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Follow Your Heart on a Walk to Emmaus
General Conference Begins May 10
Costa Rica Mission Trip: One Slot Left!
Save the Date, May 15, for some BIG MAGIC!
Spring Golf Tournament
Wesleyan Adventurers Day Trip to Chandor Gardens
Women’s Wednesday Morning Study Group
Pastor’s Bible Study
Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
DiscipleChurch | 7:20 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Chapel | Rev. Lance Marshall
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. Tom McDermott
Dr. Tim Bruster
Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Matthew 22:35-38
Fifth in the series: “Five Essentials for Living Well”
This Sunday I’ll wrap up our “Five Essentials for Living Well” sermon series in both Sanctuary services with “The Top of the List.” In this series we’ve been looking together at five aspects of living well, or in Jesus’ words: “abundant life.” This Sunday we will look at “Living Well” through the lens of Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Matthew 22:35-38.
In the Matthew passage, a legal expert asks Jesus a question to “test” him: “Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?” He is asking what is at the top of the list. I think this question — and Jesus’ answer — is a good conclusion to this series of essentials for living well. Jesus answered, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Jesus is quoting the central affirmation and summary of the law in what the Hebrew Scriptures call the Shema because that is the first word of the affirmation in the Hebrew language. It means “hear” or “listen”:
Israel, listen! Our God is the Lord! Only the Lord! [Or The Lord is our God, the Lord only; or The Lord is our God, the Lord alone; or The Lord our God is one Lord; or The Lord our God, the Lord is one; or The Lord is our God, the Lord is one.]
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your being, and all your strength. These words that I am commanding you today must always be on your minds. Recite them to your children. Talk about them when you are sitting around your house and when you are out and about, when you are lying down and when you are getting up. Tie them on your hand as a sign. They should be on your forehead as a symbol. Write them on your house’s door frames and on your city’s gates.
Notice that Jesus’ quotation has “mind” instead of “strength.” Both Mark’s and Luke’s version have both “mind” and “strength.” This Sunday we’ll see why — and why this is an important thing to understand.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we think together about what Jesus identified as the “top of the list” when it comes to living well — and what that means for each of us today.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster,
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 | Garden & 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. In appreciation of all mothers on Mother’s Day, all women attending Connections will receive a colorful flower! In case of rain, we will be in Wesley Hall.
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.
During the last few months I’ve had the privilege to serve on a Church Council subcommittee called “Connect, Serve, Grow” led by Danica Knight. (You’ll be hearing a lot more about that in the months to come!) A couple of weeks ago, we opted for a brown-bag lunch meeting at Danica’s office on the TCU campus, and the first thing I noticed when I walked into the office was a picture and nameplate for Dr. Saul B. Sells.
I knew that name from our church financial reports, but I didn’t remember all the details behind the numbers on the report. Click here to continue reading.
“How do you come up with something to write about every week? Isn’t it kind of hard to think of stuff after a while?”
This recent question from a friend who reads my blog made me laugh out loud. “There’s so much going on here, that blog practically writes itself!” I replied. And it’s true. I never have to search for something to write about; my biggest challenge is deciding on just one thing from all that happens each and every week.
With so many people walking through the doors of this beautiful church every week to share so many different aspects of their lives, I’m never lacking for stories to tell about the wonderful things I see. Click here to continue reading.
I wanted to remind you that our Children’s Mission Shop will be open on Sunday at 10:30 am (and then again at noon).
They are selling items they’ve made, including sugar scrub.
This is a great opportunity to do some last-minute Mother’s Day shopping. Click here to continue reading.
I can’t BELIEVE I forgot to announce this at Children First . . .
The winner of our April Attendance Challenge is . . . (drum roll) . . .
Your pancake party will be on Sunday, May 15, at 9:00 am in your classroom.
Huge CONGRATULATIONS to everyone — kids, teachers, and parents! Click here to continue reading.
