12-10-19 FUMC Update

A special thanks to the Newton Family for lighting the Advent candles on Sunday. How wonderful to see our young families stand together for Jesus Christ! I also want to welcome Bobbie Henson who joined the church on Sunday. She has transferred her membership from another denomination and we are delighted to support her commitment to God!
 
Christmas is only two weeks away and outside of Easter, it’s the second most attended service by visitors and guests than ANY other service of the year! Over half of Americans will go to church on Christmas,  and of those who don’t, 57% said they would be open to an invitation to go. Someone you KNOW is longing to be included in the greatest celebration of the year! Someone you may come across is waiting to feel like they are included and they will be welcome! Someone, you know is just waiting for you to say, “We have a great, casual Christmas Eve celebration planned, I’d be happy to meet you if you’d like to come?”
 
GIVING TREES FOR THE BACKPACK MINISTRY ~ Wow, Heather Lanier Lopez was an amazing representative of the BackPack Food ministry last week, and I think we were ALL inspired to give generously to such a need in our community! Currently, this ministry feeds about 70 kids, 40 elementary and 30 middle school, a few in high school and are also providing clothes and special needs. I spoke with the Administration office and learned that of our 1,490 kids enrolled, 55% are “economically deprived.” 55%!  We have an opportunity to BE THE CHURCH this month. I hope you’ll consider giving a little beyond what you are already giving to God’s church.
 
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 ~ 
9:30 am, Asbury ~ Our last Christmas Bible study will focus on the details of Joseph’s role and the location of Bethlehem in the Christmas story. Everyone is welcome!
5:45 pm, FLC ~ Fellowship Meal, and it’s my favorite … meatloaf!
Plan ahead to the December 18 dinner ~ This will be the last dinner until school goes back in January and we’ll be having a cookies/candy dessert extravaganza, NOT just for us but to serve the people in our community who have to work on Christmas Eve. The Family Ties class is asking everyone to bring your favorite cookies or candy and they will then wrap up what is not eaten and deliver it to those in our community who have to work on Christmas Eve: hospital, police, fire department, etc. We are BLESSED to be a blessing!
 
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN, Thursday, December 12, Noon ~ You’re invited to join the UMW at a special Christmas gathering at the home of Sandra Patrick, 621 W. Coke Rd., Winnsboro.  (Notice the time adjustment to noon. They will NOT meet in Asbury  Hall).
 
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE ~ December 24, 5 p.m. ~ I’m very excited about our service being earlier this year and don’t worry, sunset is at 5:20 p.m., so it will be dark when our very own Danny McMahon sings Oh Holy Night! I do want to remind you that I anticipate having a lot of guests this year so let’s be the BEST hosts possible! That means leaving the seats in the back for our visitors and moving up to the front pews to take the anxiety away from visitors worried about “what to do.” Also, please consider parking in the empty lot next to the parsonage on Church Street if you have a truck that can get over the curb OR enter the lot from the backside on Blackjack. Let’s leave the front spots in the lot in front of the Baptist Church for guests also.
 
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.  James 2:14-18
 
Debbie Lyons, Pastor

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12-03-19 FUMC Update

What a wonderful Sunday we had to kick off the first Sunday of the pre-Christmas season of Advent! It was a joy to welcome Crystal Chandler as a new member of the church and a double blessing to see the Chandler family light our first Advent candle. 
 
Advent Giving Trees in December ~ Our 2019 Advent Mission will be the Winnsboro BackPack Food Program, a wonderful ministry to provide food for children who are at risk of going hungry on weekends and holidays. You can leave cash or make your checks to FUMC, marking BackPack in the memo line. Come meet the Backpack Program director Heather Lopez this Wednesday evening after fellowship dinner and find out more! 
 
Come Join Us Wednesday, December 4, 9-10:30 am for Bible study in Asbury ~ I love a small group Bible study because we get to talk about things in MUCH greater depth than we do in a 20-minute sermon! Let’s talk this week about the background stories of Mary, the angels and why NAZARETH is important in the Christmas story.
 
Wednesday, December 4, 5:45 pm, Fellowship Meal in the FLC ~ Come meet the Backpack Program Director Heather Lopez. We will have chili and all the fixin’s!
 
Have you Ordered Your Photos ~ We will be emailing your proof this week but you can also see them in the lobby of the sanctuary through December 15. For $20, you can get any two sheets of combinations (8 x 10’s, 5 x 7’s, wallets, etc.). You can always contact Jim Dyson directly at 903-365-2450.
 
Thanks for Returning Your 2020 Commitment Cards ~ I want to thank the 28 families who returned your 2020 commitment cards. Every Tuesday this month we are praying over your cards and asking God to provide beautiful pathways for you to continue to grow in your faith! If you need a card, we have them in the sanctuary and the ushers can get you one. Please be sure to put your name on the front because as you know, you will get them back next November, unopened. It’s also not too late to bring them to church!
 
Would You Like to Connect to One of Our Senior Adults Ministry Planning Groups? We’ve now had teams gather to start the conversations about camping and RV trips, game nights and specials events/trips. And now that we’re getting up and running, we’d LOVE you to get involved to be part of the excitement! PLEASE REPLY to Pastor Debbie and let us know if you’d like to be included in the updates and meeting announcements. Think about what  YOU might be interested in inviting your friends to attend?  Come and let us know! Mark your calendars for these upcoming follow-up meetings ~
 
RV/Camping ~ Thursday, December 12, 9:30 a.m., Annie Mae’s on Main
Special Events/Trips ~ Monday, December 16, 10 a.m., Annie Mae’s on Main
Games ~ Thursday, January 9, 2 p.m., Annie Mae’s on Main
 
Candlelight Christmas Eve Services
Tuesday, December 24, 5 p.m. 
 
Debbie Lyons, Pastor

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