Tuesday Tickle

Weekly writings from the desk of Pastor Mark

Tuesday
Apr212015

Tickle - April 21

Brief tickle to update you on time sensitive things coming up – had to do tickle in 50 minutes today – forgive me if I left things off – will try to do better next time:

4-26 Care Giver Sunday (hosted by our Stephen Ministry) – invite any special caregiver who touched your life (nurse, physical therapist, doctor, chiropractor, counselor, home health caregiver,  nursing home worker, or just a friend who cared for you.

5-3 CEC (our Preschool) Celebration Sunday – invite anyone who has been part of our CEC (all graduates welcome!)

5-10 Mother’s Day (hosted by our United Methodist Women) – invite any Mother, Mom, or Mommy to a very special day.

Relay for Life Team Thank You

We had a wonderful night on Saturday night at the Relay for Life Fundraising dinner. THANK YOU FUMC Relay for Life Team – you folks can move a mountain. I praise God for your creativity, your passion, and your service. WELL DONE!

Missions Team LOL Thank You

Roy tells me we had a great turnout on Monday and appreciate all the help getting the Women’s Enrichment Center prepared for there major fundraiser in May – WELL DONE EVERYONE!

Wed Night Nurture

Dinner begins at 5 pm – Wilma Reid is doing her King Ranch Chicken, veggie and dessert. A basket will be provided for donations to help defray the costs of our Wednesday night meals.

Church Council Meeting THIS WEDNESDAY

The Church Council meeting will happen in the Sanctuary from 6-7 pm this Wednesday instead of Bible Study. All members of the Church are invited to Council and have voice – Council members vote – but everyone is welcome. Special agenda items include a proposal from Trustees on a minor Sanctuary modification to combine the two Audio Visual booths into one booth, and a request from the Scout Hut Planning team for direction on the Scout Hut project.

FUMC Gospel Concert

We will be hosting another traveling professional Gospel singing group (The Talleys) on Friday, April 24 at 7 pm in the MAC. The concert will be free but we will receive a love offering for them so we can keep attracting major headliners like this during their touring trips. Tell your friends about this one and get it on your calendar now! Google them – this is going to be a wonderful concert! https://thetalleys.com/

 

  

CEC (our preschool for 2 yrs olds, 3 yr olds, and 4 yr olds) Registration Time

Help us completely fill our FUMC Preschool! Get the word out to your friends, coworkers, and neighbors. We already have one full class of  2 yr olds, one full class and another half full class of 3 yr olds and one full class and another half full of 4 yr olds. If you have any questions, please call our CEC Director (Martha Cone) at 706-835-7448. Our EXCELLENT CEC operates three half days from 9 am to noon on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

CEC Fundraiser

The CEC/Preschool of FUMC is hosting a Pampered Chef Catalog Show Fundraiser!  Orders will be taken until April 29, and all proceeds will go to our CEC!  You can order online at www.pamperedchef.biz/shannonburgess or you can contact Shannon at sburgess421@gmail.com.  Please consider placing an order to benefit this wonderful ministry of our church!  Thank you!

VBS Planning Meeting

"Okay folk ~ it's here!  VBS is upon us!  We are just a few short weeks away from an absolutely amazing week in the life of this Church!  Our Church campus will be transformed and covered up with kids of all ages as they embark on a week of learning about God and how His mighty power helps us conquer the challenges we face!  We would love to have your help!  Melinda will be hosting 2 VBS Training sessions ~ May 12th and May 14th, both beginning at 5:30 in the Fundamentals Room - downstairs Children's Wing.  Come be a part of an amazing event!!!!  Have questions, see Melinda or call at 706-781-7153."

FUMC Angel Choir

The voices of Angels - the sweetest little voices coming from our Preschool Room every Wednesday from 4:00 until 5:00!  Do you have a Preschooler age 3 - 5 (not enrolled in Kindergarten) that likes to sing, play, dance and learn all about Jesus?  If so, Angel Choir is for your little one!  Led by Carrie Smith and Linda McClarnon, the Angel Choir meets every Wednesday from 4:00 - 5:00.  We offer a light snack, Bible story lesson, crafts and music.  We would love to have your Angel join us!  For more information, please contact Melinda Weldon at 706-781-7153 or just come to the Preschool Room on the Children's Wing on Wednesday at 4 pm. Right now, our Angels are learning and practicing some very precious songs to sing to the Congregation on Mother's Day during the Traditional Service.  This will surely melt the hearts of all the mothers, young and old, some remembering those days and some in the midst of those days.  It is not too late for your child to join us for our Mother's Day presentation!

