Tickle – November 6, 2018

There have been several people from our church who have been involved in the hurricane(s) devastation area(s) for weeks now. We now also have a team of 8 people from our church who are traveling to the South Georgia Hurricane zone to do chainsaw clearing and debris removal work for four days November 9-12. Foremost, keep the people who were in the path of the storms in your prayers - but also, keep all of the people who are reaching out to help them in your prayers - especially Friday through Monday of this week!

GET UP AND GO

David Kuykendall, Kyle Freed, Mel Crask, Emily Stafford, Sam Wilson, Alice Janessa, Mark Burgess, Ernie Payne.
pastor mark

IMMEDIATE NEED - The Chainsaw ERT Team needs one or two water-tight storage boxes or bins that will fit in the back of a pickup truck. They need to store saws, tools,etc, safely on the drive to and from Donalsonville. Please contact David Kuykendall or Kyle Freed if you have something you would be willing to lend the team for a few days. David 706 994 0384/Kyle 678 772 1417

Conference Emergency Response Teams:
We have several updates and a “Save the Date” for you.

The Alabama-West Florida Conference is now accepting out-of-conference ERT Teams who are badged and 100% self-contained (bring your own food, water, gasoline and either have your own housing/lodging or enter and leave the same day). Team leaders can register at the Alabama-West Florida Conference’s new online portal at: https://awfumc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/172557

In the South Georgia Conference, electricity is starting to return to the affected area. The Conference has issued a call for ERTs and volunteers to help with debris cleanup and tarping roofs. Only the team leader must be a current ERT. The work is primarily in Decatur, Seminole, Miller, Baker, Mitchell, Randolph, and Dougherty counties. There are local churches and other buildings with space for your team to spend the night. Team leaders are asked to register their team at:
https://sgaumc-reg.brtapp.com/DisasterResponseTeam71

THANK YOU for your church and your praying, giving, and going in disaster response ministry this fall! Our North Georgia teams are making significant contributions in North Carolina, South Carolina, South Georgia, and Florida as we assist our neighbors in response to hurricanes Florence and Michael. Continue to help, and to get more people prepared to help, by pointing them to training for the winter quarter at:
https://www.ngumc.org/disasterresponseministry

Lastly, save the date for Saturday, February 16, when we’ll host a North Georgia Disaster Academy at Salem Campground near Covington!
More details and registration will be coming in weeks ahead as we offer a variety of beginner and renewal ERT plus advanced training including chainsaw and other specialized classes. We’ll have different churches showing their trailers and plenty of networking. The Dacula UMC food trunk will be with us showing what they can do. This will be a great meetup for both veteran and rookie disaster response ministry folk.

Blessings,
Scott
Rev. Scott Parrish
North Georgia Conference Disaster Response Coordinator
scott.parrish@ngumc.net

Wednesday Night Nurture activities:
Supper at 5:00 pm
Soups and salad along with dessert. It is a fundraiser for the Daisy troop (young Girl Scouts)
Adult Bible Study - led by Rev. Mike Cloyd at 6:00 pm in the Fidelis SS room, continuing in the book of Esther - Chapters 4 and 5
Handbells at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Youth meet at THE GATHERING at 6 pm in the MAC lower level
Children (5th grade and younger) meet in the Fundamentals Room at 6 pm
Choir at 7:00 pm

Myron & Brenda Turner’s Grandson Brady will be participating in a Medical Mission Trip to the Amazon. If you would like to support Brady, he is collecting the follow items: Flip Flops (all sizes), Bar Soap, Tooth Brushes, Adult & Children’s Vitamins with Iron, Fishing Line, Lures & Hooks. There will be a collection box in the Narthex.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Boxes are still available for you to pick up in the MAC . The list of approved items is there too. Please have boxes returned with the $9 by November 15th.

Operation Turkey Tree - FUMC Youth Mission
Turkey Trees are now set up in the narthex and MAC. “Turkeys” will be on the trees by Wednesday night. Please take a paper turkey and purchase the suggested item. You may then bring the item and place it under the tree. The youth will later fill Thanksgiving boxes with this food to give to needy families in Union County.

There is a community-wide Thanksgiving Dinner available for any and all who would like one. You may dine in at the House of Prayer - Family Life Center, or pick it or have it delivered. The dinner is Thursday, November 22nd from 11:30 - 2:30 pm. Deadline to sign up is Monday, November 19th at noon. You may sign up through the church office of call 706 751 3556.

Don’t forget to go through your coat closet and donate any gently used winter coats to the Morning Glory Circle coat collection. They will be distributing out to the community next month. Share the warmth and give a coat.Donations may be placed in the MAC closet across from the reception desk.

