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9-24-20 FUMC Update

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this week after battling pancreatic cancer at age 87. The second woman and the first Jewish woman ever appointed to the high court, Ginsburg was a strong liberal voice for gender equality, separation of church and state, and the rights of workers, voters, immigrants, persons with disabilities, and minorities. Tributes to “RBG,” whom Chief Justice John Roberts called “a justice of historic stature, … a tireless and resolute champion of justice,” have been piling up on the steps of the Supreme Court and she is now the first woman to be given the honor to lie in state at the Capitol.

In more recent years, Ginsburg found herself more often in the minority on the court, but in the tradition of Jewish prophets, who she was named after, she embraced the value of dissent, using her prophetic voice to point out what she thought was incorrect about the majority opinions.

As in our current worship series on GOD, POLITICS, and the CHURCH, I won’t comment on the political battle over how and when her seat on the Supreme Court will be filled, but I have been thinking about the role of our justices, in their advocacy and dissent, as they function in the life of God’s people. We seem to have lost the ability to “agree to disagree” in a diplomatic way so you might ponder these questions with me:

– Is it possible to voice dissent without becoming disagreeable or discouraging? If so, how might dissenters present their positions in a constructive way that draws people to listen?

– Who has spoken words of dissent into your life? Who has been an advocate? How did they impact you?

–  How have you seen people of faith function effectively as dissenters? As advocates? How can voicing dissent further God’s work? How can advocacy build up the community of faith?

– How should Christians determine what issues are important enough to warrant dissent to popular opinions? Where can we find the courage to dissent when it seems as though everyone disagrees with us, and when dissent could cost us dearly?

The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, “Look, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king; let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.” But Micaiah said, “As the Lord lives, whatever my God says, that I will speak.” … [Then Micaiah said to King Ahab,] “So you see, the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these your prophets; the LORD has decreed disaster for you.” 2 Chronicles 18:12-13, 22

CHILDREN’S CHURCH IS BACK! We’re so excited that Paige Baber is back to engage the kids in learning more about the love of Jesus Christ! In order to make enough SAFE SPACE, they will be meeting in the Family Life Center from 10:50 am until the sanctuary service ends.  Parents, please drop your children off the FLC at about 10:40 am and then scurry over to pick them up when the sanctuary service is over. We’ve explained to the children that IF IT’S OK WITH THEIR PARENTS, they can take their masks off when they are seated APART from others, but if they’re standing or walking around, they should keep their masks on. Paige is doing her student teaching at Winnsboro Elementary School this semester so she’s tuned into safety protocols – thank you Paige!

I also want to say a HUGE, GIGANTIC thank you to our wonderful volunteers who make ministry SAFE for our kids! Thank you, SANDRA STRICKLAND, DON BEATY, and ED PAGE who assist Paige, in this important ministry. We are a Ministry Safe certified church so all our adult volunteers are Ministry Safe trained and work in teams of two. Teamwork is so important so please thank them ALL!

CARTER BLOOD CARE COMING TO WINNSBORO, Tuesday, September 29, 7 a.m. ~ 1 p.m. ~ This Tuesday morning there is a blood drive in Winnsboro at USA Harness on Coke Road. Our blood banks are exceptionally low and with surgeries starting up again Carter Blood Care really needs our help. You can go to https://www.carterbloodcare.org/donate-blood/

SUNDAY HAPPY MOMENTS ~ Please, please, please take out your cameras and capture the HAPPY MOMENTS where you see God working in your life or things that make you SMILE! I would love to share everyone’s pictures of their grandbabies (mine would be first, haha!) but let’s look beyond. I’d like to see pictures of the kids back in CHILDREN’S CHURCH, or our Sunday schools doing something special, or YOU doing something to serve someone else or a special accomplishment of your children! I’d like to show a few on Sunday but I can put LOTS of Facebook so please send me your pictures!

