Saying goodbye is never easy and it is with a heavy heart that I do so. I have decided that it is time for me to retire (again) from my work here at the church. It has been a pleasure to serve you as the Director of Pastoral Care. When I first started in this position I was able to visit you at home, in the hospital, or at the nursing home. However, during the time of COVID this past year, I have tried to maintain contact with you through phone calls and notes. It is my hope that the prayer at the end of each phone call was meaningful.
Plans for the future are still being made. I do know that some of the plans include sitting on the porch and drinking iced tea before the weather gets too cold!
May God continue to bless you.
WHOOPIE!!
Mike Cloyd
If you were at worship on Sunday or are reading this email, you know the news of Pastor Mike’s retirement by now. Pastor Mike has been a pillar for many of us, myself included, over the last two plus years (and even longer for many of you) as he shared the presence of God with us through his pastoral care and ministry in general. Indeed, he was my pastor when I needed one.
While I am saddened by the news, I am also happy for him and wish him nothing but joy in his bona fide retirement. Mike will be in the office this Thursday and on September 27th and 28th. At Mike’s request, no reception or send-off is scheduled, but please do join me in the days ahead in thanking him for his service and wishing (and praying) the very best for him in the years ahead.
Grace and Peace.
Don
There will not be a meal this week.
Programs will start at 6:00 pm for children, youth, and adults.
New Bible Study Group for Young Moms: Wednesday Women
We meet on Wednesdays at 9:15 am outside on the outdoor stage, weather permitting. Children are welcome- just bring something for them to do while we meet!
2021 Fall Festival News!!!
Can You Help?
A huge part of our Fall Festival each year is our BBQ LUNCH. United Methodist Men we need you to help serve on our BBQ team. We need a team of men to help in areas such as food prep, the serving line, table hosts, cashiers, and clean up. Serving times are 11:00am - 1:00pm on both days. Men we need you! To volunteer call Bill Kolb at 706-487-9892 or Stan at the church.
OUR TREASURE SALE team is collecting your yard sale items on Friday’s at the annex from 9am-11am. Please no electronics, books, or exercise equipment.
CLOTHES CLOSET is in need of volunteers who can help sort and display clothes in the days leading up to the sale. We are now accepting your slightly used clothes for our clothes sale. You can drop your clothes at the MAC desk anytime between 8am and 3pm Monday thru Thursday. Please have your clothes in bags or boxes
SILENT AUCTION ITEMS: We are still looking for some special auction items. We would like to have some college themed gift baskets to auction. We are collecting small college themed items to make up the baskets. We will start with UGA, Georgia Tech, and Florida baskets (unless there are items enough for another school). Also, we are looking for someone gifted in helping assemble the baskets. Contact Tricia Wallace if you can help.
GENERAL STORE: We need canned goods, Jams and jellies, cookbooks, unique kitchen items utensils, sewing/crafting items, fabric items such as aprons, dish towels, candles, scented items, homemade soaps/lotions, bird houses, baskets, etc. You can bring items by anytime. Just leave them in the small dining room by the MAC kitchen!
CRAFTERS ROW: CRAFTERS NEEDED! Anyone needing tables for their craft items just let us know. We will again be displaying similar items together to save on tables and space. If there is something you LOVE to make, bring it! You don’t have to make 50 to be helpful. PLEASE include a recommended selling price. … For questions contact Tricia Wallace or Jan Boland.
CRAFT DEMONSTRATIONS: We would like to have artists and crafters demonstrating their skills during the Festival. Weavers, Chair Caners, Needle Crafters, Painters, Woodcarvers, Quilters, etc…It would be really nice if at your table you could have a few items to sell (but not required). Contact Stan Wallace if you can help.
CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER!! Begin digging in your Christmas closet, attic, or storage room. We are looking for anything Christmas that is in good shape and working. Nativity sets, home decor, pillows, dishes, fabric/quilted items, trees, ornaments, wrapping paper, bows, tags, etc. ALSO, this will be an area we will begin setting up on the Monday before the sale. We will need a lot of help that week! Contact Tricia Wallace if you could serve as a helper for her that week!
BAKERY: Homemade cookies, brownies, pies and cakes are always needed. Sugar free / gluten free and children friendly are always a good idea. THE BIG NEED IS ALSO yummy LAYERED CAKES!!! Items can be brought to the church anytime beginning October 1st and before the 9th. We have freezer space available here at the church for your Bakery items if you want to bake early.
