The church will be closed Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Fit First Classes (Yoga and Boot Camp) will not meet on Monday.
First Street Methodist Mission will offer services as usual.
Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
DiscipleChurch | 8:30 am | Chapel | Dr. Mike Marshall
The Gathering | 9:30 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott
More Ways to Worship
Live Stream | Join us live online on Sunday mornings at 9:45 am for Children First (first Sunday of each month), 11:00 am for Traditional, and 9:30 am for The Gathering, and at 11:11 am for eleven:eleven celebration.
WRR Radio | Listen to each previous week’s sermon and music on Sunday mornings at 7:30 am on WRR 101.1 FM.
Chapel Communion | 10:35 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
Connections | 10:30 – 11:00 am & noon – 12:30 pm | Garden & Wesley Hall
“Who Are We”
Dr. Tim Bruster
Romans 12:4-8, Matthew 5:13-16
Who are we? Who is our neighbor? And what is God calling us to do?
This Sunday in the Sanctuary services I will begin a series of sermons entitled The Heart of the City. This series will be part of a conversation about the good news of all that is going on in our congregation and all around us. The tremendous growth of Fort Worth is making the title of the series more and more descriptive because, as the Trinity River Vision and the West 7th area continues to develop and grow, the city center will be just about where we sit.
This is exciting! This is also challenging! We, as members and leaders of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth have a commission to be God’s people in the world. We have a commission that is succinctly captured in the mission statement of our denomination: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. As a congregation, we express this mission in our tagline: Love God. Serve People. Transform Lives. It’s branded on just about everything around here, and it comes to mind and rolls off the tongue very easily. It’s the quick-and-easy summation of our identity as a church — a statement of how we understand our ministry together. But what does this familiar and seemingly simple statement really mean?
This is a good time to take stock and begin to clarify the answers to some important questions and what those answers mean to us as a community of faith and as individual Christians.
The first three sermons are questions posed in Gil Rendle and Alice Mann’s book “Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as a Spiritual Practice for Congregations.” Then, we’ll take a look at what’s ahead in our church and in our community, what role everyone has to play, and to wrap it up, we’ll remind ourselves of how a church is built.
January 15, 2017 — “Who Are We?”
Romans 12:4-8 and Matthew 5:13-16
January 22, 2017 — “Who is Our Neighbor?”
Romans 12:9-18l and Luke 10:25-29
January 29, 2017 — “What is God Calling Us to Do?”
Romans 12:1-2, 9-21 and Matthew 28:16-20
February 5, 2017 — “What’s Ahead?”
Romans 12:1-2 and Hebrews 12:1-2a
February 12, 2017 — “We All Have a Role to Play”
February 19, 2017 — “How a Church is Built”
1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
This Sunday we begin with a basic question: Who am I? We are “hard-wired” to begin asking this important question from an early age — probably before we even have the words to ask it. Then, the question resurfaces from time to time throughout our lives — particularly in our significant times of transition. But, this isn’t just a question for individuals. Groups of people — institutions, communities, organizations, cities, nations — and churches also ask this question from time to time. Throughout the life of the church, we ask, Who are we? That’s our question for this coming Sunday. I look forward to seeing you then.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster,
Longtime Church Member and Leader Nancy Fisher Joins FUMCFW Staff as Director of Stewardship
Nancy Fisher has been named Director of Stewardship of FUMCFW. An active First Church member since 1994, Nancy has served as the Lay Leader and Board of Stewards chair for two years and followed that as chair of the Church Council. “I have been blessed and honored to serve in these roles which allowed me to meet, interact, and learn from extraordinary lay leaders and church staff,” Nancy says. Read more.
More Fresh Faces of 2017
In addition to Nancy we have two other new staff members to announce: Donna Smith and Heather Teems. With Jennifer Stephens’ move over to the First Street Methodist Mission to assist with operations, Donna Smith is our new receptionist who started in December, so you may have already seen her smiling face in the Main Office. “I was told about the position and thought I would be a good fit,” she recalls. “I love helping others.” Read more.
Warm Welcome on Christmas Eve — and Always!
First Church had a full house on Christmas Eve with more than 3,500 people worshipping with us. From greeting to ushering to making sure everyone at each of our six services had a candle and someone to light it, our Welcoming Ministries volunteers were also out in full force. About 232 people in the crowd were visitors, many of whom were invited by a friend or family member. “This is AWESOME! ” Read more.
