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Center for Creative Transformation
First Street Mission
Music & Worship Arts
“For Freedom Christ Has Set Us Free”
Galatians 5:1, 13-15
9:30 am | Sanctuary
Vacation Bible School
11:00 am | Sanctuary
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
Sunday, July 14
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Room 333 | 9:30 am
Assembling Hygiene Kits
at First Street Methodist Mission
Room 332 | 9:30 am
NOT MEETING IN
JULY AND AUGUST
Room 331 at 9:30 am
Dr. Judith Carrier
Room 321 | 9:45 am
Meeting with Trinity Fellowship
in Room 340-341
Room 336 | 9:45 am
Room 351 | 9:45 am
Larry Ammerman, FUMC
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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
Room 230 | 10:00 am
Mary Kathleen Baldwin
Fruits of the Spirit: Mission
Room 224 | 9:30 am
NOT MEETING IN
JULY AND AUGUST
Room 334 | 9:30 am
New Horizon Singles
Room 231 | 9:30 am
Sid Johnston, Director of the
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Room 352 | 11:00 am
Church and State As
Room 320 | 9:30 am
Room 335 | 9:30 am
Liz Sisk, Tarrant County
Room 340-341 | 9:30 am
Room 154 | 9:30 am
Room 272F | 9:30 am
Room 350 | 9:30 am
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NOTE: If the class you are interested in does not list topics or teachers for this week, we did not receive the information prior to deadline.
A Word About Worship
Rev. Linda McDermott
This Sunday’s worship at 11:00 is the culmination of a wonderful and inspiring week here at FUMC. Children have been filling our hallways, our classrooms, our playground, and our hearts all week as they have participated in Vacation Bible School: Kingdom Rock.
I was able to volunteer one day in the art room this week and loved being with the kids. And, to be honest, the kids ranged from sweet, noisy, shy, stubborn, tired, cranky, laughing, sharing, inclusive, demanding — the whole gamut! And yet, each one was a gift. Each one loved.
As I stood to the side of one of the morning assemblies and recognized so many of the children as ones we have baptized at our own altar, the words of the baptismal introduction came to mind: “…we come into this relationship not on the basis of anything that we have done or anything that we have accomplished, but simply on the basis of God’s gracious invitation of love to us…”. Those words give me hope, because, I don’t know about you, but I, too, tend to run the emotional and behavioral gamut much like those VBS children (sweet, noisy, shy, stubborn, tired, cranky, laughing, sharing, inclusive, demanding). And yet God loves me, holds out possibilities for my life, values my existence, and depends on my service. Same for you. Really!
I love what Frederick Buechner once said in one of his sermons: “We are children, perhaps, at the very moment when we know that it is as children that God loves us — not because we have deserved God’s love and not in spite of our undeserving; not because we try and not because we recognize the futility of our trying; but simply because God has chosen to love us. We are children because God is our father; and all of our efforts, fruitful and fruitless, to do good, to speak truth, to understand, are the efforts of children who, for all their precocity, are children still in that before we loved Him, God loved us, as children, through Jesus Christ our lord.” (The Magnificent Defeat)
I hope you’ll come and share in the exuberant, celebratory, and tender worship that our children will be leading this Sunday at 11:00. They are offering it as a gift: to God — and to you and me. And if you come open to the child in you, you might just glimpse a piece of the Kingdom of God that belongs, in a very special way, to the children.
See you in worship this Sunday.
Emerson Jane Wright
Born Sunday, July 7, 2013.
Proud parents are Brooke & Kyle Wright
Big sister is Olivia.
Kerbi Nobles Bloxom
PLEASE KEEP OUR MISSION TEAMS IN YOUR PRAYERS
FUMCFW began its ministry in Puerto Viejo, one of the poorest areas in Costa Rica, in 2006 with the construction of the Evangelical Methodist Church and Children’s Worship Center. The project has expanded to include work on a Children’s Home for orphans in San Jose, as well as a medical clinic for migrant workers in Puerto Viejo. Approximately 100 church members have participated in this ministry and their efforts have dramatically impacted the lives of the people of Costa Rica. The team leaves Friday, July 12.
