FUMCFW Weekly News 2.11.16

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New Sunday Morning Offerings
Dr. Tim Bruster — Salvation is This-Worldly

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Wednesday Nights at First Church
Random Acts of Grace
Lent Studies

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Focus — A New Series at The Gathering
Time for You, Friends, and More
Celebrate, Gather, and Connect
Passion, Talent, Experience, and Vision
Finding Connections in the Big Picture
UMW Love is in the Air
Cowtown Adults 5K Race

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Living Through Grief Support Group
Roots of Change


Baby Celebration Sunday
Pre-Registration for Parents’ Day Out and Preschool
Children’s Academy Sunday School
Vacation Bible School

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February Mission Sundays: Socks and Underwear


Singing Men of First Church
Spectrum Concert Series


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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 | Charme Robarts
Discussion Groups | 9:30 am

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

nine:thirty-nine | eleven:eleven celebration | 9:39 & 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott

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

New Sunday Morning Offerings

The Gathering | 9:30 am | Room 350 | Led by Rev. Lance Marshall

This new and different First Church Sunday morning offering led by Rev. Lance Marshall offers a casual and relevant opportunity for prayer, study, topical exploration, and high-spirited connection free from typical worship or Sunday School structures.

nine:thirty nine celebration | 9:39 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott

This engaging experience of laughter, storytelling, and message, infused with the music of Elizabeth Wills, Brad Thompson, and the Revolution Band, offers a nontraditional, unorthodox, and transformative 50-minute worship experience. If you’re ready to “reconnect your spirit without disconnecting your mind,” join us Sunday mornings at 9:39 (starting February 14) or 11:11 am in Wesley Hall. Discover new insights into radical community, the universal love of God, and living for the healing and transformation of our world. Come casual, bring your family, and join the celebration!

Connections | 10:30 – 11:00 am | Wesley Hall

Sunday between services Wesley Hall will be set up and ready to offer members, visitors, and guests from all our different Sunday morning worship and study opportunities a chance to visit, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy a Sunday morning treat.

Tim BrusterSalvation is This-Worldly

Dr. Tim Bruster

John 3:1-8, 16-17

This first Sunday in Lent I begin my sermon series on our Lenten theme, “Saving Grace.” This series is all about salvation. What does the word mean? Saved from what? Saved for what? I begin with a sermon I’ve entitled “Salvation is This-Worldly.” Too often, salvation is conceived only in an “other-worldly” sense and in the future tense; in other words, it is something that happens when you die. But that leaves out much of what the scriptures have to say about salvation. Salvation is very much in the present tense and in the present world.

Sunday, we’ll read John 3:1-8, 16-17. In this passage of scripture, Nicodemus is visiting Jesus, and Jesus talks about being born anew — or being “born from above.” He uses an image of the wind that blows where it will, speaking very much in the present tense. Salvation is not just for the hereafter, but very much and even more so for the here and now.

When we make salvation one-dimensional, other-worldly, and put off to some future time, then it begs the question of what difference it makes in terms of how we live and experience life now. Most of the passages in the Bible that have to do with salvation have much to do with what it means for this life.

In the Hebrew Scriptures — what we commonly call the Old Testament in Christian circles — the concept of an afterlife is largely absent, yet there are powerfully rich images of salvation found throughout. The New Testament also speaks consistently of salvation as a present reality. For example, when the Gospel of John talks about eternal life, it is expressed as a quality of life that begins in the present and extends beyond death. For John, eternal life is in the present: We enter eternal life not just after we die, but when we become followers of Jesus and place our trust there.

Salvation that is this-worldly is all about transformation — about change that can happen in our life right now — not just “someday,” but today. I look forward to exploring this exciting facet of salvation with you on Sunday as we enter this season of Lent together — and deeply explore the meanings and images of salvation. It is my prayer that this season of Lent will be transformational in our lives.

