6-17-19 FUMC Update

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE? This Wednesday night, June 19, 6:30 pm after the fellowship meal (5:45pm) ~ 

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”

When he had said this, he breathed his last. (Luke 23:46)

Obviously, the subject of death is relevant to every person because unless our Lord Jesus comes first, we’ll ALL experience it! And while there are many things we WANT to know, the Biblical references don’t give us all the answers, just the most important ones! Come explore the scriptures that give us a glorious picture of what is to come. I’ll have a handout of all the scriptures for you to take home.

MUSIC is such an important part of WORSHIP and if you were in Church on Sunday you heard the disappointing news that our Music Minister, JC Waddell, resigned last Monday. I’m sure you’ll feel the same range of emotions I FELT when I got the news but his letter is attached. I told JC when he resigned that perhaps, in the future, things might change and he could come back, and he also assured me he’d still be willing to do solos or play an instrument occasionally. I want to also remind everyone that when JC and Stacy DO come to church, we will embrace them as FAMILY because that’s who they are!! 

I also shared with everyone that your Leadership Team is COMMITTED to moving forward in finding a NEW Music Minister. I do believe that God DOES work for good in all things for those who love Him (Romans 8:28) and He IS already paving the way for our next leader! Please be in prayer for us as we begin the search process.

WE HAVE A NEW ROOF and WE’RE GETTING A NEW CHOIR ROOM and we’d LOVE your help! I also made this announcement yesterday and wow, what an AMAZING example of how God DOES work for good! If you haven’t been at the church this week to see all the ROOFING going on, it’s been noisy and messy. But wow, these men worked HARD and they worked FAST! You also know that the CHOIR room flooded in that 5” storm of rain a few weeks ago and the insurance adjusters estimate it will be an almost $60,000 renovated, fresh, new choir room when it’s all repaired! 

The GOOD news is that for many years we have paid into our insurance so we only had to pay our deductible, the BAD news is, because it was two separate storms, one HAIL and one RAIN, we have 2 different deductibles of $5000 each or a $10,000, an expense that is not part of the regular budget. BUT … WE ARE GETTING more than $200,000 in needed repairs for only $10,000!

It took about 68,640 shingles to repair the roof, so including labor, that is about $2.24 cents a shingle. This doesn’t sound like a lot BUT, just think … our average attendance is 93 so if we did NOT have insurance we would have to be praying for each person to contribute $1,600! YIKES! THANK YOU GOD FOR INSURANCE! Instead, we only have to pay the deductible and guess what, if all 93 people would only pay $108 sacrificially, in addition to their regular offering, you could say, in actuality, you helped buy 738 shingles to help build the value of most IMPORTANT asset we have as a church!

Imagine … if you were to give, just a little MORE than your regular 10% in the next few months, how good it would feel to say you were part of improving this great church God gave us! I told everyone on Sunday that I SCHEDULE my offering to be drafted for direct deposit right to God, but I wanted to be the FIRST to give my additional check! Won’t you join me and prayerfully consider writing an additional check for $108 or $216 or any amount God is CALLING you to make … please mark ROOF in the memo line … God will be SMILING!

MANY THANKS to so many of our choir members who are working HARD in our choir room today to get it organized and cleaned out, get the music categorized and sorted, and get READY for a beautiful new room!
Women’s Bible Study starts back up this Wednesday at 9 am, this Wednesday, June 19 ~ While we’re continuing our ongoing renovation in ASBURY HALL, they will meet in WESLEY Hall for the next few weeks and everyone is welcome! 


Wednesday Night Fellowship Meal, this Wednesday, June 19, 5:45 pm ~ We hope you’ll all plan to come! After dinner, we’ll take a biblical look at WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE? This month, we’ll talk about HEAVEN, but in August, we’ll look at HELL so please plan to stay for this spiritual conversation – scripture handouts will be available. (The NEXT summer meal will be TUESDAY, not Wednesday, July 17, and we’ll have a blue grass band and FABULOUS night of Fellowship with the UMC. Mark your calendars now!)


The Winnsboro Photography Club is getting ready for a great meeting on their regular evening, the last Monday of the Month, June 24 at 5:30 in the Family Life Center. This is a great opportunity to invite a friend and come explore a new hobby or grow in your EXISTING one!

WHEW … a lot going on and the Holy Spirit is on the MOVE!!! See you Wednesday night!!

Debbie Lyons, Pastor

First United Methodist Church Winnsboro

301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494

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