FUMC Words for Wednesday: 10-11-23

10-11-2023 FUMC Words for Wednesday

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

John 14:27 NRSV

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:31-32 NASB

We have been through some difficult times.

Many things have occured over these last couple of years.

Meetings have been held.

Discussions shared.

Monday night First United Methodist held its vote with 265 ballots cast. 149 votes for disaffiliation, 116 votes to remain a United Methodist Congregation. However, the vote did not reach the 2/3 majority needed to disaffiliate. Our feelings and emotions run the gamut. I understand that many of you are disappointed. You have my prayers. Many of you are relieved that this church will remain United Methodist. My prayers are with you also. And my prayer for all of us is for God’s grace and mercy to be poured out upon us all.

When I arrived here three months ago, I was amazed at the activity and multiplicity of ministries that this congregation provides. As I learned the history of this church and heard your individual stories, I could see God’s handiwork in this patchwork quilt of faith. But what emerges as the comoon thread in all your stories was most all of you came to be a part of this church not because of a denominatioin affiliation, but because of the ministry and fellowship of this community. What God has built here is very special. Because in the midst of ministry, fellowship, worship and study you are one people. God’s people. Political, idealogical, or any other difference did not prevent you from coming together to glorify God and minister to this community. This is what being the Church is all about.

As your pastor, my commitment to you is to see that this never changes. That what God has established continues. That the community and spirit that drew you to this place continues to glorify God. THEREFORE, I extend my hand and commitment to all of you, regardless of where you stand, to join me in continuing the fellowship and ministry of THIS church to THIS community and beyond to the Glory of God!

We may not all agree on the issues, but let us join our hearts and hands in glorifying God through service, worship and fellowship.

To God be the Glory,

Pastor Jimmy

Wednesday Night Bible Studies are meeting at 6 pm.

The youth and childen (MYF and Jr MYF) will meet in the downstairs

of the MAC.

Adults will meet in the Fundamental Room (below the fellowship hall).

Be sure to tell your friends and neighbors to come to our festival this weekend, both Friday and Saturday 9:00 am till 2:00 pm.

All volunteers for the BBQ should report to the MAC kitchen at 9:00 am on Friday.

We can always take last minute volunteeers. If you find yourself with free time this weekend, please come and help out.

We need baked goods to be sold at the Bake Shop during the Fall Festival. You may bring any baked goods to the church and leave them in the MAC dining room on October 12th during church hours (9-3). Please include a note if your item/items includes nuts.

Thank you to Chris Kendrick of Incredible Storage for donating the use of a storage unit for 6 weeks. The unit was used to store dozens of boxes of clothes for the Fall Festival. Incredible Storage has two locations, one behind Freeman Gas next to Mike’s Seafood, and a new location in Hayesville.

October 18: Bingo for Books at 3:30pm in the MAC.

(Due to an overwhelming response, no more books are needed at this time. Thank you for your generosity. )

October 28: Trip to Byron Herbert Reece Farm for

Concert by Jayna Jennings

Click Here to sign up

 For more information, please contact Pam Jordan at 706-897-3188

CALLING ALL VETS:

We would like to recognize our Veterans in the month of November. If you are a veteran, please send us a picture of you in uniform, with the information of what branch, date of service and years of service. Please email all this info along with your picture to Ingrid at iengle@firstmethodistblairsville.com. Deadline to submit is October 31st.

The following people can pick up their nametags in the church office. Nametags are $13 each.

Phil Cook

Pete Hill

Jean Hill

The Women’s Enrichment Center (WEC) is looking for someone from FUMC to be their church liason between us. The liason ensures our church is aware of special happenings with WEC. If you are interested, please contact the church office.

CPR Class and Diabetic Workshop –

Sign-up sheets for these opportunities are on the Narthex desk.

The Morning Glory Circle is taking coat donations for their annual coat give-away in November. Coats of all sizes and which show little wear are needed. You may drop off your donations in the closet across from the MAC desk.

We have quite a collection of unclaimed eyeglasses and thermos bottles. If you are missing one, please check the MAC desk and claim yours.

FOUND: a pair of keys on a keychain marked “Gloria” were found in a donated purse.

Hello to all of our friends a family from Emmanuel!

For those who are not familiar with Orphanage

Emmanuel, it was started by David Martinez (and his wife Lydia) after David had a vision from God to, “Go and take care of My children.”

What an incredible experience that must have been for David, and what an incredible experience it is for us to get to be a part in God’s much greater plan!

Emmanuel currently has around 250 children of all ages, a few staff who grew up here themselves, and a handful of volunteer staff, who much like our family, came with a volunteering team and heard God calling them to serve here!

I come to you all today with such a heart for Emmanuel and to ask for your prayers! We know that God will continue to provide for His children here, as He has since it began. However, all of the staff at Emmanuel are currently wearing two hats. Because there are not many long term volunteers, it is difficult for them to assign duties and tasks out to the volunteers that are here. Please pray for the staff here, that they do not get weary & that they continue to see God’s provision in their lives here at Emmanuel. And pray for future staff & volunteers, that they can hear God’s call on their lives when He says, “Go!” We know that there is great power in prayer, and ask that join us in praying for Emmanuel daily!

One other BIG announcement: Emmanuel is preparing for Christmas because it takes at least a month for items to reach us from the states! If you would like to send cards, gifts, or other necessities for Emmanuel or for our family, you may do so! Items need to arrive at the address below before the deadline date of October 28! You can mail them, deliver directly from an online store, or deliver to the address in person. Please contact them first if you plan to show up. If you are sending items for the Orphanage, you may address them to the office. If you are sending them to our family, please address them to April Southern so that they can be sorted without being opened.

