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!

Tickle – April 17, 2018

Hi~

It is written that to everything there is a season. Apparently, King Solomon was not familiar with Blairsville where you can have 4 seasons in 1 day! 🙂 Yesterday we had fall wind, winter snow, spring rain and today we’re supposed to hit summer temps. Is that crazy or what? Who knows what to wear?! Like life, sometimes you just have to buckle your seatbelt and enjoy the ride or weather - whichever the case may be! I trust that sooner rather than later we will enjoy spring weather that stays.But on to more important things….

Pastor Mark is out of the office today for a conference and will be back tomorrow.

Welcome our newest members from this Sunday in the 11 am service:
Penny Collins/Bruce Johnson - 105 Winter Drive, Morganton, GA 30560

Wednesday Night Nurture:
Dinner at 5 pm - NOT your average supper - Chicken Cordon Bleu, rice, vegetable and cheesecake tarts. This is a fundraiser for the kitchen committee.
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon - will NOT meet this week.
Confirmation Class begins at 6 pm in the conference room with Pastor Mark.
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

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University Course at FUMC:
Rev. Rod McClarnon will kick off a multi week Dave Ramsey Financial Peace course with an introductory session on Wednesday night at 6 pm April 11. There are still full scholarships available to people desiring to take this class. If you wish to know more, contact Stan Wallace stanwallace@windstream.net

Prayer Team was rescheduled for this Thursday night at 5:30 pm (April 19) - topic of discussion will be our plans for our first National Day of Prayer service at FUMC May 3rd

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning:
April - “New Member Month” - many new members across this month!
May 6 - CEC Celebration Sunday / Erin Fincannon Recognition
May 13 - Mother’s Day
May 20 - Pentecost / Promotion Sunday - Last Day of UC School - May 25
June 3 - UMW Sunday
June 24-28 VBS - all hands on deck!
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!

If you heard Pastor Mark Sunday he spoke on the Methodist Men’s grass cutting and weed eating ministry. If you wish to become a part of this team, please contact David Steed at davidsteed90@yahoo.com

We need someone who is willing to drive the media disc out to the Windstream office in Young Harris each week. If you are willing, please talk to Evelyn in the church office. This is a critical ministry need to keep us on Cable TV.

Annual FOCUS gathering on THIS SATURDAY at the Farmers’ Market!
Anyone or any church organization that would like to showcase their ministry please contact Rev. Mike Cloyd whoopiemike@brmemc.net. He is coordinating our FUMC presence at that community event again this year. Provide Mike with the materials/information that you would like to get out to the public. Mike will take some tables and chairs down early on Saturday the 21st, and set things up. Of course anyone who would like to come share the time from
8:30 am - 2:30 pm would be welcome.

13 people are going on our first YOUTH Red Bird Missions Trip in June led by Ken Engle and Pastor Mark. To God be the Glory!

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:
Your Relay for Life Team would like to thank you for your support in our Spirit Night fundraiser at Chick-fil-A! We raised over $740, had a wonderful time of fellowship and ministered to people who shared their family stories of cancer.
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We are having a Silent Auction this Sunday at the Mac desk area and hallway. Be sure to check out some great items! April 25th’s Wednesday Night Dinner will be a fundraiser for Relay AND we are having a Take-Out, Boxed BBQ lunch with 2 sides and dessert for $8.00 on Sunday, May 6th. (the BBQ is being prepared by Jeremy Bruce!) Tickets are now on sale from any Relay Team member.

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”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Ron Taylor - ICU at Union General, improving slowly from pneumonia
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
Leslie Hauschild - Father in hospital with pneumonia
Janice Smith - healing hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Bill Fowler - upcoming heart valve replacement
Rod McClarnon - eye muscle surgery scheduled for May 25th.
Manon Thompson - back home
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) with recent cancer diagnosis - awaiting scan results.
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Maggie Guerrier - general health (Kidney and back)
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

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

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

Tickle – April 10, 2018

First and foremost - make certain you spend time in the sunshine this week - it’s back! And it just changes everything! There is just something about being in the presence of the Risen Son…

If you think you might participate in a Red Bird Kentucky week long mission trip the first week of June (Kenny Engle and Pastor Mark are leading) OR the Connectional team week long mission trip the second week of September (led by the Connectional Team Leadership group of which Kenny is part), you are invited to the informational meeting in the Sharp Memorial UMC Fellowship Hall on the Young Harris College campus tonight at 6 pm. Both Kenny and Pastor mark and others will be there to answer questions. The cost for lodging, food, and all construction materials is $375 per soul for the week long work camp experience. It’s a 5.5 hour drive from the church. There are church scholarships available for the FUMC Youth group trip if needed. If you wish to go on your first ever mission trip, this is the way to go. It will change your life to be in ministry to the poorest county in the USA. Can you give one week of your life completely to Christ? Youth deadline is April 15 (we have to give up uncommitted spots after that date for the June trip.)

