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FUMCFW Celebrates Its Ties with Texas Wesleyan’s History and Future
Best of Both Worlds at Preschool & PDO Fundraiser
Emmaus Walk Fellowship & Informational Event
Women’s Wednesday Morning Study Group
April Foundation Lunch & Learn
Preparing for Marriage
Pastor’s Bible Study
2016 Youth Scholarships
2016 Youth Banquet
2016 Summer Mission Trip
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 | Rev. Tom McDermott
Special Guest: Elizabeth Ellis
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.
Dr. Tim Bruster
First in the series: “Five Essentials for Living Well”
This Sunday I’ll begin a new series in the Sanctuary services entitled “Five Essentials for Living Well.”In this series, we’ll look together at five passages of scripture that guide us in building our lives around values and practices that help lead to what Jesus called “abundant life.” We will begin the series with some words of Jesus that are known as “the Golden Rule.” In The Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Matthew 7:12)
It is fascinating that the Golden Rule is found in various forms in most of the world’s religions:
Bahá’í — “And if your eyes be turned towards justice, choose for your neighbor that which you choose for yourself.” (Bahá’u’lláh)
Buddhism — “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” (Udana-Varga 5,1)
Confucianism — “Do not do to others what you would not like yourself. Then there will be no resentment against you, either in the family or in the state.” (Analects 12:2)
Hinduism — “This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others what you would not have them do unto you.” (Mahabharata 5:1517)
Islam — “No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” (Sunnah)
Jainism — “A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated.” (Sutrakritanga 1.11.33)
Judaism — “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman. This is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.” (Talmud, Shabbat 3id)
Taoism — “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.” (T’ai-Shang Kan-Ying P’ien)
Zoroastrianism — “That nature alone is good which refrains from doing another whatsoever is not good for itself.” (Dadistan-I-dinik, 94,5)
Jesus said of his words, “For this is the law and the prophets.” This was a common way of saying “the whole of scriptures,” so what he was saying is that all of scripture is summarized in the simple Golden Rule. It is pure gold.
On Sunday, we will hear with fresh ears these words of Jesus as we think together about how these words guide us in building our lives around values and practices that help lead to what Jesus called “abundant life.”
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster,
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.
I love that we are encouraged to put a dollar bill (or more) in the offering plate each week in specific support of designated ministries. My wife and I contribute our tithe online each month, but when we started online giving I was always uncomfortable in passing the offering plate without putting something in it. It just didn’t seem right to me to not participate in the giving part of worship.
Growing up, our church always provided special offering envelopes, and we participated in the offering during worship by placing our gift in the plate when it was passed. Click here to continue reading.
I need to share with you just a few of the conversations that drifted my way during the past week — and the gratitude it made me feel.
“We’re so excited to be at FUMC!” said a family who recently joined our church. “Our kids love Mister Mark. Children’s programming was our first priority in looking at churches, and there’s nothing anywhere in town that comes close to what he’s doing. But honestly, we loved all of the programs at the church!”
And their excitement about becoming a part of our FUMCFW faith community — and all of the great things happening here — made me a little excited too! Click here to continue reading.
Rev. Larry Grubb
I have shared some of the ways you can be of help by being a congregational informant in this rewarding ministry. Here are two more very important and meaningful ways to help.
“A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.”
— from Pioneer Girls Leaders’ Handbook
We have a wonderful Congregational Care Ministry in place. Click here to continue reading.
For the next three Sundays, we are having our April Attendance Challenge in Academy.
Whichever class has the highest average attendance for the month (based on enrollment) will get a pancake party!
Look, I know your motivation for coming to church isn’t breakfast-related. Click here to continue reading.
Rev. Tom McDermott
The late 20th century poet Jack Gilbert wrote, “Let me fall / in love one last time, I beg them. / Teach me mortality, frighten me / into the present. Help me to find / the heft of these days.”
Here at the beginning of Eastertide, the budding of spring, the welcoming of the season and invitation of faith, I am sitting with my mother in the hospital and thinking about ways to think about Resurrection — the promise of life that is as eternally present as it is mysteriously distant and slippery. To discover, as Gilbert wrote, what it might mean “to be frightened into the present and find the heft of these days.”
In her book, “Big Magic,” Elizabeth Gilbert (no relation to Jack) suggests that the depth. . . Click here to continue reading.
Thurman “Glenn” Killman
Texas Wesleyan University in southeast Fort Worth has been a Methodist institution since its founding in 1890. Through the years, the university’s ties to First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth continue to grow.
Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth is on the move. Over the last few years, the 125-year-old Methodist institution (and oldest university in Fort Worth) has seen significant growth in the areas of campus improvements, enrollment, and awareness, and the university has made major progress toward revitalizing the surrounding Polytechnic Heights neighborhood in southeast Fort Worth.
