Welcome to First United Methodist Church Winnsboro, where all people are welcome all the time!                    (Even if it IS on social media!)

We’re all very excited about SLOWLY and SAFELY starting to gather, in limited numbers, so check out our HAPPENING NOW page for details!  I want to remind everyone who is over 65 and/or with underlying health conditions to be aware of the CDC guidelines about getting out and about too soon!
 
Some of our Sunday School classes have started back too and you can get info on those classes HERE.  and Until then, we will continue the following:
– Sunday at 10:50 am morning worship in the sanctuary begins in JUNE, CLICK HERE (email us here if you are coming as we will be at 40% occupancy to maintain 6′ distancing) and we’ll be LIVE on Facebook 
 

 

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– I will continue to do a devotional at least once a week also on Facebook, it should post before NOON on Tuesdays
– We will have a ZOOM BIBLE TALK on WEDNESDAY MORNINGS at 10 AM CLICK HERE to see the topics.
 

I want everyone to know … the buildings are beginning to open and GOD’S CHURCH is still worshiping, learning, loving and serving!  We will still be checking in on our neighbors and doing our  devotionals … we will still be PRAYING, maybe more now than ever! We’ll keep this page updated so stay tuned …  Pastor Debbie 

CLICK HERE to go to our FACEBOOK page for updates and to watch past Sunday services and/or devotionals.
 

Sunday Mornings

9:30 a.m. ~ Sunday School (Some are starting back)

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10-15-19 FUMC Update

How exciting to welcome ELLEN McMAHON as a new member of the Church!  Ellen is already plugged into choir and LOVES this church. Be sure you let her know how much we love HER too!

As I’ve been talking with people over the last few weeks about the new RETIREMENT/SENIOR Ministry we’re starting, I’ve heard LOTS of excitement and LOTS of ideas! Our vision for this new ministry is that it will be a life group, a community of people who have LIFE in common and are looking for ways to do life together! I have had a few people ask about planning some RV weekends, others mentioned a monthly CLASSIC MOVIES night would be fun, others have said they want to do weekend getaways to places they would never go alone. Some would love to be in a dinner group, others have said it would fun to gather for games! (I even commented that I’ve never been to a rodeo but would LOVE to go with a group!) OH THE PLACES WE’LL GO!

I hope you’ll join us at Ted and Shiela’s house next Friday night, October 25, 5 – 7 p.m. Call or text Shiela for gate code instructions, (972) 322-9694

Ted & Shiela, 1620 Charlya Drive, Scroggins (in Pine Valley subdivision on Lake Cypress Springs) 

CHILDREN’S CHURCH IS OFF TO A GREAT START!  Would you please consider “sitting in” on a children’s class occasionally? Paige is very excited to plan the lesson, the craft and the activities, but as a Ministry Safe Church we want a second adult in the room with them. Please, please, please, won’t you please give the kids a Sunday or two?  (You can watch the sermon anytime during the week on Facebook!)

WEDNESDAY, October 16, 5:45 pm ~ Ken Atkins is making his famous barbeque chicken and Wanda is making her amazing potato salad! After dinner, 6:30 pm, we’ll move to Wesley Hall for the annual business meeting so please join us. 

ALL SAINTS DAY: Sunday, October 27 ~ We will end our We Believe worship series by celebrating our belief in “the resurrection of the body!” I can’t think of a better day to celebrate ALL SAINTS DAY than remembering our church friends and family members who have passed away in this past year who now know how real this belief truly is! As in years past, we will have candles ready for family members to light in memory of their loved ones. At the end of the calling of names, we will invite anyone who wants to come forward to remember someone special to also come forward and light a candle. While Laquita and I have done our best not to leave anyone out, if we have missed a name of a church member or close family member who has died in the last year, please let us know so we can be sure to honor ALL our Saints!

