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Partnership and Campership with United Community Centers
Barrows Honor Fallen Officer Michael Krol
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 | Dr. Mike Marshall
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 | Charme Robarts
Dr. Mike Marshall
Do you know the people with whom you share your “birth day”?
My birthday is December 5. I know a number of dear people here at FUMCFW who were born that day. There’s J.T. in our youth program; a beautiful young adult named Robin; Sharon, who I call my birthday buddy; Sally, whose wedding I happily officiated; and H.T., who died five years ago and is still missed today.
There are some famous people with whom I share this day . . . Little Richard was born in Georgia in 1932. He sang in an African Methodist Episcopal choir as a child, and went on to introduce America to “Tutti Frutti” in 1955. Walt Disney was born in Chicago in 1901. This year is the 50th anniversary of his death. He also had some introductions for us — Mickey Mouse in 1928, Disneyland in 1955, and a “magical kingdom” that has brought joy and wonder to all the world!
I have discovered one more person born on December 5. William Barclay was born in Scotland in 1907. He was a Church of Scotland minister, a professor at the University of Glasgow, and the author of “The Daily Study Bible” series. Dr. Lamar Smith has used Barclay to lead hundreds of you through the New Testament each Sunday at 8:30 am.
Colossians 3:15 says: “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body” (NRSV). Barclay said that Paul used a verb from the athletic arena, so that another translation can be: “. . . let the peace of Christ be the umpire in your hearts . . .”
My wife says that my sermons always have at least one reference to sports and food. Come join us this Sunday to find out what the food item will be . . .
Dr. Mike Marshall
Associate Pastor of Leadership Development/Evangelism
The Gathering | 9:30 am | Room 350 | Guest Speakers Zoe Hess Carney and 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.
Rev. Nancy Froman
I attended a funeral this past Saturday at another United Methodist Church in the Fort Worth area. It was a Celebration of Life for the mother/grandmother of a family that I became very close with at the first church I served as a minister. She was 98 years old and the church was full of family and church friends. Her four granddaughters gave beautiful “Grandma Memories” stories — each laughing and crying as they spoke. The pastor remarked, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” In the bulletin her family wrote, “She was our ‘Queen’ who lived a beautiful life helping others who had needs and teaching us humility.” We left for a meal lovingly prepared by friends to the song, “Sweet, Sweet Spirit” and ate and shared more stories together. It could not have been a more beautiful memorial for her. Click here to continue reading.
I was truly blessed to assist the Fort Worth Police Department with making prayer bags for the family of Officer Michael Krol. I stopped by the downtown police department and had the pleasure of meeting Officer Johnny Cox. When I showed him pictures of what the Fort Worth Fire Department had done for the Hotshot Team in 2013, he knew his fellow officers would want to take part and make the prayer bags for the Krol family!
On Friday, I received the completed prayer bags from Officer Cox. He shared with me how meaningful it was for them to make the bags. Click here to continue reading.
Just a few things . . .
1. Yes, we do have summer Sunday School! Join us for art and music — Fruit of the Spirit, and The Gospel According to Pixar 2.0.
2. Children First, August 7, 10:00 am — We will be at Lyle Lodge for worship, followed by lunch from Salsa Limón and swimming until 1:00 pm (lifeguards on duty). Click here to continue reading.
The Old Testament story of Jacob wrestling in the night is full of intrigue and is the object of many interpretations. Who was the unnamed man who scuffled with Jacob all night before he crossed the river and went back to his home? Jacob had been away from home for about 20 years because of, you guessed it, a family feud. Can you ever really go home?
And then there is the part in the story where Jacob walks away limping. Not surprising, wrestling around all night long. Click here to continue reading.
Rev. Chuck Graff
Our Adult Education Council is hosting a special “Pathway to Peace” Interfaith Symposium on Sunday, August 28, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in Wesley Hall. Our featured speakers are Dr. Tim Bruster, Harris Zafar from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, and Rabbi Brian Zimmerman, the new rabbi at the Beth-El Congregation in Fort Worth. Dr. Rebekah Miles will be the moderator. Speakers will share their faith traditions and perspectives on “How we together can establish peace in our society today” (a much-needed topic for discussion), and it will be a wonderful opportunity for our faith communities and others to hear new information on the true teachings of peace from our excellent speakers. There will be a time for questions and answers, and refreshments and fellowship will follow. Click here to continue reading.
Rev. Tom McDermott and Charme Robarts
I want to thank you all for participating in our Summer Series, The 5W’s of God (and an H). It was an enlightening journey for me, and apparently for many of you who have written me with affirmations as well as your deeper curiosity. We are so blessed with this amazing community of spiritual pilgrims, refugees, and celebrants where we can explore faith openly and experience active discipleship in community. There is truly no other church like FUMCFW and no other community like the nine:thirty-nine | eleven:eleven celebration! Click here to continue reading.
Dr. Len Delony
Every day, a part of me gets anxious as I prepare to check on the latest news.
More often than not, if I react to what I just read, or heard, or saw, I feel enraged . . . which is often followed by the scent of suspicion and cynicism. Soon, a protective numbness starts to take over and constricts my perceptions and reactions in a shell of fear and distrust.
If I don’t intentionally and prayerfully pause to let go of that initial reaction, fear and suspicion seems to shape everything I hear and see. Click here to continue reading.
Spencer “Monty” Brown
“It was FUMCFW’s desire and passion for helping the community that started Fort Worth’s longest-running nonprofit over a century ago, and for that we thank you.”
