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Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster

DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:20 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Rev. Lance Marshall
Discussion Groups | 9:30 am

Chapel Communion | 10:35 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
Robbie Higgs, piano

eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott

First 7th | 5:30 pm | Worship | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall

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

Tim Bruster 2014_web 150Why Did I Do That?

Dr. Tim Bruster

Dear Friends,

Have you ever looked back and said, “Why did I do that?” or “Why did I say that?” Have you ever had the experience of saying, “I can’t believe I acted that way!” or “I knew better, but I did it (or said it) anyway.” You’re certainly not alone. Anyone who has never felt that sense of regret either is without conscience, is terribly self-unaware, or was born into some level of holy perfection that has certainly escaped most of us. It is safe to say that such regret is part of the human condition. It is safe to say that we share in common the experience of looking into the mirror and saying to the face staring back at us, “I cannot believe you did that. You know better.”

This Sunday, we continue spending time with the apostle Paul, who very openly expresses that common experience in his letter to the church at Rome. He wrote these somewhat startling words: “I don’t know what I’m doing, because I don’t do what I want to do. Instead, I do the thing that I hate . . . The desire to do good is inside of me, but I can’t do it. I don’t do the good that I want to do, but I do the evil that I don’t want to do . . . So I find that, as a rule, when I want to do what is good, evil is right there with me . . . I’m a miserable human being. Who will deliver me from this dead corpse?” Can you detect in Paul’s words the perplexity he feels about his own actions?

Can you hear his feeling of powerlessness?

The good news is that Paul doesn’t stay stuck with his questions, but goes on to write of the grace, power, and hope for living that he has found in Christ. He ends this text with “Thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Portions of Romans 7:15-25a).

It is the journey from regret and perplexity to the good news of God’s grace in Christ that will be my sermon focus in the Sanctuary Worship services this Sunday. I look forward to seeing you then.

Grace and Peace,



Teachers & Topics Web HeaderClick here to see classes meeting on Sunday, September 27

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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staff_Roger Partridge_500Faith In Action: Third Grade Bible

Roger Partridge

Our stewardship theme, “This Is Why We Give” was echoing in my mind last Sunday as I watched 46 third graders receive their bibles. What a sight that was! I looked on in complete awe as the line of proud third graders stretched across the entire front of the sanctuary after they received their personalized bible from Dr. Bruster. The expression I saw on each face last Sunday — on the children and across the congregation gathered to see these children standing before us holding their new bibles — was something that touched my heart in a profound way.

I still have my own third grade bible, and yes, it is pretty old and worn, but I still love to look at my name written inside it in beautiful calligraphy. I still vividly remember learning the books of the bible with it and reading, discovering, and re-discovering its stories as I grew up. As I visited with a couple of these children before the service, it was heartwarming to see how excited they were to be there and to get their very own bible. I hope that many years from now they will look back on this gift from our church and cherish it as I do my own third grade bible — and reflect on the memories they’ll hold by then of their own faith journey. One thing that makes me so proud of our church is how our gifts support our growing ministry to children and teens. This is why I give.

If you’d like to visit with me about giving, please feel free to contact me (rpartridge@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5098, or click here to give online.

Roger Partridge, Director of Stewardship

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Gather in the Garden

Lisa Helm

One of my favorite spots at FUMCFW is the Garden — it’s such a beautiful, tranquil space.

I often see people enjoying its beauty; in fact, an astonishing number of brides take their bridal portraits in our Garden!

One of my favorite times to be in the Garden, however, is Sunday mornings, when people gather between services for a visit, a cup of coffee, a hug, or a handshake. One of my goals as Director of Welcoming Ministries is to make our Sunday morning Garden experience all it can be.

This Sunday, our United Methodist Women (UMW) will be hosting our Garden Reception as part of UMW Sunday. Next week, our Mission Teams Ministries will showcase their mission work in Kenya and Costa Rica as part of their annual fundraiser to support these ministries. In the weeks that follow, look for other groups who will begin taking turns playing host to this brief but important Sunday morning ritual for members, visitors, and guests who also enjoy this beautiful space.

I look forward to seeing 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!

Phyllis McDougalMark Your Calendar for September 27th!

