Intensive Journal® Program — How To Get Started With This Transformative Work
Sammye Dunn Blazes Trail For New Leaders
A Happy Meal at Ronald McDonald House
Leaps and Bounds On Sunday Mornings
Churchwide General Conference Presentations
February Church Tour
February Foundation Lunch & Learn
Baby Celebration Sunday
Cowtown Adults 5K Race
2016 Costa Rica Mission Trip Informational Meeting
Don’t Be a Victim of Medicare Fraud
UMW February General Meeting
Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends
January Good Book Club
Pre-Registration for Parents’ Day Out and Preschool
Children’s Academy Sunday School
Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:20 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Rev. Lance Marshall
Discussion Groups | 9:30 am
Chapel Communion | 10:35 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott
First 7th | 5:30 pm | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
Dr. Tim Bruster
This Sunday I continue my series of sermons on The United Methodist Way. We will hear Jesus’ words from The Sermon on the Mount on the subject of money — a subject Jesus talked about a lot. Out of the 38 parables, 16 were concerned with how to handle money and possessions. In the Gospels, an amazing 1 out of 10 verses (288 in all) deal directly with the subject of money. The Bible offers 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 verses on faith, but more than 2,000 verses on money and possessions. Jesus dealt with money matters because money matters. According to Jesus and other biblical writers, money is a spiritual issue. Jesus said:
“Stop collecting treasures for your own benefit on earth, where moth and rust eat them and where thieves break in and steal them. Instead, collect treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moth and rust don’t eat them and where thieves don’t break in and steal them. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. Therefore, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how terrible that darkness will be! No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be loyal to the one and have contempt for the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. [Matthew 6:19-24, Common English Bible]
The United Methodist Way is the way of stewardship of all that God has entrusted to us, including money. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Movement, had important things to say about the role of money, possessions, and giving. His advice to people of faith was pretty straightforward: “Earn all you can; save all you can; give all you can.”
He said, “‘The love of money,’ we know, ‘is the root of all evil;’ but not the thing itself. The fault does not lie in the money, but in them that use it. It may be used ill: and what may not? But it may likewise be used well.” He went on to say:
“[Money] is an excellent gift of God, answering the noblest ends. In the hands of his children, it is food for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, [clothing] for the naked: It gives to the traveler and the stranger where to lay his head. By it we may supply the place of a husband to the widow, and of a father to the fatherless. We may be a defense for the oppressed, a means of health to the sick, of ease to them that are in pain; it may be as eyes to the blind, as feet to the lame; yea, a lifter up from the gates of death!”
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we continue to think about who we are and what we are called to be as United Methodist Christians.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster,
Every Sunday morning, groups of adults meet in FUMCFW Sunday School classes to enhance their spiritual growth and enjoy fellowship with other Christians. We have classes for a variety of demographic groups, with many different class personalities and styles. Visit the Adult Sunday School page to learn more!
Faith In Action: Planning Through Our Pledges
Why are we talking so much about commitments, pledging, and tithing this time of year? (If you were raised in another denomination that doesn’t practice pledging, making a “pledge” may be a foreign concept for you.)
A pledge, or formal written commitment, is simply your estimate of the amount of money you plan to give to our church for the coming year. It is a planning tool with which we can evaluate our collective financial commitments in order to balance our budget with the level of support we expect.
If you are working toward making a tithe gift (10 percent of your income), this is the time of year to revisit your current percentage and consider whether you can nudge it a little closer toward the tithe. Click here to continue reading.
Join Us Between Services for Connections in Wesley Hall
In response to the positive comments about the opportunity to visit with one another between our Christmas Eve services, beginning on February 14 our First Church family is going to have a new place to connect! Each Sunday between services, from 10:30 – 11:00 am, Wesley Hall will be set up and ready to offer members, visitors, and guests from all our different Sunday morning worship and study opportunities a chance to visit, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy a Sunday morning treat. And when the warmer weather returns, we will open the doors to the Garden and enjoy the great outdoors together. Whether discussing the Sunday sermon, sharing thoughts on a spiritual concept, catching up on the most recent TCU game, or announcing a child or grandchild on the way (or sharing new photos of ones already here!), the opportunity to connect with one another between services is important to us as a faith community. Click here continue reading.
Our church at work in times of disaster
Rev. Page Hines
If you, like me, can’t get the thoughts and images of the recent devastation caused in our area by tornados out of your mind — and if your heart, like mine, is heavy for all who have experienced loss and warmed for all those who are working diligently to help these people get on the road to recovery and healing — I want to tell you that our church is at work, out there addressing the needs and making a difference in all the lives touched by the natural disaster and heartbreak that came so close on the heels of the holiday season. Click here to continue reading.
Good Book Club Next Wednesday
Good Book Club is this coming Wednesday, January 27.
