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Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Mike Marshall
DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:30 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Rev. Lance Marshall
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
Walking with Integrity
Dr. Mike Marshall
“Practically perfect in every way.”
No, not me . . . the absurdity of that claim goes without saying. Many of you went to the proper source immediately: Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) literally flew into the lives of a family that needed her and said, “I’m practically perfect in every way. Practically perfect, that’s my forte. Uncanny nannies are hard to find. Unique, yet meek, unspeakably kind.”
Our scripture for the sanctuary worship services this Sunday is Psalm 84. It is so beautiful and so helpful — it is both practical and perfect. Jesus quoted most often from three sources: Deuteronomy, Isaiah, and the Psalms. A fourth century Christian leader said the Psalms were “songs of the heart.” Disciple Bible Study did not teach participants “about” the Psalms — instead, it had the goal of “guiding you into the Psalms . . . to let them help you express your inexpressible thoughts and feelings, as they become your prayers.”
Psalm 84 was sung by homesick pilgrims, as they walked with anticipation toward the Temple in Jerusalem. Their opening line has moved musicians and writers into creative action over the centuries: “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!” The ensuing lines lift up themes of soulful longing, joyous expressions, the happiness of feeling at home, and the realization of the unmatched presence of God (“For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.”)
But this psalm is not just about finding a beautiful place to stay . . . it is also concerned with who we are when we leave. Who we are as we come-and-go. “The Lord is a sun and shield; God is favor and glory. The Lord gives — and doesn’t withhold — good things to those who walk with integrity.”
What a practically perfect way to walk!
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: Our Business Office Team
I don’t use the terms, “unqualified opinion,” and “no deficiencies” on a normal day, but this past week I got to share with our church staff both of those terms as they related to our recently-completed FUMCFW 2014 audit. After attending a meeting of the audit committee (made up of members of our finance committee) to hear a preliminary report from a partner of our audit firm, I realized the importance of these words as a reflection of the tireless dedication and teamwork of our church’s business office. Handling hundreds of very different kinds of transactions each and every week, this special team led by Larry Ammerman and including Janet Ball, Steven Fagan, and Olivia Perkins, strives for the accuracy evident in our “no deficiencies” audit. Your support of the operating budget of our church through Stewardship helps ensure the highest accounting standards (GAAP) are in place to guide the business practices of our church. Thank you for your faithful giving that helps create teams such as this on our staff!
Roger Partridge, Director of Stewardship
Pictured from left to right:
Larry Ammerman, Business Administrator
Steve Fagan, Associate Business Administrator
Janet Ball, Financial Secretary
It’s the Little Things That Matter
“Wow, I think I just failed miserably at being welcoming.”
I’m embarrassed to say that was me talking about myself a few weeks ago while visiting the Tapestry Sunday School class. As the brand new Director of Welcoming Ministries, I was there to talk about how we as a church can put this new ministry into motion.
As the group discussed various ministries and service opportunities already at our church, I realized that the one visitor in the class was noticeably quiet. In that instant, it occurred to me that while the subject of our conversation was being welcoming and inclusive, we were forgetting to engage her in our conversation!
After our quick reversal of this oversight, she excitedly and earnestly joined the conversation, eager to share some of the things she had noticed and experienced in other churches. This led to a delightful and insightful discussion about how when we come to church, sometimes our excitement at seeing friends we only see on Sundays can make our visitors feel even more like outsiders, even though that certainly isn’t our intent!
We realized in that conversation that it really is the “small stuff” — things we don’t usually even think about — that can make someone feel truly welcome (or not). Just an extra effort to make sure those who visit our church on Sundays are included in our conversations can go a long way in making them feel welcome. Remember that when our visitors join us for worship, they may also be hoping to find a sense of community — with us!
Each Sunday brings people to our midst who are here for the first time. We have a wonderful team of greeters at our hospitality carts, as well as in our parking lots, our Welcome Center is always staffed with friendly faces to greet these folks and help them find where they need to go, and our fabulous team of ushers makes certain everyone feels comfortable entering our worship services. However, this new Welcoming Ministry belongs to all of us. Beyond our “front line” greeters, we each have a weekly opportunity to serve this new ministry just by including our visitors in our Sunday morning conversations. I look forward to serving 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!
