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Traditional Worship | 9:30 am | Sanctuary
Youth Sunday | 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Andrew Mochrie, Director of Youth Ministries
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: Laurie Simmons, 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
Where Will We Go, And What Will We Do?
Every Sunday our congregation is sent into the world with a question, “Where will we go, and what will we do?” And every Sunday it’s followed with, “We will go out to be God’s people in the world.” What an incredible challenge we are given every week and one that forces us to reflect on who we are and how we respond to the world the surrounds our lives. This challenge, this benediction, becomes the lens through which we craft our legacy, the legacy we leave behind as a person, as a generation, and as a church. Legacy is our theme for this year’s Youth Sunday.
Everyone leaves a legacy. It is inescapable. Someone always came before us and someone will always come after us. We live and breathe within the spheres of influence and impression of those who have come before us. In the same way what we do, who we are, how we interact with our environment will leave a lasting impression on those who come after us, for good or for bad.
Our scripture text for this week, Joshua 24:14-27, reminds us to be aware and intentional about the legacy we leave. The text reminds us that God moved and worked before us, God moves and works amongst us, and God will move and work after we depart. The choice we are faced with is in what way will we participate. Joshua’s challenge, “…choose today whom you will serve,” reaches through the pages of history into our lives and calls us to choose today whom we will serve. For the “gods” or God we serve determine the fabric of our lives, which in turn is revealed to others through word or action. Whom we choose to serve determines the legacy we leave.
May you begin to think about the legacy you are leaving as you worship on Youth Sunday and are led by the next generation. May you “…choose today whom you will serve,” and know that who you serve greatly impacts the legacy you leave. Where will you go and what will you do this week and in the weeks to come?
Grace and Peace,
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!
Rev. Tom McDermott
Our Guiding Principles: Wise Financial Policies Are Integral to the Foundation’s Structure and Consider All Generations
Dr. Len Delony
Mister Mark Burrow
First Church Farewell to Former House Speaker Jim Wright
This past week our church was host to the friends, colleagues, admirers, and well-wishers of Former House Speaker Jim Wright and his family for his funeral service on Monday afternoon at 2:00 pm. This service placed our church in the eyes of local and national news media, garnering coverage from channels Fox4News, NBC Channel 5, WFAA Channel 8, KTVT Channel 11, KERA Channel 13 and C-Span. Following the service, which was officiated by Dr. Tim Bruster with eulogies offered by U.S. Rep. Martin Frost, D-Dallas Martin Frost, Former U.S. Rep. Bill Alexander, D-Arkansas Bill Alexander and Paul Driskell, former special assistant to Mr. Wright, ten uniformed officers from our Fort Worth Mounted Police lined up on 5th street across from the Sanctuary in salute, the Fort Worth Fire Department formed a flag-draped ladder arch at the corner of 5th and Henderson under which the 60+ car motorcade processed down a blocked off I30 to the Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford. At the graveside service Speaker Wright was again honored by a flag ceremony, honor guard as pallbearers and a formal military 21-gun salute as he was laid to rest alongside his family and, according to Fort Worth Start Telegram Columnist Bud Kennedy, “among frontier heroes and Texas legends” in Weatherford’s City Greenwood Cemetery.
“I’m just so proud of our church and how we welcomed and supported the Wright family and honored Jim,” one churchgoer was heard saying as she exited the church following the afternoon service.” (If you missed it, click here to view this moving celebration of the life of Jim Wright) “We appreciated all the help in getting where we needed to go and all the people who helped us along the way,” reported another visitor.
In addition to the help of our FUMCFW staff, a special shout-out goes to our own Media Ministry Crew who offered a live feed to all those visiting stations, which then used it to shape their own reports, to Fort Worth Star-Telegram photographers Max Faulkner and Paul Moseley, who shared their wonderful photographs with all other news media to help honor the family’s wishes to preserve the sanctity of the ceremony, to Ryan Mansfield who, as always, made sure everything worked just right for the live feed to the media trucks, and for all other broadcast media who agreed to share this feed. Kudos, also, to our clergy and staff who did what they do so beautifully, from welcoming and directing guests, providing comfort and support to Speaker Wright’s family, and coordinating all the various aspects of this historic event, even in the face of heightened security, blocked off parking lots, bomb-sniffing dogs and too many details to count. Well done, First Church Family!
