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8-28-20 FUMC Updates

MAKING DISCIPLES … AND WHY IT MATTERS ~ Now that both the Democrat and Republican Conventions are over and the campaign season kicks into full gear, I was struck by the same message from BOTH parties ~ we must act or our country will never be the same. In a way, this is the same sense of urgency I feel about our faith communities. We must act or our faith communities will never be the same! We are extremely blessed as CHRISTIANS that we don’t have to choose a politician to lead us ~ we don’t have to choose a slogan we like better than another ~ we don’t have to choose the actions necessary to accomplish our purpose. We choose JESUS CHRIST and He has made our mission simple ~ GO, MAKE DISCIPLES.
 
I have seen how most of you have powered up your commitment to remain STRONG in your faith through this time. And for those of you who have been intentional about this, I am blown away with the stories you share with me about how God is working in your lives! I know how hard this has been, but I see and hear about the rewards you are experiencing every day! I hear how participating in worship (online and/or in-person), participating in continued learning and study (online, in person or because your leaders continue to share devotionals and lessons), engaging in authentic prayer, staying connected and maintaining relationships within the church (through outdoor prayer gatherings, drive-throughs, phone calls to one another, notes to people you miss). I hear the peace, patience, and joy that you feel from being closer to the God who IS working for good even in this difficult time and I want everyone to have this!
 
And everyone CAN have this! Our mission matters because there are people who do not know the love of Jesus Christ. There are people who have drifted away from the rich relationships with other Christians who helped strengthen each other. There are also LOTS of people who can inspire us and bring us new energy that we haven’t even met yet and our faith community will be BETTER and STRONGER as new people find a home at First United Methodist Church of Winnsboro!
 
I’ve noticed we have had a few new people beginning to attend worship again, and while it’s much harder to be warm and welcoming from a 6-foot distance, let’s try! If you can’t tell whether you’ve met them (after all, as people arrive in masks it’s hard to tell!), it’s OK to admit you’re not sure if you’ve met them yet! Ask them their name and remember it so you can greet them when they return. Tell them your name, invite them to come back, ask them if they live in the area, give them my card (it’s in every pew), and tell them I like to get to know everyone. Let them know they’re only a visitor once and we consider them part of the family! And let’s pray, together, that God blesses His church with people who need His love. And pray we will continue to reflect His love to all who come!
 
DRIVE THROUGH ENDS MONDAY ~ Our last day in the drive-thru will be this Monday, August 31, from 9-11 am. I have LOVED spending time with so many of you who have not been ready to come back to church or, who are out and about and want to visit! Our relationships are important so please, if you ever want to come by the office and visit, please call me! 
 
SANCTUARY CHANGES ~ Some of you are just now coming back to the sanctuary and I want to remind you that only the front door is open and you can take your masks OFF as you are seated. You’ll also notice we don’t have hymnals, Bibles, or registration pads in the pews. And we’re not passing our offering plates to avoid multiple people touching things, they will be at the door as you leave. We will sing, softly, and as I have mentioned, my card will be on every pew so please take my card home with you and call or text anytime, and share it with our visitors! I can’t wait for the day that we can all be TOGETHER but if you’re on Facebook with us, please let us know you’re with us!
 
FACEBOOK ~ MODERN DAY EVANGELISM ~ Spreading the love of Christ is sure different these days, isn’t it? The days of knocking on doors or standing on the town square handing out tracts have faded. But Facebook is pretty amazing because it’s a MULTIPLIER! And you don’t have to do very much to help multiply other than SHARE what matters to you! If you haven’t done so yet, please start by LIKING and FOLLOWING our page. When you LIKE a page we can see that you’re a fan. When you FOLLOW a page, you receive our updates in your news feed. If this is all new to YOU, Clint explained it this way on Sunday
 
UPDATES ~ Always on the website and calendar!  
 
ONLINE BIBLE STUDY ~ Wednesdays at 10 am, next week, Matthew 6 … CLICK HERE for sign-in details.
 

LADIES ~ I’m excited to tell you that if YOU’RE looking for a place to connect, the United Methodist Women will start meeting again, in ASBURY at 11 am on Thursday, September 10!   

THIS SUNDAY ~ This month was the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment being signed giving women the right to vote. If you’ve ever wondered why women being in the PULPIT is still controversial, you won’t want to miss this message on August 30!

 
Grace and peace,
Pastor Debbie