUMC Parish Nurse Ministry

NEW Summer Hours for the MAC and Church Office…
Please Note! MAC and Church Office hours are Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm and Friday 8am-Noon.

COOKBOOK UPDATE!!! As of today we do not have the required amount of recipes to go forward with the cookbook… Please don’t wait until the deadline. FUMC is creating a custom cookbook featuring favorite recipes from our local and extended church family. These cookbooks will be professionally published and are sure to be a treasured keepsake for us all. All proceeds from the sale of the cookbooks will go toward retiring the MAC debt! We are asking you to submit 2-3 of your favorite recipes so you can be represented in our cookbook. There Are Two Ways To Submit Your Recipes…

To Submit Recipes Online (very easy): Go to www.typensave.com and click ‘Login.’ / Enter the User Name: FallFestFun / Enter the password: salt092 and click ‘Submit.’ / Enter your name and email address and click “Save” / Click ‘Add Recipes’ and you are ready to begin.

To Submit Recipes To The Church: At the MAC desk or in the Sanctuary narthex you will find Recipe Collection Sheets. Take a sheet and write your recipe, following the instruction listed. Drop the completed sheet in the labeled box.
Deadline for submitting recipes is July 1st (but please don’t wait until the last minute). Completed cookbooks will be available this Fall. For any questions contact Eileen Nichols at 561-635-6130 (leave a message).

“Labor of Love” Outreach Ministry Team
Our “Labor of Love” Outreach Ministry Team Coordinator Wayne Jones is in the process of creating a list of those that are interested in helping with Labor of Love projects. Wayne is attempting to match needs with the people who can help meet those needs. If you would like to get emails about future “Labor of Love” projects send your contact info to Wayne Jones at…

wayne_jones@sbcglobal.net

Youth Fundraising Wall
for Honduras Mission Continues to Move!
Our youth are preparing to go on mission to Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras in October during Fall break. The fundraising wall is moving all around the church. If you haven’t already, please take a letter off the wall and place the dollar amount in the envelope. Envelopes can be put in the offering plate or turned into the church office. Thank you for helping make this mission trip opportunity a reality for several youth. During the week you can find the wall in the MAC lobby. Help a young person go and serve the Lord where you can’t go. Thank you!

July 4th Parking Team in Need! Can you serve? As we welcome the community to our church grounds there will be many activities happening. More details of the master plan coming next week! An immediate need is volunteers to serve on our parking team. If you can help the night of July 4th, call Bill Kolb at 706-487-9892.

Calling All Young-At-Heart…
Southern Belle Riverboat Senior Lunch Cruise!
— Tuesday, July 9 —
Join us on this special cruise as we go down the lazy Tennessee river in Chattanooga. Included is the riverboat’s famous slow cooked Prime Rib & Lemon Basil Chicken lunch. There will also be live entertainment playing good old favorites… plus free bingo! Grab a friend and come along! Cost is $35.00 per person and includes transportation and cruise. We will leave the church at 8:00am and return at approx. 5:30pm .Sign up by bringing the full amount to the church office. Registration deadline is Monday, July 1st Space is limited so reserve a spot early!

Mark Your Calendars!
Jun 23 Welcome Reception for Pastor Don Landen & Family
Jun 23 Vacation Bible School
Jun 30 Pastor Don Landen’s 1st Sunday in the Pulpit
July 1 Church Cookbook Recipes Due
July 4 Community Celebration & Fireworks
July 9 Young At Heart Chattanooga Lunch Cruise
Aug 9 Young At Heart “Back To School” Bunco Fellowship
Sep 5 “OASIS” Fall Session Begins

VBS Registration Continues!
Get Ready to ROAR!
Emily Stafford and Susan Forrester will be co-leading this year’s Vacation Bible School event June 23-27. If you would like to register as a volunteer or to register your child as a participant you can do so on our church website home page and click on the ROAR registration link. Our web site is:
www.firstmethodistblairsville.com

Men’s Bible Study News!
Our Tuesday Men’s Bible Study class will break for the months of June and July. It will resume on Tuesday, August 6th beginning with a study of First Corinthians. Special thanks to Rev. Chuck Morgan for taking the leadership of this ministry!

Congratulations to Glenda and Bob Taylor on becoming first-time grandparents! Kinsley Anne Collins was born yesterday to their daughter Ashley and son-in-law Brandon.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be” - four that we know of right now!
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
All the Pastoral Families moving & all the congregations in transition
Rev. Don Landen (Heather and Wesley) - our inbound pastoral family
Bill Gleasure - failing health, hospice has been called in
Joan Chiras- broken pelvis, recouping at home
Anna Stone - recovering from brain surgery at home
JoAnn & Gene Strickland -loss of daughter
Georgia Jestings - banged up from fall
Lois Ward- recovering from broken pelvis, UG Nursing Home Room 221A
Bill Mollnhauer - broken leg
Lee Dunham - artery cleaned out
Margie Richards - recovering at home from procedure
John Hahn - throat cancer related treatments
Rhonda Schlienger - poor kidney function - prepping for dialysis
Greg Lane’s - Greg’s Father health issues
JoAnn Mayhew - moved back home, doing in-home therapy
Kathy Heyer - recovering
Heidi Hall’s husband (Bill) - undergoing chemo treatments
Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
Susan Forrester’s brother Bobby - general health
Glen Boland - under hospice care at home
Bob Taylor - pain relief
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - lung cancer
June Colditz - undergoing treatments for lymphoma
Carole Thompson - general health
Camille Higginbotham - 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
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Shannon Burgess brother in law (St

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