“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” - 1 Thessalonians 5.16-18
Dear Church,
I rejoice in God’s continued work among you, I pray for you, and give thanks even in these strange days.  I hope you and yours have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving as you reflect on God’s blessings in your lives.
Peace.
Don
UPCOMING CHURCHWIDE MEALS
AVAILABLE ONLY FOR PICK UP 4:00 -5:00 pm
just drive under the MAC portico
Wednesday, Dec. 9th Turkey & Dressing Casserole with dessert
Meals will be ready for pick up between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm. You are welcome to bring a chair and eat outside then attend the Pastor’s Bible Study.
Worship at 11:15 will move to the sanctuary THIS SUNDAY. The late service is delayed so that we may make much needed updates to the technology in general and for the best streaming experience of those online.
Christmas Music Sunday - December 13th
On this Sunday, we will have our Christmas “Cantata” COVID style - which means there will be no choir. YET, there will be special music led by Jeff, Keith and Eric in the Contemporary service. Come embrace the Christmas spirit through song.
OASIS Update! …Winter Session Cancelled…
Due to the current restrictions associated with Covid-19 we have decided to cancel our Winter session. Continue to stay safe and pray without ceasing!
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”. I Peter 5:7
With the opening up of the sanctuary for worship, you may order altar flowers as you once did. The book will be out on the MAC desk for convenience or you may call the church office. Flowers for the next Sunday need to be requested by Wednesday morning. Cost is $35.
One difference due to COVID. The arrangements will not be broken down and delivered to others. Flowers you order will be for you to take or remain here at the church.
Walking Track Hours!
Monday-Thursday 8:00am-3:00pm.
FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED!
Join a MAC Fitness Class Today!
“BalloFlex”: A seated chair fitness program for all ages and fitness levels. Cost is $3.00 per class (free to 75 and over). Mondays at 1:00 pm.
“Strength-Stretch-Balance”: SSB is a 1 hour class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00am. Cost is $5.00
“PIYO”: 45 minute “Yoga and Pilates combined”. Meets on Monday’s at 10:30am. Cost is $5.00 per class.
“Christ Centered Yoga”: Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am.
Face coverings 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.
Coming to the MAC January 7th…
“Line Dancing Thursday’s”
There will be three classes offered…
*LOW BEGINNER… 9:15am-10am Learn the basic steps and easy dances. Class will be for those new to line dancing or just want to have fun with very simple dances.
*HIGH BEGINNER… 10am-10:45am For those who have had previous line dance instruction. Mid-level dances but easy enough for those that have mastered the basic dance steps.
*INTERMEDIATE… 10:45am-11:30am Learn more advanced and challenging dances. For experienced dancers only. Moves at a fast pace.
*Classes will meet in the MAC gym and are suitable for all ages. All you
need is enthusiasm and some comfortable shoes. A great way to keep fit
and get your body moving and you don’t need a partner to dance with!
*No pre-registration needed. Face coverings will be required!
*For more information contact Rita Gallau at  vckids2001@yahoo.com
Our Advent Bible study on Wednesday nights at 6 and Sunday sermon series has begun. In this series, we will consider the titles of Jesus - including King, Emmanuel, Messiah, and Light. If you’d like to join the Bible study or follow along during the sermon series, you can find Adam Hamilton’s Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas online in both print and electronic versions.If you’re part of the Bible study or if you’d just like to follow along during the sermon series, you can get a copy on Amazon. Electronic copies are around $10 and paper is around $16.
We are now collecting canned vegetables for November ( no cranberry sauce). You may drop off in the bins in the MAC entrance.
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
Clean
Nobody Loves Me Like You
Multiplied
God You Reign
My Victory
Contagious
The price is $15 per CD. You may pre-order by emailing your name and number of CDs requested to overflowfumc@gmail.com.
The annual Christmas card table WILL be out this year. We will put it up the first week of December. It will be spread out over several tables going down the administrative hallway rather than in the narthex. You may drop off cards during the week (Monday- Thursday) to avoid the crowd if you wish.
PRAYER QUILT MINISTRY
QUILTS ARE NOW BACK IN THE CHAPEL - PLEASE STOP BY AND SAY A PRAYER
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 request:
Asher Arrant- burn victim and grandson of Teresa Price. His quilt is in the chapel where you may say a prayer and tie a knot.
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.
December will be here before you know it.
