7-12-21 FUMC Updates

There’s no getting around it … we live in a fast-paced world of technology! Our phones have become handheld computers, Bluetooth has replaced wires, we can now take videos and pictures and in an instant and send them to LOTS of people all over the world!  Technology keeps us aware of what’s going on in the world within seconds of things happening, we can get answers to questions instantly, and maps are obsolete with GPD that not only maps out direction but tells us when there are road slowdowns! 

If you go online to search for ANYTHING you’re likely using GOOGLE (70% of the total market is driven by Google and 85% of the MOBILE search market uses Google) What does this matter? A search engine company PODIUM reports “The way that customers find and choose businesses has changed drastically in recent years. In the past, consumers would rely mainly on a business’s advertising, previous experience, or recommendations from family and friends but with more and more people turning to local search Google is even starting to automatically filter out local businesses with less than a 4-star rating.  (You can learn more if you’re interested HERE.)

We’d like to boost our ratings so when people search for us they won’t end up at FUMC Winnsboro LOUISIANA or when they search for a church in Winnsboro, TX. They don’t find other churches that get their attention first.

SO, HERE’S A SIMPLE WAY YOU CAN HELP YOUR CHURCH …

  1. Go on our Facebook page and rate our page HERE.

… You will see a star rating under the Cover Image on the left-hand side of the Page Timeline. Click On the Stars.

… Select the “Write A Review” button.

… Write A Review.

… Press Submit.

  1. Go on our GOOGLE HERE and in the search bar at the top of the page search for First United Methodist Church Winnsboro, Texas.

… You will see our listing on the right side of the page with info, map & some pictures.

…Scroll down to the bottom until you get to REVIEWS

…Rate and write a review

…Press submit
 

MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO SAID: “This is my church, I’ll do it!!”

  1. Our July WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEAL was awesome! Of course, meatloaf is my favorite so I am biased but many thanks to the kitchen team and dessert makers who made it such a great night!
  2. Our Parent’s Night Out was a Blast! We had 28 kids and 14 adults and we had a GREAT time.  Here’s a short video so you can “meet” some of the kids … click HERE!  The next one is on Friday, August 6th so save the date!
  3. Our buildings have been POWER WASHED! Lane Lewis, Conner Ragsdale, and his friend Kayden worked for HOURS cleaning off the grunge and mold from the buildings. 
  4. The dead bushes & trees from the ice storm are being REMOVED! Conner Ragsdale and his fiancé Cheyanne, had the chain saws and clippers out to start the process and we’ll be slowly trimming things “closer” in the months to come.

 

PRAYER in the COURTYARD, Tuesday mornings, 8-9 am… Have you considered spending some intentional time with Jesus? Do you find yourself telling God, “I GOT THIS?” and feel like you’re sinking? Are you called to pray but can’t seem to find the time? Mike Ewert is spearheading PRAYER in the COURTYARD where you can come and go on Tuesday mornings from 8-9 am in a sacred, outdoor shady space. Come and be still and let the power of the Holy Spirit work in a very special way!

TIPS FOR TOTS FISH FRY, Monday, August 2, at the Wood County Carol Green Convention Center… PLEASE DON’T LEAVE US ALONE OUT THERE!  Carolyn Stewart and I are inviting you to join us at a FISH FRY benefitting THE FOSTER KIDS PROGRAM OF WOOD COUNTY!  We will be two of the fun, crazy, and wacky “Celebrity Waiters” so order your FISH FRY dinner tickets in advance for $20, or $25 at the door! IF we do a good job serving you, all our tips, and the tips of ALL the “celebrity waiters” will go directly to serve the children! We’ll be serving from 4-6 pm but the event goes from 4 – 8 pm so get your tickets today!  www.Tips4Tots.org

This Sunday we’re looking at the lessons we learn from another BAD GIRL in the Bible Jezebel … FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS!

