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Communications

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 | msmoot@myfumc.org

Plan Your Event

Book Your Space

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 (swilliams@myfumc.org).
Book Space (EMS)

Request Communications Support

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!
Request Support

Share Your Story

Submit a Blog

This is the place for staff and congregation to submit stories, observations, reflections and photos to be included on this site.
Submit Blog

Share Photos

Email your church event photos to communications@myfumc.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.

Communications Deadlines & Turnaround Times

To be certain that your project is in line for production to meet your deadline and give your program the promotion it deserves, please be sure to submit your request — with complete details — through the communications request form.

To submit your blog for publication in the Weekly News, please use the blog submission form to ensure that your blog is in our weekly queue.

To keep all projects flowing smoothly and provide timely responsive service to all our ministries, it is essential that we enforce the following communications deadlines. Please familiarize yourself with these guidelines and requirements and incorporate this timing into planning your programming so we can give you the best support possible!

Please also note that when you submit your request or blog, this system generates an email sent simultaneously to the entire Communications team. There is no need to email individual team members; if you see the screen that says you request was successfully submitted, you can be sure that everyone on the team is in the loop.

We’ve designed this request form to save everyone’s time by asking all the important questions about your event and the materials you need to make sure we can get started on your project as soon as possible. Once completed, you will also receive a copy of this request or blog submission via email for your records.

We also understand that sometimes, great opportunities come up after the deadlines — and we will always do our best to accommodate these! By making sure to plan and request promotions for your regular programming, we will not only be able to provide our best quality for the publicity of all events, but we’ll be better able to respond to emergencies and unforeseen opportunities.

Submit Blog Request Support

The turnaround time for all materials and event promotions (print, web, and social media) is two weeks.

Be sure to allow an additional 1 – 2 weeks if you need something produced out of house, such as signage, business cards, shirts, or anything large in quantity or irregular in size.

Exceptions

Blogs — submit two business days before blog should be posted
Deadline for blog to be included in Weekly Enews — end of day Wednesday
Web Page Corrections — submit request three business days (corrections to time/location/speaker, etc.) before you’d like it to go live
Sanctuary Worship Bulletins — final changes due by Wednesday at noon
All Other Worship Service Bulletins — final information due by Wednesday at noon

Audio/Video Services

Live Stream for Events — submit request one month in advance via communications request form
Video Recording of Events — submit request one month advance notice via Communications Request Form, video production will be complete two weeks from event date
DVD Copies of Events — one month advance notice via communications request form, DVD ready two weeks from event date
Voice over for presentations — submit request one week in advance via communications request form
Videos — Allow two weeks from date filmed for completion of video

Proofs and Changes

Proofs — 2 business days will be allowed to return proofs with corrections. If there is no response it will be printed as is. Reprints because of a missed proof will be charged to the ministry.
Changes — No changes except corrections (misspelling, wrong date, time, location) will be made after a proof is approved as final.

Seasonal Deadlines

Complete program information including name, date, time, place, simple description, and request for any materials/strategies requested to promote submitted online through the communications request form is due:
Summer 2018 — March 1, 2018
Fall 2018 — June 1, 2018
Advent 2018 — October 1, 2018
Lent 2018 — December 1, 2018

Volunteer

Got a nose for the news? FUMCFW Communications could use some helping hands with print production, deliveries, and photography. Check out these three ways to join our team as a volunteer.

Print Production Volunteer
Every Thursday for 1 – 2 hours

  • Interested in helping with traditional weekly worship bulletin
  • Tech-savvy and familiar with production
  • Able to bend down and stand for short periods of time

On-Call Delivery Volunteer
As needed several times per month

  • Available to pick up printed materials and signage from vendors within 3-mile radius of church
  • Flexible to coordinate pickup schedule via email 

Event Photographers
Assigned in advance as needed

  • Willing to cover any and all First Church events and happenings
  • Ability to upload images directly to Communications team from personal camera

Contact: Caroline Petty | cpetty@myfumc.org

Media Ministries

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.

StoryArc

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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