FUMC WEEKLY 10.11.13

By October 11, 2013News

 TEACHERS & TOPICS | MEMBER NEWS | CHURCHWIDE NEWS

SAVE THE DATE | MINISTRY NEWS | GIFTS AND MEMORIALS


THIS SUNDAY’S
 WORSHIP 
OPPORTUNITIES

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

DiscipleChurch | Mr. Dave Purcell| 8:30 am | Leonard Memorial Chapel

Chapel Communion | Dr. Bill Longsworth | 10:30 – 11:00 am | Leonard Memorial Chapel

eleven:eleven celebration | Charles Gaby, MA, LPC | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall


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First in the series, Faith and Doubt

“Faithful Voices from the Past”

John 20:19-28 and Matthew 28:16-17

 

Dr. Tim Bruster

 

 

Dear Friends,

A couple of weeks ago I went on an annual retreat with a group of clergy friends to Big Bend country. This year we were staying at the 100,000-acre Big Bend Ranch State Park near Presidio, Texas.

It is a rugged, unforgiving land with its own austere and surprisingly varied beauty. Among our activities, such as reading, conversation, story-telling, and sharing ministry ideas, we always include daily hikes.

On the third and final day of our retreat, a group of us took a 12.6-mile hike. As we made our way, we talked about how much it resembled parts of the territory we often call “The Holy Land” and how the three enduring monotheistic religions of today were all born out of those deserted, empty places. Sometimes they are even called “desert” religions.

The Judeo-Christian tradition was born among wilderness nomads, Jesus often went into the wilderness to pray, and in the early church there were people devoted to study and prayer in the wilderness that are known as “the desert fathers.”

The desert is a place of testing because there is no water, no food, and no shelter. It is a place of risk and danger, as we saw just this past week when a couple from Arkansas became lost and almost perished in that wilderness. It is a place of loneliness because there are vast areas with no people.

Yet, there is something clarifying about the wilderness. It is a place with its own beauty. It is a place without distraction. It is a place where one can encounter creatures that have evolved to live in that inhospitable place — and where the stars at night are unimaginably numerous, and the band of our Milky Way Galaxy stands out like a silvery ribbon across the sky.

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Getting a little lost in the hurry scurry of your day-to-day?

Here’s GPS — our brand new FUMCFW online daily devotional.

A GPS, or Global Positioning System, is a space-based satellite navigation system in our car that can making finding the way to an unfamiliar destination much easier.

Have you ever wished for a similar system for navigating the unfamiliar roads life sometimes takes us on? It’s easy to forget, especially when we’re busy or overwhelmed, that God offers a similar GPS to guide us through our days. Praying, reading Scripture, and going to church all help us pay attention to God’s guiding presence in our lives.

To help you stay on course with your spiritual life, we offer this GPS: God’s Positioning System to provide ongoing navigational help in the form of a daily Scripture, a reflective thought, and a simple prayer. We pray that this will be a transformative experience for you.

Visit this space daily to get your bearings — or subscribe to GPS by entering your email address in the space provided in the upper right corner of your screen. For more information about FUMCFW’s GPS, contact Rev. Gena Anderson (ganderson@myfumc.org).

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TEACHERS & TOPICS

Classes Meeting on Sunday, October 12

Aldersgate Couples | Room 333 | 9:30 am | Assembling Hygiene Kits | First Street Methodist Mission

Cana Disciples | Room 332 | 9:30 am

Covenant | Room 331 | 9:30 am | Carl Stenger

Creative Couples | Room 321 | 9:45 am

Downtown Singles | Room 340-341 | 10:50 am

Foundations | Room 336 | 9:45 am

Genesis Couples | Room 351 | 9:45 am | Peter, Paul and Holy Spirit | Dr. Lamar Smith

Good Neighbors | Room 334 | 11:00 am | FUMC Foundation Update | Sid Johnston, Director 

8:30 am In-Depth Bible Study | Room 350 | Dr. Lamar Smith | The Letters of Paul: When, Where & Why

