Tickle – March 13, 2018

It is great to be back from a week away. How could I fall three weeks behind by taking off just one week? That’s the way it feels today on my first day back. But seriously, here is what I am reminded of once again - we have the most gifted team of people at FUMC - thank you staff team, thank you volunteers, thank you for doing all you do. You are all awesome!

And I celebrate with you - lots of wonderful stories regarding the Hope House Super Chef Showdown we hosted on Saturday in the MAC. Thank you Jennifer & Youth & FUMC for raising almost $1000 for Hope House through the FUMC Youth money jar - (you guys are on fire!) Well done!!!

We are a praying church. What a joy to see all the prayer knots representing your individual prayers over that prayer quilt in the Bray Chapel - it was presented to Maggie Guerrier this week.

I hope to see everyone Wednesday Night at our one hour OVERFLOW concert in the MAC - it begins at 6:30 (approximately one hour this time.) The concert is free. They have some new music prepared! Don’t miss it! It could be part of your journey from Spiritual winter to Spiritual SPRING.
God’s JOY
Pastor Mark

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Bangers and Mash to be served in the fellowship hall. This is a fundraiser for the Girl Scouts.
There is no Adult Bible Study this week - due to the OVERFLOW CONCERT in the MAC from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
There is no Children’s ministry (K-5th grader) tonight - come to the concert!
Youth (Middlers & High Schoolers) - special note from Jennifer:
Students! Parents! Congregation! Looking for something to do between dinner and the Overflow Concert this Wednesday? Come to a brief informational meeting down in the Youth Room beginning at 6:00 pm! We will be discussing:
*Our Summer Schedule
*An Awesome Mission Trip Opportunity
*Special Ops Registration for Congregation Members

Special Ops Servants will be integral to a new mentoring program, enabling our summer program to continue until our new Youth Intern arrives in August, and by serving as a Safe Sanctuary Second Adult for Youth Sunday School from May 19 - August.

Join us for 15 minutes on Wednesday prior to the concert and learn how your gifts and talents can bless our youth at First Methodist!

There are 40 baby bottles still unaccounted for the Women’s Enrichment Center fundraiser. If you have a bottle, filled or unfilled, please return the bottle asap to the church office.

The prayer quilt ministry is in need of large pieces of 100% cotton material to use for the backing of these quilts. If you’d like to donate material, please drop it off at the church office.

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. If you wish to know more, contact Rod McClarnon rodmcc@windstream.net or Stan Wallace stanwallace@windstream.net

Relay for Life team:
Daffodils sold by the Relay for Life team will arrive Monday March 19th and can be picked up at 6:00 in the Mac Dining room.Please remember to support our team by eating at ZAXBY’S! They will donate $1.00 for every $10 you spend, as long as you present our VOUCHER! This is the last week for this fundraiser. YCJCY1D

The United Methodist Men are going to provide a breakfast in the fellowship hall for the Worship Choir & guest instrumentalists (& spouses) at 9:45 AM between the 8:30 & 11:00 AM Cantata presentations on Palm Sunday, March 25, as an act of appreciation for all their work making the Easter Cantata happen for all of us. Because they must sing again at 11 we will have a relatively light breakfast for them consisting of scrambled eggs, mixed fruit bowl, cinnamon roll, juice and coffee. We have a group of 5 men so far committed to making this happen. We will be serving approximately 80 people. If you would like to help in this act of discipleship (and you should still be able to attend the 11 am service), please contact Sam Wilson g1a88man@gmail.com

This Wednesday, the Women’s Bible Study will begin a 6 week study by Tiffany Bluhm. Join us on the lower level of the MAC in the center Youth room at 10am on Wednesday mornings! If you have questions contact Shannon Burgess at sburgess421@gmail.com. Books are available at cokesbury.com and amazon.com.

Please help us fill our 2018 confirmation class. The class will be on Wednesday nights (6 pm to 7 pm) beginning April 11 for six consecutive Wednesdays. The class will be led by me and include some of my helpers from time to time. You do not need to be raised in our church to go through this class. It is open to the community we serve. It is designed for current fifth graders. However, you are invited if you are a few years older but never had the chance to complete confirmation. This is the class in our tradition that intentionally prepares youth in their discernment to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Nothing is more important than this holy - life giving - invitation!