STAY INFORMED:
The best link to official United Methodist Church Denominational (Global) news comes from a publication from the United Methodist Communications office that you can subscribe to at the following website umcom.org

On that web page, click the large “Subscribe box.” In the window that comes up, select Weekly Digest under United Methodist News. You then get a summary email from the United Methodist Church sent to you each week regarding the major developments in core stories around the globe. Among many other things, updates on the upcoming Special Session of General Conference in February will be found there. The North Georgia Conference Web site is a good source of continuous information as well - ngumc.org

FUMC MISSIONS FAIR: On Sunday November 18th our church would once again like to shine a spotlight on all the Missions and Ministry operating within our congregation so that members can easily find a place to serve. If you are an advocate for a Mission or Ministry and would like to be included in this event, please email Kim Tatman now in order to have your service included in the literature and planning.

Night to Shine event will be held here at FUMC again next February.

Would you like to be a volunteer for Night to Shine – February 8, 2019? In the coming weeks - watch for a general on-line link to register as a volunteer.

Lastly, but most important…we are looking for many subcommittee leaders. If you would like to be involved in the planning please contact Kim & Joe Tatman.
Tokimnjoe@bellsouth.net
jtatman@gmail.com

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Those recovering from the storms
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Pam Akerman - had second knee replacement surgery today; recovering nicely
Richard and Bart Hoibraten- recent loss of their stepmom
Debbie Crask - multiple issues going on from knee, in Emory
John Cook - recovery from hernia operation
Julie Sundsted’s - brother (David) recovering from cancer related surgery 10-31
Pam Ackerman - knee replacement surgery Tuesday at UGH
Joan Shaw - undergoing chemo/radiation for lung cancer
Bud Akins - test results are encouraging
Lisa Wilson- knee concerns
Judy Walls brother in Texas passed
Ruth Stefko’s daughter Dawn - general health
Joan Shaw - lung cancer diagnosis - begun Chemo/Radiation - surgery later
Bart & Richard Hoibraten - step mother in CA in hospice
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer has spread)
Rod McClarnon - cardiac concerns and needed eye surgery
Claudia Deprez - cancer has returned again (staying in Florida)
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - hospice care
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

As you do your shopping on AMAZON, you also have the opportunity to donate money to the our church. Simply use AMAZON SMILE, then set up “First United Methodist Church of Union County” as the supporting organization. Once you set it up, every time you place an AMAZON order (must use AMAZON SMILE), Amazon makes a donation to our church. Your same settings and benefits, including Amazon Prime, apply. So we urge you to make the change today. Thanks for your continued support!

A Note from Your Finance Team

We usually have a very strong October because we benefit from the proceeds of the FALL Festival for the MAC loan. But even with our amazing Fall Festival, we do not remember having a $116,474 October before!

………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
November 4th $32,907…………………$957,938

The numbers are a little skewed “up” from the Fall Festival numbers this month, but our current 43 week YTD giving rate would project us to end the year at $1,118,642.
Well done Church!

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

Tickle – October 30,2018

Yes, another new lighthouse appeared this last Sunday. It was lovingly created by the Union County High School Metal work shop for our Finance team in support of our Stewardship journey this year! That lighthouse at the MAC desk will draw you to the blank 2019 “Estimate of Giving” cards. As you fill one out, put one small card (remembering the yes/no questions on the back) into one of the treasure chests and the card with your household name into the other chest - totally confidential! We received another 22 cards this last Sunday - so it is not too late to participate. Use either the treasure chests at the new lighthouse located at the MAC desk or the treasure chests in the Sanctuary Narthex. Thank you so much for your response this year. To God be the Glory!
pastor mark

Red” Campbell suffered a heart attack and passed away this past Friday in Florida. Arrangements are unknown. Karen’s Florida address is 50 Country Club Lane, Mulberry, FL 33860. Please surround Karen and the rest of the family with your prayers.

Wednesday Night Nurture activities this night of “Trick or Treat!”
Supper at 5:00 pm
Spooktacular Supper: Ghoulash, booroccoli, harvest salad, pumpkin rolls, candy corn cake bars (you’ve got to come to this!!!)
Adult Bible Study - led by Mike Cloyd at 6:00 pm in the Fidelis SS room, continuing in the book of Esther
Handbells at 6:00 pm
Choir at 7:00 pm
There is no Youth Gathering or Children’s activities this night

Flu Protocols Begin:
That means we are doing the following things:
Reminding everyone that we are in the season of flu shots
Please stay home from Church if you are sick
Re-establish that habit of coughing into your elbow rather than into your hands
We have suspended our hand holding fellowship until Easter Sunday
Be sensitive to those around you during our time of Christian fellowship. We have many people who worship with us with compromised immune systems. There is many ways to pass the peace of Christ without shaking hands - read the actions of the people around you. Be grace filled.

Myron & Brenda Turner’s Grandson Brady will be participating in a Medical Mission Trip to the Amazon. If you would like to support Brady, he is collecting the follow items: Flip Flops (all sizes), Bar Soap, Tooth Brushes, Adult & Children’s Vitamins with Iron, Fishing Line, Lures & Hooks. There will be a collection box in the Narthex.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Boxes are still available for you to pick up in the MAC . The list of approved items is there too. Please have boxes returned with the $9 by November 15th.

