The Light Shines in the Darkness…
In my study and devotion this week were these familiar words from John 1.5, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (NRSV) The light of which John writes is the life Jesus Christ brings to us. Later in John, Jesus himself will say that he came so that we may have life and have it abundantly. (10.10)
Reading different translations and paraphrases has a way of illumining the text in new ways. Eugene Peterson’s The Message paraphrases verses 4 and 5 this way, “What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.” The Revised English Bible renders this translation, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never mastered it.”
The darkness did not overcome it. The darkness couldn’t put it out. The darkness has never mastered it. And it’s not going to start now.
Wherever you are on your journey with Christ (and even if you have not started it yet), may you know this light. May you know this life. And that abundant.
Life and Light,
Don
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!
OASIS “Game Day” Thursdays!
 August Dates: August 12th, 19th, & 26th
** 1:00pm in the Fellowship Hall **
 Come Play Bridge, Mahjong, & other favorite games.
Great fellowship too!
“Backpack 2 School Bash”
Thank You!
A special thank you to all of the individuals and FUMC organizations that gave toward and served during the “BP2S” event this past Saturday. Your generosity helped us give out over 300 backpacks full of supplies on Saturday and will allow the Union County Family Connection to continue giving out backpacks and supplies throughout the school year to those in need. The spirit of giving in our church is such a blessing. God bless! Tricia Wallace
TREASURE COLLECTING
The annex will be open on Fridays beginning August 27th from 9am till 11 am to receive your treasures for the Fall Festival sale.
Women’s Bible Study will start back up on Wednesday, August 18th at 10:30 am online through Zoom. They will be studying Acts 13. If you would like to be a part, please contact Doris Eshelman (810 923 5795) or Pat Clay (678 313 4544).
Relay for Life Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, August 28, 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!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR !
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPER STARTS UP
AUGUST 25TH, 5:00 PM
ADULT BIBLE STUDY WILL FOLLOW AT 6:00 PM
Roy Whitelock -receiving his prayer quilt.
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. A Dire need we have right now is an individual or team to take the lead in our Clothing Sale area. There are volunteers ready to assist. The need is for someone to fill the Leadership roll. Call Stan at the church office if you may be interested.
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 8am 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
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 - has started chemo
  • Joyce Byers’ grandson Dylan - joined the Army and left for basic training
  • 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
  • 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
  • Pam Jordon’s brother, Mike Bryant, recovering from broken hip surgery
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jessica Stamper - upcoming surgery
  • Carleen Ward’s aunt, Bessie, is 101, fell and broke bones, but doing well
  • Cindy Weitzel - recovering from donating a kidney to her son
  • Lee Weitzel’s sister - died suddenly of a heart attack
  • Nick Weitzel - recovering from kidney surgery
  • Roy Whitelock - complications with diabetes
RECOVERING FROM SURGERY:
  • Diane Brackett - recovering from back surgery
  • Kay Bradley - recovering from back surgery
  • Becky Dyer
  • 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
  • Greg Lane
  • 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
August 1…………..$21,776……………..$545,971
August 8…………..$19,920……………..$565,891
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
STAY CONNECTED
 First United Methodist Church of Union County
938 Highway 515 Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(706) 745 2073
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
      We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation!

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