Tuesday Tickle

Weekly writings from the desk of Pastor Mark

Tuesday
Aug262014

Tickle - August 26

Wow! What a weekend! Thank you Crafty Ladies for raising over $1,400 in the “presale” we had this last Sunday. Thank you Scouts for partnering with us in your bake sale. Thank you UMM for the new soccer field goals (with nets!) Thank you youth for washing over 30 cars this weekend as a Youth fundraiser, thank you servant hearts for cleanup at the Scout hut and the church facilities. Well done everyone!


Welcome New Members

Please take time to welcome those who united with Christ’s movement through FUMC this last Sunday:
Don and Diana Rich: 273 Scona Lane, Blairsville, GA 30512
Charles and Karen McGinn: 15 Christian Crossing, Morganton, GA 30560

Wednesday Night Nurture

We sure had a good crowd last week at the picnic. We thank everyone who contributed to that feast! Your “staff team” is going to do their best to live up to the standard Ro and the Robinettes set last week. Of course, we have Chef Camden on our team so don’t miss this one! As Jesus said, “I come not to be served, but to serve.”  Of course I would have added “and to eat dessert!” Your staff team will be serving starting at 5 pm in the MAC. There will be no Adult Bible study unless you get into a conversation with me back at the dishwasher...(grin!)

Young Harris College Ministry

There are TWO things here:
Camden and I staffed a FUMC booth at Young Harris College Community Day last Thursday evening. We met “many” students. One of the things we talked to them about was our “Adopt a College Student Ministry.” The concept is simple. If you would like to adopt one college student, just sign the sign up sheet in the Narthex or let Shannon Burgess know. We need your help on this one. We had 27 students sign up to be adopted! We met freshmen from places like Canada and Northern Europe. Some are a long way from home. We ask that you do four things for your adopted student during the school year; specifically, pray for them, write notes of encouragement, send an occasional care package of goodies, and maybe take them to a restaurant once a semester. Your goal is to simply “care for them.” We are their home away from home. We want nothing from them in return. The adoptees have signed up – now we need 27 adopters! Since some of these freshman are still only 17, our Safe Sanctuary polices will apply to this ministry. We need to be in a long term relationship with you (including membership at FUMC) and you will need to allow us to do a background check on you if we did not do one on you already this year. Simply sign up and we will coordinate the rest.
 
The second thing has to do with a one time act of generosity on Young Harris College Day at our Church (September 28.) If you would be willing to sign up to take one or two college students to a restaurant after worship that day at either the 9:45 or 11 am service, let Evelyn or me know.

Smart Sunday School Room

Through some dedicated giving, we had the opportunity to convert the Youth Sunday School Classroom to what I like to call a smart classroom configuration. If you get a chance, stop into the Youth Sunday School room in the lower level of the MAC and check it out. There is one wall mount flat screen TV, a DVD player and HDMI/VGA and Audio connections for a laptop along with a shelf to sit it on. Once we shore up our internet connection in the lower level of the MAC, you will have the ability to watch DVD Bible Studies, or drive presentations (audio and video) from a laptop, or pull resources across the internet (like the new Youth Bible Study Curriculum.) We are interested in knowing if there are any other rooms out there that might benefit from such an upgrade. We ran the new Covenant Bible Study discs on the system – everything worked perfectly. Thank you Tech Team!

Adult Ministries

We lovingly begin our 17th year of OASIS on September 4. Your OASIS Steering Committee has an excellent plan in order once again. If you are looking for an opportunity to teach, to learn, to be with other human beings above the age of 50 years young, come find out more about all that OASIS has to offer.

New Covenant Bible Study

It looks like our new Covenant Bible Study Class will start the week of September 14. Based on conversations so far, it appears the 1.5 hour classes will occur on Sunday afternoons/evenings – time not yet set. If you would like to sign up for this class, email David Sutton at suttondt0714@yahoo.com Trust that God will meet you in this. It’s about 30 minutes of reading each night for 5 nights a week. The discussions are DVD driven. As your pastor, I ask that you step out in faith even if you have never ever been in any kind of Bible study – ever. This is a good place to begin.