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
Our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Kelly Schuknecht - now home recovering from hip surgery
Bill Fowler - at Atlanta Piedmont (cardiac related proactive testing)
Manon Thompson - transferred to Salude Rehab Center, 601 Northolt Parkway, Suwanee, Georgia 30024
Sheila Loy’s Dad (Willis Cochran) recovering from knee replacement
Kerry Rittenhouse - both parents undergoing chemo
Will Stafford - recent loss in his extended family
Jack Duggar - safely back home from mission trip to Indonesia
Tatmans, Franklins and Camden Goddard mission trip to Orphanage Emmanuel, March 9-16 (they arrived safely in Honduras)
Patty Norwood - recovering from eye surgery
Dave Evans - recovering from knee surgery
Jim Norman - difficult cancer diagnosis
Joe Kennard - knee
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
Debbie Steed - radiation treatments (10 left to go - almost 3/4 done)
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer)
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) - has completed radiation treatments
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - general health
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 THANK YOU! Your generosity is wonderful!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
March 4………. $ 29,712……………………..$ 184,555
March 11………$ 15,939……………………..$ 200,494

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

Tickle – February 27, 2018

Do you see the sun today? How glorious it is! It reminds me that spring IS coming- winter doesn’t last forever. Do I hear an amen? If you’ve been careful to stay home this winter because of the cold and illness, I hope that as the weather does become prettier you will venture back into church. It is a place where the SON shines all the time.

Wednesday Night Nurture

Dinner at 5 pm - Mac ‘n cheese with ham, vegetable and dessert
There is no Adult Bible Study this week - Pastor Mark will be doing chapel at Young Harris College. You are welcome to come and join him in the YHC Chapel beginning at 7 pm.
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
Hand Bells practice this Wednesday at 6 pm
Choir practice at 7 pm in the choir room behind the Sanctuary

If you know someone willing to sell a portable oxygen machine, please contact Kristi Tornabene kristi.tornabene@gmail.com

There is a prayer quilt in the Bray Chapel ready to be prayed over. The instructions are posted in the room.
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The prayer quilt ministry is in need of large pieces of 100% cotton material to use for the backing of these quilts. If you’d like to donate material, please drop it off at the church office.

Our Relay for Life team is taking orders for beautiful fresh cut daffodils. They are $5.00 for a bunch of 10. Orders will be turned in by TOMORROW and the Daffodils will arrive on March 29th for distribution. Please contact Glenda Taylor at 706-781-7528 or any Relay team member to place your order.
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Zaxby’s is sponsoring our Relay for Life team with a 2 week fundraising opportunity. For every $10 you spend at the Blairsville Zaxby’s between March 4th and March 17, our team will receive $1.00! However, you MUST present our voucher to Zaxby’s. Vouchers will be in this week’s bulletin and Relay for Life team members will have extras to hand out. There is no limit on how many times you may visit, so please visit often! YCJCY1D!

Firewood Ministry Needs Willing Hands.
Our Firewood Ministry partnership with Antioch Baptist Church has distributed a very large amount of wood to needy individuals and families this winter, and we anticipate a continued heavy demand. However, the number of folks from both churches who participate in this effort has gone down over the past several months. We really need additional help in loading, unloading, and splitting cut wood. We could even use additional chainsaw help. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, contact either David Kuykendall kandd2@windstream.net or Kyle Freed zep8997@gmail.com

We have infants and toddlers at all three services - WHICH MEANS - we need NURSERY HELP at all three worship services! Our Nursery Director (Donna Fredericks) coordinates schedules if you would like to volunteer for one worship our in our team rotation. Please contact Shannon Burgess at 770 365 8967 or Donna Fredericks at 239 821 0178.

VBS DATES CHANGE:

Correct dates are June 24-28 in the evening

Please help us fill our 2018 confirmation class. The class will be on Wednesday nights (6 pm to 7 pm) beginning April 11 for six consecutive Wednesdays. The class will be led by me and include some of my helpers from time to time. You do not need to be raised in our church to go through this class. It is open to the community we serve. It is designed for current fifth graders. However, you are invited if you are a few years older but never had the chance to complete confirmation. This is the class in our tradition that intentionally prepares youth in their discernment to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Nothing is more important than this holy - life giving - invitation!

