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12.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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11.25.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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11.18.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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11.11.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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11.4.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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10.28.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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Welcome our new Associate Pastor, Rev. Samuel Macias

We are thrilled to welcome Rev. Samuel Macias as our newest Associate Pastor on November 1st.

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10.21.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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10.14.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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10.7.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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9.30.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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9.23.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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9.18.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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Crossroad Sermon Series

Stories of great — and notorious — people and deeds from the Hebrew Bible. The Bible is more than just a collection of “feel good” or “do good” stories, and its people are multifaceted and complex. Joshua says “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”.

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9.11.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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8.26.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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8.19.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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8.12.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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Methodist Justice Ministry receives Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas  

Award will fund Legal Representation for Indigent Women and Children that have been impacted by domestic abuse. 

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Light of the World Sermon Series

Join us for worship in person or online as we are inspired by The First Book of John. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.” (John 1:9)

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The Power of the Promise Sermon Series

A sermon series examining foundational stories of our faith where we encounter a promise-making and promise-keeping God.

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8.5.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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7.29.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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7.22.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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7.15.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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You Did It! A Next90 Phase I Update

I thank you for your generous heart and for making the choice to actively participate in this transformative project.

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Shop on Amazon and Donate to First Church

Select our church as your charity on your smile.amazon.com account and 0.5 percent of each qualified purchase is donated directly to our church.

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7.8.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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7.1.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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6.24.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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Leading a Culture of Strategic Planning

During his tenure as First Church Senior Pastor, Tim initiated and recruited leadership for two major Long-Range Planning. Following Gil Rendel’s book, Holy Conversations, First Church adopted a process that involved the entire congregation. The discernment method focused on three questions: Who are we? Who is our neighbor? What is God calling us to do?

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Building for the Future

This community of faith began its journey together in 1853 when the first members of a Methodist Society in Fort Worth held its services in homes and the old Masonic Hall on Weatherford Street.

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6.17.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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Community Leadership

Tim knew that leading a faith community the size of ours came with a role and responsibility to occupy a presence in the surrounding community on behalf of the church.

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6.10.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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Steady — Sailing Denominational Leadership

Throughout denominational changes and challenges our church has remained steady and moving forward, focused on ministry and growth without distraction.

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6.3.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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Embracing Past, Present, and Future of Communication and Media Ministries

Longtime church member, Building Committee Chair, former Communications Committee chair, and a key member of the original First Church Television Ministry crew Barry Hudson says that he remembers very clearly his first meeting with Dr. Tim Bruster on September 1, 2003.

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5.27.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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5.20.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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Staff Leadership — A Legacy of Growth and Integrity

Over the past 18 ½ years, we’ve already learned that a large part of Dr. Tim Bruster’s leadership role as senior pastor has been devoted to enabling, encouraging, and empowering his staff to find and follow their passion in ministry — with some stellar results for the church as a whole.

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5.13.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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5.6.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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Healthy Reflections on Leading Discipleship

As devoted followers of Jesus Christ, we say that we are committed to practices that will encourage growth in our faith. We know that Discipleship is the process of being shaped by the Holy Spirit through spiritual practices to become more like Jesus.

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4.29.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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Over the Edge for Outreach

Among the many passions Dr. Tim Bruster brought to first church 18 1/2 years ago was a desire to enable, empower, and encourage outreach in this large downtown church with an already rich history of outreach ministries.

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4.22.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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Music Ministries: Legacy of Creativity Empowered

Early in the same year Dr. Tim Bruster joined the staff as Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth, Mark Burrows (yes, that same guy from the Children’s story), occupied the position of Director of Music and Worship at First Church.

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4.15.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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Fueling the Creative Spark in Children’s Ministries

Dr. Tim Bruster noticed on his first Sunday as the pastor at First United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, that there was the glaring lack of a Children’s Moment during the services.

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Thank you to our 2022 Lily Donors!

Thank you to our generous First Church Lily Donors who made Easter 2022 especially beautiful in all our sacred spaces!

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4.8.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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Our Worship’s “Big Tent”

From message to music to liturgy and prayer, worshipping God at First United Methodist Church makes Sunday mornings a truly sacred time of connection with God and one another.

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4.1.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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3.25.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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3.18.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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Next90 Update: We Are Even Closer!

As we move closer to the conclusion of the Next90 Building Campaign, it is with pleasure that we express our thanks to Connie Beck and Frank Tilley for a recent significant gift. In her own words, this is how Connie explained the reason behind this second gift.

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3.11.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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3.4.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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2.25.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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2.18.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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Beat the Traffic: Cowtown Marathon 2022

The Cowtown® Marathon will pass through downtown on Sunday, February 27, between 7:45 am – 11:00 am.

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2.11.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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2.3.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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1.28.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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1.21.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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1.14.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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Honor a loved one or special occasion with altar flowers for Sunday Worship

The Sunday flowers in the Sanctuary are one of the most beautiful ways our members recognize and remember special events and loved ones. Some of our members have established a long tradition of donating flowers.

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1.7.22 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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12.30.21 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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12.23.21 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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12.17.21 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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12.10.21 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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The Bales/Baker/Martin Legacy

The Next90 Phase 1 Children’s Wing expansion has been named the Edward and Maxine Baker Children’s Wing in honor of Edward and Maxine Baker, Sr.

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12.3.21 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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Advent 2021: Best Christmas Ever

Sunday, November 28, is the first Sunday of Advent 2021 and the beginning of our Best Christmas Ever worship series.

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11.19.21 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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11.12.21 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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10.29.21 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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10.22.21 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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10.8.21 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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9.24.21 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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9.17.21 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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9.10.21 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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New Opportunity for Connection for Ladies at FUMCFW

We are forming a new UMW Circle to meet the needs of women who are in their 40s and 50s or thereabout.

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Thanks for Your Compassionate Response

Thank you to all whose generous donations to disaster relief via UMCOR last week totaled $17,405!

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9.5.21 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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8.27.21 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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8.20.21 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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Methodist Justice Ministry Receives Grant from Texas Women’s Foundation

Methodist Justice Ministry (MJM) announced that Texas Women’s Foundation has awarded a grant to MJM to provide legal representation and ongoing services to women and their children who have been impacted by family violence and abuse.

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8.13.21 Here’s What’s Happening This Week

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7.2.21 Here’s what’s happening this week

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Do you see yourself?

Please view these construction fence banners, and let us know if it’s not OK for you or your children to appear in these ministry photos by July 14.

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Baptism of the Loveys

How can you “remember your baptism and be thankful” if you can’t actually remember your baptism?

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Here’s what’s happening this week

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Here’s how we keep the main thing the Main Thing

Here’s your weekly Letter from Lance along with what’s up and what’s happening This Sunday and This Week at First Church!

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What’s NEXT: Beam Signing for New Children’s Wing

This past Wednesday morning at 9:00 am our church leaders and children’s staff gathered in the east parking lot construction area for the first of many big moments in our Next90 Building Expansion project construction journey.

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Grooves in Stone Staircases

Here’s your weekly Letter from Lance along with what’s up and what’s happening This Sunday and This Week at First Church!

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Wesleyan Adventurers Luncheon

This week our Wesleyan Adventurers met in person for the first time in more than a year to enjoy lunch, meet new members, and reconnect with old friends.

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This is Why Coffee is Critical.

Here’s your weekly Letter from Lance along with what’s up and what’s happening This Sunday and This Week at First Church!

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Worship Makes a Real Difference in Our Lives.

Here’s your weekly Letter from Lance along with what’s up and what’s happening This Sunday and This Week at First Church!

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We Are Spirit-Filled, Spirit-Led People!

Here’s your weekly Letter from Lance along with what’s up and what’s happening This Sunday and This Week at First Church!

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One Grand Night

Join us for “One Grand Night,” a fundraising event benefiting Spectrum Chamber Music Society, on Thursday, May 27 starting at 7:00 pm, in-person in our beautiful and historic

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Celebrating a Big Step Forward!

Here’s your weekly Letter from Lance along with what’s up and what’s happening This Sunday and This Week at First Church!

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Being “Taken Over”

A lot of people, particularly a lot of Christians, believe that rescuing poor children from abuse and neglect is a wonderful, Godly goal. But trying to do it day to day for years is… beyond hard.

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Tim’s Renewal Leave

Recognizing that clergy renewal is vital not only for clergy but for the congregation as well, the Staff Parish Relations Committee put in place in the summer of 2003 a renewal leave policy that allows the Senior Pastor a renewal leave every five years.

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Sacred Reflections

New FUMCFW Director of Music and Worship Arts, Thomas Williams, reflects on what makes worship sacred — and the underlying resonance tucked into our worship traditions.

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Marks of Christian Mindfulness

So what will learning to practice Christian mindfulness do for you? What are some of the marks of Christian Mindfulness? How does Christian Mindfulness help us cultivate our “Fruit of the Spirit?”

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Thank you, Gayle!

After 16 years of service, more than 500 funeral bulletins, and a legacy of being someone we all count on, whether you know it or not (she’s quiet), Administrative Assistant Gayle Ammerman heads into retirement for some adventures of her own!

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An Evening with Spectrum

In a delightful springtime edition of its Six Feet Apart livestream concert series, Spectrum Chamber Music Society returns THIS Monday night at 7:00 pm on fumcfw.org/live.

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Children’s Ministry Update

In-person children’s ministry activities will resume on Sunday mornings starting May 9 — with the following protocols to help keep everyone safe. Here’s what you need to know.

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First Church COVID Protocols Update

If you, like so many, have been wondering what the increase in vaccinations may mean to our gradual return to in-person worship and on-campus gatherings, here’s a quick update as to where we are not and where we hope to go.

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Familiar Face, Brand New Leadership Role

Senior Pastor Dr. Tim Bruster and Co-Pastor Rev. Lance Marshall announce Allison Barley Alvarado as new FUMCFW Executive Director beginning June 1.

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What’s NEXT: 4.15.21 Edition

If you’re wondering what’s going on now behind that blue fence, FUMCFW Construction Administrator Mark Sorley reports that construction is going well — running right on schedule after making up most if not all the construction days lost due to the epic freeze that shut everything down for multiple days in mid-February.

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First Quarter Financial Update

As the first quarter of 2021 came to a close, our business office team led by Steve Fagan, Director of Finance, has mostly good news and a few other interesting things to report.

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UMW Honors Its Past, Embraces the Present and Celebrates the Future

United Methodist Women (UMW) held their closing meeting the garden this week — the first in-person meeting they have had since February 2020.

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ONWARD!

What will it be like to return to his home church, sit in the pew, and be just a regular churchgoer? “I don’t know,” he says with a grin. “We’re going to find out.”

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Weekly News 4.9.21

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Dementia Friendly Fort Worth Goes Opera!

Thanks to a special grant from the Texas Commission of the Arts, this new seven-week program of our Fort Worth Opera is designed to celebrate the connection between music and memory.

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Weekly News 4.1.21

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Our Easter Garden, a Labor of Love

Board of Trustees member Barbara Duckworth, Master Gardener, reflects on gardens, gardening, and readying a true gem of First Church for Easter.

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Experience Holy Week Anew

According to the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus (544-483), no one ever steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river and they are not the same person. So what does that have to do with Holy Week?

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Seat Unto Others

Easter is coming and weekly worship services are continuing to fill as we move toward re-opening. To avoid reservations frustration, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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I Saw God Today: Faith, Part III — Blessings and Miracles

Four years ago, Pay Hayward, longtime church member and member of the First Methodist Church Foundation Board of Directors, was diagnosed with stage-two breast cancer. “That experience opened my soul to the miracles that I knew happened.”

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Help Us Usher Easter

Be the first friendly and welcoming face a guest sees and meets here at FUMCFW!

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Mobility-Friendly Parking

If you need a shorter, straighter path to the Sanctuary we offer two options for mobility-friendly parking. Each of these mobility-friendly parking options offers you a straight path across 5th Street so that you can enter the Sanctuary or Wesley Hall through the ramped Garden entrance.

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I Saw God Today: Faith, Part II — Community That Transcends

Calling this past month “a blur,” Jennifer Bond, Youth Parent Leader and active church member says that one thing she know for sure about faith is that God showed up in FUMCFW youth ministries, the funeral and celebration of Chris Vardy, and so many other places that youth and their families were this week. 

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To Carry a King

If you’ve never thought about the Palm Sunday story from the perspective of the donkey, be sure to join us for worship, in-person or online, on Palm Sunday, March 28, at 9:30 or 11:00 am.

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All Roads (that) Lead to First Church

The easiest route to FUMCFW is to take 7th Street and turn into the parking lot, then go straight through the lot until you reach the statue at the end.

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Weekly News 3.13.21

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Sanctuary Flower Dates Available

Place your order now for Sanctuary Flowers on the date of your choosing (first-come, first-served!) in memory, honor, or celebration. Contact rgaber@myfumc.org.

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Vacation Bible School is On!

VBS is one of our signature events at FUMCFW. And now, with COVID cases going down, vaccinations going up, we are headed into summer with the expectation and optimism of having in-person Vacation Bible School.

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Welcome Thomas Williams!

Starting May 1, Thomas Williams will be our next FUMCFW Director of Music and Worship Arts. Thomas will replace Robert Stovall who retires on April 11.

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Media Ministry Turns 46!

This past Sunday marked the 46th Anniversary of the first live weekly broadcast of the FUMCFW worship service. 

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I Saw God Today: Faith, Part 1

What difference does faith make, really, in the grand scheme of things? Does it change anything? Does it make bad things any less bad and good things any better?

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I Saw God Today — Stories

I attended a funeral recently of someone great. Not great in the “mighty,” “powerful,” “famous,” or “legendary” sense, although I know he was most likely some of all of that.

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Weekly News 3.4.21

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Update for Easter Lily Purchases

At the request of our supplier, our Easter Lily order must be finalized no later than March 15. Please place your order in the next two weeks!

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Weekly News 2.26.21

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What’s NEXT 2.26.21

Following last week’s ice-and-snowpocalypse, you may be wondering what effect all that foul weather has had on our Next90 Phase I Building Expansion project. 

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I Saw God Today: Hope

What do you do in times of darkness, when even the idea of hope has become elusive? What does hope look like to you? How do you know it when you see or feel it?

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MJM Awarded Arlington Tomorrow Grant

Methodist Justice Ministry awarded grant to help women and children escape domestic violence, abuse, and neglect. 

