Tickle – November 7, 2017

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

Come walk the Gratitude Path with Us

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

Welcome our Newest Member

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

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

Wednesday Night Nurture

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

Please remember our Veteran recognition events in our church

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

Prayer Quilt Ministry Informational Meeting

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

Operation Turkey Tree

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

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are due Thursday, November 16th

Coats

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

Critical Opportunities to Serve

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

Pray without Ceasing for

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

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

A Note from Finance

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

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

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

Tickle – October 31, 2017

What an amazing Sunday in worship! We ended our sermon series on our FUMC purpose statement: Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts and launch disciples. If you were present Sunday, you also know all the hand motions behind that mission statement - hand motions all our children learned and then taught to us! And thank you families of young children for participating in Children’s Sabbath Sunday at the 11 am worship service. That is a huge day in the life of our church and it was so wonderful to watch all the little children serve in worship in so many ways. I am so thankful to be part of a church that values children and youth ministries so much that they come in any weather to support them! It was wonderful to see so many children - and I have to admit, having the little ones do “the wave” in the Narthex as the adults came through to church to greet them was heart warming! I hope everyone saw that as you came! I will cherish my two new stoles the little ones made for me. And of course, one of the grand highlights of the day was watching God adopt another child into the family of God as God baptized baby Hazel Stafford. Add to that an awesome Mission and Ministry fair that was well supported and well attended - WHAT A DAY!!!

I am so excited about this coming Wednesday night (Nov 1.) Our band OVERFLOW who lead worship at THE WELL every Sunday morning at 9:45 am will be offering their first community concert in our MAC at 7 pm. Extra nursery will be available later into the night this Wednesday to help cover this free concert. Even if this is not your worship service, please come out this Wednesday and support these 7 musicians (includes three vocalists) with your presence. The concert is free - a gift of Christian music to our community. We have been promoting this in a number of places. If you can come help greet folks, and just help people get to the right place, greatly appreciated. Wear your T-Shirts if you have them! Let’s, reach, touch…ok,ok, I’m done preaching.

Our Wednesday night Max Lucado Bible Study “Anxious for Nothing - Being calm in a chaotic world” will be in the fellowship hall at 6 pm and end at 6:45 pm for the concert. Come be with us! Great turn out last week!

Lastly, I have been in Atlanta or Gainesville the last three consecutive Tuesdays for District and Conference related activities. That combined with multiple funerals and other pastoral care demands placed me behind in other initiatives and emails (stacked up over 150 emails!) I will catch back up with you - but it will take some time. I am glad I serve in a “place of Grace.”

In the meantime, thank you for welcoming our Union County Sheriff Deputies on Sunday mornings. And we are surviving the lock change with just a few bumps along the way and the new CEC preschool pickup line traffic pattern on Mon, Wed, and Fridays at noon - but I need to tell you why it is all working - we have THE BEST STAFF TEAM in all the world. Be thankful. I sure am!!!!!!!!!!!!
God’s Joy, pastor mark

 

This Saturday we will host the memorial service for Bobby Young. Pastor Mark is officiating. He and his wife Carolyn were members who moved away for several years and then moved back to the area in January. Bobby had been ill and Carolyn has been caring for him all this time. Please help us surround this family with love around Carolyn and her children/grandchildren. Please come be the church and surround this family with Christian love. Visitation will begin here at 1 pm on Saturday with the service at 2 pm.

Don’t forget to set your clocks back on Saturday night !

Stan Wallace reported the updated Fall Festival results Sunday:
We welcomed and met our community
We had all the volunteers we needed
We had a lot of fun
We raised roughly $18,500 that will go towards retiring the MAC debt
A very, very, very good result! Thank you everyone!

A couple of birthdays missed the newsletter. Please add the following birthdays:
6th - John Hahn, 14th - Roger Pope, 18th Pennie Hebble and Norm Thompson

The CEC yard sale has been changed to the first weekend in December.

