Tickle – August 15, 2017

Thank you Table of Grace for feeding our greater Blairsville community a hot lunch today. Our Table of Grace teams provide that free meal on the first and third Tuesdays for all who are hungry in our community. Thank you for conveying Christ into the world.

Thank you UMM for cutting down/up the four dead trees at the parsonage Saturday - much appreciated! And thank you UMM for all the work on our church campus - even though several of our mowers have been in the shop - the campus is magnificient - well done!

This Wednesday is a very special day for us. We begin our Wednesday night dinners again with a churchwide “indoor” picnic in the air conditioned MAC. The church is providing the BBQ. Bring a side or a dessert if you can and just join the feast at 5 pm. We have lot’s of new folks - make an effort to introduce yourselves to people you may not know. Our Youth Director (Jennifer de la Montagne) will also be there to say hello. Her FUMC email will be jennifer.fumcyouth@aol.com At 6 pm, there are two very special things happening. Our Stephen Ministry is providing a healing prayer service for everyone in the Sanctuary. At the same time, all our parents and youth are invited to meet with Jennifer (and our Youth Helper from YHC Erin Fincannon) in the lower level of the MAC. And the choir practice cycle begins at 7 pm.

I know the weather may not feel like it - but it is now the Fall cycle!
God’s Joy, mark

HELP! The altar flower book is missing! If you know where it is, please call Evelyn and tell her!

Closed for the Eclipse but Open for Sunday Worship

The Church Council Eclipse Task Force conversation has resulted in the decision that it’s in the best interest of the church to close the entire campus on Monday, August 21st (Eclipse Monday). We plan to block off the 515 entrances with our two church vans for Sunday worship and also to keep vehicles out on Monday - the day of the eclipse. I think the glasses are almost all sold.

Red Bird Mission

We are collecting baby items (clothing, diapers, bottles, formula) for Red Bird Mission. There are boxes at each entrance to receive the items.

Not this week, but Upcoming Key Events

1. Two new classes for Adults on Wednesday Nights begin August 23rd at 6 pm. First, Rod McClarnon will be teaching a multiweek study entitled “Whose Plan is it Anyway?” Second, Pastor Mark will be teaching a three week UM101 course - good class for people wanting to find out what iit means to be a Methodist. Nursery is provided on Wednesday nights along with Children’s programs and Youth programs. All start at 6 pm August 23.
2. Women’s Bible Study begins meeting again next Wednesday, 23rd at 10 am in the lower level of the MAC. In August we will finish our spring study. They will begin a new study A Woman Overwhelmed on September 13th.
3. UMM/BSA Troop 101 Community Pancake Breakfast Saturday, August 26 If you want to help, contact Joe Kennard kenhurst@verizon.net
4. Help us paint the inside and outside of our local Habitat for Humanity House 8-26 (spilling into the next week as necessary to complete the work.) The house is basically behind Ace hardware - eat breakfast at our Pancake fundraiser and then come help us paint the inside of the house - everything supplied - there is also a couple of deck railings that need to be built. Contact Peggy Schultz for more details peggator@windstream.net
5. Shannon and Mark Burgess will be facilitating a Disciple 1 fast track 24 week Bible study course on Sunday afternoons beginning September 10. Contact Shannon at sburgess421@gmail.com if you wish to sign up or have questions. This is a perfect study for folks who have never done any Bible study at anytime in their life. Books cost $15 each of the two 12 weeks.
6. Young Harris College is proud to welcome the world famous Glen Miller Orchestra to the YHC campus on Thursday, September 14th at 7pm. Please join us for a fine evening of beautiful music. The Fine Arts Building on the YHC campus has recently undergone extensive renovations thanks to the generosity of YHC Board of Trustee member Richard McGinnis and his wife, Shirley. In addition to a new name, Glenn~McGinnis Hall now offers new, comfortable seating, improved sound and acoustics for top quality musical and theatrical performances, an improved HVAC system to minimize noise, and enhanced lighting. Tickets are $25 per person, $15 per faculty member and $5 for students, and may be purchased at yhc.edu/glennmcginnis. To learn more about Glenn~McGinnis Hall including information on how to name a seat or to order Glen Miller tickets by phone, call the YHC Office of Advancement at (706) 379-5173.
7. Fall Festival October 13 & 14 … Our 2017 Fall Festival coming in October will be one of our largest community outreach events of the year. Included in this 2 day event will be a Craft Sale, Silent Auction, Bakery, Country Store, Candy Shoppe, Clothes Sale, and a Treasure Sale @ the Annex. All proceeds will go toward retiring the MAC debt! WE WILL NEED THE INVOLVEMENT OF EVERYBODY! We are in need of sale items for each of the areas of the Festival. Start now … Crafters, Bakers, Candy Makers. Also do you have an item or a service that we could offer in our Silent Auction? Call Stan at the church office (706-745-2073) if you would be willing to help in any way with this outreach event. Thank you!

