Tuesday Tickle

Weekly writings from the desk of Pastor Mark

Tuesday
Apr222014

Tickle - April 22

I know I should be able to come up with more elaborate words than this, but "WOW!" I have no idea of knowing what is typical at FUMC - I just know what I personally experienced was an incredible Passion Week thanks to the passionate work of so many. The list of people to give thanks to is too long to print! Thank you EVERYONE! Through your service, God was truly glorified in all our worship services this last week.

Here is the good news! Easter is just getting started! The great 50 days of Easter are upon us. We started our new sermon series "Passionate Questions with Life Giving Answers" on Easter Sunday. The question Sunday was "Whom are You Looking For?" And if you were unable to be present last Sunday (like Thomas missing the first appearance of the resurrected Jesus,) then come for the next question, "But What About Me?"

I may be going out on a limb, but the music this coming Sunday will be every bit as Divine as Easter Sunday - our plans are everyone will directly or indirectly experience a large guest choir at the beginning of worship whose average age is 3 yrs "old." You do not want to miss this! I guarantee you that it will put a large smile on your face as the children of your Child Enrichment Center (preschool) glorify God with their voices and their hearts. Also, if you are an alumni of our CEC, we are inviting you to our 11 am service for a time of special recognition.


Welcome your Seven New Professing Members

Confirmed on Easter Sunday:

  • Isaac Metcalf - 506 Ross Ridge, Blairsville, 30512
  • Sarah Johnson - River Road, Blairsville, 30512
  • Case Hand - PO Box 1059, Blairsville 30514
  • Jaden Olmsted - 50 Taylors Court, Blairsville, 30512
  • Jordan Olmsted - 50 Taylors Court, Blairsville, 30512
  • Pearse Ledbetter - 85 Hollow Hill Spur, Blairsville, 30512
  • Xander Ledbetter - 85 Hollow Hill Spur, Blairsville, 30512

 Answering Your Questions about the Attendance Numbers

During our Holy Week Activities:

  • Holy Thursday 125
  • Good Friday 174
  • Youth Sunrise Service 117
  • 8:30 Worship 186
  • 9:45 Worship 114
  • 11:00 Worship 363 (17 in Children's Church)

 Easter Sunday Worship total:  797

A few weeks before Easter, I shared with you what a respected Clergy mentor of mine had shared with me. Easter is God's way for showing the local church what a Sunday could look like in the life of your church a few years down the road if you found ways to truly connect with your mission field. What would happen if we had such a life giving message of hope each Sunday that people couldn't stay away? What would happen if First Methodist truly became known in our community as an OASIS of GRACE? Today, apparently that would look like 800 people knocking on the doors (and that's just the people who know about us right now!)

We are surrounded by God's children who do seek Him. So rather than look at those numbers as "what was" and allow Easter Sunday to fade into the past, I would encourage us all to look at those numbers as "what could be." It will get your blood pumping about the future!


Wednesday Night Live

We are having the end of year picnic on the hill on our church campus beginning at 5 pm. Bring a side or dessert to share if you can. For those who wish to stay, we will be celebrating a wedding shower for our Youth Director (Zach Thompson) and his fiancé (Savannah Jones.) There will be no Adult Bible Study because I really want to be fully present for Zach and Savannah's wedding shower. When we do restart next week, we will be on Week 16, guide word "Reconciliation."


Rev. Fred Whitley & Church Without Walls Award this Friday

If you did not catch it in the Sunday bulletin, Fred and the Church without Walls will be receiving the Artemas Lester Award for ministry at the Young Harris College Alumni banquet this Friday at 6:30pm. More information is available through the YHC Alumni services at 706-379-3111.


Caring for God's House

Beverly's recommendation for weed control in your areas is as follows: Spray the weeds with Round-Up or hand weed. Then sprinkle a granular pre-emergent weed killer like PREEN to stop the weeds seeds already present from germinating without killing any good plants. It will control the weeds for the next several months - probably need to reapply in late summer. It save s you a lot of work. Any questions, call Beverly at 706-745-4364.


New Ministry Opportunity

We have tried to get our Holy Communion bread loaves from multiple places across the last 6 months. We are seeking that right combination of not crumbly and not stringy - so far three local bakeries have washed out. We were wondering if there might be anyone in our faith family who might be interested in taking on a new ministry that bakes the five loaves of bread once a month for Holy Communion. If so, tell Pastor Mark - he will guide you into what kind of bread we seek.