Inquirers | Room 352 | 9:30 am | Tim Brown | Pres. Waco Children’s Home

Journey | Room 230 | 10:00 am | Volunteering at First Street Methodist Mission

Koinonia | Room 224 | 9:30 am | Book review: Seven Men & the Secret of Their Greatness | Gaye Fuller

Loyalty | Room 334 | 9:30 am | UTA Nursing Program | Carolyn Cason

New Horizon Singles | Room 231 | 9:30 am | A Spiritual Anthology of Abraham Lincoln | David Lamb

New Passages | Room 352 | 11:00 am

Partners | Room 320 | 9:45 am

Sojourners | Room 335 | 9:30 am | Rev. Gena Anderson

Trinity Fellowship | Room 340-341 | 9:30 am | Jesus for the Non-Religious | (meeting Room 272 in the Foundation Bldg)

Twosome | Room 154 | 9:30 am | Donna Harris

Veriditas | Room 272F (Foundation Building) | 9:30 am | Book Study: Jesus for the Non-Religious by Bishop John Shelby Spong | Dr. Mitzi Ellington

Wesley Bible | Room 350 | 9:30 am | Dr. Ron Ballard

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MEMBER NEWS

NEW MEMBERS

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Ashley and Rocky Eagon

BIRTHS

Ida Catherine Parsons, daughter of Mary Catherine and Chad Parsons

KNOWN HOSPITALIZED

Robert W. Davie
Frances Cooper
Patricia Mattson

IN MEMORIUM

Sargent Hill
Bob McCrary

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CHURCHWIDE NEWS

UNITED METHODIST INFORMATION CLASS

Sunday Mornings | Oct. 20 – Nov. 10 | 9:45 – 10:45 am  | Room 230 | Hosted by the Journey Sunday School Class

Guests, new members, and all interested in meeting new people and learning more about our denomination and our church are welcome to join us for any or all sessions.

October 20
“John Wesley and Methodist Beginnings”
Leader: Dr. Gil Ferrell, Former Seminary Professor and Wesley Scholar

October 27
“What Do United Methodists Believe?”
Leader: Dr. Lamar Smith, Associate Pastor

*November 3
“The Rich Heritage of FUMC Fort Worth”
Leader: Barry Hudson, Chair, Communications Committee
*This Sunday marks the beginning of Daylight Savings Time

November 10 
“There Is a Place For You to Love God, Serve People, Transform Lives!”
Leaders: Carolyn Stephens, Lay Ministry Chair; & other lay leaders
This session includes a facility tour and will last until noon.

Questions? Please contact Rev. Chuck Graff (cgraff@myfumc.org) 817/339-5065 or Dr. Lamar Smith (lsmith@myfumc.org) at 817/339-3886. There is no cost for the materials or sessions.

10.27 RETIREMENT PARTY FOR KENT KILBOURNE — We’re all invited!

Kent is retired and feeling fantastic! Let’s join the celebration at this come-and go-reception at St. Paul United Methodist Church (852 W. Bedford-Euless Road Hurst, TX 76053) on Sunday, October 27 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

10.29 – 11.7 HELP CREATE A CANCER-FREE WORLD

Join the American Canter Society’s new CPS-3, a new 20-year study to help the ACS determine how genetics, lifestyle and environment affect cancer — with the goal of preventing this devastating disease for future generations. If you’re  between 30 and 55 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer, enroll in this long-term study (follow-up is via periodic surveys you can take at home). Enrollment hosted 10.29 – 11.7 at Tarrant County College (all campuses at specific times and dates). Schedule your today appointment at www.cancerstudyTX.org or 1.888.604.5888. To learn more, check out http://youtu.be/XhBjT8F8j4E.

WANT TO BE PART OF THIS YEAR’S HABITAT BUILDS?

This year, we’re sponsoring two different Habitat for Humanity Builds:

On Saturday, October 19th we’ll partner with other area Methodist churches for the Fall Fellowship Build in two different volunteer shifts. The morning shift is 8:00 am – noon, and the afternoon shift is 12:00 – 4:00 pm. And then, on Saturday, November 16th we’ll “woman up” for our first ever All-Women’s Build from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (lunch and special training provided!). Sign up online (bit.ly/160JiBs) or contact Nancy Tully (ntully@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5063.