Grace and Peace,




For a complete schedule of our Lenten worship, study, and contemplative opportunities, click here or pick up a printed Lent brochure in the Main Office or Welcome Center.

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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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Linda McDermott22016 Weekly Lent Devotional: An Introduction

Rev. Linda McDermott

One Sunday morning in early January, I was listening to a report of Christmas sales and was shocked to hear that the number one best selling books from Amazon were coloring books for adults! Millions had been sold in a matter of weeks. The simple act of coloring is filling a need for many of us. For years, the act of mindful coloring has been practiced as a way of praying and meditating, so for a culture that is constantly on the move, it is not surprising that this ancient practice (for adults) and much loved practice (for children) is making a resurgence.

For that reason, I thought that this year’s devotional for Lent might make good use of this same format. Each Monday, starting February 8, we will post the devotional guide for the upcoming week. The guide will provide you with the scripture reading(s) for the coming Sunday, a brief commentary, a coloring page (for you to download), and a suggested mantra for you to repeat as you color. Click here to continue reading.

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Roger Partridge

This past Monday morning, I was on my way to another meeting in the main building when I stopped by the Children’s Wing to check on the construction progress. I knew the large folding wall/partition had been installed last week, and as luck would have it Mister Mark was in the area showing another staff member the new space! I got to hear all about how the children will utilize the new rooms and the exciting ways they will be learning and exploring our favorite stories from the Bible.

To say that the expansion looks great is an understatement — and I can’t wait until Fall Academy begins to watch the children experience this new space and the amazing new classes already being planned. Through this brief tour, I am reminded of Why I Give. Click here to continue reading.

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Larry GrubbI Bet You Didn’t Know . . .

Rev. Larry Grubb

I bet you didn’t know . . .

One of our members was the person who kept the schedule and made dates for The Beatles when they were in the United States. She often traveled with them.

The first female appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt to serve on the Social Security Administration was a member of our church.

One of our homebound men served as the warden at Leavenworth Prison. Click here to continue reading.

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Mark BurrowsWhat to Expect When You’re Expecting a Baby Celebration

Mark Burrows

Hello Families!

We are so excited to recognize your family and your little one at the Baby Celebration this coming Sunday, February 14!

I just wanted to walk you through things so you aren’t too overwhelmed on Sunday morning.

1. We’ll have the back rows of the Sanctuary, under the balcony, reserved for you before the 11:00 am service. Elizabeth Marshall will be there to greet you. Click here to continue reading.

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Chuck GraffWednesday Nights at First Church Begin February 17

Rev. Chuck Graff

Lent is a special time to deepen our faith and walk with God and others. On four Wednesday evenings beginning next Wednesday, February 17, our congregation will be offering “Wednesday Nights at First Church” to provide you with an opportunity for prayer, communion, meditation, and music in the Chapel from 5:00 – 6:00 pm, followed by a Community Meal in Wesley Hall from 5:45 – 6:30 pm. Then from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Dr. Tim Bruster will be offering a Pastors Study on Saving Grace: Seven Facets of Salvation in Room 350. Our new Adult Education Ministry Council is hosting the fellowship meal and study, and we invite you to come for the entire evening for all of these special offerings, or for as much as your schedule allows. Please join us all as we worship, fellowship, and study together on our Lenten journey.

Pastor Chuck Graff

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Charme RobartsWhat Do Lent, Valentine’s Day, The Great Thanksgiving Prayer, and The Lord’s Prayer Have in Common? 

Charme Robarts

That’s the question I’m hanging out there for this Sunday in DiscipleChurch as we think about our Lenten theme, “Saving Grace,” and the first sermon in this series, “Salvation is This-Worldy.”

I can’t say much more about it here without giving away my answer, so come to Leonard Memorial Chapel at 8:30 am to hear more of what I’m thinking, and then join us for the discussion group that meets following the worship service. Click here to continue reading.

Click here to read more posts from Charme

Pilgrimage in Time

Dr. Len Delony

Here we are at the beginning of the Lenten Journey. It is a Pilgrimage in Time.

