JULY 26, 2013
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[col class=”span6″] Churchwide News
Teachers & Topics
Save the Date[/col] [col class=”span6″] Adults
Outreach Ministries/First Street Mission
Music & Worship Arts
Rev. Brooks Harrington
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
Do I really want to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?
Rev. Page Hines
Did you know the word disciple(s) appears in the bible more than 250 times? To be a disciple means to be a learner, a pupil, or a follower of another. Discipleship therefore is the process of learning about the teachings of another, internalizing them and then acting upon them. To be a disciple of Jesus Christ, we must learn about Jesus’ teachings and discern what those teachings mean. Then, we are to live those teachings out. It’s this last part — then we are to live those teachings out — where the rubber meets the road! Living our lives in the way Jesus taught us is not easy. READ MORE
TEACHERS AND TOPICS
Adult Sunday School Classes for Sunday, July 21[row class=”row-fluid”]
[col class=”span6″] Aldersgate Couples
Room 333 | 9:30 am
Room 332 | 9:30 am
NOT MEETING IN
JULY AND AUGUST
Room 331 at 9:30 am
Room 321 | 9:45 am
Meeting with Trinity Fellowship
in Room 340-341
Room 336 | 9:45 am
Room 351 | 9:45 am
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 Apostles”
Room 352 | 9:30 am
Room 230 | 10:00 am
Symbols of FUMC[/col] [col class=”span6″] Koinonia
Room 224 | 9:30 am
NOT MEETING IN
JULY AND AUGUST
Room 334 | 9:30 am
Freese & Nichols
City Campus Planning
New Horizon Singles
Room 231 | 9:30 am
Let’s Do Lunch
Room 352 | 11:00 am
Church and State As
Room 320 | 9:30 am
Room 335 | 9:30 am
Rev. Brooks Harrington
FUMC Justice Ministry
Room 340-341 | 9:30 am
Room 154 | 9:30 am
Rev. Page Hines
Director of the First Street
Room 272F | 9:30 am
Room 350 | 9:30 am
Dr. Charles Holland[/col]
Jenny and Red Sanders
Ellen and Gatlin Brogdon
Sarah and Scott Migl and daughter, Emma
Virginia (Pat) Murphy
Lana and Dru Galer
Allison and Jeremy Schwartz
Emma Migl, daughter of Sarah and Scott Migl
Charlotte Powell, daughter of Amanda and James Powell
Worth It Resale:
The Sample Sale
Saturday, August 3, 2013
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Foundation Building | Third Floor
Join us for this one-time only sale of party dresses and gown samples donated by a local boutique. These lovely after-five dresses in almost every size are priced to move ($50 for short dresses; $75 for long gowns) and provide a perfect introduction to this exciting new First Church ministry. Come discover for yourself the win-win we’ve created between high fashion and serving women and children in need!
What is “Worth It Resale?”
The question of what to do with Mission donations not appropriate for day-to-day wear by our clients now has an exiting new answer. By offering new and gently used higher-end Ladies wear and accessories for sale at great prices — and with the popularity of online shopping — Worth It Resale is a great way to create a new and ongoing revenue stream for our Mission and Outreach endeavors.
For more information contact Nancy Tully (firstname.lastname@example.org)
*Admission fee applicable toward purchase; waived with higher-end ladies clothing donation
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.
2013 Team Members:
Nancy Tully, Nancy Fisher, Kim and Sreeni Gudimetla, Tim and Emily McDermott, and
“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.
On behalf of everyone who is working to make our new First 7th campus a reality, thank you for being a part of this exciting journey! First 7th has made over 350 connections through Facebook, Twitter, and our weekly email list, and we continue to reach more people every week. If you haven’t joined us yet, please sign up for our prayer team at bit.ly/First7th. Your prayers, support, and enthusiasm ensure that our church continues to engage our city in revolutionary ways. The email list is the best way to stay informed with what is happening in our ministry, and we can’t wait to share the stories of what God is doing in our community. For more information contact Lance Marshall (email@example.com).
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/.
