07-20-2022 FUMC Words for Wednesday
Good morning church!
After spending a few weeks with the Ten Commandments, this Sunday we begin a series on the Sermon on the Mount called Games People Play. Over the next five weeks, we’ll journey through The Sermon found in Matthew 5-7. Pastor Mack actually got us started this past Sunday with a sermon from Matthew 5. Check it out on YouTube.
Join us and invite others to hear more about this life to which he invites us. Our series looks like this:
July 24    Matthew 5:38-42   Battleship
July 31    Matthew 6:5-15     Sorry!
August 7  Matthew 6:19-34    Monopoly
August 14 Matthew 7:15-23    Apples to Apples
August 21  Matthew 7:24-29   Jenga
See you Sunday.
News from the Church Council:
At the scheduled Council meeting on July 11, 2022, the Church Council voted to consider further as a congregation disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church. This was not a decision to leave the United Methodist Church. Rather, this was a decision to learn more about the subject and process of disaffiliation and what it would mean for this congregation. As noted in last week’s newsletter, the congregation will be invited to any discussions and presentations regarding disaffiliation. Notification of any such events will be shared two weeks in advance. More details will be provided as they are available.
VBS begins on Sunday !
Please be in prayer for all the lives that can be touched through VBS next Sunday - Wednesday evenings. If you haven’t plugged in and want to, contact Mason Schuknecht at 706 897 0121.
The Usher Team needs additional people to serve in the 9:30 Contemporary service. The month of October is open and training with a regular on the usher team will be provided. See Charlene Cook in the back of the MAC before or after the service or call her at 904/699-1790 with questions. Thank you for considering this service opportunity.
 We had 15 donations of blood on Sunday the 10th & that was wonderful for our 1st Blood Assurance Drive.
We are still looking for teacher and aide positions to be filled for the upcoming school year. Perhaps you are looking for a part-time job with little ones or perhaps you know of someone else who would be perfect for this job? Please help us pass this information along.
If interested, please contact the preschool director:Heidi Hall @ (260)750-6468
There will be a CPR class offered on Saturday, August 13th at 9:00 am in the fellowship hall. Class is limited to 20 students. A sign up sheet is in the narthex. Cost is $20.
Eating for a Healthy Weight
An eating plan that Helps manage weight includes a variety of health foods in a variety of colors. Think of your plate as eating the rainbow. Dark, leafy greens, squash, tomatoes, bells peppers, broccoli, onions, etc bring bright colors & are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber. These can be added to stews, omelets, or salads.
A healthy eating plan:
    1. Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk & milk products.
    2. Includes a variety of protein foods such as seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans & peas), soy products, nuts and seeds.
    3. Is low in added sugars, sodium, saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol.
    4. Stays within your daily calorie needs
Food Hints
    1. Fruits: Fresh, frozen or canned are great choices. Try new varieties such as mangos or kiwi fruit. Be aware that dried or canned fruit may contain added sugars. Choose canned fruit that packed in its own juices.
    2. Vegetables: Try new ways of cooking vegetables such as grilling, sautéing, or steaming. Try new spies to boost flavor such as garlic or rosemary. Choose canned vegetables with added salt. Be sparing with cream sauces or butter.
    3. Calcium-rich foods: In addition to fat-free & low-fat milk, try low-fat & fat-free yogurts without added sugars. These can be a great dessert substitute.
    4. Meats: Try healthier methods of cooking your favorite meats. Instead of frying, try grilling or baking. Consider having a meatless day by substituting beans.
    5. Comfort foods: Healthy eating is all about balance. You can enjoy your favorites, even if they are high in calories, fat, or added sugars. The key is eating them only onCE in awhile & balancing them with healthier foods & more physical activity.
Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight
The Fall Ministry Fair will take place in two months, on Sunday, September 11th! If you are a leader, or a member, of ANY ministry at First UMC, please be prepared to have a table set up in the Fellowship Hall on that Sunday with information on your ministry, information on how new disciples can SERVE with you, and how they can expect to CONNECT with others in your outreach. Together, let’s GROW the Kingdom for God’s glory! Be on the lookout for more information. Jennifer de la Montagne will be your contact for this event. jcarydlm@gmail.com
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.
Leslie Davis - bladder cancer
It’s Our 6th Annual…
“Backpack 2 School Bash”
Saturday, August 6th  10am - 1pm In the MAC!
Last year this Community event provided backpacks and school supplies for over 400 children in Union County. FUMC of Union County helped provide many of those backpacks. This year our church is again collecting primary aged (kindergarten - grade 2) backpacks as well as general supplies on the lists attached to the purple drop off boxes located in the MAC lobby and Sanctuary narthex. COLLECTION BOXES ARE OUT! Thank you in advance for helping provide needed school supplies for children and families in Union County. If you would prefer to donate directly to the event you can drop your donation off in the treasure chests and label it for “Backpacks”. Any questions on how you can help further call Tricia Wallace at 229-402-9361…PARENTS: Registration has begun!
