FUMC Words for Wednesday: 09-15-2021

Saying goodbye is never easy and it is with a heavy heart that I do so. I have decided that it is time for me to retire (again) from my work here at the church. It has been a pleasure to serve you as the Director of Pastoral Care. When I first started in this position I was able to visit you at home, in the hospital, or at the nursing home. However, during the time of COVID this past year, I have tried to maintain contact with you through phone calls and notes. It is my hope that the prayer at the end of each phone call was meaningful.
Plans for the future are still being made. I do know that some of the plans include sitting on the porch and drinking iced tea before the weather gets too cold!
May God continue to bless you.
WHOOPIE!!
Mike Cloyd
If you were at worship on Sunday or are reading this email, you know the news of Pastor Mike’s retirement by now. Pastor Mike has been a pillar for many of us, myself included, over the last two plus years (and even longer for many of you) as he shared the presence of God with us through his pastoral care and ministry in general. Indeed, he was my pastor when I needed one.
While I am saddened by the news, I am also happy for him and wish him nothing but joy in his bona fide retirement. Mike will be in the office this Thursday and on September 27th and 28th. At Mike’s request, no reception or send-off is scheduled, but please do join me in the days ahead in thanking him for his service and wishing (and praying) the very best for him in the years ahead.
Grace and Peace.
Don
There will not be a meal this week.
Programs will start at 6:00 pm for children, youth, and adults.
New Bible Study Group for Young Moms: Wednesday Women
We meet on Wednesdays at 9:15 am outside on the outdoor stage, weather permitting. Children are welcome- just bring something for them to do while we meet!
2021 Fall Festival News!!!
Can You Help?
A huge part of our Fall Festival each year is our BBQ LUNCH. United Methodist Men we need you to help serve on our BBQ team. We need a team of men to help in areas such as food prep, the serving line, table hosts, cashiers, and clean up. Serving times are 11:00am - 1:00pm on both days. Men we need you! To volunteer call Bill Kolb at 706-487-9892 or Stan at the church.
OUR TREASURE SALE team is collecting your yard sale items on Friday’s at the annex from 9am-11am. Please no electronics, books, or exercise equipment.
CLOTHES CLOSET is in need of volunteers who can help sort and display clothes in the days leading up to the sale. We are now accepting your slightly used clothes for our clothes sale. You can drop your clothes at the MAC desk anytime between 8am and 3pm Monday thru Thursday. Please have your clothes in bags or boxes
SILENT AUCTION ITEMS: We are still looking for some special auction items. We would like to have some college themed gift baskets to auction. We are collecting small college themed items to make up the baskets. We will start with UGA, Georgia Tech, and Florida baskets (unless there are items enough for another school). Also, we are looking for someone gifted in helping assemble the baskets. Contact Tricia Wallace if you can help.
GENERAL STORE: We need canned goods, Jams and jellies, cookbooks, unique kitchen items utensils, sewing/crafting items, fabric items such as aprons, dish towels, candles, scented items, homemade soaps/lotions, bird houses, baskets, etc. You can bring items by anytime. Just leave them in the small dining room by the MAC kitchen!
CRAFTERS ROW: CRAFTERS NEEDED! Anyone needing tables for their craft items just let us know. We will again be displaying similar items together to save on tables and space. If there is something you LOVE to make, bring it! You don’t have to make 50 to be helpful. PLEASE include a recommended selling price. … For questions contact Tricia Wallace or Jan Boland.
CRAFT DEMONSTRATIONS: We would like to have artists and crafters demonstrating their skills during the Festival. Weavers, Chair Caners, Needle Crafters, Painters, Woodcarvers, Quilters, etc…It would be really nice if at your table you could have a few items to sell (but not required). Contact Stan Wallace if you can help.
CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER!! Begin digging in your Christmas closet, attic, or storage room. We are looking for anything Christmas that is in good shape and working. Nativity sets, home decor, pillows, dishes, fabric/quilted items, trees, ornaments, wrapping paper, bows, tags, etc. ALSO, this will be an area we will begin setting up on the Monday before the sale. We will need a lot of help that week! Contact Tricia Wallace if you could serve as a helper for her that week!
BAKERY: Homemade cookies, brownies, pies and cakes are always needed. Sugar free / gluten free and children friendly are always a good idea. THE BIG NEED IS ALSO yummy LAYERED CAKES!!! Items can be brought to the church anytime beginning October 1st and before the 9th. We have freezer space available here at the church for your Bakery items if you want to bake early.
SWEET SHOPPE: Our Sweet Shoppe each year is sponsored by the United Methodist Women’s Morning Glory Circle. For more information about the “Sweet Shoppe” contact Diane Kolb at 706-487-9764.
You can bring Marketplace items to Stan’s office anytime or to the Small Dining Room the week of festival set-up. Festival dates are Friday, October 8th, 9am-4pm & Saturday, October 9th, 9am-2pm THANK YOU and Remember… “ It’s all hands on deck !”
Contact phone #’s… Stan Wallace 229-326-0644 Tricia Wallace 229-402-9361
First Methodist Fall Festival Cookbooks For Sale!
We have reprinted a batch of our own FUMC Fall Festival church cookbooks! They are now on sale in our church office for $10.00. They will also be available in our Country Store during the Festival. Appetizers and Beverages, Soups and Salads, Vegetable Dishes, Main Dishes and Desserts are some of the category of recipes from our church members. Be sure you have one and buy one for your friends!
Please stop by and say a prayer over these quilts.
Tying a knot lets the receivers know people care and have prayed for them.
Courtney Schoner - late stages of MS
Lynette Huff - advanced Parkinson’s Doris Eshelman’s sister
Joyce Palmer – .Heart issues and grief losing husband Rollie
Paul Huff - terminal brain cancer
We are sad to announce the passing of Homer Jinks. He most recently had had a fall and was rehabilitating in Ellijay. No arrangements have been made at this time.
A Celebration of Life for Dennis Bradley will be a private, family event in the future.
Memorials in his honor can be made to the FUMC MAC.
MAC Walking Track Hours…
— Monday-Thursday 8:00am - 3:00pm —
Play Pickleball! The Blairsville Pickleball Club is playing in the MAC on Tuesdays from 8am until noon. Everyone is welcome! Come join us!
Line Dancing Thursday’s
Begin September 23rd !!
Classes offered…
*LOW BEGINNER… 9:15am-10:00am Class will be for those new to line dancing.
