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Traditional Worship | 9:40 am | Chapel
11:00 am | Sanctuary
Rev. Linda McDermott

Children First | 10:00 am | Lyle Lodge | Mark Burrows
7179 Peden Rd | Azle, TX 76020

DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:30 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Rev. Casey Orr
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 | 5:30 pm | Wesley Hall | Rev. Casey Orr
Social Hangout at Oliver’s | 6:30 pm | 415 Throckmorton Street

Click here to view and download PDFs of our worship bulletins, posted weekly as soon as details are finalized!

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Following the Sound of Laughter

Rev. Linda McDermott

Mark 1: 35-37

Ever notice how we are drawn to the sound of laughter? My husband, Tom, and I were in a hotel lobby a couple of weeks ago and heard uproarious laughter in one of the side rooms. We both turned our heads to see what was so funny. I noticed we weren’t the only ones. A couple of kids did what we all secretly wanted to do. They went over and actually opened the door to see what was so funny. We had to leave, but we were curious — seems we all want to be where there is the sound of laughter.

In the opening chapter of Mark’s gospel, people are flocking to Jesus — so much so that he has to sneak away very early in the morning just to get a few moments to himself to pray. With so much healing and renewal of life going on around him and because of him, you just know laughter must have filled the air! And I have to assume that the laughter was contagious then just as it is now. No wonder the crowds grew so large they overwhelmed him!

When it’s genuine, laughter and joy draw us in. It is irresistible. It is contagious. It is invitational. I heard someone say once that if the church, the people of God, were truly doing the work of God’s kingdom in this world, the doors of the church could not contain the crowds that would storm together.

Perhaps we would do well to take our cue from Jesus. If we are to be the Body of Christ in this world, let us be the ones that provoke so much joy that people are drawn to the gospel because they are curious — because they want to be where there is the sound of laughter.

See you this Sunday!


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10:00 am | Lyle Lodge | 7179 Peden Rd | Azle, TX 76020

On August 2 we will have Children First out at Lyle Lodge. This was such a hit last year that we just had to do it again. The service will start at 10:00 am in our outdoor pavilion. Afterwards we will open the swimming pool (lifeguards on duty). And lunch is on us — Salsa Limon taco truck! So come join us next Sunday for meaningful family worship in a beautiful setting, followed by the chance to relax with your family.

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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!


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Click here to see who’s blogging this week, posted each Friday!

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.


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Faith in Action: First Street Methodist Mission

Roger Partridge

Earlier this month, I spent a few hours at our First Street Methodist Mission (FSMM) during food pantry distribution, a time to share the abundance in our lives with some of our Fort Worth neighbors in need of food. I was so touched by the caring and compassionate volunteers — and the genuine welcome they extended to our guests who arrived in need of groceries that day. In the “extra” room, we offered them fresh produce, along with choices of bread and a few other bonus items. Our guests were overwhelmed with their options and were so appreciative. Because your gifts to our church help provide utilities and maintenance for the Mission building, you are a vital part of sharing God’s love and abundance with our neighbors through the First Street Methodist Mission. Thank you!

Roger Partridge, Director of Stewardship


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2015 Costa Rica 10th Anniversary Mission Trip

Rev. Chuck Graff

From July 10 – 20, our Costa Rica Mission Team partnered with the Methodist Church in Costa Rica and Missionary Ray Zirkel to serve once again in the northern part of the country as we celebrate our 10th anniversary of service. Over these past 10 years, we have helped build a new sanctuary/children’s worship center, Sunday School Classes, a new medical clinic, helped with building projects in small, rural Methodist Churches, hosted numerous VBS lessons in local villages, collaborated on our trip with a group of veterinarians in mission, and worked this year on a new parsonage for the pastor and family. Thanks to your prayers and support, we continue to reach out internationally in mission, and are blessed immensely through our service. Here are a few photos from our work. Please contact Rev. Chuck Graff (cgraff@myfumc.org) for details on next year’s trip — we would love to have you join us!

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Costa Rica Gallery

Click here or on the image above to view the Costa Rica 2015 gallery


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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 Caroline Petty (cpetty@myfumc.org) and we will include your story!


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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 (gammerman@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5091.

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8.5 Watch | 8.12 Discuss

8.19 Class Field Trip

Location to be determined

Visit the Summer Studies page for brief descriptions of the books and movies covered in this study

3.1 Intro To Baptism Class For Parents

Baptism 101

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 (gammerman@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5091, so that we can prepare accordingly.

Visit the Adult Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.



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Fall Academy Registration Now Open

Academy begins September 13
Register online at fumcfw.org/academy

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6:30 – 11:00 pm | 3 mo. – 12 yrs.

$30 for first child | $40 for 2 | $45 for 3+ | $20 no show fee

Reservations due 8.5

Aloha! We are having a Luau this month. Bring your grass skirt and lei and be ready to do the hula. Space is limited so make reservations early to Paula Wagstaff (pwagstaff@myfumc.org) at 817/546-4414.

