Thanks to so many who helped with our Fourth of July celebration last week! (was that just last Thursday?) Your planning, preparation, and hospitality made for a safe and enjoyable evening for the church and community. It is a great example of sharing the gifts and ground we have as a church with the community. We don’t often meet unless we eat, so I also enjoyed some food. Not wanting to leave anyone out, of course, I had some BBQ from the Boy Scouts, cookies from the Girl Scouts, drinks from the Youth, and even some glazed almonds. I also got a history lesson or two from the Sons of the American Revolution. Throughout the evening, our praise band kept things going with quite the repertoire of classic rock and pop and Christian music. Then, at dark, the fireworks were a perfect end to a great night. Thanks again everyone!

A pair of sunglasses has been found from July 4th. If they are yours, you may pick them up in the church office.

4th Annual…Community “Backpack 2 School” Bash
Saturday, August 3rd 11am-2pm
@ House of Prayer Church 1400 Pat Colwell Rd

Free book bags, school supplies, food, fun and games. All grade levels welcome! Parents: last year this Community event provided backpacks and school supplies for over 400 children in Union County. To register your child in advance go to our website…
https://sites.google.com/view/backpack-2-school-bash

FIRST METHODIST… You helped provide many of those backpacks given away. Again this year our church will be collecting primary aged (kgarten - grade 2) backpacks as well as general supplies on the lists attached to the purple drop off boxes located in the MAC lobby and Sanctuary narthex. Thank you in advance for helping provide needed school supplies for children and families in Union County. Another way you can help is through our July “Second Mile Giving” which will be for the “Backpack 2 School Bash”. Drop your donation in the offering plates and label it for “Backpacks”. Any questions or for information on how you can help further call Tricia Wallace at 229-402-9361.

SERVANTS NEEDED! Have you found your place of service here at FUMC? Pray about these opportunities…
Media Volunteers are needed (sound & video) for the Media booth at all three worship services.
Worship Design help in the MAC for the “The Well”.
Scheduling help is needed. Are you a planner? Help schedule people for ministry assignments.
Training will be provided. Please contact the church office if you are interested.

Morning Glory Circle will have their July meeting tomorrow Wednesday, July 10th at 11 am in Meeks Park at Pavilion # 2. Bring a dish to share.

A SPECIAL THANKS….to those who stepped up and answered the call to help on our parking team last Thursday the 4th. It was greatly appreciated!

Youth Fundraising Wall for Honduras Mission Continues to Move!
Our youth continue to prepare to go on mission to Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras in October.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. Help a young person go and serve the Lord where you can’t go. Thank you!

YAH Back to School “Bunco Fellowship”
Friday, August 9th 6:00pm In the Fellowship Hall
Everyone should bring an appetizer or a dessert. $2.00 per person donation. Bunco has been played in America at least since the 1800’s. It is a game of pure luck; no real skill is required other than rolling dice. The game is played in an upbeat social setting that involves a lot of eating and fellowship so come ready to meet somebody new! Join us!

OASIS Dates to Note!
August 1 Fall Registration Begins
September 5 Fall Session Begins
October 10 No Class Session
October 31 Fall Session Concludes

PLANNING HAS BEGUN… for our annual FUMC Fall Festival. This year’s dates are Friday, October 11th & Saturday, October 12th. We will begin collecting Treasure Sale items at the annex on Friday, July 8th from 9am - 11am. The next collection date will be Friday August 2nd from 9am - 11am. Remember we do not accept electronics (televisions, computers, monitors, etc.), bedding, or exercise equipment. Crafters, we will again be counting on you to help us with items as well as ya’ll who put away Jams and Jellies for the Country Store. Also, this year we ware looking for a team of volunteers who will take on the task of organizing our “Clothing Sale” section. All proceeds from our Festival go toward retiring our MAC debt. Everybody has a part to play! Start working now! More news coming soon!

