10-29-19 FUMC Update

What a beautiful All Saints Day service we had to remember those in our church family who died this last year! Thanks to Elaina Ragsdale and Julie Lewis for decorating the chancel so beautifully.

It was also a joy to welcome Pastor Sue Gross to our church family membership! Sue retired in July and is excited to get plugged in at FUMC. She’s passionate about mission and service, Emmaus and RV camping, and she’s already working with Mike Ewert and Janet Zachary on our new PRAYER MINISTRY.

PRAYER MATTERS!  Tuesdays, 9 am, Sanctuary through December

Jesus lived and died to build his church, 

which is to be a house of prayer (Matt. 21:13). 

As we vision toward a new year, and prepare for the Season of Abundance, followed by the holy season of Advent and Christmas, we are going to focus on PRAYER through the end of December. Won’t you please join us on Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. (wear a jacket because the sanctuary will be cool). You will NOT have to pray out loud, and there will be written prayers available in the first pew if you want direction. Come to pray for guidance as we strive to make disciples for Jesus Christ. Pray for those on our prayer list, pray we can serve the people He brings to us,  pray that we can end this year by giving all the glory to God for what He is doing in our midst, or pray for whatever God puts on your heart! While our worship attendance is waning, our spirit is committed and we are EXCITED to be the Church that God calls us to be!


CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK, November 9 ~ All hands on deck! Our crafters and quilters have worked hard to make the biggest church fundraiser of the year a grand success and even if you didn’t craft or quilt, you can still help! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO IS MAKING THIS HAPPEN!

MAKING CRAFTS AT HOME? Thank you! Please bring them to the craft room in Wesley Hall no later than Tuesday, November 3. If you want to price them, please do so before you bring them. If you have a “minimum” price, let Carla know (903-347-6012).

Friday, November 8, noon ~ Meet at Wesley Hall to load up the items being sold and take them to the Civic Center; then return to FLC to help get the food ready for the stew luncheon on Saturday.

Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m. ~ 3 p.m. ~ Men who will be helping set up the lunch tables and serve/clean up for the stew contact DON BEATY  (903-752-1181). If you want to work  at the sale tables, contact CARLA CHITSEY (903-347-6012).

WE’RE UPDATING THE ONLINE DIRECTORY! Jim Dyson will be taking individual and family pictures on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings, November 6, 9, 10 and 13.  OPTIONAL: If you’d like to have an updated picture for your family, for $20 you can buy an 8 x 10 and two 5 x 7’s. And after printing costs, the money will be donated to the church!

DEVOTIONAL LIFE in the WESLEYAN TRADITION ~ November 16 and 23, 9 a.m. ~ 3 p.m., at Tinney Chapel, $10 ~ Make your reservations NO LATER THAN this Wednesday if you’re interested in growing in spiritual “means of grace” (prayer, scripture, the Lord’s Supper, fasting, etc.). Email LORI MASSEY at lori.mass@yahoo.com.  CLICK HERE to order the book.  (Please don’t wait to register as classes will be canceled without a minimum attendance.)

THANKS TO THOSE WHO SENT PICTURES OF ABUNDANCE ~ It’s not too late to send us YOUR pictures! We won’t be using “people” pictures but look around at all the abundance you see outside of your family and send those pictures this week!

WHAT DO METHODISTS BELIEVE? Wednesday, November 13, 4-5:30 p.m. ~ Whether you’ve been a Methodist for years or you’re from another denomination, come for a crash course in the history, organization and major doctrinal beliefs that set us apart.

WE STILL NEED TWO VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE OUR KIDS ON SUNDAY MORNINGS ~ Just one Sunday a month and YOU can make a difference! Reply to Laquita and she will send you details on getting Ministry Safe trained.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 

~ John 10:10 


Debbie Lyons, Pastor

First United Methodist Church Winnsboro

301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494

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10-22-19 FUMC Update

What a whirlwind of emotions this weekend as we celebrated the new life of Pat Patrick while sharing in the sadness of his life on earth, then we celebrated the “new” life Wayne Horton received when he got the most selfless gift of agape love imaginable … a new kidney! Both Sandra and Wayne are beginning the process of understanding a “new normal” so let us continue to pray for both families as these days go by.


