Tuesday Tickle

Weekly writings from the desk of Pastor Mark

Tuesday
Nov182014

Tickle - November 18

(There is a lot of good stuff in this tickle – go ahead and take time to be tickled! Made you grin!)

I hope you and your family can come join us for our Community Thanksgiving Feast tomorrow night in the MAC beginning at 5 pm. Ro and the Robinettes have the turkey(s) and dressing(s) covered. Everyone is invited to bring a side dish or a dessert to share. For those of you who participated last year, you know this is truly a feast for the ages! Anyone and everyone can come. We have been inviting our community to come as well.

There will be no basket out this Wednesday. This meal is a gift. This is our faith family Celebration meal for all that God has done through us in 2014. Come be thankful! There will be no Youth program or Children’s program or adult program after dinner – the only activity still happening after dinner (in this Cantata season) is the regular music ministry practices. Come and enjoy each other. 

Dig out those name tags, wear them, and intentionally meet a few new people. We have three services and more than 70 new members this year – it is critically important that we take time to get to know each other in this place of grace. Come on, you’ve been cold too much during this week of frigid temps – come feel the warmth of family and God woven together! We have more infant high chairs now...and more coming.


Welcome New Members Joining this Weekend

 Brian Thomas 176 Forest Circle, Blairsville, GA 30512

Matthew, Katie, Chloe, & Max Mashburn 374 Lower Fox Tr, Blairsville, GA 30512


Season of Celebration and Thanksgiving TO GOD

 Our Finance Chair and member of the 2015 Stewardship Team (Doug McGinnnis) presented the following results of our 2015 Stewardship journey. We had 177 families turn in a 2015 Estimate of Giving Card! THANK YOU so much for continuing your Christian witness to your faith. I think when people see 177 families respond, it just warms all our hearts in a powerful way. What a movement of God! Many answered the anonymous four yes/no questions on the back of the small section of the EOG cards. We learned some amazing things about this amazing faith family this year. We learned that 66 families indicated their 2015 EOG was a full 10% (or greater) Tithe! We know how truly sacrificial that journey is and we lift up these families who show us all that it is possible to grow into or beyond that level of giving. Well done! We learned that 64 families checked that what their were estimating to give in 2015 is more than what they gave in 2014. Again, that is truly nothing  short of a miracle of God and God’s transforming Spirit moving among us. Thank you for the step (and in some cases leap) of faith.

It appears that over 80% of our congregation currently have wills! As we move further into developing our Legacy Giving culture, we needed to have an idea how many of our families even have a will. You guys are ahead of most. Again, well done! But we must admit that it was the smallest number this year that has touched us the most. We had 12 families indicate that this 2015 giving level will be the first time they have reached the 10% Biblical Tithe. Well done! Our total EOG number was $615, 479! Since our giving level far out paces the EOG number, we know there are many who give faithfully to God’s movement through the body of First Methodist without using the anonymous EOG cards. We thank you too for your continued generosity that helps propel this mission outpost on the frontier of life forward into future ministry and mission. Together, we can change the world!We thank you all!!!


Act of Community Ministry at Vogel State Park on THURSDAY

 If you would like to join with volunteers from several community churches at Vogel State Park (Hwy 129 S), you would be welcome to come this Thursday at 1 pm to begin the preparations for the December 13 Christmas program in the park. Your FUMC Missions Committee is inviting more of our Church to be part of this wonderful seasonal event in the park. If you have any questions, contact Tom or Pat Maryscuk  jb01@windstream.net


Something New for Christmas this year

 As we turned our planning attention towards December, we came up with a plan for Cantata Sunday and our new 3 service configuration. This will be a first. That Sunday is December 14.

Our Music Ministry will be performing the Christmas Cantata within the worship services at both 8:30 am and 11 am in the Sanctuary. For this one day, we are cancelling our 9:45 am service to allow everyone a chance to attend one of those two Cantata services.

And since we are looking for creative ways to bring our entire faith family (that worships at three different services) together, Ro and the Robinettes are leading us into a church-wide breakfast brunch at 9:45 am in the MAC on that day (Dec 14.) If you can help by bringing a breakfast casserole or brunch “finger food”, please do so (the Robinettes have the drinks and main foods for that brunch already planned.) Nothing else will happen in the MAC that Sunday morning besides this brunch. We are inviting every Sunday School to have a conversation about what they would like to do onDecember 14. It sure would be wonderful, if for this one day, we all chose to spend time with each other in the MAC rather than have Sunday School – but as always - that choice is up to each Sunday School. MY prayer is that you dig out those name tags, wear than on December 14, and either worship via the early Cantata service and then brunch or brunch and then worship via the 11 am Cantata service. Given the Children’s Christmas play is later that evening and the Youth Christmas party is also later that evening, we are canceling Children’s Sunday School and Youth Ministry that day. Nursery will still be available throughout Sunday morning as normal.


Christmas Eve Plans

 We will be able to experience the thrill of Christmas Eve candlelight in the entire Sanctuary this year (including the balcony!) We will offer three Christmas Eve services, 5:30 pm7 pm, and 11 pm. Nursery will be provided at 5:30 pm and 7 pm. Tell your friends and family. The three service configuration makes it much more comfortable and manageable for everyone. Come experience the Christmas Eve thrill of Bells and Candlelight as we celebrate “Hope for the Holidays” through the birth of Jesus Christ. The entire offering received that night (100%) will go to the Hope House – our local community, ecumenical, benevolence ministry. We think Jesus will appreciate that as our Birthday present to Him.


