By June 7, 2013News

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Churchwide News
Coming Events
New Members
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First Street Mission

Music & Worship Arts



Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean
Sunday | June 9
9:30 & 11:00 am Sanctuary Worship
3:30 – 5:30 pm Seminar 

Please plan to join us as we welcome Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean for a one-time seminar. Kenda is a United Methodist pastor, a professor of youth and culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, and the author of Almost Christian: What the Faith of American Teenagers is Telling the Church. She is also this year’s Central Texas Annual Conference teacher. For more information about this program, Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, or her new book, please contact Casey Langley, Director of Youth Ministries (clangley@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5070.

Click here to download flyer. Invite your friends and share in your Social Media Circles — and be sure to stop by our Facebook event page and join the conversations!

After leading the morning 9:00 and 11:00 am Sanctuary worship service, Dr. Dean will lead a one-time seminar on Sunday afternoon on “How to Raise Christian Teenagers in an Almost Christian World.”  Please come and bring your friends! Reception and book signing will follow in the Garden.

A Word About Worship
Rev. Linda McDermott

Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) once quieted a raucous crowd of young adults by posing this question:  “Who loved you into being?”

I grew up in a wonderful Christian environment.  My home church had some very fine Christian people – progressive, thoughtful, loving, wise.  Some were my Sunday School teachers, others were friends of my parents, and then there were those whom I simply watched quietly-observing. Here are a few standouts:  READ MORE


2013 Conference
Dr. Tim Bruster

“And are we yet alive, and see each other’s face?” These are the opening words of a Charles Wesley hymn that is sung to open nearly all annual conference sessions throughout the Methodist movement since the days of John Wesley.  On Monday, the lay and clergy members of the Central Texas Annual Conference will sing it as the 2013 session of the conference begins. READ MORE

Father’s Day
Surprise In The Garden
6.16 | 10:30 – 11:00 am

Reciprocating for last month’s Mother’s Day pancakes, the women on staff at FUMC will be serving up a special Father’s Day surprise in the Garden between services. We invite the entire FUMC family to this special opportunity for fellowship with family and friends in honor of all the fathers and father figures in our church family.

Tornado Relief
To become part of UMCOR’s tornado relief efforts to all those affected by recent devastating Spring storms, please designate your checks as tornado relief or give online at (http://bit.ly/15IXv7i) and check the box marked UMCOR.

Granbury Tornado
Relief Teams 

If you are interested in helping with the relief efforts in Granbury, we are currently forming teams for Friday, June 28th and Saturday, June 29th.  According to Vince Gonzalez, the individual coordinating relief efforts, the majority of the clean-up work has been completed.  However, there are 40 homes in the area that are in need of repair.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Nancy Tully (ntully@myfumc.org) at 817/ 339-5063.  A financial contribution of $50 per person is needed and will be applied to the cost of the materials and supplies needed for the repair work.

UMCOR Disaster Response Training June 15
In response to the recent tornadoes, the conference office has scheduled an Emergency Response training on Saturday, June 15 from 9 am – 5 pm at AUMC in E101. They are bringing in a trainer from the North Texas Conference in order to add this additional training into our conference. The training can only accommodate 35 people. Because of Acton’s intimate involvement with the community disaster, they want to offer it to us first for registration. The registration is now open on the CTC website at www.ctcumc.org/pages/detail/1738. Each individual will need to register on the website. There is a $30.00 fee to cover the cost of materials and can be paid on-line or in person. Each person must pre-register and we cannot increase the amount of 35 people. The people completing the training will be “badged” individuals that will have immediate access to any disaster site when a disaster happens. This is an excellent training class. I hope that this training will also educate them about the difference between an “early responder” and a follow-up VIM team. If you have any interest in attending, please register this weekend to secure your spot!

Dean Sisters Perform This Weekend
at Fort Worth Concerts in the Garden!

Sunday June 9 | 8:15 pm
With CITG Festival Swing Orchestra and Conductor Curt Wilson, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” will feature the Pummill Sisters — Children’s Choir Director Julie Pummill Dean, her sisters Amy Pummill Stewart, and Sallie Pummill Pollack, and their mom, and our longtime former organist, Janet Pummill — as vocals on this iconic stroll down Memory Lane in tribute to the Big Band era. Click here for more information or to buy tickets!Want to know more about the Seventh Street Bridge Project?
As so many of us are affected by this historic bridge closure, we thought it might be good to share some details provided by the City of Fort Worth regarding this momentous project. READ MORE




Classes for
Sunday, June 9


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Room 333 | 9:30 am
Assembling Hygiene Kits at
First Street Methodist Mission

