THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Community Breakfast | 9:30 am | Wesley Hall
One Worship Service | 11:00 am | Sanctuary
TEACHERS & TOPICS
THERE WILL BE NO ADULT, CHILDREN, OR YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2014. NURSERY 0 – PRE-K AVAILABLE
Our Church Still Needs Your Help!
To those of you who have responded so generously to the recent requests for increased year-end giving to help our church close out its 2014 financial year successfully, we thank you!
And, while donations received in the past two weeks have helped make some progress, we are still facing a deficit; in other words, our church still needs your help. If you have been meaning to make a year-end gift (or an additional gift) to join in this community effort to raise our year-end donations to meet this need, there’s still time to make your 2014 gift count toward this significant goal.
We know it’s a busy time of year, and to help make year-end giving as quick and convenient as possible, here are a few things to know about giving to our church this time of year:
- Many ways to give: Click here to give via debit or credit card, simply write a check with 2014 Budget in the memo line and drop it in the offering plate this Sunday or mail it (postmarked before December 31) — or now you can even make a donation to the church via text message! (To access this new Text-to-Give Option, simply text the dollar amount of your donation to 817/241-2327 and follow the prompts.) This new, fast, and secure giving option allows you to make a quick one-time gift to our church as often as you’d like by accessing our regular online giving portal in a whole new way. Join the community effort now underway to close out our financial year in success — text your gift today
- New advantages for IRA owners 70 ½ or older: The recent renewal of the charitable IRA rollover, allows IRA owners 70 ½ or older to give out of their Individual Retirement Accounts required minimum distribution. They can exclude up to $100,000 a year from income if the IRA funds are paid directly to certain public charities. This ruling applies retroactively to charitable IRA distributions made earlier this year and to those made through December 31. If this situation applies to you, we hope you will consider making a year-end gift from your IRA to FUMC Fort Worth.
- Capital gains tax advantages for appreciated stock: You can avoid capital gains on appreciated stock and get a charitable donation for the full value of the shares if you transfer the shares directly to the church. Because the values of common stock have increased this year, this giving option just might be the win-win you’ve been looking for!
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, or Steven Fagan, CPA, Associate Business Administrator (email@example.com) at 817-339-5085.
Join us for worship the first Sunday after Christmas. Enjoy breakfast in Wesley Hall and then worship in the Sanctuary as we all join together in one big service and continue to celebrate The REAL Christmas this Advent season!
If you would like to volunteer to bring food, please bring it to the 5th street garden ramp doors leading into Wesley Hall between 8:45 and 9:00 am and there will be someone there to let you inside. Please note that all of the doors to the church will be locked until 9:15 am. Breakfast will be served from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Contact Rev. Page Hines (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5063 to volunteer to bring food and/or serve breakfast or for more information.
EVER WONDERED WHAT IT’S LIKE TO SING IN THE CHOIR?
Everyone — and we mean EVERYONE — is invited to come to the second floor choir room at 10:30 am to learn a piece of music for the service at 11:00 am. No experience is necessary! The only requirement is enthusiasm and a willingness to have FUN, so bring the entire family and enjoy a wonderful morning of music and worship!
UMW January General Meeting — Tuesday, January 6
11:30 am | Luncheon & Program | Wesley Hall
$15 for lunch | RSVP by Noon December 31
For more information or to RSVP contact Betty Pinkerton (email@example.com) at 817/625-0902.
For childcare contact Paula Wagstaff (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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!
Thomas and Maggie Layman took the opportunity to partake in the FUMCFW Honoring our First Responders project. The twins delivered cookies they baked with their grandmother to our local heroes at Fort Worth Fire Station 37 and the Ft Worth Police Departmentt at the corner of North Beach and Basswood. A big thank you to the Layman twins — and EVERYONE — who was part of this special First Church holiday initiative!
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There is no Academy this Sunday, January 28!
There will only be one worship service that morning – at 11:00 in the Sanctuary. There is an all-church breakfast in Wesley Hall beginning at 9:30, and we encourage families to worship together that morning. The second floor of the Children’s Wing will be closed; child care is available on the first floor for our little bitties.
SPRING ACADEMY REGISTRATION BEGINS 1.4.15!
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.
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