Angel Tree Ministry

 The first group to respond to the invitation and therefore take ownership of this year’s Angel Tree ministry is the Women’s Bible Study group that meets on Wednesday mornings. Thank you Ladies!


CEC Yard Sale Results

 Thank you for helping with our yard sale by donating goods – we made over $1,500 that will help support our preschool ministry – your CEC (Child Enrichment Center.)


Operation Christmas Child is Underway!

Bring your boxes in by Thursday noon of this week – it is now the shipping deadline this week. Place your completed box(es) on the Operation Christmas Child table where you originally picked up the materials for this ministry. We will collect and ship them in one trip. It is important that you get your boxes to us by noon Thursday – THIS THURSDAY!


Early Relay for Life Fundraiser

Alysia Hargus is hosting a Premier Designs Jewelry show in the Fellowship Hall on December 7 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. The free jewelry earned from the event will be donated to the Relay for Life silent auction and 50% of the profits from the show will be donated to Relay for Life. Evelyn had send out a FACEBOOK notice about this and we know people are having a hard time making the link work. It is the correct link – simply copy and paste the link into your web browser and you will get there.


Scout Hut Cast Iron Wood Burning Stove

We are renovating the Scout hut. We will be removing things from that residence that do not need to be part of the Scout Hut function. There is a free standing cast iron wood burning stove in the main meeting room. We will be removing that stove to free up the meeting space. We are entertaining any and all offers for that stove. If you would like to see it, come by Evelyn’s office and you can get the key to the Scout hut and go look it over. Send any offer you might make to Evelyn directly. Highest offer gets the stove. If the physical move is a barrier, we might be able to help you get it from where it is to where you want it to go for the right offer!


Call for a New 9:45 Sunday School Class

Due to recent growth, there is a need rising for a new Sunday School class of parents of children were the parents wish to worship in the 11 am Traditional worship service. If that is your desire and you are interested in forming a new Life Group of parents, simply respond to this email. I will be collecting responses for a few weeks to see if we have enough interest to start that class.


Exciting United Methodist New

As many of you know, we United Methodists are organized into conferences. There is no central home office. The College of Bishops provides Episcopal leadership across the globe for our Denomination. We do have a handful of General Boards and Agencies that oversee certain specific centralized efforts supported through our apportioned giving that every UMC shares. One of our Boards is called the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM for short.) They are our global missionary training/sending/oversight agency. THE GBGM has moved their world headquarters to Atlanta (that is exciting) – moving into a property that is currently Grace United Methodist Church in downtown Atlanta on Ponce de Leon Ave. Yesterday, they commissioned seven new global missionaries (a testimony to the power of all of us paying 100% of our apportionment giving!) Now that is really exciting! Thank you for being giving United Methodists who share their resources through our connectional system to quite literally change the world. There is a celebration planned at the new GBGM facilities in downtown Atlanta on Jan 11 at 6 pm – come help us welcome them into their new home. Shannon and I are planning on going. If you would like to carpool with us, let us know. We can work details down the road.


FUMC Winter Weather Policy

MondayFriday: if UC Schools are out OR are cancelled mid-day, we are closed or shut down. Sundays: If roads are iffy with snow in some parts, only the 11:00 service will take place. You are encouraged to exercise good judgment on driving conditions in your area. If it’s a good snow in the entire county, ALL services will be closed. We do our best to post on facebook and our website if this is the case.


United Methodist Men News

In our meeting last Saturday, the United Methodist Men elected the following leaders for 2015 – welcome them:

  • Buck Williams – President
  • Larry Culpepper – Vice President
  • James Jordan – Treasurer

Children & Youth Events

Thanks to everyone who made last Sunday’s progressive meal adventure such a treat! This coming weekend, the Children’s Ministry is hosting a pajama party movie and popcorn night in the MAC in honor of National Pajama Day – contact Melinda Weldon for details melindajeffweldon@yahoo.com and Camden Goddard is planning on leading the youth (if enough respond) to SKYZONE this weekend – contact Camden for details generationnowfumc@gmail.com


KEY UPCOMING DATES

  • Community Thanksgiving Feast at FUMC – Wednesday, November 19
  • Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes deadline – Tuesday, November 20
  • Thanksgiving (Turkey Day) – Thursday, November 27 (MAC closed Nov 26-28)
  • First Sunday of Advent – Sunday, November 30 

Concerns/Praises

PRAY WITHOUT CEASINGThis is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead

  • Gray William’s mother (out of state) leapt into the outstretched arms of Jesus this weekend
  • Doc Moran (recent visitor) – leapt into the arms of Jesus yesterday.
  • Tim Derflinger – keep the Derflinger family in your prayers over the recent loss of Tim’s father
  • Burma Brown – keep the Brown family in your prayers over the recent loss of Cecil
  • Kathy Heyer’s brother (Rick) – come under hospice care in Florida
  • Doris Bishop (Debbie Steed’s Mother) – under home hospice care at David and Debbie’s home
  • Grady Garner’s grandmother came under hospice care
  • Richard Hoibraten’s brother James in California – late stage cancer
  • Mitzi Gasaway’s Mother will have gall bladder surgery, Tuesday, Nov 25 at UGH
  • Henry von Staden – heart cath this Friday at NE GA Medical (Gainesville)
  • Donna Morningstar – surgery taken off the table for now – trying to cautiously reinitiate food.
  • Lois Sweet – recovering nicely from surgery – resting at home.
  • Ellie Dobson – daughter (Debbie) suffered a severe fall / hospitalization – at home now
  • John & Fran Browning’s daughter Molly continues to improve from her cranial surgery – slow going
  • Jane Driskell – Parkinson’s diagnosis
  • Valerie Metcalf – undergoing chemo treatments (4 more months)
  • Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Charlie Wooten/Eva Breedlove– chronic back/pain issues
  • Bob Head’s sister is back home – but still struggling.
  • Shannon Burgess on another new antibiotic – second different kidney infection
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:  Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, Donna Morningstar and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)
  • The United Methodist Surgeon (Dr. Martin Salia) Pastor Mark lifted up on Sunday died from Ebola yesterday in Nebraska hospital.
  • Please pray for PEACE in Jerusalem.

A Note from Your Finance Team

 Giving in the weeks of November has been as follows: November 2, $50,334, November 9, $130,983, November 16, $16,766. THANK YOU for your divine generosity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

God’s Boundless Joy,       

 

 Senior Pastor                                    

 

 

Tuesday
Nov112014

Tickle - November 11

Thankful Veteran’s Day to all the men and women who have served and are serving in the armed forces of the United States of America! What a joy it was to fill the MAC with the veterans of Union County today in celebration of their service organized and sponsored by American Legion Post 121 of Blairsville and the Veterans of Union County! I pray we get the opportunity to do this every year. It was an honor.  I thank all our dear servant hearts who worked behind the scenes to make this event happen today.  We had an impromptu nursery, loving greeters, and all the stuff ready.  I don’t even know all the people I am thanking – I just know that I am very thankful!

Welcome New Members

 Joe & Kim Tatman 115 Hemptown Cliffs, Morganton, GA 30560We have folks joining at 8:30 and 11 this coming Sunday – including two infant Baptisms

Wednesday Night Nurture

 Fundamentals begins after school is out at 3 pm

The Friendship Sunday School Class is doing the dinner as an act of generosity – meat loaf – dinner begins at 5 pm. As is usually the case, the dinner is free but there will be a basket to receive donations if you can help us defray the cost of our Wednesday Night Meals.

Adult Bible Study led by pastor mark is from 6-7 pm in the Friendship Sunday School Classroom ((Mac lower level)We are on week 23 – guideword “Holy Spirit.”   This is a unique night and it will be a unique conversation that you don’t want to miss. Anyone can come. We had quite a few new folks last week and they seems to really enjoy themselves. We will be sharing some stories about the movement of the Holy Spirit. This is the very real way our faith shows up in this world in our lives. I would invite all our Stephen Ministers to be present if they can come. The story I will share involves Stephen Ministry. Take a chance on this one hour and come and see!

2015 EOG Treasure Chests Close this Thursday

We will need to prepare for celebration Sunday this coming Sunday where we will reveal the results of our 2015 Stewardship journey. Two treasure chests will remain in the main Sanctuary until noon on Thursday this week to receive cards. Blank cards are provided on the prayer rail next to the Treasure Chests.

CEC Yardsale this Friday and Saturday

Bring your stuff – clothes, books, diamonds – whatever you would like to donate to the CEC yard sale and drop them off in the old fellowship hall this week. The CEC yard sale will happen Friday and Saturday this week from 8 am to 2 pm. The CEC staff team will be managing the Yard Sale. The Annex will be open and selling as well. All proceeds go towards our Preschool Ministry.

United Methodist Men’s Meeting this Saturday at 8 am

Because of the CEC yard sale, the UMM will be meeting at 8 am in the MAC. We will be electing our President for 2015 in this meeting along with other critical business. If you have never come to a UMM meeting – come to this one and see what is going on!

New Member Reception

Please swing by the Fellowship Hall after the 11 am service this coming Sunday, November 16 to welcome our new members from this quarter. Radical Hospitality will once again be hosting the reception and providing goodies and munchies. Please make it a priority to come meet these folks who have recently joined this part of the Body of Christ.

Operation Christmas Child is Underway! WE NOW HAVE MORE CARDBOARD BOXES AT THE TABLE!

Come by the Operation Shoebox Table at the MAC desk and pick up the instructions for preparing a shoebox. Then find the shoeboxes in your closets and use them!  SUGGESTED ITEMS…  Socks, Gloves, Small Toys, Hard Candy, Gum, Pencils, Notepads, Toothbrushes, Soap, Toothpaste, Combs, Coloring books, Markers.  Also, place $7 in the envelope provided to help with shipping costs inside each box.  Deadline for turning in your shoebox is November 20th. If you want to watch the video we showed in worship on Sunday in the Mission Moment, here it is:http://video.samaritanspurse.org/good-news-great-joy-2014-4/

Scout Hut Cast Iron Wood Burning Stove

We are renovating the Scout hut. We will be removing things from that residence that do not need to be part of the Scout Hut function. There is a free standing cast iron wood burning stove in the main meeting room. We will be removing that stove to free up the meeting space. We are entertaining any and all offers for that stove. If you would like to see it, come by Evelyn’s office and you can get the key to the Scout hut and go look it over. Send any offer you might make to Evelyn directly. Highest offer gets the stove. If the physical move is a barrier, we might be able to help you get it from where it is to where you want it to go for the right offer!