Cana Disciples
Room 332 | 9:30 am
Book Study: Forgiveness
by Rev. Adam Hamilton

Room 331 at 9:30 am
Bronson Davis

Creative Couples
Room 321 | 9:45 am
Rev. Kay Johnson

Downtown Singles
Room 340-341
10:50 am

Room 336 | 9:45 am

Genesis Couples
Room 351 | 9:45 am
Lance Marshall
Pastor of First 7th Campus

Good Neighbors
Room 334 | 11:00 am
Humanitarian Services
Eddie Carroll

8:30 am In-Depth
Bible Study

Room 350 | Dr. Lamar Smith
The Trials & Travels of Peter & Paul
Introducing “The Acts of the Apostles”

Room 352 | 9:30 am
Bruce Frankel
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Room 230 | 10:00 am
Rev. Gena Anderson
Fruits of the Spirit Series: Mission

Room 224 | 9:30 am
Tom Cockerell

Room 334 | 9:30 am

New Horizon Singles
Room 231 | 9:30 am
Bobbie Wygant
Talking to the Stars
Entertainment Reporter & Critic

New Passages
Room 352 | 11:00 am

Room 320 | 9:30 am
Raymond Best

Room 335 | 9:30 am
Karl Alexander
Young Mary/Mother of Jesus

Trinity Fellowship
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

Wesley Bible
Room 350 | 9:30 am
The Bible | Dr. Ron Ballard[/col]

NOTE: If the class you are interested in does not list topics or teachers for this month, we did not receive the information prior to deadline.




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 (gammerman@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5091. Scholarships and childcare available

Click here to download our new Summer Adult Studies Brochure.



“The first 7 minutes of First 7th UMC”

“For months, First 7th UMC existed only in prayers. Leaders of our conference, our churches, and I prayed over the idea of a new congregation: Is it possible? Is it necessary? When do we begin?
My most fervent prayer has been simple: Lord, let me be a messenger for you, a representative for you. Let me bring some of your light to a new area, shine it for new people to see. Please prepare me for your work, please present me with opportunities to show your love for the world.
Last Thursday, I walked out of my old church for the last time, my head in the clouds. Finally, this new congregation I was dreaming about, hoping for, praying for, was something I could earnestly work towards. My bags were packed, I was headed off into the unknown, a grand new adventure that existed only in my dreams …
… and then real life showed up.  READ MORE


No Youth Choir rehearsal.


Youth Choir members need to be at Arborlawn UMC at 2:00 pm to rehearse, have dinner, which is provided, and then perform at the Annual Conference Worship Service.  Attire: black bottoms, white tops.


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!!

THIS SUNDAY | Danica Knight and Ann McIntyre
June 16 | Robert Rogers
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

6.9 | RADIUS
Sunday Morning there will be no Radius in the Justin Building. All youth and families are encouraged to join us for either the 9:30 or 11:00 am sanctuary worship to hear Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean’s message Sunday morning.

6.16 – 6.21

New Orleans, LA
The high schoolers (9th-12th graders) are heading for a week of work in the Big Easy! We’ll be working with families in the city to repair and restore their homes and share a week serving and being served. Participating youth need to bring their luggage to the Justin between 5 and 6 pm on June 15th so we can leave at 6:30 on June 16th. If there are any questions, please e-mail Brenda (bkegans@myfumc.org).

6.22 – 23

All alums are invited to sing with the Youth Choir. Saturday rehearsal 10:30 am – noon and 8:30 am on Sunday morning to sing for both worship services.



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.



Mark your calendars for KINGDOM ROCK, Where Kids Stand Strong for God!  Kingdom Rock is the awesome Vacation Bible School experience offered at FUMC this summer.  Kingdom Rock VBS begins on Monday, July 8, and finishes with a huge celebration on Sunday morning, July 14. READ MORE

6:30 – 11:00 pm
We are going camping (well, just for pretend)! Camping activities: s’mores, camp crafts, camp movie, campfire songs (by the pretend campfire). Reservations are required and due by Wed. June 5. Space is limited so make your reservations early! Contact Paula Wagstaff (pwagstaff@myfumc.org) at 817/546-4414.
Remember if you volunteer in the Nursery or for Mister Mark on Sunday morning you will earn a Free Parent’s Night Out. Contact Paula Wagstaff, Nikki McInnis or Mark Burrows for more information.

More details coming soon!

6.24 – 6.29
Nashville, TN

For more information, contact Janis Rathburn (jrathburn@myfumc.org) at 817/339-3883.

