FUMC Words for Wednesday: 07-27-2022

07-27-2022 FUMC Words for Wednesday
Good afternoon First United Methodist Church!
I hope this finds you well. Recently the conference posted a page online about what it means to be United Methodist. There are some very helpful links there that answer a lot of questions about many things including what our core beliefs are, how Christians can disagree on issues of human sexuality, and much more. There’s even a discussion guide on being United Methodist helpful for individuals and small groups. I commend this page and its contents to your reading and reflection. Here’s a link:
Also, note that you can subscribe to receive newsletters and other information from the conference at the bottom of that page or here:
God’s continued blessings on your day.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday when we continue our series on The Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5-7.
In Christ,
Don
VBS is in progress! Please keep it in your prayers. We have around 40 children attending with 20 adults helping out.
The office alone will close early at noon this Thursday, 28th.
The MAC will remain open.
The Usher Team needs additional people to serve in the 9:30 Contemporary service. The month of October is open and training with a regular on the usher team will be provided. See Charlene Cook in the back of the MAC before or after the service or call her at 904/699-1790 with questions. Thank you for considering this service opportunity.
The CEC Preschool Staff would like to thank our FUMC Church Family for their support and prayers.
Our prayers were answered with some very gifted and talented teachers for the school year 2022-2023.
We are all looking forward to starting classes in August with all of our new blessings.
Gratefully yours,
Heidi
Director CEC
There will be a CPR class offered on Saturday, August 13th at 9:00 am in the fellowship hall. Class is limited to 20 students. A sign up sheet is in the narthex. Cost is $20.
Wednesday Night Programs
resume on August 17th.
Bible Studies for all ages will be available. Programs will start at 6:00 pm and end at 7:00 pm.
Occasionally we will have a supper beforehand. These will be announced well in advance.
The Fall Ministry Fair will take place in two months, on Sunday, September 11th! If you are a leader, or a member, of ANY ministry at First UMC, please be prepared to have a table set up in the Fellowship Hall on that Sunday with information on your ministry, information on how new disciples can SERVE with you, and how they can expect to CONNECT with others in your outreach. Together, let’s GROW the Kingdom for God’s glory! Be on the lookout for more information. Jennifer de la Montagne will be your contact for this event. jcarydlm@gmail.com
The men hauled off over 400 pounds of aluminum cans this week. Thank you to all who recycle their cans in the shed across from the annex. Please do remember that ONLY rinsed out aluminum drink cans are collected. No pie pans, no pet cans, no food pans whatsoever are accepted at the recycling center. Unnecessary trash creates work for our men rather than helps them.
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.
Leslie Davis - bladder cancer
It’s Our 6th Annual…
“Backpack 2 School Bash”
Saturday, August 6th  10am - 1pm In the MAC!
Last year this Community event provided backpacks and school supplies for over 400 children in Union County. FUMC of Union County helped provide many of those backpacks. This year our church is again collecting primary aged (kindergarten - grade 2) backpacks as well as general supplies on the lists attached to the purple drop off boxes located in the MAC lobby and Sanctuary narthex. COLLECTION BOXES ARE OUT! Thank you in advance for helping provide needed school supplies for children and families in Union County. If you would prefer to donate directly to the event you can drop your donation off in the treasure chests and label it for “Backpacks”. Any questions on how you can help further call Tricia Wallace at 229-402-9361…PARENTS: Registration has begun!
Planning Has Begun For Our
2022 Fall Festival!
Yes! We are back and, as always, help will be needed! This year’s Fall Festival dates are Friday, October 7th & Saturday, October 8th. Call Stan at the church office or email at
blairsvillefumcstan@gmail.com if you would like to be a part of this important outreach event. Crafters, we are counting on you to help us with your homemade items as well as everyone who puts away Jams and Jellies for the Country Store. We will also be back with our Bakery, Candy Shoppe, Silent Auction, Treasure Sale, and Clothing Sale. Mark your calendars! Remember… all proceeds from our Festival go toward retiring our MAC debt. Everybody has a part to play! Start working now!
MAC Walking Track Hours…
*** Monday-Thursday 8am - 3pm ***
Play Pickleball! The Blairsville Pickleball Club is playing in the MAC on Tuesdays from 8 am until noon and Thursdays from noon until 3pm. Everyone is welcome! Come 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.
Summer Line Dancing Classes
Classes offered…
*LOW BEGINNER… 9:15am-10:00am For those new to line dancing.
*HIGH BEGINNER… 10:00am-10:45am Mastered the basic dance steps?
*INTERMEDIATE… 10:45am-11:30am Experienced dancers only.
Classes will meet in the MAC gym and are suitable for all ages!
No pre-registration needed. For info contact Rita at
1-Ray Berggreen, Courtney Bruce 3- Marillyn Salling 4- Brenda Martin, Jeanne Tallent 7 –Donald Cruce, Paula Myers 8 – Roy Whitelock 10- Kyler Robbins 12- Linda McAfee 13 Lisa Gurley, Mike Plott 14 –David Cline, Gene Hodgson, Ava Turner, Carly Turner, Jillian Turner 15 –Katie Mashburn, Kim Tatman 16 – Cheryl Mundy 17 – Jacob Clements, Eleanor Lee 18 – Leslie Hauschild 19 – Pauline Taylor 20 – Meredith Rose 22- Ingrid Engle, Jean Rogers 23 – Charlotte Thompson 24 – Mary Carol Akins 25 – Roy Hamby, Keri Young 26 Lynn Richards, Kem Stephens 28 – Melvin Crask 29 – Andy Hill, Jimmy Tallent 30 – Anna Stone 31 – Bob Lander, Joan Shaw, Kristi Tornabene
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:
  • Jim Arthur- diagnosed with lewy body dementia
  • Jan Boland’s sister June Gesch - in hospice care at Stonehenge
  • Margie Bowron - has COVID; at home
  • Kirby and Marjorie Bowron’s niece Laura Hansen - cancer
  • Diane Brackett - rtaking physical therapy on shoulder and arm
  • Kathy Brandenburg- recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • Tom Bunten - recovering from pacemaker surgery
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Pat Clay’s brother Victor- health issues
  • Don Cruce - recuperating from shoulder surgery
  • Jack Dugger - recuperating from covid pneumonia
  • Kenny Engle is having outpatient miniscus surgery tomorrow, 21st
  • Tammy Fowler’s brother passed away this week
  • Christine Golden - taking chemo treatments
  • Maggie Guerrier - recuperating from kidney transplant
  • Bruce Johnson - recuperating at home
  • Mike Lewis- recovering from car accident
  • Maria McGlen - still recuperating from fall
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - recuperating from knee replacement surgery
  • Allie McTureous - has COVID
  • Leura Mollnhauer - fell and broke her hip / health issues
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Jeanne Pickerill -several concerns - requests prayer
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Isiah Arrant-long term recovery from burns
  • Carol Rogers - health issues
  • Avis Shaw - had a fall, is home recuperating
  • Avis Shaw’s niece Gail Craft - had surgery
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Sue Stewart - taking treatments for leukemia
  • Lois Ward - in hospice care - mother of Teri McGinnis
  • Carol Warren - back pain
  • Dennis Wetzel- back surgery and recuperating at the Gobin’s home
HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:
  • Jim Arthur
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Kathy Heyer
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Greg Lane
  • Hugh Lee
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jerry Price
  • Jerry Roberson
  • Norm Rogers
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • Roy Whitelock
  • Sharon Willits
IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:
  • Mike Bryant - UC Nursing Home
  • Joan Chiras - Pruitt Health Nursing Home, Blue Ridge
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Richard and Shirley McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Nursing Home
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living - under hospice care
  • Margaret Wise - Brassstown Manor Assisted Living
If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving, it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.
