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Martin Leathers Thinks Big at FUMCFW and Beyond
2016 Easter Egg Hunt Photos!
April Church Tour
Buckets of Sun
General Conference Delegation Listening Post
Pastor’s Bible Study
Tyler State Park and Azalea Trail Outdoor Retreat
UMW Annual Fundraiser: Journey Through Faith
Emmaus Walk Fellowship & Informational Event
Women’s Wednesday Morning Study Group
April Foundation Lunch & Learn
Preparing for Marriage
April Good Book Club
Desert Dreams Preschool & PDO Silent Auction
Mission Day Camp
Vacation Bible School
Traditional Worship | 9:40 am | Chapel | 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Martin Leathers
Children First | 9:45 am | Sanctuary | Mister Mark Burrows
DiscipleChurch | 7:20 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Chapel | Charme Robarts
9:30 am | Discussion Groups
Chapel Communion | 10:35 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
nine:thirty-nine | eleven:eleven celebration | 9:39 & 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. DeAndrea Dare
The Gathering | 9:30 am | Room 350 | Rev. Lance Marshall
This new and different First Church Sunday morning offering led by Rev. Lance Marshall offers a casual and relevant opportunity for prayer, study, topical exploration, and high-spirited connection free from typical worship or Sunday School structures.
nine:thirty-nine celebration | 9:39 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott
This engaging experience of laughter, storytelling, and message, infused with the music of Elizabeth Wills, Brad Thompson, and the Revolution Band, offers a nontraditional, unorthodox, and transformative 50-minute worship experience. If you’re ready to “reconnect your spirit without disconnecting your mind,” join us Sunday mornings at 9:39 or 11:11 am in Wesley Hall. Discover new insights into radical community, the universal love of God, and living for the healing and transformation of our world. Come casual, bring your family, and join the celebration!
Connections | 10:30 – 11:00 am & noon – 12:30 pm | Wesley Hall
Each Sunday, Wesley Hall will be set up and ready to offer members, visitors, and guests from all our different Sunday morning worship and study opportunities a chance to visit, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy a Sunday morning treat.
Associate Director of Youth Ministries
Well friends, another Easter has come and passed. The music has rung out. The eggs have been hunted. The brunches have been eaten. Jesus is risen! And just like that moment on Christmas morning after the presents have all been opened, we are left to ask, “What now?”
That’s just the question we will be wrestling with this coming Sunday morning. What do we do now? If Jesus is raised, what are we supposed to do now? Mark tells the story of the women arriving at the tomb to properly prepare the body for burial. When they reached it, they were in utter shock to find the stone rolled away and a young man dressed in white sitting on the bench where Jesus’ body had been laid. But he didn’t just sit. He spoke! I’m sure the women were too shocked to even comprehend his words, but he just kept speaking.
“He’s been raised. He’s not here!” This was the elephant in the room, wasn’t it? OF COURSE Jesus wasn’t there. But where was he? “Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there.” And at that, the women ran as fast as they could, full of amazement and terror. And they didn’t tell a soul what they had seen!
But something was waiting for the disciples there in Galilee. Why Galilee? For the same reason that something is waiting for us in Galilee 2,000 years later. I hope you will join me on Sunday morning, because the story of Easter isn’t over just yet. There’s more waiting for us. And when we get back to Galilee, the real Easter journey of whimsy and adventure will truly begin.
Associate Director of Youth Ministries
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.
The new Connections fellowship time is a really wonderful way to meet and greet new members, plus longtime members you haven’t seen in a while. You can participate in Connections between services from 10:30 – 11:00 am and noon – 12:30 pm in the back of Wesley Hall, and we’ll open the doors to our traditional spot in the Garden when the weather is nice. I’ve enjoyed meeting people at Connections and seeing this time of hospitality and fellowship grow. As we greet visitors and welcome them to our church, this is a very important step to help them feel at home in our FUMCFW community. Click here to continue reading.
First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth is beginning a new Emmaus Community! Our first event is Sunday, April 10, 2016, at 5:30 pm in Wesley Hall. This is a small worship/fellowship experience for those who have been to or are interested in learning more about a Walk to Emmaus.
