Intensive Journal® Two-Part Program
Purple Purse Starts Conversation About Domestic Violence
A Whole New Ball Game at FUMCFW
FUMCFW on Facebook: More Like It!
Hospital Stays and Visits
Churchwide General Conference Presentations
Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:20 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Charme Robarts
Discussion Groups | 9:30 am
Chapel Communion | 10:35 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Linda McDermott
First 7th | 5:30 pm | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
Dr. Tim Bruster
Acts 2:42-47, James 1:19-27
This past June, Susan and I participated for the first time in an Intensive Journal® Workshop. Our Lay Leader, Paul Bodley, told me about the workshop and I was unable to attend when he brought it to our church. I will be forever grateful to Paul for introducing this to us. Intensive Journal is a nationally recognized program that was developed in 1966 by Dr. Ira Progoff to help people experience a life-changing process that gives them greater direction, vitality, and purpose. Although I had periodically kept a journal, this workshop was very different from anything I had ever done. This way of journaling opened up new ways of thinking through issues and events in my life. The Intensive Journal method uses an integrated system of writing exercises to help you discover new ways to improve your personal relationships, self-esteem, decision-making skills, career, health and wellness, and creativity.
Although we certainly didn’t plan it this way, we attended the workshop at a critical time in our lives. We had recently suffered loss and illness in our families, so the timing was just right. The Progoff™ method was immensely helpful to us. But, more than helping us with that time in our lives, it has continued to be a powerful way that is so much more than simply a diary of our activities. Perhaps we overuse the term “life-changing,” but as I think about my experience, the term certainly fits.
The Intensive Journal Program opens the door to all kinds of new resources and possibilities. Here are seven important reasons to attend:
1. Find yourself.
When you focus on your own interests, values, and priorities, it will help you lead a fuller life.
2. See the big picture.
Gain awareness, perspectives, and insights when it comes to specific issues in your life so they will be easier for you to manage.
3. Dig deep inside.
Use personal reflection to embrace your inner self.
4. Spark your creativity.
Explore your creative side to discover valuable talents and interests.
5. Live and learn.
Realize your own approach for using the method in your life journey.
6. Get in the spirit.
Search your heart for your spiritual beliefs to reach meaning and purpose.
7. Grow your career.
If you are in counseling, employee assistance, nursing, or social work, you can obtain continuing education credits toward professional development.
We are hosting the program this winter here at First United Methodist Church in Wesley Hall. Rev. Meredith Bell will be our workshop leader. The program is divided into two important parts: Part 1, Life Context — Gaining a Perspective on Life and Part 2, Depth Contact — Symbolic Images and Meaning in Life. Part 1 will be held on Friday, January 29, from 5:30 – 9:30 pm, and on Saturday, January 30, from 9:00 am – 6:30 pm. Part 2 will be on Friday, February 12, and on Saturday, February 13, at the same times. Click here for more details and to register. I hope you will consider starting your year with this wonderful program.
Grace and Peace,
John (Bob) Corley
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: Your Stewardship Story
Very soon you will be invited to make a commitment to FUMCFW for our 2016 operating budget. Our Stewardship theme this year is “This Is Why I Give” — and it invites each of us to reflect upon our own personal stewardship. People often talk easily about their faith journey, but how often do we share with each other how our stewardship fits into that faith journey? Jesus taught his disciples about giving — and he talked about it in many scripture passages — but for some reason we hesitate to talk about it.
This past week I shared my own stewardship story at a staff meeting — not to brag about my giving, but to encourage our church staff to share their stewardship story with their individual ministry groups. Click here to continue reading.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
— Helen Keller
It’s that time of year, and “fill out your pledge card” is on my list of to-dos. However, for some reason this year as I sat down to fill out that card, I asked myself, “Why do I give?”
I grew up in the Methodist Church. My mother was the Director of the Preschool, and my father has always held various positions of leadership at our church. Click here to continue reading.
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, 2016
Learn how to use the Intensive Journal method through a direct experience in your own life to:
- Gain a perspective on your life: Develop awareness as you explore prior events, memories, and feelings. This will help you realize possibilities and interests.