A Note from Your Finance Team THANK YOU!!!
………………………… Received…………YTD Received
July 3rd……………$20,279…………….$475,319
July 10th…………..$22,064……………$497,383
July 17th…………..$14,175……………$511,558
July 24th…………..$10,594……………$522,152
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
Staff Emails:
Pastor Don Landen………………………………………………………. revdonaldlanden@gmail.com
Pastor Mack Riley…………………………………………………………………. mack.riley@ngumc.net
Stan Wallace…………………………………………………………….. blairsvillefumcstan@gmail.com
Evelyn Ueltzen……………………………………………………….. blairsvillefumcevelyn@gmail.com
Deidra Gilbert…………………………………………………………. blairsvillefumcdeidra@gmail.com
Jennifer de la Montagne……………………………………………………………..jcarydlm@gmail.com
STAY CONNECTED
 First United Methodist Church of Union County
938 Highway 515 Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(706) 745 2073
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
      We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation!

FUMC Words for Wednesday: 07-20-2022

07-20-2022 FUMC Words for Wednesday
Good morning church!
After spending a few weeks with the Ten Commandments, this Sunday we begin a series on the Sermon on the Mount called Games People Play. Over the next five weeks, we’ll journey through The Sermon found in Matthew 5-7. Pastor Mack actually got us started this past Sunday with a sermon from Matthew 5. Check it out on YouTube.
Join us and invite others to hear more about this life to which he invites us. Our series looks like this:
July 24    Matthew 5:38-42   Battleship
July 31    Matthew 6:5-15     Sorry!
August 7  Matthew 6:19-34    Monopoly
August 14 Matthew 7:15-23    Apples to Apples
August 21  Matthew 7:24-29   Jenga
See you Sunday.
Don
News from the Church Council:
At the scheduled Council meeting on July 11, 2022, the Church Council voted to consider further as a congregation disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church. This was not a decision to leave the United Methodist Church. Rather, this was a decision to learn more about the subject and process of disaffiliation and what it would mean for this congregation. As noted in last week’s newsletter, the congregation will be invited to any discussions and presentations regarding disaffiliation. Notification of any such events will be shared two weeks in advance. More details will be provided as they are available.
VBS begins on Sunday !
Please be in prayer for all the lives that can be touched through VBS next Sunday - Wednesday evenings. If you haven’t plugged in and want to, contact Mason Schuknecht at 706 897 0121.
The Usher Team needs additional people to serve in the 9:30 Contemporary service. The month of October is open and training with a regular on the usher team will be provided. See Charlene Cook in the back of the MAC before or after the service or call her at 904/699-1790 with questions. Thank you for considering this service opportunity.
THANK YOU !
 We had 15 donations of blood on Sunday the 10th & that was wonderful for our 1st Blood Assurance Drive.
We are still looking for teacher and aide positions to be filled for the upcoming school year. Perhaps you are looking for a part-time job with little ones or perhaps you know of someone else who would be perfect for this job? Please help us pass this information along.
If interested, please contact the preschool director:Heidi Hall @ (260)750-6468
There will be a CPR class offered on Saturday, August 13th at 9:00 am in the fellowship hall. Class is limited to 20 students. A sign up sheet is in the narthex. Cost is $20.
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Eating for a Healthy Weight
An eating plan that Helps manage weight includes a variety of health foods in a variety of colors. Think of your plate as eating the rainbow. Dark, leafy greens, squash, tomatoes, bells peppers, broccoli, onions, etc bring bright colors & are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber. These can be added to stews, omelets, or salads.
A healthy eating plan:
    1. Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk & milk products.
    2. Includes a variety of protein foods such as seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans & peas), soy products, nuts and seeds.
    3. Is low in added sugars, sodium, saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol.
    4. Stays within your daily calorie needs
Food Hints
    1. Fruits: Fresh, frozen or canned are great choices. Try new varieties such as mangos or kiwi fruit. Be aware that dried or canned fruit may contain added sugars. Choose canned fruit that packed in its own juices.
    2. Vegetables: Try new ways of cooking vegetables such as grilling, sautéing, or steaming. Try new spies to boost flavor such as garlic or rosemary. Choose canned vegetables with added salt. Be sparing with cream sauces or butter.
    3. Calcium-rich foods: In addition to fat-free & low-fat milk, try low-fat & fat-free yogurts without added sugars. These can be a great dessert substitute.
    4. Meats: Try healthier methods of cooking your favorite meats. Instead of frying, try grilling or baking. Consider having a meatless day by substituting beans.
    5. Comfort foods: Healthy eating is all about balance. You can enjoy your favorites, even if they are high in calories, fat, or added sugars. The key is eating them only onCE in awhile & balancing them with healthier foods & more physical activity.
CDC
Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight
06/2022
The Fall Ministry Fair will take place in two months, on Sunday, September 11th! If you are a leader, or a member, of ANY ministry at First UMC, please be prepared to have a table set up in the Fellowship Hall on that Sunday with information on your ministry, information on how new disciples can SERVE with you, and how they can expect to CONNECT with others in your outreach. Together, let’s GROW the Kingdom for God’s glory! Be on the lookout for more information. Jennifer de la Montagne will be your contact for this event. jcarydlm@gmail.com
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.
Leslie Davis - bladder cancer
It’s Our 6th Annual…
“Backpack 2 School Bash”
Saturday, August 6th  10am - 1pm In the MAC!
Last year this Community event provided backpacks and school supplies for over 400 children in Union County. FUMC of Union County helped provide many of those backpacks. This year our church is again collecting primary aged (kindergarten - grade 2) backpacks as well as general supplies on the lists attached to the purple drop off boxes located in the MAC lobby and Sanctuary narthex. COLLECTION BOXES ARE OUT! Thank you in advance for helping provide needed school supplies for children and families in Union County. If you would prefer to donate directly to the event you can drop your donation off in the treasure chests and label it for “Backpacks”. Any questions on how you can help further call Tricia Wallace at 229-402-9361…PARENTS: Registration has begun!
Planning Has Begun For Our
2022 Fall Festival!
Yes! We are back and, as always, help will be needed! This year’s Fall Festival dates are Friday, October 7th & Saturday, October 8th. Call Stan at the church office or email at
blairsvillefumcstan@gmail.com if you would like to be a part of this important outreach event. Crafters, we are counting on you to help us with your homemade items as well as everyone who puts away Jams and Jellies for the Country Store. We will also be back with our Bakery, Candy Shoppe, Silent Auction, Treasure Sale, and Clothing Sale. Mark your calendars! Remember… all proceeds from our Festival go toward retiring our MAC debt. Everybody has a part to play! Start working now!
MAC Walking Track Hours…
*** Monday-Thursday 8am - 3pm ***
Play Pickleball! The Blairsville Pickleball Club is playing in the MAC on Tuesdays from 8 am until noon and Thursdays from noon until 3pm. Everyone is welcome! Come 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.
Summer Line Dancing Classes
Classes offered…
*LOW BEGINNER… 9:15am-10:00am For those new to line dancing.