Thank you all so much for your continued prayers and your support! If you need a warm place to visit for Thanksgiving, our home is always open.

The Southern Family (April, Zayden, Zoey and Micah)

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.

Joe Roach – 90 year old member who is having some health issues.

Brenda Turner – Carotid artery blockage, healing from surgery

The Church will be closed on Monday October 16th.

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Monday-Thursday 9 am - 3:00 pm

Pickleball Schedule!

The Blairsville Pickleball Club now plays on Tuesdays from 12:00pm till 3:00pm. Everyone is welcome! Join us!

Fitness Classes For You!

“Ladies Exercise”: Led by Lisa Toups. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 - 10:00 am in M-30.

“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.

  • SPECIFIC:
  • Mark Beam - recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • April & Clint Blackmon - Clint has cancer
  • Lyric Brogden’s friend Lu Millsaps - cancer diagnosis
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • 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 - health issues
  • Mitzi Gasaway - breast cancer, taking treatments
  • Christine Golden - abdominal cancer
  • Cheri Hulke’s son Scott - health issues
  • Nancy Hussey’s sister Debbie Wilfert- cancer treatments
  • Kitty Jones - reoccuring cancer
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Shannon Miller’s mom Wanda Pickelsimer
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Carrie Parker’s newborn daughter Vera having heart issues
  • Brittany Payne - still having seizures
  • Jeannie Pickerill’s granddaughter Kyla Bauer- has a second bout with cancer
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Isiah Arrant-long term recovery from burns
  • Linda/Jerry Roberson- both have continuing health issues
  • Nikki Schuknecht - successful surgery, continued prayers for recovery
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Glenda Taylor - recovering from eye surgery
  • Zach Thompson - search for stem cell donor
  • Brenda Turner - heart issues

HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:

  • Bill Bender
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Alex Box
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Joyce Byers
  • David Cline
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Christine Golden
  • Jana Howe
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Linda McClarnon
  • Leura Mollnhauer
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Niki Owrey
  • Jeanne Pickerill
  • Jerry Roberson
  • Carol/Norm Rogers
  • Avis Shaw
  • Fritz Simonsen
  • Sue Stewart
  • Zach Thompson
  • Carol 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 and Shirley 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…………YTD Received

October 1st……….$24,500…………..$624,471

October 8th……….$ 9,807……………$634,279

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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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!

FUMC Words for Wednesday: 10-4-2023

09-27-2023 FUMC Words for Wednesday

Two Kinds of Giving

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 measurement of our commitment is not in how much we give, but in how much we hold back.

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

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, an 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.

Winston Churchill 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; is has to do with the depth of our love, 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.”

May God bless your giving and may your giving reflect your love for God!

 

In Christ,

Jimmy

Pursuant to the United Methodist Book of Discipline ¶2553, District Superintendent Douglas Gilreath calls for a Church Conference to be conducted in accordance with ¶248 and gives broad notice to the full professing membership of the First United Methodist Church of Union County (“FUMC”) that the Church Conference will be held on Monday, October 9, 2023 at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Union County in Blairsville, Georgia. Registration for the Church Conference will begin shortly after 5:00pm. Any decision to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the professing members of FUMC present at the Church Conference. If you have any questions about this conference, please send an email to the below address. May our good Lord guide us and give us wisdom as we move forward with this very important decision.

Teresa L Davis, Chair

FUMC Church Council

tdavis280@gmail.com

Church Supper tonight

Pizza, salad and dessert

 

Wednesday Night Bible Studies are meeting at 6 pm.

The youth and childen (MYF and Jr MYF) will meet in the downstairs

of the MAC.

Adults will meet in the Fundamental Room (below the fellowship hall).

October 18: Bingo for Books at 3:30pm in the MAC.

(Donations of gently used books are appreciated ahead of time

so that they might be used as awards for BINGO.)

October 28: Trip to Byron Herbert Reece Farm for

Concert by Jayna Jennings

Click Here to sign up

The next FUMC Church Council meeting will be in the MAC on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 6:30pm. We will be approving nominations and the pastor’s salary for next year.

 For more information, please contact Pam Jordan at 706-897-3188

The following people can pick up their nametags in the church office. Nametags are $13 each.

Phil Cook

Stephanie Gray

Sara Pertain

Robin McIntosh

Pete Hill

Jean Hill

Updated COVID-19 Vaccine

A 2023-2024 updated COVID-19 vaccine has been recommended by the CDC for use in the US. This vaccine is bi-valent (active against 2 strains) & more closely targets the XBB lineage of the Omicron variant, as well as, the newer EG.5 and BA.2.86 strains. The new vaccines are expected to restore the protection against severe Covid-19, which may have decreased over time. The CDC expects the updated vaccines to be better at fighting currently circulating variants. Both Pfizer & Moderna have the new bi-valent vaccines.

If you have any questions about your vaccination status or if you should get this new vaccine, check with your primary care provider. It is expected that local pharmacies will be receiving their supply of the vaccine in the next 2 - 3 weeks.

You can receive 4 FREE at home COVID-19 tests from COVIDTests.gov and they will be delivered directly to your home. This is the Rapid Antigen test, not the PCR test.This is also the site where you can check expiration dates, many of which have been extended. If you need help placing your order for these tests contact: 1 800 232 0233. The US Government will continue to make COVID-19 tests available to uninsured individuals and under-served communities through existing outreach programs.

CPR Class and Diabetic Workshop –

Signup sheets for these opportunities are on Narthex desk for interested people.

