7-8-2020 FUMC Words for Wednesday
“Thankful Hearts”
in the Midst of Our Circumstances?
Got home from the fireworks Saturday night in time to catch the end of the movie “The Pride of the Yankees”. The story of Lou Gehrig. Being a baseball fan I love the old baseball movies. This movie is always shown on July 4th.
Lou Gehrig was the first baseman for the New York Yankees for 17 seasons from 1923 until 1939. Because he played in 2,137 consecutive games, he was given the nickname “The Iron Horse”. His consecutive games streak came to an end on May 2, 1939, when he removed himself from a game after a poor start that was caused by this mysterious neuromuscular disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS. Tricia and I recently lost a good friend to ALS… which is today called Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Growing up, the only thing I really knew about Lou Gehrig, besides he being stricken with this disease, was that on July 4, 1939 the day he retired, he gave one of the most memorable speeches in the history of sports. Standing at home plate in Yankee Stadium already knowing that he had a disease that would soon take his life, Gehrig began his speech by saying those iconic words most people know so well. “Today I consider myself to be the luckiest man on the face of the earth”. Then he went on to thank all the venders, the ticket takers, the groundskeepers, the people who normally didn’t get any of the applause, and finally he thanked members of his family. I believe the reason that this speech is still familiar to so many today, 81 years later, is that Gehrig’s words of gratitude that day came from a man whose heart could have been filled with bitterness.
The Bible teaches us that one of the keys to success and happiness in this life is a thankful heart. I read recently one Pastor’s description of how blind we can be to our blessings. He put it this way…“We go to restaurants where people cook for us and serve us and if we think they are too slow we get irritated (guilty). We drive our nice cars into our covered garages and go into our climate controlled houses and turn on the TV with our 150 channels and there is nothing to watch. Then we open our full refrigerators and there is nothing to eat… Then we go look into our full closets and find that there is nothing to wear.”
It is our sin nature that causes us to be blinded to what we have. But the Lord calls us to give thanks! And when we become thankful people it changes us. Being thankful opens the door for us to enjoy all that He has for us and opens our eyes to His great faithfulness. With a thankful heart even in difficult times we can have confidence that He is good and that He is working in us in the midst of our circumstances. Need something to be thankful for today? Try these promises…
· I know the plans I have for you…
· Seek Me with all your heart and you will find Me…
· Everyday of your life was written in My book before a single one came to pass…
· If you trust in Me with all your heart, I will direct your path…
· I am the Lord your God who teaches what is best for you and directs you…
· Those who believe in Me will never die…
· We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus who gives us strength…
· We know that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord…
· He who began a good work in you will see it unto completion…
· We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength!
Remember these words from Paul written from a jail cell… “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”   Colossians 2
 Press on, Stan
Thank you, Stan, for sharing a good word with us this Wednesday. Also, thanks to the Engle Family for helping us welcome the community to campus for the fireworks this past weekend. Have a blessed week church!
See you Sunday,
Don
Worship… Sunday, July 12th
9:30 Contemporary in the MAC
11:15 Traditional in the MAC
  • 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
Our worship services are being broadcast on our Youtube channel under our name. You may also find it on our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com) and click on the link.
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, 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
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 has reopened. Hours are 9 am till noon. This does NOT include the MAC or the walking track.
A member is in need of a ride to take him to a doctor’s appointment at the VA in Dunwoody next Wednesday, July 15th. If you are willing, please contact the church office and we will put you in touch with the member.
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
  • Clint Blackmon - pray cancer hasn’t spread while awaiting stem-cell harvest
  • Dennis Bradley’s sister Janet- suffering frim facial pain
  • Eva Breedlove - recovering from surgery
  • 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
  • Jesse Eady - kidney issues
  • Kristen Engler - healing
  • Faye Eubanks - hip surgery scheduled for July 30th
  • Steve Everman - home recovering from cellulitis
  • Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - continued treatments for colon cancer
  • Deidra Gilbert’s mom- healing from broken hip
  • 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 - doing well
  • 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 - upcoming PET scan
  • 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
  • Ria Ledbetter’s brother and wife - tested positive for COVID-19
  • Robert & Jo Mantell - health issues
  • 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
  • Paula Myers - recovering from knee surgery
  • Ray Norwood - health issues
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother Letha Hicks-in IMCU for dehydration, renal failure and low blood pressure
  • Jeannie PIckerill - severe back pain
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
  • Delores Richards - on hospice care
  • Margie Richards - on dialysis
  • Billie Roach - out of rehab, continuing recovery at home
  • Larry Rosenberry - hurt his knee, possible surgery
  • Carol Rogers’ grandson Chris - medical equipment specialist with armed forces now serving on frontline in New Jersey with COVID
  • J L Tanner - stroke following surgery
  • Bob Taylor - transferred to Chatuge Hospital for rehab
  • Glenda Taylor’s cousin Roynelle Simmons - COVID-19 in nursing home in FL
  • 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 daughter Sydney is having blood pressure issues and will have to be induced early
  • 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
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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