FUMCFW Weekly News 7.8.16

By July 8, 2016News

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Rev. Lance Marshall — Going Home Different
Other Sunday Morning Offerings

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Summer Office Hours
Joyful Noise With MorningSong
Youth Summer Mission Trip
Rising 7th-Grader Summer Mission Blitz
Meet Kat Bair, Our New Associate Youth Director!
Cornerstone Youth Choir Tour

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Monday Musers Summer Study Group
Pastor’s Bible Study
Wednesday Morning Summer Study Group


Vacation Bible School

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July Mission Sundays
Desperate Need for Water at the Mission




Vacation Bible School Volunteer
Camp Barnabas

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Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Rev. Lance Marshall

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. DeAndrea Dare & Rev. Tom McDermott

Click here to view and download PDFs of our worship bulletins, posted weekly as soon as details are finalized!

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Rev. Lance Marshall

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Hey friends,

I will fill in for Dr. Bruster this Sunday to wrap up our “Parables of the Realm of God” sermon series. As you probably know, Tim is with his family following the death of his brother, Mike, on July 5. Please join me in praying that God’s peace supports Tim and his loved ones during this sad and difficult time.

This week concludes our series “Parables of the Realm of God.” Parables are stories with a message, tiny gems whose teachings sparkle in new ways when viewed from different perspectives. While each story features different characters and different circumstances, each story tells us a bit more about God — what God values, what God rewards, and what God wishes from us as God’s people.

In our scripture selection this week, Jesus speaks with a group of people who became full of themselves. They divided the world into “us and them” based not on wealth, or power, or prosperity, but on holiness. Jesus spoke to a group of people who were serious about worship and about prayer. They gave faithfully to God and fasted with discipline. They clung to the Scripture and constantly strove for holiness, and they were quick to recognize how this set them apart from their community. Everything they did was about God, but somehow these practices led them even farther from God than when they started. So Jesus told them a story . . .

This parable has it all — sinners and saints, drama and humor, and a twist ending that leaves everyone scratching their heads. Best of all, buried deep in the message is a gospel of hope, a glimpse of God’s good news for all of us that can change the way we live.

We’ll turn the gem over and over again this Sunday. Join us.

Rev. Lance Marshall
Associate Pastor of Young Adult Ministries

 Other Sunday Morning Offerings

The Gathering | This Sunday Only | 9:30 am | Sanctuary | 10:30 am | Connections

Since Lance will preach for Dr. Bruster this week, The Gathering will join the traditional Sanctuary worship service at 9:30 am and then catch up over coffee during Connections in the Garden.

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.

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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.

Visit the Adult Sunday School page to learn more!

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Staff_Burrows, MarkVBS Registration is Officially Closed . . . But Adult and Youth Volunteer Opportunities are Still VERY Open

Mark Burrows

Hello Friends.

VBS Registration is officially closed.

The five-day stretch before VBS gives us just enough time to put together all the materials — nametags, crafts, snacks, etc. — for the kids we know are coming.

But we are VERY open to any more adult and youth volunteers who can help . . . because . . . um . . . as of midnight last night we have . . . Click here to continue reading.

Click here to read more posts from Mark

Len Delony1Transformation — Being Mindful of Independence Day and the Interdependence Way

Dr. Len Delony

Around 11:00 am last Sunday, right after the Chapel Communion service, I joined my wife and daughters who were waiting in the car just outside Leonard Chapel . . . and we began an Independence Day / Interdependence Way trip to Arkansas.

Thirty-six years ago on a similarly sweltering Fourth of July day, I drove for the first time to the same destination on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs. Though it was still a month before Beka and I started dating, I met lots of folks who would officially become my extended family in less than a year.

This year, my 17-year-old daughter was behind the wheel, and we were on our way to check on 86-year-old “Pawpaw,” who was becoming increasingly dependent and had recently been moved to an assisted living apartment. Click here to continue reading.

Click here to read more posts from Len

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Who is God? Who are You? ID’s, Please!

Rev. Tom McDermott

There is an old story that tells us when the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of the Hasidic faith, was on his deathbed, his disciples began gathering around him. For days, disciples and disciple-hopefuls came to the small house at the edge of the village. Finally, after several days of gathering, so many had arrived that a line of disciples and friends led out of the house and down the street.

