FUMC Words for Wednesday: 11-30-2022

11-30-2022 FUMC Words for Wednesday

Good morning church!

Don’t miss our float sponsored by the Children’s and Youth ministries this weekend in the Christmas parade on Saturday at 6 pm. They will be working on it tonight.  If you can help, please join them at 6 pm at the annex.

Speaking of children and youth, they will be leading our Hanging of the Greens service this Sunday at 4 pm. This is a casual affair with refreshments provided by our Hospitality Team following the service. Wear you favorite Christmas shirt or ugly sweater if you want.

Our annual holiday meal is one week from today, December 7, at 5 pm. Be sure to sign up for this special time of fellowship as we reflect on God’s blessings and those to come.

Next, Sunday, December 11, our music ministries will continue to prepare us for Christ’s arrival. Overflow will lead us in songs of the season during the contemporary service at 9:30 am in the MAC. The First UMC choir and orchestra will share the Christmas cantata, “Stars of Glory,” at both the 8:30 and 11 am services in the sanctuary. Invite someone to join you for worship!

Hope and Peace,

Don

Member Al Kocher passed away this weekend and is in Glory with his Savior. A memorial service will be held this Saturday at noon at the church. Please keep his wife Pam and their family in your prayers.

December 3rd - FUMC float in the town parade 6 pm

Decermber 4th- Hanging of the Greens service at 4 pm in the sanctuary

December 7th - Holiday Meal potluck (meat and bread provided)

December 10th - Family Fun Night - Parents Night Out

December 11th - 8:30 and 11:00 am - Christmas Cantata

December 11th- 9:30 - Contemporary Christmas Musical

December 14th - Youth and Children’s Christmas Dinner

December 24th - Services at 5 pm and 7 pm

December 25th - Christmas Service at 10:30 am

Children and Youth will be decorating the Christmas Parade float beginning at 6 pm. Any help is appreciated.

Adult Bible Study will begin at 6 pm.

HANGING OF THE GREENS is this SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH AT 4 PM.

FirstKids & FirstYouth are putting together a parade float & will be participating in Blairsville’s Christmas Parade on December 3rd at 6 PM. Our float theme will be “Jesus… Best. Gift. Ever.” and our children will be on the float as a live nativity setting - costumes & all! We have the costumes, but could use a few other donations to put together the float:

•Tons of white Christmas lights (different sizes are welcome!)

•Wood 2×4’s to build our stable

•A large star to place on top of the stable. (Light up would be great! But not necessary.)

•A lot of sparkly garland (we’d like to line the entire float with this around the bottom)

•Someone skilled in making banners to create 2 for either side of the float (we don’t need this finished until Dec 2)

•Fake snow and ”snow sheets” to cover the float & hay bales.

•Some hay bales for sitting (we already have a few!)

•Lots of candy donations & treat bags to hand out in the parade. (Please place these on the counter in the Youth kitchen downstairs!)

If you have any of these items, please email April at april.leigh27@gmail.com to schedule pickup or delivery as soon as possible. We’d love to start working on the float this weekend! Thank you!

Please mark your calendars for our church’s Holiday Meal scheduled

for Wednesday, December 7th. Ro & the Robinettes will be providing the turkey, dressing, rolls and scalloped potatoes. The rest is up to you so bring your favorite salads, sides, and desserts to share.

SIGN-UP FOR THE HOLDIAY MEAL IS REQUIRED. Sign up sheets will be outside the worship services. Deadline to sign up is December 4th.

FROM THE DISCERNMENT TEAM:

Thank you to everyone for your patience, prayers and faithfulness during this time of change and discernment. Below is a schedule which has been developed to address the United Methodist matters ahead of us:

December 2022    This is Advent Season where we reflect on preparing our hearts and homes for Christ’s birth. It is a time for faith communities and families to remember, through prayer, reflections, special music, and good deeds what the true meaning of Jesus’ birth is. So please take the Advent season to consider how we commemorate the birth of Jesus.

Sunday, January 8, 2023 3:00 pm  Townhall Meeting with  Dan Parr addressing Disaffiliation

 

Early January 2023                        Townhall Meeting addressing Remaining United Methodist (“non” disaffiliation”)

Following Townhall Meetings                         Church Council meeting to determine whether to proceed with application to disaffiliate, or to remain United Methodist (remaining requires no further action)

IF THE DECISION IS MADE TO APPLY FOR DISAFFILIATION:

February 28, 2023                         Deadline for submission to District Superintendent of application for disaffiliation

After March 1, 2023                     District Superintendent schedules church conference

May 31 to June 3, 2023               North Georgia United Methodist Church Annual Conference to consider all applications for disaffiliation

All Townhall meetings will be held in the MAC. Also, they will all be recorded and available for viewing on YouTube.

Night to Shine is back AND in person!!

Already we have had about 30 guests register and we are expecting a total of around 100-120, so we are looking for

\350-400 volunteers.

Volunteer Registration is open and online:

http://firstmethodistblairsville.com/events-night-to-shine/

We look forward to working with you in serving this special group within our community!

Scott & Elizabeth Terry

Night to Shine at FUMC of Union County

ntsfumcuc@gmail.com

DIABETES is a chronic (long lasting) health condition that affects how your body turn food into energy. Your body breaks down most of the food you eat into sugar (glucose) & releases it into your body. When your blood sugar goes up, it signals your pancreas to release insulin.

WITH DIABETES, your body doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use it as well as it should. When there isn’t enough insulin or cells stop responding to insulin, too much blood sugar stays in your blood stream. Over time that can cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease. Type 1 diabetic patients are unable to make insulin. Type 2 diabetic patients aren’t able to make enough insulin.

SEVEN warning signs of diabetes

1. Frequent Urination

2. Increased Thirst or Dry Mouth

3. Unexpected Weight Loss

4. Persistent Hunger

5. Foot Pain & Numbness

6. Frequent Infections & Feminine Health Issues

7. Blurred Vision

WHAT to do if you have these signs? See your family physician. Your care provider will order blood tests to confirm Diabetes. It may be caught on your routine yearly physical exam lab work. A Fasting Blood Sugar of 99 mg/dl or lower is normal, 100 to 125mg/dl indicates you have prediabetes, 126 mg/dl or higher indicates that you have diabetes. Diabetes treatment is monitored by a Hgb A1C. This test measures the level of your blood sugar over 2 or 3 months. Normal is 5.7% is normal, between 5.7 and 6.4% indicates you have prediabetes, and 6.5% or higher indicated you have diabetes.

