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12-9-21 FUMC Updates – Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24th, 5 PM

How is it possible that Christmas is only 15 days away?  Two weeks of Advent have gone by and we only have two Sundays left before Christmas!  I suppose this is what’s so very exciting about the ANTICIPATION of the birth of Christ and I hope you are finding some time to BE STILL, and know that God is God!  If you’ll recall, last year our church was closed up until 1 week before Christmas so we had more people worshipping on Facebook than we had in the sanctuary!  This year, it will be so great to have more and more people together again so start thinking about who God be putting in YOUR path who might be looking for a place to belong this season. Invite them!  Tell them you’ll meet them and sit with them!  We’ll have PLENTY of candles for everyone so bring your family and friends!

As you know, we have planned our CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE for Friday, December 24th, at 5 PM because all studies show that the BEST attended services are between 1:00 and 5:00 PM on Christmas Eve.  But do you think people in the community would be interested in attending an 11 PM service if it were available?  Would your family and friends prefer a late service?  It might not be too late – please let me know your thoughts!

ORDER FROM RADA AND SUPPORT UMW and LOCAL MISSIONS! Try RADA here! Rada has amazing knives and kitchen tools and you can browse the catalog and ship anywhere in the country HERE on the UMW website page! Janat Erwin may have, ON HAND the perfect gift you need to contact her too … 2erwins@suddenlink.net

BROTHER HENRY’S MONTHLY STUDY, Tuesday, 12/14, 10 AM, Wesley Hall, Family Ties Classroom … Prophecies, The Right Time, Bethlehem, MA.1:18-2:23 … attached are the questions and everyone is welcome!      

ONE MORE ADVENT BIBLE STUDY: Wednesday, December 15,  6:45 pm after dinner … we’re looking at “fingerprint” evidence that affirms our belief in the birth of Christ!

GIVING TREES FOR THE BACKPACK FOOD MINISTRY … clip a check or a few dollars onto the trees in the lobbies or designate a special offering … you CAN make a difference!

YEAR-END GIVING TO GOD or to the GOVERNMENT? Please talk to your accountant (or IRS.gov) about year-end tax savings that come from your generosity through non-profit giving. The COVID 2020 relief plan on paying your Required Minimum Distribution last year does NOT apply this year so if you have investments that require you to make an RMD, would you rather give that money to GOD or back to the GOVERNMENT?  

SONGS OF CHRISTMAS continue on Sundays this Advent … last week we talked about the father of John the Baptist, ZECHARIAH, and how his unbelief made him MUTE, and by God’s grace his speech was restored and he sang a song of JOY! This week his wife, Elizabeth, sings a song of JOY when she recognizes that her cousin Mary is carrying not just an ordinary baby in her womb, but the long-awaited Messiah!  It’s a story that brings plenty of WONDERS!!

Happy Advent!

Pastor Debbie


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12-2-21 FUMC Updates – Advent Activities

‘Tis the Season to Be ….
 Christmas music is playing everywhere, shopping is fast and furious, lights and decorations are up, family plans are being made and Santa is arriving in the stores! ‘Tis the season to be …….. how would YOU fill in the blank? Stressed about getting things done? Busy planning for the perfect family get-togethers? Worried about the higher prices for gas, heating bills, food, and gifts? Concerned about health problems that may affect your celebration?  ‘Tis the season to be __________________ ……….
 
The classic holiday song says: “ ’ Tis the season to be jolly, fa la l la la, la la la la!” and isn’t that what Christmas should be about?  Of course!  Imagine how different things would be if we focused our JOLLY on the JOY of JESUS! How about considering some things to not only grow closer in your relationship with Jesus, but also bring you peace, comfort, relaxation, and joy! Things like worship, Bible study, devotionals, intentional acts of kindness, extra giving …
 
