n his hand is the life of every living thing
    and the breath of every human being.
–      Job 12.10
When I make pastoral visits, one of the things I often share or pray is that God holds each and every one of us in his hand. No matter what else has happened or is happening, and no matter what may happen, God is there holding us. I know at times it may not seem like it, but God is there. And God is holding you through whatever you are going through.
God’s not going to let go of you.
Creating God,
Give us the wisdom to know your living presence among us
and the grace to see it in each person we encounter today.
Help us to know for ourselves and to show others
your love, mercy, grace, and peace.
May all that we do or say today
be a reflection of you. Amen.
(after the Moravian Daily Text)
Don
WELCOME NEW MEMBER
James McTureous (wife Allie)
381 Longview Drive
Apt. D
Hiawassee, GA 30546
attends the 8:45 service
FirstYOUTH will host a Fall Kickoff event for students entering grades 6-12 on Wednesday, August 18, from 6 - 7 pm in the FUMC Youth Room. Parents and guardians are invited and encouraged to attend, but attendance is optional.
Hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks will be provided. Families are asked to bring sides, snacks, or dessert: mac and cheese, salad, chips, watermelon, brownies, etc.
After sharing our meal, we will discuss our plans for the new year, including service opportunities, events, and our summer mission trip. Everyone will have the opportunity to fill out updated contact sheets and permission slips. All students will receive a FirstYOUTH Kickoff T-shirt. And yes, families, you WILL be asked to play a get-to-know-you game with us!
RSVP to Miss Jennifer at jcarydlm@gmail.com, on the FirstYOUTH of Union County Facebook page, or text her at 252-375-1119, so we can prepare.
We can’t wait wait to see you, so please mark this date on your calendars!
It’s Our 6th Annual…
“Backpack 2 School Bash”
Saturday, August 7th  10am - 1pm In the MAC!
Last year this Community event provided backpacks and school supplies for over 400 children in Union County. FUMC of Union County helped provide many of those backpacks. COLLECTION BOXES ARE OUT! Thank you in advance for helping provide needed school supplies for children and families in Union County. If you would prefer to donate directly to the event you can drop your donation off in the treasure chests and label it for “Backpacks”. Any questions on how you can help further call Tricia Wallace at 229-402-9361.
LAWN CARE HELP WANTED
If anyone is willing to help with the church mowing program for the next 3 weeks, please call the church office. We are going to be short-handed during this time and the grass will continue to grow. Please help us keep our campus manicured.
MINISTRY EXPANSION
Our Caring Meal Ministry thanks everyone who has so generously donated money. This ministry prepares hot meals for members who can’t get out. And now the ministry is expanding! We are now offering an errand service. If you need your medicines or groceries picked up, please give the church a call. We have someone who is willing to do this.
Young @ Heart…
Back to School “Bunco Fellowship”
Friday, August 13th 6pm In the Fellowship Hall
Everyone should bring an appetizer or a dessert. $2.00 per person donation. Bunco has been played in America at least since the 1800’s. It is a game of pure luck; no real skill is required other than rolling dice. The game is played in an upbeat social setting that involves a lot of eating and fellowship so come ready to meet somebody new! Join us!
OASIS “Game Day” Thursdays!
 July Dates: July 22nd, & 29th
August Dates: August 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th
** 1:00pm in the Fellowship Hall **
 Come Play Bridge, Mahjong, & other favorite games. Great fellowship too!
Relay for Life is having a pancake breakfast on Saturday, August 28, 2021 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 AM at LONGHORN Steakhouse in Blairsville! The price for each ticket is an unbelievable $5.00 (yes, that is FIVE DOLLARS) for 2 large pancakes, sausage and a beverage!  Team members will be selling tickets in the Narthex and MAC the next 5 Sundays or call Glenda Taylor at 706-781-7528. Why not treat your family, friends and neighbors to this delicious meal as well? You can’t cook breakfast this inexpensively and the proceeds help in the Fight against Cancer!
Roy Whitelock - having complications from severe diabetes along with other health issues
The quilt is in the Bray Chapel where you may say a prayer and tie a knot on it.
2021 Fall Festival!
Can You Help? Yes! We are back and help is again needed! This year’s Fall Festival dates are Friday, October 8th & Saturday, October 9th. Volunteers are needed in each area. Call Stan at the church office if you would like to help! Crafters, we are counting on you to help us with items as well as ya’ll who put away Jams and Jellies for the Country Store. We will also be back with our Bakery, Candy Shoppe, Silent Auction, Treasure Sale, and Clothing Sale. Mark your calendars! Remember… all proceeds from our Festival go toward retiring our MAC debt. Everybody has a part to play! Start working now!
