Tuesday Tickle

Weekly writings from the desk of Pastor Mark

Wednesday
May062015

Tickle - May 5, 2015

Read and enjoy – God is soooooooooooooo good! I hope to see everyone at First Baptist Thursday night at 6:30 pm for our community celebration of the National Day of Prayer – come pray with us! Happy Mother’s Day this coming Sunday! Special Mother’s Day Message this Sunday, “What is Being Born Through Us?” Please come, we have a surprise for every female (Mother or not) who walks through the door this Sunday!

Welcome New Members

Jim Norman – 64 Twin Ponds Court, Blairsville, GA 30512

Bob & Angela Johnson – 67 Amy Lynn Drive, Blairsville, GA 30512

We have a significant group of folks who have committed these last three weeks to formally joining our family. Woo! Hoo! Get those name tags out folks – you’re going to need them. Lot’s of new names to learn! An act of grace is for all of us to wear our name tags for them too. If you don’t have a name tag or if you lost your name tag – see Evelyn in the Church office. 

Radical Hospitality will be holding a new member reception on May 24 in the fellowship hall immediately after the 11 am worship service. Come wrap your loving arms around all the “most recent” part of our growing family!

Wed Night Nurture

There is something special happening this Wednesday night. Dinner will be “Italian Night” as a Relay for Life fundraiser. The donation basket will be out ready to receive any gift to support research to finding a cure for cancer. The meal begins at 5 pm. I will be facilitating the last of our Spring Wed night Bible Study – we are ending this cycle on the guide phrase “God’s Will.” That is week 31 if you are following in our devotional book. But you do not need to have the book to come – just come sit in on what I hope is a helpful conversation about discerning God’s Will for us all. The Adult Bible Study is from 6-7 pm in the Friendship Sunday School Class (lower lever of the MAC.)

Morning Glory UMW Circle Relay for Life Fundraiser

 The Morning Glory Circle will be holding a garage sale at the Union County Farmers market this Friday from 8 am to 2 pm. Please come and get lots of stuff you need – proceeds are for Relay for Life.Circle of Love UMW Circle Fundraiser:The Circle of Love will be holding a Bake Sale in the Narthex this Sunday, May 10, be sure to stop by and purchase goodies. Proceeds will go towards Relay for Life and other Missions of this Circle.HOPE Benefit Event at FUMC:Many of you were in worship as our Candace Lopez (now living in Florida) delivered her story of struggling with eating disorder and related addictions that almost took her life. We are hosting a free event (but with hopes of raising both awareness and funding to launch a new 501c3) at the MAC on Saturday night May 16, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. The event will include three personal testimonies of victory, musical performances, silent auction, and snacks.

Connectional Group Shared Worship Service

 May 24 at 3 pm at Sharp Memorial UMCWhat can happen when members of 8 United Methodist Churches come together in worship – well, just about anything – come and see. Our Shared worship service will be hosted by Sharp Memorial UMC this year on the Young Harris campus. The guest preach is the Honorable Rev. Jim Aiken! We thought since he has almost been pastor to all 8 churches that he would be the right guy for this task! Come enjoy fellowship with all the Churches of Towns and Union Counties – and experience our combined choir – it’s going to be AWESOME!

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

Registration Time: THANK YOU CEC for an AWESOME SUNDAY!

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) at706-835-7448. Our EXCELLENT CEC operates three half days from 9 am to noon on Monday, Wednesday, andFriday. And don’t forget to put CEC graduation on your calendars for May 15Friday at 7 pm in our Sanctuary. They came to share with you on Sunday (and what a blessing) – now it’s our turn to come and be there for their special moment.

The Garden is Prepared

The clouds finally parted and the plowing has been done. If you are interested in having a section of our tilled and prepared garden (it is located across the road from the Annex building) give Al Reid a call 706-835-5252. You plant, you water, you weed, you harvest...the soil is prepared by us. Don’t miss out if you wish to have a section.

Feed  the Hungry at FUMC

God is raising up among the people of FUMC a desire to help Feed the Hungry in our community from this amazing facility. Dinah Carter and Kathy Johnson visited First Baptist and learned from their wonderful operation. They feed a hot lunch to the hungry (about 55 people) on two Thursday’s a month from 11 am to 1 pm. Our working concept is to feed the hungry lunch on two Tuesdays (the weeks not covered by First Baptist.) All we have is a working concept and a handful of passionate servant hearts. If you would like to come along side this effort to build and execute this new ministry, contact Dinah Carter 706-745-2138 or Kathy Johnsonkdj746@live.com We need people to make it happen. Will you help?