If we are going to get very far, this must be a time to simplify our lives to see our life with God more clearly and to hear with ears of the heart, our core and center.

How are you simplifying your life so you can flow in God’s Saving Grace?

What do these things mean to you? Click here to continue reading.

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Staff_McDermott, TomA Great Big Love — Or Not

Rev. Tom McDermott

You’ve probably heard it said that there are two types of people in the world — those who believe there are two types of people in the world and those who don’t.

It’s nice when we can keep things in neat categories. Feels safe. As I was finishing up seminary, one of my mentors would review my sermons before Sunday and tag them with that familiar anagram, KISS (you know, “keep it simple, stupid”). We like it when things are simple. You’re either a Republican or a Democrat (or more to the point, conservative or liberal). You’re a Believer or you’re a non-Believer. You’re either in love or you’re out of love. Click here to continue reading.

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Saving Grace: Seven Facets of Salvation

Lent is a time of preparing ourselves for the coming of Easter. For the past few years, First United Methodist Church has focused on a particular theme intended to help our congregation center on a particular avenue for reflection and self-examination. This year’s theme is “Saving Grace,” a seven-week exploration of some of the many facets that compose our understanding of the concept of salvation. It is a fundamental component in the Christian faith, yet many have a limited way of understanding and experiencing it.

Each week, we will explore one facet of a way of understanding and experiencing salvation. We will do this in sermons, blog posts, prayer stations, lessons, and a weekly online devotional guide. The facets on which we will focus are: Salvation is 1) this-worldly, 2) being set free, 3) a banquet, 4) returning home, 5) light in the darkness, 6) being saved from sin, and 7) life. The series will conclude on Easter Sunday.

Click here for a complete list of Lenten opportunities
Click here to download a printable version of the Lent Weekly

Wednesday Nights at First Church

February 17 | February 24 | March 2 | March 9

A Time of Reflection and Communion

5:00 – 6:00 pm | Come and go | Chapel

Take a little time for yourself in this intimate, hourlong come-and-go opportunity for quiet reflection, meditation, prayer, and Communion surrounded by special music from First Church’s celebrated musical artists Rev. Tom McDermott, guitarist, Hans Grim, pianist, and world-class cellist Dace Sultanov in the quiet beauty of Leonard Memorial Chapel.

Community Meal

5:45 – 6:30 pm | Wesley Hall | $5 per person at the door

Enjoy a simple meal with family, friends — and maybe even a few new friends you haven’t met yet — in the congenial atmosphere of Wesley Hall. No reservations necessary — just come on in and bring your friends!

Pastor’s Study

6:30 – 7:30 pm | Room 350 | Led by Dr. Tim Bruster

Dig a little deeper into the Seven Facets of Salvation explored in our “Saving Grace” Lenten sermon series in this special four-part study led by Senior Pastor Dr. Tim Bruster.

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This season of Lent, we invite you to participate in a project we’re calling “Random Acts of Grace,” sponsored by FUMCFW Compassion & Justice Ministries. Here’s how it works: Each day of Lent (February 10 – March 26), we will post a Random Act of Grace on Facebook and Twitter. (Be sure to “like” our page and “follow” us on Twitter so you’ll get these posts daily!) Our challenge to you (and please share with your friends!) is to look around and see if you can find an example of someone doing a Random Act of Grace, anywhere in the world. You may want to do some of these acts yourself, or you may be content to merely notice them in the world around us. Once you have located an example, either take a picture or short video with your phone, find an image that portrays it online, or simply describe it in your own words. All examples count! Post your examples to our Facebook or Twitter, or email them to us at communications@myfumc.org.