There are two exciting things happening on Sunday, September 27th at FUMCFW! Join the Tapestry all women’s Sunday school class for an open house from 9:45 – 10:45 am in Room 313. If you’re looking to feel more grounded, supported, and energized by other women, this is the perfect class for you! This class is just for women — all ages and stages welcome — who want to learn, discuss, and grow in their faith journey.

In October and November, the class will study Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White by Adam Hamilton. If you have any questions please contact LeAnn Ayers (mojophsmla@sbcglobal.net).

It is also United Methodist Women Sunday (UMW) and these ladies will be out in full force! UMW is committed to the service and support of women, youth, and children in need within our community and church. They meet as a whole once a month for general meetings but are also divided into sub-groups, called Circles, which meet at varying times and places. These Circles are smaller groups designed around similar interests and life stages — there is truly a Circle for everyone!

If you want more information on this group of women who are united by love for their church, have hearts for service and enjoy fellowship with one another, please look for them in the garden between services on the 27th or contact Dorothy Hudson (dlphudson@charter.net.)

If you have questions about either of these groups, you can also contact me (pmcdougal@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5082.

I’m looking forward to the 27th!

Rev. Phyllis McDougal

Stop Hunger Now Gallery_HSStop Hunger Now

Click here to see photos from this event!

Together, we packaged 20,252 bags of food that will go to feed children living in poverty in Guatemala — way to go church family! Thanks to an amazing team of volunteers who helped unload the truck on Sunday, September 20, package food, box it up, and load it back onto the truck! I want to extend a special thanks to staff — Elizabeth, Linda, Andrew and Martin who helped organize the event and were there from start to finish!  Additional thanks — to Casey and an awesome confirmation class,  Mark and an amazing group of children, and Andrew and Martin and a wonderful yet sleep deprived group of “all in” youth!  Thanks to Richard and Lisa for taking pictures which we look forward to seeing!  Thank you in advance to the custodians, unfortunately, a little rice was dropped on the floor (clean-up will not be fun…) And, to all of you who stopped by to volunteer and/or to offer encouragement and to those of you who wanted to come by but couldn’t because you were doing all the great things you do every Sunday morning to make FUMCFW an awe-inspiring place to worship — thank you!

Easter 1111 4.15 DSC_0497Vocalists Wanted!
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eleven:eleven celebration is seeking vocalists to join the 11:11 Revolution Band and help lead the music for our weekly services. We are looking for male and female vocalists interested in contributing backing vocals or lead vocals to the variety of music we offer each week — a mixture of secular and sacred music, current releases, gospel, rock, folk, singer-songwriter, and even music the band has written. Both band and volunteer positions available. Rehearsals are Sunday morning, 8:00 – 9:30 am and the service runs from 11:11 am – Noon. Please contact Brad Thompson, 11:11 Band Leader, (brad@bradthompson.com) at 817/909-3329.

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Thursday, October 1
Noon – 1:00 pm | Foundation Conference Room

Want to learn more about First Methodist Church of Fort Worth Foundation? We want to answer your questions. Come join us for lunch on Thursday, October 1, 2015 from Noon to 1:00 pm in the Foundation Conference Room (1st floor of Foundation Building). The lunch is free but we do need an RSVP so we can pack you a lunch! RSVP to Lisa Tucker (lisa.tucker@fmcfoundation.org) at 817/339-5089.

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Sunday, October 4
Immediately after 11:00 am Worship | Meet at front of Sanctuary

Want to find a Sunday School class, learn about our library, Television Ministry, Children’s Ministry, and more? Join our tour of the building on Sunday, October 4. Meet Norma Loughridge at the front of the Sanctuary immediately following the 11:00 am Worship Service.

MTM Fair_HSMission Teams Ministry Fair

Sunday, October 4
9:00 am – 1:00 pm | FUMCFW Garden

On Sunday, October 4 between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm in the Garden and on Fifth Street, we will have an opportunity to show our support for our Kenya and Costa Rica mission teams at our Mission Teams Ministry Fair.

To acquaint you with the work of these two groups, there will be information available, people on hand to share their stories, and photographs of both Kenya and Costa Rica mission work to show you the good our faith community is doing in these two very special places. Even if you don’t personally travel to take part in this work, you can be a part of this special transformative work through your gifts and sponsorship support for each team’s specific needs.