Welcome our newest members from this Sunday:
Maggie Guerrier 170 Bryant Cove Road, Blairsville, GA 30512
Richard York 487 White Pine Trail Suches, GA 30572
Richard & Leslie Hauschild 1735 Russell Ridge Drive, Hiawassee, GA 30546

Pastor Mark

Wednesday Night Nurture: Starts Back this Wednesday
Dinner at 5 pm - Pizza, salad and dessert
Financial Peace University - Rev. Rod McClarnon (guests welcome to sit in on this first session) - meeting in the Conference Room)
Confirmation Class begins at 6 pm with a gathering in the Pastor’s Office (then Sanctuary for the second half of tonight - parents you can pick them up there)
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

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University Course at FUMC:
Rev. Rod McClarnon will kick off a multi week Dave Ramsey Financial Peace course with an introductory session on Wednesday night at 6 pm April 11. There are still full scholarships available to people desiring to take this class. If you wish to know more, contact Stan Wallace stanwallace@windstream.net

Prayer Team was rescheduled for NEXT Thursday night at 5:30 pm (April 19) - topic of discussion will be our plans for our first National Day of Prayer service at FUMC May 3rd

Your Relay for Life team Spirit Night is this Thursday, April 12th from 5:00-7:30 at the Blairsville Chick-fil-a. Please be sure to mention you are there to support FUMC & Relay for Life and a portion of the sale will be donated to our team! ~~
We are still taking orders for a variety of great T Shirts-please see John and Charlene Cook. Beautifully hand painted Luminaries to honor or memorialize your loved ones are $5.00 each and will be on sale in the MAC and Narthex during April and May.

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning:
April - “New Member Month” - many new members across this month!
April 15 - deadline for signature signup to June Red Bird Trip
May 6 - CEC Celebration Sunday / Erin Fincannon Recognition
May 13 - Mother’s Day
May 20 - Pentecost / Promotion Sunday - Last Day of UC School - May 25
June 24-28 VBS - all hands on deck!
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!

We need someone who is willing to drive the media disc out to the Windstream office in Young Harris each week. If you are willing, please talk to Evelyn in the church office. This is a critical ministry need to keep us on Cable TV.

Prayer Quilt Ministry: There is a new quilt in the Bray Chapel that is ready to be prayed over. Please feel free to stop by and tie a knot in it on the lose strings when you pray. The details are provided at the quilt.

Annual FOCUS gathering on Saturday, April 21st, at the Farmers’ Market!
Anyone or any church organization that would like to showcase their ministry please contact Rev. Mike Cloyd whoopiemike@brmemc.net. He is coordinating our FUMC presence at that community event again this year. Provide Mike with the materials/information that you would like to get out to the public. Mike will take some tables and chairs down early on Saturday the 21st, and set things up. Of course anyone who would like to come share the time from
8:30 am - 2:30 pm would be welcome.

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”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
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 - gall bladder surgery at UGH Thursday morning
George Houdeshel - general health (cancer related)
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Leslie Hauschild - Father in hospital with pneumonia
Janice Smith - healing hip
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Bill Fowler - upcoming heart valve replacement
Manon Thompson - back home
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) with recent cancer diagnosis - awaiting scan results.
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Maggie Guerrier - general health (Kidney and back)
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

We are 14 weeks into the 52 week year and off to a good start. Both our giving and expenses are aligned to our Church Council approved 2018 Ministry plan. None of this would be possible without your generous hearts and excellent stewardship. Your Finance team thanks everyone for supporting our FUMC shared plan to do ministry. Keep up the great response!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
April 1…………………$26,485………………………..$ 271,384
April 8…………………$25,549………………………..$ 296,933

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

Tickle – April 3, 2018

(No Wednesday Night Dinner due to Spring Break)
Wow! What an Easter. I pray everyone was blessed in the Church’s retelling of the Resurrection story. I pray hope is rising in you!

You will begin seeing incremental creative efforts to market our traditional services in 2018. Watch for the new logos for each service as they appear in our community. Good work Outreach!

Pastor Mark

This Week:
Thank you Table of Grace for providing a very, very special Easter meal to our community today! Well done!

Mission Committee meets Wednesday at 4 pm

OASIS Spring Session launches this Thursday. Woo! Hoo!

Prayer Team meets Thursday night at 5:30 pm - topic of discussion will be our plans for our first National Day of Prayer service at FUMC May 3rd

Upcoming Key Dates for Longer Range Planning:
April - “New Member Month” - many new members across this month!
May 6 - CEC Celebration Sunday / Erin Fincannon Recognition
May 13 - Mother’s Day
May 20 - Pentecost / Promotion Sunday - Last Day of UC School - May 25
June 24-28 VBS
August 26 - 20th Anniversary Celebration of Jeff Bauman & Keith DeFoor

Prayer Quilt Ministry: There is a new quilt in the Bray Chapel that is ready to be prayed over. Please feel free to stop by and tie a knot in it on the lose strings when you pray. The details are provided at the quilt.

