JUNE 21, 2013
Rev. Brooks Harrington
Leonard Memorial Chapel
Chapel Communion Service
Dr. Len Delony
10:30 – 11:00 am
Leonard Memorial Chapel
Charles Gaby, MS, LPC
11:11 am | Wesley Hall
TEACHERS & TOPICS
Sunday, June 23
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Room 333 | 9:30 am
Room 332 | 9:30 am
Book Study: Forgiveness
by Rev. Adam Hamilton
Room 331 at 9:30 am
Room 321 | 9:45 am
Rev. Gena Anderson
Room 336 | 9:45 am
Room 351 | 9:45 am
Room 334 | 11:00 am
8:30 am In-Depth
Room 350 | Dr. Lamar Smith
The Trials & Travels of
Peter & Paul
Introducing “The Acts of the
Room 352 | 9:30 am
United Community Center
Room 230 | 10:00 am
Fruits of the Spirit: Goodness[/col] [col class=”span6″]Koinonia
Room 224 | 9:30 am
Ken and Carrie Hinze
When Helping Hurts
Room 334 | 9:30 am
Beth Weibel | Sister Cities
International Leadership Academy
New Horizon Singles
Room 231 | 9:30 am
Room 352 | 11:00 am
Room 320 | 9:30 am
Room 335 | 9:30 am
Dr. Mike Marshall
Room 340-341 | 9:30 am
Room 154 | 9:30 am
Room 272F | 9:30 am
It’s Really All About God
by Samir Selmanovic
Room 350 | 9:30 am
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In this Issue:
Writing letters is almost a lost art. Yet, it is this art that has, throughout history, had tremendous impact on individuals, families, communities, religions and even nations. Think about letters in your life: a letter of encouragement from your grandmother or a love letter from the person who would become your spouse. Or think about important letters in your family: a letter written by a great grandparent from “the old country” or a letter recognizing the valor of a family member in battle. Or consider letters to the editor that direct the attention of a community to a need or injustice. Or think of the letters in our nation’s history that made a tremendous impact at a pivotal time: Albert Einstein’s 1939 letter to President Roosevelt regarding the need for a nuclear program or Martin Luther King, Jr.’s letter from a Birmingham Jail. READ MORE
Oxymorons – one writer said that “the true beauty of oxymorons is that, unless we sit back and really think, we happily accept them as normal English” and then illustrates with the following passage:
“It was an open secret that the company had used a paid volunteer to test the plastic glasses. Although they were made using liquid gas technology and were an original copy that looked almost exactly like a more expensive brand, the volunteer thought that they were pretty ugly and that it would be simply impossible for the general public to accept them. On hearing this feedback, the company board was clearly confused and there was a deafening silence. This was a minor crisis and the only choice was to drop the product line.” (Much Ado About English, Richard Watson Todd) READ MORE
Mary and Tommy Deiss
Chase Henrik Arnold, son of Megan and Scott Arnold
We started out working on three homes but are down to two.
Miss Cynthia’s house turned out to be almost done. She is a mother of five and they have been volunteering and helping rebuild other families’ homes for the last couple of years. Turns out, they had been displaced by Katrina and their home was overrun with mold on top of tons of damage (the water was seven feet high in this house). So when the volunteer coordinators came to realize that some of their most faithful volunteers had an application in to have their home served, they went into overdrive. So Cynthia and her two youngest children will be moving out of their one-bedroom apartment at the end of this week and back into the home they had to leave when the hurricane hit. They are ECSTATIC!! But you can imagine that there wasn’t much left to do…. READ MORE
6.23 CELEBRATE MARK!
10:30 – 11:00 am
A reception in the Garden between services will honor and celebrate Mark Burrows’ 17 years of service as our Youth Choir Director. Join us to share love and appreciation for this outstanding contribution to the life of our church and its families.