Red Bird Mission Trip Orientation Meeting

 The Towns-Union Connection Group will again be sending a Mission Team to Red Bird, scheduled for September 13-19, 2015Rev. Katie Strals will again be the Team Leader and Barbara Davis (Sharp Memorial Lay Leader) will be assisting. The first gathering will be an informational meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Sharp Memorial UMC. We are hoping to grow the team in a fuller representation of the Connection Group Churches. Please join us in praying for those whom God is calling to go and be His servants in Kentucky for the week of September 13-19. We hope to see you on Tuesday, April 28, 6:00 p.m. If you have questions, please call me at 706-994-8625..

 Concerns/Praises

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

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

 

  • Gwen Graphman – 9 month old grand daughter Mary Chemo treatments
  • John Moon – cancer has returned – scheduling procedure to remove one lobe of one lung
  • Gene and Artie Hodgson’s Son (Glenn) – diagnosed with cancer in both lungs
  • Penny Hebble – stroke recovery in North Carolina
  • Jane Driskell – at home with Parkinson’s
  • H.R. Warden – moved back home under care of Pat and a little help from Home Health Care.Glen Boland – treatment for AFIB
  • Richard Hoibraten’s brother James in California – late stage cancer
  • Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/pain issues
  • Bill & Barbara Gleasure’s daughter-in-law (Harley Gleasure) – undergoing chemo
  • Kathy Zimmerman – sister Alice struggling with cancer in Indiana
  • Those fighting cancer from our faith family:
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred (lymphoma chemo treatment)Kitty Jones –  awaiting test results
  • Kim Tatman – lumpectomy procedure went well – future treatments after surgical healing is complete
  • Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, John Moon, Kim Tatman and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)

 

A Note from Your Finance Team

Thank you for your FAITHFUL giving. Giving so far in April is as follows:April 5    $22,689April 12  $14,757April 19  $23,149

 

God’s Renewing Peace,

Senior Pastor

Monday
Apr202015

April 16 - Tickle

“Time sensitive items” are code words for I forgot something that should have been in the Tickle on Tuesday(grin!)
 
United Methodist Men Activity:
Come check out your United Methodist Men this Saturday beginning in the Fellowship Hall. Are you looking for a men’s group to plug into – come be with us Saturday morning and check out what’s happening:
Breakfast starts at 8 am
Spiritual Enrichment begins after that (presenter provided)
There is a Mission project on Campus led by David Steed for those who wish to attend (working outside if rain permits) – bring weedeaters and rakes if you have them. Work along side us as long or as short as you like. Come play in God’s yard!
 
FUMC Missions Labor of Love (LOL) Project:
We have another community helping event at the Women’s Enrichment Center on Monday, April 20. The goal on this morning activity will be to load the garage sale stuff in the double door garage behind the WEC into two empty trailers that are now on site. Meet at the MAC at 8:45 am and car pool over or follow us over (1/2 mile from the church). They do not see clients on Monday so there is a little more parking than usual – but it is still limited. Wear your green LOL shirts and come help them prepare for their biggest fundraiser of the year – the WEC Yard Sale at the Blairsville Farmer’s Market in May.
 
Relay for Life Dinner Tickets: $20 each
We thought we had sold out all the Relay for Life dinner tickets but it turns out we have 20 left. They will be in the Church Office (see or call Evelyn 706-745-2073) between 9 am and 1 pm tomorrow – first come, first serve. These are the last tickets to the Saturday dinner (doors open 5-6 pm for silent auction, dinner begins at 6 pm, entertainment comes after dinner.) If you have never come to this event, you will be blessed with this evening of fun. And remember the cause, let’s raise funds to cure cancer together.
 
Prayer Concern Updates:
William Newton’s sister leapt into the outstretched arms of Jesus. William and Quinell have left for Florida – the service is Saturday.
Gwen Graphman’s nine month old grand daughter (Mary Graphman) has been diagnosed with cancer – traces in her lungs in addition to kidney tumor – preparing for extended Chemo treatments – more testing.
Kathy Heyer – liver function problems leading to potential liver biopsy – new specialist in the loop – more tests
Tucker Weldon – is back home now after extensive oral surgery today for multiple issues.
 
