Tuesday Tickle

Weekly writings from the desk of Pastor Mark

Tuesday
Oct282014

October 28 Tickle

What an amazing week at FUMC! What an amazing Fall Break week! I knew it was going to be a special week when I heard the bag pipers warming up in the hallway for the OASIS Lunch program last Thursday! After hosting hundreds of folks throughout the day in our “routine” Thursday OASIS event, we hosted a few hundred more Thursday night as our Concert Committee pulled off another incredible community concert with the nationally acclaimed “Tribute Quartet.” Then with a brief 48 hr turnaround of the entire facility, on Sunday so many of you warmed this pastor’s heart as you responded with your anonymous 2015 Estimate of Giving Cards across those three services on the final week of our four week Stewardship journey. Doesn’t it just feel good to bring those cards forward in response to this GIVING GOD who has given us so much! And then a few hours later Sunday afternoon/evening, we hosted the community as our Hallelujah Bash Team pulled out all the stops (pumpkin bowling – what a hoot!) in the MAC and outside with the bouncy house and hayrides. So many people have done so much to make this place of grace a blessing to our community. I THANK every one of you. We gracefully turn the corner now into November – our season of celebration.Come be filled with the Spirit, come have your cups filled back up, come and see what all God has done (and will do) through you as we continue building this ark of salvation that was begun on this site 25 years ago – what a legacy of love! We celebrated that 25 year legacy this last Sunday in worship. Every time I tell that story, I get goose bumps. It is a privilege to be in ministry beside you! We will reveal (and celebrate) the Fall Festival results this coming Sunday in all three services.

Welcome New Members

Paul & Kim Steinke – 6729 Morgan Drive, Young Harris, 30582

Keep bringing Your Estimate of Giving Cards: Please Help us form our Ministry Plan for 2015

Two locked Treasure chests will remain in the Main Sanctuary throughout the week. Feel free to bring your estimate of giving cards forward at anytime during the week in the privacy of that worship space. Remember to tear off both ends of the cards...you keep one of the small cards for your records. Then place the big card with your family name (and no number) into one chest and one of the little end cards with the number (but no name) into the other chest through the slot in the top. The Chests will be present in both worship settings on Sunday’s across the next two weeks. We know there were many folks unable to be present this last Sunday. Our time of gathering these cards will go until November 16. On Sunday November 16, we will report the results at all three services. Remember to answer those four yes/no questions on the back of the little card you put in the chest. If you have not received a card and wish to respond, the easiest way would be to call the Church office Monday or Wednesday 9-5 pm and ask for Deidra Gilbert (our confidential Financial Secretary.) She would be happy to fill out a card on your behalf and place it in the chests for you. The Church Number is 706-745-2073. Or simply email her your wishes directly at fumcfinsec@windstream.net

Wednesday Night Nurture

  • Fundamental begins after school is out at 3 pm
  • Ro and the Robinettes are providing pizza, salad, and dessert – dinner begins at 5 pm.
  • Adult Bible Study led by pastor mark is from 6-7 pm in the Friendship Sunday School Classroom ((Mac lower level) We are on week 22 – guideword “Truth” – you don’t need to have a book or done anything to just come sit in. We have new folks come sit in all the time. Fear not, nobody puts anyone on the spot in this grace filled class. If you have never been to a Bible Study ever before – just bring yourselves and come and see.

New Children’s Bible Study Hour on Wednesday Nights Something New for Parents with Children!

Beginning this Wednesday (10-29), our Children’s Director (Melinda Weldon) will be teaching a new Bible Study for Children in grades 1-5 in the Fundamentals Room. She will be offering this Study in the 6-7 pm hour. Nursery will be available in that time as well. And of course the parents are welcome to attend pastor Mark’s Adult Bible study in that same hour in the Friendship Classroom lower level of the MAC once you get the kids settled in – come give it a whirl – we usually have between 30-40 adults. Let us pick up your children from school, bring them to the church for Fundamentals, then eat with us at 5 pm, and then enjoy the unique nurturing fellowship that always happens when we encounter Scripture together from 6-7 pm. Melinda will nurture your children, our nursery will care for your toddlers and infants, and pastor mark will try to engage your hearts – sounds like a great night to me!

Thank You Trustees

A plan was worked and brought to closure last week to replace all the large parking lot lights that were no longer working. This was a huge effort involving the power company and their equipment. There were 12 lights out. All have been replaced and are now working. We are ready for those longer nights as our fall march continues. Let the light of God (and God’s House) shine in the darkness!

