Tickle Update – August 29, 2018

Let me update you on the Fall Festival. We had indicated the incorrect days when people will be at the Annex Building and in the Fellowship Hall to receive your “stuff” donations. Here is the correct information:
Annex Building (Tan Metal building on back of parking lot):
Volunteers will be present to receive your “stuff” donations - basically anything other than clothing related items - on just FRIDAYS from 9 am to 11 am. People are donating household goods, tools, outdoor items, used furniture, anything that you might sell in a yard sale - or just big happy to have out of the house!
Fellowship Hall:
Beginning Friday Sept 7th, volunteers will be present to receive used clothing, shoes, and apparel related items in the Fellowship Hall from 9 to 11 am.
Silent Auction:
In addition, if you have something that might work well for the silent auction, contact Stan Wallace at stanwallace@windstream.net We have already had a boat donated this year! Everything helps! We are thinking outside of the box this year and inviting you to do the same!
The Fall Festival where we open this up to the public is October 12 & 13. All proceeds from the Fall Festival go 100% to pay down the MAC building loan. The Fall Festival is the one event of the year where we invite the entire church to help us to specifically raise funds for the MAC loan. Let’s take a significant bite out of that loan again this year. We will celebrate the results together when the Fall Festival is over.
God’s Joy,
mark

Tickle – August 28, 2018

We had a great day! It’s very special when we have roughly 600 people in worship here at FUMC. While we were there to worship God first, I am so thankful so many were present to help us also communicate our love and appreciation for two decades of God’s ministry through Jeff and Keith. Thank you all for giving the DeFoor family and the Bauman family a memory that I am certain they will never forget (Lord knows, they have done that for us too many times to count!) To God be the Glory!

God’s Joy,
Pastor mark

Orphanage Emmanuel:
Come take your vacation with God to Orphanage Emmanuel. Trip Date is January 5-12. The first organizational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5 at 6:00 PM (room to be announced later). Additionally, you can contact Joe Tatman for more information at 2jtatman@gmail.com.

A special note about International Missions; as Acts 1:8 puts it “… to the ends of the Earth”. Travel costs can be a barrier for one of our own disciples to be a part of a team. Please consider this when you are nudged to give.

Wed Night Activities this week! (and don’t forget Women’s study 10 am)
Dinner begins at 5 pm
Pecan crusted tilapia, potato crowns, coleslaw and dessert
Children’s Ministry begins at 6 pm in the Fundamentals room (nursery available)
Youth (6th grade and up) at THE GATHERING begins at 6 pm in lower level of the MAC
Hand bells at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall
United Methodism 101 BACK IN THE SANCTUARY (6 pm to 6:45 pm)
……………This Week’s UM101 topic is “Sacraments” - Baptism and Holy Communion
Choir rehearsal in the music room behind the Sanctuary at 7 pm

OASIS IS COMING!
Classes for Adults over 50
The first class of the fall session begins Thursday, September 6th. If you have not registered - don’t wait too long! Classes are filling up! Class flyers are out.

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

In the mountains, it’s not spring cleaning - but fall cleaning - that is our rhythm of life. Do you have some stuff in your house that has value but you don’t know what to do with it? Consider donating it to our Fall Festival MAC Fundraising event. Every penny we earn in this event goes to pay down our MAC Loan. So come on - wander into that basement - open those boxes - who knows what treasures may be there! People are in the Annex Building (tan metal storage building on back side of parking lot) ready to receive your donations each Tuesday and Friday from 9 am to 11 am. And beginning in September, people will also be in the Fellowship Hall on Tuesday and Friday from 9 am to 11 am to receive your used clothing, shoes, etc… HELP US MAKE THIS THE BEST FALL FESTIVAL EVER!

We are looking for some people to be Welcome Greeters at the 11 o’clock service. If you are interested in being a greeter and want more information, please contact Barb or John Hahn at 706 835 1289.

ERT badges are in the church office. If you took the recent class, please stop by the church office and pick up yours.

