Drive Thru Communion and Other Opportunities
This Sunday, August 9, at 6 pm, Rev. Mike Cloyd and I will be serving drive thru communion under the MAC portico. Join us for worship online this Sunday at 9:30 am or 11:15 am (or any time after) for the words of the liturgy and then come and receive the bread and cup that evening at 6 pm. We will be here until the later of 7 pm or until the last car is served. We will have a gluten-free option.
To our protocol guidelines, we have added the opportunity for small groups of 10 or less to meet in the Fellowship Hall or Youth Room with social distancing and masks and reservations 7 days in advance when Union County is in orange or better on the globalepidemics.org website. Also, we will continue to have curbside service from the office door when in red.
Check out our Spotlight on Ministry below for a small group that has found new opportunities and joy in meeting online.
See you Sunday night (for real),
Don
Status of Union County today is: RED
(see below how this impacts us)
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.
TO FIND THE CURRENT COVID - 19 RISK LEVEL FOR UNION COUNTY GO TO www.globalepidemics.org CLICK ON GEORGIA
THEN MOVE CURSOR TO UNION COUNTY
 If Union County is RED, we will return to full building closure. Curbside service will remain available at the office door from 9 am - noon. Outdoor areas will be closed to all groups.
If we are ORANGE, the church office will continue to be open. Church Sanctuary will be open for prayer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am - noon. Fellowship Hall and Youth room will be available for use by small groups of 10 or less with social distancing and masks by reservation 7 days in advance. 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.
Women’s Bible Study
DIG A LITTLE DEEPER each Wednesday as ladies together study God’s Word, pray and make new and lasting friendships by connecting virtually through ZOOM. Our first week of Zooming our Bible study was “scary” as no one knew what to expect: would we actually be able to connect, what about power outages in spring storms, or worse - hackers. Nine weeks later we are still meeting online, and we are growing in God’s grace and connecting with each other.
Yes, we still can have the unexpected technology problems but we all love meeting together each week. Another scary thing was we have always used professional DVD studies in our Wednesday morning studies at the church and now we did not have that capability. We now had to just study God’s Word and wait on Him to be our guide. It has taught each of us that we are all capable to dig deeper into God’s Word and grow spiritually as a result.
We have decided to continue to use Zoom as there are tons of advantages. You can join from wherever you have internet connection: the park, your patio, vacation in Idaho or live in another state or city as we have ladies from Florida and Illinois. Others have joined while camping or recovering at home from surgery. One of the great advantages is you don’t have to get all dressed up; you just come as you are and you can even bring your coffee and roll to munch on just as long as you don’t zoom the roll! AND your family can still have the car. You can mute and unmute yourself so home life continues normally in the background. You don’t have to be a computer nerd! Just push that small button on your electronic device! We can do this!
OK, so here is what you need to do to join this exciting adventure.
1. Have a smart phone, computer or electronic pad and internet connection
2. Contact the coordinator: doris_eshelman@gmail.com to let her know you want to join. She will send you the connecting link to the Zoom Chat Room and email the study guide questions.
3. Sign into Zoom a few minutes before 10:30 a.m. and wait to be checked in (Waiting room is for security)
The ladies would love to have you join our study group beginning Wednesday, August 12, at 10:30 a.m. Our study will be 1 Peter, Chapter 1. We meet from 10:30 -11:45 a.m.
We are collecting food items for the county food pantry. Specifically we need peanut butter and jelly for the pantry. There will be a cart under the MAC portico during office hours where you may drop off these food items.
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 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.
PRAYER QUILT MINISTRY
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 four 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.
Avery Cartwright - 15 month old boy. Has been on our prayer list for a while. Update: he had 2 tumors removed and is currently taking chemotherapy. He is the child of a friend of Emily and Will Stafford.
Sonya Cristofaro – needs prayers for healing and comfort. She was thrown off a horse and has a fractured sacrum, a brain bruise and some internal related issues.
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.
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.
HAPPY NEWS !
Evelyn ( and husband David) are the proud new grandparents to grandkid #5 - Chase Ueltzen. He was born on Friday, July 31st in North Carolina. Grandmother and baby are getting along just fine. 🙂
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:
  • 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
  • Joyce Byers - needs to make decision regarding severe back pain
  • Joyce Byers’ brother-in-law James - in ICU with possible heart attack
  • Scott Carter - mother passed away
  • Avery Cartwright - 1 year old who had 2 tumors removed and is on chemo treatments
  • Sonya Cristofaro- healing from a broken pelvis
  • 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 - had successful hip surgery
  • 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; in Hospice care
  • 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 - had surgery that went well
  • Kathy Heyer - heart issues
  • Sue Hill - recovering from surgery
  • Gene Hodgson - heart catheterization in Atlanta yesterday
  • 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
  • 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
  • Heidi Ueltzen - cancer is in remission
  • 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
  • Sam Wilson - blood clot in leg; home now on blood thinners
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
August 2nd…….. $15,336…………………$568,496
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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