03-15-2023 FUMC Words for Wednesday

Good morning Church,

I hope this finds you warm and well!

Join us for worship this Sunday and invite others. We will hear from Jesus in Matthew 25 as he shares yet another parable about a wedding. Come find out what this means for us the Church as his bride.

Then, next Sunday, March 26, is Music Sunday at First UMC. The choir and orchestra will be presenting the cantata, The Song Everlasting, at both the 8:30 and 11 am services. At our contemporary service, Overflow will be sharing the music of Lent and Easter at The Well at 9:30 am. It’s going to be a great day! Invite others and join us for either or both of the celebrations of what Jesus has done for all.

See you Sunday,


We are ordering lilies to decorate the worship spaces for Easter Sunday. Easter lilies are single stem $15 and double stem $20. Peace lilies are $20. Order forms are in the church office or in the bulletin this Sunday. Please mark on your check for “Lily”. You may take the lily home with you after services on Easter or leave it to be taken to a homebound member. Deadline is Sunday.

Bible Study for all ages begins at 6 pm.



Justin and Cassie Ramey

Declan and Finnley

325 Honeysuckle Lane, Blairsville

770 687 7009

They worship in the 9:30 service

Our Youth Ministry is looking for some adult volunteers to help April with their activities. If you are willing please contact her at april.leigh27@gmail.com or 404 360 5966.

With your help, the Girls Scouts raised $1,000 Sunday through the cookie sales. Thank you!


A STROKE, sometimes called a Brain Attack, happens in 1 of 2 ways: when something blocks blood supply to a part of the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. In either case, parts of the brain become damaged or die. A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability or even death.

The brain controls our movements, stores our memories, and is the source of our thoughts, emotions, and language. The brain also controls many functions, like breathing & digestion.

To work properly, your brain needs oxygen. Your arteries deliver oxygen-rich blood to all parts of your brain. If something happens to block the flow of blood, brain cells start to die within minutes, because they can’t get oxygen. This causes a stroke. The signs of a stroke are related to the part of the brain that is affected by the stroke.

The stroke treatments that work the best, like clot-busting drugs, are available only if the stroke is recognized & diagnosed within 3 hours of the 1st symptoms. Stroke patients may not be eligible for these if they don’t arrive at the hospital in time.

If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. & do the following test:

F  FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does 1 arm drift downward?

S SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?

T TIME: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1- right away


Note the time when any symptoms first appear. This is important for health care providers to determine the best treatment for each person.

DO NOT let the person drive to the hospital. Call 9-1-1 for an ambulance so that medical personnel can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the Emergency Room.


A Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA or ‘mini-stroke’) is when the stroke signs/symptoms go away in a few minutes. This should NOT be ignored, as though brief, a TIA is a serious condition that will not go away without treatment.

Unfortunately, because TIA’s clear up, many people ignore them. But, paying attention to a TIA can save your life. If you think you or someone you know has had a TIA, tell a health care team about the symptoms right away.


We will have a farewell dinner for

Stan and Tricia Wallace

on Wednesday, May 3rd at 5:00 pm.

Stan is retiring at the end of May.

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.

Delkin Jones - third grade student with osteosarcoma(rare bone cancer). He is having surgery to amputate his leg on the 21st.

Suzanne Mobley – lymphoma. She is Mack Riley’s sister-in-law

Nancy Stephens - handicapped, multiple heath issues

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Monday-Thursday 8am - 4:30pm

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.

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.

  • BL Anderson -recovering from fused disc surgery
  • Clint Blackmon - cancer
  • Marjorie Bowron - health concerns
  • Alex Box - health issues
  • Eva Breedlove -recovering from surgery
  • Kevin Bridges’ family friend Makenna Cook - health issues
  • Joyce Byers - numerous medical issues
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Pat Clay’s brother Victor- health issues
  • Stephanie Gray - illness
  • Jana Howe - recovering from cancer treatments
  • Cheri Hulke’s son Scott - health issues
  • Nancy Hussey’s sister Debbie Wilfert- undergoing 6 weeks of radiation
  • Bruce Johnson -recovering from knee replacement 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
  • Marilyn Moore- recovering from a broken shoulder
  • 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 sister Mildred Elkin
  • AG Sherman’s sister Paula Holley - healing from a pit bull attack
  • David and Debbie Steed’s son-in-law Billy Cain- throat cancer
  • Glenda Taylor’s granddaughter Kinsley - health issues
  • Jeanne Taylor - is improving, has COVID
  • Ron Taylor - in hospice care at the nursing home
  • Dennis Wetzel- back surgery and recuperating at the Gobin’s home
  • Margaret Wise - under hospice care at her family’s home
  • Billie Young - recovering from hiatal hernia surgery


  • 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
  • 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

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

March 5th………$ 17,435……………$150,857

March 12th…….$ 11,214……………$162,071

Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

Reading the New Testament in 40 Days

Lent 2023

1        Mark 1-4

2        Mark 5-8

3        Mark 9-12

4        Mark 13-16

5        1 & 2 Thessalonians

6        Galatians

7        Philippians & Colossians

8        Philemon & Ephesians

9        Matthew 1-7

10      Matthew 8-12

11      Matthew 13-18

12      Matthew 19-24

13      Matthew 25-28

14      1 Corinthians 1-9

15      1 Corinthians 10-16

16      2 Corinthians 1-13

17      Romans 1-8

18      Romans 9-16

19      Luke 1-3

20      Luke 4-7

21       Luke 8-11

22      Luke 12-16

23      Luke 17-21

24      Luke 22-24

25      Acts 1-6

26      Acts 7-10

27      Acts 11-16

28      Acts 17-22

29      Acts 23-28

30      1 & 2 Timothy & Titus

31      Hebrews 1-10

32      Hebrews 11-13 & James

33      John 1-5

34      John 6-10

35      John 11-16

36      John 17-21

37      1&2&3 John & Jude

38      1&2 Peter

39      Revelation 1-11

40      Revelation 12-22

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
      We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation!

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