Tickle – January 9, 2018

Just a quick update on the week ahead. Ladies, don’t forget the new Women’s Bible study on the “Miracles of Jesus” that begins this Wednesday at 10 am in the lower level of the MAC. Also, this Wednesday begins our Spring cycle for Wednesday night dinner and programs. Just come and join in. Dinner begins in the MAC at 5 pm - fellowship, soup, salad, and dessert. It’s free but there is a basket out to receive donations to help us defray the costs of the meal. Jennifer and Erin will be with the youth (Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers) at “The Gathering” beginning at 6 pm in the lower level of the MAC. Shannon and friends will be in the Fundamentals Room for the Children beginning at 6 pm. Donna will be in the Nursery. And Pastor mark will begin a five week study on the Gospel of Mark. Bring a Bible and come do “Mark with mark” in the Fidelis Classroom - lower level of the MAC - from 6 to 6:45 pm. And if you are involved as a volunteer with the February “Night to Shine” Tim Tebow Foundation event we are hosting - please read the details of the training event planned for this Thursday night at 6 pm in our Sanctuary - some of those details have recently changed.
God’s Warmth, pastor mark

Remaining Christmas cards are now on the narthex desk.

Branan Lodge Ministry Opportunities:
In worship on Sunday you heard two excellent opportunities to make a difference to people living at Branan Lodge (a United Methodist Wesley Woods facility for quality senior living.) If you wish to shuttle the meals prepared by Union General Hospital to the people who receive them at Branan Lodge, one day a week, please contact Lloyd Dunham Lloydlee474@yahoo.com If you would like to occasionally help meet the need of a resident who cannot get outside, contact Georgia Jestings gajestings@yahoo.com

A Night To Shine Training Event: PLEASE READ - THERE ARE CHANGES
We are now asking EVERYONE who is volunteering for the February 9 Tim Tebow Event to come to one of our two scheduled training courses. If you cannot come to either, please contact Joe or Kim Tatman 2jtatman@gmail.com Not only will we briefly cover the applicable parts of Safe Sanctuary training for this event - we will also now cover training required by the Tim Tebow Foundation. So even if you have done safe Sanctuary training with Pastor Mark, YOU STILL NEED TO COME TO THIS. Come either to the Thursday night event (this Thursday, January 11) at 6 pm in the Sanctuary or come to the Sunday afternoon January 21 at 4 pm event in the Sanctuary. We will have everything you need at both places. Please choose one or the other.

 

Young At Heart “Super Bowl” Bunko Fellowship!

Friday, February 2nd 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. $2.00 per person donation. Everyone should bring an appetizer or a dessert. Bunco is an easy game anybody can learn. Don’t worry if you have never played. The best part is the great fellowship we have together. Come get to know your church family!

Critical FUMC Open Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)
Volunteer for the Tim Tebow, “A Night to Shine” through our church web site.
The 11 am sound team could use one more person to join this team.
The 11 am computer team could use one more person to join this team.
We need another person to join the 9:45 am light team

Our Relay for Life Team would like to invite you to join us for our annual Relay Kickoff on Thursday, January 18th at 6:00 p.m. at the Mountain Presbyterian Church in Blairsville. There will be a light dinner, fun games, inspirational stories and an overview of our 2018 Relay for Life event. If you would like to attend this fun evening and learn more about Relay for Life, please contact Glenda Taylor at 706-781-7528 or e-mail her at: glendactaylor@yahoo.com Please RSVP by January 12th.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Honduras Mission team this month (Joe, Kim, Lamar, Jackie, Camden)
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Myrtle and Henry von Staden - recent passing of daughter Cathy
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - currently at Wellstar Kennestone rehab
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie cardioinversion (bring heart into rhythm) was successful this morning. They are back home resting
Pamela Ackerman - knee replacement surgery right now at UGH
Fran Browning’s brother (Rhett Leonard) - in serious car accident in South Carolina - still trying to make decision to save leg.
Nancy Joyce - her mother Gloria Mason
Helen Owenby - recovering at assisted living facility from stress fractures
Sheila Loy father (Willis) - will have knee replacement in the near future
Phil Sallings - general health (good to see the Sallings in worship Sunday!)
Debbie Steed - some followup radiation treatments
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer)
Mark Burgess brother (Scott) - third hip replacement Thursday
Rod Johnson - continued testing to diagnose vision issues
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Mitzi Gasaway - cousin in TX diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Susan & Walt Forrester’s brother in law - pancreatic cancer surgery
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) healing at home from cancer related procedure
Manon Thompson — back home but needs our prayers for continued healing
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Larry Culpepper’s sister (Joyce Hampton) - serious illness
Claudia Deprez - general health
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/Greg Lane – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Finance

