FUMC Words for Wednesday: 05-15-2024

05-15-2024 FUMC Words for Wednesday

PENTECOST SUNDAY

 

Pentecost is this Sunday, May 19th. But many people, including Christians, may not know why the day is special or what is celebrated. Unlike Easter and Christmas, when colorful eggs, Easter bunnies, Christmas trees and Santa Claus are harbingers of the up-coming Christian holidays, there are no such social markers by secular society ahead of Pentecost.

For those who need a quick and basic understanding of what Pentecost Sunday is, below is listed 10 things you should know about the holiday.

1. Pentecost Sunday marks the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles.

2. Pentecost Sunday occurs 50 days after Easter.

3. The Bible records the Pentecost in Acts 2:1-13.

4. Pentecost comes 10 days after the Ascension of Jesus Christ.

5. Pentecost is also known as “the birthday of the Church”.

6. Pentecost fulfills Jesus’ promise to send the “Counselor” and “Spirit of Truth” in John 16:5-15.

7. Pentecost launches the large-scale spreading of the Gospel after Jesus’ ascension.

Acts 2:41 records that after Peter spoke to the crowd after receiving the Holy Spirit, some 3,000 people were baptized.

8. The Pentecostal movement derives its name from the New Testament event in Acts 2.

9. Jews also celebrate Pentecost, but not for the same reason as Christians. The celebration by Jews of Pentecost is to observe God giving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai 50 days after the Exodus. The Pentecost in Jewish tradition takes place 50 days after Passover.

10. In Western churches, Pentecost is usually represented with the color red, which symbolizes the fire of the Holy Spirit.

 

Join us for our Pentecost celebration on May 19th!    Wear red!   And continue to spread the wondrous story of Jesus and his love!

Jimmy

Supper at 5 pm

Menu: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable and dessert

Youth and Children will meet at 6 pm.

Pastor Jimmy will continue his 3 week study on 2 Thessalonians.

We welcome Janice Hayman as our new Financial Secretary. She will work on Mondays and Wednesdays. Her direct email is jhayman@firstmethodistblairsville.com. Please give her a warm welcome.
TRIP IS FULL - you’re welcome to follow along behind the bus. Young at Heart Day Trip to Gibbs Garden in Ball Ground on Saturday, May 18th. Cost for seniors is $18. Bring money for lunch at the Arbor Cafe there in the park. Sign up with Ingrid at iengle@firstmethodistblairsville.com

Our next Church Council meeting is Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30pm in the MAC.  In addition to it’s regular business meeting, we will also (1) hear the current state of our church (2) get an update on the recent General Conference, and (3) hear the results of the Natural Church Development survey. All church members are welcome to come hear this important information.

We have hearing aid batteries # 312s, 1.45 V free for whomever wants them. Just drop by the church office to pick them up.

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

Boy Scouts Troop 101 invites you to their fundraiser Pancake Breakfast at

Longhorn Steak Restaurant on Saturday,May 18th from 8:00-10:00 am.

Tickets are $7.00 at the door.

WELCOME

TO OUR NEWEST MEMBER

Cathy Destefano

8305 Old Dial Road, Blue Ridge, GA 30513

561-358-3482

She attends the 9:30 service.

Please stop by and say a prayer over these quilts. Tying a knot lets the receiver know that people care and that we have prayed for them.

If you know of someone who would benefit from a prayer quilt,

 please let the office or Paula Myers know.

Sam Wilson - Stage 4 prostate cancer; metastasized to bones

Carrie Ann Fredericks - Kidney dialysis

Tyler Cook - Brain tumor removed this week; 10 year old grandson of Phil and Kathy Cook

Lois McCray - Cancer

Gym hours:

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am till 7:00 pm.

Wednesdays from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm

Fridays from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm.

Those under 21 years of age need to be accompanied by a parent or another adult over 21.

There is still a need for volunteers to oversee the gym on

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00 until 7:00 pm.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Robby Morris after church, at his office, by email @ rmorris@firstmethodistblairsville.com, and by text @ 704-942-8769. Training will be provided.

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Monday-9 am - 7 pm, Tuesday-9 am - 7 pm,

Wednesday-9 am - 3 pm, Thursday- 9 am - 7 pm, Friday- 1 - 4 pm

Pickleball Schedule!

The Blairsville Pickleball Club now plays on Tuesdays from 12:00pm till 3:00pm and Fridays from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm. Everyone is welcome! Join us!

Fitness Classes For You!

“Tai Chi”: Led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 8:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring a mat!

“Christ-Centered” Yoga: led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat.

Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our family members may be experiencing. You may contact Pastor Mack for your prayer requests at mack.riley@ngumc.net or call the church at 706-745-2073.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:

Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office of any changes.

  • SPECIFIC:
  • Bud Akins - melanoma returned on leg, taking chemo
  • Norma Jean Anderson - recovering at home from pneumonia
  • Gail Bachteler’s mom Verne Lee Kephart- recovering from broken femur and has dementia
  • Lyric Brogden’s friend Lu Millsaps - cancer diagnosis
  • John Browning - cancer diagnosis
  • Shirley Cobb - heart issues, macular degeneration in left eye
  • Shirley Cobb’s 2nd cousin Laurie Mulloy - undergoing chemo/radiation
  • Shirley Cobb’s niece Renee Cegelis - health issues with her lungs
  • Phil & Kathy Cook’s 10 year old grandson Tyler had a brain tumor successfully removed last week;
  • OASIS instructor Rachel Driskell - diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Jack Dugger - in rehab from back surgery
  • Faye Eubanks -recovering from shoulder surgery
  • Christine Golden - abdominal cancer
  • John Hahn - May 9, dr consultation for possible cancer reoccurrence
  • Cheri Hulke’s daughter Kristin - heart issues
  • Kitty Jones - cancer
  • Joe Kennard-back issues
  • Sandy Koss - hand healing nicely
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Zadie McCall- great nephew Kenn undergoing radiation for mouth cancer and nephew Ray has lost sight in one eye from an infection
  • Louise McTaggart - recovering from outpatient surgery
  • Louise McTaggart - sister Ruth has vascular dementia
  • Buster Miller’s mother, Jimmie Lee Miller- skin cancer on nose
  • Brenda Morningstar - recovering from hip surgery she had yesterday
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Brittany Payne - upcoming hip surgery
  • Jeannie Pickerill’s granddaughter Kyla Bauer- has a second bout with cancer
  • Nikki Schuknecht - continued prayers
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Fritz Simonsen - in UGH
  • Sue Stewart - rehabbing at home after hip surgery

HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:

  • Bill Bender
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Joyce Byers
  • David Cline
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Christine Golden
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Linda McClarnon
  • Leura Mollnhauer
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Jeanne Pickerill
  • Carol/Norm Rogers
  • Avis Shaw
  • Fritz Simonsen
  • Sue Stewart
  • Carol Warren
  • Roy Whitelock
  • Sharon Willits

IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:

  • Jim Arthur - Stonehenge Assisted Living, Building 2, Room 5
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Richard McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living - under hospice care

If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving,

it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.

A Note from Your Finance Team THANK YOU!!!

…………………… Received GF…………YTD GF Received

May 5th………….$20,217……………………$260,419

May 12th………..$11,353……………………$271,772

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

Janice Hayman…………………………………………………jhayman@firstmethodistblairsville.com

Jeff Bauman…………………………………………………………………………………jbauman@yhc.edu

Robby Morris………………………………………………………rmorris@firstmethodistblairsville.com

Ingrid Engle………………………………………………………….iengle@firstmethodistblairsville.com

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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: 05-08-2024

05-08-2024 FUMC Words for Wednesday

United Methodist General Conference

Here is the General Conference Legislative Recap so you can be informed as to what took place at in Charotte, NC over the last two weeks.

 

ABOUT GENERAL CONFERENCE

General Conference is the top lawmaking assembly of The United Methodist Church and the only entity that speaks for the denomination. It convenes every four years, with delegates from the denomination’s regions around the world.

 

MAJOR ACTION

Regionalization Petitions Approved

• Delegates approved legislation that would restructure the denomination to be more      contextual in different regions served by the church. Bishop Tracy S. Malone, president of the Council of Bishops, said that “Regionalization would enable the church to be contextual in ministry while remaining connected around the mission of the church and the essentials of the faith.” It would enable the church to “honor who we are as a worldwide denomination.”

• Regionalization represents an effort to put the church’s different geographical regions on equal footing and to make the General Conference less U.S.-centric. The current central conferences and the U.S. would become regional conferences, with the same authority to pass legislation for greater missional impact.

• Delegates also approved the continuation of work on a General Book of Discipline that would be brought to the next regular session of General Conference.

• The regionalization legislation involves an amendment to the church’s constitution. This would have to be approved by at least two-thirds of the total votes cast across all annual conferences worldwide in order for much of the regionalization legislation to take effect. If they receive the necessary number of votes, the results would be announced by the United Methodist Council of Bishops. The regionalization constitutional amendment is to be sent out 30 days after the adjournment of General Conference, which means some annual conferences could be voting on the amendment this year.

• Regionalization stands as distinct from the other work of General Conference. It had been in development for many years, with the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters and the Connectional Table collaborating on the petitions that were submitted. It received support from delegates from every region.

 

MAJOR ACTION

Removal of Restrictive Language Related to LGBTQ People

The General Conference voted by overwhelming majorities to remove from the United Methodist

Book of Discipline discriminatory language and bans related to ministry by, with and for “self-avowed practicing” gay and lesbian people. Actions included:

• Removal of the language that the “practice of homosexuality … is incompatible with Christian teaching.”

• Removal of the ban on the ordination and appointment of “self-avowed practicing homosexual” clergy.

• Removal of language that made the ordination of “self-avowed practicing homosexual” clergy and the performance of same-sex weddings chargeable offenses.

• Removal of mandatory minimum penalties for clergy holding same-sex weddings.

• Removal of a prohibition against using United Methodist funds to support groups, activities and causes that promote the acceptance of homosexuality.

• Removal of the requirement that the General Council on Finance and Administration, the denomination’s finance agency, enforce the funding ban. Instead, the provision says the agency should ensure that church funds do not go to anything that rejects LGBTQ persons or limits the response to the HIV epidemic.

• Allowance for all clergy in good standing to be appointed across annual conference lines when their bishop can’t locate an appointment in their conference.

IMPORTANT: Nothing passed by General Conference would compel churches to receive a gay pastor. The legislation approved also explicitly protects the right of clergy and churches not to officiate at or host same-sex weddings. Pastors have the authority to decide when and for whom they will officiate a marriage. Congregations have the right to determine whether such ceremonies will be held on church property.

These changes bring the Book of Discipline back to a neutral place where one group is not singled out for discrimination. It holds space for differing opinions within The United Methodist Church by avoiding broad mandates.

 

MAJOR ACTION

Apportionment Percentage Decreased

In an effort to balance funding important connectional ministries through the general church budget and supporting the local church during financial challenges due to the pandemic and disaffiliation, delegates approved a compromise regarding apportionments. Conferences will shift from their current base rate of 3.29% to a base rate of 2.6% for 2025 and 2026. Then, if the apportionment collection rate is 90% or higher in those years, the base rate will increase to 2.9% for 2027 and 2028.

 

MAJOR ACTION

Budget Approved

Delegates approved a 2025-2028 budget of $373.4 million. That total is contingent on collection rates being at 90% or more for the next two years. If giving is below that percentage, the budget bottom line will be $353.6 million. The total approved is significantly smaller than the budget approved by the 2016 General Conference. Annual conferences will be asked to pay less in apportionments.

