Here They Come!
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”
Well, that’s certainly happening at First Methodist! At the midweek gathering last Wednesday, there were 19 kids in our children’s ministry. On Sunday morning, we had 26 during children’s church/Sunday School.
Emily Stafford is doing a great job as our children’s director. We are so well blessed. And we are blessed to be a blessing. One way to be a blessing is to volunteer to help with our growing children’s ministry. Servants are ESPECIALLY needed for Sundays at 11 am, but also for Wednesday nights and Sundays at 9:45 am.
Here’s what some of the opportunities to serve look like on Sunday mornings during 9:45 and 11 am worship:
-Small Group Leaders - leading one of the age group classes (all materials and plans provided in advance)
-Small Group Helpers - helping the leader of an age group class
-Technology/Transport - pushing a button on the computer to play music or videos/walking with the kids from the service to the FUNdamentals room
At present, volunteers serve one Sunday a month, though you can certainly serve more often. If you would help with our growing children’s ministry, please contact our Children’s Director Emily Stafford or the church office.
See you Sunday,
Join Us!
“FirstFAMILY” Nights!
5:00pm - Fellowship Supper
6:00pm - Age-group Activities
  • “FirstKIDS” FUNdamentals (grades 1-5) Meets in the “FUNdamentals room (lower level of the Children’s wing). Led by Emily Stafford, Director of Children’s Ministries.
  • “FirstYOUTH” (grades 6-12) Bible Study and Mission Activities. Meets in room M-0 (lower level of the MAC). Led by Jennifer DLM, Director of Youth Ministries.
“Adult Studies”
  • Next Sunday’s Sermon Preview & Discussion Led by Pastor Don Landen. Meets in room M-3/5 (lower level).
  • “FirstMOMS” Fellowship Meets in the Bray Chapel. Moms are invited to join an informal time of “table talk” sharing and fellowship while their children attend our Wednesday “FUNdamentals” program. Group is facilitated by Katie Mashburn.
“FirstFAMILY” Night Supper Menu:
September 11th, “Patriot’s Day”
All-American Hotdogs with “fixin’s bar”
     Coleslaw            Patriotic Pasta Salad
Gene’s Baked Beans      Apple Cobbler
“FirstYOUTH” is back in full-swing and following the Wednesday Night Dinner Schedule; if there is dinner from 5-6 pm, there is Youth From 6-7pm.
Attention FirstYOUTH… Need some extra spending money? Setup and breakdown help is needed for our OASIS program on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons for approximately 1 1/2 hours. Guys or girls… if you are dependable and have enough muscles to set up / take down tables and chairs we need you. Call Stan Wallace at the church office at 706-745-2073.
We kicked off a brand new series in our children’s ministry called Blast Off. It will help kids learn four spiritual habits that will help them grow in their faith. We’re going to have a blast learning and growing together!
This month, FirstKIDS are memorizing the Bible verse Philippians 4:13. When you see FirstKIDS at church or in the community, ask them to tell you the verse and show you the motions! Thank you for discipling our children!
Safe Sanctuary Training will be held on September 17th at 3:45pm for anyone that is wanting to volunteer, but hasn’t had the training.
Help Needed!! This year’s Fall Festival dates are Friday, October 11th & Saturday, October 12th. Crafters, we are counting on you to help us with items as well as ya’ll who put away Jams and Jellies for the Country Store. All proceeds from our Festival go toward retiring our MAC debt. Everybody has a part to play! Start working now!
Annex (treasures) and Clothing (gently used) collection dates…
Fridays, September 13, 20, & 27
Labor of Love has scheduled a work day for this coming Saturday, September 14th, starting at 8:00 am to fix up the men’s workshop. We will meet at the men’s workshop, up on the hill across from the church annex. We will be building storage racks, adding lighting and plugs, repairing the entry door, and generally cleaning the place. Old non-usable equipment will be removed and room will be planned for all items including the new wood splitter. We also want to remove the old fire pit and clean up around the workshop. All are welcome to help! Any questions, see Wayne Jones at 281 682 6395.