Delbert Todd
Galena McMahon
Mike Zachary
Pam Turrentine
Roddy Gillis
Clinton Kelly
Duane Darby
Philip Cason
Kathryn Clark
Tom Taylor
Kathryn Phipps
Carolyn Cannaday
James Harris
Barry Davis

ABUNDANCE!!  What does ABUNDANCE look like to you?  What does a wonder-FULL life look like?  During the month of November, I want to scroll your pictures before the worship service so please – think beyond your family and friends and think about ALL the blessings around you! PLEASE SEND ME PICTURES of what a rich, full life means to you! And if Art Simmons asks you to give a 60 second video testimony for our November sermon series, please oblige him! Think about 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?

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.)

DO YOU GIVE ELECTRONICALLY? As you know, we started providing online and text giving about a year ago and when we did we provided cards, in the pews with the giving envelopes, for people who wanted to experience a connection to the offering time during worship. No one used the cards back then so we stopped putting them out, but now, 17% of our giving is electronic and several people have asked if we would make them available again.  THEY ARE TRULY OPTIONAL but they are there for your participation! CLICK HERE if you want to learn more.

This Sunday it’s ALL about the Holy Spirit … we missed a lot of you this past Sunday so I hope to see you back!

Debbie Lyons, Pastor

First United Methodist Church Winnsboro

301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494

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10-09-19 FUMC Update

I just LOVE fall! I love the change of season and the cooler weather. I love how the pulse of the church changes and people are present and engaged. And I’m excited about looking ahead to an additional ministry we’ll be focusing on in the future. A ministry to our seniors! This should come as no surprise when you look around and see that the majority of our congregation and the new people who are coming are retired, but it MAY surprise you to know that there are TWICE as many SENIOR adults within a 15-mile radius of Winnsboro as there are children 14 years and younger!
 
What might this new ministry look like? Our Church Council has been thinking about our mission which is to “Go, and make disciples for Jesus Christ …” and discussing how we can meet more people who do not have a relationship with Christ, and so we want to dream about refiring the retirement community!
 
Senior Adult Ministry Kickoff ~ Friday, October 25 (Red Raiders Bye Week), 5 – 7 p.m. at Ted & Shiela Haynes Home ~ Please join us to brainstorm how we can connect socially and spiritually with this group of people in our community who have been disconnected or never connected to a church family. RSVP to Shiela at 972-322-9694 (and to get the gate code).
 
Let’s Go See Our Home Town Favorites Together ~ Adler & Hearne at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts, Saturday, November 2, 7:30 p.m. We will all meet somewhere in town for an early dinner and then go to the show ($17 general, $25 reserved). We have 12 tickets reserved so please RSVP to this email if you want to join me! The Texas Commission on the Arts once again accepted Adler & Hearne onto the Texas Touring Roster as official Texas Touring Artists, this time for the 2019-2020 touring season. It’s a rigorous application process, and they have been on the roster since 2014. 
 
LOOKING TO CONNECT TO A SUNDAY SMALL GROUP?  Come check out one of 2 new studies ~ Coffee and Conversation taking up the Book of Acts, meets at 9:30 a.m. in the Family Life Center; Family Ties begins a study on the Book of James, 9:45 a.m. Wesley Hall.
 
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN ~ Thursday, October 10, 10 a.m. All women are invited!
 
PRAYER QUILT MINISTRY ~  Monday, October 14, 9 a.m., Asbury Hall ~ Have you noticed how many prayer quilts we’re giving away? Come be part of this amazing ministry that blesses so many people!
 
ANNUAL CHARGE CONFERENCE: Wednesday, October 16th, 6:30 pm, Wesley Hall ~ Come join us as we do the annual business of the church!


Debbie Lyons, Pastor

First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
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10-01-19 FUMC Update

It’s fall and there’s so much going on! Our 5th Sunday was WONDERFUL with Cheryl Estes sharing her faith story in a personal and powerful way, Sunday school groups are buzzing, new programs for youth and children are starting and our new worship series is off and running on the Apostles’ Creed! I am in Charlotte this week working to help my Dad through a difficult health transition; thanks for all your prayers!
 
