09-20-2023 FUMC Words for Wednesday

Would You Pray with Me?


There is much that is going on in our lives, in our world, and in our church. It is in trying times that we need the Lord the most. We need his wisdom, guidance, and discernment.

With the upcoming Church Conference and vote on October 9th, I invite you to join me in prayer for wisdom and discernment. Starting tomorrow, September 20th and concluding on Sunday, October 8th, let us join together at 10:09 am and 10:09 pm for prayer. I encourage you to set an alarm, reminder, something to remind you to pray at those times each day. Wherever you are, for as long as you are led to pray, ask for God’s wisdom, discernment and listen for his guidance for your life, your decisions and for his church.

Here is a prayer suggestion that may guide you.

Father, I pray that You would grant me the Spirit of wisdom and discernment so that I may know You better and love You more.

Give me an understanding heart so that I may be open to hear Your voice and hear You say, “this is the path, walk in it.”

Use me I pray, to be Your hands and feet, Your voice and heart, that I may be a channel through which You pour out Your grace to others. May I decrease to nothing so that only Christ is seen in my life. I ask this in the power of the Spirit and in the name of Jesus, in Whose name I pray,


Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.



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


PS Thank you to everyone who has either called or emailed questions regarding the upcoming Church Vote.  Watch your email this week for detailed information on questions asked as well as an overview of things you should know about the upcoming Church Vote.

Church Supper this week, September 20th.


Menu is meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, vegetable and dessert.

This Saturday is Capture the Flag. Come join the fun or bring a chair to watch the fun. It all begins at 5 pm outside the MAC.

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).

Greetings from your Finance Team!  After our most recent meeting, we felt it was important to reach out to you, our Church Family, to update you on the current financial needs.  Did you know:


*     We have 13 people on staff in ministry to our Church Family (not including all music staff)

*     There are 36 HVAC units to heat and cool the church

*     Our monthly mortgage on the MAC is $13,076.99

*     Just like you, we also have utilities, maintenance and upkeep of the building, as well as expenses associated with missions and ministry


To meet our monthly obligations, we need to average $22,000 weekly.  If you are giving, we thank you.  If you are not giving, we ask that you consider it.  Please be in prayer how God is leading you.  Either way, we need and appreciate everyone’s gifts and contributions.


Our children LOVE playing on their new playground. THANK YOU to the various men and women who gave of their time to put the equipment together.

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

Young at Heart group at Brasstown Bald on Tuesday.

Many thanks to the member who took it upon herself to clean up our front walk. It looks fantastic!

 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

This Friday (9-12) will be the last day to donate clothing for the Fall Festival.

You have given generously and we are out of room!

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” : Another Balance Class will be forming soon. IF you haven’t already signed up please do so now. 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.

CPR class is coming!

Arrangements for Jim Aiken:

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30th at 11 am at Coosa Methodist Church. An outdoor Celebration Visitation will also be held September 29th from 4 to 6 p.m. at Conley Pavilion at Meeks Park in Blairsville. Food and beverages will be provided. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the charity of your choice.

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
  • 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 - 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
  • 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
  • Brenda Turner - heart issues


  • 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 17th….$20,385…………..$577,881

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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