FUMCFW Weekly News 12.15.16

By December 15, 2016News



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

DiscipleChurch  | 8:30 am | Chapel | Rev. Page Hines

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

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

More Ways to Worship

Live Stream | Join us live online on Sunday mornings at 9:45 am for Children First (first Sunday of each month), 11:00 am for Traditional, and 9:30 am for The Gathering, and at 11:11 am for eleven:eleven celebration.

WRR Radio | Listen to each previous week’s sermon and music on Sunday mornings at 7:30 am on WRR 101.1 FM.

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


“The Gift of Presence”

Dr. Tim Bruster

Fourth in the Advent series: “We Have Gifts to Open” 

This week in our “We Have Gifts to Open” worship series we’ll open yet another precious gift of the Advent season, “The Gift of Presence” — God with us. This is a gift that, while simple and familiar, can also challenge us to expand our awareness and direct our focus.

Signs of God at work are everywhere, once you learn to look for them. These are sometimes things that do not necessarily wow us. God is very often found in the ordinary, as well as in the extraordinary. Opening the Gift of Presence means opening our eyes, our ears, our hearts, and our minds so that we are aware of God in our midst. We notice those things to which we are attuned.

Consider for a moment an old demonstration of this reality. Picture a noisy, crowded New York City sidewalk. Horns are honking, engines are roaring, pedestrians are chattering. There is a sea of people. Someone tosses a handful of coins onto the sidewalk and even though the sound of those coins striking the pavement is clearly no match for the cacophony, some of the pedestrians will stop and look for the coins. They are attuned to that particular sound.

Or there is the old story from the days when the telegraph reigned as the fastest form of communication. Several applicants arrived at the telegraph office in response to a help wanted ad for a telegraph operator. They were asked to wait in an outer room filled with all kinds of noise — people talking, customers coming and going, street noise from outside the door, barking dogs in the alleyway — you get the picture. There was also a telegraph operator sitting behind a desk in that same room.

Suddenly, in the midst of all that noise and distraction, one of the applicants got up and walked through the door into the back room. The manager came out and announced to the other waiting applicants that he was hired on the spot. They became very upset. “Why was he hired? We didn’t even get a chance to interview. We were told to wait, but he got up and went back there, instead of doing what he was told!”

The manager replied, “But he did do what he was told. The whole time you were waiting, the telegraph operator behind the big desk was tapping out the instruction in Morse Code: “If you want this job, get up and walk back through the door to the back office.”

He got the job because his ear was attuned to the sound of the telegraph. He was paying attention.

The gospel of Matthew quotes the passage from Isaiah in reference to the coming of Jesus and the gift of presence: “and his name will be called Emmanuel, God with Us.” (Matthew 1:23) What about our own story of looking for — and finding — God’s presence in our day-to-day life? Where is God at work among us? Where do you see God? Are we attuned? Are we paying attention?

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

Grace and Peace,




Dr. Tim Bruster,
Senior Pastor


Isaiah 7:10–16

Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz: “Ask a sign from the Lord your God. Make it as deep as the grave or as high as heaven.” But Ahaz said, “I won’t ask; I won’t test the Lord.” Then Isaiah said, “Listen, house of David! Isn’t it enough for you to be tiresome for people that you are also tiresome before my God? Therefore, the Lord will give you a sign. The young woman is pregnant and is about to give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel. He will eat butter and honey, and learn to reject evil and choose good. Before the boy learns to reject evil and choose good, the land of the two kings you dread will be abandoned.


2016 Advent Programs and Events

Welcome to Advent 2016: We Have Gifts to Open

The days leading up to Christmas are some of the most beautiful, exciting, and anxiety-producing days of the year. This season of Advent, intended as a time of preparation and anticipation, has become cluttered with so many distractions, “to-do” lists, obligations, and plans that many of us simply miss out on the very sacred opportunities present.

