Tuesday Tickle

Weekly writings from the desk of Pastor Mark

Wednesday
Feb032016

Tickle - February 2, 2016

Happy Groundhog Day! And good news! – General Lee at Yellow River Game Ranch did NOT see his shadow so spring is on it’s way! YAY!!!! 

It was a busy Sunday! We had 420 in service and over 34 people attend the Methodist 101 class that afternoon. We were sad to say goodbye to our outgoing Children’s Director Melinda Weldon. We appreciate ALL that she has done over these last few years. We are glad though that we will still see her smiling face around campus as she and her family aren’t going anywhere. This leads to the next item....

Children’s Director Opening

If you (or someone you know) are interested in applying for our open Children’s Director position, you can begin that process by simply forwarding a resume to the Church Office – FUMC, 938 Hwy 515 E, Blairsville, GA 30512 (Attention Evelyn) This is a paid part time position

Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study

Come at 10 am for the second session of Adam Hamilton’s study on Forgiveness.  We have room for a few more! Lower level of the MAC.

Wednesday Night Nurture

This week’s meal will be prepared by Wilma Reid and Kathy Zimmerman’s crew. Menu consists of roast pork, mashed potatoes, broccoli and ice cream sundaes. Adult Study is Rod McClarnon’s Beautitudes Bible Study 6-7 pm in lower level of MAC

Youth Group (7th grade through 12th grade) is Pastor Mark’s UM 101 class session 3 in lower level of the MAC

Children’s Bible study – gather in Fundamentals room around 5:45 – break up into age appropriate Bible study

Bells practice at 6 pm, Choir practice at 7 pm – all back to normal.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

 FUMC is in the early formative stage of developing a cancer support group to be launched in mid-April. It is intended for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. To learn more and to express your interest contact either: Claudia Deprez at 561-722-7411 or at claudiadeprez@windstream.netOR John Vogeley at 706-400-8452 or at johnvogeley@windstream.net

CHURCH MOUSE IS IN THE HOUSE! - 

 Check it out in the narthex...we have a new resident!!  The Church Mouse has established his house and is ready to receive all the good news it can hold!  Let's celebrate our KIDS, our FAMILIES, our YOUTH, and our ADULTS.  We all have big (or little) victories that need a 'woo hoo' as Pastor Mark would say.  So...write The Church Mouse a note (pens and paper are there next to house), and let him know all the special things that are happening with our church family. Tuck your notes through the front door...and where will they turn up??? Be watching!!!!!

Stephen Ministry Class started last night

If you want to know more, contact Dee Dee Siefken dfrechette57@gmail.com or Kathy Heyer kheyer54@gmail.com or Fritz Simonsen difritz@brmemc.net

Calling all Young At Heart!    Super Bowl Bunco Fellowship!   Friday,  February 5th   

6:00 pm  This year we meet in the in the MAC!   Everyone should bring an appetizer or a dessert.  $2.00 per person donation. Sign up sheets are in the narthex and at the MAC desk. Join us and bring a friend! If you don’t know how to play Bunco, it is very easy to learn – just come and be part of this fellowship time.“IF:”

Gathering Women's Retreat is coming to FUMC! THIS WEEKEND! Over 80 women have signed up!

Join us on Friday, February 5th and Saturday, February 6th as we as we learn and worship together! IF:Gathering exists to gather, equip, and unleash women to live out their purpose. What IF we love like Jesus loved, pray like Jesus prayed, and pursue holiness like Jesus pursued it? What IF we joined together with women in our church, invited our friends, and reached out to a coworker or neighbor for a weekend of study, prayer, encouragement? What IF we opened our hearts to rich experiences, beautiful worship music, and dynamic female Christian speakers? IF's verse is John 1:14: "And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." What IF we lived like Jesus? Come find out what IF is all about by registering at https://ifgathering.com/localgatherings/ifnorth-georgia/ (Full event details are also posted on this link). Agenda: Friday, Feb. 5th dinner at 6pm; Session 1 at 7-10pm (at the latest). Saturday, Feb. 6th light breakfast at 8:30am; Sessions begin at 9am; lunch provided, concludes at 7pm (at the latest). Many different female Christian speakers and musicians from around the world make up this dynamic event. LIVE in Austin, TX we will stream the event via the internet into our local IF:Gathering. Registration is $45 which covers food, a goodie bag, and materials. Childcare is provided at $10 per child. Contact Melinda Weldon, Katie Mashburn, Tricia Wallace, Jessica Freschette, Emily Cobb, or Stacy Clements for more information. 

Orphanage Emmanuel Collection Boxes

Wayne Jones has constructed new collection boxes for the Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras, for their on-going needs.  Look for the boxes with a red top rail, one in the Narthex and one in the MAC lobby.  New socks and underwear for all ages are always needed, as well as fleece or knit gloves (on sale now).  There has also been a request for art supplies.  See the February newsletter for a complete list.

UMM Valentines Week Wednesday Night Dinner Event

Please put Wednesday, February 17 on your calendar. The FUMC United Methodist Men will be doing the Wednesday night meal that night as a fundraiser for our UMM ministries. It is both our normal Wednesday night meal for everyone and something extra special the UMM would like to do for the Ladies of Union County. This event is being marketed outside the church as well – so bring any friend or come as a group. The meal is free, donations will be accepted like any other night. There will be roses for the first 100 women, special “strolling musicians” during the dinner, and the men will be greeting, cooking and serving (and cleaning up – it’s a miracle!!!) The dinner planned is smoked pork tenderloin, rosemary red potatoes, green beans with almonds, dinner roll, strawberry shortcake with whipped cream, coffee and tea. This is for everyone – just something special the men want to do. THE SIGN UP SHEET IS ON THE TABLE IN THE MAC. Tired of being inside, pray for good weather, and come on out and donate to the FUMC Men’s Ministries – dinner begins at 5 pm.