*HIGH BEGINNER… 10:00am-10:45am For those that have mastered the basic dance steps.
*INTERMEDIATE… 10:45am-11:30am For experienced dancers only.
Classes will meet in the MAC gym and are suitable for all ages.
No pre-registration needed. Face coverings will be required!
For more information contact Rita Gallau at  vckids2001@yahoo.com
Operation Christmas Child
Coming in October!
How to pack a shoebox… Item ideas… Toys: Toy cars, jump ropes, yo-yos, musical instruments, toys that light up and make noise, Personal care items: Toothbrushes, washcloths, combs, hairbrushes. School Supplies: Pens, pencils, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, coloring books, solar calculator. Accesories: Socks, sunglasses, jewelry, watch, flashlight (with extra batteries). DO NOT INCLUDE: Candy, gum, scary or war-related items, seeds, food, liquids or lotions, vitamins, breakable items or glass containers.
Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our members may be experiencing. Thank you! You can contact the church office @ 706-745-2073.
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office or Mike Cloyd of any changes. With us not gathering right now, we don’t always hear the latest.
SPECIFIC:
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - has started chemo
  • Joyce Byers’ grandson Dylan - joined the Army and left for basic training
  • Emily Cobb - suffering from kidney stones
  • Debbie Crask - at home still fighting infection
  • Ray Graphman - in Chatuge Hospital for rehab
  • Maggie Guerrier - consideration for kidney transplant
  • Earl Hall - diagnosed with cancer
  • Homer Jinks - passed while at a rehab in Ellijay
  • Bruce Johnson’s brother, Kenny - in hospital with heart problems
  • Pam Jordon’s brother, Mike Bryant, recovering from broken hip surgery
  • Eva Kemp - stroke
  • Ria Ledbetter’s sister, Mindy - broke her leg-had surgery-starts rehab
  • Linda McClarnon’s cousin- in hospice care for aggressive MS
  • Shirley McGinnis - doing well, recovering
  • Evie Miller’s aunt, Janie - doing much better, next appointment in 3 months
  • Elaine Neuhaus - home recovering - please no visitors
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Jeanne Pickerill - severe back pain
  • Jessica Stamper - surgery, recovering
  • Carleen Ward’s Aunt Bessie - passed away
  • Cindy Weitzel - recovering from donating a kidney to her son
  • Roy Whitelock - complications with diabetes
RECOVERING FROM SURGERY:
  • Diane Brackett - recovering from back surgery
  • Kay Bradley - recovering from back surgery
  • Becky Dyer
  • David Lifsey - aortic valve replacement
  • Jo Mantell - recovering from pacemaker surgery
  • Robert Mantell
  • Judy Mears- recovering from surgery on a broken arm
  • John Vogeley - recovering from hip surgery
HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:
  • Kay Beaver
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad
  • Jack Dugger
  • Lloyd Dunham
  • Jesse Eady
  • George Houdeshel
  • James Jordan
  • Greg Lane
  • Hugh Lee
  • Aurore Miller
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jerry Price
  • Teresa Price’s grandson, Asher
  • Janice Taylor’s husband Rob
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • Carol Warren
  • Sharon Willits
IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Richard and Shirley McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge
  • Bob Taylor - Union County
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown 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
September 5…….$24,260 …………..$637,324
September 12 ….$16,576 …………..$653,900
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
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: 09-08-2021

09/08/2021 FUMC Words for Wednesday
The story of the Bible is our story. More than informational, the work of scripture is transformational as we connect the work of God in the lives of those who have come before with our own lives. This is the idea behind the Narrative Lectionary we will begin at worship this Sunday. This year, we will begin the story in Genesis 1 and move through the Old Testament this fall. Around Christmas, we will begin John’s gospel and journey on that Way until after Easter.
The story of God’s work is still being written in our lives, and so each week we will have the opportunity to connect the biblical story with our own. I look forward to being on this journey with you.
If you missed it, over the last two Sundays, we covered the Old Testament in 20 minutes and the New Testament in 20 minutes. The following is a poem that was shared with me years ago that will catch you up. It is called The Bible in 50 Words.
God made, Adam bit,
Noah arked, Abraham split,
Jacob fooled, Joseph ruled,
bush talked, Moses balked,
Pharaoh plagued, people walked,
sea divided, tablets guided,
Promise landed,
Saul freaked, David peeked,
prophets warned, Jesus born,
God walked, love talked,
anger crucified, Hope died,
Love rose, Spirit flamed,
Word spread, God remained.
Blessings on the rest of your week,
Don
This week’s Wednesday Night Programming:
The Robinette’s will be serving:
Chicken Pot Pie, Fruit Salad and a Dessert
Please join us for a meal and fellowship at 5 pm.
Children, Youth, and Adults will have Bible Study at 6 pm.
We will have Wednesday Night suppers on the weeks that people have volunteered to prepare a meal. Would you be willing to gather some friends and prepare 1 meal? It doesn’t have to be fancy. You could do a potato bar, breakfast, bring in fried chicken and just add sides. There is a multitude of choices that you could do to provide a meal. And there are ladies ready to consult with you and offer help. If you’re willing, please sign up on the poster by the MAC desk.
September spots still open are Sept. 15th and 29th.
TREASURE COLLECTING
The annex will be open on Fridays beginning this Friday from 9am till 11 am to receive your treasures for the Fall Festival sale.
New Bible Study Group for Young Moms: Wednesday Women
We meet on Wednesdays at 9:15 am outside on the outdoor stage weather permitting. Children are welcome- just bring something for them to do while we meet!
2021 Fall Festival News!!!
Can You Help?
A huge part of our Fall Festival each year is our BBQ LUNCH. United Methodist Men we need you to help serve on our BBQ team. We need a team of men to help in areas such as food prep, the serving line, table hosts, cashiers, and clean up. Serving times are 11:00am - 1:00pm on both days. Men we need you! To volunteer call Bill Kolb at 706-487-9892 or Stan at the church.
In our marketplace this year we will be having some new areas, expanding others, and of course keeping our most popular. We need help with sale items…Read the following…
SILENT AUCTION ITEMS: We are still looking for some special auction items. We would like to have some college themed gift baskets to auction. We are collecting small college themed items to make up the baskets. We will start with UGA, Georgia Tech, and Florida baskets (unless there are items enough for another school). Also, we are looking for someone gifted in helping assemble the baskets. Contact Tricia Wallace if you can help.
