Tuesday Tickle

Weekly writings from the desk of Pastor Mark

Thursday
Jul172014

July 15, 2014

Special Guest Speaker this Sunday. This Sunday July 20th we will have a familiar face in the pulpit, Rev. Jim Aiken. He will be speaking on the special people who have influenced our lives. Pastor Mark will be back in the pulpit on Sunday, July 27th.
CPR classes are being offered on Saturdays, July 26th, August 9th and August 16th from 9 am till noon here at the church. The class is FREE!!! Sign up sheets are on the narthex desk.
Ingles Tools' for School...CEC is asking everyone with an Ingles' card to fill out a form which links your grocery dollars to the preschool for "tools for cash". This enables CEC to get free school equipment and materials. Forms are available at either desk. Be sure to fill out ALL 8 numbers!
The Mission Committee has partnered with Family Connections and the school system to gather school supplies for needy children. Items include (but are not limited to) large backpacks without wheels, colored pencils, Kleenex, reams of copy paper, calculators, and hand sanitizer. A complete list of needed supplies is available on the drop off bins at either entrance.
Methodist Men will be meeting this Saturday morning at 8 am in the fellowship hall for breakfast.
Wednesday Night Bible Study will pick back up next week on July 23rd. Pastor Mark will continue with his series of "Methodism" (is that a word?).
Mission Trip to Kentucky (aka Red Bird Mission): Looking for an opportunity to make a difference and show God's love through service? Here's your chance. The church is heading to Kentucky September 7th through 13th. Cost is $375 per person. We are joining others in our Connectional Group for this trip. If you are interested in going, please contact Mary Carol Akins, Tom Maryscuk or the church office.
Great Night of Music and Song:
Your United Methodist Connectional Group has scheduled a fun evening of music and song for the UMC Churches in Towns and Union Counties. We are all meeting at Hiawassee UMC on Sunday evening, July 27 at 6:30 pm for an evening of music and song. Put this on the calendar for late summer! We will have a great time!
Upcoming: A new adult Sunday School class for the 9:45 hour. It will be lead by David Sutton. If you don't currently attend Sunday School and aren't too sure about it, this might be the place for you. No expectations. Start thinking and praying about it now. We'll get you more information as details develop.
 
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)
Laura Beth Rogers - on a mission trip to Brazil. Will be returning on Saturday, 19th.
Charlie Wooten - pneumonia
Jim DeRevere - detached retina
Marian Malac is home from having a pace maker put in.
Shannon Burgess’ brother (Scott Dickey) is back home.
Lee Dunham’s daughter-in-law (Tammy Dunham) is back home recovering from neck surgery.
JoAnn Mayhew – still at HealthSouth Rehab
David Heyer – recovering from back surgery
Tim Derflinger/ Jane Driskell / Shirley Cobb / Bob Head – chronic back issues
Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:
Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, and others
 
From Finance: Sunday's offering came in at $18,207. Now that we have consolidated our budget into one amount rather than separate amounts for the general giving and MAC, the question has popped up as to what our weekly financial need might be. With the 2014 ministry plan (or budget) in place, our weekly offering needs are around $23,000 a week.
 
Enjoy this beautiful God-given day!
 
 
  Evelyn Ueltzen
   Administrative Assistant
   
  web: firstmethodistblairsville.com/fb: firstumc of union county

pecial Guest Speaker this Sunday. This Sunday July 20th we will have a familiar face in the pulpit, Rev. Jim Aiken. He will be speaking on the special people who have influenced our lives. Pastor Mark will be back in the pulpit on Sunday, July 27th.
CPR classes are being offered on Saturdays, July 26th, August 9th and August 16th from 9 am till noon here at the church. The class is FREE!!! Sign up sheets are on the narthex desk.
Ingles Tools' for School...CEC is asking everyone with an Ingles' card to fill out a form which links your grocery dollars to the preschool for "tools for cash". This enables CEC to get free school equipment and materials. Forms are available at either desk. Be sure to fill out ALL 8 numbers!
The Mission Committee has partnered with Family Connections and the school system to gather school supplies for needy children. Items include (but are not limited to) large backpacks without wheels, colored pencils, Kleenex, reams of copy paper, calculators, and hand sanitizer. A complete list of needed supplies is available on the drop off bins at either entrance.
Methodist Men will be meeting this Saturday morning at 8 am in the fellowship hall for breakfast.

