THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Traditional Worship | 9:30 am | Sanctuary | Casey Langley
Youth Sunday | 11:00 am | Sanctuary | FUMCFW Youth
DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:30 am | Wesley Hall
Worship | 8:30 am | Chapel | Rev. Brooks Harrington
Discussion | 9:30 am | Foundation Building
Chapel Communion | 10:35 – 11:00 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Linda McDermott
Special Service of Confirmation | 7:00 pm | Sanctuary | Dr. Mike Marshall
This Sunday, the youth of our congregation will be leading us in worship at the 11:00 service in the sanctuary. They have prepared a worship experience around 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10. In this text, Paul is incredibly encouraging to the Thessalonians, affirming their work, effort, and perseverance. He acknowledges their lives as imitating the Lord and their hearts as accepting the message of the Holy Spirit.
Hearing this text, our youth wondered, What about the Thessalonian who doesn’t have it all figure out. Surely there’s somebody out of all of them who is lost and uncertain and feeling bad about him/herself! So from there, they decided they needed to create a worship service around the understanding that people are at all different places on their journey. No matter how certain or confident or faithful each person present feels, they wanted their congregation to hear that it’s okay to be where you are.
Our youth are incredibly wise and thoughtful and they truly do hope you are encouraged and inspired in worship this Sunday.
We look forward to seeing you!
TEACHERS & TOPICS
Jason M. Harris
“What is Disciple Church?”
Did you know that there is a 3-hour worship service at FUMC?
Well, there is — and it’s called DiscipleChurch.
With a foundational belief that worship is not just what happens on Sunday morning in a church, DiscipleChurch challenges us to live out a worshiping lifestyle throughout the week — and to return on Sunday overflowing with the assurance that God is present and active in our life and in the world.
The name, DiscipleChurch, grew out of a commitment to answer the call to become and to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world (the United Methodist Church’s mission statement). Because Disciple-making is grounded in love of neighbor, love of God, and love of self, our DiscipleChurch worship experience has three parts: breakfast and fellowship, proclamation of the Word and Holy Communion, and discussion and spiritual formation.
Breakfast and Fellowship (7:20 a.m. in Wesley Hall)
It began with coffee and box of donuts
The DiscipleChurch breakfast started a few years ago with a small table on the sidewalk just outside the Chapel with coffee and a box of donuts. As most of us know, there are a substantial number of our neighbors who are homeless who live and sleep in the downtown area. Several of us who work and volunteer at the Mission know many of these neighbors from the Mission. As we would arrive early Sunday mornings for DiscipleChurch, we would see our friends packing up their belongings and walking across town. Out of a love of neighbor, we began to offer our friends coffee and a donut.
Word spread and our numbers began to grow, and as the weather got more difficult for those of us unaccustomed to its severity, we moved inside to the hallway just outside the Chapel. As we continued to grow, we moved to first to room 154 and then to our current location in Wesley Hall. While the food we share in this weekly breakfast offering is to satisfy an immediate need for something to fill our stomachs, the fellowship we share while we eat satisfies our need to express, in a tangible way, God’s love for each and every one of us! Through this breakfast we give voice to the Good News that we are all beloved children of God, loved and valued.
Proclamation of the Word and Holy Communion (8:30 am in the Chapel)
All are welcome at the Lord’s Table
With this bedrock of love of neighbor — and our commitment to be inclusive and welcoming to everyone, our DiscipleChurch worship experience is a definite fruit of the spirit. In the DiscipleChurch Worship Service that follows the breakfast, lead pastors Rev. Brooks Harrington and Rev. Page Hines, several retired and other active pastors, as well as by several lay members of this community offer proclamation of the Word with a diversity of voice and message that brings this congregation exciting opportunities to hear the Word anew. Holy Communion is a primary part of every Sunday’s service in the Chapel. Gathering as neighbors, friends and family — just as Jesus gathered with his disciples, we share this bread and cup with everyone who comes to the Lord’s Table in remembrance of the mighty acts of God in Jesus Christ.
Discussion and spiritual formation (9:30 am in the Foundation building)
How will we live out a worshiping lifestyle?
