Wednesday, February 26 – Friday, April 3
On this, the most joyous day of the Christian year, Dr. Tim Bruster, Senior Pastor, will culminate his I Am sermon series with “The Resurrection and the Life,” a message of joy, hope, and celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus and what it means to be “Resurrection People” in today’s world.
Special music will be presented by Choral Union, DFW Brass, and Organist Peggy Graff in all three services. Under the direction of Robert Stovall, FUMCFW Director of Music and Worship Arts, special music this year will include Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Glory,” “Hallelujah” from The Mount of Olives by Ludwig van Beethoven, and Dan Forrest’s “Risen Today!”
Through soul-stirring special music, a thought-provoking message, and singing our favorite Easter hymns together, we’ll share this deeply meaningful service of worship celebrating the glory of Easter and God’s love and infinite grace.
We are located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth at 800 West 5th Street. All of the parking lots surrounding the church are available for parking on Easter Sunday — please refer to the map for exact locations.
Complimentary Valet Parking Assistance is available on Easter Sunday between 7:40 am and 12:30 pm for members or visitors who need to save a few extra steps in reaching the Sanctuary, Wesley Hall, and the Main Building. To access this service, please enter from 7th Street and proceed through the Main Lot to the 5th Street ramp near the Garden area. This service is provided by TCU Rent A Frog; tipping is optional.
Ash Wednesday sets the tone for the entire season of Lent, a time to become closer to God. We receive ashes on this day as a sign of repentance, to say we are sorry for things we have done. Ashes are also very dry and remind us that our earthly lives have a beginning and an end. Lent is the 40 days before Easter (not counting Sundays). It is the same number of days Jesus spent in the wilderness.
Children will gather for dinner (donations are accepted but not required) followed by a special kid-friendly service in which we will sing songs, participate in many different forms of prayer, and receive the imposition of ashes as we learn about Ash Wednesday and its significance.
In this unique Maundy Thursday service for children, kids will experience a foot-washing ritual, receive Communion, and hear the Bible story as they walk with Jesus on his final night. Donations for dinner are accepted but not required.
FUMCFW Theatre Arts presents a live depiction of Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting, “The Last Supper,” which represents the scene of the Last Supper with Jesus and his twelve disciples, portrayed by actors. Communion will be served by the disciples to all who attend.
In this very thoughtful Good Friday children’s service, we encourage families to experience together one of the most important, yet challenging, stories of our faith. Offering this story in child-appropriate ways, through scripture and shadow theatre, this service presents the story of Jesus’ final day. Children will receive prayer cords, and families will sing and pray together in this powerful yet peaceful evening service. Donations for dinner are accepted but not required.
During this special Good Friday service of darkness we will remember Jesus’ journey to the cross and the hours leading up to his crucifixion through readings, scripture, prayer, and singing of hymns. Adoramus Chamber Choir will present beautiful choral meditations on the last words of Christ, adapted from the ancient Tenebrae by composer Dale Wood; the service will also include the organ arrangement of “Come, Sweetest Death,” by J.S. Bach and Virgil Fox.
Being God’s people in the world
Lent is just around the corner — and with that comes the PERFECT opportunity to be a part of one of the most meaningful times at FUMCFW. This is one of the busiest seasons of worship of the year in the life of our church, and we want to make sure everyone who steps onto our campus receives a friendly and hearty First Church welcome!
We hope you will join us for these wonderful opportunities to serve with our hospitality team on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and of course, Easter Sunday.
We’ll need ushers and greeters, both inside the church and in our surrounding parking lots. Just plan to arrive 30 minutes before each service to join our Welcoming Ministries in extending a warm greeting to church members and guests as they arrive and settle into their seats, as well as providing assistance as needed at other points during the service.
Please register today to let us know we can count on your help, and we’ll contact you with further instructions.
All Hands On Deck—or in Food Handling Gloves!
Food insecurity happens for many reasons—drought, fires, floods, or government instability.
We can do something to help.
On March 1 FUMCFW will host our 8th annual Rise Against Hunger food packaging event in the Justin Building. With 120 volunteers we can package more than 20,000 meal kits to send to a hungry community.
First Church members and guests of all ages can help pack bags of rice and beans, making this a great project for parents and children and our whole church family!
Click here for your chance to sign up for this all church project beginning at 9:30 that morning.
They say the best way to warm the heart is through the stomach, so together, we’ll prepare baked goods through their new program, Baking Buddies. We will prepare individually sized and wrapped baked goods to put in the RMH Baked Goods Basket or take over to the hospital’s Family Room. You will receive more joy baking together and serving these families than you can ever imagine!
Something to keep in mind and in your calendars: we will also plan to prepare dinner on Saturday, June 13 and lunch on Saturday, September 12 and further help these families throughout the year.