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Families in Parkland and Coral Springs Florida
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The Olympics
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
Our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Kelly Schuknecht - dislocated hip, in pain, waiting to see doctor
Manon Thompson - hip replacement surgery went well yesterday, at Northside Cherokee Hospital until Thursday then on to rehab
Marie Goddard - sister passed
Jim Norman - difficult cancer diagnosis
Claudia Deprez - daughter Jeny Lyn in AZ Hosopital with meningitis
Joe Kennard - knee
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - pursuing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Nancy Sanford’s Mother (Geneva Will) - scans show lung cancer is shrinking
Phil Sallings - general health
Debbie Steed - radiation treatments
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer)
Rod Johnson - at home with bronchitus
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) - radiation treatments
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Claudia Deprez - general health
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Bob Head & 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 THANK YOU! Your generosity is wonderful!

……………………….Received……………….YTD Received
February 4th ….$29,476……………………$102,818
February 11th…$21,152……………………$123,970
February 18th…$17,694……………………$141,664
February 25th…$13,178……………………$154,843

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

Tickle – February 20, 2018

We are now firmly within the purple season of Lent - prepare to stare at purple! It is a time of reflection, renewal, and repentance in our life resurrecting faith. We handed out 25 “Easter in a basket” baskets Sunday to the little ones so that you can enter into an intentional Lenten time at home with your children. We anticipate handing out more in the week to come. Families, grow your small children into the wonder of our faith. There is a legacy of love to be shared from this place of grace. Don’t miss out! Thank you Table of Grace for feeding the hungry a quality hot lunch today! How many OASIS mailers got prepared today by the folding team - over 1000! WOW! And VBS volunteers - please note the date change - our VBS will be June 24-28. The March Newsletter will be shortly with all our Easter cycle plans - read it very carefully!
God’s JOY, pastor mark

Join with me in celebration of our newest members:
Eric & Aurore Miller 405 Coleman River Road, Clayton, Georgia 30525

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Chicken fingers, potato salad and dessert
There is no Adult Bible Study this week
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
Hand Bells practice this Wednesday at 6 pm
Choir practice at 7 pm in the choir room behind the Sanctuary

If you know someone willing to sell a portable oxygen machine, please contact Kristi Tornabene kristi.tornabene@gmail.com

REMINDER: All WEC baby bottles are due back in this Sunday.

Disciple Now! (Youth DNOW): The 2018 DNOW event will be at Canal Lake Bible Camp Feb 23-25. Registration is $25 per youth. Registration packets are available from Jennifer or Evelyn. If you have questions, contact our Youth Director jdelamontagne@aol.com

Our Relay for Life team is taking orders for beautiful fresh cut daffodils. They are $5.00 for a bunch of 10. Orders will be turned in on February 28th and the Daffodils will arrive on March 29th for distribution. Please contact Glenda Taylor at 706-781-7528 or any Relay team member to place your order.

Firewood Ministry Needs Willing Hands.
Our Firewood Ministry partnership with Antioch Baptist Church has distributed a very large amount of wood to needy individuals and families this winter, and we anticipate a continued heavy demand. However, the number of folks from both churches who participate in this effort has gone down over the past several months. We really need additional help in loading, unloading, and splitting cut wood. We could even use additional chainsaw help. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, contact either David Kuykendall kandd2@windstream.net or Kyle Freed zep8997@gmail.com

Member Carol Rogers has just published a book of writings titled Heavenly Sounds which will be available at both desks. The price is $16 to be donated to SAFE house.

We have infants and toddlers at all three services - WHICH MEANS - we need NURSERY HELP at all three worship services! Our Nursery Director (Donna Fredericks) coordinates schedules if you would like to volunteer for one worship our in our team rotation. Please contact Shannon Burgess at 770 365 8967 or Donna Fredericks at 239 821 0178.

