Tickle – December 26, 2018

Our prayer for all of you is that the Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love that comes from celebrating that O HOLY NIGHT resides in you - and through you into the world. Merry Christmas Everyone!
pastor mark

Three prayer concerns specific to this week:
Rev. Fred Whitley experienced a stroke. He is currently in Erlanger Hospital (Chattanooga.) We are encouraged by the news this morning. Meg has indicated he is now talking ok. There is also a AFIB issue that needs our continued prayers. Please keep Fred, Meg, and our Church without Walls in your prayers.

Two surgical procedures this week:
Dottie Kuberek - knee surgery
Norma Jean Anderson (our custodial team) - major foot surgery

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

Tickle – December 18, 2018

Ye Olde Burgess Christmas LetterMerry Christmas (2018) from
“Burgess South!”
Psalm 22 Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.
JacobJake’s found his groove as he plows through his sophomore year at Young Harris College – a United Methodist affiliated college 8 miles from our parsonage. He continues to live at home and tackle the challenges of life like “Physics” and “Chemistry.” We are proud of our son. He has learned how to dig in and make it happen. He also has learned how to hit a backhand on the tennis court. That’s really a very troubling development. Dad is being forced to learn how to run again!

Katie & Mark & Timber & TeakKatie and Mark continue to live and love in Castle Rock, Colorado. Their family grew this year by four feet! His name is Teak. Like most Chocolate Lab pups, he is a bundle of unbridled energy. Katie is preparing to defend her dissertation in the spring. There are too many big words involved for us to fully understand. All we know is that once published, we are convinced a lot of ventilated NICU babies will receive optimum care (something that’s been a passion of Katie’s since she was 14 years old.) We also want to say how much we appreciate our son-in-law Mark. Not only has his rock solid IT skills built a successful career, but he has served FUMC of Union County (here in Georgia) faithfully as part of our Tech Service Department. We cannot count how many technical problems he has solved for us as our tech guy in the cloud!
Mark & Shannon & Heavenly GraceWe said good bye to our family doggie recently. Grace had been with us for a long time. We miss her but we find comfort knowing that sweet souls like her never really end – they too move through that great heavenly door. It is that door that transforms an end into a beginning. Shannon and I are giving our lives to guide people there. That door was opened from the heavenly side. A Holiday invitation has been given. “Come home.”
From our family to your family, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!HE HAS DONE IT!
Wednesday Night Nurture: next dinner will be January 9thRev. Rod McClarnon continues his Adult Advent Study in lower level of MAC at 6 pm. Hand Bells will practice at 6 pm and Choir practice at 7 pm.
Christmas Worship Services PlanWe will have our usual 3 worship services this coming Sunday, December 23rd at 8:30, 9:45 and 11 am. Christmas Eve is Monday night this year. On Monday night December 24th, we will worship at 3 candlelight services at 5 pm, 7 pm , and 11 pm. Loving nursery will be provided for the 5 pm and 7 pm candlelight services on Christmas Eve. Billy (Vocalist) and Rose (Pianist and Harpist) will be leading the music ministry at the 11 pm service.
HOLIDAY HOURS OF THE MAC AND CHURCH OFFICES: The MAC will be closed from Monday, 24th til Wednesday, January 2nd. The church offices will also be closed to the public. Staff will be in and out during this time. Should you need to reach one of us, please leave a phone message or write an email. These will be periodically checked from Wednesday, 26th through January 1st.
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our worldThose recovering from the storms and firesOur military familiesThe two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GAOur entire staff team and their extended familiesAll our expecting “Mommies to be”All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related strugglesTricia Wallace’s stepdad Mike Brooks- in hospital ICU in Alabama, critical heart issuesBill Gleasure - at Emory Hospital with reduced Liver functionMarion Lifsey - home now after rotator cuff surgery yesterdayLinda Womack - recovering now at home - continuing to improveHelen Owenby - back to assisted care from hospitalNisia Redgrave - moved to Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)Bob Eshelman - general healthSonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) - began ChemoTom Gilbert - hand procedure went well yesterday - hernia repair ThursdayStephen & Kelly Schuknecht - newborn great grandchild requires heart surgeryLarry Culpepper’s sister - general healthLisa Wilson - kneeDebbie Crask - home now - IV AntibioticsRuth Stefko’s daughter Dawn - general healthJoan Shaw - treatment for lung cancer complete - surgery in JanuaryMargie Bowron – general healthDee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer has spread)Rod McClarnon - cleared cardiac screen - eye surgery scheduled in JanuaryClaudia Deprez - cancer is in remission again!George Houdeshel - general healthKerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemoRev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapyShannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancerShirley 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 for your generous hearts Church!
………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD ReceivedDecember 2nd….$ 40,884……………..$ 1,043,616December 9th…..$ 25,220……………..$ 1,068,837December 16th…$ 24,758……………..$ 1,093,595
As always, for your giving to be a matter of record in calendar year 2018, we must receive it in the Church Office by Monday, December 31.
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

