FUMCFW Weekly 3.23.17

By March 23, 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 | Dr. Mike Marshall
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 Temptation

Dr. Tim Bruster

2 Corinthians 5:16-17
Luke 4:1-13

What do you think about when you hear the word temptation? This week we continue our Lenten worship series, “Gifts of the Dark Wood,” with “The Gift of Temptation.” We’ll look at temptation in a couple of different ways than we usually do: temptation as testing and temptation as the temptation to do good.

Good? As strange as that seems, there is the temptation to do good, but the “wrong” good. That is, the good that is not ours to do.

In the book we are following during this Lenten season — “Gifts of the Dark Wood” — author Eric Elnes writes, “Finding your own distinct path in life involves more than applying reason, logic, and strategy . . . it’s a bit like walking in the dark. In a very real sense, you do not find your path. Your path finds you. More precisely, the path that fits you best is revealed to you.” 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


Bluegrass Concert_SQBluegrass Gospel Concert

This April marks the 20th anniversary of FUMCFW’s own Crossroad Singers folk/bluegrass ensemble. Join us for a special concert that will feature our Crossroad Singers performing some folk gospel songs ranging from tunes by Stephen Foster to numbers from the repertoire of Peter, Paul, and Mary. Members of the group are David Grant, Trish Hill, Justin Holt, Kent Kilbourne, Jeff Siewert, Tracey Smith, and Ron White. Read more.

Shanty to Chic75Journey From Shanty to Chic at Our 2017 UMW Fundraiser

For decades, our United Methodist Women have hosted an annual fundraiser event that benefits women, youth, and children in our community while gaining personal inspiration. 2017 UMW Special Event Chair Amber Shive says that one of her favorite things about this event is seeing everyone come together to raise money for some amazing organizations. Read more.

UMW Fundraiser Preview



Mary West


Carol Row



Community Advocate in Memory of:
Craig Dickson by Page & Bart Hines

First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Cal Campbell, Loretta Crittenden & Michael Patison by Pat & Arch Van Meter
Dorothy Casten by Terry & David Klipsch
Loretta Crittenden by Marty & Glyn Gilliam
Loretta Crittenden by Patti Davis & Family
Marianne Brants by Linda, Jimmy Don & Jerry Wills

Foundation Fund in Memory of:
Claire Bradley by Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Mays
Jo Throckmorton by Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Mays
Joan Bailey by Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Mays

General Fund in Memory of:
Michael Patison by Ellen & R.B. Rosenstein

Ralph Beaver Scholarship Fund in Memory of:
Catherine Dillard Ellis by Foundations Class


Methodist Justice Ministry in Honor of:
John C. Harrington by Katherine Harrington


Nancy Fisher75Making It Personal

Nancy Fisher

Probably not too surprising to you, I spend a lot of time these days thinking about and researching church giving and stewardship. I recently came across the vision statement of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center on their website: Read more.

mark75Your Friendly Children’s Update

Mark Burrows

Hi Families! I hope everyone had a fun, safe Spring Break. We’ve got some big things coming up. April 13 — Family Maundy Thursday Service (dinner at 5:30 pm, Communion service from 6:15 – 7:00 pm). April 14 — Family Good Friday Service (dinner at 5:30 pm, service from 6:15 – 7:00 pm) Read more.

Lance Marshall752What is The Gathering? Part IV: Why the Sermon is the Way It Is

Rev. Lance Marshall

Aah, the sermon, the most “Gathering” thing about The Gathering! There are many different schools of thought regarding preaching, but all agree that messages need to be customized to their context in order to make an impact. So what is a Gathering sermon like, and why do we do it this way? Read more.

kat-bair75Liturgically Based Fun

Kat Bair

I’ve spent the past week or so immersed in a side of church world rarely tread by youth workers: liturgy. At youth Sunday School last week, you would have seen teenagers responding to a call to worship, reading scripture, passing the peace to one another, offering up their concerns in a prayers of the people, and ending with a responsive benediction. Read more.

Larry Grubb75They Are Mighty and Can Still Fight

Rev. Larry Grubb

She was confined to a wheelchair, and this did not stop her. One day she had the facility where she resided take her to Wal-Mart to get her hair done. Now, you don’t mess with a lady when she is doing important stuff like getting her hair done. Read more.

Len751The Gift of Temptation?

Dr. Len Delony

The quotes above are all taken from this week’s reading of “Gifts of the Dark Wood.” I must confess that I was perplexed by the title of this week’s chapter, “The Gift of Temptation.” Read more.


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

Communications Volunteer Opportunities

Print Production Volunteer
On-Call Delivery Volunteer
Event Photographers

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

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

3.26 Rise Against Hunger

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

3.27 Kendra Scott Gives Back Party for First Street Methodist Mission

5:00 – 8:00 pm | Kendra Scott at University Park Village
1612 S. University Drive, 401C | Fort Worth, TX 76107

3.28 Jayme Vaughn-Linebarger Voice Recital

7:00 – 8:00 pm | Chapel

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 Emmaus Ministry Gathering

4:00 – 6:00 pm | Room 350

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. | Fort Worth, TX 76164

4.8 Habitat for Humanity Cowtown Brush Up

Registration required

4.9 Choral Union Holy Week Concert

7:00 pm | Sanctuary

4.13 Family Maundy Thursday Dinner & Service

5:30 pm | Dinner | Room 350
6:15 pm | Worship | Chapel
“What Does Maundy Mean?”

4.13 Maundy Thursday Service

7:00 pm | Sanctuary | Rev. Linda McDermott
“The Gift of Disappearing”

4.14 Good Friday Services

Noon | Chapel | Rev. Lance Marshall
7:00 pm | Sanctuary | A meditative service of word and music

4.14 Family Good Friday Dinner & Service

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

4.14 Adoramus Good Friday Concert

7:00 pm | Sanctuary

4.15 Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 15, 2017
10:00 am – 1:00 pm | Lyle Lodge
7179 Peden Road | Azle, Texas 76020

4.16 Easter Sunday Traditional Worship

8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
“Where Do We Go From Here?”

4.19 – 12.20 Pastor’s Bible Study

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

Ongoing Programs

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

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


More events.


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