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.

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Monday-Thursday 8am - 4:30pm

Pickleball! The Blairsville Pickleball Club plays on Mondays from noon til 3:00pm & Tuesdays from 8:00am until noon. Everyone is welcome! Join us!

Fitness Classes For You!
“Tai Chi”: Led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 8:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring a mat!
“Christ-Centered” Yoga: led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat.

1-     Peggy Gorman, David Kuykendall 2- Jared Burdine, AG Sherman 3- Harold Hergert, Alice Russell, Stan Wallace 4 – Cathy Berggreen, Bill Dittus, Lydia Stafford, Paisley Stamper 5 – Melanie Howell, Lewis McAfee, Richard Myers, Jeannie Pickerill 6 – Bonnie Reno, April Southern 7 – Beverly Bradley 8 – Shirley Walker 10 – Karen Rice 11 – Sharon Willits 12 – Milton Bradley, Peggy Hergert 13 – Roger Evans 14 – Bob Stone 16 – Kathy Wiley 17 – Marie Goddard 18 – Jerry Roberson 19 – Nisia Redgrave, Sally Wiley 20 – Glenda Wischmeyer 21 – Anita Meza 22 – Paxton Snider 23 – Tsali Bentley 24 – Joshua Gobin 25 – Mitzi Gasaway, Ray Norwood, Alan Zimmerman 27 – Ginger Adamson, Penny Collins, Maggie Plott 28 – Kerry Rittenhouse 29 – Marilyn Barnes, James Young 30 – Cher Young 31 – Joe Livingston, Nancy Stephens, Carole Thompson

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:
  • Prayers for God leading the right person to us as Youth Director
  • BL Anderson - pain relief and wisdom in making decisions about surgery
  • Norma Jean Anderson’s brother Wendell -recovering from jaw surgery
  • Clint Blackmon - cancer
  • Jack & Jackie Bowlin’s friend - Allen Davenport - prostate cancer
  • Diane Brackett - taking physical therapy on shoulder and arm
  • Kathy Brandenburg- recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • Joyce Byers - numerous medical issues
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Pat Clay’s brother Victor- health issues
  • Margaret Frizzel - recovering from knee surgery last week
  • Maggie Guerrier - recuperating from kidney transplant
  • Nancy Hussey’s sister Debbie- diagnosed with cancer stage 3
  • Al Kocher - passed away last Saturday, please remember his wife Pam
  • Vic Henderson - health issues
  • Diane and Bill Kolb’s grandson Jason Nichols - bad motorcycle accident
  • Ria Ledbetter - recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • Pat Maryscuk - in ICU at UGH
  • Tiffany Martinez’s son Sky - recovery from surgery
  • Linda McClarnon - recuperating
  • Maria McGlen - recuperating
  • Roger McGlen - had stents put in this Monday
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - recuperating from knee replacement surgery
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Isiah Arrant-long term recovery from burns
  • Jeannine Riley’s sister Suzanne Mobley - lymphoma
  • Jeannine Riley’s brother-in-law - Ricky Mobley- heart surgery
  • Peggy Schultz - recent passing of her husband Ron
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Ron Taylor - in hospice care at the nursing home
  • Mrs. James Taylor - sister of Michelle Hernden - dementia meds to work
  • Carleen Ward - family member John Gray - waiting for a new heart.
  • 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
  • Christine Golden
  • Kathy Heyer
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Hugh Lee
  • Leura Mollnhauer
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jeanne Pickerill
  • Jerry Price
  • Jerry Roberson
  • Carol/Norm Rogers
  • Avis Shaw
  • Sue Stewart
  • Carole Thompson
  • Zach Thompson
  • Carol Warren
  • Roy Whitelock
  • Sharon Willits

IN SYMPATHY:

IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:

  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Jan Boland’s sister June Gesche - hospice care at Stonehenge
  • Richard and Shirley McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Nursing Home
  • Ron Taylor - UG Nursing Home
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living - under hospice care
  • 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

November 6th……….$22,693…………………$803,897

November 13………..$11,655…………………$815,552

November 20………..$17,033…………………$832,585

November 27th……..$27,460…………………$860,045

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

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938 Highway 515 Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(706) 745 2073
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
      We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation!

FUMC Words for Wednesday: 11-23-2022

11-23-2022 FUMC Words for Wednesday

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

O give thanks to the God of gods,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

O give thanks to the Lord of lords,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

who alone does great wonders,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

who by understanding made the heavens,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

who spread out the earth on the waters,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

who made the great lights,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

the sun to rule over the day,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

the moon and stars to rule over the night,

for his steadfast love endures forever…

O give thanks to the God of heaven,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

- Psalm 136

May you know and name the blessings of God as you celebrate Thanksgiving this week. His steadfast love endures forever.

In Christ,

Don

Beloved member Ron Schultz passed away this weekend and is in Glory with his Savior. Please keep his wife Peggy and family in your prayers. There are no arrangements at this time.

December 3rd - FUMC float in the town parade 6 pm

Decermber 4th- Hanging of the Greens service at 4 pm in the sanctuary

December 7th - Holiday Meal potluck (meat and bread provided)

December 10th - Family Fun Night - Parents Night Out

December 11th - Musical presentations in each service

December 14th - Youth and Children’s Christmas Dinner

December 24th - Services at 5 pm and 7 pm

December 25th - Christmas Service at 10:30 am

There will be NO Bible study groups this week.

Lectionary Readings for the Week

11/24/2022…….2 Kings 22:14-20 - Josiah’s Reign, Part 2

11/25/2022…….2 Kings 23:1-14 - Josiah’s Reformation, Part 1

11/26/2022…….2 Kings 23:21-30 - Josiah’s Reformation, Part 2

11/27/2022…….Habakkuk 1:1-7; 2:1-4; 3:[3b-6], 17-19 - Waiting and Watching 11/28/2022…….Psalm 137:1-6 - In a Foreign Land

11/29/2022…….Esther 1:1-9 - The Glory of a Foreign King

11/30/2022…….Esther 1:10-22 - Vashti’s Refusal

HANGING OF THE GREENS HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH AT 4 PM.

Operation Turkey Tree Update:

FirstYouth would like to thank the congregation for supporting our Operation Turkey Tree mission this year. We were graciously able to provide ten meals to the local dialysis center on Monday, as well as provide meals to two additional families. Thank you all for your generosity! We do have one extra turkey. If anyone knows of a family in need, please email April at april.leigh27@gmail.com to schedule pickup or delivery.