Don’t forget to go through your coat closet and donate any gently used winter coats to the Morning Glory Circle coat collection. They will be distributing out to the community next month. Share the warmth and give a coat.Donations may be placed in the MAC closet across from the reception desk.

STAY INFORMED:
The best link to official United Methodist Church Denominational (Global) news comes from a publication from the United Methodist Communications office that you can subscribe to at the following website umcom.org

On that web page, click the large “Subscribe box.” In the window that comes up, select Weekly Digest under United Methodist News. You then get a summary email from the United Methodist Church sent to you each week regarding the major developments in core stories around the globe. Among many other things, updates on the upcoming Special Session of General Conference in February will be found there. The North Georgia Conference Web site is a good source of continuous information as well - ngumc.org

FUMC MISSIONS FAIR: On Sunday November 18th our church would once again like to shine a spotlight on all the Missions and Ministry operating within our congregation so that members can easily find a place to serve. If you are an advocate for a Mission or Ministry and would like to be included in this event, please email Kim Tatman now in order to have your service included in the literature and planning.

Night to Shine event will be held here at FUMC again next February.

Would you like to be a volunteer for Night to Shine – February 8, 2019? In the coming weeks - watch for a general on-line link to register as a volunteer.

Lastly, but most important…we are looking for many subcommittee leaders. If you would like to be involved in the planning please contact Kim & Joe Tatman.
Tokimnjoe@bellsouth.net
jtatman@gmail.com

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Those recovering from the storms
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Family of Red Campbell in his recent passing
Bud Akins - melanoma diagnosis - test results today are encouraging
Carol Head’s family - recent loss
Lisa Wilson- knee concerns
Judy Walls brother in Texas is in Hospice Care
Julie Sundsted’s brother (David) - lung cancer surgery tomorrow 10-31
Ruth Stefko’s daughter Dawn - general health
Joan Shaw - lung cancer diagnosis - begun Chemo/Radiation - surgery later
Bart & Richard Hoibraten - step mother in CA in hospice
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer has spread)
Rod McClarnon - cardiac concerns and needed eye surgery
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - hospice care
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

As you do your shopping on AMAZON, you also have the opportunity to donate money to the our church. Simply use AMAZON SMILE, then set up “First United Methodist Church of Union County” as the supporting organization. Once you set it up, every time you place an AMAZON order (must use AMAZON SMILE), Amazon makes a donation to our church. Your same settings and benefits, including Amazon Prime, apply. So we urge you to make the change today. Thanks for your continued support!

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

A Note from Your Finance Team

We usually have a very strong October because we benefit from the proceeds of the FALL Festival for the MAC loan. But even with our amazing Fall Festival, we do not remember having a $116,474 October before!

………………. . …….Received……….. .YTD Received
October 7th……..$22,450 ……………….$830,733
October 14th….. $42,449………………..$855,163
October 21st……$31,706………………..$904,888
October 28th……$20,142………………..$925,031

The numbers are a little skewed “up” from the Fall Festival numbers this month, but our current 43 week YTD giving rate would project us to end the year at $1,118,642.
Well done Church!

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

 

Tickle – October 23, 2018

So much happens so fast through our church. We blink and we move from a Fall Festival for the ages right through a band concert enhanced by a youth fundraiser for missions into a major road project at Church directly into an encouraging movement of the Spirit of God through the people of God as 156 households responded in worship on Sunday – glorifying God through the presentation of their 2019 “Giving Cards.” Add to that a full week of unique and vital mission and ministry kerplunked in the middle of Union County Fall Break week and I guess you have a “typical week” in the ongoing life of our church! My point is that there is no such thing as a “typical week” in the life of our church!

Thank you for being the Church of Jesus Christ. You bring hope into the world. You bring flavor and light into the world. You matter. Thank you.

While we will be moving into a new season of participating in missions that intentionally turn the focus of the church out into the world in the month to come, we have set up the treasure chests we have used in the past in both the MAC Desk area and Narthex along with blank 2019 Estimate of giving cards. If you have not had a chance to respond to this years “HIS Table – Our Light” stewardship journey, you are invited to do so over the next two weeks.

Simply place the name card in one chest and the number card (remember the yes/no questions on the back) in another. It does not matter which card goes in which chest. All that matters is that the two cards go into separate chests. After two weeks, we will celebrate our shared response at all three services. Join with us. Respond with us. Prepare to give thanks with us. And then let us encounter the Holiday Season together with joy!

To God be the glory! (After all, that is the whole point!)

God’s Peace,
pastor mark

Member Carol Head passed away earlier this morning. Funeral arrangements are unknown at this time. Please remember her children Luann and Robert (Stacy) during this time.