Music and Memories on Sunday Morning
In response to the many questions received since last Sunday about the lovely harpsichord played in both Sanctuary services, the instrument was a gift to our church from Beverly and Dr. Lamar Smith. “It was a prized possession of our church member Louise Canafax,” Lamar says. “Louise herself was an accomplished cellist and owned several beautiful musical instruments.” The Smiths bought the harpsichord from Mrs. Canafax’s estate. Read more.
First Yoga with Linda Blanchard
Helping FUMCFW achieve health benefits of breathing, stretching, strength, and balance through consistent yoga practice, with modifications available to meet the needs of all ages, fitness levels, and personal challenges. First Yoga is our comprehensive fitness ministry program led by Linda Blanchard. Linda is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and Therapist, certified through Yoga Alliance, who has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 12 years. Read more.
Full Plates at the Ronald McDonald House
This past Saturday everyone filled up during lunchtime at our local Ronald McDonald House. FUMCFW volunteers stacked portions of Serve and Play on their Healthy Plates while others loaded their plates with a delicious hot meal. “The event went great and we had plenty of food!” says Allison McMahon who organized this opportunity. Read more.
First Talks — Ideas Worth Talking About!
Check out this great new Adult Education discussion group meeting on Sunday mornings. It’s a combination of succinct and exciting TED Talk-style presentations followed by facilitated, engaging conversations around the topic of the day. Each week will be different with speakers from around the Metroplex, including artists, educators, theologians, entrepreneurs, and great thinkers of all sorts. Read more.
Academy Teachers for God’s Children
Registration for Spring Academy Sunday School is now underway, and classes are already starting to fill up! Academy starts on February 12 — and we still need more volunteer teachers to help out. “This Academy model is wonderful, but it only works if everyone does their part,” says Mark Burrows, Director of Children’s Ministries. “In most cases, we already have a lead teacher in place. Bible-based curriculum and materials are taken care of. Read more.
Register Soon for Cowtown 5K!
Register by January 20 to join FUMCFW Fit First for the 2017 Cowtown Adult 5K! Walk or jog the 5K race with us at the Fort Worth Cowtown on Saturday, February 25. We will register as a team online at cowtownmarathon.org. Just choose “Fit First” in the team drop-down box. The race begins at 8:30 am, and we will meet together as a group in front of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame at 8:00 am. Read more.
The spectacular and unique collage of music offerings that comprise our 2016 – 2017 FUMCFW Concert Series, The Gift of Music, continues with The Greater Tarrant Men’s Choir: An EcuMENical Chorus on January 21 in the Sanctuary. Experience a single day of singing with men from all denominations across Tarrant County while enjoying some of the area’s finest choral direction and inspiration. Read more.
Martha Kathryn Moses, daughter of Laura & Mitchell Moses
Peggy Von Duynn
GIFTS & MEMORIALS
First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Byron Searcy by Beverly & Michael Reilly
Byron Searcy by Lee Ann Embry
Byron Searcy by Lee Christie
Byron Searcy by Martha & Robert Park
Byron Searcy by Robert Smith
Byron Searcy by Sandra & Charles Hart
Food 4 Kids in Memory of:
Betty Fox by JonAnna & Francis Reidinger
Mary Andrews by JonAnna & Francis Reidinger
Foundation Fund in Memory of:
Hershel & Carolyn Winn by Mr. & Mrs. Shelby Adams
Mary Andrews by Mrs. Frances Mizell
Walter Gates Jr. by Mr. & Mrs. A. Roy Webb
Walter Gates Jr. by Ms. Abbie W. Freiley
Walter Gates Jr. by Mr. & Mrs. George T. Crowder
Walter Gates Jr. by Ms. Kaye E. Thornton
Walter Gates Jr. by Mr. & Mrs. Larry E. Small
Walter Gates Jr. by Mr. & Mrs. Mark L. Davis
General Fund in Memory of:
Bernie Ostby by Orville Johnson
Betty Fox by Karen Bain & Pilar Lopez
Betty Fox by Kathe & Stephen Goodwin
Betty Fox by Kay Watkins
Byron Searcy by Alice Cranz
Byron Searcy by Martha & Charles Brooks
Byron Searcy by Sharon Townes
Jim Shaw by Kay Watkins
Ruben Brown by Nancy & Tony Phillips
Methodist Justice Ministry in Memory of:
George Hopkins by Ellen & Robert Rogers
First Street Methodist Mission in Honor of:
Byron Searcy by Sumer & Kirk Searcy
First Street Methodist Mission by Pat & Shelby Adams
Fit First in Honor of:
Jennifer Stephens by Kay Watkins
Foundation Fund in Honor of:
The Reverends Linda & Tom McDermott by Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Adams
Lou Ann Blaylock by Mr. & Mrs. Shelby Adams
Sid Johnston by Mr. & Mrs. Shelby Adams
General Fund in Honor of:
Rev. Chuck Graff by DJ Lewis
Jennifer Stephens by DJ Lewis
Rev. Lance Marshall by DJ Lewis
Dr. Len Delony by DJ Lewis
Live Streaming & Archives by Kay & Lyle Larson
Media Ministry by K. Larsen
It Takes a COMMUNITY!