GENERAL STORE: Think about any items you may find in a general store that you can donate…canned goods (we sold a lot of these in 2019), cookbooks, unique kitchen items (cast iron and such), utensils, sewing/crafting items, fabric items such as aprons, dish towels, candles, scented items, homemade soaps/lotions, bird houses, baskets, etc. Get the idea? You can bring items by anytime. Just leave them in the small dining room by the MAC kitchen!
CRAFTERS ROW: CRAFTERS NEEDED! Anyone needing tables for their craft items just let us know. We will again be displaying similar items together to save on tables and space. If there is something you LOVE to make, bring it! You don’t need a full table of items. REMEMBER even just a few items, makes a great impact when put all together. You don’t have to make 50 to be helpful. PLEASE include a recommended selling price. … For questions contact Tricia Wallace or Jan Boland.
CRAFT DEMONSTRATIONS: This was an idea from 2019!! We had one of our resident artists set-up and paint over the two days and we had a wonderful response. This year we would like to have more of our artists and crafters demonstrating their skills during the Festival. Weavers, Chair Caners, Needle Crafters, Painters, Woodcarvers, Quilters, etc…It would be really nice if at your table you could have a few items to sell (but not required). People love to see you work. Contact Stan Wallace if you can help.
CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER!! Yes… Begin digging in your Christmas closet, attic, or storage room. We are looking for anything Christmas that is in good shape and working. Nativity sets, home decor, pillows, dishes, fabric/quilted items, trees, ornaments, wrapping paper, bows, tags, etc. ALSO, this will be an area we will begin setting up on the Monday before the sale. We will need a lot of help that week! Contact Tricia Wallace if you could serve as a helper for her that week!
BAKERY: Homemade cookies, brownies, pies and cakes are always needed. Sugar free / gluten free and children friendly are always a good idea. THE BIG NEED IS ALSO yummy LAYERED CAKES!!! Items can be brought to the church anytime beginning October 1st and before the 9th. We have freezer space available here at the church for your Bakery items if you want to bake early.
SWEET SHOPPE: Our Sweet Shoppe each year is sponsored by the United Methodist Women’s Morning Glory Circle. For more information about the “Sweet Shoppe” contact Diane Kolb at 706-487-9764.
OUR TREASURE SALE team is collecting your yard sale items on Friday’s at the annex from 9am-11am. Please no electronics, books, or exercise equipment.
CLOTHES CLOSET is now accepting your slightly used clothes for our clothes sale. You can drop your clothes at the MAC desk anytime between 8am and 3pm Monday thru Thursday. Please have your clothes in bags!
You can bring Marketplace items to Stan’s office anytime or to the Small Dining Room the week of festival set-up. Festival dates are Friday, October 8th, 9am-4pm & Saturday, October 9th, 9am-2pm THANK YOU and Remember… “ It’s all hands on deck !”
Contact phone #’s… Stan Wallace 229-326-0644 Tricia Wallace 229-402-9361
Please stop by and say a prayer over these quilts.
Tying a knot lets the receivers know people care and have prayed for them.
Ron and Pauline Taylor –
receiving their prayer quilt
Joyce Palmer – .Heart issues and grief of suddenly losing her husband Rollie
Arrangements for Dennis Bradley are still unknown at this time.
~~~
A private family service for Bob Eshelman took place last week. If you’d like to give a remembrance, the family requests that memorials go to the MAC.
MAC Walking Track Hours…
— Monday-Thursday 8:00am - 3:00pm —
Play Pickleball! The Blairsville Pickleball Club is playing in the MAC on Tuesdays from 8am until noon. Everyone is welcome! Come join us!
Line Dancing Thursday’s
Begin September 23rd !!
Classes offered…
*LOW BEGINNER… 9:15am-10:00am Class will be for those new to line dancing.
*HIGH BEGINNER… 10:00am-10:45am For those that have mastered the basic dance steps.
*INTERMEDIATE… 10:45am-11:30am For experienced dancers only.
Classes will meet in the MAC gym and are suitable for all ages.
No pre-registration needed. Face coverings will be required!
For more information contact Rita Gallau at  vckids2001@yahoo.com
1 - Sandy Eady 2- Zadie McCall, Holly Viccaro 4 - Rada Cline, Craig Dyer 5 - Vickie McCann, Carol Young 6 - Eden Snider  7 -Carlene Spence 8 -Tanner Carrier 11 -Cathy Flood 12 -Milo Bauman, Mary Frances Lewis 15 - Heather Voshall 16 - Shane Douylliez 17 -Mary McCann 19 -Dinah Paris 20 - Jeff Bauman, Shirley Evans 22 - Gene Chumley, Georgia Jestings 23- Larry Clay, Nick Graphman, Bob Johnson, Miriam Sherman 24 -Nash Collins, Larry Furgason 25 -Nancy Smith 26- Nancy Sanford, Lois Ward 27 -Dale Engler, Jackie Franklin, Lindsey McCann, Ragan McCarter, Lily Mercer, Hugh Stone 28 - Wade Smith 29 -Dee Arthur, Paul Steinke 30 -Carol Warren
Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our members may be experiencing. Thank you! You can contact our Director of Pastoral Care, Rev. Mike Cloyd at blairsvillefumcmike@gmail.com or call the church office @ 706-745-2073.
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office or Mike Cloyd of any changes. With us not gathering right now, we don’t always hear the latest.