Wednesday Night Bible Study will pick back up next week on July 23rd. Pastor Mark will continue with his series of "Methodism" (is that a word?).

Mission Trip to Kentucky (aka Red Bird Mission): Looking for an opportunity to make a difference and show God's love through service? Here's your chance. The church is heading to Kentucky September 7th through 13th. Cost is $375 per person. We are joining others in our Connectional Group for this trip. If you are interested in going, please contact Mary Carol Akins, Tom Maryscuk or the church office.


Great Night of Music and Song:Your United Methodist Connectional Group has scheduled a fun evening of music and song for the UMC Churches in Towns and Union Counties. We are all meeting at Hiawassee UMC on Sunday evening, July 27 at 6:30 pm for an evening of music and song. Put this on the calendar for late summer! We will have a great time!

Upcoming: A new adult Sunday School class for the 9:45 hour. It will be lead by David Sutton. If you don't currently attend Sunday School and aren't too sure about it, this might be the place for you. No expectations. Start thinking and praying about it now. We'll get you more information as details develop. 


Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASINGThis is not a complete list - just immediate prayer needs of just this coming week for the immediate faith family)Laura Beth Rogers - on a mission trip to Brazil. Will be returning on Saturday, 19th.Charlie Wooten - pneumoniaJim DeRevere - detached retinaMarian Malac is home from having a pace maker put in.Shannon Burgess’ brother (Scott Dickey) is back home.Lee Dunham’s daughter-in-law (Tammy Dunham) is back home recovering from neck surgery.JoAnn Mayhew – still at HealthSouth RehabDavid Heyer – recovering from back surgeryTim Derflinger/ Jane Driskell / Shirley Cobb / Bob Head – chronic back issuesThose fighting active cancer from our faith family:Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, and others 

From Finance: Sunday's offering came in at $18,207. Now that we have consolidated our budget into one amount rather than separate amounts for the general giving and MAC, the question has popped up as to what our weekly financial need might be. With the 2014 ministry plan (or budget) in place, our weekly offering needs are around $23,000 a week.




 Enjoy this beautiful God-given day!    Evelyn Ueltzen   Administrative Assistant     web: firstmethodistblairsville.com/fb: firstumc of union county

Wednesday
Jul162014

Tickle - July 15

Morning Glory Circle and Circle of Love will be having their baked goods sold today at the Farmer's Market beginning at 3pm. Come by, say hi and buy a cake or two!!
 
Special Guest Speaker this Sunday
This Sunday July 20th we will have a familiar face in the pulpit, Rev. Jim Aiken. He will be speaking on the special people who have influenced our lives. Pastor Mark will be back in the pulpit on Sunday, July 27th. 

CPR classes

are being offered on Saturdays, July 26th, August 9th and August 16th from 9 am till noon here at the church. The class is FREE!!! Sign up sheets are on the narthex desk.


Ingles Tools' for School...CEC 

is asking everyone with an Ingles' card to fill out a form which links your grocery dollars to the preschool for "tools for cash". This enables CEC to get free school equipment and materials. Forms are available at either desk. Be sure to fill out ALL 8 numbers!

The Mission Committee 

has partnered with Family Connections and the school system to gather school supplies for needy children. Items include (but are not limited to) large backpacks without wheels, colored pencils, Kleenex, reams of copy paper, calculators, and hand sanitizer. A complete list of needed supplies is available on the drop off bins at either entrance.

Methodist Men

 will be meeting this Saturday morning at 8 am in the fellowship hall for breakfast.

Wednesday Night Bible Study

will pick back up next week on July 23rd. Pastor Mark will continue with his series of "Methodism" (is that a word?).

Mission Trip to Kentucky (aka Red Bird Mission)

Looking for an opportunity to make a difference and show God's love through service? Here's your chance. The church is heading to Kentucky September 7th through 13th. Cost is $375 per person. We are joining others in our Connectional Group for this trip. If you are interested in going, please contact Mary Carol Akins, Tom Maryscuk or the church office.

Great Night of Music and Song

Your United Methodist Connectional Group has scheduled a fun evening of music and song for the UMC Churches in Towns and Union Counties. We are all meeting at Hiawassee UMC on Sunday evening, July 27 at 6:30 pm for an evening of music and song. Put this on the calendar for late summer! We will have a great time!


Upcoming: A new adult Sunday School class for the 9:45 hour.

