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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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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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Another Year of Christmas Cheer

Our annual Christmas Cheer is a way for the whole First Church family and friends to share our good tidings with others.

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Chrismons Hung on Our Tree With Care

Every year after Thanksgiving, FUMCFW kicks off the holidays with the decorating of our 15-foot Chrismon tree in the Narthex that celebrates the birth of Jesus with more than 600 Christian monograms that were handmade by volunteers from our congregation.

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The Gift of Food: It’s in the Bag

Our Red Bag Food Drive is off to a great start with 97 full bags of groceries collected so far!

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Gracing the Parade of Lights

The holidays officially kicked off in Downtown Fort Worth with the 35th annual XTO Energy Parade of Lights and FUMCFW was part of the festivities! The City of Fort Worth used three church parking lots for staging of the event.

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Focus First Q&A with Steering Committee Member Patricia Healy

Focus First Steering Committee Member Patricia Healy shares her own reflections on the Focus First process, along with her hopes and dreams as a volunteer dedicated to its success.

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Celebrating Unbounded Generosity

We’re wrapping up our 2018 Stewardship Campaign with a churchwide celebration of your Unbounded Generosity.

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Focus First Q&A with Steering Committee Member Haley Manulik

What excites you most about the Focus First planning process? I think it’s having a direction for our congregation to strive for.

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Focus First Q&A With Steering Committee Member Jim Whitton

Meet Jim Whitton. Jim is an attorney by profession. He has practiced law for almost 38 years and has been with the firm of Brackett & Ellis for more than 27 years.

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Unbounded Generosity Makes for Healthy Hearts

Everyone should give whatever they have decided in their heart.

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Serving Up Some Candy

In a team effort to help support one another’s commitment to Healthy Plate Discipleship, Rev. Phyllis Barren’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study group decided to do a monthly service project together to help fill the SERVE portion of each member’s Healthy Plate.

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Q&A with Focus First Committee Member Samantha Morgan

What excites you most about the Focus First planning process? The opportunity we have to really be intentional about deciding our way forward.

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Focus First Q&A with Steering Committee Member Robert Holman

What excites you most about the Focus First planning process? I know where I think I want the church to go, but it’s exciting to see where the congregation wants the church to go.

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Celebrating a Spectacular Week of Music Ministry!

The 21st season of the Spectrum Chamber Music Series was launched on Monday evening in the Chapel with a record attendance of more than 100.

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Meet Ron Hicks, New FUMCFW Director of Security!

Ron Hicks was on his way to California in 1983 following his exit from the military in Petersburg, Virginia, when he says he “landed in Texas and decided to stay.” Previously stationed for a brief time at Fort Hood, Ron says it was then when he “found out how pretty…

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Honoring Our Former Organists at FUMCFW

FUMCFW has been blessed with some of the most talented and gifted organists over the years.

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