Women’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Ladies!  It's that time again and the Women's Bible Study is gearing up for a new year!  This year we will be encountering the bible through the Covenant Study.  This study is in three 8-week sessions:  Creating the Covenant; Living the Covenant; and Trusting the Covenant.  We will be encountering scripture throughout the entire bible in order to deepen our relationship with God and each other.  We can't wait to begin!
Our meet and greet orientation will be September 17 at 10:00 am in the youth room on the lower level of the MAC.  Please come and see an informational video, learn more about the study and make some new friends or renew your fellowship with old friends!  We will be ordering the participant's guides through the church as a package of three for $50---these three books will last the entire year of study.  If you prefer, the books for the individual sections are available at Cokesbury.com for $19.99 each.  Financial assistance is available if purchasing the participants guide is a hardship--please talk to one of us if that is the case.  We would love to have you join us on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 beginning September 17.  
If you have questions or would like to join us please contact Doris Eshelman at doris_eshelman@yahoo.com , Shannon Burgess at sburgess421@bellsouth.net  or Kathy Zimmerman at kaezimm@msn.com .  See you soon!

Scout Hut Planning Committee - Something New

A conversation has grown out of the United Methodist Men’s group over the last several months about our Scout Hut on our Church Campus (the Beale Home.) We want to lead the Church, the Scouts, and our Community into a partnership “renewal effort” to upgrade that existing building and grounds. This will require many conversations with many groups inside and outside our church. A preliminary evaluation of the house by resources within the UMM showed enough core structural integrity to justify a series of smaller scope upgrade projects (refurbish existing.) We are now forming the planning committee for this activity. Everyone who wishes to be part of this team is invited! Our first step will be to hold a meeting with the Scouts to listen to all their uses of that house and facility. If you would like to be part of this planning team, sign up on the sheets in the Narthex or let Evelyn know.

Concerns/Praises

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead
  • Peggy Woods – recent loss of her Mother
  • Rick Siefken – recovering at home from cardiac ablation at Emory Hospital last week
  • Mona Hackney – now at home recovering from blood clots (addressing with blood thinners.)
  • Fritz Simonsen – car accident last week – he’s ok (thanks be to God)
  • Carl Neuhaus – Kidney stone stent procedure today in Murphy (should be home tonight)
  • Henry and Mrytle von Staden’s daughter - Cathy von Staden – is out of the hospital
  • Vic Henderson’s daughter in Marietta (Grace Holley) is struggling at home with a herniated disc.
  • Murph McGirt - was in Murphy hospital several days for blood infection – back home now and doing better – hope to still have cataract procedure Sept 3.
  • Jim DeRevere – cataract procedure Sept 3 on eye with detached retina problems – then re-evaluate path forward
  • Lee and Cindy Weitzel’s 6 month old granddaughter – suspected brain mass – testing
  • Shannon Burgess’ brother (Scott Dickey) – heart and kidney complications continue
  • JoAnn Mayhew – making incredible steps forward – she called me to give me her room phone number and ask that I pass it on to you – please call here or visit – 423-499-4550
  • Tim Derflinger/Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Charlie Wooten/Eva Breedlove/Sue Hill – chronic back/pain issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:
  • Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, and several others (who are in various stages of testing and treatment)

A Note from Your Finance Team

At the end of June, we finished the first half of 2014. Total giving in the first six months of the year has been $426,473. At that current giving rate ($71,079 per month), we would end the year receiving $853,000. Our current Church Council approved ministry plan – which includes all our expenses including the MAC loan ($262,000 /yr from principal and interest) – require $873,000 in 2014 ($72,750 per month.) Remember, we have the MAC loan debt management now integrated into our overall ministry plan – not separate from it. We are almost where we need to be in total giving thanks to your generosity! Giving in August has been: August 3, $21,146, August 10, $17,905, August 17, $8,482 and August 24, $13,220. Thank you so very much for allowing God to move through your transformed hearts!
 