CREDO for YOUTH begins this Sunday Night, October 6, 5-7:30 p.m. ~ Children and youth in 7th through 12th grades are meeting together for the next seven (7) weeks to understand what THEIR Credo is ~ What are their guiding principles and faith beliefs? This is a very important time in their lives, and they will have an opportunity to dive into some very deep faith topics and questions while exploring what their journey looks like. We will provide dinner each week, so please let us know if your kids will be there. Pastor Mike from Tinney Chapel and three of their kids will partner with us and we’ll be hanging out in the LOFT in the FLC this fall!
 
Children’s Church Starts October 13 ~ I’m so VERY excited to announce an addition to our existing Sunday morning Children’s Ministry program. As you know, every Sunday morning for many years Jane Noteware and Sandra Strickland have taught our elementary Sunday school class at 9:30 a.m. and the kids love them! This great program will continue thanks to their selfless service and THEIR love for your kids! We are now adding Children’s Church during worship. Come meet our new ministry leader, Paige Baber, on Wednesday, October 9, at 5:15 p.m. in the Family Life Center (just before our 5:45 Fellowship Meal). 
 
Looking for a Place to Connect and Learn? Start with Sunday mornings ~ 
~ The Family Ties Sunday School Class will begin a study on the Book of James, 9:45 a.m., October 7 ~
The author, James, the brother of Jesus and the leader of the Jerusalem church, writes to the Jewish Christians, who have scattered throughout the Mediterranean world because of persecution. It is a practical guide for anyone seeking to live a life of faith and good works. James writes to those who are experiencing both external and internal trials. Come and study James with us and become a “doer” of the word. If you are not a member of this class but would like a copy of the weekly studies, please send Don Beaty your email address. Don’s e-mail address is donbeaty47@gmail.com
~ Coffee & Conversation class begins a new study on the Book of Acts, 9:30 a.m., October 14  ~
The book of Acts provides a bridge for the writings of the New Testament, and as a second volume to Luke’s Gospel, it joins what Jesus “began to do and to teach.” Geographically, its story spans the lands between Jerusalem where the church began and Rome the political center of the empire. Historically it recounts the first 30 years of the church. It is also a bridge that ties the church in its beginning with each succeeding age. This group is very conversational and discussion-oriented. Contact Amy Moss Amy.h.moss@gmail.com with questions or just come!
 
The United Methodist Women are Still Collecting Snacks ~ Please bring your individually packaged healthy treats by Wednesday, October 16, or bring them to the UMC meeting on Thursday, October 10, 10 a.m. in Asbury.
 
Half Truths Bible Study Series Continues, Wednesday, October 9, 6:30 p.m., Wesley Hall ~
God Only Gives Us What We Can Handle ~  You’ve heard it, you may have said it, but what’s REALLY behind it? You might rethink using this statement after we look at the biblical foundation of the words! Come have dinner at 5:45 p.m. then join us for a great discussion!
 
All Church Business Meeting, October 16, 6:30 p.m., Wesley Hall ~ Come hear about the plans for 2020 and a look back at 2019. This is the “official” reporting time for the Methodist Church and all members will have an opportunity to vote on the details and funding plans.
 
Planning Ahead ! We are Getting Ready to Launch a New Retirement Ministry! What will it look like? Why are we doing this? How can this focus help us make disciples for Jesus Christ? Shiela and Ted Haynes have invited us to their home to brainstorm and DREAM about what this new ministry might look like ~ Save The Date ~ Friday, October 25, 5-7 p.m.
 

Debbie Lyons, Pastor

First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
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9-24-19 FUMC Update

I’ve had such a great time diving into some of the common expressions we make as Christians, expressions that Adam Hamilton calls HALF TRUTHS. When I was digging into the topic for this Wednesday night, “God helps those who help themselves,” I realized that this was the way I was raised but I had to really step back and think about it. IF this is true, why would the Bible continually tell us to SERVE OTHERS? (CLICK HERE to read a few of them!) I hope you’ll join us for this conversational discussion on the Biblical foundations behind the words.
 