Mother’s Day may be the mother of great expectations in our culture. I read a funny blog written by a young mother voicing the things she fantasizes about when she looks toward that all special day. Her list was something like this:
• On Mother’s Day, I will not be in charge of peacekeeping when the little ones are having a free-for-all of galactic proportions; instead I will hide in the pantry and eat potato chips waiting for the battle to end
• On Mother’s Day I will get to talk on the phone for a full conversation without interruption from little arms wrapped around my legs crying for attention Click here to continue reading.
Dr. Len Delony
Last week I attended a “Mindful Life” Conference that had over 700 people from around the country (and world) who have been doing research and working intentionally about “being present in the moment” in ways that help for deeper listening. Many were like “Rock Stars of Mindfulness” and, among other things, presented fascinating brain research about what happens when we engage in a process that helps us let go of our reaction to stressful situations (with the fight-flight-freeze-faint reaction from the amygdala) and instead have what I sometimes call “second breath prayerful pause” that creates enough flexibility (in the frontal cortex) to discern and respond from a deeper awareness. (Dr. Daniel Siegel who teaches at the Medical School at UCLA was one of the most fascinating presenters.) Click here to continue reading.
Rev. Tom McDermott
Here’s an original “Bob and Evelyn” script I wrote for eleven:eleven a few years ago. It was a weekly piece I modeled very much after the skits done on PRI’s “Prairie Home Companion” — that same tongue-in-cheek, midlife, existential moroseness suggesting we sometimes take life too seriously, while at the same time illustrating a point for the theme of our message that day. Buz Barlow and Charme Robarts did an amazing job as the readers.
This one, which I wrote in May 2013, seems appropriate for our theme this Sunday — “trusting the creative process.” Click here to continue reading.
Elizabeth “Liz” Joplin
George Beck Jr.
They said one to another, “Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” (Luke 24:32)
After Jesus was crucified and buried, it might have seemed like the end of the world to his followers. When two of them left Jerusalem for Emmaus, little did they know that they would encounter Jesus himself along the way. Their walk showed them that he was risen indeed, and they returned with joy to the world.
When two FUMCFW members left Fort Worth for their own Walks to Emmaus, they had no idea what they would encounter.
Fred Cantu recently took his walk in the fall, and he compares it to falling in love. As Fred puts it, when you fall in love the world is right, so if all of us fall in love with Christ the world will be a better place.
And for Bette Johnson, even after nearly a decade since her own walk, she continues to count the blessings of newfound friendship and passion re-discovered through her experience. Bette says she emerged as a new woman rich with community and lifelong friends — all on fire to serve God.
According to most who have experienced this 72-hour spiritual journey firsthand, you never know what you’re going to get on a Walk to Emmaus. Each walk is different for every individual person taking those time-honored steps — from the disciples on the day Jesus rose from the dead to Fred this past fall and Bette 10 years ago. However, one outcome is certain: your heart will burn within you to love and serve God. FUMCFW’s new Emmaus Community is here to share this experience with others. Be on the lookout for our next Emmaus Walk Fellowship & Informational Event, and join us to take the first step toward a long walk with Jesus. This road, once traveled, promises a world of difference.
Click here to learn more about a Walk to Emmaus, and read how Fred and Bette found the way to their own experiences. For more information, contact Fred Cantu (email@example.com) at 817/368-5238 or Bette Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/821-2344.
General Conference, the top policy-making body of the United Methodist Church (UMC), is an important worldwide gathering of our church. Every four years, the conference meets to revise church law, adopt resolutions on current issues, and approve plans and budgets for UMC programs.
The 2016 United Methodist General Conference is fast approaching. It will be held in Portland, Oregon, from May 10 – 20, and our own Dr. Tim Bruster will be leading our Central Texas Conference (CTC) delegation. We want you to be in the know — and in prayer for our delegation and our denomination as it navigates some important and difficult decisions.
So what can you do? During the coming weeks and during the conference itself, you can:
- READ and learn more about the issues coming up at General Conference.
- CONNECT and participate in ongoing discussions through:
- SEE the members of the CTC delegation here.
- BOOKMARK and follow our CTC delegation’s news website.
- SPEAK UP through our CTC email address.
- PRAY for our delegation and denomination through a special General Conference Prayer Ministry.
