A super big THANKS to First Youth for leading our Souper Bowl food drive! 758 cans were donated on Sunday and more came in after that. Everything received was delivered to the 9th district food pantry this morning. Thank you church! You are making a difference.
Wednesday night will be all of our regularly scheduled events. Dinner begins at 5 and is followed by activities for children, youth, and adults at 6 pm.
Preparations for Night to Shine are already underway. If you are not already involved elsewhere on Wednesday night, there are several opportunities to continue preparing. Thursday will be a full day (and night) of set up for Night to Shine. Many are already scheduled to volunteer. Join us on Wednesday night if you can!
Finally, don’t forget our prayer quilt ministries. You may not be a quilter, but you can be part of it. After Night to Shine, quilts will return to the chapel awaiting your prayers. Say those prayers and tie those knots.
Church, thank you for being the church. Thank you for being the Salt and the Light that Jesus says we are!
Grace and Peace.
will be available to purchase this Sunday after each service. Boxes range from $4.00 to $6.00.
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”
*NEEDED Brownies and Cookies for the Hospitality Room. They can be delivered Thursday Feb. 6 to the Fellowship Hall
“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 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, February 5th
Adult Menu – Hotdog Bar along with baked beans, coleslaw and dessert
(Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 101)
Children’s Menu – To go with the Scout’s hotdogs… mac & cheese, applesauce, fruit,
ice cream sundaes
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.
Saturday, March 14th
Here in the gym
Admission $15.00 for those above 10 years of age
The Circle of Love will be the FUMC “chefs”.
INFO on the State of the UMC Church – The District UMC invites everyone to attend A Diaologue on Biblical Interpretation and Human Sexuality to be held at Gainesville First UMC on February 23rd from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Two professors from Candler School of Theology, Dr. Kevin Watson and Dr. Kendall Soulen, will respond to questions submitted through this website:  https://www.gfumc.com/dialogue. Attendees are asked to view the video presentations embedded in the website in preparation for the event. This event will not be a debate. It will be a presentation on two different theological perspectives concerning Biblical Interpretation and Human Sexuality.
A number of plans have been submitted to the 2020 General Conference that allow for those who wish to separate from the UMC to be able to do so in a variety of ways; however, one plan that made national news several weeks ago is gaining traction. That plan is called The Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation. Everyone is invited to attend the townhall meeting that Bishop Sue will conduct in the Gainesville District on April 26th at 3:00 p.m. at Gainesville First United Methodist Church. She will discuss this plan at that time.
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.
At the MAC!
Walking Track & Weight Room Hours
Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm / Friday 8am-1pm
The MAC Walking Track and Weight room will be closed this Friday, February 7th! due to our
“NIght To Shine”Event
  • “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: 2jtatman@gmail.com
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 blairsvillefumcmike@gmail.com 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
  • 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
  • Polly Conkle - released home from UGH
  • Helen Colwell - vertigo
  • Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) -radiation treatment
  • Larry Culpepper’s sister - in a nursing home
  • Jesse Eady - kidney issues
  • Kristen Engler - healing
  • 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
  • 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
  • Leon - great-grandson of JIm/Dee Arthur - severe bronchitis
  • 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
  • Don Murphy - another heart spell
  • Elaine Neuhaus - in Chatuge Hospital in rehab, No visitors at this time please
  • Ray Norwood - health issues
  • Helen Owenby - general health
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
  • Delores Richards - on hospice care
  • Margie Richards - in ICU at UGH
  • Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
  • Jerry Roberson- sister died last week
  • Charles Smith - released home from UGH
  • 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) - surgery date to be scheduled
  • John Vogeley- fighitng MRSA and blood coagulation problems
  • Walter- protection while in jail
  • Carol Warren – chronic back issues
  • Fred Whitley - recovery from oral surgery
  • 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
February 2nd …………….$ 28,876…………….$110,290
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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