Call for a New 9:45 Sunday School Class

Due to recent growth, there is a need rising for a new Sunday School class of parents of children were the parents wish to worship in the 11 am Traditional worship service. If that is your desire and you are interested in forming a new Life Group of parents, simply respond to this email. I will be collecting responses for a few weeks to see if we have enough interest to start that class.

Angel Tree Ministry

We are looking for a group to continue our tradition of the Angel tree at Christmas. We place a tree in the Church decorated with specific needs of specific children. Parishioners take a “decoration” and go buy for that specific child and then bring those gifts to the church. If your group would like to take coordinating this seasonal ministry on, please respond to this email.

THANK YOU Grass Cutters

Something not everyone knows is that there is a group of people who volunteer to cut the grass of our 33 acre Church facility as an act of service. We maintain the necessary equipment on site. Needless to say, this takes an army of volunteers who enjoy cutting grass. We had many new added volunteers come along side us this year. What a blessing! The Yard equipment has been winterized for the season and put away. Well done folks! It is finished! If you would like to join the ranks of these volunteers on your schedule with what you are willing to do – contact David Steed for the spring rotation in 2015. davidsteed90@yahoo.com

KEY UPCOMING DATES

  • Veteran’s Day – Tuesday, November 11
  • CEC Yard Sale - Friday and Saturday, November 14, 15 8 am to 2 pm
  • United Methodist Men’s Meeting IN THE MAC – Saturday, 8 am
  • New Member Reception in the old Fellowship Hall – Sunday, November 16 at noon
  • Community Thanksgiving Feast at FUMC – Wednesday, November 19
  • Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes deadline – Tuesday, November 20T
  • hanksgiving (Turkey Day) – Thursday, November 27 (MAC closed Nov 26-28)
  • First Sunday of Advent – Sunday, November 30

Concerns/Praises

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

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

 

  • Kathy Heyer’s brother (Rick) – come under hospice care in Florida
  • Doris Bishop (Debbie Steed’s Mother) – under home hospice care at David and Debbie’s home
  • Grady Garner’s grandmother came under hospice care
  • Richard Hoibraten’s brother James in California – late stage cancer
  • Doc Moran (recent visitor) – life flighted to (NE GA Medical) due to complications from anaphylactic shock – in ICU
  • Donna Morningstar – surgery taken off the table for now – trying to reinitiate food.
  • John and Fran Browning’s daughter Molly in New York – out of hospital – doing well – John and Fran should be back in Blairsville today
  • Lois Sweet – abdominal surgery to repair aneurysm today went well – in hospital room (NE GA Medical) – should come home tomorrow.
  • Janice Taylor – kidney stones
  • Myrtle von Staden – Kidney stone procedure went well today – staying in hospital tonight (Murphy)
  • Jane Driskell – Parkinson’s diagnosis
  • Valerie Metcalf – undergoing chemo treatments
  • Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Charlie Wooten/Eva Breedlove– chronic back/pain issues
  • Kathy Johnson – severe back pain
  • Bob Head’s sister in Northside Hospital.
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:  Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, Donna Morningstar and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)
  • Angela Cadieu’s mother Patsy is struggling with breast cancer – lumpectomy scheduled for November 11

 

A Note from Your Finance Team

Giving in the weeks of November has been as follows: November 2, $50,334. November 9, $130,983.A quote from pastor mark’s sermon this weekend was “When God gives a vision for ministry, the resources to accomplish that vision are either already present or they will show up right on schedule.” To God be the glory. 

God’s Boundless Joy,        

 Senior Pastor

Tuesday
Nov042014

Tickle - November 4

Thank you to everyone who has already turned in your 2015 Estimate of Giving (EOG) cards in response to this year’s stewardship journey. We had many families turn in cards across all three services again this last Sunday. We will have the blank EOG cards in the bulletins for the last time this coming Sunday. Some are blue rather than green – but that’s just because we ran out of the green paper stock. There are also blank cards on the Lord’s Table in the Sanctuary beside the treasure chests. Feel free to swing by anytime and fill out a card for the chests – remember the middle part goes in one chest, one of the end parts goes in the second chest, and you keep the other end part for your records. If you are a great distance away and still wish to respond, simply email our Financial Secretary (Deidra Gilbert) fumcfinsec@windstream.net and she will confidentially fill out an EOG card per your wishes and place them in the treasure chests for you. “Where your treasure is, there your heart is also...”

Get out and Vote

Today is the day!

United Methodist Church Charge Conference

I want to personally thank everyone who made our charge conference flow seamlessly this year! You did good! And Rev. Richard Chewning asked me to pass on his appreciation for FUMC hosting our 8 church charge conference again this year. We had almost 100 people attend from the 8 UMC Churches of Towns and Union Counties. It was a good day.

Wednesday Night Nurture

Fundamentals begins after school is out at 3 pm
Our precious Ro Robbins and the Robinettes are providing diner again this week – dinner begins at5 pm.
Adult Bible Study led by pastor mark is from 6-7 pm in the Friendship Sunday School Classroom ((Mac lower level)
We are on week 22 – guideword “Truth” – you don’t need to have a book or done anything to just come sit in.
We have new folks come sit in all the time. Fear not, nobody puts anyone on the spot in this grace filled class.
If you have never been to a Bible Study ever before – just bring yourselves and come and see.

New Children’s Bible Study Hour on Wednesday Nights Something New for Parents with Children!

