7-30-19 FUMC Updates

From a production company standpoint, making faith-based movies is a risky decision and this is PROBABLY why there aren’t many good Christian movies out there! But there are a lot of movies that are NOT “faith-based films” that cause us to think … to reflect … to digest some very Christians messages, and that’s what we’ll be talking about on Sundays this August. Those of you who voted picked some VERY challenging films and don’t worry, you don’t have to have SEEN the movies to be totally engaged in the message! This Sunday we’ll talk about the SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. We will also be bringing our FARM to COMMUNION TABLE experience full circle as Mary and Brad share the juice from the grapes we harvested last week!

VACATIONING THIS SUMMER? You can still be “in” church with us! The message is broadcast LIVE at a little after 11 a.m. every Sunday, or you can watch ANY sermon, ANY time whenever you want! Just scroll through your Facebook to the SUNDAY you want, or … if you’d rather LISTEN while you drive, you can also LISTEN on the website to any sermon ANY time! You can even keep up with your giving while you’re gone by going to the website HERE … isn’t technology incredible???

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT A TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND? Have you considered how walking the ground that Jesus walked might impact your faith? How praying the Lord’s Prayer on the Mount of Olives would change the way you pray that prayer forever? Can you imagine reading the scriptures from your Bible in the VERY places that those events happened or how having communion in the Garden Tomb would change YOUR first Sunday forever? I have had several people ask me about putting together a group to go to Israel next year. Might YOU be interested? You might be thinking, “I can’t afford to go!” or “How much walking is there?” or “Is it safe?” If you might be even be remotely interested, please let me know! I have led four groups to the Holy Lands, and I’d LOVE to share this faith changing experience with you. If I don’t know the answers, I know where to go to get them!  EMAIL me!

WE’RE SUPPORTING OUR SCHOOLS! We’re collecting gift cards for our counselors (they know what the kids need but don’t get) and children’s socks and underwear (brand new, in package) ALSO for the kids going back to school who may not HAVE new undies otherwise. If bringing gift cards, we can keep a record IF you make sure the amount and your name is on the envelope please. LAST DAY: Sunday, August 11

WE ARE TESTING A NEW PAGE ON OUR WEBSITE ~ Shiela Haynes has been helping me edit and update the website, and I am so VERY grateful! She has added a new page with current events called HAPPENING NOW. Check it out here! And there is also the CALENDAR if you’re looking further out.

HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR AMAZON SHOPPING TO SMILE.AMAZON.COM yet? PLEASE DON’T SHOP ON AMAZON WITHOUT SELECTING First United Methodist Church Winnsboro 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, 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!! https://smile.amazon.com/

READY FOR YOUR WALK TO EMMAUS? There is only ONE men’s and ONE women’s walk left this year, so please get your application back to me ASAP so I can help match you with a sponsor. Walks are held at the Lone Star Baptist Camp (about an hour away). We will leave Thursday at 5 p.m., and come back home Sunday about 6:30 p.m. SCHOLARSHIP MAY BE AVAILABLE, so please ask me if you need some assistance with the registration!

Men’s Fall Walk, Sep 19-22, 2019

Women’s Fall Walk, Oct 17-20, 2019

THIS SATURDAY ~ EXPERTS WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SINGING VOICE! Saturday, August 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ~ What a FUN Day this will be to get some professional coaching and have lunch ($20), AND there’s a FREE concert Saturday night at the Winnsboro Cultural Arts Center! Go and bring back those great voices to PRAISE GOD!!  Call for details: 903.342.0686 

COME BE PART OF OUR CARE TEAM! WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 1:30 p.m., Asbury Hall ~ How can we love God by CARING for others? If you can write greeting cards (we have the cards and stamps!), serve communion once a month to those who can’t get to church, deliver a meal or two to folks recovering from surgery or stays in rehab, watch a pet while someone is in the hospital, then you can help! Many thanks to Angie Hollingsworth who will be coordinating the WHO-WHAT-WHERE-WHEN people need things. Call her if you have questions: 903-850-2373 or email: allray@suddenlink.net   COME JOIN US!! 

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN ~ Thursday, August 8, 10 a.m. ~ Come hear a great speaker and fellowship with other women!

BACK TO SCHOOL ICE CREAM (and dessert) SOCIAL ~ Sunday, August 11, 5:30 p.m., Wesley Hall ~ The Family Ties class is coordinating this traditional event and it’s also the deadline to bring your school gift cards and/or children’s socks/underwear. There are sign-up sheets for ice cream, dessert or toppings in the choir hall, front lobby, choir and Sunday school classes. Can there EVER be too much ice cream or desserts?

NEXT MEAL & BIBLE STUDY ~ Wednesday, August 21 ~ Dinner at 5:45 p.m., and Part One of What Happens When I Die (HEAVEN) starts at 6:30!


