WELCOME TO FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WINNSBORO!

All are welcome at Winnsboro’s First Church so dive on in! We are a warm and welcoming congregation where you can meet people, celebrate life, grow deeper, stronger in your faith and turn energy into action that transforms the world. EVERYONE is invited and if you’d like us to meet you at the door, email us HERE and we’ll be there! 
 
Sunday Morning Worship
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10:50 a.m.

 
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5-21-20 FUMC Reopening Plan

The Church Council met this week and we’re very excited to SLOWLY but SAFELY begin partial gathering!
Details are on the attached document and I, for one, hope these restrictions will NOT have to be in place for a long time! 
 
Here are the important dates:
 
May 24, 10:50 a.m. ~ Memorial Day Worship, Facebook Live
 
May 31, 8 a.m. ~ All Church OUTDOOR Worship at the Ragsdales (270 CR 4228, Winnsboro) ~ If you have not yet let me know, please REPLY to this emaiand let me know how many chairs you will need or if you will be listening in your car. MANY THANKS to the Ragsdale family for sharing their home and beautiful meadow with us!
 
May 31, 10:50 a.m. ~ Facebook Live Worship with Bishop McKee
 
June 7 and ongoing in Phase 2, 10:50 a.m ~ RETURN TO THE SANCTUARY ~ We will worship together in the Sanctuary (and Facebook LIVE)!  Please reply to this email and let us know if you’ll be attending so we know how to seat people! I truly do recognize how sitting in the same seat every Sunday is part of the comfort in coming to church and sitting with your pew neighbors. Please know we want to get back to “normal” as soon as possible; but in this interim, please be kind and supportive of the amazing ushers who are willing to work very hard to seat as many people as SAFELY as possible.  
 
ARRANGEMENTS FOR PHASE 2 of Returning to the Sanctuary ~ Again, we hope these adjustments will NOT be “forever” but we hope that being together will far outweigh the minor safety inconveniences.
 
Here is a recap of what you’ll want to know ~
 
1. If you are 65 or older and/or have any underlying health conditions, we will support your decisions to stay home until you feel safe. We will continue Facebook LIVE and ZOOM Wednesday Bible studies at 10 a.m., so please make decisions that are best for YOU! (See CDC guidelines here.)
 
2. I want to thank Trustee Chair Danny Moss and Custodian Deloris Loftin who are doing everything they can to be sure everything is disinfected and that we will be separated by 6 feet to keep everyone safe. 
 
3.  I also want to thank Worship Chair Penny Boice and Communion Chair Sue Gross and ALL of our wonderful ushers who are working hard to make sure worship is joyful, sacred, and SAFE! I hope we will all come to worship cheerfully and leave worship inspired by God, but we will come and go wearing masks, and we will be seated and dismissed without gathering before and after church. (If you need a mask, let me know. We do have some children’s masks too!)  An usher will squirt your hands with disinfectant when you arrive and seat you, maybe not in your regular seat, and help you leave safely by row squirting your hands as you go.
 
Again, details are attached and please let me know if we have any questions. We will do the best we can with what we know at the time and as we know more we will try to do better! We will weather these changes TOGETHER, just like we have in the last two months since COVID-19 forced us to close our buildings … because … 
 
GOD IS WORKING FOR GOOD! 
 
Stay well and HAPPY MEMORIAL WEEKEND!
Pastor Debbie

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5-18-20 FUMC Quick Update

MAY 31, 8 a.m. ~ ALL CHURCH OUTDOOR WORSHIP AT THE RAGSDALE’S! It’s a NEW DAY, and we’ll worship together for the first time since March 8! EVERYONE WEAR RED as it’s Pentecost and Senior Recognition day! As you may have heard me say in worship yesterday, the Ragsdale family wants to make this easier for everyone by bringing all the chairs for us to be able to sit together in family groups, 6 feet apart. If you want to remain in your care, we will be directing the cars to come close enough to hear. BUT PLEASE REPLY TO THIS EMAIL and let us know if you will be coming so we know how to set up for you.

 Will you be attending worship at the Ragsdale’s on May 31? Yes or No?

If you are coming and don’t need chairs, will you stay in your car?

How many chairs will you need? 

MORE UPDATES COMING THIS WEEK ~ I’m sure you’re anxious to hear how Governor Abbott unveils the next steps of re-opening today. And like me, you’re hoping to hear GOOD NEWS about how COVID is affecting our State. I just checked our local health agency NET Health and see that Winnsboro still only has three cases, 18 total positive cases in Wood county, and 11 of those 18 have recovered, praise God! You can see local updates on the NetHealth.com website.

