FUMCFW Weekly News 11.4.16

By November 5, 2016News


Traditional Worship | 9:40 am | Chapel | 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
All Saints’ Day

Children First | 9:45 am | Sanctuary | Mister Mark Burrows
Theme: “Thank You”

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

Tim75“Worshipping God Together”

Dr. Tim Bruster

Acts 2:42-47 & Isaiah 6:1-8

Fifth in the series: “Healthy Plate Discipleship”

Worship is a corporate experience of God and following Jesus.

This week as we continue our Healthy Plate Discipleship series with “Worship,” we’ll explore together how and why worship is essential to our discipleship.

The scripture passage for this week — Isaiah 6:1-8 — is one of the classic texts for the flow of worship. It recounts a vision that the prophet Isaiah has. It is, admittedly, a bit bizarre. He sees winged creatures surrounding the throne of God and he records their words and actions. Yet, strange as this imagery is for us, you can recognize the movement of worship in it. It begins with a Call to Worship and a Hymn of Praise: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of heavenly forces! All the earth is filled with God’s glory!” This is followed by Confession: “Mourn for me; I’m ruined! I’m a man with unclean lips, and I live among a people with unclean lips. Yet I’ve seen the king, the Lord of heavenly forces!” Next comes Pardon: “Your guilt has departed, and your sin is removed,” followed by the Challenge and Call from God: “Whom should I send, and who will go for us?” Then, of course, is Isaiah’s iconic Response: “I’m here. Send me.”

You can recognize this classic worship text as the structure for the dramatic flow of the typical worship service. In worshipping together, we put our combined focus on God in a way that leads us through a version of this story — of Isaiah’s vision — each week. We move from the praise of God to experiencing God’s presence to experiencing who we are in relationship with God, and then on to what we will then do — going out, as we say, “to be God’s people in the world.”

The gospels don’t say much about Jesus’ actual worship practice. They do recount that he worshipped in the synagogues and went to the Temple. The second chapter of Acts describes some aspects of the life of the earliest believers, then known as “people belonging to the Way,” and worship was part of their lives: “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.” Those early followers of the Way of Jesus who lived in Jerusalem worshipped in the Temple, but they also met together in homes for worship. What stands out is that they got together and they worshipped God.

So, what are we doing when we worship? We’re joining together with other people — corporately — as a community of faith in recognizing God and God’s call in our lives. In worship, we are acknowledging that God is God (and we’re not); we’re learning, being challenged, and dealing with some really important questions in a corporate way: Who is God? Who are we? Who are we in relation to God? What is God calling us to do?

There’s one more thing about worship that I think makes it essential for disciples: At the same time that it keeps us grounded in God, the source of life, it keeps us lifted up by God’s grace; it keeps us focused on following Jesus and challenged to be who he calls his disciples to be.

I look forward to continuing our search for answers to these questions this Sunday as we join together in worship.

Grace and Peace,




Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor


The Divine Throne Room

In the year of King Uzziah’s death, I saw the Lord sitting on a high and exalted throne, the edges of his robe filling the temple. Winged creatures were stationed around him. Each had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two their feet, and with two they flew about. They shouted to each other, saying:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of heavenly forces! All the earth is filled with God’s glory!”The doorframe shook at the sound of their shouting, and the house was filled with smoke.I said, “Mourn for me; I’m ruined! I’m a man with unclean lips, and I live among a people with unclean lips. Yet I’ve seen the king, the Lord of heavenly forces!”Then one of the winged creatures flew to me, holding a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips. Your guilt has departed, and your sin is removed.”Then I heard the Lord’s voice saying, “Whom should I send, and who will go for us?” I said, “I’m here; send me.”

all-saints-day_sqAll Saints’ Day

On this day we remember those church members who have died between October 16, 2015, and October 15, 2016.

Mary Elizabeth Adams, George Beck, Arthur Berger, Ophelia Bradshaw, Linda Brandon, Kathleen Burnham, Ann Bus, Betty Ann Cavender-Jones, Thomas Cheatham, Roy Coleman, Bernice Davis, Carolyn Ferguson, Ada Foster, Kenneth Gann, Nelda Gathings, Ruth Gent, Alice Grant, Mary Green, Betty Groce, Jeri Harper, Nadine Hester, Margaret Hill, Bill Hollister, George Hopkins, Henry Hopp, Liz Joplin, Hubert Joyner, Thurman Killmann, Doris Klabzuba, Faires Kuykendall, Chick Leach, Charles Livingston, Marc Lowrance Jr., Peter MacQueen, Ashley Magness, Sue Martin, Wanda Martin, Peggy Maurer, Jean McAllum, Barbara McWhirter, Marguerite Menefee, E. Wayne Mercer, John Miller, Bill Mizell, William Montgomery, Bernie Ostby, Billy Joe Pendley, Ed Petrushka, Dr. Robert Protzman, Bob Ragsdale, Warner “Tex” Rankin, Jeanie Sandlin, Todd Schenck, Robert Shellberg, Carl Sisler, Jack Speight, George Sumner, Dr. Douglas Tatum, Lisa Tucker, Stewart Turnage, Mayo Vick, William D. Wallace, Jean Watts, Betty Wells, Jeanette Wilcox, Bonnie Wilson, Herschel Winn, Baker Wood, Elaine Yamagata

All Saints’ Day is the celebration of people of faith who have contributed to the creation of God’s kingdom. These saints were not perfect, but were people who were trying to listen to God’s word and live God’s call. This is the “communion of saints” — that fellowship of believers that reaches beyond time and place, even beyond death.

