Congrats and Thanks !
Congratulations to our very own Emily Stafford, Director of Children’s Ministries. Emily was selected as a Gainesville District Representative to Annual Conference for North Georgia this year. Way to go, Emily! We’re glad you’re here…and that you’ll be there!
A big thanks to Wayne Jones for refurbishing and updating the cross, flame, and sign at the main entrance to the church campus. It looks great and, as I and many others have noted, really pops!
Many thanks from the church staff to Ro and the Robinettes for providing the staff and their families lunch this past Sunday. It was wonderful! Thanks so much. Creme brûlée, y’all. Creme brûlée.
Don’t forget Wednesday night activities. The meal starts at 5, but join us when you can. Activities for children, youth, and adults begin at 6 pm. For the pastor’s Bible study, bring a Bible, whether it is paper or pixels. If you don’t have one, we’ll have one for you.
Also, I’ll have Beyond the Office Hours this Thursday from 3-4:30 at Cabin Coffee on the square. This is a drop-in, casual affair offering a chance for us to visit.
See you soon,
Youth “Soup-er Bowl of Caring”
This Sunday February 2nd!
Our Youth will be collecting cans of soup at all three services! Bring a can of soup and help our youth “Tackle Hunger”!
Also, congratulations to FirstYouth member Cristian Martinez took first place at 182 at the Amicalola Classic Wrestling Tournament on 28 December 2019.
2019 Contribution statements are provided to you upon request. Please sign the notepad on the narthex desk if you would like to receive a statement. One will be mailed to you.
“Night to Shine”
* Night to Shine Decorating times and job assignments will be emailed by this weekend.
*Bingo gift donations will be collected
            Sunday Feb. 2 at a table in the Narthex
           Or Mon. Feb 3 – put gift card in a designated box in Evelyn’s office and gifts in the work room (where the copy machine is located)
*Brownies and Cookies can be delivered Thursday Feb. 6 to the Fellowship Hall
NEEDED: still in need of artificial greenery and flowers. Check your attics and basements, and please leave your donations in the Youth Ministry Office across from the Main Office. Thanks
“FirstFAMILY” Nights!
5:00pm Fellowship Supper
6:00pm Age-Group Activities
  • “FirstKIDS” FUNdamentals (grades 1-5) Meets in the “FUNdamentals room (lower level of the Children’s wing). Led by Emily Stafford, Director of Children’s Ministries.
  • “FirstYOUTH” (grades 6-12) Bible Study and Mission Activities. Meets in room M-0 (lower level of the MAC). Led by Jennifer DLM, Director of Youth Ministries.
“Adult Studies”
  • Pastor Don’s Adult Bible Study… Meets back in room M - 3/5 !
  •  “FirstMOMS” Fellowship Meets in the Church Conference Room. Moms are invited to join an informal time of “table talk” sharing and fellowship while their children attend our Wednesday “FUNdamentals” program. Group is facilitated by Katie Mashburn.
“FirstFAMILY” Night Supper
Wednesday, January 29th
Adult Menu – “Soup-er bowl Dinner”
“Punt” the Potato” and “Touchdown Taco” soups, sideline salad bar, team spirit cookies.
Children’s Menu –
Hamburger Soup, Grilled Cheese, Fruit
Weekday Bible Studies!
Men’s Bible Study meets on Tuesday’s at 10:00am in room M-7 (lower level of the MAC).
Ladies Bible Study meets on Wednesday’s at 10:00am in room M-1 (lower level of the MAC). For info Contact Alice Janessa, Paula Myers or Doris Eshelman.
MISSING! Our church is missing a portable CD player from the MAC storage room. If you have taken it, please return it. It belongs on the glass case in the storage room by the Pickleball nets.
The Prayer Quilt Ministry is accepting requests for prayer quilts. Contact Paula Myers 706 745 5760 for further information or pick up a flyer off of the narthex desk. Completed quilts are placed in the Bray Chapel to receive your prayers and knots. Please stop by throughout the week.
Church Cookbooks still available. We still have a very limited number of cookbooks. Call Stan at the church office before they are gone.
Calling All Young At Heart!