UMM Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Saturday Morning May 3 Please mark your calendars for the United Methodist Men's Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Saturday morning, May 3rd from 7 am until 11 am in the fellowship hall. This is the largest fundraiser we do to finance projects the the FUMC Men do together in this church. Please "encourage us" by purchasing tickets from any of the men or swing by the Church office and talk to Evelyn. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee, and eggs. Tickets are $6 each with a family maximum of $15.


Connectional Group Shared Worship Service hosted by FUMC

Sunday Afternoon May 4 FUMC is hosting the next worship service where all eight United Methodist Churches from Union County and Towns County come together into one setting to worship God. That service will be Sunday afternoon in our Sanctuary, May 4 at 3 pm. Our District Superintendent (Rev. Richard Chewning) will be the guest preacher. The choir will be a joint choir from all eight churches under the guidance of Jeff Bauman. Come worship and fellowship with the other United Methodists in our two county region! Come on, this will be fun!


Relay for Life

Join us in the Special (second mile) Offering designated for the month of April - Relay for Life! Simply place "Relay for Life" in the memo section of the check and place in any offering plate/basket in April.

  • Relay for Life fundraising dinner, variety show and silent auction is May 10th - you can purchase tickets from any Relay for Life Team Member.
  • The County Relay for Life event is at the Farmers Market 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday, May 31.
  • We are still collecting your “treasures” that need a new home for the silent auction at the dinner on May 10th. Contact Ron Schultz at 706 745 6804.

 

Dick and Amy Whitmore

They have successfully sold their home and will be moving shortly to Arizona to be close to family. Join with us in wishing these two faithful members of FUMC the very best in their new location.


Phyllis Baker

Phyllis has successfully sold her home and will be moving to Florida sometime in the near future to be close to her family there. Again, help us love on Phyllis as long as she is still here (currently staying in Gail McGuire's home.) .


Concerns/Praises

             PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

(This is not a complete list - just immediate prayer needs of just this coming week for the immediate faith family)

  • Mary Shirey (in Florida) - has leapt into the outstretched arms of Jesus
  • JoAnn Mayhew - talking well today - fully alert and strengthening - prognosis even better. She will remain in Erlanger Hospital (Chattanooga) ICU for second surgery to repair the second brain aneurysm.
  • Larry Hess (Valerie Metcalf's father) - is being sent home from the hospital today
  • David and Jenny Chandler's toddler (Colton) is having surgery today at CHOA - adenoids
  • David Heyer - diagnosed with 2 compression fractures and one herniated disc in his back - the Heyer family thanks everyone who helped them move these last two weeks.
  • Shirley Cobb - critical doctor appointment today to determine path forward on back
  • James Metcalf - recovery from major dental procedure - Valerie off Chemo for a while to help James at home
  • von Staden Family (Henry and Myrtle) - caring for adult special needs daughter for a few weeks while her care facility is temporarily closed
  • Diane Thomason - transitioning to home hospice care
  • Phil Hill (in Florida) - pneumonia now and upcoming eye surgery in May
  • Mike Bryant - (Pam Jordan's brother) at Union County Nursing Home continuing rehab
  • Marian Malac - AFIB issues that have taken her back and forth from the hospital
  • Les Myers and Marjorie
  • Jane Driskell / Shirley Cobb / David Heyer / Bob Head - chronic back issues
  • Faye Eubanks / Eva Breedlove - back related issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family: Diane Thomason, Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible .

Creative Worship Design

Several of you experienced what I call "creative worship design" for the first time during the Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday worship services. I believe with my whole heart that our God tries to awaken our Spiritual sense by engaging us through all our physical senses. I also believe there is an element of creative worship design that allows the worshipper to discover connections within the Scriptures. For example, that black stone every Ash Wednesday worshipper dropped into the baptismal font - allowing the waters of your baptism to "cover" your sins. Then on Holy Thursday, 38 days later, you "saw" those stones under the water in the Baptismal font placed under the spot light in the Narthex. We encountered the crucifixion through John's Gospel on Good Friday. The font was again in the same place coming into that service but the lid was closed "hmmmm" - by now you should begin to know that I do nothing in worship accidently. But after the Good Friday service ended, the top of the font was removed so you could look into it on the way out - revealing that the stones were gone. Those of you who looked into the font on your way out in silence - what did you see? It was clear baptismal water over red beads of glass dancing in the spotlight that now had taken the place of those ugly black stones. Why? How did John's story go? "They pierced His side with a spear and blood and water came out." Jesus' dead body literally spilled blood AND water on top of those who killed Him. Do you see with eyes that can see? The image of the water and red beads under the light are what replaced your sins - the black stones - that's what is offered through your baptisms to those who respond to His grace. In the years ahead, the symbolic sign acts will become more nuanced. Watch for them. I take my cues from Isaiah, Jeremiah, John the baptizer, and Jesus. They often communicated by symbolic sign acts. Symbolic sign acts are a critical way of communicating our faith without words. And it can be life changing when you have that personal "aha" moment...that's my prayer anyway. Those of you who were present at those services - please tell the story to those in all your other small groups. Talk about it. What did you see? Let's all grow in grace together.


Hiawassee UMC National Mission's Trip Opportunity

From July 12 through July 19, 2014, Hiawassee UMC will be on a mission trip to the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. We have partnered with Answer God's Call Ministries in Gallup, NM. This will be our second year in ministry to the Iyanbito Chapter of the Navajo Nation and we expect the mission to include: assisting/leading a variety of activities based on the teachings of Jesus at the "Red Letter Day Camp" (serving children 7-14 - much like our VBS); performing minor repairs and/or maintenance; prepare, set up and serve a hot meal to the homeless of Gallup.This is an invitation to your congregation to participate in this mission trip. First, we ask that you be in prayer for those that actually go on the trip and for the Navajo people themselves. Second, for those that would like to be a part of the team that makes the trip, please contact us so that we may get contact information to you for planning and organization meetings. We estimate the cost of this trip to be about $850 per person - which includes transportation, meals, and lodging. If you or any member of your congregation would like to join us please have them contact our church secretary (Melissa) at 706-896-2818, Monday - Thursday 9:00am to 3:00pm.


First Baptist Church of Blairsville Event

On Sunday evening, May 18 at 6 pm, First Baptist Church will be offering a very special event that all Christians are encouraged to attend. They are hosting Marziyeh and Maryam - two young women who were born in Iran, became Christians during studies abroad, went back to their homeland and experienced persecution. They have a story to tell. There is a flyer that Evelyn will place around the church with more information.


A Note from Your Finance Team

Online Giving is always available through our church web site. Simply go to www.firstmethodistblairsville.com and click on the "Online Giving" button located under the pastor's picture. The confidential process will allow you to sign up to direct deposit funds you define. If you have any questions, contact our Financial Secretary, Deidra Gilbert fumcfinsec@windstream.net

Thank you for your continued sacrificial giving! Total giving so far in April has been: April 6: $21,081, April 13: $20,172, April 20: $13,825. Thank you FUMC for your Divine generosity! .

God's Joy,

 Senior Pastor

web: firstmethodistblairsville.com/fb: firstumc of union county

Through our sacrificial service God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts and launch disciples

Wednesday
Apr162014

Easter Sunrise…..

Church and Community,

Our youth group is excited to lead you in our first annual Easter Sunrise Service at 7:30 am on the playground hill of our church campus. We have been working hard to make this service something special. Please come join us as we share the Easter story in song, drama, and message.

The service will be held outside on the hill by the playground weather permitting. It will be a little brisk out so be sure to bring coats and blankets to bundle up with. Also, spread the word to your friends and family.

We want all to experience this wonderful service!

Immediately after the sunrise service, you are invited to come fellowship with us at a free breakfast provided by Church Angels beginning at 8 am in our fellowship hall.

Thanks,

Generation Now: First UMC Youth

Tuesday
Apr152014

Tickle - April 15

 

Can you "feel" the excitement? Do you sense the creation itself preparing to burst forth (late season freezes not withstanding!!!) I am having a hard time sleeping this week FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS! Easter Eve is this week. The gift has been prepared. All that's left is for the children to embrace it. Love Divine all Love excelling! Get your voices ready! You're gonna need them to join in with the heavenly chorus of final Victory. Come and see!


Wednesday Night Live

Wed is called off - no choir practice (they are practicing Friday), no dinner, no Fundamentals, no Bible study.


Thursday Oasis

Will not meet this week due to Holy Week.


