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Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Rev. Chuck Graff
DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:30 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Rev. Brooks Harrington
Discussion Groups | 9:30 am
Chapel Communion | 10:30 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Jay Stailey
First 7th | Worship | 5:30 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
Social Hangout at Oliver’s | 6:30 pm | 415 Throckmorton Street
“The Trinity — God’s Fullest Expression of Amazing Grace!”
Rev. Chuck Graff
John 14: 15-21
Have you ever wondered why we often pray and address the “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” in many of our prayers, creeds, music, in our baptism services, at funerals, in our communion liturgy, and at other times?
Why is it important to pray to God — often more inclusively, as “Creator/Provider, Redeemer/Savior, Sustainer/Comforter” — using all three expressions of God’s being?
And if as the Bible says, we are to “Love the Lord our God (One God) with all our hearts, souls, mind, and strength,” why then do we pray and name three different entities in our prayers and liturgy instead of one? Are Christians really “monotheistic” — or as some people think, are we really “polytheistic” — believers in three different Gods instead of one?
What is the real meaning of the Trinity, and how do we experience God daily in our lives in a Trinitarian way?
Come and worship with us this Sunday, as we explore the meaning of the Holy Trinity. The Mysterious, Blessed Trinity! God’s self-expression to us and the world today of the fullness of God’s love, grace, and meaning in three distinct, unique ways. See you Sunday!
Rev. Chuck Graff
“In the Three — V2” by Raymond A. Foss
The dance of love, of God, together,
three faces, manifestations
together one, in relationship
equal, sharing, abiding
connected in ways, patterns,
we cannot understand
a glimpse of meaning, love enduring
God is love, not merely loving,
God is love in its fullness
God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit
each one love, loving, one another
symmetry, dancing, singing,
laughing, love divine
love infinite, everlasting
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: Worship
As a young child it was a given that our family would be in worship every Sunday. Last week I shared some of my memories of worship with Mike Marshall, as he was raised in a similar-sized town in Illinois, where I also grew up. I remember the big sound of the pipe organ, the funeral home advertisement on the paper fans in the pews (there was no air conditioning), and my father singing the hymns. FUMCFW offers many wonderful and diverse worship experiences, and each week the staff plans each of these services with special attention to all the details that help make it a meaningful time for you — regardless of which service or style of worship you choose. Your gifts to FUMCFW make it possible for us to worship our God with scripture, a powerful message, soul stirring music, and the timeless comfort of our beautiful building. I still like the big sound of the organ and am very grateful for air conditioning (those paper fans would be no match for a Texas summer!), and sometimes, I can still hear the echo of my father’s voice beside me, singing his favorite hymns. I hope to see you in worship this week.
Roger Partridge, Director of Stewardship
8.16 The Labyrinth of Our Stories
1:00 – 3:00 pm | Wesley Hall
eleven:eleven celebration hosts:
“the labyrinth of our stories” featuring Jay Stailey
Author, Storyteller, Humorist & International Labyrinth Builder
What really matters in your own life?
What nourishes your soul?
What helps you listen for and experience what is healing and awakens a passion for living?
What inspires you to live your life in response to a deeper calling?
On Sunday, August 16 at our eleven:eleven celebration — and in a special mini-retreat immediately following — we invite you to join us to consider how we will live into these questions. As part of the contemplative offering, we will explore our understanding of the labyrinth — an ancient prayer path that offers new perspective on taking this transformative journey of the heart.
We’ll start with the eleven:eleven celebration, and then at noon we’ll share in a simple meal. Afterward, FUMCFW Prayer and Spiritual Formation Ministries and eleven:eleven Special Guest Jay Stailey will offer a special writing workshop (“your labyrinth story”) that will include an opportunity to walk our labyrinth (modeled on the one built at Chartres Cathedral in the 1200’s). We’ll finish the labyrinth walk at about 3:00 pm, but our shared commitment to learning to listen with the ears of the heart will go on forever. Suggested donation for lunch and workshop is $20.
A highly sought after consultant, educator and storyteller and the former Chair of the National Storytelling Network in Tennessee, Jay is also an “activist” in Labyrinth design and community education, as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Downtown in the Department of Urban Education.
8.22 Wilderness Camping and Backpacking Training Class
8:30 am – Noon | Justin Building
$15 per person | $25 per family
Class limited to 20 people | Register by 8.19
Want to update your camping skills for those fly fishing trips or camping in wilderness areas? This class is the perfect opportunity to learn about a variety of camping topics including selection and care of tents, back packs and day packs, stoves, hiking boots, clothing, sleeping bags, sleeping pads as well as meal and trip planning. Join experienced Sierra Club trip leaders as they demonstrate equipment, answer questions, and advise on trip planning. Contact Claudia Blalock (email@example.com) at 817/924-6242 for reservations, or click here for more information.
How To Join FUMCFW
If you know someone interested in joining our church, please tell them to visit fumcfw.org/join to learn more. You can also pick up a brochure in the pews to give to them!
Do You Mean Me?
Have you ever wondered why we ask you to fill out an attendance card during Sunday worship services? Have you ever thought, “The Church already has all my information — why do I need to fill out this card every time I am here?”
This weekly check-in card tells us a lot! We look at them every week to:
• Update home addresses or email addresses if the information on the card differs from what the church has on file.
• Know each member’s normal pattern of attendance, so when something changes, we can reach out to make sure you and your family are OK. (Within the next few weeks, a new technology upgrade now being installed will add this capability!)
