Survey Says…
Good afternoon Church!
Thank you for participating in our survey to help us gauge how many might be at in-person worship when we return on June 28. We have received 184 responses so far, representing approximately 400 people. Everyone likes to know the results of a survey they take, so here goes:
- Just under half plan to return to in person worship on June 28. The majority will wait at least a few more weeks.
- Those planning to attend are spread almost evenly between the 9:30 contemporary service and the 11:15 traditional service.
- 92% have sufficient masks for their household.
-Just for fun, the average household consists of 2.16 people.
Speaking of worship, know that the plan to suspend the early service (aka 8:30) is only temporary. We hope to add an early service sooner rather than later. The quickest way to add an early service will be to attend one of those offered currently.
Beyond the guidance from the Conference and the medical community regarding social distancing, wearing masks, and other safety measures already received, additional guidance was released late last week regarding congregational singing. At this time, we are advised by the Conference to not have congregational singing. I know this is not optimal and will not necessarily “feel” like worship as we have known it, however, we are planning to offer some other creative ways for us to connect with God during worship. Also on June 28, Overflow will, of course, be offering music at the 9:30 service and the Bauman Family will be sharing at 11:15.
Finally, cables and cameras were installed in the MAC today. We hope to test them live on Youtube next Wednesday, June 24th. We don’t have a set time yet, but if you check Youtube between 6:30 and 8 pm you may see some familiar faces. This isn’t a worship service, but rather an equipment check and rehearsal of sorts. I may even tell a few jokes.
Peace.
Don
Our worship services are being broadcast on our 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.
Parking every other space, special parking for elderly
  • Masks are to be worn
  • Social distancing applies with no contact greeting
  • Everything will be sanitized before, between and after services
  • Bathrooms will be open for emergencies only, 1 person at a time
  • Services will continue to be streamed online at 9:30 and 11 am
The county will be holding the annual July 4th Fireworks at Meeks Park on the 4th. We have coordinated with the county and will open up our campus to the community STILL holding to social distancing. There will be no activites (food or music) as we have had in the past. The parking lot will be open with every other space available. You are to remain in your space. The building restrooms will not be open yet porta potties will be on the premises.
The Men’s Bible Study has been studying the Epistles in chronological order beginning with James who wrote to the church in Jerusalem in A.D. 44. We are now studying Titus, one of the pastoral letters written by the apostle Paul in the mid 60’s.A.D. We have met via Skype for 3 months but had our first in-person study yesterday, under the portico of the MAC. We will be meeting Tuesday, June 23 and June 30 in this way, under the portico, at 10:00 am. We will be finishing our study of Titus and beginning our study of 2 Timothy. Bring a lawn chair and join us. We follow the church’s instructions for social distancing and those who have risk factors wear masks. I’ll greet you with a squirt of hand sanitizer as a hand shake and welcome.
We will be taking a summer break during the month of July picking back up with study on Tuesday, August 4 at 10:00 am, maybe in our classroom M-7 of the MAC. If not, we will meet under the portico or via Skype or Zoom, depending on circumstances with COVID 19. Hope to see you in Bible Study.
Rev. Chuck Morgan, Retired
It’s not too late to join our study of James which just started today. We are meeting together on Zoom each Wednesday morning at 10:30 am. If you are interested in joining the study, email Doris Eshelman at
doris.eshelman@gmail.com to get Zoom meeting details
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 and baby Brady are home and doing well.
  • 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 - recovering from succesful TAVR procedure yesterday
  • 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
  • Chad Gasaway fell and is being treated
  • 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 - no services planned at this time
  • Robert & Jo Mantell - health issues
  • Linda McClarnon- at home recovering
  • Judy McCorkle - liver failing
  • Roger McGlen - recovering from having a pacemaker put in Monday
  • 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 - moved to rehab center
  • 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
  • J L Tanner - stroke following surgery
  • Bob Taylor - transferred to Chatuge Hospital yesterday 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
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A Note from Your Finance Team
THANK YOU!!!
………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
June 7……………..$26,095…..…………..$428,839
June 14……………$15,687……………….$444,526
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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