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8-9-22 FUMC Updates … It’s time for KIDS BEACH CLUB!!

Say it isn’t so! Yes, even though FALL doesn’t officially arrive until September 22, and the temperatures are still excessively hot, our minds switch gears when school goes back: vacations come to an end and the boredom of one season leads us to crave a fresh, new season. Thanks to all of you who have given generously to our school drive for earbuds and gift cards, some by bringing these items OR some making a tax-deductible designated gift to the church marked SCHOOLS.  Giving to others with nothing expected in return is a true sign of discipleship and it makes me smile!  THERE’S STILL TIME: this Sunday, August 14th is the deadline!

IT’S TIME FOR KIDS BEACH CLUB!  In case you forgot how EXCITING it is, CLICK HERE for a look at what giving Bibles to 62 kids is all about!  Every Tuesday for 10 weeks starting September 13th we’ll be sharing the love of Jesus with the Intermediate kids again. KBC lasts from 3:30 – 5 and it’s an action-packed 90 minutes! This is an “all hands on deck” effort and Heather is working hard, now, to get our team put together … thanks to those of you who have already said YES!  This year will even be BETTER than last because we learned a few tricks along the way last year, but every Tuesday we will need:

– 8 small group leaders who will study the lesson (ALL provided) and lead the small group conversations, and keep an eye on the kids during worship, games, and memory verse time. (Arrive by 3 please to set up your tables)

– assistant small group leaders who sit opposite the leader during table times and work with the leader to build relationships with the children. You too will have a copy of the lesson so you can chime in, but will not have to lead.

– 3-4 greeters who welcome and sign in the kids as they arrive, oversee kids coming & going to the bathrooms, and help with snacks and oversight

– 1-2 memory verse leaders (ALL provided)to coordinate the props and present the memory verse to the large group

– 1-2 game leaders (ALL provided) to organize the materials needed and spearhead this fun end part of the day for the large group

We would really like to be able to staff KBC with a full team of FUMC volunteers but by the end of August, I will also invite other churches to participate also.  If God is nudging you to say YES, please don’t wait!

SAVE THIS TRAINING DATE: Wednesday, September 7th, 6:45 pm 

after the fellowship meal in Wesley Hall … this is important training for ALL volunteers.  

 

There will also be other opportunities to serve also … mark your calendars to come and help us get ready …

COME CUT, PUNCH & LAMINATE: Wednesday, August 17, 10 AM, Wesley Hall … Heather is working hard to get all 10 weeks of memory cards, take-home devotionals, and bookmarks ready so we can all get a LOT done working together! We’ll also put all the leader bags together so please come join in!

THURSDAY, 8/11, 10 AM, Asbury Hall … United Methodist Women have a new name! After declining membership and a focus to engage newer, younger members and adapt to the changeable circumstances of today’s world, the United Methodist Women have changed their name to … United Women in Faith Please come and be part of this wonderful group and this month, enjoy LINDA SUCHE’S talk on “Silver Boxes”.

 

Our last of the 10 messages on MOSES and the EXODUS will be this Sunday – don’t miss it, because we’re going to PASS IT ON!

In bold faith,

Pastor Debbie


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8-1-22 FUMC Updates … do not worry!

I can’t tell you how many times I have said to some of you: “Take a deep breath in slowly, exhale slowly … now, do it again!” You have also heard me say this during worship services on days I feel a certain unease or heaviness in the sanctuary.  I sense that more and more people feel tension and anxiety coming from all directions … school going back, teacher shortages, rising costs for everything, political tension, the war in Ukraine, personal health concerns, etc., etc., etc.  Let me say as confidently as I can – worry is an OPTIONWe choose to worry or choose to give our burdens to the Lord and when we choose HIM, He greets us with arms wide open! 
 
Over and over again in the Bible the Lord says do not worry … do not be anxious about anything … do not fear. God asks us to go to Him when we are anxious and to trust in Him to give us the rest our mind and body need. God can lead us into worry-free living … He may suggest watching less news, spending less time on social media, or watching less anxiety-producing television shows and movies. He may encourage us to spend time with people who are positive and uplifting instead of always complaining about everything!  Go to Him and listen to His advice.
 
