01-31-2024 FUMC Words for Wednesday

Piercing Your Darkness

Here’s a prophetic supposition: many of you have experienced dark times recently. Darkness fell upon your faith, your mind, your heart, your integrity, your health, your finances, your family. Even today, you confronted darkness.

 

Here’s a word for you as you read this article:

 

Rise up and shine, for your light has come. The shining-greatness of the Lord has risen upon you. For see, darkness will cover the earth. Much darkness will cover the people. But the Lord will rise upon you, and His shining-greatness will be seen upon you.

(Isaiah 60:1, 2 – NLV)

 

Your breakthrough is not coming; it has come. It’s here! The shining greatness of the Lord’s glory has risen upon you. It has covered and overtaken you!

 

Everyone will see God’s light and glory upon you, whether they like it or not!

Everyone—friend and foe, lover, and hater. Everyone!

 

Do you understand what God just said?

 

Your season of darkness is over. Where people once saw pain in your life, they will now see praise. Where they saw failure, they will see favor. Where they saw hurt, they will see healing.

 

But it’s your job to get up. Rise up and shine! When you understand that you are light because of who you are in Christ and who Christ is in you, then you understand the next part of the Matthew 5 passage: a city on a hill cannot be hidden! (see Matthew 5:14)

 

Get up and shine, not for people to see you, but so they can see what God is doing in you and, more importantly, who He is in you. Arise and shine for a city on a hill cannot be hidden!

 

Grace and Peace,   Jimmy

Bible Study for all ages will meet tonight at 6 pm.

(The next supper will be on February 14th. )

If you would like a contribution statement from the church, please write your name down on the notepad on the narthex desk or call the church office. We’ll be glad to get one to you. We do not automatically mail these out.

We are gathering names of people who would like to help out with a worship service.

If you are interested, please reply to this email with the following information.

 

Name __________________________

Contact Number _____________________

Which Service you prefer? (please circle one):

8:30 am          9:30 am           11:00 am

Which area?

___ Scripture Reader  ___ Communion Server  ___ Usher  ___Choir Member

Please keep Night to Shine in your prayers as we lead up to February 9th. Please pray specifically for our Honored Guest, their Caregivers and many volunteers.”
We are taking another order for magnetic nametags. If you would like to order one, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.
The Nimble Thimble Craft Group is meeting once again. This group meets to create items and fresh ideas for the Fall Festival craft tables. They meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 10 am till 11:30 am in room M31. If you have a knack or interest in doing crafts or just want some fellowship, please come join the group. Tea and snack is served. Sign-up sheets are on the narthex and MAC desks. See Kathy Wiley or Peggy Hergert.

God of Covenant: A Study of Genesis 12-50 by Jen Wilkin.

Beginning with Genesis 12, walk alongside the fathers of our faith—Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph—to discern Jesus in the stories of His people. Over 10 sessions, discover how God orchestrates everything for His glory and the good of His people, and see how the God of creation and covenant is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Zoom online Ladies Bible Study invites you to join us in our new study starting on Wednesday February 14.  You may purchase study guide from Amazon or Bible book store. Sign up at Mac desk or contact Doris Eshelman at 810-923-5795.

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.

 

Patty Johnson - stomach cancer

Recreational Ministries: We are looking into extending the MAC hours during the week for the walking track, exercise room, and other recreational activities. We need volunteers to work the MAC desk from 3-7pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Robby Morris after church, at his office, by email @ rmorris@firstmethodistblairsville.com, and by text @ 704-942-8769. Training will be provided.

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 – Gerri Johnson, John Moon,Debbie Parson, 2-Kathy Zimmerman 3 – Pete Hussey, James Palone 6 – Mike Cordray, David Heyer 7 – Devin Gasaway, Gary Marshall 8 – Joe Duket, Ann Duket, Richard Hoibraten, Tom Morningstar, John Mark Turner 9 – Kirby Bowron 11 – Elaine Neuhaus 13 – Kathie McAfee, Ben Payne, Billie Young 15 – Pat Warden 18 – Shirley McGinnis 19 – Barbara Marshall, Manon Thompson 21 – Wes Seiler 23 – Renee Rives 25 – Doug Young 27 – Jean Kerstetter, Allie McTureous 28 – Gary Davis, Bob Voshall, Grace Wischmeyer

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:
  • Lyric Brogden’s friend Lu Millsaps - cancer diagnosis
  • John Browning - cancer diagnosis
  • Shirley Cobb - heart issues
  • Shirley Cobb’s 2nd cousin Laurie Mulloy - undergoing chemo/radiation
  • Shirley Cobb’s niece Renee Cegelis - health issues with her lungs
  • Jane Craddock - broken hip, in Murphy rehab
  • Janet Dittus - at home, health issues
  • OASIS instructor Rachel Driskell - diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Roger & Shirley Evan’s son Joel - hospitalized in FL with a pulmonary embolism and an embolism in his leg
  • Mitzi Gasaway - recovering at home
  • Christine Golden - abdominal cancer
  • Kitty Jones - cancer
  • Joe Kennard-back issues
  • Margaret Kennard - scheduled heart cath this week
  • Sandy Koss - cut her hand Monday and had to have surgery
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - sister Ruth has vascular dementia
  • Buster Miller’s mother, Jimmie Lee Miller- skin cancer on nose
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Brittany Payne - waiting on doctors for surgery plan
  • 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
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Kristy Tornabene - recovering from foot surgery
  • Brenda Turner - recovering at home, more tests to follow

HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:

  • Bill Bender
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Alex Box
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Joyce Byers
  • David Cline
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Christine Golden
  • Wayne Jones
  • Linda McClarnon
  • Leura Mollnhauer
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Jeanne Pickerill
  • Carol/Norm Rogers
  • Avis Shaw
  • Fritz Simonsen
  • Sue Stewart
  • Carol/Mac 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

January 7th………..$35,941……………..$35,941

January 14th………$ 8,973………………$44,914

January 21st………$ 9,827………………$54,741

January 28th………13,414……………….$68,155

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

      We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation!

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