*HIGH BEGINNER… 10:00am-10:45am Mastered the basic dance steps?
*INTERMEDIATE… 10:45am-11:30am Experienced dancers only.
Classes will meet in the MAC gym and are suitable for all ages!
No pre-registration needed. For info contact Rita at
1-Ray Berggreen, Courtney Bruce 3- Marillyn Salling 4- Brenda Martin, Jeanne Tallent 7 –Donald Cruce, Paula Myers 8 – Roy Whitelock 10- Kyler Robbins 12- Linda McAfee 13 Lisa Gurley, Mike Plott 14 –David Cline, Gene Hodgson, Ava Turner, Carly Turner, Jillian Turner 15 –Katie Mashburn, Kim Tatman 16 – Cheryl Mundy 17 – Jacob Clements, Eleanor Lee 18 – Leslie Hauschild 19 – Pauline Taylor 20 – Meredith Rose 22- Ingrid Engle, Jean Rogers 23 – Charlotte Thompson 24 – Mary Carol Akins 25 – Roy Hamby, Keri Young 26 Lynn Richards, Kem Stephens 28 – Melvin Crask 29 – Andy Hill, Jimmy Tallent 30 – Anna Stone 31 – Bob Lander, Joan Shaw, Kristi Tornabene
Joann Chiras passed away early in the morning of Friday, 15th. There will be no services here.
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:
  • Jim Arthur- diagnosed with lewy body dementia
  • Jan Boland’s sister June Gesch - in hospice care at Stonehenge
  • Margie Bowron - has COVID; at home
  • Kirby and Marjorie Bowron’s niece Laura Hansen - cancer
  • Diane Brackett - rtaking physical therapy on shoulder and arm
  • Kathy Brandenburg- recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • Tom Bunten - recovering from pacemaker surgery
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Pat Clay’s brother Victor- health issues
  • Don Cruce - recuperating from shoulder surgery
  • Jack Dugger - recuperating from covid pneumonia
  • Kenny Engle is having outpatient miniscus surgery tomorrow, 21st
  • Tammy Fowler’s brother passed away this week
  • Christine Golden - taking chemo treatments
  • Maggie Guerrier - recuperating from kidney transplant
  • Bruce Johnson - recuperating at home
  • Mike Lewis- recovering from car accident
  • Maria McGlen - still recuperating from fall
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - recuperating from knee replacement surgery
  • Allie McTureous - has COVID
  • Leura Mollnhauer - fell and broke her hip / health issues
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Jeanne Pickerill -several concerns - requests prayer
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Isiah Arrant-long term recovery from burns
  • Carol Rogers - health issues
  • Avis Shaw - had a fall, is home recuperating
  • Avis Shaw’s niece Gail Craft - had surgery
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Sue Stewart - taking treatments for leukemia
  • Lois Ward - in hospice care - mother of Teri McGinnis
  • Carol Warren - back pain
  • Dennis Wetzel- back surgery and recuperating at the Gobin’s home
HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:
  • Jim Arthur
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Kathy Heyer
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Greg Lane
  • Hugh Lee
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jerry Price
  • Jerry Roberson
  • Norm Rogers
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • Roy Whitelock
  • Sharon Willits
IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:
  • Mike Bryant - UC Nursing Home
  • Joan Chiras - Pruitt Health Nursing Home, Blue Ridge
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Richard and Shirley McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Nursing Home
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living - under hospice care
  • Margaret Wise - Brassstown Manor Assisted Living
If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving, it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.
A Note from Your Finance Team THANK YOU!!!
………………………… Received…………YTD Received
July 3rd……………$20,279…………….$475,319
July 10th…………..$22,064……………$497,383
July 17th…………..$14,175……………$511,558
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
Staff Emails:
Pastor Don Landen………………………………………………………. revdonaldlanden@gmail.com
Pastor Mack Riley…………………………………………………………………. mack.riley@ngumc.net
Stan Wallace…………………………………………………………….. blairsvillefumcstan@gmail.com
Evelyn Ueltzen……………………………………………………….. blairsvillefumcevelyn@gmail.com
Deidra Gilbert…………………………………………………………. blairsvillefumcdeidra@gmail.com
Jennifer de la Montagne……………………………………………………………..jcarydlm@gmail.com
STAY CONNECTED
 First United Methodist Church of Union County
938 Highway 515 Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(706) 745 2073
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
      We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation!

FUMC Words for Wednesday: 07-13-2022

07-13-2022 FUMC Words for Wednesday
One last word on the Ten Words
We finished our series on the Ten Commandments this past Sunday. All along the way, I had this poem by Andrew King with me. It is titled, THE TEN WORDS, and I share it as one last reflection on Exodus 20.1-17.
This is a moment of new creation:
blast of a trumpet and fire and smoke
and the people gathered at the foot of a mountain,
Moses on the summit, receiving words:
words that are beacons, words that cast shadow,
words that are firesparks struck from stone,
words that are trumpet, calling to silence,
words that will echo through ages to come,
words that are the beating heart of a covenant,
words of requirement, words that are gift,
words that are bones in the body of a people,
words that are blood flowing into their veins,
words that are power, spoken to weakness,
words that are freedom because they are fence,
words that challenge us, words that summon us,
words that are song for a life-long dance,
words that are dwelling place, words of foundation,
words that are law, given in grace,
words that are signposts, words that are journey,
words that are a pathway pointing to peace.
This is a moment of new creation:
blast of a trumpet and fire and smoke
and we are the people at the foot of a mountain
and we have these words, our heart for their home.
Have a blessed week.
Grace and Peace.
Don
News from the Church Council:
At the scheduled Council meeting on July 11, 2022, the Church Council voted to consider further as a congregation disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church. This was not a decision to leave the United Methodist Church. Rather, this was a decision to learn more about the subject and process of disaffiliation and what it would mean for this congregation. As noted in last week’s newsletter, the congregation will be invited to any discussions and presentations regarding disaffiliation. Notification of any such events will be shared two weeks in advance. More details will be provided as they are available.
Dates: July 24th-27th
Times: Starts with supper at 5:00, ends at 7: 15 pm
Registration forms are available at the narthex and MAC desks or you may register your child by email:
blairsvillefumcstan@gmail.com
An email has been sent to those who need a background check. Please be sure to get this done asap.
To volunteer, contact Mason Schuknecht @ jar0514@hotmail.com
The Usher Team needs additional people to serve in the 9:30 Contemporary service. The month of October is open and training with a regular on the usher team will be provided. See Charlene Cook in the back of the MAC before or after the service or call her at 904/699-1790 with questions. Thank you for considering this service opportunity.
Our prayers and sympathy go out to Janice Walters-Taylor whose husband Rob passed away Friday morning. He was a decorated war veteran and retired as a Captain with the Air Force Reserves. Visitation with the family will be Friday at Cochran Funeral Home from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. A service will be held Saturday at their residence of 480 T J Christian Lane at 10:00 am. All are invited.
We are in need to volunteers to help teach these little ones. If you’re interested, please contact Mason Schuknecht @ jar 0514@hotmail.com.
We are still looking for teacher and aide positions to be filled for the upcoming school year. Perhaps you are looking for a part-time job with little ones or perhaps you know of someone else who would be perfect for this job? Please help us pass this information along.