You can also revisit past FUMCFW Weekly News stories about the upcoming conference:
- Dr. Bruster’s latest update to answer a rumbling question
- Bliss Dodd’s experiences with General Conference over the years
- Darcy Deupree’s take on what General Conference means to United Methodists
FUMCFW encourages you to stay informed and supportive during this important time in the life of the church. Please keep the Central Texas Conference delegation and all the General Conference in your prayers.
For the past 11 years, our annual mission trip to northern Costa Rica has enriched the lives of those we serve there — and all the lives of those who travel with this amazing and dedicated team. Our Costa Rica Mission team has been a ministry on a mission to help build a new worship sanctuary and classrooms, assist with construction projects in local churches and rural villages, create amazing Vacation Bible School experiences for children in remote areas, and tour this beautiful region’s tropical rainforests. The 2016 Costa Rica Mission Trip is from July 1 – 11, and we still have one slot open. Want to join us for another mission accomplished? For more information, contact Rev. Chuck Graff (email@example.com) at 817/339-5065.
“The Unraveling — a Path to the Creative Life”
Featuring Pulitzer Prize-Winning Artist and Journalist, Karen Blessen
with Brad Thompson, the Eleven:Eleven Revolution, and musical guests
(and the music of Queen, The Propellerheads, and Erika Luckett)
Sunday, May 15
nine:thirty-nine | eleven:eleven celebration
9:39 & 11:11 am | Wesley Hall
Noon – 3:30 pm | Wesley Hall
Join us for lunch, entertainment, and an afternoon of hands-on fun! Click here to sign up for as many as two workshops lasting 1.5 hours each. For more information, contact Gayle Ammerman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Story in the Picture — explore the hidden stories in photography with Chuck Shanlever, photographer/videographer. Bring a camera or smartphone. No cost.
Murals at Home and in the Community — a community mural-making experience with Linda Stolley, professional designer and “muralist.” Wear casual clothing. No cost.
The Play is in the Clay — pottery with Laura Canfield, Dallas area potter. Wear casual clothing. Cost is $10 for materials.
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Monday, May 9
9:00 am shotgun start | Pecan Valley Golf Course
$40 per person, includes green fee, cart, & lunch, payable at tournament
Tuesday, May 24
9:00 am – 2:00 pm | Bus leaves from FUMCFW parking lot
Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, TX | $30
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 (email@example.com).
March 30 – May 25
Wednesdays | 6:30 – 7:30 pm | Room 231
Led by Rev. Lance Marshall
June 13 – 17
Lyle Lodge | Children entering grades 3 – 6
$125 per child before May 30, $160 after
Children of God, Citizens of the World: A Mission Day Camp for Kids combines a strong mission and outreach core with the kinds of activities that make summer camp so much fun. Activities include swimming (registered lifeguards on site), mission projects, Bible study, music, camp games, Journey of Faith nature walks, and more. Camp counselors are the youth of FUMCFW. They lead the children in activities and share a worship assembly with them each morning.
July 11 – 15
9:00 am – noon | Meet in Wesley Hall
Children 3 years old through 6th grade
$15 per child before June 7 or $30 after
Registration closes at midnight on July 5
Click here to learn more and register!
At Vacation Bible School 2016: Surf Shack, children will discover an interactive, energizing, Bible-based program that will give them an opportunity to catch the wave of God’s amazing love. During VBS at FUMCFW, children will become surfers and explore how to serve God and His mission for their lives.
VBS Celebration Sunday
Sunday, July 17
11:00 am | Sanctuary
Great Day of Service
Saturday, May 14
7:30 am – 6:30 pm
Glen Lake Camp | Glen Rose, TX
Glen Lake Camp, a Christian retreat and conference center owned and operated by the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, has been serving others for 75 years. This amazing camp has provided us with so many wonderful experiences over these years, and we now have the opportunity to return the favor by making some improvements to the camp. There will be projects for all skill levels, so everyone is welcome. Plus, lunch will be provided. Not only is this a great way to serve — it’s also a great way to connect with others. Seize the day by taking some time out(side) to help improve this amazing church camp. Thanks to our Singles Ministry and Mission Teams Ministries for sponsoring this opportunity. For more information, contact Rev. Chuck Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5065 or Cindy Young (email@example.com).
