09-27-2023 FUMC Words for Wednesday

Commonly Asked Questions about the Upcoming Church Vote Process

What if I can’t get there by 6 p.m.? Can I show up late and still VOTE?

We will start checking people in at 5 p.m. and ask that you arrive by 5:30 p.m to ensure we can check in everyone by the start of the meeting. Check-in will end at 5:45 p.m. to allow for registrars to enter the Sanctuary as well. However, one check-in table will remain from 5:45-5:50 p.m. for late arrivals. Once the meeting is called to order at 6 p.m., you will NOT be permitted entrance and CANNOT vote. Punctuality is imperative for this important meeting! Please plan to allow yourself time to park, check in and be seated. We suggest you plan to arrive NO LATER than 5:30 p.m.


What is the check-in process for the Church Conference?

For all members, check-in tables will be in the Narthex. Find your check-in table based on your last name. Please state your LAST NAME and then first name to the check-in volunteer and present photo identification to verify your name. Once you have been verified as a full member, you will receive your ballot and be permitted entrance to the building and be directed to the Sanctuary. Once inside, please move to the front of the Sanctuary for seating. Seating will be filled from front to back.


What forms of identification are acceptable?

A photo ID is absolutely required regardless of age. You may bring your driver’s license, government-issued ID, military ID, school ID, or any card with your photo and your name clearly printed on it. If you do not have a photo ID or are unable to obtain one, based on the requirements from the North Georgia Conference, you will not be allowed to receive a voting ballot.


How many votes does it take for the disaffiliation to pass?

The vote can only pass with a supermajority (at least two-thirds or 66.67% of the total number of ballots issued). This means that any ballots turned in with no markings or any ballots not turned in to the tellers will count as a NO vote. If you are present for the Church Conference and receive a ballot, you are encouraged to use that opportunity to vote and turn in your ballot.

Will the vote be taken by hand, voice, or ballot?

The vote will be taken by written ballot. The procedure is anonymous. The ballots will then be counted and preserved until after the Annual Conference vote in November.


Will we be able to see the ballot before October 9th?

No, the actual ballots will be provided by the District Superintendent. Here is the wording we anticipate:

Do you want the First United Methodist Church of Union County to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church for reasons of conscience regarding a change in the requirements and provisions of the Book of Discipline related to the practice of homosexuality or the ordination or marriage of self-avowed practicing homosexuals as resolved and adopted by the 2019 General Conference, or the actions or inactions of its annual conference related to these issues which follow as provided in Paragraph 2553 of The Book of Discipline?

Options will be Yes (disaffiliate) or No (remain UMC).


How will the vote be conducted?

Our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Doug Gilreath, will call the Conference to order. He will explain the ballot and the voting process. When instructed, you will use your ballot to vote either “yes” or “no.” A “yes” vote will mean that you do want First United Methodist Church of Union County to disaffiliate from the UMC. A “no” vote will mean that you do not want First United Methodist Church of Union County to disaffiliate from the UMC and want to remain a UMC church. The exact wording of the ballot will be provided by Dr. Gilreath. Designated individuals will collect all ballots and counting will begin immediately.


Who will count the votes?

The submitted ballots will be counted by a team of First United Methodist Church of Union County members (elected as tellers at the beginning of the church conference) and District tellers (selected by the District Superintendent).


May I leave after I vote?

We strongly encourage you to stay for the duration of the Church Conference. In the rare event of a count that’s too close to call, we will have a re-vote. For this reason, we request that all members stay until the conclusion of the meeting.


How will the vote be decided?

The decision to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) supermajority vote of the members present at the Church Conference. This is NOT a 2/3 vote of the entire registered membership. The 2/3 threshold will be based on the total number of ballots issued on Oct. 9. There must be at least 2/3 of the ballots marked YES out of the total number of ballots issued for the disaffiliation vote to pass.


When will the outcome be announced?

The outcome of the vote will be announced by Dr. Gilreath as soon as the count is verified by auditors that evening.


How long will the meeting take?

We expect the meeting to last approximately 1 hour, but it may go longer.

When will the disaffiliation be finalized?

If the vote to disaffiliate meets the 2/3 requirement, the disaffiliation will be ratified at a Special Called Annual Conference on Nov. 18 in Athens. 2/3 vote of the entire registered membership.

