Dr. Tim Bruster — Joseph: The Willingness to Set Aside Pride
Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch Sets the Tone for Our 2015 Christmas Music Festival
Spread Christmas Cheer with FUMCFW
Advent 2015: The word “nativity”
2015 Advent Devotional
Las Posadas Angel Tree
Blessing Our First Responders
Las Posadas Parade
Winter Concert Featuring Peter Mayer
Pre-Christmas Advent Celebration Featuring Peter Mayer
Book Study: Walking the Road to Bethlehem by Adam Hamilton
Advent Sermon Series Bible Study
The Wonder of Christmas: A Bible-Focused Advent Study
Traditional Worship | 9:15 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
CHRISTMAS MUSIC FESTIVAL
DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:20 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Charme Robarts
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 | 5:30 pm | Chapel | Rev. Lance Marshall
Dr. Tim Bruster
This Sunday in our Sanctuary worship we will have a glorious morning of beautiful music with our Christmas Music Festival, featuring world-renowned guest organist Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch. Dr. Welch played the dedicatory concert of the Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ last spring, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to perform this Sunday as we continue to celebrate our magnificent instrument.
As part of our worship, we will hear Choral Union’s presentation of Gloria by John Rutter and A Christmas Gloria by Gary Fry, along with brass and percussion accompaniment. There will also be a heartwarming arrangement of What Child Is This by Barlow Bradford. Please note that to accommodate the timing of this special service, the first service in the Sanctuary will begin at 9:15 am, rather than 9:30. The 11:00 am service will begin at the regular time.
As we continue our Advent sermon series, Nativity Seen, this Sunday we will focus on Joseph. Our scripture reading will be Matthew 1:18-25. Joseph was a good man, a righteous man who was willing to set aside pride, to risk ridicule, to take his family to Egypt, to resettle in Nazareth and make a life there. He reordered his life, protected his family, and mentored his son in the family trade. He was such an example for Jesus that he would address God as “Abba,” which is usually translated “Father,” but is a much more intimate term — probably better translated as “Daddy.” He had a critical role to play in Jesus’ nativity and in his formation as he grew into adulthood.
I look forward to worshipping with you on this third Sunday of Advent as we experience glorious music and we see nativity in Joseph and in the lives of those who help bring forth the best in others.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch Sets the Tone
for Our 2015 Christmas Music Festival
“In addition to being a concert artist, my other favorite musical role is leading God’s people in worship with music that is alive, expressive, and powerfully engaging — this will be a great day for that!”
— Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch, special guest organist at upcoming Christmas Music Festival
‘Tis the season for cheerful carols and merry melodies! Every year during Advent, FUMCFW selects a special Sunday to celebrate the joy of the holidays in song. The 2015 Christmas Music Festival will feature Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch as our guest organist together with our own Peggy Graff, Organist and Associate Director of Music Ministries, Choral Union, and brass and percussion accompaniment.
Hailed as a “world-class virtuoso,” Dr. Welch’s mesmerizing performance at FUMCFW’s organ dedication concert last spring was nothing short of spectacular, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to perform at this year’s Christmas Music Festival on Sunday, December 13. The celebration will include Choral Union’s presentation of Gloria, A Christmas Gloria, and a heartwarming arrangement of What Child Is This. Be sure to join us this year to embrace joyful music of the season as a congregation.
Click here to learn more about the Christmas Music Festival.
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“This is a great experience for all ages because caroling requires heart and joy, not musical prowess, and kids from 1 to 92 can join in.”
— Mark Burrows, Director of Children’s Ministries
For most of us, Christmas is a special time of cheer and celebration. Between the decorations, presents, holiday events, and more, the joy of the season is in the air. For others, the Christmas spirit is not always so present. FUMCFW created Christmas Cheer in 2014 as a way to share our good tidings with others. First, caroling groups travel to downtown assisted living facilities to spread God’s love through song and fellowship. Then, it’s back to Wesley Hall to celebrate the joy of Christmas with carriage rides, flip books, a Christmas card station, and cookie decorating.
This churchwide caroling and Christmas celebration offers a wonderful and memorable holiday experience for all ages. Join us for 2015 Christmas Cheer on Sunday, December 13, at 2:30 pm in Wesley Hall to help make the holidays merry and bright for others.
