July 9, 2019 – Tuesday Tickle

Thanks to so many who helped with our Fourth of July celebration last week! (was that just last Thursday?) Your planning, preparation, and hospitality made for a safe and enjoyable evening for the church and community. It is a great example of sharing the gifts and ground we have as a church with the community. We don’t often meet unless we eat, so I also enjoyed some food. Not wanting to leave anyone out, of course, I had some BBQ from the Boy Scouts, cookies from the Girl Scouts, drinks from the Youth, and even some glazed almonds. I also got a history lesson or two from the Sons of the American Revolution. Throughout the evening, our praise band kept things going with quite the repertoire of classic rock and pop and Christian music. Then, at dark, the fireworks were a perfect end to a great night. Thanks again everyone!

A pair of sunglasses has been found from July 4th. If they are yours, you may pick them up in the church office.

4th Annual…Community “Backpack 2 School” Bash
Saturday, August 3rd 11am-2pm
@ House of Prayer Church 1400 Pat Colwell Rd

Free book bags, school supplies, food, fun and games. All grade levels welcome! Parents: last year this Community event provided backpacks and school supplies for over 400 children in Union County. To register your child in advance go to our website…
https://sites.google.com/view/backpack-2-school-bash

FIRST METHODIST… You helped provide many of those backpacks given away. Again this year our church will be collecting primary aged (kgarten - grade 2) backpacks as well as general supplies on the lists attached to the purple drop off boxes located in the MAC lobby and Sanctuary narthex. Thank you in advance for helping provide needed school supplies for children and families in Union County. Another way you can help is through our July “Second Mile Giving” which will be for the “Backpack 2 School Bash”. Drop your donation in the offering plates and label it for “Backpacks”. Any questions or for information on how you can help further call Tricia Wallace at 229-402-9361.

SERVANTS NEEDED! Have you found your place of service here at FUMC? Pray about these opportunities…
Media Volunteers are needed (sound & video) for the Media booth at all three worship services.
Worship Design help in the MAC for the “The Well”.
Scheduling help is needed. Are you a planner? Help schedule people for ministry assignments.
Training will be provided. Please contact the church office if you are interested.

Morning Glory Circle will have their July meeting tomorrow Wednesday, July 10th at 11 am in Meeks Park at Pavilion # 2. Bring a dish to share.

A SPECIAL THANKS….to those who stepped up and answered the call to help on our parking team last Thursday the 4th. It was greatly appreciated!

Youth Fundraising Wall for Honduras Mission Continues to Move!
Our youth continue to prepare to go on mission to Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras in October.The fundraising wall is moving all around the church. If you haven’t already, please take a letter off the wall and place the dollar amount in the envelope. Envelopes can be put in the offering plate or turned into the church office. Help a young person go and serve the Lord where you can’t go. Thank you!

YAH Back to School “Bunco Fellowship”
Friday, August 9th 6:00pm 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 is a game of pure luck; no real skill is required other than rolling dice. The game is played in an upbeat social setting that involves a lot of eating and fellowship so come ready to meet somebody new! Join us!

OASIS Dates to Note!
August 1 Fall Registration Begins
September 5 Fall Session Begins
October 10 No Class Session
October 31 Fall Session Concludes

PLANNING HAS BEGUN… for our annual FUMC Fall Festival. This year’s dates are Friday, October 11th & Saturday, October 12th. We will begin collecting Treasure Sale items at the annex on Friday, July 8th from 9am - 11am. The next collection date will be Friday August 2nd from 9am - 11am. Remember we do not accept electronics (televisions, computers, monitors, etc.), bedding, or exercise equipment. Crafters, we will again be counting on you to help us with items as well as ya’ll who put away Jams and Jellies for the Country Store. Also, this year we ware looking for a team of volunteers who will take on the task of organizing our “Clothing Sale” section. All proceeds from our Festival go toward retiring our MAC debt. Everybody has a part to play! Start working now! More news coming soon!