God’s Strength,

Senior Pastor

Wednesday
Apr082015

Tickle - April 7

My Easter prayer for all of you is that each and every one of you received a resurrection of spirit during this Easter season. Speaking on behalf of your “wonderfully spent” staff team, we are in a brief season of rest right now. For Union County Schools, this is Spring Break week. I am trying to model a good husband and a good father by taking some downtime to reconnect with my family at home this week. I encourage all of you to take some downtime and reflect upon this Easter story and the grace of God it brings to all each time we tell it.

Thank you to all the church angels who prepared and served the food, arranged the worship spaces, did the leg work to open our doors to our community. I also want to tell all of you who brought “guests” with you on Easter, thank you for reaching out into your world to make a difference. People will come on Easter when they won’t come any other day – that’s why we had between 700 and 800 in worship Sunday across those four services. We all need hope. The source of that hope is an empty tomb. This story shouts out HOPE. Now see if you can invite them back for this next Sunday!

Given that this is spring break week, there is no Wednesday Night Nurture (no meal, no evening Bible study.) We will resume all our regular activities next week. There are just two things I want to lift up to you today:

Relay for Life Fundraising

The Mission’s Committee has designated the April special offering for our FUMC Relay for Life team in their ongoing efforts to raise funding for cancer research. Cancer is touching so many people within our faith family, our community, and our world. Our 2015 Relay for Life Team Leader (Kathy Zimmerman) had to step down from that role this month to help her sister in Indiana who is struggling with cancer. Kathy said it best, “This disease is a race against time. Please be generous with your giving – raise lots of money. Not just for my family but for the millions of people who are battling cancer.” We have two events for you to participate in our efforts to raise funds for our ongoing efforts to end Cancer. First, on April 11 from 8 am to 10 am, our Blairsville FATZ restaurant is holding it’s annual pancake breakfast fundraiser. You can purchase a $7 ticket for the breakfast from any Relay for Life Team member (Glenda Taylor and Shirley Rogers are a good place to start.) The second event is our “Hoedown for Hope” Dinner (Cowboy themed) in the MAC on April 18. We are only selling 250 tickets this year. Each ticket will cost $20. Tickets can be purchased in the Narthex and at the MAC desk between services each Sunday between now and the events.

Sunday “Blessing of the Pets”

Our “first annual” Pet Blessing service will happen where our parking lot meets the soccer field this coming Sunday at 3 pm. All animals are invited. There is one rule. You MUST have your animal on a leash and kept secure under your control at all times. If your pet is scared around other animals, then stay in your car parked facing the soccer field. I will come to you. My experience has been that this is a very special service. I look forward to doing “something new” out there at the soccer field this Sunday.

Confirmation classes resume on Sunday April 12

This coming Sunday is the last Sunday to return your WEC Baby Bottles full of change

FUMC Gospel Concert

We will be hosting another traveling professional Gospel singing group (The Talleys) on Friday, April 24. The concert will be free but we will receive a love offering for them so we can keep attracting major headliners like this during their touring trips. Tell your friends about this one and get it on your calendar now! Google them – this is going to be an impressive concert!

CEC (our preschool for 2 yrs olds, 3 yr olds, and 4 yr olds) Registration Time

Beginning yesterday, we began taking registrations from the public until we are full. We appreciate all of you so very much! If you have any questions, please call our CEC Director (Martha Cone) at 706-835-7448.

New Prayer Concerns (not the whole list)

  • John Moon – Cancer has returned – testing this week to determine path forward
  • Cheryl Arndt (CEC 3 yr olds Teacher) – her husband Eldon had a cardiac event Saturday, they have done multiple stents – he is strengthening and doing much better at NE Georgia Medical Hospital (Gainesville)
  • Gene and Artie Hodgson’s Son (Glenn) – diagnosed with cancer in both lungs

We will get caught up on the numbers in next week’s tickle. They were all a movement of God. For now, we rest.

See you Sunday!

God’s Renewing Peace,

Senior Pastor

Wednesday
Apr012015

Tickle - March 31

No other week brings more HOPE to humanity than Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.) I HOPE you and your family plan to attend our special worship services during the week in our final Lenten preparation of prayer and self denial to encounter Easter Sunday. We have moved Fundamentals from Wednesday to Thursday – there is no Wednesday night meal or adult study this week. Instead, our Children’s Ministry will participate in a dramatized Seder meal at 4:30 pm in the MAC so they can experience the Passover celebration that brought Christ to Jerusalem. 

