Tickle – May 8, 2018

We are celebrating a lot of things! We are celebrating the UMM Cinco de Mayo Wed night that netted about $450 for campus lawn care gas money. We are celebrating the Relay for Life Box lunch event that brought in over $2,100. We are celebrating an awesome CEC Preschool that already has 53 children enrolled for next year - well done Heidi & Team! We are celebrating 609 souls in worship last Sunday! We are celebrating the ministry of our YHC Youth Helper intern (Erin Fincannon) as we send this new college graduate back to the South Georgia Annual Conference Leadership Academy where she will continue to explore God’s calling in her life. And we are preparing to celebrate Mother’s Day this coming Sunday - come make her day and HIS Day a very special day!
God’s Joy (Don’t worry, be happy now…it’s still in your head, isn’t it?)
Pastor Mark

The Cardell Family invites you to a
Mothers’ Day Reception (Cookies & Lemonade)
Sunday, May 13 after the 11am Service
In the
Roy Cardell Memorial Garden
“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”
Robert Browning

Welcome our newest members who joined this Sunday:
Richard and Diana Guimond 1053 Lakeside Drive, Blairsville GA 30512

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Hot Dogs on the Hill
A free hot dogs, chips, (beans while they last,) Lemonade, and smores / roasted marshmellos banquet will begin outside on the hill by the Children’s playground - bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on - looks like a nice, warm, sunny day! Come be with us. Stay as long as you like. Pastor Mark promises not to sing!
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - will meet 6 pm in the Conference Room.
Confirmation Class begins at 6 pm up on Hot Dog Hill at 6 pm! (Outside)
Youth (Middlers & High Schoolers) meet with Jennifer
at “The Gathering” at 6 pm
Children (K-5th grade) meet with Ms. Shannon and her helpers
in the Fundamentals room at 6 pm
Disciple II Class in MAC lower level Youth corner class room
Hand Bells practice at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Choir practice - meet again in the Music room beginning at 7 pm

We are beginning work on a new church directory. We are doing something different this year - not using an external photographer. We are going to do the directories in house. Sample directories will be in each Sunday School room for you to confirm your information and see if we have a picture on you. If we don’t, simply submit one. You are also welcome to email the church office with your information and your choice of photo. firstumc@windstream.net

Relay for Life will be on Saturday, May 19th, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Union County Farmer’s Market. Please come out and enjoy the fun, friendship and festivities as we honor and remember those who have fought this awful disease. You do not need to be a team member to attend, we just ask that you please bring a chair! The Survivor’s dinner is at 5:00 and the Opening Ceremony and Survivors’ Lap begins at 6:00.

The 3rd Annual Pickelball Tournament sponsored by the Blairsville Pickelball Club will be held at the MAC on May 21 and May 22. This tournament is a benefit for FUMC. All proceeds will be donated to the church. It is the club’s way of saying thank you for providing us with a much needed indoor facility. This tournament at the MAC is open to all players. You do not need to be a member of the Blairsville Pickelball club or the church to sign up. Contact Dave or Marty Evans for more information 312-751-1527

VBS online registration is up and running on our website www.firstmethodistblairsville.com for both participants and volunteers
Our VBS is JUNE 24-28 from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Shipwrecked? Come be rescued by Jesus!

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning:
May 13 - Mother’s Day
May 19 - Church Workday (starts at 9 am)
May 19 - Union County Relay for Life Event - Farmers Market
May 19 - Trustee coordinated Campus wide work day
May 20 - Pentecost / Promotion Sunday - Last Day of UC School - May 25
June 3 - UMW Sunday / Youth Mission Trip Send off
June 17 - Father’s Day / UMM Sunday
June 24-28 VBS - all hands on deck! We will be “Shipwrecked!”
July 4 (Wednesday) - Fireworks Outreach Event at FUMC - all hands on deck!
July 28 - Backpack2school FUMC Community Event - all hands on deck!
August 3 - Union County back to school
August 26 - 20th Anniversary Celebration of Jeff Bauman & Keith DeFoor - help us get the word out about this very special Sunday celebration as we worship God in song and music - also celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Keith & Jeff (they started the same month - a very good month - 20 years ago.) There will be a reception by the UMW for them both and their families in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am service. Mark this day and help us get the word out to everyone who has been blessed by their gifts here at FUMC for 20 years!

