Roger Partridge — Faith in Action: WOW!
Lisa Helm — Start Every Sunday with a Smile
Hospital Stays and Visits
Kids Hope USA Celebrates 10th Anniversary
New Member Lunch
November Foundation Lunch & Learn
Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:20 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Rev. Linda McDermott
Discussion Groups | 9:30 am
Chapel Communion | 10:35 am | Chapel | Dr. Rebekah Miles
Dace Sultanov, cello
eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott
Singer/Songwriter Elizabeth Wills — Click here to learn more!
First 7th | 5:30 pm | Worship | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
Dr. Tim Bruster
Can we talk? Those of us who are old enough to remember comedian Joan Rivers can hardly hear the phrase without thinking of her. It was her catch phrase and she made it funny. But, when the laughter dies down and we really hear the question, it’s a serious, important question: Can we talk? When Rivers uttered it, there wasn’t really a “we” doing the talking. Perhaps the better question for us is, Can we talk and listen to one another — especially when we don’t agree?
This Sunday, continuing our series on the Apostle Paul, we’ll look at Romans 14:1-12. It is clear that the first-century Church was divided over certain issues. In this passage the issues were what food is appropriate to eat, whether there are days that are more sacred than others — not burning issues in the Church today. However, the way we treat each other in our differences is as burning an issue today as ever. Paul wrote to the Romans, “Welcome the person who is weak in faith — but not in order to argue about differences of opinion . . . We don’t live for ourselves and we don’t die for ourselves. If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to God. This is why Christ died and lived: so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. But why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you look down on your brother or sister?”
At our best, the church is a community where people can get to know one another and trust one another. Therefore, where the church is gathered there can be true exchange of ideas and respect of differences. Looking out across the landscape of the world in which we now live, you can see that this is not just a nice idea; it is a critical necessity. Today, people are so polarized into camps that they are losing the ability to talk to one another. They are so polarized that they are losing the ability to get to know one another across the growing gulfs they have created between them. Where in our society today can this happen? It can happen, I believe, where the church is gathered. Might it also happen when we go out to be God’s people in the world?
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we think together about how to talk to one another when we don’t agree.
Grace and Peace,
Sunday, October 25, in eleven:eleven celebration,
Singer/Songwriter Elizabeth Wills
with Brad Thompson and the revolution band
As we continue our Series — “A Spirituality of Falling”
You won’t want to miss this inspiring Sunday worship and celebration!
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.
WOW! That was the first reaction from children upon seeing the exciting new flex space in our Children’s Wing Expansion. Although the new space isn’t officially open for play, one class got a sneak peek last Sunday — and the reaction was decidedly a two-thumbs-up approval! The Children’s Wing Expansion was created to accommodate our growing children’s ministry and will include two new classrooms, the flex space you see here, an ADA accessible restroom, and a parent waiting and welcoming area. Click here to continue reading.
I’ve always heard that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. But did you know that research shows people decide whether they will visit a church again in the first nine minutes they are there?
Last week we focused on our Sunday morning parking lot greeters — the very first people visitors and members come into contact with when they arrive. This week I want to celebrate the warm welcome and big smiles that greet people as they enter the church, provide information in the Welcome Center, and offer help and guidance at our two Hospitality Carts. Click here continue reading.
Your health is important to us — and so is your privacy! What many people don’t realize is that because your private health information is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), when you list FUMCFW as your church home on your hospital admission forms, that doesn’t mean we’ll be notified. If you or someone you love is in the hospital, we want to be there for you. Please call us at 817/336-7277 to let us know, and we’ll be sure to stop by for a visit, a prayer, and to offer the support of your church family.
Kids Hope USA Celebrates 10th Anniversary
“I have never known a man like you.”
— Hector, a fourth-grader at T.A. Sims Elementary School, speaking to his mentor
This month we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Kids Hope USA, our mentorship program with T.A. Sims Elementary — and with William James Middle School, as some of our volunteers opted to “move up” with the kids to maintain this connection. As this dedicated group of mentors gathered to begin a new year — and a new decade — of mentorships, they sang “Happy Birthday” as they blew out 10 candles (plus one more to grow on!) and gave thanks for the privilege of sharing their time and their lives with some of the sweetest, kindest, and most grateful children one could ever hope to meet, according to Gay Ingram, Kids Hope Coordinator.