VBS DATES CHANGE:

Correct dates are June 24-28 in the evening

Please help us fill our 2018 confirmation class. The class will be on Wednesday nights (6 pm to 7 pm) beginning April 11 for six consecutive Wednesdays. The class will be led by me and include some of my helpers from time to time. You do not need to be raised in our church to go through this class. It is open to the community we serve. It is designed for current fifth graders. However, you are invited if you are a few years older but never had the chance to complete confirmation. This is the class in our tradition that intentionally prepares youth in their discernment to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Nothing is more important than this holy - life giving - invitation!

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Families in Parkland and Coral Springs Florida
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The Olympics
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
Our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Jim Norman - difficult cancer diagnosis
Claudia Deprez - daughter Jeny Lyn in AZ Hosopital with meningitis
Joe Kennard - knee
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - pursuing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Nancy Sanford’s Mother (Geneva Will) - scans show lung cancer is shrinking
Phil Sallings - general health
Debbie Steed - radiation treatments
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer)
Rod Johnson - at home with bronchitus
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) - radiation treatments
Manon Thompson — back home but needs our prayers for continued healing
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Claudia Deprez - general health
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Bob Head & 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 THANK YOU! Your generosity is wonderful!

……………………….Received……………….YTD Received
February 4th ….$29,476……………………$102,818
February 11th…$21,152……………………$123,970
February 18th…$17,694……………………$141,664

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

Tickle – February 13, 2018

Thank you church for shining so bright Friday night - Bright WHITE is truly quite a sight! You have given so much of yourselves. Time to be filled up. Come to a very special Ash Wednesday service in our Sanctuary Wednesday night at 6 pm. We have “something different” planned for this Valentines day celebration of the beginning of Lent.
God’s JOY, pastor mark
ps…the daffodils are beginning to appear above the ground at the parsonage - whispers of spring are all around us - look closely and smile a warm smile.

Join with me in celebration our newest members:
Bob & Gerri Johnson 1030 Gibbs Road, Blairsville GA 30512
Tsali & Jacque Bentley PO Box 1489, Blairsville GA 30514

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Pork loin, green beans, potatoes and dessert
Adults, Youth and Children are invited to the Ash Wed service at 6 pm
No Hand Bells practice this Wednesday
Choir practice at 7 pm in the choir room behind the Sanctuary

United Methodist Men Saturday 9 am Planning Meeting: If you would like to sit in on a planning meeting for the United Methodist Men of this church - come be with us on February 17 (Saturday) at 9 am in the Fellowship Hall as we plan UMM events for calendar year 2018. This meeting will end before 10 am. Just planning - nothing else. Bring your calendars and ideas!

Disciple Now (Youth DNOW): The 2018 DNOW event will be at Canal Lake Bible Camp Feb 23-25. Registration is $25 per youth. Registration packets are available from Jennifer or Evelyn. If you have questions, contact our Youth Director jdelamontagne@aol.com

Our Relay for Life team is taking orders for beautiful fresh cut daffodils. They are $5.00 for a bunch of 10. Orders will be turned in on February 28th and the Daffodils will arrive on March 29th for distribution. Please contact Glenda Taylor at 706-781-7528 or any Relay team member to place your order.

Firewood Ministry Needs Willing Hands.
Our Firewood Ministry partnership with Antioch Baptist Church has distributed a very large amount of wood to needy individuals and families this winter, and we anticipate a continued heavy demand. However, the number of folks from both churches who participate in this effort has gone down over the past several months. We really need additional help in loading, unloading, and splitting cut wood. We could even use additional chainsaw help. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, contact either David Kuykendall kandd2@windstream.net or Kyle Freed zep8997@gmail.com

Member Carol Rogers has just published a book of writings titled Heavenly Sounds which will be available at both desks. The price is $16 to be donated to SAFE house.

Please help us fill our 2018 confirmation class. The class will be on Wednesday nights (6 pm to 7 pm) beginning April 11 for six consecutive Wednesdays. The class will be led by me and include some of my helpers from time to time. You do not need to be raised in our church to go through this class. It is open to the community we serve. It is designed for current fifth graders. However, you are invited if you are a few years older but never had the chance to complete confirmation. This is the class in our tradition that intentionally prepares youth in their discernment to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Nothing is more important than this holy - life giving - invitation!

