Tickle – August 29, 2017

Thank you FUMC for the UMM/BSA Breakfast fundraiser, painting the entire inside and ceiling of the four bedroom Habitat for Humanity House (and feeding lunch to all the servant hearts present), felling multiple trees at the parsonage and church campus, thank you men of the church for the new sidewalk at the Scout Hut, thank you everyone for working on the church grounds (check out our upgraded Memorial Garden outside the Sanctuary Window on the Blue Ridge side), resolving multiple equipment and asset issues on campus, repairing the both vans, fixing the parking lot lights, recent upgrade to fiber optic cable, kicking off Wednesday Night Nurture, and a ton of other things that nobody sees. Thank you Technology Booth ministry people for your training and service. It takes “all of us” to keep our church - God’s ministry platform - our mission outpost on the frontier of life - operating at it’s peak. I thank each and everyone of you who have had a hand (or back) in keeping all the moving parts moving - THANK YOU for all you do! If you would like to get involved more, see me. I can connect you.
Many people have been asking about how we can help the people of Texas. We have been monitoring the UMCOR defined needs - there are many, but the most immediate need is funding. We have everything we need for the Red Bird Mission trip - thank you! We are redesignating the second mile giving opportunity in September to be Hurricane Harvey Relief - please mark your second mile giving checks as follows:
UMCOR: US Disaster Response” ( Fund Number 4390)
God’s Joy
Pastor Mark
PS…thanks for the cards and song on Sunday!

The OASIS Pickleball class

still has a few open spots.If you are 50 years young or older and would like to learn the new rage in “racquet’ sports come sign up today. These are “hallowed” spots!

IF ONLY WE KNEW….

The Mission Committee is planning a Mini Mission Fair to show case ALL the church (that’s you the people) does in serving outside our church walls onOctober 29. Please let Kim Tatman (Mission Chairperson) know if you have a Mission to share with our congregation. Email: tokimnjoe@bellsouth.net I pray that together our church will carry Christ’s light out of the sanctuary and into the community.

Wednesday Night Nurture

Dinner in MAC begins at 5 pm - Spaghetti, vegetable, dessert - Boy Scout Troop 101 fundraiser. Highchairs are available for the little ones!
Youth (6th grade through High School) begins in lower level of the MAC at 6 pm with Jennifer and Erin
Children (K through 5th) will meet in the craft room room in the lower level of the children’s wing (CPR has the Fundamentals room this night)
Adult Multi-week Study by Rod McClarnon - “Whose Plan is it Anyway” will meet in the Friendship Sunday School room at 6 pm
United Methodist 101 Multi-week Class by Pastor Mark will meet in the Youth Room “Corner room” in the lower level of the MAC at 6 pm – tonight topic is “How our Story forms us and Sacraments.
Loving Nursery is provided on Wednesday Nights beginning at 6 pm
Hand Bells Practice in fellowship Hall at 6 pm
Choir Practice in Music Room at 7 pm

Disciple 1 Bible Study Fast Track Orientation Mtg

will happen two times; once at 5:30 pm this Wednesday and again this coming Sunday after the 11 am service for 20 minutes. Come to one or the other to check out the study, ask questions of Mark and Shannon and sign up to take the class. Both mtg’s are in the Sanctuary. You must come to one of these meetings if you are taking the class, we will hand out your reading assignments and copy of week one materials to those wishing to participate in the 24 week study that beginsSunday, September 10. It’s time to decide.

Disciple 2 Bible Study Fast Track Orientation Mtg

will happen on Wednesday night September 6 at 6 pm in the conference room. This 24 week study is on Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts. David and Benetta Cook will be facilitating this study on Wednesday nights beginning September 13 at 6 pm in the MAC lower level corner Youth room. Come see the materials and ask you questions - schedule and first reading assignment will be given at this meeting.

Women’s Bible Study

 starts back up this Wednesday at 10 am in the lower level of the MAC. Come sit in and just check it out.

The Union County Relay for Life

team is looking for members to help plan and organize the 2018 event. A planning meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 7th at 5 pm in the Blairsville Civic Center.

Morning Glory Circle

has begun their coat collecting for distribution this November. You may drop off your gently used winter coats in the closet across from the MAC desk.

Volunteers for the Quilts of Valor Foundation

make and present patriotic quilts to veterans who served in a combat zone. You can nominate a veteran for this gift at www.qovf.org. Call Anna Stone at 706-745-5943 or Diane Simonsen at 706-745-0004 if you have any questions or need help submitting the request for a Quilt of Valor.