Yes, there is a lot going on in the world so be quick to pray … about everything! Focus less on the problems ahead, more on the victories behind, and always on the droplets of grace in the presence. Know that Christ is our refuge … He is our place of peace even in the most overwhelming moments! So, take advantage of that safe space. Invite Him to guard your heart with His PEACE…a peace that passes all understanding. 
 
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THANKS FOR HELPING WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  we’ll continue collecting earbuds and gift cards through August 14th and if you’d like to write a tax-deductible donation, please mark SCHOOLS in the memo line. 
 
CLICK HERE FOR THE AUGUST CALENDAR
 
MONDAYS:
8-9 am: Men’s breakfast with Brother Henry at Hope Cafe
1-3:30 pm: Knitters and Stitchers in FLC
 
THIS WEDNESDAY, August 3rd:
3-5 pm: Crafters are back in Asbury Hall and will continue meeting every Wednesday
6-6:45 pm: Fellowship Meal in FLC, come for summer salads
 
THURSDAYS:
1:30 – 3 pm:  Dulcimers in Asbury Hall
Third Thursday, 8/16, 10-11 am:  Brother Henry’s Bible study
 
THIS SUNDAY, August 7th:
10:45 am: Blessing of the Backpacks 
 
Also this Sunday, we’ll be looking at LESSONS FROM THE WILDERNESS – what Moses and the Israelites learned on their long journey to the Promised Land.
 
In Christ alone,
Pastor Debbie
 

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7-26-22 FUMC Updates … last Wacky Wednesday 7/27

July is quickly coming to an end and that means … dare I say it … time to get ready for kids to go back to school!  Our last WILD, WACKY FAMILY WEDNESDAY is July 27th, 6 PM, and Heather has some VERY wacky things planned for the kids!  I also have some very wild bible stories to share about demons and giants, talking donkeys, and a few unusual proverbs that will be thrown in! 

Please be part of our back-to-school efforts to help the students and teachers get off to a great start by providing what the school leaders have requested:

–         This year, instead of socks and underwear (we did such a great job last year they have enough this year!), we are providing leggings for the little ones … someone has already donated 5 pairs of each of the sizes requested, 3T-5T

–         The principals have requested earbuds that kids can plug into their tablets and Chrome books OR gift cards so the principals can dispense them for needed supplies. IF YOU WOULD RATHER MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION to the church, we will purchase gift cards for you, just mark SCHOOLS in the memo line or give HERE, the fund is WISD Back to School.

–         All the Winnsboro churches in the Ministerial Alliance are working together to provide a food truck for lunch for all the teachers and staff during the week they are getting ready to go back.  We’re blessed to be a blessing to our teachers and if you want to help with this, let me know!

COVID CASES ARE INCREASING: praise God that everyone I know who has or recently had COVID is recovering but please be mindful and try to keep some distance between each other. In our 7 counites, Net Health has reported that hospitalizations are where they were last November-December and reported cases have increased from 497 in April, to 936 May, 2,369 June, and already, through July 25th, to 4,268.  This nasty virus is apparently not going anywhere anytime soon!

ARE YOU SHARING OUR POSTS ON FACEBOOK/INSTAGRAM?  Heather does a great job keeping our posts, pictures, and videos up to date and Facebook and Instagram work really well when people SHARE posts to their own pages so their friends see what’s going on!  If you see something you think your friends might like, just CLICK the SHARE button.

ALWAYS KEEP UP WITH THE CALENDAR HERE!

WILD WACKY LAST WEDNESDAY, 7/27, 6-7:15 … TACOS for dinner at 6, and Bible Study at 6:30, all in the FAMILY LIFE CENTER, and water fun for kids at 6:30 too!  This is our last summer event so don’t miss it!

SPIRITUAL GIFTS CLASS: this Saturday and next Saturday, 7/30 and 8/8, 9 am – 3 pm, Wesley Hall … it’s not too late to register for this amazing opportunity to have spiritual development in our own backyards!  CONTACT: Lori Massey, East District Director of Lay Servant Ministries, 903-227-0302 or lori.mass@yahoo.com

THIS SUNDAY: We’ll be finishing up our look at the 10 Commandments this Sunday so you might want to read Exodus chapter 20.  As I have mentioned, these are not BIG sins that none of us ever commit, oh no … when we look at the commandments with a modern-day lens, they are BIG sins that many of us commit!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Debbie


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7-18-22 FUMC Updates, 10 Commandments

Whew!  The 10 COMMANDMENTS are tough to revisit, aren’t they?  As I have been digging down into what rules and laws have to do with FREEDOM I am even more amazed at God’s grace!

