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Traditional Worship | 9:40 am | Chapel
11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
World Communion Sunday
In both the 9:40 Traditional Service in the Chapel and 11:00 Sanctuary Service, we will celebrate Holy Communion, recognizing the unity of the Spirit around the globe as we all share in this holy sacrament. We will welcome leaders of our Costa Rica and Kenya Mission Teams to present a Ministry Moment on this Sunday.
Children First | 9:45 am | Sanctuary | Mister Mark Burrows
DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:20 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Charme Robarts
Discussion Groups | 9:30 am
Chapel Communion | 10:35 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott
First 7th | 5:30 pm | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
We All Have Gifts
Dr. Tim Bruster
Paul was fond of using the image of the body as a metaphor for the Church. He uses this image in Romans 12:1-10 — our scripture reading for this Sunday: “though there are many of us, we are one body in Christ, and individually we belong to each other. We have different gifts that are consistent with God’s grace that has been given to us.” Each of us is unique. That uniqueness and diversity is wondrous. Every person has special gifts within the Church and we share those in different ways. The Greek word Paul uses for “gifts” is charismata. It is related to the word charis, which means “grace.” These are gifts given by God to everyone through grace.
The Body of Christ is an appropriate image for this first Sunday in October, which is World Communion Sunday. Christians all over the world will be gathered around the Lord’s Table receiving the elements of communion: the wine and the bread. For some of us, like United Methodists, we use unfermented grape juice out of concern for our brothers and sisters who are striving to maintain their sobriety. Some of us will receive the elements by drinking from a common cup and others of us, like in our church, will receive the elements by intinction, where we take a piece of bread and dip it into the cup before receiving it, though what is in the cup and the kind of bread we use and how we receive the elements differ from church to church and culture to culture, but what we celebrate on Sunday is that we are all one in Christ.
Paul tells us that we are to “discern the body” when we partake of Holy Communion, mindful that we note our relationship to all our brothers and sisters in Christ in the celebration. As we come to the Lord’s Table on Sunday, we’ll do so knowing that we are bound together in Christ with our brothers and sisters across the globe. In the Great Thanksgiving Prayer that we pray in the service of Holy Communion, we echo Paul’s words:
We offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith. Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again. Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood. By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Grace and Peace,
Children First is THIS SUNDAY!
Children First is THIS Sunday.
This will be a memorable, meaningful service on a theme that touches us all — Fear vs. Faith.
See you Sunday!
Every Sunday morning, groups of adults meet in FUMCFW Sunday School Classes to enhance their spiritual growth and enjoy fellowship with other Christians. We have classes for a variety of demographic groups, with many different class personalities and styles. Visit the Adult Sunday School page to learn more!
Throughout each week, our FUMCFW bloggers (staff, lay leaders and others wanting to share thoughts and information related to First Church programs, events, and activities) write on a variety of topics. And, while you can always find the latest posts on our blogs link at the top of every page, we also send each week’s collection out each Friday under the Who’s Blogging This Week subject line.
Faith In Action: Mission Teams Ministries
Sharing our gifts and resources with people around the world is a United Methodist tradition. And even beyond the work of The United Methodist Church, our church operates two long-term annual mission projects in Kenya and Costa Rica. For many years, members of FUMCFW have traveled each summer to these sites to carry on the work that previous teams launched. The Kenya Orphan Endeavor provides tuition and school uniforms to more than 100 orphan children. These teams have witnessed many of the children we serve in Kenya succeeding beyond expectations as they move to higher education levels than they ever dreamed of. In Costa Rica, more than 10 years of mission trips, resulting in the construction of a sanctuary, parsonage and medical clinic, as well as providing a Vacation Bible School opportunity to the children of this region, has developed many great relationships along with numerous construction accomplishments and facility successes. These ministries operate outside the church operating budget and must raise their own funding each year. In lieu of their annual Festival of Tables and Trees, on this coming Sunday, October 4, the Mission Teams Ministries Council will be hosting a Mission Teams Ministry Fair on 5th Street from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm to display their work, acquaint you with these missions, and ask for your support. I invite you to stop by the Mission Teams Fair on 5th Street and make a second mile gift to sponsor a child’s tuition in Kenya, building materials in Costa Rica, or both! I look forward to seeing you there!
Roger Partridge, Director of Stewardship
This Sunday in the Garden
Last week, UMW Sunday was pure fun! Anyone who came to our beautiful garden before or after worship enjoyed the hospitality extended to them by these lovely ladies, as well as popcorn, lemonade, and fellowship with one another. It was a delightful way to spend the morning!