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A Word About Worship: Nativity Seen — Intro to Advent 2015
When you hear “a Nativity Scene,” what is the first image that comes to mind? Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus in a manger. Right? It’s a beautiful image of a long ago event that we celebrate each year, reminding us of God’s “good news to all people.” You’ll notice, however, that this year our theme for Advent is not exactly the same as the traditional Nativity Scene. Notice the different spelling: A Nativity SEEN. It’s a provocative play on words that invites us to not simply remember Jesus’ nativity, but to look for evidences of nativity all around us. Instead of the SCENE of a nativity, we are focusing on SEEING the nativity in our daily lives and in our world.
It goes back to the meaning of nativity, “the process of being born.” A Nativity Seen asks us the question: How is Christ born and made alive in our lives and in our world today? And that question becomes personal for each of us as individuals — and for us as a faith community. How are we participating in “birthing” Christ in our world and in our lives? We see a nativity, Christ born, in grand and bold actions as well as in small and easily overlooked gestures and lifestyles. And what we understand is that Christ and his gospel are born every day and every time we follow the ways of his witness. Click here to learn more about our Nativity Seen theme.
Click play to watch a Nativity Seen Video Intro featuring special insights from some of our First Church family members!
2015 Advent Devotional
Our 2015 Advent Devotional began on November 23! Follow along as each day prepares you for the next Sunday’s sermon. Get a printed copy for yourself and one to share with a friend in the Welcome Center and Main Office or click here to follow along each day online!
November 22 – December 13
Pick up tags at the Welcome Center starting on 11.22 | Return gifts by 12.13
Trees located in Narthex, Welcome Center, 2nd Floor Children’s Wing, & Main Church Office
This Advent season, we will collect 500 gifts for children and youth from 0 to 18 years of age in celebration of Las Posadas at El Buen Samaritano UMC. Las Posadas commemorates the journey of Mary and Joseph as they searched for lodging in Bethlehem. Children living near El Buen, many of whom attend T.A. Sims Elementary School, come out for the parade and to receive gifts as part of this traditional celebration.
Please consider supporting this cooperative effort between El Buen and FUMCFW to brighten the holidays for these children. Visit any of the four trees throughout the church to pick up a tag with a child’s age, gender, and gift instructions. Return your gift to the church by Sunday, December 13, 2015.
For more information, please contact Elizabeth Becker (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5068.
Sunday, December 6 & 13
Pick up boxes for treats | 12.6 & 12.13
9:00 – 9:30 & 10:30 – 11:11 am | Welcome Center
Deliver treats to local first responders | 12.6 – 12.19
Share hospitality with others by baking goodies and taking them to local fire and police departments. Come to the Welcome Center on December 6 and 13 to pick up a special box for your treats that includes an invitation to worship with us on Christmas Eve. Let’s bless Tarrant County and beyond with these special holiday treats for those who serve others so generously throughout the year. For more information, contact Sammye Dunn (email@example.com) or Rev. Chuck Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5065.
Saturday, December 19
4:00 pm | Parade begins at Avenue G & Campbell
Worship after the parade at El Buen Samaritano UMC
3429 Strong Ave. | Fort Worth, 76105
You are invited to join El Buen Samaritano UMC in their annual holiday tradition of Las Posadas. Las Posadas is the traditional re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey to find lodging in Bethlehem. The parade, with live animals, will begin on the corner of Avenue G and Campbell and will end with a worship service at El Buen Samaritano.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
6:00 pm | Drum circle | Garden
Drums provided, or bring your own
Doors open at 7:00 pm | Music begins at 7:30 pm | Wesley Hall
$20 online and at the door | Free for children under 12
“Peter Mayer is a magician . . . (his) universe is full of metaphor and meaning, story, and symbol — everything contains more than meets the eye.”
— Bill Reed, music editor, Colorado Springs Gazette
Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet — songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and the mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of “folk,” and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself. Take a break from your shopping and wrapping and Christmas “busy-ness as usual” and gift yourself with an evening of amazing music, inspirational moments (and maybe a little bit of surprise and wonder where you least expect it!) Come early for our annual drum circle at 6:00 pm in the Garden. No drumming experience necessary and fun for all ages! Bring your drum or use ours. Questions? Contact Gayle Ammerman (email@example.com).
