March 2020 FUMC Newsletter
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
This Wednesday, February 26, is Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  We will gather as a congregation at 6 pm in the sanctuary for a special service.
The focus of Lent is twofold.  We will journey with Jesus to the cross, considering again how he gave his life for us then.  Not only that, we will also prepare for Easter and the new life he offers now.  Traditionally, the season of Lent is marked by prayer, fasting, and giving alms (acts of charity.)  We often think of it as a time of giving something up.  But it can also be a time of taking something on.
This past Sunday, God called those who follow Jesus to listen to him.  Join us in the next several weeks as we listen together to Jesus.  He will continue to teach us what life in the kingdom is like, about who we are, and about who God is.  Jesus will do so with an array of word pictures.  We will hear about salt and light, wheat and weeds, and loaves and fishes, just to name a few.
So, just as we have been invited to take this journey, take on inviting others to join you for worship in the coming weeks as Jesus teaches us about living into the kingdom.
See you Wednesday, Don
Morning Glory Circle is the first Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am in the lower level of the MAC.
The “Traveling Gift Shop” is brought to you by the Morning Glory Circle for our congregation to find small UM items like bookmarks, key rings, coins, totes and jewelry that they might want for themselves or want to purchase as gifts. The MGC Traveling Gift Shop is open before services on several Sundays during each month in the Narthex or at the back of the MAC.All items are sold at a price to cover the cost and tax. Any donations above a posted price go to the MGC treasury to further our support of community missions. Presently, we choose items that range in price from around $5 to $10. Please let us know what you might like to see in our case.
Circle of Love is the first and third Thursdays of the month at 6:00 pm. They meet in the lower level of the MAC in the youth Sunday School Room.
All women are invited to attend any and all of these groups for fellowship.
meets on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am downstairs of the MAC with the exception of the first Wednesday.
The Men’s Bible Study meets on Tuesdays @10:00am in room M-7. All men are welcome to join us.
Mark Your Calendars! The next Orphanage Emmanuel mission trip is schedule for May 16-23, 2020. For information please contact Joe Tatman via email:
Circle of Love invites you to come out and support them at the Hope House Super Chef Showdown on Saturday, March 14th from 11:30 to 1:00 pm in the MAC. Admission is $15 for those above 10 years of age. Swing Set Band with Will Stafford will be playing during the event. Door prizes and silent auction.Come out and enjoy this community event!
The CEC Preschool will be having an “in house” registration for current students and Church members starting March 2nd @ 9am in Fellowship Hall. We will begin “open registration” to the public on March 23rd . It also will be held in Fellowship Hall @ 9am. At this time we hope to fill the 2’s classes and any available spots in the 3’s and 4’s classes.
Please remember, your student must turn 2, 3, or 4 years old by September 1st to fit the entry requirement for each class level. If you have a child or know of a child that could benefit from our program, please stop by and visit us. We would love to show you around and introduce you to our amazing staff of teachers.
We have been very blessed this year and are so excited to see our Mission growing and reaching more children in Blairsville and the surrounding areas.
  Thank You Church Members:
For all of your help collecting Box Tops. Your hard work has paid off with the preschool receiving a little more than $600.00 this year.
That is an incredible financial blessing for the CEC. For shopping at Ingles and putting the Preschool on your Ingles Card. We are currently in 6th position and hope to move up in the standings. Last year the preschool got close to $4,000.00 in May to spend on classroom supplies, listening centers, books, and art supplies. Ingles gives us a tremendous blessing each year through their program and we sure couldn’t do it without your support. Don’t stop saving those Box Tops and receipts!!!!!
Thank you for what you do for the CEC Mission, it is truly appreciated.
Last Winter Class March 5
Spring Session begins March 26
Hey Church Family! There are lots of fun things happening in your children’s ministry!
It’s time for VBS planning and we need your help to make it happen! This year the theme is Rocky Railway where we will learn how Jesus’ power pulls us through! Register to bring your children, grandchildren, neighbors, etc. or to help volunteer at! Please see Susan Forrester or myself if you have any questions.
We are having a Pajama Party for a Parents Night Out Event on March 21st from 4pm-7pm. Sign up for this event here If you would like to volunteer for this event, please register and/or see me with any questions!
