4-11-22 FUMC Updates – Easter is almost here!

I was filled with so much joy last week as all the people I love most in the world gathered together for my daughter Lyssa’s small, intimate wedding in Orlando! After a whirlwind week of constant going, going, going, I’m excited to go, go, go THIS week as the holiest week of the year continues …


Thursday, April 14th, 6 pm … Holy Thursday, the Last Supper: join us in the sanctuary as we remember the LAST SUPPER Jesus had with His disciples. We’ll immerse ourselves in a reflective, fresh discovery of what you might think are common scriptures so I hope to see you then!  

Friday, April 15th, 4 – 6 pm … Good Friday, come and go personal meditation time: as we remember the day that Jesus was beaten, scourged, humiliated, and nailed to a cross to suffer and die for us, try to find a few minutes to stop by the sanctuary and sit quietly, or pray through the meditation guide that will walk you through the last 12 events of Jesus’s life: from sentencing to being placed in the tomb. Stay 5 minutes or areas long as you want.

Sunday, April 17th … EASTER! More people go to church on Easter Sunday than ANY other day of the year so we’re throwing open our doors and welcoming lots of people: family members, friends, and hopefully lots of new people!

… 6:45 am Sunrise Service at Ragsdale’s, 270 CR 4228, Winnsboro: coffee and donuts will be ready at 6:30 so throw on your jeans, bring a jacket and sunglasses and come to celebrate the risen Christ as the sun rises in the east! The weather forecast is terrific … SHARE OUR POSTS on your Facebook page and invite YOUR friends! (From the water tower at TX 11 and FM 852, so west 3 miles, right on 4228)

… 10:50 am Traditional Service in the sanctuary: what a great morning it will be as Mary White kicks off worship with the organ playing CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY!! It will be a glorious celebration and the message, “This Changes Everything” might just change the life of someone YOU know so invite someone! Please remember how difficult it is for someone who is not a regular churchgoer to come to a new church and wonder what to do!  If you see people you don’t know – invite them to sit with you, make room, and introduce them to your pew neighbors!  And yes, please leave the good parking spots and back rows for our guests!


… to the one who left a lovely card taped on my front door after church last Sunday that brought me more JOY than I could have ever imagined!

… to Don Beaty and the kitchen crew for a fabulous TACO DINNER with the Kids Beach Club families last week

… to Bettye Gilbert and the dessert makers for all the fabulous desserts last Wednesday

… to all of you who brought LOTS of stuffed Easter eggs for the egg hunt

… to our very own Heather Warren for overseeing Kids Beach Club and the Easter egg hunt while I was gone

… to Jerry Calvert for organizing the blood drive and to everyone who donated

… an early thanks to Julie Lewis and Elaina Ragsdale for the beautiful Lenten altarscapes we’ve enjoyed this season and the quick work they will do after Good Friday to convert the chancel from darkness to light in time for Easter

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN, 4/14, 10 AM in Asbury … all women of the church are invited to come as Joanna Horton presents a conversation about keeping your brain healthy.

EAST DISTRICT BISHOP’S MEETING, 4/23, 10:30 am, Wesley UMC Greenville … in preparation for the North Texas Annual Conference that will be coming June 5-7, the Bishop is visiting all the districts in the Conference to help us understand some of the possible changes coming in our denomination due to the recent postponement of the General Conference to 2024. As you may remember, the 2020 General Conference, which meets every 4 years and includes clergy and lay elected delegates from UMC churches around the world, has been delayed several times due to the pandemic. Bishop McKee will provide accurate information and answer questions as we all work together, as Wesleyans, to discover who we are. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND (we are the East District) but registration is required: https://ntcumc.org/bishop-meetings
Get ready …the kitchen crew is ready to get back to WEEKLY FELLOWSHIP meals after Easter so if they want to cook let’s support them and go and EAT!  Are you excited????  
Starting Wednesday, April 20th, through the end of May, make Wednesday nights YOUR place to be for good food, fellowship, and meeting new friends!  Then, in the summer months, we’ll be together on the first Wednesday nights as in years past.
Want to help with desserts occasionally?  Contact Bettye Gilbert … bjhh@suddenlink.net
HOLY WEEK CONTINUES … I look forward to sharing these special services with you!
Pastor Debbie