Good morning Church!
I hope this finds you well on these first cozy days of fall.
Church Council met last night, and members shared all the ways you are involved in kingdom work. I continue to be amazed at the variety of gifts we have in our church and the way you use them to God’s glory. Thank you for your faithfulness. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” In this, God is glorified. And did you notice the word “everyone?” Each of us has been given a gift to share for the common good of all and to God’s glory. If you are searching for your gift or looking for a place to share it, I would love to have that conversation with you.
The Council also met in preparation for our Charge Conference this coming Sunday, October 24, at 4 pm. The meeting will be held at Gainesville First UMC and you are welcome to attend in person. There will also be a link to the meeting if you would like to attend virtually. The link will be emailed on Saturday. To receive that link, register here:
Grace and Peace.
Don
Spaghetti Dinner provided by First Kids at 5:00 pm
Adult, youth and children programs at 6:00 pm
We are going to go back to signing up for Wednesday Night suppers. This will allow us to be wiser with our food spending and preparation. The Sunday before a meal we will have someone after each service with the sign-up sheet. Your help is appreciated by
letting us know by Monday morning if you are dining with us.

The Blairsville Parent/Teacher Organization is having a Yard Sale this Saturday, October 23rd in our church parking lot from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

The PTO is selling spaces for $20.00 each for this event. If you are interested in this opportunity to be part of this multi-family event, contact Michelle McKechnie 770.503.4094 or mmckechnie64@gmail.com to reserve your spot!

The concert benefits Ferst Readers.
For more information, please call Pam Jordan at (706) 897-3188
Flowers on the altar this Sunday
are given to the Glory of God
and
in loving memory of her husband Jon Higginbotham
by Camille Higginbotham
FUMC 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. 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.
Lloyd Dunham - severe back pain, surgery has been postponed until December
Cheryl Dyer - recovering from heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery. She is a Union County Elementary school employee.
MAC Walking Track Hours…
*** Monday-Thursday 8am - 3pm ***
Play Pickleball! The Blairsville Pickleball Club is playing in the MAC on Tuesdays from 8am until noon and Thursdays from noon til 3pm. Everyone is welcome! Come join us!
Line Dancing Thursday’s !! Classes offered…
*LOW BEGINNER… 9:15am-10:00am For those new to line dancing.
*HIGH BEGINNER… 10:00am-10:45am If you have mastered the basic dance steps.
*INTERMEDIATE… 10:45am-11:30am Experienced dancers only.
Classes meet in the MAC gym and are suitable for all ages.
No pre-registration needed. For info contact Rita at  vckids2001@yahoo.com
Operation Christmas Child is Here!
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. Accessories: 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. Pre-printed shoeboxes and labels are available now in the MAC lobby.
3- Susan Forrester, Judy Haygood, Samuel Lewis, Patty Norwood 4 - Jane Cruce, Diane Simonsen 5 - Tonia Albright 6 - John Hahn, Nikki Schuknecht 7 - Sue Giorgi, Larry Rosenberry, Ron Schultz, Ann Smith 8 - Diane Bauman, Mason Clements, Elmo Giorgi 9 - David Hand, James McTureous 10- Darryl Blalock, Ron Taylor, Karen Williams 12 - John Wischmeyer 13- Jesse Eady, Jana Howe 14 - Pat Box, Jacqueline Davis, Roger Pope 15 - Emma Lander 16 - Joe Kennard, Julie Rittenhouse, Carol Rogers 17 - Steven Lewis 18 - Joyce Byers 20 - Alice Janessa, Ryan Snider, Rick Stamper, Brenda Turner 22 - Chuck McGinn 23- Larry Culpepper, Marcie Culpepper, Taylor Schuknecht 24 - Kelly Schuknecht, 25 - Max Mashburn, Sarah Partain 26 - Doug McGinnis 27 - Wayne Jones (married to Barbara) 28 - Braedyn Robbins 30 - John Cook, Marian Malac, Steve Reno, Mac Warren, Sawyer Beck
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 of any changes.
SPECIFIC:
  • Margie Bowron - UC ICU, heart issues
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - has started chemo
  • Emily Cobb - suffering from kidney stones
  • Debbie Crask - at home still fighting infection
  • Jesse Eady - open heart surgery - October 21
  • Maggie Guerrier - consideration for kidney transplant
  • Eva Kemp - stroke
  • Ria Ledbetter’s sister, Mindy -progressing well in her rehab from a badly broken leg
  • 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
  • Roy Whitelock - complications with diabetes
RECOVERING FROM SURGERY:
  • Diane Brackett - recovering from back surgery
  • Kay Bradley - recovering from back surgery
  • Mike Bryant - UC Nursing Home, rehab from surgery
  • Becky Dyer
  • Jo Mantell - recovering from pacemaker surgery
  • Robert Mantell
  • 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
  • Ray Graphman- Chatuge Nursing Home
  • 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
October 3 ………..$23,684 …………..$700,927
October 10 ………$11,993……………$712,920
received from Fall Festival- not included above
……………………………… $ 15,333.30
October 17……….$ 15,901…………..$728,822
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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