God’s Unlimited Joy,
       
Senior Pastor firstumcpastor@windstream.net
            

 

 

Tuesday
Aug192014

Tickle - August 19

I sure love the beauty of the graphic art I was using in the tickle; but we had to let that go. Several of you were printing off the tickle to read it. All of us who printed the tickle discovered all those annoying symbols in the print out that are not present in the on screen version. For reasons Microsoft does not fully understand, that graphic image of our church was the source of that “goofiness” (yes, it’s a technical term!) So now you should be able to print it and have it appear as it appears on the screen. I hope so anyway. I really have done my fair share of evangelizing those Microsoft help desk folks on the other side of the world this week (grin!)


Welcome New Members

Please take time to welcome those who united with Christ’s movement through FUMC this last Sunday: Tim Holby: 159 Wildlife Haven, Murphy, NC 28906


Wednesday Night Nurture

Come to our kickoff picnic under the MAC Portico this Wednesday – the picnic begins at 5 pm.  Since I really want to have time to be present with all who come to the picnic, and since I am part of the Staff Cooking team doing the meal the following Wednesday (Aug 27), we will start the Adult Bible Study led by Pastor Mark back up on Wednesday, Sept 3. Please help us get the word around since last Wednesday I told the folks present at the end of the United Methodism Study, we would start back up in the CEB Devotional Bible on Week 18 – guideword “Communion” – this coming Wednesday. Instead of this Wednesdaywe will start this study back up September 3. If you wish to join our ongoing conversation, contact Evelyn for the details of the devotional Bible we are using for this study. You are invited to order it on your own. As always, if buying that devotional Bible is beyond your current means, your Church will make one available to you. We usually have around 40 folks for this informal conversation from 6 pm to 7 pm on Wednesday nights in the Friendship Classroom – lower level of the MAC. It takes about 30-60 minutes of reading to read the devotional material and Scripture passages each week. Come check it out! It’s a great place to be for first time Bible Study folks and frequent flyers alike!


Annex TREASURE Sale THIS COMING SATURDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

COME ON OUT!Your Crafty Ladies have been busy bees! They are coordinating a Treasure sale at the ANNEX on our property onSaturday, August 23, from 9 am to 1 pm.  Come on out and don’t miss this event that is a fundraiser for the Church and it’s various ministries.  Boy Scout Troop 101 will be selling coffee and baked goods outside the ANNEX. The FUMC Youth Group will be doing a car wash. And the FUMC Children’s Ministry will be selling some craft items. One stop shop!


New Sunday School Launch

 It’s not too late to jump on board at the start of a new thing! If you are looking for a new small group SundaySchool class to join, see David Sutton in the Youth Room at 9:45 am on Sunday in the lower level of the MAC.


Adult Ministries

We lovingly begin our 17th year of OASIS on September 4Your OASIS Steering Committee has an excellent plan in order once again. If you are looking for an opportunity to teach, to learn, to be with other human beings above the age of 50 years young, come find out more about all that OASIS has to offer.Stan: stanwallace@windstream.net


New Covenant Bible Study

It looks like our new Covenant Bible Study Class will start the week of September 14. Based on conversations so far, it appears the 1.5 hour classes will occur on Sunday afternoons/evenings. If you would like to sign up for this class, email David Sutton at suttondt0714@yahoo.com


Women’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Ladies!  It's that time again and the Women's Bible Study is gearing up for a new year!  This year we will be encountering the bible through the Covenant Study.  This study is in three 8-week sessions:  Creating the Covenant; Living the Covenant; and Trusting the Covenant.  We will be encountering scripture throughout the entire bible in order to deepen our relationship with God and each other.  We can't wait to begin!  Our meet and greet orientation will be September 17 at 10:00 am in the youth room on the lower level of the MAC.  Please come and see an informational video, learn more about the study and make some new friends or renew your fellowship with old friends!  We will be ordering the participant's guides through the church as a package of three for $50---these three books will last the entire year of study.  If you prefer, the books for the individual sections are available at Cokesbury.com for $19.99 each.  Financial assistance is available if purchasing the participants guide is a hardship--please talk to one of us if that is the case.  We would love to have you join us on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 beginning September 17.  If you have questions or would like to join us please contact Doris Eshelman at doris_eshelman@yahoo.com , Shannon Burgess at sburgess421@bellsouth.net  or Kathy Zimmerman at kaezimm@msn.com .  See you soon!