Consider Anchoring Yourself to Something Rock Solid:
Have you been worshipping with us for some time? Have you found a church home where you encounter the Holy? Maybe it’s time to take that next step. Prayerfully consider uniting with what Jesus is doing through us here at FUMC of Union County. You are invited to put your faith anchor down here. If you feel that now is the time, simply make an appointment to spend some time with pastor mark. He can answer whatever questions you may have. We are family here at this place of grace. And you are invited to come be part of the family with us. The Church Office phone is 706-745-2073 - ask for Evelyn - tell her you wish to make an appointment to see the pastor about membership. She is here during the day Monday through Thursday and Friday mornings.

Critical FUMC Open Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)
Can you push a button? Then you have the background necessary to sit in the chair that controls what goes up on the screens. We have systems in place that boil it down to being that straight forward. Let pastor mark know if you would like to serve one day a month in the 11 am service in this critical role.
firstumcpastor@windstream.net

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The Olympics
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
Our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Sandy Eady - illness has recently become pneumonia (at home)
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - pursuing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Nancy Sanford’s Mother (Geneva Will) - scans show lung cancer is shrinking
Phil Sallings - general health
Debbie Steed - radiation treatments
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer)
Rod Johnson - continued testing to diagnose vision issues
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) - radiation treatments
Manon Thompson — back home but needs our prayers for continued healing
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Claudia Deprez - general health
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Bob Head & 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 have started the year off strong despite winter weather and so much illness. Thank you for your committed giving even when so many are unable to come to church due to illness concerns. Your continued passion for serving this church through your giving is truly a wonderful witness to Christ. WE THANK YOU!!!

……………………….Received……………….YTD Received
February 4th ….$29,476……………………$102,818
February 11th…$21,152……………………$123,970

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

Tickle – February 6, 2018

Church, you have a God sized heart! On the last Sunday of January, we did a special appeal to support Operation Footlocker (the Morning Glory UMW Circle led ministry that sends care packages to service men and women in forward deployments.) We received $1,400 of second mile giving on this single Sunday appeal to help fund this ministry! The Youth led soup-or-bowl can drive “filled up” an entire vehicle with cans that were delivered to the food pantry this morning - wait until you see the picture in worship! Thank you Table of Grace for feeding our hungry community a hot lunch today. We called off the 8:30 am service last Sunday to keep people safe from the winter weather early in the day. And yet, we received almost $30,000 last week in giving. YOU ARE AN AMAZING CHURCH! We may have only had 2 services Sunday - but both were AWESOME! Remember our wellness protocols (love each other “without shaking hands” until Easter Sunday on April 1.) And lastly, please help us saturate our “A Night To Shine” event this Friday with prayer. We have approximately 70 guests with special needs coming to this dinner/dance event from our region and 230 trained volunteers from our church, other churches, both colleges, and our community in general ready to greet them and their families. The decorations are beginning to go up. So much good work is happening. God’s house has been prepared to host “love.”
God’s JOY,

Pastor Mark

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Pizza, salad, and dessert
Youth meet at “The Gathering” with Jennifer & Erin at 6 pm
Children meet with Ms. Shannon and her helpers at 6 pm
Hand bells practice at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Choir practice at 7 pm in the choir room behind the Sanctuary
Adult Bible Study “Mark with mark” in the Fidelis Sunday School Room 6 pm

Dementia Caregiver Support Group: A new support group is being sponsored by the Parish Nurses. It is a support group for those giving care to dementia patients, are related to dementia patients or have an interest in helping people with dementia. It meets on the 1st Wednesday (Feb 7 this month - this Wednesday) of each month at 3:00 pm in the downstairs of the MAC, M7. If you need more info, please contact Kathy Fain at 706 969 6549.

This Sunday is our annual celebration of Boy Scout Sunday. Representatives from Boy Scout Troop 101 and Cub Scout Pack 101 will be with us at the 11 am service. There will be a very special recognition of our 52 year relationship with Boy Scouts as we celebrate several of the original charter members who will be with us in worship as our special guests. A very special luncheon follows the 11 am service in the fellowship hall for those who currently are or have been part of our Boy/Cub Scouting program.

