FUMCFW Weekly 3.2.17

By March 2, 2017News


Traditional Worship | 9:40 am | Chapel | 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster

Children First | 9:45 am | Sanctuary | Mister Mark Burrows
“Love One Another”

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

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 Uncertainty

Dr. Tim Bruster

1 Corinthians 13:11-12

This week we’ll begin our 2017 Lenten worship series based on the book “Gifts of the Dark Wood” by Eric Elnes. We chose this theme for our Lenten worship and study this year as an opportunity to explore what can happen when we find ourselves in a “Dark Wood” time of life.

What we’re talking about here is the messy, uncertain, sad, empty, lost, or lonely places we all travel through from time to time in our lives. What we’re going to discover is that there are gifts to be found even in those places. 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


cowtown-marathon-2-75Better Together at the Cowtown

After six months of training, Fit First participated in its first 5K, Half Marathon, and Marathon during Fort Worth’s annual Cowtown Marathon. “What an amazing weekend at the Cowtown!” exclaims Jennifer Stephens. “We enjoyed nice cool weather and great (sometimes comical) community support.” Starting in September, Fit First met early on Saturday mornings at the Trailhead at Clearfork for its six-month Cowtown Training Program. Read more.

Foster_SQAre You a Foster or Adoptive Parent?

Our Compassion & Justice Ministries want to celebrate you! Thank you for your service to children by bringing them into your home for refuge and belonging. It is no small thing that James wrote to early Christians that “pure religion is to look after those without parents.” (James 1:27) Please let us know who you are so we can hear your story. Read more.

Dafodils_75Spiritual Gifts on Outdoor Retreats

Our Outdoor Retreat Ministries recently traveled to Tyler State Park for another good adventure in the great outdoors. Keeping with their theme, “Our Spiritual Gifts,” campers shared their unique gifts in small groups and during worship. They also enjoyed the beautiful weather and the daffodils at Mrs. Lee’s Garden in Gladewater, Texas, that were arriving early in full bloom. Read more.

Luther & Wesley17_SQLuther & Wesley: Before & After

Throughout the history of the early church, the Lenten season was a time to learn about Christianity and prepare for membership. Keeping with tradition, Dr. Lamar Smith will lead a Lenten study about the important parts John Wesley and Martin Luther played in the reformations of the church. Luther started the conversation that launched the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, and Wesley led the movement that founded Methodism in the 18th century. Read more.



3.3.17 New Members


3.3.17 Baptisms


Carol Row
Christopher Von Duynn



First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Loretta Crittenden by Carol & David Allen
Loretta Crittenden by Mr. & Mrs. G.K. Wallace
Mary Andrews by Eva & Neil Isbell

Foundation Fund in Memory of:
Joan Bailey by Eva & Neil Isbell
Joan Bailey by Ms. Lue Nel Stroud
R.L. Dowdell by Martha & Carlton Sisler
Walter Gates Jr. by Mr. & Mrs. Henry Fitzhugh

General Fund in Memory of:
Cal Campbell by Eva & Neil Isbell
R.L. Dowdell by Eva & Neil Isbell
Ronnie Pyeatt by Donald Condon
Ronnie Pyeatt by Madelon Bradshaw
Ronnie Pyeatt by Martha Leonard

Singles Program in Memory of:
Dorothy Casten by Kay Watkins

Media Ministries in Memory of:
Joan Bailey by Kay Watkins


robert-stovall752We’ve Got News!!!

Robert Stovall

As you may recall, last week I announced that Choral Union will unite with two other Methodist Choirs from Deer Park and Amarillo in June of 2018 to create the Texas Methodist Chorale. This choir will be traveling to Ireland to perform three concerts as well as tour the country of Ireland for 10 days. Read more.

mark75Choir This Sunday

Mark Burrows

This Sunday, right after Children First, we would like to have a brief 30-minute rehearsal with everyone. We’ll be done by 11:00 am — promise! With the musical coming up in less than three months, we can’t afford to simply skip a week. At 11:00 am any choir kids who have roles in the musical — Cha-Cha and I will stay behind and can help you run lines. Read more.

Lance Marshall752What is the Gathering? Part I: Making Friends

Rev. Lance Marshall

The Gathering continues to grow as more and more people invite their friends and family to experience this new approach to community and worship. Each day this week we will look at a different portion of the service to better examine what’s happening and why. Read more.

Charme75Looking for a Small Group On Sunday Mornings?

Charme Robarts

A small group of friendly people are meeting in Room 350 at 9:30 am on Sundays to listen, think, and share ideas. First we have a Ted Talk-style presentation, and then we have facilitated discussion so that we all get the chance to voice our questions and ideas. The room setup is great for this engaging hour of great conversation. Read more.

Peggy75Greater Dallas Handbell Association Festivals

Peggy Graff

Our own Fifth Street Bells diligently rehearses every Wednesday evening to prepare for its Sunday performances in Sanctuary worship throughout the year. Under the direction of Ms. Sandy Ritthaler, Fifth Street Bells also rehearsed seven pieces this season in preparation for the Greater Dallas Handbell Association (GDHA) Advanced Festival, which was held last Saturday, February 25, at University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. Read more.

Chuck752Spiritual Growth Opportunities During Lent

Rev. Chuck Graff

Lent is a special time to grow in new ways on our spiritual journeys, and attending a new Lenten Study, visiting a Sunday School class, worshipping with us at the many service offerings, and other opportunities for growth and renewal are all ways to deepen our relationships with God and one another. Read more.

Andrew75Culture: The True Measure of Success

Andrew Mochrie

One of the only apps on my iPhone that I truly care about is Instagram. Ever since it has come out I have been addicted to it. Some genius created a photo app that makes photo editing easy and makes readily available beautiful pictures and works of art from around the world accessible in my palm. Read more.


In Times of Uncertainty, What Makes You You?

Rev. Tom McDermott

When our boys were young, my work occasionally had me on the road (or in the air), sometimes for a week at a time. One of the bedtime traditions we developed early on, before I’d leave, was singing the nursery rhyme, “I See the Moon.” I see the moon and the moon sees me. and God bless me. Read more.

Len751The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living

Dr. Len Delony

Yesterday I sat with a group of friends (after first helping usher) at a wonderful Ash Wednesday Service. The music, readings, prayers, meditation, imposition of ashes, and even the benediction all came together for a beautifully powerful worship service. 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

3.2 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

3.5 Church Tour

After 11:00 am worship | Sanctuary

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

3.24 – 3.26 Roots of Change Intensive Weekend

6:00 pm Friday – 2:00 pm Sunday
Lyle Lodge | $150 per person | Register by 3.17

3.26 Rise Against Hunger

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

Ongoing Programs

Free Community Boot Camp

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

First Talks

Sundays | 9:30 – 10:30 am | Room 350

First Yoga

Class canceled 3.2 & 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

First We Drum

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

Men’s In-Depth Bible Study

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

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

Baptism 101

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


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