Our discussion and formation time is lay led and provides an opportunity to discern how God is speaking to you through all of the parts of each worship service. It is also an opportunity to discern some of the many ways God is calling you to live out your worshiping lifestyle every day.
Everyone is invited and welcome to one, two, or all three parts of DiscipleChurch worship. We hope to see you Sunday!
If you enjoyed our Weekly Communion during Lent . . .
Did you know that a brief and beautiful communion service is available each week in the Chapel at 10:30 ?
One consistent sentiment expressed by recent Lent survey participants was how much having a weekly opportunity for communion meant to them. If you are among those looking for a more frequent Communion experience, please join us in the Chapel each or any Sunday from 10:35 – 11:00 am to enjoy this quiet, contemplative, full-communion service led by Dr. Len Delony. With special music, prayer and readings, and other clergy is available each week, this very special service provides a perfect opportunity to add communion to your weekly worship experience. For more information, please contact Dr. Len Delony (email@example.com).
The “Second-mile” Offering we give each year during the Season of Easter marks our joyous time of celebration that extends through May 29 according to the United Methodist liturgical calendar. Each year as a faith community we honor this time of grateful reflection by sharing the hope of resurrection with people living in despair. Your prayerful gift provides direct support to vital outreach programs including:
FIRST STREET METHODIST MISSION: Supports the feeding ministries at the First Street Methodist Mission.
OUTREACH MINISTRIES: Supports the FUMC Methodist Justice Ministry, United Community Centers, Habitat for Humanity, and Child Development Programs for Homeless Children at the YWCA.
CHURCH GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT: Supports new church starts in the Central Texas Conference through the Shares Program. Please remember that the funds making possible our First 7th Community come from Church Growth and Development.
PERKINS SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY: Help fulfill our church’s commitment to provide the office of Global Theological Education in the new building at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.
CLICK HERE to make your donation now!
5.18 CONFIRMATION CLASS OF 2014
7:00 pm | Sanctuary
Special Service of Confirmation
Whether or not you have a family member participating in Confirmation, we hope you will make it part of your worship experience as we mark this important milestones as a faith community. If you have questions, contact Dr. Mike Marshall (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-2409.
Sunday Mornings | April 27 – May 18 | 9:45 – 10:45 am
Room 336 | Hosted by the Foundations Sunday School Class
Guests, new members, and all interested in meeting new people and learning more about our denomination and our church are welcome to join us for any or all of these informative sessions. There is no cost for materials or sessions. Questions? Contact Rev. Chuck Graff (email@example.com) at 817/339-5065 or Dr. Lamar Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-3886.
“John Wesley and Methodist Beginnings”
Leader: Dr. Lamar Smith, Associate Pastor
MAY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
We need you to offer your service to God and others through one of the following volunteer opportunities at FUMCFW:
Sunday Morning Greeter
Special Event Volunteers
Special Events Photographers
CLICK HERE to find out more information on how YOU can get involved!
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SIGN UP FOR CHILDREN’S SUMMER PROGRAMS
6.16 – 6.20 MISSION DAY CAMP | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
7.21 – 7.25 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2014 | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
8.5 – 8.7 SACRAMENT SCHOOL | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
For more information about FUMCFW preschool and related programs, please contact Nina Burrows, Director (email@example.com) at 817/870-9174.
CLASSES STARTING IN JUNE:
6.4 – 6.25 | Converge: Kingdom Building Bible Study
Dr. Mike Marshall | Wednesdays | 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Room 230 | $12 for materials
6.11 – 7.30 | Parenting Class
Kimberly Lawrence, Licensed Master Social Worker
Wednesdays | 10:00 am – Noon | Room 147
All materials and childcare during classes are free!
Ongoing Opportunity | Men’s Bible Study | Fred Cantu
Tuesdays | 7:00 – 7:45 am | Room 154
6.11 – 8.20 | Movies, Books & Theology
Rev. Phyllis McDougal | Wednesdays | 9:30 – 11:30 am
Room 154 | $40 for the 3 Books (Available in the Main Office)
This class will examine how God’s presence is always around us and how God moves in and through our world. The group is open all summer, so come when you can!
Movies and Books we will watch/discuss:
Twelve Mighty Orphans, The King’s Speech, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Mighty Be Our Powers, Pray the Devil Back to Hell and Still Alice.