Our community feeding the hungry program is re-activating. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact the church office.
Attention: MAC Desk Receptionists
We will begin working the MAC desk on Monday, August 16th. Shifts are once a month for a 3 hour period. There is still a need for people to work the Noon-3 afternoon shift. If you haven’t signed up yet and are interested in serving at the desk, please contact Evelyn in the church office.
MAC Walking Track Hours…
Monday-Thursday 8:00am - 3:00pm
Join a 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 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: 1 hour “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.
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.
Play Pickleball! The Blairsville Pickleball Club is playing in the MAC on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am until noon. Everyone is welcome! You do not need to be a member of the club to play. If you are interested in learning how to play, there is plenty of great fellowship and instruction available. Come join us!
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.
1 - Ray Berggreen, Courtney Bruce  3 -Marilyn Salling 4 - Jeanne Tallent  7 -Paula Myers, Bob Taylor 8 - Gail McGuire, Roy Whitelock 10 -Kyler Robbins, Maybelle Stamper 12 - Linda McAfee 13 -Lisa Gurley, Michael Plott 14 -David Cline, Gene Hodgson, Ava Turner, Jillian Turner, Carlyn Turner 15 - Katie Mashburn, Kim Tatman, Tucker Weldon 17 - Jacob Clements, Eleanor Lee 18 -Wyatt Chandler, Leslie Hauschild, Lisa Wilson 19 - Randy Carrier, Pauline Taylor 22 - Ingrid Engle, Jean Rogers 23- Charlotte Thompson 24 - Mary Carol Akins 25 Roy Hamby, Keri Young 26- Evan Bryan, Kem Stephens 27 -Jim Norman 28 - Melvin Crask 29 - Jimmy Tallent 30 -Anna Stone 31 - Bob Lander, Joan Shaw, Kristi Tornabene
GriefShare is a Biblical-based grief support group. Weekly small group meetings provide a warm environment for those struggling with the journey of grief. A new group is forming for 14 sessions beginning August 1 through October 15 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm at First Baptist Church. For more information, call 706 745 2469.
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:
  • Dennis Bradley - undergoing treatments for lung cancer
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - diagnosed with cancer
  • Emily Cobb - suffering from kidney stones
  • Debbie Crask - at home still fighting infection
  • Helen Douylliez - severe infection
  • Kenny Engle’s son Chris -doing well with new prosthesis
  • Christine Golden - very sick - at home
  • Ray Graphman - in Chatuge Hospital for rehab
  • Maggie Guerrier - consideration for kidney transplant
  • Earl Hall - diagnosed with cancer
  • Bruce Johnson’s brother, Kenny - in hospital with heart problems
  • Eva Kemp - stroke
  • Lyn LeCompte - home recovering
  • Ria Ledbetter’s sister, Mindy - broke her leg-had surgery-starts rehab
  • Linda McClarnon - fell; bruised but nothing broken
  • Shirley McGinnis - doing well, recovering
  • Allie McTureous - having a medical procedure
  • Evie Miller’s aunt, Janie - has completed radiation on her leg
  • Elaine Neuhaus - home recovering - please no visitors
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Joyce Palmer - the passing of her husband Rollie
  • Jeanne Pickerill - severe back pain
  • Marilyn Sallings - the passing of her husband Phil
  • Jessica Stamper - upcoming surgery
  • Cindy Weitzel - donating her kidney to her son Nick on July 30th
  • Roy Whitelock - home recovering
  • Barbara Williams- discharged from the hospital
RECOVERING FROM SURGERY:
  • Diane Brackett - recovering from back surgery
  • Kay Bradley - recovering from back surgery
  • Becky Dyer
  • Marie Goddard
  • Pam Jordan- recovering from thyroid surgery
  • Jo Mantell - recovering from pacemaker surgery
  • Robert Mantell
  • Judy Mears- recovering from surgery on broken arm
  • John Vogeley - recovering from hip surgery
HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:
  • Kay Beaver
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad
  • Jack Dugger
  • Lloyd Dunham
  • Jesse Eady
  • Jackie Franklin’s daughter-in-law’s family
  • George Houdeshel
  • James Jordan
  • Hugh Lee
  • Aurore Miller
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jerry Price
  • Teresa Price’s grandson, Asher
  • Janice Taylor’s husband Rob
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • Carol Warren
  • Sharon Willits
IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Bob Eshelman - Union County
  • Richard and Shirley McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge
  • Bob Taylor - Union County
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
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
July 4th…………….$22,581……………..$458,020
July 11th…………..$36,285………………$494,305
July 18th…………..$14,324………………$508,629
July 25th…………..$15,566………………$524,195
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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