Upcoming Special Sundays

Sending forth of our Mission Team to Red Bird Kentucky September 10
YHC Sunday September 17

The official launch of THE WELL at 9:45 to our community September 17

Human Trafficing  Awareness Sunday - Workshop at FUMC September 24

Pray without Ceasing for

World peace - every nation, every family, every child, every soul
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team
Several expectant Mommies in our congregation
Claudia Deprez - chemo treatments
Phil Salling - healing from leg procedure
Hugh Lee - moved to Nursing home in Blue Ridge - getting address
Marian Malac - moving tomorrow to Maryland, 19324 Cypress Hill Way, Gaithersburg, Maryland 208
Carol Warren - general health
Helen Owenby - broken arm
Kris and Larry Ferguson - their 38 year old daughter Holly just got diagnosed with breast cancer.
Virginia Lane - oral surgery Friday
Jean Riddle - her sister (Ruby Hruby) is in the hospital
Ro Robbins - knee replacement Friday
Frank Loy - carpel tunnel procedure on left hand Fridayy
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles (there are many in our faith family and extended faith family) and all their loving caregivers
Martha Preston - 4155 Joyce Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Debbie Steed - in recovery from surgery today
Kim Kuykendall - test’s and evaluations continue
Janice Jarrard - sister diagnosed with ovarian cancer
Sharon Willits - general health
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) and daughter (Dawn Chappel)
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - more cancer related treatments
Liz Patton’s son - struggling with PTSD
Alex Box - Chatuge Regional Nursing Home (visitors welcome!) Room A29 - driving from Blairsville take the first left up the hill after you pass McConnel Baptist Church in Hiawassee.
Nancy Sanford’s Mother in Kansas - alzheimers and now also lung cancer
Nancy Joyce’s - Brother-in Law in Penn.- general health
Alex and Pat Box’s Son (Stephen) – severe health issues related to chronic Lyme disease - long term treatment continues
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Finance
What a privilege it is to be part of this generous faith family!

Received YTD
August 6th $27,550 $ 670,790
August 13th $14,414 $ 685,204

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

Tickle – August 8, 2017

Thank you FUMC men for coming to our 2nd Spiritual Gathering of Men. I will be sending out a separate email to move forward all the decisions you made on Saturday. Sunday was also very good day! There is something special about the faith family gathering all together around the LORD’s Table. And it is a thrill to have children and infants at all three services so all generations are present. I hope that continues! The Men’s Bible Study has satrted back up on Tuesdays at 10 am taught by Chuck Morgan. Please note Camden’s reception tomorrow night - details are below. Pray for our CEC Preschool. Friday is “Meet Your Teacher” Day and School begins Monday. So get ready to have about sixty 2 yr olds, 3 yr olds and 4 yr olds on campus Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - drive carefully - many small children on campus! We also have a very full weekend this coming weekend. Remember the BUNCO fellowship at 6 pm on Friday night in the fellowship hall. On Saturday morning, August 12, we will gather to celebrate the life and faith of James Jarrard at FUMC. The family will be present for the visitation in our Sanctuary from 10 to 11 am before the service. The service will begin at 11 am. Then our Sunday worship will include new members uniting with THE Christ that is moving through us. And finally on Sunday evening, please remember the Great Night of Music at Hiawassee UMC, August 13 at 6:30 pm. The women’s group Shenanigans will be representing FUMC. I am told Hiawassee UMC is planning for overflow into their fellowship hall with remote display there. Carpool if you can so we all have room to park. Come early.
God’s Peace, pastor mark
Camden Goddard’s farewell reception will be TOMORROW NIGHT in the MAC at 5:30 pm. It is a pot luck with the church providing ham and chicken. You are asked to bring a side dish or dessert as we celebrate’s Camden’s many ministries here at FUMC. There will be a basket out to receive any cards and appreciation gifts at the dinner for Camden.