FirstKids & FirstYouth are putting together a parade float & will be participating in Blairsville’s Christmas Parade on December 3rd at 6 PM. Our float theme will be “Jesus… Best. Gift. Ever.” and our children will be on the float as a live nativity setting - costumes & all! We have the costumes, but could use a few other donations to put together the float:

•Tons of white Christmas lights (different sizes are welcome!)

•Wood 2×4’s to build our stable

•A large star to place on top of the stable. (Light up would be great! But not necessary.)

•A lot of sparkly garland (we’d like to line the entire float with this around the bottom)

•Someone skilled in making banners to create 2 for either side of the float (we don’t need this finished until Dec 2)

•Fake snow and ”snow sheets” to cover the float & hay bales.

•Some hay bales for sitting (we already have a few!)

•Lots of candy donations & treat bags to hand out in the parade. (Please place these on the counter in the Youth kitchen downstairs!)

If you have any of these items, please email April at april.leigh27@gmail.com to schedule pickup or delivery as soon as possible. We’d love to start working on the float this weekend! Thank you!

Please mark your calendars for our church’s Holiday Meal scheduled

for Wednesday, December 7th. Ro & the Robinettes will be providing the turkey, dressing, rolls and scalloped potatoes. The rest is up to you so bring your favorite salads, sides, and desserts to share.

SIGN-UP FOR THE HOLDIAY MEAL IS REQUIRED. Sign up sheets will be outside the worship services. Deadline to sign up is December 4th.

FROM THE DISCERNMENT TEAM:

Thank you to everyone for your patience, prayers and faithfulness during this time of change and discernment. Below is a schedule which has been developed to address the United Methodist matters ahead of us:

Sunday, November 27, 2022   3:00 pm   Townhall Meeting with Rev. Dr. Douglas Gilreath, Northeast District Superintendent

December 2022    This is Advent Season where we reflect on preparing our hearts and homes for Christ’s birth. It is a time for faith communities and families to remember, through prayer, reflections, special music, and good deeds what the true meaning of Jesus’ birth is. So please take the Advent season to consider how we commemorate the birth of Jesus.

Sunday, January 8, 2023 3:00 pm  Townhall Meeting with  Dan Parr addressing Disaffiliation

 

Early January 2023                        Townhall Meeting addressing Remaining United Methodist (“non” disaffiliation”)

Late January 2023                         Church Council meeting to determine whether to proceed with application to disaffiliate, or to remain United Methodist (remaining requires no further action)

IF THE DECISION IS MADE TO APPLY FOR DISAFFILIATION:

February 28, 2023                         Deadline for submission to District Superintendent of application for disaffiliation

After March 1, 2023                     District Superintendent schedules church conference

May 31 to June 3, 2023               North Georgia United Methodist Church Annual Conference to consider all applications for disaffiliation

All Townhall meetings will be held in the MAC. Also, they will all be recorded and available for viewing on YouTube.

Please submit in writing any questions you may have and place them in the “treasure chest” either outside the MAC or outside the Sanctuary. In order to assure that the presenters are adequately prepared, all questions must be submitted no later than the Thursday prior to a Townhall meeting.

Night to Shine is back AND in person!!

Already we have had about 30 guests register and we are expecting a total of around 100-120, so we are looking for

\350-400 volunteers.

Volunteer Registration is open and online:

http://firstmethodistblairsville.com/events-night-to-shine/

We look forward to working with you in serving this special group within our community!

Scott & Elizabeth Terry

Night to Shine at FUMC of Union County

ntsfumcuc@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.

Jason Nichols, grandson to Bill and Diane Kolb - sustained serious injuries in a motorcycle accident

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Monday-Thursday 8am - 4:30pm

Pickleball! The Blairsville Pickleball Club plays on Mondays from noon til 3:00pm & Tuesdays from 8:00am until noon. Everyone is welcome! Join us!

Fitness Classes For You!
“Tai Chi”: Led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 8:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring a mat!
“Christ-Centered” Yoga: led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat.

1-     Peggy Gorman, David Kuykendall 2- Jared Burdine, AG Sherman 3- Harold Hergert, Alice Russell, Stan Wallace 4 – Cathy Berggreen, Bill Dittus, Lydia Stafford, Paisley Stamper 5 – Melanie Howell, Lewis McAfee, Richard Myers, Jeannie Pickerill 6 – Bonnie Reno, April Southern 7 – Beverly Bradley 8 – Shirley Walker 10 – Karen Rice 11 – Sharon Willits 12 – Milton Bradley, Peggy Hergert 13 – Roger Evans 14 – Bob Stone 16 – Kathy Wiley 17 – Marie Goddard 18 – Jerry Roberson 19 – Nisia Redgrave, Sally Wiley 20 – Glenda Wischmeyer 21 – Anita Meza 22 – Paxton Snider 23 – Tsali Bentley 24 – Joshua Gobin 25 – Mitzi Gasaway, Ray Norwood, Alan Zimmerman 27 – Ginger Adamson, Penny Collins, Maggie Plott 28 – Kerry Rittenhouse 29 – Marilyn Barnes, James Young 30 – Cher Young 31 – Joe Livingston, Nancy Stephens, Carole Thompson

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:
  • Prayers for God leading the right person to us as Youth Director
  • BL Anderson - pain relief and wisdom in making decisions about surgery
  • Norma Jean Anderson’s brother Wendell -recovering from jaw surgery
  • Clint Blackmon - cancer
  • Jack & Jackie Bowlin’s friend - Allen Davenport - prostate cancer
  • Diane Brackett - taking physical therapy on shoulder and arm
  • Kathy Brandenburg- recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • Joyce Byers - numerous medical issues
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Pat Clay’s brother Victor- health issues
  • Margaret Frizzel - recovering from knee surgery last week
  • Maggie Guerrier - recuperating from kidney transplant
  • Al Kocher - recovering from surgery
  • Vic Henderson - health issues
  • Diane and Bill Kolb’s grandson Jason Nichols - bad motorcycle accident
  • Tiffany Martinez’s son Sky - recovery from surgery
  • Linda McClarnon - recuperating
  • Maria McGlen - recuperating
  • Roger McGlen - had stents put in this Monday
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - recuperating from knee replacement surgery
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Isiah Arrant-long term recovery from burns
  • Jeannine Riley’s sister Suzanne Mobley - lymphoma
  • Jeannine Riley’s brother-in-law - Ricky Mobley- heart surgery
  • Peggy Schultz - recent passing of her husband Ron
  • Avis Shaw’s niece Gail Craft - had surgery
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Ron Taylor - in hospice care at the nursing home
  • Mrs. James Taylor - sister of Michelle Hernden - dementia meds to work
  • Carleen Ward - family member John Gray - waiting for a new heart.
  • 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
  • Christine Golden
  • Kathy Heyer
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Hugh Lee
  • Leura Mollnhauer
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jeanne Pickerill
  • Jerry Price
  • Jerry Roberson
  • Carol/Norm Rogers
  • Avis Shaw
  • Sue Stewart
  • Carole Thompson
  • Zach Thompson
  • Carol Warren
  • Roy Whitelock
  • Sharon Willits

