FUMCFW Weekly 2.24.17

By February 24, 2017News


Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Rev. Linda McDermott

DiscipleChurch | 7:15 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Worship | Chapel | Charme Robarts
9:30 am | Discussion | Foundation Building, 2nd Floor

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 9:30 am for The Gathering, 9:45 am for Children First (first Sunday of each month), 11:00 am for Traditional, and 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

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The Beloved Community

Rev. Linda McDermott

Acts 11:1-18

I’ve been pondering the question, “What makes us a community?” Is it proximity to one another? Is it recognition of faces that we frequently encounter? Is it shared ideas? Mutual passions? Common fears or enemies? In The Acts of the Apostles, Luke shares the story of the conversion of the Gentile Roman soldier, Cornelius, as he celebrates his new life in Christ. Peter, at this point a follower of Jesus, but still a devout Jew, finds himself in table fellowship with someone he’s spent his whole life carefully avoiding. Read more.

Robert Stovall gives a quick preview of the music offering for this Sunday.



Welcome to Lent 2017: Gifts of the Dark Wood

This Lent we will explore what it means to be in the “Dark Woods” moments of our lives. We are not just going to talk about how to get out of it, as if life is good only when we are not there. We are going to explore what it might mean for our lives to recognize the gifts of being in the Dark Woods. What if times of uncertainty, failure, or emptiness are actually opportunities for spiritual awakening?

Together we will take a journey in this season of Lent. Our worship series, “Gifts of the Dark Wood,” is about “seeing life through new eyes.” When we allow ourselves to accept the personal journey we can experience within the Dark Woods, the Holy Spirit tends to nudge us, awaken us, to a fuller life. Life is messy. Life is uncertain. Rather than a problem to be solved, what if we saw uncertainty, failure, emptiness, and loss as gifts? What if we saw how these uncomfortable times can actually help us let go of all we cannot know so that we can live more wholeheartedly? Let us begin the journey . . .

2017 Lent Programs and Events


Church Architecture_SQFirst Steps Into Our Sanctuary and Chapel

Since the day the stock market crashed and ground was broken on October 29, 1929, we have continued to build upon our own sacred space here at FUMCFW. Within that space stands one of Downtown Fort Worth’s top 10 landmarks: our spectacular Gothic Revival Sanctuary, along with our beautiful Leonard Memorial Chapel. And within those two spaces are many symbols which hold special meaning for our church family. Read more.

Healing the Heart of Democracy_SQMeet Heart to Heart, Soul to Soul

We live in a world overwhelmed with suffering and brokenness. Beyond the isolation of wounds and worries, we can discover new connections through open hearts and deepening compassion. How can we build new pathways in our minds and throughout our communities — where we can meet heart to heart and soul to soul? How can we come together in growing circles of trust that lead us all to healing and wholeness? Read more.

DFW Brass17_SQTop Brass Back at FUMCFW

Come hear and see the acclaimed DFW Brass Quintet, which is comprised of top musicians from the North Texas area, as they perform a one-hour recital of diverse repertoire. These wonderfully gifted brass musicians will delight and entertain you! One piece will feature our Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ, and improvisations by the trombonist and tubist are also planned. Read more.

Cowtown Marathon17_SQBright and Early in Cowtown

The Cowtown Marathon will pass through downtown Fort Worth on Sunday, February 26, between 7:45 – 11:00 am. Remember to set your alarm a little earlier for your Sunday morning at First Church. Traffic will be directed by the Fort Worth Police Department during this time. Here’s the best route to church: 1. Take I-30 to Forest Park Blvd. 2. Head north on Forest Park Blvd. 3. Take a right on 5th St. 4. Head east to arrive at FUMCFW. Read more.



2.24.17 New Members


Carol Row
Jeff Tallman


Rev. Michael Patison



First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Bill Frabotta by The Texas Girls
Bill Mizell by Carla Gates
Loretta Crittenden by Joyce Moody
Loretta Crittenden by Thelma Allen
Marianne Brants & Ronnie Pyeatt by Barbara McMahon

Foundation Fund in Memory of:
Joan Bailey by Lue Nel Stroud
Walter Gates Jr. by Ms. Jo Ann Carson
Walter Gates Jr. by Ms. Sue Slaughter
Dr. Warren Wilson by Dr. & Mrs. Lee Bloemendal

General Fund in Memory of:
Jo Throckmorton by Cathy & James Cushman
Jo Throckmorton by Diana & Glenn Isbell
Marianne Brants by Ann & Wayne Maddox
R.L. Dowdell by Carolyn Corser
R.L. Dowdell by Ann & Wayne Maddox
R.L. Dowdell by Patricia & William Gordon
Ronnie Pyeatt by Dianne & Ben Fisher
Ronnie Pyeatt by Ann & Wayne Maddox
Ronnie Pyeatt by Ted Fergeson


Methodist Justice Ministry in Honor of:
James Dennis by Carol Sue & John Marshall


robert-stovall752Come to a Concert!

