FUMC Words for Wednesday: 08-05-2020

Drive Thru Communion and Other Opportunities
This Sunday, August 9, at 6 pm, Rev. Mike Cloyd and I will be serving drive thru communion under the MAC portico. Join us for worship online this Sunday at 9:30 am or 11:15 am (or any time after) for the words of the liturgy and then come and receive the bread and cup that evening at 6 pm. We will be here until the later of 7 pm or until the last car is served. We will have a gluten-free option.
To our protocol guidelines, we have added the opportunity for small groups of 10 or less to meet in the Fellowship Hall or Youth Room with social distancing and masks and reservations 7 days in advance when Union County is in orange or better on the globalepidemics.org website. Also, we will continue to have curbside service from the office door when in red.
Check out our Spotlight on Ministry below for a small group that has found new opportunities and joy in meeting online.
See you Sunday night (for real),
Don
Status of Union County today is: RED
(see below how this impacts us)
Re-opening Plan
Our reopening task force has worked and are continuing to work hard to plan a phased reopening and guidelines that will allow us to reopen safely and responsibly. We appreciate your support and your patience. Below you can read information about our four phase reopening plan.
Our phases of re-opening are based on hard data from the website
www.globalepidemics.org. This site has a color-coded map based on
a 7-day rolling average of new daily cases in each county.
TO FIND THE CURRENT COVID - 19 RISK LEVEL FOR UNION COUNTY GO TO www.globalepidemics.org CLICK ON GEORGIA
THEN MOVE CURSOR TO UNION COUNTY
 If Union County is RED, we will return to full building closure. Curbside service will remain available at the office door from 9 am - noon. Outdoor areas will be closed to all groups.
If we are ORANGE, the church office will continue to be open. Church Sanctuary will be open for prayer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am - noon. Fellowship Hall and Youth room will be available for use by small groups of 10 or less with social distancing and masks by reservation 7 days in advance. Outdoor areas will be available to groups by reservation through the church office 3 days in advance.
If we are YELLOW, we will hold in-person worship in the MAC with social
distancing and masks and a limited order of worship. Fellowship Hall and
Youth room will be available for use by small groups of 25 or less with social
distancing and masks by reservation 7 days in advance.
· If we are GREEN, we will begin to open other parts of the building to groups
with social distancing and other safety restrictions if needed.
Any worship decisions will be made by
Thursday at noon prior to Sunday.
Please Note!  This will take the guesswork out of our decisions to move forward or to reverse our course. Our priority is to make the best decisions for the health of our congregation. This will also make our process observable by the congregation and the community.
Women’s Bible Study
DIG A LITTLE DEEPER each Wednesday as ladies together study God’s Word, pray and make new and lasting friendships by connecting virtually through ZOOM. Our first week of Zooming our Bible study was “scary” as no one knew what to expect: would we actually be able to connect, what about power outages in spring storms, or worse - hackers. Nine weeks later we are still meeting online, and we are growing in God’s grace and connecting with each other.
Yes, we still can have the unexpected technology problems but we all love meeting together each week. Another scary thing was we have always used professional DVD studies in our Wednesday morning studies at the church and now we did not have that capability. We now had to just study God’s Word and wait on Him to be our guide. It has taught each of us that we are all capable to dig deeper into God’s Word and grow spiritually as a result.
We have decided to continue to use Zoom as there are tons of advantages. You can join from wherever you have internet connection: the park, your patio, vacation in Idaho or live in another state or city as we have ladies from Florida and Illinois. Others have joined while camping or recovering at home from surgery. One of the great advantages is you don’t have to get all dressed up; you just come as you are and you can even bring your coffee and roll to munch on just as long as you don’t zoom the roll! AND your family can still have the car. You can mute and unmute yourself so home life continues normally in the background. You don’t have to be a computer nerd! Just push that small button on your electronic device! We can do this!
OK, so here is what you need to do to join this exciting adventure.
1. Have a smart phone, computer or electronic pad and internet connection
2. Contact the coordinator: doris_eshelman@gmail.com to let her know you want to join. She will send you the connecting link to the Zoom Chat Room and email the study guide questions.
3. Sign into Zoom a few minutes before 10:30 a.m. and wait to be checked in (Waiting room is for security)
The ladies would love to have you join our study group beginning Wednesday, August 12, at 10:30 a.m. Our study will be 1 Peter, Chapter 1. We meet from 10:30 -11:45 a.m.
We are collecting food items for the county food pantry. Specifically we need peanut butter and jelly for the pantry. There will be a cart under the MAC portico during office hours where you may drop off these food items.
CEC’s first day is Wednesday, September 9th.
Parent/Student Meet and Greet with Teachers will be for the:
2’s - Tuesday, Sept. 1st 6:30 - 7:30 pm
3’s - Wednesday, Sept. 2nd 6:30 - 7:30 pm
4’s - Thursday, Sept. 3rd 6:30 - 7:30 pm
The church office is open during the week between the hours are 9 am till noon. Curbside service outside the office door is available within the above hours.
PRAYER QUILT MINISTRY
Since we are not able during this challenging time to ask you to stop by the Chapel to pray and tie knots on our prayer quilts, we have a temporary alternative plan to continue this important ministry.
When a request comes in to us for a prayer quilt, we will list the specific information about the recipient here in our weekly newsletter. Then we prayerfully and urgently ask you to stop and take a few minutes to offer prayers for the name(s) listed. Prayers are powerful no matter how offered! Knots on the quilts still will be tied by friends and family on the other end of the journey and will give the recipient further support and thankfulness.
This week we have four requests:
Jason H, Ratz - age 39, electrocuted. He fell 25 ft. down breaking his clavicle and several vertebrae and ribs. His hands were also severely burned. He not only needs prayers for physical healing, but, also for spiritual healing;. He believes that God spared his life and said he would return to church/ return to God.
Kristin Forrest (Tom & Dee Heuker’s daughter) - Liver cancer; having surgery this Thursday, July 30 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, to remove the tumor. Also prayers for her family and young child.
Avery Cartwright - 15 month old boy. Has been on our prayer list for a while. Update: he had 2 tumors removed and is currently taking chemotherapy. He is the child of a friend of Emily and Will Stafford.
Sonya Cristofaro – needs prayers for healing and comfort. She was thrown off a horse and has a fractured sacrum, a brain bruise and some internal related issues.
Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
For any questions or information, please call Margaret Frizzell 706-745-3197.
2020 “Backpack To School” Update!
We are still collecting financial donations to help with purchasing needed school supplies for the children this year.
Backpacks will be distributed to the Union County students on Thursday, August 13th.
1 - Ray Berggreen, Terrie Brown, Courtney Bruce 3- Marilyn Salling 4 - Jeanne Tallent 7 - Paula Myers, Diana Rich, Bob Taylor 8 - Gail McGuire, Roy Whitelock 10 - Kyler Robbins, Maybelle Stamper 11 - Camille Higginbotham 12 - Linda McAfee 13 - Lisa Gurley, Mike Plott 14 - David Cline, Gene Hodgson, Ava, Carlyn and Jillian Turner 15 - Katie Mashburn, Kim Tatman 17 - Jacob Clements, Eleanor Lee 18 - Wyatt Chandler, Leslie Hauschild, Lisa Wilson 19 - Randy Carrier, Pauline Taylor 22 - Ingrid Engle, Jean Rogers 23 - Charlotte Thompson 24 - Mary Carol Akins 25 - Roy Hamby, Alysia Hargus, Keri Young 26 - Evan Bryan, Colby Ives, Kem Stephens 27 - Jim Norman 28 - Mel Crask 29 - Jimmy Tallent, 30 - Anna Stone 31 - Bob Lander, Joan Shaw, Kristi Tornabene
Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our members may be experiencing. Thank you! You can contact our Director of Pastoral Care, Rev. Mike Cloyd at blairsvillefumcmike@gmail.com or call the church office @ 706-745-2073.