7.14 – 7.19
Waco, TX

Our Middle School students (6th – 8th graders) are heading down south to Waco for a week of work in the middle of July.  Join us as we spend a week in service to the people and the city.  Adults are also needed for this trip! To register, pick up a form in the Justin Building and return it to the Youth Office by June 16.  For questions, please email Brenda Kegans at bkegans@myfumc.org.


Ann and Doug Higgins
Steve Higgins
Glenda Maynard
Amanda and Murphy Parks
Melanie and Mack Wallace
Kimberly and Scott Ward

Tanner Heath Hester was born Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Her proud parents are Elizabeth & Bill Hester.

Braxton and Anthony Ward, sons of Kimberly and Scott Ward

Elizabeth Crawford
Joe Hardgrove
Buddy Stegman

Lucille Royal

A Word About Worship continued:
Mrs. Brown (children’s choir director) who let me sing in the choir a whole year before I was officially old enough because, she said, I had such a nice voice and good ear for music.  She had a beautiful smile and contagious laugh!

Mr. Waters, my junior high Sunday School teacher, who told me my aqua blue mascara and matching eye shadow was lovely (it wasn’t!).  And Mrs. McDonald (co-teacher) who told me she loved hearing my perspectives on Bible stories.  Both laughed easily at our antics. They actually LIKED us!

Mrs. Knight, a youth parent, who took time from her family on a Saturday to meet me at the church to talk about an issue with which I needed some trusted guidance.

The Andersons, who welcomed their son’s college roommate into their home and then brought him to church and happily introduced him as a visitor.  He was African American.  This was the late 60’s.

And the list goes on. They lived their faith in ways that shaped me.

Of course, I also observed other things going on in those sacred walls, observations that made me stop and think about the ways we live out our faith, or don’t:

Two friends of my parents had not spoken to each other for 6 years even though they were in the same Sunday School class.

Mr. Monset was suing Mr. Bender, they sang in the choir together.

The Administrative Board meeting was disrupted by yelling and angry threats.

The Snyders and the Hartfords left the church because the Andersons’ son came to church with his college roommate (see above).

The phone calls that came to my father because he chaired the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee! (Mostly petty)

Its been a long time since I was active in that community of faith, but I still remember the people that helped shape me, for better or worse, in my understanding of the Christian faith.   It reminds me that how we live out our faith matters.  If you are an adult, our children and youth are watching and learning what it means to live out our faith.  If you are a youth, there are adults who watch you and are encouraged by your ethical choices and your willingness to serve.  We all play a part in loving each other into being.

Who loved you into being?


Dr. Bruster continued:

Since I first learned about this tradition and the lives of the early Methodists, I have been struck by the power of Charles Wesley’s words for those pioneering  preachers on the early American frontier and what they continue to mean for us today.

In the early days of the Methodist Church in America, only clergy were voting members. They were known as traveling preachers, or “circuit riders.”  Peter Cartwright (1785-1816) was one of the best known of the circuit riders and in his autobiography he wrote this about the life of a circuit rider:

…he went through storms of wind, hail, snow, and rain; climbed hills and mountains, traversed valleys, plunged through swamps, swollen streams, lay out all night, wet, weary, and hungry, held his horse by the bridle all night, or tied him to a limb, slept with his saddle blanket for a bed, his saddle-bags for a pillow. Often he slept in dirty cabins, ate roasting ears for bread, drank butter-milk for coffee; took deer, bear meat, or wild turkey, for breakfast, dinner, and supper. This was old-fashioned Methodist preacher fare and fortune.

It is little wonder most of these preachers died almost before their careers had begun. Of those who died up to 1847, nearly half were less than 30 years old. Many were too worn out to travel.  When laity began to attend the conferences, many of them travelled to the sessions of the conferences out of great hardship and heartache.
Clergy and laity alike often did not know until they gathered who had made it another year and who had gone on to glory.

While life is very different for clergy and laity today, the words of the old hymn still speak to us as we gather.  With communication being what it is today, we know almost instantly how our brothers and sisters are faring throughout the year.  Yet, still we gather—as Methodists have for generations—celebrating being together again and celebrating the love and grace of God in Jesus Christ.  Somehow the words of Charles Wesley’s hymn have managed to remain fresh in every generation and somehow they tie us to all those who have gone before.

And are we yet alive,
and see each other’s face?
Glory and thanks to Jesus give
for his almighty grace!

Preserved by power divine
to full salvation here,
again in Jesus’ praise we join,
and in his sight appear.

