FUMCFW Weekly News 9.23.16

By September 23, 2016News

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Dr. James Fleming — “Suspending the Modern Mind”
Other Sunday Morning Offerings

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October UMW Dinner: Sacred Space for Learning & Growing
Mission Teams Ministry Fair
Follow Wesley Footsteps
Goostree Lecture Series Featuring Dr. James Fleming
Pokemon in the Park
Wednesday Nights at First Church
Churchwide Community Dinner
Family Fun Fitness Night

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Men’s Fellowship Breakfast
Book Study: “Life and Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer”
Informational Meeting: A 10-day Tour to England
Improv First!
Free Community Boot Camp
Disciple Bible Study Class
October United Methodist Women Dinner
Grief Support
Prayer and Study Group
Divorce: Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends
Wesleyan Adventurers Taste of Texas Tour


October Parents’ Night Out

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September Mission Sundays
Habitat for Humanity Fall Fellowship Builds
Fill Backpacks for Food 4 Kids


The Gift of Music in Our World Communion Setting
Spectrum Chamber Music Series


Middle School Lock-In/Out
Confirmation Fall Retreat

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Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. James Fleming

DiscipleChurch | 7:20 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Chapel | Rev. Lance Marshall
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!

traditional-james-fleming_hs“Suspending the Modern Mind”

Dr. James Fleming

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Rev. Chuck Graff

We are extremely excited to welcome back Dr. James Fleming, who will be leading our Goostree Lecture Series beginning this Sunday as he preaches in both Sanctuary worship services. He will also address the current Middle East situation in his lectures on Monday and Tuesday. You all won’t want to miss hearing him!

Dr. James Fleming serves as Director of Biblical Resources Study Center (BRSC), an ecumenical organization serving Christians around the world. Dr. Fleming lived and worked in Israel from 1974 to 2006, where he founded and directed the World of the Bible Archaeological Museum and Pilgrim Center in Jerusalem. Dr. Fleming has since established the Biblical History Center, a similar archaeological museum in LaGrange, Georgia, that opened in June 2006 (we may want to take a road trip to visit this Center in the future!).

Dr. Fleming is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Biblical Archaeology Review. He has contributed articles to this journal and has led many archaeological tours for the magazine, which has the largest circulation of any publication in the field of archaeology. Welcome back, Dr. Fleming!

Please review the lecture schedule and all details. Plus, sign up for our 2016 Fall Adult Programs with amazing and diverse class/group offerings this fall. Your participation and support for those clergy and laity leading these offerings will be greatly appreciated as they generously share their gifts and graces with us all. Especially note the new Wednesday Night Churchwide Community Dinners that we will begin offering in October!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chuck

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 25

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 StovallThe Gift of Music in Our World Communion Setting

Robert Stovall

At FUMCFW we are extremely blessed to be able to offer music of all genres. We have everything from bluegrass, to handbell music led by Sandy Ritthaler, organ music played by Peggy Graff, and different genres of choral music sung by our different ensembles.

On Sunday, October 2, and only in our 11:00 am service, our Choral Union, along with 22 members of our fantastic Fort Worth Symphony, will present some very special music that is most appropriate for our annual World Communion service. Click here to continue reading. 

Click here to read more posts from Robert

Lisa HelmStumped on the Meaning of “A Goostree Lecture Series?”

Lisa Helm

When I first heard we were having a Goostree Lecture Series this fall, I’ll have to admit that I wasn’t sure exactly what that meant. But now that I know (and I’m about to share) what this means, I couldn’t be more excited that THIS SUNDAY we will be welcoming Dr. James Fleming, a world-renowned Biblical scholar and lecturer, back to our pulpit and then to lead our Fall 2016 Goostree Lecture Series.

Dr. Fleming lived and worked as an archaeologist and educator in Israel from 1974 to 2006, where he taught classes in the School for Overseas Students at Hebrew University and the Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. Click here to continue reading.

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Casey-for-staff-page-2-150x150Thank You, Third-Graders!

Rev. Casey Orr

Hi, Third-Grader. I owe you a really big “THANK YOU!” You know why?

On Sunday my son James was baptized during the 11:00 am worship service in our big, beautiful Sanctuary. This was the same service during which you received your very special Third-Grade Bibles. So it was a big Sunday for my family AND for all of your families! Thanks for sharing your big day with us!

I was so glad you all were there the day James was baptized! Click here to continue reading.

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Mark Burrows

Hello Families!

It feels great to be back! I LOVED getting to see so many kids and families this past Sunday.

Three quick things before the weekend gets here:

Thing 1 — Keep coming to Academy! Click here to continue reading.

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Do You Know What it is I’m Going to Say to You?

Rev. Tom McDermott

So there’s an old story about a preacher who was filling in a few Sundays for a friend at a small, dying church. The friend said, “It’s an easy gig. Just read the text, tell ‘em a story. Say a prayer and someone will probably take you to lunch afterward.”

