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Traditional Worship | 9:40 am | Chapel
11:00 am | Sanctuary| Rev. Lance Marshall
Children First | 9:45 am | Sanctuary | Mister Mark Burrows
DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:20 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Rev. Page Hines
Discussion Groups | 9:30 am
Chapel Communion | 10:35 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
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
Helpful Logistics for this Sunday
Valet Parking — Fifth Street will look a little different this week because of the Outdoor Ministries Celebration, but Valet Parking will still be available. Look for Volunteers on Fifth Street to direct you to the Valet Parking Stand.
First Floor Ladies Room — Good news! The ladies restroom on the first floor is getting a makeover. Less good news: please use the second or third floor restrooms. The first floor ladies restroom should be operational by Sunday, September 13.
Church Should Look “Different”
Rev. Lance Marshall
I spent years not interested in the Christian faith because I considered it too “safe.” To be Christian, I thought, was to accept the status quo, to refuse to take a stand, to silently assent to a life directed by the majorities that surround us. I wanted a cause to believe in, a good fight to fight, a reason to challenge the world head on. When I finally encountered a teacher who helped me see the revolutionary teachings of Jesus in that light, I was hooked and my life was changed.
Our evening worship community, First 7th, is spending the summer focusing on different books of the New Testament. The current series, a five-week focus on the book of James, is full of dangerous ideas. James doesn’t deal in platitudes or soft suggestions — he challenges the reader to be so thoroughly transformed by the Gospel that they change the fabric of society around them. In this week’s scripture selection, James presents us with a hypothetical that asks as a pointed question: Are we building churches that look like heaven, or churches that reflect the biases and prejudices of the rest of the world?
Reading James challenges me. In taking general themes and applying them to tough real-world situations, James makes me wonder if I’m trying to “play it safe” after all. James is simple but it’s not easy, it’s a book full of ideas and teachings that, if lived out to the fullest, will soon have you — and your church — standing out from the crowd. I’m thrilled to be with you in worship this Sunday in the chapel and sanctuary services, please join us!
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.
Changes In Our Music Ministry
As of October 1, Taylor Davis will be leaving our church to serve as Director of Music at St. Andrew UMC in Plano. Recognizing Taylor’s outstanding service to our church and his many gifts and talents, we wish him well in his new endeavors as we celebrate his many contributions to our Music and Worship Arts ministry. “We deeply appreciate all Taylor has done for our church,” says Dr. Tim Bruster, “and we send him forth to this wonderful new opportunity with love and celebration of his accomplishments here and all those to come in his new position.”
To begin the search for our new Director of Music, a search committee formed by our Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) will be working quickly to hire an interim director for the Fall and season of Advent. SPRC member John Howard will lead this committee, which will also include SPRC member Cathie Davis, Paul Bodley (SPRC member, Church Lay Leader and Chair of the Board of Stewards), Nancy Fisher (former Lay Leader, Board of Stewards Chair and Church Council Chair), staff members Dr. Tim Bruster, Senior Pastor, Rev. Tom McDermott, Associate Pastor and Peggy Graff, Organist and Assistant Director of Music and Worship Arts, Jim Catching (Choral Union), and Marsha Waugh (Choral Union). “This committee chaired by John Howard offers a variety of perspectives and experience that will serve us well in this search,” says Jack Benson, SPRC Chair, “They will be tireless and dedicated in finding the right candidates and making the best choices possible for the good of our music ministry and our church family.”
As Interim Director of Cornerstone Youth Choir, Hans Grim will help launch our new choir year starting next Sunday, September 13. Hans, who is also the new choral director for Arlington Heights High School, will bring fun and excitement (and his family, including a teenager of his own!) to help ease this transition and to allow plenty of time for careful consideration of our permanent Cornerstone Youth Choir Director. Meanwhile, our youth will begin work immediately on the Fall music selections Taylor has already chosen for them. “Hans is very excited about plugging into our faith community as a musician,” says Peggy Graff, Assistant Director of Music and Worship Arts. “He is very enthusiastic about working with Cornerstone Youth Choir. He is a wonderful pianist, singer and director, and we are thrilled that he is available to help us through this interim time.” Hans will also serve our church as one of our pianists for DiscipleChurch and Chapel Communion, as well as singing with Adoramus and Choral Union as Tenor 2 Section Leader.