Pastor Debbie


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7-3-21 FUMC Updates

Happy July 4th! I hope you’re enjoying this mid-summer reminder of how truly BLESSED we are to live in America! I am happy to be back from my 2-week vacation and I can tell you that with Covid vaccination rates increasing people ARE traveling again, hotel occupancies ARE increasing, and restaurants ARE getting busy again!  What a difference a year makes!

I love the July 4th holiday because it reminds me of how proud I truly AM to be an American! I realize there is a small fraction of people who disagree, but oh how I wish they could understand that our country is great because GOD is our foundation … not a President, not a Supreme Court and not a Congress! Men and women are not perfect, so our country is not perfect, but our country was founded on Godly principles and so to me … July 4th IS a religious holiday!

I read a great story from TIME Magazine about John F. Kennedy that puts this into perspective …

“On July 4, 1946, Kennedy — then 29 years old, the Democratic nominee for a Massachusetts Congressional seat, and still a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve — was the featured speaker at the City of Boston’s Independence Day celebration. He spoke at Faneuil Hall, the red-brick building where long ago the colonists had gathered to protest taxes imposed by King George III and his Parliament.

Kennedy began by talking not about taxes, or about the British, or about the consent of the governed, but about religion. ‘The informing spirit of the American character has always been a deep religious sense. Throughout the years, down to the present, a devotion to fundamental religious principles has characterized American thought and action,’ he said.

For anyone wondering what this had to do with Independence Day, Kennedy made the connection explicit. ‘Our government was founded on the essential religious idea of integrity of the individual. It was this religious sense which inspired the authors of the Declaration of Independence: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.’”

Kennedy wasn’t the only politician who saw GOD in our foundational principles…

The Declaration of Independence issued from Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, included four separate references to God. In addition to the “endowed by their Creator” line mentioned by JFK in his July 4 speech, there is an opening acknowledgment to “the laws of nature’s God,” an appeal to “the Supreme Judge of the World,” and a closing expression of “firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.”  George Washington, announcing the Declaration of Independence to the troops in a General Order dated July 9, wrote, “The General hopes and trusts, that every officer and man, will endeavor to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier defending the dearest Rights and Liberties of his country….knowing that now the peace and safety of his Country depends (under God) solely on the success of our arms.”

I pray that the theology of our country’s founding will NOT be forgotten! Sure, the Declaration’s concept of God-given rights certainly is not without its flaws but without a belief in God that should be the foundation of a strong moral fiber, what do we have?

So, amid all the barbecues and fireworks this July 4, take just a moment and reflect on our Creator. As Kennedy realized, the American Revolution, which resulted in the free we live in today, started with God, and with the Founders’ belief in rights that are His gift to us!

WEDNESDAY, JULY 7th, 6 pm, FELLOWSHIP MEAL… I look forward to seeing you at our first Wednesday Fellowship meal in the Family Life Center … I’d love to meet your friends so bring a guest!

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT, Friday, July 9 … thanks to all of you who are MINISTRY SAFE trained and ready to roll!  The sign-ups for the next 2 events are ready now so just CLICK HERE and pick the spots you want! Parents:  let us know your kids will be coming … if you came last month, there’s no need to register again, but if your kids are coming for the 1st time or you have friends that want to save time and register online, CLICK HERE. And yes, everyone can register at the door!

REMINDER NO CHILDREN’S CHURCH on JULY 11th … we will have communion on July 11th so as always, there will not be children’s church.

IMPROVEMENTS AT THE CHURCH:  the Trustees are working on the sidewalk in front of the sanctuary to renovate two parking spaces to help people getting from their vehicle to the front doors. While there have been some weather delays, we’re looking forward to the improvements being complete.