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Weekly News 2.19.21

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I Saw God Today

With a nod to the familiar turn of phrase that also became the title of George Strait’s 2008 hit, this brand-new weekly column will feature stories of the Grace, Faith, and Transformation to be found in the love of God through Jesus Christ in the First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth faith community.

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Three for Three (and an encore)

Spectrum Chamber Music Society “Three for Three (and an encore)” concert will livestream On Monday March 1 at 7:00 pm from our beautiful First Church sanctuary.

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FSMM Scavenger Hunt: Diapers

Join the FSMM Scavenger Hunt! This week’s item: Diapers

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Weekly News 2.12.21

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PDO and Preschool Pre-registration

Calling all church members with little ones ready to enjoy the enriching environment of our FUMC Dayschool and Parents’ Day Out programs!

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What’s NEXT?

This week in our ongoing NEXT90 building expansion program story, Mark Sorley, FUMCFW Construction Administrator tells us that we’re looking forward to the return of heavy equipment.

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Weekly News 2.5.21

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Weekly News 1.29.21

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Honor a Loved One For Valentines

A gift to the UMW Endowment Fund is a great way to honor or remember a friend, relative, or group, especially during this season of love.

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Weekly News 1.22.21

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Register for Preschool and PDO

It’s time once again for parents of babies and young children to register for fall preschool and Parent’s Day Out at FUMC Day School. Here’s more!

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What’s NEXT? 1.15.21

According to Construction Administrator Mark Sorley, our Grand Canyon on 3rd street, the giant hole dug to house the electrical vault is now complete! Here’s What’s NEXT.

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How do YOU see things?

On January 23 James Stabile-Patterson will be back at First Church to lead a workshop that could change your understanding of yourself and others — for good!

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International Concert Organist Recital

World-renowned classical concert organist Clive Driskill-Smith will perform a recital via Livestream (fumcfw.org/live) on February 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm as our opening Gift of Music concert for 2021.

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A Christmas Eve to Remember

Our Drive-In Christmas Eve worship services featured a full parking lot at the 7:00 pm service and a three-quarters-full parking lot at 9:00 pm.

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Weekly News 1.15.21

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Sanctuary Flower Dates Available

Place your order now for Sanctuary Flowers on the date of your choosing (first-come, first-served!) in memory, honor, or celebration. Contact rgaber@myfumc.org.

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Discover . . . Yourself

Why do you do what you do? Think what you think? Feel how you feel? The Enneagram holds these answers and more.

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First Church Stepped Up!

We asked, First Church answered! Thanks to your generosity during December, we successfully closed the gap on our 2020 financial year!

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What’s NEXT 1.8.21

As you’ve probably noticed, things are progressing behind the blue perimeter fence that surrounds the site of our Next90 Phase I building expansion.

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Come GROW with us in 2021!

Ready to start the new year with a resolution to find your Worship + 1? Here’s the perfect place to start!

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Memorial Service for John Howard

John’s memorial service will be livestream only on Monday January 11 at 1:00 pm on fumcfw.org/live and Facebook Live.

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Tribute to John Howard: Our Dear Friend and a Great Man

It is with very heavy hearts that we announce that John Howard, FUMCFW Executive Director, mentor, friend, model of compassion and kindness, and cheerleader for all, died Wednesday night due to complications from COVID-19.

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Come GROW with us in 2021!

Ready to start the new year with a resolution to find your Worship + 1? GROW Bible study resumes on January 13 at 10:00 am or 6:30 pm with a series on the Parables of Jesus.

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Calling all First Church Yogis — and wannabes

Welcome 2021 by joining this tranquil, personalized, tailored yoga oasis via zoom as Linda Blanchard, FUMCFW member and certified yoga instructor offers our entire First Church family free yoga classes January 4-15. Classes available for all ages, stages, and abilities.

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We’re getting there — Just $448K to go!

As we round the final turn toward the end of 2020, it’s time for us as a church family to join together to Step Up! for First Church and one another with a year-end gift. Here’s how!

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Weekly News 12.18.20

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Mid-Month Update

We can do this, First Church! Step-Up now!

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The Sacrifices of Abundant Love

During the Gathering worship service last Sunday Rev. Lance Marshall, Co-Pastor, took a few minutes out of the service to speak directly from his heart to the hearts of those few staff members present and all who were worshiping via live stream.

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MJM Smiles — Because of YOU

Because of this cumulative generosity of spirit, time, and resources, our Methodist Justice Ministries was able to bring Christmas smiles to children, parents, volunteers, and staff.

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Weekly News 12.11.20

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Christmas Eve Update!

Join us at 7:00 and 9:00 pm on Christmas Eve for Drive-in Worship. Here’s all you need to know about our newly-updated Christmas Eve plans!

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Choral Union Presents The Snow Lay on the Ground

Choral Union, our FUMCFW parent choral ensemble, embarked on an ambitious musical project this past fall: preparing the Advent work, “The Snow Lay on the Ground” by Julian Wachner, for a very special Advent concert presentation.

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Congratulations, MJM!

Since its inception, our Methodist Justice Ministry led by Rev. Brooks Harrington has turned law into ministry and despair into hope for vulnerable women and children. And now, the Texas Bar Association recognizes this life-giving work with a special grant.

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Honor a Loved One This Christmas

A gift to the UMW Endowment Fund is a great way to honor or remember a friend, relative, or group, especially during the holiday season. 

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Wondering What’s NEXT?

After the excitement of the NEXT90 Ceremonial Groundbreaking on October 29, you may be wondering when we’ll start to see some dirt moving on our campus. So here’s the latest.

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Could the CARES Act Boost Your Church Giving This Year?

The Recent Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes some changes regarding charitable contributions you should know about!

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Weekly News 12.4.20

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Your Still Christmas Soundtrack

If you loved “Hymn-a-Day May,” “June Tunes,” “July Lullabies,” and “Dog Days Duets,” you’re in for a treat. Peggy Graff and Friends are back with a brand-new playlist.

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There is Still Time to Make Your 2020 Year-End Gift

Because of the generosity of our congregation throughout this past year, we are very close to finishing our year financially strong, and it is well within reach if everyone participates in our 2020 Step Up! year-end giving campaign.

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MJM’s Christmas 2020

Please join us this year in sponsoring a child or a family by granting their Christmas wish. In doing so, you will hold out your candle to light up their world.

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Bring the (Candle) Light

Between now and December 10, we invite all First Church members to send in a 10-second video of them and/or their family holding burning candles, which we will incorporate into our “Silent Night” moment at the end of our pre-recorded Christmas Eve service.

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FSMM Scavenger Hunt: Spaghetti Sauce

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Weekly News 11.20.20

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Polar Express Adventure

As everything goes back online due to the spread of COVID-19 in our community, everyone on our First Church staff is busily rethinking how to make Advent and Christmas meaningful and live up best to our Still Christmas theme while still also keeping people safe.

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Back to Online Only — In Care of Community

In light of escalating COVID-19 cases and hospital occupancy, and in consultation with public health officials, our FUMCFW clergy and program staff made the decision today to go back to online-only worship, meetings, and ministries.

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It takes a semi . . .

You’re probably familiar by now with our weekly “Mission Scavenger Hunt” emails that alert our First Church family to the specific food needs of our Mission for the coming week.

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Weekly News 11.13.20

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Virtual Senior Recital

Organist Andy Rose, a senior at Texas Wesleyan University, will give his senior organ recital at FUMCFW as part of his degree requirements at Texas Wesleyan University where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in organ.

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Baptismal House Call

On November 10 Dr. Mike Marshall made a house call — for a baptism! No, it wasn’t an infant, or a toddler, or even a teenager.

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Gifts from the Past Make the Future Possible

Next90 is about preparing for the future baptisms, confirmands, and transformation of lives in the years to come. It is about the continuation of the legacy of a vibrant downtown church that began over 146 years ago.

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Weekly News 11.6.20

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God Remembers

To help provide comfort and hope for all who mourn during this especially difficult holiday season, our FUMCFW Communications team will make this beautiful, heartfelt service of deep reflection available on our home page, fumcfw.org.

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Advent Wreaths — Because It’s Still Christmas

In a few short weeks we’ll be entering the season of Advent. And as we all know, this year will be different. But you know what? It’s still Christmas.

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FSMM Scavenger Hunt: Liquid Dishwashing Detergent

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God Remembers

We invite you to join us via livestream to experience this beautiful and inspirational offering featuring our clergy along with many talented musicians, all assembled by our FUMCFW Communications team.

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A Virtual Success!

What happens when your organization’s only fundraising event of the year — one that annually provides vital funding to ministries and organizations that desperately need it — is met head-on by a global pandemic?

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Next90 Groundbreaking

Not too far northeast of where we stood today, the leaders of our church gathered at 4:00 pm on October 29, 1929 to break ground to build the beautiful building that has served our congregation for the past 91 years.

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Weekly News 10.23.20

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80 Years Strong

The United Methodist Women of FUMCFW will celebrate their 80th anniversary October 23 through 25 with a special virtual program and fundraiser, available to the public through the church’s website at fumcfw.org/live and the website UMW.fumcfw.org.

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Big Things in Tough Times

First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth follows its legacy of courage and commitment, breaking ground on Phase I of its Next90 building expansion program.

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No Matter What-O’-Lanterns

When we arrived at the Justin Youth Building this Tuesday, we had a surprise — 4 Jack-o-Lanterns carved with the Sanctuary towers and our school year theme “No Matter What.”

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Weekly News 10.16.20

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COVID’s Fine Line

As you may know, after months of careful consideration of a myriad of factors, and in close consultation with local public health officials, we’ve decided to give in-person, indoor worship at First Church a try.

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Pastor’s Report to the Charge Conference 2020

The state of the church is strong and growing in strength, even during this very difficult year when we have had to learn to do things in a different way. We are looking to the future in trust and faith and great hope — all based on what God is doing in the present.

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Indoor, In-person Worship THIS Sunday

We have been carefully planning a safer return to in-person worship for months now, and we are so excited to invite you back to in-person, indoor worship this Sunday, October 18 at the 9:30 Gathering and 11:00 am Sanctuary services.

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Weekly News 10.9.20

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Central Texas and Louisiana Conferences Team Up for Hurricane Laura Relief

Volunteer teams are invaluable in times of disaster, absorbing some of the expenses and personnel needed to face the tasks.

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October 18 and an Ongoing Caveat

Upon looking at the weekly trends we’ve been advised to watch most closely and the advice of public health officials, we have delayed that start date another week — to a new hopeful date of October 18. With an ongoing caveat.

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Methodist Justice Ministry Welcomes Our Newly Selected Board Members.

The mission of MJM is to provide light and hope to families who have experienced neglect and domestic violence by providing free legal representation and ongoing support to ensure that the children with a caring and protective caregiver.

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FSMM Scavenger Hunt: Pie Crust Mix

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Spectrum THIS Monday

Do you ever enjoy the appetizers more than the meal?  us THIS Monday evening at 7:00 pm, live online at fumcfw.org/live, for the premiere concert of Spectrum Chamber Music Society’s Fall season, another Six-Feet-Apart concert livestreamed from our beautiful First Church sanctuary.

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World in Communion

We do it every year. On the first Sunday in October, we decorate the altar with loaves of bread and we celebrate the moment when everyone taking communion that morning are all — worldwide and across denominations — on the same page.

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Join Our Brush Up — TOMORROW!

Looking for a nice way to get out in the October sunshine and do some good in our community?

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UMCOR is There

This past month retired FUMCFW pastor Rev. Chuck Graff, along with first church UMCOR trainees Kim Gudimetla and Rusty Thompson traveled to Deridder, Louisiana with our First Church trailer to help with debris cleanup following recent storms and flooding in the Lake Charles area.

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Covid-19 Update

We have been carefully planning a safer return to in-person worship for months now, and we are so excited to invite you back to in-person, indoor worship this Sunday, October 18 at the 9:30 Gathering and 11:00 am Sanctuary services. We’ll hold both of these services in the Sanctuary using a limited (under 25%) seating capacity.

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FSMM Scavenger Hunt: Canned Yams

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UMW Sunday

This Sunday in all our worship services and beyond we as a church will celebrate the longstanding service of our own vibrant chapter of United Methodist Women (UMW), led this year by President Sara Harris who will be speaking in all services.

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Why is it Taking So Long?

The decision not to hold services indoors wasn’t made out of fear, but rather with our deepest respect for health and life. Our love for God and our neighbor drives us, and we are called by John Wesley to do no harm.

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Believing Our Future IN

This past Sunday in a combined zoom webinar meeting and an in-person vote, the construction of Next90 Phase I was approved by a whopping 92.4% margin.

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Gather With Us on the Church Steps

On Sundays, September 20 and 27, First Church will celebrate another first with The Gathering headed outdoors for in-person worship at the 9:30 am on the front steps of the church.

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GROW — Every Wednesday

Whether you’re new to faith or a long-time Christian, whether you’re joining us in-person or from home, GROW is a great opportunity for you to experience the grace and presence of Christ.

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Spectrum Delivers!

Spectrum is committed to presenting outstanding chamber music performances by musicians in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and friends. And, according to Spectrum Director Dan Sigale, none of that will change whether they’re playing live or live-streamed.

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Weekly News 9.12.20

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Next90 Vote is THIS Sunday!

If you haven’t already, please register now (fumcfw.org/vote) for our Next90 Congregational Vote on moving forward into construction.

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Next 90 Finance Plan

As part of this Sunday’s Next90 Congregational Meeting and vote regarding moving forward now into the construction of Phase I of our Next90 Building Expansion Program, Building Finance Committee representative Connie Beck will present the updated financial plan for Phase I construction.

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Just Watch It!

This Sunday, our Together Time program will at last return to First Church with an exciting new twist. Just watch it — and share with friends, neighbors, other parents, and grandparents to spread this spirited expression of God’s love.

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Ready to GROW?

The big news this fall in the Healthy Plate LEARN category is this new all-church Bible Study that invites a new brand of study and community to our First Church family.

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FUMCFW Hosts AGO Recital

The Fort Worth chapter of the American Guild of Organists will open its 2020-2021 Season with an AGO Certification Organ Recital hosted by FUMCFW on Monday, September 14, at 7:00 pm.  

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Baptisms in a Special Season

One of the significant challenges of 2020 has been tending to life events, large and small, in some sort of way that feels even the tiniest bit “normal.”

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Register Now for Your Next90 Vote!