We thank you for your generosity in 2017. If you would like a year-end contribution statement, please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. We are off to a great start in 2018!

……………………….Received……………….YTD Received
January 7 …………. $ 23,968 …………………… …$23,968

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

Tickle – January 2, 2018

I know January is supposed to be the cold month - but single digit temps are not supposed to be part of Georgia weather (I am certain I read that in the fine print somewhere!) Be safe out there. Stay warm. If you were traveling, we had an awesome Christmas celebration here in the mountains! The new year rhythm of church life starts back up this week. Our CEC Preschool is back in session on Wednesday and the OASIS Winter session begins this Thursday. Our prayer team will be meeting at 5:30 pm Thursday evening in the conference room in our first meeting of the new year (just in case joining with us was one of your new years resolutions!) Our Wednesday night activities - including the first dinner of the spring cycle begins next week, January 10. It may not be warming up outside this week but it certainly is warming up inside your church!
God’s Warmth, pastor mark (Go Dawgs! - and LSU will rise next year!)

Remaining Christmas cards are now on the MAC desk - please check there.

Welcome your new Charge Conference Approved 2018 Leaders:
Your newest Lay Leaders: Benetta Cook and Mitzi Gasaway
Joining Nominations:
Pete Hussey, Tim Cristofaro, Glenda Taylor, Sandra Buchanan
Joining Staff Parish Relations:
Mitzi Gasaway, Pam Jordan, Hugh Stone, Sam Wilson, Frank Loy, Tim Holby
Joining the Trustees: Greg Lane
Joining the Finance Team:
Benetta Cook, Pam Jordan, Lamar Franklin, Lindie Wright
Joining Church Council:
Benneta Cook, Mitzi Gasaway, Jennifer de la Montagne, Ivy Robbins, Emily Stafford, Pam Jordan, Alice Orourke
Joining the CEC Preschool Board:
Pat Clay and Debbie Ray
Joining the OASIS Board:
Goodwin Bryan

We took time at all three services this last Sunday to recognize and say thank you to those rotating off and to those rotating on. You walk into the rich legacy of servant leadership of those you follow. Thank you everyone!

Living Lord’s Supper Worship Drama;
There will be an orientation meeting for all those who have volunteered to help with the Living Last Supper worship drama. We will meet in the fellowship hall on Saturday, January 13th at 10:30 am until noon. Please come and be a part of this important meeting. You’ll get to meet the apostles, and we’ve even found Jesus! We’ll be handing out briefing packets that will give you all the information you will need to move closer to Christ. Any questions, see Chuck or Pam Morgan chuck4terps@gmail.com

Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras:
We have 5 people from our church going to the Honduras Orphanage January 18-25 (Joe & Kim Tatman, Lamar & Jackie Franklin, Camden Goddard.) Please pray for them while they are away.

Are you interested in sponsoring an Orphanage Emmauel child? The Sponsorship Program is the Orphanage’s primary source of funds for caring for all of the children. It also allows sponsors to establish a personal relationship with an individual child. Sponsors may select a child or they will assign one. The children at Emmanuel come from difficult circumstances. Some are orphans, some abandoned, abused or come from extreme poverty. Once at Emmanuel, they joyfully assume responsibility for their care - including nutritional food, comfortable and clean clothing and living quarters, as well as educational, medical, and general developmental needs. Most importantly, they strive to give the children strong spiritual guidance.

In the last month, Emmanuel has received approximately 30 new children, many of whom are unsponsored. If you are interested in becoming part of a child’s life at Orphanage Emmanuel, please feel free to contact our sponsorship coordinator, Sarah Schuenemeyer, at emmanuelhonduras@gmail.com for more information!