If interested, please contact the preschool director:Heidi Hall @ (260)750-6468
There will be a CPR class offered on Saturday, August 13th at 9:00 am in the fellowship hall. Class is limited to 20 students. A sign up sheet is in the narthex. Cost is $20.
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The Parish Nurses have items to lend to the membership.
These items include:
Wheelchairs
Walkers, both regular & rolling
Bedside Commodes
Shower Bench
Canes
Note: We do NOT lend crutches
Supplies which can be given away:
Incontenence supplies
Gloves
Covid tests (limited amount)
Face Shields & N95 masks (limited amount)
Calling All Registered Nurses!
The Parish Nurse program is looking for RN’s to join our program. Please contact Diane Kolb at 706.487.9764 for details
Orphanage Emmanuel Update
If you are interested in joining the team, we will have an information meeting
TONIGHT at 6:00 PM in the conference room. Please join us even if you are mildly interested and come with as many questions as you wish. We’d love to have others be blessed by this experience as much as we have been blessed.
Joe & Kim Tatman @ 2jtatman@gmail.com
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.
Shelley Taylor - breast cancer has metastasized to bone and lymph nodes. She is a friend of Deidra Gilbert’s and sylist at Navaah Hair Salon.
Gayann Clay – B cell lymphoma
Leslie Davis - bladder cancer
It’s Our 6th Annual…
“Backpack 2 School Bash”
Saturday, August 6th  10am - 1pm In the MAC!
Last year this Community event provided backpacks and school supplies for over 400 children in Union County. FUMC of Union County helped provide many of those backpacks. This year our church is again collecting primary aged (kindergarten - grade 2) backpacks as well as general supplies on the lists attached to the purple drop off boxes located in the MAC lobby and Sanctuary narthex. COLLECTION BOXES ARE OUT! Thank you in advance for helping provide needed school supplies for children and families in Union County. If you would prefer to donate directly to the event you can drop your donation off in the treasure chests and label it for “Backpacks”. Any questions on how you can help further call Tricia Wallace at 229-402-9361…PARENTS: Registration has begun!
Planning Has Begun For Our
2022 Fall Festival!
Yes! We are back and, as always, help will be needed! This year’s Fall Festival dates are Friday, October 7th & Saturday, October 8th. Call Stan at the church office or email at
blairsvillefumcstan@gmail.com if you would like to be a part of this important outreach event. Crafters, we are counting on you to help us with your homemade items as well as everyone who puts away Jams and Jellies for the Country Store. We will also be back with our Bakery, Candy Shoppe, Silent Auction, Treasure Sale, and Clothing Sale. Mark your calendars! Remember… all proceeds from our Festival go toward retiring our MAC debt. Everybody has a part to play! Start working now!
MAC Walking Track Hours…
*** Monday-Thursday 8am - 3pm ***
Play Pickleball! The Blairsville Pickleball Club is playing in the MAC on Tuesdays from 8 am until noon and Thursdays from noon until 3pm. Everyone is welcome! Come 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.
Summer Line Dancing Classes
Classes offered…
*LOW BEGINNER… 9:15am-10:00am For those new to line dancing.
*HIGH BEGINNER… 10:00am-10:45am Mastered the basic dance steps?
*INTERMEDIATE… 10:45am-11:30am Experienced dancers only.
Classes will meet in the MAC gym and are suitable for all ages!
No pre-registration needed. For info contact Rita at
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:
  • Jim Arthur- diagnosed with lewy body dementia
  • Jan Boland’s sister June Gesch - in hospice care at Stonehenge
  • Kirby and Marjorie Bowron’s niece Laura Hansen - cancer
  • Diane Brackett - recovering from shoulder surgery
  • Kathy Brandenburg- recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • Tom Bunten - recovering from pacemaker surgery
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Don Cruce - recuperating from shoulder surgery
  • Jack Dugger - recuperating from covid pneumonia
  • Christine Golden - taking chemo treatments
  • Maggie Guerrier - recuperating from kidney transplant
  • Bruce Johnson - recuperating at home
  • Mike Lewis- recovering from car accident
  • Maria McGlen - still recuperating from fall
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - recuperating from knee replacement surgery
  • Allie McTureous - has COVID
  • Leura Mollnhauer - fell and broke her hip / health issues
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Jeanne Pickerill -several concerns - requests prayer
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Isiah Arrant-long term recovery from burns
  • Avis Shaw - had a fall, is home recuperating
  • Avis Shaw’s niece Gail Craft - had surgery
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Sue Stewart - taking treatments for leukemia
  • Lois Ward - in hospice care - mother of Teri McGinnis
  • Carol Warren - back pain
  • Dennis Wetzel- back surgery and recuperating at the Gobin’s home
  • Karen Wise’s mother Margaret - in hospital with heart issues
HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:
  • Jim Arthur
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad
  • Jack Dugger
  • Kathy Heyer
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Greg Lane
  • Hugh Lee
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jerry Price
  • Jerry Roberson
  • Norm Rogers
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • Roy Whitelock
  • Sharon Willits
IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:
  • Mike Bryant - UC Nursing Home
  • Joan Chiras - Pruitt Health Nursing Home, Blue Ridge
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Richard and Shirley McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Nursing Home
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living - under hospice care
If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving, it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.
A Note from Your Finance Team THANK YOU!!!
………………………… Received…………YTD Received
July 3rd……………$20,279…………….$475,319
July 10th…………..$22,064……………$497,383
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
Staff Emails:
Pastor Don Landen………………………………………………………. revdonaldlanden@gmail.com
Pastor Mack Riley…………………………………………………………………. mack.riley@ngumc.net
Stan Wallace…………………………………………………………….. blairsvillefumcstan@gmail.com
Evelyn Ueltzen……………………………………………………….. blairsvillefumcevelyn@gmail.com
Deidra Gilbert…………………………………………………………. blairsvillefumcdeidra@gmail.com
Jennifer de la Montagne……………………………………………………………..jcarydlm@gmail.com
STAY CONNECTED
 First United Methodist Church of Union County
938 Highway 515 Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(706) 745 2073
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
      We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation!

FUMC Words for Wednesday: 07-06-2022

07-06-2022 FUMC Words for Wednesday
Good morning church!
I want to thank all who were involved in planning and implementing the 4th of July celebration here on campus. First UMC certainly provided a wonderful atmosphere of hospitality for the community. Great job everyone!
Also, if you did not see it in our district newsletter, see the welcome for the Rev. Dr. Doug Gilreath, our new district superintendent, just below.
Finally, a disaffiliation update from him was included in the district newsletter. It is toward the end of this email and I encourage you all to read it.  If you would like to subscribe to the North East District newsletter, you may do so at this link:  https://us14.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=8c4a2bf5df821f76fea333283&id=f33f83594f.
See you Sunday.
Don
Please join the North East District in welcoming our new
District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Doug Gilreath!
Rev. Dr. Doug Gilreath, most recently the senior pastor of Covington First UMC, has been appointed as the North East District Superintendent.
“Rev. Dr. Gilreath has had a fruitful and productive run at Covington First and is much beloved. When people describe Doug, they often compliment his ‘pastor’s heart,'” said Bishop Sue. “Doug’s grace, great compassion, and excellent leadership skills will serve the North East District well.”
