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Traditional Worship | 9:40 am | Chapel
11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
Children First | 9:30 am | Sanctuary | Mister Mark Burrows
Children’s Musical, Big Shot! Facing Down Our Giants, Looking Up to God
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: Robbie Higgs, piano
eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott
First 7th | Worship | 6:30 pm | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
Social Hangout at Oliver’s | 7:30 pm | 415 Throckmorton Street
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.
While we have certainly welcomed the much needed rain, recent Sunday morning storms seem to have had a significant impact on our attendance and member giving (see graphic below). As we enter our busy summer months of programs, activities and mission trips, it is crucial to be sure our giving stays current. Among our many activities that rely on congregation support are:
• Children’s Musical
• Adult Summer Studies
• Children’s Mission Day Camp
• Vacation Bible School
• Youth Mission Trips, including Camp Barnabas
• Youth Choir Trip to New York
• REZOUND! Handbell Choir Concert
• Children’s Sacrament School
To ensure that these and other programs, as well as our Church operating budget stay funded as projected, please send your check to our business office or drop it in the offering plate on Sundays. Click here to make a credit card payment. For information or assistance or to make payment arrangements, please contact Steve Fagan (email@example.com), at 817/339-5085.
Welcome Don Lee!
We extend a warm First Church welcome to Don Lee, who joined our church staff June 1 as our new Manager of Security. Don, who previously worked at Broadway Baptist Church as its Director of Security for nearly 14 years, says he is excited about his transition to this new role in helping guide and direct the security of our church. In addition to serving as our weekday onsite security, Don will serve on our newly formed Hospitality Safety and Security Committee to help guide its security planning and assist with training volunteers to assist with Sunday morning security. Don will be on duty here each week, Monday – Thursday from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm and 7:30 – 12:30 pm on Sundays. He will also schedule any additional security coverage needed on his days off and evenings, including David Crowdus for evening events, Horatio White for Sunday mornings, and FWPD off duty officers as needed.
Don says what he enjoys most about his work is the interaction he gets to have with all kinds of different people — getting to know them and helping them out however he can while still holding the line in terms of compliance with rules, regulations and policies. “You can be nice and compassionate and helpful,” he says, “and still be as firm as you need to be.”
And, in even the most challenging situations he faces, Don says that he has found that kindness and follow-through are key to establishing himself as a protector of our church who is also looking out for all the people who enter our doors. “Once people know me, they know they can trust me to be fair — and when I say I’ll do something, I’ll do it,” he adds.
As an ex-military, ex-border patrol officer, Don says the difference between what he does now as a church security officer and the more hands-on law enforcement he has done in the past is that “this is the Lord’s work — much more about compassion and helping all kinds of different people.” Expressing gratitude and appreciation for his time at Broadway Baptist Church, Don says that he views joining our staff as a new blessing and a challenge he gladly embraces as the next step on his professional and personal journey. “The Lord has opened this door for me,” he says, “how could I not go through it?”
Amanda and James Powell and big sister, Charlotte, celebrate the birth of James Henry Powell and Hudson Grant Powell, born Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Proud grandparents are Debbie and David Grant.
Happy 88th Birthday, Lamar!
After a seven week absence, (we hear he was at Dallas Cowboys Training Camp!) Lamar will start a new In-Depth Bible Study on the Gospel of John. The class meets at 8:30 am on Sunday mornings in Room 350. All are welcome!
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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Summer Studies 2015
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.
If I had Lunch with CS Lewis
by Dr. Alister McGrath
6.3 & 6.10 Discuss
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
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 beginning Sunday, June 7
11:00 am | Room 230 | Led by Rev. Casey Orr
All are welcome to this very special hour designed just for parents (or parents-to-be!) considering baptism. Baptism is a special moment in the life of a church, a family — and an individual! 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. Discover how to schedule a baptism at FUMC Fort Worth. Consider any questions we may have about baptism. Connect with other parents.
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 817/336-5091, so that we can prepare accordingly.
6.11 Foundation Summer Lunch Info Series
Noon – 1:00 pm | Room 271 of the Foundation Building
Join us for lunch and a Q & A about the FMC Foundation
Lunch is free, but please RSVP to (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 817/339-5089.
6.7 Children’s Musical: Big Shot! Facing Down Our Giants, Looking Up to God
9:30 am | Sanctuary | During Children First
We can do anything through God who gives us strength! The zany characters and exciting plot of Big Shot — the latest kid’s musical from Lillenas — will remind you of this timeless truth.
When a hapless band of garden insects face extermination by Goliath, a humongous bug sprayer, it takes the faith and courage of a little spider to listen to God and implement an ingenious plan. With a clever script written by the much-loved Deborah Craig-Claar, dynamic music and lyrics by multiple dove-award winning composer Celeste Clydesdale and show-stopping arrangement by the highly acclaimed David T. Clydesdale.
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 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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-5093.
VBS Registration Update
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. 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 | $15 per child before 6.8, $30 after | Registration Deadline 7.6
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.
6.6 Blessing Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth Families
7:30 am | Ronald McDonald House
1004 7th Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104
On Saturday, June 6, our Lay Ministry Committee invites everyone 15 years of age and older to come with us to the RonaldMcDonald House of Fort Worth, to provide a hot meal for families to help them rest and recharge, and to support them through the “Meals from the Heart” program. We will begin cooking breakfast for the families at 7:30 am and serve the families at 8:30 am. What a blessing it will be for all our FUMCFW volunteers to serve these families. Please contact Allison McMahon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sammye Dunn (email@example.com) for more details.
6.7 Last Day to Bring UMCOR Health Kits
Place your assembled kits in the Welcome Center in the Compassion and Justice Ministries bin.
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.
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.
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.
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