03-20-2024 FUMC Words for Wednesday

Nature Tells the Story


God shares his message of love and grace in many different ways. He never ceases communicating with us! He cares for us that much. Just look around, even nature itself can remind and tell us of His great love!

Here is a story, a legend if you will, about a common symbol of spring that tells His story. Maybe you have heard it? Share it! For God will often give us the words to testify to His grace and love for us.

As one legend goes, at the time of Christ’s crucifixion, the dogwood tree was as tall as the oak and other forest trees. Its wood was so strong and firm that it was chosen for the cross.

The tree was very distressed to be used for such a purpose and Jesus understood. He told the tree, “Because of your regret and pity for my suffering, I promise this: never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used for a cross. Henceforth, it shall be slender and bent and twisted, and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints. And in the center of the flower, brown with rust and stained with blood, will be a crown of thorns – so that all who see it will remember it was upon a dogwood tree that I was crucified, and this tree shall not be mutilated nor destroyed, but cherished and protected as a reminder of my agony and death upon the cross.”


All praise and honor to Christ!


Supper at 5 pm.

Menu is pork chops, sweet potato soufflé, green beans and dessert.

Adults will conclude the Lenten Study “The Last Words of Christ.”

Tonight Pastor Jimmy will be covering

The Seventh (and final) Word – Reunion

Luke 23: 44-46

Youth and children will meet at 6 pm.

Our monthly Family Fun Night is this Saturday beginning at 5 pm downstairs in the MAC. ALL are invited to come and play.

Next week we will have a Maundy Thursday service at 6 pm in the sanctuary. It will have both communion and the stripping of the altar. We will open up the sanctuary on Good Friday for anyone to come in and pray.
These nametags are ready for pick up in the church office. Cost is $12.

Diane Brackett

Barb Wagner

Fran Edwards

Virginia Lane

Marilyn Moore

Peggy Schultz

Diana Bunten

Tom Bunten

Stephen Espinosa

Registration for the Fall ’24-25 school year for CEC is on-going. Contact Director Jessica at 706 897 6621 to enroll.


Registration for OASIS

Spring Session 2024 ends May 23rd.

If you have not registered yet, please do so at your earliest opportunity. I am currently at sea, and we have had an itinerary change, hence, I require extra time to process the registrations and transmit them to the director.

Please remember, when you register, click the


the very first line of the registration form. This is the session charge of $25.00. Then go on down the form to select the classes you wish to take,

add +1 next to your selection.

You may find the catalog and the registration link at


Phone calls are not coming through to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, texts are 50/50. The best way to communicate is through oasis30512@gmail.com

Happy registering and see you in April.

Janice, Registrar


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 once you get the email, sign up. 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:

21st-Text someone you haven’t heard form recently and ask how they’re doing

22nd- Invite someone to join you for next week’s Easter service

23rd-Plant flowers or garden seeds.

24th-Read Mark 14: 1-15:47

25th-Read John 12: 1-11

26th- Read John 12: 20-36

27th-Read John 13:21-32

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.


Fritz and Diane Simonsen have a wheelchair available to anyone. It is in good working order although the brakes could use an adjustment. Please call them at 706 745 0004 if you are in need of one.

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.

Gym hours:

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.

1 - Teresa Davis 3 - Margaret Frizzell 4 - Kenna Bauman 8 - Lola Hunter 11 - Tom Heuker, Steven Seiler, Teresa Turner 12 - Ron Martin 13 - Carleen Ward 14 - Fritz Simonsen, Ken Flood 15 - Jim Wiley 16 - Rae Ann Straub 17- Ria Sullivan 18 - Bill Kolb 20 - Glenda Taylor, Michael Sulser 21- Marjorie Bowron, Kim Kuykendall, MIriam Roper 22 - Barbara Salvette 23 -Camryn Thomas 25 - Kyle Freed 26 - Mason Schuknecht 29 - Jack Smith, Elizabeth Belcher, Evelyn Ueltzen, Doris Wilder 30 - Donna Fredericks, Sandy Koss

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
  • Christine Golden - abdominal cancer
  • Barb Hahn - ankle surgery on Monday, at home recovering
  • 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

March 17th……….$ 9,518………………$162,857

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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