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Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster

DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:30 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Dave Purcell
Discussion Groups | 9:30 am

Chapel Communion | 10:30 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
Special Music: Elizabeth Wills

eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Charme Robarts

First 7th | Worship | 5:30 pm | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
Discipleship Discussion Groups | 6:30 pm

Click here to view and download PDFs of our worship bulletins, posted weekly as soon as details are finalized!

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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!


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Jim Wright 104In Memoriam: Former House Speaker Jim Wright

FUMCFW member and Former House Speaker Jim Wright, the longtime Texas Democrat who served more than three decades in the U.S. House of Representatives, died Wednesday morning at the age of 92. Funeral services for Speaker Wright will be held at FUMCFW on Monday, May 11 at 2:00 pm; Dr. Tim Bruster will officiate, and a reception will follow in Wesley Hall.

Additional details are still pending, but we anticipate very high attendance,  heightened security, and likely, remote parking in several locations  with continuous shuttle bus access provided between church and designated remote parking areas. We encourage church members and friends wishing to attend the service to watch our church website and emails for special instructions and helpful information. The service will also be available vialive stream.  Click here for more information on the life and contributions of Former House Speaker  Jim Wright.

Clergy Renewal Leave

Jack Benson_150Dear Church Family,

Just prior to Dr. Tim Bruster’s appointment here as our Senior Pastor in the summer of 2003 the Staff Parish Relations Committee — recognizing that clergy renewal is very important not only for clergy, but for the congregation as well — put in place a renewal leave policy for the Senior Pastor. The policy we put in place then allows for a renewal leave every five years for the Senior Pastor. The summer of 2008 was the regularly-scheduled time for the first renewal leave, but Tim didn’t feel like either 2008 or 2009 were good times to take the leave. He finally took his first renewal leave in 2010. This summer he will take his regularly-scheduled renewal leave. In considering the timing, Tim and the Staff Parish Relations Committee felt that, with many important event and projects coming up in the life of the church, this summer is the best time for the leave.

Dr. Bruster’s renewal leave will take place during the June 10 through September 8 timeframe, with some of that time also being used for vacation and for the mission trip to Costa Rica. The members of SPRC and I are very supportive of Tim as he prepares for his clergy renewal leave. This will be a time of growth and renewal, both for Tim and for our congregation.

According to the Alban Institute — whose planning guide formed the basis of Tim’s and the SPRC’s planning — a clergy renewal leave, or sabbatical, should have a balance of four components:

  1. spiritual renewal,
  2. physical rest and refreshment,
  3. emotional recharging and
  4. intellectual stimulation.

A renewal leave is an intentional time of study, reflection, writing, and refreshment of spirit designed in a balanced way in order that the pastor may return refreshed and renewed in body, mind, and spirit and ready to lead afresh. It will serve as a time for him to receive spiritual nourishment and a change in perspective, to deepen his relationship with God, himself, and his family — a season of spiritual growth. The study component of the leave will focus on pastoral leadership, best practices in capital fundraising and stewardship, and learning a new process of journaling.

Summer is a good time to take this leave, since pastoral duties slow down a bit during the summer. During his time away, Senior Associate Pastor Reverend Linda McDermott will do most of the preaching on Sunday morning. Other members of our clergy staff will also preach during the summer months.

Please look for more information to follow in the coming weeks, including a suggested reading list for the congregation’s own renewal.

Because of the success of the program for the Senior Pastor, the Staff Parish Relations Committee created and approved a renewal leave policy for other clergy and program staff. Reverend Linda McDermott will take her renewal leave August 23 – October 17. More information will follow about her leave as that time approaches.


Jack Benson
Chair, Staff Parish Relations Committee

Mother's Day_HS5.10 Mother’s Day Appreciation

9:00 am – 12:30 pm | Welcome Center

We regret that the “Pancakes In The Garden” Event scheduled between sanctuary services is cancelled this year due to the stormy weather predictions. In appreciation of all mothers on Mother’s Day, this Sunday, May 10, all women attending throughout the morning will receive a colorful rose from our Lay Ministry Committee and Hospitality Team. Please stop by the Welcome Center to receive your special gift and our gratitude for you all!

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Rev. Casey Langely and Mr. Michael Orr were married Saturday, May 3, 2015 in Brentwood, Tennessee. FUMCFW wishes the happy couple a lifetime of love and laughter as they begin their new life together.

