Staff/Parrish Relations

A Note from Your Staff Parish Relations Team:

Each year every United Methodist pastor in every United Methodist church is evaluated. Based on the feedback from the pastoral family, local church SPR, and District Superintendent, the Bishop of our Conference makes the final decision and appoints every clergy person after a discerning process driven in prayer with the Bishops Cabinet. As in the past 6 years, the SPR & Mark have both requested he be reappointed to us another year. When Mark & Shannon were sent to us we had a great need for healing in the loss of Pastor Ben and they stepped in with their gifts and graces to help us move forward, grow and encouraged us to find our place in ministry here. Look at the results we have seen in that time. We are so blessed by their work here. As I said, we requested they be reappointed to us another year. However God has a great need for Mark & Shannon’s gifts and graces in another church and this year he is being sent where he is needed. We will be welcoming our new pastor, Rev. Don Landen, his wife, Heather and their son Wesley (who will be a 6th grader in the fall) on June 23rd who will be coming to help us continue to move God’s Kingdom forward here at First United Methodist Church. Mark’s Lenten sermon series “What Should Churches Do Well” included “Hospitality that is so Rad.” This is our opportunity to put this into practice as we welcome our new pastoral family! Please be in prayer for Mark & Shannon as they walk forward in their move and also in prayer for Don & Heather as they walk forward into their move here in ministry with us. I read a quote yesterday that seemed fitting. ”God knows exactly when to send what you need…trust him!” God has a plan and God’s got this!

Kelly Schuknecht,
SPR Chairperson

Children’s Ministry Director Position
As the Burgess family leaves, we will need to fill the part time Children’s Director role that Shannon will leave at the end of May. That role is responsible for the Children’s ministry (Nursery through 5th grade) on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings - along with special event coordination like VBS. Your primary responsibility will be preparing curriculum, equipping volunteers, organizing activities, and interacting with both Children and their parents. Our Nursery Director (Donna Frederick) reports to this position. If you would like to be considered for the Children’s Director role, please forward a resume to Evelyn in the Church Office. Her email is BlairsvilleFUMC Evelyn@gmail.com

Holy Week and Easter Services:
Wednesday- no supper or services
Holy Thursday - Living Lord’s Supper drama…6:30 pm…MAC
Good Friday Service…..6:30 pm…Sanctuary
Easter Sunday:
Sunrise Service …..7:30 am …….up at the new outdoor stage next to the playground
Regular Services at 8:30 am, 9:45 am and 11:00 am

Pastor Mark’s Sermon Notes from Palm Sunday
(after the announcement of his appointment to another church)
Scripture Luke 19:28-40
Sermon Title “He Came to Leave”

Today is a tough message. You came for Holy week, Palm Sunday, triumphant entrance, Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest! And instead, you get a tough message. And that makes this one of the most difficult sermons I have ever delivered here at FUMC.

As I think back over our 6 years together, I was reminiscing this week over the toughest sermons I have shared here. I remember one that made everyone twitch, fidget and squirm. It was when I first came and I stood in this pulpit and said, “the Church of Jesus Christ is God’s Change Agent in the world!”

You twitched, you fidgeted, you squirmed - because that word “change” always seems to bring pain. One of the nearsighted truths all us human beings share (including me) is we just don’t like change because “our perspective” is change is always “BAD.”

I wonder what God’s perspective on change is…?

After all, God seems to use change to bring about great good…right?
Of course we would expect God’s perspective on change to be on a little grander scale than our own selfish perspective on change. But it makes me wonder - what does God see clearly about change that we have trouble seeing? There in lies the heart of today’s Palm Sunday message.

Would you pray with me? (Sermon Prayer)

Why did Jesus come? That’s a big question – let’s make it more specific.
Why did Jesus come to Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday?

There are potentially many answers to that question.

Maybe He came to simply celebrate the Passover. He had done that many times before. After all, He’s Jewish and this is Passover festival time. The Law made it clear all people of the Jewish faith were to attend the annual Passover festival in Jerusalem as often as they could. It was the GRAND celebration of God moving among them in the past – so it was Holy and set apart.

