Welcome to First United Methodist Church Winnsboro, where all people are welcome all the time!

 
Whether you’re looking for your first church to call home, been away from church for a while, searching for something new, or looking to dive deeper in your faith, come and see if FUMC Winnsboro is right for you!
 
We are a warm and welcoming congregation where you can meet people, celebrate life, grow deeper and stronger in your faith, and turn your energy into action that transforms the world.
 
You’re invited … really!
 

Sunday Mornings

9:30 a.m. ~ Sunday School 

 
10:50 a.m. ~ Worship
 
Check out the MANY ways to get involved HERE!

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6-17-19 FUMC Update

PLEASE DON’T SHOP ON AMAZON WITHOUT SELECTING FUMC AS YOUR CHARITY ~ The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to US! IT DOESN’T COST YOU A THING! Instead of signing into your account at Amazon.com, sign into your account on smile.amazon.com, THIS link, and search for First United Methodist Church WINNSBORO! Certain items are not eligible for the gift and will not result in donations but MANY are! It’s really easy. Once you sign up for FUMC to be your charity, you’ll see it in the upper left hand corner of your page so just be SURE you sign onto the SMILE page!
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE? This Wednesday night, June 19, 6:30 pm after the fellowship meal (5:45pm) ~ 

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”

When he had said this, he breathed his last. (Luke 23:46)

Obviously, the subject of death is relevant to every person because unless our Lord Jesus comes first, we’ll ALL experience it! And while there are many things we WANT to know, the Biblical references don’t give us all the answers, just the most important ones! Come explore the scriptures that give us a glorious picture of what is to come. I’ll have a handout of all the scriptures for you to take home.
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MUSIC is such an important part of WORSHIP and if you were in Church on Sunday you heard the disappointing news that our Music Minister, JC Waddell, resigned last Monday. I’m sure you’ll feel the same range of emotions I FELT when I got the news but his letter is attached. I told JC when he resigned that perhaps, in the future, things might change and he could come back, and he also assured me he’d still be willing to do solos or play an instrument occasionally. I want to also remind everyone that when JC and Stacy DO come to church, we will embrace them as FAMILY because that’s who they are!! 

I also shared with everyone that your Leadership Team is COMMITTED to moving forward in finding a NEW Music Minister. I do believe that God DOES work for good in all things for those who love Him (Romans 8:28) and He IS already paving the way for our next leader! Please be in prayer for us as we begin the search process.
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WE HAVE A NEW ROOF and WE’RE GETTING A NEW CHOIR ROOM and we’d LOVE your help! I also made this announcement yesterday and wow, what an AMAZING example of how God DOES work for good! If you haven’t been at the church this week to see all the ROOFING going on, it’s been noisy and messy. But wow, these men worked HARD and they worked FAST! You also know that the CHOIR room flooded in that 5” storm of rain a few weeks ago and the insurance adjusters estimate it will be an almost $60,000 renovated, fresh, new choir room when it’s all repaired! 

The GOOD news is that for many years we have paid into our insurance so we only had to pay our deductible, the BAD news is, because it was two separate storms, one HAIL and one RAIN, we have 2 different deductibles of $5000 each or a $10,000, an expense that is not part of the regular budget. BUT … WE ARE GETTING more than $200,000 in needed repairs for only $10,000!

It took about 68,640 shingles to repair the roof, so including labor, that is about $2.24 cents a shingle. This doesn’t sound like a lot BUT, just think … our average attendance is 93 so if we did NOT have insurance we would have to be praying for each person to contribute $1,600! YIKES! THANK YOU GOD FOR INSURANCE! Instead, we only have to pay the deductible and guess what, if all 93 people would only pay $108 sacrificially, in addition to their regular offering, you could say, in actuality, you helped buy 738 shingles to help build the value of most IMPORTANT asset we have as a church!

Imagine … if you were to give, just a little MORE than your regular 10% in the next few months, how good it would feel to say you were part of improving this great church God gave us! I told everyone on Sunday that I SCHEDULE my offering to be drafted for direct deposit right to God, but I wanted to be the FIRST to give my additional check! Won’t you join me and prayerfully consider writing an additional check for $108 or $216 or any amount God is CALLING you to make … please mark ROOF in the memo line … God will be SMILING!