COMPASSION FATIGUE WORKSHOP
Together with First Presbyterian Church and Broadway Baptist Church, FUMC sponsored a workshop to address issues of burnout and fatigue among social workers in our community. Although the event was planned by the First Street Methodist Mission team with Charles Gaby as the workshop leader– the entire FUMC staff rolled out the red carpet to welcome and thank each of these special guests for the work they do in our community.
8.3.13 EAT, SWIM, PLAY AND PRAY AT THE LAKE | Lyle Lodge
2:00 – 8:00 pm | Dinner at 5:00 pm
Join the Young Singles for a great day at the lake with games, music and dancing or time at the pool. There is a $5 cover charge, BBQ brisket provided, and please bring a side dish or dessert to share. We will close with a worship service with Rev. Chuck Graff. RSVP to Cindy Young (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 31.
8.4 – 8.25 AN INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE
6:00 – 7:00 pm | Wesley Hall
In this free, four-week course, Dr. David Grant, Professor of Religion at Texas Christian University for thirty years, will present an Introduction to the Bible focusing on three simple but very important questions: What is in the Bible? Who wrote the Bible? How should we use the Bible? For more information contact Rev. Gena Anderson (email@example.com).
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.
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!
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 (email@example.com) at 817/546-4414 to register or for more information.
8.5 COFFEE, POVERTY & JESUS BOOK CLUB
6:00 pm | Room 230
Our August 5 CPJ Book Club selection is Nickel & Dimed in America by Barbara Enrenreich and is available for $10 in the Church office.
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.
ROOM AT THE INN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
First Street Methodist Mission provides respite on Thursday nights from both the oppressive heat during July and August and the frigid cold in December, January and February for 12 men who are homeless. To make this vital ministry happen, we need volunteers willing to clean laundry, cook breakfast and spend the night with our guests. Training is available and required; please contact Rev. Page Hines (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-8881.
7.28 – 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.
8.7 CHORAL UNION REHEARSAL RESUMES
COLLEGE CLASS RESUMES!
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 28 | Lamar Smith
SAVE THE DATE!
A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD
Fun for the whole family!
A Year with Frog and Toad, a delightful, Broadway-style musical that’s fun for all ages will be hopping onto our Wesley Hall stage for three performances of our annual churchwide musical August 16-18. Tickets will be free, but reservations are encouraged to assure plenty of seating and refreshments! And, while this is truly a musical for the whole family — and a little something geared for all ages — childcare is available with reservations for little ones unable to make it through the show’s hour and a half runtime.
Look for details on this lively production coming soon! Click here for reservations; for more information, please contact Janis Rathburn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
There will be four performances:
Friday – 7:00 pm
Saturday – 2:00 & 5:00 pm
Sunday – 2:00 pm
Rev. Page continued:
Admittedly, we like to pick and choose which teachings and stories we “think” God really means for us to follow. Then, we conveniently pass over the ones we’re sure the translators just never did a very good job translating. If that doesn’t work, we rationalize (often mutilating) the teachings we don’t care for — like you will have to hate your parents, spouse, children, siblings, and yes, even yourself if you want to be my disciple. Then, when all else fails, we water-down those teachings of Jesus that we just don’t want to live up to — like those requiring Jesus’ disciples (us) to pick up our cross and follow him or the ones about giving away all of our possessions!
Why can’t discipleship just be about going to church on Sundays, tithing, volunteering and going to Bible study? Why can’t I just call myself a disciple of Jesus Christ? I’m a nice person and do nice things for other people … isn’t that enough?
Jesus instructs us to consider the costs of discipleship; “who of us would ‘build’ a house and not weigh the costs?” He challenges us to ask ourselves; can I pay this price? Am I willing to pay this price?
Deciding whether or not we want to be a disciple of Jesus Christ is the most important choice each of us will ever make. On Sunday, we’ll explore together what Jesus teaches us about some of the costs of being his disciple and what he teaches about the benefits of being his disciple.
I look forward to worshipping God with you on Sunday!
Your sister in Christ,
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!