Tuesday Tickle

Weekly writings from the desk of Pastor Mark

Thursday
Mar262015

Tickle - March 24

We finished the sermon series on prayer this last week. I probably have received more positive comments on these sermons than any offered in recent memory. It is good to know that there is a lot of interest in prayer among the children of God. Two weeks ago, I had the precious opportunity to do the Children’s moment. I taught the little ones a version of the Lord’s Prayer that I translated into “a small child’s” words. Many of you have asked for a copy of that prayer. Here it is. Use it. Share it. Send it. It flowed out of my prayer life while preparing for that Sunday service – give it wings:

God, You are our Heavenly Daddy. You are so special – even Your Name is Special. Please bring Your heaven to our earth so that everything here makes You smile. Until then, please give us what we really need to get through today. First, by forgiving our sins (all those things we do that makes You sad.) Second, by helping us forgive other’s sins (all those things people have done to us that make us sad.) Third, keep us away from things that separate us from you. Fourth, keep us safe from things that want to hurt us. Because we want to live with You, in Your House, protected by Your Power, surrounded by Your Goodness, all the days of our lives. God, let it be.

Welcome Back Floridians! We have missed you!

Given this is my second time through the spring cycle, I think I am beginning to come to terms with some of the normal migration patterns that occur in these parts. As the weather continues to warm, I am beginning to see more and more of our faith family who we have not seen since fall. It is good to see you again. Welcome home! And to those of you who have yet to return, it’s getting pretty pretty up here in these mountains! Just saying...

Pampered Chef Relay for Life Fundraiser

Thank you all for getting me out of the dog house! We had a great turn out and folks where in a “buying” state of mind. While I really love our doggie “Grace” – her house is really only big enough for her (grin!) Even if you did not get to come to the show, you can still order items if you wish – contact Shannon Burgess atsburgess421@gmail.com Again, 100% of proceeds will go towards our FUMC Relay for Life team efforts to defeat cancer.

What is all the New Construction Activity on our Church Main Entrance Road?

Your Trustees have been working a project since the end of last year to install two new lights (parking lot quality pole lights) on that entrance road to provide light after sunset. The work should be complete soon. Drive carefully around the construction trucks while they have one of those two lanes blocked for their work. That “S” curve is already challenging enough. Please go in and out slowly until this project is complete.

Wednesday Night Nurture

Dinner is Pancake bar, sausage, and eggs – it’s a fundraiser for your Children’s Ministry VBS - dinner begins at5 pm in the MAC.

Adult Bible Study by Pastor Mark will happen in the Friendship Sunday School Classroom (MAC Lower level) from 6:00-6:50 pm.

We are in Week 28 – Guideword “Contagious Life.” Everyone is welcome – just come and “listen in” on the conversation.

United Methodist Men (UMM) Chainsaw Ministry

David Kuykendall is heading up the UMM chainsaw ministry. We had a good launch after the UMM meeting Saturday – 8 souls took down trees at the parsonage as our opening efforts to raise a team. We focus on back safety, forest safety, and chainsaw safety. If you would like to talk to David about this, just email him atkuykendall@brmemc.net At the same time, we had another group of men building the outdoor stage for the Youth sunrise service on Saturday as well – thanks fellas! If you just want to learn more about UMM and what all we do, contact Buck Williams buck.williams@icloud.com We had three new folks come along side us last Saturday!

Easter Plan

We are enhancing all the new stuff we did last year with a few additions. I believe Holy week – the week that celebrates our Lord and Savior’s passion - is meant to be Holy and set apart. I encourage all of you to embrace the entire Holy Week worship cycle in 2015. Lay aside everything that you possibly can and give that week to God. You will be uniquely blessed. Here is how:

Palm Sunday – March 29:

We celebrate the arrival of Jesus for the last time into Jerusalem.

We will have all three worship services and Sunday School classes like normal – but the services will not be the same:

We will offer a traditional Palm Sunday service at 8:30 am (Mark providing sermon), a non-traditional PalmSunday Service at 9:45 am (Mark providing sermon), and an Easter Cantata at 11 am (no sermon) with this one service “ending” with a very special procession of palms by our Children’s ministry. I know this is asking for a sacrifice from many of our families with children, but we so rarely get to see our entire children’s ministry in one place with the three services – come to the 11 am service if you can to help your children participate in this one time very special procession of palms.

