The holidays are approaching quickly. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As my High School son reminded me, “next week is a short week Dad, it doesn’t even really count!” I would encourage us to make them all count. Thanksgiving weekend is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is the four Sundays of preparation before Christmas. I am not trying to speed things up – on the contrary – I am trying to encourage everyone to slow things down so you can hear God’s voice – and not miss it. It begins with worship. Don’t miss a single Sunday starting this weekend! Let us worship and glorify God together this weekend – see you all in church Sunday. It is going to be a beautiful day!
Due to wind driven rains anticipated Wednesday night, there will be no dinner in the MAC this Wednesday. We moved the Feast to after the 11 am service this Sunday in the MAC. The meal is free to anyone and everyone. Invite a friend. Bring someone to church! Reach out again to those you have asked before. I think God is in the details for this coming Sunday – maybe God is wanting to work through you in that invitation! If you are able, bring a side or a dessert but that is not required. Just come give thanks – it is the way we will finish this 3 week sermon series Thanksgiving: An Attitude of Gratitude.
YHC College Students – you are invited and welcome to the feast this weekend!Wednesday Night Nurture:There is no meal this Wednesday.
There is no Bible Study from pastor Mark this Wednesday.Check with your ministry coordinator if you have questions about your Wednesday night activity this week. I think it is a down night for Children, Youth, Young Adult Study, and Adult Bible studies – but check with your leaders.
United Methodist Men Meeting this Saturday at 8 am in the Fellowship Hall
Those in worship this weekend heard an excellent mission moment from David Kuykendall about a new ministry the United Methodist Men are trying to launch – our chainsaw ministry. If you would like to just meet the UMM, please come to our meeting this Saturday – breakfast begins at 8 am. We have a planned devotional and then brief meeting. We would love to have you come just eat breakfast with us on Saturday.
Vogel State Park Mission Opportunity
Each year for 12 years, area churches have assisted in the Vogel State Park Tree Lighting Program.
November 20th, (Friday) at 1:00 – Decorate the ball field rain date Nov. 21.
The tasks are to cut up evergreen trees and decorate the fence. Bring loppers, if you have them. Dress warmly and bring work gloves. This is always a fun work time. No park pass is required. Drive into the park and turn left after the Welcome Center. The ball field is where the road splits.
December 12 at 3:00 till 7:00 the Tree lighting program.
· Need cookies and brownies
· People to work with the hay rides.
· People to help in parking car
Please contact Pat or Tom Maryscuk after November 20th to volunteer or for more information. 706-781-3900 or just come and be filled with a great Christmas celebration!
Children’s Ministry - Melinda Weldon - Director
Parents remember that we have the “He-Brews” coffee station set up on the Children's wing (upper level on the old Fellowship Hall side) every Sunday morning during our Sunday School and Children's Church Hour Come enjoy a cup of coffee, meet other parents and have a few minutes of fellowship! We have started a new Bible Study class on Sunday mornings for our 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. We are meeting during the Traditional Service/Children's Church hour in the Fellowship Hall. We are studying the devotional book "When the Game Stands Tall" which is based on the movie. We are very excited about this as I think our kids will really benefit from this devotional! Children's Choir and Handbells will be performing for us this Sunday during the 11 am Worship Service - Mrs. Linda has put together a very special Thanksgiving performance! You won't want to miss this most precious Thanksgiving gift!Our Hanging of the Greens service is scheduled for December 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm. Our Children and Youth will be presenting Christmas to you in a very special way! Please make plans to attend this sweet and special service! It's time for our Annual Angel Workshop ~ December 6, 2015 from 12:30 until 2:30 in the Fundamentals room, located downstairs in the Children's Wing. We will be having a special Christmas Party where we will be playing games, making ornaments and enjoying fun snacks. More information to come! Have questions - please see Melinda or call 706.781.7153. Children's Christmas Program~ December 13, 2015 at 6:00 in the MAC! Our children have plans to sing for you again! Please make plans to come out and hear the voices of Angels as we sing some traditional Christmas songs as well as a two new songs that might havesome very special meaning to you! The performance will be followed by Dessert Fellowship in the MAC.
UMC Asperger’s Task Force Seeks Input on Need for Resources
A group of North Georgia United Methodists interested in providing resources to families with a child with Aspberger's Syndrome asks for you to take a brief survey on the topic. The survey is anonymous and can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/aspergersNGUMC .