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

FUMCFW is proud to celebrate the thirteen graduating seniors and their families who were recognized on Senior Recognition Sunday:

Jackson Davis Adams
Son of Carrie and Kent Adams
Paschal High School

Olivia Grace Augustat
Daughter of Jennifer and Michael Augustat
Home School

Kathleen Noelle Boswell
Daughter of Missy and Rich Boswell
Home School

Elizabeth Ann Estes
Daughter of Kay and Bob Estes
Paschal High School

Makena Leigh French
Daughter of Sherry French and
the late Michael French
Keller Central High School

Jennifer McKenzie Johnson
Daughter of Elaine and Rodney Johnson
James Martin High School

Kenzie Lynn Knox
Daughter of M.C. and Ken Knox
Fort Worth Country Day School

Emily Grace Morgan
Daughter of Veronica and Michael Morgan
Colleyville Heritage High School

Alicia Victoria McLeod
Daughter of Lisa McLeod and
the late Michael McLeod
Northwest High School

Madeleine Ryan Parker
Daughter of Kristi and Blake Parker
Paschal High School

Emily James Riddle
Daughter of Nan and Guy Riddle
Paschal High School

Camryn Mackenzie Russell
Daughter of Joni and Carter Russell
Arlington Heights High School

Alison Paige Starnes
Daughter of Kenna and Skip Starnes
Home School

Best of luck to them as they mark this milestone and go out to be God’s People in the World.

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5.8.15 Baptisms

In Memoriam

Bob Snow
Jim Jones
John Clarke
Betty McCrary
Jim Wright



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 (lhelm@myfumc.org) and we will include your story!


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UM Info Class 2015_HS4.26 – 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.

5.10 “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 (cgraff@myfumc.org) 817/339-5065 or Dr. Lamar Smith (lsmith@myfumc.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.

Spring Golf Tournament_HS5.11 Spring Golf Tournament

9:00 am Shotgun Start | Lost Creek Golf Club

$40 per person, includes green fee, cart & lunch | Payable at tournament

Join us for a day of golf at the FUMCFW Golf Tournament, an annual tradition initiated 15 years ago by Mr. Ed Petrushka. The tournament is a Florida Scramble and open to everyone — men, women and guests! To register please contact Tournament Director, Wayne Maddox (waymad@juno.com) at 817/560-7323 or Rev. Chuck Graff (cgraff@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5065. Please include your handicap, or probable score, person(s) you would like to be teamed with, or your preferred foursome, or we will be glad to assign you to a team.

To Kill A Mockingbird_HS5.16 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 (gammerman@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5091. Checks payable to FUMCFW. Questions? Contact Rev. Phyllis McDougal (pmcdougal@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5082.

Visit the Adult Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.



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:

Sunday Mornings

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 (jcooper@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5093.

Mission Day Camp_HS6.15 – 19 Mission Day Camp 2015

Lyle Lodge | For Children Entering Grades 3 – 6 | $125 per child before 6.1, $160 after

Click here to learn more and register!

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

Click here to learn more and register!

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.

Visit the Children’s Ministry page for more information on programs and activities.

Visit the FUMC Day School page for more information on programs and activities.


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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.

Visit the Compassion & Justice Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.



Claire Binek Recital_HS5.11 Claire Binek Voice Recital

7:00 pm | Chapel | Admission is free
Donations welcome to support our Music & Worship Arts Ministry

Join us for an hour of beautiful music with mezzo-soprano Claire Binek, FUMCFW Children’s Choir Director. Claire holds a Masters’ degree in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and is currently working with new faculty member Professor Molly Fillmore at the University of North Texas. She has performed chamber music and operatic roles in the United States, Austria, and Italy.

Supported by Fang-Yi Chu, pianist, an accomplished artist from Taiwan who is finishing her doctoral work in piano performance at the University of North Texas, Ms. Chu plays for many graduate recitals of vocalists and solo instruments at UNT. Claire will present new material for this recital, as well as songs of Schubert, Granados, and Heggie, along with sacred songs and arias. We invite you to come and enjoy this hour of song in Leonard Memorial Chapel.

Jayme Vaughan-Linebarger Recital_HS25.12 Jayme Vaughn-Linebarger Voice Recital

7:00 pm | Chapel | Admission is free
Donations welcome to support our Music & Worship Arts Ministry

FUMCFW invites you for this evening of diverse and varied music with Jayme Vaughn-Linebarger. A preview of the program she will present to Trinity College London to receive her ATCL diploma, Jayme will be joined by pianist Keith Critcher, as welI as flautist Hayley Eaker and some duets with vocalist Avary Vaughn in a program that will include pieces by Purcell, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Fauré, Copland, and more. Jayme is a senior at Texas Wesleyan University, a member of FUMCFW and a member of both Choral Union and Adoramus.

Visit the Music & Worship Arts page for more information on programs and activities.



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Sign Up Now for the 2015 Summer Mission Trip!

June 21 – 26, 2015 | Houston, TX | $275 for Students | $75 for Adults

Click here to sign up now as a Youth

Click here to sign up now as an Adult

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.

CampPromoCamp Barnabas

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 (bkegans@myfumc.org) at 817/339-3888.

Visit the Youth page for more information on programs and activities.


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Memorial Gifts

Memorial Foundation Fund In Memory Of:
Betty Ambrose by Lou Ann Blaylock



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