Welcome to First United Methodist Church Winnsboro, where all people are welcome all the time!

 
Whether you’re looking for your first church to call home, been away from church for a while, searching for something new, or looking to dive deeper in your faith, come and see if FUMC Winnsboro is right for you!
 
We are a warm and welcoming congregation 
where you can meet people, celebrate life, grow deeper and stronger in your faith, and turn your energy into action that transforms the world.
 
You’re invited … really!
 

Sunday Mornings

9:30 a.m. ~ Sunday School 

 
10:50 a.m. ~ Worship
 
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7-09-19 FUMC Update

We’re more than half way through our worship series on the BEATITUDES and I’ve had time to reflect back, and I have the benefit of looking forward, on the 8 character traits that identify true disciples of Christ. When I got started on this series, I found myself wanting to pick and choose the ones that I thought I’d have the most success working on for myself, but that was silly ~ all 8 work together and they’re NOT “multiple choice!” Jesus didn’t say, “Feel free to pick and choose your favorites.” Our wonderful Savior stated very clearly ALL the qualities that lead to the kind of lifestyle that pleases Him so digging into them ALL has been refreshing for me, as I hope it has been for you! 

 

I admit I’ve found renewed comfort in knowing that these traits we’re working on open the doors to incredible inner happiness and satisfaction! Jesus offers fulfillment in these texts like nothing else on earth!! Each one begins with: “Blessed are . . . ” and this is the only time Jesus repeats the same term 8 times consecutively so obviously it’s important! Our gracious Lord WANTS us to find lasting happiness!! And one more reminder, while there are CONDITIONS to the blessings, I prefer to think of them as PROMISES and oh what great promises they are! IF we behave the way Jesus tells us, THEN we’ll be HAPPY and receive these 8 blessings: the kingdom of heaven will be yours, you will be comforted, you shall inherit the richness of God’s life for you on earth, you will be found worthy in the eyes of God, you will be treated with mercy, you will know God is present in your life, you will be respected by God, you know you’re doing the right thing and your eternal life is assured! I don’t know about you but it seems to me that ALL those blessings are worth working for!!

 
THIS COMING SUNDAY, July 14, we’ll look at Matthew 5:8 ~God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. Prepare to be amazed by God!
 
WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK?  Check out the calendar for details on weekly events.
 
UMW 150th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, TUESDAY, July 16, 5 p.m. ~ Our JULY Fellowship meal will be on Tuesday, July 16, at 5 p.m., and it’s the 150th birthday celebration for the United Methodist Women! We’ll have a great meal, amazing entertainment by Cross Strings Bluegrass Band, and of course cake and ice-cream! Please be extra generous with your love offering this month as all the money raised will go to LOCAL missions.
 
WHAT’S NEXT?  It’s Summer at the Movies!!
After a fairly intense sermon series on the Beatitudes, let’s have some fun in August and look for God in some of the popular movies of our time! It’s up to YOU which movies we’ll talk about. Do you want something light, like Bruce Almighty or musical like Frozen? Something challenging like the Shawshank Redemption or Green Mile? Something non-fiction like A Beautiful Mind or action packed like Raiders of the Lost Ark? TAKE THE SURVEY HERE and chose four of the 11 films listed. SURVEY CLOSES on July 21 so take it now. It’s anonymous and should only take a minute if you recognize the movies!
 

Have a blessed and happy week!

 
Debbie Lyons, Pastor
First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
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7-02-19 FUMC Updates

What a GREAT 5th Sunday! We had as so many people gathered for the inspiring and WELCOME presentation from author and professor LORRI ALLEN! She left me three copies of her wonderful book, “It’s All Good News” ($15) and having read it myself, and now having heard her inspiring talk, I think you’ll love it too! First come – first served!
 
Happy Independence Day! I hope you all have happy plans for July 4th! It’s such a great day to remember that we live in the greatest country in the world! I realize that many people wouldn’t agree with me when I say that but having traveled to all continents in this world BUT Antarctica, I truly do believe we are richly blessed! 
 
