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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 | Rev. Brooks Harrington
Discussion Groups | 9:30 am

Chapel Communion | 10:30 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
Special Music: Lori Dreier

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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Mark 4: 35-41

Rev. Linda McDermott

I don’t know about you, but I suspect that each one of us has at least some understanding of the term “storms of life.” Some storms we move through and they are quickly forgotten; others take their toll and leave us forever changed. Yet, as people of faith, we understand that we are not alone and often we find that God’s spirit can bring us peace and even blessing- even in the midst of turmoil.

This week in worship, we will be continuing to look at the Gospel of Mark. This week’s lectionary text is the story of Jesus calming the storm. Dr. Bill Longsworth has included a prayer in his book, Seasons of Prayer, that speaks to this very scripture. I’ve included it as a means of preparing for worship next Sunday. And if you’re in the midst of a storm, I pray that it helps bring you closer to God’s peace.

Each and every one of us, O God, has been at sea in troubled water –

In a room in a hospital, while momentous surgery of a loved one is underway;
and we earnestly pray, “O God, if ever you hear me, hear me now!”

A relationship that ends and leaves emptiness and doubt,
wondering whether one can slog the path of loneliness one more time.

A long and valiant battle with a beloved’s cancer, a young mother,
a battle lost and one wonders amidst the anguish
how the broken pieces of life can be mended.

Chronic depression which leaves one feeling lost deep in a cave
wondering if the light will ever be seen again.

A phone call in the night that is our worst fear, an accident, a beloved child lost
and the days, weeks, years of struggle and emptiness that follow.

All of us, O God, know the earnestness of life and love;
all of us have been tossed and turned by our deepest fears.
And then, unpredictably, somewhere in the midst of the storm comes peace –
a confidence that regardless of the outcome, all will be well.

Was that you, O God, upon the water of our anguish and terror,
that stilled the storm and showed us peace?

— William Longsworth

(Copies of Dr. Longsworth’s Seasons of Prayer are available in the church office)

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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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Rev. Brooks Harrington

DiscipleChurch Family and Friends:

This Sunday is Father’s Day. So this Sunday in DiscipleChurch I will be preaching a Father’s Day sermon.

I intend for us to have some fun with my sermon. For a change. I am going talk about the wisdom I have learned from my dad. And I will be inviting you to consider and remember the wisdom you have learned from your dad, and from any and every father figure who has ever graced your life. And, brothers, to consider the wisdom you may have imparted to a child.

Click here to read the rest of Brooks’ blog

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Mark Burrows

Hello Families!

We had a great start to our summer Sunday School.
It was really something seeing all our “First Floor Friends” make the walk upstairs. Wow!

And one more thing…

Click here to read the rest of Mark’s blog

Staff_Robarts, CharmeWhen Father’s Day is Hard

Charme Robarts

Maybe as you’ve watched the TV commercials or passed by the card aisle at Target, you’ve felt a pain in your gut about Father’s Day. All the sentimental words, and picturesque shots of fathers and children hugging and playing may bring you sorrow. Families can be complicated, and the holidays sometimes make for particular difficulty.

Grieving on Father’s Day.

Click here to read the rest of Charme’s blog

Barry Hudson_150FUMCFW Master Plan: Children’s Wing Expansion

Barry Hudson

In January our Building Committee began the real work of bringing our new Master Plan into reality. We announced and revealed this plan to the congregation three months later (Click here to review!), and now, after six months of diligent work, the first phase of our plan is now under construction. With the goal of completion before Vacation Bible School on July 13, demolition began this week to the current Room 147 (also known as the Eulema Riley Brown Bride’s Room) and the office area adjacent to recreate this space as our new highly visible and accessible FUMCFW Library. The Bride’s Room will move to the 2nd Floor, Room 224, and will feature the new Frankie Young Bride’s mirror honoring Frankie’s 25 years of dedicated service as FUMCFW Wedding Coordinator. (Click here to learn more about this gift)

Click here to read the rest of Barry’s Blog


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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Father's Day_HSFather’s Day Celebration This Sunday!

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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. . . Now Underway

A current challenge, also known as a wonderful problem, is the growth of our Children’s Ministry.

