THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary
Rev. Linda McDermott | Communion Served
DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:30 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Rev. Brooks Harrington (click here to read Brooks’ blog)
Discussion | 9:30 am | Foundation Building
Chapel Communion | 10:30 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony (click here to read Len’s blog)
Special Music: Dace Sultanov
eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott (click here to read Tom’s blog)
First 7th | Worship | 5:30 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
Discipleship Discussion Groups | 6:30 am
TEACHERS & TOPICS
LENT 2015 – OPEN TO PEACE
Lent has been the time when new converts to the Christian faith were prepared for baptism; a six Sunday season that asked, actually required, new and long-time Christians to enter into a time of honest “reckoning” of who they were in terms of how they lived out their faith. This included soul searching honesty and confessions of both the positive and the negative. Today, we continue to use this season as a time for sincere and honest soul searching.
The Space Between: Just enough baling wire
As I’m writing this, today is Ash Wednesday and I want to share a story with you.
My uncle was a part-time wheat and hay farmer with a small lease of land in what’s now the suburbs of Everman, Texas. He worked in petroleum land management for most his life, even owned a few laundromats and other businesses in the city. But I can honestly say that farming was his passion. And it was that perfect kind of passion, that “love-hate (but mostly love)” kind of passion that consumes you in a relationship or in your work or in your study — because you love it so much that it reveals the best (and occasionally the worst) in you. And there’s no other place you’d rather be.
This Lenten Sunday in DiscipleChurch
Dear DiscipleChurch Family and Friends:
Church-wide this Lent, in every worship service of the Church, we will be preaching and meditating on the Prayer of Saint Francis, line by line.
This Sunday, we will be preaching on the first lines: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love;”
Now you may think that hating is not one of the faults that you need to examine and repent of this Lent.
But I confess that I am a hater.
A Lenten Gift: Prayer of Saint Francis in Lectio Divina
Whether or not you were able to join us for this week’s Ash Wednesday services, here is a gift from our Prayer and Spiritual Formation Ministry to help you center and focus on the power of this timeless prayer.
As you may be aware, each Wednesday morning, a group gathers starting at 8:30 am in room 147 for Centering Prayer (8:30 – 9:00 am), Lectio Divina (9:00 – 9:30 am), and Intercessory Prayer (9:30 – 10:00 am). If you are not familiar with these ancient styles of contemplative Christian prayer, they bring a special dimension of quiet to both inner and outer worlds.
LENT 2015 — OPEN TO PEACE
This year, we will be using the Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi as our guide through the work of reckoning during this season of Lent. To enter into the Easter Season of new life, we prepare with Lent’s focus on an honest reckoning of our own lives.
Each Wednesday During Lent:
Noon Chapel Service
Each Wednesday of Lent | February 25 – April 1
11:45 am – 1:00 pm | Leonard Memorial Chapel
We offer this come-and-go opportunity every Wednesday during Lent for prayer, meditation, a moment to yourself — this is your time and you are welcome to spend it in anyway that brings you peace. There is no formal service. However, a minister will be available during each service for prayer and communion. Come when you can, stay for as long as you’d like, and enjoy a reflective break during your midweek workday.
Sanctuary & Narthex
7:30 – 11:45 am | 1:00 – 2:00 pm
5:00 – 6:45 pm | 8:00 – 9:00 pm
Prayer Stations are a Lenten opportunity for a variety of devotional and meditational experiences that invite you to go deeper in your personal walk. Eight stations will be set up in the Narthex and Sanctuary on February 18 (Ash Wednesday) and February 22 (the first Sunday in Lent). The stations correspond to the overall and weekly themes of the season as we go on a journey through the beloved Prayer of Saint Francis. They are designed for as much or as little time as your schedule allows. As you set aside moments to pray in different ways, connect to yourself, to your neighbors, and to God through prayer.
May you experience the depth of God’s love and guidance as you begin this Holy Season of Lent.
Second Week of Lent
March 1 – 7, 2015
Sunday, March 1
“Where There Is Injury, Pardon”
9:40 am | Chapel | 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
Scripture: Colossians 3:12-17
9:45 am | Sanctuary | Mister Mark Burrows
Wednesday, March 4
Noon Chapel Service
11:45 am – 1:00 pm | Chapel
2015 LENTEN DEVOTIONAL
Be sure to get your copy of the 2015 Lenten Devotional! This beautiful book will be available at the services on Ash Wednesday, in the Welcome Center, the Narthex and the front office every Sunday during Lent, and every week at the Noon Lent Chapel Services that begin February 25, 2015.
Please use this as a traditional daily devotional guide or as a tool for your own reflection as you need it. May this devotional booklet help you experience the depth of God’s love and guidance as you begin this Holy Season of Lent.
