WELCOME TO FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WINNSBORO!
 
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All are welcome at FUMC so dive on in! We are a warm and welcoming congregation where you can meet people, celebrate life, grow deeper and 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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3-30-22 FUMC Updates

Weddings are on my mind!  Last weekend Conner and Cheyenne Ragsdale got married at the Ragsdale’s home, and it was a beautiful evening celebrating the love of two people who are starting their new lives together!  Next Wednesday morning at 10 AM, I will be celebrating my youngest daughter Lyssa, her marriage to the man she has been waiting for her whole life.  Matthew is wonderful and everyone in our family already feels like he’s part of our family, and I am so excited for them both!  Lyssa and Matthew are getting married in a small, intimate family wedding in Orlando, but the day before, we’re all going to Disney World to SURPRISE my grandson who will be turning 10 – he has no idea we’re all going to be there!  Next week will be FULL of love and joy and I am overflowing with happiness to all be together.

I’ll be out of town next Monday through Friday but Heather will be here most of Monday-Wednesday, and Pastor Sue Gross will be on call, 903-767-6339.   Email Heather your prayer requests: communications@fumcwinnsboro.com

AND NOW – THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT …

Wednesday, April 6th, 6 PM … Taco Dinner and Egg Hunt, and if you haven’t RSVP’d this FRIDAY is the deadline so please, just do it now, PLEASE!

Click here to make a reservation now or call 903-342-6172

As of today, we have 23 Beach Club people coming (12 children, not part of our church!) and 27 FUMC people who have RSVP’d so thank you so very much!

Why is this important?  Our kitchen team and bakers work really hard to make everything special and to be sure there is plenty of food – with the cost of food going way up, we want to be good stewards and prepare for everyone so please help us.  but please help us be sure to have enough food and enough eggs for the after-dinner egg hunt. We are, of course, asking our KBC families to RSVP also but I hope we can count on YOU to help.

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO BROUGHT EGGS!  We still need yours so bring them Sunday!

WON’T YOU PLEASE HELP HEATHER GET THE EGG HUNT READY?  Heather will be here in the office next M-Tu-Wed to help with the egg hunt, and she will be at the FLC at 4:30 to make sure there is plenty of time to get 3 sections of eggs set up for 3 age groups out by the volleyball nets.  She will need some help so please email her if you can be there early: communications@fumcwinnsboro.com

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Saturday, April 9th, 10-3 PM, First Baptist Winnsboro … thanks to Jerry Calvert for coordinating this Blood Drive! GIVING BLOOD IS EASY AND YOU CAN SAVE A LIFE … go here to make an appointment or take your chance and just go!

LOOKING AHEAD to HOLY WEEK?

–       Sunday, April 10, 10:50 am … Palm Sunday, children will meet in the lobby by 10:45.

–       Thursday, April 14th, 6 pm … Holy Thursday, the Last Supper

–       Friday, April 15th, 4 – 6 pm … Good Friday, come and go personal meditation

–       Sunday, April 17th …

… 6:45 am Sunrise Service at Ragsdale’s

… 10:50 am Traditional Service in the sanctuary

THIS SUNDAY: have you ever felt like you were at a dead end? This Sunday get ready because the DRY BONES come alive!  Ezekiel 37:1-10

Please say a prayer for my family, and especially for Lyssa and Matthew!

Pastor Debbie


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3-24-22 FUMC Updates … Easter is only 22 days away!

This Sunday is the 4th Sunday of the 6 week season of Lent … which means Easter is right around the corner!  

 

“Chr-easters”, as I have heard people who only go to church on Christmas and Easter affectionately described, is EXACTLY why Christmas and Easter are so important! Yes, we as faithful Christians regularly come to church to worship God in a special way on these special “big” holidays, but we’re called to MAKE DISCIPLES FOR JESUS CHRIST, and where do we do this? On “big” Sundays like Christmas and Easter.  We not only invite people to come to sit with us and share in the celebration, but we also welcome people and make them feel they ARE part of our church family. 

 

 

Who is God putting on YOUR heart to invite to “come and see” what’s going on here at FUM?  Don’t worry, you just have to sprinkle the seed … then let GOD do the rest!

