1-21-20 FUMC Update

There is MUCH going on in the life of our church. Lots of people have personal struggles going on, many have health challenges, some have faith battles, others have financial pressures. But in the midst of it all, GOD IS WITH US, and we have each other! The blessings of being connected to a smaller group of people other than those who worship together on Sunday mornings is immeasurable! When you get to know people beyond “Hello, how are you?,” the level of relationships and the trust that is built comes in handy when you might need a little extra prayer or a special hand of help to get you through those blips and blasts in life. You can find this in the Wednesday morning women’s bible study, the Wednesday night fellowship meal, in the quilters or crafters group, and especially in a Sunday school group.  Have you found a place to BELONG?
In a small way, the people in the few pews around you on Sunday morning might be seen as a “neighborhood group.” You KNOW when your “neighbors” are missing, you pay a little extra attention when you hear their names lifted in prayer and make a point to let them know they have been missed when they return after a time away. Our love for each other extends beyond the people who just sit near us. It extends to the visitors and guests who come into our “space” on Sundays, how do we greet them, make them feel included and welcome them? It really DOES matter so let’s make our neighborhoods the kind of neighborhoods EVERYONE wants to be part of!
ALZHEIMER’S EVENTS COMING TO EAST TEXAS! ~ Attached are the details of two very important Alzheimer’s events coming to East Texas that I’d encourage you to share with others. We have these events posted on our Facebook so you can share those events with your friends. But we have the ADDED BONUS for an all-church special event where Kathy Shockley, the Associate Director of Programs & Services for the Alzheimer’s Association in Dallas will come to speak to us and take lots of questions! 
Mark your calendars:
     Sunday, February 2, 9:45 a.m., FUMC Winnsboro, Wesley Hall, Alzheimer’s Presentation
     Wednesday, February 5, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., FUMC Mineola, Community Lunch & Forum
      Saturday, February 9, 9-11:30 a.m., FUMC Winnsboro, FLC, Educational Program
COME PRAY WITH US, Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. ~ Pray quietly and silently, walk the space or sit in place!
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY begins Wednesday, January 22, 9 a.m. ~ Leslie James will be here for a 6-week study on the Parables of Jesus and all women are welcome!
LAST DAY TO GET YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE INFO TO THE OFFICE, Friday, January 24 ~ I am very hopeful that many of us will be going to the prison together on Saturday, February 8, at 6 pm to greet the prisoners at the Johnson Unit. Even if you DON’T want to go to dinner afterward, I hope you’ll come for just 30 minutes to be the light of Christ for men who may not EVER know His love without our unconditional presence. Get the last 4 digits of your license and your full name to the office before this Friday please.
MEXICAN TRAIN GAME DAY:  Thursday, February 6, 1-3 p.m., Wesley Hall ~ Don’t miss our fun and fellowship as we have multiple tables playing dominoes! Even if you have never played before, this is an EASY game to learn! We’d love to meet your neighbors and friends so please bring a guest. We will provide the snacks!
This Sunday we’ll continue in our worship series on the SEVEN CHURCHES in the Book of Revelation. Last Sunday we talked about how a strong church with such excellent leadership could DISAPPEAR completely (listen here) and this week we’ll be looking at the Church of Smyrna, one of only TWO of the churches that didn’t collapse. What did they have??
I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! 
Rev. 2:9a 
Debbie Lyons, Pastor


1-14-20 FUMC Update

I’m so excited about our new worship series, “In Search of a Great Church!” Most people think of the Book of Revelation as a secret codebook with nothing but apocalyptic messages and end time prophecy, but it starts out with very clear and understandable instructions direct from the Lord Himself! The pattern in these letters is remarkable – in each one, the STRENGTHS of the church are recognized, then the WEAKNESSES are spelled out then INSTRUCTIONS are given as to how to turn back to God. And finally, the REWARDS are short and sweet and definitely worth working for! If you missed being with us on Sunday, you can LISTEN to the introductory sermon HERE … it will give you some background on what’s ahead.
By the way, this worship series will end on February 23, and then we’ll begin a Bible study discussion of the “rest of the story.” We’ll work to decode the amazing messages of what happens when Jesus comes again!
RESIDENTS ENCOUNTER CHRIST, Johnson Unit Prison, Saturday, February 8, 6 p.m. ~ DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR FULL NAME & LAST 4 DIGITS OF YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE Number is January 24 ~  Just 30 minutes can help change the lives of the men at the Johnson Unit! Be sure call to the office and give us the name on your driver’s license and the last four digits of your driver’s license number before JANUARY 24. Then meet us at the JOHNSON UNIT, 703 Airport Rd, Winnsboro. We’ll only be at the prison for 30-45 minutes then we’ll have dinner together afterward!   
WOMEN’S COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 10 a.m., Asbury ~ Join Leslie James as she presents her study on the PARABLES OF JESUS. All women are invited!
Martin Luther King Day Celebration at the Winnsboro Civic Center,  MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 11am-2pm ~ Let’s join others in our community and meet some new people, hear some good music AND have a free BBQ lunch together! This is a come and go event and I’d love to see you there!
ROAD RALLY EVENT PLANNING, Friday, January 24, 10 a.m., Annie Mae’s on Main Street ~ What is a “Road Rally” you ask? It’s one of the most fun adult scavenger hunts you can begin to imagine so come find out more and plug into this fun community event we’re planning!
LEADERSHIP TRAINING, Saturday, January 25, Sulphur Springs UMC, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. ~ Want to be part of leading our church to be the best church we can be? Please meet us in the parking lot at 8:45 a.m. and we’ll carpool to SS together for this great workshop.  Check workshop options HERE, you’ll be able to attend two!
CAMPING BEAVER’S BEND, March 29-31 ~ If you have an RV, motorhome or tent, it’s probably not too late to join the camping group at beautiful Armadillo Campground at Beaver’s Bend. We reserved sites 13-20 (They are pull through and full hookup sites for $29/night if you are under 62 and $27/night if you are 62 or older, 45’ in length.)  CALL THE PARK DIRECTLY: The blocked sites are under First United Methodist Church Winnsboro. You will need to call either 580-494-6300 or 580-494-6538 and tell them which site that you want and tell them the site is in the Armadillo Campground. NOT A CAMPER? No problem, you can still enjoy the group meals, campfires and activities but stay in the lodge. Call the lodge directly 832-549-6179, pay for first night and remainder at check-in.
MEXICAN TRAIN COMMUNITY GAME DAY, Thursday, Feb. 6, 1-3 pm, Wesley Hall ~ We’re so excited to kick off a SUPER-FUN day for everyone and anyone who is looking for good ol’ fashioned FUN! We’ll provide the snack – you just bring your friends!
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION DALLAS PRESENTS ~ EDUCATION PROGRAM, Saturday, Feb. 8, 9-11:30 a.m., FLC  ~ Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. It’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Join us to learn more about the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Presentation topics include Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia, and Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors. 
~~~ DON’T FORGET ~~~
Wednesday Night Fellowship Dinners are BACK and DELICIOUS! Hope to see you Wednesday night at 5:45!
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. Rev. 2:7

Debbie Lyons, Pastor