03-13-2024 FUMC Words for Wednesday
Today’s article introduces the last two areas of ministry that outline what we are striving to accomplish in 2024.




“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16


Through faith development we grow closer to God. Whether it is by learning, sharing, or reflecting, our faith grows stronger. Faith development is important at all ages. Children’s and Youth ministries are two foundational areas that can make a major difference in a person’s life. Learning the stories of the Bible, Vacation Bible School, spiritual retreats, and mission trips are all a part Intentional Faith Development at First Methodist.


However, this ministry is not only for our children and youth. Adult Bible studies, Sunday School, and devotional materials such as The Upper Room are ways in which we continue our development and growth into our adult years. Since this Fall, over 50 people have been involved in weekly Bible study. But we would like to make room for more!


Through Intentional Faith Development we grow in our faith and knowledge of God’s Word. We foster the spiritual formation of our children and youth so they can be strong in their faith. And we provide resources to guide you as you walk in faith. To offer all of this and more, we need your support.


Our Intentional Faith Development budget for 2024 is $147,696.00.


(This total includes children and youth directors’ salaries, a percentage of the pastor’s salary package, utilities, mortgage, insurance, janitorial services, technical support and equipment, and support staff.)




“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 1:8


Missions and service to others is faith in action. It is through this area of ministry that we address the needs of others. No matter whether it is within our community or beyond, we are called to share the Gospel in word and deed.


One area in which we address the needs of parents in our community is through our Childrens Enrichment Center or CEC. It has been a missional ministry of this church for over 25 years. Not only do children receive a strong educational foundation, but they receive it in a Christian environment and learn of God’s love for them and hear the stories of the Bible.


We host fund raising events such as the Supper Chef Showdown, so Hope House can continue to meet the needs of people in our community and surrounding areas. We support and host the Backpack to School event that provides school supplies to students in need.


We also help provide scholarships, support Africa University, support missions and missionaries across the globe, and provide for disaster relief assistance wherever it is needed in the world.


To offer all of this and more, to touch lives through Risk-Taking Mission and Service and give honor and glory to God in the ways that bring Christ into the lives of others and touches their needs, we need your support.


Our Risk-Taking Mission and Service budget for 2024 is $300,488.00.


(This total includes CEC director salary, utilities, mortgage, insurance, janitorial services, paper products, a percentage of the pastor’s salary package, and denominational giving.)


Will you help us in providing Intentional Faith Development and Risk-Taking Mission and Service?


To God be the glory!


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

Tonight Pastor Jimmy will be covering

The Fifth Word – Abandonment

Mark 15: 33-34

The Sixth Word – Triumph

John 19: 30

Youth and children will meet at 6 pm.

Our Easter musical presentations will be this Sunday in all services.

These nametags are ready for pick up in the church office. Cost is $12.

Alice Janessa

Diane Brackett

Barb Wagner

Fran Edwards

Virginia Lane

Marilyn Moore

Peggy Schultz

Diana Bunten

Tom Bunten

Stephen Espinosa

We are decorating the church worship spaces with lilies for Easter. If you would like to purchase one or two, please send an email to the church or fill out the sheet in Sunday’s bulletin. Easter lilies are $15 for singles, $20 for doubles. Peace lilies are $20. You will be able to take them home with you after Easter services. Lilies not picked up after Easter will be taken to our Homebound members. Sunday is your last chance to sign up !!!

In-house registration for the upcoming Fall school year is open.

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 begin this Friday, March 15th.

Welcome to registration for the Spring 2024 Session of OASIS.

Make sure to visit the FUMC OASIS webpage (or firstmethodistblairsville.com/ministries/oasis) to see the full course catalog before making your selections. Some of the old standard class descriptions and/or class requirements have changed, so pay close attention to the catalog descriptions.

You will also be able to register for, and pay for, all of the lunches ahead of time. Afraid of registering and then missing a lunch? No worries - refunds are available for extenuating circumstances.





We are launching a new app called REALM CONNECT. Through this app, church membership can have easy access to a “live” church directory, active contribution statements, and live chats with others. Over the next few weeks, you will receive an email that has a link in it on how to sign up with Connect (app). Please follow the instructions on how to set up your account. Your user name is your email address. You will choose your own password but there are specifics things you have to have in your password. Please read those specs before you start inputting one in. Once you have successfully signed up, then download the Realm Connect app. Once you have that, you will sign in. You have the ability to edit the information and can also insert a photo. We encourage you to do this since this will be the directory. If you scroll down your info page, you will see “Directory”. Click on it and you will see others already in there. Check it out. We have been doing a soft launch with church leaders and SS teachers. If you have difficulty, please seek someone out who has already signed up or drop by the church office for help.

Suggested activities for Lent by the UM Higher Education Foundation:

14th - Remember and give thanks for those who have guided your faith and discipled you.

15th - Support a local business.

16th - Go on a walk and listen to the sounds of nature.

17th - Read John 12: 20-33

18th - Pray for someone in your extended family

19th - Fast from electronics

20th - Ask God to help you reconcile a broken relationship

Faith, Hope, Resilience, and Love

North East District Mission 2024


Saturday, April 27th

at the church from 9:30 am till 2:00 pm

Please bring your own brown bag lunch.

Morning coffee, lunch drinks and dessert will be provided.

For more information, please contact Kathy Cook at 770 403 9337.

The Aging Mastery Program is being sponsored by the Parish Nurses. If you are interested in attending, there will be a sign-up sheet on the Narthex Desk. The Program lasts for 10 weeks & it meets for once a week for 1.5 hours.
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.

Kathy Tant - sinus cancer. She plays handbells with Evie Miller.

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.

  • Gail Bachteler’s mom Verne Lee Kephart- recovering from broken femur and has dementia
  • Jeff Bauman’s mom had hip surgery
  • 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
  • Barb Hahn - fell and broke her ankle
  • 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 - In UGH


  • 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 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 GF…………YTD GF Received

March 3rd…….. …$17,019………………$140,918

March 10th……….$12,421………………$153,339

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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