Wednesday, April 1:

Stay home and get caught up on your Lenten Season Prayer book! No activities at the church. No, it’s not an April fools joke!

Holy Thursday – April 2:

Fundamental pickup for the children will happen at 3 pm on Thursday so they and they families who can be present can participate in a dramatized Seder Meal at 4:30 pm. The Holy Thursday worship service will begin at 6:15 pm in the Sanctuary. We will encounter the Last Supper and then follow Jesus out into the Garden of Gethsemane. I know this is asking for a sacrifice from the Choir and all who will come. Come dressed casual. Nursery is provided. Anticipated length is 45 minutes.

Good Friday – April 3:

Service will begin at 6:15 pm in the main Sanctuary. We will creatively encounter the crucifixion of Christ in a family appropriate way. I know this is asking a sacrifice from all who will lead and attend this service. Come dressed casual. Nursery is provided. Anticipated length is 45 minutes.

Easter Sunday – April 5:

Our second annual Youth-led sunrise service on the hill by the Men’s workshop at 7:30 am (if rained out in MAC)

I know this is asking a sacrifice from our Youth and their families – but this service is deeply profound – they do it.

The anticipated length of the Sunrise service is 30 minutes – then join us for a simple brunch in the fellowship hall immediately following the sunrise service (the brunch ends when the 8:30 am worship service begins.) The flow is ideally one so you can go from the Sunrise service to Brunch and then directly to the 8:30 service if you wish. I know this will take sacrifice from many to make this unique flow happen.

We will have all three services and Sunday school classes like any other Sunday.

Our 8:30 worship service will be with a full choir, brass band and bells – pastor Mark preaching

Our 9:45 worship service will be just like normal in the MAC

Our 11 am worship service will be with a full choir, brass band and bells – pastor Mark preaching

(and I thank the servant hearts who will be providing a lite brunch in the fellowship hall for the choir, band and bells in between the two traditional services – we feed them so they can feed us!!! I know it is a sacrifice.)

I know. It sounds like a lot of sacrificing – but it is nothing compared to...

Missions Opportunities: Blairsville Women’s Enrichment Center (WEC)

Let’s focus on another LOL local ministry opportunity for all of us to invest some sweat equity for Jesus out in our community. The mission moment last Sunday explained another LOL (FUMC Labor of Love) ministry opportunity on Monday, March 30. Wear your green LOL shirts and come or sign up and we will get you your green LOL shirt that we wear when we are out in our community doing mission work. There is limited parking at the WEC so we would like to caravan from the church – there will be people who can give you a ride back to the church whenever you need to leave. Meet with us at the MAC desk entrance on  Monday, March 30 at 8:45 am. We will travel the less than one mile to the WEC to spend some time sorting and organizing their stuff to help them prepare for their largest fundraiser of the year (this is huge for them and it has outgrown their ability to do all the prep work for it with just their ministry volunteers – the WEC Garage Sale doesn’t happen until May. Come get your green shirt and lets “go green” together!

Relay for Life

We have two events for you to participate in our efforts to raise funds for our ongoing efforts to end Cancer. First, on April 11 from 8 am to 10 am, our Blairsville FATZ restaurant is holding it’s annual pancake breakfast fundraiser. You can purchase a $7 ticket for the breakfast from any Relay for Life Team member (Glenda Taylor and Shirley Rogers are a good place to start.) The second event is our “Hoedown for Hope” Dinner (Cowboy themed) in the MAC on April 18. We are only selling 250 tickets this year. Each ticket will cost $20. Tickets can be purchased in the Narthex and at the MAC desk between services each Sunday between now and the events.

FUMC Gospel Concert

We will be hosting another traveling professional Gospel singing group (The Talleys) on Friday, April 24. The concert will be free but we will receive a love offering for them so we can keep attracting major headliners like this during their touring trips. Tell your friends about this one and get it on your calendar now! Google them – this is going to be an impressive concert!

