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

TEMPORARILY: Our buildings will be closed but WORSHIP will be LIVE on Facebook!
 
November 22 and 29 at 10:50 am HERE
 We hope to back to in-person,
safe worship in December so watch for updates!

 As COVID cases increase we’re being exceptionally cautious so please check back here & we’ll keep our plans current. We’d love you to come join us on Sundays at 10:50 AM on Facebook LIVE & we pray to be back together in person soon!

NEED INFO ON COVID 19?

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CLICK HERE to go directly to the CDC website for current information on
testing and symptons.
– Check out our HAPPENING NOW page for details 
– Our calendar is also helpful 
Pastor Debbie will start a ZOOM BIBLE TALK on WEDNESDAY MORNINGS at 10 AM , CLICK HERE to see the details … THE PURPOSE OF CHRISTMAS
Sunday School classes are paused temporarily but to find out about your options when we return, go HERE. 
 

Please continue to PRAY, PRAY, PRAY that we can stop the spread of the COVID-19 and eradicate this vicious virus!  

CLICK HERE to go to our FACEBOOK page for updates and to
watch past Sunday services and/or devotionals.
 

Sunday Mornings

10:50 a.m.
 
CHILDREN’S CHURCH in the FAMILY LIFE CENTER PAUSED
Kids in 1st-6th grades … CLICK HERE for details.
 

We’re easy to find in Winnsboro!

 

4-17-20 FUMC Update

I have been feeling reflective this week. Since we learned of the seriousness of COVID-19 in mid March, I’ve been extremely focused on staying CONNECTED to each other and working to encourage everyone to STAY SAFE. I felt like I had so many new things to learn and all my energy was geared toward EASTER! Then Easter came, and we were STILL not together! So now, I’m reflecting on WHAT’S NEXT. And I’m getting excited!

Governor Abbott is to release the new guidelines for WHAT’S NEXT for Texas today, and our Church Council will be ZOOM meeting on Monday night. I’ll let you know as SOON as we have any new plans! But until we know what and how to start planning, let’s please stay diligent in our hand washing and social distancing.

On a call with Wood County officials yesterday, they confirmed that there are six cases in Wood County, all at home in self-isolation – all from community spread. Cases are DECLINING in Wood and surrounding counties; however, in TEXAS confirmed cases showed a 65% increase in last seven days; deaths increased over 100% increase in the last seven days. These percentages are much LOWER than they have been in the past few weeks, but Face masks/coverings ARE recommended while in public following the guidelines from the CDC.

I have felt a deep need for us to all have a common purpose, something we can do TOGETHER, something that will make God smile and something that will benefit our community until we can gather again … and we can PRAY! Won’t you please join me???

THIS SUNDAY, April 19, NOON-1pm ~ Christus Mother Frances Hospital Parking Lot ~ FLASH “MOB” PRAYERS in WINNSBORO ~ We’re ALL in this period of isolation TOGETHER so let’s PRAY together, every Sunday after worship! We’ll get in our cars and drive to a specific place TOGETHER, and we will park in the parking lots honoring social distancing rules, not getting out of our cars, but we can wave to each other! Please find our FACEBOOK posts and share them with all your friends or forward this message to people you know!

SUNDAY, April 19, NOON-1pm: Christus Mother Frances Hospital Parking Lot

SUNDAY, April 26 ~ WISD Elementary School

SUNDAY, May 3 ~ Brookshires

SUNDAY, May 10 ~ High School/Middle School

SUNDAY, May 17~ Main Street

SUNDAY, May 24 ~ City Hall/Police 

CARTER BLOOD CARE IS HERE TOMORROW, SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 10 am-3pm at The Rock across from 1st Baptist ~ CLICK here to make your appointment to GIVE BLOOD right here in Winnsboro! 

ATTACHED IS AUDIO from TODAY’S FACEBOOK DEVOTIONAL ~ Today was Part 3 on Jesus Walking on Water, Matthew 14.  You can listen to the first two parts from Tuesday and Wednesday.  

NEW ZOOM FORMAT, WEDNESDAYS, 10 am ~ Instead of having a BIBLE STUDY, we’re going to TALK to each other! We’ll talk about what’s happening in the news, in our lives, in our community and share how our lives are different, better, worse, etc.