Holy Week Events

  • Holy Thursday Service at 6:15 pm (Sanctuary) - loving nursery provided
  • Good Friday Service at 6:15 pm (Sanctuary) - loving nursery provided
  • Youth Led Sunrise Service at 7:30 am Easter Sunday on the hill next to the Children's playground
  • Free Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall at 8 pm
  • Casual Traditional Worship with full choir at 8:30 am (Sanctuary)
  • Contemporary Worship in the MAC at 9:45 am
  • Traditional Worship at 11 am (Sanctuary) - with Confirmation Professions of Faith

Easter Evangelism

If you recall, the first "ministry team" I formed here was on my third week as your pastor. Everyone in worship that day discovered they were on  the FUMC Evangelism team! If you are a member at FUMC - you are by definition on our Evangelism team. I know that word has gotten a bad reputation in recent years which is very unfortunate. It is a good word! It is an important word. In our Adult Bible study, we recently re-encountered St Francis of Assisi's words, "Preach the gospel always, use words only when necessary!" Easter is one of those critical times where our Evangelism takes the form of how you welcome, receive, and embrace people who are usually not here. It's more than being nice. It's being compassionate. It's making an effort to help. It's giving of your self for the other. It's you sit, I'll stand. It's warm self introductions without prying. It's loving unconditionally. It's an expression of true JOY at seeing someone new in my seat! We know there will be many here on Easter Sunday that we normally don't see. Love them. Preach the Gospel always, use words only when necessary. Remember the ministry team you are on - and the One named Jesus who heads it up.


Joyfully Celebrate Your Newest Members

Welcome Jim and Twyla DeRevere who joined Christ's movement through us at the 11 am service Sunday - P.O. Box 178, Blairsville, GA 30512


A New United Methodist Movement has begun in Blairsville called LOL "Labor of Love"

Just a quick thank you to everyone who organized, planned, financially supported, and participated in our first "Labor of Love" missions project out in our community.  Roughly 55 of us (young child to older adult) showed up in a sea of green tee shirts to renew the Women's Enrichment Center ministry facility here in Blairsville. We scraped, we painted, we trimmed, we pulled, we cleaned, we dug, we wiped, we changed, we ate, and we grew. We will tell the story in detail in the weeks ahead as we begin planning for our next Labor of Love missions project. Where might those crazy Methodists show up next? THANK YOU CHURCH! YOU ARE AWESOME!!!


United Methodist Men's Gathering this Saturday, April 19

The men of this church are gathering for breakfast this Saturday at 8 am in the fellowship hall. Come join us as we continue to develop our Men's vision for the year ahead. The Youth ministry truly appreciate the newly built outdoor stage the UMM built on the hill for their first sunrise service. Our service project this Saturday  if you can stay after the meeting and give an hour or so (and not everyone will be able to stay) is help deweeding, trimming, and leaf cleanup anywhere across the church campus as we work together to prepare God's House for Easter Sunday. Looks like a great weather day! Let's put an Easter shine on this place of grace for all those who will comeSunday.


Do You Love Working Outside?

Beverly Bradley continues to coordinate our service volunteers who help us maintain our 33 acre Church campus. Did you know you can "adopt a curb" here? There is a plot plan chart on display in the Narthex with many unclaimed spaces. People of this church adopt areas to help deweed them, beautify them, maintain them. Thank you Dee Arthur for all those new Azaleas this last week! They are beautiful! Just pick an area and start pulling weeds! Just make certain it is a weed - ask someone if you don't know. If you adopt an area, you can plant things under the guidance of Beverly. This is a very simple service project that makes a huge difference. The Burgess family has partnered with the Bauman family in the back parking lot. Those weeds are doomed!


UMM Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser May 3

Please mark your calendars for the United Methodist Men's Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Saturday morning, May 3rd from 7 am until 11 am in the fellowship hall. This is the largest fundraiser we do to finance projects the the FUMC Men do together in this church. Please "encourage us" by purchasing tickets from any of the men or swing by the Church office and talk to Evelyn. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee, and eggs. Tickets are $6 each with a family maximum of $15.


Connectional Group Shared Worship Service May 4

FUMC is hosting the next worship service where all eight United Methodist Churches from Union County and Towns County come together into one setting to worship God. That service will be Sunday afternoon in our Sanctuary, May 4 at 3 pm. Our District Superintendent (Rev. Richard Chewning) will be the guest preacher. The choir will be a joint choir from all eight churches under the guidance of Jeff Bauman. Come worship and fellowship with the other United Methodists in our two county region! Come on, this will be fun!


