FUMC WEEKLY 1.9.15

By January 9, 2015News

TEACHERS & TOPICS | MEMBER NEWS | CHURCHWIDE NEWS

SAVE THE DATE | MINISTRY NEWS | GIFTS AND MEMORIALS


THIS SUNDAY’S
 WORSHIP 
OPPORTUNITIES

Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster

DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:30 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Rev. Page Hines (Click here to read Page’s blog)
Discussion | 9:30 am | Foundation Building

Chapel Communion | 10:30 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
Special Music: Laurie Simmons

eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott

First 7th | Worship | 5:30 pm | Wesley Hall | Mr. Travis Burdett
Discipleship Discussion Groups | 6:30 pm

Click here to view and download PDFs of this Sunday’s worship service bulletins.


TEACHERS & TOPICS

Click here to see classes meeting on Sunday, January 11

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“This is Why We Give:

Love God, Serve People, Transform Lives”

Dr. Tim Bruster

1 John 4:7-21

 

Dear Friends,

This week we begin our 2015 Stewardship emphasis with an exploration of the spiritual side of giving — and the sermon series, “This is Why We Give,” that touches at the very heart of our mission as it’s expressed in our tagline, Love God, Serve People, Transform Lives.

As we explore these ideas one at a time over the next few weeks, we’ll discover all the wonderful ways in which the financial commitment we make together during this time is not only the lifeblood of the ministries of our church, but more profoundly — and sometimes quite unexpectedly — how the very act of giving is transformative in the life of the giver as well.

Click here to read the rest of Tim’s blog


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 THANK YOU!

With your generous response, we were able to close a significant year-end financial gap with December contributions that brought us within 7% of a very steep financial goal. We’re still tallying and confirming credit card transactions, but from our $900,000 December 1 deficit, together we raised more than $844,000 bringing us very close to our goal. In fact, pulling together as we did, we set a new record of funds raised in a single month in First Church history! Because of who we are together, we were able to close our financial year successfully. What a blessing to be part of such a faith community!

Now, as we look toward 2015, it’s time to shift our focus to commitment. Our goal this year is a little bit different than what it has been in years past. I’m not going to give you a dollar amount we need to raise. Instead, we’re going to set our goal together with our commitment cards. Upon the base of our collective financial commitment, we’ll build our ministry and operating budget for the coming year. Believing as we do in all we accomplish to Love God, Serve People, and Transform Lives, my guess is we can set a new record this year as well with our percentage and level of commitment throughout our congregation.

This Sunday, we officially launch our 2015 Stewardship campaign, This is Why We Give, I look forward to sharing with you during worship some important things to know and understand about this pivotal point in our financial year. During the next four weeks, we will be focusing on:

  • Knowing the level of commitment from each of our members to help make decisions and plan our programs, events and activities for the coming year to match our level of giving.
  • Establishing a solid base of commitment now to help avert the year-end financial gap we experienced this past year — commitments made early and honored as promised are the backbone of our budgeting process.

As our staff works hard to plan the programs, worship opportunities, and activities of our church for the coming year, and as our church leaders begin the planning process to set our 2015 priorities as a faith community, it is essential to our planning to know what our budget will be.

I know you will want to join me and the rest of the FUMCFW Staff, along with more than 350 church members who have already made their commitment to supporting to the many vital ministries of FUMCFW for the coming year. Picking up on our earlier emphasis, if every single member of our church pledges to give something this year, we’ll make our Stewardship goals quickly and easily.

Thank you in advance for your help and generous support of all the ways in which, together, we Love God, Serve People, and Transform Lives.

With gratitude,

Roger Partridge Signature

 

 

Click here to make your 2015 Commitment online now!

(Pledge cards are also available int he Welcome Center and Main Church Office.)

For more information or for help with your 2015 commitment, please contact me (rpartridge@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5098.


MEMBER NEWS

KNOWN HOSPITALIZED

Tyler McGuire
Jeanie Sandlin
Don Dunkin
Flora Champion

IN MEMORIAM

Doris Green
Arthur Keller, Jr.

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2.8 VOCES8 CONCERT

6:00 pm | Sanctuary

Free and open to the public

A freewill offering will be taken

VOCES8 is combining with Choral Union, the Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ, and brass for an unforgettable evening of music on Sunday, February 8 at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary. VOCES8 is one of the most exciting and versatile vocal groups in the world. The multi award-winning ensemble fulfills an international annual touring schedule across Europe, the USA, Asia, and Africa. Performance venues include the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Tokyo Opera City, Tel Aviv Opera House, National Concert Hall Taipei, Cite de la Musique in Paris, Dijon Opera House, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, and Shanghai Concert Hall. Highlights of the 2013/2014 season include an extensive European concert schedule in addition to tours to the USA, Indonesia, Korea, Dubai, Moscow, and for “La Folle Journee” in Nantes and Tokyo.

