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Building Beyond Our Walls
Meet Jennifer Stephens, Our New Receptionist
North Texas Giving Day
Serving Breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House
Pathway to Peace Interfaith Symposium
Wilderness Camping and Backpacking Training
Fit First Running Group
Monday Musers Summer Study Group
Pastor’s Bible Study
Wednesday Morning Summer Study Group
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
Second Sermon in the Series: “Questions We Should Answer”
In Sanctuary worship this Sunday I am continuing my series Questions We Should Answer with another challenging question: Are you just getting by? It is a question about the way you approach life in general, your faith, your job, your service, your giving, your relationships — in other words, the way you approach almost anything. Are you just getting by?
Sometimes I hear it and sometimes I’ve heard it from my own lips — a question that focuses on minimum living: What is the least I can get by with? What is the least amount of time I have to spend? What is the least I can give? What is the least I have to do? What is the minimum amount of effort?
You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you that you must not oppose those who want to hurt you. If people slap you on your right cheek, you must turn the left cheek to them as well. When they wish to haul you to court and take your shirt, let them have your coat too. When they force you to go one mile, go with them two. Give to those who ask, and don’t refuse those who wish to borrow from you.
You have heard that it was said, “You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who harass you so that you will be acting as children of your Father who is in heaven. He makes the sun rise on both the evil and the good and sends rain on both the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love only those who love you, what reward do you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore, just as your heavenly Father is complete in showing love to everyone, so also you must be complete. (Matthew 5:38-48)
Jesus’ question, “What more are you doing?” challenges his disciples — and challenges us to think beyond the minimum. At every point Jesus challenges us to do more than just get by.
I look forward to being in worship with you on Sunday.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster
The Gathering | 9:30 am | Room 350 | Rev. Lance Marshall
What is it about the creation that makes the resurrection so important? What does the Hebrew Exodus from Egypt have to do with the way we live as Christians today? What do Jesus’ promises of the kingdom have to do with God’s promises after the flood? The story of God and humanity is long and features numerous twists and turns, but at its heart it is a coherent story of a creator who loves, redeems, and cares for us today. Christianity in 9 Weeks will tell the story like you’ve never heard it before, from front to back, from the very beginning to where we are today.
When you hear the story told this way, it’s not just the greatest story in the world, it’s the greatest anything in the world. A loving God created you to be free, blessed you with grace, and offers you eternal life — now that is transformative, life-changing good news.
Christianity in 9 Weeks will tell the story. Bring someone who needs to hear it.
Click on the video below to see a message from Lance.
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.
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.
Rev. Lance Marshall
The story begins with a question: “Why?” Why are we here? Why is there something rather than nothing? Why did something as complex and nuanced as our lives, our families, our societies come to be? Why is it that the natural world continues to organize itself into more complex, more creative forms? Why?
The first step of the story of the relationship between God and humanity is an attempt to answer that question. Left on their own, humans love to create stories of how creation came to be, and so often these stories revolve creation myths filled with violence, deceit, and death. Click here to continue reading.
Rev. Tom McDermott
I’m assuming you know the story of Creation. Maybe you only know some combined version of the two creation stories in the Old Testament (you know there are two in the beginning of Genesis, right?). Megan McKenna, a professor and theologian-storyteller of Celtic and Native American heritage, shares her understanding of the story this way:
“So God said, ‘Let there be light.’ What’s the light? Consciousness? Understanding? The Jews say that it is the soul and the spirit of every human being since the beginning of time to the end. Click here to continue reading.
Dr. Len Delony
In our staff meeting this past Tuesday, we had the kind of time for faith-sharing that made it one of the most meaningful staff gatherings I have ever experienced.
Casey Orr led us into this time by simply inviting us to share a personal story related to a significant experience of prayer or worship.
Usually when we gather for a larger staff meeting, there is so much on the “to-do” agenda that we have very little time for sharing of personal, sacred stories. Click here to continue reading.
Spencer “Monty” Brown
FUMCFW is proud to be a faith-based community partner in the expansion of Presbyterian Night Shelter’s Morris Foundation Women and Children’s Center.
Here at FUMCFW, we’re well-known for putting children first. We’ve watched our little ones grow in size and faith, and our Children’s Ministries has grown along with them. That’s why we recently celebrated THE BIG REVEAL of our Children’s Wing Expansion, created to meet the needs of our growing FUMCFW family. This important ministry work is also a fundamental part of our discipleship that reaches beyond our own walls to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community. There are many other children and families who face a different kind of growing demand as they experience homelessness and need a safe place to stay. So in addition to our own expansion, we have made a $50,000 commitment to Presbyterian Night Shelter’s capital campaign, which includes a new interim housing facility. Through this special partnership with our larger Fort Worth community, we have contributed to building the expanded Morris Foundation Women and Children’s Center to help put even more children first.