Calling All Bakers

We need baked goods to be sold at the Bake Shop during the Fall Festival. You may bring any baked goods to the church and leave them in the MAC dining room on October 12th during church hours (9-3). Please include a note if your item/items includes nuts.

Tables will be set up down the administration hall on Sunday with

a preview of the silent auction items that will be in the Fall Festival.

Come take a look after services.

All volunteers for the BBQ should report to the MAC kitchen at 9:00am on October 13th.

The Morning Glory Circle is taking coat donations for their annual coat give-away in November. Coats of all sizes and which show little wear are needed. You may drop off your donations in the closet across from the MAC desk.

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.

Joe Roach – 90 year old member who is having some health issues.

Brenda Turner – Carotid artery blockage, healing from surgery

The Church will be closed on Monday October 16th.

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Monday-Thursday 9 am - 3:00 pm

Pickleball Schedule!

The Blairsville Pickleball Club now plays on Tuesdays from 12:00pm till 3:00pm. Everyone is welcome! Join us!

Fitness Classes For You!

“Ladies Exercise”: Led by Lisa Toups. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 - 10:00 am in M-30.

“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.

NEW “Balance Class” beginning October 2nd : Tuesday, 6 pm downstairs of the MAC. Must attend first 2 sessions.

CPR class is coming!

1 – Robin McIntosh 2 – Richard McGinnis 4 – Robert Head, Amy Rogers 5 – Jeff Neal 6 – Bill Cronk 7 – Donna Mollnhauer 8 – Vic Henderson 9 – Tim Hunter 10 – Sandra Buchanan, Maralyn Eby, Jim Steed 11 – Evie Miller 12 – Zachary Gibson, Richard Guimond, Cassie Ramey 13 – Kathy Heyer 14 – Scott Carter, Keith Groce 15 – Helen Douylliez, Carl Neuhaus 16 – Gloria Rhoades, Jane Thomas 17 – Kellie Davis, James Hood (son) 19 – Jacque Bentley, Kim Lewis 22 – Betty Rose Shope 23 – Diane Brackett, Marty Evans, William Mercer 24 – Murphy McGirt, Connie Rosenberry 25 – Jim Belcher, Joe Roach 26 – Tammy Fowler, Stephanie Gray 27 – Oliver Burdine 28 – Hailey Hand, Diane Kolb, Mike Lewis 29 – Marie Williams 31 – Harry Jinks, Kent Thomas

Our love and sympathy go to Pauline Taylor and Pam Jordan on the passing of their dear husband and uncle Ron Taylor this morning. Arrangements will be forthcoming.
The celebration of life for Nisia Redgrave will be at Vogel State Park on Friday, October 6th at noon in the open pavilion by the lake. Attire will be casual. A simple lunch will follow the service at a neighboring pavilion. Parking may be limited due to new construction. Come early and please do not park in the driveways to the rental cabins.

Our love and sympathy go out to the family of Nancy Stephens. Nancy passed away last Thursday. Details on her service will be forthcoming.

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:
  • Mark Beam - recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • April & Clint Blackmon - Clint has cancer
  • Lyric Brogden’s friend Lu Millsaps - cancer diagnosis
  • Joyce Byers - numerous medical issues
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Shirley Cobb - health issues
  • 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 - health issues
  • Susan Forrester - developed blood clots in legs
  • Mitzi Gasaway - breast cancer, taking treatments
  • Christine Golden - abdominal cancer
  • Cheri Hulke’s son Scott - health issues
  • Nancy Hussey’s sister Debbie Wilfert- cancer treatments
  • Kitty Jones - reoccuring cancer
  • Wayne Jones (Kitty’s husband) - health issues
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Shannon Miller’s mom Wanda Pickelsimer
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Carrie Parker’s newborn daughter Vera having heart issues
  • Brittany Payne - still having seizures
  • Jeannie Pickerill - broken ribs from accident
  • Jeannie Pickerill’s granddaughter Kyla Bauer- has a second bout with cancer
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Isiah Arrant-long term recovery from burns
  • Linda/Jerry Roberson- both have continuing health issues
  • Nikki Schuknecht - successful surgery, continued prayers for recovery
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Glenda Taylor - recovering from eye surgery
  • Pauline Taylor - passing of her husband Ron
  • Zach Thompson - search for stem cell donor
  • Brenda Turner - heart issues
  • Doris Wilder - recovering from surgery

HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:

  • Bill Bender
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Alex Box
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • David Cline
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Christine Golden
  • Jana Howe
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Linda McClarnon
  • Leura Mollnhauer
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Niki Owrey
  • Jeanne Pickerill
  • Jerry Roberson
  • Carol/Norm Rogers
  • Avis Shaw
  • Fritz Simonsen
  • Sue Stewart
  • Zach Thompson
  • Carol 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 and Shirley 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…………YTD Received

October 1st……….$24,500…………..$624,471

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

      We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation!

FUMC Words for Wednesday: 09-27-2023

09-27-2023 FUMC Words for Wednesday

Commonly Asked Questions about the Upcoming Church Vote Process

What if I can’t get there by 6 p.m.? Can I show up late and still VOTE?

We will start checking people in at 5 p.m. and ask that you arrive by 5:30 p.m to ensure we can check in everyone by the start of the meeting. Check-in will end at 5:45 p.m. to allow for registrars to enter the Sanctuary as well. However, one check-in table will remain from 5:45-5:50 p.m. for late arrivals. Once the meeting is called to order at 6 p.m., you will NOT be permitted entrance and CANNOT vote. Punctuality is imperative for this important meeting! Please plan to allow yourself time to park, check in and be seated. We suggest you plan to arrive NO LATER than 5:30 p.m.