The preacher arrived the first Sunday to find only 15 or so people present that morning. The old sanctuary windows were open to let in the morning breeze. Undaunted, he stepped into the pulpit as he sensed a bit of discomfort from the congregants at the absence of their familiar pastor and now this new guy who’d be with them for the next three Sundays. Click here to continue reading.

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Len Delony1Ego Stories and Soul Stories

Dr. Len Delony

Last week I posted Guidelines for Listening as Pilgrims for Peace, and Compass Questions to help bring focus for the journey.

This week I want to reflect on and re-post a contrast of two basic kinds of stories we listen for, and tell ourselves and others along our life journey.

Especially in the first half of life, we tend to pay attention to ego stories that are based in comparison and sometimes defensive reaction (primarily based in the “fight-flight-freeze-faint” orders from the amygdala, for those interested in the recent and growing brain research of our time). Click here to continue reading.

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umw-oct16_hsOctober UMW Dinner: Sacred Space for Learning & Growing

“Texas Wesleyan University is a greater space for learning and growing than it has ever been in its 125-year history.”

— Dr. Lamar Smith

United Methodist Women (UMW) will open doors to many sacred spaces in this exciting year of programming. Starting in September we explored our own sacred space here at FUMCFW. Next up is the October UMW Dinner: Sacred Space for Learning & Growing with Texas Wesleyan University President Frederick G. Slabach as our speaker.

Texas Wesleyan University has a new vision for its future, and President Fred Slabach is the man who set it into motion with the $6.5 million Rosedale Renaissance project to revitalize campus, the Polytechnic neighborhood, and our community at large. “President Slabach has completely changed the community,” exclaims JonAnna Reidinger, Vice President of UMW Programs. “He believes in energy and planning, and has really gone forward with this program.” During this special evening dinner, President Slabach will be here to tell us more about the transformation of this outstanding university.

Texas Wesleyan is a space that our own Dr. Lamar Smith holds very sacred. From student to interim president, Dr. Smith has ties to the university that go back 70 years. A new center in the Rosedale Renaissance project was even named after him in honor of his lifelong commitment to the United Methodist Church and Texas Wesleyan. Now Dr. Smith says that it will be his honor to introduce Fred Slabach, whom he calls “our dynamic president,” for his presentation at the UMW dinner.

Proudly proclaiming that his alma mater is becoming more sacred with time, Dr. Smith points to its motto — Smaller. Smarter. — as a real truth. Case in point: U.S. News & World Report has ranked Texas Wesleyan in the top tier of regional universities for seven consecutive years. Join us on Tuesday, October 4, at 6:00 pm in Wesley Hall to find out why. All women, men, and guests are invited to this evening dinner and program sponsored by United Methodist Women.

Click here to read more from Dr. Smith and make your reservations.

MTM Fair_HSMission Teams Ministry Fair

Sunday, October 2 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm | FUMCFW Garden

On Sunday, October 2, between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm in the Garden and on Fifth Street, we will have an opportunity to support our Kenya and Costa Rica mission teams at our Mission Teams Ministry Fair. This year we’ll amp up the fun with the addition of two food trucks (bring cash!) on Fifth Street. Please join us immediately following the 11:00 am service for a festive and delicious “lunch and learn” community experience you’ll want to share with friends, neighbors, and co-workers. All are welcome!

To acquaint you once again with the work of these two groups, there will be information available, people on hand to share their stories, and photographs of both Kenya and Costa Rica mission work to show you the good our faith community is doing in these two very special places. Even if you don’t personally travel to take part in these endeavors, you can be a part of this special transformative work through your gifts and sponsorship support for each team’s specific needs.

See you at the Fair!

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Join us THIS Sunday to learn the details of an exciting new trip being formed through our Wesleyan Adventurers — all ages welcome!

It would take a lot to fill the shoes of John and Charles Wesley. John founded Methodism, rode 250,000 miles, gave away 30,000 pounds, and preached more than 40,000 sermons. Charles published more than 6,000 hymns and wrote lyrics for 2,000, including the widely known “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” and “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.”

Our upcoming 10-day tour of England, March 11 – 20, will take us on a journey in the footsteps of John and Charles Wesley’s remarkable lives. The beauty of where they lived and worked will sweep you off your feet — and maybe even inspire you to reach for new heights in your own life.

Please join us on Sunday, September 25, from 12:15 – 1:00 pm in Room 154 for an informational meeting led by Rev. Phyllis Barren to learn all about this exciting new Wesleyan Adventure. There are 20 places available for this trip, and they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration and first deposit is due October 12; final payment due January 11 (prices will vary with airfare selections). For more information, contact Phyllis (pbarren@myfumc.org) at 817-339-5082.

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

pokemon-in-the-park_hs1Pokemon in the Park

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!

