Sunday will be a very special day in the life of our church. You will have the opportunity to meet Lance Marshall and hear him preach. You will have the opportunity to learn about our upcoming outreach as we start another worshiping community of our church — a satellite congregation in most likely the West Seventh Street or Magnolia area. READ MORE
“Who has God prepared you for?”
To be appointed at our upcoming Annual Conference and charged with leading First Church Fort Worth into a new area of outreach ministry to our Downtown community, Lance Marshall brings the fire and excitement of his passion for serving urban communities to our staff on Pentecost Sunday.
Born in Houston, Lance grew up in Colleyville and graduated from Grapevine High School. He graduated from University of Texas with a degree in corporate communications, moved to Chicago and began a promising sales career with a global technology company. But there was a hole in his life that couldn’t be filled with professional and personal success. READ MORE
THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Our “second-mile” Easter Offering opportunity ends THIS SUNDAY — and if you haven’t yet made your contribution, we invite you to join your church family in support of this vital part of Jesus’ ministry. In sharing God’s love through mission and outreach to people living in need, every contribution (no matter how small) helps us make a big difference in the lives of those we serve. Special Offering envelopes are in the pew pockets in the Sanctuary (or you can simply designate “Second Mile Easter Offering” on your check), or visit www.myfumc.org to give online.
5.19 – 6.9 LIVING THROUGH GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
9:30 – 10:45 am | 2nd Floor, Foundation Building
This group is free of charge, with no registration required, and is open to anyone who has suffered the death of a loved one. Charme Robarts, First Street Methodist Mission Caseworker, will lead the group. You may purchase an optional guidebook for $5 in the Adult Education Office or at the workshop. For more information, contact Charme Robarts (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/335-6080 or Rev. Phyllis McDougal (email@example.com) at 817/339-5082.
DR. KENDA CREASY DEAN
Sunday, June 9 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Please plan to join us as we welcome Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean for a one-time seminar. Kenda is a United Methodist pastor, a professor of youth and culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, and the author of Almost Christian: What the Faith of American Teenagers is Telling the Church. She is also this year’s Central Texas Annual Conference teacher. For more information about this program, Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, or Almost Christian: What the Faith of American Teenagers is Telling the Church, please contact Casey Langley, Director of Youth Ministries (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5070.
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 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. For more information, contact Len Delony (email@example.com) at 817/339-5099.
THIS SUNDAY | 5.19 YOUTH BANQUET
9:00 – 9:30 am | Room 147 | Wesley Hall | 6:30 pm | Dressy Attire $14 per person
All youth are invited to celebrate another great school year and another year of great memories with the youth group. We have a Hawaiian luau theme and a menu sure to make you say “Aloha!” Join us for dinner, laughs, and the famous “Justee” Awards. RSVP, ASAP by e-mail to Casey (clangley@ myfumc.org).
MIDDLE SCHOOL SWIM PARTY
May 31 | Time TBD
Ready for school to be over? If you’re in middle school, come swim with us at the Richardson’s house Friday evening to hang out and celebrate the end of another school year. Snacks will be available. Make sure you bring a towel!
MAY MISSION SUNDAYS
SHAMPOO, TOOTHPASTE, SOAP, DEODORANT
Throughout May, please bring family size shampoo, toothpaste, soap, and deodorant 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. Be part of our service to those in need by participating in monthly Mission Sundays. Small Gifts. Big Difference.
6.7–9 | HIGHER LOVE WEEKEND: BASIC TRAINING FOR THE HEART
Stillwater Lodge | Glen Rose
It’s not too late to sign up for this relationship- changing weekend retreat led by Charles Gaby, MA, LPC, but registration closes soon. All inclusive cost is $245 per person. Click here to download more information, or contact Marianne Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5071.
COME ROCK WITH US THIS SUMMER AT VBS!
Mark your calendars for KINGDOM ROCK, Where Kids Stand Strong for God! Kingdom Rock is the awesome Vacation Bible School experience offered at FUMC this summer. Kingdom Rock VBS begins on Monday, July 8th and finishes with a huge celebration on Sunday morning, July 14th.
Kingdom Rock will encourage your children to explore God’s incredible love for them. As children are surrounded by a colossal castle theme and the usual cast of silly characters, they will journey through Bible stories that teach them about God’s love, their family, prayer, trust, and God’s Word all helping them to Stand Strong! They will experience a fanfare of fun music and dancing, epic Bible stories, creative crafts, yummy snacks, and so much more.
What makes this year’s VBS even more awesome? Online Registration and Payment through our website is available now! We no longer need the medical form notarized, so just print it off, fill it out, and send it in. We have made it easy and convenient, so REGISTER TODAY! You will also find much more helpful information and details about Kingdom Rock VBS on our website, www.groupvbspro.com.
We can’t wait to see your children’s shining, happy faces this summer as we ROCK at FUMC VBS! And remember, grown ups are welcome to come rock too! Volunteer Registration is also available on our website.
If you have a problem with registration or payment, please contact Nikki McInnis at 817-339-5086.
Pass this along to any friends — even if they’re not involved at FUMC — we would love to have them too!
