FUMCFW Weekly News 3.17.16

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New Sunday Morning Offerings
Dr. Tim Bruster — Salvation is Being Saved from Sin

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Holy Week 2016
Additional Lent Studies
Random Acts of Grace

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Frogs in the Sanctuary on Palm Sunday?
Go the Extra Mile with UMW 
Lent is Not Just for Grown-Ups at FUMCFW
Baptism 101
April Church Tour

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Women’s Wednesday Morning Study Group


Easter Egg Hunt
April Parents’ Night Out
Mission Day Camp
Vacation Bible School

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TCU Concert Chorale Performance


Confirmation Retreat
2016 Summer Mission Trip
Camp Barnabas

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

DiscipleChurch | 7:20 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Chapel | Rev. Lance Marshall
9:30 am | Discussion Groups 

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

nine:thirty-nine | eleven:eleven celebration | 9:39 & 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Charme Robarts

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 | 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 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 & noon – 12:30 pm | Wesley Hall

Each Sunday, 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 Being Saved from Sin

Dr. Tim Bruster

Romans 5:1-11

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and the sixth week of Lent, in which I will continue our “Saving Grace: Seven Facets of Salvation” sermon series with “Salvation is Being Saved from Sin.”

Sin is anything that stands in the way of our relationship with God and others: Where we have done something that is wrong. Where we have wronged others and we have wronged God in that relationship. A definition of a particular sin that I find helpful is “any thought, word, or deed that alienates or cuts us off from ourselves, others, and God.” A definition of sin as a present reality in human life is “the tendency to have thoughts, speak words, and do deeds that alienate or cut us off from ourselves, others, and God.” This facet of salvation is all about forgiveness and being able to start over. We do not have to remain stuck or trapped or condemned by our past. New beginnings are possible.

We find it in the Hebrew Scriptures. Psalm 32 says, “The one whose wrongdoing is forgiven, whose sin is covered over, is truly happy!”

In Romans 5:1-11, Paul writes, “Therefore, since we have been made righteous through [Jesus’] faithfulness, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have access by faith into this grace in which we stand through him, and we boast in the hope of God’s glory.” It is the grace of God that makes us righteous or “justifies” us, as it can also be translated. This was a powerful experience in Paul’s life, and it is a powerful experience in ours as well. Paul writes in Philippians 3:13-14, “This one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.”

What past or present transgression may be keeping you from moving forward? Is there something that stands in the way of your relationship with another person, with yourself, or with God? One of the dimensions of salvation is forgiveness and the opportunity to begin anew.

I look forward to exploring these ideas with you on this beautiful Palm Sunday — and discovering how we all might find those places in our lives in which forgiveness could bring us into a closer relationship with God.

Grace and Peace,




Dr. Tim Bruster,
Senior Pastor

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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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Lisa HelmGo Far Together With Connections

Lisa Helm

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Rev. Casey Orr shared this African proverb in a sermon, and I often think about the simple beauty and wisdom of these words. In a nutshell, it embodies why I am so passionate about Welcoming Ministries.

Although we often choose to go fast in the busy world we live in, the truth is that living in community with others — going together — is part of God’s plan for us. In this fast-paced world, church offers something people need.

We all hunger for a sense of belonging and yearn for a place of acceptance — and that is why I feel so strongly about Connections. Click here to continue reading.

Click here to read more posts from Lisa

Staff_Burrows, MarkNext Week is HOLY WEEK

Mark Burrows

Hi Families,

I wanted to remind everyone that our Maundy Thursday and Good Friday worship services for children and families are next week.

We will start with a meal at 5:30 pm, and then have a 45-minute service. (The nursery is available for infants — contact pwagstaff@myfumc.org.)

First up — one week from tomorrow — is Maundy Thursday. Click here to continue reading.

Click here to read more posts from Mark

Charme RobartsHe Was Riding a Donkey for Pete’s Sake!

Charme Robarts

Years ago I was teaching Sunday School at a church in West Texas. I had about fifteen second-graders, most of whom were very lively. Once while teaching the story about Jesus riding into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, a cute, freckled, easily excited little boy began to shake with laughter at the sight of flannel board Jesus. The boy yelled, “He’s riding a donkey for Pete’s sake!”