The Presbyterian Night Shelter (PNS), the largest provider of services to those who are homeless in Tarrant County, is on a mission to “guide the journey from homeless to home.” It is the only free emergency shelter in our area without length-of-stay restrictions. Plus, its Women and Children’s Facility is the only area shelter that allows families with older teenage boys to remain with their mothers, keeping families together. PNS also provides a comprehensive children’s program, which includes playgrounds, on-site counseling, and after-school tutoring. The additional space in the Morris Foundation Women and Children’s Center increases the capacity for women with children by 33 percent. Since its opening in early June, the facility reached full capacity on week two and has already had four successful move-outs.
We can all feel proud, humbled, and blessed knowing that FUMCFW has once again played a part in making an important ministry in our community possible. Together even our small gifts make a big difference, and this is just one of the many reasons why we give. Click here to read more about the Morris Foundation Women and Children’s Center.
Some of you might already know Jennifer Stephens as a member of FUMCFW. She is a part of United Methodist Women, attends The Gathering, and volunteers for Room in Inn and DiscipleChurch community breakfast. Plus, she recently started Fit First, our very own fitness ministry. Now we are excited to announce that Jennifer is officially part of our staff as the new receptionist.
Jennifer lives in Fort Worth where she loves running, exercising, and reading. She has two daughters: Stephanie, who is 23 years old and lives in San Francisco, and Sarah who is 20 years old and lives in Michigan. Jennifer has worked in the Health and Fitness Industry since 1997. She graduated with a degree in Exercise Sport Science from North Carolina Central University. This fall she starts her first semester at Brite Seminary with hopes to become ordained in the United Methodist Church.
As our receptionist, Jennifer says she hopes to be an ambassador of joy for our church. “I want my smiling face to be the first thing people see when they come in the office,” she exclaims. And as our Fit First leader, Jennifer has a vision to reach out to our community in a unique way. As she describes it, “This vision I have is to take the two things I love and value the most and combine them — to use my knowledge of exercise and my love for God to reach out to those who do not know Jesus.” We can’t wait to watch Jennifer’s vision unfold here at FUMCFW!
Click here to read more about Fit First. And be sure to give Jennifer a warm welcome the next time you stop by the Main Office.
Thursday, September 22
6:00 am – midnight
Donate at NorthTexasGivingDay.org
First Street Methodist Mission and Methodist Justice Ministry are taking part in North Texas Giving Day! On September 22, every donation of $25 and above will be multiplied with bonus funds and prizes! Get the most out of your donation to our organizations. First Street Methodist Mission and Methodist Justice Ministry are two vital ministries of the FUMCFW faith community, often working together to share and maximize resources for the benefit of those we serve. Because these are also two distinctly separate entities, your North Texas Giving Day gifts must be designated individually to each ministry. Thank you for all you do to support these vital ministries of our church!
Saturday, August 13
7:30 – 10:00 am | Ronald McDonald House
1001 8th Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104
On Saturday, August 13, everyone 15 years of age and older is invited to come with us to the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth to support and provide breakfast for families through the “Meals from the Heart” program. We will begin cooking for the families at 7:30 am and visit together while serving them a hot breakfast. What a blessing it will be for you to serve with us and meet these wonderful families! Please contact Allison McMahon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rev. Chuck Graff (email@example.com) at 817/339-5065 for more information.
Sunday, August 28
3:00 – 5:00 pm | Wesley Hall
Dr. Tim Bruster, Senior Pastor
Harris Zafar, Author, Spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
Brian Zimmerman, Rabbi at Beth-El Congregation
We have invited three excellent speakers to this symposium who will share their faith traditions and perspectives on “How we together can establish peace in our society today” (a much-needed topic for discussion), and it will be a wonderful opportunity for our faith communities and others to hear new information on the true teachings of peace from these faith perspectives.
There is no charge for the event. Refreshments will be served, and child care will be provided upon request. For more information, contact Rev. Chuck Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5065.
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Saturday, August 20
8:30 am – noon | Justin Building
Class limited to 20 people | Register by 8.16
Led by Claudia Blalock and Marcos Jorge
Want to update your camping skills for those fly fishing trips, backpacking, or camping in wilderness areas? This class is the perfect opportunity to learn about a variety of camping topics, including selection and care of tents, backpacks and day packs, stoves, hiking boots, clothing, sleeping bags and sleeping pads, as well as meal and trip planning. Join expert, experienced trip leaders Claudia Blalock and Marcos Jorge as they demonstrate equipment, answer questions, and advise on trip planning. Contact Claudia Blalock (email@example.com) at 817/924-6242 for information and reservations. Please register by August 16.
July 23 – December 31
Saturdays | 6:45 – 9:00 am | The Trailhead at Clearfork
4801 Edwards Ranch Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Join us for a four-mile out and back route for all levels of runners and walkers. Children and pets are welcome. Start with stretching and end with breakfast and the Farmers Market. Bring water and sunscreen. For more information, contact Jennifer Stephens (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/363-3291.
