7-29-2020 FUMC Words for Wednesday
“The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!” –
2 Corinthians 5:17 (Common English Bible)
Good Wednesday Church,
I hope this finds you safe and well. As the summer ends and the school year draws near, a new year of ministry like no other we’ve known is starting up. Even so, you have continued to be in ministry during the past few months even in the midst of the pandemic. Thank you for continuing to be the church and finding new ways to be in ministry.
We (or at least I) have been working with the idea that things will return to “normal” sooner rather than later. However, it seems obvious now that is not going to be the case. So, as we begin this new year of ministry together and yet sometimes apart, continue to think of new ways your ministry will work in the world in which we find ourselves.
Beginning today, each issue of the Words will include a ministry spotlight. Let’s celebrate as God continues to work among and through us in new ways. Sharing a new approach may give others ideas for their ministries. A few ministries have changed only slightly. Others are working in completely new ways. Two examples are noted below, the firewood ministry and the quilting ministry.  Share your ministry and the new ways you are going about the work of the kingdom with the church office and we will include it in a future issue.
As I noted at worship on Sunday, self-contained communion kits are on the way and we will schedule drive thru communion once they arrive. In a few weeks, the pastor’s Bible study will resume as well, inside or outside.
Also, don’t forget your small group (up to 25) can currently meet outside on campus. Call the church office to make a reservation 3 days in advance for the MAC portico or “under the big tree.”
Finally, the Relaunch Team has released an important guide for our reopening. Part of the document is found below. The entirety will be on the website soon. As noted, this guide will take the guesswork out of moving forward or taking a step back depending on the most current risk level in Union County. Decisions about on-campus ministry, including in-person worship and small groups (inside and out), will be based on the guidance here.  Decisions about in-person worship for the upcoming Sunday will be made by noon on Thursday and communicated either here in the Words or in a separate email on Thursday. With the risk level currently at (very) orange, our worship this Sunday, August 2, will be online only.
Church, as The Bauman Family shared on Sunday, “Keep On.” Keep on being the church. Keep on finding new ways to be in ministry. Keep on loving. Keep on praying. Keep on wearing a mask in public. Keep on.
Re-opening Plan
Our reopening task force has worked and are continuing to work hard to plan a phased reopening and guidelines that will allow us to reopen safely and responsibly. We appreciate your support and your patience. Below you can read information about our four phase reopening plan.
Our phases of re-opening are based on hard data from the website
www.globalepidemics.org. This site has a color-coded map based on
a 7-day rolling average of new daily cases in each county.
 If Union County is RED, we will return to full closure. Staff will work from
home and outdoor areas will be closed to all groups.
· If we are ORANGE, the church office (only) will be open 9am - noon,
   Monday thru Friday. Church Sanctuary will be open for prayer on Tuesdays
   and Thursdays from 9am - noon. Outdoor areas will be available to groups
   by reservation through the church office 3 days in advance.
· If we are YELLOW, we will hold in-person worship in the MAC with social
distancing and masks and a limited order of worship. Fellowship Hall and
Youth room will be available for use by small groups of 25 or less with social
distancing and masks by reservation 7 days in advance.
· If we are GREEN, we will begin to open other parts of the building to groups
with social distancing and other safety restrictions if needed.
Any worship decisions will be made by
Thursday at noon prior to Sunday.
Please Note!  This will take the guesswork out of our decisions to move forward or to reverse our course. Our priority is to make the best decisions for the health of our congregation. This will also make our process observable by the congregation and the community.
During the pandemic, the firewood ministry has continued to meet and serve the
community. Beyond the usual safety measures, the group has kept social distance and worn masks as appropriate during this time. The ministry is a joint effort with Antioch Baptist Church and meets on the third Thursday of every month and at other times as scheduled. The ministry provides firewood for those in our community who cook using wood throughout the year and heat their homes when it is colder. Many thanks to the firewood ministry for continuing to be the church!
We’re Back!
The Morning Glory Circle membership is holding their regular monthly meeting next 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.