This season of Advent, even as our thoughts start to whirl around gifts, shopping lists, or our own wish lists, we as a faith community will also be exploring the gifts God gives us in the coming of the Christ Child. Examining passages from Isaiah together each week, we’ll be considering deeply what it means to receive and open those gifts.

To help you in this exploration, we’ve also created a Devotional Guide, in both print and digital formats, which offers a weekly theme along with daily devotionals that reflect back on that week’s theme. I hope you will set aside time in the busy days ahead to read each day’s devotional and prayer, re-read the scripture for the week, think about the gifts God offers to us and to our world: gifts of Vision, Peace, Song, and Presence.

Blessings to you and yours as we open these gifts together this Advent season!


Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24
“The Gift of a Child”
Holy Communion served at all services

Noon Candlelight Service

Sanctuary | Rev. Linda McDermott

Family Candelight Services

3:30 & 5:00 pm | Sanctuary
Dr. Tim Bruster & Mister Mark Burrows

Come join us for an evening filled with all our cherished traditions — candlelight, Christmas carols, Communion, and the wondrous story of Jesus’ birth. We’ll also have our kid-favorite Christmas Eve puppet show.

Traditional Candlelight Services

7:00, 9:00 & 11:00 pm | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster

The gift of the Christ Child to this world is the gift of light piercing through the darkness; God’s Word made flesh. The traditions of Christmas and the beauty of this night are enhanced by uplifting music and proclamation of the Word, celebrating Holy Communion, singing carols, and lighting candles. The Sanctuary doors will open 20 minutes prior to each service, and special music will be performed by First Church Brass and our own Peggy Graff on organ.

Christmas Eve Connections

4:15 – 4:45 pm | First Church carolers
6:15 – 6:45 & 8:15 – 8:45 pm | Cellist Dace Sultanov
10:15 – 10:45 pm | Christmas music
Wesley Hall

Arrive early before the evening Christmas Eve services to get a good parking place, visit with your friends, and beat the rush! Join us in Wesley Hall for refreshments and beautiful music while waiting for the Sanctuary to open. The doors will open 20 minutes prior to each service.


mission-truck-party-12-16-16_sqMerry and Bright at the Mission

Every year First Street Methodist Mission hosts a party for our neighbors who are homeless to eat, drink, and be merry. This past Monday the Mission’s parking lot was packed with food trucks and tasty treats for all to enjoy. Thank you to our volunteers who helped fill the cookie table with dozens of goodies for our guests. Everyone tuned in to the festive music and toasted with hot chocolate as we celebrated the Christmas season together. Read more.

stewardship-12-16-16_sqMore Ways to Give

As we pull together as a church family and faith community to close out 2016 with our gifts and fulfilled commitments to the many vital ministries and programs of our church, here are a couple of additional year-end giving options to consider: Read more.





Levi James Rosse, son of Alisha & Ryan Rosse


Lucille Pumphrey



Christmas Offering in Memory of:
Jeffrey Duane Dodd by Billie & Duane Dodd

Feeding the Flock in Memory of:
Joseph W. Plocica by Jennifer, Timothy, Craig, Tonya & Kathryn Ann Plocica

General Memorial Fund in Memory of:
Barbara Moller by her Indiana family:
Mr. & Mrs. Bob McKaig & family, Mr. & Mrs. Roger McKaig & family, Mr. & Mrs. Ron Collins, Mr. & Mrs. Ed McKaig & family, Mr. & Mrs. Ron Cook & family, Mr. & Mrs. Tim McKaig & family, Mrs. Christie Sinclair & family, Mrs. Betty McKaig
William S. Montgomery by Mary & Jimmy Edmundson


First Street Methodist Mission in Honor of:
Carrie & Ken Hinze by Rebecca, Amy & Margaret Hinze-Pifer


mark75Back from the Future

Mark Burrows

Hi Families,

Let’s jump to February and work our way back. February — The 12th is the beginning of Spring Academy. It takes a lot of volunteers to make this work. (We have 303 children enrolled in Fall Academy.) We need new friends to step up.  Read more.

kat-bair75Disruptive Joy

Kat Bair

One summer when I was in college, I had a summer job where I led high school mission trips in central Jamaica. It was primarily a construction/home repair trip, but one afternoon of every trip, we would take our work crews to a place called the Manchester Infirmary. The infirmary wasn’t an infirmary as we would understand it. Read more.

