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! 
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10:50 a.m.

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4-14-20 FUMC Update

image.pngWhat an INCREDIBLE and HISTORIC Easter celebration we had on Sunday for all those who could join us LIVE on Facebook! By now I’m sure you’ve all seen the pictures of what Elaina and Julie did in our sanctuary for me. I was so overwhelmed and grateful to see so many of your faces in your places! They wanted to surprise me so they didn’t ask for directory pictures, they searched for FACEBOOK pages and downloaded your pictures from Facebook (if they could find them)! It was so much easier for me on Sunday to “see” so many of you there, not to mention Mary White bringing the organ ALIVE with CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY, and Dany and Lola performing HE LIVES for us! What a great morning!
ATTACHED IS THE FACEBOOK DEVOTIONAL AUDIO ~ I posted this message this morning and I’ll complete it tomorrow morning. I’m trying to keep the devotional to 7-8 minutes and it’s not easy! 

Join Our Online Bible Study TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, 10am

Here is the invitation, so if you haven’t downloaded the APP, 
(click here) try it! 
To join Zoom Meeting … click this link:
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What can you do to help? GIVE BLOOD!  THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 10 am – 3 pmI have already scheduled my appointment at 10, so I’ll see you there, 6 feet away! Carter BloodCare recognizes there are concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and that you may have questions about what this means for giving blood, your blood drive, and the safety of the blood supply.  To honor social distancing:  
* Donors should make an appointment and complete their questionnaire before arriving using Carter BloodCare’s Quickscreen. 
* Carter BloodCare staff will greet you and escort you thoroughly and promptly through the donation process, so that you may return to your newly revised daily routines.  
WHO HAVE YOU CALLED FROM CHURCH THIS WEEK? I want to thank JOYZELLE DAVIS for all her loving calls to so many people!
CDC COVID 19 Symptoms andTesting: CLICK HERE
First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
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(903) 342-6172  (PASTOR EMERGENCY or TEXT 972-896-5254)


4-10-20 FUMC Update

image.pngHOLY WEEK … the last days of Jesus’ life teach us so many lessons, and I hope you have watched some of the daily devotionals on Facebook, or listened to the ones I’ve sent you in these emails. (The one I just posted is a little longer so you’ll have to listen on our website.) I hope you felt God’s presence as I did last night in our Holy Thursday service. I realize that such emotional services “online” will never be the same as being together, but I’m grateful for the technology that allows God to be “visible” through our worship. It was also great to have Clint with us last night. I soooooo look forward to getting back to a more NORMAL worship … and we WILL! This, by the way, is a close-up picture of the “broken” chalices I used last night … VERY special!

