5-21-20 FUMC Reopening Plan

The Church Council met this week and we’re very excited to SLOWLY but SAFELY begin partial gathering!
Details are on the attached document and I, for one, hope these restrictions will NOT have to be in place for a long time! 
Here are the important dates:
May 24, 10:50 a.m. ~ Memorial Day Worship, Facebook Live
May 31, 8 a.m. ~ All Church OUTDOOR Worship at the Ragsdales (270 CR 4228, Winnsboro) ~ If you have not yet let me know, please REPLY to this emaiand let me know how many chairs you will need or if you will be listening in your car. MANY THANKS to the Ragsdale family for sharing their home and beautiful meadow with us!
May 31, 10:50 a.m. ~ Facebook Live Worship with Bishop McKee
June 7 and ongoing in Phase 2, 10:50 a.m ~ RETURN TO THE SANCTUARY ~ We will worship together in the Sanctuary (and Facebook LIVE)!  Please reply to this email and let us know if you’ll be attending so we know how to seat people! I truly do recognize how sitting in the same seat every Sunday is part of the comfort in coming to church and sitting with your pew neighbors. Please know we want to get back to “normal” as soon as possible; but in this interim, please be kind and supportive of the amazing ushers who are willing to work very hard to seat as many people as SAFELY as possible.  
ARRANGEMENTS FOR PHASE 2 of Returning to the Sanctuary ~ Again, we hope these adjustments will NOT be “forever” but we hope that being together will far outweigh the minor safety inconveniences.
Here is a recap of what you’ll want to know ~
1. If you are 65 or older and/or have any underlying health conditions, we will support your decisions to stay home until you feel safe. We will continue Facebook LIVE and ZOOM Wednesday Bible studies at 10 a.m., so please make decisions that are best for YOU! (See CDC guidelines here.)
2. I want to thank Trustee Chair Danny Moss and Custodian Deloris Loftin who are doing everything they can to be sure everything is disinfected and that we will be separated by 6 feet to keep everyone safe. 
3.  I also want to thank Worship Chair Penny Boice and Communion Chair Sue Gross and ALL of our wonderful ushers who are working hard to make sure worship is joyful, sacred, and SAFE! I hope we will all come to worship cheerfully and leave worship inspired by God, but we will come and go wearing masks, and we will be seated and dismissed without gathering before and after church. (If you need a mask, let me know. We do have some children’s masks too!)  An usher will squirt your hands with disinfectant when you arrive and seat you, maybe not in your regular seat, and help you leave safely by row squirting your hands as you go.
Again, details are attached and please let me know if we have any questions. We will do the best we can with what we know at the time and as we know more we will try to do better! We will weather these changes TOGETHER, just like we have in the last two months since COVID-19 forced us to close our buildings … because … 
Pastor Debbie


5-18-20 FUMC Quick Update

MAY 31, 8 a.m. ~ ALL CHURCH OUTDOOR WORSHIP AT THE RAGSDALE’S! It’s a NEW DAY, and we’ll worship together for the first time since March 8! EVERYONE WEAR RED as it’s Pentecost and Senior Recognition day! As you may have heard me say in worship yesterday, the Ragsdale family wants to make this easier for everyone by bringing all the chairs for us to be able to sit together in family groups, 6 feet apart. If you want to remain in your care, we will be directing the cars to come close enough to hear. BUT PLEASE REPLY TO THIS EMAIL and let us know if you will be coming so we know how to set up for you.

 Will you be attending worship at the Ragsdale’s on May 31? Yes or No?

If you are coming and don’t need chairs, will you stay in your car?

How many chairs will you need? 

MORE UPDATES COMING THIS WEEK ~ I’m sure you’re anxious to hear how Governor Abbott unveils the next steps of re-opening today. And like me, you’re hoping to hear GOOD NEWS about how COVID is affecting our State. I just checked our local health agency NET Health and see that Winnsboro still only has three cases, 18 total positive cases in Wood county, and 11 of those 18 have recovered, praise God! You can see local updates on the NetHealth.com website.

The Church Council will be meeting on Tuesday night and formulating guidelines for what our PARTIAL return on June 7 will look like. So you’ll be getting another detailed email later this week. Until then, I want to reiterate that we will continue to do worship on Facebook and ZOOM Bible studies even AFTER we can start gathering physically again. So please make wise decisions for you as we recognize that people over 65 or with high-risk conditions should stay home and we will SUPPORT your decisions!

BIBLE TALK ~ Studying the Bible’s Biggest Ideas, 10 a.m., Wednesdays, on ZOOM ~ May 20, Isaiah 53: The Real Face of Jesus ~ Let’s bring the Bible to life! Let’s bring the characters to life! Let’s study the most essential chapters of the Bible in a deep, intentional way so we can connect the dots between the lessons taught thousands of years ago and the realities of life today. This study will continue through July on ZOOM, and each lesson will stand alone so commit to every week or join when you can! While you may not think ZOOM is the best way to go, it is the safest right now, and you’ll be amazed at how “connectional” it can be! We’ll use the screen to make the key points visible and use break-out rooms for small group conversations when needed. This invitation will be good for every week we meet so download ZOOM now and connect with us through the summer! 

Please read Isaiah chapter 53 and then join us this Wednesday: CLICK HERE for joining instructions!

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS COME THROUGH THE MONDAY DRIVE-THROUGH ~ As the weather is getting warmer, today was our LAST drive-through and I can’t begin to THANK all of you who came to see me. You have given me so much strength and JOY! This is not to say we won’t do it again as things change, but for now my heart is grateful to all of you!

DO YOU OR YOUR KIDS NEED A MASK? As our small groups are returning, and when we return to the sanctuary, we will likely be continuing to wear masks, at LEAST in and OUT of the buildings. Please contact Deanna at fumc-winnsboro@suddenlinkmail.com if you want to make arrangements to pick a mask/s up. (And yes, we do have some children’s masks!)

THIS SUNDAY is MEMORIAL DAY! Join us at 10:50 a.m. on Facebook for worship! If you want to LISTEN to our Tuesday devotionals or Sunday sermons, as you know, go to the website .

Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 

Pastor Debbie