If I’m not a member, can I still attend the meeting and just not vote?

Please respect that this meeting is for full members only. Non-members will not be permitted entrance to the Sanctuary.


I’m not sure I’m a member. How can I verify my membership status?

We were required to submit a membership list to the District Office a couple of weeks ago. Only persons listed as members on this list will be allowed to vote. To confirm your status, you may email blairsvillefumcevelyn@gmail.com and we will respond as quickly as possible.


Thank you for your continued faithfulness to this process of discernment.

Please continue to keep this important vote in your prayers at 10:09 am and 10:09 pm.

~Pastor Jimmy

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


Church Supper next week, October 4th at 5 pm.

Pizza, salad and dessert


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).

October 18: Bingo for Books at 3:30pm in the MAC.

(Donations of gently used books are appreciated ahead of time

so that they might be used as awards for BINGO.)

October 28: Trip to Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Concert:

Jayna Jennings - See Ingrid to sign up. 13 slots avail.

The next FUMC Church Council meeting will be in the MAC on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 6:30pm. We will be approving nominations and the pastor’s salary for next year.

 For more information, please contact Pam Jordan at 706-897-3188

You can receive 4 FREE at home COVID-19 tests from COVIDTests.gov and they will be delivered directly to your home. This is the Rapid Antigen test, not the PCR test.This is also the site where you can check expiration dates, many of which have been extended. If you need help placing your order for these tests contact: 1 800 232 0233. The US Government will continue to make COVID-19 tests available to uninsured individuals and under-served communities through existing outreach programs.


We will be setting up the gym and fellowship hall beginning on

Monday, October 9th. Anyone with good backs or hands is invited

to help.

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.

Joe Roach – 90 year old member who is having some health issues.

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” beginning October 2nd : Tuesday, 6 pm downstairs of the MAC. Must attend first 2 sessions.

CPR class is coming!

1 – Robin McIntosh 2 – Richard McGinnis 4 – Robert Head, Amy Rogers 5 – Jeff Neal 6 – Bill Cronk 7 – Donna Mollnhauer 8 – Vic Henderson 9 – Tim Hunter 10 – Sandra Buchanan, Maralyn Eby, Jim Steed 11 – Evie Miller 12 – Zachary Gibson, Richard Guimond, Cassie Ramey 13 – Kathy Heyer 14 – Scott Carter, Keith Groce 15 – Helen Douylliez, Carl Neuhaus 16 – Gloria Rhoades, Jane Thomas 17 – Kellie Davis, James Hood (son) 19 – Jacque Bentley, Kim Lewis 22 – Betty Rose Shope 23 – Diane Brackett, Marty Evans, William Mercer 24 – Murphy McGirt, Connie Rosenberry 25 – Jim Belcher, Joe Roach 26 – Tammy Fowler, Stephanie Gray 27 – Oliver Burdine 28 – Hailey Hand, Diane Kolb, Mike Lewis 29 – Marie Williams 31 – Harry Jinks, Kent Thomas

Our love and sympathy go to Pauline Taylor and Pam Jordan on the passing of their dear husband and uncle Ron Taylor this morning. Arrangements will be forthcoming.
Our love and sympathy go to John Redgrave upon the passing of his beloved wife, Nisia. There will be a celebration of life at Vogel State Park on Friday, October 6th around noon. A simple lunch will follow the service.

Our love and sympathy go out to the family of Nancy Stephens. Nancy passed away last Thursday. Details on her service will be forthcoming.

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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 - still having seizures; in NE Ga but might get out today
  • 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
  • Linda/Jerry Roberson- both have continuing health issues
  • Nikki Schuknecht - upcoming surgery on Oct. 3rd to remove tumor on her colon
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Ria (Ledbetter) Sullivan - post tonsillectomy healing
  • Pauline Taylor - passing of her husband Ron
  • Zach Thompson - search for stem cell donor
  • Brenda Turner - heart issues
  • Doris Wilder - surgery on Monday


  • Bill Bender
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Alex Box
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • David Cline
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Christine Golden
  • Jana Howe
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Linda McClarnon
  • 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
  • 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 24th….$22,089…………..$599,971

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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