Lent Studies


Online: Click here to register
In the Main Office: Weekdays | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm OR Sundays | Between services

Men’s In-Depth Bible Study

Tuesdays | 7:00 – 8:00 am | Room 154
Led by Fred Cantu and other leaders
“Mere Christianity: History, Meaning, and Relevance” by C.S. Lewis

Men of all ages are welcome to enjoy study, fellowship, prayer, and new spiritual growth on their faith journey with others. Fred Cantu and several others will lead this Bible study that will discuss “Mere Christianity: History, Meaning, and Relevance” by C.S. Lewis through May 3. There is no charge or registration required — all men are welcome whenever their schedules allow them to attend. Coffee is provided!

Women’s Bible Study

February 10 – March 23
Wednesdays | 9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154
Led by Rev. Phyllis McDougal Barren
Book available for $7 in the Main Office | Registration required
“The Gift of New Creation” by Thomas Ehrich

Listen for God’s invitation to new life offered to us through Christ in this Lenten study. We will explore God’s saving and redeeming love, and prepare you to contemplate God’s restoration and new creation through the death and resurrection of Jesus. “The Gift of New Creation” is written by Thomas Ehrich, known for his winsome theology in “On a Journey,” a newspaper column loved by 3,300 readers daily. The study includes commentary and reflection on readings from the Old Testament, the Gospels, and the Epistles. It offers the opportunity to explore these Bible readings in a seven-session study. It will help participants understand, appreciate, and engage in meaningful and life-changing spiritual practices and offer gratitude for God’s salvation through Jesus Christ.

Tapestry Women’s Class Lent Study

February 14 – March 20
Sundays | 9:30 am | Room 313
Book available for $13 in the Main Office
“24 Hours That Changed the World” by Adam Hamilton

No single event in human history has received more attention than the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. In this Lenten journey, each chapter is designed to help you experience and understand the significance of Jesus’ suffering and death in a way you have never done before. Whether you are a longtime Christian or simply curious about the story of Christ’s crucifixion, you are invited to join the author and the women of the Tapestry Sunday School class in retracing the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life.

Quest Class Lent Study

February 14 – March 20
Sundays | 11:00 am | Room 333
“John: The Gospel of Light and Life” by Adam Hamilton

The Gospel of John is the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels. It includes some of the loftiest and most loved verses in all the Bible: “And the Word became flesh . . .” (John 1:14), “For God so loved the world . . .” (John 3:16), “You who are without sin cast the first stone . . .” (John 8:7), “I am the resurrection and the life . . .” (John 11:25), and “I am the way, and the truth, and the life . . .” (John 14:6). The writing is filled with rich images and profound truths, but John notes that his aim in writing the gospel is that his readers will not only believe in Jesus Christ, but that they “may have life in his name.” This Lent, join Adam Hamilton and experience a season of spiritual growth and life-changing renewal while reading the entire Gospel of John.

Thursday Theologians Study & Discussion Group

March 3 – April 14
Thursdays | 9:15 – 11:00 am | Room 350
Led by Rev. Linda McDermott | Registration required
“The Once and Future Bible: An Introduction to the Bible for Religious Progressives” by Gregory C. Jenks

Thursday Theologians is a welcoming group interested in open-minded and challenging discussions of theological topics. It is specifically designed for those who are eager to ask the more difficult questions about faith and to be challenged to explore personal beliefs. We will use the book “The Once and Future Bible: An Introduction to the Bible for Religious Progressives” by Gregory C. Jenks. Space is limited, and some prerequisites may apply. For more information, contact Gayle Ammerman (gammerman@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5091.

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Focus — A New Series at the Gathering

February 14 – 28

Focus is a three-week series that examines photography tricks and techniques, and then applies them to our daily spiritual lives. Your life is a story composed of countless unique moments; Focus will help you frame those moments in a creative and powerful way.

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Wednesday Nights at First Church
February 17 | February 24 | March 2 | March 9

Ever longed to have: 

  • Quiet time just to be still, breathe, and be with God at the end of your workday — a little time and space to shift gears, reflect, and allow yourself some centering calm before beginning your evening?
  • Friendly fellowship with your church family in the middle of the week — nothing to bring or prepare, just show up, share a meal, and laugh together?
  • More information about a sermon series to prepare you for each week’s opportunity — to explore, learn, and go deeper into the message?