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner menu: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, and dessert
Youth - will meet at 6 pm downstairs in the MAC
Children - will meet at 6 pm downstairs in the Fundamentals Room
Pastor Mark’s Bible Study - continues at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Loving Nursery - provided
Choir Practice in Music Room at 6 pm tonight for the concert
OVERFLOW Concert in the MAC at 7 pm

THE WELL T shirts are still available through November 5th (last day to order for awhile). They are $16 each and come in long and short sleeves. To order, email Teri McGinnis at terimcg@gmail.com with size and sleeve length. Mail check to 111 Lowell Lane, Bville 30512.

 

The FUMC Girl Scouts send a great big thank you and hug to everyone who came out to support the Fall Fundraiser. Through dinner donations, cookie sales, and just plain outright generosity, the girls realized almost $400.00 that will be split amongst the Union County troops. Yahoo!!!!! Sincerely, Troops 11611, 11632, 11635, 11636

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

Orphanage Emmanuel Trip will be January 18-25. If you feel even the slightest nudge from God to “GO” please contact Joe Tatman 2jtatman@gmail.com
Orphanage Emmanuel – We are collecting Boy Themed Twin Sheets. We are also collecting items for the 2nd Quinceanera : Perfume, Make-up, Nail Polish, Shampoo & Conditioners and gently used Fancy Shoes (with Rhinestones, Sequins, Beads) size 6 or smaller.

PLEASE NOTE NEW CHANGES WITH THE CHRISTMAS SHOEBOXES - They no longer accept toothpaste or candy. The shipping has increased to $9.

Pray without Ceasing for:
Everyone impacted by the recent violence, storms, fires, earthquake
Our military families - many recent deployments
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Larry Rosenberry - upcoming cryosurgery for prostate cancer tomorrow
Nancy Joyce - ankle surgery Thursday at UGH
Sandy & Jesse Eady son (Sean) - severe infection in right arm - hand at risk
Manon Thompson - recovering at Pruitt Health, Room C8, 99 Ouida Street, Blue Ridge.
Virginia Collins - recent loss of a dear friend
Kelly Schuknecht’s niece - had ATV accident and is currently paralyzed from the neck down
Mike Brandenburg - recovering from infection in Chatuge Regional Hospital, Room 133 - will be there through November
Jeannie Pickerill- fell and injured her back
Wider/Jorgensen family - recent loss of a family member
Mike Lewis - mother in Maryland on holy ground - family has gathered
Silesia Clark - mother with severe health issues
Dena and Jack Randall - their son Jeff and wife Tracy lost their home to fires in CA
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Larry Culpepper’s sister (Joyce Hampton) - serious illness
Claudia Deprez - goods test results in months ahead
Jamie Patton - upcoming pacemaker procedure
Phil Salling - healing from leg procedure
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Ferguson - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Sharon Willits - general health
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer has spread to brain - reconnecting with Doctor the end of this week - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Alex Box - returned to Hiawassee Rehab; he will have his gall bladder out in a couple of weeks
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

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

Received…………………….YTD
October 1st …..$23,565………………… $ 826,030
October 8th……$22,280………………….$ 848,310
October 15th….$16,528………………….$ 864,838
October 22nd…$33,540………………….$ 898,379*
……………………………………………………*includes fall festival
October 29th… $12,449………………….$ 910,828

That was a $108,362 month - we are so THANKFUL!

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

Tickle – October 24, 2017

Pastor Mark has to be at the District Office again today so I am filling in for him on the Tickle.

We were thrilled to celebrate two families joining our FUMC family at 11 am Sunday….
Richard and Shirley McGinnis (Doug McGinnis’ parents) - 253 Old Sod Lane, Blairsville
Laura Wilcher and her son Craig Wilcher - 315 Cook Lane, Blairsville.

A Thanksgiving Dinner is being planned for those who don’t have family coming in or can’t afford a nice big meal. It will be served at the House of Prayer on Thanksgiving Day. If you’d like more information about receiving a meal or volunteering to work, please contact Evelyn in the church office.

