Tuesday Tickle

Weekly writings from the desk of Pastor Mark

Tuesday
Sep302014

Tickle - September 30

Hi!

The Pastor is hard at work on many things so he has asked me to help him out by doing this week's Tickle.
Thanks to everyone for helping us have another good Young Harris College Day. Kudos to Camden on doing a spectacular job preaching at all 3 services. Jeff, Keith and the Young Harris Chamber Choir provided beautiful worship music.

Wednesday Night Supper and programs tomorrow night

The meal is hotdogs with ALL the trimmings plus tater tots and dessert. This is a fund raiser for Boy Scout Troop 101. Come out and support our boys! And, in place of the Adult Bible Study time, there will be a presentation on the Red Bird Mission trip. Pastor gave you a taste of the adventures and stories in the sermon a couple of weeks ago. Now you can come and hear the rest of the stories. There will be a slide show as well so this will take place in the downstairs of the MAC in the youth area at 6:00 pm.

Flu Shots

The last of the FLU SHOTS here on campus will be given out THIS Thursday from 11:00 till 1:00 pm. Please bring your Medicare card.

The Fall Festival

is quickly approaching- October 10th and 11th! If you would like to lend a helping hand please contact the church office or Jean Rogers. The Men will be selling barbeque plates at that same time. Plates are $7.00 and include pork, cole slaw, baked beans, and drink. You may prebuy your tickets from a "Methodist Man" or come by the church office. The annex will also be selling their "treasures". If you'd like to donate some treasures, you may drop them off at the annex this Friday from 9:00 till 11:00 am.


Operation Christmas Child aka Samaritan's Purse Shoebox Ministry is underway! 

Boxes and information are available on the table in the narthex. Basically, you take a shoebox and pack it full of useful goodies for a boy or girl of a certain age range ( all explained in the pamphlet). When you have your box full, you bring it back to the MAC along with $7 to pay for shipping. These boxes go to 112 countries! Deadline to return the boxes is November 20th.

Morning Glory Circle Coat Give-away

is still going on. The Circle is collecting gently used coats of all sizes. These will be given away to needy individuals later in the season.

Ignite the Light is back!

Next Wednesday, with all the hustle and bustle of preparing for the Fall Festival, we are not holding regular church supper nor Bible Study. Instead, we are invited to join the youth and children around a bonfire and eat a potluck supper. Brunswick stew and drinks will be provided. You are asked to bring the sides and desserts. We will meet up on the hill so bring your chairs and blankets. Activities begin at 5:00 pm.

Tribute Quartet Concert 

 Thursday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. Don't miss this award winning group.

Church Council 

Wednesday 15th at 6:00 pm


Finances

 Sunday's offering was $15,136.

Youth Retreat

Be in prayer as the youth go on a Spiritual Life Retreat this weekend. There is still space for more youth. Talk to Camden if you're interested in going.


Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead
  • Donna Morningstar - headed home from Emory today
  • JoAnn Strickland - received epidural shot in her back yesterday
  • John and Fran Browning’s daughter Molly in New York – brain tumor – testing
  • Norm Thompson – knee replacement surgery went well, still in hospital
  • Sue Hill – recovering at home from rotator cuff surgery
  • Rod McClarnon – general health issues
  • Jane Driskell – Parkinson’s diagnosis
  • Jim DeRevere – Oct 2nd eye surgery for another discovered retina tear
  • James Jordan’s sister (Doris) – eye issues that may require a procedure
  • Kathy Heyer’s brother (Rick) – diagnosed with lung cancer, emphysema, and fell and broke his pelvis
  • Valerie Metcalf – chemo begins this week
  • Jenny Chandler’s brother – Jake Lee – general health
  • JoAnn Mayhew – continued recovery at home
  • Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Charlie Wooten/Eva Breedlove– chronic back/pain issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:
  • Joyce Kible, Valerie Metcalf. Donna Morningstar and several others (who are in various stages of testing and treatment)
  Evelyn Ueltzen
   Administrative Assistant

 

Tuesday
Sep232014

Tickle - September 23

You stirred my heart on Sunday. I thank all the people who responded on Sunday to our invitation to help Jesus inside the Church (service) and help Jesus outside the Church (mission) through the response cards we ended our four week mission sermon series with on Sunday. It will take us a few weeks to sort through ALL THESE CARDS and get back to you but know that is our goal. We also want to wait long enough to give anyone not present this last Sunday to respond. I will be covering the Mission/Service card in detail in the October Monthly Newsletter that will go out at the end of this week. If you did not attend worship this last Sunday, your invitation will be in the Newsletter. We have placed blank cards at the MAC Desk and Narthex if you have not had a chance to respond. Simply turn them into Evelyn in the Church office – or slide them under her door on off hours – or contact us and let us know where you wish to help Jesus grow the Kingdom in service and mission. THANK YOU!


