FUMCFW Weekly News 4.28.16

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Dr. Tim Bruster — “Define Rich”
Other Sunday Morning Offerings

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Meridian State Park Outdoor Retreat
Wesleyan Adventurers Night at the Baseball Game
UMW May General Meeting & Luncheon
Spring Golf Tournament
Women’s Wednesday Morning Study Group


Mission Day Camp
Vacation Bible School

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Great Day of Service
May Mission Sundays: Sheets & Towels


Singing Men of First Church
Alexei Sultanov Tribute Concert


Senior Recognition Sunday
2016 Youth Banquet
2016 Summer Mission Trip
Rising 7th-Grader Summer Mission Blitz
Camp Barnabas

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

Children First | 9:30 am | Sanctuary | Mister Mark Burrows
Theme: “I Forgive You” | Children’s Musical: “Joseph: From the Pit to the Palace”

DiscipleChurch | 7:20 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Chapel | Rev. Linda McDermott
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 | Rev. Linda McDermott
Special Musical Guest: Elizabeth Wills

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Tim Bruster“Define Rich”

Dr. Tim Bruster

1 Timothy 6:17-19

Fourth in the series: “Five Essentials for Living Well”

Dear Friends,

This Sunday I’ll continue our “Five Essentials for Living Well” sermon series in both Sanctuary services with “Define Rich.” In this series we are looking together at five aspects of living well, or in Jesus’ words: “abundant life.” This Sunday we will examine 1 Timothy 6:17-19 where the writer is pointing to the importance of understanding the place of money in our lives and where we put our trust.

Eight years ago in a presidential forum leading up to the election, the moderator said to the candidates, “Define rich.” I don’t remember what the responses were, but I remember the request: “Define rich.” What is rich? That’s a good question and not so easy to answer, is it? The writer of 1 Timothy hints at how the definition of rich is much more varied and profound than a simple balance sheet:

Tell people who are rich at this time not to become egotistical and not to place their hope on their finances, which are uncertain. Instead, they need to hope in God, who richly provides everything for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others. When they do these things, they will save a treasure for themselves that is a good foundation for the future. That way they can take hold of what is truly life.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we think together about this important part of living well and what it means for each of us.

Grace and Peace,




Dr. Tim Bruster,
Senior Pastor

 Other 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.

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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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Faith in Action: Why I PledgeLou Ann Blaylock

Lou Ann Blaylock

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Every year when it comes time to renew my stewardship pledge to support the operations of our glorious church, my heart fills with gratitude for what this church provides all of its members: a thoughtful clergy and staff, and a comfortable building that is open and prepared to welcome and serve everyone. It is a particularly fulfilling and reaffirming time for me because, as president of the First Methodist Church of Fort Worth Foundation, I am very aware of how our pledge contributions and our Foundation’s support of the church combine to provide the lifeblood of this institution. Click here to continue reading.

Lisa HelmChristmas Every Sunday?

Lisa Helm

In his book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” Dale Carnegie devoted an entire chapter entitled “A Simple Way to Make a Good First Impression” on the topic of smiling. He concludes the chapter with an excerpt taken from a New York City department store’s advertisement about the value of a smile at Christmas. (Click here to read the excerpt.) Although I love what it says, I have to say that I don’t think Christmas is the only time a smile is valuable! Click here to continue reading.

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I’ll “Carpe Diem” TomorrowLinda McDermott2

Rev. Linda McDermott

I have been a longtime fan of the cartoon strip, “Calvin and Hobbes.” Often I have been impressed by both the wit and the wisdom of this little boy and his pet tiger. Recently I found this conversation between the two main characters that perfectly captured my orientation to being creative. Calvin said, “You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood,” to which Hobbes asked, “What mood is that?” Calvin replied, “Last-minute panic.”

This week I will be preaching in both the 8:30 DiscipleChurch service as well as the nine:thirty-nine and eleven:eleven celebrations. The theme given to me by the latter service was “Persistence,” fifth in the series on “Creativity.” As I thought about persistence in the ways we can co-create with God, in the ways in which we invest our lives, I began to feel inklings of guilt. What was I doing with my everyday life? Click here to continue reading.

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Mark Burrows

Two Big Things:

Thing One — Children First is this Sunday, and our start time is 9:30 am.

Thing Two — The reason for the slightly earlier time? Our outstanding Children’s Choir program is presenting the musical “Joseph: From the Pit to the Palace.”

The kids have worked SO hard on this. And it’s no mere entertainment. The musical aligns beautifully with our May theme — “I Forgive You.” Click here to continue reading.