Do you suppose all the unblemished lambs in the region knew the final clock was ticking as the calendar turned to Passover month? From our side of the cross, we know the Passover Lamb named Jesus sure did.

He knew he would not be staying. He knew he came to leave. He knew it would end sooner than his faith family wanted it to end. But Jesus was not called by them – He was called by the Father. He was called to bring about change. For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son…why? To bring about change!!!

Remember our story. The people had grown distant from God. The Law was supposed to help them be right with God – but all it seemed to do was create complexity – and even greater distance between God & God’s children.

A course correction was needed. But for it to work, Jesus came to give something new. I think that concept is captured in the meaning behind a colt that had “never been ridden” – it was reference to something new that was about to happen. And what was that something new? Divine redemption through forgiving, sacrificial love. (repeat)

Jesus comes, the people shout with great joy at the arrival of their Messiah. From their perspective, this was God returning to where God should rightly be – the city of God – Jerusalem – the center of their faith just like before when God moved in their past!

So they make the path for him with their cloaks, their garments, their hearts…come this way Jesus, we welcome you…let us “lead you” back to “our center” – not realizing God had come to “lead us” back to God’s center – through sacrificial love.

The only one in the crowd who knew that He Came to Leave – was the one riding the colt!

Have you ever wondered how Jesus felt during that slow ride to Jerusalem – for the last time…

I’m no Jesus, but my stomach and my heart and my brain are all twisted in knots right now. Everything about the routine of life that I know, all the people I cherish, all the relationships I have given my life these 6 years to develop are about to be taken from me. I’m hurting – Your hurting – the truth is we’re both hurting. And some of you are sitting there right now saying, “See, this is why I HATE being a Methodist – they do this to you - just when everything is going right, THEY steal OUR pastor!”

And the truth is our knee jerk reactions – yours and mine – is that this is so wrong! Our church wants our pastor back, our pastoral family asked to come back, the church is growing in a season of health and vitality. Why mess all that up now? It just doesn’t make sense. SEE! SEE! Change is BAD!

Well…it doesn’t make sense from “the perspective of our own well being”

But then God the Father sending the SON to a people who would kill Him on a cross didn’t make sense from the perspective of Jesus’ own well being either…now did it?

But it all makes PERFECT SENSE from a Divine perspective.

If we can just somehow look at our world as bigger than what we want for “just us.” That’s the key. That’s the key to today – that’s the key to life – that’s the key to eternal life.

I remember a phone call I got 6 years ago.

I was in my 7th year of serving a little church in a small community. The church had grown significantly – two worship services had become three – the church had become a multi-generational church with significant mission and ministry outside the building. We had just increased staffing, bought adjacent properties, and had begun our building plan conversation…that’s when my phone rang.

It was the Bishop’s office calling. I was told I would be moved. It was because there was a precious church that had lost their beloved pastor, they were in huge debt, and they needed help. I was told the Bishop’s cabinet prayerfully discerned that they needed the Spirit Gift’s God expressed through me – now – and I was being SENT.

And so we cried, and we packed, and we obediently moved to a church called First United Methodist Church of Union County. We trusted the Holy Spirit to guide our ministry in this new place of grace. And God did.

Look what God has done through all of you in our time of shared ministry! You are strong. You are healthy and vital. This church has grown significantly. Two services have become three. You have become a multi-generational church with significant mission and ministry that extends outside the boundaries of this church campus. We are in the process of adding incremental staffing again…

…and that’s when my phone rang.

It was the Bishop’s office calling. I was told I would be moved. It was because there was another precious church that had lost their lead pastor in November – a retired interim pastor has been wonderfully filling in until this year’s appointment cycle. And the Bishop’s cabinet has prayerfully discerned they need the Spirit’s Gifts God is expressing through me – now – and I am being SENT.

And so we cry, and we pack, and we obediently move.

