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Pathway to Peace: to Be Continued . . .
Kenya Mission Trip
Attend to Your Worship
Giving on the Go
Goostree Lecture Series Featuring Dr. James Fleming
September Church Tour
Register Now for Fall Adult Programs
September United Methodist Women Luncheon
Men’s In-Depth Bible Study
De Colores! Emmaus Ministry Fourth Day Reunion Group
Cooper Lake State Park Outdoor Retreat
Wednesday Morning Study
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University
Men’s Fellowship Breakfast
Wesleyan Adventurers Taste of Texas Tour
Walking, Running, & Cycling Group
September Parents’ Night Out
Fall Children’s Academy Sunday School
Third Grade Bible Retreat & Presentation
September Mission Sundays
Habitat for Humanity Fall Fellowship Builds
Fill Backpacks for Food 4 Kids
North Texas Giving Day
Traditional Worship | 9:40 | Chapel | 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
Children First | 9:45 am | Sanctuary | Rev. Nancy Froman
Theme: “I Believe”
DiscipleChurch | 7:20 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Chapel | Charme Robarts
9:30 am | Discussion Groups
nine:thirty-nine | eleven:eleven celebration | 9:39 & 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott
Dr. Tim Bruster
Fifth Sermon in the Series: “Questions We Should Answer”
This Sunday at 9:40 am in Leonard Memorial Chapel and 11:00 am in the Sanctuary we will face one of Jesus’ tough questions: “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and don’t do what I say?” (Luke 6:46) This is the next question in my series entitled “Questions We Should Answer.”
Back in the 1990s a lot of people were wearing bracelets and necklaces and displaying bumper stickers that said WWJD — which stood for the question, “What would Jesus do?” This certainly is a good question, but not a new one. Christians throughout the centuries have sometimes asked that question when facing a decision about the right thing to do.
That question got a lot of attention in 1896 and the years following with the publication of Charles Sheldon’s novel “In His Steps,” the subtitle of which was “What Would Jesus Do?” The novel became immensely popular and by 1935 it had been translated into 21 languages. I read the novel as a youth, along with others in the youth group in my church. In the novel Rev. Henry Maxwell encounters a homeless man who challenges him to take seriously the imitation of Christ. The man recounts how he sat outside a church as they sang “All for Jesus, all for Jesus / All my being’s ransomed powers / All my thoughts, and all my doings / All my days, and all my hours.” He wondered what the Christians meant by that hymn. He said, “It seems to me there’s an awful lot of trouble in the world that somehow wouldn’t exist if all the people who sing such songs went and lived them out. I suppose I don’t understand. But what would Jesus do? Is that what you mean by following His steps?” (In His Steps, p. 10)
That conversation leads many of the novel’s characters to ask, “What would Jesus do?” when faced with important decisions. As the novel unfolds, the effect of this question is lived out in ways both small and dramatic, and the characters come to embrace the life of Jesus as the core of their faith and their living it out.
I’m asking the question in a little more pointed way: What would Jesus have me do? What is it that drives our decisions and sets the course of our action as individuals and as a church? What would Jesus have US do?
I’ve been thinking about this question and the kind of life, the kind of church, the kind of community, the kind of nation, and the kind of world we would live in if we replace “Jesus” with another word. What would FEAR have me do? What would SELF-CENTEREDNESS have me do? What would GREED have me do? What would RESENTMENT have me do? What would AN UNFORGIVING SPIRIT have me do?
Sunday we’ll consider this and be challenged by the question for us who profess to be followers of Jesus: What would Jesus have me — have us — do? It is among the most important questions we should answer.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster
The Gathering | 9:30 am | Room 350 | Rev. Lance Marshall
This new and different First Church Sunday morning offering led by Rev. Lance Marshall offers a casual and relevant opportunity for prayer, study, topical exploration, and high-spirited connection free from typical worship or Sunday School structures.
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.
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.
As we finally settle into the realization that fall is just around the corner, I get a fantastic feeling about what will happen in the upcoming weeks. Our music organizations continue to prepare for many different presentations. Choral Union will present a rendition of “How Firm a Foundation” arranged by Dan Forrest this Labor Day Sunday. This stirring arrangement will certainly allow the listeners an opportunity to feel fantastic! It’s a piece that lifts spirits as well as gives us a feeling of security and belief in the word of God. “Fear not, I am with thee O be not dismayed, for I am Thy God, I will still give thee aid; I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.” Click here to continue reading.
Reflect, Receive, and React
This past Sunday morning during the worship services, Choral Union, along with members of the Fort Worth Symphony, performed a beautiful presentation of “Sacred Heart (Ubi Caritas III)” by Ola Gjeilo. The text was presented in a way that truly proved to touch the hearts of many who listened. This particular piece tied closely to the message presented by Dr. Bruster.
It was obvious that many of you realized this tie as well as connected closely to the message in song. With this special connection often comes emotion, and emotion celebrated within each of us can sometimes be a challenge to contain. I personally am a connoisseur of how music can touch the soul and evoke many different emotions. Click here to continue reading.