In the wonderful and crazy way that laughter can be contagious, suddenly all the children were laughing and the little ringleader began to demonstrate how donkeys bray and, of course, kick.

Remembering that laughter years later, I think it’s too bad that the story got subtitled, “The Triumphal Entry” and saddled with notions of triumphalism with its harsh bark of laughter, and a foot on the throat of any who don’t conform. Click here to continue reading.

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Lance Marshall is preaching for us at DiscipleChurch this week. Since he and I office on the same floor, I have noticed that he has a cool bag that he carries his computer and school stuff in. It looks kind of like an old saddlebag to me.

Speaking of bags, he’s going to talk about the baggage of sin this week. You know of course that carrying around sin, feeling unforgiven, and being weighed down with guilt is no way to live the Christian life — and it’s totally unnecessary since we have forgiveness. Click here to continue reading.

Click here to read more posts from Charme

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Dr. Len Delony

As I reflect on our recent dialogue groups and “holy conversations” regarding the United Methodist Church (UMC) General Conference (with special thanks to Dr. Tim Bruster, Darcy Deupree, Carolyn Stephens, Bliss Dodd, my wife Rebekah Miles, and others), I can’t help but notice how UMC General Conference happens every four years and in the same year as our national political elections for the President of the United States.

And as I notice how some folks are dealing with their differences in the national elections, I hope and pray that we Methodists can do better with our conundrums that so easily become politically polarizing. Click here to continue reading.

Click here to read more posts from Len

SId J_FinalWEBFoundation Dedicated to Achieving Financial Best Practices

Sid Johnston

“Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.”

— Proverbs 13:11

First Methodist Church of Fort Worth Foundation Inc. is a dedicated and permanent source of financial support for our church. How does the Foundation exhibit that dedication? And what makes the financial support endure year after year?

The short answer is that we do so by following generally accepted financial and accounting rules and guidelines so that we achieve and adhere to financial best practices. But it’s a bit more involved. Let me explain. Click here to continue reading.

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Avery Louise & Eli Cody Martin were born on February 18, 2016.
Proud family includes: parents, Anna & Cody Martin, & sister, Aria.

James Donald Orr was born on March 9, 2016.
Proud parents: Casey & Michael Orr.


Glenn Killman
Tyler McGuire


Bernice Davis
Dr. Robert Protzman

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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.

Holy Week 2016

Lisa HelmGet the Whole Story

Lisa Helm

A man is like a novel: until the very last page you don’t know how it will end. Otherwise it wouldn’t be worth reading.”

Yevgeny Zamyatin

Would you skip reading a book and just read the last page? When you buy tickets to a concert or a play, do you just show up for the end? Would you just go to the last fifteen minutes of a movie? If your answer is no, then I have to ask “Why would you just go to church on Easter Sunday instead of experiencing all of Holy Week?”

Read Lisa’s blog to find out how you can get the whole story! 

Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 20
“Salvation is Being Saved from Sin”
9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster

Our understanding of sin so often limits our experience of grace. What is the relationship between our understanding of salvation and our calling to (in the words of John Wesley) “go on to perfection in this life?” This service will include music from our children’s choir, Cornerstone Youth Choir, and Choral Union.

Maundy Thursday Service

Thursday, March 24
7:00 pm | Sanctuary | Rev. Linda McDermott

This service of worship will move us through remembering the evening on which Jesus gathered with his disciples for their final meal together. We will begin with a beautiful service of worship in the Sanctuary, proceed to a beautiful and moving experiential service of Holy Communion in Wesley Hall, and conclude with an inspirational gathering in the Garden. Special music featuring soprano Rainelle Krause will complement this meaningful service.

Children’s Maundy Thursday Dinner & Service

Thursday, March 24
“What Does Maundy Mean?”
5:30 pm | Dinner | Room 350
6:15 pm | Worship | Leonard Memorial Chapel

In this unique Maundy Thursday service for children, kids will experience a foot-washing ritual, receive Communion, and hear the Bible story as they walk with Jesus on his final night. Donations for dinner are accepted but not required.