When I went into the ministry, I learned that there are these “things” we give to God called Ordination vows. Because I took my call from God seriously, I also took my Ordination vows seriously. The short version of those vows is “I give my life sacrificially for God’s will.” That’s it.

To be ordained in the UMC means you give your life to God and you trust those who are empowered to discern God’s calling to send you where God desires you to be…and it’s tough to do. It’s not easy. But faith is not easy.

I’ve often wondered if there was ever a moment when that part of God we know as God the Father faced that part of God we know as God the Son to say, “I need you to do this now. I need you to take forgiving love into the creation in a way that they can see it. But it will require your painful sacrifice on a cross…”

I find great comfort knowing that the part of God we know as the Holy Spirit would have also been there in that conversation too - saying to God the Son, “your sacrifice will open their hearts for me to live in them eternally – it will change everything.” Then it dawned on me that whole conversation only makes sense when you remember the Father, Son and Spirit are ONE….our One True God.

That One True God sent me to you.
That One True God is now sending me to Peachtree City UMC.

And like Jesus before me, I know even as I arrive there, I am coming to leave. Because God’s perspective is not one group of people, not one church, not one denomination, not even one season of life. God’s perspective is the eternal Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven….can’t you “see” God methodically changing the world toward that goal? And until that day comes, God will be calling people to follow Jesus’ sacrifice to help bring about God’s Kingdom.

The same thing is happening with the Landen family right now…they are crying, they are packing, and they are obediently coming to you.

This is the ministry of the ordained itinerant Elder in the United Methodist Church.
It means we go where God sends us. We follow the apostolic ministry – that’s the churchy word for the ministry of “being sent by the Holy Spirit.”

Why should a pastor get sent to a new place?

Because the gifts and graces the Holy Spirit expresses in that person are now what God needs in that new place. Those Spirit gifts are not ours to Lord over. That movement of the Spirit is not mine – it is God’s – it is that very Spirit that is calling my use of those Spirit Gifts into a new place.

And if our perspective could just become what “all of us” need (that’s God’s Perspective) rather than just what “we need here” (our own perspective)…then we begin to see things a little clearer. It still hurts – but we can see.

And so Jesus was sent by God to town one day to do a new thing - riding on the back of a colt to the welcoming shouts of ALL the people. Well, not “all” the people.

Luke tells us, some Pharisees in the crowd (that’s the churchy people of that day) were not happy. Why? Because they knew his arrival would bring change. And we don’t like change – it makes us twitch and fidget and squirm.

But here is another truth given to us in our Scripture today. The creation itself is groaning (yearning) for change – and change is coming – even the stones know it!
And my response is BRING IT LORD - BRING IT NOW!

I long for the day when the world will become
…a kindler, gentler place with no more tears.
I long for the day when the world will become
…a peaceable kingdom without fear or angst
I long for the day when the world will become
…a place of grace where everyone’s eyes are directly on God instead of on themselves.

But somebody has got to do something to make it go…
God did God’s part – now God is asking us to do our part.
And so where He leads me I will follow – even if I have to carry a cross when I get there…

This is a pretty radical idea - isn’t it?
God knows this is what it takes to change the world!

So here is my message today – I end back at the beginning:
The church of Jesus Christ is God’s change agent in the world…
That’s THE VERY POINT of Holy week – to make all things new again!

Ok, your twitching again! I can see it.
Don’t worry. The change I’m talking about will be good.
Your task is simply to take what has happened here in this place of grace
to the rest of the world!

Lord, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…

Amen.

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

A Note from Your Finance Team

………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
April 7th………….$ 36,840……………..$343,317
April 14th………..$ 21,805……………..$365,122

Thank you for your generosity Church!