 

THANKS TO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE OFFERED TO SERVE AS USHERS! We’d like to have a few more people so if you’re a friendly, welcoming person, please contact Carolyn Stewart HERE to get plugged in 1 or 2 Sundays a month! You’ll need to be at your door by 10:30 am to open doors and greet people, and stay a few minutes after church to be sure everything is in order.  

 

UPDATE on the CHALK CLASS: THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 6-7 PM, $10   you’ll be blown away by Stephanie Bright’s creativity (https://www.facebook.com/vintagechalkdiy) and she will be offering a Chalk Paint class, using stencils, so you can create your own project. All supplies will be furnished. Call Carla Chitsey, 903-975-2643, or email the church office FUMCwinnsboro@gmail.com to save your seat.

 

 NOW COLLECTING FILLED EASTER EGGS: we’re excited to be planning an EGG HUNT for our kids and the Beach Club kids on April 6th so help us plan for a super fun night and bring us your eggs now!  There will be boxes in the church lobbies, and also by the office door so let’s gather LOTS of eggs together!!

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEAL AND EGG HUNT, April 6th, 6 PM … have you made your reservations yet?  I see that many of you HAVE and thank you so much!  You can take a picture of the CODE in the picture below OR click here to make a reservation now, but please help us be sure to have enough food and enough eggs for the after-dinner egg hunt. We are, of course, asking our KBC families to RSVP also but I hope we can count on YOU to help.

 

 

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GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE in WINNSBORO, Saturday, April 9, 10-3 …  we’re happy to partner with First Baptist to promote and support this VERY important community blood drive. Scan the code on the picture below or CLICK HERE to make an appointment.

 

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LOOKING AHEAD to HOLY WEEK?

       Sunday, April 10, 10:50 am … Palm Sunday, there WILL be a children’s processional!

       Thursday, April 14th, 6 pm … Holy Thursday, the Last Supper

       Friday, April 15th, 4 – 6 pm … Good Friday, come and go personal meditation

       Sunday, April 17th …

… 6:45 am Sunrise Service at Ragsdale’s

… 10:50 am Traditional Service in the sanctuary

 

THIS SUNDAY: our Lent worship series continues with a message to be REDEFINED. We’ll see how 2 powerful and important men had their lives turned upside down by an amazing God! (1 Samuel 16:1–13; John 9:1–41)

 

HAPPY SPRING!

Pastor Debbie


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3-16-22 FUMC Updates … winter leads to spring!

Lent is in full swing and now that spring break is winding down, the clocks have moved forward and the wild daffodils are blooming everywhere, we crave the seasonal change that the calendar promises. But theologically?  It’s not time yet!

The liturgical color for Lent is purple, an appropriately dark and somber color designed to help us focus on the difficult journey Jesus made when He turned His face to Jerusalem for His crucifixion.   Lent also includes more somber, winter shades: black drapes over the altar, leafless branches in vases and empty baskets and pitchers reminding us of the cloudy winter skies and cool temperatures of the first few months of the year.

But this is interesting: the word “Lent” has nothing to do with winter! And believe it or not, it has nothing to do with fasting or penance, either! “Lent” derives from the Middle English word “Lenten” and the Old English word “lencten” and is related to the Old High German “lenzin” … ALL of these words mean … SPRING!

It’s appropriate that these 40 days of preparation for Easter are focused on self-examination, prayer, almsgiving. and fasting but this is what provides the backdrop for an incredible message of HOPE! “Lent” means spring, the green season, a time of growth! Lent provides the opportunity for us to plow up the unproductive, hard ground of our winter hearts and let God allow the wind of the Holy Spirit to blow, and the living water of life to flow into us! Lent is the time for the Spirit to prune away our dead branches so that we are ready to bear fruit, and it’s the season of new life—a coming springtime for our souls!

This Sunday we will reach the halfway point of Lent, week three of our six-week journey. As difficult as boot camp preparation is, the blacks and purples WILL be replaced by whites and gold … the sore muscles and sacrifices WILL be replaced with great JOY, and when it’s over we WILL see the remarkable progress we have made in our spiritual growth! And get ready, because the celebration will be worth it!

