Tuesday Tickle

Weekly writings from the desk of Pastor Mark

Wednesday
Jun242015

Tickle- June 23, 2015

It is good to be back home! But what an amazingly wonderful Annual Conference! Yes, I’m that guy who appreciates our yearly tradition of nearly 3000 United Methodist laity, clergy, and guests who make our annual migration to Athens Georgia. For me, it is always a homecoming of sorts “to go” to annual conference. No, I don’t enjoy sitting all day – but I do enjoy meeting all my clergy and laity friends that I only get to see at Annual Conference. And most importantly for my soul – I get to watch others kneel in the very place I knelt, and have the weighty hand of a Bishop laid upon them and hear those words once again, “Take thou authority to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ...” Then to rise and have a red stole (technically for the first time) placed around your neck as a symbol of being yoked to Christ in a new way forever. It renews me. It restores me. And it stokes the fires burning bright in my heart each and every time. It is good to be back with you – sent once again by the Holy Spirit to bring about the Kingdom of God on earth!


Summary of the 149th North Georgia Annual Conference

FUMC of Union County stands firmly in the United Methodist connection. Yes, we are a local church. But we are also one church in roughly 100 who make up the Gainesville District. And the Gainesville District is one District of 12 Districts that make up the North Georgia Conference – comprised of all the United Methodist Churches in the upper half of the state of Georgia. We are an Episcopal area – meaning we have a Bishop appointed to us to lead us for four years at a time. Our Bishop is Rev. Mike Watson. Bishop Watson lead us through four days of holy conferencing – part business, part worship, part fellowship – entirely Methodist. Here are what I think the highlights are of the week (but go to the North Georgia Web site www.NGUMC.org for a more detailed summary if you are interested.)

  • - We used wireless electronic voting devices with success – no more voice votes or stand and be counted stuff.
  • - We discovered Methodists have a hard time pushing buttons on hand held electronic gizmos...(grin)
  • - The Youth delegates to Annual Conference were present, lively, and full of new life – once again with reserved honorary seating  all together directly in front of the Bishop during all the sessions. If you wish to be a Youth delegate to Annual Conference, you write an essay saying why you want to come and if selected – you go and spend the week with all the other youth delegates – special activities centered out of Athens FUMC are organized for the Youth delegates.
  • - We elected our delegation of equal number of clergy and laity to represent the NG Conference at General Conference next year (where the Book of Discipline is potentially revised – our Denominational book of law and structure)
  • - We elected our delegation of equal number of clergy and laity to represent the NG Conference at Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference next year (where among other things Bishops are created and appointed to oversee Conferences)
  • - We received all the church offerings for Imagine No Malaria and it totaled $231,491. Added to the $444,629 raised in our conference already brings our North Georgia Conference contribution June YTD to $675,000. Or put another way, we just saved 67,500 lives in Africa. Woo! Hoo!
  • - We sadly completed the closure of four churches – churches that had begun on the following years 1869, 1853, 1920, 1900. We also approved the merger of two sets of two churches (like what Bray UMC and Blairsville UMC did 25 years ago) – the Director of Church Development (Rev. Dr. Phil Schroeder) lifted up FUMC of Union County as an example of what works in his report.
  • - We watched God ordain 4 Deacons and 20 Elders.
  • - We applauded the retirement of 3 Deacons, 19 Elders, and 4 local pastors – representing over 700 years of combined pastoral service that walked off the stage into retirement.
  • - We celebrated the closing the final chapter of Simpsonwood – it was sold for $16 MM (that is Million). The funds were dispersed as follows: $9.3 MM to pay off our debt and contract obligations at Simpsonwood, $4 MM went to pay for the unfunded liability for the pre 1982 pastor pension program, $2.2 MM went to Wesley Woods (part of Ms. Simpson’s request in the original deed – watch for something new to happen at Wesley Mountain Village here in Blairsville as a result!), and $0.5 MM in fees, commissions, and taxes. As a result, we celebrated being totally out of debt as a conference for the first time in a very long time!
  • - We approved a $22 MM ministry plan for calendar year 2016 – it represents a 4.4% reduction from last years budget and the 7th straight year of budget reductions for the Conference.
  • - The Affordable Care Act is requiring a change in pastoral family health insurance – new system going into place this year.
  • - Global Ministries commissioned two new full time missionaries – via our Bishop - to West Africa
  • - We worshipped God many times and stood in unity with our sister church Mother of Emmanuel AME in Charleston SC.

