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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elizabeth & Cody Thomas
Barbara & Michael Duckworth
Dana & Nick Rutledge
Lisa & Christopher Camp
Peggy Von Duynn
Betty Ann Cavender-Jones
GIFTS & MEMORIALS
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 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 Action
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.
Meet 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.
Gold 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.