I can’t thank Ken and Elaina Ragsdale and Kade Martin enough for faithfully working in the balcony to bring our LIVE worship services to you all! A droplet of grace I see as a result of their hard work is that MANY people are seeing our services and devotionals who may not have known the love of Christ – some may not have a church home, some may have drifted away and are reconnecting! Please pray, pray, pray that God is changing hearts and making people feel a sense of belonging so when our doors DO open, we’ll welcome new friends into our church family. AND PLEASE, invite your friends to join us for Easter services and share our posts on your Facebook pages!
image.pngPRAY FOR THE TURNER FAMILY ~ 600 N. Chestnut, 75494 ~
Tillman went to heaven on Wednesday but because of this VERY unusual time, normal sharing of grief and mourning with family and friends has been curtailed because of restrictions on group gatherings.
HOWEVER, you can still send cards, make memorial donations, and of course, as good Methodists we are, YOU CAN BRING FOOD!
Please call Monique Turner, Virginia and Tillman’s daughter if you will be dropping something off: 903-399-3226. They have five people in their home now, and on Sunday other family members will be arriving.  
THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFUL GIVING ~ I am so inspired to see many of you continue your faithful giving even though our buildings are closed and our “public” activities are canceled. Our attitude towards money and how we manage it is the foundation that sets the stage for every other aspect of our spiritual lives, and I know God smiles seeing your tangible demonstrations of faith and trust EVEN in these uncertain times! I pray you see the blessings poured out upon you as PROMISED by God!
HASTE MAKES WASTE ~ This was one of my mother’s constant reminders to me as I have ALWAYS moved a little faster than I should because my “to do” list always seems longer than there are enough hours in the day! I apologize for some of the mistakes I’ve made in these last few days in switching videos and posting the wrong days … ***SIGH*** … I promise I will slow down next week, in fact, this will be the last email until next WEDNESDAY so please read through this all so you don’t miss anything.  
GOOD FRIDAY IS TODAY, April 10 ~ While there is no worship today, I just posted the daily devotional on Facebook today. It is the story of Good Friday told from a Centurion’s standpoint. And if you do not have Facebook, you can listen on the website HERE. It was between NOON and 3 p.m. in Jerusalem that Jesus may have hung on the cross, so I encourage you to watch it if you can but I have included the audio if you do not have Facebook.
EASTER! Sunday, April 12, 10:50 a.m. LIVE on Facebook ~ I walked into the sanctuary yesterday as Mary White was playing CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY on the organ, and I am emotionally overcome by the coming JOY of Sunday! It has been such a difficult season of Lent with more fasting than any of us ever planned, and we NEED Easter! Please get Facebook if you don’t have it. If you can read this email, you CAN be part of the Easter service (AND go back and watch past services too!) We’ll start the LIVE broadcast at 10:45 and when you start watching on Sunday, please COMMENT you’re there so everyone KNOWS we are together! Also, at the bottom of the video is a purple box that says WATCH TOGETHER WITH FRIENDS & FAMILY. Click that purple box and you can invite people to be part of the JOY!
DRIVE BY AND SEE ME IN PERSONMondays, 1-3 p.m. on Church Street. This face-to-face contact is so special and while it may only be a few minutes, your smiles and your prayer requests are AMAZING!
What can you do to help? GIVE BLOOD! SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ~ I have already scheduled my appointment at 10 so I’ll see you there! Carter BloodCare recognizes there are concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and that you may have questions about what this means for giving blood, your blood drive, and the safety of the blood supply.
To honor social distancing:  
* Donors should make an appointment and complete their questionnaire before arriving using Carter BloodCare’s Quickscreen. 
* Carter BloodCare staff will greet you and escort you thoroughly and promptly through the donation process, so that you may return to your newly revised daily routines.  
MARK YOUR CALENDAR ~ Zoom Bible Study starting WEDNESDAY, April  15, at 10 a.m. ~ I have changed this study from Thursdays because of a commitment to the Wood County Corona Leadership Team, but we’ll start out on April 15 with looking at HUMOR IN THE BIBLE. Yes, we’ll be ready for a little humor! Here is the invitation so if you haven’t downloaded the APP, try it!

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“We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests
and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles,  
who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.” ~ Mark 10:33-34
Grace and peace.
Pastor Debbie
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4-8-20 FUMC Update

Whew, it’s been a crazy few weeks and I hope you’re all protecting yourself and protecting others by staying in! I’ve LOVED seeing so many of you through the Monday Afternoon Drive Through, and I WILL be there this Monday, the day after Easter so please come by and say hello!

Attached is the audio from my Facebook post yesterday and today. I see more and more of you are getting Facebook; and I’m so very glad because tomorrow night HOLY THURSDAY, we will have a very beautiful and solemn worship planned for the LAST SUPPER. If you have not set up your sacred space, please do (the pictures you have been sending me have been AMAZING!) and have a small serving of bread/crackers/wafers and juice ready.
HOLY THURSDAY SERVICE ~ Thursday, April 8, 6:30 p.m. ~ LIVE on Facebook ~ Please post a COMMENT and let us know you’re with us! And start a watch party with your friends! A lot of people may not KNOW why Holy Thursday is so important!
EASTER SUNDAY ~ LIVE on Facebook at 10:50 a.m. ~ I’ll be posting an invitation video on Facebook today. Please share it with your friends, and check-in and post comments on Sunday! Mary White is going to play the organ for us, Danny will sing HE LIVES with Lola accompanying him. It will be a beautiful morning!
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY TO GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE ~ Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at THE ROCK (across from 1st Baptist) ~ First Baptist and First Methodist Churches of Winnsboro are excited to team up to help save lives during the COVID-19 crisis. There is a desperate need for blood in ALL of our blood banks so CARTER BLOODCARE is coming! It is SAFE, and by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Find more details and the link to sign up here: https://www.fumcwinnsboro.com/get-involved/this-week-at-fumc/
WE HAVE DELIVERED MORE THAN 175 MASKS ~ Thanks to so many people working so hard, we have masks all over the place! If YOU want a personal mask, please let me know. We just ask for a generous love offering so we can keep the supplies coming!
Until I see you again ~ wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay 6′ apart from each other ~ pray honestly and trust in God!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Debbie 
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4-4-20 FUMC Update