COOKBOOK UPDATE!!! Thank you! Thank you! Cookbooks are complete and are in the final design stages. We reached our goal of 200 recipes. Pre-sales will begin Sunday, July 21st during our morning worship services. Cost is $10.00 per book. Final copies will be available sometime in September. Don’t forget to purchase a book for yourself, one for a friend or relative or as a gift. Remember, all proceeds from the Cookbook efforts go to retire the MAC debt. Again we thank you FUMC cooks

At the MAC!
Summer Walking Track & Weight Room Hours…
Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm / Friday 8am-noon

“Fast-Effective-Fitness”. “FEF” meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm - 6:30pm in the lower level of the MAC. Led by Mike Welch. Cost is $4.00 per class.
“Strength-Stretch-Balance”: SSB is a 1 hour class meets on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:15am in room M-32. Class is led by Lisa Toups. Cost is $5.00 per class.
“PIYO”: 45 minute “Yoga and Pilates combined”. Meets on Monday’s at 10:00am in room M-0 (first floor of the MAC) Cost is $5.00 per class.
Christ Centered Yoga: This 1 hour class is led by Pat Tomzyck. Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am in Room M-0.
“Tai Chi”: Tuesdays at 1:30pm downstairs in room M-0 of the MAC. Class is led by Dr. Dennis Tidwell. Cost is $10.00 per class.
Pickleball! Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The local club plays in the MAC on Mondays & Tuesdays from 1:00pm - 3:30pm and on Thursdays from 8:30am - 11:30am …everyone is welcome. There are plenty of experienced players there to get you started in the game and equipment is provided.

Missions at the MAC! In the MAC lobby there are several opportunities for you to give to local missions. Currently they are…

The Hope House meeting local needs!
The Food Bank meeting local food needs!
The Women’s Enrichment Center” A list of their needs is attached to the box.

Mark Your Calendars!
Aug 3 “Backpack 2 School Bash” Children’s Event
@ House of Prayer Church
Aug 6 Tuesday Men’s Bible Study Returns
Aug 9 Young At Heart “Back To School” Bunco Fellowship
Sep 5 “OASIS” Fall Session Begins
Sep 11 Wednesday Ladies Bible Study Returns
Oct 11-12 FUMC Fall Festival
Oct 14-19 Honduras Mission Trip to Orphanage Emmanuel

Please help us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our members may be experiencing. Thank you! Our new Director of Pastoral Care, Rev. Mike Cloyd now has an FUMC email address. You can contact Mike at blairsvillefumcmike@gmail.com

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Our military families
Those suffering from the earthquakes in California
All in hospice care
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be” - four that we know of right now!
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Rev. Don Landen (Heather and Wesley) - our new pastoral family
Holly Vicarro - Recovering at home from sinus surgery
Glen Womack - Heart issues
Carol Rogers - stent put in Sunday, home recovering
Carol Mercer - Chatuge Rehab room 132, blood clot in leg, physical therapy after knee surgery
Kaylee Defalco - BL and Norma Jean’s granddaughter - recouping at home from car accident
Kelly Schuknecht’s new great- granddaughter - premature
Susan Forrester’s sister-in-law Ann Forrester- colon cancer
Marian Malac - in rehab for bladder infection and congestive heart failure
Devin Gasaway’s friend Caleb - recovering from heart surgery
Jackie and Lamar Franklin’s daughter-in-law Sherry - undergoing tests at Vanderbilt University Hospital.
Family of Bill Gleasure - Service scheduled for today at 2:00pm
Nash Collins - 4 year old son of Chris and Kristin- broken wrist/arm
Dwayne Caminger - recovery from surgery
Joan Chiras- broken pelvis, recouping at home
Lois Ward- recovering from broken pelvis, UG Nursing Home Room 221A
Bill Mollnhauer - broken leg
Margie Richards - recovering at home from procedure
John Hahn - throat cancer related treatments
Rhonda Schlienger - poor kidney function - prepping for dialysis
Greg Lane’s - Greg’s Father succesful move to Blairsville
Kathy Heyer - recovering
Heidi Hall’s husband (Bill) - undergoing chemo treatments
Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

It’s TIme ! ! !

It’s time to meet our new leader of the flock - Rev. Don Landen. Pastor Don, wife Heather and son Wesley will be our guests this coming Sunday at a reception in their honor. This will take place immediately after the 11 o’clock service in the fellowship hall.
He will begin preaching on June 30th.
Please continue to lift them up in prayer as they settle into a
new home, new town and new church.

Our Director of Pastoral Care, Mike Cloyd now has a FUMC email. It is blairsvillefumcmike@gmail.com.

Remember the youth and their fearless leaders in prayer as they work at Red Bird Mission in Kentucky this week.

