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3-15-21 FUMC Updates

I am excited to share a brief devotional with you from one of our new Church Council members, someone you all know well from his role in our worship on Sundays AND his familiar voice on East Texas Radio stations … THANK YOU CLINT COOPER!  He writes:

Beware of the Ides of March. A soothsayer need not tell us this for March 15. Despite Julius Caesar’s death in 44 B.C., danger or change occurs daily in our lives. Also, on this date, Germany occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939. A deadly blizzard hit the Great Plains in 1941. Over 73 inches of rain fell over the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. A generation mourned over CBS canceling Ed Sullivan in 1971. In 1988, NASA reported that the ozone layer over the Northern Hemisphere is depleting three times faster than predicted, and last year the World Health Organization issued a global health alert. Exodus 27:30 says God organizes and always has a plan. God has a plan for our lives. Our goal should be to seek out, know and execute that plan for the best results in life. He is more than willing to share it with us if we humble ourselves and ask.

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I’m so glad many of you were able to get signed up for the COVID vaccines this Thursday and Friday – as expected, all the appointments HAVE BEEN FILLED!

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR THURSDAY 3/18 & FRIDAY 3/19: many thanks to all the people who always sign up to help for anything we need but we still need YOUR help too!  We will gather to move tables around on WEDNESDAY at 4 pm and it shouldn’t take long … but I still need some friendly greeters to welcome people, “squirt” hands, and pass out water bottles when they leave.  Please take ONE HOUR to help us serve our community:

THURSDAY … 10 -11, 11-12, and 12 – 1

FRIDAY … 8-9, 9-10, 11-12 and 12 – 1

THE CARTER BLOODMOBLE IS COMING TO WINNSBORO: Thursday, April 8th … COVID has put an incredible strain on the blood supply so please make an appointment to donate …https://www.carterbloodcare.org/

SAVE THE DATES FOR HOLY WEEK:

3/28   10:50 am… Palm Sunday, kids will meet in the lobby at 10:45

4/1   6:30 pm … Holy Thursday, sanctuary, we’ll have a somber and sacred service to remember Jesus’ last supper, his agony on the garden of Gethsemane, and his arrest. If you’ll be watching from home, please have your elements ready to join us for communion.

4/4    6:50 am … Easter Sunrise, will be outdoors at the Ragsdale’s Home (270 CR 4228, Winnsboro) We will need some volunteers to help get some tables and chairs over there so stay tuned for details.

4/4    10:50 am … Traditional Easter, we’re very excited that we’ll have Adler and Hearn with us to help us celebrate here in the sanctuary! 

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: The North Texas Conference UMC has asked us to remind everyone that we take sexual misconduct seriously and have policies in place to address clergy misconduct and congregant misconduct. The Policy on Sexual Misconduct regarding Education Within the Conference Relating to Sexual Misconduct for your personal reference www.ntcumc.org/Sexual_Ethics_Policy_9-2019.pdf . Should you have any questions, you may contact the CART team director Rev. Liz Greenwell at greenwell@ntcumc.org .

THIS SUNDAY, March 21, it’s the BEGINNING OF THE END, or as JoNell Newman reminded me, it’s the BEGINNING of the BEGINNING!  Jesus is going to Jerusalem and He is busy, busy, busy! Read Chapter 12 this week!

Blessings to all!
Pastor Debbie


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3-8-21 FUMC Updates

My family had a silly rhyme when I was growing up …

“Spring has sprung, the grass has ris’,
where then are the flowers is?”

After our severe ice storms a few weeks ago, I was wondering if our flowers would bloom this year, but God’s creation is resilient! I have already seen wild daffodils blooming all over the sides of our country roads, and how is it that dandelions have no trouble coming up?  To everything there is a season, and can you feel the spring fever in the air?

As people began coming into the church on Sunday, I looked at the few socially distanced choir folks and exclaimed that I could FEEL the energy growing! It was so darn GREAT to see so many of you again!  As I mentioned, before we release COVID restrictions, we were waiting for the CDC guidelines to come out with safety protocols for those who have been fully vaccinated, and we now have them … CLICK HERE. You will see some changes, slowly over the next few weeks, but again, please be patient as it appears most of our safety measures will still be necessary for a little while longer.