 

MAJOR ACTION

Adoption of Revised Social Principles

Delegates approved the first overhaul of the denomination’s Social Principles in nearly 50 years. The Social Principles, contained in both the Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions, are statements that reflect official United Methodist teachings on a wide range of topics. They are not church law but are intended to inform United Methodist witness on issues of the day with a biblical foundation. The 2012 General Conference approved revising the Social Principles, setting in motion a process that involved input from people around the world, coordinated by the General Board of Church and Society. In addition to the language changes regarding human sexuality and inclusiveness, the Social Principles address the importance of advocating for human dignity and combating racism and other threats, caring for creation and the environment, standing against social ills, and supporting healthy community in all its forms, including economic, social and political.

 

MAJOR ACTION

Disaffiliation Policy Ended, Re-affiliation Measure Approved

Delegates removed Paragraph 2553 from the Book of Discipline, ending the disaffiliation policy that was added by the special 2019 General Conference. They also required annual conferences affected by disaffiliation to develop grace-filled policies for reaffiliation of churches that want to rejoin the denomination.

ADDITIONAL MAJOR ACTIONS

Delegates also:

• Approved a constitutional amendment addressing the denomination’s commitment to eradicating racism.

• Approved an apology to victims and survivors of sexual misconduct by clergy and lay leaders in the church. The resolution also encourages the reporting of sexual abuse and states that the abuse of power will not be tolerated in the church.

Delegates also observed Thursdays in Black in recognition of violence that is perpetrated against women around the world.

• Approved an apology for the role of Methodists in the overthrow of the kingdom of Hawaii in 1893.

• Approved allowing deacons to preside at the sacraments – Holy Communion and baptism — in their appointments.

• Approved updating jurisdictional young people’s ministries, including changing the Division on Ministries with Young

People to the Young People’s Connectional Network.

• Approved a new retirement plan for U.S. clergy, called Compass, which would be a defined contribution plan similar to what many corporate employers provide. The plan takes effect in 2026.

• Approved a full communion agreement with the Episcopal Church. If the Episcopal Church affirms the agreement, it will mean the denominations recognize each other as the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic church in with the Gospel is rightly preached and taught.”

• Approved adding two bishops for Africa, for a total of 15, and set the number of U.S. bishops at 32 – a decrease from the 39 active bishops and one retired bishop currently serving episcopal areas in the U.S.

• Adopted a new Book of Resolutions, including readopting many resolutions and approving new ones, addressing topics such as climate change, rights of farm workers in the U.S., the observance of the Children’s Sabbath, caring for Native people and opposition to racial profiling.

• Adopted a resolution condemning racial-ethnic discrimination and gender-based violence against Asian Americans.

• Approved a resolution calling on United Methodist institutions not to invest in the government bonds of countries that have been cited by the U.N. Security Council or the International Criminal Court for prolonged military occupations. (Israel, Morocco and Turkey)

• Approved a motion to allow four Eurasian conferences to leave the denomination and form an autonomous church.

• Celebrated the impact of Africa University and milestone anniversaries – the 200th anniversary of Methodist mission, the 100th anniversary of the United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C., and the 80th anniversary of the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

• Elected a new Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, and filled positions on the Commission on the General Conference, University Senate, general boards and agencies of the church and other entities, as well as trustees to John Street United Methodist Church in New York, the oldest continuously operating Methodist church in the United States.

Youth and Children will meet at 6 pm.

Pastor Jimmy will begin his 3 week study on 2 Thessalonians.

Supper menu for next week: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable and dessert

Young at Heart Day Trip to Gibbs Garden in Ball Ground on Saturday, May 18th. Bus leaves at 8 am. Cost for seniors is $18. Bring money for lunch at the Arbor Cafe there in the park.13 slots available. Sign up with Ingrid at iengle@firstmethodistblairsville.com

Our financial secretary Deidra is retiring effective Wednesday, May 15th. We are collecting “good-bye/thank you” cards for her. You may drop them off at the church office by next Wednesday.

Our next Church Council meeting is Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30pm in the MAC.  In addition to it’s regular business meeting, we will also (1) hear the results of the Natural Church Development survey; (2) get an update on the recent General Conference; and (3) hear the current state of FUMC.  We hope that everyone can plan to attend.

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

The Morning Glory Circle will have their annual Mother’s Day candy sale this Sunday. They will be set up to sell after each service. Proceeds from the sale will go to Isaiah 117 House.

Boy Scouts Troop 101 invites you to their fundraiser Pancake Breakfast at

Longhorn Steak Restaurant on Saturday,May 18th from 8:00-10:00 am.

Tickets are $7.00 at the door.

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

Please stop by and say a prayer over these quilts. Tying a knot lets the receiver know that people care and that we have prayed for them.

If you know of someone who would benefit from a prayer quilt,

 please let the office or Paula Myers know.

Sam Wilson - Stage 4 prostate cancer; metastasized to bones

Carrie Ann Fredericks - Kidney dialysis

Tyler Cook - Brain tumor removed this week; 10 year old grandson of Phil and Kathy Cook

Lois McCray - Cancer

Gym hours:

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am till 7:00 pm.

Wednesdays from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm

Fridays from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm.

Those under 21 years of age need to be accompanied by a parent or another adult over 21.

There is still a need for volunteers to oversee the gym on

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00 until 7:00 pm.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Robby Morris after church, at his office, by email @ rmorris@firstmethodistblairsville.com, and by text @ 704-942-8769. Training will be provided.

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Monday-9 am - 7 pm, Tuesday-9 am - 7 pm,

Wednesday-9 am - 3 pm, Thursday- 9 am - 7 pm, Friday- 1 - 4 pm

Pickleball Schedule!