 

What is the check-in process for the Church Conference?

For all members, check-in tables will be in the Narthex. Find your check-in table based on your last name. Please state your LAST NAME and then first name to the check-in volunteer and present photo identification to verify your name. Once you have been verified as a full member, you will receive your ballot and be permitted entrance to the building and be directed to the Sanctuary. Once inside, please move to the front of the Sanctuary for seating. Seating will be filled from front to back.

 

What forms of identification are acceptable?

A photo ID is absolutely required regardless of age. You may bring your driver’s license, government-issued ID, military ID, school ID, or any card with your photo and your name clearly printed on it. If you do not have a photo ID or are unable to obtain one, based on the requirements from the North Georgia Conference, you will not be allowed to receive a voting ballot.

 

How many votes does it take for the disaffiliation to pass?

The vote can only pass with a supermajority (at least two-thirds or 66.67% of the total number of ballots issued). This means that any ballots turned in with no markings or any ballots not turned in to the tellers will count as a NO vote. If you are present for the Church Conference and receive a ballot, you are encouraged to use that opportunity to vote and turn in your ballot.

Will the vote be taken by hand, voice, or ballot?

The vote will be taken by written ballot. The procedure is anonymous. The ballots will then be counted and preserved until after the Annual Conference vote in November.

 

Will we be able to see the ballot before October 9th?

No, the actual ballots will be provided by the District Superintendent. Here is the wording we anticipate:

Do you want the First United Methodist Church of Union County to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church for reasons of conscience regarding a change in the requirements and provisions of the Book of Discipline related to the practice of homosexuality or the ordination or marriage of self-avowed practicing homosexuals as resolved and adopted by the 2019 General Conference, or the actions or inactions of its annual conference related to these issues which follow as provided in Paragraph 2553 of The Book of Discipline?

Options will be Yes (disaffiliate) or No (remain UMC).

 

How will the vote be conducted?

Our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Doug Gilreath, will call the Conference to order. He will explain the ballot and the voting process. When instructed, you will use your ballot to vote either “yes” or “no.” A “yes” vote will mean that you do want First United Methodist Church of Union County to disaffiliate from the UMC. A “no” vote will mean that you do not want First United Methodist Church of Union County to disaffiliate from the UMC and want to remain a UMC church. The exact wording of the ballot will be provided by Dr. Gilreath. Designated individuals will collect all ballots and counting will begin immediately.

 

Who will count the votes?

The submitted ballots will be counted by a team of First United Methodist Church of Union County members (elected as tellers at the beginning of the church conference) and District tellers (selected by the District Superintendent).

 

May I leave after I vote?

We strongly encourage you to stay for the duration of the Church Conference. In the rare event of a count that’s too close to call, we will have a re-vote. For this reason, we request that all members stay until the conclusion of the meeting.

 

How will the vote be decided?

The decision to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) supermajority vote of the members present at the Church Conference. This is NOT a 2/3 vote of the entire registered membership. The 2/3 threshold will be based on the total number of ballots issued on Oct. 9. There must be at least 2/3 of the ballots marked YES out of the total number of ballots issued for the disaffiliation vote to pass.

 

When will the outcome be announced?

The outcome of the vote will be announced by Dr. Gilreath as soon as the count is verified by auditors that evening.

 

How long will the meeting take?

We expect the meeting to last approximately 1 hour, but it may go longer.

When will the disaffiliation be finalized?

If the vote to disaffiliate meets the 2/3 requirement, the disaffiliation will be ratified at a Special Called Annual Conference on Nov. 18 in Athens. 2/3 vote of the entire registered membership.

If I’m not a member, can I still attend the meeting and just not vote?

Please respect that this meeting is for full members only. Non-members will not be permitted entrance to the Sanctuary.

 

I’m not sure I’m a member. How can I verify my membership status?

We were required to submit a membership list to the District Office a couple of weeks ago. Only persons listed as members on this list will be allowed to vote. To confirm your status, you may email blairsvillefumcevelyn@gmail.com and we will respond as quickly as possible.

 

Thank you for your continued faithfulness to this process of discernment.

Please continue to keep this important vote in your prayers at 10:09 am and 10:09 pm.

~Pastor Jimmy

Pursuant to the United Methodist Book of Discipline ¶2553, District Superintendent Douglas Gilreath calls for a Church Conference to be conducted in accordance with ¶248 and gives broad notice to the full professing membership of the First United Methodist Church of Union County (“FUMC”) that the Church Conference will be held on Monday, October 9, 2023 at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Union County in Blairsville, Georgia. Registration for the Church Conference will begin shortly after 5:00pm. Any decision to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the professing members of FUMC present at the Church Conference. If you have any questions about this conference, please send an email to the below address. May our good Lord guide us and give us wisdom as we move forward with this very important decision.

Teresa L Davis, Chair

FUMC Church Council

tdavis280@gmail.com

Church Supper next week, October 4th at 5 pm.

Pizza, salad and dessert

 

Wednesday Night Bible Studies are meeting at 6 pm.

The youth and childen (MYF and Jr MYF) will meet in the downstairs

of the MAC.

Adults will meet in the Fundamental Room (below the fellowship hall).

October 18: Bingo for Books at 3:30pm in the MAC.

(Donations of gently used books are appreciated ahead of time

so that they might be used as awards for BINGO.)

October 28: Trip to Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Concert:

Jayna Jennings - See Ingrid to sign up. 13 slots avail.