Good Friday Services

Friday, March 25
Noon | Chapel | Rev. Linda McDermott
7:00 pm | Sanctuary | A meditative service of word and music

At noon, the Chapel sets the tone for this beautiful and meditative time of worship. Hymns, prayers, and a brief meditation will guide us through experiencing this deeply moving day in the Christian year.

At 7:00 pm, renew your spirit as you prepare for the glory of Easter through this beautiful and moving Good Friday service in the Sanctuary. The elite Adoramus Choral Ensemble will present “Mary Speaks,” a service of Lenten Lessons and Choral Music including choral repertoire from jazz, spiritual, late romantic, and contemporary genres, featuring works by Gawthrop, Lauridsen, Nix, Pieper, and Dubois under the direction of Robert Stovall.

Children’s Good Friday Dinner & Service

Friday, March 25
“Why Do We Call It Good?”
5:30 pm | Dinner | Justin Building, Asbury Room
6:15 pm | Worship | Wesley Hall

In this very thoughtful Good Friday children’s service, we encourage families to experience together one of the most important, yet challenging, stories of our faith. Offering this story in child-appropriate ways, through scripture and shadow theatre, this service presents the story of Jesus’ final day. Children will receive prayer cords, and families will sing and pray together in this powerful yet peaceful evening service. Donations for dinner accepted but not required. 

Labyrinth: It’s Prayer in Motion

Friday, March 25
3:00 – 7:00 pm | Justin Building Gym

The Labyrinth is an ancient practice offering Christians a deep sense of the calming presence of God and an awareness of God’s grace. Information and guidance is offered to help you in this experience, if desired.

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 26
10:00 am – 1:00 pm | Lyle Lodge
7179 Peden Road | Azle, Texas 76020

Enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a butterfly release — and more! Complimentary sliders and tacos will be available from the Easy Slider and Taco Food Trucks. For more information click here, or contact Elizabeth Marshall (emarshall@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5096. In case of inclement weather, please check our website.

Easter Sunday

Sunday, March 27
“Salvation is Life”
8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster

On this glorious Sunday morning, Dr. Bruster will culminate his ”Saving Grace” sermon series with a perhaps different twist on our understanding of eternal life that begins now and extends beyond death. Just as Jesus breathed life into his disciples following resurrection, on this Easter Sunday we will be invited to experience new life breathed into us. Resurrection is about salvation right now, your present grand possibility of new life.

This will be an exuberant worship experience with special choral and instrumental presentations by Fifth Street Brass and Choral Union including “O Clap Your Hands” composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Rene Clausen’s “At the Name of Jesus,” and “Glory” composed by Rimsky-Korsakov and arranged by Terry Price.

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

Additional Lent Studies

Click here to learn more and register online
or 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

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

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

Quest Class Lent Study

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

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

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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.

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TCU_Concert_Chorale_GroupFrogs in the Sanctuary on Palm Sunday?

The Frogs are coming to FUMCFW! Not the leaping, Ribbit-Ribbit type — the purple, Riff Ram Bah Zoo, pride of Fort Worth we all know and love. Concert Chorale is a mixed ensemble of choral singers representing Texas Christian University. On Palm Sunday, March 20, FUMCFW Music Ministries is hosting a special performance by this group of singing Horned Frogs at 2:30 pm in the Sanctuary.

Concert Chorale will perform unique choral literature under the direction of Dr. Christopher Aspaas, Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at TCU. Janet Pummill, pianist/accompanist of the TCU Concert Chorale and former organist at FUMCFW, will accompany the ensemble on the Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ during select works. The theme of the concert will incorporate dancing, singing, and/or praise into each piece. From a palm processional to poetic words in motion, this dynamic program offers something for everyone.

Click here to learn more about TCU Concert Chorale and their upcoming performance at FUMCFW.

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Go the Extra Mile with UMW

United Methodist Women (UMW) make a difference all over the map. Here in Fort Worth, UMW of First Church go the extra mile to help women, children, and youth in our community. Want to jump in? You don’t have to travel far to come along for the ride. The 37th Annual FUMCFW UMW Fundraiser is just around the corner, and you can still grab a seat.

