FUMCFW Weekly News 12.17.15

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Dr. Tim Bruster — The Shepherds: The Pursuit of Wonder and Joy

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Advent 2015: Most Important Nativity Message
2015 Advent Devotional
Las Posadas Parade
Winter Concert Featuring Peter Mayer
Pre-Christmas Advent Celebration Featuring Peter Mayer
Carols and Lullabies — Christmas in the Southwest Featuring Adoramus Choral Ensemble

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Roger Partridge — Faith In Action: Advent Giving
Lisa Helm — Christmas Eve Gathering in Wesley Hall
Pam Erlandson at the Heart of FUMCFW
Explore Your Possibilities With the Intensive Journal® Program
In the Bag at Mission Parking Lot Party
FUMCFW Youth Deck the Halls With Giant Gingerbread House
Christmas Cheer Photo Gallery
In-Depth Bible Study Class Worshipping With DiscipleChurch

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UMW January General Meeting

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Revolution Weekend 2016: Get Dirty

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December Mission Sundays: Red Food Bags

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

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

Chapel Communion | 10:35 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony

eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott
Pre-Christmas Advent Celebration Featuring Peter Mayer

First 7th | 5:30 pm | Chapel | Rev. Lance Marshall

Click here to view and download PDFs of our worship bulletins, posted weekly as soon as details are finalized!


Tim BrusterThe Shepherds: The Pursuit of Wonder and Joy

Dr. Tim Bruster

Dear Friends,

As we continue our Advent sermon series, Nativity Seen, we will focus on the shepherds this Sunday. Our scripture reading will be Luke 2:8-20.  

This week, the title of my sermon in Sanctuary worship will be “The Shepherds: The Pursuit of Wonder and Joy.” The shepherds were the first to hear the good news that Jesus had been born, and they were struck with awe and wonder and joy. Not only that, but they wanted to go and see for themselves.

In the shepherds we see both holy experience and examined faith. We see in the shepherds a growing curiosity — a hunger and thirst for the experience and knowledge of the sacred. When the shepherds make their way into Bethlehem, they find the Holy Family just as the angels had said. Through their pursuit of wonder and joy, they saw the nativity of the Christ child, God with us, Emmanuel, the Word made flesh. It was for them the beginning of a new life with a new perspective.

Can our own pursuit of wonder and joy and knowledge and experience lead us to the nativity of Christ in us? Can that pursuit lead us to a nativity, a new life, a new beginning, a fresh start, a new perspective in each of us? I look forward to pursuing this with you on Sunday. 

Grace and Peace,

Tim


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Click here for a complete list of our 2015 Advent programs and events.


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When you hear “a Nativity Scene,” what is the first image that comes to mind? Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus in a manger. Right? It’s a beautiful image of a long ago event that we celebrate each year, reminding us of God’s “good news to all people.” You’ll notice, however, that this year our theme for Advent is not exactly the same as the traditional Nativity Scene. Notice the different spelling: A Nativity SEEN. It’s a provocative play on words that invites us to not simply remember Jesus’ nativity, but to look for evidences of nativity all around us. Instead of the SCENE of a nativity, we are focusing on SEEING the nativity in our daily lives and in our world.

It goes back to the meaning of nativity, “the process of being born.” A Nativity Seen asks us the question: How is Christ born and made alive in our lives and in our world today? And that question becomes personal for each of us as individuals — and for us as a faith community. How are we participating in “birthing” Christ in our world and in our lives? We see a nativity, Christ born, in grand and bold actions as well as in small and easily overlooked gestures and lifestyles. And what we understand is that Christ and his gospel are born every day and every time we follow the ways of his witness. Click here to learn more about our Nativity Seen theme.


Click play to watch a Nativity Seen Video Intro featuring special insights from some of our First Church family members!

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Our 2015 Advent Devotional began on November 23! Follow along as each day prepares you for the next Sunday’s sermon. Get a printed copy for yourself and one to share with a friend in the Welcome Center and Main Office or click here to follow along each day online!


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Saturday, December 19
4:00 pm | Parade begins at Avenue G & Campbell
Worship after the parade at El Buen Samaritano UMC
3429 Strong Ave. | Fort Worth, 76105

You are invited to join El Buen Samaritano UMC in their annual holiday tradition of Las Posadas. Las Posadas is the traditional re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey to find lodging in Bethlehem. The parade, with live animals, will begin on the corner of Avenue G and Campbell and will end with a worship service at El Buen Samaritano.


