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Decorating the Chrismon Tree

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

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The Matter of Trust

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

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Peter Mayer joins eleven:eleven December 15

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

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I see God Working Here

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

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Advent Mini-Retreat Around the Prayer Labyrinth

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

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We Are Tangibly, Excitedly, and Visibly Responding

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

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Dementia Friendly Christmas Worship 

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

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DiscipleChurch Breakfast Volunteer Appreciation

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

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Complimentary Valet Parking Every Sunday

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

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Whooping Cough Alert

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

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

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

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Welcome, Mark Sorley!

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

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NEXT90 PHASING PLAN — We’re Moving Forward!

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

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We Did It!

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

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Parallel Passions and a Leap of Faith

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

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Welcome to Advent: Joy to the World

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

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Mark Your Calendar Now for This Advent Oasis

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

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Anne and Hank Paup Honored as Distinguished Philanthropists 

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

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MJM Welcomes Sarah Pricer, Attorney at Law

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

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Start Your Sunday Early at Disciple Church!

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

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Pertussis Health Advisory

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

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October Financial Dashboard: We’re Making Progress!

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

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First Church Celebrates a New Appointment

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

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October 27 is Our 90th!

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

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

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

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In the Blink of an Eye

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

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September Dashboard and Finish Strong Campaign Update

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

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Pickleball Clinic Monday, October 28!

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

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

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

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

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

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Creating a Dementia Friendly Holiday Season

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

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First Church Firsts

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

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

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

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Missions Council Story

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

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There’s Still Time to Brush Up!

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

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Find Hope and Healing Through FUMCFW Grief Support

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

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Curious About Baptism?

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

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Looking for an Oasis?

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

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Be Part of Our Strong Finish to 2019

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

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7.8% and Goal to Go!

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

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A Legend Among Us

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

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September 2019 Social Roundup

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

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How Not To Invite Someone To Church

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

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Financial Dashboard: August 2019

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

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Help Brush Up Our Cowtown!

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

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Get in the Know!

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

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Want to know more about FUMCFW United Methodist Women?

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

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How Well is Your Brain Aging?

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

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Gift of Music Concert Series Welcomes Back Spectrum Chamber Music Society 

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

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Let the Good Times (and Pickleball) — Roll!

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

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In the Hospital? Please let us know!

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

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We Respond: Crisis at the Border

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

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First Church Welcomes a New Business Staff Addition

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

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

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

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

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

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Good Help for Making Tough Decisions

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

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Pub Theology for Young Professionals

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

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“A Joyous Journey: Joy in Serving Others”

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

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

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

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The Refuge for Teens — Where Youth Recharge on Sunday Nights

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

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9.20.19 News Briefs

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

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

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

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Shout Out to Mark Burrows!

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

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

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

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FUMCFW Youth: Innovating for the Future!

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

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Lift Your Spirits at Hymnfest — This Sunday at UCC!

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

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It’s almost time for North Texas Giving Day!

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

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A Landmark Moment for Our Third Graders and Their Families

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

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

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

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Are You Ready to Face Life’s Storms?

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

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Catch the First Church Pickleball Excitement!

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

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Make Your 2020 First Church Leadership Recommendations

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

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Member Spotlight: Congratulations to Megan Fahey!

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

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August 2019 Social Roundup

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

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What was THAT all about?

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

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Want to receive future FUMCFW emergency alerts? Opt in!

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

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Pickleball! What’s the Big Dill?

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

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It’s time to nominate our 2020 Lay Leaders!

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

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July Financial Dashboard

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

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8.30.19 News Briefs

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

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Message from Dr. Tim Bruster

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

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Tragic news about Vanessa Mayfield

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

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Our Next Discover FUMCFW Coffee is September 1

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

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Let us know you’re here!

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

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Got Baby? Let us know your happy news!

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

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

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

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Member Spotlight: Honoring Dr. Jennifer Severance

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

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Sermons, Inspiration, and Giggles to go!

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

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Wesleyan Adventurers Hit the Road Again in October 

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

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What’s Next for Next90?

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

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Why Drum?

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

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Bring Your Heart and Hands to Ronald McDonald House August 17

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

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Get a Deeper Glimpse of a First Church Treasure

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

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

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

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All About Baptism

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

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8.1.19 News Briefs

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

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8.1.19 Social Roundup

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

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

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

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What is First Talks? What are we Talking about?

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

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De Colores! Emmaus Ministry

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

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Discover FUMCFW Visitor Coffee

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

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7.25.19 News Briefs

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

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7.25.19 Social Roundup

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

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Who Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer?

