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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 Groups | 9:30 am
Chapel Communion | 10:30 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony (click here to read Len’s blog)
Special Music: Laurie Simmons
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
4.19.15 in DiscipleChurch
Dear DiscipleChurch Friends and Family:
This Sunday, I will continue with the second of three sermons on Franciscan spirituality. The sermon will draw heavily upon the writings of Richard Rohr, Thomas Keating and Eckhart Tolle. I want you to hear about some things which they have written and said, and I don’t think I could improve upon them.
(I apologize for the brevity of this blog, but I have too much I must get done in the Justice Ministry today and tomorrow, and, I fear, too little time to do it. I hope you will forgive me at this brevity.)
It has been written that most of Christianity begins with consideration of human sin, while Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan movement begin with consideration of human suffering.
This Sunday in Academy
We have two more Sundays left in our April Attendance Challenge.
The winning class gets a pancake party in May.
Below is what we’re exploring this month in Academy.
Discerning our Purpose as Christians
Casey Langley, early in her wonderful sermon on the Second Sunday in Easter, said in a quote attributed to Mark Twain, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
As Christians, the first part relates well to Easter and baptism, and are pretty much about a personal and communal realization of “the day we are re-born” in God’s Spirit of Love. That second important part, “finding out why,” might happen in a moment, but how we live that out is more of a life-long journey . . .
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!
THE LITTLE THINGS
Launched in the summer of 2012, the Congregational Care Ministry is made up of Laypersons who work hand in hand with clergy to meet the needs of many of our church family. When the Congregational Care Ministers (CCM’s) began serving at the FUMC, there were only 12 Volunteers. “We called ourselves the 12 Disciples,” laughs Carolyn Catchings. Asking Carolyn to describe what the work entails, she pauses for a moment and says, “It’s the little things you do that changes someone’s life.”
Changing lives is exactly what the CCM’s are doing. The visits often consist of simply listening intentionally, reading from The Upper Room or perhaps singing a favorite hymn. They meet regularly with Reverend Phyllis McDougal, Minister of Congregational Care, for group supervision and assignments. But they make their visits individually. CCM’s serve and minister to church members who find themselves in need. They are sick, disabled, hospitalized, in crisis and often lonely. For many, their CCM volunteer may be the only telephone call or personal visit they receive all week. “We want to let them know that they are still a part of our church,” Carolyn explains.
Congregational Care Minister’s also participate in the church’s Grief Ministry providing care for members in grieving the loss of a loved one. This can involve a CCM’s in number of necessary tasks including phone contacts, assisting with paperwork and visiting with family members (in addition to the pastor’s visits and caregiving). They follow up with contacts, calls and special notes throughout the year. “We want the family to know that the church is thinking about them and that, if there is any way the church can help them, we are available,” Carolyn added.
These volunteer care-givers are also often called upon to visit with church members who are in hospice care. On one occasion, Ben Landford went on his first visit, and the church was not aware that the woman who was his assignment was in hospice. He reported the information to the church staff, which immediately made contact with the family. CCM’s started ministerial visits each day until her death and continued follow up visits with family members thereafter. And their care inspires others as well, as one church member who receives regular visits at a local nursing home made evident recently. Watching her roommate dying with no family to support her, she began praying with her and holding her hand each day. She reported to her CCM on one visit, “I’m doing what you all do.” She was there with her roommate when she died.
Many stories that Carolyn relays are about grief and pain, but all the stories reflect the importance of “the little things.” Daniel Sanford makes a regular visit to a church member whose only request is that he brings a six-pack of Dr. Pepper. Others have supplied a simple tube of lipstick, brought a stuffed animal or sang to a church member to encourage and brighten their day.
Since its inception, the group has grown to over 100 volunteers, and the time that they share with members of the church is certainly a blessing to those in need, but perhaps an even greater blessing to those who minister. “We are going out and being God’s people in the world,” Carolyn says. “And we often get more out of it than they do.”
MORE BANJO, PLEASE
Bluegrass Gospel Concert with the Crossroad Singers and the Fifth Street Bluegrass Band, featuring Dr. Tim Bruster
Sunday, April 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!