Joan Wiley’s new address is PO Box 814, 43 Walnut Street, Richfield Springs, NY 13439, phone change 315 868 0755

Hedi Hillenbrand has moved. Her new address is: Hewitt House, 322 E Washington Street, Room 308, Pulaski, TN 38478 phone # 706 897 5529 Her son has asked us to be sensitive in not asking her when she is coming back to Blairsville. She misses everyone so much but coming back to Blairsville may not be a possibility for her.

A Very Special Invitation:
Our new District Superintendent (Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers) will have her formal “installation of office” worship service on Sunday, September 9th at Gainesville FUMC at 3 pm. If you have never been to a D.S. installation, come with us to this one. One of the guest choirs at this special worship service is the Jeff Bauman led YHC Chamber Choir. This is a service for all the clergy and all the laity of our District. The Bishop and Bishop’s cabinet (the other District Superintendents) will all be present. All church members are invited. Stan Wallace has agreed to drive the church bus leaving our church at 1 pm. The first 14 people to sign up on Evelyn’s list in her office can ride the church bus. For everyone else, the address is 2780 Thompson Bridge Road Gainesville, GA 30506 Come be with us - you are invited!

Enotah CASA invites you to attend our open house on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Towns County Historical Society located at 900 N Main Street Hiawassee, GA. Enotah CASA is looking for volunteers to advocate for children’s best interest that are in foster care and ambassadors to take our message to the public, help raise support for our cause and/or assist with events. For more information please contact Stephanie Brown at 706-435-7419 or sbrown@enotahcasa.org

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
Our entire staff team and their families
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
Bill Kolb - carpal tunnel surgery went well - healing
Joan Shaw - sister Jackie - recent cancer diagnosis
Doug Young - home from hospital
Bart & Richard Hoibraten - step mother in CA in hospice
Janet Dittus - upcoming replacement knee surgery - Sept 17 - Murphy Hospital
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer has spread
Jim Arthur - at home recovering from new heart valve surgery
Rod McClarnon - cardiac concerns and needed eye surgery
Pat Patchin - healing and stability on that new hip
Judy Haygood - new pacemaker in - cardiac oblation in September
David Steed - knee replacement went well this morning - be at UGH tonight
Ian McFarlane - lymphoma - and their daughter Kathy has been in ICU for 2 months
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Your Finance Team
…………THANK YOU!…………

………………. ..Received……….. .YTD Received
August 5th $ 27,604…………………………….$634,409
August 12th $ 18,870…………………………..$653,278
August 19th $ 19,604…………………………..$672,883
August 26th $ 27,411……………………………$700,294

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

Tickle – August 21, 2018

What a great Sunday! Yes, I got a little more excited than usual on Sunday - but who can’t get excited over the love of God Almighty! What joy to have people profess their faith in Jesus Christ for two Sunday’s in a row! All present were blessed this Sunday as Ariel McCarter (another member of this year’s confirmation class) gave her public profession of Christ with her family and friends by her side. Her address is PO Box 1756, Blairsville 30514.

What a joy to hear the good news in the mission moment done by your Children’s Director and Nursery Director as we deal with the “joy” of 10 babies - more babies than we can handle in one room (we are growing a second nursery room) and more children requiring more Sunday School teachers! We have had several volunteers respond to Sunday’s invitations and we are thankful! Contact Donna Frederick dfrede5513@aol.com or Shannon Burgess sburgess421@gmail.com about answering God’s call on your life to serve in these growing ministries of our church.

We have 20 people show up for Disciple 1 - to God be the glory! If you were unable to be present with us this last Sunday during the informational meeting but wish to attend, please respond to us and let us know this week. Nursery is provided. We are ordering books now.

God’s Joy,
Pastor mark

Orphanage Emmanuel:
Come take your vacation with God to Orphanage Emmanuel. Trip Date is January 5-12. The first organizational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5 at 6:00 PM (room to be announced later). Additionally, you can contact Joe Tatman for more information at 2jtatman@gmail.com.
The August Second Mile Giving is going to International Missions support for FUMC missions. You can designate your giving to Orphanage Emmanuel if you like. Two opportunities: 1) support the team projects and expenses, 2) sponsor a Quinceanera girl (our 3rd annual Quinceanera) for $40.
A special note about International Missions; as Acts 1:8 puts it “… to the ends of the Earth”. Travel costs can be a barrier for one of our own disciples to be a part of a team. Please consider this when you are nudged to give.