Wednesday Night Nurture

 Wilma Reid’s team will be cooking the meal for Wednesday night this week – Southwestern King Ranch Chicken, green beans, and dessert – dinner begins at 5 pm. As always, the meal is free but a basket is provided if you can make a donation to help us cover the cost of the meal. Pastor mark will be leading the Adult Bible Study in the Friendship Sunday School Room (lower level of the MAC) from 6-7 pm. Our guideword is “Baptism” – of the Daily Companion Bible Devotional. Make certain you say hello to all the new faces who are dining with us on Wednesday nights. Most (but not all) are there because they have young children picked up by our bus at school and have come to our church to participate in Fundamentals. We have grown significantly in the number of kids we are picking up at school on Wednesday afternoons. Where you see one or two people sitting at a table by themselves, it’s a good (God) thing to take some time to introduce yourself and talk to them. Many of our new Mommy’s do not know where the high chairs are – if you do, you might be in a unique position to help them tremendously.


FUMC Mission Committee Saturday Labor of Love Day at the Troop 101 Scout Hut at our Church

 Put on your green LOL shirt (or come earn your green LOL shirt) by meeting us at the Scout Hut this Saturday at 9 am for a morning of simple work on the grounds (beating back the vines and weeds and repair/painting of the two small sheds which will include shingling the smallest structure.) Free hotdogs, chips, and drink lunch will be provided by Shannon and Mark for all who attend. Feel free to leave whenever you wish. The idea is to simply give a couple hours Saturday morning.


Young Harris College Sunday

 This coming Sunday is YHC Sunday at FUMC. Jeff will be conducting his Chamber Choir at both the 8:30 am and 11 am worship services. We will have a special greeting from Young Harris College administration at all three services. Also, at all three services, the message will be delivered by a very special Young Harris Graduate very near and dear to our hearts here at FUMC. At the end of the 9:45 service and at the end of the 11 am service, I will ask those of you who have signed up to take any interested YHC Student present in worship to lunch at a restaurant after the service to raise your hands and then stay in the worship space to allow time for a student who desires this to approach you. It may or may not happen – but your offer will be very gracious.


Youth Spiritual Life Retreat: October 3, 4, 5

 The Youth will be staying at a retreat camp out in the mountains about 45 minutes from the church. This is a time of centering on God, fun, fellowship, food and music (Oscar Smith and his wife Becca will provide the praise music again this year at the pavilion.) If your youth has not already made arrangements to attend through our Youth Director Camden Goddard – please do so immediately! generationnowfumc@gmail.com


Fall Festival Preparations: Calling all worshippers at FUMC! 

We need your unused stuff! Ok, that’s not a normal invitation – but it is the truth. Each year, a large number of servant hearts hold our Fall Festival for our Community. There are many aspects to this like the Men’s BBQ and our many crafters sales in the MAC. But what EVERYONE can participate in is the sale of treasures in the ANNEX building on October 10 and 11. Where does all the stuff come from that they sell to the community? It comes from your closets, your attics, your basements when you give it to us to transform into MAC loan principle! We will take almost anything you wish to donate for the Fall Festival (except clothes.) We need time to arrange and price things so don’t wait until October 10 to bring your stuff. You can bring your stuff to the Annex any Friday from 9-11 am – some dear servant heart will be there to receive your treasures. If there is no way those hours work for you, contact the church office and pastor mark will try to arrange a way for us to receive your treasures.


Operation Christmas Child is Underway!