2013 Team Members:
Denise Bailey, Ronda Brandt, Linda Chaney, Roy Thorton, Beth Cooper, Dan Cooper, Chuck Graff, Trish Hill, Sarge Hill, Thaira Johnson, Annette Keller, John Keller, Carolyn McComis, Shelley McComis, Laura Morris, Michael Morris, Sarah Munoz, Victor Munoz, Madeline O’Neal, Joe Rhone, Jeff Siewert, Vonne Walton, Sharon West, Pamela Worlow
Since 2010, mission teams from FUMCFW have traveled to Meru, Kenya to assist Reverends Stella and Daniel Mwiti in their work with 250 orphans and vulnerable children. Each summer these children experience Vacation Bible School with the team members and receive a gift from our church at the end of the week. This year the children will receive sweaters and backpacks. Together, FUMCFW and the Kenyan Mission Team are providing these children with educational opportunities that improve their chances for a brighter future. The team leaves Sunday, August 18.
2013 Team Members:
Nancy Tully, Nancy Fisher, Kim and Sreeni Gudimetla , Tim and Emily McDermott, Holly Toulouse
“LET THE CHILDREN COME” CAMPAIGN
The Outreach Ministries of FUMC are devoted to making a difference in the lives of children living in poverty. Whether these children are served through the First Street Methodist Mission, the Children’s Outreach Ministries or the Justice Ministry, our goal is to make a difference in the lives of children who, through no fault of their own, are living in poverty.
Please make a difference by designating your check in the offertory to “Let the Children Come Campaign” or click HERE to donate online.
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 bit.ly/First7th — 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!
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/.
MOVIES, BOOKS & THEOLOGY
Wednesday Mornings | 9:30 – 11:00 am
Rev. Phyllis McDougal is leading 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5091. Scholarships and childcare available
Click here to download our new Summer Adult Studies Brochure.
7.19 FUMC SINGLES THIRD FRIDAY DINNER
Danny D’s BBQ | 7:00 pm
565 W Bedford Euless Rd Hurst, TX
See you there!
Adult Summer Study: THE TRIALS AND TRAVELS OF PETER AND PAUL
Sundays | 8:30 am | Room 350
This popular, in-depth Bible Study by Dr. Lamar Smith welcomes new-comers as well as regular, faithful members during this series. Current lessons are covering the missionary work of Paul and Barnabas in the cities in the “tough neighborhood” of Galatia. Join us!
7.27 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 July 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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-5071.
PRESCHOOL SUMMER CAMPS
Camp runs Monday – Thursday, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. Cost is $140/week. There are still a few spots left; call 817/870-9174 to register for remaining camps, including:
Science Camp, July 15 – 18
Art Camp, July 22 – 25
PARENTS’ DAY OUT HAS OPENINGS FOR THE 2013 – 2014 SCHOOL YEAR!
Monday/Wednesday/Friday spots from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm are available for children ages 3 months – 23 months. You can chose 1, 2 or 3 days. Contact Paula Wagstaff, PDO Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/546-4414 to register or for more information.
HOME START-UP KITS
Do you have any spare, new or gently used towels and sheets? The Mission includes these items in our home start-up kits and supplies are low. For more information on this program, call Rev. Page Hines at 817/339-8881.
JULY MISSION SUNDAYS: BOTTLED WATER
Throughout July, please bring bottles of water 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.
SUMMER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The Mission has an urgent need for summertime adult volunteers (MUST be 18 years of age or older) Monday, Wednesday or Thursday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and on Wednesday from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Please call Rev. Page Hines (email@example.com) at 817/339-8886 or Elizabeth Becker (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-8881 to learn more about joining the Mission’s volunteer family.
7.7 – 8.4 MorningSong
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 | 10:15 – 11:00 am
Rm. 203 | Justin Youth Building
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!!
July 14 | Julie Wende
July 21 | TBD
July 28 | Lamar Smith
SAVE THE DATE!
7.21 MOVIE NIGHT
4:00 pm | Wesley Hall
“A Place at the Table”
Using personal stories, this documentary investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, as well as proposed solutions to the problem. The film examines these incidents through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity.
Starring Jeff Bridges, spokesman for No Kid Hungry Campaign.
Childcare will be available at the church. RSVP by July 18 to Paula Wagstaff (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 817/546-4414.
8.3 WORTH IT RESALE LAUNCH & SAMPLE SALE
9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Foundation Building | Third Floor
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
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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-2403 and we’ll be delighted to tell you more!