09-13-2023 FUMC Words for Wednesday

Prayer for the Anniversary of 9/11

O God, our hope and refuge,

in our distress we come quickly to you.

Shock and horror of that tragic day have subsided,

replaced now with an emptiness,

a longing for an innocence lost.

We come remembering those who lost their lives

in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania.

We are mindful of the sacrifice of public servants

who demonstrated the greatest love of all

by laying down their lives for friends.

We commit their souls to your eternal care

and celebrate their gifts to a fallen humanity.

We come remembering

and we come in hope,

not in ourselves, but in you.

As foundations we once thought secure have been shaken,

we are reminded of the illusion of security.

In commemorating this tragedy,

we give you thanks for your presence

in our time of need

and we seek to worship you in Spirit and in truth,

our guide and our guardian.


- Rev. Jeremy Pridgeon

May God continue to watch over and protect the families of those who lost their lives on that tragic day. And may those who gave their life to save others be remembered always for their service and sacrifice.



Pursuant to the United Methodist Book of Discipline ¶2553, District Superintendent Douglas Gilreath calls for a Church Conference to be conducted in accordance with ¶248 and gives broad notice to the full professing membership of the First United Methodist Church of Union County (“FUMC”) that the Church Conference will be held on Monday, October 9, 2023 at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Union County in Blairsville, Georgia. Registration for the Church Conference will begin shortly after 5:00pm. Any decision to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the professing members of FUMC present at the Church Conference. If you have any questions about this conference, please send an email to the below address. May our good Lord guide us and give us wisdom as we move forward with this very important decision.

Teresa L Davis, Chair

FUMC Church Council


Next Church Supper will be on September 20th.

Menu is meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, vegetable and dessert.

THANK YOU! The Robinettes are very appreciative of all the people who pitched in last week and helped clean up after the meal. That is a HUGE help for these ladies who spend their day prepping, cooking and decorating for the meal.

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 Fundamental Room (below the fellowship hall).

Trip to Brasstown Bald

There is 1 slot left for the trip to Brasstown Bald on Tuesday, Sept. 19th. Cost is $8.00. If you are interested, please see Ingrid.


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.  THe Bible Study begins online this 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.   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.

 CEC Tools for Schools

Please help our Children’s Enrichment Center at FUMC! Simply link your Ingles Advantage Card to our school. You can ask your friends & family to link their cards, too. Then, each time you shop at Ingles, your purchase is automatically credited to our school & you are helping CEC earn valuable school equipment. You will find forms in our Narthex or at the Ingles Customer Service desk. Our school code is 10648. THANK YOU in advance for helping our school & little ones in our community!

OASIS is looking for a few good men to help setup and breakdown classrooms. If you are able, please contact Alan Zimmerman at 706-994-0603.

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.

Also, we have disposable diapers of all sizes to be given out.

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.

The Morning Glory Circle is 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.

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.

Laurie Mulley - Cancer treatments

Jay Golden - stent put in heart

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. 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.

We are sad to announce that Pastor Jim Aiken passed away yesterday. He supplied our pulpit between Febraury and June 2013. Please keep his wife Alice and family in your prayers. Arrangements are unknown at this time.

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.

  • Alice Aiken - Passing of husband Jim
  • Mark Beam - recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • 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’s 2nd cousin Laurie Mulloy - undergoing chemo/radiation
  • Shirley Cobb’s niece Renee Cegelis - health issues with her lungs
  • Kathy Cook’s son-in-law Erik Love’s mother passed away in Tokyo
  • 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
  • Kathy Heyer - in UGH
  • 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
  • Linda McClarnon - recovering from hand surgery yesterday
  • 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
  • Brittany Payne - home from hospital
  • 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
  • John and Nisia Redgrave as Nisia nears the end of her journey on earth
  • Mack Riley’s neighbor Dennis Ashley - health concerns
  • 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


  • Bill Bender
  • 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
  • Niki Owrey
  • 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

September 10th….$15,521…………..$557,496.72

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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