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THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
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: Jeff Donahue, vocalist
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
FUMCFW Easter Egg Hunt at Lyle Lodge on April 4
Believe it or not, our Easter Egg Hunt is next Saturday, April 4 from 10am – 1pm! If this is your first time attending this fun family event, here are some things you should know:
The Space Between: Uncle Mac and what connects us all
It was late spring break, 9th Grade, and I was sitting alone in the living room one evening. A bunch of my friends left earlier for a Colorado ski trip that we couldn’t afford. So, it was going to be a long week for me and I was pretty upset.
Uncle Mac dropped by unexpected and stepped into the living room. He was dressed in a heavy winter parka, hiking boots and grasping an empty Jansport frame backpack. He smiled big and had that crazy wild, “let’s go hunting grizzlies without weapons”, look in eyes.
3.29.15 in DiscipleChurch
DiscipleChurch Family and Friends:
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is darkness, let me sow light.”
This portion of the Prayer of Saint Francis is the subject of all the sermons in our church for this coming Palm Sunday.
As many of you know, this prayer was actually written in 1912, not in the 13th century by Francis himself.
Holy Week Serving Opportunities
Would you please help me recruit anyone interested in serving during Holy Week, and sign up today if you can serve on all or some of these serving opportunities:
Palm Sunday — March 29
9:30 am Service — Meet Sammye Dunn and Bob Leibrock in Room 154 at 8:45 am
The Dove’s call to be Instruments of Peace
At church yesterday I mentioned the book Silent Compassion by Franciscan Father Richard Rohr, and invited anyone interested to join us at either or both of the next two Wednesday groups.
You can join us at either 10:30 am or 6:30 pm in Room 230 for a conversation about deep listening and silent compassion.
Come join us if you can. You don’t need to read any of the book (though I recommend chapter 1 if you have a chance.) But most importantly, just bring yourself (and a friend if you feel so called.)
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!
ORGAN DEDICATORY CONCERT
This past weekend’s Organ Dedicatory Concert marked a true milestone moment in our Church history. From the evening beauty of the sun playing off our Sanctuary’s stained glass to the faces of our congregation and guests turned toward the magnificent artistry of special guest artist Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch, to the memories shared in the reception following in Wesley Hall, the dedication of the Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ was a success beyond measure. Special thanks and recognition go to Organist Peggy Graff, who headed up the planning and organization of this event, the Music and Worship Arts team, the Organ Dedication Committee, and the special support of Beverlee Herd and the Inquirers class, who provided dozens of home-baked treats for a packed reception, made complete with music from the Debbie Brooks String Quartet. Well done, First Church Family!
SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY AT FUMCFW
While our newly appointed Hospitality Safety and Security Committee is now hard at work developing a comprehensive and formal plan to address a variety of situations and issues, we are now IN severe weather season and need to communicate how we will handle a tornado or other severe weather situation, should the need arise before the larger plan is complete and approved.
In the event of a tornado or severe weather, the safest places to be in the main church building are the hallways (especially on the 1st or 2nd floors). Because our church is constructed of very thick exterior walls, our hallway walls provide additional structural security.
If a tornado or severe weather event should occur on Sunday morning:
- In the Sanctuary during worship, evacuate into the hallway if possible; if not, the best protection from falling debris is under the balcony or under the pews on the side sections (away from the chandeliers).
- In Wesley Hall, please evacuate into the hallway; be sure to stay away from glass doors and windows.
- In the Chapel, either evacuate into the hallway near the kitchen or take cover beneath the pews and away from windows.
- In the Children’s wing, the hallway on the first floor (except for the atrium area) is the safest location. (See Children’s Evacuation Plan below for specifics)
- In the Justin Building, take cover the area outside the offices or in the Asbury room; be sure to stay away from windows.
- In the Foundation Building, take cover in the main interior hallway on the first floor in front of the bathrooms and away from the glass doors at either end of the hall
- In the Mission Building, take cover in the center clothing area; stay away from any glass.
If you are a staff member or hospitality volunteer who is in any of these campus buildings during a severe storm, your role is to guide all other occupants in that building to these areas, making sure to stay clear of windows and glass doors.
If you have questions, suggestions or need more information please contact us via email email@example.com.
FUMCFW AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY BY GARRET BRYL
Garret Bryl, is an Incident Imagery Systems Specialist who flies his UAS in support of the Joshua Fire Department and is passionate about aerial photography and cinematography. A few weeks ago, he asked for permission to film FUMCFW. Explains Bryl, “I am mesmerized by First United Methodist every time I drive by. The architecture is so beautiful. I want to thank FUMCFW for allowing me to fly footage of your gorgeous church. I’m very honored you’re going to put it on your website.”
Thank you to Garret for giving us this beautiful footage and allowing us all to enjoy the beauty of our magnificent church.
If anyone would like contact information for Garret regarding aerial photography or cinematography needs, please contact Lisa Helm (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
4.6 FUMCFW CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
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 (email@example.com). 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.”
Rev. Phyllis McDougal
CONGRATULATIONS FUMCFW MEMBER JENNY JOHNSON!