For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. 

Song of Solomon 2:11-12

 LOOKING FOR A SIMPLE, FULFILLING SUNDAY PLACE TO SERVE? We’re adding ushers to our Sunday morning service team and we’d love your help! As Shiela Haynes has taken the job as Editor of our Winnsboro News, Carolyn Stewart will be stepping in to head up our worship team and she’d love to work with you! We need friendly people who will arrive at 10:30 am to open doors and greet people, and you can rotate Sundays with others or come every week!  Please email Carolyn HERE and say, “I’ll do it!  This is MY church!”   

 NOW COLLECTING FILLED EASTER EGGS: we’re excited to be planning an EGG HUNT for our kids and the Beach Club kids on April 6th so help us plan for a super fun night and bring us your eggs now!  There will be boxes in the church lobbies, and also by the office door so let’s gather LOTS of eggs together!!

ONGOING ACTIVITIES are on the CALENDAR …

you can always find it on our website, HERE.

 MONTHLY SEW DAY, Prayer Quilt Ministry, Thursday, March 24, 9 am – 3 pm … come get involved in this great ministry! There is cutting, sewing, ironing, and lots of creativity needed!

UPDATE on the CHALK CLASS: THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 6-7 PM, $10   you’ll be blown away by Stephanie Bright’s creativity (https://www.facebook.com/vintagechalkdiy) and she will be offering a Chalk Paint class, using stencils, so you can create your own project. All supplies will be furnished. Call Carla Chitsey, 903-975-2643, or email the church office FUMCwinnsboro@gmail.com to save your seat.

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEAL AND EGG HUNT, April 6th, 6 PM …we are inviting our Kids Beach Club families to join us for fun, food, and fellowship and we need YOUR help, please!  The kitchen crew will be making TACOS but they need to know how much food to prepare so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE click here to make a reservation! Food costs are going up and we want to be good stewards of our work so please respect those doing the shopping, preparation, and cooking for us and take 1 minute to let us know you’re coming. We are, of course, asking our KBC families to RSVP also but I hope we can count on YOU!

 

LOOKING AHEAD to HOLY WEEK?

–       Sunday, April 10, 10:50 am … Palm Sunday

–       Thursday, April 14th, 6 pm … Holy Thursday, the Last Supper

–       Friday, April 15th, 4 – 6 pm … Good Friday, come and go personal meditation

–       Sunday, April 17th …

… 6:45 am Sunrise Service at Ragsdale’s

… 10:50 am Traditional Service in the sanctuary

 

THIS SUNDAY: our Lent worship series continues with a message to RESET. We’ll revisit the classic story of Nicodemus and what it means to be “born again”.

 

See you Sunday!

Pastor Debbie 


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3-8-22 FUMC updates … UMCOR on the Move

One of the blessings of being part of a connectional denomination is that all Methodist churches across the world work together for the good of God’s Kingdom across the globe. We see this work so beautifully when disasters strike because we can react quickly to offer aid and support through our agencies like UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief. And here’s the best part: United Methodist Churches in Ukraine are already helping each other survive!  But make no mistake – this is a story of “A Church Under Siege”.

OUR “Over and Above” LENTEN OFFERING WILL SUPPORT THE UKRAINIAN REFUGEES THROUGH UMCOR.

Sacrificial giving is a natural part of our Lenten disciplines and with inflation increasing and our costs for everything going up, we’ll all have to be exceptionally intentional to be able to give beyond our regular tithing. I truly believe that God is faithful:

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16

On Sunday mornings we will have buckets in the sanctuary where you can toss in your loose change, loose bills, or even your checks!  Please make checks payable to FUMC so we can write one large check at the end of Easter. Here’s more good news: 100% of your donation reaches your chosen mission project or ministry.

Want to see current updates on what UMC churches in Eastern Europe are doing on the ground to help? CLICK here for the UMCOR Facebook page. “UMCOR has engaged in direct conversation with Methodist leadership in Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. United Methodist churches in these countries are already assisting internally displaced people (IDP) and refugees from Ukraine with food, water, shelter, and other needs. UMCOR has approved grants that will immediately strengthen these efforts.”