The Blairsville Pickleball Club now plays on Tuesdays from 12:00pm till 3:00pm and Fridays from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm. Everyone is welcome! Join us!

Fitness Classes For You!

“Tai Chi”: Led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 8:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring a mat!

“Christ-Centered” Yoga: led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat.

Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our family members may be experiencing. You may contact Pastor Mack for your prayer requests at mack.riley@ngumc.net or call the church at 706-745-2073.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:

Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office of any changes.

  • SPECIFIC:
  • Bud Akins - melanoma returned on leg, taking chemo
  • Norma Jean Anderson - in hospital with possible pneumonia
  • Gail Bachteler’s mom Verne Lee Kephart- recovering from broken femur and has dementia
  • Jeff Bauman’s mom had hip surgery
  • Lyric Brogden’s friend Lu Millsaps - cancer diagnosis
  • Fran Browning - recent knee replacement
  • John Browning - cancer diagnosis
  • Shirley Cobb - heart issues, macular degeneration in left eye
  • Shirley Cobb’s 2nd cousin Laurie Mulloy - undergoing chemo/radiation
  • Shirley Cobb’s niece Renee Cegelis - health issues with her lungs
  • Phil & Kathy Cook’s 10 year old grandson Tyler had a brain tumor successfully removed earlier this week
  • Larry Culpepper - surgery on his throat today at Emory
  • OASIS instructor Rachel Driskell - diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Jack Dugger - in rehab from back surgery
  • Cathy Flood - recovering from surgery
  • Christine Golden - abdominal cancer
  • Barb Hahn - recovering from broken ankle
  • John Hahn - May 9, dr consultation for possible cancer reoccurrence
  • Cheri Hulke’s daughter Kristin - heart issues and travel mercies to Africa to visit her sister
  • Kitty Jones - cancer
  • Joe Kennard-back issues
  • Sandy Koss - hand healing
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Zadie McCall- great nephew Kenn undergoing radiation for mouth cancer and nephew Ray has lost sight in one eye from an infection
  • Louise McTaggart - recovering from outpatient surgery
  • Louise McTaggart - sister Ruth has vascular dementia
  • Allie McTureous- diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy in the right eye
  • Buster Miller’s mother, Jimmie Lee Miller- skin cancer on nose
  • Bill Mollnhauer - recently hospitalized with congestive heart failure
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Brittany Payne - waiting on doctors for surgery plan
  • Jeannie Pickerill’s granddaughter Kyla Bauer- has a second bout with cancer
  • Nikki Schuknecht - continued prayers
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Fritz Simonsen - in UGH
  • Sue Stewart - rehabbing at home after hip surgery
  • Kristy Tornabene - recovering from foot surgery
  • Doris Wilder - recovering from surgery

HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:

  • Bill Bender
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Joyce Byers
  • David Cline
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Christine Golden
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Linda McClarnon
  • Leura Mollnhauer
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Jeanne Pickerill
  • Carol/Norm Rogers
  • Avis Shaw
  • Fritz Simonsen
  • Sue Stewart
  • Carol Warren
  • Roy Whitelock
  • Sharon Willits

IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:

  • Jim Arthur - Stonehenge Assisted Living, Building 2, Room 5
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Richard McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living - under hospice care

If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving,

it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.

A Note from Your Finance Team THANK YOU!!!

…………………… Received GF…………YTD GF Received

May 5th………….$20,217……………………$260,419

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 05-01-2024

05-01-2024 FUMC Words for Wednesday

Attitude

 

Dr. Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychiatrist, was a prisoner of war for a long period of time in Nazi concentration camps. During his imprisonment, he noticed something that intrigued him. He observed that some of the prisoners who looked physically strong and robust were actually weak because of their poor attitudes, whereas some others, who outwardly appeared to be frail and feeble, were amazingly strong because of their positive attitudes. These positive people became an inspiration to all in the prison camp.

 

In his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, Frankl wrote this marvelous paragraph:

 

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the ones who walked through the huts comforting others . . . giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from us but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—-to choose one’s own attitude in any given set of circumstances . . . to choose one’s own way.

 

You know what Dr. Frankl was saying? He was saying, “Attitude is your paintbrush; it colors every situation.”

 

This is precisely what the apostle Paul was underscoring in Romans 12 when he said this: “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice . . . to God” (verse 1). In other words, let serving God and trusting God be the attitude of your life. “Do not be conformed to this world” (verse 2). Don’t be imprisoned by your circumstances. Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its mold. Rather, be God’s servant, do God’s will, and trust God to bring it out right. Or simply, let your attitude of unflinching commitment to God color

every situation!

 

The apostle Paul was right. Viktor Frankl was right. Attitude is so important. Attitude determines who we are and how we live day to day.

 

-from James W. Moore’s Attitude Is Your Paintbrush: It Colors Every Situation

 

Soli Deo Gloria,

 

Jimmy

Supper this week at 5 pm.

Menu: Scalloped potatoes and ham casserole, vegetable and dessert

Youth and Children will meet at 6 pm.

Pastor Jimmy will conclude his Bible study on 1 Thessalonians.

Wednesday, May 8th he will begin a 3 week study on 2 Thessalonians.

Young at Heart Day Trip to Gibbs Garden in Ball Ground on Saturday, May 18th. Bus leaves at 8 am. Cost for seniors is $18. Bring money for lunch at the Arbor Cafe there in the park.13 slots available. Sign up with Ingrid at iengle@firstmethodistblairsville.com
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This coming Sunday, May 5th we will be recognizing our 2024 graduates.
The Annual Memorial Day Parade will be held in downtown Blairsville on Saturday, May 25, 2024. Any group interested in representing FUMC in the parade, please reach out to the office so that an official Entry Form can be submitted.

Suzanne Thomas

47 Long Drive, Blairsville

706 745 8357

She attends the 11 am service.