Later Thursday evening, the entire faith family is invited to worship in the main Sanctuary to be with Jesus and the Disciples in that Last Supper (here is our shared meal this week) and then follow Jesus out into the Garden of Gethsemane in prayer. On Friday, the entire faith family is invited to worship in the main Sanctuary as we encounter the Crucifixion in a “family appropriate” way through the Gospel of John. Both services are designed to draw you deeper into our Lord’s passion. Both services begin at 6:15 pm (casual dress) with loving nursery provided. They are designed to be approximately 45 minutes long; but hopefully, impact you eternally.

On Easter, our Youth will be offering our 2nd Annual Youth-led Sunrise service appropriately located “on the hill” where the Children’s playground is located on our Church campus. Park in our back parking lot and walk up to the hill – chairs will be set up there for the service. Youth will be present to assist you up the hill. Some of our community came to that service last year, so make certain you express FUMC hospitality on the hill! It looks like we have a nice weather window again. That service is designed to go from 7:30 am to roughly 8:00 am. There will be a brunch provided in the fellowship hall beginning right after the Sunrise service ends. The idea is for folks to come to that brunch in between the Sunrise service and the 8:30 amservice. The rest of our Sunday Morning will look like our normal flow for Worship and Sunday School Classes. What will be different is the full choir, brass band, and hand bells will all be present at both the8:30 am and 11 am services.

I thank everyone for all your shared sacrificial service during this Holy Week. It is service modeled after what this week is all about – giving of self for others. That is the true Easter message. Thank you for living that Kingdom truth out in your faith, in your life, and during HIS Holy Week. I feel His joy in our sacrificial service.

Welcome New Members

Last week the Collins Family (Chris, Kristin, Lilly, Hudson, and Nash) united with Christ’s movement through you at FUMC. We also watched God baptize baby Nash on that day. Join with me in welcoming our newest members: P.O. Box 1773, Blairsville, GA 30514

Well Done FUMC Trustees!

If you have driven in or out of our Church Campus front drive in the dark, then you know something is really different! Just in time for Easter, the light has come into the world (grin!) In this case, I am talking about the two new street lights on our entrance road. Since they are the same exact model as our parking lot lights, some of you may have not even noticed them – but everyone who leaves after sunset sure has! This was a fairly major project that was funded out of the Trustee Ministry Plan.

Missions Shout Out! Woo! Hoo!

We had another great experience of “hands on” ministry in our community where our “Labor of Love” gang coordinated through our Mission’s Team work day at the Women’s Enrichment Center yesterday. We had just the right amount of people to coordinate four service groups; specifically, one group to clean the inside of the WEC, one group to unload and load two external storage trailers, one group to reorganize the main storage garage, and one group to feed everyone lunch so we all could keep going through the day. It was a great day! Thank you LOL team! And thank you 2015 LOL Coordinator – Roy Whitelock. We got the entire scope of work done that we planned two days to do – so no LOL event Monday April 6! There is another work day down the road but we will send that scope of work out separately.

Church Service Days

As weather and schedule permits, we could really use your help this week (and in the weeks ahead.) If you can give your church some time on your schedule, would you be willing to come help prepare the church outside campus for Easter and beyond? We are looking for help, trimming, raking, weed pulling, that sort of thing. Our centralized compost pile is the hillside on the east side of the back parking lot. Our church campus encompasses  33 acres – we can use all the help we can get!

Relay for Life

We have two events for you to participate in our efforts to raise funds for our ongoing efforts to end Cancer. First, on April 11 from 8 am to 10 am, our Blairsville FATZ restaurant is holding it’s annual pancake breakfast fundraiser. You can purchase a $7 ticket for the breakfast from any Relay for Life Team member (Glenda Taylor and Shirley Rogers are a good place to start.) The second event is our “Hoedown for Hope” Dinner (Cowboy themed) in the MAC on April 18. We are only selling 250 tickets this year. Each ticket will cost $20. Tickets can be purchased in the Narthex and at the MAC desk between services each Sunday between now and the events.