Not this week, but Upcoming Key Events:

1. Wednesday Night Nurture begins August 16 at 5 pm. Indoor picnic in MAC. Church will provide bbq. You are asked to bring the side dishes and desserts. This will be followed with the youth meeting Jennifer and the Stephen Ministry Prayer/Healing Service.
2. Jennifer de la Montagne (our new Youth Director) and Erin Fincannon (our Youth Helper from last year) will be here to meet both youth and parents on Wednesday night August 16 at 6 pm in the lower level of the MAC.
3. Stephen Ministry Prayer / Healing Service: On Wednesday, August 16th our Stephen Ministry Team is holding a prayer/healing service to pray for our teachers, support staff and students as they begin a new school year. All are invited.
4. Parents, you will begin to see our new Nursery Director (Donna Fredericks) in the nursery area during August. Greet her and welcome her!
5. Two new classes for Adults on Wednesday Nights begin August 23rd at 6 pm. First, Rod McClarnon will be teaching a multiweek study entitled “Whose Plan is it Anyway?” Second, Pastor mark will be teaching a three week UM101 course - good class for people wanting to find out what iit means to be a Methodist. Nursery is provided on Wednesday nights along with Children’s programs and Youth programs. All start at 6 pm.
6. UMM/BSA Troop 101 Community Breakfast Saturday, August 26
7. Help us paint the inside and outside of our local Habitat for Humanity House August 26 (spilling into the next week as necessary to complete the work.)
8. Shannon and Mark Burgess will be facilitating a Disciple 1 fast track 24 week Bible study course on Sunday afternoons beginning September 10. Contact Shannon at sburgess421@gmail.com if you wish to sign up or have questions. This is a perfect study for folks who have never done any Bible study at anytime in their life.

CPR Class for THIS Saturday has been postponed due to the funeral service for James Jarrard. The class has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 23rd from 9 am till noon. There is also still space left in the class on Wednesday, August 23rd class from 6 pm till 9 pm. Sign up sheets is on the narthex desk.

Closed for the Eclipse but Open for Sunday Worship:

The Church Council Eclipse Task Force conversation has resulted in the decision that it’s in the best interest of the church to close the entire campus on Monday, August 21st (Eclipse Monday). We plan to block off the 515 entrances with ‘friendly, but firm’ signage and vehicles to protect our parking for Sunday worship and also to keep vehicles out on Monday - the day of the eclipse. Eclipse Glasses will be sold at all 3 Sunday services for the next 2 Sundays. Cost is $2 per pair. These are certified, protective glasses to view the eclipse.

Pray without Ceasing for:

  • World peace - every nation, every family, every child, every soul
  • CEC and YHC start of the school year next week
  • The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
  • Our entire staff team
  • Jennifer de la Montagne (New Youth Director) & Erin Fincannon (Youth Helper)
  • Several expectant Mommies in our congregation
  • Janice Jarrard and extended family
  • Claudia Deprez - chemo treatments
  • Phil Salling - healing from leg procedure
  • Hugh Lee - broken hip - UGH Room 309
  • Marian Malac - more problems breathing - UGH Room 321
  • Bob Eshelman - weak - UGH Room 209
  • Helen Owenby - broken arm (home)
  • Gail McGuire - knee replacement thursday, August 10
  • Virginia Lane - oral surgery August 18
  • Frank Loy - carpel tunnel procedure on left hand August 18
  • David Lifsey - should be coming home from Northside Hospital today
  • All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles (there are many in our faith family and extended faith family) and all their loving caregivers
  • Martha Preston - relocated to Ohio
  • Ro Robbins - new knee August 18
  • Debbie Steed - diverticulitis - preparing for upcoming procedure August 15
  • Kim Kuykendall - test’s and evaluations continue
  • Janice Jarrard - sister diagnosed with ovarian cancer
  • Sharon Willits - in Jasper undergoing tests - trouble walking
  • Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) and daughter (Dawn Chappel)
  • Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - more cancer related treatments
  • Liz Patton’s son - struggling with PTSD
  • Alex Box - Chatuge Regional Nursing Home (visitors welcome!) Room A29 - driving from Blairsville take the first left up the hill after you pass McConnel Baptist Church in Hiawassee.
  • Nancy Sanford’s Mother in Kansas - alzheimers and now also lung cancer
  • Nancy Joyce’s – Brother-in Law in Penn.- general health
  • Alex and Pat Box’s Son (Stephen) – severe health issues related to chronic Lyme disease - long term treatment continues
  • Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
  • Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