If you’ve never heard of a Walk to Emmaus, we’ll fill you in! A Walk to Emmaus is a very meaningful 72-hour spiritual retreat at a lovely location such as Glen Lake in Glen Rose. There are Walks for Women and there are Walks for Men. It is meant to enhance their spiritual journey. It is a group of people who want to love and serve God. Click here to continue reading.
Children First is THIS Sunday at 9:45 am, and our theme is: Wow!
There are so many aspects of God’s world that make me say “Wow.”
One of the most Wow-worthy things of all is this amazing community I get to be a part of:
Faithful children, loving parents, dedicated teachers.
I don’t say this often enough, but you are truly an inspiration. Click here to continue reading.
On Thursday, April 7, 2016, Tarrant County Homeless Coalition (TCHC) is hosting their annual Bubbles & Bras event at Buttons located at 4701 W. Freeway from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. For every new or even gently used bra that you donate, you can enjoy a bargain-priced glass of champagne. This is perfect for a night out with friends while at the same time raising awareness and collecting a much-needed item for women in our community who are homeless.
This past January, TCHC conducted its annual Homeless Count. This year’s results have come in, and the count shows that over 400 women were homeless the night of the count. Click here to continue reading.
Dr. Len Delony
As we move through the season of Eastertide, there are so many ways to witness where new life is emerging!
Speaking as a cancer survivor and former hospital chaplain, I have witnessed new life arising from the brokenness of illness over and over again.
The deepening love and gratitude, the heartfelt, compassionate connections and the beloved communities that emerge so often through our vulnerability are downright miraculous! Click here to continue reading.
Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Adams
Four years ago, Martin Leathers was ready for his next step. After praying about it (a dangerous endeavor as he describes it), Martin found himself in Texas — a place he never thought he would end up. When he first started working at FUMCFW as our Associate Director of Youth Ministries, he says that he was definitely in unfamiliar territory. Then he was welcomed with what he calls “Texas-sized open arms” to be a part of our church family. Through all the laughter and tears and celebrating, this place has become Martin’s home — and, he says, it has captured his heart, quite by surprise.
A year into his ministry here, Martin started attending Brite Divinity School, and this May he will graduate with a Master of Divinity degree. With graduation approaching, Martin says that he tackled danger again and started praying about his next step. Feeling a calling to lead a youth ministry, he came across a growing church called The Gathering UMC in St. Louis, Missouri. One thing led to another, and Martin has now accepted the offer to step in as The Gathering’s new Director of Student Ministry. Since The Gathering is a new church that is starting from scratch with its teenagers, Martin sees this as an opportunity for what he calls “God-sized dreams,” which for him is to create something new for teenagers that is rooted in discipleship — and to help them discover themselves and God’s plans for them along the way.
From Texas-sized open arms to God-sized dreams, Martin clearly has places to go and people to see. He will graduate on May 7, and then his last day at FUMCFW will be on May 8. Although we will miss him here, we are grateful for the impact Martin has had on our youth, and we wish him all the best on his next big adventure. This coming Sunday, April 3, Martin will be preaching in the traditional services at 9:40 am in the Chapel and 11:00 am in the Sanctuary. Please join us to hear Martin’s sermon which, fittingly, is about what’s next now that Easter is over. Then let’s all open our arms once again to offer Martin a First Church-sized farewell.
Click here to read more about Martin’s journey at FUMCFW and beyond.
Sunday, April 3
Offered the first Sunday of every month
11:00 am | Room 230 | Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren | Registration required
Baptism 101 must be attended by first-time parents and/or parents whose older children were not baptized in a United Methodist Church. At the class, a pastor will discuss the history, theology, meaning, and responsibility of baptism. We will also go over logistics and steps to scheduling. Not to mention it’s a great chance to meet other young families. It is offered the first Sunday of every month at 11:00 am in Room 230. While the nursery is available during class time, babies and children are more than welcome to join! There is no cost to join the class; however, we do ask that you register online, or by contacting Gayle Ammerman (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5091, so that we can prepare accordingly.
