FUMCFW Weekly News 10.29.15

By October 29, 2015News

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All Saints’ Sunday
Children First

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Roger Partridge — Faith In Action: Practicing Generosity
Lisa Helm — Our Vital Volunteers
Ryan Mansfield: Leaving a Legacy
Dr. Lamar Smith Honored
Worship Here, Worship There . . .
Tricks and Treats!
Improv 1st! Comedy Showcase
November Foundation Lunch & Learn

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UMW November General Meeting


November Good Book Club


Youth First Wednesday Dinner: November
High School Retreat

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First Street Methodist Mission New Volunteer Orientation
Food Delivery for Thanksgiving Baskets
November Mission Sundays: Blankets


Spectrum Concert Series

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Traditional Worship
9:40 am | Chapel
11:00 am | Sanctuary
Dr. Tim Bruster

Children First | 9:45 am | Sanctuary | Mister Mark Burrows
Theme: Role models

DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:20 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Rev. Lance Marshall
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

Click here to view and download PDFs of our worship bulletins, posted weekly as soon as details are finalized!

Fall Traditional Tim Bruster_HSAll Saints’ Sunday
“Nothing Can Separate Us From the Love of God in Christ Jesus”

Romans 8:18, 28, 31-32, 35, 37-39, and 14:7-9

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On this day we remember those church members who have died since October 16, 2014, through October 15, 2015.

Marilyn Alsmiller, Betty Ambrose, Joseph Ambrose, Wanda Ballard, Joyce Birdsong, Krisha Denise Blackwell, Jan Bradley, Mary Burdette, Wendell Chantry, Betty Chura, Dolores Cox, John Flynn, Randy Freeman, David Grant, Loren Hanson, Bobbie Hartman, Dale Hulsey, Kyle Humphrey, Jim Jones, Daphne Motheral Jose, Bernice Josephs, Elaine Jutson, Frances Kauffman, Arthur Keller Jr., Betty Kelly, Merle Kelly, Ray Kimmons, Nancy Lanford, Richard Laswell, Marian Lewis, Judith Lokey, Brandon Martin, Nelda Martin, Betty McCrary, Kathryn McGar, Elizabeth McManus, Robert McMillin, Susan Mitchell, Lewis Pratt, Patsy Pritchard, Glenn Reynolds, Alzada Riggs, William Scott Jr., Bob Snow, Boss Snow, Billie Sommermeyer, Alvis Stephens, Frances Stuart, Ruby Sutter, Beverly Taylor, Gordon Teague, C. L. Turner, William Weiter, G. Wright Wilemon, Betty Wright, Jim Wright, and Kathleen Wunderlich.

All Saints’ Day is the celebration of people of faith who have contributed to the creation of God’s kingdom. These saints were not perfect, but were people who were trying to listen to God’s word and live God’s call. This is the “communion of saints” — that fellowship of believers that reaches beyond time and place, even beyond death.

Mark BurrowsWear PURPLE on Sunday

Hello Families.

One more reminder that Children First is THIS Sunday, 9:45 in the Sanctuary.10.1 Children First_HS

Make sure to set your clocks back one hour the night before.

Don’t forget to wear purple. (It has to do with our theme: Role Models.)

And speaking of role models, if your child has a role model in the community he or she would like to invite to Children First, great!

See you Sunday,


Day Camp 2016:  June 13-17

Vacation Bible School 2016: July 11-15

Teachers & Topics Web HeaderClick here to see classes meeting on Sunday, November 1

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!

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Click here to see who’s blogging this week, posted each Friday!

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 every Friday under the “Who’s Blogging This Week” subject line.

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staff_Roger Partridge_500Faith In Action: Practicing Generosity

Roger Partridge

Do you practice the tithe? Most of us don’t talk about it much, but what these young adults have discovered is the huge positive impact on our spiritual life we receive when we regularly offer 10 percent of our income back to God.

I have several young co-workers that come to visit me on a regular basis. I enjoy their visits and am encouraged for the United Methodist Church that we have such gifted and devout clergy here in training. Click here to continue reading.

Lisa Helm

Our Vital Volunteers

Lisa Helm

The Library. Vacation Bible School. FUMCFW Flower Ministry. What do these things have in common? The answer is simple: each of these vital FUMCFW endeavors couldn’t exist without volunteers. 

