Tickle – June 6, 2018

Pastor Mark is with the youth working at RedBird Mission in Kentucky this week. He will be back Sunday.

In the meantime, here is what I know….

There is a VBS Q/A tonight at 6 pm in the sanctuary. This is intended to help anyone who is thinking of volunteering at VBS but isn’t quite sure what all is involved. Come tonight with your questions and Shannon will answer them. (previous VBS volunteers need not attend). Volunteers ARE still needed for VBS.

Wednesday Night Nurture: IS ON SUMMER BREAK!
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - 6 pm in the Conf. Room.

Choir practice - in the Choir room behind the Sanctuary beginning at 7 pm

The pictorial directory is progressing nicely. Please continue to send in your family’s picture to be included. The pictures can be YOUR pick of setting. And if you need one taken, just pop by the office and Evelyn can take one. This directory is for anyone and everyone who calls FUMC their church home. Just email your picture to the church office at firstumc@windstream.net. Picture submissions are open til the end of June.

VBS online registration is up and running on our website www.firstmethodistblairsville.com for both participants and volunteers
Our VBS is JUNE 24-28 from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Shipwrecked? Come be rescued by Jesus!

VBS - You can help with Supplies!
We have several things that we need for VBS this year—would you consider helping us with collecting these items before VBS? We need:
25-30 empty, clean, gallon size milk jugs
Buttons
4-6 beach balls
Brightly colored finger nail polish (lots and lots!)
LARGE Cardboard boxes in all sizes for decorating
Old umbrellas, especially golf size, that you will not get back!
Empty 16 oz. water bottles with lids
Large, red, washable markers
Small bottles of hand sanitizer
Pens
If you are willing to donate any of these items please place them in the Children’s Ministry office in the main hall between the Sanctuary and the MAC. Thank you!
Our training and meeting schedule for VBS volunteers is as follows:
May 31 at 6pm Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
June 5 at 6pm VBS orientation and question and answer session in the Sanctuary
June 19 at 6pm VBS training in the Sanctuary for all volunteers
June 21 at 6pm Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
June 23 at 10 am Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
Every volunteer must have had Safe Sanctuary training done by Pastor Mark and have had a background check in the last 3 years. If you have not, please plan to attend one of the Safe Sanctuary training events

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning
June 17 - Father’s Day / UMM Sunday
June 24-28 VBS - all hands on deck! We will be “Shipwrecked!”
July 4 (Wednesday) - Fireworks Outreach Event at FUMC - all hands on deck!
July 28 - Backpack2school FUMC Community Event - all hands on deck!
August 3 - Union County back to school
August 26 - 20th Anniversary Celebration of Jeff Bauman & Keith DeFoor - help us get the word out about this very special Sunday celebration as we worship God in song and music - also celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Keith & Jeff (they started the same month - a very good month - 20 years ago.) There will be a reception by the UMW for them both and their families in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am service. Mark this day and help us get the word out to everyone who has been blessed by their gifts here at FUMC for 20 years!

We ask that you keep on your prayer radar THIS week:

Our FUMC Youth Mission team to Red Bird Kentucky - 13 people

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Peace in the Middle East
Youth and chaperones- Red Bird mission work this week
Ceil Jordan - back home after vascular stents were put in yesterday
Alan/Kathy Zimmerman - recent death of son-in-law
Ian McFarlane - recent diagnosis of lymphoma
Jacque Bentley - recent loss
Debbie Steed - broken wrist
Nick Poulos - in Florida receiving radiation treatments
Myron Turner - cardiac ablation went well last week
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma (treatments beginning)
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
Rev. Mike Cloyd - son David and his wife Amy home destroyed in fire. Solar batteries have been removed - final site prep work happening for contractor demo.
George Houdeshel - general health
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip doing well - preparing to do second hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Rod McClarnon - eye muscle surgery scheduled for May 25th.
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Jim Norman - chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Bob Head & Carol Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

On a personal note - Thank you for your concern, care, cards and prayers during my mom’s recent hospitalization. She is back at the nursing home continuing to slowly recover. I do thank you for honoring Mark’s request to not beseige me with questions during that time. You,church family, are precious to me and I appreciate all your care for me and my family. ~ Evelyn

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

A Note from Your Finance Team
Wow! Generosity is also contagious! Thank you Church!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
June 3……………. $22,046………………………….. $ 460,150

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

Tickle – May 29, 2018

I know you just got our June Monthly, so I will keep this short.