The next FUMC Church Council meeting will be in the MAC on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 6:30pm. We will be approving nominations and the pastor’s salary for next year.

 For more information, please contact Pam Jordan at 706-897-3188

You can receive 4 FREE at home COVID-19 tests from COVIDTests.gov and they will be delivered directly to your home. This is the Rapid Antigen test, not the PCR test.This is also the site where you can check expiration dates, many of which have been extended. If you need help placing your order for these tests contact: 1 800 232 0233. The US Government will continue to make COVID-19 tests available to uninsured individuals and under-served communities through existing outreach programs.

ALL HANDS ON DECK !

We will be setting up the gym and fellowship hall beginning on

Monday, October 9th. Anyone with good backs or hands is invited

to help.

The Morning Glory Circle is taking coat donations for their annual coat give-away in November. Coats of all sizes and which show little wear are needed. You may drop off your donations in the closet across from the MAC desk.

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.

Joe Roach – 90 year old member who is having some health issues.

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Monday-Thursday 9 am - 3:00 pm

Pickleball Schedule!

The Blairsville Pickleball Club now plays on Tuesdays from 12:00pm till 3:00pm. Everyone is welcome! Join us!

Fitness Classes For You!

“Ladies Exercise”: Led by Lisa Toups. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 - 10:00 am in M-30.

“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.

NEW “Balance Class” beginning October 2nd : Tuesday, 6 pm downstairs of the MAC. Must attend first 2 sessions.

CPR class is coming!

1 – Robin McIntosh 2 – Richard McGinnis 4 – Robert Head, Amy Rogers 5 – Jeff Neal 6 – Bill Cronk 7 – Donna Mollnhauer 8 – Vic Henderson 9 – Tim Hunter 10 – Sandra Buchanan, Maralyn Eby, Jim Steed 11 – Evie Miller 12 – Zachary Gibson, Richard Guimond, Cassie Ramey 13 – Kathy Heyer 14 – Scott Carter, Keith Groce 15 – Helen Douylliez, Carl Neuhaus 16 – Gloria Rhoades, Jane Thomas 17 – Kellie Davis, James Hood (son) 19 – Jacque Bentley, Kim Lewis 22 – Betty Rose Shope 23 – Diane Brackett, Marty Evans, William Mercer 24 – Murphy McGirt, Connie Rosenberry 25 – Jim Belcher, Joe Roach 26 – Tammy Fowler, Stephanie Gray 27 – Oliver Burdine 28 – Hailey Hand, Diane Kolb, Mike Lewis 29 – Marie Williams 31 – Harry Jinks, Kent Thomas

Our love and sympathy go to Pauline Taylor and Pam Jordan on the passing of their dear husband and uncle Ron Taylor this morning. Arrangements will be forthcoming.
Our love and sympathy go to John Redgrave upon the passing of his beloved wife, Nisia. There will be a celebration of life at Vogel State Park on Friday, October 6th around noon. A simple lunch will follow the service.

Our love and sympathy go out to the family of Nancy Stephens. Nancy passed away last Thursday. Details on her service will be forthcoming.

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:
  • Mark Beam - recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • April & Clint Blackmon - Clint has cancer
  • Lyric Brogden’s friend Lu Millsaps - cancer diagnosis
  • Joyce Byers - numerous medical issues
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Shirley Cobb’s 2nd cousin Laurie Mulloy - undergoing chemo/radiation
  • Shirley Cobb’s niece Renee Cegelis - health issues with her lungs
  • Marcie Culpepper - neurologic pain in head; health issues
  • OASIS instructor Rachel Driskell - diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Jack Dugger - health issues
  • Susan Forrester - developed blood clots in legs
  • Mitzi Gasaway - breast cancer, taking treatments
  • Christine Golden - abdominal cancer
  • Cheri Hulke’s son Scott - health issues
  • Nancy Hussey’s sister Debbie Wilfert- cancer treatments
  • Kitty Jones - reoccuring cancer
  • Wayne Jones (Kitty’s husband) - health issues
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Shannon Miller’s mom Wanda Pickelsimer
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Carrie Parker’s newborn daughter Vera having heart issues
  • Brittany Payne - still having seizures; in NE Ga but might get out today
  • Jeannie Pickerill - broken ribs from accident
  • Jeannie Pickerill’s granddaughter Kyla Bauer- has a second bout with cancer
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Isiah Arrant-long term recovery from burns
  • Mack Riley’s neighbor Dennis Ashley - health concerns
  • Linda/Jerry Roberson- both have continuing health issues
  • Nikki Schuknecht - upcoming surgery on Oct. 3rd to remove tumor on her colon
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Ria (Ledbetter) Sullivan - post tonsillectomy healing
  • Pauline Taylor - passing of her husband Ron
  • Zach Thompson - search for stem cell donor
  • Brenda Turner - heart issues
  • Doris Wilder - surgery on Monday

HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:

  • Bill Bender
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Alex Box
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • David Cline
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Christine Golden
  • Jana Howe
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Linda McClarnon
  • Leura Mollnhauer
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Niki Owrey
  • Jeanne Pickerill
  • Jerry Roberson
  • Carol/Norm Rogers
  • Avis Shaw
  • Fritz Simonsen
  • Sue Stewart
  • Carole Thompson
  • Zach Thompson
  • Carol 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 and Shirley 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…………YTD Received

September 24th….$22,089…………..$599,971

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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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!

FUMC Words of Wednesday: 09-20-2023

09-20-2023 FUMC Words for Wednesday

Would You Pray with Me?

