10-25-18 FUMC Updates

Where has everyone been? Church attendance has dropped, Wednesday night dinner has dropped … IT’S NOT THE SAME WITHOUT YOU!  Wouldn’t it be AMAZING if everyone who called First Church home could all be together? We’d be bursting at the seams and God would be smiling “out loud”! I hope to see everyone back this week!
I’m almost afraid to say it but …… Christmas is only 61 days away!  I know we still have Halloween and Thanksgiving to enjoy but, the truth is … the Christmas season actually BEGINS the week after Thanksgiving so I’m already hard at work on ADVENT!  That being said … I want your feedback please … 
– Will you attend the Hanging of the Greens service on 11/25 at 4 PM?
– What day would be best for YOU to attend a 4 week Advent Bible study?
– What time do you think the Christmas Eve service should be?
– Our Christmas outreach offering will be to the Children’s Advocacy Center – would you rather make a donation or shop for a specific child?
I’d rather plan this important season around what works best for you so please, it should take you less than 2 minutes! This is an ANONYMOUS, short term survey that will CLOSE on Monday, 10/29 at MIDNIGHT so please do it now!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT FELLOWSHIP DINNERS ... thanks to all the hard working kitchen crew and dessert makers who make our delicious dinners every week, and thanks to all of YOU who are generous with your love offerings! SEE YOU TONIGHT!  (Just a reminder … THERE WILL BE NO DINNER, or ALPHA, ON HALLOWEEN, October 31st.)
MANY THANKS TO OUR CRAFTERS!  Christmas in the Park is Saturday, November 10th, 9 am – 3 pm … thanks to everyone working hard to get all your wonderful things delivered and priced for this terrific craft event!  Be sure to mark this date on your calendar and come have LUNCH with the Methodist Men too!
I have been honored to serve on the CULTURAL ARTS DISTRICT BOARD in Winnsboro … did you know that Winnsboro is one of only 40 cities in the entire State of Texas that has this prestigious designation? One of the projects we are working on is “re-inventing” old pianos that have been gathering dust and artists are creating beautiful masterpieces with them! After they are finished, we’ll place them around town in various places for people to enjoy sooooooo … Ken Atkins has let me borrow an AMAZING dolly but I need some muscle!  Please email me if you can help!
EAST DISTRICT CHARGE CONFERENCE: Sunday, November 11th, 3-5 PM, Wesley UMC, Greenville … join our District Superintendent and all the other churches in the District for a “year end” worship celebration and business close-out of the Charge Conference. 
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. 
Hebrews 10:24-25

Debbie Lyons, Pastor

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