10-01-19 FUMC Update

It’s fall and there’s so much going on! Our 5th Sunday was WONDERFUL with Cheryl Estes sharing her faith story in a personal and powerful way, Sunday school groups are buzzing, new programs for youth and children are starting and our new worship series is off and running on the Apostles’ Creed! I am in Charlotte this week working to help my Dad through a difficult health transition; thanks for all your prayers!
CREDO for YOUTH begins this Sunday Night, October 6, 5-7:30 p.m. ~ Children and youth in 7th through 12th grades are meeting together for the next seven (7) weeks to understand what THEIR Credo is ~ What are their guiding principles and faith beliefs? This is a very important time in their lives, and they will have an opportunity to dive into some very deep faith topics and questions while exploring what their journey looks like. We will provide dinner each week, so please let us know if your kids will be there. Pastor Mike from Tinney Chapel and three of their kids will partner with us and we’ll be hanging out in the LOFT in the FLC this fall!
Children’s Church Starts October 13 ~ I’m so VERY excited to announce an addition to our existing Sunday morning Children’s Ministry program. As you know, every Sunday morning for many years Jane Noteware and Sandra Strickland have taught our elementary Sunday school class at 9:30 a.m. and the kids love them! This great program will continue thanks to their selfless service and THEIR love for your kids! We are now adding Children’s Church during worship. Come meet our new ministry leader, Paige Baber, on Wednesday, October 9, at 5:15 p.m. in the Family Life Center (just before our 5:45 Fellowship Meal). 
Looking for a Place to Connect and Learn? Start with Sunday mornings ~ 
~ The Family Ties Sunday School Class will begin a study on the Book of James, 9:45 a.m., October 7 ~
The author, James, the brother of Jesus and the leader of the Jerusalem church, writes to the Jewish Christians, who have scattered throughout the Mediterranean world because of persecution. It is a practical guide for anyone seeking to live a life of faith and good works. James writes to those who are experiencing both external and internal trials. Come and study James with us and become a “doer” of the word. If you are not a member of this class but would like a copy of the weekly studies, please send Don Beaty your email address. Don’s e-mail address is donbeaty47@gmail.com
~ Coffee & Conversation class begins a new study on the Book of Acts, 9:30 a.m., October 14  ~
The book of Acts provides a bridge for the writings of the New Testament, and as a second volume to Luke’s Gospel, it joins what Jesus “began to do and to teach.” Geographically, its story spans the lands between Jerusalem where the church began and Rome the political center of the empire. Historically it recounts the first 30 years of the church. It is also a bridge that ties the church in its beginning with each succeeding age. This group is very conversational and discussion-oriented. Contact Amy Moss Amy.h.moss@gmail.com with questions or just come!
The United Methodist Women are Still Collecting Snacks ~ Please bring your individually packaged healthy treats by Wednesday, October 16, or bring them to the UMC meeting on Thursday, October 10, 10 a.m. in Asbury.
Half Truths Bible Study Series Continues, Wednesday, October 9, 6:30 p.m., Wesley Hall ~
God Only Gives Us What We Can Handle ~  You’ve heard it, you may have said it, but what’s REALLY behind it? You might rethink using this statement after we look at the biblical foundation of the words! Come have dinner at 5:45 p.m. then join us for a great discussion!
All Church Business Meeting, October 16, 6:30 p.m., Wesley Hall ~ Come hear about the plans for 2020 and a look back at 2019. This is the “official” reporting time for the Methodist Church and all members will have an opportunity to vote on the details and funding plans.
Planning Ahead ! We are Getting Ready to Launch a New Retirement Ministry! What will it look like? Why are we doing this? How can this focus help us make disciples for Jesus Christ? Shiela and Ted Haynes have invited us to their home to brainstorm and DREAM about what this new ministry might look like ~ Save The Date ~ Friday, October 25, 5-7 p.m.

Debbie Lyons, Pastor

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