02-28-2024 FUMC Words for Wednesday
Today’s article introduces the first of five areas of ministry that outline what we are striving to accomplish in 2024.

PASSIONATE WORSHIP

The worship of God is fundamental to our relationship with Him. In worship we hear the Word of God, sing His praises, and come together in prayer. Here is where we celebrate the joy of the seasons through music and are renewed through the sacraments. Passionate Worship is our plan to provide meaningful, life-changing worship every week of the year.

Last year we held 156 worship services where on an average week, 249 people gathered to praise God and hear His Word. Three persons gave their life to Christ for the first time in those services. The Special Music events of Easter and Christmas had more than four hundred persons in attendance and two of our three services are streamed live on the internet weekly to over one hundred viewers. Several people have testified as to how our weekly worship service is a necessary part of beginning their week and many weekenders make First Methodist their church home when in town. We are fortunate to offer multiple styles of worship. From casual to contemporary, and including full traditional, there is something for most everyone. However, this is only possible because of your support.

During the next year, we want to get back to where we were prior to the COVID pandemic. We plan to continue our outstanding music ministry that touches so many lives! We will work to invite others to join us in worship and increase attendance by at least 20% and triple the number of persons making a first-time commitment to Christ.

To offer all of this and more, to touch lives through Passionate Worship and give honor a glory to God in the ways you have come to experience here at First Methodist we need your support.

Our Passionate Worship budget for 2024 is $283,477.00.

(This total includes music salaries, music, instrument maintenance, a percentage of the pastor’s salary package, utilities, mortgage, insurance, janitorial services, technical support and equipment, support staff, and worship supplies.)

Will you help us offer Passionate Worship?

 

In Christ,

Jimmy

Bible Study for all ages tonight.

Adults will continue with the Lenten Study “The Last words of Christ.”

Tonight Pastor Jimmy will be covering

The First Word – Forgiveness

Luke 23: 34

We are on our regular schedule of meals for the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays.

Tim Brown

111 Jims Road

Blairsville, GA 30512

954-445-4044

Tiim worships at the 9:30 service.

In-house registration for the upcoming Fall school year will open up on Friday, March 1st.

Any church member family, former CEC family or current CEC family may register at this time. Registration is $150 and is non-refundable.

Open registration for new families will be on Friday, March 15th.

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYGpvR1_QWk

Suggested activities for Lent by the UM Higher Education Foundation:

29th- Today is Leap Day! Do something fun! Play!

1st - Read the words of Charles Wesley’s hymn “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”

2nd- Make a list of the blessings you have received in life.

3rd- Read John 2:13-22

4th - Pray for God’s blessing on our church.

5th - Pray for God’s blessing on other churches in our community

6th - Reach out to someone who is difficult to get to know.

Girl Scout Sunday will be celebrated this Sunday. Cookies will be available to buy after each of the services at $5/box. See you there!

Contact Janice at 706 897 3378 or girlscouttroop11635@yahoo.com for info.

IN ADDITION to enjoying the cookies yourselves, read on about OPERATION COOKIES FROM HOME….

Each year, deployed service members all over the world will enjoy their favorite Girl Scout Cookies as a result of Operation Cookies from Home, a program of Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia. The public is invited to purchase boxes or cases of cookies to be shipped to service members as part of the community service component of the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Our troop sells and collects the boxes at the cookie booths and then mails or delivers them to service members. Girl Scouts sell cookies to sponsoring members of the public, then work with Georgia military installations and contacts to ensure that they are shipped and delivered to service members overseas. Girls include notes of thanks in the shipment along with the cookies and sometimes receive photos and thank you notes in return.

 

Please contact Janice Walters at 706 897 3378 or girlscouttroop11635@yahoo.com to make your donation or request a shipment to a deployed soldier.

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”.

Our Easter musical presentations will be on Sunday, March 17th in all services.
The youth have entered the Showdown and will be presenting chocolate chip cookies as their entry. Come enjoy the food, band, and silent auction while supporting the youth group.

5 – Rhonda Schlienger 6 – Janet Dittus 7 – Kris Furgason 9 – Shirley Cobb, 10 – Margaret Kennard 12 – Ro Robbins, Leura Mollhnauer 13 – Reagan Schuknecht, 14 – Brenda Morningstar 15 – Mike Gurley, Dick Eby, Scott Terry 17 – Greg Buchanan, Linda McClarnon 18 – Joel Palmer, Anita McGirt, Caylor Gasaway, Brad McAfee 19 – Jackie Hughes 20 – Bud Akins 21 – Dee Heuker, Eloise Grenga, Zayden Southern, Zoey Southern 22 – Jeff Davis 24 – Stephen Espinosa 25 – Henry Livingston 26 – Robby Turner 27 - John Browning 29 – Dinah Carter 30 – Finnley Ramey

Shirley McGinnis - Doug McGinnis’ mother- passed away early on Monday morning. A memorial service will take place on Friday, April 26th. Details will be forthcoming. Please keep Doug and Terri, along with Shirley’s husband Richard, and the extended family in your prayers during this time.

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.

Brandon Davenport - Cancer, father of two young children

The Gym is now 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.

Those under 21 years of age need to be accompanied by a parent or another adult over 21.

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-9 am - 7 pm, Tuesday-9 am - 7 pm,

Wednesday-9 am - 3 pm, Thursday- 9 am - 7 pm, Friday- 1 - 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.

  • SPECIFIC:
  • Laken Riley’s family - prayers. Friends of Pastor Mack.
  • Gail Bachteler’s mom Verne Lee Kephart- recovering from broken femur and has dementia
  • Lyric Brogden’s friend Lu Millsaps - cancer diagnosis
  • Fran Browning - recent knee replacement
  • 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
  • Barbara Gleasure’s daughter-in-law passed away
  • Christine Golden - abdominal cancer
  • Cheri Hulke’s daughter Kristin - heart issues and travel mercies to Africa to visit her sister
  • Bob Johnson - health issues
  • Kitty Jones - cancer
  • Joe Kennard-back issues
  • Sandy Koss - bone is growing back, just needs to grow back in alignment
  • 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
  • Mac Warren - had a fall and other health issue; now in UGH

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 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

February 18th…….$11,399…………….$ 111,662

February 25th ……$12,236…………….$ 123,898

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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