Sometimes ancient phrases and wording seem to capture our attention, or seem to carry more authority than a more modern statement that says the same thing. “Fear not!” which occurs many times in the 1611 King James Version of the Bible is a case in point. The words actually sound like a command.
Throughout the various versions and interpretations of the Bible, the idea of “don’t be afraid,” or “be assured,” or “don’t worry” is prevalent. As always, we see that the biblical text is in tune with our human nature: we are afraid. Click here to continue reading.
Rev. Lance Marshall
Why is Lance’s robe different?
I’ve heard a number of questions and comments about clergy robes recently, and my robe in particular. People have asked why our preachers at FUMCFW seem to have different stoles, why they change colors, and why I don’t have a stole and my robe is different. Well, here’s a quick overview.
Pulpit Gowns, Albs, and Cassocks
Vestments is the term for liturgical garments, and there are a variety in use at FUMCFW on a Sunday morning. Click here to continue reading.
I was so glad I didn’t hit the snooze button . . .
It is Saturday morning at 5:30 am and my alarm goes off. I consider hitting the snooze button and remember that there are people who are expecting to see me soon on the trails. I hit the off button on the alarm, drag myself out of bed, make a cup of coffee, and head out on my bike to meet a group of friends. Once I get there, I am so glad I didn’t hit the snooze button. The sun is just coming up over downtown and other runners and cyclists are showing up to head out on the trails. Click here to continue reading.
Rev. Chuck Graff
Renowned Biblical scholar and lecturer, Dr. James Fleming, will lead our Goostree Lecture Series this fall from Sunday, September 25 – Tuesday, September 27, on the topic, “Seeing God through the Biblical Mind.” He will also share an additional Special Noon Lecture Series, “Discussion of the Current Middle East Situation,” which ties in wonderfully with the “Pathway to Peace” Interfaith Symposium that we hosted last Sunday. (Thank you all for attending — we had a wonderful experience with a packed Wesley Hall of more than 325 participants.) Please watch for the Weekly and the new Fall 2016 Programs booklet from Adult Education that features information on this series, plus all of our exciting fall offerings, including a new Wednesday Night fellowship supper and classes/groups. Click here to continue reading.
Dr. Len Delony
Last Sunday we had a wonderful gathering for the “Pathway to Peace” Interfaith Symposium.
We had to bring in lots of extra chairs as people from all around Fort Worth and the Metroplex kept streaming in. (We fit almost 350 people into Wesley Hall!) The presentations and follow-up questions were very engaging, with a seriousness that helped us all learn from one another, and a sense of humor that helped people truly feel that “We are all in this together.” At the end, many of our Moslem, Jewish, and Christian brothers and sisters stayed to visit and enjoy food together. It was a very real and hopeful example that we all can come to know God more fully as we nurture relationships of trust and respect for one another, and share in our common, faithful thread of compassion. Click here to continue reading.
Peggy Von Duynn
If the standing-room-only crowd gathered in Wesley Hall Sunday night was any indication, the potential for faith communities to influence peace in our global interfaith community is not only a dream, but a rapidly growing reality.
Rabbi Brian Zimmerman, Beth-El Congregation; Dr. Tim Bruster, FUMCFW Senior Pastor; and Harris Zafar, Author, Spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community shared their faith traditions and perspectives on “How we together can establish peace in our society today.” The floor was then opened for discussion, comments, and questions that allowed the capacity crowd gathered to interact with the speakers and with one another in this wonderful opportunity for three faith communities to hear and share new information on the true teachings of peace from these major faith perspectives.
“While the Peace Symposium concluded at 5:00 pm last Sunday night, our hope is that the conversation will continue within our congregations and become embodied in future generations,” organizers said. “Peace on earth. May it be so.”
Kenya Mission Trip
Although the Kenya Mission Team has returned from their 2016 trip, Emily and Tim McDermott left their hearts in Kenya. For the last six years, FUMCFW has been actively involved in supporting approximately 250 orphans and vulnerable children in Kianjai Village in Meru, Kenya, with love, generosity, and important educational experiences. Just like the McDermotts, our hearts are in the right place when it comes to helping children — here, there, and all around the world.
Check out this video from the trip, and click here to read more and see pictures.
With school starting and fall fast approaching, we all begin to settle back in and look forward to spending more time together in worship. This also seems like a good time to renew our commitment to letting our presence here be known each week by registering our attendance! Not only does filling out that attendance card help our staff keep up with who’s here, who’s missing, and who’s visiting; research shows that taking attendance can actually help a congregation accomplish more. Here are just a few ways that keeping track helps:
• If everyone fills out a card, it encourages our guests to do the same. The attendance card allows everyone to take part in the offering so they won’t feel out of place if they are new to our church, give online, or choose not to give money.
• It allows us to keep attendance records for current members of our congregation and send cards to those who have been missing for a few weeks.
• We can identify new guests who aren’t already in our records and then mail them a handwritten note and a small memento of their visit.