Chuck752Costa Rica Mission Team Expanding Its 2017 Ministries

Rev. Chuck Graff

Our Costa Rica Mission Teams have been serving faithfully in the northern part of the country for the past 11 years. We have helped build a new sanctuary/children’s worship center, a medical clinic, Sunday School classrooms, a new parsonage, and helped with local rural church buildings. Read more.

Page Hines75The Gift of Presence

Rev. Page Hines

When I was in seventh grade my friend’s mother was killed by a drunk driver in a horrific car accident. She and her three siblings lived across the street from me. I was at school the next day when I heard the news. Several of us gathered in the hallway between classes and tried to imagine the hurt our friend must have been feeling. Read more.


Storyteller Elizabeth Ellis . . . The Gift of Nothing

Rev. Tom McDermott

This Sunday, December 18, is our final eleven:eleven celebration for the year, so I hope you can join us! We’ll wrap up (pun intended) our series, “We Have Gifts to Open,” with “The Gift of Presence.” Spoiler alert — it’ll be a surprise! Read more.

Len751Music of the Spheres

Dr. Len Delony

Music of the Spheres — A perfectly harmonious music thought by Pythagoras and later classical and medieval philosophers to be produced by the movement of celestial bodies but to be inaudible on the earth. Read more.


Learn more about upcoming events as well as additional church activities by clicking on the links below.

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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

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

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

12.18 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

12.24 Noon Candlelight Service

Sanctuary | Rev. Linda McDermott

12.24 Family Candelight Services

3:30 & 5:00 pm | Sanctuary
Dr. Tim Bruster & Mister Mark Burrows

12.24 Traditional Candlelight Services

7:00, 9:00 & 11:00 pm | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster

12.24 Christmas Eve Connections

4:15 – 4:45 pm | First Church of Carolers
6:15 – 6:45 & 8:15 – 8:45 pm | Cellist Dace Sultanov
10:15 – 10:45 pm | Christmas music
Wesley Hall

12.25 Christmas Day Worship

A Service of Story & Song
11:00 am | Sanctuary


1.1 New Year’s Day Worship

10:30 am | Refreshments | Wesley Hall
One service at 11:00 am | Sanctuary

1.8 Baptism 101

11:00 am | Room 230 | Registration required

1.10 United Methodist Women Luncheon

11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, 1.6
Pam Foster, Chaplain at Cook
Children’s Hospital

1.10 First We Drum

Second Tuesday of each month
7:00 – 8:30 pm | Wesley Hall

1.12 – 1.14 Created By God: Tweens, Faith, and Human Sexuality

Three-Day Educational Experience for Fifth- and Sixth-Graders and Their Parents
Wesley Hall | $25 per child | Registration required

1.13 January Parents’ Night Out

6:30 – 11:00 pm | 3 months – 12 years
$35 for first child | $45 for 2 | $55 for 3+ | $20 no-show fee
Reservations due 1.11

1.14 – 1.16 Revolution Weekend 2017: Hide and Seek

Glen Lake Camp & Retreat Center | Grades 7 – 12
Youth: $125 11.21 – 12.18 | $150 12.19 – 1.8
Adults: $50
Guest Speaker: Anna Wheeler | Musical Guest: Bus Seven

3.11 – 3.20 A 10-day Tour to England: In the Footsteps of John & Charles Wesley

Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren
Final payment due 1.11 (prices vary with airfare)

Additional Programs

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
Waiver and registration required

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

Fill Backpacks for Food 4 Kids

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


More events.


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