I look forward to continuing our political conversation this Sunday and I’ll be talking about Isaiah who warns the people NOT to put their trust in other countries because they have the most chariots and horses who could protect them … they should only put their trust in GOD!  (Isaiah 30:1-8)

In Christ Alone,

Pastor Debbie


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9-18-20 FUMC Update

Fall is in the air, and I want to thank Julie and Elaina for our beautiful altarscapes and flowers that bring such an autumn spiritual JOY to the church! This is the beginning of my favorite season of the year, and I think I feel particularly joyful because I sense there is LIGHT at the end of the COVID tunnel! Numbers in our area continue to go down. We have not had a lot of cases within our schools, more people are feeling safe enough to get out, talk of a vaccine seems to be getting stronger. Ahhhh, let us continue to pray for the light to get brighter and brighter!

What a nice problem we have trying to figure out where groups can meet who want to return! Because of social distancing, we have to allow six feet of space between families, so I can’t THANK everyone enough for being flexible! Coffee and Conversation has moved rooms, Family Ties has moved rooms. And now, in order to accommodate all our kids who have committed to coming back, Families Ties will be moving again so the kids can come back for Children’s Church in the FLC and Pot Luck can return to Asbury. Whew, thanks to Danny Moss for being diligent with our occupancy numbers (see attached) and THANKS TO EVERYONE for being flexible during this crazy time!

WELCOME BACK POT LUCK and CHILDREN’S CHURCH! We’re so excited to see things safely and slowly taking steps forward! Thanks to everyone as we continue to reopen a little bit at a time. Remember to always wear a mask if you’re walking around (you can take it off when seated) and disinfect your hands coming and going. Class leaders (or volunteers) will always disinfect the surfaces and chair handles as they leave their respective rooms. Attached are the updated reopening plans – please look them over!

Pot Luck Class returns to Asbury Hall this Sunday 

Children’s Church returns this Sunday to the Family Life Center! Children’s Church will be a bit different this Sunday. Kids in 2nd through 6th grades will NOT come to the sanctuary. Parents, please take them to the FAMILY LIFE CENTER at 10:40. (Please don’t come too early or Paige may not be ready!) Paige and another adult will meet you there so you have plenty of time to get back to the sanctuary for church at 10:50. At the end of the church, the balcony will be dismissed first so please leave promptly to get your kids so you can hear all about their exciting worship time together!

2020 ALL CHURCH CHARGE CONFERENCE, Wednesday, November 9, 4-5 p.m. ~ Every fall we gather as a church to review the past year and look forward to the new year ahead. This year, as in so many other things that are different because of COVID, our conference will be different. It will be on ZOOM. Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as you think! If you have not experienced a Zoom meeting or webinar yet, there are “HOW TO” videos and instruction documents available at https://ntcumc.org/annual-conference-2020/resources.  I encourage everyone to review these so you can join us!

This Sunday we begin a new worship on series on GOD, POLITICS, and the CHURCH. Don’t worry, there will be NO political endorsements, but I will ask the question: Where IS God in your politics?

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!  Psalm 33:12

GRACE and PEACE,

Pastor Debbie


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8-31-20 FUMC Update

My, oh my, it’s SEPTEMBER! Is it just me or does it seem like it was spring break just yesterday, and then COVID came and the last six months have been a blur! I don’t know about you, but I am sooooo ready for fall! 
 
We had our last drive through today and I have absolutely LOVED spending time with all of you who haven’t yet been back to church or have just wanted to visit! Thank you for blessing ME!! 
 
Ted Haynes and I have been frantically reading books and watching training videos to prepare for a workshop we’ve been invited to attend this week. We have been asked to become certified coaches in Simplified Accountable Structure, a vision-focused church leadership ministry. We are honored to learn directly from the national authors and trainers who see the true value in supporting the mission of Jesus Christ so pray for us, and the other eight people, who have been invited to be part of this from North Texas! 
 
NO ZOOM THIS WEDNESDAY MORNING ~ I will be in a training class this week so I’ll miss you all on September 2 but we’ll be diving into MATTHEW 7 next Wednesday, September 9, at 10 am.
 