COOKBOOK UPDATE!!! As of today we do not have the required amount of recipes to go forward with the cookbook… Please don’t wait until the deadline. FUMC is creating a custom cookbook featuring favorite recipes from our local and extended church family. These cookbooks will be professionally published and are sure to be a treasured keepsake for us all. All proceeds from the sale of the cookbooks will go toward retiring the MAC debt! We are asking you to submit 2-3 of your favorite recipes so you can be represented in our cookbook. There Are Two Ways To Submit Your Recipes…

To Submit Recipes Online (very easy): Go to www.typensave.com and click ‘Login.’ / Enter the User Name: FallFestFun / Enter the password: salt092 and click ‘Submit.’ / Enter your name and email address and click “Save” / Click ‘Add Recipes’ and you are ready to begin.

To Submit Recipes To The Church: At the MAC desk or in the Sanctuary narthex you will find Recipe Collection Sheets. Take a sheet and write your recipe, following the instruction listed. Drop the completed sheet in the labeled box.
Deadline for submitting recipes is July 1st (but please don’t wait until the last minute). Completed cookbooks will be available this Fall. For any questions contact Eileen Nichols at 561-635-6130 (leave a message).

The Prayer Quilt Ministry is missing TWO quilt books. If you borrowed them, it would be appreciated if you would return them.

“Labor of Love” Outreach Ministry Team
Our “Labor of Love” Outreach Ministry Team Coordinator Wayne Jones is in the process of creating a list of those that are interested in helping with Labor of Love projects. Wayne is attempting to match needs with the people who can help meet those needs. If you would like to get emails about future “Labor of Love” projects send your contact info to Wayne Jones at…

wayne_jones@sbcglobal.net

Youth Fundraising Wall
for Honduras Mission Continues to Move!
Our youth are preparing to go on mission to Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras in October during Fall break. The fundraising wall is moving all around the church. If you haven’t already, please take a letter off the wall and place the dollar amount in the envelope. Envelopes can be put in the offering plate or turned into the church office. Thank you for helping make this mission trip opportunity a reality for several youth. During the week you can find the wall in the MAC lobby. Help a young person go and serve the Lord where you can’t go. Thank you!

July 4th Parking Team in Need! Can you serve? As we welcome the community to our church grounds there will be many activities happening. More details of the master plan coming next week! An immediate need is volunteers to serve on our parking team. If you can help the night of July 4th, call Bill Kolb at 706-487-9892.

Calling All Young-At-Heart…
Southern Belle Riverboat Senior Lunch Cruise!
— Tuesday, July 9 —
Join us on this special cruise as we go down the lazy Tennessee river in Chattanooga. Included is the riverboat’s famous slow cooked Prime Rib & Lemon Basil Chicken lunch. There will also be live entertainment playing good old favorites… plus free bingo! Grab a friend and come along! Cost is $35.00 per person and includes transportation and cruise. We will leave the church at 8:00am and return at approx. 5:30pm .Sign up by bringing the full amount to the church office. Registration deadline is Monday, July 1st Space is limited so reserve a spot early!

Mark Your Calendars!
Jun 23 Welcome Reception for Pastor Don Landen & Family
Jun 23 Vacation Bible School
Jun 30 Pastor Don Landen’s 1st Sunday in the Pulpit
July 1 Church Cookbook Recipes Due
July 4 Community Celebration & Fireworks
July 9 Young At Heart Chattanooga Lunch Cruise
Aug 9 Young At Heart “Back To School” Bunco Fellowship
Sep 5 “OASIS” Fall Session Begins

VBS - ROAR!
VBS begins this coming Sunday. We ask everyone to join together in prayer for this coming week as little lives are touched with the love of Jesus. VBS runs Sunday-Thursday nights 5:00 pm til 8:00pm. There is a dinner beginning at 5 pm in the fellowship hall.
www.firstmethodistblairsville.com

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be” - four that we know of right now!
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
All the Pastoral Families moving & all the congregations in transition
Rev. Don Landen (Heather and Wesley) - our inbound pastoral family
Kelly Schuknecht’s granddaughter, Kayla Frank and new premature baby
Susan Forrester’s sister-in-law Ann Forrester- colon cancer
Jackie and Lamar Franklin’s daughter-in-law Sherry - kidney and bowel infections and pneumonia
Youth and chaperones -Red Bird mission this week
Bill Gleasure - failing health, hospice has been called in
Joan Chiras- broken pelvis, recouping at home
Anna Stone - recovering from brain surgery at home
JoAnn & Gene Strickland -loss of daughter
Georgia Jestings - recovering from fall
Lois Ward- recovering from broken pelvis, UG Nursing Home Room 221A
Bill Mollnhauer - broken leg
Lee Dunham - artery cleaned out
Margie Richards - recovering at home from procedure
John Hahn - throat cancer related treatments
Rhonda Schlienger - poor kidney function - prepping for dialysis
Greg Lane’s - Greg’s Father health issues
JoAnn Mayhew - back in the hospital
Kathy Heyer - recovering
Heidi Hall’s husband (Bill) - undergoing chemo treatments
Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
Susan Forrester’s brother Bobby - general health
Glen Boland - under hospice care at home
Bob Taylor - pain relief
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - lung cancer
June Colditz - undergoing treatments for lymphoma
Carole Thompson - general health
Camille Higginbotham - general health
Helen Owenby - general health
Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) - radiation treatments
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Your Finance Team
THANK YOU!!!