FirstKIDS will be selling candy Lifesavers for a donation to ACS Relay for Life at church on March 29th & April 26th. We want to thank you in advance for being a “lifesaver” and helping raise money for cancer research!
FirstKIDS March Memory Verse: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. John 1:1
Peace & Joy,
It’s hard to believe that we are planning through the rest of the year, but here is what firstYOUTH has in store coming up:
February 28 through March 1 is our DNOW weekend, where we join many other local Union County youth groups for fellowship and fun!
March 8, following worship, we will have pizza and practice for the sunrise service from noon to 3 PM.
On Easter Sunday, April 12, the youth once again lead our sunrise service.
On Sunday, May 3, Ragan and I invite all high school seniors and their families for breakfast to celebrate the graduating seniors! The rest of firstYOUTH grades 6 through 11 will be our servers!
Sunday, May 10 is Mother’s Day. There will be no youth Sunday school on this day.
On Wednesday, May 13, the youth will be selling desserts at the Overflow Concert in an effort to raise funds for our Red Bird Mission Trip which will take place from June 14 through June 20. The cost per student is $375, and this does not include team t-shirts, the meals to and from Kentucky, travel expenses, or free day funds (Last year we saw the Ark Encounter, and it was AWE-INSPIRING!)
The youth thank you for supporting us with your prayers and your participation in our service!
The Chancel Choir will perform their Easter Cantata on Sunday, March 29th at both the 8:30 am and 11:00 am services.
Overflow will perform their Easter program on Sunday, March 29th at the 9:45 service.
Daffodils will arrive on Monday, March 16th and can be picked up at 6:00 in the small MAC Dining room. Thank you to all who purchased them!
Luminaries in honor or memory of loved ones with cancer will be sold during March, April and May for display at the Relay for Life event on Saturday, May 30th at the Union County Farmer’s Market. The cost of the Luminary is $5.00 per bag.
Sunday worship services are shown on Cable Channel 4 on Sundays at 8:30 am and 8:00 pm.
Christ Centered Yoga is held on Tuesdays 9:15 to 10:15 am in room M-0 downstairs at the MAC. $5 per class. Bring yoga mat. Led by Pat Tomzyck.
Tai Chi class is held on Tuesdays 1:30 pm. $5 per class. Led by Dr. Dennis Tidwell.
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 and everyone is welcome. There are plenty of experienced players there to get you started in the game and equipment is provided.
PIYO: This 45 minute class of Pilates and Yoga focuses on building your core strength and toning your legs and glutes. The class will be done on the floor on a yoga mat and should be done in comfortable clothes with or without shoes. Class meets on Monday’s at 10:00am in room M-32 (3rd floor of the MAC) Cost is $5.00 per class.
All exercise classes are open to everyone and are held in room M-0 downstairs at the MAC.
“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).
“Strength-Stretch-Posture”: SSP class combines isometric (strength and stretch) and moving exercises to relatable music that incorporates fitness and wellness into everyday living. This 1 hour class meets on Wednesday and Fridays at 10am in room M-32. Class is led by ACE certified trainer Lisa Toups. Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring a mat.
“Fast-Effective-Fitness”. “FEF” meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm - 6:30pm in the lower level of the MAC… cardio to music with some weight training included. Cost is $4.00 per class. Class is led by Rev. Mike Welch. For more information check the MAC desk.
Jason Cunningham Charitable Foundation
Many of you heard from Sam Wilson about this new ministry at First Methodist at worship on the last Sunday of February.  The charity is named after Jason Cunningham who struggled with severe hearing impairment from birth into adulthood.  Sadly, he took his own life in December 2015.
As a way to honor his life and make something good come out of his tragic death, his many friends created the Foundation in 2016 to help as many children with hearing impairment as they could.  The Foundation provides screening and financial assistance for hearing impaired children across Georgia.  The sole mission is “to help less fortunate, hearing impaired children receive counselling, speech therapy, and hearing aids for families who might not otherwise be able to afford advanced hearing and speech care for their child.”
To support this mission, we are collecting used, old, and/or damaged hearing aids.  These hearing aids will be refurbished and repaired by a company partnering with the charity to provide them to children around the state.  There is a collection box in the narthex to the sanctuary where you can drop them off.
Thanks for making a difference!
Sunday, March 8th
The Prayer Quilt Ministry is now 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.
