Tickle – June 12, 2018

Pastor Mark and Pam Jordan are away at Annual Conference. Please keep them in your prayers this week.

There is an informational meeting with CASA representatives this Thursday evening at 6:30 pm in the small dining room in the MAC. This is a follow up from Sunday’s mission moment. If you have an interest in being a CASA, this is an excellent time to come learn more about it.

Thank you church for quickly stepping up and beautifying the church grounds before Bob Head’s service last Saturday. It was wonderful for Carol to see the church grounds so beautifully groomed. Thank you for that act of kindness.

The pictorial directory is progressing nicely. Please continue to send in your family’s picture to be included. Several of you have written that you wanted to submit a new picture but have not done so. The pictures can be YOUR pick of setting and style. And if you need one taken, just pop by the office and Evelyn can take one. This directory is for anyone and everyone who calls FUMC their church home. Just email your picture to the church office at firstumc@windstream.net. Picture submissions are open til the end of June.

We will be ordering THE WELL t-shirts again soon for those who wish to purchase. They are $16 for long or short sleeves. Please order via email at terimcg@gmail.com and include sizes. In your email, be sure to include complete information including sleeve length, size, number of shirts, your name and phone number. Checks should be made out to FUMC and left in the church office. Your shirt will be ordered once we have 13 shirts ordered and paid for. You will be notified via email once shirts are ready for pick up in church office. Thanks!

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!

VBS - You can help with Supplies!
We have several things that we need for VBS this year—would you consider helping us with collecting these items before VBS? We need:
25-30 empty, clean, gallon size milk jugs - HAVE ENOUGH
Buttons
4-6 beach balls
Brightly colored finger nail polish (lots and lots!)
LARGE Cardboard boxes in all sizes for decorating - HAVE ENOUGH
Old umbrellas, especially golf size, that you will not get back!
Empty 16 oz. water bottles with lids
Large, red, washable markers
Small bottles of hand sanitizer- HAVE ENOUGH
Pens - HAVE ENOUGH
NEW ITEM NEEDED:
30-35 clean, empty gatorade/powerade single serving size bottles, that are wide mouth.  NEED BY SECOND DAY OF VBS
If you are willing to donate any of these items please place them in the Children’s Ministry office in the main hall between the Sanctuary and the MAC. Thank you!
Our training and meeting schedule for VBS volunteers is as follows:
June 19 at 6pm VBS training in the Sanctuary for all volunteers
June 21 at 6pm Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
June 23 at 10 am Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
Every volunteer must have had Safe Sanctuary training done by Pastor Mark and have had a background check in the last 3 years. If you have not, please plan to attend one of the Safe Sanctuary training events

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning
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 - Backpack 2 school 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!

FUMC is hosting an Early Response Team Certification course on Saturday June 30 in the MAC from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Recipients will earn their ERT badges (which are good for 2 years.) If there is any chance that you might wish to participate in Hurricane Damage response (past or present) – this certification is the entry level training virtually required these days before you will be allowed entrance to an area that has significant damage.
Course materials and lunch are included. The cost is $10 per person. To register, email firstumc@windstream.net or call the church office.

The Head famiy is now inviting the church family to visit Carol Head at the Blue Ridge Assisted Living located right off of Hwy 515 on the other side of Blue Ridge. Visitors are welcome. Just sign in at the welcome desk and they will give you instructions as to her room number. Mailing address is 1600 Ballewtown Road, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513

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 & Branan Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Peace in the Middle East
Kim Kuykendall - back in Northside Hospital Canton to remove device as suspected source of infection
Sandy & Jesse Eady - recent loss
Carol Head and family - recent loss
Gary Ledbetter - home healing from Achillels Tendon surgery
Youth Mission trip - back home
Kenny Engle - healing of knee
Ceil Jordan - did one Stent last week - has doctor appointment to schedule second one in weeks ahead
Alan/Kathy Zimmerman - recent loss
Ian McFarlane - recent diagnosis of lymphoma
Debbie Steed - broken wrist
Nick Poulos - in Florida receiving radiation treatments
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma (treatments beginning)
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
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
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip doing well - preparing to do second hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Rod McClarnon - continuing eye problems
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Jim Norman - chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
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
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
June 3……………. $22,046………………………….. $ 460,150
June 10……………$ 20,360…………………………..$ 480,510

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

Tickle – June 6, 2018

Pastor Mark is with the youth working at RedBird Mission in Kentucky this week. He will be back Sunday.

