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

Out of an abundance of caution, but more out of an abundance of love, we have made the unprecedented decision to cancel all church activities until the Centers for Disease Control tell us its safe to be together again. Until then, we will continue the following:
– Sunday morning worship, 10:50 AM on Facebook 
– Drive by our Church Street entrance on MONDAYS from 1-3 and say hello & receive a blessing – I’d love to see you!
– I will continue to do a morning devotional, also on Facebook 3-4 mornings a week
– We have mobilized people to make cloth FACE MASKS that are so desperately needed by our health care workers … CLICK HERE if you can sew or cut fabric!
– And we will PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!


CLICK HERE to go directly to the CDC website for current information on
testing and symptons.
 I want everyone to know … the buildings may be closed but GOD’S CHURCH is still worshiping, learning, loving and serving! SUNDAY WORSHIP will still be at 10:50 AM on Sundays but we will worship together, yes TOGETHER, live on Facebook instead of in the sanctuary!

We will still be checking in on our neighbors and doing our Lenten 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 a morning devotional!

Sunday Mornings

9:30 a.m. ~ Sunday School PAUSED

Check out the MANY ways to get involved HERE!

We’re easy to find in Winnsboro!

5-7-18 FUMC Updates

What a hard week it was for our church family as we celebrated the life of Kay Atkins.  Honestly, though, I saw soooooo MANY droplets of grace, everywhere I’ve turned!!  I looked at all the incredibly, amazing, selfless people who prayed, cooked food, sent cards, made cookies, served lunch, greeted the family, made donations to our church in Kay’s name … wow, what a LOVING congregation this is!! I want to thank you for loving the Atkins family through your service … quite wonderful!!

I am FINALLY going to see my Dad in South Carolina this week … I’m leaving today and coming back Saturday night.  And I’m so excited that Vic Casad, our District Superintendent is coming to preach for us and I can wait to be his “wing man”!  Please make sure we show Vic the true energy and Spirit of First Church Winnsboro – the last time Vic was here was last October for Pastor Carolyn’s memorial service and I think you’ll be putting a HUGE smile on his face when he sees how God is working here!

WANT TO JOIN THE SERVING SAINTS? If you’d like to get on the list to be called for family meals and bereavement lunches, Betty Craddock would LOVE to add some new people to her list of generous people!  She has coordinated meals for 7 years and she’d love to see some new faces! Contact Betty at 903-975-5639


NO BIBLE TALK THIS TUESDAY … we’ll resume next Tuesday at 11:00 when I return

LOOKING FOR A WAY TO GROW IN YOUR FAITH? Let’s talk about building a Congregational Care team!  MONDAY, May 15, 6:30 PM Asbury Hall… we have a core team of loving people who are VERY excited about loving God by CARING for others and we want to be in touch with people who have not been to church in a long time, who are unable to get to church anymore, who are having surgeries or medical challenges, are in retirement living, or who just need to hear a friendly voice or see a friendly face! LET’S TALK ABOUT IT!

SENIOR LUAU … Tuesday, May 15th, 6:15 pm …thanks so much to Tina Satterwhite and the Family Ties Class and everyone who helped set-up for the Luau yesterday and for keeping this great tradition going! Help us celebrate the Senior Class of WISD by greeting, serving or cleaning up this Tuesday!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT FELLOWSHIP is back this Wednesday, 5:45 … I heard a rumor there will be SMOTHERED PORK CHOPS and stay for games after dinner!

REMINDER: Prayer Blanket Ministry meets 2nd and 4th MONDAYS at 9 am … their next meeting will be Monday, May 14th

ANNUAL CONFERENCE: June 3-5, First UMC Richardson … On a mountain top in Galilee, the risen Christ commanded the eleven disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and forming them in the Way of Christ. Today, we have been given this same Great Commission, and all across the North Texas Conference clergy and laity are embracing the challenge to go, gather new faces in new spaces, and grow these new faces in discipleship.  What is a new space? It can be a small group that meets in a local coffee shop or store or …. Come to Annual Conference and find out more!  To register: http://ntc2018.org/

ERT Training at FUMC Kaufman …UMCOR ERT Basic * Cost: $15 …Saturday, May 12, 2018,   8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  This class will provide you with the Basic information you need about Early Response Teams. Early Response Teams (ERTs) fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris, place tarps on homes, and otherwise help to prevent further damage, while providing a caring Christian presence. All ERT members are trained by authorized UMCOR trainers, and are given identification badges as evidence of successful completion of the basic class. Lunch is provided, and dress is casual.