Four evenings at FUMCFW are set aside to help you meet these longings. Come for all or part of each Wednesday night offering.

Click here to learn more.

Celebrate, Gather, and Connect

With New Sunday Morning Opportunities

Remember, starting this Sunday, February 14, FUMCFW will offer three new Sunday morning opportunities:

Sub_939 1111_2nine:thirty-nine celebration  our existing eleven:eleven celebration is expanding into a second service that will target and connect with new people beyond our existing worship community — and offer another option for those already here! Click here to learn more.

Sub_new_gatheringThe Gathering  this is “something completely different” led by Rev. Lance Marshall that will offer a unique format that is part study, part sharing, part discussion, and all about inspiration, packaged in an upbeat, tech-savvy atmosphere of community. Click here or on the video below to learn more.

Click here to view another message from Lance about The Gathering

Sub_new_welcomingConnections  to encourage and promote casual conversation and connection between our diverse worshipping communities, this new opportunity to visit with one another between services will offer a special welcoming space in Wesley Hall or the Garden. Click here to learn more.

Be sure to check out these exciting new ways to spend our Sunday mornings together at First Church!

Robert StovallPassion, Talent, Experience, and Vision

Welcoming Robert Stovall as our New Director of Music & Worship Arts

“The possibilities with Robert Stovall are endless — there is no end to what he can do and will do here . . .”

— Peggy Graff, Organist and Interim Director of Music & Worship Arts

Our church is alive with the sound of music and songs we have sung for years. As seasons change and new songs are sung, it takes an exceptional leader to have an ear for the music of our church. We have already gotten a glimpse into the future since Robert Stovall became our part-time Interim Director of Adult Choirs in October. Now that Robert has accepted the offer to become our full-time Director of Music & Worship Arts beginning in June, we can’t wait to see what else he has in store for us here at FUMCFW.

The passion and experience Robert brings to the table, together with the relationships he has already started to form with our church choirs and community, open the doors to endless possibilities. As head of our Music Ministries, Robert Stovall will breathe new life into our church and give us even more sounds of music to cherish for years to come.

Click here to read more about this exciting news!

Finding Connections in the Big Picture

“There are so many ways to style your Sunday morning here, which I think is one of the greatest things about our church . . . and that makes the opportunity for everyone to gather between classes and services extremely important. Those impromptu conversations and the joy they bring are huge — it’s what brings us together as a church family.”

— Lisa Helm, Director of Welcoming Ministries

Easter 1111 4.15 DSC_0502Remember “Where’s Waldo?” You know, the popular children’s books with the cartoon character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and glasses? Here’s a quick refresher: Each illustration includes at least a dozen people doing lots of different things in the same location. The challenge: Skip over the strategically placed trick characters to find the one-and-only Waldo. Seems easy enough, right?

Things aren’t always as simple in everyday life. There are so many people in so many places that it becomes more and more tricky to find your way through the crowd. Take our Sunday mornings at First Church, for example. When we look at the big picture, there are so many great people in so many great places within our church. Even though we are at the same location on Sundays, that doesn’t mean we really see each other like we should. So we took a closer look and realized what we were missing.

The answer came at our recent Christmas Eve gathering. We opened up Wesley Hall for the congregation and visitors to enjoy treats and delightful musical accompaniment by world-class cellist Dace Sultanov while we prepared the Sanctuary for each coming service. During this time, several people said, “Wow, this is really nice,” or “I saw people I haven’t seen in forever!” After receiving so much positive feedback, our Welcoming Ministries decided to take the next step to create FUMCFW Connections.

Whether you are a member, visitor, or guest, we want everyone to have a place and a way to find one another on Sunday mornings. Make your way to Wesley Hall or the Garden between services from 10:30 – 11:00 am to visit, grab a cup of coffee, and get the big picture on our Sunday mornings together.