With the tallies now complete, I am so excited to tell you that of the more than three thousand people who worshiped with us on Christmas Eve, more than 200 of them were visitors. Think about that for just a moment. If you put them all in one place we’re talking about a standing-room-only crowd in the Chapel. A full center section in the Sanctuary. Read more.
Two more classes FULL
Mad Scientists and Legos are now FULL . . . along with Visual Arts. We still have many great options available. Register online here. And the number of volunteers we need is now in single digits. (But that still means we need 9 volunteers.) Read more.
The Theology of Revolution Weekend
As Revolution Weekend approaches I want us all to use its arrival at the beginning of 2017 as the beginning of a change in thought and ways of thinking about youth retreats. They are these things that a lot of us have experienced and have a variety of memories ranging from good, bad, and at times just plain weird. Read more.
seven lessons for the living
Rev. Tom McDermott
I was visiting a friend one morning over the holidays, when her 5-year-old came running into the living room shouting, “Mommy, Mommy, the Big Truck! It’s the BIG TRUCK!!” We heard the roaring sound of a large truck coming down the street. Ella ran back to the window to look. “Mommy, it got our trash!” Read more.
Learn more about upcoming events as well as additional church activities by clicking on the links below.
During the month of January, please bring Liquid Laundry Soap to:
First Street Methodist Mission | Monday – Thursday | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
OR the donation bins at the East, West, & Garden entrances | Sunday mornings
Mondays & Wednesdays | 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Justin Youth Building Gym | 801 W. 5th St.
Waiver required | Registration required
Mondays & Tuesdays | 9:30 – 10:30 am
10:45 – 11:30 | Chair yoga
Wednesdays | 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Thursdays | 8:30 – 9:15 am
Room 320 | Led by Linda Blanchard | All ages & fitness levels
Registration required | $70 per 10-class punch card
9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren
Registration required | Book available for $16
Three-Day Educational Experience for Fifth- and Sixth-Graders and Their Parents
Wesley Hall | $25 per child | Registration closed
6:30 – 11:00 pm | 3 months – 12 years
$35 for first child | $45 for 2 | $55 for 3+ | $20 no-show fee
Reservations due 1.11
Glen Lake Camp & Retreat Center | Grades 7 – 12
Youth: $150 | Adults: $50
Guest Speaker: Anna Wheeler | Musical Guest: Bus Seven
Sundays | 9:30 – 10:30 am | Room 350
Check-in | 9:00 am
Rehearsal | 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Concert | 5:00 pm
Registration required | $15
Lunch provided onsite
Sundays | 11:00 am – noon | Room 331
Led by Dr. Chris Manno
Registration required | Book available for $12
Noon – 1:00 pm | Room 154
9:15 am | Refreshments & gathering
9:30 – 11:00 am | Book discussion | Room 350
Led by Rev. Linda McDermott | Registration required
8:00 pm – 1:00 am | Registration required
11:00 am worship | Sanctuary
Reception in Children’s Wing Atrium following ceremony
9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Room 350 | Led by Rev. Chuck Graff
$30 for materials & lunch | Registration required
Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Room 231
Led by Rev. Lance Marshall
Online registration begins January 8 at noon
2.13 Spectrum Chamber Music Series Concert
7:00 pm | Chapel
8:30 am | Registration required by January 20
2.26 DFW Brass Concert
3:00 pm | Sanctuary
Mondays & Wednesdays | 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Justin Youth Building Gym | 801 W. 5th St.
Waiver required | Registration required
Tuesdays | 7:00 – 8:00 am | Room 154
Led by Fred Cantu and other leaders
Second Tuesday of each month
7:00 – 8:30 pm | Wesley Hall
First Wednesday of every month
Noon | Room 230
Saturdays | 8:00 – 9:00 am
6:45 am | Cowtown training
The Trailhead at Clearfork
4801 Edwards Ranch Road
Fort Worth, TX 76109 | Waiver required
Sundays | Pack backpacks for 1 hour between 9:00 am – noon
First Street Methodist Mission