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2-20-20 FUMC Update

My mother had wonderful, simple wisdom. Along with some of her many mantras was, “It’s not a good worry.”  And another one was, “If you have to eat frogs, eat the biggest one first!” I came to understand that when you have a list of things to do that aren’t going to go away, you may as well do the one that’s the hardest first!
Both of these expressions are in my heart today as I share with you the hardest part of today’s email. Our amazing and wonderful office manager Laquita Kelm has decided to leave her position here at FUMC to spend more time at home caring for her husband. As many of you know, Laquita has been an integral part of helping to guide our church for more than seven years; and personally speaking, she has been an indispensable part of my work here at FUMC. Over these last few weeks, we have both been reminding each other to SURRENDER and we both believe God works for good in all things! Please pray for Laquita and her family, and pray that our Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) finds someone who will be a good fit for our Church.
LUNCH and HYGIENE KITS ON SUNDAY, February 23 ~ Please plan to join us for a fellowship lunch after church on Sunday as we then put together the hygiene kits for UMCOR.  
THE BOOK of REVELATION, Wednesdays, March 4 through April 8, 4-5:30 p.m. ~ Join me for a deep dive into one of the most complicated books of the Bible! Mark your calendars to use this season of Lent to do something you might haven’t done before!
ASH WEDNESDAY, February 26, 6:30 p.m. ~ After dinner, we’ll all meet together in the sanctuary for this very, special kickoff to the somber season of Lent. To learn more about LENT and Ash Wednesday, this website is very informative.
PLANNING MEETING for BEAVER’S BEND CAMPING TRIP, Thursday, March 5, 9:30 a.m., at Annie Mae’s ~ If you’re still interested, please contact Jerry Calvert at 832-549-5042. 
IT’S GAME DAY! Mexican Train Dominos, Thursday, March 5, 1-3  p.m. ~ Bring your friends for great snacks and great fun! Believe me when I tell you you do NOT have to know how to play!
This Sunday is our last message on the Seven Churches in the book of Revelation. I think it’s interesting that the letters appear in order where the “Church that Made Jesus Sick” comes last!
You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Rev. 3:17-18 
Debbie Lyons, Pastor


2-11-20 FUMC Update

It’s hard to believe we’re already seven weeks into the NEW year! Our God is a God who makes all things NEW, and as I have been working on our Bible study of the Book of Revelation that starts next month, this is a recurring theme that comes up again and again! The beginning of each new year is one of those opportunities that gives us a chance to make changes in our lives and recommit to things that matter. Many of you DID do that last fall, and I pray that God is helping you grow in your faith journey as a result of your covenant with Him!  
By the way, if you were not here then, or did not complete a commitment card, we will leave some on the table in the front hall of the church. Just bring them back in the envelope provided with your name on the FRONT and they will remain SEALED and UNOPENED until this November when we’ll return them to you.
DARE I SAY IT … Lent begins in 3 weeks ~ If you’re planning ahead, our Lent/Easter schedule is on the website. Get your calendar scheduled now so God is a priority in your life during this very sacred time of year! Lent begins with ASH WEDNESDAY on February 26. Don’t miss this very special, somber service of preparation.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN: This Thursday, February 13, 10 am, Asbury Hall ~ All women are invited!
THIS IS THE LAST WEEK TO BRING YOUR HYGIENE ITEMS FOR UMCOR ~  Check out the list of items on the website and bring your things Wednesday night, February 12,  or Sunday morning, February 16. 
Each kit will contain:
*     One hand towel (15×15 to 17×27 inches).  No kitchen, cleaning, or microfiber towels.
*     One washcloth.  No kitchen, cleaning, or microfiber towels 
*     One comb, must be sturdy with at least 6 inches of teeth.
*     One toenail or fingernail clipper; no emery boards or metal nail files.
*     Bath-size soap (3 oz bar or larger), not Ivory or Jergen’s, do not remove from packaging.
*     One adult toothbrush, in the packaging.
*     Ten (10) adhesive bandages (3/4 by 3 inches), common household bandages acceptable. 
*     One one-gallon sized resealable bag.
COME MEET OUR UMCOR REPRESENTATIVE, Wednesday night, February 19, 5:45 PM ~ Cathy Hirt will come and share how the United Methodist Committee on Relief makes an impact on people all over the world!  Your donations DO matter!
UMCOR SUNDAY LUNCH, February 23, NOON ~ Mark your calendars to stay for lunch as we put together the hygiene kits for shipping to disaster areas. CLICK HERE to see how we’ll be doing our work together!
YOU’RE INVITED TO JOE ST. MiKLOSSY’S 85th Birthday ~ Sunday, February 16, 2-4 PM, 804 S. Mill Street ~ Drop in for cake and ice cream to wish Joe a happy day!
This Sunday we’re getting close to wrapping up our worship series on the seven churches in the book of Revelation, and we’ll talk about the most FAITHFUL church, the Church in Philadelphia. If you weren’t in Church on Sunday, you can watch on FACEBOOK or listen on the website.  
Because you kept my command to endure, I will keep you safe through the time of testing that is about to come over the whole world, to test those who live on earth.  Rev. 3:10 
Debbie Lyons, Pastor


