11-29-2023 FUMC Words for Wednesday

THE SEASON OF ADVENT

 

As the calendar slowly turns towards December, our church family starts to anticipate the season of Advent that begins on December 3. Advent means “coming,” and the four Sundays before Christmas are a time when we prepare for the coming of Christ into our lives and the life of the world. Advent is a time of waiting, of looking forward in hope and expectation, a time when we anticipate the coming of Joy.

Throughout this Holy Season, God blesses us with many gifts. Each Sunday as another candle is lit on our Advent Wreath in worship, we reflect on God’s promises of hope, peace, joy and love. In Advent, we are invited to listen deeply, to wait attentively, and to embrace one another in the love that Christ has made known to us.

Our Advent journey can be a sign of Grace to the world around us. In the midst of the bustling activity and stress of the pre-Christmas season, we can find time and space to pause, to watch and to prepare spiritually for Christ’s birth among us.

 

May this Advent season be one of faith-filled anticipation for you and your loved ones, and may your hearts be touched anew by its wonder and joy.

Yours in Christ,

Jimmy

Our Angel Tree is up and running!

Feel free to stop by the tree in the MAC, pick an angel, buy that item, and return it UNWRAPPED with the tag attached.

These gifts will be distributed through the Sheriff’s Department for needy children in Union County.

Come enjoy a special Christmas musical worship next Sunday, December 10th. All services will have a full program of music. Invite your friends and neighbors.
Pastor Jimmy continues his Advent Bible Study tonight at 6 pm.

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).

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.

UPCOMING HOLIDAY MEAL

PLEASE SIGN UP! Sign-up sheets are now out at both desks. Signing up will help us know how much meat to have. We ask that everyone bring a dish or two to share as well.

Young at Heart 2.0 Members

There are tickets available for the”Christmas at YHC” on December 2nd or 3rd. If you would like a ticket or two, please contact Ingrid Engle at iengle@firstmethodistblairsville.com.

Christmas Eve Services will be at 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

Nursery will be provided at both services.

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!

“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.

1 – Peggy Gorman, David Kuykendall 2 – AG Sherman 3 – Cathy Berggreen, Diane Kolb, Lydia Stafford, Paisley Stamper 5 – Lewis McAfee, Richard Myers, Jeannie Pickerill 6 – Bonnie Reno, April Southern 7 – Beverly Bradley 8 – Shirley Walker 10 – Karen Rice 11 – Sharon Willits 12 – Milton Bradley, Peggy Hergert 16 – Kathy Wiley 17 – Marie Goddard 18 – Jerry Roberson 19 – Sally Wiley 20 – Glenda Wischmeyer 23 – Tsali Bentley 24 – Joshua Gobin 25 – Mitzi Gasaway, Ray Norwood, Alan Zimmerman 27 – Ginger Adamson, Penny Collins, Maggie Plott, 28 – Kerry Rittenhouse 29 – Marilyn Barnes, James Young 30 – Cher Young 31 – Joe Livingston, Carole Thompson

Dear Church Family,

I would like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your prayers, cards of condolence, texts and emails. I always pictured my oldest brother as immortal. So it appears that I was wrong. Richard had compound health issues and had declined over the last couple of months. To God be the Glory that Richard was called home and God saw fit to call him from his sleep. He is better now but please pray for his wife, Sharleen. She hasn’t been without him for over 51 years.

Respectfully, Kenny, Ingrid and the boys.

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.

  • SPECIFIC:
  • Glenda Adams- pneumonia is getting better
  • 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 - undergoing radiation treatment for cancer
  • Nancy Hussey’s sister Debbie Wilfert- cancer treatments
  • Kitty Jones - reoccuring cancer
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - sister Ruth has vascular dementia
  • Bill Mollnhauer - back at home and doing well
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • 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
  • Kristy Tornabene - foot surgery
  • Zach Thompson - search for stem cell donor
  • Mac Warren - health issues
  • Doris Wilder - recovering from heart surgery and improving daily

HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:

  • 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

IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:

  • 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

November 12th….$ 8,227………………$740,343

November 19th….$11,117……………….$751,460

November 26th….$ 8,278……………….$759,738

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

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 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

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