Critical FUMC Open Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)
Volunteer for the Tim Tebow, “A Night to Shine” through our church web site.
The 11 am sound team could use one more person to join this team.
The 11 am computer team could use one more person to join this team.
The 11 am DVD Team is full with people in training - thank you

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Honduras Mission team this month (Joe, Kim, Lamar, Jackie, Camden)
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Bonnie Weaver - recent loss of her husband
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - currently at Wellstar Kennestone
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie at home with multiple health issues
Fran Browning’s brother (Rhett Leonard) - in serious car accident in South Carolina
Nancy Joyce - brother in Pittsburgh - general health (continue to pray for Nancy’s Mother - Gloria Mason)
Carolyn Tanner - biopsy
Rod McClarnon’s sister (Sue) has broken her pelvis
Helen Owenby - recovering at assisted living facility from stress fractures
Brenda Adams & Tom Morningstar - congrats on your recent engagement!
Silesia Clark - recent loss of Father
B.L. Anderson (our custodian) - general health
Sheila Loy father (Willis) - will have knee replacement in the near future
Phil Sallings - general health (good to see the Sallings in worship Sunday!)
Debbie Steed - some followup radiation treatments
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer)
Rod Johnson - continued testing to diagnose vision issues
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Mitzi Gasaway - cousin in TX diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Susan & Walt Forrester’s brother in law - pancreatic cancer surgery
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) healing at home from cancer related procedure
Manon Thompson — back home but needs our prayers for continued healing
Kelly Schuknecht’s sister’s family - niece Emily - memory
Mike Brandenburg - new hip replacement a success - back home and healing.
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Larry Culpepper’s sister (Joyce Hampton) - serious illness
Claudia Deprez - general health
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/Greg Lane – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Finance

We have had a record giving year again this year (more on that soon!) From all of us on your Finance Team, we greatly appreciate your generosity, your passion, and your ongoing support for the mission and ministry of this place of grace. Every time you give to the general offering of our church, you touch every single ministry of this church. We thank you for making 2017 a year of record ministry for FUMC in our ongoing effort to reach, touch, change and launch! To God be the Glory!

……………………….Received……………….YTD Received
January 1 ……….not counted yet

Tickle – December 19, 2017

This Advent has been full of everything - snow, rain, warm, cold, hospitals, miracles, concerts, homecomings, travels, plays, Cantatas, service, caring, projects, meals, decorations, good will, celebrating, sharing, connecting, and so much more. I offer this special prayer for each one of you, “May your Advent also be full of hope, love, joy, and peace.” We have gone very traditional this Christmas cycle. It has been very comforting to me to revisit those four very familiar words in our shared season of preparation. In our retelling of HIS story, the creation is pregnant with expectation.
Do you see what I see? A star….
May the excitement of our shared celebration of Christ’s birth into the world fill your hearts with the Spirit of Christmas! Merry Christmas everyone!
pastor mark
ps - the end of our Advent Bible study is in the Sanctuary at 6 pm Wednesday.

Welcome our newest members:
Marie Goddard - 189 Lazy River Drive, Blairsville, GA 30512
Ray and Patricia Norwood - 304 Highlands Lane, Blairsville, GA 30512

Christmas Eve - Sunday - December 24:
We have four services planned for this coming Sunday:
11 am Worship in the Sanctuary:
Rev. Mike Cloyd will be providing the message. Our Worship Choir will be present to help lead us in worship. Lot’s of Christmas Hymns - come worship with us in song and Word. The offering will be for the general church. Loving nursery is provided for this service.
5 pm Worship in the Sanctuary:
Join us for this Communion / Candlelight service. Loving nursery will be staffed with extra love (extra servant hearts!) The worship choir will be present for this service. 100% of the offering will go to support our community Hope House.
7 pm Worship in the Sanctuary:
Join us for this more intimate Communion / Candlelight service. Jeff, Keith, and Elizabeth Plott will be leading the worship music. 100% of the offering will go to support our community Hope House. There is no nursery for this service.
11 pm Worship in the Sanctuary:
Join us for this very intimate Communion / Candlelight service. Rose Oberlin and Billy Hendricks (both from our worship choir) will be leading the music for this service. The service begins with Rose sharing the give of Christmas medley through her harp. 100% of the offering will go to support our community Hope House. There is no nursery for this service.