  It’s time to pack that shoebox. DID YOU KNOW… Last year Samaritan's Purse delivered over 9.9 million boxes to children in 112 countries!  More than 1.1 million children in 90 countries have trusted Jesus as their Lord and Savior through Operation Christmas Child’s Discipleship Program. You too can be a part of this exciting ministry by packing a shoebox for a child. Brochures with all the instructions you need to pack a box, an identification label for your box, and the boxes themselves are available in the MAC.  SUGGESTED ITEMS…  Socks, Gloves, Small Toys, Hard Candy, Gum, Pencils, Notepads, Toothbrushes, Soap, Toothpaste, Combs, Coloring books, Markers.  Also, place $7 in the envelope provided to help with shipping costs inside each box. Deadline for turning in your shoebox is November 20th.


Shady Grove UMC Revival

 Shady Grove United Methodist Church, located at 1604 Owltown Road, Blairsville, will hold its annual Fall RevivalSeptember 28-30. Our guest preacher will be Rev. Sam Hamby, pastor of Hiawassee United Methodist Church. Pastor Winfred Pitts and the Shady Grove congregation invite you to be a part of this time of singing, fellowship, and preaching of God’s Word. Special singing will begin each evening at 6:00, and services will begin at 6:30. For more information call 706-781-2906.


KEY UPCOMING DATES

  • Youth Spiritual Life Retreat – October 3,4,5 (Friday evening through Sunday morning)
  • Fall Festival October 10-11 (Friday and Saturday at FUMC)
  • Union County Schools Fall Break – the week of October 20
  • Church Council Meeting – October 15 6 pm in the Sanctuary
  • Tribute Quartet October 23 – Professional Southern Gospel Concert at FUMC (in the main Sanctuary this time)
  • Hallelujah Bash October 26 – our trunk or treat event at FUMC
  • Connectional Group Charge Conference – November 2 at FUMC 3 pm

Flu Shots

FLU shots will be offered on campus for three Thursdays (September 18th, 25th and October 2nd) during OASIS. The shots will be given by Rite Aid pharmacists in the Conference Room from 11:00 am till 1:00 pm. The shots are FREE for Medicare! All are welcome to come, whether or not you attend OASIS.


The FUMC Great Coat Give Away

The Morning Glory Circle is collecting gently used coats for their winter coat giveaway at Antioch Baptist later in the fall. You may drop off your clean, good condition coats in the MAC closet. Lastly, we need your help! EVERYONE's help!.


Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

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

  • John and Fran Browning’s daughter Molly in New York – brain tumor – testing
  • Norm Thompson – knee replacement surgery at UGH on Friday of this week
  • Sue Hill – recovering at home from rotator cuff surgery
  • Rod McClarnon – general health issuesJane Driskell – Parkinson’s diagnosis
  • Jim DeRevere – Oct 2nd eye surgery for another discovered retina tear
  • James Jordan’s sister (Doris) – eye issues that may require a procedure
  • Kathy Heyer’s brother (Rick) – diagnosed with lung cancer, emphysema, and fell and broke his pelvis
  • Donna Morningstar – back at Emory Midtown Hospital – undergoing surgery today
  • Valerie Metcalf – chemo begins in the week ahead
  • Jenny Chandler’s brother – Jake Lee – general health
  • JoAnn Mayhew – JoAnn and her son Bobby are back in Blairsville now! Woo! Hoo!!!!!!!!!
  • Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Charlie Wooten/Eva Breedlove– chronic back/pain issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:
  • Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, Donna Morningstar and several others (who are in various stages of testing and treatment)

A Note from Your Finance Team

Giving in September has been September 7 $25,307, September 14 $12,904, September 21 $37,275 (no, it’s not a typo!) We received a “final tithe” gift from a beloved member of our Church who gave generously to this part of the body of Christ through a gift in their will; given specifically in this case, to help pay MAC loan principle. Overthe next 50 years, it is estimated that between $41 and $136 trillion will pass from older Americans to younger generations. Do you have a will? Have you considered using that opportunity to make a huge difference in the life of your church just as you have in life? There is a lot of good information out there on exactly how to do that – more to come from your Finance Team in the months ahead. Thank you so very much for your faithful giving through all of 2014. The ministry plan of your church and all the people it touches inside and outside the church has been blessed through your sacrificial giving. 

