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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.
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.
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.
The Recent Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes some changes regarding charitable contributions you should know about!
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.
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.
Volunteer teams are invaluable in times of disaster, absorbing some of the expenses and personnel needed to face the tasks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
While we won’t be bringing a traveling petting zoo, we will be bringing the fun this Easter Saturday!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s an early and exciting progress report on our search for a new Director of Children’s Ministries.
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.”
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Say hello to longtime church member and leader Ralph Green as he enters a new role with FUMCFW!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Join Rev. Phyllis Barren for a Wesleyan Adventurers Senior Adult Ministries trip to Memphis, Tennessee and Hot Springs, Arkansas this October!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Lots of organizations collect school supplies, but not many collect school uniforms. Here’s how First Church is stepping up to fill the gap!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Last week the CTC met for its Annual Conference 2019 at Arlington Convention Center and FUMC Hurst. Here are a few of the highlights!
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?
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!
The Sunday flowers in the Sanctuary are one of the most beautiful ways our members recognize and remember special events and loved ones.
Recent construction projects reflect the thoughtful work of many and our First Church commitment to accessibility and maintaining the architectural integrity of our Sanctuary.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
As Rev. Chuck Graff moves toward his July 1 retirement, he reflects on some of his favorite moments of his 48-year ministry.
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.
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.
You may have heard the term Wesleyan Quadrilateral, and you may or may not know exactly what that means.
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!
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.
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?
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.
Spectrum Chamber Music Society presents Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in FUMCFW Leonard Memorial Chapel Monday April 29 at 7:00 pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.”
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.
“The list is long of things the church has struggled with before,” Says Dr. Tim Bruster as he puts the coming Called General Conference into the context of Methodist history.
Having received and considered the extensive work of the Commission on a Way Forward, the Council of Bishops will submit a report to the Special Session of the General Conference in February 2019. Here’s how the Council of Bishops arrived at this decision.
The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church.
The Sunday flowers in the Sanctuary are one of the most beautiful ways our members recognize and remember special events and loved ones.
This Sunday, Dr. Tim Bruster will continue our Epiphany 2019 worship series, Back to Basics: Luke’s Portrait of Jesus, with “Jesus — the One to Follow.”
In today’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reporter Hanaa Tameez’s article, “United Methodists face vote on LGBTQ issues. Will it rip the church apart?” quotes our own Dr. Tim Bruster along with several other area clergy and church members regarding the upcoming Called General Conference.
Spectrum Chamber Music Society, Fort Worth’s oldest professional chamber music group, celebrates Valentine’s Day with a pair of concerts on Monday, February 11, 2019 at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth and Monday, February 18, 2019 at First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
If you missed out on the January free trial period for our newest yoga offering, Restorative Chair Yoga, don’t fear! You can still try out this class for free through February.
Dr. Tim Bruster introduces this fourth sermon in the series, Back to Basics: Luke’s Portrait of Jesus in which we will explore more deeply the story of Jesus’ presentation in the Temple as an eight-day-old baby — and we’ll find some special insights brought forth by a man names Simeon, found only in the Gospel of Luke.
How can we be just and merciful? Are justice and mercy in conflict — or could they be aspects of the same truth?
This Sunday, Dr. Tim Bruster will begin our Epiphany 2019 worship series, Back to Basics: Luke’s Portrait of Jesus, with “Jesus, God’s Beloved Son.”
Featuring dimmed lights, soft music, and gentle movement entirely in the chair, this is the yoga class for you if you need to step back, take exercise a little easier, and help your body toward healing and recovery from joint pain, muscle or tendon strain, foot issues, or other conditions.
Gaye Fuller, a longtime member of FUMCFW and member of the Building Study Committee has a few important things to say about the Next90 campaign from her own perspective, both as churchgoer who grew up in this church to front row observer of the tireless work and careful scrutiny of the Building Study Committee.
Dr. Tim Bruster, in his first sermon in the Silent Night Advent series, read portions of a Christmas Letter to the United Methodist Church from Kenneth H. Carter, Jr., President, Council of Bishops.
Looking for an uplifting way to start your Tuesday — and learn how to make a difference in the education of all Texas children?
If you’re wondering why heavy equipment is parked in the 5th Street entrance to the Justin lot in front of the church on weekdays and in the corner of Justin lot on Sundays starting this Monday, October 9, we’re making much needed repairs to the roof of the bell towers
If you, like so many of us, are starting to feel the first twinges of holiday angst as trees, ornaments and light populate the Christmas aisles in grocery stores, drug stores and even home improvement venues, you’ll want to take note of what our First Yoga Instructor Linda Blanchard has to say about keeping that holiday stress, tension, and busy-ness under control.
