Kickoff of Exciting New 2017 Opportunities

Chuck Graff2We are really excited about the new 2017 Adult Education classes and other group and serving opportunities being launched beginning this month. Check out our upcoming events for details, and here are a few of them that we are hosting soon. Please begin the new year participating with us.

Pastor Chuck



Sunday Morning Book Review:
“The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry”

January 22 & 29, 2017
Sundays | 11:00 am – noon | Room 331
Led by Dr. Chris Manno
Registration required | Book available for $12

Please worship with us at 8:30 or 9:30 am, and then join us for this amazing review with Chris Manno. Dr. Chris Manno (Ph.D. — English, TCU), Adjunct Professor of English at Texas Wesleyan University, American Airlines Captain, and leader of extended education programs like TCU’s “Lifelong Learners” series and the Wesleyan Mitchell Lecture series, will lead an intriguing book review at First Church. The group will study “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce.

Here is a brief introduction to the book: Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning a letter arrives, addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl, from a woman he hasn’t heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. But before Harold mails off a quick reply, a chance encounter convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. In his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold Fry embarks on an urgent quest. Determined to walk 600 miles to the hospice, Harold believes that as long as he walks, Queenie will live. A novel of charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” introduces Rachel Joyce as a wise — and utterly irresistible — storyteller.

Contact: Gayle Ammerman |


First Talks — Ideas Worth Talking About!

Sundays starting January 22, 2017
9:30 – 10:30 am | Room 350

Check out this great new Adult Education discussion group meeting on Sunday mornings. It’s a combination of succinct and exciting TED Talk-style presentations followed by facilitated, engaging conversations around the topic of the day. Each week will be different with speakers from around the Metroplex, including artists, educators, theologians, entrepreneurs, and great thinkers of all sorts. These presentations and the conversations that follow will help us find Spirit in every facet of life.

January 22 is our official kickoff when we host artist Karen Blessen from Dallas. Karen is the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of 29 Pieces, an organization dedicated to using art for positive social change. She was recently named Peacemaker of the Year by the Dallas Peace Center for her work teaching and leading students and adults in the Dallas Respect Project, which was recently celebrated with the dedication of a 20-foot sculpture in West Dallas created by students and several community partners. The sculpture reflects an interpretation of the words of a Native American prayer, “make my hands respect the things you have made.” You will be encouraged and enlightened by Karen’s presentation. She is a force for good, using the arts and her uncanny ability to draw people together for positive change.

Contact: Charme Robarts | | 817-339-5069
Rev. Tom McDermott | | 817-339-3881

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Blessing the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth

Saturday, January 7, 2017
10:00 am – 1:30 pm | Ronald McDonald House
1001 8th Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104

Kick off the new year by blessing children and families staying at the local Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth with our love, support, and a hot lunch. We will meet at the Ronald McDonald House at 10:00 am to prepare the lunch in their kitchen (all food items provided) and then serve the meal at noon. You will receive more joy cooking together and serving others than you can ever imagine!

Contact: Allison McMahon |

Rev. Chuck Graff | | 817-339-5065

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Costa Rica Mission Trip Informational Meeting

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Noon – 1:00 pm | Room 154

Everyone interested in serving with our 2017 Costa Rica Vacation Bible School, Construction, and Medical Teams from July 7 – 17, 2017, are invited to a special informational planning meeting. Rev. Chuck Graff and Rev. Phyllis Barren will go over details with you regarding the trip itinerary. Openings for the trip are filling fast, so please attend this important meeting.

Contact: Rev. Phyllis Barren |
Rev. Chuck Graff |



January 9 – May 11, 2017
Mondays & Tuesdays | 9:30 – 10:30 am
Wednesdays | 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Thursdays | 8:30 – 9:30 am
Room 320 | Led by Linda Blanchard | All ages & fitness levels
Registration required | First week free | $70 per 10-class punch card

Looking for a way to feel renewed and revitalized? Join Linda Blanchard, registered 500-hour yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance and certified through YogaFit, as she guides you in movements which are designed to enhance muscle toning, flexibility, balance, and a healthier lifestyle. Classes are for beginner and intermediate participants, offering modifications for different levels with every pose. Each class will include soft music and end with relaxation time. Wear loose and comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat. Use your punch card for flexible scheduling; attend one or multiple classes per week! Pay online or by check made out to FUMC Fort Worth with Yoga in the subject line.

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Men’s In-Depth Bible Study

Tuesdays | 7:00 – 8:00 am | Room 154
Led by Fred Cantu and other leaders

Men of all ages are welcome to enjoy study, fellowship, prayer, and new spiritual growth on their faith journey with others. Fred Cantu and several others will lead this ongoing Bible study. There is no charge or registration required — all men are welcome whenever their schedules allow them to attend. Coffee is provided!

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De Colores! Emmaus Ministry Fourth Day Reunion Group

First Wednesday of every month
Noon | Room 230

Everyone who has been on an Emmaus Walk, or is interested in learning about this vital ministry, is invited to our new group. It lasts an hour but is “come and go” as needed. Please consider inviting an interested friend. If desired, bring your lunch and even something to share. Our Reunion Group will focus on sharing our faith stories and spiritual growth as disciples committed to Christ. Men and women are invited to attend.

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Walking, Running, & Cycling Group

Saturdays | 8:00 – 9:00 am
6:45 am | Cowtown training
The Trailhead at Clearfork
4801 Edwards Ranch Road
Fort Worth, TX 76109 | Waiver required

Join Fit First for a four-mile out and back route for all levels of runners, walkers, and cyclers. Children and pets are welcome. Start with stretching and end with breakfast and the Farmers Market. Bring water and sunscreen.

And if you’d like to walk or run the 2017 Cowtown 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon, or Ultra Marathon with our Fit First team on February 25 – 26, our six-month Cowtown Training Program will begin on September 24. We will meet each Saturday morning for the long mileage of the week, and the schedule of training will be posted on the Fit First web page for you to follow. For more information, contact Jennifer Stephens ( at 817-363-3291. Complete the required waiver online, or print one to bring with you. Sign up to help with check-in and water stops.


Early Response Team Training

Saturday, February 4, 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Room 350 | Led by Rev. Chuck Graff
$30 for materials & lunch | Registration required

One of the primary ways the Central Texas Conference (CTC) responds to disasters is via our Early Response Team (ERT). Our CTC ERTs respond to disasters within the conference, as well as to help other areas facing disasters. The mission of an Early Response Team is to provide a caring presence in the aftermath of a disaster, under very specific guidelines that enable a team to be productive and caring while causing no further harm or being a burden to the affected community.

If you are called to serve as a member of the CTC ERT, you must register and participate in one of the trainings taught throughout the year. These trainings are taught by “authorized” United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) trainers, and team members are given authorized ERT ID badges from UMCOR as evidence of completed training. The topics covered in the class include the who, what, when, where, and how of disaster response ministry, as well as some hands-on experience in the specific tasks that Early Responders are expected to accomplish in the face of a disaster.

Our goal is to have at least five more individuals trained to serve and address Disaster Response needs with Rev. Chuck Graff.

Contact: Rev. Chuck Graff | | 817-339-5065


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