11-08-2023 FUMC Words for Wednesday

Giving Thanks


For what are you thankful? I recently glanced through a book entitled “199 Reasons to be Thankful.” Some of the entries were the usual types of things, such as family and friends, health and employment, adequate food and housing, patience, and encouragement, etc. But other entries led me to further reflect on some things many of us may take for granted, for example: the sound of the ocean, laundry, entertainment, limitless possibilities, prayer, umbrellas, a new day, contentment, God’s love, and grace.

If each of us was asked to list some of the things we are thankful for, we could probably name 10-15 items quite easily. But what about a list of 25 or 50 or even 199? Then we would need to do some serious evaluation of our lives and what we think is important. Being thankful for something does not necessarily mean that we like or enjoy it – just that we find value in it.

In this season of Thanksgiving, I encourage you to reflect on your lives and make a list of the large and not-so-large aspects for which you are truly grateful. When the National Day of Thanksgiving arrives later this month, I hope you will meditate on your list and offer a heartfelt prayer to God expressing your gratitude for all of your blessings. As songwriter Johnson Oatman, Jr. wrote:

“Count your blessings, name them one by one.

Count your many blessings; see what God has done.”


May God bless and have a Happy Thanksgiving,


The Panther Pantry needs your help. In preparation for the two holiday breaks, we need to stock the Panther Pantry with non-perishable food items. Cereals, oatmeal, poptarts, soups, crackers and the like are suggested items. The Panther Pantry feeds students while they are on school break. You may place your items in the bin at the MAC entrance.

Pastor Jimmy continues a 6 week Advent Bible Study tonight at 6 pm.

3rd week - Season of Peace

4th week - Season of Joy

5th week - Season of Love

6th week - Anticipation of Advent

Wednesday Night Bible Study for all ages is meeting at 6 pm.

Adults will meet in the Fundamental Room (below the fellowship hall).

Circle of Love has 5 spots available to volunteer in the Operation Christmas Child Warehouse. Our hours to serve are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on December 5th. If you would like to join us please email Pam Jordan pjjordan50@gmail.com or text 706-897-3188.

Remember: ALL shoeboxes are due in THIS Sunday.

Help Us make the Vogel Tree Lighting a huge success. At the annual tree lighting, refreshments are given away to the crowd. We have been asked to help supply cookies for the event. If you can, please bake or buy a batch of cookies and bring them to the church by Thursday, December 7th. Please bring the cookies in a non-returnable container and mark if the cookies have nuts. Thank you.The tree lighting is December 9th. This is a simple way for us to give back and support the community as they have given to us.


“MYF (Methodist Youth Fellowship) will be collecting items for S.A.F.E (Support in Abusive Family Emergencies) in Blairsville. S.A.F.E. is a domestic violence and sexual assault program with a designated service area of both Towns County and Union County. You can view their wish list here. There will be a “S.A.F.E TREE” set up in the main entrance area of the MAC. The ornaments on the tree will be labeled with items that we are collecting. Please take an ornament and purchase item(s). Then place items under the tree after you pick them up. You can also pick items from the “wish list” and bring them to the church to place under the S.A.F.E tree. There is no official deadline on when to drop off items, but the “S.A.F.E. TREE” will only be up until November 19th. Thank you for supporting this local ministry-missions organization.”

Needing a Thanksgiving Dinner? We’ve got you covered. The community Thanksgiving Blessings Dinner will be served on November 23rd. You may sign up to have a meal delivered (10 am till noon) or pick up from a spot (11 am till 1:30 pm) or dine in (11 till 1:30 pm) at House of Prayer. Reservations are requested. You may call our church office to make those.

We are in desperate need of 2X and 3X coats. We have plenty of medium coats but need more larger sizes. If you have any lying around your home, please donate them. The coat drive will end next Wednesday, 15th as coats will be distributed on Thursday, 16th.

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.

If you know of someone who would benefit from a prayer quilt,

 please let the office or Paula Myers know.

John Browning - Cancer diagnosis

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.

They say humor keeps us young so here’s a little something for your funny bone….

Our thoughts and prayers are with Kenny and Ingrid Engle on the passing of his brother Richard in Ohio. Please also pray for their safe travel to Ohio for the services.

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
  • John Browning - cancer diagnosis
  • 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
  • OASIS instructor Rachel Driskell - diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Jack Dugger - health issues
  • Kenny Engle - passing of his brother Richard in Ohio
  • Mitzi Gasaway - recovering at home from surgery
  • Christine Golden - abdominal cancer
  • Cheri Hulke’s son Scott - health issues
  • Nancy Hussey’s sister Debbie Wilfert- cancer treatments
  • Kitty Jones - reoccuring cancer
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Bill Mollnhauer - hospitalized at NE GA
  • 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 - upcoming femur surgery
  • Jeannie Pickerill’s granddaughter Kyla Bauer- has a second bout with cancer
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Isiah Arrant-long term recovery from burns
  • Nikki Schuknecht - continued prayers for recovery
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Glenda Taylor - recovering from eye surgery
  • Zach Thompson - search for stem cell donor
  • Mac Warren - health issues


  • Bill Bender
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Alex Box
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Joyce Byers
  • 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
  • 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

November 5th……$ 21, 682…………….$732,116

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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