The Angel Tree at FUMC:
THANK YOU CHURCH for your fast response. We should have been ready to put out more toy cards on the tree. You cleaned us out in one service! If you would like to participate, just go buy a toy (any toy) and return it unwrapped under the Angel Christmas tree in the Narthex before Thursday. The Union County Sheriff’s Department will be here this Thursday to pick up all the toys we have collected. They distribute to families who can benefit most from these gifts in our county. THANK YOU!

Your FUMC Staff Team THANKS YOU FUMC:
Once again, your generosity through the staff love offering has been an amazing blessing to us! We truly thank you! Merry Christmas!!!

Critical Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)
Volunteer for the Tim Tebow, “A Night to Shine” through our church web site.
All but three roles have been filled for the Easter Living Lord’s Supper drama.
The 11 am sound team could use one more person to join this team.

Pray without Ceasing for:
People to be attracted to the LIGHT of Jesus at Christmas
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie at home with multiple health issues
Alex & Pat Box - in this adjustment period with the move back home Woo! Hoo!!!
Nancy Joyce - brother in Pittsburgh - general health (continue to pray for Nancy’s Mother - Gloria Mason)
Glenda Taylor - recent loss of beloved Uncle in Louisiana
Carolyn Tanner - biopsy
Helen Owenby - recovering at assisted living facility from stress fractures
Brenda Adams - in Gainesville hospital with GI issues
Silesia Clark - Father in Mississippi - severe health issues (Silesia is there)
B.L. Anderson (our custodian) - many days in UGH with GI issues - tests
Sheila Loy father (Willis) - will have knee replacement in the near future
Phil Sallings - general health (good to see the Sallings in worship Sunday!)
Lynn Varian - recovering at home from recent stroke - doing very well
Debbie Steed - recovering at home from surgery - awaiting pathology
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer)
Rod Johnson - MRI to troubleshoot vision problems
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Wayne Jones (the one married to Barbara - remember, we have two Wayne Jones now!) - back in worship Sunday after two stents
Mitzi Gasaway - cousin in TX diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Susan & Walt Forrester’s brother in law - pancreatic cancer surgery
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) healing at home from cancer related procedure
Manon Thompson — back home but needs our prayers for continued healing
Kelly Schuknecht’s sister’s family - niece Emily - memory
Mike Brandenburg - what a joy to see Mike and Kathy in worship Sunday!
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Larry Culpepper’s sister (Joyce Hampton) - serious illness
Claudia Deprez - goods test results in months ahead
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/Greg Lane – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Finance

The treasure chests will stay out to receive your 2018
“Estimate of Giving Cards.” Blank card’s are now at the MAC desk and Narthex desk. We will send out “Thank Yous” and report the results after Christmas when we open the treasure chests.

Just a reminder, if you desire your giving to be giving of record for calendar year 2017, the church must receive it no later than Sunday, December 31. THANK YOU for the extra “ketchup” after the snow cancellation December 10. We had 635 in worship Sunday across our 3 worship services (and of course, some folks worshiped twice on Cantata Sunday.) THANK YOU and Merry Christmas!

……………………….Received……………….YTD Received
December 3rd…….$ 24,885…………………………$1,016,400
December 17th…..$ 54,275…………………………$1,070,675

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

TICKLE – December 12, 2017

That was the biggest “one inch of snow” I have ever seen!!! I hope your life is returning to some semblance of “routine.” I am finding it hard to get used to having the ground white! It was breathtakingly beautiful - but Lordy did that snow disrupt lives! Here is what so many of you are asking:

Jeff has been re-coordinating ever since the cancellation. Yes, we will do the Christmas Cantata this Sunday Dec 17 at both the 8:30 and 11 am services. And yes, we will have all three services like normal - so if you wish to hear a sermon entitled, “Where is Christmas?” based on John 3:16, come to THE WELL at 9:45 as well as the Cantata at either 8:30 or 11 am. The Cantata will take the place of the sermon at 8:30 and 11 am. Cinnamon rolls and juice will be on tables in the MAC desk area. Please help yourselves! They were purchased for last Sunday - if you could help us “consume them” - that would be greatly appreciated! They are a gift to you as part of our celebration.