Gilreath has served Covington First UMC for the past 13 years. In his ministry career, he has previously served at Due West UMC (youth pastor), Trinity UMC in Duluth (student pastor), and as senior pastor of Friendship UMC in Fayetteville, the Mountain Valley Circuit in Cleveland, Loudsville UMC, and Locust Grove UMC before his current appointment to Covington.
He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University, Candler School of Theology (M.Div.), and Columbia School of Theology (Doctor of Ministry). He was ordained elder in 1992. He and his wife Lynn have three young adult children, Hannah Marie, Hayden Levi, and Adeline Grace.
“In many ways, Lynn and I feel as though we are returning home,” said Gilreath. “We served in the former Gainesville District early in our ministry and are excited to return to the place where we grew our family and many friendships. I am excited to have the opportunity to work in partnership with our pastors and churches in the North East District as we grow the Kingdom together.”
Dates: July 24th-27th
Times: Starts with supper at 5:00, ends at 7: 15 pm
Registration forms are available at the narthex and MAC desks or you may register your child by email:
blairsvillefumcstan@gmail.com
An email has been sent to those who need a background check. Please be sure to get this done asap.
To volunteer, contact Mason Schuknecht @ jar0514@hotmail.com
The Usher Team needs additional people to serve in the 9:30 service. The month of October is open and training with a regular on the usher team will be provided. See Charlene Cook in the back of the MAC before or after the service or call her at 904/699-1790 with questions. Thank you for considering this service opportunity.
Eric and Aurora Miller received their Quilts of Valor during the church’s July 4th event.
Thank you for service!!!
We are in need to volunteers to help teach these little ones. If you’re interested, please contact Mason Schuknecht @ jar 0514@hotmail.com.
We are still looking for teacher and aide positions to be filled for the upcoming school year. Perhaps you are looking for a part-time job with little ones or perhaps you know of someone else who would be perfect for this job? Please help us pass this information along.
If interested, please contact the preschool director:Heidi Hall @ (260)750-6468
We will be having a blood drive here on Sunday morning, July 10th beginning at 9 am till 1pm. The web address to register is:  www.bloodassurance.org. Click on the Make Appointment tab; then, enter Zip Code, Mobile Drive & Start Date. That calendar will take you to the calendar.
There will be a CPR class offered on Saturday, August 13th at 9:00 am in the fellowship hall. Class is limited to 20 students. A sign up sheet is in the narthex. Cost is $20.
The Parish Nurses have items to lend to the membership.
These items include:
Wheelchairs
Walkers, both regular & rolling
Bedside Commodes
Shower Bench
Canes
Note: We do NOT lend crutches
Supplies which can be given away:
Incontenence supplies
Gloves
Covid tests (limited amount)
Face Shields & N95 masks (limited amount)
Calling All Registered Nurses!
The Parish Nurse program is looking for RN’s to join our program. Please contact Diane Kolb at 706.487.9764 for details
“Cardell Corner”
Every season new things are blooming in the Cardell Memorial and Prayer Garden. It is a peaceful, contemplative place to visit, spend time in prayer, share intimate conversation with friends or just be alone with God. WE are always looking for new volunteers so if you are interested in helping occasionally contact Lynn Varian or Deidra Gilbert. Also, a big thanks to Lynn Varian who always keeps the urn in the garden filled with something special.
Orphanage Emmanuel Update
If you are interested in joining the team, we will have an information meeting
July 13 at 6:00 PM in the conference room. Please join us even if you are mildly interested and come with as many questions as you wish. We’d love to have others be blessed by this experience as much as we have been blessed.
Joe & Kim Tatman @ 2jtatman@gmail.com
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.
Shelley Taylor - breast cancer has metastasized to bone and lymph nodes. She is a friend of Deidra Gilbert’s and sylist at Navaah Hair Salon.
Gayann Clay – B cell lymphoma
Amber Jackson - stage 3 ovarian cancer
Leslie Davis - bladder cancer
Jim Arthur - receiving his prayer quilt
It’s Our 6th Annual…
“Backpack 2 School Bash”
Saturday, August 6th  10am - 1pm In the MAC!
Last year this Community event provided backpacks and school supplies for over 400 children in Union County. FUMC of Union County helped provide many of those backpacks. This year our church is again collecting primary aged (kindergarten - grade 2) backpacks as well as general supplies on the lists attached to the purple drop off boxes located in the MAC lobby and Sanctuary narthex. COLLECTION BOXES ARE OUT! Thank you in advance for helping provide needed school supplies for children and families in Union County. If you would prefer to donate directly to the event you can drop your donation off in the treasure chests and label it for “Backpacks”. Any questions on how you can help further call Tricia Wallace at 229-402-9361…PARENTS: Registration has begun!
MAC Walking Track Hours…
*** Monday-Thursday 8am - 3pm ***
Play Pickleball! NEW TIMES… Please Make Note! The Blairsville Pickleball Club is now playing in the MAC on Tuesdays from 8 am until noon and Thursdays from noon until 3pm. Everyone is welcome! Come 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.
Summer Line Dancing Classes
Begin July 7th!
Classes to be offered…
*LOW BEGINNER… 9:15am-10:00am For those new to line dancing.
*HIGH BEGINNER… 10:00am-10:45am Mastered the basic dance steps?
*INTERMEDIATE… 10:45am-11:30am Experienced dancers only.
Classes will meet in the MAC gym and are suitable for all ages!
No pre-registration needed. For info contact Rita at
Disaffiliation Update
Dear Clergy and Laity of North East,
On the heels of our 2022 Annual Conference, I am praying for each of you and your congregations. I am also praying for the 70 congregations in our conference that are approaching the June 30, 2022 disaffiliation date. Because the subject of disaffiliation is still on the table, many congregations are asking what it might mean for them.
Since the disaffiliation process (and implementation of the same) was new to all of us, and because there weren’t many details to undergird section 2553, we have learned a lot that we didn’t know this time last year. So now, based on our experience, we feel that additional information and guidelines can be offered IF your congregation is seeking to learn more about the subject and/or process of disaffiliation.
However, before you go through the additional information we are providing below; we encourage you to read (or re-read) Paragraph 2553 of our Discipline and the actual Disaffiliation Agreement with the North Georgia Conference — both of which are found HERE . There`s no question that the first and best step to answering people’s questions is to understand the process, including timelines, expectations, and other details.
Additional Information and Guidelines
1. No church is required to vote or required to consider a vote to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church. For reference, most of our 700+ churches in the North Georgia Conference have indicated to us that they will not take a vote to disaffiliate. Additionally, most of the pastors in the North Georgia Conference have confirmed that they will remain in the UMC.
2. There is no hurry or need to rush the process of discernment if your church is considering disaffiliation. Disaffiliation requests won’t be received by your DS any earlier than January 1, 2023 and will be accepted through February 28, 2023. No DS will prioritize churches that are “first in line” based on the timing of their submission regarding disaffiliation. Please know that no church will be assigned a church conference date prior to February 28. The schedule will be set to ensure completion and efficiency (not be based on when a request is made). There is no advantage or disadvantage to requesting earlier or later in the window. So, we encourage congregations to use the full amount of time between now and February to pray/discern about any decisions being considered.
3. We are still working on a checklist of education and types of events that we expect churches to facilitate in the process of discernment, but until those specifics are released in coming weeks, please encourage your congregation to pray, be kind to one another, and do no harm in any way to the Body of their church, District, Conference and the UMC.