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

Tickle – April 11, 2019

INCREDIBLE SUNDAY! Please join me in truly appreciating all our music ministries here in the life of our church. Jeff & Keith (with full choir and orchestra) led us through another outstanding Easter Cantata AND Eric and OVERFLOW at THE WELL told an amazing story in word and song through special arrangement (with our Youth presenting the extra readings) as we worshiped God together. Well done all the way around (and special thank you to Lynn Varian’s hospitality team providing the music ministry 60 people brunch in the 9:45 hour!) And thank you all for the wonderful comments about our very professional narration team - Holly Viccaro and Rich Hauschild - nice addition Jeff!

Also, you have got to come check out our new outdoor stage on the hill beside the children’s playground. Final construction was last Saturday. This is our Michael Bruce’s Eagle Scout project. On both construction days, I saw teams of people on the hill helping his dream become a reality under his direct guidance - thank you church for all you do in support of our Scouts. The Youth ministry (and Michael is one of those active youth) will be using that new stage for our youth led Sunrise service on Easter Sunday - April 21. It’s more than just a stage - it is a spiritual platform for life giving ministry - go see! There is a second Eagle scout project planned to make a “family friendly” burn pit further away from the new stage (can you just taste the smores?) Once that is in place, we will retire the current fire pit. We are looking forward to more outdoor activities on the hill in this new configuration.

Come be with us this Sunday as we encounter the beginning of Holy week this Palm Sunday. Bring your cameras, our children will be leading us into Holy week waving the palms! The rest of our Holy week plan can be seen in the details below. I must admit, it was fun having roughly 600 in worship this last Sunday. What might Easter bring this year? Have you noticed our new presence on the large digital billboards around town? Others apparently have! Thank you very much Teri McGinnis & Outreach. Tell your friends, tell everyone - EASTER is coming!

God’s Joy,
mark
ps…thank you from our daughter in Colorado for the prayer quilt as she recovers from her recent surgery. So many knots, so much love, sew good!

Wednesday Night Nurture – Meatloaf, mac ‘n cheese, green bean almandine, salad, rolls and birthday cake Fundraiser for Relay for Life
Children and Youth, 6:00 pm
Handbells 6:00 pm
Choir 7:00 pm
No adult program this night

Church Council Meeting
Thursday Night at 6:30 pm in the lower level of the Methodist Activity Center

Calling All Cooks! Ready! Set ! Go!
You may now submit 2 of your favorite recipes by one of two ways:
Online @www.morriscookbooks.com Under the typersanc tab
Username: Fall FestFun
Passcode: salt092
Submit your personally handwritten recipe on teh recipe collection sheet provided at the MAC desk. Place your recipe in the collection box located in the narthex or at the MAC desk. We’ll happily enter them for you.

Our goal is to have all recipe submissions no later than July 1st. Our goal is to have church presale orders be completed and cooksbooks available for our Fall Festival in October.

Your Fall Festival Fundraiser Cookbook Team:
Eileen Nichols suki2nich@aol.com (561) 635-6130
Barb Hahn bahahn19@gmail.com (706) 835 1289
Carol Engler paprika91@hotmail.com

Holy Week and Easter Services:
Wednesday- no supper or services
Holy Thursday - Living Lord’s Supper drama…6:30 pm…MAC
Good Friday Service…..6:30 pm…Sanctuary
Easter Sunday:
Sunrise Service …..7:30 am …….up at the new outdoor stage next to the playground
Regular Services at 8:30 am, 9:45 am and 11:00 am