SPECIFIC:
  • Alex Box’s brother, Sam, passed away from Covid
  • Beverly Bradley and family - at the passing of Dennis
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - has started chemo
  • Joyce Byers’ grandson Dylan - joined the Army and left for basic training
  • Emily Cobb - suffering from kidney stones
  • Debbie Crask - at home still fighting infection
  • Doris Eshelman/Diane Bauman and family - on the passing of their husband/dad Bob
  • Ray Graphman - in Chatuge Hospital for rehab
  • Maggie Guerrier - consideration for kidney transplant
  • Earl Hall - diagnosed with cancer
  • Bruce Johnson’s brother, Kenny - in hospital with heart problems
  • Pam Jordon’s brother, Mike Bryant, recovering from broken hip surgery
  • Eva Kemp - stroke
  • Ria Ledbetter’s sister, Mindy - broke her leg-had surgery-starts rehab
  • David Lifsey - aortic valve replacement surgery went well, recovering
  • Linda McClarnon’s cousin- in hospice care for aggressive MS
  • Shirley McGinnis - doing well, recovering
  • Evie Miller’s aunt, Janie - doing much better, next appointment in 3 months
  • Elaine Neuhaus - home recovering - please no visitors
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Jeanne Pickerill - severe back pain
  • Jessica Stamper - surgery, recovering
  • Carleen Ward’s Aunt Bessie - doing much better after fall
  • Cindy Weitzel - recovering from donating a kidney to her son
  • Roy Whitelock - complications with diabetes
RECOVERING FROM SURGERY:
  • Diane Brackett - recovering from back surgery
  • Kay Bradley - recovering from back surgery
  • Becky Dyer
  • Jo Mantell - recovering from pacemaker surgery
  • Robert Mantell
  • Judy Mears- recovering from surgery on a broken arm
  • John Vogeley - recovering from hip surgery
HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:
  • Kay Beaver
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad
  • Jack Dugger
  • Lloyd Dunham
  • Jesse Eady
  • George Houdeshel
  • James Jordan
  • Greg Lane
  • Hugh Lee
  • Aurore Miller
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jerry Price
  • Teresa Price’s grandson, Asher
  • Janice Taylor’s husband Rob
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • Carol Warren
  • Sharon Willits
IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Homer Jinks - Ellijay rehab
  • Richard and Shirley McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge
  • Bob Taylor - Union County
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown 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
September 5…….$24,260 ……………..$637,324
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
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: 09-01-2021

Good morning church!
Please join me in welcoming Allie McTureous as our new Nursery Director. If you don’t already know Allie, I hope you will. Allie has been active at First UMC for quite some time, volunteering in the nursery and at Night to Shine. If you attend the early service, there’s also a good chance she has welcomed you with a smile and her sweet spirit. Allie has such a heart for people and children. We’re blessed to have you here Allie!
Grace and Peace.
Don
This week’s Wednesday Night Programming:
Children and Adults will have Bible Study at 6 pm.
Youth will NOT meet tonight.
No supper this week
We will have Wednesday Night suppers on the weeks that people have volunteered to prepare a meal. Would you be willing to gather some friends and prepare 1 meal? It doesn’t have to be fancy. You could do a potato bar, breakfast, bring in fried chicken and just add sides. There is a multitude of choices that you could do to provide a meal. And there are ladies ready to consult with you and offer help. If you’re willing, please sign up on the poster by the MAC desk.
September spots still open are Sept. 15th and 29th.
TREASURE COLLECTING
The annex will be open on Fridays beginning this Friday from 9am till 11 am to receive your treasures for the Fall Festival sale.
New Bible Study Group for Young Moms: Wednesday Women
We will begin on Wednesday, Sept 8th at 9:15 am downstairs of the MAC in the Friendship SS Class. We will be using It is Well Bible Study from Dailygrace Co (link in comments) a three-week study stretched over six weeks.
Bulk order (cost $5) will be placed August 31st for books so let Emily know if you’d like one and if you plan to attend! Children are welcome just bring something for them to do while we meet!
Please stop by and say a prayer over these quilts.
Tying a knot lets the receivers know people care and have prayed for them.
Ron and Pauline Taylor –
Worn bodies and mind
Joyce Palmer – .Heart issues and grief of suddenly losing her husband Rollie
Our love and sympathy go to Beverly Bradley on the passing of her husband Dennis last Saturday. Arrangements have yet to be made.
Our love and sympathy go to Doris Eshelman and Diane Bauman on the death of their husband and father. Arrangements will be announced at a later time.
2021 Fall Festival!
This year’s Fall Festival dates are Friday, October 8th & Saturday, October 9th.
OASIS Announcement!
Due to the current spread of the Covid-19 Delta Variant, we announce the cancellation of our Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 OASIS Sessions. If you sent a check with a Fall session registration form, that check will be voided and destroyed. For cash payment refunds, call Alan Zimmerman, Registrar at 706-994-0603.
The church will be closed on Monday, September 6th
for Labor Day.
MAC Walking Track Hours…
— Monday-Thursday 8:00am - 3:00pm —
Fitness Classes…
BalloFlex: A seated chair fitness program for all ages and fitness levels. Cost is $3.00 per class (free to 75 and over). Mondays and Thursdays at 1:00 pm.
Strength-Stretch-Balance: SSB is a 1 hour class meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00am. Cost is $5.00
Christ Centered Yoga: Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am.
All classes will meet in room M-0 (lower level of the MAC). Bottom door will be open so parking on the lower level is encouraged.
Play Pickleball! The Blairsville Pickleball Club is playing in the MAC on Tuesdays from 8am until noon. Everyone is welcome! Come join us!
1 - Sandy Eady 2- Zadie McCall, Holly Viccaro 4 - Rada Cline, Craig Dyer 5 - Vickie McCann, Carol Young 6 - Eden Snider  7 -Carlene Spence 8 -Tanner Carrier 11 -Cathy Flood 12 -Milo Bauman, Mary Frances Lewis 15 - Heather Voshall 16 - Shane Douylliez 17 -Mary McCann 19 -Dinah Paris 20 - Jeff Bauman, Shirley Evans 22 - Gene Chumley, Georgia Jestings 23- Larry Clay, Nick Graphman, Bob Johnson, Miriam Sherman 24 -Nash Collins, Larry Furgason 25 -Nancy Smith 26- Nancy Sanford, Lois Ward 27 -Dale Engler, Jackie Franklin, Lindsey McCann, Ragan McCarter, Lily Mercer, Hugh Stone 28 - Wade Smith 29 -Dee Arthur, Paul Steinke 30 -Carol Warren
Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our members may be experiencing. Thank you! You can contact our Director of Pastoral Care, Rev. Mike Cloyd at blairsvillefumcmike@gmail.com or call the church office @ 706-745-2073.
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office or Mike Cloyd of any changes. With us not gathering right now, we don’t always hear the latest.