What troubles have we seen,
what mighty conflicts past,
fightings without, and fears within,
since we assembled last!

Yet out of all the Lord
hath brought us by his love;
and still he doth his help afford,
and hides our life above.

Then let us make our boast
of his redeeming power,
which saves us to the uttermost,
till we can sin no more.

Let us take up the cross
till we the crown obtain,
and gladly reckon all things loss
so we may Jesus gain.

Please keep our Annual Conference in your prayers leading up to and during the sessions – June 9-12.

Grace and peace,

VBS continued:
Kingdom Rock will encourage your children to explore God’s incredible love for them.  As children are surrounded by a colossal castle theme and the usual cast of silly characters, they will journey through Bible stories that teach them about God’s love, their family, prayer, trust, and God’s Word all helping them to Stand Strong!  They will experience a fanfare of fun music and dancing, epic Bible stories, creative crafts, yummy snacks, and so much more.

What makes this year’s VBS even more awesome?  Online registration and payment is now available!  We no longer need the medical form notarized, so just print it off, fill it out, and send it in.  We have made it easy and convenient, so REGISTER TODAY!  You will also find much more helpful information and details about Kingdom Rock VBS at http://bit.ly/10A0Xkb.

We can’t wait to see your children’s shining, happy faces this summer as we ROCK at FUMC VBS!  And remember, grown-ups are welcome to come rock, too!  Volunteer registration is also available on our website.

If you have a problem with registration or payment, please contact Nikki McInnis at 817/339-5086.

Pass this along to any friends  – even if they’re not involved at FUMC. We would love to have them, too!

Seventh Street Bridge continued

Estimated Completion: Fall 2013
Contractor: Sundt Construction Inc. of San Antonio
The aging Seventh Street Bridge, a popular east-west thoroughfare that connects downtown to the Cultural District, is due to be reconstructed.
The original span was built in 1913 and was expanded in 1953 when the Trinity River was rerouted and the surrounding levees were built. Although the bridge has been determined safe to use, beams, girders and the deck of the 1913 section are deteriorating.
A new bridge, estimated to cost $25.9 million, was designed by the Texas Department of Transportation. It will serve as a gateway between downtown and the cultural district, providing automobile and pedestrian access with space to accommodate alternative modes of transit in the future.
To minimize traffic and lane closures, the the contractor will begin construction of 12 arches (two per span) off-site in 2012. In spring 2013 the bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction, and closed in summer 2013 as the existing bridge is removed and the new deck placed. The full closure is expected to take no more than 150 days.
For more information — and some trivia sure to impress your friends, go to http://fortworthtexas.gov/SeventhStreetBridge/



I didn’t make it out of the lobby before I was snapped out of the dream world and back to reality. As I left the church, a couple in need came forward, asking for a pastor. Asking for help. They were homeless, hungry, living out of their car and out of gas. The husband asked me a simple question: “Can you help us get something to eat?”
Churches all have systems in place that help people get connected with the services they need. 99% of the time, the best thing to do is get them in touch with local shelters and service agencies; that’s the best way to meet their immediate needs for food, shelter, safety, and the first step towards a long-term solution. But as I connected them with those resources, I felt myself drawn to do more, to be more of a blessing to them.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that couple came to the church for help at that very moment. I think they were an answered prayer for me. I’ve been praying to God for a chance to be put to use for him, to serve for him, to care for his people. Those two people found me at the exact moment my “status” changed, from employee to pastor, from worker to servant.
Yes, I can help you get something to eat. Yes, I can fill your gas tank up to give you a few days of mobility. You don’t have to convince me, promise me, swear anything to me. I’m not here to judge what got you here, or demand to hear your plan to get out. I’m not even here to try to see if your needs are legitimate or if you’re trying to take advantage of me.
Dozens of people pray for First 7th every day, that it be a church that shares God’s love with the world, a church that connects with people in need, that lives out its values in real and measurable ways. We pray that God gives us opportunities to be his servants, his disciples, his followers, and in the first 7 minutes of our new community, he did exactly that.


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 (lhelm@myfumc.org) at 817/339-2403 and we’ll be delighted to tell you more!

If you have not yet seen the new FUMC CONNECT magazine, we invite you to click here to take a look at it (and download it if you’d like!). If you’d like to receive CONNECT by mail, please contact Lisa Helm (lhelm@myfumc.org) at 817/339-2403 to order your mail subscription. Please be aware that although there is no charge for printed copies of FUMC WEEKLY NEWS and/or FUMC CONNECT magazine, we welcome donations  to help cover the costs of printing and postage for those who prefer print.


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