Since its beginning, Kids Hope has made this life-changing difference for 93 students and 158 volunteers in our partnership with T.A. Sims. Working with the same kids year after year — and each year adding new ones — we pair approximately 40 kids and adult mentors every school year. “If you were to multiply the number of volunteers by the number of years served, you would get an idea of the exponential years of service invested in this program,” Ingram says. This vital ministry always welcomes new adult mentors, and any time makes the perfect time to begin! All it takes is 50 minutes a week to make a difference in the life of a child — and, most likely, in your own life as well. Contact Gay Ingram (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/999-8075 to sign up or for more information. Click here to read more.
New Member Lunch
Sunday, October 25
12:15 pm | Room 154
If you’re a new member, please join Dr. Tim Bruster for lunch this Sunday, October 25. Tim would like to personally welcome you to the church and visit with you over a light lunch. Please let us know if you will be attending by contacting Pam Erlandson (email@example.com) at 817/339-5062. Childcare is available upon request to Paula Wagstaff (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wednesday, November 4
Noon – 1:00 pm | Foundation Building | Room 271
During the season of bounty and blessings, you are cordially invited to enjoy our next Foundation Lunch & Learn.
Within a casual, welcoming atmosphere, you’ll enjoy lunch, fellowship, and an introduction to your Foundation. If you’ve ever wondered how the Foundation works, or if you have questions, Sid Johnston, executive director, will acquaint you with our 51-year-old institution and answer questions. Through the generosity of our many Foundation donors, endowment income is dedicated 100 percent to supporting our Church! For more information or to make a reservation contact Lisa Tucker (email@example.com) at 817/339-5089.
Col. Warner “Tex” Rankin
Dr. G. Doulas Tatum Jr.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-5065 or Dr. Lamar Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-3886.
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
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 (email@example.com).
Sunday, October 25
3:00 – 5:00 pm | 5th Street & Justin Parking Lot (801 West 5th Street)
Admission: Bring 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).
Wednesday, November 4
5:30 pm | Dinner | Wesley Hall | Donations Encouraged
6:00 – 7:30 pm | Parent Program | Wesley Hall
Good Book Club | Children’s Wing, 2nd floor
Our next Good Book Club is Wednesday, November 4. It kicks off with a meal in Wesley Hall at 5:30 pm. Donations encouraged, but not required. Adults are invited to stay in Wesley Hall from 6:00 – 7:30 for for speaker Pam Rinn, who will discuss strategies dealing with stress and discipline: “Taming the Holiday Crazies.”
From 6:00 – 7:00 pm the kids will have Good Book Club in the Children’s Wing. Our theme for November is — Role Models. Each book celebrates great role models who come in many shapes, sizes, ages . . . and even species. Children younger than 3 years old may stay in the Nursery. Please make Nursery reservations with Paula Wagstaff (email@example.com) at 817/546-4414 by Monday, November 2. Click here to see this month’s book selections!
Friday, November 20
6:00 pm | Wesley Hall
Food items for Thanksgiving Basket Assembly will be delivered on Friday, November 20. If you are interested in volunteering to unload food items, please contact Linda Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/335-6080 ext. 103.
Thanksgiving Basket Assembly and Pick-Up
Saturday, November 21
8:00 am – 1:00 pm | Wesley Hall
First Street Methodist Mission will assemble 800 Thanksgiving Baskets for our neighbors this holiday season — volunteers are needed to help assemble boxes of food, package fruit and vegetables, and welcome guests and case managers. For more information or to sign up, please contact Linda Murphy (email@example.com) at 817/335-6080, ext. 103.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5068.
Small Gifts. Big Difference.
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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-2405.
The sixth graders had a great time at the Confirmation Retreat last weekend. Click here to see more photos from their stay at Lyle Lodge!
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