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This Sunday Web HeaderThis Sunday’s Worship Opportunities

Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Rev. Linda McDermott

DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:30 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Charme Robarts
Discussion Groups | 9:30 am

Chapel Communion | 10:30 am | Chapel | Dr. Bill Longsworth
Special Music: Dace Sultanov, cello

eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott

First 7th | Worship | 5:30 pm | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
Social Hangout at Oliver’s | 6:30 pm | 415 Throckmorton Street

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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Staff_Burrows, MarkOkay, so on to the next BIG THING

Mark Burrows

Hello Families.

Well, the Early Bird Deadline for VBS has come and gone. (tweet-tweet)
Let’s just say, this is going to be a VERY big VBS.
And while the price is now at $30 per child, that’s still a great deal for what we’re offering.

Three Quick Things –

Thing One – Thank you for a wonderful Children First service. The children’s choirs were outstanding, the 3s and 4s were courageous, and you were so supportive.

Thing Two – This Sunday is Promotion Sunday. We will start referring to the kiddos by the grade they’re going into this fall.
Click here for the Summer Schedule for children going into Kindergarten – 6th Grade.
We’re offering fun, content-rich experiences all summer.

Thing Three – The next VBS deadline, and the one that gives me the gurgles, is our July 6 Registration Deadline. I want to make sure absolutely everyone knows that after July 6, we won’t be taking any more VBS registrations. The thought of a walk-up family being disappointed on Day One of VBS makes my heart sink. But we really need to know our total number of kids a week in advance so we can have the right number of supplies, T-shirts, CDs, snacks, and teachers.

Have a Wonderful Week!


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Rev. Nancy Froman

“As Matthew Fox said, we made a terrible mistake by starting with “original sin” (a phrase not in the Bible); we absolutely must begin with original blessing.” — Fr. Richard Rohr

I read this last week and my heart was filled with joy! People are created in God’s image and have God’s Spirit in us from birth. This is exactly what I told the 3’s and 4’s Preschool Sunday School classes each week during our Sacred Circle time (on the Big Blue Blanket) this Spring and they “got it.” Just think of the first time when you saw a newly born baby and you can picture it. The Christian Church has mostly focused on our “sins” throughout history. I believe that God is bigger and more gracious than that. Six times in the Creation story in Genesis 1:9-31 it says “God created it, and it was good” — and it even ends with “indeed it was very good!” I would end my time together with the Preschoolers by using anointing balm to make the sing of the cross on their foreheads or hands — and I would say to each little friend, “You are special and God loves you very much.” Can you imagine how much our hearts and lives would be transformed if we all truly believed this?!

Rev. Nancy Froman

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Rev. Chuck Graff

Last Saturday, 15 amazing servants, went out to serve others beyond our church walls, to provide and serve breakfast for families at the Fort Worth Ronald McDonald House. We prepared and dished up some amazing pancakes (topped with fresh blueberries, strawberries, and other toppings), delicious sausage, orange juice and coffee. We visited and prayed with families whose children were hospitalized and staying at the center. We experienced the joy and fun of cooking and serving together, and were blessed by God beyond all expectations and measure with the visits we shared. We are planning additional trips to serve there in the future, and please watch for dates soon to join us. Special thanks to Allison McMahon for helping us organize this event, and to Sammye Dunn, our Lay Ministry Committee, and to those who served on Saturday.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chuck Graff

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Pictured left to right: Joan Gaspard, Sammye Dunn, Ashley Dunklebarger, Tom Spencer, Cheryl Spencer, David Johnson, Bette Johnson, Garrett Bakke, Allison McMahon, Michael Dixon, Nicole Leimbach, Chuck Graff, and Caren Walker.
Not pictured:Jim Brittain, Dr. Len Delony

Throughout each week, our FUMCFW bloggers (staff, lay leaders and others wanting to share thoughts and information related to First Church programs, events, and activities) write on a variety of topics. And, while you can always find the latest posts on our blogs link at the top of every page, we also send each week’s collection out each Friday under the Who’s Blogging This Week subject line.

Click here to see who’s blogging this week, posted each Friday!


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Pardon Our Dust_HSStaff-wide Reconstruction and Renewal Now Underway!