Two groups that we ask be on your prayer radar in the coming weeks:
Our Confirmation class - 6 people
Our Youth Mission team to Red Bird Kentucky - 13 people

Church Wide Campus Work Day: (Come be green with us!)
The Trustees are coordinating a church campus work day for Saturday, May 19 beginning at 9 am. More info to come. Please mark this day on your calendar. The Trustees are currently putting together a project scope for that day (pulling weeds, spreading mulch, etc…) - come work as long or as short as you can. We will have a specific list of activities. We are praying for good weather and a good turnout.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
All our recent college graduates
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
The Patterson family in the birth of their new son “Fritz”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Ian McFarlane - recent diagnosis of lympohoma
Pete Hussey - recent death of his mother in Florida
Kim Kuykendall - in home IV antibiotics
Donna Fredericks (our Nursery Director) - healing from gall bladder surgery
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma (treatments beginning)
Ceil Jordan - Bronchitis
Myron Turner - general health
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
Ruth Stefko’s - recent death of her son Mike
Rev. Mike Cloyd - son David and his wife Amy home destroyed in fire. Solar batteries have been removed - final site prep work happening for contractor demo.
George Houdeshel - general health (cancer related)
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Rod McClarnon - eye muscle surgery scheduled for May 25th.
Kerry Rittenhouse - Father passed, Mother continues on Chemo
Jim Norman - cancer diagnosis - treatments and path forward now set
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Bob Head & Carol Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/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
Wow! Generosity is also contagious! Thank you Church!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
May 6……………$ 28,365………………………$382,782

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

Tickle – May 1, 2018

The UMM are providing our TACO Bar themed Cinco de Mayo (well the closest Wed. night to May 5th) this Wednesday - dinner begins at 5 pm. Please come and support the UMM’s ministry. This is a fundraiser to raise money to pay for the gas and equipment repairs for our campus care ministry. I hope we have a big turnout - it is our annual way of saying THANK YOU to all the people who cut the grass on our 31 acre campus as an act of service and love. As I said (with a grin) at all three services on Sunday - come help the UMM’s taco bar raise some gas money.)

Come be with us Thursday night in the Sanctuary for our National Day of Prayer Service at 6:30 pm. The service is designed to be a peaceful time of public and private prayer. Members of our FUMC prayer team will offer the public prayers interlaced with instrumental music that will allow every a peaceful time of private reflective prayer. This service is expected to be about 50 minutes long - come casual. Come talk to God with us.

And don’t forget the RELAY for Life take home box lunches this coming Sunday. If you wish to insure you have a takeout lunch - buy a ticket from a Relay for Life team member - or just go to the MAC kitchen after any of the three worship service this Sunday to pick up your BBQ box lunch - they are $8.

God’s Joy,
Pastor Mark

Welcome our newest members who joined this Sunday:
at 8:30 Doris Wilder 888 Wesley Mountain Drive, Blairsville
at 9:45 Brenda and Jim McCracken 182 Gray Eagle Lane, Blairsville

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Cinco de Mayo meal by the Methodist Men, Taco bar, Mexcian rice, and brownies - Fundraiser for our lawn care
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - will meet 6 pm in the Conference Room.
Confirmation Class begins at 6 pm in the pastor’s office
Youth (Middlers & High Schoolers) meet with Jennifer & Erin
at “The Gathering” at 6 pm
Children (K-5th grade) meet with Ms. Shannon and her helpers
in the Fundamentals room at 6 pm
Disciple II Class in MAC lower level Youth corner class room
Hand Bells practice at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Choir practice - no choir practice tonight

The 3rd Annual Pickelball Tournament sponsored by the Blairsville Pickelball Club will be held at the MAC on May 21 and May 22. This tournament is a benefit for FUMC. All proceeds will be donated to the church. It is the club’s way of saying thank you for providing us with a much needed indoor facility for all skill levels. This tournament at the MAC is open to all players. You do not need to be a member of the Blairsville Pickelball club or the church to sign up. Contact Dave or Marty Evans for more information 312 751 1527

VBS online registration is up and running on our website www.firstmethodistblairsville.com for both participants and volunteers
VBS is June 24-28 from 5 pm to 8 pm. Given that we had 28 little ones (K-5th) in the Children’s Sunday School hour at 9:45 am this last Sunday just in our church, we think we are going to need lot’s of volunteers! Shipwrecked? Come be rescued by Jesus! The behind the scenes construction planning has begun!

