Good afternoon church (or is it evening by now?),
I know many of you are anxious to return to in-person worship, so I wanted to update you on the work of the Relaunch Team. The team continues to review our plans as we navigate our way through this crazy time. The team is pleased with our mitigation practices when we have worshiped in person. As such, in-person, indoor worship has been added as an opportunity when Union County is in ORANGE. While Union County is currently in RED, the numbers have been moving in the right direction over the past week.
We’ve not yet considered outdoor worship as we’ve been focusing on indoor worship and streaming our services and did not imagine such a spike as we’ve seen in Union County recently. You’ll be hearing more about the possibility of outdoor worship.
Please continue to keep the Relaunch Team (aka Health and Welfare Team) in your prayers.
Peace.
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. We will hold in-person worship in the MAC with social distancing and masks and a limited order of worship.
If we are YELLOW, 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.
2020 Fall Festival Cancelled!
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic the Fall Festival scheduled for October has been cancelled. Traditionally we begin planning and preparations in June. We look forward to returning next year with our Fall event. Thank you!
The Methodist Men’s aluminum can bin is just for aluminum drink cans. PLEASE do NOT put any aluminum baking pans, aluminum foil or other aluminum materials in the bin. The men use the money from recycling the drink cans to pay for the lawn mower gasoline.
We are now collecting boxed cereal for the county food pantry. You may drop it off at the office door.
SEPTEMBER COPIES OF UPPER ROOM
Copies of the Upper Room will be availabe through the church office. You may drive to the outer office door between 9 - noon and request a copy of the devotional. Copies of Mature Living are also available.
PRAYER QUILT MINISTRY
We prayerfully and urgently ask you to stop and take a few minutes to offer prayers for the name(s) listed below. 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’s requests:
Robin Lambert - Bette Ivy’s daughter has breast cancer. She has had surgery and radiation, and is improving. Please continue with prayers.
Jeanine Jenkins – friend of Billile and Joe Roach. She has cervical cancer. Please keep the prayers coming.
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 or requests, please call Margaret Frizzell 706-745-3197.
SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS
1 - Sandy Eady 2 - Zadie McCall, Holly Viccaro 4- Rada Cline, Craig Dyer 5 - Vickie McCann, Carol Young 6 - Brenda McCracken, Eden Snider 7 - Carlene Spence 8 - Tanner Carrier, Wilma Reid 10 - Tom Gilbert 11 - Cathy Flood, 12 - Milo Bauman, Mary Frances Lewis 15 - Heather Voshall 16 - Shane Douylliez 17 - Mary McCann 18 - Lee Dunham 19 - Dinah Paris 20 - Jeff Bauman, Shirley Evans 22 - Gene Chumley, Evan Hargus, Georgia Jestings 23 - Larry Clay, Nick Graphman, Bob Johnson, Miriam Sherman 24 - Nash Collins, Larry Furgason 25 - Deidra Gilbert, Nancy Smith 26 - Nancy Sanford, Lois Ward 27 - Dale Engler, Jackie Franklin, Lindsey McCann, Ragan McCarter, Lily Mercer, Hugh Stone 28 - Wade Smith 29 - Dee Arthur, Paul Steinke, 30-Carol Warren
“Thank you for all the cards, phone calls and acts of kindness during the loss of my mother. You have been Christ to us.”
~ Tom and Deidra Gilbert
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
  • 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
  • School administrators, teachers and students as school has begun
SPECIFIC:
  • BL Anderson’s brother Charles- stage 4 cancer and receiving chemotherapy
  • Jan Boland’s granddaughter’s unborn baby boy Brady. High risk pregnancy, and travel mercies for Jan as she travels to them
  • Margie Bowron - general health
  • 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
  • Pat Clay’s cousin Alex is cancer free - PRAISE
  • Helen Colwell - had cataract surgery and is doing well
  • Sonya Cristofaro- healing from a broken pelvis
  • Larry Culpepper’s sister - passed away last week
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom - health concerns
  • Claudia de Prez- some lymph nodes showing concerns
  • Jesse Eady - kidney issues
  • Dawn Ekeberg - father passed away
  • Faye Eubanks - recovering from hip surgery
  • Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - continued treatments for colon cancer
  • Mitzi Gasaway had accident which reequired 11 stitches in her finger
  • Deidra Gilbert’s mom Betty Ellis passed last week
  • Gwen Graphman’s father,George Green, passed away
  • Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
  • Tom/Dee Heuker’s daugher Kristen - stage 3 liver cancer
  • Kathy Heyer - heart issues
  • Sue Hill - recovering from surgery
  • Gene Hodgson -recovering from heart cath
  • George Houdeshel - general health
  • Miki Johnson (Laura Wilcher’s mom) - recovering from surgery
  • Kitty Jones - health concerns
  • Robin Lambert (Bette Ivy’s daughter) - 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
  • 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
  • Debbie Parson’s - mom Dolline Payne passed away this week
  • Jeannie PIckerill - severe back pain
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
  • Delores Richards - on hospice care
  • Margie Richards - on dialysis
  • Billie Roach - continuing to recover from hip surgery
  • Billie & Joe Roach’s friend –
  • Larry Rosenberry - recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • Shirley Smith - recovering from COVID at home
  • David Steed - having back surgery Wednesday
  • 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
  • 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 successful 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
August 9th……….$18,755……….………..$587,251
August 16th……..$14,891………..……….$602,142
August 23rd……..$11,287………..……….$613,429
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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