APRIL 12, 2013
In 1959, Vince Lombardi, at the age of 45, became a head coach in the NFL for the first time in his life. The team, the Green Bay Packers, were coming off of a devastating season. They had won only two out of the last twelve games the season before. They were demoralized and suffered from a serious lack of confidence.
With a football in hand, Lombardi walked into the locker room of these defeated, humiliated men, knowing that he had his work cut out for him. As he stood there surveying that motley crew, he contemplated what he should say.
Finally, after a long period of silence, he held the pigskin out in front of him. He looked at it, and then he looked at them. Then he uttered one of the great one-liners in sports history: “Gentlemen,” he said, “this is a football.”
What was he saying? In only five words, Lombardi was saying, “We’re going to start with the basics and make sure we’re executing all the fundamentals.” Sometimes it is important in all our striving and business and desire to live a Christian life, it’s easy to forget the fundamentals. The basics. READ MORE
Congratulations to our TWO Classes of 2013!
This year we’re doing something new to honor both our newest church members, the Confirmation Class of 2013, and our graduating seniors — the outgoing Class of 2013. To make these milestones even more special, both for involved families and for our entire church family, we’ve created two new traditions that we hope will make these observances even more meaningful. READ MORE
THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Called Charge Conference
There will be a called session of the Charge Conference on Sunday, April 28 immediately following the 11:00 service. The Charge Conference is composed of the members of the Board of Stewards and the clergy who are part of our congregation. The purpose of the meeting is to act on a recommendation from the Church Council to enter into partnership with the Annual Conference to start a new worshipping community (or “campus”) of our congregation to expand our ministry in a new way to the W. 7th area to reach a population of young adults we are not currently reaching.
Go the “Second Mile” Through May 19
Our 2013 “Second-Mile” Easter Offering is off to a wonderful start, and we are nearly halfway toward reaching our 2013 “second mile” goal of $50,000. As Resurrection People we are called to be in partnership with God and with one another to bring the hope of resurrection to people living in despair. Your “Second Mile” Easter Offering provides vital support to our Mission and Outreach Ministries (click the “READ MORE” link below for a list of all this fund supports). We will receive Second Mile Offerings through the end of the Season of Easter, May 19. Special Offering envelopes are in the pew pockets in the Sanctuary (or you can simply designate “Easter Offering” on your check), or click here to give online. (Please make sure that you log in using the email address the church has on file for your head of household. If you don’t know/remember that email address, please contact Elaine Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-2406.
NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
Sunday Mornings | 9:45 am | Room 336
Join this new discussion-based class for young couples, led by Molly and Tom Hardgrove, to explore the essentials of building a solid foundation that will weather life’s ups and downs. Contact Rev. Gena Anderson (email@example.com) at 817/5067.
XYZ (EXTRA YEARS OF ZEST)
Thursdays | 9:30 am – noon | Rm 224
Play dominoes, 42 and chicken foot, and enjoy lively conversation and great food with the XYZ Seniors. All are welcome to come and play! Questions? Contact Rev. Phyllis McDougal (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5082.
4.11 – 4.14 UMC SINGLES RETREAT
Sponsored by the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church and Tarrant Area Singles, the ReImagine Single Conference is an opportunity for those interested in discovering new insights into personal healing, fulfilling relations and how to reimagine the role of church in the lives of single adults. Those interested in developing or supporting singles ministries in their churches or communities are invited to attend and gain new insights into the challenges of and opportunities for connecting to single adults. The cost of the retreat is $45; please make checks payable to UMC Singles and mail to Ellen Bauman, FUMC, 313 N. Center, Arlington, TX 76011. For more information, contact (EBauman@ArlingtonMethodist.org) at 817/274-2571 or Cindy Young (CYoung1952@ATT.net) at 817/924-9443.
4.18 VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DINNER
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. | Wesley Hall
Ushers, Greeters (Blue Shirt Team, Welcome Center, and special events), Television Ministry, First Friends, Docents, Congregational Care, Donation Counters, Parish Nurses, Library and Archive, Front Desk and Office volunteers (and spouses) invited; dress is business casual. RSVP Elaine Johnson at email@example.com or Reverend Chuck Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5065 by April 15.
