FUMCFW Weekly 10.6.17

By October 6, 2017News


Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
“A Time to Weep and a Time to Mourn”

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

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“A Time to Weep and a Time to Mourn”

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. — Romans 8:26

Dr. Tim Bruster


We were already reeling from the devastation of the earthquakes in Mexico; the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico; and the wildfires in the Western United States and Canada. Now we are in shock as we mourn the horrific mass murder of dozens and the wounding of hundreds in Las Vegas. In the wake of all these tragic events we feel distraught, perhaps helpless, and — with the sheer magnitude of all this suffering and loss in our world — maybe even a bit numb. Read more.

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


Lou Friese75Remembering Lou

Whether or not you knew Lou Friese personally, the shock and outpouring of grief and love that followed the news of his death this past week is sure testament to the many gifts and close connections he held with and for the benefit of our First Church community and beyond. Read more.

Focus First_Survey_SQ1Have You Taken the Focus First Survey?

Our goal is 1000 responses, and as of today we are at 289. 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!

THIS SUNDAY 12:30 – 2:30 pm will begin the series of four Focus Groups that are an essential part of the Focus First congregation-led planning process. Sign up now and come ready to share your thoughts, hopes and dreams for the future or our church. If you’ve not yet taken the survey, click here to add your input now! Read more.

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.

Church Exterior_SQSigns of Our FUMCFW Future

This past week the Building Committee met and reviewed a plan for signage and wayfinding at FUMCFW. In a unanimous vote they recommended to the Board of Trustees that we move forward on developing this plan that seeks to put beautiful curved “monument” signage at the corners of our church campus to mark its edges, as well as bronze-colored permanent signage to help identify buildings and provide directions to various locations on the campus. Read more.



Lori Peugh
Norma Loughridge



Lou Friese
Jerry Jirik

Click here to make a memorial donation.



First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Flo Dillard by Jean Conner Buford
Flo Dillard by Spillar, Mitcham, Eaton & Bicknell, LLP

Foundation Fund in Memory of:
Cal Campbell by Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Gibson
Ganey Bradfield by Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Gibson
Ganey Bradfield by Inquirers Sunday School Class
Pauline Oates by Mr. & Mrs. Arch Van Meter

Hurricane Relief in Memory of:
Pauline Oates by Gaye Fuller

Justice Ministry in Memory of:
Megan Cain by Mary & John Cockrell

The Oates Fund in Memory of:
Pauline Oates by Jean Kent
Pauline Oates by Joan Gaspard
Pauline Oates by Mary Louise Walker Harrington


Hurricane Relief in Honor of:
Dr. Tim Bruster by Gaye Fuller

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.


Nancy Fisher75Your Christian Response to Our Call for Action

Nancy Fisher

I love how our First Church community responds with unbounded generosity when an unimaginable crisis happens. Thank you for being another example of Christ’s love in the last five weeks with your generous gifts totaling $66,157 designated for Hurricane Relief and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Read more.

mark75One of the Reasons I LOVE My Church . . .

Mark Burrows

So, many of you know the worship team has been planning — The Gospel According to Dogs — a sweet, fun worship series set to start this Sunday. And then we all woke up Monday morning to the news from Las Vegas. That, on top of three, THREE devastating hurricanes, earthquakes . . . Read more.

Way to Go, Families!

Sunday was an amazing day in Academy! The rooms were buzzing! After one Sunday, I would say the October Attendance Challenge is still anyone’s to win. Our Bible story for October is the ultimate “underdog” story — David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1-50). Our main idea is how to cope with bullying. Bullying — It’s not just about what David does or what Goliath does. Read more.

Tom75Let it go. Let it out. Let it all unravel.

Rev. Tom McDermott

The poet Mark Nepo writes, “Like gravity, the presence and impact of suffering in this world is an element we cannot escape.” And yet, the root word of suffering means “to feel keenly,” as if to say suffering, as discomforting and even frightening as it can seem, is also an invitation to be in this life together with one another, to be present and open to one another, to feel intentionally. Read more.

Focus First_Lance_SQ75Where’s the energy?

Rev. Lance Marshall

I love participating in brainstorming sessions with Mister Mark, the Director of Children’s Ministries at FUMCFW. Not only is he brilliant and creative, he’s great at helping a group zero in on its best, most productive ideas. Over and over again, he’ll lift up some of our comments and point out, “It seems like [this idea] is where all the energy is. 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

Fitness Class Leader Volunteers

Mondays & Tuesdays | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Justin Youth Building Gym | 801 W. 5th St.

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

9.17.17  – 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.

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

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

10.7 Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Learning Session

9:00 am – noon | Wesley Hall
“‘What if I can’t tell you what I want?’ Advance Directives, Financial Decisions & More”
Led by Certified Elder Law Attorney Monica A. Benson & Chaplain David I. Lowe

10.7 – 10.8 Middle School Retreat

Noon Saturday – 9:30 am Sunday
Lyle Lodge | $25 | Registration required

10.7 Blessing the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth

4:30 – 7:30 pm | Ronald McDonald House
1001 8th Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104

10.8 Focus First Focus Group

12:30 – 2:30 pm | Room 332

10.11 Focus First Focus Group

6:30 – 8:30 pm | Room 332

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

10.18 – 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

10.31 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

11.15 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

First Talks

Sundays | 9:30 – 10:30 am | Room 230

Baptism 101

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


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