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! 
 
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5-24-21 FUMC Updates

This weekend is MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND and if you’re on the road, don’t forget to join us LIVE on Facebook from wherever you are! Or, as you can do ANY week, honor the Sabbath whenever you can during the week!  Michael Gunn will be joining us in worship this Sunday and you can bet we’ll be singing some patriotic favorites! This Sunday we’ll also be exploring how our spiritual gifts EMPOWER us to work together for God’s Kingdom on earth … take the SPIRITUAL GIFTS assessment HERE.

 

The Prayer Quilt Ministry SEW DAY, Wed. 5/26, 9 am – 3 pm … have you let Amy Moss know you’ll be here Wednesday? Come and (1) sew on your own project or (2) or get help to get started learning how to piece a quilt top and we will provide the fabric and teach you how!  We also have a cutting table and an ironing station, but you will need to bring your own sewing machine.  Beginners and seasoned “sewists” are all welcome and there will be coffee, donuts, and a light lunch provided.  If you would like to be a part of a similar group, but can’t meet on a weekday, contact Amy about the possibility of an evening get-together or a Saturday sew day.

FRIDAY NIGHT, MAY 28th, WISD HS GRADUATION, 6 – 8 pm … come hand out water bottles with us!  We especially want our kids to help and all you have to do is show up!!  Contact KEN RAGSDALE if you have questions.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY UPDATES:  Thanks to everyone who has/is taking the Ministry Safe Training to help with our children’s ministry activities this summer.  I especially want to thank Crystal & Joe Chandler and Rita and Joey Newton who are organizing the Parents’ Night Out events this summer. (Fridays, June 4, July 9, and August 6).  Today, every child in K-6th grade at WISD will be receiving an invitation to join us, and we’ll have an ad in The Winnsboro News on Wednesday. AND DON’T FORGET TO SHARE OUR SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS! 

There are lots of ways you can help … let me know where YOU might want to plug in!

Children’s Church on non-communion Sunday mornings at 10:45 am:  one Sunday a month or more!

___I could be a “helper”! If the lesson is planned I’ll be the 2nd set of eyes and hands for the teacher. *

___I could take a small group of children (grades 2-4 or 4-5-6) and expand on their lesson in the room across the hall. *

___I could help pre-plan a craft for a specific age group.

 

Parents’ Night Out: June 4, July 9, and August 6, 6-9 pm: one event or all 3!

___I could sit at the registration table as kids arrive*

___I could sit at the dismissal table as parents sign out their kids*

___I could find the right short movie for kids to watch (maybe by age group?)

___I could shop for the dinner supplies.

___I could sit/watch a movie with the kids as they settle down at the end of the night*

___I could help fix/serve dinner (something simple like hot dogs, chips, cookies, and popcorn!) *

___I could help coordinate/supervise a craft for a specific age group*

___I could do a science experiment (Don’t worry, we have great resources if you need them!) *

___I could oversee the bounce house*

 

___ I could donate to cover some things not planned for in our budget.

___ * I’ll take the Ministry Safe Awareness Training so I can do something … send me the link!

 

WE NEED YOUR OLD SHIRTS: the 1st craft we’ll be making is SLIME so we’re collecting old shirts to use for any messy craft or science experiments!

  

WE’RE ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR A CHILDREN’S LEADER: this 20 hour/week position is going to be very important to the future of our church!  See the job description on our WEBSITE and send anyone you know who loves Jesus, loves kids, is creative and energetic and EXCITED about possibilities there for details!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT FELLOWSHIP DINNER, June 6, 6 pm … let’s kick-off summer together with a great meal and time to visit! Mark your calendar!

 

Be a blessing!
Pastor Debbie


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5-18-21 FUMC Updates … lots of important information!

How exciting to see more and more people coming back to church and worshipping on Sunday with Adler and Hearne was wonderful!  We talked about Pentecost this past Sunday and we’ll continue to talk about the Holy Spirit in the next few weeks, so THANK YOU Pastor Sue Gross, who sits on our Church Leadership Council, for writing this devotional for us based on Acts 1:4-8.

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Have you ever felt inadequate to live the Christian life? If so, then you are exactly where God wants you to be because you have discovered a vital truth: No one has the power in him- or herself to live a holy life. We are all in the same boat, but there is someone else with us who has the power we need—the Holy Spirit.