Robert Stovall

If you enjoy attending music concerts, HAVE I GOT A DEAL FOR YOU!! This coming week of February 26, FUMCFW will host a weeklong music concert series. I want to let you know that we are delighted to host such high-quality musicians in our Sanctuary, knowing that their talents will be fully appreciated by those who attend. Read more.

Nancy Fisher75Continue to Be Generous

Nancy Fisher

I hope that you had the chance to hear Dr. Bruster’s sermon last Sunday, along with President of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. Andy Taft. It was very interesting to learn about the projected growth of downtown and what role First Church can have on the influx of the 10,000 potential new residents. Read more.

mark75Ash Wednesday — NEXT Week

Mark Burrows


Many of you know we offer Lent/Holy Week services especially for children and families. (In fact, we often have families come from other churches because there aren’t many places that offer these kinds of experiences for young people.) Read more.

Charme75When the Bright Lights Have Faded Away

Charme Robarts

This Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday. Transfiguration is an old word for change, and in the story about Jesus on a mountain with three of his disciples, the change that came over Jesus is described as dazzling, bright, white, and glorious — spectacular enough that the disciples fell to the ground. Read more.

kat-bair75The Importance and Normalcy of Doubt

Kat Bair

Developmentally, the capacity for abstract thought sets in around late puberty. This neurological fact is among the most delightful parts of my job. It is also why youth ministry is so crucial. Read more.


How to Be Brilliantly Mistaken

Rev. Tom McDermott

There is an old teaching from somewhere that goes: There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading in the same direction. So it doesn’t matter which path you take. Some may be more challenging than others. But they all go to the top. Read more.

Len751Our Instinct for Renewal and the Creative Power for Healing

Dr. Len Delony

Slowly read this quote by Thomas Merton again . . . Pause long enough to be present to the words in a way that helps you rediscover “that which is deepest, most original, most personal” within you. You have a deep, soulful instinct that calls to the best part in you. Read more.


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

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February Mission Sundays

During the month of February, please bring diapers 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

1.9 – 5.11 First Yoga

Mondays & Tuesdays | 9:30 – 10:30 am
10:45 – 11:30 am | Chair yoga
Wednesdays | 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Thursdays | 8:30 – 9:15 am
Room 320 | Led by Linda Blanchard | All ages & fitness levels
Registration required | $70 per 10-class punch card

1.11 – 3.1 Wednesday Morning Study

9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren
Registration required | Book available for $16

Preschool and Parents’ Day Out Registration

1.19 – 2.10 Pre-Registration
1.24 & 1.25 Q&A Session & Tour | 9:45 am
1.31 & 2.1 Q&A Session & Tour | 1:30 pm
2.28 Open Registration | 9:00 am

1.26 – 4.6 Thursday Theologians

9:15 am | Refreshments & gathering
9:30 – 11:00 am | Book discussion | Room 350
Led by Rev. Linda McDermott | Registration closed

2.8 – 3.1 & 4.19 – 12.20 Pastor’s Bible Study

Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Room 231
Led by Rev. Lance Marshall

2.25 Cowtown 5K with Fit First

8:00 am | Meet at National Cowgirl Museum
8:30 am | Race begins

2.26 DFW Brass Concert

3:00 pm | Sanctuary

2.26 Healing the Heart of Democracy Presentation and Dialogue
Courageous Faith in Challenging Times

3:00 – 5:00 pm | Wesley Hall

2.28 Keller High School Women’s Choir Pre-ACDA Concert

7:00 – 7:45 pm | Sanctuary

3.1 Ash Wednesday Services

Noon & 7:00 pm | Sanctuary | Rev. Linda McDermott

3.1 Family Ash Wednesday Dinner & Service

5:30 pm | Dinner | Room 350
6:15 pm | Worship | Wesley Hall
Mister Mark Burrows

3.2 Flower Mound High School Choral Concert

7:00 pm | Sanctuary

3.5 – 4.2 Luther & Wesley: Before & After

Sundays | 9:30 – 10:30 am | Room 332
Led by Dr. Lamar Smith

3.5 – 4.2 Sunday Lenten Study: “Gifts of the Dark Wood”

Sundays | 11:00 am – noon | Room 331
Led by Rev. Chuck Graff
Registration required | Book available for $12

3.6 – 4.10 Monday Musers Lenten Study Group

Mondays | 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Foundation Building, Room 271
Led by Dr. Mike Marshall

3.7 United Methodist Women Luncheon

11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, 3.3
Rev. Casey Orr

3.8 – 4.12 Wednesday Lenten Study: “Gifts of the Dark Wood”

Wednesdays | Noon – 1:00 pm | Room 154
Led by Rev. Linda McDermott
Registration required | Book available for $12

3.8 – 4.12 Pastor’s Lenten Study

Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Room 231
Led by Dr. Tim Bruster

3.12 – 3.26 Preparing for Marriage

Sundays | 5:00 – 7:00 pm | Foundation Building, 2nd Floor
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren | $160 per couple | Registration required

More events.


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