2018 confirmation class. The class will be on Wednesday nights (6 pm to 7 pm) beginning April 11 for six consecutive Wednesdays. We currently have 5 confirmands registered. We ask that our entire church begin holding them in your prayers beginning now that this may be a faith affirming experience for all involved. Our current 2018 class is Andrew Engle, Ariel McCarter, Grayden Cobb, Lilly Collins, and Emma Landers. It is not too late to sign up. Simply email Shannon Burgess at sburgess421@gmail.com

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University Course at FUMC:
Rev. Rod McClarnon will kick off a multi week Dave Ramsey Financial Peace course with an introductory session on Wednesday night at 6 pm April 11. There are still full scholarships available to people desiring to take this class. If you wish to know more, contact Stan Wallace stanwallace@windstream.net

There will be a Redbird informational meeting April 10th at 6:00 pm in the Sharp Memorial UMC fellowship hall for the Adult Connectional Church trip in the fall. This initial meeting will provide background information on the Redbird Mission Trip, explanation of “work camp”, important dates, etc. and will answer any questions people might have regarding the trip. The trip this year is scheduled for Sept 9-15. Don’t confuse this trip with the Youth trip the first week of June - these are two different groups - two different mission trips.

Your Relay for Life team Spirit Night is Thursday, April 12th from 5:00-7:30 at the Blairsville Chick-fil-a. Please be sure to mention you are there to support FUMC & Relay for Life and a portion of the sale will be donated to our team! ~~
We are still taking orders for a variety of great Tee Shirts-please see John and Charlene Cook. Beautifully hand painted Luminaries to honor or memorialize your loved ones are $5.00 each and will be on sale in the MAC and Narthex during April and May.

Annual FOCUS gathering on Saturday, April 21st, at the Farmers’ Market!
Anyone or any church organization that would like to showcase their ministry please contact Rev. Mike Cloyd whoopiemike@brmemc.net. He is coordinating our FUMC presence at that community event again this year. Provide Mike with the materials/information that you would like to get out to the public. Mike will take some tables and chairs down early on Saturday the 21st, and set things up. Of course anyone who would like to come share the time from
8:30 am - 2:30 pm would be welcome.

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”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Janice Smith - healing hip
June Colditz - brother in TN passed away last week
Ginger Adamson - recent loss of her sister
Leura Mollinhauer - recent fall at home
Roger Goodner - cancer related surgery today
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Bill Fowler - upcoming heart valve replacement
Manon Thompson - back home
Kerry Rittenhouse - both parents undergoing 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) with recent cancer diagnosis - awaiting scan results. Matt will have his initial 11 hour surgery Thursday April 5
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related (now under Hospice Care) - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - general health
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 for allowing God to continue to move through your hearts. We share our resources through the life of the church as part of our discipleship walk. Through our shared giving, God continues to move through us into the world.

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
April 1…………………$26,485………………………..$ 271,384

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

 

 

Tickle – March 27, 2018

(No Wednesday Night Dinner due to Holy Week - Youth are invited to be here at 6pm for the Gathering to make final preparations for Sunrise)
What a joy! We worshipped God last Sunday through Word, prayer, song, and AWESOME Easter Cantata. I cannot thank our extended music ministry enough for last Sunday. We have been given the privilege and responsibility of telling “The Easter Story” and we did it well across all three services last Sunday (and honorable mention to all the men who helped prepare the “appreciation brunch” in the middle hour for the 80 people associated with the Cantata - well done guys!)

In our retelling of the STORY, Jesus is now here. He came to town on Palm Sunday. Come be with him at our drama teams rendition of the “Living Last Supper” on Thursday at 6:30 pm. This is a first for us and very special. A lot of work and creative energy has gone into our preparations. Jesus and the Disciples will come to life from the Leonardo Da Vinci painting of the Last Supper. Rose Oberlin (and her harp), a gifted YHC Student vocalist - Caleb Nelson and Keith DeFoor, Eric Miller (and his guitar), Jennifer de la Montagne (and her keyboards), and Jeff Bauman and Keith DeFoor will all be bringing the musical uniqueness to this staged drama event. Come and try to guess who the Disciples and Jesus are without looking at the bulletin first! Nursery is provided for this service.

On Friday, you are invited to come to the Sanctuary for a very family friendly Good Friday service at 6:30 pm. No nursery is available for this service - please, all are welcome to be in worship for this very simple and intimate service that we pray is very powerful and helpful in our shared experience of the Easter Story. If you have never come to a Good Friday service, this will be the one.

