www.sharpumc.org November, 2014 The Newsletter of Sharp Memorial United Methodist Church A Stephen Ministry Congregation email: [email protected] Phone/fax: 706-379-3210 PO Box 66, Young Harris GA 30582 Volume 31, No. 11 Sharp Scholars Chili Cook-off The College Ministry Committee’s annual Chili Cook-Off was held on Sunday, October 26. This popular event raises funds for the Sharp Scholars scholarship program, which awards $1000 scholarships to college students who are members of the church. We anticipate as many as 7-8 students may be eligible for these scholarships for the 2014-15 school year, and the fund-raising got off to a great start as we tasted and voted (by donations) for some delicious chili. Church Staff Rev. David Tinsley Pastor Michael Ackland Treasurer Jim Barker Director of Ministry Care Joy H. Breedlove Administrative Assistant & Newsletter Editor, Organist This year’s winner was Rev. Virginia Tinsley, whose Turkey Chili gathered the most votes. A total of $595 was raised at the Chili Cook-off. The College Ministry committee appreciates all who entered their pots of chili, and all who tasted, voted, and enjoyed the good food and fellowship. Pam Leslie Director of Music Angela Holloway Pianist Tonya Page Nursery Supervisor YHC Interns Logan Gray Monica Lewis YHC student Roderick Galloway and College Ministry chair Roy Wright crowned Virginia with the coveted Chili Pepper Hat. The next fund-raiser for the Sharp Scholars program will be a Bake Sale between services on November 23. Watch the bulletins and e-SHARP for more details. Daylight Savings Time Ends Nov. 2 for Humanity that is used to build more houses. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor--sweat equity--into building their house and the houses of others. Your gift to our November Communion Offering will help provide safe, decent affordable shelter for more families in Towns and Union Counties. You can get an extra hour of sleep the first Saturday night in November, if you remember to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed on Nov. 1. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, so it takes a community to raise a Habitat house for a local family. Please join us in giving a hand up to a neighbor. November Communion Offering Yams for Thanksgiving Boxes Towns-Union Habitat for Humanity Towns-Union Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. They seek to eliminate poverty housing and homeless-ness in Towns and Union Counties and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all walks of life to work together in partnership to help build houses with families in need. Through volunteer labor and taxdeductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds simple decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund This year, Sharp Memorial has been asked to provide 500 cans of yams for the Thanksgiving Dinner boxes to be distributed by the Towns County Food Pantry. We’re asked to bring 29 oz. cans of yams to the church by Nov. 13, so they can be transported to the Food Pantry and packaged with the dinners. All women are invited to attend the UMW World Thank Offering Program on Saturday, November 1, at 11:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall. (Update: the program was postponed due to weather. It will be held on Sunday, November 9, at 3:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. The UMW Executive Board will meet at 2:00 in room FH4/5.) Vikki McVay will be speaking on “UMW Through the Eyes of a Child.” The UMW continues to collect Blessing Bags for the homeless. These will be taken to Trinity Kitchen in Atlanta. The Susanna Wesley Circle will meet on Weds, Nov. 5 at 10:00 AM in FH 2/3 at the church. Circle leader is Melda Davis (706-8961487). The Mary Martha Circle will meet at 10:00 AM on Nov. 11 in room FH 2/3at the church. Circle leader is Peggy Gregg (706-3793478). The Fay Hoag Circle will meet on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 PM at Janice Parmer’s home. Circle leaders are Patti Kay (706-3793219) and Dian Woodruff (706379-2504) The