Celebrating 10 Years of Helping Families and Children Live Lives Free of Danger And Neglect and Filled With Self-Esteem and Faith in God
This month, our Methodist Justice Ministry celebrates its 10th year of ministry to help indigent victims of family violence and of child abuse and neglect through: legal protections and enforcement, emergency financial support, free professional counseling, prayer and spiritual support, and friendship. Founded by Rev. Brooks Harrington and assisted by his attorney colleague Linda Gregory and bilingual legal assistants Juliana Ipock and Norma Serrano, this FUMCFW Ministry provides opportunity to transform the lives of these vulnerable women and children.
Since its beginning, the Methodist Justice Ministry has protected and helped more than 370 families and more than 1,100 children into safe, new lives. And the work continues, with between 20 to 25 new requests for help each and every week. Taking on the most difficult cases involving the worst violence or abuse, our Methodist Justice Ministry serves as a beacon of hope for women and children in dire need of help. As a church family and faith community, we are extremely proud of the work of this very special ministry — and we continue to be committed to the vital work and mission of our Methodist Justice Ministry and those it serves.
The Labyrinth of Our Stories
This past Sunday in eleven:eleven celebration and at the afternoon workshop following, Guest Speaker Jay Stailey, storyteller, educator, and labyrinth builder engaged the crowd gathered with stories and insights about the many connections between labyrinth and life. Special thanks to Jay, Rev. Tom McDermott, and Dr. Len Delony for bringing this fabulous event to FUMCFW!
As our lives wind their way down paths chosen and not chosen, labyrinthine twists and turns and repetitive circles that seem more backward steps than forward movement, we all have that opportunity to stop and reflect on just what sort of story we are living out, and our part in the grand narrative of God’s presence in the world.
Rev. Tom McDermott
9.6 Outdoor Retreat Ministry 5th Street Celebration
8:30 am – 12:30 pm | 5th Street
Please join us on 5th Street in front of the sanctuary on Sunday, September 6 (Labor Day Weekend) as we celebrate our fifth year offering our Outdoor Retreat Ministry here at FUMC Fort Worth. You will have the opportunity to learn more about our future outdoor retreats, visit with actual campers and hear their stories, and view some of the special RV’s and our new cargo trailer that we will be using on our retreats. You may even receive a sample of some good tasting camping cuisine!
Zelia Grace Warfel, granddaughter of Pam Erlandson, FUMCFW Executive Assistant, was Baptized on Sunday, August 16,in the Chapel surrounded by her family, Melinda (Pam’s daughter) and Bob Warfel, big brother Zach and big sister, Zenith, and of course, her proud grandparents. Dr. Lamar Smith has baptized all three of Pam’s grandchildren, and baby Zelia voices her approval of this choice!
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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Register for Fall Adult Studies
Classes begin September 13
Click here to register online OR Register in the Main Office
Weekdays | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm OR Sundays | Between Services
Welcome fall by joining our new slate of studies and learning opportunities with something for everyone!
New Sunday School Class: Parents of Teenagers
Starting 9.13 | 9:45 – 10:45 am | Justin Youth Building | Room 306
We’re launching a brand new Sunday school class JUST for parents of teenagers (more accurately: 6th – 12th graders). As people of faith, it is important that we model the same disciplines of faith that we hope for our children. So together, we will be nurtured as disciples while journeying with others who share the same joys and challenges of raising a teenager. Class Leaders Chris and Tami Vardy, parents of two teenagers themselves, are both also small group leaders for the youth with extensive experience as youth ministries volunteers. Chris also serves as chair of the Youth Ministries Council, and Tami has completed doctoral studies in Educational Administration and Leadership. The ongoing discussions will span both youth and confirmation content to help equip parents for faith conversations with their teens, guided topical book studies, and opportunities to share experience, wisdom, and inspiration while raising teens in our current cultural climate. Please contact Rev. Casey Orr (email@example.com) with questions or to receive more information.
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 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.
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 (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.com) 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! For more information contact Rev. Casey Orr (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) at or call 817/339-5089. See you August 20!
Foundation Memorial Fund in Memory Of:
Frances Jeane Stuart by the Law Offices of Paup, Shutt and Associates
Judith Lokey by the Law Offices of Paup, Shutt and Associates
Daphne Motheral Jose by Nancy & Marc B. Smith, Jr.