Tuesday Tickle

Weekly writings from the desk of Pastor Mark

Tuesday
Feb242015

Tickle- February 24, 2015


Here we go again! There is almost 2” of snow at the church right now with reports of 3-4” at some of your homes in the higher elevations right now. With Union County Schools closed today – so are we at the church per our winter policy. Stay home and stay safe. Contact Mountain View Funeral Home for their decision on Donna Morningstar’s visitation tonight from 6-8 pm (706-745-3456.) We will stay close to the weather details as they impact all the events scheduled for Wednesday at the church (including our beloved Donna’s Funeral Service.) More to come.
God’s Warmth,

 

 

Saturday
Feb142015

Tickle-February 11

I am thankful for you my faith family! You are wonderful people who understand when we have a themedSunday that it is a BIG DAY in the life of the church. BIG DAY Sundays (like Scouting Sunday) always bring people to our church campus who otherwise would not be here. Of course, some have faith families elsewhere but many do not. Our area statistics reveal roughly half of those people you bump into out there are unconnected to a faith family. Whenever we plan a Big Day Sunday, the whole church comes to meet and greet and love and connect with the many new faces that are present (whether or not the theme of the day has anything to do with you personally.) What I am thankful for is you get that here at FUMC! Our current average attendance is at 417 people. Last Sunday, we worshipped 525 people (157 at the middle service.) Of course, many who were here last Sunday will not come this next Sunday – but some will – or a few Sundays down the road – some will. How many times have you thought, “If they would just come once, they might find what they are seeking.”  The question is how do we get them here that “once” – one answer is planning a BIG Day that intentionally reaches outside our church into our community. We are planning many other BIG DAYS in the spring cycle – CEC Celebration Sunday, an outdoor Blessing of the Pets Sunday, a Care Giver Sunday, an OASIS Sunday, Mother’s Day UMW themed Sunday, etc... Keep doing what you are doing by coming on those big days even if that theme doesn’t particularly touch you because God may have plans for you to touch someone who that theme day brings to worship! Lord only knows, they might even sit down right next to you! I loved all the grace-filled stories from this Sunday how so many of you got “bumped” from your regular seats. I am so very proud of how so many of you saw that for what it really was – God moving in our midst. Praise be to God. THANK YOU ALL!

Joe & Kim Tatman Honduras Presentation TONIGHT:

After the amazing meal tonight, everyone is invited to the Sanctuary from 6-7 pm to see the visual presentation Joe and Kim Tatman will provide on their time in the Honduras Orphanage. Do not miss this!

Plum Tree, North Carolina Youth Ski Trip:

Please keep Camden and all our youth and chaperones (Jeff and Melinda Weldon, Al and Kippie Romano) who will be leaving the church this Friday and traveling on their celebration ski trip for all those who were part of our Youth led service projects (like the Blairsville Christmas Parade Float and other service opportunities.) They have worked hard – they have served – pray they have a great time (and safe time) on what appears will be a very cold weekend. The plan is for them to return on Monday. Pray without ceasing.

Lent Invitation – the Prayer Book:

During the 40 days of Lent, I am encouraging every household to have one copy of Bishop Reuben Job’s book entitled, “Listen, Praying in a Noisy World.” I researched many books on prayer over the last several months in preparation for this Lent and I believe Bishop Job’s book does the best job of walking us into a deeper prayer discipline across the 40 days of Lent. I won’t be teaching or preaching from that book directly, rather, it will enhance your relationship with God by taking the things you are hearing in worship and workshop into practice in your life. Bishop Job’s book includes the Scriptures written out in the daily readings, a weekly devotional, and centering prayers. It also includes a journaling space – something that we will talk about in detail. I would encourage everyone to begin his book on Monday, February 23 as the first Monday of readings. If you stick with this across the 40 days of Lent, I believe your spirit will have experienced a resurrection by Easter in your relationship with God. We ordered 100 of these books. If you want one, call Evelyn and get your name placed on her list and we will let you know when they come in. It takes a couple of weeks to get large volumes of books ordered – so let us know if you will want one so we can plan accordingly. These books can even be used asSunday School curriculum. They are costing us roughly $10 each. If you can give Evelyn $10 when you pick up your book – that’s great, but not necessary if it is a burden in any way. We are removing all barriers for every household to have this book and share in the spiritual discipline of prayer across Lent. If you must give up something for Lent – how about giving up some time in your life to develop within you and your family a spiritual life of prayer?

