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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. 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 – 6:30 pm | Worship | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
The Greek Journeys Of Paul
Dr. Tim Bruster
Midway through my series on Paul, I want to pause and let you know about a great opportunity to follow in some of Paul’s footsteps next Spring. I am leading a Journeys of Paul tour 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.
We will visit such significant sites in Paul’s ministry and in ancient history as:
Philippi, the leading city in Macedonia during Paul’s time.
Kavalla, the site of the ancient port of Neapolis where Paul arrived on his first journey to Macedonia.
Thessaloniki, where Paul preached and founded a church.
Meteora where you will see the world-famous Byzantine monasteries perched precariously atop rock formations of varied and beautiful shapes. You will visit two of these monasteries which seem to hang in the air.
Thermopylae, the site of the famous battle and the monument dedicated to King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans.
Delphi, the most spectacularly beautiful ancient site in Greece. Regarded as the center of the world, believers came for 14 centuries to hear its oracle. We will visit the Sacred Way to the Athenian Treasury, the Temple of Apollo, the Theatre, and other ancient sites. We’ll also visit the Museum where, among other treasures, you will see the unique bronze charioteer.
Mycenae, a city Homer called ‘rich in gold,’ which has provided one of the richest archaeological discoveries ever made. You will see the beehive Tomb of Agamemnon, the famous Lion Gate, and the Acropolis.
Olympia with a visit to the Sanctuary of Zeus at the site of the first Olympic Games and the Archaeological Museum to see the monumental items found during the excavations at the site.
Athens, the world-renowned Acropolis and the ruins of the Parthenon, Erectheum and Propylaea, still one of the most splendid monuments of ancient Greece. We’ll see see Mars Hill and stroll through the Agora, the ancient market place where Paul disputed with the philosophers. We’ll visit the National Archaeological Museum to see some of the treasures of Ancient Greece.
Not all will happen on land. We will board a ship in the Port of Piraeus and over four days our cruise ship will take us to spectacular places with breathtaking scenery:
The Island of Mykonos with its celebrated windmills and picturesque houses.
Ephesus, the center of emperor worship, and (due to the work of Paul and John), the center of Christianity in Asia Minor. We will see the Temple of Diana (Artemis), one of the seven wonders of the ancient World.
Patmos for a visit to the Monastery of St. John and Grotto that is the traditional site believed to be where John wrote the Book of Revelation.
The Island of Rhodes. As Paul’s ship sailed into the harbor he would have seen the remains of the one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world — Colossus, a huge brazen statue of Apollo so high that ships passed in full sail between its legs.
The Island of Crete.
Santorini, perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands.
The famous Corinth Canal. In Paul’s time ships were dragged overland on rollers. In the Ancient City of Corinth where Paul visited three times and established a vigorous church, you will visit the Archaeological Museum, and the Temples.
Registration is now open for this trip. Click here to download the brochure and registration form, which you may print out and send in.
There is also 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. The meeting will be held on October 26 at 7:00 pm in Room 154 at the church. To let us know of your interest, you may email Pam Erlandson (email@example.com).
It will be the experience of a lifetime and add so much to your understanding of Paul! I hope you can join us.
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!
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Faith In Action: Children’s Wing
Have you checked in on our second floor Children’s Wing Expansion lately? Are you as eager as I am to see the progress on these exciting new space additions for our Children’s ministries?
In just a few short weeks, we’ll be ready to show off two new classrooms, a really colorful flex area, an ADA-accessible restroom, and a brand new waiting area for parents. I know Mister Mark is getting excited about all this, and I’ll bet the children are, too! Watch this space next week to learn about the children’s reaction to their new space.
With the gifts you’ve made, this wonderful expansion is just about to become a reality. And, if you haven’t yet made your gift, we’re looking now toward finishing construction and furnishing these vibrant new spaces — and I know you’ll want to join others in funding the finishing touches that will make this building expansion all it can be for our kids. Please call me at 817/339-5098 with any questions, or click here to give online. I look forward to telling you more!
Roger Partridge, Director of Stewardship
This is Why I Love it Here!
“I love to hear that you are talking about this with your members — it means you really care about hospitality and that means a lot to someone who is visiting. This place is great!”
When I spoke to the Loyalty class last Sunday about our new Hospitality, Safety, and Security initiative, this was what one of our visitors shared with the class. I had the opportunity to speak with her personally afterward, and she told me even more about what she loves about our church.
What a joy it was to get to see our church through the eyes of such an impressed visitor! In fact, one of my favorite things about my new role as Director of Welcoming Ministries is getting to hear from visitors and brand new members about how excited they are to become a part of our church family. Often, their excitement is palpable and it always reminds me how fortunate we are to get to be part of the rich history and exciting future of this church.
After that conversation last Sunday, I stood for a moment on Fifth Street and took it all in: families pouring into and out of the Sanctuary for Children First and then our 11:00 am Sanctuary Worship service, our Chapel for DiscipleChurch and the 9:30 Traditional Worship Service, and Wesley Hall for our eleven:eleven celebration. Fifth Street, tented, decorated, and abuzz with activity as The Mission Teams Ministry Fair offered opportunity to learn more about our international missions in Kenya and Costa Rica; people eagerly taking sponsorship cards to support this vital work. The crowd of families gathered as Mr. Mark signed his new book, all royalties going to Mission Teams Ministries; lively music floating around us all as our 11:11 Band warmed up in Wesley Hall. I’ll have to tell you, I just wish everyone could have soaked up the richness of that moment as I did — it was heartwarming beyond words.