6.30 INDEPENDENCE WEEKEND REFRESHMENTS IN THE GARDEN
Hosted by our Hospitality Team and Lay Ministry Committee
10:30 – 11:10 am | Garden
Please join us for cookies, lemonade and fellowship to celebrate the Independence Weekend together prior to the Fourth of July. Our Costa Rica Mission Team will also be present to visit with you and share the exciting plans they have for their ministry prior to their commissioning during the 11:00 am Sanctuary worship service. See you there!!
STILL NEED A COPY OF KENDA CREASY DEAN’S BOOK?
Although FUMC is out of copies of Dr. Dean’s book, Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church, you can still get a copy at Cokesbury.com.
FIRST 7TH PRAYER AND SHARE TEAM
The most important task now before our new First 7th Campus is signing up people for its “Prayer and Share” team. To sign up, please go to eepurl.com/AbZnr — and be sure to share this link with friends and family. Like First 7th on Facebook (First7th: fb.com/first7th) and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/first7th), and repost our news to exponentially increase the number of people who see our activity!
6.7 WEST 7TH STREET BRIDGE CLOSED
West 7th Street bridge is closed for the installation of the last two arches and the new bridge deck.The closure will last for no more than 150 days. During the closure, motorists will be detoured to Lancaster Avenue. White Settlement Road can also be used as an alternate route through the area. Additional project information is available at: www.fortworthgov.org/seventhstreetbridge/.
THIS WEEK’S NEWS
MOVIES, BOOKS & THEOLOGY
Wednesday Mornings | 9:30 – 11:00 am
Rev. Phyllis McDougal will lead this great summer study to examine how God’s presence is always around us and see how God moves in and through our world. The group is open all summer, so come when you can! Register anytime during the week by contacting Gayle Ammerman (email@example.com) at 817/339-5091. Scholarships and childcare available
Click here to download our new Summer Adult Studies Brochure.
6.21 SARA HICKMAN PLAYING AT FUMC SINGLES THIRD FRIDAY DINNER
Levitt Pavilion, 100 W Abram Street, Arlington | Music starts at 8:00 pm
Bring your dinner and lawn chair and look for us on the left side of the stage, mid-way back. See you there! For more information about Sara, visit http://sarahickman.com/bio/
CENTER FOR CREATIVE TRANSFORMATION6.27 PREPARING FOR MARRIAGE ONE-DAY SEMINAR
9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Lunch on your own
Wesley Hall | $160 per couple
Led by Charles Gaby, MA, LPC
Couples often spend thousands of dollars on their wedding but invest very little in their marriage. This one-day workshop helps couples quickly recognize and develop strategies for approaching issues in their relationship that may limit their satisfaction in their marriage – BEFORE they say, “I do.” Couples must pre-register by June 21 as class size is limited. The cost is $160 per couple and includes the cost of all materials (the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Prepare instrument) as well as an individual session with Charles Gaby after the seminar is concluded. For more information, contact Marianne Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5071.
PRESCHOOL SUMMER CAMPS
Camp runs Monday – Thursday, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. Cost is $140/week, except for Cooking camp, which is $105 for the shorter week. There are still a few spots left; call 817/870-9174 to register for remaining camps, including:
Drama Camp, June 24 – 27
Cooking Camp, July 1, 2, 3
Science Camp, July 15 – 18
Art Camp, July 22 – 25
6.23 VBS ALL VOLUNTEER MEETING
Room 350 | 12:15 pm
Interested in volunteering for VBS? As VBS enrollment continues to climb, we’re looking for more adult volunteers! You don’t even have to have a kid in VBS to play — join us for lunch and learn all you need to know for this job that requires only a few hours to give and the ability to wield a glue stick. Go to http://bit.ly/10A0Xkb to register for VBS or to sign up as a volunteer. Questions? Contact Nikki McInnis (email@example.com) at 817/339-5086.
Important message from Mark about VBS – http://youtu.be/-IIW6o0_v5Q
DESPERATE NEED THIS WEEK: PLEASE BRING SHEETS AND BATH TOWELS TO THE MISSION!