She is Kent Thomas’ mother.

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

The Morning Glory Circle will have their annual Mother’s Day candy sale next Sunday. They will be set up to sell after each service. Proceeds from the sale will go to Isaiah 117 House.

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

Schedule Your Appointment Here

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

Please stop by and say a prayer over these quilts. Tying a knot lets the receiver know that people care and that we have prayed for them.

If you know of someone who would benefit from a prayer quilt,

 please let the office or Paula Myers know.

Cathy Flood - recovering from surgery for staghorn stones

Gym hours:

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am till 7:00 pm.

Wednesdays from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm

Fridays from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm.

Those under 21 years of age need to be accompanied by a parent or another adult over 21.

There is still a need for volunteers to oversee the gym on

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00 until 7:00 pm.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Robby Morris after church, at his office, by email @ rmorris@firstmethodistblairsville.com, and by text @ 704-942-8769. Training will be provided.

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Monday-9 am - 7 pm, Tuesday-9 am - 7 pm,

Wednesday-9 am - 3 pm, Thursday- 9 am - 7 pm, Friday- 1 - 4 pm

Pickleball Schedule!

The Blairsville Pickleball Club now plays on Tuesdays from 12:00pm till 3:00pm and Fridays from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm. Everyone is welcome! Join us!

Fitness Classes For You!

“Tai Chi”: Led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 8:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring a mat!

“Christ-Centered” Yoga: led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat.

Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our family members may be experiencing. You may contact Pastor Mack for your prayer requests at mack.riley@ngumc.net or call the church at 706-745-2073.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:

Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office of any changes.

  • SPECIFIC:
  • Bud Akins - melanoma returned on leg, taking chemo
  • BL Anderson - thyroid cancer
  • Gail Bachteler’s mom Verne Lee Kephart- recovering from broken femur and has dementia
  • Jeff Bauman’s mom had hip surgery
  • Lyric Brogden’s friend Lu Millsaps - cancer diagnosis
  • Fran Browning - recent knee replacement
  • John Browning - cancer diagnosis
  • Shirley Cobb - heart issues, macular degeneration in left eye
  • Shirley Cobb’s 2nd cousin Laurie Mulloy - undergoing chemo/radiation
  • Shirley Cobb’s niece Renee Cegelis - health issues with her lungs
  • OASIS instructor Rachel Driskell - diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Jack Dugger - in rehab from back surgery
  • Cathy Flood - recovering from surgery
  • Christine Golden - abdominal cancer
  • Barb Hahn - recovering from broken ankle
  • John Hahn - May 9, dr consultation for possible cancer reoccurrence
  • Cheri Hulke’s daughter Kristin - heart issues and travel mercies to Africa to visit her sister
  • Kitty Jones - cancer
  • Joe Kennard-back issues
  • Sandy Koss - hand healing
  • David Lifsey- hospitalized in Emory at St. Joseph
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Zadie McCall- great nephew Kenn undergoing radiation for mouth cancer and nephew Ray has lost sight in one eye from an infection
  • Louise McTaggart - recovering from outpatient surgery
  • Louise McTaggart - sister Ruth has vascular dementia
  • Allie McTureous- diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy in the right eye
  • Buster Miller’s mother, Jimmie Lee Miller- skin cancer on nose
  • Bill Mollnhauer - recently hospitalized with congestive heart failure
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Brittany Payne - waiting on doctors for surgery plan
  • Jeannie Pickerill’s granddaughter Kyla Bauer- has a second bout with cancer
  • Nikki Schuknecht - continued prayers
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Sue Stewart - hip replacement surgery tomorrow, 2nd
  • Kristy Tornabene - recovering from foot surgery
  • Doris Wilder - recovering from surgery

HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:

  • Bill Bender
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Joyce Byers
  • David Cline
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Christine Golden
  • Wayne Jones
  • Linda McClarnon
  • Leura Mollnhauer
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Jeanne Pickerill
  • Carol/Norm Rogers
  • Avis Shaw
  • Fritz Simonsen
  • Sue Stewart
  • Carol Warren
  • Roy Whitelock
  • Sharon Willits

IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:

  • Jim Arthur - Stonehenge Assisted Living, Building 2, Room 5
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Richard McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living - under hospice care

If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving,

it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.

A Note from Your Finance Team THANK YOU!!!

…………………… Received GF…………YTD GF Received

April 7th………$13,516…………………..$206,846

April 14th…….$ 9,965……………………$216,811

April 21st…….$13,154…………………..$229,965

April 28th…….$10,236…………………..$240,202

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: 04-24-2024

04-24-2024 FUMC Words for Wednesday

This Sunday is Stewardship Sunday

 

Thank you for your ongoing support of First United Methodist Church of Union County. We could not reach out with the love of Christ to our community without a generous outpouring of time, talent, and treasure from so many in the congregation.

I hope that you have received the information for our 2024 annual stewardship campaign. I pray that you find it both informative and helpful as you consider our many daily commitments to outreach, ministry, and formation both in our church and to those beyond. Your financial support to this annual stewardship campaign is what makes this possible.

As you prayerfully consider your participation in the campaign, remember that our desire as a faith community should be to continually grow in our relationship with God and express efforts and ability to be inviting, compassionate, and generous to the needs of our neighbors as well as those of our own.

I pray that these words of scripture will inspire you, as they have for me, when reflecting on God’s goodness and call to outreach:

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?            Micah 6:8

On this Sunday morning, April 28th, you will receive an estimate of giving card where you can record your estimated financial giving for 2024. Remember, this is a faith-based estimate, it will be kept confidential and can be adjusted at any time.

I invite you to prayerfully consider how you have been blessed by God and how God, in turn, is leading you to generously share these blessings with God’s church. We’re asking all members and regular attendees to turn in their cards on Stewardship Sunday, April 28th. Please join me in prayer for our church that God would lead us to a generous response.

