October 2017                                            
Dearest Young Harris UMC,

The summer for Young Harris UMC has been a season of intense ordering and preparation. In fact, I cannot remember ever participating in more ministry-driven ordering than we have been a part of during my life. On the other side of the last four months, we are engaging in ministry with a new Director of Music, a new Director of Children's Ministries, a new Director of Youth Ministries, and an Assistant Minister to Latinos in Athens. That doesn't even include our newest two nursery workers! My, what a busy season to be the pastor-in-charge! It has been a lot of commitment and hard work for our Maintenance Team and our Ministry Team as well. In fact, I could name off easily twenty leaders who have pressed in to serve at Young Harris UMC this year to help us take the next steps as a congregation. I am thankful for you, one and all!

Recently I have been reading The Advantage: The Case for Organizational Health , by Patrick Lencioni. In the book, Lencioni seeks to identify what makes some organizations thrive while others sputter. He contends that in order to have organizational health, it must be smart AND it must be healthy. Many organizations get the "smart" piece right - strategy, marketing, finance, technology, but they miss the "healthy" piece. To be healthy, he contends that the organization must minimize politics, minimize confusion, have a high morale, have high productivity, and must have a low turnover. The tendency leaders (and, frankly, all human beings) have is that we gravitate toward the things we can control easily, while overlooking the things we just don't like or that is very difficult to discuss.

Families do this, businesses do this, and congregations do this. Lencioni says that ultimately, the solution to this global tendency is for us to do the following:

  1. Keep things as simple as possible - Avoid making things complex
  2. Be patient and be responsive - Do not act out of reactivity, and
  3. Don't make it all about numbers - quality needs to take precedence.

The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinth, "all things should be done decently and in order" (I Corinthians 14:40). Paul was spot on! Order in our community is key, but is best when done with decency, with love; and with a mindfulness that allows us to work well together. Our greatest days are ahead of us at YHUMC. May we proceed with health and with the love of Christ above all else.
Grace and peace,
Pastor David  
What's Happening at Young Harris UMC
Latino Ministry began September 24!
Room gets update.

The large room in the Whittemore Building has received a makeover this month! Beginning September 24, this room became the Sanctuary space for the new Latino worship service, called Ministerio de Ebenezer. The Maintenance Team led the effort to repair some of the issues in the walls, ceiling, and the window sills. The walls received a fresh coat of paint with the molding receiving a glossy coat of paint too. The carpet was pulled up and re-painted too.

The space will be used primarily for contemporary worship during the coming days and months. It is a wonderful space that offers the congregation the ability to have two simultaneous worship services. A special thanks to Jack Jones, Fred Wright, and Russ Field who made sure that all of this work on very short order.

Homecoming Sunday - October 8

We can't wait to celebrate our 108th year of ministry at Young Harris UMC on October 8. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Joe Whittemore as our guest preacher for the day from Hartwell First UMC! We will have a full pot luck lunch following the worship service at 11 a.m.

The Homecoming Committee encourages everyone to invite your loved ones, neighbors, and former members to return for this wonderful time together!
Bible Study reaching UGA Students

Kyle Haney and Audrey Mitchell, members of Young Harris UMC and students of UGA, are leading a Bible study group. The group began meeting August 31. Let us pray for their ministry to UGA students.

If you would like to participate in this Bible study OR if you would like to provide snacks for it, speak with Kyle and Audrey, or contact Pastor David.
Children to Return to the Whittemore Building!

After several conversations, it has been decided by The Children's Council and Pastor David with the help of our new Children's Director, Naomi Deal, that our children's Sunday school classes need to return to the Children's Wing in the Whittemore Building. We plan to return there beginning this Sunday, October 8.

We are planning to split our present-moment class which includes every child from ages pre-K to fourth grade into two classes. We also have a newly formed Youth Sunday school class has begun meeting upstairs too. If you are interested in volunteering to teach a Sunday school class, please contact Pastor David or Naomi Deal.

We are in need a some items to help update the Youth Room and the Children's Sunday school classes. If you would like to support this effort, we please consider sending funds that could be used for curricula, painting, and decorations.
Meet and Greet with Naomi Deal!

We are so happy to welcome Naomi Deal as the new Director. Naomi was orginally working in the nursery and, after members of the Ministry and Pastor David got to know her, asked her to consider applying for the directorship prayerfully. She decided to apply and the rest is history. Naomi is from Winterville and is a member at Church of the Nations. Her father is a pastor at Church of the Nations, an Assemblies of God church in the Wesleyan family of denominations.

You are invited attend a Meet and Greet on Sunday, October 15 during Sunday school (9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.) in the Children's Wing of the Whittemore Building! Come as you are!

We have also hired another nursery worker to replace Naomi in Shannon Flaherty. She joins Jeneé Duncan and Cheyenne Cleveland. Like Cheyenne and Jeneé, she is a student at UGA. She is a third years pre-med student from Woodstock, Georgia. Make sure to extend a hearty Young Harris welcome to Naomi and to Shannon!
Paint Wars - A Colorful Connection!
"Paint Wars" between Oconee Street UMC and Young Harris UMC of September 24!