Kids Hope Staff Appreciation
FUMC Kids Hope USA Volunteers celebrated at the teacher and staff appreciation luncheon at TA Simms elementary. Pictured left to right: Gay Ingram, Kid’s Hope Coordinator, Ms. Franklin, second grade teacher, Estaban, second grader, and Rev. Page Hines, Associate Pastor of Compassion & Justice Ministries.
Bringing Heaven To Earth
In this moving story from one of our youth, the desire to authentically help another person reminds us God has a funny way of giving you just what you ask for, and so much more.
I really had no reason to sign up. I just kind of did it! I felt like it was something I more or less needed to experience. Camp Barnabas’ legacy is to bring Heaven to Earth for a week for each and every camper. And I believe we achieved it.
My camper’s name was Delilah. Although we didn’t know who our camper would be until the night before they arrived, I’d been praying about Delilah for months. I’m taking my third year of American Sign Language at my high school this year and I had been praying to get a deaf/hard of hearing child. The night we picked our campers was the night I knew just how much God had His hands wrapped around Camp Barnabas. Our cabin leader read the diagnosis for each of the campers and when she read that one of Delilah’s disabilities was that she was hard of hearing my eyes filled up with tears; I knew she was my girl!
Each day we would start the morning off with worship at the cross and proceed to go to breakfast. After everyone ate, each cabin would go to their first rotation station for the scheduled activity. Delilah wasn’t really interested in anything but her Shrek doll, “hop hops” (crickets,grasshoppers, butterflies, etc.), swimming, and the costume parties each night. But that was perfectly okay — it was her week.
It was incredibly stressful and overwhelming knowing Delilah’s well-being was my responsibility; but the selflessness she taught me was incredible. After spending several hours on the ground by her bed holding herhand during astorm while everyone else slept the first night, and gettting up countless other times during each night the rest of the week when she couldn’t sleep, I was getting only about 4 hours each night of actual rest. Yet I experienced pure joy every day watching Delilah find her joy through nature.
Spending the week with a child that was 16 but mentally only 3-5, was legally blind, unable to verbally communicate with me, and knew little to no sign language, gave me no choice but to trust that God would provide her and I both with what we needed to survive the week together. I spent that whole week in prayer; through frustration, through laughter, through exhaustion, through homesickness and a call to my mom from the closet while the campers were having nap time just to tell her I missed her. And there was joy! I prayed through it all. If I had had any doubt that God would have my back during a time of struggle, it vanished completely during and after that week. And I have Delilah to thank for that. Delilah Parsons, just another teenager almost my age, showed me what Heaven must look like. I am forever humbled whenever I see a grasshopper, or cricket, or butterfly, or frog because it reminds me of the amazing love God has for all his children, especially the love He showed me through Delilah.
Jenny Johnson is a graduating senior at Martin High School and an active member of our First UMC youth group and Cornerstone Youth Choir. Jenny will attend Oklahoma City University (OCU) as a Youth Ministry major where she was awarded the Bishop Scholar Award. This scholarship is a full tuition four-year scholarship awarded to three OCU students who intend to pursue a career in Christian service in the United Methodist church.
Love Finds Definition
“Ever since I arrived at FUMC, I have talked about taking a group to Camp Barnabas. In July 2013 that dream came to reality. We took a group last summer and will take another one this year. The truth is that there’s no other place where I’ve ever experienced a more perfect picture of what heaven looks like. It’s in the smiles and the sleepless nights of the campers. It’s in the exhaustion and laughter of teenage volunteers. But more than anything, Camp Barnabas is a place where love finds its definition. And that summer, I saw five of our youth’s lives transformed by nothing more than the love of God and a week spent loving an incredibly special group of kids! “
— Martin Leathers, Assistant Director of Youth Ministries
In a perfect world, the way we live during Lent would be the way we live the whole year. The 40 days of Lent that lead to Easter are the most sacred and spiritually powerful in the Christian calendar as Christians deepen their commitment to live the Christian life through prayer, penance, atonement and self-denial. For the Rogers family, the idea of “trying to live life focused on what’s important” is a year round endeavor.
Kaye and Todd Rogers were looking for a way to give their five and-a-half year old daughter, Tenli, a way to observe Lent that was tangible and relevant for her. Explains Kaye, “As parents, we discussed how we can model God’s love to give Tenli a way to observe Lent that means something to her. Money doesn’t really mean very much to Tenli — but she is motivated to help others and she does like to be rewarded for a job well done.”