Thank you, again, for your faithful support of our church. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at the church office (706) 745-2073.

 

God’s Blessings!

Jimmy

Youth and Children will meet at 6 pm.

Pastor Jimmy will continue his Bible study on 1 Thessalonians, chapters 3 and 4, tonight. Wednesday, May 8th he will begin a 3 week study on 2 Thessalonians.

Supper next week (May 1st) Menu:

Scalloped potatoes and ham casserole, vegetable and dessert

Shirley McGinnis’ memorial service is this Friday. Service is at 1 pm here at the church. There will be a reception in the fellowship hall to meet with the family immediately following the service.

This Saturday, 27th at 5 pm. Meet in the downstairs of the MAC. Fun for the whole family.
Young at Heart Day Trip to Gibbs Garden in Ball Ground on Saturday, May 18th. Bus leaves at 8 am. Cost for seniors is $18. Bring money for lunch at the Arbor Cafe there in the park.13 slots available. Sign up with Ingrid at iengle@firstmethodistblairsville.com

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

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

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

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

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

Schedule Your Appointment Here

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

Please stop by and say a prayer over these quilts. Tying a knot lets the receiver know that people care and that we have prayed for them.

If you know of someone who would benefit from a prayer quilt,

 please let the office or Paula Myers know.

Cathy Flood - recovering from surgery for staghorn stones

1- Eric Seiler 2- Barbara Gleasure, Karen McGinn, Ernie Payne, Wayne LeCompte 3- Pam Jordan 4-Terri Mager 5 - Tom Rogers 8 - Cora Bauman 11 - Jim McAfee, Ariel McCarter,Carol Kile 12 - Ivy Robbins, Nancy Hussey 13- Mary Wischmeyer, Elizabeth Terry 14 - Norman Howard,Shirley York, Cheri Hulke 15 - Ilke Lander 17 - Van Kile 19 - Tammy Seiler, Michael Bruce, Tim Holby, Pat Jinks 20 - Jack Gray, Kenny Engle 21 - Fran Edwards, Lamar Paris, Cecil Lewis 22 - Angela Johnson 24 - Andrew Young 25 - Mandy Hunter, Debbie Ray 26 - Barry Varian 28 - Tiffany Martinez 29 - Bill Mollnhauer, Ann Payne, Joy Palone

Gym hours:

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am till 7:00 pm.

Wednesdays from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm

Fridays from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm.

Those under 21 years of age need to be accompanied by a parent or another adult over 21.

There is still a need for volunteers to oversee the gym on

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00 until 7:00 pm.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Robby Morris after church, at his office, by email @ rmorris@firstmethodistblairsville.com, and by text @ 704-942-8769. Training will be provided.

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Monday-9 am - 7 pm, Tuesday-9 am - 7 pm,

Wednesday-9 am - 3 pm, Thursday- 9 am - 7 pm, Friday- 1 - 4 pm

Pickleball Schedule!

The Blairsville Pickleball Club now plays on Tuesdays from 12:00pm till 3:00pm and Fridays from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm. Everyone is welcome! Join us!

Fitness Classes For You!

“Tai Chi”: Led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 8:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring a mat!

“Christ-Centered” Yoga: led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat.

Our prayers and sympathy go to Roger and Shirley Evans on the passing of their son Joel last night.

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:
  • Bud Akins - melanoma returned on leg, taking chemo
  • BL Anderson - thyroid cancer
  • Gail Bachteler’s mom Verne Lee Kephart- recovering from broken femur and has dementia
  • Jeff Bauman’s mom had hip surgery
  • Lyric Brogden’s friend Lu Millsaps - cancer diagnosis
  • Fran Browning - recent knee replacement
  • John Browning - cancer diagnosis
  • Shirley Cobb - heart issues, macular degeneration in left eye
  • Shirley Cobb’s 2nd cousin Laurie Mulloy - undergoing chemo/radiation
  • Shirley Cobb’s niece Renee Cegelis - health issues with her lungs
  • OASIS instructor Rachel Driskell - diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Jack Dugger - recovering from back surgery this week
  • Roger & Shirley Evan’s son Joel -passed away last night
  • Cathy Flood - recovering from surgery for staghorn stones
  • Christine Golden - abdominal cancer
  • Barb Hahn - recovering from broken ankle
  • John Hahn - May 9, dr consultation for possible cancer reoccurrence
  • Cheri Hulke’s daughter Kristin - heart issues and travel mercies to Africa to visit her sister
  • Kitty Jones - cancer
  • Joe Kennard-back issues
  • Sandy Koss - hand healing
  • David Lifsey- hospitalized in Emory at St. Joseph
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - recovering from outpatient surgery this week
  • Louise McTaggart - sister Ruth has vascular dementia
  • Allie McTureous- diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy in the right eye
  • Buster Miller’s mother, Jimmie Lee Miller- skin cancer on nose
  • Bill Mollnhauer - recently hospitalized with congestive heart failure
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Brittany Payne - waiting on doctors for surgery plan
  • Jeannie Pickerill’s granddaughter Kyla Bauer- has a second bout with cancer
  • Nikki Schuknecht - continued prayers
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Sue Stewart - upcoming hip replacement surgery on May 2nd
  • Kristy Tornabene - recovering from foot surgery
  • Doris Wilder - recovering from surgery

HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:

  • Bill Bender
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Alex Box
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Joyce Byers
  • David Cline
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Christine Golden
  • Wayne Jones
  • Linda McClarnon
  • Leura Mollnhauer
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Jeanne Pickerill
  • Carol/Norm Rogers
  • Avis Shaw
  • Fritz Simonsen
  • Sue Stewart
  • Carol Warren
  • Roy Whitelock
  • Sharon Willits

IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:

  • Jim Arthur - Stonehenge Assisted Living, Building 2, Room 5
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Richard McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living - under hospice care

If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving,

it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.