CEC (our preschool for 2 yrs olds, 3 yr olds, and 4 yr olds) Registration Time

Beginning yesterday, we began taking registrations from the public until we are full. We appreciate all of you so very much! If you have any questions, please call our CEC Director (Martha Cone) at 706-835-7448.

Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead

  • Jim and Sally Wiley’s daughter-in-law (Kathi Wiley in Birmingham) passed away yesterday.
  • Rev. Robert  (Bob) Darby – a past pastor of this church - passed away Friday.The Funeral service will be next Saturday, March 28, at 11 AM at Bremen First UMC, Bremen, Georgia.Bob’s wife (Elaine) can be reached at: P.O. Box 352 Tallapoosa, GA 30176  
  •  Our 2015 Confirmation Class – 8 youth, 3 adults
  • Lee Dunham is back home from time in hospital for dehydration from illnesses
  • Britt McAfeeCharles Smith – testing through multiple doctors this week – general health concerns including thyroid function
  • David and Benetta Cook – 13 yr old grand daughter (Sophie) – with severe scoliosis (back)
  • Penny Hebble – stroke recovery in North Carolina – now in a new rehab facility – White Oak Rehab
  • Jane Driskell – Parkinson’s
  • H.R. Warden – moved back home under care of Pat and a little help from Home Health Care.
  • Richard Hoibraten’s brother James in California – late stage cancerCharles Smith -
  • Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/pain issue
  • sBill & Barbara Gleasure’s daughter-in-law (Harley Gleasure) – undergoing chemo
  • Kathy Zimmerman – sister struggling with cancer in Indiana
  • Those fighting cancer from our faith family:
  • Donna HowellAvis Shaw’s sister Mildred (lymphoma chemo treatment)
  • Kitty Jones –  visit with Doctor and potential biopsy today
  • Kim Tatman – lumpectomy procedure this Thursday afternoon at Northside Hospital
  • Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, Steve RedstoneKim Tatman and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)

A Note from Your Finance Team

We are off to a good start financially thanks to your incredible generosity. Your giving has allowed us to operate directly on our 2015 ministry plan so far this year (often times those winter months are very difficult) – thank you for your FAITHFUL giving. Giving so far in March is as follows:Mar 1    $20,344,Mar 8    $15,643,Mar 15  $17,201Mar 22  $12,619.

God’s Boundless Joy,         

                                           

 firstumcpastor@windstream.net   

Senior Pasto

Friday
Mar202015

Tickle - March 17 ADD ON

You would think that when I send out a 19 page tickle that I would get “most” of the important stuff included. But somehow I managed to leave one thing out and that was very bad for two reasons:

1. It is time critical – it happens this Sunday
2. By missing it, I find myself in a dog house that I don’t really want to be in! Please come help me get out!
 
So here comes my plea:
 
THIS SUNDAY from 2 pm to 4 pm – please remember to come to our Relay for Life Fundraiser. It is a Pampered Chef show (Kitchen utensils and baking/cooking equipment) that you can drop in on at anytime – open house style. The hostess will be showing the new spring products and desserts made with some of the pampered chef equipment will be available to everyone who comes. Come anytime from 2-4 pm and stay as long or as short as you wish. The “hostess with the mostess” (her name is Shannon) will simply be there to answer any questions you have. 100% of Shannon’s proceeds will go to our FUMC Relay for Life Team to help end cancer.
 
Come fill up your kitchen (or buy gifts for others) with the latest stuff for a great cause!
 
Or at bear minimum come tell the hostess that she has a great husband!!!
 
God’s Grace,

 

 

Thursday
Mar192015

Tickle - March 17

Time for me to get back into the swing of tickling so you stay in the habit of giggling – so here goes:

Hope House Fundraiser Thank You

Thank you servant hearts who helped FUMC host the Super Chef Showdown fundraiser to support The Hope House – the ecumenical ministry that helps provide financial assistance to people in need in our Blairsville community. The event raised close to $5000 for the Hope House. Thank you for all you did to help make this large event happen.

Wednesday Night Nurture

Janice Taylor is providing our potato and salad bar dinner this Wednesday – dinner begins at 5 pm in the MAC.

All the rest of our normal programs are back in full swing.

