Tickle – November 28, 2017

We turn the corner this week from Thanksgiving to Advent. Come get caught up in the joy of the new season. I am still “thankful” for all the servant hearts who helped create the Gratitude Graze brunch all morning this last Sunday. I am still “thankful” for everyone who has responded with their 2018 Estimate of Giving Cards (treasure chests will stay out for another couple of weeks.) I am still “thankful” for everyone still writing three things they are thankful to God for in their Gratitude Journals right up to Christmas Eve. I am still “thankful” for all the pioneers of our church we got to “give thanks” for this last Sunday. I am still “thankful” for the trailblazer DNA that formed the wonderful story of FUMC of Union County - a story we told and celebrated this last Sunday. I guess what I am saying is don’t leave your thankfulness behind - bring it with you as we turn into Advent this week! God’s Joy, Pastor Mark

Stuff this Week to Consider:
YHC Music Dept. Christmas Program tonight at 7 pm - YHC Glenn McGinnis Hall Wed
Wed morning Women’s Study - lower level of MAC at 10 am
Wed Night Dinner starts serving at 4:30 (just this Wed) - Chili & Grilled Cheese
Special Hanging of the Greens Worship service in the Sanctuary at 5:30 pm
This will be led by our Youth Group (everyone is invited - please come support them)
The children are invited to attend the 5:30 pm service with Ms. Shannon
Hand bells will practice in the Sanctuary after the Hanging of the greens service
Pastor Mark Advent DVD driven Bible Study will be in the Fellowship Hall after the
hanging of the greens service
Mountain Community Choir Christmas Concert Friday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm
at YHC Glenn / McGinnis Hall
CEC Preschool Yard Sale Friday & Saturday (Dec 1 & 2) in the Fellowship Hall
Young at Hearts Road Trip Sunday, December 3rd - Christmas in Dillard - includes
transportation, a play, and supper - see the December newsletter for more details.
The bus will leave the church at 1:30 pm. $40 per person.

Wednesday, December 6, Holiday Feast: (Put this on your calendar!)

We moved our Thanksgiving Feast to coincide with two others things. We decided to try a “Holiday Feast” located between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year on a Wednesday night so that it does not interfere with other family plans. This is our New Member reception night as well. We will be celebrating roughly 50 new members in calendar 2017. This is also the final Christmas Cantata practice night and we wanted to provide our appreciation to them. Ro & the Robinettes are “doing” this meal this year. We are being given a great gift. The turkey meal, sides, and desserts are all being provided by Ro & the Robinettes. All you bring is “yourself” - that’s it. And this meal is free (no basket will be out for donations - it is a great gift) and open to our community. It is our way of continuing to Give THANKS for what God is doing among us.

Give Thanks, (Lord knows I am!) pastor mark

Upcoming December Plans

Cantata Sunday - December 10 at 8:30 am and 11 am in the Sanctuary
Children’s Christmas Program - December 17, 3 pm in the MAC
Sunday December 24 Worship services:
There will be four worship services that day. 11 am, 5 pm, 7 pm, 11 pm

Welcome our Newest Member

Alice Janessa - 240 Talon Trace, Blairsville 30512

If you are interested in uniting with Christ’s movement through us here in this place of grace, simply call the church office and ask for Evelyn (706-745-2073) and arrange a meeting with Pastor mark. He will answer whatever questions you may have.

Hurricane Response Mission Team Request

Sunday, December 3rd - Christmas in Dillard - includes transportation, a play, and supper - see the December newsletter for more details. The bus will leave the church at 1:30 pm. $40 per person.

Parish Nurses Update

We are thankful for our Parish Nursing Ministry at FUMC! Jackie Franklin has recently stepped down after leading this ministry team along with Bambi Wooten and Sharon Willits. Well done servant hearts! We are also thankful for the folks who have stepped forward to continue the legacy of this ministry. Kathy Fain is now the chair of Parish Nursing and Lee Dunham continues as chair of the board that oversees our Parish Nursing ministry.

