FUMCFW Weekly News 9.16.16

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Dr. Tim Bruster — Who Do You Say Jesus Is?
Other Sunday Morning Offerings

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Discover the Joy as a Kids Hope Mentor
North Texas Giving Day 2016
Pokemon in the Park
Goostree Lecture Series Featuring Dr. James Fleming

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Register Now for Fall Adult Programs 
Emmaus Ministry Gathering
Men’s In-Depth Bible Study
De Colores! Emmaus Ministry Fourth Day Reunion Group
Wednesday Morning Study
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University
Thursday Theologians
Free Community Boot Camp
Wesleyan Adventurers at the IMAX
Men’s Fellowship Breakfast
Book Study: “Life and Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer”
Improv First!
Disciple Bible Study Class
October United Methodist Women Dinner
Prayer and Study Group
Divorce: Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends
Wesleyan Adventurers Taste of Texas Tour
Walking, Running, & Cycling Group


Third Grade Bible Retreat & Presentation

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September Mission Sundays
Habitat for Humanity Fall Fellowship Builds
Fill Backpacks for Food 4 Kids
North Texas Giving Day


Spectrum Chamber Music Series


Middle School Lock-In/Out

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Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster

DiscipleChurch | 7:20 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Chapel | Rev. Linda McDermott
9:30 am | Discussion Groups

nine:thirty-nine | eleven:eleven celebration | 9:39 & 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott

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

Tim Bruster“Who Do You Say Jesus Is?”

Dr. Tim Bruster

Matthew 16:13-18

Last Sermon in the Series: “Questions We Should Answer”

Dear friends,

This Sunday in the 9:30 and 11:00 am worship services in the Sanctuary I will wind up my “Questions We Should Answer” series. This final question in the series is perhaps the most important one. It comes from a question Jesus asked his disciples (see Matthew 16:13-18).

Jesus asked this question in a significant place — Caesarea Philippi. This was an area where a number of pagan gods were worshipped, and chief among them was the Greek god, Pan, the god of desolate places. There were a number of niches there with statues and images of various gods. So it was in this place of competing loyalties and competing understandings of the divine that Jesus asked his question: “Who do you say that I am?”

That’s the question I now want to consider with you. Who do you say Jesus is?

Your answer to that question makes a difference. It matters in your own life and how you live it. It matters for your family. It matters for your community. It matters for your own peace of mind and for your own motivations. It matters for your spiritual well-being and for the course of your life. It matters. I look forward to thinking more deeply about this important question with you on Sunday.

The following Sunday, September 25, we welcome Dr. Jim Fleming back to the pulpit as we kick off our 2016 Goostree Lecture Series. Dr. Fleming is quite simply the best Bible teacher I’ve ever heard. He’s an archaeologist and scholar who has spent much of his life in Israel. This will be his third time to teach here and you won’t want to miss his lectures. In addition to speaking in traditional worship on Sunday morning, Dr. Fleming will lecture on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings on the topic “Seeing God Through the Biblical Mind” and at noon on Monday and Tuesday on the topic “The Current Middle East Situation.” Click here to read the details.

Grace and Peace,




Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

Other Sunday Morning Offerings

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.

Chapel Communion | 10:35 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony

With special music, prayer, and readings, this quiet and contemplative full communion service led by Dr. Len Delony and other FUMCFW clergy is available each week for those who want to add communion to their weekly worship experience.

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.

Teachers & Topics Web HeaderClick here to see classes meeting this Sunday, September 18

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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Robert StovallOnward!

Robert Stovall

When something has taken place and is deemed to have an everlasting effect in our minds, we tend to dwell on that event or situation. We can’t escape from the strong impact it has as it pertains to our thoughts and actions. This past Sunday, our worship experience effected a large portion of our congregation. MANY of you were kind enough to speak with me, our organist Peggy Graff, and of course our ministers concerning the services. Several of you were so inclined to write me about the impact the service made in your lives. Click here to continue reading.

Building with Faith and Confidence!

As many of our choir members know, my wife and I are currently involved in a huge project. We are BUILDING A NEW HOME! Without going into details, it goes without saying that this project is by far a big undertaking. When we first started (and we started a bit unprepared in that we sold our home in FOUR HOURS), the excitement was incredibly high. Meeting with the builder and architect, designing the house, working within a budget, making adjustments along the way, and eyeballing every detail we could think of (my wife especially) is all part of a process. There were many times when we felt as if we were not qualified to make certain decisions on the home. Click here to continue reading. 