Wednesday Night Teaching Schedule from Our Pastor:

February 11: Pastor Mark will be preaching at Young Harris College Chapel service at 7 pm

February 18: Ash Wednesday Service from 6:15 to 7 pm in the main Sanctuary

February 25: Bible Study begins again 6-7 pm in the Friendship Sunday School room.

Thursday Night at YHC:

If you would are looking for something to do on Thursday night, come to the YHC Chapel at 7 pm to see our Leigh Miller performing a recital with one of her fellow YHC colleagues, Dr. Richard Knepp. They are doing a program of works for clarinet and guitar.
LeVert Franklin Memorial Service Arrangements:

Family and friends will be invited to gather for a time of support and fellowship in the main Sanctuary from 1-2 pm on Saturday, February 21. The Memorial Service will begin at 2 pm that day – also in our main Sanctuary. Mountain View Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements. Come support Lamar and Jackie Franklin and the rest of their family in the recent loss of Lamar’s Mother, (and our faithful member) LeVert Franklin.

Confirmation Planning:

In the UMC tradition, we offer an annual confirmation experience to all 5th graders (and older) children and youth. We will begin with an initial retreat on our Church campus led by Melinda Weldon and Pastor Mark and other helpers on February 27-28 (Friday evening and Saturday day.) Confirmation Sunday will happen on Pentecost Sunday, May 24. In between those two dates will be eight spiritual encounters led by pastor Mark and Ms. Melinda. You do not need to be a member of our church to go through our confirmation experiences. Help us cast a VERY WIDE NET by inviting anyone and everyone you know who might benefit from repeated quality time with the staff team of this church (Children’s Director, Youth Director, Senior pastor, and others) as we encounter the Bible, our faith, our traditions, and our journey to God’s heart together in a safe, comfortable, and fun environment. Let Melinda know if you have a child or youth who might be interested in this experience. We use supervised youth as our helpers during confirmation (and of course, they are part of the entire experience with everyone else.) Begin praying for what God might do with our 2015 Confirmation Class opportunity. Help us grow an amazing class together. The Holy Wind wants to rush among us on Pentecost, May 24 – I can feel it in my soul. What if a bunch of people claimed Jesus as their Lord that day! Can you feel the Wind?

CEC (our preschool for 2 yrs olds, 3 yr olds, and 4 yr olds) Early Sign UP:

CEC signup for the 2015-2016 school year begins March 2. The first to register will be the current in-house students, siblings of in-house students, and children of FUMC Church Members. Beginning March 23, we will take 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

 