To maximize the benefits of sponsorship dollars and minimize event and administrative costs, the Mission Teams Ministry Fair will replace Festival of Tables and Trees as the Mission Teams fundraising event. Because this event is being administered by your fellow church members and church staff, your entire sponsorship donation will go to support the cause you determine.

See you at the Fair!

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Mister Mark’s new book, “I’ll Take My Chances” (Pelican Publishing) has arrived! He’ll be signing books in the Garden on October 4 after Children First and donating all royalties to our Mission Teams. Look for more about this new book, dedicated to the children of FUMCFW in the next issue of our FUMCFW Weekly News! Click here to purchase a copy of Mark’s book.


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New Members

9-23-15 Members

Known Hospitalized

Col. Warner “Tex” Rankin
Eddie Dunn

In Memoriam

Glenn Reynolds



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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Fall Info Class15United Methodist Information Class

October 4 – 25, 2015 | Sunday Mornings | 9:45 – 10:45 am
Room 336 | Hosted by the Foundations Sunday School Class

Guests, new members, and all interested in meeting new people and learning more about our denomination, beliefs and our local church ministries, are invited to join us for any or all of these extremely informative sessions. There is no cost for materials or sessions. Questions? Contact Rev. Chuck Graff (cgraff@myfumc.org) 817/339-5065 or Dr. Lamar Smith (lsmith@myfumc.org) at 817/339-3886.

10.4 “John Wesley and Methodist Beginnings”
Leader: Dr. Lamar Smith, Associate Pastor

10.11 “What Do United Methodists Believe?”
Leader: Dr. Jim Abel, United Methodist Minister

10.18 “The Rich Heritage of FUMC Fort Worth”
Leader: Barry Hudson, Building Committee Chair

10.25 “There Is a Place For You to Love God. Serve People. Transform Lives.”*
Leader: Sammye Dunn, Lay Ministry Chair, Roger Partridge, Director of Stewardship, and other lay leaders from our congregation
*Includes a facility tour and will last until Noon. Following the tour, Dr. Tim Bruster will host a complimentary luncheon for all guests and new members in Room 154.

Oct15 UMW_HSUMW October General Meeting

Tuesday, October 6
11:30 am Lunch | 6:30 pm Dinner
Wesley Hall | $15 | RSVP by Noon 10.2

“Heart to Heart with Casey”
Presented by Rev. Casey Langley Orr, Associate Pastor of Discipleship

This month only — choose between lunch at 11:30 am, dinner at 6:30 pm, or both! For more information, email umw@myfumc.org or call 817/447-7831. Contact Paula Wagstaff (pwagstaff@myfumc.org) by 10.2  for childcare reservations. We look forward to seeing you there!

Click here to RSVP now!

Preparing for Marriage_HSPreparing for Marriage

Sundays, October 4 – November 1
No Class 10.25 | 9:00 – 10:30 am | Foundation Building | Room 370
$160 per Couple for Materials and Counseling Session
Led by Charles Gaby, MA, LPC

Couples often spend thousands of dollars on their wedding but invest very little in their marriage. Premarital counseling is very important to couples who are making one of the biggest decisions of their lives. In the past few decades research into happy, healthy relationships has offered up valuable and often counter-intuitive insights that can help couples increase their intimacy and fulfillment in marriage. This workshop helps couples to quickly recognize and develop strategies for approaching issues in their relationship that may limit their satisfaction. In four weeks the participants will develop an understanding of the differences in each other’s personality, and explore powerful means of enhancing the intimacy and satisfaction they desire for their lives together.

PREPARE/ENRICH, a customized couple assessment that identifies strength and growth areas, will be completed online by each couple. The results will be discussed in depth in a private session with the instructor after the class is concluded. Registration is required as class size is limited. The cost is $160 per couple and includes the cost of all materials as well as the follow-up session. Charles Gaby has been a therapist for more than 25 years, both in private practice and on the staffs of several large churches. In addition to providing both pre-marital and marriage/relationship counseling to couples, he has extensive experience leading workshops and seminars designed to help couples develop and maintain healthy relationships. Click here to register and pay online, or by contacting Marianne Wilson (mwilson@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5071.