3.1 COWTOWN MARATHON TRAFFIC ALERT
Be sure to allow extra time on Sunday, March 1, 2015 as The Cowtown Marathon runners will be passing by FUMCFW between 8:00 and 11:00 am. Traffic will be allowed through between groups of runners as directed by the Fort Worth Police Department. The best route to FUMCFW from all directions will be via I-30 to Forest Park Boulevard, heading north on FPB and looping back south to 5th Street and east to FUMCFW. When leaving the church, traffic will be heavier following the 8:30 and 9:30 am services than it will be following the 11:00 am service. To access I-30 in order to go any direction, head back to Forest Park Boulevard which will allow you to bypass the runner traffic on Lancaster and to access I-30. To avoid runner and spectator traffic, please avoid the Will Rogers Memorial Center area during race weekend.
The Sunday flowers are one of the most beautiful ways our members recognize and remember events and loved ones. Some of our members have established a long tradition of donating flowers. We try to honor their traditions by reserving significant dates and assisting with ordering their favorite colors or flowers when possible.
As you look at the open dates on our flower schedule listed below, if you see a date that reminds you of a special birthday, anniversary, or event in your family — one that you would like to acknowledge in worship — please contact Pam Erlandson (email@example.com) at 817/339-5062 to reserve that date!
Open Dates: March 1 & 8, April 12 & 19, August 2, 16, & 30, September 27, November 8,15, & 22.
MEDIA MINISTRY 40 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
On Sunday, March 1, our Media Ministry will celebrate its 40th anniversary of broadcasting our Sunday worship services. To celebrate this amazing volunteer-driven ministry, we’ve declared March to be Media Ministry Month. Look for interviews, historic clips, fun facts and more as we honor our Media Ministry and its dedicated volunteers throughout the month for their tireless service today, yesterday, and into a bright future made possible by those who serve our church each and every Sunday in our 3rd Floor Studio.
FUMCFW Member Lance Brown one of nine SWC Hall of Fame Inductees
The Southwest Conference (SWC) Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, recently announced nine new members into its 2015 class – and FUMCFW member Lance Brown was one of those nine!
To say Brown has played a large role in the success of TCU baseball would be an understatement. Lance was as an all-America player who pitched the Horned Frogs to the 1963 Southwest Conference championship, then later as a coach. Thirty-one years after he earned the ’63 SWC Player of the Year honor by posting an 11-1 record (8-1 in the SWC), he guided the Frogs to the 1994 SWC title as the head coach, making him one of only two men to win both the SWC Player and Coach of the Year honors. He is TCU’s all-time winningest baseball coach. Brown spent 17 seasons as the Horned Frogs head coach. During his retirement year of 2003, he reached a pair of milestones, recording both his 500th win and his 200th conference victory. Brown’s career record is 517-471. Congratulations Lance!
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!
(Click on the name of a ministry below to skip directly to their news)
3.1 INTRO TO BAPTISM CLASS FOR PARENTS
11:00 am | Room 336 | Led by Rev. Casey Langley
Baptism is a special moment in the life of a church and an individual! On March 1, Rev. Casey Langley will host a class for parents wanting to bring their children for baptism in the church. In the hour, we will:
Define sacrament of baptism
Explore the United Methodist Church’s understanding of baptism
Discuss the logistics of a baptism at FUMC Fort Worth
Learn how to schedule a baptism at FUMC Fort Worth
Ask questions we have about baptism
Connect with other parents
All are welcome. But this class is especially for you if you are considering baptism for your child or if you have one on the way and would like to prepare now. There is no cost to join the class, but we do ask that you register online, or by contacting Gayle Ammerman (email@example.com) at 817/336-5091.
*The next class will be offered on Sunday, June 7.
9:00 am – Noon
7.19 VBS CELEBRATION SUNDAY
11:00 am | FUMCFW | Sanctuary
Experience God’s Love in Action! In this mission-focused VBS, kids will learn and live God’s unstoppable love at the G-Force Adventure Park and discover how fueling up on God’s Word will change their lives forever. With tons of movement, action and fun, your child will learn to share God’s great love with the world! Registration will be available for children ages 3 years through those entering 6th grade. Registration coming soon!
Visit the Children’s Ministry page for more information on programs and activities.
2.20 NEW HORIZON’S MARDI GRAS DANCE
7:00 – 10:00 pm | Justin Hall (Justin Building, 801 W. 5th Street)
Put your dancing shoes on and join us for a “Louisiana Mardi Gras Night” on Friday, February 20, 7:00 – 10:00 pm at Justin Hall. There will be a costume contest to crown a king and queen, door prizes, Cajun food, and lots of dancing! NHS class members will provide the food and soft drinks. Dance music is by our own Teresea Adcock and tickets are $15.00 at the door. For more information, please contact Gail Carter (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/233-2070, or Paula Webb (email@example.com) at 817/689-1794.
2.22 COSTA RICA MISSION TRIP INFORMATION MEETING
Noon | Room 154
This is the final opportunity to learn more about how to be part of this exciting July 10 – 20, 2015, international ministry opportunity. There is currently a team of 15 already registered for this life-changing journey — but there’s plenty of room for more! Contact Rev. Chuck Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5065 for more details.