  • Tom Maryscuk – sister passed away unexpectedly - Marilyn Ledford lives in Dallas, NC.
  • Bryan Thomas’ - mother passed away
  • Penny Hebble – has moved to North Carolina to a rehab facility 2 miles from her daughter – send all cards and letters to:Pennie Hebble c/o Jo Meewes (Penny’s daughter) 5032 Groves Edge Lane, Waxhaw, NC 28173
  • Nikki Schuknecht’s (our Mason and Nikki) mother had heart event and life-flighted to Piedmont Hospital – stent today
  • Harold Wimpey – CEC family who worships with us – lymphoma & mass in brain
  • Norris Wood – broken rib from fall
  • Lois Sweet – sister recovering from stroke
  • Bill Newton – fell and broke arm between shoulder and elbow – no surgery needed – hard cast yesterday. Bill and Quinell will stay with their daughter in NC for the next 6 weeks.
  • Jack Dugger  - Praise the Lord – back safe from Africa!
  • Twyla DeRevere daughter (Robyn) – God’s presence in her life
  • H.R. Warden – at Chatuge Nursing home – keep H.R. and Pat in your prayers.
  • Manon Thompson – at Chatuge Nursing Home – rehab on hip for next 2-3 weeks
  • Richard Hoibraten’s brother James in California – late stage cancer
  • Helen Owensby – at home recovering from foot surgery
  • Bill & Barbara Gleasure’s daughter-in-law (Harley Gleasure) – undergoing chemo
  • Barbara Gleasure – gall bladder troubles
  • Kirby Bowron – severe allergy problemsDon & Joyce Spero’s niece Missy Flynn - cancer
  • Shelley Lewis – stress fractures in back from fall
  • James Jordan – as result of cardiac shock procedure – heart back in normal rhythm.
  • Tom Howe – recent back procedure
  • John Moon – home from hospital after bout of pneumonia but weak – still has respiratory congestion
  • Martha Cone’s brother -in-law – Fred Cone – shortness of breath
  • Jane and Jerry DriskellAlex KowaliukMyrtle von Staden  - last kidney stone resolved with procedure
  • Henry von Staden – more testsJane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/Charles Smith – chronic back/pain issues
  • Those fighting cancer from our faith family:Avis Shaw sister Mildred (lymphoma chemo treatment)
  • Glen Boland’s brother Jack (eye cancer) – procedure on the eye (his one usable eye) got rescheduled to March
  • Kitty Jones – furthers tests – upcoming biopsy
  • Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, Donna Morningstar, Steve RedstoneHarold Wimpey and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)
  • Everyone struggling with the seasonal illness

 

.A Note from Your Finance Team:Giving for the month of February has been: February 1, $21,085, February 8, $17,757.Thank you ALL so very much for your heaven sent generosity!.

God’s Boundless Joy,

Senior Pastor

Saturday
Feb072015

Tickle-February 4

I am including notes I prepared from the sermon I did 2 weeks ago as the enclosed word document. It was a “something different” Sunday for me and a few folks asked me at the door if they could have a copy of those sermon notes. Honestly, I thought you all were just being kind in a “maybe next Sunday will be better” kind of way. And then this week happened and more of you are asking for the same thing. So in response to that request, I took the time today to write-up my notes in a way that I think can be read too. Anyway, I pray God was in it. Feel free to give it legs or wings (send it here, there and everywhere if you like) or just hit delete like I suspect most are doing! If it’s something of value, it’s not mine anyway. And by the way, next Sunday is Scouting Sunday. The Boys are really going all out this year with a significant presence at all three services in a way that is also “something different.” Come worship God and support this vital ministry of our church and of our community. The designated special offering for February is for the Scout Hut Renovation project. We have been doing some significant community fundraising in the newspaper, through letters to past Scouting families, and visiting businesses. Most importantly, we have been inviting people to come to this BIG DAY on Sunday. I hope you come too - ready to show them the hospitality of Christ. Some of the folks who come are probably looking for a faith home. if you know of one you can recommend – this would be a good day to be present so you can do that! (grin)

Welcome New Member

Hazel Douglass: Room 248 (blue) in Union County Nursing Home – she formally united with us at the Nursing Home last Thursday. I thank the 30 or so people from the church who came to be present in that powerful moment.

