10-19-2022 FUMC Words for Wednesday
Good Morning First United Methodist!

It’s been a while for me, so first I’d like to thank all who helped make this year’s Fall Festival a success. $13,800 was raised through your donating, crafting, sorting, organizing, and more. All the money raised goes to reduce the debt of the MAC. Thanks everyone!

Also, that same weekend was Young Harris College Day. A special thank you to Jeff Bauman and Keith DeFoor for arranging the choir and others to be with us. It was a wonderful day of worship.

Thanks to Pastor Mack for preaching in my absence last week.

The subgroup studying disaffiliation will make their presentation next Tuesday, the 25th, at the Church Council meeting at 6:30 pm. This is one of several items on the agenda.

The Bishop has a regional gathering planned for next Wednesday, October 26, at 6:30 pm at Jasper UMC. If you missed the one last time and would like to attend, this is a good chance.

Finally, this Sunday, we return to the Narrative Lectionary. We will hear those familiar words from Joshua, “Choose you this day whom you will serve.” Join us for worship as we consider the choices we make in light of whom we serve.

Grace and Peace.


This week we will have pizza supper at 5:00 pm before Bible Studies for all at 6:00 pm. Children and youth will be downstairs in the MAC.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT is this Saturday, 22nd. A spaghetti dinner  (graciously prepared by the Circle of Love) will be served at 5 pm followed by the movie Minions Rise of Gru in the MAC at 6 pm.  Those wearing a costume get a special treat.

The next Church Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25th. One of the items of business will be receiving the report and recommendation of the subgroup that has been studying disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church. Meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.

This Friday, 21st Safe House will be having a ceremony for those lost to domestic abuse. The names of the 173 victims will be read by Carol Rogers. The Remember My Name ceremony will be held at the Farmer Market bridge at 6:00 pm.

The church will be participating in the county’s Trunk or Treat event at Meeks Park. To be successful at this we need to stock our trunk with candy. If you’d like to help, please drop off bags of individually wrapped candy at the church office. Deadline to  drop off candy is Sunday, 30th.

Narrative Lectionary Daily Readings:

10/20/2022       1 Samuel 17:31-54 - David and Goliath, part 3

10/21/2022       2 Samuel 11:1-13 - King David Abuses His Power

10/22/2022       2 Samuel 11:14-27 - David’s Sins Spiral out of Control

10/23/2022       2 Samuel 11:1-5,26-27; 12:1-9; Psalm 51:1-9 - Nathan & King David

10/24/2022       2 Samuel 12:10-25 - The Fallout from David’s Sin

10/25/2022       Psalm 51:10-19 - A Plea for Redemption and Transformation

10/26/2022       2 Samuel 23:8-17 - David’s Mighty Warriors


You may give through the church by designating your donation for UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response #901670 (include this number on your check) or directly at https://umcmission.org/advance-project/901670/.

Operation Christmas Child is Happening Now!

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.

The DOT is holding virtual and live meetings for the public regarding the widening project of Murphy Highway from downtown to Ivy Log Road on the north end of the county. Check out this website for more information (https: //sr-11-widening-union-gdot.hub.arcgis.com/). There will also be an in-person Open House on Wednesday, October 20th from 5 - 7 pm at the Union County Recreation Department.

Ferst Readers Fundraiser. Sunday, October 23rd. Please contact Pam Jordan for tickets at 706-897-3188 or pjjordan50@gmail.com. The price of one ticket purchases a years’ supply of books for birth-to 5 year old children.
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.

Mrs. James Taylor - (sister to Michelle Hernden) - dementia meds need to work

Kelley Wilder - tumor on liver and a kidney cyst. She is the 16 year old granddaughter of Doris Wilder.

Victor Gaul - has lung cancer with a leg amputated 2 years ago. Brother to Pat Clay.

Fall Festival Thanks!

A special thank you to all those who served in leadership positions, those who gave their time and effort to help set up and takedown, those who volunteered in the various areas of our Festival, and to those who donated their crafts and items. We had a wonderful 2 days of Festival and fun.

MAC Walking Track Hours…
*** Monday-Thursday 8am - 3pm ***

Pickleball! 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.

MAC After Dark?

There has been some interest expressed in opening the MAC during the evening hours for walking and other rec opportunities. To do this we would need volunteers willing to man the desk as well as be responsible for opening and closing. Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5pm-8pm or 6pm-9pm have been suggested. Anyone interested in volunteering for an evening at the MAC can contact Stan at the church office or email fumcblairsvillestan@gmail.com.