Register for ERT Basic

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 2:35

Debbie Lyons, Pastor
First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
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4-30-18 FUMC Updates

It is with a mix of sadness and joy that I reflect on the passing of KAY ATKINS … I am so sad for Ken, Misty and Todd and their family and close friends, but I am so full of joy knowing that Kay is in heaven and she is cancer free, has no more worries or fears, and SHE IS WITH JESUS!!

We are honored to join the ATKINS family in celebrating Kay’s life this week … please call Betty Craddock (903-975-5639) if you can help make cookies or prepare lunch at either of these events:

Tuesday, May 1, 6-8 PM

Family visitation & reception in the Family Life Center

– Wednesday, May 2, 10 AM ...

Service of Celebration at BEATY CHAPEL, family lunch follows in FLC




GREETING CARD MINISTRY (Or should I say “therapy”?)

Some of you know that I love to make GREETING CARDS … it all started at my former church when we would gather together several times a year to make cards for the people receiving chemotherapy at the hospital in Greenville. It was a simple act of agape love, “willful delight in showing love unconditionally.”  Eventually, someone stated teaching card classes and I found myself enthralled with the therapeutic nature of die-cutting shapes, embossing backgrounds, choosing colors and stamping special greetings. 

As you know, Laquita has updated our data base and those of you who gave us your birth date MAY be getting a card from me!  I say MAY because while I try my best NOT to miss anyone, it MAY happen!  It will happen, if Laquita doesn’t have your information!  Thanks for providing me a VENUE for therapeutic joy and an avenue to let YOU know that on your birthday, I WILL be praying for you! 


PLEASE CHECK THE CHURCH CALENDAR on the website for details on upcoming events:

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE TALK: 11 am Tuesdays, ongoing …Men and women are invited – bring your study Bibles and come as we go verse by verse through important chapters that form our faith! 

LAST THURSDAY at CLARA IDA FRANCES, 8:45-9:45 … this Thursday we’re tasting CHOCOLATE and pondering how “people are like a box of chocolates … where does God want YOUR garden to grow?

National Day of Pray, May 3rd, NOON at City Hall … please plan to come out and PRAY, PRAY, PRAY for our nation, our city, our schools, our families and our churches!

UMW QUIET DAY:  May 5th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm… bring a sack lunch and meet us at Jackie Ford’s home, 3165 Hwy. 11, Winnsboro.  Come join us for this special time of “meditation”!  Also, UMW will not have their regularly scheduled meeting in May.   

SENIOR LUAU, Tuesday, May 8th, 6:15 … set up this Sunday after church … Contact Tina HERE to get involved!