ADVENT BIBLE STUDY: A Case for Christmas, Wednesdays starting tonight, December 1, 8 & 15,  6:45 pm after dinner … Have you ever wondered WHY we believe all the scriptures about the birth of Jesus? Why entire religions have been founded on the story of a baby, born to poor parents in a manger, who actually was the long-awaited Messiah of all times? Join us tonight as we begin with looking at the eyewitness testimony The author, LEE STROBEL unpacks some puzzling questions with some powerful answers, and I’d love for you to join us! Home-cooked DINNER is at 6 PM in the Family Life Center, and love offerings are accepted; then, we’ll dig down into the facts that are the foundation of our faith at 6:45 PM in Wesley Hall! Everyone is welcome!
ADVENT DEVOTIONALS …  the 4 week season of preparation before Christmas starts November 28th it’s a great time to take a few minutes to read a devotional or do something to recognize the amazing gift we have been given … the gift of forgiveness and eternal life!  The North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church has some great tools for YOU!
 
CLICK HERE to receive a daily email devotional.
 
EMAIL US (fumcwinnsboro@gmail.com) for the “Intentional Acts of Kindness”… we’ve often heard the phrase “random acts of kindness.” What if, in this Advent season, we were intentional about doing something for a stranger, a neighbor, or our world on a daily basis?  We might call this Intentional Acts of Kindness.  As we move day by day closer to Christmas, perhaps our giving spirit cultivated by these thoughtful gestures toward others can help us “prepare him room” as Jesus is born to us this Christmas.  Here are 28 suggestions – pick one a day to carry you through Advent or write your own in the space provided!
 
BROTHER HENRY’S MONTHLY STUDY, Tuesday, 12/14, 10 AM, Wesley Hall, Family Ties Classroom … Prophecies, The Right Time, Bethlehem, MA.1:18-2:23 
 
LOOKING FOR SOME STRESS-FREE & PRACTICAL GIFT-GIVING?   (While benefiting the missions of United Methodist Women at the same time?) Try RADARada has amazing knives and kitchen tools and you can browse the catalog and ship anywhere in the country HERE on the UMW website page! Janat Erwin may have, ON HAND the perfect gift you need so contact her too … 2erwins@suddenlink.net
 
YEAR-END GIVING TO GOD or to the GOVERNMENT? Please talk to your accountant (or IRS.gov) about year-end tax savings that come from your generosity through non-profit giving. The COVID 2020 relief plan on paying your Required Minimum Distribution last year does NOT apply this year so if you have investments that require you to make an RMD, would you rather give that money to GOD or back to the GOVERNMENT?  
 
GIVING TREES FOR THE BACKPACK FOOD MINISTRY … our 2021 Giving Trees that will be in the choir hall and the front lobby of the church, give you an opportunity to give above and beyond to our Community Resource Center which provides food on weekends and holidays for kids who depend on school breakfast and lunch. Clip a check or a few dollars onto the trees and help make a difference!
 
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE, Friday, December 24th, 5 PM … it’s always good to see families together on Christmas but think about people you know who don’t have a church family because we’d love to welcome them too! 
 
PLEASE HELP WITH WEDNESDAY NIGHT DESSERTS … we need your help to make just ONE dessert, ONCE a month!  Won’t you please call or email Bettye and say, “This is my church, I’ll do it!” I know no one will complain if there aren’t enough desserts, but we don’t want anyone to be unhappy when all you have to do to help is bring ONE dessert, ONCE a month!  Bettye: 903-850-9417, bjhh@suddenlink.net
 
SONGS OF CHRISTMAS continue on Sundays this Advent … we talked about the wonderful prophecies and Servant Songs of Isaiah last week, (watch the full service on Facebook or hear the sermon on the website) and this week we’ll explore the amazing Song of Zechariah, a song of a soul revived!!
Happy Advent!
Pastor Debbie

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11-18-21 FUMC Updates … it’s time to Deck the Halls!

