FUMCFW Weekly News 2.5.16

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The Season of Lent, the Time for Prayer
Get Fired Up for The Gathering
Quest — A New Adult Sunday School Class For All Ages!
Youth With a Purpose at Revolution Weekend
Early Response Training
Worship Here, Worship There … FUMCFW Worship Everywhere!
Churchwide General Conference Presentations
Baptism 101
February Church Tour
February Foundation Lunch & Learn
Cowtown Adults 5K Race

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Living Through Grief Support Group


Baby Celebration Sunday
Pre-Registration for Parents’ Day Out and Preschool
Children’s Academy Sunday 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 | 9:40 am | Chapel | 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Rev. Linda McDermott

Children First | 9:45 am | Sanctuary | Mister Mark Burrows
Theme: “Welcome”

DiscipleChurch | Community Breakfast | 7:20 am | Wesley Hall
Chapel | 8:30 am | Martin Leathers
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

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

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Rev. Linda McDermott

It was the year King Uzziah died.

That is how our scripture reading for this Sunday begins — kind of blunt and ominous. “It was the year King Uzziah died.” This would be similar, for you and me, to saying, “It was the year 9/11 shook our world,” or “It was the year the stock markets crashed,” or even, “It was the year President Kennedy was assassinated.”

The history behind all the turmoil going on in Judah and Israel is long and tedious, but suffice it to say, the Hebrew people were on the brink of national disaster as the powerful Assyrian Empire was bearing down on them. It was a terrible year, and it looked like it was only going to get worse! All was coming apart at the seams.

Most sermons on this text focus exclusively on Isaiah’s response to a majestic vision of God on the throne with the emphasis on Isaiah’s words, “Here I am, send me.” This Sunday, however, I’d like us to take a closer look at the conclusion of our scripture reading: “The stump is the holy seed.”

What in the world is Isaiah trying to say? It’s certainly not a message of hope that would come easily or simply. In fact, Isaiah’s initial message is one of total destruction with an essential element of true hope — a “seed” for a transformation that would bring lasting peace and deep joy.

So, just what is this “holy seed?” When all is lost, what is that tiny grain of hope that promises to bring new life? And, maybe more importantly, are we simply passive recipients or are we invited into the work of planting, cultivating, and nourishing this seed to life? How can we do that when we are surrounded with fear and panic and a faith so shallow that any easy and expedient answer seems to wash away our full attention?

Let me take a (nod) from Isaiah and be blunt. The Super Bowl doesn’t begin for hours after worship, and you won’t be in any danger of missing all those puppies and Clydesdales by coming to church! This message from Isaiah has a very challenging, and possibly world-altering, significance for our time as well. This is a difficult passage, and we’ll have to walk through it carefully — together.

I hope to see you on Sunday morning!

Rev. Linda McDermott,
Senior Associate Pastor & Associate Pastor of Worship

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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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BIG NEWS for FUMCFW Music Ministries!

Dr. Tim Bruster

I am thrilled to announce that Robert Stovall, who is now serving as our part-time Interim Director of Adult Choirs (Choral Union and Adoramus), has accepted our offer to become our full-time Director of Music & Worship Arts. As we have all no doubt noticed since he joined us as interim director on October 7, Robert brings to our Music Ministries not only an enthusiastic, positive, outgoing, personable presence; he is a superior choral director/conductor and musician.

On Robert’s first Sunday as interim director, I went up to the Choir Room to welcome him. Click here to continue reading.

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Roger Partridge

I get excited when the mail arrives this time of year. It’s not normally like that, and it’s not often that I get much mail. At home it’s even less exciting — a sales flyer or yet another political campaign mailing — oh boy! Following Commitment Sunday, I am much more excited to check the mail because I get to hear from our congregation with their 2016 commitment to the ministries and operating budget of our church. I announced a couple of weeks ago that I would keep you updated, so now just three days after Commitment Sunday, this is our status. We have about 500 households that have completed a commitment card, with many more arriving in the mail every day. Click here to continue reading.

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Lisa HelmI Just Have to Brag!

Lisa Helm

I’ve been pretty unabashed in my pride of the guys who volunteer every Sunday to greet people in the parking lots, but honestly, they just keep giving me reasons to brag!

A couple of weeks ago, Bob Leibrock and Martin Reid (they’re always on Fifth Street) told me they noticed that a couple whom they greet every Sunday hadn’t been here in a while, and they were concerned about them. Martin asked if I could call and check on them, and I did. I’m happy to report that although they had both been under the weather, they told me they were on the mend. In fact, they were here last Sunday! Click here continue reading.

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Chuck GraffHere Is Your Opportunity to Learn More About Our General Conference!

Rev. Chuck Graff

I want to personally invite you all to attend the special General Conference Presentation this Sunday at 9:30 am and during the 11:11 am worship service. Both presentations will be led by Dr. Tim Bruster and Mr. Tom Harkrider in Wesley Hall. Our FUMC General Conference Task Force has worked diligently for months creating and promoting this extremely important congregational opportunity, and planning our follow-up dialogue groups for your participation on Sunday, February 21, and Sunday, March 6, at noon (watch the Weekly and website for details).

