Good afternoon church,
I hope this finds you all safe AND warm!
This week, I will have Bible study in the Fellowship Hall (or outside under the narthex portico if it is warm and light enough) on Wednesday at 6 pm. At some point, we will break so we can see the children at their Halloween parade.
Later this month, I will begin an Advent Bible study and sermon series using the latest book from Adam Hamilton, Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas. 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.
If you’re reading this on Tuesday, it is election day. If you’re reading it on Wednesday, that was yesterday and you know much more about it than I do at this point. Either way, there’s been much anxiety about many things lately, including the election. In light of all this, Psalm 146 keeps things in perspective for us.
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God all my life long.
Do not put your trust in princes,
in mortals, in whom there is no help.
When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
on that very day their plans perish.
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.
The Lords sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers;
he upholds the orphan and the widow,
but the way of the wicked he bring to ruin.
The Lord will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord!
Greetings Church Family, Our campus is getting over-run in this fall with leaves. Normally, we would set up a campus workday and that is planned for November 14th. With the ongoing COVID19, I’d like to try something a little different. If anyone would like to “adopt” an area and take care of it on their own schedule, that would be welcomed and appreciated.
On Nov 14th, weather permitting, we would like to assemble a few folks to do a mass leaf blow. If you have a blower and want to help, join us at 9:00 AM.  ~ The Trustees
TOMORROW ( WEDNESDAY) EVENING !
JoAnn Strickland passed into the arms of Jesus on Friday, Oct 30th. A memorial service will be held in Zephrhills, FL, on November 14th.
Memorial donations can be given to any of the following:
Night to Shine – make check to FUMC with “NTS - Strickland” in the memo line.
Church - make check to FUMC with “Fall Festival for MAC” in memo line
Wesley Glen Ministries - where Andy Strickland lives (special needs son)
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 is Now Open
Temporary hours are
Monday-Thursday 8:00am-3:00pm.
FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED!
Also, the following fitness classes have resumed….
 “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 and Wednesdays at 9:00am. 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 9:00am.
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.
EXPANDED OFFICE HOURS :
Monday - Thursday 9:00 am till 3:00 pm
Closed on Friday
OPERATION TURKEY BOX
Thank you for your generous donations to Operation Turkey Box (no tree this year!). We are still in need of gravy, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing, corn, and mac and cheese. Please drop off donations in the youth office.
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.
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 mlhernden@yahoo.com with their order.
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:
Lynda Keener - battling cancer
Josh & Lynthia Craig - on the passing of their infant daughter Adaline
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.
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
SPECIFIC:
  • BL Anderson’s brother Charles- passed away this week
  • Marjorie Bowron - in physical therapy
  • Joyce Byers’ brother-in-law James - passed away Monday
  • Rob Castlen’s sister Sherry needs guidance
  • Pat Clay’s brother, Vic- doing better
  • 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- recovering from lymph node surgery
  • Lloyd Dunham - recovering from broken hip
  • Marty Evans - recovering fro
  • 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
  • Bette Ivy’s daughter Robin is being treated for breast cancer
  • Janice Jarrard - general health
  • James Jordan - diagnosed with Parkinsons
  • Greg Lane - health issues
  • 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 - back in Chatuge Nursing home
  • Margie Richards - breathing issues
  • Ro Robbins - torn rotator cuff, doing rehab
  • Diane Simonsen - recovering from hip surgery at home
  • Fritz Simonsen - possible upcoming surgery
  • Shirley Smith - needs to regain strength
  • Sue Stewart - back problem
  • JoAnn Strickland - passed away last Friday in FL, prayers for Gene
  • Bob Taylor - at Chatuge Nursing Home
  • Glenda Taylor - fell, badly sprained ankle
  • Ron/Pauline Taylor - health concerns
  • Ron/Pauline Taylor’s son Ronnie -in nursing home
  • 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 (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
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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