12/15/2021 FUMC Words for Wednesday
Good morning church,
I’ve enjoyed our journey through the Old Testament this fall. I’m also glad to be making it to the gospel for this year. This Sunday, we will begin the Gospel according to John. As we’ve seen, the biblical story has a way of repeating itself. Just as we started at the very beginning in Genesis in September, John will take us all the way back to the beginning again and tell us of the One who was from the start.
Our text for Sunday is John 1.1-18. It has been said that all you ever needed to know about John’s gospel can be found in these verses. Of course, they tell of Jesus, the Word become flesh who dwelt among us. You may have heard the statement, “He became what we are that we might become what he is.” It was shared by the choir on Sunday and has been through the ages.
Throughout Advent, we’ve noted the hope, peace, and joy that Christ brings. And by his grace, we can be sources of these blessings for others as well.
May you know these gifts, and may we share them just as they have been given to us from the beginning.
See you Sunday,
Don
The Adult Bible Study, Children and Youth are on break until January.
Sunday’s altar flowers are given to the glory of God
and in loving memory of her husband Norm Thompson
by Carole Thompson.
Our special offering for this Sunday and Christmas Eve will be Hope House. Hope House is a benevolence center for the needy in Union County. Rather than having clients roam from church to church, it enables the clients to go to one place and speak to one person, and yet receive help from multiple churches. It aims to meet people’s physical needs as an open door to introduce them to Jesus. Hope House is located at 215 Blue Ridge Street It is open on Monday and Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.
Let us anticipate and celebrate Christ’s birth together on Christmas Eve. We will hold 2 services; one at 5:00 pm and one at 7:00 pm.
Both services will be held in the sanctuary.
The nursery will be open for little ones.
REMEMBER TO PICK UP YOUR CARDS!
The Christmas card table is up in the administration hall. You may place your Christmas cards for other church members there and save on postage. Please remember not to include members who have gone for the winter as cards are not mailed. And while you are there be sure to pick up your own cards.
This is our last week taking up a special love offering for our hard-working staff. Please mark your checks “Love” on the memo line or you can use the special offering envelopes in the pews.
Night to Shine-Thru Parade
Saturday, February 5
10:00-Noon
Please go to the church web page firstmethodistblairsville.com
At the bottom of the page is a link for Night to Shine.
Click the link and sign up as a Volunteer.
Please do not tell us verbally or through private email. (thanks)
We have 13 stations for our guests to stop and pick up “goodies.”
At this point, all the give a-ways are purchased or are in the works. We simply need smiling, energetic hosts to greet the guests and shower them with love and the give-a-ways we’ll have.
You may drop off your donations in the bin at the MAC.
Please stop by and say a prayer over these quilts. Tying a knot lets the receiver know that people care and that we have prayed for them.
Wendell Lee - stage 4 throat cancer. Brother to Norm Jean Anderson
Debbie Gallenkamp - double masectomy, reconstructive surgery
MAC Holiday Hours!
The MAC will close at 3pm on Thursday, December 23rd and will remained closed through Thursday, December 30th. It will re-open on Monday, January 3rd. Have a blessed Christmas!
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 !! Next classes begin January 6th!
For info contact Rita at  vckids2001@yahoo.com
Our love and prayers go out to Bill Haygood whose mother passed away on December 1st at the age of 102.
Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our family members may be experiencing. You may contact Pastor Mack for your prayer requests at mack.riley@ngumc.net or call the church at 706 745 2073.
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office of any changes.
SPECIFIC:
  • Dennis Bible - total knee replacement on the 16th
  • Marjorie Bowron - health issues
  • Kirby and Marjorie Bowron’s niece Laura Hansen - cancer
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Donald and Jane Cruce’s daughter passed away last week
  • Maggie Guerrier - consideration for kidney transplant
  • Norma Jean Anderson’s brother - Wendall Lee - stage 4 throat cancer
  • Greg Lane - dislocated shoulder
  • Kim Lewis & family - Kim’s father Jim Carringer’s passing
  • Marian Malac - had a fall, broken hip and shoulder repaired in surgery Monday, will go to rehab soon
  • Evie Miller’s aunt, Janie - doing much better, next appointment in 1 month
  • Tom and Brenda Morningstar - Tom’s brother-in-law passed, they are traveling to the family
  • Elaine Neuhaus - home recovering - please no visitors
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Rose Oberlin’s great-niece, Florida Davis (20 mos) hospitalized HMPV
  • Jeanne Pickerill - pain management device to help with severe back pain
  • Jeanne PIckerill’s friend Susan Gibson - God is Healing the cancer
  • Billie Roach - health issues
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
  • Jesse Eady - recovering from open-heart surgery
  • Virginia Lane - recovering from knee surgery
  • 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
  • George Houdeshel
  • James Jordan
  • Greg Lane
  • Virginia Lane
  • Lyn LeCompte-many thanks for the prayers and lovely prayer quilt
  • Hugh Lee
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jerry Price
  • Teresa Price’s grandson, Asher
  • Sue Stewart
  • Janice Taylor’s husband Rob
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • Carol Warren
  • Roy Whitelock
  • 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
December 5th ….$ 31,362……………..$872,771
December 12th….$ 25,747…………….$898,518
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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