Register Online by typing “Adult Summer Studies” in the search bar at www.fumcfw.org
Or in the Main Office
Sundays | 5.18.14 & 6.1.14 | 9:00 am – Noon
During the week | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Scholarships available upon request
Rev. Gena Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5067
Paula Wagstaff (email@example.com) at 817/546-4414
5.18 – 6.8 LIVING THROUGH GRIEF
Support Group | 9:30 – 11:00 am
Foundation Building | 2nd Floor
(Use the East entrance)
Led by Charme Robarts, certified Grief recovery Specialist and Director of Volunteers at Guardianship Services, 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 Charme Robarts (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 214/632-9486 or Rev. Phyllis McDougal (email@example.com) at 817/339-5082.
5.18 NEW IN-DEPTH BIBLE STUDY WITH DR. LAMAR SMITH
Sunday Mornings |8:30 – 9:15 am | Room 350
Adults of all ages welcome!
Dr. Lamar Smith will lead this new study, a series of lessons from the writings of Dr. Frederick Buechner. Several of Dr Buechner’s writings are lessons based on Biblical characters and stories from both Testaments. He has the cleverest of ways, placing these characters and Incidents into modern settings. The author’s titles include, “The Alphabet of Grace”, “Wishful Thinking”,” The Eyes of the Heart” and “Telling the Truth”. The subtitle of this last book mentioned is, “The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy and Fairy Tale”.
NEW DONATION GUIDELINES
Beginning in May 2014 the Mission will only accept new or gently used items. For a complete list of items, as well as a listing of other places to donate usable items that the Mission cannot accept, CLICK HERE.
Donations can be brought to FSMM:
Monday – Thursday | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Food 4 Kids is a new ministry of First Street Methodist Mission that will send food home for the weekend for 100 kids at I.M. Terrell Elementary during the school year.
How can you help?
Drop a $1 bill in the collection plate on Sundays — one-half of all $1 bills will go toward funding this new ministry to begin next fall.
Volunteer opportunities coming soon!
Visit the FSMM page for more information on programs and activities.
Visit the Outreach page for more information on programs and activities.
Visit the CCT page for more information on programs and activities.
Visit the CCM page for more information on programs and activities.
Visit the MWA page for more information on programs and activities.
Visit the youth page for more information on programs and activities.
To learn more about this exciting new FUMCFW ministry, go to www.first7th.org.
5.18 YOUTH Sunday
11:00 am | Sanctuary
Join us as our youth lead worship.
6.1 CHILDREN’S MUSICAL
Children First | 9:45 am | Sanctuary
The Big Fish, by Ken Medema
6.14 SINGLES MISSION TRIP TO WEST, TEXAS
6:30 am – 9:30 pm | Meet in west FUMC parking lot Cost: $30
Costs includes registration & transportation
FUMCFW CHURCHWIDE MUSICAL – HONK!
8.15 | 7:00 pm
8.16 | 10:00 am & 2:00 pm
8.17 | 2:00 pm
Join us for this family-friendly musical that will delight and entertain people of all ages!
MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND THE FMC FOUNDATION 50TH ANNIVERSARY!
September 30, 2014
FIVE PILLARS | FIVE DECADES | CLICK HERE for more information
First Street Methodist Mission In Memory Of:
K.T. Wolff by Laura Kent, Ernestine Kohl, Mary & Bob Weathers, Martha Slover, Phyllis & David Evans,
B.J. Johnson by Covenant Class FUMC, Pat & Arch Van Meter
General Memorial Fund In Memory Of:
K. T. Wolff by Linda & Daniel Roe, Kay Watkins, Carol & Robert McKenzie, Judy & Max McRaney, Shirley & George Cerovsky
Meals on Wheels In Memory Of:
K.T. Wolff by Shirley Armour
Doris Smith by Dell Smith Wood
Youth In Memory Of:
11 killed in tornado in Mayflower, AR by Kay Watkin
Meals on Wheels In Honor Of:
Rev. Kay Johnson by Shirley Armour
Rev. Phyllis McDougal by Shirley Armour
Dr. Mike Marshall by Shirley Armour
Mission In Honor Of:
Charme Robarts by Nancy Froman
Anna Troy by Nancy Froman