Volume CVII, Part III | March 1, 2017
Dearest Young Harris,
Today is Ash Wednesday and it could not have arrived any sooner!  I cannot remember a time in my life with I sensed my own personal need to turn away from myself and to reflect upon the cost that Jesus Christ paid for me and for all of the humankind.  Most of my life has been a cultural dichotomy of living in the shadows of the Baby Boomer Generation who collectively changed the culture in America in virtually every way and of being a part of the Generation X who were eleven percent smaller than our parents’ Baby Boomer Generation.
Watching the cultural enormity of my parents’ generation took about twenty years to digest. At every stage of their lives, massive shifts have taken place from the hippy days of the late Sixties to the yuppy days of the mini-van-filled Eighties.  I just watched it all with awe.  Then around the age of twenty, I realized something else: We were eleven percent smaller than our preceding generation, due in large part to birth control and the legalization of abortion in the United States.  The dramatic shift in our country’s culture left my Generation X with a completely diverse culture and a dramatically shifted demography.  The result for me, personally was that things just came easily to Generation X-ers.  The economy of scale meant the opportunities were immense and everyone wanted us to join them.  The gulch in supply meant an increase in demand and we were the ones in demand.
Why those things matter when it comes to Ash Wednesday, you might ask.  I cannot speak for the entire generation of people, but I can speak from my very Generation X experience that never before have people from the ages of 35 to 50 ever seen such dissent of ideology within their country.  The closest thing we have ever experienced would include The Los Angeles Riots of 1991, Operation Desert Storm of 1992, and the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.  All were huge, but never did the division run so deep.  Never were our paradigms so different.  Never did my Generation X feel so directionless.
Of course, this is just one person’s opinion, but I believe that we, The Church have something to say like we never have before.  And yet, it is the exact same Lenten message The Church of Jesus Christ has spoken for millennia.  That message is that of Galatians 2:20, “My old self has been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. So I live in the earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  Young Harris UMC, the answer now for our society is the same now as it was then – None of this is ours.  It is all God’s.  This generation and every one of them before has to come to this Truth.
This 2017 Lenten Season.  It is my prayer that we at Young Harris UMC give ourselves to the journey with Christ.  May we let go of the world’s expectations and may we embrace the process while wanting for nothing except the Holy Spirit of God.  Regardless of what generation to which you ascribe, remember that you are a member of the generation that believes not by sight, but believes by faith.  The world needs Christ as much today as ever before.
Journey onward with God,
What’s Happening at Young Harris UMC
Palm Sunday Worship – April 9 at 11:00 a.m.
Maundy Thursday Worship – April 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Good Friday Worship – April 14 at noon
Easter Sunrise Service – April 16 at 7:00 a.m.
Easter Sunday Worship – April 16 at 11:00 a.m.
Purchase Your Easter Lilies!
Easter Lilies will be sold to place in the Sanctuary for Easter Sunday in honor of or in memory of loved ones.  Look for your order form in the Sunday bulletins during the Lenten Season.  Fill yours out and place it in the offering plate.
Each Easter Lily, with 5-6 blooms, will cost $8.00.  The deadline for placing orders will be Monday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m.  Please feel free to call the office if you can not obtain a form to order.
Day Light Saving Time Ends March 12Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead when you go to bed on Saturday night.
We wouldn’t want you to show up an hour late for church!  So, make sure to set those clocks forward the day before.
Children’s Ministry
Hero Central Vacation Bible School
VBS, sponsored by the YHM Children and Family Ministry will be Wednesday, May 31 through Friday, June 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. each evening!
We need:
Science Leaders
Bible Story Leaders
Craft Leaders
Recreation Leaders
Music Leaders
Mission Leaders
& Snack Coordinators
This is going to be AWESOME.  If you are interested, contact Pastor Michele at mmay@yhmumc.com or call the church office.  WE NEED YOU!!!
The 2017 Spring Fling, sponsored by the YHM Children and Family Ministry will beSaturday, April 8, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Invite one and all!  We are going to have a blast!
We need:
Candy Donation for the Easter Egg Hunt
Snacks for the Children
Easter Egg Hunt Helpers
Game Leaders
Story Time Leaders
Craft Leaders
& Snack Coordinators
Contact Pastor Michele at mmay@yhmumc.com or call the church office.
Holy Baptism for Owen Arthur Ullrich
Owen Arthur Ullrich will be presented for infant baptism on Sunday, March 5.  Owen Arthur Ullrich born December 3, 2016.  Owen is the son of Brandon and Emily Ullrich.  He is the brother of Tate and Claire Ullrich and the grandson of Chuck and Kathy Phillips and Andy and Debbie Ullrich.  Owen is the great grandson of Sara Phillips, Bettye Widener and Silvia Ullrich
We covenant to raise this child of God in the Faith!.
GROW Day Camp at Young Harris UMC!
Grow Day Camp will be the week of June 12.  This five-day Camp (a Camp Glisson on-site day camp) will be partnering YHUMC brining summer camp to local churches.
The mission for GROW is for each camper to grow deeper roots in their faith (grow spiritually), to grow in their ability to work as a team (grow socially), and to grow in self-confidence as a loved child of God (grow individually).