 

There is much that is going on in our lives, in our world, and in our church. It is in trying times that we need the Lord the most. We need his wisdom, guidance, and discernment.

With the upcoming Church Conference and vote on October 9th, I invite you to join me in prayer for wisdom and discernment. Starting tomorrow, September 20th and concluding on Sunday, October 8th, let us join together at 10:09 am and 10:09 pm for prayer. I encourage you to set an alarm, reminder, something to remind you to pray at those times each day. Wherever you are, for as long as you are led to pray, ask for God’s wisdom, discernment and listen for his guidance for your life, your decisions and for his church.

Here is a prayer suggestion that may guide you.

Father, I pray that You would grant me the Spirit of wisdom and discernment so that I may know You better and love You more.

Give me an understanding heart so that I may be open to hear Your voice and hear You say, “this is the path, walk in it.”

Use me I pray, to be Your hands and feet, Your voice and heart, that I may be a channel through which You pour out Your grace to others. May I decrease to nothing so that only Christ is seen in my life. I ask this in the power of the Spirit and in the name of Jesus, in Whose name I pray,

Amen.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.

Peace,

Jimmy

Pursuant to the United Methodist Book of Discipline ¶2553, District Superintendent Douglas Gilreath calls for a Church Conference to be conducted in accordance with ¶248 and gives broad notice to the full professing membership of the First United Methodist Church of Union County (“FUMC”) that the Church Conference will be held on Monday, October 9, 2023 at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Union County in Blairsville, Georgia. Registration for the Church Conference will begin shortly after 5:00pm. Any decision to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the professing members of FUMC present at the Church Conference. If you have any questions about this conference, please send an email to the below address. May our good Lord guide us and give us wisdom as we move forward with this very important decision.

Teresa L Davis, Chair

FUMC Church Council

tdavis280@gmail.com

PS Thank you to everyone who has either called or emailed questions regarding the upcoming Church Vote.  Watch your email this week for detailed information on questions asked as well as an overview of things you should know about the upcoming Church Vote.

Church Supper this week, September 20th.

 

Menu is meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, vegetable and dessert.

This Saturday is Capture the Flag. Come join the fun or bring a chair to watch the fun. It all begins at 5 pm outside the MAC.

Wednesday Night Bible Studies are meeting at 6 pm.

The youth and childen (MYF and Jr MYF) will meet in the downstairs

of the MAC.

Adults will meet in the Fundamental Room (below the fellowship hall).

Greetings from your Finance Team!  After our most recent meeting, we felt it was important to reach out to you, our Church Family, to update you on the current financial needs.  Did you know:

 

*     We have 13 people on staff in ministry to our Church Family (not including all music staff)

*     There are 36 HVAC units to heat and cool the church

*     Our monthly mortgage on the MAC is $13,076.99

*     Just like you, we also have utilities, maintenance and upkeep of the building, as well as expenses associated with missions and ministry

 

To meet our monthly obligations, we need to average $22,000 weekly.  If you are giving, we thank you.  If you are not giving, we ask that you consider it.  Please be in prayer how God is leading you.  Either way, we need and appreciate everyone’s gifts and contributions.

IT IS FINISHED!

Our children LOVE playing on their new playground. THANK YOU to the various men and women who gave of their time to put the equipment together.

The next FUMC Church Council meeting will be in the MAC on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 6:30pm. We will be approving nominations and the pastor’s salary for next year.

 For more information, please contact Pam Jordan at 706-897-3188

Young at Heart group at Brasstown Bald on Tuesday.

Many thanks to the member who took it upon herself to clean up our front walk. It looks fantastic!

 CEC Tools for Schools

Please help our Children’s Enrichment Center at FUMC! Simply link your Ingles Advantage Card to our school. You can ask your friends & family to link their cards, too. Then, each time you shop at Ingles, your purchase is automatically credited to our school & you are helping CEC earn valuable school equipment. You will find forms in our Narthex or at the Ingles Customer Service desk. Our school code is 10648. THANK YOU in advance for helping our school & little ones in our community!

OASIS is looking for a few good men to help setup and breakdown classrooms. If you are able, please contact Alan Zimmerman at 706-994-0603.

The Parish Nurses is looking to expand their group. If you are a past or present nurse and would like to serve, please contact Diane Kolb at 706 487 9764 or dkolb159@gmail.com.

Also, we have disposable diapers of all sizes to be given out.

OCTOBER 13TH AND 14TH 9 am till 2pm

This Friday (9-12) will be the last day to donate clothing for the Fall Festival.

You have given generously and we are out of room!

The Morning Glory Circle is taking coat donations for their annual coat give-away in November. Coats of all sizes and which show little wear are needed. You may drop off your donations in the closet across from the MAC desk.

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.

Joe Roach – 90 year old member who is having some health issues.

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Monday-Thursday 9 am - 3:00 pm

Pickleball Schedule!

The Blairsville Pickleball Club now plays on Tuesdays from 12:00pm till 3:00pm. Everyone is welcome! Join us!

Fitness Classes For You!

“Ladies Exercise”: Led by Lisa Toups. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 - 10:00 am in M-30.

“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.

NEW “Balance Class” : Another Balance Class will be forming soon. IF you haven’t already signed up please do so now. A sign-up sheet is on the narthex desk. Please indicate if you would like daytime or evening class. The class is 8 weeks long and you must attend the 1st 2 classes to continue.

CPR class is coming!

Arrangements for Jim Aiken:

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30th at 11 am at Coosa Methodist Church. An outdoor Celebration Visitation will also be held September 29th from 4 to 6 p.m. at Conley Pavilion at Meeks Park in Blairsville. Food and beverages will be provided. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the charity of your choice.