FINANCE

What a privilege it is to be part of this generous faith family!
                                                Received                     YTD
August 6th                                  $27,550                      $ 670,790

Tickle – August 1, 2017

I must admit that Sunday was a very emotional day for us. All who were here know that we took the time at all three worship services with Camden to acknowledge and celebrate his many ministries since Sunday was his last day serving as our Youth Director. Thank you Camden for being present at all 3 services. We also took the time to properly send off Kyle Wilkins (our drummer for OVERFLOW at THE WELL for the last 2 years) to the Universty of North Georgia. These folks are family. We love them and we will miss them. We share life together in this place of grace. Truly appreciate every moment we all share together as the blessing God has sent.
God’s Peace, pastor mark

Last Saturday’s Backpack to School Bash was a tremendous success! Over 375 families were given school supplies. Thank you everyone for your help in this huge community event!

Pastor Mark will meet with the Youth (6th graders to 12th graders) this Wednesday night at 6 pm in the lower level of the MAC to talk about the transition from Camden’s ministry to Jennifer’s ministry for all youth who are interested. It will also give pastor mark a chance to pray for you before the school year begins. Come be with your pastor before school begins.

FUMC Prayer Team Meeting is this Thursday at 5:30 pm in the board room for one hour. All members of our church are invited to attend.

Spiritual Gathering of Men is this Saturday.

Meet with us for one hour in the Fellowship Hall this Saturday from 9 am to 10 am. Jay Golden (from our praise band OVERFLOW) will be helping with the music this time. Pastor mark will be leading the devotional time and meeting time.

Camden Goddard’s farewell reception will be August 9,

Wednesday evening in MAC at 5:30 pm. It is a pot luck with the church providing ham and chicken. You are asked to bring a side dish or dessert as we celebrate’s Camden’s many ministries here at FUMC. There will be a basket out to receive any cards and appreciation gifts at the dinner for Camden.

Not this week, but Upcoming Key Events

1. YAH Back to School “Bunco Fellowship” Friday, August 11th 6:00pm In the Fellowship Hall - Everyone should bring an appetizer or a dessert and a $2.00 per person donation. Bunco has been played in America at least since the 1800’s. It is a game of pure luck; no real skill is required other than rolling dice. However, the game is played in upbeat, social settings involving a lot of eating and fellowship! Join us!
2. The church is offering CPR classes twice in August. The first class is Saturday, August 12th from 9 till noon. The second class will be Wednesday, 23rd from 6 pm till 9 pm. Space is limited. Sign up sheets will be on the narthex desk.
3. Our Connectional Group “Great Night of Music” is at Hiawasse UMC on Sunday evening August 13 at 6:30 pm. The ladies a capella group “Shenanigans” will be representing FUMC. Each UMC provides a musical group to do 2 songs. With 8 UMC’s it ends up being a joyous 60-90 minutes of musical variety. Come early - expanding more this year to handle full house.
4. Wednesday Night Nurture begins August 16 at 5 pm. Indoor picnic in MAC. Church will provide bbq. You are asked to bring the side dishes and desserts. This will be followed with the youth meeting Jennifer and the Stephen Ministry Prayer/Healing Service.
5. Jennifer de la Montagne (our new Youth Director) and Erin Fincannon (our Youth Helper from last year) will be here to meet both youth and parents on Wednesday night August 16 at 6 pm in the lower level of the MAC.
6. Stephen Ministry Prayer / Healing Service: On Wednesday, August 16th the Stephen Ministry is holding a prayer/healing service to pray for our teachers, support staff and students as they begin a new school year. All are invited.
7. Parents, you will begin to see our new Nursery Director (Donna Fredericks) in the nursery area during August.