Not this week, but Upcoming Key Events

1.Young Harris College is proud to welcome the world famous Glen Miller Orchestra to the YHC campus on Thursday, September 14th at 7pm. Please join us for a fine evening of beautiful music. The Fine Arts Building on the YHC campus has recently undergone extensive renovations thanks to the generosity of YHC Board of Trustee member Richard McGinnis and his wife, Shirley. In addition to a new name, Glenn~McGinnis Hall now offers new, comfortable seating, improved sound and acoustics for top quality musical and theatrical performances, an improved HVAC system to minimize noise, and enhanced lighting. Tickets are $25 per person, $15 per faculty member and $5 for students, and may be purchased at yhc.edu/glennmcginnis. To learn more about Glenn~McGinnis Hall including information on how to name a seat or to order Glen Miller tickets by phone, call the YHC Office of Advancement at (706) 379-5173.
2. September 17 will be YHC Sunday here at FUMC. The YHC Concert Choir will be here at 8:30 am and 11 am services along with several special speakers. At 9:45, we are doing our formal launch of THE WELL to our community. Come be a part of a special day!

3. Fall Festival October 13 & 14 … Our 2017 Fall Festival coming in October will be one of our largest community outreach events of the year. Included in this 2 day event will be a Craft Sale, Silent Auction, Bakery, Country Store, Candy Shoppe, Clothes Sale, and a Treasure Sale @ the Annex. All proceeds will go toward retiring the MAC debt!   WE WILL NEED THE INVOLVEMENT OF EVERYBODY!  We are in need of sale items for each of the areas of the Festival. Start now … Crafters, Bakers, Candy Makers. Also do you have an item or a service that we could offer in our Silent Auction? Call Stan at the church office(706-745-2073) if you would be willing to help in any way with this outreach event. Thank you!

Deborah Polston Human Trafficking Presentation –

a Story of Rescue & Redemption Sunday, September 24, 2017 2 pm in our SanctuaryA member of our congregation is a good friend of Deborah. That connection has made this very special event possible for us. Deborah is appointed by Florida’s Governor as that states Human Trafficking Advocate. She resides in Florida where her husband is the Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice. Deborah has a story to tell. Her passion is for fighting a good fight against the powers in our world that promote the horrendous global practice of human trafficking. A love offering will be received at the 2 pm presentation. This is open to our entire community. Help us get the word out as we all have a profound opportunity to learn more about this rising problem in our world (a problem that has Atlanta at it’s hub.) Come hear this story! Deborah will be the mission moment at all three services on Sunday, September 24.

Pray without Ceasing for

    • The people along the TX/LA Gulf Coast
    • Our military families - many recent deployments
    • The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
    • Our entire staff team
    • Several expectant Mommies in our congregation
    • All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
    • Bud Akins - brother in law passed this weekend (the Weaver Family)
    • Claudia Deprez - chemo treatments
    • David Kuykendall - Father’s general health
    • Roy Whitelock - skin cancer procedure on Monday
    • Myron Turner - at UGH Room #305 – pneumonia
    • Joyce Byers - another brother recent heart attack
    • Phil Salling - healing from leg procedure
    • Hugh Lee - moved to Nursing home in Blue Ridge
    • Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
    • Kris and Larry Ferguson – their 38 year old daughter Holly just got diagnosed with breast cancer.
    • Janice Taylor - recent breast cancer diagnosis
    • Janice Jarrard - sister diagnosed with ovarian cancer
    • Sharon Willits - general health
    • Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer treatments done for now - scans planned at end of September - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - general health
    • Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - more cancer related treatments
    • Alex Box - Chatuge Regional Nursing Home (visitors welcome!) Room A29 - driving from Blairsville take the first left up the hill after you pass McConnel Baptist Church in Hiawassee.
    • Nancy Sanford’s Mother in Kansas - alzheimers and now also lung cancer
    • Nancy Joyce’s – Brother-in Law in Penn.- general health
    • Alex and Pat Box’s Son (Stephen) – severe health issues related to chronic Lyme disease - long term treatment continues
    • Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
    • Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Finance