Breast Cancer is the 2nd most common cancer among women, after skin cancer. It is a disease in which cells in the breast grow out of control. Cancer cells can also spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body.


New lump in the breast or underarm area (armpit).           Pulling in of the nipple.

Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.                      Nipple discharge

Irritation or dimpling of the breast skin.                               including blood.

Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or                        Any change in the size or shape

the breast.                                                                          Pain in the breast.


Breast cancer screening involves checking a woman’s breasts for cancer before there are signs or symptoms of the disease.

A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. Doctors use a mammogram to look for early signs of breast cancer. The United States Preventative Services Force (USPSTF) recommends that most women who are 50 to 74 years old get one every 2 years. USPSTF recommendations state that women with a parent, sibling, or child with breast cancer are at a higher risk for breast cancer and may benefit from beginning screening in their 40’s.  Weighing the benefits & risks of screening is important when considering your screening options. If you’re 40 – 49 years old, talk to your health care provider about when to start screening.


Most health insurance plans cover the cost of screening mammogram. If you have a low income or do not have insurance, you may qualify for a free or low-cost mammogram through the CDC’s National Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.



One of the most important things you can do to lower your risk is know your risk of breast cancer. Talk to your doctor about things you cannot change:

Your personal history of breast problems.

Your family’s history of breast cancer.

Your breast density (the amount of connective & fatty tissue in your breasts).

Your age. Most breast cancers are found after age 50.

Your menstrual and childbirth history.

Your history of radiation treatment therapy to the chest or breasts.

Any history of the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES), which was given between 1940 – 1971 to prevent miscarriages by your mother.

If you or your family members have known mutations in your breast cancer genes (BRACA1 or BRACA2).

Your doctor will also consider factors which can be changed, like any hormone replacement use.

Other things:

Healthy weight

Regular physical activity

Eliminating or limiting alcohol drinks to no more than 1 per day

Thank you for the many cards, phone calls , and prayers you said for our family with the passing of our brother Michael Bryant. Mike loved FUMC and worshipped online with us every Sunday at the 9:30 service. He always looked so forward to church. He especially loved listening to the praise band. Also many thanks to Pastor Mack for keeping in touch with Mike during his Nursing Home stay. Thank you all so very much!!         ~   With Love,  Pam Jordan

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.



  • Hurricane Ian flooding victims
  • Prayers for God leading the right person to us as Youth Director
  • Norma Jean Anderson’s brother Wendell -recovering from jaw surgery
  • Clint Blackmon - cancer
  • Jack & Jackie Bowlin’s friend - Allen Davenport - prostate cancer
  • Diane Brackett - taking physical therapy on shoulder and arm
  • Kathy Brandenburg- recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • Joyce Byers - numerous medical issues
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Pat Clay’s brother Victor- health issues
  • Jennifer de la Montagne - moving near parents

  • Maggie Guerrier - recuperating from kidney transplant
  • Linda McClarnon - recuperating
  • Maria McGlen - still recuperating from fall
  • Roger McGlen - had stents put in this Monday
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - recuperating from knee replacement surgery
  • Brenda Morningstar - home recovering from back surgery
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Isiah Arrant-long term recovery from burns

  • Avis Shaw’s niece Gail Craft - had surgery
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Lydia Stafford - recovering from arm surgery
  • Mrs. James Taylor - sister of Michelle Hernden - dementia meds to work
  • Mac Warren - vertigo
  • Dennis Wetzel- back surgery and recuperating at the Gobin’s home
  • Meg Whitley - doing well after surgery; waiting to see if she’ll have chemo


  • Jim Arthur
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Christine Golden
  • Kathy Heyer
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Hugh Lee
  • Leura Mollnhauer
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jeanne Pickerill
  • Jerry Price
  • Jerry Roberson
  • Carol/Norm Rogers
  • Avis Shaw
  • Sue Stewart
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • Zach Thompson
  • Carol Warren
  • Roy Whitelock
  • Sharon Willits



  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Jan Boland’s sister June Gesche - hospice care at Stonehenge
  • 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

October 2……………$ 32,278…………………$ 718,500

October 9……………$ 20,179…………………$ 738,680

October 16…………..$ 4,354………………….$ 756,835

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


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