01-04-2023 FUMC Words for Wednesday

Good Morning Church!

I hope you are having a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

In this new year, my hope and prayer for this church is that God’s grace be upon us all as we worship, pray, study, and serve together. The Good News of Jesus Christ is too important (and too good) not to be sought and shared. This is our mission as the church - “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Several opportunities to live that mission are happening this week.

Bible studies for all ages resume tonight at 6 pm, a good way to begin the new year. In the Adult class, we will begin our journey through the gospel of Matthew for this winter and into the spring.

Our regularly scheduled worship returns this Sunday, January 8, at 8:30, 9:30, and 11 am as we celebrate Epiphany and Baptism of the Lord Sundays together.

Our mission team leaves this Friday to serve at Orphanage Emmanuel. Please continue to pray for them and the ministry there.

In this new year and always, may we be found in Christ, for “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”


We will resume Wednesday night Bible Studies this Wednesday, 4th at 6:00 pm.

Congratulations to Keith and Cindy DeFoor on becoming first-time grandparents. Their son Richard and his wife had a baby girl Elena born on December 30th in San Diego.

If you would like your 2022 contribution statement, please contact the church office or sign up on the sheet on the narthex desk.

Most are probably aware that the North Georgia Conference has paused the disaffiliation process. You can read more about that here:


As such, our town hall meetings for January 8 and January 15 have been cancelled.

The women will be beginning a new Zoom Bible Study on January 18th. They will be studying First Corinthians.

Blood Assurance Blood Drive Sunday, Jan 15, 2023

Blood Assurance is a nonprofit regional blood center, which supplies blood products to hospitals in our area. Blood Assurance receives reimbursement from hospitals for the costs incurred in collecting, testing, & shipping the blood.

Blood Assurance maintains a BloodMobile which comes to several sites in our community. For the past year, they have been coming to FUMC on reserved Sundays to collection blood donations from our congregation & others in our community.

FUMC’s Blood Drives, beginning in 2023, will be done on a quarterly basis. This allows the ‘Double-Red’ donors to donate on a routine basis. When you give a double red donation, you give 2 units of red blood cells in on 1 appointment. Your fluids, plasma & platelets are returned to your body. In 2 donations, you give the same number of life-saving red cells as you would during 4 whole blood donations. If you are interested in learning more about the Double red donation, please speak to the blood mobile staff. You may set up an appointment for Jan 15th, 2023 by going to www.bloodassurance.org, click on the drop down menu on the top right, choose, ‘donate’, then, Make an Appointment. Thank you in advance for your life-saving donation!

Around 25 people enjoyed the luncheon that the Robinettes served yesterday. We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the second luncheon scheduled for Tuesday, 17th at 11:30 am.

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.

Kaye Rich - colon cancer. She is a teacher in Union County.

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Monday-Thursday 8am - 4:30pm

New Winter Pickleball Schedule!

The Blairsville Pickleball Club now plays on Mondays from 1:00pm til 4:00pm & Tuesdays from 1:00pm til 4:00pm. Everyone is welcome! 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.

4 – Dee Freed, Jim Hughes 5 – Jonathan Engle 8 – Kathy Brandenburg, Jeremy Bruce, Julie Sunsted, 9 – Matthew Gibson, Case Hand 10- Rob Howell 12- Frank Bachteler 13 – Billy Hendricks 14 – Jordan Young 15 – Marion Lifsey 18- Charlene Cook 20- Barbara Davis, Ray Parson, Avis Shaw, Danita Stephens 21 – Stephen Schuknecht 22 – Kim Steinke 25 – Ava Smith, Ashton Smith 27 – Adele Bauman, Wayne Jones (married to Kitty), 28 – Fran Edwards 29 – John Redgrave 30 – Andrew Engle, Virginia Lane 31 – Bruce Johnson

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
  • BL Anderson -recovering from fused disc surgery
  • Norma Jean Anderson’s brother Wendell -recovering from jaw surgery
  • Elizabeth Belcher - shoulder surgery postponed due to her having COVID
  • 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
  • Faye Eubanks - physical therapy for torn rotator cuff
  • Margaret Frizzel - recovering from knee surgery
  • Maggie Guerrier - recuperating from kidney transplant
  • Jana Howe - taking chemo treatments
  • Nancy Hussey’s sister Debbie Wilfert- diagnosed with stage 3 cancer, surgery date of January 20th
  • Diane and Bill Kolb’s grandson Jason Nichols - bad motorcycle accident
  • Ria Ledbetter - recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • Tiffany Martinez’s son Sky - recovery from surgery
  • Linda McClarnon - recuperating
  • Maria McGlen - recuperating
  • Roger McGlen - recovering from having stents put in
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - recuperating from knee replacement surgery
  • Shannon Miller’s mom Wanda Pickelsimer - surgery on the 12th
  • Bill Mollnhauer - positive for COVID
  • 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
  • Jeannine Riley’s brother-in-law - Ricky Mobley- heart surgery
  • Joan Shaw - passing of her sister
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • April Southern’s mom Laurel Denmon - health issues, upcoming PET scan
  • Ron Taylor - in hospice care at the nursing home
  • 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
  • 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
  • Fritz Simonsen
  • Sue Stewart
  • 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
  • Ron Taylor - UG 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

December 25……….$21,113……………$940,635

January 1……………$21,901…………….$ 21,901

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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