Inside, those closest to the Rebbe circled around his bed and then spilled out of the room and down the hall to the front door. An older, wise disciple leaned in close to the Master and said, “Rebbe, Master, we are all here. What would you have us know?” Click here to continue reading.

Click here to read more posts from Tom

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Legacy Giving As a Family Affair

Sid Johnston

“To honor and recognize generosity and vision.”

These words that appear on the Foundation’s informational Web page about the Helen W. Watt Society are personified by the longtime member of First Methodist Church of Fort Worth for whom it was named. To tell the story of how the Society came to be, I would first like to tell you a little about who Helen was and describe the impactful life that she lived.

Helen Wallace was born in 1902 in the small town of Mayfield, Kentucky, during the era when milk was delivered by horse-and-buggy and the average wage in the Unites States was 22 cents an hour. Click here to continue reading.

Click here to read more posts from Sid

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Mike Bruster

Prayers and deepest sympathy for the entire Bruster family on the death of Dr. Tim Bruster’s brother, Mike, on July 5 in Longview, Texas, following a heroic yearlong battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Mike was 62 years old. A wonderful husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend, Mike will be missed terribly by all who knew him. The funeral will be in the Chapel of Hawthorn Funeral Home in Carthage, Texas, on Friday, July 8, at 2:00 pm.  

Click here if you would like to leave a message of condolence for the Bruster family. The Bruster family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials go to the Oates Fund. The Oates Fund is a fund set up by Tim’s mother, Pauline Oates, as a place to make contributions for distinct new ministry opportunities outside the church budget that Dr. Bruster feels are important for our church to fund. You can find The Oates Fund as an option on the drop-down menu on our church’s “quick give” link, with no login required.

George Hopkins

George Hopkins

George Hopkins, affiliate member of our church with his wife, Jane, and father of FUMCFW member Ellen Rogers, passed away on Monday, July 4. Click here to read George’s obituary, and please keep his family in your prayers.


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Summer Office Hours

July 1 – September 2
Monday – Thursday |  8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday | 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday | 7:00 am – 12:30 pm

Please note our updated church office hours for July 1 – September 2. We will close an hour early on Fridays. Happy summer!

morningsong_HSJoyful Noise With MorningSong

From July 10 – July 31, you can experience a few Sundays in the life of choir through MorningSong. “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!” exclaims Robert Stovall, Director of Music & Worship Arts. Join MorningSong just before each traditional Sunday morning worship service for a quick rehearsal, and then serve our church as part of its summertime Sunday choir in the Sanctuary. Click here to get the details.

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“Our youth trekked all the way up to Kansas City, Mo., to immerse themselves in and serve the city through work that contributes to neighborhood reconciliation, feeding the hungry, serving recovering addicts, cleaning neighborhoods, working gardens that feed people fresh fruit and vegetables, and learning and praying for the city. They played, worshipped, prayed, served, gave, and learned more about who God is and what God is calling them to do in the world!” 

— Andrew Mochrie, Director of Youth Ministries

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“A group of our rising 7th-graders came together to worship and serve the greater Fort Worth community. They woke up early to help the Mission sort clothes, clean up, pack baby wipes, and construct grocery carts alongside of heading down to Granbury to serve at Project 44. They played, served, and worshipped together, learning what it means to be a teenager in FUMCFW’s youth ministry, a servant leader seeking to be God’s people in the world!”

—  Andrew Mochrie, Director of Youth Ministries

Kat_BairMeet Kat Bair, Our New Associate Youth Director!

FUMCFW is excited to welcome Kat Bair as our new Associate Director of Youth Ministries! “Over the next three years Kat will be making her way through the Center for Youth Ministry Training (CYMT), the same organization where I received my training, to get her theological education and practical training,” says Andrew Mochrie, Director of Youth Ministries. “Our church will benefit greatly from this partnership with CYMT and with Kat as a part of our youth ministry team.”

Kat received a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Comparative Politics from the University of Miami Ohio. She decided to pursue youth ministry instead of politics, so far through both church youth ministry internships as well as youth mission internships, including missions in Asia. Kat grew up in the First Presbyterian Church of Nashville, so she is no stranger to large church youth ministry. “She has a love of Christ, a passion for youth ministry, and some cool facts that everyone will have to ask her about,” adds Jillian Voelker, Youth Search Committee Chair. Kat and her husband, Andrew, live in Grapevine.