Sunday, April 3
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 Ministries, and more? Join our tour of the building on Sunday, April 3. Meet Dianne Fisher at the front of the Sanctuary immediately following the 11:00 am worship service.
Buckets of Sun
Sometimes when it rains, it pours — and in times like these a little sunshine goes a long way. A few weeks ago, so much rain poured on East Texas and Louisiana that they say it was worse than Hurricane Ike. Those affected sure could use a ray of sunshine in the aftermath of these devastating floods. And, while the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is responding with much-needed support in these areas, they are running out of cleaning buckets. To help lighten this load (and brighten the days ahead for affected areas and those who are serving them), FUMCFW is lending a hand to help replenish UMCOR’s supplies. If you would like to be part of this ray of sunshine, please go click here for details on how to create a cleaning bucket kit — and then deliver your completed kit to the Main Church Office through Sunday, April 24. For more information about serving this important and responsive ministry, contact Rev. Chuck Graff (email@example.com) at 817/339-5065, or visit umcor.org.
Join us for these unique opportunities for United Methodists in our region to come together to share their ideas, opinions, thoughts, hopes, and dreams with some of the members of the Central Texas Annual Conference delegation.
Thursday, April 7
7:00 – 8:30 pm | Wesley Hall | FUMC Fort Worth
Monday, April 25
7:00 – 8:30 pm | FUMC Temple
Thursday, April 28
7:00 – 8:30 pm | FUMC Stephenville
Following a brief introduction to our 2016 General Conference and some of the primary legislation and issues to be addressed, the delegation panel will listen and take notes as people express what they would like to say to the Central Texas Conference delegation. “As we go to General Conference, we want to know that people have had a chance to communicate with us,” says Dr. Tim Bruster, FUMCFW Senior Pastor and leader of the Central Texas Conference 2016 General Conference Delegation. If you would like to communicate directly with the delegation via email, please click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not able to attend in person? Join us via live stream for the April 7 meeting or look for the General Conference Listening Post upload to our YouTube channel following the event. Click here to view cultivated and created content from the Central Texas Conference Delegation about the 2016 General Conference.
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March 30 – May 25
Wednesdays | 6:30 – 7:30 pm | Room 231
Led by Rev. Lance Marshall
This offering is an open Bible study; no purchase or registration is necessary. The current focus of study is the Gospel of Matthew — with occasional detours into other texts and topic of discussion. This study welcomes both those who have never opened the Bible in their lives, as well as to those who study on a regular basis. Join us!
April 1 – 3
6:30 pm Friday – 10:30 am Sunday
Tyler State Park
Tuesday, April 5
Auction & Dinner
6:00 pm | Ridglea Country Club
Chet Garner of the PBS series, “The Day Tripper”
Wednesday, April 6
Raffle & Luncheon
10:30 am | Ridglea Country Club
Donna VanLiere, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author
For complimentary child care, please contact Paula Wagstaff (email@example.com) by Sunday, March 20.
Emmaus Walk Fellowship & Informational Event
Sunday, April 10
5:30 – 7:30 pm | Wesley Hall
How about a Walk to Emmaus? First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth is beginning a new Emmaus Community! Our first event is Sunday, April 10, 2016, at 5:30 pm, in Wesley Hall. This is a small worship/fellowship experience for those who have been to or are interested in learning more about a Walk to Emmaus.
If you’ve never heard of a Walk to Emmaus, we’ll fill you in! A Walk to Emmaus is a very meaningful 72-hour spiritual retreat at a lovely location such as Glen Lake in Glen Rose. There are Walks for Women and Walks for Men. It is meant to enhance their spiritual journey. It is a group of people who want to love and serve God. Those who have completed a Walk tend to become more involved in church leadership and servanthood.
We invite you to our April 10 event to learn more about the joy involved. If you have any questions, please contact Fred Cantu (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/368-5238 or Bette Johnson (email@example.com) at 817/821-2344. We hope to see you there!