It will be lead by David Sutton. If you don't currently attend Sunday School and aren't too sure about it, this might be the place for you. No expectations. Start thinking and praying about it now. We'll get you more information as details develop.


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)

Laura Beth Rogers - on a mission trip to Brazil. Will be returning on Saturday, 19th.

Charlie Wooten - pneumonia

Jim DeRevere - detached retina

Marian Malac is home from having a pace maker put in.

Shannon Burgess’ brother (Scott Dickey) is back home.

Lee Dunham’s daughter-in-law (Tammy Dunham) is back home recovering from neck surgery.

JoAnn Mayhew – still at HealthSouth Rehab

David Heyer – recovering from back surgery

Tim Derflinger/ Jane Driskell / Shirley Cobb / Bob Head – chronic back issues

Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:

Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, and others


From Finance

Sunday's offering came in at $18,207. Now that we have consolidated our budget into one amount rather than separate amounts for the general giving and MAC, the question has popped up as to what our weekly financial need might be. With the 2014 ministry plan (or budget) in place, our weekly offering needs are around $23,000 a week.

 

Enjoy this beautiful God-given day!

Evelyn

Administrative Assistant

Tuesday
Jul082014

Tickle - July 8, 2014

Happy Tuesday!!!! :) 
As you know, Pastor Mark is taking some much needed down time. He will return to the Tickle on the 22nd.
If you were here Sunday morning you know that Pastor Mark was not feeling well. Thankfully, even after a long day of driving to Missouri, he woke up Monday morning refreshed and 100% better. They reached Sioux Falls around 5 pm on Monday afternoon.

July 4th Fireworks

THANK YOU!!!!! to Radical Hospitality for making our campus an inviting place to view the fireworks. The free waters and accessible restrooms were great amenities for our guests that evening.

Special Guest Speaker this Sunday

This Sunday July 13, Rev. Clay Jacobs will be preaching all three services. Clay is a retired clergy person from the North Georgia Conference. He and his wife Monica are living in Tiger, Georgia. Clay served as a District Superintendent of the Griffin District until he retired 3 years ago. He was Mark's District Superintendent for many years. One of Clay's many gifts is he is a very gifted preacher. Come Sunday morning and show Clay some of our "mountain hospitality".

Wednesday Night Bible Study

will pick back up on July 23rd. Pastor Mark will continue with his series of "Methodism" (is that a word?).

Mission Trip to Kentucky (aka Red Bird Mission)

Looking for an opportunity to make a difference and show God's love through service? Here's your chance. The church is heading to Kentucky September 7th through 13th. Cost is $375 per person. We are joining others in our Connectional Group for this trip. To help those going to know each other, there are periodical Bible Study fellowship times. Tonight is such a night. There is a Bible study fellowship here at 6:30 pm in the fellowship hall.

United Methodist Women Mission’s Study

The women of Sharp Memorial UMC are coordinating a mission study on “The Roma of Europe.” The Roma are sometimes called the “gypsies” by others. They are the single largest minority group in Europe. Over the years, the Roma have been enslaved, shut out, shunned, and even killed. Up to 2.5 million Roma were exterminated during Hitler’s reign of terror. The instructor will be Lauren Judy Neal, Director of Christian Education. The cost is $7 per person which includes a Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and the study. Men and women are invited to attend. Registration begins at 9:30 am, July 16 (study begins at 10 am.) See Evelyn if you wish to sign up.

Great Night of Music and Song

Your United Methodist Connectional Group has scheduled a fun evening of music and song for the UMC Churches in Towns and Union Counties. We are all meeting at Hiawassee UMC on Sunday evening, July 27 at 6:30 pm for an evening of music and song. Put this on the calendar for late summer! We will have a great time!

Upcoming: A new adult Sunday School

class for the 9:45 hour. It will be lead by David Sutton. If you don't currently attend Sunday School and aren't too sure about it, this might be the place for you. No expectations. Start thinking and praying about it now. We'll get you more information as details develop.

Hospital Bed Available

If you know of someone who may need a in home hospital bed, please contact Dave and Marty Evans at marty.dave@gmail.com

Moving Sale

Spinet piano $300, Printed Sofa $150, 19” TV $25, 25” TV $25 – contact Jane at 901-489-0076 if interested.