MANY THANKS to so many of our choir members who are working HARD in our choir room today to get it organized and cleaned out, get the music categorized and sorted, and get READY for a beautiful new room!
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Women’s Bible Study starts back up this Wednesday at 9 am, this Wednesday, June 19 ~ While we’re continuing our ongoing renovation in ASBURY HALL, they will meet in WESLEY Hall for the next few weeks and everyone is welcome! 
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Wednesday Night Fellowship Meal, this Wednesday, June 19, 5:45 pm ~ We hope you’ll all plan to come! After dinner, we’ll take a biblical look at WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE? This month, we’ll talk about HEAVEN, but in August, we’ll look at HELL so please plan to stay for this spiritual conversation – scripture handouts will be available. (The NEXT summer meal will be TUESDAY, not Wednesday, July 17, and we’ll have a blue grass band and FABULOUS night of Fellowship with the UMC. Mark your calendars now!)
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The Winnsboro Photography Club is getting ready for a great meeting on their regular evening, the last Monday of the Month, June 24 at 5:30 in the Family Life Center. This is a great opportunity to invite a friend and come explore a new hobby or grow in your EXISTING one!
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WHEW … a lot going on and the Holy Spirit is on the MOVE!!! See you Wednesday night!!

Debbie Lyons, Pastor

First United Methodist Church Winnsboro

301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494

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6-12-19 FUMC Updates

It was a great Sunday at FUMC! We were thrilled to be part of 4th generation Rhiannon Karol Kay Sherman’s baptism as her parents, Kelsey and Bear, and her grandparents, Misty and Chip, and her GREAT-grandfather, Ken Atkins, stood by! It was also exciting to have so many family friends attend the service. You have no idea how great it was to have so many people on the front rows – and the Spirit of God was being poured into people in a BIG way!  WOW, what an amazing day!
 
ROOF REPLACEMENT HAPPENING NOW ~ If you haven’t been at the church this week to see all the ROOFING going on, it’s been noisy. And messy. But wow, these men are working FAST and the work should be done by Friday! You may have also seen our request on FACEBOOK for GUESSES as to how many shingles it will take to re-roof ALL our buildings except FLC (thank you God for the metal roof!). What do YOU think? (I’ll give you the answer on Sunday!) If you’ll be coming to church this week, park AWAY from the building where nails could be damaging. The contractor will do their BEST to pick up the nails but just be careful!
 
ASBURY HALL UPDATES CONTINUE ~ We cleaned up the craft room and the quilters room, and now we’re getting ready to repaint the large classroom in Asbury. Please bear with us and BE KIND AND THANKFUL TO/FOR OUR VOLUNTEERS!
 
The Women’s Bible Study starts back up next Wednesday , 6/19 at 9 am ~ While we’re continuing our ongoing renovation in ASBURY HALL, please meet in WESLEY Hall for the next few weeks. Everyone is welcome!

The next Wednesday night meal is JUNE 19th, 5:45 pm ~ We hope you’ll all plan to come! Pastor Debbie invites everyone to join her after the meal for a biblical look at WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?  This month, we’ll talk about HEAVEN; but in August, we’ll look at HELL, so please plan to stay for this spiritual conversation. Scripture handouts will be available.

The Winnsboro Photography Club ~ Getting ready for a great meeting on their regular evening, the last Monday of the Month, June 24 at 5:30 in the Family Life Center. This is a great opportunity to invite a friend and come explore a new hobby or grow in your EXISTING one!
 
THIS SUNDAY the Upside-Down message of the Beatitudes continues as we look at HAPPY MOURNERS. Yes, it sounds like an oxymoron, but it isn’t! If you missed the introductory message on June 2, watch it on Facebook (our front rows were filled so the camera is further back than normal) or listen on the website.
 
Debbie Lyons, Pastor
First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
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6-05-19 FUMC Update

It’s summer! Not officially, of course. That doesn’t come until June 21, but in our hearts and minds, summer started after Memorial Day! Summer is the time when the flowers are in full bloom, the sun rays are beating down, and the bees won’t give up swarming all around! It’s the season when children and teachers are out of school, the time when many families take vacations together, and the time when birds are the new alarm clocks for many people.