This one features Mary Flo Ridley. She’s going to be here to help parents as they start to have “the talk” with their children.
We’ll share a meal at 5:30 pm in Wesley Hall. Click here to continue reading.
United Methodists Meet to Shape the Direction of Our Church
One of the most unique and special aspects of being a United Methodist is our connectional system with other Methodists across the world. This year, we have the opportunity to meet and shape the direction of our church. To understand why this year’s Annual, Jurisdictional, and General Conferences are important, it is crucial to know how the United Methodist Church (UMC) is organized.
The top policy-making body of the UMC is the General Conference. General Conference meets every four years and is the only body that can speak for the entire denomination. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy, and economic issues. Click here to continue reading.
Seeking to be Maladjusted . . .
Rev. Tom McDermott
When my brothers and I were kids, we got to spend a lot of quality time with our grandfather. He was a general surgeon in Fort Worth, and we lived by the adage “Why adhere to the warnings of adults when you can learn from the mistakes firsthand.” So we spent a fair amount of time in his office — we were slow learners. Sometimes we’d have to wait for an hour before we got to see Nurse Luckey (her real name — I was exposed to the profound nature of irony at an early age). Perhaps to keep us from any prolonged anxieties about what awaited us with Luckey, or perhaps to prevent us from further injuring each other, Granddaddy had plenty of kid’s magazines in the waiting room — Jack and Jill, National Geographic, Life, Boys Life . . . One of my early favorites was Highlights for Kids. Click here to continue reading.
Intensive Journal® — HOW To Get Started With This Transformative Work
The Intensive Journal® Program through FUMCFW is a two-part series. Part 1: Life Context is on January 29 – 30, and Part 2: Depth Contact is on February 12 – 13. Registration is required for both parts, and you must complete Part 1 in order to participate in Part 2. Sign up now to save $10 on the total cost, or hold your place with a deposit. Some scholarships and professional continuing education credits are available. Plus, student discounts may apply. For more information, contact Melinda Smoot (email@example.com) at 817/339-5087. Click here and register to secure your spot, and then save the date to start 2016 off right with the Intensive Journal Program.
Intensive Journal® Two-Part Program
Fridays | 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Saturdays | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
$145 each or $280 for both parts | Registration required
Led by Rev. Meredith Bell | Wesley Hall
Part 1: Life Context — Gaining a Perspective on Life
January 29 – 30
Part 2: Depth Contact — Symbolic Images and Meaning in Life
February 12 – 13
Prerequisite: Life Context (Part 1)
As 2016 begins, this is a great time to make your New Year’s resolutions. How about building your self-esteem? Making better decisions? Embracing your creative side? You can reach all of these goals and many more with the Intensive Journal® Program at FUMCFW.
This nationally-recognized program was developed in 1966 by Dr. Ira Progoff to help people experience a life-changing process that gives them greater direction, vitality, and purpose. Since then, it has helped 175,000 people lead more fulfilling lives.
Workshop leader Rev. Meredith Bell is the director of the UCF Wesley Foundation for Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. She has served as Pastor for Women’s Ministry at White’s Chapel UMC and as a youth pastor at Dallas UMC and Graham UMC. Meredith was a hospital chaplain for five years in the Texas Health Resources System Services. For more information, contact Melinda Smoot (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
— President Harry S. Truman
“Follow the leader” is an easy game to play. The leader makes the first move, and then all the others mimic that same action. If you fail to do so, you’re out, and the last man standing becomes the new leader. It is important to play both parts — otherwise, the game would not be possible. Very often, however, people are more willing to follow than to lead.
FUMCFW is looking for people who are willing to lead some exciting new initiatives throughout our church. To help each new leader find his or her place of service, we’re creating a new group called Leadership Cultivation. Sammye Dunn, one of our most extraordinary lay leaders, will serve as chairperson for this team. Sammye will work closely with Dr. Mike Marshall, Associate Pastor of Leadership Development, and Lisa Helm, Director of Welcoming Ministries, to find other willing individuals to help develop both existing and newly emerging leadership within our faith community. The Leadership Cultivation Committee will study together, encourage one another, and help discover the best places of service in our church to align with individual personality and passion.
Click here to read more about Sammye Dunn and Leadership Cultivation.
There’s no place like home, and there’s nothing like a home-cooked meal. The mission of the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth is to provide a supportive home away from home for families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals. On Saturday, January 9, FUMCFW volunteers helped these families feel at home by serving them a warm lunch. “We had an amazing experience ‘going out to be God’s people in the world’ as we met and supported these families, enjoyed some wonderful fellowship, cooked together, and experienced the joy of serving others,” Rev. Chuck Graff exclaims. “Special thanks to Allison McMahon for her leadership helping us organize this community opportunity!”