In the meantime, here is what I know….

There is a VBS Q/A tonight at 6 pm in the sanctuary. This is intended to help anyone who is thinking of volunteering at VBS but isn’t quite sure what all is involved. Come tonight with your questions and Shannon will answer them. (previous VBS volunteers need not attend). Volunteers ARE still needed for VBS.

Wednesday Night Nurture: IS ON SUMMER BREAK!
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - 6 pm in the Conf. Room.

Choir practice - in the Choir room behind the Sanctuary beginning at 7 pm

The pictorial directory is progressing nicely. Please continue to send in your family’s picture to be included. The pictures can be YOUR pick of setting. And if you need one taken, just pop by the office and Evelyn can take one. This directory is for anyone and everyone who calls FUMC their church home. Just email your picture to the church office at firstumc@windstream.net. Picture submissions are open til the end of June.

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!

VBS - You can help with Supplies!
We have several things that we need for VBS this year—would you consider helping us with collecting these items before VBS? We need:
25-30 empty, clean, gallon size milk jugs
Buttons
4-6 beach balls
Brightly colored finger nail polish (lots and lots!)
LARGE Cardboard boxes in all sizes for decorating
Old umbrellas, especially golf size, that you will not get back!
Empty 16 oz. water bottles with lids
Large, red, washable markers
Small bottles of hand sanitizer
Pens
If you are willing to donate any of these items please place them in the Children’s Ministry office in the main hall between the Sanctuary and the MAC. Thank you!
Our training and meeting schedule for VBS volunteers is as follows:
May 31 at 6pm Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
June 5 at 6pm VBS orientation and question and answer session in the Sanctuary
June 19 at 6pm VBS training in the Sanctuary for all volunteers
June 21 at 6pm Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
June 23 at 10 am Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
Every volunteer must have had Safe Sanctuary training done by Pastor Mark and have had a background check in the last 3 years. If you have not, please plan to attend one of the Safe Sanctuary training events

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning
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!

We ask that you keep on your prayer radar THIS week:

Our FUMC Youth Mission team to Red Bird Kentucky - 13 people

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 & Branan Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Peace in the Middle East
Youth and chaperones- Red Bird mission work this week
Ceil Jordan - back home after vascular stents were put in yesterday
Alan/Kathy Zimmerman - recent death of son-in-law
Ian McFarlane - recent diagnosis of lymphoma
Jacque Bentley - recent loss
Debbie Steed - broken wrist
Nick Poulos - in Florida receiving radiation treatments
Myron Turner - cardiac ablation went well last week
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma (treatments beginning)
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
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
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip doing well - preparing to do second hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Rod McClarnon - eye muscle surgery scheduled for May 25th.
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Jim Norman - chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
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.

On a personal note - Thank you for your concern, care, cards and prayers during my mom’s recent hospitalization. She is back at the nursing home continuing to slowly recover. I do thank you for honoring Mark’s request to not beseige me with questions during that time. You,church family, are precious to me and I appreciate all your care for me and my family. ~ Evelyn

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
June 3……………. $22,046………………………….. $ 460,150

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

Tickle – May 29, 2018

I know you just got our June Monthly, so I will keep this short.

Our Youth Red Bird Mission Team will be leaving Sunday morning from our parking lot at 8 am. They will return the following Saturday. Please keep this work camp mission team in your prayers all next week - we have a full week of work ahead of us. The chaperones are Kenny Engle, Jacob Burgess, Ilka Lander and pastor Mark. The youth (middlers and high schoolers) are Emma Lander, Xander and Pearse Ledbetter, Andrew and Jay Jay Engle, Nathan and Grayden Cobb, Cristian Martinez, and Stephen Espinosa. The Burgess family will leave after the 11 am service this Sunday and catch up with the team in Kentucky. We all will return Saturday June 9. Our Youth Director’s (Jennifer De La Montagne) new full time job in Murphy will keep her from this trip - although we truly appreciate her leadership in making this all possible. And Kenny, thank you bunches for all the extra volunteer legwork helping to get us on the road. We could not have done this without you!