Adult Bible Study will happen in the Friendship Sunday School Classroom (MAC Lower level) from 6:00-6:50 pm.

We are in Week 27 – Guideword “Work.” If that doesn’t mean anything to you, just come and sit in – we will show you the book we are using for our ongoing Bible Study. I need to end at 6:50 pm so I can rehearse Easter activities with the Choir at 7 pm.

OASIS Spring Session

Session 1 of the OASIS Spring session (PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) begins this Thursday!

United Methodist Men’s Meeting Saturday

Come sit in with us this Saturday beginning with breakfast in the Fellowship Hall at 8 am on Saturday morning. There are many activities going on that the men are coordinating – come check us out. Our UMM lead Coach is Buck Williams. Buck and all his assistant coaches have a game plan. Come join the team!

Easter Plan

We are enhancing all the new stuff we did last year with a few additions. I believe Holy week – the week that celebrates our Lord and Savior’s passion - is meant to be Holy and set apart. I encourage all of you to embrace the entire Holy Week worship cycle in 2015. Lay aside everything that you possibly can and give that week to God. You will be uniquely blessed. Here is how:

Palm Sunday – March 29

We celebrate the arrival of Jesus for the last time into Jerusalem.

We will have all three worship services and Sunday School classes like normal – but the services will not be the same:

We will offer a traditional Palm Sunday service at 8:30 am (Mark providing sermon), a non-traditional PalmSunday Service at 9:45 am (Mark providing sermon), and an Easter Cantata at 11 am (no sermon) with this one service “ending” with a very special procession of palms by our Children’s ministry. I know this is asking for a sacrifice from many of our families with children, but we so rarely get to see our entire children’s ministry in one place with the three services – come to the 11 am service if you can to help your children participate in this one time very special procession of palms.

Wednesday, April 1

Stay home and get caught up on your Lenten Season Prayer book! No activities at the church. No, it’s not an April fools joke!

Holy Thursday – April 2

Fundamental pickup for the children will happen at 3 pm on Thursday so they and they families who can be present can participate in a dramatized Seder Meal at 4:30 pm. The Holy Thursday worship service will begin at 6:15 pm in the Sanctuary. We will encounter the Last Supper and then follow Jesus out into the Garden of Gethsemane. I know this is asking for a sacrifice from the Choir and all who will come. Come dressed casual. Nursery is provided. Anticipated length is 45 minutes.

Good Friday – April 3

Service will begin at 6:15 pm in the main Sanctuary. We will creatively encounter the crucifixion of Christ in a family appropriate way. I know this is asking a sacrifice from all who will lead and attend this service. Come dressed casual. Nursery is provided. Anticipated length is 45 minutes.

Easter Sunday – April 5

Our second annual Youth-led sunrise service on the hill by the Men’s workshop at 7:30 am (if rained out in MAC)

I know this is asking a sacrifice from our Youth and their families – but this service is deeply profound – they do it.

The anticipated length of the Sunrise service is 30 minutes – then join us for a simple brunch in the fellowship hall immediately following the sunrise service (the brunch ends when the 8:30 am worship service begins.) The flow is ideally one so you can go from the Sunrise service to Brunch and then directly to the 8:30 service if you wish. I know this will take sacrifice from many to make this unique flow happen.

We will have all three services and Sunday school classes like any other Sunday.

Our 8:30 worship service will be with a full choir, brass band and bells – pastor Mark preaching

Our 9:45 worship service will be just like normal in the MAC

Our 11 am worship service will be with a full choir, brass band and bells – pastor Mark preaching

(and I thank the servant hearts who will be providing a lite brunch in the fellowship hall for the choir, band and bells in between the two traditional services – we feed them so they can feed us!!! I know it is a sacrifice.)

 I know. It sounds like a lot of sacrificing – but it is nothing compared to...