Weekday Bible Studies!
Men’s Bible Study meets on Tuesday’s at 10:00am in room M-7 (lower level of the MAC).
Ladies Bible Study Begins Tomorrow… and will meet on Wednesday’s at 10:00am in room M-1 (lower level of the MAC). Ladies will be doing the study “ROMANS… Good News That Changes Everything” by Melissa Spoelstra. Mark your calendar!
Servants Needed!
Have you found your place of service here at FUMC? Pray about these opportunities…
  • Media Volunteers are needed (sound & video) for the Media booth at all three worship services.
  • Worship Design help in the MAC for the “The Well”. Training will be provided. Please contact the church office if you are interested.
  • Morning Glory Circle’s Traveling Gift Shop at the MAC Welcome Desk from 9:30 to 9:45 am and 10:40 to 11:00 am. We have UMC cross and flame necklaces, key rings and bookmarks, as well as Wesley coins and totes. Please come visit us.
  • There is a Need for a Videographer for Night to Shine in February. If you know of someone, please contact Kim Tatman at 404 226 2531.
At the MAC!
Walking Track & Weight Room Hours
Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm / Friday 8am-1pm
  • “Fast-Effective-Fitness”. “FEF” meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm - 6:30pm in the lower level of the MAC. Led by Rev. Mike Welch. Cost is $4.00 per class.
  • “Strength-Stretch-Balance”: SSB is a 1 hour class meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:15am in room M-32. Class is led by Lisa Toups. Cost is $5.00 per class.
  • “PIYO”: 45 minute “Yoga and Pilates combined”. Meets on Monday’s at 10:00am in room M-0 (first floor of the MAC) Cost is $5.00 per class.
  • Christ Centered Yoga: This 1 hour class is led by Pat Tomzyck. Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am in Room M-0.
  • “Tai Chi”: Tuesdays at 1:30pm downstairs in room M-0 of the MAC. Class is led by Dr. Dennis Tidwell. Cost is $10.00 per class.
  • Pickleball! Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The local club plays in the MAC on Mondays & Tuesdays from 1:00pm - 4:30pm …everyone is welcome. There are plenty of experienced players there to get you started.
Mark Your Calendars!
Sep 22 Young Harris College Sunday
Oct 11-12  FUMC Fall Festival
Oct 14-19  Honduras Mission Trip to Orphanage Emmanuel
Oct 23 “Overflow” concert in the MAC
Nov 7 Young at Heart Day Trip to the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
Please Help Us at the church by keeping us informed of any sickness or procedures that you or any of our members may be experiencing. Thank you! You can contact our Director of Pastoral Care, Rev. Mike Cloyd at or call the church office @ 706-745-2073.
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
May LOVE REIGN over fear, hate, and violence in our world
  • Our military families
  • The two UMC related agencies in our neighborhood (YHC & Branan Lodge)
  • Our Church Without Walls (CWOW’S) - Suches, GA
  • Our Church staff team and their extended families
  • All our expecting “Mommies to be”
  •  All those with Alzheimers/Dementia related struggles
  • Norma Jean Anderson’s brother, Wendell - mouth cancer,surgery yesterday
  • Kirby Bowron’s nephew - lung issues, sepsis
  • Eva Breedlove – Back Issues
  • Shannon Burgess brother in law (Steve) - cancer
  • Nash Collins - 4 year old son of Chris and Kristin- broken wrist/arm
  • Sonya Alexander Cristofaro sister (Linda) -radiation treatments
  • Larry Culpepper’s sister - general health
  • Dee Freed’s father (Kenneth Newman) - continued treatments for colon cancer
  • Kevin Garland - Young Harris music intern at Shepherd Center in Atlanta for brain bleed
  • Deidra Gilbert’s Mother - health, general safety and upcoming move to Georgia
  • Maggie Guerrier - beginning process for consideration for Kidney transplant

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