Parent/Student Meet and Greet with Teachers will be for the:
2’s - Tuesday, Sept. 1st 6:30 - 7:30 pm
3’s - Wednesday, Sept. 2nd 6:30 - 7:30 pm
4’s - Thursday, Sept. 3rd 6:30 - 7:30 pm
The Men’s Bible Study will be taking a summer break during the month of July picking back up with study next Tuesday, August 4 at 10:00 am.
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.
Since we are not able during this challenging time to ask you to stop by the Chapel to pray and tie knots on our prayer quilts, we have a temporary alternative plan to continue this important ministry.
When a request comes in to us for a prayer quilt, we will list the specific information about the recipient here in our weekly newsletter. Then we prayerfully and urgently ask you to stop and take a few minutes to offer prayers for the name(s) listed. Prayers are powerful no matter how offered! Knots on the quilts still will be tied by friends and family on the other end of the journey and will give the recipient further support and thankfulness.
This week we have two requests:
Jason H, Ratz - age 39, electrocuted. He fell 25 ft. down breaking his clavicle and several vertebrae and ribs. His hands were also severely burned. He not only needs prayers for physical healing, but, also for spiritual healing;. He believes that God spared his life and said he would return to church/ return to God.
Kristin Forrest (Tom & Dee Heuker’s daughter) - Liver cancer; having surgery this Thursday, July 30 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, to remove the tumor. Also prayers for her family and young child.
Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
For any questions or information, please call Margaret Frizzell 706-745-3197.
2020 “Backpack To School” Update!
We are still collecting financial donations to help with purchasing needed school supplies for the children this year.
Backpacks will be distributed to the Union County students on Thursday, August 13th.
OASIS Fall Session Cancelled!
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
1 - Ray Berggreen, Terrie Brown, Courtney Bruce 3- Marilyn Salling 4 - Jeanne Tallent 7 - Paula Myers, Diana Rich, Bob Taylor 8 - Gail McGuire, Roy Whitelock 10 - Kyler Robbins, Maybelle Stamper 11 - Camille Higginbotham 12 - Linda McAfee 13 - Lisa Gurley, Mike Plott 14 - David Cline, Gene Hodgson, Ava, Carlyn and Jillian Turner 15 - Katie Mashburn, Kim Tatman 17 - Jacob Clements, Eleanor Lee 18 - Wyatt Chandler, Leslie Hauschild, Lisa Wilson 19 - Randy Carrier, Pauline Taylor 22 - Ingrid Engle, Jean Rogers 23 - Charlotte Thompson 24 - Mary Carol Akins 25 - Roy Hamby, Alysia Hargus, Keri Young 26 - Evan Bryan, Colby Ives, Kem Stephens 27 - Jim Norman 28 - Mel Crask 29 - Jimmy Tallent, 30 - Anna Stone 31 - Bob Lander, Joan Shaw, Kristi Tornabene
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.
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
  • 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
  • Margie Bowron - general health
  • Dennis Bradley’s sister Janet- suffering frim facial pain
  • Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer, nephew Luke in need of back surgery & financing
  • Sonya Cristofaro- healing from a broken back
  • 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. 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
  • Gail McGuire - successful carpal tunnel 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
  • Shirley Smith - good report from her doctor
  • Hugh Stone -recovering from heart surgery this past Monday
  • 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 foot amputated
  • Carol Warren – chronic back issues
  • Lee and Cindy Weitzel’s son Nick - kidney and thyroid health complications
  • Ursula Whitelock - recovering from succewssful hip surgery
  • Sharon Willits - general health
  • Lisa Wilson’s friend Jason - electrical accident, many broken bones and burns
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
………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
July 5…………….. $24,868……………….$499,040
July 12…………… $23,364……………….$522,405
July 19…………….$16,327…..…………..$538,732
July 26…………….$14,428…..…………..$553,160
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
 First United Methodist Church of Union County
938 Highway 515 Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(706) 745 2073
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
      We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation!

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