Prayer Quilt Ministry:
There is a prayer quilt in the chapel ready to receive prayers - please stop in , pray for the specific situation listed on the quilt and tie a knot for each prayer you pray. The prayer quilt ministry is also taking requests at this time. You may contact Margaret Frizzell at 706 745 3197.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be” - good to see several of them Sunday!
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Nancy Sanford - recent loss of her Mother
JoAnn Mayhew - moved to Chatuge hospital in Hiawassee
Kathy Hyer - general health
Ray Rogers - in Chatuge Rehab (Room Blue 5)
Maggie Guerrier - general health and back on kidney transplant list
Bill Mollnhauer brother (Hank Mollnhauer) - upcoming major back surgery
John Hahn - upcoming tests
Shane Douylliez - neck surgery this week
Barb Delli-Veneri - sister’s (Betty) husband recent passing
Claudia Deprez - general health - her and John are moving in April
Susan Forrester’s brother Bobby - general health
Glen Boland - under hospice care at home
Alan & Kathy Zimmerman’s Daughter Anne - blood clot in arm
Gary Marshall - upcoming gall bladder surgery May 7
Bob Taylor - chronic neck and back pain
Bill Gleasure - general health
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - lung cancer
Maggie Plott - thyroid related testing
Katie Ziegler (Mark & Shannon’s daughter) - still fighting post surgical infection - getting other doctors in the loop.
June Colditz - undergoing treatments for lymphoma
Carole Thompson - general health
Camille Higginbotham - general health
Helen Owenby - general health
Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) - radiation treatments
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer
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 Your Finance Team

………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
April 7th………….$ 36,840……………..$343,317

WOO! HOO!!!
Thank you for the affirmation this Sunday. The Finance Team has completed our ministry plan that moves forward our shared vision to increase pastoral care clergy staffing in our church. That plan will come before our Church Council for final approval Thursday night.
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Tickle -April 2, 2019

THIS COMING SUNDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We will be celebrating a special day of Worship in Song on April 7 (this coming Sunday.) Our Worship Choir, narrators, and guest instrumentalists will offer our Easter Cantata on that day at our 8:30 and 11 am worship services. The 8:30 and 11 am services will be identical that day - come to either!

Also, our Praise Band OVERFLOW will be offering a very special “Easter themed” Worship in Song service at THE WELL at 9:45 on Sunday. Come to any or all of these services to be embraced by the Spirit of God through song. Our goal is to sing the story at all 3 services on April 7 in preparation to live the story in WORD through Holy week April 14 - 21.
God’s Joy,
mark
ps: If you were unable to pick up your Relay for Life Daffodils last night, they are in the refrigerator in the MAC kitchen with your name on them. You may pick them up at your convenience. Thank you!

Wednesday Night Nurture - CANCELED this week for U.C. Spring Break
No Adult program or children’s program or youth gathering this Wednesday.
Handbells 6:00 pm
Choir 7:00 pm

The Relay for Life Team will be hosting the Wednesday Night Dinner for next week, 10th. This year marks 25 years of Relay for Life in Union County. We truly appreciate the support our church has given us over the years and with your help we can continue the fight against cancer. You will also have the opportunity to purchase some beautiful luminaries at the dinner. We hope to see you NEXT Wednesday, the 10th.

Finance Team Mtg is this Thursday night at 6:30
Church Council Mtg is April 11 at 6:30 pm
Micheal Bruce Eagle Scout Project completion this Saturday - work begins on the hill at 8:30 am (putting on decking and railing)

Public registration for our preschool CEC began on Monday, 25th. Applications can be gotten any preschool morning (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) between 9 and noon to register with our Director Heidi Hall.Registration is non-refundable $100 and tuition for 2019-2020 is $100/month. And yes, we are filling up quickly again! Don’t wait too long.

Circle of Love invites all Ladies in our Church Family to a baby shower in honor of Baby Girl Collins and her mom Ashley Taylor Collins THIS Sunday, April 7th immediately after the 11:00 Traditional Service in the fellowship hall. Baby Girl Collins is registered at Walmart and Amazon. Ashley is the daughter of Glenda Taylor.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Flooding in the midwest US
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
JoAnn Mayhew - general health - recent fall in home - cracked pelvic bone at UGH
Ray Rogers - in Chatuge Rehab (Room Blue 5)
Maggie Guerrier - general health and back on kidney transplant list
Bill Mollnhauer brother (Hank Mollnhauer) - upcoming major back surgery
John Hahn - upcoming tests
Shane Douylliez - upcoming surgery
Claudia Deprez - general health - her and John are doing move back to Florida
Susan Forrester’s brother Bobby - general health
Sue Stewart - recent loss
Glen Boland - under hospice care at home
Alan & Kathy Zimmerman’s Daughter Anne - blood clot in arm
Gary Marshall - upcoming gall bladder surgery
Bob Taylor - chronic neck and back pain
Bill Gleasure - general health
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - lung cancer
Maggie Plott - thyroid related testing
Katie Ziegler (Mark & Shannon’s daughter) - pathology clear (Woo! Hoo!)
Deputy Todd Smith - returned to desk duty - should see him back in a few weeks
June Colditz - undergoing treatments for lymphoma
Carole Thompson - general health
Camille Higginbotham - general health
Helen Owenby - general health
Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) - radiation treatments
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Your Finance Team