2-4-20 FUMC Update

What a joy to welcome Jessica and Jerry Hutcherson as new members at FUMC! They have recently moved to Winnsboro from the Arlington area, and they’re excited about getting involved so please welcome them!
IT’S GAME DAY! ~ This THURSDAY, February 6, 1-3 p.m., Wesley Hall ~ What a FUN afternoon we have planned to refire our Thursday with a fun afternoon of MEXICAN TRAIN. I have never played but I can’t WAIT to learn! This is a fun and easy event to invite a friend or neighbor to come to, so I hope to see you all THURSDAY!

ALZHEIMER’S EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP ~ This Saturday, February 8, 9 – 11:30 a.m., Family Life Center ~ Those of you able to attend the forum we had on Sunday morning got a mini-taste of the information available about the dementia-related disease that has become a global health crisis. On Saturday, we’ll learn more! THIS IS PART OF OUR COMMUNITY OUTREACH, so please plan to be friendly and welcoming to people as they arrive. Let them see who the people at FUMC are all about! The events are on our Facebook page so please SHARE on your page.

ComeUnity Gathering, Friday night, February 7, Civic Center, 6-9 p.m. ~  Free dinner and concert by Chase Glover and Stacy Finley! This is not an FUMC event but I have been working on a planning team for this event to celebrate WINNSBORO and build community among neighbors and friends. It’s simply a “let’s get together,” fun night out so please come!  

PRAYER VIGIL for the JOHNSON UNIT ~ This weekend the Crusaders for Christ will be entering the prison to bring the love of the Lord to men who may never have know what true love is. Prayer sign up sheets went around the sanctuary this Sunday so please mark your time on your calendar, but you can also pray ANYTIME this weekend for the Holy Spirit to be present in an OH so special way!
PLEASE BRING YOUR HYGIENE ITEMS, Wednesday Evenings or Sunday mornings before February 16 ~ On February 23, we will have lunch after church and put the kits together.
Hygiene Kit Items for Collection 
*     One hand towel (15×15 to 17×27 inches).  No kitchen, cleaning, or microfiber towels.
*     One washcloth.  No kitchen, cleaning, or microfiber towels please.
*     One comb, must be sturdy with at least 6 inches of teeth.
*     One toenail or fingernail clipper; no emery boards or metal nail files.
*     Bath-size soap (3 oz bar or larger), not Ivory or Jergen’s, do not remove from packaging.
*     One adult toothbrush, in the packaging.
*     Ten (10) adhesive bandages (3/4 by 3 inches), common household bandages acceptable. 
*     One one-gallon sized resealable bag.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN ~ Thursday, February 13, 10 a.m.  Come meet new women and get plugged into the good work they do in our community!
This Sunday we will dive into TWO of the Seven Churches in the Book of Revelation as we talk about Thyatira and Sardis. At one time these churches were vibrant and alive but Jesus warned them they would face dire consequences if they continued on the paths they were going!
Debbie Lyons, Pastor


1-28-20 FUMC Update

I left after church on Sunday to drive up to the Prothro Center at Texoma where I have been with 39 other incredibly talented clergy and lay leaders in the North Texas Conference. We were together to interview potential clergy in the United Methodist Church through Wednesday night and it’s a true Spirit-driven process built on trust for each other and especially trust in God. Our role was to assess a person’s ability to inspire others to know and love God and discern their call to go and make disciples wherever they are asked to serve. We begin work at 7 a.m. in the morning and end in the evenings at 8:30 – 9 p.m. However, I look into the faces of the future of the Methodist Church and it makes me smile. Please pray for our wonderful new candidates who will be commissioned in June.

MEXICAN TRAIN DAY is coming to FUMC on Thursday, February 6, from 1 – 3 p.m. ~ Looking for a fun event to share with your friends? We’ll provide the snacks and multiple game tables. All you have to do is come!! 

DEMENTIA? ALZHEIMER’S ~ The CDC (Center for Disease Control) identifies dementia as the umbrella, or collective term, used to describe various symptoms of cognitive decline severe enough to interfere with daily life. Dementia affects memory, thinking ability, and social abilities and many dementias are progressive. ALZHEIMER’S disease is the most common type of dementia and has been deemed a GLOBAL HEALTH CRISIS. It accounts for 60-80% of cases and is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory, thinking skills, and ability to carry out basic functions. BUT THERE ARE THINGS THAT ARE CHANGING RAPIDLY in the understanding and treatment of the disease and we want to be part of the SOLUTION in Winnsboro!