FUMC 25th Anniversary Celebration

You will get a lot more details next week as we roll out the larger plan. But here is what we want everyone to have to talk about in their Sunday School classes this Sunday. We are having a grand party on July 4rth (Saturday evening.) Beginning at 6:30 pm, there will be food and drinks and desserts and entertainment and SAR and DAR and muskets and cannon and indoor music and outdoor music and children’s games and watermelon seed spitting and fireworks – and that is just the start. On Sunday, July 5, we will have only two services – both in the Sanctuary – both identical – both with community band – both a celebration of our 25th Anniversary, both with special guests, both a celebration of Patriotic Sunday and the birth of our nation.

There will be a meal in the MAC at the end of the 11 am service. There will be no 8:30 service in the Sanctuary. There will be no 9:45 Contemporary service (the band will have played the outdoor concert the evening before and we need the MAC for the meal.) Some of your Sunday School classes may need to talk about what you want to do for Sunday, July 5. Given this “one time” configuration, we ask that you have that conversation this Sunday so your class knows what your plan is for July 5. Please come on July 5 – bring some friends – we have a story to tell – it’s HIS story – and it is a great story. Come feel the depth of our roots in God.

Food Correction

The congregation is asked to bring only desserts for the meal on July 5. Everything else will be provided for the meal of smoked ham, baked beans, potato salad and cole slaw. All we need is “desserts.” The meal is free – just like our country! There will be a slideshow in the MAC of “our picture history” shown during the meal made up of pictures you have shared with us.

Can you Help Prepare God’s House for Company?

We hope to have a significant number of people on the premises July 4 and July 5 as we celebrate our 25th anniversary. I know the weather is hot right now but I doubt it will stay in the 90’s. If you can give a few hours of yourself anytime between now and July 4 to help “spruce up the outside” – it sure would be greatly appreciated. The weeds have grown tall in a few places. The parking lots could use some TLC with weed control (especially on the MAC side.) Anything everyone can do to help prepare God’s House for the company to come would be greatly appreciated.


Youth and UMM Team Up

Thank you to Camden and his Youth group and Buck and the UMM for teaming up to spruce up the playground on the hill to get ready for guests to come. We are doing a pressure washing, leaf & weed ridding, plank replacing, staining party up there today and tomorrow. Great on site mission project – good work! Thank you Trustees for funding the elbow grease!


CEC (FUMC Preschool)Fundraiser

WAFFLE HOUSE COUPON BOOK: A $20.00+ VALUE FOR $5.00 TO THE FIRST 200 PEOPLE!  HURRY! GET YOURS BEFORE THEY ARE ALL GONE!!! See or call Martha Cone or Mary Ruth Cook to get yours today. 706 835 7448. They can often be seen at the MAC desk and the Narthex after the worship services on Sunday.


LeFevre Quartet 

Gospel Concert at FUMC – Thursday Evening August 6th at 7 pm – get it on your calendar now! Tell your friends and help us get the word out that another nationally acclaimed group will be touring to FUMC on August 6.

Orphanage Emmanuel, Honduras Mission Trip: September 5-12  - Team up to 9 members so far – room for more!

Contacts for this trip are: Joe Tatman 706-669-4299 (2jtatman@gmail.com) and Kim Tatman 404-226-2531 (tokimnjoe@bellsouth.net). “Boxers by the Bunch”: Orphanage Emmanuel has a need for their young men and women. Specifically the need is for packages of women’s small and men’s small underwear (new please). Boxers or briefs for guys and nice young lady underwear and sport bras (small) for the girls. Gently used clothing is always a need. Please place items in the bins marked for Orphanage Emmanuel. Thank You!

Red Bird Mission Trip – One week trip to Kentucky – Team up to 24 members so far – room for more!

The Towns/Union County Connection Group Mission Project for 2015 will again be the Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky the week of September 13-19. Our next team meeting if you are interested in learning more is at Sharp memorial UMC, June 23rd at 6 pm.