The Church Council will be meeting on Tuesday night and formulating guidelines for what our PARTIAL return on June 7 will look like. So you’ll be getting another detailed email later this week. Until then, I want to reiterate that we will continue to do worship on Facebook and ZOOM Bible studies even AFTER we can start gathering physically again. So please make wise decisions for you as we recognize that people over 65 or with high-risk conditions should stay home and we will SUPPORT your decisions!

BIBLE TALK ~ Studying the Bible’s Biggest Ideas, 10 a.m., Wednesdays, on ZOOM ~ May 20, Isaiah 53: The Real Face of Jesus ~ Let’s bring the Bible to life! Let’s bring the characters to life! Let’s study the most essential chapters of the Bible in a deep, intentional way so we can connect the dots between the lessons taught thousands of years ago and the realities of life today. This study will continue through July on ZOOM, and each lesson will stand alone so commit to every week or join when you can! While you may not think ZOOM is the best way to go, it is the safest right now, and you’ll be amazed at how “connectional” it can be! We’ll use the screen to make the key points visible and use break-out rooms for small group conversations when needed. This invitation will be good for every week we meet so download ZOOM now and connect with us through the summer! 

Please read Isaiah chapter 53 and then join us this Wednesday: CLICK HERE for joining instructions!

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS COME THROUGH THE MONDAY DRIVE-THROUGH ~ As the weather is getting warmer, today was our LAST drive-through and I can’t begin to THANK all of you who came to see me. You have given me so much strength and JOY! This is not to say we won’t do it again as things change, but for now my heart is grateful to all of you!

DO YOU OR YOUR KIDS NEED A MASK? As our small groups are returning, and when we return to the sanctuary, we will likely be continuing to wear masks, at LEAST in and OUT of the buildings. Please contact Deanna at fumc-winnsboro@suddenlinkmail.com if you want to make arrangements to pick a mask/s up. (And yes, we do have some children’s masks!)

THIS SUNDAY is MEMORIAL DAY! Join us at 10:50 a.m. on Facebook for worship! If you want to LISTEN to our Tuesday devotionals or Sunday sermons, as you know, go to the website .

Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 

Pastor Debbie


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5-12-20 FUMC Update

I can’t tell you how great it has been to see some of our small groups coming back. Family Ties has started back slowly, and the Quilters have started back slowly. Family Ties is meeting in Wesley Hall on Sundays at 10 am and there is plenty of space to join them while maintaining 6 feet apart. Coffee and Conversation is ALSO making plans to start back, and Amy Moss said they’ll meet in FLC if they have to so there will be enough distance for people so contact her for details on their plans.
 
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Penny Boice, our Worship Chair met with Sue Gross, our Communion Coordinator, to explore safe ways we may be able to have communion when we gather again. Penny will also be in touch with all of our ushers this week to see who is comfortable coming back to church in June.  We will have a meeting together in the third week of May and Penny will be letting you know the day.
 
Please hear me clearly … WE DO NOT WANT ANYONE COMING BACK WHO FEEL THEY ARE VULNERABLE! (Click here for CDC details.)
 
We will take as many and MORE precautions to keep everyone as safe as possible, but the CDC recommendations still apply. I really do mean this. I will support whatever your decision you make whether to continue to worship at home, come to church, or to go back and forth depending on how you feel on any given day! After Governor Abbott’s press conference on May 18, your Church Council will meet next week to reassess our Phase 2 opening plans and provide you with lots of details. Stay tuned and pray!
 
May 13, JOIN OUR WEDNESDAY ZOOM BIBLE STUDY AT 10 AM ~ 
Meeting ID: 451 285 222
Password: 486447
OR 
CALL IN: 1- 346 248 7799 US 
Meeting ID: 451 285 222
Password: 486447
 

May 17, THIS SUNDAY, OUR “FLASH MOB PRAYERS” will be for our local merchants and businesses. We will park in the parking space on Main Street, and gather in front of First National Bank to pray, pray, pray!

 
May 18, MONDAY DRIVE THROUGH LAST DAY ~ This Monday will be our LAST drive through as the weather gets warm and we begin to shifts gears back to transitioning between doing both online and sanctuary worship.  
 