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Lisa HelmAmbassadors for Our Church

Lisa Helm

“You will never get a second chance to make a first impression.”  — Will Rogers

Here’s a sobering thought: most first-time visitors to our church will decide whether or not to return for a second visit within the first 10 minutes they are here. Though our ultimate purpose is spiritual and we exist to serve as a place of worship, we are also in the hospitality business. These first-time guests have basic expectations and desires that must be met very quickly if we hope to meet their criteria for a return visit. Click here to continue reading.

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Staff_Burrows, MarkBible Presentation this Sunday

Mark Burrows

Hello Families.

Third Grade Bible Presentation is THIS Sunday, and I wanted to make sure you had all the info you need.

We will have several rows in the front of the Sanctuary reserved for you, so come on down. Don’t be bashful. Click here to continue reading.

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Rev. Lance Marshall

The Search for an Authentic Way to Talk to My God

A number of years ago I had a spiritual mentor who asked me what my prayer discipline was. “I don’t really have one, I said. I just . . . pray.” I had not thought deeply about the idea that there were different ways to pray, different practices and different approaches to entering into conversation with God. I thought you just bowed your head and prayed in whatever way you were able. Click here to continue reading.

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Kat BairBalcony Worship & Weekly Update: September 15

Kat Bair

Balcony Worship

I don’t know if you’ve noticed over the last few weeks, but there’s been a colonization happening in the West Balcony during the 11:00 am service. A settlement has popped up, claiming the territory for its own. They’ve established themselves with growing numbers and even recognition from the pulpit last week by Casey. Click here to continue reading.

Linda McDermott2Making a Difference with Your Ordinary, Everyday Life

Rev. Linda McDermott

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? One of the ways Paul addresses that question is found in Chapter 12 of his letter to the Christians in Rome. It has become one of my favorite Scripture readings, especially the interpretation by Eugene Peterson in The Message. This interpretation gives us a down-to-earth expression of the way God would have us live out our individual, precious lives. Click here to continue reading.

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I’m Not That . . . Featuring Hannah Kirby

Rev. Tom McDermott

Richard Rohr says, “Without transformation, you might assume you’re at a high moral, spiritual level just because you call yourself Christian, or Lutheran or Methodist or Catholic. I think my great disappointment as a priest has been to see how little actual spiritual curiosity there is in so many people.”

Deep transformation, the kind that inspires us to see things differently, often requires that intentional act of letting go of the way we habitually think, the way we’ve always done things. Click here to continue reading.

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Len Delony1Words of Wisdom for Your Pilgrimage of Peace

Dr. Len Delony

We had a good gathering around the labyrinth last Sunday afternoon in Wesley Hall. As we began, we considered distinctions between our ego stories and our soul stories, and intentionally made time to let the humble yet powerful “soul stories” be heard and honored. As people shared and listened deeply, the sense of sacred presence was profound.

Whether or not you were able to join us then, God calls you to join in the journey and become Pilgrims for Peace — wherever you may be . . . Click here to continue reading.

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kids-hope-usa-mentor_hsDiscover the Joy as a Kids Hope Mentor

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

— Dr. Seuss

There is power in numbers. That’s why the Kids Hope USA Mentoring Program of FUMCFW reaches out to children who need help to beat the odds. When a child has a mentor who cares, it can make all the difference. And when you care a whole awful lot, everything gets better and better. Research shows that students who met with a Kids Hope USA mentor for just one year improved:

  • 65% in educational success
  • 79% in socio/emotional competency
  • 56% in attitude toward risky behavior

Our mentors kick the stats to the curb — one child, one hour, one church, one school at a time.

“The T.A. Sims Elementary community is only 10 – 15 minutes from our church, yet it is a world very different from the one that most of us know,” says Gay Ingram, FUMCFW Kids Hope Coordinator. “It only takes one person willing to share their gifts of time and love to make a dramatic impact in a child’s happiness and success in school. We invite YOU to join our Kids Hope team this year and discover not only the difference an hour a week can make in the life of a child — but also the difference this hour can make in yours.”