Wed Night Activities this week! (and don’t forget Women’s study 10 am)
Dinner begins at 5 pm
Children’s Ministry begins at 6 pm
in the Fundamentals room (nursery available)
Youth (6th grade and up) at THE GATHERING begins at 6 pm
in lower level of the MAC
Hand bells at 6 pm in the fellowship hall
United Methodism 101 in the Friendship Sunday School Classroom
(lower level of the MAC) Pastor Mark teaching our United Methodist Story
Choir rehearsal in the music room behind the Sanctuary at 7 pm

OASIS IS COMING!
Classes for Adults over 50
The first class of the fall session begins Thursday, September 6th. If you have not registered - don’t wait too long! Classes are filling up! Class flyers are out.

In the mountains, it’s not spring cleaning - but fall cleaning - that is our rhythm of life. Do you have some stuff in your house that has value but you don’t know what to do with it? Consider donating it to our Fall Festival MAC Fundraising event. Every penny we earn in this event goes to pay down our MAC Loan. So come on - wander into that basement - open those boxes - who knows what treasures may be there!

We are looking for some people to be Welcome Greeters at the 11 o’clock service. If you are interested in being a greeter and want more information, please contact Barb or John Hahn at 706 835 1289.

ERT badges are in the church office. If you took the recent class, please stop by the church office and pick up yours.

Joan Wiley’s new address is PO Box 814, 43 Walnut Street, Richfield Springs, NY 13439, phone # 706 487 0853.

Hedi Hillenbrand has moved. Her new address is: Hewitt House, 322 E Washington Street, Room 308, Pulaski, TN 38478 phone # 706 897 5529

THIS SUNDAY, 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 across these last 20 years!

A Very Special Invitation:
Our new District Superintendent (Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers) will have her formal “installation of office” worship service on Sunday, September 9th at Gainesville FUMC at 3 pm. If you have never been to a D.S. installation, come with us to this one. One of the guest choirs at this special worship service is the Jeff Bauman led YHC Chamber Choir. This is a service for all the clergy and all the laity of our District. The Bishop and Bishop’s cabinet (the other District Superintendents) will all be present. All church members are invited. Stan Wallace has agreed to drive the church bus leaving our church at 1 pm. The first 14 people to sign up on Evelyn’s list in her office can ride the church bus. For everyone else, the address is 2780 Thompson Bridge Road Gainesville, GA 30506 Come be with us - you are invited!

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
Our military families
The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
Our entire staff team and their families (Ragan Cook - new Youth Helper)
All our expecting “Mommies to be”
All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
All of YHC community returning to classes this week
Tim Holby - daughter in FL hospital with kidney issue
Mrytle & Henery von Staden - moving this week
Bill Kolb - carpal tunnel surgery friday
Tiffany Martinez - become a full time teacher at East Fannin Elementary
Matthew Mashburn - new job - right on schedule!
Alex Box - cleared all PT - huge new milestones in his recovery! Just try and keep up with him walking down the hall!
Janet Dittus - upcoming replacement knee surgery
Margie Bowron - general health
Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - colon cancer has spread
Jim Arthur - at home recovering from new heart valve surgery
Rod McClarnon - cardiac concerns caused hospitalization - home now
Pat Patchin - healing and stability on that new hip
Judy Haygood - new pacemaker in - cardiac oblation in September
Norris Wood - at home recovering from heart valve surgery
David Steed - upcoming knee replacement Tuesday, August 28 - UGH
Ian McFarlane - lymphoma - and their daughter Kathy has been in ICU for 2 months
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Jamie & Liz Patton - moving to Statesboro this week
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Your Finance Team
If you were in worship Sunday, you heard pastor mark make a special giving appeal at all 3 services. We have helped many people, fixed many things, increased many ministries, and made some really good investments in the appearance and functionality of our church. As a result, our expenses have exceeded our giving. August has been better, but we always struggle through late summer and early fall. If you can help us keep the forward momentum currently moving through our church, please do so over the next few weeks. Every dollar matters. Every dollar is an act of faith that allows us to touch people. And we are VERY GRATEFUL for every dollar received through your act of holy worship. Thanks be to God and thanks be to you!