SPECIFIC:
  • Alex Box’s brother, Sam, passed away from Covid
  • Beverly Bradley and family - at the passing of Dennis
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - has started chemo
  • Joyce Byers’ grandson Dylan - joined the Army and left for basic training
  • Emily Cobb - suffering from kidney stones
  • Debbie Crask - at home still fighting infection
  • Helen Douylliez’s son, Shane- had hip surgery Tuesday to help heal a severe infection
  • Doris Eshelman/Diane Bauman and family - on the passing of their husband/dad Bob
  • Ray Graphman - in Chatuge Hospital for rehab
  • Maggie Guerrier - consideration for kidney transplant
  • Earl Hall - diagnosed with cancer
  • Bruce Johnson’s brother, Kenny - in hospital with heart problems
  • Pam Jordon’s brother, Mike Bryant, recovering from broken hip surgery
  • Eva Kemp - stroke
  • Ria Ledbetter’s sister, Mindy - broke her leg-had surgery-starts rehab
  • David Lifsey - aortic valve replacement surgery went well, recovering
  • Linda McClarnon - fell; bruised but nothing broken
  • Shirley McGinnis - doing well, recovering
  • Jerry and Jeanne McJilton and their son’s family - their granddaughter Skylar was stillborn at full-term
  • Evie Miller’s aunt, Janie - doing much better, next appointment in 3 months
  • Elaine Neuhaus - home recovering - please no visitors
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Jeanne Pickerill - severe back pain
  • Jessica Stamper - upcoming surgery
  • Carleen Ward’s Aunt, Bessie - doing much better after fall
  • Cindy Weitzel - recovering from donating a kidney to her son
  • Nick Weitzel - recovering from kidney surgery
  • Roy Whitelock - complications with diabetes
RECOVERING FROM SURGERY:
  • Diane Brackett - recovering from back surgery
  • Kay Bradley - recovering from back surgery
  • Becky Dyer
  • Jo Mantell - recovering from pacemaker surgery
  • Robert Mantell
  • Judy Mears- recovering from surgery on a broken arm
  • John Vogeley - recovering from hip surgery
HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:
  • Kay Beaver
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad
  • Jack Dugger
  • Lloyd Dunham
  • Jesse Eady
  • George Houdeshel
  • James Jordan
  • Greg Lane
  • Hugh Lee
  • Aurore Miller
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jerry Price
  • Teresa Price’s grandson, Asher
  • Janice Taylor’s husband Rob
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • Carol Warren
  • Sharon Willits
IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Homer Jinks - Ellijay rehab
  • Richard and Shirley McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge
  • Bob Taylor - Union County
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown 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
August 1…………..$21,776……………..$545,971
August 8…………..$19,920……………..$565,891
August 15…………$12,845……………..$578,736
August 22…………$12,990……………..$591,726
August 29…………$21,338……………..$613,064
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
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: 08-25-2021

Please welcome our new members: Ava Smith, Ashton Smith, Zoey Southern, Zayden Southern, Ragan McCarter, Lola Hunter, and Wesley Landen.
Good morning First UMC!
What a wonderful day at worship this past Sunday as these seven young people confirmed their faith in Jesus Christ. Along with you, I look forward to how God continues to work in their lives. Be sure to congratulate them!
This fall we will follow a nine-month preaching and worship plan called the Narrative Lectionary. We will begin on September 12 at the very beginning in Genesis, take a broad sweep through the Old Testament this fall, and begin the New Year in John’s gospel as we head toward Easter and beyond. I look forward to taking this journey with you.
Before we get there, we will have a two-part sermon series. This Sunday, August 29, will be The Old Testament in 20 Minutes. And on September 5, you guessed it, The New Testament in 20 Minutes.
Finally, our Bible study will start this Wednesday, August 25, in the Fellowship Hall at 6 pm.
Blessings on your week,
Don
IT’S HERE !!!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPER STARTS UP
TONIGHT, 5:00 pm
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER menu
Your choice of dog- All American, Chicago, or Chili Cheese
along with coleslaw, chips, baked beans, and dessert.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY WILL FOLLOW AT 6:00 PM
This year we do need help with cooking Wednesday Night Suppers. If you’d like to organize some friends and cook 1 Wednesday night, please sign up on the poster in the MAC.
OASIS “Game Day” LAST Thursday!
 August Dates: 26th
** 1:00pm in the Fellowship Hall **
 Come Play Bridge, Mahjong, & other favorite games.
Great fellowship too!
TREASURE COLLECTING
The annex will be open on Fridays beginning this Friday from 9am till 11 am to receive your treasures for the Fall Festival sale.
Women’s Bible Study started back up today at 10:30 online through Zoom. They are studying Acts 13. If you would like to be a part, please contact Doris Eshelman (810 923 5795) or Pat Clay (678 313 4544).
New Bible Study Group for Young Moms: Wednesday Women
We will begin on Wednesday,Sept 8th at 9:15 am downstairs of the MAC in the Friendship SS Class. We will be using It is Well Bible Study from Dailygrace Co (link in comments) a three-week study stretched over six weeks.
Bulk order (cost $5) will be placed August 31st for books so let Emily know if you’d like one and if you plan to attend!
Children are welcome just bring something for them to do while we meet!
Relay for Life Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, August 28, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 AM
at LONGHORN Steakhouse in Blairsville!
The price for each ticket is an unbelievable $5.00 (yes, that is FIVE DOLLARS) for 2 large pancakes, sausage and a beverage!  Team members will be selling tickets in the Narthex and MAC the next 5 Sundays or call Glenda Taylor at 706-781-7528. Why not treat your family, friends and neighbors to this delicious meal as well? You can’t cook breakfast this inexpensively and the proceeds help in the Fight against Cancer!
2021 Fall Festival!
Can You Help? Yes! We are back and help is again needed! This year’s Fall Festival dates are Friday, October 8th & Saturday, October 9th. Volunteers are needed. A Dire need we have right now is an individual or team to take the lead in our Clothing Sale area. There are volunteers ready to assist. The need is for someone to fill the Leadership roll. Call Stan at the church office if you may be interested.
MAC Walking Track Hours…
— Monday-Thursday 8:00am - 3:00pm —
Join a Fitness Class Today!
BalloFlex: A seated chair fitness program for all ages and fitness levels. Cost is $3.00 per class (free to 75 and over). Mondays and Thursdays at 1:00 pm.
Strength-Stretch-Balance: SSB is a 1 hour class meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00am. Cost is $5.00
Christ Centered Yoga: Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am.
All classes will meet in room M-0 (lower level of the MAC). Bottom door will be open so parking on the lower level is encouraged.
Play Pickleball! The Blairsville Pickleball Club is playing in the MAC on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am until noon. Everyone is welcome! You do not need to be a member of the club to play. If you are interested in learning how to play, there is plenty of great fellowship and instruction available. Come join us!
Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our members may be experiencing. Thank you! You can contact our Director of Pastoral Care, Rev. Mike Cloyd at blairsvillefumcmike@gmail.com or call the church office @ 706-745-2073.
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office or Mike Cloyd of any changes. With us not gathering right now, we don’t always hear the latest.