Click here to read more in Andrew’s blog. Kat will join us on Sunday, July 10, to get to know our youth community and family, and then she will start working with our Youth Ministries the following Monday. Let’s all give her a warm First Church welcome!

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“Some hymns will bring us all back to this tour and the lives we touched in the places we sang together. I know there are now songs that I won’t be able to hear without a smile coming to my face as I remember this very special group of people, and I am made much the richer by this experience with them.” 

— Hans Grim, Interim Youth Choir Director

Click here to read Hans Grim’s blog and see more photos from this event.

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Monday Musers_HSMonday Musers Summer Study Group

June 13 – August 29
Mondays | 1:00 – 2:15 pm | Foundation Building, Room 271
Led by Dr. Mike Marshall

Come join Dr. Mike Marshall and others in our church community for a summer of “musing!” Every Monday afternoon we will “engage in thoughtful reflection” as we join together for study and community-building. We will utilize a series of books in engaging categories such as United Methodist beliefs, practices, and compassionate caring. Our first book will be “This We Believe” by William Willimon, and at least one more book for the summer will be selected by the group. We will meet each Monday from 1:00 – 2:15 pm in Room 271 of the Foundation Building. Any adult is invited to attend — and you can begin at any point of the summer that you wish. Our goal will be to create a community that values rich conversation, attention to the presence of God, and care for one another. Please make it a point to become a “Monday Muser” this summer! For more information, contact Dr. Mike Marshall (mmarshall@myfumc.org) at 817/339-2409.

Pastor's Bible Study_HSPastor’s Bible Study

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!

Wednesday Morning Summer Study Group_HSWednesday Morning Summer Study Group

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 (gammerman@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5091.

Visit the Adult Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.


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July 11 – 15
9:00 am – noon | Meet in Wesley Hall
Children 3 years old through 6th grade
Registration closed
Click here to learn more!
Click here to sign up to be an adult volunteer!
Click here to sign up to be a youth volunteer!

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

Visit the Children’s Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.

Visit the FUMC Day School page for more information on programs and activities.

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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 (lmurphy@firststreetmission.org) at 817/339-2404.

18-researchersiDesperate Need for Water at the Mission

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 (lmurphy@firststreetmission.org) at 817/339-2404.

Visit the Compassion & Justice Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.



July 10 – 31
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 

MorningSong will perform in the traditional worship services on July 10, 17 (9:30 am only), 24, and 31. Rehearsals are 30 minutes prior to each service on those Sunday mornings in the 2nd Floor Choir Room.

A special invitation is also extended to senior adults to assist MorningSong on the morning of July 24 as we sing “Hymn of Promise” by Natalie Sleeth, and we invite our young adults to assist us on the morning of July 31 as we sing “Hope” by Mark Burrows. Come join us for MorningSong and enjoy the view only available from the choir loft! For more information, contact Robert Stovall (rstovall@myfumc.org) at 817/339-5074.

What is Your Favorite Hymn?

All music in worship is special and offered humbly to God. Please join us as we lift our voices together and sing our favorite hymns!

Your favorites will be sung in traditional worship on July 24 and July 31. Robert Stovall, Director of Music & Worship Arts, will select favorite hymns from the congregation based on your input prior to worship at 9:30 and 11:00 am on July 17 and 24. Be ready to share your favorite hymn with Robert as he solicits your input those mornings!

Visit the Music Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.


VBS 7.15-8972Vacation Bible School Volunteer

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 (mburrows@myfumc.org) or 2016 VBS Chair Kasey Schrimpf (jeffandkaseys@sbcglobal.net).

CampPromoCamp Barnabas

July 23 – 29
Registration closed
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

Visit the Youth Ministries page for more information on programs and activities.

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Foundation Honorarium Fund in Honor of:
Sid Johnston by Beverlee and James F. Herd, M.D.


First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Herschel Winn by Dr. & Mrs. W.S. Wolff
Hubert Joyner by Cindy Harriman

Foundation Memorial Fund in Memory of:
Lisa Tucker by Beverlee and James F. Herd, M.D.

General Fund in Memory of:
Barbara McWhirter by Missy & George Johns


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