To say I am behind would be a large understatement (Evelyn knows.) But I am also blessed. I am learning that “Behind and Blessed” may be the right way to be. I am both behind and blessed because of the 6 day trip I took with a mission team of 18 people (20 counting honorary members Jerry and Jane) to Red Bird Kentucky last week. It was work. It was fulfilling. And, it was spiritually eye opening for my soul. This last Sunday, I shared the story in picture and word at all three worship services from my heart.
Since this last Sunday coincided with when many people supported our Church Without Walls by worshipping there, I have been asked to consider re-telling the story on a Wednesday night as well (perhaps in a little greater detail and perhaps with words from others from our church who went on this trip.) We will do that on Wednesday, October 1, from 6-7 pm. More details to follow after I talk to my other team members and pull this together – remember, I am behind too (grin!)
Celebrate your Newest Members who joined across the three services this Sunday
Bill and Diane Kolb – 159 Old Farm View, Blairsville GA 30512Ted, Eloise, Huck, and Weezie Whisenhunt – 65 Wildflower Court, Young Harris GA 30582
We are in conversation with many other families who will be joining in the near future. If you wish to consider membership, simply schedule an appointment with Pastor Mark through Evelyn in the Church Office at 706-745-2073. Pastor likes to have a chance to develop a personal relationship with you and answer whatever questions you might have about membership in this part of the Body of Christ called FUMC of Union County.
A Question – Seeking Information
If you are volunteering or have volunteered at any of the Union County Schools, would you give pastor Mark a call at the church office? 706-745-2073
Our Worship Choir will be cooking the meal for Wednesday night this week – Shepherd’s pie, salad, and dessert – 5 pm
Pastor Mark will be leading the Adult Bible Study in the Friendship Sunday School Room (lower level of the MAC) from 6-7 pm. Our guideword is “Grace” – week 19 of the Daily Companion Bible Devotional. Come if you need some! (grace) Make certain you say hello to all the new faces who are dining with us on Wednesday nights. Most (but not all) are there because they have young children picked up by our bus at school and have come to our church to participate in Fundamentals. We have grown significantly in the number of kids we are picking up at school. Where you see one or two people sitting at a table by themselves, it’s a good thing to take some time to introduce yourself and talk to them. Many of our new Mommy’s do not know where the high chairs are – if you do, you might be in a unique position to help them tremendously.
KEY UPCOMING DATES
Fall Festival October 10-11 (Saturday and Sunday at FUMC) – MUCH, Much, more to come
Union County Schools Fall Break – the week of October 20
Church Council Meeting – October 15 6 pm in the Sanctuary
Tribute Quartet October 23 – Professional Southern Gospel Concert at FUMC (in the main Sanctuary this time)
Hallelujah Bash October 26 – our trunk or treat event at FUMC
Connectional Group Charge Conference – November 2 at FUMC 3 pm
Called Annual Conference Meeting
The Bishop of the North Georgia Conference has called all the Annual Conference delegates (clergy and Laity) back to Athen’s Georgia for a single agenda item on Saturday, October 25 at 10 am to review a recommendation from the Conference Board of Trustees regarding the sale of our Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center. Mark and Paula will be going back to attend on your behalf. If you have any questions about this issue, feel free to contact Pastor Mark for any background information. It’s also available on the North Georgia Conference web site: http://www.ngumc.org/
If you are a parent of a child (even if your precious child is still a small infant), make certain you get on the distribution of the information letter Melinda sends out periodically covering all her Kids events in greater detail than you will ever see in a bulletin, a tickle or a monthly newsletter. We have enclosed her latest issue.
New Covenant Bible Study: It’s not too late to get in
Our Sunday afternoon Covenant Bible study began at 4 pm this last Sunday in the Youth Sunday School room. Feel free to email David Sutton at email@example.com if you still would like to get into this new DVD driven study.
Women’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study: It’s not too late to get in
Ladies! The Women’s study starts back up tomorrow from 10-11:30 in the center common are in the lower level of the MAC. They will begin the Covenant Bible Study. Please come if you would like to get in at the start.