As I dusted off my “history books” to write this email, I was reminded that July 4th commemorates the day in 1776 that our nation declared itself to be an independent nation, and no longer a colony of England. On that date, a number of our leading citizens signed what is known as the Declaration of Independence, stating our determination to become a free country. (THIS is the document I’ve referred to often in the worship series we’re doing on the Beatitudes … the right to pursue happiness!) Our independence didn’t come easily … it began with war,  there were PLENTY of problems and controversies but our founders were determined to establish a free and democratic system of government, and the Declaration of Independence (together with our Constitution and the Bill of Rights) became the foundation for this. These documents have stood the test of time; and on July 4th, we give thanks for the wisdom and faith and courage of those leaders. In years past, Americans took time on July 4th to reflect on God’s goodness … and goodness it is!! I grew up in Philadelphia and a few years ago when I took my kids back to see the houses I grew up in, we also went to see the Liberty Bell. This beautiful, historic bell proclaimed our independence with these words from the Bible: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof” (Leviticus 25:10). We can’t deny the fact that our legal system reflects our Judeo-Christian roots!!
While we look with gratitude to the past on this July 4th, may we also look in faith to the future, and commit our lives to God and His will! The ancient words of the Psalmist are still true: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).
 
WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK?  Check out the calendar for details on weekly events.
 
SPECIAL EVENTS coming up…
 
UMW 150th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, TUESDAY, July 16th, 5:45 pm ~ Our JULY Fellowship meal will be extra special this month and it’s NOT on a Wednesday – it’s on Tuesday, July 16, and it’s the 150th birthday celebration for the United Methodist Women! We’ll have a great meal, amazing entertainment by Cross Strings Bluegrass Band, and, of course, cake and ice-cream! Please be extra generous with your love offering this month as all the money raised will go to LOCAL missions.
 
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE, Wednesdays, August 21 and 28, 6:30 pm following the Wednesday night meals ~ As I indicated in previous emails and announced in worship, the study on Heaven and Hell has been rescheduled for when our Wednesday night meals resume in August. Mark your calendar!
 
HAPPY JULY 4th!!
 

Debbie Lyons, Pastor

First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
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6-24-19 FUMC Update

What an amazing worship we had on Sunday! Sooooooo much energy from the choir and it was contagious throughout the whole congregation! As I mentioned last week, our choir members come every Wednesday night and every Sunday morning regardless of who the pastor is, who the music director is, how many people are in worship or not. Every week they work hard to make worship “worshipful” and I’m grateful to them all! Also, a BIG thanks to Danny McMahon for stepping in as our temporary leader and bringing new songs and teaching new music. We have begun the process to find a new Music Minister so please be prayerful about this!
 
Another BIG thanks to the 19 people who have given generously to the fund that will pay the $5000 deductible for the roof and the $5000 for the choir room! Our property is the biggest asset this church owns (and it’s debt free!), so to be able to obtain a brand new roof ($154,000) and a completely renovated choir room ($60,000) for only $10,000 is AMAZING!! Yes, we pay substantial premiums for insurance, but when the unexpected storms, accidents, etc. happen, we’re ready!
 
Don’t miss the 5th SUNDAY ALL CHURCH GATHERING this Sunday:  June 30, 9:30 a.m., Wesley Hall ~ We’re so excited to welcome ALL Sunday school classes and ALL people in the church and community to come for coffee and donuts to meet Lorri Allen … reporter, anchor and producer (CBS 19, Tyler) radio host, Professor of Communication at UT Tyler, and Christian author. With a Master’s Degree from the Walter Cronkite school of Journalism, Lorri brings amazing stories, wit, and Christian HOPE to her inspiring message so join us for a focus on GOOD NEWS!
 
WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND THE CHURCH?  Here’s the link to the CALENDAR . If you’re planning ahead, be sure to SAVE THIS DATE … Tuesday, July 16, 5:45 pm, UMW 150th Birthday Celebration! A great meal, amazing entertainment (Cross Strings Bluegrass Band), and of course, cake and ice cream! All money raised will go to local missions and we’ll have more details as we get closer.
 
Hope to see you Sunday as our UPSIDE-DOWN worship series continues. This week with a look at the 4th Beatitude, Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6
 
Debbie Lyons, Pastor
First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
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6-17-19 FUMC Update

PLEASE DON’T SHOP ON AMAZON WITHOUT SELECTING FUMC AS YOUR CHARITY ~ The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to US! IT DOESN’T COST YOU A THING! Instead of signing into your account at Amazon.com, sign into your account on smile.amazon.com, THIS link, and search for First United Methodist Church WINNSBORO! Certain items are not eligible for the gift and will not result in donations but MANY are! It’s really easy. Once you sign up for FUMC to be your charity, you’ll see it in the upper left hand corner of your page so just be SURE you sign onto the SMILE page!
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE? This Wednesday night, June 19, 6:30 pm after the fellowship meal (5:45pm) ~ 

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”

When he had said this, he breathed his last. (Luke 23:46)

Obviously, the subject of death is relevant to every person because unless our Lord Jesus comes first, we’ll ALL experience it! And while there are many things we WANT to know, the Biblical references don’t give us all the answers, just the most important ones! Come explore the scriptures that give us a glorious picture of what is to come. I’ll have a handout of all the scriptures for you to take home.
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MUSIC is such an important part of WORSHIP and if you were in Church on Sunday you heard the disappointing news that our Music Minister, JC Waddell, resigned last Monday. I’m sure you’ll feel the same range of emotions I FELT when I got the news but his letter is attached. I told JC when he resigned that perhaps, in the future, things might change and he could come back, and he also assured me he’d still be willing to do solos or play an instrument occasionally. I want to also remind everyone that when JC and Stacy DO come to church, we will embrace them as FAMILY because that’s who they are!! 

I also shared with everyone that your Leadership Team is COMMITTED to moving forward in finding a NEW Music Minister. I do believe that God DOES work for good in all things for those who love Him (Romans 8:28) and He IS already paving the way for our next leader! Please be in prayer for us as we begin the search process.
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WE HAVE A NEW ROOF and WE’RE GETTING A NEW CHOIR ROOM and we’d LOVE your help! I also made this announcement yesterday and wow, what an AMAZING example of how God DOES work for good! If you haven’t been at the church this week to see all the ROOFING going on, it’s been noisy and messy. But wow, these men worked HARD and they worked FAST! You also know that the CHOIR room flooded in that 5” storm of rain a few weeks ago and the insurance adjusters estimate it will be an almost $60,000 renovated, fresh, new choir room when it’s all repaired! 

The GOOD news is that for many years we have paid into our insurance so we only had to pay our deductible, the BAD news is, because it was two separate storms, one HAIL and one RAIN, we have 2 different deductibles of $5000 each or a $10,000, an expense that is not part of the regular budget. BUT … WE ARE GETTING more than $200,000 in needed repairs for only $10,000!

It took about 68,640 shingles to repair the roof, so including labor, that is about $2.24 cents a shingle. This doesn’t sound like a lot BUT, just think … our average attendance is 93 so if we did NOT have insurance we would have to be praying for each person to contribute $1,600! YIKES! THANK YOU GOD FOR INSURANCE! Instead, we only have to pay the deductible and guess what, if all 93 people would only pay $108 sacrificially, in addition to their regular offering, you could say, in actuality, you helped buy 738 shingles to help build the value of most IMPORTANT asset we have as a church!

Imagine … if you were to give, just a little MORE than your regular 10% in the next few months, how good it would feel to say you were part of improving this great church God gave us! I told everyone on Sunday that I SCHEDULE my offering to be drafted for direct deposit right to God, but I wanted to be the FIRST to give my additional check! Won’t you join me and prayerfully consider writing an additional check for $108 or $216 or any amount God is CALLING you to make … please mark ROOF in the memo line … God will be SMILING!