4. There are to be NO secret meetings of any type about disaffiliation. Everyone in the congregation must be aware of what`s being discussed. Everyone in your congregation should be invited to any/all meeting(s) involving disaffiliation. These meetings should be well publicized with at least two weeks advance notice. Also, please notify me of any church-wide sessions you conduct so that I can choose to be present or send someone to be present.
5. As a UMC pastor who has agreed to clergy covenants, you are responsible for making sure there is no misinformation, untruths, skewed facts and/or intentional omission of information allowed in the church as your congregation discerns its future. Remember that you as the assigned pastor to your church have agreed to be the Pastor to ALL who attend and/or seek to be followers of Jesus. Regardless of which perspective a congregant takes, we are called to love them all.
6. Try to persuade your congregation to use the word “perspective” instead of “side” when alternate or conflicting viewpoints are being presented in the church and/or otherwise. Sometimes just a word change allows us to be a better witness to the world.
Finally, as a “catch all” for all of this, please feel free to email me if you have questions, need guidance, or want me to speak to your church. We will be glad to schedule time to help.
Thank you and peace and blessings!
Doug Gilreath
ReplyForward
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:
  • Jim Arthur- diagnosed with lewy body dementia
  • Jan Boland’s sister June Gesch - in hospice care at Stonehenge
  • Kirby and Marjorie Bowron’s niece Laura Hansen - cancer
  • Diane Brackett - recovering from shoulder surgery
  • Kathy Brandenburg- recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • Tom Bunten - recovering from pacemaker surgery
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Jack Dugger - recuperating from covid pneumonia
  • Christine Golden - taking chemo treatments
  • Maggie Guerrier - recuperating from kidney transplant
  • Kathy Heyer - home and doing better, continued prayers
  • Bruce Johnson - recuperating at home
  • Virginia/Greg Lane - both have COVID
  • Greg Lane -battling Parkinson’s disease
  • Mike Lewis- recovering from car accident
  • Maria McGlen - went back into the hospital on Saturday
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - knee replacement surgery on July 12th
  • Buster Miller’s brother Bobby passed away unexpectedly on Monday
  • Leura Mollnhauer - fell and broke her hip / health issues
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Jeanne Pickerill -several concerns - requests prayer
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Isiah Arrant-long term recovery from burns
  • Avis Shaw - had a fall, is home recuperating
  • Avis Shaw’s niece Gail Craft - had surgery
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Sue Stewart - taking treatments for leukemia
  • Lois Ward - in hospice care - mother of Teri McGinnis
  • Carol Warren - back pain
  • Dennis Wetzel- back surgery and recuperating at the Gobin’s home
  • Karen Wise’s mother Margaret - in hospital with heart issues
HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:
  • Jim Arthur
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad
  • Jack Dugger
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Greg Lane
  • Hugh Lee
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jerry Price
  • Jerry Roberson
  • Norm Rogers
  • Janice Taylor’s husband Rob
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • Roy Whitelock
  • Sharon Willits
IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:
  • Mike Bryant - UC Nursing Home
  • Joan Chiras - Pruitt Health Nursing Home, Blue Ridge
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Richard and Shirley McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Nursing Home
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living - under hospice care
If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving, it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.
A Note from Your Finance Team THANK YOU!!!
………………………… Received…………YTD Received
July 3rd……………$20,279…………….$475,319
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
Staff Emails:
Pastor Don Landen………………………………………………………. revdonaldlanden@gmail.com
Pastor Mack Riley…………………………………………………………………. mack.riley@ngumc.net
Stan Wallace…………………………………………………………….. blairsvillefumcstan@gmail.com
Evelyn Ueltzen……………………………………………………….. blairsvillefumcevelyn@gmail.com
Deidra Gilbert…………………………………………………………. blairsvillefumcdeidra@gmail.com
Jennifer de la Montagne……………………………………………………………..jcarydlm@gmail.com
STAY CONNECTED
 First United Methodist Church of Union County
938 Highway 515 Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(706) 745 2073
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
      We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation!

FUMC Words for Wednesday: 06-29-2022

06-29-2022 FUMC Words for Wednesday
TONIGHT - SAFE SANCTUARY training will be held at 6:00 pm in sanctuary. ANYONE who is helping with children through VBS, children’s church, Sunday School or nursery is strongly asked to attend.
Ron and Brenda Martin 74 Terrace Lane, Blairsville
Attend the 11:00 service
Andy Hill – 184 Brandy Run, Blairsville
Attends the 8:45 service
Al and Pam Kocher – 24 Home Place Spur, Blairsville
Attend the 8:45 service
Dates: July 24th-27th
Times: Starts with supper at 5:00, ends at 7: 15 pm
Registration forms are available at the narthex and MAC desks or you may register your child by email:
blairsvillefumcstan@gmail.com
To volunteer, contact Mason Schuknecht @ jar0514@hotmail.com
Make plans now to come to the church campus on Monday, July 4th ahead of the fireworks. There will be hamburgers, hotdogs, cookies, popcorn, lemonade, and ice cream available for sale. Our contemporary band Overflow will be performing. We will also have a kid’s play area with bounce castle, and face painting.
We are in need to volunteers to help teach these little ones. If you’re interested, please contact Mason Schuknecht @ jar 0514@hotmail.com.
This is a picture of one of our CEC preschool classrooms.
Can you spot what’s missing from this picture?
What’s missing are teachers and students. Now, we have students enrolled to come in August. What we don’t have are all the teachers.
We are looking for teacher and aide positions to be filled for the upcoming school year. Perhaps you are looking for a part-time job with little ones or perhaps you know of someone else who would be perfect for this job? Please help us pass this information along.
If interested, please contact the preschool director:Heidi Hall @ (260)750-6468
We will be having a blood drive here on Sunday morning, July 10th beginning at 9 am till 1pm. The web address to register is:  www.bloodassurance.org. Click on the Make Appointment tab; then, enter Zip Code, Mobile Drive & Start Date. That calendar will take you to the calendar.
There will be a CPR class offered on Saturday, August 13th at 9:00 am. Closer to time there will be a sign up sheet.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Orphanage Emmanuel Update
Thank you to everyone who took pledge tickets from the Quinceanera Girl on the Bulletin Board. You might have noticed that she is still there and there are still some tickets left.  If you missed Mission Sunday and are uncertain about the tickets, let me explain.  This week Orphanage Emmanuel has its first team on campus in over 3 years. Our church is planning to take a team in January 2023.  Please take a ticket and pledge a small amount to help fund the team projects.  (Members fund their own way).  Simply take a ticket with the amount you would like to pledge and simply write a check with Orphanage Emmanuel on the memo line and return it to the church. We have 3 years worth of Quinceanera girls (45 girls) to honor along with other smaller project for all the kids.  Imagine, nearly 500 children have not had visitors to love and play with them for 3 years.  Please support our efforts.
If you are interested in joining the team, we will have an information meeting
July 13 at 6:00 PM.  Please join us even if you are mildly interested and come with as many questions as you wish. We’d love to have others be blessed by this experience as much as we have been blessed.
Joe & Kim Tatman @ 2jtatman@gmail.com
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.
Amber Jackson- stage 3 ovarian cancer
Jim Arthur - Lewy Body Dementia
Mildred Elkins - numerous health issues. She is the sister of Avis Shaw.
