02-07-2024 FUMC Words for Wednesday

What about “giving up something” for Lent?

When many of us were children, we might remember our giving up candy for Lent. And it seemed like a real sacrifice. As we grew up, it was often more difficult to decide what special thing to do, to make Lent a special season —to get our attention and to prepare ourselves for deeper sacrifices.

What would help me grow in freedom? That’s the question to ask. For some of us, it could be committing ourselves to give up judging others, every single day of Lent. For others it could be giving up a bad habit we’ve developed. For still others, it is obvious what seems to be the important choice for them during Lent.

For many of us, the choice may not be to give something up, but to add something to our daily lives during Lent. We may commit ourselves to extra prayer time. We may decide to do some service to the poor once a week during Lent. We may choose to increase our almsgiving to the poor, perhaps related to something we choose not to do — e.g., some might choose not to go out to eat one night a week, and to give that total amount to the poor.

Whether it is fasting, abstaining or other acts of penance, the whole desire we should have is to use these means to help us grow closer to our Lord and prepare ourselves “to celebrate the paschal mystery with minds and hearts renewed.”


In Christ, Jimmy

Jan Minor - 1661 New Hope Road, Morganton

She attends the 11:00 service

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

The next supper will be next Wednesday, 14th. Menu will include chicken cordon bleu, cheesy broccoli and rice casserole, garlic bread and dessert.

We will also have a supper on the 21st to get back into our regular

schedule of meals on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays.

Next week we will begin the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday.

We will have a family-friendly service at 6 pm in the sanctuary.

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.

Please keep Night to Shine in your prayers as we lead up to

Friday night’s event.

Please pray specifically for our Honored Guest, their Caregivers and many volunteers.

If you aren’t volunteering here at the church, there is still the opportunity for you to gather at the square around 7 pm to cheer on the go-go buses as the guests travel around the square.

Would You Donated to Provide Scholarships

for Our Student Members?

UM Dollars for Scholars


The United Methodist Dollars for Scholars (UMDFS) program involves matching support from a student’s church, UMHEF, as well as participating United Methodist-related schools and UMC conference foundations. Awards may total up to $4,000!

How UM Dollars for Scholars Works

  • A student’s church offers support with $1,000 (on a church check sent directly to UMHEF after the student has applied). Eligible churches include United Methodist Church, African Methodist Episcopal Church, AME Zion Church, and Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
  • UMHEF matches that for a total of $2,000 (while funds last).
  • Participating United Methodist-related schools may match with $1,000.
  • For United Methodist applicants, participating UMC Conference Foundations may match up to $1,000.
  • Your UM Dollars for Scholars scholarship may total up to $4,000.
  • Applicants must meet basic eligibility requirements updated annually.
  • You must apply annually to be considered for a scholarship each school year.

Please make your check payable to FUMC and note it for “Dollars for Scholars”.

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.

Parish Nurse Corner

From the Anti-Scam talk at UCBI:

Tips to help you identify & avoid falling victim to phishing scams:

1.      Verify the sender: Always check the sender’s email address carefully. Be suspicious of emails from unfamiliar addresses or those that seem unusual, such as misspelled names or domain name variations.

2.      Think before you click: Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from emails or texts that seem suspicious. Hover with your mouse over links to preview the actual URL, and ensure it matches the expected destination.

3.      Watch for red flags: Be cautious of emails or texts that create a sense of urgency, request sensitive information, or contain grammatical errors. Legitimate organizations usually communicate professionally and do not pressure you to act immediately.

4.      Double-check requests: If you receive an email or test requesting sensitive information or financial transaction, verify the legitimacy of the request by contacting the person or organization directly through trusted and official means.

5.      Use two-factor authentication: Whenever possible, enable two-factor authentication for your accounts. This add an extra layer of security, even if your login credential are compromised.

6.      Stay informed: Keep yourself updated on the latest phishing techniques and trends. Awareness I key to recognizing potential threats.

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.


The Gym will be open

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am till 7:00 pm.

Wednesdays from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm

Fridays from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm.

There is still a need for volunteers to oversee the gym on

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00 until 7:00 pm.

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,

NEW HOURS Friday 1 pm - 4:00 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.

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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Sandy Koss - recouping fromemergency hand 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


  • 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


  • 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

February 4th………$17,786…………….$85,941

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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