Child Enrichment Center (our Preschool) Registration

We have begun open registration to our community. Don't wait too long to register your 2 yr old, 3 yr old or 4 yr old for the coming school year! This ministry is one of the hidden jewels of Union County!


Relay for Life

Join us in the Special (second mile) Offering designated for the month of April - Relay for Life! Simply place "Relay for Life" in the memo section of the check and place in any offering plate/basket in April.

  • Relay for Life luminaries are available from Kathy Zimmerman.
  • The Morning Glory Circle is also selling Easter baskets on Wednesday nights. Proceeds from these will go to Relay and other mission projects.
  • We are collecting your “treasures” that need a new home for the silent auction at the dinner on May 10th. Contact Ron Schultz at 706 745 6804.

Garden Update

If you would like a part of the tilled garden on our church campus to plant, tend, and harvest your own garden, simply contact Al Reid at 706-835-5252. We thank the UMM for the multiple deep tills of this soil between the UMM Workshop and the Annex (on the downhill side of the gravel road.)


Concerns/Praises  PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

(This is not a complete list - just immediate prayer needs of just this coming week for the immediate faith family)

  • All our confirmands
  • Diane Thomason - beginning pain management process
  • James Metcalf - recovery from major dental procedure - Valerie off Chemo for a while to help James at home
  • Von Staden Family (Henry and Myrtle) - caring for adult special needs daughter for a few weeks while her care facility is temporarily closed
  • Phil Hill (in Florida) - pneumonia now and upcoming eye surgery in May
  • Gail McGuire - out patient knee surgery in Dahlonega on Thursday
  • Lee Dunham - has been in and out of the hospital this week - doing better now
  • Leura Mollnhauer - coming home today!
  • Mike Bryant - (Pam Jordan's brother) at Union County Nursing Home continuing rehab
  • Mary Shirey under hospice care in Florida
  • Marian Malac - AFIB issues that have taken her back and forth from the hospital
  • Rick Siefken - nerve damage is not progressing - no further work needs to be done
  • Les Myers and Marjorie
  • Jane Driskell / Shirley Cobb / David Heyer / Bob Head - chronic back issues
  • JoAnn Strickland / Faye Eubanks / Eva Breedlove - back related issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family: Diane Thomason, Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, Mary Shirey.

A Note from Your Finance Team

Online Giving is always available through our church web site. Simply go to www.firstmethodistblairsville.com and click on the "Online Giving" button located under the pastor's picture. The confidential process will allow you to sign up to direct deposit funds you define. If you have any questions, contact our Financial Secretary, Deidra Gilbert fumcfinsec@windstream.net 

Thank you for your continued sacrificial giving! Total giving so far in April has been: April 6: $21,081, April 13: $20,172. Thank you FUMC for your Divine generosity!

God's Joy

 

Through our sacrificial service God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts and launch disciples

 

Tuesday
Apr082014

Tickle - April 8

 

It was good to get away for a few days but unfortunately we stayed at a Florida condo inhabited with biting bugs that took a toll on the Burgess family before we figured out the source of our problem.  Shannon has had an allergic reaction and I am not real far behind her.  Rest assured, we are fine and on the mend. Just try not to stare too much at our hands, arms, or faces until we completely heal.  It has brought a whole new meaning to "Woo! Hoo!" for us! By the way, while on vacation, we went to a new movie you have seen NO advertising about (you will understand when go to the movie) called "God's Not Dead."  I highly recommend this family film. We all found this movie to be very uplifting. I pray you do too.


Wednesday Night Live

Come join us for dinner at 5 pm - Turkey Tetrazzini, salad, and dessert. The basket will be out for any donations to help us defray the cost of ourWednesday night suppers! The adult Bible study will be Week 15 - Guideword "HOPE" beginning at 6 pm meeting in the Friendship Sunday School class - lower level of the MAC. The sound was much better there! We have room for a few more!!! Come sit in and experience this study led by our pastor.


Celebrate Your Newest Baptized Member

Infant Troy Alexander Chandler was baptized at the 11 am Service this last Sunday! We thank Adam, Jenny, and Troy's two "big" brothers for sharing that sacred moment with the body of Christ at FUMC.