When Jesus gave His disciples the task of preaching the gospel to the entire world, they had absolutely no ability to carry it out. That’s why He told them to wait until the Holy Spirit came. In the same way, if we hope to accomplish what God desires in our life, we need to live with full dependence on the Third Person of the Godhead.

The power of the Spirit is God’s divine energy and authority released in believers’ lives for the purpose of righteous living and fruitful service. When we walk in the Spirit, we’re relying on His strength to accomplish God’s will. As a result, we experience the following benefits:

  • We may get tired, but we won’t burn out.
  • We’ll trust God instead of trying to manipulate our circumstances.
  • We may experience distress, but we won’t become desperate.
  • We won’t become overwhelmed with discouragement or obstacles, knowing the Spirit within us will enable us to do what He’s called us to accomplish.
When we do God’s work by His strength, in His way, and with His wisdom, we’ll be blessed no matter what goes on around us. Walking in the Spirit doesn’t mean life will be easy—but we never have to walk through it alone, because our Helper is always with us.
 
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THANKS TO YOU ALL who have said, “I’ll do it!  This is my church!”

–         I was so proud of SO MANY from our church last night!  Our church hosted the Lady Raiders GIRL’S SOFTBALL banquet in the FLC, and everyone worked so hard to be excellent organizers, media consultants, hosts, cooks, and bakers!  This Friday night, the BOYS BASEBALL team will be celebrating with us and if you could come after 7 to help us clean up and rearrange the tables, that would be a big help!

–         I also want to thank our VACCINE CLINIC volunteers … those of you who brought snacks and water, those of you who greeted people as they arrived!  I heard Bettye Gilbert say she saw LOTS of people come that she had never seen before and that’s exactly why we do these kinds of things … to let people know we’re here and our hearts for our community! Our last clinic on the calendar is tomorrow so thanks again to those of you who helped!

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY UPDATES:  Thanks to everyone who stayed for our brief CHILDREN’S MINISTRY updates after church on Sunday!  I always know when we’re on the right track because the Holy Spirit blesses us with enthusiasm, willingness, and resources to achieve our most important mission of MAKING DISCIPLESand our children are WORTH our efforts!!

  1. We are a MINISTRY SAFE church … this means that we take VERY seriously the safety of our children and our volunteers who work with them! ANY adult who will supervise or be engaged in ANY way with our kids will be trained and have a background check so parents will know we are diligent in our ministry to children. We always, for example, want to have 2 adults working together when serving our kids, and sometimes, that means all you have to do is be present and show you care! Being a Ministry Safe Church is so important to us that the North Texas Conference pays for the Ministry Safe Training (a series of 4 short videos, done online in your home) and we pay for the background checks. This also protects you, our volunteers!  Please get certified to serve our children – there will be lots of ways to serve and ALL tasks are important! (CLICK HERE) PLEASE REPLY TO THIS IF YOU’D LIKE TO GET PLUGGED INTO THIS EXCITING NEW MINISTRY!
  1. Searching for a Children’s Leader: Job Description (CLICK HERE) … this is a position we approved and had budgeted for the beginning of 2021 but are just now far enough out of COVID that we feel we can safely move forward, full steam ahead!  Who do you know that loves Jesus, loves kids, is creative, and can give 20 hours a week to this especially important position?  The job description is on the website if you want to refer people to our KIDS page
  1. Children’s Church, those finished 2 – 6 grades is starting back Sundays, June 13th, 10:45 – NOON … we are moving toward including younger grades but for now, the children will be back in Wesley Hall for time to learn age-appropriate Bible study for their age group.  Again, we need your help to support Paige in the supervision and maybe even taking part of the group to make the lesson more directed to older/younger ages.
  1. Parents’ Night Out, Friday, June 4th, 6 – 9 pm … see the flyer (CLICK HERE) that will be sent home to ALL WISD kids who have COMPLETED grades K through 6.  We are all going to work with the parents in our church to serve OTHERS this summer .. THIS IS AN OUTREACH EFFORT to meet new families who do not have a church home!  Yes, we hope LOTS of kids will come but we are not trying to take kids away from their home church, we are trying to SERVE! We will serve hot dogs, provide a craft, games, and even have a bounce house and there will be LOTS of ways you can do a LITTLE something (CLICK HERE).