We had a great start last Wednesday! Our Children’s Director (Melinda Weldon) will be teaching a new Bible Study for Children in grades 1-5 in the Fundamentals Room. She will continue offering this Study in the 6-7 pm hour. Nursery will be available in that time as well. And of course the parents are welcome to attend pastor Mark’s Adult Bible study in that same hour in the Friendship Classroom lower level of the MAC once you get the kids settled in – come give it a whirl – we usually have between 30-40 adults. Let us pick up your children from school, bring them to the church for Fundamentals, then eat with us at 5 pm, and then enjoy the unique nurturing fellowship that always happens when we encounter Scripture together from 6-7 pm. Melinda will nurture your children, our nursery will care for your toddlers and infants, and pastor mark will try to engage your hearts – sounds like a great night to me!

Thank You Ruth Twedt

For coordinating the plan that replaced the piano in the Bray Prayer Chapel that could no longer be tuned with a piano donated by Al and Pat Rice. It sounds great! Greatly appreciated!

November is for Thankful Celebrations!

We celebrated the Saints this last Sunday. We celebrated God. And we celebrated the results of our fall festival and Jim Arthur and his ministry on Sunday. Our Fall Festival this year generated just over $18,000. That checked flowed into this week’s offering. Jim Arthur has donated just over $19,000 year to date (those monies have already been received through the offering plate throughout the year) through his barrel recycling business. Did I mention that we’re celebrating in November? We are so very Thankful!!!

Operation Christmas Child is Underway!   WE NOW HAVE MORE CARDBOARD BOXES AT THE TABLE!

Come by the Operation Shoebox Table at the MAC desk and pick up the instructions for preparing a shoebox. Then find the shoeboxes in your closets and use them!  SUGGESTED ITEMS…  Socks, Gloves, Small Toys, Hard Candy, Gum, Pencils, Notepads, Toothbrushes, Soap, Toothpaste, Combs, Coloring books, Markers.  Also, place $7 in the envelope provided to help with shipping costs inside each box. Deadline for turning in your shoebox is November 20th. If you want to watch the video we showed in worship on Sunday in the Mission Moment, here it is:

CEC Yardsale

We will soon begin collecting donations for the CEC Yardsale that is held in the old Fellowship HallNovember 14-15. This is a fundraiser for this ministry that serves over 70 families that have 2 yr olds, 3 yr olds, and 4 yr olds in our Church and community. Yes, we just finished our fall festival, but look again, maybe there still are some treasures in those closets you have yet to donate! This is a significant fundraiser for our CEC and critically important. More details to come!

United Methodist Men’s Meeting

Calling all men of FUMC! The United Methodist Men will be gathering for breakfast at 8 am in the MAC on Saturday, November 15 (the CEC will have the fellowship hall filled to the brim for their yard sale.) Please come to this meeting if you are a long term membera recent new addition, orsomeone who has never been to a United Methodist Men’s meeting. Both Rick Siefken and James Jordan will be stepping down at the end of this year. The men will be selecting their new leadership for 2015 in this meeting.

Scout Hut Renovation Project

Per decision of Church Council on October 15, 2014, the Scout Hut Planning Team was given permission to begin general fundraising both inside and outside the Church to support their efforts to renovate the Scout Hut building (the old Beale Home on our property behind the Annex where we store the bus and vans.) If you or your group would like to support this multi-year project, please mark the memo section of your checks “Scout Hut” and flow it through the offering plates on any Sunday morning. The team will be appraising the church of detailed plans in the months ahead. Our Scout Hut Renovation Planning team consists of 14 men and women of our church who are overseeing this project in coordination with our Scouting Ministry. You will see our plan in detail on Scouting Sunday in early February.

KEY UPCOMING DATES

  • Election Day – Today
  • UMW Leadership Training Event in Cumming – car pool meets in our church parking lot at 7 am, Saturday, Nov 8.
  • Veteran’s Day – Tuesday, November 11.
  • CEC Yard Sale - Friday and Saturday, November 14, 15
  • United Methodist Men’s Meeting IN THE MAC – Saturday, 8 am
  • Community Thanksgiving Feast at FUMC – Wednesday, November 19
  • Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes deadline – Tuesday, November 20
  • Thanksgiving (Turkey Day) – Thursday, November 27 (MAC closed Nov 26-28)
  • First Sunday of Advent – Sunday, November 30

Concerns/Praises PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead
  • Stephen Schuknecht’s uncle leapt into the outstretched arms of Jesus yesterday
  • Kathy Heyer’s brother (Rick) – come under hospice care in Florida
  • Doris Bishop (Debbie Steed’s Mother) – under home hospice care at David and Debbie’s home
  • Grady Garner’s grandmother came under hospice care
  • Donna Morningstar – surgery taken off the table for now – (encouraging!)
  • John and Fran Browning’s daughter Molly in New York – brain tumor – just finished surgery – in recovery heading to ICU – able to remove 99% of tumor.
  • Lois Sweet – abdominal surgery to repair aneurysm Nov 11
  • Gene and Artie Hodgson’s son Glenn Hodgson was given an excellent report by his cardiologist
  • Nancy Sanford’s Mother – general health concerns
  • Janice Taylor – out of hospital recovering at home (stent procedure for kidney stones)
  • Henry von Staden – chemical stress test tomorrow at UGH
  • Myrtle von Staden – preparing for procedures (beginning Nov 10 in Hayesville) related to two large kidney stones they hope to break up on procedure Nov 11
  • Jane Driskell – Parkinson’s diagnosis
  • Valerie Metcalf – undergoing chemo treatments
  • 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 (in various stages of testing and treatment)
  • Angela Cadieu’s mother Patsy is struggling with breast cancer – lumpectomy scheduled forNovember 11

A Note from Your Finance Team

Giving so far in November is as follows: November 2, $50,334. That includes the $18,000 check from the fall festival. Thank you so very much for all you do to grow the Kingdom!
 
