FUMCFW Weekly News 10.28.16

By October 28, 2016News


Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster

DiscipleChurch | 7:20 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Chapel | Rev. Page Hines
9:30 am | Discussion Groups

nine:thirty-nine | eleven:eleven celebration
9:39 & 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Charme Robarts & Rev. Tom McDermott

Worship Bulletins

The Gathering | 9:30 am | Room 350 | Rev. Lance Marshall

Chapel Communion | 10:35 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony

Connections | 10:30 – 11:00 am & noon – 12:30 pm | Garden & Wesley Hall

Sunday School Teachers & Topics

Tim75“Gifts for Serving”

Dr. Tim Bruster

Acts 2:42-47 & Romans 12:1-13

Fourth in the series: “Healthy Plate Discipleship”

Together we are as the body of Christ, but we all have different roles, gifts, and callings — and we’re all called to serve.

Dear Friends,

This week as we continue our Healthy Plate Discipleship series, we turn our attention to the segment of our discipleship “plate” we’re coming to know as “Serve.”

Our scripture (Romans 12:1-13) is one of the two places where Paul uses the image of the body of Christ to describe the church: “Though there are many of us, we are one body in Christ, and individually we belong to each other.” So while it’s important to know that together we are the body of Christ, it’s equally significant to understand that we all have different roles, gifts, and callings — and that we’re all called to serve.

You get the impression from Paul that there are about as many ways to serve as there are people. Each person has a particular constellation of gifts that can be used in serving God and serving others. He says, “We have different gifts that are consistent with God’s grace that has been given to us.” While he gives a lot of examples, those are only examples and certainly not a complete list. There are gifts and ways of serving that Paul could never have anticipated. The important thing is to recognize that everyone is gifted for service and is called to serve.

So, if your gift is administration or business, for example, you can serve others by helping care for the administration of the church. If your gift is teaching, then you can teach children, youth, or adults. If your gift is encouragement, then you can serve others by visiting the homebound or mentoring kids. If your gift is music, then you can serve in the Music Ministries of the church and enhance the experience that the gathered community has in worship. If your gift is prophecy, which Paul mentions here, then you can best understand that in today’s context as thinking deeply about what God’s will is in our contemporary situation and bringing insights to bear in church and civic life. If your gift is leadership, then your service can take the form of leading in the ministries of the church and using your leadership gifts in the broader community for the good of all.

In our scripture, Paul talks about serving others as “living sacrifice and transformed lives.” He says, “Don’t hesitate to be enthusiastic — be on fire in the Spirit as you serve the Lord!” How do we get to that place of understanding and using our gifts, of transformed lives and possessing a joyous energy and passion for serving? We begin, he says, with renewing our minds, discerning what our gifts are: “Be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is.” My favorite guideline comes from theologian and author Frederick Buechner when he defined vocation — the root of the word means calling — as “the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” Vocation isn’t just your job, although it may include that, but it is what you do with your life; it is how you serve.

So, I ask you to ponder two questions: What is your deep gladness? And where could it meet a great need in the world?

I look forward to exploring these ideas with you further on Sunday!

Grace and Peace,




Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor


Romans 12:1-13 (CEB) 

So, brothers and sisters, because of God’s mercies, I encourage you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice that is holy and pleasing to God. This is your appropriate priestly service. Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is — what is good and pleasing and mature. 

Because of the grace that God gave me, I can say to each one of you: don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought to think. Instead, be reasonable since God has measured out a portion of faith to each one of you. We have many parts in one body, but the parts don’t all have the same function. In the same way, though there are many of us, we are one body in Christ, and individually we belong to each other. We have different gifts that are consistent with God’s grace that has been given to us. If your gift is prophecy, you should prophesy in proportion to your faith. If your gift is service, devote yourself to serving. If your gift is teaching, devote yourself to teaching. If your gift is encouragement, devote yourself to encouraging. The one giving should do it with no strings attached. The leader should lead with passion. The one showing mercy should be cheerful.

Love should be shown without pretending. Hate evil, and hold on to what is good. Love each other like the members of your family. Be the best at showing honor to each other. Don’t hesitate to be enthusiastic — be on fire in the Spirit as you serve the Lord! Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when you’re in trouble, and devote yourselves to prayer. Contribute to the needs of God’s people, and welcome strangers into your home.

FUMCFW has an exciting new vision for the future of our church. Join us in all worship services

Sundays | October 9 – November 13

for a sermon series introducing Healthy Plate Discipleship. It’s good stuff for the whole family.