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:
  • Alice Aiken - Passing of husband Jim
  • Mark Beam - recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • April & Clint Blackmon - Clint has cancer
  • Lyric Brogden’s friend Lu Millsaps - cancer diagnosis
  • Joyce Byers - numerous medical issues
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Shirley Cobb’s 2nd cousin Laurie Mulloy - undergoing chemo/radiation
  • Shirley Cobb’s niece Renee Cegelis - health issues with her lungs
  • Kathy Cook’s son-in-law Erik Love’s mother passed away in Tokyo
  • Marcie Culpepper - neurologic pain in head; health issues
  • OASIS instructor Rachel Driskell - diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Jack Dugger - health issues
  • Susan Forrester - developed blood clots in legs
  • Mitzi Gasaway - breast cancer, taking treatments
  • Christine Golden - abdominal cancer
  • Jay Golden - heart attack and had stent put in
  • Cheri Hulke’s son Scott - health issues
  • Nancy Hussey’s sister Debbie Wilfert- cancer treatments
  • Kitty Jones - reoccuring cancer
  • Wayne Jones (Kitty’s husband) - health issues
  • Linda McClarnon - recovering from hand surgery yesterday
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Shannon Miller’s mom Wanda Pickelsimer
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Carrie Parker’s newborn daughter Vera having heart issues
  • Brittany Payne - still having seizures; in NE Ga but might get out today
  • Jeannie Pickerill - broken ribs from accident
  • Jeannie Pickerill’s granddaughter Kyla Bauer- has a second bout with cancer
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Isiah Arrant-long term recovery from burns
  • John and Nisia Redgrave as Nisia nears the end of her journey on earth
  • Mack Riley’s neighbor Dennis Ashley - health concerns
  • Linda/Jerry Roberson- both have continuing health issues
  • Nikki Schuknecht - colon/liver cancer;receiving treatments
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • April Southern’s mom (Laurel Denmon) - health issues
  • Ron Taylor - in hospice care at the nursing home
  • Carole Thompson - recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • Brenda Turner - heart issues

HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:

  • Bill Bender
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Alex Box
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • David Cline
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Christine Golden
  • Jana Howe
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Leura Mollnhauer
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Niki Owrey
  • Jeanne Pickerill
  • Jerry Roberson
  • Carol/Norm Rogers
  • Avis Shaw
  • Fritz Simonsen
  • Sue Stewart
  • Carole Thompson
  • Zach Thompson
  • Carol 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 and Shirley McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Nursing Home
  • Ron Taylor - UG Nursing Home
  • 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…………YTD Received

September 17th….$20,385…………..$577,881

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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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!

FUMC Words for Wednesday: 09-13-2023

09-13-2023 FUMC Words for Wednesday

Prayer for the Anniversary of 9/11

O God, our hope and refuge,

in our distress we come quickly to you.

Shock and horror of that tragic day have subsided,

replaced now with an emptiness,

a longing for an innocence lost.

We come remembering those who lost their lives

in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania.

We are mindful of the sacrifice of public servants

who demonstrated the greatest love of all

by laying down their lives for friends.

We commit their souls to your eternal care

and celebrate their gifts to a fallen humanity.

We come remembering

and we come in hope,

not in ourselves, but in you.

As foundations we once thought secure have been shaken,

we are reminded of the illusion of security.

In commemorating this tragedy,

we give you thanks for your presence

in our time of need

and we seek to worship you in Spirit and in truth,

our guide and our guardian.

Amen.

- Rev. Jeremy Pridgeon

May God continue to watch over and protect the families of those who lost their lives on that tragic day. And may those who gave their life to save others be remembered always for their service and sacrifice.

Peace,

Jimmy

Pursuant to the United Methodist Book of Discipline ¶2553, District Superintendent Douglas Gilreath calls for a Church Conference to be conducted in accordance with ¶248 and gives broad notice to the full professing membership of the First United Methodist Church of Union County (“FUMC”) that the Church Conference will be held on Monday, October 9, 2023 at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Union County in Blairsville, Georgia. Registration for the Church Conference will begin shortly after 5:00pm. Any decision to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the professing members of FUMC present at the Church Conference. If you have any questions about this conference, please send an email to the below address. May our good Lord guide us and give us wisdom as we move forward with this very important decision.

Teresa L Davis, Chair

FUMC Church Council

tdavis280@gmail.com

Next Church Supper will be on September 20th.

Menu is meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, vegetable and dessert.

THANK YOU! The Robinettes are very appreciative of all the people who pitched in last week and helped clean up after the meal. That is a HUGE help for these ladies who spend their day prepping, cooking and decorating for the meal.

Wednesday Night Bible Studies are meeting at 6 pm.

The youth and childen (MYF and Jr MYF) will meet in the downstairs

of the MAC.

Adults will meet in the Fundamental Room (below the fellowship hall).

Trip to Brasstown Bald

There is 1 slot left for the trip to Brasstown Bald on Tuesday, Sept. 19th. Cost is $8.00. If you are interested, please see Ingrid.

 

CEC is revamping our children’s playground with brand new equipment and new “flooring”. Yet, we need help assembling the new playground equipment? We will be planning a work day, but anyone who can volunteer extra time to come would be greatly appreciated! If interested, please contact Jessica at 706-897-6621

Ladies, join us online for our Bible study in GENESIS.  THe Bible Study begins online this Wednesday, September 13, at 10:30 am via Zoom.  Sign up at the narthex desk, contact doris eshelman@gmail.com or text 810-923-5795.   Study guide available through Amazon or most Bible bookstores.  If you need help with Zoom we will help you get started. You can use a phone, computer or pad.