Winter Concert Featuring Peter MayerWinter Concert Featuring Peter Mayer

Saturday, December 19, 2015
6:00 pm | Drum circle | Garden
Drums provided, or bring your own
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

“Peter Mayer is a magician . . . (his) universe is full of metaphor and meaning, story, and symbol — everything contains more than meets the eye.”

—   Bill Reed, music editor, Colorado Springs Gazette

Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet — songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and the mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of “folk,” and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself. Take a break from your shopping and wrapping and Christmas “busy-ness as usual” and gift yourself with an evening of amazing music, inspirational moments (and maybe a little bit of surprise and wonder where you least expect it!) Come early for our annual drum circle at 6:00 pm in the Garden. No drumming experience necessary and fun for all ages! Bring your drum or use ours. Questions? Contact Gayle Ammerman (gammerman@myfumc.org).


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Pre-Christmas Advent Celebration
Featuring Peter Mayer

Sunday, December 20
11:11 am | Wesley Hall | eleven:eleven celebration

Celebrate the Sunday before Christmas with the music of Minnesota singer-songwriter Peter Mayer. Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet — songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and the mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of “folk,” and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself. Be sure to attend this special eleven:eleven celebration, open to all.


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Carols and Lullabies — Christmas in the Southwest
Featuring Adoramus Choral Ensemble

Sunday, December 20
6:00 pm | Tamale & Salsa reception | Wesley Hall
6:30 pm | Concert | Sanctuary

Following a delicious Tamale & Salsa reception in Wesley Hall, this special evening of concert and stories will feature our own Adoramus Choral Ensemble accompanied by harp, guitar, and marimba. We’ll begin with gathering music by guitar, and feature a series of readings, carols, and lullabies sung in Spanish and Catalonian (English translations provided). Bring a friend and join us for this delightful evening of food, music, and the spirit of Christmas in the Southwest.


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Every Sunday morning, groups of adults meet in FUMCFW Sunday School classes to enhance their spiritual growth and enjoy fellowship with other Christians. We have classes for a variety of demographic groups, with many different class personalities and styles. Visit the Adult Sunday School page to learn more!


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Click here to see who’s blogging this week, posted each Friday!

Throughout each week, our FUMCFW bloggers (staff, lay leaders, and others wanting to share thoughts and information related to First Church programs, events, and activities) write on a variety of topics. And, while you can always find the latest posts on our blogs link at the top of every page, we also send each week’s collection out every Friday under the “Who’s Blogging This Week” subject line.


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Roger Partridge

Because of your gifts . . .

There are so many wonderful stories to tell this time of year. For now, I’m going to focus on three of the most recent examples of how our church family is working together to Love GodServe People, and Transform Lives during this season of Advent. The Advent music presented by the Choral Union and Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch on Sunday morning was amazing. The choir, the brass, the percussion, the organ — all were spectacular. To all who were part of this very special morning of music, thank you for your many hours of dedicated work and rehearsal time. On Sunday afternoon we shifted to family time with Christmas Cheer, a churchwide caroling and Christmas event. I had the privilege to volunteer with the setup, and although I didn’t get to see and hear the families who shared Christmas carols in the four different retirement centers they visited, I know that experience was transformative — both for the residents whose days were brightened and for the families who delivered this cheer together. Click here to continue reading.


Lisa HelmChristmas Eve Gathering in Wesley Hall

Lisa Helm

Sometimes, Christmas Eve can be a blur. After the frenzy of shopping, parties, baking, and pre-celebrations with family and friends, it’s easy to approach Christmas Eve worship at that same warp speed intensity. This year, we invite you to do something a little bit differently. As part of our new Welcoming Ministries initiative, and to help encourage Christmas Eve fellowship between the congregation and visitors while we prepare the Sanctuary for each coming service, we’re opening up Wesley Hall and stocking it with treats and beautiful music to soothe your jangled holiday senses in preparation for worship.

Please join us in the toasty warmth of Wesley Hall starting at 6:00 pm before the 7:00 pm service — as well as an hour before the 9:00 and 11:00 pm services — to enjoy refreshments and fellowship while the Sanctuary is being tidied and refreshed for the next service. World-class cellist Dace Sultanov will provide delightful Christmas Eve cello accompaniment to our gathering from 6:15 – 6:45 and 8:15 – 8:45 pm. The Sanctuary doors will be opened 25 minutes prior to the beginning of each service. Click here to continue reading.