Tickle – December 11, 2018

THANK YOU CHURCH! The weather looked pretty bleak on Saturday. We were in all the right conversations and assessing the weather details as the story unfolded. The challenge is that the weather in Blairsville and the weather where “you” live are never the same. We are thankful that in the lower elevations the temps stayed above freezing which allowed many to safely come to Church Sunday. We had 72 people at early church, 103 people at THE WELL and 139 people at the 11 am service. I am thankful for everyone who came AND I AM ALSO THANKFUL for the decision many of you made to stay home. You know your elevation best. You know your mountain best. You know your abilities best. Be safe out there. It looks like this is going to be a challenging winter this year. May we all make good decisions in it.

Join me in our celebration of one of our youth being baptized and professing his faith in Jesus Christ on Sunday (part of this year’s confirmation class):
Welcome Andrew Engle: 170 Bryant Cove Rd, Blairsville GA 30512

We will continue our three week sermon series this coming Sunday entitled “Unexpected.” Don’t miss any week of this sermon series! It’s Luke’s story!
God’s Hope, Peace, Joy, Love
pastor mark

Wednesday Night Nurture: next dinner will be January 9th
Youth are having their own gathering this Wednesday at 6 pm
Rev. Rod McClarnon continues his Adult Advent Study in lower level of MAC at 6 pm. Band practice and Choir practice at 7 pm.

Morning Glory Circle will have their Christmas luncheon here tomorrow at 11:30 am.

As the Staff Parish Relation committee chair, I would like to share an opportunity with you.

Our staff works tirelessly in their mission to help us move the ministry forward here. We are so blessed that God has sent each person on our staff to share their gifts and graces they bring to the ministry here.

Each year we present an opportunity to show how much we love and appreciate our each of our staff for what they do, what they share and give in ministry here.

If you would like to show your appreciation for them, you may give a love offering gift until December 16th by placing your gift in the envelopes in the pew, designate it Staff Love offering and place in in the offering. We will share your gift with the staff in time to add to their holiday.
Thank you
Kelly Schuknecht
Staff Parish Relations Chairperson

Our Angel Tree at the MAC Desk Entrance.
Well done church! As of this writing, only two angels remain and the tree overflows with toys. THANK YOU!

The Men’s Bible Study meets on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am in the MAC, room M-7. We have a consistent group of 8-12 men who meet for an hour and study the Holy Word of God. We have just concluded the book of Acts where we studied the actions of the apostles in launching the Christian church and are now beginning to study the Epistles of the apostles beginning with the earliest letter of James. We will be studying them in chronological order and discussing how they all influence one another.

If there are any men who are looking for a good Bible based study, please join us on Tuesday mornings. We will welcome you warmly and offer you some coffee, and now and then, some coffee cakes. Join us, you’ll like it!

A little help please… someone expressed interest in joining the prayer quilt team at the Missions Fair.. They, unfortunately, have lost that name. If it was you, they are eager to have you join them. Please call the church office and give your name to Evelyn. She will forward to the prayer quilt team.