Each week our First Street Mission provides new home start up kits including a few basic household items for previously homeless men, women and families who have moved into permanent supportive or transitional housing programs. Start up Kits include: plates, glasses, coffee cups, bowls, bath towels, face towels and wash clothes, 1 set of sheets, a bath mat, shower curtain, 1 skillet, 1 pot/pan, forks, knives and spoons, 1 blanket/bed spread and 1 hand can opener. Kits being prepared for delivery THIS WEEK are in dire need of sheets and bath towels. If you can help, please drop off your donations at the Mission Monday – Thursday or in the Welcome Center on Sunday Morning. For more information on this program, click here or call Rev. Page Hines at 817/339-8881.
JUNE MISSION SUNDAYS:
Throughout June, please bring cans of Vienna sausage to the Mission during regular donation hours, 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. Remember: Your Small Gifts. Big Difference in the lives of those we serve.
6.22 – 23 YOUTH CHOIR ALUMNI WEEKEND
All Youth Choir alums are welcome and encouraged to come on Saturday from 10:30 am till noon, then sing together in the 9:30 and 11:00 am Sunday Sanctuary Worship services. And, even if you can’t make the rehearsal, please come and sing with us anyway! It’s a great chance to reconnect with your old choir friends and be part of this special day of tribute to Mark’s 17 years as Youth Choir Director.
6.24 – 6.29 YOUTH CHOIR TOUR
Keep our Youth Choir in your thoughts and prayers next week as they travel to Nashville in its special “road trip” ministry. For information, contact Janis Rathburn (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-3883.
7.7 – 8.4 MORNING SONG
If you’ve ever wanted to sing with the FUMC choir, NOW is your chance! All are welcome to arrive thirty minutes prior to the 9:30 am or 11:00 am service (or both!) to rehearse and then sing at the service. Questions? Contact Taylor Davis, Director of Music and Worship Arts (email@example.com) at 817/339-5074.
7.7 – 8.4 NO CHORAL UNION REHEARSAL
Sunday Mornings | June 2 – July 28
Rm. 203 | Justin Youth Building
10:15 – 11:00 am
We have an awesome group of volunteers to teach this summer. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday mornings for donuts/bagels. It will be a great time to reconnect with old friends. You may join us in the Big Room at 9:45 for youth worship and then go to your class at 10:15. If arriving after 9:45 please use the 5th Street entrance. See you Sunday!!
June 23 | Joe and Suzi Schlecte
June 30 | Bob Hood and Julie Donovan
July 7 | Mike Marshall
July 14 | Julie Wende
July 21 | TBD
July 28 | Lamar Smith
6.30 MEETING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION TRIP AND CAMP BARNABAS
12:15 pm | Justin Building
All youth and parents of youth going on our middle school mission trip and Camp Barnabas trip, will meet in the Justin to discuss details and questions about these two exciting trips.
7.7 TEXAS ROAD TRIP REGISTRATION
7.31 – 8.2 | New Braunfels
What better way to celebrate the end of another great summer with the FUMC youth than a road trip and water slides! Come down to New Braunfels for some fun in the sun at Schlitterbahn Water Park for a day and a half. The trip is open to all youth (completed 6th-12th grade) and costs $160. Sign-up by July 7. If you have any questions, email Brenda (firstname.lastname@example.org).
7.14 – 7.19 MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION TRIP
Our middle school students (6-8 graders) are heading down south to Waco for a mid-July work week to bless the people and the city of Waco. Adult volunteers needed! Sign up with the youth office. Any questions? Contact Brenda (email@example.com).
7.21 MOVIE NIGHT
4:00 pm | Wesley Hall
Join us to see “A Place at the Table”
8.16, 17 & 18 | A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD
Make plans now to attend FUMC 5th Street Theater’s production of A Year with Frog and Toad.
There will be four performances:
Friday – 7:00 pm
Saturday – 2:00 & 5:00 pm
Sunday – 2:00 pm
Within the Christian faith, we also have letters that have had tremendous influence. This summer in my sermons I am walking through the pages of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. From the time of its writing nearly two millennia ago down to the present, this letter has challenged us in the living of our faith. This Sunday we will take a look at a passage that has echoed down through the ages and shaped the church for the better at critical times in its life. Paul wrote, “You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26-28) This was a radical statement for Paul’s time. He lists the most dramatic distinctions people were making in his day. They were distinctions that drew the lines between who was in and who was out, between who had power and who didn’t, between those who were favored by God and those who were not. Then, in one sentence Paul says that those distinctions are completely wiped away in Christ Jesus.