IN SYMPATHY:

IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:

  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Jan Boland’s sister June Gesche - hospice care at Stonehenge
  • Richard and Shirley McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Nursing Home
  • Ron Taylor - UG Nursing Home
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living - under hospice care
  • 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

November 6th……….$22,693…………………$803,897

November 13………..$11,655…………………$815,552

November 20………..$17,033…………………$832,585

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

STAY CONNECTED
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 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: 11-16-2022

11-16-2022 FUMC Words for Wednesday
Good morning First UMC!

I hope you are well. Don’t miss all the opportunities to be the church in this email. Lots of great things are going on!

Please note the Hanging of the Greens service previously scheduled for this Sunday, the 20th, has been moved to the afternoon of December 4th.

Don’t forget to sign up in advance for our holiday meal on Wednesday, December 7.

Town Halls are scheduled for the next two Sundays, at 2 pm on the 20th and at 3 pm on the 27th. Also, Dan Parr has been scheduled for our third town hall meeting on January 8th at 3 pm.

Details on all this and more are below. Keep being the Church!

Grace and Peace.

Don

The treasure chests are sitting outside both sanctuary spaces accepting your questions for the Townhall meetings on the 20th and 27th. Blue index cards are questions for the Discernment Team and yellow cards are questions for the District Superintendent. Index cards are provided beside the chests.

Questions for this Sunday’s Townhall meeting must be submitted by Thursday.

FROM THE DISCERNMENT TEAM:

Thank you to everyone for your patience, prayers and faithfulness during this time of change and discernment. Below is a schedule which has been developed to address the United Methodist matters ahead of us:

Sunday, November 20, 2022   2:00 pm in the MAC  “In House” Townhall Meeting presented by the Discernment Team

Sunday, November 27, 2022   3:00 pm   Townhall Meeting with Rev. Dr. Douglas Gilreath, Northeast District Superintendent

December 2022    This is Advent Season where we reflect on preparing our hearts and homes for Christ’s birth. It is a time for faith communities and families to remember, through prayer, reflections, special music, and good deeds what the true meaning of Jesus’ birth is. So please take the Advent season to consider how we commemorate the birth of Jesus.

Sunday, January 8, 2023 3:00 pm   Townhall Meeting with  Dan Parr addressing Disaffiliation

 

Early January 2023                        Townhall Meeting addressing Remaining United Methodist (“non” disaffiliation”)

Late January 2023                         Church Council meeting to determine whether to proceed with application to disaffiliate, or to remain United Methodist (remaining requires no further action)

IF THE DECISION IS MADE TO APPLY FOR DISAFFILIATION:

February 28, 2023                         Deadline for submission to District Superintendent of application for disaffiliation

After March 1, 2023                     District Superintendent schedules church conference

May 31 to June 3, 2023               North Georgia United Methodist Church Annual Conference to consider all applications for disaffiliation

All Townhall meetings will be held in the MAC. Also, they will all be recorded and available for viewing on YouTube.

Please submit in writing any questions you may have and place them in the “treasure chest” either outside the MAC or outside the Sanctuary. In order to assure that the presenters are adequately prepared, all questions must be submitted no later than the Thursday prior to a Townhall meeting.

TONIGHT…..Join us for Supper at 5:00 pm.

Lasagna (meat or veggie), salad, bread and dessert.

6:00 Bible Study for all ages

Lectionary Readings for the Week

11/17/2022 Habakkuk 1:1-17 …..Complaints Concerning Evil and Corruption

11/18/2022 Habakkuk 2: 1-14 ….The Righteous Will Live by Faith

11/19/2022 Isaiah 6: 1-13 ………. Isaiah’s Call

11/20/2022 Isaiah 36: 1-3, 13-20; 37: 1-7, 2: 1-4 …..God’s Plan for Peace

11/21/2022 Isaiah 38: 1-8 ………..Hezekiah Is Saved from an Illness

11/22/2022 2 Kings 21: 1-16 …….Manasseh’s Wicked Reign

11/23/2022 2 Kings 22: 1-13 …….Josiah’s Reign, Part 1

HANGING OF THE GREENS HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO ILLNESS TO SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH AT 4 PM.

Thank you Methodist Men and friends for completing another ramp project for our community!!

If you would like to help our

“ramp volunteers”, please contact

Wayne Jones at 281-682-6395.

Operation Turkey Tree Update:

Please have your items to the church by this Sunday!

This will give the youth a chance to be sure everything is in hand to go in the boxes. These Thanksgiving Dinner filled boxes will then be delivered to families in Union County.

Please mark your calendars for our church’s Holiday Meal scheduled

for Wednesday, December 7th. Ro & the Robinettes will be providing the turkey, dressing, rolls and scalloped potatoes. The rest is up to you so bring your favorite salads, sides, and desserts to share.

SIGN-UP FOR THE HOLDIAY MEAL IS REQUIRED. Sign up sheets will be outside the worship services. Deadline to sign up is December 4th.

Night to Shine is back AND in person!!

Already we have had about 30 guests register and we are expecting a total of around 100-120, so we are looking for

\350-400 volunteers.

Volunteer Registration is open and online:

http://firstmethodistblairsville.com/events-night-to-shine/

We look forward to working with you in serving this special group within our community!

Scott & Elizabeth Terry

Night to Shine at FUMC of Union County

ntsfumcuc@gmail.com

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner is once again offered to all who would like a Thanksgiving meal who otherwise wouldn’t have one. You can dine in, pick it up or have it delivered. If you are interested in receiving a meal, please contact the church office and register with Evelyn. The meal is offered on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24th at House of Prayer church.

Deadline to register is November 18th.

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.