A big congratulations to James Martin High School senior Jenny Johnson, who was recently awarded one of three Bishop Scholar Awards — a four-year, full tuition scholarship — from the Religion Department at Oklahoma City University. Jenny will enter OCU as a freshman in the fall of 2015 to major in Youth Ministry, and then continue to Seminary to become ordained. Hats off to Jenny and best of luck at OCU!
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!
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.
March 29 – April 4, 2015
Palm Sunday — March 29
“Where There Is Darkness, Light”
9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
Communion Served | Scripture: Isaiah 58:6-10
Wednesday, April 1
Noon Chapel Service
11:45 am – 1:00 pm | Chapel
Maundy Thursday — April 2
Maundy Thursday Service
“It Is In Giving That We Receive”
7:00 pm | Sanctuary | Rev. Linda McDermott
An experiential worship service that will consider two basins: one in which Pilate washes his hands of the crucifixion of Jesus, and the second with which Jesus washes the feet of his disciples.
Simultaneous Children’s Service
“What Does Maundy Mean?”
7:00 pm | Chapel | Mister Mark Burrows
In this special Maundy Thursday Service for children, kids experience a foot washing ritual, receive communion, and hear the Bible story as they walk with Jesus on his final night.
Good Friday — April 3
Labyrinth: It’s Prayer in Motion
11:00 am – 2:00 pm | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | 8:00 – 9:00 pm | Wesley Hall
Take time to be aware of the presence of God and enter this ancient Christian sacred space of prayer and reflection and experience the deep sense of calming peace and awareness of God’s grace to guide your inward journey toward Easter. Information and guidance is available; stay for as long as you desire during this special opportunity for contemplative prayer.
Good Friday Services
“It Is In Pardoning that We Are Pardoned”
12:15 | Chapel | Rev. Linda McDermott
7:00 pm | Sanctuary | A meditative service of word and music
Renew your spirit as you prepare for the glory of Easter through this beautiful and moving service on Good Friday. Our own Adoramus ensemble and string quartet will present the breathtaking “Sunrise Mass” by Ola Gjeilo.
Simultaneous Evening Children’s Service
“Why Do We Call It Good?”
7:00 pm | Chapel | Mister Mark Burrows
In this very thoughtful Good Friday Children’s Service, we encourage families to experience together one the of the most important, yet challenging stories of our faith. Offering this story in child-appropriate ways that also honor the scriptures, this service presents through scripture and shadow theatre, the story of Jesus’ final day. Children will receive prayer cords, and families will sing and pray together in this powerful yet peaceful night in Leonard Memorial Chapel.
Saturday, April 4
Easter Egg Hunt
10:00 am – 1:00 pm | Lyle Lodge
7179 Peden Road | Azle, Texas 76020
Enjoy Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Butterfly Release — and more! Complimentary Sliders and Tacos available from the Easy Slider and Taco Food Trucks. For more information, contact Elizabeth Marshall (email@example.com) at 817/339-5086. In case of inclement weather, please check the website (www.fumcfw.org).
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).
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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-5060 or Rev. Phyllis McDougal (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-5091. Checks payable to FUMCFW. Questions? Contact Rev. Phyllis McDougal (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) 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.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School 2015
July 13 – 17 | 9:00 am – Noon | Meet in Wesley Hall | FUMCFW
VBS Celebration Sunday
July 19 | 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.
Would you like to volunteer?
We’re excited to share God’s love and have lots of fun during this amazing week!
Here are a few details to remember:
You may pick up your registration packets and t-shirts either:
Sunday, July 12 from 10:30 – 12:30 pm in the courtyard or Monday, July 13 starting at 8:30 am in the courtyard
If you have questions, please feel free to email Amber Robertson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
5.4 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.
4.1 FIRST WEDNESDAY DINNER
Join us at 6:30 pm the first Wednesday of each month for dinner.
For First Wednesday Dinner in April, 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
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:
Randy Freeman by Yolanda Howard
Betty Ambrose by Kaye Thornton, Sam Hulsey, Janie & Steve Christie
Nelda Martin by Norma Loughridge
Kathryn McClendon by Sandra & James Balch
Randy Freeman by Sandra & James Balch
First Methodist Church Foundation In Memory Of:
Betty Ambrose by George Ann & Bill Bahan, Mary Kathryn Anderson, Sualice & Raymond Armstrong
Betty and Joe Ambrose by Bettye McDaniel
First Methodist Church Foundation Memorial Fund In Memory Of:
Betty Ambrose by Carol Harrell, Jean and John Roach, The Roach Foundation
First 7th In Memory Of:
Billie Sommermeyer by Kay Watkins
General Memorial Fund In Memory Of:
Marilyn Alismiller by Martha Slover, Pat & Arch Van Meter, Marilyn & Bryon Baird
Bill Scott by Mary Alice Selcer
Justice Ministry In Memory Of:
Betty & Joe Ambrose by Sylvia Mandeville
Senior Adult Ministry In Memory Of:
Randy Freeman by Bettye McDaniel
Bill Scott by Bettye McDaniel
First Street Methodist Mission In Honor Of:
Charme Robarts by Trinity Fellowship Sunday School Class
Kenya In Honor Of:
Nancy Tully by Susan & Warren Bearden
TV Ministry In Honor Of:
Bryan Corser and the Television Crew by Joni & Carter Russell