Wednesday, October 23, 5:45 pm ~ The kitchen team is making Don’s famous Hawaiian Ham and Sweet Potatoes. And then, at 6:30, we’re moving to Wesley Hall to have a conversation about another typical statement we hear when it comes to the Bible, “God said it, I believe it, that settles it!” We hope to see you on Wednesday night.

Friday, October 25, 5-7 pm ~
Come join us as we brainstorm what our NEW Senior Life Group looks like!   

Ted and Shiela’s Home, 1620 Charlya Dr, Scroggins (Call or text Shiela for gate code instructions (972) 322-9694)

WOULDN’T YOU LOVE TO BE PART OF OUR KIDS LEARNING ABOUT JESUS? There is unexplainable JOY when you see kids light up with “ah ha” moments of Jesus in their lives. I haven’t heard from anyone yet but I’m hoping to hear from some of you today who are willing to give our kids a Sunday or two? CHILDREN’S CHURCH is a pilot program we’re hoping to build through December and we’d love your help to be PRESENT, you don’t have to plan or prepare anything! (And you can watch the sermon anytime during the week on Facebook!)  

CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK, November 9, 8 am ~ Pies, cobblers and brownies needed!! One of the biggest fundraisers for our church all comes together on Saturday, November 9, and YOU can be a part of this happy and fun day! Our crafters have been busy ALL year long, our quilters have made a beautiful quilt to raffle, the Methodist men are preparing the stew for the lunch, the United Methodist Women are getting their Rada Cutlery sales ready. And we need YOUR help making PIES and COBBLERS to sell and also BROWNIES to go with the stew lunch. (Please CUT the brownies before you bring them or better yet, put them in individual baggies!)  Thanks in advance for your help!


ALL SAINTS DAY ~ Sunday, October 27 ~ We will end our We Believe worship series by celebrating our belief in “the resurrection of the body!” Thanks for double-checking our names and we look forward to remembering those we have loved this year!


ABUNDANCE!!  I’m hoping to get LOTS of your pictures of what BLESSINGS look like to you, so please send them to me by Thursday, October 31, so I can use them during our NOVEMBER worship series. And watch for Art Simmons on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings when he asks you to give a 60 second video testimony what REALLY makes you feel joy and fulfillment? How has Christ impacted your life and how has your Church given you a place to belong?”


THANKSGIVING DINNER FUNDRAISER AT PICKTON UMC ~ November 9, 4:30-7 pm ~ Brother Henry and Linda Suche invite you to their annual fundraiser with turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings.  There will be a silent auction during dinner and all are welcome!  (Donations accepted.)


DEVOTIONAL LIFE in the WESLEYAN TRADITION: November 16 and 23, 9am-3pm, at Tinney Chapel, $10 ~ One of the benefits of being a connectional church is that we are blessed to have experts from all over North Texas who provide GREAT learning experiences for us. If you’re interested in growing in spiritual “means of grace” (prayer, scripture, the Lord’s Supper, fasting, etc.), please make your reservation ASAP by emailing LORI MASSEY  lori.mass@yahoo.com.  CLICK HERE to order the book.  (Please don’t wait to register as classes will be canceled without a minimum attendance.)


Thanks to everyone who attended CHARGE CONFERENCE last week. Attached are the minutes and nominating committee report from the meeting and please call if you have any questions!


This Sunday I hope everyone will be here to honor those we have loved and lost into the arms of Jesus! We finish our worship series on the Apostles’ Creed with the RESURRECTION and ASCENSION of Jesus!


Debbie Lyons, Pastor

First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
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