11-27-18 FUMC Updates

The countdown is on!  Now that Thanksgiving is over, let the Christmas season BEGIN and as of today, Christmas is exactly 4 weeks away!  Many, many thanks to everyone who helped deck the halls of our beautiful sanctuary and participate in the “organized chaos” of the Hanging of the Greens … a special thanks to Janat Erwin who worked to freshen up our chrismon ornaments for the tree, and to Amy and Danny Moss and Joanna and Wayne Horton who got all the decorations out of storage making set-up MUCH easier on Sunday!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT FELLOWSHIP (5:45 pm) followed by BACK TO BETHLEHEM (6:30pm):  our Wednesday night fellowship meals take on a festive atmosphere in December so please come!  The kitchen team is hard at work making our time together special and your love offerings are MUCH appreciated … why not consider INVITING YOUR FRIENDS?
After dinner, those staying for the Christmas bible study will head over to WESLEY HALL for a conversation about what it means to have Christmas come into our lives year after year … we’ll be done by 7:45 and EVERYONE is welcome.
I also want to let you know that of the 38 votes we had in our Advent/Christmas survey I asked for volunteers who might be willing to teach 1 (or more!) lessons to our elementary kids, and no one volunteered.  I have also offered the “job” to several people, (yes, I’ve offered to PAY people!) but I have not found anyone. We LOVE our kids at FUMC so if you are Ministry Safe trained and would like to teach a lesson or 2, we have the lessons ready to go!
WELCOME TO ADVENT, December 2-24: Christian churches around the world begin the season of ADVENT this Sunday, 12/2, with 4 weeks of preparation for the birth of Christ. Our worship series this December will focus on a look at the “back side” of the Christmas stories, those stories that sometimes get left out of the “happy & bright” Christmas message, but stories that have significant IMPACT on the text.  
Lighting the Advent wreath these next 4 weeks, and on Christmas Eve, will be some of the NEW members of our church … we are excited for you to get to know THEM and for them to participate in worship!
OUR CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE for CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER: please make a point to notice the GIVING TREES in the front lobby of the church this month as your donations, clipped to the trees, will be given to prevent, investigate, prevent and treat child abuse in our community. (If you’re writing a check write CHILDREN in the memo line please.) At our fellowship dinner this Wednesday night, 11/29, you’ll meet Imelda Tatsch and Jennifer Williams, directors of the NE Texas Center, who will tell us how our Christmas giving can help.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN: Thursday, December 6th, noon … all ladies of the church are invited to bring a salad and enjoy a beautiful holiday lunch together!  Bring a friend!
THE BENCH FOR CITY PARK IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION!  (Come see it on December 17th!) Many, many thanks to Elaina Ragsdale and Julie Lewis for designing and coordinating the development of a bench to be donated to the City Park.  As a member of the Winnsboro Cultural Arts District Board, I am coordinating an “all church” project with the other churches in the area to provide seating around the new playground.  There are some talented builders also involved, and I’ll share their names soon, but please, please mark your calendars to come to the HOLIDAY IN THE PARK on Tuesday, December 17th, 6-7:30 PM.
Since I am one of the community coordinators for this event, I have asked the larger churches to ask for 3-4 volunteers to bring a dozen cookies for the evening of December 17th.  Won’t you please help make this event DELICIOUS? Please reply to this email and let me know, and I thank you in advance for helping make this such a fun event!
Debbie Lyons, Pastor
First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
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