THANK YOU!!!

………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
March 3rd…………$24,132……………….$ 206,896
March 10th………..$16,283………………$ 223,179
March 17th………..$19,237………………$ 242,417
March 24th………..$10,057………………$ 252,474
March 31st………..$35,702………………$ 288,176

We appreciate the extra mile giving response to our plea to help giving return to our January and February levels. The March 31 number is up and that is greatly appreciated - although $10,000 of that number was given by a person outside of the church as dedicated giving for a Children’s playground upgrade. However, a $25,702 fifth Sunday is still a significant step forward and is greatly appreciated. Our prayer is that our giving levels return in April. Thank you everyone for your sacrificial giving.

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

Tickle – March 26, 2019

I will be finishing this cycle of UM101 classes this Wednesday in the Sanctuary. We will be discussing UM ordination and related topics. I have a 15 minute video that we will begin with that will end our conversation on Salvation from last week (and dovetail nicely into this last Sunday’s message.)

Spring Session of OASIS begins this week on Thursday!

We will be celebrating a special day of Worship in Song on April 7 during this season of Lent. Our Worship Choir and guest instrumentalists will offer our Easter Cantata on that day at our 8:30 and 11 am worship services. Our Praise Band OVERFLOW will be offering a very special “Easter themed” Worship in Song service at THE WELL at 9 :45 on that day. Come to any or all of these services to be embraced by the Spirit of God through song. Our goal is to sing the story at all 3 services on April 7 in preparation to live the story in WORD through Holy week April 14 - 21.
God’s Joy,
mark

Wednesday Night Nurture
Menu: Choir Night - Loaded Poutine, fries with a full meal piled on top, salad, and dessert
Adult Bible Study will begin at 6 pm along with Children and Youth
Handbells 6:00 pm
Choir 7:00 pm

New Member in 9:45 service - Sandy Flodder 330 Porter Place, Blairsville

Please remember to return your Women’s Enrichment Baby Bottles this coming Sunday!

Thank you to everyone that donated blood at our Red Cross Blood Drive on March 24th. The drive collected 31 units which saved 93 lives! Also, thanks to everyone that volunteered during the drive. Please mark your calendars; our next Blood Drive is June 16th. The Health Cabinet.

Daffodils, sold by our Relay for Life team, delivery date has been changed. They will now be delivered on Monday, April 1st. You may pick them up in the small Mac dinning room at 6:00 pm. Please make your check payable to Relay for Life.

Prayer Quilt Ministry Needs Your Help:
If you have borrowed the book, “A Fabric of Faith - A Guide to Prayer” - they need it returned for their ministry. Thanks!

Public registration for our preschool CEC began on Monday, 25th. Applications can be gotten any preschool morning (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) between 9 and noon to register with our Director Heidi Hall.Registration is non-refundable $100 and tuition for 2019-2020 is $100/month. And yes, we are filling up quickly again! Don’t wait too long.


Circle of Love invites all Ladies in our Church Family to a baby shower in honor of Baby Girl Collins and her mom Ashley Taylor Collins on Sunday, April 7th immediately after the 11:00 Traditional Service in the fellowship hall. Baby Girl Collins is registered at Walmart and Amazon. Ashley is the daughter of Glenda Taylor.