Click here to discover the joy of Kids Hope through the experiences of our 2015 – 2016 mentors. Plus, join us in the Garden on Sunday, September 18, for Kids Hope Sunday. For more information, contact Gay Ingram (gringram@flash.net) at 817-999-8075.

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North Texas Giving Day 2016

Thursday, September 22 | 6:00 am – midnight

First Street Methodist Mission and Methodist Justice Ministry are taking part in North Texas Giving Day. On Thursday, September 22, every donation of $25 and above will be multiplied with bonus funds and prizes!

In addition, a special opportunity offered by generous donors will match your donation up to $10,000 for Methodist Justice Ministry and $5,000 for First Street Methodist Mission! 

First Street Methodist Mission and Methodist Justice Ministry are two vital ministries of the FUMCFW faith community, often working together to share and maximize resources for the benefit of those we serve. Because these are also two distinctly separate entities, your North Texas Giving Day gifts must be designated individually to each ministry. Thank you for all you do to support these vital ministries of our church!

Three Easy Steps to Donate:

1. Wake up on September 22

2. Log on to your computer between 6:00 am and midnight

3. Go to NorthTexasGivingDay.org and donate to First Street Methodist Mission AND Methodist Justice Ministry right from the home page!

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Saturday, September 24
1:30 – 3:00 pm | Trinity Park Pavilion #4
2401 University Drive | Fort Worth, TX 76107

Join us for Pokemon Go in the Park, a community event for all ages. We’ll set up a refreshment station at Pavilion #4 right next to the Trinity Park Playground, and the area will be full of Pokemon for you to snag. Bring a friend and enjoy an afternoon in the park with your church family! For more information, contact Rev. Lance Marshall (lmarshall@myfumc.org) at 817-339-5078.

The first 100 families get a
special edition cell phone charger!

Goostree_HSGoostree Lecture Series
Featuring Dr. James Fleming

Sunday, September 25 – Tuesday, September 27

Renowned Biblical scholar and lecturer, Dr. James Fleming, will lead our Goostree Lecture Series this fall. We are extremely excited to welcome back Dr. Fleming as he guides us through the intriguing lecture topic: “Seeing God through the Biblical Mind.” Please see below for the scheduled themes and lecture for each day. You will want to attend all or as many of the lectures as possible, and please invite guests to join you. All lectures are free to attend and will be held in Wesley Hall following the worship services on Sunday. Lunch or dinner costs $6 each. For more information, contact Rev. Chuck Graff (cgraff@myfumc.org) at 817-339-5065.

Sunday, September 25

Sermon: 9:30 & 11:00 am
“Suspending the Modern Mind”
Traditional worship | Sanctuary

Lecture: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
“The God Who is Like What God Does”
Wesley Hall | Complimentary dessert & coffee

Monday, September 26

Lecture: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
“Image and Function in the Hebrew Bible”
Wesley Hall | Light dinner | $6

Tuesday, September 27

Lecture: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
“Image and Function in the New Testament”
Wesley Hall | Light dinner | $6

Noon Lecture Series: “Discussion of the Current Middle East Situation”

Part I: Monday, September 26 | Part II: Tuesday, September 27 | Wesley Hall

Lunch: 11:45 am – 12:15 pm | $6
Lecture: noon – 1:00 pm
Q&A: 1:00 – 1:30 pm

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October 12 – November 16

First Church is launching Wednesday Nights at First Church! Our entire diverse congregation will gather on Wednesday evenings for a common meal, fellowship, study, and growth together. Join us for these classes and groups, or just come for the meal and fellowship. Click here to learn more.

churchwide-community-dinner16_hsChurchwide Community Dinner

October 12 – November 16
Wednesdays | 5:15 – 6:00 pm | Wesley Hall
$6 for adults | $3 for children 12 & under

Dinner begins at 5:15 pm, and we will have extra available until 6:00 pm if you would like to pick up food and take it to your classes. Bring your favorite dishes and recipes to share for the Crock Pot Supper on October 26.

October 12 | Pizza
October 19 | Jimmy John’s
October 26 | Crock Pot Supper
November 2 | Tacos
November 9 | Chili
November 16 | Baked Potato Bar

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October 12 – November 16
Wednesdays | 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Justin Youth Building Gym | 801 W. 5th Street
Led by Jennifer Stephens

People of all ages are invited to join Jennifer Stephens for a fun, creative exercise class in the Justin Building. Jennifer has been active in the Health and Fitness Industry since 1997. She is a member of First Church and a fall student at Brite Divinity School. Jennifer will lead us in exercises modified for everyone. Wear comfortable clothing. Come by yourself, with a friend, or as a family to have fun while getting fit together.