We also will have one adult profess her faith at THE WELL this Sunday and two people join Christ’s movement through us at 11. To God be the GLORY!

The Angel Tree was put up last Tuesday. It is the Christmas tree in the Narthex entrance to the MAC. The decorations on the tree are invitations. Take one and go buy the toy written on the decoration and return it UNWRAPPED to the bottom of the tree. We really appreciate everyone who has already participated. The toys are picked up and distributed by the Union County Sheriff’s Department to children in our county who will benefit most from them. Everyone lost a weekend with the snow - so we have moved the pickup date to later next week. If you wish to participate, please do so this coming week!
God’s Love,
mark

No Wednesday Night Dinner (dinner on break until into January)

Youth Gathering Tonight (5 pm to 7 pm)
Pizza party and working on the Youth gingerbread houses
Youth are Middlers and High Schoolers.- come join the group at the Gathering.

Wednesday Night Advent Bible Study :
Week three of this four week study on “The Christmas Gifts that Never Break” will be from 6 pm to 6:45 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Just come!

Cantata Practice (again) this Wednesday Night - have some new folks involved with this scheduling now so please come to this “second” practice.

Children’s Christmas Play - Sunday, December 17 at 3 pm in the MAC:
Come witness the living nativity as all the animals, the shepherds the angels and baby Jesus appear - come support our Children’s Ministry by just being present and smiling at all the little ones acting out HIS story. Our Children’s ministry covers K through 5th grade (although we are currently blessed with a lot of very little ones - you really don’t want to miss this! It’s going to be awesome!)

Upcoming December Plans:
Sunday December 24 Worship services:
There will be four worship services that day. 11 am, 5 pm, 7 pm, 11 pm
The offering at 11 am will be for general church offering. 100% of the offering received at the 5 pm, 7, pm and 11 pm services will go towards Hope House.

Living Lord’s Supper Drama: (Great Initial response - keep going!)
Chuck and Pam Morgan invite the church into a “new thing” this coming Easter. They would like to put on a Living Lord’s Supper drama based on the famous da Vinci painting on Holy Thursday during Holy Week the last week of March. The Morgan’s are looking for folks willing to be the characters in the Living Lord’s Supper, set design, etc…if you would like to participate in this please contact Pam Morgan pgail49@gmail.com

A Night to Shine - Friday evening February 9 dinner/dance - Prom Night
JoAnn Strickland is leading a team effort coordinating our first Tim Tebow Foundation “A Night to Shine” dinner dance for special needs folks in our region. You can go onto our web site - at the bottom of the home page, click on “A Night to Shine.” From there you can register participants or as a volunteer. We are already over 60 participants registered. WE NEED YOUR HELP. Do not wait until the last minute to register as a volunteer. There is training you will need to go through in preparation for this event. Our Safe Sanctuary policy covers both minors and vulnerable adults - so please do not wait for the last minute to volunteer. We are setting up special Safe Sanctuary training events in January. Check out our Web Site - more info there. I am sounding the volunteer call - ALL HANDS ON DECK!

Critical Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)
Remember to volunteer to help for “A Night to Shine” - the Tim Tebow Foundation Prom dinner/dance for people with special needs February 9 in our MAC. We have begun to get a good group of volunteers but we need more - THANK YOU! And THANK YOU new volunteers who now fill the 11 am video booth chair - looks like that seat may be covered with 5 people. And THANK YOU for the new volunteers who have stepped up to be home-bound Holy Communion servers - we picked up two more teams last week that will be available beginning in January. We need one or two more people to cover our beloved home-bound folks. If you want to know more, please contact Pastor Mark by email at firstumcpastor@windstream.net