With 8 months of 2017 under our belt, we are reminded each day how much our Lord blesses us with members who are faithful to Him and His calling us to give. We went into the year with a very aggressive ministry plan. Thanks to each of you, we continue to be on budget with our plan. But please be mindful that we still have 4 months to go with lots of expenses yet to come. We ask that you continue to be prayerful, and faithful, in your giving, not only your gifts, but also giving of your prayers, your presence, and your service.
                                   Received          YTD
August 6th                $ 27,550           $ 670,790
August 13th               $ 14,414          $ 685,204
August 20th               $ 13,615          $ 698,819
August 27th               $ 11,715          $ 710,594
Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

Tickle – August 22, 2017

This is a week full of fresh starts. I hope you plug into the faith family through the many opportunities we have this week to do all the good we can! Come to our first full Wednesday Night Nurture event this Wednesday. We have something for all ages. And I hope you come Saturday to the United Methodist Men’s Pancake breakfast in our fellowship hall - tell everyone you know to come to this community wide fundraiser for the UMM and BSA Troop 101 - help us get the word out. You will need a good breakfast to prepare you to serve at the Habitat for Humanity house behind Ace Hardware (also on Saturday). All the details are below! Come get connected - you will meet people as you step out there for Christ.

God’s Joy,  Pastor Mark

REMEMBER

If you signed up for the Wednesday CPR course, it is TOMORROW beginning at 6 PM in the downstairs of the children’s wing (Fundamentals room). Bring $5 if you want a card.

Wednesday Night Nurture

Dinner in MAC begins at 5 pm - Chicken Pot Pie, Veggie, Dessert
The meal is free - donations appreciated to help defray our costs
Highchairs are available for the little ones!
Youth (6th grade through High School) begins in lower level of the MAC at 6 pm with Jennifer and Erin
Children (K through 5th) will meet in the craft room room in the lower level of the children’s wing (CPR has the Fundamentals room this night)
Adult Multi-week Study by Rod McClarnon - “Whose Plan is it Anyway” will meet in the Friendship Sunday School room at 6 pm
United Methodist 101 Multi-week Class by Pastor Mark will meet in the Youth Room “Corner room” in the lower level of the MAC at 6 pm - tonight topic is “Where Did Methodism Come from?” What’s our story? It’s a good story.
Loving Nursery is provided on Wednesday Nights beginning at 6 pm

Saturday Pancake Breakfast

No tickets are needed - just come. Anyone can come. The cost is $7 per person. It’s a fundraiser for the UMM and BSA Troop 101. Breakfast will be servded in our fellowship hall from 8 am to 11 am. Breakfast includes pancakes, bacon or sausage, and a drink.
Habitat Home Inside Painting Day - Saturday:
Come serve with us under the guidance of Bryan Thomas (the Habitat build coordinator for Towns/Union County Habitat for Humanity.) This house is being built behind the Blairsville Ace Hardware store – but you have to pay attention to the directions to get to it – it is in a fairly remote area (and that’s saying a lot up here!)
Directions:
Turn off Hwy 515 (the four lane in Blairsville) onto Old Blue Ridge Hwy between Meeks Park and the lighted intersection of Hwy 515 and Hwy 129.
Go 1.4 miles on Old Blue Ridge Hwy then turn left on to Fairview Church Road – Fairview Baptist Church is on that corner. (Park there and let us ferry you in and out)
To get to the house from Fairview Baptist Church
Go 0.3 miles on Fairview Church Rd then turn left onto Fairview Trail (road signs are very visible)
Go 300 yards on small dirt road called Duckworth Lane – past many residences – see the new house on the left – (You have arrived at your destination!)
There is virtually no parking and to park on that road will be to shut down those other residences – which is not being a “good neighbor.” We have gotten permission from Fairview Baptist Church to let us park in their 20 car parking lot and then have someone be the designated driver to drive us back and forth. I will be the initial taxi driver until someone takes my place so I can paint. Our primary scope of work is painting the inside. All supplies and materials are provided for that task. You need to bring nothing except clothes you are willing to paint in. There are 8-10 spaces that can be painted simultaneously – not a big house, but lots of interior surface to paint and room to spread out to do it. The secondary scope if there are some who come willing to do it – is build the two patio railings – for that, you will need to bring tools. Bryan will oversee the day and have the appropriate release forms for everyone to sign before work can begin. A sandwich lunch will be provided. Water is provided too. There is no set start time – the work will last all day – rather than everyone come at once (which is hard to organize) – a better way is for folks to come and go across the day when it fits their schedules. Bryan and I will be there from 8 am on.