COMMUNION FOR ALL THIS SUNDAY, September 6 ~ This Sunday our message will focus on the challenging parable, the LABORERS IN THE VINEYARD (Matthew 20:1-13) and it will also be communion Sunday. And yes, we have a VERY special way to share in the Lord’s supper together here in the sanctuary. But here’s great news. We have received special dispensation to include our online worshippers too, praise God! If you will be at home and you don’t yet have a sacred worship space set up, please prepare your space before the service, along with your simple elements, (any kind of juice or water, and crackers or bread), so we can have communion TOGETHER this Sunday. If you will be attending church in the sanctuary, you will pick up an individual baggie with your individual communion cup inside and we will all consecrate the elements together!
 
THANKS TO OUR SONG LEADERS ~ Thanks to Judy Beaty and Mike Ewert who has led our singing these last four weeks! Great job!  This week J.A. Newton will be leading us in two of my FAVORITE songs! If God is leading YOU to come and lead our Sunday singing, please let me know! 
 
OUR COLLEGE KIDS ARE STARTING NEW CHAPTERS ~ Carissa and Cason are starting year TWO, and Landry and Grant are starting year ONE.  Julian is enrolled in the EMT program at TJC. Please keep our kids in your prayers!
 
LAST CHANCE TO GET ON CARLA’S HOME COOKED MEAL LIST ~ Carla has answered the call to make some home-cooked meals, COMFORT FOODS, about every two weeks. And after today, if you want to know what’s coming so you can plan and order, you can get on her email list in the future! This Wednesday, September 4, she will be making Mexican Tater Tot Casserole, a ground beef dish. She will deliver between 11am – 1pm on Friday ($8) and she needs a count by Wednesday at NOON. Call Carla 903-347-6012. (I ordered TWO of her last week King Ranch Chicken and it was delicious, can’t wait to taste this week’s recipe!)
 
Many blessings to you all,
Pastor Debbie
 

 


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8-28-20 FUMC Updates

MAKING DISCIPLES … AND WHY IT MATTERS ~ Now that both the Democrat and Republican Conventions are over and the campaign season kicks into full gear, I was struck by the same message from BOTH parties ~ we must act or our country will never be the same. In a way, this is the same sense of urgency I feel about our faith communities. We must act or our faith communities will never be the same! We are extremely blessed as CHRISTIANS that we don’t have to choose a politician to lead us ~ we don’t have to choose a slogan we like better than another ~ we don’t have to choose the actions necessary to accomplish our purpose. We choose JESUS CHRIST and He has made our mission simple ~ GO, MAKE DISCIPLES.
 
I have seen how most of you have powered up your commitment to remain STRONG in your faith through this time. And for those of you who have been intentional about this, I am blown away with the stories you share with me about how God is working in your lives! I know how hard this has been, but I see and hear about the rewards you are experiencing every day! I hear how participating in worship (online and/or in-person), participating in continued learning and study (online, in person or because your leaders continue to share devotionals and lessons), engaging in authentic prayer, staying connected and maintaining relationships within the church (through outdoor prayer gatherings, drive-throughs, phone calls to one another, notes to people you miss). I hear the peace, patience, and joy that you feel from being closer to the God who IS working for good even in this difficult time and I want everyone to have this!
 
And everyone CAN have this! Our mission matters because there are people who do not know the love of Jesus Christ. There are people who have drifted away from the rich relationships with other Christians who helped strengthen each other. There are also LOTS of people who can inspire us and bring us new energy that we haven’t even met yet and our faith community will be BETTER and STRONGER as new people find a home at First United Methodist Church of Winnsboro!
 
I’ve noticed we have had a few new people beginning to attend worship again, and while it’s much harder to be warm and welcoming from a 6-foot distance, let’s try! If you can’t tell whether you’ve met them (after all, as people arrive in masks it’s hard to tell!), it’s OK to admit you’re not sure if you’ve met them yet! Ask them their name and remember it so you can greet them when they return. Tell them your name, invite them to come back, ask them if they live in the area, give them my card (it’s in every pew), and tell them I like to get to know everyone. Let them know they’re only a visitor once and we consider them part of the family! And let’s pray, together, that God blesses His church with people who need His love. And pray we will continue to reflect His love to all who come!
 
DRIVE THROUGH ENDS MONDAY ~ Our last day in the drive-thru will be this Monday, August 31, from 9-11 am. I have LOVED spending time with so many of you who have not been ready to come back to church or, who are out and about and want to visit! Our relationships are important so please, if you ever want to come by the office and visit, please call me! 
 
