1-14-19 FUMC Updates

What an exciting worship we had yesterday!! The Spirit was hard at work and it was so wonderful to see so many people there and quite a few NEW faces! (104 people there!) It makes a BIG difference when the “whole family is at the table” so don’t miss the movement that Jesus is orchestrating!

We are full steam ahead into the new year and with the installation of our new CHURCH COUNCIL, I have been overseeing the “passing of the baton” from former leaders to new leaders! This leadership team is the group of people, elected at the all church CHARGE CONFERENCE in the fall, to provide for planning and implementation of a program for nurturing, outreach, witness, and management of resources in the church. They also vision and plan for the future, implement strategies and annually evaluating the mission and ministry of the church: to MAKE DISCIPLES of JESUS CHRIST for the transformation of the world.  I am excited to work with them all and I’m excited to work toward our 2019 goals!

This year, I’m very excited to be diving into ways to attract people to the love of Christ.  Ken Ragsdale recently sent me a few short articles on this very topic and they DO make me think … what does it take to help someone see the VALUE of being a “church person“?  This article, 6 REASONS PEOPLE WALK AWAY FROM CHURCH was excellent (and short!) and the last one, “7 Ways to REACH the Nones” was also terrific. (And short!) I hope these make you think too because THIS is our task – to feel so inspired by what’s going on at FUMC that we want to share it with the world!

MUSIC MINISTER SEARCH IS ON!  I want to thank John Massey, Mary White, Danny McMahon, Judy Beaty, JaneAnne Newton and Amy Moss (Worship Chair) for their hard work and exceptional input to our discussions on music in worship at FUMC. We have met over the last 3 months and have now focused our efforts on a search for a new MUSIC MINISTER. (Job description attached.)  This is a 10 hour/week position and Judy is excited to help this new person, (and I believe God knows who it will be!)  If you know anyone who “knows anyone”, or you know anyone who might be interested, send them to our website/WORSHIP.  Thanks to Cyndie Ewert,

DO YOU HAVE VERIZON?  As you know, we use a FREE text service for all the prayer requests (60 have committed to PRAY when there is a need), and we also use it to connect groups i.e. Church Council, Youth, Care Team, Choir, etc. Sadly, VERIZON will be charging Remind a new fee that makes it impossible for them to continue supporting free text messaging for anyone who has Verizon Wireless as your phone carrier. Beginning January 28, 2019, the people in our groups who normally get your Remind messages as texts will no longer receive these messages if you have Verizon Wireless as your phone carrier. HOWEVER, to continue receiving your messages,  download the mobile app HERE or enable email notifications HERE (scroll down the page to “Get Email Notifications”—both of which are free of charge.)

WOMEN’S COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY STARTS THIS WEDNESDAY: 9 AM  The Community Women’s Bible study led my Linda Suche starts back up this Wednesday and Linda has extra books so just come! There are also some other places for women to plug in … knitters, hand quilters, prayer quilters and crafters. (Crafters will start back in February).

PLEASE CONSIDER A WALK TO EMMAUS IF YOU WANT TO DEEPEN YOUR FAITH:  If you are looking for a way to grow in your faith, please pray about attending a 3 day Walk to Emmaus! (There is very LITTLE walking involved … WALK just reminds us of the people walking back home after the death/resurrection of Christ and not recognizing Him.) This incredible discipleship ministry is designed to deepen personal faith and build church leaders and as Pastor Debbie would say, during this time of spiritual renewal, prepare to be amazed by God!  Men, your Walk is first …. details are on our website or talk to Pastor Debbie or those who have experienced this remarkable event: Amy & Danny Moss, Jane Anne and J.A. Newton, Carla Chitsey, Penny Boice, Michael Park, Suzie Hamm, Sara Hays, or Laura Morrison. (If I missed you, please let me know!)

SAFER DOORS/NEW LOCK:  I want to thank Danny Moss, Ed Page and Jim Dyson for helping re-key the locks in Wesley Hall!  The VOLUNTEER Safety Team is continuing their work on making ALL of our doors safe – now, in the event of a fire,  doors in Wesley and the sanctuary have PUSH BARS making exit immediate, which has led to the need to re-key, and Asbury Hall and FLC will be done in the near future. The TRUSTEES will release keys to those who need access to buildings.    