On Thursday, September 20, our annual community non-profit fundraising drive known a North Texas Giving Day spurred a combined grand total of $56,585 in generous and crucial funding to three vital First Church ministries:
As the 2018-19 school year rolls into motion, our FUMC Kids Hope USA volunteers are getting set to head into the new school year with a crew of volunteers that has grown this year by more than 150%!
CONNECT Magazine 2019 | Stewardship Edition is here! CONNECT Magazine is your source for the stories of our FUMCFW Faith Community — and how each fits in with our Healthy Plate Discipleship. Pick up your copy in the Main Office and Welcome Center or read it online.
When laying down an acrylic wash in preparation for a new painting, Jo Ann Durham got the answer she was yearning to find.
It is the Committee on Finance’s goal to provide you with clear, transparent information on how our finances work, what our goals as a church are, and how we plan on reaching those goals each and every year. Data detailing money inflow and outflow as well as whose responsibility it is to steward the money can be found in the following report.
The Bishops of the five Annual Conferences in Texas issued a joint statement today (June 20) commending President Trump for signing an executive order that ends his administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy’s practice of separating families caught entering the country illegally along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Thanks to your generous donations, we raised over $30,000 to reach our Texas & Beyond Outreach Campaign goal!
Our Texas & Beyond Outreach ministries offer opportunities to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need, from short-term local projects to statewide disaster relief to worldwide mission opportunities.
Special Mission Recognitions are chosen to honor a friend working in mission or to honor someone who has made a special contribution to UMW.
On Saturday, April 28 our Children’s Choirs sang The Star-Spangled Banner and Take Me Out to the Ballgame for a Challenger League baseball game.
The Sunday flowers in the Sanctuary are one of the most beautiful ways our members recognize and remember special events and loved ones.
The poet John O’Donohue wrote, “If you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times.
Each year we recognize an extraordinary woman whose involvement in United Methodist Women at FUMC Fort Worth has made a profound impact on our group and community with our annual fundraiser’s Honorary Chair position.
Church member Scott Chapman was featured in the March 2018 Issue of 360 West Magazine!
Since its founding in 2006, our Methodist Justice Ministry (MJM) has served hundreds of women and children from low-income households by obtaining and enforcing court orders for protection, custody, denial, or restriction of visitation by abusers, as well as child support and medical support.
The Cowtown Marathon will pass through downtown Fort Worth on Sunday, February 25, 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.
It began with a germ of an idea, something that bounced between the imaginations of Charme Robarts, FUMCFW Community Advocate, and Susan DeLong, Education Coordinator at True Worth, Fort Worth’s amazing facility for providing people who are homeless with day shelter, supportive services / resources, and access to collaborating partner agencies.
The Wesleyan Adventurers are hitting the road again! On Saturday, March 3, we’re taking a day trip to Granbury to catch Granbury Theatre Company’s production of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” a happy-go-lucky view of small-town vice and statewide political side-stepping that recounts the good times and the demise of the famous Chicken Ranch.
While Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, is internationally known as the “Home of the Great Debaters” because of its phenomenal Debate Team, its A Cappella Choir is the oldest internationally known organization on the campus since its founding 120 years ago as the Wiley University “Jubilee Singers.”
When disaster strikes, our Early Response Team is ready to serve those facing the aftermath. We recently had another UMCOR training session for 30 new members who learned how to support those impacted by disasters, help families clean up their homes, create team and individual roles, be self-sufficient in securing equipment, and even tarp a roof.
Thanks to a special surprise donation from Michelle Gann, our Disaster Response Ministry will now have a cargo trailer to tote all of its equipment and supplies — just in time for our 30 newly trained Early Response Team members to serve again in South Texas soon.
First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth has committed to pray from 12:30 – 12:45 pm on Friday, February 2. We ask that members of our congregation take that time — wherever you are — to be in prayer for the future of our denomination, the Commission on a Way Forward, the Council of Bishops, and the delegates who will make this important decision.
While Dr. James W. Riddlesperger may kick off some weeks teaching First Church Sunday School, he spends his weekdays as a Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University.
By the first evening’s gathering of this 12-day journey, the 30 people gathered — most from FUMCFW and the rest from an assortment of friends loosely connected from California to Ohio to Houston — were laughing, telling stories, singing, and sharing profound moments that brought them all to this trip.
Just like the faint scent of that distinctive Avon “Rare Pearls” perfume that always tells you Shelley Darnell is nearby, the influence of this gentle presence in our First Church community will linger beyond our celebration of what can only be called “the ministry of Shelley Darnell.”
Here at First Church we are truly grateful for all gifts received throughout the year, but we also recognize that there are additional opportunities which make year-end giving desirable. For your gift to qualify as a charitable deduction on your 2017 income taxes, please be sure to follow these 2017 Year-End Giving Deadlines.
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.
What excites you most about the Focus First planning process? I think it’s having a direction for our congregation to strive for.
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.
What excites you most about the Focus First planning process? The opportunity we have to really be intentional about deciding our way forward.
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.
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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