We’re back to regular Wednesday Night Nurture activities this week:
Supper at 5:00 pm
Octoberfest Menu: Bratwurst, cabbage and noodles, carrots and German black forest cake
Adult Bible Study - led by Mike Cloyd at 6:00 pm in the Fidelis SS room, studying the book of Esther
Children and Youth will have their programs at 6:00 pm; Handbells at 6:00 pm
Choir at 7:00 pm

Flu Protocols Begin:
We are being very proactive this year. The warm weather has messed up everyone’s calendar - but it is almost mid October! That means we are doing the following things starting last Sunday (some of you noticed)
Reminding everyone that we are in the season of flu shots
Please stay home from Church if you are sick
Re-establish that habit of coughing into your elbow rather than into your hands
We have suspended our hand holding fellowship until Easter Sunday
Be sensitive to those around you during our time of Christian fellowship. We have many people who worship with us with compromised immune systems. There is many ways to pass the peace of Christ without shaking hands - read the actions of the people around you. Be grace filled.

Myron & Brenda Turner’s Grandson Brady will be participating in a Medical Mission Trip to the Amazon. If you would like to support Brady, he is collecting the follow items: Flip Flops (all sizes), Bar Soap, Tooth Brushes, Adult & Children’s Vitamins with Iron, Fishing Line, Lures & Hooks. There will be a collection box in the Narthex.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Boxes are still available for you to pick up in the MAC . The list of approved items is there too. Please have boxes returned with the $9 by November 15th.

David Kuykendall will be teaching a North Georgia Conference-approved Chainsaw operation and safety course here on Friday, Nov. 2nd from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and Saturday, Nov. 3rd beginning at 8:30 am. There will be field demonstration and technique practice on the church campus. This course is a have-to to participate in disaster relief chainsaw work with the Methodist Church. You may also attend if you are interested in chainsaw safety for your own benefit or helping a saw operator clear limbs, move wood, etc. If you’d like further information, please call David Kuykendall at 706 994 0384.

Don’t forget to go through your coat closet and donate any gently used winter coats to the Morning Glory Circle coat collection. They will be distributing out to the community next month. Share the warmth and give a coat.Donations may be placed in the MAC closet across from the reception desk.

STAY INFORMED:
The best link to official United Methodist Church Denominational (Global) news comes from a publication from the United Methodist Communications office that you can subscribe to at the following website umcom.org

On that web page, click the large “Subscribe box.” In the window that comes up, select Weekly Digest under United Methodist News. You then get a summary email from the United Methodist Church sent to you each week regarding the major developments in core stories around the globe. Among many other things, updates on the upcoming Special Session of General Conference in February will be found there. The North Georgia Conference Web site is a good source of continuous information as well - ngumc.org

FUMC MISSIONS FAIR: On Sunday November 18th our church would once again like to shine a spotlight on all the Missions and Ministry operating within our congregation so that members can easily find a place to serve. If you are an advocate for a Mission or Ministry and would like to be included in this event, please email Kim Tatman now in order to have your service included in the literature and planning.

Night to Shine event will be held here at FUMC again next February.

Would you like to be a volunteer for Night to Shine – February 8, 2019? In the coming weeks - watch for a general on-line link to register as a volunteer.

Lastly, but most important…we are looking for many subcommittee leaders. If you would like to be involved in the planning please contact Kim & Joe Tatman.
Tokimnjoe@bellsouth.net
jtatman@gmail.com

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Those recovering from the storms
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Linda Womack - rehab here in Blairsville (she’s at home)
Bud Akins - melanoma diagnosis - more scans to determine path forward
Carol Head’s family - recent loss
Lisa Wilson- knee concerns
Ceil Jordan - had passed through the hospital again with bronchitis
Helen Douyllie - recovering from hip surgery
Ruth Stefko’s daughter Dawn - general health (fell again)
Joan Shaw - sister Jackie - cancer diagnosis
Bart & Richard Hoibraten - step mother in CA in hospice
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer has spread)
Rod McClarnon - cardiac concerns and needed eye surgery
Kenny Engle - bone infection (the real cause behind the knee)
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - hospice care
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

As you do your shopping on AMAZON, you also have the opportunity to donate money to the our church. Simply use AMAZON SMILE, then set up “First United Methodist Church of Union County” as the supporting organization. Once you set it up, every time you place an AMAZON order (must use AMAZON SMILE), Amazon makes a donation to our church. Your same settings and benefits, including Amazon Prime, apply. So we urge you to make the change today. Thanks for your continued support!

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

A Note from Your Finance Team

God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. As we move thru our annual FUMC Stewardship Campaign, please be prayerful of how God is calling you to be His light.
………………. . …….Received……….. .YTD Received
October 7th……..$22,450 ……………….$830,733
October 14th….. $42,449………………..$855,163
October 21st……$ 31,706……………….$904,888

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

Tickle Update – October 18, 2018

FUMC of Union County has committed to sending a chainsaw team of 8 people (a combination of people who can saw and people who can tote heavy limbs that have been cut) November 9-12 (Friday thru Monday.) We have been invited by the South Georgia Conference Disaster Response Coordinator (Luis Morales) to a specific area near Bainbridge, GA. Friday and Monday are part travel days. Saturday and Sunday are full work days. South Georgia has waved the ERT certification card need for this specific area response.