Update on our Youth Director and Fiancée

As those on Church Council know, Zach and Savannah tried real hard to make their upcoming wedded life be here in Blairsville. Unfortunately, job offers Savannah received here could not compete with the compensation and insurance she has in her current job in Rome, GA. Therefore, Zach will be moving to Rome and leaving Blairsville and FUMC as our Youth Director in the near future. His last day with us will be Sunday, May 11. We met with the Youth and parents of Youth on Sunday as Zach told everyone their plan. Camden Goddard (recent Young Harris Graduate who has been working with Zach in our Youth Ministry for some time) has agreed to step in as the interim Youth Director until SPR can conduct a formal search while Camden is awaiting word on Graduate School acceptance for this fall. This has been really difficult on both Zach and Savannah. They are literally torn between their two loves - the love they have for each other and their love of their ministry here at FUMC.  Join with us in our prayers and loving support for them in their upcoming shared life together. Also, join with us in our prayers (and networking) to find the right person God is sending us to continue to build on the great work Zach has already done here at FUMC.  


Come Join us in a "Labor of Love" 

THIS SATURDAY:   Meet us at the MAC for registration and to get your "Labor of Love" FUMC tee-shirts this Saturday between 8:45 and 9 am. Since parking space at the Women's Enrichment Center is at a premium and about 30 people from our church have signed up for this Community service event, we would like to car pool from the MAC together. Even if you did not sign up and wish to come - just come. It looks like a great weather day! THANK YOU Mission's Committee for coordinating our first LOL project out in the community. There will be many more to come!


Child Enrichment Center (our Preschool) Registration

We have begun open registration to our community. Don't wait too long to register your 2 yr old, 3 yr old or 4 yr old for the coming school year! This ministry is one of the hidden jewels of Union County!


Relay for Life: (Fatz Breakfast tickets are sold out - thank you!)

All three mission moment presenters this last Sunday (Jackie Franklin, Cindy Neely, and Glenda Taylor) did a truly amazing job of telling their stories connecting their passion for curing cancer with our passion for doing all the good we can. Join us in the Special (Second Mile) Offering designated for the month of April - Relay for Life! Simply place "Relay for Life" in the memo section of the check and place in any offering plate/basket in April.

  • Relay for Life luminaries are available from Kathy Zimmerman.
  • The Morning Glory Circle is also selling Easter baskets on Wednesday nights. Proceeds from these will go to Relay and other mission projects.
  • We are collecting your “treasures” that need a new home for the silent auction at the dinner on May 10th. Contact Ron Schultz at 706 745 6804.

From Your Children's Director Melinda

The confirmation encounters are now complete for this year. We thank everyone who has been involved and especially we thank the parents for consistently getting their kids to these important encounters. Well done! Please continue to prayer for our confirmand class as they enter their discernment week. We will be holding a lunch for the Confirmands and their families this coming Sunday in the MAC after the 11 am service. The confirmation luncheon will be followed by a prayer walk experience for all our confirmands. We are targeting Easter Sunday as Confirmation Sunday for this year's class.


Garden Update

If you would like a part of the tilled garden on our church campus to plant, tend, and harvest your own garden, simply contact Al Reid at 706-835-5252. We thank the UMM for the multiple deep tills of this soil between the UMM Workshop and the Annex (on the downhill side of the gravel road.)


Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

(This is not a complete list - just immediate prayer needs of just this coming week for the immediate faith family)  

  • All our confirmands
  • Diane Thomason - meeting with Doctors at Emory on Thursday for options
  • Gail McGuire - out patient knee surgery in Dahlonega on Thursday
  • Leura Mollnhauer - hopes to come home this Friday from rehab at UCNH
  • Mike Bryant - (Pam Jordan's brother) at Union County Nursing Home continuing rehab
  • Linda McCants - under hospice care
  • Mary Shirey under hospice care in Florida
  • Marian Malac - recovering at home from thyroid removal
  • Jean Crabtree - critical decisions this week in how to address her stage 3 lung cancer
  • Rick Siefken - ongoing eye tests
  • Les Myers and Marjorie
  • Jane Driskell / Shirley Cobb / David Heyer / Bob Head - back issues
  • JoAnn Strickland / Faye Eubanks / Eva Breedlove - back related issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:  Diane Thomason, Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, Mary Shirey.