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

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

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

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A Very Special Chapel Service EVERY Wednesday morning at First Church

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

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

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

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

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

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7.18.19 News Briefs

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

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7.18.19 Social Roundup

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

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Al Staggs Brings Thoughtful Reflection and Comedic “Hilaritus”

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

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Can You Help Make Room in the Inn?

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

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Transforming Lives, One Imagination at a Time 

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

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Calling All Shower Shanias — and Radio Rockstars

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

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Back to Church From College Adulting and Looking for More?

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

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

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

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

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

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7.11.19 News Briefs

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

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7.11.19 Social Roundup

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

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VBS Blasts Off Next Week!

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

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What are YOU looking for?

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

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

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

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When God Calls, Do You Recognize the Number?

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

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FUMCFW News Briefs

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

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7.3.19 Social Roundup

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

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

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

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Sometimes We Get to Know

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

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Our Rise Against Hunger  — Results!

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

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And the WIG goes to . . .

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

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A Picture of Who We Ought to Be

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

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Temporary Assignment, Permanent Impact

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

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

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

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Central Texas Conference Annual Conference 2019 Recap

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

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First Church is First Dementia Friendly Certified Faith Community! 

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

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Kids Hope Wraps Up Another Successful Year

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

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The Summer of  Music at FUMCFW!

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

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Have a Busy Summer Sunday Ahead? 

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

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Children’s CD Project: Kids Serving Kids

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

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

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

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Got Baby? Let us know your happy news!

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

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Whenever You Call, We’ll Be There!

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

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

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

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First Church Celebrates New Steps Toward Accessibility

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

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Become Part of A Young Reader’s Transformation!

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

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Pause for the Cause: Dementia Friendly Fort Worth

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

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Building Committee Update: Working Through the Details

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

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UMCNext: Reflections and Commitments from the Meeting in Kansas City

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

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Focus First Anniversary Update!

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

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GRACE GROUPS — a Life Giving Ministry

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

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44 Golfers tee it up at the Annual FUMCFW Golf Tournament

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

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

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

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Exciting News in the Business Office!

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

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And the Justee Award Goes To . . .

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

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

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

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We’ve passed 10,000!

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

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The Essential Playfulness of Servant Leadership

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

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

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

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Rev. Carol Roberts Appointed to Brownwood Starting July 1

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

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

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

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HOPE is a thing with . . . Methodists

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

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

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

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Let us know you’re here!

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

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

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

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

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

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Trouble Hearing?

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

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Catch the Vision!

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

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

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

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

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

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National Day of Prayer May 2 in Burnett Park

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

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Last call — Join the Springtime Cowtown Brush Up!

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

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For Alexei: Always Loved, Never Lost

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

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Plan Now to Attend our Final Spectrum Concert of the Season

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

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Our Revised Next90 Schedule

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

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Guide to a Stress-Free Easter

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

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

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

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Good Friday’s Bigger Picture

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

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At FUMCFW, Holy Week is for Families

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

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Connecting Giving with Passion

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

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What is Prayer?

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

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Palm Sunday: An Easter Parade Worth Pondering

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

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

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

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UMC On a National Scope

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

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FUMCFW “Big Tent” Worship — and Why!

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

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

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

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Ash Wednesday at First Church

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

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

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

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

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

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Legacy of Service

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

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

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

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

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

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First Church is Going Green — and You Can Help! 

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

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

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

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All Means ALL

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

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Wheelchair Access Available Soon in Our Sanctuary!

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

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Kids Hope — Encouragement Not Just for Students

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

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

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

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How’s Your Healthy Plate?

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

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An Unexpected Turn

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

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40th Annual UMW Fundraiser Takes Event to a New Level

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

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No Mercy, No Justice

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

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

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

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What is Evangelism . . . Really?

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

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2019 Lent Edition of CONNECT Magazine Out Now!

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

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Lent 2019: This Is Us

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

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GC2019 Special Session Recap

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

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

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

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Dr. Tim Bruster Interviews from General Conference 2019

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

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

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

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Beat the Traffic: Cowtown Marathon 2019

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

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Let’s Pray Our Way Forward

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

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Why The One Church Plan Offers Hope and Healing for Our Denomination

“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.

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What Is the Role of the Council of Bishops in finding A Way Forward?

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.

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The Commission on a Way Forward: What did they accomplish — and how?

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.