The work of the search committee for the overall Director of Music will include deep consideration of the best fit for our Cornerstone Youth Choir. If you know of candidates you would like for this committee to consider for either position, please email your recommendations to (email@example.com).
Celebrating Labor Day . . .
FUMCFW Adopts Living Wage Policy
As of this summer, and following an in-depth study led by Fred Cantu and a subcommittee of our Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC), FUMCFW has adopted a living wage policy that guarantees all employees a minimum income necessary to meet basic needs (food, clothing, and shelter) in our community. The living wage differs from the minimum wage in that minimum wage is set by law and may or may not meet what is necessary to maintain a safe, decent standard of living within our community. Click here for more information.
Faith In Action: Communications
One of the things I especially enjoy about our church communications is receiving our weekly newsletter in my inbox. My favorite part is the clergy blog — usually a teaser of their thoughts for the Sunday sermon. It is fun to read what our pastors are thinking about on Monday, and then seeing how those thoughts develop into the sermon on Sunday. The FUMCFW Weekly is just one form of communication that our wonderful communications team orchestrates each week. Sometimes the vision of the old newspaper pressroom comes to mind as the deadline approaches with edits . . . proofing . . . fact checks . . . calendar updates . . . graphics/photos . . . layout — and all coming together within a few hours on Wednesdays before it is printed and emailed (printed and mailed to those without email capabilities, as well as to provide hard copies for the Welcome Center, Narthex, Wesley Hall, and Chapel on Sunday mornings). The constant updates to our website, flyers heralding upcoming programs, Sunday worship bulletins, banners, hallway posters and signage — well, the list is huge. Hats off to our entire communications team. Your giving to our church enables us to communicate the many wonderful happenings at our church with our members and visitors — as well as those who join online via live stream from around the world! Thank you for your faithful giving that supports the outstanding work and dedication of our communications team.
Roger Partridge, Director of Stewardship
Spend some time with the ladies of United Methodist Women (UMW) and you will see why the Fort Worth chapter of this national organization is one of the strongest in the country.
These women embody welcoming in everything they do — from their wonderful events to their monthly meetings in Wesley Hall and their annual fundraiser in the spring. Trust me, if you’ve never attended one of these gatherings, you should! This group makes having meaningful fun contagious.
But what you may not know about this dynamic group of women is their commitment to the service and support of women, youth, and children in need within our community and church. They give countless hours of volunteer service to various organizations and financial support as well. Last year, they raised over $42,000 that went to FUMCFW Children’s Ministries, Kids Hope, Food 4 Kids, VBS at FUMCFW, Methodist Justice Ministry, TCU Wesley, Methodist Children’s Home, and United Community Centers.
Sunday, September 27, is UMW Sunday at FUMCFW. This means you’ll experience UMW hospitality in action. I can’t wait to see you there!
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!
Outdoor Retreat Ministry 5th Street Celebration This Sunday
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!
4:00 – 7:00 pm | Ronald McDonald House
1004 7th Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104
On Saturday, September 12, our Lay Ministry Committee invites everyone 15 years of age and older to come with us to the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth, to provide a hot meal for families to help them rest and recharge, and to support them through the “Meals from the Heart” program. We will begin cooking supper for the families at 4:00 pm, and serve the families from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. What a blessing it will be for you to serve and meet these wonderful families! Please contact Allison McMahon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sammye Dunn (email@example.com) for more details.
Ruby Mildred Webber Sutter
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!
9.13 – 10.14 Living Through Grief Support Group
Sundays | 9:30 am
Foundation Building, 2nd Floor
Led by Charme Robarts, certified Grief Recovery Specialist and Community Advocate, this group is focused on providing participants with tools and basic understanding of ways to handle grief that are healthy and lead to healing. Opportunity is given for sharing personal concerns. Participation is free and you do not need to be a church member to participate. Optional guidebook is $5. For more information or to register, contact Marianne Wilson (email@example.com) at 817/339-5071.