For more information about VOCES8 contact Taylor Davis (tdavis@myfumc.org), or CLICK HERE for an exciting preview.


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With Warm Wishes from Your eleven:eleven Community

Click here to enjoy this full recording of our recent Winter Concert featuring Peter Mayer and Elizabeth Wills as our holiday gift to you — with warm wishes for a Happy New Year filled with delightful surprises, astounding joy, and experiences that energize your faith, feed your soul, and deepen your connection with God and one another!


FUMCFW People

FIRST PEOPLE

Have some exciting news about an FUMCFW member that you would like to share? This brand new section of the E-news is the perfect place to do just that!
Please send your information to Lisa Helm (lhelm@myfumc.org) and we will include your story!

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MINISTRY NEWS

(Click on the name of a ministry below to skip directly to their news)

CHILDREN | ADULTS | YOUTH

COMPASSION & JUSTICE MINISTRIE

CCT | CCM | MWA

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THERE’S STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR SPRING ACADEMY!

If you haven’t registered yet for Spring Academy, there’s still time — but spots are going FAST! Click here to register TODAY!


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1.14.15 GOOD BOOK CLUB

5:30 pm | Family meal | Wesley Hall

Donations encouraged but not required

 

6:00 – 7:00 pm | Parents | Wesley Hall

Making Rules and Enforcing Consequences

Led by a representative from the Parenting Center

 

6:00 – 7:00 pm | Children | Good Book Club

Children’s Wing, 2nd floor

When January feels like a barren wasteland — all cold and no Christmas — what do we do? Good Book Club! This month only, our Good Book Club will have a slightly different format. It will be a Book Club Blitz — 3 books in one hour.  All ages will experience all three books, which focus on our January theme — “Being Our Best Selves”. The books are:

exclamation mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

Lost for Words by Natalie Russell

Sparky! by Jenny Offill and Chris Appelhans

Visit the Children’s Ministry page for more information on programs and activities.

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Visit the FUMC Day School page for more information on programs and activities.

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1.21 COVENANT BIBLE STUDY

8-week study | $20
9:30 am | Room 334 | Rev. Phyllis McDougal
6:00 pm | Room 230 | Rev. Lance Marshall

This amazing study goes through the bible in eight weeks and helps you understand the one major theme of God’s involvement in the biblical narrative and in your life: covenant, promise, faithfulness. It will help you understand the message of God, the bible, and the church. It will assist you in developing a deep, personal understanding of the Bible and give you tools to see God at work in your life. The Covenant Bible Study could be just what you’ve been looking for! Click here to register.


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1.22 A MATTER OF BALANCE

10:00 am – 12:30 pm | Wesley Hall

$15 | Includes lunch

Pay with cash or check at the door

Join us for this national fall prevention program led by Jennifer Jurado Severance, Ph.D., who directs health and wellness programs for Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County, Inc. As a Master Trainer in Stanford University’s Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management Programs and Certified Coach for A Matter of Balance national fall prevention program, Jennifer  has led numerous participant workshops and group leader trainings in various settings, including civic, faith-based, clinical and senior housing locations. She has also piloted multiple wellness programs with grant awards from the National Council on Aging. Start 2015 with an eye on safety with this fascinating presentation designed to help you take charge of your health!


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PREPARING FOR MARRIAGE: STRONG MARRIAGES BUILT TO LAST

Sundays in February 2015

Foundation Building | Room 274

$100 per couple | Register by 1.26 Childcare available

Led by Joy Allen, LCSW, M.Div.

Joy Allen, LCSW, M.Div. is committed to helping couples create positive, respectful relationships with passion and health. This workshop helps couples to quickly recognize and develop strategies for approaching issues in their relationship that may limit their satisfaction. Participants will develop an understanding of the differences in each other’s personality and explore powerful means of enhancing the intimacy and satisfaction they desire for their lives together. Cost includes materials as well as an individual session with Joy Allen. Click here to register or by contacting Marianne Wilson (mwilson@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5071. For more information contact Dr. Mitzi Ellington at 817/907-3243.


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2015 LIVING THROUGH GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Sundays | Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, & 22
9:30 am | Foundation Bldg., 2nd Floor
Charme Robarts will lead the group along with Rev. Phyllis McDougal.

For more information, contact Rev. Phyllis McDougal (pmcdougal@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5082.

Visit the Adult Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.

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REVOLUTION WEEKEND 2015: #SELFIE — “WHO AM I? WHOSE AM I?”

January 17 – 19, 2015

Glen Lake Camp & Retreat Center | Grades 7 – 12 | $125 for Youth | $50 for Adults

Guest Speaker: “Werm” | Musical Guest: Bus Seven

Click here to register now!

Hey Youth Families!

It’s that time again! Our big winter retreat, Revolution Weekend, is coming and we want YOU to join us January 17 – 19 down at Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center!

