FUMCFW Weekly 10.13.17

By October 13, 2017News


Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
“Use What God Has Given You”

DiscipleChurch | 7:15 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Worship | Chapel | Dr. Mike Marshall

The Gathering | 9:30 am | Wesley Hall | 11:00 am | Room 350
Rev. Lance Marshall
Sermon Series: “Radical Faith”

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

Worship Bulletins

Chapel Communion | 10:35 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony

Connections | 10:30 – 11:00 am & noon – 12:30 pm | Garden & Wesley Hal
Join us at Connections between services.

More Ways to Worship

Live Stream | Join us live online on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am for The Gathering, 11:00 am for Traditional, and 11:11 am for eleven:eleven celebration.

WRR Radio | Listen to each previous week’s sermon and music on Sunday mornings at 7:30 am on WRR 101.1 FM.

Sunday School Teachers & Topics

Tim75“Use What God Has Given You”

First in the series: “The Gospel According to Dogs: What Our Four-Legged Friends Can Teach Us”

Psalm 139:1-14; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6

Dr. Tim Bruster

This coming week in traditional Sanctuary worship we’ll begin a new worship series, “The Gospel According to Dogs: What Our Four-Legged Friends Can Teach Us,” in which we will examine over the next three weeks the intriguing parallels we can find between the nature of dogs and the messages of the Gospels. Whether you’re a “dog person” or not, I think you will enjoy this lighthearted look at how God’s love is reflected in the nature of dogs — and in our relationships with them. Read more.

Robert Stovall gives a quick preview of the music offering for this Sunday.


Gospel According to Dogs_SQSit, Stay, Post, and Tag Us!

To add to the fun of Dr. Bruster’s October sermon series, post pictures of your four-legged friend to your social media pages using the hashtag #gospeldogs and tagging FUMCFW.

Spectrum17_SQSpectrum Kicks Off its 2017 – 2018 Series at FUMCFW on Monday, October 15, at 7:00 pm in Leonard Memorial Chapel!

Spectrum Chamber Music Society, Fort Worth’s oldest professional chamber music group, begins another exciting new season featuring musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) and friends performing both popular music and hidden gems from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods. Read more.


2017 – 2018 FUMCFW Concert Series Begins THIS MONDAY

We invite you to join us for the spectacular and unique collage of music offerings that comprise our 2017 – 2018 FUMCFW Concert Series, The Gift of Music. This continuous, yearlong series offers a broad array of quality ensembles — each at the top of its level — with instrumental music from organ to strings and brass, and choral performances featuring male and female, community, high school, college, and professional choral ensembles. Read more.



Danica Knight75_ffNancy Tully75_ffFocus First Q&A with Steering Committee Members

Check out these Q&A interviews from Danica Knight and Nancy Tully, two of our Focus First steering committee members tasked with gathering and organizing the feedback provided by our congregation via the survey and Focus Groups brought to us by our consultant, Susan Beaumont.

The Steering committee includes: Chair Jim Whitton, Nancy Tully, Patricia Healy, Haley Manulik, Robert Holman, Samantha Morgan, Danica Knight, Dr. Tim Bruster, and Staff Liaison Lance Marshall.

We’ll hear from each of them in this series with their own reflections on the Focus First process as well as their individual experiences in providing the organizational work designed to help fold in-depth congregational feedback into a true churchwide plan for growth and development of our exciting future in our growing Downtown Fort Worth community.

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Have You Taken the Focus First Survey?

Our goal is 1000 responses, and as of today we are at 367. If you haven’t taken the survey, add your voice today!

Your feedback is important to us as we discern who we are as a church and what we are called to become. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by October 20, 2017. You can become part of the Focus First process by investing just 10 – 15 minutes of your time. Read more.

DSC_0393_SQFacilitators are Trained and Ready!

Sign up today for one of the two remaining Focus Groups today!

THIS SUNDAY 12:30 – 2:30 pm we’ll continue our series of four Focus Groups that are an essential part of the Focus First congregation-led planning process. Just two more of our four scheduled Focus groups remain: this Sunday from 12:30 – 2:30 pm and Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Read more.



10.13.17 Baptisms


Norma Loughridge
Zuli Cope


Carol Griesbach

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First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Florine Dillard by Suzanne Mabe
Lou Friese by Barbara McMahon
Lou Friese by Diana & Jim Perry
Lou Friese by Gaye Fuller
Lou Friese by Leah & Roger Owens
Lou Friese by Margi Kluck
Lou Friese by Martha & Tim Smith
Lou Friese by Patsy & William Lebo
Lou Friese by Steve Fagan

Foundation Fund in Memory of:
Ganey Bradfield by Bernice & Robert Bradfield
Ganey Bradfield by Virginia Bradfield

General Fund in Memory of:
Jerry Jirik by Nancy & Tony Phillips

The Oates Fund in Memory of:
Pauline Oates by Harold Teague Jr.
Pauline Oates by Kathleen & Tommy Potter


First Street Methodist Mission in Honor of:
Shelley Darnell by Ernestine Kohl

Want to honor a special person or accomplishment?
Feel moved to make a gift in memory of someone you care about?

Click here to make your Honorary or Memorial gift now.


kat-bair75We’re A Mess. Jesus Loves Us.

Kat Bair

We’re a mess. Jesus loves us. That, in essence, was the entire message of Middle School Retreat last weekend. If I am confident of anything, it’s that everyone reading this blog, everyone I’ve ever met, everyone I follow on Instagram, is convinced at least once a week that they are the only person who doesn’t have their life together. Read more.

mark75Teachers — Thank You!