Lydia Circle will meet on Monday, Nov. 17, at 7:00 PM in room FH 4/5 at the church. Circle leaders are Melanie Beighley (cell 770-633-3765, home 706-3793575) and Brenda Maynard (706896-5035). The Ruth Circle will meet on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 3:00 PM in room 203 at the church. Circle Leader is Anne Gilmore (706-8963141). Notes of Thanks Unit News: Circle Meetings: All women are invited to participate in a Circle. If you would like more information or to attend a meeting, please contact the leaders. To my church family: Thank you, God, for such a gracious, loving church family. It has been a blessing with so many prayers from our members. God bless you each and every one. Chris Cooney and the Cooney family ~~~~~ The family of Charlie Maynard would like to express our sincere gratitude for the loving support shown to us by the Sharp church family. - Brenda Maynard ~~~~~ Thanks for the prayers,e-mails, words of sympathy, and all the wonderful cards we received during Mom's illness and at her passing. You are the sweetest church family anyone could have. Love, Jane and Billy Snipes and family. Remember our members) Please remember those who are homebound or in nursing homes. In Brasstown Manor: Hilde Schaffranke, Harvey and Rachel Windsor. In Chatuge Nursing Home: Blanche Anderson, Joan Perry. In Clay County Care Center, Hayesville, NC: Ramona Davidson. In Union Co. Nursing Home: Mary Evans. At home: Betty Barlow, Mildred Dunbrack, Marilyn Gordon, Sandy Lawyer, Tom McVay. Stephen Ministry Thought for the Month I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those You have given me, for they are Yours.... My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message... Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because you loved Me before the creation of the world. John 17:9, 20, 24 (NIV) Alternative Giving for Christmas Having trouble thinking of a gift for that “hard to buy for” friend or relative? Afraid you’re going to receive more “stuff” you don’t need for Christmas? Then come to the Alternative Giving event sponsored by the Mission Committee to solve your problems. A mission gift is the perfect gift for family, friends, coworkers and the people important in your life. It demonstrates your love and respect to the recipient and to those in need, and is a wonderful way to say “thank you” … a terrific stocking stuffer … a great host/hostess and last-minute gift. As we prepare to move into the season of Advent, our Missions Committee will have Alternative Giving shopping available between worship services in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, November 9. Heifer Project, International, and the Society of St. Andrew’s Potato and Produce Project will be the featured organizations this year. Here’s a bit about Heifer Project: Build a Barnyard of Opportunity! A gift of livestock from Heifer International increases income, provides better nutrition and creates a lifetime of opportunities. Friends of Heifer can give as little as $10 a month and buy one goat every year for a family struggling with hunger & poverty. . Also, a one time gift of any amount will help Heifer International purchase all types of animals for small farms in order to create small business around the world. The Potato and Produce Project (because it is more than just potatoes these days!) salvages tractor-trailer loads of potatoes and other produce that are rejected by commercial markets or potato chip factories due to slight imperfections in size, shape, sugar content, or surface blemishes. Usually, these rejected loads end up at local landfills. Through the Potato and Produce Project, the Society of St. Andrew is able to redirect these 43,000-pound loads of fresh, nutritious produce to food banks, soup kitchens, food pantries, low income housing areas, local churches, and other hunger agencies for distribution to the poor. Because this produce is donated to them, the Society of St. Andrew pays only for the transportation and packaging of the food—an amazingly low 6 cents per