 

T J Anderson - recent motorcycle accident- many injuries

 

Jason Nichols, grandson to Bill and Diane Kolb - sustained serious injuries in a motorcycle accident

Altar flowers this Sunday are given To The Glory of God and in celebration of Mrs. Brenda Turner’s 80th birthday, by her sweet husband, Myron.

We are also celebrating the 80th birthday of Mrs. Carol Rogers with flowers given by her sweet son, Dan.

ooops … Altar flowers last Sunday were given To The Glory of God

and in celebration of their 60th Wedding Anniversary by Bob & Gerri Johnson. My apologies for failing to mention this last week in

“Words for Wednesday”.

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Monday-Thursday 8am - 4:30pm

Pickleball! The Blairsville Pickleball Club plays on Mondays from noon til 3:00pm & Tuesdays from 8:00am until noon. Everyone is welcome! Join us!

Fitness Classes For You!
“Tai Chi”: Led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 8:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring a mat!
“Christ-Centered” Yoga: led by Pat Tomzyck. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am in room M-0 (First floor). Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat.

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

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:

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

  • SPECIFIC:
  • Prayers for God leading the right person to us as Youth Director
  • BL Anderson - pain relief and wisdom in making decisions about surgery
  • Norma Jean Anderson’s brother Wendell -recovering from jaw surgery
  • Clint Blackmon - cancer
  • Jack & Jackie Bowlin’s friend - Allen Davenport - prostate cancer
  • Diane Brackett - taking physical therapy on shoulder and arm
  • Kathy Brandenburg- recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • Joyce Byers - numerous medical issues
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Pat Clay’s brother Victor- health issues
  • Maggie Guerrier - recuperating from kidney transplant
  • Al Kocher - recovering from surgery
  • Vic Henderson - health issues
  • Diane and Bill Kolb’s grandson Jason Nichols - bad motorcycle accident
  • Tiffany Martinez’s son Sky - recovery from surgery
  • Linda McClarnon - recuperating
  • Maria McGlen - recuperating
  • Roger McGlen - had stents put in this Monday
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - recuperating from knee replacement surgery
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Isiah Arrant-long term recovery from burns
  • Jeannine Riley’s sister Suzanne Mobley - lymphoma
  • Jeannine Riley’s brother-in-law - Ricky Mobley- heart surgery
  • Ron Schultz - suffered a stroke; in NE Ga
  • Avis Shaw’s niece Gail Craft - had surgery
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Ron Taylor - in hospice care at the nursing home, no visitors at this time
  • Mrs. James Taylor - sister of Michelle Hernden - dementia meds to work
  • Carleen Ward - family member John Gray - waiting for a new heart.
  • 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
  • Christine Golden
  • Kathy Heyer
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Hugh Lee
  • Leura Mollnhauer
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jeanne Pickerill
  • Jerry Price
  • Jerry Roberson
  • Carol/Norm Rogers
  • Avis Shaw
  • Sue Stewart
  • Carole Thompson
  • Zach Thompson
  • Carol Warren
  • Roy Whitelock
  • Sharon Willits

IN SYMPATHY:

IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:

  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Jan Boland’s sister June Gesche - hospice care at Stonehenge
  • Richard and Shirley McGinnis - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Nursing Home
  • Ron Taylor - UG Nursing Home
  • Lois Ward - Brasstown Manor Assisted Living - under hospice care
  • 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

November 6th……….$22,693…………………$803,897

November 13………..$11,655…………………$815,552

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

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938 Highway 515 Blairsville, Georgia 30512
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FUMC Words for Wednesday: 11-02-2022

11-02-2022 FUMC Words for Wednesday

As the congregation enters a season of education, prayer, reflection, and discernment about the future, I am reminded of the prayer of St. Francis. You can find it below and on page 481 in our hymnal.

Within our congregation, there are a broad range of theological perspectives. The one thing we all have in common, though, is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is who binds us together. Let us not forget that. Let us not lose sight of him.

On Sundays over the past couple of weeks, we’ve heard about choosing. It occurs to me that this prayer from Francis of Assisi is about that very thing…

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace;

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is error, truth;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console;

To be understood as to understand;

To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

In Christ,

Don

FROM THE DISCERNMENT TEAM:

Thank you to everyone for your patience, prayers and faithfulness during this time of change and discernment. As indicated on Tuesday night, below is a schedule which has been developed to address the United Methodist matters ahead of us:

Sunday, November 20, 2022   2:00 pm in the MAC  “In House” Townhall Meeting presented by the Discernment Team

Sunday, November 27, 2022   3:00 pm   Townhall Meeting with Rev. Dr. Douglas Gilreath, Northeast District Superintendent

December 2022    This is Advent Season where we reflect on preparing our hearts and homes for Christ’s birth. It is a time for faith communities and families to remember, through prayer, reflections, special music, and good deeds what the true meaning of Jesus’ birth is. So please take the Advent season to consider how we commemorate the birth of Jesus.

Early January 2023                        Townhall Meeting addressing Disaffiliation

Early January 2023                        Townhall Meeting addressing Remaining United Methodist (“non” disaffiliation”)

Late January 2023                         Church Council meeting to determine whether to proceed with application to disaffiliate, or to remain United Methodist (remaining requires no further action)

IF THE DECISION IS MADE TO APPLY FOR DISAFFILIATION:

February 28, 2023                         Deadline for submission to District Superintendent of application for disaffiliation

After March 1, 2023                     District Superintendent schedules church conference

May 31 to June 3, 2023               North Georgia United Methodist Church Annual Conference to consider all applications for disaffiliation

All Townhall meetings will be held in the MAC. Also, they will all be recorded and available for viewing on YouTube.

Please submit in writing any questions you may have and place them in the “treasure chest” either outside the MAC or outside the Sanctuary. In order to assure that the presenters are adequately prepared, all questions must be submitted no later than the Thursday prior to a Townhall meeting.

TONIGHT…..

5:00 Supper for chicken tenders, mac ‘n cheese completed with a slice of eclair cake

6:00  Bible Study for all ages

WELCOME TO OUR FAITH FAMILY – TIFFANY MARTINEZ

Tiffany is a familiar face around the Contemporary service crowd. She is the pianist for that service. She joined the church in the 9:30 service on Sunday. We’re glad to have her be a part of our FUMC Faith family.