This Sunday, Ministry Mission Teams Council will be in our garden and on 5th street hosting a Mission Teams Ministry Fair. There you will have the opportunity not only to find out more about these ministries and how you can support them with sponsorships of items need by both teams, but you will also be able to purchase delicious coffee from Costa Rica, and personal items made by the Kenyans!
I invite you to make stopping by the garden part of your Sunday morning ritual -— I promise you will be glad you did. It’s the perfect opportunity to grab a cup of coffee, visit with friends, and find out about all the wonderful things happening at FUMCFW.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Click here to find out more about the Mission Teams Ministry Fair.
Lisa Helm is the Director of Welcoming Ministries, a new ministry devoted to making sure all who enter our campus feel welcome, safe, and cared for by our Church — on Sundays and beyond!
I’ll Take My Chances: Q&A With Mister Mark
Mister Mark Burrows’ newest book, I’ll Take My Chances! (Pelican Books, 2015) is now out and available to the public. He’ll be signing this beautiful book, dedicated to the children of FUMCFW, in the Garden this Sunday following Children First, and he will be donating all royalties to our Mission Teams Ministries for the benefit of children around the world. His second title with this major children’s publisher, I’ll Take My Chances! is all about taking appropriate risks — and not letting fear of failure stop us from doing something important.
In true Mister Mark fashion, this is a strong message for children (that also reaches deep into the hearts of any nearby adults), beautifully illustrated, and just plain fun to read for any age. With a little bit of maneuvering and a modestly increased vertical jump, we managed to catch Mister Mark for a few minutes to ask him some nosy questions about this newest creation, his writing process, what he’s working on now, and why he believes being creative is our “moral imperative.”
Here’s Mister Mark!
How did you get the idea for your new book, I’ll Take My Chances!
The idea came from my own fear of failure and how it has kind of dictated the things I do. A lot of us are so afraid of making mistakes or looking stupid in front of other people that we don’t go for it. And that’s a shame.
So what made you want to write a picture book about it?
My motivation was to do something about this. They say “write what you see, write what you know” — and I know what it’s like to not go for it, so I wanted to help kids think differently about taking chances and fear of failure.
How did you decide on your examples and scenarios?
I tried to find scenarios in the life of a child that are the worst fears, the worst-case ideas that could inhibit someone from doing it — and then, not lying about it and wrapping things up in a bow and saying how everything’s going to be just fine: “You go for it. You can do anything you want to! You’re going to be great!” That’s just not realistic. Nobody is great at everything they try.
The scenarios in the book don’t always end well. Why is that important?
Sometimes, you are going to fall on your face and get last place. Those things happen. Do it anyway. For that reason I did request of the illustrator that some of these scenarios not turn out well — and that the illustrations show kids failing or falling — just to make it more realistic, but still upbeat and positive because they tried.
Mission Teams Ministry Fair
Sunday, October 4
9:00 am – 1:00 pm | FUMCFW Garden
On Sunday, October 4 between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm in the Garden and on Fifth Street, we will have an opportunity to show our support for our Kenya and Costa Rica mission teams at our Mission Teams Ministry Fair.
To acquaint you with the work of these two groups, there will be information available, people on hand to share their stories, and photographs of both Kenya and Costa Rica mission work to show you the good our faith community is doing in these two very special places. Even if you don’t personally travel to take part in this work, you can be a part of this special transformative work through your gifts and sponsorship support for each team’s specific needs.
To maximize the benefits of sponsorship dollars and minimize event and administrative costs, the Mission Teams Ministry Fair will replace Festival of Tables and Trees as the Mission Teams fundraising event. Because this event is being administered by your fellow church members and church staff, your entire sponsorship donation will go to support the cause you determine.
See you at the Fair!
Sunday, October 4
Immediately after 11:00 am Worship | Meet at front of Sanctuary
Want to find a Sunday School class, learn about our library, Television Ministry, Children’s Ministry, and more? Join our tour of the building on Sunday, October 4. Meet Norma Loughridge at the front of the Sanctuary immediately following the 11:00 am Worship Service.