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 Preston – struggling with sepsis and other health issues at Piedmont Hospital Atlanta
  • Doris Langston and Family – Ed’s recent passing
  • Sherry Pope – recent loss of her mother
  • Chris Collins and Family – recent loss of Chris’ grandmother
  • Jackie and Lamar Franklin – recent loss in their extended family
  • Virgina Lane – had knee replacement surgery last Thursday. Home now
  • Bill and Diane Kolb’s daughter Trish – back surgery tomorrow at Piedmont
  • Carole Thompson – leg vein procedures last week and this week.
  • Bob Baxter – had cataract procedure yesterday – home – all is well.
  • Nick Poulos – recent cancer diagnosis – He and Donna are in Florida for several weeks of specialized treatment there
  • JoAnn Mayhew – at home recovering from gall bladder surgery
  • Larry Culpepper – not cancer, but severe GI illness – tests continue – next specialist the first week of February
  • Doug and Teri McGinnis’ – daughter Erin and baby doing much better – keep surrounding them in prayer throughout the pregnancy
  • David Heyer –  cast foot and back healing properly
  • Janice Smith – cardiac concerns – waiting on test results
  • Lewis McAfee – upcoming gall bladder surgery
  • Shannon Burgess – shingles (don’t hug her right now, you might get hit – in a loving Christian sort of way, of course!)
  • Peg Gordon – rehab in Hayesville Nursing Home  – progressing nicely – may be coming home in 10 days
  • Richard and Bart Hoibraten’s step brother  James Kincart  - many health complications chemo / internal bleeding
  • Liz Patton – general health – upcoming procedures
  • Joyce Wyckoff – healing from ankle surgery to repair break – now at UG Nursing Home – Room 242 Blue.
  • Ria Ledbetter’s father Marinus Storm – general health
  • John and Fran Browning’s daughter Molly – receiving radiation for the remnants of the ear tumor they were not able to remove because of its location – not brain tumor and the good news is it is benign – not cancerous.
  • Rick Siefken – repaired torn retina healing slowly – ok to drive but still healing
  • Jane Driskell – under hospice care at home with Jerry, family, and caregivers (keep Jerry in your prayers too.)
  • Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health – Carol still struggling with vertigo, Bob struggling with GI issues, Luann – general health
  • Penny Hebble – stroke recovery in North Carolina.   11230 Ballantyne Trace Ct. E6, Charlotte, NC 28277 Her phone is 704-910-1989.
  • Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/JoAnn Strickland/Gail McGuire– chronic back/pain issues
  • Pat Warden – daughter Vickey in Washington State now undergoing Chemo treatments.
  • Kathy Zimmerman’s sister Alice – no longer in remission
  • Chuck Stancil – lung cancer – path forward is pill treatment – not radiation or Chemo – he is in Florida
  • Kitty Jones –  taking  a break for several weeks, then will repeat scan
  • Myron Turner – moving through radiation treatments now.
  • Cindy Neely – has completed her radiation treatments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • John Moon – taking break from Maint Chemo
  • Carol Rogers - relative Paul Orabella has stage 4 bone cancer

 A Note from Your Finance Team: “Please remember FUMC in your wills and trusts”

Just a reminder that we are in the new “Estimate of Giving” card year (if you changed your giving level during the Stewardship journey last fall.) And even if you did not do so via an Estimate of Giving Card, this is always a good time to reconsider your financial giving to your church. We truly appreciate the giving we received during 2015. We continue to grow. Glory be to God! Thank you for being great stewards of the resources God has given you. There are ministries in our church who wish to do more in the church, in our community and in our world. As giving increases, so does the amount of ministry we can do. So many see only dollars – but we see ministry. We thank you for all the ministry you have made possible and we are looking towards 2016 with great excitement! Giving January 31st – $13, 746.00.

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

Thursday
Jan282016

Tickle - January 26, 2016

I so much missed Church on Sunday. It seems as though we have not been together for a month – not just a week. Ministry has continued as you will read below – but I sure miss being “all together in one place.” The good news is we get to reconnect this Wednesday at Wed Night Nurture, Thursday at OASIS, and Sunday in Worship. I need Church and I need you, we need each other – I look forward to “reconnecting!”

Update on Ed Langston

Our hearts are heavy. Our beloved Ed went to be with the Lord last night. Keep Doris and the rest of the family in your heartfelt prayers. Plans are being laid for Ed’s arrangements today – we will send that information out when it is available.

Chris Collins Grandmother Funeral Arrangements

We will gather this Saturday at Cochran funeral home to honor the life of Ruth Collins. Visitation is at Noon. The Memorial service will begin at 1 pm.

Children’s Director Opening

If you (or someone you know) are interested in applying for our open Children’s Director position, you can begin that process by simply forwarding a resume to the Church Office – FUMC, 938 Hwy 515 E, Blairsville, GA 30512 (Attention Evelyn) This is a paid part time position.

Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study

Come at 10 am for the second session of Adam Hamilton’s study on Forgiveness. Even if you missed the first session, it is not too late to jump in. There were over 25 Ladies at the first session! We have room for a few more! Lower level of the MAC.

Wednesday Night Nurture

There will be a meal this Wednesday at 5 pm – but it will not be a fundraiser. We were unable to reschedule the CEC fundraiser that quick, so this is a Ro & the Robinettes meal – meat, veggie, salad, and dessert. Come reconnect with folks!

Adult Study is Rod McClarnon’s Beautitudes Bible Study 6-7 pm in lower level of MAC

Youth Group (7th grade through 12th grade) is Pastor Mark’s UM 101 class session 2 in lower level of the MAC

Children’s Bible study – gather in Fundamentals room around 5:45 – break up into age appropriate Bible study

Bells practice at 6 pm, Choir practice at 7 pm – all back to normal.

Stephen Ministry Class Coming in February

Are you feeling a tug at your heart to become a Stephen Minister? A Stephen Minister provides supervised one on one lay ministry care for one other human being going through a rough season of life. There will be a new Stephen Minister training class starting February 1. If you are interested, contact anyone wearing a blue Stephen Ministry nametag in worship. They are our current Stephen Ministers and Stephen Ministry Leaders. If you are feeling that tug at your heartstrings to take this step – give yourself time to talk to a Stephen Minister/Leader and fill out an application. Applications are reviewed and potential candidates are interviewed by Stephen Leaders prior to admission to the training course. The after Christmas winter doldrums sometimes close in on folks who are already struggling with the stuff of life. How about considering having a trained listener walk with you until your spring appears? We have trained Stephen Ministers ready to serve should you call. If you want to know more, contact Dee Dee Siefken dfrechette57@gmail.com or Kathy Heyer kheyer54@gmail.com or Fritz Simonsen difritz@brmemc.net

Calling all Young At Heart!  