Lectionary Readings for the Week:

11/2/2022

Psalm 72:1-14 - A Prayer for Israel’s King

11/3/2022

Psalm 20:1-9 - A Plea for God’s Aid

11/4/2022

1 Kings 11:1-13 - Solomon Goes Astray

11/5/2022

1 Kings 12:1-24 - The Kingdom Is Divided

11/6/2022

2 Kings 5:1-15a - Elisha Heals Naaman

11/7/2022

2 Kings 6:1-7 - Elisha and the Axe Head

11/8/2022

2 Kings 16:1-20 - The Reign of Ahaz

11/9/2022

Isaiah 7:1-17 - Isaiah’s Message to Ahaz

The Times They are A-Changing !!!

Office hours are now –

Monday-Thursday 9:00 am till 4:00 pm.

The MAC will be open Monday-Thursday 8:00 am till 4:30 pm

Beginning this Sunday, November 6th –

The Casual service will begin at 8:30 am.

The Contemporary and Traditional will remain at their times of 9:30 am and 11:00 am respectively

This Sunday the time changes. Be sure to change your clocks back an hour on Saturday night before you go to bed.

The Turkey Tree will be set up in the MAC this evening! Please take a paper turkey and purchase the suggested item. You may then bring the item and place it under the tree (Turkeys should be placed in the freezer in the MAC Kitchen, please!) FUMC Youth will use these items to fill Thanksgiving Dinner boxes for families in Union County.

The Morning Glory Circle will distribute their coats on November 17th. The last day to donate a coat is Sunday, November 13th. We still have a need for XXL size coats. These may be new or gently used coats. You may drop off any coats in the MAC closet across from the welcome desk.

The Wednesday Women’s Zoom Bible Study

Advent Study begins on November 9th.

We’ll be studying “Our Hope Has Come” by Lifeway.

Please order your book in time to have it for the 9th.

Operation Christmas Child is Happening Now!

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. Accessories: 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.

Pre-printed shoeboxes and labels are available now in the MAC lobby.

Night to Shine is back AND in person!!

Already we have had about 30 guests register and we are expecting a total around 100-120, so we are looking for 350-400 volunteers.

Volunteer Registration is open and online:

http://firstmethodistblairsville.com/events-night-to-shine/

We look forward to working with you in serving this special group within our community!

Scott & Elizabeth Terry

Night to Shine at FUMC of Union County

ntsfumcuc@gmail.com

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner is once again offered to all who would like a Thanksgiving meal who otherwise wouldn’t have one. You can dine in, pick it up or have it delivered. If you are interested in receiving a meal, please contact the church office and register with Evelyn. The meal is offered on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24th at House of Prayer chur. Deadline to register is November 18th.

FirstKids and FirstYouth participated in the Boo Bash hosted by the Chamber of Commerce on Monday, October 31, 2022. Thank you church family for donating all the candy.

Dear Church Family,

To everyone who bought a ticket or donated money to FERST READERS Union County for our “Sons of the Pioneers” concert, thank you so much. The concert was a big success and will help us send books to many children from birth to five years old in our county!!

 

Thanks again!

Pam Jordan

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.

 

Paula Kelly - brain cancer receiving radiation

Victor Gaul - has lung cancer with a leg amputated 2 years ago. Brother to Pat Clay.

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Beginning October 31st hours change to Monday-Thursday 8am - 4:30pm

Pickleball! The new Blairsville Pickleball Club schedule is Mondays from noon til 3:00pm & Tuesdays from 8:00am until noon. PLEASE MAKE NOTE! 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.

MAC After Dark?

There has been some interest expressed in opening the MAC during the evening hours for walking and other rec opportunities. To do this we would need volunteers willing to man the desk as well as be responsible for opening and closing. Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5pm-8pm or 6pm-9pm have been suggested. Anyone interested in volunteering for an evening at the MAC can contact Stan at the church office or email fumcblairsvillestan@gmail.com.

Community Heath Fairs are a great place for people to receive health information and testing. Union General Hospital is sponsoring one on November 5th here in Blairsville. We encourage you to come out and discover new resources here in our community.

3 – Susan Forrester, Judy Haygood, Samuel Lewis, Patty Norwood 4 – Jane Cruce, Diane Simonsen 5 – Tonia Albright 6 – John Hahn, Nikki Schuknecht 7 – Sue Giorgi, Pam Kocher, Larry Rosenberry, Ron Schultz, Ann Smith 8 – Diane Bauman, Elmo Giorgi 9 – David Hand, James McTureous 11- Darryl Blalock, Ron Taylor, Karen Williams 12 – John Wischmeyer 13 – Jesse Eady, Jana Howe 14 – Pat Box, Jacqueline Davis, Roger Pope 15 – Michelle Hernden, Emma Lander 16 – Joe Kennard, Julie Rittenhouse, Carol Rogers 17- Stephen Lewis 18 – Joyce Byers 20 – Alice Janessa, Rick Stamper, Brenda Turner 22 – Sharon Hess, Chuck McGinn 23 – Larry Culpepper, Marcie Culpepper, Taylor Schuknecht 24 – Kelly Schuknecht 25 – Max Mashburn, Sarah Partain 26 – Doug McGinnis 27 – Wayne Jones(married to Barbara) 28 – Braedyn Robbins 30 – John Cook, Steve Reno, Mac Warren

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:
  • Prayers for God leading the right person to us as Youth Director
  • Norma Jean Anderson’s brother Wendell -recovering from jaw surgery
  • Clint Blackmon - cancer
  • Jack & Jackie Bowlin’s friend - Allen Davenport - prostate cancer
  • Diane Brackett - taking physical therapy on shoulder and arm
  • Kathy Brandenburg- recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • Joyce Byers - numerous medical issues
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Pat Clay’s brother Victor- health issues

  • Maggie Guerrier - recuperating from kidney transplant
  • Al Kocher - recovering from surgery
  • Pat Maryscuk - health issues
  • Linda McClarnon - recuperating
  • Maria McGlen - still recuperating from fall
  • Roger McGlen - had stents put in this Monday
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - recuperating from knee replacement surgery
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Isiah Arrant-long term recovery from burns
  • Jeannine Riley’s sister Suzanne Mobley - lymphoma

  • Avis Shaw’s niece Gail Craft - had surgery
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Lydia Stafford - recovering from arm surgery
  • Mrs. James Taylor - sister of Michelle Hernden - dementia meds to work
  • Mac Warren - vertigo
  • Dennis Wetzel- back surgery and recuperating at the Gobin’s home
  • Meg Whitley - doing well after surgery; no further treatments needed

HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:

  • Jim Arthur
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Christine Golden
  • Kathy Heyer
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Hugh Lee
  • Leura Mollnhauer
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jeanne Pickerill
  • Jerry Price
  • Jerry Roberson
  • Carol/Norm Rogers
  • Avis Shaw
  • Sue Stewart
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • Zach Thompson
  • Carol Warren
  • Roy Whitelock
  • Sharon Willits

IN SYMPATHY:

IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:

  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Jan Boland’s sister June Gesche - hospice care at Stonehenge
  • 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

October 2……………$ 32,278…………………$ 718,500

October 9……………$ 20,179…………………$ 738,680

October 16………….$   4,354…………………$ 756,835

October 23………….$ 13,783…………………$ 770,618

October 30………….$ 10,585…………………$ 781,204

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

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938 Highway 515 Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(706) 745 2073
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
      We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation!

