THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The Christmas Festival
Children First | 9:30 am | Sanctuary | “Receive” | Mister Mark Burrows
Traditional Worship | 11:00 am | Sanctuary
Special Music: Choral Union, Full Orchestra, & Children’s Choirs at both services
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: Robbie Higgs
eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott (Click here to read Tom’s blog)
First 7th | Worship | 5:30 pm | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
Discipleship Discussion Groups | 6:30 pm
What Does it Mean to Receive?
This week we continue our Advent sermon series, The Real Christmas Story, with “What does it mean to Receive?” We’ll be examining together some important words about receiving we find in the first chapter of John: “But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.” In Luke 18:15-17 Jesus welcomed the little children, saying “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” [NRSV]. It is clear that receiving is a central part of our faith.
Sunday, December 7
9:30 am | Sanctuary | Mister Mark Burrows
We wanted to let you know that we are starting Children First 15 minutes earlier than usual — at 9:30 am.
We are having a full orchestra, multiple choirs, plus so many of the elements that make Children First what it is.
We have a lot of wonder to pack into one hour.
See you Sunday!
TEACHERS & TOPICS
Dr. David Grant
Whitt Everett Luig was born
Monday, November 10, 2014.
Proud parents are Brandi and Josh Luig.
C. L. Turner
THIS WEEK DURING ADVENT:
BLESSING OUR FIRST RESPONDERS
Share hospitality with others by baking goodies and taking them to local fire and police departments. Click here for more information.
12.7 YOUTH TACKY CHRISTMAS PARTY
5:00 – 8:00 pm | Justin Building (801 W 5th St)
Questions? Contact Brenda Kegans(email@example.com) at 817/339-3888.
12.7 SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE
6:30 pm | Leonard Memorial Chapel
Rev. Phyllis McDougal
This service offers a special time to come together in worship to remember & celebrate lost loved ones.
12.10 DECEMBER GOOD BOOK CLUB
POLAR EXPRESS PARTY
5:30 pm | Dinner & Movie | Wesley Hall
For more information, contact Janice Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5086.
12.14 CHRISTMAS CHEER
2:30 – 5:30 pm | Starting in Wesley Hall
Join us for this special day of service AND fun! Christmas Cheer begins with caroling groups traveling to downtown assisted living facilities to celebrate God’s love through song and fellowship. Then it’s back to Wesley Hall to celebrate the joy of Christmas with carriage rides, flip books, a Christmas card station, and cookie decorating. If you have questions or would like to volunteer your musical talent as a musician or song leader or if you would like to help with set up in Wesley Hall, contact Elizabeth Marshall (email@example.com) at 817/339-5096.
A FIRST CHURCH CHRISTMAS ADVENT GIVING CATALOG
Celebrate the “lovely intangibles” of the season — love, hope, faith, and joy — with gifts of blessing. Look for A First Church Christmas Advent Giving Catalog and find just the right fit for your heart-felt gift this 2014 Season of Advent. Click here or pick up your catalog of giving opportunities in the Welcome Center or the Main Office.
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.
MONTHLY CHURCH TOUR THIS SUNDAY!
Want to know more about FUMCFW? Would you like to find a Sunday School class, learn about our library, Television Ministry, Children’s Ministry and more? To join the monthly Tour of the Building, meet Norma Loughridge at the piano in the front of the Sanctuary, immediately following the 11:00 am Worship Service!
Thank you to everyone who helped decorate our beautiful Crismon tree! Pictured left to right: Wayne Maddox, Laura Rugg, Ann Maddox, Meghan Maddox (granddaughter of Wayne and Ann Maddox), Carolyn Stephens, Margaret Shuping, Carolyn Grieser, Gerald Grieser, Marty Morrison, David Morrison, Leah Owens and Reverend Chuck Graff.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will include your story!
MATTHEW AND MICHELLE PHILLIPS THANK FUMCFW
FOR THEIR TUMCA SCHOLARSHIP
When Matthew and Michelle Phillips, children of Tony and Nancy Phillips, received an unexpected letter from Bishop Dan E. Solomon, it contained a very special surprise that placed them among the sixty-plus students across Texas awarded a TUMCA scholarship to help fund their Texas Wesleyan education.
Each year, every local United Methodist church in Texas pays “apportionments,” or specified amounts of funding, to the Texas United Methodist College Association to help Texas United Methodist students attend TUMCA colleges and universities. While members of our congregation may or may not be aware of these annual apportionments we pay as a congregation, it’s important to realize that this is just part of the real support we help provide as part of the greater United Methodist faith community to enable our young people to pursue higher education in a faith-focused environment.
“We want to give a big thank you to FUMC for paying their TUMCA apportionment,” said Matthew and Michelle in this open note to our congregation. “As a result, we were awarded scholarships to help with our tuition at Texas Wesleyan University. We have been fortunate to be a part of this congregation our whole lives from infant baptism to high school graduation. We are thankful that our Methodist experience can continue at Texas Wesleyan University.”
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I’ve been a pretty good boy this year.