When we needed information about the history of our Music Ministries for the organ brochure last year, the “Library Ladies” were there with everything we needed to produce an accurate and fascinating retrospective. Click here continue reading.

Ryan Mansfield_HSRyan Mansfield: Leaving a Legacy

“Ryan has been a joy and a blessing to us and to our congregation. His wonderful attributes that we have all come to know are reasons we love him and will deeply miss him.”

— Peggy Graff, Assistant Director of Music & Worship Arts and Organist 

Ryan Mansfield, Director of Audio/Visual Services, is leaving FUMCFW to join St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Plano. St. Andrew is closer to home and family for Ryan, his wife, Darla, and their son, Anthony. Although we will miss Ryan and all he brings to our church, we wish him the very best of luck in his new church home.

Ryan has made vast improvements in the audio/visual area of our church, and he says he feels that the most important thing he’ll leave behind is his replacement, Sam Spofford, our new A/V Services Coordinator who began his full-time employment with our church this week. Ryan is confident that Sam will be a great fit with the FUMCFW staff and community. In addition, the church was able to hire Austin Patton, who has been working in our eleven:eleven celebration service, as a part-time member of our church A/V Services staff. As we continue to expand our A/V Services and greet new opportunities, Austin Patton and Gary Sladek will also continue to provide part time A/V and video editing support.

Please join us in saying farewell to Ryan and welcoming Sam and Austin into our church home. We’re sad to see Ryan go, but we’re thankful that he’s passing the torch to Sam and Austin and leaving us with a legacy that is sure to last. Click here to read the full story.

Daylight Savings Time_HSIt’s that time again . . .

Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 1. Be sure to move your clocks back one hour on Saturday night!

Lamar Smith at Conference Center (2) 10.13.15Dr. Lamar Smith Honored
at “Rosedale Renaissance” Ceremony
at Texas Wesleyan University

October 22 was “a day of days” for Dr. Lamar Smith, Associate Pastor of Evangelism at FUMCFW. The Rev. Dr. Lamar Edward Smith Center for Evangelism & Church Growth was named after Dr. Smith in honor of his lifelong commitment to the United Methodist Church (U.M.C.) and his alma mater, Texas Wesleyan University. The new U.M.C. Central Texas Conference Service Center was opened as part of the “Rosedale Renaissance” Project at Texas Wesleyan University.

FUMCFW member Louise Canafax funded the clock tower that, coupled with a new entryway, provides a “front door” for prospective students, visitors, and the community. Louise was also a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University, and she was a world-class cellist and music educator in Fort Worth.

We are so grateful to Dr. Lamar Smith for his ongoing ministry and commitment to the church. We would like to offer him a big congratulation on his latest honor, as well as his long list of accomplishments over many years of service! Click here to read the full story.

FUMCFW Media_HSWorship Here, Worship There . . .
FUMCFW Worship Everywhere!

If you can’t make it to church on Sundays, remember that you can still worship with us in a variety of other ways:

Worship online via live stream every Sunday morning:
• Traditional Sanctuary Worship | 11:00 am
• eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am
• Children First | 9:45 am (first Sunday of every month)

Catch the previous week’s sermon via radio broadcast:
• WRR Classical 101.1 FM | 7:30 am every Sunday

Enjoy podcasts on iTunes while you work out or play:
• Traditional Worship
• First 7th Worship

Visit fumcfw.org/media to get all the details, and join us for worship — anytime, anywhere!

Halloween Carnival_HSTricks and Treats!

This year’s Halloween Carnival was a scream! The children tricked the rain away with their creative costumes, and everyone enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon of train rides, bounce houses, pony rides, games, crafts, and more — with plenty of treats for all. A big round of applause goes out to all the volunteers and contributions to help host this annual event benefiting our First Street Methodist Mission. Click here to view more photos from this event.

Improv 1st_HSImprov 1st! Comedy Showcase

Sunday, November 1
5:00 – 6:00 pm
The “Spontaneous Theater” Space | Room 350
Refreshments & Nothing Bundt Cakes

Join our first-ever FUMCFW “improv 1st” students, making up stuff, on the spot, for your comedy entertainment!

Foundation Lunch & Learn_HSNovember Foundation Lunch & Learn

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, Executive Director Sid Johnston, 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 (lisa.tucker@fmcfoundation.org) at 817/339-5089.

