Where there’s a will…
Good afternoon, Church!
Here’s what our worship will look like in the weeks to come.
For the next two Sundays, June 14 and 21, we will continue to offer online worship only. And remember, you can invite others to worship there, too! Also, this Sunday, June 14, we will have The Love Feast, so have your bread and drink ready.
Starting June 28, we will offer in-person worship as well as live streaming and online options.
Below are some guidelines regarding our best practices for in-person worship in this time of pandemic. If you are not feeling well on the day of worship or if you may have recently been exposed to the virus, please worship with us online. Also, keep in mind that a Shelter in Place order for those with compromised health and/or those over age 65 remains in effect for the state of Georgia until July 12. However, we promise we will not be checking IDs at the door.
Here’s what we as a church will do, though, based on guidance from the Conference, as well as the Executive Leadership and the Relaunch Team at First Methodist:
  • On June 28, we will return to in-person worship in the Methodist Activities Center (MAC). All worship will take place in the MAC. We will have a contemporary service at 9:30 and a traditional service at 11:15. Both of these services will be streamed live on YouTube at their respective times and available to view any time thereafter. Both of these services will be about 45 minutes.
  • We will park in every other space. Attendants will be there to guide you. If you need special parking, we will have an area set aside that is closer to the building.
  • We will greet you as you enter and as you exit the building with hand sanitizer.
  • We will maintain 6 feet of social distancing, from the parking lot to the pew and back again.
  • We will open the doors to the MAC 15 minutes before each worship service.
  • We will wear masks before, during, and after worship. If you have a mask, please bring it. If you don’t have one, one will be provided. Children 2 and under are not required to wear a mask. Children 3-8 years old are encouraged to wear a mask. The rest of us will “mask up.”
  • We will sanitize the worship space and the bathrooms between the two services. That said, please limit bathrooms to emergencies and to one person at a time.
That’s a lot of “wills,” and a lot of will, but we will find our way.
See you online until then.
Grace and Peace.
Don
Our worship services are being broadcast on our own channel under our name) on Youtube. You may find it on our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com) and click on the link.
We will return to in-person worship on
Sunday, June 28th.
Read details above asto what worship will look like
and the protocals we will need to follow regarding social distancing.
Thank you church for continuing to be “the church” outside the walls of our building.
A HUGE thank you goes out to the many behind the scene workers here at the church. Though the church has not been “open”, we have, by no means, quit doing ministry. The men have continued to keep our campus manicured, the worship teams have continued to provide us with beautiful music, the tech teams have ensured that we can see worship services on Sunday, our Relaunch committee has been hard at work figuring out the logistics of us coming back to worship, the Circle of Love has been reaching out to its members and doing ministry, Sunday School classes have been zooming or meeting in person, Ladies Bible Study has been meeting via zoom…and these are just a few examples.
 A WEEK FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17 AT 10:30 A.M.) WE WILL BEGIN OUR STUDY IN THE BOOK OF JAMES. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN US PLEASE TEXT OR EMAIL DORIS (THAT’S ME 🙂 SO I CAN SEND YOU THE LINK TO OUR ZOOM STUDY. IF YOU HAVE NEVER DONE A ZOOM STUDY IT IS GREAT SEEING, TALKING AND PRAYING WITH ALL THE OTHER LADIES IN OUR BIBLE STUDY. IF YOU HAVE A COMPUTER OR SMART PHONE YOU CAN EASILY ACCESS IT. IT IS VERY SECURE AS ZOOM HAS UPGRADED THEIR SECURITY AS WELL AS WE ONLY ALLOW REGISTRED KNOWN PARTICIPANTS TO ENTER OUR STUDY ROOM.  SO PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE BOOK OF JAMES STUDY.  IT IS AMAZING THAT JAMES BEGINS HIS BOOK RIGHT WHERE PAUL LEFT OFF IN PHILIPPIANS “CONSIDER IT PURE JOY.”
JUNE BIRTHDAYS:
1 - Kristin Collins, Stephany Cristofaro, Jason Neely 2 - Richard Hauschild 3- Kathy Cook, Eileen Nichols 5- Dana Robbins 6- David Lifsey, Ryan McCann, Dave Mollnhauer 7 - George Danner, Linda Roberson 9 - George Houdeshel, Lyn LeCompte, Damian Robbins, Ursula Whitelock 10- Faye Eubanks 11 - Pat Clay, Haley Livingston 12 - Bob Eshelman 13 - Bill Haygood, Norris Wood 14 - Phil Cook, Matthew Mashburn, Aurore Miller, Allison Young 15 - Tommy Ackerman, Sam Seiler 16 - Lamar Franklin, Jared Lewis, Kiera Lewis 17 - Chad Gasaway 18 - Jenny Chandler, Judy Hair 19 - David Cook, Joni Hinton, Alice O’Rourke 20 - William Mercer, Gray Williams 21 - Ann Chapman 22 - Don Landen, Teri McGinnis, Hazel Stafford 23 - Dawn Gray, Wesley Landen 25 - Ashley Collins 26 - Barbara Dell-Veneri, Twyla deRevere, Shannon Miller 27 - June Colditz, Janice Smith 29- Mike Brandenburg, Kristen Livingston
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:
Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office or Mike Cloyd of any changes. With us not gathering right now, we don’t always hear the latest.
