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2016 Vacation Bible School
2016 Costa Rica Mission Trip
FMC Foundation Lunch & Learn
Serving Breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House
Fit First Running Group
Monday Musers Summer Study Group
Pastor’s Bible Study
Wednesday Morning Summer Study Group
Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Rev. Linda McDermott
DiscipleChurch | 7:20 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Chapel | Charme Robarts
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
Rev. Linda McDermott
Romans 12:1-2, 9-21
Romans, Chapter 12, has become one of my favorite scripture readings, especially when reading the interpretation by Eugene Peterson in The Message because of its down-to-earth expression of the way God would have us live out our individual, precious lives. Some have called the second half of that chapter Paul’s own version of the Sermon on the Mount. Paul was writing to the Christians in Rome, a church that was splitting apart by contentious relationships within the church and hostilities with non-Christian Romans outside the church.
Here’s how Barbara Brown Taylor describes it:
“There were black eyes and bad feelings all over the place. Marcus went to the midweek service so he would not have to sit in the same room with Clovis on Sunday; Lucius was so mad at both of them that he had quit coming to church at all; and Chloe had just bought herself a pit bull to keep her pagan neighbors from cutting through her yard. It was a mess, all the way around.”
So, in the same manner that he addressed with the fractured church in Corinth, Paul emphasizes Jesus’ one commandment: Love. Here are a few of Paul’s directives:
- Run from evil, hold on to good
- Bless your enemies
- Don’t hit back
- Discover beauty in everyone
- Don’t let evil take away your best self
- Get the best of evil by doing good
As our community, our nation, and our world continues to be haunted by violence and threat, how does the church, the Body of Christ, and all its individual members make any real difference to the fierce power of anger and hatred? Paul says it’s time we “walked the talk.” See you this Sunday at worship!
Rev. Linda McDermott
Senior Associate Pastor &
Associate Pastor of Worship
1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for God. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what God wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
9-10 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
11-13 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.
14-16 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.
17-19 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”
20-21 Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.
— Romans 12:1-2, 9-21 (The Message)
The Gathering | 9:30 am | Room 350 | Guest Speaker Courtney Mullins
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.
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.
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.
“The most sophisticated people I know — inside they are all children.”
― Jim Henson
This embodies Mister Mark Burrows to a T — he’s brilliant, yet inside he’s just a great big kid! At THE BIG REVEAL of our new Children’s Wing Expansion, I realized how incredibly lucky we are to have Mister Mark as the Director of our Children’s Ministries, the phenomenal job that was done by everyone who was involved in this collaboration, and how special it is to have church leadership with the vision and trust to stand behind these types of projects. Click here to continue reading.
So you’ve got yourself a Third-Grader.
We have a Third-Grade Bible Retreat!
It’s an overnight retreat out at Lyle Lodge — Friday, September 16 – Saturday, September 17.
It’s designed to have maximum content with low impact to families’ hectic weekend schedules. Click here to continue reading.
Why do I run? I run for many reasons: for my physical health, for my mental health, and for my spiritual health. The physical benefits of running are that it makes the heart strong, increases your HDL level which will lower overall cholesterol, produces white blood cells which in turn builds your immune system, and burns more calories than any other exercise. So I can eat, and I love to eat (pizza and root beer, please)! My mental health is improved because when I am running I am not thinking about what is going on in my life. I am listening to my body, and I am thinking: Hey, was that a pain in my hip? Are my feet straight? Is my hamstring getting tight? Am I running upright? Click here to continue reading.
If you decide to make the teachings of St. Paul useful for your daily life, you will have to be careful to sort through the cultural context of that 1st century man and understand what caused him to write what he did, in the way he did.
This would be true if you or I wrote a letter that was read many years later. People in that distant time wouldn’t recognize references to beliefs, policies, traditions, and technology, unless they decided to work hard to understand those things and how they affected the content of our letter. I hope they might wonder “what is food insecurity, what is an arms race, and what’s up with people calling each other tree huggers?” (Okay so I have a utopian hope for the future.) Click here to continue reading.