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New Members

10.30.15 Members


10.30.15 Baptisms

Known Hospitalized

Doris Klabzuba
Yale Lary
Chuck Mencke
Ed Petrushka
Col. Warner “Tex” Rankin
Ellen Rosenstein
Jeannie Sandlin
Ross Sandlin
Dr. G. Douglas Tatum Jr.

In Memoriam

Nelda Gathings
Nadine Hester


Sarita Jayne Landreth was born on October 2, 2015.
Proud family includes: parents, Regan & W. A. Landreth,
big brother, William Henry, and grandmother, Jaynie Cumming.


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 (cpetty@myfumc.org) and we will include your story!

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Nov15 UMW_HSUMW November General Meeting

Tuesday, October 6
11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Fri., 10.30

“The ABCs of TCC”
Presented by Dr. Tahita Fulkerson
President of Tarrant County College River Campus

Contact Paula Wagstaff (pwagstaff@myfumc.org) by 10.30 for childcare reservations. We look forward to seeing you there!

Click here to RSVP now or call the UMW RSVP line at 469/844-8690.

Visit the Adult Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.


Good Book Club15_HSNovember Good Book Club

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 are encouraged, but not required. Adults are invited to stay in Wesley Hall from 6:00 – 7:30 pm 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 (pwagstaff@myfumc.org) at 817/546-4414 by Monday, November 2. Click here to see this month’s book selections!

Visit the Children’s Ministry page for more information on programs and activities.

Visit the FUMC Day School page for more information on programs and activities.

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FSMM_New Volunteer Orientation_HSFirst Street Methodist Mission New Volunteer Orientation

Tuesday, November 17
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. 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 (ebecker@firststreetmission.org) at 817/339-5068.

Thanksgiving Baskets_HSFood Delivery for Thanksgiving Baskets

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 (lmurphy@firststreetmission.org) at 817/335-6080, ext. 103.

Thanksgiving Basket Assembly and Pickup

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 (lmurphy@firststreetmission.org) at 817/335-6080, ext. 103.

Nov15 Mission Sunday_HSNovember Mission Sundays: Hats Gloves and Scarves

During the month of November, please bring hats, gloves, and scarves 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 (ebecker@firststreetmission.org) at 817/339-5068.

Small Gifts. Big Difference.

Visit the Compassion & Justice Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.


Spectrum Concert Series_HSSpectrum Concert Series

Monday, November 9
7:00 pm | Leonard Memorial Chapel

“There’s a whole new world of music out there that’s never been heard before, and it’s worth exploring.”

— David Hermann, founding member of Spectrum

The next Spectrum Concert is just around the corner, and you won’t want to miss it! The Spectrum, Fort Worth’s first professional chamber music group, will perform two seasonal concerts at FUMCFW. Six members of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) founded the Spectrum Chamber Music Ensemble in 1986 to present concerts of music for smaller ensembles. Over the years, the group has expanded to include other FWSO performers, faculty members from nearby schools, and local professional musicians.

Spectrum partners with FUMCFW to provide a free performance venue that is open to the Fort Worth community and surrounding areas. Join us for the upcoming concert on Monday, November 9, at 7:00 pm in the Leonard Memorial Chapel for some never-before-seen performances. From light entertainment to folk songs, it’ll be music to your ears.

Click here to read the full story. For more information, please contact Peggy Graff (pgraff@myfumc.org) at 817/339-2405.

Visit the Music & Worship Arts page for more information on programs and activities.


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Youth First Wednesday Dinner: November

Wednesday, November 4
6:30 – 7:30 pm | Fort Worth and Arlington
Torchy’s Tacos and Smashburger

Join us for our November First Wednesday Dinner! Meet Andrew at Torchy’s Tacos off Rosedale Street in Fort Worth, or grab a burger with Martin at Smashburger in Arlington on South Cooper. We’ll see you there!

Youth Retreats_HSHigh School Retreat

November 14 – 15
Saturday 8:00 am – Sunday 11:00 am | Lyle Lodge | $20
Register and Pay Online Now

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!

Visit the Youth page for more information on programs and activities.

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Foundation Memorial Fund In Honor Of:

 Elizabeth Dean McManus by the Law Offices of Paup, Shutt and Associates

Loren Que Hanson by Jean Roach


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