This Sunday is the final sermon in our sermon series Three Simple Rules in which we are being challenged by John Wesley’s General Rules—a part of the Methodist Movement from the early days to the present. They are 1) Do no harm; 2) Do good of every possible sort; and 3) Stay in love with God. What a difference it would make in our lives, our relationships, our families, our community, our church, our nation and our world if we all lived by these rules! READ MORE
Senior Recognition Sunday
April 28 | 11:00 am | Sanctuary
During the 11:00 am Sanctuary service, we will first present the 2013 Confirmands to the congregation as a group, and then proceed into 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.
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.
Join us for the “Second Mile”
Our “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. The Easter Offering represents a vital part of Jesus’ ministry — to share God’s love through our mission and outreach programs, including First Street Methodist Mission, FUMC Outreach Ministries (Crime Victims Council, Justice for Our Neighbors, FUMC Methodist Justice Ministry, United Community Centers, and Habitat for Humanity), Central Texas Conference Church Growth and Development Shares Program, and Global Theological Education with the SMU Perkins School of Theology. We will receive Easter Offerings throughout the end of the Season of Easter on May 19. Offering envelopes are in the pew pockets in the Sanctuary (or you can simply designate “Easter Offering” on your check), or visit www.myfumc.org to give online.
5.5 YOUTH SUNDAY
11:00 am Worship | Sanctuary
The Youth will lead the 11:00 morning worship service in the Sanctuary. Youth Ministries Director Casey Langley’s sermon and the theme for the service revolve around the Genesis 1 story of creation and how God makes beautiful things. Our Youth Praise Band will lead some of the music and communion will be served.
4.17 – 5.8 ALMOST CHRISTIAN BOOK GROUP
Wednesdays | Room 154 | 12:00-1:00 pm | 7:00-8:00 pm
It’s not too late to join Casey Langley, Director of Youth Ministries, as she leads a discussion group on Almost Christian: What the Faith of our Teenagers is Telling the American Church, by Kenda Creasy Dean. The book is available in the Adult Education Office for $18. Register weekdays in the Adult Education Office or by emailing Gayle Ammerman at firstname.lastname@example.org. This study sets the stage perfectly for Dr. Dean’s June 9 visit to FUMC to lead an event and preach in both Sanctuary worship services before serving as speaker for the 2013 Central Texas Annual Conference.
5.1 BIKE FW WITH MAYOR BETSY PRICE
5:30 pm | Daggett Middle School
Please join our Mayor, Betsy Price, and others of all ages from our congregation and community to share in a leisurely bike ride on Wednesday, May 1, 5:30 pm, starting at Daggett Middle School, 1108 Carlock Street. We will meet together and then enjoy an evening ride at a casual pace. Contact Reverend Chuck Graff (email@example.com) at 817/339-5065 for additional details or go to this website http://fortworthtexas.gov/bikefw/ for information on Bike FW.
5.2 ABINGDON WOMEN is hosting a worship service at Arborlawn UMC with authors Babbie Mason, Jessica LaGrone & Kimberly Dunnam Reisman.
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5.12 MOTHER’S DAY
Pancakes in the Garden | 10:30 –11:00 am
Show mom how much you love her! The men on staff at FUMC will be serving up pancakes between services to give mom the morning off. Plan now to join us for fellowship and fun with your family and church friends — and breakfast hot off the griddle!
WEDNESDAYS: LECTIO DIVINA
9:00-9:30 am | Room 147
Join us for this ancient practice of praying the Scriptures with the “ear of the heart,” as if in a conversation with God in which God suggests the topics for discussion. Includes reading, reflection, response, and resting in the Word of God to nourish and deepen our relationship with the Divine.
XYZ (EXTRA YEARS OF ZEST)
Thursdays | 9:30 am – noon | Rm 224
Play dominoes, 42 and chicken foot, as well as 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.
NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
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 817/339-5067.
5.3 – 5.5.DAINGERFIELD STATE PARK RETREAT
Travel to beautiful Daingerfield State Park in East Texas for an inspirational church-wide outdoor retreat sure to renew your soul through worship in the great outdoors. Read and relax, hike, fish, and even swim if it’s warm enough! We have campsite/RV sites reserved and there are several nice motels within 6 miles of the park if you want to enjoy more comfortable accommodations and still enjoy the great outdoors with us. Please contact Reverend Chuck Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5065 for more details or to make reservations.