Airman William Prentice, Wright Paterson AFB, Ohio. He is the grandson of Juanita Prentice.
CW02 Blane Dorton. PS473, Box 2896, FPO AP 96349 He is the son of Buddy & Teresa Moore and Bob Dorton.
ND1 Brody Dorton. 232 Marsh Haven Drive, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460 He is the son of Buddy & Teresa Moore and Bob Dorton.
SSgt. Krystle Lewis-Wayne Reserve Air National Guard . She is the daughter of Barry & Shelley Lewis.
Pvt., Prentice, Nathaniel, 11214 8th Avenue CT E #82, Tacoma, Washington 98455. He is the grandson of Juanita Prentice.
Major Paul Hargrove, Germany He is the grandson-in-law of Henry and Myrtle von Staden.
Master Sgt. Kevin Ryan, 19102 East Crestridge Circle Aurora, CO 80015. He is the grandson-in-law of Henry and Myrtle von Staden.
Lt. Jody Stuckey, 820 Emory Street, Imperial Beach, CA 91932. He is the nephew of Richard and Paula Myers.
Michael Couture, US Marine Corps, Afghanistan.
Sgt. Christopher Womack, Kailua Hawaii. He is the grandson of Glen and Linda Womack.
Sgt. 1st class, Matthew Ueltzen, Fort Bragg, NC. He is the son of David and Evelyn Ueltzen.
Captain David Riddle, grandson of Bob and Jean Riddle
Matthew Moore, 5840 B Chason Ridge Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28314. Matthew is the son of Buddy and Teresa Moore.
Cpt. Laura Jeffrey, 1 Sgt. Craig Jeffrey, Lt. Andre LaTaste All children of Vern and Angie Craft.
Sgt. 1st Class, Josh Pierce,Pennsylvania SEY, grandson-in-law of George Houdeshel.
Seth Loertscher,Union 111, Unite 223 AP AE09348. He is the nephew of Ruth Stefko.
Command Sgt Major George Ackerman, Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas. He is the son of Tommy and Pam Ackerman.
Christopher Varian, MISTF-C 61274, APO AE 09309. He is the grandson of Lynn and Barry Varian.
SR Weldon, Tucker B Ship 14, Div 365 Recruit Training Command, 3410 Sailer Drive, Great Lakes, IL 60088. He is the son of Melinda and Jeff Weldon.
Lt.  Tsali Bentley II, Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX. He is the son of Tsali and Jacque Bentley.
Alex Hayden Varian, BM3 Coast Guard. Guam. He is the grandson of Lynn and Barry Varian.
David Mears, Air Force,  He is the grandson-in-law of Diane and Fritz Simonsen.
Pray for our homebound…
Juanita Prentice
Sharon Willits
Hugh Lee
Anita Lippman
Camille Higginbotham
Missions Around You
We have two mission trips coming up in a few months. Orphanage Emmanuel trip to Honduras is scheduled for May and Red Bird trip to Kentucky is scheduled for June. We are planning to organize letters from the congregation for the missionaries attending these trips. More details on this initiative to come as the teams are formed. The letters prove to be a blessing for both the giver and receiver and we hope that we will have the same strong response from our church as we have in the past. Stay tuned for more details.
Ongoing Collections
Hope House- holding their Super Chef Showdown on March 14th at FUMC
Food Pantry - canned goods and dry goods
Orphanage Emmanuel - baby diapers and female pads.
Women’s Enrichment Center - a list is provided on their box
The Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter of The SAR recently honored the family of Tsali Bentley the 3rd, namely Tsali and Jacque Bentley of Blairsville. The proud parents received The Chapter’s Blue Star Banner which signifies a son or daughter serving in the military. Tsali is a 2nd Lieutenant in The Air Force stationed in Texas. We celebrate with you Bentley’s!
The Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter of The SAR also honored the parents of Tucker Weldon with The Chapter’s Blue Star Banner as well. Tucker is serving in The Navy aboard The USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Assault Ship in Jacksonville, Florida. Melinda and Jeff Weldon are the proud parents, and we, too, salute you and your son.
While we’re celebrating, there was a “party goin’ on” here at FUMC on February 7th. Truly it was a Nite to Shine!!! We served 100 guests and their families. The 300 volunteers had fun too. Kim and Joe Tatman were the leaders of this glorious event. Kim and Joe…YOUR light really shines all the time! Bless you, and thanks for your love and care.