COOKBOOK UPDATE!!! Thank you! Thank you! Cookbooks are complete and are in the final design stages. We reached our goal of 200 recipes. Pre-sales will begin Sunday, July 21st during our morning worship services. Cost is $10.00 per book. Final copies will be available sometime in September. Don’t forget to purchase a book for yourself, one for a friend or relative or as a gift. Remember, all proceeds from the Cookbook efforts go to retire the MAC debt. Again we thank you FUMC cooks

At the MAC!
Summer Walking Track & Weight Room Hours…
Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm / Friday 8am-noon

“Fast-Effective-Fitness”. “FEF” meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm - 6:30pm in the lower level of the MAC. Led by Mike Welch. Cost is $4.00 per class.
“Strength-Stretch-Balance”: SSB is a 1 hour class meets on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:15am in room M-32. Class is led by Lisa Toups. Cost is $5.00 per class.
“PIYO”: 45 minute “Yoga and Pilates combined”. Meets on Monday’s at 10:00am in room M-0 (first floor of the MAC) Cost is $5.00 per class.
Christ Centered Yoga: This 1 hour class is led by Pat Tomzyck. Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am in Room M-0.
“Tai Chi”: Tuesdays at 1:30pm downstairs in room M-0 of the MAC. Class is led by Dr. Dennis Tidwell. Cost is $10.00 per class.
Pickleball! Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The local club plays in the MAC on Mondays & Tuesdays from 1:00pm - 3:30pm and on Thursdays from 8:30am - 11:30am …everyone is welcome. There are plenty of experienced players there to get you started in the game and equipment is provided.

Missions at the MAC! In the MAC lobby there are several opportunities for you to give to local missions. Currently they are…

The Hope House meeting local needs!
The Food Bank meeting local food needs!
The Women’s Enrichment Center” A list of their needs is attached to the box.

Mark Your Calendars!
Aug 3 “Backpack 2 School Bash” Children’s Event
@ House of Prayer Church
Aug 6 Tuesday Men’s Bible Study Returns
Aug 9 Young At Heart “Back To School” Bunco Fellowship
Sep 5 “OASIS” Fall Session Begins
Sep 11 Wednesday Ladies Bible Study Returns
Oct 11-12 FUMC Fall Festival
Oct 14-19 Honduras Mission Trip to Orphanage Emmanuel

Please help us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our members may be experiencing. Thank you! Our new Director of Pastoral Care, Rev. Mike Cloyd now has an FUMC email address. You can contact Mike at blairsvillefumcmike@gmail.com

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Our military families
Those suffering from the earthquakes in California
All in hospice care
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
Rev. Don Landen (Heather and Wesley) - our new pastoral family
Holly Vicarro - Recovering at home from sinus surgery
Glen Womack - Heart issues
Carol Rogers - stent put in Sunday, home recovering
Carol Mercer - Chatuge Rehab room 132, blood clot in leg, physical therapy after knee surgery
Kaylee Defalco - BL and Norma Jean’s granddaughter - recouping at home from car accident
Kelly Schuknecht’s new great- granddaughter - premature
Susan Forrester’s sister-in-law Ann Forrester- colon cancer
Marian Malac - in rehab for bladder infection and congestive heart failure
Devin Gasaway’s friend Caleb - recovering from heart surgery
Jackie and Lamar Franklin’s daughter-in-law Sherry - undergoing tests at Vanderbilt University Hospital.
Family of Bill Gleasure - Service scheduled for today at 2:00pm
Nash Collins - 4 year old son of Chris and Kristin- broken wrist/arm
Dwayne Caminger - recovery from surgery
Joan Chiras- broken pelvis, recouping at home
Lois Ward- recovering from broken pelvis, UG Nursing Home Room 221A
Bill Mollnhauer - broken leg
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 succesful move to Blairsville
Kathy Heyer - recovering
Heidi Hall’s husband (Bill) - undergoing chemo treatments
Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant

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