5.13 FUMC SPRING GOLF TOURNAMENT
9:00 am | Lost Creek Golf Club
Shotgun Start | 4 Person Scramble
This semi-annual event is open to senior men and women 55 & over (although we can bend this rule a bit). Entry fee is $40, covers green fee, cart, and lunch and is payable at the tournament. To enter, (and for directions) call or e-mail Tournament Director Ed Petrushka, EMPetr@sbcglobal.net at 817/ 926-5795 with your name, phone number, e-mail (if available), handicap or probable score. Indicate who you would like to be teamed with. You may put together your own foursome; guests are welcome.
4.28 SENIOR RECOGNITION SUNDAY
11:00 am Worship | Sanctuary
Join our entire church family’s celebration of our graduating seniors as together we honor and recognize our class of 2013 during the 11:00 am worship service.
5.1 WEDNESDAY NIGHT OUT
The youth are going to meet for dinner at Five Guys Burgers in Downtown Fort Worth to eat and catch up as the school year winds to a close.
5:30-8 | Justin Youth Building
All Youth are invited to a special evening to celebrate our seniors in the Justin. Youth will have a chance to share memories and moments from their time with the youth group to express how much each senior has meant in their lives.
FIRST STREET MISSION
APRIL MISSION SUNDAYS: POTS/PANS/PLATES/GLASSES
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.
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. 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.
5.6 COFFEE, POVERTY AND JESUS BOOK CLUB
6:00 – 7:30 pm | Room 231
There’s still time to join us for our May CPJ Book Club meeting and discussion of 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-8881.
6.7–9 | HIGHER LOVE WEEKEND: BASIC TRAINING FOR THE HEART
Stillwater Lodge | Glen Rose
REgister by May 5 for this relationship-changing experience led by Charles Gaby, MA, LPC. All inclusive cost is $245 per person; registration limited to 20. Click here to download more information, or contact Marianne Wilson (email@example.com) at 817/339-5071.
5.3 MAY PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
6:30 – 11:00 pm | Ages 3 mo. – 12 yrs.
It’s a Cinco De Mayo Fiesta at PNO! (We’ll have more fun than the parents!) Reservations required and due by Wed. May 1. Cost is $30 for first child, $40 for two, and $45 for three or more. There is a $20 no-show fee. Space is limited, so make your reservation early! Contacting Paula Wagstaff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/546-4414. And remember, if you volunteer for the Children’s Ministry or in the Nursery on Sunday mornings you will earn a Free Parent’s Night Out. For more info contact Paula Wagstaff, Nikki McInnis or Mark Burrows.
5.5 CHILDREN FIRST
9:45 am | Sanctuary
To be created in the image of a Creator is to be creative.
Want to know how you are a part of God’s Creative Process? Come to Children First and find out! For more information, contact Nikki McInnis (email@example.com) at 817/339-5086.
5.5 REGISTRATION: MISSION DAY CAMP, VBS & SACRAMENT SCHOOL
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
There will be tables in the garden for more information or registration for these summer activities. Under the 5.5 Registration, add the sentence at the end: For more information, contact Nikki McInnis (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5086.
May 19 | Wesley Hall
All youth are invited to celebrate another great school year and another year of great memories with the youth group. We’re cooking up a Hawaiian luau theme, and the menu is sure to make you say “Aloha!” Join us for dinner, laughs, and the famous “Justee” Awards. Invitations coming soon! If you have any questions, please e-mail Brenda (email@example.com).
SUNDAYS 5.19 – 6.9 GRIEF SUPPORT
9:30 – 10:45 am | Foundation Building
5.19, 5.26 & 6.2 ADULT STUDIES REGISTRATION
9:30 am – noon | Adult Education Office
Register on the these Sundays or anytime during the week by contacting Gale Ammerman (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5091.
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.
6.7 – 6.9 HIGHER LOVE WEEKEND: BASIC TRAINING FOR THE HEART
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Three Simple Rules_continued:
Stay in love with God. That’s the last of the three general rules. Actually, Wesley worded it differently. He said, “Attend upon the ordinances of God,” but Bishop Rueben Job’s version is friendlier to present-day ears: Stay in love with God. Our ability, I believe, to live by the first two rules depends upon our living by the third rule. Paul, in the scripture passage from Romans 12 that we are living with these three weeks, says, “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… Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame.” Staying in love with God comes from the center of who we are. Staying in love with God is how we keep from burning out. It is how we keep ourselves “fueled and aflame.”
When we love someone, we are intentional about our relationship with our beloved. We talk. We eat together. We learn about our beloved. We sacrifice for that person. We celebrate the good in our beloved. We are energized by being with that person. We work at the relationship, but the work doesn’t feel like work. So, what does that look like when it comes to our love of God? Sunday we’ll think about some important questions together:
What does it mean to say I will stay in love with God?
How do I do that?
What difference does it make?
I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we worship together our God whom we love and who loves us beyond all measure.
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.
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