Blairsville Mayor, Jim Conley, was chosen as the 2019 Person of the Year by The Blairsville Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber Awards Night on January 23rd. The picture in the newspaper was a really good one of you, Jim, and also of Lamar Paris as he presented your award. Way to go, Jim!!
Also printed in The North Georgia News was a Letter to the Editor written by Linda McClarnon. It was entitled, “Out of the Ashes” since the story was about her 71 year old Teddy Bear who had gone through the fire at The Spry Family Cleaners. Her Teddy survived due to the care of The Spry Family. I do think the story could also have been titled, “Miracles still Happen”…even if it was just a little miracle!
Several of our Relay for Life folks were pictured in a prayer circle as they gathered for the kickoff of The 2020 Relay for Life events. Please support our Relay for Life Team and celebrate survivors of cancer. Great work team…you are appreciated for all your efforts!
And, last but not least is our own Ava Hunter pictured in a real “fight” for the basketball while playing in the semifinal against Putnam County. Ava’s stats have been astounding all year, and the picture in the paper showed the determination Ava had for fighting for every point for her team. Keep on amazing us, and we pray for “Smooth Dunking” all season. (…and I don’t mean donuts )
May you all stay well and warm for the rest of the winter…Spring is coming…at least the daffodils think so!!! (Not sure I agree ☹ )
~Church Mouse
Dear Faith Family:
Well – we finished cookie season with a bang. 6 troops from the Service Unit covering Towns, Union, and Fannin participated. In December we held a cookie rally in prep for the season, practicing selling and marketing techniques, and learning about money. During the annual January shut-in, the girls painted a custom “Cookie Castle” to make their cookie booth more attractive to customers.
Slainte. The Girl Scouts Service Unit 108 salutes you and all the support you give. Please make sure to mark your calendars for the 4th annual Bangers and Mash Dinner to benefit our group.
February found us participating in World Thinking Day along with many other troops in the North Georgia Girl Scout District. The formal occasion March 7th, held at Truett McConnell in Cleveland, GA, celebrates scouting in 12 various countries so that girls could learn about traditions, customs, and foods from different lands.
Daisies are working on their petals, Brownies prepared marketing materials for the February cookies sales, Juniors and Cadettes worked on their Detective Badge and soon will work on an Engineering Badge when they experiment with the forces around making a gravity race car.
We are girl scouts on the move. G.I.R.L = GoGetter, Innovator, Risk Taker, Leader
For more information contact:
Janice Walters-Taylor
Girl Scout Troop 11635
Post Office Box 2285
Blairsville GA 30514
Office: 706.745.1854
MARCH BIRTHDAYS: 5 – Rhonda Schlienger 6 - Janet Dittus 7 -Kris Furgsason 9 – Shirley Cobb 10 - Margaret Kennard 11 - Danielle Snider 12 - Leura Mollnhauer, Ro Robbins 13 - Betty Jones, Reagan Schuknecht 14 - Dennis Bradley, Brenda Morningstar 15 - Dick Eby, Mike Gurley 17-Greg Buchanan, Linda McClarnon 18 -Caylor Gasaway, Brad McAfee, Anita McGirt, Joel Palmer 19 - Jackie Hughes 20 - Bud Akins 21- Eloise Grenga, Dee Heuker, Jeanne Taylor 23 - Debbie Crask, Will Stafford 24 - Stacy Clements, Stephen Espinosa 25 - Henry Livingston 26 - Robbie Turner 27 - John Browning, Jerry Driskell 28 -Carter Spence 29 - Dinah Carter, Diana Guimond, Jennifer Turner 30 - Jim Fletcher, Kobi Robbins 31 - Charles Smith
Church Staff
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
Stan Wallace, Older Adult/Recreation
Evelyn Ueltzen, Administrative Assistant
Emily Stafford, Children’s Director
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Heidi Hall, Child Enrichment Director
Jennifer de la Montagne, Youth Director   Ext.227
Deidra Gilbert, FInancial Secretary
Jeff Bauman, Minister of Music
Keith DeFoor, Accompanist
Mike Cloyd, Director of Pastoral Care
Eric Miller, Worship Leader

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