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Traditional Worship | 8:00 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Rev. Casey Langley
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: Elizabeth Wills
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
Peace Be With You
This Sunday, we move from the empty tomb to the locked room, filled with frightened, devastated disciples.
We must imagine that their hearts are broken. Their hope is shattered. They had been following this Jesus for years. He had promised so much and they just watched it all come to a screeching halt — a devastating end — on a cross. They are grieving a loss.
But the scripture also tells us that they were afraid. Afraid of the Jewish authorities. Afraid that they might also be persecuted. Afraid that they might be next.
This Week in DiscipleChurch
DiscipleChurch Family and Friends:
This Sunday, we start a three week preaching series on the Franciscan experience of God. I will be bringing the message all three of these Sunday’s.
I must admit that before Linda and Tim chose the Prayer of Saint Francis as the foundation of all of our church’s worship services through Lent, I knew very, very little about the distinctive spirituality of Francis and the Franciscans. But having now studied a considerable amount on the subject, I am fascinated by it. I hope that this experience has given me a renewed spirit to continue the work of the Justice Ministry.
You Have No Idea How Good It Feels
That’s what he said as we were walking into the Starbucks in Sundance Plaza a few weeks ago. It was one of those pleasant days in March after we’d had another nasty snow/ice extravaganza. We’d met near the fountain where a few children were taking advantage of the warm temperature, running and squealing as if they were surprised when the water shot up from the jets all around them.
Leaving the mom’s and children behind to get coffee before continuing our conversation, Kevin said, “you have no idea how good it feels to walk in here like a normal person, not carrying my backpack and all my possessions with me.”
Listening Within the Sounds of Silence
Throughout Lent, many of us gathered on Wednesdays to consider how to be “instruments of God’s peace,” partly by exploring Silent Compassion, the book by Richard Rohr. You may remember the amazing song “The Sounds of Silence” (written by Paul Simon soon after the assassination of President John Kennedy.) The song’s sounds and hauntingly poetic words call us in our isolation to awaken to the brokenness silenced by our noisy, self-made “neon gods.” Ironically, sometimes it is silence and darkness that awaken and reconnects us. Below are some quotes from Silent Compassion, followed by a solemn video of Paul Simon performing “The Sounds of Silence” at Ground Zero in New York on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.
Yep, we’re still having church!
We have some exciting things coming up in the days and weeks ahead.
April Attendance Challenge:
Over the next 3 Sundays, the Academy Class with the highest average attendance, based on enrollment, will get a pancake party in May!
Hospitality Training Event
We invite you to attend a special, brief information/training event to learn more about serving in our expanding Hospitality Ministry. Every Sunday morning, as well as during special events, numerous church members are offering amazing hospitality and guidance to all who enter our church. We invite you to help us make FUMCFW the “Friendliest, most hospitable, place in the universe” by serving in one of these hospitality ministries. We will work with your schedule and availability in all ministries, to allow you to still attend your Sunday School Classes and our Worship Services.
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!
MORE BANJO, PLEASE
Bluegrass Gospel Concert with the Crossroad Singers and the Fifth Street Bluegrass Band, featuring Dr. Tim Bruster
Sunday, May 19, 2015 | 6:30 pm | Sanctuary
“The banjo is such a happy instrument — you can’t play a sad song on the banjo — it always comes out so cheerful.” ― Steve Martin
On Sunday night, April 19, an unparalleled music event will take place in our sanctuary. In a rare combination of two musical groups, the Crossroad Singers — a standing musical ensemble that plays and sings in worship at our church — and the Fifth Street Bluegrass Band formed especially for this concert, you’ll hear the characteristic tight harmonies and acoustics of traditional bluegrass that speaks to the heart along with soulful gospel favorites sure to inspire reflection on the ups and downs of life.