 

WE NEED YOUR OLD SHIRTS: the 1st craft we’ll be making is SLIME so we’re collecting old shirts to use for any messy craft or science experiments!

SOCIAL MEDIA: please post on your pages to share with your friends! Please start watching our social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter all at FUMCwinnsboro) for all the exciting updates we are planning! This is a modern-day form of EVANGELISM because when you share what’s going on at your church, other people see it!  This is the beauty of multiplication on social media so please share!

LAST BIBLE TALK THIS WEDNESDAY, 5/19, 10 am, Wesley Hall … 2 years ago I started BIBLE TALK, an in-depth Bible study to dig deep into what I felt were the most influential, interconnectional chapters of the Bible. We worked through all 4 sections of the Bible, what I call the 4 Cs: Creation, Covenant, Old Testament, and Christ and the Church, New Testament (almost ALL on ZOOM!) and in these 48 stand-alone chapters, I personally learned so much!  This Wednesday we’ll end our study with 1 JOHN 3: WE’RE PART OF THE FAMILY! 

The Prayer Quilt Ministry SEW DAY, Wed. 5/26, 9 am – 3 pm … join the prayer quilt ministry to either (1) sew on your own project or (2) or get help to get started learning how to piece a quilt top and we will provide the fabric and teach you how!  We also have a cutting table and an ironing station, but you will need to bring your own sewing machine.  Beginners and seasoned “sewists” are all welcome!  Contact Amy Moss if you would like to come and coffee, donuts, and a light lunch will be provided.  If you would like to be a part of a similar group, but can’t meet on a weekday, contact Amy about the possibility of an evening get-together or a Saturday sew day.

SUNDAY, MAY 23, 3 PM, East District UMC Annual Meeting, LIVE on Facebook … while Ted Haynes, Lay Leader, and I will be on a ZOOM meeting for voting purpose, if you’d like to see the plans that go into getting ready for the North Texas annual conference, (June 14-16), you are welcome to watch!  https://www.facebook.com/NTCEastDistrict

FRIDAY NIGHT, MAY 28th, WISD HIS GRADUATION, 6 – 8 pm … come hand out water bottles with us!  We especially want our kids to help and all you have to do is show up!!  Contact KEN RAGSDALE if you have questions.

Once again, thanks to ALL of you who said, “I’ll do it! This is my church” …

So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others, so that the commendable things you do will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

PRAY FOR OUR CHILDREN’S MINISTRY!
Pastor Debbie


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5-12-21 FUMC Updates with exciting info for KIDS

This Sunday is PENTECOST Sunday, the day the Holy Spirit descended to be with us, just as Jesus promised!  Within Christianity, The Holy Spirit is one of the theological concepts that is most difficult to understand, maybe because we like facts, tangible things, evidence of existence. I truly enjoyed the description of the Holy Spirit in the popular book, The Shack where early in the story, the main character describes the Holy Spirit by saying: “My eyes had to work to see her at all… I knew all of this as more an impression of her than from actually seeing her, as she seemed to phase in and out of his vision.”

I’ve got to admit, that’s often how I feel about the Holy Spirit … a little like hands trying to grasp hold of water as it comes out of the faucet, I feel the Holy Spirit slips through my fingers if I’m not INTENTIONAL! I am MESMERIZED by the fact that this Spirit is one and the same as God, is one and the same as Jesus and it’s baffling! So, for the next few weeks, we’ll be talking about the Holy Spirit … what the Spirit does, and how we can be INTENTIONAL about our earthly relationship with Him (or Her?!)

If you have not taken the Spiritual Gifts analysis on our website, we’ll be talking about our Spirit-given gifts in 2 weeks but I think it will help you now … CLICK HERE … it’s a short questionnaire that you should answer without analyzing, but answering honestly, as if you’re all alone with God and only HE sees you!

SOME EXCITING THINGS HAPPENING FOR KIDS: I am trusting that the Holy Spirit will empower US so we will empower OTHERS to know the love of Christ and those OTHERS must start with our kids!  PLEASE START PRAYING NOW as we begin our summer program!

