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6-7-21 FUMC Updates

THANKS TO CLINT COOPER FOR SHARING OUR MESSAGE TODAY:

As a child, my mother involved me in a competition to grow a plant. I remember how I felt when she bragged to friends and family in front of me how she couldn’t compete when it came to my growing petunias. I’m sure she was unaware of my secret food provided by my uncle’s cow with a bit of water. But now, I’m sure she intervened without my knowledge to make sure I would win. That’s what moms do. It is what happens when someone loves you. 

 

We are like his plants. Include him in our thoughts daily, and thank him for what he has given us, and we grow and flourish. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way, they choke by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and produce a crop by persevering. Luke 8:14-15

 

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Our FIRST of THREE Parents’ Night Out was a great success thanks to so many of you who served together on Friday night. 18 kids had a GREAT time …click here to see a quick video of some of the pictures. Our next PNO is July 9th, then August 6th and we’re already thinking about crafts, science experiments, games, etc.  Claim your volunteer spot now as we expect to have a lot more kids next time!

 

CRAFT DAY, Saturday, June 12th, 9 am … come for coffee and donuts and work on some of the projects already started, or bring your own and work in fellowship with others!  If you are making crafts for Christmas in the Park at home, please bring your completed projects so we can get an idea of what else we might need to be working on.  And as always, your CREATIVITY and IDEAS are welcome!

 

CHILDREN’S CHURCH starts back, SUNDAY, June 13th, 10:40 – NOON, Wesley Hall for kids who have finished grades 2 – 6 … as you know we are searching for a Children’s Leader and when we find someone, we HOPE to expand this age group to include the younger children. I’ve attached the job description again (CLICK HERE) so please share it with anyone you know who might be interested!  In the meantime, you can drop your kids off in WESLEY HALL after 10:40 on non-communion Sundays and pick them up as soon as church is over!

 

NORTH TEXAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE June 13-15, watch LIVE … every year the churches of the North Texas Conference gather for worship, holy conversation, and time to do the business of the church.  For details, CLICK HERE. You can also download the Conference workbook there also if you’re interested in reading the legislation that is being proposed.

 

ONGOING ACTIVITIES: CLICK HERE for Calendar.

Mondays, 1 – 3 pm … FLC, knitters, and stitchers

Tuesdays, 9 – 11ish … Asbury Hall, crafters

 

NEW SERMON SERIES STARTS THIS SUNDAY: Less Than Honorable Men & Women in the Bible (and What We Can Learn from Them!) We’ll kick off these stand-alone messages with a look at ALL the mistakes Eve made in the magnificent Garden of Eden, and she made PLENTY! If you’re traveling, check in with us on Facebook and let us know you’re “here”!

 

Have a great week!

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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