God’s Boundless Joy,         

                                            

Senior Pastor     

Tuesday
Sep162014

Tickle - September 16

To say I am behind would be a large understatement (Evelyn knows.) But I am also blessed. I am learning that “Behind and Blessed” may be the right way to be. I am both behind and blessed because of the 6 day trip I took with a mission team of 18 people (20 counting honorary members Jerry and Jane) to Red Bird Kentucky last week. It was work. It was fulfilling.  And, it was spiritually eye opening for my soul. This last Sunday, I shared the story in picture and word at all three worship services from my heart.

Since this last Sunday coincided with when many people supported our Church Without Walls by worshipping there, I have been asked to consider re-telling the story on a Wednesday night as well (perhaps in a little greater detail and perhaps with words from others from our church who went on this trip.) We will do that on Wednesday, October 1, from 6-7 pm. More details to follow after I talk to my other team members and pull this together – remember, I am behind too (grin!)

Celebrate your Newest Members who joined across the three services this Sunday

 Bill and Diane Kolb – 159 Old Farm View, Blairsville GA 30512Ted, Eloise, Huck, and Weezie Whisenhunt – 65 Wildflower Court,  Young Harris GA 30582

We are in conversation with many other families who will be joining in the near future. If you wish to consider membership, simply schedule an appointment with Pastor Mark through Evelyn in the Church Office at 706-745-2073.  Pastor likes to have a chance to develop a personal relationship with you and answer whatever questions you might have about membership in this part of the Body of Christ called FUMC of Union County.

A Question – Seeking Information

 If you are volunteering or have volunteered at any of the Union County Schools, would you give pastor Mark a call at the church office? 706-745-2073

Wednesday Night Nurture

 Our Worship Choir will be cooking the meal for Wednesday night this week – Shepherd’s pie, salad, and dessert – 5 pm

 Pastor Mark will be leading the Adult Bible Study in the Friendship Sunday School Room (lower level of the MAC) from 6-7 pm. Our guideword is “Grace” – week 19 of the Daily Companion Bible Devotional. Come if you need some! (grace)  Make certain you say hello to all the new faces who are dining with us on Wednesday nights. Most (but not all) are there because they have young children picked up by our bus at school and have come to our church to participate in Fundamentals. We have grown significantly in the number of kids we are picking up at school. Where you see one or two people sitting at a table by themselves, it’s a good thing to take some time to introduce yourself and talk to them. Many of our new Mommy’s do not know where the high chairs are – if you do, you might be in a unique position to help them tremendously.

KEY UPCOMING DATES

 Fall Festival October 10-11 (Saturday and Sunday at FUMC) – MUCH, Much, more to come

Union County Schools Fall Break – the week of October 20

Church Council Meeting – October 15 6 pm in the Sanctuary

Tribute Quartet October 23 – Professional Southern Gospel Concert at FUMC (in the main Sanctuary this time)

Hallelujah Bash October 26 – our trunk or treat event at FUMC

Connectional Group Charge Conference – November 2 at FUMC 3 pm

Called Annual Conference Meeting

 The Bishop of the North Georgia Conference has called all the Annual Conference delegates (clergy and Laity) back to Athen’s Georgia for a single agenda item on Saturday, October 25 at 10 am to review a recommendation from the Conference Board of Trustees regarding the sale of our Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center. Mark and Paula will be going back to attend on your behalf. If you have any questions about this issue, feel free to contact Pastor Mark for any background information. It’s also available on the North Georgia Conference web site: http://www.ngumc.org/

Children’s Newsletter

 If you are a parent of a child (even if your precious child is still a small infant), make certain you get on the distribution of the information letter Melinda sends out periodically covering all her Kids events in greater detail than you will ever see in a bulletin, a tickle or a monthly newsletter. We have enclosed her latest issue.

New Covenant Bible Study:  It’s not too late to get in

 Our Sunday afternoon Covenant Bible study began at 4 pm this last Sunday in the Youth Sunday School room. Feel free to email David Sutton at suttondt0714@yahoo.com if you still would like to get into this new DVD driven study.

Women’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study:  It’s not too late to get in

 Ladies!  The Women’s study starts back up tomorrow from 10-11:30 in the center common are in the lower level of the MAC. They will begin the Covenant Bible Study. Please come if you would like to get in at the start.