Not this week, but Upcoming Key Events

1. Shannon and Mark Burgess will be facilitating a Disciple 1 fast track 24 week Bible study course on Sunday afternoons beginning September 10. Contact Shannon at sburgess421@gmail.com if you wish to sign up or have questions. This is a perfect study for folks who have never done any Bible study at anytime in their life. Books cost $15 each of the two 12 weeks.
2. Young Harris College is proud to welcome the world famous Glen Miller Orchestra to the YHC campus on Thursday, September 14th at 7pm. Please join us for a fine evening of beautiful music. The Fine Arts Building on the YHC campus has recently undergone extensive renovations thanks to the generosity of YHC Board of Trustee member Richard McGinnis and his wife, Shirley. In addition to a new name, Glenn~McGinnis Hall now offers new, comfortable seating, improved sound and acoustics for top quality musical and theatrical performances, an improved HVAC system to minimize noise, and enhanced lighting. Tickets are $25 per person, $15 per faculty member and $5 for students, and may be purchased at October 13 & 14 … Our 2017 Fall Festival coming in October will be one of our largest community outreach events of the year. Included in this 2 day event will be a Craft Sale, Silent Auction, Bakery, Country Store, Candy Shoppe, Clothes Sale, and a Treasure Sale @ the Annex. All proceeds will go toward retiring the MAC debt!   WE WILL NEED THE INVOLVEMENT OF EVERYBODY!  We are in need of sale items for each of the areas of the Festival. Start now … Crafters, Bakers, Candy Makers. Also do you have an item or a service that we could offer in our Silent Auction? Call Stan at the church office(706-745-2073) if you would be willing to help in any way with this outreach event. Thank you!

Upcoming Special Sundays

Sending forth of our Mission Team to Red Bird Kentucky September 10
YHC Sunday September 17
The official launch of THE WELL at 9:45 to our community September 17
Human Trafficing Awareness Sunday - Workshop at FUMC September 24

Pray without Ceasing for

    • World peace - every nation, every family, every child, every soul
    • The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
    • Our entire staff team
    • Several expectant Mommies in our congregation
    • Claudia Deprez - chemo treatments
    • Phil Salling - healing from leg procedure
    • Hugh Lee - moved to Nursing home in Blue Ridge
    • Marian Malac - living with son Tim in Maryland, 19324 Cypress Hill Way, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879 phone number 706.835.8917
    • Kris and Larry Ferguson – their 38 year old daughter Holly just got diagnosed with breast cancer.
    • Jean Riddle – her sister (Ruby Hruby) is in the hospital
    • Ro Robbins, Debbie Steed, Frank Loy, Virginia Lane - healing from their procedures
    • All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles (there are many in our faith family and extended faith family) and all their loving caregivers
    • Martha Preston - 4155 Joyce Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
    • Janice Jarrard - sister diagnosed with ovarian cancer
    • Sharon Willits - general health
    • Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer treatments done for now - scans planned at end of September - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - general health
    • Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - more cancer related treatments
    • Alex Box - Chatuge Regional Nursing Home (visitors welcome!) Room A29 - driving from Blairsville take the first left up the hill after you pass McConnel Baptist Church in Hiawassee.
    • Nancy Sanford’s Mother in Kansas - alzheimers and now also lung cancer
    • Nancy Joyce’s – Brother-in Law in Penn.- general health
    • Alex and Pat Box’s Son (Stephen) – severe health issues related to chronic Lyme disease - long term treatment continues
    • Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
    • Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from FinanceThank you for your continued generosity!

Received                                            YTD
August 6th                $27,550          $670,790

August 13th               $14,414          $685,204

August 20th              $13,615           $698,819

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts; wills!

Tickle – August 15, 2017

Thank you Table of Grace for feeding our greater Blairsville community a hot lunch today. Our Table of Grace teams provide that free meal on the first and third Tuesdays for all who are hungry in our community. Thank you for conveying Christ into the world.

Thank you UMM for cutting down/up the four dead trees at the parsonage Saturday - much appreciated! And thank you UMM for all the work on our church campus - even though several of our mowers have been in the shop - the campus is magnificient - well done!

This Wednesday is a very special day for us. We begin our Wednesday night dinners again with a churchwide “indoor” picnic in the air conditioned MAC. The church is providing the BBQ. Bring a side or a dessert if you can and just join the feast at 5 pm. We have lot’s of new folks - make an effort to introduce yourselves to people you may not know. Our Youth Director (Jennifer de la Montagne) will also be there to say hello. Her FUMC email will be jennifer.fumcyouth@aol.com At 6 pm, there are two very special things happening. Our Stephen Ministry is providing a healing prayer service for everyone in the Sanctuary. At the same time, all our parents and youth are invited to meet with Jennifer (and our Youth Helper from YHC Erin Fincannon) in the lower level of the MAC. And the choir practice cycle begins at 7 pm.

