Tickle – April 11, 2019

INCREDIBLE SUNDAY! Please join me in truly appreciating all our music ministries here in the life of our church. Jeff & Keith (with full choir and orchestra) led us through another outstanding Easter Cantata AND Eric and OVERFLOW at THE WELL told an amazing story in word and song through special arrangement (with our Youth presenting the extra readings) as we worshiped God together. Well done all the way around (and special thank you to Lynn Varian’s hospitality team providing the music ministry 60 people brunch in the 9:45 hour!) And thank you all for the wonderful comments about our very professional narration team - Holly Viccaro and Rich Hauschild - nice addition Jeff!

Also, you have got to come check out our new outdoor stage on the hill beside the children’s playground. Final construction was last Saturday. This is our Michael Bruce’s Eagle Scout project. On both construction days, I saw teams of people on the hill helping his dream become a reality under his direct guidance - thank you church for all you do in support of our Scouts. The Youth ministry (and Michael is one of those active youth) will be using that new stage for our youth led Sunrise service on Easter Sunday - April 21. It’s more than just a stage - it is a spiritual platform for life giving ministry - go see! There is a second Eagle scout project planned to make a “family friendly” burn pit further away from the new stage (can you just taste the smores?) Once that is in place, we will retire the current fire pit. We are looking forward to more outdoor activities on the hill in this new configuration.

Come be with us this Sunday as we encounter the beginning of Holy week this Palm Sunday. Bring your cameras, our children will be leading us into Holy week waving the palms! The rest of our Holy week plan can be seen in the details below. I must admit, it was fun having roughly 600 in worship this last Sunday. What might Easter bring this year? Have you noticed our new presence on the large digital billboards around town? Others apparently have! Thank you very much Teri McGinnis & Outreach. Tell your friends, tell everyone - EASTER is coming!

God’s Joy,
mark
ps…thank you from our daughter in Colorado for the prayer quilt as she recovers from her recent surgery. So many knots, so much love, sew good!

Wednesday Night Nurture – Meatloaf, mac ‘n cheese, green bean almandine, salad, rolls and birthday cake Fundraiser for Relay for Life
Children and Youth, 6:00 pm
Handbells 6:00 pm
Choir 7:00 pm
No adult program this night

Church Council Meeting
Thursday Night at 6:30 pm in the lower level of the Methodist Activity Center

Calling All Cooks! Ready! Set ! Go!
You may now submit 2 of your favorite recipes by one of two ways:
Online @www.morriscookbooks.com Under the typersanc tab
Username: Fall FestFun
Passcode: salt092
Submit your personally handwritten recipe on teh recipe collection sheet provided at the MAC desk. Place your recipe in the collection box located in the narthex or at the MAC desk. We’ll happily enter them for you.

Our goal is to have all recipe submissions no later than July 1st. Our goal is to have church presale orders be completed and cooksbooks available for our Fall Festival in October.

Your Fall Festival Fundraiser Cookbook Team:
Eileen Nichols suki2nich@aol.com (561) 635-6130
Barb Hahn bahahn19@gmail.com (706) 835 1289
Carol Engler paprika91@hotmail.com

Holy Week and Easter Services:
Wednesday- no supper or services
Holy Thursday - Living Lord’s Supper drama…6:30 pm…MAC
Good Friday Service…..6:30 pm…Sanctuary
Easter Sunday:
Sunrise Service …..7:30 am …….up at the new outdoor stage next to the playground
Regular Services at 8:30 am, 9:45 am and 11:00 am

Prayer Quilt Ministry:
There is a prayer quilt in the chapel ready to receive prayers - please stop in , pray for the specific situation listed on the quilt and tie a knot for each prayer you pray. The prayer quilt ministry is also taking requests at this time. You may contact Margaret Frizzell at 706 745 3197.