Townhall Meetings

Thank you to everyone for your patience, prayers and faithfulness during this time of change and discernment. As indicated on Tuesday night, below is a schedule which has been developed to address the United Methodist matters ahead of us:
Sunday, November 20, 2022    “In House” Townhall Meeting presented by the Discernment Team
Sunday, November 27, 2022    Townhall Meeting with Rev. Dr. Douglas Gilreath, Northeast District Superintendent
December 2022                             This is Advent Season where we reflect on preparing our hearts and homes for Christ’s birth. It is a time for faith communities and families to remember, through prayer, reflections, special music, and good deeds what the true meaning of Jesus’ birth is. So please take the Advent season to consider how we commemorate the birth of Jesus.
Early January 2023                        Townhall Meeting addressing Disaffiliation
Early January 2023                        Townhall Meeting addressing Remaining United Methodist (“non” disaffiliation”)
Late January 2023                         Church Council meeting to determine whether to proceed with application to disaffiliate, or to remain United Methodist (remaining requires no further action)
IF THE DECISION IS MADE TO APPLY FOR DISAFFILIATION:
February 28, 2023                         Deadline for submission to District Superintendent of application for disaffiliation
After March 1, 2023                     District Superintendent schedules church conference
May 31 to June 3, 2023               North Georgia United Methodist Church Annual Conference to consider all applications for disaffiliation
All Townhall meetings will be held in the MAC. Also, they will all be recorded and available for viewing on YouTube.
Please submit in writing any questions you may have and place them in the “treasure chest” either outside the MAC or outside the Sanctuary. In order to assure that the presenters are adequately prepared, all questions must be submitted no later than the Thursday prior to a Townhall meeting.

FUMC Words for Wednesday: 10-26-2022

10-26-2022 FUMC Words for Wednesday
Good afternoon First UMC!

CHURCH COUNCIL

Last night the Church Council met to, among other things, receive a report from the subcommittee studying disaffiliation. First, I want to thank the subcommittee for their work. I know it was not an easy task for many reasons. Their recommendation to the council reads:

“To the Church Council, we would feel that it is imperative that we continue the process of discernment and take this matter to the congregation in the following actions…

1)      Education of the congregation in our opinion is the first step – may of us were not aware of information we have uncovered in our research. We would suggest Town Hall meetings to educate everyone all at once. The District Superintendent has asked to be the first speaker.

2)      Following the Town Hall meeting(s) the Church Council will decide to apply for a vote or drop it. If the Council decides to apply for a vote the District Superintendent would schedule the meeting for a vote.

We are praying that this may equip our faith family to make their decision out of prayerful and educated consideration for what God has in mind for First United Methodist Church of Union County.”

The recommendation passed at Church Council.

PROCESS OF DISAFFILIATION

To be clear, to vote for disaffiliation is to vote to leave the United Methodist Church. Many are still confused at the process of disaffiliation, especially the dates. As stated above, we will have town hall meetings where various options are presented. Once those town hall meetings are complete, the Church Council will meet to decide whether or not to apply to the District Superintendent for a vote among the congregation (a church conference). If the Church Council decides not to apply for a vote, the matter is ended and the congregation would remain United Methodist. If the Church Council decides to apply for a vote, the District Superintendent will schedule the Church Conference for professing members to vote on leaving or staying in the United Methodist Church.

Should the Church Council decide to apply for a vote, the dates related to the process are as follows. The Church Council can make application to the DS any time between January 1 and February 28, 2023. Once all applications are received, the DS will schedule the requested Church Conferences after February 28. It is important to note that the application date has no bearing on the date of the Church Conference.

OUR FIRST TOWN HALL

Our first town hall meeting will be with the Rev. Dr. Doug Gilreath, District Superintendent. At the meeting last night the suggestion was made to have these gatherings on Sunday afternoons so that as many members as possible could attend. The first available Sunday afternoon for the DS is November 27. The meeting is scheduled for 3 – 4:30 pm. The DS requests that questions be provided in advance so that he may develop his presentation to address those concerns. Details about how to submit your questions are forthcoming.

JESUS

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:35

May the love of God, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit cover you all like grandma’s quilt on a cold Fall morning,

Don

TONIGHT…..

Children and youth will be downstairs in the MAC and will be carving pumpkins.

Adults have a couple of options:

There will not be Bible Study however, you are invited to carve pumpkins with the children and youth (bring your own pumpkin) OR you may go to Jasper UMC for a 6:30 pm meeting with Bishop Sue who will be speaking and answering questions regarding the United Methodist Church.

The church will be participating in the county’s Trunk or Treat event at Meeks Park. To be successful at this we need to stock our trunk with candy. If you’d like to help, please drop off bags of individually wrapped candy at the church office. Deadline to drop off candy is Sunday, 30th.

The Times They are A-Changing !!!

Beginning  Monday, October 31st. –

Office hours will be –

Monday-Thursday 9:00 am till 4:00 pm.

The MAC will be open Monday-Thursday 8:00 am till 4:30 pm

Beginning Sunday, November 6th –

The Casual service will begin at 8:30 am.

The Contemporary and Traditional will remain at their times of 9:30 am and 11:00 am respectively

Narrative Lectionary Daily Readings:

10/27/2022……1 Kings 1:5-37 - Intrigue in Old David’s Palace

10/28/2022……1 Kings 1:38-53 - Solomon Is Anointed as the Future King

10/29/2022……1 Kings 2:1-12 - David’s Advice to Solomon

10/30/2022….. 1 Kings 3:4-28 - Solomon’s Wisdom

10/31/2022……1 Kings 4:20-28 - Solomon’s Great Kingdom

11/1/2022……..1 Kings 4:29-34 - Solomon’s Great Wisdom

11/2/2022………Psalm 72:1-14 - A Prayer for Israel’s King

FUMC was invited by Pastor Jerry Helton of The Fellowship of Christian Athletes to provide dinner for the UC High school football team on Sunday, October 23rd. Thanks to Stan and Tricia Wallace for facilitating this.