Our Youth Red Bird Mission Team will be leaving Sunday morning from our parking lot at 8 am. They will return the following Saturday. Please keep this work camp mission team in your prayers all next week - we have a full week of work ahead of us. The chaperones are Kenny Engle, Jacob Burgess, Ilka Lander and pastor Mark. The youth (middlers and high schoolers) are Emma Lander, Xander and Pearse Ledbetter, Andrew and Jay Jay Engle, Nathan and Grayden Cobb, Cristian Martinez, and Stephen Espinosa. The Burgess family will leave after the 11 am service this Sunday and catch up with the team in Kentucky. We all will return Saturday June 9. Our Youth Director’s (Jennifer De La Montagne) new full time job in Murphy will keep her from this trip - although we truly appreciate her leadership in making this all possible. And Kenny, thank you bunches for all the extra volunteer legwork helping to get us on the road. We could not have done this without you!

Lastly, please make certain you stay in the habit of passing through the Bray Prayer Chapel (across from the pastor’s office) and praying for prayer quilts placed there. The details of each person’s story are on each quilt. Tie a knot in the loose strings on the quilt for each prayer you pray. The Prayer Quilt team then get’s the quilts to the recipients. It is electrifying to receive one of this quilts. There were 7 quilts in there this weekend - they are providing the work of art quilts - you provide the prayers - it’s a match made in heaven! Quilts come and go quickly - we need your prayers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

God’s Peace
pastor mark

Wednesday Night Nurture: IS ON SUMMER BREAK!
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - 6 pm in the Conf. Room.
Confirmation Class will be planting their magnolia tree near the soccer field at 6 pm - if there is no lightning (20 minute activity.)
Jennifer is meeting with the Youth at 6 pm at The Gathering
Choir practice - in the Choir room behind the Sanctuary beginning at 7 pm

PLEASE NOTE CHURCH SUMMER HOURS are now in effect:
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am till 4:00 pm, Fridays 8:00 am till noon.

We are beginning work on a new church directory. We are doing something different this year - not using an external photographer. We are going to do the directories in house. Sample directories will be in each Sunday School room for you to confirm your information and see if we have a picture on you. If we don’t, simply submit one. You are also welcome to email the church office with your information and your choice of photo. firstumc@windstream.net

VBS - You can help with Supplies!
We have several things that we need for VBS this year—would you consider helping us with collecting these items before VBS? We need:
25-30 empty, clean, gallon size milk jugs
Buttons
4-6 beach balls
Brightly colored finger nail polish (lots and lots!)
Cardboard boxes in all sizes for decorating
Old umbrellas, especially golf size, that you will not get back!
Empty 16 oz. water bottles with lids
Large, red, washable markers
Small bottles of hand sanitizer
Pens
If you are willing to donate any of these items please place them in the Children’s Ministry office in the main hall between the Sanctuary and the MAC. Thank you!
Our training and meeting schedule for VBS volunteers is as follows:
May 31 at 6pm Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
June 5 at 6pm VBS orientation and question and answer session in the Sanctuary
June 19 at 6pm VBS training in the Sanctuary for all volunteers
June 21 at 6pm Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
June 23 at 10 am Safe Sanctuary training in the Sanctuary
Every volunteer must have had Safe Sanctuary training done by Pastor Mark and have had a background check in the last 3 years. If you have not, please plan to attend one of the Safe Sanctuary training events

VBS online registration is up and running on our website www.firstmethodistblairsville.com for both participants and volunteers
Our VBS is JUNE 24-28 from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Shipwrecked? Come be rescued by Jesus!

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning:
June 24-28 VBS - all hands on deck! We will be “Shipwrecked!”
July 4 (Wednesday) - Fireworks Outreach Event at FUMC - all hands on deck!
July 28 - Backpack2school FUMC Community Event - all hands on deck!
August 3 - Union County back to school
August 26 - 20th Anniversary Celebration of Jeff Bauman & Keith DeFoor - help us get the word out about this very special Sunday celebration as we worship God in song and music - also celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Keith & Jeff (they started the same month - a very good month - 20 years ago.) There will be a reception by the UMW for them both and their families in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am service. Mark this day and help us get the word out to everyone who has been blessed by their gifts here at FUMC for 20 years!