A Note from Your Finance Team THANK YOU!!!

…………………… Received GF…………YTD GF Received

April 7th………$13,516…………………..$206,846

April 14th…….$ 9,965……………………$216,811

April 21st…….$13,154…………………..$229,965

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: 04-17-2024

04-17-2024 FUMC Words for Wednesday

ARE YOU LIVING LIKE A BUCKET OR A PIPE

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are you living like a bucket or a pipe?

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

 

God’s Blessings!

Jimmy

Church Supper is tonight at 5 pm.

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

Youth and Children will meet at 6 pm.

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

May 8th to May 22nd.

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

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

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

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

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

Faith, Hope, Resilience, and Love

North East District Mission 2024

ME IN THE KINGDOM

Saturday, April 27th

at the church from 9:30 am till 2:00 pm

Please bring your own brown bag lunch.

Morning coffee, lunch drinks and dessert will be provided.

For more information, please contact Kathy Cook at 770 403 9337.

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

Schedule Your Appointment Here

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

Please stop by and say a prayer over these quilts. Tying a knot lets the receiver know that people care and that we have prayed for them.

If you know of someone who would benefit from a prayer quilt,

 please let the office or Paula Myers know.

Cathy Flood - staghorn stones in kidney

Gym hours:

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am till 7:00 pm.

Wednesdays from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm

Fridays from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm.

Those under 21 years of age need to be accompanied by a parent or another adult over 21.

There is still a need for volunteers to oversee the gym on

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00 until 7:00 pm.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Robby Morris after church, at his office, by email @ rmorris@firstmethodistblairsville.com, and by text @ 704-942-8769. Training will be provided.

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Monday-9 am - 7 pm, Tuesday-9 am - 7 pm,

Wednesday-9 am - 3 pm, Thursday- 9 am - 7 pm, Friday- 1 - 4 pm

Pickleball Schedule!

The Blairsville Pickleball Club now plays on Tuesdays from 12:00pm till 3:00pm and Fridays from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm. Everyone is welcome! Join us!

Fitness Classes For You!

“Tai Chi”: Led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 8:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring a mat!

“Christ-Centered” Yoga: led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat.

Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our family members may be experiencing. You may contact Pastor Mack for your prayer requests at mack.riley@ngumc.net or call the church at 706-745-2073.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:

Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office of any changes.

  • SPECIFIC:
  • BL Anderson - thyroid cancer
  • Gail Bachteler’s mom Verne Lee Kephart- recovering from broken femur and has dementia
  • Jeff Bauman’s mom had hip surgery
  • Lyric Brogden’s friend Lu Millsaps - cancer diagnosis
  • Fran Browning - recent knee replacement
  • John Browning - cancer diagnosis
  • Shirley Cobb - heart issues, macular degeneration in left eye
  • Shirley Cobb’s 2nd cousin Laurie Mulloy - undergoing chemo/radiation
  • Shirley Cobb’s niece Renee Cegelis - health issues with her lungs
  • OASIS instructor Rachel Driskell - diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Jack Dugger - recovering from back surgery this week
  • Roger & Shirley Evan’s son Joel -still struggling with health issues
  • Cathy Flood - upcoming surgery for staghorn stones
  • Christine Golden - abdominal cancer
  • Barb Hahn - recovering from broken ankle
  • Cheri Hulke’s daughter Kristin - heart issues and travel mercies to Africa to visit her sister
  • Kitty Jones - cancer
  • Joe Kennard-back issues
  • Sandy Koss - hand healing
  • David Lifsey- hospitalized in Emory at St. Joseph
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - recovering from outpatient surgery this week
  • Louise McTaggart - sister Ruth has vascular dementia
  • Allie McTureous- diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy in the right eye
  • Buster Miller’s mother, Jimmie Lee Miller- skin cancer on nose
  • Bill Mollnhauer - recently hospitalized with congestive heart failure
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Brittany Payne - waiting on doctors for surgery plan
  • Jeannie Pickerill’s granddaughter Kyla Bauer- has a second bout with cancer
  • Nikki Schuknecht - continued prayers
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Sue Stewart - upcoming hip replacement surgery on May 2nd
  • Kristy Tornabene - recovering from foot surgery
  • Doris Wilder - recovering from surgery

HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:

  • Bill Bender
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Alex Box
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Joyce Byers
  • David Cline
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Christine Golden
  • Wayne Jones
  • Linda McClarnon
  • Leura Mollnhauer
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Jeanne Pickerill
  • Carol/Norm Rogers
  • Avis Shaw
  • Fritz Simonsen
  • Sue Stewart
  • Carol Warren
  • Roy Whitelock
  • Sharon Willits

IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:

  • Jim Arthur - Stonehenge Assisted Living, Building 2, Room 5
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Richard McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living - under hospice care

If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving,

it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.

A Note from Your Finance Team THANK YOU!!!

…………………… Received GF…………YTD GF Received

March 31st…..$15,832………………….$193,330

April 7th………$13,516…………………..$206,846

April 14th…….$ 9,965……………………$216,811

Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

Staff Emails:

Pastor Jimmy Hood……………………………………………………………… jimmy.hood@ngumc.net

Pastor Mack Riley………………………………………………………………….. mack.riley@ngumc.net

Evelyn Ueltzen……………………………………………………….. blairsvillefumcevelyn@gmail.com

Deidra Gilbert………………………………………………………….. blairsvillefumcdeidra@gmail.com

Jeff Bauman…………………………………………………………………………………jbauman@yhc.edu

STAY CONNECTED
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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: 04-10-2024

04-10-2024 FUMC Words for Wednesday

Stewardship Sunday April 28, 2024

Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. Rather, such congregations see financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.