This year, it will be a “Journey Through Faith” at Ridglea Country Club. First stop: the auction and dinner at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, April 5, with Emmy award winner Chet Garner of “The Day Tripper” on PBS. Next up: the raffle and luncheon at 10:30 am on Wednesday, April 6, with New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Donna VanLiere. By the time we reach our final destination, you will know how to let God take the wheel through all of life’s twists and turns.

Whether you join in on all or part of this faith journey, the money raised along the way will benefit the many organizations UMW supports. Click here to read up on the trip.

United Methodist Women Annual Fundraiser:
Journey Through Faith

Tuesday, April 5
Auction & Dinner
6:00 pm | Ridglea Country Club
Chet Garner of the PBS series, “The Day Tripper”

Wednesday, April 6
Raffle & Luncheon
10:30 am | Ridglea Country Club
Donna VanLiere, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author

Click here to learn more and purchase tickets online!

Tickets will also be on sale in the Welcome Center on Sunday, March 20. For complimentary child care, please contact Paula Wagstaff (pwagstaff@myfumc.org) by Sunday, March 20.

foot-washing-childrenLent is Not Just for Grown-Ups at FUMCFW

“Kids need more, and want more, than rainbows and butterflies . . . We want to nurture a faith that is real and will last their entire lives.”

— Mark Burrows, Director of Children’s Ministries

Pictured above: FUMCFW’s Holman family in the foot-washing portion of our special Maundy Thursday service tuned especially to children.

Children love rainbows and butterflies. (Don’t we all?) On top of being pretty, they are even more special because you don’t get to see them every day. Children are also curious by nature. Hence their never-ending question: “Why?” Even more than seeing they exist, children want to know why, and the answer fascinates them. (Chances are they will throw yet another “why” or two in there for good measure.) Just as a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, or sun and rain combine to create a rainbow, the children of FUMCFW are growing — in size, faith, and more. The first year we had an Ash Wednesday service for children was in 2011 with one adult helper and six kids in the Children’s Wing Atrium. Now we have outgrown the Chapel and moved to Wesley Hall with around 150 people in attendance.

Lent is a time to focus on ourselves and our relationship with God — to prepare ourselves for the coming of Easter — and it’s not just for grown-ups. As Mister Mark says, kids want more than rainbows and butterflies. Services like the one on Ash Wednesday will help the children of FUMCFW spread their wings and reach new heights over the rainbow of their faith. Click here to read what some of the parents had to say about the Children’s Ash Wednesday Dinner & Service. If you’d like to come and see what it’s all about, two more special children’s services are coming up this season of Lent — Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

A major story about a rising trend toward offering Children’s Holy Week services recently appeared in the United Methodist Communications online news — and featured our very own FUMCFW Children’s Holy Week services! Click here to read all about it.

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Baptism 101

Sunday, April 3
Offered the first Sunday of every month
11:00 am | Room 230 | Led by Rev. Linda McDermott | 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.

FUMCFW Church PhotoApril Church Tour

Sunday, April 3
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, April 3. Meet Dianne Fisher at the front of the Sanctuary immediately following the 11:00 am worship service.

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Women's Wednesday Morning Study Group_HSWomen’s Wednesday Morning Study Group

April 13 – May 25
Wednesdays | 9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren
“Belief” Documentary Series

The class will watch “Belief,” a seven-part documentary exploring humankind’s ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves. “Belief” invites viewers to witness some of the world’s most fascinating religious and spiritual journeys through the eyes of believers. Traveling to the far reaches of the world, and to places cameras have rarely been, these stories will all lead us to ask, “What do you believe?”

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


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Saturday, March 26
10:00 am – 1:00 pm | Lyle Lodge
7179 Peden Road | Azle, Texas 76020

Enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a butterfly release — and more! Complimentary sliders and tacos will be available from the Easy Slider and Taco Food Trucks. For more information click here, or contact Elizabeth Marshall (emarshall@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5096. In case of inclement weather, please check our website.

PNO Apr16April Parents’ Night Out

Friday, April 1
6:30 – 11:00 pm | 3 mo. – 12 yrs.
$30 for first child | $40 for 2 | $45 for 3+ | $20 no show-fee
Reservations due 3.30

Batter up! We are celebrating Baseball Season! Wear you favorite team’s uniform (optional) and join us for some Home Run Fun with games, snacks, crafts, and a movie. Space is limited so make reservations early to Paula Wagstaff (pwagstaff@myfumc.org) at 817/546-4414.
*Remember if you volunteer for the Children’s Ministry or in the Nursery on Sunday morning you will earn a free Parent’s Night Out (must have completed the Ministry Safe program). Contact Paula Wagstaff for more info.