3.3 UMW March General Meeting
11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15 | RSVP by Noon 2.25
“A Conversation with Casey”
Presented by Rev. Casey Langley, Associate Pastor of Discipleship
We’re so glad you’ll be joining us for the upcoming UMW General Meeting and Luncheon! If you have questions or need more information, please contact Betty Pinkerton (email@example.com). We look forward to seeing you there! Contact Paula Wagstaff (firstname.lastname@example.org) for childcare reservations.
4.7 UMW PRESENTS THE COWTOWN DERBY
10:30 am – 1:00 pm | Ridglea Country Club
$40 Individual Tickets | $1500 Sponsored Tables
Luncheon, Entertainment, Auction, Hat Judging & More!
Grab Your Hat or Bowtie and Join the Fun as We Spend The Day At The Derby!
Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities, Tickets, And More Info.
3.1 PEACEMAKING WITH RESTORATIVE PRACTICES
1:30 – 5:30 pm | Foundation Building
Room 272 | Led by Mike Phillips, FUMCFW member
Would you like to learn about an international movement that is demonstrating practical, real world results in these areas? The movement is called Restorative Practices. RP is a set of processes and skills which enable people to be instruments of peace.
RP focuses on healing relationships and communities, and on preventing bad behavior. Restorative Practices creates an environment where people who have caused harm take responsibility for their actions and hear directly from their victims about the impact their actions have had. For more information or to register, contact Marianne Wilson (email@example.com) at 817/339-5071.
3.8 – 5.24 ROOTS OF CHANGE
12:30 – 2:30 pm | Sunday Afternoons
(No class Easter Sunday or Mother’s Day)
10 Weeks | Potluck Lunch
Foundation Building | Room 274
Led by Mike Phillips, FUMCFW member
Roots of Change is a 2-hour weekly gathering lasting 10 weeks, designed to expose how patterns in our emotions impact how we work, think, pray, and love. It is a life-changing journey into deep community that offers the opportunity to strengthen relationships and discover new insights into our lives. There is no charge but donations are accepted to continue this ministry. Childcare is available upon request. The class will be facilitated by Mike Phillips. For more information or to register, contact Marianne Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5071.
Visit the Adult Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.
Sign up now for the 2015 Summer Mission Trip!
June 21 – 26, 2015
Houston, TX | $275 for Students | $75 for Adults
Open to all youth grades 7 – 12. Spots are limited with an equal number for middle-school and high-school students until March 1, then it’s first-come, first-serve. We’re working with Center for Student Missions (CSM) and will be doing lots of different types of work with different organizations throughout the city for the week.
Visit the Youth page for more information on programs and activities.
FEBRUARY MISSION SUNDAYS: UNDERWEAR AND SOCKS
During the month of February, please bring new adult underwear and socks to the First Street
Methodist Mission, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm or to the Welcome Center on Sunday Morning.
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.
SPECIAL MUSIC PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
By offering special music opportunities several times each year, FUMCFW Music and Worship Arts ministry creates a sense of community around the shared experience of music, either in performing together or gathering to celebrate the gifts and talents of others. If you would like to be on our email list to receive notice of ALL of the special music events at FUMC, please email Lisa Helm (firstname.lastname@example.org). All Music and Worship Arts events at FUMCFW are free and open to the public.
Click here to follow this Special Music blog for the latest music events coming to First Church Fort Worth!
2.22 ALAMO HEIGHTS METHODIST NEW ZION YOUTH CHOIR TO PERFORM WITH CORNERSTONE YOUTH CHOIR
9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary
The New Zion Youth Choir from Alamo Heights United Methodist Church in San Antonio is headed to Cowtown to spend some time with our own Cornerstone Youth Choir! We invite you to their joint performance at FUMCFW.
2.23 UTA A CAPPELLA CHOIR CONCERT AT FUMCFW
7:00 pm | Sanctuary | Free Admission
Join us for a delightful evening of music with the A Cappella Choir, under the direction of UT Arlington Director of Choral Activities Karen Kenaston-French. The choir is the premiere choral ensemble of the university and performs a diverse array of challenging choral literature from the Renaissance to the present. They present several concerts each year, tour annually, and periodically present major works with orchestra. This is your chance to see them perform before they travel to Salt Lake City, Utah at the American Choral Directors Association annual meeting! Questions? Contact Peggy Graff (email@example.com) at 817/339-2405.
Visit the MWA page for more information on programs and activities.
SAVE THE DATE
3.3 UMW MEETING
3.22 ORGAN DEDICATORY CONCERT WITH DR. BRADLEY WELCH
3.26 SENIOR MINISTRIES COUNCIL THURSDAY LUNCH AND TOUR OF BOTANICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS (BRIT)
GIFTS AND MEMORIALS
First Street Methodist Mission In Memory Of:
Randy Freeman by Yolanda Howard
Tom Butler by Painter & Harris Families
Foundation Memorial Fund In Memory Of:
Randy Freeman by Mrs. J.W. Renfro
Mike Billington by FUMCFW Loyalty Class
Alice Murff by FUMCFW Loyalty Class
Martha Broom by FUMCFW Loyalty Class
Youth Choir Tour In Honor Of:
Cornerstone Youth Choir by FUMCFW Loyalty Class