Good morning church!
Everyone had a great time last Wednesday night at our church wide socially distanced s’mores social. Thanks to all who made it happen and all who attended!
Please note - All on-campus activities for children, youth, and adults are cancelled for tonight.
Check out the rest of the words below to find out what’s happening at First Methodist. Walking track and exercise classes resume next week with masks and social distancing. Don’t forget Operation Turkey Tree and Operation Christmas Child. Details for all this and more are below.
Last but not least, it is my pleasure to celebrate and welcome our newest member. Bill Mercer, son of William and Cindy Mercer and little brother to Lily, was baptized on Sunday. Welcome Bill! May we always surround you with a community of grace as you grow in faith and love. May God continue to work in your life by the power of the Holy Spirit that you may always be found a faith disciple of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Lily, Cindy, William and Bill Mercer
Youth are not meeting tonight. See you next week.
Operation Christmas Child
It’s time to pack that shoebox!
Brochures with all the instructions you need to pack a box, an identification label for your box, and the boxes themselves are available in the MAC. Deadline for turning in your shoebox is Wednesday, November 18th.
Walking Track Opens
Monday, November 2nd
Temporary hours will be Monday-Thursday 8:00am-3:00pm. FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED!
Also, the following fitness classes will resume next week…
 “BalloFlex”: A seated chair fitness program for all ages and fitness levels. Class is led by Certified BalloFlex instructor Cynthia Lyles and meets Mondays at 1:00pm. Cost is $3.00 per class (free to 75 and over).
“Strength-Stretch-Balance”: SSB is a 1 hour class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:15am. Class is led by Lisa Toups. Cost is $5.00 per class.
“PIYO”: 45 minute “Yoga and Pilates combined”. Meets on Monday’s at 10:30am. Cost is $5.00 per class.
Christ Centered Yoga: This 1 hour class is led by Pat Tomzyck. Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat. Meets Tuesdays at 9:15am.
Face coverings will be required. All classes will meet in room M-0 (lower level of the MAC). Bottom door will be open so parking on the lower level is encouraged.
We are now collecting canned vegetables for November ( no cranberry sauce). You may drop off in the bins in the MAC entrance.
New office hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00 am till 3:00 pm
Closed on Friday
Operation Turkey Tree will look different this year, but still function to serve families who are wishing to cook Thanksgiving Dinner in their own homes.
1. No frozen turkeys- Please put a $20-$25 gift card to Walmart, Ingles, or Food Land in the locked box in the Youth Ministry Office. Currently 9 more gift cards are needed. This number may go up if we receive more requests for food boxes. 2. The tub for non-perishable Thanksgiving side dishes is also in the Youth Ministry Office. Please drop off 2 of your favorite sides including stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, green beans, corn, yams. We will update you twice weekly regarding what is needed. ANY EXTRA FOOD will go directly to the 9th District Food Pantry.
Our worship band, Overflow from the Well, is excited to announce their upcoming CD release - “Contagious”. The songs were recorded “live” in the MAC during rehearsals and preparation for the streaming services on YouTube, so the sound will be the same authentic “Overflow” you’ve grown to love in Sunday morning worship at The Well. The cd will feature 11 familiar cover songs and one new original:
Even If
All My Hope
I Am Not Alone
God of This City
Beneath The Waters (I Will Rise)
Come As You Are
Nobody Loves Me Like You
God You Reign
My Victory
The price is $15 per CD. You may pre-order by emailing your name and number of CDs requested to
Circle of Love is selling these
Nativity Calendars with stands.
Price is $12.00 and anyone who wants to buy some should email Michelle Hernden at with their order.
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:
Lynda Keener - battling cancer
Hunter Payne - high school junior, car accident. Prayers for healing.
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.
The November- December copies of the Upper Room are available through the church office and on the reception table on Sunday mornings.
NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS: 1 – Casey Hargus 2 - Mike Thomason 3 - Susan Forrester, Judy Haygood, Samuel Lewis, Patty Norwood, JoAnn Strickland 4- Diane Simonsen 5 – Tonia Albright 6 – John Hahn, Nikki Schuknecht 7 – Sue Giorgi, Dottie MacFarlane, Larry Rosenberry, Ron Schultz, Ann Smith 8 – Diane Bauman, Clayton Carrier, Mason Clements, Elmo Giorgi 9 – David Hand 10 -Adam Chandler 11 – Darryl Blalock, Ron Taylor, Karen Williams 12 – John Wischmeyer 13- Jesse Eady, Jana Howe 14 –Pat Box, Jacqueline Davis, Roger Pope 15 – Emma Lander 16 – Joe Kennard, Julie Rittenhouse, Carol Rogers 17 - Steven Lewis 18 - Joyce Byers, Pennie Hebble, Norm Thompson 20 – Alice Janessa, Ryan Snider, Rick Stamper, Brenda Turner 22 - Sharon Hess, Chuck McGinn 23 - Larry Culpepper, Marcie Culpepper, Taylor Schuknecht 24 – Kelly Schuknecht 25 – Max Mashburn, Sarah Partain, Al Reid 26 – Doug McGinnis 27 – Wayne Jones 28 – Braedyn Robbins 29 – Phil Salling 30 - John Cook, Marian Malac, Mac Warren, Barbara Williams, Sawyer Beck
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 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
  • 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
  • BL Anderson’s brother Charles- stage 4 cancer and receiving chemotherapy
  • Marjorie Bowron - fell and is doing rehab
  • Joyce Byers and her daughter Emily have COVID
  • Joyce Byers’ brother-in-law James - heart stopped in CCU
  • Rob Castlen’s sister Sherry needs guidance
  • Pat Clay’s brother, Vic, no circulation in leg. May have to amputate
  • Pat Clay’s brother-in-law David- spots on lungs, possibly cancer
  • Patty and Roy Combs - general health
  • Sonya Cristofaro- healing from a broken pelvis
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad - health concerns
  • Claudia DePrez- some lymph nodes showing cancer
  • Susan Forrester’s son-in-law Don Snow- recovering from heart surgery
  • Jackie Franklin’s daughter-in-law’s family-health concerns
  • Sue Giorgi - recovering from surgery
  • Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
  • Roy Hamby - recovering from back surgery at home
  • Dan Healy - chemotherapy for bladder cancer
  • Tom/Dee Heuker’s daugher Kristen - stage 3 liver cancer
  • Kathy Heyer - back home from tests
  • George Houdeshel - general health
  • Lynn Hummer - recovering from surgery
  • Bette Ivy’s daughter Robin is being treated for breast cancer
  • Janice Jarrard - in the hospital-possible surgery
  • James Jordan - diagnosed with Parkinsons
  • Greg Lane - health issues
  • Pat Maryscuk - home recovering from pneumonia
  • Judy McCorkle - liver cancer - taking chemo
  • Loretta McIntosh- fell and broke both legs, in Chatuge Nursing Home
  • 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
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Asher Arrant - in car accident, burned over 70% body
  • Nisia Redgrave - in Union General Hospital
  • Margie Richards - breathing issues
  • Ro Robbins - torn rotator cuff, doing rehab
  • Diane Simonsen - recovering from hip surgery at home
  • Fritz Simonsen - home from hospital
  • Shirley Smith - needs to regain strength
  • Sue Stewart - back problem
  • JoAnn Strickland - in ICU in FL, on life support
  • Bob Taylor - at Chatuge Nursing Home
  • Glenda Taylor - fell, badly sprained ankle
  • Ron/Pauline Taylor’s son Ronnie -in nursing home under hospice care
  • Janice Taylor’s husband Rob Taylor- recently diagnosed with leukemia, having treatments
  • Carole Thompson - needs prayer
  • Norm Thompson - back at the nursing home
  • Stan Wallace’s sister Sharon - flooded from hurricane
  • Carol Warren – chronic back issues
  • Lee and Cindy Weitzel’s son Nick - on dialysis 5 days/week
  • Roy Whitelock- health issues
  • Sharon Willits - general health
If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving, it’s as easy as going to our website (, scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.
A Note from Your Finance Team THANK YOU!!!
………………. . …… . Received……….. .YTD Received
October 4th………$32,556………..………$735,026
October 11th…….$18,026………………..$753,052
October 18th…….$16,921………………..$769,973
October 25th…….$10,086………………..$780,059
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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