10.29 BRITE DIVINITY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

TCU Campus | 2925 Princeton Street

This is a special opportunity for anyone interested in graduate theological education. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is available online (brite.edu/openhouse.asp) or by calling 817/257-7513.

LAY LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE

The Lay Leadership Committee (formerly the Nominations Committee) will begin their work early in October, and would like your assistance. Please consider people that you believe would provide capable leadership for our church. To submit your suggestions, please provide their names, the position(s) recommended and the reasons for your suggestions. For a list of committees, please stop by the Welcome Center.

You may mail your suggestions to the church at 800 West Fifth Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102, Attn: Pam Erlandson, or email them to her (perlandson@myfumc.org.) You may also bring them to the main church office. Please understand that a recommendation does not automatically mean a nomination.

HOLY LAND TRIP

Interested in a trip to the Holy Land? Susan and Tim Bruster are leading a group June 22 – July 2, 2014. The cost of the trip is $4,819 per person. If you would like to be placed on the list to receive trip information, please contact Pam Erlandson (perlandson@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5062. You may also find more trip information at: bit.ly/18E47lO.

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MINISTRY NEWS

CHILDREN | ADULTS | YOUTH | MISSION | CCT | MWA | FIRST7TH | OUTREACH

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10.13 THIS SUNDAY! GOOD BOOK CLUB

6:00 – 7:00 pm | Children’s Area

The theme for our October 13 Good Book Club is Remember. Our three book selections will focus on things that help us remember — and things worth remembering.

Kindergarten and Younger – Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

Willems is the top name in modern children’s picture books, and with good reason. If it’s not the amazing illustrations, it’s the witty and thoughtful texts. When Trixie and Daddy forget Knuffle Bunny at the neighborhood Laundromat, the drama begins. (The fact that “Bunny” is featured in the titles of two books in a row is just a coincidence. Promise!)

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade – Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partidge by Mem Fox, illustrated by Julie Vivas

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, a rather small boy, lives next door to a nursing home in which resides Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper, his favorite friend, because she has four names as well. When Miss Nancy “loses” her memory, the intrepid Wilfrid sets out to find it for her.

4th Grade and Older – The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Ivan is an easy-going gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

10.13 – 10.18 SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

Sunday | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Monday – Friday | 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

The Scholastic Book fair will be in the Children’s Area on Sunday and through the week during preschool hours.
All profits benefit the preschool and Parents’ Day Out. Everyone is welcome to come and browse!

10.20 HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL

3:00 – 5:00 pm

5th street & Justin parking lot

Admission: A canned good for the Mission

Wear your Halloween costume and enjoy bounce houses, pony rides, circus train, story telling, games, cookie walk, crafts, and a costume parade! Interested in volunteering? Interested in volunteering? Contact Kara Lawrence (karaleigh87@gmail.com) or go to bit.ly/1b6puki to sign up!

For more information on any of the Children’s Programs, please contact Nikki McInnis (nmcinnis@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5086.

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10.13 LETTERS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL

8:30 am | Dr. Lamar Smith | Room 350

This new study of the Letters of the Apostle Paul will begin with Paul’s first letter, I Thessalonians, and will follow in the order these letters were actually written — not as they appear in the New Testament. Join Dr. Smith’s fascinating study and discussions including: When and why was Paul in Thessalonica? Where and why was that first letter written to the Thessalonians? Where was that city, anyhow? For more information, contact Gayle Ammerman (gammerman@myfumc.org).

 

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7:00 – 8:00 pm | 2836 Bledsoe & Currie

All are welcome to join this well-crafted discussion on spiritual topics & pop culture. Questions? Contact Rev. Gena Anderson (ganderson@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5067. 