It’s Our “Super Bowl Bunco Fellowship”
  • - This Friday, January 31st –
6:00pm  In the Fellowship Hall
Everyone should bring an appetizer or a dessert. $2.00 per person donation. Wear the colors of your favorite team! Join Us and Bring a Friend!
At the MAC!
Walking Track & Weight Room Hours
Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm / Friday 8am-1pm
  • “BalloFlex”: A seated chair fitness program for all ages and fitness levels. Class is led by Certified BalloFlex instructor Cynthia Lyles and meets Mondays at 1:00pm in room M-0 (1st floor). Cost is $3.00 per class (free to 75 and over).
  • “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. There is free play 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.
The next Orphanage Emmanuel mission trip is schedule for May 16-23, 2020. For information please contact Joe Tatman via email:
Mark Your Calendars!
FEB 26 “Ash Wednesday” Service
MAR 26 OASIS Spring Session Begins
MAR 29 Chancel Choir “Easter Cantata”
APR 9 “Living Last Supper” Presentation
APR 12 “Easter Sunday”
MAY 13 “Church Picnic”
MAY 15 CEC Graduation
MAY 16-23 Orphanage Emmanuel Mission Trip
JUN 7-11 “Vacation Bible School”
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! You can contact our Director of Pastoral Care, Rev. Mike Cloyd at or call the church office @ 706-745-2073.
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 Church staff team and their extended families
  • All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
  • Adams Family on the passing of their daughter
  • Marilyn Barnes - recovering at home
  • Clint Blackman - test to locate cancer
  • Mike Brandenburg - broken arm
  • Eva Breedlove – fighting shingles
  • Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer
  • Joyce Byers - back procedure
  • Helen Colwell - vertigo
  • Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) -radiation treatment
  • Larry Culpepper’s sister - in a nursing home
  • Lloyd Dunham- surgery went well
  • Jesse Eady - kidney issues
  • Kristen Engler - healing
  • Bob Eshelman’s brother died
  • Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - continued treatments for colon cancer
  • Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
  • Roy Hamby - surgery went well
  • LuAnn Head - MS active again
  • Jeff Henderson - flu and lung issue
  • Vic Henderson - health issues
  • Kathy Heyer - heart issues
  • Camille Higginbotham - on Hospice care
  • Sue Hill - having surgery
  • George Houdeshel - general health
  • Miki Johnson (Laura Wilcher’s mom) - recent surgery
  • Greg Lane -at home
  • Spencer Lewis -recovering from total knee replacement
  • Rod McClarnon - upcoming test and results
  • Linda McClarnon - home recovering from shoulder surgery
  • Judy McCorkle - liver failing
  • David Miller family - loss
  • Tom Morningstar - heart stent put in, home recovering
  • Don Murphy - another heart spell
  • Elaine Neuhaus - complete shoulder surgery
  • Ray Norwood - health issues
  • Helen Owenby - general health
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
  • Delores Richards - on hospice care
  • Margie Richards - health issues
  • Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
  • Jerry Roberson- sister died last week
  • Pat & Erica Ryan’s baby born at 28 weeks
  • Rhonda Schlienger - recovering from kidney transplant
  • Bob Taylor - surgical procedure to relieve pain in neck
  • Ron/Pauline Taylor’s son Ronnie - has a tumor
  • Norm Thompson - foot infection has gone to the bone, moved to Union General Nursing Home
  • Carole Thompson - back issues
  • Carlyn Turner (one of John Mark/Jennifer Turner’s triplets) - emergency surgery at Egleston-is doing fair
  • Evelyn Ueltzen’s sister-in-law (Heidi) - in holding pattern to have surgery next month
  • John Vogeley- fighitng MRSA and blood coagulation problems
  • Walter- protection while in jail
  • Carol Warren – chronic back issues
  • Fred Whitley - oral surgery today (Tuesday)
  • Doris Wilder- son Keith recovering from brain surgery
  • Sharon Willits - general health
  • Glen Womack - pain relief from neuropathy
A Note from Your Finance Team
………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
January 5th………….$24, 186 …………………..$ 24, 186
January 12th………..$20,646……..……………..$ 44, 832
January 19th………..$18,482……..……………..$ 63, 315
January 26th………..$18,098……..………………$ 81,413
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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