08-30-2023 FUMC Words for Wednesday



During the summer months, in the South, we have frequent and sometimes terrifying thunderstorms. During these storms, not only is the Earth refreshed by the rains, but we also see and experience the awesome and terrifying power contained in these storms. Mighty winds bend and sometimes break large trees. Raindrops feel like tiny missiles stinging your skin. Thunder and lightning popping all around cause you to stay on edge and shrink in fear.

When the storms of life surround you and the waves grow larger by the moment, where can you turn? When you feel as if you are going to be swept away in an ocean churning and tossing, what will be your anchor? How do we overcome our fears in the midst of these storms?

Time and time again, life’s storms claim the victims named Hope and Faith. People feel they have nowhere to turn and nothing to hold onto. They are convinced that the storm is more powerful and when this happens, they are surely overcome by what they feared.

Yet, the power of these storms and all that they weld pales in comparison to Almighty God! Whether storms of nature or the storms of life, God is master of all. Now, I cannot give you all the answers as to why. Nor can I tell you the purpose or the reason for the timing. But I can tell you that if you put your full trust in Christ, fear is replaced with a peace and doubt is relieved by hope and faith. If our constant prayer in the midst of the storm is “Christ be with us,” I know he will see us through!

It was through the power of God that the world was made. And by His power, Christ stilled the storm. But the greatest sign of God’s strength and power is the risen Christ who saved our souls!


Faithfully yours, Jimmy

We will have church supper on Wednesday, Sept. 6th beginning at 5 pm.

Menu: Barbeque, coleslaw, potato salad and dessert

Bible Studies will follow at 6 pm.

We urgently need a clean-up crew following church suppers. The Robinettes spend their time prepping, cooking and serving the meals for us. They need to tag team the clean-up though. If you are willing to help clear the tables, use the dishwasher and put things away PLEASE let the church office know.

Wednesday Night Bible Studies are meeting at 6 pm.

The youth and childen (MYF and Jr MYF) will meet in the downstairs

of the MAC.

Adults will meet in the fellowship hall.

MYF will gather after Friday night’s game here at the MAC for food and fun. Bring your friends too.

CEC is revamping our children’s playground with brand new equipment and new “flooring”. Yet, we need help assembling the new playground equipment? We will be planning a work day, but anyone who can volunteer extra time to come would be greatly appreciated! If interested, please contact Jessica at 706-897-6621

Ladies, join us online for our Bible study in GENESIS.  We will begin online Wednesday, September 13, at 10:30 am via Zoom.  Sign up at the narthex desk, contact doris eshelman@gmail.com or text 810-923-5795.  We will meet on Wednesday, August 30th in person for coffee and donuts in the MAC dining room across from gym.  Study guide available through Amazon or most Bible bookstores.  If you need help with Zoom we will help you get started. You can use a phone, computer or pad.

“God of Creation”, Genesis 1-11.  Revisit familiar stories and historical figures, challenge your basic knowledge, and discover deeper meanings in the text. As God reveals Himself through Scripture, we can only begin to understand ourselves when we first glimpse the character, attributes, and promises of our Creator.

  • The nurses are looking to have more wheelchairs to offer our members in their time of need. If you have one and no longer need it, please donate it to the church.
  • The Parish Nurses is looking to expand their group. If you are a past or present nurse and would like to serve, please contact Diane Kolb at 706 487 9764 or dkolb159@gmail.com.

OCTOBER 13TH AND 14TH 9 am till 2pm

We are eagerly making preparations for the festival but need your help!

  • We need volunteers to work, to bake cookies, pies, etc., to comb through their Christmas decor and donate, to donate homemade jams and jellies or veggies, or to make crafts to sell. All proceeds go to MAC debt relief. If you need further information, please contact Joe Duket at 770 530 2340.
  • We are taking in clothing donations and your “treasures” on Friday mornings from 9am till noon. Clothing may be dropped off at the kitchen door of the fellowship hall. Treasures may be taken directly to the annex.
  • We need costume jewelry to sell at the Fall Festival. Also, any silver plated items like tea and coffee sets, sugar bowls and creamers and platters are needed. You may drop off with the Treasures on Friday or contact Kathy Wiley at 706 374 2359H/860 307 6941Cell.

Beginning Sunday, the Morning Glory Circle will begin taking coat donations for their annual coat give-away in November. Coats of all sizes and which show little wear are needed. You may drop off your donations in the closet across from the MAC desk.

Occassionally we get requests for drivers needed to carry members to doctor appointments and such. Or we get requests to bring them to Sunday church.

One such request has come in this week. A recent visitor would like to keep attending but needs a ride each Sunday. She lives in the area of Nottley Dam Road. If you are interested in giving her an occasional ride to church, please let the church office know. She has a ride up to Sunday, Sept. 24th.

Parish Nurses are going to be ordering magnetic name tags for interested individuals. The cost will depend on the number of tags ordered. Our guess is between $10 - $15. Please let Diane Kolb know if you are interested in having one ordered for you. dkolb159@gmail.com Deadline is Monday, 28th.

