Welcome Emily Stafford!

We are SO excited to welcome Emily Stafford as the new Children’s Director at First Methodist. Emily is married to Will and they have two young daughters. They joined First Methodist in 2017 and have been active ever since. Emily served as co-director of VBS this summer, so you already know how talented she is. I look forward to her leadership in this role and how God will use her gifts through the church and in the community. Join me in welcoming Emily Stafford!
~Pastor Don
and don’t forget…..

Blessing of the Backpacks… THIS SUNDAY!
All children are encouraged to bring their backpacks to church this Sunday in all services. Pastor Don will be blessing them during the service.

Youth Back To School Kickoff Cookout!
All students grades 6-12 about our Back to School Kick Off Cook Out THIS WEDNESDAY from 6 - 8 pm, rain or shine! Have a burger or a hot dog, play some 9-Square or Volleyball, make some s’mores or have some ice cream, and win prizes in Jennifer’s 3rd Annual Get-to-Know-Games! As always, prayers included! See you on Wednesday!

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. 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 and bring a friend!

OASIS Dates to Note!
Aug 1 Fall Registration Begins
Aug 22 Fall Session Instructor & Volunteer Luncheon
Sep 5 Fall Session Begins
Oct 10 No Class Session
Oct 31 Fall Session Concludes

Beginning Sunday, August 4th, the Morning Glory Circle’s Traveling Gift Shop will make its Sunday location at the MAC Welcome Desk and be open from 9:30 to 9:45 am and 10:40 to 11:00 am. We have UMC cross and flame necklaces, key rings and bookmarks, as well as Wesley coins and totes. Please come visit us!

Weekday Bible Studies Beginning!

Men’s Bible Study Begins August 6th… and meets on Tuesday’s at 10:00am in room M-7 (lower level of the MAC). This Fall, after a review of last Spring’s study of First Corinthians, Rev. Church Morgan will be leading us through a study of 2 Corinthians. All FUMC men are invited to come and bring a friend.
Ladies Bible Study Begins September 11th… and will meet on Wednesday’s at 10:00am in room M-1 (lower level of the MAC). Ladies will be doing the study “ROMANS… Good News That Changes Everything” by Melissa Spoelstra… We live in a world full of bad news. The media recounts stories of natural disasters, violence, and conflict. In the midst of all this heartbreak, we can’t lose sight of the fact that God has given us good news. We call it the gospel. In this six-week study of the Book of Romans, we will be highlighting the good news about faith, grace, daily life, God’s plan, relationships, and eternity. Whatever bad news we may receive, in Romans we will find good news to encourage and transform us. Mark your calendar!

Nursery volunteers are needed during the 8:30 and 11:00 Sunday services. Please contact Donna Fredericks @

CORRECTION TO NEWSLETTER: The Morning Glory Circle will meet at their usual day and time this month. The correct day is August 7th at 10 am in the lower level of the MAC.

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”.
Training will be provided. Please contact the church office if you are interested.

PLANNING HAS BEGUN… for our annual FUMC Fall Festival. This year’s dates are Friday, October 11th & Saturday, October 12th. The next collection date for Treasure items 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 are 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!!! Cookbooks will be available sometime in September. Cost is $10.00. Remember, all proceeds from the Cookbook efforts go to retire the MAC debt. Thank you FUMC cooks!

Mark Your Calendars!
Aug 6 Tuesday Men’s Bible Study Returns
Aug 9 Young At Heart “Back To School” Bunco Fellowship
Aug 21 Wednesday Fellowship Supper & Age Group Bible
Studies Return
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

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Our military families
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”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
John Vogely - home ( Florida) after heart surgery
Homer Jinks - successful eye surgery
Sharon Willits - general health
Glen Womack - recovering from open heart surgery
Carol Rogers - recovering at home
Carol Mercer - physical therapy at home for knee
Kelly Schuknecht’s new great- granddaughter - premature
Susan Forrester’s sister-in-law Ann Forrester- colon cancer
Jackie and Lamar Franklin’s daughter-in-law Sherry - recovering at mother’s home
Family of Bill Gleasure
Janice Smith - recovering at home after surgery
Bill Kolb - recovering from shoulder surgery
BL Anderson - recovering from fused disc surgery
Jerry Roberson - successful biopsy
Miki Johnson - recovery after knee surgery
Nash Collins - 4 year old son of Chris and Kristin- broken wrist/arm
Dwayne Caminger - recovery from surgery
Joan Chiras- hip surgery, recovering at home
Margie Richards - recovering at home from procedure
John Hahn - throat cancer related treatments
Rhonda Schlienger - poor kidney function - prepping for dialysis
Greg Lane’s father passsed. A memorial service will be held in Florida
Kathy Heyer - recovering
Heidi Hall’s husband (Bill)
Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
Susan Forrester’s brother Bobby - general health
Family of Glen Boland - Glen’s memorial will be held here on August 4, 2:00 pm
Bob Taylor - pain relief
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother - health and general safety
June Colditz - undergoing treatments for lymphoma
Carole Thompson - 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 (Steve) - cancer
Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

A Note from Your Finance Team

……………….. .Received…………… .YTD Received
July 7th………….$ 25,519……………….$ 626,072
July 14th…………$ 31,648……………….$ 657,720
July 21st…………$ 21,106……………….$ 668,893
July 28th…………$ 20,350……………….$ 689,244

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

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