………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
June 2nd………..$ 26,484 ………………. $520,169
June 9th…………$ 20,843…………………$541,013
June 16th……….$ 22,648…………………$563,661

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

Tuesdady – June 11, 2019

First Methodist Family…

Many years ago the country music band ALABAMA put out a song that has the chorus… “I’m in a hurry to get things done. I rush and rush until life’s no fun. All I really gotta do is live and die, But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.”

Time is a limited and precious commodity in this life, and what we do with it matters eternally! I have never read in the Bible that Jesus rushed anywhere. He was usually busy, but He still found time to pray a lot. His total ministry was accomplished in three short years, but he found time to play with children, to take a boat ride, and to rest at noon time beside a well. One day we will give an account for how we spent our time and how we have lived our lives before God. The Bible teaches that our lives will be evaluated by what we do in basically three areas. First, by how well we GROW in our knowledge of God’s character and develop our relationship with Him through study of His Word. Secondly, by how much we BECOME the person He wants us to become as we are constantly being transformed (Romans 12) through our obedience to Him. And thirdly, by how well we DO what God has created us to do, serving Him using the gifts He has given us. As the time when we meet the Lord gets closer, are you being transformed? If not you could be wasting valuable time. Theologian C.S. Lewis said “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” Commit yourself to spending time doing the only things that will matter in the end. Grow, Become, & Do! You can find plenty of opportunities to do all three right here at FUMC.

Press on! Stan

Extra! Extra! In the last couple of days we had five cancellations for our Atlanta Braves game trip this Thursday, June 13th. We now have 5 tickets available that have been donated. Details are… It’s the Braves vs. the Pittsburg Pirates. Game starts at 12:10pm. We leave the church at 8:00am and return at approx. 6:00pm. If you would like join us call the church ASAP. First 5 people to call the office get the seats.

Flag Retirement Ceremony
National Flag Day, Friday, June 14th
Boy Scout Troop 101 and the Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter, SAR will conduct a flag retirement ceremony at the outdoor bandstand area on Friday June 14 at 6:30 PM. This ceremony is an outstanding, formal, and well conducted event in which the public is invited to attend. Church members with children will find it an educational, patriotic, and moving experience. Plan now to attend this event.

FUMC Red Cross Blood Drive
This Sunday, June 16 9am – 1pm
in the Fellowship Hall
There are 3 ways to schedule a time to give blood…
Go to redcrossblood.org , call 1-800-733-2767
or call Nancy at 706-745-4870
Please give! There is an URGENT need for blood right now.
Sponsored by the FUMC Parish Nurse Ministry

NEW Summer Hours for the MAC and Church Office…
Please Note! MAC and Church Office hours are Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm and Friday 8am-Noon.

COOKBOOK UPDATE!!! As of today we do not have the required amount of recipes to go forward with the cookbook… Please don’t wait until the deadline. FUMC is creating a custom cookbook featuring favorite recipes from our local and extended church family. These cookbooks will be professionally published and are sure to be a treasured keepsake for us all. All proceeds from the sale of the cookbooks will go toward retiring the MAC debt! We are asking you to submit 2-3 of your favorite recipes so you can be represented in our cookbook. There Are Two Ways To Submit Your Recipes…

To Submit Recipes Online (very easy): Go to www.typensave.com and click ‘Login.’ / Enter the User Name: FallFestFun / Enter the password: salt092 and click ‘Submit.’ / Enter your name and email address and click “Save” / Click ‘Add Recipes’ and you are ready to begin.

To Submit Recipes To The Church: At the MAC desk or in the Sanctuary narthex you will find Recipe Collection Sheets. Take a sheet and write your recipe, following the instruction listed. Drop the completed sheet in the labeled box.
Deadline for submitting recipes is July 1st (but please don’t wait until the last minute). Completed cookbooks will be available this Fall. For any questions contact Eileen Nichols at 561-635-6130 (leave a message).