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning:
May 13 - Mother’s Day
May 19 - Church Workday (starts at 9 am)
May 19 - Union County Relay for Life Event - Farmers Market
May 19 - Trustee coordinated Campus wide work day
May 20 - Pentecost / Promotion Sunday - Last Day of UC School - May 25
June 3 - UMW Sunday / Youth Mission Trip Send off
June 17 - Father’s Day / UMM Sunday
June 24-28 VBS - all hands on deck! We will be “Shipwrecked!”
July 4 (Wednesday) - Fireworks Outreach Event at FUMC - all hands on deck!
July 28 - Backpack2school FUMC Community Event - all hands on deck!
August 3 - Union County back to school
August 26 - 20th Anniversary Celebration of Jeff Bauman & Keith DeFoor - help us get the word out about this very special Sunday celebration as we worship God in song and music - also celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Keith & Jeff (they started the same month - a very good month - 20 years ago.) There will be a reception by the UMW for them both and their families in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am service. Mark this day and help us get the word out to everyone who has been blessed by their gifts here at FUMC for 20 years!

The Prayer Quilt Ministry is accepting donations to help buy needed supplies for this new (growing) ministry. Just mark “Quilts” on your check. We will move this ministry into our Church Ministry plan in the next planning cycle. Until then, any help you can provide is appreciated. The hand made prayer quilts are being very well received. Help us sustain this vital ministry.

Church Campus Work Day: (Come be green with us!)
The Trustees are coordinating a church campus work day for Saturday, May 19 beginning at 9 am. More info to come. Please mark this day on your calendar. The Trustees are currently putting together a project scope for that day (pulling weeds, spreading mulch, etc…) - come work as long or as short as you can. We will have a specific list of activities. We are praying for good weather and a good turnout.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be” - we have several again!
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Ian McFarlane - recent diagnosis of lympohoma
Margie Bowron - been in UGH - coming home this afternoon - heart rythym
Kim Kuykendall - been at Northside hospital for days fighting infection - home now
Donna Fredericks (our Nursery Director) - gall bladder surgery at UGH Wed
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma (treatments beginning)
Ceil Jordan - was at UGH due to Bronchitis - back home now
Ruth Stefko’s - Son Mike under hospice care. Daughter Dawn Chappell neck injury has new complications - consulting doctors
Rev. Mike Cloyd - son David and his wife Amy home destroyed in fire. Solar batteries have been removed - final site prep work happening for contractor demo.
George Houdeshel - general health (cancer related)
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Rod McClarnon - eye muscle surgery scheduled for May 25th.
Kerry Rittenhouse - Father passed, Mother continues on Chemo
Jim Norman - cancer diagnosis - treatments and path forward now set
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Bob Head & Carol Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/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
Thank you so much for your faithful giving! Our giving across the first 17 weeks of 2018 puts us on an annualized pace to receive $1,085,000. What a blessing! Our ministry plan is based on receiving $1,100,000 through 2018. We usually start way behind in winter and build momentum as the year unfolds.This year, we have started strong in spite of a very harsh winter season. We truly do count on your faithful giving to keep our ministries fully funded. Thank you for every gift! And thank you ministry leaders for being such good stewards of our congregation’s generosity. Our goal is that every dollar received helps grow the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Well done Church!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
April 1…………………$26,485………………………..$ 271,384
April 8…………………$25,549………………………..$ 296,933
April 15……………….$21,577………………………..$ 318,510
April 22……………….$17,730………………………..$ 336,240
April 29……………….$18,176………………………..$ 354,416

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

Tickle – April 24, 2018

The Burgess Family is truly thankful for Sunday’s announcement by your Staff Parish Relations Committee that we will be coming back for our 6th year as your pastoral family. It is a joy to serve Christ along side you in this “Place of Grace.” I look forward to a year of vital mission & ministry, fellowship with people we love, and Kingdom growth as the Holy Spirit continues to move through us. Remember our purpose statement, “through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples.” God is with us! Which is why I look forward to the year to come with great anticipation!
God’s Joy,
Pastor Mark - WOO! HOO!!!