Click here to view the Staff Reorganization Plan

In early April, the FUMCFW Executive Team comprised of Dr. Tim Bruster, Dr. Mike Marshall, Rev. Linda McDermott, Rev. Page Hines, Larry Ammerman, Melinda Smoot, and Roger Partridge, established some goals and an agenda for a daylong planning retreat with the intent to create a staff reorganization plan that would:

  • Strengthen our executive teams with the best practices for providing support for both Senior Pastor and Staff

  • Identify, strengthen, and nurture staff and lay leadership

  • Improve staff productivity and problem solving

  • Clarify expectations, lines of responsibility, and accountability

  • Increase budget awareness and improve budget efficiency

On this May 27 planning retreat, which included a mid-day session with Texas Methodist Foundation Executive Team Consultant Mike Bonem, our Executive Team underwent focused work to reach its retreat objectives. Operating from an examination of strengths, existing resources, and ministry priorities rather than merely trying to solve problems, they began to see the opportunities that specific changes could open up — and solutions none of them had ever imagined before.

Over the days and weeks that followed, the Executive Team spent unprecedented hours — and two more day-long meetings — working through the details of each ripple effect of every solution to arrive at a staff reorganization plan that captured all these insights and solutions.

When the entire team was satisfied that their plan was solid, they presented it to the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC). With SPRC approval, this dedicated, thoughtful, and compassionate work focused on elevating the best interests and strengths of all concerned in the service of the church, is now moving forward.

Over the next few months, as Tim enters his time of renewal and as Linda follows with hers in the fall, a staff-wide renewal will also be underway, following an exciting parallel track that provides an opportunity for each staff member to likewise reinvent and infuse his or her work here with the strengths each brings to this table.

We’ll be taking advantage of our slower summer months to get this shuffling of offices and responsibilities done, and each staff member will be encouraged and supported in reimagining how to live into his or her calling by serving our church within this new structure. So if you’re looking for someone in their usual spot and can’t find them, or wondering who to call with a specific need or concern, we ask for your patience. Please don’t hesitate to call 817/336-7277 for assistance during business hours, and Rhonda Gaber, our Receptionist, will be happy to help you. We’re here, we’re working, and we’re renewing our commitment to serving our church.

Go to the Staff Organizational Structure page for a fully-detailed copy of this plan. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Rev. Page Hines, Executive Pastor (phines@myfumc.org), or Melinda Smoot, Director of Communications (msmoot@myfumc.org).

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Interested in helping FUMCFW make some minor repairs? Join the Carpenters!

Each spring, the Trustees make an inspection of the church property and list all the needed repairs for the building. Many of these jobs require experienced contractors, but there are also small repairs that are done by the Carpenters, a group of FUMCFW volunteers. The Carpenters perform minor, but important repair work around the Church.

These incredible volunteers fix window latches, extend rods for Venetian blinds, remove weeds and vines from flower beds, replace signs, mount fire extinguishers and a host of other small but necessary repairs. They save the church thousands of dollars each year – and they have a great time working together!

If you would like to join this group or have any questions, contact Byron Baird (byron.baird@sbcglobal.net) at 817/294-5490.IMG_2107

Youth Scholarships_HSYouth Scholarships Awarded to the Class of 2015

FUMCFW awards merit based scholarships annually to Youth members who meet the Conditions of Eligibility and are selected by the Scholarship Committee for the First United Methodist Church Fort Worth Board of Trustees. Scholarships are provided with funds donated by families of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth including those in memory of William E. Baker and Ralph Beaver. For 2015, one Ralph Beaver Scholarship of $1,200 was awarded to Jenny Johnson and three William E. Baker Scholarships of $1,000 was awarded to Madeleine Parker, Emma Riddle, and Kenzie Knox.

The Good Neighbors Sunday School Class also awards an annual scholarship of $1,000. Graduating seniors fill out an application and a committee comprised of class members decides upon the recipient(s.) This year, The Good Neighbors Sunday School class scholarship was given to Alicia McLeod.

Best of luck to the senior class of FUMCFW as they embark on this exciting new chapter in their lives!

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10:30 – 11:15 am & Noon – 12:30 pm | FUMCFW Garden

In honor of all men on Father’s Day, everyone is invited to stop by the garden to celebrate this special day. Our Lay Ministry Committee and other volunteers will be present offering everyone the opportunity to create their own root beer floats using Dad’s Root Beer! Also, if you own a classic automobile, we invite you to contact Rev. Chuck Graff (cgraff@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5065 or Sammye Dunn (sammyelou9@gmail.com), and bring it that day to line up along Fifth Street.

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10:30 – 11:15 am & Noon – 12:30 pm | FUMCFW Garden

Lemonade & Cookies

The Lay Ministry Committee invites everyone to stop by and celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with cookies, lemonade, and fantastic fellowship. The grounds of FUMCFW will be decorated for this special Sunday prior to July 4th, and all veterans will be honored and receive a special ballpoint pen as a thank you gift for their service.