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.

Travis Henry - former UC firefighter, waiting on a heart transplant.

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Monday-Thursday 9 am - 3:00 pm

Pickleball Schedule!

The Blairsville Pickleball Club now plays on Tuesdays from 12:00pm till 3:00pm & Thursdays from 12:00pm til 3:00pm. Everyone is welcome! Join us!

Fitness Classes For You!

“Ladies Exercise”: Led by Lisa Toups. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 - 10:00 am in M-30.

“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.

NEW “Balance Class” : Another Balance Class will be forming. A sign-up sheet is on the narthex desk. Please indicate if you would like daytime or evening class. The class is 8 weeks long and you must attend the 1st 2 classes to continue.

1-  Sandy Eady 2 – Zadie McCall, Holly Viccaro 4 – Rada Cline, Robert Mundy 5 – Carol Young 6 – Eden Snider 8 – Jimmy Hood 11 – Cathy Flood 12 – Milo Bauman, Mary Frances Lewis 13 – Robin Clair 15 – Heather Voshall 16 – Shane Douylliez 17 – Mary McCann, Jeannine Riley 19 – Dinah Paris 20 – Jeff Bauman 22 – Eliza Burdine, Charlotte Burdine, Gene Chumley 23 – Larry Clay, Nick Graphman, Bob Johnson, Miriam Sherman 24 – Larry Furgason 26 – Nancy Sanford, Lois Ward 27 – Jackie Franklin, Ragan McCarter, Lily Mercer, Hugh Stone 29 – Dee Arthur 30 – Carol Warren

Thank you for all your prayers and cards regarding my recent heart surgery. They were definitely answered as I am back home and doing well. The surgery seems to be a success. Special thanks to Wayne Jones who transported me down to the hospital. We’er very thankful for this church family. ~ Bill Mollnhauer

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.

  • April & Clint Blackmon - Clint has cancer
  • Lyric Brogden’s friend Lu Millsaps - cancer diagnosis
  • Joyce Byers - numerous medical issues
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Shirley Cobb - recovering from carpal tunnel surgery
  • Shirley Cobb’s 2nd cousin Laurie Mulloy - undergoing chemo/radiation
  • Shirley Cobb’s niece Renee Cegelis - health issues with her lungs
  • Marcie Culpepper - neurologic pain in head; health issues
  • OASIS instructor Rachel Driskell - diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Jack Dugger - health issues
  • Susan Forrester - developed blood clots in legs
  • Mitzi Gasaway - breast cancer, taking treatments
  • Christine Golden - abdominal cancer
  • Jay Golden - heart attack and had stent put in
  • Cheri Hulke’s son Scott - health issues
  • Nancy Hussey’s sister Debbie Wilfert- cancer treatments
  • Kitty Jones - reoccuring cancer
  • Wayne Jones (Kitty’s husband) - health issues
  • McKinley Majors -home from the hospital
  • Britt McAfee - heart cath and stents today
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Shannon Miller’s mom Wanda Pickelsimer
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Carrie Parker’s newborn daughter Vera having heart issues
  • Jeannie Pickerill - broken ribs from accident
  • Jeannie Pickerill’s granddaughter Kyla Bauer- has a second bout with cancer
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Isiah Arrant-long term recovery from burns
  • Mack Riley’s neighbor Dennis Ashley - health concerns
  • Ro Robbins - NE Ga, gut issues
  • Linda/Jerry Roberson- both have continuing health issues
  • Nikki Schuknecht - colon/liver cancer;receiving treatments
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • April Southern’s mom (Laurel Denmon) - health issues
  • Ron Taylor - in hospice care at the nursing home
  • Carole Thompson - recovering from knee replacement surgery


  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Alex Box
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • David Cline
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Christine Golden
  • Jana Howe
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • 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


  • Jim Arthur - Stonehenge Assisted Living, Building 2, Room 5
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • 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

August 6th……….$17,100……………$481,940

August 13th……..$14,237……………$496,178

August 20th……..$ 9,017…………….$503,219

August 27th……..$16,517……………$519,736

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

Staff Emails:

Pastor Jimmy Hood……………………………………………………………… jimmy.hood@ngumc.net

Pastor Mack Riley………………………………………………………………….. mack.riley@ngumc.net

Evelyn Ueltzen……………………………………………………….. blairsvillefumcevelyn@gmail.com

Deidra Gilbert………………………………………………………….. blairsvillefumcdeidra@gmail.com

Jeff Bauman…………………………………………………………………………………jbauman@yhc.edu


 First United Methodist Church of Union County

938 Highway 515 Blairsville, Georgia 30512

(706) 745 2073

Rev. Jimmy Hood, Pastor

Church Website: www.firstmethodistblairsville.com

Email: blairsvillefumcevelyn@gmail.com

      We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation!

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