2015 FUMC Fall Festival

We have a tradition at our church that I want to remind everyone about as summer approaches. Right after VBS, we usually start a campaign to accumulate your stuff in the Church Annex Building for the FUMC Fall Festival. What stuff? Well, pretty much anything other than clothes that we might have a hope of selling during the Annex Sale in October. If you are starting to move boxes around (like the Burgess family right now) – how about donating some of that stuff you don’t use a whole lot to help us pay down our debt on the MAC. Proceeds from the Fall Festival go towards that goal. If you are in doubt on if we want it or not, feel free to ask Tammy Fowler, or Jana Howe, or any of the other Ladies involved in organizing the Yard sale portion of the Fall Festival.

Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead
  • Our sister church – Mother of Emmanuel AME in Charleston SC and that entire community
  • Pat Warden – in the recent passing of H.R. Warden (private family service on Thursday morning)
  • Billy Hendrick’s – Rose’s father passed away.
  • Metcalf Family – Valerie
  • Jimmy Tallent - in the recent passing of his mother
  • Shelley Lewis – recovering from procedure
  • Cindy Neely – pathology report showed presence of cancer in part of what was recently removed – more tests
  • B.L. Anderson (our custodian) – cancer inside his ear requiring surgery – to be scheduled
  • Hazel Douglas – bells palsey
  • Liz Patton – waiting results of MRI
  • Marti Shaffer – broken wrist from fall
  • Andrea Robbins – Ro Robbin’s daughter – general health
  • Larry and Connie Rosenberry – Larry’s Mother in Pennsylvania had a stroke.
  • Janice Walters Taylor – husband Rob will have additional prostate surgery in July
  • Ceil Jordan – recovering now at home
  • Barbara Marshall – will have open heart surgery on July 8th at Piedmont to repair a heart valve
  • Carol & Bob Head – general health
  • JoAnn Mayhew – stroke recovery at home
  • Manon Thompson – slow but steady recover from hip fracture. Easing back into the routine of life.
  • Gene and Artie Hodgson’s Son (Glenn) – responding to Chemo
  • Penny Hebble – stroke recovery in North Carolina
  • Jane Driskell – at home with Parkinson’s
  • Kathy Heyer – waiting test results on liver work-up at Emory
  • 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
  • Kitty Jones –  taking break from Chemo treatments and traveling to Seattle and Utah
  • Bob Barnes – lung function
  •  Joyce Kible, John Moon, Kitty Jones, Kim Tatman and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)

A Note from Your Rejoicing Finance Team

Giving for June is as follows:
     June 7 –   $19,632
     June 14 – $34,261
     June 21 – $16,349
Thank you for your generous witness in the world! 

God’s Renewing Peace,
          Senior Pastor                                       
Wednesday
Jun172015

Tickle - June 16, 2015

First things first....Pastor Mark is away this week attending Annual Conference so the sub-Tickler is at work. Please keep him and your Lay Delegate Anne Williams in your prayers as they attend the Conference.
 
Sunday was another good day of worship with another couple joining our faith family. Dave Mollnhauer joined by transfer of letter (He is the son of Bill and Leura Mollnhauer) and Donna Howell joined by Baptism and Profession of Faith. Please rejoice with them and surround them with your amazing love.
 
Looking ahead we want EVERYONE to know about the weekend of July 4th and 5th. Beginning at 6:30 pm on July 4th we will be hosting a variety of activities for the young and old. This will include food, music, and games. Bring your family, invite your neighbors and let’s have a great time celebrating our country’s independence! That evening will conclude with the Chamber’s fireworks at 9:30 pm.  BUT the celebration continues the next morning here on campus. We are switching things up just a bit . We will have only TWO worship services on the 5th. These will be at 9:45 am and 11:00 am. (There is NO Contemporary service in the MAC) BOTH will be in the Sanctuary. BOTH will be identical.  We will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of this church with special surprises. By being in the sanctuary, we can prepare for a church-wide dinner to be served in the MAC immediately after the 11 o’clock service. Smoked ham and beans are being provided. The congregation is asked to provide sides and desserts (keeping in mind we will have guests). We will have slide shows during both days highlighting milestones of the church’s history. Come celebrate with us this weekend! It won’t be the same without you!!
 
The Methodist Men will be having their monthly breakfast meeting THIS Saturday at 8:00 am in the fellowship hall.  Commissioner Lamar Paris will be the guest speaker. All men are invited to attend.
 
CEC preschool is still selling Waffle House Coupon Books: a $20.00 value for $5.00. Please see Martha Cone to get yours today. 706 835 7448.
 