Rev. Tom McDermott
It’s the Dog Days of Summer and things are getting pretty hot (and maybe dragging just a bit in the heat). What better time to CELEBRATE! Hope you can join us for this Sunday’s 9:39 or 11:11 celebration as we share stories, sacred readings and special music with guest artist Daniel Katsuk!
Dr. Len Delony
Last Sunday I heard some very insightful reflections at different times and places within the church by Casey Orr, Lance Marshall and Tom McDermott, and saw a powerful example of “Holy Hospitality” in the full sanctuary at 11 am celebrating the very active, playful, and profound week of VBS.
In my mind, they all related to the lectionary reading in Luke 10:38-42 with the familiar story of Mary and Martha. Click here to continue reading.
Spencer “Monty” Brown
At Vacation Bible School 2016: Surf Shack, children discovered an interactive, energizing, Bible-based program that gave them an opportunity to catch the wave of God’s amazing love. During VBS at FUMCFW, children became surfers and explored how to serve God’s mission for their lives.
According to 2016 VBS Chair Kasey Schrimpf, we had record numbers this year with 617 kids and 120 volunteers (82 of which were youth). “On any given day, roughly 800 people were walking around the church, which was just awesome!” exclaims Kasey. “It’s amazing how this program has grown from when I taught years ago to now. The majority of its success is due to Mister Mark’s influence over kids, who he is, and how he brings everybody in.”
When looking back on 2016 VBS, Kasey says that our clergy and staff really topped off all the hard work. This year Dr. Mike Marshall was on lifeguard duty, and Dr. Lamar Smith (aka Dr. Smooth) showed off his rapping skills. Click here to check out “Dr. Smooth” in action. “Those two are up for anything, and to watch them interact with kids and be willing to do whatever we ask is outstanding,” Kasey adds.
“To have that kind of staff and clergy is amazing.”
Click here to see more pictures from Vacation Bible School.
The Costa Rica Mission Team has returned from their 2016 trip with a lot of amazing memories. Click here to see their photo gallery.
Sunday, August 7
11:00 am | Room 230 | Led by Rev. Casey Orr | 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5091, so that we can prepare accordingly.
FMC Foundation Lunch & Learn:
Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way
Thursday, August 11
Noon – 1:00 pm | Wesley Hall
Free | RSVP by 8.5
Planning for the future is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. The first step in the process is creating a will that legally protects your heirs — your spouse, children, and others — and your assets.
Join us to learn more about will writing and estate planning and about the value of being a part of the Foundation’s Helen W. Watt Society.
Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way: Will Writing and Estate Planning Workshop is from noon until 1:00 pm on Thursday, August 11, in Wesley Hall of the Main Church Building. The event is free, but we do need your reservation by Friday, August 5, so we can order your lunch!
For this workshop, we will be joined by Kelly E. DeBerry, who specializes in wills and estate planning and is a partner at Griffith, Jay & Michel, LLP. For reservations, contact Chelsea O’Neal (Chelsea.email@example.com) at 817/339-5089.
Saturday, August 13
7:30 – 10:00 am | Ronald McDonald House
1001 8th Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104
On Saturday, August 13, everyone 15 years of age and older is invited to come with us to the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth to support and provide breakfast for families through the “Meals from the Heart” program. We will begin cooking for the families at 7:30 am and visit together while serving them a hot breakfast. What a blessing it will be for you to serve with us and meet these wonderful families! Please contact Allison McMahon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rev. Chuck Graff (email@example.com) at 817/339-5065 for more information.