What you may not know is that Texas Wesleyan’s proud history and bright future is closely intertwined with leadership from the congregation of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. Several FUMCFW people are a big part of Texas Wesleyan — yesterday and today.
Click here to read about three key FUMCFW people with deep ties to Texas Wesleyan University.
Are you also involved with Fort Worth’s oldest Methodist institution? Email Lamar Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) to share your Texas Wesleyan stories. What to learn more? Visit Texas Wesleyan at txwes.edu.
Are you a graduating senior or a proud parent of a graduate-to-be? FUMCFW invites you to Senior Recognition Sunday during the 11:00 am Sanctuary worship service on Sunday, May 1, where we will honor our seniors and celebrate their many accomplishments as a church family. To join us, send your senior headshot, your high school’s name, and your post-graduation plans to Brenda Kegans (email@example.com) by April 17. For more information about our Youth Ministries, contact Andrew Mochrie (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Reminder: The deadline to apply for the scholarships available to First Church seniors is coming up soon! Click here to get the details.
“It’s so great to be in a school that is so supported by the parents. I’ve been in a lot of different schools, but this is the most supportive.”
— Nina Burrows, Director of FUMC Day School
Brain research shows the importance of early childhood education. The Preschool and Parents’ Day Out (PDO) programs of FUMC Day School are here for children five days a week. Preschool provides excellent care for infants and toddlers, and enriching programming to make sure preschool kids are ready for kindergarten. Parents’ Day Out offers simple crafts, music, and age-appropriate play activities. While these programs work hard for children, the parents work hard for our school. Beyond their day-to-day support, these parents host the annual Preschool & PDO Fundraiser that has enabled our school to do so much more thanks to the money raised each year. Let’s show our support for these great programs and parents at the 14th annual fundraiser.
This year’s theme is “Desert Dreams,” and the patio at Joe T. Garcia’s will set the stage for an evening in the southwest. The silent auction offers packages for kids and parents alike — from a semester of children’s activities and dress-up boxes to clothing gift cards and parent date nights. The live auction will take it to the next level with everything from an irresistible puppy to an unforgettable Colorado family vacation. To top it off, the proceeds from the auctions will go toward an indoor play area for the school and church. That’s not all, folks. This night out will include dinner and a movie. To give you an inside look into what the money raised will benefit, we’ll watch a video about a day in the life of FUMC Day School. Plus, special artist renderings will take you behind the scenes for a glimpse of the new playground.
The FUMC Preschool & PDO programs make a big difference for children, and so do the parents who support them. Want to help give back with the best of both worlds? Join us at 6:00 pm on Thursday, April 14, for our annual Preschool & PDO fundraiser — an evening to connect with other parents while supporting our school and children. Click here to learn more.
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Sunday, April 10
5:30 – 7:30 pm | Wesley Hall
How about a Walk to Emmaus? First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth is beginning a new Emmaus Community! Our first event is Sunday, April 10, 2016, at 5:30 pm, in Wesley Hall. This is a small worship/fellowship experience for those who have been to or are interested in learning more about a Walk to Emmaus.
If you’ve never heard of a Walk to Emmaus, we’ll fill you in! A Walk to Emmaus is a very meaningful 72-hour spiritual retreat at a lovely location such as Glen Lake in Glen Rose. There are Walks for Women and Walks for Men. It is meant to enhance their spiritual journey. It is a group of people who want to love and serve God. Those who have completed a Walk tend to become more involved in church leadership and servanthood.
We invite you to our April 10 event to learn more about the joy involved. If you have any questions, please contact Fred Cantu (email@example.com) at 817/368-5238 or Bette Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/821-2344. We hope to see you there!
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 (email@example.com).
Wednesday, April 13
Noon – 1:00 pm | Foundation Building | Room 271
RSVP by 4.8
April 17 – May 1
Sundays | 9:00 – 10:45 am | Foundation Building, 2nd floor
$100 per couple | Registration required
Led by Joy Allen, LCSW, M.Div
Couples often spend thousands of dollars on their wedding but invest very little in their marriage. Premarital counseling is very important to couples who are making one of the biggest decisions of their lives. This workshop helps couples to quickly recognize and develop strategies for approaching issues in their relationship that may limit their satisfaction. Participants will develop an understanding of the differences in each other’s personality, and explore powerful means of enhancing the intimacy and satisfaction they desire for their lives together. Cost includes materials as well as an individual session with Joy Allen. Joy Allen, LCSW, M.Div. is committed to helping couples create positive, respectful relationships with passion and health. Registration is required as class size is limited. To register, contact Marianne Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5071.