Critical Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)

Remember to volunteer to help for “A Night to Shine” - the Tim Tebow Foundation Prom dinner/dance for people with special needs February 9 in our MAC. We also need communion servers to serve Holy Communion to our home bounds - you serve the same person(s) once a month on your schedule. Please help our growing team of servers bring God’s Grace to our members who can no longer come to the Table - help us take the Table to them! We also need two more people to serve in the video recording chair under Robbie Turner’s guidance at the 11 am worship service. This needs to be a rotation of four people - you will rotate through once per month. Robbie will train you. This role prepares the video that is given to Windstream for cable TV. If you wish to simply know more about either role, please contact Pastor Mark by email at firstumcpastor@windstream.net Please pray about this - both roles are critical!

Pray without Ceasing for

Those who do not yet really know Jesus
Our military families - many recent deployments
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Alex & Pat Box - Alex gall bladder surgery tomorrow at UGH
Debbie Steed - determining path forward
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam & Tommy Ackerman - 9 yr old granddaughter (Katelyn) lumbar surgery Dec 4
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Rev. Mike Cloyd - been in UGH hospital - just released to go home.
Shannon Burgess - nephew Matt Dickey - young man with colon cancer
Diane & Bill Kolb’s daughter (Trish Wilkes) - sent to Atlanta Northside Hospital with blood clots in both lungs
Mitzi Gasaway - cousin in TX diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Susan & Walt Forrester’s brother in law - pancreatic cancer Dec 7 surgery
Ray Norwood - recent stroke - recovering at home now
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) healing at home from cancer related procedure
Sandy & Jesse Eady son (Sean) - severe infection in right arm - hand at risk
Manon Thompson - recovering at Pruitt Health, Room C8, 99 Ouida Street, Blue Ridge. 30513 - will be discharged to home Dec 5 (Woo! Hoo!)
Kelly Schuknecht’s sister’s family - two nieces with major health concerns
Mike Brandenburg - completing antibiotic treatment at home
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Janice Boland Nephew (Trevor) - severe brain trauma
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Larry Culpepper’s sister (Joyce Hampton) - serious illness
Claudia Deprez - goods test results in months ahead
Jamie Patton - general health (kidney failure and cancer) - testing
Phil Salling - healing from leg procedures
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Finance

As you do your shopping on AMAZON, you also have the opportunity to donate money to the our church. Simply use AMAZON SMILE, then set up “First United Methodist Church of Union County” as the supporting organization. Once you set it up, every time you place an AMAZON order (must use AMAZON SMILE), Amazon makes a donation to our church. Your same settings and benefits, including Amazon Prime, apply. So we urge you to make the change today. Thanks for your continued support!

Received………………….YTD
November 5th….$ 25,490…………………..$ 936,318
November 12th..$ 23,420…………………..$ 959,738
November 19th..$ 18,989…………………..$ 978,727
November 26th..$ 12,787…………………..$ 991,515

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

Tickle – November 21, 2017

Psalm 69:30
I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Leviticus 22:29
When you sacrifice a thanksgiving offering to the Lord, you shall sacrifice it so that it may be acceptable in your behalf
Psalm 95:2
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
2nd Corinthians 4:15
Yes (Lord), everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
Psalm 100:4
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.
Colossians 2:6-7
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Matthew 15:35-36
Then ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground, he (Jesus) took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.

Give thanks and have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

I give thanks for the so many people responding with their 2018 Estimate of Giving Cards in worship this last Sunday! The locked treasure chests with the drop slots on top will be out for several more weeks. You can add your cards to the treasure chests at any time. Remember to keep one of the little tear off cards for your 2018 records. And remember to fill out the “yes/no” questions on the back of other tear off little card you give us. It does not matter which treasure chest the big card (with your name) or which treasure chest the little card (with your estimated 2018 monthly giving number) go into - just don’t put both cards in the same chest! It’s our way of mixing them all up. If you are away from Georgia and wish to participate, let us know - Deidra will mail you a card and process it confidentially for you when you send it back. Blank EOG cards will be in the bulletins and at the Narthex desk and MAC desk. Our prayer is that everyone who worships at FUMC bring those cards as a way of expressing your attitude of gratitude to God. Let us all GIVE THANKS together.

