Dear Church,
The following was received this week and thought it pertinent for your understanding of where we are right now. Please continue prayers for us to make sound, safe decisions for all of us…..
Dear North Georgia United Methodists,
Last week Governor Kemp extended Georgia’s Public Health State of Emergency and has banned gatherings of more than 50 people unless there is at least 6 feet of space between each person. (Read all executive orders at https://gov.georgia.gov/executive-action/executive-orders/2020-executive-orders
We know that many of you have worked for weeks developing a plan for how to gather for in-person worship.
In light of the dramatic increases in COVID-19 throughout our region, we encourage you to review your plan considering these rising numbers. Churches in areas with rapidly increasing cases should prayerfully consider pausing plans to gather in-person until the numbers go down. Those in doubt should err on the side of safety.
The website globalepidemics.org offers a county-level risk assessment. We urge you not to gather if your county is red or orange-level risk and to take extreme care where there is a yellow-level risk.
We encourage and support you:
  • If you have resumed in-person worship, but because of an increase of cases in your area you feel you need to pause and return to online worship.
  • If you are considering gathering in person in July but feel you need to delay reopening.
  • If you plan on focusing on online worship and stewardship for the foreseeable future.
For churches that are planning on gathering in-person for worship, we emphasize that congregational singing is extremely dangerous and that choirs should not be part of worship at this time. We reiterate the guidelines we have released (https://www.ngumc.org/guidelines-and-consideration-for-in-person-worship). Three variables to consider are:
  • People: Confidence that members will be disciplined about social distancing (from car, to entering, to exiting, to return to car), wearing masks, and hand hygiene. Reports indicate that this might be the most critical variable.
  • Place: The size and configuration of the space. Note that for many churches 25 or fewer is a safer number.
  • Things: Availability of supplies (masks/hand sanitizer).
Inside gatherings of any size should be held only where the demographics, facilities, and the actual practices of members can reasonably mitigate the spread of the virus. If you want to talk this over with someone, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your District Superintendent or Conference Staff.
Our prayers are with you as we navigate how to share God’s love in the communities we serve in ever-changing circumstances.
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson
The Extended Cabinet of the North Georgia Conference
We’re Back!
The Morning Glory Circle membership is holding their regular monthly meeting on Wednesdsay, August 5th at 10 am. We will meet under the MAC portico and keep to socially distancing. If you are well and are comfortable with being around others, we’d love to see you.
CEC’s first day is Wednesday, September 9th.
The Men’s Bible Study will be taking a summer break during the month of July picking back up with study on Tuesday, August 4 at 10:00 am.
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.
The church office is open during the week between the hours are 9 am till noon. Curbside service outside the office door is available within the above hours.
PLEASE do not drop off any clothes, mattresses, or electronics at the annex. These have recently been found in there, and it causes our ladies to have to pack them up and take them elsewhere.We are not collecting anything at this time. Thank you.
2020 “Backpack To School” Update!
Church family… I wanted to give you some information concerning this year’s Backpack 2 School event!
  • We WILL be helping any student that needs backpacks and school supplies, get what they need!!!!!!
  • We Will NOT be holding our large event at FUMC this year. We are very sad about not having the 5th Annual Backpack 2 School at FUMC this year, but there are so many uncertainties at this point.
  • We WILL be working closely with Family Connections on prepacking backpacks with supplies and any previous participant will be contacted…
  • HOW YOU CAN HELP? Financially is the best way this year! As much as I LOVE to shop for school supplies, that is not prudent and we do not want you to either. It cost about $20.00 to purchase and fill a backpack. so ANY amount will help!!! Please mark checks, “Backpacks”
  •  We also felt it was not thoughtful to ask smaller churches to collect this year, as many are facing their own challenges,
SO FUMC… we are counting on you BIG this year! We have already had some of our local community donors commit financially also!
Many thanks to ALL of you who have committed to this event in the past and pray that under our current circumstances we will be able to meet the needs of all the children this school year.
Much Love,
Tricia Wallace
229-402-9361
OASIS Fall Session Cancelled!
After discussion with our OASIS Leadership Team we have decided that with the current circumstances it would be best to cancel our upcoming Fall Session. With so much of our programming being “up close” we felt it would be impossible to offer the true OASIS experience and keep with the current “distancing guidelines”. We will now focus on preparation for Winter 2021. The plans are to begin on Thursday, January 7, 2021. Pray without ceasing!
“God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
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
  • Jan Boland’s grandson’s fiance’s sister’s son, Remington - has water on the brain and is in serious condition
  • Dennis Bradley’s sister Janet- suffering frim facial pain
  • Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer, nephew Luke in need of back surgery & financing
  • Larry Culpepper’s sister - in a nursing home
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom - health concerns
  • Claudia de Prez- some lymph nodes showing concerns
  • Jesse Eady - kidney issues
  • Faye Eubanks - hip surgery scheduled for July 30th
  • Cathy Flood’s friend Liz - having lung surgery
  • Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - continued treatments for colon cancer
  • Deidra Gilbert’s mom- healing from broken hip
  • Gwen Graphman’s father (George Green) died last Thursday
  • Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
  • Billy Hendrick’s son Will has COVID-19 as well as his son’s mother in law Diane Keen
  • Tom/Dee Heuker’s daugher Kristen-will have surgery on July 30th
  • Kathy Heyer - heart issues
  • 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. Moved to rehab or long term care. Still many health issues.
  • Miki Johnson (Laura Wilcher’s mom) - recovering from surgery
  • Kitty Jones - health concerns
  • Robin Lambert - diagnosed with aggresive breast cancer
  • Greg Lane - fell again, going to see neurologist
  • Tracy Mantell - health issues
  • Baby Marianne - health improving, tubes removed, home soon
  • Tom Maryscuk - recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • Judy McCorkle - liver failing
  • Roger McGlen - upcoming gall bladder surgery
  • Carol Mercer - general health
  • Paula Myers - recovering from knee surgery
  • Alice Neal - health issues, no diagnosis yet
  • Ray Norwood - health issues
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother Letha Hicks - back in Legacy Memory Care Facility in Thomasville under hospice care
  • Jeannie PIckerill - severe back pain
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
  • Delores Richards - on hospice care
  • Margie Richards - on dialysis
  • Billie Roach - severe edema in both legs
  • Larry Rosenberry - knee replacement surgery on August 11th
  • Bob Taylor - transferred to Chatuge Nursing Home
  • Ron/Pauline Taylor’s son Ronnie - has a tumor
  • Janice Taylor’s husband Rob Taylor- recently diagnosed with leukemia, having treatments
  • Lynn Varian’s pregnant granddaughter Sydneygave birth to healthy baby
  • John Vogeley - had a heart valve procedure, but did not have to have his feet amputated
  • Carol Warren – chronic back issues
  • Lee and Cindy Weitzel’s son Nick - kidney and thyroid health complications
  • Sharon Willits - general health
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
July 5…………….. $24,868……………….$499,040
July 12…………… $23,364……………….$522,405
July 19…………….$16,327…..…………..$538,732

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