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June 13 – 17
Lyle Lodge | Children entering grades 3 – 6
$125 per child before May 30, $160 after

Click here to learn more and register!

Click here to sign up to be a youth volunteer!

VBS16 LogoVacation Bible School

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

$15 per child before 6.7, $30 after
Registration closes 7.5 at midnight
Click here to learn more and register

VBS Celebration Sunday

Sunday, July 17

11:00 am | Sanctuary

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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Mar15 Mission Sunday_HS1March Mission Sundays: Regular-Sized Hygiene Items

During the month of March, please bring regular-sized hygiene items 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, March 20
2:30 pm | Sanctuary

Concert Chorale is an auditioned mixed ensemble of 50 – 60 singers whose mission is to represent Texas Christian University with the finest of choral singing. The ensemble’s extensive repertoire includes choral/orchestral and chamber masterworks, as well as a cappella and keyboard accompanied literature from all stylistic eras. On Sunday, March 20, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Aspaas, Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at TCU, Concert Chorale will perform choral literature of Lent and Passion themes at 2:30 pm in the Sanctuary. Janet Pummill, pianist/accompanist of the TCU Concert Chorale and former organist at FUMCFW, will accompany the ensemble on the Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ as they sing “Rejoice in the Lamb” by Benjamin Britten and other works. Please join us for this spectacular performance by Fort Worth’s own TCU Concert Chorale!

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


Sixth Grade Confirmation_HSConfirmation Retreat

April 8 – 10
6:00 pm Friday – noon Sunday
Glen Lake Camp & Retreat Center | $80
Click here to register!

The end-of-year confirmation retreat is a special time to connect more deeply with God and with the friends we have made over the year. The activities include all of the final preparations for the Confirmation Worship Service, including: writing our class Affirmation of Faith, doing a special project that will be used during our Confirmation service, working together on some team-building challenges, and more! We’ll also have the chance to spend some special time with our Senior Pastor, Dr. Bruster, and ask him our questions about God, faith, and church. Casey will provide a packing list, itinerary, and more details via email. Please be on the lookout!

Service of Confirmation

Sunday, April 17, 2016
11:00 am – noon | Sanctuary

Family Lunch

Sunday, April 17, 2016
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Justin Youth Building | $10

Click here to register for the service and lunch!

After a year of faithfulness and learning and growing together, the time has come! At the Confirmation Worship Service, the kids who have not previously been baptized will receive their baptism. All of the kids will be confirmed in faith and received into full membership of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth! This is a very special day for the kids as well as their families.

After the Confirmation Worship Service, we’ll take pictures in the garden and then make our way to the Justin Building where we’ll have an end-of-year celebration lunch. Families are welcome. We will enjoy a meal, celebrate the year behind us, and look toward the years ahead. The kids will also receive their Confirmation gift from the church.

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)
Click here to register!

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.

CampPromoCamp Barnabas

July 23 –29
Purdy, MO | $250 per person | Space is limited
Grades 9 – 12  (In the 2015 – 2016 School Year)

FUMCFW Youth are headed back to Camp Barnabas this summer for a week of swimming, camping, and playing with amazing campers dealing with mental disabilities. This is an incredible week of life-changing experiences sure to change perspectives, redefine disability, and spread God’s love in an unforgettable way! Contact Martin Leathers (mleathers@myfumc.org) at 817/339-3882 with teenager’s name to sign up.

“We want to show our volunteers what it looks like to serve others the way Christ calls us to serve, to look past physical appearances and instead, look at the heart.”

— from the Camp Barnabas Mission Statement

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

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First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Wanda Martin by FUMCFW United Methodist Women

General Fund in Memory of:
Tex Rankin Jr. by Mary & Bill Whitman

Infant Formula in Memory of:
Officer David Hofer by Kay Watkins

Kids Hope USA in Memory of:
Nancy & Ronald Reagan by Kay Watkins


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