Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent
Good morning church,
Around this time of year, there are always questions about Ash Wednesday and Lent, so I thought I would share a few words about this day and season.
In the Church. Lent is a season of forty days in preparation for celebrating Easter. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Sundays are not included in the forty days as every Sunday throughout the year is considered a “little Easter.” The season began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time of penance by all Christians. Lent is a time for the entire Church to be reminded of the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the need we all have to renew our faith.
On Ash Wednesday, palms from the previous Palm/Passion Sunday are burned and we receive the mark of the ashes as a sign of our sin and mortality, both of which Christ defeats at Easter. The most traditional way to receive the ashes is by a sign of the cross on the forehead, though we will receive them in a different way this year. As we are marked by the ashes, the season of Lent is marked by prayer, fasting, and giving alms. Focusing on these three practices, Matthew 6 is a text often used as we begin this season. A question during the season has always been, “What are you giving up for Lent?” In recent years, another question has become common as well, “What will you take on for Lent?”
Whether you are giving up something or taking on something for Lent or both, I pray your faith is strengthened during this season as you draw closer to God.
Grace and Peace.
Don
OASIS Update!
Spring Session Cancelled…
Due to the current restrictions associated with Covid-19 we have decided to cancel our Spring session. Continue to pray that we will soon be out of these pandemic days. We will plan for the Fall Session. Continue to stay safe and pray without ceasing!
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”. I Peter 5:7
THANK YOU CHURCH !
With your generous giving, we collected OVER 600 cans of soup for the Union County 9th District food pantry. Praise the Lord !
The children will meet at 6 pm and the youth will gather at 6:20 for the Ash Wednesday service. There will be no Adult Bible Study.
Virtual Night to Shine 2021 was a huge success.  The congregation came through in a big way.  Contributions exceeded $1500.  There were volunteers assembled in small groups to prepare and deliver gift packages, crowns, tiaras and pizzas to 52 Night to Shine Guests. A special thank you to Sicily’s Pizza for their pizza donation.
Here is one of many of the thank you letters sent to our church…
Thank you all so much for the amazing goodies that you brought to Jay this evening! He is so happy and is ready to watch the virtual Night to Shine. Your amazing generosity brought tears to my eyes. We love y’all, and thank you for loving our special folks.
To receive a copy of your contribution statement, simply email Deidra, the financial secretary, at blairsvillefumcdeidra@gmail.com and request it. She will gladly email or “snail” mail it to you.
Walking Track Hours!
Monday-Thursday 8:00am-3:00pm.
Face coverings required on the track!
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 and now Thursdays at 1:00 pm.
Strength-Stretch-Balance: SSB is a 1 hour class meeting 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.
Line Dancing Thursday’s!
Classes offered…
*LOW BEGINNER… 9:15am-10am Class will be for those new to line dancing.
*HIGH BEGINNER… 10am-10:45am For those that have mastered the basic dance steps.
*INTERMEDIATE… 10:45am-11:30am For experienced dancers only.
Classes meet in the MAC gym and are suitable for all ages.
No pre-registration needed. Face coverings will be required!
For more information contact Rita Gallau at  vckids2001@yahoo.com
FUMC “Sunday School”
Below is our current class schedule…
“Study to show thyself approved unto God…”
  • Children PreK - Gr. 5…………….9:30am ……….. FUNdamentals Rm
  • Youth Gr. 6 - 12……………………10:30am………..Youth Room M-0
  • Kardia Class…………………….… 8:30am………… Small Dining Room
  • Searchers Class…………………. 9:45am………….Conference Room
  • Determined Class……………….. 9:45am………….MAC 9
  • Upper Room Class…………….. 10:00am…………MAC M-31
Prayer Quilt for Carla Persaud (Avis Shaw’s daughter) She has ovarian cancer again. The quilt will be in the narthex on Wednesday. Please stop, pray and tie a knot as you come for your Ash Wednesday service time. Afterwards, the quilt will go back to the chapel to receive prayers and knots.
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.
SPECIFIC:
  • Glenda Adams - fell, fractured a vertebra and suffered a brain bleed
  • Bud Akins - treatment for the return of melanoma
  • Margie Bowron - pneumonia- recovering at home
  • Mike Brandenburg - home from the hospital
  • Pat Clay’s brother-in-law, David - lung cancer-taking chemo and radiation
  • John Conkle - recovering from aortic valve replacement
  • Claudia dePrez - taking aggressive chemo
  • Helen Douylliez’ son Shane -scheduled for surgery to replace hip prosthesis
  • Jack Duggar - very ill - in ICU with double pneumonia
  • Lee & Lloyd Dunham’s son-in-law Jarrett- car accident, knee surgery soon
  • Marie Goddard - recovering at home from shoulder surgery
  • Maggie Guerrier - consideration for kidney transplant
  • Kathy Heyer - concerns about healing from heart surgery
  • Tom & Dee Heuker’s daughter, Kristen - stage 3 liver cancer - good improvement
  • Greg Lane - upcoming knee replacement surgery
  • Linda McAfee- passing of her mom Carol Rabun
  • Judy McCorkle - taking chemotherapy for liver cancer
  • Gail McGuire’s son Larry-hit by a car-concussion and broken bones
  • Loretta McIntosh - recovering from broken legs
  • Aurore Miller - fell and broke her knee
  • Evie Miller’s aunt, Janie - has angiosarcoma in leg, continue with chemo
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha - in hospice care
  • Carla Persaud - cancer has returned, 2nd round of chemo this Friday
  • Jeannie Pickerill - severe back pain
  • Teresa Price’s grandson, Asher - in car accident, burned over 70% of his body
  • Al Reid - pneumonia, recovering at home
  • Jean Riddle’s pregnant granddaughter - baby has heart problems
  • Billie Roach - hospitalized with infection
  • Kim Steinke- delays due to COVID - needs comfort from pain
  • Joyce Spero - upcoming surgery
  • Lee & Cindy Weitzel’s son, Nick - needs kidney transplant
  • Roy Whitelock - upcoming knee replacement
RECOVERING FROM SURGERY:
  • Tonia Albright
  • Pat Clay’s brother, Vic
  • Debbie Crask
  • Becky Dyer
  • Susan Forrester’s son-in-law, Don
  • Lamar Franklin
  • Robert Mantell
  • Larry Rosenberry
  • Rob Taylor
HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad
  • Lloyd Dunham
  • Jesse Eady
  • Jackie Franklin’s daughter-in-law’s family
  • George Houdeshel
  • James Jordan
  • Hugh Lee
  • Jerry Price
  • AG Sherman
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • John Vogeley
  • Carol Warren
  • Sharon Willits
IN NURSING HOMES:
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge
  • Phil Salling - Union County
  • Bob Taylor - Chatuge
  • Norm Thompson - Union County - not doing well
  • Janice Jarrard - Blue Ridge Assisted Living, Room 305
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
February 7th.(SNOW)..$13,961………..……..$89,110
February 14th………. $16,965……………..$106,075
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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