Want to know how the UMC is working in Ukraine? CLICK HERE

ANOTHER PART OF BEING A CONNECTIONAL CHURCH:  churches from around the world typically meet every 4 years to do the business of the global church but during these years of pandemic, the 2000 Conference was postponed and now it has been postponed yet again.  There will be NO GENERAL CONFERENCE in 2022. Instead, it will be held in the normal “4-year rotation” in 2024. CLICK HERE to read more.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

See the calendar for ongoing events HERE.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN, THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 10 AM, Asbury Hall … all women with mission-minded hearts and hearts for mission are welcome to attend!

BRO. HENRY’S MONTHLY BIBLE STUDY, TUESDAY, MARCH 15th, 10 am, Wesley Hall … attached are the class question and everyone is welcome.

CHALK CLASS: THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 6-7 PM   you’ll be blown away by Stephanie Bright’s creativity (https://www.facebook.com/vintagechalkdiy) and she will be offering a Chalk Paint class so you can create your own project. (Picture & details will be coming!) All supplies will be furnished. RSVP by Friday, March 11 as limited seating is available – call Carla Chitsey, 903-975-2643, or email the church office FUMCwinnsboro@gmail.com to save your seat.

OUR LENTEN WORSHIP SERIES CONTINUES

During Lent, everything slows down … the tone of worship is more reflective, the music more somber and our messages and prayers are about DISCIPLINE. There’s not a better metaphor for hard work than BOOT CAMP and our spiritual souls need an extra workout occasionally – and now is the time.

Last week we talked about how any commitment to CHANGE requires some additional work.  When Jesus knew it was time for His ministry to begin, He went into the desert to fast and pray for 40 days to prepare for His change of direction – His 3-year journey to the cross.  He was tempted beyond what most of us could resist but he depended on the Holy Spirit for strength, and He was able to say, NO, NO, NO. We all have an Achilles heel that is vulnerable to attack so be mindful to lean on the Lord when temptation comes.

This week we’ll be looking at why it’s important to HYDRATE when hard work begins.  We’ll be looking at the LIVING WATER poured out on the Woman at the Well and how we, too, can drink from that glorious cup!

PRAYING FOR PEACE,

Pastor Debbie


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3-5-22 FUMC Updates – Lent begins

I continue to find myself in awe at what is happening in Ukraine … there are just no words! But a friend of mine sent me an article from the JIM DENISON MINISTRIES yesterday that I found very profound and explores the question: why does God allow this? While we continue to PRAY, I think you’ll find some comfort in the article HERE.

Tomorrow we continue the season of LENT and during this season we’ll try to keep announcements during the service to a minimum and the worship focus to a maximum. I will try to get our emails out by MONDAYS but you can also use our website calendar and Facebook for updates. 

If you missed the ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE you can watch it online anytime, HERE.

2022 LENTEN OFFERING: Every year during LENT we ask people to prayerfully consider giving above and beyond the regular tithe as Lenten ALMSGIVING. Almsgiving is the Christian practice of giving money, food, or other material goods to people living in poverty. Providing alms is often considered an act of virtue or charity and John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, preached of this often. 

This year we are committing to serve the Ukrainian refugees thru the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). UMC churches around the world contribute to the admin costs so YOUR donations go directly to the people who need it. The humanitarian crisis is HUGE but WE CAN HELP!  In these next 6 weeks there will be metal buckets by the doors of the sanctuary – drop your loose change, your dollar bills, or write a check to THIS church and we will send one large gift to UMCOR so OUR Voice is heard!

ONGOING THIS MONTH:

–       MONDAYS: Brother Henry’s men’s gathering, Hope Café

–       MONDAYS: Knitters & stitchers, 1 PM, FLC

–       TUESDAYS: Kids Beach Club, 3:30-5 PM at WISD Memorial

–       WEDNESDAYS: Crafters, 3 pm, Asbury

BROTHER HENRY’S BIBLE STUDY: 3rd Tuesday, 3/15, 10 AM … everyone is welcome.

KIDS BEACH CLUB UPDATE: about 60 kids got NEW Bibles this week and if you want to see JOY … see this week’s video HERE.

Blessings to you all!

Pastor Debbie


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