Roger Partridge — Faith In Action: Financial Peace University
Lisa Helm — A Great Way To Start Your Sunday!
Habitat for Humanity Fall Fellowship Build
FUMCFW Golf Tournament
FUMCFW Baby Registry
2016 Adult Mission Trips Information Meeting
First Street Methodist Mission New Volunteer Orientation
October Mission Sundays: Blankets
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Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:20 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Rev. Tom McDermott
Discussion Groups | 9:30 am
Chapel Communion | 10:35 am | Chapel | Rev. Mary Ellen Johnson
Hans Grim, piano
eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermot
First 7th | 5:30 pm | Worship | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
Dr. Tim Bruster
There is something mysterious about Sunday’s scripture reading in the sanctuary worship services. Pick up almost any commentary on 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 and it will attempt to solve the mystery or report on other scholars’ attempts. That mystery generally becomes the focus for most of us when we study this passage. It is the mystery of the thorn that stuck in Paul’s body. He says that it tormented him, but what was it? He never says. We know that he is speaking metaphorically and, whatever it is, it is agonizing. The word Paul chooses to use is usually translated “thorn,” but the word points to something worse than a minor irritation. Some scholars suggest a better translation would be “stake” — this certainly fits the apparent agony Paul experienced.
I suppose it is natural to focus on this mystery. Paul was tormented by something and we want to know what it was. No one knows, but everyone has his or her favorite theory. Was it spiritual temptations? Was it opposition and persecution? Was it carnal temptation? Some have suggested that it was Paul’s physical appearance because earlier in this same letter, Paul quotes his adversaries as saying “his bodily presence is weak.” Was it epilepsy? Was it chronic attacks of malarial fever accompanied by excruciating headaches? Some kind of eye trouble? We really don’t know, but everyone loves to guess. A century and half ago, Soren Kierkegaard observed that this passage, “…seems to have afforded an uncommonly favorable opportunity for everyone to become an interpreter of the Bible.”
My question is, why does the thorn get so much attention in the passage? Of course, there’s the mystery of it. But even beyond the mystery in this passage of scripture, I think the tendency to focus on the thorns is something we all deal with and most readily see, not only in 2 Corinthinans 12, but in life itself.
Let’s face it. Thorns are easy to see. We see them all around us — and all around the world. We want to know what kind of thorn it was that stuck in Paul’s flesh and caused him to cry out to God repeatedly, because it is very easy to identify with that thorn. When we gather together to talk, doesn’t the conversation often turn to the hurts, the pain, and the problems around us?
This Sunday, I hope you’ll join us as we look more deeply into this portion of Paul’s second letter to the Christians at Corinth because there is so much more to it than the thorn. In fact, there is even something that thrives among the thorns — one of the few things that will grow very well, even in the in thorniest of places. Let’s explore this together and see if we can find this in Paul — and more importantly, in our own lives and in the world around us.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
Grace and Peace,
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.
This week I want to tell you about a study I’m currently leading in our church. It’s called Financial Peace University, and Dave Ramsey, author and host of a nationally syndicated radio program is the founder of this curriculum that gives advice on money and business. In these weekly classes, participants are led through the process of getting their finances in order so that they can experience peace in their financial lives. Save . . . Spend . . . Give are three big teaching points of Dave Ramsey’s financial programs. Click here to read more.
“Good morning! We’re so glad you’re here!”
When you hear that phrase upon entering our church on Sunday mornings, doesn’t it just make you feel good all over?
Each week we have a dedicated group of volunteers who stand in our parking lots to greet everyone as they arrive and begin walking into the church. What began last January as a safety measure has now turned into one of my favorite volunteer activities — a welcoming presence we have all come to love. Click here to read more.
Saturday, October 17
8:00 am – 3:00 pm | Como Neighborhood, Fort Worth
Ages 18+ | Limit 24 People
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).