• Follow up with our visitors to let them know how glad we are they came.
So next Sunday when you hear, “Please tear off your card, fill it out, and place it in the offering plate,” please remember that this is how your church stays connected with you!
Lisa Helm is the Director of Welcoming Ministries, a new ministry devoted to making sure all who enter our campus feel welcome, safe, and cared for by our Church — on Sundays and beyond!
Who Can Just Pick One?
Taylor Davis asked for our requests for favorite old hymns. The plan was to have a Favorite Old Hymn Sunday, but there have been so many requests that it will take two Sundays (August 16 and 23) to sing most of our favorites. As I think about all the beautiful hymns that are special to me, I’m lost in rich memories.
Three girlfriends and I joined the church choir when I was eleven years old. We thought the seventy-year-old alto needed our help — especially during the Sunday evening “favorite hymn service.” Ferris Heights Methodist in Waxahachie was the small church with the “little choir that could.” It included a family that had been trained to read shaped notes at the Stamps Quartet Singing School, and they had confidence and volume that set the pace for the rest of us.
On Sunday evenings in August all of the windows were open and fans were provided in every pew. Yellow jackets were usually ignored, as was my cat that loved to stroll the center aisle and perch on the altar. My father (the preacher) would ask for hymn requests, and folks would shout the page number for their favorites. I can still sing all of the stanzas to every song: Blessed Assurance, Standing on the Promises, He Keeps Me Singing, He Leadeth Me, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus, Love Lifted Me, Have Thine Own Way, Lord. Those hymns shaped my theology and my spiritual character.
When we had sung for exactly thirty-five minutes, my father would say, “Last hymn request,” and he would turn to the choir and smile. Everyone knew someone in the bass section would shout, “Number 271. Awakening Chorus!” The organist always set an energetic, joyful tempo that challenged the attention span of the eleven-year-old altos. A strong four-part harmony was necessary because each section had a chance to “show off,” and there was always a serious case of giggles in the alto section if I missed a note. At the climax of a series of echoed “Rejoice!” all eyes were on Sissy Curry. She was the only soprano in the church who could hit the high G for the final “Rejoice!” and she delivered with strength, then turned to the choir with a smile and a nod, cueing the enthusiastic response: Jehovah reigns! Some hymns are just fun to sing.
Awakening Chorus didn’t make the cut for the new Methodist Hymnal, and I was disappointed. Perhaps it was because there is only one Sissy Curry. It won’t be a good choice for our Favorite Hymn Sundays because it has been forgotten, but recalling makes me smile.
It was hard to pick just one, but ultimately I chose Open My Eyes. The lyrics define my relationship with God, and it has a lovely alto harmony. I invite you to join me as together we get lost in the rich memories these beloved hymns invoke!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will include your story!
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Fall Academy Registration Now Open
Academy begins September 13
Register online at fumcfw.org/academy
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:
We need teachers from 9:30 – 10:45 am and 11:15 am – Noon on these dates:
August 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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-5093.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5068. Small Gifts. Big Difference.
August School Supply Drive
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.
24 Count Box of Crayons
8 oz. Bottle of School Glue
Blunt Tip Scissors
Plastic Supply Box
8 Count Washable Markers
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.
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.
To learn more, please contact Elizabeth Becker (email@example.com).
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.
NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5074.
8.30 Compline Service
7:00 pm | Chapel
Enjoy peace and tranquility as you join us for a Compline Service — a time of ending the working day with prayer before sleep. For centuries, the close of the monastic day has been marked with this meditative practice using music as a backdrop for quiet and prayerful reflection. Featuring Adoramus and cellist Barrett Sills, and the works of Morton Lauridsen, Karl Jenkins, Craig Hella Johnson, and more, this beautiful service is the perfect way to transition from a long, hot summer day to the stillness and quiet of the night.
8.23 Youth Family Meeting
9:15 – 10:45 am | Justin Building
It’s time for the new school year, which means that it is time to gather and learn about what is happening with the youth in the Justin. All youth families are invited and greatly encouraged to join us for a morning of worship and information about the year to come!
Sunday, August 30
9:30 – 10:30 am | Wesley Hall
All sixth graders and parents of sixth graders (and siblings of sixth graders if they want to come!) are encouraged to join us for an orientation to Confirmation. The gathering will be mostly informative — so you can learn more about the purpose and components of the program as well as ways you and your child can be involved. We will also give you time to ask questions, turn in registration forms (copies will be available), and connect with other families starting this exciting journey! Contact: Rev. Casey Orr (email@example.com) at 817/339-5067.
8.30 Youth Back to School Bash
5:30 – 7:30 pm | Justin Building
School is back! As crazy as a new school year can be, we want to be a place of rest, play, and community. So come to the Justin on Sunday, August 30 for our Back to School Bash! There will be food, games, and laser tag in the Justin! Bring a friend and yourself and come find rest and play with us in the Justin.
8.20 Foundation Summer Lunch Info Series
Noon – 1:00 pm
Room 271 of the Foundation Building
Curious about the First Methodist Church of Fort Worth Foundation? If you can sandwich in a lunch with us on Thursday, August 20, 2015, we want to answer your questions! It’s free, but we need an RSVP so we can pack your lunch! RSVP to Lisa Tucker (firstname.lastname@example.org) at or call 817/339-5089. See you August 20!
Foundation Memorial Fund in Memory Of:
Dr. Lee Etier III by Susan and Julian Green, Jr.