Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
DiscipleChurch | 8:30 am | Chapel | Rev. Page Hines
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
“A Beloved Child of God”
Dr. Tim Bruster
Baptism of the Lord — Mark 1:9-11
This is one of those sentences we hear so much that we may not stop to think about what it really means — especially what it means for how we view life and how we live.
How does knowing — and remembering — that we are a beloved child of God impact our day-to-day lives?
Sunday is the day in the Christian Calendar called The Baptism of Our Lord when we remember Jesus’ baptism and reaffirm our own baptism. In Sunday’s scripture reading, just as Jesus is being baptized by John he sees “heaven splitting open and the Spirit, like a dove, coming down on him.” Then he hears a voice coming from the heavens saying, “You are my Son, whom I dearly love; in you I find happiness.”
In you I find happiness.
Think about those words for just a moment. In this one simple statement of affirmation during Jesus’ baptism, we see God as the most loving of parents — and how God’s love for us mirrors all the things we might say about how a devoted parent loves a child: acceptance, grace, and yearning for the best.
Baptism is a sacrament, a symbolic act, that signifies who we are in relationship to God. Because of God’s love and God’s infinite grace, we are all beloved children of God. As we remember our baptism, we remember that we are beloved children of God in whom God finds happiness. This shapes how we view life, how we live our lives, and how we treat one another.
Martin Luther, the 16th century Protestant reformer, was under severe pressure — even the threat of death — from the papacy to recant his teachings. If it weren’t for his protectors in Germany, Martin Luther never would have survived this time. The way he found peace and was able to carry on in the face of this constant and imminent danger was simple. He would say to himself, over and over again, “Remember that you are baptized.” In those five words he found strength. By reminding himself that he was a “beloved child of God,” he knew he could live each day with confidence, trust, courage, and conviction.
So the question is, what difference does baptism make to us? What significance does knowing that we are “a beloved child of God” hold for each of us in our own lives? How does it impact the way we live our lives and face our own challenges? There’s nothing magical about the water we use in baptism, but there is power in what baptism symbolizes and the effect on the baptized.
I look forward to exploring it with you this Sunday in this special service of Reaffirmation of Baptism.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster,
You Are Here
By considering where we are now as a congregation, and in preparation for the unprecedented growth coming to our city, this is our moment to claim our place in the heart of our city.
According to Downtown Fort Worth Inc., our downtown population will increase by approximately 67 percent over the next four years — adding more than 4,300 people and miles of mixed-use development in and around the physical location of FUMCFW. Read more.
The Upper Room Daily Devotional
As of December 26, we as a faith community will be using The Upper Room® Daily Devotional Guide as our FUMCFW Daily Devotional. The Upper Room is a well-recognized resource and model of practical Christianity, accessible in varied formats to help people feel invited and welcomed into God’s presence each day. Read more.
Something to Talk About
On Sunday, January 22, FUMCFW will kick off a new Adult Education discussion group called First Talks on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am in Room 350. First Talks will offer an ongoing series of succinct, exciting TED Talk-style presentations followed by facilitated, engaging conversations around each topic of the day. From artists to entrepreneurs and great thinkers of all sorts, every week different speakers from around the Metroplex will enlighten us with presentations sure to incite engaging conversations that will lead us to the Spirit in every facet of life. Read more.
Our Fit First community is on a mission to get physically and spiritually fit. We build stamina and cardio health together as we walk, run, and cycle as a group — plus train for the Cowtown as a team. We gain strength and endurance together in our free community boot camp and we renew body, breathing, and spirit with yoga to meet the needs of all levels of ability and fitness. Read more.
Starting January 10, FUMCFW will have a free community drum circle. Join First We Drum from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in Wesley Hall on the second Tuesday of each month to share and create rhythm, inspire connection, and nurture well-being and inner joy. No experience is necessary, so feel free to march to the beat of your own drum (or share one of ours). Here are our facilitators: Read more.
Betty Fox, mother of Rev. Linda McDermott
GIFTS & MEMORIALS
First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Byron Searcy by Pat & Arch Van Meter
Darlene Lucas by Sandra & James Balch
Jack Speight by Kay Carpenter & Tom Turet
Mary Andrews by Gaye H. Fuller
Mary Andrews by Pat & Arch Van Meter
Walter Gates by Pat & Arch Van Meter
Foundation Memorial Fund in Memory of:
Byron Searcy by Dr. & Mrs. James F. Herd
Walter Gates Jr. by Mrs. Fran Mizell
Walter Gates Jr. by Ms. Mary Sharp
Walter Gates Jr. by Mr. & Mrs. Othel Neely
Walter Gates Jr. by Law Offices of Paup, Shutt & Associates, P.C.