Monday, October 5, 2015
Dave Jordan, Sammy Small, Larry Phillips, and Rick Kensulman
2nd Place Team
Carlos Hernandez, Fred Vidauri, Renaldo DeJesus, and Ben Davila from LaTrinidad UMC
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
Diane Wait (Siegal)
Luca Alexander Segreti was born October 12, 2015.
Proud parents are Katie & Alexander Segreti.
Proud grandparents are Susan & Tim Bruster.
Member Spotlight: Joan Gaspard
Living A Ministry
On September 11 at the interdenominational luncheon and program on World Peace and Human Rights held at Crowley UMC, Joan Gaspard received the Human Rights Award presented by Church Women United. This award recognizes individuals doing outstanding work in the field of human rights; awardees are not always in the public eye, but they are consistent in their high regard for the dignity of others.
From tireless advocacy for people living with physical challenges to a career spent teaching students who otherwise would miss out on the opportunity for education, longtime church member and lay leader Joan Gaspard sets a high standard for compassion, commitment, and creative involvement with issues and opportunities she feels called to pursue. “Joan has clearly experienced a call to ministry to and with people in need of advocacy,” says Dr. Tim Bruster, FUMCFW Senior Pastor. “She passionately lives out her calling through her vocation as a teacher, her lay leadership in the United Methodist Church, and in all kinds of other ways and opportunities woven throughout her life.”
Congratulations, Joan, and thank you for all you do for our church and our denomination!
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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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.
10.18 “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.
Monday, October 26, 2015
7:00 pm | Room 154
Dr. Tim Bruster is leading a Journeys of Paul tour to Greece next Spring, March 29 – April 11, 2016. We will have an expert Greek Guide, as well as Mishi Neubach, who has been our guide in Israel and whose graduate studies focused on Paul. Mishi brings a unique perspective on the apostle’s life and teaching. Join us for an informational meeting with Bev Robb, who owns Gomega Travel (formerly called Omega Travel) and has arranged tours for our church in the past and has many, many years of excellence in educational travel. Mishi Neubach will also be present at the meeting and you’ll have a chance to hear from him a preview of all we will learn and experience. It will be the experience of a lifetime and add so much to your understanding of Paul! Click here to learn more and read a letter from Tim about the trip. To let us know of your interest, email Pam Erlandson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.com).
Sunday, October 18
10:30 – 11:00 am | Church Library
All adults interested in learning more about our amazing 2016 Kenya and Costa Rica Mission Trips are invited to join team leaders and members in the new church library near the Welcome Center on Sunday, October 18, from 10:30 – 11:00 am. We hope to see you there!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5068.
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.
A Baltic Journey Chorale Concert
Tuesday, October 20
7:00 pm | Sanctuary
Two World-Renowned International Composers. Five Award-Winning Choirs. One Spectacular October 20 Evening Concert.
Experience firsthand a once-in-a-lifetime combination of world-renowned talent as Ēriks Ešenvalds and Z Randall Stroope make an unprecedented First Church appearance to work with four award-winning area high school choirs, culminating in an evening concert with the OSU Concert Chorale.
On October 20, FUMCFW will host the amazing combined talents of two major, award-winning international composers, Ēriks Ešenvalds and Z. Randall Stroope. This event, free and open to the public, will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear exquisite choral music from two world-renown composers sung by award-winning DFW high school choirs and the OSU Concert Chorale. In addition, our Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ will be featured during the concert on Ēriks Ešenvalds “Trinity Te Deum,” accompanied by Peggy Graff, organist and Associate Director of Music Ministries at FUMCFW. Click here to read more.
Monday, November 9
7:00 pm | Leonard Memorial Chapel
Join us for another season of Spectrum Concerts! The Spectrum Ensemble, comprised of the finest players from the Fort Worth and Dallas Symphony Orchestras has three performances throughout the year at FUMCFW. For more information, please contact Peggy Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-2405.
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