Two groups that we ask be on your prayer radar in the coming weeks:
Our Confirmation class - 6 people - last class this Wednesday
Our FUMC Youth Mission team to Red Bird Kentucky - 13 people
We will be leaving June 3 and returning June 9

Blairsville Pickleball Youth Clinic
Location – Meeks Park in Blairsville Tennis / Pickleball Courts
Time – 8:15 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Date – June 4, 5, 6 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
Cost – “Free”
Who can participate – Coed youth (boys and girls) ages 12 to 14
The Blairsville Pickleball Club will host the first annual Pickleball Clinic for coed youth ages 12 to 14 years old. The Club will provide top adult and youth expertise in the sport of Pickleball, net systems, balls and paddles for all participants. The cost to participate is “FREE”. Each youth participant will receive a T-shirt and valuable instruction on the game and playing time to develop the skills of the game. Each participant will provide their own snack and water/Gatorade each day. Additionally, each participant is to furnish their own tennis shoes and appropriate playing attire (shorts, socks, shirts, baseball style hat, sunscreen.) Pickleball is currently the fastest growing sport in America. It is fun, skillful and great exercise. Each participant will have developed the skills needed to play the game at the conclusion of the clinic. To participate contact Chuck Herrera 281-683-6262 (call or text) or email at cnv_herrera@yahoo.com or contact Donnie Woodham 404-597-7193 (text or call)

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
The Sante Fe TX families
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Peace in the Middle East
Jacque Bentley - Mother passed (Jo George) - service will be at 1rst Baptist Saturday - family is still planning details - we will send out a notice
Myron Turner - cardiac oblation today at Atlanta Piedmont - was to begin about an hour ago.
Marilyn Barnes - recent loss
Evelyn Ueltzen - Mother is supposed to go back to nursing home tomorrow; daughter having c-section tomorrow to deliver #4 grandchild
Kelly Schuknecht - at home healing with new, new hip
Nick Poulos - radiation treatments in Florida begin next week
Debbie Steed - broken wrist today (surgery when swelling goes down)
Ceil Jordan - vascular stents at St. Joseph Hospital June 4
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma (treatments beginning)
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
Rev. Mike Cloyd - son David and his wife Amy home destroyed in fire. Solar batteries have been removed - final site prep work happening for contractor demo.
George Houdeshel - general health
Janice Smith - healing hip doing well - preparing to do second hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - now in remission!!! Woo! Hoo!!!
Rod McClarnon - healing from eye surgery - went well.
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Jim Norman - chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Bob Head & Carol Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Your Finance Team
Your giving fuels the ministry of this Church. This is that time of the year when our giving tends to fade a bit. Help us stay financially strong as we encounter summer together.

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
May 6……………$28,365………………………$382,782
May 13………….$18,129………………………$400,912
May 20………….$15,494………………………$416,406
May 27 not counted yet due to holiday

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

Tickle – May 15, 2018

Hot dogs on the Hill was a hoot last Wednesday! I am still trying to find two more of my family’s frisbees - anyone know where they are?

Mother’s, Mom’s and Mommies - we pray you had a great day on Sunday. We are celebrating the birth of baby Fritz Patterson (Congrats Matthew, Lindsay and Evie!) Thank you Church for helping to pray that child into the world - keep praying, we have more Mommies “to be” who are waiting…

Thank you Table of Grace for feeding our hungry community “love” across lunch time in the MAC today!

Come participate in our last Wednesday Night dinner - a pot luck picnic inside the MAC at 5 pm. Ro & the Robinettes have the main course and drinks covered. Bring a dessert or side to share and come enjoy the fellowship.

On Friday night, your preschool ministry is celebrating the 4 yr old graduation ceremony in the Sanctuary. You are invited to the program and to come show your support for this class of 4 yr olds. They came to our celebration of CEC Sunday on May 6th - come help us return the favor in the Sanctuary as we REACH OUT to these families together. If you have never been to one of these, come - it will bless your socks off!

On behalf of the Trustees, I thank all of you who have ALREADY spent time out here this week caring for our church campus ahead of the Saturday work day coming up this weekend. THANK YOU for helping make God’s house shine. As you are able, meet with us Saturday morning at 9 am as we follow the Trustees guidance in making the most out of Saturday morning to finish the work of sprucing up this campus. Bring gloves!

The Union County Relay for Life event is at the Union County Farmers Market this Saturday from 4 pm until 10 pm. Seek out our FUMC Relay for Life booth and join our team (if you dare!) Please bring a chair to sit in - the Survivors dinner begins at 4:30 pm (not 5 pm.)

Just a reminder, Church Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, at 6:30 pm in the lower level of the MAC.