FUMC Gospel Concert

We will be hosting another traveling professional Gospel singing group (The Talleys) on Friday, April 24.The concert will be free but we will receive a love offering for them so we can keep attracting major headliners like this during their touring trips. Tell your friends about this one and get it on your calendar now! Google them – this is going to be an impressive concert!

CEC (our preschool for 2 yrs olds, 3 yr olds, and 4 yr olds) Registration Time

Beginning yesterday, we began taking registrations from the public until we are full. We appreciate all of you so very much! If you have any questions, please call our CEC Director (Martha Cone) at 706-835-7448.

Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

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

  • Bettie Jo Gibson – sister of Al Reid and Penny Hebble – leapt into the outstretched arms of Jesus Sundayin Florida. Arrangements are being made for a Memorial Service in Tampa. Please keep the family in your prayers
  • Al Reid son Kirk – still swelling on the brain
  • Jim and Sally Wiley’s recent loss.
  • Charles Smith – testing through multiple doctors this week – general health concerns including thyroid function
  • David and Benetta Cook – 13 yr old grand daughter (Sophie) – with severe scoliosis (back) – encouraging report this week
  • Penny Hebble – stroke recovery in North Carolina
  • Jane Driskell – at home with Parkinson’s
  • H.R. Warden – moved back home under care of Pat and a little help from Home Health Care.
  • Richard Hoibraten’s brother James in California – late stage cancer
  • Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/pain issues
  • Bill & Barbara Gleasure’s daughter-in-law (Harley Gleasure) – undergoing chemo
  • Kathy Zimmerman – sister Alice struggling with cancer in IndianaThose fighting cancer from our faith family:Donna Howell – recently diagnosed with cervical cancer
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred (lymphoma chemo treatment)
  • Kitty Jones –  biopsy revealed presence of cancer – more doctor visits this week to determine path forward
  • Kim Tatman – lumpectomy procedure went well – home recovering
  • Steve Redstone – fell at home – currently at UGH
  • Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, Steve RedstoneKim Tatman and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment).

A Note from Your Finance Team

We are off to a good start financially thanks to your incredible generosity. Your giving has allowed us to operate directly on our 2015 ministry plan so far this year (often times those winter months are very difficult) – thank you for your FAITHFUL giving. Giving so far in March is as follows:Mar 1    $20,344,Mar 8    $15,643,Mar 15  $17,201Mar 22  $12,619Mar 29  $18,342 for total giving in March of $84,149.

God’s Boundless Joy,

Senior Pastor

Thursday
Mar262015

Tickle - March 24

We finished the sermon series on prayer this last week. I probably have received more positive comments on these sermons than any offered in recent memory. It is good to know that there is a lot of interest in prayer among the children of God. Two weeks ago, I had the precious opportunity to do the Children’s moment. I taught the little ones a version of the Lord’s Prayer that I translated into “a small child’s” words. Many of you have asked for a copy of that prayer. Here it is. Use it. Share it. Send it. It flowed out of my prayer life while preparing for that Sunday service – give it wings:

God, You are our Heavenly Daddy. You are so special – even Your Name is Special. Please bring Your heaven to our earth so that everything here makes You smile. Until then, please give us what we really need to get through today. First, by forgiving our sins (all those things we do that makes You sad.) Second, by helping us forgive other’s sins (all those things people have done to us that make us sad.) Third, keep us away from things that separate us from you. Fourth, keep us safe from things that want to hurt us. Because we want to live with You, in Your House, protected by Your Power, surrounded by Your Goodness, all the days of our lives. God, let it be.

Welcome Back Floridians! We have missed you!

Given this is my second time through the spring cycle, I think I am beginning to come to terms with some of the normal migration patterns that occur in these parts. As the weather continues to warm, I am beginning to see more and more of our faith family who we have not seen since fall. It is good to see you again. Welcome home! And to those of you who have yet to return, it’s getting pretty pretty up here in these mountains! Just saying...

Pampered Chef Relay for Life Fundraiser

Thank you all for getting me out of the dog house! We had a great turn out and folks where in a “buying” state of mind. While I really love our doggie “Grace” – her house is really only big enough for her (grin!) Even if you did not get to come to the show, you can still order items if you wish – contact Shannon Burgess atsburgess421@gmail.com Again, 100% of proceeds will go towards our FUMC Relay for Life team efforts to defeat cancer.

