09-07-2022 FUMC Words for Wednesday

Good morning church!

What a great day it was at First UMC this past Sunday! We had wonderful worship at all three services. And you also went beyond worship.

Our Ministry and Mission Fair was a great event. Thank you to everyone involved, those who hosted booths and those who visited them to learn more about how they could be in ministry and mission within and beyond the church. People were able to connect in so many ways.  A special thank you goes to Jennifer de la Montagne for organizing the event. Thank you all for being the church!

God’s blessings on you all this week.


Bible Studies for all ages begin at 6 pm and last an hour. Choir follows at 7 pm.

We are having a blood drive this Sunday from 9 am till 1 pm. You can sign up online.   The bloodmobile will be outside the fellowship hall.


Mason Schuknecht has been a lifelong member of FUMC having come from one of the original merged churches. He has always held an interest in serving the public. He has served through the military, law enforcement, fire department, and is currently a Criminal Investigator with the Georgia Forestry Commission.  He is married to Nicole and together they have four children; Taylor, Reagan, Peyton and Gordon.

I am very grateful and excited for this opportunity to be the Children’s director. I love working with the children and being able to expand their knowledge and faith! I hope to build the program through outreach and events that will encourage involvement from the children, parents and the entire church. I feel like no ministry is stand alone and it takes all members of the church to help new families and children find their homes in the church. If anyone has ideas or criticisms, I am always available! Open communication is the key to building any program.  ~ Mason

Family Fun Night

Fourth Saturday-Sept. 24th

There will be a family game of Dodgeball in the MAC gym. Starting at 5 pm

Narrative Lectionary Daily Readings

This past Sunday, we began Year 1 of the Narrative Lectionary. We will journey through the Old Testament this fall and arrive in Matthew in time for Christmas. We can’t cover everything on Sundays, so daily readings are provided to fill in the gaps. These readings will be provided each week.

9/14/2022 Psalm 104:1-9 - Praise for God’s Wonderful Work

9/15/2022 Psalm 104:24-35 - God’s Wonderful Work Continued

9/16/2022 Genesis 11:1-9 - The Tower of Babel

9/17/2022 Genesis 11:26-32 - Abram and His Family

9/18/2022 Genesis 12:1-9 - God Calls Abram

9/19/2022 Genesis 18:1-15 - The Promise Is Given Again

9/20/2022 Genesis 21:1-8 - The Promised Child Is Born

9/21/2022 Genesis 25:19-34 - The Quarreling Brothers: Jacob and Esau

2022 Fall Festival!
Planning Has Begun…
Yes! We are back and, as always, help will be needed! This year’s
Fall Festival dates are Friday, October 7th & Saturday, October 8th.
Volunteer Needs! / Get Involved!
We will need top dollar items for the SILENT AUCTION. There will be many bidders as this is a community event. Call Stan Wallace at the church (706-745-2073) if you have an item to donate.
Calling all BAKERS …. If you have a favorite cookie, cake, bread or pie recipe, please keep in mind the Fall Festival date of October 8th & 9th. The Bakery will need all kinds of baked goods to sell at the festival and we will need your help to make it a success. Baked goods can be brought to the Small dining room on Wednesday and Thursday the week of the Festival. For information or to volunteer to work in the Bakery call Virginia Collins @ 706-781-3833
The ANNEX will receive your “TREASURES” Fridays September 2, 16, & 30 from 9:00am - Noon. We have visitors from many areas who put our Fall Festival on their calendars and love to browse the bargains in the annex. Remember us when you are cleaning out!  PLEASE… NO ELECTRONICS, NO EXERCISE EQUIPMENT, TELEVISIONS, OR BOOKS! To volunteer at the Treasure sale call Tammy at 813-334-6470.
The COUNTRY STORE is one of the favorite places for our shoppers. For those willing to provide items to sell, when you are canning your specialties, please keep our store in mind. We would love to have several jars, etc. of your “canned with love” items to sell in the store. Please put your names on the jellies and jams that you donate so we can know who to thank. We will be selling lap quilts, baby quilts, jars, jellies, old cookbooks, aprons and other items. Be preparing now to help. To donate early, you may bring donations to the church office anytime. For info or to volunteer for the Country Store call Barb at 706-487-9695.
CRAFTERS!  Our craft sale is a major part of our festival and we will again need all our crafters to participate. Whatever crafting skill you have we need something from you for our sale. You do not have to fill a table with your crafts nor will you have to be present to man a table. If you are willing to make just a few of your crafts, we will collect and display them. We are not asking you to make 20 or 30 items; just as many as you would like to contribute to the sale. Start now! If you will donate craft items for our craft sale please call Tricia Wallace at 229-402-9361. More info on when we will start collecting items will be coming soon. Thank you!
CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER!! Yes… 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!
Our CLOTHING SALE will again take place in the Fellowship Hall. Please only CLEAN, SLIGHTLY USED apparel. We also need clothes hangers and portable clothing racks if you have them to loan. We will be accepting your clothing donations (please have your clothes in bags) in the Fellowship Hall on Fridays, September 2nd, 16th, 30th from 9:00am - Noon. You may also bring bagged clothes to the MAC desk during regular church hours.
Mark your calendars! Remember… all proceeds from our Festival go toward
retiring our MAC debt. Everybody has a part to play! Start working now!