God’s Joy
pastor mark

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Church-wide picnic
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - 6 pm in the Conf. Room.
Confirmation Class begins at 6 pm in the Pastor’s office
Youth (Middlers & High Schoolers) meet with Jennifer
at “The Gathering” at 6 pm
Children (K-5th grade) meet with Ms. Shannon and her helpers
in the Fundamentals room at 6 pm
Disciple II Class in MAC lower level Youth corner class room
Hand Bells practice - not this Wednesday
Choir practice - in the Choir room behind the Sanctuary beginning at 7 pm

We are beginning work on a new church directory. We are doing something different this year - not using an external photographer. We are going to do the directories in house. Sample directories will be in each Sunday School room for you to confirm your information and see if we have a picture on you. If we don’t, simply submit one. You are also welcome to email the church office with your information and your choice of photo. firstumc@windstream.net

The 3rd Annual Pickelball Tournament sponsored by the Blairsville Pickelball Club will be held at the MAC on May 21 and May 22. This tournament is a benefit for FUMC. All proceeds will be donated to the church. It is the club’s way of saying thank you for providing us with a much needed indoor facility. This tournament at the MAC is open to all players. You do not need to be a member of the Blairsville Pickelball club or the church to sign up. Contact Dave or Marty Evans for more information 312-751-1527

VBS online registration is up and running on our website www.firstmethodistblairsville.com for both participants and volunteers
Our VBS is JUNE 24-28 from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Shipwrecked? Come be rescued by Jesus!

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning:
May 19 - Church Workday (starts at 9 am)
May 19 - Union County Relay for Life Event - Farmers Market
May 20 - Pentecost / Promotion Sunday - Last Day of UC School - May 25
June 3 - UMW Sunday / Youth Mission Trip Send off
June 17 - Father’s Day / UMM Sunday
June 24-28 VBS - all hands on deck! We will be “Shipwrecked!”
July 4 (Wednesday) - Fireworks Outreach Event at FUMC - all hands on deck!
July 28 - Backpack2school FUMC Community Event - all hands on deck!
August 3 - Union County back to school
August 26 - 20th Anniversary Celebration of Jeff Bauman & Keith DeFoor - help us get the word out about this very special Sunday celebration as we worship God in song and music - also celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Keith & Jeff (they started the same month - a very good month - 20 years ago.) There will be a reception by the UMW for them both and their families in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am service. Mark this day and help us get the word out to everyone who has been blessed by their gifts here at FUMC for 20 years!

Two groups that we ask be on your prayer radar in the coming weeks:
Our Confirmation class - 6 people
Our FUMC Youth Mission team to Red Bird Kentucky - 13 people

Blairsville Pickleball Youth Clinic
Location – Meeks Park in Blairsville Tennis / Pickleball Courts
Time – 8:15 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Date – June 4, 5, 6 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
Cost – “Free”
Who can participate – Coed youth (boys and girls) ages 12 to 14
The Blairsville Pickleball Club will host the first annual Pickleball Clinic for coed youth ages 12 to 14 years old. The Club will provide top adult and youth expertise in the sport of Pickleball, net systems, balls and paddles for all participants. The cost to participate is “FREE”. Each youth participant will receive a T-shirt and valuable instruction on the game and playing time to develop the skills of the game. Each participant will provide their own snack and water/Gatorade each day. Additionally, each participant is to furnish their own tennis shoes and appropriate playing attire (shorts, socks, shirts, baseball style hat, sunscreen.) Pickleball is currently the fastest growing sport in America. It is fun, skillful and great exercise. Each participant will have developed the skills needed to play the game at the conclusion of the clinic. To participate contact Chuck Herrera 281-683-6262 (call or text) or email at cnv_herrera@yahoo.com or contact Donnie Woodham 404-597-7193 (text or call)

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Peace in the Middle East
Ian McFarlane - recent diagnosis of lymphoma
Larry Rosenberry - procedure tomorrow at UGH
Pete Hussey - recent loss
Nick Poulos - returning to Florida for treatments
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma (treatments beginning)
Myron Turner - general health (tests)
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
Rev. Mike Cloyd - son David and his wife Amy home destroyed in fire. Solar batteries have been removed - final site prep work happening for contractor demo.
George Houdeshel - general health
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip doing well - preparing to do second hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Rod McClarnon - eye muscle surgery scheduled for May 25th.
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Jim Norman - chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Bob Head & Carol Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Your Finance Team
Wow! Generosity is also contagious! Thank you Church!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
May 6……………$ 28,365………………………$382,782
May 13………….$ 18,129………………………$400,912

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

Tickle – May 8, 2018

We are celebrating a lot of things! We are celebrating the UMM Cinco de Mayo Wed night that netted about $450 for campus lawn care gas money. We are celebrating the Relay for Life Box lunch event that brought in over $2,100. We are celebrating an awesome CEC Preschool that already has 53 children enrolled for next year - well done Heidi & Team! We are celebrating 609 souls in worship last Sunday! We are celebrating the ministry of our YHC Youth Helper intern (Erin Fincannon) as we send this new college graduate back to the South Georgia Annual Conference Leadership Academy where she will continue to explore God’s calling in her life. And we are preparing to celebrate Mother’s Day this coming Sunday - come make her day and HIS Day a very special day!
God’s Joy (Don’t worry, be happy now…it’s still in your head, isn’t it?)
Pastor Mark