Walter Gates Jr. by Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Sturdivant
General Memorial Fund in Memory of:
Barbara Moller by Angela Oglesbee
Carlton Elliott Sisler Jr. by Rennell R. Farr
Joza & J.K. Mills by Mrs. J. L. Wren
Paula Ann Brittain by Sandi & Roy Blevins
Walter Gates by Margaret Mueller
Walter John Gates Jr. by Mary Ann Guly
Music Ministries in Memory of:
Bill Mizell by Pat & Arch Van Meter
Children’s Ministries in Honor of:
Maura Grace Graham by Kay Watkins
Foundation Memorial Fund in Honor of:
Mr. & Mrs. Arch Van Meter by Dr. & Mrs. James F. Herd
Mrs. Gayla Scheideman by Dr. & Mrs. James F. Herd
Ms. JonAnna Reidinger by Dr. & Mrs. James F. Herd
Ms. June Van Buskirk by Dr. & Mrs. James F. Herd
Ms. Norma Loughridge by Dr. & Mrs. James F. Herd
General Memorial Fund in Honor of:
Carol & Bruce Rahm by Janis & Byron Falk
Habitat for Humanity in Honor of:
Pat Merrill by Carol McCarthy
Methodist Justice Ministry in Honor of:
Dana & Ted Settle by Marcy Denyer
Jamie Settle by Marcy Denyer
Jessica & Matt Lockhart by Marcy Denyer
First Church Christmas Eve Magic
Six services. Three thousand people. Actually, well over three thousand people. That was Christmas Eve at FUMCFW. I consider it a huge blessing to be part of the staff and clergy responsible for the planning and preparation to welcome so many. Read more.
Academy Registration starts THIS Sunday
One more quick reminder that Academy registration starts this Sunday. Kids who come to church will get a head start, since our online component won’t “go live” until noon. Also, below is where we have teaching needs. Read more.
What Does Baptism and a Lion’s Club Yellow Vest Have in Common?
Rev. Page Hines
After college, when I was first starting out, I became a member of the Lion’s Club in downtown McAllen where I was living. This club was one of “THE” clubs to belong to and was the well-known rival of the downtown Rotary Club. As a member, I had the opportunity to purchase one of the coveted symbols of club membership — the official Lion’s Club yellow vest. Read more.
Beloved: On Whom God’s Favor Rests
Over Christmas I went to visit my family in Nashville, and I got a chance to read — not for school, or to write curriculum, just read. One of the books I picked up was Henri Nouwen’s “Life of the Beloved.” The book was written by Nouwen as almost a long letter to a dear, non-religious friend of his. Read more.
Kickoff of Exciting New 2017 Opportunities
Rev. Chuck Graff
We are really excited about the new 2017 Adult Education classes and other group and serving opportunities being launched beginning this month. Check out our upcoming events for details, and here are a few of them that we are hosting soon. Please begin the new year participating with us. Read more.
Hospice, Epiphanies of Darkness, and the Liturgical Year
Dr. Len Delony
This Sunday we celebrate Epiphany. The Day of Epiphany is traditionally on January 6, just after the Twelfth Day of Christmas (whether or not you sing all the verses of the traditional song) and often celebrated on the first Sunday of the new year (of the Gregorian Calendar for Westerners). Read more.
Learn more about upcoming events as well as additional church activities by clicking on the links below.
Mondays & Wednesdays | 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Justin Youth Building Gym | 801 W. 5th St.
Waiver required | Registration required
10:00 am – 1:30 pm | Ronald McDonald House
1001 8th Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104
11:00 am | Room 230 | Registration required
Mondays & Tuesdays | 9:30 – 10:30 am
Wednesdays | 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Thursdays | 8:30 – 9:15 am
Room 320 | Led by Linda Blanchard | All ages & fitness levels
Registration required | First week free | $70 per 10-class punch card
11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, 1.6
“Our Sacred Children”
Pam Foster, Director of Pastoral Care at Cook Children’s Medical Center
Second Tuesday of each month
7:00 – 8:30 pm | Wesley Hall
9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren
Registration required | Book available for $16
Online registration begins January 8 at noon
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 starting January 22
9:30 – 10:30 am | Room 350
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
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
Tuesdays | 7:00 – 8:00 am | Room 154
Led by Fred Cantu and other leaders
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