10-26-2022 FUMC Words for Wednesday
Good afternoon First UMC!


Last night the Church Council met to, among other things, receive a report from the subcommittee studying disaffiliation. First, I want to thank the subcommittee for their work. I know it was not an easy task for many reasons. Their recommendation to the council reads:

“To the Church Council, we would feel that it is imperative that we continue the process of discernment and take this matter to the congregation in the following actions…

1)      Education of the congregation in our opinion is the first step – may of us were not aware of information we have uncovered in our research. We would suggest Town Hall meetings to educate everyone all at once. The District Superintendent has asked to be the first speaker.

2)      Following the Town Hall meeting(s) the Church Council will decide to apply for a vote or drop it. If the Council decides to apply for a vote the District Superintendent would schedule the meeting for a vote.

We are praying that this may equip our faith family to make their decision out of prayerful and educated consideration for what God has in mind for First United Methodist Church of Union County.”

The recommendation passed at Church Council.


To be clear, to vote for disaffiliation is to vote to leave the United Methodist Church. Many are still confused at the process of disaffiliation, especially the dates. As stated above, we will have town hall meetings where various options are presented. Once those town hall meetings are complete, the Church Council will meet to decide whether or not to apply to the District Superintendent for a vote among the congregation (a church conference). If the Church Council decides not to apply for a vote, the matter is ended and the congregation would remain United Methodist. If the Church Council decides to apply for a vote, the District Superintendent will schedule the Church Conference for professing members to vote on leaving or staying in the United Methodist Church.

Should the Church Council decide to apply for a vote, the dates related to the process are as follows. The Church Council can make application to the DS any time between January 1 and February 28, 2023. Once all applications are received, the DS will schedule the requested Church Conferences after February 28. It is important to note that the application date has no bearing on the date of the Church Conference.


Our first town hall meeting will be with the Rev. Dr. Doug Gilreath, District Superintendent. At the meeting last night the suggestion was made to have these gatherings on Sunday afternoons so that as many members as possible could attend. The first available Sunday afternoon for the DS is November 27. The meeting is scheduled for 3 – 4:30 pm. The DS requests that questions be provided in advance so that he may develop his presentation to address those concerns. Details about how to submit your questions are forthcoming.


“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:35

May the love of God, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit cover you all like grandma’s quilt on a cold Fall morning,



Children and youth will be downstairs in the MAC and will be carving pumpkins.

Adults have a couple of options:

There will not be Bible Study however, you are invited to carve pumpkins with the children and youth (bring your own pumpkin) OR you may go to Jasper UMC for a 6:30 pm meeting with Bishop Sue who will be speaking and answering questions regarding the United Methodist Church.

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.

The Times They are A-Changing !!!

Beginning  Monday, October 31st. –

Office hours will be –

Monday-Thursday 9:00 am till 4:00 pm.

The MAC will be open Monday-Thursday 8:00 am till 4:30 pm

Beginning Sunday, November 6th –

The Casual service will begin at 8:30 am.

The Contemporary and Traditional will remain at their times of 9:30 am and 11:00 am respectively

Narrative Lectionary Daily Readings:

10/27/2022……1 Kings 1:5-37 - Intrigue in Old David’s Palace

10/28/2022……1 Kings 1:38-53 - Solomon Is Anointed as the Future King

10/29/2022……1 Kings 2:1-12 - David’s Advice to Solomon

10/30/2022….. 1 Kings 3:4-28 - Solomon’s Wisdom

10/31/2022……1 Kings 4:20-28 - Solomon’s Great Kingdom

11/1/2022……..1 Kings 4:29-34 - Solomon’s Great Wisdom

11/2/2022………Psalm 72:1-14 - A Prayer for Israel’s King

FUMC was invited by Pastor Jerry Helton of The Fellowship of Christian Athletes to provide dinner for the UC High school football team on Sunday, October 23rd. Thanks to Stan and Tricia Wallace for facilitating this.

The Wednesday Women’s Zoom Bible Study

Advent Study begins on  November 9th.

We’ll be studying “Our Hope Has Come” by Lifeway.

Please order your book in time to have it for the 9th.

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.

Night to Shine is back AND in person!!

Already we have had about 30 guests register and we are expecting a total around 100-120, so we are looking for 350-400 volunteers.

Volunteer Registration is open and online:


We look forward to working with you in serving this special group within our community!

Scott & Elizabeth Terry

Night to Shine at FUMC of Union County


The Community Thanksgiving Dinner is once again offered to all who would like a Thanksgiving meal who otherwise wouldn’t have one. You can dine in, pick it up or have it delivered. If you are interested in receiving a meal, please contact the church office and register with Evelyn. The meal is offered on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24th at House of Prayer chur. Deadline to register is November 18th.
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.

Beth  Evans Butler - ovarian cancer now masectomy

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


Paula Kelly - brain cancer receiving radiation

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

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Beginning October 31st hours change to Monday-Thursday 8am - 4:30pm

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.

Community Heath Fairs are a great place for people to receive health information and testing. Union General Hospital is sponsoring one on November 5th here in Blairsville. We encourage you to come out and discover new resources here in our community.

3 – Susan Forrester, Judy Haygood, Samuel Lewis, Patty Norwood 4 – Jane Cruce, Diane Simonsen 5 – Tonia Albright 6 – John Hahn, Nikki Schuknecht 7 – Sue Giorgi, Pam Kocher, Larry Rosenberry, Ron Schultz, Ann Smith 8 – Diane Bauman, Elmo Giorgi 9 – David Hand, James McTureous 11- Darryl Blalock, Ron Taylor, Karen Williams 12 – John Wischmeyer 13 – Jesse Eady, Jana Howe 14 – Pat Box, Jacqueline Davis, Roger Pope 15 – Michelle Hernden, Emma Lander 16 – Joe Kennard, Julie Rittenhouse, Carol Rogers 17- Stephen Lewis 18 – Joyce Byers 20 – Alice Janessa, Rick Stamper, Brenda Turner 22 – Sharon Hess, Chuck McGinn 23 – Larry Culpepper, Marcie Culpepper, Taylor Schuknecht 24 – Kelly Schuknecht 25 – Max Mashburn, Sarah Partain 26 – Doug McGinnis 27 – Wayne Jones(married to Barbara) 28 – Braedyn Robbins 30 – John Cook, Steve Reno, Mac Warren

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.


  • 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
  • Maggie Guerrier - recuperating from kidney transplant
  • Pat Maryscuk - health issues;
  • 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
  • Jeannine Riley’s sister Suzanne Mobley - lymphoma
  • 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; no further treatments needed


  • 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

October 23………….$ 13,783…………………$ 770,618

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

 First United Methodist Church of Union County
938 Highway 515 Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(706) 745 2073
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
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