We have adopted the 5 Practices of Fruitful Congregations model of ministry at Blue Ridge UMC.
Intentional Faith Development
Risk-Taking Mission and Service
1. Radical Hospitality
Many are working to help you know the hospitality of Jesus Christ.
Fellowship Coordinator: TBA
Sunday Morning Fellowship: Pat Hanson and Marilyn Knight
Wednesday Fellowship Dinner: Teams
Receptions: Mary Lou Fennimore
Shepherds Coordinator: Brenda Austin
New and Prospective Member Care: Brenda Austin, Karen Seers, Betsy Hubbell
Member in Crisis Support: Susan Monteleone
Member Care: Tom Callihan
Homebound Care: Peggy Shaw
2. Passionate, Creative Worship
9:00 a.m. on Sundays: Sunday School
10:00 a.m. on Sundays: Gathering and Fellowship
10:30 a.m. on Sundays: Traditional Worship Service
Advent Services including: Hanging of the Greens, Annual Music Program, Christmas
Eve Candlelight Communion Service
Ash Wednesday Worship
Holy Week Worship Services
Easter Sunrise Worship in the Blue Ridge Park
Labor Day Weekend Community Service in the Blue Ridge Park
3. Intentional Spiritual Growth
Each member needs to be a life long faith learner. Bible study and Sunday School classes are offered for every age at 10 am on Sundays. If you have not been attending a Bible study class or Sunday School, now is a great time to start!
Bible Study / Sunday School Classes:
Baby Boomers in Admin. Building Lobby
JAVA With Jesus Class in Admin Bldg., JAVA Room
Adult Sunday School Class in the Admin Bldg Conference Room
Adult Fellowship Sunday School Class in the Fellowship Hall of the Sanctuary Bldg
“ROCK SOLID” Sunday School for preschool – 6th grade
Faith Development Coordinator: Karen Seers
4. Adventurous Mission & Service
Snack in a Backpack Program: This is a combined ministry project to help hungry children who may not have enough food over the weekend during the school year. Through a local program called “Snack in a Backpack”, volunteers are working hard to feed hungry children in Fannin County by purchasing backpacks and filling them with a variety of snacks and food to take home over the weekend and return on Monday morning. Just $7-$8 buys enough food to feed one child for an entire weekend. You may make a donation to BRUMC on behalf of these children by noting on your check or cash envelope “Snack in a Backpack”.
An Action Ministries Transitional Home in Fannin County is sponsored by the Fannin Council of United Methodist Churches. A previously homeless family is living there and receiving encouragement and support as they are getting their lives back in order financially. Their stay in the Transitional Home can be up to 24 months as they work, save, get further education and life skills.
Thursday MACA Meals. The churches of the Eastern part of Fannin County are sponsoring a free meal each Thursday evening that is open to anyone who could benefit from a hot meal, friendly faces and a place to converse with friends. Blue Ridge UMC is taking its turn to sponsor at least one of those meals each quarter. The meals have become known as the MACA Meals because the dinners are served at the Mountain Area Christian Academy (MACA), on old Hwy 76, off of Hwy. 515 in the Hemptown area of the county.
Good Samaritans of Fannin County. Blue Ridge UMC joins the other churches of our county to operate the Good Samaritan Crises Assistance Ministry. Typically, over forty thousand dollars of emergency assistance is given through this mission ministry each year. For over thirty years we have been deeply involved in this important effort to assist persons in their times of crisis and need. This ministry is funded by the generosity of church members, churches, businesses and other community groups in various ways. The bullk of the support for Good Samaritans has traditionally come from the annual Community Labor Day BBQ. In recent years an Open Table Brunch has been offered each 5th Sunday throughout the year at the Senior Center in Blue Ridge. There has also begun, a Thanksgiving Open Table served on Thanksgiving Day at the Fannin County High School.
We actively support the Community Food Pantry & Homeless Shelter as a church, as individual members and through our United Methodist Men, United Methodist Women, Youth, Saints Alive and Sunday School classes. For several years now our United Methodist Men sponsor a September Spaghetti Dinner that raises several thousand dollars each year to support the food pantry.
Back to School Supplies, the Community Crisis Center, Open Arms Home, Feed Fannin, Heat Fannin and other helping groups also receive our help and involvement in a variety of ways.
We are glad to sponsor Alcoholics Anonymous for meetings here in our church twice each week. The meetings are at 6:30 pm on Tuesday and Saturday evenings.
We actively support and are involved with the following Ministries of our North Georgia Conference:
Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers: Sadly, increasing cuts in state funding for care of children have forced other agencies to close their doors. Murphy-Harpst continues to provide much needed services for Georgia’s most severely abused children despite the ongoing battle to fill the gap between state funding and the true cost of providing care and therapy for the children. Murphy-Harpst was recently featured on Georgia Public Radio.
Our Youth have done mission service with MUST Ministries (http://www.mustministries.org/ ), River of Life, Tennessee Appalachian Outreach Projects and more. They have also participated in our community Christmas outreach and visit nursing homes, hospitals and have been active in our annual One Great Day of Service taking treats to our local law enforcement and emergency service personnel across the county.
Generosity describes the hearts of Christ’s followers. Even in these trying times we find ways to support our core ministries plus an extra mile of giving for local and global needs.