Glen Boland‘s service arrangements are now made. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, August 4th at 2:00 pm here at the church. Visitation with the family will be held after the service. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to our MAC fund or Regency Hospice.

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.

LABOR OF LOVE MInistry On The Move! Find your place… There are project opportunities for the Labor of Love Ministry that are ready to be scheduled. There is another access ramp project for a couple who not only suffer poor health themselves but have a daughter that requires full time care. We will be building two separate ramps, one short and the other of medium length. This project will take a little over a half day to complete. The second project opportunity is at the Women’s Enrichment Center here in Blairsville. The needs there are a stairway railing, some wood shelving units, repairing light fixtures ( replacing ballast ), and a concrete ramp to a back door. Also it has been reported that the children’s playground needs some attention. There are rotted railroad ties to replace, the plastic play equipment needs to be cleaned and the wood equipment could use a coat of paint. There is no set schedule for completion of these items. They fill an important need in our community so any help we can give them is important. I would like to hear from someone that would like to take one of these projects on with help. Anyone interested in directing or helping complete these Labor Of Love projects is welcome. If you can serve email Wayne Jones at…

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.
Registration is Closed… Over 400 students are pre-registered…
FIRST METHODIST… You helped provide many of those backpacks given away. Again this year our church is 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. 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. The need is GREAT!

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. 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 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!!! Cookbooks are in the final design stages. 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. 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
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

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

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 - recovering at home
Carol Mercer - physical therapy at home for knee
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 - recovering at mother’s home
Family of Bill Gleasure
Janice Smith - surgery
Bill Kolb - shoulder surgery today
BL Anderson - recovering from fused disc surgery
Tricia Wallace - tests
Jerry Robinson - 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
Lois Ward- now living at Stonehenge, Building 3, Room 20
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)
Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
Susan Forrester’s brother Bobby - general health
Family of Glen Boland - Glen passed yesterday, arrangements TBD
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 (Steve) - cancer
Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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