Disciple III Bible Study:It’s not too late to get in

 Richard Hoibraten is beginning a Disciple III class this Sunday at 2 pm in the main conference room. It will happen in the Sunday afternoon cycle from 2 pm to 4:30 pm. The only requirement to taking Disciple III is that at some time you have taken Disciple I. This study will take you into most Old Testament Major and Minor Prophets and into the 13 letters most attribute to Paul in the New Testament. If you are interested, contact Richard at travelinmtnman@hotmail.com

United Methodist Men’s Meeting It’s never too late to get in

 We will be meeting for breakfast at 8 am in the Fellowship Hall this Saturday. Troop 101 leadership will be providing the program on Scouting. Come join us for food, fellowship, and learn about our Scouting ministry.

This and That – but IMPORTANT

 FLU shots will be offered on campus for three Thursdays (September 18th, 25th and October 2nd) during OASIS. The shots will be given by Rite Aid pharmacists in the Conference Room from 11:00 am till 1:00 pm. The shots are FREE for Medicare! All are welcome to come, whether or not you attend OASIS. 

The Morning Glory Circle is collecting gently used coats for their winter coat giveaway at Antioch Baptist later in the fall. You may drop off your clean, good condition coats in the MAC closet. Lastly, we need your help! EVERYONE's help! We are leaving ourselves wide open and in this case, that's NOT a good thing! 

We are finding doors left open overnight and lights left on throughout our campus. If you meet here after hours, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure that things are turned off and locked up tight when you leave!!!! Error on the safe side – you never can lock anyone in – they can always get out. It is extremely unsafe for the staff, ministry volunteers, and CEC children to walk into a building that has been open all night. We appreciate everyone's due diligence on this critically important point.

Young Harris College Sunday

 We will be celebrating Young Harris College Sunday at all three services on Sunday, Sept 28. We will have speakers from YHC greeting us at all three services and a “very special” YHC Alumni bringing us the message that day. 

Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

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

 

  • John and Fran Browning’s daughter Molly in New York – brain tumor – testing
  • Sue Hill – rotator cuff surgery (outpatient) this Thursday in Dahlonega
  • Jack Dugger – recent car accident – recovering at home, ok but bruised.
  • Roy Whitelock – fluid on lungs – upcoming heart tests
  • Jane Driskell – recent fall at home
  • Glen and Linda Womack’s new born great grandson (Thomas) in Hawaii NICU fighting infection from birth
  • Bob Taylor – in ER Sunday night with extreme stomach issues – home now
  • Kathy Heyer’s brother (Rick) – diagnosed with lung cancer, emphysema, and fell and broke his pelvis
  • Bud Akins – released from hospital on Sunday – recovering from double pneumonia
  • Jon and Jan’s daughter Emmy Berdux – seven year old with severe orthodontic pain
  • Chuck Stancil – upcoming melanoma surgery in North Carolina
  • Donna Morningstar – back home from hospital – recovering strength before returning to doctor
  • Valerie Metcalf – having port put in this week – chemo begins in two weeks
  • Jenny Chandler’s brother – Jake Lee – general health
  • Brenda Turner – at home recovering from procedure
  • Emily Cobb – general health
  • Vic Henderson’s daughter in Marietta (Grace Holley) is struggling at home with a herniated disc.
  • Bob Head – did not get any relief at Jacksonville – arthritis and spinal stenosis
  • JoAnn Mayhew – JoAnn and her son Bobby are moving back to Blairsville this week (Thursday) and moving back into her home – Woo! Hoo!
  • Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Charlie Wooten/Eva Breedlove– chronic back/pain issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:
  • Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, Donna Morningstar and several others (who are in various stages of testing and treatment)

 

A Note from Your Finance Team

 August Giving was a total of $71,478. Giving in September has been September 7 $25,307, September 14 $12,904. Well done church! Also, over the next 50 years, it is estimated that between $41 and $136 trillion will pass from older Americans to younger generations. However, nearly 60% of Americans do not have a will. And only 8% of American wills contain any charitable giving whatsoever. The result is that only about 3% of all Christians, including United Methodists, leave anything to charity, with even less to continue God’s work. Have you put into thought into “the final Tithe?” It has been the topic of conversation among many United Methodist congregations lately. There is a lot of good information out there on exactly how to do that – more to come from your Finance Team in the months ahead. Thank you so very much for your faithful giving through all of 2014. The ministry plan of your church and all the people it touches inside and outside the church has been blessed through your sacrificial giving. 