A Note from Your Finance Team

Online Giving is always available through our church web site. Simply go to firstmethodistblairsville.com  and click on the "Online Giving" button located under the pastor's picture. The confidential process will allow you to sign up to direct deposit funds you define. If you have any questions, contact our Financial Secretary, Deidra Gilbert fumcfinsec@windstream.net  Thank you for your continued sacrificial giving! Total giving in March was $84,892. Total giving so far in April has been: April 6: $21,081. Thank you FUMC for your Divine generosity!.

God's Joy,

Through our sacrificial service God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts and launch disciples

 

Wednesday
Apr022014

Tickle - April 1  

Hi! It is Tuesday Tickle Time! and the Ghost Writer is back since Pastor Mark and family are on vacation.

 We appreciate Mike Cloyd filling all three pulpits this past Sunday. He continued in Pastor Mark's sermon series of "At the Crossroads". Pastor Mark will be back in the pulpit this coming Sunday and speaking on "At the Crossroads: When All Hope Seems Lost!"


SPRING BREAK IS HERE  

so there is NO Wednesday supper or programs this week. They will all be back up and running next week (9th). We are nearing our summer hiatus so do look carefully at each Sunday’s bulletin for Wednesday’s scheduling. Our spring picnic date is April 23rd. This will also be place/time of Zach and Savannah's wedding shower.


The Brian Free and Assurance concert Sunday night

was a HUGE success!!!! Over 350 people attended the event. Thank you to ALL who helped in some capacity for us to pull this off. Special thanks to Stan Wallace who spearheaded the organizing of the concert down to the tiniest of details. The concert was received so well that there are other concerts in the thinking.


Labor of Love April 12th

The entire congregation is invited to participate in our first “Labor of Love (LOL)” project on Saturday, April 12th. We will be sprucing up the Women’s Enrichment Center (WEC). There are tasks for everyone so even if you can’t operate a hammer; we’ve got a dust rag ready for you! J Oh, and we need food too! Just fill out the bulletin flap and place it in the offering plate OR call the office and we’ll get you in touch with our mission leaders.


Relay for Life Info

  • THIS SUNDAY the Circle of Love will be holding a bake sale in the narthex. Proceeds from the sale will go to Relay.
  • Saturday, April 12th Fatz Café is hosting a Pancake Breakfast to benefit Relay. If you buy your ticket from one of our team members then we get credit. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a full tummy before you go to work at the WEC. Tickets are $7 and will be on sale in the narthex.
  • Relay for Life luminaries are available from Kathy Zimmerman.
  • The Morning Glory Circle is also selling Easter baskets on Wednesday nights. Proceeds from these will go to Relay and other mission projects.
  • We are collecting your “treasures” that need a new home for the silent auction at the dinner on May 10th. Contact Ron Schultz at 706 745 6804.
  • Our April special offering will be going to Relay for Life.

Child Enrichment Center (CEC )

preschool will begin taking public registration this coming Monday. There are classes for 2’s, 3’s and 4’s. See Martha Cone for more details.


Got a Green Thumb?

Spring is here and it’s close to gardening time. If you would like a garden spot up on the hill, please contact Al Reid at 706 835 5252.


Confirmation Sunday 

Continue to pray for our Confirmands as they continue to encounter Christ and make decisions of faith. Confirmation will take place Easter Sunday at the 11 o’clock service.


Prayer Concerns this week

  • Leura Mollnhauer – back at Union County Nursing Home for rehab
  • Marian Malac – Thyroid surgery, April 4th
  • Eva Breedlove – continues to rest at home
  • Mike Bryant – at UC Nursing Home for rehab
  • Glen Boland – awaiting tests
  • Shirley Cobb – continued back/leg pain
  • Jason Neely’s father – heart issues
  • Jean Mellor – received good news on her liver biopsy, no treatment needed at this time
  • Rick Siefken – ongoing eye test
  • Les Myers and Marjorie
  • Jane Driskell/ Shirley Cobb/ David Heyer/ Bob Head/ Faye Eubanks/ JoAnn Strickland – back issues
  • Diane Thomason, Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, Mary Shirey – battling cancer

~May you have a bright day basking in God’s Son ~

 Through our sacrificial service God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts and launch disciples 

Evelyn Ueltzen Administrative Assistant