CONNECT Magazine

CONNECT Magazine is your source for the stories of our FUMCFW Faith Community — and how each fits in with our Healthy Plate Discipleship. Pick up your copy in the Main Office and Welcome Center or read it online:

“El Gigante” Among Pastors, Rev. Chuck Graff Reflects on a Career Well-Spent

As Rev. Chuck Graff moves toward his July 1 retirement, he reflects on some of his favorite moments of his 48-year ministry.


Discerning God’s Heart and Mind — The United Methodist Quadrilateral

You may have heard the term Wesleyan Quadrilateral, and you may or may not know exactly what that means.


For Alexei: Always Loved, Never Lost

This year’s Alexei Sultanov Tribute Concert is Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.


Bringing Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” To Life

Over the past several years, we’ve started our Maundy Thursday service in the Sanctuary where we learned about the underpinnings of this infamous Passover Seder meal Jesus shared with his disciples on the night before his crucifixion.


Good Friday’s Bigger Picture

Most of us tend to think of the crucifixion of Jesus only as an event that happened at a certain time in a certain place. And for the most part, that’s true.


At FUMCFW, Holy Week is for Families

To quote FUMCFW Director of Children’s Ministries “Mister Mark” Burrows, “Here at First Church, we pray hard and we play hard!” Nowhere is this truth more evident than in our Holy Week activities designed just for children and families.


Connecting Giving with Passion

Larry Ammerman, FUMCFW Business Manager, explains that FUMCFW has created a multitude of ministries in response to the ministry passions of our congregation and responds to members’ desires to give where their passion is.


What is Prayer?

What is your prayer story? How do you practice prayer? What do you know about prayer? What would you like to know?


Palm Sunday: An Easter Parade Worth Pondering

What are your thoughts and memories of Palm Sunday? Little children (maybe you, or your own children) waving palm branches, singing hosannas, strains of “All Glory Laud and Honor,” and the ubiquitous image of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey to the praise and adulation of his followers. 


FUMCFW “Big Tent” Worship — and Why!

Most of us worship regularly and we know what worship means to us, but do we really know what worship is? There are more formal definitions, but at its heart, worship is our way of intentionally honoring God. 


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