02-14-2024 FUMC Words for Wednesday

The Story of St. Valentine


“The story of Valentine’s Day begins in the third century with an oppressive Roman emperor and a humble Christian Martyr. The emperor was Claudius II. The Christian was Valentinus.

Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship twelve gods and had made it a crime punishable by death to associate with Christians. But Valentinus was dedicated to the ideals of Christ; not even the threat of death could keep him from practicing his beliefs. He was arrested and imprisoned.

During the last weeks of Valentinus’s life, a remarkable thing happened. Seeing that he was a man of learning, the jailer asked whether his daughter, Julia, might be brought to Valentinus for lessons. She had been blind since birth. Julia was a young girl with a quick mind. Valentinus read stories of Rome’s history to her. He described the world of nature to her. He taught her arithmetic and told her about God. She saw the world through his eyes, trusted his wisdom, and found comfort in his quiet strength.

“Valentinus, does God really hear our prayers?” Julia asked one day.  “Yes, my child, He hears each one.   “Do you know what I pray for every morning and every night? I pray that I might see. I want so much to see everything you’ve told me about!”   “God does what is best for us if we will only believe in Him,” Valentinus said.  “Oh, Valentinus, I do believe! I do!” She knelt and grasped his hand. They sat quietly together, each praying.  Suddenly there was a brilliant light in the prison cell.  Radiant, Julia screamed, “Valentinus, I can see! I can see!”   “Praise be to God!” Valentinus exclaimed, and he knelt in prayer.

On the eve of his death Valentinus wrote a last note to Julia, urging her to stay close to God. He signed it, “From your Valentine.” His sentence was carried out the next day, February 14, 270 A.D., near a gate that was later named Porta Valentini in his memory. He was buried at what is now the Church of Praxedes in Rome.

It is said that Julia planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave. Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship.

On each February 14, Saint Valentine’s Day, messages of affection, love, and devotion are exchanged around the world.”


THIS WEEK: Supper this Wednesday, 14th. Menu will include chicken cordon bleu, cheesy broccoli and rice casserole, garlic bread and dessert. Following the meal will be our Ash Wednesday service.

NEXT WEEK: We will also have a supper on the 21st to get back into our regular schedule of meals on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. Menu will be pizza, salad and dessert. Pastor Jimmy will begin a Lenten study at 6 pm.

We’ll enter the Season of Lent

with Ash Wednesday this week.

We will have a service at 6 pm

in the sanctuary and encourage the whole family to attend.

Strategic Planning and Growth for Our Church

In order to grow and thrive, one must be healthy. When one becomes unhealthy, they become stagnate and decline. The leadership of this church is committed to keeping this a healthy church.

For us to do so, we are embarking on a process of strategic planning for our church. A major part of this planning will be the use of a measurement tool called “Natural Church Development.”

Natural Church Development is a way of measuring the health or quality of a church. By using a carefully prepared questionnaire with 30 members of our church, the survey will determine the health of the church in eight critical areas.

These Quality Characteristics are universally used in building healthy churches!

• Empowering Leadership

• Gift-based Ministry

• Passionate Spirituality

• Effective Structures

• Inspiring Worship Services

• Holistic Small Groups

• Need-oriented Evangelism

• Loving Relationships

If you would like to know more about this process, here is a link to a 15-minute video that will give you more information.


Suggested activities for Lent by the UM Higher Education Foundation:

14th - Attend an Ash Wednesday service

15th - Make a copy of this and share with a friend

16th - Fast from social media

17th - Visit a shut-in and deliver a meal or special treat.

18th - Read Mark 1: 9-15

19th - Pray for the children in your neighborhood

20th - Say thank you to a store clerk, server or delivery person

21st - Repent of your sins Ask God for forgiveness.



A Blairsville/Union County Caregiver Support Group is starting and meets on the 3rd Monday of each month from 1:30 - 2:30 at St. Clare’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall. All caregivers of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dimentia are welcome. For more info, contact Harriet Hoke at 727 804 3603.

Thank you church!

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.
There has been a request for someone to drive an elderly female member to her doctor appointments, both in town and to Gainesville for pay. If you are interested, please contact the church office.

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

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.

J R Graham - ALS. He just retired from BRMEMC and is the father of Cody and Olivia Graham.


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, Fridays 1 pm - 4 pm

Pickleball Schedule!

The Blairsville Pickleball Club now plays on Tuesdays from 12:00pm till 3:00pm and Fridays from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm. 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.

  • Gail Bachteler’s mom Verne Lee Kephart- recovering from broken femur and has dementia
  • Lyric Brogden’s friend Lu Millsaps - cancer diagnosis
  • John Browning - cancer diagnosis
  • Shirley Cobb - heart issues, macular degeneration in left eye
  • 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 - recovering from hand surgery
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - sister Ruth has vascular dementia
  • Allie McTureous- diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy in the right eye
  • 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
  • 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

February 11th…….$14,322…………….$ 100,263

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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