April 13 – May 25
Wednesdays | 9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren
“Belief” Documentary Series
The class will watch “Belief,” a seven-part documentary exploring humankind’s ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves. “Belief” invites viewers to witness some of the world’s most fascinating religious and spiritual journeys through the eyes of believers. Traveling to the far reaches of the world, and to places cameras have rarely been, these stories will all lead us to ask, “What do you believe?” For more information please contact Rev. Phyllis Barren (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wednesday, April 13
Noon – 1:00 pm | Foundation Building | Room 271
RSVP by 4.8
April 17 – May 1
Sundays | 9:00 – 10:45 am | Foundation Building, 2nd floor
$100 per couple | Registration required
Led by Joy Allen, LCSW, M.Div
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. This workshop helps couples to quickly recognize and develop strategies for approaching issues in their relationship that may limit their satisfaction. 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. Cost includes materials as well as an individual session with Joy Allen. Joy Allen, LCSW, M.Div. is committed to helping couples create positive, respectful relationships with passion and health. Registration is required as class size is limited. To register, contact Marianne Wilson (email@example.com) at 817/339-5071.
Wednesday, April 6
5:30 pm | Dinner | Wesley Hall
6:00 – 7:00 pm | Parent program | Wesley Hall
Good Book Club | Children’s Wing, 2nd floor
Our final Good Book Club of the school year is Wednesday, April 6. It kicks off with a meal in Wesley Hall at 5:30 pm. The parenting session from 6:00 – 7:00 will feature Suzanne Stevenson, Family Life Education Program Director at The Parenting Center, presenting “Understanding Your Child’s Temperament.”
We are all born with a temperament. We’ll help you understand how to make temperament an asset and not a parenting battleground.
From 6:00 – 7:00 the kids will have Good Book Club in the Children’s Wing. Our theme for April is “Wow!” Each book celebrates some aspect of God’s wonderful world, including those charged with helping care for it.
3rd Grade and Older
“Hoot” by Carl Hiaassen
A great book for young environmentalists. A fun, adventurous story of children setting out to save the habitat of some pint-sized owls. “Hoot” was a 2005 Newbery Award finalist.
2nd Grade and Younger
“The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss
A classic (aren’t all Dr. Seuss books “classics?”) tale of a creature who tries to save the environment, one Truffula Tree at a time.
“What a Wonderful World” by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele, illustrated by Ashley Bryan
Beautiful illustrations complement the text to one of the greatest songs in the great American Songbook.
For more information please contact Janice Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thursday, April 14
6:00 – 9:00 pm | Joe T. Garcia’s
2201 N. Commerce St.
Come join us on the patio at Joe T. Garcia’s for the annual FUMCFW Preschool and Parents’ Day Out fundraiser! Proceeds will help fund an indoor play area for the church and school. For more information please contact Nina Burrows (email@example.com).
June 13 – 17
Lyle Lodge | Children entering grades 3 – 6
$125 per child before May 30, $160 after
July 11 – 15
9:00 am – noon | Meet in Wesley Hall
Children 3 years old through 6th grade
$15 per child before 6.7 or $30 after
Registration closes at midnight on 7.5
Click here to learn more and register!
For more information please contact Janice Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org).
VBS Celebration Sunday
Sunday, July 17
11:00 am | Sanctuary
During the month of April, please bring collared polo shirts, t-shirts, and white cotton/dress shirts for men and women to:
First Street Methodist Mission | Monday – Thursday | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
OR in the donation bins at the West, East, & Garden entrances | Sunday mornings
For more information, contact Linda Murphy (email@example.com) at 817/339-2404.
UMCOR Cleaning Bucket Collection
April 3 – 24
Bring assembled buckets to Main Office
Weekdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Sundays between services
As followers of Christ “going out to be God’s people in the world,” FUMCFW is responding to those affected by the recent devastating floods in our region. We are collecting cleaning buckets containing supplies that enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood. Click here for information on creating a cleaning bucket. Please bring completed buckets to the Main Office through noon on Sunday, April 24, and we will deliver them. You may also leave $1 for transportation with your cleaning buckets. This is an excellent project for Sunday School classes, church groups, individuals, and families. We may send a team to help serve soon as well. Thank you for your support in helping those facing great need and loss! For more information, contact Rev. Chuck Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5065, and click here to read a message from Rev. Laraine Waughtal.