This coming Sunday is Pioneer Sunday at FUMC!
We give thanks for everyone but this coming Sunday we are especially giving thanks for all those who have worshiped with us for decades. EVERYONE is welcome to drop into the fellowship hall and partake in the brunch provided by a group of Church Angels who are helping us say “thank you.” The brunch is open anytime after the 8:30 am service. Also, a special (Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal) recognition is provided to those who come this Sunday from the following groups:
Gold Medal - if you began worshiping with us before 1989
Silver Medal - if you began worshiping with us from 1990 to 1999
Bronze Medal - if you began worshiping with us from 2000 to 2009
You are our FUMC pioneers and we are THANKFUL for YOU!
You have to be present in worship this Sunday to receive your medal.

Something to put on your holiday schedules: (Come support our Youth!)
Our FUMC Youth are leading a “Hanging of the Greens” service in the Sanctuary on Wednesday November 29 - the Wednesday after Thanksgiving week. We are doing a “modified” schedule for just that night. Dinner will begin at 4:30 pm, the Hanging of the Greens Service will be at 5:30 pm and the Adult Advent study that begins that night will start at 6:15 pm and end at 7 pm.

Wednesday, December 6, Holiday Feast:
We moved our Thanksgiving Feast to coincide with two others things. We decided to try a “Holiday Feast” located between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year on a Wednesday night so that it does not interfere with other family plans. This is our New Member reception night as well. We will be celebrating roughly 50 new members in calendar 2017. This is also the final Christmas Cantata practice night and we wanted to provide our appreciation to them. Ro & the Robinettes are “doing” this meal this year. We are being given a great gift. The turkey meal, sides, and desserts are all being provided by Ro & the Robinettes. All you bring is “yourself” - that’s it. And this meal is free (no basket will be out for donations - it is a great gift) and open to our community. It is our way of continuing to Give THANKS for what God is doing among us.

Give Thanks, (Lord knows I am!) pastor mark

Welcome our Newest Members:
Carleen Ward - 68 Coosa View Lane, Blairsville 30512
Ginger Adamson - 351 Patricks Drive, Blairsville 30512

If you are interested in uniting with Christ’s movement through us here in this place of grace, simply call the church office and ask for Evelyn (706-745-2073) and arrange a meeting with Pastor mark. He will answer whatever questions you may have.

Wednesday Night Nurture: cancelled FOR THANKSGIVING

Operation Turkey Tree was a huge success due to YOUR participation. The youth prepped 31 boxes greatly surpassing the 20 anticipated.

A loving Note of Compassion to our Christian Family:
As we introduced in worship, if you would like to send a card or note of compassion to the Sutherland Springs, TX community, here is the address:
P.O. Box 115, Sutherland Springs, TX 78161

Church offices will be closed Wednesday - Friday for Thanksgiving holidays.

Critical Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)
Remember to volunteer to help for “A Night to Shine” - the Tim Tebow Foundation Prom dinner/dance for people with special needs February 9 in our MAC. We also need communion servers to serve Holy Communion to our home bounds - you serve the same person(s) once a month on your schedule. Please help our growing team of servers bring God’s Grace to our members who can no longer come to the Table - help us take the Table to them! We also need two more people to serve in the video recording chair under Robbie Turner’s guidance at the 11 am worship service. This needs to be a rotation of four people - you will rotate through once per month. Robbie will train you. This role prepares the video that is given to Windstream for cable TV. If you wish to simply know more about either role, please contact Pastor Mark by email at firstumcpastor@windstream.net Please pray about this - both roles are critical!