Lastly, please make certain you stay in the habit of passing through the Bray Prayer Chapel (across from the pastor’s office) and praying for prayer quilts placed there. The details of each person’s story are on each quilt. Tie a knot in the loose strings on the quilt for each prayer you pray. The Prayer Quilt team then get’s the quilts to the recipients. It is electrifying to receive one of this quilts. There were 7 quilts in there this weekend - they are providing the work of art quilts - you provide the prayers - it’s a match made in heaven! Quilts come and go quickly - we need your prayers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

God’s Peace
pastor mark

Wednesday Night Nurture: IS ON SUMMER BREAK!
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - 6 pm in the Conf. Room.
Confirmation Class will be planting their magnolia tree near the soccer field at 6 pm - if there is no lightning (20 minute activity.)
Jennifer is meeting with the Youth at 6 pm at The Gathering
Choir practice - in the Choir room behind the Sanctuary beginning at 7 pm

PLEASE NOTE CHURCH SUMMER HOURS are now in effect:
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am till 4:00 pm, Fridays 8:00 am till noon.

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

VBS - You can help with Supplies!
We have several things that we need for VBS this year—would you consider helping us with collecting these items before VBS? We need:
25-30 empty, clean, gallon size milk jugs
Buttons
4-6 beach balls
Brightly colored finger nail polish (lots and lots!)
Cardboard boxes in all sizes for decorating
Old umbrellas, especially golf size, that you will not get back!
Empty 16 oz. water bottles with lids
Large, red, washable markers
Small bottles of hand sanitizer
Pens
If you are willing to donate any of these items please place them in the Children’s Ministry office in the main hall between the Sanctuary and the MAC. Thank you!
Our training and meeting schedule for VBS volunteers is as follows:
May 31 at 6pm Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
June 5 at 6pm VBS orientation and question and answer session in the Sanctuary
June 19 at 6pm VBS training in the Sanctuary for all volunteers
June 21 at 6pm Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
June 23 at 10 am Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
Every volunteer must have had Safe Sanctuary training done by Pastor Mark and have had a background check in the last 3 years. If you have not, please plan to attend one of the Safe Sanctuary training events

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:
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 - last class this Wednesday
Our FUMC Youth Mission team to Red Bird Kentucky - 13 people
We will be leaving June 3 and returning June 9

Blairsville Pickleball Youth Clinic
Location – Meeks Park in Blairsville Tennis / Pickleball Courts
Time – 8:15 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Date – June 4, 5, 6 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
Cost – “Free”
Who can participate – Coed youth (boys and girls) ages 12 to 14
The Blairsville Pickleball Club will host the first annual Pickleball Clinic for coed youth ages 12 to 14 years old. The Club will provide top adult and youth expertise in the sport of Pickleball, net systems, balls and paddles for all participants. The cost to participate is “FREE”. Each youth participant will receive a T-shirt and valuable instruction on the game and playing time to develop the skills of the game. Each participant will provide their own snack and water/Gatorade each day. Additionally, each participant is to furnish their own tennis shoes and appropriate playing attire (shorts, socks, shirts, baseball style hat, sunscreen.) Pickleball is currently the fastest growing sport in America. It is fun, skillful and great exercise. Each participant will have developed the skills needed to play the game at the conclusion of the clinic. To participate contact Chuck Herrera 281-683-6262 (call or text) or email at cnv_herrera@yahoo.com or contact Donnie Woodham 404-597-7193 (text or call)

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
The Sante Fe TX families
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Peace in the Middle East
Jacque Bentley - Mother passed (Jo George) - service will be at 1rst Baptist Saturday - family is still planning details - we will send out a notice
Myron Turner - cardiac oblation today at Atlanta Piedmont - was to begin about an hour ago.
Marilyn Barnes - recent loss
Evelyn Ueltzen - Mother is supposed to go back to nursing home tomorrow; daughter having c-section tomorrow to deliver #4 grandchild
Kelly Schuknecht - at home healing with new, new hip
Nick Poulos - radiation treatments in Florida begin next week
Debbie Steed - broken wrist today (surgery when swelling goes down)
Ceil Jordan - vascular stents at St. Joseph Hospital June 4
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma (treatments beginning)
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
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
Janice Smith - healing hip doing well - preparing to do second hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - now in remission!!! Woo! Hoo!!!
Rod McClarnon - healing from eye surgery - went well.
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Jim Norman - chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
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.
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
Your giving fuels the ministry of this Church. This is that time of the year when our giving tends to fade a bit. Help us stay financially strong as we encounter summer together.

