7-16-18 FUMC Updates

I am so VERY excited to tell you that our CARE TEAM is up and running!! This was one of our VISION focuses for 2018 and what an amazing group of people have stepped forward to share God’s love!! We have people who have volunteered to visit hospitals, visit nursing home and our homebound, to be “drivers” to doctor appointment or other errands, write cards, and make phone calls and communion servers!  We have also added a “PET CARE” team so that if someone has to go into the hospital we can make sure that their animals are cared for!! 

We will be having a consecration service in church in a few weeks for these amazing volunteers and we’re organizing a care system now, but if you feel a call to help, we need some additional help in all areas but card writing. Please let us know if you’d like to be plugged in!

BUT PLEASE KNOW THIS … as much as I WISH that I had special powers to know when someone needs extra prayers, or is having surgery or needs some extra help, I don’t know unless you tell me so please let me know if you ever need something!! Our Care Team is excited to get started visiting and staying in touch so please say some VERY special prayers for this group of people called to serve!!

Just another reminder that we are ALL called to “love our neighbors” and with our directory on the website, you can always call or send notes to ANYONE at anytime … people who sit near you and haven’t been in church for a while, people we pray for in church on Sunday, etc. Find the directory on the website …. The PASSWORD is FUMC309.

WE’RE COLLECTING GIFT CARDS for back to school teacher donations …Family Dollar, Dollar General, Walmart or wherever! Since every church and bank in town asks for “supplies” we’re filling in the GAPS and helping the teachers get what they need.  You can drop your cards in the offering plates or drop them at the office through JULY 29th!

5th SUNDAY POT LUCK & ICE CREAM SOCIAL … 7/29, 5:30 PM, Family Life Center … bring your favorite covered dish and your homemade ice-cream (although Bluebell would be fine too!), for a fun night of fellowship and summer celebration!  Sign up to bring ice-cream in the Sunday school classes or in the lobby of the church on Sunday.

VISIONING for the CITY OF WINNSBORO: Tuesday, July 31st, 6:30 PM, CIVIC CENTER …calling all people who LOVE their community and want to see an exciting future for the City! I have been honored to be working with the City Manager, City Council and School Superintendent on creating a new vision and mission statement for the City of Winnsboro. Like we did when we were visioning for our church, our first gathering will give people in the community a chance to dream about the future for the city … YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND!

Have you taken the SPIRITUAL GIFTS TEST yet?  Know your Spiritual Gifts and your passion and joy for serving will explode! To take the test go to our website and then let me know what YOUR gifts are!!  CLICK HERE

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HISTORY?   The United Methodist has a rich history and since 1859, our church has been PART of that history …  CLICK HERE to read the current history information on file. If you enjoy history and would like to consider being a historian for OUR church, please let me know … check out what a historian does HERE.

NEXT FELLOWSHIP DINNER this Wednesday, July 18th, 5:45 PM … bring your friends and join us for SPAGHETTI!!

YOUTH: 6th through 12th … it’s DONUTS, DINNER BACK TO THE FUTURE III: Wednesday, 7/18 5:15 – 8:30 … gather your gang and come out to the FLC for an awesome night of fun!!! 

MIDDLE SCHOOL POOL PARTY: Wednesday, August 1st, 5:30-7:30, Beaty’s Home, 208 Marion … in 2019 the middle school is transitioning to 6-8th grades and since we don’t have any 5th graders, we’re making the transition NOW and kicking it off with a SPLASH BASH!!! Parents we’d love your support so when asked to serve, please say yes!!

PLANNING AHEAD: Listening for a “Way Forward” … 8/18, 9am-2:15pm, Carrollton … The Conference Committee on Lay Servant Ministries along with the Board of Laity of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church announces the 4th annual conference-wide laity event on August 18, 2018, at Aldersgate UMC, 3926 Old Denton Road, Carrollton, from 9:00 AM to 2:15 PM. The main focus of the meeting will be to discuss the possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church. Some of our members have already been actively involved in the conversations with the Bishop on this topic and I’m grateful to everyone who is willing to pray about this!!  Let me know if you’d like to ride with me or carpool with others!  For more, see the UMC website HERE

GET CONNECTED THIS WEEK: Click here for Calendar details

MONDAY, 1-3 PM …Knitting Group, Family Ties

      NEXT Monday 7/23, 9 am … Prayer Quilt Ministry, Asbury

TUESDAY, 8 am … Quilters, 9 am crafters

      11-noon … BIBLE TALK, “PSALM 139”

WEDNESDAY, 9 am …Community Women’s Bible Study (through 8/8)

       5:15 pm … Youth (6th-12th) Donuts, Dinner and a Movie, The Loft

       5:45 pm … Fellowship Meal in FLC

THURSDAY, 8:30 am … Community Women’s Bible Study, Clara Ida Frances Loft … we have 2 more session until we take an AUGUST break before resuming after Labor Day so please come!

DANIEL CHAPTER 7 this Sunday … call for study notes.