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THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Traditional Worship | Sanctuary | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Dr. Tim Bruster
DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:30 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Rev. Bob Weathers
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, cello
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
This Sunday in eleven:eleven, An Ode to Joy in Story and Song
An Ode to Joy
A Special Lenten Celebration of Story and Song
“. . . do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into the most excellent harmonies.”
Philippians 4: 4-9 (the message)
There are days where it seems we “can’t get no, satisfaction”, where “hard times” are all about us at home and abroad, where “our cup is too full and our hearts too empty.” Where do we find joy in the world and in our own lives when sadness can seem ever present?
This Sunday and Beyond!
Well, after a bad weather day/Cowtown, and Sundays on either side of Spring Break, it feels like forever since we’ve had a “regular” Sunday. So, just to be helpful, our church address is – 800 West 5th Street, Fort Worth 76102. (We’re at the corner of 5th and Henderson).
And thank you for your patience as we get our VBS online registration up and running. We want to make sure we get it right, so that we can make registration as easy and efficient as possible for years to come.
Here’s Sarah Scott testing out the new online process before we go live. As you can no doubt tell, she’s smiling because it’s so easy to use!
We should have the link to you by Monday at the latest. And remember to save those VBS dates – July 13th-17th (VBS Sunday is the 19th). Day Camp, for entering 3rd-6th grade, is June 15th-19th. (Day Camp registration will be up at the same time!)
Have a great weekend.See you Sunday!
Despair, Hope, the Communion of Saints, and Song…
Last week when I wrote about Doubt and Faith, I shared about my own struggles with cancer. In addition to many doubts and questions, I went through times of deep despair (I was sick much of the time between age 13 & 17.) As a patient at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, I learned that St. Jude was considered by many as ‘The Saint for the Hopeless and the Despaired.’ Since that time I’ve spent a lot of time wondering about hope . . .
And I agree with Mister Mark, when he says:
“God does not live in a lamp. And God is not a Genie. And God is not going to grant me three wishes just because I want them. That’s not the way God works. There’s a big difference between “wishes” and “hope.” Hope has wings.”
Every Sunday morning, groups of adults meet in FUMCFW Sunday School Classes to enhance their spiritual growth and enjoy fellowship with other Christians. We have classes for a variety of demographic groups, with many different class personalities and styles. Visit the Adult Sunday School page to learn more!
5.22 DR. BRADLEY HUNTER WELCH DEDICATORY CONCERT
OF THE PAUP SANCTUARY PIPE ORGAN
Sunday, March 22 | 5:00 pm | Sanctuary
Join usfor thisdazzling evening concert by Organ Virtuoso Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch as FUMCFW dedicates the Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ, the third largest instrument of its kind in Texas. Acknowledging that the installation of a new instrument is always an exciting time in a church, Welch says he is impressed not only with the new Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ, but also with the Sanctuary it calls home. “This instrument is fabulous,” Welch says. “It’s such a great marriage to this room, and the possibilities are nearly infinite.”
Welch’s concert will open with Toccata in B Minor (Eugene Gigout) and will include five selections by a variety of composers; a John Thornburg hymn specially commissioned by FUMC Fort Worth in honor of Dan Garland’s artistry, dedication and friendship; and will conclude with a Chorale Fantasy on LOBE DEN HERREN (Aaron David Miller) composed for Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch. Explains Dr. Welch, “In this concert people will get to hear the full range of what the instrument can do — all its different sounds and the full range of its power from the softest whisper up to the most exciting roar.”
Make plans to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime event that will celebrate this magnificent instrument, Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch and all the musical talent that has and will yet be such important moments of our First Church music history.
COUNSELING & SUPPORT MINISTRIES
Counseling & Support Ministries (formerly known as The Center for Creative Transformation) offers support and growth opportunities for a variety of life stages and challenges. In addition to private counseling and small groups, programs and events designed to help bring new meaning to your faith journey will be offered throughout the year.
For more information about the FUMCFW Counseling & Support Ministries or its programs, events, and services, please contact Counseling & Support Ministries Director, Dr. Mitzi Ellington, D.Min. (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Marianne Wilson (email@example.com) 817/339-5071, or click here.
COUNSELING & SUPPORT MINISTRIES WELCOMES REV. BRYAN BELLAMY, LPC-INTERN, SUPERVISED BY CHERYL GRAY, LPC-S
Bryan Bellamy is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. He has a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Tarleton State University. He has worked with and facilitated groups for individuals dealing with divorce, grief, unemployment and job transitions, men’s issues as well as those caring for loved ones. Bryan offers individual counseling and premarital counseling to adults 18 and up; fees are based on a sliding scale. To schedule an appointment please call 682/200-9808.