 

FUMC Mission Committee Fair:
is happening this coming Sunday, 29th after the 8:30 service through the noon hour in the fellowship hall. Come visit the booths and find out what all the different ministries in our area do.

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner menu: Meatball subs, salad and dessert. This is a fundraiser for the Girl Scouts.
Youth - will meet at 6 pm downstairs of the MAC
Children - will meet at 6 pm downstairs of the children’s side
Disciple 2 Bible Study Fast Track - led by David and Benetta Cook, 6 pm
Pastor Mark’s Bible Study - Anxious About Nothing (5 week, dvd driven) begins at 6 pm in the sanctuary.
Loving Nursery - provided
Choir Practice in Music Room at 7 pm

The Well T shirts are still available through November 5th (last day to order for awhile). They are $16 each and come in long and short sleeves. To order, email Teri McGinnis at terimcg@gmail.com with size and sleeve length. Mail check to 111 Lowell Lane, Bville 30512.

Reminder that ALL external locks will be changing THIS Friday. If you are a ministry leader who needs access to the building off hours, you must fill out a a key request form. The forms are available in the church office. Entrance into the church will only be accessible through the main floor MAC door.

Morning Glory Circle is coat collecting for distribution this November. You may drop off your gently used winter coats in the closet across from the MAC desk.

Contemporary Christian Band Concert live in the MAC by our Band OVERFLOW on Wednesday night at 7 pm, November 1 in the the MAC. Extra Nursery help will be provided for those who wish to come for this free concert. If you worship with us at THE WELL - you know this amazing band and multiple voices / musicians very well - they are a blessing! If you have always wondered what our band does at 9:45 am, come hear the breadth of Christian music they convey each Sunday morning. Bring a friend to come check them out! This will be a relaxed night of joy. Help us reach people by getting the word out.

Orphanage Emmanuel Trip will be January 18-25. If you feel even the slightest nudge from God to “GO” please contact Joe Tatman 2jtatman@gmail.com

Orphanage Emmanuel – We are collecting Boy Themed Twin Sheets. We are also collecting items for the 2nd Quinceanera : Perfume, Make-up, Nail Polish, Shampoo & Conditioners and gently used Fancy Shoes (with Rhinestones, Sequins, Beads) size 6 or smaller.

The Wyckoff children thank the FUMC Family for loving on their parents, Don and Joyce during their time here in Blairsville and for all of those that traveled down to the service on Saturday.

Pray without Ceasing for:
Everyone impacted by the recent violence, storms, fires, earthquake
Firefighters and families impacted by the fires out west
Our military families - many recent deployments
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Larry Rosenberry - upcoming cryosurgery for prostate cancer
Manon Thompson - recovery from hip surgery on Sunday, due to go to rehab center today, appreciates prayers but asks that you hold off on calling
Jennifer de la Montagne - recent loss of a dear friend
Virginia Collins - recent loss of a dear friend
Kelly Schuknecht’s niece - had ATV accident and is currently paralyzed from the neck down
Mike Brandenburg - recovering from hip surgery
Jeannie Pickerill- fell and injured her back
Wider/Jorgensen family - recent loss of a family member
Kathy Heyer - recent loss of multiple extended family members
Mike Lewis - mother in Maryland on holy ground - family has gathered
Pennie Hebble - recovery from infection that caused hospitalization
Dena and Jack Randall - their son Jeff and wife Tracy lost their home to fires in CA
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Larry Culpepper’s sister (Joyce Hampton) - serious illness
Claudia Deprez - goods test results in months ahead
Jamie Patton - home now - but upcoming pacemaker procedure
Phil Salling - healing from leg procedure
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Ferguson - their 38 year old daughter Holly just got diagnosed with breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Sharon Willits - general health
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer has spread to brain - radiation treatments next step - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Alex Box - returned to Hiawassee Rehab; he will have his gall bladder out in a couple of weeks
Nancy Sanford’s Mother in Kansas - alzheimers and now also lung cancer
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

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

 

Received…………………….YTD
October 1st …..$23,565………………… $ 826,030
October 8th……$22,280………………….$ 848,310
October 15th….$16,528………………….$ 864,838
October 22nd…$33,540………………….$ 898,379*
……………………………………………………*includes fall festival

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

Tickle – October 17, 2017

Pastor Mark has to be at the District Office today so I am filling in for him on the Tickle.