November is for Thankful Celebrations!

November begins our season of Thanksgiving. We will be saving the good news of the results of our Fall Festival for celebration at all three services on November 2.  We will give thanks for our Stewardship Journey response at all services on November 16. We will give thanks for our Community with our 2nd annual Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday, November 19. And we will celebrate our response to the Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry on November 23. Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 27. And then we begin the ultimate Thanksgiving on November 30, the first week of Advent!

Thank You Camden Goddard

For taking the lead in designing our FUMC Christmas Parade float for the Blairsville parade this year!

Operation Christmas Child is Underway! WE NOW HAVE MORE CARDBOARD BOXES AT THE TABLE!

Come by the Operation Shoebox Table at the MAC desk and pick up the instructions for preparing a shoebox. Then find the shoeboxes in your closets and use them!  SUGGESTED ITEMS…  Socks, Gloves, Small Toys, Hard Candy, Gum, Pencils, Notepads, Toothbrushes, Soap, Toothpaste, Combs, Coloring books, Markers.  Also, place$7 in the envelope provided to help with shipping costs inside each box. Deadline for turning in your shoebox is November 20th. If you want to watch the video we showed in worship on Sunday in the Mission Moment, here it is:
http://video.samaritanspurse.org/good-news-great-joy-2014-4/

KEY UPCOMING DATES

Connectional Group Charge Conference – Sunday, November 2 at FUMC 3 pm
CEC Pumpkin Party – Friday, October 31 at 10 am

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’s brother (Rick) – come under hospice care in Florida
  • Janice Jarrard – kidney’s functioning enough now to avoid dialysis – Janice came home yesterday Woo! Hoo!
  • Donna Morningstar – gaining strength at home  - abdominal Surgeon & Oncologist reconnect November 3
  • Doris Bishop (Debbie Steed’s Mother) – under home hospice care at David and Debbie’s home
  • Bob Gorman – blood clot in leg – taking thinners
  • Lois Sweet – abdominal surgery to repair aneurysm Nov 11
  • Nancy Sanford’s Mother – general health concerns
  • Grady Garner’s grandmother came under hospice care
  • John and Fran Browning’s daughter Molly in New York – brain tumor – surgery scheduled Nov 4
  • Norm Thompson – doing therapy at home
  • Henry von Staden – heart Echo Nov 4
  • Myrtle von Staden – preparing for procedures (beginning Nov 10 in Hayesville) related to two large kidney stones they hope to break up on procedure Nov 11
  • Shannon Burgess – sick with Kidney infection
  • Jane Driskell – Parkinson’s diagnosis
  • Valerie Metcalf – undergoing chemo treatments
  • Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Charlie Wooten/Eva Breedlove– chronic back/pain issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:
  • Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, Donna Morningstar and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)
  • Rev. Richard Chewning’s (our District Superintendent) Mother fell and broke her hip – surgery today.

A Note from Your Finance Team:

Total giving for October was $69,992: October 5 $21,545, October 12 $14,522, October 19 $15,568 and October 26 $18,357. Thank you again for your AMAZING generosity! We hope to increase overall participation in the Estimate of Giving cards this year. If you did not use those cards last year, please consider entering into that process this year. It is designed so we never know what number goes with what family – so it is completely between you and God. But it sure helps your Finance Team when we sit down to develop the Ministry plan for the year ahead. We are more confident in our plan if we get our numbers from your “estimate of giving” cards. Thank you so very much for all you do to grow the Kingdom!
 
God’s Boundless Joy,
         
Monday
Oct272014

October 22 Tickle

 

 

Our shared 2014 Stewardship Journey ends this Sunday as everyone is invited to bring their completed green “estimate of giving” (EOG) cards to worship. An opportunity will be provided to place your cards in the anonymous locked treasure chests in each worship space. Our overarching theme this year in our October sermon series has been “Building an Ark of Salvation Together.” On Oct 5, we took time to celebrate what God has done through the finances of FUMC in the last year. Only God could have done that! Thanks be to God! On Oct 12, we reconnected with God’s vision – it’s called the “Kingdom of God on Earth.” God reminded all us who are already in the life boat of God’s salvation that we are called by God to build as big of an ark as possible that everyone may know the love of God. On Oct 19, we saw that all we know as the physical church in the world (the buildings, the rooms, the programs) have not been built by money – they have been built by adoring love. If we really, really, really, know who He is, we can’t help but respond in acts of devotion and adoration like giving our time, our talents, and our gifts. Come and respond as led by your heart. We will lovingly and gracefully walk everyone through the confidential process that we introduced last year. Last year, we had a great positive response to this anonymous approach to estimating your giving in the year ahead – it will be between only you and God. If you have not received a blank EOG card, cards will once again be in the bulletins in all three worship services. Remember to answer the four confidential questions on the back of the small card before putting it in the treasure chest. Come and see.