The cost is $135 for a full week of fun camp activities.  We want to offer scholarships to children that may not be able to afford this wonderful day camping opportunity.
To register, visit: www.ngumc.org/grow.
If you are interested in supporting a child with a scholarship, please consider doing so, by offering your gift and earmariking it “GROW Day Camp Scholarship”.
Kaleidoscope Montessori Summer Camps
Kaleidoscope Montessori will have four summer camps at Young Harris UMC during the weeks of June 5, June 23,July 10, and July 21. If you are interested or you know someone that may be interested in attending, please contact the Kaleidoscope Monessori Director, Ashley Holder at 770.331.6548.
Visitation with Hannah Grace!
Look who Hannah found while on visitation with Pastor David! While visiting our members who live at Talmage Terrace and Lanier Gardens, Hannah insited on being held by Mrs. Mildred Edwards.  The two were such pals that they sat together for ten minutes and talked about pretty much everything!
Hannah Grace and Mildred span over 90-plus years of Young Harris UMC faithfulness.
Other Happenings at Young Harris UMC
 Latino Bible Study – Wednesday Nights at 7 p.m.
Young Harris UMC are hosting a new Bible study for Latinos on Wednesday nights at7:00 p.m. in the FLC Dining Hall.  This all Spanish Bible study is a two-hour study that is being led by Reverend Angela Baza, who is a licensed local pastor for the North Georgia Conference.  Mike McLaughlin and Pastor David are co-hosting this study weekly.  Currently, the group, averaging about 10 adults each week, are studying the second half of the Book of Genesis.
All are welcomed to join in.  A healthy understanding of Spanish is required to listen, but the Holy Spirit is present for all!
Wednesday Breakfast Bible Study
We have been seeing more of you men each week! That is fantastic! We meet each Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m. in the FLC.  A delicious hot breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, cinnamon buns, juice, and coffee will be served. You won’t go away having not been fed!  See you next Wednesday!!!
 Rick Bonfim Rekindle the Flame Conference- Young Harris volunteers will be preparing meals again for the third consecutive year. Men in recovery that will be attending the Rekindle the Flame conference hosted by Rick Bonfim Ministries, July 12- July 15.
The United Methodist Men would love to have your help in showing these people hospitality. To volunteer to help, contact the office at 706-543-2612.
For information on the Conference go to latterain.com. This year’s conference will include Bishop L. Jonathan Holston of the South Carolina Conference and Bishop James E. Swanson of the Mississippi Confrence.
The Young Harris UMC 2017 Budget
Our congregational budget is currently available in the Sanctuary and the Church Office for your review. The proposed budget is a $253,860 budget, which includes a $32,720 deficit.  The Maintenance Team asks you to consider prayerfully this budget and offer feedback.  This budget will be presented to Church Council for their consideration onMonday, March 20 at 6 p.m. If you have any questions, please reach out to Jack Jones at 706.202.9070.
 Pepsi Machines Removed
The Pepsi Machines will be removed on Thursday, March 2.  To make the venture profitable for Young Harris UMC, we would need to sell $500 worth of product from the machine.  Various members who have a heart for our mission to the basketball league on Sundays are selling drinks and snacks out of the FLC kitchen with more impact. The Maintenance Team wanted to make sure you are aware of why they are being removed.
Brian Clark announced as incoming District Superintendent
Dr. Brian Clark has been announced as the incoming D.S. of the Athens-Elberton District beginning in June of this year.  Dr. Clark presently serves as the pastor in charge at Simpsonwood UMC in Gwinnett County.
Brian is married to his wife, Juliana and they have three sons. Brian is originally from Ringgold and was in MYF with Allison Floyd at Ringgold First UMC!
Welcome to Athens, Brian!
 UMW Yard Sale – Will be on May 19 and 20.  As you are doing your Spring cleaning, please remember our sale.  We need all types of household goods, books, furniture, tools, and toys.  We will not accept clothing this time.  All proceeds go to local missions.
Women’s Circles for UMW are held the 2ndTuesday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and the 2nd Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  Contact Ruby Field for more information rubyfieldathens@gmail.com
Thursday Women’s Bible Study – is the FLC, room 311 at 10:00 a.m.  All are welcome.
Sunday morning Women’s Gathering at Dunkin Donuts at 10:00 a.m.
50 Prince Place Renovated
The house located at 50 Prince Place has been renovated and is available for rent.  After a couple months of hard work, the house is in tip-top shape!  Special thanks to the Maintenance Team, to our Facilities Head, Fred Wright, and to everyone who contributed financially to make this happen.  The house will be a strong asset for many years ahead as a result of this church-wide investment!
Nicaragua Summer Mission Trip
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 at Athens First Baptist Church.  In the month of February 125 people were served by Jean Welch, Annelle Nelms, Cheryl Short, and Matthew Parker. Praise God for our Young Harris faithful servents. Join them on March 22.
One Community Garden News- The garden is growing!  Spring is here and we are ramping up to dig in the dirt and help grow healthy food for hungry people.  The Young Harris garden bounty is our contribution to Our Daily Bread and the Athens Community.  For more information email Allison Floyd atafloydwriter@yahoo.com.
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