The Cardell Family invites you to a
Mothers’ Day Reception (Cookies & Lemonade)
Sunday, May 13 after the 11am Service
In the
Roy Cardell Memorial Garden
“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”
Robert Browning

Welcome our newest members who joined this Sunday:
Richard and Diana Guimond 1053 Lakeside Drive, Blairsville GA 30512

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Hot Dogs on the Hill
A free hot dogs, chips, (beans while they last,) Lemonade, and smores / roasted marshmellos banquet will begin outside on the hill by the Children’s playground - bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on - looks like a nice, warm, sunny day! Come be with us. Stay as long as you like. Pastor Mark promises not to sing!
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - will meet 6 pm in the Conference Room.
Confirmation Class begins at 6 pm up on Hot Dog Hill at 6 pm! (Outside)
Youth (Middlers & High Schoolers) meet with Jennifer
at “The Gathering” at 6 pm
Children (K-5th grade) meet with Ms. Shannon and her helpers
in the Fundamentals room at 6 pm
Disciple II Class in MAC lower level Youth corner class room
Hand Bells practice at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Choir practice - meet again in the Music room beginning at 7 pm

We are beginning work on a new church directory. We are doing something different this year - not using an external photographer. We are going to do the directories in house. Sample directories will be in each Sunday School room for you to confirm your information and see if we have a picture on you. If we don’t, simply submit one. You are also welcome to email the church office with your information and your choice of photo. firstumc@windstream.net

Relay for Life will be on Saturday, May 19th, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Union County Farmer’s Market. Please come out and enjoy the fun, friendship and festivities as we honor and remember those who have fought this awful disease. You do not need to be a team member to attend, we just ask that you please bring a chair! The Survivor’s dinner is at 5:00 and the Opening Ceremony and Survivors’ Lap begins at 6:00.

The 3rd Annual Pickelball Tournament sponsored by the Blairsville Pickelball Club will be held at the MAC on May 21 and May 22. This tournament is a benefit for FUMC. All proceeds will be donated to the church. It is the club’s way of saying thank you for providing us with a much needed indoor facility. This tournament at the MAC is open to all players. You do not need to be a member of the Blairsville Pickelball club or the church to sign up. Contact Dave or Marty Evans for more information 312-751-1527

VBS online registration is up and running on our website www.firstmethodistblairsville.com for both participants and volunteers
Our VBS is JUNE 24-28 from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Shipwrecked? Come be rescued by Jesus!

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning:
May 13 - Mother’s Day
May 19 - Church Workday (starts at 9 am)
May 19 - Union County Relay for Life Event - Farmers Market
May 19 - Trustee coordinated Campus wide work day
May 20 - Pentecost / Promotion Sunday - Last Day of UC School - May 25
June 3 - UMW Sunday / Youth Mission Trip Send off
June 17 - Father’s Day / UMM Sunday
June 24-28 VBS - all hands on deck! We will be “Shipwrecked!”
July 4 (Wednesday) - Fireworks Outreach Event at FUMC - all hands on deck!
July 28 - Backpack2school FUMC Community Event - all hands on deck!
August 3 - Union County back to school
August 26 - 20th Anniversary Celebration of Jeff Bauman & Keith DeFoor - help us get the word out about this very special Sunday celebration as we worship God in song and music - also celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Keith & Jeff (they started the same month - a very good month - 20 years ago.) There will be a reception by the UMW for them both and their families in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am service. Mark this day and help us get the word out to everyone who has been blessed by their gifts here at FUMC for 20 years!

Two groups that we ask be on your prayer radar in the coming weeks:
Our Confirmation class - 6 people
Our Youth Mission team to Red Bird Kentucky - 13 people

