THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary
Special Music: Fifth Street Bells, Laura Logan, harpist, & Melissa Arthur, flautist
DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:30 am | Wesley Hall
Worship | 8:30 am | Chapel | Rev. Brooks Harrington (Click here to read Brooks’ blog)
Discussion | 9:30 am | Foundation Building
Chapel Communion | 10:30 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
Special Music: Dace Sultanov & Jeff Donahue
eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott (Click here to read Tom’s blog)
Special Music: Peter Mayer
First 7th | Worship | 5:30 pm | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
Discipleship Discussion Groups | 6:30 pm
CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Wednesday, December 24 | Grace
Real: John 1:16: “From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”
Reel: A Christmas Carol: “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!” — Ebenezer Scrooge
Noon Service | Leonard Memorial Chapel | Rev. Casey Langley
Family Service | 5:00 pm | Sanctuary | Mister Mark Burrows
Celebrate Christmas Eve in this meaningful family friendly worship service timed especially for young families — perfect for kids of all ages!
Traditional Candlelight Service | 7:00, 9:00, & 11:00 pm | Sanctuary
“Who Does God Look Like?”
Dr. Tim Bruster
Special Music Featuring Janet Pummill and 5th Street Brass
30 minutes prior to each worship service
Our traditional Christmas Eve music and worship experience with carols and Christmas songs to herald our celebration of the birth of Christ.
7:00 pm | Cornerstone Youth Choir
9:00 & 11:00 pm | Choral Union
Communion will be served at every Christmas Eve worship service.
Dr. Tim Bruster
John 1:1-18; Luke 12:15-18
This Sunday, the Fourth Sunday in Advent, in addition to enjoying a very special morning of music from our Fifth Street Bells, we’ll be looking at the interesting connections to be found between the word, “life” — which is another favorite word of John’s — juxtaposed with the concept of life as we see it in that beloved Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life.
In the first chapter of John we explore the notion of abundant life — and what that means in its scriptural context: “in him was life and his life was the light to all people.”
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM YOUR FUMCFW COMMUNICATIONS TEAM!
This issue of the FUMCFW Weekly News contains all your FUMCFW News and Coming Event information through December 24. Please note the church will be closed on December 25th & 26th and January 1 & 2.
OUR CHURCH NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Each year we anticipate receiving almost 30% of our donations ($1.1 million) during November and December. And this year, with our YTD donations 5% lower than anticipated, we need a surge of year-end donations to help our church finish this year successfully.
And, just this week, the charitable IRA rollover, enacted in 2006, was renewed to encourage older Americans to give out of their Individual Retirement Accounts. We hope you will consider making a year-end gift from your IRA to FUMC Fort Worth. Under this new law, which applies retroactively to charitable IRA distributions made earlier this year and to those made through December 31, IRA owners age 70-1/2 or older can exclude up to $100,000 a year from income if the IRA funds are paid directly to certain public charities. (Otherwise, the IRA owner would have to pay tax on the IRA funds before claiming the deduction.) For taxpayers who don’t normally itemize their deductions and so don’t get to deduct their contributions anyway, it’s a winner, and for taxpayers who usually do itemize, it may also leave them ahead.
Also, because the values of common stock have increased this year, if you have appreciated stock, you can avoid capital gains and get a donation for the full value of the shares if you transfer the shares directly to the church.
If you have questions about how to donate using credit cards, shares of appreciated stock or from an IRA in lieu of a minimum distribution, please contact Larry Ammerman, Business and Facilities Administrator, (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-3884.
All donations are extremely important to helping the many vital ministries of our church as we join together to Love God, Serve People, and Transform Lives. Click here to make your year-end gift now or by check.
A Special Year-end Giving Message from Mister Mark
Honorary and Memorial gifts are a one-stop, one-size-fits-all perfect way to honor everyone on your list, as well as the memory of loved ones.
This Christmas season, use our Advent Giving Catalog (online here or in the Welcome Center and Main Office) to find just the right “fit” — the giving opportunity that most touches your heart this holiday season.
Ways to Give
2) Sundays (9:00 am – 12:30 pm) in Room 147
3) Drop a check off in the Main Office of the Church*
*Write the ministry’s name you are donating to on the memo line of your check (attach note for multiple donations using one check)
Honorary & Memorial Cards
Honorary & Memorial cards can be printed online at time of donations or picked up in Room 147 on Sundays and in the Main Office during the week. If you would like for the church to mail the Honorary/Memorial card to the recipient please provide the recipient’s name and mailing address with your check.