HAVE YOU WATCHED AN ONLINE SERVICE LATELY? Yes, we can’t wait for people to come back but there will always be people, especially VISITORS, who want to “check us out” before they come and/or they live too far away to come in-person! Ken and Kade have worked hard on the broadcast so please watch it … listen to the sound quality and the music … let us know what is working and what isn’t! CLICK HERE for this past Sunday’s message.

SPRING FORWARD/FALL BACK: don’t forget to set your clocks FORWARD on Saturday night before you go to bed … the days are getting longer!

CHURCH COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL BE COMMISSIONED SUNDAY: I want you to know what an amazing group of leaders we have in our church!  On Saturday we had an exciting KICK-OFF to start planning what church will look like in a post-pandemic world.  We all understand 2 things:  Jesus is the “Captain of our ship”, and our mission is clear: TO MAKE DISCIPLES FOR JESUS CHRIST.  This Sunday we will officially commission these amazing, faithful servants into their roles on the Church Council … please pray for us all as we work to do the exciting work of sharing God’s love with those who do not know His love!

Joanna Horton, Chair
Danny Moss, Trustee Chair
JaneAnne Newton, Finance Co-Chair
Mary Tom McLemore, Finance Co-Chair
Cyndie Ewert, Staff Parish Relations Chair
Ted Haynes, Lay Leader
Ken Ragsdale
Sandra Strickland
Clint Cooper*
Sue Gross*
Joe Chandler*
Kade Martin*
Judy Beaty*

                      *Starting new terms

THANKS TO THOSE WHO TOOK THE CORE VALUES SURVEY: attached results CLICK HERE, although I was disappointed that only 9 congregation members shared their thoughts, the Church Council was well represented (in blue).  We will be focusing to grow our top 6 ASPIRATIONAL categories which just happen to line-up beautifully with our mission, to MAKE DISCIPLES! (I love it when He affirms that we’re on the right track!) Please call if you have questions!

CRAFTERS MEET THIS TUESDAY, 9 am, Asbury … CRAFTERS are excited about starting to gather again on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 9 am. We’re getting ready for Christmas in the Park, a great fundraiser for the church so won’t YOU please consider joining them?  Or, you could start making some good quality, affordable, “Etsy” saleable crafts (you crafters know all about Etsy, right?) at home! Remember …what we put out to sell reflects who we are so let’s be thoughtful and creative! 

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN: Thursday, March 11, 10 am, Asbury Hall … if you’re looking for fellowship with a heart for mission, join UMW this week! Sandra Patrick will give a presentation on women who have been influential in the UMW.  All are welcome!

PLEASE CONSIDER GIVING BLOOD: Thursday, April 8, 10 am -3 pm, we’re partnering again with First Baptist to bring TWO bloodmobiles to Winnsboro … they do FREE Covid-Antigen testing when you give blood so make an appointment today!

PLANNING AHEAD FOR EASTER?

  • 3/28 PALM SUNDAY, 10:50 am … children will meet in the lobby at 10:45 to carry the palm branches through the church.
  •  4/1 HOLY THURSDAY, 6:30 pm … join us in the sanctuary to remember the Last Supper.
  • 4/4 EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE, 6:50 am … at the Ragsdale’s, 270 CR 4228
      • TRADITIONAL SERVICE, 10:50 am … in the sanctuary, Adler & Hearn will help us celebrate.

THIS SUNDAY we move into a critical turning point in Mark’s Gospel as we now begin the journey from Galilee to Jerusalem.  Chapters 8, 9 and 10 make up the structural center of this gospel and as we begin the journey to Jerusalem, Jesus predicts His death.

And just a reminder, we’re so excited to see people coming back but please be flexible where you sit because half of the pews are still closed so you may not be able to sit where you used to sit.  But I’d love to see more of you upfront with me!  KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN FOR GUESTS, TOO! 

If I don’t “see” you on ZOOM this Wednesday, I’ll see (or “see”) you Sunday!

In Christ Alone,
Pastor Debbie


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