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Welcome fall by joining our new slate of studies and learning opportunities with something for everyone! Click here to learn more, pay for materials, and register online. You can also pick up a brochure in the Welcome Center or Main Office.

emmaus-ministry-gathering_hsEmmaus Ministry Gathering

Sunday, September 18
5:00 – 7:00 pm | Room 350

If you have been on an Emmaus Ministry Walk or are interested in learning more about this vital ministry, please join us this Sunday, September 18, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in Room 350. We will share together in a common meal to be provided, singing, worship and communion, and information regarding future Emmaus Spiritual Walks. For more information, contact Rev. Chuck Graff (cgraff@myfumc.org) at 817-339-5065.

Men's Bible Study_HSMen’s In-Depth Bible Study

Tuesdays | 7:00 – 8:00 am | Room 154
Led by Fred Cantu and other leaders

Men of all ages are welcome to enjoy study, fellowship, prayer, and new spiritual growth on their faith journey with others. Fred Cantu and several others will lead this ongoing Bible study. There is no charge or registration required — all men are welcome whenever their schedules allow them to attend. Coffee is provided!

De Colores Emmaus Ministry_HSDe Colores! Emmaus Ministry Fourth Day Reunion Group

First Wednesday of every month
Noon | Room 230

Everyone who has been on an Emmaus Walk, or is interested in learning about this vital ministry, is invited to our new group. It lasts an hour but is “come and go” as needed. Please consider inviting an interested friend. If desired, bring your lunch and even something to share. Our Reunion Group will focus on sharing our faith stories and spiritual growth as disciples committed to Christ. Men and women are invited to attend.

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September 14 – November 16
9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren
Registration required | Book available for $12

“Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most” by Marcus J. Borg conveys an overall message that is both simple and urgently needed: Change is a good and natural part of Christian life. Marcus reminds us that change is a normal process in Christianity, but change is more than just history — it’s a personal journey. As millions of Americans are aging, he argues, it’s time to talk openly across the generations. It’s time to talk honestly, he tells us, about how our childhood assumptions concerning faith usually pass through what Marcus calls the “conversions” that are a rich part of becoming an adult — and then can deepen into the “convictions” that form a foundation for a long and meaningful life.

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Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

September 14 – November 9
Wednesdays | 5:30 – 7:00 pm | Room 230
Led by Key Business Leaders of FUMCFW
Registration required | $110 per person or couple

If you didn’t take personal financial management lessons in school or have had the school of hard knocks provide you with circumstances that require better personal financial management skills, this nationally known financial management class is for you. The course will be facilitated by Larry Ammerman, FUMCFW Business Administrator, along with successful business executives from our church who have specific expertise to share. Course topics will include saving, budgeting, debt management, cash flow planning, smart buying decisions, real estate and mortgages, retirement and college planning, and the role of insurance. You will receive the Financial Peace University participant materials, including a workbook and audio presentations, to help you develop an action plan to achieve your goals by the end of the course. You must register in advance. Pay online or pay by check (made out to FUMC Fort Worth) at the first class. Payment is not refundable.

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September 15 – December 8
9:15 am | Refreshments & gathering
9:30 – 11:00 am | Book discussion | Room 350
Led by Rev. Linda McDermott
Registration required | Space is limited

Thursday Theologians is a welcoming group interested in open-minded and challenging discussions of theological topics. It is specifically designed for those who are eager to ask the more difficult questions about faith and to be challenged to explore personal beliefs. We will use the book, “Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World” by Brian D. McLaren. Please bring your own book.

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Begins September 19
Monday & Friday | 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Tuesday & Thursday | 5:45 – 6:45 am
FUMCFW West Parking Lot

A healthy community starts with healthy individuals. Join our Fit First community to reach realistic, obtainable fitness goals together. Don’t let the name boot camp scare you — every exercise and activity will be modified to accommodate all fitness levels. We will do more than just exercise, we will stay afterward and have a cup of coffee or a bite to eat to develop relationships. Bring a mat and water. For more information, contact Jennifer Stephens (jstephens@myfumc.org) at 817-363-3291. Complete the required waiver online, or print one to bring with you.