Debbie Lyons, Pastor

First United Methodist Church Winnsboro

301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494

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7-23-19 FUMC Update

This Sunday, July 28, we finish up our 8 week worship series on the UPSIDE-DOWN messages in the Beatitudes, and I have TRULY enjoyed the personal spiritual growth I’ve experienced in this journey. I hope YOU have too! In August, we’ll move into a new series, something a little lighter to finish up our summer: God in the Movies. Thanks to the 32 people who voted on which of the 11 movies you want me to talk about.
We will be looking at:
The Shack
The DaVinci Code
The Shawshank Redemption
The Green Mile

You do NOT have to have seen these movies for the sermons to have an impact on your faith. I’ll be giving the recaps, playing the trailers and also playing appropriate clips. Some of these movies are rated R but don’t worry, the messages will ALL be G rated! If you do want to watch them, or watch them again, you can find them all on YouTube, Amazon Prime, NetFlix or a variety of other video services, most for $3.99. I always look forward to beginning a new series so get ready for God to ENTERTAIN you in August!

GRAPE HARVEST and STOMPING, this Saturday, July 27, 7 – 11 a.m. (come and go) at Mary and Brad’s Vineyard ~ It’s going to be a GORGEOUS morning, starting with lows at 70 and highs at 91 so come join us! I spoke with Mary and Brad on Sunday, and it sounds like the harvest will go QUICKLY on Saturday so if you want to be part of the experience, they suggest getting there no later that 9:30-10 a.m. MANY THANKS TO KEN ATKINS who will be making his famous barbecue chicken, Mary and Brad are making a brisket and if you’d like to bring a side dish, please contact Mary! Stomping will take place as soon as the picking is complete, and lunch will then be served (maybe by 11am??!!) so don’t miss it! Harvest buckets and forks are provided, but you will want to bring sun protection, wear a hat, and wear clothes that you don’t mind getting stained red. Bring flip flops if you want to stomp! If you want to cool off in the pool afterwards, be sure to bring your swimsuit. Please let Mary know HERE if you plan to come so that they can have a rough estimate on the headcount.

Mary & Brad – Bar W Ranch & Vineyard
9502 FM 1448, Winnsboro, TX 75494
Home:  903-365-2552      Mary’s Cell:  781-248-6717

WINNSBORO PHOTO CLUB, July 29, 5:30 p.m., Family Life Center ~ Have you considered what a great opportunity it might be to invite a friend to join you?  This group is a fun, focused group so go check it out!

WOULDN’T IT BE AWESOME TO HAVE EXPERTS TEACH YOU HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SINGING VOICE? Saturday, August 3, 10 am – 3 pm ~ What a FUN Day this will be to get some professional coaching, have lunch, AND perform at the Winnsboro Cultural Arts Center ($20)! Wouldn’t it be even MORE fun, if a BUNCH of FUMC people were there together so we could bring back those great voices to PRAISE GOD???  Call for details: 903.342.0686

THE CALENDAR OF EVENTS always has details on the website … CLICK HERE

DID YOU KNOW ~ We are blessed to have some AMAZING charitable organizations in Winnsboro, and this month I want to focus on our Blessing Box (109 W Pine Street), a non-profit resale shop and food pantry that relies solely on monetary and household donations. They also offer financial assistance when funds are available. Here are some ways you can support them:

–         Shop for good deals at almost garage sale prices! All money received is put immediately back into the charity.

–         Donate your gently used clothes and household items (children’s clothing especially needed).

–         FRIDAYS: Help volunteer to take in and sort donations.

–         SATURDAYS: Help put away donations in order to convert the space back for Sunday use.


ICE-CREAM SOCIAL & BACK TO SCHOOL KICK-OFF: Sunday, August 11, 5:30 pm ~ It’s hard to believe but it’s already time for the Back to School Ice-cream Social!  The FAMILY TIES Sunday School class is hosting the party on August 11 and we’ll be SUPPORTING OUR SCHOOLS! We’re collecting Walmart or dollar store gift cards for the counselors/teachers so they can get what they need, and we’re also collecting NEW socks and underwear for children of all ages. If you want your gift cards (or designated cash) included in your giving record, be sure the AMOUNT is on your gift card and put them in a pew envelope with your name. 

PICK-UP YOUR MID-YEAR FINANCIAL UPDATES IN THE SANCTUARY ~ Interested in updates on our budget and your giving through June? If you didn’t get your envelope this past Sunday, be sure to stop in the lobby this Sunday and pick it up. If your records are different than ours, call the office please.

I can’t wait to see you all on Sunday!

Debbie Lyons, Pastor

First United Methodist Church Winnsboro

301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494

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(903) 342-6172 (TEXT 972-896-5254)