Thanksgiving is such an important and wonderful family holiday, and it seems to get lost in the rush to move on to CHRISTMAS!  I get it … I’m excited to move on to Christmas too but growing up we always waited until AFTER Thanksgiving to put up our decorations so I’ve followed that tradition!  BUT … if you already started decorating for Christmas, research in the Journal of Environmental Psychology finds people who put up their Christmas decorations early tend to be happier and friendlier!  Psychologists say Christmas decorations are nostalgic and bring people back to simpler and happier times and they say it also helps boost dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter in the brain.  Psychologist Deborah Serani said: “I think anything that takes us out of our normal habituation, the normal day in, day out … signals our senses, and then our senses measure if it’s pleasing or not.”  In any case, I wish you all a very happy THANKSGIVING with your families and friends next week … and I plan to put on MY Christmas decorations this weekend!

NO WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEAL NEXT WEEK, 11/24  but are you looking forward to all those yummy CHRISTMAS dinners and desserts in December?  As Bettye Gilbert said, the first place everyone goes when they come for Wednesday night meals is the DESSERT TABLE and it will be so very sad if you come one night and there aren’t enough desserts.  We need your help to make just ONE dessert, ONCE a month!  YUP … just make ONE dessert, ONCE a month!  Won’t you please call or email Bettye and say, “This is my church, I’ll do it!” I know no one will complain if there aren’t enough desserts, but we don’t want anyone to be unhappy when all you have to do to help is bring ONE dessert, ONCE a month!  Bettye: 903-850-9417, bjhh@suddenlink.net

HANGING OF THE GREENS: Sunday, 12/21, after church …fa la la la la, la la la la!  Tis’ the season to deck the halls and get ready for the Christmas season to begin!  Advent, the 4 weeks of preparation for Christmas, starts on November 28th so we want to be ready so please stay a few minutes after church, and help us get the sanctuary decorated for Christmas!  Many hands will make this light work so please carry in a box or hang some garland and we’ll be done in NO TIME … we’ll take a headcount of who wants to stay for PIZZA when we’re done so don’t worry … you won’t go home hungry!

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK A SUCCESS!  So many people made crafts, helped with the quilt, baked, transported things to and from the Civic Center, cooked and served lunch, worked the tables at the Festival, and many of you shopped!  Not including the United Methodist Women, we raised about $3500 and we’ve already started sending that money out to the community!  The Crafters met Tuesday and decided to give $500 to the FUMC General Fund, $400 to the Winnsboro Community Resource Center (Food Pantry), $350 to Methodist Children’s Home, $100 to the Blessing Box, and $100 to the Winnsboro Volunteer Fire Department.  MANY THANKS TO YOU ALL!

EAST DISTRICT ZOOM CHARGE CONFERENCE, Monday, 11/29, 6 pm …to discuss the “notice of hearing to consider Chapter 11 plan of reorganization for Boy Scouts of America.” Although we no longer act as the charter organization for a Boy Scout Troop, we have had a troop in the past we are included in the vote.

PLANNING AHEAD FOR YOUR ADVENT?

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY: A Case for Christmas, Wednesdays, December 1, 8 & 15,  6:45 pm after dinner … Have you ever wondered WHY we believe all the scriptures about the birth of Jesus? Why entire religions have been founded on the story of a baby, born to poor parents in a manger, actually was the long-awaited Messiah of all times? Join me for this interactive conversation, and together, we’ll be investigative reporters to celebrate the conclusion of the investigation! The author, LEE STROBEL, unpacks some puzzling questions with some powerful answers, and I’d love for you to join us! Home-cooked DINNER is at 6 PM in the Family Life Center, and love offerings are accepted; then, we’ll dig down into the facts that are the foundation of our faith at 6:45 PM in Wesley Hall! Everyone is welcome!

ADVENT DEVOTIONALS …  the 4 week season of preparation before Christmas starts November 28th it’s a great time to take a few minutes to read a devotional or do something to recognize the amazing gift we have been given … the gift of forgiveness and eternal life!  The North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church has some great tools for YOU!

CLICK HERE to receive a daily email devotional.

See the Christmas page, https://www.fumcwinnsboro.com/christmas/, for the “Intentional Acts of Kindness”… we’ve often heard the phrase “random acts of kindness.” What if, in this Advent season, we were intentional about doing something for a stranger, a neighbor, or our world on a daily basis?  We might call this Intentional Acts of Kindness.  As we move day by day closer to Christmas, perhaps our giving spirit cultivated by these thoughtful gestures toward others can help us “prepare him room” as Jesus is born to us this Christmas.  Here are 28 suggestions – pick one a day to carry you through Advent or write your own in the space provided!