• If someone wants to be a teacher or is nominated to be a church leader, we are able to track whether they have been attending consistently.
• After we find out which geographic and demographic areas we are reaching, we can plan programs and events and expand accordingly.
Let us know when you’re here so we can make plans for the upcoming year. See you soon!
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
While some argue that John Wesley never actually said these words, the saying does accurately paraphrase part of Wesley’s “General Rules of Our United Societies” now included in the “Book of Discipline.” In the spirit of all the ways you can, grab your mobile device for these two new ways you can give on the go to the ministries of FUMCFW:
1) Text 817-241-2327
2) Install ShelbyNEXT | Giving app
Simply invest a couple of minutes for one-time initial setup, and then take advantage of these quick and easy ways to give — without cash or checks. Plus, create recurring contributions with even more flexibility through the ShelbyNEXT | Giving mobile app.
Click here to see the complete how-to guide for mobile giving via text and app. If you have questions, contact our Business Office at 817-336-7277.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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
Sunday, September 4
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 (email@example.com) at 817-339-5091, so that we can prepare accordingly.
Sunday, September 4
Immediately after 11:00 am worship | Meet at front of Sanctuary
Want to find a Sunday School class, learn about our Library, Television Ministry, Children’s Ministries, and more? Join our tour of the building, offered the first Sunday of each month. Meet Dianne Fisher at the front of the Sanctuary immediately following the 11:00 am worship service.
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First class begins September 14
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.
September United Methodist Women Luncheon
Tuesday, September 6
11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, September 2
“Sacred Places — At the Intersection of Heritage, Faith, and Community”
Suzy Yowell, Texas Office Director of Partners for Sacred Places
All women are invited to Luncheons & Programs sponsored by United Methodist Women!
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!
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.
September 9 – 11
6:30 pm Friday – 10:30 am Sunday
Cooper Lake State Park
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.
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 and pay in advance, and payment is not refundable. Click here to pay online, or pay by check (made out to FUMC Fort Worth) at the first class.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817-339-5065.
Tuesday, November 1 – Friday, November 4
$400 for double occupancy | $550 for single occupancy
Half of total cost due 9.15 | Remaining balance due 10.15
Space limited to 40 participants
Rev. Phyllis Barren will lead the Wesleyan Adventurers on a trip through central and south Texas. The cost will cover 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. For more information or to register, contact Marianne Wilson (email@example.com) at 817-339-5071 or Rev. Phyllis Barren (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
Join Fit First for a four-mile out and back route for all levels of runners, walkers, and cyclers. And if you’d like to walk or run in the 2017 Cowtown Marathon, our six-month training will begin September 24. 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 (email@example.com) 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.
September Parents’ Night Out
Friday, September 9
6:30 – 11:00 pm | 3 months – 12 years
$30 for first child | $40 for 2 | $45 for 3+ | $20 no-show fee
Reservations due September 7
It’s time for football! We are having a football-themed party this month. Activities will include games, crafts, snacks, and a movie. You are welcome to wear your favorite team jersey! Space is limited so make reservations early to Paula Wagstaff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817-546-4414.
Academy begins Sunday, September 11
Click here to register
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.
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. Click here to learn more and register your third grader!
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 (email@example.com) at 817-339-2404.
Saturdays | September 17 & 24, October 1 & 8
8:00 am – 3:00 pm | Carver Heights neighborhood, Fort Worth
Ages 18+ | Registration deadline 9.5 | 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.com).
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!
Sunday, September 11
9:30 & 11:00 am worship | Sanctuary
Singing Men of First Church Rehearsals
8.31 | 8:00 – 9:00 pm | Choir Room
9.7 | 8:00 – 9:00 pm | Choir Room
The Singing Men of First Church, a choir comprised solely of male voices, will join together once again during the 9:30 and 11:00 am Sanctuary worship services on Sunday, September 11. Men of all ages are welcome, whether you are a member of Choral Union looking for something different, or if you are interested in a short-term choir experience without the commitment of a weekly rehearsal. The Singing Men of First Church will perform under the direction of Robert Stovall, Director of Music & Worship Arts. We will be singing “Who Are the Brave” and “The Awakening” by Martin. For more information, contact Robert Stovall (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817-339-5074.
DiscipleChurch in Honor of:
DiscipleChurch by Kay Watkins
Being Better Together in Memory of:
Jean McAllum by Keri Bryan
Jean McAllum by Robert McAllum
Community Outreach in Memory of:
Jean McAllum by Keri Bryan
Foundation Memorial Fund in Memory of:
Ed Petrushka by Mr. & Mrs. Norman Presley
General Fund in Memory of:
Ruben Brown by Tony, Nancy, Michelle & Matthew Phillips, & Cheryl Brown
Louisiana Flood Relief in Memory of:
Jean McAllum by Kay Watkins
Oates Foundation in Memory of:
Michael Bruster by Charlene & Robert Ernst
Youth Ministries in Memory of:
Drew Medford by Kay Watkins