          THIS SUNDAY, 5/16, AFTER CHURCH in WESLEY HALL … I’m inviting everyone who wants to know more to stay for a quick 30-minute gathering in WESLEY HALL after church on Sunday … we’ll provide snacks to tide you over before lunch, and we’ll give more information and will answer all your questions!  Coming to the meeting does not commit you to anything other than to PRAY that God will empower us to BLESS OUR CHILDREN so please come!

          Children’s Church starts back Sunday, June 13th, 10:50 am … Paige will be back to restart the learning hour for kids K-6 until we find a new Children’s Director (20 hours week), but we need your help please!  We need adults to be a PLUS-ONE presence to support Paige in her teaching and crafts. We will send you a Ministry Safe training link so you will be part of our safe sanctuary policies (you’ll watch 4 short videos) and, we need 3-4 people to volunteer 1 Sunday a month.  Just say, “I’ll do it!  This is my church!” and reply to this email today!

          SUMMER PARENTS NIGHT OUT, Fridays, June 4, July 9 & August 6, 6 – 9 PM … in order to meet some new families in our community, I am thrilled we’ll be offering a series of 3 Parent Night Outs this summer, a BLAST for the kids and a BREAK for the parents!  Working alongside Joe & Crystal Chandler and Joey & Rita Newton, we are planning a light dinner, games, maybe a craft, a movie … and yes, this will require lots of people to help!  IT’S JUST ONE NIGHT A MONTH and you might be interested in:

  • researching costs of bounce houses
  • shopping for snacks and food
  • cooking hot dogs and getting food ready (we’ll serve hot dogs, chips & cookies – simple!)
  • getting a craft ready and helping the kids make something
  • overseeing a game
  • being a chaperone

COME SUNDAY and find out more or reply to this email and let me know you can be part of this movement FORWARD!

          PRAY THAT GOD LEADS US TO A NEW CHILDREN’S DIRECTOR, 20 HOURS/WEEK … we are looking for an energetic, creative Children’s Director who will teach our kids, attend their games or special events & get to know the parents, and organize fun events!  If you know anyone, please have them contact me as we’ll be starting our search very soon!

BIBLE TALK, Wednesday, 5/12, 10 am – 11:15 am, Wesley Hall … this week we’ll unpack JAMES 1 and explore why faith matters, especially in difficult circumstances.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN QUIET DAY: Thursday, May 13th, 11:00 am, Asbury Hall … bring your Bible and a sack lunch for this special day of prayer and reflection.  All are welcome!

“I’LL DO IT!  THIS IS MY CHURCH!”
Last week I asked everyone to be aware of things that need to be done for our church and if you SEE SOMETHING – DO SOMETHING … many thanks to the person who washed the parking signs in at our grass parking lot in front of the Baptist Church and to the person who is now keeping track of all our songs and music for our licensing!  GOD IS SMILING!!  Here are some other opportunities for YOU to be the church:

         2nd DOSE VACCINE CLINICS FINISHING UP: May 14th and May 19th, Family Life Center … anyone that had a MODERNA vaccine a few weeks ago will be returning for their 2nd shot this Friday or next Wednesday and we’d like YOUR help!  Many thanks to those who have already signed up … we need one greeter from 1-2:30 PM this Friday and there are lots of spots on Wednesday, May 19th. We also need some people to bring snacks, i.e., small packs of cookies, nuts, mini-candy bars, crackers, etc. for 12-15 people … nothing fancy! You can drop them in the red bin by the office anytime before Friday.  SIGN UP HERE.

         WISD GRADUATION PROJECT: Saturday, May 29th at the Stadium, handing out water bottles to the families as they arrive … this is a GREAT project for the young kids too!  Contact Ken Ragsdale HERE and say, “I’ll do it!”

I hope to see you all this Sunday … ADLER AND HEARNE will be back with their incredibly special worship to help us celebrate the HOLY SPIRIT!

In Christ Alone,
Pastor Debbie


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5-3-21 FUMC Updates

This past Sunday Mary White said, “I’ll do it! This is my church!” and she played beautiful music for us in worship with Shannon Monk and Geoff Sharp!  This response to things that need to be done in the church has been resonating with me for a few weeks now and as I look around at all our beautiful buildings, and all the exciting opportunities we will have to make disciples for Jesus Christ, I know we will all need to claim something that we can do for God’s church!