Click here to learn more about Connections.

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UMW Love is in the Air

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and love is in the air! To celebrate, the United Methodist Women (UMW) of First Church are reaching out to our community with “Intentional Acts of Love.” This week from February 8 – 14, each woman will show God’s love through unexpected and creative ways — to the surprise and delight of a neighbor, friend, family member, or complete stranger. “Valentine’s Day and the days leading up to it provide the perfect opportunity to serve others in extravagant or simple ways as we all share Christ’s love!” exclaims Dorothy Hudson, President of UMW. Lots of love to our UMW for this and all the ways these special women find to “go out to be God’s people in the world” — this Valentine’s week and beyond!

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Saturday, February 27
8:00 am | Meet at National Cowgirl Museum
8:30 am | Race begins

Join FUMCFW for the 2016 Cowtown Adults 5K! Walk or jog the 5K race with us at the Fort Worth Cowtown on Saturday, February 27. We will register individually online at cowtownmarathon.org. The race begins at 8:30 am, and we will meet together as a group in front of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame at 8:00 am. For more information, contact Rev. Chuck Graff (cgraff@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5065. Enjoy some great fellowship and exercise as we support this amazing community event!

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February 14 – March 6
Sundays | 9:30 – 10:45 am | Foundation Building, 2nd floor | Led by Charme Robarts

Led by Charme Robarts, certified Grief Recovery Specialist and Community Advocate, this group is focused on providing participants with tools and basic understanding of ways to handle grief that are healthy and lead to healing. The opportunity is given for sharing personal concerns. Participation is free and you do not need to be a church member to participate. The optional guidebook is $5. For more information or to register, contact Marianne Wilson (mwilson@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5071.

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March 13 – May 22 (No class Easter Sunday)
Sundays | 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Foundation Building, Room 274 | Potluck Lunch
Led by Mike Phillips | Registration required

Gandhi once said, “We must be the change we want to see in the world.” In a culture growing less civil and more violent, change often feels impossible. But there are some things we can learn about ourselves, our faith, and our relationships that can radically empower us to deal with the issues facing our world. Roots of Change is a two-hour weekly gathering lasting 10 weeks, designed to expose how patterns in our emotions impact how we work, think, pray, and love. It is a life-changing journey into deep community that offers the opportunity to strengthen relationships and discover new insights into our lives. There is no charge, but donations are accepted to continue this ministry. Child care is available upon request.

The class will be facilitated by Mike Phillips. Mike is a member of FUMCFW who has participated in multiple Roots of Change groups. He is in the process of changing his career to the field of Restorative Practices, largely as a result of his Roots experience.

For more information or to register, contact Marianne Wilson (mwilson@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5071.

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


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Sunday, February 14
11:00 am | Sanctuary
Reception in Children’s Wing Atrium following ceremony

Join us for one of FUMCFW’s most cherished traditions! Baby Celebration Sunday is a time to recognize all the little ones brought into our world in 2015, and reaffirm how much these children mean to our church family. A special reception for our honored families will take place immediately following the ceremony in the Children’s Wing Atrium. If you welcomed a child in 2015click here to register online or contact Janice Cooper (jcooper@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5093.

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Pre-Registration for Parents’ Day Out and Preschool

January 21 – February 12

Pre-registration is for our currents students and church members. We will register for the 2016 Summer Programs and 2016 – 2017 School Year. Parents’ Day Out (PDO) is for children 9 months – 2 years old (as of August 31, 2016) for the summer program and 3 – 23 months (as of September 1, 2016) for the school year. The Preschool is for children ages 2 – 5 (as of September 1, 2015) for the summer camps and ages 2 – 5 (as of September 1, 2016) for the school year. For more information about PDO, contact Paula Wagstaff (pwagstaff@myfumc.org). For more information about Preschool, contact Nina Burrows (nburrows@myfumc.org).