4.20 DFW BRASS & BISHOP ARTS BRASS CONCERT WITH PEGGY GRAFF, ORGANIST
7:00 pm | Sanctuary | Admission is Free
Donations Welcome to Support Our Music & Worship Arts Ministry
Based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, DFW Brass and Bishop Arts Brass members perform with the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Plano Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, Irving Symphony, Dallas Opera, and many other performing ensembles throughout DFW.
Join featured artists from DFW Brass and Bishop Arts Brass as they share their passion for brass music at this special performance conducted and led by Maestro Bryan English, Director of Instrumental Studies at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. Bryan has written music for the Fort Worth Symphony, independent films, commercials, and the award-winning website www.HowItShouldHaveEnded.com, featured on the Starz Network. Featured soloists for the evening are our own Peggy Graff, Organist at FUMCFW and David Cooper, Principal Horn of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to pure Renaissance antiphonal brass pieces by Giovanni Gabrili, the large brass ensemble will perform Bryan English’s arrangement of Church Windows by Ottorino Respighi. There will be something for everyone on this concert so make plans now to be there for this fabulous evening of music!
Scarlett Joy Garman arrived March 20, 2015.
Proud parents are Meg & Cpt. Lane Garman.
Proud grandparents are Joy and Dan Brandon.
Jim Jones (Jimmy)
CONGRATULATIONS ALI KAITCER
High School Junior Ali Kaitcer named as Finalist for Circle Theatre’s 2014 – 2015 High School Playwriting Project!
Congratulations to Ali Kaitcer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.David Smoot and Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Kaitcer, who was recently chosen as one of four finalists in Circle Theatre’s annual High School Playwriting Project, a collaborative effort between the Circle Theatre’s executive producer and director, Rose Pearson and Larry Boston, Eastern Hills High School theater teacher.
“Ali Kaitcer is one of the most gifted and talented student playwrights I have had the privilege to teach in my 17 years as both a playwright and educator,” says James Venhaus, Director of All Saints High School Theatre Arts. “She is a smart, funny, and hard-working student who has a bright future ahead of her.”
Circle Theatre has been the launching pad for first time directors, blooming writers, and aspiring actors within the Fort Worth area for over thirty years. This program fosters young artists each year as invitations are sent to high school teachers for the submission of 10-minute plays, written by their students, to be reviewed by the Circle judges for potential support for a live showing. Of these entries, the judges choose 20 plays to be sent to Connie Whitt-Lambert, Theatre professor at Texas Wesleyan University.
Professor Whitt-Lambert and her students narrow down the 20 plays to the top four plays, followed with a written analysis of each play. The finalists are then invited to the Wesleyan campus for additional discussion of the playwright’s work and final editorial to the original plays before production for the Circle Theatre. This year, the four finalist plays will be presented at 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 10,2015. Texas Christian University theatre professor, Alan Shorter, will direct the readings. A reception honoring the students and their teachers will immediately follow the readings and awards ceremony.
“This is such an amazing opportunity,” Ali says, “I never dreamed I’d get to do something like this as a high school student. I’m so excited . . . and nervous . . . and a little bit in shock!”
Of the 2014 – 2015 finalists, Ms. Whitt-Lambert states, “What an impressive group of student writers. Although this year’s top 20 scripts deal with a variety of topics, each one reflects a great deal of depth and maturity. This is intelligent writing!” Hats off to Ali on the upcoming reading of her play!
For further information or to reserve general admission seating, call 817/877-3040, from 12:00 – 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday. Circle Theatre is located in Sundance Square at 230 West 4th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102.
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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
Led by Dr. David Grant, this is an evening of music sure to speak to your heart and stir your soul as only this special brand of American folk music can. Featuring our own Dr. Tim Bruster on guitar and vocals, Justin Holt on mandolin, Kent Kilbourne on guitar, Jeff Siewert on bass, and Dr. David Grant on banjo, the tight harmonies and acoustics of this eclectic group is a smile just waiting to happen!
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