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


5-18-21 FUMC Updates … lots of important information!

How exciting to see more and more people coming back to church and worshipping on Sunday with Adler and Hearne was wonderful!  We talked about Pentecost this past Sunday and we’ll continue to talk about the Holy Spirit in the next few weeks, so THANK YOU Pastor Sue Gross, who sits on our Church Leadership Council, for writing this devotional for us based on Acts 1:4-8.


Have you ever felt inadequate to live the Christian life? If so, then you are exactly where God wants you to be because you have discovered a vital truth: No one has the power in him- or herself to live a holy life. We are all in the same boat, but there is someone else with us who has the power we need—the Holy Spirit.

When Jesus gave His disciples the task of preaching the gospel to the entire world, they had absolutely no ability to carry it out. That’s why He told them to wait until the Holy Spirit came. In the same way, if we hope to accomplish what God desires in our life, we need to live with full dependence on the Third Person of the Godhead.

The power of the Spirit is God’s divine energy and authority released in believers’ lives for the purpose of righteous living and fruitful service. When we walk in the Spirit, we’re relying on His strength to accomplish God’s will. As a result, we experience the following benefits:

  • We may get tired, but we won’t burn out.
  • We’ll trust God instead of trying to manipulate our circumstances.
  • We may experience distress, but we won’t become desperate.
  • We won’t become overwhelmed with discouragement or obstacles, knowing the Spirit within us will enable us to do what He’s called us to accomplish.
When we do God’s work by His strength, in His way, and with His wisdom, we’ll be blessed no matter what goes on around us. Walking in the Spirit doesn’t mean life will be easy—but we never have to walk through it alone, because our Helper is always with us.

THANKS TO YOU ALL who have said, “I’ll do it!  This is my church!”

–         I was so proud of SO MANY from our church last night!  Our church hosted the Lady Raiders GIRL’S SOFTBALL banquet in the FLC, and everyone worked so hard to be excellent organizers, media consultants, hosts, cooks, and bakers!  This Friday night, the BOYS BASEBALL team will be celebrating with us and if you could come after 7 to help us clean up and rearrange the tables, that would be a big help!

–         I also want to thank our VACCINE CLINIC volunteers … those of you who brought snacks and water, those of you who greeted people as they arrived!  I heard Bettye Gilbert say she saw LOTS of people come that she had never seen before and that’s exactly why we do these kinds of things … to let people know we’re here and our hearts for our community! Our last clinic on the calendar is tomorrow so thanks again to those of you who helped!

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY UPDATES:  Thanks to everyone who stayed for our brief CHILDREN’S MINISTRY updates after church on Sunday!  I always know when we’re on the right track because the Holy Spirit blesses us with enthusiasm, willingness, and resources to achieve our most important mission of MAKING DISCIPLESand our children are WORTH our efforts!!

  1. We are a MINISTRY SAFE church … this means that we take VERY seriously the safety of our children and our volunteers who work with them! ANY adult who will supervise or be engaged in ANY way with our kids will be trained and have a background check so parents will know we are diligent in our ministry to children. We always, for example, want to have 2 adults working together when serving our kids, and sometimes, that means all you have to do is be present and show you care! Being a Ministry Safe Church is so important to us that the North Texas Conference pays for the Ministry Safe Training (a series of 4 short videos, done online in your home) and we pay for the background checks. This also protects you, our volunteers!  Please get certified to serve our children – there will be lots of ways to serve and ALL tasks are important! (CLICK HERE) PLEASE REPLY TO THIS IF YOU’D LIKE TO GET PLUGGED INTO THIS EXCITING NEW MINISTRY!
  1. Searching for a Children’s Leader: Job Description (CLICK HERE) … this is a position we approved and had budgeted for the beginning of 2021 but are just now far enough out of COVID that we feel we can safely move forward, full steam ahead!  Who do you know that loves Jesus, loves kids, is creative, and can give 20 hours a week to this especially important position?  The job description is on the website if you want to refer people to our KIDS page
  1. Children’s Church, those finished 2 – 6 grades is starting back Sundays, June 13th, 10:45 – NOON … we are moving toward including younger grades but for now, the children will be back in Wesley Hall for time to learn age-appropriate Bible study for their age group.  Again, we need your help to support Paige in the supervision and maybe even taking part of the group to make the lesson more directed to older/younger ages.
  1. Parents’ Night Out, Friday, June 4th, 6 – 9 pm … see the flyer (CLICK HERE) that will be sent home to ALL WISD kids who have COMPLETED grades K through 6.  We are all going to work with the parents in our church to serve OTHERS this summer .. THIS IS AN OUTREACH EFFORT to meet new families who do not have a church home!  Yes, we hope LOTS of kids will come but we are not trying to take kids away from their home church, we are trying to SERVE! We will serve hot dogs, provide a craft, games, and even have a bounce house and there will be LOTS of ways you can do a LITTLE something (CLICK HERE).


WE NEED YOUR OLD SHIRTS: the 1st craft we’ll be making is SLIME so we’re collecting old shirts to use for any messy craft or science experiments!

SOCIAL MEDIA: please post on your pages to share with your friends! Please start watching our social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter all at FUMCwinnsboro) for all the exciting updates we are planning! This is a modern-day form of EVANGELISM because when you share what’s going on at your church, other people see it!  This is the beauty of multiplication on social media so please share!

LAST BIBLE TALK THIS WEDNESDAY, 5/19, 10 am, Wesley Hall … 2 years ago I started BIBLE TALK, an in-depth Bible study to dig deep into what I felt were the most influential, interconnectional chapters of the Bible. We worked through all 4 sections of the Bible, what I call the 4 Cs: Creation, Covenant, Old Testament, and Christ and the Church, New Testament (almost ALL on ZOOM!) and in these 48 stand-alone chapters, I personally learned so much!  This Wednesday we’ll end our study with 1 JOHN 3: WE’RE PART OF THE FAMILY! 

The Prayer Quilt Ministry SEW DAY, Wed. 5/26, 9 am – 3 pm … join the prayer quilt ministry to either (1) sew on your own project or (2) or get help to get started learning how to piece a quilt top and we will provide the fabric and teach you how!  We also have a cutting table and an ironing station, but you will need to bring your own sewing machine.  Beginners and seasoned “sewists” are all welcome!  Contact Amy Moss if you would like to come and coffee, donuts, and a light lunch will be provided.  If you would like to be a part of a similar group, but can’t meet on a weekday, contact Amy about the possibility of an evening get-together or a Saturday sew day.

SUNDAY, MAY 23, 3 PM, East District UMC Annual Meeting, LIVE on Facebook … while Ted Haynes, Lay Leader, and I will be on a ZOOM meeting for voting purpose, if you’d like to see the plans that go into getting ready for the North Texas annual conference, (June 14-16), you are welcome to watch!  https://www.facebook.com/NTCEastDistrict

FRIDAY NIGHT, MAY 28th, WISD HIS GRADUATION, 6 – 8 pm … come hand out water bottles with us!  We especially want our kids to help and all you have to do is show up!!  Contact KEN RAGSDALE if you have questions.

Once again, thanks to ALL of you who said, “I’ll do it! This is my church” …

So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others, so that the commendable things you do will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Pastor Debbie