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)
Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be” - good to see several of them Sunday!
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Nancy Sanford - recent loss of her Mother
JoAnn Mayhew - moved to Chatuge hospital in Hiawassee
Kathy Hyer - general health
Ray Rogers - in Chatuge Rehab (Room Blue 5)
Maggie Guerrier - general health and back on kidney transplant list
Bill Mollnhauer brother (Hank Mollnhauer) - upcoming major back surgery
John Hahn - upcoming tests
Shane Douylliez - neck surgery this week
Barb Delli-Veneri - sister’s (Betty) husband recent passing
Claudia Deprez - general health - her and John are moving in April
Susan Forrester’s brother Bobby - general health
Glen Boland - under hospice care at home
Alan & Kathy Zimmerman’s Daughter Anne - blood clot in arm
Gary Marshall - upcoming gall bladder surgery May 7
Bob Taylor - chronic neck and back pain
Bill Gleasure - general health
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - lung cancer
Maggie Plott - thyroid related testing
Katie Ziegler (Mark & Shannon’s daughter) - still fighting post surgical infection - getting other doctors in the loop.
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

………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
April 7th………….$ 36,840……………..$343,317

WOO! HOO!!!
Thank you for the affirmation this Sunday. The Finance Team has completed our ministry plan that moves forward our shared vision to increase pastoral care clergy staffing in our church. That plan will come before our Church Council for final approval Thursday night.
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Tickle -April 2, 2019

THIS COMING SUNDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We will be celebrating a special day of Worship in Song on April 7 (this coming Sunday.) Our Worship Choir, narrators, and guest instrumentalists will offer our Easter Cantata on that day at our 8:30 and 11 am worship services. The 8:30 and 11 am services will be identical that day - come to either!

Also, our Praise Band OVERFLOW will be offering a very special “Easter themed” Worship in Song service at THE WELL at 9:45 on Sunday. Come to any or all of these services to be embraced by the Spirit of God through song. Our goal is to sing the story at all 3 services on April 7 in preparation to live the story in WORD through Holy week April 14 - 21.
God’s Joy,
mark
ps: If you were unable to pick up your Relay for Life Daffodils last night, they are in the refrigerator in the MAC kitchen with your name on them. You may pick them up at your convenience. Thank you!

Wednesday Night Nurture - CANCELED this week for U.C. Spring Break
No Adult program or children’s program or youth gathering this Wednesday.
Handbells 6:00 pm
Choir 7:00 pm

The Relay for Life Team will be hosting the Wednesday Night Dinner for next week, 10th. This year marks 25 years of Relay for Life in Union County. We truly appreciate the support our church has given us over the years and with your help we can continue the fight against cancer. You will also have the opportunity to purchase some beautiful luminaries at the dinner. We hope to see you NEXT Wednesday, the 10th.

Finance Team Mtg is this Thursday night at 6:30
Church Council Mtg is April 11 at 6:30 pm
Micheal Bruce Eagle Scout Project completion this Saturday - work begins on the hill at 8:30 am (putting on decking and railing)

Public registration for our preschool CEC began on Monday, 25th. Applications can be gotten any preschool morning (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) between 9 and noon to register with our Director Heidi Hall.Registration is non-refundable $100 and tuition for 2019-2020 is $100/month. And yes, we are filling up quickly again! Don’t wait too long.

Circle of Love invites all Ladies in our Church Family to a baby shower in honor of Baby Girl Collins and her mom Ashley Taylor Collins THIS Sunday, April 7th immediately after the 11:00 Traditional Service in the fellowship hall. Baby Girl Collins is registered at Walmart and Amazon. Ashley is the daughter of Glenda Taylor.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Flooding in the midwest US
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 extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
JoAnn Mayhew - general health - recent fall in home - cracked pelvic bone at UGH
Ray Rogers - in Chatuge Rehab (Room Blue 5)
Maggie Guerrier - general health and back on kidney transplant list
Bill Mollnhauer brother (Hank Mollnhauer) - upcoming major back surgery
John Hahn - upcoming tests
Shane Douylliez - upcoming surgery
Claudia Deprez - general health - her and John are doing move back to Florida
Susan Forrester’s brother Bobby - general health
Sue Stewart - recent loss
Glen Boland - under hospice care at home
Alan & Kathy Zimmerman’s Daughter Anne - blood clot in arm
Gary Marshall - upcoming gall bladder surgery
Bob Taylor - chronic neck and back pain
Bill Gleasure - general health
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - lung cancer
Maggie Plott - thyroid related testing
Katie Ziegler (Mark & Shannon’s daughter) - pathology clear (Woo! Hoo!)
Deputy Todd Smith - returned to desk duty - should see him back in a few weeks
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
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – 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
March 3rd…………$24,132……………….$ 206,896
March 10th………..$16,283………………$ 223,179
March 17th………..$19,237………………$ 242,417
March 24th………..$10,057………………$ 252,474
March 31st………..$35,702………………$ 288,176

We appreciate the extra mile giving response to our plea to help giving return to our January and February levels. The March 31 number is up and that is greatly appreciated - although $10,000 of that number was given by a person outside of the church as dedicated giving for a Children’s playground upgrade. However, a $25,702 fifth Sunday is still a significant step forward and is greatly appreciated. Our prayer is that our giving levels return in April. Thank you everyone for your sacrificial giving.