Scout Hut Planning Committee   Something New

A conversation has grown out of the United Methodist Men’s group over the last several months about our Scout Hut on our Church Campus (the Beale Home.) We want to lead the Church, the Scouts, and our Community into a partnership “renewal effort” to upgrade that existing building and grounds. This will require many conversations with many groups inside and outside our church. A preliminary evaluation of the house by resources within the UMM showed enough core structural integrity to justify a series of smaller scope upgrade projects (refurbish existing.) We are now forming the planning committee for this activity. Everyone who wishes to be part of this team is invited! Our first step will be to hold a meeting with the Scouts to listen to all their uses of that house and facility. If you would like to be part of this planning team, sign up on the sheets in the Narthex or let Evelyn know..


Concerns/Praises     PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

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

  • Congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Ed (Carrie) Smith – married at FUMC last Saturday
  • Congrats to the Buchanan’s in the birth of their grandson Leyland!
  • Peggy Woods – Peggy’s Mother in Virginia (Nellie Garnett) has leapt into the outstretched arms of Jesus.
  • Mona Hackney – has been at Union General ICU – multiple blood clots – at home now – continuing blood thinners
  • Henry and Mrytle von Staden’s daughter - Cathy von Staden – is in Dekalb Medical Center for pneumonia
  • Camryn Carter – MRI was clear
  • Vic Henderson’s daughter in Marietta (Grace Holley) is struggling at home with a herniated disc.
  • Sue Hill – nerve block procedure completed – not much relief yet
  • Jim DeRevere – cataract procedure thursday on eye with detached retina problems – then re-evaluate path forward
  • Lee and Cindy Weitzel’s 6 month old granddaughter – suspected brain mass – testing
  • Shannon Burgess’ brother (Scott Dickey) – heart and kidney complications continue
  • JoAnn Mayhew – now able to go with family for 4 hour visits outside of facility (restaurants, etc...)
  • Tim Derflinger/Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Charlie Wooten/Eva Breedlove – chronic back/pain issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:   Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, and others

A Note from Your Finance Team

At the end of June, we finished the first half of 2014. Total giving in the first six months of the year has been $426,473. At that current giving rate ($71,079 per month), we would end the year receiving $853,000. Our current Church Council approved ministry plan – which includes all our expenses including the MAC loan – require $873,000 in 2014 ($72,750 per month.) Remember, we have the MAC loan debt management now integrated into our overall ministry plan – not separate from it. We are almost where we need to be in total giving thanks to your generosity! Giving in August has been: August 3, $21,146, August 10, $17,905, August 17, $8,482. Thank you! 

God’s Unlimited Joy,

  Senior Pastor

 firstumcpastor@windstream.net

Wednesday
Aug132014

Tickle - August 13

Through our sacrificial service, God will reach people, touch souls, change hearts, and launch disciples

Read and enjoy – so much good news that it is hard not to smile! Well, that is the purpose of a tickle!!!

Welcome New Members
Please take time to welcome those who united with Christ’s movement through FUMC this last Sunday
Gail Bachteler   14 Ebenezer Rd, Murphy, NC 28906 joined at 9:45 service
Ken and Joni Hinton   389 Holly Hill Dr. Blairsville GA 30512 joined at 11 am service
Goodwin, Beth, & Evan Bryan PO Box 2449 Blairsville, GA 30512 joined at 11 am service
And check in on Camille and make certain she has recovered!

Wednesday Night Nurture

Ok race fans, get ready to start! We will begin our Wednesday Night meals and programs on August 20 with a picnic at 5 pm under the MAC portico – Ro and the Robinettes will be kicking us off. Then on Wednesday, August 27, your FUMC “Staff Team+” will begin the spirit of service providing our first meal in the MAC. Woo! Hoo!

Saturday Wedding

Make certain you congratulate Ed Smith and Carrie Kowaliuk – these two beloved souls of our church will be wed in this Church on Saturday surrounded by family! Really Big Woo! Hoo!

New Sunday School Launch

David Sutton had a great start with 12 in attendance this last Sunday on day one of this new Sunday school class and another 7 expressing interest in coming. If you are looking for a new small group to join, see David in the Youth Room at 9:45 on Sunday in the lower level of the MAC. Good time to jump on board – they are so new they still don’t have a name!