pound! That means they can provide food to the nation’s hungry for about 2.4 cents per serving! Each $12 gift donation to the Society of St. Andrew provides about 600 servings of fresh, nutritious food to America’s hungry families. Volunteers from the Missions Committee will be set up in the Fellowship Hall on Nov. 9 to assist with gifts to each of these mission projects. You can finish your Christmas shopping in minutes! Stewardship /Finance Notes Operating Budget (2014) Sept. income: $27,607. YTD income: $275,374. Sept. expenses: $33,025. YTD expenses:$294,754. Sept. deficit: $5,418. YTD deficit: $19,380. Sept. Communion Offering: North GA UM Children’s Home: $1,755. A gift to the Sharp Scholars Fund has been made by Sandra Bookout, in memory of Richard Bookout, for his birthday Nov. 16. Coffee Set-up Nov. 2 – Marsha and Robert Elliott Nov. 9 – Pat and David Kerr Nov. 16 – Peggy and Ben Lilly Nov. 23 – Jay and John Richards Nov. 30 – Linda and Frank Riley Altar Flowers Dominic’s Angel Tree Dom’s Angel Tree will be in place early this year: This annual project benefits The Towns and Union County Foster Children’s Program. These are children who otherwise would have few or no Christmas presents. The Angel tree will be set up and ready in the narthex on Sunday, November 23, 2014. Instructions and suggestions will be attached to each name. Remember, you do not need to purchase all the suggested items! All packages will need to be returned to the church by Sunday, December 7. The reason for this early date is to allow time to catalog gifts and the need to mail some gifts to children temporarily placed outside the area. If you have any questions, please call Margaret Frizzell at 706-745-3197. Memorial Gifts A gift to the Flower Fund was made in memory of Oty Rogers, by Vi Schiltz. A gift to our Music program was made in honor of Flo and Jay Frasure’s anniversary, by Norma Jean and Bob Stewart. Gifts to our Music program were made in memory of Charlie Maynard: • by Peggy and Ben Lilly, • by Ann Chenault, • by Elizabeth and Frank Allan, • by Lynn Garrett • by Marsha and Robert Elliott Newsletter Deadline The deadline for the December 2014 issue of Sharp Notes will be November 15. Items for the newsletter may be brought to the church office or emailed to Joy at [email protected] Nov. Worship Servants Acolytes Nov. 9 – Elaine and Gene Vickers Nov. 16 – Anne and Jim Gilmore Nov. 23 – Doris Tilly Nov. 30 – Altar Guild Please note: the 2015 Flower Calendar is now posted on the bulletin board outside the church office. Nursery Volunteers 8:15 – 10:00 AM Nov. 2 – Kay Muehlhausen Nov. 9 – Linda Hinson Nov. 16 – Martha Rollison Nov. 23 – Gail Day Nov. 30 – Marsha Elliott Nov. 2 – Drew Sofield Nov. 9 – Erin Page Nov. 16 – Illeana Fontenot Nov. 23 – Drew Sofield Nov. 30 – Erin Page 10:00 AM – noon Nov. 2 – Jo Ellen Thornton Nov. 9 – Joyce Frick Nov. 16 – Nancy Stevens Nov. 23 – Barbara Pittman Nov. 30 – Sue Wall Crucifer Altar Guild, Nov. Nov. 2 – Kori Sofield Kathy Pierce, Anne Atkinson Ushers Sound System, Nov. 8:30 AM service Nov. 2 – Flo and J. A. Swartz Nov. 9 – Marsha Elliott, Brenda Maynard Nov. 16 – Carroll Miller, Lawton Wofford Nov. 23 – Jay and John Richards Nov. 30 – Pat and David Kerr 8:30 AM: Mike Ackland 11:00 AM: Pappy Doughty 11:00 AM service Nov. 2 – Bob Atkinson, Cherri and Karl Scharnberg, Tony Leslie Nov. 9 – Ann Atchison, Linda and Ron Roseberry, Nancy Stevens Nov. 16 – Jen Angelopulos, Ray Blitch, Ray Ide, Lou Weber Nov. 23 – Anne and Jim Gilmore, Debbie and Richard Klotzbier Nov. 30 – Nancy Stevens, Lou Weber, Janet and Bill Zimmerman Happy Birthday to: Jim Welling – Nov. 1 James Moorhead – Nov. 2 Ray Ide – Nov. 6 Jane Snipes – Nov. 6 Gail Stewart – Nov. 11 Ellis Wiley – Nov. 12 Jamae Bruton – Nov. 14 Fran Banister – Nov. 15 Brittany McKinnon Davis – Nov. 18 Brenda Maynard – Nov. 20 Catherine Jarrett – Nov. 21 Sandy Lawyer – Nov. 21 Ted Bruton – Nov. 22 Mildred Dunbrack – Nov. 22 Note: Mildred will celebrate her 100th birthday on Nov. 22, 2014! Susan Pirkle – Nov. 22 Jenny Poole – Nov. 23 Susan Vardeman – Nov. 