Welcome New Members:

Larry and Connie Rosenberry – 447 Enchanted Woods Dr, Blairsville, GA 30512
Pray for Existing Members Relocating in the World:
The Huff Family – Daniel, Jackie, and Jared serving in Israel for 2 yrs
Marjorie Myers - 89 Santa Cruz Road, Tuckerton, NJ  08087 phone 856 220 0353
Surround these folks with our prayers, our thankfulness, and our love

Mission and Service Cards:

We thank you so much for your response through the mission and service cards at the end of September. We have over 300 checked boxes to respond to as a result! This is taking time. We started with the largest groups but now are down to the scenarios requiring individual phone calls. This part takes time. We will reach you. Thank you for your patience in advance!

Wednesday Night Nurture:

This is fall break week – no dinner, no fundamentals, no Adult Bible Study. We will crank back up next week.

November is for Thankful Celebrations!

November begins our season of Thanksgiving. We will be saving the good news of the results of our Fall Festival for celebration at all three services on November 2.  We will give thanks for our Stewardship Journey response at all services on November 16. We will give thanks for our Community with our 2nd annual Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday, November 19. And we will celebrate our response to the Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry on November 23. Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 27. And then we begin the ultimate Thanksgiving on November 30, the first week of Advent!

“TRIBUTE” Gospel Quartet Concert: THIS THURSDAY!!!!!!!!

FUMC is hosting our second professional Gospel Quartet group – they are called “Tribute” – a nationally acclaimed group that will perform in our main Sanctuary on Thursday night, October 23, at 7 pm. We will seat until we are full. There are no tickets, instead a love offering will be received and given 100% to the group. Tell your friends and make a plan to be here early! Please help us fill this place of grace for this concert!

Halleluah Bash (Fall Indoor Trunk or Treat Event): THIS SUNDAY!!!!!!!!

Children's Ministry is hosting it's annual Hallelujah Bash on October 26, 2014 from 4:00 until 6:00 in the MAC!  Come play in the Pumpkin Patch ~ we will have games, crafts, bounce house, photo booth, cake walk, Praise and Worship Band, goodie bags and a Concession Stand with yummy foods such as chili, baked potatoes, hot dogs, walking tacos, baked goods and candy.  We also need entries for the Pumpkin Pie Bake Off! We need all entries dropped off the morning/afternoon of the Bash ~ all entries should be named - not the name of the person bringing the pie but the pie itself have a name such as "Mom's Favorite Pumpkin Pie" - or "Caramel Pumpkin Pie." All proceeds from the Concession Stand will benefit the Children's Ministry Missions and Outreach projects. Please leave any donated candy and treats in basket in Melinda's office!

New Children’s Bible Study Hour on Wednesday Nights Something New!

Beginning next Wednesday (10-29), our Children’s Director (Melinda Weldon) will be teaching a new Bible Study for Children in grades 1-5 in the Fundamentals Room. She will be offering this Study in the 6-7 pm hour. Nursery will be available in that time as well. And of course the parents are welcome to attend pastor Mark’s Adult Bible study in that same hour in the Friendship Classroom lower level of the MAC once you get the kids settled in – come give it a whirl – we usually have between 30-40 adults. Come eat with us at 5 pm and then enjoy the unique nurturing fellowship that always happens when we encounter Scripture together from 6-7 pm. Just show up and listen in on the conversation! I believe God guides it.

Operation Christmas Child is Underway! 