Scout Hut

We are still trying to figure out our ultimate direction at the hut – but while we do, funding keeps coming in (THANK YOU!) We are now at roughly $35,000. It is estimated that $40,000 is required to place a “new building” on site if the decision ends up going that way.

Another Mission’s Committee “Labor of Love” Activity

We thank Roy Whitelock (our LOL Coordinator) and Jim Wiley and Greg Lane for their recent installation of a ramp at the Metcalf home. It truly was a “labor of love.”

Orphanage Emmanuel, Honduras Mission Trip: September 5-12

 FAITH-is what the founders of Orphanage Emmanuel had in God to surrender it “all”, submit to Him and start an orphanage in a foreign land. HOPE-is what God has provided to more than 1600 children whose lives have been eternally saved. LOVE-is what YOU can bring to these children, and they to you, while the pace of your walk with Jesus quickens. Our church has an opportunity to spread its arms wider to embrace and love the children of Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras. This is an opportunity for us to step out of our comfort zone and into the comfort of God’s world that has no boundaries. An international mission team is being formed to serve at Orphanage Emmanuel the week of September 5th through the 12th. Funny thing, God’s call to serve is not always clear. As God tugs your heart to serve in missions (do not wait until He pushes), keep your eyes and ears wide open in the coming weeks to find out how you can participate in this trip. What is clear is FUMC will have a team travelling to Orphanage Emmanuel in September and you can be a part of that team. There will be two general information meetings: Tuesday, May 19th at 10:00 AM (room M3), and Wednesday, May 20th at 6:30 PM (room M7). These meetings are open to all who have interest or are just curious. Pick one to attend, or both if you like. The content will be the same at both. The first Team planning meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 1st. Contacts for this trip are: Joe Tatman 706-669-4299 (2jtatman@gmail.com) and Kim Tatman 404-226-2531 (tokimnjoe@bellsouth.net).

Red Bird Mission Trip – One week trip to Kentucky

The Town-Union Connection Group Mission Project for 2015 will again be the Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky the week of September 13-19. Our trip to the Red Bird Mission in 2014 was an experience that many of the team wish to repeat. Our hope is to grow the team with as many people as possible to share in this ministry. Our next informational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church of union County.  Please join in praying for those whom God is calling to go and be God's servants in Kentucky for the week of September 13-19.

VBS Planning Meetings

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! VOLUNTEERS are needed!  We need van drivers, Roamers, Crew leaders!  Come join the fun!!!!!!  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." Also, the Children’s Ministry is collecting gallon size milk jugs for VBS. Please drop off any rinsed gallon size milk jugs in Melinda’s office on the main wing.

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!.

Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week aheadAll involved in the Nepal EarthquakeCivil unrest across our nation stemming from tragic Baltimore death

  • John Moon – surgery to remove part of one lung set for tomorrow at NE Medical Hospital (Gainesville)
  • Judy Walls – Mother leapt into the outstretched arms of Jesus.
  • Danny Young – Father leapt into the outstretched arms of Jesus.
  • Bonnie Redstone – should be back in Blairsville from Florida next week
  • Bob Stone – recovering from heart valve replacement procedure – hope to be home from Gainesville this week.
  • Ceil Jordan – Undergoing a procedure right now at Atlanta Piedmont to resolve intestinal restriction
  • Carol Head – suffering from extreme vertigo of unknown origin – many tests
  • Our Confirmation Class – the potential confirmands are now praying and discerning for the next two weeks
  • Flo Evans – fractured should during a fall in Florida – doing rehab therapy there.
  • Janice Jarrard – nephew with cancer
  • Mike Brandenburg – hip surgery recovery going well.
  • JoAnn Mayhew – is at the Clay County Care Center in Hayesville – hope to return home this week.
  • Manon Thompson – slow but steady recover from hip fracture. Easing back into the routine of life.
  • Gene and Artie Hodgson’s Son (Glenn) – receiving second round of Chemo this week
  • Penny Hebble – stroke recovery in North Carolina
  • Jane Driskell – at home with Parkinson’s
  • Kathy Heyer – awaiting results of liver biopsy
  • 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 Indiana
  • Avis Shaw’s sister Mildred is in remission – Glory Hallelujah!!!
  • Kitty Jones –  second biopsy today in Atlanta
  • Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, John Moon, Kim Tatman and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)