23 Dail Rentz – Nov. 24 Tommy Gary – Nov. 25 Drew Sofield – Nov. 25 Rocsane Tabulinar – Nov. 25 Janet O’Harrow – Nov. 26 Dot Rex – Nov. 26 Mike Ackland – Nov. 27 Louise Lety – Nov. 27 Myers Banister – Nov. 29 Hayley Burch Goldhagen – Nov. 29 Bud Dyer – Nov. 29 Justin Miller – Nov. 30 Dot Vaughan – Nov. 30 Afghanistan. Brenda Maynard’s cousin. Alec Blackmon, Airman FC – home from Afghanistan. Brenda & Charlie Maynard’s grandson-inlaw. SGT Jeff Buckingham – Ron Denton’s cousin, Special Forces training at Ft. Bragg, NC. "All creation is the Lord's, and we CAPT Lew Dyer – US Navy, son are responsible for the ways in of Woodie and Bud Dyer, now which we use and abuse it. ... God stationed at Parris Island, has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these Beaufort, SC. stewardship duties through acts of Trent Dyer – Wilson Sayles' loving care and respect." Grandson. ---United Methodist Social Principles SSG David B. Edwards – Don Gregg’s nephew, USAF, Nevada. Green Faith (www.greenfaith.org ) CAPT Sean Flynn – US Air is an interfaith organization Force, Charlotte Bunnell’s focusing on “inspiring, educating, grandson, McGuire Air Force and mobilizing people of diverse Base, New Jersey. religious backgrounds for LTjg Bentley Foster – US Navy, environmental leadership." The serving on board the USS Howard website has religious teachings out of San Diego. Anne and Jim relative to the environment, Gilmore’s grandson resources, available programs, and SGT Dustin R. Gammill. – other helpful information. Take a USMC, Jenny Moe’s niece’s look at the website (be sure to end husband, Naval Air Station in Ft. the address with .org ) and consider Worth, Texas. taking the Green Faith Pledge. LCPL Brent Jones – USMC, returned from Pakistan, now serving as a recruiter. David Junghans – US Army, Afghanistan. PVT Michael Ledford – Ruth Please remember in your thoughts and Heusel’s grandson, back in the prayers all of the men and women in our USA. armed forces stationed all over this Lt. Col Scott Wesley Lerdon – world, keeping our country safe and US Air Force Reserves, deployed free, along with the civilians who are to Guam. Bobbie and Wes there to support them. Lerdon’s son. Especially we remember: CDR Gregory Morris – US Navy, Mailyn Ayala – Roy Wright’s serving on an aircraft carrier out of niece, US Army. Japan. Diana Smith’s greatSGT Jimmy Barker – US Army, nephew Jim & Sally Barker’s son, now Lt. Commander Brian Potter stationed in Vincenza, Italy. US Coast Guard, Washington, DC. SSG Ron Barker – John & Martha Grandson of Margaret Frizzell. Barker’s son, home from Kosovo, Mark Reinhardt – Ann stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas. Atchison’s brother, serving in Charlie Bell – Nancy & Paul Djibouti, Africa, for the US Navy. Bundy’s grandson, in Basic Col. Stephen Smith – Larry Training at Fort Leonard Woods, Smith’s son, Ft. Bragg, NC. MO. SSG Brent Steel – US Army, Ft. Jared Blackburn – Army Special Hood, TX. Martha and John Forces, on his 2nd tour in Barker’s nephew. Creation Care Tip Support our Troops in Prayer Happy Anniversary: Mary and Jack Miller – Nov. 9 Marsha and Robert Elliott – Nov. 18 Rachel and Harvey Windsor – Nov. 18 Deb and Don Cooper – Nov. 19 Linda and Larry Hudson – Nov. 19 Susan and Alan Sinram – Nov. 19 Lisa and Walt Sofield – Nov. 19 Bonnie and Ray Blitch– Nov. 29 Jenny and Len Poole – Nov. 30 Diana and Bob Short – Nov. 30 Quilts of Valor Presentations On November 2, 2014, a quilt was presented to Carl Cooney. Below are some of the stitchers with Carl. We have had the honor of hosting the presentation of Quilts of Valor to two of our members who are WWII Veterans. Each of these quilt tops were pieced by the “Sharp Stitchers”. Kim, Chris and Carl Cooney after the presentation. Thank you to Jim Barker for all the wonderful photos. This quilt was presented to Berndt “Nord” Nordhielm on October 5, 2014. Pictured above are some of the Sharp Stitchers who helped piece the quilts. Nord with his daughters after the presentation.
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