Weekly News 11.2.17

By November 2, 2017


Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
“Saints All Around Us”

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

The Gathering | 9:30 am | Wesley Hall | 11:00 am | Room 350
Rev. Lance Marshall
Sermon Series: “Radical Faith”

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 Hall
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

Tim75“Saints All Around Us”

Hebrews 12:1-2

Dr. Tim Bruster

We remember those church members who have died from October 16, 2016 through October 15, 2017.

Ralph Anderson, Mary Andrews, Sara Andrews, Stan Baker, David Berger, Charles Lee Biehler, Kevin Bowen, Ganey Bradfield, Claire Bradley, Gene Brannan, Marianne Brants, Pris Brutsche, Cal Campbell, Dorthy Casten, Camille Chandler, Wesley Collins, Loretta Crittenden, Laura Lucile Davis, Craig Dickson, Flo Dillard, R.L. Dowdell, Paul Driskell, Dorothy Duke-Kidwell, Hubert Foster, Betty Fox, Darryl Frank, Lou Friese, Walter Gates, Dorothy Gleaton, Carol Griesbach, W.L. Hailey, Frances Hinkle, Mae Horton, Doris Jacks, Jerry Jirik, Frank Johnson, Gay Joyner, Pat King, Yale Lary, Donna Livingston, Faye McCoy, Tyler McGuire, Barbara Moller, Michael Patison, Betty Petty, James Pollard, Thelma Price, Ronnie Pyeatt, Jack Redding, Carol Row, Daniel Sanford, Byron Searcy, Esther Sims, Dick Sisson, Lou Stasney, Jo Throckmorton, Mary West, Gayle Williams, Dorles Wirth, Don Wren, Charles Wunderlich.

All Saints’ Day is the celebration of people of faith who have contributed to the creation of God’s kingdom. These saints were not perfect, but were people who were trying to listen to God’s word and live God’s call. This is the “communion of saints” — that fellowship of believers that reaches beyond time and place, even beyond death.

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


Unbounded Generosity_SQUnbounded Generosity Makes for Healthy Hearts

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Key Verses

Everyone should give whatever they have decided in their heart. They shouldn’t give with hesitation or because of pressure. God loves a cheerful giver. God has the power to provide you with more than enough of every kind of grace. Read more.

Focus First17_SQJim Whitton75Focus First Q&A With Steering Committee Member Jim Whitton

Meet Jim Whitton. Jim is an attorney by profession. He has practiced law for almost 38 years and has been with the firm of Brackett & Ellis for more than 27 years. He has served on most of our church committees, including stints as chair of the Board of Trustees and the Staff Parish Relations Committee. Here’s what Jim had to say about serving on the Focus First steering committee and his role in this process: Read more.

Focus First17_SQView More: http://stephaniesouthardphotography.pass.us/haley-manulik-editedFocus First Q&A with Steering Committee Member Haley Manulik

What excites you most about the Focus First planning process?

I think its having a direction for our congregation to strive for. Right now I feel like were in kind of a middle man type of position, and we have so many opportunities to be this incredible downtown church for our community. Hopefully this will give us the opportunity to move forward in that direction. Read more.

Focus First17_SQFocus First_Survey_SQ1

Have You Taken the Focus First Survey?

Our goal is 1,000 responses, and as of today we are at 467. If you haven’t taken the survey, add your voice today!

Your feedback is important to us as we discern who we are as a church and what we are called to become. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey now. You can become part of the Focus First process by investing just 10 – 15 minutes of your time. Read more.

Focus First17_SQFocus First Focus Group

For the Focus First process to be truly congregation-led strategic planning, the opinions of every member of our faith community are important. If you haven’t already, please take the congregational survey online or in print (available in the Welcome Center and Main Office), and plan to attend the next Focus Group to be held this coming Sunday, November 5, from 9:30 to 10:50 am in Room 350. Read more.

Congrats to Bronson Davis!

Bronson Davis will be honored on Thursday, November 16, by the Fort Worth Metro Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals with The Ben Franklin Award as the Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive at the annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Lunch at Cendera Center from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Congratulations to Bronson on this outstanding accomplishment!

Organ_SQCelebrating Our Legacy of FUMCFW Organists

Sunday, November 19, will be Organ Sunday, a special celebration of our Anne S. and Henry B.  Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ in which we will honor all who have served as organists during the rich legacy of our First Church music ministry. “This is the first time most of these former organists have had the opportunity to come back and play here and be recognized for their contributions to the rich musical history of our church,” says Organist Peggy Graff. Read more.



11.3.17 New Members


Chuck Nixon
Dianne Nixon
Jane Canull
JoAnn Durham
Lori Burns
Roger Owens
Susan Barley


Winifred Sheely

Click here to make a memorial donation.