Thursday, May 26
6:00 – 7:30 pm | Justin Building
Room in the Inn is a life-changing ministry that provides shelter to individuals who are homeless during the three coldest and the two hottest months every year. Make plans now to attend the mandatory training session to learn how you can help FUMCFW and First Street Methodist Mission help 14 single men find relief from the extreme temperatures every Thursday evening this season. Click here to sign up or for more information, or contact Rev. Nancy Froman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
During the month of May, 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
For more information, contact Linda Murphy (email@example.com) at 817/339-2404.
Sunday, May 8
9:30 & 11:00 am worship | Sanctuary
Singing Men of First Church Rehearsals
4.27 | 8:00 – 9:00 pm | Choir Room
5.4 | 8:00 – 9:00 pm | Choir Room
5.8 | 9:00 & 10:30 am | Choir Room
The Singing Men of First Church, a choir comprised solely of male voices, will join together once again during the 9:30 and 11:00 am Sanctuary worship services on Sunday, May 8. This short-term choir — or “sprint choir” — will only rehearse a few times before singing together. Men of all ages are welcome, whether you are a member of Choral Union looking for something different, or if you are interested in a short-term choir experience without the commitment of a weekly rehearsal. The Singing Men of First Church will perform under the direction of Robert Stovall, Director of Music & Worship Arts. For more information, contact Peggy Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-2405.
Sunday, May 22
6:30 pm | Sanctuary
You are invited to a love story — one told by a world-class musician in memory of another. Our beloved cellist at FUMCFW, Dace Sultanov, will perform her annual tribute concert to the love of her life and all-time inspiration — 1989 Van Cliburn Piano Competition Gold Medalist, Alexei Sultanov. Dear friends and fellow musicians will perform with Dace at this year’s commemorative concert. Pianist Larisa Cherkasov and Violinist Eugene Cherkasov will perform works both individually and with Dace, including compositions by Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Brahms’ “Cello Sonata in E minor,” and Mendelssohn’s “Piano Trio No. 1.” Organist Peggy Graff will accompany Dace on the Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ as she performs Massenet’s “Thais.” Together, these celebrated musicians will bring to life the powerful spirit of Alexei Sultanov that lives on in our memories. For more information, contact Peggy Graff (email@example.com) at 817/339-2405.
Click here to download a printable PDF flyer and help promote this free concert among your neighbors, friends, coworkers, and anyone else who might enjoy this beautiful evening at First Church!
Sunday, May 22
11:00 am worship | Sanctuary
In this annual tradition honoring our Youth Ministries, the youth come together to lead and facilitate the worship service at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary. It’s always a meaningful and fun-filled morning of worship for all, and an incredible privilege to be a part of the congregation as we are led in worship by our youth! Andrew Mochrie, Director of Youth Ministries, will give the sermon.
June 19 – 24
Kansas City, MO | $225 for students | $75 for adults
Grades 7 – 12 (In the 2015 – 2016 School Year)
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.
Monday, June 27 – Wednesday, June 29
Monday | 5:00 pm | Meet at Justin Building
Wednesday | 9:00 am | Pickup time
$75 | Click here to register online
Come join us for our first-ever Rising 7th-Grader Summer Mission Blitz. This is your time to own the Justin, serve our community, build friendships, and create INCREDIBLE memories! There will be worship, mission projects, and Hurricane Harbor — not to mention you get to sleep over! Contact Andrew Mochrie (email@example.com) or Brenda Kegans (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Camp Barnabas — Registration closed
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!
“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
General Fund in Honor of:
Isabella Laudermill by Bridget & Paul Wylie Jr.
International Missions in Honor of:
Isabella Laudermill by Betty Laudermill
General Fund in Memory of:
Dr. Robert Protzman by Loyalty Class
Welcoming Ministries in Memory of:
Mr. Plocica by Kay Watkins