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Thursday, September 22
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Omni IMAX Theater
Fort Worth Museum of Science & History
1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, TX 76107

Join the Wesleyan Adventurers for a trip to the Omni IMAX Theater at the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History on Thursday, September 22. We will meet at the theater at 10:00 am, decide which movie to see, and purchase tickets at the box office. We’ll share lunch together afterward.

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Saturday, September 24
9:00 – 10:30 am | Justin Youth Building | 801 W. 5th St.
Hosted by the United Methodist Men

Attention all men: we are starting a new men’s fellowship breakfast this fall at FUMCFW. At our first gathering together, we will share our vision of creative possibilities for this exciting new men’s ministry and our breakfast schedule. Cooks needed; if you can help with breakfast and coffee for the guys beginning at 8:00 am, contact Rev. Chuck Graff (cgraff@myfumc.org) at 817-339-5065.

bonhoeffer_hsBook Study: “Life and Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer”

September 25 – October 16
Sundays | Room 333 | 11:00 am

The Quest Sunday School class invites you to join us on Sunday, September 25, through Sunday, October 16, as we study the “Life and Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer” by Eric Metaxas. You will need to purchase the book on your own. For more information, please contact Gayle Ammerman (gammerman@myfumc.org).

Improv 1st_HSImprov First!

September 25 – November 6
Sundays | 1:00 – 3:00 pm | Foundation Building | Room 370
Led by Winn LaRue | Registration required | $50

Improvisation is spontaneous play and laugh out loud fun! Learn basic and intermediate skills to enhance spontaneity, connect as a community, and have a lot of fun with others! Instructor Winn LaRue is a veteran stand-up comic and theater instructor. Winn is an improv graduate of both the Four Day Weekend and Dallas Comedy House improv schools, and studied with Second City in Chicago. The class runs seven weeks and concludes with a showcase for family and friends. Pay online or pay by check (made out to FUMC Fort Worth) at the first class.

Disciple Bible Study_HSDisciple Bible Study Class

September 28 – November 16
Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:30 pm | Room 340 – 341
Led by Brian Eaton | Registration required | Book available for $16

Explore the writings of the New Testament using the story of Jesus as the starting point. “Invitation to the New Testament” by David deSilva and Emerson B. Powery looks at how the early church took ownership of and was shaped by the story of Jesus and how the church learned to develop as disciples and create communities of faith. You will find a deeper conversation with the writers of the New Testament and a renewal of our commitment to be shaped — personally and communally — by the story of Jesus. In the weekly video segments, listen as scholars fascinate you with facts and information that open new understanding and enlightenment, and sit in on table conversations between guest scholars. This informative Bible study will be led by Brian Eaton. Brian is a CPA from Fort Worth, and he and his wife Felecia have been very active members of FUMCFW for many years. Brian has taught a variety of Sunday School and other informative classes at First Church. He has an MTS from Brite Divinity School (TCU).

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Tuesday, October 4
6:00 pm | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, September 30
“Sacred Space for Learning & Growing”
Frederick G. Slabach, President of Texas Wesleyan University
Click here to RSVP now! or call the UMW RSVP line at 469/844-8690

Men and guests are also welcome at this special dinner sponsored by United Methodist Women!


October 11 – November 17 (No class November 8, 9 & 10)
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 8:30 – 9:15 am | Room 320 | $70
Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Room 320 | $35
Led by Linda Blanchard | Registration required

Looking for a way to feel renewed and revitalized? Join Linda Blanchard, registered 500-hour yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance and certified through YogaFit, as she guides you in movements which are designed to enhance muscle toning, flexibility, balance, and a healthier lifestyle. Classes are for beginner and intermediate participants, offering modifications for different levels with every pose. Each class will include soft music and end with relaxation time. Wear loose and comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat. You may attend one or multiple classes per week. Pay online or pay by check (made out to FUMC Fort Worth) at the first class. Fees are not refundable or tax-deductible.

prayer-and-study-group16_hsPrayer and Study Group

October 12 – November 16
Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:30 pm | Room 231
Led by Judy Tutt and Rev. Kay Johnson | Registration required