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Charme RobartsIt Starts with Not Knowing

Charme Robarts

Here in the Community Advocate office I spend a lot of time with people sorting through life looking for a place where the ground doesn’t shake so much. I find that the fear of what we don’t know often keeps us in places we’d really like to escape. To that windowless room I write:

It’s okay if you don’t know

because most people don’t but we sail on anyway

even when the stars aren’t aligned

and the traffic lights are burnt out on both sides

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Click here to read more posts from Charme

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4.28.16 New Members


4.28.16 Baptisms


Elizabeth “Liz” Joplin
George Beck Jr.


Billy Joe “Joe” Pendley
Marc Lowrance Jr.

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FUMCFW Class of 2016

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Senior Recognition Sunday

Sunday, May 1
11:00 am worship | Sanctuary

Join us as we recognize and celebrate the graduating seniors of the Class of 2016 during the traditional worship service at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary. For more information, contact Brenda Kegans (bkegans@myfumc.org).

3.1 Intro To Baptism Class For ParentsBaptism 101

Sunday, May 1
11:00 am | Room 230 | Led by Rev. Lance Marshall | 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 PhotoMay Church Tour

Sunday, May 1
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, May 1. Meet Norma Loughridge at the front of the Sanctuary immediately following the 11:00 am worship service.

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Meridian State Park Outdoor Retreat_HSMeridian State Park Outdoor Retreat

April 29 – May 1
6:30 pm Friday – 10:30 am Sunday
Meridian State Park

Our FUMCFW Outdoor Retreat Ministries have had an outstanding response over the past several years as members and guests of all ages (a real intergenerational experience) have enjoyed retreating to various state parks for spiritual renewal, outdoor activities (nature hikes, biking, fishing, exploring park offerings, bird-watching, reading a good book in peaceful surroundings, and other possibilities), Dutch oven meals and cooking, campfires with s’mores, and meaningful outdoor worship together. Our retreats offer cabins, shelters with amenities, basic shelters, RVs, and tent sites. You will experience wonderful fellowship and a retreat that will truly renew your spirit as you take a break from your busy, urban life to experience God’s beautiful creation in a new way. Please join us for this fantastic outdoor retreat at Meridian State Park. For more information, contact Rev. Chuck Graff (cgraff@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5065.

Wesleyan Adventurers Baseball_sold out_HSWesleyan Adventurers Night at the Baseball Game

Friday, April 29
6:30 pm | Lupton Stadium | Sold out

Pre-game music begins at 5:30 pm, and the game begins at 6:30 pm. The group will sit together in the First Base Party Porch section at the TCU vs. Texas Tech game. For more information, contact Ann Maddox (waymad@juno.com) at 817/560-7323. Free parking is available at TCU.

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May General Meeting & Luncheon

Tuesday, May 3
11:30 am | Garden & Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, 4.29

“Memorial Tribute and Closing Ceremony 2015 – 2016 UMW Year”
Presented by Dorothy Hudson, UMW President, & Rev. Phyllis Barren

Click here to RSVP now, or call the UMW RSVP line at 469/844-8690.

Contact Paula Wagstaff (pwagstaff@myfumc.org) by 4.29 for childcare reservations. We look forward to seeing you there!

FUMCFW Spring Golf Tournament_HSSpring Golf Tournament

Monday, May 9
9:00 am shotgun start | Pecan Valley Golf Course
$40 per person, includes green fee, cart, & lunch, payable at tournament
Registration required

Join us for a day of golf at the FUMCFW Golf Tournament, an annual tradition initiated 20 years ago by Mr. Ed Petrushka. The tournament is a Florida Scramble and is open to everyone — men, women, and guests! To register, contact Tournament Director Wayne Maddox (waymad@juno.com) at 817/560-7323. Please include your handicap or probable score, who you would like to be teamed with or your preferred foursome, or we can assign you to a team.

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?” For more information, please contact Rev. Phyllis Barren (pbarren@myfumc.org).

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


Mission Day Camp_LogoMission Day Camp

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!

Children of God, Citizens of the World: A Mission Day Camp for Kids combines a strong mission and outreach core with the kinds of activities that make summer camp so much fun. Activities include swimming (registered lifeguards on site), mission projects, Bible study, music, camp games, Journey of Faith nature walks, and more. Camp counselors are the youth of FUMCFW. They lead the children in activities and share a worship assembly with them each morning.

VBS16 LogoVacation Bible School

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

$15 per child before June 7 or $30 after
Registration closes at midnight on July 5
Click here to learn more and register!

Click here to sign up to volunteer!

Click here to sign up to be a youth volunteer!

