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Traditional Worship | 8:00 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
Family Service | 9:30 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster & Mister Mark Burrows (click here to read Mark’s blog)
DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:30 am | Wesley Hall Chapel | 8:30 am | Rev. Page Hines & Rev. Brooks Harrington
Chapel Communion | 10:30 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony (click here to read Len’s blog) Special Music: Robbie Higgs, piano
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
Easter Sunday — Sunday, April 5
“It Is In Dying That We Are Born To Eternal Life”
8:00 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
Scripture: Romans 6:1-11
In perfect complement to our Lenten journey of reckoning and renewal using the Prayer of Saint Francis as our guide, we enter the Easter Season of new life following our Lenten journey through the specific challenges of Saint Francis’ prayer — turning hatred to love, injury to pardon, doubt to faith, despair to hope, darkness to light, and sadness to joy — seeking to Open to Peace in our own lives and in our world.
In this beautiful Easter morning service, Dr. Tim Bruster will wrap up his powerful Open to Peace Lenten sermon series with Easter’s Ultimate Good News: “It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” This glorious celebration will also feature our own Choral Union with Junior Worship Leader Owen Harvey, a boy soprano soloist, to offer Leonard Bernstein’s affirmative and at times serene “Chichester Psalms,” (honoring the 50th anniversary of this major choral work), accompanied by organ, brass, harp, and percussion.
Note: Because this is a Children First Sunday, nursery only will be available for 8:00 and 11:00 am services; Academy Sunday School classes will resume on April 12.
9:30 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster & Mister Mark Burrows
Hallelujahs and Hymns of Triumph. Lilies and Live Butterflies. And the Great Story of Perfect, All-Powerful Love.
This year at our 9:30 am Easter Sunday Service we will come together for a Family Easter celebration. Just as we fill our sanctuary each December for the Christmas Eve Family service to celebrate the birth of Jesus, we will continue that tradition as we share with our children why that blessed birth matters so much. Music will be similar to the 8:00 and 11:00 services, Dr. Bruster will deliver his Easter message, and our families will enjoy the full celebration together through child-friendly liturgies, hymns, lilies — and live butterflies!
Children’s Holy Week
In case you were still wondering . . . we really want you to be with us! Here are the next few days at a glance . . .
Children will experience:
The Pilgrim’s Path of Holy Week . . .
This is the most Holy of Weeks in the Christian Calendar. And it’s hard to have much personal awareness of the depths of meaning and miracle in Easter without traveling through the events of the week. As a church, we are called to welcome people and offer them sacred hospitality wherever they are in their journey. But we should know that we can’t learn much about who we are and who we are called to be on a close and personal level, without ourselves intentionally being “a Pilgrim” throughout the week. We need to journey into and through the depths of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday to experience what Jesus’ dying and resurrected life mean for us, this year; now, and as we live into a new future transformed through God’s healing love . . .
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!
SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY AT FUMCFW
While our newly appointed Hospitality Safety and Security Committee is now hard at work developing a comprehensive and formal plan to address a variety of situations and issues, we are now IN severe weather season and need to communicate how we will handle a tornado or other severe weather situation, should the need arise before the larger plan is complete and approved. Click here for more details on the Children’s Evacuation Plan for Weekdays and Sunday Mornings.
4.6 FUMCFW CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
If you are an Usher or a Hospitality Volunteer and have lost the back to your church name tag, there are extras in the Welcome Center.
Dorothy Casten Katrina Jones Paul Driskell
Happy Anniversary to FUMCFW members Carolyn and Jack Speight! The Speights will celebrate sixty-nine years of wedded bliss on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. They have been members since 1949 and according to Carolyn, “We plan to continue to celebrate Easter at FUMCFW for many years — we haven’t missed an Easter since we joined.” Your First Church family wishes you many more happy years with each other and with FUMCFW!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will include your story!
This year, we will be using the Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi as our guide through the work of reckoning during this season of Lent. To enter into the Easter Season of new life, we prepare with Lent’s focus on an honest reckoning of our own lives.
LENT 2015 – OPEN TO PEACE
The Tradition: Lent has been the time when new converts to the Christian faith were prepared for baptism; a six Sunday season that asked, actually required, new and long-time Christians to enter into a time of honest “reckoning” of who they were in terms of how they lived out their faith. This included soul searching honesty and confessions of both the positive and the negative. Today, we continue to use this season as a time for sincere and honest soul searching. Click here to read the rest of Linda’s blog
Good Friday — April 3
Labyrinth: It’s Prayer in Motion
11:00 am – 2:00 pm | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | 8:00 – 9:00 pm | Wesley Hall
“A lot of people say you walk the labyrinth in order to ‘lose yourself.’ What if you end up finding yourself? Slow down. Settle down. See what happens.” — Mark Burrows, Director of Children’s Ministries
Take time to be aware of the presence of God and enter this ancient Christian sacred space of prayer and reflection and experience the deep sense of calming peace and awareness of God’s grace to guide your inward journey toward Easter. Information and guidance is available; stay for as long as you desire during this special opportunity for contemplative prayer. Click here to learn more about the labyrinth.
