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Traditional Worship | 9:30 am | Sanctuary | Rev. Page Hines
VBS Celebration Sunday | 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Mister Mark Burrows
DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:30 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Charme Robarts
Discussion Groups | 9:30 am
Chapel Communion | 10:30 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
Special Music: Dace Sultanov, cello
eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott
First 7th | Worship | 5:30 pm | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
Social Hangout at Oliver’s | 6:30 pm | 415 Throckmorton Street
“God, You Can’t Mean THOSE People!”
Rev. Page Hines
Jonah 3:1-5, 10, 4:1-5
I don’t know about you, but I have always enjoyed the Jonah story. I mean, who doesn’t delight in a defiant prophet (I would venture to say that there is a little rebellious prophet in all of us)? And then there’s the big fish that swallows the prophet, toys with him in his belly for a few days, and then vomits him up onto the shore (Yuck!).
Jonah doesn’t like the people of Nineveh, and, because he believes they are bad people, he doesn’t want to warn them about their impending doom. Jonah doesn’t want to do or say anything that might keep them from getting exactly what they deserve. Plus, Jonah knows in his heart that God is merciful and will only, in the end, extend them mercy.
This story is most delicious when we agree with Jonah that bad people should get what they deserve. However, it is less palatable when we have to face the knowing that God is merciful and compassionate, very patient, and full of faithful love — even for our enemies.
How often, do we act like Jonah? How often do we judge who is right and who is wrong? Who is good and who is bad? Who deserves mercy and who does not?
It’s easy to believe that how we feel or what we think is right; after all, it’s what we think! It takes very little effort to convince ourselves that our perspective is right, righteous, just, fair, correct, and/or the only logical answer.
How often do we walk away from dialogue and compromise and quietly, in our hearts, tell God how God should handle those people? And do we steam with anger (even just a little) when God extends love, mercy and grace to people who, we are confident, deserve a little payback instead?
Being in community is difficult. Being in community as a church, as a country, and as a member of a global family is challenging. How might God be speaking to us through the telling and retelling of the Jonah story? Let’s explore the possibilities together!
Hope to see you Sunday,
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.
Faith in Action: VBS 2015
Celebrating the stories of Jesus is a joyous and noisy happening when nearly 550 children arrived on campus this week for Vacation Bible School 2015. As our church opened all our classrooms, Wesley Hall, Leonard Memorial Chapel, the Justin Building, and the Sanctuary to share God’s love with this huge group of lively children, FUMCFW lives its legacy of dynamic children’s ministry. This year’s record enrollment — along with the with hundreds of adult and youth volunteers who also set a new attendance record — puts your gifts to FUMCFW into action as we share the stories and songs that make Jesus real in the lives of these children. Thank you!
Roger Partridge, Director of Stewardship
Celebrating yet another record breaking VBS year at FUMCFW. This week your gifts to our church have made it possible to share the stories and songs of Jesus with nearly 550 children, assisted by more than 130 amazing adult volunteers and 84 awesome youth helpers!
Construction Intermission For VBS
Scott-Tucker Construction has made very good progress on the construction of our new first floor library space across from Wesley Hall. Room construction is 95% complete, and we are now waiting on the delivery of library furniture and shelving. During the week of Vacation Bible School (VBS) construction activity is suspended due to the large number of children on the church campus. After VBS, construction activity will begin again. Once the library space is complete, our construction activity will shift to the second floor Bride’s Room (Room 224) and expanded Children’s Wing.
Barry Hudson, Building Committee Chair
Do You Recognize One of Downtown Fort Worth’s Best Buildings?
Fort Worth Business recently named FUMCFW as one of downtown Fort Worth’s Best Buildings. And, while the beauty of our church is a great source of pride for all of us at here First Church, it’s wonderful to know that our spectacular Gothic Revival architecture is also appreciated by our local community. This is what Fort Worth Business had to say:
“The exterior design of the sanctuary building is a classic in its own right,” said Chuck Nixon of Jacobs. “The details inside the sanctuary are stunning,” he added, “and the sanctuary is a great space with ambiance that modern churches can’t emulate. The church is a Gothic revival style building designed by Fort Worth architect Wiley G. Clarkson, and was No. 13 on the AIA list. Over the years, major additions have been made to the original church building. Hahnfeld Associates of Fort Worth have been the architects on these additions.”
Architect Chris Brim agreed. “There’s just something about Gothic, or Gothic revival architecture as it is more appropriately named, since this building is outside of Europe and after the 15th century,” he said. “Its pointed arches, large openings, ornate façade and monumental forms of strong vertical elements reaching for the sky are successful in creating a sense of awe and inspiration.”
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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.
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.
Fall Children’s Academy Registration Begins This Sunday
Academy begins September 13
Registration begins Sunday, July 19
Noon | In the Garden after VBS Sunday
2:00 pm | Online at fumcfw.org/academy
VBS Celebration Sunday
Sunday, July 19
11:00 am | Sanctuary
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:
July 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5093.
During the month of July, please bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and rain ponchos to the First Street Methodist Mission, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm or to the Welcome Center on Sunday Morning.
Youth Choir Tour
Choir tour is such a defining time for our 7th through 12th graders. It is 1/3 mission work (singing in retirement homes, working in food pantries, singing in worship services), 1/3 education (where else do you get a private tour of the celebrated Santa Fe Opera House one summer and a chance to see this country’s first ever Methodist church the next?), and 1/3 a reward for a year’s worth of hard work.
This year, our Cornerstone Youth Choir went to New York City — all five boroughs — and played, learned, and worked like there was no tomorrow. We put in three hard hours at the Legacy Food Bank, which serves the poorest population in Brooklyn; we sang at a retirement home that, unbeknownst to us, had residents who either spoke Spanish or Mandarin/Cantonese; we sang in a very upscale retirement home in Flushing Meadows, and again at one in the Carnegie Hill area of Manhattan. Each time we sing, we conclude by singing hymns and songs side-by-side with the residents, followed by a time of fellowship with each person who came to hear us. Our youth are the cream of the crop when it comes to that — they adored the residents, and the residents adore them, and an indelible mark is made.
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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-3888.
8.5 Youth Attend Rangers Game
Grades 6 –12 | $15
5:30 pm | Meet at the Justin | Pickup at the Justin
Batter up! The Youth are headed to the Ballpark in Arlington to see the Rangers take on the Astros. We will have dinner at the park so bring money for hot dogs! We will have dinner at the park so bringmoney for hot dogs! Please RSVP to Brenda Kegans (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-3888.
Foundation Memorial Fund in Memory Of:
Dr. Lee Etier III by Susan and Julian Green, Jr.