………………. ..Received……….. .YTD Received
August 5th $ 27,604…………………………….$634,409
August 12th $ 18,870…………………………..$653,278
August 19th $ 19,604…………………………..$672,883

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

Tickle – August 14, 2018

It sure was great having 455 people in worship Sunday! That’s 455 dispensers of the good news of Jesus Christ - “go” - be God’s Heavenly Coke machines! You have to be there Sunday for that to remotely make sense…

What a joy to have Sue Stewart unite with what God is doing through us here at FUMC! Sue also made her public profession of faith in Jesus Christ when she joined. Her address is: 151 Townhouse Dr #A Blairsville, GA 30512 We have another confirmand making her public profession of Jesus Christ this coming Sunday at the 11 am service! Woo! Hoo!

The story in our church during the week days this week is the official start of the fall season of “stuff.” We had 64 little ones begin in our CEC Preschool yesterday. Pray for a great year of learning!

The Girl Scouts have their Ice Cream Recruitment Social in the Fundamentals room tonight for all girls from Kindergarten thru High School at 4 pm.

Wednesday night begins our Wednesday Night Nurture. Come check out dinner at 5 pm (technically, the meal is free but we put out a basket for donations to help us cover the cost of these meals.) I will kick off another iteration of United Methodist 101 classes (a 4-6 week study) with a very special conversation on United Methodist Polity - and how that polity is being used to navigate the human sexuality question our denomination is currently considering. If you are interested in how this conversation is unfolding, come be with me in the Sanctuary at 6 pm for 45 minutes. Nursery is provided during Wednesday night nurture after dinner. Children’s ministry (toddlers through 5th graders) will begin. Also, Jennifer de la Montagne and Ragan Cook (our new YHC Youth Intern) will meet with all our youth (6th graders through seniors) at THE GATHERING in the lower level of the MAC at 6 pm.

The Disciple 1 study informational meeting will be Sunday, August 19 at 2 pm in the lower level of the MAC. Come check it out - Shannon and and I will both be present to answer your questions about the study. This is the 34 week Bible Study facilitated by us. If you have never taken a study, take this one! It is a GREAT START!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

God’s Joy,
Pastor mark

As the hot, sultry “Dog Days of Summer” come to an end. “Wednesday Night Nurture” begins! Woo Hoo!!! Join us THIS Wednesday, August 15th at 5:00 for dinner followed by programming for children, youth and adults. Dinner includes a Hot dog bar with a variety of fixin’s, Gene’s Beans, Cole Slaw and an Ice Cream bar for dessert. If you have never had Gene’s Beans, you have been missing a very special delight all your life!

We are looking for some people to be Welcome Greeters at the 11 o’clock service. If you are interested in being a greeter and want more information, please contact Barb or John Hahn at 706 835 1289.

Orphanage Emmanuel:
Come take your vacation with God to Orphanage Emmanuel. Trip Date is January 5-12. The first organizational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5 at 6:00 PM (room to be announced later). Additionally, you can contact Joe Tatman for more information at 2jtatman@gmail.com.
The August Second Mile Giving is going to International Missions support for FUMC missions. You can designate your giving to Orphanage Emmanuel if you like. Two opportunities: 1) support the team projects and expenses, 2) sponsor a Quinceanera girl (our 3rd annual Quinceanera) for $40.
A special note about International Missions; as Acts 1:8 puts it “… to the ends of the Earth”. Travel costs can be a barrier for one of our own disciples to be a part of a team. Please consider this when you are nudged to give.