Please put our ASH Wednesday Worship service in our Sanctuary on your calendars - it is Wednesday night, February 14, in our Sanctuary at 6 pm.

Firewood Ministry Needs Willing Hands.
Our Firewood Ministry partnership with Antioch Baptist Church has distributed a very large amount of wood to needy individuals and families this winter, and we anticipate a continued heavy demand. However, the number of folks from both churches who participate in this effort has gone down over the past several months. We really need additional help in loading, unloading, and splitting cut wood. We could even use additional chainsaw help. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, contact either David Kuykendall kandd2@windstream.net or Kyle Freed zep8997@gmail.com

There is a stamping/punching greeting card workshop on February 13th at 10:00 am in the MAC. This course will be taught by Kathy Heyer. For more info call her at 706 994 4990.

I would like to speak to “all the men of our church” for just a moment. If you would like to sit in on a planning meeting for the United Methodist Men of this church - come be with us on February 17 (Saturday) at 9 am in the Fellowship Hall as we plan UMM events for calendar year 2018. This meeting will end before 10 am. Just planning - nothing else. Bring your calendars!

Member Carol Rogers has just published a book of writings titled Heavenly Sounds which will be available at both desks. The price is $16 to be donated to SAFE house.

Please help us fill our 2018 confirmation class. The class will be on Wednesday nights (6 pm to 7 pm) beginning April 11 for six consecutive Wednesdays. The class will be led by me and include some of my helpers from time to time. You do not need to be raised in our church to go through this class. It is open to the community we serve. It is designed for current fifth graders. However, you are invited if you are a few years older but never had the chance to complete confirmation. This is the class in our tradition that intentionally prepares youth in their discernment to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Nothing is more important than this holy - life giving - invitation!

Consider Anchoring Yourself to Something Rock Solid:
Have you been worshipping with us for some time? Have you found a church home where you encounter the Holy? Maybe it’s time to take that next step. Prayerfully consider uniting with what Jesus is doing through us here at FUMC of Union County. You are invited to put your faith anchor down here. If you feel that now is the time, simply make an appointment to spend some time with pastor mark. He can answer whatever questions you may have. We are family here at this place of grace. And you are invited to come be part of the family with us. The Church Office phone is 706-745-2073 - ask for Evelyn - tell her you wish to make an appointment to see the pastor about membership. She is here during the day Monday through Thursday and Friday mornings.

Critical FUMC Open Service Opportunities: (PLEASE CONSIDER!)
Can you push a button? Then you have the background necessary to sit in the chair that controls what goes up on the screens. We have systems in place that boil it down to being that straight forward. Let pastor mark know if you would like to serve one day a month in the 11 am service in this critical role.
firstumcpastor@windstream.net

And for you long term planners who really desire to volunteer for Vacation Bible School, VBS will be Group’s “Shipwrecked - Saved by Jesus” on June 3-7 (Sunday through Thursday evenings.)

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:

Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The Olympics
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
Our expecting Mommies to be
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Lamar & Jackie Franklin daughter-in-law (Sherry Franklin) - ICU Nashville
Sandy Eady - illness has recently become pneumonia (at home)
Glen & Jan Boland nephew (Trevor Holden) - surgery Friday to rebuild bone in forehead
Charles Smith - moved to Chatuge Regional Hospital - Room 129
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - pursuing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Nancy Sanford’s Mother (Geneva Will) - scans show lung cancer is shrinking
Phil Sallings - general health
Debbie Steed - radiation treatments
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer)
Rod Johnson - continued testing to diagnose vision issues
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Mitzi Gasaway - cousin in TX diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Susan & Walt Forrester’s brother in law - pancreatic cancer surgery
Alice Aiken (Rev. Jim Aiken’s wife) - radiation treatments
Manon Thompson — back home but needs our prayers for continued healing
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Claudia Deprez - general health
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Norm Rogers - recent prostate cancer diagnosis
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - continuing cancer related treatments
Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/Greg Lane – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Finance

If you would like a year-end contribution statement, please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. Thank you for your Divine generosity! Just a reminder that the 2018 Giving year is well underway. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

……………………….Received……………….YTD Received
February 4th ….$29,476……………………$102, 818

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

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