FUMC WEEKLY 3.6.15

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3.8 SPRING FORWARD

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour next Saturday night; daylight savings time begins next Sunday.


TEACHERS & TOPICS | MEMBER NEWS | CHURCHWIDE NEWS

MINISTRY NEWS | GIFTS AND MEMORIALS | LENT | THIS SUNDAY

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THIS SUNDAY

THIS SUNDAY’S
 WORSHIP 
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Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster (click here to read Tim’s blog)

DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:30 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Rev. Casey Langley
Discussion | 9:30 am | Foundation Building

Chapel Communion | 10:30 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
Special Music: Laurie Simmons, piano

eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott

First 7th | Worship | 5:30 pm | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
Discipleship Discussion Groups | 6:30 pm

Click here to view and download PDFs of this Sunday’s worship service bulletins.


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Tim Bruster 2014_web 150WHERE THERE IS DOUBT, FAITH

Friends,

Continuing this week in our Lenten sermon series, Open to Peace, we’ll continue our exploration of the Prayer of Saint Francis, focusing specifically on the line, “Where there is doubt, let me sow faith.” A synonym of the word, faith, as it is used in most places in the bible, is trust. Trust in this context can be understood as the opposite of fear.

In our scripture this week, Mark tells the story of Jesus and his disciples out on the Sea of Galilee during a storm. The wind was howling through the rigging of the small boat, the waves were crashing over the sides, and the raindrops were pummeling the frightened disciples.

Click here to read the rest of Tim’s blog


TEACHERS & TOPICS

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Master Plan Project FootprintFUMCFW 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 (masterplan@myfumc.org). Your opinion matters! In the interest of transparency, questions and comments will be addressed as received in the ongoing Master Plan blog.

FUMCFW Master Plan_HSWhile 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.”

Click here for details of each phase, diagrams — and more. Be sure to email your comments, questions, and concerns to (masterplan@myfumc.org).


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IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, HERE’S HOW TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH FUMCFW!

In light of the recent weather conditions and icy roads, we realized the need to be able to get in touch with you by whatever means you prefer. Please take a moment to answer the following questions so we can include you and your preferred contact information in our database for future use.

If you have questions, or need to update your information, please email (communications@myfumc.org).

In addition to posting to fumcfw.org, how can we let you know of a weather-related closure or delay, as well as other urgent communications?

Click here to submit your information.


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MEDIA MINISTRY TURNS 40!

In celebration of Media Ministry Month and the tireless work of this amazing volunteer-driven ministry, we’re posting throughout the month a series of interviews, vintage photos and footage, and stories, reflections, and insights gained through 40 years of sharing the message of our church beyond our walls.

Click here to follow this new Sunday Night Serial video series.


Altar Flowers

ALTAR FLOWERS

Open Dates: March 8, April 12 & 19, August 2, 16, & 30, September 27, November 8,15, & 22.

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 (perlandson@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5062 to reserve that date!


Sub_new_hospitalityHOSPITALITY 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

Door Greeters

First Friends

Parking Lot Hospitality Team

Contact Sammye Dunn (sammyelou9@gmail.com) at 817/705-3136, Chuck Graff (cgraff@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5065, or for First Friends, please contact Chuck Mencke (chuckmen@gmail.com) for more details.


MEMBER NEWS

NEW MEMBERS

3.6.15 Weekly members

BAPTISMS

3.6.15 Weekly baptisms

KNOWN HOSPITALIZED

Yale Lary
Jim Wright
Betty Wright
Lela Mohrbacher

IN MEMORIAM

Graydon Wright Wilemon


FUMCFW People

FIRST PEOPLE

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 (lhelm@myfumc.org) and we will include your story!

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LENT
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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 theEaster Season of new life, we prepare with Lent’s focus on an honest reckoning of our own lives.

Click here for a complete list of Lenten opportunities.

Click here to download a printable version of the Lent Weekly.


linda_webLENT 2015 – OPEN TO PEACE

The Tradition:

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.

Click here to read the rest of Linda’s blog


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.


Third Week of Lent

March 8 – 14, 2015

Sunday, March 8

Traditional Worship

Where There Is Doubt, Faith

9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster

Scripture: Mark 4:35-41

Wednesday, March 11

Noon Chapel Service

11:45 am – 1:00 pm | Chapel


Lenten Studies

During this Lenten season, we invite you to these special studies to deepen your faith as you prepare for the celebration of Easter.

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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 (ldelony@myfumc.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 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. Questions? Contact Dr. Lamar Smith (lsmith@myfumc.org) 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 (phines@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5063.


Lent15 Devotional_HS2015 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.

You can also click here to access a digital edition!

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.


MINISTRY NEWS

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ADULTS | CHILDREN | YOUTH

COMPASSION & JUSTICE | MWA

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Roots of Change_HS3.8 – 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 (mwilson@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5071.


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3.26 SENIOR MINISTRIES 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 (pmcdougal@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5082.


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4.7 UMW PRESENTS THE COWTOWN DERBY

10:30 am – 1:00 pm | Ridglea Country Club
Tickets are on sale NOW through March 22
Online and on Sundays in the Welcome Center between services
$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.

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MARCH ACADEMY

Hello Families,

This Sunday starts our March Academy theme — Prayer.

For those who have travel plans this Spring Break, we pray for you a safe journey.

And for those who will be with us on Sunday, two quick things:

Thing One — Please make sure to sign each child into their classroom. (This is an important safety/security measure.)

Click here to red the rest of Mark’s blog

OUR MARCH THEME

Hello Families.

It was great to see so many of you yesterday at Children First. And we’ve heard from a number of you who worshipped with us at home via live stream.

Below is our March Theme, Memory Verse, Bible Story, and Holy Conversation Starters.

Have a great week!

Click here to read the rest of Mark’s blog


VBS15_HS7.13 – 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.


March PNO_HS3.6 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 (pwagstaff@myfumc.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.

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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

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!

Visit the First Street Mission Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.

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3.22 Organ Dedicatory Concert

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.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch


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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 (lhelm@myfumc.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!

Visit the MWA page for more information on programs and activities.

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Sign up now for the 2015 Summer Mission Trip!

June 21 – 26, 2015

Houston, TX | $275 for Students | $75 for Adults

Click here to sign up now as a Youth | Click here to sign up now as an Adult

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.

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GIFTS AND MEMORIALS

MEMORIAL GIFTS

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

Billie Sommermeyer by Letha Grace McCoy

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