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

Tickle – March 26, 2019

I will be finishing this cycle of UM101 classes this Wednesday in the Sanctuary. We will be discussing UM ordination and related topics. I have a 15 minute video that we will begin with that will end our conversation on Salvation from last week (and dovetail nicely into this last Sunday’s message.)

Spring Session of OASIS begins this week on Thursday!

We will be celebrating a special day of Worship in Song on April 7 during this season of Lent. Our Worship Choir and guest instrumentalists will offer our Easter Cantata on that day at our 8:30 and 11 am worship services. Our Praise Band OVERFLOW will be offering a very special “Easter themed” Worship in Song service at THE WELL at 9 :45 on that day. Come to any or all of these services to be embraced by the Spirit of God through song. Our goal is to sing the story at all 3 services on April 7 in preparation to live the story in WORD through Holy week April 14 - 21.
God’s Joy,
mark

Wednesday Night Nurture
Menu: Choir Night - Loaded Poutine, fries with a full meal piled on top, salad, and dessert
Adult Bible Study will begin at 6 pm along with Children and Youth
Handbells 6:00 pm
Choir 7:00 pm

New Member in 9:45 service - Sandy Flodder 330 Porter Place, Blairsville

Please remember to return your Women’s Enrichment Baby Bottles this coming Sunday!

Thank you to everyone that donated blood at our Red Cross Blood Drive on March 24th. The drive collected 31 units which saved 93 lives! Also, thanks to everyone that volunteered during the drive. Please mark your calendars; our next Blood Drive is June 16th. The Health Cabinet.

Daffodils, sold by our Relay for Life team, delivery date has been changed. They will now be delivered on Monday, April 1st. You may pick them up in the small Mac dinning room at 6:00 pm. Please make your check payable to Relay for Life.

Prayer Quilt Ministry Needs Your Help:
If you have borrowed the book, “A Fabric of Faith - A Guide to Prayer” - they need it returned for their ministry. Thanks!

Public registration for our preschool CEC began on Monday, 25th. Applications can be gotten any preschool morning (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) between 9 and noon to register with our Director Heidi Hall.Registration is non-refundable $100 and tuition for 2019-2020 is $100/month. And yes, we are filling up quickly again! Don’t wait too long.


Circle of Love invites all Ladies in our Church Family to a baby shower in honor of Baby Girl Collins and her mom Ashley Taylor Collins on Sunday, April 7th immediately after the 11:00 Traditional Service in the fellowship hall. Baby Girl Collins is registered at Walmart and Amazon. Ashley is the daughter of Glenda Taylor.

We are preparing a wonderful custom cookbook as part of our Fall Festival Fundraiser. Our FUMC cookbook will be professionally published and there will be online access for each cookbook purchased.It is certain to become a treasured keepsake.
Please submit up to 2 favorite recipes. Thank you for contributing to make our cookbook a huge success. We already know we have many wonderful cooks amongst us.
we anticipate a great demand for our cookbooks, and we want to be certain to order plenty to supply the demand. In the near future, you will be able to pre-order as many cookbooks as you think you may need for yourself, your family and friends.
Start thinking birthday and Christmas gifts.
Be watching for further information.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Mozambique Africa Devastation from Cyclone
Flooding in the midwest US
Our Union County students
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 extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
JoAnn Mayhew - general health
Ray Rogers - moved from UGH to Chatuge Rehab
Susan Forrester’s brother Bobby - general health
Sue Stewart - recent loss
Glen Boland - under hospice care at home
Alan & Kathy Zimmerman’s Daughter Anne - blood clot in arm
Gary Marshall - recent hospitalization from gall bladder (home now)
Paula Myers - rotator cuff surgery - recovering nicely
Bob Taylor - chronic neck and back pain
Bill Gleasure - general health
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - lung cancer
Maggie Plott - thyroid related testing
Katie Ziegler (Mark & Shannon’s daughter) - still waiting pathology
Deputy Todd Smith - strengthening - returned to desk duty
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
Margie Bowron - in and out of hospital this weekend - back home
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
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – 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
March 3rd…………$24,132……………….$ 206,896
March 10th………..$16,283………………$ 223,179
March 17th………..$19,237………………$ 242,417
March 24th………..$10,057………………$ 252,474

