FUMCFW Weekly News 11.18.16

By November 18, 2016News


Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Rev. Linda McDermott

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

The Gathering | 9:30 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall

eleven:eleven celebration
11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott

Worship Bulletins

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

Linda McDermott752“Getting Close”

Rev. Linda McDermott

Luke 10:25-37

“I wouldn’t touch that with a 10-foot pole!”

“Get that away from me!”

“Keep your distance!”

From an early age, we start learning what’s dangerous, what will get us in trouble — and what we need to avoid. Most of the time, these cautionary remarks and exclamations are good advice; there’s usually a good reason. Sometimes, however, we get so good at absorbing these warnings and rules and scoldings into our everyday lives that we hardly ever question whether there is actual danger or just habit.

In the story Jesus told about a man stopping to help a stranger on the road, a story we call “The Good Samaritan,” the audience would have grown up hearing all the warnings about the dangers on the road to Jericho. Real dangers. A place to be avoided. And they knew the added “dangers” for a priest and a Levite in the situation Jesus described. But the man stopped anyway. And not just any man; a man all Jews would have been taught to find repugnant; a man to be avoided at all costs.

There are so many levels on which this parable is profoundly challenging. And there is one level on which this parable is profoundly substantive to who we are as people of faith, as followers of the one who told this parable.

This Sunday, we’ll search through this well-known and important parable to find secret treasures for our own deepest questions about how we can live as disciples of Christ, followers of Jesus.

See you Sunday!

Rev. Linda McDermott
Senior Associate Pastor & Associate Pastor of Worship


umw16_sqRemembering Our Sacred People

We all have loved ones we carry in our hearts. Why not share how special they are to us? UMW’s theme for 2016 – 2017 Luncheons & Programs is “Sacred Spaces.” So far this season we have explored sacred places, a sacred space for learning and growing, sacred hymns — and next we’ll explore sacred art. And now, with the holidays fast approaching, we’re opening the sacred spaces in our hearts to remember those who will always be with us. Read more.

pdo-blood-drive_sqSaving Lives at Our Annual Blood Drive

This past Halloween we had our first annual Preschool and Parents’ Day Out Blood Drive through Carter BloodCare. Just one blood donation saves up to three lives. We had a total of 25 donations, so that means we saved up to 75 lives together. The 2016 blood drive was a huge success, and we are already booked for our second annual drive on Halloween 2017. Read more.

healthy-plate-discipleship-celebration_sqCommit to Healthy Plate Discipleship

Last week we wrapped up our Healthy Plate Discipleship sermon series with a healthy dose of play during our churchwide celebration on Fifth Street. If you missed it, no worries! The fun is just beginning. You can still make your commitment to Healthy Plate Discipleship by signing a Member Discipleship Covenant, available in the Main Office and Welcome Center. Read more.

member-directory_sqCheck Out Our New FUMCFW Member Directory!

Our FUMCFW Member Directory — a new mobile-friendly digital version of the classic church directory — is up and running! If you did not receive an email with instructions or need help setting up your account, click here. Please take the time to be a part of this powerful new connection tool for our church family.

On Wednesday, November 23, the church will close at 2:00 pm for Thanksgiving.







Charles Anderson
Ganey Bradfield
Dr. Mike Young
Susan Shannon


Thelma Price



General Memorial Fund in Memory of:
Ada Foster by Hubert Foster
Jack Speight by Nancy & Mark Blanton
Norman Prosser by Linda Coker
Stella & Bill Fogan by Marcia Boyett

First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Bill Mizell by Nancy Bailey
Jack Speight by Kathy & Bill Coleman

Thanksgiving Baskets in Memory of:
Jeff & David Harman by Marlise Harman


Thanksgiving Baskets in Honor of:
Ann Swann by Kay Johnson


robert-stovall752Is it That Time of Year Already?!?

Robert Stovall

To borrow text from a favorite tune, “It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year!” That theme is about to dominate our everyday lives. Thanksgiving followed by the Advent season promises to be full of high energy, special times, special food, and special GIFTS! Read more.

Lisa HelmSuccess!