Well, you did it again! Your generous nature has exceeded our expectations. We have run out of all the Shoebox boxes. But you can still participate. Come by the Operation Shoebox Table at the MAC desk and pick up the instructions for preparing a shoebox. Then find the shoeboxes in your closets and use them! SUGGESTED ITEMS…  Socks, Gloves, Small Toys, Hard Candy, Gum, Pencils, Notepads, Toothbrushes, Soap, Toothpaste, Combs, Coloring books, Markers.  Also, place $7 in the envelope provided to help with shippingcosts inside each box. Deadline for turning in your shoebox is November 20th. If you want to watch the video we showed in worship on Sunday in the Mission Moment, here it is:
http://video.samaritanspurse.org/good-news-great-joy-2014-4/

KEY UPCOMING DATES:

  • Tribute Quartet October 23 – Professional Southern Gospel Concert at FUMC (in the main Sanctuary this time)
  • Called North Georgia Conference Meeting this Saturday, Oct 25, to discuss Simpsonwood property
  • Hallelujah Bash October 26 – our trunk or treat event at FUMC
  • Connectional Group Charge Conference – Sunday, November 2 at FUMC 3 pm

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’s brother (Rick) – come under hospice care in Florida
  • Larry Collins – surgical procedure this morning at Murphy Hospital – coming home tomorrow
  • Joni Hinton – has been in the ER with abdominal pains
  • Janice Jarrard – kidney issues following dehydration – at NE Medical Center  – may come home this week
  • Donna Morningstar – gaining strength at home in anticipation of later abdominal surgery
  • Kirby Bowron – recovering at home now from gall bladder surgery
  • Doris Bishop (Debbie Steed’s Mother) – released from UGH today back to Debbie and David’s home
  • Jackie Franklin – knee problem is a bone hairline fracture – healing
  • Nancy Sanford’s Mother – general health concerns
  • Grady Garner’s grandmother came under hospice care
  • John and Fran Browning’s daughter Molly in New York – brain tumor – surgery scheduled Nov 4
  • Norm Thompson – doing therapy at home
  • Jane Driskell – Parkinson’s diagnosis
  • Valerie Metcalf – undergoing chemo treatments
  • Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Charlie Wooten/Eva Breedlove– chronic back/pain issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:
  • Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, Donna Morningstar and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)
  • Rev. Richard Chewning’s (our District Superintendent) Mother fell and broke her hip – surgery today.

A Note from Your Finance Team:

Total giving for October is: October 5 $21,545, October 12 $14,522, and October 19 $15,568. Thank you again for your continued Divine generosity! God continues to move through you! We hope to increase overall participation in the Estimate of Giving cards this year. If you did not use those cards last year, please consider entering into that process this year. It is designed so we never know what number goes with what family – so it is completely between you and God. But it sure helps your Finance Team when we sit down to develop the Ministry plan for the year ahead. We are more confident in our plan if we get our numbers from your “estimate of giving” cards. Thank you so very much for all you do to grow the Kingdom!
 
God’s Boundless Joy,

 

 

Wednesday
Oct082014

October 7 Tickle

 

We began our 2014 Stewardship Journey this last week with a lot of hootin and hollering! But it was “joy filled” hootin and hollering! We just thought it would be time well spent to show everyone what God has done through you this year through the Church financials. That Scripture from Genesis 14:17-20 just set the tone of celebration before the Lord’s Table on this special day as we (like Abram before us) celebrated what God had done through him – something only God could have done. We celebrated being on track to receive $875,000 instead of the $807,000 we anticipated receiving after the stewardship journey last fall. We celebrated having paid 75% of our MAC Interest payment this year ($99,000 of $132,000) and 81% of our MAC principal payment this year ($105,000 of $130,000) when we are 75% through the year. Only $3,176,016 left on the MAC loan to go! We celebrated paying down roughly $41,000 of our Commercial Loan in 2014 – a loan that we have carried for many years - (from $71,000 to $30,000.) We celebrated paying 100% (roughly $90,000) of our 2013 UMC apportionments (our share of the $25,000,000 North Georgia Conference ministry plan that tranforms our local churches, our state, our nation, and our the globe) at the end of last year for the first time in many years. We celebrated already paying 100% of our 2014 apportionments during the first week of October of this year. And we celebrated 60 souls uniting with us across these last 12 months, who along with the many faithful long time members of this Church, allowed God to move through their generous hearts. Look what God has done through us together! Glory Hallelujah, THANKS BE TO GOD, thank you, and WOO! HOO! The chorus of that repetitive shout was sent into the heavens as an aroma pleasing to our Lord at all three services. So come next Sunday as we dream a “God sized” dream in this part of the Body of Christ called First United Methodist Church of Union County. We have much work left to do. Over a year ago, we shared how the demographics of this area revealed there are easily 10,000 people who are not an active part of a faith family within a 15 minute drive of our church. Ok, only 9,940 left to go...keep going!!!! The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing (growing the Kingdom) – and God will take care of everything else.