God’s Boundless Joy,
         Senior Pastor             
Tuesday
Oct282014

October 28 Tickle

What an amazing week at FUMC! What an amazing Fall Break week! I knew it was going to be a special week when I heard the bag pipers warming up in the hallway for the OASIS Lunch program last Thursday! After hosting hundreds of folks throughout the day in our “routine” Thursday OASIS event, we hosted a few hundred more Thursday night as our Concert Committee pulled off another incredible community concert with the nationally acclaimed “Tribute Quartet.” Then with a brief 48 hr turnaround of the entire facility, on Sunday so many of you warmed this pastor’s heart as you responded with your anonymous 2015 Estimate of Giving Cards across those three services on the final week of our four week Stewardship journey. Doesn’t it just feel good to bring those cards forward in response to this GIVING GOD who has given us so much! And then a few hours later Sunday afternoon/evening, we hosted the community as our Hallelujah Bash Team pulled out all the stops (pumpkin bowling – what a hoot!) in the MAC and outside with the bouncy house and hayrides. So many people have done so much to make this place of grace a blessing to our community. I THANK every one of you. We gracefully turn the corner now into November – our season of celebration.Come be filled with the Spirit, come have your cups filled back up, come and see what all God has done (and will do) through you as we continue building this ark of salvation that was begun on this site 25 years ago – what a legacy of love! We celebrated that 25 year legacy this last Sunday in worship. Every time I tell that story, I get goose bumps. It is a privilege to be in ministry beside you! We will reveal (and celebrate) the Fall Festival results this coming Sunday in all three services.

Welcome New Members

Paul & Kim Steinke – 6729 Morgan Drive, Young Harris, 30582

Keep bringing Your Estimate of Giving Cards: Please Help us form our Ministry Plan for 2015

Two locked Treasure chests will remain in the Main Sanctuary throughout the week. Feel free to bring your estimate of giving cards forward at anytime during the week in the privacy of that worship space. Remember to tear off both ends of the cards...you keep one of the small cards for your records. Then place the big card with your family name (and no number) into one chest and one of the little end cards with the number (but no name) into the other chest through the slot in the top. The Chests will be present in both worship settings on Sunday’s across the next two weeks. We know there were many folks unable to be present this last Sunday. Our time of gathering these cards will go until November 16. On Sunday November 16, we will report the results at all three services. Remember to answer those four yes/no questions on the back of the little card you put in the chest. If you have not received a card and wish to respond, the easiest way would be to call the Church office Monday or Wednesday 9-5 pm and ask for Deidra Gilbert (our confidential Financial Secretary.) She would be happy to fill out a card on your behalf and place it in the chests for you. The Church Number is 706-745-2073. Or simply email her your wishes directly at fumcfinsec@windstream.net

Wednesday Night Nurture

  • Fundamental begins after school is out at 3 pm
  • Ro and the Robinettes are providing pizza, salad, and dessert – dinner begins at 5 pm.
  • Adult Bible Study led by pastor mark is from 6-7 pm in the Friendship Sunday School Classroom ((Mac lower level) We are on week 22 – guideword “Truth” – you don’t need to have a book or done anything to just come sit in. We have new folks come sit in all the time. Fear not, nobody puts anyone on the spot in this grace filled class. If you have never been to a Bible Study ever before – just bring yourselves and come and see.

New Children’s Bible Study Hour on Wednesday Nights Something New for Parents with Children!

Beginning this Wednesday (10-29), our Children’s Director (Melinda Weldon) will be teaching a new Bible Study for Children in grades 1-5 in the Fundamentals Room. She will be offering this Study in the 6-7 pm hour. Nursery will be available in that time as well. And of course the parents are welcome to attend pastor Mark’s Adult Bible study in that same hour in the Friendship Classroom lower level of the MAC once you get the kids settled in – come give it a whirl – we usually have between 30-40 adults. Let us pick up your children from school, bring them to the church for Fundamentals, then eat with us at 5 pm, and then enjoy the unique nurturing fellowship that always happens when we encounter Scripture together from 6-7 pm. Melinda will nurture your children, our nursery will care for your toddlers and infants, and pastor mark will try to engage your hearts – sounds like a great night to me!

Thank You Trustees

A plan was worked and brought to closure last week to replace all the large parking lot lights that were no longer working. This was a huge effort involving the power company and their equipment. There were 12 lights out. All have been replaced and are now working. We are ready for those longer nights as our fall march continues. Let the light of God (and God’s House) shine in the darkness!

November is for Thankful Celebrations!

November begins our season of Thanksgiving. We will be saving the good news of the results of our Fall Festival for celebration at all three services on November 2.  We will give thanks for our Stewardship Journey response at all services on November 16. We will give thanks for our Community with our 2nd annual Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday, November 19. And we will celebrate our response to the Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry on November 23. Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 27. And then we begin the ultimate Thanksgiving on November 30, the first week of Advent!