Stewardship is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we want to treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. Stewardship encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”

During morning worship on Stewardship Sunday, we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial estimate of giving to our church’s missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world.

Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by attending morning worship on Stewardship Sunday. We urge people to attend who feel strongly opposed to completing a card. The procedure is done in such a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card.

We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During morning worship, we will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members making their estimates of giving as a confidential act of worship.

Many may ask, why we are holding our Stewardship Sunday at this time? Due to the events of last fall, followed by the holidays and an early Easter, it was felt that this was the most opportune time.

Through the weeks ahead, be in prayer about what God is leading you to do.

Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in our Stewardship Sunday.

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

May 8th to May 22nd.

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On Sunday, May 5th we will be recognizing the graduating class of 2024. If your child or grandchild is graduating from high school or college, please send us the following information: full name, the school that they are graduating from, a picture and a brief description of their future plans. Only those who are members of the church and are graduating high school will be recognized during our Sunday worship services on May 5th. With permission, all of the graduate information that we receive whether they are members or not will be shared in print and through online media so that everyone can join in the celebration of their accomplishments. The deadline for submitting graduate information will be Thursday, April 25th. Please send all graduate info to Robby Morris at rmorris@firstmethodistblairsville.com.

Faith, Hope, Resilience, and Love

North East District Mission 2024

ME IN THE KINGDOM

Saturday, April 27th

at the church from 9:30 am till 2:00 pm

Please bring your own brown bag lunch.

Morning coffee, lunch drinks and dessert will be provided.

For more information, please contact Kathy Cook at 770 403 9337.

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

Schedule Your Appointment Here

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

Please stop by and say a prayer over these quilts. Tying a knot lets the receiver know that people care and that we have prayed for them.

If you know of someone who would benefit from a prayer quilt,

 please let the office or Paula Myers know.

Barbara Hahn – recovering from surgery to repair a broken ankle

Eddie Rich – heart surgery. Neighbor of Sarah Partain

Gym hours:

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am till 7:00 pm.

Wednesdays from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm

Fridays from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm.

Those under 21 years of age need to be accompanied by a parent or another adult over 21.

There is still a need for volunteers to oversee the gym on

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00 until 7:00 pm.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Robby Morris after church, at his office, by email @ rmorris@firstmethodistblairsville.com, and by text @ 704-942-8769. Training will be provided.

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Monday-9 am - 7 pm, Tuesday-9 am - 7 pm,

Wednesday-9 am - 3 pm, Thursday- 9 am - 7 pm, Friday- 1 - 4 pm

Pickleball Schedule!

The Blairsville Pickleball Club now plays on Tuesdays from 12:00pm till 3:00pm and Fridays from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm. Everyone is welcome! Join us!

Fitness Classes For You!

“Tai Chi”: Led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 8:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring a mat!

“Christ-Centered” Yoga: led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat.

We sadly announce the passing of Mac Warren this morning. Please keep Carol and their family in your prayers. Details will be forthcoming.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Teresa and Robby Turner on the passing of her 91 year old mother last Thursday. Please keep them in your prayers.

Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our family members may be experiencing. You may contact Pastor Mack for your prayer requests at mack.riley@ngumc.net or call the church at 706-745-2073.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:

Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office of any changes.

  • SPECIFIC:
  • BL Anderson - thyroid cancer
  • Gail Bachteler’s mom Verne Lee Kephart- recovering from broken femur and has dementia
  • Jeff Bauman’s mom had hip surgery
  • Lyric Brogden’s friend Lu Millsaps - cancer diagnosis
  • Fran Browning - recent knee replacement
  • John Browning - cancer diagnosis
  • Shirley Cobb - heart issues, macular degeneration in left eye
  • Shirley Cobb’s 2nd cousin Laurie Mulloy - undergoing chemo/radiation
  • Shirley Cobb’s niece Renee Cegelis - health issues with her lungs
  • OASIS instructor Rachel Driskell - diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Roger & Shirley Evan’s son Joel - hospitalized in FL with a pulmonary embolism and an embolism in his leg
  • Cathy Flood - upcoming surgery for staghorn stones
  • Christine Golden - abdominal cancer
  • Barb Hahn - recovering from broken ankle
  • Cheri Hulke’s daughter Kristin - heart issues and travel mercies to Africa to visit her sister
  • Kitty Jones - cancer
  • Joe Kennard-back issues
  • Sandy Koss - hand healing
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - surgery on April 15th
  • Louise McTaggart - sister Ruth has vascular dementia
  • Allie McTureous- diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy in the right eye
  • Buster Miller’s mother, Jimmie Lee Miller- skin cancer on nose
  • Bill Mollnhauer - recently hospitalized with congestive heart failure
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Brittany Payne - waiting on doctors for surgery plan
  • Jeannie Pickerill’s granddaughter Kyla Bauer- has a second bout with cancer
  • Nikki Schuknecht - continued prayers
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Sue Stewart - upcoming hip replacement surgery on May 2nd
  • Kristy Tornabene - recovering from foot surgery
  • Teresa Turner - passing of her 91 year old mother
  • Doris Wilder - recovering from surgery at home

HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:

  • Bill Bender
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Alex Box
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Joyce Byers
  • David Cline
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Christine Golden
  • Wayne Jones
  • Linda McClarnon
  • Leura Mollnhauer
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Jeanne Pickerill
  • Carol/Norm Rogers
  • Avis Shaw
  • Fritz Simonsen
  • Sue Stewart
  • Carol Warren
  • Roy Whitelock
  • Sharon Willits

IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:

  • Jim Arthur - Stonehenge Assisted Living, Building 2, Room 5
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Richard McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living - under hospice care

If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving,

it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.

A Note from Your Finance Team THANK YOU!!!

…………………… Received GF…………YTD GF Received

March 31st…..$15,832………………….$193,330

April 7th………$13,516…………………..$206,846

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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