People currently committed to this trip are David Kukendall, Kyle Freed, Mark Burgess, and Sam Wilson. Talk to any of them if you need more information to decide. Three of those are chainsaw people. David is certified by the UMC to teach Safe Chainsaw operation for the purpose of equipping UMC disaster response teams. David Kuykendall will be teaching a North Georgia Conference-approved Chainsaw operation and safety course on our church campus Friday, Nov. 2nd from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and Saturday, Nov. 3rd beginning at 8:30 am. There will be field demonstration and technique practice on the church campus. This course is a have-to to participate in disaster relief chainsaw work (including the trip November 9-12) with the United Methodist Church. You may also attend if you are interested in chainsaw safety for your own benefit or helping a saw operator clear limbs, move wood, etc…(but that is not required if you do not plan to touch a chainsaw.) If you’d like further information, please call David Kuykendall at 706 994 0384. He already has 10 people registered for that course.

We are in pretty good shape with chainsaw operators for this trip (could use one more) – but need several “non chainsaw operators” with strong healthy backs who can work in challenging conditions to haul cut limbs. Understand the conditions. There is no power. We will have to be 100% self sufficient for 4 days – bringing our own food and water. South Georgia is arranging a place for us to “camp out” during the night but those details will move as the trip approaches. You need to come prepared to “rough it” for 4 days – sleeping in sleeping bags on a floor somewhere. We will caravan down in multiple vehicles and one church van. You also need to be willing to sign the liability release form that we are preparing for this specific trip.

This trip is actually for everybody – whether you are the 8 who go or all the rest who will be here as our prayer warriors praying for us up while we are away and praying for all the people who have been hit by Hurricanes Florence and Michael. We will take the first four people who volunteer that meet the requirements above (regardless if you have talked to one of us before – now we have the details fixed – so first four qualified who respond to this email will get to go.)

Continue to pray for Operation BBQ – they continue to feed tens of thousands of displaced people free meals in the impacted areas (having moved their operational focus away from the Carolinas into Florida.)

There is also another way we can serve. The North Georgia Conference has a Disaster response supplies warehouse on one of our church campuses in Atlanta. They need teams of people to come for a day (bring a bag lunch) to help verify flood buckets and hygiene health kits before they are sent out to the affected areas. Basically, you open up the flood buckets and hygiene kits and make certain they are stocked properly. If you have a team of people interested in doing this for a day, I have directions and contact person for you to schedule your team through at the large warehouse located at IMPACT UMC. If a team goes, you can even bring back free buckets stacked in the Warehouse for local churches to turn into Flood buckets down the road. The warehouse has been stocked and is a staging area for supplies being routed where ever they need to go.

“Do all the good you can.”

God’s Peace,
Mark

Tickle – October 15, 2018

THANK YOU EVERYONE for an amazing Fall Festival!
…..there is more good news to report, come Sunday to hear.
Free OVERFLOW Concert in the MAC this Wed begins at 6 pm
…..Nursery will be here. Youth will be here with various fundraisers.
Trustees roadway resurfacing project proceeding well. The church is not
…..shut down - just enter and exit through the second entrance. Resurfacing
…..is done now - but they will be back Wed to paint new stripes.
Thank you Table of Grace for feeding our hungry community today.
We are going to take a team to South Georgia for Hurricane Response –
…..respond to this if you wish to know more.
There is no Wednesday night dinner or programs - Fall Break week.
OASIS begins again this Thursday.
Relay for Life Fashion show fundraiser in Civic Center this Saturday
…..from 5-7 pm - see Glenda for tickets ($10)
Bud Akins had one lymph node show positive for cancer - many more
…..tests scheduled in days ahead to determine path forward.
Below is Sunday’s sermon in full for all who were unable to come Sunday.
God’s Peace,
pastor mark

1st Peter 2:4-9 NRSV
4Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For it stands in scripture:
“See, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
7To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the very head of the corner,”
8and
“A stone that makes them stumble,
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Sermon Introduction:

I thank you all for coming to Church today.

Some of you may be here from Florida – seeking Sanctuary after hurricane Michael. Welcome! We open our arms to you. And we consider it a privilege to simply hold you for a little while in the midst of the storms of life while you catch your breath.

Some of you have spent all week at church serving faithfully through our Fall Festival. I want you to know that your amazing service this week and in the many, many weeks leading up to this weekend are recognized & truly appreciated.

I know the dollars raised at the Fall Festival is truly an amazing number – but there is a number much more amazing to God. It would be the number we would end up at if we somehow could tally up all the hours that went into making things, baking things, bringing things, sorting things, setting up things, planning things, preparing things – thank you all! And after all that, here you are – plum tuckered out – and yet present to glorify God in worship. We are honored by your presence today.

Some of you just began Union County Fall break, and you believe it was important to start this week off by putting God first in your life on your “week off.” May God bless you and your family through that powerful witness. We are honored by your presence today.