MAC Walking Track Hours…
*** Monday-Thursday 8am - 3pm ***
Play Pickleball! NEW TIMES… Please Make Note! The Blairsville Pickleball Club is now playing in the MAC on Tuesdays from 8 am until noon and Thursdays from noon until 3pm. Everyone is welcome! Come 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.
Summer Line Dancing Classes
Begin July 7th!
Classes to be offered…
*LOW BEGINNER… 9:15am-10:00am For those new to line dancing.
*HIGH BEGINNER… 10:00am-10:45am Mastered the basic dance steps?
*INTERMEDIATE… 10:45am-11:30am Experienced dancers only.
Classes will meet in the MAC gym and are suitable for all ages!
No pre-registration needed. For info contact Rita at
1-Danny Young 2- Jim Arthur, Sonya Cristofaro, Barb Hahn 3- Robert Gorman, Bette Ivy 4- Barbara Alderman, David Steed 5- Teresa Cronk, Lindie Wright 7 – Debbie Steed, Laura Wilcher 9- Rose Oberlin, Lynn Varian 10- Eric Miller 11 – Myron Turner 12- Doris Eshelman, Maggie Guerrier 13 – Cindy Mercer, Buster Miller, Sue Stewart, Ellen Woolsey 14 – Mary Ruth Cook, Katie Rittenhouse, Peggy Schultz 15 – Kitty Jones, Ian Lander, Isabel Lander, Kelly Sulser, Tricia Wallace 16 – Mike Schlienger 17 – Jan Boland, Kay Bradley 18 – Micah Southern, Sandy Young 21- Christy Freeman, Jean Mellor 23 – Julie Gobin 24 – Jack Dugger, Artie Hodgson, Angela Johnson, Xander Ledbetter, Pearse Ledbetter 25 – Mona Hackney 26 – Jeanette Espinosa 27 – Maria McGlen 30 – Gail Bachteler 31 – Bill Fredericks, Liz Plott, Lillyanne Sosensky, Cindy Weitzel, Robert Woods
Member Ron Grother passed away last Thursday. His ashes are being taken to Naples, FL. There will not be a service here. Ron was Wilma Reid’s brother. Our prayers go to Wilma.
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:
  • Jim Arthur- diagnosed with lewy body dementia
  • Jan Boland’s sister June Gesch - in hospice care at Stonehenge
  • Kirby and Marjorie Bowron’s niece Laura Hansen - cancer
  • Diane Brackett - fell and shattered her shoulder - to see surgeon Wed
  • Kathy Brandenburg- recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • Tom Bunten - recovering from pacemaker surgery
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Jack Dugger - not recuperating well from covid pneumonia
  • Christine Golden - taking chemo treatments
  • Maggie Guerrier - recuperating from kidney transplant
  • Vic Henderson - recuperating
  • Kathy Heyer - home and doing better, continued prayers
  • Bruce Johnson - recuperating at home
  • Virginia/Greg Lane - both have COVID
  • Greg Lane -battling Parkinson’s disease
  • Mike Lewis- recovering from car accident
  • Maria McGlen - doing well
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Leura Mollnhauer - fell and broke her hip / health issues
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Jeanne Pickerill -several concerns - requests prayer
  • Avis Shaw - had a fall, is home recuperating
  • Avis Shaw’s niece Gail Craft - had surgery
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Sue Stewart - taking treatments for leukemia
  • Lois Ward - in hospice care - mother of Teri McGinnis
  • Carol Warren - back pain
  • Dennis Wetzel- back surgery and recuperating at the Gobin’s home
  • Karen Wise’s mother Margaret - in hospital with heart issues
HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:
  • Jim Arthur
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad
  • Jack Dugger
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Greg Lane
  • Hugh Lee
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jerry Price
  • Jerry Roberson
  • Norm Rogers
  • Janice Taylor’s husband Rob
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • Roy Whitelock
  • Sharon Willits
IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:
  • Mike Bryant - UC Nursing Home
  • Joan Chiras - Pruitt Health Nursing Home, Blue Ridge
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Richard and Shirley McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Nursing Home
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living - under hospice care
If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving, it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.
A Note from Your Finance Team THANK YOU!!!
………………………… Received…………YTD Received
June 5 ……………$ 31,656………………$399,270
June 12th………..$ 13,206………………$412,476
June 19th………..$ 29,127………………$441,604
June 26th………..$13,436……………….$455,040
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
Staff Emails:
Pastor Don Landen………………………………………………………. revdonaldlanden@gmail.com
Pastor Mack Riley…………………………………………………………………. mack.riley@ngumc.net
Stan Wallace…………………………………………………………….. blairsvillefumcstan@gmail.com
Evelyn Ueltzen……………………………………………………….. blairsvillefumcevelyn@gmail.com
Deidra Gilbert…………………………………………………………. blairsvillefumcdeidra@gmail.com
Jennifer de la Montagne……………………………………………………………..jcarydlm@gmail.com
STAY CONNECTED
 First United Methodist Church of Union County
938 Highway 515 Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(706) 745 2073
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
      We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation!

FUMC Words for Wednesday: 06-22-2022

06-22-2022 FUMC Words for Wednesday
Good morning church,
In my readings this week, I came across a prayer regarding peace from Soren Kierkegaard.  I needed to hear it (and pray it) and suspect others do, too. May you know and have the peace about which he prays.
O Lord, calm the waves of this heart; calm its tempests. Calm thyself, O my soul, so that the divine can act in thee. Calm thyself, O my soul, so that God is able to repose in thee, so that his peace may cover thee. Yes, Father in heaven, often have we found that the world cannot give us peace, O but make us feel that thou art able to give peace; let us know the truth of thy promise: that the whole world may not be able to take away thy peace.
Grace AND Peace.
Don
Dates: July 24th-27th
Times: Starts with supper at 5:00, ends at 7: 15 pm
Registration forms are available at the narthex and MAC desks or you may register your child by email:
blairsvillefumcstan@gmail.com
To volunteer, contact Mason Schuknecht @ jar0514@hotmail.com
On the Case VBS: Children dig into a few of Jesus’ parables to solve the mysteries of how to grow their faith, how to care for, serve, and love others. They’ll discover that the answers have been there all along: spend time with God, spend time with others, use your gifts, and share your story.
Safe Sanctuary training will be held Wednesday, June 29th at 6:00 pm. ANYONE who is helping with children through VBS, children’s church, Sunday School or nursery is strongly asked to attend.
Make plans now to come to the church campus on Monday, July 4th ahead of the fireworks. There will be hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream and music.
We are in need to volunteers to help teach these little ones. If you’re interested, please contact Mason Schuknecht @ jar 0514@hotmail.com.
This is a picture of one of our CEC preschool classrooms.
Can you spot what’s missing from this picture?
What’s missing are teachers and students. Now, we have students enrolled to come in August. What we don’t have are all the teachers.
We are looking for teacher and aide positions to be filled for the upcoming school year. Perhaps you are looking for a part-time job with little ones or perhaps you know of someone else who would be perfect for this job? Please help us pass this information along.
Past teaching experience is preferred but will provide training.
Applicant must be 18 years or older, and have a passion for working with young children and sharing the love of Jesus.
Position is every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning from 8:30- 12:30pm during the school year (August -May).
If interested, please contact the preschool director:Heidi Hall @ (260)750-6468
We will be having a blood drive here on Sunday morning, July 10th beginning at 9 am till 1pm. The web address to register is:  www.bloodassurance.org. Click on the Make Appointment tab; then, enter Zip Code, Mobile Drive & Start Date. That calendar will take you to the calendar.