A Note from Your Rejoicing Finance Team

Thank you for your FAITHFUL giving. Great start to May on the heals of a robust April! A Finance Team task force is in place and currently taking the 12 month Methodist Foundation’s training course on Legacy Giving – much more to come on that topic in the months ahead!May  3    $20,429 

God’s Renewing Peace,         

                                        

 firstumcpastor@windstream.net   

Senior Pastor  

Wednesday
May062015

Tickle - April 28

We have had a series of very, very good days in worship. OASIS Celebration Sunday was awesome. And as predicted, I had many people meet me at the door after worship across those three worship services (all wearing their OASIS nametags) who said, “This was really nice, we are coming back!” We had a similar sort of thing happen on Care Giver Appreciation Sunday this last Sunday. I hope you know there were many angels sitting among you on Sunday. I know some of the stories – it was good to say thank you to all. Also, all three services watched as God commissioned three new Stephen Ministers (Ed Smith, Tim Holby, Nancy Joyce) – one of our growing caregiving ministries.  We also heard a mission moment from Jeri Ann King – founder of the Healing Hands free medical clinic located adjacent to our property on Bracketts Way (not far from Hope House.) Jeri is up to about 70 volunteers - most but not all who have medical back ground. They need more community volunteers who don’t necessarily have medical back ground to help operate this growing clinic that is open on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Our own Kim Steinke represents the Healing Hands Clinic on our Mission’s Committee. If you would like to find out how to help volunteer, contact Kim a at kssteinke@gmail.com  By partnering with existing 501c3 nondenominational ministries in our community, we can all better answer our Lord’s call to help the least of these in our community and grow the Kingdom by allowing us to become the healing hands of Jesus extending into the world.

Wed Night Nurture:

Dinner begins at 5 pm – Ro and the Robinettes are providing pizza, salad, and dessert. A basket will be provided for donations to help defray the costs of our Wednesday night meals. If you have a group who wishes to sign up for a fundraiser on Wednesday night, contact Ro Robbins at cart@windstream.net

There will be no Adult Bible Study this Wednesday. The pastoral office is a little inundated right now and I need to catch up with many critical pastoral care and event planning activities. I have suspended my Bible study for this week and next.

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.

The Garden is Prepared

 The clouds finally parted and the plowing has been done. If you are interested in having a section of our tilled and prepared garden (it is located across the road from the Annex building) give Al Reid a call 706-835-5252. You plant, you water, you weed, you harvest...the soil is prepared by us. Don’t miss out if you wish to have a section.

Three AWESOME Church Council Conversations: (and there were many others, but you need to know about these now)

1. The Trustees will be overseeing a minor Sanctuary modification project to combine the two audio/visual booths into one booth at the top of our existing balcony. If you see a mess in the coming months, it’s growth – say GLORY HALLELUJAH!

2. The Scout Hut Task Force that reports to Council indicted fundraising has gone MUCH, MUCH BETTER than predicted. Through the generous hearts of our congregation and our community, we have received or have committed roughly $24,000 to renovate the existing Scout Hut. We have also received another $4000 on top of that from two families if we build a new building. The Scout Hut planning committee has scoped out one scenario of placing a new concrete pad and 30x40 insulated metal building with HVAC where the existing Scout Hut is now. Based on formal quotes, we are confident the entire project can be done for $40,000 or less. We are currently only $12,000 away from having all that in hand. Council gave us permission to see if we can raise that last $12,000. It just seems to make more sense than put $25,000 into a very old building with multiple issues. We are close. We are pausing all work on the project to see if we can raise that last $12,000. No decision has been made yet. But the decision certainly becomes much easier if we raise all the money needed. The project will still loop back through Trustees and Council before any final decisions are made. If you can help us, it would be greatly appreciated.