“Labor of Love” Outreach Ministry Team
Our “Labor of Love” Outreach Ministry Team Coordinator Wayne Jones is in the process of creating a list of those that are interested in helping with Labor of Love projects. Wayne is attempting to match needs with the people who can help meet those needs. If you would like to get emails about future “Labor of Love” projects send your contact info to Wayne Jones at…

wayne_jones@sbcglobal.net

Youth Fundraising Wall
for Honduras Mission Continues to Move!
Our youth are preparing to go on mission to Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras in October during Fall break. The fundraising wall is moving all around the church. If you haven’t already, please take a letter off the wall and place the dollar amount in the envelope. Envelopes can be put in the offering plate or turned into the church office. Thank you for helping make this mission trip opportunity a reality for several youth. During the week you can find the wall in the MAC lobby. Help a young person go and serve the Lord where you can’t go. Thank you!

July 4th Parking Team in Need! Can you serve? As we welcome the community to our church grounds there will be many activities happening. More details of the master plan coming next week! An immediate need is volunteers to serve on our parking team. If you can help the night of July 4th, call Bill Kolb at 706-487-9892.

Calling All Young-At-Heart…
Southern Belle Riverboat Senior Lunch Cruise!
— Tuesday, July 9 —
Join us on this special cruise as we go down the lazy Tennessee river in Chattanooga. Included is the riverboat’s famous slow cooked Prime Rib & Lemon Basil Chicken lunch. There will also be live entertainment playing good old favorites… plus free bingo! Grab a friend and come along! Cost is $35.00 per person and includes transportation and cruise. We will leave the church at 8:00am and return at approx. 5:30pm .Sign up by bringing the full amount to the church office. Registration deadline is Monday, July 1st Space is limited so reserve a spot early!

Mark Your Calendars!
Jun 23 Welcome Reception for Pastor Don Landen & Family
Jun 23 Vacation Bible School
Jun 30 Pastor Don Landen’s 1st Sunday in the Pulpit
July 1 Church Cookbook Recipes Due
July 4 Community Celebration & Fireworks
July 9 Young At Heart Chattanooga Lunch Cruise
Aug 9 Young At Heart “Back To School” Bunco Fellowship
Sep 5 “OASIS” Fall Session Begins

VBS Registration Continues!
Get Ready to ROAR!
Emily Stafford and Susan Forrester will be co-leading this year’s Vacation Bible School event June 23-27. If you would like to register as a volunteer or to register your child as a participant you can do so on our church website home page and click on the ROAR registration link. Our web site is:
www.firstmethodistblairsville.com

Men’s Bible Study News!
Our Tuesday Men’s Bible Study class will break for the months of June and July. It will resume on Tuesday, August 6th beginning with a study of First Corinthians. Special thanks to Rev. Chuck Morgan for taking the leadership of this ministry!

Congratulations to Glenda and Bob Taylor on becoming first-time grandparents! Kinsley Anne Collins was born yesterday to their daughter Ashley and son-in-law Brandon.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be” - four that we know of right now!
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
All the Pastoral Families moving & all the congregations in transition
Rev. Don Landen (Heather and Wesley) - our inbound pastoral family
Bill Gleasure - failing health, hospice has been called in
Joan Chiras- broken pelvis, recouping at home
Anna Stone - recovering from brain surgery at home
JoAnn & Gene Strickland -loss of daughter
Georgia Jestings - banged up from fall
Lois Ward- recovering from broken pelvis, UG Nursing Home Room 221A
Bill Mollnhauer - broken leg
Lee Dunham - artery cleaned out
Margie Richards - recovering at home from procedure
John Hahn - throat cancer related treatments
Rhonda Schlienger - poor kidney function - prepping for dialysis
Greg Lane’s - Greg’s Father health issues
JoAnn Mayhew - moved back home, doing in-home therapy
Kathy Heyer - recovering
Heidi Hall’s husband (Bill) - undergoing chemo treatments
Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
Susan Forrester’s brother Bobby - general health
Glen Boland - under hospice care at home
Bob Taylor - pain relief
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - lung cancer
June Colditz - undergoing treatments for lymphoma
Carole Thompson - general health
Camille Higginbotham - general health
Helen Owenby - general health
Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) - radiation treatments
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Shannon Burgess brother in law (St

Tickle – June 4, 2019

Who Is Coming to Your Funeral?
It seems as though I have attended a lot of funerals lately. There are two happening this week. Last Thursday I traveled to Mississippi to attended the funeral of my only Aunt. I had not seen Aunt Rose in many years and in speaking to my cousins I had to apologize for not staying in better touch with them. My brother and sisters were unable to attend so I was glad I went. I always remember the words of that famous philosopher Yogi Berra who said… “ Always go to other peoples funerals; otherwise they won’t go to yours.”