TEACHERS & TOPICS
Dr. David A.Grant
12.20 WINTER CONCERT
FEATURING PETER MAYER AND ELIZABETH WILLS
6:00 pm | Annual Winter Drum Circle
(drums provided — or bring your own!)
7:00 pm | Doors open
7:30 pm | Music begins | Wesley Hall
Free parking across the street
Enjoy coffee, pastries, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider
2014 ADVENT DEVOTIONAL
Looking for a daily pick-me up that connects the fun and frivolity of your favorite holiday classics with their deeper meanings and
reflections? Click here to follow our GPS Daily Devotional, Advent Edition, one day at a time — or pick up your printed copy of our complete 2014 Advent Devotional in the Welcome Center or Main Office.
Have some exciting news about an FUMCFW member that you would like to share? This brand new section of the E-news is the perfect place to do just that!
Please send your information to Lisa Helm (email@example.com) and we will include your story!
Little Whit Sykes, son of Lauren and Clark Sykes and grandson of Debbie and Jim Whitton, our Board of Trustees Chair, helps deliver cookies to local first responders and discovers the hidden surprise — and true delight — that so often rides along with giving to others: ” He went to deliver cookies last year for First Responders but was a little shy,” explains Lauren. “This year, he was ready; he went in and didn’t stop talking the whole time. My mother said he was literally beaming the entire time he was there. The highlight was getting to climb up into the fire truck and play with the hoses!”
“Thank you for all you do,” Whit exclaimed as he made this very special delivery, “Merry Christmas!”
(Click on the name of a ministry below to skip directly to their news)
This Sunday is our last Fall Academy session.
Let’s make it a fun, memorable one!
Spring Academy registration begins 1.4.15.
12.21 CHILDREN’S ACADEMY MISSION CLASSES OFFER GIFT ITEMS FOR SALE THIS SUNDAY TO BENEFIT FIRST STREET METHODIST MISSION
Our children’s mission classes have been working very hard to create craft items to sell this Sunday. Shop for these very special gifts at the Missio Christmas Shop, open Sunday from 10:30 – 10:55 am and Noon – 12:15 pm in the Mission Room 203. There are some really cool items that will make wonderful Christmas gifts, and ALL the proceeds go to support our church’s First Street Methodist Mission. Please come by and support our children who are actively doing things to help people in need.
1.9 JANUARY PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
6:30 – 11:00pm | Ages: 3mo. – 12yrs.
$30 for first child $40/ 2 and $45/ 3+
(There is a $20 no show fee)
We’re having a Frozen party! We will have indoor snow ball fights, make an Elsa cookie castle, enjoy snacks and of course watch the movie. Reservations are required and are due by 1.7. Space is limited so make your reservations early!!! Contact Paula Wagstaff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/546-4414.
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.
PREPARING FOR MARRIAGE: STRONG MARRIAGES BUILT TO LAST
Sundays in February 2015
Foundation Building | Room 274
$100 per couple | Register by 1.26 Childcare available
Led by Joy Allen, LCSW, M.Div.
Joy Allen, LCSW, M.Div. is committed to helping couples create positive, respectful relationships with passion and health. This workshop helps couples to quickly recognize and develop strategies for approaching issues in their relationship that may limit their satisfaction. Participants will develop an understanding of the differences in each other’s personality and explore powerful means of enhancing the intimacy and satisfaction they desire for their lives together. Cost includes materials as well as an individual session with Joy Allen. Click here to register or by contacting Marianne Wilson (email@example.com) at 817/339-5071. For more information contact Dr. Mitzi Ellington at 817/907-3243.
2015 LIVING THROUGH GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
Sundays | Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, & 22
9:30 am | Foundation Bldg., 2nd Floor
Charme Robarts will lead the group along with Rev. Phyllis McDougal.
For more information, contact Rev. Phyllis McDougal (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5082.
Visit the Adult Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.
REVOLUTION WEEKEND 2015: #SELFIE — “WHO AM I? WHOSE AM I?”
January 17 – 19, 2015
Glen Lake Camp & Retreat Center | Grades 7 – 12 | $125 for Youth | $50 for Adults
Guest Speaker: “Werm” | Musical Guest: Bus Seven
Hey Youth Families!
