6-21-22 FUMC Updates … From RELUCTANT to BOLD Faith

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer!  Summer officially begins today, and the temperatures surely affirm that the 3rd season of the year is in full swing.

REMINDER: the next Wednesday night meal will be on JULY 6th

July 6th will also start our 


We’ll start with a quick, casual meal then wild water activities for kids outside and wacky words from the Bible for adults inside!

What Bible stories have made you scratch YOUR head?

Are there scriptures that you think: “Surely THAT’S not in the Bible?!”

Have the words of Jesus ever made you wonder, “What did he MEAN by THAT?”

While the kids are out having fun in the water slides, we’ll explore some of these Biblical things that people might even deny are IN the Bible … and believe me, there are a LOT of things in the Bible that are a bit shocking that we never talk about!  What do YOU want to know more about?

Send me your favorite HEAD SCRATCHERS and we’ll talk about them in July!



Kids Connection Children’s Church week 2 was a triumph!  We had 7 children come to learn about baby Moses.  We learned that the Pharaoh of Egypt was threatened by the Israelites and ordered that all baby boys should be thrown into the Nile to drown. Moses’ mother kept him hidden for as long as she could until she finally built a basket and hid him in the reeds to float down the Nile. His sister Miriam followed his journey until Pharaoh’s daughter drew him out of the water.  She named him Moses because it meant “drawn out of the water.” We “raced” our baby Moses down the Nile, we tried to cross the Nile and avoid the Nile crocodile, and we made photo frames for our dads for Father’s Day.  Our thought for the day was God can make good of any situation we face.

CALLING ALL 6th– 8th GRADERS – COME CONNECT! Wednesday, 6/22, 6 – 8:30 … come inaugurate the upstairs LOFT in the FLC, and hang out for pizza and a movie! KIDS – BRING YOUR FRIENDS!

JUST A REMINDER THERE WILL NOT BE CHILDREN’S CHURCH ON SUNDAY, JULY 3RD. The children will be in worship on that Sunday to participate in communion with the congregation. I will greet the children in the lobby of the church starting at 10:30 am, sit up in the balcony with them and their families during the service, and come down with them so that we can enjoy communion together at the very beginning of the communion service.   It is so important for them to worship with the body of Christ and to see that the table is open to all!

I am still looking for volunteers for Sunday morning! Our teenagers are going to help on Wednesday nights in July, but we need someone for the 4th Sunday, please. But, if I can get 8 volunteers, each person would only need to commit to every other month so let me know if you can serve at all!  And remember – I will create the lesson, plan the crafts and organize the schedule: I just need your help supervising.

Email me at communications@fumcwinnsboro.com with any questions or to let me know that you are willing to volunteer!  I am so blessed to watch these children grow in faith each week!

Heather Warren, Communications & Children’s Director


Saturday, 6/25, 4-6 PM … Kanen and Katrice Pre-Wedding Meet and Greet, Wesley Hall

Mondays, 8 am, Hope Café, Men’s Gathering with Brother Henry

Mondays, 1 pm, Knitters and Stitchers, FLC



Children’s Church, K-5 in Wesley Hall … kids can be checked in at 10:30 am and picked up after church.

MOSES: From Reluctant to Bold Faith, Ex. 1 – 2:10 … if you missed the INTRO message to our summer worship series you can watch it anytime on Facebook HERE. This Sunday, we’ll dive into MOSES, testimony to the fact that God uses ordinary people, in seemingly ordinary ways, to do extraordinary things! As we begin to explore how reluctant faith becomes BOLD faith there’s already much we can learn … God is intimately involved and present in our lives just like He was present thousands of years ago with the Hebrew midwives, the softened heart of an Egyptian princess, and in the religious fervor of a mother. God is working out a purpose in history, just as God always has and always will … SEE YOU SUNDAY!

Joyfully in Christ,

Pastor Debbie


6-15-22 FUMC Updates … VISION

Without vision, the people perish … Proverbs 29:18

Having a clear vision is a VERY important tool for growth and movement in a church and I want to thank everyone who attended our all-church VISION STATEMENT workshops.  We talked about our history, our demographics, our strengths, and challenges and we reviewed our core value focuses established through meetings and voting last year:  children, evangelism, and discipleship.

A vision must start with a MISSION and, in short, the mission is what we do and why we exist.  The mission is focused on the present and brings direction to what needs to be done now and the mission statement of the United Methodist Church is strong: Go and make disciples for the transformation of the world. Matthew 28:19.

A vision statement is future-orientated but should also incorporate the DNA of who we are and what our strengths are. It focuses on where we are going and should provide an idealistic dream ‘seen’ with eyes of faith and ‘felt’ in our hearts. The vision reveals the destination, something to be steered and worked towards.

What makes a church’s mission and vision different? In short, the difference between the two is this: the mission dictates why we exist, and the vision shows what we will do to accomplish that.

At First United Methodist Church Winnsboro we are committed to:

Reaching beyond our church walls 

for those seeking a place to belong.

Research and studies show that church attendance has been dropping for years, even before COVID, so since people aren’t coming INTO the church we must go out. Reaching suggests this isn’t always easy – it pushes us out of our comfort zone to new places to meet new faces. Our vision also includes the acknowledgment that most people want to feel a sense of belonging, a sense of being loved and included. Because hospitality and fellowship are part of who we are, God has equipped us to create a place where people feel they can belong, and grow in their faith! 

Please pray that the Holy Spirit guides us to help people feel the love of Jesus Christ through us!



Kids Connection Children’s Church week 1 was a success!  We had 7 children come to learn about Joseph.  We learned that even though Joseph was sold into slavery and jailed that he remained faithful to God and ended up able to save his family from starvation during the famine in the land.  We learned that our behaviors (both good and bad) have ripple effects that touch the lives of those around us and that we should choose what we do carefully knowing that the choices we make touch the lives of those around us.  We then made God’s eye crafts to remind us that God is always with us and always watching, and to remind us to pray.  We also sang and praised the Lord!  It was a morning full of joy and love!

Thank you to Conner and Cheyenne Ragsdale for helping the children grow in faith and love!  You too can be a part of the amazing ministry.  Can you commit to one Sunday per month?  I really need someone that can commit to volunteering on the 3rd and 4th Sunday of the month.  Email me at communications@fumcwinnsboro.com with any questions or to let me know that you are able to volunteer!  I am so delighted to watch how this ministry grows!



Calendar of Events on our website HERE.

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 6-8:30 PM, Middle School CONNECT: kids in 6th-8th grades are going to be hanging out, eating pizza, watching a movie, and inaugurating the LOFT in the FLC.

Beginning this Sunday, 6/19, we’ll honor our fathers and dive into the story of Moses, one of the famous fathers of our faith. From birth, Moses was divinely set apart to lead God’s people back into a right relationship with God and this calling was fulfilled because of God’s desire to consistently show up throughout his life in miraculous ways. 

I look forward to seeing you on SUNDAY as we explore why the OLD story in Exodus connects so directly with the NEW stories of the Gospel.


Pastor Debbie