FUMCFW Weekly News 10.7.16

By October 7, 2016News


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

DiscipleChurch | 7:20 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Chapel | Charme Robarts
9:30 am | Discussion Groups

nine:thirty-nine | eleven:eleven celebration | 9:39 & 11:11 am | Wesley Hall
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“What Makes Learning a Spiritual Practice?”

Dr. Tim Bruster

Acts 2:42-47 & Matthew 22:34-40

First in the series: “Healthy Plate Discipleship”

Learning feels good. It’s like scratching an itch we are all born with.

Quenching thirst. Satisfying hunger. Think about these sensations and how we sometimes use that same terminology to describe a deep desire to learn: a thirst for knowledge, hunger for information, craving for wisdom.

When Jesus says in Matthew 22:37, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind,” he is emphasizing the importance of loving God with our minds. This week, we’ll begin our Healthy Plate Discipleship sermon series with “LEARN,” and a special focus on how we can express our love for God by using our minds.

God gave us minds and souls that come “hard-wired” with a desire to learn and to understand. In fact, Jesus tells us that this natural and insatiable curiosity — “becoming like a little child” — is part of what grants us entry into the kingdom of heaven.

Let’s consider for a moment the insatiable curiosity of a child. With minds like little sponges, children are always wanting to grow and learn and discover more about their world.

One of the dangers of growing up, in fact, is that it becomes easier to slow down or even stop that process. When we think we know enough about something, we may stop caring about learning more or expanding our understanding.

Once we understand that learning is one of the most important ways we can faithfully follow Jesus, it is much easier to place priority on keeping alive our curiosity and interest in continuing to learn. When we intentionally ask questions, seek more information, think deeply, and expand what we know, we fulfill a basic need that is built into all of us — a need put there by God.

What new thing have you learned about God lately? What questions do you have about following Jesus? How might you reawaken and fulfill your innate need to learn?

I look forward to exploring this idea more with you on Sunday!

Grace and Peace,




Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

Community of believers (Acts 2:42-47)

The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. All the believers were united and shared everything. They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them. Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes. They shared food with gladness and simplicity. They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved.

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.



What does a Healthy Plate have to do with following Jesus?

Dr. Tim Bruster

If you’ve been watching the launch of our new Healthy Plate Discipleship program unfold this past week, you may be wondering: What is this all about? What does all this mean for me? Why are we doing this? Read more.  

Robert Stovall75What’s Next in FUMCFW Music!

Robert Stovall

Leonard Memorial Chapel is such a beautiful space in which to worship at FUMCFW. The acoustics and architectural detail are simply stunning. It is also the venue for The Spectrum Chamber Music Concert Series featuring musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Read more.

Lisa HelmUMW Hospitality in Action

Lisa Helm

There are so many things about this church that I’m extremely proud of and feel so blessed to be a part of — which is why I’m so excited that this Sunday is UMW Sunday at FUMCFW. Over the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to work with this amazing group of women — which is why it comes as no surprise to me that our chapter of this national organization is one of the strongest in the country. Read more.

mark75This is Not a Bribe . . .

Mark Burrows

It’s on — The October Attendance Challenge! The Academy class with the highest average attendance for October (based on total enrollment) wins a pancake party in November. This is not a bribe. Read more.

For At-Home Faith Development

In Children First we kicked off our theme for October: That Makes Me Uncomfortable. I know a lot of you like to follow up at home with your kids. (And that is fantastic!) Read more.

Lance Marshall752What a graphic design conference taught me about preaching (without even knowing it)

Rev. Lance Marshall

Last month I attended a gathering called Circles Conference, a two-day event for graphic designers, art directors, and other creative design professionals. It was not, in any way, intended for preachers, which is exactly what I wanted. Read more.

Charme75Did Curiosity Ever Really Kill a Cat?

Charme Robarts

Sunday is coming and we are breaking out the — best dishes! Our Healthy Plate celebration begins at FUMCFW. You’ve probably already seen and heard some things about it, but succinctly, we are paying attention to the good things that nourish our lives in the kingdom of God. Read more.

Peggy75Handbells Rock!

Peggy Graff

Have you ever experienced playing handbells? Whether or not you have, there is a handbell ensemble at FUMCFW called Fifth Street Bells which is currently adding bell ringers! We would like adults of all ages to consider this wonderful opportunity to serve in our Music Ministries. Read more.

Chuck752Churchwide Community Dinners Begin Next Wednesday

Rev. Chuck Graff

You may have seen and already registered for the many diverse Fall Programs that we have begun offering, led by many gifted church staff and laity! This Wednesday, we begin our Churchwide Community Dinners including several additional new classes/groups that you will definitely want to attend. Read more.


The Cat Died Nobly . . .

