04-03-2024 FUMC Words for Wednesday

No Withholding

He sat down opposite the treasury and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you; this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

(Mark 12:41-44)

 

Jesus sat down to watch worshipers contribute money to the temple treasury. Why did Jesus do it? Because he knew it said something about their faith. What the story really tells us is that the measure of our commitment is not how much we give, but in how much we hold back.

 

She put in everything she had. Not most of what she had; all of what she had. Not just “leftovers,” symbolic tokens, not a “tithe,” not her “fair share.” What she put in was her future, her trust, her faith, her life. Whatever she had, whatever summed up her whole being, her existence, her life—that is what this woman offered that day.

 

What would move someone to give that much?

 

She simply gives because she loves and because she thinks she can. That’s all there is to it for her. It was an expression of love, and expression of who she was and who she wanted to be.

 

Why did the widow give the way she did? Because she believed in the work of God. The work of the temple was important to her, and she wanted to support it. She freely dropped her two coins in the box, for she knew that in so doing, she was part of something bigger than herself.

 

Someone once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

 

Jesus’ act of singling out the widow and her seemingly small gift reminds us that a gift cannot be measured by its size or impact alone. It must be measured against the balance one retains after the gift is given. It really has little to do with the actual money itself; it has to do with the depth of our love, our faith, our discipleship.

 

Mother Teresa has said: “It’s not how much we do, but how much love we put into doing it. It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”

 

In Christ,

Jimmy

Supper at 5:00 p.m. Menu is swedish meatballs.

No Adult Bible Study this week.

NO Youth and children tonight.

INSTEAD, we plan on having a tech help session to get everyone online with our new directory app. Bring your phones. We will walk you through the process step by step at 6 pm after the supper.

Next week, Pastor Jimmy will begin a 4 week Bible study on 1 Thessalonians until May 1st. Then we will follow with a 3 week study on 2 Thessalonians

May 8th to May 22nd.

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

Spring Session 2024 begins tomorrow.

This Sunday, 7th is the last Sunday that Eric and Auora Miller will be with us for a while. They have shared their gifts and talents with us for many years, and they will be sorely missed. Please join us in a farewell reception for them outside the MAC immediately following the 930 service on Sunday.

Sandy and Kurt Koss

32 Wildwind Lane, Blairsville 719 465 6411

Attend the 8:30 service

Lisa and Pat Poersch

397 Black Forest Lane, B’ville

678 520 9955

Attend the 11:00 service

On Saturday, April 6, 2024 Y@H 2.0 will be taking a trip to Fields of the Wood – This beautiful, biblical outdoor theme park is located on more than two hundred acres of land in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. There are 13 slots available, the bus will leave the campus at 11:00am. No cost. Please see Ingrid to sign up.

Faith, Hope, Resilience, and Love

North East District Mission 2024

ME IN THE KINGDOM

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.

We will have the blood mobile here on Sunday, May 5th between 9 am and 1 pm. You may sign up online by clicking on the button below.

Schedule Your Appointment Here

Driver needed: We have a lady who lives off of Mulkey Gap Road who for now cannot drive to Sunday service. She attends the 9:30 service and stays for the 11:00 service too. If you’d be willing to offer a ride for her, please contact the church office.

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.

Barbara Hahn – recovering from surgery to repair a broken ankle

Eddie Rich – heart surgery. Neighbor of Sarah Partain

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.

Bob Johnson passed away Tuesday. His service will be Saturday at 2 pm here at the church. Please keep Gerri and family in your prayers.

Charles Smith passed away on Saturday, 30th. Service will be held at Coosa on Saturday, April 6th at 2 pm. Please keep Nancy and her family in your prayers.

Karen Williams’ mother, Anna, passed away Sunday at the age of 101 in Virginia. Please keep Karen and Gray in your prayers.

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:
  • 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
  • Cathy Flood - recent outpatient surgery for staghorn kidney stones
  • 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 - passed away this morning.
  • Kitty Jones - cancer
  • Joe Kennard-back issues
  • Sandy Koss - home recovering from hand surgery yesterday
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - surgery on April 15th
  • 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
  • Bill Mollnhauer - recently hospitalized with congestive heart failure
  • 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
  • Sue Stewart
  • Kristy Tornabene - recovering from foot surgery
  • Mac Warren - In UGH still with pneumonia, no visitors please
  • Doris Wilder - recovering from surgery at home

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 GF…………YTD GF Received

March 3rd…….. …$17,019………………$140,918

March 10th……….$12,421………………$153,339

March 17th……….$ 9,518……………….$162,857

March 24th……….$14,641………………$177,498

March 31st……….unavailable at press time

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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