TODAY’S FACEBOOK DEVOTIONAL and SUNDAY’S AUDIO is on our website ~ click here to listen.
 
EXCITING UPCOMNG DATES ~
May 31, 8 a.m., Worship at Ken and Elaina Ragsdale’s home

June 7, 10:50 a.m., Those wishing to come back to the sanctuary can and online worship will continue.

 
CDC COVID 19 Symptoms andTesting: CLICK HERE
First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
CLICK HERE for our Facebook
CLICK HERE for our website
 

(903) 342-6172  (PASTOR EMERGENCY or TEXT 972-896-5254)


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5-4-20 FUMC Update

May 10, THANKS FOR SENDING PICTURES OF YOUR MOTHERS ~ I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at your pictures as much as I have! I do need them but this Friday at NOON. You can email, text, or Facebook OR drop off a picture in the office mail slot.
 
May 5, JOIN OUR WEDNESDAY ZOOM BIBLE STUDY AT 10 AM
Meeting ID: 451 285 222
Password: 486447
OR 
CALL IN: 1- 346 248 7799 US 
Meeting ID: 451 285 222
Password: 486447
 
 
May 10, THIS SUNDAY A SPECIAL “FLASH MOB PRAYER” ~ After worship on Sunday, we will meet in the OLD High School (what will next year be the Middle School). There we’ll not only pray for the students and teachers and parents but we’ll ALSO pray for our three amazing seniors: Julian Anaya, Landry Deaton and Grant Newton! We’ll then carpool to the NEW high school where Erika Deaton will unlock the entrance for us so we can enter the NEW high and pray for the people.
 
NEED A TACTILE PRAYER TOOL? People use prayer beads to stay centered on repetitive prayers or to help keep track of prayers with a minimal amount of conscious effort, which in turn allows greater attention to be paid to the prayers themselves. Carla Chitsey made some prayer beads, already sanitized and ready to be held. If you would like a set, let me know. 
 
RE-OPENING ~ Slowly and safely. We’re all excited to be hoping and dreaming about a NEW tomorrow! Some of the quilters were back today and even with three here (we’re saving a space for Marine to be back!), it felt so wonderful to have PEOPLE at the church! I’ve attached the guidelines for Phase 1 through June 7. If anyone wants to reserve space for YOUR Sunday school class (which doesn’t have to be Sunday!) or any other FUMC small group, please contact Deanna in the office to reserve your space. Deanna works Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday from 8am – 2:30pm.  (ATTACHED DETAILS.)
 
SUNDAY, May 31, before 9 am ~ ALL CHURCH WELCOME BACK outdoors at the Ragsdale’s Home! You can sit in your car with your windows open or bring a lawn chair and sit outside. But we can all be TOGETHER! Details coming …
 
SUNDAY, June 7, BACK IN THE SANCTUARY ~We’re still making plans for whether we’ll be having one service or two. According to the survey, 70% of you plan to come back when it’s safe but as we get closer we’ll check in with you to get specific commitments from everyone. We want to be sure there’s a space for everyone!
 
LISTEN TO TODAY’S TUESDAY DEVOTIONAL or SUNDAY’S SERMONS … find all the sermons and devotionals on the website … Tuesday’s devotional was a look at HOPE vs. OPTIMISM
 
May 11, MONDAY DRIVE THROUGH ~ 1-2 pm … I LOVE seeing you all! 
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CDC COVID 19 Symptoms andTesting: CLICK HERE
First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
CLICK HERE for our Facebook
CLICK HERE for our website
 

(903) 342-6172  (PASTOR EMERGENCY or TEXT 972-896-5254)

 


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5-2-20 FUMC Update

PLEASE SEND or DROP OFF A PICTURE WITH or OF  YOUR MOTHER ~ Before I share the exciting news, I want to share I DON’T WANT YOU TO MISS this important announcement about Mother’s Day next Sunday. We will still be worshipping on Facebook then, BUT I want to create a video of all of you with your MOTHER’S or a picture of your mother! You can email it or text it, or if you need us to scan it and give it back to you, you can mail it or drop it at the church. I NEED THEM NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MAY 8 PLEASE, so don’t delay! Tell me your Mother’s name when you send the picture please, and we’ll play the video in worship on May 10!
 