Missions Opportunities

Your Mission’s team is working hard to connect us to many mission’s opportunities. One is coming up quick and the others require longer range planning. If you are interested in participating, put them on your calendar:

Local Missions

LOL – Lot’s of Love FUMC Missions Team – you are going to hear details in the mission moment this coming Sunday at all three worship services. Your Mission’s Committee is coordinating two more LOL events. Both are activities that impact the Blairsville Women’s Enrichment Center. The immediate need is to help prepare them for their Garage Sale at the farmers market. It is their biggest fundraiser. They have accumulated items that are currently in trailer storage that need to be removed, sorted, priced, and placed in empty trailers in preparation for transport to the Farmers market. The day of sorting will happen on Monday, March 30. There is also a need for more cleaning work at the WEC. Wear your green LOL shirts and come help. More info coming on Sunday.

 Habitat for Humanity – Momentum is building to come alongside the multi-church partnership for the second Habitat home that will hopefully begin in the April/May time frame. As you heard in A.J. Boroski’s mission moment, there are many ways to help. We can take a Saturday and do construction for a day, we can feed those who are building, we can give money, etc... We are currently in conversation to do this as a Connectional Group activity so that all eight UMC churches of Towns and Union come together on a Saturday. One of our new members (Brian Thomas) is running the Operation Restore facility located on the Towns/Union County line and has recently joined your growing Missions team to help coordinate our Habitat involvement. Much more to come.

National Missions

 Redbird Mission (Kentucky) – the Connectional Group team leader (Rev. Katie Strals of Union Hill UMC) has reserved September 13-18 for the week long trip to serve the Redbird mission located in the poorest county in the U.S. Let pastor Mark (Connectional group leader) know if you want think you might want to attend. We have room for approximately 35 people.

International Missions

    Honduras Orphanage – Joe and Kim Tatman have reserved one of the few weeks left in the fall cycle (summer is booked) for a trip to Honduras. The week is Labor Day week – Sept 7-11. There is room for approximately 22 people. Contact Joe Tatman at 2jtatman@gmail.com if you want more information.

    Czech Republic – Marian Malac is aware of another US UMC that is sending a mission team to Slany UMC (Czech Republic) in July. There is the possibility that they may have a few seats if someone would like to jump into this opportunity to visit our partner Church in Eastern Europe. Contact Marian Malac for more information at mlc78@windstream.net

Relay for Life

We have two events for you to participate in our efforts to raise funds for our ongoing efforts to end Cancer. First, on April 11 from 8 am to 10 am, our Blairsville FATZ restaurant is holding it’s annual pancake breakfast fundraiser. You can purchase a $7 ticket for the breakfast from any Relay for Life Team member (Glenda Taylor and Shirley Rogers are a good place to start.) The second event is our “Hoedown for Hope” Dinner in the MAC on April 18. We are only selling 250 tickets this year. Each ticket will cost $20. Again, tickets can be purchased from any Relay for Life Team member – we have MANY people on our team, simply ask in any group you are in, “who here is on the Relay for Life team?” I suspect there will be one present or certainly people who can point you to someone.

FUMC Gospel Concert

We will be hosting another traveling professional Gospel group (The Talleys) on Friday, April 24. The concert will be free but we will receive a love offering for them so we can keep attracting major headliners like this during their touring trips. Tell your friends about this one and get it on your calendar now!

FUMC Fall Festival

While the Crafty Ladies have stepped down from their multi-decade rich legacy of leading the Fall Festival Event, people have been asking if we are going to have a fall festival. The answer is “yes” - so all you crafters keep preparing for that event. Our focus is on Spring right now – but Fall will come too. We will be organizing another Leadership team to head up the fall festival down the road.

CEC (our preschool for 2 yrs olds, 3 yr olds, and 4 yr olds) Registration Time

Beginning March 23, we will take registrations from the public until we are full. We appreciate all of you so very much! If you have any questions, please call our CEC Director (Martha Cone) at 706-835-7448.

Concerns/Praises 

PRAY WITHOUT CEASINGThis is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead

Our 2015 Confirmation Class

Kathy Zimmerman – sister struggling with cancer in Indiana

Bryan Thomas – recovering from Hip replacement surgery

Doris Langston – one cataract procedure done – one more to go

Colby Ives – had two pins installed so broken growth plate can heal properly

David and Benetta Cook – 13 yr old grand daughter (Sophie) – with severe scoliosis (back)

Penny Hebble – stroke recovery in North Carolina – now in a new rehab facility – White Oak Rehab

Jane Driskell – Parkinson’s

Bill Newton – doing better – should be back to Blairsville

H.R. Warden – at Chatuge Nursing home – keep H.R. and Pat in your prayers.