It’s that time again! Our big winter retreat, Revolution Weekend, is coming and we want YOU to join us January 17 – 19 down at Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center!
Many of you have been a part of this awesome 3-day weekend trip before; if you haven’t here’s what you can look forward to at Revolution Weekend 2015: #SELFIE and why you will want to be a part of it:
Three days at Glen Lake Retreat Center for a weekend of fun, worship, friends, and so much more!
An AMAZING band, Bus Seven, back for the third year in a row, to lead worship with us, PLUS an AWESOME speaker named Werm (he’s got GIANT hair)!
A mix of big group and small group time, so everyone gets to meet new people and mingle with the whole group — and get to know one another in small group settings!
Engaging and empowering worship that invites teenagers to know whose image they are made in — God’s!
A chance to get away and spend time with friends and with God!
Click here to register and pay online now for what is going to be another amazing Revolution Weekend: #SELFIE! See you there!
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Visit the Youth page for more information on programs and activities.
12.21 LOOKING FOR LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFTS?
9:00 am – Noon | Room 147
Come browse our selection of goodies from Kenya and Costa Rica! All of these beautiful items make wonderful gifts — but you had better hurry because they are selling FAST! Get some of that last-minute Christmas Shopping out of the way and support a great cause since all proceeds benefit the African Orphan Endeavor and the Costa Rica Mission project.
Noon | Room 154
The 2015 Kenya Mission Trip is fast approaching. If you or someone you know might be interested in FUMCFW’s Kenya ministry or are thinking of attending the 2015 Mission Trip, please join us to learn more about this life changing opportunity!
Food 4 Kids is a ministry of First Street Methodist Mission that will send food home for the weekend for 100 kids at I.M. Terrell Elementary during the school year.
GROUP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
September 7, 2014 – May 31, 2015
Any Sunday, for an hour between 9:00 am – Noon
Get a group together and sign up online now to fill backpacks with food! It’s a great opportunity to spend time with friends and do something meaningful! Each group needs a minimum of 8 volunteers.
Questions? Contact Elizabeth Becker, Mission Director, (email@example.com) at 817/339-5068. Thank you for your help!
Visit the First Street Mission Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.
Visit the Outreach Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.
Visit the CCT page for more information on programs and activities.
Visit the CCM page for more information on programs and activities.
Visit the MWA page for more information on programs and activities.
Foundation Memorial Fund In Memory Of:
Helen Martin by Bill Martin
Bill Scott by Fran & Bill Mizell
Merle Kelly by Mrs. J.W. Renfro
Dorothy Fuller by Joan and Lee Roy Hahnfeld
Joe D. Ambrose by Fran & Bill Mizell
Carolyn Winn by The Roach Foundation, Inc.
First Street Methodist Mission In Memory Of:
Bill Stroud by Lue Nel Stroud
Mr. Jerry Pennell by Carol Harrell, Judy & David Tutt
General Memorial Fund In Memory Of:
Wanda Ballard by Janie Burchfield
Joe Ambrose by Wendy & Bill Buechele, Mr. & Mrs. Stouffer, Jr.
Happy Holidays to Sid Johnston
from Shelby & Pat Adams
Happy Holidays to Linda & Hank Billman
from Deborah Cunion
Happy Holidays to Dr. Bill Longsworth
from Marty Harman
Happy Holidays to Pat & Arch Van Meter
from Joan & Lee Roy Hahnfeld
African Orphan Endeavor In Honor Of:
Nancy Tully by Shirley Armour
Costa Rica Ministry In Honor Of:
Rev Chuck Graff by Shirley Armour
First Street Methodist Mission In Honor Of:
Camille & John Thomason by Martha & John Inman
Mary & James Thomason by Martha & John Inman
Beth & Rusty Looney-Eli & Sam by Martha & John Inman
Polly Thomason by Martha & John Inman
Tina Gilliand by Martha & John Inman
Susan Garner by Martha & John Inman
Cynthia Hooper by Martha & John Inman
Billie & John Skinner by Martha & John Inman
Food 4 Kids In Honor Of:
The Baker/Greenhill family by Shirley Armour
General Honorarium Fund In Honor Of:
Miss Molly & Tim McDermott by Anne Skipper
The Justice Ministries In Honor Of:
Dale Hansen by UMW