Hope to see you Wednesday night!
Pastor Debbie


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6-18-21 FUMC Updates

I hope you’re all having a great start to summer … ADLER AND HEARNE are back with us this Sunday and we’ll be wishing ALL our Father’s a wonderful FATHER’S DAY!  I just have a few updates for you …
 
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT, July 9 and August 6, 6 – 9 pm ... thanks to all of you who are MINISTRY SAFE trained and ready to roll!  The sign-ups for the next 2 events are ready now so just CLICK HERE and pick the spots you want!
 
QUILT MINISTRY SEW DAY, Thursday, June 24, 9 AM – 3 PM … bring a bag lunch, your sewing machine IF you want to sew, and your creativity as we cut, piece, iron, and sew together! For more information contact AMY MOSS.
 
SEE YOU SUNDAY!
Pastor Debbie

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6-7-21 FUMC Updates

THANKS TO CLINT COOPER FOR SHARING OUR MESSAGE TODAY:

As a child, my mother involved me in a competition to grow a plant. I remember how I felt when she bragged to friends and family in front of me how she couldn’t compete when it came to my growing petunias. I’m sure she was unaware of my secret food provided by my uncle’s cow with a bit of water. But now, I’m sure she intervened without my knowledge to make sure I would win. That’s what moms do. It is what happens when someone loves you. 

 

We are like his plants. Include him in our thoughts daily, and thank him for what he has given us, and we grow and flourish. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way, they choke by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and produce a crop by persevering. Luke 8:14-15

 

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Our FIRST of THREE Parents’ Night Out was a great success thanks to so many of you who served together on Friday night. 18 kids had a GREAT time …click here to see a quick video of some of the pictures. Our next PNO is July 9th, then August 6th and we’re already thinking about crafts, science experiments, games, etc.  Claim your volunteer spot now as we expect to have a lot more kids next time!

 

CRAFT DAY, Saturday, June 12th, 9 am … come for coffee and donuts and work on some of the projects already started, or bring your own and work in fellowship with others!  If you are making crafts for Christmas in the Park at home, please bring your completed projects so we can get an idea of what else we might need to be working on.  And as always, your CREATIVITY and IDEAS are welcome!

 

CHILDREN’S CHURCH starts back, SUNDAY, June 13th, 10:40 – NOON, Wesley Hall for kids who have finished grades 2 – 6 … as you know we are searching for a Children’s Leader and when we find someone, we HOPE to expand this age group to include the younger children. I’ve attached the job description again (CLICK HERE) so please share it with anyone you know who might be interested!  In the meantime, you can drop your kids off in WESLEY HALL after 10:40 on non-communion Sundays and pick them up as soon as church is over!

 

NORTH TEXAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE June 13-15, watch LIVE … every year the churches of the North Texas Conference gather for worship, holy conversation, and time to do the business of the church.  For details, CLICK HERE. You can also download the Conference workbook there also if you’re interested in reading the legislation that is being proposed.

 

ONGOING ACTIVITIES: CLICK HERE for Calendar.

Mondays, 1 – 3 pm … FLC, knitters, and stitchers

Tuesdays, 9 – 11ish … Asbury Hall, crafters

 

NEW SERMON SERIES STARTS THIS SUNDAY: Less Than Honorable Men & Women in the Bible (and What We Can Learn from Them!) We’ll kick off these stand-alone messages with a look at ALL the mistakes Eve made in the magnificent Garden of Eden, and she made PLENTY! If you’re traveling, check in with us on Facebook and let us know you’re “here”!

 

Have a great week!

Pastor Debbie


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6-1-21 FUMC Updates

I hope you had a great Memorial Day Weekend!  I was sitting at my computer yesterday afternoon and heard a deafening “boom”, then another and while I wondered if walking out my front door hearing gunshots was a smart idea as I stepped onto the sidewalk I could hear Taps playing from the City Cemetery down the street … what a lovely reminder of what Memorial Day is all about!

I also took some time this weekend to catch up on some reading and came across an article in Inc. Magazine that got me thinking about WISDOM.