Today on Facebook I posted an explanation of why our worship service tomorrow is so important. I have attached the audio and posted the message below.
In-Home Communion this Sunday, April 5 ~ As I told you a few days ago, we WILL have communion together on Sunday although you’ll be in YOUR home and I’ll be in church “with” you. Please create a sacred space (candle, bible, bread, juice, etc.) and have it ready so we may taste a taste of the heavenly banquet together! PLEASE TEXT OR EMAIL ME pictures of your space, or post your pictures before the service as the five-minute countdown begins at 10:45 a.m. 
Are You Ready for Bible Study? Monday, April 6, 10 a.m. ~
Download Zoom app and play with it; this video will show you how simple it is!
Topic: We Walk THROUGH the Valley!  23rd Psalm
To join Zoom Meeting CLICK HERE at 9:55ish
Meeting ID: 742 309 728
If you only want to call in dial: 253 215 8782 or 301 715 8592 US
Meeting ID: 742 309 728
Tomorrow, Sunday, April 5, is the beginning of the holiest WEEK of the church year, and I want to share with you some BACKGROUND on the historically important and sacred event we’ll share together – a very UNIQUE Holy Communion experience.
This week begins with the joyful celebration of Palm Sunday tomorrow, and moves into a focus on the suffering, humiliation, and death of Jesus Christ. The week ends, of course, with the glorious Resurrection as we recognize the tomb WAS empty, but the promise of newness and life, COMES against the shadows and darkness of the Last Supper and Good Friday. Only in realizing the horror and magnitude of sin and its consequences in the world can we find JOY in accepting what Jesus did for us on the cross. Only in contemplating the ending and despair can truly understand the light and hope of Sunday morning!
I hope you’ll ALL share in the Palm Sunday service tomorrow because at the end we will ALSO have communion together, yes VIRTUALLY. In the Methodist church, we practice two Sacraments, two religious ceremonies or acts that are regarded as outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual divine grace by the presence of the Holy Spirit. We celebrate Baptism and Holy Communion because Jesus himself established these sacraments. Baptism was established when Jesus himself was baptized. Holy Communion was established during the Last Supper.
Sacraments center us and focus us on the presence of the Holy all around us, ushering and strengthening our relationship with God. And in this time of self-isolation and being separated from people we love and activities that we dearly miss. We need this relationship with GOD now more than ever, don’t we? But I do want to explain why the communion we will have together in our virtual worship tomorrow will be so beautiful but OH SO unique. Communion is not an individual, private sacrament! It is meant to be celebrated by the whole gathered congregation, faithful disciples physically surrounding Christ’s table with a credentialed pastor who has been called by God to preside sacramentally over the service, sharing together. The pastor brings the body of Christ together to SHARE the simple elements of bread and juice in a sacred, yet mysterious way.
Why are ONLY pastors given the precious responsibility to do this? Let’s look at 1 Corinthians 11:21-22. We see a very self-centered Lord’s Supper being practiced in ancient Corinth. Some were going ahead with a lavish meal, even to the point of drunkenness, while others were sneaking in at the last minute and receiving very little if anything. Paul tells them to correct their problem by following this simple rule: “So then, my brothers and sisters, when you come together to eat, wait for one another” (1 Corinthians 11:33).
Mark W. Stamm, in his book “Sacraments and Discipleship: Understanding Baptism and the Lord’s Supper in a United Methodist Context,” explains, “The rule requiring the pastor to preside at the Lord’s Table is an ancient discipline with a wise end in mind: It requires the church to ‘wait for one another’; that is, it requires the church to gather for Eucharist. Many spiritual disciplines DO retain their integrity when practiced by individuals and by independently organized small groups, but not the Eucharist. By its very nature, the Lord’s Supper must be a corporate experience. … Celebration of the Eucharist requires a pastor and a congregation.”
Well, because of COVID-19, there is a growing need to blend activities in physical places with digital spaces and so, in this new frontier for COMMUNITY faith formation, tomorrow, Sunday, April 5, and Thursday evening, April 9 at 6:30 pm, we WILL all be together, LIVE in WORSHIP as pastor and congregation. We will have communion thanks to a special dispensation given by Bishop McKee of our North Texas Conference to have virtual sacramental communion through this Holy Week only. Tomorrow is Palm Sunday and Thursday night is the night we will share with Jesus in HIS last supper before he was crucified the next day.
Please join us tomorrow for this historical, and what I HOPE will be a very holy experience. Please prepare a sacred space near your computer or phone or TV or wherever you will be listening. Maybe your bible, a candle signifying the light of Christ in your home, some cut evergreens or flowers reminding us everlasting life or the new birth of spring. And please have some a single serving of bread or crackers and juice for each person at the table. Your elements WILL be consecrated tomorrow during the service. And what a MAGNIFICENT mystery it will be.
If any bread and juice remain, please eat or drink it, or return it to the earth by pouring, burying, scattering.
Until tomorrow, SUNDAY, April 5, at 10:50 am.
Wash your hands … don’t touch your face … stay 6 feet apart … pray honestly … and trust in God.
CDC COVID 19 Symptoms andTesting: CLICK HERE
Debbie Lyons, Pastor


