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3-4-21 FUMC Gathering Updates

With the more spring-like temperatures upon us, and Easter now just 4 weeks away I’m sure we all have a sense of HOPE that God is making all things new!  COVID vaccines are up, cases are down and we can’t wait to be back in church together again!
 
While Governor Abbot has opened all businesses to 100% and removed the mask mandates, my parents had an expression … JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN, DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD!  Yes, people have to be responsible for their own behaviors but we also have to be mindful to take care of each other!  Remember .. not everyone has had vaccines or has antibodies. 
 
We ALL want to get back to 100% as soon as we can and we will be considering how to start bringing things back incrementally – so please be patient.  We have already loosened the mask mandate so you only have to wear masks in and out of the buildings or when walking around and talking to people.  We will still disinfect hands and maintain social distancing but over the next few weeks we hope to see more and more things change.
 
Attached (CLICK HERE) is a letter from Bishop Mike McKee suggesting we not rush back to “normal”. He says”for the time being – continue doing what you have been doing as we all remain committed to “do no harm.” 
 
Please continue to PRAY, PRAY, PRAY that things get BETTER and BETTER and BETTER!
 
Pastor Debbie

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3-1-21 FUMC Updates

This week Shiela Haynes told me she was struggling to keep up with her passion for photographing high school sports because both the boys AND the girl’s teams were moving forward AND … BASEBALL WAS STARTING!  Yikes!  Where is this year going!

This reminded me of an article I read about one of our GREAT baseball legends, Hank Aaron, who died on January 22 at age 86. He is remembered not only for record-setting achievements on the ballfield, but also for humility, kindness, perseverance, grace, and faith! Many described him as being “the salt of the earth”! Hhmmm, I wondered … the salt of the earth … who do I know that I could describe like that today?  (The  rest of my devotional, CLICK HERE)

CRAFTERS ARE GETTING READY TO CRAFT AGAIN: Tuesday, 3/2, 9 am, Asbury Hall …we apologize for the late notice but the minute it was confirmed that Christmas in the Park will be back this year (NOVEMBER 13th), our crafters were ready to start getting a new plan in place! If you can’t come tomorrow please start thinking about your ideas and share them with Carla Chitsey.

CHANGE IN “MASK” PLANS: due to the drop in COVID cases and hospitalizations in East Texas, masks will only be required IN and OUT of our buildings or whenever you are “walking around”. We will still maintain 6′ social distancing and hand disinfecting but please pray that more and more people getting vaccinated will be able to start coming back to church … we miss MANY of you!!

CALENDAR CLICK HERE … we try to keep the calendar updated with what we know about so if you see things that are incorrect or things you want to add/delete, please let me know!  The link to join the WEDNESDAY Lent study is also there … this week we’re addressing WORST BABY NAMES EVER (and here’s something to make you think …“The LORD said to Hosea, ‘Go, marry a prostitute and have children of prostitution, for the people of the land commit great prostitution by deserting the LORD’ ” (Hosea 1:2). YUP … what was God thinking?

MARK’S GOSPEL CONTINUES … yesterday we talked about MIRACLES (Reflection Questions, CLICK HERE) and this Sunday, 3/7 we’ll move into chapter 7 with a particular focus on the 2nd half of the chapter. If you’re still staying home, you can always watch on YouTube if you don’t have Facebook.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Debbie


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