God’s Boundless Joy,

 

 

Tuesday
Sep092014

September 9, 2014 Tickle

Hey! Hey! Hey! It's Tuesday Tickle Time! With Pastor Mark at Red Bird Mission this week, it's time for the ghost writer to be hard at work.
First off, there WILL BE Adult Bible Study tomorrow night at 6 pm. Shannon will lead the discussion on the Compassion Bible guideword "Family". You will meet in the downstairs of the MAC in the Friendship Sunday School classroom. Of course, this will take place AFTER our delicious Wed. night supper of tortilla crusted tilapia, potato salad, cole slaw, hushpuppies and cherry cheesecake squares. Supper begins at 5 pm. We are thankful to Ro and the Robinettes for cooking for us. FUNdamentals and youth programs will take place at their regular times.

Covenant Bible Study Class will kickoff THIS Sunday at 4 pm til 5:30 pm.

The first session is a sort of in-depth orientation to the program, and your study guides will be available that afternoon. No advance prep necessary for week #1. 4:00 seems the consensus group meeting time, so I'm planning to go with it. We currently have 6 confirmed participants plus one or two maybes. The list looks like this: David Sutton; Chad Gasaway; Mitzi Gasaway; Beverly Bradley; Judith Wall; Jackie Franklin. There is plenty of room for more! It would be great to get our number up to 10 or 12! You may sign up with David Sutton at suttondt0714@yahoo.com.

The Women's Wednesday Morning Bible Study will kick off

on Wednesday, 17th at 10:00 am in the lower level of the MAC. They too will be doing the Covenant Bible Study. Both studies last for 1.5 hours. For the Women's study, you may contact Shannon Burgess at sburgess421@bellsouth.net, Doris Eshelman at doris_eshelman@yahoo.com or Kathy Zimmerman at kaezimm@msn.com.

Disciple III Bible Study is gearing up.

The study will meet on Sunday afternoons from 2 - 4:30 pm. The prerequisite is haven taken Disciple I at some point and time. It is a 32 week study meeting each week for group discussion driven by a video. Richard Hoibraten is facilitating this study. You may contact him at travelinmtnman@hotmail.com

Flu Shots

FLU shots will be offered on campus for three Thursdays (September 18th, 25th and October 2nd) during OASIS. The shots will be given by Rite Aid pharmacists in the Conference Room from 11:00 am till 1:00 pm. The shots are FREE for Medicare! All are welcome to come, whether or not you attend OASIS.

Coats needed

The Morning Glory Circle is collecting gently used coats for their winter coat giveaway at Antioch Baptist later in the fall. You may drop off your clean, good condition coats in the MAC closet.

Door locking

Lastly, we need your help! EVERYONE's help! We are leaving ourselves wide open and in this case, that's NOT a good thing! We are finding doors left open overnight and lights left on throughout our campus. If you meet here after hours, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure that things are turned off and locked up tight when you leave!!!! It is extremely unsafe for the staff to walk into a building that has been open all night. We appreciate everyone's due diligence on this point.

Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead
  • Red Bird Mission Team –gone this week to do small construction work in Appalachia (members from FUMC include Fran Edwards, Tom and Pat Maryscuk, Lamar and Jackie Franklin, Peggy Schultz, Virginia Lane, Mark Burgess)
  • Donna Morningstar - abdominal cancer,Emory at Midtown
  • Bob Head - tests at Mayo Clinic re: back pain
  • Mona Hackney – now at home recovering from blood clots (addressing with blood thinners.)
  • Carl Neuhaus – Kidney stone
  • Emily Cobb – Kidney stone and other health related issues
  • Vic Henderson’s daughter in Marietta (Grace Holley) is struggling at home with a herniated disc.
  • Murph McGirt - cataract procedure Sept 3.
  • Jim DeRevere – cataract procedure Sept 3 on eye with detached retina problems – then re-evaluate path forward
  • Lee and Cindy Weitzel’s 6 month old granddaughter –tumor is NOT cancerous
  • Chad Gasaway’s sister (Carisa) is now cancer free
  • Kitty Jones – lymph nodes were all clear
  • Mel Nichols – severe gastric intestinal issues
  • JoAnn Mayhew – making incredible steps forward – she called me to give me her room phone number and ask that I pass it on to you – please call here or visit – 423-499-4550
  • Tim Derflinger/Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Charlie Wooten/Eva Breedlove/Sue Hill – chronic back/pain issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:
  • Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, and several others (who are in various stages of testing and treatment)