I know the weather may not feel like it - but it is now the Fall cycle!
God’s Joy, mark

HELP! The altar flower book is missing! If you know where it is, please call Evelyn and tell her!

Closed for the Eclipse but Open for Sunday Worship

The Church Council Eclipse Task Force conversation has resulted in the decision that it’s in the best interest of the church to close the entire campus on Monday, August 21st (Eclipse Monday). We plan to block off the 515 entrances with our two church vans for Sunday worship and also to keep vehicles out on Monday - the day of the eclipse. I think the glasses are almost all sold.

Red Bird Mission

We are collecting baby items (clothing, diapers, bottles, formula) for Red Bird Mission. There are boxes at each entrance to receive the items.

Not this week, but Upcoming Key Events

1. Two new classes for Adults on Wednesday Nights begin August 23rd at 6 pm. First, Rod McClarnon will be teaching a multiweek study entitled “Whose Plan is it Anyway?” Second, Pastor Mark will be teaching a three week UM101 course - good class for people wanting to find out what iit means to be a Methodist. Nursery is provided on Wednesday nights along with Children’s programs and Youth programs. All start at 6 pm August 23.
2. Women’s Bible Study begins meeting again next Wednesday, 23rd at 10 am in the lower level of the MAC. In August we will finish our spring study. They will begin a new study A Woman Overwhelmed on September 13th.
3. UMM/BSA Troop 101 Community Pancake Breakfast Saturday, August 26 If you want to help, contact Joe Kennard kenhurst@verizon.net
4. Help us paint the inside and outside of our local Habitat for Humanity House 8-26 (spilling into the next week as necessary to complete the work.) The house is basically behind Ace hardware - eat breakfast at our Pancake fundraiser and then come help us paint the inside of the house - everything supplied - there is also a couple of deck railings that need to be built. Contact Peggy Schultz for more details peggator@windstream.net
5. Shannon and Mark Burgess will be facilitating a Disciple 1 fast track 24 week Bible study course on Sunday afternoons beginning September 10. Contact Shannon at sburgess421@gmail.com if you wish to sign up or have questions. This is a perfect study for folks who have never done any Bible study at anytime in their life. Books cost $15 each of the two 12 weeks.
6. Young Harris College is proud to welcome the world famous Glen Miller Orchestra to the YHC campus on Thursday, September 14th at 7pm. Please join us for a fine evening of beautiful music. The Fine Arts Building on the YHC campus has recently undergone extensive renovations thanks to the generosity of YHC Board of Trustee member Richard McGinnis and his wife, Shirley. In addition to a new name, Glenn~McGinnis Hall now offers new, comfortable seating, improved sound and acoustics for top quality musical and theatrical performances, an improved HVAC system to minimize noise, and enhanced lighting. Tickets are $25 per person, $15 per faculty member and $5 for students, and may be purchased at yhc.edu/glennmcginnis. To learn more about Glenn~McGinnis Hall including information on how to name a seat or to order Glen Miller tickets by phone, call the YHC Office of Advancement at (706) 379-5173.
7. Fall Festival October 13 & 14 … Our 2017 Fall Festival coming in October will be one of our largest community outreach events of the year. Included in this 2 day event will be a Craft Sale, Silent Auction, Bakery, Country Store, Candy Shoppe, Clothes Sale, and a Treasure Sale @ the Annex. All proceeds will go toward retiring the MAC debt! WE WILL NEED THE INVOLVEMENT OF EVERYBODY! We are in need of sale items for each of the areas of the Festival. Start now … Crafters, Bakers, Candy Makers. Also do you have an item or a service that we could offer in our Silent Auction? Call Stan at the church office (706-745-2073) if you would be willing to help in any way with this outreach event. Thank you!