Thank you to all the men and women who pulled off a MAGNIFICENT Fall Festival. Stan did a wonderful job steering this massive undertaking. We had a great variety of crafts, our usual delicious barbeque, pretty graments and treasures galore to attract the community. Everyone worked together to pull off a profitable festival. We don’t have the final numbers yet but look for them to be announced on Sunday.

Thank you to Goodwin Bryan for pulling together a team of hardworking volunteers to come to Campus Care day today! Volunteers have been here since early this morning working to beautify our campus.

We celebrated the newest member of our FUMC family in church Sunday. Iris Katherine Mashburn, daughter of Matthew and Katie Mashburn and little sister to Chloe and Max was born on Thursday. Everyone is doing well.

There are no Wednesday Night programs or activities because of Fall Break with Union County schools. We will resume next Wednesday, 25th.

You’re a great congregation! 🙂
Evelyn

Hurricane Relief Committee meeting, this Wednesday at 6:00 pm in the conference room.

Concerning Don Wyckoff’s service: The Wyckoff children have requested that men NOT wear ties to the memorial service. Ladies are encouraged to wear green and/or pink in honor of the Missouri roots and breast cancer awareness.

FUMC Mission Committee Fair

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

Wednesday Night Nurture

NO Dinner this week due to Fall Break
Youth - will not meet
Children - will not meet
Disciple 2 Bible Study Fast Track - led by David and Benetta Cook, 6 pm
Loving Nursery - (no nursery tonight)
Choir Practice in Music Room at 7 pm

Beginning THIS Sunday we will have a uniformed Union County Sheriff Deputy with us every Sunday morning beginning at 8:30.

JUST A REMINDER OUR CANCER CARE SUPPORT GROUP MEETS TOMORROW WEDNESDAY AT 10:00 AM IN THE PASTORS CONFERENCE ROOM.. ALL ARE INVITED AND WE ARE HOPING SOME FOLKS FROM RELAY FOR LIFE CAN ATTEND. LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING EVERY ONE THEN.

Reminder that ALL external locks will be changing next week. If you are a ministry leader who needs access to the building off hours, please see Evelyn in the church office to fill out a key request form.

Morning Glory Circle is coat collecting for distribution this November. You may drop off your gently used winter coats in the closet across from the MAC desk.

Open Service/Training Opportunities at FUMC

Serving Holy Communion to Shut-ins Team:
There is a meeting scheduled for tomorrow - Wed, October 11, at 3 pm for everyone who is currently part of serving Holy Communion to Shut-ins and those who want to know more about that so that you might become part of that act of compassionate ministry. Pastor Mark is leading the meeting.

Emergency Response Team response

We have had a wonderful response to this invitation offered the last two Sundays in worship. Pastor Mark will be scheduling a “conversation” meeting in the next week with all who responded - THANK YOU!

Flag Team: We have one now - THANK YOU! If you wish to help, contact Bill Haygood billandjudy@bellsouth.net

Holy Communion Servers in Worship - would you like to be trained to serve Holy communion in worship - we have a significant group of people who do this - you serve only in the service you worship in. Pastor Mark will lead this training / refresher training Wed evening October 11 in the main Sanctuary at 6 pm.

Videographer Team for 11 am worship service - we need two more people to join the 3 people who fill this necessary role in the 11 am service. You will be trained how to create the DVD that airs on Cable TV. Robbie Turner is our trainer. Once trained, you will serve one Sunday a month.

