“Yesterday and Tomorrow”
There is no denying that to one degree or another, the past 12 months have been difficult for all of us. I don’t need to list the events that have led us to such sorrow, disappointment, frustration, and fear. While the problems of 2020 have been seen worldwide, the effects for some of us have been deeply personal. I have lost two close friends to Covid-19, both who were serving in the ministry. I know many of you in our church family have experienced the sickness or loss of family and friends.
Thankfully, God’s Word not only prepares us to expect trials in this life but it also assures us that He is accomplishing His good purposes through them. The Scripture teaches us God brings trials to test the strength of our faith, to wean us off earthly things, to enable us to help others in their suffering, to produce in us endurance and strength, and to remind us that our future hope is not in this world. Trials cause us to look upward and to long for heaven in a way we otherwise would not.
One of my favorite old hymns is “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”. It was written by Ira Stanfill. Stanfill was born in 1914. He came to know the Lord at age 12 and was called into the ministry soon after college. In 1939 he married Zelma Lawson, a minister’s daughter who was a gifted musician herself. For years they traveled and ministered together in Crusades across the country. But Zelma eventually became disillusioned with ministry and left Ira. Zelma remarried and soon after was killed in a car accident. Ira was devastated. He had tried to reconcile with her. He remained true to his vows and was willing to forgive her right up until her death. During those years of separation, divorce and Zelma’s death, Ira sunk into a deep depression. “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow” was written during this time in his life. It goes like this…
I don’t know about tomorrow; I just live from day to day.
I don’t borrow from its sunshine, For its skies may turn to grey.
I don’t worry o’er the future, For I know what Jesus said.
And today I’ll walk beside Him, For He knows what lies ahead.
Every step is getting brighter, As the golden stairs I climb;
Every burden’s getting lighter, Every cloud is silver-lined.
There the sun is always shining, There no tear will dim the eye;
At the ending of the rainbow, Where the mountains touch the sky.
Chorus
Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand,
But I know who holds tomorrow And I know who holds my hand.
I heard a preacher say recently “One of the unhealthy effects of living in a prolonged era of relative comfort, convenience, and acceptance is that it curbs our appetite for heaven.”
Let the difficulty of 2020 remind you to now more than ever, “Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 2). Look upward and be encouraged. We know who holds our tomorrows!
Press On!  Stan
Confirmation Class 2021
Plans are being made now for our next Confirmation class. Confirmation is an opportunity for young people to confirm for themselves the faith we as the church have sought to raise them in. This year, the class is open to all youth in 6th grade and above. If your daughter or son has not been confirmed and would like to be part of this class, please contact us in the office at 706-745-2073. I look forward to hearing from you.
Grace and Peace, Don
The children and youth will meet on Wednesday at 6pm. There will be no Adult Bible Study this week.
Walking Track Hours!
Monday-Thursday 8:00am-3:00pm.
Face coverings required on the track!
Join a MAC Fitness Class Today!
BalloFlex: A seated chair fitness program for all ages and fitness levels. Cost is $3.00 per class (free to 75 and over). Mondays and Thursdays at 1:00 pm.
Strength-Stretch-Balance: SSB is a 1 hour class meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00am. Cost is $5.00
PIYO: 45 minute “Yoga and Pilates combined”. Meets on Monday’s at 10:30am. Cost is $5.00 per class.
Christ Centered Yoga: Cost is $5.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat. Meets Tuesdays at 9:00am.
Face coverings required. All classes will meet in room M-0 (lower level of the MAC). Bottom door will be open so parking on the lower level is encouraged.
Line Dancing Thursday’s!
Classes offered…
*LOW BEGINNER… 9:15am-10am
*HIGH BEGINNER… 10am-10:45am
*INTERMEDIATE… 10:45am-11:30am
Classes meet in the MAC gym and are suitable for all ages.
No pre-registration needed. Face coverings will be required!
For more information contact Rita Gallau at  vckids2001@yahoo.com
FUMC “Sunday School”
Below is our current class schedule…
“Study to show thyself approved unto God…”
  • Children PreK - Gr. 5…………….9:30am ……….. FUNdamentals Rm
  • Youth Gr. 6 - 12……………………10:30am………..Youth Room M-0
  • Kardia Class…………………….… 8:30am………… Small Dining Room
  • Searchers Class…………………. 9:45am………….Conference Room
  • Determined Class……………….. 9:45am………….MAC 9
  • Friendship Class…………………..9:45 am…………MAC 3-5
  • Upper Room Class…………….. 10:00am…………MAC M-31
Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging has been given a grant project to determine the effects of dementia on the aged and on their family members. To do this they are holding a one-time virtual meeting( week of March 15th or 22nd) with people suffering from dementia or family members dealing with a relative who has it. If you are interested in participating in this group meeting, please call Evelyn in the church office.