Dr. David Grant, longtime church member, theologian and all-around good guy, leads both groups and says that likes so many other types of music throughout history, Bluegrass music is inspired by religious faith; similarly, old-time gospel music frequently centers on transcending the hard realities of daily rural life. “One of the things that I so appreciate about our church,” Grant says, “is that there is an appreciation for the various types of music that have expressed the faith of Christians through the centuries”.
While you don’t have to be a Bluegrass or Gospel music aficionado to appreciate this rare Sunday night concert, a recent peek in on a rehearsal reveals that we are indeed in store for a treat. And, if for no other reason, Grant says, one should come to this concert to see our senior pastor, Dr. Tim Bruster, singing the high tenor strains of some great bluegrass classics!
In addition to Dr. B on guitar and vocals, Fifth Street Bluegrass Band will feature Justin Holt on mandolin, Kent Kilbourne on guitar, Jeff Siewert on bass. and David Grant on banjo. “So the group has a pastor, a banker, a retired clergyman, a college professor and a contractor,” Grant quips. Additional performers in the Crossroad Singers are Trish Hill, Tracey Smith, and Ron White. Y’all come!
Why is the Easter season fifty days long?
Easter for Christians is not just one day, but rather a 50-day period. The season of Easter, or Eastertide, begins at sunset on the eve of Easter and ends on Pentecost, the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church (see Acts 2).
Easter is also more than just an extended celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. In the early church, Lent was a season for new converts to learn about the faith and prepare for baptism on Easter Sunday. The initial purpose of the 50-day Easter season was to continue the faith formation of new Christians.
Today, this extended season gives us time to rejoice and experience what it means when we say Christ is risen. It’s the season when we remember our baptisms and how through this sacrament we are, according to the liturgy, “incorporated into Christ’s mighty acts of salvation.” As “Easter people,” we also celebrate and ponder the birth of the Church and gifts of the Spirit (Pentecost), and how we are to live as faithful disciples of Christ.
SHOUT OUT TO DIANNE FISHER
Shout out to Dianne Fisher, Co-founder of Imagination Celebration Special Weekend for the Deaf (now Imagination Fort Worth), honored April 10 by Imagination Fort Worth as part of its 25th Anniversary Celebration. Dianne, an active member of our Loyalty Sunday School Class, began this program by helping to bring the National Theatre for the Deaf’s performance of Treasure Island to her students in Fort Worth. According to Imagination Fort Worth, the rest is imagination history: “What began as a single performance turned into a weekend of fine arts workshops, a dance, and the bringing together of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students all over the state of Texas.”
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4.12 NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS: JUST FOR WOMEN
STARTS THIS SUNDAY!
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.
4.12 – 5.6 LIVING THROUGH GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
9:30 am | Sundays | 4.12 – 5.3 6:00 pm | Wednesday | 5.6 | Final meeting Foundation Building, 2nd Floor
Led by Charme Robarts, certified Grief Recovery Specialist and Community Advocate, this group is focused on providing participants with tools and basic understanding of ways to handle grief that are healthy and lead to healing. Opportunity is given for sharing personal concerns. Participation is free and you do not need to be a church member to participate. Optional guidebook is $5.
For more information or to register, contact Rev. Phyllis McDougal (email@example.com) at 817/339-5082.
4.26 – 5.17 UNITED METHODIST INFORMATION CLASS
Sunday Mornings | 9:45 – 10:45 am
Room 341 | Hosted by the Cornerstone Sunday School Class
Guests, new members, and all interested in meeting new people and learning more about our denomination, beliefs and our local church ministries, are invited to join us for any or all of these extremely informative sessions. There is no cost for materials or sessions.
4.26 “John Wesley and Methodist Beginnings”
Leader: Dr. Lamar Smith, Associate Pastor
5.3 “What Do United Methodists Believe?”
Leader: Dr. Jim Abel, United Methodist Minister
5.10 “The Rich Heritage of FUMC Fort Worth”
Leader: Barry Hudson, Building Committee Chair
5.17 “There Is a Place For You to Love God. Serve People. Transform Lives.”