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

NIGHT TO SHINE sponsorship opportunity. Community sponsors are a vital component to the success of our Night to Shine event. If you are interested in participating as a sponsor visit the First UMC website and follow the link to the Night to Shine page to register your interest. Select the button “Businesses click here to sponsor the event”. Please do not hesitate to pass this along to someone you know that may have interest. Individuals may also be sponsors. http://firstmethodistblairsville.com/events-night-to-shine/

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Those recovering from the storms and fires
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
Jerry Roberson - recent passing of his brother Elbert
Kathy Zimmerman - recent passing of her sister Alice
Tricia Wallace’s stepdad Mike Brooks- in hospital ICU in Alabama, critical heart issues
Marion Lifsey - home now after rotator cuff surgery yesterday
Linda Womack - at Pruitt’s Healthcare in Blue Ridge (room B11)
Helen Owenby - Gainesville Hospital after a fall
Vic Henderson’s brother - heart surgery went well
Dottie Kuberek - recent forward fall (home from hospital - healing)
Nisia Redgrave - moved to Chatuge Rehab (Green 27)
Bob Eshelman - general health
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) - began Chemo
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother - injury from fall
Bev Cardell - broken rib from fall
Will Stafford’s Sister - baby is here - Mother and child are doing well
Stephen & Kelly Schuknecht - first great grandchild born last week at Erlanger Hospital (baby will have heart surgery in a few months to correct known heart issue)
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Laura Wilcher’s Mother - recovery from recent knee surgery
Lisa Wilson - knee
Debbie Crask - home now - IV Antibiotics
Ruth Stefko’s daughter Dawn - general health
Joan Shaw - treatment for lung cancer complete - surgery in January
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer has spread)
Rod McClarnon - cleared cardiac screen - eye surgery scheduled in January
Claudia Deprez - cancer is in remission again!
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
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

Thank you for your generous hearts Church!

………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
December 2nd….$ 40,884……………..$ 1,043,616
December 9th…..$ 25,220……………..$ 1,068,837

Our 2018 Ministry Plan giving goal is $1,100,000. We are within reach with three Sundays left in December!

As always, for your giving to be a matter of record in calendar year 2018, we must receive it in the Church Office by Monday, December 31.

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

Tickle – December 4, 2018

(To the tune of Jingle Bells - over and over and over)

Sing to God!
Sing to God!
Singing all the way!
Oh what fun it is to pray
to God all night and Day!

Wasn’t Sunday a great day with our music ministries?! We are truly blessed with sooooooo much “giftedness” in our church. We thank everyone in front and behind the scenes who made that amazing day possible - THANK YOU!

And now we turn our attention to Wednesday Night. We will have a special feast fully provided by Ro and the Robinettes. It will be a meal that will have your tastebuds jumping in jubilation. We will also be recognizing the 2018 new members. Here’s your chance to see these new faces and put a name with them. And if you ARE one of the new faces of 2018, please, please come to dinner and let us get to know you. It will be special time of fellowship for all who come.

Pastor Mark will begin a three week sermon series this Sunday entitled “Unexpected.” Don’t miss any week of this sermon series!
God’s Hope, Peace, Joy, Love

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Menu: Chicken cordon bleu, vegetable, fruit salad, and HOMEMADE red velvet cheesecake. Meal compliments of the Robinettes.
Rod McClarnon will begin an Advent Study immediately following the meal at 6:00 pm. This will continue for the next 3 Wednesdays.

WANT MORE MUSIC? - Mountain Community Choir Christmas Concert (hosted at FUMC)
Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm in our FUMC Sanctuary - concert is free but donations will be appreciated.

As the Staff Parish Relation committee chair, I would like to share an opportunity with you.

Our staff works tirelessly in their mission to help us move the ministry forward here. We are so blessed that God has sent each person on our staff to share their gifts and graces they bring to the ministry here.

Each year we present an opportunity to show how much we love and appreciate our each of our staff for what they do, what they share and give in ministry here.

If you would like to show your appreciation for them, you may give a love offering gift until December 16th by placing your gift in the envelopes in the pew, designate it Staff Love offering and place in in the offering. We will share your gift with the staff in time to add to their holiday.
Thank you
Kelly Schuknecht
Staff Parish Relations chair

The Angel Tree will be up by tomorrow night. It will be in the MAC. Each angel will have a child’s Christmas request. You purchase said item and return it under the tree unwrapped.