Welcome our Newest Members:

Jeremy, Courtney, and Michael Bruce .....271 Black Forest Lane, Blairsville GA 30512

Wednesday Night Nurture:

Since we are sounding a “All Hands on Deck” for the Fall Festival this Friday and Saturday on our Church campus, the only Wednesday night activity after Fundamentals is a Children’s ministry sponsored gathering up on the hill by the children’s playground. Bring your lawn chairs and sit around the camp fire with us. Grady Garner and his guitar will be present to help us sing through the early evening. The event is from 5-7 pm. Just come hang out with us. Children’s ministry will be providing Brunswick stew and drinks – bring a side or dessert if you can.

No OASIS this week:

Again, all hands on deck for the Fall Festival!

Fall Festival is Here NOW!

The Fall Festival event happens this Friday and Saturday. Thank you volunteers, donators, bakers, and crafters.
This will include a yard sale in the Annex building, a craft and bake sale in the MAC, and BBQ sale both days!
On Friday: 9 am to 3 pm with UMM BBQ pork plates on sale for $7 a plate 11 am to 4 pm
On Saturday: 9 am to 2 pm with UMM BBQ pork plates on sale for $7 a plate 11 am to 2 pm

“TRIBUTE” Gospel Quartet Concert:

FUMC is hosting our second professional Gospel Quartet group – they are called “Tribute” – a nationally acclaimed group that will perform in our main Sanctuary on Thursday night, October 23, at 7 pm. We will seat until we are full. There are no tickets, instead a love offering will be received and given 100% to the group. Tell your friends and make a plan to be here early! Please help us fill this place of grace for this concert!

Halleluah Bash (Fall Indoor Trunk or Treat Event)

Children's Ministry is hosting it's annual Hallelujah Bash on October 26, 2014 from 4:00 until 6:00 in the MAC!  Come play in the Pumpkin Patch ~ we will have games, crafts, bounce house, photo booth, cake walk, Praise and Worship Band, goodie bags and a Concession Stand with yummy foods such as chili, baked potatoes, hot dogs, walking tacos, baked goods and candy.  All proceeds from the Concession Stand will benefit the Children's Ministry Missions and Outreach projects. Want to host an activity table at the Bash?  See Melinda.  Some ideas for a table would be a fall craft, pumpkin bowling, cookie decorating, face painting, nail and hair art, etc... We are collecting candy and treats for the Bash Goodie Bags ~ any donations are greatly appreciated!  Please leave any donated candy and treats in basket in Melinda's office!

Operation Christmas Child is Underway! 

It’s time to pack that shoebox. DID YOU KNOW… Last year Samaritan's Purse delivered over 9.9 million boxes to children in 112 countries!  More than 1.1 million children in 90 countries have trusted Jesus as their Lord and Savior through Operation Christmas Child’s Discipleship Program. You too can be a part of this exciting ministry by packing a shoebox for a child. Brochures with all the instructions you need to pack a box, an identification label for your box, and the boxes themselves are available in the MAC.  SUGGESTED ITEMS…  Socks, Gloves, Small Toys, Hard Candy, Gum, Pencils, Notepads, Toothbrushes, Soap, Toothpaste, Combs, Coloring books, Markers.  Also, place $7 in the envelope provided to help with shipping costs inside each box. Deadline for turning in your shoebox is November 20th.

KEY UPCOMING DATES:

  • Fall Festival October 10-11 (Friday and Saturday at FUMC)
  • Church Council Meeting – October 15, 6 pm in the Sanctuary
  • Union County Schools Fall Break – the week of October 20
  • Tribute Quartet October 23 – Professional Southern Gospel Concert at FUMC (in the main Sanctuary this time)
  • Hallelujah Bash October 26 – our trunk or treat event at FUMC
  • Connectional Group Charge Conference – Sunday, November 2 at FUMC 3 pm

Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead
  • Evan Bryan – home recovering from having his appendix out
  • Grady Garner’s grandmother came under hospice care this week
  • John and Fran Browning’s daughter Molly in New York – brain tumor – surgery scheduled Nov 4
  • Shannon Burgess’ brother (Scott) – recovering from heart procedure
  • Norm Thompson – doing therapy at home – lot’s of swelling
  • Sue Hill – recovering from rotator cuff surgery (went well)
  • Jane Driskell – Parkinson’s diagnosis
  • Jim DeRevere – eye surgery went well – Jim was at Church Sunday
  • Kathy Heyer’s brother (Rick) – diagnosed with lung cancer, emphysema, and fell and broke his pelvis
  • Donna Morningstar – back home to gain strength in anticipation of later abdominal surgery
  • Valerie Metcalf – undergoing chemo treatments
  • Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Charlie Wooten/Eva Breedlove– chronic back/pain issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:
  • Valerie Metcalf, Joyce Kible, Donna Morningstar and several others (in various stages of testing and treatment)

A Note from Your Finance Team:

Total giving in September was $90,622 (thanks to a special estate gift for MAC principal.) Giving for October 5 was $21,545. Thank you again for your continued Divine generosity! God continues to move through you!
 