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)
  • Jim DeRevere - detached retina
  • Marian Malac is home from having a pace maker put in.
  • Shannon Burgess’ brother (Scott Dickey) is back home.
  • Lee Dunham's daughter-in-law (Tammy Dunham) is back home recovering from neck surgery.
  • JoAnn Mayhew – meets with doctor on Friday. Will then move to Augusta with her son Bobby.
  • David Heyer – recovering from back surgery
  • Tim Derflinger/ Jane Driskell / Shirley Cobb / Bob Head – chronic back issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family: Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, and others

From Finance

Sunday's offering came in at $16,379. Thank you!
 
Enjoy this beautiful God-given day!
 
Evelyn Ueltzen
Administrative Assistant

 

Tuesday
Jul012014

Tickle - July 1

What a wonderful out-pouring of service from so many as we gathered to celebrate Patriotic Sunday! It was a BIG day! I am so thankful for being surrounded by so many servant hearts – the decorations, the outreach, the food, the day – what a day! Something happened on Sunday. Something good. I had many people come up to me afterwards and indicate a desire to unite with Christ’s movement through us here at FUMC. Praise be to God! What you do church – matters! Well done good and faithful servants! Several baptisms when I get back. I heard it said somewhere, “watch the surface of the water – you will see the Wind move there first.” Well done Church!

On a side note, the Burgess family needs some down time. It has been a great year – but a very full year. We are going on our first significant “time away” for a couple of weeks visiting our family in South Dakota. I will be here this Sunday but we will literally be getting in the car after the end of the 11 am worship service and driving to South Dakota across the next several days. We are taking the long route via Missouri to drop Erma off there for Shannon’s sister to take care of Mom while we are away. We are having one of our church members stay in the parsonage while we are away to care for our home and our two dogs that are staying here.

I am excited about who will be covering the pulpit for me while I am away. You will want to come hear both of these folks – one you know well, the other will be new to most of you. On Sunday July 13, Rev. Clay Jacobs will be preaching all three services. Clay is a retired clergy person from the North Georgia Conference. He and his wife Monica are living in Tiger, Georgia. Clay has served small, medium, and large churches in our conference across his career. Bishop Davis tapped into Clay to build our New Church Development Group for the North Georgia Conference several years ago. He was responsible for developing the 2020 vision of planting 100 new churches by year 2020 in our conference – a goal that will be met long before 2020 thanks in a large part to Clay’s passion for reaching people. Clay then served as a District Superintendent of the Griffin District until he retired 3 years ago. He was my District Superintendent for many years (and probably knows more about me than anyone really should!) One of Clay’s many gifts is he is a very gifted preacher. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to welcome Clay into our fellowship here at FUMC. And then on Sunday July 20, one of our beloved – Rev. Jim Aikens – will be preaching all three services. Come say hello to the “A” part of the ABC pastors who walked with you so wonderfully in the past.

Wednesday Night Live

We are continuing to tell our Methodist story this Wednesday night in the Friendship Sunday School Room in the lower level of the MAC from 6-7 pm. Have you ever wondered where we Methodists came from or why we are who we are? Then come and enjoy an hour conversation that sets up the series I am teaching on United Methodist history,  theology, Sacraments, Church, etc... through the summer months. This is a great workshop to attend if you have recently joined or are thinking about joining the church. Bring a friend and come! There will be no United Methodist Work Shop July 9 or July 16. We will start the workshop back up onJuly 23rd when we get back from South Dakota.

Blairsville Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Event: Friday Night July 4

Once again, your FUMC Radical Hospitality team will be hosting the community that shows up on our Church Campus for the Fireworks display that is launched from Meeks park. We have great parking and great views – folks will have the doors open for the restrooms and handing out water as needed – great act of hospitality and outreach. It sounds simple but God has been known to use acts like that to do God things. If you would like to help out, I am certain Dee Dee Siefken would love the extra hands or water bottle donations that they can hand out to our neighbors.

Kentucky Mission Trip (Redbird Mission)

Would you come with me to find Jesus in an impoverished place in Kentucky? I’m going. I know of several folks who are coming with me. I hope more of you come with us. The week long trip to the  Red Bird Mission costs $375 per person to cover lodging and meals for the week. We stay at the Red Bird Mission – Google it if you want more info. The dates are Sept 7 through 13 (I will be leaving after church on Sept 7.) Others are going with the larger group earlier in the morning. It’s a light project work week. We are staged from the mission out into the surrounding Appalachia area to do whatever needs to be done. This is a shared trip that our Connectional group is doing together. To help us get to know the other United Methodists from Union and Towns County going on the trip, we are doing a fellowship Bible study together and rotating that among the churches who have people going. The idea is that we get to know each other before we go sweat together! We are hosting the next Bible Study fellowship on Tuesday, July 8, at 6:30 pm in the fellowship hall. Come and greet some of your fellow missionaries!