Good Neighbors Scholarship
FUMCFW Baker and Beaver Scholarships
Applications due April 17
It’s time to apply for 2016 FUMCFW Senior Scholarships! All applications and materials are due April 17. Click on the links above to download guidelines and applications for the Good Neighbors Scholarship and the FUMCFW Baker and Beaver Scholarships. For more information, contact Brenda Kegans (email@example.com) at 817/339-3888.
April 8 – 10
6:00 pm Friday – noon Sunday
Glen Lake Camp & Retreat Center | $80
Click here to register!
The end-of-year confirmation retreat is a special time to connect more deeply with God and with the friends we have made over the year. The activities include all of the final preparations for the Confirmation Worship Service, including: writing our class Affirmation of Faith, doing a special project that will be used during our Confirmation service, working together on some team-building challenges, and more! We’ll also have the chance to spend some special time with our Senior Pastor, Dr. Bruster, and ask him our questions about God, faith, and church. We will provide a packing list, itinerary, and more details via email. Please be on the lookout! For more information, contact Brenda Kegans (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-3888.
Service of Confirmation
Sunday, April 17
11:00 am – noon | Sanctuary
Sunday, April 17
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Justin Youth Building | $10
After a year of faithfulness and learning and growing together, the time has come! At the Confirmation Worship Service, the kids who have not previously been baptized will receive their baptism. All of the kids will be confirmed in faith and received into full membership of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth! This is a very special day for the kids as well as their families.
After the Confirmation Worship Service, we’ll take pictures in the Garden and then make our way to the Justin Building where we’ll have an end-of-year celebration lunch. Families are welcome. We will enjoy a meal, celebrate the year behind us, and look toward the years ahead. The kids will also receive their Confirmation gift from the church. We will provide more details via email. For more information, contact Brenda Kegans (email@example.com) at 817/339-3888.
June 19 – 24
Kansas City, MO | $225 for students | $75 for adults
Grades 7 – 12 (In the 2015 – 2016 School Year)
Click here to register!
We’ll be going up to Kansas City this summer from June 19 – 24 for our youth mission trip, which is open to all youth grades 7 – 12. We’ll be spending the week working in the city, worshipping together, and having fun. Youth have to be able to be there the entire week. Questions? Contact Brenda Kegans (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-3888.
July 23 –29
Purdy, MO | $250 per person | Space is limited
Grades 9 – 12 (In the 2015 – 2016 School Year)
FUMCFW Youth are headed back to Camp Barnabas this summer for a week of swimming, camping, and playing with amazing campers dealing with mental disabilities. This is an incredible week of life-changing experiences sure to change perspectives, redefine disability, and spread God’s love in an unforgettable way! Contact Martin Leathers (email@example.com) at 817/339-3882 with your teenager’s name to sign up.
“We want to show our volunteers what it looks like to serve others the way Christ calls us to serve, to look past physical appearances and instead, look at the heart.”
— from the Camp Barnabas Mission Statement
Easter Offering in Honor of:
Carol & Jim Catching by Judy Williams & Melody Hamilton
William Montgomery by Cecile Montgomery
Foundation Honorary Fund in Honor of:
James Donald Orr by Bobbie Price
Easter Offering in Memory of:
Aubrey Woodwin by Lorayne Goodwin
Jim McDonald, Marilyn McDonald, and Scott McDonald by Kay McDonald
Dr. Jimmie Harrington by Cecile Montgomery
Doris Smith by Dell & Michael Wood
First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Bob Protzman by Sue & Jim Engelland
Hubert Joyner Jr. by Ben Joyner
Todd Schenck by Sue & Jim Engelland
Foundation Memorial Fund in Memory of:
Margaret Hill by Fran & Bill Mizell Jr.
Tex Rankin Jr. by Dr. & Mrs. James F. Herd
General Fund in Memory of:
Bill Hollister by Carol & James Van Hook
Hubert Joyner Jr. by Charlene Holt
Tex Rankin Jr. by Peggy & Kenny Lee