Upcoming Special Sundays

Sending forth of our Mission Team to Red Bird Kentucky September 10
YHC Sunday September 17

The official launch of THE WELL at 9:45 to our community September 17

Human Trafficing  Awareness Sunday - Workshop at FUMC September 24

Pray without Ceasing for

World peace - every nation, every family, every child, every soul
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team
Several expectant Mommies in our congregation
Claudia Deprez - chemo treatments
Phil Salling - healing from leg procedure
Hugh Lee - moved to Nursing home in Blue Ridge - getting address
Marian Malac - moving tomorrow to Maryland, 19324 Cypress Hill Way, Gaithersburg, Maryland 208
Carol Warren - general health
Helen Owenby - broken arm
Kris and Larry Ferguson - their 38 year old daughter Holly just got diagnosed with breast cancer.
Virginia Lane - oral surgery Friday
Jean Riddle - her sister (Ruby Hruby) is in the hospital
Ro Robbins - knee replacement Friday
Frank Loy - carpel tunnel procedure on left hand Fridayy
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles (there are many in our faith family and extended faith family) and all their loving caregivers
Martha Preston - 4155 Joyce Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Debbie Steed - in recovery from surgery today
Kim Kuykendall - test’s and evaluations continue
Janice Jarrard - sister diagnosed with ovarian cancer
Sharon Willits - general health
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) and daughter (Dawn Chappel)
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - more cancer related treatments
Liz Patton’s son - struggling with PTSD
Alex Box - Chatuge Regional Nursing Home (visitors welcome!) Room A29 - driving from Blairsville take the first left up the hill after you pass McConnel Baptist Church in Hiawassee.
Nancy Sanford’s Mother in Kansas - alzheimers and now also lung cancer
Nancy Joyce’s - Brother-in Law in Penn.- general health
Alex and Pat Box’s Son (Stephen) – severe health issues related to chronic Lyme disease - long term treatment continues
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Finance
What a privilege it is to be part of this generous faith family!

Received YTD
August 6th $27,550 $ 670,790
August 13th $14,414 $ 685,204

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

Tickle – August 8, 2017

Thank you FUMC men for coming to our 2nd Spiritual Gathering of Men. I will be sending out a separate email to move forward all the decisions you made on Saturday. Sunday was also very good day! There is something special about the faith family gathering all together around the LORD’s Table. And it is a thrill to have children and infants at all three services so all generations are present. I hope that continues! The Men’s Bible Study has satrted back up on Tuesdays at 10 am taught by Chuck Morgan. Please note Camden’s reception tomorrow night - details are below. Pray for our CEC Preschool. Friday is “Meet Your Teacher” Day and School begins Monday. So get ready to have about sixty 2 yr olds, 3 yr olds and 4 yr olds on campus Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - drive carefully - many small children on campus! We also have a very full weekend this coming weekend. Remember the BUNCO fellowship at 6 pm on Friday night in the fellowship hall. On Saturday morning, August 12, we will gather to celebrate the life and faith of James Jarrard at FUMC. The family will be present for the visitation in our Sanctuary from 10 to 11 am before the service. The service will begin at 11 am. Then our Sunday worship will include new members uniting with THE Christ that is moving through us. And finally on Sunday evening, please remember the Great Night of Music at Hiawassee UMC, August 13 at 6:30 pm. The women’s group Shenanigans will be representing FUMC. I am told Hiawassee UMC is planning for overflow into their fellowship hall with remote display there. Carpool if you can so we all have room to park. Come early.
God’s Peace, pastor mark
Camden Goddard’s farewell reception will be TOMORROW NIGHT in the MAC at 5:30 pm. It is a pot luck with the church providing ham and chicken. You are asked to bring a side dish or dessert as we celebrate’s Camden’s many ministries here at FUMC. There will be a basket out to receive any cards and appreciation gifts at the dinner for Camden.

Not this week, but Upcoming Key Events:

1. Wednesday Night Nurture begins August 16 at 5 pm. Indoor picnic in MAC. Church will provide bbq. You are asked to bring the side dishes and desserts. This will be followed with the youth meeting Jennifer and the Stephen Ministry Prayer/Healing Service.
2. Jennifer de la Montagne (our new Youth Director) and Erin Fincannon (our Youth Helper from last year) will be here to meet both youth and parents on Wednesday night August 16 at 6 pm in the lower level of the MAC.
3. Stephen Ministry Prayer / Healing Service: On Wednesday, August 16th our Stephen Ministry Team is holding a prayer/healing service to pray for our teachers, support staff and students as they begin a new school year. All are invited.
4. Parents, you will begin to see our new Nursery Director (Donna Fredericks) in the nursery area during August. Greet her and welcome her!
5. Two new classes for Adults on Wednesday Nights begin August 23rd at 6 pm. First, Rod McClarnon will be teaching a multiweek study entitled “Whose Plan is it Anyway?” Second, Pastor mark will be teaching a three week UM101 course - good class for people wanting to find out what iit means to be a Methodist. Nursery is provided on Wednesday nights along with Children’s programs and Youth programs. All start at 6 pm.
6. UMM/BSA Troop 101 Community Breakfast Saturday, August 26
7. Help us paint the inside and outside of our local Habitat for Humanity House August 26 (spilling into the next week as necessary to complete the work.)
8. Shannon and Mark Burgess will be facilitating a Disciple 1 fast track 24 week Bible study course on Sunday afternoons beginning September 10. Contact Shannon at sburgess421@gmail.com if you wish to sign up or have questions. This is a perfect study for folks who have never done any Bible study at anytime in their life.