HAPPY NEWS !
Evelyn ( and husband David) are the proud new grandparents to grandkid #5 - Chase Ueltzen. He was born on Friday, July 31st in North Carolina. Grandmother and baby are getting along just fine. 🙂
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office or Mike Cloyd of any changes. With us not gathering right now, we don’t always hear the latest.
GENERAL:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
  • Our healthcare workers and first responders who are working on the frontlines of COVID-19
  • School systems as they try to make plans for the fall following new guidelines they will be asked to put in place
  • Our military families
  • The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
  • Our Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
  • Our Church staff team and their extended families
  • All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
SPECIFIC:
  • Jan Boland’s grandson’s fiance’s sister’s son, Remington - has water on the brain and is in serious condition
  • Margie Bowron - general health
  • Dennis Bradley’s sister Janet- suffering frim facial pain
  • Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer, nephew Luke in need of back surgery & financing
  • Joyce Byers - needs to make decision regarding severe back pain
  • Joyce Byers’ brother-in-law James - in ICU with possible heart attack
  • Scott Carter - mother passed away
  • Avery Cartwright - 1 year old who had 2 tumors removed and is on chemo treatments
  • Sonya Cristofaro- healing from a broken pelvis
  • Larry Culpepper’s sister - in a nursing home
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom - health concerns
  • Claudia de Prez- some lymph nodes showing concerns
  • Jesse Eady - kidney issues
  • Faye Eubanks - had successful hip surgery
  • Cathy Flood’s friend Liz - having lung surgery
  • Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - continued treatments for colon cancer
  • Deidra Gilbert’s mom- healing from broken hip; in Hospice care
  • Gwen Graphman’s father (George Green) died last Thursday
  • Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
  • Billy Hendrick’s son Will has COVID-19 as well as his son’s mother in law Diane Keen
  • Tom/Dee Heuker’s daugher Kristen - had surgery that went well
  • Kathy Heyer - heart issues
  • Sue Hill - recovering from surgery
  • Gene Hodgson - heart catheterization in Atlanta yesterday
  • George Houdeshel - general health
  • Georgia Jestings’ cousin Bonnie and her daughter Charice and granddaughter Skyla were in a bad automobile accident. Moved to rehab. Still many health issues.
  • Miki Johnson (Laura Wilcher’s mom) - recovering from surgery
  • Kitty Jones - health concerns
  • Robin Lambert - diagnosed with aggresive breast cancer
  • Greg Lane - fell again, going to see neurologist
  • Tracy Mantell - health issues
  • Baby Marianne - health improving, tubes removed, home soon
  • Tom Maryscuk - recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • Judy McCorkle - liver failing
  • Roger McGlen - upcoming gall bladder surgery
  • Gail McGuire - successful carpal tunnel surgery
  • Carol Mercer - general health
  • Paula Myers - recovering from knee surgery
  • Alice Neal - health issues, no diagnosis yet
  • Ray Norwood - health issues
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother Letha Hicks - back in Legacy Memory Care Facility in Thomasville under hospice care
  • Jeannie PIckerill - severe back pain
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
  • Delores Richards - on hospice care
  • Margie Richards - on dialysis
  • Billie Roach - severe edema in both legs
  • Larry Rosenberry - knee replacement surgery on August 11th
  • Shirley Smith - good report from her doctor
  • Hugh Stone -recovering from heart surgery
  • Bob Taylor - transferred to Chatuge Nursing Home
  • Ron/Pauline Taylor’s son Ronnie - has a tumor
  • Janice Taylor’s husband Rob Taylor- recently diagnosed with leukemia, having treatments
  • Heidi Ueltzen - cancer is in remission
  • Lynn Varian’s pregnant granddaughter Sydneygave birth to healthy baby
  • John Vogeley - had a heart valve procedure, but did not have to have his foot amputated
  • Carol Warren – chronic back issues
  • Lee and Cindy Weitzel’s son Nick - kidney and thyroid health complications
  • Ursula Whitelock - recovering from succewssful hip surgery
  • Sharon Willits - general health
  • Lisa Wilson’s friend Jason - electrical accident, many broken bones and burns
  • Sam Wilson - blood clot in leg; home now on blood thinners
If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving, it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.
A Note from Your Finance Team
THANK YOU!!!
………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
August 2nd…….. $15,336…………………$568,496
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

FUMC Words for Wednesday: 07-29-2020

7-29-2020 FUMC Words for Wednesday
“The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!” –
2 Corinthians 5:17 (Common English Bible)
Good Wednesday Church,
I hope this finds you safe and well. As the summer ends and the school year draws near, a new year of ministry like no other we’ve known is starting up. Even so, you have continued to be in ministry during the past few months even in the midst of the pandemic. Thank you for continuing to be the church and finding new ways to be in ministry.
We (or at least I) have been working with the idea that things will return to “normal” sooner rather than later. However, it seems obvious now that is not going to be the case. So, as we begin this new year of ministry together and yet sometimes apart, continue to think of new ways your ministry will work in the world in which we find ourselves.
Beginning today, each issue of the Words will include a ministry spotlight. Let’s celebrate as God continues to work among and through us in new ways. Sharing a new approach may give others ideas for their ministries. A few ministries have changed only slightly. Others are working in completely new ways. Two examples are noted below, the firewood ministry and the quilting ministry.  Share your ministry and the new ways you are going about the work of the kingdom with the church office and we will include it in a future issue.
As I noted at worship on Sunday, self-contained communion kits are on the way and we will schedule drive thru communion once they arrive. In a few weeks, the pastor’s Bible study will resume as well, inside or outside.
Also, don’t forget your small group (up to 25) can currently meet outside on campus. Call the church office to make a reservation 3 days in advance for the MAC portico or “under the big tree.”
Finally, the Relaunch Team has released an important guide for our reopening. Part of the document is found below. The entirety will be on the website soon. As noted, this guide will take the guesswork out of moving forward or taking a step back depending on the most current risk level in Union County. Decisions about on-campus ministry, including in-person worship and small groups (inside and out), will be based on the guidance here.  Decisions about in-person worship for the upcoming Sunday will be made by noon on Thursday and communicated either here in the Words or in a separate email on Thursday. With the risk level currently at (very) orange, our worship this Sunday, August 2, will be online only.
Church, as The Bauman Family shared on Sunday, “Keep On.” Keep on being the church. Keep on finding new ways to be in ministry. Keep on loving. Keep on praying. Keep on wearing a mask in public. Keep on.
Peace.
Don
Re-opening Plan
Our reopening task force has worked and are continuing to work hard to plan a phased reopening and guidelines that will allow us to reopen safely and responsibly. We appreciate your support and your patience. Below you can read information about our four phase reopening plan.
Our phases of re-opening are based on hard data from the website
www.globalepidemics.org. This site has a color-coded map based on
a 7-day rolling average of new daily cases in each county.
TO FIND THE CURRENT COVID - 19 RISK LEVEL FOR UNION COUNTY GO TO www.globalepidemics.org CLICK ON GEORGIA
THEN MOVE CURSOR TO UNION COUNTY
 If Union County is RED, we will return to full closure. Staff will work from
home and outdoor areas will be closed to all groups.