 

 

10.14 GOLF TOURNAMENT

9:00 am Shotgun Start

Lost Creek Golf Course| $40 per person Guests Welcome | Men & Women

Cost of this four-person scramble includes green fee, cart and lunch, and is payable at the tournament. Please contact Tournament Director, Wayne Maddox (waymad@juno.com) at 817/560-7323 or Rev. Chuck Graff (cgraff@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5065 to register. Include your handicap or probable score, who you would like to be teamed with, or your preferred foursome.

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10.19 – 10.20 HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT

Lyle Lodge | cost: $25

All current 9 – 12th graders are invited to join us for a weekend out at the lake for some fun, relaxation and worship. Register by October 13. Contact Brenda Kegans (bkegans@myfumc.org) at 817/339-3888 for more information.

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OCTOBER MISSION SUNDAYS: BLANKETS

The cool nights of October make this the perfect time to collect blankets for Mission Sundays. Please bring blankets to FSMM during regular donation hours, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm or to the Welcome Center on Sunday. Remember: Small Gifts, Big Difference!

 

 

YOUR HELP DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Homeless for over four years, LJ struggled through life on the streets and in shelters, as well the difficulty of recovering from a drug addiction. His struggle paid off.  In early October, after working through Recovery Resource Council’s Project New Start, he received the keys to his own apartment. That’s where you came in. Contributions to FSMM enabled us to provide LJ a startup kit with linens, kitchen items, cleaning products, and things for personal hygiene. This Mission provides several of these kits per month as people make their way home. Thank you for your part in this Big Difference.

If you have questions about start up kits and how you can help, please call Charme Robarts, FSMM Assistant Director (crobarts@firststreetmission.org) at 817/335-6080, ext.103.

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Ever wonder how changing a light bulb, painting a wall, or doing yard work can help spread God’s love? Neighbor2Neighbor is your opportunity. Neighbor2Neighbor is a new ministry focused on providing light home care to persons in the FUMC congregation for a few hours one Saturday per month.  For more information, please contact Nancy Tully (ntully@myfumc.org) or Kenny Wall (wallkf1121@yahoo.com).

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10.26 HIGHER LOVE: RESTORATIVE PRACTICES FOR COUPLES

9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Foundation Building, Room 274 | $45 per person (includes lunch)

Led by Charles Gaby & Jen Lawson | Registration deadline October 20

Every relationship encounters conflicts, and what we do with these conflicts can make or break a marriage.  Unfortunately most of us have also learned scripts for managing conflict that exacerbate the issues, leaving many couples either partially numb and disconnected or intensely angry and hurt. Learn how to heal the hurt, deepen connection and give your relationship what it needs. Dress in exercise or yoga attire as this workshop involves movement. Registration deadline is October 20. For more information or to register, contact Marianne Wilson (mwilson@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5071.

 

10.27 DOWN BY THE RIVER

5:00 pm | Trinity Park

Featuring music by Elizabeth Wills and friends! Food and drinks available. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Sponsored by eleven:eleven celebration.

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No new news this week, check back next time or visit the MWA page on our website.

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No new news this week. For more information about this exciting new ministry, go to www.first7th.org.

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10.20 – 11.17 LIVING THROUGH GRIEF

Sundays | Foundation Building | 2nd Floor

Contact Charme Robarts (crobarts@firststreetmission.org) at 817/335-6080, Ext. 103, or Rev. Phyllis McDougal (pmcdougal@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5082.

 

BusyBee-3d11.5 UMW Luncheon

11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $10

Michelle Prince, Motivational Speaker:

“Busy Being Busy…. But Getting Nothing Done? Stop Juggling, Overcome Procrastination & Get More Done in Business, Leadership & Life” 

Are you busy? Who isn’t these days? But if you are busy being busy — and getting nothing done, overwhelmed by your schedule and responsibilities, you don’t have to live that way any longer. In this presentation, Michelle Prince shares powerful tips and techniques to make you more productive in your personal and professional life. She will show you how to get more done in less time while still enjoying the journey. Put down those juggling balls and walk with Michelle to overcome procrastination and take action now!

Reservations due Thursday, October 31. More details coming soon!