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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

family-fun-fitness-night16_hsFamily Fun Fitness Night

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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Ongoing Adult Ministries Programs

Walking, Running, & Cycling Group
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

Men's Fellowship Breakfast_HSMen’s Fellowship Breakfast

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).

a-10-day-tour-to-england_hsInformational Meeting
A 10-day Tour to England: In the Footsteps of John & Charles Wesley

Sunday, September 25
12:15 – 1:00 pm | Room 154
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren

We are about to embark on a thrilling journey to follow in the footsteps of John and Charles Wesley. John, the founder of Methodism, rode 250,000 miles, gave away 30,000 pounds, and preached more than 40,000 sermons. Charles published the words of more than 6,000 hymns and wrote lyrics for 2,000, including “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” and “Jesus, Lover of My Soul.” We will not only be swept up by the beauty of the cities and villages where they lived and worked, but we will also gain a deep appreciation for their remarkable lives. Perhaps we will even come away with a desire to live our own lives more courageously. The 10-day / 8-night trip will be March 11 – 20, 2017. Join us on Sunday, September 25, to learn more about this exciting adventure. For more information, click here or contact Rev. Phyllis Barren (pbarren@myfumc.org).

free-community-bootcamp_hsFree Community Boot Camp

Mondays & Fridays | 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 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.

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).

umw-oct16_hsOctober United Methodist Women Dinner

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!

grief_shutterstock_97922762Grief Support

October 5 – 26
Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Foundation Building, 2nd Floor Counseling Room
Led by Charme Robarts | Registration required

Many people find that sharing their grief story with other grievers is a helpful step after loss. When someone we love dies we find ourselves in a new arrangement of life, and people in the same situation understand in a way that others don’t. Charme Robarts, certified Grief Support Specialist, leads this group. For more information and to register, contact Charme (crobarts@myfumc.org).


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 817-339-5082.

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


October PNO_HSOctober Parents’ Night Out

Friday, October 7
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 October 5

It’s time for our annual Halloween Party! Wear your costume and join us for games, crafts, Halloween snacks, and a movie. Space is limited so make reservations early to Paula Wagstaff (pwagstaff@myfumc.org) at 817-546-4414.

* Remember, if you volunteer for the Children’s Ministry or in the Nursery on Sunday morning you will earn a free Parents’ Night Out (must have completed the Ministry Safe program). Contact Paula Wagstaff for more information.

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).

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


Robert Stovall

The Gift of Music in Our World Communion Setting

At FUMCFW we are extremely blessed to be able to offer music of all genres. We have everything from bluegrass, to handbell music led by Sandy Ritthaler, organ music played by Peggy Graff, and different genres of choral music sung by our different ensembles.

On Sunday, October 2, and only in our 11:00 am service, our Choral Union, along with 22 members of our fantastic Fort Worth Symphony, will present some very special music that is most appropriate for our annual World Communion service. The choir has been working feverishly toward this presentation of W.A. Mozart’s “Coronation Mass,” which will be delivered throughout the service, with soloists in the Mass selected from Choral Union.

I know how meaningful this particular communion service has traditionally been to us as a church, and we’ve prepared this offering of High Church literature in the Coronation Mass to enhance this meaning. The Coronation Mass was completed in 1779 and was actually premiered for an Easter service because the Archbishop of Salzburg had requested from Mozart a mass that could be timed comfortably within a mass service. He didn’t want it to be too long — only 30 minutes at the most. As a result, due to Mozart’s ability to compose with this restriction, he created a mass that is to this day very popular in length and fits easily into a special service such as World Communion. I hope you will plan to attend our October 2 World Communion service at 11:00 am featuring the Coronation Mass by W.A. Mozart.


Robert Stovall
Director of Music & Worship Arts

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).

Sixth Grade Confirmation_HSConfirmation Fall Retreat

October 15 – 16
10:00 am Saturday – 11:00 am Sunday
Lyle Lodge | Registration required  | $20

Retreats are a great chance to get away — from routines, screens, distractions, and stress. Plus, they are a great way to get connected to God, our faith, and Confirmation friends and leaders. The Confirmation class will enjoy its Fall Retreat at Lyle Lodge. We’ll have 24 hours for team-building, resting, playing, learning, and maybe a little campfire fun! For more information contact contact Rev. Casey Orr (corr@myfumc.org) at 817-339-5067.

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

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Foundation Memorial Fund in Memory of:
Bill Mizell by Beverlee & Dr. James Herd
Carl Sisler by Mrs. Fran Mizell
Ed Petrushka by Mr. & Mrs. Alan Hegi
Elaine Yamagata by Beverlee & Dr. James Herd

General Memorial Fund in Memory of: 
Elaine Yamagata by Cynthia & Ron Stegall

Justice Ministry Fund in Memory of: 
Jean McAllum by Carol Harrell


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