Questions & Registration: Allison McMahon | email@example.com
Enjoying the good life God gives
Sights & Sounds Theatres presents, Jesus, at Ridgmar Movie Theater. Filmed in front of a live audience. Sight & Sound’s spectacular original stage production is now coming to the big screen – nationwide! Witness some of the most awe-inspiring, miraculous events as Jesus sets sail with fishermen, changes the Pharisees, and heals the hurting. Experience the greatest rescue story of all time as the Bible comes to life in movie theaters for this special Easter event.
We will meet at Olive Garden for dinner at 5:00 pm located at 925 Alta Mere Dr. Ridgmar Town Center, 76116. Then we will go to the movie theater together at 6:15 PM at Ridgmar 13 and XD. We can’t wait to see you there!
Contact: Michaela Lidecker | firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy a petting zoo, face painting, a butterfly release — and more! Complimentary sliders, tacos, and pizza will be available from food trucks. In case of inclement weather, please check fumcfw.org for more information.
Contact: Mary Katri | email@example.com | 817-339-5096
Discovering and understanding who God is
Getting to know God means getting to know ourselves — and the more we know who God is, the more we can truly know ourselves.
This study is designed to aid in our exploration of the “I am” sayings of Jesus found in the Gospel of John, our Lenten theme this season,
The God We Can Know, Exploring the “I AM” Sayings by Rob Fuquay will guide our series as we all try to find and form an answer to the most essential question in the Christian faith, “Who do you say I am?”
One by one, the seven “I am” statements from Jesus grab our imagination, reveal more about his identity and purpose, and connect us further to God. Books are available in the church office during the week and in the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings.
How do we walk with Christ – follow him, grow in him, and faithfully serve him? In each chapter of The Walk, author Rev. Adam Hamilton’s engaging teaching style will help us explore each of these practices rooted in Jesus’ own walk with God), its New Testament foundation, and its potential effect on our personal lives and our lives together as the church. We hope you will join us for this Lenten walk together! Books are available in the main church office.
Join Rev. Linda McDermott on a Lenten book study of Tara Westover’s memoir, Educated. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it. Westover crafts an unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. This important memoir will explore themes of indoctrination, empowerment, and overcoming obstacles all the while connecting the reader to the universal question: “How much of ourselves should we give to those we love?” Join us during your lunch hour, bring your lunch, and let’s get “Educated.”
Join Rev. Linda McDermott for a Lenten book study of Unfollow, covering themes of extremism, indoctrination, black and white thinking, and liberation. At the age of five, Megan Phelps-Roper began protesting homosexuality and other alleged vices alongside fellow members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. A gripping memoir of escaping extremism and falling in love, Unfollow relates Phelps-Roper’s moral awakening, her departure from the church, and how she exchanged the absolutes she grew up with for new forms of warmth and community. Rich with suspense and thoughtful reflection, Phelps-Roper’s life story exposes the dangers of black-and-white thinking and the need for true humility in a time of angry polarization.
Register: Gayle Ammerman | firstname.lastname@example.org
Talking and listening to God’s direction
Here at First Church, among the many time-honored traditions we cherish is providing our Sanctuary Easter lilies in memory or honor of a special someone for Easter Sunday worship. We are offering this to individuals, families or Sunday school groups this year, for the first time in a long time. We invite all First Church members to consider becoming part of this sweet tradition. If your family, group, Sunday school class, or UMW Circle would like to underwrite all or part of this year’s Easter lily purchase for Easter Sunday Sanctuary Worship, The Gathering, Disciple Church, or eleven:eleven, please contact Rhonda Gaber (email@example.com) at 817-339-5062 by Friday, April 3 or fill out the form below to order individual lilies.
The Labyrinth is an ancient prayer path where you can become more intentional about taking on “the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16). Our Labyrinth is modeled on the pattern in Chartres Cathedral from the early 1200s. The open Labyrinth marks a sacred space to quietly and prayerfully follow the “pilgrim’s path” while being open to God’s Presence and guidance.
All are welcome to spend time in Labyrinth prayer on Maundy Thursday during Holy Week, in the contemplative days leading up to Easter Sunday.
Someone will be there to greet you in Wesley Hall and, and if you are new to the Labyrinth, there will be plenty of information, assistance, and guidance to help you get started.
Add to your Maundy Thursday worship experience by walking the Labyrinth before the evening services in the Sanctuary or Chapel (families with children are always welcome)!
It generally takes 15 minutes to walk the Labyrinth, but you are welcome to pray there in its center for whatever length of time you feel your soul needs as we approach the climax of the Lenten journey.
Putting God first in all things
Help us support our church ministries and local community with our Easter Offering. Give online (choose Easter Offering from the drop-down menu) or with a check or donation envelope marked “Easter Offering” in the Sunday offertory, by mail, or in the Main Office.
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