On Sunday, September 13, each and every member of our church — from our oldest members to our 2020 Confirmands — are invited to vote on our upcoming decision to move forward in our Next90 Building Expansion Project.

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August Strong!

As the Summer of 2020 draws to a close, let’s all take a moment to celebrate together the wonderful work and ministry we have been able to do in this virtual world since March, thanks to YOU!

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North Texas Giving Day September 17

It’s time again for the annual North Texas Giving Day. Each September our entire North Texas community joins together in support of our favorite local nonprofits and causes we care about in one easy-to-use platform.

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Zoom Room Security Update

We want all of our FUMCFW Zoomers to be aware of the upcoming security changes on Zoom. No worries! We’re here for you, Zoomers!

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Meet the Pastors

Join us for this new opportunity to learn more about FUMCFW, our Healthy Plate discipleship program, and all the different ways you can get involved in our church and its ministries.

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Wrap Your Day in Prayer

We are changing things up with our FUMCFW Nightly Prayer Room. We welcome everyone to join our new, online community prayer group, Pray With Us Tonight.

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Wondering What’s Next in Denominational Issues?

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, much of what we thought would be happening in 2020 has been delayed — but most definitely not forgotten or minimized in any way.

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Blankets of Love

What could be better in times like these than a big snuggly hug? Each blanket carries with it a big soft hug for our kids from their church.

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FSMM Scavenger Hunt: Peanut Butter

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Weekly News 8.27.20

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First Church Celebrates “Hometown Hero”

In his July 30 Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about this installment of “Hometown Heroes,” a weekly series sponsored by Lockheed Martin, reporter Brian Lopez writes of hope amid COVID-19 closures, and this First Church member and Haltom City resident who continues to serve the city’s seniors.

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Zoom Vote Primer

If you’ve been following the progression of our Next90 Building Expansion project lately, you may remember that we’ve recently been approved to take our next major step as a congregation — the vote to move forward into construction — via Zoom.

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AV Upgrade

Earlier this summer the Board of Trustees approved an upgrade to our audio/visual technology that will greatly enhance our capabilities for livestreaming worship as well as other programs and events.

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Weekly News 8.22.20

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Foundation Commits $1.5 million to Next90

The FMC Foundation Board voted unanimously last night to contribute $1.5 million to our Next90 Phase I Building Expansion campaign. Huge thanks to the FMC Foundation Board, Building Committee, and our devoted FUMCFW members for helping us move into the next 90 years as a faithful and growing church community.

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Do You Know How to Listen for Understanding?

Could there be a way to discuss difficult subject matters with our family and friends without fear of shutting them down? For the next two Monday evenings at 7:00 pm, FUMCFW will be hosting Master Facilitator and Fort Worth native, Estrus Tucker, as he leads a two-week workshop called Listening for Understanding.

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FUMCFW’s Lay Leaders of Tomorrow

Do you know someone who would make a great leader in our community? Our 2021 lay leadership nominations begin on August 23! Find out more about our FUMCFW committees and how to nominate someone here!

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Kudos to Kids Hope!

Kudos to our Kids Hope USA Mentoring program and its dedicated leader, Gay Ingram, who received some nice publicity this week on our denomination website, UMC.org in a wonderful feature article. Read here to find out more and to read the full article!

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Click to Vote for MJM!

This year our Methodist Justice Ministry is campaigning to be added as a beneficiary of the annual Foodie Philanthropy Project for 2022! By clicking on this link daily through August 28, you can help MJM reach this goal and gain much-needed financial resources.

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The Awakening of “Zen Len”

Want to know a little bit more about First Church’s own “Zen Len?” His experience as a young cancer patient and survivor, falling in love with nature, and contemplative practices led to his call to ministry.

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FSMM Scavenger Hunt: Similac Advance (Regular Blue Top) or Generic Equivalent

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Weekly News 8.13.20

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FSMM Scavenger Hunt: Loaves of Bread

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Weekly News 8.7.20

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Another First Church First: Youth Edition

When our FUMCFW Youth Ministries team joined imaginations with our Communications team and CYC director, Erin Ypya, another First Church “first” was created — a fun and memorable virtual youth banquet to honor our 2020 graduating seniors. Here’s how they brought this newest First Church first into being.

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Did you hear the bells?

As part of Sister Cities International’s citywide Ringing for Peace event this past Wednesday at 6:15 pm FUMCFW became part of this symbolic gesture of peace between nations — and one another. Here’s more about this message of hope and remembrance and our place in it.

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FSMM Scavenger Hunt: Peanut Butter

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FSMM Scavenger Hunt: Peanut Butter

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First Church, Sister Cities Ring for Peace

When you hear bells (including ours!) pealing throughout Fort Worth next Wednesday, August 5, at 6:15 pm and Saturday at 9:02 pm, it will commemorate and celebrate 75 years of peace between the US and Japan — and our collective desire to create peace now, in our lives today.

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Too Darn Hot?

If you’ve been feeling a little bit growly, grouchy or whiny (or possibly all three) in these, the hottest days of our Texas summer, Peggy Graff and Friends are back with “Dog Day Duets,” specially curated music selections posted each Wednesday afternoon to offer a brief respite for your soul.

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Weekly News 8.1.20

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MJM: Delivering Smiles Amidst Pandemic

Our partners at the MJM have not stopped working during the pandemic and working harder than ever before with more and more families seeking refuge from the increase of abuse. Sometimes the work they do is in the courtroom; often, the work they do is as simple as creating space for smiles.

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Hope in Uncertainty

In its final meeting of the summer, Rev. Linda McDermott’s Summer Book Club will examine Almost Everything: Notes on Hope, by acclaimed author Anne Lamott, that speaks directly to the heart of this unprecedented time we’re living in. All are invited to join us August 13 at 11:45 am on Zoom for this hope-filled discussion!

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Weekly News 7.25.20

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Next90 Vote Scheduled for September 13!

The next step for our Next90 Building expansion project is a churchwide vote to begin Phase I construction. With this past week’s unanimous vote by our Building Committee, this (virtual) Church Conference and vote is now set for September 13 at 1:00 pm.
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Where Do We Stand?

Our church has a rich history of remaining connected and strong in the face of all kinds of challenges. So where are we now, in this year of uncertainties? We’re still First Church strong, that’s where. Even during these unsettling times, we remain steadfast in our commitment to Love God, Serve People, and Transform Lives.

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Virtual VBS: “Huzzah!”

Celebrating our Knights of North Castle virtual Vacation Bible School and its unique offering of faith and fun for 300 children and their families, Mister Mark, Ms. Janice, Queen Amber of the House of Shive, countless volunteers, our VBS creative team — all who helped make this big idea become a reality — say, “Huzzah!”

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FSMM Scavenger Hunt: Infant Formula “Sensitive”

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Weekly News 7.17.20

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God and the Pandemic: “Why?”

With so much uncertainty consuming our lives right now, we are all reaching, searching, looking for something to help us make sense of all of this. Why now? Why is this happening to us all? It can feel like punishment at times, and during difficult times like these, it is normal to cry out to God and wonder, Why? Join us Tuesday evenings on Zoom as we ask questions, turn to scripture, and Wright’s book to search for answers.  

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Crafting Difficult Conversations

Could there be a way to bring up difficult subject matters with our family and friends without fear of shutting them down or it ending in familial strife? Some argue that holiness – tiny miracles – can be found within these difficult conversations; when two humans who disagree greatly can find mutual respect and even love within these tough conversations, God can be found.

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First Street Methodist Mission: Do Something that Matters

Since the onset of the Covid19 outbreak, the Mission has never been closed. Although they did have to shut their physical doors, they have remained true to the mission of the Mission — to keep folks fed and to prevent homelessness. Learn how you can help them and let’s do something that matters — together!

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Special Music This Sunday: Arthur and Evelyn Busby

Be sure to join us this Sunday, July 26, in the Sanctuary as orchestra violinist Arthur Busby and his daughter, Evelyn, on harp, will be performing our special music — prelude, postlude, and offertory — during the 11:00 am worship service, live online at fumcfw.org/live.

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The Aftershow with Lance and Dr. Z Returns with, “Noah”

Of all the remarkable stories told in the Bible, Noah is arguably one of the most intriguing. Join us Tuesday night at 8:00 pm as Rev. Lance Marshall and Dr. Zhenya Gurina-Rodrigez return to their aftershow format to discuss Darron Aronofsky’s critically acclaimed 2014 film, “Noah.”

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Weekly News 7.3.20

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July Lullabies with Peggy and Friends

Join Peggy and friends throughout the month of July, every weekday evening at 6:00 pm for this brief, peaceful, evening “lullaby” at the end of your day and enjoy the opportunity to slow down, reflect, and connect – to the music, to one another, and to God.

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Practicing Prayerful Presence with Dr. Len Delony

Join Len and others in this journey of prayerful, holy, mystery, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:30 am, come when you can, and as you are, as we intentionally open grace-space to listen with “ears of the heart,” to discover God’s Indwelling Spirit and the deep Wisdom of our Holy Counsellor.

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4th of July at First Church

Robert Stovall and Peggy Graff have curated a selection of fun and inspiring musical pieces that are sure to fill your hearts and souls with the whimsy of the American spirit! Join us on July 4th at noon and 6:00 pm, for our first ever FUMCFW Virtual Patriotic Concert. With something for everyone, this concert is sure to inspire both the young, and the young at heart.

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VBS: Coming to a Castle Near You

Summer fun at First Church is just beginning! The final day to register for Vacation Bible School is this Friday. We already have over 250 kids registered, so, if you haven’t had time to sign up, now is your chance to discover the wonder and awe that is VBS at First Church.

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Creating Sacred Spaces

Introducing a new summer venture from our FUMCFW Children’s Ministry – Sacred Spaces at home. Last week, our Children’s team safely distributed well over 100 sacred spaces boxes to our First Church kiddos. Each simple brown box contains a few special treasures designed to help your children curate their own, unique, sacred spaces.

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Project Transformation: Reaching our Fullest Potential

First Church family, we need your help! We are calling on you to help feed our community. We still need 65 people to agree to purchase all of the grocery items provided for the kids participating in this year’s Project Transformation, one of FUMCFW’s annual partners. Read this story to find the list and to learn how you can help.

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MJM awarded Junior League Grant

Our incredible partners at the Methodist Justice Ministry have been awarded a grant from The Junior League of Fort Worth to support the MJM Safe Home Program, specifically designed to provide women and their children who have been impacted by family violence and abuse a safe and healthy home environment. Read on to learn more how MJM supports its clients as they learn to live a new life free from violence and fear as they begin to rebuild the life they deserve.

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Virtual Fount of Music Blessings

Our Music and Worship Arts ministry continues to reach our congregation through more and different avenues than we’ve been used to in the past, including this premiere performance of the virtual choir performance of Come Thou Fount. Here’s more about what our Music and Worship Arts ministry is doing to fill that choir-sized hole in our hearts.

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Summer Jam Plays On!

Last week’s Summer Jam, FUMCFW innovative virtual children’s day camp, brought together 65 kids for a unique combination of live-online events, activity videos, a special opportunity for kids to learn how to process their feelings into song — and a daily surprise video. Celebrate with us how First Church kids are deepening their connection with God — and with one another.

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Rescheduled: Spectrum’s Six-Feet-Apart Concert Finale

On Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 pm, the Spectrum Chamber Music Society will present its finale concert of the season – social distance style. Join us in watching this once-in-a-lifetime, livestream event!

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First Yoga: Unexpected Twists

For many First Church goers a new hobby has been beginning – or improving – our home yoga practice. With two class options, Hatha Flow and an Adaptive/Chair class for those with some mobility issues, our First Yoga may be just what your quarantine schedule is missing!

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Reopening Update

The church isn’t a building in one location — it’s the people, wherever they are. And now, with careful consideration and extreme caution to protect the health and wellness of our congregation and community, we’ve developed a framework for resuming in-person gatherings and worship on our campus.

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Summer Book Club: The Book of Longings

In her first Summer Book Club meeting of the season on June 11, Rev. Linda McDermott looks forward to asking some hard questions and delving into thought-provoking conversation surrounding this incredible feat of story telling. Join the discussion in one week at 11:45 am!

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Nikki LaBonte: Living Room Recital Series

On Saturday, June 6, Nikki LaBonte, horn, hosted a special episode of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Living Room Concert Series, live streamed from our beautiful Sanctuary for an intimate evening of both classical and contemporary favorites from Bach to The Beatles. Here’s how to view this fabulous concert — for the first time — or again!

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Weekly News 5.29.20

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Weekly News 5.22.20

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Dementia Friendly Quarantine Tips

This season of isolation and social distancing can be especially difficult for friends and family with dementia. Here are a few tips to help you fill the days of loved ones with dementia with meaning and moments of joy:

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The Intersection of Freedom and Responsibility



In a May 9 op-ed published in the Fort Worth Business Press, Dr. Tim Bruster, Senior Pastor, as part of a group of 17 local religious leaders representing a variety of faith traditions and centuries of theological reflection on faith-based freedom and responsibility, discuss their collective decision to remain “closed” for corporate worship.

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Sharing Tradition

When Cornerstone Youth Choir Director Erin Ypya received an email on May 5 from another church choir director named Matt inquiring about our Senior Song, she was puzzled. How did he hear about our Senior Song? Here’s what happened next. (Get a hankie.)

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Healthy Plate Goes Digital

In times like these, it is crucial to maintain some kind of “north star” for your life ­– a lighthouse, a beacon that helps hold you steady when the seas of uncertainty get rough. Our Healthy Plate Discipleship, Digital Edition, is now available to you online, whenever and wherever you need help staying on your course, steady in your faith, and growing as a disciple of Jesus.

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Out of Sight But Close at Heart

In this Kids Hope Mentoring Update from Director Gay Ingram, she writes, “During this unusual time of being separated from the children, we have faith the relationships we share with them remain strong as ever.

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Notes from the Bunker: Gaye Fuller

This week our Notes From the Bunkers series features long-time FUMCFW member, Woman’s Club golden child, and Trinity Terrace resident, Gaye Fuller, who advises us not to get too wrapped up in the boredom and scariness of this time — that will fade with time; what you have when it’s all over are the memories you make.

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Hymn-a-Day May

Peggy Graff says that the idea for doing her “Hymn a Day May” daily music offering came to her shortly after she invited our beloved 11:11 band cellist Dace Sultanov to play for a Sanctuary worship service where the two of them played several pieces—prior to the service, then prelude, offertory, and special music.

