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6-15-22 FUMC Updates … VISION

Without vision, the people perish … Proverbs 29:18

Having a clear vision is a VERY important tool for growth and movement in a church and I want to thank everyone who attended our all-church VISION STATEMENT workshops.  We talked about our history, our demographics, our strengths, and challenges and we reviewed our core value focuses established through meetings and voting last year:  children, evangelism, and discipleship.

A vision must start with a MISSION and, in short, the mission is what we do and why we exist.  The mission is focused on the present and brings direction to what needs to be done now and the mission statement of the United Methodist Church is strong: Go and make disciples for the transformation of the world. Matthew 28:19.

A vision statement is future-orientated but should also incorporate the DNA of who we are and what our strengths are. It focuses on where we are going and should provide an idealistic dream ‘seen’ with eyes of faith and ‘felt’ in our hearts. The vision reveals the destination, something to be steered and worked towards.

What makes a church’s mission and vision different? In short, the difference between the two is this: the mission dictates why we exist, and the vision shows what we will do to accomplish that.

At First United Methodist Church Winnsboro we are committed to:

Reaching beyond our church walls 

for those seeking a place to belong.

Research and studies show that church attendance has been dropping for years, even before COVID, so since people aren’t coming INTO the church we must go out. Reaching suggests this isn’t always easy – it pushes us out of our comfort zone to new places to meet new faces. Our vision also includes the acknowledgment that most people want to feel a sense of belonging, a sense of being loved and included. Because hospitality and fellowship are part of who we are, God has equipped us to create a place where people feel they can belong, and grow in their faith! 

Please pray that the Holy Spirit guides us to help people feel the love of Jesus Christ through us!

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NOTES FROM HEATHER:

Kids Connection Children’s Church week 1 was a success!  We had 7 children come to learn about Joseph.  We learned that even though Joseph was sold into slavery and jailed that he remained faithful to God and ended up able to save his family from starvation during the famine in the land.  We learned that our behaviors (both good and bad) have ripple effects that touch the lives of those around us and that we should choose what we do carefully knowing that the choices we make touch the lives of those around us.  We then made God’s eye crafts to remind us that God is always with us and always watching, and to remind us to pray.  We also sang and praised the Lord!  It was a morning full of joy and love!

Thank you to Conner and Cheyenne Ragsdale for helping the children grow in faith and love!  You too can be a part of the amazing ministry.  Can you commit to one Sunday per month?  I really need someone that can commit to volunteering on the 3rd and 4th Sunday of the month.  Email me at communications@fumcwinnsboro.com with any questions or to let me know that you are able to volunteer!  I am so delighted to watch how this ministry grows!

Heather

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Calendar of Events on our website HERE.

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 6-8:30 PM, Middle School CONNECT: kids in 6th-8th grades are going to be hanging out, eating pizza, watching a movie, and inaugurating the LOFT in the FLC.

Beginning this Sunday, 6/19, we’ll honor our fathers and dive into the story of Moses, one of the famous fathers of our faith. From birth, Moses was divinely set apart to lead God’s people back into a right relationship with God and this calling was fulfilled because of God’s desire to consistently show up throughout his life in miraculous ways. 

I look forward to seeing you on SUNDAY as we explore why the OLD story in Exodus connects so directly with the NEW stories of the Gospel.

Blessings,

Pastor Debbie