Thank You Camden Goddard

For taking the lead in designing our FUMC Christmas Parade float for the Blairsville parade this year!

Operation Christmas Child is Underway! WE NOW HAVE MORE CARDBOARD BOXES AT THE TABLE!

Come by the Operation Shoebox Table at the MAC desk and pick up the instructions for preparing a shoebox. Then find the shoeboxes in your closets and use them!  SUGGESTED ITEMS…  Socks, Gloves, Small Toys, Hard Candy, Gum, Pencils, Notepads, Toothbrushes, Soap, Toothpaste, Combs, Coloring books, Markers.  Also, place$7 in the envelope provided to help with shipping costs inside each box. Deadline for turning in your shoebox is November 20th. If you want to watch the video we showed in worship on Sunday in the Mission Moment, here it is:
http://video.samaritanspurse.org/good-news-great-joy-2014-4/

KEY UPCOMING DATES

Connectional Group Charge Conference – Sunday, November 2 at FUMC 3 pm
CEC Pumpkin Party – Friday, October 31 at 10 am

Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead
  • Kathy Heyer’s brother (Rick) – come under hospice care in Florida
  • Janice Jarrard – kidney’s functioning enough now to avoid dialysis – Janice came home yesterday Woo! Hoo!
  • Donna Morningstar – gaining strength at home  - abdominal Surgeon & Oncologist reconnect November 3
  • Doris Bishop (Debbie Steed’s Mother) – under home hospice care at David and Debbie’s home
  • Bob Gorman – blood clot in leg – taking thinners
  • Lois Sweet – abdominal surgery to repair aneurysm Nov 11
  • Nancy Sanford’s Mother – general health concerns
  • Grady Garner’s grandmother came under hospice care
  • John and Fran Browning’s daughter Molly in New York – brain tumor – surgery scheduled Nov 4
  • Norm Thompson – doing therapy at home
  • Henry von Staden – heart Echo Nov 4
  • Myrtle von Staden – preparing for procedures (beginning Nov 10 in Hayesville) related to two large kidney stones they hope to break up on procedure Nov 11
  • Shannon Burgess – sick with Kidney infection
  • Jane Driskell – Parkinson’s diagnosis
  • Valerie Metcalf – undergoing chemo treatments
  • Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Charlie Wooten/Eva Breedlove– chronic back/pain issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:
  • Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, Donna Morningstar and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)
  • Rev. Richard Chewning’s (our District Superintendent) Mother fell and broke her hip – surgery today.

A Note from Your Finance Team:

Total giving for October was $69,992: October 5 $21,545, October 12 $14,522, October 19 $15,568 and October 26 $18,357. Thank you again for your AMAZING generosity! We hope to increase overall participation in the Estimate of Giving cards this year. If you did not use those cards last year, please consider entering into that process this year. It is designed so we never know what number goes with what family – so it is completely between you and God. But it sure helps your Finance Team when we sit down to develop the Ministry plan for the year ahead. We are more confident in our plan if we get our numbers from your “estimate of giving” cards. Thank you so very much for all you do to grow the Kingdom!
 
God’s Boundless Joy,
         
Monday
Oct272014

October 22 Tickle

 

 

Our shared 2014 Stewardship Journey ends this Sunday as everyone is invited to bring their completed green “estimate of giving” (EOG) cards to worship. An opportunity will be provided to place your cards in the anonymous locked treasure chests in each worship space. Our overarching theme this year in our October sermon series has been “Building an Ark of Salvation Together.” On Oct 5, we took time to celebrate what God has done through the finances of FUMC in the last year. Only God could have done that! Thanks be to God! On Oct 12, we reconnected with God’s vision – it’s called the “Kingdom of God on Earth.” God reminded all us who are already in the life boat of God’s salvation that we are called by God to build as big of an ark as possible that everyone may know the love of God. On Oct 19, we saw that all we know as the physical church in the world (the buildings, the rooms, the programs) have not been built by money – they have been built by adoring love. If we really, really, really, know who He is, we can’t help but respond in acts of devotion and adoration like giving our time, our talents, and our gifts. Come and respond as led by your heart. We will lovingly and gracefully walk everyone through the confidential process that we introduced last year. Last year, we had a great positive response to this anonymous approach to estimating your giving in the year ahead – it will be between only you and God. If you have not received a blank EOG card, cards will once again be in the bulletins in all three worship services. Remember to answer the four confidential questions on the back of the small card before putting it in the treasure chest. Come and see.

Welcome New Members:

Larry and Connie Rosenberry – 447 Enchanted Woods Dr, Blairsville, GA 30512
Pray for Existing Members Relocating in the World:
The Huff Family – Daniel, Jackie, and Jared serving in Israel for 2 yrs
Marjorie Myers - 89 Santa Cruz Road, Tuckerton, NJ  08087 phone 856 220 0353
Surround these folks with our prayers, our thankfulness, and our love

Mission and Service Cards:

We thank you so much for your response through the mission and service cards at the end of September. We have over 300 checked boxes to respond to as a result! This is taking time. We started with the largest groups but now are down to the scenarios requiring individual phone calls. This part takes time. We will reach you. Thank you for your patience in advance!

Wednesday Night Nurture:

This is fall break week – no dinner, no fundamentals, no Adult Bible Study. We will crank back up next week.

November is for Thankful Celebrations!