Prayer Team will meet this Thursday at 5:30 pm in the Conference Room. All are invited to come.

The Men’s Bible Study meets on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am in the MAC, room M-7. We have a consistent group of 8-12 men who meet for an hour and study the Holy Word of God. We have just concluded the book of Acts where we studied the actions of the apostles in launching the Christian church and are now beginning to study the Epistles of the apostles beginning with the earliest letter of James. We will be studying them in chronological order and discussing how they all influence one another.

If there are any men who are looking for a good Bible based study, please join us on Tuesday mornings. We will welcome you warmly and offer you some coffee, and now and then, some coffee cakes. Join us, you’ll like it!

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

NIGHT TO SHINE sponsorship opportunity. Community sponsors are a vital component to the success of our Night to Shine event. If you are interested in participating as a sponsor visit the First UMC website and follow the link to the Night to Shine page to register your interest. Select the button “Businesses click here to sponsor the event”. Please do not hesitate to pass this along to someone you know that may have interest. Individuals may also be sponsors. http://firstmethodistblairsville.com/events-night-to-shine/

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Those recovering from the storms and fires
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
Our country as we mourn the loss of our 41st President George HW Bush
Tricia Wallace’s stepdad Mike Brooks- in hospital ICU in Alabama, critical heart issues
Youth Director Jennifer de la Montagne’s dad - hospital in North Carolina
Linda Womack - moving from hospital to Blue Ridge rehab facility today
Doris Wilder and Daughter DeAnna Jorgenson - good to see back in church
Vic Henderson’s brother - heart surgery today
Dottie Kuberek - recent forward fall (home from hospital - healing)
Nisia Redgrave - general health, moved to Chatuge Rehab
Bob Eshelman - general health
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) - began Chemo
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother - injury from fall
Bev Cardell - broken rib from fall
Will Stafford’s Sister - expecting this week
A.G. Sherman - good to see him back in church
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Laura Wilcher’s Mother - recovery from recent knee surgery
Lamar & Jackie Franklin’s daughter-in-law (Sherry) - hospitalized for acute abdominal pain of unknown origin
Lisa Wilson - knee
Darrell Hackney - good to see back in church
Debbie Crask - home now - IV Antibiotics
Ruth Stefko’s daughter Dawn - general health
Joan Shaw - Chemo/Radiation treatments ongoing for lung cancer - surgery later
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
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert)
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

Thank you for your generous hearts Church!

………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
December 2nd….$ 40,884……………..$1,043,616

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

Tickle – November 27, 2018

Our Christmas Cantata
is this Sunday!!!
Faith Family:
Please help us get the word out. Tell your friends! Tell your neighbors! Tell the strangers you meet this week! Our music ministry will be presenting our Christmas Cantata at the 8:30 am service and the 11 am service. Our band OVERFLOW will be leading us in a Christmas Celebration at THE WELL at 9:45 am. To help you get into the Christmas Spirit, Jennifer and the Youth will be leading the “Hanging of the Greens” worship service in our Sanctuary this Wednesday at 6 pm. Come support “your” Youth ministry as they lead us in worship.Come casual. Come joyful - leave blessed. There is no other program (Adult, Youth, or Children) this Wednesday so that everyone can come to this service. And come early, we had a large turnout last year!
God’s Peace,
mark

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Menu provided by Girl Scout Juniors - beef eye round, baked potato, vegetable and dessert
The whole family is invited to the youth-led Hanging of the Greens service at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary. This will be in place of the usual Bible Studies.

Mountain Community Choir Christmas Concert (hosted at FUMC)
Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm in our FUMC Sanctuary - concert is free but donations will be appreciated.

Our Community-Wide Holiday Dinner will be Wednesday, Dec. 5th in the MAC. Please invite your neighbors and come - this will be a very special meal. Everything will be provided including sides and desserts. The main course is chicken corden bleu - dessert and sides are all included. In this meal, we will be recognizing and celebrating our new members who united with us in 2018.