This prayer and study group will read and study Cynthia Bourgeault’s book, “Wisdom Jesus,” a refreshing look at Jesus as a wisdom teacher. In her book, Cynthia incorporates several prayer methods that are helpful in opening oneself to the indwelling God. The group will discuss and practice various prayer methods from the viewpoint of this interesting and challenging book.

divorce-rebuilding-when-your-relationsip-ends_hsDivorce: Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends

October 12 – November 16
Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Foundation Building, 2nd Floor
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren
Registration required | Book available for $15

Divorce is one of the most difficult experiences that most people will ever face. Even the most amicable of divorces can create intense emotional and psychological issues which may have lasting effects if they are not given attention. The good news is that there is help for facing the challenges that divorce brings. This six-week series will use the book “Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends,” featuring divorce process rebuilding blocks, a proven 19-step process for putting one’s life back together after divorce. This widely used approach to divorce recovery makes the process healthier and less traumatic for those who are going through a divorce. The focus will be on gaining insights into facing the experience of divorce and offering time for participants to process their current experience in a supportive setting. Rev. Phyllis Barren is an ordained United Methodist minister who also holds a Masters in Psychology and is an LPC-I. This series is free and open to members and non-members of FUMCFW. If you would like a copy of the book, you may purchase it in advance in the Main Office or at the first class. For more information, contact Rev. Phyllis Barren (pbarren@myfumc.org) at 817-339-5082. To register, contact Marianne Wilson (mwilson@myfumc.org) at 817-339-5071.

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Wesleyan Adventurers Taste of Texas Tour

Tuesday, November 1 – Friday, November 4
$400 for double occupancy | $550 for single occupancy
Half of total cost due 9.23 | Remaining balance due 10.15
Space limited to 40 participants

Rev. Phyllis Barren will lead a trip for adults through central and south Texas from November 1 – 4, sponsored by the Wesleyan Adventurers Senior Adult Council. The trip will cost $400 for double occupancy and $550 for single. This covers chartered coach transportation and three nights at hotels with complimentary breakfasts, as well as visits to the Homestead Craft Village in Waco, the George (H.W.) Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, a tour of two painted churches and two museums in Schulenburg, a classic car museum in San Marcos, and a hand-blown glass studio and gallery in Wimberley. On the way back we will stop in Salado for some shopping and leisure time.

The deadline for the deposit of half the total cost has been extended to September 23, with the remaining balance due October 15. This trip is limited to 40 participants. For more information or to register, contact Marianne Wilson (mwilson@myfumc.org) at 817-339-5071 or Rev. Phyllis Barren (pbarren@myfumc.org) at at 817-339-5082.

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Walking, Running, & Cycling Group

July 23 – December 31
Cowtown training starts September 24
Saturdays | 6:45 – 9:00 am | The Trailhead at Clearfork
4801 Edwards Ranch Road | Fort Worth, TX 76109
Waiver required

Join Fit First for a four-mile out and back route for all levels of runners, walkers, and cyclers. Children and pets are welcome. Start with stretching and end with breakfast and the Farmers Market. Bring water and sunscreen.

And if you’d like to walk or run the 2017 Cowtown 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon, or Ultra Marathon with our Fit First team on February 25 – 26, our six-month Cowtown Training Program will begin on September 24. We will meet each Saturday morning for the long mileage of the week, and the schedule of training will be posted on the Fit First web page for you to follow. For more information, contact Jennifer Stephens (jstephens@myfumc.org) at 817-363-3291. Complete the required waiver online, or print one to bring with you. Sign up to help with check-in and water stops.

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


3rd Grade Bible_HSThird Grade Bible Retreat & Presentation

Overnight Retreat | September 16 – 17 | Lyle Lodge | $25 per child
Presentation of Bibles | September 18 | 11:00 am worship | Sanctuary

Third grade is a special year in Children’s Ministries as we celebrate the milestone of gifting children with their very own Bible! This three-day experience begins with an overnight retreat where children learn the importance of using the Bible as a tool in their everyday lives, and will culminate with the special presentation of Bibles that Sunday in the 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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September Mission Sundays

During the month of September, please bring toilet paper 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.