 Super Bowl Bunko Fellowship!   Friday,  February 5th   6:00 pm  This year we meet in the in the MAC!   Everyone should bring an appetizer or a dessert.  $2.00 per person donation. Sign up sheets are in the narthex and at the MAC desk. Join us and bring a friend! If you don’t know how to play Bunco, it is very easy to learn – just come and be part of this fellowship time.

“IF:” Gathering Women's Retreat is coming to FUMC! 

This is Something New in Early February!Join us on Friday, February 5th and Saturday, February 6th as we as we learn and worship together! IF:Gathering exists to gather, equip, and unleash women to live out their purpose. What IF we love like Jesus loved, pray like Jesus prayed, and pursue holiness like Jesus pursued it? What IF we joined together with women in our church, invited our friends, and reached out to a coworker or neighbor for a weekend of study, prayer, encouragement? What IF we opened our hearts to rich experiences, beautiful worship music, and dynamic female Christian speakers? IF's verse is John 1:14: "And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." What IF we lived like Jesus? Come find out what IF is all about by registering at https://ifgathering.com/localgatherings/ifnorth-georgia/ (Full event details are also posted on this link). Agenda: Friday, Feb. 5th dinner at 6pm; Session 1 at 7-10pm (at the latest). Saturday, Feb. 6th light breakfast at 8:30am; Sessions begin at 9am; lunch provided, concludes at 7pm (at the latest). Many different female Christian speakers and musicians from around the world make up this dynamic event. LIVE in Austin, TX we will stream the event via the internet into our local IF:Gathering. Registration is $45 which covers food, a goodie bag, and materials. Childcare is provided at $10 per child. Contact Melinda Weldon, Katie Mashburn, Tricia Wallace, Jessica Freschette, Emily Cobb, or Stacy Clements for more information. 

Orphanage Emmanuel Collection Boxes

Wayne Jones has constructed new collection boxes for the Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras, for their on-going needs.  Look for the boxes with a red top rail, one in the Narthex and one in the MAC lobby.  New socks and underwear for all ages are always needed, as well as fleece or knit gloves (on sale now).  There has also been a request for art supplies.  See the March newsletter for a complete list.UMM Valentines Week Wednesday Night Dinner Event:Please put Wednesday, February 17 on your calendar. The FUMC United Methodist Men will be doing the Wednesday night meal that night as a fundraiser for our UMM ministries. It is both our normal Wednesday night meal for everyone and something extra special the UMM would like to do for the Ladies of Union County. This event is being marketed outside the church as well – so bring any friend or come as a group. The meal is free, donations will be accepted like any other night. There will be roses for the first 100 women, special “strolling musicians” during the dinner, and the men will be greeting, cooking and serving (and cleaning up – it’s a miracle!!!) The dinner planned is smoked pork tenderloin, rosemary red potatoes, green beans with almonds, dinner roll, strawberry shortcake with whipped cream, coffee and tea. This is for everyone – just something special the men want to do. Tired of being inside, pray for good weather, and come on out and donate to the FUMC Men’s Ministries – dinner begins at 5 pm.

Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

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

  • Doris Langston and Family – Ed’s recent passing
  • Sherry Pope – recent loss of her mother
  • Chris Collins and Family – recent loss of Chris’ grandmother
  • Jackie and Lamar Franklin – recent loss in their extended family
  • Virgina Lane – replacement knee surgery this Thursday at Northside Hospital.
  • Bob Baxter – had cataract procedure yesterday – home – all is well.
  • Nick Poulos – recent cancer diagnosis – He and Donna are in Florida for several weeks of specialized treatment there
  • JoAnn Mayhew – at home recovering from gall bladder surgery
  • Larry Culpepper – not cancer, but severe GI illness – tests continue – next specialist the first week of February
  • Doug and Teri McGinnis’ – daughter Erin and baby doing much better – keep surrounding them in prayer throughout the pregnancy
  • David Heyer –  cast foot and back healing properly
  • JoAnn Strickland – heart is good – doing other non-cardiac testing
  • Janice Smith – cardiac concerns – stress test was yesterday – get results next week
  • Lewis McAfee – upcoming gall bladder surgery
  • Shannon Burgess – shingles (don’t hug her right now, you might get hit – in a loving Christian sort of way of course!)
  • Peg Gordon – rehab in Hayesville Nursing Home  – progressing nicely – may be coming home in 10 days
  • Richard and Bart Hoibraten’s step brother  James Kincart  - many health complications chemo / internal bleeding
  • Liz Patton – general health – upcoming procedures
  • Joyce Wyckoff – healing from ankle surgery to repair break – now at UG Nursing Home – Room 242 Blue.
  • Ria Ledbetter’s father Marinus Storm – general health
  • John and Fran Browning’s daughter Molly – receiving radiation for the remnants of the ear tumor they were not able to remove because of its location – not brain tumor and the good news is it is benign – not cancerous.
  • Rick Siefken – repaired torn retina healing slowly – ok to drive but still healing
  • Jane Driskell – under hospice care at home with Jerry, family, and caregivers (keep Jerry in your prayers too.)
  • Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health – Carol still struggling with vertigo, Bob struggling with GI issues, Luann – general health
  • Penny Hebble – stroke recovery in North Carolina.   11230 Ballantyne Trace Ct. E6, Charlotte, NC 28277 Her phone is 704-910-1989.
  • Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/JoAnn Strickland/Gail McGuire– chronic back/pain issues
  • Pat Warden – daughter Vickey in Washington State now undergoing Chemo treatments.
  • Kathy Zimmerman’s sister Alice – no longer in remission
  • Chuck Stancil – lung cancer – path forward is pill treatment – not radiation or Chemo – he is in Florida
  • Kitty Jones –  taking  a break for several weeks, then will repeat scan
  • Myron Turner – moving through radiation treatments now.
  • Cindy Neely – has completed her radiation treatments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • John Moon – taking break from Maint Chemo
  • Carol Rogers - relative Paul Orabella has stage 4 bone cancer

A Note from Your Finance Team: “Please remember FUMC in your wills and trusts”

Just a reminder that we are in the new “Estimate of Giving” card year (if you changed your giving level during the Stewardship journey last fall.) And even if you did not do so via an Estimate of Giving Card, this is always a good time to reconsider your financial giving to your church. We truly appreciate the giving we received during 2015. We continue to grow. Glory be to God! Thank you for being great stewards of the resources God has given you. There are ministries in our church who wish to do more in the church, in our community and in our world. As giving increases, so does the amount of ministry we can do. So many see only dollars – but we see ministry. We thank you for all the ministry you have made possible and we are looking towards 2016 with great excitement!Giving January 3rd: $17,751, January 10th $17,240, January 17th $41,588, January 24 (Church Closed) – thank you so much for your Divine Generosity!