All church members and guests are encouraged to attend to learn more about the role and issues that will be addressed at this worldwide conference held from May 10 – 20 in Portland, Oregon, that will have a major impact on our local church. Click here to continue reading.

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Martin LeathersGod Ties All Our Stories Together

Martin Leathers

There’s a phenomenon I like to call: “The book was so much better.” Perhaps you’ve experienced this when you’ve gone to see a movie after reading the book first. Sure, the movie might be great, but as you know, it’s never as good as the book you read that inspired it.

The characters don’t look the way you imagined them, and the dialogue isn’t delivered in just the way you heard it in your head. When we read a book, the words on the pages take flight in our minds, and no movie could ever match that.

When we talk about God in our lives, we’re telling a story that only we could tell. Click here to continue reading.

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Rev. Tom McDermott

Philippe Petit, the man who walked the high wire between the Twin Towers in 1974, once said, “It’s very easy to walk on a wire if you spend a whole lifetime practicing for it.”

That image of a single individual balanced on a narrow, taught wire between two concrete, glass monolithic symbols of western power and control will always remain a profound and transformative image in many minds.

Life can certainly be like trying to walk a tightrope. 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.

First Week of Lent

Ash Wednesday Prayer Stations

Wednesday, February 10
7:30 – 9:30 am, 11:00 am – noon, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, & 8:00 – 9:00 pm | Sanctuary

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming Easter. It is a time set aside in the Christian year for self-examination and reflection. We take this time to focus on our relationship with God.

In the spirit of Lent, we begin the season with Ash Wednesday. Services provide an opportunity to center ourselves for the season to come. In addition to these worship services, we invite you to an experience of guided prayer and meditation through stations in the Sanctuary. These six stations guide you to meaningful connection both with yourself and with God. They are designed for as much or as little time as your schedule allows. We hope you will set aside a few moments to engage your faith in a new way and prepare yourself for this profound season in the church.

Ash Wednesday Services

Wednesday, February 10
Noon & 7:00 pm | Sanctuary | Rev. Linda McDermott

The season of Lent begins with this moving and sacred service. In so many ways, the entire season of Lent leading us through Holy Week and into Easter builds upon this service. Come at noon or in the evening to experience the first steps into a deeper understanding and experience of the facets of salvation in our life of faith. This year, we will experience the juxtaposition of the imposition of ashes symbolizing our mortality and the water of baptism as the gracious and renewing love of God. Take this first step into a most meaningful Easter experience.

At noon we will have special music by Mark Burrows, baritone, and then at the 7:00 pm Sanctuary service we will immerse ourselves in the reflective “Set Me As a Seal,” composed by Rene Clausen and performed by the dynamic and inspiring FUMCFW Choral Union.

Children’s Ash Wednesday Dinner & Service

Wednesday, February 10
5:30 pm | Dinner | Wesley Hall
6:15 pm | Worship | Chapel
Mister Mark Burrows
“Why Do We Get Ashes On Our Heads?”

Children gather in the Chapel to sing songs, participate in many different forms of prayer, and receive the imposition of ashes as they learn about Ash Wednesday and its significance in this special kid-friendly service. Donations for dinner are accepted but not required.

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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The Season of Lent, the Time for Prayer

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.

— Ecclesiastes 3:1

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming Easter. It is a time set aside in the Christian year for self-examination and reflection. We take this time to focus on our relationship with God.

In the spirit of Lent, we begin the season with Ash Wednesday. This year on February 10, in addition to worship services, FUMCFW invites you to an experience of guided prayer and meditation. Prayer stations will be in the Sanctuary from 7:30 – 9:30 am, 11:00 am – noon, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, and 8:00 – 9:00 pm. They will help you find meaningful connection — both with yourself and with God. The stations are designed for as much or as little time as your schedule allows, so you can come and go as you please.

Take the time to start this season with prayer, and let it lead your faith in a new way. Click here to learn more about our Ash Wednesday prayer stations.

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“Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”

— John Wesley

If you really could catch on fire with enthusiasm, Rev. Lance Marshall would burst into flames. And if people came for miles to watch the fire at First 7th, even more will come to watch a much brighter blaze at The Gathering.

This Sunday morning offering is nothing like a typical worship or Sunday School experience. It’s new, it’s different — and the excitement around it is spreading like wildfire. The Gathering 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.

Ready to get fired up? Starting on February 14, head to Room 350 on Sunday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 am to join The Gathering. Lance guarantees you will laugh out loud, learn something new, and be connected to God — and he hopes you will experience grace that lights up your heart from the inside out.

Click here to learn more.

Quest — A New Adult Sunday School Class for All Ages!