Pastor Mark made a special appeal Sunday that as we close out March this coming Sunday, we would appreciate any help you can provide to make our shared vision of hiring more clergy staffing a reality. Help us if you can.

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

Tickle – March 19, 2019

As warmer weather approaches, our very full CEC classes of 2 yr olds, 3, yr olds, and 4 yr olds will be making many trips back and forth from the church buildings to the children’s playground on the hill. Please drive lovingly, slowly, and carefully in our parking lots. If any of the teachers motion for you to stop, it means they are about to guide a large group of little ones across the parking lot. Please take time to stop and give thanks to God for the little ones on our church campus.

In our ongoing UM101 Class on Wednesday nights, we have encountered many topics. I am thankful for the large turnout we have had for this class. This Wednesday, the topic will be “A Methodist Understanding of Salvation.” With our large group, we will once again meet in the Sanctuary from 6 pm to 6:45 pm. The final session of this cycle of UM101 will be Wednesday, March 27. The topic on that day will be “Ordination and Itineration in the United Methodist Church.” If you have ever wondered how someone moves from pew to pulpit in our denomination (or if you sense God may be calling you in ways you do not yet fully understand), please come to that last class of this cycle of UM101.

Welcome our newest members (they get to be that for just another 5 days):
Joe & Ann Duket
214 Stacy Lane, Blairsville, GA 30512

A mighty shout out to all the help yesterday! Really, it was supposed to be warm - but it was made warm by everyone’s participation. Under the direction of “Eagle Scout hopeful” Micheal Bruce, an army of folks finished phase 1 of our new “outdoor stage to be” on the hill up by the Men’s workshop. Our Youth are already planning on using that new stage for their Easter Sunrise service this year on April 21. We are grateful for Micheal’s leadership and all the army ants who helped over the course of yesterday to lay the footings and build the platform structure!

Table of Grace Ministry – thank you for feeding our hungry community a free “love filled” lunch today.

Tomorrow is THE FIRST OFFICIAL DAY of Spring and more importantly - today isl “five days until Sunday” day - again, you had to be in worship!
God’s Joy,
mark

IMPORTANT! Youth meet THIS Friday! All youth participating in the Easter Sunrise Service are asked to attend our rehearsal THIS FRIDAY from 6-7:30 pm. Pizza & beverages provided.

Wednesday Night Nurture
Menu: Brunswick stew, salad, cornbread and dessert
Adult Bible Study will begin at 6 pm along with Children and Youth
Handbells 6:00 pm
Choir 7:00 pm

All Clergy and Laity are invited to the post General Conference briefings scheduled around the North Georgia Conference. The meeting for our three District area is at Hamilton Mill UMC 1450 Pine Rd, Dacula, GA 30019 The meeting is this Sunday at 4 pm.

Red Cross Blood Drive - this upcoming Sunday
First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Sunday, March 24th 9:00AM – 1:30PM
Schedule your blood donation appointment today.
Please call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767),
OR visit redcrossblood.org OR call Nancy at (706) 745-4870.

Daffodils, sold by our Relay for Life team, delivery date has been changed. They will now be delivered on Monday, April 1st. You may pick them up in the small Mac dinning room at 6:00 pm. Please make your check payable to Relay for Life.

Prayer Quilt Ministry Needs Your Help:
If you have borrowed the book, “A Fabric of Faith - A Guide to Prayer” - they need it returned for their ministry. Thanks!

Public registration for our preschool CEC begins on Monday, 25th. Applications can be gotten any preschool morning (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) between 9 and noon to register with our Director Heidi Hall.Registration is non-refundable $100 and tuition for 2019-2020 is $100/month.