The second concert in our three-part concert series this year is coming up in August. August 6th we will have the LeFevre Quartet come and perform beginning at 7:00 pm.  Please tell your friends so we might have a full house.
 
Our Grounds Crew Leader has asked for help with cleaning up the lower MAC parking lot. You may join the Circle of Love THIS Thursday night at 6:00 pm in getting this project done. Many hands make light work! 

TWO MISSION TRIP OPPORTUNITIES EXIST

  • 1) Orphanage Emmanuel, Honduras.  September 5-12th. Please see Joe or Kim Tatman if you’re interested. 706         669 4299.
  • 2)  Red Bird Mission, Beverly Kentucky. September 13-19th. Please come to a meeting on June 23rd at 6 pm at Sharp Memorial UMC in Young Harris. 
Don’t forget Father’s Day is Sunday. And certainly remember that our Heavenly Father deserves a little recognition too! Think of all that He has done for you, sacrificed for you, pulled you through and say a prayer of thanks to Him – our ultimate Father!

Concerns/Praises   PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead
  • Marti Shaffer – had a fall, re-set wrist, home recovering
  • Rev. Jim Aiken –celebrating the birth of a new grandson while recovering from heart attack
  • Liz Patton – waiting results of MRI
  • Billy Hendrick’s – Rose’s father had an Aortic valve replacement in Gainesville Florida last week
  • Faye Eubanks – recent passing of her sister-in-law
  • Andrea Robbins – Ro Robbin’s daughter – general health
  • Barry Malac – at home recovering
  • Larry and Connie Rosenberry – Larry’s Mother in Pennsylvania had a stroke – family gathered around her.
  • Lewis McAfee – recent hospital stay at UGH for abdominal restriction
  • Janice Walters Taylor – husband still struggling from earlier procedure
  • Janice Jarrard – recent loss in her extended family
  • Ceil Jordan – recovering slowly from intestinal surgery.
  • Rob and Melanie Howell – home destroyed by fire last week – living with neighbors
  • Carol & Bob Head – general health
  • JoAnn Mayhew – stroke recovery at home
  • Manon Thompson – slow but steady recover from hip fracture. Easing back into the routine of life.
  • Gene and Artie Hodgson’s Son (Glenn) – responding to Chemo
  • Penny Hebble – stroke recovery in North Carolina
  • Anne Williams and Pastor Mark will be at Annual Conference in Athen’s Georgia all this week– among other things, electing 22 delegates from the North Georgia Conference to General Conference and Jurisdictional Conference next year.
  • Jane Driskell – at home with Parkinson’s
  • Kathy Heyer – scheduled detailed liver function testing at Emory in near future
  • H.R. Warden – moved back home under care of Pat and a little help from Home Health Care.
  • 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
  • Kitty Jones –  taking break from Chemo treatments and traveling to Seattle and Utah
  • Bob Barnes – lung function
  • Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, John Moon, Kitty Jones, Kim Tatman and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment

Financial Report

June 14th  $34,261.00 with 393 in worship attendance

Have a fabulous Tuesday.

Evelyn Ueltzen
Administrative Assistant
First United Methodist Church
firstumc@windstream.net
Tuesday
Jun092015

Tickle - June 9, 2015

We had an awesome “We Are Family” Sunday as we celebrated your 2015 Relay for Life efforts (raising over $13,500 this year so far) and an incredible VBS where over 100 volunteers hosted over 120 children. Since our theme this year was the Group Mt. Everest VBS, I was particularly touched by the VBS Children raising over $400 for UMCOR’s Nepal Disaster Response. That’s a lot of coins placed in that old wash tub each night! Once again, we celebrated VBS in many ways – including the children doing a “flash Mob” dance at the end of the 9:45 service – it was wonderful! Come this Sunday, we will be blessed to watch God move through another Adult baptism and profession of faith!

Welcome New Members and first time Professing Members

Jamie* and Liz Patton– 187 Cypress Edge Dr, Blairsville, GA 30512

* was Baptized and profession of faith on Sunday

FUMC 25th Anniversary Celebration

We will be celebrating our 25th full year of worship at this site on Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5. If you have pictures of significant days in the 25 years of the life of our church on this site, please bring them to Evelyn and let her scan them into our system – we just might use your picture in several of the unique presentations we are preparing for our walk down memory lane as we celebrate God’s movement among us these last 25 years! We will scan them and return to you as you bring them in to us.