Remember, all four worship services Easter Morning - Youth & Jennifer led sunrise service on the hill at 7:30 am (the weather looks great so come support our Youth!) and then 8:30, 9:45, and 11 am. Bring a friend to the Easter Story.
God’s Steadfast, Sacrificial, Life-Giving Love
pastor mark

Relay for Life team: YCJCY1D (Go ahead, ask someone!)

Prayer Quilt Ministry: There is a new quilt in the Bray Chapel that is ready to be prayed over. Please feel free to stop by and tie a knot in it on the lose strings when you pray. The details are provided at the quilt.

Please help us fill our 2018 confirmation class. The class will be on Wednesday nights (6 pm to 7 pm) beginning April 11 for six consecutive Wednesdays. The class will be led by me and include some of my helpers from time to time. You do not need to be raised in our church to go through this class. It is open to the community we serve. It is designed for current fifth graders. However, you are invited if you are a few years older but never had the chance to complete confirmation. This is the class in our tradition that intentionally prepares youth in their discernment to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Nothing is more important than this holy - life giving - invitation!

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University Course at FUMC:
Rev. Rod McClarnon will kick off a multi week Dave Ramsey Financial Peace course with an introductory session on Wednesday night at 6 pm April 11. If you wish to know more, contact Rod McClarnon rodmcc@windstream.net or Stan Wallace stanwallace@windstream.net

There will be a Redbird informational meeting April 10th at 6:00p in the Sharp Memorial UMC fellowship hall for the Adult Connectional Church trip in the fall. This initial meeting will provide background information on the Redbird Mission Trip, explanation of “work camp”, important dates, etc. and will answer any questions people might have regarding the trip. The trip this year is scheduled for Sept 9-15. Don’t confuse this trip with the Youth trip the first week of June - these are two different groups - two different mission trips.

Your Relay for Life team would like to thank you for your support of the Zaxby’s Fundraiser and purchase of Daffodils! We would also like you to “Eat More Chicken”! at Chick-fil-a on April 12th from 5:00-7:30 when they sponsor us for a Spirit Night! Please be sure to mention that you are there to support FUMC/Relay for Life! On April 22nd, we are having a Silent Auction so be on the lookout for some great items! April 25th’s Wednesday Night Dinner will be a fundraiser to support Relay. We are still taking orders for a variety of great Tee Shirts-please see John and Charlene Cook. Beautifully hand painted Luminaries to honor or memorialize your loved ones are $5.00 each and will be on sale in the MAC and Narthex during April and May.

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
The Easter Cantata was magnificent! THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Brannon Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families
Our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Linda McClarnon - bronchitis
Kelly Schuknecht - great to see you in worship Sunday
Ginger Adamson - recent loss of her sister
Jim & Linda McAfee - recent birth of granddaughter
Richard Myers - cousin’s son - breathing problems
Zadie McCall - great niece Katrina - upcoming bone marrow transplant
Bill Fowler - coming home tomorrow (Wednesday)
Gene Hodgson’s - recent loss in extended family - travels to Florida for service
Manon Thompson - transferred to Salude Rehab Center, 601 Northolt Parkway, Suwanee, Georgia 30024
Sheila Loy’s Dad (Willis Cochran) recovering from knee replacement
Kerry Rittenhouse - both parents undergoing chemo
Tom Morningstar and Brenda Adams - married here last Saturday! Woo! Hoo!
John Gurley (recent member of Coosa - father of Mike) - passed this last week
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
Debbie Steed - great to see you in worship Sunday!
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) with recent cancer diagnosis. Matt will have his initial 11 hour surgery April 5 - prayers much appreciated and needed.
Gail McGuire sister in law (Cheri) - kidney cancer / kidney function
Pam Morgan - brother (Michael) - prostate cancer
Ingrid Engle - sister Maggie - general health
Susan Flemming - recent cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Zadie McCall - great niece (Katrina Laxton) - chemo
Kris and Larry Furgason - their 38 year old daughter Holly - breast cancer.
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer
Ruth Stefko son (Mike Stefko) - cancer related (now under Hospice Care) - and daughter (Dawn Chappel) - several health issues related to broken neck vertebrae.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - general health
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

Finance and Church Council have approved a $1,100,000 2018 Ministry Plan. Easter is a time where we literally come face to face with God’s sacrificial giving. Please consider supporting all the ministries of this part of the living Body of Christ called FUMC through your sacrificial Easter gift this coming Sunday. Let heaven hear our shout!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
March 4………. $ 29,712……………………..$ 184,555
March 11………$ 15,939……………………..$ 200,494
March 18………$ 24,681……………………..$ 225,175
March 25………$ 19,724……………………..$ 244,899

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

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