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3.1 COWTOWN MARATHON TRAFFIC ALERT — PLEASE NOTE NEW DIRECTIONS!
Due to the bad weather the Cowtown Marathon is cancelled for Saturday and has a late start at 8:00 am on Sunday.
Click here to learn more about the Saturday cancellation and changes to the Sunday morning marathon schedule.
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 way to get to FUMCFW on Sunday is:
From the West: Get on I-30 eastbound, exit on Cherry St and that will take you straight to the church. From the East: Get on I-30 westbound, exit on University, make a U-turn back onto I-30 eastbound and exit on Cherry St, and that will take you straight to the church.
From the South: Get on I-30 eastbound at any point west of Forest Park and exit on Cherry St, and that will take you straight to the church. If you live near Southside (Berkley, Fairmount, Mistletoe Heights) avoid driving on Forest Park south of Park Place. 8th Ave will be blocked by the course but if you are patient, officers will let cars through as there are breaks between runners.
From the North: Get on I-35W southbound, exit I-30 eastbound, exit on University, make a U-turn back onto I-30 westbound and exit on Cherry St, and that will take you straight to the Church.
Leaving FUMCFW: Go out Macon Street to access I-30 westbound. To go east or north, go 5th Street west to Forest Park Boulevard, turn left and proceed to eastbound on I-30. To avoid runner and spectator traffic, please avoid the Will Rogers Memorial Center area during race weekend.
THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Traditional Worship | 9:40 | Chapel | 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
Children First | 9:45 am | Sanctuary | Theme: “Prayer” | Mister Mark Burrows (click here to read Mark’s blog)
DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:30 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Rev. Page Hines
Discussion | 9:30 am | Foundation Building
Chapel Communion | 10:30 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony (click here to read Len’s blog)
Special Music: Robbie Higgs
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
TEACHERS & TOPICS
Welcome Back, Tim!
This week we welcome back to the pulpit our own Dr. Tim Bruster from his recent featured presentations at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in Tulsa, OK in its prestigious annual Barton-Clinton-Gordey-Series. Despite iffy weather, attendance at Dr. Bruster’s Fruitful Life lecture series grew steadily over its three-day, four lecture run, culminating of attendance near 200 and a standing ovation on Tuesday evening in the historic Boston Avenue sanctuary. “In all my years of ministry, that’s never happened to me before,” he remarked, still incredulous two days later, “I didn’t even know that could happen!”
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.
REMINDER ABOUT CHILDREN FIRST
We wanted to re-send this email about Children First. I can’t wait to see all of you on Sunday!
Two Quick Things about Sunday:
Thing One — Children First is THIS Sunday at 9:45 in the sanctuary. Our theme is — Prayer. It was one of our most-requested themes for the year.
Thing Two — The Cowtown Marathon is this weekend. After several staff members actually drove the routes, and made several phone calls to the Cowtown office, we found the most promising routes to and from church on Sunday.
CELEBRATING OUR FUMCFW MEDIA MINISTRY:
SUNDAY MORNING LIVE IS TURNING 40!
If you’ve been following the 40th Anniversary celebrations of TV’s Saturday Night Live, you’ve probably gotten caught up in remembering the greats that graced that infamous show. In an oddly parallel track, this month our church celebrates a similar milestone — and all the great volunteers who made and continue to make it happen each and every week — as we mark the 40th anniversary of our own SML (that’s Sunday Morning Live) broadcast of our FUMCFW Sunday worship services. For the past 40 years our Media Ministry has provided for those unable to attend our Church worship services in person a means to share in our First Church worship experience from beyond our walls on Sunday mornings.
In 40 years of continuous weekly broadcasts — 28 years on live television and 12 years of live internet streaming — this all-volunteer ministry shares our Sanctuary Worship, eleven:eleven celebration and Children First services with thousands of people around the world who otherwise would not be able to worship with us. And, in addition to producing and directing this broadcast every single Sunday morning, these dedicated volunteers have also, through the years, recorded and live-streamed weddings, funerals and baptisms, created and mailed weekly audio tapes, video tapes, and now DVDs of our services upon request, and have amassed an impressive 3,012 volunteer hours per year.
This entire month we will be celebrating this amazing group of volunteers that dreamed of, launched, nurtured and continue to reimagine and expand the reach of our church through our Media Ministry, begun by a group of 1975 visionaries including Dr. Walter Underwood, Richard LaBoon, Buddy Brutsche, and the late Richard Lindsey. As you will see in the coming month of clips, reflections and stories of the growth and development of this exciting ministry, although some of the names and faces may have changed, this 26-member crew is now several generations old; today’s leaders grew up at the feet of its founders; many of their children have followed in these rich traditions, often taking a turn behind the camera or in the studio. (This year we’re even expecting our first Media Ministry grandbabies!)
We invite you to follow the SML 40 blog, starting this coming week, filled with interviews, fun facts, and clips from then and now, and celebrate with us as we mark a very special milestone in our church history. And, if you are interested in learning more about this unique and vital ministry, our Media Ministry crew invites you to come up and visit our 3rd Floor Television Studio any Sunday morning, and catch the unique perspective of watching our live telecast from the studio. If this is a volunteer opportunity that interests you, we do provide on-the-job training for camera operators, studio crew, and engineers and all are welcome to join this dynamic First Church tradition!