Sunday’s Invitation – the Prayer Book

On Sunday we encountered a Jesus who withdrew into prayer to discern the Father’s Will for His life (Mark 1:21-39.) I am inviting the earthly body of Christ (the part that is this Church) to do the same thing. Our focus theme for 2015 is “This Thing Called Prayer.” I am teaching a workshop on prayer this Wednesday night in the Friendship Sunday School Room (lower level of the MAC) from 6-7 pm. You need nothing to come to this open workshop – no book, no previous experience, or special knowledge – just a desire to deepen your relationship with God. No one will be asked to pray out loud. Across the Sundays of Lent, we will encounter a sermon series on Prayer. Also, during the 40 days of Lent, I am encouraging every household to have one copy of Bishop Reuben Job’s book entitled, “Listen, Praying in a Noisy World.” I researched many books on prayer over the last several months in preparation for this Lent and I believe Bishop Job’s book does the best job of walking us into a deeper prayer discipline across the 40 days of Lent. I won’t be teaching or preaching from that book directly, rather, it will enhance your relationship with God by taking the things you are hearing in worship and workshop into practice in your life. Bishop Job’s book includes the Scriptures written out in the daily readings, a weekly devotional, and centering prayers. It also includes a journaling space – something that we will talk about in detail. I would encourage everyone to begin his book on Monday, February 23 as the first Monday of readings. Stick with this across the days of Lent and by Easter Sunday, I believe your spirit will have experienced a resurrection in your relationship with God. We ordered 100 of these books. If you want one, call Evelyn and get your name placed on her list and we will let you know when they come in. It takes a couple of weeks to get large volumes of books ordered – so let us know if you will want one so we can plan accordingly. These books can even be used as Sunday School curriculum. They are costing us roughly $10 each. If you can give Evelyn $10 when you pick up your book – that’s great, but not necessary if it is a burden in any way. We are removing all barriers for every household to have this book and share in the spiritual discipline of prayer across Lent. If you must give up something for Lent – how about giving up some time in your life to develop within you and your family a spiritual life of prayer?

Wednesday Night Teaching Schedule from Our Pastor

February 4: Teaching Prayer Workshop 6-7 pm in the Friendship Sunday School Room

  • February 11: Pastor Mark will be preaching at Young Harris College Chapel service – no Pastor event at FUMC
  • February 18: Ash Wednesday Service from 6:15 to 7 pm in the main Sanctuary
  • February 25: Bible Study begins again 6-7 pm in the Friendship Sunday School room.

LeVert Franklin Memorial Service Arrangements

Family and friends will be invited to gather for a time of support and fellowship in the main Sanctuary from 1-2 pm on Saturday, February 21. The Memorial Service will begin at 2 pm that day – also in our main Sanctuary. Mountain View Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements. Come support Lamar and Jackie Franklin and the rest of their family in the recent loss of Lamar’s Mother, (and our faithful member) LeVert Franklin.

Sunday’s SWAT Response

You are an amazing people FUMC! In response to the Trustee Mission Moment invitation to build a SWAT team here (Servant with a Tool or Talent - and hopefully some with both!), 39 people signed up in one Sunday! We will leave the SWAT cards in the NARTHEX and MAC Desk area if you would like to become part of this group – men or women – everyone is invited. As simple things come up in God’s house, you may get a call to come check it out. If you have the time when the call comes, accept the mission and come investigate and resolve if you can. If not, we call the next person on the list. No committees, no meetings – just service when you can! The Trustees have the costs for this in their Ministry plan – the intent is that you get fully reimbursed for all out of pocket costs. This is for the simple stuff – a light bulb is out, a toilette chain is falling off, a ding in the wall, a lock won’t lock – the kind of stuff you do at home that forces you to run to the hardware store. Only God’s home here at FUMC is 33 acres big! We need lots of SWATs! (ok, stop laughing!) Thank you for the wonderful response – if you want to jump on board – you can just respond to this email or put your name and number on a SWAT card and put it in the offering plate one Sunday.

Facility Heating

Over the last two weeks, we have discovered a repetitive pattern in the main Sanctuary and the MAC. All the  thermostats in the Sanctuary and the MAC have been repeatedly all found in the “off” position. We wonder if there might be a good Samaritan out there who is thinking they are doing a really good deed by going around and electronically shutting off all the thermostats at the end of a day. As it turns out, that actually works against us in properly maintaining the heat through out our facility in a way that best balances comfort vs cost. Thank you so much for striving to be a good steward, but we actually need the thermostats to stay on for the system to work as it is designed in the winter and to maintain correct temperatures for critical instruments to stay in tune. Plus, it’s a little hard for our system to heat up the large spaces on Sunday morning for worship from temps well below 45 F.

A Note from Your Parish Nurses

We will be taking free blood pressures at the MAC desk from 9:30 am to 10 am this Sunday. As you are coming out of the 8:30 am service or going into the 9:45 am service please remember this opportunity to be health smart. Also, everyone is invited to wear red this Sunday in honor of heart health for women day – Feb 8.