The Women’s study of FUMC will begin a 6 week study on Elijah on August 22 at 10am in the youth room in the center of the lower level of the MAC. Study Book will be Elijah, Spiritual Stamina in Every Season by Melissa Spoelstra. Please join us as we grow in faith and develop spiritual stamina that will help us not only survive, but THRIVE! Please contact Shannon Burgess with any questions at sburgess421@gmail.com.

ERT badges are in the church office. If you took the recent class, please stop by the church office and pick up yours.

Joan Wiley’s new address is PO Box 814, 43 Walnut Street, Richfield Springs, NY 13439, phone # 706 487 0853.

Hedi Hillenbrand has moved. Her new address is: Hewitt House, 322 E Washington Street, Room 308, Pulaski, TN 38478

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!

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
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
Melanie Howell - recent loss
Margie Bowron - recovering at home
Jim Arthur - at home recovering from new heart valve surgery
Rod McClarnon - cardiac concerns caused hospitalization - home now
Pat Patchin - healing and stability on that new hip
Judy Haygood - new pacemaker in - cardiac oblation in September
Norris Wood - heart valve surgery this Friday at Atlanta Piedmont
Wayne Jones (the one married to Barbara) - brother Jim - stroke recovery
Joan Wiley - moving this week to family in New York
David Steed - upcoming knee replacement August 28
Ian McFarlane - lymphoma - and their daughter Kathy has been in ICU for 2 months
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
George Houdeshel - general health
Kerry Rittenhouse - Mother on chemo
Rev. Harold Smith - now home with Janice - doing in-home therapy
Jamie & Liz Patton - Jamie general health - undergoing radiation treatments
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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 facility expenses and ministry expenses have been higher than expected across the first half of the year. But through your generosity, God has and will provide. God is so good!

………………. ..Received……….. .YTD Received
August 5th $ 27,604…………………………..$634,409
August 12th $ 18,870…………………………..$653,278

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

Tickle – August 8, 2018

Wednesday Night Nurture begins next week - August 15. Pastor Mark will begin teaching a 4-6 week United Methodist 101 course that will begin with a conversation on our polity (how we make denominational decisions) and how our polity is moving us through the human sexuality topic. I discussed this in detail in last months newsletter - this is just a reminder. I am inviting everyone to come be informed on how our denomination is engaged in this conversation. We will meet in the Sanctuary at 6 pm August 15. The topic is polity (how our denomination makes decisions) but I clearly recognize the bigger issue in the room that night. I have heard a lot of misinformation and that will probably grow as we approach the called Special Session of General Conference in February to address this issue for our global denomination. My goal is that everyone be informed and aware as this conversation unfolds and what shape it has taken in recent months.

Shannon and Pastor Mark will offer once again our 34 week Bible Study called Disiciple 1. We teach this DVD driven study intentionally for people of all ages who may not have ever had time to take a Bible study. This is the class for you. This is a perfect “first step” into studying the Bible in a small group setting. Come check it out at our informational meeting on Sunday August 19 at 2 pm in the lower level of the MAC. Shannon and I will be there to walk you through the details so you can decide if you wish to do this. Disciple I was my first formal adult Bible study many years ago - it changed my life. Don’t worry about any barriers you may have that “seem: to get in the way of this - we will work with you to navigate them. Come walk with us through the Bible. Let’s discover God together. What this takes is a willing spirit, open heart, and commitment - everything else will appear.

On Saturday, August 11, volunteers from FUMC are hosting an appreciation dinner event for the Firefighter families of Union County.

Come to worship this Sunday and meet our new YHC Youth intern. Jennifer will be introducing her at all three services this Sunday!

The Connectional Group comprised of the 8 United Methodist Churches of Union County and Town’s County is doing it’s annual GREAT Night of Music at Hiawassee UMC on Sunday August 12 at 6:30 pm. The churches bring musical groups and we just have a fun night of music. Billy Hendricks and Rose Oberlin will be representing FUMC. Come early - it’s usually a full house.

Girl Scouts is having an Ice Cream Social and Recruitment event on August 14 in the Fundamentals Room for girls of all ages - up to and including highschoolers.

