Tuesday Tickle

Weekly writings from the desk of Pastor Mark

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,
 
                                             
firstumcpastor@windstream.net
Web: firstmethodistblairsville.com / fb:firstumc of union county

 

Tuesday
Aug262014

Tickle - August 26

Wow! What a weekend! Thank you Crafty Ladies for raising over $1,400 in the “presale” we had this last Sunday. Thank you Scouts for partnering with us in your bake sale. Thank you UMM for the new soccer field goals (with nets!) Thank you youth for washing over 30 cars this weekend as a Youth fundraiser, thank you servant hearts for cleanup at the Scout hut and the church facilities. Well done everyone!


Welcome New Members

Please take time to welcome those who united with Christ’s movement through FUMC this last Sunday:
Don and Diana Rich: 273 Scona Lane, Blairsville, GA 30512
Charles and Karen McGinn: 15 Christian Crossing, Morganton, GA 30560

Wednesday Night Nurture

We sure had a good crowd last week at the picnic. We thank everyone who contributed to that feast! Your “staff team” is going to do their best to live up to the standard Ro and the Robinettes set last week. Of course, we have Chef Camden on our team so don’t miss this one! As Jesus said, “I come not to be served, but to serve.”  Of course I would have added “and to eat dessert!” Your staff team will be serving starting at 5 pm in the MAC. There will be no Adult Bible study unless you get into a conversation with me back at the dishwasher...(grin!)

Young Harris College Ministry

There are TWO things here:
Camden and I staffed a FUMC booth at Young Harris College Community Day last Thursday evening. We met “many” students. One of the things we talked to them about was our “Adopt a College Student Ministry.” The concept is simple. If you would like to adopt one college student, just sign the sign up sheet in the Narthex or let Shannon Burgess know. We need your help on this one. We had 27 students sign up to be adopted! We met freshmen from places like Canada and Northern Europe. Some are a long way from home. We ask that you do four things for your adopted student during the school year; specifically, pray for them, write notes of encouragement, send an occasional care package of goodies, and maybe take them to a restaurant once a semester. Your goal is to simply “care for them.” We are their home away from home. We want nothing from them in return. The adoptees have signed up – now we need 27 adopters! Since some of these freshman are still only 17, our Safe Sanctuary polices will apply to this ministry. We need to be in a long term relationship with you (including membership at FUMC) and you will need to allow us to do a background check on you if we did not do one on you already this year. Simply sign up and we will coordinate the rest.
 
The second thing has to do with a one time act of generosity on Young Harris College Day at our Church (September 28.) If you would be willing to sign up to take one or two college students to a restaurant after worship that day at either the 9:45 or 11 am service, let Evelyn or me know.

Smart Sunday School Room

Through some dedicated giving, we had the opportunity to convert the Youth Sunday School Classroom to what I like to call a smart classroom configuration. If you get a chance, stop into the Youth Sunday School room in the lower level of the MAC and check it out. There is one wall mount flat screen TV, a DVD player and HDMI/VGA and Audio connections for a laptop along with a shelf to sit it on. Once we shore up our internet connection in the lower level of the MAC, you will have the ability to watch DVD Bible Studies, or drive presentations (audio and video) from a laptop, or pull resources across the internet (like the new Youth Bible Study Curriculum.) We are interested in knowing if there are any other rooms out there that might benefit from such an upgrade. We ran the new Covenant Bible Study discs on the system – everything worked perfectly. Thank you Tech Team!

Adult Ministries

We lovingly begin our 17th year of OASIS on September 4. Your OASIS Steering Committee has an excellent plan in order once again. If you are looking for an opportunity to teach, to learn, to be with other human beings above the age of 50 years young, come find out more about all that OASIS has to offer.

New Covenant Bible Study

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.

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!