4.19 – 20 WHY DIDN’T MY CHURCH TELL ME THAT? BRITE DIVINITY HOSTS JESUS SEMINAR ON THE ROAD:
This seminar features Author and Lecturer Paul H. Jones, Director and Professor of Religion at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY to empower church members to rediscover the church’s meaning and mission, regain the church’s vigor and vitality, liberate the church from comfortable complacency and cultural conformity, and think seriously about what it means to be a Christian in today’s world. CLICK HERE to register online or call Westar at (503) 375-5323. READ MORE
4.23 UMW STYLE SHOW
4:00 – 6:00 pm | Ridglea Country Club
Catch this new twist on an favorite UMW tradition hosted by UMW President Anne Paup and Event Chair Nancy Bryant. Enjoy a runway style show format featuring favorite local retailers and “celebrity” models, afternoon tea, silent auction and drawing. Get tickets now in the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings or contact Anita McCrary 817/596-0126 or Jenny Purcell 817/291-1935.
4.26 – 4.27 LOCK-IN-N-OUT
8:00 pm – 8:00 am | The Justin Building
Open to all current 6th – 12th graders, the Youth Lock-In-N-Out is designed for tons of fun! Cost is $50; sign up by April 14. Contact Brenda Kegans (email@example.com) at 817/339-3888.
ATTN GRADUATING SENIORS!
FUMC wants to be part of your college success — and with two scholarships now available to our graduating seniors, these two generous benefactors are eagerly awaiting your application! The application deadline is April 26, 2013. For more information contact Brenda Kegans (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-3888 or pick up an application at the Welcome Center.
FIRST STREET MISSION
APRIL MISSION SUNDAYS: BRING IT!
Throughout April, please bring pots, pans, plates and glasses to the Mission during regular donation hours during the week (Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm) or to the Welcome Center on Sundays.
4.21 LISTENING TO DIVORCE
Sundays, 4.21-5.5 | 9:00 -10:30 am
Foundation Bldg. | Rm 370
A three-week series focusing onunderstanding, healing, and learningfrom the past to move into the future. Contact Marianne Wilson (email@example.com) at 817/339-5071.
SEND YOUR HEART TO BASIC TRAINING
HIGHER LOVE WEEKEND: BASIC TRAINING FOR THE HEART
Sign up by April 14 for this relationship-changing experience at the beautiful Stillwater Lodge in Glen Rose Texas June 7-9 led by Charles Gaby, MA, LPC. All inclusive cost is $245 per person; registration limited to 20. Contact Marianne Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/ 339-5071.
6.9 KENDA CREASY DEAN will visit FUMC to lead an event and preach in both sanctuary worship services before serving as speaker for the 2013 Central Texas Annual Conference.
5.2 REGISTER FOR MISSION DAY CAMP, VBS & SACRAMENT SCHOOL
9:30 am -12:30 pmThere will be registration tables in the garden for Day Camp, VBS, and Sacrament School from .
5.2 ROOM IN THE INN VOLUNTEER TRAINING
6:00 pm | Justin Building
Room in the Inn offers food and shelter on Thursday evenings to 12 homeless men during July and August. To participate, plan to attend the mandatory new volunteer training meeting. Volunteer opportunities range from preparing the Justin Building, driving our guests to and from the Day Resource Center, preparing meals, and visiting and staying overnight with our guests. To attend the training or if you are interested in volunteering but can’t attend this mandatory training session, you must contact Rev. Page Hines (email@example.com) at 817/339-8881.
5.3 OUTDOOR MINISTRY RETREAT
5.3 – 5.5 | Daingerfield State Park
Contact Rev. Chuck Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5065 about these or other outdoor opportunities.
5.5 WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HEBREW BIBLE?
May 5 – 10 | Congregation Ahavath Sholom,
4050 S. Hulen, Fort Worth, 76109.
Congregation Ahavath Sholom invites learners of all backgrounds to the Hebrew Bible Institute featuring a wide variety of classes and discussions on topics including Biblical archaeology, history, interpretation, and content led by both Jewish and Christian scholars and religious professionals. Cost is $120 per person, which includes the opening panel discussion, “Studying the Hebrew Bible in the 21st Century,” two classes, and closing Shabbat service and dessert reception. Click here for more information or to register online.
5.6 COFFEE, POVERTY AND JESUS BOOK CLUB
6:00 – 7:30 | Room 231
Our May CPJ Book Club Selection is Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain. The book is available for $10 in the Adult Education Office. Questions? Contact Rev. Page Hines (email@example.com) at 817/339-8881.