5.29 MAY GOOD BOOK CLUB
6:15 – 7:30 pm | Children’s Wing
Our May 29 Good Book Club meeting will welcome nationally-known children’s authors David Davis and Jan Peck to read to our kiddos (two of their books are Good Book Club selections for the spring), sign books (available for purchase that evening), and lead a writing mini-workshop for our children Grade 1 and up. Please note that with these special guests, our May meeting will go an extra 15 minutes, ending at 7:30.
Kindergarten and Younger – Harold and the Purple Crayon written and illustrated by Crockett Johnson.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade – The Green Mother Goose by Jan Peck and David Davis, illustrated by Carin Berger.
4th Grade and Older – Lives of the Writers: Comedies, Tragedies (and what the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt.
6.16 – 6.21 HIGH SCHOOL MISSION TRIP
Join the youth (9th-12th graders) for a week of work in the Big Easy to repair and restore their homes and share a week serving and being served. Adult leaders also needed! Pick up a registration form in the Justin and return it by May 19th. Questions? E-mail Brenda (email@example.com).
7.14 – 7.19 MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION TRIP
Our Middle School students (6th – 8th graders) will head south to spend a week in service to the people and the city. Adults needed for this trip! To register, pick up a form in the Justin Building and and return it to the Youth Office by June 16th. Questions? Email Brenda Kegans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Larry Eason, John Crawford, Al Stephens, Jean Webb, Pat Manriquez, Beverly Taylor, Michael Jaffee, Herschel Winn, Rev. Phyllis McDougal.
Mary Evelyn Dillard Vail
Lance Marshall will be appointed at Annual Conference to our church staff to start this worshiping community in partnership with the Central Texas Annual Conference. This new community will not be a separate church, but a part of First United Methodist Church.
It is in keeping with the nature of the Church and of our congregation in particular that we are taking this step. When the church relocated from 4th and Jones to Taylor and Seventh and when the congregation relocated from Taylor and Seventh to our current location,
it was taking steps to reach new people. When the television ministry began and the web presence and webcasting started, the church was taking steps to reach new people. Now, in continuity with the vision of those who went before us, we are extending the reach of our congregation in a new way — with another worshiping community in another place.
In the first chapter of Acts, the Risen Christ gives the Church a new commission: “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” When you look at a map, you can see that what he was saying was, “You will be my witnesses beginning where you are and moving out in ever-widening circles.”
In continuity with that commission, we will be witnesses at 5th and Henderson, the new campus area, the Internet, and in every way and every place that we can be witnesses to the Living Christ.
Our clergy, staff and lay leadership of our church are excited about this new opportunity for reaching the unchurched in our own area — mostly young adults — who would not otherwise be reached by our church’s ministries. This bold and exciting step was unanimously approved by the Charge Conference on Sunday, April 28.
If this news is new to you, then you have a lot of questions. Many of you will want to know how you can help. I will address some of your questions and give you an initial way you can help on Sunday. Look for more details, information and answers to your questions in the coming weeks. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
Grace and peace,
He was raised in the faith, and he began to reconnect with his passion for following Christ and community service. Soon he and his wife, Elizabeth (his high school sweetheart) discovered another passion: serving urban communities. They got active in Epiphany United Church of Christ (UCC), a congregation they chose because of its neighborhood connection. “Everyone at that church literally lived in a four-block radius,” he said. “This sense of urban community,” he is quick to add, “ has been my vision of church ever since.”
Fast forward to 2009, when Lance began to follow a call to ordained ministry. During the space of this year, Lance and Elizabeth moved back to Texas, he was diagnosed with a serious illness (he’s OK now!), his company went out of business, he lost his health insurance, they lost a substantial sum of money due to a bank error, and finished the year with identity theft on Christmas Eve. “I don’t think it’s any coincidence that after I committed myself to following God, every other facet of my ‘successful life’ fell away, leaving me with nothing to focus on but God,” he says.
As Lance continued to follow his call to ministry, the question became: how would he fit his calling into in the ordination process? “I knew right away my place was in urban communities,” he said, “focusing on evangelizing, growing the community of Christ, and reaching people who don’t think church is relevant to them.”
The Marshalls put down their roots in Downtown Fort Worth. Elizabeth went to work for nearby YWCA, and Lance began his ministry at White’s Chapel UMC as communications director, where he focused on storytelling through writing, speaking, photography, videos, mission trips and evangelism. Their son Henry was born in Fort Worth in 2012. At the same time, his journey through illness and healing led his passion for urban evangelism to a new level of authenticity. “I feel like the term ‘un- churched’ can strike people as unfair,” Lance shrugs. “Many of these people feel alienated from the church already; we need to focus on what we have in common with our neighbors, and use that relationship to share our life-giving message with the community,” he says. “I guess I recognize a lot of my old corporate self in this West Seventh community,” he adds, “it’s a way of life that gets caught up in chasing corporate success and the American Dream — but there’s a spiritual hole that isn’t being filled up.”
Answering this call, and weaving it with his personal experience and passion, Lance says he is delighted to lead our new FUMC campus into a unique area of ministry we are not currently reaching. “We are are a source of great hope to so many of our neighbors,” he says.
This Sunday Lance will be looking with us at the great gift of the Holy Spirit — and the unique ways in which the Holy Spirit has uniquely empowered each of us to minister to certain groups of people. In preparation for Pentecost Sunday, Lance asks each of us:
“Who are the people you are especially empowered and gifted to reach?”
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