 

11.8 – 11.9 CHURCHWIDE CAMPING TRIP

Mineral Wells State Park

Contact Rev. Chuck Graff (cgraff@myfumc.org)  at 817/339-5065 for details.

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GIFTS AND MEMORIALS

 

HONORARY GIFTS

First Street Methodist Mission In Honor of:

Marianne Brants by Ann & D.L. Shoults, Connie & Jerry Zeller, Danica Knight

Elizabeth Becker by Mary & Bob Weathers

Let the Children Come In Honor of:

Joy Brandon by Kathy Spicer

Leon Taylor on his retirement from many years of ushering by Pat Wall

Foundation Honorarium Fund In Honor of:

David Elsey, 2012 Inquirers Class President, by FUMC Inquirers Sunday School Class

MEMORIAL GIFTS

First Street Methodist Mission In Memory of:

Jeff Moorse by Carol Harrell

Beth Cornelius by Carol Harrell, Mary Beth & Ronnie Alexander, Mr. & Mrs. Dewyan Weise, Mrs. Marvin Dusek, Brenda & Eddie Holik

Mary Rhodes by Tom Littrell, Janet & H Arvid Johnson, Nancy O Neall

Helen Lewis by Carol Harrell, Caren Walker, Jacqueline C. Kunke

Foundation In Memory of:

Jean Webb by:

Library/Archives Volunteers

BILL NIX by:
Bill and Fran Mizell
Mrs. J.W. Renfro

ED BAKER by:
FUMC United Methodist Women

KEN TUNNELL by:
FUMC Inquirers Sunday School Class
Mrs. J.W. Renfro
Joan and Lee Roy Hahnfeld

MARGARET ANNE JENNETT by:
Ronald Q Jennett

JEAN WEBB by:
Arch and Patsy Van Meter
Janice Bradley
Mary Stewart and Jim Ramse
Roy and Jeannine Eaton
Bobby and Carolyn Farrar
FUMC Inquirers Sunday School Class
Taylor and Shirlee Gandy
Beverly Maynard
Pat and Ed Petrushka
Doug, Karen, Courtney and Parker Hayward
Kelly and Brian Richmond
Phyllis Mason
Vivian Harp and Adrienne Morgan
Elaine Matthews
Lynda and David Mays
Beverlee Nix
Martha Slover
Susan and Frank Smith
Katherine and Lee Nicol
Mackey and Jim Brittain
The Law Offices of Henry B. Paup
Mrs. J.W. Renfro
Barbara Williams
Gunhild Corbett
Joan and Lee Roy Hahnfeld
Beverlee and James Herd
Fran and Bill Mizell
June and James Van Buskirk
Madelon Bradshaw
Gail and Robert Coffee
Mary Ann and Gordon Gibson
Michael and Carrie Stewart
Jo Anne and Jim Grissel
Bishop Mike and Joan McKee

 

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Dr. Tim Bruster
Second in the series “Faith and Doubt”:
Tradition: Learning from the Past
What Can You Learn from Those Who Went Before us?

Hebrews 11:1-2, 8, 23-25, 32-34, 39-40; 12:1-2a

 

In that place it is almost impossible not to think about ultimate things. It is almost impossible to ignore the vastness of the universe and our own smallness. Every night — perfectly clear, moonless nights — I sat outside after everyone else retired and gazed at the stars. Over and over I could hear the words of the Psalmist:

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honor. (Psalm 8:3-5)

Sometimes we find ourselves in the wilderness. We’re not tourists, hiking through on marked trails, but we’re wandering, perhaps even lost. It is a dry place, a place of testing and loneliness. It even feels dangerous. But there is more to the wilderness than first meets the eye.

If we look closely, we will see that we’re not the first to pass this way and we will not be the last. We will see that it is a place that can help us clarify who we are and what is important and where we’re going. It is a place of focus, as little distractions fade away. It is a place that can even strengthen us.

Our ancestors in the faith discovered this in the wilderness. May your wilderness times lead to stronger faith and a deeper dependence on God.

Grace and Peace,

Tim

 

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