4-10-20 FUMC Update

image.pngHOLY WEEK … the last days of Jesus’ life teach us so many lessons, and I hope you have watched some of the daily devotionals on Facebook, or listened to the ones I’ve sent you in these emails. (The one I just posted is a little longer so you’ll have to listen on our website.) I hope you felt God’s presence as I did last night in our Holy Thursday service. I realize that such emotional services “online” will never be the same as being together, but I’m grateful for the technology that allows God to be “visible” through our worship. It was also great to have Clint with us last night. I soooooo look forward to getting back to a more NORMAL worship … and we WILL! This, by the way, is a close-up picture of the “broken” chalices I used last night … VERY special!

I can’t thank Ken and Elaina Ragsdale and Kade Martin enough for faithfully working in the balcony to bring our LIVE worship services to you all! A droplet of grace I see as a result of their hard work is that MANY people are seeing our services and devotionals who may not have known the love of Christ – some may not have a church home, some may have drifted away and are reconnecting! Please pray, pray, pray that God is changing hearts and making people feel a sense of belonging so when our doors DO open, we’ll welcome new friends into our church family. AND PLEASE, invite your friends to join us for Easter services and share our posts on your Facebook pages!
image.pngPRAY FOR THE TURNER FAMILY ~ 600 N. Chestnut, 75494 ~
Tillman went to heaven on Wednesday but because of this VERY unusual time, normal sharing of grief and mourning with family and friends has been curtailed because of restrictions on group gatherings.
HOWEVER, you can still send cards, make memorial donations, and of course, as good Methodists we are, YOU CAN BRING FOOD!
Please call Monique Turner, Virginia and Tillman’s daughter if you will be dropping something off: 903-399-3226. They have five people in their home now, and on Sunday other family members will be arriving.  
THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFUL GIVING ~ I am so inspired to see many of you continue your faithful giving even though our buildings are closed and our “public” activities are canceled. Our attitude towards money and how we manage it is the foundation that sets the stage for every other aspect of our spiritual lives, and I know God smiles seeing your tangible demonstrations of faith and trust EVEN in these uncertain times! I pray you see the blessings poured out upon you as PROMISED by God!
HASTE MAKES WASTE ~ This was one of my mother’s constant reminders to me as I have ALWAYS moved a little faster than I should because my “to do” list always seems longer than there are enough hours in the day! I apologize for some of the mistakes I’ve made in these last few days in switching videos and posting the wrong days … ***SIGH*** … I promise I will slow down next week, in fact, this will be the last email until next WEDNESDAY so please read through this all so you don’t miss anything.  
GOOD FRIDAY IS TODAY, April 10 ~ While there is no worship today, I just posted the daily devotional on Facebook today. It is the story of Good Friday told from a Centurion’s standpoint. And if you do not have Facebook, you can listen on the website HERE. It was between NOON and 3 p.m. in Jerusalem that Jesus may have hung on the cross, so I encourage you to watch it if you can but I have included the audio if you do not have Facebook.
EASTER! Sunday, April 12, 10:50 a.m. LIVE on Facebook ~ I walked into the sanctuary yesterday as Mary White was playing CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY on the organ, and I am emotionally overcome by the coming JOY of Sunday! It has been such a difficult season of Lent with more fasting than any of us ever planned, and we NEED Easter! Please get Facebook if you don’t have it. If you can read this email, you CAN be part of the Easter service (AND go back and watch past services too!) We’ll start the LIVE broadcast at 10:45 and when you start watching on Sunday, please COMMENT you’re there so everyone KNOWS we are together! Also, at the bottom of the video is a purple box that says WATCH TOGETHER WITH FRIENDS & FAMILY. Click that purple box and you can invite people to be part of the JOY!
DRIVE BY AND SEE ME IN PERSONMondays, 1-3 p.m. on Church Street. This face-to-face contact is so special and while it may only be a few minutes, your smiles and your prayer requests are AMAZING!
What can you do to help? GIVE BLOOD! SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ~ I have already scheduled my appointment at 10 so I’ll see you there! Carter BloodCare recognizes there are concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and that you may have questions about what this means for giving blood, your blood drive, and the safety of the blood supply.
To honor social distancing:  
* Donors should make an appointment and complete their questionnaire before arriving using Carter BloodCare’s Quickscreen. 
* Carter BloodCare staff will greet you and escort you thoroughly and promptly through the donation process, so that you may return to your newly revised daily routines.  
MARK YOUR CALENDAR ~ Zoom Bible Study starting WEDNESDAY, April  15, at 10 a.m. ~ I have changed this study from Thursdays because of a commitment to the Wood County Corona Leadership Team, but we’ll start out on April 15 with looking at HUMOR IN THE BIBLE. Yes, we’ll be ready for a little humor! Here is the invitation so if you haven’t downloaded the APP, try it!

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“We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests
and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles,  
who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.” ~ Mark 10:33-34
Grace and peace.
Pastor Debbie
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