Pray without Ceasing for

World peace - every nation, every family, every child, every soul
Back to School transition for everyone involved
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team
Camden Goddard & Kyle Wilkins
Several expectant Mommies in our congregation
Claudia Deprez - undergoing chemo
Phil Salling - healing from leg procedure
Hugh Lee - broken hip
Lee Dunham - recovering from toe surgery
Helen Owenby - broken arm
Rick Gutierrez - not cancer - still healing
David Lifsey - GI surgery friday to resolve chronic reflux problems
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles (there are many in our faith family and extended faith family) and all their loving caregivers
Martha Preston - Murphy Nursing Home for rehab recovering from hip surgery
Debbie Steed - diverticulitis - preparing for upcoming procedure August 15
Kim Kuykendall - test’s and evaluations continue
Janice Jarrard - sister diagnosed with ovarian cancer
Sharon Willits - in Jasper undergoing tests - trouble walking
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) and daughter (Dawn Chappel)
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - more cancer related treatments
Liz Patton’s son - struggling with PTSD
Alex Box - Hiawassee Rehab Center (visitors welcome!) Room A29 - driving from Blairsville take the first left up the hill after you pass McConnel Baptist Church in Hiawassee.
Nancy Sanford’s Mother in Kansas - alzheimers and now also lung cancer
Nancy Joyce’s - Brother-in Law in Penn.- general health
Alex and Pat Box’s Son (Stephen) – severe health issues related to chronic Lyme disease - long term treatment continues
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Finance

Through your amazing generosity, we have now 100% covered the cost of our new HVAC unit in the Fundamentals Room without impacting our existing ministry plan! Thank you Church!

Received YTD
July 2nd $25,118 $557,141
July 9th $17,442 $574,584
July 16th $33,894 $608,478
July 23rd $15,191 $623,669
July 30th $19,570 $643,239

Tickle-July 25, 2017

It is good to be back today! Shannon and I spent the week at Pastor’s School. You will hear more about that in the weeks to come. My challenge today is to get caught back up after being gone all week. I have made only one or two modifications to the prayer list. I will need the conversations and visits of this week to catch back up there. For those of you in worship this last Sunday, I know you were blessed by Rev. Blair Tolbert (YHC Dean of Chapel) and I know you enjoyed getting to meet our new CEC Director (Heidi Hall) and our relatively new Contemporary Worship Leader (Eric Miller) at all 3 services We are being intentional in our plan to introduce our newer folks as we prepare for the Fall cycle - don’t miss out - see you in WORSHIP! God’s Joy, mark

Some Key things you need to know about coming up

1. Church Council meeting is at 6:30 pm tonight in the lower level of the MAC - sitting around the tables in the center area.
2. Back Pack to School Event this Saturday - more detailed info below
3. Blessing of the Book Packs this Sunday at all three services. We invite all our students (Preschool through College) to bring your backpacks to Church. At 8:30 and 11, place them on top of the prayer rail before worship begins. At 9:45, place them on either side of the Lord’s Table before worship begins. We will have everyone just stand where you are in the pews or seats this year as we ask for God’s Blessings.
4. Next Spiritual Gathering of Men is 9 am to 10 am August 5 in fellowship hall.
5. Camden Goddard’s farewell reception will be August 9, Wednesday Evening in MAC at 5:30 pm. It is a pot luck so we invite folks to bring a dish as we celebrate’s Camden’s ministries here at FUMC.
6. BUNCO Fellowship in fellowship hall Friday, August 11 - more detail below.
7. Our Connectional Group “Great Night of Music” is at Hiawasse UMC on Sunday evening August 13 at 6:30 pm. The ladies a capella group “Shenanigans” will be representing FUMC. Each UMC provides a musical group to do 2 songs. With 8 UMC’s it ends up being a joyous 60-90 minutes of musical variety. Come early - expanding more this year to handle full house.
8. Wednesday Night Nurture begins August 16 at 5 pm. Indoor picnic in MAC.