Sunday is a day of rest — to remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Here at FUMCFW, we offer many ways to spend our Sundays. We go beyond simply offering traditional services and Sunday School classes. Instead, we take leaps of faith into the unknown and try new things to meet the needs of our diverse church community. One giant leap was the Children First worship service, which has now become a national model for children’s ministries.
Following in these brave, exciting (and huge, sneaker-clad) footsteps, starting on February 14 we will offer three new Sunday morning opportunities:
1. nine:thirty-nine celebration — our existing eleven:eleven celebration is expanding into a second service that will target and connect with new people beyond our existing worship community — and offer another option for those already here!
2. The Gathering — this is “something completely different” led by Rev. Lance Marshall that will offer a unique format that is part study, part sharing, part discussion, and all about inspiration, packaged in an upbeat, tech-savvy atmosphere of community.
3. Connections — to encourage and promote casual conversation and connection between our diverse worshipping communities, this new opportunity to visit with one another between services will offer a special welcoming space in Wesley Hall or the Garden.
Click here to learn more.
Sunday, February 7
9:30 & 11:11 am | Wesley Hall
Dr. Tim Bruster, Leader of the Central Texas Conference General Conference Delegation, and Mr. Tom Harkrider, First-Elected Lay Delegate, will be leading a special informational meeting about the United Methodist General Conference that will be held in Portland, Oregon, from May 10 – 20, 2016. These churchwide presentations will be in Wesley Hall on Sunday, February 7, at 9:30 am and during eleven:eleven celebration. All members of the congregation and guests are encouraged to join these extremely informative sessions.
Sunday, February 7
Offered the first Sunday of every month
11:00 am | Room 230 | Led by Rev. Casey Orr | Registration required
Baptism 101 must be attended by first-time parents and/or parents whose older children were not baptized in a United Methodist Church. At the class, a pastor will discuss the history, theology, meaning, and responsibility of baptism. We will also go over logistics and steps to scheduling. Not to mention it’s a great chance to meet other young families. It is offered the first Sunday of every month at 11:00 am in Room 230. While the nursery is available during class time, babies and children are more than welcome to join! There is no cost to join the class; however, we do ask that you register online, or by contacting Gayle Ammerman (email@example.com) at 817/339-5091, so that we can prepare accordingly. For other questions, please contact Rev. Casey Orr (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5067.
Sunday, February 7
Immediately after 11:00 am worship | Meet at front of Sanctuary
Want to find a Sunday School class, learn about our Library, Television Ministry, Children’s Ministries, and more? Join our tour of the building on Sunday, February 7. Meet Dianne Fisher at the front of the Sanctuary immediately following the 11:00 am worship service.
Thursday, February 11
Noon – 1:00 pm | Foundation Building | Room 271
RSVP by 2.8
L❤ve our Church? L❤ve our Foundation? Come feel the Foundation L❤VE and join us for lunch to learn more about the Foundation on Thursday, February 11, from noon to 1:00 pm. We want to answer your questions. The lunch is free, but we do need an RSVP by February 8 so we can order you a lunch! For more information or to make a reservation, contact Lisa Tucker (email@example.com) at 817/339-5089.
Sunday, February 14
11:00 am | Sanctuary
Reception in Children’s Wing Atrium following ceremony
Join us for one of FUMCFW’s most cherished traditions! Baby Celebration Sunday is a time to recognize all the babies born in 2015, and reaffirm how much these children mean to our church family. A special reception for our honored families will take place immediately following the ceremony in the Children’s Wing Atrium. If you welcomed a child in 2015, click here to register online or contact Janice Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5093.
Saturday, February 27
8:00 am | Meet at National Cowgirl Museum
8:30 am | Race begins
Join FUMCFW for the 2016 Cowtown Adults 5K! Walk or jog the 5K race with us at the Fort Worth Cowtown on Saturday, February 27. We will register individually online at cowtownmarathon.org. 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. For more information, contact Rev. Chuck Graff (email@example.com) at 817/339-5065. Enjoy some great fellowship and exercise as we support this amazing community event!
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Sunday, January 24
Noon | Room 154
Our 2016 Costa Rica Mission Trip is July 1 –11, and this is an amazing opportunity to serve others. If you are interested in joining us, attend this brief informational meeting to get the details, receive an itinerary and trip costs, and hear about our 11th year of serving in northern Costa Rica. For more information, contact Rev. Chuck Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5065.