Manon Thompson – back home!

Richard Hoibraten’s brother James in California – late stage cance

rBill & Barbara Gleasure’s daughter-in-law (Harley Gleasure) – undergoing chemo

Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/Charles Smith – chronic back/pain issues

Those fighting cancer from our faith family:

Cathy Wiley

Janice Taylor’s Husband (Rob) – prostate Cancer surgery last week went well

Avis Shaw sister Mildred (lymphoma chemo treatment)Kitty Jones –  upcoming biopsy March 24

Kim Tatman – lumpectomy procedure March 26 – Northside Hospital

Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, Steve RedstoneKim Tatman and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)

A Note from Your Finance Team

We are off to a good start financially thanks to your incredible generosity. Your giving has allowed us to operate directly on our 2015 ministry plan so far this year (often times those winter months are very difficult) – thank you for your FAITHFUL giving. Giving so far in March is as follows:Mar 1    $20,344,Mar 8    $15,643,Mar 15  $17,201.

God’s Boundless Joy, 

Senior Pastor

Tuesday
Mar172015

Tickle - March 10

Well, do I dare say that we were finally able to experience a “regular” or “normal” worship day this past Sunday? Our numbers said that everyone was ready to get out and get back to church with over 416 in worship. Praise!
 
We are continuing on with Lent and still have several Lenten prayer books available in the office. If you would like one, just drop by and see Evelyn. Books are $10 if you can and free if you can’t. We don’t want anyone to go without due to cost.
 
Wednesday Night Supper is soup and sandwiches. This meal is a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts. Pastor Mark will have Adult Bible Study at 6:00 pm in the Friendship SS classroom (downstairs in the MAC). He is picking back up with the Daily Companion Bible and jumping to week 26 Guide Word – Healing. All are invited to come whether it’s your first time or twenty-sixth time.  Smile
 
 OASIS is on hiatus this week. Spring semester starts up next week on the 19th.
 

Confirmation Class has Begun:

We have a confirmation class of 8 children and 3 adults! Ms. Melinda and Pastor Mark are leading the classes on Sunday afternoons beginning at 1:30 pm. Please hold in your prayers: Evan Bryan, Michael Bruce, Houston Busbee, MJ Delatte, Niya Cobb, Kyler Robbins , Ethan Kowaliuk, Ava Hunter, Tammy Tucker, Janice Taylor, Carrie Smith.

 

CEC In-house registration continues. In-house includes past CEC families, current CEC families and church families. You may see Ms. Martha on any Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning 9 am till noon to register.

 

God & Family Program

Stan Wallace is mentoring 8 Scouts in the God and Family program beginning in March. That combined with his commitment to Upward Soccer for 6 Saturdays (9 am to 2 pm) as we host a couple hundred “second graders or younger” has significantly lowered the average age of Stan’s Senior Adult ministry!

 

The county-wide youth event D’NOW, hosted at FUMC,  saw 26 of our own youth participating last weekend. Many thanks to those who helped cook, fed, chaperone and clean up after the large youth gathering. Special thanks and appreciation to Camden Goddard on leading the event and being host. Lives were touched for Christ.

 

COME HUNGRY! this Saturday to the Hope House Super Chef Showdown11:30 – 1:30 pm in the MAC. There will be chefs galore(including Pastor Mark and Shannon)  with wonderful tasty dishes to sample while enjoying the sound of the band, Leather ‘N Lace. All proceeds go to helping our county residents and homeless population in Union County. Admission is $10 for those 10 years and older.