Lighting Team for 9:45 Service - we need two more people to join the existing 3 people who control the lights for the 9:45 service. Once trained, you will serve one week a month.

Computer Team for 9:45 Service - we need one more person to join the existing 4 people who run the computer for the 9:45 service. Once trained, you will serve one week a month.

Contemporary Christian Band Concert live

in the MAC by our Band OVERFLOW on Wednesday night at 7 pm, November 1 in the the MAC. Extra Nursery help will be provided for those who wish to come for this free concert. If you worship with us at THE WELL - you know this amazing band and multiple voices / musicians very well - they are a blessing! If you have always wondered what our band does at 9:45 am, come hear the breadth of Christian music they convey each Sunday morning. Bring a friend to come check them out! This will be a relaxed night of joy. Help us reach people by getting the word out.

Orphanage Emmanuel Trip

will be January 18-25. If you feel even the slightest nudge from God to “GO” please contact Joe Tatman 2jtatman@gmail.com

Orphanage Emmanuel – We are collecting Boy Themed Twin Sheets. We are also collecting items for the 2nd Quinceanera : Perfume, Make-up, Nail Polish, Shampoo & Conditioners and gently used Fancy Shoes (with Rhinestones, Sequins, Beads) size 6 or smaller.

Not this Week but Upcoming

1. Trustees coordinated “Campus Care Tuesday” TODAY
2. FUMC Missions Fair - October 29
3. Christian Contemporary Music Concert by OVERFLOW - Wed, Nov 1, 7 pm MAC

Pray without Ceasing for

Everyone impacted by the recent violence, storms, fires, earthquake
Firefighters and families impacted by the fires out west
Our military families - many recent deployments
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Hazel Douglass went on to Glory this past Friday. Family is holding a private family memorial in Marietta. There are no arrangements here.
Katie and Matthew Mashburn (Chloe & Max) - Iris Katherine was born last Thursday. All are doing well.
Kelly Schuknecht’s niece - had ATV accident and is currently paralyzed from the neck down
Susan Forrester’s - Aunt Hazel has passed
Mike Brandenburg - will have surgery tomorrow at Northside; doctors are removing his hip replacement to get a better bone biopsy
Jeannie Pickerill- fell and injured her back
Don Wyckoff’s service - St John’s UMC in Atlanta this Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 am - go down 515 t0 575 to I 75 to Merge onto I-285 E/GA-40E
via EXIT 259 toward Greenville/Augusta.Then 2.64 miles
Take the Northside Dr exit, EXIT 22, toward New Northside Dr/Powers Ferry Rd.Then 0.27 miles Turn slight right onto Northside Dr NW Waffle House is on the corner Then 0.14 miles Keep right at the fork to continue on Northside Dr NW. Then 0.47 miles Turn left onto Mount Vernon Hwy NW. Mount Vernon Hwy NW is 0.2 miles past Old Powers Ferry Rd NW Turn right onto Powers Ferry Rd NW. Powers Ferry Rd NW is 0.1 miles past Vernon Walk NW Then 0.95 miles Turn right onto Rebel Trl NW.Rebel Trl NW is just past Londonberry Rd NWIf you reach Carol Ln NW you’ve gone about 0.3 miles too far Then 0.70 miles Turn left onto Mount Paran Rd NW. Then 0.09 miles church is on the right (550 Mt. Paran Road)
Joyce Byers - recent losses
Dena and Jack Randall - their son Jeff and wife Tracy lost their home to fires in CA
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Larry Culpepper’s sister (Joyce Hampton) - serious illness
Claudia Deprez - goods test results in months ahead
Jamie Patton - home now - but upcoming pacemaker procedure
Phil Salling - healing from leg procedure
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Ferguson - their 38 year old daughter Holly just got diagnosed with breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Sharon Willits - general health
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer has spread to brain - radiation treatments next step - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Alex Box - returned to Hiawassee Rehab; he will have his gall bladder out in a couple of weeks
Peggy Norris - loss that impacts her family; she and Norris are traveling to Virginia this week
Nancy Sanford’s Mother in Kansas - alzheimers and now also lung cancer
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Finance

