Weekly News 11.16.17

By November 16, 2017


Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
“Remember to be Thankful”

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

The Gathering | 9:30 am | Wesley Hall | 11:00 am | Room 350
Rev. Lance Marshall

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“Remember to be Thankful”

Luke 17:11-19

Dr. Tim Bruster

This Sunday, our First Church month of gratitude continues with Thanksgiving Sunday — a special time to stop and think of all the people in our lives for whom we are so grateful. As part of this First Church celebration of Thanksgiving we will honor and recognize the contributions of another very special group of saints — those who have served as organists for our church during the past 91 years: Will Foster (1926 – 1942); Robert R. Clarke (1943 – 1973); Gladys Day (1973); Stanley Shepelwich (1973 – 1992); Mary Jo Springer (1992); Janet W. Pummill (1992 – 2000); Jack Noble White (2000 – 2004); and Aaron Medina (2004 – 2012). Of course, we continue to give thanks for our current organist, Peggy Graff, who has served now for five years. Read more.

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


Honoring Our Former Organists_SQLifetimes of FUMCFW Organists

Join us this Sunday as we honor our former organists during traditional worship

We have been blessed with some very talented and gifted organists who have been here during many stages of life over the years. Please join us for this very special day to honor these wonderful organists who have so faithfully served our congregation and our community! Read more.

Parade of Lights_SQParade of Lights Parking

This coming Sunday is the 35th annual XTO Energy Parade of Lights featuring new floats, giant illuminated balloons, performing groups, local community groups, and more! FUMCFW has offered some of our parking lots as staging areas for the buses and trailers, so after 1:00 pm this Sunday, Parade of Lights volunteers will set cones to block off entrances to the Mission Lot, the lot on Henderson between the Mission and the church, and the East Lot next to the Center for Transforming Lives. Read more.

Unbounded Generosity_SQThe Perfect Example of Unbounded Generosity

Scripture: John 3:16

Key Verse: God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life. (John 3:16) Read more.

Focus First17_SQFocus First Survey Closing Soon

We’re almost halfway to our goal of 1,000 responses, and you still have until December 1 to add your voice!

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.



11.17.17 Baptisms


Weston Handy

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Justice Ministry in Honor of:
Kay Yount by Jane Yount

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.


kat-bair75Oak Trees

Kat Bair

Last weekend, I got to take a group of our high school youth out to Lyle Lodge for our High School Retreat. Our theme this year was koinonia, which is the Greek word for community. We talked about what it means to be truly with and for each other as members of Christian community. Read more.

Peggy75Honoring Our Legacy of Music Ministry

Peggy Graff

The first time I sat down in this Sanctuary to play for this church was in September of 2012. I was brought in to play for a Hymn Festival. I was playing our former organ, which was not without its challenges, but I was so humbled and thrilled to be playing for such a prestigious church in Downtown Fort Worth. Read more.

Nancy Fisher75Did You Pick Up Your Christmas Ornament?

Nancy Fisher

Thanks to so many of you who came out last Sunday as we celebrated Unbounded Generosity in true First Church style — EATING! The weather cooperated by staying dry while we were enjoying hot dogs by Austin’s Underdawgs and street tacos by Chimy’s. Read more.

mark75Upcoming Dates

Mark Burrows

Below are a few big dates we want to make sure you all have on your calendars.

December 3 — Christmas Cheer — 2:30 – 5:30 pm

We meet at the church, then head out on buses to Christmas carol at nursing homes and retirement communities. Read more.

Choir Dates Coming Up

We wanted to share a few big dates coming up:

Sunday, December 10 — Right after church we will have our annual Choir Pizza and a Movie Party here at the church. It will be in the Children’s Wing from 12:15 – 2:30 pm. We’ll have pizza, sing Christmas carols, and watch some classic Christmas movies. This gives us a chance for some all-important choir bonding while parents can get away for a couple of hours, have lunch . . . Read more.

Tom75How To Be Rich at the Big Messy Table

Rev. Tom McDermott

I overheard a conversation the other day at a local coffee shop. A mom and her daughter were having a very focused conversation about wealth and prosperity, investments and diversification.* The girl was maybe 7 years old and I think by the time I sat at the table beside them, they were already mid-conversation. Read more.

Sid75Foundation Thankful Series #1 — Thankful for Helen W. Watt’s Vision for the Foundation in the Future

Sid Johnston

November and December are typically charitable, generous, and thankful months where communities and families come together to reflect on their good fortunes and blessings. We would like to foster the spirit of reflecting on your blessings through a blog series during the months of November and December. 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

11.17 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 | Traditional Sanctuary Worship

11.26 – 12.17 Red Bag Food Drive

Pick up & return bags to tables on first floor

11.26 & 12.3 Blessing Our First Responders

Pick up treat boxes in Adult Sunday School Classes, Children’s Wing & Welcome Center
Deliver to first responders 12.1 – 12.31

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

11.29 – 12.20 Advent Sermon Series Bible Study

Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Room 350 | Led by Dr. Tim Bruster

12.3 Christmas Cheer

2:30 – 5:30 pm | Wesley Hall

12.3 Youth Christmas Party

5:00 – 8:00 pm | Justin Youth Building

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

12.16 Blessing the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth

4:30 – 7:30 pm | Ronald McDonald House
1001 8th Ave., 76104

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

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

12.17 Service of Comfort and Peace

6:00 – 7:00 pm | Chapel
Led by Dr. Tim Bruster, Rev. Linda McDermott & Rev. Phyllis Barren

12.18 – 12.19 Preschool Christmas Programs

10:00 – 10:30 am | 2-year-olds | Wesley Hall
11:00 – 11:30 am | 3s, 4s, & Pre-K | Wesley Hall

12.24 Christmas Eve Volunteers

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 Connections

10:15 – 11:00 am
2:45 – 3:15 pm & 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

No class 11.20 – 11.24
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

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


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