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General Conference Special Session Primer

Want to know more about the upcoming Called Session of the UMC General Conference? Join Dr. Tim Bruster in Wesley Hall February 6, 17, and March 3 for a full explanation and discussion of the work leading up to this conference and the One Church Plan.

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How does this story challenge you? 

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

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

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

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Where does your deep gladness meet the world’s deep hunger?

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.”

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Extra! Extra!

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.

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There’s Always Time for Good News

Ready to hear a little good news for a change? Here at First Church there’s plenty of it — and this week is no exception!

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Spectrum Chamber Music Society Celebrates Valentine’s Day with Duets, the Poetry of Lewis Carroll, and “A Labor of Love”

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

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Try out our newest yoga offering, Restorative Chair Yoga, for free through February! 

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.

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Are you paying attention?

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. 

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Hot Off the Press! No Mercy, No Justice by Brooks Harrington

How can we be just and merciful? Are justice and mercy in conflict — or could they be aspects of the same truth?

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Can you pinpoint Jesus’ mission statement?

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

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Calling male actors!

This year’s Maundy Thursday will be unlike anything you’ve experienced at First Church before as costumed actors portray Jesus and the twelve disciples’ last meal together around the table before his capture and crucifixion in a “Living Last Supper.”

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What can Jesus’ Childhood Tell Us?

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

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What does it mean to be a “Beloved Child of God” in today’s world?

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.”

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Try out our newest yoga offering, Restorative Chair Yoga, for free in January! 

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. 

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Calling all men!

You don’t have to be a singer, a Methodist or any certain age — all you need is a love for music and singing and a desire to spend a day surrounded by like-minded men, beautiful music, culminating in a wonderful concert experience.

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Looking for an Epiphany?

Join us for this eight-week Traditional Worship series starting January 13 in which we will discover new ways to think about the presence of God in our lives and how we can learn to pay closer attention to these manifestations in our day-to-day life.

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What a Year for Our Church!

As 2018 winds its way to a close we want to take a moment to celebrate an extraordinary year in the life of our church and faith community.

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Year-End Giving

Thank you for all each of you do for our life-changing First Church ministries and programs.

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12.18.18 Congregational Giving Update

Because of your generosity, we are 83% toward completing our 2018 budget, with 17% ($654,000) remaining to close the gap.

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Pardon Our Rubble!

If you’ve been wondering why our brick parking lot corners are all in heaps where they once stood — or why there’s a port-a-potty in the middle of the Justin parking lot in front of the church, wonder no more.

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12.11.18 Congregational Giving Update

Thanks to your generosity, we are currently ahead of where we were this time last year; however we are still 19 percent away from bringing our financial year to a successful close.

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90% for Next90!

Our Congregation Has Spoken: 90% YES for the Next90!

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Our Chrismon tree tradition, today and Next90

Once again this year, as has happened for the past 12 years, a dedicated group of volunteers assembled on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to decorate the Chrismon tree that adorns the Narthex through the season of Advent.

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Now It’s Our Turn

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.

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Christmas greetings from Bishop Carter and the Council of Bishops

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.

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Let’s Finish Strong!

As you know, Gratitude was the theme of our recent stewardship emphasis. Gratitude is more than just something we express once a year on our national holiday.

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It’s a Fly Through!

What’s a fly through, you ask? A fly through of what, you may wonder?

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Revolution Weekend 2019: “I Belong.”

Revolution Weekend is an all-youth (7th – 12th grade) retreat we hold every January at Glen Lake Camp. It is our biggest event, one of our most beloved traditions, and a huge part of what makes us as FUMC Fort Worth Youth Ministries who we are!

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Next90 Building Expansion Program Update

Facilities do exactly what the word means: they facilitate. How will we facilitate the continued growth of our ministries going forward?

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Can’t Rain on This Halloween Parade!

On October 30 and 31, FUMCFW Clergy and Staff — even “Dr. Bee” — passed out candy and stickers to children from our FUMC Day School.

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Trim Your Tree with Gratitude

If you didn’t drop by the Gratitude Table at our 5th Street Celebration of Gratitude last Sunday to turn in or fill out your 2019 Commitment Card and pick up your newest Christmas ornament, it’s not too late!

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Pastors for Texas Children at FUMCFW for Breakfast Meeting Tuesday, October 30

Looking for an uplifting way to start your Tuesday — and learn how to make a difference in the education of all Texas children?

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Emergency Response and Disaster Relief

Our trained First Church Emergency Response Team (ERTs) will be traveling both Saturday and Sunday of this coming weekend under the leadership of Rev. Chuck Graff to help with the flood damage in the Everman and Forest Hill areas.