What is all the New Construction Activity on our Church Main Entrance Road?

Your Trustees have been working a project since the end of last year to install two new lights (parking lot quality pole lights) on that entrance road to provide light after sunset. The work should be complete soon. Drive carefully around the construction trucks while they have one of those two lanes blocked for their work. That “S” curve is already challenging enough. Please go in and out slowly until this project is complete.

Wednesday Night Nurture

Dinner is Pancake bar, sausage, and eggs – it’s a fundraiser for your Children’s Ministry VBS - dinner begins at5 pm in the MAC.

Adult Bible Study by Pastor Mark will happen in the Friendship Sunday School Classroom (MAC Lower level) from 6:00-6:50 pm.

We are in Week 28 – Guideword “Contagious Life.” Everyone is welcome – just come and “listen in” on the conversation.

United Methodist Men (UMM) Chainsaw Ministry

David Kuykendall is heading up the UMM chainsaw ministry. We had a good launch after the UMM meeting Saturday – 8 souls took down trees at the parsonage as our opening efforts to raise a team. We focus on back safety, forest safety, and chainsaw safety. If you would like to talk to David about this, just email him atkuykendall@brmemc.net At the same time, we had another group of men building the outdoor stage for the Youth sunrise service on Saturday as well – thanks fellas! If you just want to learn more about UMM and what all we do, contact Buck Williams buck.williams@icloud.com We had three new folks come along side us last Saturday!

Easter Plan

We are enhancing all the new stuff we did last year with a few additions. I believe Holy week – the week that celebrates our Lord and Savior’s passion - is meant to be Holy and set apart. I encourage all of you to embrace the entire Holy Week worship cycle in 2015. Lay aside everything that you possibly can and give that week to God. You will be uniquely blessed. Here is how:

Palm Sunday – March 29:

We celebrate the arrival of Jesus for the last time into Jerusalem.

We will have all three worship services and Sunday School classes like normal – but the services will not be the same:

We will offer a traditional Palm Sunday service at 8:30 am (Mark providing sermon), a non-traditional PalmSunday Service at 9:45 am (Mark providing sermon), and an Easter Cantata at 11 am (no sermon) with this one service “ending” with a very special procession of palms by our Children’s ministry. I know this is asking for a sacrifice from many of our families with children, but we so rarely get to see our entire children’s ministry in one place with the three services – come to the 11 am service if you can to help your children participate in this one time very special procession of palms.

Wednesday, April 1:

Stay home and get caught up on your Lenten Season Prayer book! No activities at the church. No, it’s not an April fools joke!

Holy Thursday – April 2:

Fundamental pickup for the children will happen at 3 pm on Thursday so they and they families who can be present can participate in a dramatized Seder Meal at 4:30 pm. The Holy Thursday worship service will begin at 6:15 pm in the Sanctuary. We will encounter the Last Supper and then follow Jesus out into the Garden of Gethsemane. I know this is asking for a sacrifice from the Choir and all who will come. Come dressed casual. Nursery is provided. Anticipated length is 45 minutes.

Good Friday – April 3:

Service will begin at 6:15 pm in the main Sanctuary. We will creatively encounter the crucifixion of Christ in a family appropriate way. I know this is asking a sacrifice from all who will lead and attend this service. Come dressed casual. Nursery is provided. Anticipated length is 45 minutes.

Easter Sunday – April 5:

Our second annual Youth-led sunrise service on the hill by the Men’s workshop at 7:30 am (if rained out in MAC)

I know this is asking a sacrifice from our Youth and their families – but this service is deeply profound – they do it.

The anticipated length of the Sunrise service is 30 minutes – then join us for a simple brunch in the fellowship hall immediately following the sunrise service (the brunch ends when the 8:30 am worship service begins.) The flow is ideally one so you can go from the Sunrise service to Brunch and then directly to the 8:30 service if you wish. I know this will take sacrifice from many to make this unique flow happen.

We will have all three services and Sunday school classes like any other Sunday.

Our 8:30 worship service will be with a full choir, brass band and bells – pastor Mark preaching

Our 9:45 worship service will be just like normal in the MAC

Our 11 am worship service will be with a full choir, brass band and bells – pastor Mark preaching

(and I thank the servant hearts who will be providing a lite brunch in the fellowship hall for the choir, band and bells in between the two traditional services – we feed them so they can feed us!!! I know it is a sacrifice.)