New Women’s Study has begun…
Jeremiah offers women hope for living in an uncertain world by learning to navigate the challenges and circumstances of their lives. This 6 week study in the book of Jeremiah examines God’s words of instruction through the prophet for intentional living to overcome fear, worry, and doubt as we surrender our wills to God’s WILL and put our hope in God alone. The study is in the lower level of the MAC in the center Youth room space at 10 am.


Circle of Love invites all Ladies in our Church Family to a baby shower in honor of Baby Girl Collins and her mom Ashley Taylor Collins on Sunday, April 7th immediately after the 11:00 Traditional Service in the fellowship hall. Baby Girl Collins is registered at Walmart and Amazon. Ashley is the daughter of Glenda Taylor.

We are preparing a wonderful custom cookbook as part of our Fall Festival Fundraiser. Our FUMC cookbook will be professionally published and there will be online access for each cookbook purchased.It is certain to become a treasured keepsake.
Please submit up to 2 favorite recipes. Thank you for contributing to make our cookbook a huge success. We already know we have many wonderful cooks amongst us.
we anticipate a great demand for our cookbooks, and we want to be certain to order plenty to supply the demand. In the near future, you will be able to pre-order as many cookbooks as you think you may need for yourself, your family and friends.
Start thinking birthday and Christmas gifts.
Be watching for further information.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Our Union County students
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 extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
JoAnn Mayhew - general health
Glen Boland - now under hospice care at home
Paula Myers - rotator cuff surgery - recovery at home
Bob Taylor - chronic neck and back pain
Bill Gleasure - general health
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - lung cancer
Maggie Plott - thyroid related testing
Katie Ziegler (Mark & Shannon’s daughter) - surgery in Denver this afternoon
Deputy Todd Smith - recovering from cardiac event
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
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – 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
March 3rd…………$24,132……………….$ 206,896
March 10th………..$16,283………………$ 223,179
March 17th………..$19,237………………$ 242,417

Every gift given to the ministry of FUMC is greatly appreciated. We are trying to limit designated giving to only MAC Debt retirement and specified second mile giving that get lifted up in worship. You can rest assured that when you give to the General Fund, every ministry benefits from that gift. Thank you for your continued contributions of your time, talent, gifts, service and witness to the Kingdom of God.

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

Tickle – March 12, 2019

Lot’s to tell you about - so I am typing in short sentences!

ASH Wed service was awesome - LENT has begun. Don’t miss our Lenten Sermon series, “What Should Churches Do Well?”

Super Chef showdown raised over $12,000 from our community for Hope House - THANK YOU! That was a new record!

Haven Project (community ministry to families with people with special needs) kicked off successfully on Friday night.

Please come to the Red Bird KY Mission trip info meeting tonight at Sharp Memorial UMC Fellowship Hall on YHC campus at 6 pm. The week long trip that costs $375 per person is Sept 8-14. Come ask your questions!!!
If you have never done a mission trip, this is a GREAT FIRST TRIP!

UMC 101 Class will meet this Wed at 6 pm in the Sanctuary.

Wed night dinner fundraiser for Scouts upcoming hiking trip - PLEASE COME!

There is a Radon Gas presentation in the Civic Center Wed from 1-2 pm but you need to call to register 706-439-6030.

OASIS Spring session begins March 28.

UMCOR Sunday is March 31 - second mile giving that Sunday will be to support the “United Methodist Committee on Relief” activities.
God’s Peace,
mark

Congratulations to FirstYouth and their tireless leaders Jennifer and Ragan on taking 3rd place for the amount of jug money raised at the Super Chef Showdown this past Saturday. They did an outstanding job preparing their meatballs and appreciate all the support from the FUMC family!

Wednesday Night Nurture
Menu: BBQ meal with all the fixin’s - fundraiser for the Boy Scouts
Adult Bible Study will begin at 6 pm along with Children and Youth
Handbells 6:00 pm
Choir 7:00 pm

Red Cross Blood Drive - this upcoming Sunday
First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Sunday, March 24th 9:00AM – 1:30PM
Schedule your blood donation appointment today.
Please call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767),
OR visit redcrossblood.org OR call Nancy at (706) 745-4870.

Daffodils, sold by our Relay for Life team, delivery date has been changed. They will now be delivered on Monday, April 1st. You may pick them up in the small Mac dinning room at 6:00 pm. Please make your check payable to Relay for Life.