SPECIFIC:
  • Margie Bowron - stomach infection of unknown cause
  • Alex Box’s brother, Sam, passed away from Covid
  • Beverly and Dennis Bradley - They are in Iceland, Dennis has pneumonia and is on a ventilator in a hospital there
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - has started chemo
  • Joyce Byers’ grandson Dylan - joined the Army and left for basic training
  • Emily Cobb - suffering from kidney stones
  • Debbie Crask - at home still fighting infection
  • Helen Douylliez - severe infection
  • Ray Graphman - in Chatuge Hospital for rehab
  • Maggie Guerrier - consideration for kidney transplant
  • Earl Hall - diagnosed with cancer
  • Homer Jinks fell and broke his hip-is being sent for rehab in Ellijay
  • Bruce Johnson’s brother, Kenny - in hospital with heart problems
  • Pam Jordon’s brother, Mike Bryant, recovering from broken hip surgery
  • Eva Kemp - stroke
  • Lyn LeCompte - home recovering
  • Ria Ledbetter’s sister, Mindy - broke her leg-had surgery-starts rehab
  • David Lifsey - aortic valve replacement surgery went well, recovering
  • Linda McClarnon - fell; bruised but nothing broken
  • Shirley McGinnis - doing well, recovering
  • Jerry and Jeanne McJilton and their son’s family - their granddaughter Skylar was stillborn at full-term
  • Evie Miller’s aunt, Janie - has completed radiation on her leg
  • Elaine Neuhaus - home recovering - please no visitors
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Jeanne Pickerill - severe back pain
  • Stephen and Kelly Schuknecht - Congratulations on the birth of their latest grandchild Remmi Blake born last Friday
  • Jessica Stamper - upcoming surgery
  • Carleen Ward’s aunt, Bessie, is 101, fell and broke bones, but doing well
  • Cindy Weitzel - recovering from donating a kidney to her son
  • Lee Weitzel’s sister - died suddenly of a heart attack
  • Lee Weitzel’s sister, Elaine, died suddenly of a heart attack
  • Nick Weitzel - recovering from kidney surgery
  • Roy Whitelock - complications with diabetes
RECOVERING FROM SURGERY:
  • Diane Brackett - recovering from back surgery
  • Kay Bradley - recovering from back surgery
  • Becky Dyer
  • Jo Mantell - recovering from pacemaker surgery
  • Robert Mantell
  • Judy Mears- recovering from surgery on a broken arm
  • John Vogeley - recovering from hip surgery
HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:
  • Kay Beaver
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad
  • Jack Dugger
  • Lloyd Dunham
  • Jesse Eady
  • George Houdeshel
  • James Jordan
  • Greg Lane
  • Hugh Lee
  • Aurore Miller
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jerry Price
  • Teresa Price’s grandson, Asher
  • Janice Taylor’s husband Rob
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • Carol Warren
  • Sharon Willits
IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Bob Eshelman - Union County
  • Homer Jinks - Ellijay rehab
  • Richard and Shirley McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge
  • Bob Taylor - Union County
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown 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
August 1…………..$21,776……………..$545,971
August 8…………..$19,920……………..$565,891
August 15…………$12,845……………..$578,736
August 22…………$12,990……………..$591,726
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
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: 08-18-2021

08/18/2021 FUMC Words for Wednesday
FirstYOUTH will host a Fall Kickoff event for students entering grades 6-12 on Wednesday, August 18, from 6 - 7 pm in the FUMC Youth Room. Parents and guardians are invited and encouraged to attend, but attendance is optional.
Hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks will be provided. Families are asked to bring sides, snacks, or dessert: mac and cheese, salad, chips, watermelon, brownies, etc.
After sharing our meal, we will discuss our plans for the new year, including service opportunities, events, and our summer mission trip. Everyone will have the opportunity to fill out updated contact sheets and permission slips. All students will receive a FirstYOUTH Kickoff T-shirt. And yes, families, you WILL be asked to play a get-to-know-you game with us!
RSVP to Miss Jennifer at jcarydlm@gmail.com, on the FirstYOUTH of Union County Facebook page, or text her at 252-375-1119, so we can prepare.
We can’t wait wait to see you, so please mark this date on your calendars!
Join us this Sunday in the 9:30 and 11:00 am services as we recognize our new Confirmands: Ava Smith, Ashton Smith, Zoey Southern, Zayden Southern, Ragan McCarter, Lola Hunter, and Wesley Landen. These students have been meeting with the Pastor for many weeks to learn what it means to follow Christ and about the Methodist faith. They have made the decision to personally follow Christ and join our faith family.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR !
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPER STARTS UP
AUGUST 25TH, 5:00 PM
ADULT BIBLE STUDY WILL FOLLOW AT 6:00 PM
This year we do need help with cooking Wednesday Night Suppers. If you’d like to organize some friends and cook 1 Wednesday night, please sign up on the poster in the MAC.
Scott & Elizabeth Terry
112 Fern Brook
Blairsville
770 855 4952
They attend the 9:30 service
right now
OASIS “Game Day” Thursdays!
 August Dates: August 19th, & 26th
** 1:00pm in the Fellowship Hall **
 Come Play Bridge, Mahjong, & other favorite games.
Great fellowship too!
CEC began its school year this Monday with 71 students and 11 faculty. Please go slow as you enter our campus now. Please keep this ministry in your prayers as little hearts are touched for Jesus.
TREASURE COLLECTING
The annex will be open on Fridays beginning August 27th from 9am till 11 am to receive your treasures for the Fall Festival sale.
Women’s Bible Study started back up today at 10:30 online through Zoom. They are studying Acts 13. If you would like to be a part, please contact Doris Eshelman (810 923 5795) or Pat Clay (678 313 4544).
Relay for Life Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, August 28, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 AM
at LONGHORN Steakhouse in Blairsville!
The price for each ticket is an unbelievable $5.00 (yes, that is FIVE DOLLARS) for 2 large pancakes, sausage and a beverage!  Team members will be selling tickets in the Narthex and MAC the next 5 Sundays or call Glenda Taylor at 706-781-7528. Why not treat your family, friends and neighbors to this delicious meal as well? You can’t cook breakfast this inexpensively and the proceeds help in the Fight against Cancer!
Roy Whitelock -receiving his prayer quilt.