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Daily Bread

Start your day with this joint devotional opportunity from Dr. Tim Bruster, Senior Pastor and our FUMCFW Music Ministry featuring Hymn-a-Day May selections from Peggy Graff, Associate Director of Music and Worship Arts, arriving in your inbox each morning at 7:00 am.

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Following His Heart Back to First Church

The FUMCFW Staff Parish Relations Committee is delighted to announce the return of Mark Burrows to the helm of our bustling FUMCFW Children’s Ministry, effective immediately. “When all this started happening, my first thought wasn’t ‘How can I edit more music?’ but ‘How can I help children?’ I have to honor that instinct. It was put there for a reason.” Welcome back, friend!

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What’s a Soundcloud?

If you have not yet discovered the wonderful world of podcasts, now’s your chance to get in the know and find out what everyone is talking about! All of you favorite First Church worship services, bible studies, and music ministry moments are waiting for you on Soundcloud!

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Tim Talks: Hymns of Our Faith Series

On Thursday, May 7, we launched a new weekly video series called Tim Talks with “Hymns of Our Faith” to share some surprising stories around some of our favorite hymns and hymnists.  Join us each week as Senior Pastor Dr. Tim Bruster offers his thoughts and reflections on a variety of topics — some theological, some not!

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How about some good news for a change?

The FUMCFW Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) is delighted to announce the return of Mark Burrows to the helm of our bustling FUMCFW Children’s Ministry, effective immediately. Please join us as we welcome Mark home — and we collectively watch and wait for the creativity and heart of Mark Burrows to provide new and innovative care and support to our children…of all ages.

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Here’s to the Helpers!

Thank you, First Church family, for all you’ve done, and for all that’s to come. Let’s continue to do what we do best — “Love God. Serve People. and Transform Lives.” by helping others in need with these caring ministries. Here are some new ways to get involved!

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Weekly News 5.8.20

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Class of 2020

Join us THIS Sunday at 11:00 am in our online Sanctuary worship to help wish our First Church Senior Class of 2020 all the best on their next grand adventure! Congratulations, Class of 2020, and thank you for all the inspiring moments and sweet memories you have provided for your church family.

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North Texas Giving TUESDAY is May 5!

North Texas Giving Tuesday is May 5 — offering a new opportunity to support our FUMCFW non-profits including Methodist Justice Ministry, First Street Methodist Mission, and Dementia Friendly Fort Worth during this difficult time. Here’s how to be part of this.

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Loyalty Class: a Zoom Success Story

When the quarantine hit, many of the Loyalty class members were hesitant to start their zoom Sunday school meetings, but they were more committed than ever to staying in touch during this trying time. This is their story of grief, practice, acceptance, and zooming with confidence.

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Notes from the Bunker: Stories from Isolation

We are all in this together, yet our experiences are as varied as snowflakes, this week we examine the life of an FUMCFW mom quarantining at home with her husband and five children. How will this moment alter our lives and how will we let it transform us?

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Weekly News 4-30-2020

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Important Update from Tim and Lance

We want to celebrate with you the vibrant ministries of our church, particularly during this time of Stay Home – Work Safe physical distancing. Recent comments by the Governor and City of Ft. Worth have led a few of you to question our church’s plans for worship in the immediate future.

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Notes From the Bunker: Stories from Isolation

We are all in this together, yet our experiences are as varied as snowflakes, this week we examine the life of a seven-year-old in isolation. How will this moment alter our lives and how will we let it transform us?

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The Future of Healthcare

Does someone you know struggle with cognitive impairment or some form of dementia? Our Dementia Friendly Forth Worth crew is here to help. Join this one hour zoom conversation with young nurses and help them understand current concerns for your loved ones.

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Methodist Justice Ministries

Our partners with the Methodist Justice Ministries are hard at work ensuring the safety and security of those most vulnerable. They are working hard every day to keep children and women fed during this trying time. Read on for the full story.

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Answering the Call

Right now, so many of us just want to help in some way. Charme Robarts details one way in which you can help to feed some of our hungry friends who are homeless around Fort Worth. Want to help? Here’s how.

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FSMM Scavenger Hunt Update

The First Street Methodist Mission scavenger hunt is still on — with need of donations of peanut butter and bread. Drop items off at the Mission any time Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.

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Weekly News 4-11-2020

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Socially Distanced Holy Week

Although our First Church Holy Week looks a little different this year, we are working hard to provide you with many opportunities to experience the renewal and regrowth that Holy Week brings! Read on for all of our socially distanced Holy Week offerings!

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Checking In and Checking On

With our phone calling team continuing to do check-in calls for members of our church who are not affiliated with any specific group, they are learning more than ever before the true value and impact of reaching out with a simple phone call.

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A Circle of Eve — Literally

Last week the wild women of the UMW Circle of Eve decided to do their part to not only help feed the hungry babies of Fort Worth as active participants in the FSMM Weekly Scavenger Hunt, but they also decided to make a party of it — social distance style.

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Listen to the Underscore

One of the things it is easy to take for granted in our normally fast paced, do-more, be-more, more-is-more world is how the little things underscore the story of our lives. The music beneath our story, as it were. Do you even really hear it? Do you really even notice the wispy images that float in the background of your perceptions — and add depth and hue without your ever really realizing it?

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News Briefs 4.10.20

Here are a few short takes on some of the other important things happening this week at First Church Fort Worth!

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What if We Don’t Feel Like “Hallelujah?”

Take a moment now to enjoy how the multifaceted magic of Hans Grim brings Bill’s 2006 inspiration back to the forefront with special and powerful impact for this difficult time — and feel the hope that lies just beneath despair and the joy we can find even amidst our sadness and fear.

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Easter Egg Saturday: A New Take on an Old Tradition

While we won’t be bringing a traveling petting zoo, we will be bringing the fun this Easter Saturday!

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Palm Sunday – a Virtual Parade

Palm Sunday may have looked a little different this year than in years past, but that didn’t stop our First Church children from waving their palm branches and shouting “Hosanna!” Our FUMCFW Communications team combined with the power of Children’s Ministry came to the rescue to help keep traditions alive!

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Palm Sunday Surprise

Feeling a little sad that our traditional launch to Holy Week, Palm Sunday, will have to be experienced from the social isolation of our living rooms? Join us anyway for a Palm Sunday surprise you’ll never forget.

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News Briefs 4.3.20

Here’s the short take on just some of the big stuff happening, week in and week out at First Church.

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Want to Help? Click the Button!

To help connect willing volunteers with real needs in our First Church Family during this time of social distancing, we’ve installed a new button at the top of our Home Page where each Week we’ll update the opportunities available for those who would be willing to make check-in calls, write notes of encouragement, shop, run errands, and more!

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Working With the Dark

In keeping with current restrictions keeping us safe from a new darkness called COVID-19, FUMCFW keeps the faith by providing its annual Good Friday Service of Darkness — online. Here’s a look behind the scenes of this historic re-imagining and the Herculean teamwork it took to make it happen.

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Weekly News 4-3-2020

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Open an Unexpected Gift

A new and exciting offering has emerged here at FUMCFW — and we’re calling it Family Sunday School! Although this time of social distancing is not without its struggles, it has granted us a unique, albeit sometimes trying, gift of uninterrupted family time. Read on to find out more about Family Sunday School!

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A New Angle on The Last Supper

Join us live at noon on April 9 to witness this unique theatrical experience of the Living Last Supper. Trying to find a way to bring this story to our First Church family online was not without its struggles, but we’ve come together, and found a way ­– another First Church first!

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Experience Easter Anew — Online!

Easter Sunday Online at FUMCFW promises a unique and unforgettable experience of the glory of Easter. From music, to message, and everything in between, this year will be no different from any other Easter Sunday celebration here at FUMCFW, with the possible exception of our Easter worship attire.

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Join the FSMM Scavenger Hunt

Be sure to keep the FSMM’s weekly Scavenger Hunt Items on your grocery list. With the new restrictions on what we can buy and how many of each item we are allowed to buy, the FSMM infant formula program is dwindling.

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New Virtual Classrooms — Open to LEARN!

As of this past week, all of our Sunday school classes (who want to be) are up and running, offering Zoom technology for meetings and social events.

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Media Ministry to the Rescue!

As over the course of just two weeks this quiet little ministry became everyone’s connection to church, attendance numbers have soared with online sign-ins, online gifts and unscheduled giving climbs to new heights — and visitors to our FUMCFW Media Archives have reached an all-time high.

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How Can I Help?

To answer the question most of us are asking these days, here’s how our First Church community is coming together to pair volunteers with people in need of connection and small acts of service.

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Rehoming Vintage Hymnals

When she found a stash of old hymnals, here’s what one staffer decided to do help our Stayton and Trinity Terrace church members connect more deeply with online worship by being able to join in the singing of hymns.

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Handle with Prayer

In this time of uncertainty, one can never underestimate the power of prayer. Here are three innovative, interactive, online prayer opportunities to help feed your spiritual life and deepen your connection with God.

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Family Sunday School Week One

Today, after worship, take a walk with your family. For families with older children, maybe this is a walk through the neighborhood, and for younger children, maybe just through the yard. Pets are more than welcome.

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Weekly News 3-28-2020

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Healthy Plate Goes Digital

In response to the restrictions brought about by Covid-19, First Church steps up to provide a new world of access to our church and its ministries.

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Worship

Yes, we just celebrated the 45th anniversary of our TV Ministry — now called Media Ministries — and four and a half decades of bringing worship to people beyond our walls.

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Pray

Morning and night and at all points in between, your church is here for you — and with you — in prayer.

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Serve

We as a First Church family support and uplift many ministries, one of which is our beloved First Street Methodist Mission, which has a reinvigorated spirit of giving during this trying time.

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Give

A hearty First Church shout-out to all who have begun using our online giving button during worship to make your offering just as if you were here. According to Nancy Fisher, Director of Stewardship, this past week we actually had more than 40 new givers make their offering that way.

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Play

Although much if not most of what we do in our Children’s and Youth ministries is rooted in depth and meaning, a lot of it is also experienced by these young church members as just plain fun.

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Learn

As of this past week, we’ve gotten all of our Sunday school classes who want to be up and running and reasonably comfortable with Zoom technology for their meetings.

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All About Zoom

What is Zoom and how can it help me? The FUMCFW Communications team wants to help you understand all the tools at your disposal! Read on to learn more about this cool app that is bringing people together.

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Church Offices Closed Until Further Notice

For the safety of our church and to help our city stem the spread of Covid-19, through March 25 all church meetings and events are temporarily suspended; worship services will be available online only.

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Transformation occurs in the most unlikely of circumstances…

Just a week or so ago life was like it used to be. And now it’s not. We are not physically together, but we are here for each other. All of us, collectively transforming into what we could have been, who we could have been, all along.

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FSMM: Committed to Keeping Folks Fed

One thing to know for sure about our First Street Methodist Mission is that no matter what happens, their commitment to “keeping folks fed” remains the utmost priority. Here’s how we’re doing that in a safe and creative way.

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Taking Care of our Teens

In the face of the ongoing, every changing COVID-19 crisis, a big shout out goes to our Youth Ministry team for some amazingly innovative and engaging use of technology to help keep our teenagers engaged, connected, and prayerful.

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Make Your Offering with Just A Click

Because of YOU, even during “shut-down” our ministries are still ongoing, keeping our faith community connected, and offering hope and reassurance. Here’s how to remain part of this work during online worship!

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Give Easter Lilies a Place to Bloom

While no one is certain when this time of “social distancing” and online worship will end — and if we will indeed be celebrating Holy Week and Easter services online — one thing is clear: we’ll still need Easter lilies to adorn our service. But wait. There’s more!

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All Houses Can Be Houses of Worship

So how can we create a meaningful Sunday morning worship service in our home, in our jammies, and possibly surrounded by our furry, four-legged worshippers? Here are some tips we’ve come up with to help make your “house of worship” feel just a little more sacred.

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Weekly News 3.20.20

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First Street Methodist Mission: Seeing Ourselves in the Eyes of Others

Right around the corner from our church, a small building hosts thousands of our friends who are struggling to make ends meet or experiencing homelessness. The First Street Methodist Mission provides dignified and loving support to our neighbors from all walks of life. Read on to learn what Linda Murphy, Bernie Scheffler, and our Mission volunteers are up to, week in and week out at our First Street Methodist Mission.

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Weekly News 3.12.20

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Here’s how to worship with FUMCFW online!

To support yesterday’s announcement that FUMCFW will offer worship via livestream only through March 25, at which time a decision for March 29 and April, including Holy Week and Easter will be made, here’s a quick tutorial on how to access these live stream worship services on Sunday mornings — along with some other cool features of virtual worship you may not be aware of!

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Message from Tim and Lance About Our Covid-19 Decision

For the safety of our church and to help our city stem the spread of Covid-19, through March 25 all church meetings and events are temporarily suspended; worship services will be available online only.

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FUMCFW’s Five 40 under 40

Our First Church Family was well represented on the Fort Worth Business Press’ list of top 40 under 40 honorees who will be recognized at Ridglea Country Club on March 31.

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Roots First

Roots First was born out of a need and desire to help some of the most vulnerable; mothers who visit the First Street Methodist Mission. The Special called charge conference voted to approve this new 501c3 this week with an exciting new mission!

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Join Us in the Circle!

First We Drum happens next on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 pm in Wesley Hall. It is a free community drum circle and your chance to join in fellowship and fun! No experience necessary; whether you bring your own drum or share one of ours, come discover the joy of drumming.

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FUMCFW Packages 20,000 Meals for Rise Against Hunger

With the help of our First Church family, on March 1st, the first Sunday in Lent, we packaged over 20,000 meals for families who suffer from hunger and starvation.

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News Briefs 3.6.20

John Harrington, father of Rev. Brooks Harrington turns 101, save the date for three upcoming Habitat events coming up in April and May, and a huge shout-out to our beloved groundskeeper, Todd Hearne, who will be saving the church a lot of money by not having to repair a rogue sewage line in Phase I…read on for more details!

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Coronavirus: How to pass the peace (and not your germs)

FUMCFW is staying on top of CDC recommendations and updates on the Coronavirus (COVID – 19), how to prevent the spread, stay in touch with us, and stay healthy. Read on for First Church updates on preventative steps to remain healthy.

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Weekly News 3.5.20

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Bold. Faithful. Excited. Energized.

