Grace to you all through Jesus Christ!
Don’t miss the note below on our new worship schedule starting this Sunday. Planned Sunday morning worship times are 8:30, 9:30, and 11:15 through the end of the year. The schedule assumes we will have persons to help clean the sanctuary between services.
Our Advent worship series begins this Sunday, November 22. As a resource for this series, we will be using Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas by Adam Hamilton. Get your copy online and join us for Bible study on Wednesdays and/or follow along on Sundays. Our tentative scriptures and definitive themes are:
November 22 - Isaiah 9.2b-7 - Jesus is King
November 29 - Matthew 1.18-23 - Jesus is Emmanuel
December 6 - Luke 2.8-14 - Jesus is Savior
December 13 - Worship through Music
December 20 - John 1.1-18 - Jesus is Light
Peace.
Don
UPCOMING CHURCHWIDE MEALS
AVAILABLE ONLY FOR PICK UP 4:00 -5:00 pm
just drive under the MAC portico
THIS WEDNESDAY: Brunswick Stew & dessert
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.
The 8:30 service begins this Sunday, November 22 in the sanctuary. Worship at 11:15 will move to the sanctuary on November 29. 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.
Operation Christmas Child!
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 TODAY (Wednesday)!!!
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
The first deliveries of your Thanksgiving Boxes were delivered to Family Connections and SAFE on November 11th. The last delivery will also go to Family Connections this week, and the small amount of remaining non-perishable food will go to the Food Pantry. We are blessed to be a blessing! firstYOUTH thanks you for partnering with Operation Turkey Box 2020.
Our Advent Bible study and sermon series will begin THIS Wednesday, November 18 at 6 pm and Sunday, November 22, respectively. 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 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.
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.
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
  • 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 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
  • Sue Giorgi - recovering from surgery
  • Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
  • Dan Healy - chemotherapy for bladder cancer
  • Tom/Dee Heuker’s daugher Kristen - stage 3 liver cancer, some improvement
  • Kathy Heyer - back home from tests
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 - at Chatuge Nursing Home
  • 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
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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