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Camping on 5th Street With Our Outdoor Retreat Ministries
FUMCFW Mission Teams Council: the People Behind the Ministry
Red, White, Blue — and Brass!
Keeping Cool at the Mission
Beginning Camping Basics
Monday Musers Summer Study Group
Pastor’s Bible Study
Wednesday Morning Summer Study Group
Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
DiscipleChurch | 7:20 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Chapel | Rev. Bob Weathers
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
Dr. Tim Bruster
Fourth in the series: “Parables of the Realm of God”
A farmer has to pay close attention to the quality of the soil that will receive the seeds when they are sown in the field. To determine that quality, the farmer will have the soil analyzed by a lab. Soil analysis is important because it tells the farmer what the soil needs to make it productive.
So what does all this have to do with this week’s sermon? Everything!
This Sunday as we continue our series, “Parables of the Realm of God,” we’ll look at another of Jesus’ parables, sometimes called “The Parable of the Sower and the Seeds.” I think a better title would be “The Parable of the Soils” because it encourages us to focus on how the different types of soil produce different results in terms of how things grow:
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!”
This is a parable about our level of receptivity to the realm of God and the good news of God’s grace. And, more than that, it is a parable about how these “seeds” can take root and grow in our lives in a fruitful way. What this story calls for is one of the most important tasks of your spiritual life: ongoing soil analysis.
What kind of soil have I prepared? What am I lacking? What changes do I need to make in order to be more receptive to God’s call and grace in my own life?
I look forward to analyzing soil with you on Sunday as we worship together in the Sanctuary worship service. As part of our worship service, we will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster
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 | Garden & 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.
This Sunday Only
5th Street Celebration | 9:00 am – 12:30 pm | 5th Street
We’ll be camping on 5th Street from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm with all the usual suspects — from RVs and tents, to backpacks and Dutch ovens, to our very own cargo trailer! As always, we’ve got it covered when it comes to outdoor gear, shelter, and cuisine. All you have to bring is yourself to help celebrate our growing ministry with an insider’s tour of this unique experience of community and fellowship.
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.
There are so many fun things happening this summer at our church that I don’t know where to begin. We kicked things off last week with snow cones and classic autos — and this week I hope everyone stops by our special 5th Street Celebration between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm to join in on some delightful and delicious alfresco fun, compliments of our Outdoor Retreat Ministries. Tour the shelters, enjoy delicious campfire food, and learn more about this exciting ministry as First Church continues to celebrate summer through the fun, fellowship, and serious work of our many ministries. Be sure to watch the E-News each week for updates and information as our First Church summer continues to unfold! Click here to continue reading.
Rev. Larry Grubb
When there are health and memory issues, not enough money to pay the bills, aches and pains that are ever-present, family members living a great distance away, too many friends outlived, eyes that are weak and hearing even weaker — all of this and more could make for lots of unhappiness and feeling sorry for oneself. What I usually find through our Congregational Care Ministry, however, is our members’ joy for being alive, excitement over hearing the birds outside, gratitude for what they have, and sparkle in their eyes that they have been remembered. These are my rewards many times over.
There are sad times — times when difficult questions are asked and answers are hard to come by. Click here to continue reading.
Two quick things:
Thing One — We will have Children First on Sunday, July 3. Our theme is — What can I do for you? (Teaching our children how to reach out and offer a hand.)
If you are in town and would like your child to participate, please let us know. Click here to continue reading.
Rev. Chuck Graff
FUMCFW is collaborating with FUMC Hurst to send medical personnel to serve in Santiago de Veraguas, Panama, from October 8 – 16. Those wanting to work on construction are also invited to join the team. We will be establishing a presence of the United Methodist Church in a local neighborhood staffing a clinic and working construction. You will stay in a local hotel and eat in local restaurants. Cost of the trip is $1,800. All medical/dental expertise is needed. Please contact me (email@example.com) at 817/339-5065 for more details. You will be blessed by giving to others, and help us launch this additional new ministry here at FUMCFW with our brothers and sisters in Christ at FUMC Hurst. Click here to continue reading.
Dr. Len Delony
“The welcoming prayer is a practice of ‘letting go’ in the present moment in the ordinary routines of daily life.”
— Father Thomas Keating, “Open Mind, Open Heart,” p. 125
Last Sunday, Dr. Tim Bruster gave a wonderful Father’s Day sermon on “the only place you can live” — which, of course, is in the present. Click here to continue reading.
Spencer “Monty” Brown
Happy Birthday Baker!