God’s Divine Peace, (“Peace be with you. My Peace I give you”)

Senior Pastor

Friday
Jan222016

Tickle - January 19, 2016

We are keeping a close eye on the weather and in all likelihood anticipate Wed Night activities to be impacted. 

Stay tuned – more to come on that as the information develops with the updated forecasts.

SPR Announcement

SPR made the announcement at all three worship services this last Sunday that Melinda Weldon is stepping back as our Director of Children’s Ministries effective January 31. Melinda will continue to volunteer as time permits in the Children’s Ministry area – we all know that is her passion. Linda McClarnon and Judy Cloyd have agreed to become our interim Children’s Ministries Directors effective February 1 to allow SPR time to do a thorough search to permanently fill this position. Our search will be both inside the Church and outside the Church. If you wish to apply, we ask that you submit a resume for consideration at the Church Office or email it directly to Evelyn at firstumc@windstream.net We ask your prayers for Melinda, Judy,  and Linda in this time of transition and for our Church as we seek God’s help discerning who will be our next Children’s Director.

Welcome our Newest Members

Eloise Grenga, 66 Susie Court, Blairsville, GA 30512

Doug and Sandy Young, 457 Lance Crossing Road, Blairsville, GA 30512

Wednesday Night Nurture 

(Plans Contingent on Weather – potential ice and snow coming during Wednesday day)

The plan was a Soup and Hotdog fundraiser for our CEC beginning at 5 pm.

Adult Study is Rod McClarnon’s Beautitudes Bible Study 6-7 pm in lower level of MAC

Youth Group (7th grade through 12th grade) is Pastor Mark’s UM 101 class session 2 in lower level of the MAC

Children’s Bible study – gather in Fundamentals room around 5:45 – break up into age appropriate Bible study

David Meece Concert Jan 22 THIS FRIDAY at 6 pm in the MAC – more of a Christian Contemporary Artist

David Meece, a world renowned Christian Music legend, is the composer of modern-day Christian Classics such as “We Are the Reason,” “70 x 7,” “Learning to Trust,” and “My  Father’s Chair.” He composed the Christmas classic “One Small Child”. David was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame and received the 2009 Visionary Award for the Inspirational Male Soloist Category. He was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Artists Music Guild in 2012. His passion for excellence in the field of Contemporary Christian Music continues to forge a powerful legacy for generations to come. Please invite your friends and neighbors to come enjoy an evening of high energy worship and praise. Doors will open at 5:00 pm. A love offering will be taken for David.

Stephen Ministry Class Coming in February

Are you feeling a tug at your heart to become a Stephen Minister? A Stephen Minister provides supervised one on one lay ministry care for one other human being going through a rough season of life. There will be a new Stephen Minister training class starting February 1. If you are interested, contact anyone wearing a blue Stephen Ministry nametag in worship. They are our current Stephen Ministers and Stephen Ministry Leaders. If you are feeling that tug at your heartstrings to take this step – give yourself time to talk to a Stephen Minister/Leader and fill out an application. Applications are reviewed and potential candidates are interviewed by Stephen Leaders prior to admission to the training course. The after Christmas winter doldrums sometimes close in on folks who are already struggling with the stuff of life. How about considering having a trained listener walk with you until your spring appears? We have trained Stephen Ministers ready to serve should you call. If you want to know more, contact Dee Dee Siefken dfrechette57@gmail.com or Kathy Heyer kheyer54@gmail.com or Fritz Simonsen difritz@brmemc.net

Calling all Young At Heart!   Super Bowl Bunko Fellowship!   Friday,  February 5th    6:00pm  

 This year we meet in the in the MAC!   Everyone should bring an appetizer or a dessert.  $2.00 per person donation. Sign up sheets are in the narthex and at the MAC desk. Join us and bring a friend! If you don’t know how to play Bunco, it is very easy to learn – just come and be part of this fellowship time.

“IF:” Gathering Women's Retreat is coming to FUMC! This is Something New in Early February!

 Join us on Friday, February 5th and Saturday, February 6th as we as we learn and worship together! IF:Gathering exists to gather, equip, and unleash women to live out their purpose. What IF we love like Jesus loved, pray like Jesus prayed, and pursue holiness like Jesus pursued it? What IF we joined together with women in our church, invited our friends, and reached out to a coworker or neighbor for a weekend of study, prayer, encouragement? What IF we opened our hearts to rich experiences, beautiful worship music, and dynamic female Christian speakers? IF's verse is John 1:14: "And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." What IF we lived like Jesus?

Come find out what IF is all about by registering at https://ifgathering.com/localgatherings/ifnorth-georgia/ (Full event details are also posted on this link). Agenda: Friday, Feb. 5th dinner at 6pm; Session 1 at 7-10pm (at the latest). Saturday, Feb. 6th light breakfast at 8:30am; Sessions begin at 9am; lunch provided, concludes at 7pm (at the latest). Many different female Christian speakers and musicians from around the world make up this dynamic event. LIVE in Austin, TX we will stream the event via the internet into our local IF:Gathering. Registration is $45 which covers food, a goodie bag, and materials. Childcare is provided at $10 per child. Contact Melinda Weldon, Katie Mashburn, Tricia Wallace, Jessica Freschette, Emily Cobb, or Stacy Clements for more information.