Lisa Helm

Last Sunday’s Healthy Plate Celebration on Fifth Street was simply spectacular! The gorgeous weather was a perfect backdrop for this meaningful and fun event that helped us put our carefully developed plan into action. Read more.

mark75Before the Weekend

Mark Burrows

One last note before the weekend . . .

Academy WILL be in full swing the next two Sundays. For those headed out of town before Sunday — safe travels! And a few dates I want to make sure you have in mind: Read more.

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

Kat Bair

This is it, friends! The last week of Healthy Plate Discipleship roll-out efforts! This past Sunday was the Healthy Plate Discipleship Celebration, and Tim gave the last sermon in the series, on this part of Healthy Plate Discipleship that is so close to the heart of our Youth Ministries: Play. We over at the Justin play together a lot. Read more.


The Kin-dom of God is a Big House

Rev. Tom McDermott

Maybe you remember the following story. I told it about this time last year, and it seems appropriate for the day.

A traveler came upon an old farmer hoeing in his field beside the road. Read more.

Len751Join the 2016 Great Thanksgiving Listen

Dr. Len Delony

In recent weeks I have written a lot about opportunities to discover God’s sacred Presence as we share in the hearing and telling of our soulful stories. And typically the most meaningful, soulful stories come from some of the most difficult times in our lives. Read more.


Learn more

Ongoing Programs

November Mission Sundays: Hats, Gloves, & Scarves for Adults

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
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

Current Programs

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


11.18 Thanksgiving Baskets

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

11.20 Men’s 2017 Canadian Wilderness Retreat Informational Meeting

10:30 am – 11:00 am | Room 331

11.27 & 12.4 Blessing Our First Responders

Pick up treat boxes in Chapel, Wesley Hall, Sunday School, Children’s Wing & Justin Youth Building
Deliver to first responders December 1 – 31

11.27 – 12.18 Gift of Warmth Children’s Coat Drive

Pick up tags in Narthex, Welcome Center & Children’s Wing
Return coats to table by Main Office

11.27 – 12.18 Gift of Food Red Bag Food Drive

Pick up bags in Welcome Center | Return to table by Main Office

11.30 – 12.21 Wednesday Morning Advent Study Group

Wednesdays | 9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren | Book available for $10

11.30 – 12.21 Advent Sermon Series Bible Study

Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Room 350 | Led by Dr. Tim Bruster


12.1 World AIDS Day Service

7:00 pm | St. Stephen Presbyterian Church
2700 McPherson Ave.

12.2 December 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 November 30

12.4 Baptism 101

11:00 am | Room 230 | Registration required

12.4 December Church Tour

Immediately after 11:00 am worship | Meet at front of Sanctuary

12.4 Christmas Cheer

2:30 – 5:30 pm | Wesley Hall

12.4 Youth Christmas Party

5:00 – 8:00 pm | Justin Youth Building | 801 W. 5th St.

12.4 Service of Remembrance

5:30 – 6:30 pm | Chapel
Dr. Tim Bruster & Rev. Phyllis Barren

12.6 December United Methodist Women Luncheon

11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, 12.2
“Sacred Art” | Melinda Burt, Docent at Amon Carter Museum

12.6 David Cooper & Friends Recital

7:30 – 8:30 pm | Sanctuary

12.11 Christmas Music Festival

9:30 & 11:00 am worship | Sanctuary

12.12 Mission Food Truck Party

9:00 am | First Street Methodist Mission | 801. W. 1st St.

12.14, 12.15, 12.19, 12.21 & 12.22 Children’s Coat Drive Distribution

10:00 am – 1:00 pm | First Street Methodist Mission

12.14 Polar Express Party

5:30 – 7:30 pm | Wesley Hall

12.18 Service of Lessons & Carols: Adoramus Chamber Choir

7:00 pm | Sanctuary

12.19 & 12.20 Preschool Concerts

10:00 am | 2-year-olds | Wesley Hall
11:00 am | 3s, 4s, & Pre-K | Wesley Hall

12.21 Winter Festival of Arts Featuring Elizabeth Wills with Special Guest Hannah Kirby

6:00 pm | Drum circle | Garden
Doors open at 7:00 pm | Music begins at 7:30 pm | Wesley Hall
$20 online and at the door | Free for children under 12

More events.


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