MANY THANKS to so many of our choir members who are working HARD in our choir room today to get it organized and cleaned out, get the music categorized and sorted, and get READY for a beautiful new room!
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Women’s Bible Study starts back up this Wednesday at 9 am, this Wednesday, June 19 ~ While we’re continuing our ongoing renovation in ASBURY HALL, they will meet in WESLEY Hall for the next few weeks and everyone is welcome! 
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Wednesday Night Fellowship Meal, this Wednesday, June 19, 5:45 pm ~ We hope you’ll all plan to come! After dinner, we’ll take a biblical look at WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE? This month, we’ll talk about HEAVEN, but in August, we’ll look at HELL so please plan to stay for this spiritual conversation – scripture handouts will be available. (The NEXT summer meal will be TUESDAY, not Wednesday, July 17, and we’ll have a blue grass band and FABULOUS night of Fellowship with the UMC. Mark your calendars now!)
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The Winnsboro Photography Club is getting ready for a great meeting on their regular evening, the last Monday of the Month, June 24 at 5:30 in the Family Life Center. This is a great opportunity to invite a friend and come explore a new hobby or grow in your EXISTING one!
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WHEW … a lot going on and the Holy Spirit is on the MOVE!!! See you Wednesday night!!

Debbie Lyons, Pastor

First United Methodist Church Winnsboro

301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494

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6-12-19 FUMC Updates

It was a great Sunday at FUMC! We were thrilled to be part of 4th generation Rhiannon Karol Kay Sherman’s baptism as her parents, Kelsey and Bear, and her grandparents, Misty and Chip, and her GREAT-grandfather, Ken Atkins, stood by! It was also exciting to have so many family friends attend the service. You have no idea how great it was to have so many people on the front rows – and the Spirit of God was being poured into people in a BIG way!  WOW, what an amazing day!
 
ROOF REPLACEMENT HAPPENING NOW ~ If you haven’t been at the church this week to see all the ROOFING going on, it’s been noisy. And messy. But wow, these men are working FAST and the work should be done by Friday! You may have also seen our request on FACEBOOK for GUESSES as to how many shingles it will take to re-roof ALL our buildings except FLC (thank you God for the metal roof!). What do YOU think? (I’ll give you the answer on Sunday!) If you’ll be coming to church this week, park AWAY from the building where nails could be damaging. The contractor will do their BEST to pick up the nails but just be careful!
 
ASBURY HALL UPDATES CONTINUE ~ We cleaned up the craft room and the quilters room, and now we’re getting ready to repaint the large classroom in Asbury. Please bear with us and BE KIND AND THANKFUL TO/FOR OUR VOLUNTEERS!
 
The Women’s Bible Study starts back up next Wednesday , 6/19 at 9 am ~ While we’re continuing our ongoing renovation in ASBURY HALL, please meet in WESLEY Hall for the next few weeks. Everyone is welcome!

The next Wednesday night meal is JUNE 19th, 5:45 pm ~ We hope you’ll all plan to come! Pastor Debbie invites everyone to join her after the meal for a biblical look at WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?  This month, we’ll talk about HEAVEN; but in August, we’ll look at HELL, so please plan to stay for this spiritual conversation. Scripture handouts will be available.

The Winnsboro Photography Club ~ Getting ready for a great meeting on their regular evening, the last Monday of the Month, June 24 at 5:30 in the Family Life Center. This is a great opportunity to invite a friend and come explore a new hobby or grow in your EXISTING one!
 
THIS SUNDAY the Upside-Down message of the Beatitudes continues as we look at HAPPY MOURNERS. Yes, it sounds like an oxymoron, but it isn’t! If you missed the introductory message on June 2, watch it on Facebook (our front rows were filled so the camera is further back than normal) or listen on the website.
 
Debbie Lyons, Pastor
First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
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