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4-11-22 FUMC Updates – Easter is almost here!

I was filled with so much joy last week as all the people I love most in the world gathered together for my daughter Lyssa’s small, intimate wedding in Orlando! After a whirlwind week of constant going, going, going, I’m excited to go, go, go THIS week as the holiest week of the year continues …

HOLY WEEK BEGINS!

Thursday, April 14th, 6 pm … Holy Thursday, the Last Supper: join us in the sanctuary as we remember the LAST SUPPER Jesus had with His disciples. We’ll immerse ourselves in a reflective, fresh discovery of what you might think are common scriptures so I hope to see you then!  

Friday, April 15th, 4 – 6 pm … Good Friday, come and go personal meditation time: as we remember the day that Jesus was beaten, scourged, humiliated, and nailed to a cross to suffer and die for us, try to find a few minutes to stop by the sanctuary and sit quietly, or pray through the meditation guide that will walk you through the last 12 events of Jesus’s life: from sentencing to being placed in the tomb. Stay 5 minutes or areas long as you want.

Sunday, April 17th … EASTER! More people go to church on Easter Sunday than ANY other day of the year so we’re throwing open our doors and welcoming lots of people: family members, friends, and hopefully lots of new people!

… 6:45 am Sunrise Service at Ragsdale’s, 270 CR 4228, Winnsboro: coffee and donuts will be ready at 6:30 so throw on your jeans, bring a jacket and sunglasses and come to celebrate the risen Christ as the sun rises in the east! The weather forecast is terrific … SHARE OUR POSTS on your Facebook page and invite YOUR friends! (From the water tower at TX 11 and FM 852, so west 3 miles, right on 4228)

… 10:50 am Traditional Service in the sanctuary: what a great morning it will be as Mary White kicks off worship with the organ playing CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY!! It will be a glorious celebration and the message, “This Changes Everything” might just change the life of someone YOU know so invite someone! Please remember how difficult it is for someone who is not a regular churchgoer to come to a new church and wonder what to do!  If you see people you don’t know – invite them to sit with you, make room, and introduce them to your pew neighbors!  And yes, please leave the good parking spots and back rows for our guests!

MANY, MANY THANKS …

… to the one who left a lovely card taped on my front door after church last Sunday that brought me more JOY than I could have ever imagined!

… to Don Beaty and the kitchen crew for a fabulous TACO DINNER with the Kids Beach Club families last week

… to Bettye Gilbert and the dessert makers for all the fabulous desserts last Wednesday

… to all of you who brought LOTS of stuffed Easter eggs for the egg hunt

… to our very own Heather Warren for overseeing Kids Beach Club and the Easter egg hunt while I was gone

… to Jerry Calvert for organizing the blood drive and to everyone who donated

… an early thanks to Julie Lewis and Elaina Ragsdale for the beautiful Lenten altarscapes we’ve enjoyed this season and the quick work they will do after Good Friday to convert the chancel from darkness to light in time for Easter

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN, 4/14, 10 AM in Asbury … all women of the church are invited to come as Joanna Horton presents a conversation about keeping your brain healthy.

EAST DISTRICT BISHOP’S MEETING, 4/23, 10:30 am, Wesley UMC Greenville … in preparation for the North Texas Annual Conference that will be coming June 5-7, the Bishop is visiting all the districts in the Conference to help us understand some of the possible changes coming in our denomination due to the recent postponement of the General Conference to 2024. As you may remember, the 2020 General Conference, which meets every 4 years and includes clergy and lay elected delegates from UMC churches around the world, has been delayed several times due to the pandemic. Bishop McKee will provide accurate information and answer questions as we all work together, as Wesleyans, to discover who we are. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND (we are the East District) but registration is required: https://ntcumc.org/bishop-meetings
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT FELLOWSHIP MEALS
Get ready …the kitchen crew is ready to get back to WEEKLY FELLOWSHIP meals after Easter so if they want to cook let’s support them and go and EAT!  Are you excited????  
 
Starting Wednesday, April 20th, through the end of May, make Wednesday nights YOUR place to be for good food, fellowship, and meeting new friends!  Then, in the summer months, we’ll be together on the first Wednesday nights as in years past.
 
Want to help with desserts occasionally?  Contact Bettye Gilbert … bjhh@suddenlink.net
 
 
HOLY WEEK CONTINUES … I look forward to sharing these special services with you!
 
Pastor Debbie

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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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