At funerals I try to reflect on two things. First, the soul of the one who has passed on. I knew Aunt Rose had placed her trust in the Lord many years ago and that she was in His presence experiencing perfect healing, perfect peace, perfect love, and perfect joy. Secondly, I always remember the effect Jesus had on the funerals He attended. The Bible tells us that Jesus attended three funerals and that He ruined all three. In Luke 7 as Jesus approaches the city of Nain, He meets a funeral procession. The dead young man was in his coffin. The pallbearers were leading the procession as they carried the young man out of the town. Behind the casket came the young man’s grieving mother. She had no family members to help or support her, so close friends were escorting her as she wept. They had all of their funeral arrangements made, and were going out to finish the service by burying the young man in the family tomb. In verse 13 it says Jesus “saw the mother and had compassion on her” and said to her “do not weep.” Then Jesus said to the dead man “arise” and the dead man sat up and began to speak. Jesus comes along and ruins this perfectly good funeral! Then there was the funeral of Jairus’ daughter. You can read about that one in Luke 8. And who can forget Lazarus? His funeral had been over for four days. You can read about that one in John 11.

So Jesus went to three funerals, and He ruined all three. You know how they were ruined? All three funerals ended in resurrection. That’s what makes Christian funerals different from any other kind of funeral. Jesus comes to meet death, your death and mine, head on. And when He meets death, He conquers it, for you and for me. Let’s thank God today that Jesus comes to ruin our funerals. Why? so that we can have life with Him through all eternity.

I’m glad Jesus is coming to my funeral. Hope He is coming to yours.

Press on! StanNEW Summer Hours for the MAC and Church Office…
Please Note! MAC and Church Office hours are Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm and Friday 8am-Noon.

Memorial Service for Debbie, JoAnn and Gene Strickland’s daughter, is this Thursday at 1 pm here in the sanctuary. They will visit with friends after the service.

FUMC Red Cross Blood Drive
Sunday, June 16 9am – 1pm
in the Fellowship Hall
There are 3 ways to schedule a time to give blood…
Go to redcrossblood.org , call 1-800-733-2767
or call Nancy at 706-745-4870
Please give! There is an URGENT need for blood right now.
Sponsored by the FUMC Parish Nurse Ministry


COOKBOOK UPDATE!!! As of today we do not have the required amount of recipes to go forward with the cookbook… Please don’t wait until the deadline. FUMC is creating a custom cookbook featuring favorite recipes from our local and extended church family. These cookbooks will be professionally published and are sure to be a treasured keepsake for us all. All proceeds from the sale of the cookbooks will go toward retiring the MAC debt! We are asking you to submit 2-3 of your favorite recipes so you can be represented in our cookbook. There Are Two Ways To Submit Your Recipes…

To Submit Recipes Online (very easy): Go to www.typensave.com and click ‘Login.’ / Enter the User Name: FallFestFun / Enter the password: salt092 and click ‘Submit.’ / Enter your name and email address and click “Save” / Click ‘Add Recipes’ and you are ready to begin.

To Submit Recipes To The Church: At the MAC desk or in the Sanctuary narthex you will find Recipe Collection Sheets. Take a sheet and write your recipe, following the instruction listed. Drop the completed sheet in the labeled box.
Deadline for submitting recipes is July 1st (but please don’t wait until the last minute). Completed cookbooks will be available this Fall. For any questions contact Eileen Nichols at 561-635-6130 (leave a message).

“Labor of Love” Outreach Ministry Team:
The mission of our Labor of Love” Outreach Ministry is to equip the church to extend love through service to our neighbors here in Union County. We do this by recruiting and mobilizing volunteers to do acts of service in the community. Our new “Labor of Love” Outreach Ministry Team Coordinator Wayne Jones is in the process of creating a list of those that are interested in helping with Labor of Love projects. Wayne is attempting to match needs with the people who can help meet those needs. If you would like to get emails about future “Labor of Love” projects send your contact info to Wayne Jones at wayne_jones@sbcglobal.net

Youth Fundraising for Honduras Trip:
There is a growing dream among our youth to take a trip to Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras in October during Fall break. The fundraising wall is moving all around the church. It’s the big wall on wheels with numbered letters on it. If you take one letter and place the dollar amount in the envelop and place back in the offering plate or church office, you will be participating in making that trip a reality for several youth. Seek out this wall of grace – it usually sits in the Narthex or MAC desk area. Give them the chance to share the love of Christ without words (to children who speak Spanish!)