4-1-20 FUMC Update

There are no words to tell you how much sadness I feel in my heart not being able to see each other and to worship together. Every day I hear stories that touch me deeply and there is little we can do to “fix” things EXCEPT stay away from each other, wash our hands, not touch our face, and continue to reach out to each other, pray HONESTLY and trust in God!  
I will not be doing a Facebook message today but I am attaching the AUDIO message I did yesterday. I hope you find some solace in knowing that this season of LENT is about becoming more aware of God’s presence. Let’s try to do JUST that!
As you all probably know, the State of Texas has now issued a statewide STAY AT HOME Executive Order (attached). This means only non-essential travel (grocery/doctors/gas, etc.) is allowed and all places of business are mandated to be closed accept those of essential workers (see that list here.) “This executive order does not prohibit people from accessing essential services or engaging in essential daily activities, such as going to the grocery store or gas station, providing or obtaining other essential services, visiting parks, hunting or fishing, or engaging in physical activity like jogging or bicycling, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID- 19 and to minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.” 
(BTW, the State Parks are ONLY allowing admission for those with State Passes, you can no longer pay by the day.)
This Executive Order is now the law and it goes on to say: “WHEREAS, under Section 418. 173, failure to comply with any executive order issued during the COVD-19 disaster is an offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000, confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days, or both fine and confinement.”
BUT WE WILL STILL WORSHIP AND LEARN TOGETHER REMOTELY! Please do what you can to help your “non-connected” friends find a way to connect. If you don’t have Facebook and can get it, talk to your kids, they’ll help you!
This Sunday is Palm Sunday, then we will have a Holy Thursday service and then …..
JOIN ME FOR A ZOOM BIBLE STUDY THURSDAY MORNINGS at 10 AM ~ Believe me, this is ALL NEW TO ME TOO but unusual times push us ALL into learning new things so we’ll do our best!  You don’t NEED the app to join the study, but please click on this link and go NOW to see how easy it is ~ 
Join Zoom Meeting Visually …  https://zoom.us/j/872980258
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Meeting ID: 872 980 258
WE’LL BE CONNECTING ON ZOOM:  Zoom is a FREE video conferencing app that allows you to watch and listen (or just call in and participate) while desktop images can be SHARED with those watching. Your device must have a CAMERA and a MICROPHONE to participate visually OR you can call a phone number and participate verbally. It’s an incredible technology that allows us to interact verbally and visually, VERY valuable during this time of social distancing. 
FACE MASK UPDATE:  Thanks to all of you working hard to make masks, the more the merrier! We have delivered about 130 masks so far, supplied the Winnsboro Police AND five different assisted living/nursing homes. We have also sent some masks to the Wood County Courthouse for doctors who are searching for masks because of overcrowded waiting rooms. We will obviously need MORE in these next few weeks so keep sewing!
DON’T FORGET TO BRING US YOUR OLD BATH TOWELS/BEACH TOWELS: And any old t-shirts or scraps of clothes that can be used to stuff the dog beds. Check out animals for adoption here.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7 
Debbie Lyons, Pastor