Robert Stovall75What’s Next in Our Concert Series!

Robert Stovall

These past few weeks have been truly enjoyable when it comes to music in our church. So far in our 2016 – 2017 Concert Series we’ve enjoyed the Spectrum Series concert in our Chapel and our Choral Union’s presentation of Mozart’s “Coronation Mass.” Now let’s talk about what’s next! Read more.

Lisa HelmRadical Hospitality at Halloween Carnival

Lisa Helm

Ghosts and goblins were out in full force at FUMCFW this past Sunday! More than 500 people attended our Children’s Halloween Carnival and, as promised by this fun-filled First Church tradition, everyone enjoyed all sorts of “spooky, ooky family fun!” A big thank-you goes to the 44 volunteers who made the event possible. Read more.

Page Hines75Serving Changes Lives, Including My Own!

Rev. Page Hines

This week our Healthy Plate Discipleship focus is Serve. For most of us, our list of Serve activities probably looks fairly healthy! In DiscipleChurch, we will look at not only the volume of our serving but also the depth of our serving. For you, what are some of the most meaningful times you have servedRead more.

kat-bair75Well Balanced: A Healthy Plate Youth Ministry — “Give”

Kat Bair

Early this fall, we on the youth staff went over all of our programs and categorized them under the six Healthy Plate Discipleship categories. We naturally had more in some categories than others, just as a byproduct of being a ministry for teenagers (lots of play, for example). The category that we had the least amount of offerings in? Give. Read more. 

mark75The Last Sunday of October Attendance Challenge

Mark Burrows

Hi Families!

The last Sunday of our October Attendance Challenge is THIS Sunday. It is very close right now. Several classes are within just a few percentage points of one another. Literally one person could make the difference for their class getting the pancake party! Read more.

Charme75Give Me Space, Give Me Grace: Living Generously in a Tight-Fisted World

Charme Robarts

If you were going to tell stories about people who live generously, who would they be about? What would they be about? When have you been the benefactor of someone’s generous living? Read more.


Living the Legend of Helen W. Watt: Developing a Legacy through Mentorship

Sid Johnston

Recently the Foundation celebrated the life and legacy of Helen W. Watt and her namesake Society. What an honor to acknowledge those who give to the Foundation that Mrs. Watt so loved throughout her life in Fort Worth. Read more.

Len751Gratefulness — The Roots of Giving

Dr. Len Delony

Last week we focused on the gift of giving. The deepest roots of this gift can be found in gratitude. I think that is the greatest gift I was given and discovered through having cancer and being a patient at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in the early 1970s. Read more.





Maura Grace Graham


Kay Allen Nelson
Peggy Von Duynn



First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Bill Mizell by JoAnn & Doyle Beavers
Bill Mizell by Norma Loughridge
Jack Speight by Ernestine Kohl
Jack Speight by Rev. Page & Bart Hines
Jack Speight by Sandra & James Balch
Ronny McDonald by Elizabeth & Sam Gill

Food 4 Kids in Memory of:
Bill Mizell by JonAnna & Francis Reidinger

General Memorial Fund in Memory of:
Chick Leach by Betty Sue McDaniel
Jean Justin Watts by Betty Sue McDaniel
Linda Brandon by Linda & Daniel Roe

Thanksgiving Baskets in Memory of:
Betty & Ray Kennedy by Ernestine Kohl
Doris Smith by Dell Wood
Laura & Bob Janzen by Ernestine Kohl
Margaret Anne Jennett by Ronald Jennett

United Methodist Committee on Relief in Memory of:
Jack Speight by Carol Row


casey-article-image_sqRev. Casey Orr One of Two Deacons Named by Council of Bishops to the 32-Member Commission on a Way Forward

To fulfill the mandate given by the 2016 General Conference to lead The United Methodist Church in discerning and proposing a way forward through the present impasse related to human sexuality and the consequent questions about unity and covenant, the Council of Bishops has appointed eight bishops, 11 laity, 11 elders, and two deacons — one of whom is our own Rev. Casey Orr, Associate Pastor of Discipleship — to serve on the Commission on a Way Forward. Read more.