— Celia Esparza, UCC President and CEO
Thanks to all of you who helped support Camperships through our Easter Offering, 50 children were given scholarships to attend this year’s 10-week Summer Education Enrichment Program (EEP) through United Community Centers (UCC). It’s not just a camp — students also benefit from educational programs that minimize learning loss and make a positive impact on each child’s summer. Research shows that students tend to fall behind academically while they are out of school, particularly children from low-income families and especially in reading skills, so the Summer EEP holds the key to continued learning.
The partnership between UCC and FUMCFW has played an important role in the success of the Summer EEP. Celia Esparza, UCC President and CEO, says that FUMCFW has given Camperships for as long as she can remember — and she’s been with UCC for 15 years. According to Celia, they couldn’t do it without us. “The relationship UCC has with FUMCFW is one that I’m very proud of and appreciate tremendously,” Celia says. “Without your support of our children and programs, we could not exist.”
FUMCFW and UCC go way back — to the very beginning more than 100 years ago. In fact, UCC was actually started by two of our very own United Methodist Women. These women had an inspiring vision for our community, and they were determined to bring it to life. First came the establishment of the City Mission Board at FUMCFW in 1908, followed by the first center in 1909. Over time, this center has grown in meeting community needs through several empowering programs and two other neighborhood centers. Now more than a century later, UCC continues to carry out its mission as seen through the eyes of two United Methodist Women so many years ago: “Guided by Christian principles, we serve and empower those in need.”
Click here to read more about Camperships and what Celia refers to as the “rich history between FUMC Fort Worth and United Community Centers.”
FUMCFW members Judy-Lynn and Jim Barrow know a good cause when they see it. So when it comes to flying to help others, they are more like planners than travelers. Jim, who is the Director of Operations for ATX Air Services, often pilots the plane.
Thanks to the Perot family, ATX Air Services, and a dedicated team of volunteers, a Boeing 737 aircraft that is usually reserved for luxury flights doubles as a philanthropy plane. On its first mission in 2013, the crew helped take several of the firefighters who were tragically killed in the deadly Arizona wildfires back home for their memorial procession. In 2014 they delivered medical equipment to Liberia during the Ebola outbreak, and in 2015 they delivered goods to Syrian refugees who lacked basic necessities after fleeing their homeland.
Judy-Lynn and Jim recently took part in another flight, this time for one of Dallas Police Department’s fallen officers. Michael Krol was one of five law enforcement officers killed by a lone gunman during a protest earlier in July. Hundreds gathered for his memorial ceremonies in Dallas, where he had moved to pursue his dream of becoming a police officer. Since Michael was originally from Michigan, the Perot family provided a private flight for his family to accompany the body back home.
While Jim supported the family up in the air, Judy-Lynn played her part down on the ground. Just as the couple suggested that the Fort Worth Fire Department create prayer bags for the fallen firefighters back in 2013, Judy-Lynn encouraged the Fort Worth Police Department to follow in their footsteps by making similar ones for Michael’s family. Through her help with assembly and delivery, she got to know some of Michael’s fellow police officers and loved ones. Click here to read the full story in Judy-Lynn’s blog.
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 (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 | 6:45 – 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.
June 13 – August 29
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.
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.
Academy begins Sunday, September 11
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This Fall we enter the eleventh semester of our Children’s Academy Sunday School for children in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. Children will get to enroll in a class of their choosing. They will be in the same room, with the same teachers, all semester. Some courses are designed for younger elementary (K – 2nd) and some for older elementary (3rd – 5th). While the subject areas are varied, each class will work from the same Bible story and same memory verse each month. By the end of the semester, not only will the children have a better grounding in their faith, but they will develop some real skill in a particular area.
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.
Bring school supplies 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
It’s time to start thinking about back to school and how to help children get the best start possible by stocking supply closets at two local elementary schools, supported by various outreach ministries of FUMCFW.
24-Count Box of Crayons
8 oz. Bottle of School Glue
Plastic Supply Box
8-Count Washable Markers
12-Count Colored Pencils
Pocket Folders of Assorted Colors with Brads
70-Page, Wide-Ruled Spiral Notebooks
100-Page Composition Notebooks
Donations can be brought each Sunday and placed in the donation bins at the East, West, & Garden entrances or in the boxes located in each Sunday School classroom. Donations can also be dropped off at First Street Methodist Mission, Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Have You Ever Wondered Where Our Hymns Come From?
(A History of Methodist Hymns)
Tuesdays | August 16 & 23
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 | Sundays
Performances | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary worship services
Rehearsals | 9:00 & 10:30 am | 2nd Floor Choir Room
“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 (email@example.com) at 817/339-5074.
What is Your Favorite 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.
9:30 – 10:30 am | Justin Building Gym
At this orientation and information meeting, 6th graders and their parents will receive in-depth information about the school-year program, have an opportunity to ask questions, and meet other families and leaders who will be with you on the journey this year! We hope you join us! For more information, contact Rev. Casey Orr (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5067.
3rd Grade Bible Presentation in Memory of:
Victims of the 1999 Texas A&M Bonfire Accident by Kay Watkins
First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Jeri Harper by Barbara & Lindel Eakman
General Fund in Memory of:
Jessie Woods by James Campbell
Michael Bruster by Sualice & Ray Armstrong
Oates Foundation in Memory of:
Michael Bruster by Barbara L. Tatum
Michael Bruster by Mary Andrews
Peggy Maurer by Kay Watkins
Vacation Bible School in Memory of:
Jon Barker by Kay Watkins