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“I am going to miss Pam. She knows and loves this church and has always understood her work as ministry. She is a very energetic and creative person, and brought that energy and creativity to her work.”

— Dr. Tim Bruster, Senior Pastor

Pleasant, helpful, talented, organized, creative, efficient, fun, committed, flexible, kind, amazing . . . always. These are some of the many words Pam Erlandson’s colleagues use to describe her. Even so, there are not enough words to fully capture the impact she’s had on the FUMCFW staff and church members. She is more than a colleague — she is also a true friend. Although Pam is retiring, she will continue to be dear to the heart of our First Church family.

Pam has worked at FUMCFW for almost 21 years, and she will be greatly missed. However, we are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Becker will replace Pam as Assistant to Senior Pastor & Executive Pastor, and Linda Murphy will take Elizabeth’s place as Director of First Street Methodist Mission.

Please join us in congratulating Pam on her retirement, and welcoming Elizabeth and Linda into their new places among the FUMCFW staff. Click here to read more.


Intensive Journal Program_HSNew Year, New You!
Explore Your Possibilities With the Intensive Journal® Program

As 2015 comes to a close and 2016 fast approaches, this is a great time to make your New Year’s resolutions. How about building your self-esteem? Making better decisions? Embracing your creative side? You can reach all of these goals and many more with the Intensive Journal Program at FUMCFW.

This nationally-recognized program was developed in 1966 by Dr. Ira Progoff to help people experience a life-changing process that gives them greater direction, vitality, and purpose. Since then, it has helped 175,000 people lead more fulfilling lives.

Start 2016 off right with the Intensive Journal Program. Click here to learn more about the program, why it may be right for you, and how to get started.


FSMM Parking Lot Party_HSIn the Bag at Mission Parking Lot Party

First Street Methodist Mission (FSMM) was in full swing at its Parking Lot Party on December 14. More than 200 visitors gathered to enjoy music, food trucks, and cookies baked by volunteers. When the party came to an end, backpacks were distributed as holiday gifts to our neighbors who are homeless.

A big thanks goes out to all who volunteered to help with this very special holiday celebration sponsored by FSMM and friends. Click here to see more photos from this event.


Gingerbread House_HSFUMCFW Youth Deck the Halls With Giant Gingerbread House

More than 30 youth contributed to the decoration of a giant gingerbread house at the Youth Christmas Pajama Party on December 6. Measuring in at 16″ long, 12″ wide, and 14″ tall, this sweet creation was so heavy that it had to be supported by plywood! Not only was it extraordinary in size, it also looked good enough to eat (minus the glue, of course). This was just one fun part of a great night at our annual Youth Ministries Christmas celebration.


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Sunday, January 3
8:30 am | Leonard Memorial Chapel
Dr. Lamar Smith

On Epiphany Sunday, January 3, 2016, the In-Depth Bible Study Class will worship with the DiscipleChurch worship service. The two groups will meet together in Leonard Memorial Chapel, at their regular meeting time, 8:30 am. Dr. Lamar Smith, the Bible Study leader will preach. Holy Communion will be celebrated. All members of the In-Depth Bible Study are encouraged to begin the New Year by attending this special service. On the next Sunday, the In-Depth Bible Study will be back in their regular classroom.


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2015 Christmas Cheer, a churchwide caroling and Christmas celebration, was a memorable holiday experience for all this year. Click here to see more photos from this event.


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New Members

12.18.15 Members

Baptisms

12.18.15 Baptisms

Hospitalizations

Shawn McKinnon
Chuck Mencke

Births

Audrey Lybrand was born on December 16, 2015.
Proud family includes: parents Kristen & Shawn Lybrand,
sister Sarah, brother Shawn Jr., & grandparents Melinda & David Smoot.

Happy Birthday, Faires!

Faires Kuykendall will turn 100 on December 27.
He has been a member of our church since 1941.


FUMCFW People

Have some exciting news about an FUMCFW member that you would like to share? This section of the E-news is the perfect place to do just that! Please send your information to Caroline Petty (cpetty@myfumc.org) and we will include your story!


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UMW Jan16_HSUMW January General Meeting & Luncheon

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Tuesday, December 29
“Inspirational Tales & Songs”
Presented by Rev. Tom McDermott, Pastor of eleven:eleven celebration

Contact Paula Wagstaff (pwagstaff@myfumc.org) by 12.29.15 for childcare reservations. We look forward to seeing you there!