GENERAL:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
  • Our healthcare workers and first responders who are working on the frontlines of COVID-19
  • School systems as they try to make plans for the fall following new guidelines they will be asked to put in place
  • 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
SPECIFIC:
  • Avery - 10 month old who has a tumor in her stomach and head
  • Tonia Albright’s daughter Erin had a premature baby Brady. He is having breathing problems.
  • Bud Akins- had 3rd stent last Thursday, recovering at home now
  • Clint Blackmon - pray cancer hasn’t spread while awaiting stem-cell harvest
  • Jim Belcher - had 2 back surgeries, home doing rehab
  • Mike Brandenburg - broken arm
  • Eva Breedlove - recovering from surgery
  • Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer, nephew Luke in need of back surgery & financing
  • Joyce Byers - gall bladder surgery went well
  • Larry Callahan-passed his medical test and is coming home
  • Larry Culpepper’s sister - in a nursing home
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom - health concerns
  • Rheannna Dockery - recovering from surgery
  • Lee Dunham - TAVR procedure will be done June 16th
  • Lloyd Dunham - health concerns
  • Jesse Eady - kidney issues
  • Kristen Engler - healing
  • Faye Eubanks - severe leg pain, MRI appointment Wednesday, 10th
  • Steve Everman - home recovering from cellulitis
  • Jackie Franklin - having tests done
  • Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - continued treatments for colon cancer
  • Deidra Gilbert’s daughter’s-in-law’s sister-has COVID, spiked fever
  • Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
  • Jeff Henderson - flu and lung issue
  • Vic Henderson - home recovering after hernia surgery
  • Billy Hendrick’s niece Melanie Daniels recovering from COVID and another niece Kathi has been diagnosed with COVID
  • Kathy Heyer - heart issues
  • Camille Higginbotham - on Hospice care
  • Sue Hill - recovering from surgery
  • George Houdeshel - general health
  • Georgia Jestings’ cousin Bonnie and her daughter Charice and granddaughter Skyla were in a bad automobile accident. Multiple broken bones and surgeries
  • Miki Johnson (Laura Wilcher’s mom) - recovering from surgery
  • Robin Lambert - diagnosed with aggresive breast cancer
  • Katrina Laxton - having scan to see if she is in remission
  • Greg Lane - fell again, going to see neurologist
  • Anita Lippman’s family on her passing
  • Robert & Jo Mantell - health issues
  • Linda McClarnon- at home recovering
  • Judy McCorkle - liver failing
  • Gail McGuire’s friend Ruth - admitted to hospice care
  • Carol Mercer - general health
  • Don Murphy - another heart spell
  • Elaine Neuhaus - home and doing rehab
  • Ray Norwood - health issues
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother Letha Hicks-in IMCU for dehydration, renal failure and low blood pressure
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
  • Delores Richards - on hospice care
  • Margie Richards - on dialysis
  • Billie Roach - recovering from hip and elbow surgery, waiting to be moved to rehab
  • Carol Rogers’ grandson Chris - medical equipment specialist with armed forces now serving on frontline in New Jersey with COVID
  • Joan Shaw - had vocal chord surgery today, recovering nicely
  • Joan Shaw’s sister Jackie Milam - cancer has returned and in lymphatic system
  • Charles Smith - pacemaker put in, recovering nicely at home
  • J L Tanner - stroke following surgery
  • Bob Taylor - asymptomatic but tested positive for COVID, on 2nd floor of UGH, will later be transferred to Chatuge for rehab
  • Glenda Taylor’s cousin Roynelle Simmons - COVID-19 in nursing home in FL
  • Ron/Pauline Taylor’s son Ronnie - has a tumor
  • Norm Thompson - much improved, infection cleared up, should start therapy soon. Thank you for the prayers.
  • Carol Warren – chronic back issues
  • Lee and Cindy Weitzel’s son - kidney and thyroid health complications
  • Sam Wilson - doing exercises to help shoulder
  • Sharon Willits - general health
  • Kathy Zimmerman-infection in incision
If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving, it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.
A Note from Your Finance Team
THANK YOU!!!
………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
June 7……………..$26,095…..…………..$428,839
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
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 First United Methodist Church of Union County
938 Highway 515 Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(706) 745 2073
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
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