- Gain insights about major areas of your life:
- Relationships with other people
- Career and special interests
- Body and health
Part 2: Depth Contact — Symbolic Images and Meaning in Life
February 12 – 13, 2016
Prerequisite: Life Context (Part 1)
Continue your journal work, focusing on the second part of the Intensive Journal workbook:
- Dreams and images: Learn Dr. Progoff’s unique method to develop your symbolic experiences.
- Meaning in life: Learn specific ways of working to develop a more meaningful life.
- Clarify priorities and ultimate concerns.
- Deepen your connection to important areas.
For more details about the Intensive Journal®Program, visit intensivejournal.org.
“The Purple Purse is a conversation starter. This is a way to speak about domestic violence in all its forms across America.”
— Bob Diaz, FUMCFW member and Allstate Agency Owner
Domestic violence is not easy to talk about, but it is an important conversation to start. It affects 1 in 4 women — more than breast, ovarian, and lung cancer combined. Although physical abuse usually comes to mind, financial abuse occurs in 98 percent of domestic violence cases. And the main reason survivors stay in or return to an abusive relationship is because they don’t have the financial resources to leave.
Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is a public awareness and fundraising campaign to create long-term safety and security for survivors through financial empowerment. Actress and Purple Purse Ambassador Kerry Washington helped design the purse that is available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. A portion of the proceeds from every sale benefit Allstate Foundation Purple Purse nonprofits.
In a special October 14 presentation, FUMCFW member and Allstate Agency Owner Bob Diaz awarded Gay Ingram, Kids Hope Coordinator, a Purple Purse.
Click here to find out why.
“Different people find goalball interesting and fun for various reasons, but there’s nothing like it out there and no other sport you can compare it to.”
— Andrew Bernet, Lighthouse for the Blind
We are all familiar with the Olympics, the Super Bowl, and the World Series. Athletic games play an important role in our culture, and active people are fitter, healthier, and more confident. Although sports are a big part of everyday life, they present more of a challenge for people who are blind or visually impaired. That’s why FUMCFW is joining forces with Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth to start a Goalball League.
Goalball, a Paralympic sport played by blind or visually impaired athletes, was created after World War II as a way for blinded veterans to stay physically active. Today, it is the premiere team game for blind athletes. The first goalball practice is on January 9 from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm in the Justin Building, and the game will continue at the same time on Saturday mornings through March 5. Whether you are sighted or blind, player or volunteer, come join us for this unique sporting experience.
Click here to learn more about goalball and how to get involved.
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! Join us in posting, liking, and sharing news, comments, photos, and more about what’s happening at FUMCFW and in our faith community.
If you are a Facebook user, please be sure to “like” our FUMC Fort Worth page, and whenever you see something you think may be of interest to your friends — or something that makes you proud about what our church is doing — please take a moment to “share” with your circle, encouraging them to do the same.
Your health is important to us — and so is your privacy! What many people don’t realize is that because your private health information is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), when you list FUMCFW as your church home on your hospital admission forms, that doesn’t mean we’ll be notified. If you or someone you love is in the hospital, we want to be there for you. Please call us at 817/336-7277 to let us know, and we’ll be sure to stop by for a visit, a prayer, and to offer the support of your church family.
Sunday, February 7
9:30 & 11:11 am | Wesley Hall
Dr. Tim Bruster, Leader of the Central Texas Conference 2016 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.
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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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-5065.
February 3 – March 9, 2016
Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Foundation Building, 2nd Floor
Led by Rev. Phyllis McDougal
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.
Academy begins February 14
Classes fill up quickly | Register online now
Registration for Children’s Academy Sunday School begins on January 3 immediately after Children First in the Children’s Wing and at 2:00 pm online.
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.
Foundation Honorarium Fund In Honor Of:
Lou Ann Blaylock & Sid Johnston by Pat & Shelby Adams
Foundation Memorial Fund In Memory Of:
Amy Bishop by Patsy & Arch Van Meter
Bill Hollister by FUMCFW Loyalty Class
Roy Coleman Jr. by Richard & Linda Allie
Sue Sumner Confirmation Endowment of the Foundation In Memory Of:
George Sumner by Dr. & Mrs. James Herd
George Sumner by Fran & Bill Mizell Jr.
George Sumner by Mrs. J.W. Renfro