This shows the footprint of the entire project: (Click on the image to enlarge it)
FUMCFW MASTER PLAN:
CREATING FACILITIES THAT FACILITATE MISSION
This site plan shows the overall footprint of our $30 million Facilities Master Plan. Click here for detailed images of levels, phases, and more, and follow the Master Plan blog. If you have questions, comments, or input you’d like to share, please email us at (firstname.lastname@example.org). Your opinion matters! In the interest of transparency, questions and comments will be addressed as received in the ongoing Master Plan blog.
While you may or may not have heard rumblings about a major First Church building program on our immediate horizon, our church leadership is excited to roll out our newly updated Facilities Master Plan. Over the past several years our lay leadership has been studying the current and future facilities needs of our faith community. The FUMCFW Trustees contracted the architectural firm of Hahnfeld, Hoffer & Stanford to develop a Master Plan to address the specific building and facility improvement needs in four phases. After the initial version of that plan was developed, the Trustees authorized the formation of a Building Committee. The committee was nominated by the committee on lay leadership and elected by the Church Council. The building committee is chaired by longtime FUMCFW member Barry Hudson and includes many leaders of our church.
“This is not simply a building expansion plan,” Hudson explains in his presentations now scheduled and underway with many different groups in our church, including our Board of Stewards this past week. “This is a plan for addressing current and future needs for our downtown faith community by providing spaces that enable and empower our ministries and mission.”
CONGRATULATIONS SCOTT ARNOLD
Scott Arnold, FUMCFW member, recently received Kimley-Horn’s H.D. Vick Community Service Award. Kimley-Horn, a local engineering firm, presents this annual award in honor and recognition of their employee’s outstanding community service. A $1,250 contribution was made in Scott’s name to both The First Street Methodist Mission and Kids Hope USA.
Scott has been a volunteer at First Street Methodist Mission since 2007 and has been a Kids Hope mentor since 2009. Kimley-Horn grants have been awarded to the Mission every year since 2008, and Kids Hope every year since 2009. Congratulations and thank you to Scott for his support of the Compassion & Justice Ministries at FUMCFW!
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 (email@example.com) and we will include your story!
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.
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.
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.
Fifth Week of Lent
March 22 – 28, 2015
Sunday, March 22
“Where There Is Sadness, Joy”
9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9
Organ Dedicatory Concert
Dr. Bradley Welch
5:00 pm | Sanctuary
Join us for a special concert of dedication of the Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ with World Class Organ Virtuoso Dr. Bradley Welch. A winner of numerous prestigious international organ competitions and featured artist at conventions, festivals, and symphony orchestras nationwide, Dr. Welch performs more than 20 concerts annually across the nation. Join this beautiful evening of music and the celebration of this FUMCFW milestone.
Wednesday, March 25
Noon Chapel Service
11:45 am – 1:00 pm | Chapel
During this Lenten season, we invite you to these special studies to deepen your faith as you prepare for the celebration of Easter.
Being Prayerfully Present as Instruments of God’s Peace
Special 5-Week Lenten Discussion Groups
Wednesdays | 3.4 – 4.1 | 10:30 – 11:45 am AND 6:30 – 7:45 pm | Room 230
Looking for a way to deepen your Lenten journey? Join Dr. Len Delony as he discusses how to enter into the silence that is common to all, encounter the source beyond all stories, and come forth with greater compassion, enhanced abilities for non-dual thought, patience, and unshakable hope. Using Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr’s Silent Compassion to help focus conversation, the study gives an honest, and sometimes surprising, look at the richness of an inner life nourished by compassionate silence.
Rohr’s book, which was written after his meeting with the Dalai Lama and other religious leaders at a Summit in Louisville, Kentucky, will help focus conversation. Click here to purchase the book if you would like a copy. But whether you purchase the book or not, all are encouraged to come for the prayerful conversation! Questions? Contact Dr. Len Delony (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/939-4593.
In-Depth Bible Study Series: The Seven Words from the Cross
Sundays | 8:30 am | Room 350 | Dr. Lamar Smith
This study offers 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. Questions? Contact Dr. Lamar Smith (email@example.com) at 817/339-3886.
The Prayer of Saint Francis Lenten Study
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. Questions? Contact Rev. Page Hines (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5063.
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.
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3.25 – 5.13 COVENANT BIBLE STUDY, SECTION 2
Wednesdays | 8-week study | $20
9:30 am | Rev. Phyllis McDougal | Room 154
6:00 pm | Rev. Lance Marshall | Room 350
Childcare available for the evening study*
This amazing study goes through the bible in eight weeks and helps you understand the one major theme of God’s involvement in the biblical narrative and in your life: covenant, promise, faithfulness. Click here for more information and to register, or contact Rev. Phyllis McDougal (email@example.com). *Childcare is free but reservations are necessary. Please contact Paula Wagstaff (firstname.lastname@example.org).