CPR Class for THIS Saturday has been postponed due to the funeral service for James Jarrard. The class has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 23rd from 9 am till noon. There is also still space left in the class on Wednesday, August 23rd class from 6 pm till 9 pm. Sign up sheets is on the narthex desk.

Closed for the Eclipse but Open for Sunday Worship:

The Church Council Eclipse Task Force conversation has resulted in the decision that it’s in the best interest of the church to close the entire campus on Monday, August 21st (Eclipse Monday). We plan to block off the 515 entrances with ‘friendly, but firm’ signage and vehicles to protect our parking for Sunday worship and also to keep vehicles out on Monday - the day of the eclipse. Eclipse Glasses will be sold at all 3 Sunday services for the next 2 Sundays. Cost is $2 per pair. These are certified, protective glasses to view the eclipse.

Pray without Ceasing for:

  • World peace - every nation, every family, every child, every soul
  • CEC and YHC start of the school year next week
  • The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
  • Our entire staff team
  • Jennifer de la Montagne (New Youth Director) & Erin Fincannon (Youth Helper)
  • Several expectant Mommies in our congregation
  • Janice Jarrard and extended family
  • Claudia Deprez - chemo treatments
  • Phil Salling - healing from leg procedure
  • Hugh Lee - broken hip - UGH Room 309
  • Marian Malac - more problems breathing - UGH Room 321
  • Bob Eshelman - weak - UGH Room 209
  • Helen Owenby - broken arm (home)
  • Gail McGuire - knee replacement thursday, August 10
  • Virginia Lane - oral surgery August 18
  • Frank Loy - carpel tunnel procedure on left hand August 18
  • David Lifsey - should be coming home from Northside Hospital today
  • All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles (there are many in our faith family and extended faith family) and all their loving caregivers
  • Martha Preston - relocated to Ohio
  • Ro Robbins - new knee August 18
  • Debbie Steed - diverticulitis - preparing for upcoming procedure August 15
  • Kim Kuykendall - test’s and evaluations continue
  • Janice Jarrard - sister diagnosed with ovarian cancer
  • Sharon Willits - in Jasper undergoing tests - trouble walking
  • Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) and daughter (Dawn Chappel)
  • Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - more cancer related treatments
  • Liz Patton’s son - struggling with PTSD
  • Alex Box - Chatuge Regional Nursing Home (visitors welcome!) Room A29 - driving from Blairsville take the first left up the hill after you pass McConnel Baptist Church in Hiawassee.
  • Nancy Sanford’s Mother in Kansas - alzheimers and now also lung cancer
  • Nancy Joyce’s – Brother-in Law in Penn.- general health
  • Alex and Pat Box’s Son (Stephen) – severe health issues related to chronic Lyme disease - long term treatment continues
  • Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
  • Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

FINANCE

What a privilege it is to be part of this generous faith family!
                                                Received                     YTD
August 6th                                  $27,550                      $ 670,790

Tickle – August 1, 2017

I must admit that Sunday was a very emotional day for us. All who were here know that we took the time at all three worship services with Camden to acknowledge and celebrate his many ministries since Sunday was his last day serving as our Youth Director. Thank you Camden for being present at all 3 services. We also took the time to properly send off Kyle Wilkins (our drummer for OVERFLOW at THE WELL for the last 2 years) to the Universty of North Georgia. These folks are family. We love them and we will miss them. We share life together in this place of grace. Truly appreciate every moment we all share together as the blessing God has sent.
God’s Peace, pastor mark

Last Saturday’s Backpack to School Bash was a tremendous success! Over 375 families were given school supplies. Thank you everyone for your help in this huge community event!

Pastor Mark will meet with the Youth (6th graders to 12th graders) this Wednesday night at 6 pm in the lower level of the MAC to talk about the transition from Camden’s ministry to Jennifer’s ministry for all youth who are interested. It will also give pastor mark a chance to pray for you before the school year begins. Come be with your pastor before school begins.