Sunday, January 31
12:15 – 1:45 pm | Room 154
Box lunch available for $10
Medicare fraud and abuse are real. Every year, American taxpayers lose nearly $60 billion to outright scams, improper payments, and other illegal practices that drain money from health care programs that provide vital health care services to millions of seniors. The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), smpresource.org, is a group of highly trained volunteers who help Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries avoid, detect, and prevent health care fraud. SMP volunteers teach Medicare beneficiaries how to protect their personal information, identify and report errors on their health care statements, recognize scams — such as illegal marketing, providing unnecessary services, and charging for services that were not provided— and report fraud and abuse to the proper authorities. Topics include:
- Warning signs of potential fraud
- Current Medicare fraud schemes
- How to review a Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) for fraudulent charges
- Tips to prevent fraud of your Medicare number
Box lunches will be provided for $10 with a reservation. There is no charge to attend without eating. To make a reservation, please contact Marianne Wilson (email@example.com) at 817/339-5071.
Tuesday, February 2
11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, 1.29
“The Mystery of the Lost Art” | Presented by Ray Ramsey, Art Gallery Owner
Click here to RSVP now! or call the UMW RSVP line at 469/844-8690
February 3 – March 9
Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Foundation Building, 2nd Floor
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren | Registration Required
Divorce is one of the most difficult experiences that most people will ever face. Even the most amicable of divorces can create intense emotional and psychological issues which may have lasting effects if they are not given attention. The good news is that there is help for facing the challenges that divorce brings. This six-week series will use the book “Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends,” featuring divorce process rebuilding blocks, a proven 19-step process for putting one’s life back together after divorce. For more information contact Phyllis McDougal (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5082. To register, contact Marianne Wilson (email@example.com) at 817/339-5071.
Wednesday, January 27
5:30 pm | Dinner | Wesley Hall
6:00 – 7:00 pm | Parent program | Wesley Hall
Good Book Club | Children’s Wing, 2nd floor
Our first Good Book Club of 2016 is on Wednesday, January 27. It kicks off with a meal in Wesley Hall at 5:30 pm. The parenting session from 6:00 – 7:00 will feature highly-requested Mary Flo Ridley presenting “Sooner Than You Think: Simple Answers to Challenging Questions.” This program will give you the tools to begin answering questions children have about their own bodies, how babies are born, and how babies are made.
From 6:00 – 7:00, the kids will have Good Book Club in the Children’s Wing. Our January theme is Help! Each book features characters who must ask for help when they need it . . . or face the consequences when they don’t ask. Click here to learn more.
Pre-Registration for Parents’ Day Out and Preschool
January 21 – February 12
Pre-registration is for our currents students and church members. We will register for the 2016 Summer Programs and 2016 – 2017 School Year. Parents’ Day Out (PDO) is for children 9 months – 2 years old (as of August 31, 2016) for the summer program and 3 – 23 months (as of September 1, 2016) for the school year. The Preschool is for children ages 2 – 5 (as of September 1, 2015) for the summer camps and ages 2 – 5 (as of September 1, 2016) for the school year. For more information about PDO, contact Paula Wagstaff (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information about Preschool, contact Nina Burrows (email@example.com).
Academy begins February 14
Classes fill up quickly | Register online now
During the month of January, please bring diapers to:
First Street Methodist Mission | Monday – Thursday | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
OR in the donation bins at the West, East, & Garden Entrances | Sunday mornings
For more information, contact Linda Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-2404.
Sunday, February 14
9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary
Singing Men of First Church Rehearsals
1.27 | 7:00 – 8:00 pm | Choir Room
2.3 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm | Choir Room
2.14 | 8:30 am | Choir Room
The Singing Men of First Church, a choir comprised solely of male voices, will join together for the first time during the 9:30 and 11:00 am Sanctuary worship services on Sunday, February 14. This short-term choir — or “sprint choir” — will only rehearse two or three times before singing together. Men of all ages are welcome, whether you are a member of Choral Union looking for something different, or if you are interested in a short-term choir experience. The Singing Men of First Church will perform under the direction of Mr. Robert Stovall, Interim Director of Adult Choirs. The choir will learn two songs: “Rise Up, O Men of God” by Kenneth Jennings and “Be Thou My Vision” by Dan Forrest (with cello, harp, and piano accompaniment). Click here to register online for this unique singing opportunity. You can also go to the Welcome Center or Main Office to pick up and turn in a registration card. For more information, contact Peggy Graff (email@example.com) at 817/339-2405.
Care for the Children In Memory Of:
Thomas D. Butler by Judy Butler
Thomas L. Butler by Judy Butler
First Street Methodist Mission In Memory Of:
Wanda Martin by Martha Slover
General Memorial Fund In Memory Of:
Ada Fay Foster by Sheridan & Clifton Morris Jr.
Mission and Outreach Endowment In Memory Of:
Wanda Martin by Cheryl Trofholz
Wanda Martin by Hazel Cannon
Wanda Martin by Kay Day
Wanda Martin by Mr. & Mrs. Buddy Thompson
Wanda Martin by Ruth & Doug Roper and Family
Youth Ministries In Memory Of:
Bill Hollister by Slover Hollister
Foundation Memorial Fund In Memory Of:
Henry Hopp by Mrs. M.A. Price