SANCTUARY CHANGES ~ Some of you are just now coming back to the sanctuary and I want to remind you that only the front door is open and you can take your masks OFF as you are seated. You’ll also notice we don’t have hymnals, Bibles, or registration pads in the pews. And we’re not passing our offering plates to avoid multiple people touching things, they will be at the door as you leave. We will sing, softly, and as I have mentioned, my card will be on every pew so please take my card home with you and call or text anytime, and share it with our visitors! I can’t wait for the day that we can all be TOGETHER but if you’re on Facebook with us, please let us know you’re with us!
 
FACEBOOK ~ MODERN DAY EVANGELISM ~ Spreading the love of Christ is sure different these days, isn’t it? The days of knocking on doors or standing on the town square handing out tracts have faded. But Facebook is pretty amazing because it’s a MULTIPLIER! And you don’t have to do very much to help multiply other than SHARE what matters to you! If you haven’t done so yet, please start by LIKING and FOLLOWING our page. When you LIKE a page we can see that you’re a fan. When you FOLLOW a page, you receive our updates in your news feed. If this is all new to YOU, Clint explained it this way on Sunday
 
UPDATES ~ Always on the website and calendar!  
 
ONLINE BIBLE STUDY ~ Wednesdays at 10 am, next week, Matthew 6 … CLICK HERE for sign-in details.
 

LADIES ~ I’m excited to tell you that if YOU’RE looking for a place to connect, the United Methodist Women will start meeting again, in ASBURY at 11 am on Thursday, September 10!   

THIS SUNDAY ~ This month was the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment being signed giving women the right to vote. If you’ve ever wondered why women being in the PULPIT is still controversial, you won’t want to miss this message on August 30!

 
Grace and peace,
Pastor Debbie

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8-17-20 FUMC Update

It has been so great seeing more and more of you in the sanctuary on Sundays, and I always look forward to getting home after church and seeing all of you who have been online with us too! With Clint back to help with announcements, it seemed like one more step toward “normal,” so let’s continue to worship TOGETHER, in whatever way we can, until we are all together again! (And as always, if you don’t have Facebook and you’re not coming to church, the audio of the sermon AND the devotionals are on the website!)
 
THANKS FOR ALL THE SOCKS AND UNDIES!  What a joy it was to see our chancel rail covered with brand new and oh, so important basic GIFTS of socks, undies, and gift cards for the kids at our schools! This picture Tina Satterwhite took does not do it JUSTICE but thank you, thank you, thank you!!
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WANT A HOME COOKED MEAL? In the last week, I’ve heard several people make comments like “I can’t wait to go out to restaurants again!” “I’m so sick of cooking the same old things!” or “I’m sick of drive-through meals!” So, when Carla Chitsey mentioned that she had been making freezer ready, HOMEMADE meals for some of her clients, I thought, WOW … what perfect timing! If you’re interested in ordering small (serves 4) King Ranch casseroles for $8, DELIVERED, she will deliver in town or up to 5 miles out between 3-6 pm, Wednesday afternoon. CONTACT CARLA DIRECTLY BY TUESDAY at 903-347-6012  or message her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cchitsey
 
PLEASE DROP A NOTE OR CALL OUR FRIENDS IN NURSING HOMES ~   I’m sure you miss our nursing home and homebound people as much as I do! Imagine not being able to see family and friends since the middle of MARCH!
 
THE SEARCH CONTINUES ~ I’ve attached the job descriptions again so you can see the two positions we’re hoping to fill, and you can find details on the website. Realizing these are only 10 hour/week positions, we know these will not be easy to fill but we also believe God is hard at work as WE work hard to make disciples! Please pray the right candidates come forward and feel free to pass the information on!
 
WHAT’S HAPPENING? You can find info on Facebook or on the website calendar anytime!
 
THIS SUNDAY, we’ll continue with a look at lessons we learned in school ~“What do you MEAN I have to forgive them? NOT FAIR!”
 
GRACE and PEACE,
Pastor Debbie

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