Confirmation Planning

In the UMC tradition, we offer an annual confirmation experience to all 5th graders (and older) children and youth. We will begin with an initial retreat on our Church campus led by Melinda Weldon and Pastor Mark and other helpers on February 27-28 (Friday evening and Saturday day.) Confirmation Sunday will happen on Pentecost Sunday, May 24. In between those two dates will be eight spiritual encounters led by pastor Mark and Ms. Melinda. You do not need to be a member of our church to go through our confirmation experiences. Help us cast a VERY WIDE NET by inviting anyone and everyone you know who might benefit from repeated quality time with the staff team of this church (Children’s Director, Youth Director, Senior pastor, and others) as we encounter the Bible, our faith, our traditions, and our journey to God’s heart together in a safe, comfortable, and fun environment. Let Melinda know if you have a child or youth who might be interested in this experience. We use supervised youth as our helpers during confirmation (and of course, they are part of the entire experience with everyone else.) Begin praying for what God might do with our 2015 Confirmation Class opportunity. Help us grow an amazing class together. The Holy Wind wants to rush among us on Pentecost, May 24 – I can feel it in my soul. What if a bunch of people claimed Jesus as their Lord that day! Can you feel the Wind?

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

CEC signup for the 2015-2016 school year begins March 2. The first to register will be the current in-house students, siblings of in-house students, and children of FUMC Church Members. Beginning March 23, we will take 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 

  • Kathy Heyer and family are returning today from the Memorial service in Florida for Kathy’s brother.
  • Penny Hebble – had a severe stroke and was life flighted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga Saturday night. She spent the first few days in ICU. Today she was moved out of ICU to room 7120 on the 7th floor of Earlanger. She is now able to talk a little better.Jack Dugger in Tanzania, Africa on a Gideon’s mission trip.
  • David and Evelyn Ueltzen’s Grandson Landon – procedure Thursday to reinstall Cochlear implant
  • Twyla DeRevere daughter (Robyn) – God’s presence in her life
  • H.R. Warden – at Chatuge Nursing home – keep H.R. and Pat in your prayers.
  • Richard Hoibraten’s brother James in California – late stage cancerJane Driskell – back home from hospital todayGail McGuire – cataract procedures went well – still in Florida
  • Helen Owensby – at home recovering from foot surgery
  • Bill & Barbara Gleasure’s daughter-in-law (Harley Gleasure) – undergoing chemo
  • Steve Redstone – cancer has returned – bone & lung
  • Margie Bowron – infection is gone (Woo! Hoo!) – Kirby having some eye problems
  • John Moon – home from hospital after bout of pneumonia but weak
  • Martha Cone’s brother -in-law – Fred Cone – shortness of breath
  • Tommy Hughes – lifting up distant cousin
  • Myrtle von Staden nephew in Baltimore – reconstructive procedures scheduled beginning Feb 10
  • Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren/Charles Smith – chronic back/pain issues
  • Those fighting cancer from our faith family:
  • Avis Shaw sister Mildred (lymphoma chemo treatment)
  • Glen Boland’s brother Jack (eye cancer) – procedure on the eye (his one usable eye) got rescheduled to March
  • Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, Donna Morningstar, Steve Redstone and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)
  • Everyone struggling with the seasonal illness

A Note from Your Finance Team

 We are now fully in the 2014 Tax season. Have you ever considered donating appreciated stocks or bonds to your church?  Not only will it help the church but it may also eliminate your capital gains taxes on that asset and give you a tax deduction when you itemize your deductions. Ask the resource helping you prepare your taxes about this option as you plan for 2015.Just a gentle reminder (but it appears as though most of you have already made the transition) – we are now in the 2015 Estimate of Giving Cards giving cycle – the ones most of you provided in November during our 2014 Stewardship journey. Giving for the month of February has been: February 1, $21,085, Thank you ALL so very much for your heaven sent generosity!