First 7th Does The Trinity Trash Bash
Thanks to our Trash Bashers who helped out on September 19! There is way less clutter in our beautiful river thanks to our volunteers and thousands who joined us. Nice work!
eleven:eleven celebration is seeking vocalists to join the 11:11 Revolution Band and help lead the music for our weekly services. We are looking for male and female vocalists interested in contributing backing vocals or lead vocals to the variety of music we offer each week — a mixture of secular and sacred music, current releases, gospel, rock, folk, singer-songwriter, and even music the band has written. Both band and volunteer positions available. Rehearsals are Sunday morning, 8:00 – 9:30 am and the service runs from 11:11 am – Noon. Please contact Brad Thompson, 11:11 Band Leader, (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/909-3329.
We love babies! If you’re expecting, we want to celebrate with you! We hope you’ll let us know you have a little one on the way. It will be our honor to share in your joy and excitement. We’ll commit to you by providing love and encouragement, sending fun gifts and helpful information, and praying for you and your growing family.
When your baby arrives, please contact the church office at 817/336-7277 so we can share in your joy. We’ll even send a birth-day gift!
With your permission, we will announce your baby’s birth in our church newsletter and print your baby’s name in our sanctuary worship bulletin indicating that a flower has been placed on the altar in his/her honor.
Col. Warner “Tex” Rankin
FUMCFW Member Helps Syrian Refugees
Recently, Baylor Scott & White, the Sarah and Ross Perot Jr. Foundation and ATX Air Services teamed up to help Syrian refugees currently located in Hungary. Fifteen thousand pounds of medical and nutritional supplies worth over $300,000 were collected, loaded onto a Boeing 737 flown by FUMCFW member Jim Barrow, Director of Operations for ATX Air Services.
Lost Ring Makes Its Way Back To Sarge Hill
FUMCFW member Sarge Hill lost his high school class ring more than 50 years ago. Recently, a crew found it in the dirt and used several clues to track him down and return it to him.
Pictured above: Sarge Hill, a Fort Worth college student who lost his high school ring in the early 1960s had it returned this week. It was discovered last month on campus by consultant Markus Hogue’s crew. (Photo: WFAA)
Have some exciting news about an FUMCFW member that you would like to share? This section of the E-news is the perfect place to do just that! Please send your information to Caroline Petty (email@example.com) and we will include your story!
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United Methodist Information Class
October 4 – 25, 2015 | Sunday Mornings | 9:45 – 10:45 am
Room 336 | Hosted by the Foundations Sunday School Class
Guests, new members, and all interested in meeting new people and learning more about our denomination, beliefs and our local church ministries, are invited to join us for any or all of these extremely informative sessions. There is no cost for materials or sessions. Questions? Contact Rev. Chuck Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) 817/339-5065 or Dr. Lamar Smith (email@example.com) at 817/339-3886.
10.4 “John Wesley and Methodist Beginnings”
Leader: Dr. Lamar Smith, Associate Pastor
10.11 “What Do United Methodists Believe?”
Leader: Dr. Jim Abel, United Methodist Minister
10.18 “The Rich Heritage of FUMC Fort Worth”
Leader: Barry Hudson, Building Committee Chair
10.25 “There Is a Place For You to Love God. Serve People. Transform Lives.”*
Leader: Sammye Dunn, Lay Ministry Chair, Roger Partridge, Director of Stewardship, and other lay leaders from our congregation
*Includes a facility tour and will last until Noon. Following the tour, Dr. Tim Bruster will host a complimentary luncheon for all guests and new members in Room 154.
Preparing for Marriage
Sundays, October 4 – November 1
No Class 10.25 | 9:00 – 10:30 am | Foundation Building | Room 370
$160 per Couple for Materials and Counseling Session
Led by Charles Gaby, MA, LPC
Couples often spend thousands of dollars on their wedding but invest very little in their marriage. Premarital counseling is very important to couples who are making one of the biggest decisions of their lives. In the past few decades research into happy, healthy relationships has offered up valuable and often counter-intuitive insights that can help couples increase their intimacy and fulfillment in marriage. This workshop helps couples to quickly recognize and develop strategies for approaching issues in their relationship that may limit their satisfaction. In four weeks the 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.
PREPARE/ENRICH, a customized couple assessment that identifies strength and growth areas, will be completed online by each couple. The results will be discussed in depth in a private session with the instructor after the class is concluded. Registration is required as class size is limited. The cost is $160 per couple and includes the cost of all materials as well as the follow-up session. Charles Gaby has been a therapist for more than 25 years, both in private practice and on the staffs of several large churches. In addition to providing both pre-marital and marriage/relationship counseling to couples, he has extensive experience leading workshops and seminars designed to help couples develop and maintain healthy relationships. Click here to register and pay online, or by contacting Marianne Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5071.