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Chicken pot pie, green beans, salad and dessert. This is a fundraiser for Relay for Life - but no tickets necessary - basket will be out for donations just like every other Wednesday Night Dinner.
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - will meet 6 pm in the Conference Room.
Confirmation Class begins at 6 pm in the pastor’s office
Youth (Middlers & High Schoolers) meet with Jennifer & Erin
at “The Gathering” at 6 pm
Children (K-5th grade) meet with Ms. Shannon and her helpers
in the Fundamentals room at 6 pm
Disciple II Class in MAC lower level Youth corner class room
Hand Bells practice at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Choir practice at 7 pm in the choir room behind the Sanctuary

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning:
May 3 - National Day of Prayer Service at FUMC - 6:30 pm (our Sanctuary)
May 6 - CEC Celebration Sunday / Erin Fincannon Recognition
May 13 - Mother’s Day
May 19 - Church Workday (starts at 9 am)
May 19 - Union County Relay for Life Event - Farmers Market
May 20 - Pentecost / Promotion Sunday - Last Day of UC School - May 25
June 3 - UMW Sunday
June 17 - Father’s Day / UMM Sunday
June 24-28 VBS - all hands on deck! We will be “Shipwrecked!”
July 4 (Wednesday) - Fireworks Outreach Event at FUMC - all hands on deck!
July 28 - Backpack2school FUMC Community Event - all hands on deck!
August 3 - Union County back to school
August 26 - 20th Anniversary Celebration of Jeff Bauman & Keith DeFoor - help us get the word out about this very special Sunday celebration as we worship God in song and music - also celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Keith & Jeff (they started the same month - a very good month - 20 years ago.) There will be a reception for them both and their families in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am service. Mark this day and help us get the word out to everyone who has been blessed by their gifts here at FUMC for 20 years!

United Methodist Men’s Activity:
Sam Wilson is coordinating a United Methodist Men’s fundraiser on May 2 - the annual UMM Cinco de mayo Wednesday night dinner event. It’s going to be a Taco bar this year. If you would like to get to know a few other of the UMM, respond to Sam and offer to help. This fundraiser is to pay for gas and equipment repairs to sustain the UMM campus grass cutting/weedeating ministry. Sam’s email is g1a88man@gmail.com

The Prayer Quilt Ministry is accepting donations to help buy needed supplies for this new (growing) ministry. Just mark “Quilts” on your check. We will move this ministry into our Church Ministry plan in the next planning cycle. Until then, any help you can provide is appreciated. The hand made prayer quilts are being very well received. Help us sustain this vital ministry.

Pat’s Hallmark is supporting our CEC preschool THIS Friday. With every purchase you make on Friday, Pat’s will donate a portion of the proceeds to CEC. If you need graduation or Mother’s Day gifts/cards, consider buying on Friday and helping out CEC.

National Day of Prayer Worship Service at FUMC
The FUMC prayer team with several key music resources will be offering a “laity led” 50 minute service of contemplative prayer Thursday night, May 3rd, at 6:30 pm in our Sanctuary. Prayer team members will be offering the prayers intermingled with contemplative music aimed at creating a Spirit-filled experience of peaceful unity. If you too seek peaceful unity in the world, dress casual and come be with us.

We’ll be celebrating Promotion Sunday on May 20th- We will be promoting our 5th graders to the youth program and recognizing our graduating high schoolers who have been touched by the church over the years. If you wish to be recognized or have your child recognized, please contact the church office and send a picture to firstumc@windstream.net along with their post graduation plans.

Relay for Life Sunday Box Lunch:
We are having a Take-Out, Boxed BBQ lunch - sandwich, 2 sides and dessert - $8.00 on Sunday, May 6th. (the BBQ is being prepared by Award winning Pitmaster Jeremy Bruce!) Tickets are now on sale from any Relay Team member. Buy a ticket and the box lunch will be ready for you to take home after church on May 6.