July 29th Backpack to School Bash at FUMC

We have had such a great response to our school supply need. The only items we are still in need of is 2 inch binders, composition books, college and wide rule and loose leaf paper, college and wide rule…We have 352 children preregistered with a walk up availability of 50 so we really think we may hit 400!! God is Good!!We would love to see you this Saturday from 11-2…Come check it out! Much Love, Tricia

Stephen Ministry Prayer / Healing Service as we kick off Wed Nights

On Wednesday, August 16th the Stephen Ministry is holding a prayer/healing service to pray for our teachers, support staff and students as they begin a new school year. All are invited.

YAH Back to School “Bunco Fellowship” Friday, August 11th 6:00pm

In the Fellowship Hall - Everyone should bring an appetizer or a dessert and a $2.00 per person donation. Bunco has been played in America at least since the 1800’s. It is a game of pure luck; no real skill is required other than rolling dice. However, the game is played in upbeat, social settings involving a lot of eating and fellowship! Grab a friend and join us!

CPR CLASSES

The church is offering CPR classes twice in August. The first class is Saturday, August 12th from 9 till noon. The second class will be Wednesday, 23rd from 6 pm till 9 pm. Space is limited. Sign up sheets will be on the narthex desk.

Pray without Ceasing for

World peace - every nation, every family, every child, every soul
Our entire staff team
Several expectant Mommies in our congregation
Our District Superintendent’s (Rev. Richard Chewning) Mother passed.
Claudia Deprez - undergoing chemo
Phil Salling - leg procedure this Thursday
Rick Gutierrez - more analysis required, some abnormal cells present, waiting for results
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles (there are many in our faith family and extended faith family) and all their loving caregivers
Martha Preston - Murphy Nursing Home for rehab recovering from hip surgery
Debbie Steed - diverticulitis - preparing for upcoming procedure August 15
Kim Kuykendall - test’s and evaluations continue
Janice Jarrard - sister diagnosed with ovarian cancer
Sharon Willits - trouble walking
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) and daughter (Dawn Chappel)
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - more cancer related treatments
Liz Patton’s son - struggling with PTSD
Alex Box - Hiawassee Rehab Center (visitors welcome!) Room A29 - driving from Blairsville take the first left up the hill after you pass McConnel Baptist Church in Hiawassee.
Nancy Sanford’s Mother in Kansas - alzheimers and now also lung cancer
Nancy Joyce’s - Brother-in Law in Penn.- general health
Alex and Pat Box’s Son (Stephen) – severe health issues related to chronic Lyme disease - long term treatment continues
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Finance

THANK YOU FUMC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Received YTD (27 Sundays)
July 2nd $25,118 $557,141
July 9th $17,442 $574,584
July 16th $33,894 $608,478
July 23rd $15,191 $623,669

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

Tickle- July 18, 2017

Pastor Mark is away at Pastor’s School this week. Please pray he is refreshed and revitalized through worship there. Should you have an emergency, please contact the church office. 706 745 2073

Sunday was a wonderful day of worship! We received a young man and a young family as new members of our FUMC family. Celebrate with me the joining of….
Jeff, Kellie and Jacqueline Davis PO Box 2772, Blairsville
JJ Engle 170 Bryant Cove Road, Blairsville

July 29th Backpack to School Bash at FUMC

We are hosting the 2nd annual community Backpack to School Bash to help the families of Union County prepare for the school year. This event is in collaboration with Union County Family Connections and other participating churches and businesses. Help us make this a blessing for all the children who come to “shop” for school supplies and back bags. The collection bins are in the Narthex and MAC desk area along with “needs sheets.” We will also accept financial donations directly through July. FUMC has been invited to provide 200 of the small child book bags. Help us reach and exceed that goal. Let’s show our community our heart for the kids!

Stephen Ministry Prayer / Healing Service as we kick off Wed Nights

On Wednesday, August 16th the Stephen Ministry is holding a prayer/healing service to pray for our teachers, support staff and students as they begin a new school year. All are invited.

