FUMCFW Weekly 3.17.17

By March 16, 2017News


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

DiscipleChurch | 7:15 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Worship | Chapel | Rev. Page Hines
9:30 am | Discussion | Foundation Building, 2nd Floor

The Gathering | 9:30 am | Wesley Hall
11:00 am | Justin Youth Building
Rev. Lance Marshall

Chapel Communion | 10:35 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
Special music by Dace Sultanov and Hans Grim

eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott

Worship Bulletins

Connections | 10:30 – 11:00 am & noon – 12:30 pm | Garden & Wesley Hall
Join us at Connections between services.

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.

Sunday School Teachers & Topics


The Gift of Feeling Lost

Dr. Tim Bruster

1 Kings 19:4, 9-13

As a child, were you ever lost?

Even if it was only for a minute or two in the grocery store, I’ll bet you still remember that feeling of panic, disorientation, and fear. Which direction should you go? Should you stay right where you are and wait for someone to find you? If you wandered away, do you go back to the place you wandered from, or to a new place where you hope someone will be waiting for you?

This week we’ll continue our “Gifts of the Dark Wood” worship series with “The Gift of Feeling Lost.” In his book “Gifts of the Dark Wood,” author Eric Elnes shares David Wagoner’s poem “Lost” to point to the best thing we can do when lost and the gift that may come our way when we feel lost: Read more.


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


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amazon-smile2_sq10 Times the Donation, One Day Only

Today, March 16, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times the usual donation rate) of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth! Use this link to support our church while you shop. Read more.

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Celebrating FUMC Day School At Our Annual Fundraiser

FUMC Day School knows the importance of early childhood education. That’s why our Preschool and Parents’ Day Out (PDO) programs are here for children five days a week. Preschool provides excellent care for infants and toddlers, with enriching programming to make sure our preschoolers are ready for kindergarten. Read more.



3.16.17 New Members


3.16.17 Baptisms


John Mohrbacher
Lela Mohrbacher
Pat King


Craig Dickson



Choir Fund in Memory of:
Rev. Michael Patison by Jean Taylor

Foundation Fund in Memory of:
Joan Bailey by Dr. & Mrs. Bloemendal

General Fund in Memory of:
Rev. Michael Patison by Dr. Mark Eidson
Ronnie Pyeatt by Linda & Hank Billman


First Street Methodist Mission in Honor of:
Bettye Rodgers by Inquirers Sunday School Class

Senior Adult Ministries in Honor of:
Wesleyan Adventurers by Kay Watkins


Lance Marshall752What is The Gathering? Part III: Praying People

Rev. Lance Marshall

Few things are more intimate than in-person conversations. In a day dominated by screen time and digitally mediated communication, sitting in the presence of others to speak and to listen is a radically counter-cultural act. Inviting God into the conversation is even more outrageous. Read more.


Mark Burrows

Hi Choir Families. We do have rehearsal on Sunday. And THIS is the Sunday everyone with a speaking part should have their lines memorized. Three Things: 1. Make sure your kids are listening to their CDs. This will really help everyone. 2. For those with lines, don’t just memorize your lines, but those right before yours as well. Read more.

kat-bair75Strange Truths About Lost-ness

Kat Bair

The weird thing about being lost is that what determines how lost you are is how far you get while convinced you aren’t lost. At its core, what determines how lost you are is how far you manage to go in the wrong direction while thinking it’s the right direction. Taking one step in the wrong direction doesn’t make you lost. Read more.

Lisa HelmRuth and Mary-Martha Circles in the Garden on Sunday!

Lisa Helm

This Sunday, our beautiful garden will be a hub of activity! Ladies from UMW’s Ruth and Mary-Martha Circles will be providing cookies, lemonade, and hospitality, making for a great chance to visit with old friends — and maybe to make new ones. Read more.


Where Am I Now?

Rev. Tom McDermott

One of our older son’s favorite books, when he was 3 and 4 years old, was Where’s Waldo? Waldo, dressed in his red and white striped outfit and cap, sets out on his journey, surrounded by similar colors and equipped with 12 items to help him on his travels. Read more.

Len751Meditative Music and Heavenly Manna

Dr. Len Delony

In these desert, often dark days of Lent, we are invited to go deeper into the true center of our faith journey and follow the creative action of love and grace in our hearts. Come join us at “The Oasis” in Leonard Chapel from 10:35 – 10:55 am. This Sunday we will have special music for meditation by Dace Sultanov on cello and Hans Grim on piano. Read more.


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

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March Mission Sundays

During the month of March, please bring adult underwear 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

1.26 – 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

3.5 – 4.2 Luther & Wesley: Before & After

Sundays | 9:30 – 10:30 am | Room 332
Led by Dr. Lamar Smith
THIS WEEK: “Meet John Wesley”
Interested in becoming a member of FUMCFW? Join our class as we study Methodism.

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

3.8 – 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

3.26 Rise Against Hunger

8:00 am – 12:45 pm | Justin Youth Building

3.29 Fit First & Social Running Shoe Drive for First Street Methodist Mission

7:00 – 9:00 pm | Clearfork Food Park
1541 Merrimac Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76107

4.1 Fort Worth Zoo Run

8:00 – 9:30 am | Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76110
Registration required

4.2 Bluegrass Gospel Concert

6:00 pm | Sanctuary

4.4 United Methodist Women Annual Fundraiser

10:30 am | Ridglea Country Club
Tickets on sale in Welcome Center 2.19 – 3.26

4.6 FUMC Day School Fundraiser — A Night of Pure Imagination

6:00 – 10:00 pm | Joe T. Garcia’s
2201 N. Commerce St.

4.8 Habitat for Humanity Cowtown Brush Up

Registration required

4.9 Choral Union Holy Week Concert

7:00 pm | Sanctuary

Ongoing Programs

First Yoga

Class canceled 3.7 – 3.17
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

Free Community Boot Camp

Mondays & Wednesdays | 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Justin Youth Building Gym | 801 W. 5th St.
Waiver required | Registration required

Men’s In-Depth Bible Study

Tuesdays | 7:00 – 8:00 am | Room 154
Led by Fred Cantu and other leaders

First We Drum

Second Tuesday of each month
7:00 – 8:30 pm | Wesley Hall

De Colores! Emmaus Ministry Fourth Day Reunion Group

First Wednesday of every month
Noon | Room 230

Walking, Running, & Cycling Group

Saturdays | 8:00 – 9:00 am
The Trailhead at Clearfork
4801 Edwards Ranch Road
Fort Worth, TX 76109 | Waiver required

Fill Backpacks for Food 4 Kids

Sundays | Pack backpacks for 1 hour between 9:00 am – noon
First Street Methodist Mission

First Talks

Sundays | 9:30 – 10:30 am | Room 350

Baptism 101

First Sunday of every month
11:00 am | Room 230 | Registration required


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