UMM Grounds Care Shout Out

I just wanted to lift up the UMM team who are doing a fantastic job of cutting the grass. The facility looks stunning and with 33 acres – it’s a lot of grass to cut. David Steed tells me we are up to nine men on this team right now – thanks you fellas – your work is noticed and appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CEC (FUMC Preschool)Fundraiser

WAFFLE HOUSE COUPON BOOK: A $20.00+ VALUE FOR $5.00 TO THE FIRST 200 PEOPLE!  HURRY! GET YOURS BEFORE THEY ARE ALL GONE!!! See or call Martha Cone or Mary Ruth Cook to get yours today. 706 835 7448. They can often be seen at the MAC desk and the Narthex after the worship services on Sunday.

June 14th Flag Day

The Sons of the American Revolution will be conducting an American Flag Retirement ceremony in conjunction with Boy Scout Troop and our community up at our Scout Hut Sunday afternoon (looks like 3 pmbut will need to firm that time up.)

LeFevre Quartet – Gospel Concert at FUMC

Thursday EveningAugust 6th – get it on your calendar now! Tell your friends and help us get the word out that another nationally acclaimed group will be touring to FUMC on August 6.UMM Meeting – June 20 at 8 pm in the Fellowship HallGuest Speaker – Union County Commissioner Lamar ParisCome for breakfast, devotional, speaker, and to get involved in one of our activities – new fellas welcome! Come check us out!

Orphanage Emmanuel, Honduras Mission Trip

September 5-12  - Team up to 9 members so far – room for more!

Contacts for this trip are: Joe Tatman 706-669-4299(2jtatman@gmail.com) and Kim Tatman 404-226-2531(tokimnjoe@bellsouth.net). “Boxers by the Bunch”: Orphanage Emmanuel has a need for their young men and women. Specifically the need is for packages of women’s small and men’s small underwear (new please). Boxers or briefs for guys and nice young lady underwear and sport bras (small) for the girls. Gently used clothing is always a need. Please place items in the bins marked for Orphanage Emmanuel. Thank You!

Red Bird Mission Trip – One week trip to Kentucky 

Team up to 24 members so far – room for more!

The Towns/Union County Connection Group Mission Project for 2015 will again be the Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky the week ofSeptember 13-19. Our next team meeting if you are interested in learning more is at Sharp memorial UMC, June 23rd at 6 pm

2015 FUMC Fall Festival

We have a tradition at our church that I want to remind everyone about as summer approaches. Right after VBS, we usually start a campaign to accumulate your stuff in the Church Annex Building for the FUMC Fall Festival. What stuff? Well, pretty much anything other than clothes that we might have a hope of selling during the Annex Sale in October. If you are starting to move boxes around (like the Burgess family right now) – how about donating some of that stuff you don’t use a whole lot to help us pay down our debt on the MAC. Proceeds from the Fall Festival go towards that goal. If you are in doubt on if we want it or not, feel free to ask Tammy Fowler, or Jana Howe, or any of the other Ladies involved in organizing the Yard sale portion of the Fall Festival..

Concerns/Praises

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

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

  • Rev. Jim Aiken – home after having heart attack and stents put in, home address: 4544 Dallas Street, Acworth, Georgia 30101
  • Liz Patton – MRI testing this week
  • Blanche Candler – family of James Burrell in his recent death
  • Congrats to Grandparents Stan and Tricia Wallace in the birth today of Sarah’s baby boy – Jack Rhett Walker – all are well.
  • Congrats to Grandparents Dennis and Jeannie Pickeral in the birth of their grandchild – Meghan and baby are doing well.
  • Billy Hendrick’s – Rose’s father had an Aortic valve replacement in Gainesville Florida this morning – doing well.
  • Faye Eubanks – recent passing of her sister-in-law
  • Andrea Robbins – Ro Robbin’s daughter – general health
  • Barry Malac – room 324 UGH – recovering from infection – might go home tomorrow
  • Larry and Connie Rosenberry – Larry’s Mother in Pennsylvania had a stroke – family gathered around her.
  • Lewis McAfee – recent hospital stay at UGH for abdominal restriction
  • Janice Walters Taylor – husband still struggling from earlier procedure
  • Janice Jarrard – recent loss in her extended family
  • Ceil Jordan – intestinal surgery went well today – will be at UGH for 7-10 days
  • Rob and Melanie Howell – home destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon – living with neighbors
  • Alan, Kathy & Ethan Zimmerman – tree fell on their house this morning in storm
  • Barbara Marshall – will have open heart surgery on July 8th at Piedmont to repair a heart valve
  • Carol & Bob Head – general health
  • JoAnn Mayhew – stroke recovery at home
  • Manon Thompson – slow but steady recover from hip fracture. Easing back into the routine of life.
  • Gene and Artie Hodgson’s Son (Glenn) – responding to Chemo
  • Penny Hebble – stroke recovery in North Carolina
  • Anne Williams and Pastor Mark will be at Annual Conference in Athen’s Georgia all next week – among other things, electing 22 delegates from the North Georgia Conference to General Conference and Jurisdictional Conference next year.
  • Jane Driskell – at home with Parkinson’s
  • Kathy Heyer – scheduled detailed liver function testing at Emory in near future
  • H.R. Warden – moved back home under care of Pat and a little help from Home Health Care.
  • 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
  • Kitty Jones –  taking break from Chemo treatments and traveling to Seattle and Utah
  • Bob Barnes – lung function
  • Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, John Moon, Kitty Jones, Kim Tatman and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)