We are preparing a wonderful custom cookbook as part of our Fall Festival Fundraiser. Our FUMC cookbook will be professionally published and there will be online access for each cookbook purchased.It is certain to become a treasured keepsake.
Please submit up to 2 favorite recipes. Thank you for contributing to make our cookbook a huge success. We already know we have many wonderful cooks amongst us.
we anticipate a great demand for our cookbooks, and we want to be certain to order plenty to supply the demand. In the near future, you will be able to pre-order as many cookbooks as you think you may need for yourself, your family and friends.
Start thinking birthday and Christmas gifts.
Be watching for further information.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Mozambique Africa Devastation from Cyclone
Flooding in the midwest US
Our Union County students
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
JoAnn Mayhew - general health
Ray Rogers - moved from UGH to Chatuge Rehab
Susan Forrester’s brother Bobby - general health
Sue Stewart - recent loss
Glen Boland - under hospice care at home
Alan & Kathy Zimmerman’s Daughter Anne - blood clot in arm
Gary Marshall - recent hospitalization from gall bladder (home now)
Paula Myers - rotator cuff surgery - recovering nicely
Bob Taylor - chronic neck and back pain
Bill Gleasure - general health
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - lung cancer
Maggie Plott - thyroid related testing
Katie Ziegler (Mark & Shannon’s daughter) - still waiting pathology
Deputy Todd Smith - strengthening - returned to desk duty
June Colditz - undergoing treatments for lymphoma
Carole Thompson - general health
Camille Higginbotham - general health
Helen Owenby - general health
Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) - radiation treatments
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Margie Bowron - in and out of hospital this weekend - back home
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Your Finance Team

THANK YOU!!!

………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
March 3rd…………$24,132……………….$ 206,896
March 10th………..$16,283………………$ 223,179
March 17th………..$19,237………………$ 242,417
March 24th………..$10,057………………$ 252,474

Pastor Mark made a special appeal Sunday that as we close out March this coming Sunday, we would appreciate any help you can provide to make our shared vision of hiring more clergy staffing a reality. Help us if you can.

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

Tickle – March 19, 2019

As warmer weather approaches, our very full CEC classes of 2 yr olds, 3, yr olds, and 4 yr olds will be making many trips back and forth from the church buildings to the children’s playground on the hill. Please drive lovingly, slowly, and carefully in our parking lots. If any of the teachers motion for you to stop, it means they are about to guide a large group of little ones across the parking lot. Please take time to stop and give thanks to God for the little ones on our church campus.

In our ongoing UM101 Class on Wednesday nights, we have encountered many topics. I am thankful for the large turnout we have had for this class. This Wednesday, the topic will be “A Methodist Understanding of Salvation.” With our large group, we will once again meet in the Sanctuary from 6 pm to 6:45 pm. The final session of this cycle of UM101 will be Wednesday, March 27. The topic on that day will be “Ordination and Itineration in the United Methodist Church.” If you have ever wondered how someone moves from pew to pulpit in our denomination (or if you sense God may be calling you in ways you do not yet fully understand), please come to that last class of this cycle of UM101.

Welcome our newest members (they get to be that for just another 5 days):
Joe & Ann Duket
214 Stacy Lane, Blairsville, GA 30512

A mighty shout out to all the help yesterday! Really, it was supposed to be warm - but it was made warm by everyone’s participation. Under the direction of “Eagle Scout hopeful” Micheal Bruce, an army of folks finished phase 1 of our new “outdoor stage to be” on the hill up by the Men’s workshop. Our Youth are already planning on using that new stage for their Easter Sunrise service this year on April 21. We are grateful for Micheal’s leadership and all the army ants who helped over the course of yesterday to lay the footings and build the platform structure!

Table of Grace Ministry – thank you for feeding our hungry community a free “love filled” lunch today.

Tomorrow is THE FIRST OFFICIAL DAY of Spring and more importantly - today isl “five days until Sunday” day - again, you had to be in worship!
God’s Joy,
mark

IMPORTANT! Youth meet THIS Friday! All youth participating in the Easter Sunrise Service are asked to attend our rehearsal THIS FRIDAY from 6-7:30 pm. Pizza & beverages provided.