At Vacation Bible School 2016: Surf Shack, children will discover an interactive, energizing, Bible-based program that will give them an opportunity to catch the wave of God’s amazing love. During VBS at FUMCFW, children will become surfers and explore how to serve God and His mission for their lives.

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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Great Day of Service

Saturday, May 14
7:30 am – 6:30 pm
Glen Lake Camp | Glen Rose, TX

Glen Lake Camp, a Christian retreat and conference center owned and operated by the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, has been serving others for 75 years. This amazing camp has provided us with so many wonderful experiences over these years, and we now have the opportunity to return the favor by making some improvements to the camp. There will be projects for all skill levels, so everyone is welcome. Plus, lunch will be provided. Not only is this a great way to serve — it’s also a great way to connect with others. Seize the day by taking some time out(side) to help improve this amazing church camp. Thanks to our Singles Ministry and Mission Teams Ministries for sponsoring this opportunity. For more information, contact Rev. Chuck Graff (cgraff@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5065 or Cindy Young (cyoung1952@att.net).

May15 Mission Sunday_socialMay Mission Sundays: Sheets & Towels

During the month of May, please bring sheet and towel sets 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

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, May 8
9:30 & 11:00 am worship | Sanctuary

Singing Men of First Church Rehearsals

4.27 | 8:00 – 9:00 pm | Choir Room
5.4 | 8:00 – 9:00 pm | Choir Room
5.8 | 9:00 & 10:30 am | Choir Room

The Singing Men of First Church, a choir comprised solely of male voices, will join together once again during the 9:30 and 11:00 am Sanctuary worship services on Sunday, May 8. This short-term choir — or “sprint choir” — will only rehearse a few times before singing together. Men of all ages are welcome, whether you are a member of Choral Union looking for something different, or if you are interested in a short-term choir experience without the commitment of a weekly rehearsal. The Singing Men of First Church will perform under the direction of Robert Stovall, Director of Music & Worship Arts. For more information, contact Peggy Graff (pgraff@myfumc.org) at 817/339-2405.

Alexei Sultanov Tribute Concert16_HSAlexei Sultanov Tribute Concert

Sunday, May 22
6:30 pm | Sanctuary

You are invited to a love story — one told by a world-class musician in memory of another. Our beloved cellist at FUMCFW, Dace Sultanov, will perform her annual tribute concert to the love of her life and all-time inspiration — 1989 Van Cliburn Piano Competition Gold Medalist, Alexei Sultanov. Dear friends and fellow musicians will perform with Dace at this year’s commemorative concert. Pianist Larisa Cherkasov and Violinist Eugene Cherkasov will perform works both individually and with Dace, including compositions by Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Brahms’ “Cello Sonata in E minor,” and Mendelssohn’s “Piano Trio No. 1.” Organist Peggy Graff will accompany Dace on the Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ as she performs Massenet’s “Thais.” Together, these celebrated musicians will bring to life the powerful spirit of Alexei Sultanov that lives on in our memories. 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.


Youth Senior Sunday_HSSenior Recognition Sunday

Sunday, May 1
11:00 am worship | Sanctuary

Join us as we recognize and celebrate the graduating seniors of the Class of 2016 during the traditional worship service at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary. For more information, contact Brenda Kegans (bkegans@myfumc.org).

Youth Banquet 20162016 Youth Banquet

Sunday, May 1
6:30 – 8:30 pm | Wesley Hall
$15 | Dressy attire
Reservations due 4.24

All current youth are invited to join us for a night of celebrating our youth and honoring the Class of 2016. For more information, contact Brenda Kegans (bkegans@myfumc.org) at 817/339-3888.

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.

7th Grade Summer Mission Blitz_HSRising 7th-Grader Summer Mission Blitz

Monday, June 27 – Wednesday, June 29
Monday | 5:00 pm | Meet at Justin Building
Wednesday | 9:00 am | Pickup time
$75 | Click here to register online

Come join us for our first-ever Rising 7th-Grader Summer Mission Blitz. This is your time to own the Justin, serve our community, build friendships, and create INCREDIBLE memories! There will be worship, mission projects, and Hurricane Harbor — not to mention you get to sleep over! Contact Andrew Mochrie (amochrie@myfumc.org) or Brenda Kegans (bkegans@myfumc.org) for more information.

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 Andrew Mochrie (amochrie@myfumc.org) with your 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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General Fund in Honor of:
Isabella Laudermill by Bridget & Paul Wylie Jr.

International Missions in Honor of:
Isabella Laudermill by Betty Laudermill


General Fund in Memory of:
Dr. Robert Protzman by Loyalty Class

Welcoming Ministries in Memory of:
Mr. Plocica by Kay Watkins


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