6.7 – 6.9 HIGHER LOVE WEEKEND: BASIC TRAINING FOR THE HEART
Contact Marianne Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/ 339-5071.
Kelly and Clark Meador,
Hayden (4), Harper (13 mo.)
Adeline Claire Arbour
Laura and Neilson Arbour
James Van Hook
Three Simple Rules_continued:
This Sunday we will begin a three-part series of sermons entitled Three Simple Rules. In the early days of the Methodist Movement, John Wesley developed three rules for Methodists to follow. He was saying to them, in effect, Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Christian life. These became known as The General Rules and remain part of our life as a Christian denomination to this day. These three simple rules, put into contemporary language are:
1) Do no harm
2) Do good of every possible sort
3) Stay in love with God
In this series we will take one rule on each Sunday and consider what it means for us today. Each Sunday our scripture reading will be the same—Romans 12:1-2, 9-21. I encourage you to read it every day during these three weeks as part of your devotional and prayer life. We will be exploring some important questions for each of us to consider: What is most challenging about practicing the rule to do no harm? What are some ways that people do harm without even knowing it? What does the Bible have to say about doing no harm, especially to our enemies? What one or two things can I do in the coming week in the interest of doing no harm and am I willing to commit to do those things?
I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we return to some practical basics of Christian living.
Grace and Peace,
(Romans 12:1-2, 9-21 – The Message)
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.
Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.
Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”
Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.
Sunday | April 21 | 7:00 pm
We invite you to be part of our first ever evening Service of Confirmation. This hour-long Sanctuary event will honor this symbolic milestone in special ways including:
Stories from some of our clergy and staff members who have offered to share their own transformational faith stories — and all the ways in which they’ve felt God moving and working in their lives.
A Symbolic Gathering
Each confirmand will bring from home a symbol of themselves and their life to be placed with the others at the altar. At the end of the service we will recognize and celebrate the breadth and depth of all the lives and experiences of our church’s newest official members in this special altar collection and presentation.
Traditional Service of Confirmation which recognizes and welcomes each of our 28 confirmands, both individually and as a class with prayers, scripture, music, a message and benediction.
Sunday | April 28 | 7:00 pm
On the following Sunday we will first present the 2013 Confirmands to the congregation as a group, and then proceed into the next special addition to our usual Spring traditions, the recognition and honoring of our outgoing seniors as part of Senior Recognition Sunday in their own special ceremony.
By connecting these strands of the FUMC youth journey, we hope to create a unique experience in which our outgoing seniors welcome our newest youth — and our new confirmands, gathered as a group, honor and help send off our graduating seniors, adding new meaning and continuity to this important circle of our congregational life.
Whether or not you have a family member participating in either of these services, we hope you will make it part of your worship and celebration experience as we mark each of these important milestones as a faith community. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Mike Marshall (email@example.com) at 817/339-2409.
2013 Confirmation Class
Matthew McFarland Bruner
David Henry Buis
Rollin Sebastian Bumstead
Bryson Kernan Clark
Carter Christopher Cooke
Bryan David Corser, Jr.
David Jacob Drez, IV
Samuel Murrin Dulle
Rory Colleen Dunnahoe
Easton Zachary Green
William Augustus Hahnfeld
Joshah Ray Hampton
Hayden Cartwright Harvey
Gage Michael Laswell
Kira Michelle Loveday
Lawrence Paul Marriage
Luke Henry Martin
Ruby Clare Moore
Randall Sanford Hartnett Morris
Clare Elizabeth Rice
Lauren Isabel Richardson
Caleb Granville Russell
Margaret Elizabeth Stuckey
Christopher Neff Vardy
Luke Standish Walker
Sydney Jean Williams
Walker Lynn Woods
The Easter Offering provides direct support to many of the vital ministries of our church as we reach out to those beyond our immediate church family through the great work of the United Methodist Church:
FIRST STREET METHODIST MISSION:
Supporting the feeding ministries at the First Street Methodist Mission.
Supporting Crime Victims Council, Justice for Our Neighbors, FUMC Methodist Justice Ministry, United Community Centers,
Habitat for Humanity.
CHURCH GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT:
Support starting new churches in the Central Texas Conference through the Church Growth and Development Shares Program.
PERKINS SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY: Help fulfill our church’s commitment to provide the office of Global Theological Education in the new building at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.
This is an important moment in the stewardship life of this church, and we welcome and encourage your prayerful support of this vital part of Jesus’ ministry and special emphasis of First Church Fort Worth.
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