Due to illness,Chuck Morgan delayed starting the men’s weekly Bible study to next Tuesday, August 14 at 10 am in the MAC upstairs.

Details are below for the women’s weekly study on Wednesday’s August 22 at 10 am. If you are looking for a diverse group of women of all ages to fellowship and Book studies - come check this group out. They have a lot of fun together studying various Christian authors.

Have you been touched by the shared music ministry of Jeff Bauman and Keith DeFoor? Well then come be with us on August 26. We have many special things planned that day as our way of appreciating them and celebrating the 20th anniversary of their ministry at FUMC. Don’t miss this day!

Our CEC Preschool had parent orientation night last night. Our preschool year begins next week. We have a large enrollment this year. Please drive accordingly - there will be lots of 2,3,and 4 yr olds on campus!

A very special word of THANK YOU to our Trustees and church campus volunteers for the coordination work prepping us for the fall cycle. Come to church and see all the new rooms, lights, and carpeting. We are ready for all who come to God’s House!

Look at all that is happening! Come get involved. We have a place for you to make a difference! This is Christ’s “place of grace.” A community Church who’s core value is still to “know Christ and make Christ known.”

Pastor mark

YAH Back to School
“Bunco Fellowship”
Friday, August 10th
6:00pm In the Fellowship Hall –
Everyone should bring an appetizer or a dessert. $2.00 per person donation. Bunco has been played in America at least since the 1800’s. It’s a game centered around three dice and usually three sets of four players, averaging a standard group of 12. It is a game of pure luck; no real skill is required other than rolling the dice. However, the game is played in upbeat and social settings involving a lot of eating and fellowship, so there is always plenty to do! Join us!

Come celebrate Camille Higginbotham’s 80th birthday on Saturday, August 11th from 1:30 until 4:00 pm. The party is drop- in so please come when you can, held in FUMC fellowship hall. Your presence is her present.

BLOOD DRIVE: Sunday, August 12th from 9:30 til 2:00 pm. To schedule a blood donation appointment please call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767), visit redcrossblood.org or call Nancy at (706) 745-4870.

Orphanage Emmanuel:
Come take your vacation with God to Orphanage Emmanuel. Trip Date is January 5-12. The first organizational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5 at 6:00 PM (room to be announced later). Additionally, you can contact Joe Tatman for more information at 2jtatman@gmail.com.
The August Second Mile Giving is going to International Missions support for FUMC missions. You can designate your giving to Orphanage Emmanuel if you like. Two opportunities: 1) support the team projects and expenses, 2) sponsor a Quinceanera girl (our 3rd annual Quinceanera) for $40.
A special note about International Missions; as Acts 1:8 puts it “… to the ends of the Earth”. Travel costs can be a barrier for one of our own disciples to be a part of a team. Please consider this when you are nudged to give.

The Women’s study of FUMC will begin a 6 week study on Elijah on August 22 at 10am in the youth room in the center of the lower level of the MAC. Study Book will be Elijah, Spiritual Stamina in Every Season by Melissa Spoelstra. Please join us as we grow in faith and develop spiritual stamina that will help us not only survive, but THRIVE! Please contact Shannon Burgess with any questions at sburgess421@gmail.com.

BIG COUNTRY BREAKFAST
Supporting Boy Scout Troop # 101
Sat. Aug. 25 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
859 HWY 515, Blairsville, GA 706-745-2073
Sponsored by the United Methodist Men

DONATION : $7.00
Includes: Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Pancakes, Grits,
Biscuits and Gravy, and Beverage

Come to worship this Sunday and meet our new YHC Youth intern. Jennifer will be introducing her at all three services this Sunday!

The Roaches new address is 6070 Erinblair Loop, Haymarket, Virginia 20169

Upcoming Key Dates for Long Range Planning
August 12 - Blood Drive, 9:30 am till 2 pm
August 14 - Girl Scout Ice Cream Recruitment Social, 4 pm - 7 pm
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!