Picture this: You return home after attending some kind of religious experience that leaves you inspired and on a spiritual “high.” But when you get home, the grass still needs to be mowed, bills still need to be paid, your teenager is sulking, and your spouse has the same irritating habits he or she had before you left for the event. How many conversations does it take before your inspiration and spiritual high drift away? For many of us, sometimes only one.

Regarding conversations like that, the business magazine Inc. recently ran an article saying that emotionally strong people, people who recognize, understand, and manage their own emotions, KNOW when and to what degree to engage in conversations with others. The article defined a “three-question rule” for how to manage our own emotions and influence the emotions of others in the process! According to the rule, there are three things you should always ask yourself before you say anything:

  • Does this need to be said?
  • Does this need to be said by me?
  • Does this need to be said by me, now?

Oh, how I wish I had learned these questions when my children were teenagers and I felt like I had to respond and KEEP responding to every little thing!  (SEE THE REST OF THE DEVOTIONAL ATTACHED)

Wednesday Night Fellowship Meal, 6/2, 6 pm this week Ken Atkins is making his famous chicken and Wanda is making her delicious potato salad go invite a friend and come!

 

Parent’s Night Out, Friday, 6/4, 6 – 9 pm … thanks to Crystal and Joes Chandler and Joey and Rita Newton who offered to spearhead our summer children’s events!  We are asking people to register BEFORE they come but will encourage ANYONE to come and register at the door … here’s the link to details if you want to share it with friends! https://www.fumcwinnsboro.com/kids-youth/

 

Communion this Sunday, 6/6, 10:50 am … this Sunday you’ll have the option of coming forward to be served communion at the chancel rail or to take an individual communion cup instead. We are very excited to release the past restrictions but recognize that some people will still prefer to maintain caution.

 

CRAFT DAY, Saturday, 6/12, 9 am – ? … come for coffee and donuts and work on some of the projects already started or bring your own and work in fellowship with others!  If you are making crafts for Christmas in the Park at home, please bring your completed projects so we can get an idea of what else we might need to be working on.  And as always, your CREATIVITY and IDEAS are welcome!

 

Children’s Church starts back, Sunday, June 13th in Welsey Hall …  kids who have finished grades 2 – 6 are invited back to CHURCH and parents can drop off their kids with Miss Paige after 10:40 on non-communion Sundays.  Thanks to our adults who will be our plus-one on the 2nd and 4th Sundays … if you would like to help on the 3rd or 5th Sundays, please let me know!

 

WE’RE LOOKING FOR A CHILDREN’S MINISTRY LEADER:  I have attached the job description (CLICK HERE) again so please pass it on to anyone you know who loves Jesus, loves kids, and has a creative spirit to engage children in understanding the love of Christ!

 

FACEBOOK LIVE on Sundays at 10:50: I realize we had some sound issues on Sunday, but we know what happened and we’ll be back to normal this week!  Also, if you’re watching online, please say hello to Sarah Sparks, our behind-the-scenes Social Media Coordinator … she’ll be signed on with you on Facebook!  Those of you who watch regularly, please check in with each other and when you see someone NEW, please welcome them!  If you’re in church with us on Sundays, open your phone as church is starting and CHECK-IN on your Facebook page and see who’s signing in with us!

 

MANY THANKS:

–         PRAYER QUILT “SEWISTS”:  a big thanks to all those who came and cut and sewed pieces …it was productive and fun, so they’ll do it again on June 24th.

–         WATER BOTTLES FOR GRADUATION: thanks to everyone who helped give out over 800 bottles of water Friday night … we are blessed to be a blessing to our community!

–         MINISTRY SAFE TRAINED:  to the 17 people who have completed their Sexual Awareness Training and background checks so they can serve our children, my heart is so incredibly happy!  TO those of you who requested the training link and haven’t received it, please check your SPAM folder, or let me know and I can send it again!

