Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
From Your FUMCFW Communications Team!
Please note that the church will be closed on Christmas Day, December 28, and New Year’s Day.
There will be no adult, youth, or children’s Sunday school classes on Sunday, December 27, 2015.
The nursery will be available for 0 – pre-k.
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In-Depth Bible Study Class Worshipping With DiscipleChurch
Intensive Journal® Program Part 1: Life Context
Christmas Eve Services
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Communion served at all services
Traditional Noon Service
12:00 pm | Sanctuary | Rev. Casey Orr
Enjoy our full traditional Christmas Eve service mid-day to avoid the evening crowds and start your Christmas celebration early in First Church style, with message, carols, and special music, including the memorable voice of one of our favorite baritones, Christian Teague, singing The Wexford Carol.
Christmas Eve Service for Families
5:00 pm | Sanctuary
Dr. Tim Bruster & Mister Mark Burrows
Come join this lively service filled with Christmas carols, communion, candlelight, the wondrous story of Jesus’ birth, and our kid-favorite Christmas Eve puppet show. To add to this already fun-packed and meaningful Christmas Eve family experience, our own “Ms. Sara” Davis will perform a piano/organ duet with Peggy Graff, FUMCFW Organist!
Gathering Before Services in Wesley Hall
6:00 – 11:00 pm | Wesley Hall
Please join us in Wesley Hall at 6:00, 8:00, and 10:00 pm — an hour before each Traditional Candlelight Service — to enjoy refreshments and fellowship while the Sanctuary is being tidied and refreshed for each service. World-class cellist Dace Sultanov will provide delightful Christmas Eve cello accompaniment to our gathering prior to the 7:00 and 9:00 pm services. Sanctuary doors will open 25 minutes before each service begins.
Traditional Candlelight Service
7:00, 9:00, & 11:00 pm | Sanctuary
Dr. Tim Bruster
Join us for our traditional candlelight Christmas Eve worship experience filled with music and message to herald our celebration of the birth of Christ. DFW Brass and Organist Peggy Graff will present a 15-minute pre-service concert. Christian Teague, baritone, will sing The Wexford Carol. Cornerstone Youth Choir will sing at the 7:00 pm service, and Choral Union will perform Nunc Dimittis by Justin Binek at the 9:00 and 11:00 pm services.
One Combined Service
Sunday, December 27
9:30 am | Community potluck breakfast | Wesley Hall
11:00 am | Worship | Sanctuary
Begin Christmas Sunday with breakfast as a community in Wesley Hall, and then worship as one family in the Sanctuary. If you are joining us for the community potluck breakfast, please bring your favorite breakfast dish to the 5th Street Garden ramp doors leading into Wesley Hall between 9:00 and 9:15 am. Please note that all of the doors to the church will be locked until 9:15 am, so there will be someone there to let you inside. Breakfast will be served from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Contact Charme Robarts (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
A Word About Worship: Nativity Seen — Intro to Advent 2015
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!
2015 Advent Devotional
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!
Faith In Action: Your Year-End Giving
Your year-end gift is critical to our church meeting our 2015 commitments. As of December 21, we are approximately $400,000 below our income projections. All gifts, regardless of amount, will help us reach that goal — so please make your gift now.
Making an outright gift to FUMCFW can maximize your charitable deduction and confer immediate benefits to the church. There are two options for making an outright gift. You can: Click here to continue reading.
Christmas Eve and Beyond . . .
Mister Mark Burrows
Three Quick Things:
Thing One — The Christmas Eve Family Service is THIS Thursday at 5:00 pm. Candlelight, Christmas carols, Communion, the Great Story — all our cherished traditions! Make sure to arrive early. The Family Service is always full. Click here to continue reading.
Have a Merry Christmas Circle for New Life…
Dr. Len Delony
Touchstones for Christmas Gatherings
Be 100% present, extending and presuming welcome. Set aside the usual distractions. Click here to continue reading.
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.
Offered the first Sunday of every month
11:00 am | Room 230 | Led by Rev. Casey Orr | Registration required
Baptism 101 must be attended by first-time parents and/or parents whose older children were not baptized in a United Methodist Church. At the class, a pastor will discuss the history, theology, meaning, and responsibility of baptism. We will also go over logistics and steps to scheduling. Not to mention it’s a great chance to meet other young families. It is offered the first Sunday of every month at 11:00 am in Room 230. While the nursery is available during class time, babies and children are more than welcome to join! There is no cost to join the class; however, we do ask that you register online, or by contacting Gayle Ammerman (email@example.com) at 817/339-5091, so that we can prepare accordingly. For other questions, please contact Rev. Casey Orr (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5067.
Intensive Journal® Program Part 1: Life Context
January 29 – 30, 2016
Friday | 5:30 – 9:30 pm | Saturday | 9:00 am – 6:30 pm | Wesley Hall
$145 each or $280 for both | Registration required
Led by Rev. Meredith Bell
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.
Workshop leader Rev. Meredith Bell is the director of the UCF Wesley Foundation for Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. She has served as Pastor for Women’s Ministry at White’s Chapel UMC and as a youth pastor at Dallas UMC and Graham UMC. Meredith was a hospital chaplain for five years in the Texas Health Resources System Services. For more information, contact Melinda Smoot (email@example.com).
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UMW January General Meeting & Luncheon
Tuesday, January 5
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 12.29.15 for child care reservations. We look forward to seeing you there!
Click here to RSVP now or call the UMW RSVP line at 469/844-8690.
Click play to view a little trailer for our 5:00 pm Christmas Eve Family Service — feel free to share.
Registration begins January 3
Academy begins February 14
Registration for Children’s Academy Sunday School begins January 3 immediately after Children First in the Children’s Wing and at 2:00 pm online.
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 Linda Murphy (email@example.com) at 817/339-2404.
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
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.
Foundation Memorial Fund In Memory Of:
Amy Bishop by Patsy & Arch Van Meter
Bill Hollister by FUMCFW Loyalty Class
Roy Coleman Jr. by Richard & Linda Allie
Sue Sumner Confirmation Endowment of the Foundation In Memory Of:
George Sumner by Dr. & Mrs. James Herd
George Sumner by Fran & Bill Mizell Jr.
George Sumner by Mrs. J.W. Renfro