And some of you are actually here because you know this is week two of our three week annual stewardship journey – and you know just how important it is to periodically have an honest conversation with ourselves about what is most important in our life. Our faith is all about our priorities. What do we treasure most with our adoration, our time, our life? It is a daily question we need to ask ourselves.

After all, life is basically a daily opportunity to show God how we answer that question – and I thank you for choosing to be here as part of your answer today. It speaks volumes about who you are and “whose” you are… As Peter says, “we are God’s own people.”

Would you pray with me? (Sermon Prayer)

Sermon Body:

On Wednesday night, as the very outer edges of Hurricane Michael touched our mountain community here in Blairsville, we lost power at the parsonage. I was actually asleep – but something woke me in the middle of the night. Do you know what it was? It wasn’t the rain, it wasn’t the wind - of all things, in the middle of the night - it was the “lack of light.” The little light on my night stand clock had gone out when the power went out. The disturbance woke me up.

Embarrassing really - how something so tiny - can become so disturbing. It rustled me right out of bed. I got up and wandered into the living room to look out the windows at downtown Blairsville. Thankfully, what I saw there was very comforting to me. Can you guess what it was? THE LIGHTS! The power was still there. As long as there was light there, I knew everything was going to be ok. I knew the Power in my community was still on. The same is true (in a much more profound way) in this church.

All of us here today are part of God’s chosen group of people – we are the royal priesthood – a holy people – set apart from – but still located in - a broken & hurting world. So set apart how? Think about it. After all, we cry like everyone else. We bleed like everyone else. We get scared in the dark liked everyone else. We even grow old like everyone else. So what’s so “set apart” about us? (L. Pause) I think the answer lies in the LIGHT.

As Peter says, we have been called out of the darkness to live in God’s Marvelous LIGHT. (L. Pause) What does it mean to you to live in God’s marvelous light? To me, it means that we are a very strange people by the world’s standards – put simply – we are the odd ducks in the world because when everyone else hunkers down, we soar on Eagles wings. That’s what sets us apart.

We’re the people who see the devastation of a hundred year storm and say, “ok, how can we help our neighbor in need this week?” We’re the people who spend our lives working hard to earn a living while simultaneously giving a significant portion of that living to God’s work in the world….usually helping people we will never know. We’re the people who know the true source of the POWER that keeps the lights on in our spiritual homes through any storm this world might send our way. We’re the people who look at our world and see a new reality to come…rather than just see the world as it is and stay stuck there in one place perpetuating the brokenness. We see the world as it will become in a time when everything moves according to the will of God. That is the new reality to come. But that new reality requires us to be visionary people. (L. Pause)

Yes, we see clearly the pain and injustice of our world but we also see the potential for great good. And it’s that “drive towards the good” that causes us to shine even in the dark. As God’s own people, we are the reflected light of Christ in the world. Just think how bright it gets when we all bring our shared light together glorifying God? God’s Sanctuary looks like this (show the picture of the choir robed and all wearing sunglasses in the choir loft from last week when we turned the 36 new sanctuary lights on full blast.)

We can accomplish anything we wish to accomplish - if only we set our shared Light upon it. That’s where the Power is – it’s in our sharing of the Light.

In today’s part of our Stewardship Journey, I want to paint a picture of a new reality for you that rose up out of a 12 month conversation among your Church leadership. But to get there, I have to tell you a story.

Twelve months ago, I invited your 40 member Church Council (the ultimate decision body in our local church) to dare to dream a God sized dream. The question was simple: What is the next big thing we can do with God’s help to grow the Kingdom of God through this part of the Body of Christ called FUMC of Union County?

I asked your leadership to pray about that and come back with specific ideas – ideas we would write up on large sheets of paper and hang on the walls of our meeting room for God and everyone to see. After all our ideas where on the walls of the room, each Council member was given three green sticky dots about the size of a penny. I invited everyone to get up from their chairs and move - wander around the room. They were invited to place their sticky dots next to the item they thought was most important. This will forever be known in this church as the “dot, dot, dot” exercise!

You could place all three of your dots on one idea or you could spread your dots around the room. It was kind of fun watching 40 people stumbling over each other wandering around the room, carefully discerning exactly where to place their three green dots.

Once all the dots had been placed, we stood back and looked at where the most green dots landed – knowing (of course) that green means “go.”

The number one item was – increased staffing.

That generic concept was forwarded to your Staff / Parish Relations Committee (that’s the group of people responsible for the Staff team) for them to put flesh on that skeleton with some details to breathe the concept to life. The result of those conversations was recognizing that you need more pastoral care than you’re currently getting.

Now let me speak personally to you - the church I love for just a moment.
(This is why I really chose not to wear a clergy robe today.)

I know Sunday is never about me – but this one is a little bit. The truth is that I have not been every place your pastor should be. But I need you to hear something church. In this growing church, it has become IMPOSSIBLE for me to be every place I should be.