Many of you have been a part of this awesome 3-day weekend trip before; if you haven’t here’s what you can look forward to at Revolution Weekend 2015: #SELFIE and why you will want to be a part of it:

Three days at Glen Lake Retreat Center for a weekend of fun, worship, friends, and so much more!
An AMAZING band, Bus Seven, back for the third year in a row, to lead worship with us, PLUS an AWESOME speaker named Werm (he’s got GIANT hair)!
A mix of big group and small group time, so everyone gets to meet new people and mingle with the whole group — and get to know one another in small group settings!
Engaging and empowering worship that invites teenagers to know whose image they are made in — God’s!
A chance to get away and spend time with friends and with God!

Click here to register and pay online now for what is going to be another amazing Revolution Weekend: #SELFIE! See you there!


Share your photos from Youth Events:

Downtown Scavenger Hunt | Middle School Retreat | Cowtown Brush Up | First Wednesday Dinners | High School Retreat

Please make sure you allow your photos to finish uploading before exiting the page!
Click here to learn more about our photo sharing feature.

Visit the Youth page for more information on programs and activities.

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kenya13_1069_02071.11 KENYA MISSION TRIP INFORMATION MEETING

Noon | Room 154

The 2015 Kenya Mission Trip is fast approaching. If you or someone you know might be interested in FUMCFW’s Kenya ministry or are thinking of attending the 2015 Mission Trip, please join us to learn more about this life changing opportunity!


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1.22 OVER 500 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE 2015 HOMELESS COUNT!

Gather at deployment locations at 8:00 pm and will count until complete; estimated 1:00 am finish

What is the annual Homeless Count?

The Homeless Count, also known as the Point in Time Count of the Homeless, is a comprehensive census of the homeless designed to identify how many people are homeless in Tarrant County and Parker County at a given point-in-time. The Tarrant County Homeless Coalition coordinates a census and survey of the homeless not only to fulfill the HUD requirement for federal funding for a variety of homeless housing and supportive services through the Continuum of Care, but also in order to understand the changing trends, extent, and nature of homelessness. The data will also assist in measuring the degree of success in ending homelessness. The point-in-time count will be the official enumeration not only for federal HUD programs, but also Veteran’s Administration Homeless Assistance Programs and Health and Human Services Homeless Assistance Programs. This data collection event is directly related to future federal funding allocations for the community. Click here for more information.

If you can’t volunteer, you can still participate by sponsoring a Homeless Guide for a team, you can go straight to the sponsorship page to make your contribution!


Food 4 Kids

food4kids backpack_450Food 4 Kids is a ministry of First Street Methodist Mission that will send food home for the weekend for 100 kids at I.M. Terrell Elementary during the school year.

GROUP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

September 7, 2014 – May 31, 2015

Any Sunday, for an hour between 9:00 am – Noon

Get a group together and sign up online now to fill backpacks with food! It’s a great opportunity to spend time with friends and do something meaningful! Each group needs a minimum of 8 volunteers.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Becker, Mission Director, (ebecker@firststreetmission.org) at 817/339-5068. Thank you for your help!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO HELP FILL BACKPACKS

Visit the First Street Mission Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.

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Visit the CCM page for more information on programs and activities.

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2.8 VOCES8 CONCERT

6:00 pm | Sanctuary

Free and open to the public

A freewill offering will be taken

VOCES8 is combining with Choral Union, the Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ, and brass for an unforgettable evening of music on Sunday, February 8 at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary. VOCES8 is one of the most exciting and versatile vocal groups in the world. The multi award-winning ensemble fulfills an international annual touring schedule across Europe, the USA, Asia, and Africa. Performance venues include the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Tokyo Opera City, Tel Aviv Opera House, National Concert Hall Taipei, Cite de la Musique in Paris, Dijon Opera House, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, and Shanghai Concert Hall. Highlights of the 2013/2014 season include an extensive European concert schedule in addition to tours to the USA, Indonesia, Korea, Dubai, Moscow, and for “La Folle Journee” in Nantes and Tokyo.

For more information about VOCES8 contact Taylor Davis (tdavis@myfumc.org), or CLICK HERE for an exciting preview.

For more information about this exciting must-see performance, please contact Taylor Davis (tdavis@myfumc.org).

Visit the MWA page for more information on programs and activities.

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GIFTS AND MEMORIALS

MEMORIAL GIFTS

Foundation Memorial Fund In Memory Of:

Joe D. Ambrose by Carol Harrell, Beverlee Herd, Nancy & Marc B. Smith, Jr., Pat & Arch Van Meter, The Roach Foundation, Inc., Jean and John Roach, Paige and Bob Russey

Bill Scott by Carol Harrell, Beverlee Herd

Pat Greer by Robert Greer

 HONORARY GIFTS

Foundation Honorarium Fund

Happy Holidays to:

Pat Merrill by Carol F. McCarthy

Foundation Honorarium Fund In Honor Of:

Anne & Hank Paup by Beverlee and James Herd, M.D.

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