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3-16-22 FUMC Updates … winter leads to spring!

Lent is in full swing and now that spring break is winding down, the clocks have moved forward and the wild daffodils are blooming everywhere, we crave the seasonal change that the calendar promises. But theologically?  It’s not time yet!

The liturgical color for Lent is purple, an appropriately dark and somber color designed to help us focus on the difficult journey Jesus made when He turned His face to Jerusalem for His crucifixion.   Lent also includes more somber, winter shades: black drapes over the altar, leafless branches in vases and empty baskets and pitchers reminding us of the cloudy winter skies and cool temperatures of the first few months of the year.

But this is interesting: the word “Lent” has nothing to do with winter! And believe it or not, it has nothing to do with fasting or penance, either! “Lent” derives from the Middle English word “Lenten” and the Old English word “lencten” and is related to the Old High German “lenzin” … ALL of these words mean … SPRING!

It’s appropriate that these 40 days of preparation for Easter are focused on self-examination, prayer, almsgiving. and fasting but this is what provides the backdrop for an incredible message of HOPE! “Lent” means spring, the green season, a time of growth! Lent provides the opportunity for us to plow up the unproductive, hard ground of our winter hearts and let God allow the wind of the Holy Spirit to blow, and the living water of life to flow into us! Lent is the time for the Spirit to prune away our dead branches so that we are ready to bear fruit, and it’s the season of new life—a coming springtime for our souls!

This Sunday we will reach the halfway point of Lent, week three of our six-week journey. As difficult as boot camp preparation is, the blacks and purples WILL be replaced by whites and gold … the sore muscles and sacrifices WILL be replaced with great JOY, and when it’s over we WILL see the remarkable progress we have made in our spiritual growth! And get ready, because the celebration will be worth it!

For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. 

Song of Solomon 2:11-12

 LOOKING FOR A SIMPLE, FULFILLING SUNDAY PLACE TO SERVE? We’re adding ushers to our Sunday morning service team and we’d love your help! As Shiela Haynes has taken the job as Editor of our Winnsboro News, Carolyn Stewart will be stepping in to head up our worship team and she’d love to work with you! We need friendly people who will arrive at 10:30 am to open doors and greet people, and you can rotate Sundays with others or come every week!  Please email Carolyn HERE and say, “I’ll do it!  This is MY church!”   

 NOW COLLECTING FILLED EASTER EGGS: we’re excited to be planning an EGG HUNT for our kids and the Beach Club kids on April 6th so help us plan for a super fun night and bring us your eggs now!  There will be boxes in the church lobbies, and also by the office door so let’s gather LOTS of eggs together!!

ONGOING ACTIVITIES are on the CALENDAR …

you can always find it on our website, HERE.

 MONTHLY SEW DAY, Prayer Quilt Ministry, Thursday, March 24, 9 am – 3 pm … come get involved in this great ministry! There is cutting, sewing, ironing, and lots of creativity needed!

UPDATE on the CHALK CLASS: THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 6-7 PM, $10   you’ll be blown away by Stephanie Bright’s creativity (https://www.facebook.com/vintagechalkdiy) and she will be offering a Chalk Paint class, using stencils, so you can create your own project. All supplies will be furnished. Call Carla Chitsey, 903-975-2643, or email the church office FUMCwinnsboro@gmail.com to save your seat.

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEAL AND EGG HUNT, April 6th, 6 PM …we are inviting our Kids Beach Club families to join us for fun, food, and fellowship and we need YOUR help, please!  The kitchen crew will be making TACOS but they need to know how much food to prepare so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE click here to make a reservation! Food costs are going up and we want to be good stewards of our work so please respect those doing the shopping, preparation, and cooking for us and take 1 minute to let us know you’re coming. We are, of course, asking our KBC families to RSVP also but I hope we can count on YOU!

 

LOOKING AHEAD to HOLY WEEK?

–       Sunday, April 10, 10:50 am … Palm Sunday

–       Thursday, April 14th, 6 pm … Holy Thursday, the Last Supper

–       Friday, April 15th, 4 – 6 pm … Good Friday, come and go personal meditation

–       Sunday, April 17th …

… 6:45 am Sunrise Service at Ragsdale’s

… 10:50 am Traditional Service in the sanctuary

 

THIS SUNDAY: our Lent worship series continues with a message to RESET. We’ll revisit the classic story of Nicodemus and what it means to be “born again”.

 

See you Sunday!

Pastor Debbie