It’s wearing me down - I am now being consumed here. (L. Pause) I have had my heart to heart talk with our SPR and made clear I can no longer continue in the way I have been going without adversely impacting my family and my health further. I need – “we need” - your help – now (here in my 6th year) – to change the narrative of this church!

There just never is enough hours or enough days for me to do what needs to be done. And frankly, you should be able to expect a better level of pastoral care than I have been able to give you. There is a front door / back door concept to church life that I think applies to us right now. The front door is how well we bring new people into the life of the church. And while we can always improve, I think we do that pretty well. The problem is the back door. We have too many people leaving out the back door of the church because they do not get the attention they need from our church. We need to shut that back door.

Some will say, but what about Stan? Well, have you tried to follow Stan during a “normal Stan day?” I’ve got news for you - there is no such thing as a “normal Stan day either!” And honestly, I would like more of Stan’s time to be available to help us program out the MAC. Rather than focus on what WE OWE on the MAC – I want us to focus on how WE CAN GROW through the use of the MAC. I know you do too but think about this for a minute.

We say we want to be a multi-generational church and then we lock the doors on the greatest facility gift God has given us called the Methodist Activity Center - at 5 pm - and most everyone goes home. Well guess what? That’s precisely the time that generation we want to reach gets off work. And what do we do? We shut the lights off and lock the doors! I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed but even I know that’s a very poor outreach strategy.

My prayer is that we walk into a new reality. Here’s an idea - let’s keep the lights on and see what happens? Of course, to do that right will require more of Stan’s time to coordinate even more volunteers to properly staff this facility on the off hours. It can be done! It is possible! It can be our new reality “IF” we think reaching the generation to come is part of our shared task as a royal priesthood – a holy nation – the spiritual household of God.

And I believe (and your SPR concurs) the key to making all this work is getting an associate pastor – an ordained Elder of the United Methodist Church to multiply the pastoral ministry of this church to help address the pastoral care needs of this church. There are other staffing needs - but this one is most critical right now.

That is the vision your leadership is casting for 2019.

It would be a new reality for us. It can happen. But to make it happen, will require a wonderful sharing of the marvelous light we’ve all been given. But therein is the good news of today for this Church.

We are a growing church! Somebody shout Woo! Hoo!
We are a light on a hill! Somebody Shout Woo! Hoo!
We can move forward into a new reality if only we see The POWER that is still present here. I know that POWER is still here because I can see the Lights shining bright. I saw them clearly all week long – and I saw them shining BRIGHTLY during these last 2 days so I know the POWER of God All Mighty is still on!

I just pray we strive to keep the Lights on…
I just pray we multiply our staff team…
I just pray a new reality – a new story – appears in the midst of our shared LIGHT.

So I ask you, I encourage you, I invite you…to bring the LIGHT – next week - on response Sunday, 10-21. Bring your completed 2019 Estimate of Giving cards with joy and help us write a new story together – help us create a new reality by bringing “YOUR LIGHT TO HIS TABLE” …and let it be a MARVELOUS LIGHT. Amen.

Tickle – October 2, 2018

I don’t ever recall having a $112,600 giving September before in the life of this church! You continue to show us what God’s Generous Spirit does as it moves among the people of God. THANK YOU!

I am so very excited about the Fall Festival - October 12 (9-4 pm) & October 13 (9-2pm). That truly is an “all hands on deck” clarion call as we join together in raising funds for paying off our MAC loan together. If you have a Fall Festival related question, call Stan at 229-326-0644.

I also want to get onto everyone’s radar that our 9:45 worship band OVERFLOW is holding another free Wednesday evening concert during the week of Fall break - Wednesday, October 17 at 6 pm. The band will play for a while, then the Youth will be selling popcorn and goodies during an intermission before the band returns for their final set. This is a free concert that we hope is an OUTREACH event - that only happens if you lead someone here that night. Invite your friends and come - OVERFLOW will take their breathe away (I promise - this unique blend of 6 people is just outstanding!)…what a gracious way to introduce (one or 50) friends to your church!

Please see the note below about our Second Missions fair on Sunday, November 18. If you want a Table at that fair that day to draw people to your mission/ministry area - see Kim!

Just a reminder, the invitation to unite with what Christ is doing through this part of the Body of Christ at FUMC of Union County is always present. Simply schedule a meeting with me by replying to this tickle to begin the process.
God’s Peace,
Pastor Mark

Wednesday Night Nurture activities this week:
Supper at 5:00 pm
Menu: Fall Soup and Salad Dinner
By Hospitality featuring ….
Chili, Vegetable soup, navy bean soup, chicken taco soup, French bread, crackers,
and dessert
Adult Bible Study - led by Mike Cloyd at 6:00 pm in the Fidelis SS room, studying the book of Ruth - bring your Bible and come!
Children and Youth will have their programs at 6:00 pm
Choir at 7:00 pm

Relay for Life:
We are having another Spirit Night at the Blairsville Chick-Fil-A THIS Thursday, October 4th. and Survivors in Fashion, fashion show on Saturday, October 20th from 5-7 p.m. at the Union County Civic Center-Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from Glenda Taylor-706-781-7528 or any Team member.

