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This Sunday Web Header 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. Brooks Harrington
Discussion Groups | 9:30 am

Chapel Communion | 10:30 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
Special Music: Dace Sultanov, cello

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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Dear Friends,

This past Sunday I began a new series of sermons on Questions People Asked Jesus. People asked Jesus a lot of questions and they asked for different reasons. Sometimes they were motivated by a genuine desire to know more. Sometimes they were motivated by a desire to trick Jesus or trip him up. Sometimes they were motivated by a desire to make themselves look good.

Jesus’ answers to those questions varied. Sometimes he answered with another question. Sometimes he didn’t answer. Sometimes he answered with his own clever comeback when they were trying to trip him up. Sometimes he answered with a parable. Sometimes his answer was a combination of these. Whatever his response was, the gospel writers have included them as moments for teaching us something.

Click here to read the rest of Tim’s blog

Staff_Burrows, Mark3 Children’s Ministry Needs

Hello Families,

Here are three things we need in Children’s Ministry in priority order.

One — Registrations for Day Camp keep pouring in. We need an adult leader for the Games rotation and an adult leader for the Mission rotation. If you can do all five days (June 15 – 19)  — awesome! If you can only do Monday – Wednesday, we can work with that! Let us know.

Two — Altoids tins (or any other similar tins). We need lots.

Three — The white plastic pull-tabs from creamer, milk, and juice containers. We use gobs of those for puppet projects.

Click here to read the rest of Mark’s blog

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Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, they succeed. — Proverbs 15:22

As the governing body of your Foundation, the board of directors fulfills a variety of roles and responsibilities. The Foundation board offers advice and counsel while following processes overseen by rules and regulations, guided by our mission and fulfilled by embracing their duties with integrity and enthusiasm.

In addition to recapping our history through monthly video posts illustrating each decade of the past 50 years, I want to share with you our rules of the road we follow and the governance guidelines, processes, roles and responsibilities entrusted to your Foundation’s leadership — all there to assure a reliable, secure and dedicated stream of income to First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth.

Click here to read the rest of Sid’s blog

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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!


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4.15 UMCOR_HSUMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief)
As The Hands and Feet of Christ

UMCOR serves as a “voice of conscience among Methodists to act in the relief of human suffering without distinction of race, color, or creed.” So said Bishop Herbert Welch at General Conference in 1940 when UMCOR’s forerunner, the Methodist Committee for Overseas Relief (MCOR), was started. In 1972, the committee was made a permanent part of the General Board of Global Ministries and renamed the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). A structure was formalized and the committee’s scope expanded to include disaster relief in the United States.

Since then, UMCOR has helped survivors of earthquakes in Nicaragua, famine in Africa, and tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes in the United States. As countries such as Liberia, Rwanda, and Bosnia experienced civil strife, UMCOR was there to help affected communities rebuild homes and lives. We provided communities with training and education to help them confront hunger and poverty. UMCOR has provided relief to survivors of earthquakes in Haiti and Chile; floods in Pakistan; and the 2011 tsunami, earthquake, and nuclear threat in Japan; our field office in Afghanistan has helped rebuild communities torn apart by decades of war, and we provided long-term recovery aid to communities in the US South devastated by hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike.

UMCOR provides temporary relief, long-term education, training, and support and spends 100 percent of designated donations on the projects specified by their donors. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ.

FUMCFW Compassion & Justice Ministries will offer the opportunity to our church family to be a part of UMCOR’s global relief. Click here for instructions for purchasing and assembling a health kit. These kits provide basic necessities to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. Kits are also used as learning tools in personal hygiene, literacy, nutrition, and cooking classes. You may assemble a health kit and drop it into the purple bins at the Welcome Center from May 3 – June 7. The kits will be taken to the Annual Conference on June 8 and given to UMCOR. This is another way for FUMCFW to love God, serve people, and  transform lives.

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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 FUMCFW, there were only 12 Volunteers. “We called ourselves the 12 Disciples,” laughs Carol Catchings. Asking Carol 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,” Carol explains.

Congregational Care Ministers also participate in the church’s Grief Ministry, providing care for members, grieving the loss of a loved one. This can involve a CCM’s in a 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 contact, 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,” Carol 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 dr pepper canstories that Carol 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 bring 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 18 volunteers, but because the CCM’s serve over 100 people, they are always looking for interested people to share in this fulfilling ministry. The time 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,” Carol says. “And we often get more out of it than they do.” If you would like to be a part of this life-changing ministry, please contact Rev. Phyllis McDougal (pmcdougal@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5082.