Let the Light Shine: (2018 Stewardship Journey Results)
The light is truly shining bright at FUMC of Union County. The Finance Team is pleased to share with you great news ~ our church family set new records this year in our shared “Increase the Light” Stewardship Journey.

This year’s results are:
- 206 households respond with estimate of giving cards – compared to 168 last year
- 77 households indicated they are giving the full tithe of 10%– 51 households last year
- 89 households who indicated they increased their giving –52 households last year
- 10 families who said they reached the full tithe for the first time –7 families last year
- 26 families filled out their first ever card –15 families last year
- $814,344 total dollars represented on the cards – $660,000 last year

That last number always comes in lower than what we actually receive because there are people who give faithfully but who do not fill out a card. We are prayerful that through your continued commitment to giving we will come in on our plan for 2018 of $1,100,000. And, as always, your Finance team will be monitoring our giving closely across the beginning of 2019. We are hopeful that these results will allow us to walk into our vision of increased staffing and increased ministry for 2019. We are very optimistic that you will “increase the Light” at FUMC of Union County in 2019. On behalf of your Finance Team, we thank you for your continued support, generous hearts, hard work, faithful giving and your unending prayers. Praise be to God!

Teresa L Davis
FUMC Finance Chair

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

NIGHT TO SHINE sponsorship opportunity. Community sponsors are a vital component to the success of our Night to Shine event. If you are interested in participating as a sponsor visit the First UMC website and follow the link to the Night to Shine page to register your interest. Select the button “Businesses click here to sponsor the event”. Please do not hesitate to pass this along to someone you know that may have interest. Individuals may also be sponsors. http://firstmethodistblairsville.com/events-night-to-shine/

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
Those recovering from the storms and fires
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
Linda Womack - moving from hospital to Blue Ridge rehab facility today
Doris Wilder - recent loss of husband (and Daughter DeAnna Jorgenson - recent loss of step-Dad)
Vic Henderson’s brother - heart surgery today
Dottie Kuberek - recent forward fall (home from hospital - healing)
Nisia Redgrave - general health
Bob Eshelman - general health
Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) - began Chemo
Deidra Gilbert’s Mother - injury from fall
Bev Cardell - broken rib from fall
Will Stafford’s Sister - expecting this week
A.G. Sherman - home from hospital (no evidence of stroke - lot’s of questions)
Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
Laura Wilcher’s Mother - recovery from recent knee surgery
Lamar & Jackie Franklin’s daughter-in-law (Sherry) - hospitalized for acute abdominal pain of unknown origin
Lisa Wilson - knee
Darrell Hackney - healing at home
Debbie Crask - home now - IV Antibiotics
Ruth Stefko’s daughter Dawn - general health
Joan Shaw - Chemo/Radiation treatments ongoing for lung cancer - surgery later
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer has spread)
Rod McClarnon - cardiac concerns and needed eye surgery - appt’s next week
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
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert)
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

Thank you for your generous hearts Church!

………………. . …… .Received……….. .YTD Received
November 4th……$32,907…………………$957,938
November 11th….$16,766…………………$974,705
November 18th….$14,801…………………$989,506
November 25th….$13,225………………$1,002,732

If we receive $97,300 across the five Sundays in December, we will end directly on our 2018 Ministry plan target of $1,100,000. Help us get there if you can!

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

Tickle – November 21

Update on Phil Salling…He is in Union General Hospital room 213. He is having cardiac tests done. They are awaiting test results at this time.

Doris Wilder’s husband Kenneth passed away yesterday. His service will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home this Wednesdsay. Visitation will run 9:00 am til 10:00 am with the service beginning at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, Doris has requested that donations be made to Boy Scout Troop 101. Boy Scouts were dear to Kenneth as he was an Eagle Scout and former Scoutmaster.

Remember, church offices and MAC will be closed Wednesday-Friday.

The pastor and staff wish all of you a wonderful, tummy-filled Thanksgiving holiday. Be safe if you’re out on the roads. Then, Sunday, we hope to see you back in church as we will be sharing THE Good News (as we always strive to do) as well as the good news of our Stewardship Journey. You won’t want to miss hearing these results!
Through us God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples (that’s Church!)

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