Church Wide Campus Work Day: (Come be green with us!)
The Trustees are coordinating a church campus work day for Saturday, May 19 beginning at 9 am. More info to come. Please mark this day on your calendar. The Trustees are currently putting together a project scope for that day (pulling weeds, spreading mulch, etc…) - come work as long or as short as you can. We will have a specific list of activities. We are praying for good weather and a good turnout.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
All our recent college graduates
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
The Patterson family in the birth of their new son “Fritz”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Ian McFarlane - recent diagnosis of lympohoma
Pete Hussey - recent death of his mother in Florida
Kim Kuykendall - in home IV antibiotics
Donna Fredericks (our Nursery Director) - healing from gall bladder surgery
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma (treatments beginning)
Ceil Jordan - Bronchitis
Myron Turner - general health
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
Ruth Stefko’s - recent death of her son Mike
Rev. Mike Cloyd - son David and his wife Amy home destroyed in fire. Solar batteries have been removed - final site prep work happening for contractor demo.
George Houdeshel - general health (cancer related)
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Rod McClarnon - eye muscle surgery scheduled for May 25th.
Kerry Rittenhouse - Father passed, Mother continues on Chemo
Jim Norman - cancer diagnosis - treatments and path forward now set
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Bob Head & Carol Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Your Finance Team
Wow! Generosity is also contagious! Thank you Church!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
May 6……………$ 28,365………………………$382,782

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

Tickle – May 1, 2018

The UMM are providing our TACO Bar themed Cinco de Mayo (well the closest Wed. night to May 5th) this Wednesday - dinner begins at 5 pm. Please come and support the UMM’s ministry. This is a fundraiser to raise money to pay for the gas and equipment repairs for our campus care ministry. I hope we have a big turnout - it is our annual way of saying THANK YOU to all the people who cut the grass on our 31 acre campus as an act of service and love. As I said (with a grin) at all three services on Sunday - come help the UMM’s taco bar raise some gas money.)

Come be with us Thursday night in the Sanctuary for our National Day of Prayer Service at 6:30 pm. The service is designed to be a peaceful time of public and private prayer. Members of our FUMC prayer team will offer the public prayers interlaced with instrumental music that will allow every a peaceful time of private reflective prayer. This service is expected to be about 50 minutes long - come casual. Come talk to God with us.

And don’t forget the RELAY for Life take home box lunches this coming Sunday. If you wish to insure you have a takeout lunch - buy a ticket from a Relay for Life team member - or just go to the MAC kitchen after any of the three worship service this Sunday to pick up your BBQ box lunch - they are $8.

God’s Joy,
Pastor Mark

Welcome our newest members who joined this Sunday:
at 8:30 Doris Wilder 888 Wesley Mountain Drive, Blairsville
at 9:45 Brenda and Jim McCracken 182 Gray Eagle Lane, Blairsville

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Cinco de Mayo meal by the Methodist Men, Taco bar, Mexcian rice, and brownies - Fundraiser for our lawn care
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - will meet 6 pm in the Conference Room.
Confirmation Class begins at 6 pm in the pastor’s office
Youth (Middlers & High Schoolers) meet with Jennifer & Erin
at “The Gathering” at 6 pm
Children (K-5th grade) meet with Ms. Shannon and her helpers
in the Fundamentals room at 6 pm
Disciple II Class in MAC lower level Youth corner class room
Hand Bells practice at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Choir practice - no choir practice tonight

The 3rd Annual Pickelball Tournament sponsored by the Blairsville Pickelball Club will be held at the MAC on May 21 and May 22. This tournament is a benefit for FUMC. All proceeds will be donated to the church. It is the club’s way of saying thank you for providing us with a much needed indoor facility for all skill levels. This tournament at the MAC is open to all players. You do not need to be a member of the Blairsville Pickelball club or the church to sign up. Contact Dave or Marty Evans for more information 312 751 1527

VBS online registration is up and running on our website www.firstmethodistblairsville.com for both participants and volunteers
VBS is June 24-28 from 5 pm to 8 pm. Given that we had 28 little ones (K-5th) in the Children’s Sunday School hour at 9:45 am this last Sunday just in our church, we think we are going to need lot’s of volunteers! Shipwrecked? Come be rescued by Jesus! The behind the scenes construction planning has begun!

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning:
May 13 - Mother’s Day
May 19 - Church Workday (starts at 9 am)
May 19 - Union County Relay for Life Event - Farmers Market
May 19 - Trustee coordinated Campus wide work day
May 20 - Pentecost / Promotion Sunday - Last Day of UC School - May 25
June 3 - UMW Sunday / Youth Mission Trip Send off
June 17 - Father’s Day / UMM Sunday
June 24-28 VBS - all hands on deck! We will be “Shipwrecked!”
July 4 (Wednesday) - Fireworks Outreach Event at FUMC - all hands on deck!
July 28 - Backpack2school FUMC Community Event - all hands on deck!
August 3 - Union County back to school
August 26 - 20th Anniversary Celebration of Jeff Bauman & Keith DeFoor - help us get the word out about this very special Sunday celebration as we worship God in song and music - also celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Keith & Jeff (they started the same month - a very good month - 20 years ago.) There will be a reception by the UMW for them both and their families in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am service. Mark this day and help us get the word out to everyone who has been blessed by their gifts here at FUMC for 20 years!

