03-29-2023 FUMC Words for Wednesday

Good morning Church!

Many thanks to all who made worship so meaningful this past Sunday. Jeff, Keith, and the Choir, and Eric and the whole band all shared the Good News of Jesus Christ – his life, his death (even), and his resurrection. Not only that, the youth led some in worship as well at The Well. Many thanks to them and April, too! If you missed worship this past week, you can find it on YouTube. Don’t miss worship this coming Sunday as we celebrate and observe Palm AND Passion Sunday at all three services.

Several years ago, I attended a presentation by Christian writer Margaret Feinberg. I must have shared my email address when I registered because every now and then I receive one from her website. Most times, the email promotes her speaking engagements or new book. Two weeks ago was the last time I received one. This one, though, wasn’t promoting anything, except for the powerful hope we have in the work of the Spirit. After reading and reflecting on her words, I thought, “I really needed to hear that today.” And then I thought, “I bet someone else does, too. I need to share this at some point.” So, maybe the following is for you…

“Perhaps today, you find yourself in the midst of the unknown. Waiting for that which is not yet. Waiting for decisions to be made outside your control. Waiting for clarity amid the fogginess in your physical body, finances, or future.

You know you won’t be where you are forever, yet you don’t know how long until things change. The middle aches with unmet expectations, lingering disappointments, and a litter of chaos thrown in. Yet Genesis reminds us that it has been this way from the start.

In the beginning, the story goes, God handcrafted the heavens and the earth.

Yet this unfolding didn’t happen in a snap. Long before the raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries grew sugary and sweet, we’re told the earth was formless, empty, and dark (Genesis 1:2). Sometimes being between that which was and that which will be feels that way.

Formless. Empty. Dark.

But it’s in that void, the muddled soup, that we first glimpse the Spirit of God.

“The Spirit of God was hovering over the waters” (Genesis 1:2)

Yes, the Spirit was brooding, sweeping, intimately watching, with eager expectation and anticipation. The Spirit knew what was coming next and awaited God’s next syllables when light would pierce the darkness forever.

I don’t know today what you’re facing… the shards of crushed dreams, the marriage that’s grown icy cold, the body that aches for no more pain.

I sense Holy Spirit gently reminding us…

As believers, we have always been Betwixt & Betweeners.

Some call this liminal space–that residence between that which was and is not yet. But you are never there alone.

Today, remember, just as the Spirit brooded over the waters, He broods over you. He will bring Form to the formless, Presence to the emptiness, and Light to the darkness.

Though you can’t see it yet.

God knows His way through the chaos.

God knows His way around the dark.

May you sense His Presence like the ruah or breath of the Spirit–in you, over you, all around you.”

See you Sunday,


Bible Study for all ages begins at 6 pm.

Wednesday Night suppers will resume on the 5th. The meal will be lasagna (both veggie and meat), salad and dessert. Meal begins at 5 pm.

Kardia Sunday School class is changing class times. Beginning this Sunday, they will meet at 11 am downstairs of the MAC.

Balance Class sign-up sheet will be out on the narthex.

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.

We will have a Maundy Thursday service on the 6th at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary. We will walk with Jesus as he has entered Jerusalem and has his last supper.

Good Friday, 7th the church doors will be open from 9 am to 6 pm to have personal worship in the sanctuary.


We will have a farewell dinner for

Stan and Tricia Wallace

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

The church will provide the barbeque, the rest is up to you - Potluck sides and dessert.

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 recovering from having his leg amputated last week.

Stan and Tricia Wallace - as a remembrance of their time here at FUMC.

1 – Teresa Davis 3 – Margaret Frizzell 4- Kenna Bauman 8 – Lola Hunter 10 – Tammy Tucker 11 – Tom Heuker, Steven Seiler, Teresa Turner 12 – Ron Martin 13 – Carleen Ward 14 – Ken Flood, Fritz Simonsen 15 – Jim Wiley 16 - Robert Clair 17 – Ria Ledbetter 18 –Bill Kolb, Nancy Woods 20- Michael Sulser, Glenda Taylor 21 – Marjorie Bowron, Kim Kuykendall, Miriam Roper 22 – Barbara Salvette 23 – Camryn Thomas 25 – Alex Box, Kyle Freed, Rod McClarnon 26 – Mason Schuknecht 29 – Elizabeth Belcher, Jack Smith, Evelyn Ueltzen, Doris Wilder 30 – Donna Fredericks

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.

  • GENERAL: victims of tornados
  • BL Anderson -recovering from fused disc surgery
  • Clint Blackmon - cancer
  • Marjorie Bowron - health issues
  • Alex Box - health issues
  • Eva Breedlove -in the hospital (UGH)
  • 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
  • Gene and Artie Hodgson’s son Glenn - in hospital in Houston
  • 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
  • Carole Thompson - recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • Dennis Wetzel- back surgery and recuperating at the Gobin’s home
  • Margaret Wise - under hospice care at her family’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
  • Jeanne Pickerill
  • 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

March 19th…….$ 6,051……………..$168,123

March 26th………$19,940………………$188,063

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
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