Baker Wood will turn 100 on July 2. He and his wife, Evelyn, have been members of our church since 2007. A reception will be held on Saturday, July 2, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm in the Longhorn Auditorium at Trinity Terrace — all are welcome! For more information, contact Carolyn Porter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Whenever the FUMCFW Outdoor Retreat Ministry hits the road, our compass always points to good adventure in the great outdoors. From destinations deep in the heart of Texas, around the Beavers Bend in Broken Bow, and across the Great Plains to Canada, we’ve been all over the map — in our neck of the woods and beyond!
On Sunday, June 26, however, you only have to travel a few steps outside our First Church front doors to join the Outdoor Retreat Ministries for our annual 5th Street Celebration. We’ll be camping on 5th Street from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm with all the usual suspects — from RVs and tents, to backpacks and Dutch ovens, to our very own cargo trailer! As always, we’ve got it covered when it comes to outdoor gear, shelter, and cuisine. All you have to bring is yourself to help celebrate our growing ministry with an insider’s tour of this unique experience of community and fellowship.
A few of our happy campers will be on hand to share stories from past retreats. Peter Canning, who has been boating and camping as long as he can remember (though often alone), says it only took one trip with this group to convince him that this was the way to go — whenever and wherever possible. Dan and Beth Cooper, who met each other at FUMCFW, have also met many other new friends through our outdoor retreats.
Click here to read stories from Peter and the Coopers. Then come meet the rest of the group at this Sunday’s celebration. Word on 5th Street is that it’ll be a great trip! For more information, contact Rev. Chuck Graff (email@example.com) at 817/339-5065.
Outdoor Retreat Ministries 5th Street Celebration
Sunday, June 26
9:00 am – 12:30 pm | 5th Street
Camp out with FUMCFW Outdoor Retreat Ministries at our annual 5th Street Celebration! This is your chance to get the details about our upcoming outdoor retreats and hear stories from past campers. You can also check out camping gear and shelters, including special RVs, tents, and our very own cargo trailer. Plus, sample some tasty Dutch oven cooking to get the full experience. Take a break from your fast-paced world to step outside and learn all about this growing ministry! For more information, contact Rev. Chuck Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5065.
“I think everybody who is born has a desire to leave a mark, and this is an opportunity to make a real impact, a real difference — even if it extends beyond your local reach.”
— Daniel Roe, Mission Teams Council Chair
Wake up, eat, go to work, eat, sleep. Repeat. This is all part of a typical day in the life of the average American adult. Unfortunately, research shows that this is not the norm in all countries. In Kenya, access to basic quality services is a luxury for many people, and an estimated 3.6 million Kenyan children under age 18 are orphans or vulnerable. And in Costa Rica profound poverty affects many people at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder, including children. That’s why the FUMCFW International Mission Teams travel to these countries each year to fulfill our mission — to love God, serve people, and transform lives — here, there, and everywhere we can.
Daniel Roe, our Mission Teams Council Chair, went on our 2010 Kenya Mission Trip and returned with a new outlook. So when Rev. Page Hines formed the council and asked him to chair it, that was his answer to continue serving from afar. New council member Sharon West went on our Costa Rica Mission Trip the last four years and plans to go again this year. Due to her involvement with the trips, along with her education and love for it, Sharon taught Spanish classes at FUMCFW in 2013. Although council member Dr. Wesley Alderete has not been part of the Kenya or Costa Rica mission trips, he says that serving on the council helps keep him informed of our many other mission opportunities. For instance, church members who are in the medical profession like him will be extremely helpful on future medical mission trips.
You don’t have to go on a mission trip to make a difference through this ministry. In fact, the Mission Teams Council is looking for new members who have not been on past trips. This helps us blend passion from experience (like Daniel’s powerful Kenya awakening) with clear visions for the big picture (like new opportunities through Sharon’s Spanish or Dr. Alderete’s medical skills). The combined efforts of all council members ensure that every trip is well-managed and aligned with our philosophy. Click here to read more. If you would like to join the council, contact Rev. Page Hines (email@example.com) at 817/339-5063.
Join Us at the Gathering
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This Fourth of July weekend, First Church will let freedom ring through DFW Brass, brought to us courtesy of our FUMCFW Music Ministries. Between services at our 10:30 am Connections in the Garden this acclaimed brass quintet will perform its all-American tribute of beloved patriotic and hymn repertoire, including “Armed Forces Salute,” “National Anthem,” “Washington Post,” “Shenandoah,” and “Old Rugged Cross” (Dixieland style). Then the stirring musical stylings of DFW Brass will continue during the 11:00 am Sanctuary worship service with “Simple Gifts” and “Stars & Stripes.” Come enjoy this salute to our country in the Garden and special musical offering during worship in this extraordinary pre-Independence Day First Church family celebration.