· If we are ORANGE, the church office (only) will be open 9am - noon,
   Monday thru Friday. Church Sanctuary will be open for prayer on Tuesdays
   and Thursdays from 9am - noon. Outdoor areas will be available to groups
   by reservation through the church office 3 days in advance.
· If we are YELLOW, we will hold in-person worship in the MAC with social
distancing and masks and a limited order of worship. Fellowship Hall and
Youth room will be available for use by small groups of 25 or less with social
distancing and masks by reservation 7 days in advance.
· If we are GREEN, we will begin to open other parts of the building to groups
with social distancing and other safety restrictions if needed.
Any worship decisions will be made by
Thursday at noon prior to Sunday.
Please Note!  This will take the guesswork out of our decisions to move forward or to reverse our course. Our priority is to make the best decisions for the health of our congregation. This will also make our process observable by the congregation and the community.
FIREWOOD MINISTRY
During the pandemic, the firewood ministry has continued to meet and serve the
community. Beyond the usual safety measures, the group has kept social distance and worn masks as appropriate during this time. The ministry is a joint effort with Antioch Baptist Church and meets on the third Thursday of every month and at other times as scheduled. The ministry provides firewood for those in our community who cook using wood throughout the year and heat their homes when it is colder. Many thanks to the firewood ministry for continuing to be the church!
We’re Back!
The Morning Glory Circle membership is holding their regular monthly meeting next Wednesdsay, August 5th at 10 am. We will meet under the MAC portico and keep to socially distancing. If you are well and are comfortable with being around others, we’d love to see you.
CEC’s first day is Wednesday, September 9th.
Parent/Student Meet and Greet with Teachers will be for the:
2’s - Tuesday, Sept. 1st 6:30 - 7:30 pm
3’s - Wednesday, Sept. 2nd 6:30 - 7:30 pm
4’s - Thursday, Sept. 3rd 6:30 - 7:30 pm
The Men’s Bible Study will be taking a summer break during the month of July picking back up with study next Tuesday, August 4 at 10:00 am.
The church office is open during the week between the hours are 9 am till noon. Curbside service outside the office door is available within the above hours.
PRAYER QUILT MINISTRY
Since we are not able during this challenging time to ask you to stop by the Chapel to pray and tie knots on our prayer quilts, we have a temporary alternative plan to continue this important ministry.
When a request comes in to us for a prayer quilt, we will list the specific information about the recipient here in our weekly newsletter. Then we prayerfully and urgently ask you to stop and take a few minutes to offer prayers for the name(s) listed. Prayers are powerful no matter how offered! Knots on the quilts still will be tied by friends and family on the other end of the journey and will give the recipient further support and thankfulness.
This week we have two requests:
Jason H, Ratz - age 39, electrocuted. He fell 25 ft. down breaking his clavicle and several vertebrae and ribs. His hands were also severely burned. He not only needs prayers for physical healing, but, also for spiritual healing;. He believes that God spared his life and said he would return to church/ return to God.
Kristin Forrest (Tom & Dee Heuker’s daughter) - Liver cancer; having surgery this Thursday, July 30 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, to remove the tumor. Also prayers for her family and young child.
Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
For any questions or information, please call Margaret Frizzell 706-745-3197.
2020 “Backpack To School” Update!
We are still collecting financial donations to help with purchasing needed school supplies for the children this year.
Backpacks will be distributed to the Union County students on Thursday, August 13th.
OASIS Fall Session Cancelled!
We will now focus on preparation for Winter 2021. The plans are to begin on Thursday, January 7, 2021. Pray without ceasing!
“God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
1 - Ray Berggreen, Terrie Brown, Courtney Bruce 3- Marilyn Salling 4 - Jeanne Tallent 7 - Paula Myers, Diana Rich, Bob Taylor 8 - Gail McGuire, Roy Whitelock 10 - Kyler Robbins, Maybelle Stamper 11 - Camille Higginbotham 12 - Linda McAfee 13 - Lisa Gurley, Mike Plott 14 - David Cline, Gene Hodgson, Ava, Carlyn and Jillian Turner 15 - Katie Mashburn, Kim Tatman 17 - Jacob Clements, Eleanor Lee 18 - Wyatt Chandler, Leslie Hauschild, Lisa Wilson 19 - Randy Carrier, Pauline Taylor 22 - Ingrid Engle, Jean Rogers 23 - Charlotte Thompson 24 - Mary Carol Akins 25 - Roy Hamby, Alysia Hargus, Keri Young 26 - Evan Bryan, Colby Ives, Kem Stephens 27 - Jim Norman 28 - Mel Crask 29 - Jimmy Tallent, 30 - Anna Stone 31 - Bob Lander, Joan Shaw, Kristi Tornabene
Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our members may be experiencing. Thank you! You can contact our Director of Pastoral Care, Rev. Mike Cloyd at blairsvillefumcmike@gmail.com or call the church office @ 706-745-2073.
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office or Mike Cloyd of any changes. With us not gathering right now, we don’t always hear the latest.
GENERAL:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
  • Our healthcare workers and first responders who are working on the frontlines of COVID-19
  • School systems as they try to make plans for the fall following new guidelines they will be asked to put in place
  • Our military families
  • The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
  • Our Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
  • Our Church staff team and their extended families
  • All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
SPECIFIC:
  • Avery - 10 month old who has a tumor in her stomach and head
  • Jan Boland’s grandson’s fiance’s sister’s son, Remington - has water on the brain and is in serious condition
  • Margie Bowron - general health
  • Dennis Bradley’s sister Janet- suffering frim facial pain
  • Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer, nephew Luke in need of back surgery & financing
  • Sonya Cristofaro- healing from a broken back
  • Larry Culpepper’s sister - in a nursing home
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom - health concerns
  • Claudia de Prez- some lymph nodes showing concerns
  • Jesse Eady - kidney issues
  • Faye Eubanks - hip surgery scheduled for July 30th
  • Cathy Flood’s friend Liz - having lung surgery
  • Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - continued treatments for colon cancer
  • Deidra Gilbert’s mom- healing from broken hip
  • Gwen Graphman’s father (George Green) died last Thursday
  • Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
  • Billy Hendrick’s son Will has COVID-19 as well as his son’s mother in law Diane Keen
  • Tom/Dee Heuker’s daugher Kristen-will have surgery on July 30th
  • Kathy Heyer - heart issues
  • Sue Hill - recovering from surgery
  • George Houdeshel - general health
  • Georgia Jestings’ cousin Bonnie and her daughter Charice and granddaughter Skyla were in a bad automobile accident. Moved to rehab. Still many health issues.