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July 23 – December 31
Saturdays | 7:00 – 9:00 am | The Trailhead at Clearfork
4801 Edwards Ranch Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Join us for a four-mile out and back route for all levels of runners and walkers. Children and pets are welcome. Start with stretching and end with breakfast and the Farmers Market. Bring water and sunscreen. For more information, contact Jennifer Stephens (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/363-3291. Click here to complete the required waiver online, or print one to bring with you.
June 13 – August 29
Mondays | 1:00 – 2:15 pm | Foundation Building, Room 271
Led by Dr. Mike Marshall
June 15 – August 31 (not meeting July 20 & 27)
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.
Sunday, August 7
10:00 am | Lyle Lodge
7179 Peden Road | Azle, TX 76020
Led by Dr. Mike Marshall
On August 7 we will have Children First out at Lyle Lodge. The service will start at 10:00 am in our outdoor pavilion. Afterward we will open the swimming pool (lifeguards on duty). And lunch is on us — Salsa Limón taco truck! So come join us for meaningful family worship in a beautiful setting, followed by the chance to relax with your family.
July Mission Sundays
During the month of July, please bring diapers 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.
Please bring bottled water to:
First Street Methodist Mission | Monday – Thursday | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Temperatures are high, but the Mission’s bottled water supply is running desperately low. Many of our guests struggle with dehydration and other health conditions caused by a lack of water during the hot Texas summer. The Mission has an urgent need for more bottled water to help us provide as much relief as we can. For more information, contact Linda Murphy (email@example.com) at 817/339-2404.
Have You Ever Wondered Where Our Hymns Come From?
(A History of Methodist Hymns)
Tuesdays | August 16 & 23, 2016
10:30 am – noon | Room 154
Robert Stovall, Director of Music & Worship Arts, and Peggy Graff, Organist & Associate Director of Music & Worship Arts, will present a two-part series on the “History of the Methodist Hymnal.” Famous hymn writers, including John Wesley and Fanny Crosby, will be featured in this class. We will have fun talking, singing, and exploring the great hymns of our faith. Bring yourself and your singing voice (singing not required but encouraged).
July 10 – 31, 2016 | Sundays
Performances | 9:30 & 11:00* am | Sanctuary worship services
Rehearsals | 9:00 & 10:30 am | 2nd Floor Choir Room
* 9:30 am only on July 17
“We’re always singing in the car, in the shower, humming at work, at play, etc. Now is the time to sing with others in the worship setting. It doesn’t matter if you have not been in choir — July is YOUR month to be part of a worship experience through song from the perspective of the choir loft. Come and worship through MorningSong!”
— Robert Stovall, Director of Music & Worship Arts
Continuing in the (new) tradition of Singing Men of First Church and Singing Women of First Church, we invite our Young Adults of First Church (calling all youth choir alums!) to sing “Hope” by Mark Burrows on July 31. Come join us for MorningSong and enjoy the view only available from the choir loft! Rehearsals are 30 minutes prior to each service in the 2nd Floor Choir Room.
For more information, contact Robert Stovall (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5074.
What is YourFavorite Hymn?
All music in worship is special and offered humbly to God. As we say goodbye to July, it’s time once again for us to lift our voices together and sing our favorite hymns this Sunday and next.
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
First Street Methodist Mission in Honor of:
Michelle Gann & FUMCFW Ushers by Judy L. Williams
First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Baton Rouge Police Officers by Kay Watkins
Methodist Justice Ministry in Memory of:
George Hopkins by Gayla & Blaine Scheideman
George Hopkins by Gerald F. Cox
George Hopkins by Jeannine & Roy Eaton
George Hopkins by Robert & Daisy Rogers
George Hopkins by Rushie & David Simpson
George Hopkins by Susan & Joe Todd
George Hopkins by Suzi & Joe Schlecte
Oates Foundation in Memory of:
Michael Bruster by Deborah & Jeffrey Cunion
Michael Bruster by Judith J. Carrier
Michael Bruster by Nancy W. Fisher
Michael Bruster by Sandra Lydick
Michael Bruster by Susan Barley