SWEET SHOPPE: Our Sweet Shoppe each year is sponsored by the United Methodist Women’s Morning Glory Circle. For more information about the “Sweet Shoppe” contact Diane Kolb at 706-487-9764.
You can bring Marketplace items to Stan’s office anytime or to the Small Dining Room the week of festival set-up. Festival dates are Friday, October 8th, 9am-4pm & Saturday, October 9th, 9am-2pm THANK YOU and Remember… “ It’s all hands on deck !”
Contact phone #’s… Stan Wallace 229-326-0644 Tricia Wallace 229-402-9361
First Methodist Fall Festival Cookbooks For Sale!
We have reprinted a batch of our own FUMC Fall Festival church cookbooks! They are now on sale in our church office for $10.00. They will also be available in our Country Store during the Festival. Appetizers and Beverages, Soups and Salads, Vegetable Dishes, Main Dishes and Desserts are some of the category of recipes from our church members. Be sure you have one and buy one for your friends!
Please stop by and say a prayer over these quilts.
Tying a knot lets the receivers know people care and have prayed for them.
Courtney Schoner - late stages of MS
Lynette Huff - advanced Parkinson’s Doris Eshelman’s sister
Joyce Palmer – .Heart issues and grief losing husband Rollie
Paul Huff - terminal brain cancer
We are sad to announce the passing of Homer Jinks. He most recently had had a fall and was rehabilitating in Ellijay. No arrangements have been made at this time.
A Celebration of Life for Dennis Bradley will be a private, family event in the future.
Memorials in his honor can be made to the FUMC MAC.
MAC Walking Track Hours…
— Monday-Thursday 8:00am - 3:00pm —
Play Pickleball! The Blairsville Pickleball Club is playing in the MAC on Tuesdays from 8am until noon. Everyone is welcome! Come join us!
Line Dancing Thursday’s
Begin September 23rd !!
Classes offered…
*LOW BEGINNER… 9:15am-10:00am Class will be for those new to line dancing.
*HIGH BEGINNER… 10:00am-10:45am For those that have mastered the basic dance steps.
*INTERMEDIATE… 10:45am-11:30am For experienced dancers only.
Classes will 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
Operation Christmas Child
Coming in October!
How to pack a shoebox… Item ideas… Toys: Toy cars, jump ropes, yo-yos, musical instruments, toys that light up and make noise, Personal care items: Toothbrushes, washcloths, combs, hairbrushes. School Supplies: Pens, pencils, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, coloring books, solar calculator. Accesories: Socks, sunglasses, jewelry, watch, flashlight (with extra batteries). DO NOT INCLUDE: Candy, gum, scary or war-related items, seeds, food, liquids or lotions, vitamins, breakable items or glass containers.
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 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:
  • 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
  • Ray Graphman - in Chatuge Hospital for rehab
  • Maggie Guerrier - consideration for kidney transplant
  • Earl Hall - diagnosed with cancer
  • Homer Jinks - passed while at a rehab in Ellijay
  • Bruce Johnson’s brother, Kenny - in hospital with heart problems
  • Pam Jordon’s brother, Mike Bryant, recovering from broken hip surgery
  • Eva Kemp - stroke
  • Ria Ledbetter’s sister, Mindy - broke her leg-had surgery-starts rehab
  • Linda McClarnon’s cousin- in hospice care for aggressive MS
  • Shirley McGinnis - doing well, recovering
  • Evie Miller’s aunt, Janie - doing much better, next appointment in 3 months
  • Elaine Neuhaus - home recovering - please no visitors
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Jeanne Pickerill - severe back pain
  • Jessica Stamper - surgery, recovering
  • Carleen Ward’s Aunt Bessie - passed away
  • Cindy Weitzel - recovering from donating a kidney to her son
  • Roy Whitelock - complications with diabetes
RECOVERING FROM SURGERY:
  • Diane Brackett - recovering from back surgery
  • Kay Bradley - recovering from back surgery
  • Becky Dyer
  • David Lifsey - aortic valve replacement
  • Jo Mantell - recovering from pacemaker surgery
  • Robert Mantell
  • Judy Mears- recovering from surgery on a 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
  • 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
  • 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
September 5…….$24,260 …………..$637,324
September 12 ….$16,576 …………..$653,900
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
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 First United Methodist Church of Union County
938 Highway 515 Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(706) 745 2073
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
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