3.8 SPRING FORWARD
Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour next Saturday night; daylight savings time begins next Sunday.
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THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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
WHERE THERE IS DOUBT, FAITH
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.
TEACHERS & TOPICS
This shows the footprint of the entire project: (Click on the image to enlarge it)
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.”
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 (email@example.com).
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?
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5062 to reserve that date!
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
Graydon Wright Wilemon
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!
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.
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.
Third Week of Lent
March 8 – 14, 2015
Sunday, March 8
“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
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 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 (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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3.8 – 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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-5071.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5082.
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.
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.)
OUR MARCH THEME
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!
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 (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.
Visit the FUMC Day School 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 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.
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.
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!
Visit the MWA 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.
GIFTS AND MEMORIALS
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