God’s Boundless Joy,

 

Tuesday
Sep302014

Tickle - September 30

Hi!

The Pastor is hard at work on many things so he has asked me to help him out by doing this week's Tickle.
Thanks to everyone for helping us have another good Young Harris College Day. Kudos to Camden on doing a spectacular job preaching at all 3 services. Jeff, Keith and the Young Harris Chamber Choir provided beautiful worship music.

Wednesday Night Supper and programs tomorrow night

The meal is hotdogs with ALL the trimmings plus tater tots and dessert. This is a fund raiser for Boy Scout Troop 101. Come out and support our boys! And, in place of the Adult Bible Study time, there will be a presentation on the Red Bird Mission trip. Pastor gave you a taste of the adventures and stories in the sermon a couple of weeks ago. Now you can come and hear the rest of the stories. There will be a slide show as well so this will take place in the downstairs of the MAC in the youth area at 6:00 pm.

Flu Shots

The last of the FLU SHOTS here on campus will be given out THIS Thursday from 11:00 till 1:00 pm. Please bring your Medicare card.

The Fall Festival

is quickly approaching- October 10th and 11th! If you would like to lend a helping hand please contact the church office or Jean Rogers. The Men will be selling barbeque plates at that same time. Plates are $7.00 and include pork, cole slaw, baked beans, and drink. You may prebuy your tickets from a "Methodist Man" or come by the church office. The annex will also be selling their "treasures". If you'd like to donate some treasures, you may drop them off at the annex this Friday from 9:00 till 11:00 am.


Operation Christmas Child aka Samaritan's Purse Shoebox Ministry is underway! 

Boxes and information are available on the table in the narthex. Basically, you take a shoebox and pack it full of useful goodies for a boy or girl of a certain age range ( all explained in the pamphlet). When you have your box full, you bring it back to the MAC along with $7 to pay for shipping. These boxes go to 112 countries! Deadline to return the boxes is November 20th.

Morning Glory Circle Coat Give-away

is still going on. The Circle is collecting gently used coats of all sizes. These will be given away to needy individuals later in the season.

Ignite the Light is back!

Next Wednesday, with all the hustle and bustle of preparing for the Fall Festival, we are not holding regular church supper nor Bible Study. Instead, we are invited to join the youth and children around a bonfire and eat a potluck supper. Brunswick stew and drinks will be provided. You are asked to bring the sides and desserts. We will meet up on the hill so bring your chairs and blankets. Activities begin at 5:00 pm.

Tribute Quartet Concert 

 Thursday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. Don't miss this award winning group.

Church Council 

Wednesday 15th at 6:00 pm


Finances

 Sunday's offering was $15,136.

Youth Retreat

Be in prayer as the youth go on a Spiritual Life Retreat this weekend. There is still space for more youth. Talk to Camden if you're interested in going.


Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

This is not a complete list – just immediate prayer needs for the immediate faith family in the week ahead
  • Donna Morningstar - headed home from Emory today
  • JoAnn Strickland - received epidural shot in her back yesterday
  • John and Fran Browning’s daughter Molly in New York – brain tumor – testing
  • Norm Thompson – knee replacement surgery went well, still in hospital
  • Sue Hill – recovering at home from rotator cuff surgery
  • Rod McClarnon – general health issues
  • Jane Driskell – Parkinson’s diagnosis
  • Jim DeRevere – Oct 2nd eye surgery for another discovered retina tear
  • James Jordan’s sister (Doris) – eye issues that may require a procedure
  • Kathy Heyer’s brother (Rick) – diagnosed with lung cancer, emphysema, and fell and broke his pelvis
  • Valerie Metcalf – chemo begins this week
  • Jenny Chandler’s brother – Jake Lee – general health
  • JoAnn Mayhew – continued recovery at home
  • Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Charlie Wooten/Eva Breedlove– chronic back/pain issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:
  • Joyce Kible, Valerie Metcalf. Donna Morningstar and several others (who are in various stages of testing and treatment)
  Evelyn Ueltzen
   Administrative Assistant