 

I have attached a brief description of SPIRITUAL GIFTS (CLICK HERE), but you can go back and watch the sermon from Sunday on Facebook if you missed it.  This Sunday we’ll finish up our HOLY SPIRIT series with a look at the FRUIT of the SPIRIT … if you have the light of the Spirit turned ON, people will know!

 

Grace and peace,
Pastor Debbie


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5-24-21 FUMC Updates

This weekend is MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND and if you’re on the road, don’t forget to join us LIVE on Facebook from wherever you are! Or, as you can do ANY week, honor the Sabbath whenever you can during the week!  Michael Gunn will be joining us in worship this Sunday and you can bet we’ll be singing some patriotic favorites! This Sunday we’ll also be exploring how our spiritual gifts EMPOWER us to work together for God’s Kingdom on earth … take the SPIRITUAL GIFTS assessment HERE.

 

The Prayer Quilt Ministry SEW DAY, Wed. 5/26, 9 am – 3 pm … have you let Amy Moss know you’ll be here Wednesday? Come and (1) sew on your own project or (2) or get help to get started learning how to piece a quilt top and we will provide the fabric and teach you how!  We also have a cutting table and an ironing station, but you will need to bring your own sewing machine.  Beginners and seasoned “sewists” are all welcome and there will be coffee, donuts, and a light lunch provided.  If you would like to be a part of a similar group, but can’t meet on a weekday, contact Amy about the possibility of an evening get-together or a Saturday sew day.

FRIDAY NIGHT, MAY 28th, WISD HS GRADUATION, 6 – 8 pm … come hand out water bottles with us!  We especially want our kids to help and all you have to do is show up!!  Contact KEN RAGSDALE if you have questions.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY UPDATES:  Thanks to everyone who has/is taking the Ministry Safe Training to help with our children’s ministry activities this summer.  I especially want to thank Crystal & Joe Chandler and Rita and Joey Newton who are organizing the Parents’ Night Out events this summer. (Fridays, June 4, July 9, and August 6).  Today, every child in K-6th grade at WISD will be receiving an invitation to join us, and we’ll have an ad in The Winnsboro News on Wednesday. AND DON’T FORGET TO SHARE OUR SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS! 

There are lots of ways you can help … let me know where YOU might want to plug in!

Children’s Church on non-communion Sunday mornings at 10:45 am:  one Sunday a month or more!

___I could be a “helper”! If the lesson is planned I’ll be the 2nd set of eyes and hands for the teacher. *

___I could take a small group of children (grades 2-4 or 4-5-6) and expand on their lesson in the room across the hall. *

___I could help pre-plan a craft for a specific age group.

 

Parents’ Night Out: June 4, July 9, and August 6, 6-9 pm: one event or all 3!

___I could sit at the registration table as kids arrive*

___I could sit at the dismissal table as parents sign out their kids*

___I could find the right short movie for kids to watch (maybe by age group?)

___I could shop for the dinner supplies.

___I could sit/watch a movie with the kids as they settle down at the end of the night*

___I could help fix/serve dinner (something simple like hot dogs, chips, cookies, and popcorn!) *

___I could help coordinate/supervise a craft for a specific age group*

___I could do a science experiment (Don’t worry, we have great resources if you need them!) *

___I could oversee the bounce house*

 

___ I could donate to cover some things not planned for in our budget.

___ * I’ll take the Ministry Safe Awareness Training so I can do something … send me the link!

 

WE NEED YOUR OLD SHIRTS: the 1st craft we’ll be making is SLIME so we’re collecting old shirts to use for any messy craft or science experiments!

  

WE’RE ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR A CHILDREN’S LEADER: this 20 hour/week position is going to be very important to the future of our church!  See the job description on our WEBSITE and send anyone you know who loves Jesus, loves kids, is creative and energetic and EXCITED about possibilities there for details!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT FELLOWSHIP DINNER, June 6, 6 pm … let’s kick-off summer together with a great meal and time to visit! Mark your calendar!

 

Be a blessing!
Pastor Debbie


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