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
First in the series, Faith and Doubt
“Faithful Voices from the Past”
John 20:19-28 and Matthew 28:16-17
Dr. Tim Bruster
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.
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 (email@example.com).
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
Ashley and Rocky Eagon
Ida Catherine Parsons, daughter of Mary Catherine and Chad Parsons
Robert W. Davie
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.
“John Wesley and Methodist Beginnings”
Leader: Dr. Gil Ferrell, Former Seminary Professor and Wesley Scholar
“What Do United Methodists Believe?”
Leader: Dr. Lamar Smith, Associate Pastor
“The Rich Heritage of FUMC Fort Worth”
Leader: Barry Hudson, Chair, Communications Committee
*This Sunday marks the beginning of Daylight Savings Time
“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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com.) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5062. You may also find more trip information at: bit.ly/18E47lO.
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!
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 (email@example.com) or go to bit.ly/1b6puki to sign up!
For more information on any of the Children’s Programs, please contact Nikki McInnis (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5086.
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 (email@example.com).
10.14 SCRIPTURE & SPIRITS AT RODEO GOAT
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com) at 817/560-7323 or Rev. Chuck Graff (firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-3888 for more information.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/335-6080, ext.103.
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 (email@example.com) or Kenny Wall (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.com) 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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10.20 – 11.17 LIVING THROUGH GRIEF
Sundays | Foundation Building | 2nd Floor
11.5 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5065 for details.
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
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:
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
Mary Stewart and Jim Ramse
Roy and Jeannine Eaton
Bobby and Carolyn Farrar
FUMC Inquirers Sunday School Class
Taylor and Shirlee Gandy
Pat and Ed Petrushka
Doug, Karen, Courtney and Parker Hayward
Kelly and Brian Richmond
Vivian Harp and Adrienne Morgan
Lynda and David Mays
Susan and Frank Smith
Katherine and Lee Nicol
Mackey and Jim Brittain
The Law Offices of Henry B. Paup
Mrs. J.W. Renfro
Joan and Lee Roy Hahnfeld
Beverlee and James Herd
Fran and Bill Mizell
June and James Van Buskirk
Gail and Robert Coffee
Mary Ann and Gordon Gibson
Michael and Carrie Stewart
Jo Anne and Jim Grissel
Bishop Mike and Joan McKee
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,