Mark Burrows

We are halfway through the October Attendance Challenge! And at this point, NO class is out of the running. In fact, many of the classes who were way back after week one made big moves forward last week! But what is most inspiring is that not only are we seeing unbelievable attendance numbers . . . but you are filling their sweet heads with beautiful messages of faith, hope, and love. Read more.

Len751At the Heart of Focus First: “How Is It With Your Soul?”

Dr. Len Delony

Almost 280 years ago, a teaching fellow at Lincoln College in Oxford, England, was awestruck by an experience about which he later wrote in his journal “I felt my heart was strangely warmed.” Those, of course, were the words of John Wesley, a primary leader of the renewal movement that came to be known as “the Methodist Church.” Read more.

Tom75The Ten Commandments (and a Few Suggestions)

Rev. Tom McDermott

I always loved the Tonight Show with Jay Leno segment called Jay-Walking. Well, it’s a love-hate relationship, I suppose. The questions and answers left me with such a mixed reaction of laugh-out-loud incredulity at the responses people gave along with a deep sense of angst and terror about the future of our civilization! Read more.


October Mission Sundays: Sheets and Towels

Please bring sheet and towel sets to First Street Methodist Mission
Monday – Thursday | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
OR the donation bins at the East, West & Garden entrances | Sunday mornings

Communications Volunteer Opportunities

Print Production Volunteer
Event Photographers

9.6 – 11.22 Disciple Fast Track: Old Testament

Wednesdays | 9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 350
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren | $20 | Registration required

9.20 – 11.1 Divorce: Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends

(No class October 18)
Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Foundation Building, 2nd Floor
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren
Registration required | Book available for $15

9.21 – 10.26 Thursday Theologians

9:15 – 11:00 am | Room 350
Led by Rev. Linda McDermott | Registration required

10.14 Habitat for Humanity Build

7:45 am – 3:00 pm | 5818 Whittlesey Road, 76119
Registration required

10.14 – 10.15 Confirmation Fall Retreat

10:00 am Saturday – 11:00 am Sunday
Lyle Lodge | $20 | Registration required

10.15 – 10.20 FUMC Preschool and PDO Book Fair

Sunday 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Monday – Thursday 9:15 am – 2:30 pm
Friday 9:15 – 10:00 am
Children’s Wing | Room 200

10.15 Focus First Focus Group

12:30 – 2:30 pm | Room 332

10.16 Spectrum Concert Series

Concert | 7:00 – 8:30 pm | Chapel
Reception to follow | Wesley Hall

10.17 Oklahoma State University Chorale & Guest Choirs Present
“The Cutting Edge” with Dr. Z. Randall Stroope & Guest Composers

7:00 – 9:00 pm | Sanctuary

10.18 – 11.8 Grief Support

Wednesdays | 6:15 – 7:45 pm | Room 230
Led by Charme Robarts | Registration required

10.18 Focus First Focus Group

6:30 – 8:30 pm | Room 332

10.19 Wesleyan Adventurers Lunch at Shaw’s Patio Bar and Grill

11:30 am | 1051 W. Magnolia Ave., 76104

10.22 Halloween Carnival

3:00 ­– 5:00 pm | 5th Street & Justin Building Parking Lot | 801 W. 5th St.
Admission: Bring canned food items to help our First Street Methodist Mission feed those who are hungry

10.29 Costa Rica Mission Trip Informational Meeting

Noon – 1:00 pm | Room 154

10.31 Preschool & PDO Blood Drive

9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Justin Building Parking Lot

11.7 November Women’s Luncheon

11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, 11.3 
“Family Traditions in the Kitchen”
Juan Rodriguez, Owner & Chef of Magdalena’s

11.11 – 11.12 High School Retreat

8:00 am Saturday – 10:30 am Sunday
Lyle Lodge | $25 | Registration required
High school youth | Grades 9 – 12

11.15 Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Learning Session

Program | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm & 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Discussion | 1:30 – 2:30 pm & 7:30 – 8:30 pm | Wesley Hall
Bring a meal or snack | Tea & water provided
“Holiday Treasures from Teepa Snow” | Led by Linda Abel, RN

11.16 Wesleyan Adventurers Trip to Gaylord Texan’s ICE!: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

9:45 am | Carpool from FUMCFW
$25 | Register by November 1

11.19 Honoring Our Former Organists at FUMCFW

9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary

Ongoing Programs

First Yoga

Hatha Class | Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays | 9:30 – 10:30 am
Wednesdays | 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Modified Class | Tuesdays & Fridays | 10:45 – 11:30 am
Wednesdays | 2:15 – 3:00 pm
Room 320 | Led by Linda Blanchard
Waiver & registration required | $70 per 10-class punch card

Men’s In-Depth Bible Study

Tuesdays | 7:00 – 8:00 am | Room 154
Led by Fred Cantu and other leaders

First We Drum

Second Tuesday of each month
7:00 – 8:30 pm | Wesley Hall

De Colores! Emmaus Ministry Fourth Day Reunion Group

First Wednesday of every month
Noon | Room 230

Pastor’s Bible Study

Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Room 231
Led by Rev. Lance Marshall

Walking, Running & Cycling Group

Saturdays | 8:00 – 9:00 am
The Trailhead at Clearfork
4801 Edwards Ranch Road, 76109 | Waiver required

9.17.17  – 5.27.18 Food 4 Kids Volunteer Opportunity

Sundays | Pack backpacks for 1 hour between 9:00 am – noon
First Street Methodist Mission | 801 W. 1st St.

First Talks

Sundays | 9:30 – 10:30 am | Room 230

Baptism 101

First Sunday of every month
11:00 am | Room 230 | Registration required

Blood Pressure Screenings

Sundays | 10:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154

9.17 – 11.5 & 1.14 – 3.4 Covenant Bible Study

Sundays | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm | Room 332
Led by Dave Alvarado | $15 | Registration required


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