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From Street to Community to Home

When faced with life on the street, community can offer shelter on the long road home. So when friends and neighbors of our church struggle with homelessness, we want to be there through all the twists and turns.

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First Church ERT Puts Faith into Action

Kudos to our Early Response Team (ERT) who had a very meaningful and productive weekend serving in the Ovilla area to help a family whose home was completely flooded by rising water from a local creek during recent excessive rainfall in our area.

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If you spot a crane on 5th Street . . .

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

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Namaste, Holidays

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.

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Want to be part of a kid’s hope?

Last week we reported on the wonderful — and record — turnout and sign-up we had for our Kids Hope USA program serving T.A. Simms and Nash Elementary Schools.

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North Texas Giving Day Generosity Brings New Funding to Three Essential Ministries

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:

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Kids Hope USA Kicks Off New School Year with Record Number of Volunteer Mentors

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%!

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CONNECT Magazine 2019 | Stewardship Edition is here!

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.

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North Texas Giving Day is TODAY!

First Street Methodist Mission, Methodist Justice Ministry, and Dementia Friendly Fort Worth are taking part in North Texas Giving Day, Thursday, September 20.

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Improv 1st

After just two semesters with the Four Day Weekend Improv School here in Fort Worth, Rev. Tom McDermott recognized its unique possibilities for ministry.

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All Those Dollar Bills

We thought you would like to hear some good news! Maybe you’ve been wondering why some people at church put checks and dollar bills in the collection plates on Sundays.

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Demonstrating Our Creative Spark

I’ve always wanted to participate in the worship service — such as by reading Scripture — but to participate by doing something artistic is even better!

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Back to School Shirt Drive Success

A big shout out to our congregation for collecting 436 shirts for our Back to School Shirt Drive.

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New Campus Signage

It is our desire for people in Downtown Fort Worth to know when they are on the wonderful campus of FUMCFW, so we recently began renovations to beautify our landscaping and signage.

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Lay Leadership of Today and Tomorrow 

We are all God’s people in the world. While some go out to be a part of our calling, others lead the way for us. And we don’t just mean clergy.

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Giving Out of Bounds: Lori & Steve Bruns

There are no rules when it comes to giving. Jesus fed five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fish!

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Praying In Art: Soul Healing Through Creative Expression

When laying down an acrylic wash in preparation for a new painting, Jo Ann Durham got the answer she was yearning to find.

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July 2018 Finance Report

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.

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Shop With a Smile

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

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Serving to Make this House a Home

On Saturday, July 21, First Church volunteers prepared and served dinner to families at the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth.

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Giving Out of Bounds: Kelly Fox

There are no rules when it comes to giving. Jesus fed five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fish!

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The Welcome Center Gets a Mini Makeover

One of the first places our visitors usually stop is the Welcome Center — a designated focal point that allows newcomers to find the information they need in order to have the best experience possible.

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CONNECT Magazine 2018 | Issue 2 is here!

CONNECT Magazine 2018 | Issue 2 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.

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What’s In a Name Tag?

Do you ever arrive for worship on Sunday morning and see a familiar face but cannot remember their name?

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Protect Your Information Online

Technology is a blessing. It saves us time, puts a world of information at our fingertips, and allows us to stay in touch with friends and family across the globe.

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It’s Summer! Let’s Jam!

Last week, 100 children grew in their faith in fun ways as they participated in a rockin’ Summer JAM.

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Texas Bishops Issue a Joint Statement on Separated Families

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.

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Over $30,000 Raised for Our Texas & Beyond Outreach Campaign

Thanks to your generous donations, we raised over $30,000 to reach our Texas & Beyond Outreach Campaign goal!

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Kudos to Our Kids Hope Volunteers

Congratulations to the FUMCFW Kids Hope USA Mentoring team! Our 42 volunteers just completed the 2017 – 2018 school year, this year serving at not one, but two elementary schools by reading, mentoring, loving, and encouraging their students.

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Our Texas & Beyond ministries need YOUR help!

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.

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We’re Fort Worthy! Again!

FUMCFW is proud be nominated again this year in the “Best Place of Worship” category in Star-Telegram’s 2018 Fort Worthy contest in which readers select their favorites in a number of categories.

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Texas & Beyond Ministries Campaign Fundraising Update

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.

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Pause for the Cause: FUMCFW Evangelism

Dr. Mike Marshall discusses the history of evangelism at FUMCFW with Dr. Lamar Smith.

