1-5-22 FUMC updates … there’s a lot going on!

It’s a new year, the Christmas season is over, most of us have taken down our decorations (thanks to all of YOU who helped in the church last Sunday!), and we’re ready to move into a NEW season! This is why I’m so excited about our next worship series that we’ll be starting this Sunday … we’re going to focus on ONE WORD God will give us for 2022!  Yes, ONE WORD!  You might be wondering, how is God going to DO this? And what’s the purpose of having ONE WORD? 

Please don’t miss being in church or watching online with us this month!  Through spiritual formation, we’re going to work together to explore who God wants us to be this year and we’ll create avenues for God to guide us and direct us to a unique word JUST for us! The purpose of this work will be to have a simple word that we most hope God will change in us in order to form our character at a deep, sustainable level. As our relationship with Him grows, WE will grow as His children!

After each Sunday message, you’ll get an email with a worksheet to help you explore your personal relationship with God. I would encourage you to take your time and truly reflect on the scriptures and questions because the goal is to help you grow in your faith!

I also want to caution you – PLEASE DON’T JUMP TO THE FIRST WORD THAT COMES TO YOUR MIND! That word may end up being God’s word for you, but in the end, it probably won’t be! Remember, there are thousands of words God has access to so hold on tight and let God be God!

STAY FOR A LIGHT LUNCH AFTER CHURCH THIS SUNDAY – and find out more about how you can be part of KiDs Beach Club! If you can smile at a child and give them a snack and a nametag, we need you! If you can read instructions on how to play a game that’s already been designed, we need you! If you can sit down with a maximum of 8-10 kids and ask them questions (the questions are provided!) about a Bible story they just hear, we need you! If you’re good at data management, we need you! If you can make a treasure chest to hold all kinds of little treats for the kids, we need you!  

Kids Beach Club provides a wonderful DETAILED curriculum with everything we need to have an AWESOME ministry at the intermediate school!  All we need is loving adults to help! This IS our church focus for the first quarter of this year and yes, it’s labor-intensive, but I am praying God stirs your heart to do what we SAY we want to do – and that is … attract new, young families to our church and connect with people who don’t know the love of Christ! I hope we have enough volunteers that we can do this program on our own, but I will also reach out to other churches in the Ministerial Alliance and ask them for volunteers if we must! Please let’s do this together – please come on Sunday and learn more! A list of some of the places to get involved is attached – and if you’re interested in seeing the layout of lessons in a full-year program, I’ve attached that too!

COME PRAY WITH US, Thursday mornings, 9 am, Wesley Hall … we are going to be intentionally focused on praying for Kids Beach Club but, as always, we will pray for all those on the pray chain as well as other things going on. God commands us to pray so let’s be obedient to His word:

  • “Pray continually” -1 Thessalonians 5:17
  • “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone …” -1 Timothy 2:1
  • “And when you pray …” -Matthew 6:5
  • “This, then, is how you should pray …” -Matthew 6:9
  • “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” -Romans 12:12
  • “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” -Ephesians 6:18
  • “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” -Philippians 4:6
  • “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” -Colossians 4:2

United Methodist Women are starting back, Thursday, January 13th, 10 AM, Asbury Hall (Potluck Class) … all women are invited and encouraged to attend, especially if you’ve never come before! It’s a fantastic way to get to know other women with a wonderful mission-driven purpose in mind. CLICK HERE to find out more about UMW.

Hang Out with Heather! Friday, January 14th, NOON – 2 PM, Wesley Hall … come meet the newest addition to our staff, Heather Warren, who is going to be an INCREDIBLE asset to our church! Heather has worked for a dear friend of mine at FUMC Melissa for the last 5 years and she brings energy, knowledge, ideas and so much TALENT! She is only working a few hours a week this month but will be transitioning to 25 hours a month, hopefully by mid-February. REACH OUT AND WELCOME HEATHER … communications@fumcwinnboro.com

THE CRAFTERS START BACK ON TUESDAY, January 17th, 8:30 AM, Asbury Hall!  The crafters meet once a week on Tuesday mornings for fun and fellowship and a little bit of crafting. They will be trying some new things this year and have different people coming to teach new craft ideas so please join in! If you need more info, please call Carla Chitsey, 903-347-6012.

BROTHER HENRY’S MONTHLY BIBLE STUDY: Tuesday, January 18, 10-11 am, Wesley Hall, Family Ties … THE WORD OF GOD … come get to know others and dig into scripture!

WOMEN’S COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY STARTS BACK, Wednesday, January 19th, 10 AM … Join Linda Suche & others for this 7-session study on the Prophet Elijah from best-selling author Priscilla Shirer. “Journey through the life and times of the prophet Elijah to discover how the fire on Mount Carmel was forged in the valley of famine, and how the emboldened, fiery faith you desire is being fashioned by God in your life right now.” CLICK HERE to read more about the study.


Monday Men’s Gathering at Hope Café (Richie’s) … 8 am

Wednesday Fellowship Meal, Family Life Center … 6 pm

MONITORING COVID CASES LOCALLY: While we are being very mindful of COVID cases increasing and most of our 7 counties are back in the RED ZONE (SEE NET HEALTH website HERE, they update every several days) we are doing our best to move forward as safely as we can.  If you are sick, please stay home! If you have been exposed, please stay home! HERE are the CDC guidelines published 24 hours ago. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which helps guide the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s decisions on vaccines, said “there appear to be prominent symptoms from omicron: cough, fatigue or tiredness, congestion, and runny nose. Unlike in previous variants, the loss of taste and smell seems to be uncommon, she said.”  You may think you have allergies but please be mindful that this new variant is similar to allergies and bad colds.  Hospitalizations ARE ticking up, more slowly than the rate of infections, so let’s try to keep each other safe!

SEE YOU SUNDAY!  I hope you’ll stay for a light lunch afterward!

Pastor Debbie