There is so much freedom that comes along with this incredible season, especially for teachers and students who get a few weeks to unwind and relax. But it’s also a season that showcases a circle of life! Where will GOD fit into your circle in these short few weeks of summer? How will you stay connected to Church so the “habits” of summer don’t strip away the value you get from being in community with others and with Christ? I hope we have an AWESOME summer together … and I hope it starts this Sunday with our brand NEW worship series!

UPSIDE DOWN: The Greatest Sermon Ever Told ~ Starting this Sunday, we begin a teaching series on the Beatitudes (MAT 5:1-11). While the whole sermon continues through Matthew chapter 7, the Beatitudes are a very special list of commands on how God plans to BLESS us … and please know this … there are conditions to these blessings!

KATHRYN CLARK’S  Celebration of Life ~ Please join us to support James and his family, Friday, June 7, 1 pm in the sanctuary; reception to greet the family following the service in Wesley Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Kathryn’s name to the Church.

NEXT WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEAL is WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 … and we’d love YOUR help please! Thanks to Bettye Gilbert who coordinates our DESSERTS. We need DESSERT volunteers for the three dates of our summer Fellowship meals ~ Wednesday, June 19; Tuesday, July 16; Wednesday, August 21. We have been blessed by the volunteers through the year so let’s give them a break before we plan for the next school year. Betty only needs 6 people to step up and make 2 desserts just one time during the summer. Please call Bettye at 972-342-6698 or email her at bjhh@suddenlink.net.

WE’RE BEING FAITHFUL STEWARDS OF OUR ENERGY COSTS THIS SUMMER ~ Now that the temperatures are rising, we are doing everything we can to manage the high summer costs of electricity. If you are the last one out of the building, please do not turn OFF the thermostat, but please DO turn the AC up to 85-86 degrees. (This is most efficient for the belts and operating system costs.) Also, in Wesley Hall, we do not cool the kitchen or Fellowship Halls in order to keep the classrooms cool, so if you OPEN those doors, please keep them closed. We have also moved small groups meeting in Asbury Hall over to the small classroom in the FLC where there is one small unit that cools just that one room, as opposed to cooling all of Asbury Hall. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, let us know!

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5-30-19 FUMC Update

What a great day it was honoring all our graduates last Sunday. Please continue to pray for Carissa, Abi, Matthew, Cason, and Noah as they transition into their NEW beginnings! A special congratulations to CARISSA BRUTON, the 2019 Valedictorian!
 
When I was a little girl, we used to sing a rhyme: rain, rain, go away, come again another day. I’m feelin’ that rhyme TODAY! What a crazy storm we had last night ~ three siren warnings for tornadoes and five, yes FIVE, inches of rain in the rain gauge in the courtyard!  
 
THIS SUNDAY AFTER CHURCH FELLOWSHIP PICNIC: June 2
We apologize for canceling the Wednesday night meal last night, but we hung on ’til the last minute HOPING to celebrate our last weekly meal before summer hiatus!  Sooooooo . . . the food was bought and the prep work was done so we’re having a PICNIC after church on Sunday! Just come, bring a love offering, and we’ll have a great lunch together! (1st summer Fellowship meal will be Wednesday, June 19)
 
JOIN US TO HAND OUT WATER BOTTLES this Friday, May 31, 6:30 pm at the High School stadium ~
Graduation ceremonies are this Friday night and we’ll be there to serve our community! Wear comfortable, cool clothes and just come, rain or shine!
 
Ladies – looking for fun places to plug in? 
QUILTERS & CRAFTERS: Come help us get ready for Christmas in the park! We’re starting to work on the quilt now, Tuesdays mornings at 8 am, and we’re hard at work on making crafts too, the crafters come at about 9 on Tuesdays. 
PRAYER QUILTERS: On the 2nd and 3rd Monday, the PRAYER quilters are here at 9 am and there are always things to do 
KNITTERS: Every Monday the knitters meet in the FLC from 1-3 … it’s a wonderful fellowship group!
 