 

Tuesday
Sep232014

Tickle - September 23

You stirred my heart on Sunday. I thank all the people who responded on Sunday to our invitation to help Jesus inside the Church (service) and help Jesus outside the Church (mission) through the response cards we ended our four week mission sermon series with on Sunday. It will take us a few weeks to sort through ALL THESE CARDS and get back to you but know that is our goal. We also want to wait long enough to give anyone not present this last Sunday to respond. I will be covering the Mission/Service card in detail in the October Monthly Newsletter that will go out at the end of this week. If you did not attend worship this last Sunday, your invitation will be in the Newsletter. We have placed blank cards at the MAC Desk and Narthex if you have not had a chance to respond. Simply turn them into Evelyn in the Church office – or slide them under her door on off hours – or contact us and let us know where you wish to help Jesus grow the Kingdom in service and mission. THANK YOU!


Wednesday Night Nurture

 Wilma Reid’s team will be cooking the meal for Wednesday night this week – Southwestern King Ranch Chicken, green beans, and dessert – dinner begins at 5 pm. As always, the meal is free but a basket is provided if you can make a donation to help us cover the cost of the meal. Pastor mark will be leading the Adult Bible Study in the Friendship Sunday School Room (lower level of the MAC) from 6-7 pm. Our guideword is “Baptism” – of the Daily Companion Bible Devotional. Make certain you say hello to all the new faces who are dining with us on Wednesday nights. Most (but not all) are there because they have young children picked up by our bus at school and have come to our church to participate in Fundamentals. We have grown significantly in the number of kids we are picking up at school on Wednesday afternoons. Where you see one or two people sitting at a table by themselves, it’s a good (God) thing to take some time to introduce yourself and talk to them. Many of our new Mommy’s do not know where the high chairs are – if you do, you might be in a unique position to help them tremendously.


FUMC Mission Committee Saturday Labor of Love Day at the Troop 101 Scout Hut at our Church

 Put on your green LOL shirt (or come earn your green LOL shirt) by meeting us at the Scout Hut this Saturday at 9 am for a morning of simple work on the grounds (beating back the vines and weeds and repair/painting of the two small sheds which will include shingling the smallest structure.) Free hotdogs, chips, and drink lunch will be provided by Shannon and Mark for all who attend. Feel free to leave whenever you wish. The idea is to simply give a couple hours Saturday morning.


Young Harris College Sunday

 This coming Sunday is YHC Sunday at FUMC. Jeff will be conducting his Chamber Choir at both the 8:30 am and 11 am worship services. We will have a special greeting from Young Harris College administration at all three services. Also, at all three services, the message will be delivered by a very special Young Harris Graduate very near and dear to our hearts here at FUMC. At the end of the 9:45 service and at the end of the 11 am service, I will ask those of you who have signed up to take any interested YHC Student present in worship to lunch at a restaurant after the service to raise your hands and then stay in the worship space to allow time for a student who desires this to approach you. It may or may not happen – but your offer will be very gracious.


Youth Spiritual Life Retreat: October 3, 4, 5

 The Youth will be staying at a retreat camp out in the mountains about 45 minutes from the church. This is a time of centering on God, fun, fellowship, food and music (Oscar Smith and his wife Becca will provide the praise music again this year at the pavilion.) If your youth has not already made arrangements to attend through our Youth Director Camden Goddard – please do so immediately! generationnowfumc@gmail.com


Fall Festival Preparations: Calling all worshippers at FUMC! 

We need your unused stuff! Ok, that’s not a normal invitation – but it is the truth. Each year, a large number of servant hearts hold our Fall Festival for our Community. There are many aspects to this like the Men’s BBQ and our many crafters sales in the MAC. But what EVERYONE can participate in is the sale of treasures in the ANNEX building on October 10 and 11. Where does all the stuff come from that they sell to the community? It comes from your closets, your attics, your basements when you give it to us to transform into MAC loan principle! We will take almost anything you wish to donate for the Fall Festival (except clothes.) We need time to arrange and price things so don’t wait until October 10 to bring your stuff. You can bring your stuff to the Annex any Friday from 9-11 am – some dear servant heart will be there to receive your treasures. If there is no way those hours work for you, contact the church office and pastor mark will try to arrange a way for us to receive your treasures.


Operation Christmas Child is Underway!