Pray without Ceasing for:
Those who do not yet really know Jesus (yet) - let them see the Church now
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie at home with failing kidneys - no dialysis
Alex & Pat Box - Alex and Pat moved back home today! WOO! HOOOOOO!!!!
Nancy Joyce - brother in Pittsburgh - hospitalized from heart attack (continue to pray for Nancy’s Mother - Gloria Mason)
Helen Owenby - recovering at assisted living facility from stress fractures
Sheila Loy father (Willis) - back
Phil Sallings - general health
Joyce Byers - recent loss of her sister Martha (third sibling this year)
Debbie Steed - surgical procedure tomorrow at Emory (Wednesday)
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer)
Rod Johnson - MRI to troubleshoot vision problems
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Diane & Bill Kolb’s daughter (Trish Wilkes) - recovering at home
Mitzi Gasaway - cousin in TX diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Susan & Walt Forrester’s brother in law - pancreatic cancer surgery
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) healing at home from cancer related procedure
Manon Thompson — back home but needs our prayers for continued healing
Kelly Schuknecht’s sister’s family - niece Emily - memory
Mike Brandenburg - completing antibiotic treatment at home
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Larry Culpepper’s sister (Joyce Hampton) - serious illness
Claudia Deprez - goods test results in months ahead
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/Greg Lane – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Finance

The treasure chests will stay out to receive your 2018
“Estimate of Giving Cards.” Blank card’s are now at the MAC desk and Narthex desk. We will send out “Thank Yous” after Christmas when we open the treasure chests. Just a reminder, if you desire your giving to be giving of record for calendar year 2017, the church must receive it no later than Sunday, December 31.

……………………….Received……………….YTD Received
December 3rd…….$ 24,885…………………………$1,016,400

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

Tickle – December 5, 2017

Ye Olde Burgess Christmas Letter
Merry Christmas from “Burgess South!”

Psalm 96 Sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Sing to the LORD! Bless his name! Share the news of his saving work every single day!

Jacob
Purple has been part of Jacob’s heritage for a long time now. He has transitioned from the purple of Union County High School to the purple of Young Harris College (8 miles up the road from home.) The color is the same but the expectations and pace are different. Jacob is doing well learning to sing a new song in a new season of life. His major is Biology but we suspect this is the foundational spring board for what is to come. When we had our kids 14 years apart, I remember Shannon saying, “Well, at least they won’t be in college at the same time!” Well, now they are! Life is unpredictable! But God’s love is very predictable. Thanks be to God!

Katie & Mark & Timber
Katie and Mark continue to live and love in Castle Rock, Colorado. Katie successfully completed her comprehensive finals this year in her ongoing journey towards her Epidemiology doctorate. Mark has had a great professional year with significant promotions in the library system where he continues to manage the IT functions of a multi-county Denver suburb library system. They continue to be graced by the exuberant personality of their 90 pound “puppy” named Timber and the Divine Majesty of the Colorado Mountains – could it be “purple mountain majesty?” All I know is like her Dad, my daughter is a stalwart Minnesota Viking fan – more purple – and so is my Son-in-law (he may not know it, but it was one of the requirements to marry our daughter!)

Mark & Shannon & Grace
At the beginning of the year, Shannon began to sing a new song as she became a member of my staff team at FUMC of Union County. Her long term love of children and gifts of organization and leadership moved her into the role of Children’s Director. Along with the blessings of our new Youth Director, new preschool Director, new Nursery Director, and new Contemporary Worship Leader, we have been learning how to sing a new song with grace and love and passion. It has been wonderful but at times a little overwhelming as we find how our ministry orbits move in a divine dance to the guiding whispers of the Shepherd’s Voice. But now (the Christmas Season) is the time when crystal clarity comes to Christ’s Church. We are here to announce good news! To invite all of creation to sing a new song! World, prepare to stare at purple! It’s Advent!

From our family to your family, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!
Sing to the LORD!

Tuesday Table of Grace:
Thank you for feeding our hungry community a meal of love today!

Wednesday Night Feast:
Ro & the Robinettes are providing the entire feast tonight! The Holiday meal, sides, and desserts will all be there. No basket this night. The meal is an act of “gratitude” from these church angels who do such an awesome job of feeding the faith family. Hospitality (Lynn Varian) will also be present to host the night as we celebrate all our 2017 new members.Come feast with us and bring a friend - the meal is special and it is also free.

Wednesday Night Advent Bible Study :
Week two of this four week study on “The Christmas Gifts that Never Break” will be from 6 pm to 6:45 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Just come!