FUMC Prayer Team Meeting is this Thursday at 5:30 pm in the board room for one hour. All members of our church are invited to attend.

Spiritual Gathering of Men is this Saturday.

Meet with us for one hour in the Fellowship Hall this Saturday from 9 am to 10 am. Jay Golden (from our praise band OVERFLOW) will be helping with the music this time. Pastor mark will be leading the devotional time and meeting time.

Camden Goddard’s farewell reception will be August 9,

Wednesday evening in MAC at 5:30 pm. It is a pot luck with the church providing ham and chicken. You are asked to bring a side dish or dessert as we celebrate’s Camden’s many ministries here at FUMC. There will be a basket out to receive any cards and appreciation gifts at the dinner for Camden.

Not this week, but Upcoming Key Events

1. YAH Back to School “Bunco Fellowship” Friday, August 11th 6:00pm In the Fellowship Hall - Everyone should bring an appetizer or a dessert and a $2.00 per person donation. Bunco has been played in America at least since the 1800’s. It is a game of pure luck; no real skill is required other than rolling dice. However, the game is played in upbeat, social settings involving a lot of eating and fellowship! Join us!
2. The church is offering CPR classes twice in August. The first class is Saturday, August 12th from 9 till noon. The second class will be Wednesday, 23rd from 6 pm till 9 pm. Space is limited. Sign up sheets will be on the narthex desk.
3. Our Connectional Group “Great Night of Music” is at Hiawasse UMC on Sunday evening August 13 at 6:30 pm. The ladies a capella group “Shenanigans” will be representing FUMC. Each UMC provides a musical group to do 2 songs. With 8 UMC’s it ends up being a joyous 60-90 minutes of musical variety. Come early - expanding more this year to handle full house.
4. Wednesday Night Nurture begins August 16 at 5 pm. Indoor picnic in MAC. Church will provide bbq. You are asked to bring the side dishes and desserts. This will be followed with the youth meeting Jennifer and the Stephen Ministry Prayer/Healing Service.
5. Jennifer de la Montagne (our new Youth Director) and Erin Fincannon (our Youth Helper from last year) will be here to meet both youth and parents on Wednesday night August 16 at 6 pm in the lower level of the MAC.
6. Stephen Ministry Prayer / Healing Service: On Wednesday, August 16th the Stephen Ministry is holding a prayer/healing service to pray for our teachers, support staff and students as they begin a new school year. All are invited.
7. Parents, you will begin to see our new Nursery Director (Donna Fredericks) in the nursery area during August.

Pray without Ceasing for

World peace - every nation, every family, every child, every soul
Back to School transition for everyone involved
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team
Camden Goddard & Kyle Wilkins
Several expectant Mommies in our congregation
Claudia Deprez - undergoing chemo
Phil Salling - healing from leg procedure
Hugh Lee - broken hip
Lee Dunham - recovering from toe surgery
Helen Owenby - broken arm
Rick Gutierrez - not cancer - still healing
David Lifsey - GI surgery friday to resolve chronic reflux problems
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles (there are many in our faith family and extended faith family) and all their loving caregivers
Martha Preston - Murphy Nursing Home for rehab recovering from hip surgery
Debbie Steed - diverticulitis - preparing for upcoming procedure August 15
Kim Kuykendall - test’s and evaluations continue
Janice Jarrard - sister diagnosed with ovarian cancer
Sharon Willits - in Jasper undergoing tests - trouble walking
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) and daughter (Dawn Chappel)
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - more cancer related treatments
Liz Patton’s son - struggling with PTSD
Alex Box - Hiawassee Rehab Center (visitors welcome!) Room A29 - driving from Blairsville take the first left up the hill after you pass McConnel Baptist Church in Hiawassee.
Nancy Sanford’s Mother in Kansas - alzheimers and now also lung cancer
Nancy Joyce’s - Brother-in Law in Penn.- general health
Alex and Pat Box’s Son (Stephen) – severe health issues related to chronic Lyme disease - long term treatment continues
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Finance

Through your amazing generosity, we have now 100% covered the cost of our new HVAC unit in the Fundamentals Room without impacting our existing ministry plan! Thank you Church!

Received YTD
July 2nd $25,118 $557,141
July 9th $17,442 $574,584
July 16th $33,894 $608,478
July 23rd $15,191 $623,669
July 30th $19,570 $643,239

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