The Morning Glory Circle will be meeting on Wednesday, October 10th at 10:00 am in the Youth Activity Room in the MAC. We will be packaging candy for the Fall Festival Sweet Shoppe. Women’s Bible Study will not meet that day.

David Kuykendall will be teaching a North Georgia Conference-approved Chainsaw operation and safety course here on Friday, Nov. 2nd from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and Saturday, Nov. 3rd beginning at 8:30 am. There will be field demonstration and technique practice on the church campus. This course is a have-to to participate in disaster relief chainsaw work with the Methodist Church. You may also attend if you are interested in chainsaw safety for your own benefit or helping a saw operator clear limbs, move wood, etc. If you’d like further information, please call David Kuykendall at 706 994 0384.

Calling United Methodist Men! A huge part of our Fall Festival each year is our BBQ LUNCH. United Methodist Men we need you to help serve on our BBQ team. We need a team of men to help in areas such as food prep, the serving line, table hosts, cashiers, and clean up. Bill Kolb has volunteered to head up the effort. On Friday’s at the Festival we serve approx. 250 BBQ plates! On Saturday’s our average is 150 plates. Serving times are 11:00am - 1:30 on both days. Men we need you! To volunteer Call Bill Kolb at 706-745-9531 or Stan at the church (706-745-2073).

STAY INFORMED:
The best link to official United Methodist Church Denominational (Global) news comes from a publication from the United Methodist Communications office that you can subscribe to at the following website umcom.org

On that web page, click the large “Subscribe box.” In the window that comes up, select Weekly Digest under United Methodist News. You then get a summary email from the United Methodist Church sent to you each week regarding the major developments in core stories around the globe. Among many other things, updates on the upcoming Special Session of General Conference in February will be found there. The North Georgia Conference Web site is a good source of continuous information as well - ngumc.org

FUMC MISSIONS FAIR: On Sunday November 18th our church would once again like to shine a spotlight on all the Missions and Ministry operating within our congregation so that members can easily find a place to serve. If you are an advocate for a Mission or Ministry and would like to be included in this event, please email Kim Tatman now in order to have your service included in the literature and planning.

Night to Shine event will be held here at FUMC again next February.

Would you like to be a volunteer for Night to Shine – February 8, 2019? In the coming weeks - watch for a general on-line link to register as a volunteer.

Lastly, but most important…we are looking for many subcommittee leaders. If you would like to be involved in the planning please contact Kim & Joe Tatman.
Tokimnjoe@bellsouth.net
jtatman@gmail.com

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Those in the path of the storms (recovery) - Operation BBQ! Woo! Hoo!!!
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Linda Womack - came home Friday - will be doing rehab here in Blairsville
Norris Wood - healing at home from heart valve repair surgery
Bud Akins - melanoma related surgery - Oct 9 - Northside Hospital
Carol Head - holy ground - family has requested no more visitors please
Emily Cobb - father having open heart surgery October 10
Lisa Wilson- back & knee inflammations (knee is being a real nuisance)
JoAnn Strickland - recovering from hip replacement - at church Sunday!
Helen Douyllie - recovering from hip surgery
David Heyer - foot surgery on Thursday went well
Brenda Adams Mornigstar - recovery from car surgery
Ruth Stefko’s daughter Dawn - general health (fell again)
Joan Shaw - sister Jackie - cancer diagnosis
Bart & Richard Hoibraten - step mother in CA in hospice
Janet Dittus - knee replacement - healing after surgery
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer has spread
Jim Arthur - recovery form open heart surgery
Elmo Giorgi - recovery from open heart surgery (quadruple bypass - at home now)
Rod McClarnon - cardiac concerns and needed eye surgery
Pat Patchin - healing and stability on that new hip
Kenny Engle - bone infection (that’s the real cause behind the knee)
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

As you do your shopping on AMAZON, you also have the opportunity to donate money to the our church. Simply use AMAZON SMILE, then set up “First United Methodist Church of Union County” as the supporting organization. Once you set it up, every time you place an AMAZON order (must use AMAZON SMILE), Amazon makes a donation to our church. Your same settings and benefits, including Amazon Prime, apply. So we urge you to make the change today. Thanks for your continued support!

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

A Note from Your Finance Team

God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. As we move into the season of our annual FUMC Stewardship Campaign, please be prayerful of how God is calling you to be His light.
………………. . …….Received……….. .YTD Received
September 2nd …….$32,658………………. $ 728,452
September 9th ……. $15,559………………..$ 744,011
September 16th…….$25,586………………..$ 769,597
September 23rd…….$14,679………………..$ 784,276
September 30th……..$24,006……………….$ 808,283

On our current YTD giving rate (39 weeks), we would end at $1,077,710 of our $1,100,000 2018 Ministry plan.

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

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