Financial News

Giving for Sunday, 7th was $25,307. THANK YOU!
Now, go have a Terrific Tuesday!!! :)
Tuesday
Sep022014

September 2, 2014 Tickle

What a crazy idea! Who would ever consider starting a four week sermon series on Mission and Service on Labor Day Weekend? Yes I did! God’s Word reminded us this Sunday why we “soar on eagles wings.” It’s because of our attitude of gratitude – and that attitude of gratitude creates in us a desire to help Jesus inside the church (that’s called service) and to help Jesus outside the church (that’s called mission.) I hope there are many people present at our 8:30 am service this coming Sunday as we watch God “co-mission” the 20 member mission team from the Towns/Union County United Methodist Church Connectional Group for their week long Mission trip to the Appalachia Red Bird Mission in Kentucky doing light construction home repair work. They will be leaving directly from our 8:30 worship service to travel to Redbird. We will have parts of the parking lot reserved for our Mission team early Sunday morning. We will be sharing pictures of that commissioning service and sending forth with the 9:45 am and 11 am services that day (thanks to service from our wonderful Tech Teams!)

Wednesday Night Nurture

Two really important things to take advantage of this Wednesday are:
1. Youth Missions Fundraiser – the Youth under Camden Goddard’s direction will be preparing the meal for this Wednesday. As you heard on Sunday, not everyone can go on Mission’s trips – but you might be able to make it possible for someone else to go. The Youth are trying to raise money for a significant Mission trip next year. Please come help support them in their dream – and enjoy the meal! Dinner begins at 5 pm.
2. Pastor Mark will begin Adult Bible Study out of the “Daily Companion Devotional Bible” again this Wednesday night from 6-7 pm in the Friendship Sunday School room on the lower level of the MAC. We will be discussing Week 18 – Holy Communion – this week. If you are not familiar with this study, just come check it out. I will show everyone who comes the book we are using. Just come check it out – come as you are. We would love to have you sit in with us!

Sept 7 Worship Flow Minor Change

If you are directly impacted by this, we should have already contacted you and we apologize if we missed you as a parent of small children who place their children in our Children’s Sunday School hour. We are changing the flow of our children into the Children’s Sunday School hour this coming Sunday. You can still take your children to their classrooms before 9:50 (there will be a teacher present to receive them just like before.) If you are going to the 9:45 Worship service; however, we prefer that you just bring them with you into that service. We are placing the Children’s moment earlier in that service beginning this Sunday so that there will be more teachers there to gather your children from you and walk them down to their same classrooms after the Children’s moment (like what we do at 11 but your kids will be going to Sunday School.) Without getting into all the details, that flow solves a number of nagging logistical problems for our volunteers. For most of you, this change should not even be noticed.

Young Harris College Ministry

We still need two or three folks to adopt a YHC College Student to cover that list of 27 students who wish to be adopted by us. Again, all we ask of you is to occasionally write notes of encouragement, prayer for your student, send a goodie bag at critical times like around finals and midterms, and perhaps take them out to eat at a restaurant once a semester if that fits into everyone’s schedule. Contact Shannon Burgess directly if you would like to sign up sburgess421@bellsouth.net

New Covenant Bible Study: We need to know who is interested now to buy books

It looks like our new Covenant Bible Study Class will start the week of September 14. Based on conversations so far, it appears the 1.5 hour classes will occur on Sunday afternoons/evenings – time not yet set. If you would like to sign up for this class, email David Sutton at suttondt0714@yahoo.com Trust that God will meet you in this. It’s about 30 minutes of reading each night for 5 nights a week. The discussions are DVD driven. As your pastor, I ask that you step out in faith even if you have never ever been in any kind of Bible study – ever. This is a good place to begin. Please consider taking a step into this series – you will be blessed! Let nothing be a barrier to you taking this – if there is a barrier, talk to David about it – we are good at removing barriers around here!