It’s That Time Again . . .

Daylight saving time ends on Sunday, November 6. Be sure to move your clocks back one hour on Saturday night!


Healthy Plate Discipleship Celebration

Sunday, November 13
Noon | 5th Street

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-stovall752A Special Time of Remembrance and to Thank God for Life!

Robert Stovall

All Saints’ Day certainly has a special meaning to many of us. For some, it’s a time to remember loved ones who have passed. For others, it’s a time to reflect on the many wonderful memories of family and friends who are dear to their hearts. And yet, for most, it’s a time when we remember our church family members who have died within this past year. Read more.

mark75Three Quick Things About Children First THIS Sunday

Mark Burrows

Our Children First service on November 6 will be extra special because . . . Thing One — We will have Communion during the service. This is a great opportunity for families to experience Jesus’ special meal together. Thing Two — Prior to the service — from 9:30 – 9:45 am — we will have a Baptism of the Lovies service. Read more.

Baptism of the Lovies, Holy Communion, and Thankfulness

Hi Families,

One more quick reminder that Children First is this Sunday in the Sanctuary. We will start at 9:30 am with a Baptism of the “Lovies” service. We encourage all kids to bring their special “lovie” — blanket, teddy bear, stuffed animal, etc. Then, during the Children First service at 9:45 am we will have Communion. This should be a special and meaningful service. Read more.

kat-bair75Well Balanced: a Healthy Plate Youth Ministry — “Serve”

Kat Bair

Every spring the Youth Council, which is the leadership body made up of students and parents for the Youth Ministries, sets their BHAGs (big hairy audacious goals). This gives youth and parents a chance to shape, in big picture terms, what the youth ministry is going to look like, and make their voice heard. Read more.

Larry Grubb75Just Want You to Know — Your Past Will Catch Up With You

Rev. Larry Grubb

It is amazing to me that, in the course of visiting these precious souls we call homebound, my past has caught up with me more than once. I graduated from high school in Boise City, Oklahoma. In visiting with Bill, who loved to talk and share stories of his very full and rich life, he was shocked to hear that I had lived in Boise City. Read more.


A Community of Astonishment, with Elizabeth Wills!

Rev. Tom McDermott

This Sunday, November 6, in eleven:eleven celebration, the incomparable singer-songwriter Elizabeth Wills is with us! You won’t want to miss it! Elizabeth Wills’ dulcet, enchanting voice and deeply resonating lyrics are reason enough for not missing this Sunday! Read more.

Len751The Chicago Cubs and the Soul’s Way of Winning

Dr. Len Delony

I was up late last night. My younger daughter, Katherine, was curled up sleeping in the easy chair across the room in an admirable effort of moral support for her dad. It was the bottom of the 10th inning in Game 7 of the World Series. Another run was just scored to make it 7-8, Cubs. Read more.



Pat King
Peggy Von Duynn
Susan Shannon
Thelma Price


Dorles Wirth



First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Bill Mizell by Gayla Scheideman
Jack Speight by Betty & Howard Kaker
Jack Speight by Dr. Bill, Carolyn & John Lorimer
Jack Speight by FUMCFW Covenant Class
Jack Speight by Janet & Christopher Barkis
Jack Speight by Laura & A. James Thomas
Jack Speight by Linda & Jack Burson


Thanksgiving Baskets in Honor of:
Mary Lou Harrington by Cecile Montgomery


healthy-plate-discipleship_worship_sqHealthy Plate For Worship

Join us in all worship services this Sunday, November 6, as we continue our sermon series that will introduce the Healthy Plate Discipleship program to you and your family. This week we will focus on worship. Worship is an expression of our love and need of God. When the community gathers for worship, God teaches us, draws us closer to one another, transforms our lives, and equips us for the work and mission of the coming week. Read more.

the-gathering-wesley-hall_sqNew Place for the Gathering

The Gathering, led by Rev. Lance Marshall, is far from your typical worship or Sunday School experience. With a unique format that is part study, part sharing, part discussion, and all about inspiration — The Gathering comes packaged in an upbeat, tech-savvy atmosphere of community. Read more.


Healthy Plate Discipleship Celebration

As we conclude the sermon series that has introduced our new vision for discipleship, we now have an opportunity to look to the future and how each of us might apply this commitment to our lives! This celebration will be your first chance to make your commitment to Healthy Plate Discipleship. Read more.

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.


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
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

9.15 – 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


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

11.13 Healthy Plate Discipleship Celebration

Noon | 5th Street

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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