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Eddie Dunn Receives Volunteer Award

FUMCFW member Eddie Dunn was recently recognized by Baylor All Saints Medical Center at their Volunteer Awards Luncheon. Eddie has given over 23,000 hours of service to the hospital! Congratulations and a heartfelt thank you to Eddie for spreading God’s love in our community.

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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Summer Studies 2015

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6.3 – 8.19 Movies, Books & Theology

Wednesdays | 9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154

Rev. Phyllis McDougal

This class will examine how God’s presence is always around us and how God moves in and through our world — even through the books we read and the movies we watch! The group is open all summer, so come when you can. To register of for more information contact Gayle Ammerman (gammerman@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5091.

Still Alice

6.17 Watch | 6.24 Discuss

All the Light We Can Not See

by Anthony Doerr

7.1 & 7.15 Discuss

Woman in Gold

7.22 Watch | 7.29 Discuss

Enchanted Cottage

8.5 Watch | 8.12 Discuss

8.19 Class Field Trip

Location to be determined

Visit the Summer Studies page for brief descriptions of the books and movies covered in this study

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Summer Book Study

Every Monday in July | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Room 154
Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen,

Take a break from the July heat and read a book to refresh your faith. Led by Rev. Casey Orr, this group will discuss a powerful, yet simple little book; it invites rich conversation starting with the affirmation that everyone is loved by God and can enjoy “the life of the beloved.” To register or for more information contact Gayle Ammerman (gammerman@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5091

Click here to for more information about our Summer Studies opportunities

Baptism 101

Offered the First Sunday of every Month

11:00 am | Room 230 | Led by Rev. Casey Orr

Baptism is a special moment in the life of a church, a family — and an individual!  If you’re considering baptism for your child or children in the coming year, please join us for this single one-hour class where we will: Define the sacrament of baptism Explore the United Methodist Church’s understanding of baptism Discuss the logistics of a baptism at FUMC Fort Worth Learn how to schedule a baptism at FUMC Fort Worth Consider any questions we may have about baptism Connect with other parents All parents (and their children) or parents-to-be  are welcome to this very special hour. There is no cost to join the class; however, we do ask that you register online below, or by contacting Gayle Ammerman (gammerman@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5091, so that we can prepare accordingly.

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



Big Shot Photos_HSCheck Out the Children’s Musical Photos!

Under the direction of Claire Binek, Children’s Choir Director, this year’s musical Big Shot! Facing Down Our Giants, Looking Up to God was a delight for both audience and performers alike. The zany characters and exciting plot of Big Shot served as a reminder to us all that we can do anything through God who gives us strength! Click here to see more photos from this event.

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 — Day Camp is full, but we still need volunteers!

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.

VBS Registration Deadline July 6

This year we will have a registration deadline for Vacation Bible School. Monday, July 6th is the last day you can register your child for VBS. There will be no walk ups this year. That will give our volunteers a very important week’s cushion to gather the right amount of supplies and curriculum, not to mention T-shirts, CDS, snacks. We want VBS to feel truly special and personalized for each child who comes through our doors.


7.13 – 17 Vacation Bible School 2015

9:00 am – Noon | Meet in Wesley Hall | FUMCFW

Children ages 3 years through 6th grade | $30

Registration Deadline 7.6 | No walk ups this year

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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UMCOR Responds to the Texas Floods

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has established Advance #901670 in response to the severe flood and tornado damage throughout Texas. UMCOR no longer generates Advance Numbers for specific locations as it limited their ability to appropriately allocate resources. However, donors can designate that their gifts go to a specific area on the memo line of their check. Anyone wishing to give to Advance #901670 can do so online or by mail to the CTCSC at 464 Bailey Ave., Fort Worth, Texas, 76012. Please put Advance #901670 in the memo line.

The CTC’s Coordinator of Disaster Response Laraine Waughtal is visiting some of the more severely affected areas of the conference today. She remains in regular contact with local, state and national officials on what’s needed where and how we can best respond. She expects to have some tangible areas of need to share before the end of the weekend, but for the time being, prayer, patience and financial gifts are all that have been requested. Click here to see updates as they will be posted as soon as they are available.

To read more on UMCOR’s response, visit umcor.org. If you have questions specific to the CTC’s relief efforts, please contact Laraine at larainewaughtal@ctcumc.org.

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June Mission Sundays: Backpacks

During the month of JUNE, please bring your gently used backpacks to the First Street Methodist Mission, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm or to the Welcome Center on Sunday Morning.

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



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



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July 18 – 24, 2015 | Purdy, MO

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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Foundation Memorial Fund In Memory Of:

Betty Ambrose by Lisa and David Diffley, Vivienne B. Williams, Lindy and Bill Penny


Foundation Honorarium Fund In honor Of:

Letterman, Rev., Mr. President




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