Church Campus Work Day:
The Trustees are coordinating a church campus work day for Saturday, May 19 beginning at 9 am. More info to come. Please mark this day on your calendar. The Trustees are currently putting together a project scope for that day (pulling weeds, spreading mulch, etc…) - come work as long or as short as you can. We will have a specific list of activities. We are praying for good weather and a good turnout.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be” - we have several!
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Tammy Fowler and Family - recent loss
Ron Taylor - released from hospital and back home
Larry Culpepper - complete healing (sore neck) from his recent car accident
Holly & Mauro Viccaro - passing of Mauro’s Mother
Ian McFarlane - recent diagnosis of lympohoma
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma (treatments beginning)
Ceil Jordan’s procedure is on hold (it was scheduled for April 30 - not April 23 - pastor mark was a week early - but now Ceil has Bronchitis - will re-evaluate
Ruth Stefko’s - Son Mike under hospice care. Daughter Dawn Chappell neck injury has new complications - consulting doctors
Rev. Mike Cloyd - son David and his wife Amy home destroyed in fire. Church mobilizing around them in multiple ways. More info to come.
Janice Boland - recovering from gall bladder surgery
George Houdeshel - general health (cancer related)
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Rod McClarnon - eye muscle surgery scheduled for May 25th.
Kerry Rittenhouse - Father passed, Mother continues on Chemo
Jim Norman - cancer diagnosis - treatments and path forward now set
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Maggie Guerrier - home recovering from back surgery
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Bob Head & Carol Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/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
Thank you so much for your faithful giving!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
April 1…………………$26,485………………………..$ 271,384
April 8…………………$25,549………………………..$ 296,933
April 15……………….$21,577………………………..$ 318,510
April 22……………….$17,730………………………..$ 336,240

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

Tickle – April 17, 2018

Hi~

It is written that to everything there is a season. Apparently, King Solomon was not familiar with Blairsville where you can have 4 seasons in 1 day! 🙂 Yesterday we had fall wind, winter snow, spring rain and today we’re supposed to hit summer temps. Is that crazy or what? Who knows what to wear?! Like life, sometimes you just have to buckle your seatbelt and enjoy the ride or weather - whichever the case may be! I trust that sooner rather than later we will enjoy spring weather that stays.But on to more important things….

Pastor Mark is out of the office today for a conference and will be back tomorrow.

Welcome our newest members from this Sunday in the 11 am service:
Penny Collins/Bruce Johnson - 105 Winter Drive, Morganton, GA 30560

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - NOT your average supper - Chicken Cordon Bleu, rice, vegetable and cheesecake tarts. This is a fundraiser for the kitchen committee.
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - will NOT meet this week.
Confirmation Class begins at 6 pm in the conference room with Pastor Mark.
Youth (Middlers & High Schoolers) meet with Jennifer & Erin
at “The Gathering” at 6 pm
Children (K-5th grade) meet with Ms. Shannon and her helpers
in the Fundamentals room at 6 pm
Disciple II Class in MAC lower level Youth corner class room
Hand Bells practice at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Choir practice at 7 pm in the choir room behind the Sanctuary

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University Course at FUMC:
Rev. Rod McClarnon will kick off a multi week Dave Ramsey Financial Peace course with an introductory session on Wednesday night at 6 pm April 11. There are still full scholarships available to people desiring to take this class. If you wish to know more, contact Stan Wallace stanwallace@windstream.net

Prayer Team was rescheduled for this Thursday night at 5:30 pm (April 19) - topic of discussion will be our plans for our first National Day of Prayer service at FUMC May 3rd

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning:
April - “New Member Month” - many new members across this month!
May 6 - CEC Celebration Sunday / Erin Fincannon Recognition
May 13 - Mother’s Day
May 20 - Pentecost / Promotion Sunday - Last Day of UC School - May 25
June 3 - UMW Sunday
June 24-28 VBS - all hands on deck!
July 4 (Wednesday) - Fireworks Outreach Event at FUMC - all hands on deck!
July 28 - Backpack2school FUMC Community Event - all hands on deck!
August 3 - Union County back to school
August 26 - 20th Anniversary Celebration of Jeff Bauman & Keith DeFoor - help us get the word out about this very special Sunday celebration as we worship God in song and music - also celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Keith & Jeff (they started the same month - a very good month - 20 years ago.) There will be a reception for them both and their families in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am service. Mark this day and help us get the word out to everyone who has been blessed by their gifts here at FUMC for 20 years!

If you heard Pastor Mark Sunday he spoke on the Methodist Men’s grass cutting and weed eating ministry. If you wish to become a part of this team, please contact David Steed at davidsteed90@yahoo.com

We need someone who is willing to drive the media disc out to the Windstream office in Young Harris each week. If you are willing, please talk to Evelyn in the church office. This is a critical ministry need to keep us on Cable TV.