A Note from Your Rejoicing Finance Team

Total giving in May was an incredible $92,887 – THANK YOU for your extreme generosity!!!Giving for June is as follows:     June 7 – $19,632

God’s Renewing Peace,        

 Senior Pastor

 firstumcpastor@windstream.ne

Tuesday
Jun022015

Tickle - June 2, 2015

Welcome Ava Hunter as a professing member - 328 Pleasant Hill Road, Blairsville.

VBS is going great guns! Melinda and her whole crew are doing a fabulous job teaching the children about Jesus through song, art, crafts and stories. The decorations certainly help put you in the feel of Mt. Everest. Reminder that adults are invited to attend Rev. Rod McClarnon’s adult Bible Study on the Gospel of John in the Bray Chapel beginning at 5:30 pmthrough Thursday night of VBS.

June 14th Flag Day

The Sons of the American Revolution will be conducting an American Flag Retirement ceremony in conjunction with Boy Scout Troop and our community up at our Scout Hut Sunday afternoon (looks like 3 pm but will need to firm that time up.)

UMC Annual Conference – June 15-19th

  Pastor Mark and Anne Williams will be attending the week long conference. Please pray for the conference and the Methodist Church at- large as they vote on matters of the church.

LeFevre Quartet – Gospel Concert at FUMC – 

Thursday Evening August 6th – get it on your calendar now! Tell your friends and help us get the word out that another nationally acclaimed group will be touring to FUMC on August 6.

Orphanage Emmanuel, Honduras Mission Trip: September 5-12

The first Team planning meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 8th. Contacts for this trip are: Joe Tatman 706-669-4299 (2jtatman@gmail.com) and Kim Tatman 404-226-2531(tokimnjoe@bellsouth.net).

“Boxers by the Bunch”

 Orphanage Emmanuel has a need for their young men and women. Specifically the need is for packages of women’s small and men’s small underwear (new please). Boxers or briefs for guys and nice young lady underwear and sport bras (small) for the girls. Gently used clothing is always a need. Please place items in the bins marked for Orphanage Emmanuel. Thank You!

Red Bird Mission Trip – One week trip to Kentucky

The Towns/Union County Connection Group Mission Project for 2015 will again be the Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky the week of September 13-19. Our next team meeting if you are interested in learning more is at Sharp memorial UMC, June 23rd at 6 pm.

2015 FUMC Fall Festival

We have a tradition at our church that I want to remind everyone about as summer approaches. Right after VBS, we usually start a campaign to accumulate your stuff in the Church Annex Building for the FUMC Fall Festival. What stuff? Well, pretty much anything other than clothes that we might have a hope of selling during the Annex Sale in October. If you are starting to move boxes around (like the Burgess family right now) – how about donating some of that stuff you don’t use a whole lot to help us pay down our debt on the MAC. Proceeds from the Fall Festival go towards that goal. If you are in doubt on if we want it or not, feel free to ask Tammy Fowler, or Jana Howe, or any of the other Ladies involved in organizing the Yard sale portion of the Fall Festival.

CEC Fund Raiser

WAFFLE HOUSE COUPON BOOK: A $20.00+ VALUE FOR $5.00 TO THE FIRST 200 PEOPLE!  HURRY! GET YOURS BEFORE THEY ARE ALL GONE!!! See or call Martha Cone to get one. 706 835-7448.