I want to thank the generous people who have volunteered to take care of the fluorescent bulbs AND who will be power washing the buildings in the next few weeks … WE ARE GRATEFUL TO YOU!  It doesn’t take much to do SOMETHING, for example …

… if you park in the grass lot in front of the Baptist church, bring a few wet paper towels this Sunday and wash down the signs that say First UMC Parking that are so dirty you can’t read them.

… if you see weeds n the flower beds, or between the concrete, pull them!

… can you do simple work with Excel?  We have a license to play music online, but we need to report the songs that are not part of the public domain … can you help me?

Sometimes what seem like insignificant tasks have impact on people you would never imagine!  And this is what drew me to a recent article about a woman named Frances Angermayer.  One hot June night in 1943, worried about the war, Frances couldn’t sleep because she was praying for her stepbrother Glenn who was stationed in the South Pacific. After tossing & turning, she got out of bed and sat down in front of her typewriter thinking about how soldiers facing death would feel, especially if they didn’t know God. 

She said: “I placed myself in such a situation, and the words of ‘Conversion’ came to me” and 20 minutes later, the first draft of “A Soldier’s Conversion” was on paper. It was about a soldier’s encounter with God on the eve of battle, and here is a portion of what she wrote …

Look, God, I have never spoken to You —
But now — I want to say, “How do You do.”
You see, God, they told me You didn’t exist —
And like a fool — I believed all of this.
Last night from a shell hole I saw Your sky —
I figured right then they had told me a lie. …
Funny — I had to come to this hellish place,
Before I had the time to see Your face. … 
I guess the “zero hour” will soon be here,
But I’m not afraid since I know You’re near. … 
Well, I will have to go now, God — good-by!
Strange — since I met You — I’m not afraid to die.

SEE THE END OF THIS MESSAGE FOR THE REST OF THE STORY …

WE’RE MAKING FEWER ANNOUNCEMENTS IN CHURCH: As you know, we have lots of ways to communicate and we are going to use LESS time in the few sacred moments we have in worship for announcements because you can find information in LOTS of places!  The ongoing weekly events you can find on the calendar but we will announce new or SPECIAL events.  Please like, share, and comment on our posts so YOUR friends see what’s going on here … we want to meet LOTS of new people and your posts can help spread the word!  All of our social media accounts are easy to find!

–          Weekly Email (also on the home page of the website … https://www.fumcwinnsboro.com/)

–           Calendar …https://www.fumcwinnsboro.com/calendar-of-events/

–           Facebook …https://www.facebook.com/FUMCWinnsboro

–          Instagram … https://www.instagram.com/firstmethodistwinnsboro/

–          Twitter … https://twitter.com/FumcWinnsboro

BIBLE TALK, Wednesday, May 5th, 10 am – 11:30, Wesley Hall or on ZOOM … this week we’re digging into the Spirit-filled text of Galatians 5 and asking the question, Can God Change Our Character?  If you’re watching on ZOOM you can get the link on the website calendar

WEDNESDAY NIGHT FELLOWSHIP MEALS RESUME THIS WEEK, May 6, 6 PM … we hope to see everyone out for a fabulous homemade dinner of smothered pork chops, beans and rice!  Thanks to our kitchen crew, our dessert makers, and to all of YOU for your love offerings!

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, THURSDAY, May 6th, NOON – 1 pm at the Civic Center Auditorium … please come join me for one hour of prayer as the Pastors in the Ministerial Alliance gather to lead the community through individual prayer stations as well as communal prayer together.  (PRAYER GUIDE CLICK HERE)

THE KNITTERS, CROCHETERS & STITCHERS ARE BACK!  Every Monday, 1-3 PM, Family Life Center … looking for a place to knit, stitch and talk at the same time?  Come be part of the fellowship and bring your projects with you! Contact Sarah Hays if you have questions!

CRAFTERS meet Every Tuesday, 9 am, Asbury Hall … Christmas in the Park comes in November so start working on your crafts at home or come for the fellowship!  Contact Carla Chitsey if you have questions.

THIS SUNDAY IS MOTHER’S DAY – I look forward to seeing lots of our families together and if you’re traveling, I wish you safe and joyful travels!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Pastor Debbie

 

Over the years, the poem found its way into magazines, sermon illustrations, radio broadcasts, newspaper columns, including The New York Times and the Hebrew Chronicle, and even the Congress of the United States, often without attribution or remuneration, under various titles, such as “Poem Echo in Foxhole.” The poem made its way into the hands and hearts, pockets, barracks, and foxholes of an estimated 6 million soldiers in Africa, Asia, the South Pacific, the Aleutian Islands, and Europe. It was translated into several languages and became known as “the poem heard ’round the world.” 