Scout Hut Planning Committee - Something New

A conversation has grown out of the United Methodist Men’s group over the last several months about our Scout Hut on our Church Campus (the Beale Home.) We want to lead the Church, the Scouts, and our Community into a partnership “renewal effort” to upgrade that existing building and grounds. This will require many conversations with many groups inside and outside our church. A preliminary evaluation of the house by resources within the UMM showed enough core structural integrity to justify a series of smaller scope upgrade projects (refurbish existing.) We are now forming the planning committee for this activity. Everyone who wishes to be part of this team is invited! Our first step will be to hold a meeting with the Scouts to listen to all their uses of that house and facility. If you would like to be part of this planning team, sign up on the sheets in the Narthex or let Evelyn know.

Concerns/Praises

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead
  • Peggy Woods – recent loss of her Mother
  • Rick Siefken – recovering at home from cardiac ablation at Emory Hospital last week
  • Mona Hackney – now at home recovering from blood clots (addressing with blood thinners.)
  • Fritz Simonsen – car accident last week – he’s ok (thanks be to God)
  • Carl Neuhaus – Kidney stone stent procedure today in Murphy (should be home tonight)
  • Henry and Mrytle von Staden’s daughter - Cathy von Staden – is out of the hospital
  • Vic Henderson’s daughter in Marietta (Grace Holley) is struggling at home with a herniated disc.
  • Murph McGirt - was in Murphy hospital several days for blood infection – back home now and doing better – hope to still have 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 – suspected brain mass – testing
  • Shannon Burgess’ brother (Scott Dickey) – heart and kidney complications continue
  • 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

At the end of June, we finished the first half of 2014. Total giving in the first six months of the year has been $426,473. At that current giving rate ($71,079 per month), we would end the year receiving $853,000. Our current Church Council approved ministry plan – which includes all our expenses including the MAC loan ($262,000 /yr from principal and interest) – require $873,000 in 2014 ($72,750 per month.) Remember, we have the MAC loan debt management now integrated into our overall ministry plan – not separate from it. We are almost where we need to be in total giving thanks to your generosity! Giving in August has been: August 3, $21,146, August 10, $17,905, August 17, $8,482 and August 24, $13,220. Thank you so very much for allowing God to move through your transformed hearts!
 
God’s Unlimited Joy,
       
Senior Pastor firstumcpastor@windstream.net
            

 

 

Tuesday
Aug192014

Tickle - August 19

I sure love the beauty of the graphic art I was using in the tickle; but we had to let that go. Several of you were printing off the tickle to read it. All of us who printed the tickle discovered all those annoying symbols in the print out that are not present in the on screen version. For reasons Microsoft does not fully understand, that graphic image of our church was the source of that “goofiness” (yes, it’s a technical term!) So now you should be able to print it and have it appear as it appears on the screen. I hope so anyway. I really have done my fair share of evangelizing those Microsoft help desk folks on the other side of the world this week (grin!)


Welcome New Members

Please take time to welcome those who united with Christ’s movement through FUMC this last Sunday: Tim Holby: 159 Wildlife Haven, Murphy, NC 28906


Wednesday Night Nurture

Come to our kickoff picnic under the MAC Portico this Wednesday – the picnic begins at 5 pm.  Since I really want to have time to be present with all who come to the picnic, and since I am part of the Staff Cooking team doing the meal the following Wednesday (Aug 27), we will start the Adult Bible Study led by Pastor Mark back up on Wednesday, Sept 3. Please help us get the word around since last Wednesday I told the folks present at the end of the United Methodism Study, we would start back up in the CEB Devotional Bible on Week 18 – guideword “Communion” – this coming Wednesday. Instead of this Wednesdaywe will start this study back up September 3. If you wish to join our ongoing conversation, contact Evelyn for the details of the devotional Bible we are using for this study. You are invited to order it on your own. As always, if buying that devotional Bible is beyond your current means, your Church will make one available to you. We usually have around 40 folks for this informal conversation from 6 pm to 7 pm on Wednesday nights in the Friendship Classroom – lower level of the MAC. It takes about 30-60 minutes of reading to read the devotional material and Scripture passages each week. Come check it out! It’s a great place to be for first time Bible Study folks and frequent flyers alike!