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Pause For The Cause: eleven:eleven celebration

Rev. Tom McDermott talks about eleven:eleven celebration’s transition to a new worship space.

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UMW Honors Thirteen Women with Special Mission Recognitions

Special Mission Recognitions are chosen to honor a friend working in mission or to honor someone who has made a special contribution to UMW.

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And the Justee Award Goes To . . .

May 6 was our 2018 Youth Banquet, an event that holds all kind of beloved traditions, like senior speeches, slideshows, scholarship announcements, and of course, the Justee Awards.

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Children’s Choirs Sing at Challenger League Baseball Game

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.

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

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

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Staff Habitat Build

This past Tuesday our Church Staff took part in a special Habitat build to discover firsthand the fun and productivity of working together on such a tangible and worthy goal.

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Pause For The Cause: Texas & Beyond Outreach

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.

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FUMCFW on Facebook: More Like it!

While you may be using our website to discover all the ways to worship, connect, serve, and give at FUMCFW, we want to invite you to also connect with us on Facebook!

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The Gift of Belonging

Making the decision to join a church is one of those things that can happen in a moment — or it can be a lingering idea just waiting for the right impetus to take that life-changing step.

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Volunteers Brush Up Cowtown

First Church volunteers came together on Saturday, April 7 to bless a Fort Worth family by helping them paint their house as part of Trinity Habitat for Humanity’s Cowtown Brush Up.

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Touch, Listen, Feel: Dace Sultanov and Lori Dreier Featured in 360 West Magazine

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.

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Parking Lot Closure on Sunday, April 8

Due to repairs, the parking lot that is bordered by Macon St., 7th St., Cherry St., and 5th St. will be closed on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Be sure to keep this in mind when you head to church.

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Annual Family Easter Celebration

Children and adults alike enjoyed pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a butterfly release, and more at our annual Easter Egg Hunt out at Lyle Lodge.

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Easter Sunday Parking

We are located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth at 800 West 5th Street. All of the parking lots surrounding the church are available for parking on Easter Sunday — please refer to the map for exact locations.

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April Altar Flowers

We have openings on April 8 and 22 if you would like to acknowledge someone special, or simply contribute to the beauty of our Sanctuary during worship on Sunday morning.

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Time to Encounter Grace During Holy Week

This season of Lent has been preparing you to journey with Jesus through Holy Week.

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UMW Honors Anne Paup with Annual Fundraiser Honorary Chair Position

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.

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How We Roll: Scott Chapman Featured in 360 West Magazine

Church member Scott Chapman was featured in the March 2018 Issue of 360 West Magazine!

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New Babies on Board!

Congratulations from FUMCFW Staff to Rev. Casey Orr, Associate Pastor of Discipleship, and Richard McQuillar, Communications Graphic Designer, on the recent births of their daughters.

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Food for Few, More for Many

According to 2017 stats from the Food and Agriculture Organization, 815 million people in the world don’t get the food they need to live a healthy life.

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Enjoy a Moment With Mike

Have you seen our new weekly news segment, Moment With Mike? Watch each week as Dr. Mike Marshall tells you what’s coming up and going on at First Church as only he can.

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MJM Brings Light Into Darkness

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.

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Top Talent Coming to FUMCFW

Next up in our Gift of Music Concert Series is a concert that will truly showcase the talents of some of our finest young singers in the Metroplex.

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See for Yourself at Mission Open House

While you may already be aware of the many services offered just around the corner at First Street Methodist Mission, much more takes place behind these walls than meets the eye.

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A Legacy of Love and Connection

When former FUMCFW Outreach Director Nancy Tully asked Gay Ingram, a retired educator, to serve as the director of a children’s mentoring program the church planned to launch, it was an invitation Gay calls a “quick sell!”

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We Transform Each Other

For most churchgoers, Sunday morning starts in a warm home with a warm meal followed by a warm welcome during worship.

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Beat the Traffic: Cowtown Marathon 2018

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.

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A World of Difference on Kenya Mission

In Kenya, access to basic quality services such as health care, education, clean water, and sanitation is a luxury for many people. Millions of Kenyan children under age 18 are orphans or vulnerable, impacting their well-being and development.

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Terrific Trio of Choirs

Coming up next in our Gift of Music Concert Series the SMU Meadows Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Pamela Elrod Huffman, will perform a special concert with guest choirs on Thursday, March, 1, at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

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Hands On Peace

Looking for a way to take action and make a difference when it comes to peace? There’s HOPE — Rotary Club of Fort Worth’s Hands On Peace Event.