Women’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Ladies!  It's that time again and the Women's Bible Study is gearing up for a new year!  This year we will be encountering the Bible through the Covenant Study.  This study is in three 8-week sessions:  Creating the Covenant; Living the Covenant; and Trusting the Covenant.  We will be encountering scripture throughout the entire bible in order to deepen our relationship with God and each other.  We can't wait to begin!  Our meet and greet orientation will be September 17 at 10:00 am in the youth room on the lower level of the MAC.  Please come and see an informational video, learn more about the study and make some new friends or renew your fellowship with old friends!  We will be ordering the participant's guides through the church as a package of three for $50---these three books will last the entire year of study.  If you prefer, the books for the individual sections are available at Cokesbury.com for $19.99 each.  Financial assistance is available if purchasing the participants guide is a hardship--please talk to one of us if that is the case.  We would love to have you join us on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 beginning September 17.  If you have questions or would like to join us please contact Doris Eshelman at doris_eshelman@yahoo.com , Shannon Burgess at sburgess421@bellsouth.net  or Kathy Zimmerman at kaezimm@msn.com .  See you soon!

Disciple III Bible Study

Richard Hoibraten is offering to facilitate a Disciple III class in this fall cycle. It will happen in the Sunday afternoon cycle from 2 pm to 4:30 pm. The only requirement to taking Disciple III is that at some time you have taken Disciple I. This study will take you into most Old Testament Major and Minor Prophets and into the 13 letters most attribute to Paul in the New Testament. Disciple III weaves several themes together on your way through the study – the call to remember; the call to repentance; the need for renewed vision; and the place of community. The prophets and Paul are continually calling hearers and readers back to their God and to a sense of who they are as a people “set apart”. This is a 32 week study meeting each week for group discussion driven by a video. If you are interested, contact Richard at travelinmtnman@hotmail.com

Scout Hut Planning Committee

The Scout Hut Planning Team is:
(These are the folks who have signed up so far – 11 of us – for some reason I think there is supposed to be one more!) Tom Maryscuk, David Cook, Buck Williams, James Jordan, Larry Culpepper, John & Fran Browning, David Steed, Greg Lane, Jim Wiley, and Pastor Mark. We will be setting up our initial meeting with the Scouts. Some preliminary work has already been done at the Scout Hut which is greatly appreciated (a new floor in the back room, a new commode, all three roofs cleaned, gutters removed, vegetation cleared.) You will be hearing more as our path forward renovating the existing Scout Hut takes form. If you wish to be part of this planning committee, let me know by Sunday.

Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead
  • Red Bird Mission Team – leaving on Sunday for week long small construction work in Appalachia (members from FUMC include Fran Edwards, Tom and Pat Maryscuk, Lamar and Jackie Franklin, Peggy Schultz, Virginia Lane, Mark Burgess)
  • Mona Hackney – now at home recovering from blood clots (addressing with blood thinners.)
  • Carl Neuhaus – Kidney stone
  • Emily Cobb – Kidney stone and other health related issues
  • Vic Henderson’s daughter in Marietta (Grace Holley) is struggling at home with a herniated disc.
  • Murph McGirt - cataract procedure tomorrow - Sept 3.
  • Jim DeRevere – cataract procedure tomorrow -  Sept 3 on eye with detached retina problems – then re-evaluate path forward
  • Lee and Cindy Weitzel’s 6 month old granddaughter – suspected brain mass.
  • Bob Head – going to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville next week for back evaluation
  • Chad Gasaway’s sister (Carisa) is now cancer free
  • Kitty Jones – lymph nodes were all clear
  • Mel Nichols – severe gastric intestinal issues
  • JoAnn Mayhew – making incredible steps forward – she called me to give me her room phone number and ask that I pass it on to you – please call here or visit – 423-499-4550
  • Tim Derflinger/Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Charlie Wooten/Eva Breedlove/Sue Hill – chronic back/pain issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:
  • Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, and several others (who are in various stages of testing and treatment)

A Note from Your Finance Team

The Labor Day Holiday has us backed up a little – we will report August 31 giving next week – but we are truly thankful for your heavenly generosity!
 
God’s Unlimited Joy,
 
                                             
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