Daffodils purchased for Relay for Life will be available for pickup outside the MAC on Monday, March 15th at 5:30. If you are unable to pick them up, please call Glenda Taylor at 706-781-7528 for other arrangements.
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 blairsvillefumcmike@gmail.com or call the church office @ 706-745-2073.
Morning Glory Circle (MGC) invites YOU to join them on the first Wednesday of each month. 10 am
in the downstairs youth room.
The ladies gather for fellowship, prayer, praising God, and supporting the church ministries.
The MGC actively supports many ministries including UMCOR, Orphanage Emmanuel, Girl Scouts, and the Fall Coat Drive. Text or call Sue for more info about the Circle. 706 994 5519.
Dear Congregation, Words fail to express my deep appreciation for all the calls, food, flowers, and prayers since Norm’s passing. I am overwhelmed and am ever so grateful to belong a such a caring church family. May God bless you all! ~ Carole Thompson
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Please help us keep this list updated by notifying the office or Mike Cloyd of any changes. With us not gathering right now, we don’t always hear the latest.
SPECIFIC:
  • Glenda Adams - fell, fractured a vertebra and suffered a brain bleed
  • Bud Akins - got a good dr report, only preventative treatments monthly
  • Margie Bowron - pneumonia- recovering at home
  • Pat Clay’s brother-in-law, David - lung cancer-taking chemo and radiation
  • Claudia dePrez - taking aggressive chemo
  • Helen Douylliez’ son Shane -scheduled for surgery to replace hip prosthesis
  • Jack Duggar - moved to Chatuge Rehab-room 327
  • Lee & Lloyd Dunham’s son-in-law Jarrett- car accident, knee surgery soon
  • Maggie Guerrier - consideration for kidney transplant
  • Kathy Heyer - concerns about healing from heart surgery
  • Tom & Dee Heuker’s daughter, Kristen - finished chemotherapy, feeling better
  • Linda McAfee- passing of her mom Carol Rabun
  • Judy McCorkle - taking chemotherapy for liver cancer
  • Shirley McGinnis - rehabilitating from broken vertebra at Chatuge
  • Gail McGuire’s son Larry-hit by a car-concussion and broken bones
  • Evie Miller’s aunt, Janie - has angiosarcoma in leg, continue with chemo
  • Paula Myers - broken left wrist
  • Carla Persaud - passed away
  • Jeannie Pickerill - severe back pain
  • Teresa Price’s grandson, Asher - in car accident, burned over 70% of his body
  • Al Reid - pneumonia, recovering at home
  • Jean Riddle’s pregnant granddaughter - baby has heart problems
  • Billie Roach - recovering from infection
  • Carole Thompson’s husband Norm passed away
  • Lee & Cindy Weitzel’s son, Nick - needs kidney transplant
  • Roy Whitelock - upcoming knee replacement on March 18th
RECOVERING FROM SURGERY:
  • Tonia Albright
  • Pat Clay’s brother, Vic
  • Debbie Crask
  • Becky Dyer
  • Susan Forrester’s son-in-law, Don
  • Lamar Franklin
  • Marie Goddard
  • Greg Lane
  • Robert Mantell
  • Larry Rosenberry
  • Kim Steinke
  • Janice Taylor’s husband, Rob
HEALTH ISSUES and CONCERNS:
  • Mike Brandenburg
  • Jennifer de la Montagne’s mom and dad
  • Lloyd Dunham
  • Jesse Eady
  • Jackie Franklin’s daughter-in-law’s family
  • George Houdeshel
  • James Jordan
  • Hugh Lee
  • Loretta McIntosh
  • Aurore Miller
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jerry Price
  • AG Sherman
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • John Vogeley
  • Carol Warren
  • Sharon Willits
IN NURSING HOMES:
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge
  • Phil Salling - Union County
  • Bob Taylor - Chatuge
  • Janice Jarrard - Blue Ridge Assisted Living, Room 305
  • John Conkle - Union County
If you haven’t signed up yet for online giving, it’s as easy as going to our website (firstmethodistblairsville.com), scrolling down on the front page and hitting the online giving button.
A Note from Your Finance Team THANK YOU!!!
………………. . …… . Received…………YTD Received
March 7th………..$ 24,259………………$169,808
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!

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