Debbie Lyons, Pastor



4-22-18 FUMC Updates

I love surprises and last Wednesday night was FULL of great surprises!! First, it was no surprise that the food was FABULOUS (it ALWAYS is!!), but it was a great surprise to see so MANY people there!  With the BAKED POTATO BAR this week, I hope to see even MORE of you!!
It was also a terrific surprise to hear Ken Ragsdale share the call on his heart to do MORE than just a “one time pizza party” for the older kids … what started out as a one time event is turning into some FUN for the middle/high school kids on Wednesday nights!  That was a TOTAL surprise to me and one that was quite exciting! As one of our VISION focuses was to grow our Sunday morning children/youth education, Ken had agreed to continue the study I started before Easter, but to add a little FUN on Wednesdays sounded like an amazing surprise!
And one more great surprise … GAMES!! Some played FARKLE (it was surely new to ME!) and some played dominos, but it was lots of fun!  Plan to stay this week and play – bring your favorite game or join one in progress … oh, and the BEST part … the elementary kids can join in too!!
You can ALWAYS find details of upcoming events on our CALENDAR … click here!
CRATERS/QUILTERS: the quilters get started at 8 and the crafters get started at 9, Tuesdays, ongoing … looking for a place to plug in?? Come get involved!
PRAYER TIME in the SANCTUARY: 10 am Tuesdays, ongoing
We still open the sanctuary every Tuesday morning for prayer – if you wanted “guided” prayer, there are prayer booklets in the first pew, or just come and talk to God!
TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE TALK: 11 am Tuesdays, ongoing
Men and women are invited – bring your study Bibles and come as we go verse by verse through important chapters that form our faith!
Come for the “crowd pleasing” baked potato bar this Wednesday night … and join the choir for practice (yes we’d love to have some more voices!!) OR hang out and play some games!
THURSDAY MORNING at CLARA IDA FRANCIS, 8:45-9:45 … this Thursday we’re talking about SPIRITUAL GARDENING … where does God want YOUR garden to grow?
5th SUNDAY POT LUCK THIS SUNDAY AFTER CHURCH, 4/29 … thanks to Carla for coordinating things for one of our FAVORITE days!!! Bring something yummy and let’s get to know some people we DON’T know that well!
SENIOR LUAU, Tuesday, May 8th, 6:15 … thank-you Tina Satterwhite and the Family Ties class for sponsoring this fabulous community event!!  Contact Tina HERE to get involved!
LOOKING AHEAD: National Day of Pray, May 3rd, NOON at City Hall … please plan to come out and PRAY, PRAY, PRAY for our nation, our city, our schools, our families and our churches!
– Special prayers for Kay Atkins and the Atkins family 
– Comfort, for Sara Etheridge, the wife of Pastor Charles Etheridge, Pine Street Baptist, who is now in hospice care
– For Inky Hall who is having one knee replacement on WEDNESDAY
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10 
Debbie Lyons, Pastor
First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
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4-16-18 FUMC Updates

I was RICHLY blessed by our worship yesterday and you have NO IDEA how much I’m inspired by your energy and your passion!  Our worship series on RELENTLESS GRACE will continue for the next 4 weeks so get ready for a deep dive into Methodist theology! (If you missed the message, you can hear it on the website HERE.)
I have also been inspired by the Bible studies I’m teaching, both of which are VERY different! In Tuesday mornings at 11 am (Asbury Hall) we’re going verse by verse through the 40 most influential chapters of the Bible … on Thursday mornings at 8:45 am we’re meeting in the LOFT at Clara Ida Frances (Main/Elm) and doing more of a life application study.  I get so much out of these studies and I hope you will too!! (Tuesday: Genesis 2,Thursday: More Contentment)
DINNER and GAMES (??) ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT … 5:45 PM …Ken Atkins’ famous BBQ Chicken is on the menu for Wednesday night so don’t miss it!! But what would you think about staying for DOMINOES or some other kinds of games after dinner?  Several of the Sunday school classes were talking about this on Sunday … who knows what might develop!!?
Tina Saterwhite is, once again, excited to be coordinating the Senior Luau this year but this is an “all hands on deck” event!  Please email Tina HERE if you’d like to help, before, during or after or watch for sign up sheets soon.
WANTED: people who love to sing!
We’d love to expand our choir and we’d love YOUR voices!! The choir gets to go FIRST IN LINE for dinner on Wednesday nights as choir practice starts at 6:30 … contact Judy Beaty for details. 


Early Response Teams (ERTs) fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris, place tarps on homes, and otherwise help to prevent further damage, while providing a caring Christian presence.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Instructors: Alma Cone, Mike Walker and Bobby Aga
Cost: $15
All ERT members are trained by authorized UMCOR trainers, and are given identification badges as evidence of successful completion of the basic class.  
Lunch is provided, and dress is casual.  CLICK HERE FOR ERT Basic details 
I look forward to seeing you this – Tuesday morning, Wednesday night, Thursday morning and, of course, Sunday morning!!