  • Miki Johnson (Laura Wilcher’s mom) - recovering from surgery
  • Kitty Jones - health concerns
  • Robin Lambert - diagnosed with aggresive breast cancer
  • Greg Lane - fell again, going to see neurologist
  • Tracy Mantell - health issues
  • Baby Marianne - health improving, tubes removed, home soon
  • Tom Maryscuk - recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • Judy McCorkle - liver failing
  • Roger McGlen - upcoming gall bladder surgery
  • Gail McGuire - successful carpal tunnel surgery
  • Carol Mercer - general health
  • Paula Myers - recovering from knee surgery
  • Alice Neal - health issues, no diagnosis yet
  • Ray Norwood - health issues
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother Letha Hicks - back in Legacy Memory Care Facility in Thomasville under hospice care
  • Jeannie PIckerill - severe back pain
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
  • Delores Richards - on hospice care
  • Margie Richards - on dialysis
  • Billie Roach - severe edema in both legs
  • Larry Rosenberry - knee replacement surgery on August 11th
  • Shirley Smith - good report from her doctor
  • Hugh Stone -recovering from heart surgery this past Monday
  • Bob Taylor - transferred to Chatuge Nursing Home
  • Ron/Pauline Taylor’s son Ronnie - has a tumor
  • Janice Taylor’s husband Rob Taylor- recently diagnosed with leukemia, having treatments
  • Lynn Varian’s pregnant granddaughter Sydneygave birth to healthy baby
  • John Vogeley - had a heart valve procedure, but did not have to have his foot amputated
  • Carol Warren – chronic back issues
  • Lee and Cindy Weitzel’s son Nick - kidney and thyroid health complications
  • Ursula Whitelock - recovering from succewssful hip surgery
  • Sharon Willits - general health
  • Lisa Wilson’s friend Jason - electrical accident, many broken bones and burns
If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving, it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.
A Note from Your Finance Team
THANK YOU!!!
………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
July 5…………….. $24,868……………….$499,040
July 12…………… $23,364……………….$522,405
July 19…………….$16,327…..…………..$538,732
July 26…………….$14,428…..…………..$553,160
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
STAY CONNECTED
 First United Methodist Church of Union County
938 Highway 515 Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(706) 745 2073
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
      We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation!

FUMC Words for Wednesday: 07-22-2020

Dear Church,
The following was received this week and thought it pertinent for your understanding of where we are right now. Please continue prayers for us to make sound, safe decisions for all of us…..
Dear North Georgia United Methodists,
Last week Governor Kemp extended Georgia’s Public Health State of Emergency and has banned gatherings of more than 50 people unless there is at least 6 feet of space between each person. (Read all executive orders at https://gov.georgia.gov/executive-action/executive-orders/2020-executive-orders
We know that many of you have worked for weeks developing a plan for how to gather for in-person worship.
In light of the dramatic increases in COVID-19 throughout our region, we encourage you to review your plan considering these rising numbers. Churches in areas with rapidly increasing cases should prayerfully consider pausing plans to gather in-person until the numbers go down. Those in doubt should err on the side of safety.
The website globalepidemics.org offers a county-level risk assessment. We urge you not to gather if your county is red or orange-level risk and to take extreme care where there is a yellow-level risk.
We encourage and support you:
  • If you have resumed in-person worship, but because of an increase of cases in your area you feel you need to pause and return to online worship.
  • If you are considering gathering in person in July but feel you need to delay reopening.
  • If you plan on focusing on online worship and stewardship for the foreseeable future.
For churches that are planning on gathering in-person for worship, we emphasize that congregational singing is extremely dangerous and that choirs should not be part of worship at this time. We reiterate the guidelines we have released (https://www.ngumc.org/guidelines-and-consideration-for-in-person-worship). Three variables to consider are:
  • People: Confidence that members will be disciplined about social distancing (from car, to entering, to exiting, to return to car), wearing masks, and hand hygiene. Reports indicate that this might be the most critical variable.
  • Place: The size and configuration of the space. Note that for many churches 25 or fewer is a safer number.
  • Things: Availability of supplies (masks/hand sanitizer).
Inside gatherings of any size should be held only where the demographics, facilities, and the actual practices of members can reasonably mitigate the spread of the virus. If you want to talk this over with someone, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your District Superintendent or Conference Staff.
Our prayers are with you as we navigate how to share God’s love in the communities we serve in ever-changing circumstances.
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson
The Extended Cabinet of the North Georgia Conference
We’re Back!
The Morning Glory Circle membership is holding their regular monthly meeting on Wednesdsay, August 5th at 10 am. We will meet under the MAC portico and keep to socially distancing. If you are well and are comfortable with being around others, we’d love to see you.
CEC’s first day is Wednesday, September 9th.
The Men’s Bible Study will be taking a summer break during the month of July picking back up with study on Tuesday, August 4 at 10:00 am.
We are meeting together on Zoom each Wednesday morning at 10:30 am. If you are interested in joining the study, email Doris Eshelman at doris.eshelman@gmail.com to get Zoom meeting details.
The church office is open during the week between the hours are 9 am till noon. Curbside service outside the office door is available within the above hours.
PLEASE do not drop off any clothes, mattresses, or electronics at the annex. These have recently been found in there, and it causes our ladies to have to pack them up and take them elsewhere.We are not collecting anything at this time. Thank you.
2020 “Backpack To School” Update!
Church family… I wanted to give you some information concerning this year’s Backpack 2 School event!
  • We WILL be helping any student that needs backpacks and school supplies, get what they need!!!!!!
  • We Will NOT be holding our large event at FUMC this year. We are very sad about not having the 5th Annual Backpack 2 School at FUMC this year, but there are so many uncertainties at this point.
  • We WILL be working closely with Family Connections on prepacking backpacks with supplies and any previous participant will be contacted…
  • HOW YOU CAN HELP? Financially is the best way this year! As much as I LOVE to shop for school supplies, that is not prudent and we do not want you to either. It cost about $20.00 to purchase and fill a backpack. so ANY amount will help!!! Please mark checks, “Backpacks”
  •  We also felt it was not thoughtful to ask smaller churches to collect this year, as many are facing their own challenges,
SO FUMC… we are counting on you BIG this year! We have already had some of our local community donors commit financially also!
Many thanks to ALL of you who have committed to this event in the past and pray that under our current circumstances we will be able to meet the needs of all the children this school year.
Much Love,
Tricia Wallace
229-402-9361
OASIS Fall Session Cancelled!
After discussion with our OASIS Leadership Team we have decided that with the current circumstances it would be best to cancel our upcoming Fall Session. With so much of our programming being “up close” we felt it would be impossible to offer the true OASIS experience and keep with the current “distancing guidelines”. We will now focus on preparation for Winter 2021. The plans are to begin on Thursday, January 7, 2021. Pray without ceasing!
“God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our members may be experiencing. Thank you! You can contact our Director of Pastoral Care, Rev. Mike Cloyd at blairsvillefumcmike@gmail.com or call the church office @ 706-745-2073.
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office or Mike Cloyd of any changes. With us not gathering right now, we don’t always hear the latest.
GENERAL:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
  • Our healthcare workers and first responders who are working on the frontlines of COVID-19
  • School systems as they try to make plans for the fall following new guidelines they will be asked to put in place
  • Our military families
  • The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
  • Our Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
  • Our Church staff team and their extended families
  • All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
SPECIFIC:
  • Avery - 10 month old who has a tumor in her stomach and head
  • Jan Boland’s grandson’s fiance’s sister’s son, Remington - has water on the brain and is in serious condition
  • Dennis Bradley’s sister Janet- suffering frim facial pain
  • Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer, nephew Luke in need of back surgery & financing
  • Larry Culpepper’s sister - in a nursing home
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom - health concerns
  • Claudia de Prez- some lymph nodes showing concerns
  • Jesse Eady - kidney issues
  • Faye Eubanks - hip surgery scheduled for July 30th
  • Cathy Flood’s friend Liz - having lung surgery
  • Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - continued treatments for colon cancer
  • Deidra Gilbert’s mom- healing from broken hip
  • Gwen Graphman’s father (George Green) died last Thursday
  • Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
  • Billy Hendrick’s son Will has COVID-19 as well as his son’s mother in law Diane Keen
  • Tom/Dee Heuker’s daugher Kristen-will have surgery on July 30th
  • Kathy Heyer - heart issues
  • Sue Hill - recovering from surgery
  • George Houdeshel - general health
  • Georgia Jestings’ cousin Bonnie and her daughter Charice and granddaughter Skyla were in a bad automobile accident. Moved to rehab or long term care. Still many health issues.