Next Week Children and Youth

Bus pick up and Children Fundamentals begin and Youth Wed night activities begin...Melinda Weldon (our Children’s Director) and Camden Goddard (our Youth Director) are doing the mission moments intentionally right now. Get plugged in up front as the new fall cycle begins. We have a place for your child and your youth in this place of grace on Wednesday nights. Contact them to get on their parents email list if you are not already there.

Nursery Upgrade

Thank you Ed Smith and Melinda Weldon and others involved in the project this week to renovate our Nursery rooms. They are beautiful – come and see!

Adult Ministries

We have so many opportunities to plug into adult ministries in this Church! One of our core ministries is about to launch. If you do not know about OASIS – make certain you connect with Stan or the army of volunteers who make it go. Stan is our Director of Adult Ministries and Recreation. Contact him to get plugged in!

Contemporary Worship

It is amazing how much energy a seven member band can generate like we had this last Sunday at 9:45! What a joy to have our first keyboardist since I have been here! Thank you Grady!

Traditional Worship

Camp meeting month continues in the Biblical story of Joseph – read Genesis chapters 37-50 to be prepared for this sermon series in that “OLD TIME RELIGION!” Jeff and the music ministry at 8:30 and 11 are leading the way!

Space / Room /Event Coordination at FUMC

If you do not know already, the person who is the good glue who keeps us all together is my Administrative Assistant, Evelyn Ueltzen. If you need to coordinate rooms, space, events, vans, etc...all things in this church pass through Evelyn for them to have a chance to flow seamlessly. If she doesn’t know, odds are, nobody does!

New Covenant Bible Study Orientation

Please come to an informal orientation that David Sutton will be doing for everyone interested in learning more about this new 24 week Bible Study we will begin after Labor Day called Covenant. The meeting will include a longer video and Q&A session to all who are interested. Meet us this Sunday at 2 pm in the MAC common area in the lower level of the MAC. The day and time of this study has not been set – come express your interest and be part of the conversation in working out the details. Since this is a first time new initiative, scholarships are available for anyone who wishes to take this study but avoid the cost.

Women’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study

The ladies are going to do the Covenant Bible Study this upcoming year. The study will begin Wednesday, September 17 from 10 to 11:30 am in the lower level of the MAC with a kickoff meeting. Since this is new, you are invited to come to the orientation gathering where you will learn the details about this study onSunday August 17 at 2 pm in the Lower level of the MAC in the middle common area.

Annex Yard Sale COME ON OUT!

Your Crafty Ladies have been busy bees! They will be coordinating a Yard sale at the ANNEX on our property on Saturday, August 23 from 9 am to 1 pm. Come on out and don’t miss this event that is a fundraiser for the Church and it’s various ministries. Boy Scout Troop 101 will be selling coffee and baked goods outside the ANNEX. The FUMC Youth Group will be doing a car wash. And the FUMC Children’s Ministry will be selling some craft items.

Concerns/Praises

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead
  • Camryn Carter – MRI today – now released to half days in school
  • Chad Gasaway – sister (Carisa) recovering from cancer related surgery
  • Jim DeRevere – second retina surgery
  • Lee and Cindy Weitzel’s 6 month old granddaughter – suspected brain mass – testing
  • James Jarrard – recent fall – was in church Sunday
  • Shannon Burgess’ brother (Scott Dickey) – heart and kidney complications continue
  • Rev. Jim Blair – had surgery to install pacemaker this week – at home now resting – doing well
  • JoAnn Mayhew – continuing to improve – many good reports – good conversations – please go visit her if you can. Evelyn has the address details in Chattanooga.
  • Lee Dunham’s daughter-in-law (Tammy Dunham) is home recovering from neck surgery
  • Tim Derflinger/Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Charlie Wooten/Eva Breedlove – chronic back/pain issues
  • Sue Hill – back nerve block procedure in Florida this Friday

A Note from Your Finance Team

At the end of June, we finished the first half of 2014. What an incredible first half it has been! Total giving in the first six months of the year has been $426,473. At that current giving rate ($71,079 per month), we would end the year receiving $853,000. Our current Church Council approved ministry plan – which includes all our expenses including the MAC loan – require $873,000 in 2014 ($72,750 per month.) We are very close to being right where we need to be!
Giving in August has been August 3, $21,146, August 10, $17,905. Thank you for your extreme generosity!
 