LOOKING AHEAD:  New small group “studies” starting on Wednesday nights, February 6th 

… ALPHA: I am excited that we’ll be having another ALPHA group for anyone that missed the experience in the fall, or for anyone YOU know who does not have a church home and is interested in talking about “not so basic” faith issues. These 10 weeks are CONVERSATIONAL based discussions on topics that appear to be simple but are anything BUT simple! 

… A LIFE WORTH LIVING: another study that is going to be terrific is a conversational course based on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. This small group will  look at some of the things Jesus Christ does for us TODAY … the things that make Life Worth Living!

THIS SUNDAY is BAPTISM SUNDAY: This special event in the life of the church not only remembers the baptism of JESUS but it also helps us remember OUR baptisms, and the significance of what it means to be included in the family of faith. Baptism reminds us we are ALL dependent upon the grace of our loving God and in baptism, it’s not about the what the person being baptized does – it’s ALL about what GOD does!  If you or your children would like to be baptized on Sunday, let’s talk! 

Peter said to them, “Each one of you must turn away from your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven; and you will receive God’s gift, the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)  

Debbie Lyons, Pastor

First United Methodist Church Winnsboro

301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494

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1-3-18 FUMC Updates

2019 … can you believe it? I must admit I’ve never been one to make resolutions although I DO admit that all of the top 3 resolutions for 2019 I could use … getting fit, losing weight and saving more money. I DO however, like to set goals because goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. I don’t know why I’m better at this in my calling than in my personal life, but THAT is something I WILL work on this year!
I am always amazed, however, at how SPIRITUAL goals are never, ever in the top 10 lists of New Year goals … I mean, really?  Our earthly goals are good for a short term, but our FAITH goals have ETERNAL REWARDS … not only that, faith goals can have a HUGE impact on our earthly goals if we make a commitment to really put God first!
This Sunday is the first Sunday of the New Year and I hope to see you ALL there so we can kick-off the new year together! Until then, if you’re still thinking about what YOUR faith resolutions might be, consider these:
– My favorite: SURRENDER to GOD!  As humans, we want to control everything in our lives and as a result, many of us struggle with giving our problems and issues over to Him. Doing this frees us from guilt, stress, worry, or whatever we’re struggling with, and puts everything in His loving and capable hands to take care of. This is easier said than done, however, so you need some of the following to help …
– Commit to spending intentional time with Him every day in prayer, journaling or devotional reading 
– Read the bible every day (CLICK here for our online daily reading plan) 
– Lean into your SPIRITUAL GIFTS … start with the simple online gifts test and see where it takes you! God needs you to use the gifts He has given you for His kingdom and I’d love to hear from you after you discover YOUR gifts!
– Read one spiritual book a quarter (The UMC website recommends a few here.)
– Give just 10% more to the church than you did in 2018 or give every single week whether you’re in church or not and see how God fulfills His promise to BLESS YOU! (Setting up your gifts to God is as easy as scheduling your gas or electric bill … see our GIVING page)
– Consider the discipline of FASTING … Methodists have LONG been believers of healthy fasting … check it out here.
– LOOK for opportunities to spread JOY and KINDNESS and avoid “bashing” others
WOMEN: Get plugged in this year!
– United Methodist Women: Thursday, 1/10, 10 AM … they meet the 2nd Thursday of every month
-The Community Women’s Bible study led my Linda Suche starts back up on Wednesday, January 16th and Linda has extra books so just come!
– Knitters hang out together every Monday afternoon from 1-3 PM for fellowship and encouragement and support
– Hand quilters meet every Tuesday morning at 8 AM (Crafters will be starting back soon on Tuesdays at 9 AM)
– Our prayer quilt ministry meets the 2nd and 4th MONDAYS at 9 am
MEN: is God calling you to be part of something more?
As you can see, we have a LOT of opportunities for women to get involved but we don’t have anything for our men! What do YOU think we can do to provide some time for fellowship, outings, learning, etc.? If you’d like to be a part of the conversation, please contact me!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEALS will be back next Wednesday night at 5:45!  How about inviting a friend to our 1st night back??
See you Sunday!
Debbie Lyons, Pastor
First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
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