Two Exciting New Ministry Opportunities!

Chuck Graff2This Sunday Dr. Chris Manno will begin a new two-part book review on The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. This is a great book and an opportunity to grow and learn through his amazing leadership! You will not need to read the book in advance. Please see details below and call Gayle Ammerman to sign up today!

Also, we have begun our exciting new Sunday morning group, First Talks, and you wont want to miss hearing artist Karen Blessen from Dallas this Sunday morning at 9:30 am. Karen is the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of 29 Pieces, an organization dedicated to using art for positive social change.

Here are the details, and we look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Pastor Chuck

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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 | gammerman@myfumc.org

first-talks_hsFirst Talks — Ideas Worth Talking About!

Sundays | 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.

On January 22 we will 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 | crobarts@myfumc.org | 817-339-5069
Rev. Tom McDermott | tmcdermott@myfumc.org | 817-339-3881

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