God’s Boundless Joy,         

Senior Pastor     

Friday
Jan302015

January 27 - Tickle

As Pastor Mark mentioned in last week’s Tickle, he is attending a conference in Atlanta now. He will return in time for the church council meeting tomorrow night.  (HINT HINT...there is a Church Council meetingtomorrow night, 6:00 pm in the sanctuary). 
It was a wonderful Sunday morning as we celebrated new “family” members into the life of Christ. YouthJacob McCann was baptized. He is the son of David and Kaye McCann, sister to Tara and grandson to Mary McCann. Hazel Douglass is joining the church membership this Thursday. And Alex Kowaliuk gave his profession of faith, was baptized and accepted into membership with the church.  Alex is the brother of Carrie Kowaliuk Smith. What a fine morning it was! Praise God!

Wednesday Night Teaching Schedule from Our Pastor

January 28: Church Council Meeting that night from 6 – 7 pm in the Sanctuary (all members are invited to come)

  • February 4: Teaching Prayer Workshop 6-7 pm in the Friendship Sunday School Room
  • February 11: Pastor Mark will be preaching at Young Harris College Chapel service – no Pastor event at FUMC
  • February 18: Ash Wednesday Service from 6:15 to 7 pm in the main Sanctuary
  • February 25: Bible Study begins again 6-7 pm in the Friendship Sunday School room.

Confirmation Planning

In the UMC tradition, we offer an annual confirmation experience to all 5th graders (and older) children and youth. We will begin with an initial retreat on our Church campus led by Melinda Weldon and Pastor Mark and other helpers on February 27-28 (Friday evening and Saturday day.) Confirmation Sunday will happen on Pentecost Sunday, May 24. In between those two dates will be eight spiritual encounters led by pastor Mark and Ms. Melinda. You do not need to be a member of our church to go through our confirmation experiences. Help us cast a VERY WIDE NET by inviting anyone and everyone you know who might benefit from repeated quality time with the staff team of this church (Children’s Director, Senior pastor, and others) as we encounter the Bible, our faith, our traditions, and our journey to God’s heart together in a safe, comfortable, and fun environment. Let Melinda know if you have a child or youth who might be interested in this experience. We use supervised youth as our helpers during confirmation (and of course, they are part of the entire experience with everyone else.) Begin praying for what God might do with our 2015 Confirmation Class opportunity. Help us grow an amazing class together. The Holy Wind wants to rush among us on Pentecost, May 24 – I can feel it in my soul.

UMC Student Scholarships

Now is the time to apply for United Methodist Scholarships through the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation. One application applies students for more than 100 scholarships, based on different criteria. Deadline is March 1, but the earlier you apply the better! The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) General Application is used for a number of named scholarship funds established by various donors. Some of the funds stipulate that applicants meet certain eligibility criteria, i.e., resident of specific conference, majoring in specified field, etc. Scholarship fund descriptions are available at www.umhef.org. Applicants will be considered for all scholarships they qualify for, but are eligible to receive only one award per year from UMHEF funds. Renewal applicants must submit a new application each year. You
  • Must be an active, full member of The United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to applying. Members of other Methodist denominations are not eligible.
  • Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time degree program (graduate or undergraduate) at a United Methodist-related college or seminary in the United States.
  • International students must be attending a United Methodist-related institution in the United States.
  • Doctoral (PhD) candidates are not eligible.

 Mission Project 

We are collecting jeans for homeless youth - teaming up with Aeropostale and Dosomething.org.  Jeans can be any size, any color, gently used. Last day to donate is February 12thCollection boxes are in the MAC lobby and Narthex.  Thank you so much on behalf of Gracie Weldon, UCMS and UCHS. 

A Note from Your Finance Team

Just a gentle reminder (but it appears as though most of you have already made the transition) – we are now in the 2015 Estimate of Giving Cards giving cycle – the ones most of you provided in November during our 2014 Stewardship journey. Giving for the month of January has been: January 4, $45,595, January 11, $16,965, January 18th  $ 35,710 and last Sunday 25th   $ 9,782!  This bring January’s total to .....$ 108,052!  That deserves a big WOO HOO!!! You are an amazing faith family!