God’s Unlimited Joy,
Senior Pastor

 

Wednesday
Aug132014

Tickle Prequel

We will be sending out a complete Tickle tomorrow. But one piece of information is time dependent for those who check their emails in the evening. I am teaching one more session of the United Methodist Workshop this Wednesday night in Friendship Sunday School room (lower level of the MAC) from 6 to 7 pm. We technically ended the session on sacraments last Wednesday, but I would like to use half of this last session to tie our conversations on Methodist Theology, our understanding of salvation, and the sacraments all together as one unified theme. The second half of the hour will be used for whatever questions you have about the material we have covered in this 7 week United Methodist workshop. Come and be part of the conversation! You are invited.
 
Wednesday Night dinner begins Wednesday, August 20. We like to give the children, youth and collegiates a chance to get back into the school routine before we begin our Wednesday night meals.
 

Tuesday
Aug052014

Tickle - August 5

We had a great launch to our new sermon series on “Joseph.” Read Genesis Chapters 37-50 over this four week period if you want a leg up on where we are going. We are encountering the life of Joseph in our relaxed Camp Meeting themed month of August. Fear not if you missed week one! We set this up to be connected but individual encounters of the Joseph story. Each week is a stand alone message. Also, we will be continuing our United Methodist Workshop this Wednesday evening in the Friendship Classroom in the lower level of the MAC. The topic this week is our United Methodist Understanding of the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion (with some follow-up on our conversation about Salvation last week.) Come join us for one hour from 6 to 7 pm tomorrow night. These are informal conversations that I facilitate with whoever comes – we have been around 40-45 people – come join us! We have room for more.

Children and Youth Ministries: Get your entire Family involved! Now is the time!

If you are have Children and/or Youth, you will not want to miss the Mission moments this Sunday and next Sunday. Our Youth Director (Camden Goddard) will outline the Fall Youth program this Sunday while our Children’s Director (Melinda Weldon) will outline the Fall Children’s program next Sunday.

Wednesday Night Live: Get your calendars out!

We are starting back up our Wednesday Night Live dinner and programs on Wednesday August 20 with a picnic outside under the MAC portico. If you have a group that wishes to sign up to do a fundraiser on a key date – it is first come first serve on the dates. Evelyn has sign up sheets prepared. Ro Robbins and the Robinettes will get us going. Fundamentals will begin on that night as well. We will have completed our United Methodist Workshop that I am currently teaching in that time slot and return to our Bible Study on that night when the dinners begin.

Bring someone new to our Contemporary Service this Sunday at 9:45:

The band has a few surprises this coming Sunday – if you like Contemporary music, you will not want to miss this accumulation of folks on one stage. Grady continues to move us forward and we are thankful.

Camp Meeting Month:

If you missed the 11 am Choir as much as I did during their summer break, then you won’t want to miss this Sunday. Our Choir does Camp Meeting with excellence. Come show them your appreciation for their ministry in our midst! The choir is on fire! (in a good way!) Come catch the Spirit of God!

New Sunday School Class: Something New!

David Sutton will begin his new Sunday School class at 9:45 am in the Youth Room on the MAC lower level. This would be ideal for someone who worships at 8:30 or at 11. Come this Sunday and be part of a new group! David will be there to welcome you. If you would like to be part of a small group that grows together and shares life together, this is an opportunity for you. Come check it out. You do not need to be a “Bible student” to join this class. All you need is the desire to have other loving Christians be part of your life. The Youth room is in the church side corner of the MAC facing Hwy 515.

FUMC Fall Festival WOO! HOO!