Rev. Tom McDermott

A farmer on his deathbed worried about the fate of his two apathetic, lazy sons. Near his final hours, an inspiration came to him. He called his sons to come to his bedside and asked them to draw in close. “I am soon to leave this world, my sons,” he whispered. “I want you to know that I have left a treasure of gold for you. Read more.



member-news-thomas-10-6-16Elizabeth & Cody Thomas

Barbara & Michael Duckworth
Bethany Handy
Dana & Nick Rutledge
Lisa & Christopher Camp
Michael Bryan
Monica DeLaTorre
Peggy Von Duynn


Betty Ann Cavender-Jones
Chick Leach
Jean Watts



Choir Fund in Memory of:
Peggy Maurer by Christa Hall 

Feeding the Flock in Memory of:
Bill Mizell by Gaye Fuller
Bill Mizell by Rev. Page & Bart Hines 

First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Bill Mizell by Ann & Wayne Maddox
Bill Mizell by Bitsy & Rev. Dr. Bob Murchison
Bill Mizell by Catherine & Kenneth Lien
Bill Mizell by Elaine & Tommy Ebner
Bill Mizell by Frank Johnson
Bill Mizell by Mary & Ted Ware
Bill Mizell by Pat & Arch Van Meter
Bill Mizell by Roy Eaton
Bill Mizell by Sandra & Larry Wheeler
Jeffrey Dodd by Amanda DeLaTorre
Jeffrey Dodd by Carol Van Hook
Jeffrey Dodd by Mary Lou Kelly
Jeffrey Dodd by S. & A. Palagi

Foundation Memorial Fund in Memory of:
Bill Mizell by Martha Sisler
Carl Sisler by Ann & Wayne Maddox
Carl Sisler by the Sisler Family

General Memorial Fund in Memory of:
Elaine Yamagata by Cornelia Friedman
Elaine Yamagata by Geri Senczy-Serianni
Herschel Winn by Donna & Ron Eberhardt


healthy-plate_learn_sqHealthy Plate for Learning

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. Read more.

United Methodist Women — Faith • Hope • Love in Actionumw_sq

United Methodist Women (UMW) is a community of women who know God, develop creative and supportive fellowship, and expand concepts of mission. As the largest denominational faith organization for women, UMW has a long history of living this legacy. Read more.

wednesday-nights_sqMeet You Midweek

Wednesday Nights at First Church are back! From pizza to yoga, there’s something for everyone. You may have already heard about Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and Disciple Bible Study Class that started a couple weeks early. Next Wednesday, October 12, we’ll kick off the rest of our Wednesday night programs for this fall. Read more.

school-supply-crayons_sqGold Star for an A+ School Supply Drive

FUMCFW’s donations for our August School Supply Drive provided enough items to stock the teachers’ supply closets at six local schools, including T.A. Sims Elementary and five other schools identified by Fort Worth ISD. “You are all outstanding!” exclaims Rev. Page Hines, Associate Pastor of Compassion & Justice Ministries. Read more.


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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 (10.7 Cancelled)
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 5:45 – 6:45 am
FUMCFW West Parking Lot

7.23 – 12.31 Walking, Running, & Cycling Group 

Cowtown training for Fit First Team
Saturdays | 6:45 – 9:00 am
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

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

9.25 – 10.16 Book Study: “Life and Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer” 

Sundays | Room 333 | 11:00 am

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


10.7 October 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 October 5

10.8 Habitat For Humanity Fall Fellowship Build 

8:00 am – 3:00 pm | Carver Heights neighborhood, Fort Worth
Ages 18+ | Limit 3 people

10.9 United Methodist Women Sunday 

DiscipleChurch | 8:30 am | Chapel
Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary
nine:thirty-nine | eleven:eleven celebration | 9:39 & 11:11 am | Wesley Hall

10.10 Spectrum Chamber Music Series 

7:00 – 9:00 pm | Leonard Memorial Chapel

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

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

10.12 – 11.16 Family Fun Fitness Night 

Wednesdays | 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Justin Youth Building Gym | 801 W. 5th Street
Led by Jennifer Stephens

10.12 Singing Women of First Church Rehearsal 

8:00 – 9:00 pm | Choir Room

10.14 Three-Day Mission Trip to Taylor, Texas  

7:00 am Friday – 8:00 pm Sunday | $30

10.15 – 10.16 Confirmation Fall Retreat

10:00 am Saturday – 11:00 am Sunday
Lyle Lodge | $20

10.15 Wesleyan Adventurers Trip to Granbury Theatre Company 

10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Bus leaves FUMCFW at 10:00 am
$45 | Register by 10.1

10.16 Singing Women of First Church Performance 

9:30 & 11:00 am worship | Sanctuary

10.23 Halloween Carnival 

3:00 ­– 5:00 pm | 5th Street & Justin Building Parking Lot
801 W. 5th St.
Admission: Bring canned food items to help our First Street Methodist Mission feed those who are hungry

10.25 Fall Golf Tournament 

9:00 am | Split Rail Golf Course
2151 Old Annetta Road | Aledo, TX 76008
Registration required | $45 per person
Includes green fee, cart & lunch | Payable at tournament

10.31 Preschool and Parents’ Day Out Blood Drive 

9:00 am – 3:00 pm | Room 262


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