UMW Snack Drive for Wesley Rankin/Bethlehem Center Continues ~ These two wonderful agencies, supported by Methodist Churches all around Dallas, are collecting the following through October 16. Bring them Wednesday nights or Sunday mornings please:
* Animal Cracker single packs
* Rice Krispie treats
* Cheese It snack packs
* Peanut butter cracker snack packs
* Fruit cups
* Applesauce cups
* Goldfish snack packs
* Boxed juices
* Band-aids
* Neosporin packets
* Disposable gloves, all sizes
 
Annual Church Meeting ~ Charge Conference, Wednesday, October 16, 6:30 p.m. ~ Once a year the members of the church gather to approve new leaders, a ministry funding plan, and the goals for the new year.  Mark your calendar to join us!
 
Are You a Member of the Prayer Text Chain? We send prayer requests via text messages as soon as we get them, or between the hours of 8:30 am and 8:30 pm. PRAYER MATTERS, so please email fumc-winnsboro@suddenlinkmail.com if you’d like to be added to the prayer request hotline.
 

Debbie Lyons, Pastor

First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
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9-17-19 FUMC Updates

What a renewing and refreshing two weeks I enjoyed in one of the most magnificent states in our country, Alaska! The greatest thing about going away is coming home, and I’m jumping back in the swing of things FULL STEAM AHEAD as we move into my favorite season of fall! Many thanks to Brian Dierolf and Sue Gross who preached while I was away, and to Brother Henry for being “on-call” for emergencies. How lucky we are to be part of a connectional system where we can work together! I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL WEDNESDAY NIGHT!
 
THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT, 9/18, 6:30 p.m., After Dinner ~ “Everything Happens for a Reason” ~ For the next five weeks, we’ll be meeting in Wesley Hall to talk about what Adam Hamilton calls, HALF TRUTHS. These are common expressions that sound Biblical, but are they? I spent some time really thinking about these statements while I was gone, and I can’t wait to share in some engaging conversation with you!

COMMUNITY WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY, September 18 – November 13, 9 a.m., Asbury Hall ~ We are starting a new study by Jen Wilkin, l Peter: A Living Hope in Christ. Women from churches in our community are invited to come and bring a friend.  If you are interested in joining us for this uplifting study, please contact Linda Suche at 903-342-0886.  

 
IMPORTANT YOUTH PARENT MEETING ~ THIS SUNDAY AFTER CHURCH, September 22, NOON, Wesley Hall ~ Parents/grandparents, if you have kids in middle or high school this is an important meeting to learn more about our fall program for the kids, Starting October 6, Mike Moore, the Pastor from Tinney Chapel, and I are working together to have a fast-paced and really in-depth conversation with the youth on FAITH! This is a VERY important meeting where we’ll talk about what profession of faith is all about and what it means to be a Methodist, and we’ll lay out the whole fall program for you which will include SUNDAY EVENING light dinners and workshops, broken into age groups, starting October 6.  
 
5th SUNDAY All Church Gathering is COMING, September 29, 9:30 a.m., Wesley Hall  ~ As you know, our 5th Sundays this year have been an opportunity for everyone in the church who does NOT have a Sunday school class they attend regularly, and for all existing Sunday school classes to come TOGETHER for coffee and donuts and a guest speaker.  Just wanted to give you a heads up that our next guest speaker will be Cheryl Estes. Cheryl is very active in her church, Grace Fellowship, and has a wonderful testimony and a PASSION for mission trips. Cheryl is extremely active in the community. In fact, I serve with Cheryl on the Board of the Cultural Arts District, and I have seen her exhibit clear and passionate proclamation for Jesus Christ as the owner of Copper Leaf on Main Street, and as President of the Winnsboro Merchant’s Association. Cheryl will also update us on how their church is recovering from the tragic loss of their pastor. Please come and be part of the 5th Sunday energy!
 
NEW WORSHIP SERIES STARTS THIS SUNDAY, September 22 ~ I have been thinking a LOT about what we believe as Christians and what we believe as METHODISTS and I’m excited to spend the next six Sundays talking about what we REALLY mean when we say the Apostles’ Creed.  
 

Debbie Lyons, Pastor

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