Wednesday Night Nurture
Menu: Brunswick stew, salad, cornbread and dessert
Adult Bible Study will begin at 6 pm along with Children and Youth
Handbells 6:00 pm
Choir 7:00 pm

All Clergy and Laity are invited to the post General Conference briefings scheduled around the North Georgia Conference. The meeting for our three District area is at Hamilton Mill UMC 1450 Pine Rd, Dacula, GA 30019 The meeting is this Sunday at 4 pm.

Red Cross Blood Drive - this upcoming Sunday
First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Sunday, March 24th 9:00AM – 1:30PM
Schedule your blood donation appointment today.
Please call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767),
OR visit redcrossblood.org OR call Nancy at (706) 745-4870.

Daffodils, sold by our Relay for Life team, delivery date has been changed. They will now be delivered on Monday, April 1st. You may pick them up in the small Mac dinning room at 6:00 pm. Please make your check payable to Relay for Life.

Prayer Quilt Ministry Needs Your Help:
If you have borrowed the book, “A Fabric of Faith - A Guide to Prayer” - they need it returned for their ministry. Thanks!

Public registration for our preschool CEC begins on Monday, 25th. Applications can be gotten any preschool morning (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) between 9 and noon to register with our Director Heidi Hall.Registration is non-refundable $100 and tuition for 2019-2020 is $100/month.

New Women’s Study has begun…
Jeremiah offers women hope for living in an uncertain world by learning to navigate the challenges and circumstances of their lives. This 6 week study in the book of Jeremiah examines God’s words of instruction through the prophet for intentional living to overcome fear, worry, and doubt as we surrender our wills to God’s WILL and put our hope in God alone. The study is in the lower level of the MAC in the center Youth room space at 10 am.


Circle of Love invites all Ladies in our Church Family to a baby shower in honor of Baby Girl Collins and her mom Ashley Taylor Collins on Sunday, April 7th immediately after the 11:00 Traditional Service in the fellowship hall. Baby Girl Collins is registered at Walmart and Amazon. Ashley is the daughter of Glenda Taylor.

We are preparing a wonderful custom cookbook as part of our Fall Festival Fundraiser. Our FUMC cookbook will be professionally published and there will be online access for each cookbook purchased.It is certain to become a treasured keepsake.
Please submit up to 2 favorite recipes. Thank you for contributing to make our cookbook a huge success. We already know we have many wonderful cooks amongst us.
we anticipate a great demand for our cookbooks, and we want to be certain to order plenty to supply the demand. In the near future, you will be able to pre-order as many cookbooks as you think you may need for yourself, your family and friends.
Start thinking birthday and Christmas gifts.
Be watching for further information.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Our Union County students
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
JoAnn Mayhew - general health
Glen Boland - now under hospice care at home
Paula Myers - rotator cuff surgery - recovery at home
Bob Taylor - chronic neck and back pain
Bill Gleasure - general health
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - lung cancer
Maggie Plott - thyroid related testing
Katie Ziegler (Mark & Shannon’s daughter) - surgery in Denver this afternoon
Deputy Todd Smith - recovering from cardiac event
June Colditz - undergoing treatments for lymphoma
Carole Thompson - general health
Camille Higginbotham - general health
Helen Owenby - general health
Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) - radiation treatments
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Your Finance Team

THANK YOU!!!

………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
March 3rd…………$24,132……………….$ 206,896
March 10th………..$16,283………………$ 223,179
March 17th………..$19,237………………$ 242,417

Every gift given to the ministry of FUMC is greatly appreciated. We are trying to limit designated giving to only MAC Debt retirement and specified second mile giving that get lifted up in worship. You can rest assured that when you give to the General Fund, every ministry benefits from that gift. Thank you for your continued contributions of your time, talent, gifts, service and witness to the Kingdom of God.

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

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