This Coming Sunday - December 10 Plans:
This is Cantata Sunday! It may be cool outside but it will be warm inside! The Cantata will happen at both 8:30 am and 11 am in the Sanctuary (those two services will be the same.) Like past years, there will be free cinnamon rolls and Juice/Tea/Coffee for everyone in the MAC in the 9:45 hour. Come fellowship together if your schedule allows. There is no 9:45 Worship at THE WELL this Sunday. We have another group serving a meal for the Cantata choir and guest musicians in the fellowship hall in the 9:45 hour.

Upcoming December Plans:
Children’s Christmas Program - December 17, 3 pm in the MAC
Sunday December 24 Worship services:
There will be four worship services that day. 11 am, 5 pm, 7 pm, 11 pm

Living Lord’s Supper Drama:
Everyone in worship heard Chuck and Pam Morgan invite the church into a “new thing” this coming Easter. They would like to put on a Living Lord’s Supper drama based on the famous da Vinci painting on Holy Thursday during Holy Week the last week of March. The Morgan’s are looking for folks willing to be the characters in the Living Lord’s Supper, set design, etc…if you would like to participate in this please contact Pam Morgan pgail49@gmail.com

Hurricane Response Team(s)
If you live in Florida or have friends or family or a church home in Florida who has been affected by the hurricanes, would you talk to them and let me know if there is a specific need a basic Church Mission team might tackle in a short term trip. We are still looking for a connection to pursue.

Critical Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)
Remember to volunteer to help for “A Night to Shine” - the Tim Tebow Foundation Prom dinner/dance for people with special needs February 9 in our MAC. We also need communion servers to serve Holy Communion to our home bounds - you serve the same person(s) once a month on your schedule. Please help our growing team of servers bring God’s Grace to our members who can no longer come to the Table - help us take the Table to them! We also need two more people to serve in the video recording chair under Robbie Turner’s guidance at the 11 am worship service. This needs to be a rotation of four people - you will rotate through once per month. Robbie will train you. This role prepares the video that is given to Windstream for cable TV. If you wish to simply know more about either role, please contact Pastor Mark by email at firstumcpastor@windstream.net Please pray about this - both roles are critical!

Pray without Ceasing for:
Those who do not yet really know Jesus (yet)
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie at home with failing kidneys - no dialysis
Alex & Pat Box - going to be released to go home in the next few weeks!
Nancy Joyce - brother in Pittsburgh - hospitalized from heart attack (continue to pray for Nancy’s Mother - Gloria Mason)
Mike Cloyd - heart cath placed one stent - on way back home
Helen Owenby - recovering at assisted living facility from stress fractures
Phil Sallings - Heart cath clear, had procedure yesterday to at Atlanta Piedmont to replace existing pacemaker - procedure went well.
Joyce Byers sister (Martha) - in Gainesville ICU from fall - hit head.
Debbie Steed - surgical procedure December 13
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer)
Greg Lane - procedure today to help minimie pain in back
Rod Johnson - MRI on Friday to troubleshoot vision problems
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam & Tommy Ackerman - 9 yr old granddaughter (Katelyn) lumbar surgery went well - recovering.
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Diane & Bill Kolb’s daughter (Trish Wilkes) - recovering at home
Mitzi Gasaway - cousin in TX diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Susan & Walt Forrester’s brother in law - pancreatic cancer Dec 7 surgery
Ray Norwood - was at church Sunday! Woo! Hoo!
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) healing at home from cancer related procedure
Manon Thompson — will be discharged to home tomorrow Woo! Hoo!
Kelly Schuknecht’s sister’s family - two nieces with major health concerns - but the good news this week is Molly was released from the hospital. Woo! Hoo!
Mike Brandenburg - completing antibiotic treatment at home
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Janice Boland Nephew (Trevor) - brain trauma - home now . Woo! Hoo!
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Larry Culpepper’s sister (Joyce Hampton) - serious illness
Claudia Deprez - goods test results in months ahead
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Finance

The treasure chests will stay out to receive your 2018
“Estimate of Giving Cards.” Blank card’s are now at the MAC desk and Narthex desk. We will send out “Thank Yous” after Christmas when we open the treasure chests.

……………………….Received……………….YTD Received
December 3rd…….$ 24,885…………………………$1,016,400

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

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