  • Miki Johnson (Laura Wilcher’s mom) - recovering from surgery
  • Kitty Jones - health concerns
  • Robin Lambert - diagnosed with aggresive breast cancer
  • Greg Lane - fell again, going to see neurologist
  • Tracy Mantell - health issues
  • Baby Marianne - health improving, tubes removed, home soon
  • Tom Maryscuk - recovering from rotator cuff surgery
  • Judy McCorkle - liver failing
  • Roger McGlen - upcoming gall bladder surgery
  • Carol Mercer - general health
  • Paula Myers - recovering from knee surgery
  • Alice Neal - health issues, no diagnosis yet
  • Ray Norwood - health issues
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother Letha Hicks - back in Legacy Memory Care Facility in Thomasville under hospice care
  • Jeannie PIckerill - severe back pain
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
  • Delores Richards - on hospice care
  • Margie Richards - on dialysis
  • Billie Roach - severe edema in both legs
  • Larry Rosenberry - knee replacement surgery on August 11th
  • Bob Taylor - transferred to Chatuge Nursing Home
  • Ron/Pauline Taylor’s son Ronnie - has a tumor
  • Janice Taylor’s husband Rob Taylor- recently diagnosed with leukemia, having treatments
  • Lynn Varian’s pregnant granddaughter Sydneygave birth to healthy baby
  • John Vogeley - had a heart valve procedure, but did not have to have his feet amputated
  • Carol Warren – chronic back issues
  • Lee and Cindy Weitzel’s son Nick - kidney and thyroid health complications
  • Sharon Willits - general health
If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving, it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.
A Note from Your Finance Team
THANK YOU!!!
………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
July 5…………….. $24,868……………….$499,040
July 12…………… $23,364……………….$522,405
July 19…………….$16,327…..…………..$538,732

FUMC Words for Wednesday: 7-08-2020

7-8-2020 FUMC Words for Wednesday
“Thankful Hearts”
in the Midst of Our Circumstances?
Got home from the fireworks Saturday night in time to catch the end of the movie “The Pride of the Yankees”. The story of Lou Gehrig. Being a baseball fan I love the old baseball movies. This movie is always shown on July 4th.
Lou Gehrig was the first baseman for the New York Yankees for 17 seasons from 1923 until 1939. Because he played in 2,137 consecutive games, he was given the nickname “The Iron Horse”. His consecutive games streak came to an end on May 2, 1939, when he removed himself from a game after a poor start that was caused by this mysterious neuromuscular disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS. Tricia and I recently lost a good friend to ALS… which is today called Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Growing up, the only thing I really knew about Lou Gehrig, besides he being stricken with this disease, was that on July 4, 1939 the day he retired, he gave one of the most memorable speeches in the history of sports. Standing at home plate in Yankee Stadium already knowing that he had a disease that would soon take his life, Gehrig began his speech by saying those iconic words most people know so well. “Today I consider myself to be the luckiest man on the face of the earth”. Then he went on to thank all the venders, the ticket takers, the groundskeepers, the people who normally didn’t get any of the applause, and finally he thanked members of his family. I believe the reason that this speech is still familiar to so many today, 81 years later, is that Gehrig’s words of gratitude that day came from a man whose heart could have been filled with bitterness.
The Bible teaches us that one of the keys to success and happiness in this life is a thankful heart. I read recently one Pastor’s description of how blind we can be to our blessings. He put it this way…“We go to restaurants where people cook for us and serve us and if we think they are too slow we get irritated (guilty). We drive our nice cars into our covered garages and go into our climate controlled houses and turn on the TV with our 150 channels and there is nothing to watch. Then we open our full refrigerators and there is nothing to eat… Then we go look into our full closets and find that there is nothing to wear.”
It is our sin nature that causes us to be blinded to what we have. But the Lord calls us to give thanks! And when we become thankful people it changes us. Being thankful opens the door for us to enjoy all that He has for us and opens our eyes to His great faithfulness. With a thankful heart even in difficult times we can have confidence that He is good and that He is working in us in the midst of our circumstances. Need something to be thankful for today? Try these promises…
· I know the plans I have for you…
· Seek Me with all your heart and you will find Me…
· Everyday of your life was written in My book before a single one came to pass…
· If you trust in Me with all your heart, I will direct your path…
· I am the Lord your God who teaches what is best for you and directs you…
· Those who believe in Me will never die…
· We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus who gives us strength…
· We know that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord…
· He who began a good work in you will see it unto completion…
· We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength!
Remember these words from Paul written from a jail cell… “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”   Colossians 2
 Press on, Stan
Thank you, Stan, for sharing a good word with us this Wednesday. Also, thanks to the Engle Family for helping us welcome the community to campus for the fireworks this past weekend. Have a blessed week church!
See you Sunday,
Don
Worship… Sunday, July 12th
9:30 Contemporary in the MAC
11:15 Traditional in the MAC
  • Parking every other space, special parking for elderly
  • Masks are to be worn
  • Social distancing applies with no contact greeting
  • Everything will be sanitized before, between and after services
  • Bathrooms will be open for emergencies only, 1 person at a time
  • Services will continue to be streamed online at 9:30 and 11 am
Our worship services are being broadcast on our Youtube channel under our name. You may also find it on our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com) and click on the link.
The Men’s Bible Study will be taking a summer break during the month of July picking back up with study on Tuesday, August 4 at 10:00 am, maybe in our classroom M-7 of the MAC. If not, we will meet under the portico or via Skype or Zoom, depending on circumstances with COVID 19. Hope to see you in Bible Study. - Rev. Chuck Morgan, Retired
We are meeting together on Zoom each Wednesday morning at 10:30 am. If you are interested in joining the study, email Doris Eshelman at doris.eshelman@gmail.com to get Zoom meeting details.
The church office has reopened. Hours are 9 am till noon. This does NOT include the MAC or the walking track.
A member is in need of a ride to take him to a doctor’s appointment at the VA in Dunwoody next Wednesday, July 15th. If you are willing, please contact the church office and we will put you in touch with the member.
2020 “Backpack To School” Update!
Church family… I wanted to give you some information concerning this year’s Backpack 2 School event!
  • We WILL be helping any student that needs backpacks and school supplies, get what they need!!!!!!
  • We Will NOT be holding our large event at FUMC this year. We are very sad about not having the 5th Annual Backpack 2 School at FUMC this year, but there are so many uncertainties at this point.
  • We WILL be working closely with Family Connections on prepacking backpacks with supplies and any previous participant will be contacted…
  • HOW YOU CAN HELP? Financially is the best way this year! As much as I LOVE to shop for school supplies, that is not prudent and we do not want you to either. It cost about $20.00 to purchase and fill a backpack. so ANY amount will help!!! Please mark checks, “Backpacks”
  •  We also felt it was not thoughtful to ask smaller churches to collect this year, as many are facing their own challenges,
SO FUMC… we are counting on you BIG this year! We have already had some of our local community donors commit financially also!
Many thanks to ALL of you who have committed to this event in the past and pray that under our current circumstances we will be able to meet the needs of all the children this school year.
Much Love,
Tricia Wallace
229-402-9361
OASIS Fall Session Cancelled!