UMW October General Meeting
Tuesday, October 6
11:30 am Lunch | 6:30 pm Dinner
Wesley Hall | $15 | RSVP by Noon 10.2
“Heart to Heart with Casey”
Presented by Rev. Casey Langley Orr, Associate Pastor of Discipleship
This month only — choose between lunch at 11:30 am, dinner at 6:30 pm, or both! For more information, email email@example.com or call 817/447-7831. Contact Paula Wagstaff (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 10.2 for childcare reservations. We look forward to seeing you there!
Making Sense of Our Social Security
Sunday, October 11
5:00 – 7:00 pm | Room 154
Understanding when and from where you will receive your income is the foundation of a successful retirement. One of the most important phases of retirement planning is understanding Social Security benefits. Come learn about: Strategies to maximize your Social Security benefits. The current state of the Social Security system…What does it mean to you? How continuing to work will impact your Social Security Benefit. How to coordinate Social Security benefits with your spouse. How your Social Security affects your taxes. How Required Minimum Distributions can really mess things up. How to coordinate your benefits with your other sources of retirement income. The rules are different for singles, couples, widows/widowers, divorcées, and disabled dependents. Even a seemingly small decision can add many dollars to the checks you’ll receive over your lifetime. Early benefits could be a BIG mistake!
Register for Fall Adult Studies
Classes began September 13, but it’s not too late to sign up!
Click here to register online OR Register in the Main Office
Weekdays | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm OR Sundays | Between Services
Welcome fall by joining our new slate of studies and learning opportunities with something for everyone!
Book Study: Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White
September 16 – October 14 (5 Weeks)
Wednesdays | 9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154
Led by Rev. Phyllis McDougal
Book Available for $15 | Registration Required
Everyone agrees that America is polarized, with ever-hardening positions held by people less and less willing to listen to one another. No one agrees on what to do about it. Adam Hamilton rejects the easy assumptions and sloppy analysis of black and white thinking, seeking instead the truth that resides on all sides of the issues, and offering a faithful and compassionate way forward. He writes, “I don’t expect you to agree with everything I’ve written. I expect that in the future even I won’t agree with everything I’ve written here. The point is not to get you to agree with me, but to encourage you to think about what you believe. We will use Hamilton’s book, Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics as a resource. Click here to learn more and register for this and other fall studies!
Pastor’s Bible Study
September 16 – May 15 (37 Weeks excluding holidays TBA)
Wednesdays | 6:30 – 7:30 pm | Room 231
Led by Rev. Lance Marshall
This offering is an open Bible study, with no purchase or registration necessary. Our focus of study will be on the sermon text for the upcoming Sunday evening worship service led by Rev. Lance Marshall. It is offered to those who have never opened the Bible in their lives, to those who study on a regular basis. Childcare is not available for this class. Click here to learn more and register for this and other fall studies!
September 17 – December 10 | Thursdays | Refreshments & Gathering
9:15 – 9:30 am | Class | 9:30 – 11:00 am
Room 350 | Led by Rev. Linda McDermott | Registration Required
Thursday Theologians is a welcoming group interested in open minded and challenging discussions of theological topics. It is specifically designed for those who are eager to ask the more difficult questions about faith and to be challenged to explore personal beliefs. We will use the book, Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most by Marcus J. Borg. Space is limited. Click here to learn more and register for this and other fall studies!
Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends
September 22 – October 27 | Tuesdays | 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Foundation Building, 2nd Floor
Led by Rev. Phyllis McDougal
Divorce is one of the most difficult experiences that most people will ever face. Even the most amicable of divorces can create intense emotional and psychological issues which may have lasting effects if they are not given attention. The good news is that there is help for facing the challenges that divorce brings. This six-week series will use the book Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends, featuring divorce process rebuilding blocks, a proven 19-step process for putting one’s life back together after divorce. This widely-used approach to divorce recovery makes the process healthier and less traumatic for those who are going through a divorce. The focus will be on gaining insights into facing the experience of divorce, and offering time for participants to process their current experience in a supportive setting. Rev. Phyllis McDougal is an ordained United Methodist minister who also holds a Masters in Psychology and is an LPC-I. This series is free and open to members and non-members of FUMCFW. For participants who would like a copy of the book, it will be available for $15 in the church office in advance or at the first class. For more information contact Phyllis McDougal (email@example.com) at 817/339-5082. To register, contact Marianne Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5071.