To join Wednesday 10 am Zoom Conversation  … click this link:
https://zoom.us/j/451285222
Meeting ID: 451 285 222

OR CALL IN AND LISTEN:

253 215 8782 US  or  301 715 8592 US

Meeting ID: 451 285 222 
 

SCALING BACK NEXT WEEK ~ I realize everyone has caught up with digital communications and you’re probably overwhelmed with messaging these days, so in the future, here are ONGOING connections you can plan for until otherwise changed:

SUNDAYS: 10:50 am, Facebook LIVE worship

SUNDAYS: Noon-1 pm, Flash “Mob” Prayers (this Sunday at the hospital)

MONDAYS: 1-3 pm: Drive-through on Church Street 

TUESDAYS: Morning devotional on Facebook

WEDNESDAYS: 10 am, ZOOM Conversation
 

DON’T BE LATE FOR EASTER, NEW WORSHIP SERIES STARTS THIS SUNDAY, live on Facebook at 10:50!  Christians around the world know that Easter is more than just a DAY. It’s a way of life! After Jesus rose from the dead, He continued living on this earth for 40 days and He appeared to HUNDREDS of people before He ascended into heaven! In that time, He continued to BLOW US AWAY with his final messages, he even blew away those who were LATE to the party!  Thomas was late to the party and we’ll talk about him this Sunday!

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,

and in his word I hope… Psalm 130:5

CDC COVID 19 Symptoms andTesting: CLICK HERE

First United Methodist Church Winnsboro

301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494

CLICK HERE for our Facebook

CLICK HERE for our website

(903) 342-6172  (PASTOR EMERGENCY or TEXT 972-896-5254)


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4-16-20 FUMC Update

FLASH “MOB” PRAYERS in WINNSBORO

We’re ALL in this period of isolation together, so let’s PRAY together! Every Sunday after worship, we’ll get in our cars and drive to a specific place, TOGETHER, to pray! We will honor the social distancing rules and not get out of our cars! Please share this on your social media accounts!

Sunday, April 19: Christus Mother Frances Hospital

Sunday, April 26: WISD Elementary School

Sunday, May 3: Brookshires

Sunday, May 10: High School/Middle School

Sunday, May 17: Main Street

Sunday, May 24: City Hall/Police

CDC COVID 19 Symptoms andTesting: CLICK HERE
Debbie Lyons, Pastor

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4-15-20 FUMC Update

Hidden Blessings, Part 2
 
It’s hard to believe that I could find so many beautiful messages in the scripture in Matthew 14:22-33, Jesus Walking on Water … I have read it a thousand times before and yet there is so much to glean from it! I hope you enjoy the messages. Part 3 will come on Friday morning!
 
DON’T FORGET:  
– Bible study this morning (Wed. 4/15) at 10 am … details HERE
– Make an appointment HERE to give blood this Saturday, 4/18!
 
Grace and Peace, 
Pastor Debbie

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4-14-20 FUMC Update

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

Join Our Online Bible Study TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, 10am

Here is the invitation, so if you haven’t downloaded the APP, 
(click here) try it! 
To join Zoom Meeting … click this link:
https://zoom.us/j/451285222
Meeting ID: 451 285 222
OR CALL IN AND LISTEN:
+1 253 215 8782 US    or  +1 301 715 8592 US
Meeting ID: 451 285 222
 
What can you do to help? GIVE BLOOD!  THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 10 am – 3 pmI have already scheduled my appointment at 10, so I’ll see you there, 6 feet away! Carter BloodCare recognizes there are concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and that you may have questions about what this means for giving blood, your blood drive, and the safety of the blood supply.  To honor social distancing:  
* Donors should make an appointment and complete their questionnaire before arriving using Carter BloodCare’s Quickscreen. 
* Carter BloodCare staff will greet you and escort you thoroughly and promptly through the donation process, so that you may return to your newly revised daily routines.  
CLICK HERE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
 
 
WHO HAVE YOU CALLED FROM CHURCH THIS WEEK? I want to thank JOYZELLE DAVIS for all her loving calls to so many people!
 
CDC COVID 19 Symptoms andTesting: CLICK HERE
First United Methodist Church Winnsboro
301 Church Street, Winnsboro, TX. 75494
CLICK HERE for our Facebook
CLICK HERE for our website
 

(903) 342-6172  (PASTOR EMERGENCY or TEXT 972-896-5254)


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4-10-20 FUMC Update

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

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

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/451285222
Meeting ID: 451 285 222
         OR CALL IN AND LISTEN:
        +1 253 215 8782 US
        +1 301 715 8592 US
         Meeting ID: 451 285 222

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