The FUMCFW Communications program is dedicated to reaching church members, visitors, guests, and surrounding community with ongoing, accurate, and up-to-date information about all the ways in which First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth lives out its mission to Love God, Serve People, and Transform Lives.
By using all available vehicles, from “low-tech” print and verbal delivery of information to cutting edge digital, audio/visual, web-based, and social media strategies, FUMCFW Communications maintains systems and processes to help connect our congregation and community with First Church worship opportunities, ministries, programs, and events.
In addition to providing program-driven information, FUMCFW Communications is also a Ministry of Story, seeking to tell the important stories of our church and its ministries through FUMCFW Weekly News, CONNECT Magazine, and A/V Vehicles including our weekly Live Stream of Worship Services, ongoing video content, StoryArc, and podcasts/playlists available on our YouTube channel and SoundCloud.
Regardless of the program or event to be promoted, the story that deserves to be told, or the accomplishment that needs to be shared in order to reflect the rich FUMCFW tradition of ministry, outreach, and community, this friendly and responsive communications team is always ready to serve with creative ideas, strategies, and materials to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our ministries and congregation.
Contact: Melinda Smoot, Director of Communications | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ready to schedule your event on (or off) campus? We’ve streamlined this process to allow you to book your space and provide all your set-up requirements. If you need help booking your space, contact Sandy Williams (email@example.com).
Book Space (EMS)
Once you’ve booked your space, please be sure to place your request for support to let us know about your upcoming events, program details, deadlines, and promotion needs. And, following your event or program, use this request link to share the stories and/or photos from your ministry activities!
This is the place for staff and congregation to submit stories, observations, reflections and photos to be included on this site.
Email your church event photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would rather bring photos on a CD or flash drive, you can always drop them off in the Main Office. Thank you for helping capture meaningful moments for all to enjoy.
Materials, Graphics, and Event Promotions
The turnaround time for materials and event promotions (print, web, and social media) is two weeks.
Allow an additional 1 – 2 weeks if you need something produced out of house, such as signage, business cards, large quantity printing, or imprinted specialty items.
To be certain that your project is in line for production to meet your deadline, use the communications request form the submit your request with complete details.
Use the blog submission form to submit your blog for the Weekly E-news by Wednesday at midnight. Other blogs will be posted within two days of submission.
Submit all AV requests one month in advance for Live Streamed Events and Video Recordings; two weeks in advance for voice-over presentations.
When you submit a request through our system, there is no need to also email individual team members. If you see the message that your request was successfully submitted, everyone on the team is in the loop. You will also receive a copy of this request or blog submission via email for your records.
Submit complete information about seasonal programming (programs to be promoted as part of a seasonal theme) online using the communications request form within the following deadlines:
Summer Programs — May 1, 2021
Fall Programs — August 1, 2021
Advent 2020 — November 8, 2020 (Advent begins November 29)
Lent 2020 — January 15, 2021 (Lent begins February 17)
Please note that seasonal opportunities will follow the deadlines above and will not be an exception after those deadlines have passed.
Submit your request three business days before you’d like for your update to go live.
Remember that it is your responsibility to monitor your section of the website to make sure your information is correct and up to date.
Since the first broadcast of our morning worship service on Sunday, March 2, 1975, FUMCFW Media Ministries has reached out in innovative ways to our congregation, the community and beyond.
Although the church ended its live television broadcast on January 26, 2003, this ministry continues to thrive with Internet broadcast and DVD mailing programs to ensure that we continue meet the needs of our virtual congregation. Each week this volunteer-driven ministry live streams and records our 11:00 am traditional worship service, our non-traditional eleven:eleven celebration, and The Gathering, our teaching service, for podcast, YouTube video archive, and for mailing DVDs to our homebound church members upon request.
Sharing our stories is a way to help make sense of not only our world, but of God’s presence in our lives. StoryArc is a creative online platform for sharing stories of God’s presence in our lives through words, images, and music — all encapsulated in a 2 – 3 minute user-friendly storytelling format that offers opportunity for profound connection as a community of faith around the stories we share.
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