01-12-2022 FUMC Words for Wednesday
Dear Church:
As we looked at the gospel of John on Sunday, we found that often in John seeing is believing. One sees and experiences Jesus and this leads to their belief in who he is. Jesus’ invitation to those first disciples is to “Come and See.” The invitation does not end there but has extended down through the years to us. Likewise, Jesus’ invitation is a continuing occurrence in our lives. Jesus always has something new for us as we follow him. My prayer for you is that you see God’s work in your life and in the world, that you share that with someone else so that they might come and see as well.
There is a good chance of snow in the forecast for this weekend. When it comes to snow, I think the same way about it as so many did about Jesus. “I’ll believe it when I see it.” The challenge with the snow on Saturday is that it will probably come like a thief in the night. The trustees and I will continue to monitor the situation. We plan to make an announcement by 5 pm on Saturday if there are any changes to Sunday morning worship. The announcement will be made through this email and on our Facebook page.
Grace and Peace,
Don
The medical advisors from our FUMC Health and Welfare Committee have agreed that it is prudent to return to masks and social distancing for church services. This is because of the rising number of COVID cases in our county, which is now in the “Red Zone.” These measures are undertaken not only to protect the unvaccinated and medically vulnerable, but also to protect those who may be fully vaccinated and boosted, yet susceptible to the virus variants. We are so fortunate to be able to continue to worship together in person while so many across our country and region have returned to virtual worship for the time being. Of course, we hope as much as anyone to return to more normal operations when the numbers have stabilized, and we are no longer in the red zone. The cooperation of our congregation is most appreciated.
Adult and youth will meet this Wednesday at 6:00.
The children will not meet.
Winter Weather Policy
If the Union County schools go to “Online or Virtual Learning” due to winter weather conditions, the MAC and church offices will be closed. The school information is typically announced on all local news channels and through various Facebook accounts. This closing will include any evening activities at the MAC as well. Information about future closings or schedule changes will be communicated on our church Facebook page: First UMC of Union County
Altar Flowers are now $40.00. The Sunday sign-up book for flowers is out on the narthex.
Night to Shine-Thru Parade
Saturday, February 5
10:00-Noon
Night to Shine-Thru Volunteers
You should have received an email this week as confirmation that you are in fact signed up as a volunteer for February 5 Night to Shine-Thru.  If you would like to Volunteer and did not receive an email you have until Sunday, January 16 to sign up.  Simply go to the church web page and use the Night to Shine link to register your willingness to serve.
We will communicate details about your assignment and the schedule for day through forthcoming emails.
Be thinking about your clown costumes!!!
Hope House is seeking volunteer receptionists to work just one 3 hour shift per month. Hope House is open Monday mornings, Tuesday mornings, and Thursday afternoons. Tasks include meet/greet the public and answering the telephone. If you are interested, please call Director Pam Alexander at 706 781 3090.
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.
Bill & Joyce Cary – health issues. Parents of Jennifer de la Montagne
Peggy Meredith – health concerns
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!
Fitness 2022… Join Us!
“BalloFlex”: A seated chair fitness program for all ages and fitness levels meets Mondays & Thursdays at 1:00pm in room M- 0 (1st floor). Cost is $3.00 per class (free to 75 and over) and is led by certified BalloFlex instructor Cynthia Lyles.
 “Tai Chi”: (BEGINS JANUARY 11TH) Led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 8:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring a mat!
“Christ-Centered” Yoga: led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat.
Line Dancing Thursdays Have Begun!
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
The Women’s Zoom Bible Study resumes on January 19th. Please contact Doris Eshelman at 810 923 5795 if you need further information.
We are sad to announce the passing of member George Houdeshel. He passed away last Thursday, 6th. Arrangements are not known at this time.
The church office and MAC will be closed next Monday, 17th for MLK day.
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:
  • Norma Jean Anderson’s brother - Wendall Lee - stage 4 throat cancer
  • Marjorie Bowron - health issues
  • Kirby and Marjorie Bowron’s niece Laura Hansen - cancer
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Joan Chiras- recovering in UC Nursing Home
  • Maggie Guerrier - consideration for kidney transplant
  • Family of George Houdeshel on his passing
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Evie Miller’s aunt, Janie - chemo infusions
  • 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
  • Bambi Wooten - sudden death of her husband Charlie
RECOVERING FROM SURGERY
  • Dennis Bible - recovering from knee surgery
  • Diane Brackett - recovering from back surgery
  • Kay Bradley - recovering from back surgery
  • Becky Dyer
  • Jesse Eady - recovering from open-heart surgery
  • Marian Malac-recovering from hip surgery, in rehab
  • 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
  • James Jordan
  • Greg Lane
  • 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:
  • Mike Bryant - UC Nursing Home
  • 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
January 2nd……..$13,477………………$13,477
January 9th………$15,597………………$29,074
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
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