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Whether or not you’ve ever been to church before, FUMCFW offers a variety of worship styles with engaging services that are easy to follow, with meaningful teachings to provide thoughtful relevance for your day-to-day life. At First Church you can expect to be greeted warmly, welcomed fully, and made to feel right at home from your first visit on. Join us any Sunday to enjoy a friendly greeting, help in finding your way to a wide assortment of Sunday morning options, and an open invitation to find your place in our dynamic and welcoming faith community.

Traditional Worship

9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary

Dr. Tim Bruster, Senior Pastor

 

9:30 am

An inspiring service of worship in the traditional style, with sermon, hymns, liturgy, and monthly Communion. Worship music includes various choirs, orchestra, and instrumental ensembles for special music to enhance and deepen your experience of worship. The beauty of our Sanctuary and the stunning music of our 160-rank pipe organ make this service especially moving. Dr. Tim Bruster, Senior Pastor, is the primary preacher for this service whose whole design respects the traditions of the church while creatively addressing the issues and needs of contemporary society.

11:00 am

An inspiring service of worship in the traditional style with special enhancements designed to engage people of all ages. This service features the traditional elements of worship, including sermon, hymns, liturgy, and monthly Communion. Worship music includes various choirs, orchestra, and instrumental ensembles for special music. This service takes place within the beauty of our Sanctuary and utilizes the stunning music of our 160-rank pipe organ.

Children (Kindergarten and up) are provided with special bulletins and backpacks filled with thoughtfully designed materials and activities to actively engage them in each Sunday’s scripture, sermon, and theme. Added features such as the “Faith Like a Child” time (children’s sermon) and sidebar commentary to our younger worshippers are included to further enhance meaning for all ages. Older children participate as acolytes, assist with the opening procession, baptisms, and Communion. Teens are engaged in sermon and theme “critique” and participate as worship leaders and Communion servers. Nursery is available for children under 5.

Contact: Elaine Johnson | ejohnson@myfumc.org

DiscipleChurch

7:15 am | Community Breakfast
Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Worship
Leonard Memorial Chapel

DiscipleChurch is a unique worship service centered on the sacrament of Holy Communion and a passion for social justice. The community first gathers around a shared meal provided by church members for any who come hungry, followed by a worship service.

Contact: Charme Robarts | crobarts@myfumc.org

The Gathering

9:30 & 11:00 am | Wesley Hall
Rev. Lance Marshall

This new and different First Church Sunday morning offering led by Rev. Lance Marshall is a casual and relevant opportunity for worship, learning, and prayer. The service emphasizes delicious coffee, community, and in-depth teachings that explore the foundations of faith while rooting the message in the challenges of daily life. The Gathering presents a unique opportunity to connect socially, intellectually, and spiritually in a new and different way within the First Church faith community.

Contact: Rev. Lance Marshall | lmarshall@myfumc.org

eleven:eleven

11:11 am | 512 W. 4th Street
Rev. Tom McDermott

This engaging experience of laughter, storytelling, and message, infused with the music of Brad Thompson and the Revolution Band, offers a nontraditional, unorthodox, and transformative worship experience with an invitation to “reconnect your spirit without disconnecting your mind.” This service empowers you to discover new insights into radical community, the universal love of God, and living for the healing and transformation of our world. Dress is casual — all ages welcome!

Contact: Rev. Tom McDermott | tmcdermott@myfumc.org

Chapel Communion Service

10:35 – 10:55 am
Leonard Memorial Chapel
Dr. Len Delony

In addition to our other full services of worship, a simple yet full service of Holy Communion is offered each Sunday in our beautiful Leonard Memorial Chapel in a more contemplative style, including special music provided by various musicians.

Contact: Dr. Len Delony | ldelony@myfumc.org

Faith Like a Child

During 11:00 am Traditional Worship
Sanctuary | Mister Mark Burrows

Each Sunday during the 11:00 am Traditional service children are invited to the front of the Sanctuary where they explore and experience God’s love with Mister Mark. We encourage all families with children to attend this service together to teach their children about worship and allow them to experience it alongside them with the help of special Children’s Worship Kits.

Way more than mere coloring sheets designed to keep kids occupied while the grown-ups “have church,” each Worship Kit is packed with everything from nature boxes to prayer cords to pipe cleaners — all with ideas for how these objects can help engage children in worship.

The cornerstone of these Worship Kits is the eight-page, full-color bulletin, designed to help children truly connect with all that is happening in worship.

Contact: Janice Cooper | jcooper@myfumc.org

Youth Worship & Weekly Programming

Our Sunday morning program just for youth offers a great chance to connect with friends and meet new people, worship God, and grow in faith. It begins in the Big Room of the Justin Building with worship for all 7th – 12th-graders led by youth staff, our youth-led praise band, and other youth. From worship, students are dismissed to Sunday School classes divided by age. We wrap up in time for families to worship together at 11:00 am.
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Connections

10:30 – 11:00 am & noon – 12:30 pm

Garden & Wesley Hall

Each Sunday, Wesley Hall is set up and ready to offer members, visitors, and guests from all our different Sunday morning worship and study opportunities a chance to visit, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy a Sunday morning treat.

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