The Wednesday Women’s Zoom Bible Study

Advent Study begins on  November 9th.

We’ll be studying “Our Hope Has Come” by Lifeway.

Please order your book in time to have it for the 9th.

Operation Christmas Child is Happening Now!

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. Accessories: 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.

Pre-printed shoeboxes and labels are available now in the MAC lobby.

Night to Shine is back AND in person!!

Already we have had about 30 guests register and we are expecting a total around 100-120, so we are looking for 350-400 volunteers.

Volunteer Registration is open and online:

http://firstmethodistblairsville.com/events-night-to-shine/

We look forward to working with you in serving this special group within our community!

Scott & Elizabeth Terry

Night to Shine at FUMC of Union County

ntsfumcuc@gmail.com

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner is once again offered to all who would like a Thanksgiving meal who otherwise wouldn’t have one. You can dine in, pick it up or have it delivered. If you are interested in receiving a meal, please contact the church office and register with Evelyn. The meal is offered on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24th at House of Prayer chur. Deadline to register is November 18th.
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.

Beth  Evans Butler - ovarian cancer now masectomy

Kelley Wilder - tumor on liver and a kidney cyst. She is the 16 year old granddaughter of Doris Wilder.

 

Paula Kelly - brain cancer receiving radiation

Victor Gaul - has lung cancer with a leg amputated 2 years ago. Brother to Pat Clay.

MAC Walking Track Hours…

Beginning October 31st hours change to Monday-Thursday 8am - 4:30pm

Pickleball! The new Blairsville Pickleball Club schedule is Mondays from noon til 3:00pm & Tuesdays from 8:00am until noon. PLEASE MAKE NOTE! 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.

MAC After Dark?

There has been some interest expressed in opening the MAC during the evening hours for walking and other rec opportunities. To do this we would need volunteers willing to man the desk as well as be responsible for opening and closing. Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5pm-8pm or 6pm-9pm have been suggested. Anyone interested in volunteering for an evening at the MAC can contact Stan at the church office or email fumcblairsvillestan@gmail.com.

Community Heath Fairs are a great place for people to receive health information and testing. Union General Hospital is sponsoring one on November 5th here in Blairsville. We encourage you to come out and discover new resources here in our community.

3 – Susan Forrester, Judy Haygood, Samuel Lewis, Patty Norwood 4 – Jane Cruce, Diane Simonsen 5 – Tonia Albright 6 – John Hahn, Nikki Schuknecht 7 – Sue Giorgi, Pam Kocher, Larry Rosenberry, Ron Schultz, Ann Smith 8 – Diane Bauman, Elmo Giorgi 9 – David Hand, James McTureous 11- Darryl Blalock, Ron Taylor, Karen Williams 12 – John Wischmeyer 13 – Jesse Eady, Jana Howe 14 – Pat Box, Jacqueline Davis, Roger Pope 15 – Michelle Hernden, Emma Lander 16 – Joe Kennard, Julie Rittenhouse, Carol Rogers 17- Stephen Lewis 18 – Joyce Byers 20 – Alice Janessa, Rick Stamper, Brenda Turner 22 – Sharon Hess, Chuck McGinn 23 – Larry Culpepper, Marcie Culpepper, Taylor Schuknecht 24 – Kelly Schuknecht 25 – Max Mashburn, Sarah Partain 26 – Doug McGinnis 27 – Wayne Jones(married to Barbara) 28 – Braedyn Robbins 30 – John Cook, Steve Reno, Mac Warren

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:
  • Prayers for God leading the right person to us as Youth Director
  • Norma Jean Anderson’s brother Wendell -recovering from jaw surgery
  • Clint Blackmon - cancer
  • Jack & Jackie Bowlin’s friend - Allen Davenport - prostate cancer
  • Diane Brackett - taking physical therapy on shoulder and arm
  • Kathy Brandenburg- recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • Joyce Byers - numerous medical issues
  • Joyce Byers’ sister-in-law Shirley Kelley - had a mastectomy
  • Pat Clay’s brother Victor- health issues
  • Maggie Guerrier - recuperating from kidney transplant
  • Pat Maryscuk - health issues;
  • Linda McClarnon - recuperating
  • Maria McGlen - still recuperating from fall
  • Roger McGlen - had stents put in this Monday
  • Jeanee and Jerry McJilton’s brother- cancer has returned
  • Louise McTaggart - recuperating from knee replacement surgery
  • Brenda Morningstar - home recovering from back surgery
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon problems
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-lung problems
  • Teresa Price’s grandson Isiah Arrant-long term recovery from burns
  • Jeannine Riley’s sister Suzanne Mobley - lymphoma
  • Avis Shaw’s niece Gail Craft - had surgery
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred Elkin
  • Lydia Stafford - recovering from arm surgery
  • Mrs. James Taylor - sister of Michelle Hernden - dementia meds to work
  • Mac Warren - vertigo
  • Dennis Wetzel- back surgery and recuperating at the Gobin’s home
  • Meg Whitley - doing well after surgery; no further treatments needed

HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:

  • Jim Arthur
  • Marjorie Bowron
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Shirley Cobb
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad
  • Jack Dugger
  • Jesse Eady
  • Christine Golden
  • Kathy Heyer
  • Wayne Jones
  • James Jordan
  • Hugh Lee
  • Leura Mollnhauer
  • Elaine Neuhaus
  • Ray Norwood
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jeanne Pickerill
  • Jerry Price
  • Jerry Roberson
  • Carol/Norm Rogers
  • Avis Shaw
  • Sue Stewart
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • Zach Thompson
  • Carol Warren
  • Roy Whitelock
  • Sharon Willits

IN SYMPATHY:

IN NURSING HOMES and ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:

  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Jan Boland’s sister June Gesche - hospice care at Stonehenge
  • 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

October 2……………$ 32,278…………………$ 718,500

October 9……………$ 20,179…………………$ 738,680

October 16…………..$ 4,354………………….$ 756,835

October 23………….$ 13,783…………………$ 770,618

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

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 First United Methodist Church of Union County
938 Highway 515 Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(706) 745 2073
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
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