The Prayer Quilt Ministry is accepting donations to help buy needed supplies for this new (growing) ministry. Just mark “Quilts” on your check. We will move this ministry into our Church Ministry plan in the next planning cycle. Until then, any help you can provide is appreciated. The hand made prayer quilts are being very well received. Help us sustain this vital ministry.

Church Campus Work Day: (Come be green with us!)
The Trustees are coordinating a church campus work day for Saturday, May 19 beginning at 9 am. More info to come. Please mark this day on your calendar. The Trustees are currently putting together a project scope for that day (pulling weeds, spreading mulch, etc…) - come work as long or as short as you can. We will have a specific list of activities. We are praying for good weather and a good turnout.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be” - we have several again!
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Ian McFarlane - recent diagnosis of lympohoma
Margie Bowron - been in UGH - coming home this afternoon - heart rythym
Kim Kuykendall - been at Northside hospital for days fighting infection - home now
Donna Fredericks (our Nursery Director) - gall bladder surgery at UGH Wed
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma (treatments beginning)
Ceil Jordan - was at UGH due to Bronchitis - back home now
Ruth Stefko’s - Son Mike under hospice care. Daughter Dawn Chappell neck injury has new complications - consulting doctors
Rev. Mike Cloyd - son David and his wife Amy home destroyed in fire. Solar batteries have been removed - final site prep work happening for contractor demo.
George Houdeshel - general health (cancer related)
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Rod McClarnon - eye muscle surgery scheduled for May 25th.
Kerry Rittenhouse - Father passed, Mother continues on Chemo
Jim Norman - cancer diagnosis - treatments and path forward now set
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Bob Head & Carol Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Your Finance Team
Thank you so much for your faithful giving! Our giving across the first 17 weeks of 2018 puts us on an annualized pace to receive $1,085,000. What a blessing! Our ministry plan is based on receiving $1,100,000 through 2018. We usually start way behind in winter and build momentum as the year unfolds.This year, we have started strong in spite of a very harsh winter season. We truly do count on your faithful giving to keep our ministries fully funded. Thank you for every gift! And thank you ministry leaders for being such good stewards of our congregation’s generosity. Our goal is that every dollar received helps grow the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Well done Church!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
April 1…………………$26,485………………………..$ 271,384
April 8…………………$25,549………………………..$ 296,933
April 15……………….$21,577………………………..$ 318,510
April 22……………….$17,730………………………..$ 336,240
April 29……………….$18,176………………………..$ 354,416

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

Tickle – April 24, 2018

The Burgess Family is truly thankful for Sunday’s announcement by your Staff Parish Relations Committee that we will be coming back for our 6th year as your pastoral family. It is a joy to serve Christ along side you in this “Place of Grace.” I look forward to a year of vital mission & ministry, fellowship with people we love, and Kingdom growth as the Holy Spirit continues to move through us. Remember our purpose statement, “through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples.” God is with us! Which is why I look forward to the year to come with great anticipation!
God’s Joy,
Pastor Mark - WOO! HOO!!!

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - Chicken pot pie, green beans, salad and dessert. This is a fundraiser for Relay for Life - but no tickets necessary - basket will be out for donations just like every other Wednesday Night Dinner.
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - will meet 6 pm in the Conference Room.
Confirmation Class begins at 6 pm in the pastor’s office
Youth (Middlers & High Schoolers) meet with Jennifer & Erin
at “The Gathering” at 6 pm
Children (K-5th grade) meet with Ms. Shannon and her helpers
in the Fundamentals room at 6 pm
Disciple II Class in MAC lower level Youth corner class room
Hand Bells practice at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Choir practice at 7 pm in the choir room behind the Sanctuary

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning:
May 3 - National Day of Prayer Service at FUMC - 6:30 pm (our Sanctuary)
May 6 - CEC Celebration Sunday / Erin Fincannon Recognition
May 13 - Mother’s Day
May 19 - Church Workday (starts at 9 am)
May 19 - Union County Relay for Life Event - Farmers Market
May 20 - Pentecost / Promotion Sunday - Last Day of UC School - May 25
June 3 - UMW Sunday
June 17 - Father’s Day / UMM Sunday
June 24-28 VBS - all hands on deck! We will be “Shipwrecked!”
July 4 (Wednesday) - Fireworks Outreach Event at FUMC - all hands on deck!
July 28 - Backpack2school FUMC Community Event - all hands on deck!
August 3 - Union County back to school
August 26 - 20th Anniversary Celebration of Jeff Bauman & Keith DeFoor - help us get the word out about this very special Sunday celebration as we worship God in song and music - also celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Keith & Jeff (they started the same month - a very good month - 20 years ago.) There will be a reception for them both and their families in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am service. Mark this day and help us get the word out to everyone who has been blessed by their gifts here at FUMC for 20 years!