Annual FOCUS gathering on THIS SATURDAY at the Farmers’ Market!
Anyone or any church organization that would like to showcase their ministry please contact Rev. Mike Cloyd whoopiemike@brmemc.net. He is coordinating our FUMC presence at that community event again this year. Provide Mike with the materials/information that you would like to get out to the public. Mike will take some tables and chairs down early on Saturday the 21st, and set things up. Of course anyone who would like to come share the time from
8:30 am - 2:30 pm would be welcome.

13 people are going on our first YOUTH Red Bird Missions Trip in June led by Ken Engle and Pastor Mark. To God be the Glory!

We’ll be celebrating Promotion Sunday on May 20th- We will be promoting our 5th graders to the youth program and recognizing our graduating high schoolers who have been touched by the church over the years. If you wish to be recognized or have your child recognized, please contact the church office and send a picture to firstumc@windstream.net along with their post graduation plans.

Relay for Life:
Your Relay for Life Team would like to thank you for your support in our Spirit Night fundraiser at Chick-fil-A! We raised over $740, had a wonderful time of fellowship and ministered to people who shared their family stories of cancer.
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We are having a Silent Auction this Sunday at the Mac desk area and hallway. Be sure to check out some great items! April 25th’s Wednesday Night Dinner will be a fundraiser for Relay AND we are having a Take-Out, Boxed BBQ lunch with 2 sides and dessert for $8.00 on Sunday, May 6th. (the BBQ is being prepared by Jeremy Bruce!) Tickets are now on sale from any Relay Team member.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Ron Taylor - ICU at Union General, improving slowly from pneumonia
Ruth Stefko’s - Son Mike under hospice care. Daughter Dawn Chappell neck injury has new complications - consulting doctors
Rev. Mike Cloyd - son David and his wife Amy home destroyed in fire. Church mobilizing around them in multiple ways. More info to come.
Janice Boland - recovering from gall bladder surgery
George Houdeshel - general health (cancer related)
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Leslie Hauschild - Father in hospital with pneumonia
Janice Smith - healing hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Bill Fowler - upcoming heart valve replacement
Rod McClarnon - eye muscle surgery scheduled for May 25th.
Manon Thompson - back home
Kerry Rittenhouse - Father passed, Mother continues on Chemo
Jim Norman - cancer diagnosis - treatments and path forward now set
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) with recent cancer diagnosis - awaiting scan results.
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Maggie Guerrier - general health (Kidney and back)
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Bob Head & Carol Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/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 1…………………$26,485………………………..$ 271,384
April 8…………………$25,549………………………..$ 296,933
April 15……………….$21,577………………………..$ 318,510

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

Tickle – April 10, 2018

First and foremost - make certain you spend time in the sunshine this week - it’s back! And it just changes everything! There is just something about being in the presence of the Risen Son…

If you think you might participate in a Red Bird Kentucky week long mission trip the first week of June (Kenny Engle and Pastor Mark are leading) OR the Connectional team week long mission trip the second week of September (led by the Connectional Team Leadership group of which Kenny is part), you are invited to the informational meeting in the Sharp Memorial UMC Fellowship Hall on the Young Harris College campus tonight at 6 pm. Both Kenny and Pastor mark and others will be there to answer questions. The cost for lodging, food, and all construction materials is $375 per soul for the week long work camp experience. It’s a 5.5 hour drive from the church. There are church scholarships available for the FUMC Youth group trip if needed. If you wish to go on your first ever mission trip, this is the way to go. It will change your life to be in ministry to the poorest county in the USA. Can you give one week of your life completely to Christ? Youth deadline is April 15 (we have to give up uncommitted spots after that date for the June trip.)

Welcome our newest members from this Sunday:
Maggie Guerrier 170 Bryant Cove Road, Blairsville, GA 30512
Richard York 487 White Pine Trail Suches, GA 30572
Richard & Leslie Hauschild 1735 Russell Ridge Drive, Hiawassee, GA 30546

Pastor Mark

Wednesday Night Nurture: Starts Back this Wednesday
Dinner at 5 pm - Pizza, salad and dessert
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon (guests welcome to sit in on this first session) - meeting in the Conference Room)
Confirmation Class begins at 6 pm with a gathering in the Pastor’s Office (then Sanctuary for the second half of tonight - parents you can pick them up there)
Youth (Middlers & High Schoolers) meet with Jennifer & Erin
at “The Gathering” at 6 pm
Children (K-5th grade) meet with Ms. Shannon and her helpers
in the Fundamentals room at 6 pm
Disciple II Class in MAC lower level Youth corner class room
Hand Bells practice at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Choir practice at 7 pm in the choir room behind the Sanctuary