United Methodist Women Mission’s Study

The women of Sharp Memorial UMC are coordinating a mission study on “The Roma of Europe.” The Roma are sometimes called the “gypsies” by others. They are the single largest minority group in Europe. Over the years, the Roma have been enslaved, shut out, shunned, and even killed. Up to 2.5 million Roma were exterminated during Hitler’s reign of terror. The instructor will be Lauren Judy Neal, Director of Christian Education. The cost is $7 per person which includes a Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and the study. Men and women are invited to attend. Registration begins at 9:30 am, July 16 (study begins at 10 am.) See Evelyn if you wish to sign up.

Great Night of Music and Song

Your United Methodist Connectional Group has scheduled a fun evening of music and song for the UMC Churches in Towns and Union Counties. We are all meeting at Hiawassee UMC on Sunday evening, July 27 at 6:30 pm for an evening of music and song. Each Church has been invited to bring a group willing to do two or three songs. Put this on the calendar for late summer! We will have a great time!

Hospital Bed Available

If you know of someone who may need a in home hospital bed, please contact Dave and Marty Evans at marty.dave@gmail.com

Moving Sale

Spinet piano $300, Printed Sofa $150, 19” TV $25, 25” TV $25 – contact Jane at 901-489-0076 if interested.

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)

  • Marian Malac is having a pacemaker put in today at Emory Hospital (downtown)
  • Shannon Burgess’ brother (Scott Dickey) is back in the hospital in Arkansas with heart related complications after coming home following the one stent and three more stent procedures.
  • Lee Dunham’s daughter-in-law (Tammy Dunham) is back home recovering from neck surgery.
  • JoAnn Mayhew – second brain surgery went well – recovering – don’t know the facility yet – Evelyn will have it when we get the address.
  • David Heyer –  recovering from back surgery
  • Sue Hill – back at St. Petersburg Florida – her own doctors diagnosed her with colitis – doing a little better.
  • Tim Derflinger/ Jane Driskell / Shirley Cobb / David Heyer / Bob Head – chronic back issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:
  • Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, and others

 A Note from Your Finance Team

We just finished the first half of 2014. What an incredible first half it has been! Total giving in the first six months has been $426,473. At that giving rate, we would end the year receiving $853,000. Our current Church Council approved ministry plan which allows us to do everything we need to do AND fully fund our five initiative areas for 2014 (Children, Youth, Worship, Outreach, Trustees) would require $873,000 in total giving by years end – we are not yet 100% there but we are not too far off that pace. Let’s keep growing in grace together! Thank you for your continued sacrificial generosity. You make it possible for us to do ministry. Through your generous hearts, we continue to move forward in allowing God to work through all of us to grow God’s Kingdom. To God be the Glory!

June giving has been: June 1 $20,978, June 8 $13,532, June 15 $14,466, June 22 $13,386 and June 29 $10,876 for a $73,238 month! THANK YOU for your heavenly giving!

God's Joy,

Senior Pastor

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

 

Tuesday
Jun242014

June 24 - Tickle

We had a great day in worship this last Sunday. I appreciate the people who came up to me afterwards saying they are interested in learning more about becoming a Stephen Minister and several said they could not come to the Thursday informational meeting this week in the Bray Chapel at 6:30 pm. If you cannot come to that meeting, please email one of the two Stephen Ministry Leaders in the skit on Sunday (Kathy Heyer at kheyer54@gmail.com or Dee Dee Siefken at ddnga@windstream.net.  We need more Stephen Ministers to help care for our Church and our community.

Please come this Sunday for a very special worship experience in our early celebration of PATRIOTIC SUNDAY! There will be a meal in the MAC immediately following the 11 am service. The United Methodist Men's movement will be cooking the BBQ and baked beans. We ask that you bring sides and desserts. Since we invited the community, please come and bring something to share. We have several surprises planned during the day. If you know a veteran or a veteran's family, this would be an excellent day to bring them to Church!

Lastly, it is with great joy that we completed our 12th month of shared ministry with you last Sunday. Shannon and I pray you are as enthusiastic about the year to come as we are! Get your Woo! Hoos! ready to go; you are going to need them! All sails up,   the Holy Wind is directing us...