11:00 am | Room 333

This class consists of adults who wish to enhance their understanding of God’s will, and how to apply it to their lives and to their world. Participants will not shy away from questions about faith, nor avoid difficult questions facing Christianity. Research sources will include the Bible and other materials to provide a richer understanding. Class members will review and discuss these sources with honesty and respect. For more information, contact Daniel Roe (daniel@roedesigngroup.com) at 817/681-1401.

Youth Get Dirty Photos_HSYouth With a Purpose at Revolution Weekend

2016 Revolution Weekend was January 16 – 18, and our youth headed to Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center to dig deep into why they are “crafted by God” and “made for a purpose.” Andrew Mochrie, Director of Youth Ministries, said that this year continued to be a highlight in the life of the Youth Ministries of FUMCFW. “It was a time that our teenagers were able to experience God in a fresh way while growing together as a community of faith.” Click here to check out pictures of the memories our youth made over Revolution Weekend.

FUMCFW Media_HSWorship Here, Worship There … FUMCFW Worship Everywhere!

If you can’t make it to church on Sundays, remember that you can still worship with us in a variety of other ways:

Worship online via live stream every Sunday morning:

• Traditional Sanctuary Worship | 11:00 am

• eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am

• Children First | 9:45 am (first Sunday of every month) 

Catch the previous week’s sermon via radio broadcast:

• WRR Classical 101.1 FM | 7:30 am every Sunday 

Enjoy podcasts of traditional worship on iTunes while you work out or play.

Click here to get all the details, and join us for worship — anytime, anywhere!

4.15 UMCOR_HSEarly Response Training

One of the primary ways the Central Texas Conference (CTC) responds to disasters is via our Early Response Team (ERT). Our CTC ERTs respond to disasters within the conference, as well as to help other areas facing disasters. The mission of an Early Response Team is to provide a caring presence in the aftermath of a disaster, under very specific guidelines that enable a team to be productive and caring while causing no further harm or being a burden to the affected community.

If you are called to serve as a member of the CTC ERT, you must register and participate in one of the trainings taught throughout the year. These trainings are taught by “authorized” UMCOR trainers, and team members are given authorized ERT ID badges from UMCOR as evidence of completing the training. The topics covered in the class include the who, what, when, where, and how of doing disaster response ministry, as well as some hands-on experience in the specific tasks that Early Responders are expected to accomplish in the face of a disaster.

Please click here for a list of trainings for MinistrySafe information related to requirements for our Early Response Teams.

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Sunday, February 7
9:30 & 11:11 am | Wesley Hall

Dr. Tim Bruster, Leader of the Central Texas Conference General Conference Delegation, and Mr. Tom Harkrider, First-Elected Lay Delegate, will be leading a special informational meeting about the United Methodist General Conference that will be held in Portland, Oregon, from May 10 – 20. These churchwide presentations will be in Wesley Hall on Sunday, February 7, at 9:30 am and during eleven:eleven celebration. All members of the congregation and guests are encouraged to join these extremely informative sessions.

3.1 Intro To Baptism Class For ParentsBaptism 101

Sunday, February 7
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 (gammerman@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5091, so that we can prepare accordingly. For other questions, please contact Rev. Casey Orr (corr@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5067.

FUMCFW Church PhotoFebruary Church Tour

Sunday, February 7
Immediately after 11:00 am worship | Meet at front of Sanctuary

Want to find a Sunday School class, learn about our Library, Television Ministry, Children’s Ministries, and more? Join our tour of the building on Sunday, February 7. Meet Dianne Fisher at the front of the Sanctuary immediately following the 11:00 am worship service.

February Foundation Lunch and Learn_HSFebruary Foundation Lunch & Learn

Thursday, February 11
Noon – 1:00 pm | Foundation Building | Room 271
RSVP by 2.8

L❤ve our Church? L❤ve our Foundation? Come feel the Foundation L❤VE and join us for lunch to learn more about the Foundation on Thursday, February 11, from noon to 1:00 pm. We want to answer your questions. The lunch is free, but we do need an RSVP by February 8 so we can order you a lunch! For more information or to make a reservation, contact Lisa Tucker (lisa.tucker@fmcfoundation.org) at 817/339-5089.

Cowtown 2016_HSCowtown Adults 5K Race

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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grief_shutterstock_97922762Living Through Grief Support Group

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

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.

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


Baby Celebration_HSBaby Celebration Sunday

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).

Spring Academy_HSChildren’s Academy Sunday School

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

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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Feb15 Mission Sunday_HSFebruary Mission Sundays: Socks and Underwear

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.


Singing Men_HS2Singing Men of First Church

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.

Spectrum Concert Series_HSSpectrum Concert Series

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, 2016
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. Open to all youth grades 7 – 12. We’ll be spending the week working in the city, worshiping 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.

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

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Honorary Gifts

Kenya Mission In Honor Of:
Tim McDermott by Nancy & Brendan Tully

Memorial Gifts

Outreach In Memory Of:
George Sumner by Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Sturdivant


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