Annex TREASURE Sale THIS COMING SATURDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

COME ON OUT!Your Crafty Ladies have been busy bees! They are coordinating a Treasure sale at the ANNEX on our property onSaturday, August 23, from 9 am to 1 pm.  Come on out and don’t miss this event that is a fundraiser for the Church and it’s various ministries.  Boy Scout Troop 101 will be selling coffee and baked goods outside the ANNEX. The FUMC Youth Group will be doing a car wash. And the FUMC Children’s Ministry will be selling some craft items. One stop shop!


New Sunday School Launch

 It’s not too late to jump on board at the start of a new thing! If you are looking for a new small group SundaySchool class to join, see David Sutton in the Youth Room at 9:45 am on Sunday in the lower level of the MAC.


Adult Ministries

We lovingly begin our 17th year of OASIS on September 4Your OASIS Steering Committee has an excellent plan in order once again. If you are looking for an opportunity to teach, to learn, to be with other human beings above the age of 50 years young, come find out more about all that OASIS has to offer.Stan: stanwallace@windstream.net


New Covenant Bible Study

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. If you would like to sign up for this class, email David Sutton at suttondt0714@yahoo.com


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!


Scout Hut Planning Committee   Something New

A conversation has grown out of the United Methodist Men’s group over the last several months about our Scout Hut on our Church Campus (the Beale Home.) We want to lead the Church, the Scouts, and our Community into a partnership “renewal effort” to upgrade that existing building and grounds. This will require many conversations with many groups inside and outside our church. A preliminary evaluation of the house by resources within the UMM showed enough core structural integrity to justify a series of smaller scope upgrade projects (refurbish existing.) We are now forming the planning committee for this activity. Everyone who wishes to be part of this team is invited! Our first step will be to hold a meeting with the Scouts to listen to all their uses of that house and facility. If you would like to be part of this planning team, sign up on the sheets in the Narthex or let Evelyn know..


Concerns/Praises     PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

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

  • Congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Ed (Carrie) Smith – married at FUMC last Saturday
  • Congrats to the Buchanan’s in the birth of their grandson Leyland!
  • Peggy Woods – Peggy’s Mother in Virginia (Nellie Garnett) has leapt into the outstretched arms of Jesus.
  • Mona Hackney – has been at Union General ICU – multiple blood clots – at home now – continuing blood thinners
  • Henry and Mrytle von Staden’s daughter - Cathy von Staden – is in Dekalb Medical Center for pneumonia
  • Camryn Carter – MRI was clear
  • Vic Henderson’s daughter in Marietta (Grace Holley) is struggling at home with a herniated disc.
  • Sue Hill – nerve block procedure completed – not much relief yet
  • Jim DeRevere – cataract procedure thursday on eye with detached retina problems – then re-evaluate path forward
  • Lee and Cindy Weitzel’s 6 month old granddaughter – suspected brain mass – testing
  • Shannon Burgess’ brother (Scott Dickey) – heart and kidney complications continue
  • JoAnn Mayhew – now able to go with family for 4 hour visits outside of facility (restaurants, etc...)
  • Tim Derflinger/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, and others

A Note from Your Finance Team

At the end of June, we finished the first half of 2014. Total giving in the first six months of the year has been $426,473. At that current giving rate ($71,079 per month), we would end the year receiving $853,000. Our current Church Council approved ministry plan – which includes all our expenses including the MAC loan – require $873,000 in 2014 ($72,750 per month.) Remember, we have the MAC loan debt management now integrated into our overall ministry plan – not separate from it. We are almost where we need to be in total giving thanks to your generosity! Giving in August has been: August 3, $21,146, August 10, $17,905, August 17, $8,482. Thank you! 

God’s Unlimited Joy,

  Senior Pastor

 firstumcpastor@windstream.net