 

3. God is raising up among the people of FUMC a desire to help Feed the Hungry in our community from this amazing facility. Dinah Carter and Kathy Johnson visited First Baptist and learned from their wonderful operation. They feed a hot lunch to the hungry (about 55 people) on two Thursday’s a month from 11 am to 1 pm. Our working concept is to feed the hungry lunch on two Tuesdays (the weeks not covered by First Baptist.) All we have is a working concept and a handful of passionate servant hearts. If you would like to come along side this effort to build and execute this new ministry, contact DinahCarter 7067452138 orKathyJohnsonkdj746@live.com   We need people to make it happen. Will you help?Another Mission’s Committee “Labor of Love” Day this Saturday

Another day of love and work for the Women’s Enrichment Center on this Saturday. We will be packing and sorting clothes. Let’s meet at 8:45 at the MAC to carpool over since the parking is limited.Relay for Life:Even though the Hoedown for Hope dinner is over we still have more chances for money to be raised in this challenge of finding a cure for Cancer. The relay team will be hosting the Wednesday night supper on May 6th, the coin jars are sitting in the lobby's and of course Luminaries are still being sold for the May 30thcommunity Relay for Life event.

CEC Fundraiser

The CEC/Preschool of FUMC is hosting a Pampered Chef Catalog Show Fundraiser!  Orders will be taken until beginning of May, 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!

VBS Planning Meeting

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." Also, the Children’s Ministry is collecting gallon size milk jugs for VBS. Please drop off any rinsed gallon size milk jugs in Melinda’s office on the main wing.

 

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!HOPE Benefit Event at FUMC:Many of you were in worship as our Candace Lopez (now living in Florida) delivered her story of struggling with eating disorder and related addictions that almost took her life. We are hosting a free event (but with hopes of raising both awareness and funding to launch a new 501c3) at the MAC on Saturday night May 16, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. The event will include three personal testimonies of victory, musical performances, silent auction, and snacks.Rev. Jimmy Moor RetirementEveryone is invited to the retirement celebration for Rev. Jimmy Moor. He served many years ago in the life of FUMC. His retirement celebration will be Sunday, May 31, 4-6 pm at Tucker First UMC. The address is 5095 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084-3502.

Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

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

  • Danny Young’s – Father leapt into the outstretched arms of Jesus this weekend
  • Shirley Evans – Cataract procedure yesterday
  • Judy Walls Mother – in home hospice care
  • Mike Brandenburg – hip surgery today – doing ok.
  • Charles Smith – thyroid biopsy this week
  • Devin Gasaway – nasty fall last week requiring multiple stiches
  • Gwen Graphman’s  9 month old grand daughter is home from completed chemo treatments (was in worship at 9:45 Sunday!)
  • JoAnn Mayhew – still at NE Medical Hospital in Gainesville – doing course of antibiotics to combat pancreas infection
  • 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’sKathy Heyer – liver biopsy 5-4
  • H.R. Warden – moved back home under care of Pat and a little help from Home Health Care.
  • Joyce Byers – general health
  • 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
  • John Moon – surgery to remove part of one lung set for 5-6 at NE Medical Hospital (Gainesville)
  • Kitty Jones –  second biopsy May 5 in AtlantaKim Tatman – preparing for treatments now that she has healed from her surgical procedure
  • Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, John Moon, Kim Tatman and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)

A Note from Your Rejoicing Finance Team

Thank you for your FAITHFUL giving. Giving in April was $85,310 – thank you for your extreme generosity! We continue to stay right on our ministry plan course. Without you, that would not have been possible. Glory Hallelujah!!! A Finance Team task force is in place and currently taking the Methodist Foundation’s course on Legacy Giving – much more to come on that topic in the months ahead!April 5    $22,689April 12  $14,757April 19  $23,149April 26  $24,715

God’s Renewing Peace,         

                                           

 Senior Pastor            

 

Tuesday
Apr282015

Red Bird Mission Meeting

I  have meetings this afternoon, so it will be later in the day when I get the full Tickle out. I need to send this out sooner rather than later about a orientation meeting tonight. We put it in the bulletin Sunday and have been trying to get the word out for a few weeks: If you are “the least bit curious” about being part of the September 7-13 trip to the Red Bird mission in Kentucky but simply want to hear more details about it – then come to the meeting TONIGHT at Sharp Memorial UMC (Young Harris College campus) at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Even if you are undecided, come be with us there (even if you have to come late after work.) Members of our Connectional Team will be present to walk through the trip details, logistics and answer any preliminary questions you may have. Total cost is $375 per person for food and lodging. The week is staged out of the United Methodist Mission at Red Bird Kentucky serving two of the poorest counties in the United States of America in the Mountains. If you have never done a mission trip – this is a good first step. If you a verteran Mission  person, this is a good trip and we are looking for Team leaders. This is the trip I went on last year with 17 other people from our Connectional system (the 8 UMC’s of Towns and Union County.) See you there tonight!
God’s Joy,
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