Orphanage Emmanuel Collection Boxes

Wayne Jones has constructed new collection boxes for the Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras, for their on-going needs.  Look for the boxes with a red top rail, one in the Narthex and one in the MAC lobby.  New socks and underwear for all ages are always needed, as well as fleece or knit gloves (on sale now).  There has also been a request for art supplies.  See the March newsletter for a complete list.

Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

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

  • Sherry Pope – Mother (Era Patterson) passed this weekend
  • Ed Langston – Currently in Gainesville Hospital – two broken vertebrae in neck were surgically repaired yesterday.
  • Nick Poulos – recent cancer diagnosis – He and Donna are going to Florida for several weeks of specialized treatment there
  • JoAnn Mayhew – at home recovering from gall bladder surgery
  • Larry Culpepper – not cancer, but GI illness – tests continue
  • Doug and Teri McGinnis’ – daughter Erin struggling with potential very premature birth with complications
  • David Heyer – reconnected with doctors in Chattanooga yesterday – no additional surgery needed – cast foot, back healing
  • JoAnn Strickland – heart is good – doing other non-cardiac testing
  • Janice Smith – cardiac concerns
  • Peg Gordon – moved to rehab in Hayesville Nursing Home  – progressing nicely.
  • Richard and Bart Hoibraten’s step brother  James Kincart  - many health complications chemo / internal bleeding
  • Liz Patton – general health – upcoming procedures
  • Joyce Wyckoff – healing from ankle surgery to repair break – now at UG Nursing Home – Room 242 Blue.
  • Ria Ledbetter’s father Marinus Storm – general health
  • John and Fran Browning’s daughter Molly – receiving radiation for the remnants of the ear tumor they were not able to remove because of its location – not brain tumor and the good news is it is benign – not cancerous.
  • Rick Siefken – repaired torn retina healing slowly – ok to drive but still healing
  • Jane Driskell – under hospice care at home with Jerry, family, and caregivers (keep Jerry in your prayers too.)
  • Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health – Carol still struggling with vertigo, Bob struggling with GI issues, Luann – general health
  • Penny Hebble – stroke recovery in North Carolina.   11230 Ballantyne Trace Ct. E6, Charlotte, NC 28277 Her phone is 704-910-1989.
  • Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/JoAnn Strickland/Gail McGuire– chronic back/pain issues
  • Pat Warden – daughter Vickey in Washington State now undergoing Chemo treatments.
  • Kathy Zimmerman’s sister Alice – no longer in remission
  • Chuck Stancil – lung cancer – path forward is pill treatment – not radiation or Chemo – he is in Florida
  • Kitty Jones –  taking  a break for several weeks, then will repeat scan
  • Myron Turner – pause from treatment then re-evaluate
  • Cindy Neely – has completed her radiation treatments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Gene and Artie Hodgson’s Son (Glenn) – is now in remission!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • John Moon – taking break from Maint Chemo
  • Carol Rogers - relative Paul Orabella has stage 4 bone cancer

A Note from Your Finance Team

 “Please remember FUMC in your wills and trusts”

Just a reminder that we are in the new “Estimate of Giving” card year (if you changed your giving level during the Stewardship journey last fall.) And even if you did not do so via an Estimate of Giving Card, this is always a good time to reconsider your financial giving to your church. We truly appreciate the giving we received during 2015. We continue to grow. Glory be to God! Thank you for being great stewards of the resources God has given you. There are ministries in our church who wish to do more in the church, in our community and in our world. As giving increases, so does the amount of ministry we can do. So many see only dollars – but we see ministry. We thank you for all the ministry you have made possible and we are looking towards 2016 with great excitement!

Giving January 3rd: $17,751, January 10th $17,240 – thank you so much for your Divine Generosity!

Given the Monday Holiday, we don’t have the giving number for last Sunday yet – will get caught up next Sunday.

God’s Divine Peace, (“Peace be with you. My Peace I give you”)

Senior Pastor

Tuesday
Jan122016

Tickle - January 12, 2016

Read and enjoy – our very busy church literally “launches” into the spring cycle of activities this week. I don’t need to add any words – I just need to try to keep up with all of you! We did not begin the adult UM101 class last Sunday due to weather. So if you come this Sunday at 2 pm, you will not have missed anything!

Welcome our Newest Member

Susan Forrester, PO Box 1952, Blairsville, GA 30514

Women’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study

The Women’s adult study will begin a new study using Adam Hamilton’s book, “Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go.” Come learn how to receive the freedom that comes with forgiving – even if the person needing to be forgiven is yourself. The study begins on January 13 in the lower level of the MAC at 10 am. All are invited!

Wednesday Night Nurture

First meal of the spring season is this Wednesday and it is a special one – baked crusted Tilapia, coleslaw, hushpuppies, potato casserole, dessert – dinner is from 5-6 pm – come on and get back into the fellowship and study routine! Thanks Ro & Robinettes!

If your group wants to sign up to do a Wednesday night meal – the signup sheet is out at the MAC desk – first come, first have!!!

 

  • Adult Bible Study – from 6-7 pm in Friendship Sunday School room – The Beatitudes – four week study by Rev. Rod McClarnon
  • Youth Study – from 6-7 pm lower level of the MAC – Pastor Mark teaching UM 101 – Bibles provided.
  • Children Ministry – gather in the Fundamentals room at 5:45 – break out to Bible study from there in age appropriate ways
  • Hand Bells rehearsal – 6-7 pm
  • Choir Practice – begins at 7 pm in the choir room
  • Relay for Life  Meeting – 7 pm Fellowship Hall (will not be a long meeting and I apologize to our choir relay folks – but this week is consumed and this was really the only time I could fit in my initial address to the Relay team which really needs to happen this week)

 

United Methodist Men’s Meeting and Chainsaw Ministry Safety Training Course immediately after for those interested

To all men who worship at FUMC – you are invited to the United Methodist Men’s breakfast this coming Saturday, January 16, 2016. After breakfast at 8 am, a UMM meeting will happen discussing things we are doing this year. Great meeting to come to if you want to know more about what this group does. There is also a separate training event for those who wish to stay – it is a Safety workshop for our UMM Chainsaw ministry. We will be discussing plans for the chainsaw ministry during the UMM meeting, so if you don't normally come to the meetings, this would be an important time to do so.  Remember, breakfast starts at 8, and we will jump into planning as soon as we finish the meeting.  You do not need to bring any gear to the training.  This will be an inside event, with some video presentation, handouts, words from the Pastor, and discussion.  The facilitator will have some things to show relating to PPE, and may bring a saw in case time and weather permit any demonstration.  The focus will be on safety protocols, liability, intent of the ministry, and getting our program moving forward.  Please plan to attend unless you have a real conflict.  Remember, you don't have to run a saw to participate, (we need drivers and small branch pickers as well!) so this training is important for all who plan to be involved. Bring someone that you think might be a candidate for the ministry. If you stay for the Chainsaw Ministry Safety training, we should be through with it by early afternoon at the latest. David Kuykendall (our training facilitator) will be available for as long as folks want to discuss, ask questions, make suggestions, etc.