As commitments continue to roll in, we’re so excited to be able to say that with cash in hand and 359 commitments received, we are now at $10.2 million, and more than two-thirds of the way to our goal!

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Cowtown Marathoners

The Cowtown Marathon is upon us yet again, so don’t forget to plan accordingly as you come to Sunday worship the morning of March 1! This year, we want to highlight one member of our staff who will be running in the full marathon for the first time: our communications team’s graphic designer, Richard McQuillar.

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LEARN: Lenten Study Opportunities

Growth is an essential element of Lent, so to help facilitate that growth, FUMCFW has provided multiple opportunities to fill your Healthy Plate with Learning this Lenten season to help you on your 2020 Lenten journey and spiritual growth.

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What is Lent? And who are Easter people?

As we enter the Season of Lent, Rev. Linda McDermott, our Director of Adult Education, teaches us more about the symbolism of Lent, its intersection with Methodism, and what it means to “be an Easter people.”

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Pickleball, Anyone?

Fun and fellowship guaranteed when you come to Pickleball in the Justin Building on the second floor, Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm or Wednesdays 1:30 – 3:30 pm!

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A Hearty Next90 Milestone Celebration and Update

Last week’s commitment Sunday brought our entire faith community to the long-awaited place of making our commitment to our Next90 Capital Campaign — and early indicators show solid participation that puts the goal line in sight!

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Weekly News 2.27.20

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Moment With Mike: February 27, 2020

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Squeaky Wheels: I want to ride my bicycle…

On Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30 pm, get your dusty bike out of that garage and meet us in the West Parking Lot as we prepare to roll out to Magnolia and South Main for a bike ride – and some fun and fellowship along the way!

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FUMCFW Rises Against Hunger

Volunteer with us on Sunday, March 1st from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm for our 8th annual Rise Against Hunger event and help your First Church family pack meal bags for families across the globe who suffer from hunger and starvation.

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Demystifying the Bible with Dr. Z

Ever wanted to read the entire Bible but feel like you just don’t know how to start? Join Dr. Z and her group of Bible challengers for the 2020 Bible Challenge and meetups happening next on Sunday, March 8 at 8:00 am in room 350 and Monday, April 6 at 1:30 pm in room 154.

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All Church Worship for Next90 Service of Commitment this Sunday at 9:30 and 11:00 am.

Please join us in worship THIS Sunday in the Sanctuary at 9:30 and 11:00 am for a combined worship experience that celebrates the combined strength of all our worshipping communities AND our collective commitment to our NEXT90 Building Expansion Project!

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Weekly News 2.20.20

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Beat the Traffic: Cowtown Marathon 2020

The Cowtown Marathon will pass through downtown Fort Worth on Sunday, March 1, between 7:45 – 11:00 am. Remember to set your alarm a little earlier for your Sunday morning at First Church. Traffic will be directed by the Fort Worth Police Department during this time.

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Moment With Mike: February 20, 2020

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Cash Flow — or Rhino?

Doug Turner, capital campaign consultant and founder of Culture of Ready, explains the difference between interest and involvement — and how to discern where your gift will come from.

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Building Bridges with Open Door: A New Adult Sunday School Class

Open Door is a new class for younger couples, individuals, parents, non-parents, members, not-yet-members, and everyone in between. The kind of class is in the title, we want to welcome you with open doors and open minds. Meet us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am in room 335 for some coffee, treats, and stirring conversation!

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Adaptive First Yoga

Looking for a way to feel renewed and revitalized but in need of an adaptive yoga option? Join us for our Adaptive First Yoga class, held weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:45 – 11:00 am and Wednesdays from 1:30 – 2:00 pm in room 320.

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Dr. Kirk Michael Rich Organ Recital

Join us for an amazing Organ Recital by the renowned Dr. Kirk Michael Rich on Monday, February 24th from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the Sanctuary as part of our Gift of Music Concert Series.

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Weekly News 2.13.20

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Moment With Mike: February 13, 2020

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What is Lent? Why Do We Get Ashes on Our Heads? And other questions to consider this Lenten season …

Join us for our annual Family Ash Wednesday Service on Ash Wednesday, February 26 beginning with dinner at 5:30 pm in rooms 333 and 334 followed by a family friendly service in Wesley Hall at 6:15 pm.

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Spectrum Chamber Music Society Presents Works by Isaacs, Jacob, and Daugherty

Spectrum Chamber Music Society joins us once again in the Leonard Memorial Chapel on Monday, February 17 at 7:00 pm followed by a reception in Wesley Hall at 8:30. We hope you will join us!

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We Need YOU to Help FUMCFW Rise Against Hunger

Volunteer with us on Sunday, March 1st from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm for our 8th annual Rise Against Hunger event and help your First Church family pack meal bags for families who suffer from hunger and starvation.

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Weekly News 2.7.20

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Moment With Mike: February 6, 2020

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Another “See you soon!” from Mister Mark’s Neighborhood

Among the many fond farewells to Mister Mark Burrows as he heads off to pursue his long-time passion as music editor for Heritage Music Press, here’s one from the vantage point of a former Youth Choir member who speaks for so many in this large group whose lives were forever changed by this amazing First Church legacy.

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Squeaky Wheels: Get on your bikes and ride…

On February 4th at 6:30 pm, get your dusty bike out of that garage and meet us in the West Parking Lot as we prepare to roll out to Magnolia and South Main for a bike ride – and some fun and fellowship along the way!

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The Graying Of Mark Burrows

With hindsight she calls “2020,” First Church accompanist Sara Davis offers 20 years of insights, observations, and wit from the bench in tribute to the career and ministry of Mark Burrows.

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Brown Bag Bible Study: Have Your Lunch and Eat it too!

Every Monday, whether in person here at the church in room 350, or via Zoom Video Conference, join Rev. Lance Marshall, FUMCFW Co-Pastor, and the rest of the Brown Bag Bible Study group from noon to 1:00 pm. In this study, we want you to become more familiar with the scripture, grow in your spirituality, and meet some fine FUMCFW folks while you’re at it!

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Discover Where You Fit at Discover FUMCFW Coffee

Discover FUMCFW Coffee is a great chance to find where you might fit here at First Church. It is hosted the first Sunday of each month from 10:30 am to 11:00 am in the Library, located on the first floor. Stop by on Sunday morning, February 2 and see what all the buzz is all about!

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Next90 Vision Room: Now Open Sunday Mornings!

Are you ready to Catch the Vision? Have questions about Next90 and looking for a little more detail on this new phasing plan? The Vision Room is open, hosted, and awaiting your visit, Sunday mornings through Commitment Sunday, February 23.

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Weekly News 1.31.20

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Moment With Mike: January 30, 2020

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Next90 Kickoff Sunday: Catch the Vision

The long-anticipated day is upon us! Our Phase I Next90 Building Expansion Capital Campaign begins this Sunday, January 26. Here’s what you need to know.

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Craft Theology with Tom McDermott: Crafting your life

Craft Theology with Tom McDermott is your opportunity on the fourth Monday of each month to grab a favorite, hand-crafted beverage (or tea, or wine, or a soda) and have some lively conversation about how we craft our thinking about God and the challenges (and delights) of crafting our lives. Heretics, skeptics, mystics, the God-curious and the God-denying, or none-of-the-above – all are welcome! 

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December Financial Dashboard — A Strong Finish to 2019

Attendance and giving are up, we met our 2019 Finish Strong goals, and we’re heading into 2020 and our upcoming Capital Campaign in a position of strength. Here’s your more good news!

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Enneagram: What’s My Number?

Looking for a better understanding of yourself and how you relate to others? Join us February 7 and 8 for the FUMCFW Enneagram workshop led by renowned enneagram teacher James Patterson.

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Baby Celebration Sunday

Baby Celebration Sunday is Sunday February 8 at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary with a reception for families to follow in Room 200. All babies welcome; you do not have to be a regular Sanctuary worship attendee — or even a member — however, registration is required. Here’s more.

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Congregational Ministry “Cares”

Congregational Care Ministries team up with Rev. Phyllis’ Wednesday morning study to spark some joy in some of FUMCFW’s homebound members!

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Weekly News 1.23.20

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Next90 Vision Casting Event

Phase I of our Capital Campaign officially begins January 26 — and if you, like many members of our faith community, want to know more about what’s next for First Church, there will be one more Next90 Vision Casting Event on January 19, 2020 in Wesley Hall at 12:15 pm, just after our 11:00 and 11:11 am services.

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Children’s Ministry Transition: Leaning into Big Feelings

Transitions can be tough, and goodbyes are hard, but rest assured that we at FUMCFW are doing everything we can do to make this Children’s ministry transition as stress-free as possible.

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Grief Support: “Give Sorrow Words”

In the midst of the dark days following the loss of a loved one, the Grief Support group at FUMCFW, led by Charme Robarts, certified Grief Support Specialist, is here to offer you a warm and welcoming place to talk about what you are going through. Here’s why it helps.

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The Refuge

The Refuge is just what it sounds like — a safe, fun, yet restful place for teens to come together and be themselves every Sunday evening and get themselves ready for each new school week. But that’s not all it is. Here’s more about this unsung rite of passage into Christian adulthood.

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Honor a loved one or special occasion with altar flowers for Sunday Worship

The Sunday flowers in the Sanctuary are one of the most beautiful ways our members recognize and remember special events and loved ones. Some of our members have established a long tradition of donating flowers.

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Moment With Mike: January 23, 2020

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Weekly News 1.16.20

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Larry Ammerman Retires after 16 years with FUMCFW

What a pleasure it was, getting to sit down with Larry, after knowing him for almost his entire tenure here serving as FUMCFW’s Business Administrator.

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Who was Simon Peter, really? Find out in this new FUMCFW Bible Study!

Simon Peter was not rich or educated, but he was familiar with hard work. He was quick-tempered and impetuous but possessed a passion that would change the world.

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Moment With Mike: January 16, 2020

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We Did It! We Finished Strong!

After a long steep climb through the last quarter of 2019, by pulling together, fulfilling our commitments, making sacrificial gifts above and beyond our commitments — we did it! We Finished Strong!

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Catch the Vision! Sundays 1/12 & 1/19 at 12:15 in Wesley Hall

Join us in Wesley Hall on Sundays January 12 and 19 at 12:15 to learn the latest news, information, and updated vision for the Next90 Building Expansion Program.

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The Search Begins for Our New Director of Children’s Ministries

Here’s an early and exciting progress report on our search for a new Director of Children’s Ministries.

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Surprising and Exciting Denominational News

Last week a mediated agreement called “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation” proposed a new future for our denomination. What does this agreement mean to the UMC — and to our First Church faith community?

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Moment With Mike: January 9, 2020

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Weekly News 1.9.20

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FUMCFW Preschool Carolers

The FUMCFW preschoolers caroled in the halls of the church last week spreading joy and Christmas cheer for staff and guests lucky enough to be in the building!

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Holiday Cheer from eleven:eleven

AV Director Austin Patton joins the eleven:eleven band to deliver an extra dose of Holiday Cheer.

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Dace Sultanov and Stanley Schepelwich Perform Impromptu “Silent Night” Duet

Our very own cellist, Dace Sultanov and one of FUMCFW’s original organists, Stanley Shepelwich, met in the lobby of the Historic 512 Ballroom after last Sunday’s eleven:eleven service and performed an impromptu duet of the timeless Christmas classic, “Silent Night.”

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Moment With Mike: December 23, 2019

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Weekly News 12.19.19

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Building the Bones Before Adding the Muscle!

On Monday evening, our FUMCFW Next90 Building Committee voted on the scope involved in Phase I construction for the Next90 building expansion program. Here’s a snapshot!

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November Financial Dashboard — we’re making good progress!

Now in the homestretch of our Finish Strong initiative, we’ve gained a lot of ground. Here’s how you can be part of this First Church Success story.

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5th Street Café: A Dementia Friendly Social Club

This new venture by Dementia Friendly Fort Worth and its partners offers a special opportunity for people with dementia and their caregivers to socialize, learn, have fun, and meet new friends.

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Up for the 2020 Bible Challenge?

Have you ever set the goal of reading the Bible through in a year? This could be your year to check that item off your list with the help of Dr. Z’s 2020 Bible Challenge!

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We’re Combined in Worship on 12.29.19

Getting lost in the Christmas chaos is all too real for many of us. We have all been there at one time or another. Here at FUMCFW, we try to make the Christmas season as joyful as possible.

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See You On Christmas Eve!

Here’s what you need to know for a joy-filled Christmas Eve worship experience!

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Moment With Mike: December 19, 2019

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Weekly News 12.13.19

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Decorating the Chrismon Tree

Since 2009, a faithful committee of volunteers have come together to decorate our Chrismon tree to honor both this great Christian tradition and our own First Church Family members whose handmade Chrismons adorn this enormous tree.

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The Matter of Trust

With all the turmoil we’ve experienced this past year in our denomination — and the conflict created by the decision made by the called General Conference last February, it may seem only logical to ask, Should we wait to find out what our denomination is going to do after GC2020 to move forward with our Next90 Building Expansion program?

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Peter Mayer joins eleven:eleven December 15

Coming to our FUMCFW Winter Solstice Concert, a long-time favorite experience every year during Advent, Minnesota Singer/Songwriter Peter Mayer will join us once again at eleven:eleven for a morning of songs and stories celebrating life and this season of joy.

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I see God Working Here

In tracking our faith community’s response to our parallel emphases this fall on increasing our worship attendance across the board by 10% over last year and our Finish Strong campaign to encourage everyone to help bring our church financial year to a successful close, Director of Finance Steve Fagan says that the overlay of these similarly parallel responses is a strong indicator of the faith and stability of our church.

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Advent Mini-Retreat Around the Prayer Labyrinth

Come join us for this mid-December mini-retreat for a time of quiet, prayerful reflection — and enjoy a Sunday afternoon “oasis” in the busy-ness of the season as we move through Advent into Christmas.

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We Are Tangibly, Excitedly, and Visibly Responding

Last week we reported that we reached our fall goal of a 10% increase in attendance over the same period last year. We are also looking at data that shows us moving steadily toward bringing our year to a strong financial close.

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Dementia Friendly Christmas Worship 

During this special season, no one should feel alone in their struggles or uncomfortable in the merriment around them. Our Dementia Friendly Christmas Worship Service offers a special Christmas worship opportunity for people with dementia or other challenges and their friends and family.

