FUMCFW Weekly 4.7.17

By April 7, 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 | Charme Robarts
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 Community

Dr. Tim Bruster

Luke 19:29-42a 

As we near the end of our “Gifts of the Dark Wood” Lenten worship series, I want to think with you about “The Gift of Community.” And, as we begin Holy Week this Sunday with our Palm Sunday worship experience, one of the most important things we can remember is that no matter how alone we may feel, there are always people traveling their own paths in the Dark Wood who can help us.

Jesus traveled his own Dark Wood during his last week on earth with his closest disciples — the very earliest Christian faith community — who traveled with him on the road leading down from the Mount of Olives. And when this group of disciples began rejoicing, praising God “with a loud voice because of all the mighty things they had seen,” some of the Pharisees from the crowd told Jesus to hush them: “Teacher, scold your disciples! Tell them to stop!” And then Jesus answered them, showing us his own recognition of the Gift of Community in what he knew was the beginning of his own, ultimate Dark Wood experience: “He answered, ‘I tell you, if they were silent, the stones would shout.’” 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


Children Worship75They’re coming back . . . and they’re coming to stay!

As you may have heard by now, the wait is over. Mister Mark Burrows and his Children’s Ministries team have united with our FUMCFW Sanctuary Worship team to bring the children back into our 11:00 am traditional worship service each Sunday morning. Read more.

Texas Methodist Chorale Tour to Ireland_SQFrom Fort Worth to the Emerald Isle

Choral Union is joining forces with members of the Deer Park UMC Chancel Choir of Deer Park, Texas, and St. Paul’s UMC of Amarillo, Texas, to create the Texas Methodist Chorale. This ensemble will sing in several venues as well as travel across the countryside to see the many sights and experience the life of Ireland! Mark your calendar for this fantastic trip to places such as Dublin, Galway, Shannon, Killarney, Midleton, Waterford, and many others. Read more.

Shoe Drive17_SQThe Extra Mile for Extra Shoes

Fit First recently partnered with local running club “Social Running,” a free community running club for all fitness levels that meets every Wednesday evening for a four-mile course at Clearfork Food Truck Park. Thanks to this group, we collected more than 36 pairs of much-needed tennis shoes for First Street Methodist Mission! Read more.

Outdoor Retreat75God’s Sanctuary at Lake Brownwood

Our Outdoor Retreat Ministries recently traveled with a group of about 50 adventurers to Lake Brownwood State Park. A few of the campers “provided us with some wonderful, meaningful, and fun music,” says Rev. Chuck Graff. “We are connecting many new people through this ministry in God’s other great sanctuary.” Read more.

Rise Against Hunger_SQFUMCFW Rises Against Hunger

Our FUMCFW Youth and Compassion & Justice Ministries recently partnered with Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now), a national meal-packaging program whose goal is to end hunger by providing food and lifesaving aid to those people who are most vulnerable. About 100 volunteers came together to help package 17,496 meals for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Read more.



4.7.17 Baptisms


Rachel Johnston


James Robert Johnston, proud parents are Rachel & Lee Johnston


Mae Horton



Children’s Ministries in Memory of:
Michael Patison by Mary & John Russell

First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Carol Row by Ellanor & Wayne Maddox
Dorthy Casten by Ellanor & Wayne Maddox

Foundation Fund in Memory of:
Joan Bailey by Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Gibson
Joan Bailey by Mary & Bishop John Russell
William “Shan” Wolff by Dr. & Mrs. Lee Bloemendal

General Fund in Memory of:
Loretta Crittenden by Pearl Cook


First Street Methodist Mission in Honor of:
Bluegrass Band by Kay Watkins

Methodist Justice Ministry in Honor of:
Ann Swann by Kay Johnson


mark75Palm Sunday Stuff

Mark Burrows

First of all — I am SO proud of your kids. They are doing an amazing job with the musical. They have just the right mix of smarts, energy, humor, and spirit! Second — We sing again this Sunday. It’s super simple, and won’t demand much. But the impact on worship will be great. Read more.

Charme75Here’s to the Misfits

Charme Robarts

You may recognize this quote that was made famous in a 1997 video put out by Apple Inc. It’s a salute to the people who push the envelope for the sake of their cause. Since 1997, various groups and people have added different faces to their version of the video, still using the quote above. Read more.

Andrew75The Reasons Behind the Madness

Andrew Mochrie

When people think about youth group they typically think of a more energetic church service. It’s often the same formula everywhere you go: food, games, contemporary worship music (of some form), teaching, and small groups. Instructional approaches to youth ministry are the primary resourced method of communicating the gospel to teenagers. Read more.


The Gift of the Misfit Community

Rev. Tom McDermott

Jackson Browne, singer and songwriter, has been an advocate for peace, justice, and the environment for more than 40 years. His song above, “Alive in the World,” as much of his own life, captures something of the “misfit” spirit of those who come to find themselves in the Dark Wood of their lives, embrace the deeper gifts and wisdom there, and choose to live in the world more fully and compassionately as a consequence. Read more.

Len751The Gift of Misfits

Dr. Len Delony

Yesterday I was in a small group gathering at the church. It was a wonderful opportunity to share personal stories of struggles in the “dark wood” and meaningful “gifts discovered.” (It was during the monthly Emmaus Ministry Fourth Day Reunion Group at FUMCFW — the first Wednesday of each month at noon in Room 230. Read more.

Sid75Shining Light on an Overcast Path: Singing the Praises of the Methodist Justice Ministry

Last year in February of 2016, the Foundation established the Methodist Justice Ministry Endowment through a generous donation from an anonymous patron. It occurred to me upon receiving a second significant donation in February of this year that there are many who believe in the Methodist Justice Ministry and are willing to give kindly to see it flourish. Read more.


April Mission Sundays

During the month of April, please bring insect repellent and sunscreen 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

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

4.8 Habitat for Humanity Cowtown Brush Up

Registration closed

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

10:00 am – 1:00 pm | Lyle Lodge
7179 Peden Road | Azle, TX 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 – 5.17 Wednesday Morning Study: “Ancient Rage”

9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 350
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren
Book available for $12

4.19 – 12.20 Pastor’s Bible Study

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

4.22 The Message Marathon 5K, 10K, Half-marathon

6:30 – 9:30 am | Fort Worth Stockyards
Registration required

4.22 The Message Marathon Water Station Volunteers

7:00 – 9:00 am | Fort Worth Stockyards
Registration required

4.23 Center for Transforming Lives Open House

Noon | The Center for Transforming Lives
512 W. 4th St. | Fort Worth, TX 76102

4.30 The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

10:00 am – 4:00 pm | Lyle Lodge
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren
$75 per couple (includes lunch and workbook)
Registration required by April 24

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

Not meeting 4.22
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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