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
May 6……………$28,365………………………$382,782
May 13………….$18,129………………………$400,912
May 20………….$15,494………………………$416,406
May 27 not counted yet due to holiday

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

Tickle – May 15, 2018

Hot dogs on the Hill was a hoot last Wednesday! I am still trying to find two more of my family’s frisbees - anyone know where they are?

Mother’s, Mom’s and Mommies - we pray you had a great day on Sunday. We are celebrating the birth of baby Fritz Patterson (Congrats Matthew, Lindsay and Evie!) Thank you Church for helping to pray that child into the world - keep praying, we have more Mommies “to be” who are waiting…

Thank you Table of Grace for feeding our hungry community “love” across lunch time in the MAC today!

Come participate in our last Wednesday Night dinner - a pot luck picnic inside the MAC at 5 pm. Ro & the Robinettes have the main course and drinks covered. Bring a dessert or side to share and come enjoy the fellowship.

On Friday night, your preschool ministry is celebrating the 4 yr old graduation ceremony in the Sanctuary. You are invited to the program and to come show your support for this class of 4 yr olds. They came to our celebration of CEC Sunday on May 6th - come help us return the favor in the Sanctuary as we REACH OUT to these families together. If you have never been to one of these, come - it will bless your socks off!

On behalf of the Trustees, I thank all of you who have ALREADY spent time out here this week caring for our church campus ahead of the Saturday work day coming up this weekend. THANK YOU for helping make God’s house shine. As you are able, meet with us Saturday morning at 9 am as we follow the Trustees guidance in making the most out of Saturday morning to finish the work of sprucing up this campus. Bring gloves!

The Union County Relay for Life event is at the Union County Farmers Market this Saturday from 4 pm until 10 pm. Seek out our FUMC Relay for Life booth and join our team (if you dare!) Please bring a chair to sit in - the Survivors dinner begins at 4:30 pm (not 5 pm.)

Just a reminder, Church Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, at 6:30 pm in the lower level of the MAC.

God’s Joy
pastor mark

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Church-wide picnic
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - 6 pm in the Conf. Room.
Confirmation Class begins at 6 pm in the Pastor’s office
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 - not this Wednesday
Choir practice - in the Choir room behind the Sanctuary 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

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 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 / 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 FUMC Youth Mission team to Red Bird Kentucky - 13 people

Blairsville Pickleball Youth Clinic
Location – Meeks Park in Blairsville Tennis / Pickleball Courts
Time – 8:15 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Date – June 4, 5, 6 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
Cost – “Free”
Who can participate – Coed youth (boys and girls) ages 12 to 14
The Blairsville Pickleball Club will host the first annual Pickleball Clinic for coed youth ages 12 to 14 years old. The Club will provide top adult and youth expertise in the sport of Pickleball, net systems, balls and paddles for all participants. The cost to participate is “FREE”. Each youth participant will receive a T-shirt and valuable instruction on the game and playing time to develop the skills of the game. Each participant will provide their own snack and water/Gatorade each day. Additionally, each participant is to furnish their own tennis shoes and appropriate playing attire (shorts, socks, shirts, baseball style hat, sunscreen.) Pickleball is currently the fastest growing sport in America. It is fun, skillful and great exercise. Each participant will have developed the skills needed to play the game at the conclusion of the clinic. To participate contact Chuck Herrera 281-683-6262 (call or text) or email at cnv_herrera@yahoo.com or contact Donnie Woodham 404-597-7193 (text or call)

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 & Branan Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Peace in the Middle East
Ian McFarlane - recent diagnosis of lymphoma
Larry Rosenberry - procedure tomorrow at UGH
Pete Hussey - recent loss
Nick Poulos - returning to Florida for treatments
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma (treatments beginning)
Myron Turner - general health (tests)
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
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
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip doing well - preparing to do second hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Rod McClarnon - eye muscle surgery scheduled for May 25th.
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Jim Norman - chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
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………………………$382,782
May 13………….$ 18,129………………………$400,912

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

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!

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