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DiscipleChurch Breakfast Volunteer Appreciation

‘Tis the season of giving and spreading cheer! And, for our DiscipleChurch Breakfast team, this is a season that lasts all year.

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Complimentary Valet Parking Every Sunday

If you, your family, or friends are in need of handicapped parking at our church, please remember that this free service is available near the Garden entrance every Sunday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.

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Whooping Cough Alert

Please be aware that we’ve had another confirmed case of pertussis (whooping cough) reported to us by a member of our congregation. One of our members who attended The Gathering in Wesley Hall on November 17 at 9:30 am has just been diagnosed. 

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Moment With Mike: December 12, 2019

Stay up to date with the latest announcements presented by Dr. Mike Marshall.

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Weekly News 12.7.19

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FINISH STRONG UPDATE: We’re half the distance to the goal!

Thanks to the faithful generosity across all our worshipping communities since the launch of our Finish Strong Campaign in October, we are making very good progress toward closing the gap, with $653,000 to go.

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Welcome, Mark Sorley!

As of December 1, Mark Sorley has joined our church staff as Director of Facilities and Construction.

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NEXT90 PHASING PLAN — We’re Moving Forward!

If you’ve been wondering about our timeline on the Next90 Building Project, at last we have some news!

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We Did It!

As of November 30, we exceeded our goal to increase Fall attendance by 10% by 20 people for a total of 10.01%. Time to celebrate what we accomplished together!

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Parallel Passions and a Leap of Faith

As you may have heard by now, Director of Children’s Ministries, Mister Mark Burrows will be leaving First Church in late January to become a full-time music editor for Heritage Music Press, one of the leading music publishers in the nation. Here’s more.

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Moment With Mike: December 5, 2019

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Weekly News 11.27.19

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Welcome to Advent: Joy to the World

Welcome to Advent 2019! This Sunday, December 1, is the first Sunday of Advent 2019 and the beginning of our Joy to the World Advent worship series.

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Mark Your Calendar Now for This Advent Oasis

Give yourself an early Christmas gift for your soul: a mid-December mini-retreat for time simply to be in quiet, prayerful reflection. 

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Anne and Hank Paup Honored as Distinguished Philanthropists 

First Church is celebrating the recent recognition of our own longtime members and leaders Anne and Hank Paup as Distinguished Philanthropists in Tarrant County by the Fort Worth Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) at its annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon held on November 14 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth.

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MJM Welcomes Sarah Pricer, Attorney at Law

A very special First Church welcome to Sarah Pricer, Attorney at Law, to the dynamic MJM Legal Team led by Rev. Brooks Harrington. By adding Sarah, our MJM will now be able to increase its caseload of free legal representation and ongoing support to even more women and children who have been impacted by domestic violence. 

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Moment With Mike: November 28, 2019

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Start Your Sunday Early at Disciple Church!

If you have never experienced DiscipleChurch or the warmth and connection of this very special worshipping community, we invite you to consider starting one of your 2019 holiday season Sundays early to discover yet another way to experience worship under the “big tent” known as FUMCFW.

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Pertussis Health Advisory

Please be aware that we’ve had a confirmed case of pertussis reported to us by Tarrant County Public Health. One of our young church members, age 14 attended church functions November 3 through November 10, 2019, including Sunday School.

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October Financial Dashboard: We’re Making Progress!

We’re glad to report the generous First Church response to the Finish Strong campaign — with October giving exceeding our Ministry Plan by $29,000! What this means, according to Steve Fagan, Director of Finance, is that we’re making good progress toward our year-end goal.

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Weekly News 11.21.19

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First Church Celebrates a New Appointment

First United Methodist Church celebrates the beginning of a new chapter with the appointment of Rev. Lance Marshall as Co-Pastor as part of a long-range succession plan. This plan was developed by Senior Pastor Dr. Tim Bruster, Bishop J. Michael Lowry, Rev. Louis Carr, and the First Church Staff Parish Relations Committee led by Allison Alvarado.

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Moment With Mike: November 21, 2019

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Weekly News 11.14.19

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Moment With Mike: November 14, 2019

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Weekly News 11.8.19

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CRANE ALERT!

According to the City of Fort Worth, this Sunday morning during church hours there will be a large construction crane doing some work on 5th Street between Cherry Street and Lamar Street.

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Moment With Mike: November 7, 2019

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Weekly News 10.31.19

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Moment With Mike: October 31, 2019

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October 27 is Our 90th!

Be sure to join us in worship and celebration on Sunday, October 27 at 9:30 and 11:00 am in the Sanctuary for a sweet stroll down memory lane before, between and after services!

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Local Pastors, Bishop Lowry Call for Healing — and a Safer, More Just Fort Worth

Following the tragic shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson by a Fort Worth Police Officer on October 12, Dr. Tim Bruster with an interfaith clergy group and Bishop Mike Lowry speak out.

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In the Blink of an Eye

It’s hard to believe that it has been five years this week since we consecrated our spectacular, 160-rank Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ. Here’s a tender look back at this once in a lifetime experience.

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September Dashboard and Finish Strong Campaign Update

With our Finish Strong Campaign now in full swing, here are a few things you need to know about our financial picture and how you can help!

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Pickleball Clinic Monday, October 28!

Now you know how to hit the ball (mostly), keep score (sometimes with assistance), and how to play this crazy-fun addition to our FUMCFW Healthy Plate PLAY portion . . . what’s next?

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Watch out for Bogus FUMCFW Emails!

For whatever reason, there has been a rash of recent emails that appear to have come from FUMCFW staff or clergy. If you receive any emails that do not come from @myfumc.org, please delete these emails immediately.

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Weekly News 10.24.19

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Moment With Mike: October 24, 2019

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Weekly News 10.18.19

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FUMCFW Pickleball is Rolling — There’s Still Time to Catch the Excitement!

If you haven’t yet tried FUMCFW Pickleball, Monday nights from 6:00 to 8:00, there’s still time to try out this new fitness craze sweeping the nation, our city — and now our church!

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Fort Worth’s College Students Find Their Place in The Shift

If you haven’t heard yet about our new college ministry, The Shift, here’s proof and inspiration that opening to God’s call sometimes happens quickly and in ways you least expect!

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Creating a Dementia Friendly Holiday Season

If the diagnosis of dementia will be joining your holiday season this year, here’s how to make sure this time is meaningful for you and your loved ones.

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First Church Firsts

Getting ready for our 90th Anniversary Celebration? Digging through those old footlockers for the perfect church clothing or accessory from your favorite decade? Here’s some inspiration!

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Got an hour or two this Saturday to be part of something beautiful?

Spend a couple of enjoyable and fulfilling hours outdoors this Saturday morning as part of the semi-annual Cowtown Brush-up to add a fresh coat of paint to a Fort Worth home that needs it most.

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Moment With Mike: October 17, 2019

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Weekly News 10.11.19

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Missions Council Story

If you’ve ever wondered how mission trips and teams decide what they’re going to do and where they’re going to do it — and if you’d like to become part of this vital ministry, read on!

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There’s Still Time to Brush Up!

If you’d like to be part of a unique opportunity to make a big difference in a very short period of time, join the Cowtown Brush-up Team on October 19.

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Find Hope and Healing Through FUMCFW Grief Support

When someone you love dies, it can be hard to know how to handle the emotions and anxieties that permeate these dark days. First Church is here for you with specific help and a safe space to find your way.

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Moment With Mike: October 10, 2019

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Curious About Baptism?

If you’re like most people, you may not literally remember your baptism because you were a baby or a small child. What does it really mean to be baptized? What difference does it make?

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Weekly News 10.4.19

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Looking for an Oasis?

Join us each Sunday morning through October 27, at 9:30 am in Leonard Memorial Chapel, where the sound of a Native American flute invites all who come to enter this special time of Contemplative Hospitality for the Soul.

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Be Part of Our Strong Finish to 2019

Now entering the last quarter of 2019, it’s time for our First Church family to turn our focus to Finishing Strong to fully fund our vital ministries through the end of the year. Here’s how you can help!

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7.8% and Goal to Go!

This past summer we as a church set the goal of increasing our average Sunday attendance by 10% over last year by the end of 2019. Help us redouble our efforts to meet this exciting goal!

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A Legend Among Us

Legendary recognition once again finds our own beloved and recently retired Rev. Chuck Graff. Here’s more about Chuck’s recent receipt of the Sixty and Better 2019 Living Legend Award!

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September 2019 Social Roundup

Each Week on FUMCFW Social Media we reach out, interact, and share First Church messages with an enormous “online congregation” through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Here are this week’s highlights!

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How Not To Invite Someone To Church

For those of you who need a little help with inviting someone to church, here’s an example of how NOT to do it from our own Dr. Mike.

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Moment With Mike: October 3, 2019

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Weekly News 9.26.19

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Financial Dashboard: August 2019

Here’s what you need to know about our end-of-summer August Financial Dashboard — and how we can get back on track. 

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Help Brush Up Our Cowtown!

Each Spring and Fall, this volunteer-driven city-wide initiative helps boost the vitality of Fort Worth neighborhoods 50 Fort Worth homes in need of exterior paint. Now is the time to join our First Church team for our October 19 painting day!

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Get in the Know!

Here’s how to make sure you’re in the know about campus emergencies, weather-related closings or cancellations, and other emergency communications deemed necessary by our FUMCFW Security Team.

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Want to know more about FUMCFW United Methodist Women?

Please join us in all worship services on Sunday, September 29 for United Methodist Women Sunday. This is your chance to learn all about UMW, our Circles and programs, how we serve missions, and much more.

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How Well is Your Brain Aging?

If you’re anywhere over the age of 50, chances are you’ve thought about how important it is to preserve your mental health. If you’d like to lower your risk of developing dementia, this program is for you!

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Gift of Music Concert Series Welcomes Back Spectrum Chamber Music Society 

Now beginning its 34th Season with the World Premiere of a new String Quartet, Spectrum continues a beloved First Church tradition in the beauty of Leonard Memorial Chapel.

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Let the Good Times (and Pickleball) — Roll!

What’s all the fuss about Pickleball? What is Pickleball, anyway? Come find out for yourself and add a little lighthearted PLAY to your Healthy Plate!

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In the Hospital? Please let us know!

Your health is important to us — and so is your privacy! Because HIPAA laws prevent the hospital from notifying us for you, it takes a quick call to the main office at 817-336-7277 to ensure you get the support from your church you want and need.

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Moment With Mike: September 26, 2019

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We Respond: Crisis at the Border

While news reports of what’s going on at the border can be both confusing and distressing. Here’s what FUMCFW Community Advocate Charme Robarts learned — and the response of our Church to his humanitarian crisis.

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First Church Welcomes a New Business Staff Addition

Say hello to longtime church member and leader Ralph Green as he enters a new role with FUMCFW!

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Food 4 Kids Answers a Quiet but Dire Need in our Community

Food 4 Kids is a very special ministry that sends food home for the weekend for 350 elementary-aged children every school year. Here’s why. 

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Do you have an hour each week to help a child blossom?

With our Kids Hope USA Mentoring Recruitment Sunday coming up THIS Sunday, September 22 in the Garden, it seems like a very good time to share one of this mentoring program’s many success stories — just in case you wonder what real difference this program really makes in the lives of the kids we mentor.

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Good Help for Making Tough Decisions

Making end of life plans and decisions is never easy or pleasant; however, by taking this proactive step now you can make sure your voice is heard in these future decisions.

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Pub Theology for Young Professionals

Pub Theology offers FUMCFW YoPros (Young Professionals) a place to talk over the big stuff while enjoying fun conversation, meaningful fellowship, and, of course, all manner of pub fare.

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“A Joyous Journey: Joy in Serving Others”

Learn about the healing power of food at our October United Methodist Women Luncheon featuring Lori Henson, Executive Director of Cuisine for Healing. RSVP by noon on September 25.

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Sixth Grade Families, it’s time for the FUMCFW Fall Confirmation Retreat!

Make your reservations by October 6 for this pivotal retreat, October 12 – 13 at Lyle Lodge to help give our upcoming confirmands a solid start to their faith journey.

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The Refuge for Teens — Where Youth Recharge on Sunday Nights

If you’re a middle or high schooler — or the parent, grandparent, family or friend of a teen looking for something to do on what might otherwise be the most boring night of the week, check out The Refuge!

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9.20.19 News Briefs

Just a few little things to celebrate, contemplate, or appreciate this week at FUMCFW.

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Weekly News 9.20.19

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Moment With Mike: September 19, 2019

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Weekly News 9.12.19

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Nets are Up, Tape is Down — Let the Pickleball Begin!

If you’ve been in on the buzz about Pickleball, FUMCFW’s newest PLAY addition — and another new Fall opportunity to invite people to our church — plan to join us in the Justin Building Gym on Monday nights 6:00 – 8:00 pm for the fastest growing sport in America!

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Shout Out to Mark Burrows!

Many if not most of us know him as our own “Mister Mark,” innovator and developer of our thriving FUMCFW Children’s Ministries. Here’s what you may not know about this creative dynamo.

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Want to be part of caring for members of our congregation in times of illness and grief?

Have you ever wanted to reach out to people in times of illness or bereavement — but weren’t quite sure how? Need to up the SERVE portion of your Healthy Plate? Here’s your chance to make an important difference in the life of our church.

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FUMCFW Youth: Innovating for the Future!

Discover how our FUMCFW Youth Ministries will be part of taking youth ministry design to the next level through their participation in the CYMT Youth Ministry Innovation Laboratory!

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Lift Your Spirits at Hymnfest — This Sunday at UCC!

Be sure to set a reminder for this Sunday’s spectacular choral music event, hosted by University Christian Church and featuring Dr. Bradley Welch, our own Choral Union and UCC and First Presbyterian Chancel Choirs.

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It’s almost time for North Texas Giving Day!

If you’ve participated in the past in this fun and exciting fundraising event for North Texas Non-Profit Organizations including our three of our very own, you’ll love the convenience of being able to schedule now through next Wednesday!

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A Landmark Moment for Our Third Graders and Their Families

Do you remember when you received your first Bible? Come to the 11:00 am Sanctuary Service this Sunday to help make this a stand-out moment for our congregation’s new third-graders!

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This Sunday: Dr. Zhenya Gurina-Rodruiguez “When Guilt Has You Paralyzed”

In this second week of the series, Facing Life Storms, we’ll dive deep, Gathering style, into the territory where maybe church is most needed — and sometimes least likely to go.

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Moment With Mike: September 12, 2019

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Weekly News 9.6.19

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Are You Ready to Face Life’s Storms?