New FUMC Youth Director Woo! Hoo!

Join with us in congratulating Camden Goddard. Last week Church Council affirmed the recommendation to select Camden from all our candidates as our new Youth Director. Well done Camden! He left on the Youth trip as an interim Youth Director and returned as OUR Youth Director! That's a good trip!

Wednesday Night Live

We are telling our Methodist story beginning in a light hearted way this Wednesday night in the Friendship SundaySchool Room in the lower level of the MAC from 6-7 pm. Have you ever wondered where we Methodists came from or why we are who we are? Then come and enjoy an hour conversation that sets up the series I am teaching on United Methodist history, theology, Sacraments, Church, etc... through the summer months. This is a great workshop to attend if you have recently joined or are thinking about joining the church. Bring a friend and come!

Kentucky Mission Trip (Redbird Mission)

Your very active Mission's Committee in coordination with the other seven United Methodist Churches in Towns and Union County are going on a Missions work trip together in the fall. Will you come with us? Cost is $375 per person to stay at the Redbird Mission and that includes lodging and all meals all week. We are driving to Red Bird Mission in Kentucky, September 7th through 13th to go do all the good we can in a small project work week trip. The Red Bird Mission and Clinic have been providing ministries in this region of the Appalachian Mountains since 1921. We had several folks come to the orientation meeting last week. It is not too late. If you are interested in learning more, see Mary Carol Akins or Pastor Mark. There is a Bible study fellowship scheduled for four evenings being rotated among the United Methodist Churches of Union and Towns Counties to allow the participants to get to know one another before we go on the mission trip. The next Bible Study gathering is Tuesday evening, July 8,  here at First Methodist at 6:30 pm in the fellowship hall.

United Methodist Women Mission's Study

The women of Sharp Memorial UMC are coordinating a mission study on "The Roma of Europe."  The Roma are sometimes called the gypsies by others. They are the single largest minority group in Europe. Over the years, the Roma have been enslaved, shut out, shunned, and even killed. Up to 2.5 million Roma were exterminated during Hitler's reign of terror. The instructor will be Lauren Judy Neal, Director of Christian Education. The cost is $7 per person which includes a Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and the study. Men and women are invited to attend. Registration begins at 9:30 am, July 16th.  Thestudy begins at 10 am.  See Evelyn if you wish to sign up.

Great Night of Music and Song

Your United Methodist Connectional Group has scheduled a fun evening of music and song for the 8 UMC Churches in Towns and Union Counties. We are all meeting at Hiawassee UMC on Sunday evening, July 27 at 6:30 pm for an evening of music and song. Each Church has been invited to bring a group willing to do two or three songs. Put this on the calendar for late summer! We will have a great time!

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)

  • Evans Family in their recent loss
  • Lee Dunham's daughter-in-law (Tammy Dunham) is back home recovering from neck surgery.
  • JoAnn Mayhew' second brain surgery is scheduled for this Thursday June 26 beginning at 9:45 am in Chattanooga.
  • Congrats to Kevin and Leigh Miller in the recent birth of their baby girl!
  • Congrats to Tricia Wallace in passing the final requirements of her teaching masters degree today!
  • Our Youth and chaperones all returned from St. Simmons Island without incident or injury THANKS BE TO GOD!
  • David Heyer is home recovering from back surgery
  • Marjorie Myers has completed her move to Stonehenge; she is now a resident of Building #3.
  • Sue Hill back at St. Petersburg Florida; her own doctors diagnosed her with colitis; doing a little better.
  • Suzanne Mitchell also dismissed from hospital on antibiotics and doing better; back in town now
  • Kathy Johnson safe travels back from Puerto Rico
  • Tim Derflinger/ Jane Driskell / Shirley Cobb / David Heyer / Bob Head; chronic back issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family: Valerie Metcalf,Joyce Kible, and others

A Note from Your Finance Team

Over the next 50 years, it is estimated that between $41 trillion 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. To paraphrase our Lord, where are the other 97% to give thanks and glory to God?

June giving has been: June 1 -$20,978, June 8 -$13,532, June 15 -$14,466, and June 22 -$13,386. THANK YOU for your continued heavenly generosity! A strong June will help us sustain our current ministry plan. If you have not made your June offering, make certain you take advantage of this last Sunday in June. Your generosity is truly felt and appreciated.

God's Joy,

Senior Pastor

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