Good Friday Services
“It Is In Pardoning that We Are Pardoned”
12:15 | Chapel | Rev. Linda McDermott
7:00 pm | Sanctuary | A meditative service of word and music
Renew your spirit as you prepare for the glory of Easter through this beautiful and moving service on Good Friday. Our own Adoramus ensemble and string quartet will present the breathtaking “Sunrise Mass” by Ola Gjeilo.
Simultaneous Evening Children’s Service
“Why Do We Call It Good?”
7:00 pm | Chapel | Mister Mark Burrows
In this very thoughtful Good Friday Children’s Service, we encourage families to experience together one the of the most important, yet challenging stories of our faith. Offering this story in child-appropriate ways that also honor the scriptures, this service presents through scripture and shadow theatre, the story of Jesus’ final day. Children will receive prayer cords, and families will sing and pray together in this powerful yet peaceful night in Leonard Memorial Chapel.
Saturday, April 4
Easter Egg Hunt
10:00 am – 1:00 pm | Lyle Lodge
7179 Peden Road | Azle, Texas 76020
Enjoy Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Butterfly Release — and more! Complimentary Sliders and Tacos available from the Easy Slider and Taco Food Trucks. For more information, contact Elizabeth Marshall (email@example.com) at 817/339-5086. In case of inclement weather, please check the website (www.fumcfw.org).
During this Lenten season, we invite you to these special studies to deepen your faith as you prepare for the celebration of Easter.
In-Depth Bible Study Series: The Seven Words from the Cross
Sundays | 8:30 am | Room 350 | Dr. Lamar Smith
This study offers fresh insight into Jesus’ final words at the Cross through the perspective of those who witnessed the Crucifixion. Join us and make this part of your Lenten journey. Questions? Contact Dr. Lamar Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-3886.
The Prayer of Saint Francis Lenten Study
Sundays | 9:30 am | Room 271 | Foundation Building
Join the DiscipleChurch formation group for a Lenten study of the book, The Prayer of Saint Francis: A Message of Peace for the World Today, by Leonardo Boff, each Sunday morning during Lent. This study is open to anyone who would like to participate; you may purchase your own copy of the book or use the copies of pertinent chapters we’ll provide for each week’s discussion. Because the Prayer of Saint Francis is our church-wide focus throughout the season of Lent, this study presents a perfect opportunity to experience DiscipleChurch — whether you’re a DiscipleChurch regular or have never attended! Please join us for this thoughtful exploration of the meaning this beautiful prayer offers for our lives today. Questions? Contact Rev. Page Hines (email@example.com) at 817/339-5063.
2015 LENTEN DEVOTIONAL
Be sure to get your copy of the 2015 Lenten Devotional! This beautiful book will be available at the services on Ash Wednesday, in the Welcome Center, the Narthex and the front office every Sunday during Lent, and every week at the Noon Lent Chapel Services that begin February 25, 2015.
Please use this as a traditional daily devotional guide or as a tool for your own reflection as you need it. May this devotional booklet help you experience the depth of God’s love and guidance as you begin this Holy Season of Lent.
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4.7 UMW PRESENTS THE COWTOWN DERBY
10:30 am – 1:00 pm | Ridglea Country Club
Luncheon, Entertainment, Auction, Hat Judging & More! Grab Your Hat or Bowtie and Join the Fun as We Spend The Day At The Derby! Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities, Tickets, and More Information!
4.12 NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS: JUST FOR WOMEN
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5060 or Rev. Phyllis McDougal (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) 817/339-5065 or Dr. Lamar Smith (firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-5091. Checks payable to FUMCFW. Questions? Contact Rev. Phyllis McDougal (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5082.
4.10 APRIL 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 4.8
We are celebrating Earth Day. We will make crafts from recycled materials, play games, eat a snack, and watch movies. Space is limited so make reservations early to Paula Wagstaff (email@example.com) 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.
Vacation Bible School
July 13 – 17 | 9:00 am – Noon | Meet in Wesley Hall | FUMCFW
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 T-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!
6:30 pm | Sanctuary
Make plans NOW to enjoy this lively evening of music!
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
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
The Spectrum Ensemble, comprised of the finest players from the Fort Worth and Dallas Symphony Orchestras for three performances throughout the year at FUMC. The concerts are free of charge and are followed by a reception in Room 154. For more information, please contact Peggy Graff (email@example.com) at 817/339-2405.
4.10 – 4.12 CONFIRMATION RETREAT
Glen Lake United Methodist Camp in Glen Rose
The annual Confirmation Class Retreat is a chance for the class to enjoy fun together at a retreat center that some of their parents and grandparents attended as youth, as well as engage in discussions about their beliefs regarding the God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. The discussions during the retreat will be a springboard for the group creating their own Affirmation of Faith for their Service of Confirmation on Sunday, May 17 at 7:00 pm. For more information contact Dr. Mike Marshall (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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