United Methodist Men’s Activity:
Sam Wilson is coordinating a United Methodist Men’s fundraiser on May 2 - the annual UMM Cinco de mayo Wednesday night dinner event. It’s going to be a Taco bar this year. If you would like to get to know a few other of the UMM, respond to Sam and offer to help. This fundraiser is to pay for gas and equipment repairs to sustain the UMM campus grass cutting/weedeating ministry. Sam’s email is g1a88man@gmail.com

The Prayer Quilt Ministry is accepting donations to help buy needed supplies for this new (growing) ministry. Just mark “Quilts” on your check. We will move this ministry into our Church Ministry plan in the next planning cycle. Until then, any help you can provide is appreciated. The hand made prayer quilts are being very well received. Help us sustain this vital ministry.

Pat’s Hallmark is supporting our CEC preschool THIS Friday. With every purchase you make on Friday, Pat’s will donate a portion of the proceeds to CEC. If you need graduation or Mother’s Day gifts/cards, consider buying on Friday and helping out CEC.

National Day of Prayer Worship Service at FUMC
The FUMC prayer team with several key music resources will be offering a “laity led” 50 minute service of contemplative prayer Thursday night, May 3rd, at 6:30 pm in our Sanctuary. Prayer team members will be offering the prayers intermingled with contemplative music aimed at creating a Spirit-filled experience of peaceful unity. If you too seek peaceful unity in the world, dress casual and come be with us.

We’ll be celebrating Promotion Sunday on May 20th- We will be promoting our 5th graders to the youth program and recognizing our graduating high schoolers who have been touched by the church over the years. If you wish to be recognized or have your child recognized, please contact the church office and send a picture to firstumc@windstream.net along with their post graduation plans.

Relay for Life Sunday Box Lunch:
We are having a Take-Out, Boxed BBQ lunch - sandwich, 2 sides and dessert - $8.00 on Sunday, May 6th. (the BBQ is being prepared by Award winning Pitmaster Jeremy Bruce!) Tickets are now on sale from any Relay Team member. Buy a ticket and the box lunch will be ready for you to take home after church on May 6.

Church Campus Work Day:
The Trustees are coordinating a church campus work day for Saturday, May 19 beginning at 9 am. More info to come. Please mark this day on your calendar. The Trustees are currently putting together a project scope for that day (pulling weeds, spreading mulch, etc…) - come work as long or as short as you can. We will have a specific list of activities. We are praying for good weather and a good turnout.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Rev. Richard Chewning and Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers - D.S. transition
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be” - we have several!
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Tammy Fowler and Family - recent loss
Ron Taylor - released from hospital and back home
Larry Culpepper - complete healing (sore neck) from his recent car accident
Holly & Mauro Viccaro - passing of Mauro’s Mother
Ian McFarlane - recent diagnosis of lympohoma
Barbara Alderman - non-hodgkins lymphoma (treatments beginning)
Ceil Jordan’s procedure is on hold (it was scheduled for April 30 - not April 23 - pastor mark was a week early - but now Ceil has Bronchitis - will re-evaluate
Ruth Stefko’s - Son Mike under hospice care. Daughter Dawn Chappell neck injury has new complications - consulting doctors
Rev. Mike Cloyd - son David and his wife Amy home destroyed in fire. Church mobilizing around them in multiple ways. More info to come.
Janice Boland - recovering from gall bladder surgery
George Houdeshel - general health (cancer related)
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Rod McClarnon - eye muscle surgery scheduled for May 25th.
Kerry Rittenhouse - Father passed, Mother continues on Chemo
Jim Norman - cancer diagnosis - treatments and path forward now set
Rev. Harold Smith - stroke - moved to Baldwin
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Melanie Howell - sister Karen with cancer diagnosis
Georgia Jestings - two nieces under the age of 10 with health issues
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Maggie Guerrier - home recovering from back surgery
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Bob Head & Carol Head – general health
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Your Finance Team
Thank you so much for your faithful giving!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
April 1…………………$26,485………………………..$ 271,384
April 8…………………$25,549………………………..$ 296,933
April 15……………….$21,577………………………..$ 318,510
April 22……………….$17,730………………………..$ 336,240

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

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