Adult United Methodist 101 Course taught by Pastor Mark begins Sunday January 17 at 2 pm MAC lower level center area

Anyone who would like to hear for the first time or rehear our unique United Methodist story (who we are and where we came from), our understanding of Baptism and Holy Communion, our understanding of sin, salvation, and grace, our understanding of Church (why we are organized the way we are organized) and other relevant topics are invited to attend pastor mark’s one hourSunday afternoon UM101 course. This is a great course for people thinking about joining, new members and people who have been members for a long time and are just curious. Nursery is provided! please come. It will last about 8 weeks.

David Meece Concert Jan 22 at 6 pm in the MAC – more of a Christian Contemporary Artist

David Meece, a world renowned Christian Music legend, is the composer of modern-day Christian Classics such as “We Are the Reason,” “70 x 7,” “Learning to Trust,” and “My  Father’s Chair.” He composed the Christmas classic “One Small Child”. David was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame and received the 2009 Visionary Award for the Inspirational Male Soloist Category. He was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Artists Music Guild in 2012. His passion for excellence in the field of Contemporary Christian Music continues to forge a powerful legacy for generations to come. Please invite your friends and neighbors to come enjoy an evening of high energy worship and praise. Doors will open at 5:00 pm. A love offering will be taken for David.

Stephen Ministry Class Coming in February

Are you feeling a tug at your heart to become a Stephen Minister? A Stephen Minister provides supervised one on one lay ministry care for one other human being going through a rough season of life. There will be a new Stephen Minister training class starting February 1. If you are interested, contact anyone wearing a blue Stephen Ministry nametag in worship. They are our current Stephen Ministers and Stephen Ministry Leaders. If you are feeling that tug at your heartstrings to take this step – give yourself time to talk to a Stephen Minister/Leader and fill out an application. Applications are reviewed and potential candidates are interviewed by Stephen Leaders prior to admission to the training course.

“IF:” Gathering Women's Retreat is coming to FUMC! This is Something New in Early February!

 Join us on Friday, February 5th and Saturday, February 6th as we as we learn and worship together! IF:Gathering exists to gather, equip, and unleash women to live out their purpose. What IF we love like Jesus loved, pray like Jesus prayed, and pursue holiness like Jesus pursued it? What IF we joined together with women in our church, invited our friends, and reached out to a coworker or neighbor for a weekend of study, prayer, encouragement? What IF we opened our hearts to rich experiences, beautiful worship music, and dynamic female Christian speakers? IF's verse is John 1:14: "And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." What IF we lived like Jesus? Come find out what IF is all about by registering at https://ifgathering.com/localgatherings/ifnorth-georgia/ (Full event details are also posted on this link). Agenda: Friday, Feb. 5th dinner at 6pm; Session 1 at 7-10pm (at the latest). Saturday, Feb. 6th light breakfast at 8:30am; Sessions begin at 9am; lunch provided, concludes at 7pm (at the latest). Many different female Christian speakers and musicians from around the world make up this dynamic event. LIVE in Austin, TX we will stream the event via the internet into our local IF:Gathering. Registration is $45 which covers food, a goodie bag, and materials. Childcare is provided at $10 per child. Contact Melinda Weldon, Katie Mashburn, Tricia Wallace, Jessica Freschette, Emily Cobb, or Stacy Clements for more information.Stephen Ministry is here to Help: Men & Women – please consider this!The after Christmas winter doldrums sometimes close in on folks who are already struggling with the stuff of life. How about considering having a trained listener walk with you until your spring appears? We have trained Stephen Ministers ready to serve should you call. If you want to know more, contact Dee Dee Siefken dfrechette57@gmail.com or Kathy Heyer kheyer54@gmail.com

Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

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

 

  • People affected by extreme flooding in US
  • Our Honduras Missionaries – (Lamar has returned), Camden Goddard, Kim Tatman, Joe Tatman
  • Nick Poulos – recent cancer diagnosis – He and Donna are going to Florida for several weeks of specialized treatment there
  • Larry Culpepper – ongoing tests
  • Hedi Hillenbrand – fell recently – sore and bruised but ok
  • Barry Malac – healing from melanoma surgery
  • Hazel Douglass – fell at nursing home – bruising and a few broken fingers
  • Doug and Teri McGinnis’ – daughter Erin struggling with potential very premature birth with complications
  • Chris Collin’s grandmother – recovery in ICU from complicated surgeries
  • David Heyer – reconnect with doctors in Chattanooga on back and foot January 18.
  • JoAnn Strickland – heart is good – doing other non-cardiac testing
  • Chuck Stancil – in Florida, diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Janice Smith – cardiac concerns
  • Peg Gordon – moved to rehab in Hayesville Nursing Home  – progressing nicely.
  • Richard and Bart Hoibraten’s step brother  James Kincart  - many health complications chemo / internal bleeding
  • Jamie Patton – on powerful antibiotics to turn multiple surgery related infections – doing better
  • Liz Patton – general health – upcoming procedures
  • Joyce Wyckoff – healing from ankle surgery to repair break – now at UG Nursing Home – Room 242 Blue.
  • Bob Lester – recovering from broken hip
  • Ria Ledbetter’s father Marinus Storm – general health
  • John and Fran Browning’s daughter Molly – receiving radiation for the remnants of the ear tumor they were not able to remove because of its location – not brain tumor and the good news is it is benign – not cancerous.
  • Rick Siefken – repaired torn retina healing slowly – ok to drive but still healing
  • JoAnn Mayhew – at home – still preparing for gall bladder surgery to come
  • Jane Driskell – under hospice care at home with Jerry, family, and caregivers (keep Jerry in your prayers too.)
  • Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health – Carol still struggling with vertigo, Bob struggling with GI issues, Luann – general health
  • Penny Hebble – stroke recovery in North Carolina.   11230 Ballantyne Trace Ct. E6, Charlotte, NC 28277 Her phone is 704-910-1989.
  • Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/JoAnn Strickland/Gail McGuire– chronic back/pain issues
  • Pat Warden – daughter Vickey in Washington State now undergoing Chemo treatments.
  • Kathy Zimmerman’s sister Alice – no longer in remission
  • Kitty Jones –  taking  a break for several weeks, then will repeat scan
  • Myron Turner – finished last Chemo treatment last week
  • Cindy Neely – has completed her radiation treatments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Gene and Artie Hodgson’s Son (Glenn) – has completed radiation treatments – next scan in early January
  • John Moon – respiratory problems – had him in the hospital for a while – taking break from Maint Chemo until January
  • Carol Rogers - relative Paul Orabella has stage 4 bone cancer