3.26 SENIOR MINISTRIES LUNCH AND TOUR OF 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
Ticket sales end THIS SUNDAY! Click here to buy tickets online now,
OR buy them on Sunday in the Welcome Center between worship services.
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 Information!
4.12 NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS: JUST FOR WOMEN
9:45 am | Room 313
“She left pieces of her life behind her everywhere she went. It’s easier to feel the sunlight without them, she said.”
— Brian Andreas, Story People
Many of us find ourselves ready to feel more of the sunlight in our lives. And we want to do this alongside courageous, like-minded women.
A new Sunday School class is forming just for you. This is a class just for women — all ages and stages welcome — who want to learn, discuss, and grow. A brand new Sunday morning place to be for women who are ready to dive into the bible, theology, and a life more deeply energized by fellowship with friends (sisters, really) who share this quest.
This class will be launched by Tom Hardgrove, whose gifts and passion for starting new groups has a proven track record. With Tom’s initial guidance, assisted by Rev. Phyllis McDougal, who will have a presence in the class moving forward, this new class will be equipped with tools and strategies that will make this exciting opportunity for FUMCFW Women strong and sustainable.
If you’re looking to feel more grounded, supported, and energized by the sunlight in the spaces of your life, please join us! Contact Rev. Casey Langley (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5060 or Rev. Phyllis McDougal (email@example.com) at 817/339-5802 for more information.
4.21 & 22 SENIOR MINISTRIES BUS TRIP TO FREDERICKSBURG
Leave church at 7:30 am | Return on April 22 at 9:00 pm
$75 per Person for 2/Hotel Room | $110 per Person for Single Room
Cost covers hotel, breakfast, and bus | Reservations due 4.1
Make plans now to spend two days in Fredericksburg, Texas, in the beautiful Texas Hill Country Enjoy scenic wildflowers in bloom on the bus ride followed by a tour of the town, complete with fellowship and fun. Reservations can be made by contacting Gayle Ammerman (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5091. Checks payable to FUMCFW. Questions? Contact Rev. Phyllis McDougal (email@example.com) at 817/339-5082. Click here to learn more about upcoming senior events.
4.10 APRIL 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 4.8
We are celebrating Earth Day. We will make crafts from recycled materials, play games, eat a snack, and watch movies. 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.
7.13 – 17 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
9:00 am – Noon
VBS REGISTRATION GOES LIVE ON MONDAY, MARCH 23!
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.
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 GROUP VOLUNTEER 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. Each group needs a minimum of 8 volunteers to fill backpacks on Sundays for an hour between 9:00 am and Noon, September through May. Sign up online now to help fill backpacks!
5.3 SILENT MOVIE NIGHT WITH THOMAS HELMS
7:00 pm | Ice Cream and Popcorn | Wesley Hall
7:30 pm | “Safety Last” starring Harold Lloyd, accompanied by Thomas Helms on the Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ
Join us as orchestral soloist Thomas Helms brings Harold Lloyd’s “Safety Last” performance to life with captivating and creative live musical accompaniment. Often described as a “one man orchestra,” Helms, long history with silent films, as well as accolades as a composer and arranger of fourteen movie scores and many others for ballet and other dance troupes, makes this an evening of surprise and delight for all ages. For more information, please contact Peggy Graff (email@example.com) at 817/339-2405.
4.4 SPECTRUM CONCERT SERIES
7:00 pm | Chapel
Reception following in Wesley Hall
The Spectrum Ensemble, comprised of the finest players from the Fort Worth and Dallas Symphony Orchestras for three performances throughout the year at FUMC. The concerts are free of charge and are followed by a reception in Room 154. For more information, please contact Peggy Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-2405.
4.10 – 4.12 CONFIRMATION RETREAT
Glen Lake United Methodist Camp in Glen Rose
The annual Confirmation Class Retreat is a chance for the class to enjoy fun together at a retreat center that some of their parents and grandparents attended as youth, as well as engage in discussions about their beliefs regarding the God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. The discussions during the retreat will be a springboard for the group creating their own Affirmation of Faith for their Service of Confirmation on Sunday, May 17 at 7:00 pm. For more information contact Dr. Mike Marshall (email@example.com)
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.
First Street Methodist Mission In Memory Of:
Joe Ambrose by Jean Kent
Foundation Memorial Fund In Memory Of:
Betty and Joe Ambrose by Julie and Rob Watson
Betty Ambrose by Bank of Texas, Sondra and Mike Cochran, Martha Leonard, Pat and Bill Warner, Emmy Lou Prescott, Paige and Bob Russey, Mr. and Mrs. Bradford S. Barnes, Nancy O’Neall, The Law Offices of Paup, Shutt & Associates, Wendy and Bill Buechele, Phyllis and Jim Stouffer, Linda and Mark Berry, Nancy and Marc B. Smith, Jr.