Concerns/Praises 

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

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

  • Jim and Dee Arthur’s son Jeff – laser eye procedure on one eye successful with second eye being done tomorrow
  • Jim Aiken – home after having heart attack and stents put in, home address: 4544 Dallas Street, Acworth, Georgia 30101
  • Frank Loy – recent loss of his father
  • Cindy Neely – PRAISE! Needle biopsy proved it was just a cyst!
  • Joan Chiras – loss in extended family
  • Betty Jones – stent put in in Marietta
  • Leura Mollnhauer – is now home and continuing to heal
  • Larry and Connie Rosenberry – Larry’s Mother in Pennsylvania had a stroke
  • Terry Vaughn – father-in-law had stroke
  • Janice Walters Taylor – husband still struggling from earlier procedure
  • Mary Kay McCann – fell, healing at home
  • John Moon – home from lung surgery – balancing meds – reconnect with surgeon this week
  • Bill Gleasure – extensive abdominal tests had sent him to the hospital – home now
  • Glen Boland – procedure last week finally took his heart rhythm out of AFIB – Glory Hallelujah!
  • Marti Shaffer – broken foot has been surgically repaired and now back home
  • Bob Stone – home recovering from heart valve replacement
  • Ceil Jordan- home recovering
  • Barbara Marshall – will have open heart surgery on July 8th at Piedmont to repair a heart valve
  • Myron Turner – cardiac stress was clear
  • Carol & Bob Head – general health
  • Mitzi Gasaway – car accident – everyone is ok – the car is not.
  • JoAnn Mayhew – stroke recovery at home
  • Manon Thompson – slow but steady recover from hip fracture. Easing back into the routine of life.
  • Gene and Artie Hodgson’s Son (Glenn) – responding to Chemo
  • Penny Hebble – stroke recovery in North Carolina
  • Jane Driskell – at home with Parkinson’s
  • Kathy Heyer – scheduled detailed liver function testing at Emory in near future
  • H.R. Warden – moved back home under care of Pat and a little help from Home Health Care.
  • Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/pain issues
  • Bill & Barbara Gleasure’s daughter-in-law (Harley Gleasure) – undergoing chemo
  • Valerie Metcalf – 15 day radiation treatment in process – ends this week
  • Kathy Zimmerman – sister Alice struggling with cancer in Indiana
  • Kitty Jones –  undergoing Chemo treatments now
  • Bob Barnes – lung function
  • Valerie MetcalfJoyce 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 very FAITHFUL giving. I’m (evelyn) back.

May 24th giving was  $11,100 

May 31st giving was $11,324

Blessings,

Evelyn (sub-Tickler)

Evelyn Ueltzen
Administrative Assistant
First United Methodist Church
firstumc@windstream.net

Thursday
May282015

VBS - Mt. Everest….coming Sunday

I made another boo boo in the VBS part of the tickle – it is just a few “days” away – not “weeks” away.

The good news is that mistake just gave me the opportunity to send out this separate reminder lifting up VBS!!!

God’s Anticipation,

mark

We are going hiking up Mt. Everest!  Be sure to wear you wackiest hiking hat each day!  Be sure to put your name in it so it can go home with you! Bring a friend, or 5! Dinner begins in the Fellowship Hall at 4:30 pmeach day but activities don't start until 5:15 pm.  Parents, we ask that you stay with your children through dinner.  Our crew leaders are in prayer with the crew team preparing for the evening and unable to receive your children until 5:15 pm.

  

VBS May 31 (Sunday evening) to June 4 (Thursday evening):

K4 through current 5th graders – dinner then fun! Free!

Please register online at www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/firstkids2015
 
We are just a few short DAYS 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!  Come join the fun!!!!!! 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.
Why Should the Kids have all the fun!
Rev. Rod McClarnon (“semi” retired United Methodist pastor from Florida who along with his wife Linda are part of our faith family) will be facilitating an adult Bible Study on the Gospel of John in the Bray Chapel beginning at 5:30 pm Sunday through Thursday night of VBS.
It would be helpful if you could let us know if you will be attending by registering online at the following link (or by just letting Melinda know):www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/firstkids2015     Register just like you are registering for VBS. There will be a box to check that says, “Adult Bible Study.”