Calling All Young-At-Heart… Chattanooga Southern Belle Riverboat…Senior Lunch Cruise! Tuesday, July 9th… Join us on this special cruise as we go down the lazy Tennessee river. Included is the riverboat’s famous slow cooked Prime Rib & Lemon Basil Chicken lunch. There will also be live entertainment playing good old favorites… plus free bingo! Grab a friend and come along! Cost is $35.00 per person and includes transportation and cruise. We will leave the church at 8:00am and return at approx. 5:30pm .Sign up by bringing the full amount to the church office. Registration deadline is Monday, July 1st Space is limited so reserve a spot early!

Do you Worship At THE WELL?
We need volunteer help in several facets of preparing for worship during the week and executing worship on Sunday morning in this service. Most of these roles are rotation kind of roles - serving one week out of four. Some are weekly and less time consuming. Some of these roles are coordination from home via email. Worship is the work of the people. If you have yet to find a place to be in service to God inside the church, perhaps this is your opportunity. Respond by email if you are interested in helping people COME TO THE WELL to: blairsvillefumcstan@gmail.com
Just don’t wait too long - we need help now. If you connect with me, I will go through our list of needs to see if any might be THE PERFECT place for you to serve God.

Coming Events @ FUMC

June 16……….. Blood Drive
June 16-22…… Youth Mission Trip to
Redbird Mission, KY
June 23……….. Welcome Reception for
Pastor Don Landen & Family
June 23-27….. Vacation Bible School
June 30………. .Pastor Don Landen’s 1st Sunday in the Pulpit
July 1……………Church Cookbook Recipes Due
July 4……………Community Celebration & Fireworks

Welcome New Member!
Emma Lander (daughter of Ilke and Bob Lander) 366 Paradise Road, 30512

            Get Ready to ROAR for VBS!
Emily Stafford and Susan Forrester will be co-leading this year’s Vacation Bible School event June 23-27. If you would like to register as a volunteer or to register your child as a participant you can do so on our church website home page and click on the ROAR registration link. Our web site is:
www.firstmethodistblairsville.com

Men’s Bible Study Attendees, we are on summer break. See you in August.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be” - four that we know of right now!
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
All the Pastoral Families moving & all the congregations in transition
Rev. Don Landen (Heather and Wesley) - our inbound pastoral family
JoAnn & Gene Strickland - daughter Debbie ‘s passing, service Thursday
Lois Ward- recovering from broken pelvis, UG Nursing Home Room 221A
Bill Mollnhauer - broken leg
Lee Dunham - artery cleaned out
Margie Richards - recovering at home from procedure
John Hahn - throat cancer related treatments
Evelyn Ueltzen - wrist healing
Rhonda Schlienger - poor kidney function - prepping for dialysis
Greg Lane’s - Greg’s Father health issues
JoAnn Mayhew - moved back home, doing in-home therapy
Kathy Heyer - recovering
Heidi Hall’s husband (Bill) - undergoing chemo treatments
Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
Susan Forrester’s brother Bobby - general health
Glen Boland - under hospice care at home
Bob Taylor - pain relief
Bill Gleasure - general health
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - lung cancer
June Colditz - undergoing treatments for lymphoma
Carole Thompson - general health
Camille Higginbotham - general health
Helen Owenby - general health
Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) - radiation treatments
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Your Finance Team
THANK YOU!!!