Fall Habitat_HSHabitat for Humanity Fall Fellowship Builds

Saturdays | September 17 & 24, October 1 & 8
8:00 am – 3:00 pm | Carver Heights neighborhood, Fort Worth
Ages 18+ | Registration required | Limit 3 people per day

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Click here to sign up for one of our four upcoming Fall Fellowship Builds with the join code FUMCFW. If you already have an account, log in and click on “Your Account” next to your name. Click “Next,” and then enter the join code FUMCFW. Once registration is complete, you MUST select the day you are volunteering. You will be prompted to read and accept a Liability Waiver online. When sign-up is complete, you will receive a confirmation email with additional information. If you do not receive an email, please contact Jeremy Byrd (jeremy.byrd@trinityhabitat.org).

Food 4 Kids Volunteer_HSFill Backpacks for Food 4 Kids

September ­18, 2016 – May 28, 2017
Sundays | Pack backpacks for 1 hour between 9:00 am – noon
First Street Methodist Mission

Food 4 Kids is a ministry of First Street Methodist Mission that sends food home for the weekend for 170 elementary-aged children at I.M. Terrell and T.A. Sims Elementary during the school year. Groups of 10 are encouraged to come to First Street Methodist Mission for one hour between 9:00 am and noon, September through May, to help pack backpacks. Click here to sign up online now to help fill backpacks! To learn more or to volunteer, please contact Linda Murphy (lmurphy@firststreetmission.org).

NTGD STD_HSSave the Date to Donate on
North Texas Giving Day

Thursday, September 22
6:00 am – midnight
Donate at NorthTexasGivingDay.org

First Street Methodist Mission and Methodist Justice Ministry are taking part in North Texas Giving Day! On September 22, every donation of $25 and above will be multiplied with bonus funds and prizes! Get the most out of your donation to our organizations. First Street Methodist Mission and Methodist Justice Ministry are two vital ministries of the FUMCFW faith community, often working together to share and maximize resources for the benefit of those we serve. Because these are also two distinctly separate entities, your North Texas Giving Day gifts must be designated individually to each ministry. Thank you for all you do to support these vital ministries of our church!

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


Spectrum Concert Series_HSSpectrum Chamber Music Series

Monday, October 10
7:00 – 9:00 pm | Leonard Memorial Chapel

Come celebrate the 20th Season of the Spectrum Chamber Music Concert Series at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth! The Spectrum is comprised of some of the finest musicians in the DFW area, most of which are members of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra or the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. An outstanding lineup of repertoire from various style periods and genres is being planned for the 2016 – 2017 Season to inspire, arouse, entertain, and educate audiences of all ages! There is no admission charge; however, donations are appreciated at the door. Please plan to attend the following concerts at Leonard Memorial Chapel to support the Spectrum Chamber Music Series — and bring a guest with you! Following each concert, guests will meet in Wesley Hall to greet and visit with the musicians while everyone enjoys goodies and refreshments.

October 10, 2016 — 7:00 pm
February 13, 2017 — 7:00 pm
May 1, 2017 — 7:00 pm

For more information, please contact Peggy Graff (pgraff@myfumc.org).

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


middle-school-lock-in16_hs Middle School Lock-In/Out

October 1 – 2
6:00 pm Saturday – 9:30 am Sunday
Justin Youth Building | 801 W. 5th St.
Registration required | $25

Middle School Lock-In/Out is a fun overnight event for our 7th and 8th-grade students that will include games and worship in the Justin as well as a few late-night activities around Fort Worth. For more information, contact Andrew Mochrie (amochrie@myfumc.org).

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

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Choir in Memory of:
Rubin Brown by Rosa Lee & Bill Weiler

Foundation Memorial Fund in Memory of:
Carl Sisler by Pat & Arch Van Meter
Carl Sisler by Mrs. J.W. Renfro
Elaine Yamagata by Pat & Arch Van Meter
Margaret Anne Jennett by Mr. Ronald Q. Jennett

General Memorial Fund in Memory of:
Carl Sisler Jr. by Martha Slover
Carl Sisler Jr. by Sybil & Gene Gordon
Elaine Yamagata by Marilyn & Jack Rubin
Elaine Yamagata by Sheridan & Clifton Morris Jr.
Elaine Yamagata by Lynny & Eddie Sankary
Elaine Yamagata by Shay Cates
Helen Nobles by Margaret Watkins
Jean McAllum by Decisive Analytics Corporation

Justice Ministry in Memory of:
Jim Kent by Laura Jean Kent


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