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
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
Melanie Howell - sister (Karen) passed Sunday
Rev. Charles Black passed last week
Margie Bowron - recovering at home
Jim Arthur - heart cath today affirmed heart valve concerns. They kept Jim overnight and have heart valve replacement surgery planned at 6:30 am tomorrow.
Rod Johnson - leg infection needs healing
Rod McClarnon - second eye surgery this Friday
Billy Hendricks - healing from surgery to repar broken hand
Pat Patchin - hip replacement went well today
Shannon Burgess brother in law - cancer related surgery tomorrow
Judy Haygood - new pacemaker in - cardiac oblation in September
Norris Wood - heart valve surgery on August 17th
Nancy Sanford’s son (Daniel) - key tests this week
Ellie Dobson’s family - recent loss
Hedi Hillenbrand - transferred from UGH to Nursing home in TN (if you have details of how to reach Ms. Hedi in her new place, please call Evelyn and let us know those details)
Wayne Jones (the one married to Barbara) - brother Jim - stroke recovery
Joe & Billie Roach - recent move to Virginia to live with their son’s family
Joan Wiley - move this month to live next to children in New York
David Steed - upcoming knee replacement August 28
Ian McFarlane - lymphoma - and their daughter Kathy has been in ICU for 2 months
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
George Houdeshel - general health
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
Phil Sallings - general health
Shannon Burgess two nephews (Luke - pancreas & Matt - colon cancer) - and brother in law (Steve) - cancer
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Your Finance Team
We have invested (per our 2018 ministry plan) significantly in our church this year. Our facilities are calling for our attention and we have been responding. Thank you for strong giving that allows us to continue to meet the needs of all our ministries. Let’s change the world together!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
August 5th $ 27,604…………………………..$634,409

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

Tickle – July 24, 2017

Directories are out. You may pick up one at the MAC desk during the week or on Sunday morning. There is one update already. Maggie Guerrier is now at 123 Buck Ridge Drive, Blairsville.

Ellie Dobson’s funeral arrangements are: Visitation at church on Saturday, August 4th at 10:00 am. Service will follow at 11:00 am here.

Pastor Mark will be back in the pulpit on Sunday morning. Come to church and help us give him and Shannon a warm welcome back.

And in the meantime, have a wonderful, joy-filled week!
Evelyn

YAH Back to School
“Bunco Fellowship”
Friday, August 10th
6:00pm In the Fellowship Hall –
Everyone should bring an appetizer or a dessert. $2.00 per person donation. Bunco has been played in America at least since the 1800’s. It’s a game centered around three dice and usually three sets of four players, averaging a standard group of 12. It is a game of pure luck; no real skill is required other than rolling the dice. However, the game is played in upbeat and social settings involving a lot of eating and fellowship, so there is always plenty to do! Join us!

BLOOD DRIVE: Sunday, August 12th from 9:30 til 2:00 pm. To schedule a blood donation appointment please call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767), visit redcrossblood.org or call Nancy at (706) 745-4870.

The youth need your help. Please bring old newspapers and drop them off in the youth office. They will be shredding them to use as weed killer in the pumpkin patch.

HELP NEEDED
9:45 Worship Service sound board: Gary Groves will train you. We need two new people to keep this a team of four so that everyone does one week out of four. We had no one in the sound booth this last Sunday. That required all of us who are leading worship to mute and un-mute our mics from the stage. It’s distracting and cumbersome. Gary is the sound Engineer - you don’t need to be - what we need is people willing to do the simple tasks in the sound booth during worship as coached by Gary. Help us worship with excellence!

9:45 Worship Service light board: Stacy Clements will train you. We need two more people to keep this a team of four so that everyone does one week out of four. This is not a complicated role - but it is vital to enhance our Praise Worship experience in a reduced light setting. Help us worship with excellence!

Fenced in Playground of the Hill: We need a handful of people who will oversee this vital area of our church. Our Preschoolers and our Children’s ministry use this area. Unattended, the weeds and poison Ivy take over quickly. Pastor mark took care of it last year. He cannot do it again this year. Basically, we need someone to spray and oversee this area to make certain there is nothing unsafe up there for any of our children.