GRACE AND PEACE!

Pastor Debbie


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11-11-21 FUMC Midweek Update

As we’re getting ready for Christmas in the Park this weekend I want to thank everyone again who is helping!
– transporting everything to the Civic Center Friday (Noon at the church)
– setting up the tables at the Civic Center Friday (Noon – 3 pm)
– baking brownies, cut & bagged individually, cobblers and/or pies (Friday, noon-3 pm at the Civic Center or Saturday morning by 9 am)
– packing up what isn’t sold and taking it back to the church on Saturday (3 pm)
– SHOPPING!  Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DESSERTS
I also want to thank Judy Beaty who gave Bettye Gilbert a little break on DESSERT DUTY for Wednesday night meals.  Bettye was anxious to get back so a big thank-you to Bettye, too!  I can’t say desserts are the BEST part of the meal but we sure do love our desserts so won’t you help, please?  JUST BRING A DESSERT ONE TIME A MONTH!  Yup, it’s that simple!  Pick the week you want and once a month you can be a hero!  Please call or EMAIL Bettye Gilbert  directly and say,  “This is my church – I’ll do it!”  (903) 347-1070  
THERE WILL BE NO WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEAL on 11/24 BEFORE THANKSGIVING
 
IT’S TIME TO DECK THE HALLS … really!!  Sunday, 11/21 AFTER CHURCH
Please plan to stay after church on Sunday, 21st, and help us put up all our Christmas decorations!  Carry a few boxes in, hang a little garland, help put some Chrismons on the tree … MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK so please plan to stay after church to help.
 
COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE at FIRST BAPTIST … 11/21, 5 PM at First Baptist
I have not been able to participate in the past because it has conflicted with our year-end Charge Conference but I’m excited to be part of it this year!  I hope you’ll join me and all the other churches in town for this ecumenical service of thanksgiving … we DO have so much to be thankful for!
 
Grace and peace,
Pastor Debbie

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11-10-21 FUMC UPDATES – Christmas in the Park is almost here!

IT’S HERE!  CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK, Saturday, November 13th, 9 am – 3 pm

–       THIS FRIDAY, November 12

… Noon – 1 pm: come to the craft room and help move all the racks, shelves, and boxes of crafts to the Civic Center

… Noon – 2 pm: come to the Civic Center

… and help set up for the show

… bake & bring brownies for the lunch, please cut them and put them in individual baggies, call Don Beaty for questions, 903-342-6767

… bring your cobblers and pies, please price them. Call Betty Craddock for details, 903-975-5639

 

–       SATURDAY, November 13, 9 am: come to the Civic Center

… 8-9 am … bring your cobblers and pies, please price them, call Betty Craddock for details, 903-975-5639

… 8-10 am … bake & bring brownies for the lunch, please cut them and put them in individual baggies, call Don Beaty for questions, 903-342-6767

… 8 am – 3 pm … contact Carla Chitsey to take a shift behind the tables!  Facebook or 903-347-6012

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEALS resume this Wednesday, November 10 … I hope to see you there!

NEXT TUESDAY, 11/16, 10-11 am…Brother Henry’s Monthly Bible Study … because of construction in ASBURY you’ll meet in Wesley Hall. Attached is the outline for GIVING THANKS.

DON’T FORGET … YOU CAN BE PART OF US RECEIVING UP TO $1,000 in MATCHED DONATIONS!  Don’t forget … if you’ve been wanting to try to set up recurring donations, now is a good time to try because our giving platform, SHAREFAITH, will MATCH up to $1000 through the end of the year. It’s simple to try … CLICK HERE!   together, online, or in the sanctuary!

THIS SUNDAY: it’s the season of Thanksgiving but have you ever given any thought to why SOME people don’t know how to be grateful? We’ll talk about it Sunday, Luke 17:11-19

Pastor Debbie


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