June 13 – August 29
Mondays | 1:00 – 2:15 pm | Foundation Building, Room 271
Led by Dr. Mike Marshall
June 15 – August 17
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!
June 15 – August 31
Wednesdays | 9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154
This class will examine how God’s presence is always around us, and how God moves in and through our world — even through the books we read and the movies we watch! The group is open all summer, so come when you can. Click here for more information, or contact Gayle Ammerman (email@example.com) at 817/339-5091.
Academy begins Sunday, September 11
Click here to register
This Fall we enter the eleventh semester of our Children’s Academy Sunday School for children in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. Children will get to enroll in a class of their choosing. They will be in the same room, with the same teachers, all semester. Some courses are designed for younger elementary (K – 2nd) and some for older elementary (3rd – 5th). While the subject areas are varied, each class will work from the same Bible story and same memory verse each month. By the end of the semester, not only will the children have a better grounding in their faith, but they will develop some real skill in a particular area.
Overnight Retreat | September 16 – 17 | Lyle Lodge | $25 per child
Presentation of Bibles | September 28 | 11:00 am worship | Sanctuary
Third grade is a special year in Children’s Ministries as we celebrate the milestone of gifting children with their very own Bible! This three-day experience begins with an overnight retreat where children learn the importance of using the Bible as a tool in their everyday lives, and will culminate with the special presentation of Bibles that Sunday in the Sanctuary. Click here to learn more and register your third grader!
August Mission Sundays
During the month of August, please bring bottled water 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-2404.
Bring school supplies 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
It’s time to start thinking about back to school and how to help children get the best start possible by stocking supply closets at two local elementary schools, supported by various outreach ministries of FUMCFW.
24-Count Box of Crayons
8 oz. Bottle of School Glue
Plastic Supply Box
8-Count Washable Markers
12-Count Colored Pencils
Pocket Folders of Assorted Colors with Brads
70-Page, Wide-Ruled Spiral Notebooks
100-Page Composition Notebooks
Donations can be brought each Sunday and placed in the donation bins at the East, West, & Garden entrances or in the boxes located in each Sunday School classroom. Donations can also be dropped off at First Street Methodist Mission, Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Saturdays | September 17 & 24, October 1 & 8
8:00 am – 3:00 pm | Carver Heights neighborhood, Fort Worth
Ages 18+ | Registration deadline 9.5 | Limit 3 people per day
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Click here to sign up for one of our four upcoming Fall Fellowship Builds with the join code FUMCFW. If you already have an account, log in and click on “Your Account” next to your name. Click “Next,” and then enter the join code FUMCFW. Once registration is complete, you MUST select the day you are volunteering. You will be prompted to read and accept a Liability Waiver online. When sign-up is complete, you will receive a confirmation email with additional information. If you do not receive an email, please contact Jeremy Byrd (email@example.com).
Have You Ever Wondered Where Our Hymns Come From?
(A History of Methodist Hymns)
Tuesdays | August 16 & 23
10:30 am – noon | Room 154
Robert Stovall, Director of Music & Worship Arts, and Peggy Graff, Organist & Associate Director of Music & Worship Arts, will present a two-part series on the “History of the Methodist Hymnal.” Famous hymn writers, including John Wesley and Fanny Crosby, will be featured in this class. We will have fun talking, singing, and exploring the great hymns of our faith. Bring yourself and your singing voice (singing not required but encouraged).
Sunday, September 11
9:30 & 11:00 am worship | Sanctuary
Singing Men of First Church Rehearsals
8.31 | 8:00 – 9:00 pm | Choir Room
9.7 | 8:00 – 9:00 pm | 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, September 11. 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. We will be singing “Who Are the Brave” and “The Awakening” by Martin. For more information, contact Robert Stovall (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5074.
Sunday, August 28
9:30 – 10:30 am | Justin Building Gym
At this orientation and information meeting, 6th graders and their parents will receive in-depth information about the school-year program, have an opportunity to ask questions, and meet other families and leaders who will be with you on the journey this year! We hope you join us! For more information, contact Rev. Casey Orr (email@example.com) at 817/339-5067.
First Street Methodist Mission in Honor of:
Fran & Bill Mizell by Jean Taylor
First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Liz Jopkin by Mary & Rev. Bob Weathers
Ed Petrushka by Beverly Maynard
Foundation Memorial Fund in Memory of:
Ed Petrushka by Mary Ann & Gordon F. Gibson
Ed Petrushka by Pat & Arch Van Meter
George Hopkins by Pat & Arch Van Meter
Methodist Justice Ministry in Honor of:
George Hopkins by Cynthia W. Fisher
Oates Foundation in Memory of:
Michael Bruster by Laura Kent