What does a Healthy Plate have to do with following Jesus?

Tim BrusterIf you’ve been watching the launch of our new Healthy Plate Discipleship program unfold this past week, you may be wondering: What is this all about? What does all this mean for me? Why are we doing this?

Well, I’ll tell you. It’s all about helping us grow in being more faithful disciples — followers — of Jesus. Acts 2:42-47 is a succinct description of discipleship in general — and more specifically a good summary of our Healthy Plate concept. In that section of Acts we see (and with a little bit of imagination, we can experience) the sense of awe that came over the early church as they explored — and discovered — how best to follow the example of Jesus.

By drawing upon this scripture and the program developed around it by our own Rev. Casey Orr, Associate Pastor of Discipleship, we’ll explore as a congregation this idea of balancing all six of the aspects of what makes us disciples of Jesus Christ. And, as we live into this commitment to creating a balanced and healthy life of discipleship for ourselves, our families, and our community of faith, we too will surely discover a deeper sense of peace, joy, and grace in the world in which we live.

While the Acts 2 scripture is the underpinning for what we’re seeking to do and why, each Sunday for the next six weeks we’ll explore one of these facets — Learn, Pray, Give, Worship, Serve, and Play — with a scripture and focus relating specifically to that portion of the Healthy Plate we’re creating as individuals and as a church family.

I look forward to exploring this exciting opportunity with you as we all fill our plates with, as Casey says, “good stuff for the whole family.”

Grace and Peace,




Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

Community of believers (Acts 2:42-47)

The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. All the believers were united and shared everything. They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them. Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes. They shared food with gladness and simplicity. They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved.

FUMCFW has an exciting new vision for the future of our church. Join us in all worship services

Sundays | October 9 – November 13

for a sermon series introducing Healthy Plate Discipleship. It’s good stuff for the whole family.


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