STAFF ADDITIONS

As announced in church yesterday, we have hired 3 new staff members. The first is our CEC Director Heidi Hall. Heidi is already hard at work getting prepared for the start of the new school year. We also hired Donna Fredericks as our new Nursery Director. Lastly, we hired Jennifer de la Montagne as our new Youth Director. Please be patient with these new staff members as they each jump into their new roles. Let’s show them what a wonderful church family they have joined.

Young At Heart “Bunco Fellowship” Friday, August 11th 6:00 pm

In the Fellowship Hall - Everyone should bring an appetizer or a dessert. $2.00 per person donation. Bunco has been played in America at least since the 1800’s. It’s a game centered around three dice and usually three sets of four players, averaging a standard group of 12. It is a game of pure luck; no real skill is required other than rolling the dice. However, the game is played in upbeat and social settings involving a lot of eating and fellowship, so there is always plenty to do! Grab a friend and join us!

Video Volunteer Needed

We are still in need of ONE MORE PERSON to help with our 11 am service videotaping. If you are interested, please let the church office know. We will train you. No experience necessary. Just a willing spirit.

Pray without Ceasing for

World peace - every nation, every family, every child, every soul.
The AWESOME Union County Fire Department!!!
Our new staff team members: Heidi, Donna and Jennifer
Several expectant Mommies in our congregation
Confirmation class as they continue to discern
Our District Superintendent’s (Rev. Richard Chewning) Mother is in hospice.
Leura Mollnhauer and Joyce Byers - recent loss of brothers
Twyla DeRevere’s daughter in a bad car accident - ICU
Claudia Deprez - beginning chemo on Wednesday
Rick Gutierrez - more analysis required, some abnormal cells present, waiting for results
Marian Malac - admitted to hospital over weekend with breathing problems; back home now
Jennifer Turner - not cancer but significant surgical procedure upcoming
All those recovering from recent surgical procedures (Darrell Hackney, Avis Shaw, Mac Warren, Elaine Neuhaus, Rob Howell, Bill Gleasure,Emily Stafford,)
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles (there are many in our faith family and extended faith family) and all their loving caregivers
Martha Preston - Murphy Nursing Home for rehab recovering from hip surgery
Debbie Steed - diverticulitis - preparing for upcoming procedure
Kim Kuykendall - test’s and evaluations continue
Janice Jarrard - sister diagnosed with ovarian cancer
Sharon Willits - trouble walking
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) and daughter (Dawn Chappel)
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - more cancer related treatments
Liz Patton’s son - struggling with PTSD
Alex Box - Hiawassee Rehab Center (visitors welcome!) Room A29 - driving from Blairsville take the first left up the hill after you pass McConnel Baptist Church in Hiawassee.
Nancy Sanford’s Mother in Kansas - alzheimers and now also lung cancer
Nancy Joyce’s - Brother-in Law in Penn.- general health
Alex and Pat Box’s Son (Stephen) – severe health issues related to chronic Lyme disease - long term treatment continues
Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Finance

Received YTD (27 Sundays)
July 2nd $25,118 $557,141
July 9th $17,442 $574,584
July 16th $33,894 $608,478

Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

Tickle – July 11, 2017

Once again I wish to thank everyone who helped make the July 4th event possible. It went well and we ‘touched” a lot of people. Thank you!
Join with me in congratulating Caylor Gasaway (another one of the youth in this year’s confirmation class) in her baptism and profession of faith a week ago Sunday. Her address is 87 Pea Ridge Rd Blairsville GA 30512.
We are looking for four people to staff (rotate one time every four weeks) our11 am service videographer service role. You create the DVD that is thengiven to Windstream to rebroadcast on cable TV. We have people willing to train you and walk beside you. Please help us keep this ministry of worship going for those who participate with us from home (by choice or because they are no longer mobile.) Simply give your name to me or Evelyn and we will arrange your training as we strive to keep this ministry in place.
Lastly, the fire last week did not damage our facilities because all our safety systems worked and the firefighters arrived quickly when the failed HVAC unit created smoke detected in our HVAC duct systems signaling the automatic response before we knew anything was wrong. That’s the good news. However, we are facing a substantial repair/replacement of this original installation HVAC air handler. That unit which services the Fundamentals Room in the lower level under the Fellowship Hall is out of commission until we act. Per conversations with our Finance Chair, we may be forced to use our available line of credit (a loan with the bank) to do what the Trustees know is needed to be done. We are also inviting our congregation to prayerfully consider a second mile gift during July for this unplanned HVAC expense. If you wish to participate simply write “Thank You Lord for watching over this Church” in the memo section (or just “HVAC” - but I think the first suggestion is best!) We are anticipating a $10,000 unplanned expense from the HVAC event after recently incurring roughly $3,000 of unplanned maintenance on our vans. But I know, God has this all figured out already.
God’s Joy,
mark

