Read and enjoy – God is soooooooooooooo good! I hope to see everyone at First Baptist Thursday night at 6:30 pm for our community celebration of the National Day of Prayer – come pray with us! Happy Mother’s Day this coming Sunday! Special Mother’s Day Message this Sunday, “What is Being Born Through Us?” Please come, we have a surprise for every female (Mother or not) who walks through the door this Sunday!
Welcome New Members
Jim Norman – 64 Twin Ponds Court, Blairsville, GA 30512
Bob & Angela Johnson – 67 Amy Lynn Drive, Blairsville, GA 30512
We have a significant group of folks who have committed these last three weeks to formally joining our family. Woo! Hoo! Get those name tags out folks – you’re going to need them. Lot’s of new names to learn! An act of grace is for all of us to wear our name tags for them too. If you don’t have a name tag or if you lost your name tag – see Evelyn in the Church office.
Radical Hospitality will be holding a new member reception on May 24 in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am worship service. Come wrap your loving arms around all the “most recent” part of our growing family!
Wed Night Nurture
There is something special happening this Wednesday night. Dinner will be “Italian Night” as a Relay for Life fundraiser. The donation basket will be out ready to receive any gift to support research to finding a cure for cancer. The meal begins at 5 pm. I will be facilitating the last of our Spring Wed night Bible Study – we are ending this cycle on the guide phrase “God’s Will.” That is week 31 if you are following in our devotional book. But you do not need to have the book to come – just come sit in on what I hope is a helpful conversation about discerning God’s Will for us all. The Adult Bible Study is from 6-7 pm in the Friendship Sunday School Class (lower lever of the MAC.)
Morning Glory UMW Circle Relay for Life Fundraiser
The Morning Glory Circle will be holding a garage sale at the Union County Farmers market this Friday from 8 am to 2 pm. Please come and get lots of stuff you need – proceeds are for Relay for Life.Circle of Love UMW Circle Fundraiser:The Circle of Love will be holding a Bake Sale in the Narthex this Sunday, May 10, be sure to stop by and purchase goodies. Proceeds will go towards Relay for Life and other Missions of this Circle.HOPE Benefit Event at FUMC:Many of you were in worship as our Candace Lopez (now living in Florida) delivered her story of struggling with eating disorder and related addictions that almost took her life. We are hosting a free event (but with hopes of raising both awareness and funding to launch a new 501c3) at the MAC on Saturday night May 16, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. The event will include three personal testimonies of victory, musical performances, silent auction, and snacks.
Connectional Group Shared Worship Service
May 24 at 3 pm at Sharp Memorial UMCWhat can happen when members of 8 United Methodist Churches come together in worship – well, just about anything – come and see. Our Shared worship service will be hosted by Sharp Memorial UMC this year on the Young Harris campus. The guest preach is the Honorable Rev. Jim Aiken! We thought since he has almost been pastor to all 8 churches that he would be the right guy for this task! Come enjoy fellowship with all the Churches of Towns and Union Counties – and experience our combined choir – it’s going to be AWESOME!
CEC (our preschool for 2 yrs olds, 3 yr olds, and 4 yr olds)
Registration Time: THANK YOU CEC for an AWESOME SUNDAY!
Help us completely fill our FUMC Preschool! Get the word out to your friends, coworkers, and neighbors. We already have one full class of 2 yr olds, one full class and another half full class of 3 yr olds and one full class and another half full of 4 yr olds. If you have any questions, please call our CEC Director (Martha Cone) at706-835-7448. Our EXCELLENT CEC operates three half days from 9 am to noon on Monday, Wednesday, andFriday. And don’t forget to put CEC graduation on your calendars for May 15, Friday at 7 pm in our Sanctuary. They came to share with you on Sunday (and what a blessing) – now it’s our turn to come and be there for their special moment.
The Garden is Prepared
The clouds finally parted and the plowing has been done. If you are interested in having a section of our tilled and prepared garden (it is located across the road from the Annex building) give Al Reid a call 706-835-5252. You plant, you water, you weed, you harvest...the soil is prepared by us. Don’t miss out if you wish to have a section.
Feed the Hungry at FUMC
God is raising up among the people of FUMC a desire to help Feed the Hungry in our community from this amazing facility. Dinah Carter and Kathy Johnson visited First Baptist and learned from their wonderful operation. They feed a hot lunch to the hungry (about 55 people) on two Thursday’s a month from 11 am to 1 pm. Our working concept is to feed the hungry lunch on two Tuesdays (the weeks not covered by First Baptist.) All we have is a working concept and a handful of passionate servant hearts. If you would like to come along side this effort to build and execute this new ministry, contact Dinah Carter 706-745-2138 or Kathy Johnsonkdj746@live.com We need people to make it happen. Will you help?
We are still trying to figure out our ultimate direction at the hut – but while we do, funding keeps coming in (THANK YOU!) We are now at roughly $35,000. It is estimated that $40,000 is required to place a “new building” on site if the decision ends up going that way.
Another Mission’s Committee “Labor of Love” Activity
We thank Roy Whitelock (our LOL Coordinator) and Jim Wiley and Greg Lane for their recent installation of a ramp at the Metcalf home. It truly was a “labor of love.”