Financial Peace University
September 13 – November 8 (9 Weeks)
Sundays | 9:30 – 10:45 am | Foundation Building, Room 274
Led by Roger Partridge, Director of Stewardship
$109 for Materials (Includes Workbooks & CDs)
Registration Required | Scholarships Available
Through the 9 weeks of Financial Peace University, you’ll learn how to write a budget, create an emergency fund, and get out of debt along with creating retirement and college saving plans. Click here to learn more and register for this and other fall studies!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or to receive more information.
Improv 1st! Everything’s an Offering
September 13 – November 1 (8 Weeks)
Sundays | 1:00 – 3:00 pm | Foundation Building, Room 370
Led by Rev. Tom McDermott & Guest Instructors
Improvisation in life, as in theater and comedy, is a way of responding to life’s ups and downs with humor, playfulness, and most importantly, “openness to the moment.” Through improv training we learn to be: more present to one another, more relaxed in the face of life’s (and work’s) surprises, more creative in all our endeavors, less judgmental, and discover the joy in “free play.” This class will teach basic improv techniques, character development, and scene work. Facilitators are Rev. Tom McDermott, Chuck Shanlever, Winn LaRue (graduate of the four year Four Day Weekend School and member of two area comedy teams), and other guest instructors. There is no cost, though we will use several resources individuals may want to purchase. Click here to learn more and register for this and other fall studies!
Book Study: Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White
September 16 – October 14 (5 Weeks)
Wednesdays | 9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154
Led by Rev. Phyllis McDougal
Book Available for $15 | Registration Required
Everyone agrees that America is polarized, with ever-hardening positions held by people less and less willing to listen to one another. No one agrees on what to do about it. Adam Hamilton rejects the easy assumptions and sloppy analysis of black and white thinking, seeking instead the truth that resides on all sides of the issues, and offering a faithful and compassionate way forward. He writes, “I don’t expect you to agree with everything I’ve written. I expect that in the future even I won’t agree with everything I’ve written here. The point is not to get you to agree with me, but to encourage you to think about what you believe. We will use Hamilton’s book, Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics as a resource. Click here to learn more and register for this and other fall studies!
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!
September Mission Sundays: Toilet Paper
During the month of September, please bring Toilet Paper 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.
9.17 North Texas Giving Day 2015
6:00 am – Midnight
Online at NorthTexasGivingDay.org
This year, First Street Methodist Mission AND Methodist Justice Ministry are taking part in North Texas Giving Day, Thursday, September 17, when every donation of $25 and above you make will be multiplied with bonus funds and prizes!
In addition, this year a special opportunity offered by generous donors will match your donation up to $5,000 for each organization!
First Street Methodist Mission strives to meet the basic needs of others like food, clothing, and infant formula in an atmosphere of respect and love for all of God’s children while acknowledging that we receive so much more than we give.
9.20 Stop Hunger Now
9:30 am – 12:30 pm | Justin Building | 801 W. 5th Street
Join this collaborative effort of FUMCFW Youth, Children, and Compassion & Justice Ministries as they partner with Stop Hunger Now, a national meal-packaging program whose goal is to end hunger by providing food and lifesaving aid to those people who are most vulnerable. Our goal is to package 20,000 meals! For more information, contact Elizabeth Becker (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5068.
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).
9.13 Sixth Grade Confirmation Begins
Sundays | 9:15 – 10:45 am | Room 203 | Justin Building
Sixth grade is a really important year at FUMC Fort Worth because sixth grade means CONFIRMATION. It’s a special year set aside to learn about who God is, what United Methodist Christians believe, and what it means to be not only a member of a church, but also a disciple of Jesus in our world. Registration materials have been sent via email and snail mail to all addresses we have for parents of rising sixth graders. If you have not received this information and would like to, please contact Rev. Casey Orr at (firstname.lastname@example.org). We hope to see all parents and sixth graders at our orientation and information meeting on Sunday, August 30 at 9:30 am in Wesley Hall.
9.19 – 9.20 Middle School Lock-In
Saturday 6:00 pm – Sunday 11:00 am | Justin Building
$15 | Middle School Only
Click here to register and pay online now
Middle Schoolers ASSEMBLE! Come out for an incredibly fun filled evening in the Justin to hangout and relax after the busyness of the beginning of school. It’ll be a night filled with games, food, and worship. It’s your time to play and rule the Justin! The morning after we will help serve our community alongside of Stop Hunger Now. Don’t miss out!
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.