Trustees Work Continues with Your Help:
Your Trustees have been involved in many projects around the church campus. We are thankful that the Church Bus has all new tires now (to match the new tires put on both vans last year.) The lights in the MAC desk area that have been repeatedly failing have been upgraded to a new style. Over 20 of the “up high” lights in the MAC that had been burned out have been replaced. The MAC stage lights and worship service related lights have been replaced. The recent HVAC problem (no heat) in the Sanctuary choir room was due to a burned out blower motor - it has been replaced and the system is fully functional again. We are currently installing the next step in our church security improvement initiative. You will notice many security cameras being installed at our entrance doors and at various appropriate places around the church. That system is integrated into a new DVR recorder. This is the next step in multiple security related upgrades. Underground conduit for new underground power lines have been installed to the front entrance area and other key places as we prepare for external lighting related upgrades across campus. This and much more is all made possible through your continued giving to the general fund of our church! THANK YOU!

In-house registration has begun for our preschool CEC. Please come in on a preschool morning (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) between 9 and noon to register with our Director Heidi Hall.Registration is non-refundable $100 and tuition for 2019-2020 is $100/month.

EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT ON CAMPUS:
Michael Bruce will have a workday for his Eagle Scout project on Monday, March 18th beginning at 8:30 am. He is building a deck on the playground hillside. Anyone interested in helping out is welcome to join, just bring your work gloves and safety glasses.

New Women’s Study begins THIS Wednesday !
Jeremiah offers women hope for living in an uncertain world by learning to navigate the challenges and circumstances of their lives. This 6 week study in the book of Jeremiah examines God’s words of instruction through the prophet for intentional living to overcome fear, worry, and doubt as we surrender our wills to God’s WILL and put our hope in God alone. The study is in the lower level of the MAC in the center Youth room space at 10 am.


Circle of Love invites all Ladies in our Church Family to a baby shower in honor of Baby Girl Collins and her mom Ashley Taylor Collins on Sunday, April 7th immediately after the 11:00 Traditional Service in the fellowship hall. Baby Girl Collins is registered at Walmart and Amazon. Ashley is the daughter of Glenda Taylor.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
All those impacted by the tornadoes in the South East
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 extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
JoAnn Mayhew - general health
Glen Boland - now under hospice care
Nikki Schuknecht - recent passing of her mother
Paula Myers - rotator cuff surgery today
Bob Taylor - testing on source of chronic neck and back pain
Rev. Winfred Pitts (Shady Grove UMC pastor) neck surgery went well
Bill Gleasure - general health
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - lung cancer
Maggie Plott - thyroid related testing
Deputy Todd Smith - recovering from cardiac event
June Colditz - undergoing treatments for lymphoma
Carole Thompson - general health
Kim Kuykendall - using new spinal stimulator implant for pain control
Camille Higginbotham - general health
Eileen Nichols - 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
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – 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
March 3rd…………$24,132……………….$ 206,896
March 10th………..$16,283………………$ 223,179

Every gift given to the ministry of FUMC is greatly appreciated. We are trying to limit designated giving to only MAC Debt retirement and specified second mile giving that get lifted up in worship. You can rest assured that when you give to the General Fund, every ministry benefits from that gift. Thank you for your continued contributions of your time, talent, gifts, service and witness to the Kingdom of God.

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

Tickle – February 26, 2019

Awesome Sunday my Family! Wakonda forever! (you had to be here!)
Kenny did a great job with both Mission moments! Remember two dates:
SUPERCHEF SHOWDOWN for Hope House in the MAC Saturday, March 9
Jennifer is leading our Youth to be the chef’s representing FUMC!!!!!!!!!!
PLEASE come and support them by contributing to their table March 9!
Also, if you have been waiting for a Red Bird Trip - our next Connectional
Team trip is Sept 8-14. If you wish to invest $375 and one week in a team mission trip to Beverly Kentucky (the UMC Mission there - google it) come to the informational meeting at Sharp Memorial UMC (YHC Campus) March 12, 6 pm. People will be there to talk about the trip and answer all your questions.
Jennifer & Ragan get an HUGE shout out for 72 hours of round the clock
ministry with the youth of our community through the annual DNOW retreat!!!
We are up to 12 new men and women who have volunteered for our campus
grass cutting ministry - joining the 4 Saints we had - and still have!
Just call or email Evelyn if you would like to help - she will connect you.
And another shout out to the Trustees team - they have a lot of key projects in the works right now - thank them as you see new things appear!
Today is the final day of General Conference - pray without ceasing as those proceedings come to a close at 6:30 pm today.
God’s Peace,
mark