We celebrated Father’s Day with Kona Ice snow cones on Sunday — but fathers weren’t the only ones who enjoyed these sweet treats this week. On Monday, our First Street Methodist Mission kept it cool by passing out this summertime delight to its guests. This is only one small yet special way the Mission helps our neighbors who are homeless beat the Texas heat during summer.
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Sunday, June 26
11:00 am – noon | Room 340 – 341
Led by Claudia Blalock & Marcos Jorge
Want to take your friends or family camping outdoors in God’s beautiful creation, possibly to a state park or with FUMCFW? In an hour, we will teach you about sleeping bags, pads, and tents to guide you in your purchases or equipment rental. Food preparation and stoves will be briefly discussed. Questions are welcome and tent setup will be demonstrated. No charge nor registration is required. For more information, contact Claudia Blalock (firstname.lastname@example.org).
June 13 – August 29 (Not meeting July 4)
Mondays | 1:00 – 2:15 pm | Foundation Building, Room 271
Led by Dr. Mike Marshall
June 15 – August 31
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 to those who study on a regular basis. Join us!
June 15 – August 31
Wednesdays | 9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154
This class will examine how God’s presence is always around us, and how God moves in and through our world — even through the books we read and the movies we watch! The group is open all summer, so come when you can. Click here for more information, or contact Gayle Ammerman (email@example.com) at 817/339-5091.
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!
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’s mission for their lives.
VBS Celebration Sunday
Sunday, July 17
11:00 am | Sanctuary
During the month of June, please bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and rain ponchos 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-2404.
June 27 – July 1
Branson, MO | Registration closed
This year Cornerstone Youth Choir is going to Branson, Missouri. Why tour? Touring is so much more than the music we make and the places we sing. Of course, music is a large part of it. It ties all of us together, and it is the launching pad for our tour. However . . .
- Nothing builds community and transforms lives better than traveling together!
- God works in us and through us in such different ways on tour.
- It’s an incredible opportunity to see a new city and how God is working in it.
- It’s also a chance for us to make our mark in the mission field and learn to be selfless.
- We have a blast together . . . and we make lifelong friends!
- There are a million other surprises waiting for us.
For more information about Cornerstone Youth Choir, contact Elaine Johnson (email@example.com) at 817/339-2406.
Sunday, July 3
10:30 am | Connections in the Garden
11:00 am | Sanctuary worship service
DFW Brass, an acclaimed brass quintet, will be with us on July 3 at 10:30 am in the Garden to perform some of the most beloved patriotic and hymn repertoire, including “Armed Forces Salute,” “National Anthem,” “Washington Post,” “Shenandoah,” and “Old Rugged Cross” (Dixieland style). The group will also perform “Simple Gifts” and “Stars & Stripes” at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary. Come hear this brass quintet and get in the spirit of the Fourth of July holiday!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Brenda Kegans (email@example.com) for more information.
Monday, July 11 – Friday, July 15
9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Wesley Hall
Youth entering 7th – 12th grade
VBS Celebration Sunday
Sunday, July 17
11:00 am | Sanctuary
This year’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) theme is Surf Shack — an interactive, energizing, Bible-based program that gives children an opportunity to catch the wave of God’s amazing love! Youth volunteers will help teach and assist children in the classrooms and participate as leaders in music, art, games, and storytelling. Plus, you can earn up to 24 hours of community service.
Click here to register as a Youth Volunteer and learn more about Vacation Bible School. For more information, contact Mark Burrows (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 2016 VBS Chair Kasey Schrimpf (email@example.com).
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!
“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
Foundation Honorarium Fund in Honor of:
Rev. Casey Orr by Bobbie Price
Children’s Outreach in Memory of:
Mary Elizabeth Green by Donna & Stan Wajcik
Foundation Memorial Fund in Memory of:
Barbara McWhirter by Law Offices of Paup, Shutt & Associates, P.C.
Bill Montgomery by Beth Detwiler
Bill Montgomery by Cecile Montgomery
Dr. Doug Tatum by Paige & Bob Russey
Faires Kuykendall by Pat & Arch Van Meter
Herschel Winn by Gordon & Mary Ann Gibson
Herschel Winn by Jean & John Roach, Amy & Tull Bailey & family, and Lori & Craig Davis & family
Herschel Winn by Lou Ann Blaylock
Lisa Tucker by Gerry & Carolyn Grieser
Lisa Tucker by Larry & Rev. Sandra Lydick
Lisa Tucker by Lou Ann Blaylock
General Fund in Memory of:
Barbara McWhirter by Laura & Andrew Grubb