Pre-Christmas Advent Celebration
Featuring Peter Mayer
Sunday, December 20
11:11 am | Wesley Hall | eleven:eleven celebration
Celebrate the Sunday before Christmas with the music of Minnesota singer-songwriter Peter Mayer. Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet — songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and the mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of “folk,” and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself. Be sure to attend this special eleven:eleven celebration, open to all.
Carols and Lullabies — Christmas in the Southwest
Featuring Adoramus Choral Ensemble
Sunday, December 20
6:00 pm | Tamale & Salsa reception | Wesley Hall
6:30 pm | Concert | Sanctuary
Following a delicious Tamale & Salsa reception in Wesley Hall, this special evening of concert and stories will feature our own Adoramus Choral Ensemble accompanied by harp, guitar, and marimba. We’ll begin with gathering music by guitar, and feature a series of readings, carols, and lullabies sung in Spanish and Catalonian (English translations provided). Bring a friend and join us for this delightful evening of food, music, and the spirit of Christmas in the Southwest.
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!
It Really Is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
First a concert by world-class organ virtuoso, Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch (Remember the early service starts at 9:15 am!), followed by spectacular Christmas music by our Choral Union, percussion, and brass in the morning. Then, starting at 2:30 pm in Wesley Hall, an afternoon of family fun including Christmas caroling in our community retirement homes, downtown carriage rides, photo flip books, Christmas card crafting, and cookie decorating. That’s just what’s happening this Sunday at FUMCFW! Click here to continue reading.
THIS Sunday is going to be SO MUCH FUN!
Mister Mark Burrows
Thing One — Our Children’s Mission Shop will be open from 10:30 – 11:00 and 12:00 – 12:30 this Sunday.
They are selling pottery, ornaments, and cookies in a jar – all of which they made.
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Sunday, “Shepherds — We Make the Road by Walking”
Rev. Tom McDermott
This Sunday, we will again have Dace Sultanov and Hillary Hummel on cello and harp for some special music before the celebration begins. I hope you’ll come early for that — starting around 10:50 am. Lisa Stoval will join us again on vocals! Click to continue reading.
Watch! Listen! The Son of God is begotten in us . . .
Dr. Len Delony
This Tuesday when I let our dog Chancy out to go for a walk, she was overcome with enthusiasm as always and rushed to the curb (but this time, and in a somewhat over-the-top fashion, she greeted Jack Benson, a neighbor and fellow FUMCFW friend, who was walking up the sidewalk from the Trinity River).
A few minutes later, Chancy and I arrived at our favorite field just before sunset. The cardinals all around chirped to the glowing colors in the western sky as if to play their part in a symphony proclaiming “Emmanuel” and “this moment matters!” Click here to continue reading.
Joseph: The Quiet Leader
Though we don’t need one more thing to disagree upon, the perennial assumption that extraverts are the best leaders endures. Really, there is no need for a contest here, we need both kinds of leaders, and both can be effective with certain kinds of followers.
Whatever our personality type and whether we are a leader or a follower, leadership by example is a powerful thing. But since our heads turn more naturally toward the louder voices (and introverts can have these) and the most extravagant deeds, it is easy to undervalue the quiet examples of everyday goodness. Click here to continue reading.
Rev. Phyllis McDougal’s Wedding Invitation
Honor your family members or celebrate a special occasion by contributing altar flowers. Beginning in 2016, the following Sundays are available:
- January 10, 17, and 24
- March 6 and 29
- July 3, 17, and 31
- October 2 and 30
For more information, contact Elizabeth Becker at 817/336-7277.
Mary Alice Manulik was born on November 23, 2015.
Proud family includes: parents, Haley & Mason Manulik, sister, Mollie, & brother, Spencer.
William McMillan was born on November 23, 2015.
Proud family includes: parents, Larkin & Richard McMillan, sister, Sarah, & brother Taylor.
Isabella Ryan Laudermill was born on December 3, 2015.
Proud family includes: parents, Mindy & Ryan Laudermill.