2021 Fall Festival!
Can You Help? Yes! We are back and help is again needed! This year’s Fall Festival dates are Friday, October 8th & Saturday, October 9th. Volunteers are needed. A Dire need we have right now is an individual or team to take the lead in our Clothing Sale area. There are volunteers ready to assist. The need is for someone to fill the Leadership roll. Call Stan at the church office if you may be interested.
MAC Walking Track Hours…
— Monday-Thursday 8:00am - 3:00pm —
Join a Fitness Class Today!
BalloFlex: A seated chair fitness program for all ages and fitness levels. Cost is $3.00 per class (free to 75 and over). Mondays and Thursdays at 1:00 pm.
Strength-Stretch-Balance: SSB is a 1 hour class meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00am. Cost is $5.00
PIYO: 1 hour “Yoga and Pilates combined”. Meets on Monday’s at 10:30am. Cost is $5.00 per class.
Christ Centered Yoga: Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am.
All classes will meet in room M-0 (lower level of the MAC). Bottom door will be open so parking on the lower level is encouraged.
Play Pickleball! The Blairsville Pickleball Club is playing in the MAC on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am until noon. Everyone is welcome! You do not need to be a member of the club to play. If you are interested in learning how to play, there is plenty of great fellowship and instruction available. Come join us!
Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our members may be experiencing. Thank you! You can contact our Director of Pastoral Care, Rev. Mike Cloyd at blairsvillefumcmike@gmail.com or call the church office @ 706-745-2073.
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office or Mike Cloyd of any changes. With us not gathering right now, we don’t always hear the latest.
SPECIFIC:
  • Alex Box’s brother, Sam, passed away from Covid
  • Dennis Bradley - undergoing treatments for lung cancer
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - has started chemo
  • Joyce Byers’ grandson Dylan - joined the Army and left for basic training
  • Emily Cobb - suffering from kidney stones
  • Debbie Crask - at home still fighting infection
  • Helen Douylliez - severe infection
  • Ray Graphman - in Chatuge Hospital for rehab
  • Maggie Guerrier - consideration for kidney transplant
  • Earl Hall - diagnosed with cancer
  • Homer Jinks fell and broke his hip-is being sent for rehab in Ellijay
  • Bruce Johnson’s brother, Kenny - in hospital with heart problems
  • Pam Jordon’s brother, Mike Bryant, recovering from broken hip surgery
  • Eva Kemp - stroke
  • Lyn LeCompte - home recovering
  • Ria Ledbetter’s sister, Mindy - broke her leg-had surgery-starts rehab
  • David Lifsey - scheduled for aortic valve replacement
  • Linda McClarnon - fell; bruised but nothing broken
  • Shirley McGinnis - doing well, recovering
  • Evie Miller’s aunt, Janie - has completed radiation on her leg
  • Elaine Neuhaus - home recovering - please no visitors
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Jeanne Pickerill - severe back pain
  • Jessica Stamper - upcoming surgery
  • Carleen Ward’s aunt, Bessie, is 101, fell and broke bones, but doing well
  • Cindy Weitzel - recovering from donating a kidney to her son
  • Lee Weitzel’s sister - died suddenly of a heart attack
  • Lee Weitzel’s sister, Elaine, died suddenly of a heart attack
  • Nick Weitzel - recovering from kidney surgery
  • Roy Whitelock - complications with diabetes
RECOVERING FROM SURGERY:
  • Diane Brackett - recovering from back surgery
  • Kay Bradley - recovering from back surgery
  • Becky Dyer
  • Jo Mantell - recovering from pacemaker surgery
  • Robert Mantell
  • Judy Mears- recovering from surgery on broken arm
  • John Vogeley - recovering from hip surgery
HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:
  • Kay Beaver
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad
  • Jack Dugger
  • Lloyd Dunham
  • Jesse Eady
  • George Houdeshel
  • James Jordan
  • Greg Lane
  • Hugh Lee
  • Aurore Miller
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jerry Price
  • Teresa Price’s grandson, Asher
  • Janice Taylor’s husband Rob
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • Carol Warren
  • Sharon Willits
IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Bob Eshelman - Union County
  • Homer Jinks - Ellijay rehab
  • Richard and Shirley McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge
  • Bob Taylor - Union County
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown 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
August 1…………..$21,776……………..$545,971
August 8…………..$19,920……………..$565,891
August 15…………$12,845……………..$578,736
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
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: 08-11-2021

The Light Shines in the Darkness…
In my study and devotion this week were these familiar words from John 1.5, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (NRSV) The light of which John writes is the life Jesus Christ brings to us. Later in John, Jesus himself will say that he came so that we may have life and have it abundantly. (10.10)
Reading different translations and paraphrases has a way of illumining the text in new ways. Eugene Peterson’s The Message paraphrases verses 4 and 5 this way, “What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.” The Revised English Bible renders this translation, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never mastered it.”
The darkness did not overcome it. The darkness couldn’t put it out. The darkness has never mastered it. And it’s not going to start now.
Wherever you are on your journey with Christ (and even if you have not started it yet), may you know this light. May you know this life. And that abundant.
Life and Light,
Don
FirstYOUTH will host a Fall Kickoff event for students entering grades 6-12 on Wednesday, August 18, from 6 - 7 pm in the FUMC Youth Room. Parents and guardians are invited and encouraged to attend, but attendance is optional.
Hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks will be provided. Families are asked to bring sides, snacks, or dessert: mac and cheese, salad, chips, watermelon, brownies, etc.
After sharing our meal, we will discuss our plans for the new year, including service opportunities, events, and our summer mission trip. Everyone will have the opportunity to fill out updated contact sheets and permission slips. All students will receive a FirstYOUTH Kickoff T-shirt. And yes, families, you WILL be asked to play a get-to-know-you game with us!
RSVP to Miss Jennifer at jcarydlm@gmail.com, on the FirstYOUTH of Union County Facebook page, or text her at 252-375-1119, so we can prepare.
We can’t wait wait to see you, so please mark this date on your calendars!
OASIS “Game Day” Thursdays!
 August Dates: August 12th, 19th, & 26th
** 1:00pm in the Fellowship Hall **
 Come Play Bridge, Mahjong, & other favorite games.
Great fellowship too!
“Backpack 2 School Bash”
Thank You!
A special thank you to all of the individuals and FUMC organizations that gave toward and served during the “BP2S” event this past Saturday. Your generosity helped us give out over 300 backpacks full of supplies on Saturday and will allow the Union County Family Connection to continue giving out backpacks and supplies throughout the school year to those in need. The spirit of giving in our church is such a blessing. God bless! Tricia Wallace
TREASURE COLLECTING
The annex will be open on Fridays beginning August 27th from 9am till 11 am to receive your treasures for the Fall Festival sale.