November begins our season of Thanksgiving. We will be saving the good news of the results of our Fall Festival for celebration at all three services on November 2.  We will give thanks for our Stewardship Journey response at all services on November 16. We will give thanks for our Community with our 2nd annual Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday, November 19. And we will celebrate our response to the Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry on November 23. Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 27. And then we begin the ultimate Thanksgiving on November 30, the first week of Advent!

“TRIBUTE” Gospel Quartet Concert: THIS THURSDAY!!!!!!!!

FUMC is hosting our second professional Gospel Quartet group – they are called “Tribute” – a nationally acclaimed group that will perform in our main Sanctuary on Thursday night, October 23, at 7 pm. We will seat until we are full. There are no tickets, instead a love offering will be received and given 100% to the group. Tell your friends and make a plan to be here early! Please help us fill this place of grace for this concert!

Halleluah Bash (Fall Indoor Trunk or Treat Event): THIS SUNDAY!!!!!!!!

Children's Ministry is hosting it's annual Hallelujah Bash on October 26, 2014 from 4:00 until 6:00 in the MAC!  Come play in the Pumpkin Patch ~ we will have games, crafts, bounce house, photo booth, cake walk, Praise and Worship Band, goodie bags and a Concession Stand with yummy foods such as chili, baked potatoes, hot dogs, walking tacos, baked goods and candy.  We also need entries for the Pumpkin Pie Bake Off! We need all entries dropped off the morning/afternoon of the Bash ~ all entries should be named - not the name of the person bringing the pie but the pie itself have a name such as "Mom's Favorite Pumpkin Pie" - or "Caramel Pumpkin Pie." All proceeds from the Concession Stand will benefit the Children's Ministry Missions and Outreach projects. Please leave any donated candy and treats in basket in Melinda's office!

New Children’s Bible Study Hour on Wednesday Nights Something New!

Beginning next Wednesday (10-29), our Children’s Director (Melinda Weldon) will be teaching a new Bible Study for Children in grades 1-5 in the Fundamentals Room. She will be offering this Study in the 6-7 pm hour. Nursery will be available in that time as well. And of course the parents are welcome to attend pastor Mark’s Adult Bible study in that same hour in the Friendship Classroom lower level of the MAC once you get the kids settled in – come give it a whirl – we usually have between 30-40 adults. Come eat with us at 5 pm and then enjoy the unique nurturing fellowship that always happens when we encounter Scripture together from 6-7 pm. Just show up and listen in on the conversation! I believe God guides it.

Operation Christmas Child is Underway! 

Well, you did it again! Your generous nature has exceeded our expectations. We have run out of all the Shoebox boxes. But you can still participate. Come by the Operation Shoebox Table at the MAC desk and pick up the instructions for preparing a shoebox. Then find the shoeboxes in your closets and use them! SUGGESTED ITEMS…  Socks, Gloves, Small Toys, Hard Candy, Gum, Pencils, Notepads, Toothbrushes, Soap, Toothpaste, Combs, Coloring books, Markers.  Also, place $7 in the envelope provided to help with shippingcosts inside each box. Deadline for turning in your shoebox is November 20th. If you want to watch the video we showed in worship on Sunday in the Mission Moment, here it is:
http://video.samaritanspurse.org/good-news-great-joy-2014-4/

KEY UPCOMING DATES:

  • Tribute Quartet October 23 – Professional Southern Gospel Concert at FUMC (in the main Sanctuary this time)
  • Called North Georgia Conference Meeting this Saturday, Oct 25, to discuss Simpsonwood property
  • Hallelujah Bash October 26 – our trunk or treat event at FUMC
  • Connectional Group Charge Conference – Sunday, November 2 at FUMC 3 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
  • Kathy Heyer’s brother (Rick) – come under hospice care in Florida
  • Larry Collins – surgical procedure this morning at Murphy Hospital – coming home tomorrow
  • Joni Hinton – has been in the ER with abdominal pains
  • Janice Jarrard – kidney issues following dehydration – at NE Medical Center  – may come home this week
  • Donna Morningstar – gaining strength at home in anticipation of later abdominal surgery
  • Kirby Bowron – recovering at home now from gall bladder surgery
  • Doris Bishop (Debbie Steed’s Mother) – released from UGH today back to Debbie and David’s home
  • Jackie Franklin – knee problem is a bone hairline fracture – healing
  • Nancy Sanford’s Mother – general health concerns
  • Grady Garner’s grandmother came under hospice care
  • John and Fran Browning’s daughter Molly in New York – brain tumor – surgery scheduled Nov 4
  • Norm Thompson – doing therapy at home
  • Jane Driskell – Parkinson’s diagnosis
  • Valerie Metcalf – undergoing chemo treatments
  • Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Charlie Wooten/Eva Breedlove– chronic back/pain issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:
  • Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, Donna Morningstar and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)
  • Rev. Richard Chewning’s (our District Superintendent) Mother fell and broke her hip – surgery today.

A Note from Your Finance Team:

Total giving for October is: October 5 $21,545, October 12 $14,522, and October 19 $15,568. Thank you again for your continued Divine generosity! God continues to move through you! We hope to increase overall participation in the Estimate of Giving cards this year. If you did not use those cards last year, please consider entering into that process this year. It is designed so we never know what number goes with what family – so it is completely between you and God. But it sure helps your Finance Team when we sit down to develop the Ministry plan for the year ahead. We are more confident in our plan if we get our numbers from your “estimate of giving” cards. Thank you so very much for all you do to grow the Kingdom!
 
God’s Boundless Joy,