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Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Rev. Linda McDermott
“Standing Outside the Gates”
Celebration of Holy Communion
DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:30 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Rev. Casey Orr
Discussion Groups | 9:30 am | Foundation Building
Chapel Communion | 10:30 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
Special Music: Jeff Donahue
eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Donna Ingham
First 7th | Worship | 5:30 pm | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
Social Hangout at Oliver’s | 6:30 pm | 415 Throckmorton Street
Standing Outside the Gates
Mark 5: 25-34
Rev. Linda McDermott
The scripture we are looking at this week is Mark’s story about the woman who touches Jesus’ garment and is healed (Mark 5: 25-34). It’s another rather complicated story, but we may miss an important point if we don’t understand the ways of Jewish law at that time — a woman hemorrhaging for 12 years and never being able to find a cure is a person who is in the position of being perpetually “unclean.” In other words, she is cut off from “polite” society, cut off from worship, cut off from God. There is no purification ritual available to her to remedy her situation. She is forever standing outside the gates of the temple — of life.
What does this have to say to us about law and grace? Jesus’ response speaks volumes!
This Sunday we will be celebrating the sacrament of Holy Communion. In our church, as in all United Methodist churches, ours is an open table. That means all are invited. All. What does our open table say about law and grace?
We will end our service Sunday singing a familiar and very loved hymn, “Amazing Grace.” I hope each of us will take some time this week to ponder the power of God’s grace to bring healing into our lives and into this world — even if others may tell us we are unworthy or that we too, should stand “outside the gates.”
See you Sunday in worship.
eleven:eleven celebration Welcomes Dr. Donna Ingham
Join us on Sunday as humorist and folklorist Dr. Donna Ingham takes the ancient art of storytelling and gives it a Texas twist! Hear tall tales, folklore, historical and personal stories told only as a Texan could — or would. Donna is an award-winning author, professional storyteller and a Methodist! Says the Abilene Reporter-News, “You’ll have to decide what is true and, well, mostly true — hilarious!” Click here for more information on this story series.
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!
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.
6.28 Independence Day Celebration
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.
New Library, New Location
One exciting new feature of our the first building phase of in our new Master Plan project is the creation of a brand new, easy-to-access FUMCFW Library. Located on the first floor across from Wesley Hall, our Library’s new, more visible and centralized location and its resources will be more convenient than ever before, with exciting features including:
• Glass cabinets to showcase thematic, seasonal, or topical displays
• Archive displays cabinets now visible from the main first floor hallway, rather than just from inside the library
• An open view into the Library stack areas through the glass display cases
• Spacious entrance and check-out area
• New shelving and more efficient furniture will add functionality and flexibility
• Small meeting space/sitting area in the back will be perfect for quiet conversation
• Television monitor for viewing the live worship services • AV storage closet with a lavatory to make equipment readily available for checkout
• Relocated book return slot, from the side hall directly into library check-out area cabinet
• Direct connection to the main administrative copier and work room (which also will have its own new hall doorway)
Deep and sincere thanks to the many library volunteers for their tireless work in getting ready for relocation. The projected construction completion of the new library is by the July 13; relocation soon to follow.
Building Committee Chair
Classic Cars and Root Beer Floats
Our church enjoyed a vintage themed Father’s Day with hot wheels and icy cold root beer floats! A big thank-you to Rev. Chuck Graff and Sammye Dunn, Hospitality Team Leader and Lay Ministry Chair, for organizing such a fun and nostalgic event. Click here to see more photos from our Father’s Day Celebration.
Dr. Tim Bruster Recently Named to Trinity Habitat Advisory Board
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Serving Tarrant, Johnson, Parker, and Wise Counties, Trinity Habitat builds and renovates high quality, affordable housing, advocates on behalf of those in need of decent housing, and serves as a partner and catalyst to create healthy and sustainable communities. Recently, Trinity Habitat announced the creation of an Advisory Board comprised of leaders in our community. Congratulations to our own Dr. Tim Bruster who was asked to serve on this board. “This wonderful group will help us Build Strong — strong homes, families, and neighborhoods. I look forward to working with this dynamic team. They know that homeownership strengthens communities and their partnership strengthens Trinity Habitat,” explains Gage Yager, Trinity Habitat Executive Director.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com) 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
8.5 Watch | 8.12 Discuss
8.19 Class Field Trip
Location to be determined
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5091
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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-5091, so that we can prepare accordingly.
7.3 July Parent’s Night Out
6:30 – 11:00 pm | 3 mo. – 12 yrs.
$30 for first child | $40 for 2 | $45 for 3+ | $20 no show fee
Reservations due 7.1
Come celebrate the 4th with us!! We will have 4th of July crafts, snacks, games, and a movie. Space is limited so make reservations early to Paula Wagstaff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/546-4414.
*** Remember if you volunteer for the Children’s Ministry or in the Nursery on Sunday morning you will earn a Free Parent’s Night Out (must have completed the Ministry Safe program). Contact Paula Wagstaff for more info.
Here’s What we Did at Day Camp Last Week
- Collected books for children in the community
- Collected over 100 gently used toys
- Packed 140 hygiene kits
- Packaged over 200 healthy snack bags for the mission
- Decorated lunch sacks and made friendship cards
- Raised over $882 in loose change for the Mission — a Day Camp Record!!!
- Wrote a Day Camp Theme Song
- Built a Prayer Labyrinth from scratch
- Refurbished a butterfly garden and did other landscaping projects
- Had worship every day
- Went on Journey of Faith Nature Walks to learn about the life and teachings of Jesus
- Saw Professor Brainius and Wildlife on the Move
- Ate s’mores
- Sang songs and played games
- Made new friends
- Explored how we can be our best selves
Click here to see more photos from Mission Day Camp
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
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.
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:
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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-5093.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-3888.
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