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 and family in the recent loss of Kathy’s brother
  • Ellie Dobson’s in the recent loss of her grandson
  • Shirley Walker in the recent loss of her husband
  • Rick Siefken in the recent loss of a beloved family member in the Midwest
  • H.R. Warden – general health
  • Richard Hoibraten’s brother James in California – late stage cancer
  • Hazel Douglass – mobility now limited – moved to UCNH Blue 248
  • Phil Meeks – eye problem
  • JoAnn Mayhew – at UGNH room pink 146 doing rehab for her arm
  • Gail McGuire – having cataract procedures in Florida today
  • Helen Owensby – at home recovering from foot surgery
  • Bill & Barbara Gleasure’s daughter-in-law (Harley Gleasure) – diagnosed with Breast cancer – chemo
  • Steve Redstone – waiting on test results
  • Margie Bowron – bronchial / pulmonary chronic difficulty – on IV antibiotics
  • Myrtle von Staden nephew in Baltimore (life threatening virus) – doing better – survived multiple surgeries
  • Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/pain issues
  • Those fighting cancer from our faith family:
  • Avis Shaw sister Mildred (lymphoma returned)
  • Glen Boland’s brother Jack (eye cancer)
  • Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, Donna Morningstar and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)
  • Everyone struggling with the seasonal illness

  
Well, as Elmer Fudd used to say, that’s all folks!  Have a wonderful week! Share a smile today!
 
Take care,
Evelyn Ueltzen
Administrative Assistant
Thursday
Jan222015

Tickle-January 20, 2015

We had a great launch to our spring Wednesday Night Nurture (Dinner and programs) last Wednesday. I hope everyone comes back this week to help out with a very important fundraiser this Wednesday. The Friendship Sunday School Class is providing the meal (goulash, green beans, salad, and dessert) as one of our early Relay for Life fundraising opportunities. If you are able, simply leave a donation in the basket as you go through the line. If you are not able to make a donation, come through the line anyway – there is plenty of food to share in God’s house. We will continue the Children’s Bible Study in the fundamentals room from 6-7 pm. Pastor Mark will be teaching our new Holy Communion “Safe Serve” class from 6:15 –7 pm in the main Sanctuary. Everyone is invited to this – and especially anyone who thinks they might want to help out serving Holy Communion in the service you attend at anytime during 2015. The workshop speaks to both the “why we do what we do” and the “how we do it.” And just because you come, you are not automatically a communion server. I will have a clipboard for anyone to sigh up for that if you are interested at the end of the workshop. I have found that the more we understand what and why we do what we do – they more powerful and meaningful it becomes. Come enhance your experience of the Holy during Holy Communion.


Pastor Mark Traveling

I will be traveling to a Conference event in Atlanta all day Saturday, coming back into town late Saturday night just long enough to worship on Sunday morning and then out Sunday afternoon through Wed afternoon at another Conference work shop in Atlanta before coming back into town late Wed for our Church Council Meeting at 6 pm in the Sanctuary. Let grace “abound” in the week ahead!


Wednesday Night Teaching Schedule from Our Pastor

  • January 21: Teaching “Holy Communion” Workshop for everyone from 6:15 pm – 7 pm
  • January 28: Church Council Meeting that night from 6 – 7 pm in the Sanctuary (all members are invited to come)
  • February 4: Teaching Prayer Workshop 6-7 pm in the Friendship Sunday School Room
  • February 11: Pastor Mark will be preaching at Young Harris College Chapel service – no Pastor event at FUMC
  • February 18: Ash Wednesday Service from 6:15 to 7 pm in the main Sanctuary
  • February 25: Bible Study begins again 6-7 pm in the Friendship Sunday School room.