No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what you do, the stormy and emotionally overwhelming times of life will find you, whether you’re ready or not. How do you prepare? How do you weather these storms well? What can they teach us?

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Catch the First Church Pickleball Excitement!

Whether you’re committed or curious about our new “Pickleball Ministry,” be sure to join us THIS Sunday at 12:15 in Room 154 to help us get this churchwide fun organized and rolling!

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Make Your 2020 First Church Leadership Recommendations

Know a great leader? Want to be part of selecting the lay leadership of our church in areas of financial, program and directional decision making? Here’s how!

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Member Spotlight: Congratulations to Megan Fahey!

Who knew our own sweet UMW leadership dynamo, Megan Fahey was getting the attention of our Texas Governor for her day job?

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August 2019 Social Roundup

Each Week on FUMCFW Social Media we reach out, interact, and share First Church messages with an enormous “online congregation” through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Here are this week’s highlights!

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Moment With Mike: September 5, 2019

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Weekly News 8.30.19

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What was THAT all about?

When protesters arrived on the steps of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth last Sunday, it’s clear that they did so in complete ignorance of our deep commitment to addressing the deep needs in our community related to homelessness and domestic violence.

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Want to receive future FUMCFW emergency alerts? Opt in!

To keep you in the know about unusual, urgent, or emergency information from FUMCFW, take a moment right now to follow these simple steps to opt in to our Emergency Alerts System.

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Pickleball! What’s the Big Dill?

Come find out and see how you can be part of this exciting new opportunity to fill your PLAY with a new slice of fun!

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It’s time to nominate our 2020 Lay Leaders!

If you know someone who would make a great leader in our church community, now is the time to make your recommendation. Here’s how!

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July Financial Dashboard

Wondering where we are financially for July 2019? Here’s the July FUMCFW Financial Dashboard and a few quick notes from our Committee on Finance and Business Office staff.

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8.30.19 News Briefs

Just a few little things to celebrate, contemplate, or appreciate this week at FUMCFW.

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Message from Dr. Tim Bruster

In response to last Sunday’s protests, here are a few things to consider.

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Moment With Mike: August 29, 2019

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Tragic news about Vanessa Mayfield

Please join me in prayer for the friends and family of Vanessa Mayfield, a member of our faith community who died tragically this past week as a result of domestic violence.

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Weekly News 8.22.19

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Our Next Discover FUMCFW Coffee is September 1

New to First Church or know someone who is? Curious about our church or its ministries? Come to the Library on Sunday, September 1 between 10:30 and 11:00 am and get all your questions answered!

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Let us know you’re here!

One of the best habits you can create for the good of our extended First Church faith community is registering your attendance every Sunday morning. Here’s why and how this makes an important difference.

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Got Baby? Let us know your happy news!

If you’re expecting a baby or anticipating an adoption, your First Church family celebrates with you! And, when your baby arrives, we’re here to offer all kinds of great resources. Here’s how to connect!

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Moment With Mike: August 22, 2019

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Weekly News 8.15.19

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Our Churchwide Join Day and New Member Reception is This Sunday!

Have you or someone you know someone been visiting FUMCFW for a while and thinking about joining? Not clear what the process of joining entails or how to go about it? Here’s a shortcut we think you’ll love!

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Member Spotlight: Honoring Dr. Jennifer Severance

First Church member Jennifer Severance, PhD was named 2019 recipient of the Harriet Griffin Award by the Tarrant Area Gerontological Society in its recent Summer Forum.

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Sermons, Inspiration, and Giggles to go!

Did you know that with Internet access and a computer, tablet, or smartphone, you can listen to FUMCFW services, sermons, and Faith Like a Child anywhere you go, and even on the road?

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Wesleyan Adventurers Hit the Road Again in October 

Join Rev. Phyllis Barren for a Wesleyan Adventurers Senior Adult Ministries trip to Memphis, Tennessee and Hot Springs, Arkansas this October!

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Moment With Mike: August 15, 2019

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Weekly News 8.8.19

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Moment With Mike: August 8, 2019

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Weekly News 8.1.19

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What’s Next for Next90?

As a church member we want to be sure you stay fully updated on where we are in the building project that will transform our facilities and position our church for our NEXT 90 years of ministry. Here’s the latest!

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Why Drum?

In addition to being just plain fun and indulging your inner rockstar, drumming offers some surprising health benefits as well!

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Bring Your Heart and Hands to Ronald McDonald House August 17

If you’ve ever tended and cared for someone who is critically ill in the hospital, you know about the sheer exhaustion this environment can bring. Here’s how you can be a blessing to families of critically ill children in their time of need.

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Get a Deeper Glimpse of a First Church Treasure

Once a year, the Youth Ministries of FUMCFW lead worship in what is commonly known as Youth Sunday. What is Youth Sunday? Why is it important? What unexpected treasure will you find in this unique service this year?

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Our Next Churchwide Join Day and New Member Reception is August 18

Have you or someone you know someone been visiting FUMCFW for a while and thinking about joining? Not clear what the process of joining entails or how to go about it? Here’s a shortcut we think you’ll love!

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All About Baptism

What is baptism? How, when, where, and why do we do it? Baptism 101 will answer these questions and more August 18, 9:30 – 10:30 am in Room 321!

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8.1.19 News Briefs

Just a few little things to celebrate, contemplate, or appreciate this week at FUMCFW.

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8.1.19 Social Roundup

Each Week on FUMCFW Social Media we reach out, interact, and share First Church messages with an enormous “online congregation” through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Here are this week’s highlights!

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Moment With Mike: August 1, 2019

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Weekly News 7.26.19

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MJM is in the running to become Foodie Philanthropy’s 2020 Charity of Choice

Each year, Foodie Philanthropy brings together more than 40 of Fort Worth’s finest restaurants to support its Charity of Choice, and your vote can help MJM earn this designation! Here’s how.

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What is First Talks? What are we Talking about?

If you’ve ever wondered what First Talks talks about — and why — the best way to find out is to visit this popular Sunday Morning discussion group and see for yourself!

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De Colores! Emmaus Ministry

Have you ever participated in an Emmaus Walk? Have you ever wondered what the whole Emmaus Walk thing is all about? Here’s how to learn more!

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Discover FUMCFW Visitor Coffee

New to First Church or know someone who is? Curious about our church or its ministries? Come to the Library on Sunday, August 4 between 10:30 and 11:00 am and get all your questions answered!

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7.25.19 News Briefs

Just a few little things to celebrate, contemplate, or appreciate this week at FUMCFW.

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7.25.19 Social Roundup

Each Week on FUMCFW Social Media we reach out, interact, and share First Church messages with an enormous “online congregation” through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Here are this week’s highlights!

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Moment With Mike: July 25, 2019

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Weekly News 7.18.19

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Who Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer?

Have you ever faced a crisis of faith? A personal conversion experience in which you realized on a deep level the difference between being an admirer of Jesus and a follower of Jesus? Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s story provides an insightful backdrop to the struggle we all undergo to some degree and at some point in our journey of faith.

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Help Give a Child a Great Start to the 2019 – 2020 School Year 

Lots of organizations collect school supplies, but not many collect school uniforms. Here’s how First Church is stepping up to fill the gap!

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A Very Special Chapel Service EVERY Wednesday morning at First Church

Each Wednesday morning from 10:00 to 10:45 in Leonard Memorial Chapel something very special happens at our church. Here’s something else to be proud of in our faith community.

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It’s Not Too Late to Jump In — to FUMCFW Summer Studies 

Looking to add a serving of Learn to your Healthy Plate? Summer is the time to enjoy a variety of studies to enlighten, inspire, encourage, and challenge your spiritual growth. Here’s how! 

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FUMCFW Financial Dashboard: Let’s all keep an eye on our fuel level!

Ever wonder how our church is doing financially as the year moves along? Not just during our Stewardship emphasis — or at the year’s end when we need to close the gap, but now — month to month and season to season? Welcome to your monthly FUMCFW Financial Dashboard to keep you in the know!

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7.18.19 News Briefs

Just a few little things to celebrate, contemplate, or appreciate this week at FUMCFW.

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Moment With Mike: July 18, 2019

Stay up to date with the latest announcements presented by Dr. Mike Marshall.

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7.18.19 Social Roundup

Each Week on FUMCFW Social Media we reach out, interact, and share First Church messages with an enormous “online congregation” through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Here are this week’s highlights!

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Weekly News 7.11.19

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Al Staggs Brings Thoughtful Reflection and Comedic “Hilaritus”

What does it mean to go from being an admirer of Jesus to a follower of Jesus? Why is humor essential to our emotional and spiritual survival? Come find out in this unforgettable two-part Goostree Lecture series presentation.

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Can You Help Make Room in the Inn?

If you’ve never considered volunteering for Room In the Inn before—or don’t really even know what it is, here are some details about this crucial ministry — and how you can get involved!

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Transforming Lives, One Imagination at a Time 

In early June, 34 FUMCFW volunteers lent their time and energy to helping children K – 5 strengthen their reading skills at Project Transformation. Here’s why this was a game-changer for these kids.

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Calling All Shower Shanias — and Radio Rockstars

Do you like to sing with the radio? In the shower? With your rowdier friends over an adult beverage? MorningSong is the perfect place for this kind of talent and enthusiasm — and a view of worship you’ll remember from now on! 

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Back to Church From College Adulting and Looking for More?

Whether you want to continue to develop the friendships you developed during high school or to meet new friends in your new college town, the FUMCFW College Group is here to provide just what you’re looking for.

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The Next YoPro Game Night is July 23 at the Food Hall at Crockett Row 

If you’re a Young Professional 21 – 35 looking for a faith-based group that is welcoming, engaging, and downright fun, check out the FUMCFW YoPros!

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Get Out! And Stay Out! (For at least three days — unplugged!)

Getting outdoors with FUMCFW’s Outdoor Ministry is more than just camping and making s’mores. Even if you don’t consider yourself “outdoorsy,” here’s some brain science that may change your mind!

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7.11.19 News Briefs

Just a few little things to celebrate, contemplate, or appreciate this week at FUMCFW.

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7.11.19 Social Roundup

Each Week on FUMCFW Social Media we reach out, interact, and share First Church messages with an enormous “online congregation” through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Here are this week’s highlights!

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Moment With Mike: July 11, 2019

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Weekly News 7.3.19

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VBS Blasts Off Next Week!

Next week, July 8 – 12, the hallowed halls of FUMCFW will be swarming with more than 630 Vacation Bible School (VBS) children age 3 – 6th grade, with more than 100 adult and 85 youth volunteers attempting to herd them. Read all about it!

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What are YOU looking for?

Have you ever wondered about who we are as a church — and what we value most as a faith community? Are you looking for a place to grow in your faith? Here’s where you can answer those questions and more!

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First We Drum Resumes Tuesday, July 9 at 7:00 pm

If you’ve ever found secret (or not-so-secret) joy in banging on a drum, the place you’ll want to be on the second Tuesday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 pm is FUMCFW’s Wesley Hall.

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When God Calls, Do You Recognize the Number?

What does it mean to be called by God? How do you really know when God is truly calling you to do something? Is a burning bush even required these days?

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FUMCFW News Briefs

Just a few little things to celebrate, contemplate, or appreciate this week at FUMCFW.

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7.3.19 Social Roundup

What’s the point of social media? Should a church tweet? What part does social media play in our FUMCFW ministry and mission? Here’s a weekly roundup of stats for this unexpected online congregation.

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Moment With Mike: July 4, 2019

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Weekly News 6.28.19

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FSMM Partners with Moncrief Cancer Institute to Offer Free Hep C Screenings

First Street Methodist Mission and Moncrief Cancer Institute offer life-saving Hepatitis C screening tests for our Mission clients, courtesy of a CPRIT pharmaceutical grant.

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Sometimes We Get to Know

We know that our First Street Methodist Mission helps a lot of people with a lot of different things. But do we ever really know firsthand the impact of these services? This week we do.

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Our Rise Against Hunger  — Results!

Good job, FUMC Rise Against Hunger Volunteers! The results are in from our Lenten This Is Us service project, churchwide participation in Rise Against Hunger. Here’s what we did together!

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And the WIG goes to . . .

When our CTC Annual Conference set some Wildly Important Goals (WIGs) for its churches, FUMCFW stepped up to land this coveted honor two years in a row. Here’s how.

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A Picture of Who We Ought to Be

This very special “across the aisle” collaboration at our recent CTC Annual Conference models willingness for conversation and prayer as our denomination continues to find its way forward.

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Moment With Mike: June 27, 2019

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Temporary Assignment, Permanent Impact

Even though Rev. Carol Roberts was just with us for just short of eight months, hers was a ministry of impact and complete devotion. Here are a few of Carol’s reflections on her First Church experience.

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Traffic Alert: W 7th St Railroad Crossing Scheduled for Improvement 6/25-6/27

The W 7th St railroad crossing will be closed for improvements Tuesday, June 25 through Thursday, June 27.  All vehicles will detour to Lancaster Avenue during the closure.

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Central Texas Conference Annual Conference 2019 Recap

Last week the CTC met for its Annual Conference 2019 at Arlington Convention Center and FUMC Hurst.  Here are a few of the highlights!

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Weekly News 6.21.19

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First Church is First Dementia Friendly Certified Faith Community! 

On May 21, our FUMCFW Staff earned its Dementia Friendly certification, making us the first faith community in Tarrant County to achieve this distinction. Why is that important?

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Kids Hope Wraps Up Another Successful Year

With the 2018-2019 school year now in the books, our Kids Hope mentoring program wraps some very special moments with love and celebration.

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Moment With Mike: June 20, 2019

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The Summer of  Music at FUMCFW!

With the lazy, hazy days of summer now fully upon us, the music scene at FUMCFW is still hoppin’ with three special events and an opportunity you’ll want to be part of!

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Weekly News 6.15.19

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Moment With Mike: June 13, 2019

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Have a Busy Summer Sunday Ahead? 

Start your day early at 8:30 in our beautiful Leonard Memorial Chapel and experience the special style of FUMCFW worship known as DiscipleChurch.

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Children’s CD Project: Kids Serving Kids

Recording a CD of favorite Children’s Ministry songs and readings in lieu of a children’s musical, FUMCFW kids serve our little bitties and Cook Fort Worth Children’s Medical Center while making some special memories of their own.

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Weekly News 6.6.19

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Share a little time with our Children’s and Youth Ministries — it’s a two-way blessing!