………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
June 2nd………..$ 26,484 ………………. $520,169

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

Tickle – May 21, 2019

This will be my last Tuesday Tickle to my beloved FUMC Faith Family. We are reorganizing the tickle. From this point forward, Evelyn will do the new members addresses, Wednesday Night Nurture plan, and weekly giving report numbers. Our Director of Pastoral Care (Rev. Mike Cloyd) will manage the tickle prayer list. Stan will manage the events (so send your event info to Stan if you wish for it to be in the tickle.) That leaves the Introductory paragraph for Pastor Don or one of our staff team or ministry leaders each week. Here are the emails you need to send your stuff to for it to find its way into the weekly tickle:
BlairsvilleFUMCEvelyn@gmail.com
BlairsvilleFUMCStan@gmail.com
whoopiemike@brmemc.net
God’s Peace,
mark

Do you Worship At THE WELL?
We need volunteer help in several facets of preparing for worship during the week and executing worship on Sunday morning in this service. Most of these roles are rotation kind of roles - serving one week out of four. Some are weekly and less time consuming. Some of these roles are coordination from home via email. Worship is the work of the people. If you have yet to find a place to be in service to God inside the church, perhaps this is your opportunity. Respond by email if you are interested in helping people COME TO THE WELL to:
BlairsvilleFUMCmark@gmail.com
Just don’t wait too long - we need help now. If you connect with me, I will go through our list of needs to see if any might be THE PERFECT place for you to serve God. I want us to be in a position of profound volunteer strength when Don comes - help us be there!

Welcome New Members!
Nina Landers 206 Beacon Hill, Blairsville
Nancy and Robert Woods 874 Wesley Mountain Drive, Blairsville

Wednesday Night suppers and programs are suspended til August.

Relay For Life - Union County Farmers Market
May 31 (4 pm - 10 pm) Come be with our awesome FUMC team anytime across the afternoon and evening!

Get Ready to ROAR for VBS!
Emily Stafford and Susan Forrester will be co-leading this year’s Vacation Bible School event June 23-27. If you would like to register as a volunteer or to register your child as a participant you can do so on our church website home page and click on the ROAR registration link. Our web site is:
www.firstmethodistblairsville.com

This Saturday the county will be having our annual Memorial Day Parade at 10:00 am. Our own FUMC member Veteran Ron Taylor will be the Grand Marshall. Come and give a shout out to Ron as he passes by.

Men’s Bible Study Attendees, grace and peace to you brothers by way of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
The class has elected to break for the Summer for June and July. Our first session after the break will be Tuesday, August 6. This means there will be two sessions left before the break, May 21 and 28. During those sessions I will attempt to get us through 1 Corinthians. We will begin in August with 2 Corinthians. Please help me by telling Paul Giaconellie and Richard York if you see them. Thanks!
If anyone has questions or concerns about this schedule please see me ASAP! See you on the 21st.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be” - four that we know of right now!
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
All the Pastoral Families moving & all the congregations in transition
Rev. Don Landen (Heather and Wesley) - our inbound pastoral family
JoAnn & Gene Strickland - daughter Debbie home with hospice care
Maime Rogers (and rest of the family) - recent passing of Ray Rogers
Bill Mollnhauer - broken leg
Margie Richards - recovering at home from procedure
John Hahn - throat cancer related treatments
Evelyn Ueltzen - wrist healing
Rhonda Schlienger - poor kidney function - prepping for dialysis
Lee Dunham - healing, improved circulation, and breath
Greg Lane’s - Greg’s Father health issues
JoAnn Mayhew - moved back home, doing in-home therapy
Kathy Hyer - upcoming procedure May 31
Heidi Hall’s husband (Bill) - beginning chemo treatments today
Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant
Susan Forrester’s brother Bobby - general health
Glen Boland - under hospice care at home
Bob Taylor - pain relief
Bill Gleasure - general health
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - lung cancer
June Colditz - undergoing treatments for lymphoma
Carole Thompson - general health
Camille Higginbotham - general health
Helen Owenby - general health
Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) - radiation treatments
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Your Finance Team
THANK YOU!!!

………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
May 5th…………..$30,048………………$ 433,353
May 12th…………$17,831………………$ 451,184
May 19th…………$20,407………………$ 471,591

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

Burgess Family Farewell Gathering

SAVE THE DATE:
We are hosting a Farewell Gathering for Pastor Mark, Shannon and Jacob
Wednesday, May 29th 6:00-7:30 pm in the MAC
Finger foods will be served
This will be your chance to love on the Burgess family, thank them
and wish them well as they head to Peachtree City.
Also, a reminder that we only have a couple of weeks before our Farewell Dinner on the 29th for the Burgess Family. The chests will be out in the narthex for early and traditional services and between the doors in the MAC if you want to give a monetary love offering to the Burgesses. A marked basket will also be available to drop off your cards of appreciation for them.
If it is more convenient, you may drop either of these off in the church office during the week or mail it to 938 Highweay 515, Blairsville attention to Deidra and earmarked Burgess Love Offering.

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