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Academy begins February 14
Classes fill up quickly | Register online now

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July 11 – 15, 2016
9:00 am – noon | Meet in Wesley Hall | FUMCFW
Children ages 3 years through 6th grade

$15 per child before 6.7, $30 after
Registration closes 7.5 at midnight

VBS Celebration Sunday

July 17, 2016

11:00 am | FUMCFW | Sanctuary

Click here to register!

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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During the month of February, please bring socks and underwear to:
First Street Methodist Mission | Monday – Thursday | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
OR in the donation bins at the West, East, & Garden entrances | Sunday mornings

For more information, contact Linda Murphy (lmurphy@firststreetmission.org) at 817/339-2404.

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


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Sunday, February 14
8:30 am | Rehearsal | Choir Room
9:30 & 11:00 am | Performance | Sanctuary

The Singing Men of First Church, a choir comprised solely of male voices, will join together for the first time during the 9:30 and 11:00 am Sanctuary worship services on Sunday, February 14. This short-term choir — or “sprint choir” — will only rehearse two or three times before singing together. Men of all ages are welcome, whether you are a member of the Choral Union looking for something different, or if you are interested in a short-term choir experience. The Singing Men of First Church will perform under the direction of Mr. Robert Stovall, Interim Director of Adult Choirs. The choir will learn three songs: “Rise Up, O Men of God” by Kenneth Jennings, “Be Thou My Vision” by Dan Forrest (with cello, harp, and piano accompaniment), and “And Can It Be?” by Dan Forrest. Fill out the form below to register online for this unique singing opportunity. You can also go to the Welcome Center or Main Office to pick up and turn in a registration card. For more information, contact Peggy Graff (pgraff@myfumc.org) at 817/339-2405.

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Monday, February 22
7:00 pm | Leonard Memorial Chapel
Followed by reception in Wesley Hall

The second of two Spectrum season concerts is coming soon to FUMCFW! The Spectrum, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s professional chamber music ensemble, partners with our church to provide a free performance venue that is open to the Fort Worth community and surrounding areas. The intimate setting of Leonard Memorial Chapel allows musicians and audience members to experience an up-close-and-personal evening of music. The upcoming concert on Monday, February 22, will feature Chants Encounter, a vocal quartet, singing music from a variety of genres and style periods. Violist Daniel Sigale will join forces with Keith Critcher, pianist, as they perform Zoltan Kodaly’s “Adagio for Viola and Piano.” Also, an FWSO string quartet will perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s “String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68.” A reception in Wesley Hall following the concert will give you an opportunity to meet and greet the performers and others in the community. Save the date for this one-of-a-kind concert and reception. For more information, contact Peggy Graff (pgraff@myfumc.org) at 817/339-2405.

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


KansasCity_22016 Summer Mission Trip

June 19 – 24
Kansas City, MO | $225 for students | $75 for adults
Grades 7 – 12  (In the 2015 – 2016 school year)

We’ll be going up to Kansas City this summer from June 19 – 24 for our youth mission trip, which is open to all youth grades 7 – 12. We’ll be spending the week working in the city, worshipping together, and having fun. Youth have to be able to be there the entire week.

Questions? Contact Brenda Kegans (bkegans@myfumc.org) at 817/339-3888.

Click here to register now!

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

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Honorary Gifts

General Fund in Honor of:
Dr. Bill Longsworth by Thomas Q. Davis, M.D.

Kenya Mission in Honor of:
Rev. Tom McDermott by FUMCFW United Methodist Women

Memorial Gifts

First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
George Sumner by Ann & Wayne Maddox

General Fund in Memory of:
Ada Foster by Mrs. John J. Piper
Dan Soloman by Mrs. John J. Piper
Ella West Rew by Mrs. John J. Piper
John J. Piper by Mrs. John J. Piper
Wanda Ballard by Mrs. John J. Piper


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