THANK YOU CHURCH LEADERS! What a TRUE blessing to work with so many of your AMAZING church leaders who have been remarkable during this very unusual time! You can really see how a team works together when there is a crisis, and I am so very honored to work with this CHURCH COUNCIL! Please thank them for all the extra work they’re doing to help us stay safe. And now, as we begin plans to open slowly:
Joanna Horton, Chair
Danny Moss, Trustee Chair
Mary Tom McLemore, Finance Co-Chair
JaneAnne Newton, Finance Co-Chair
Cyndie Ewert, Staff Parish Relations Chair
Ken Ragsdale
Brad Scharf
Sandra Strickland
 
Our neighborhood PEW CAPTAINS are awesome too! And you’ll be hearing from them a bit more as we ramp up our plans to move SLOWLY and SAFELY toward re-opening. (If you haven’t received a call from anyone, I may have inadvertently missed your name on someone’s list so please reply and let me know!)  
 
SLOWLY AND SAFELY . . . A RE-OPENING PLAN . . . After meeting Thursday night, the Church Council has approved a slowly but SAFELY first-steps plan to start coming back together. I want EVERYONE to know that we will respect your decisions to participate or not, come to some things and not others. AT-RISK PEOPLE ARE ENCOURAGED TO STAY SAFE AT HOME. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) identifies vulnerable adults as those 65 years and older and/or with underlying conditions. CLICK HERE for CDC details.  Again – there will be nothing but SUPPORT for each other during this time!
 
Also, I will continue our Wednesday morning, 10 am ZOOM Bible study (stay tuned for details next week on getting back into our Study of Revelation in Wesley Hall!). AND even after we start back to church, the Facebook LIVE will continue!  
 
For those who ARE ready to start back SLOWLY and SAFELY,  here’s the message in a “nutshell” and you can read the details attached
 
Effective immediately, FUMC small groups (Sunday schools) and leadership teams may meet in the buildings observing STRICT social distancing, wearing masks, and disinfecting space before they leave.
 
Early Sunday Morning, May 31, IT’S A NEW DAY ~ While the exact time is to be determined, we will worship outdoors, weather permitting, as the sun rises at the Ragsdale’s home! We’ll celebrate the kickoff to summer, we’ll recognize our graduating seniors, and we’ll be able to be physically PRESENT with each other! Those who want to stay in their cars and listen can. Those who want to bring a folding chair and sit outside their cars can too! We will maintain strict physical distancing! See attached for details. We’ll announce the time this week.
 
Sunday, June 7, WE’LL START COMING BACK HOME! Our tentative re-opening date is June 7. The sanctuary has been measured, and we will be able to seat 48-50 people on the main floor and perhaps four families in the balcony assuming 6′ distancing remains the safe protocol. There will also be strict safety procedures in place. We will be watching the data and release DETAILED PLANS after the Governor’s next big announcements on May 18. We expect to have a final plan by MAY 22!
 
UPCOMING THIS WEEK
 
Sunday, May 3, 10:50 am ~ Facebook LIVE Worship, followed by our FLASH MOB PRAYERS at BROOKSHIRE’S, just after 11:30.  Remember, this business will be open so do not park near the store. Park close to Coke Road. We’ll then drive through Alexander’s Meat Market and Triangle Fertilizer (Ken Ragsdale’s business keeping all the East Texas chicken far,s going!).  LET US PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!
 
Monday, May 4, ONE HOUR DRIVE THROUGH, 1 – 2 p.m. ~ Come by and pick up the NEW Community Chronicle and a PRAYER GUIDE for National Day of Prayer. National Day of Prayer is May 7, and while activities have been canceled PRAYER HAS NOT! (You can pick up a paper and a prayer guide in the plastic tub by the office door anytime this week.) 
 
Tuesday, May 5, before NOON, Facebook devotional  (audio will be posted on our website too) ~ I read a great article on isolation coping skills from astronauts who were in space for months at a time. I’m finding some GREAT scriptural advice!!
 
Wednesday, May 6, 10 am zoom Bible Study ~ If you haven’t TRIED yet, come try this week! We’ll be looking at scriptures and the BIBLICAL application of OPTIMISM versus HOPE?  
 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 451 285 222
Password: 486447
 
OR CALL IN:     1 346 248 7799   US
        Meeting ID: 451 285 222    Password: 486447
 
 
GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
Pastor Debbie
CDC COVID 19 Symptoms andTesting: CLICK HERE
First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
CLICK HERE for our Facebook
CLICK HERE for our website
 

(903) 342-6172  (PASTOR EMERGENCY or TEXT 972-896-5254)


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