  It’s time to pack that shoebox. DID YOU KNOW… Last year Samaritan's Purse delivered over 9.9 million boxes to children in 112 countries!  More than 1.1 million children in 90 countries have trusted Jesus as their Lord and Savior through Operation Christmas Child’s Discipleship Program. You too can be a part of this exciting ministry by packing a shoebox for a child. Brochures with all the instructions you need to pack a box, an identification label for your box, and the boxes themselves are available in the MAC.  SUGGESTED ITEMS…  Socks, Gloves, Small Toys, Hard Candy, Gum, Pencils, Notepads, Toothbrushes, Soap, Toothpaste, Combs, Coloring books, Markers.  Also, place $7 in the envelope provided to help with shipping costs inside each box. Deadline for turning in your shoebox is November 20th.


Shady Grove UMC Revival

 Shady Grove United Methodist Church, located at 1604 Owltown Road, Blairsville, will hold its annual Fall RevivalSeptember 28-30. Our guest preacher will be Rev. Sam Hamby, pastor of Hiawassee United Methodist Church. Pastor Winfred Pitts and the Shady Grove congregation invite you to be a part of this time of singing, fellowship, and preaching of God’s Word. Special singing will begin each evening at 6:00, and services will begin at 6:30. For more information call 706-781-2906.


KEY UPCOMING DATES

  • Youth Spiritual Life Retreat – October 3,4,5 (Friday evening through Sunday morning)
  • Fall Festival October 10-11 (Friday and Saturday at FUMC)
  • Union County Schools Fall Break – the week of October 20
  • Church Council Meeting – October 15 6 pm in the Sanctuary
  • Tribute Quartet October 23 – Professional Southern Gospel Concert at FUMC (in the main Sanctuary this time)
  • Hallelujah Bash October 26 – our trunk or treat event at FUMC
  • Connectional Group Charge Conference – November 2 at FUMC 3 pm

Flu Shots

FLU shots will be offered on campus for three Thursdays (September 18th, 25th and October 2nd) during OASIS. The shots will be given by Rite Aid pharmacists in the Conference Room from 11:00 am till 1:00 pm. The shots are FREE for Medicare! All are welcome to come, whether or not you attend OASIS.


The FUMC Great Coat Give Away

The Morning Glory Circle is collecting gently used coats for their winter coat giveaway at Antioch Baptist later in the fall. You may drop off your clean, good condition coats in the MAC closet. Lastly, we need your help! EVERYONE's help!.


Concerns/Praises: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

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

  • John and Fran Browning’s daughter Molly in New York – brain tumor – testing
  • Norm Thompson – knee replacement surgery at UGH on Friday of this week
  • Sue Hill – recovering at home from rotator cuff surgery
  • Rod McClarnon – general health issuesJane Driskell – Parkinson’s diagnosis
  • Jim DeRevere – Oct 2nd eye surgery for another discovered retina tear
  • James Jordan’s sister (Doris) – eye issues that may require a procedure
  • Kathy Heyer’s brother (Rick) – diagnosed with lung cancer, emphysema, and fell and broke his pelvis
  • Donna Morningstar – back at Emory Midtown Hospital – undergoing surgery today
  • Valerie Metcalf – chemo begins in the week ahead
  • Jenny Chandler’s brother – Jake Lee – general health
  • JoAnn Mayhew – JoAnn and her son Bobby are back in Blairsville now! Woo! Hoo!!!!!!!!!
  • Jane Driskell/Shirley Cobb/Bob Head/Charlie Wooten/Eva Breedlove– chronic back/pain issues
  • Those fighting active cancer from our faith family:
  • Valerie MetcalfJoyce Kible, Donna Morningstar and several others (who are in various stages of testing and treatment)

A Note from Your Finance Team

Giving in September has been September 7 $25,307, September 14 $12,904, September 21 $37,275 (no, it’s not a typo!) We received a “final tithe” gift from a beloved member of our Church who gave generously to this part of the body of Christ through a gift in their will; given specifically in this case, to help pay MAC loan principle. Overthe next 50 years, it is estimated that between $41 and $136 trillion will pass from older Americans to younger generations. Do you have a will? Have you considered using that opportunity to make a huge difference in the life of your church just as you have in life? There is a lot of good information out there on exactly how to do that – more to come from your Finance Team in the months ahead. Thank you so very much for your faithful giving through all of 2014. The ministry plan of your church and all the people it touches inside and outside the church has been blessed through your sacrificial giving. 

God’s Boundless Joy,         

                                            

Senior Pastor