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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. Phyllis McDougal
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. Linda McDermott
First 7th | Worship | 5:30 pm | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
Social Hangout at Oliver’s | 6:30 pm | 415 Throckmorton Street
Each Word a Gift!
Dr. Mike Marshall
One of my favorite phrases of the past year is this: “I’m eat up with the busy head!” I didn’t invent it, but I certainly embrace it . . . and technically it is not grammatically correct, but functionally it is perfect. I’m eat up with the busy head — I can’t make up my mind — I’m having trouble focusing — what choice should I make — what is the right thing for me to say or do. Sound familiar?
A number of our worship services this summer have used the letter to the Ephesians as the biblical backdrop. This Sunday, we have arrived at the end of chapter four. That’s where my “busy head” comes in, because these few verses contain at least a dozen phrases that would make perfect sermon titles. And when you look at more than one biblical translation, the list grows even larger!
Since simplicity is what I always need — I settled on this part of verse 29 from The Message: “Say only what helps, each word a gift.” If I keep this phrase in the forefront of my awareness, it’s possible that my busy head will subside . . . O Lord, let it be so. The following verse adds even more richness to consider and savor — Don’t grieve God. Don’t break God’s heart. The Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate (and creative) part of your life . . . Don’t take such a gift for granted.
I invite you to join us this Sunday for one of our six worship services. Each one will be meditative and uplifting. If you choose one of the sanctuary services, I promise to tell you about a wonderful book that I just got my hands on . . . a book that is new and old at the same time. How’s that for a teaser?
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: Music
Music has always been important part of my life and is a connection to God in my worship experience. FUMCFW has a legacy of outstanding music, and an amazing pool of gifted musicians who share their talents with us each week. From the majestic sounds of our Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ to the contemplative piano, cello, and vocalists in the Chapel to the uplifting band in our weekly eleven:eleven celebration, music surrounds us with God’s glory in all of our worship services. Your gifts support and express your gratitude for our music ministry. Through your giving our choirs and musicians help us make this unique connection to God as part of every FUMCFW worship experience. Thank you.
Roger Partridge, Director of Stewardship
Summer in the Justin
It’s hard to believe but summer is coming to a close. It has been an incredibly busy one over in the Justin. Our teenagers have been to New York City, Houston, and Purdy, Missouri. They have logged an incredible amount of volunteer hours with both VBS and Mission Day Camp. Somewhere in there they have found time to go to their own summer camps and family vacations. This summer they participated in God’s redemption of the world through serving underprivileged children, feeding the homeless, serving recovering addicts, being the primary caretakers of kids with disabilities, delivering meals to children, giving up weeks of their summer to sing, to dance, and to give themselves to what God is doing in the world. Our teenagers have been agents of hope and love this summer. If you see them, give them a high five!
We asked a couple of our youth to share their experiences. This first one is from a rising 8th grade boy, Sam Keenan, about his experience on our Houston Mission Trip:
“This summer was my first mission trip. I went into it thinking it was going to be awful. Much to my surprise it was a lot of fun! Everyday was a new experience, which was very cool. For example, one of the days we walked around Houston and talked to the homeless. We sat down with them and heard their stories, which was incredibly interesting. Another very cool experience was when we went to the Open Door Mission and talked with former addicts about their life. This was life-changing for me; this mission trip itself was life altering. The biggest thing I got out of this was to never take things for granted.”
This reflection comes from a rising senior, India Wentz, about her experience at Camp Barnabas:
“My week at Camp Barnabas was nothing like I pictured it was going to be. I imagined those six days to be challenging, fun and spiritual. But in actuality, they ended up being a thousand times past those expectations. It was the best feeling to wake up and just wonder what the day had in store for my campers and me. Even though camp tested my patience, responsibility, and ability to put others first over the week, it also managed to fill me with such joy in all physical, emotional, and spiritual ways possible. Camp taught me many things through the eyes of my campers, and made me grow so much more in my devotion to God. There were so many hard things throughout my week at camp, but the ultimate hardest thing was saying goodbye to it. I can’t wait to return next year to the place that seems like the closest representation of heaven itself.”
Truly the support you all show and the love you share is what makes these experiences possible. Our teenagers are incredible agents of God’s peace, hope, and love in the world. Thank you for your continued support and prayer as we seek to be in ministry with and for teenagers, participating in the hope of Christ!
Grace and Peace,
Mary Jean Russell
Daphne (Motheral) Jose
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Summer Studies 2015
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5091.
8.5 Watch | 8.12 Discuss
8.19 Class Field Trip
Location to be determined
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.
What Is Your Favorite Hymn?
This Sunday is your last chance to place a vote!
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.
8.7 Alexei Sultanov Tribute Concert
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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-2405.
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!
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.