For more information about media ministries or to volunteer, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Space Between: Manager of Reclamation and Recycling — The Pardon Shop
It started with a bad day at school, in the 5th Grade — one of those “terrible-no-good-horrible-very bad” days that Judith Viorst wrote about Alexander having. I forgot to do my homework for Miss Blanton’s class (“I left it the bathroom last night and my brother flushed it down the toilet by accident. We had to get a plumber to fix the toilet and Mom was really mad and…” — Miss Blanton didn’t buy it and sent me to the office)*. Ricky and Walter sat with some other friends in the cafeteria and left me alone to eat my 3 day old egg salad sandwich. Some kid I didn’t even know got called me a “bucket face” (what did that even mean?); and the first true love of my life, Suzie Winstrom, broke up with me after just one day going steady!
LENTEN PRAYER WITH PETER MAYER
As a Lenten prayer for today, you might consider putting on headphones, listening to this, and looking out the window a time or two…
And may you be aware how you are already an instrument of God’s Peace…
Nora Lee McCauley
Graydon Wright Wilemon
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.
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
Sundays | 9:30 am | Room 271 | Foundation Building
Join the DiscipleChurch formation group for a Lenten study of the book, The Prayer of Saint Francis: A Message of Peace for the World Today, by Leonardo Boff, each Sunday morning during Lent. This study is open to anyone who would like to participate; you may purchase your own copy of the book or use the copies of pertinent chapters we’ll provide for each week’s discussion. Because the Prayer of Saint Francis is our church-wide focus throughout the season of Lent, this study presents a perfect opportunity to experience DiscipleChurch — whether you’re a DiscipleChurch regular or have never attended! Please join us for this thoughtful exploration of the meaning this beautiful prayer offers for our lives today.
JOIN THE IN-DEPTH BIBLE STUDY FOR THE SERIES:
“THE SEVEN WORDS FROM THE CROSS”
Sundays | 8:30 am | Room 350 | Dr. Lamar Smith
This study will offer fresh insight into Jesus’ final words at the Cross through the perspective of those who witnessed the Crucifixion. Join us and make this part of your Lenten journey.
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.
MONTHLY CHURCH TOUR THIS SUNDAY!
Want to know more about FUMCFW? Join the monthly Tour of the Building on Sunday, March 1, to learn about our library, Television Ministry, Church Archives, Children’s Ministry and more! Meet Norma Loughridge, at the piano in the front of the Sanctuary, immediately following the 11:00 am Worship Service!
3.8 SPRING FORWARD
Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour next Saturday night; daylight savings time begins next Sunday.
HOSPITALITY SERVING OPPORTUNITIES!
Hospitality is about investing in other’s lives and learning how you can best serve those around you. We invite you to be part of this Hospitality Ministry of Faith. As you become a part of one or more of these opportunities, you will be blessed by those who cross your path. As Abraham and Sarah generously gave the best they had to strangers, they found out that they had entertained the Lord and two angels. Genesis 18: 1-8.
FUMCFW has numerous opportunities for YOU to serve — sign up today for any of the following opportunities listed below and become part of this great Ministry of Faith:
Welcome Center Volunteers
Hospitality Cart Greeters
Parking Lot Hospitality Team
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.
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 Lisa Helm (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will include your story!
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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.
7.13 – 17 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
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 soon for children ages 3 years through those entering 6th grade.
Visit the Children’s Ministry page for more information on programs and activities.
3.6 March Parents’ Night Out
6:30 – 11:00 pm | 3 mo. – 12 yrs.
$30 for first child | $40 for 2 | $45 for 3+ | $20 no show fee
Reservations due 3.5
Luck O’ the Irish! We might find some leprechauns! Space is limited so make reservations early to Paula Wagstaff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/546-4414.
***Remember if you volunteer for the Children’s Ministry or in the Nursery on Sunday morning you will earn a Free Parent’s Night Out.
Visit the FUMC Day School page for more information on programs and activities.
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. For more information or to register, contact Marianne Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5071.
3.26 LUNCH AND TOUR OF BOTANICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS (BRIT)
11:30 am | Lunch | RailHead 2900 Montgomery St., Fort Worth, TX 76107
1:30 pm | Guided Tour | 1700 University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Admission to Brit is Free
Join us for lunch and a guided tour of The Botanical Research Institute of Texas. Founded in 1987 and based in Fort Worth, BRIT documents the diversity of plant life and conducts extensive research around the world. They are driven to find new plant species and research plant life for agricultural, economic, environmental, medical, and social uses and to share that knowledge in the classroom and the research laboratory. Questions? Contact Rev. Phyllis McDougal (email@example.com) at 817/339-5082.
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.
Visit the Adult Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.
3.4 YOUTH FIRST WEDNESDAY DINNER
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Join us at 6:30 pm the first Wednesday of each month for dinner.
For First Wednesday Dinner in March, we’re going two places:
Andrew is going to Five Guys on S. Cooper St. in Arlington and Martin is going to Chick-Fil-A at 3200 S. Hulen
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.
MARCH MISSION SUNDAYS:
REGULAR SIZED HYGIENE ITEMS
During the month of MARCH, please bring non-travel-sized toothpaste, bar soap, shampoo, and deodorant 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, (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com). 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!
3.22 ORGAN DEDICATORY CONCERT WITH DR. BRADLEY WELCH
5:00 pm | Sanctuary
Reception following in Wesley Hall with the Debbie Brooks String Quartet
As a premier concert organist, Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch, who is hailed as “a world-class virtuoso” and “an expert at defining darks, lights, shadows, and colors will perform a special concert to help dedicate our new Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ on Sunday, March 22 at 5:00 pm in our Sanctuary.
Welch’s March 22 dedicatory concert will not only offer an exciting showcase of the full the capabilities of our magnificent new Garland pipe organ, but will also provide an exceptional opportunity to come together once again as a faith community to celebrate and dedicate this instrument.
Visit the MWA page for more information on programs and activities.