Memorial Garden Area (Adjacent to the Sanctuary): We have a handful of people who doing the extra special care of this manicured sacred space on our campus. If you like caring for a very special small space that includes, push mower, weed eating, and blowing, join this group. This small area requires an extra amount of TLC. We will work out a schedule.

9:45 Service MAC Stage Design: We are looking for folks who are willing to occasionally get up on a ladder. The stage is a very large space. The sky is limitless in the possibilities. We need people willing to jump into preparing the stage for each season in the life of the church (not every Sunday.) Help us worship with excellence.

RENT A YOUTH: firstYOUTH would like to thank the MANY people who have expressed interest in the Rent-A-Youth Program, and we appreciate you patience and grace as we get our operation off the ground! We are currently scheduling work on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings throughout the summer, and the calendar is filling up quickly! This program is intended as work-for-donation to the Youth Ministry at FUMC. We offer helping hands for your house work or yard work, but do not own nor can we bring equipment to your home such as wheelbarrows, weed trimmers, or lawnmowers. Thank you all for supporting firstYOUTH at First United Methodist Church! Contact our Youth Director, Jennifer de la Montagne, at jennifer.fumcyouth@gmail.com with your needs, and we’ll set a date to come and work!

Backpack 2 School EVENT at FUMC....JULY 28th 11:00-2:00 in the MAC
Here we are church family! 4 days out and we now we have 404 students registered!!!
We have closed registration as of now, but will continue to serve as many walk-ups as supplies allow. No one will go without. If we can’t meet the need Saturday, we will work with Family Connections to make sure everyone has what they need.

This community and especially this church, has responded to the call to GIVE… and given you have. Prayers, school supplies and financial contributions have been overwhelming.

Now I hope you will give yourself the chance to RECEIVE… receive the pure joy that only children can give, the opportunity to show love and grace to the MANY that will walk upon our campus, and most importantly receive the chance for others to see Jesus through your actions and words.

Please consider coming and spending some time with us this Saturday, July 28th from 11-2, Wear your volunteer t-shirt if you have one and as Pastor Mark says; “All Hands On Deck!”

My Heartfelt Thanks,
Tricia Wallace
229-402-9361

Upcoming Key Dates for Long Range Planning
July 28 - Backpack2school FUMC Community Event - all hands on deck!
August 3 - Union County back to school
August 12 - Blood Drive, 9:30 am till 2 pm
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!

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in the world
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
Margie Bowron - recovering at home
Bill Dittus - lawnmower accident; staples in head and compression fracture in the lower vertebra
Rod Johnson - leg infection needs healing
Bill Gleasure -recovering from leg infection
Judy Haygood - heart surgery last week
Norris Wood - building up strength at home before surgery on August 17th
Virginia Lane - foot injury
Ellie Dobson’s family - strength and prayer; service on August 4th
Charles Smith - recovering nicely from knee surgery
Joe Roach - ongoing illness
Don Koeble - home healing from many 2nd and 3rd degree burns
David Steed - upcoming knee surgery (cartilage tear)
Ian McFarlane - lymphoma
Nick Poulos - back in Blairsville; resting from treatments
Claudia Dupree - general health (and health of her Daughter Jenny)
Bambi Wooten - hip surgery this Thursday in Florida
George Houdeshel - general health
Kelly Schuknecht - healing hip
Pat Parsons - hip surgery on August 7th
Janice Smith - healing hip doing well - preparing to do second hip
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 - cancer diagnosis
Jean Riddle – her sister’s declining health, Ruby Hruby
Janice Jarrard - sister with ovarian cancer.
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister (Alice Pollert) - cancer related treatments / procedures
Shirley Cobb/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/ Kim Kuykendall – chronic back/neck/pain issues.

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

A Note from Your Finance Team
What a wonderful way to begin the second half of the year! THANK YOU Church! You are AWESOME! That helps!

……………………….Received………………..YTD Received
July 1………………$ 28,186…………………………..$ 541,833
July 8………………$ 17,314…………………………..$ 559,147
July 15…………… $ 15,983…………………………..$ 575,130
July 22…………….$ 14,505…………………………..$ 589,635

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

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