 9:30 a.m. Coffee & Donuts, 9:45-10:30 a.m. Program

Come meet Kathy Shockley, Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Dallas Office – bring your questions!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 ~ 9 – 11:30 a.m. 

Family Life Center


HYGIENE KITS for UMCOR (United Methodist Corps of Relief) ~ Click here for list of things to bring. Bring your items to church on WEDNESDAY nights or SUNDAY mornings by February 16.  Then on Sunday, February 23, we’ll have lunch in Wesley after church and put the kits together!

2019 TAX STATEMENTS ~ If you haven’t received your 2019 tax statement, please call the office.

IN SEARCH OF A GREAT CHURCH ~ Our series continues and you won’t want to miss this Sunday as we begin to get a taste of the apocalyptic nuances yet to come. This Sunday we look at PERGAMUM, Rev. 2:1-17 and remember, the work we are doing on Sundays this winter are setting the stage for our Bible study on the REST of Revelation in a few weeks!

See you Sunday!! 

Debbie Lyons, Pastor


1-21-20 FUMC Update

There is MUCH going on in the life of our church. Lots of people have personal struggles going on, many have health challenges, some have faith battles, others have financial pressures. But in the midst of it all, GOD IS WITH US, and we have each other! The blessings of being connected to a smaller group of people other than those who worship together on Sunday mornings is immeasurable! When you get to know people beyond “Hello, how are you?,” the level of relationships and the trust that is built comes in handy when you might need a little extra prayer or a special hand of help to get you through those blips and blasts in life. You can find this in the Wednesday morning women’s bible study, the Wednesday night fellowship meal, in the quilters or crafters group, and especially in a Sunday school group.  Have you found a place to BELONG?
In a small way, the people in the few pews around you on Sunday morning might be seen as a “neighborhood group.” You KNOW when your “neighbors” are missing, you pay a little extra attention when you hear their names lifted in prayer and make a point to let them know they have been missed when they return after a time away. Our love for each other extends beyond the people who just sit near us. It extends to the visitors and guests who come into our “space” on Sundays, how do we greet them, make them feel included and welcome them? It really DOES matter so let’s make our neighborhoods the kind of neighborhoods EVERYONE wants to be part of!
ALZHEIMER’S EVENTS COMING TO EAST TEXAS! ~ Attached are the details of two very important Alzheimer’s events coming to East Texas that I’d encourage you to share with others. We have these events posted on our Facebook so you can share those events with your friends. But we have the ADDED BONUS for an all-church special event where Kathy Shockley, the Associate Director of Programs & Services for the Alzheimer’s Association in Dallas will come to speak to us and take lots of questions! 
Mark your calendars:
     Sunday, February 2, 9:45 a.m., FUMC Winnsboro, Wesley Hall, Alzheimer’s Presentation
     Wednesday, February 5, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., FUMC Mineola, Community Lunch & Forum
      Saturday, February 9, 9-11:30 a.m., FUMC Winnsboro, FLC, Educational Program
COME PRAY WITH US, Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. ~ Pray quietly and silently, walk the space or sit in place!
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY begins Wednesday, January 22, 9 a.m. ~ Leslie James will be here for a 6-week study on the Parables of Jesus and all women are welcome!
LAST DAY TO GET YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE INFO TO THE OFFICE, Friday, January 24 ~ I am very hopeful that many of us will be going to the prison together on Saturday, February 8, at 6 pm to greet the prisoners at the Johnson Unit. Even if you DON’T want to go to dinner afterward, I hope you’ll come for just 30 minutes to be the light of Christ for men who may not EVER know His love without our unconditional presence. Get the last 4 digits of your license and your full name to the office before this Friday please.
MEXICAN TRAIN GAME DAY:  Thursday, February 6, 1-3 p.m., Wesley Hall ~ Don’t miss our fun and fellowship as we have multiple tables playing dominoes! Even if you have never played before, this is an EASY game to learn! We’d love to meet your neighbors and friends so please bring a guest. We will provide the snacks!
This Sunday we’ll continue in our worship series on the SEVEN CHURCHES in the Book of Revelation. Last Sunday we talked about how a strong church with such excellent leadership could DISAPPEAR completely (listen here) and this week we’ll be looking at the Church of Smyrna, one of only TWO of the churches that didn’t collapse. What did they have??
I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! 
Rev. 2:9a 
Debbie Lyons, Pastor