Disciple III Bible Study:It’s not too late to get in
Richard Hoibraten is beginning a Disciple III class this Sunday at 2 pm in the main conference room. It will happen in the Sunday afternoon cycle from 2 pm to 4:30 pm. The only requirement to taking Disciple III is that at some time you have taken Disciple I. This study will take you into most Old Testament Major and Minor Prophets and into the 13 letters most attribute to Paul in the New Testament. If you are interested, contact Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be meeting for breakfast at 8 am in the Fellowship Hall this Saturday. Troop 101 leadership will be providing the program on Scouting. Come join us for food, fellowship, and learn about our Scouting ministry.
This and That – but IMPORTANT
FLU shots will be offered on campus for three Thursdays (September 18th, 25th and October 2nd) during OASIS. The shots will be given by Rite Aid pharmacists in the Conference Room from 11:00 am till 1:00 pm. The shots are FREE for Medicare! All are welcome to come, whether or not you attend OASIS.
The Morning Glory Circle is collecting gently used coats for their winter coat giveaway at Antioch Baptist later in the fall. You may drop off your clean, good condition coats in the MAC closet. Lastly, we need your help! EVERYONE's help! We are leaving ourselves wide open and in this case, that's NOT a good thing!
We are finding doors left open overnight and lights left on throughout our campus. If you meet here after hours, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure that things are turned off and locked up tight when you leave!!!! Error on the safe side – you never can lock anyone in – they can always get out. It is extremely unsafe for the staff, ministry volunteers, and CEC children to walk into a building that has been open all night. We appreciate everyone's due diligence on this critically important point.
Young Harris College Sunday
We will be celebrating Young Harris College Sunday at all three services on Sunday, Sept 28. We will have speakers from YHC greeting us at all three services and a “very special” YHC Alumni bringing us the message that day.
Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead
- John and Fran Browning’s daughter Molly in New York – brain tumor – testing
- Sue Hill – rotator cuff surgery (outpatient) this Thursday in Dahlonega
- Jack Dugger – recent car accident – recovering at home, ok but bruised.
- Roy Whitelock – fluid on lungs – upcoming heart tests
- Jane Driskell – recent fall at home
- Glen and Linda Womack’s new born great grandson (Thomas) in Hawaii NICU fighting infection from birth
- Bob Taylor – in ER Sunday night with extreme stomach issues – home now
- Kathy Heyer’s brother (Rick) – diagnosed with lung cancer, emphysema, and fell and broke his pelvis
- Bud Akins – released from hospital on Sunday – recovering from double pneumonia
- Jon and Jan’s daughter Emmy Berdux – seven year old with severe orthodontic pain
- Chuck Stancil – upcoming melanoma surgery in North Carolina
- Donna Morningstar – back home from hospital – recovering strength before returning to doctor
- Valerie Metcalf – having port put in this week – chemo begins in two weeks
- Jenny Chandler’s brother – Jake Lee – general health
- Brenda Turner – at home recovering from procedure
- Emily Cobb – general health
- Vic Henderson’s daughter in Marietta (Grace Holley) is struggling at home with a herniated disc.
- Bob Head – did not get any relief at Jacksonville – arthritis and spinal stenosis
- JoAnn Mayhew – JoAnn and her son Bobby are moving back to Blairsville this week (Thursday) and moving back into her home – Woo! Hoo!
- Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Charlie Wooten/Eva Breedlove– chronic back/pain issues
- Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:
- Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, Donna Morningstar and several others (who are in various stages of testing and treatment)
A Note from Your Finance Team
August Giving was a total of $71,478. Giving in September has been September 7 $25,307, September 14 $12,904. Well done church! Also, over the next 50 years, it is estimated that between $41 and $136 trillion will pass from older Americans to younger generations. However, nearly 60% of Americans do not have a will. And only 8% of American wills contain any charitable giving whatsoever. The result is that only about 3% of all Christians, including United Methodists, leave anything to charity, with even less to continue God’s work. Have you put into thought into “the final Tithe?” It has been the topic of conversation among many United Methodist congregations lately. There is a lot of good information out there on exactly how to do that – more to come from your Finance Team in the months ahead. Thank you so very much for your faithful giving through all of 2014. The ministry plan of your church and all the people it touches inside and outside the church has been blessed through your sacrificial giving.
God’s Boundless Joy,