I’m so happy with all the wonderful things happening in Children’s Ministry. And I feel so lucky to get to do what I do.
Here’s my biggest wish – TEACHERS FOR THE SPRING!
Spring Academy starts February 8, and I want to make sure we have a full team of teachers for all our wonderful children. We have a great team in place, but many of our volunteers will want to take the spring to go back and visit Grown-Up Land. And they should be able to do so with the knowledge that new teachers will stepup. (They will step up, won’t they Santa?)
Santa, you travel all over. If you see any grown-ups who might even be the teeny-tiniest bit interested, will you please let them know that:
All the curriculum is provided. They don’t have to make it up themselves.
All the materials for activities will be provided and waiting in the rooms.
They will be on a team with at least two other teachers, so they don’t have to do it all alone.
They don’t have to be there every single Sunday.
Interested in this volunteer opportunity? Please contact Janice Cooper (email@example.com) at 817/339-5086.
12.10 DECEMBER GOOD BOOK CLUB
POLAR EXPRESS PARTY
5:30 pm | Dinner & Movie | Wesley Hall
This December installment of Good Book Club is our second annual party and family celebration around Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. We will meet in Wesley Hall to watch the movie, read some passages from the book, drink hot chocolate, and much more! Note that we will start 30 minutes earlier (at 5:30) so we can finish up well before bedtime. And YES, the kids are invited to wear their pajamas! For more information, contact Janice Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5086.
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 | 9:00 – 10:30 am
Foundation Bldg. | Room 274
Led by Joy Allen, LCSW, M.Div.
$100/couple, includes materials AND one individual session at the conclusion of the class
Registration due 1.26 | Childcare available
Relationships and marriages deserve time and energy as people begin a lifetime of loving one another. Establishing a strong foundation to carry a couple through many seasons of life will be the focus of this 4-session series. Building healthy relationships, creating foundations of trust and respect, learning tools for increasing friendship, connection and good communication, and identifying next steps in your relationship will be covered.
Joy Allen is committed to helping couples create positive, respectful relationships with passion and health. She has been a therapist for over 25 years, is in private practice serving couples in Fort Worth, and regularly teaches classes and seminars on developing better relationship skills. To register, contact Marianne Wilson (email@example.com) at 817/339-5071. For more information contact Dr. Mitzi Ellington at 817/907-3243.
Visit the Adult Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.
12.7 YOUTH TACKY CHRISTMAS PARTY!
5:00 – 8:00 pm | Justin Building
Mark your calendar NOW for the Youth Christmas party. More details to follow soon BUT, we will tell you it’s not too early to start shopping for the PERFECT White Elephant Christmas gift! Questions? Contact Brenda Kegans (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-3888.
January 17 – 19, 2015
Glen Lake Camp & Retreat Center | Grades 7 – 12 | $125 for Youth | $50 for Adults
More details coming soon. Click here to register and pay now!
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Visit the Youth page for more information on programs and activities.
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.
1.11 KENYA MISSION TRIP INFORMATION MEETING
Betty and Glenn H. Johnston Endowment for Youth Ministries (Holiday Gift) In Memory Of:
Martha Broom by Roger Broom
First Street Methodist Mission In Memory Of:
Merle Kelly by Laura Beard
Glenn Johnston by Margaret and Michael Patison
Wanda Ballard by Margaret and Michael Patison
James M. Van Buskirk by Margaret and Michael Patison
Foundation Memorial Fund In Memory Of:
James M. Van Buskirk by Cecile Montgomery, Carl & Martha Sisler, Jo Anne & James Grissel
Johnye Benepe by Carl & Martha Sisler
K.T. Wolff by Carl & Martha Sisler
Merle Kelly by Carl & Martha Sisler
Dr. & Mrs. Lester M. Hall, Sr. by Susan & Jimmy Green
Jean Webb by Bill Webb
Merle Kelly by Bill & Fran Mizell
Rev. John Flynn by Margaret & Michael Patison
Foundation’s Mission and Outreach Fund (Holiday Gifts) In Memory Of:
Gloria Klaras by Ryan & Mindy Laudermill
Andree Kimbrough by Ryan & Mindy Laudermill
George Riley Carter by Nenetta C. Tatum
General Memorial Fund In Memory Of:
Dolores Cox by Lisa Grady
Foundation Honorarium Fund In Honor Of:
William S. Montgomery by Cecile Montgomery
Jean Forman by Sualice & Raymond Armstrong
Justice Ministries In Honor Of:
Kay Yount by Jane Yount
Thanksgiving Baskets In Honor Of:
Norma Loughridge by Pat & Karl Alexander
Jim Murray by Pat & Karl Alexander
Glenda & Jack Rattikin by Pat & Karl Alexander
Marilyn Roach by Pat & Karl Alexander
Genie & Robert Carson by Pat & Karl Alexander
Gayle Shivers by Pat & Karl Alexander
Deborah & Tom Sturdivant by Pat & Karl Alexander
Marilyn & Byron Baird by Pat & Karl Alexander
Pat & Arch Van Meter by Pat & Karl Alexander