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University Course at FUMC:
Rev. Rod McClarnon will kick off a multi week Dave Ramsey Financial Peace course with an introductory session on Wednesday night at 6 pm April 11. There are still full scholarships available to people desiring to take this class. If you wish to know more, contact Stan Wallace stanwallace@windstream.net

Prayer Team was rescheduled for NEXT Thursday night at 5:30 pm (April 19) - topic of discussion will be our plans for our first National Day of Prayer service at FUMC May 3rd

Your Relay for Life team Spirit Night is this Thursday, April 12th from 5:00-7:30 at the Blairsville Chick-fil-a. Please be sure to mention you are there to support FUMC & Relay for Life and a portion of the sale will be donated to our team! ~~
We are still taking orders for a variety of great T Shirts-please see John and Charlene Cook. Beautifully hand painted Luminaries to honor or memorialize your loved ones are $5.00 each and will be on sale in the MAC and Narthex during April and May.

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning:
April - “New Member Month” - many new members across this month!
April 15 - deadline for signature signup to June Red Bird Trip
May 6 - CEC Celebration Sunday / Erin Fincannon Recognition
May 13 - Mother’s Day
May 20 - Pentecost / Promotion Sunday - Last Day of UC School - May 25
June 24-28 VBS - all hands on deck!
July 4 (Wednesday) - Fireworks Outreach Event at FUMC - all hands on deck!
July 28 - Backpack2school FUMC Community Event - all hands on deck!
August 3 - Union County back to school
August 26 - 20th Anniversary Celebration of Jeff Bauman & Keith DeFoor - help us get the word out about this very special Sunday celebration as we worship God in song and music - also celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Keith & Jeff (they started the same month - a very good month - 20 years ago.) There will be a reception for them both and their families in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am service. Mark this day and help us get the word out to everyone who has been blessed by their gifts here at FUMC for 20 years!

We need someone who is willing to drive the media disc out to the Windstream office in Young Harris each week. If you are willing, please talk to Evelyn in the church office. This is a critical ministry need to keep us on Cable TV.

Prayer Quilt Ministry: There is a new quilt in the Bray Chapel that is ready to be prayed over. Please feel free to stop by and tie a knot in it on the lose strings when you pray. The details are provided at the quilt.

Annual FOCUS gathering on Saturday, April 21st, at the Farmers’ Market!
Anyone or any church organization that would like to showcase their ministry please contact Rev. Mike Cloyd whoopiemike@brmemc.net. He is coordinating our FUMC presence at that community event again this year. Provide Mike with the materials/information that you would like to get out to the public. Mike will take some tables and chairs down early on Saturday the 21st, and set things up. Of course anyone who would like to come share the time from
8:30 am - 2:30 pm would be welcome.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Ruth Stefko’s - Son Mike under hospice care. Daughter Dawn Chappell neck injury has new complications - consulting doctors
Rev. Mike Cloyd - son David and his wife Amy home destroyed in fire. Church mobilizing around them in multiple ways. More info to come.
Janice Boland - gall bladder surgery at UGH Thursday morning
George Houdeshel - general health (cancer related)
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Leslie Hauschild - Father in hospital with pneumonia
Janice Smith - healing hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Bill Fowler - upcoming heart valve replacement
Manon Thompson - back home
Kerry Rittenhouse - Father passed, Mother continues on Chemo
Jim Norman - cancer diagnosis - treatments and path forward now set
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) with recent cancer diagnosis - awaiting scan results.
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Maggie Guerrier - general health (Kidney and back)
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Bob Head & Carol Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/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

We are 14 weeks into the 52 week year and off to a good start. Both our giving and expenses are aligned to our Church Council approved 2018 Ministry plan. None of this would be possible without your generous hearts and excellent stewardship. Your Finance team thanks everyone for supporting our FUMC shared plan to do ministry. Keep up the great response!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
April 1…………………$26,485………………………..$ 271,384
April 8…………………$25,549………………………..$ 296,933

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

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