 

A Note from Your Finance Team: “Please remember FUMC in your wills and trusts”

Just a reminder that we are in the new “Estimate of Giving” card year (if you changed your giving level during the Stewardship journey last fall.) And even if you did not do so via an Estimate of Giving Card, this is always a good time to reconsider your financial giving to your church. We truly appreciate the giving we received during 2015. We continue to grow. Glory be to God! Thank you for being great stewards of the resources God has given you. There are ministries in our church who wish to do more in the church, in our community and in our world. As giving increases, so does the amount of ministry we can do. So many see only dollars – but we see ministry. We thank you for all the ministry you have made possible and we are looking towards 2016 with great excitement!

Giving January 3rd: $17,751, January 10th $17,240 – thank you so much for your Divine Generosity!  

God’s Divine Peace, (“Peace be with you. My Peace I give you”)

Senior Pastor

Saturday
Jan092016

Tickle - January 5, 2016

The message on Sunday that came forth from that well known “wise men following the star to the infant Jesus” Scripture in Matthew was an invitation to consider what three gifts you might bring to Him based on how His story has touched your life. The suggestion was that we all consider some form of these three gifts: 1)a steadfast life of devotion to God – I am convinced they knew who He was (thus the long journey) recommit in 2016 to regular worship and study to draw closer to Him – if you are already doing that, keep doing that, 2)a spirit of anticipated encounter with God – that journey those wise men traveled had to be hard. DON’T GIVE UP! Keep going toward an encounter with Him – drive on towards the light, 3) a humble heart serving God – find a way to be in service and in mission with God’s Will in the world. In that third gift, I asked all of FUMC to enter 2016 with a recommitment to our shared vision for our local church – which are the words in green above. Why? “For the transformation of the world!” Towards that third gift, there are many opportunities to serve as greeters, ushers, multimedia booths, MAC desk, Stephen Ministers, Cancer Care ministry, Prayer Team, Parish Nursing, Children’s ministry and Youth ministry, Transportation ministry, United Methodist Men, United Methodist Women, Hope House, Senior Center, Food Bank, Women’s Enrichment Center, Brannon Lodge, Labor of Love, Table of Grace, Habitat for Humanity, Healing Hands Community Free Clinic, Foreign Missions, Red Bird Mission, Relay for Life, Union County Family Connections, Child Enrichment Center, Teach an OASIS Class, help with OASIS, and there are many, many, many more opportunities. If you would like to serve, let us equip you. We can start slow and incrementally walk you towards full discernment of where you feel God’s Joy through your service inside the Church and out in the world. Every action causes a reaction. God acted and the reaction is in our hearts. Let it out...

Welcome our Newest Members

Rev. John Vogeley and Claudia Deprez: PO Box 2465, Blairsville, GA 30512

Adult United Methodist 101 Course taught by Pastor Mark begins Sunday January 10 at 2 pm MAC lower level center area

Anyone who would like to hear for the first time or rehear our unique United Methodist story (who we are and where we came from), our understanding of Baptism and Holy Communion, our understanding of sin, salvation, and grace, our understanding of Church (why we are organized the way we are organized) and other relevant topics are invited to attend pastor mark’s one hour Sunday afternoon UM101 course. This is a great course for people thinking about joining, new members and people who have been members for a long time and are just curious. Nursery is provided! please come. It will last about 8 weeks.

Youth United Methodist 101 Course taught by Pastor Mark begins Wednesday January 13 at 6 pm MAC lower level center area

Anyone from 7th grade to 12th grade who would like to know our unique United Methodist story (who we are and where we came from), our understanding of Baptism and Holy Communion, our understanding of sin, salvation, and grace, our understanding of Church (why we are organized the way we are organized) and other relevant topics are invited to attend pastor mark’s one hour Wednesday evening Youth course. This is for youth who are in our youth program AND for youth who are not in our youth program – intentionally, all are invited! There is no other youth class on Wednesday’s – Pastor Mark and Kate will be present on January 13 and then Camden will join them when he returns from Honduras.

Children’s Ministry Planning Meeting from Melinda Weldon

I want to have a Parent/Volunteer Meeting on January 10, 2016 at 12:30 - I WILL SERVE LUNCH!  Please come!  If you have ANY interest in serving in Children's Ministry - whether that be through providing snacks, volunteering in VBS, serving in the Nursery, leading the Christmas play or decorating a bulletin board...PLEASE COME!!!  Parents - we will have a Q & A session - what is working for your family, what is not.  What you would like to see done differently, what programs you wish we had....I want to hear from you!  PLEASE COME! Volunteers - this is a time to hear about the programs we offer in Children's Ministry.  Do you have a talent you want to share?  Do you have an idea about one of the existing programs?  PLEASE COME! If you will need a nursery, please let me know! I will have a movie for the older kiddos! Please let me know if you are planning on attending as I want to have enough lunch!!!!

Wednesday Night Nurture

We will start back on Wednesday, January 13. That will be our first meal and first Adult Bible Study. The Adult Bible study will be facilitated by Rev. Rod McClarnon from 6-7 pm in the Friendship Sunday School room. What will he be teaching on?