All you crafty, talented people who have been part of our annual Fall Festival know that it is time to begin making those preparations so that we are ready for October 10 and 11 when it arrives. If you are new to us or if you have not participated in this before, just hear this CHURCHWIDE global invitation to make something, prepare something, or donate something for our Fall Festival that goes for two days in October. The community comes. We historically receive many thousands of dollars through this event by selling your stuff, your crafts, or your food! The proceeds go towards the outstanding balance on our MAC loan. While our Crafty Ladies oversee the event, it’s “YOU” who make it go through your donations of time, items, and talent. Mark it on your calendar and lay plans to join with us – much more to come! ALL HANDS ON DECK!!!

Children Enrichment Center (CEC) – our FUMC Preschool

Meet the teacher day is this Friday August 8 (11 am to 1 pm) with the first day of preschool beginning Monday August 11Please drive carefully! Look for 2 yr olds, 3 yr olds and 4 yr olds – they will be everywhere – and they may not yet be looking for you!

Women’s Bible Study:

The Wednesday morning women’s study will begin a few weeks after Labor day from 10 am to 11:30 am. They are also starting up on the Covenant Bible Study described above for 24 weeks. An initial informational meeting will be organized soon by Doris and Shannon. More to come.

Young Harris College Sunday:

We are in the planning stage of this big day in the life of our church. It looks like it will be one of the later weeks of September (probably September 28 – yet to be firmed up.) We were wondering if there are people in our congregation who would be willing to take a college student out for lunch (restaurant or even your home) after worship on YHC Sunday? It is a way to let them know how much we appreciate having YHC in our extended community. It’s a way “we give back” to them. If you would be willing to do such a thing just once on that Sunday, would you let Evelyn know so she can put your name on a list. If we have a significant number of folks willing to do this, we will approach YHC with our offer and see if there is interest on their end. I have already had quite a few FUMC folks express interest in doing this – thank you for being the generous people that you are.

Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

This is not a complete list - just immediate prayer needs of just this coming week for the immediate faith family

  • All teachers, students, administrators, and parents working through the change of season as they go back to school
  • Henry and Mrytle von Staden’s daughter Cathy von Staden sure loves cards – her address is 3692 Victoria Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
  • Camryn Carter – at home from hospital recovering from single person automobile accident (concussion)
  • Chad Gasawy’s sister (Carisa) – recovering from cancer related surgery
  • Rev. Rod McClarnon’s sister Sue has heart tests this week – brain surgery placed on hold
  • Jim DeRevere – will have another surgery on his torn retina (first surgery was not sufficient)
  • Mona Hackney is at home recovering from her new knee replacement
  • Deidra Gilbert – mass on leg was precancerous, not cancerous – don’t have to do any further work – will monitor
  • Lee and Cindy Weitzel’s 6 month granddaughter – suspected brain mass – testing
  • Bill Gleasure’s lithotripsy procedure to break up large kidney stone is Friday
  • Marian Malac – to regain her endurance and strength with this new pacemaker
  • Manon Thompson – Doctor indicated she is doing well – completing Medications cycle – but doing better.
  • Mark Burgess’ brother (Scott) shoulder replacement went well – already doing rehab.
  • Lee Dunham’s daughter-in-law (Tammy Dunham) is back home recovering from neck surgery.
  • JoAnn Mayhew – current address is Life Care Center of East Ridge, 1500 Fincher Ave, East Ridge TN 36412
  • Tim Derflinger/ Jane Driskell / Shirley Cobb / Bob Head / Charlie Wooten – chronic back/pain issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:
  • Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, and others

.A Note from Your Finance Team:At the end of June, we finished the first half of 2014. What an incredible first half it has been! Total giving in the first six months has been $426,473. At that giving rate ($16,400 per week on average), we would end the year receiving $853,000. Our current Church Council approved ministry plan which allows us to do everything we need to do AND fully fund our five additional initiative areas for 2014 (ChildrenYouthWorshipOutreachTrustees) would require $873,000 in total giving by years end ($16,790 per week on average) – we are not yet 100% there but we are not too far off that pace. Let’s keep growing in grace together! July giving has been: July 6 $16,379, July 13 $18,207, July 20 $15,139, and July 27 $17,921 for a $67,646 month! Giving on August 3rd was $21,000. We are hopeful that August helps us stay right on our 2014 ministry plan. Thanks to you, we are off to a very good start.THANK YOU for your truly heavenly giving!

 

God's Joy,

Senior Pastor