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 firstname.lastname@example.orgOR John Vogeley at 706-400-8452 or at email@example.com
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
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.
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