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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November 18, December 2, 9, & 16
Wednesdays | 9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154 | Book available for $10
Led by Rev. Phyllis McDougal | Registration required
Experience the nativity story in new ways as you take your own journey to Christmas. Walking the Road to Bethlehem combines content from Adam’s travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem, a summary of both historical and scriptural.
December 2 – 23
Wednesdays | 6:30 – 7:30 pm | Room 350
Led by Dr. Tim Bruster
Join our Senior Pastor Dr. Tim Bruster for a very special Bible study during the season of Advent. This engaging class will take a deeper look into the scriptures for each week’s worship service leading up to Christmas Eve. No materials or registration are required, and the study is open to people of all levels of Bible study experience.
December 6 – 20
Sundays | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Room 331
Led by Rev. Chuck Graff | Registration required
Please join Rev. Chuck Graff in exploring a deeper meaning of Christmas for this Bible-based Advent study on preparing and opening hearts to experiencing anew the wonder and joy of Christmas this season. Bring your Bibles and a notebook and pen to take notes to review during the week. You will be given handouts and readings/prayers to reflect upon during the week.
Sunday, December 13
2:30 pm | Starting in Wesley Hall
2:30 – 4:00 pm | Community caroling
4:00 – 5:30 pm | Christmas celebration | Wesley Hall
Join us for this special day of service and fun! We’ll meet in Wesley Hall to kick off Christmas Cheer, which begins with caroling groups traveling to downtown assisted living facilities to share God’s love through song and fellowship. Then it’s back to Wesley Hall to celebrate the joy of Christmas with carriage rides, flip books, a Christmas card station, and cookie decorating. For more information, contact Elizabeth Marshall (email@example.com) at 817/339-5096.
Tuesday, December 15 & Wednesday, December 16
10:00 am | 2-year-olds | Wesley Hall
11:00 am | 3s, 4s, & Pre-K | Wesley Hall
There’s really nothing like the joyful noise of young children singing their favorite Christmas songs with all their hearts to amp up your holiday spirit. Join us for these sweet expressions of Christmas joy.
Sundays during Advent
Pick up bags at the Welcome Center
Return bags to antique trucks parked on 5th Street
Food insecurity is a frightening reality for many families in our community. Help fill First Street Methodist Mission’s food pantry by picking up Mission Red Food Bags, located at the Welcome Center each Sunday during Advent. Please include several of the Mission Red Food Bags in your holiday grocery shopping. Fill them up with nonperishable food items, and then return them to the antique trucks parked on 5th Street on Sundays!
For more information, contact Elizabeth Becker (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5068.
Sunday, December 13
9:15 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary
Hailed as “a world-class virtuoso,” Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch’s mesmerizing performance at FUMCFW’s organ dedication concert last spring was nothing short of spectacular, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to perform this Advent season. Enjoy a morning of beautiful music as we continue to celebrate the Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ and hear Choral Union’s presentation of Gloria by John Rutter and A Christmas Gloria by Gary Fry, along with brass and percussion accompaniment. There will also be a heartwarming arrangement of What Child Is This by Barlow Bradford. A 15-minute concert featuring Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch beginning at 9:15 am and 11:00 am will embrace joyful music of the season.
January 16 – 18, 2016
Glen Lake Camp & Retreat Center | Grades 7 – 12
Youth: $150 | Adults: $50
Guest Speaker: Dwight Johnson | Musical Guest: Bus Seven
Click here to register and pay as a youth
Click here to register and pay as an adult
It’s that time again! Our big winter retreat, Revolution Weekend, is coming up and we want YOU to join us January 16 – 18 down at Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center! Click here to see what you can look forward to at Revolution Weekend 2016: Get Dirty and why you will want to be a part of it.
Methodist Justice Ministry In Honor Of:
Linda Abel by UMW Mary Martha Circle
Rev. Casey Orr by UMW
Kenya Choir Fund In Honor Of:
Mark Burrows by FUMCFW Baton Rouge
First Street Methodist Mission In Memory Of:
Betty Corbett by Claudia Blalock
Betty Corbett by Haila Swift
Betty Corbett by Nancy Fisher
Jeffrey Charles White by Mary Lucile McKellar
Mayo Vick by Edith Bennett
Food 4 Kids In Memory Of:
Betty Corbett by Connie Larson