We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters…
Words can be difficult at times.  I’ve written this several times over and hope it comes out in some meaningful way.
Over the last 10 days, I have seen George Floyd die at the knee of a police officer.  I have seen peaceful protests in response, but I have also seen rioting, looting, destruction, and violent confrontations.  This week, I saw a peaceful protest in our nation’s capital broken up with tear gas and rubber bullets for no real reason.
I’ve seen it.  We’ve all seen it.
As violence escalated on Friday in Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms responded to the crisis, in part, “We are better than this!  We are better than this as a city!  We are better than this as a country!”
I appreciated her words at the time, and I still do.  Part of me believes them to be true, while another part can’t help but wonder…
If we are better than this, we must do the hard work of real conversation and reconciliation.  If we are better than this, we must address the systemic racism that plagues us as a country.  If we are better than this, we must work to build relationships and understanding across racial, economic, and other demographic divides.
No one can do that for us except us, and we will be known by our fruits.
The title of this post comes from a quote from The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He said, “We must learn to live together as brothers, or we will all perish together as fools.”
Amid the chaos I’ve seen in these days, I’ve also seen signs of hope that we can learn to live together as brothers and sisters.  I’ve seen police chiefs and other officers stand, kneel, and/or walk with protestors, in Minneapolis, Flint, Houston, Brooklyn, and other places.  I’ve heard real conversation going on in the streets.  I saw demonstrators and police in Atlanta embrace at the end of one night of protests.  To top it off, this afternoon I saw protestors and police dancing together to the “Cupid Shuffle” in Carrollton, Georgia.  I’ve seen all this, too, and I hope to see more.
To quote Francis and Amos, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.  Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”  Amen.
Peace.
Don
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God has blessed our church with the best preschool in the area, CEC/Child Enrichment Center. We have a few spots in the four year old and two year old classes. Registration form and contact person are available on the church website.
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
  • 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
  • Kirby Bowron - breathing issues
  • 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
  • Rheannna Dockery - recovering from surgery
  • Lee Dunham - recovering from stints in her foot and is waiting for upcoming heart surgery
  • Lloyd Dunham - health concerns
  • Jesse Eady - kidney issues
  • Kristen Engler - healing
  • Faye Eubanks - severe leg pain, epidural block not working yet
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 - home now
  • Billie Roach - surgery on elbow and hip this Thursday
  • Carol Rogers’ grandson Chris - medical equipment specialist with armed forces now serving on frontline in New Jersey with COVID
  • 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 - 2 falls on Tuesday, sent to ER, edema in his legs, will be sent to 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 - foot infection has gone to the bone, moved to Union General Nursing Home
  • 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
May 3……………..$16,244…..……………$336,371
May 10……………$36,275………………..$372,646
May 17……………$ 6,760………………. .$379,067
May 24……………$13,306………………..$392,373
May 31……………$10,370………………..$402,743
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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