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Congratulations to Barbara and Wes Aldrete on the birth of their beautiful granddaughter, Ayla Paz Shermetaro. Proud parents are Kasey Alderete and Joe Shermetaro.

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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grief_shutterstock_979227624.12 – 5.6 Living Through 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 (pmcdougal@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5082.

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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 (cgraff@myfumc.org) 817/339-5065 or Dr. Lamar Smith (lsmith@myfumc.org) at 817/339-3886 or please attend beginning Sunday, April 26, in Room 341. You may also visit the United Methodist Information Class page.

Bob Sandlin Outdoor Retreat_HS5.1 – 5.3 Outdoor Ministry Retreat at Lake Bob Sandlin State Park in East Texas

Registration due 4.26

Everyone is invited to enjoy a spring weekend at beautiful Lake Bob Sandlin State Park in east Texas.Children, youth and adults will enjoy wonderful fellowship, worship and s’mores around the campfire while hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities designed to renew your soul! Choose from  RV sites, tent sites and screened shelters with amenities we have reserved just for you. Shelter with Amenities costs are $85 for Friday and Saturday nights RV Sites are $36 for two nights, and Tent sites are $16 for the two nights.  Meal costs are $25 for five meals for adults (beginning on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.), and $10 for children 12 years and younger.  Make Checks Payable to First United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, with a notation “Lake Bob Sandlin Retreat”. If you have questions or want to register,contact Reverend Chuck Graff (cgraff@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5065.

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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 (waymad@juno.com) at 817/560-7323 or Rev. Chuck Graff (cgraff@myfumc.org) 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.

To Kill A Mockingbird_HS5.16 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 (gammerman@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5091. Checks payable to FUMCFW. Questions? Contact Rev. Phyllis McDougal (pmcdougal@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5082.

Visit the Adult Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.



4.26 Mission Shop This Sunday

10:20 am – Noon | Room 203

This Sunday our Academy Mission Class is opening up a Mission Shop. The kids are selling sugar scrub and tote bags — all of which they made — and everything is just $5! All proceeds go to support our First Street Mission so it’s a great way to get some Mother’s Day shopping done while supporting our children’s faith development and helping our Mission. See you there!

May15 PNO_HS5.1 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 4.29

It’s a Cinco de Mayo Celebration! We will have piñatas, crafts, snacks, and a movie. 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.

Mission Day Camp_HS6.15 – 19 Mission Day Camp 2015

Lyle Lodge | For Children Entering Grades 3 – 6 | $125 per child before 6.1, $160 after

Click here to learn more and register!

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

Click here to learn more and register!

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.

Visit the Children’s Ministry page for more information on programs and activities.

Visit the FUMC Day School page for more information on programs and activities.


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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.

Visit the Compassion & Justice Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.


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7:00 pm | Sanctuary

Admission is free | Donations welcome to support our Music & Worship Arts Ministry

Head to FUMCFW for a delightful evening of music with the Concert Bells of Fort Worth, an ensemble of advanced ringers dedicated to musical excellence through artistic handbell performance. The group performs a diverse repertoire, from classical transcriptions to innovative original works, with precision and musical sensitivity. The ensemble’s artistry is also on display in their Christmas CD, “Holiday Favorites,” and on their more recent release, “Radiance.” They are currently working on a new Christmas recording scheduled to be available for Christmas 2015.

Silent Movie Night_HS5.3 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 (pgraff@myfumc.org) at 817/339-2405.

Spectrum Concert Series_HS5.4 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 (pgraff@myfumc.org) at 817/339-2405.

Visit the Music & Worship Arts page for more information on programs and activities.



Youth Banquet 2015_HS4.26 2015 Youth Banquet

6:30 – 8:30 pm | Wesley Hall | Dressy Attire

All current youth are invited to join us for a night of celebrating the class of 2015 and to look back at the year that was.

Youth Senior Sunday_HS5.3 Senior Recognition Sunday

11:00 am Worship | Sanctuary

Join us as we recognize and celebrate the graduating seniors of the Class of 2015 during the 11:00 am morning worship service. For more information contact Brenda Kegans (bkegans@myfumc.org) at 817/229-3888.

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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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Memorial Gifts

Foundation Memorial Fund In Memory Of:
Betty Ambrose by Linda Gosdin



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