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Time to Talk: Social Justice

The conversation continues once again as our faith communities come together for another Interfaith Symposium to share their perspectives — this time on matters of social justice.

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Focus First Update: Meet Susan Beaumont

You’ve probably heard a lot about Focus First. You’ve likely taken part in its survey, focus groups, or both. Here’s an opportunity to learn more about the thought leader behind this process and how she is leading us toward collaborative discernment.

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A Gift With True Worth

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.

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Get-Up-and-Go to Granbury

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.

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Our Growing Church Family

This past Sunday many families braved the cold to celebrate our newest little ones together as a congregation.

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How to Prepare Your Heart and Mind for Lent

For many of us, the extent of our knowledge about Lent is: 1. It leads to Easter. 2. People “give something up.”

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Making Music — A Capella

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.”

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Set to Serve in the Face of Disaster

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.

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Valentine’s Spectrum Concert: It’s a Date!

Looking to add some pizzazz to your Valentine’s Day plans? Kick off your celebrations early with a romantic winter concert on Monday, February 12, at 7:00 pm in the intimacy of Leonard Memorial Chapel.

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Ready to Respond With New Cargo Trailer

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.

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Celebrating Our Newest Little Ones

It’s almost time for one of FUMCFW’s most cherished traditions, Baby Celebration Sunday, when we recognize all the little ones brought into our world in the past year and reaffirm how much they mean to our church family.

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Let’s Pray Our Way Forward

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. 

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First Church Congrats to Jim Riddlesperger — Distinguished Teacher On Two Campuses

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.

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See for Yourself at Mission Open House

While you may already be aware of the many services offered just around the corner at First Street Methodist Mission, much more takes place behind these walls than meets the eye.

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Congrats to Ron Hicks!

FUMCFW Director of Security Ron Hicks recently passed his state-accredited Security Managers exam with high marks.

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Make a Note

Looking for a creative way to put pen to paper? Check out the multipurpose notecards available from the United Methodist Women Endowment Fund Committee.

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When We Sing We Pray Twice

When we go to church, we all know that sometimes we sing, enjoy special music, and pray.

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A Playful Pilgrimage

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.

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Royal Flush

Joan Gaspard, head of our Accessibility Task Force, was recently honored once again with the Royal Flush Award to commemorate her successful quest to install tall toilets in the restrooms on all floors of the church.

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Help Us Pray Our Way Forward

The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward, led by Commission moderators Bishop David Yemba, Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball, and Bishop Ken Carter, will meet again this weekend in Irving, Texas.

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Focus First Results Are In

Big thanks to all of you who participated in Focus First. We received 482 survey responses, reaching a new record number for us!

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Our Rare Pearl

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.”

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What’s in that backpack, Mister Mark?

By now you’ve probably seen the familiar blue backpacks that kids have been toting into the Sanctuary as part of creating a family-friendly worship experience in our 11:00 am traditional service.

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New Year, New Trustees

Welcome to our 2018 Board of Trustees

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Raising the Bar in the Balcony

This Christmas, you may have noticed a recent addition to the balcony in the Sanctuary — and we aren’t talking about the garland and bows and lights.

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Singing Outside the Box

When it comes to tradition, Centenary College Choir is known for its innovative spirit and unique programming.

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Breakfast Club

Our Christian Men’s Breakfast led by Rev. Lance Marshall is up and running — and growing fast. This unique event is held off-site at Whiskey Ranch, which Lance describes as “a really cool location that guys in this group are eager to check out.”

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New Year’s Greetings

Let’s once again renew our commitment to making our presence here known each week by registering our attendance — with the help of our new attendance padfolios!

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Full Plates for All

Once again FUMCFW volunteers recently helped served supper to families at the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth.

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Leading Men of Music

The Gift of Music Concert Series will kick off its first concert of 2018 with the Greater Tarrant Men’s Choir: An EcuMENical Chorus on Saturday, January 20, at 5:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

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2017 Year-End Giving Deadlines

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.

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Celebrating Our 2017 Ministries

Demographically it is important to remember we are a downtown church. How many downtown United Methodist Churches around the country are as vibrant and significant to their community as this church?

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LAST CALL for Red Bag Food Drive

350 of the 500 bags have already come in, and there is still time to bring your bag to the church! If you have a Red Bag full of groceries at home, please try to bring it before Friday of this week so we can make sure our neighbors have food for Christmas. 

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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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Take the Focus First Survey!

Your feedback is important to us as we discern who we are as a church and what we are called to become.

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