Women’s Bible Study will start back up on Wednesday, August 18th at 10:30 am online through Zoom. They will be studying Acts 13. If you would like to be a part, please contact Doris Eshelman (810 923 5795) or Pat Clay (678 313 4544).
Relay for Life Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, August 28, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 AM
at LONGHORN Steakhouse in Blairsville!
The price for each ticket is an unbelievable $5.00 (yes, that is FIVE DOLLARS) for 2 large pancakes, sausage and a beverage!  Team members will be selling tickets in the Narthex and MAC the next 5 Sundays or call Glenda Taylor at 706-781-7528. Why not treat your family, friends and neighbors to this delicious meal as well? You can’t cook breakfast this inexpensively and the proceeds help in the Fight against Cancer!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR !
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPER STARTS UP
AUGUST 25TH, 5:00 PM
ADULT BIBLE STUDY WILL FOLLOW AT 6:00 PM
Roy Whitelock -receiving his prayer quilt.
2021 Fall Festival!
Can You Help? Yes! We are back and help is again needed! This year’s Fall Festival dates are Friday, October 8th & Saturday, October 9th. Volunteers are needed. A Dire need we have right now is an individual or team to take the lead in our Clothing Sale area. There are volunteers ready to assist. The need is for someone to fill the Leadership roll. Call Stan at the church office if you may be interested.
MAC Walking Track Hours…
— Monday-Thursday 8:00am - 3:00pm —
Join a Fitness Class Today!
BalloFlex: A seated chair fitness program for all ages and fitness levels. Cost is $3.00 per class (free to 75 and over). Mondays and Thursdays at 1:00 pm.
Strength-Stretch-Balance: SSB is a 1 hour class meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00am. Cost is $5.00
PIYO: 1 hour “Yoga and Pilates combined”. Meets on Monday’s at 10:30am. Cost is $5.00 per class.
Christ Centered Yoga: Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am.
All classes will meet in room M-0 (lower level of the MAC). Bottom door will be open so parking on the lower level is encouraged.
Play Pickleball! The Blairsville Pickleball Club is playing in the MAC on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am until noon. Everyone is welcome! You do not need to be a member of the club to play. If you are interested in learning how to play, there is plenty of great fellowship and instruction available. Come join us!
Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our members may be experiencing. Thank you! You can contact our Director of Pastoral Care, Rev. Mike Cloyd at blairsvillefumcmike@gmail.com or call the church office @ 706-745-2073.
1 - Ray Berggreen, Courtney Bruce  3 -Marilyn Salling 4 - Jeanne Tallent  7 -Paula Myers, Bob Taylor 8 - Gail McGuire, Roy Whitelock 10 -Kyler Robbins, Maybelle Stamper 12 - Linda McAfee 13 -Lisa Gurley, Michael Plott 14 -David Cline, Gene Hodgson, Ava Turner, Jillian Turner, Carlyn Turner 15 - Katie Mashburn, Kim Tatman, Tucker Weldon 17 - Jacob Clements, Eleanor Lee 18 -Wyatt Chandler, Leslie Hauschild, Lisa Wilson 19 - Randy Carrier, Pauline Taylor 22 - Ingrid Engle, Jean Rogers 23- Charlotte Thompson 24 - Mary Carol Akins 25 Roy Hamby, Keri Young 26- Evan Bryan, Kem Stephens 27 -Jim Norman 28 - Melvin Crask 29 - Jimmy Tallent 30 -Anna Stone 31 - Bob Lander, Joan Shaw, Kristi Tornabene
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office or Mike Cloyd of any changes. With us not gathering right now, we don’t always hear the latest.
SPECIFIC:
  • Dennis Bradley - undergoing treatments for lung cancer
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - has started chemo
  • Joyce Byers’ grandson Dylan - joined the Army and left for basic training
  • Emily Cobb - suffering from kidney stones
  • Debbie Crask - at home still fighting infection
  • Helen Douylliez - severe infection
  • Kenny Engle’s son Chris -doing well with new prosthesis
  • Ray Graphman - in Chatuge Hospital for rehab
  • Maggie Guerrier - consideration for kidney transplant
  • Earl Hall - diagnosed with cancer
  • Bruce Johnson’s brother, Kenny - in hospital with heart problems
  • Pam Jordon’s brother, Mike Bryant, recovering from broken hip surgery
  • Eva Kemp - stroke
  • Lyn LeCompte - home recovering
  • Ria Ledbetter’s sister, Mindy - broke her leg-had surgery-starts rehab
  • Linda McClarnon - fell; bruised but nothing broken
  • Shirley McGinnis - doing well, recovering
  • Evie Miller’s aunt, Janie - has completed radiation on her leg
  • Elaine Neuhaus - home recovering - please no visitors
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Joyce Palmer - the passing of her husband Rollie
  • Jeanne Pickerill - severe back pain
  • Jessica Stamper - upcoming surgery
  • Carleen Ward’s aunt, Bessie, is 101, fell and broke bones, but doing well
  • Cindy Weitzel - recovering from donating a kidney to her son
  • Lee Weitzel’s sister - died suddenly of a heart attack
  • Nick Weitzel - recovering from kidney surgery
  • Roy Whitelock - complications with diabetes
RECOVERING FROM SURGERY:
  • Diane Brackett - recovering from back surgery
  • Kay Bradley - recovering from back surgery
  • Becky Dyer
  • Pam Jordan- recovering from thyroid surgery
  • Jo Mantell - recovering from pacemaker surgery
  • Robert Mantell
  • Judy Mears- recovering from surgery on broken arm
  • John Vogeley - recovering from hip surgery
HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:
  • Kay Beaver
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad
  • Jack Dugger
  • Lloyd Dunham
  • Jesse Eady
  • Jackie Franklin’s daughter-in-law’s family
  • George Houdeshel
  • James Jordan
  • Greg Lane
  • Hugh Lee
  • Aurore Miller
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jerry Price
  • Teresa Price’s grandson, Asher
  • Janice Taylor’s husband Rob
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • Carol Warren
  • Sharon Willits
IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Bob Eshelman - Union County
  • Richard and Shirley McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge
  • Bob Taylor - Union County
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown 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
August 1…………..$21,776……………..$545,971
August 8…………..$19,920……………..$565,891
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
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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