“Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” – Luke 24.29 (RSV)
I remember years ago when friends or family would come to our house to visit. After gathering together, after a possible meal, after catching up for a good long while, our guests would eventually prepare to leave. And, as often as not, one of the phrases they often shared was “Go with us.” This wasn’t an empty invitation but rather an admission that they didn’t want the time to end. It was a word about the desire to continue that bond of community.
This portion of the passage from Luke 24 Pastor Mike shared on Sunday came up in my prayer time this week. The Risen Lord is traveling along with two unknowing followers on the road to Emmaus. Once near the village, it appeared Jesus was going to continue further. But they didn’t want the time to end. They didn’t want that communion to end. And so, they offer an invitation as well. So close to home, the invitation is not “Go with us” but “Stay with us.”
It was toward evening. The day was far spent. Stay with us.
The last year and more has been taxing in so many ways. Some days it seemed toward evening as if the day were almost gone. Even now, there may be days when you feel like you can’t do anymore or go any further. The words of these two are a wonderful prayer on days like those. Stay with us.
And with the Risen Lord, that is enough – for at that invitation he will do just that.
May you know the presence of the Risen Lord in your presence like never before.
-Don
There is a prayer quilt for Alysa Anderson in the chapel. Alysa has breast cancer and is undergoing 12 weeks of chemo. Alysa is the young mother of a 5 year old boy. Please stop by and say a prayer/tie a knot.
As a church, we are ever so grateful to those who give their time and keep our campus looking so beautiful. Thank you, mowers! But it’s a BIG campus and we need more volunteers to help with this task. If you like a sitting-down job outside, you too can be a lawn mower-er 🙂 Just call the church office to volunteer.
Church Council will meet Thursday, April 29th at 6:30 pm.
Children, youth and Adult Bible Studies will meet at 6 pm.
The Morning Glory Circle will be selling homemade fudge and candy for $5.00 a package on Sunday, May 9 after each service. Our sweets would make a nice gift for Mother’s Day. Proceeds go to fund church-supported ministries.
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: 1 hour “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…………………..9:45am………….MAC 3-5
  • Upper Room Class……………… 9:45am………….MAC M-31
Faith Family,
 Every so often when I visit Evelyn’s office, there is a check there for the Girl Scouts. The memo line never has an indication as from whom the blessing flows, so I take the opportunity to thank the “Angel” and the entire church for his/her/their continued support.
Blessings
Janice Walters-Taylor
Senior Scout Leader
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.
1 - Eric Seiler 2 - Barbara Gleasure, Wayne LeCompte, Tom Maryscuk, Karen McGinn, Ernie Payne 3 -Pam Jordan 4 - Teri Mager, Sherry Pope 5 - Tom Rogers 6 - Goodwin Bryan 7 - Beth Bryan 8 - Cora Bauman 10 - Chuck Nichols 11 -Dave Evans, Jim McAfee, Ariel McCarter, Becky Stone 12 - Nancy Hussey, Ivy Robbins 13 - Ken Hinton, Mary Caroline Wischmeyer 14 - Shelley Lewis, Shirley York 15 - Ilke Lander 18 - Melanie Gibbs, Presley Rich 19 -Michael Bruce, Tim Holby, Pat Jinks, Tammy Seiler 20 - Kenny Engle, Jack Gray, Katelynn Rosser 21 - Fran Edwards, NancyJoyce, Cecil Lewis, Chloe Mashburn, Lamar Paris 22 - Bob Johnson, Jeannie Rich  24 - Janice Jarrard, Andrew Young 25 - Mike Cloyd, Mandy Hunter, Debbie Ray 26 - Barry Varian 28 - Tiffany Martinez, Robert Rogers, Bryan Thomas 29 - Bill Mollnhauer, Ann Payne, Kathy Fain 30 - Barry Lewis, Amelia Turner
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
  • Marilyn Barnes - fell, broken bones, in rehab in Chattanooga
  • Dennis Bradley - undergoing treatments for lung cancer
  • Joyce Byers - fell and is bruised, but nothing broken
  • Pat Clay’s brother-in-law, David - lung cancer-taking chemo and radiation
  • Jennifer de la Montagne - upcoming surgery
  • Helen Douylliez’ son Shane -scheduled for surgery to replace hip prosthesis
  • Jack Duggar - recovering at home and doing much better
  • Maggie Guerrier - consideration for kidney transplant
  • Kathy Heyer - recovering at home, doing better
  • Tom & Dee Heuker’s daughter, Kristen - finished chemotherapy, feeling better
  • Pam Jordan - seeing specialist Wednesday concerning afib and thyroid
  • Virginia Lane - upcoming hip surgery on 21st
  • Marion Lifsey - knee replacement surgery
  • Shirley McGinnis - rehabilitating at Chatuge from broken vertebra
  • Evie Miller’s aunt, Janie - has angiosarcoma in leg, continue with chemo
  • Elaine Neuhaus - tests and upcoming hip surgery
  • Patty Norwood’s son, Ryan-serious colon infection-may require surgery
  • Patty Norwood’s sister, Jan-pneumonia and needs by-pass surgery
  • Jeanne Pickerill - severe back pain
  • Al Reid - severe back pain
  • Teresa Price’s grandson, Asher -home recovering from burns-upcoming surgery
  • Jean Riddle’s granddaughter and son-in-law - in the loss of their baby
  • Ro Robbins - granddaughter Ivy - at home now recovering from pneumonia
  • Glenda Taylor’s nephew Colton - fell and rebroke his leg - having surgery
  • Lee & Cindy Weitzel’s son, Nick - needs a kidney transplant
  • Charlie Wooten - not doing well
RECOVERING FROM SURGERY:
  • Pat Clay’s brother, Vic
  • Debbie Crask
  • Becky Dyer
  • Susan Forrester’s son-in-law, Don
  • Lamar Franklin
  • Marie Goddard
  • Greg Lane
  • Robert Mantell
  • Janice Taylor’s husband, Rob
  • Roy Whitelock
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
  • Aurore Miller
  • Rose Oberlin’s mother, Letha
  • Jerry Price
  • Ron and Pauline Taylor
  • Carole Thompson
  • Carol Warren
  • Sharon Willits
IN NURSING HOMES:
  • Polly Conkle - Blue Ridge Assisted Living
  • Nisia Redgrave - Chatuge
  • Phil Salling - Union County
  • Bob Taylor - Union County
  • Janice Jarrard - Blue Ridge Assisted Living, Room 305
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
April 4th……………$31,904…..………….$ 237,883
April 11th………….$18,061……………….$255,944
April 18th………….$14,885……………….$270,829
Please continue to remember your Church in your legacy trusts & wills - that gift is also greatly appreciated!
STAY CONNECTED
 First United Methodist Church of Union County
938 Highway 515 Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(706) 745 2073
Rev. Don Landen, Pastor
      We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation!

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