After discussion with our OASIS Leadership Team we have decided that with the current circumstances it would be best to cancel our upcoming Fall Session. With so much of our programming being “up close” we felt it would be impossible to offer the true OASIS experience and keep with the current “distancing guidelines”. We will now focus on preparation for Winter 2021. The plans are to begin on Thursday, January 7, 2021. Pray without ceasing!
“God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our members may be experiencing. Thank you! You can contact our Director of Pastoral Care, Rev. Mike Cloyd at blairsvillefumcmike@gmail.com or call the church office @ 706-745-2073.
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office or Mike Cloyd of any changes. With us not gathering right now, we don’t always hear the latest.
GENERAL:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
  • Our healthcare workers and first responders who are working on the frontlines of COVID-19
  • School systems as they try to make plans for the fall following new guidelines they will be asked to put in place
  • Our military families
  • The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
  • Our Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
  • Our Church staff team and their extended families
  • All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
SPECIFIC:
  • Avery - 10 month old who has a tumor in her stomach and head
  • Clint Blackmon - pray cancer hasn’t spread while awaiting stem-cell harvest
  • Dennis Bradley’s sister Janet- suffering frim facial pain
  • Eva Breedlove - recovering from surgery
  • Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer, nephew Luke in need of back surgery & financing
  • Larry Culpepper’s sister - in a nursing home
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom - health concerns
  • Jesse Eady - kidney issues
  • Kristen Engler - healing
  • Faye Eubanks - hip surgery scheduled for July 30th
  • Steve Everman - home recovering from cellulitis
  • Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - continued treatments for colon cancer
  • Deidra Gilbert’s mom- healing from broken hip
  • Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
  • Jeff Henderson - flu and lung issue
  • Billy Hendrick’s niece Melanie Daniels recovering from COVID and another niece Kathi has been diagnosed with COVID
  • Kathy Heyer - heart issues
  • Camille Higginbotham - doing well
  • Sue Hill - recovering from surgery
  • George Houdeshel - general health
  • Georgia Jestings’ cousin Bonnie and her daughter Charice and granddaughter Skyla were in a bad automobile accident. Moved to rehab or long term care. Still many health issues.
  • Miki Johnson (Laura Wilcher’s mom) - recovering from surgery
  • Kitty Jones - upcoming PET scan
  • Robin Lambert - diagnosed with aggresive breast cancer
  • Katrina Laxton - having scan to see if she is in remission
  • Greg Lane - fell again, going to see neurologist
  • Ria Ledbetter’s brother and wife - tested positive for COVID-19
  • Robert & Jo Mantell - health issues
  • Judy McCorkle - liver failing
  • Roger McGlen - recovering from having a pacemaker put in Monday
  • Gail McGuire’s friend Ruth - admitted to hospice care
  • Carol Mercer - general health
  • Don Murphy - another heart spell
  • Paula Myers - recovering from knee surgery
  • Ray Norwood - health issues
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother Letha Hicks-in IMCU for dehydration, renal failure and low blood pressure
  • Jeannie PIckerill - severe back pain
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
  • Delores Richards - on hospice care
  • Margie Richards - on dialysis
  • Billie Roach - out of rehab, continuing recovery at home
  • Larry Rosenberry - hurt his knee, possible surgery
  • Carol Rogers’ grandson Chris - medical equipment specialist with armed forces now serving on frontline in New Jersey with COVID
  • J L Tanner - stroke following surgery
  • Bob Taylor - transferred to Chatuge Hospital for rehab
  • Glenda Taylor’s cousin Roynelle Simmons - COVID-19 in nursing home in FL
  • Ron/Pauline Taylor’s son Ronnie - has a tumor
  • Janice Taylor’s husband Rob Taylor- recently diagnosed with leukemia, having treatments
  • Lynn Varian’s pregnant daughter Sydney is having blood pressure issues and will have to be induced early
  • Carol Warren – chronic back issues
  • Lee and Cindy Weitzel’s son Nick - kidney and thyroid health complications
  • Sharon Willits - general health
If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving, it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.
A Note from Your Finance Team
THANK YOU!!!
………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
July 5…………….. $24,868……………….$499,040
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

Words for Wednesday: 07-01-2020

7-1-2020 FUMC Words for Wednesday
Many Thanks
Thank you for worshipping with us online or in person this past Sunday. It was great to see so many of you and to know so many others were online as well. As I haven’t done it in this space, I want to thank our Relaunch Team for their work over the past several weeks to help make in-person worship happen. They are:
Jennifer de la Montagne
Kenny Engle
Mitzi Gasaway
Chuck Morgan
Danielle Snider
Emily Stafford
Stan Wallace
Also, we owe a debt of gratitude to Jeremy Bruce who made online worship possible every week (for 3+ months!) during our time away and continues to lead the charge for live streaming our services. If you would like to learn how to help in this new ministry that reaches so many people, let us know in the church office.
Thanks again to all these servants. Let them know your appreciation as well.
Peace.
Don
Worship… Sunday, July 5th
9:30 Contemporary in the MAC
11:15 Traditional in the MAC
  • Parking every other space, special parking for elderly
  • Masks are to be worn
  • Social distancing applies with no contact greeting
  • Everything will be sanitized before, between and after services
  • Bathrooms will be open for emergencies only, 1 person at a time
  • Services will continue to be streamed online at 9:30 and 11 am
Our worship services are being broadcast on our Youtube channel under our name. You may also find it on our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com) and click on the link.
The county will be holding the annual July 4th Fireworks at Meeks Park on the 4th. We have coordinated with the county and will open up our campus to the community at 7 pm
STILL holding to social distancing. There will be no activites (food or music) as we have had in the past. The building restrooms will not be open yet porta potties will be on the premises.
The Men’s Bible Study will be taking a summer break during the month of July picking back up with study on Tuesday, August 4 at 10:00 am, maybe in our classroom M-7 of the MAC. If not, we will meet under the portico or via Skype or Zoom, depending on circumstances with COVID 19. Hope to see you in Bible Study. - Rev. Chuck Morgan, Retired
We are meeting together on Zoom each Wednesday morning at 10:30 am. If you are interested in joining the study, email Doris Eshelman at doris.eshelman@gmail.com to get Zoom meeting details.
The church office will reopen on Monday, July 6th. Hours are yet to be determined. This does NOT include the MAC or the walking track.
2020 “Backpack To School” Update!
Church family… I wanted to give you some information concerning this year’s Backpack 2 School event!
  • We WILL be helping any student that needs backpacks and school supplies, get what they need!!!!!!
  • We Will NOT be holding our large event at FUMC this year. We are very sad about not having the 5th Annual Backpack 2 School at FUMC this year, but there are so many uncertainties at this point.
  • We WILL be working closely with Family Connections on prepacking backpacks with supplies and any previous participant will be contacted…
  • HOW YOU CAN HELP? Financially is the best way this year! As much as I LOVE to shop for school supplies, that is not prudent and we do not want you to either. It cost about $20.00 to purchase and fill a backpack. so ANY amount will help!!! Please mark checks, “Backpacks”
  •  We also felt it was not thoughtful to ask smaller churches to collect this year, as many are facing their own challenges,
SO FUMC… we are counting on you BIG this year! We have already had some of our local community donors commit financially also!
Many thanks to ALL of you who have committed to this event in the past and pray that under our current circumstances we will be able to meet the needs of all the children this school year.