There will be a CPR class offered on Saturday, August 13th at 9:00 am. Closer to time there will be a sign up sheet.
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FALL PREVENTION TIPS
Falls are a serious matter and can lead to injury, even death. As we age, the chance of falling increases dramatically. Any fall or near-fall should be reported to your Primary Care Provider.
Here is a list of actions which can reduce falls and can improve your safety:
·        Have regular eye doctor appointments & update glasses, as necessary.
·        Have your feet & foot ware checked by your Primary Care Provider once a year.
·        Exercise regularly to improve balance and strength.
·        Check pathways in & around your home for obstacles – papers, books, clothes, and shoes. These can be a tripping and/or fall hazard.
·        Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep them from slipping.
·        Keep frequently used items in lower cabinets so you can reach them without a step stool.
·        Consider grab bars next to and inside the bathtub & next to the toilet. Elevated toilets make rising from toilet much easier.
·        Use non-slip mats in bathtub & on shower floors.
·        Use brighter light bulbs in your home. As we age, we need brighter lights to see well.
·        Have handrails & lights installed on all staircases.
·        Wear well-fitting shoes with good support inside & outside the house.
·        Have your Primary Care Provider evaluate your medicines for drugs which could cause unsteadiness.
·        Use an assistive device – cane or walker – if you are unsteady, even in the house.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Injury Prevention and Control 2020
Orphanage Emmanuel Update
Thank you to everyone who took pledge tickets from the Quinceanera Girl on the Bulletin Board. You might have noticed that she is still there and there are still some tickets left.  If you missed Mission Sunday and are uncertain about the tickets, let me explain.  This week Orphanage Emmanuel has its first team on campus in over 3 years. Our church is planning to take a team in January 2023.  Please take a ticket and pledge a small amount to help fund the team projects.  (Members fund their own way).  Simply take a ticket with the amount you would like to pledge and simply write a check with Orphanage Emmanuel on the memo line and return it to the church. We have 3 years worth of Quinceanera girls (45 girls) to honor along with other smaller project for all the kids.  Imagine, nearly 500 children have not had visitors to love and play with them for 3 years.  Please support our efforts.
If you are interested in joining the team, we will have an information meeting
July 13 at 6:00 PM.  Please join us even if you are mildly interested and come with as many questions as you wish. We’d love to have others be blessed by this experience as much as we have been blessed.
Joe & Kim Tatman @ 2jtatman@gmail.com
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.
Amber Jackson- stage 3 ovarian cancer
Jim Arthur - Lewy Body Dementia
Mildred Elkins - numerous health issues. She is the sister of Avis Shaw.
MAC Walking Track Hours…
*** Monday-Thursday 8am - 3pm ***
Play Pickleball! NEW TIMES… Please Make Note! The Blairsville Pickleball Club is now playing in the MAC on Tuesdays from 8 am until noon and Thursdays from noon until 3pm. Everyone is welcome! Come 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.
Summer Line Dancing Classes
Begin July 7th!
Classes to be offered…
*LOW BEGINNER… 9:15am-10:00am For those new to line dancing.
*HIGH BEGINNER… 10:00am-10:45am Mastered the basic dance steps?
*INTERMEDIATE… 10:45am-11:30am Experienced dancers only.
Classes will meet in the MAC gym and are suitable for all ages!
No pre-registration needed. For info contact Rita at
1-Danny Young 2- Jim Arthur, Sonya Cristofaro, Barb Hahn 3- Robert Gorman, Bette Ivy 4- Barbara Alderman, David Steed 5- Teresa Cronk, Lindie Wright 7 – Debbie Steed, Laura Wilcher 9- Rose Oberlin, Lynn Varian 10- Eric Miller 11 – Myron Turner 12- Doris Eshelman, Maggie Guerrier 13 – Cindy Mercer, Buster Miller, Sue Stewart, Ellen Woolsey 14 – Mary Ruth Cook, Katie Rittenhouse, Peggy Schultz 15 – Kitty Jones, Ian Lander, Isabel Lander, Kelly Sulser, Tricia Wallace 16 – Mike Schlienger 17 – Jan Boland, Kay Bradley 18 – Micah Southern, Sandy Young 21- Christy Freeman, Jean Mellor 23 – Julie Gobin 24 – Jack Dugger, Artie Hodgson, Angela Johnson, Xander Ledbetter, Pearse Ledbetter 25 – Mona Hackney 26 – Jeanette Espinosa 27 – Maria McGlen 30 – Gail Bachteler 31 – Bill Fredericks, Liz Plott, Lillyanne Sosensky, Cindy Weitzel, Robert Woods
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:
  • Jim Arthur- diagnosed with lewy body dementia
  • Jan Boland’s sister June Gesch - in hospice care at Stonehenge
  • Kirby and Marjorie Bowron’s niece Laura Hansen - cancer
  • Diane Brackett - fell and shattered her shoulder - to see surgeon Wed
  • Kathy Brandenburg- recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • Tom Bunten - recovering from pacemaker surgery
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Jack Dugger - not recuperating well from covid pneumonia
  • Christine Golden - taking chemo treatments
  • Maggie Guerrier - recuperating from kidney transplant
  • Vic Henderson - recuperating
  • Kathy Heyer - home and doing better, continued prayers
  • Bruce Johnson - recuperating at home
  • Greg Lane -battling Parkinson’s disease
  • Mike Lewis- recovering from car accident
  • Maria McGlen - doing well
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Leura Mollnhauer - fell and broke her hip / health issues
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Jeanne Pickerill -several concerns - requests prayer
  • Avis Shaw’s niece Gail Craft - had surgery
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Sue Stewart - taking treatments for leukemia
  • Lois Ward - in hospice care - mother of Teri McGinnis
  • Carol Warren - back pain
  • Dennis Wetzel- back surgery and recuperating at the Gobin’s home
  • Karen Wise’s mother Margaret - in hospital with heart issues
HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:
  • Jim Arthur
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad
  • Jack Dugger
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Greg Lane
  • Hugh Lee
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jerry Price
  • Jerry Roberson
  • Norm Rogers
  • Janice Taylor’s husband Rob
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • Roy Whitelock
  • Sharon Willits
IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:
  • Mike Bryant - UC Nursing Home
  • Joan Chiras - Pruitt Health Nursing Home, Blue Ridge
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Richard and Shirley McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Nursing Home
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living - under hospice care
If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving, it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.
A Note from Your Finance Team THANK YOU!!!
………………………… Received…………YTD Received
June 5 ……………$ 31,656………………$399,270
June 12th………..$ 13,206………………$412,476
June 19th………..$ 29,127………………$441,604
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
Staff Emails:
Pastor Don Landen………………………………………………………. revdonaldlanden@gmail.com
Pastor Mack Riley…………………………………………………………………. mack.riley@ngumc.net
Stan Wallace…………………………………………………………….. blairsvillefumcstan@gmail.com
Evelyn Ueltzen……………………………………………………….. blairsvillefumcevelyn@gmail.com
Deidra Gilbert…………………………………………………………. blairsvillefumcdeidra@gmail.com
Jennifer de la Montagne……………………………………………………………..jcarydlm@gmail.com
STAY CONNECTED
 First United Methodist Church of Union County
938 Highway 515 Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(706) 745 2073
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
      We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation!

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