Linda McDermott752Rev. Linda McDermott Honored Among Fort Worth Business Press 2016 Great Women of Texas

When bestselling author and former newspaper reporter Jeff Guinn penned a firsthand, harrowing account about the week he spent living on the streets of Fort Worth in 1997, it opened the eyes of many — from private citizens to top civic leaders. Beyond that, it touched the heart of Rev. Linda McDermott of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth in a way that compelled action. Read more.

healthy-plate-discipleship_serve_sqHealthy Plate for Serving

Healthy Plate Discipleship, an exciting new vision for the future of our church, will use a variety of practices to help you more faithfully follow Jesus Christ. Try all six areas — worship, serve, give, learn, play, and pray — to grow strong in faithful discipleship. Some will comfort you, some will challenge you, and all will completely nourish you. Your plate may be too full or too empty, and we want to help you have a well-balanced experience when it comes to your life of faith. Read more.

media-ministries-icon2Behind the Scenes of Our Media Ministries

FUMCFW Media Ministries runs on volunteers. Ballpark estimate? This team donates more than 10,000 volunteer hours each year. To keep up with our growing needs and opportunities in this thriving ministry, we need more volunteers to join our crew! If you already have skills in this area, we’d love for you to join us. If not, our experienced volunteers would be happy to train you. Read more.


Learn more

Ongoing Programs

October Mission Sundays: Blankets

Bring 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

Men’s In-Depth Bible Study

Tuesdays | 7:00 – 8:00 am | Room 154
Led by Fred Cantu and other leaders

De Colores! Emmaus Ministry Fourth Day Reunion Group

First Wednesday of every month
Noon | Room 230

Free Community Boot Camp

Mondays & Fridays | 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 5:45 – 6:45 am
FUMCFW West Parking Lot

Walking, Running, & Cycling Group

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

9.18 – 5.28 Fill Backpacks for Food 4 Kids

Sundays | Pack backpacks for 1 hour between 9:00 am – noon
First Street Methodist Mission

10.11 – 11.17 Yoga

Tuesdays & Thursdays (No class 11.8 & 11.10)
8:30 – 9:15 am | Room 320 | $70
Wednesdays (No class 11.9)
6:00 – 7:00 pm | Room 320 | $35
Led by Linda Blanchard | Registration required

10.12 – 11.16 Wednesday Nights at First Church

10.12 – 11.16 Churchwide Community Dinner

Wednesdays | 5:15 – 6:00 pm | Wesley Hall
$6 for adults | $3 for children 12 & under

Current Programs

9.14 – 11.16 Wednesday Morning Study

9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren
Registration required | Book available for $12

9.14 – 11.9 Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

Wednesdays | 5:30 – 7:00 pm | Room 230
Led by Key Business Leaders of FUMCFW
Registration required
$110 per person or couple

9.15 – 12.8 Thursday Theologians

9:15 am | Refreshments & gathering
9:30 – 11:00 am | Book discussion | Room 350
Led by Rev. Linda McDermott
Registration closed

9.28 – 11.16 Disciple Bible Study Class

Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:30 pm | Room 340 – 341
Led by Brian Eaton | Registration required | Book available for $16

10.12 – 11.16 Divorce: Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends

Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Foundation Building, 2nd Floor
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren
Registration required | Book available for $15

10.12 – 11.16 Prayer and Study Group

Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:30 pm | Room 231
Led by Judy Tutt and Rev. Kay Johnson | Registration required

10.23 – 11.6 Preparing for Marriage

Sundays | 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Foundation Building, 2nd Floor | $160 per couple
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren | Registration required


10.31 Preschool and Parents’ Day Out Blood Drive

9:00 am – 3:00 pm | Room 262


11.1 – 11.4 Wesleyan Adventurers Taste of Texas Tour

Registration Closed

11.1 November United Methodist Women Luncheon

11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, 10.28
“Sacred Hymns”
Robert Stovall, Director of Music & Worship Arts

11.4 November Parents’ Night Out

6:30 – 11:00 pm | 3 months – 12 years
$30 for first child | $40 for 2 | $45 for 3+ | $20 no-show fee
Reservations due 11.2

11.4 – 11.6 Beavers Bend State Park Outdoor Retreat

6:30 pm Friday – 10:30 am Sunday
Beavers Bend State Park

11.6 Baptism 101

11:00 am | Room 230 | Registration required

11.6 All Saints Concert: “A Celebration of Life”

7:00 pm | Sanctuary

11.12 – 11.13 High School Retreat

Saturday – Sunday
Lyle Lodge
Registration required | $25

11.15 Identity Theft and Personal Safety

10:30 am – 12:30 pm | Wesley Hall
Register by 11.11

11.17 Choral Concert

7:00 pm | Sanctuary

11.18 Food Delivery for Thanksgiving Baskets

6:00 pm | Wesley Hall

11.19 Thanksgiving Basket Assembly and Pick-Up

8:00 am – 1:00 pm | Wesley Hall

More events.


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