First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Frances Humble by Ben Naylor
Gene Brannan by Joy Christensen
Lou Friese by Pat & Shelby Adams

Foundation Fund in Memory of:
Jerry Jirik by Mr. & Mrs. Shelby Adams

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 Fisher75How to Practice Unbounded Generosity in 2018

Nancy Fisher

And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough, you may share abundantly in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)

Begin With Prayer: Thank God for blessing you, and ask for guidance and discernment.

Asses Your Income and Giving: Consider your annual income, your current situation, and your current giving. Read more.

kat-bair75Saint Yourself

Kat Bair

Since August, I’ve had the fortune of being part of weekly worship planning meetings with Dr. Tim Bruster, Rev. Linda McDermott, Mister Mark Burrows, Robert Stovall, and others, where we go through what the 11:00 am Sanctuary service will look like. Read more.

mark75We Had SO Much Fun!

Mark Burrows

Hi Children’s Choir Families,

Here is a group pic from Sunday. (Keep in mind, this is only those in Kinder-2nd grade.) We had a great time! About this coming Sunday: We sing at the VERY beginning of the 11:00 am service. Practice will be at the regular time (9:15 am) in the regular place. At 10:45 am, please come check your child out of Academy, and come right down to the Sanctuary. Read more.

Fred Cantu75Get Your Skin in the Game

Fred Cantu

Our Christian history in Bible scriptures is full of stories of unbounded generosity from the Old Testament to Calvary and beyond. We are clearly informed by the writers about the role of generosity, charity, and giving in the life of faithful children of God. Read more.


November Mission Sundays: Blankets

Please bring blankets 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

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

11.5 Focus First Focus Group

9:30 – 10:50 am | Room 350

11.5 An All Saints’ Evening with Adoramus & TWU Chorale

7:00 – 9:00 pm | Sanctuary

11.7 November Women’s Luncheon

11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Monday, 10.30 
“Family Traditions in the Kitchen”
Juan Rodriguez, Owner & Chef of Magdalena’s

11.8 Christian Men’s Breakfast

7:00 – 8:00 am | Whiskey Ranch | 4250 Mitchell Blvd., 76119

11.11 – 11.12 High School Retreat

8:00 am Saturday – 10:30 am Sunday
Lyle Lodge | $25 | Registration required
High school youth | Grades 9 – 12

11.15 Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Learning Session

Program | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm & 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Discussion | 1:30 – 2:30 pm & 7:30 – 8:30 pm | Wesley Hall
Bring a meal or snack | Tea & water provided
“Holiday Treasures from Teepa Snow” | Led by Linda Abel, RN

11.16 Wesleyan Adventurers Trip to Gaylord Texan’s ICE!: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

9:45 am | Carpool from FUMCFW
$25 | Register by November 1

11.17 Food Delivery for Thanksgiving Baskets

6:00 – 8:00 pm | Wesley Hall

11.18 Thanksgiving Basket Assembly and Pickup

8:00 am – 1:00 pm | Wesley Hall

11.19 Honoring Our Former Organists at FUMCFW

9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary

11.27 – 12.18 Monday Musers Advent Study: “Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph”

Mondays | 1:00 – 2:30 pm | Foundation Building, Room 271
Led by Dr. Mike Marshall | Book available for $15

11.29 – 12.20 Wednesday Morning Advent Study: “Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph”

Wednesdays | 9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 350
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren
Registration required | Book available for $15

12.3 Christmas Cheer

2:30 – 5:30 pm | Wesley Hall

12.5 December Women’s Luncheon

11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, 12.1
“Fort Worth Traditions: Texas Ballet Theater & The Nutcracker”
Ben Stevenson, Artistic Director of Texas Ballet Theater

12.10 Choral Union Presents “Magnificat” by John Rutter

9:15 – 10:30 am & 11:00 am – 12:15 pm | Traditional Sanctuary Worship

12.13 Christian Men’s Breakfast

7:00 – 8:00 am | Whiskey Ranch | 4250 Mitchell Blvd., 76119

12.13 Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Learning Session and Service

11:30 am – 1:30 pm & 5:30 – 7:30 pm | Leonard Memorial Chapel
“Safekeeping of Story: Capturing and Preserving Our Beloved Stories”
Led by Linda Abel, RN & Friends

12.13 Polar Express Party

5:30 – 7:30 pm | Wesley Hall

12.17 Adoramus Presents “Small, Dancing Light” by Taylor Davis

9:30 & 11:00 am | Traditional Sanctuary Worship

12.24 Christmas Eve Services

11:00 am – noon, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
7:00 – 8:00 pm, 9:00 – 10:00 pm, 11:00 pm – midnight

12.24 Christmas Eve Family Services

3:30 & 5:00 pm | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster & Mister Mark Burrows

12.24 Christmas Eve Connections

4:15 – 4:45 pm
6:15 – 6:45 & 8:15 – 8:45 pm | Cellist Dace Sultanov
10:15 – 10:45 pm
Wesley Hall

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

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.

First Talks

Sundays | 9:30 – 10:30 am | Room 230

Baptism 101

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

Blood Pressure Screenings

Sundays | 10:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154

More events


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