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8-31-20 FUMC Update

My, oh my, it’s SEPTEMBER! Is it just me or does it seem like it was spring break just yesterday, and then COVID came and the last six months have been a blur! I don’t know about you, but I am sooooo ready for fall! 
 
We had our last drive through today and I have absolutely LOVED spending time with all of you who haven’t yet been back to church or have just wanted to visit! Thank you for blessing ME!! 
 
Ted Haynes and I have been frantically reading books and watching training videos to prepare for a workshop we’ve been invited to attend this week. We have been asked to become certified coaches in Simplified Accountable Structure, a vision-focused church leadership ministry. We are honored to learn directly from the national authors and trainers who see the true value in supporting the mission of Jesus Christ so pray for us, and the other eight people, who have been invited to be part of this from North Texas! 
 
NO ZOOM THIS WEDNESDAY MORNING ~ I will be in a training class this week so I’ll miss you all on September 2 but we’ll be diving into MATTHEW 7 next Wednesday, September 9, at 10 am.
 
COMMUNION FOR ALL THIS SUNDAY, September 6 ~ This Sunday our message will focus on the challenging parable, the LABORERS IN THE VINEYARD (Matthew 20:1-13) and it will also be communion Sunday. And yes, we have a VERY special way to share in the Lord’s supper together here in the sanctuary. But here’s great news. We have received special dispensation to include our online worshippers too, praise God! If you will be at home and you don’t yet have a sacred worship space set up, please prepare your space before the service, along with your simple elements, (any kind of juice or water, and crackers or bread), so we can have communion TOGETHER this Sunday. If you will be attending church in the sanctuary, you will pick up an individual baggie with your individual communion cup inside and we will all consecrate the elements together!
 
THANKS TO OUR SONG LEADERS ~ Thanks to Judy Beaty and Mike Ewert who has led our singing these last four weeks! Great job!  This week J.A. Newton will be leading us in two of my FAVORITE songs! If God is leading YOU to come and lead our Sunday singing, please let me know! 
 
OUR COLLEGE KIDS ARE STARTING NEW CHAPTERS ~ Carissa and Cason are starting year TWO, and Landry and Grant are starting year ONE.  Julian is enrolled in the EMT program at TJC. Please keep our kids in your prayers!
 
LAST CHANCE TO GET ON CARLA’S HOME COOKED MEAL LIST ~ Carla has answered the call to make some home-cooked meals, COMFORT FOODS, about every two weeks. And after today, if you want to know what’s coming so you can plan and order, you can get on her email list in the future! This Wednesday, September 4, she will be making Mexican Tater Tot Casserole, a ground beef dish. She will deliver between 11am – 1pm on Friday ($8) and she needs a count by Wednesday at NOON. Call Carla 903-347-6012. (I ordered TWO of her last week King Ranch Chicken and it was delicious, can’t wait to taste this week’s recipe!)
 
Many blessings to you all,
Pastor Debbie