Come to worship this Sunday and hear what you did together financially in support of UMCOR hurricane relief - it is a God thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Received…………………….YTD
October 1st …..$23,565………………… $ 826,030
October 8th……$22,280………………….$ 848,310
October 15th….$16,528………………….$ 864,838

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

Tickle – October 10, 2017

I thank everyone who came to church on Sunday in the midst of what was the remnants of hurricane Nate passing through us. In the Sunday to come, we will continue our four week sermon series encountering Scriptures that help form our purpose statement here at FUMC, “Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples.” Our focus this coming Sunday will be touching souls.

Also part of this Sunday will be a conversation about security here at FUMC. We are implementing some new measures that will impact how you get into the campus buildings after October 22 and other added security measures. Please come and share in these details.

Can’t wait to help out in the Fall Festival this coming Friday (9 am - 4 pm) and Saturday (9 am - 2 pm). If you have not found a place to help volunteer, contact Stan Wallace at stanwallace@windstream.net - he can guide you to the contact point of the right group for you to help. I know the United Methodist Men are still looking for some help. Come help us reach people and if you are real lucky touch a soul! Contact Stan, he will direct you to the point of contact.

There are no Wednesday Night program or activities because of the Fall Festival on Friday and Saturday.

Welcome our newest members:
Neal Wiley and Kathy Fain Wiley 306 Choestoe Lane, Blairsville, GA 30512

God’s Peace, mark

Campus Care Tuesday: The Trustees are coordinating a “Campus Care” day for everyone who can come on Tuesday, October 17. We hope to have coordinators here who can help guide folks towards pulling weeds, weed eating, bush trimming, that sort of thing. If you like working outside and can give us one or two hours Tuesday morning, we will be here from 8 am to 11 am to help the dear hearts who have already been giving of their time to care for our church campus. Bring gloves, tools, whatever you think would be helpful. We need to clean some of the low gutters around the church too if you are willing. Goodwyn Bryan is coordinating this event for the Trustees.

Hello all, this is Goodwin. I need help for the project on the 17th. Could those of you coming to help, meet me at the workshop at 7:00 am on the 17th. I need area leaders to watch over what needs to be done in each area. I have instructions and a map of the areas. I just need to go over it with whomever is willing to do so. Thanks,
Goodwin
770-833-2420
Goodybryan@gmail.com

FUMC Mission Committee Fair

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

Wednesday Night Nurture

NO Dinner this week due to Fall Festival prep using all our people
Youth - follow Jennifer’s lead
Children - follow Shannon’s lead
Disciple 2 Bible Study Fast Track - led by David and Benetta Cook, 6 pm
Loving Nursery - (no nursery tonight)
Choir Practice in Music Room at 7 pm

Hope House is having a Chamber Ribbon Cutting for their new office space on Monday, 16th at 1 pm. 178 Brackett’s Way, Suite 8. Everyone is invited to attend.

Morning Glory Circle is coat collecting for distribution this November. You may drop off your gently used winter coats in the closet across from the MAC desk.

Open Service/Training Opportunities at FUMC

Serving Holy Communion to Shut-ins Team:
There is a meeting scheduled for tomorrow - Wed, October 11, at 3 pm for everyone who is currently part of serving Holy Communion to Shut-ins and those who want to know more about that so that you might become part of that act of compassionate ministry. Pastor Mark is leading the meeting.

Emergency Response Team response

We have had a wonderful response to this invitation offered the last two Sundays in worship. Pastor Mark will be scheduling a “conversation” meeting in the next week with all who responded - THANK YOU!