The Rogers gave Tenli a mason jar, let her decorate it, and gave her the opportunity to earn a dollar every day during Lent for various things. She was rewarded every time she helped around the house or was recognized for good behavior at school. Kaye and Todd told Tenli they would match the amount of money she earned during Lent and she could then bring her mason jar to FUMC on Easter and give it to First Street Methodist Mission. This is the second year the Rogers have given Tenli the opportunity to earn money for the Mission and already she’s excited about the chance to do it again next year. “Tenli is already talking about next year — how she will decorate her jar and all the things she will do to earn as much money as she can for FSMM, “ says Kaye.
Sounds like Tenli is living a perfect world — and in so doing is showing us all how to spread God’s love beyond our walls.
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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.
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.
5.17 Hospitality Training Event
10:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154 | Led by Rev. Chuck Graff
We invite you to attend a special, brief information/training event to learn more about serving in our expanding Hospitality Ministry. Every Sunday morning, as well as during special events, numerous church members are offering amazing hospitality and guidance to all who enter our church. We invite you to help us make FUMCFW the “Friendliest, most hospitable, place in the universe” by serving in one of these hospitality ministries. We will work with your schedule and availability in all ministries, to allow you to still attend your Sunday School Classes and our Worship Services. Please contact Rev. Chuck Graff (email@example.com) at 817/339-5065 or Sammye Dunn (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. We look forward to seeing you at the training session as you explore with us our various hospitality serving options.
Noon – 1:00 pm | Room 271 of the Foundation Building
Join us for lunch and a Q & A about the FMC Foundation
Lunch is free but please RSVP to (email@example.com) or call 817/339-5089
We Have Some Volunteer Opportunities This Summer!
Children’s Ministry REALLY needs some help this summer. Please take a look at the following volunteer opportunities:
We need teachers from 9:30 – 10:45 am and 11:15 am – Noon on these dates:
June 14, 21, 28 | July 12, 26 | August 9, 16, 23, 30
No one has to commit to all of the Sundays, just let us know which dates work for you! Nancy Froman will lead our summer film festival — “The Gospel According to Pixar” and Mr. Mark will lead a class on the parables of Jesus — “Once Upon a Parable.” Additionally, we will also have our popular Play Together, Pray Together class — 9:30 am only.
Mission Day Camp 2015
Monday, June 15 – Friday, 19, 2015 | Lyle Lodge
For Children Entering Grades 3 – 6
We need a Games leader for each day. You don’t have to do all five days. If you can do one day, great!
If anyone is interested in helping out with the things listed below, please contact Janice Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5093.
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.
May Mission Sundays: Sheets and Towels
During the month of MAY, please bring sheet and towel sets of all sizes to the First Street Methodist Mission, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm or to the Welcome Center on Sunday Morning.
Health Kits Needed for UMCOR
Place your assembled kits in the Welcome Center in the Compassion and Justice Ministries bin, May 3 – June 7.
FUMC Fort Worth Compassion & Justice Ministries is collecting assembled health kits for United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), a United Methodist organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe — and already responding to the devastating earthquake in Nepal. One way we can help now is to assemble health kits to provide basic necessities to those forced to leave their homes because of war or natural disaster. Click here for instructions for purchasing and assembling these kits.
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.
July 18 – 24, 2015 | Purdy, MO
Grades 9 – 12 (In the 2014 – 2015 School Year)
$250 per person | Space is limited
FUMCFW Youth are headed back to Camp Barnabas this summer for a week of swimming, camping, and playing with amazing campers dealing with mental disabilities. This is an incredible week of life-changing experiences sure to change perspectives, redefine disability, and spread God’s love in an unforgettable way!
Questions? Contact Brenda Kegans (email@example.com) at 817/339-3888.
Memorial Foundation Fund In Memory Of:
Betty Ambrose by Sondra & Mike Cochran, Martha Leonard, Pat & Bill Warner, Emmy Lou Prescott, Paige and Bob Russey, Mr. & Mrs. Bradford S. Barnes, Nancy O’Neall, The Law Offices of Paup, Shutt & Associates, Wendy & Bill Buechele, Phyllis & Jim Stouffer, Linda & Mark Berry, Nancy & Marc B. Smith, Jr.
Memorial Foundation Fund In Memory Of:
Betty & Joe Ambrose by Julie and Rob Watson