Parish Nurses are offering another CPR class in the evening.

Thursday, September 22nd at 6:30 pm.  Cost is $20 per person.

There is a sign up sheet on the narthex desk.

There is a poster in the MAC lobby where you can sign up to be the groomer/pruner for a particular spot on our campus. You know the phrase many hands make light work, right? We’re hoping that together we can get our grounds beautiful again. This is in addition to our lawn mowing crew.

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.

Eric Smith - prostate cancer

Meg Whitley - received her quilt, she is having surgery on the 20th for colon cancer

Our former youth pastor Zack Thompson (2011-2014) has recently been diagnozed with Non Hodgkin’s T Cell Lymphoma- Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma with Sézary Syndrome Stage 4A. He and his wife Savannah need our prayers desperately.

OASIS Fall Registration

Has Begun!

OASIS Dates to Note…

October 6th - No Classes, November 3rd - Fall Session Concludes

Get Registration forms at the MAC desk or in the OASIS office.

MAC Walking Track Hours…
*** Monday-Thursday 8am - 3pm ***
New Pickleball Schedule! Beginning September 12th the new Blairsville Pickleball Club schedule is Mondays from noon til 3:00pm & Tuesdays from 8:00am until noon. PLEASE MAKE NOTE! 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.
The Parish Nurses maintain several small 1st Aid kits through out our FUMC Campus. The kits are not uniform in appearance but contain a variety of items, such as: Bandaids, burn treatment, wound antiseptic, insect bite treatment, gauze pads & tape. The kitchen kits have eye wash, as well. The kits DO NOT contain any medication, alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide.

Location of kits:

MAC Main Kitchen (shelf to right of big sink)

MAC Desk (bottom left drawer in a tool box)

MAC Youth Kitchen downstairs (small minimal kit)

Narthex by AED on wall near the information desk

Kits between CEC rooms upstairs; location should be marked

Both nurseries - well marked

Fellowship Hall Kitchen on wall by desk

Children’s big room downstairs in children’s wing - left hand kitchen drawer

Classroom downstairs

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.



  • Norma Jean Anderson’s brother Wendell -recovering from jaw surgery
  • Jim Arthur- diagnosed with lewy body dementia
  • Clint Blackmon - cancer
  • Jan Boland’s sister June Gesch - in hospice care at Stonehenge
  • Jack & Jackie Bowlin’s friend - Allen Davenport - prostate cancer
  • Kirby and Marjorie Bowron’s niece Laura Hansen - cancer
  • Diane Brackett - taking physical therapy on shoulder and arm
  • Kathy Brandenburg- recovering from knee replacement surger
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Pat Clay’s brother Victor- health issues
  • Jack Dugger - recuperating from covid pneumonia
  • Christine Golden -recovering from surgery
  • Maggie Guerrier - recoup from kidney transplant
  • Jessica Johnson - CEC teacher - blood clots
  • Mike Lewis- recovering from car accident
  • Linda McClarnon - recuperating
  • Maria McGlen - still recuperating from fall
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - recuperating from knee replacement surgery
  • Leura Mollnhauer - diagnosed with lewy body dementia
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Jeanne Pickerill - severe back pain
  • 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
  • Lydia Stafford - recovering from arm surgery
  • Debbie Steed - recovering from severe meniscus surgery
  • Sue Stewart - taking treatments for leukemia
  • Zach Thompson - former youth pastor - non-hodgkins lymphoma
  • Lois Ward - in hospice care - mother of Teri McGinnis
  • Carol Warren - back pain
  • Mac Warren - vertigo
  • Dennis Wetzel- back surgery and recuperating at the Gobin’s home
  • Meg Whitley - has colon cancer, suregery on the 20th


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

September 4th………$19,315…………………$641,534

September 11th…….$ 17,462…………………$658,996

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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