Ash Wednesday & the Season of Lent are fast approaching - March 6

Wednesday Night Nurture
Menu: Meatloaf, twice mashed potatoes, green beans and dessert
The Friendship Sunday School class is preparing as a fundraiser for Michael Bruce’s Scout project
Children meet at 6 pm
Youth THE GATHERING meets at 6 pm
Adult Bible Study- 6 pm in the Sanctuary, United Methodist-101 Class
Pastor mark will continue - this week is finishing sacraments - great group of folks - come join us in the Sanctuary from 6 pm to 6:45 pm.
Handbells 6:00 pm
Choir 7:00 pm

Welcome New Member:
Diane Brackett 840 Whispering Pines, Blairsville

2018 Contribution Statements are available now. Please write your name down on the notepad on the narthex or email Deidra directly at blairsvillefumcdeidra@gmail.com to request your copy.

Red Cross Blood Drive
First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Sunday, March 24th 9:00AM – 1:30PM
Schedule your blood donation appointment today.
Please call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767),
OR visit redcrossblood.org OR call Nancy at (706) 745-4870.

Prepare to come to the Super Chef Showdown on Saturday, 9th where FIRSTyouth will be serving an awesome dish. Begins at 11:30 am and runs till 1:00 pm in the MAC. Admission is $12. Proceeds go to Hope House.

New Women’s Study begins Wednesday March 13
Jeremiah offers women hope for living in an uncertain world by learning to navigate the challenges and circumstances of their lives. This 6 week study in the book of Jeremiah examines God’s words of instruction through the prophet for intentional living to overcome fear, worry, and doubt as we surrender our wills to God’s WILL and put our hope in God alone. The study is in the lower level of the MAC in the center Youth room space at 10 am.

Relay for Life:
It’s Daffidil time again! Daffodils are a symbol of Hope and a sign Sping is on the way! Our Relay for Life team is taking orders this week for beautiful fresh cut Daffodils for $5.00 a bunch (10 buds). Please contact Glenda Taylor 706-781-7528 or glendactaylor@yahoo.com to place your order.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Special Session of General Conference February 23-26 in St Louis - ends today
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 extended families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Glen Boland - at UGH - still struggling with oxygen levels
Bill Gleasure - sent back to Emory Hospital last night - trouble eating & drinking
Tricia Wallace’s - Step-Dad Mike Brooks at home in Alabama
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother in Mississippi - lung cancer
Maggie Plott - thyroid related testing
Deputy Todd Smith - recovering from heart attack & 3 stents
June Colditz - undergoing treatments for lymphoma
Kelly Schuknecht’s Family - recent loss
Gail McGuire, Pam Ackerman, Carter Spence - all home healing
Christine Golden (Jay’s wife) - healing at home
Tiffany Martinez - recently engaged!
Rod McClarnon - continued eye issues
Kim Kuykendall - using new spinal stimulator implant for pain control
Shirley Cobb - neurostimulator procedure 2-27
Bryan Thomas - replacement hip 2-28
Karen McGinn - hip replacement March 1
Camille Higginbotham - general health
Eileen Nichols - 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
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – 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

………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
February 3rd……… $ 24,856…………………..$ 120,539
February 10th……..$ 24,576…………………..$ 145,115
February 17th……..$ 14,171…………………..$ 159,287
February 24th……..$ 23,476……………………$182,763

We are off to a stronger start in 2019 than 2018! Across the first 8 weeks of this year we are on a $1,188,000 pace. That’s much better than the challenging $1,006,000 pace we began the first 8 weeks of 2018 with - thank you! It will be critical that we stay financially strong in order for us to carry forward our incremental staffing plans in 2019.

Every gift given to the ministry of FUMC is greatly appreciated. We are trying to limit designated giving to only MAC Debt retirement and specified second mile giving that get lifted up in worship. You can rest assured that when you give to the General Fund, every ministry benefits from that gift. Thank you for your continued contributions of your time, talent, gifts, service and witness to the Kingdom of God.

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

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