January 2017
A Message from the Minister....

Dearest Young Harris Memorial UMC,

Happy New Year to everyone!  My prayer is that 2017 is a year that our congregation embraces with the love of Christ while engaging the community with the utmost love.  May we covenant anew with God to be his hands and feet, to serve as Christ served, and to allow the Holy Spirit to move in ways only He can.  This is my utmost prayer as the New Year approaches.

I am grateful for the leadership of this congregation.  I am impressed with each passing day by your steadfast and steady commitment to being and doing as Jesus. If I have not already done so, thank each of you.  Let us all take a minute to be thankful to our leadership.  Specifically, Chuck Clark for his long-term role as a leader at Young Harris UMC.  He served the last three years as lay leader for us.  Before that he served for multiple years as our Staff-Pastor Parish Relations Committee Chairperson.  Chuck continues to serve as a leader among the United Methodist Men.

Be sure to also thank, as I will, Patsy Orr who has served as our treasurer for a decade- yes ten years!  She will now become our lay leader.  We give thanks likewise for James Ammons, Penny Clark, Nancee Tomlinson, and Jack Jones for their leadership as well.  Nancee will be taking a half-step to the side to continue to lead us in our endeavors to serve the Latin community here in Athens.  Misty Crowley and Mike McLaughlin will co-chair our Missions Team.  Jack Jones will continue to lead our Maintenance Team, Gwen Aaron will lead our Ministry Team, Paula Alexander will be our treasurer, and James Ammons will lead our Church Council.  Thanks to you and those serving on each committee and council.

May this be our best year ever at Young Harris Memorial United Methodist Church.


Happening at Young Harris and Around Athens
Year-End Giving or Donations - As 2016 comes to an end, we thank you for all that you have done to contribute financially to our annual budget for 2016. Please remember that as you finish offering your 2016 pledges, Young Harris Memorial UMC also accepts other assets for liquidation (stock, bonds, etc.). If you have any question or would like to make a year-end gift to the church, please feel free to contact Jack Jones (706-202-9070)

The Poinsettias were beautiful this year.  They were a little bigger then other years, it made them much fuller looking.  Please grab a couple for yourself, a friend, a neighbor after the service on January 1.

January 3- we will be putting all the Christmas decorations away.  If you would like to help, please meet in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00 a.m.   

A Thank you to the Congregation for the generous appreciation gift to your church staff.  We, the staff, are thankful for your kindness, generosity, and support that you give so freely.

House Renovations are going well on the rental house at 50 Prince Place.  The house is scheduled to be done the beginning of January.
Sunday Morning Children's Ministry - Our children will continue using a format similar to what we have used since August with Cave Quest.  In October  we began "Everest: Conquering Challenges with God's Mighty Power".  They will have a time of music and worship, Bible storytelling, games, and science on a rotation basis. Invite your friends to join us for this icy expedition at 9:45 a.m. in the FLC.

Music Ministry - Church Music Matters
Chancel Choir - We are looking for new members for the Chancel Choir.  The choir leads in worship every Sunday morning and rehearses on Sunday morning 8:15-9:30 a.m. This is a GREAT time to consider joining the Chancel Choir.  We are beginning our work on the Christmas Festival music as well as working on music for the Sunday morning worship services.  No audition is required for membership in choir - just a desire to serve God through music and lead in worship.

We are very sorry to announce that Dr. Barbara Porter is leaving Young Harris Memorial UMC on January 31, 2017.   If you know of anyone who may be interested in this position, please contact Gwen Aaron for more information.

Missions at Young Harris UMC
Serve Meals at Our Daily Bread - If you are interested in Volunteering, we would like for you to participate!  Call the church office to get connected.  Every month a team of volunteers serve at Our Daily Bread at Athens First Baptist.  In the month of December 144 people were served by Jean Welch, Geneva Milliner, Annelle Nelms, and Ruby Field

United Methodist Women
Thursday Women's Bible Study meets weekly in room 311 located in the Family Life Center. The group meets at 10:00 a.m.  This is an open invitation to study the Daily Companion Bible facilitated by Mrs. Patsy Orr.  The study is open to all women of the community.  For more information about this study contact Patsy Orr at 706-714-4229.

UMW Circles - There are presently three United Methodist Women's circles that meet monthly (the 2nd week) in affiliation with Young Harris Memorial UMC.  Circle 1 meets at 10:00 a.m. at Em's Kitchen on Hawthorn Drive.  Circle 2 meets at 2:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center for discussion and dessert.  Circle 3 meets Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in various member's homes.  For more information, please contact our UMW Chapter President, Ruby Field at 706-248-3296.

Sunday Morning Women's Gathering meet at 10:00 a.m. at Dunkin Donuts.

United Methodist Men
Men's Wednesday Morning Breakfast invites YOU!  The men meet each Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m. to share in a wonderful meal served in the FLC Dining Room.  It is a time of sharing and devotion.  Gentlemen, there is a wonderful plate of eggs, bacon, and self-rising biscuits just for you.  Hope you join us.

 January Birthdays

Joann Escoe               1/4                     Mollie Maynor     1/5

Colleen McLemore    1/7                     Hazel Hogan       1/8

Jean Wilkinson           1/13                  Melissa Fry          1/16

Jenee Duncan             1/22                 Brandon Ullrich   1/25

If you have any prayers or praises please call the office, 706-543-2612 or email psimpson@yhmumc.com

Community Praises and Prayers for YHMUMC

  • Praise God for the successful Santa Lunch on December 18.  Many from the Latino basketball league joined in the fun.
  • Praise for the wonderful Christmas Eve service.

    We ask God to give us His vision for ministry at Young Harris.  Help us continue to engage, embrace   and encourage our city of Athens with the Love of Christ during the year 2017.

Prayer for recovery and health for the following member and friends of Young Harris UMC

             Jean Wilkinson                              Lorene Goetz            

             Lluana Brown                                Sarah Bulloch             

             Betty Mann (healing after surgery from broken arm   

            Chris Harmon     

Prayers for others connected to our community and YH family

             Ballew Family - Greg Ballew in his journey with cancer (Geneva Millner)

             Jason Webb - Journey for bone cancer (Patti Simpson)

             Jeannie Wold - Liver cancer (Annelle Nelms)

            Jack Jones-  mom Frances healing from fractured hip

Prayers for our shut-ins

             Luther Fouche                   Mildred Edwards

             Peg Christian                    Faye Lester

             Martha Schimmel



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