Much Love,
Tricia Wallace
229-402-9361
1- Danny Young 2- Jim Arthur, Sonya Cristofaro, Barb Hahn 3 - Robert Gorman, Ray Graphman, Bette Ivy 4 - Barbara Alderman, David Steed 5 - Teresa Cronk, Lindie Wright 7 - Debbie Steed, Laura Wicher 8 - Linda Hamby 9 - Rose Oberlin, Lynn Varian 10- Eric Miller 11- Jessica Stamper, Myron Turner 12 - Doris Eshelman, Maggie Guerrier 13 - Kevin Clark, Cindy Mercer, Buster Miller, Sue Stewart, Ellen Woolsey 14 - Mary Ruth Cook, Katie Rittenhouse, Peggy Schultz 15 - Kitty Jones, Ian and Isabel Lander, Kelly Sulser, Tricia Wallace 16 - Mike Schlienger 17 - Jan Boland, Kay Bradley 18 - Sandy Young 20 - Jim McCracken 21 - Colton Chandler, Jean Mellor 23 - Jack Wilson 24 - Jack Dugger, Beth Hand, Artie Hodgson, Angela Johnson, Xander and Pearse Ledbetter 25 - Mona Hackney 26 - Kathy Johnson 27 - Duane Busse, Lloyd Dunham, Maria McGlen 30 - Gail Bachteler 31 - Bill Fredericks,Liz Plott, Lillyanne Sosensky, Alex Bailey, Cindy Weitzel, Robert Woods
New address for James and Ceil Jordan
2312 Grasmere Circle
Clermont, FL 34711
Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our members may be experiencing. Thank you! You can contact our Director of Pastoral Care, Rev. Mike Cloyd at blairsvillefumcmike@gmail.com or call the church office @ 706-745-2073.
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office or Mike Cloyd of any changes. With us not gathering right now, we don’t always hear the latest.
GENERAL:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
  • Our healthcare workers and first responders who are working on the frontlines of COVID-19
  • School systems as they try to make plans for the fall following new guidelines they will be asked to put in place
  • Our military families
  • The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
  • Our Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
  • Our Church staff team and their extended families
  • All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
SPECIFIC:
  • Avery - 10 month old who has a tumor in her stomach and head
  • Clint Blackmon - pray cancer hasn’t spread while awaiting stem-cell harvest
  • Dennis Bradley’s sister Janet- suffering frim facial pain
  • Mike Brandenburg - broken arm
  • Eva Breedlove - recovering from surgery
  • Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer, nephew Luke in need of back surgery & financing
  • Larry Callahan-passed his medical test and is coming home
  • Larry Culpepper’s sister - in a nursing home
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom - health concerns
  • Rheannna Dockery - recovering from surgery
  • Jesse Eady - kidney issues
  • Kristen Engler - healing
  • Faye Eubanks - has mulitple degenrative, bulging discs,has appt July 7th also looking at possible hip surgery
  • Steve Everman - home recovering from cellulitis
  • Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - continued treatments for colon cancer
  • Chad Gasaway fell and is being treated
  • Deidra Gilbert’s mom- healing from broken hip, at Chatuge Rehab
  • Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
  • Jeff Henderson - flu and lung issue
  • Vic Henderson - home recovering after hernia surgery
  • Billy Hendrick’s niece Melanie Daniels recovering from COVID and another niece Kathi has been diagnosed with COVID
  • Kathy Heyer - heart issues
  • Camille Higginbotham - on Hospice care
  • Sue Hill - recovering from surgery
  • George Houdeshel - general health
  • Georgia Jestings’ cousin Bonnie and her daughter Charice and granddaughter Skyla were in a bad automobile accident. Moved to rehab or long term care. Still many health issues.
  • Miki Johnson (Laura Wilcher’s mom) - recovering from surgery
  • Kitty Jones - upcoming PET scan
  • Robin Lambert - diagnosed with aggresive breast cancer
  • Katrina Laxton - having scan to see if she is in remission
  • Greg Lane - fell again, going to see neurologist
  • Robert & Jo Mantell - health issues
  • Judy McCorkle - liver failing
  • Roger McGlen - recovering from having a pacemaker put in Monday
  • Gail McGuire’s friend Ruth - admitted to hospice care
  • Carol Mercer - general health
  • Don Murphy - another heart spell
  • Paula Myers - recovering from knee surgery
  • Richard Myers’ mother passed on Monday morning
  • Ray Norwood - health issues
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother Letha Hicks-in IMCU for dehydration, renal failure and low blood pressure
  • Jeannie PIckerill - severe back pain
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
  • Delores Richards - on hospice care
  • Margie Richards - on dialysis
  • Billie Roach - moved to rehab center
  • Larry Rosenberry - hurt his knee, possible surgery
  • Carol Rogers’ grandson Chris - medical equipment specialist with armed forces now serving on frontline in New Jersey with COVID
  • Paul Steinke-received a good report following his recent biopsy
  • J L Tanner - stroke following surgery
  • Bob Taylor - transferred to Chatuge Hospital for rehab
  • Glenda Taylor’s cousin Roynelle Simmons - COVID-19 in nursing home in FL
  • Ron/Pauline Taylor’s son Ronnie - has a tumor
  • Janice Taylor’s husband Rob Taylor- recently diagnosed with leukemia, having treatments
  • Lynn Varian’s pregnant daughter Sydney is having blood pressure issues and will have to be induced early
  • Carol Warren – chronic back issues
  • Lee and Cindy Weitzel’s son Nick - kidney and thyroid health complications
  • Sam Wilson - doing exercises to help shoulder
  • Sharon Willits - general health
If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving, it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.
A Note from Your Finance Team
THANK YOU!!!
………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
June 7……………..$26,095…..…………..$428,839
June 14……………$15,687……………….$444,526
June 21……………$13,672……………….$458,198
June 28……………$15,974……………….$474,172
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

Words for Wednesday: 06-24-2020

Worshiping online or in person
Just a reminder that we will offer both online and in person worship this week. The services will be at 9:30 (Contemporary) and 11:15 (Traditional). Both services will be in the MAC (Methodist Activities Center) and streamed online at their respective times and available thereafter on YouTube. Live streaming worship is new to all of us, so bear with us while we work it out. If you want to see us working some of it out, check out YouTube tonight between 6:30 and 8 pm.
Also, I want to thank those of you in advance who are making the decision to wait a while before you return to in person worship. You are doing a good thing.
If you plan to worship in person, here is a Top Ten list of worship guidelines from your Relaunch Team.
10. Parking will be in every other space.
9. All greetings will be touch free. Sorry, no handshakes, hugs, fist bumps, elbow bumps, or any other kind of bumps, etc. at this time.
8. Limit bathrooms to emergencies only.
7. No congregational singing at this time.
6. All will receive hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting. Masks will be provided for those who do not have one.
5. Maintain social distance of 6 feet.
4. Please do not move chairs.
3. Doors will open 15 minutes before worship begins.
2. Masks are to be worn throughout the service.
1. Spread the Gospel. Not the germs.
See you online and/or in person this Sunday (and maybe tonight if I ever get this to Evelyn),
Don
Our worship services are being broadcast on our channel under our name on Youtube. You may find it on our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com) and click on the link.
We will return to in-person worship on
Sunday, June 28th.
9:30 Contemporary in the MAC
11:15 Traditional in the MAC
Parking every other space, special parking for elderly
  • Masks are to be worn
  • Social distancing applies with no contact greeting
  • Everything will be sanitized before, between and after services
  • Bathrooms will be open for emergencies only, 1 person at a time
  • Services will continue to be streamed online at 9:30 and 11 am
The county will be holding the annual July 4th Fireworks at Meeks Park on the 4th. We have coordinated with the county and will open up our campus to the community STILL holding to social distancing. There will be no activites (food or music) as we have had in the past. The parking lot will be open with every other space available. You are to remain in your space. The building restrooms will not be open yet porta potties will be on the premises.