A Note from the Community Meals on Wheels Program Managed by the Blairsville Senior Center
You may recall that Meals on Wheels was our special offering in October. We received this wonderful note from Kathy Hill, the program Director: “FUMC, Thank you so much for your support of our Meal Program for Union County Seniors. As you know, Government funding is less and less each year, and we depend on donations from our community to keep the meal program active for our seniors. Your generous donation will purchase 115 meals for seniors. You are providing vital missionary service in our community. Thank you again and may each of you be richly blessed for your kindness and generosity.
”Morning Glory Coat Drive: (Last day to bring coats is Wed, November 18)
The Morning Glory Circle members are still collecting lightly used coats for adults and children for the Antioch Baptist Food ministry in November. Please drop them off in the closet across from the MAC desk. We have many women’s coats but are lean on men’s and children. Please double check those closets and see if there is anything there that can warm another soul with Christian love.
Advent Bible Study: “Mayhem or Bethlehem?”
Pastor Rod McClarnon will be leading an Advent study on Wednesday nights beginning December 2 after the Hanging of the Greens service in the Sanctuary. All of us who have been part of Rod’s Spiritual Gifts Study know that one of his Spiritual Gifts is teaching. The time for the December Wed classes will be worked out in the first session (probably earlier in the evening since there will be no Wednesday night meals after December 2 and we know people will want to avoid driving in the dark – but that will be a conversation Rod will have with all who come to the first meeting on December 2 be a half hour after the Hanging of the Greens service – anticipate the Hanging of the Greens from 6 to 6:30 pm and Rod’s class on Dec 2 going from 6:30 to 7 pm as a planning target.) He will be teaching Dec 9, 16, 23 and 30th as an option if desired.) . Let’s encounter Advent together this year in both Study and Worship – you will be blessed!
Calling Christmas Eve Luminary Team: Don’t throw away those clear, one gallon milk jugs in November!
Remember the road lined with gallon milk jug luminaries at all three Christmas Eve service last year? It was beautiful. We need a few more volunteers interested in making this happen again this year. We want to break it up into teams for each service (or perhaps even half service) so no one person does more than the service they are attending.
Our three Christmas Eve services are at 5:30 pm, 7 pm, and 11 pm.
If you would like to help out, please contact Artie or Gene Hodgson at email@example.com
This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead
- All the families who are grieving as the result of the multiple terrorist incidents around the globe
- Bill Mollnhauer – knee replacement went well – will be at UGH (room 332) for a few days
- Christine Golden (band member Jay Golden’s wife) fell last week – mouth injury
- Shelley Lewis – more reconstructive surgery in December – date not yet set
- Mac Warren – doing home health therapy but need to keep an eye on heart during knee replacement PT
- Rick Siefken – procedure to repair torn retina went well – down for 2 weeks recovery
- JoAnn Mayhew – now back home – still preparing for gall bladder surgery to come
- Brian Thomas – Shoulder replacement went well – recovering at home
- Jamie Patton – Hip replacement today went well – having some complications – reconnecting with doctor
- Jane Driskell – under hospice care at home with Jerry, family, and caregivers (keep Jerry in your prayers too.
- )Carol & Bob Head – general health
- Penny Hebble – stroke recovery in North Carolina.
- Kathy Heyer – pause while the doctors evaluate all her tests related to Liver transplant list
- Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/JoAnn Strickland/Elaine Neuhaus – chronic back/pain issues
- Pat Warden – daughter Vickey in Washington State diagnosed with cancer – surgery tuesday
- Gwen Graphman’s baby grandaughter Mary Graphman – surgery went well – postpone Chemo for now
- Barry Malac – further testing (melanoma) – this coming fridayKathy Zimmerman’s sister Alice – continued healing
- Kitty Jones – awaiting upcoming scan this week to determine next course of action
- Myron Turner – Chemo treatments (his brother Marvin is waiting bone marrow biopsy results)Cindy Neely – continuing radiation treatments into mid December
- Gene and Artie Hodgson’s Son (Glenn) – now undergoing radiation treatments for 4 more weeks
- John Moon – scans were all clear – will be doing maintenance procedures after a rest
- Carol Rogers - relative Paul Orabella has stage 4 bone cancer.
A Note from Your Finance Team
“Please remember FUMC in your wills and trusts”The giving in November has been: November 1, $39,232, November 8, $16,009, November 15, $15,515. Thank you for your Divine generosity! We needed to catch up in November, thank you for moving us in that direction.
God’s Divine Peace
(“Peace be with you. My Peace I give you”)