6-1-21 FUMC Updates

I hope you had a great Memorial Day Weekend!  I was sitting at my computer yesterday afternoon and heard a deafening “boom”, then another and while I wondered if walking out my front door hearing gunshots was a smart idea as I stepped onto the sidewalk I could hear Taps playing from the City Cemetery down the street … what a lovely reminder of what Memorial Day is all about!

I also took some time this weekend to catch up on some reading and came across an article in Inc. Magazine that got me thinking about WISDOM.

Picture this: You return home after attending some kind of religious experience that leaves you inspired and on a spiritual “high.” But when you get home, the grass still needs to be mowed, bills still need to be paid, your teenager is sulking, and your spouse has the same irritating habits he or she had before you left for the event. How many conversations does it take before your inspiration and spiritual high drift away? For many of us, sometimes only one.

Regarding conversations like that, the business magazine Inc. recently ran an article saying that emotionally strong people, people who recognize, understand, and manage their own emotions, KNOW when and to what degree to engage in conversations with others. The article defined a “three-question rule” for how to manage our own emotions and influence the emotions of others in the process! According to the rule, there are three things you should always ask yourself before you say anything:

  • Does this need to be said?
  • Does this need to be said by me?
  • Does this need to be said by me, now?

Oh, how I wish I had learned these questions when my children were teenagers and I felt like I had to respond and KEEP responding to every little thing!  (SEE THE REST OF THE DEVOTIONAL ATTACHED)

Wednesday Night Fellowship Meal, 6/2, 6 pm this week Ken Atkins is making his famous chicken and Wanda is making her delicious potato salad go invite a friend and come!


Parent’s Night Out, Friday, 6/4, 6 – 9 pm … thanks to Crystal and Joes Chandler and Joey and Rita Newton who offered to spearhead our summer children’s events!  We are asking people to register BEFORE they come but will encourage ANYONE to come and register at the door … here’s the link to details if you want to share it with friends! https://www.fumcwinnsboro.com/kids-youth/


Communion this Sunday, 6/6, 10:50 am … this Sunday you’ll have the option of coming forward to be served communion at the chancel rail or to take an individual communion cup instead. We are very excited to release the past restrictions but recognize that some people will still prefer to maintain caution.


CRAFT DAY, Saturday, 6/12, 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 in Welsey Hall …  kids who have finished grades 2 – 6 are invited back to CHURCH and parents can drop off their kids with Miss Paige after 10:40 on non-communion Sundays.  Thanks to our adults who will be our plus-one on the 2nd and 4th Sundays … if you would like to help on the 3rd or 5th Sundays, please let me know!


WE’RE LOOKING FOR A CHILDREN’S MINISTRY LEADER:  I have attached the job description (CLICK HERE) again so please pass it on to anyone you know who loves Jesus, loves kids, and has a creative spirit to engage children in understanding the love of Christ!


FACEBOOK LIVE on Sundays at 10:50: I realize we had some sound issues on Sunday, but we know what happened and we’ll be back to normal this week!  Also, if you’re watching online, please say hello to Sarah Sparks, our behind-the-scenes Social Media Coordinator … she’ll be signed on with you on Facebook!  Those of you who watch regularly, please check in with each other and when you see someone NEW, please welcome them!  If you’re in church with us on Sundays, open your phone as church is starting and CHECK-IN on your Facebook page and see who’s signing in with us!



–         PRAYER QUILT “SEWISTS”:  a big thanks to all those who came and cut and sewed pieces …it was productive and fun, so they’ll do it again on June 24th.

–         WATER BOTTLES FOR GRADUATION: thanks to everyone who helped give out over 800 bottles of water Friday night … we are blessed to be a blessing to our community!

–         MINISTRY SAFE TRAINED:  to the 17 people who have completed their Sexual Awareness Training and background checks so they can serve our children, my heart is so incredibly happy!  TO those of you who requested the training link and haven’t received it, please check your SPAM folder, or let me know and I can send it again!


I have attached a brief description of SPIRITUAL GIFTS (CLICK HERE), but you can go back and watch the sermon from Sunday on Facebook if you missed it.  This Sunday we’ll finish up our HOLY SPIRIT series with a look at the FRUIT of the SPIRIT … if you have the light of the Spirit turned ON, people will know!


Grace and peace,
Pastor Debbie


1-26-21 FUMC Updates

There are NO WORDS to tell you how much I appreciate what Ken Ragsdale does for our church (AND FOR ME!!) every single Sunday morning!  When I moved here in November 2017 and asked if he could record audio of our sermons for the website, he had it done the 1st Sunday I preached!  When I asked him if we could broadcast on Facebook LIVE about 2 years ago, he had it set up a week later!  Yesterday, when Facebook locked us down because of a “forced log out after a configuration change”, I watched him run up and down from the balcony trying to do everything he could to keep worship streaming and I was so thankful we had someone so passionate about keeping everyone connected in whatever way possible!

Sadly, we couldn’t overcome Facebook on Sunday but as always, the AUDIO recording worked great and it IS on the website if you want to stay caught up on the Gospel of Mark. (CLICK HERE).  THE GOOD NEWS? We don’t anticipate this problem again and we SHOULD be back to normal this Sunday! 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL came to me from an article I read about the WORD OF THE YEAR … apparently, dictionary publishers always choose one word that represents the year gone by, but how could they ever pick ONE WORD that would signify what happened in 2020? Well, Oxford couldn’t … I have attached the devotional that shares, from a Biblical perspective 2 words that I wasn’t familiar with!  Or you can watch on YouTube or Facebook too.  

COVID VACCINE QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: As you know, there is a lot of conversation in the news about the new, more infectious strains of COVID starting to spread but the vaccines are coming! (NET Health updates.) I have heard from many of you on the PRAYER TEAM who have taken advantage of the “act now” links to appointments when I learn they are available, but you DO have to act quickly. Net Health has a page that explains who is ELIGIBLE and how to get on a vaccine waiting list there also … CLICK HERE.  We are fortunate to have a public health agency that serves our county!  Looking for where to find the COVID vaccine on your own? The Texas Division of Emergency Management updates a vaccine map daily indicating exactly where vaccines have been distributed and which vaccines they have. As you can imagine, the vaccines are being used in QUICK-TIME so be ready to go and be diligent in continuing to check the map. Click the OK button in the lower right corner to get to the map. To access the availability map, CLICK HERE.

HAVE YOU TAKEN THE CORE VALUES SURVEY YET?  This is the last week you can have YOUR opinions matter as your Church Leadership Team will begin strategizing plans for the future!  Please take this survey which lists 30 CORE VALUES that would typically be associated with churches – we want to find out what YOU see as OUR Core Values!  For each value, you’ll mark whether you think we are CONSISTENT in that value, INCONSISTENT in that value, or if you feel it’s a value we SHOULD ASPIRE TO and work MORE toward! You’ll be asked for your email address so everyone can only answer once but your answers are anonymous. When you are finished, you’ll see the current results. Thanks so much for your input!  

UPCOMING EVENTS:  rather than waste your time with ongoing things, you can always go to the website CALENDAR. Yes, the sanctuary is open on Tuesday mornings, 9 – 10:30 for PRAYER and yes, we have BIBLE TALK every Wednesday at 10 AM. (This week we’re looking at what happens when Jesus interrupts your life -Acts Chapter 9)

THIS SUNDAY: we’ll dive into the 1st half of MARK 4, THE PARABLES … I have attached the reflection questions from this past Sunday, chapters 2 and 3.

Many blessings – stay safe!
Pastor Debbie