Flag Team: We have one now - THANK YOU! If you wish to help, contact Bill Haygood billandjudy@bellsouth.net

Holy Communion Servers in Worship - would you like to be trained to serve Holy communion in worship - we have a significant group of people who do this - you serve only in the service you worship in. Pastor Mark will lead this training / refresher training Wed evening October 11 in the main Sanctuary at 6 pm.

Videographer Team for 11 am worship service - we need two more people to join the 3 people who fill this necessary role in the 11 am service. You will be trained how to create the DVD that airs on Cable TV. Robbie Turner is our trainer. Once trained, you will serve one Sunday a month.

Lighting Team for 9:45 Service - we need two more people to join the existing 3 people who control the lights for the 9:45 service. Once trained, you will serve one week a month.

Computer Team for 9:45 Service - we need one more person to join the existing 4 people who run the computer for the 9:45 service. Once trained, you will serve one week a month.

First Methodist Family…Our 2017 Fall Festival Silent Auction items will be on display beginning this Sunday morning and will remain out through the week leading up to our Festival next weekend (13th and 14th). Remember, all proceeds from our sale will go toward retiring our MAC debt. Come this Sunday ready to “Bid or Buy”.

Contemporary Christian Band Concert live in the MAC by our Band OVERFLOW on Wednesday night at 7 pm, November 1 in the the MAC. Extra Nursery help will be provided for those who wish to come for this free concert. If you worship with us at THE WELL - you know this amazing band and multiple voices / musicians very well - they are a blessing! If you have always wondered what our band does at 9:45 am, come hear the breadth of Christian music they convey each Sunday morning. Bring a friend to come check them out! This will be a relaxed night of joy. Help us reach people by getting the word out.

Orphanage Emmanuel Trip will be January 18-25. If you feel even the slightest nudge from God to “GO” please contact Joe Tatman 2jtatman@gmail.com

Orphanage Emmanuel – We are collecting Boy Themed Twin Sheets. We are also collecting items for the 2nd Quinceanera : Perfume, Make-up, Nail Polish, Shampoo & Conditioners and gently used Fancy Shoes (with Rhinestones, Sequins, Beads) size 6 or smaller.

Not this Week but Upcoming

1. Trustees coordinated “Campus Care Tuesday” beginning October 17
2. Union County School Fall Break - October 16-20
3. FUMC Missions Fair - October 29
4. Christian Contemporary Music Concert by OVERFLOW - Wed, Nov 1, 7 pm MAC

Pray without Ceasing for

Everyone impacted by the recent violence, storms, fires, earthquake
Our military families - many recent deployments
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Katie and Matthew Mashburn (Chloe & Max) - baby girl due mid October
Wyckoff Family - Don Wyckoff passed early Sunday morning. The service will be at the church Don’s family was instrumental in starting decades ago - St John’s UMC in Atlanta on Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 am - (located just inside I 285 on North side of Atlanta - more info to come.) Pastor Mark is assisting in the service.
Joyce Byers - recent losses
Dena and Jack Randall - their son Jeff and wife Tracy lost their home to fires in CA
Tommy Ackerman - heart cath at Atlanta Piedmont Monday - no stents required
Marian Malac - surgery to install pacemaker and new leads went well today
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Mike Brandenburg - multiple biopsies - waiting 2 weeks for results
Larry Culpepper’s sister (Joyce Hampton) - serious illness
Claudia Deprez - goods test results in months ahead
Jamie Patton - home now - but upcoming pacemaker procedure
Phil Salling - healing from leg procedure
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Ferguson - their 38 year old daughter Holly just got diagnosed with breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Sharon Willits - general health
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer has spread to brain - radiation treatments next step - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Alex Box - Chatuge hospital with gall bladder driven pancreatitis (Rm 115)
Nancy Sanford’s Mother in Kansas - alzheimers and now also lung cancer
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Finance

Come to worship this Sunday and hear what you did together financially in support of UMCOR hurricane relief - it is a God thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Received…………………….YTD
October 1st ……$23,565……………….. $ 826,030
October 8th……$22,280………………….$ 848,310

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

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