I know. It sounds like a lot of sacrificing – but it is nothing compared to...

Missions Opportunities: Blairsville Women’s Enrichment Center (WEC)

Let’s focus on another LOL local ministry opportunity for all of us to invest some sweat equity for Jesus out in our community. The mission moment last Sunday explained another LOL (FUMC Labor of Love) ministry opportunity on Monday, March 30. Wear your green LOL shirts and come or sign up and we will get you your green LOL shirt that we wear when we are out in our community doing mission work. There is limited parking at the WEC so we would like to caravan from the church – there will be people who can give you a ride back to the church whenever you need to leave. Meet with us at the MAC desk entrance on  Monday, March 30 at 8:45 am. We will travel the less than one mile to the WEC to spend some time sorting and organizing their stuff to help them prepare for their largest fundraiser of the year (this is huge for them and it has outgrown their ability to do all the prep work for it with just their ministry volunteers – the WEC Garage Sale doesn’t happen until May. Come get your green shirt and lets “go green” together!

Relay for Life

We have two events for you to participate in our efforts to raise funds for our ongoing efforts to end Cancer. First, on April 11 from 8 am to 10 am, our Blairsville FATZ restaurant is holding it’s annual pancake breakfast fundraiser. You can purchase a $7 ticket for the breakfast from any Relay for Life Team member (Glenda Taylor and Shirley Rogers are a good place to start.) The second event is our “Hoedown for Hope” Dinner (Cowboy themed) in the MAC on April 18. We are only selling 250 tickets this year. Each ticket will cost $20. Tickets can be purchased in the Narthex and at the MAC desk between services each Sunday between now and the events.

FUMC Gospel Concert

We will be hosting another traveling professional Gospel singing group (The Talleys) on Friday, April 24. The concert will be free but we will receive a love offering for them so we can keep attracting major headliners like this during their touring trips. Tell your friends about this one and get it on your calendar now! Google them – this is going to be an impressive concert!

CEC (our preschool for 2 yrs olds, 3 yr olds, and 4 yr olds) Registration Time

Beginning yesterday, we began taking registrations from the public until we are full. We appreciate all of you so very much! If you have any questions, please call our CEC Director (Martha Cone) at 706-835-7448.

Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

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

 

  • Jim and Sally Wiley’s daughter-in-law (Kathi Wiley in Birmingham) passed away yesterday.
  • Rev. Robert  (Bob) Darby – a past pastor of this church - passed away Friday.The Funeral service will be next Saturday, March 28, at 11 AM at Bremen First UMC, Bremen, Georgia.Bob’s wife (Elaine) can be reached at: P.O. Box 352 Tallapoosa, GA 30176  
  •  Our 2015 Confirmation Class – 8 youth, 3 adults
  • Lee Dunham is back home from time in hospital for dehydration from illnesses
  • Britt McAfeeCharles Smith – testing through multiple doctors this week – general health concerns including thyroid function
  • David and Benetta Cook – 13 yr old grand daughter (Sophie) – with severe scoliosis (back)
  • Penny Hebble – stroke recovery in North Carolina – now in a new rehab facility – White Oak Rehab
  • Jane Driskell – Parkinson’s
  • H.R. Warden – moved back home under care of Pat and a little help from Home Health Care.
  • Richard Hoibraten’s brother James in California – late stage cancerCharles Smith -
  • Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/pain issue
  • sBill & Barbara Gleasure’s daughter-in-law (Harley Gleasure) – undergoing chemo
  • Kathy Zimmerman – sister struggling with cancer in Indiana
  • Those fighting cancer from our faith family:
  • Donna HowellAvis Shaw’s sister Mildred (lymphoma chemo treatment)
  • Kitty Jones –  visit with Doctor and potential biopsy today
  • Kim Tatman – lumpectomy procedure this Thursday afternoon at Northside Hospital
  • Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, Steve RedstoneKim Tatman and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)

 

A Note from Your Finance Team

 We are off to a good start financially thanks to your incredible generosity. Your giving has allowed us to operate directly on our 2015 ministry plan so far this year (often times those winter months are very difficult) – thank you for your FAITHFUL giving. Giving so far in March is as follows:Mar 1    $20,344,Mar 8    $15,643,Mar 15  $17,201Mar 22  $12,619.

God’s Boundless Joy,         

Senior Pastor