The Men’s Bible Study has been studying the Epistles in chronological order beginning with James who wrote to the church in Jerusalem in A.D. 44. We are now studying Titus, one of the pastoral letters written by the apostle Paul in the mid 60’s.A.D. We have met via Skype for 3 months but had our first in-person study yesterday, under the portico of the MAC. We will be meeting Tuesday, June 23 and June 30 in this way, under the portico, at 10:00 am. We will be finishing our study of Titus and beginning our study of 2 Timothy. Bring a lawn chair and join us. We follow the church’s instructions for social distancing and those who have risk factors wear masks. I’ll greet you with a squirt of hand sanitizer as a hand shake and welcome.
We will be taking a summer break during the month of July picking back up with study on Tuesday, August 4 at 10:00 am, maybe in our classroom M-7 of the MAC. If not, we will meet under the portico or via Skype or Zoom, depending on circumstances with COVID 19. Hope to see you in Bible Study.
Rev. Chuck Morgan, Retired
We are meeting together on Zoom each Wednesday morning at 10:30 am. If you are interested in joining the study, email Doris Eshelman at
doris.eshelman@gmail.com to get Zoom meeting details.
You may pick up your next quarterly edition of the Upper Room Devotional this Thursday from 10-noon under the MAC portico or this Sunday in worship.
The church office will reopen on Monday, July 6th. Hours are yet to be determined. This does NOT include the MAC or the walking track.
1- Danny Young 2- Jim Arthur, Sonya Cristofaro, Barb Hahn 3 - Robert Gorman, Ray Graphman, Bette Ivy 4 - Barbara Alderman, David Steed 5 - Teresa Cronk, Lindie Wright 7 - Debbie Steed, Laura Wicher 8 - Linda Hamby 9 - Rose Oberlin, Lynn Varian 10- Eric Miller 11- Jessica Stamper, Myron Turner 12 - Doris Eshelman, Maggie Guerrier 13 - Kevin Clark, Cindy Mercer, Buster Miller, Sue Stewart, Ellen Woolsey 14 - Mary Ruth Cook, Katie Rittenhouse, Peggy Schultz 15 - Kitty Jones, Ian and Isabel Lander, Kelly Sulser, Tricia Wallace 16 - Mike Schlienger 17 - Jan Boland, Kay Bradley 18 - Sandy Young 20 - Jim McCracken 21 - Colton Chandler, Jean Mellor 23 - Jack Wilson 24 - Jack Dugger, Beth Hand, Artie Hodgson, Angela Johnson, Xander and Pearse Ledbetter 25 - Mona Hackney 26 - Kathy Johnson 27 - Duane Busse, Lloyd Dunham, Maria McGlen 30 - Gail Bachteler 31 - Bill Fredericks,Liz Plott, Lillyanne Sosensky, Alex Bailey, Cindy Weitzel, Robert Woods
Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our members may be experiencing. Thank you! You can contact our Director of Pastoral Care, Rev. Mike Cloyd at blairsvillefumcmike@gmail.com or call the church office @ 706-745-2073.
Lee Dunham wants to thank you all for the prayers and cards following her heart procedure last week. They were very much appreciated. Lee is doing well and feeling grateful.
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office or Mike Cloyd of any changes. With us not gathering right now, we don’t always hear the latest.
GENERAL:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
  • Our healthcare workers and first responders who are working on the frontlines of COVID-19
  • School systems as they try to make plans for the fall following new guidelines they will be asked to put in place
  • Our military families
  • The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
  • Our Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
  • Our Church staff team and their extended families
  • All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
SPECIFIC:
  • Avery - 10 month old who has a tumor in her stomach and head
  • Clint Blackmon - pray cancer hasn’t spread while awaiting stem-cell harvest
  • Mike Brandenburg - broken arm
  • Eva Breedlove - recovering from surgery
  • Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer, nephew Luke in need of back surgery & financing
  • Larry Callahan-passed his medical test and is coming home
  • Larry Culpepper’s sister - in a nursing home
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom - health concerns
  • Rheannna Dockery - recovering from surgery
  • Jesse Eady - kidney issues
  • Kristen Engler - healing
  • Faye Eubanks - has mulitple degenrative, bulging discs,has appt July 7th
  • Steve Everman - home recovering from cellulitis
  • Jackie Franklin - having tests done
  • Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - continued treatments for colon cancer
  • Chad Gasaway fell and is being treated
  • Deidra Gilbert’s mom- healing from broken hip, at Chatuge Rehab
  • Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
  • Jeff Henderson - flu and lung issue
  • Vic Henderson - home recovering after hernia surgery
  • Billy Hendrick’s niece Melanie Daniels recovering from COVID and another niece Kathi has been diagnosed with COVID
  • Kathy Heyer - heart issues
  • Camille Higginbotham - on Hospice care
  • Sue Hill - recovering from surgery
  • George Houdeshel - general health
  • Georgia Jestings’ cousin Bonnie and her daughter Charice and granddaughter Skyla were in a bad automobile accident. Moved to rehab or long term care. Still many health issues.
  • Miki Johnson (Laura Wilcher’s mom) - recovering from surgery
  • Kitty Jones - upcoming PET scan
  • Robin Lambert - diagnosed with aggresive breast cancer
  • Katrina Laxton - having scan to see if she is in remission
  • Greg Lane - fell again, going to see neurologist
  • Robert & Jo Mantell - health issues
  • Linda McClarnon- at home recovering
  • Judy McCorkle - liver failing
  • Roger McGlen - recovering from having a pacemaker put in Monday
  • Gail McGuire’s friend Ruth - admitted to hospice care
  • Carol Mercer - general health
  • Don Murphy - another heart spell
  • Paula Myers - knee surgery this Friday
  • Ray Norwood - health issues
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother Letha Hicks-in IMCU for dehydration, renal failure and low blood pressure
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
  • Delores Richards - on hospice care
  • Margie Richards - on dialysis
  • Billie Roach - moved to rehab center
  • Carol Rogers’ grandson Chris - medical equipment specialist with armed forces now serving on frontline in New Jersey with COVID
  • J L Tanner - stroke following surgery
  • Bob Taylor - transferred to Chatuge Hospital yesterday for rehab
  • Glenda Taylor’s cousin Roynelle Simmons - COVID-19 in nursing home in FL
  • Ron/Pauline Taylor’s son Ronnie - has a tumor
  • Carol Warren – chronic back issues
  • Lee and Cindy Weitzel’s son - kidney and thyroid health complications
  • Sam Wilson - doing exercises to help shoulder
  • Sharon Willits - general health
  • Kathy Zimmerman-infection in incision
If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving, it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.
A Note from Your Finance Team
THANK YOU!!!
………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
June 7……………..$26,095…..…………..$428,839
June 14……………$15,687……………….$444,526
June 21……………$13,672……………….$458,198
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
STAY CONNECTED
 First United Methodist Church of Union County
(706) 745 2073
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
      We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation!

Evelyn Ueltzen <blairsvillefumcevelyn@gmail.com> Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 7:52 PM
To: Bud/Mary Carol Akins <akinsw@yahoo.com>

Evelyn Ueltzen

Administrative Assistant
First United Methodist Church, Blairsville, GA
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If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving, it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.
A Note from Your Finance Team
THANK YOU!!!
………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
June 7……………..$26,095…..…………..$428,839
June 14……………$15,687……………….$444,526
June 21……………$13,672……………….$458,198
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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