On D-Day, June 6, 1944, a Catholic chaplain found 30 copies on the bodies of the injured and the dead on the beaches of Normandy. It was even found in Buchenwald, the Nazi concentration camp, and on the body of a dead Nazi soldier in northeastern France. One soldier at the Battle of the Bulge wrote: “I came across your poem just today. By tonight it had found its way to every man within the company — and left its mark. Men have died near me, men will die in the future, perhaps myself — but I know this, the thought you have left with us will last beyond whatever may come in the future.”

“Even now,” the poet reflected 13 years later, “it is impossible for me to believe I wrote a poem that meant so much to so many.”

Have you considered how it’s sometimes such LITTLE things that you can do that make a difference?

Consider the seven men who were appointed to assist with fair distribution of food in the early church. The 12 apostles were spending their time praying and preaching the word of God, but they knew how important it was to Jesus to care for the needs of those around them. After all, they had served the hungry before (5,000 in one case and 4,000 in another, plus women and children, (MT 14:13-21,15:32-38). So, they encouraged others to get involved:

What [the Twelve] said pleased the whole community, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. They had these men stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. The word of God continued to spread; the number of the disciples increased greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith. Acts 6:5-7.

Guess what happened? The seven chosen for this ministry proved to be more than fillers of food boxes and organizers of soup kitchens, by getting involved in serving, their service was CONTAGIOUS, and others began to serve also!  Guess what happened? The seven chosen for this ministry proved to be more than fillers of food boxes and organizers of soup kitchens, by getting involved in serving, their service was CONTAGIOUS, and others began to serve also! 

Frances Angermayer was a shy secretary in a physician’s office her entire working career and while she did her job faithfully, she would NEVER have become a public speaker for the Lord like Stephen or Phillip! Yet God used her simple writing to do amazing things!

Whatever little thing you can do please don’t underestimate the impact it can have on someone else! Someone new to our church who drives around looking for a place to park and then SEES the sign that says there’s parking right across from the front door of the church may find a home here at FUMC!  Someone else might see how beautiful our grounds are cared for and think, “Hmm, this is a church that takes care of their property!”, and helping your Pastor with something she’s not very good at like spreadsheets?  Well, let’s just say I know my gratitude in ALL these things will be contagious!

In his book, Buck Naked Faith: A Brutally Honest Look at Stunted Christianity, Eric Sandras suggests: “There’s a big difference between asking God to be a part of our story and our becoming a part of his. Ask Jesus to give you eyes to see something he is doing this week that you can be a part of. No matter how large or small it appears, commit to be obedient. You may have to step out of your routine.”


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4-27-21 FUMC Updates … I’ll do it! This is MY church!

“I’ll DO IT!  This is my church!”

If you missed church on Sunday or had trouble watching on Facebook because the Friday night storm took out our Suddenlink connection, I want to repeat the story Clint told because it inspired me to inspire others to get plugged in.. Why? Because serving God brings us a wonderful kind of joy and reward:

Whatever you do, do it from the heart for the Lord and not for people. You know that you will receive an inheritance as a reward. You serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24

Last week, when Bettye Gilbert was on her way to Bible Study she saw some people wandering around looking for the vaccine clinic … she immediately welcomed them, and rather than just pointing to where they should go, she said, “I’ll take you!”  Since Christus was only giving a few shots, we hadn’t scheduled volunteers so when Bettye got there she decided to stay and BE THE CHURCH.  I saw her when Bible study was over and thanked her, but she smiled and said, “Of course I was going to do this!  THIS IS MY CHURCH!  What a GREAT attitude – AND IT WAS TRUE! 

I have been praying and praying that God is going to REVIVE His post-pandemic church so we must be preparing to welcome new people and connect them to the ministries where they can feel they belong!  On Sunday, I introduced a new focus so YOU can feel the joy of saying, “I’LL DO IT!  This is my church!”