My experience last Sunday, from getting to know the Loyalty class to the scene on Fifth Street, reminded me yet again why I love it here — and why I’m so passionate about sharing that feeling with others. These sparks of pride always fuel my desire to share all of the wonderful opportunities we offer here for worship, service, and fellowship. And, when people respond to the information we provide by visiting and joining us, making sure they feel welcome is a joy we all get to share. So if you haven’t taken the time to chat with a new member, I really encourage you to give it a try the next time you have the opportunity. I promise it will be as delightful for you as it is welcoming for them!
See you Sunday!
Lisa Helm is the Director of Welcoming Ministries, a new ministry devoted to making sure all who enter our campus feel welcome, safe, and cared for by our Church — on Sundays and beyond!
Children and Safety First!
The Hospitality, Safety, and Security Committee (HSSC) has determined many people drive through the west parking lot at accelerated speed, using it as a “cut through” and making it unsafe for parents will small children entering FUMC Day School. Therefore, the Third Street entrance will be closed during the day, Monday – Friday. The lot will be accessible by Fifth Street ONLY and there will be signage that directs people to make a right turn only once they enter the lot. We appreciate everyone’s effort in making the safety of our children our top priority!
Room in the Inn Master Class and
An Evening with Father Charles Strobel & Friends
October 14, 2015
Meet Room in the Inn founder Fr. Charles Strobel and Rachel Hester, executive director of Room in the Inn Nashville, in two events October 14 in Fort Worth.
Events are coordinated by the DRC, formerly Day Resource Center for the Homeless, and are presented with support from First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth.
A partnership of the DRC and local faith communities, Room in the Inn offers people experiencing homelessness a night off the streets or away from emergency shelters once a week during the coldest and hottest months of the year.
Guests and members of host churches share an evening meal and fellowship before Room in the Inn guests bed down for a restful night of sleep in accommodations at their host church.
Room in the Inn Master Class
1:00 – 4:00 pm | Wesley Hall | $15
Fr. Strobel and Ms. Hester present a master class in essential elements of Room in the Inn hospitality for people experiencing homelessness. This session is designed for church leaders, congregational coordinators, social service providers or anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of Room in the Inn hospitality.
An Evening with Father Charles Strobel & Friends
7:00 – 9:00 pm | Wesley Hall | $10
Fr. Strobel and Ms. Hester expand on the Room in the Inn experience over coffee and dessert. The evening session is suitable for everyone interested in Room in the Inn.
Habitat for Humanity Fall Fellowship Build
Saturday, October 17
8:00 am – 3:00 pm | Como Neighborhood, Fort Worth
Ages 18+ | Limit 24 People | Registration due 10.12
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).
Meals On Wheels Honors FUMCFW With Brick In Walkway Leading To New Building
Meals On Wheels Inc. of Tarrant County sent a letter to members of FUMC Fort Worth announcing that “In honor of your history with Meals on Wheels we are placing a brick in the walkway leading up to the new building that commemorates your involvement from the beginning.” Meals On Wheels celebrated 42 years of service in May 2015 and thanked our church for our involvement in helping the homebound elderly since 1972. Next year’s move to a new facility will help them continue to meet the rising needs of the homebound in our community.
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
Merritt Fitzgerald George was born Monday, October 5, 2015.
Proud parents are Laurie & Darien George.
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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United Methodist Information Class
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.
10.11 “What Do United Methodists Believe?”
Leader: Dr. Jim Abel, United Methodist Minister
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.
Making Sense of Our Social Security
Sunday, October 11
5:00 – 7:00 pm | Room 154
Understanding when and from where you will receive your income is the foundation of a successful retirement. One of the most important phases of retirement planning is understanding Social Security benefits. Come learn about:
- Strategies to maximize your Social Security benefits.
- The current state of the Social Security system…What does it mean to you?
- How continuing to work will impact your Social Security Benefit.
- How to coordinate Social Security benefits with your spouse.
- How your Social Security affects your taxes.
- How Required Minimum Distributions can really mess things up.
- How to coordinate your benefits with your other sources of retirement income.
The rules are different for singles, couples, widows/widowers, divorcées, and disabled dependents. Even a seemingly small decision can add many dollars to the checks you’ll receive over your lifetime. Early benefits could be a BIG mistake! For more information about this class, contact Marianne Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org) 817/339-5071.
Please email Rev. Phyllis McDougal (email@example.com) if you can make it!
Children’s Halloween Carnival
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2016 Adult Mission Trips Information Meeting
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!
First Street Methodist Mission New Volunteer Orientation
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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-5068.
October Mission Sundays: Blankets
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.
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 Eriks Esenvalds 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 enjoy 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 Eriks Esenvalds “Trinity Te Deum,” accompanied by Peggy Graff, organist and Associate Director of Music Ministries at FUMCFW. Click here to read more.
Spectrum Concert Series
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.
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