FUMCFW Weekly 9.22.17

By September 22, 2017News


Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Rev. Linda McDermott

DiscipleChurch | 7:15 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Worship | Chapel | Rev. Brooks Harrington

The Gathering | 9:30 am | Wesley Hall | 11:00 am | Justin Youth Building
Rev. Lance Marshall
Sermon Series: “Sex, Death, and Money”

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

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


Accessibility_SQThe Task of Accessibility

With a dream of making our Sanctuary and worship services more accessible for people with mobility challenges, our FUMCFW Accessibility Task Force responds to concerns of First Church accessibility. One of the first duties of the Task Force was to listen to the concerns, perceptions and ideas of those who experience the access challenges in our church firsthand. Read more.



Mrs. Pauline Oates

Please join us in prayers for comfort and strength for the entire Bruster family on the death of Dr. Tim Bruster’s mother, Mrs. Ella Pauline Bruster Oates. She died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Monday, September 18, 2017. As an active member of Central Baptist Church, Pauline participated in the Silver Tones, the Silver Strummers, and the B.A.L.L. Club. She was also a member of Eastern Star, and she loved to travel. Pauline Oates was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and sister. She had an endless amount of love for her family and was adored by her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Hawthorn Funeral Home on September 21 in Carthage, Texas.

Click here if you would like to leave a message of condolence for the Bruster family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Central Baptist Church, Rehobeth United Methodist Church, or Hearts Way Hospice. In addition to these requests by the family, there also is the option of donating within our church to the Oates Fund. The Oates Fund was set up by Pauline as a place to make contributions for distinct new ministry opportunities outside the church budget that Dr. Bruster feels are important for our church to fund. You can find The Oates Fund as an option on the drop-down menu on our church’s “quick give” link, with no login required.

Hurricane Harvey Relief_SQ1Help After Harvey

When the floods came to South Texas our congregation was quick to respond, donating upward of $55,000 within the first days after the storm hit land. Some of the money was used to purchase supplies for cleaning buckets which our Early Response Team delivered when they made their trip to work sites in South Texas earlier this month. Read more.

Palm Tree Apt Cooking Class IMG_0322175Home Cooking

DiscipleChurch member Don Watkins led an effort to secure the services of Chef Manny Vasquez from the Tarrant Area Food Bank to offer two cooking classes for residences of Palm Tree Apartments. These apartments house 22 people who were formerly homeless. Our church has partnered with Palm Tree (a division of DRC) to do a number of things, including these cooking classes. Read more.

Star Telegram-Award17Fan Favorite

FUMCFW is proud to win third “Best Place of Worship” in Star-Telegram’s 2017 Fort Worthy contest in which readers select their favorites in a number of categories. We have a lot of choices when it comes to worship. Whether you are interested in traditional worship, DiscipleChurch, The Gathering, or eleven:eleven celebration, there’s a worship style for everyone here at First Church. Read more.

Tim and Teddy_SQSend us your DOGS!

No, not the actual dogs. What we’re looking for here is an assortment of favorite dog photos from our First Church family for use in our promotions of Dr. Bruster’s October sermon series: “The Gospel According to Dogs: What Our Four-Legged Friends Can Teach Us,” beginning Sunday, October 8. Read more.



9.22.17 New Members


9.22.17 Baptism


Allie Van Meter
Donna Darrah
Michelle Gann


W.L. “Bill” Hailey
Mrs. Pauline Oates, mother of Dr. Tim Bruster

Click here to make a memorial donation.



Foundation Fund in Memory of:
Ganey Bradfield by Ms. Anna Brown
Ganey Bradfield by Ms. Bettye Sue McDaniel

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 Fisher75Fall is Here Which Means the End of Year is Near

Nancy Fisher

The first day of fall is this Friday. I love this time of year, even though it means that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the end of the year are also rapidly approaching. With that in mind, please revisit the status of your 2017 Commitment to Ministry and Operating Fund pledge. Read more.


Mark Burrows

That’s how I feel — inspired. Families, I can’t begin to tell you what it means to see you in the Sanctuary at 11:00 am. Your presence alone is making a tremendous difference in the energy and engagement of worship. The intent behind this whole move was to do what’s best (in the long run) for children and families. Read more.

kat-bair75Refresh Part 1: Who Are We?

Kat Bair

About two months into my tenure here, the rest of the Youth Staff and I worked with our Youth Council to redefine our mission, vision, values, and goals for the Youth Ministry. One of the things that experts in ministry had determined helped form healthier communities was having a mission statement everyone knew and was on board with. Read more.

Tom75Life is What Happens When . . .

Rev. Tom McDermott

I am excited to be with you this Sunday as we explore further the gifts that can arise from unexpected chaos and change. While it often feels like “life is what happens when you’re making other plans,” God, the very ground of our being and present hope, reminds and invites us to participate rather than resist, to be present to the challenges rather than retreat to escapism. Read more.

Sid75Treasures of the Earth Gifted to the Foundation — A Look into the Foundation’s Oil and Gas Assets

Sid Johnston

It is no secret to Texans that gas and oil royalties are highly coveted assets. So how did the Foundation come across the ownership interest of 742 wells in 43 different counties spread across four states in the South? Read more.


September Mission Sundays: Diapers

Please bring diapers 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

Singing Men of First Church

Rehearsals | Wednesdays, September 20 & 27, 2017
8:00 – 9:00 pm | Choir Room
Performance | Sunday, October 1, 2017
9:30 & 11:00 am worship | Sanctuary

9.21 – 10.26 Thursday Theologians

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

9.23 Habitat for Humanity Build

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

9.24 United Methodist Women Sunday

All worship services

9.24 – 10.8 Preparing for Marriage

Sundays | 5:00 – 7:00 pm | Foundation Building, 2nd Floor
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren | $160 per couple | Registration required

10.3 October Women’s Luncheon

11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, 9.29 
“Faith Traditions: Sharing Faith with Families”
Mark Burrows, Director of FUMCFW Children’s Ministries

10.5 Preventing Falls Lunch & Learn

10:30 am – 12:30 pm | Wesley Hall
Karen Cone, Brookdale Senior Living
Complimentary lunch | Register by October 1

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

10.14 Habitat for Humanity Build

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

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

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 | 7:00 – 9:00 am
The Trailhead at Clearfork
4801 Edwards Ranch Road, 76109 | Waiver required

First Talks

Sundays | 9:30 – 10:30 am | Room 350

Baptism 101

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

More events.


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