1-3-17 FUMC Updates

HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome to a new opportunity to make this your BEST year ever! It ALL starts with a commitment to growing in your FAITH because if you stay connected to God, everything ELSE will become much more clear! I usually have trouble transitioning from writing the new year on my checks and papers but THIS year, 2018 is flowing off my fingers quite easily! Maybe because I’m excited to see what God has planned for the New Year? Maybe because I feel so blessed by the recent transitions in my life? Maybe because I have seen the strength of YOUR faith as many of you have faced challenging times in this last year and it tells me you TOO are excited about the future!

So what DOES God have planned for First Church Winnsboro? Let’s start PRAYING and TALKING ABOUT it!

PRAYER IN THE SANCTUARY: Every Tuesday morning at 10 am … please come join us! There are written prayers on the 1st pew if you prefer structured prayer time or you can sit silently, move from pew to pew, stay a few minutes or stay as long as you want! (Bring a jacket as it will be cool!)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 9th, 10 am … this will be a DIFFERENT prayer morning with a very specific focus on asking God to guide us and direct us as we begin to plan for His future. I hope MANY people will come!

READ THROUGH THE BIBLE THIS YEAR: If reading the Bible is part of your new commitment, how about a plan for reading just A LITTLE BIT A DAY … on our website you can download a free DAILY reading list that will take you through the entire Bible in 365 days – get thought provoking questions if you want to go a bit deeper – and you can also download TIPS for reading. http://www.fumcwinnsboro.com/read-the-bible/

VISIONING for GOD’S FUTURE:

Jan 22, Feb 5, 12 … 6:30-8 PM

From the beginning, God had, and still HAS, a desire, a vision, and a plan for our Church and we must have faith and courage to fight through the fear of the unknown and trust God to help us accomplish His vision! When we let Him guide our path, He WILL meet the needs of the present, help us invest wisely in the future, and be quick to help us explore new ways to reach the next generation!!

Proverbs 29:18 tell us, “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what He reveals, they are most blessed” (The Message).

We will be gathering as a church family to begin discovering GOD’S VISION for our church and YOUR input is critical! 

MONDAYS: January 22 and February 5 and 12… 6:30 – 8 PM

These gatherings will include dreaming, brainstorming, studying demographics, understanding our church strengths and areas we want to improve, AND ultimately, will lead to a vision with specific goals for the future! Don’t miss this opportunity to meet new people, build new relationships and be part of an exciting future ahead!

THERE WILL BE FELLOWSHIP DINNER THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT! 1-3-18, 5:45 pm … although they certainly DESERVE a 2 week break for all their hard work every Wednesday night, our cooks want to make hamburgers for us on Wednesday! It might be COLD outside but it will be warm and wonderful in the FLC … don’t miss it!!

DO YOU HAVE EVENTS OR ACTIVITIES YOU WANT ON THE CALENDAR? Please let us know! I am also happy to post church related information about your class, your event, your program, or your activities on Facebook … weekly activities won’t be posted EVERY week but we can post monthly/seasonal updates, but special events can be promoted. Check out the calendar now: http://www.fumcwinnsboro.com/calendar-of-events/

JOIN THE QUILTING/CROCHETING  PRAYER BLANKET GROUP … if you like to crochet or quilt and would like to share your gift with others who may need some extra prayers as they are WRAPPED in God’s love with our blessings, please contact Amy Moss. If you want to give a prayer blanket to someone outside our church, let Amy know who it’s for and when you need it.

HAVE YOU JOINED THE TEXT PRAYER CHAIN? PRAYER MATTERS! If you can get text messages, please join our prayer team so as soon as prayer requests are made, you’ll get a private text message. GET DETAILS ON THE WEBSITE … http://www.fumcwinnsboro.com/prayer/

ON YOUR CELL PHONE … TEXT THIS MESSAGE: 
@ now-pray
TO THIS NUMBER: 
81010

(Or, reply to this email and let us know you want to be included!)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: 

The old has gone, the new is here!  2 Cor 5:17

 


Debbie Lyons, Pastor

First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
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