Living Through Grief Support Group
September 13 – October 14
Sundays | 9:30 am
Foundation Building, 2nd Floor
Led by Charme Robarts, certified Grief Recovery Specialist and Community Advocate, this group is focused on providing participants with tools and basic understanding of ways to handle grief that are healthy and lead to healing. Opportunity is given for sharing personal concerns. Participation is free and you do not need to be a church member to participate. Optional guidebook is $5. For more information or to register, contact Marianne Wilson (email@example.com) at 817/339-5071.
Improv 1st! Everything’s an Offering
September 13 – November 1 (8 Weeks)
Sundays | 1:00 – 3:00 pm | Foundation Building, Room 370
Led by Rev. Tom McDermott & Guest Instructors
Improvisation in life, as in theater and comedy, is a way of responding to life’s ups and downs with humor, playfulness, and most importantly, “openness to the moment.” Through improv training we learn to be: more present to one another, more relaxed in the face of life’s (and work’s) surprises, more creative in all our endeavors, less judgmental, and discover the joy in “free play.” This class will teach basic improv techniques, character development, and scene work. Facilitators are Rev. Tom McDermott, Chuck Shanlever, Winn LaRue (graduate of the four year Four Day Weekend School and member of two area comedy teams), and other guest instructors. There is no cost, though we will use several resources individuals may want to purchase. Click here to learn more and register for this and other fall studies!
Children’s Halloween Carnival
Sunday, October 25
3:00 – 5:00 pm | 5th Street & Justin Parking Lot (801 West 5th Street)
Admission: Bring new children’s hats/gloves for two Fort Worth elementary schools, or canned food items to help our First Street Methodist Mission feed those who are hungry.
Wear your Halloween costume and enjoy bounce houses, pony rides, petting zoo, games, prizes, crafts and more! For more information or to volunteer, please contact Elizabeth Marshall (firstname.lastname@example.org).
During the month of October, please bring blankets to:
First Street Methodist Mission
Monday – Thursday | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
OR in the donation bins at the West, East, & Garden Entrances | Sunday Mornings
For more information, contact Elizabeth Becker (email@example.com) at 817/339-5068.
Small Gifts. Big Difference.
Habitat for Humanity Fall Fellowship Build
Saturday, October 17
8:00 am – 3:00 pm | Como Neighborhood, Fort Worth
Ages 18+ | Limit 24 People | Registration due 10.12
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Click here to sign up for our Fall Fellowship Build with the join code FUMCFW. If you already have an account, login and click on “Your Account” next to your name. Click next, then enter the join code FUMCFW. Once registration is complete you MUST select the day you are volunteering. You will be prompted to Read and Accept a Liability Waiver online. When sign up is complete, you will receive a confirmation email with additional information. If you do not receive an email please contact Christina Ireton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
First Street Methodist Mission New Volunteer Orientation
Tuesday, October 20
2:30 pm | First Street Methodist Mission
Please join the staff of First Street Methodist Mission to learn about the services and ministries offered at the Mission and how you can join our volunteer family. Orientation will be held the third Tuesday of each month beginning in October 2015. Orientation will include a tour of the facility, information about the various services provided, and how to begin volunteering. For more information, or to sign up for the orientation please contact Elizabeth Becker (email@example.com) at 817/339-5068.
Food 4 Kids
September – May
Sundays | Pack backpacks for 1 hour between 9:00 am – Noon First Street Methodist Mission
Food 4 Kids is a ministry of First Street Methodist Mission that will send food home for the weekend for 100 students at I.M. Terrell Elementary and 50 students at T.A. Sims Elementary during the school year. Groups of 10 are encouraged to come to First Street Methodist Mission for one hour between 9:00 am and Noon, September through May.
To learn more, please contact Elizabeth Becker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Youth First Wednesday Dinner: October
Wednesday, October 7
6:30 – 7:30 pm | Fort Worth and Arlington
Join us this week for our October First Wednesday Dinner! Meet Martin at Dutch’s on S University Dr. in Fort Worth. You can find Andrew at Five Guys on S. Cooper St. in Arlington.
High School Retreat
November 14 – 15
Saturday 8:00 am – Sunday 11:00 am | Lyle Lodge | $20
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High Schoolers! We will be heading back out to Lyle Lodge to unplug from the world and find rest and peace in the midst of our own slice of community with one another. We come back the next morning in time to put together boxes for Thanksgiving Baskets for First Street Methodist Mission!
Foundation Memorial Fund In Honor Of:
Elizabeth Dean McManus by the Law Offices of Paup, Shutt and Associates
Loren Que Hanson by Jean Roach