Pray without Ceasing for:
The Sutherland TX community
Our military families - many recent deployments
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Alex & Pat Box worshiped with us on Sunday at the 11 am service! It has been a year (this week) since his accident which made Sunday a grand celebration! Never underestimate an LSU fan! We are tenacious! Woo!!! Hoo!!! Alex has his gall bladder surgery scheduled at UGH Nov 29. Pray without ceasing!
Debbie Steed - cancer diagnosis - further testing after Thanksgiving to determine path forward (caught very early - we are thankful!)
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam & Tommy Ackerman - 9 yr old granddaughter (Katelyn) lumbar surgery Dec 4
Pam Morgan - brother-in-law (Michael) - prostate cancer
Shannon Burgess - beloved Uncle passed
Shannon Burgess - nephew Matt Dickey - young man with colon cancer
Deidra Gilbert - cousin in Mississippi passed away
Mitzi Gasaway - cousin in TX diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Jim Belcher - recent loss
Ray Norwood - recent stroke - recovering at home now
Larry Rosenberry - healing at home from cancer related procedure (Connie now has shingles)
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) healing at home from cancer related procedure
Sandy & Jesse Eady son (Sean) - severe infection in right arm - hand at risk
Manon Thompson - recovering at Pruitt Health, Room C8, 99 Ouida Street, Blue Ridge. 30513
Julie & Lee Sundsted granddaughter, Finnley Ashton, an 8 week old baby that had been diagnosed with meningitis - doing much better - thank you for the prayers
Kelly Schuknecht’s sister’s family - two nieces with major health concerns
Mike Brandenburg - completing antibiotic treatment at home
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Janice Boland Nephew (Trevor) - severe brain trauma
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Larry Culpepper’s sister (Joyce Hampton) - serious illness
Claudia Deprez - goods test results in months ahead
Jamie Patton - general health (kidney failure and cancer) - testing
Phil Salling - healing from leg procedures
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Finance

As you do your shopping on AMAZON, you also have the opportunity to donate money to the our church. Simply use AMAZON SMILE, then set up “First United Methodist Church of Union County” as the supporting organization. Once you set it up, every time you place an AMAZON order (must use AMAZON SMILE), Amazon makes a donation to our church. Your same settings and benefits, including Amazon Prime, apply. So we urge you to make the change today. Thanks for your continued support!

Received………………….YTD
November 5th….$ 25,490…………………..$ 936,318
November 12th..$ 23,420…………………..$ 959,738
November 19th..$ 18,989…………………..$ 978,727

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

Tickle – November 7, 2017

Like so many of you, I went from the highest high of worship on Sunday morning to tears of sadness at the news from a small town church in Texas Sunday night. How can such a tragedy happen? This is one of those rare times when I turn to the book of Lamentations and cry out with Jeremiah, “How lonely sits the city (the church) that once was full of people.” Pray for those families. Pray for that church. Pray for that community. Pray for our world. Pray without ceasing.
God’s Strength, Faith, Hope, Steadfastness, Compassion, Love
pastor mark

Come walk the Gratitude Path with Us

Even in the midst of un-explainable tragedies of life, God is with us. We began a new sermon series this last Sunday based on the theme “Give Thanks.” Come get your free “Gratitude Journal” - we have more now. They are in the baskets around the church. Each day (no matter what happens in the world or in your life,) write three things you are thankful to God for - every day - in your private journal. The one rule is you can never write the same thing twice. The 40 pages (use front and back of each page) will take you right up to the week of Christmas. Join with us in this intentional, disciplined practice of Giving Thanks and just see what happens to your “attitude of Gratitude.” Also, come see who from our congregation appears in the next “gratitude grabs” on the video screens in worship. And mark Sunday, November 26 as Pioneer Day - a day we will GIVE THANKS for all those who have been worshiping with us longer than 7 years. This will be a very special day in the life of our congregation - come GIVE THANKS with us.

Welcome our Newest Member

Jennifer de la Montagne: 260 Hammock Trail, Murphy NC 28906

If you are interested in uniting with Christ’s movement through us here in this place of grace, simply call the church office and ask for Evelyn (706-745-2073) and arrange a meeting with Pastor mark. He will answer whatever questions you may have.