Confirmation Planning

In the UMC tradition, we offer an annual confirmation experience to all 5th graders (and older) children and youth. We will begin with an initial retreat on our Church campus led by Melinda Weldon and Pastor Mark and other helpers on February 27-28 (Friday evening and Saturday day.) Confirmation Sunday will happen on Pentecost Sunday, May 24. In between those two dates will be eight spiritual encounters led by pastor Mark and Ms. Melinda. You do not need to be a member of our church to go through our confirmation experiences. Help us cast a VERY WIDE NET by inviting anyone and everyone you know who might benefit from repeated quality time with the staff team of this church (Children’s Director, Senior pastor, and others) as we encounter the Bible, our faith, our traditions, and our journey to God’s heart together in a safe, comfortable, and fun environment. Let Melinda know if you have a child or youth who might be interested in this experience. We use supervised youth as our helpers during confirmation (and of course, they are part of the entire experience with everyone else.) Begin praying for what God might do with our 2015 Confirmation Class opportunity. Help us grow an amazing class together. The Holy Wind wants to rush among us on Pentecost, May 24 – I can feel it in my soul.


Youth Ski Trip Planning

We need to firm up our numbers so Camden can get a firm price from TVR in Plumtree North Carolina. The trip is tentatively planned for February 13-16 (if all the snow days hold up for Union County Schools. If your youth thinks they may be going, Camden needs to know by Sunday, Jan 25 so he can negotiate a price. Please email Camden at generationnowfumc@gmail.com


Upcoming Premier Jewelry “Relay for Life Fundraiser 

Alisia Hargus will once again have her Premier jewelry designs on display in the fellowship hall thiscoming Sunday from the end of the 8:30 am Worship service until 2 pm. Come purchase a gift for yourself or others and help us fight cancer through our FUMC Relay for Life team who will receive part of the proceeds from this show. Thanks again Alysia!


A “World View” from Blairsville

 Our Joe and Kim Tatman have arrived safely back home from Honduras. Many of you experienced a “touch” from Honduras as our Youth Director (Camden Goddard) did a very good job telling the story of his recent trip to the Honduras orphanage this last Sunday at all three services. Jack Dugger was commissioned this last Sunday for his two week Gideon’s International trip to Tanzania Africa. Our cross came back from Honduras only to be sent to Tanzania 6 days later! Jack leaves on Friday.


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 and family in the recent loss of Kathy’s brother
  • Ellie Dobson’s in the recent loss of her grandson
  • Shirley Walker in the recent loss of her husband
  • Rick Siefken in the recent loss of a beloved family member in the Midwest
  • H.R. Warden – general health
  • Richard Hoibraten’s brother James in California – late stage cancer
  • Hazel Douglass – mobility now limited – moved to UCNH Blue 248
  • Phil Meeks – eye problem
  • JoAnn Mayhew – at UGNH room pink 146 doing rehab for her armGail McGuire – having cataract procedures in Florida Jan 20 (today) and Jan 27
  • Helen Owensby – at home recovering from foot surgery
  • Bill & Barbara Gleasure’s daughter-in-law (Harley Gleasure) – diagnosed with Breast cancer – chemo
  • Steve Redstone – has biopsy and PET scan scheduled Jan 20 (today) and Jan 23
  • Margie Bowron – bronchial / pulmonary chronic difficulty – on IV antibiotics
  • Myrtle von Staden nephew in Baltimore (life threatening virus) – doing better – survived multiple surgeries
  • Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Eva Breedlove/Carol Warren – chronic back/pain issuesThose fighting cancer from our faith family:
  • Avis Shaw sister Mildred (lymphoma returned)
  • Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, Donna Morningstar and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)
  • Everyone struggling with the seasonal illness

A Note from Your Finance Team

 Just a gentle reminder (but it appears as though most of you have already made the transition) – we are now in the 2015 Estimate of Giving Cards giving cycle – the ones most of you provided in November during our 2014 Stewardship journey. Giving for the month of January has been: January 4, $45,595, January 11, $16,965. Given the holiday on MLK Day impacting our counting team, we will have to catch back up on reported giving in next week’s tickle. Thank you ALL so very much for your heaven sent generosity! You are an amazing faith family! 

God’s Boundless Joy,         

                                           

Senior Pastor

firstumcpastor@windstream.net