Leader: Sammye Dunn, Lay Ministry Chair Includes a facility tour and will last until noon. Following the tour, Dr. Tim Bruster will host a complimentary luncheon for all guests and new members.
Questions? Contact Rev. Chuck Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) 817/339-5065 or Dr. Lamar Smith (email@example.com) at 817/339-3886 or please attend beginning Sunday, April 26, in Room 341. You may also visit the United Methodist Information Class page.
5.11 SPRING GOLF TOURNAMENT
9:00 am Shotgun Start | Lost Creek Golf Club
$40 per person, includes green fee, cart & lunch | Payable at tournament
Join us for a day of golf at the FUMCFW Golf Tournament, an annual tradition initiated 15 years ago by Mr. Ed Petrushka. The tournament is a Florida Scramble and open to everyone — men, women and guests! To register please contact Tournament Director, Wayne Maddox (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/560-7323 or Rev. Chuck Graff (email@example.com) at 817/339-5065. Please include your handicap, or probable score, person(s) you would like to be teamed with, or your preferred foursome, or we will be glad to assign you to a team.
5.16 FUMCFW SENIOR MINISTRIES DAY IN GRANBURY!
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD AT GRANBURY OPERA HOUSE
Depart FUMCFW at 10:30 am and return at 8:30 pm
$35 covers play and bus ride
Spend the day in the historical city of Granbury where there’s a wide array of activities from historical museums and public park lands, to beautiful wineries and fabulous shopping! Then enjoy the Granbury Opera House’s production of To Kill A Mockingbird. Built in 1886, The Granbury Opera House is in the National Register of Historic Places in Texas. It was restored and reopened in 1975, and it currently hosts Broadway productions under the name of the Texas Star Theatre. Reservations are due by May 1, and 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.
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6.15 – 19 Mission Day Camp 2015
Lyle Lodge | For Children Entering Grades 3 – 6 | $125 per child before 6.1, $160 after
Children of God, Citizens of the World: A Mission Day Camp for Kids combines a strong mission and outreach core with the kinds of activities that make summer camp so much fun. Activities include swimming (registered life guards on site), mission projects, Bible study, music, camp games, Journey of Faith nature walks, and more. Registration is required and is limited to the first 72 complete registrations. Priority will be given to FUMCFW members.
7.13 – 17 Vacation Bible School 2015
9:00 am – Noon | Meet in Wesley Hall | FUMCFW
Children ages 3 years through 6th grade | $15 per child before 6.8, $30 after
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.
APRIL MISSION SUNDAYS: ADULT SIZE SHIRTS
During the month of APRIL, please bring collared polo shirts, t-shirts, and white cotton/dress shirts for men and women to the First Street Methodist Mission, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm or to the Welcome Center on Sunday Morning.
4.19 BLUEGRASS GOSPEL CONCERT WITH THE CROSSROAD SINGERS AND THE FIFTH STREET BLUEGRASS BAND, FEATURING DR. TIM BRUSTER!
Join us for a very special evening of music:
6:30 pm | Sanctuary | Admission is free
Donations welcome to support our Music & Worship Arts Ministry
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
Admission is free | Donations welcome to support our Music & Worship Arts Ministry
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-2405.
5.4 SPECTRUM CONCERT SERIES
7:00 pm | Chapel | Reception following in Wesley Hall
Admission is free | Donations welcome to support our Music & Worship Arts Ministry
The Spectrum Ensemble, comprised of the finest players from the Fort Worth and Dallas Symphony Orchestras has three performances throughout the year at FUMCFW. For more information, please contact Peggy Graff (email@example.com) at 817/339-2405.
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 Yolonda Howard
Foundation Memorial Fund In Memory Of:
Betty Ambrose by Wade and Betty Nowlin, Ann & Jim Nayfa