Wednesday Night Nurture

Chicken & Rice, Broccoli, bread, dessert - dinner starts at 5 pm
Hand Bells in Sanctuary at 6 pm / Choir in choir room at 7 pm
Pastor Mark Max Lucado Study - Finding Calm in a Chaotic World
will be in the Fellowship Hall from 6 pm to 6:50 pm
The Gathering (Youth - 6th grade to High School) in lower level of the MAC
with Jennifer de la Montagne and Erin Fincannon from 6-7pm
Children’s Ministry (K thru 5th grade) - Fundamentals Room - lower level
of children’s wing with Mrs. Shannon from 6-7pm
Disciple II Bible Study - break until January

Please remember our Veteran recognition events in our church

Veteran’s Day - Friday November 11 (11th hour)
Veteran’s Day Luncheon at our MAC - 11 am to 2 pm ($7 at the door)
Veteran’s Sunday - special recognition at all three Worship services
This is a voting Tuesday - veteran’s and voting are forever linked.
Voting exists because of freedom. Freedom exists because of veterans.

Prayer Quilt Ministry Informational Meeting

Friday, Nov 10 @ 10:30 a.m. Anyone interested in being part of this ministry aimed at quilting prayer quilt is welcomed to attend. No sewing experience needed! Contact Lisa Wilson with any questions. 706.379.2997″

Operation Turkey Tree

is going strong. Help the Youth feed 20 (or more) families in our area with a Thanksgiving dinner. Grab a cut out turkey ornament off the trees, buy the item marked on the back and bring it back by Wednesday, Nov. 15th and place under the tree. If you get a turkey prompting you to buy a TURKEY, please do so and bring it to the refrigerator in the MAC kitchen Monday through Thursday 9 am to 4 pm - place in refrigerator with the 3 D turkey taped to it - many turkeys are already showing up there. Evelyn can point the way.

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are due Thursday, November 16th

Coats

LAST 2 WEEKS! Morning Glory Circle is coat collecting for distribution on November 16th at Antioch Baptist Church. Deadline is the 14th to bring them in. You may drop off your gently used winter coats in the closet across from the MAC desk.

Critical Opportunities to Serve

We need communion servers to serve Holy Communion to our homebounds - you serve the same folks once a month on your schedule. We also need two more people to serve in the video recording chair under Robbie Turner guidance at the 11 am worship service. This needs to be a rotation of four people - you will rotate through once per month. Robbie will train you. This role prepares the video that is given to Windstream for cable TV. If you wish to simply know more about either role, please contact Pastor Mark by email at firstumcpastor@windstream.net Please pray about this - both roles are critical!

Pray without Ceasing for

Everyone impacted by the recent violence, storms, fires, earthquake
Our military families - many recent deployments
Families affected by the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Larry Rosenberry - healing at home from cancer related procedure
Nancy Joyce - healing at home from ankle procedure
Sandy & Jesse Eady son (Sean) - severe infection in right arm - hand at risk
Manon Thompson - recovering at Pruitt Health, Room C8, 99 Ouida Street, Blue Ridge. 30513
Jim Belcher’s Mother (Francis Belcher) - ICU at Emory Midtown
Kelly Schuknecht’s sister’s family - two nieces with major health concerns
Mike Brandenburg - sent home today to complete recovery at home
Gene Strickland- procedures today to remove kidney stones
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie recovering from a stroke
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Ginger Adamson’s sister (Brenda) in hospital
Mike Lewis - mother in Maryland on holy ground - family has gathered
Silesia Clark - mother with severe health issues
Dena and Jack Randall - their son Jeff and wife Tracy lost their home to fires in CA
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Larry Culpepper’s sister (Joyce Hampton) - serious illness
Claudia Deprez - goods test results in months ahead
Jamie Patton - upcoming pacemaker procedure
Phil Salling - healing from leg procedures
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Ferguson - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Sharon Willits - general health
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer has spread to brain - reconnecting with Doctor the end of this week - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Alex Box - returned to Hiawassee Rehab; he will have his gall bladder out in a couple of weeks
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

A Note from Finance

As you do your shopping on AMAZON, you also have the opportunity to donate money to the our church. Simply use AMAZON SMILE, then set up “First United Methodist Church of Union County” as the supporting organization. Once you set it up, every time you place an AMAZON order (must use AMAZON SMILE), Amazon makes a donation to our church. Your same settings and benefits, including Amazon Prime, apply. So we urge you to make the change today. Thanks for your continued support!

Received………………….YTD
November 5th….$ 25,490…………………..$ 936,318

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

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