“O for the Sheer Joy are those who ………….” Come, let’s study what brings us joy in Matthew 5:1-12, Four Wednesday nights Jan 13-Feb 3. (Hint, we often call them the Beatitudes.) Pastor Mark will be with the Youth on Wednesday’s from 6-7 pm for 8 plus weeks.

Women’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study

The Women’s adult study will begin a new study using Adam Hamilton’s book, “Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go.” Come learn how to receive the freedom that comes with forgiving – even if the person needing to be forgiven is yourself. The study begins on January 13 in the lower level of the MAC at 10 am. All are invited!

Prayer Team Meeting

The entire FUMC Prayer Team will meet this Thursday evening at 5:30 in the Conference Room. Even if you have never attended, come be with us – no one gets put on the spot to pray in public. Come join us in our time of prayer. The meeting lasts 60 minutes maximum.

Stephen Ministry Class Coming in February

Are you feeling a tug at your heart to become a Stephen Minister? A Stephen Minister provides supervised one on one lay ministry care for one other human being going through a rough season of life. There will be a new Stephen Minister training class starting February 1. If you are interested, contact anyone wearing a blue Stephen Ministry nametag in worship. They are our current Stephen Ministers and Stephen Ministry Leaders. If you are feeling that tug at your heartstrings to take this step – give yourself time to talk to a Stephen Minister/Leader and fill out an application. Applications are reviewed and potential candidates are interviewed by Stephen Leaders prior to admission to the training course.

United Methodist Men’s Meeting and Chainsaw Ministry Training Course immediately after for those interested

Put it on your calendar for Saturday morning, January 16 at 8 am – Breakfast, Devotional Meeting, Training for those interested.

David Meece Concert Jan 22 at 6 pm in the MAC – more of a Christian Contemporary Artist

David Meece, a world renowned Christian Music legend, is the composer of modern-day Christian Classics such as “We Are the Reason,” “70 x 7,” “Learning to Trust,” and “My  Father’s Chair.” He composed the Christmas classic “One Small Child”. David was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame and received the 2009 Visionary Award for the Inspirational Male Soloist Category. He was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Artists Music Guild in 2012. His passion for excellence in the field of Contemporary Christian Music continues to forge a powerful legacy for generations to come. Please invite your friends and neighbors to come enjoy an evening of high energy worship and praise. Doors will open at 5:00 pm. A love offering will be taken for David.

Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

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

  • People affected by extreme flooding in US
  • Our Honduras Missionaries – Lamar Franklin, Camden Goddard, Kim Tatman, Joe Tatman
  • Don & Joyce Spero – recent loss of niece
  • Danny Young – heart cath at Piedmont Hospital  on friday
  • Barry Malac – healing from melanoma surgery
  • Hazel Douglass – fell at nursing home – bruising and a few broken fingers
  • Doug and Teri McGinnis’ – daughter Erin struggling with potential very premature birth with complications
  • Chris Collin’s grandmother – recovery from complicated surgerys
  • David Heyer – reconnect with doctors in Chattanooga on back and foot.
  • JoAnn Strickland – stress test was clear – sent home to recover there
  • Chuck Stancil – in Florida, diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Janice Smith – in and out of UGH with cardiac concerns – home now – will reconnect with cardiologist for follow up tests
  • Peg Gordon – moved to rehab in Hayesville Nursing Home yesterday – progressing nicely.
  • Richard and Bart Hoibraten’s step brother  James Kincart  - many health complications chemo / internal bleeding
  • Jamie Patton – on powerful antibiotics to turn multiple surgery related infections
  • Liz Patton – general health – upcoming procedures
  • Joyce Wyckoff – healing from ankle surgery to repair break – now at UG Nursing Home – Room 242 Blue.
  • Bob Lester – recovering from broken hip
  • Ria Ledbetter’s father Marinus Storm – general health
  • John and Fran Browning’s daughter Molly – receiving radiation for the remnants of the ear tumor they were not able to remove because of its location – not brain tumor and the good news is it is benign – not cancerous.
  • Rick Siefken – repaired torn retina healing slowly – ok to drive but still healing
  • JoAnn Mayhew – at home – still preparing for gall bladder surgery to come
  • Jane Driskell – under hospice care at home with Jerry, family, and caregivers (keep Jerry in your prayers too.)
  • Luann, Carol & Bob Head – general health – Carol still struggling with vertigo, Bob struggling with GI issues, Luann – general health
  • Penny Hebble – stroke recovery in North Carolina.   11230 Ballantyne Trace Ct. E6, Charlotte, NC 28277 Her phone is 704-910-1989.
  • Kathy Heyer – got word she is not a candidate for liver transplant
  • Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/JoAnn Strickland/Gail McGuire– chronic back/pain issues
  • Pat Warden – daughter Vickey in Washington State diagnosed with cancer.
  • Kathy Zimmerman’s sister Alice – no longer in remission
  • Kitty Jones –  taking  a break for several weeks, then will repeat scan
  • Myron Turner – finished last Chemo treatment today!!!
  • Cindy Neely – has completed her radiation treatments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Gene and Artie Hodgson’s Son (Glenn) – has completed radiation treatments – next scan in early January
  • John Moon – respiratory problems – had him in the hospital for a while – taking break from Maint Chemo until January
  • Carol Rogers - relative Paul Orabella has stage 4 bone cancer

 A Note from Your Finance Team: “Please remember FUMC in your wills and trusts”

Just a reminder that we are in the new “Estimate of Giving” card year (if you changed your giving level during the Stewardship journey last fall.) And even if you did not do so via an Estimate of Giving Card, this is always a good time to reconsider your financial giving to your church. We truly appreciate the giving we received during 2015. We continue to grow. Glory be to God! Thank you for being great stewards of the resources God has given you. There are ministries in our church who wish to do more in the church, in our community and in our world. As giving increases, so does the amount of ministry we can do. So many see only dollars – but we see ministry. We thank you for all the ministry you have made possible and we are looking towards 2016 with great excitement!

Giving January 3rd: $17,751 Great start! Bless you all! 

God’s Divine Peace,

 (“Peace be with you. My Peace I give you”)

Senior Pastor