 CEC Tools for Schools

Please help our Children’s Enrichment Center at FUMC! Simply link your Ingles Advantage Card to our school. You can ask your friends & family to link their cards, too. Then, each time you shop at Ingles, your purchase is automatically credited to our school & you are helping CEC earn valuable school equipment. You will find forms in our Narthex or at the Ingles Customer Service desk. Our school code is 10648. THANK YOU in advance for helping our school & little ones in our community!

OASIS is looking for a few good men to help setup and breakdown classrooms. If you are able, please contact Alan Zimmerman at 706-994-0603.

The Parish Nurses is looking to expand their group. If you are a past or present nurse and would like to serve, please contact Diane Kolb at 706 487 9764 or dkolb159@gmail.com.

Also, we have disposable diapers of all sizes to be given out.

OCTOBER 13TH AND 14TH 9 am till 2pm

We are eagerly making preparations for the festival but need your help!

  • We need volunteers to work, to bake cookies, pies, etc., to comb through their Christmas decor and donate, to donate homemade jams and jellies or veggies, or to make crafts to sell. All proceeds go to MAC debt relief. If you need further information, please contact Joe Duket at 770 530 2340.
  • We are taking in clothing donations and your “treasures” on Friday mornings from 9am till noon. Clothing may be dropped off at the kitchen door of the fellowship hall. Treasures may be taken directly to the annex.
  • We need costume jewelry to sell at the Fall Festival. Also, any silver plated items like tea and coffee sets, sugar bowls and creamers and platters are needed. You may drop off with the Treasures on Friday or contact Kathy Wiley at 706 374 2359H/860 307 6941Cell.

The Morning Glory Circle is taking coat donations for their annual coat give-away in November. Coats of all sizes and which show little wear are needed. You may drop off your donations in the closet across from the MAC desk.

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.

Laurie Mulley - Cancer treatments

Jay Golden - stent put in heart

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Monday-Thursday 9 am - 3:00 pm

Pickleball Schedule!

The Blairsville Pickleball Club now plays on Tuesdays from 12:00pm till 3:00pm. Everyone is welcome! Join us!

Fitness Classes For You!

“Ladies Exercise”: Led by Lisa Toups. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 - 10:00 am in M-30.

“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.

NEW “Balance Class” : Another Balance Class will be forming. A sign-up sheet is on the narthex desk. Please indicate if you would like daytime or evening class. The class is 8 weeks long and you must attend the 1st 2 classes to continue.

We are sad to announce that Pastor Jim Aiken passed away yesterday. He supplied our pulpit between Febraury and June 2013. Please keep his wife Alice and family in your prayers. Arrangements are unknown at this time.

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:
  • Alice Aiken - Passing of husband Jim
  • Mark Beam - recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • April & Clint Blackmon - Clint has cancer
  • Lyric Brogden’s friend Lu Millsaps - cancer diagnosis
  • Joyce Byers - numerous medical issues
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Shirley Cobb’s 2nd cousin Laurie Mulloy - undergoing chemo/radiation
  • Shirley Cobb’s niece Renee Cegelis - health issues with her lungs
  • Kathy Cook’s son-in-law Erik Love’s mother passed away in Tokyo
  • Marcie Culpepper - neurologic pain in head; health issues
  • OASIS instructor Rachel Driskell - diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Jack Dugger - health issues
  • Susan Forrester - developed blood clots in legs
  • Mitzi Gasaway - breast cancer, taking treatments
  • Christine Golden - abdominal cancer
  • Jay Golden - heart attack and had stent put in
  • Kathy Heyer - in UGH
  • Cheri Hulke’s son Scott - health issues
  • Nancy Hussey’s sister Debbie Wilfert- cancer treatments
  • Kitty Jones - reoccuring cancer
  • Wayne Jones (Kitty’s husband) - health issues
  • Linda McClarnon - recovering from hand surgery yesterday
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Shannon Miller’s mom Wanda Pickelsimer
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Carrie Parker’s newborn daughter Vera having heart issues
  • Brittany Payne - home from hospital
  • Jeannie Pickerill - broken ribs from accident
  • Jeannie Pickerill’s granddaughter Kyla Bauer- has a second bout with cancer
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Isiah Arrant-long term recovery from burns
  • John and Nisia Redgrave as Nisia nears the end of her journey on earth
  • Mack Riley’s neighbor Dennis Ashley - health concerns
  • Linda/Jerry Roberson- both have continuing health issues
  • Nikki Schuknecht - colon/liver cancer;receiving treatments
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • April Southern’s mom (Laurel Denmon) - health issues
  • Ron Taylor - in hospice care at the nursing home
  • Carole Thompson - recovering from knee replacement surgery

HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:

  • Bill Bender
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Alex Box
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • David Cline
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Christine Golden
  • Jana Howe
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Leura Mollnhauer
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Niki Owrey
  • Jeanne Pickerill
  • Jerry Roberson
  • Carol/Norm Rogers
  • Avis Shaw
  • Fritz Simonsen
  • Sue Stewart
  • Carole Thompson
  • Zach Thompson
  • Carol 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 and Shirley McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Nursing Home
  • Ron Taylor - UG Nursing Home
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living - under hospice care

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A Note from Your Finance Team THANK YOU!!!

………………………… Received…………YTD Received

September 10th….$15,521…………..$557,496.72

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

      We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation!

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