Do’s and Don’ts

I hope you are having a great week, and I wanted to share a few do’s and don’ts with you for the rest of the week.

Do join us for the Wednesday night supper picnic tomorrow at 5 pm as we officially kick off the fall schedule at First Methodist. If you can’t quite make it at 5 pm, do join us for supper anyway. I hear the kids are having water wars at 6 and am sure the youth will be up to their usual holy mischief as well.

Do wear your team colors to worship this Sunday.

Finally, don’t respond to any emails you may receive that appear to be from me requesting that you buy gift cards or make any other monetary transaction. These are not from me. But do let Evelyn in the church office know.

See you tomorrow.
Don

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:
Phil and Kathy Cook 525 Owen Glen Overlook, Blairsville
Jack and Ann Smith 122 Raburn Road, Blairsville

Tomorrow night kicks off our Wednesday Night Suppers. Ro and the Robinettes are preparing chicken fingers, mac ‘n cheese, coleslaw and baked beans. You are asked to bring in the desserts to share. Meal kicks off at 5 pm in the MAC.

We are forming an additional team to help cook and serve on Wednesday nights. This new team will serve once a month if not less. To complete this team, we also need 2 dishwashers…no experience necessary. This is a fun and rewarding job. Contact Lisa Wilson for details. 706 379 2997

Youth Ministry Name Tag Fundraiser!

Whew! The first batch of magnetic First UMC of Union County name tags has been ordered and will arrive in 6 to 9 business days! We will post when they will be distributed.

WATCH FOR CROSSWALK !
The parking spots along the curb are still useable, however; just pull up to the first yellow line.The children may then walk in the crosswalk. PLEASE DO NOT park inside the crosswalk. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Weekday Bible Studies!

Men’s Bible Study meets on Tuesday’s at 10:00am in room M-7 (lower level of the MAC). Church Morgan is leading us through a study of 2 Corrinthians. 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!

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.
Nursery volunteers are needed during the 8:30 and 11:00 Sunday services. Please contact Donna Fredericks @ 239-821-0178.

OASIS Fall Registration Has Begun!     OASIS Dates to Note…

September 5 Fall Session Begins
October 10 No Class Session
October 31 Fall Session Concludes

“Young At Heart” Autumn Day Trip Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Thursday, November 7th

Departing from Bryson City, this four hour excursion travels 32 miles round-trip to Dillsboro, NC and back to the Bryson City depot. Pass by the infamous movie set of The Fugitive. This trip includes an hour-and-a-half layover in the historic town of Dillsboro, where you’ll find more than fifty shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts and country Inns. There is time to shop, snack, and visit the many unique shops before returning to Bryson City. Cost is $50.00 per person plus $ for lunch on your own in Dillsboro. Cost includes transportation and train ticket. We will leave the church at 8:00am and return at approx. 4:00pm .Sign up by bringing the full amount to the church office.

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!

There is a Need for a Videographer for Night to Shine in February. If you know of someone, please contact Kim Tatman at 404 226 2531.

Church Cookbooks Have Been Ordered… Those still wishing to preorder cookbooks should see Barb Hahn or Eileen Nichols. Cost is $10.00 per cookbook. Preordered cookbooks will be available sometime in September. Remember, all proceeds from the Cookbook efforts go to retire the MAC debt. Thank you FUMC cooks!

At the MAC!
Walking Track & Weight Room Hours
Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm / Friday 8am-1pm

“Fast-Effective-Fitness”. “FEF” meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm - 6:30pm in the lower level of the MAC. Led by Rev. Mike Welch. Cost is $4.00 per class.
“Strength-Stretch-Balance”: SSB is a 1 hour class meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 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 - 4:30pm …everyone is welcome. There are plenty of experienced players there to get you started.

We are missing a 10 ft. step ladder from the MAC. If you have borrowed it would you please return it. If you know where it might be call Stan at the church 706-745-2073.

PLANNING HAS BEGUN… for our annual FUMC Fall Festival. This year’s dates are Friday, October 11th & Saturday, October 12th. 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. All proceeds from our Festival go toward retiring our MAC debt. Everybody has a part to play! Start working now! More news coming soon!

Mark Your Calendars!
Sep 5 “OASIS” Fall Session Begins
Sep 11 Wednesday Ladies Bible Study Returns
Sep 22 Young Harris College Sunday
Oct 11-12 FUMC Fall Festival
Oct 14-19 Honduras Mission Trip to Orphanage Emmanuel
Oct 23 “Overflow” concert in the MAC
Nov 7 Young at Heart Autumn Day Trip

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
GENERAL:
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
SPECIFIC:
Norma Jean Anderson’s brother, Wendell - mouth cancer,surgery
Kirby Bowron’s nephew - lung issues, sepsis
Eva Breedlove - Back Issues
Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Joan Chiras- hip surgery, recovering at home
June Colditz - undergoing treatments for lymphoma
Nash Collins - 4 year old son of Chris and Kristin- broken wrist/arm
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) -radiation treatments
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - continued treatments for colon cancer
Kevin Garland - Young Harris music intern at Shepherd Center in Atlanta for brain bleed
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother - health, general safety and upcoming move to Georgia
Bill Gleasure’s Family - at his passing
Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
John Hahn - throat cancer related treatments
Kathy Heyer - recovering
George Houdeshel - general health
Janice Jarrard - second eye surgery

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