The Children’s Council and Mister Mark have identified the need to add two classrooms to the Academy and have also identified the ideal space that is contiguous with our existing Children’s area (the current library). The library will be relocated in the current Bride’s Room and the Bride’s Room will move to the second floor to share a space with the Koinonia class.

This plan allows the Children’s Ministry to operate in a secure and safe area and keeps the Academy classes small enough that the children get individual attention while they learn and grow as Christians. Recognizing the importance of children’s ministry to our future, and giving them space to spread their wings is essential to the growth of FUMCFW.

Demolition now underway to complete our new library space by the start of VBS on 7.13.


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  • Two new classrooms —expanded educational space for Academy Sunday School
  • Flex areas for larger gatherings — space for several classes to gather for stories, music, and celebrations
  • ADA accessible restroom — equipping our children’s area to accommodate all children
  • Parent waiting/welcome area — gathering and waiting space for parents will encourage fellowship and conversation

Other features of this expansion:

  • Relocated and updated library facility — located in a prime first floor area will allow easy access to all the services of our church library
  • Updated and better located Bride’s Room — relocating the bride’s room will allow more privacy for the bridal party along with easy access to a restroom
  • Improved first floor restroom accessibility — making our restrooms compatible with disability standards will make our building accessible and welcoming for all members and visitors

Walking Our Talk

In accord with our focus on extravagant generosity, a tithe (10%) of funds raised will assist children in our community at the Women & Children’s Interim Housing Center at the Presbyterian Night Shelter.

How You Can Help

To support this important expansion of our Children’s Ministry, please prayerfully consider an extra mile gift to assist with this expansion.Children VBS Day_7.14 IMG_8738

Levels of Giving

Legacy                                  $100,000
Founder                                 $50,000
Angel                                     $10,000
Faith Partner                          $5,000

Prayer Friend                         $1,000
Guardian                                    other

For more information, please contact Roger Partridge, Director of Stewardship (rpartridge@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5098.

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.


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10:20 – 11:15 am | 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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In Memoriam

Fran Stuart
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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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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.

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

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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.


Sub_new_childrennew mark imageI Once Made a Puppet . . . This Big!

This eight foot tall puppet is the latest creation by Mister Mark, who designed and constructed it at the request of nationally renowned worship coach and consultant, Marcia McFee, for a Music and Worship Arts conference in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. “Marcia knew about a lot of the specialized puppetry we do here at FUMCFW — Giant Butterflies, Processional Angels, Christmas Eve shadow figures, not to mention Wendell and Lorraine,” Mark says. “She asked if I would build a giant puppet of Aaron from Psalm 133. Since the theme for the conference is Blest Be the Tie that Binds, and the conference area will be filled with prayer ties, she also asked if I could make Aaron’s beard out of prayer ties. I said, ‘Sure!’ And then I figured out how to do it.” The body is PVC with fabric draped over and the head and hands are made of papier mâché. “I used an old yellow pages — great paper for papier mâché — and only needed to get to letter P to make the head and hands,” said Mark. The whole thing is pretty lightweight at 18 lbs — pretty amazing for an 8-foot puppet. It is already boxed up and on its way to North Carolina. Hmmm . . . now that must have been a BIG box!

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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 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.

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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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.


Sub_new_youthJackie Rodriquez_HSWelcome, Youth Intern Jackie Rodriguez

A big First Church welcome to Youth Ministry Intern Jackie Rodriguez who will join us for the next four years as part of her scholarship with Lydia Patterson Institute and Texas Wesleyan University. As a freshman at Texas Wesleyan, Jackie will double major in Religion and Psychology and plans to pursue a career as a Youth Minister. Originally from Juarez, Mexico, she has spent the last five years in Texas and graduated from high school in El Paso, Texas. “I’m looking forward to learning to work with the kids in the youth group,” says Jackie. “I’ve worked with younger aged kids before but I’m excited to work with the older ones. I was a memberof the Youth group at Lovers Lane United Methodist last year, so it’s a fun change to be an intern!” We have no doubt this incredibly bright young lady will provide leadership for our teenagers and look forward to having her as part of our Youth Staff for the next four years.

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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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