Click here to RSVP now! or call the UMW RSVP line at 469/844-8690

Visit the Adult Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.


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Christmas Cheer15 Gallery2_HSChristmas Cheer Photo Gallery

2015 Christmas Cheer, a churchwide caroling and Christmas celebration, was a memorable holiday experience for all this year. Click here to see more photos from this event.

Visit the Children’s Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.

Visit the FUMC Day School page for more information on programs and activities.


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Dec15 Mission Sunday_HSDecember Mission Sundays: Red Food Bags

Sundays during Advent
Pick up bags at the Welcome Center
Return bags to antique trucks parked on 5th Street

Food insecurity is a frightening reality for many families in our community. Help fill First Street Methodist Mission’s food pantry by picking up Mission Red Food Bags, located at the Welcome Center each Sunday during Advent. Please include several of the Mission Red Food Bags in your holiday grocery shopping. Fill them up with nonperishable food items, and then return them to the antique trucks parked on 5th Street on Sundays!

For more information, contact Elizabeth Becker (ebecker@firststreetmission.org) at 817/339-5068.

Visit the Compassion & Justice Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.


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Carols and Lullabies — Christmas in the Southwest
Featuring Adoramus Choral Ensemble

Sunday, December 20
6:00 pm | Tamale & Salsa reception | Wesley Hall
6:30 pm | Concert | Sanctuary

Following a delicious Tamale & Salsa reception in Wesley Hall, this special evening of concert and stories will feature our own Adoramus Choral Ensemble accompanied by harp, guitar, and marimba. We’ll begin with gathering music by guitar, and feature a series of readings, carols, and lullabies sung in Spanish and Catalonian (English translations provided). Bring a friend and join us for this delightful evening of food, music, and the spirit of Christmas in the Southwest.

Visit the Music Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.


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Revolution16_HSRevolution Weekend 2016: Get Dirty
Crafted by God. Made for a purpose.

January 16 – 18, 2016
Glen Lake Camp & Retreat Center | Grades 7 – 12
Youth: $150 | Adults: $50
Registration ends January 3
Guest Speaker: Dwight Johnson | Musical Guest: Bus Seven

Click here to register and pay as a youth
Click here to register and pay as an adult

It’s that time again! Our big winter retreat, Revolution Weekend, is coming up and we want YOU to join us January 16 – 18 down at Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center! Click here to see what you can look forward to at Revolution Weekend 2016: Get Dirty and why you will want to be a part of it.

Visit the Youth page for more information on programs and activities.


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Honorary Gifts

Christmas Fund In Honor Of:
Carol McCarthy by Pat Merrill

Costa Rica Ministry In Honor Of:
Rev. Phyllis McDougal & Jim Barren by Bettye McDaniel 

General Honorarium Fund In Honor Of:
Dr. Bill Longsworth by Marlise Harman
Rev. Phyllis McDougal & Jim Barren by Kay Watkins

Kenya Mission In Honor Of:
Tim McDermott by Anne Street Skipper

Methodist Justice Ministry In Honor Of:
Mr. & Mrs. Arch Van Meter by Mr. & Mrs. Byron Baird
Gayla Shivers by Mr. & Mrs. Byron Baird
Mr. & Mrs. Karl Alexander by Mr. & Mrs. Byron Baird
Norma Loughridge by Mr. & Mrs. Byron Baird
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Sturdivant by Mr. & Mrs. Byron Baird

TV Ministry Fund In Honor Of:
Dr. Tim Bruster by Nathalie Hise

Memorial Gifts

Christmas Fund In Memory Of:
Aubrey Goodwin by Lorayne H. Goodwin
Claire & William Bird by Pamela & William Bird Jr.
George Sumner by Kay Watkins
Rev. & Mrs. Millsap by Kay Watkins
Velma & C.M. Russey by Paige & Bob Russey

First Street Methodist Mission In Memory Of:
Doris Klabzuba by Pam & Byron Searcy
George Sumner by Carol Harrell
Mayo Vick by Virginia Carrington

Foundation Memorial Fund In Memory Of:
Bill Hollister by Gordon & Mary Ann Gibson
Roy Coleman by Carla & Walter Gates

General Memorial Fund In Memory Of:
George Sumner by Donna Dart
George Sumner by Martha Slover
George Sumner by Texas Plastic Surgery Associates

Thanksgiving Baskets In Memory Of:
Bill Hollister by Bill Simon

Youth Ministry In Memory Of:
Bill Hollister by Joanne & Don Edwards

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