Making Sense_HSMaking Sense of Our Social Security

Sunday, October 11
5:00 – 7:00 pm | Room 154

Understanding when and from where you will receive your income is the foundation of a successful retirement. One of the most important phases of retirement planning is understanding Social Security benefits. Come learn about: Strategies to maximize your Social Security benefits. The current state of the Social Security system…What does it mean to you? How continuing to work will impact your Social Security Benefit. How to coordinate Social Security benefits with your spouse. How your Social Security affects your taxes. How Required Minimum Distributions can really mess things up. How to coordinate your benefits with your other sources of retirement income. The rules are different for singles, couples, widows/widowers, divorcées, and disabled dependents. Even a seemingly small decision can add many dollars to the checks you’ll receive over your lifetime. Early benefits could be a BIG mistake!

Fall14 Studies_HSRegister for Fall Adult Studies

Classes began September 13, but it’s not too late to sign up!
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!

Seeing Gray_HSBook 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!

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Pastor’s Bible Study

September 16 – May 15 (37 Weeks excluding holidays TBA)
Wednesdays | 6:30 – 7:30 pm | Room 231
Led by Rev. Lance Marshall

This offering is an open Bible study, with no purchase or registration necessary. Our focus of study will be on the sermon text for the upcoming Sunday evening worship service led by Rev. Lance Marshall. It is offered to those who have never opened the Bible in their lives, to those who study on a regular basis. Childcare is not available for this class. Click here to learn more and register for this and other fall studies!

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September 17 – December 10 | Thursdays | Refreshments & Gathering
9:15 – 9:30 am | Class | 9:30 – 11:00 am
Room 350 | Led by Rev. Linda McDermott | Registration Required

Thursday Theologians is a welcoming group interested in open minded and challenging discussions of theological topics. It is specifically designed for those who are eager to ask the more difficult questions about faith and to be challenged to explore personal beliefs. We will use the book, Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most by Marcus J. Borg. Space is limited. Click here to learn more and register for this and other fall studies!

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September 22 – October 27 | Tuesdays | 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Foundation Building, 2nd Floor
Led by Rev. Phyllis McDougal

Divorce is one of the most difficult experiences that most people will ever face. Even the most amicable of divorces can create intense emotional and psychological issues which may have lasting effects if they are not given attention. The good news is that there is help for facing the challenges that divorce brings. This six-week series will use the book Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends, featuring divorce process rebuilding blocks, a proven 19-step process for putting one’s life back together after divorce. This widely-used approach to divorce recovery makes the process healthier and less traumatic for those who are going through a divorce. The focus will be on gaining insights into facing the experience of divorce, and offering time for participants to process their current experience in a supportive setting. Rev. Phyllis McDougal is an ordained United Methodist minister who also holds a Masters in Psychology and is an LPC-I. This series is free and open to members and non-members of FUMCFW. For participants who would like a copy of the book, it will be available for $15 in the church office in advance or at the first class. For more information contact Phyllis McDougal (pmcdougal@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5082. To register, contact Marianne Wilson (mwilson@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5071.

grief_shutterstock_97922762Living Through Grief Support Group

September 13 – October 14
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 (mwilson@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5071.

Improv 1st_HSImprov 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
Registration Required

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!

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



October PNO_HSOctober Parents’ Night Out

Friday, October 2
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 9.30

It’s time for our annual Halloween Party! Wear your costume! We will have games, crafts, Halloween snacks, and a movie! 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.

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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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 (ebecker@firststreetmission.org) at 817/339-5068. Small Gifts. Big Difference.

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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.



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



Youth Retreats_HSHigh School Retreat

November 14 – 15
Saturday 8:00 am – Sunday 11:00 am | Lyle Lodge | $20
Register and Pay Online Now

High Schoolers! We will be heading back out to Lyle Lodge to unplug from the world and find rest and peace in the midst of our own slice of community with one another. We come back the next morning in time to put together boxes for Thanksgiving Baskets for First Street Methodist Mission!

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


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Care for the Child In Memory Of:
Thomas L. Butler & Thomas D. Butler by Ms. Judy Butler

Foundation Memorial Fund In Memory Of:
Margaret Anne Jennett by Ronald Q. Jennett



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