Debbie Lyons, Pastor

First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
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4-4-18 FUMC Updates

THE RISEN CHRIST HAS MADE HIMSELF KNOWN AT FUMC …  what a wonderful week of worship we’ve had!  We had perfect weather for the sunrise service and we reaffirmed our baptisms while sharing the JOY of celebrating the profession of faith and sacrament of baptism with Landry, Hayden and Halle Deaton and their families!  Then we joined together to sing and worship and praise the risen Christ in our sanctuary, where we joined with visiting family members and NEW people on a beautiful Easter morning!
There are so many people to thank: Amy Moss and the worship team, Judy Beaty and the choir, Ken and Elaina Ragsdale for offering their home for sunrise service, Don Beaty and the men who cooked breakfast, Elaina and Julie Lewis for their beautiful altarscapes, for Jim Dyson and Ed Page for taking pictures (I’ll get them out as soon as I get them!!), and of course, Laquita for ALL the extra work she did with me this week!!  We are so very, very blessed to have amazing TEAM PLAYERS who are using their spiritual gifts in such amazing ways!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT STARTS BACK WITH A FEAST!! Chicken Excelsior w/rice, glazed carrots, spinach and fruit salad and DESSERT!  Our Fellowship Meal team will be here, this Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., to start cooking.  If you brought dishes for the Noe bereavement meal, you can pick those up anytime after 12:30 pm.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A CONVERSATION ABOUT GRIEF …  The United Methodist Women are inviting the congregation, anyone who is able to attend, to hear their Guest Speaker, Becky Carpenter, on the subject of Finding Hope in the Midst of Grief and Pain.  Ms. Carpenter will be speaking on Thursday, April 12th at 10:00 a.m. in Asbury Hall.  We hope many of you can attend this very special event!
Bible Talk, Tuesdays at 9 AM, Asbury Hall  ... men and women are invited to join me for a walk through the KEY chapters in the Bible, starting with Genesis 1.  Bring your study Bibles and a friend and come for this conversational deep look at important scriptures!  I’ll put the chapter we’ll be doing each week on Facebook on MONDAY AM.
Women’s Community Bible study with Linda Suche, Wednesdays, 9 am, Asbury Hall ... a new study begins NEXT Wednesday, April 11th, so make plans to be there!
MORE: Faith, Hope & Love, Thursdays, 8:45 AM, at the Clara Ida Frances LOFT (Main at Elm) … I’m very excited to be doing a 4 WEEK object study (men and women invited) on common things in our lives that bring out reminders of our faith.  Thanks to Janet Schma for hosting!! (There is one flight of stairs.)
ARE YOU ON THE PRAYER CHAIN? If you can receive text messages and want to get INSTANT prayer up[dates (8:30 am – 8:30 pm), please let us know.
OUR DATABASE IS ALMOST READY:  Laquita has been working hard to import all your names, birthdays, addresses, cell phone numbers, etc. and we’ll be creating a PRIVATE page on the website for everyone to have access to that information. Do we have all YOUR information?

New Way for Laity to Stay Informed!

Voice of the Laity

East District Conference Call

April 3, 2018 at 6 p.m.

What: East District Conference Call “Voice of the Laity”
When: Tuesday April, 3, 2018 at 6 p.m. – will be about a 15–20 minute call
Location: (712) 770–4751

  • When you call, you’ll hear the following: “Welcome to free conference call.com, please enter your ID#.” You then enter: 995279
  • You’ll hear the next message that says, “press star now if you are the host.” Since you’re not the host, no further input required.
  • You’ll be asked to “state your name,” feel free to do so or not. You will be joined to the call.

Why: This will be a monthly call to review:

  • General announcements from North Texas Conference
  • Upcoming calendar dates that may be of interest to the laity
  • Information from the North Texas Conference Board of Laity

Topics for this month include:

  • Intro and contact info for me — Stephen Gillem, District Lay Leader
  • Key calendar dates:
  • Information from Board of Laity:
    • Helping to grow gatherings of new faces in new spaces
    • Stronger alignment with NTC Centers of Missional OutreachChurch DevelopmentLeadership Development, and Connectional Resources
    • Summary of new leadership training, from Leadership Development Center, Marti Soper, Director:
      • Program about adaptive leadership: helping to be a leader that’s learning, listening, and growing with our changing world
      • Holmes Coaching Group — grows leaders through on-line program focused on ministry, working with peers, and individual coaching. Includes eight group sessions, six individual sessions. Cost is $880, but discounted to $440 thru the church.
  • Other: questions, topics would like to know more about each month, what support you need.
Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” hey gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. 

Debbie Lyons, Pastor

First United Methodist Church Winnsboro

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