Unfortunately, in the 25-30 minutes we have on Sundays to talk about such important topics, it’s hard to get the FULL picture of how important the Old Testament 10 commandments are, but as I mentioned on Sunday, Jesus lives out those commandments, and reiterates those commandments by combining the 1st four commandments we talked about yesterday, the LOVE GOD commandments, with the next six commandments, the LOVE OTHERS commandments. We’ll talk about those last six in the next two weeks.

Let me give you a little more of the story …

The first time Moses went up to Mt. Sinai to receive God’s laws, he remained for 40 days. God gave him 10 commandments, carved in stone, and more than 600 additional laws that Moses was to share with the people. Yes, I said … the FIRST time. Exodus Chapters 20 – 31 outlines all those laws and I can imagine that Moses was pretty overwhelmed when he finally came down from Mount Sinai.

And what did he do? He smashed those tablets in a rage!

Why? Because: When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” Ex. 32:1 What’s so incredible about this is that it was Aaron, Moses’ brother, the right-hand man that God sent to help Moses that organized the building of the idol!

Presumably, the people made the idol “just in case” their God wasn’t really the one, true God, but they broke the central principle of the laws even as they were receiving them: “You shall have no other gods before me”. Ex. 20:3

When Moses saw the Israelites, God’s people, worshipping the golden calf they had built…. and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water, and made the Israelites drink it.  Ex. 32:19-20

This is astonishing stuff!! Moses was furious because “the people were out of control and that it was Aaron’s fault. The people had made fools of themselves in front of their enemies” Ex. 32:25  God was so angry He wanted to destroy them (but grace prevailed!) and I would bet the Israelites were terrified of the repercussions coming! This was one BIG mess!  

In the end, it was God’s grace that drew Moses back up the mountain for the second round of rules, and here’s the thing … the new, revised ten commandments (you can read them here) were given to Israel, along with all the other rules, not simply as a suggestion but as a rule of life! God wanted them to know how to live a wonderful life in His beautiful land, and under His authority, and these commandments are what would make them who they were meant to be. They provided a unique moral and ceremonial pattern for their community living: it told them what festivals to celebrate, who they could marry, what they could eat, etc.

I like how Psalm 19 paints a lovely picture of WHY the study and observance of the law was so important to the Israelites:  The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul; the decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple… They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb (Ps 19:7,10). This is pretty powerful imagery, especially in a culture that didn’t even KNOW about refined sugar!

Sadly, while God did not abandon His people, they were punished for worshipping a false idol: And the Lord struck the people with a plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron had made. 32:35 And this is the nature of sin … our choices, while we are always forgiven, DO have consequences! Freedom comes when we make choices pleasing to God and the 10 commandments give us everything we need to live ABUNDANTLY in God’s grace!

THIS SUNDAY: Love Others – Commandments 5-6 

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WHAT’S GOING ON?  See the calendar here!

We’re happy to welcome the DULCIMER DAMES to FUMC!  They will be meeting to practice in Asbury Hall on THURSDAYS, 1:30 – 3 pm and you are welcome to join them!  The dulcimer is a “musical instrument with a sounding board or box, typically trapezoidal in shape, over which strings of graduated length are stretched, played by being struck with handheld hammers.” If you want to learn and be around supportive others who want to practice, or you’re looking for a group to encourage your already blossoming hobby, you are welcome!  Click to here how pretty they sound! For more information contact: Glynda Willis, gkwillisgk@msn.com.

CRAFTERS will start meeting again on Wednesdays, 3-5 PM again starting August 3rd. Come for the creative fellowship and help make crafts for Christmas in the Park

WILD, WACKY WEDNESDAYS in July continues, 6 – 7:15 …we’ll all have hotdogs and ice cream together, then at 6:30 the kids will head outside for wacky water fun and the adults will meet for Bible study to discuss the UNFORGIVABLE SIN.

