9-18-18 FUMC Updates

I am so excited about what’s happening on Wednesday nights at FUMC!!  We’re feeding LOTS of people (upwards of 80+!) and and enjoying amazing fellowship, and more than 40 people are staying for ALPHA, an enriching discipleship walk that leads to AMAZING faith conversations! Kids, Kindergarten through 12th grade, are also enjoying the experience and we are so thankful that we have found a WONDERFUL elementary teacher for our K-5th grade kids and I thank the donors who made this possible.  
If you still want to join an ALPHA group please let us know by tonight as we begin going deeper and deeper you’ll want to be connected. This will be the LAST week the groups are shuffled … this means, the groups this week will be together through the end!
First, a special thanks to Joanna and Wayne Horton and Danny and Amy Moss who have spent COUNTLESS HOURS overseeing the work in Wesley Hall!  We were able to do a LOT of work on a “shoestring” budget but we could NOT have done that without the hours and hours of work that have been donated to the project! Many of YOU donated time and energy to this work TOO, and I am so grateful to those of you who were able to help!
CONSECRATION of WESLEY HALL: Sunday, October 14th, NOON:
Please plan to stay an extra 15 minutes after church on October 14th as we recognize what God has done in Wesley Hall and we consecrate the building to His service. We’ll try to finish up a little early so it won’t be too late when you leave.
A MESSAGE FROM THE TRUSTEES: as you know, the Trustees are responsible for the asset management of the church … keeping buildings and grounds safe and secure, managing utilities and associated costs, maintaining functionality of space and rooms, etc. 
– we have very limited storage space and are trying to think ahead about using space efficiently, so in cleaning out closets, rooms and storage spaces in the last few weeks we have come across things that we no longer have use for but MAY be things you could use. The Trustees have placed these recycle able items in the FLC and you are welcome to take things you might want … a basket will be on the table for a love offering for the next 2 weeks before things are donated/disposed of.
– because the heavy brown tables in Asbury Hall were extremely difficult to move in a room that was being used for more and more things, an anonymous donor has made it possible to replace the tables with lighter and more updated tables. 
– we are working hard to update and renovate our buildings and in the process have noticed a lot of damage to walls and woodwork from things being stapled, hung and taped to walls. Please do not staple, hang or tape things to wall … All the rooms in our church are used my MULTIPLE groups and if everyone hung what they wanted and where, no one would be happy! If you have things you want displayed or hung, stop by the office and one of our Trustees will help.
– right now, we don’t need any furniture, wall hangings, decorations or artwork but as we make further plans and find we need things we’ll put the word out.
– there will be announcements coming soon on updates for emergency procedures so stay tuned!
WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY STARTS BACK, 9am …all women are welcome to attend the community Bible study, a wonderful group of women from churches around WINNSBORO led by Linda Suche. 
PRAY FOR OUR HIGH SCHOOL KIDS & LEADERS … The kids are off to Glen Rose this weekend so pray, pray, pray for them as they kayak, hang out, see THE PROMISE and build relationships with God and one another. 
CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK IS COMING in NOVEMBER … Do you like to craft things? Are you looking for a way to give back to the church? Would you like a regular place to visit and get to know others who enjoy crafting? Join the crafters on TUESDAY MORNINGS at 9 am, every week! If you’d prefer to make things for the big sale at home and bring them up to the church, that would be great too! 
PRAYER QUILT MINISTRY TOUCHES LIVES: if you can cut or iron fabric, or design or sew lap quilts, come EVERY OTHER TUESDAY mornings 9-noon, for fellowship and time to share your creativity.  Our prayer quilts have blessed MANY people so be a part of the power of prayer.
DO YOU KNIT, CROCHET or NEEDLEPOINT? Come join the ladies from the community who visit and stitch together, 1-3 pm.
THIS SUNDAY our worship series, FAITH IN FILM, continues and if you have missed the message on Forest Gump or Les Miserables, you can listen on the website. Our next film is SCHINDLER’S LIST and it’s a difficult story, but a story of how LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING.

Debbie Lyons, Pastor

First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
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