Each week we’ll outline opportunities for you to do something that needs to be done in God’s House to demonstrate our commitment to stewardship and aesthetic evangelism because, after all, people DO judge the book by the cover! What new people see when they come to our buildings matters so we hope EVERYONE will jump in and do something!

As we are beginning to open our building for outside groups like the WISD Softball & Baseball Banquets, it’s time for spring cleaning and some “hands-on” help. Here are 3 important projects we mentioned on Sunday and we’re inviting you to be part of a third:

  1. POWERWASH OUR BUILDINGS … the mossy looking green “stuff” on the brick is actually a salty formation that can damage the brick over time, not to mention looks very unkept, so just bring your own power washer or lend us one for someone else to use!
  2. POST OUR USED FLOURESCENT BULBS ON CRAIGSLIST OR FACEBOOK MARKET: we went to energy-efficient fluorescent lights in our buildings so we have 65 used bulbs that we want to sell for a MINIMAL amount. If you sell things online, this is a job for you!

Please contact Danny Moss and he’ll get you started on either of these projects!

  1. WE’RE COOKING AGAIN!  Our Wednesday night meals are starting back on the FIRST WEDNESDAYS of the MONTH this summer (the first one is May 5th, 6 PM) AND we’ve invited the Girls Softball Banquet (Monday, May 17, 6 PM) and the Boys Baseball Banquet (Saturday, May 22, 7 PM) to have their year-end banquets at our church too! Soooooo … would you like to help do some cooking? 

Contact Don Beaty to help with cooking on any of those 3 nights, or contact Bettye Gilbert to make a dessert for our 1st Wednesday night meals.

BIBLE TALK, Wednesdays, 10 am – 11:30 am, Wesley Hall: God’s Message For You … this week we’re unpacking one of the GREATEST chapters in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13.  We’ll be together in person, and we will also be on ZOOM. (Get a sign-in link on our website calendar)

BOOK FAIR AND KATE’S PARK DEDICATION THIS SATURDAY, May 1: Katie Park, Michael and Judy’s daughter, went to heaven last July but her legacy is alive and well in Winnsboro! This Saturday the Winnsboro Center for the Arts is dedicating the BOOK FAIR to Katie who helped start the 1st book fair 3 years ago. Check out the schedule here. I am also honored to be doing the dedication for KATE’S PARK at 3:15 this Saturday and so many of you in this church have donated or will donate, to making this park happen … please come and support this family and see what your generosity has helped create! If you haven’t seen what a wonderful project this is, please check it out here.

WE NOW HAVE A TWITTER ACCOUNT:  Sarah has worked with Clint Cooper to get our newest social media account set up and it’s up and running here: https://twitter.com/FumcWinnsboro!  What is TWITTER? “Twitter is a service for friends, family, and coworkers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages. People post Tweets, which may contain photos, videos, links, and text. These messages are posted to your profile, sent to your followers, and are searchable on Twitter search. Learn more about how to use Twitter here.”  Please FOLLOW us just as you would follow us on Facebook for quick updates.

CRAFTERS ARE MEETING WEEKLY NOW:  Tuesdays, 9 AM … come for fellowship or start making your crafts at home for Christmas in the Park in November!

HIGH SCHOOL LOOKING FOR CHAPERONES to the PEROT MUSEUM: they are taking Freshmen on Thursday and Sophomores on Friday, May 6th and Friday, May 7th, and they are looking for some chaperones to ride with some teachers. They need about 20-25 volunteers EACH DAY with their new chaperone policy so each chaperone will be in charge of 5 kids!  Anyone interested in “being the church” can email: debbie.may@winnsboroisd.org

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: National Day of Prayer at the City Civic Center Thursday, May 6th, lunchtime … I’m excited to partner with other local pastors to bring a focus to the GREAT need for prayer in our nation, community, churches, and families and the theme this year is so very important … 2 Corinthians 3:17, Love, Life and Liberty!  Details will follow but I have attached the promotional poster (CLICK HERE) AND the prayer guide (CLICK HERE) … LET’S START PRAYING NOW!

I’d love to see you at BIBLE TALK tomorrow or this Sunday as we celebrate the ASCENSION!  Shannon Monk and our very own Mary White will be here to inspire our worship with music (just WAIT until you hear the anthem Mary will play for us!) … invite your friends!

Grace and peace,
Pastor Debbie


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