Planning Has Begun For Our
2022 Fall Festival!
Yes! We are back and, as always, help will be needed! This year’s Fall Festival dates are Friday, October 7th & Saturday, October 8th. Call Stan at the church office or email at
blairsvillefumcstan@gmail.com if you would like to be a part of this important outreach event. Crafters, we are counting on you to help us with your homemade items as well as everyone who puts away Jams and Jellies for the Country Store. We will also be back with our Bakery, Candy Shoppe, Silent Auction, Treasure Sale, and Clothing Sale. Mark your calendars! Remember… all proceeds from our Festival go toward retiring our MAC debt. Everybody has a part to play! Start working now!
MAC Walking Track Hours…
*** Monday-Thursday 8am - 3pm ***
Play Pickleball! The Blairsville Pickleball Club is playing in the MAC on Tuesdays from 8 am until noon and Thursdays from noon until 3pm. Everyone is welcome! Come join us!
Fitness Classes For You!
“Tai Chi”: 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.
Summer Line Dancing Classes
Classes offered…
*LOW BEGINNER… 9:15am-10:00am For those new to line dancing.
*HIGH BEGINNER… 10:00am-10:45am Mastered the basic dance steps?
*INTERMEDIATE… 10:45am-11:30am Experienced dancers only.
Classes will meet in the MAC gym and are suitable for all ages!
No pre-registration needed. For info contact Rita at
1-Ray Berggreen, Courtney Bruce 3- Marillyn Salling 4- Brenda Martin, Jeanne Tallent 7 –Donald Cruce, Paula Myers 8 – Roy Whitelock 10- Kyler Robbins 12- Linda McAfee 13 Lisa Gurley, Mike Plott 14 –David Cline, Gene Hodgson, Ava Turner, Carly Turner, Jillian Turner 15 –Katie Mashburn, Kim Tatman 16 – Cheryl Mundy 17 – Jacob Clements, Eleanor Lee 18 – Leslie Hauschild 19 – Pauline Taylor 20 – Meredith Rose 22- Ingrid Engle, Jean Rogers 23 – Charlotte Thompson 24 – Mary Carol Akins 25 – Roy Hamby, Keri Young 26 Lynn Richards, Kem Stephens 28 – Melvin Crask 29 – Andy Hill, Jimmy Tallent 30 – Anna Stone 31 – Bob Lander, Joan Shaw, Kristi Tornabene
Joann Chiras passed away early in the morning of Friday, 15th. There will be no services here.
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.
  • Jim Arthur- diagnosed with lewy body dementia
  • Jan Boland’s sister June Gesch - in hospice care at Stonehenge
  • Margie Bowron - has COVID; at home
  • Kirby and Marjorie Bowron’s niece Laura Hansen - cancer
  • Diane Brackett - rtaking physical therapy on shoulder and arm
  • Kathy Brandenburg- recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • Tom Bunten - recovering from pacemaker surgery
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Pat Clay’s brother Victor- health issues
  • Don Cruce - recuperating from shoulder surgery
  • Jack Dugger - recuperating from covid pneumonia
  • Kenny Engle is having outpatient miniscus surgery tomorrow, 21st
  • Tammy Fowler’s brother passed away this week
  • Christine Golden - taking chemo treatments
  • Maggie Guerrier - recuperating from kidney transplant
  • Bruce Johnson - recuperating at home
  • Mike Lewis- recovering from car accident
  • Maria McGlen - still recuperating from fall
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - recuperating from knee replacement surgery
  • Allie McTureous - has COVID
  • Leura Mollnhauer - fell and broke her hip / health issues
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Jeanne Pickerill -several concerns - requests prayer
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Isiah Arrant-long term recovery from burns
  • Carol Rogers - health issues
  • Avis Shaw - had a fall, is home recuperating
  • Avis Shaw’s niece Gail Craft - had surgery
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Sue Stewart - taking treatments for leukemia
  • Lois Ward - in hospice care - mother of Teri McGinnis
  • Carol Warren - back pain
  • Dennis Wetzel- back surgery and recuperating at the Gobin’s home
  • Jim Arthur
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Kathy Heyer
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Greg Lane
  • Hugh Lee
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jerry Price
  • Jerry Roberson
  • Norm Rogers
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • Roy Whitelock
  • Sharon Willits
  • Mike Bryant - UC Nursing Home
  • Joan Chiras - Pruitt Health Nursing Home, Blue Ridge
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Richard and Shirley McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Nursing Home
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living - under hospice care
  • Margaret Wise - Brassstown 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
July 3rd……………$20,279…………….$475,319
July 10th…………..$22,064……………$497,383
July 17th…………..$14,175……………$511,558
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
Staff Emails:
Pastor Don Landen………………………………………………………. revdonaldlanden@gmail.com
Pastor Mack Riley…………………………………………………………………. mack.riley@ngumc.net
Stan Wallace…………………………………………………………….. blairsvillefumcstan@gmail.com
Evelyn Ueltzen……………………………………………………….. blairsvillefumcevelyn@gmail.com
Deidra Gilbert…………………………………………………………. blairsvillefumcdeidra@gmail.com
Jennifer de la Montagne……………………………………………………………..jcarydlm@gmail.com
 First United Methodist Church of Union County
938 Highway 515 Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(706) 745 2073
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
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