Orphanage Emmanuel, Honduras Mission Trip: September 5-12
FAITH-is what the founders of Orphanage Emmanuel had in God to surrender it “all”, submit to Him and start an orphanage in a foreign land. HOPE-is what God has provided to more than 1600 children whose lives have been eternally saved. LOVE-is what YOU can bring to these children, and they to you, while the pace of your walk with Jesus quickens. Our church has an opportunity to spread its arms wider to embrace and love the children of Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras. This is an opportunity for us to step out of our comfort zone and into the comfort of God’s world that has no boundaries. An international mission team is being formed to serve at Orphanage Emmanuel the week of September 5th through the 12th. Funny thing, God’s call to serve is not always clear. As God tugs your heart to serve in missions (do not wait until He pushes), keep your eyes and ears wide open in the coming weeks to find out how you can participate in this trip. What is clear is FUMC will have a team travelling to Orphanage Emmanuel in September and you can be a part of that team. There will be two general information meetings: Tuesday, May 19th at 10:00 AM (room M3), and Wednesday, May 20th at 6:30 PM (room M7). These meetings are open to all who have interest or are just curious. Pick one to attend, or both if you like. The content will be the same at both. The first Team planning meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 1st. Contacts for this trip are: Joe Tatman 706-669-4299 (email@example.com) and Kim Tatman 404-226-2531 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Red Bird Mission Trip – One week trip to Kentucky
The Town-Union Connection Group Mission Project for 2015 will again be the Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky the week of September 13-19. Our trip to the Red Bird Mission in 2014 was an experience that many of the team wish to repeat. Our hope is to grow the team with as many people as possible to share in this ministry. Our next informational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church of union County. Please join in praying for those whom God is calling to go and be God's servants in Kentucky for the week of September 13-19.
VBS Planning Meetings
We are just a few short weeks away from an absolutely amazing week in the life of this Church! Our Church campus will be transformed and covered up with kids of all ages as they embark on a week of learning about God and how His mighty power helps us conquer the challenges we face! We would love to have your help! VOLUNTEERS are needed! We need van drivers, Roamers, Crew leaders! Come join the fun!!!!!! Melinda will be hosting 2 VBS Training sessions ~ May 12th and May 14th, both beginning at 5:30 in the Fundamentals Room - downstairs Children's Wing. Come be a part of an amazing event!!!! Have questions, see Melinda or call at 706-781-7153." Also, the Children’s Ministry is collecting gallon size milk jugs for VBS. Please drop off any rinsed gallon size milk jugs in Melinda’s office on the main wing.
FUMC Angel Choir
The voices of Angels - the sweetest little voices coming from our Preschool Room every Wednesday from 4:00 until 5:00! Do you have a Preschooler age 3 - 5 (not enrolled in Kindergarten) that likes to sing, play, dance and learn all about Jesus? If so, Angel Choir is for your little one! Led by Carrie Smith and Linda McClarnon, the Angel Choir meets every Wednesday from 4:00 - 5:00. We offer a light snack, Bible story lesson, crafts and music. We would love to have your Angel join us! For more information, please contact Melinda Weldon at 706-781-7153 or just come to the Preschool Room on the Children's Wing on Wednesday at 4 pm. Right now, our Angels are learning and practicing some very precious songs to sing to the Congregation on Mother's Day during the Traditional Service. This will surely melt the hearts of all the mothers, young and old, some remembering those days and some in the midst of those days. It is not too late for your child to join us for our Mother's Day presentation!.
Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week aheadAll involved in the Nepal EarthquakeCivil unrest across our nation stemming from tragic Baltimore death
- John Moon – surgery to remove part of one lung set for tomorrow at NE Medical Hospital (Gainesville)
- Judy Walls – Mother leapt into the outstretched arms of Jesus.
- Danny Young – Father leapt into the outstretched arms of Jesus.
- Bonnie Redstone – should be back in Blairsville from Florida next week
- Bob Stone – recovering from heart valve replacement procedure – hope to be home from Gainesville this week.
- Ceil Jordan – Undergoing a procedure right now at Atlanta Piedmont to resolve intestinal restriction
- Carol Head – suffering from extreme vertigo of unknown origin – many tests
- Our Confirmation Class – the potential confirmands are now praying and discerning for the next two weeks
- Flo Evans – fractured should during a fall in Florida – doing rehab therapy there.
- Janice Jarrard – nephew with cancer
- Mike Brandenburg – hip surgery recovery going well.
- JoAnn Mayhew – is at the Clay County Care Center in Hayesville – hope to return home this week.
- Manon Thompson – slow but steady recover from hip fracture. Easing back into the routine of life.
- Gene and Artie Hodgson’s Son (Glenn) – receiving second round of Chemo this week
- Penny Hebble – stroke recovery in North Carolina
- Jane Driskell – at home with Parkinson’s
- Kathy Heyer – awaiting results of liver biopsy
- 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 cancer
- Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/pain issues
- Bill & Barbara Gleasure’s daughter-in-law (Harley Gleasure) – undergoing chemo
- Kathy Zimmerman – sister Alice struggling with cancer in Indiana
- Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred is in remission – Glory Hallelujah!!!
- Kitty Jones – second biopsy today in Atlanta
- Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, John Moon, Kim Tatman and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)
A Note from Your Rejoicing Finance Team
Thank you for your FAITHFUL giving. Great start to May on the heals of a robust April! A Finance Team task force is in place and currently taking the 12 month Methodist Foundation’s training course on Legacy Giving – much more to come on that topic in the months ahead!May 3 $20,429
God’s Renewing Peace,