10-11-22 One question a day for 22 days

Having just finished a 4-week worship series on some difficult words of Jesus from the Gospel of Luke, we’ve been reminded that being a disciple isn’t always comfortable! Growing in our faith, and developing a closer personal relationship with Christ takes commitment, and sometimes requires sacrifice, but oh the freedom and rewards that result are astounding! 

JOHN WESLEY, the founder of the Methodist Church, wrote these 22 questions that members of his 18th-century holy groups would use for self-examination. For the next 22 weekdays at 5 PM, we’ll reflect on just one question a day, asking God to guide us in our meditation… I will email 1 question a day on weekdays and we’ll post the question on Facebook and Instagram. Share the questions on YOUR pages and see how your friends respond!

 OCTOBER IS COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER MONTH: thanks to all of you who are able to give a little extra to our food pantry this month. In our sermon on Sunday, you can watch it on FACEBOOK, I talked about the command Jesus gave us to keep our eyes open to the basic needs of our neighbors who may be struggling around us. I mentioned that more and more people need help from our local food pantry, and Joan Morris shared the Community Resource Center’s Executive Director Report with me that make this the sad, but true, reality … look at the increase in the average number of families and household members served per month:


Jan-Ap                154 families             386 household members         7 new families

May-Sep             214 families              542 household members        15 new families

                            +28%                      +29%                                    +54%


If you want to make a donation now, CLICK HERE to go to our giving page and select the COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER, or mark FOOD PANTRY in the memo line if you want to write a check.


UNITED METHODIST WOMEN, Thursday, 10/13 am, Asbury Hall … October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so join UMW for their special program this week.  And please support the MISSION effort of UMW by taking a look at the RADA catalog … everyone has a kitchen and everyone has to eat so get a jump start on gifts for Christmas or weddings today! CLICK HERE for information on the fundraiser. 

CELEBRATION OF LIFE, Saturday, 10/15, 10 am, Martin Luther King Park … Mickey Stewart, along with Lucille Sharper and Doris Faye Sharper Brooks will be remembered by Pastor Greg Duffy’s Helping Young People Excel, HYPE, group. CLICK HERE for information. Everyone is welcome.

JUNIOR HIGH CONNECT, Sunday, 10/16, 6-8:30 pm, The Loft, FLC … kids in 6th – 8th grade hang out for dinner, devotional, and FUN … a place of their own! Heather works hard to make this a GREAT monthly event but we’d love some help making/serving dinner for the 12-15 people who come each month! Contact Heather and say, “This is my church, I’ll do it!”

BRO. HENRY’S MONTHLY BIBLE STUDY, Tuesday, 10/18, 10 AM, Wesley Hall … everyone is welcome to attend this conversational study!

SEND MYOUR TRACTOR PICTURES!  This Sunday we’re starting a new worship series on the powerful metaphors around GOD AND TRACTORS … we’ll look at a few big, basic Christian messages that remind us that the only heavy equipment we need in life is GOD Himself! Have you ever gotten your tractor stuck in the muck? Have you ever rescued a neighbor who couldn’t get out of a mess on his farm? How many implements do you use in YOUR pastures? SEND ME YOUR PICTURES! (Pictures of YOU, too!!)

Pastor Debbie


7-12-21 FUMC Updates

There’s no getting around it … we live in a fast-paced world of technology! Our phones have become handheld computers, Bluetooth has replaced wires, we can now take videos and pictures and in an instant and send them to LOTS of people all over the world!  Technology keeps us aware of what’s going on in the world within seconds of things happening, we can get answers to questions instantly, and maps are obsolete with GPD that not only maps out direction but tells us when there are road slowdowns! 

If you go online to search for ANYTHING you’re likely using GOOGLE (70% of the total market is driven by Google and 85% of the MOBILE search market uses Google) What does this matter? A search engine company PODIUM reports “The way that customers find and choose businesses has changed drastically in recent years. In the past, consumers would rely mainly on a business’s advertising, previous experience, or recommendations from family and friends but with more and more people turning to local search Google is even starting to automatically filter out local businesses with less than a 4-star rating.  (You can learn more if you’re interested HERE.)

We’d like to boost our ratings so when people search for us they won’t end up at FUMC Winnsboro LOUISIANA or when they search for a church in Winnsboro, TX. They don’t find other churches that get their attention first.


  1. Go on our Facebook page and rate our page HERE.

… You will see a star rating under the Cover Image on the left-hand side of the Page Timeline. Click On the Stars.

… Select the “Write A Review” button.

… Write A Review.

… Press Submit.

  1. Go on our GOOGLE HERE and in the search bar at the top of the page search for First United Methodist Church Winnsboro, Texas.

… You will see our listing on the right side of the page with info, map & some pictures.

…Scroll down to the bottom until you get to REVIEWS

…Rate and write a review

…Press submit

MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO SAID: “This is my church, I’ll do it!!”

  1. Our July WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEAL was awesome! Of course, meatloaf is my favorite so I am biased but many thanks to the kitchen team and dessert makers who made it such a great night!
  2. Our Parent’s Night Out was a Blast! We had 28 kids and 14 adults and we had a GREAT time.  Here’s a short video so you can “meet” some of the kids … click HERE!  The next one is on Friday, August 6th so save the date!
  3. Our buildings have been POWER WASHED! Lane Lewis, Conner Ragsdale, and his friend Kayden worked for HOURS cleaning off the grunge and mold from the buildings. 
  4. The dead bushes & trees from the ice storm are being REMOVED! Conner Ragsdale and his fiancé Cheyanne, had the chain saws and clippers out to start the process and we’ll be slowly trimming things “closer” in the months to come.


PRAYER in the COURTYARD, Tuesday mornings, 8-9 am… Have you considered spending some intentional time with Jesus? Do you find yourself telling God, “I GOT THIS?” and feel like you’re sinking? Are you called to pray but can’t seem to find the time? Mike Ewert is spearheading PRAYER in the COURTYARD where you can come and go on Tuesday mornings from 8-9 am in a sacred, outdoor shady space. Come and be still and let the power of the Holy Spirit work in a very special way!

TIPS FOR TOTS FISH FRY, Monday, August 2, at the Wood County Carol Green Convention Center… PLEASE DON’T LEAVE US ALONE OUT THERE!  Carolyn Stewart and I are inviting you to join us at a FISH FRY benefitting THE FOSTER KIDS PROGRAM OF WOOD COUNTY!  We will be two of the fun, crazy, and wacky “Celebrity Waiters” so order your FISH FRY dinner tickets in advance for $20, or $25 at the door! IF we do a good job serving you, all our tips, and the tips of ALL the “celebrity waiters” will go directly to serve the children! We’ll be serving from 4-6 pm but the event goes from 4 – 8 pm so get your tickets today!  www.Tips4Tots.org

This Sunday we’re looking at the lessons we learn from another BAD GIRL in the Bible Jezebel … FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS!

Pastor Debbie