04-17-2024 FUMC Words for Wednesday



Are you living like a bucket or a pipe? This is a rather odd metaphorical question; yet, consider the purpose of each. A bucket is designed to hold things (liquids, dirt, etc.). A pipe is designed to convey things through it (water, gas, etc.). The bucket holds what it receives, while the pipe passes on what it receives. Let me ask: In regards to the material possessions that God has entrusted to you, are you living like a bucket or a pipe? Are you holding on or passing on?

We can find ourselves living like a bucket when we ignore the ultimate end of all buckets.

I saw a bumper sticker some time ago that read, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” What an accurate way to express the world’s view of life and possessions. But it immediately occurred to me that yes, this is true if the game of life is all about accumulation. But the sad tragedy is that he who dies with the most toys still dies, and then someone else will get to play with all those toys.

David reminds us in Psalm 49:16-17 (NIV), “Do not be overawed when others grows rich [when he has a big bucket and it is full], when the splendor of their houses increases; for they will take nothing with him when they die, their splendor will not descend with them.”

We will find ourselves living like a pipe when the desires of God’s heart truly become the desires of our heart.

Psalm 37:4 powerfully states, “Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” Most people have incorrectly interpreted this verse to read, “You delight yourself in the Lord and then the Lord will give you what you want,” but it more accurately should be understood this way: “Delight yourself in the Lord and then the Lord will give you His desires for your heart.” In other words, as we delight ourselves in Him, He will replace our heart’s desires with His heart’s desires, so that we will love what He loves and will have compassion on whom He has compassion. Once God has our heart’s desires aligned with His heart’s desires, we will find ourselves driven to be a high-capacity pipe, allowing as much grace and blessing as possible to fall upon those for whom the Lord wants to touch and care.

Are you living like a bucket or a pipe?

Remember Sunday April 28th is Stewardship Sunday. During worship you will have the opportunity to bring your Estimate of Giving to the altar as we give thanks to God for his blessings.


God’s Blessings!


Church Supper is tonight at 5 pm.

Menu is chicken tenders, broccoli-cheese casserole, coleslaw, sweet potato soufle’ and cake.

Youth and Children will meet at 6 pm.

Pastor Jimmy continues with 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.

Our Morning Glory Circle will be hosting a Mother’s Day Tea on May 1st at 10 am in the Youth room in the MAC. Come join us for refreshments, fun and fellowship. RSVP to Donna at dfrede5513@aol.com or call 239-821-0178.

On Sunday, May 5th we will be recognizing the graduating class of 2024. If your child or grandchild is graduating from high school or college, please send us the following information: full name, the school that they are graduating from, a picture and a brief description of their future plans. Only those who are members of the church and are graduating high school will be recognized during our Sunday worship services on May 5th. With permission, all of the graduate information that we receive whether they are members or not will be shared in print and through online media so that everyone can join in the celebration of their accomplishments. The deadline for submitting graduate information will be Thursday, April 25th. Please send all graduate info to Robby Morris at rmorris@firstmethodistblairsville.com.
The Brasstown Ringers community handbell ensemble (including our own Evie Miller) will kick off their spring concert series – That’s Entertainment – on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 7 pm at New Life Church in Hayesville, NC. This year’s program consists of a variety of pieces that will feature movie-themed pop music arranged for handbells. Some of the selections include Pirates of the Caribbean; Mamma Mia; Disney tunes the Lion Sleeps Tonight and Beauty and the Beast and more!

Additional concerts will be held on Sunday, April 28th at 5 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Franklin, NC and Sunday, May 5 at 5 pm at St Luke’s Episcopal in Blue Ridge, GA. Although admission to all concerts is FREE, monetary donations are gratefully accepted. These donations help pay for the bells, music, and repairs.

Young Harris College is having ACAPALOOZA in the main hall this Thursday night at 7 pm. It is an a cappella-themed choir concert. There is no admission fee.

Any member or regular attender who wishes to be have our church app, Realm Connect, please contact the church office to receive an “invite”.

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.

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

There is a new sign-up sheet if you want a magnetic name tag. Cost is $12.00. Barb Wagner, your tag is in the church office ready for pick-up.

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.

Cathy Flood - staghorn stones in kidney

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.

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.

  • BL Anderson - thyroid cancer
  • 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
  • OASIS instructor Rachel Driskell - diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Jack Dugger - recovering from back surgery this week
  • Roger & Shirley Evan’s son Joel -still struggling with health issues
  • Cathy Flood - upcoming surgery for staghorn stones
  • Christine Golden - abdominal cancer
  • Barb Hahn - recovering from broken ankle
  • Cheri Hulke’s daughter Kristin - heart issues and travel mercies to Africa to visit her sister
  • Kitty Jones - cancer
  • Joe Kennard-back issues
  • Sandy Koss - hand healing
  • David Lifsey- hospitalized in Emory at St. Joseph
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - recovering from outpatient surgery this week
  • 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 - upcoming hip replacement surgery on May 2nd
  • Kristy Tornabene - recovering from foot surgery
  • Doris Wilder - recovering from surgery


  • 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 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 31st…..$15,832………………….$193,330

April 7th………$13,516…………………..$206,846

April 14th…….$ 9,965……………………$216,811

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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