DID YOU KNOW? 
With summer vacations upon us and people getting ready to hit the road to visit family, go camping or go on vacation, please know we’ll miss you if you’re gone but we’ll be here when you get back! Check out the GIVING PAGE on our website. If you haven’t tried scheduling your offering, it’s SIMPLE and you don’t have to think about it, God takes care of everything!
 
THIS SUNDAY, June 2, is PENTECOST ~ Celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter, Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks … it’s a special day! (And don’t forget to stay for lunch!)

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5-13-19 FUMC Update

There was something very special about our worship service on Sunday. knew the Holy Spirit was moving in a special way when I left the sanctuary, but from your many comments, apparently some of you felt it too! Our anointing service for Judy and Katie Park, the “signing service” for Carissa Bruton, so many Moms and families together, God’s powerful word about the Road to Emmaus … soooooo much energy! We all know that God is everywhere, ALWAYS, but I just love it when He steps out in such powerful ways for us!   Walk to Emmaus? After the message on Sunday, several people have asked about going on a Walk this fall and I would love to help you make this happen! The local Northeast Texas Emmaus chapter has 2 walks this fall. Please don’t wait because Walks are limited to 40-48 participants.

~ Men’s Fall Walk, September 19-22
~ Women’s Fall Walk, October 17-19
 
Let’s Go To Prison Together ~ Saturday, June 8 ~ Meet me in the parking lot of the Johnston Unit at 5:45 p.m.
Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and
those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering ~ Hebrew 13:13
One of the ministries that has spun off from the Upper Room’s WALK TO EMMAUS is the prison ministry, KAIROS which takes the love of Christ inside the prison walls for a similar 3-day faith experience. The Winnsboro chapter RESIDENTS ENCOUNTER CHRIST has been going inside the Johnston Unit here for many, many years and if you have been on a Walk to Emmaus and would like to serve on a team, please contact Michael Park, 903-342-2107.
BUT EVERYONE can help on June 8! It doesn’t cost any money, you don’t have to drive very far, and it will only take 30-40 minutes but you will make a HUGE impact on the residents by being the FACE OF CHRIST for just a few minutes! Really, it’s this simple! We will stand together as the men enter the room as the visible representatives of Jesus Christ and I can tell you, the experience for THEM is undeniably real! 
The ONLY thing you have to do is provide the last 4 numbers of your driver’s license (if it’s not Texas, let us know). We need to have those numbers NO LATER THAN THIS SUNDAY. You can email us as you read this, or jot the last 4 numbers on a piece of paper and bring it this Sunday, May 18.
 
Wednesday Night Meals Continue Through the End of May, 5:45 p.m.
We have an EXCEPTIONAL kitchen crew who has been shopping, cooking and serving food on Wednesday nights ALL year. How blessed we are! After May 29, dinners will be on ~
Wednesday, June 19
Tuesday (moved from Wednesday 7/17), July 16
Wednesday, August 21
 
Winnsboro Photo Club Now Meeting at FUMC! Jim Dyson wants to invite everyone interested in learning or improving their camera or picture taking skills to come check it out! The Club usually meets the last Monday of the month but in MAY they will meet on TUESDAY, MAY 28, 5:30 p.m. in the FLC. Our very own ART SIMMONS is doing the program on May 28, and Art has an amazing program to share to put your pictures in a “slide show.” If you come a few times and want to join, annual dues are $15 per person or $25  per couple, but please come as a guest!
 
Come Enjoy a Video Journey Through the Holy Lands? Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m., Wesley Hall ~ Join Linda Suche and Betty Gilbert as they show a video from their 2009 trip.
 
NORTH TEXAS CONFERENCE ~ June 2-4, Plano, Texas ~ Once a year churches from all around North Texas come together to worship, learn and do the business of the Church. Anyone is welcome to attend but Cyndie Ewert, your Lay Leader, will be attending with me as representatives of FUMC! Details on registration and schedule on the website.
 
“Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road to Emmaus and opened the Scriptures to us?”
~ Luke 24:32
 
Debbie Lyons, Pastor First United Methodist Church Winnsboro 301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494 CLICK HERE for our Facebook CLICK HERE for our website (903) 342-6172 (TEXT 972-896-5254

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