 

Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead
Kathy Zimmerman’s sister  Alice  – inoperable cancer
Tom Morningstar – recent loss
J.B. Blackburn – passed away in Jacksonville, Florida last week, please keep June and the rest of the family in your prayers
Pat Box – procedure went well last week. Back home.
Colby Ives – had two pins installed so broken growth plate can heal properly
Larry Culpepper – a sister and nephew with serious health issues
David and Benetta Cook – 13 yr old grand daughter (Sophie) – with severe scoliosis (back)
Penny Hebble – stroke recovery in North Carolina
Jane Driskell – Parkinson’s
Harold Wimpey family – dealing with loss
Bill Newton – doing better – should be back to Blairsville from daughter in NC this week
Janice Taylor’s Husband (Rob) – prostate Cancer surgery tomorrow
Donna Howell – broken forearm from fall on ice
Karen Williams – recovering from out patient foot surgery
Twyla DeRevere daughter (Robyn) – God’s presence in her life
H.R. Warden – at Chatuge Nursing home – keep H.R. and Pat in your prayers.
Manon Thompson – at Chatuge Nursing Home – rehab on hip for one more week
Richard Hoibraten’s brother James in California – late stage cancer
Bill & Barbara Gleasure’s daughter-in-law (Harley Gleasure) – undergoing chemo
John Moon – home from hospital after bout of pneumonia but weak – still has respiratory congestion
Jane and Jerry Driskell
Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/Charles Smith – chronic back/pain issues
Those fighting cancer from our faith family:
Cathy Wiley
Avis Shaw sister Mildred (lymphoma chemo treatment)
Glen Boland’s brother Jack (eye cancer) – procedure on the eye (his one usable eye) got rescheduled to March
Kitty Jones – furthers tests – upcoming biopsy

Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, Steve Redstone, and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)

 
Finance Word:  Sunday’s offering was $15,643. Special offering this month is for UMCOR.
 
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
 
 
Evelyn Ueltzen
Administrative Assistant
First United Methodist Church
firstumc@windstream.net
Thursday
Mar052015

Tickle - March 3

Thank you for sticking with me and with each other through all that winter weather and the unknowns it always presents when you schedule out a church. It was good to be in worship Sunday. We are going to ease back into the tickle this week – and hopefully experience a more “normal” week – weather permitting. Yes, we are watching Thursday closely.

Thank You Church Angels and Amazing Staff Team

Words cannot capture my appreciation for all of you church angels who suddenly appeared in the midst of very bad weather to take care of snow in a parking lot, prepare the Sanctuary for the funeral services, provide the compassionate blessing of food to hurting families, serve in critical roles,  and do whatever was needed to get done under challenging conditions. You’re the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Welcome our Newest Members

Jesse and Sandy Eady - 94 Weaver Circle, Blairsville, GA 30512

Lent Invitation – the Prayer Book

All the requested prayer books and 20 extra are now in Evelyn’s hands. If you ordered one, come pick it up. Also, I will have the extras with me on Wednesday night if you would like to join us. The book is AWESOME! Many good comments from many folks. Don’t worry about what day you are on – when you get the book, just start your daily readings. Even if your 40 day journey goes past Easter, you will be blessed.

Wednesday Night Nurture

We are (right now) planning on a normal rhythm of life on Wednesday night. Fundamentals is on. The Youth are doing a fundraiser (Spaghetti, Salad, Bread, Dessert.) Dinner begins at 5 pm. The adult program will be in the Sanctuary as our own Jack Dugger will present a Power Point talk about his recent mission trip to Africa beginning at 6 pm

Thursday OASIS

We are praying that we can finish out the winter session this Thursday and there will be no repeat ofOutstanding Adults Sharing iSnow this week!

Daylight Savings Time

Yes, spring ahead next Sunday! Hey, any use of the word spring is a good thing! Even this one

Confirmation Class has Begun

We have a confirmation class of 8 children and 3 adults! Ms. Melinda and Pastor Mark are leading the classeson Sunday afternoons beginning at 1:30 pm. Please hold in your prayers: Evan Bryan, Michael Bruce, Houston Busbee, MJ Delatte, Niya Cobb, Kyler Robbins , Ethan Kowaliuk, Ava Hunter, Tammy Tucker, Janice Taylor, Carrie Smith.

CEC (our preschool for 2 yrs olds, 3 yr olds, and 4 yr olds) Early Sign Up

CEC signup for the 2015-2016 school year began yesterday, March 2. The first to register will be the current in-house students, siblings of in-house students, and children of FUMC Church Members. Beginning March 23, we will take registrations from the public until we are full. We appreciate all of you so very much! If you have any questions, please call our CEC Director (Martha Cone) at 706-835-7448.