Exciting growth in our Children’s and Youth Ministries means we need qualified, committed, and caring adult volunteers to amplify this positive impact on the lives of our children. Here’s how!

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Got Baby? Let us know your happy news!

If you’re expecting a baby or anticipating an adoption, your First Church family celebrates with you! And, when your baby arrives, we’re here to offer all kinds of great resources. Here’s how to connect!

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Whenever You Call, We’ll Be There!

When you or a loved one is in the hospital, kind of support do you want and need from your church? Here’s why just putting FUMCFW on your admission forms isn’t enough to let us know.  

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Honor a loved one or special occasion with altar flowers for Sunday Worship

The Sunday flowers in the Sanctuary are one of the most beautiful ways our members recognize and remember special events and loved ones.

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Moment With Mike: June 6, 2019

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Weekly News 5.31.19

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First Church Celebrates New Steps Toward Accessibility

Recent construction projects reflect the thoughtful work of many and our First Church commitment to accessibility and maintaining the architectural integrity of our Sanctuary.

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Become Part of A Young Reader’s Transformation!

Project Transformation 2019 is just around the corner — and there’s still time to make a big difference in the life of a young reader with as little as two hours of your time!

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Pause for the Cause: Dementia Friendly Fort Worth

Dr. Mike Marshall talks to Gail Snider, Dementia Friendly Fort Worth Program Coordinator, about Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support programming at FUMCFW.

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Building Committee Update: Working Through the Details

As work continues in refining the Next90 Building Expansion Project architectural plans, Building Committee Chair Barry Hudson provides updates and reflections on this detailed process.

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Moment With Mike: May 30, 2019

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Weekly News 5.24.19

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UMCNext: Reflections and Commitments from the Meeting in Kansas City

This past week 600 United Methodist leaders gathered in Kansas to consider the future of the United Methodist Church. Here’s the recap and resources for learning more.

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Focus First Anniversary Update!

One year ago this month our Church Council voted to adopt the results of our Focus First strategic planning process. Here’s an update on where we are now on these top objectives.

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GRACE GROUPS — a Life Giving Ministry

Grace Groups is an exciting new ministry at First Church which encourages meaningful connections and steady growth in our faith journeys.

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44 Golfers tee it up at the Annual FUMCFW Golf Tournament

The Annual FUMC Spring Golf Tournament on Monday May 20 at Pecan Valley Golf Course in Fort Worth was a great day for golf, fellowship and fun. Check out the results and photos!

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Crossroad Singers — In Concert June 2 at 4 pm in Wesley Hall!

For a toe-tapping good time and undeniable lift in your spirit, be sure to be in Wesley Hall June 2 at 4:00 pm to enjoy a delightful mix of 60s folk music and religious favorites from our very own Crossroads Singers.

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Moment With Mike: May 23, 2019

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Weekly News 5.16.19

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Exciting News in the Business Office!

Starting May 1, our own Steve Fagan assumed the role of Director of Finance to begin making the transition for Larry Ammerman’s retirement on December 31. Here’s the story!

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And the Justee Award Goes To . . .

May 5 was our 2019 Youth Banquet, an event that holds all kind of beloved traditions, like senior speeches, slideshows, scholarship announcements, and of course, the Justee Awards.

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What is “The Trust Clause” — and What Does it Mean?

If you’re unclear about “The Trust Clause,” you’ve heard referenced in conversations about our denomination’s future, here’s clarity — and the answer to a very important question.

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We’ve passed 10,000!

If you haven’t “liked” the FUMCFW Facebook page you may be missing out on one of the best ways to keep up with all that’s going on at FUMCFW!

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The Essential Playfulness of Servant Leadership

“It’s true, isn’t it,” Mike asks our Stewards, “that some of the best ways for us to serve, worship and applaud God begin with joy and laughter!”

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Moment With Mike: May 16, 2019

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“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.

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Rev. Carol Roberts Appointed to Brownwood Starting July 1

Even in the short time Rev. Carol Roberts has been here with us on temporary assignment since last November, she has made her mark on our hearts and our First Church ministries. 

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Need a Unique Mother’s Day Gift, Made with Heart and Purpose?

Scrambling for a last minute Mother’s Day gift? Stop by our Children’s Academy Mission Classes and pick up personally crafted bath salts for $5 and a great cause. 

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Weekly News 5.11.19

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HOPE is a thing with . . . Methodists

Dr. Tim Bruster and Rev. Adam Hamilton share their sense of hope they feel and have felt in the presence of others who have gathered to discuss the future of the United Methodist Church.

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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.

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Let us know you’re here!

One of the best habits you can create for the good of our extended First Church faith community is registering your attendance every Sunday morning. Here’s why and how this makes an important difference.

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Moment With Mike: May 9, 2019

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Weekly News 5.2.19

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Dr. Tim Bruster’s Interview with UMNews Sheds Light on Judicial Council Decision

Heather Hahn, a reporter for United Methodist News, interviewed Dr. Tim Bruster on Friday, April 26 to discuss his initial impressions and insights on the Judicial Council’s declaratory decision. Here are highlights and link to the full story!

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How FUMCFW children, teens — and adults — remember their baptism

At FUMCFW, it has long been our practice to give each person (child, teen, or adult) who is baptized here a candle on the day they are baptized. This past Sunday we were reminded why.

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Trouble Hearing?

Check out our FUMCFW hearing devices, available for complimentary use during worship, every Sunday morning!

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Catch the Vision!

Each Sunday in April and May (except Easter Sunday), our Next90 Vision Room will be open for tours, questions, and more information about our exciting Next90 Building Expansion Project.

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Moment With Mike: May 2, 2019

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Weekly News 4.25.19

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The UMC Judicial Council — what is it and what does it do?

The nine-member, 12-alternate Judicial Council is the highest judicial body or “court” of The United Methodist Church. But what does it do? How could its decision this week impact us?

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What’s involved in this week’s Judicial Council decision?

A United Methodist News Service article this week details and explains the Judicial Council docket in progress and the role Dr. Tim Bruster’s motion will play in this decision.

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National Day of Prayer May 2 in Burnett Park

Rev. Carol Roberts will represent FUMCFW in the 68th annual National Day of Prayer to be held in Burnett Park on Thursday, May 2, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.

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Last call — Join the Springtime Cowtown Brush Up!

Everyone ages 12 and up are invited to join us on Saturday, April 27, to serve with others across our community to paint 51 homes in a single day!

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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.

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Plan Now to Attend our Final Spectrum Concert of the Season

Spectrum Chamber Music Society presents Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in FUMCFW Leonard Memorial Chapel Monday April 29 at 7:00 pm

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Our Revised Next90 Schedule

As you may know, we had originally planned to kick off the public four-week phase of the Next90 Building Expansion campaign the Sunday after Easter. However, because of the recent General Conference decision and the upcoming Judicial Council decision, we have decided to extend our Next90 campaign into the fall.

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Moment With Mike: April 25, 2019

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Weekly News 4.17.19

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Guide to a Stress-Free Easter

It goes without saying that Easter is the most joyful Sunday of our Christian year. Unless, of course, you’re herding toddlers, teenagers, or turtles to church on what is ALSO the busiest and most crowded Sunday morning of the year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Weekly News 4.12.19

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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?

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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. 

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April 14, 2019 Lent Sermon Preview: “This Is Us: We Make Choices”

Dr. Tim Bruster continues the FUMCFW Lenten Worship Series, This Is Us, with an exploration of the value of Commitment and how the choices we make define us as individuals and as a faith community.

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Moment With Mike: April 11, 2019

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Weekly News 4.5.19

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UMC On a National Scope

Since the Recent General Conference decision in St. Louis, conversations have been going on across the nation among UMC clergy who are grappling with troubling issues and implications for their individual congregations.

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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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Moment With Mike: April 4, 2019

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April 7, 2019 Lent Sermon Preview: “This Is Us: We Center Our Lives in God”

Dr. Tim Bruster continues the FUMCFW Lenten Worship Series, This Is Us, with an exploration of the value of Worship and how centering our lives in God together makes a difference.

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Ash Wednesday at First Church

Ash Wednesday services and activities at First Church offered hope, healing, community, and a deeply contemplative start to our This Is Us season of Lent.

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Weekly News 3.28.19

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Interfaith Service of Prayer and Support in the Wake of New Zealand Tragedy

Joining Hearts and Hands, Community Prayer for the Victims in New Zealand, will begin at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 31 at 4901 Diaz Avenue, Fort Worth, TX

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March 31, 2019 Lent Sermon Preview: “This Is Us: We Show Compassion”

Dr. Tim Bruster continues the FUMCFW Lenten Worship Series, This Is Us, with an exploration of the value of Compassion and how our legacy of compassion as a faith community shapes us — and how we choose to invest ourselves in things that endure.

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Legacy of Service

Did you know that . . . United Community Centers was started by the United Methodist Women (UMW) during the depression?

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Moment With Mike: March 28, 2019

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Weekly News 3.22.19

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A Pastoral Letter: What does the Bible say about homosexuality?

In this relatively brief article, I would like to show you how someone can have both a high view of scriptural authority while at the same time believing that LGBTQ+ people and their relationships can be in harmony with God’s purposes for human sexuality.

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Grace Groups: A Fresh First Church Twist on Traditional Small Group Ministry

Most of us have heard of “small groups” in a church setting for as long as we can remember. The loose definition is any kind of group that gathers regularly to study, pray, discuss, share, and learn from one another in the Christian context.

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First Church is Going Green — and You Can Help! 

In January you received by US Mail your 2018 End of the Year Contribution Statement. With this statement came a notice that your upcoming statements will arrive via email, unless you tell the business office otherwise.

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March 24, 2019 Lent Sermon Preview: “This Is Us: We Encourage Each Other”

Dr. Tim Bruster continues the FUMCFW Lenten Worship Series, This Is Us, with an exploration of the value of Community — and what our call to support one another really means.

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Moment With Mike: March 21, 2019

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Weekly News 3.15.19

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All Means ALL

Following the General Conference in St. Louis there have been many expressions of pain and feelings of uncertainty in our church family. Here are a few of my own thoughts I’d like to share with you regarding the aftermath of this pivotal meeting.

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Wheelchair Access Available Soon in Our Sanctuary!

Plastic = Progress in our Sanctuary March 11 – 13. Wheelchair accessible seating installation and ceiling plaster repairs necessitate covering the organ pipes with plastic, but the Sanctuary is open and ready for worship this Sunday!

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Kids Hope — Encouragement Not Just for Students

FUMCFW’s Kids Hope USA mentoring teams make weekly visits to students in two elementary schools in Fort Worth ISD.

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Moment With Mike: March 14, 2019

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March 17, 2019 Lent Sermon Preview: “This Is Us: We Grow in Our Faith”

Dr. Tim Bruster continues the FUMCFW Lenten Worship Series, This Is Us, with an exploration of the value of Discipleship — and how to monitor our spiritual health in much the same way as we monitor our physical health.

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How’s Your Healthy Plate?

In November of 2016 we rolled out a new model for helping First Church members develop and maintain a rhythm of life built on the foundations of worshipping, learning, serving, giving, praying, and playing.

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Weekly News 3.8.19

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An Unexpected Turn

This past Sunday, Dr. Tim Bruster led his third in a series of info sessions regarding the Special Session of the General Conference that met in St Louis last week to vote on “A Way Forward” for the global United Methodist Church.

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40th Annual UMW Fundraiser Takes Event to a New Level

Because this is the 40th anniversary of this beloved annual fundraiser, this year the hardworking ladies of UMW are kicking it up several notches to create an experience that will be as enjoyable as it is worthwhile — and as fascinating as it is festive.

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No Mercy, No Justice

In his new book, “No Mercy, No Justice: The Dominant Narrative of America versus The Counter-Narrative of Jesus’ Parables” (Wipf & Stock’s Cascade Books, 2019), Rev. Brooks Harrington draws on more than 40 years’ experience as a criminal prosecutor, a pastor of inner-city church in an impoverished neighborhood, and the founder of the Methodist Justice Ministry, a legal ministry protecting indigent victims of family violence and child neglect and abuse.

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March 10, 2019 Lent Sermon Preview: “This Is Us: We Proclaim”

Dr. Tim Bruster begins the FUMCFW Lenten Worship Series This Is Us, with an exploration of the value of Evangelism — and what that word really means to our faith journey today.

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What is Evangelism . . . Really?

Does the very word “evangelism” conjure images of shouting, sweating, highly-coiffed TV personalities trying to save your soul — and insisting that a healthy donation would accelerate the process?

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2019 Lent Edition of CONNECT Magazine Out Now!

In this special edition of CONNECT you’ll find stories, a weekly devotional, and a fully detailed schedule of all our 2019 Lent worship, study, and programming offerings.

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Lent 2019: This Is Us

Dr. Tim Bruster gives an overview of our 2019 Lenten Theme, This Is Us, which offers the opportunity for deep reflection of what we value as a church.

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Moment With Mike: March 7, 2019

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Weekly News 3.1.19

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GC2019 Special Session Recap

This is the fifth in the series of articles regarding the called Special Session of the United Methodist General Conference.

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Want to Beef Up Your Serve Portion for a Healthier Plate?

Love the idea of serving, but don’t know where to start? During our upcoming Season of Lent you will find a wide variety of ways to give your time and your talents back to God and our church, including…

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Dr. Tim Bruster Interviews from General Conference 2019

During the Called General Conference Senior Pastor Dr. Tim Bruster was interviewed each day — on Day 1, prior to the beginning of the conference, at the end of Day 2, and at the conclusion of the Conference with CTC Bishop Mike Lowry.

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How do you navigate your life’s mountain-tops and valleys?

This Sunday, Dr. Tim Bruster will continue our Epiphany 2019 worship series, Back to Basics: Luke’s Portrait of Jesus, with  “Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain.”

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Moment With Mike: February 28, 2019

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Beat the Traffic: Cowtown Marathon 2019

The Cowtown Marathon will pass through downtown Fort Worth on Sunday, February 24, 2019 between 7:45 – 11:00 am.

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Let’s Pray Our Way Forward

Starting tomorrow, February 23, our elected United Methodist delegates along with all of our Bishops will gather in St. Louis, Missouri, for a called special session of General Conference, which will be the culmination of the “Way Forward” process begun at the 2016 General Conference.

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Weekly News 2.21.19

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Moment With Mike: February 21, 2019

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