It seems that in every generation Christians must grapple with enlarging our vision to approach the vision of being “one in Christ Jesus.” In the first century it was the distinction between Jews and Gentiles. In the nineteenth century it was the issue of slavery that dogged the church until Christians came to see the evil of slavery and full meaning of being created equal. So, what about today? During the past one hundred years we have wrestled—and still wrestle—with the lines we draw based on gender, race, class, immigration status and sexual orientation. These are all highly divisive and politicized issues. So, what does our faith have to say to us today? I invite you to think with me this week about the lines we draw, the distinctions we make and what happens to those distinctions when we live in Christ Jesus.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Grace and peace,
Rev. Linda continued:
Did you catch them? There are twelve examples in this one passage. The point of this commentary was that we are so used to oxymorons in our everyday language that we don’t notice them. Here’s a few more: civil war, clearly misunderstood, awfully good, working vacation, silent scream, crash landing, minor miracle and…Christian unity.
Christian Unity. OK, so it’s not an oxymoron in the technical sense; but in our culture, to be a Christian seems to have more to do with what or who one is than having to do with what brings us together.
This Sunday, we will be looking at Paul’s letter to the Christians in the region of Galatia and his radical concept of being “one in Christ.” In a culture where women were property and slaves had no status or voice, where faithful Jews divided the world into “them” (“Gentiles”) and “us,” and where Greeks saw the world in terms of “those people” (“barbarians”) and “us,” Paul writes these shocking words: In Christ, you are no longer Jew or Greek, no longer slave or freeborn, no longer male and female. Instead, you all have the same status in the service of Christ Jesus.
What would it be like for you to see the people around you without the normal labels of society? Consider our use of these divisive labels: success/loser, good/bad, rich/poor, young/old, fun/boring, educated/uneducated, attractive/ugly … the list is long. But just as Jesus turned the world upside down whenever he told a parable in which the enemy becomes the hero or casting the untouchable in the role of the saint, so Paul invited his community of faith to see each other differently, drastically, culturally shocking—differently. Can we see each other through the eyes of God’s power to transform and make new or are we stuck with the limiting labels of our small-minded culture? God calls us to a radically different experience of life and of each other, unified in the love of God through Christ. That may be old news, but good grief, we need to hear it again!
We now have one team at Miss Donna’s house and two teams at Mr. Tony’s house. Everyone is learning a TON about drywall. No joke. They’re doing great. It’s been awesome to see how focused they have been. They’re in the zone and they’re having fun and I think they’re excited about all the progress they’re seeing already.
In case you didn’t know, the theme of the week is BE AWESOME. We are talking all about how God is awesome and we are called to do awesome things. This week, we’re focusing on awesome things for God, for the families, and for New Orleans. We brought hundreds of stickers along that we had made that say “GOD’S AWESOME. YOU’RE AWESOME.” Every kid is challenged to give one sticker to one person every day and to tell them why. We’ve got some great stories out of this! It’s been tons of fun and really cool.
Probably more than you wanted. We’re doing well, though, and we’re thankful to all of you who are praying us through this.
Do you have an eye for great photographs and videos? A nose for news? An ear trained for stories that could make a difference? A few hours a week to help the communications team find and tell the stories that matter to our faith community? We want you! In anticipation of our brand new website set to launch this summer, our fall issue of Connect magazine (the summer issue is headed your way in the next few weeks!) and exciting new opportunities to tell our stories using these new vehicles, we’re looking for volunteers to work with our dynamic, revamped Communications Committee to form editorial, photography, videography, and social media teams. For more information or to join our volunteer list, please contact Lisa Helm (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-2403 and we’ll be delighted to tell you more!
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