Young Harris UMC's Youth Group hosted the Oconee Street UMC's Youth Group for a "Paint War," which was a colorful way to gather for a field day of fun and games on our front lawn! Thirty youth got to participate in the evening's events with included paint dodgeball, paint balloon toss, and tacos on the lawn!

It was so much fun, that there are discussions about scheduling events with Oconee Street UMC's MYF on a quarterly basis, like the old quarterly district events! Our hats are off to Blake Tabb, our Youth Director and Allison Floyd, Oconee Street UMC's Youth Director
Music at Young Harris UMC
 Calling all Singers!
If you've ever used a hairbrush as a microphone, if you think the acoustics in your shower are just right, if you love to sing along with your favorite songs while driving down 78, or if you've ever been secretly jealous of the choir robes - this is your opportunity! 

As the school year beings anew and we begin to plan exciting new ways to praise the Lord through music, we'd love to have you join the choir. No prior experience is necessary; you don't even need to read music. 

Contact Jenn LaRue at 540-470-7156 or jlarue@yhmumc.com
Women and Men at Young Harris UMC
Women's Circles for UMW are held the 2nd Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and the 2nd Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Contact Ruby Field for more information rubyfieldathens@gmail.com

Thursday Women's Bible Study  - in the FLC, Room 311 at 10:00 a.m.  All are welcome!
The Men of Young Harris held a free steak dinner on Monday, August 28! The meeting was attended by 18 men who enjoyed a wonderful aged-to-perfection sirloin with a baked potato, salad, and peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream! If someone left hungry, it was their own fault.

Chicken BBQ is October 4 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. This year the Youth will be selling cookies to help raise money for supplies needed in the Youth Ministry.
Upcoming Athens-Elberton District Events
The scheduled charge conference for Young Harris UMC will be held Sunday, October 29 at 9:00 a.m. All members are invited to attend. Vote will be limited to church council members who are present.

This meeting will be a time of celebration, recognition, and preparation for the ministry of Young Harris in 2018. The charge conference will be asked to elect leaders for 2018 as well as vote for a pastors salary and benefits for 2018. Dr. Brian Clark, our Athens-Elberton District Superintendent, will preside over this gathering.
Missions Opportunities
The Mission Team has been re-branded to be named "The Missions NOW Team." NOW is an acronym to include three emphases for this team, Nurture, Outreach, and Witness. Nurture embraces the missional needs of our congregation.

The hope is that adding "NOW" to the Team's name will help the congregation to be able to better distinguish between this Team and those who continue to commit to serve in Nicaragua.

Serve Meals at Our Daily Bread -  If you are interested in volunteering, we would like for you to participate! Every month gets together to serve a meal. The month of September, 78 people were served by Annelle Nelms, John and Liz Winn, Cheryl Short and Jean Welch. During the next couple months, Our Daily Bread will return temporarily to Oconee Street UMC while First Baptist Church is being renovated. Praise God for our Young Harris faithful servants.

A Request from The Sparrow's Nest - It's Time to clean out those closets!!! They are in need of Men's Clothing. I am sure they will also take Women's clothing. If you have any clothing (gently worn) you want to donate, please being them to the old kitchen off of the Fellowship Hall. 
Hurricane Irma Blows by Young Harris UMC
On Monday, September 11 Athens experienced sustained winds of around 55 miles/hour as Hurricane Irma blew through Athens. We lost power for four days due to a pecan tree on the other side of Franklin Street. The west side of the property had a water oak fall onto Prince Place. It was quite an eventful storm! The good news was that while the storm dropped many inches of rain, the church facilities ALL stayed bone dry!

The congregation rallied together, called one another, and reached out to our neighbors!
Prayer Concerns

Please contact the church office with prayers and praises so we may pray!

Prayer for the following:
  • Pray for the ministry and impact of Young Harris UMC to the city.
  • Pray for the Latino Ministry as she continues!
  • Pray for our new Children's Director, Naomi Deal as she enters YHUMC!
  • Pray for our members and friends who are "shut-in" presently.
  • Pray for the Youth Ministry that is happening at Young Harris UMC.
  • Pray for Las Vegas and those impacted by the massacre from 10/1/17.
  • Pray for the peace and justice in the world.
  • Pray for our Nation, pray for God's hand to be upon our leaders. 
October Birthdays

Paula Alexander 10/1
Maria Urillas 10/1
Jackie Lunsford 10/1
Ruby Field 10/6
Cynthia Nunnally 10/7
Louise Dunn 10/12
Michael McLaughlin 10/13
Geneva Milliner 10/14
Gerald Bowie 10/15
Chris Harmon 10/18
Matt Parker 10/21
Mike Lester 10/27
Kathryn Spratlin 10/29
Nancee Tomlinson 10/30

October YHUMC Pic' of the Month!
Submit your favorite Young Harris UMC pictures to dwofford@yhmumc.com or psimpson@yhmumc.com. It may just get chosen!