SPIRITUAL GIFTS CLASS, Saturday, July 30, part 1 and August 6, part 2, 9 am – 3 pm … this 2 part-class will help participants understand spiritual gifts and how the church can use them to fulfill its mission and ministry. Participants will identify their own spiritual gifts and also learn what it means to be a spiritual leader who is equipped to lead others in exploring and using their own spiritual gifts. Contact Carla Chitsey for details: cchitsey@yahoo.com

YOU’RE INVITED TO THE GRAPE HARVEST, July 23rd and July 30th, 7 am – 11 am, Mary & Brad’s vineyard, 9502 FM 1448, Winnsboro: this has become a tradition at FUMC where we help harvest grapes and then share the fresh juice on our communion Sunday! Mary writes: “We furnish harvest forks, buckets, and gloves.  You should wear clothes you don’t mind getting a little grape juice on and bring sunscreen, hat, and protection.  The grass will be shredded but you will probably want closed shoes for the vineyard.  Be sure to bring your swimsuits and flip-flops for stomping and enjoying the pool! Our goal is to finish around 11 so that we can enjoy a stomp, swim, potluck, and tasting.  Many harvesters make light work and more time for fun!  It’s a family affair!  We hope you will come and bring your friends! For planning purposes, it would be helpful if you can let us know which harvest you will be attending and approximately how many people are in your party.” maryewhite@comcast.net

Please HONOR THE SABBATH, 10:50 – 11:50 am on Sundays … children’s church, K – 5th graders; online on Facebook, (https://www.facebook.com/FUMCWinnsboro) or in-person with your friends and neighbors.

Blessings,

Pastor Debbie


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7-5-22 FUMC Updates

Have you ever wondered why God chose Moses, a self-confessed murderer, to lead His people out of Egypt and be the LAWGIVER? Do you think it’s strange that there is no mention of Moses asking for forgiveness or being forgiven?  Or could it be that “murder” and “killing” have different meanings in ancient cultures?

This Wednesday, July 6th6-7:15 PMFLC … our JULY Wild, Wacky, Family WEDNESDAYS start at 6 PM and after a casual dinner, the kids will go outside for WACKY water fun from 6:30-7:15 (bring towels!), and the adults will mosey on over to Wesley Hall as we try to find answers to some of those WILD things in the Bible, also from 6:30 – 7:15!  

This will be the plan for every Wednesday night in July – maybe dinner will be a little lighter, maybe we’ll have tacos instead of hotdogs – but there will be food at 6, then water fun and Bible study from 6:30-7:15 every Wednesday this month and EVERYONE is invited!

THE CURRENT DIRECTORY:

The directory is only as current as the information you give us has been updated with any changes you have provided us. The directory is meant for your own personal use – please don’t share addresses or contact information with anyone.  If you want a printed copy or want to verify your information, contact Heather at COMMUNICATIONS@fumcwinnsboro.com.

UPCOMING DATES:  always on the calendar HERE.

Wednesday, 7/6, 6-7:15 FLC …Wacky Wild Family Wednesday- dinner for all, Bible study for adults & water fun for kids

Saturday, 7/16, 10m-3 pm, First Baptist …The Carter Bloodmobile will be at the First Baptist Church and YOU can help save a life! Make an appointment here or just show up! https://www.carterbloodcare.org/donate-blood/

Saturday, 7/30 & 8/6, 9 am-3 pm, Discover Your Spiritual Gifts… the North Texas Conference is coming to Winnsboro to teach this very important course! This course will help you understand the unique spiritual gifts God has given you and how your gifts can be used to serve God’s church! CLICK HERE for more information, early registration closes July 18th, If you’d like to order the book, I will order using our tax-free account but please let me know if you want a book.

Participant’s book: Each One a Minister by William J. Carter, $14

EMMAUS WALKS, Men’s Fall Walk, September 22-25, 2022, Woman’s Fall Walk, October 20-23, 2022. The Walk to Emmaus is an Upper Room sponsored 3-day spiritual experience, Thursday evening – Sunday evening, that includes 10 faith talks, fabulous worship experiences, great food, and yes, some FUN mixed in. CLICK HERE for details on the Upper Room site. Then be sure to let me know if you’re interested!  There have not been any walks in 2 years so these Walks will likely fill up quickly … let me know if you have questions!

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This Sunday the EXODUS continues with DELIVERANCE … Moses confronts Pharoah with God’s 10 plagues and the journey to the Promised Land begins!  Honor the Sabbath!

All in Christ,

Pastor Debbie


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