God & Family Program

Stan Wallace is mentoring 8 Scouts in the God and Family program beginning in March. That combined with his commitment to Upward Soccer for 6 Saturdays (9 am to 2 pm) as we host a couple hundred “second graders or younger” has significantly lowered the average age of Stan’s Senior Adult ministry!

Disciple Now Annual Youth Retreat

Once a year, all the churches of Union County (all Denominations), come together for a three day MASSIVE youth retreat. FUMC is hosting that event this year on our church campus. There will be literally HUNDREDS of youth on campus this FridaySaturday, and Sunday this weekend. Please keep our Youth Director, Camden Goddard, in your prayers this week! He has been coordinating this event through the Youth Director network of Union County.

Super Chef Showdown

 On Saturday, March 14, FUMC will once again host the annual Super Chef Showdown. This is a really fun fundraiser for HOPE House – our community ecumenical financial assistance ministry for those in need. If you have never been to the cook off, you have got to come. The Hope House enlists the culinary skills of many area pastors and community leaders / organizations to vie for the coveted Super Chef award. There are 18 chefs this year (and yes, one is gracefully named Shannon with her favorite Brunswick Stew recipe!) All will prepare their favorite dishes for all of you to walk around the room and try. It costs $10 admission for ages 10 and up to come test the Superchef’s dishes and you vote for your favorite chef through the collection jar at each table. There is a live band and many door prizes. This is the 10th year of this event – come out and support a wonderful ministry that makes a difference in the lives of people here in Union County.

Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

 This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead

  • Tom Morningstar – recent loss
  • J.B. Blackburn – passed away in Jacksonville, Florida this week, please keep June and the rest of the family in your prayers
  • Pat Box – procedure went well at UGH today. Should be released to go home tomorrow.
  • Colby Ives – had two pins installed so broken growth plate can heal properly
  • Larry Culpepper – a sister and nephew with serious health issues
  • David and Benetta Cook – 13 yr old grand daughter (Sophie) – with severe scoliosis (back)
  • Penny Hebble – stroke recovery in North Carolina
  • Jane Driskell – Parkinson’s
  • Harold Wimpey – CEC family who worships with us – lymphoma & mass in brain
  • Bill Newton – doing better – should be back to Blairsville from daughter in NC this week
  • Janice Taylor’s Husband (Rob) – prostate Cancer surgery March 11
  • Donna Howell – broken forearm from fall on ice
  • Karen Williams – out patient foot surgery on Friday
  • Twyla DeRevere daughter (Robyn) – God’s presence in her lifeH.R. Warden – at Chatuge Nursing home – keep H.R. and Pat in your prayers
  • Manon Thompson – at Chatuge Nursing Home – rehab on hip for one more week
  • Richard Hoibraten’s brother James in California – late stage cancer
  • Bill & Barbara Gleasure’s daughter-in-law (Harley Gleasure) – undergoing chemo
  • John Moon – home from hospital after bout of pneumonia but weak – still has respiratory congestion
  • Jane and Jerry Driskell
  • Henry von Staden – more tests
  • Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/Charles Smith – chronic back/pain issues
  • Those fighting cancer from our faith family:
  • Cathy WileyAvis Shaw sister Mildred (lymphoma chemo treatment)
  • Glen Boland’s brother Jack (eye cancer) – procedure on the eye (his one usable eye) got rescheduled to March
  • Kitty Jones – furthers tests – upcoming biopsy
  • Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, Steve RedstoneHarold Wimpey and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)

A Note from Your Finance Team

Thank you SO VERY MUCH faith family for helping us maintain our giving levels even when we had inclement weather and cancelled church services. You did an amazing act of grace in both February and in our “single worship service” start to March. Giving for the month of February was $72,161. We started March 1 with $20,344 giving with 275 people in worship (instead of our three worship service average around 420!) Thank you ALL for your steadfast faith and heaven sent generosity!.

God’s Boundless Joy,         

Senior Pastor                                   

firstumcpastor@windstream.net