*** Remember if you volunteer for the Children’s Ministry or in the Nursery on Sunday morning you will earn a Free Parent’s Night Out (must have completed the Ministry Safe program). Contact Paula Wagstaff for more info.

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Third Grade Bible Retreat & Presentation

Overnight Retreat | September 18 – 19 | Lyle Lodge | $25 per child

Presentation of Bibles | September 20 | 11:00 am | Sanctuary Worship Service

Third grade is a special year in Children’s Ministry as we celebrate the milestone of gifting children with their very own Bible! This three-day experience begins with an overnight retreat where children learn the importance of using the Bible as a tool in their everyday lives, and will culminate with the special presentation of Bibles that Sunday in the sanctuary. Click here to learn more and register your third grader!

 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:

Sunday Mornings

We need teachers from 9:30 – 10:45 am and 11:15 am – Noon on these dates:
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 (jcooper@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5093.

Visit the Children’s Ministry page for more information on programs and activities.

Visit the FUMC Day School page for more information on programs and activities.


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August Mission Sundays: Bottled Water

During the month of July, please bring bottled water to the First Street Methodist Mission, Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm or to the Welcome Center on Sunday Morning. For more information, contact Elizabeth Becker (ebecker@firststreetmission.org) at 817/339-5068. Small Gifts. Big Difference.

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August School Supply Drive

August 2015

It’s time to start thinking about back to school and how to help children get the best start possible by stocking supply closets at three local elementary schools, supported by various outreach ministries of FUMCFW.

Recommended Items:

24 Count Box of Crayons
Glue Sticks
8 oz. Bottle of School Glue
Blunt Tip Scissors
Plastic Supply Box
8 Count Washable Markers
#2 Pencils
Pink Erasers
12 Count Colored Pencils
Pocket Folders, Assorted Colors with Brads
70 Page, Wide-Ruled Spiral Notebooks
100 Page Composition Notebooks

Donations can be brought each Sunday and placed in the bin near the Welcome Center or in the boxes located in each Sunday School classroom. Donations can also be dropped off at First Street Methodist Mission, Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and on Fridays from 9:00 am – Noon.

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Food 4 Kids

September ­– May
Sundays | Pack backpacks for 1 hour between 9:00 am – Noon First Street Methodist Mission

Food 4 Kids is a ministry of First Street Methodist Mission that will send food home for the weekend for 100 students at I.M. Terrell Elementary and 50 students at T.A. Sims Elementary during the school year. Groups of 10 are encouraged to come to First Street Methodist Mission for one hour between 9:00 am and Noon, September through May.

Sign up online now to help fill backpacks!

To learn more, please contact Elizabeth Becker (ebecker@firststreetmission.org).

Visit the Compassion & Justice Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.





Every Sunday in August
9:00 & 10:30 am | 2nd Floor Choir Room

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sing in the choir?
Do you enjoy singing, even if it’s only in the shower or along with the radio or your favorite CD?
We invite you to join us for MorningSong, a unique summertime choir experience that extends the entire month of August.


We will meet each Sunday morning in August, 30 minutes before each service to learn a piece of music and then lead worship in song. It’s really that simple and it’s family friendly — kids and grandkids welcome!
Come and enjoy the view and experience only available from the choir loft. Join us for MorningSong!

For more information, contact Taylor Davis (tdavis@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5074.

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What Is Your Favorite Hymn?

Click here to vote now!

All music in worship is special and offered humbly to God. Please join us as we lift our voices together and sing our favorite hymns! Your favorites will be sung in Traditional Worship on August 16 and August 23.

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7:00 pm | Sanctuary

You’re invited to a love story — an experience of enduring love, light, and inspiration through cello music and stories shared by cellist Dace Sultanov. 

Infusing her special passion for music with a few memories of the love of her life — and her all time inspiration — 1989 Van Cliburn Piano Competition Gold Medalist Alexei Sultanov, Dace will perform this special tribute concert.

46 years ago, on August 7, 1969, a little star, Alexei Sultanov, was born on the other side of the globe. At 2 he was playing his first tune on the piano, by age 7 he was performing with the symphony orchestra, and at 19 Alexei won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

From that time until a stroke paralyzed the left side of his body, Alexei traveled the world, inspiring and bewitching his audiences with passionate virtuoso performances that, according to a 2001 Fort Worth Star Telegram article by Mary Rogers, sent his audiences “soaring into the uncharted territory of celestial rapture.” His star shined ever more brightly until his untimely death in 2005.

This year, as FUMCFW hosts this annual tribute to Alexei Sultanov’s powerful spirit and beautiful music performed and presented by his beloved wife, Dace, everyone in attendance will be moved once again by the star of Alexei, shining forever in the hearts and minds by all who knew him — and all those lucky enough to experience his music. For more info contact Peggy Graff (pgraff@myfumc.org) at 817/339-2405.

Visit the Music & Worship Arts page for more information on programs and activities.



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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 (bkegans@myfumc.org) at 817/339-3888.

Visit the Youth page for more information on programs and activities.


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Foundation Memorial Fund in Memory Of:
Dr. Lee Etier III by Susan and Julian Green, Jr.




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