Below is the schedule for Wednesday nights:
Dec. 2nd Children & Youth will meet at 6 pm
Adult Advent Study meets at 6 pm
Dec. 9th PICK UP SUPPER 4 pm - 5 pm
Children & Youth will meet at 6 pm
Adult Advent Study meets at 6 pm
Dec. 16th Children & Youth will meet at 6 pm
Adult Advent Study meets at 6 pm
Dec. 23rd and Dec. 30th NO PROGRAMS
Please note that the Hanging of the Greens will be incorporated into the 11:15 worship service on Sunday, Nov. 29th.
BIRTHDAYS: 1 –Jim DeRevere, Peggy Gorman, David Kuykendall 2 - AG Sherman 3 - Harold Hergert, Alice Russell, Stan Wallace 4- Cathy Berggreen, Bill Dittus, Dottie Kuberek, Nick Poulos, Sandy Sosensky, Lydia Stafford, Paisley Stamper 5 – Melanie Howell, Lewis McAfee, Richard Myers, Jeannie Pickerill  7 – Beverly Bradley 8 – Shirley Walker, Peggy Wood 10 -Tara McCann, Karen Rice 11 – Sharon Willits 12 – Milton Bradley, Peggy Hergert 13- Roger Evans, Krystle Wayne 14 –Jason Clements, Bob Stone 16 – Kathy Wiley 17 - Marie Goddard 18 - Brandon Collins, Benetta Cook, Jerry Roberson 19 - Nisia Redgrave, Sally Wiley 20 – Glenda Wischmeyer 21 - Anita Meza 22 - Paxton Snider, Sam Wilson 23 - Tsali Bentley 24 – Donna Poulos 25 – Mitzi Gasaway, Ray Norwood, Alan Zimmerman 27 – Ginger Adamson, Penny Collins, Maggie Plott 28 – Jennifer de la Montagne, Kerry Rittenhouse 29 – Marilyn Barnes, James Young 30 - Joe Chiras,Cher York 31 - Joe Livingston, Billie Roach, Nancy Stephens, Carole Thompson
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.
Former Pastor Asbury Craft passed away this past Friday, 20th. He served FUMC from 1991-1994. His service was held Sunday afternoon.
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
SPECIFIC:
  • Marjorie Bowron - in physical therapy
  • Marjorie Bowron’s cousin Ellen - in critical condition with emphysema, pneumonia and COVID
  • Pat Clay’s brother, Vic- recovering from surgery
  • Pat Clay’s brother-in-law David- spots on lungs, possibly cancer
  • Patty and Roy Combs - general health
  • Debbie Crask - temporary knee replacement surgery
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad - health concerns
  • Claudia DePrez- recovering from lymph node surgery
  • Lloyd Dunham - recovering from broken hip
  • Jesse Eady - health concerns
  • Marty Evans - recovering from hip surgery
  • Susan Forrester’s son-in-law Don Snow- recovering from heart surgery
  • Jackie Franklin’s daughter-in-law’s family-health concerns
  • Larry Furgason- upcoming stress test and heart stint
  • Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
  • Roy Hamby - recovering at home from back surgery
  • Dan Healy - chemotherapy for bladder cancer
  • Tom/Dee Heuker’s daugher Kristen - stage 3 liver cancer, some improvement
  • Kathy Heyer - upcoming heart surgery
  • George Houdeshel - general health
  • Bette Ivy’s daughter Robin completed radiation and is doing better
  • Janice Jarrard - general health
  • James Jordan - diagnosed with Parkinsons
  • Greg Lane - health issues
  • Rod McClarnon - 3 heart stints
  • Judy McCorkle - liver cancer - taking chemo
  • Loretta McIntosh- home recovering with broken legs
  • 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
  • Carla Persaud - cancer has returned, meeting with oncologist Wed at 10 am
  • Jeannie Pickerill - severe back pain
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Asher Arrant - in car accident, burned over 70% body
  • Nisia Redgrave - back in Chatuge Nursing home
  • Margie Richards - passed away Sunday morning
  • Ron Schultz - home from the hospital
  • Diane Simonsen - recovering from hip surgery at home
  • Fritz Simonsen - possible upcoming surgery
  • Sue Stewart - back problem
  • JoAnn Strickland - passed away, prayers for Gene
  • Bob Taylor - taken to NEGA Medical Center for evaluation for chest pain
  • Glenda Taylor - fell, badly sprained ankle
  • Ron/Pauline Taylor - health concerns
  • Ron/Pauline Taylor’s son Ronnie passed away
  • 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
  • Peggy Wood - diverticulitis
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
November 1st……$ 13,234……………..$793,293
November 8th……$ 18,894……………..$812,187
November 15th….$ 19,910……………..$832,097
November 22nd…$ 8,367……………..$840,464
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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