March 30 – May 25
Wednesdays | 6:30 – 7:30 pm | Room 231
Led by Rev. Lance Marshall
This offering is an open Bible study; no purchase or registration is necessary. The current focus of study is the Gospel of Matthew — with occasional detours into other texts and topic of discussion. This study welcomes both those who have never opened the Bible in their lives, as well as those who study on a regular basis. Join us!
Thursday, April 14
6:00 – 9:00 pm | Joe T. Garcia’s
2201 N. Commerce St.
Come join us on the patio at Joe T. Garcia’s for the annual FUMCFW Preschool and Parents’ Day Out fundraiser! Proceeds will help fund an indoor play area for the church and school. For more information please contact Nina Burrows (email@example.com).
June 13 – 17
Lyle Lodge | Children entering grades 3 – 6
$125 per child before May 30, $160 after
July 11 – 15
9:00 am – noon | Meet in Wesley Hall
Children 3 years old through 6th grade
$15 per child before 6.7 or $30 after
Registration closes at midnight on 7.5
Click here to learn more and register!
For more information, please contact Janice Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org).
VBS Celebration Sunday
Sunday, July 17
11:00 am | Sanctuary
During the month of April, please bring collared polo shirts, T-shirts, and white cotton/dress shirts for men and women 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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-2404.
UMCOR Cleaning Bucket Collection
April 3 – 24
Bring assembled buckets to Main Office
Weekdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Sundays between services
As followers of Christ “going out to be God’s people in the world,” FUMCFW is responding to those affected by the recent devastating floods in our region. We are collecting cleaning buckets containing supplies that enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood. Click here for information on creating a cleaning bucket. Please bring completed buckets to the Main Office through noon on Sunday, April 24, and we will deliver them. You may also leave $1 for transportation with your cleaning buckets. This is an excellent project for Sunday School classes, church groups, individuals, and families. We may send a team to help serve soon as well. Thank you for your support in helping those facing great need and loss! For more information, contact Rev. Chuck Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5065, and click here to read a message from Rev. Laraine Waughtal.
Good Neighbors Scholarship
FUMCFW Baker and Beaver Scholarships
Applications due April 17
It’s time to apply for 2016 FUMCFW Senior Scholarships! All applications and materials are due April 17. Click on the links above to download guidelines and applications for the Good Neighbors Scholarship and the FUMCFW Baker and Beaver Scholarships. For more information, contact Brenda Kegans (email@example.com) at 817/339-3888.
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. We will provide a packing list, itinerary, and more details via email. Please be on the lookout! For more information, contact Brenda Kegans (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-3888.
Service of Confirmation
Sunday, April 17
11:00 am – noon | Sanctuary
Sunday, April 17
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Justin Youth Building | $10
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. We will provide more details via email. For more information, contact Brenda Kegans (email@example.com) at 817/339-3888.
Sunday, May 1
6:30 – 8:30 pm | Wesley Hall
$15 | Dressy attire
Reservations due 4.24
Click here to RSVP and pay now!
All current youth are invited to join us for a night of celebrating our youth and honoring the Class of 2016. Click here to RSVP and pay online by April 24. For more information, contact Brenda Kegans (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-3888.
June 19 – 24
Kansas City, MO | $225 for students | $75 for adults
Grades 7 – 12 (In the 2015 – 2016 School Year)
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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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-3888.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-3882 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
Easter Offering in Honor of:
Rev. Linda McDermott by Regan & W.A. Landreth
Rev. Linda McDermott & Rev. Tom McDermott by Cathie & Bronson Davis
General Fund in Honor of:
Doris Jack’s 100th birthday by Nancy & Tony Phillips
MedStar 30th Anniversary by Kay Watkins
Garden Fund in Honor of:
Pat & Arch Van Meter’s 60th Wedding Anniversary by Laura Kent & Laura Riggs
Methodist Justice Ministry in Honor of:
Carol Row by FUMCFW UMW
Children’s Ministries in Memory of:
Hubert Joyner Jr. by Ellen Ehrlich
General Fund in Memory of:
Betty Adams by UMW Susanna Circle
Dr. Robert Protzman by Carol & James Van Hook
Dr. Robert Protzman by Claudia & R.D. Stepp
Dr. Robert Protzman by William Walker
Mick & Melissa Ashworth by Michelle & Scott Shonebeck
Tex Rankin Jr. by Cornelia C. Friedman
Tex Rankin Jr. by Deanne Rogers
Tex Rankin Jr. by Dr. & Mrs. Edward A. Luke Jr.
Tex Rankin Jr. by Marsha & Larry Cook
Methodist Justice Ministry in Memory of:
Tex Rankin Jr. by Carol Harrell
Music Ministries in Memory of:
Charles Thurston Lehman by Donna May & Jim Wright