July 29th Backpack to School Bash at FUMC

We are hosting the 2nd annual community Backpack to School Bash to help the families of Union County prepare for the school year. This event is in collaboration with Union County Family Connections and other participating churches and businesses. Help us make this a blessing for all the children who come to “shop” for school supplies and back bags. The collection bins are in the Narthex and MAc desk area along with “needs sheets.” We will also accept financial donations directly through July. FUMC has been invited to provide 200 of the small child book bags. Help us reach and exceed that goal. Let’s show our community our heart for the kids!

Stephen Ministry Prayer / Healing Service as we kick off Wed Nights

On Wednesday, August 16th the Stephen Ministry is holding a prayer/healing service to pray for our teachers, support staff and students as they begin a new school year. All are invited.

Hiring FUMC Nursery Director

Pat Maryscuk will soon be stepping down from her volunteer service overseeing our church nursery.  If you wish to apply for this part-time role, please send your resume to the church office.

Pray without Ceasing for

    • World peace - every nation, every family, every child, every soul.
    • The AWESOME Union County Fire Department!!!
    • Our new CEC Director - Heidi Hall
    • The SPR search process for Youth Director and Nursery Director
    • Several expectant Mommies in our congregation
    • Confirmation class as they continue to discern
    • Our District Superintendent’s (Rev. Richard Chewning) Mother is in hospice.
    • Recent death of Joyce Byer’s brother (Jack Kelley) - visitation at Cochran Funeral Home tomorrow night 6-9 pm with funeral service at Cochran at 11 am on Thursday.
    • Recent death of Leura Mollnhauer’s brother (Gerald Smith of Alabama)
    • Twyla DeRevere’s daughter in a bad car accident - ICU
    • Claudia Deprez - awaiting biopsy results
    • Jennifer Turner - not cancer but significant surgical procedure upcoming
    • All those recovering from recent surgical procedures (Darrell Hackney, Avis Shaw, Mac Warren, Elaine Neuhaus, Rob Howell, Bill Gleasure, Rick Guiterrez, Emily Stafford,)
    • All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles (there are many in our faith family and extended faith family) and all their loving caregivers
    • Martha Preston - Murphy Nursing Home for rehab recovering from hip surgery
    • Debbie Steed - diverticulitis - preparing for upcoming procedure
    • Kim Kuykendall - test’s and evaluations continue
    • Norm and Carol Thompson - Carol has been laid up with her leg wound.
    • Marian Malac - is back home recovering
    • Janice Jarrard - sister diagnosed with ovarian cancer
    • Sharon Willits - trouble walking
    • Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) and daughter (Dawn Chappel)
    • Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - more cancer related treatments
    • Liz Patton’s son - struggling with PTSD
    • Alex Box - Hiawassee Rehab Center (visitors welcome!) Room A29 - driving from Blairsville take the first left up the hill after you pass McConnel Baptist Church in Hiawassee.
    • Nancy Sanford’s Mother in Kansas - alzheimers and now also lung cancer
    • Nancy Joyce’s – Brother-in Law in Penn.- general health
    • Alex and Pat Box’s Son (Stephen) – severe health issues related to chronic Lyme disease - long term treatment continues
    • Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health
    • Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.
    • The Bauman family to return from vacation to keep pastor mark from thinking he should sing in worship again!

A Note from Finance

Received               YTD (27 Sundays)

July 2nd                            $25,118                   $557,141
July 9th                             $17,442                   $574,584
Please remember FUMC in your legacy trusts & wills!

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