This Sunday, November 23, is Thanksgiving Sunday. Susan and I will be in worship with her parents, Bob and Nancy Prince, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Monticello, Arkansas. You’ll want to be in worship at First Church on Sunday. Reverend Linda McDermott will be preaching in the sanctuary services on “Gratitude and Grace” as the congregation gathers to give thanks for the grace of God and the blessings that flow from God’s grace.(see more)
Sunday, November 30 | Light
Traditional Worship | 9:30 am | Sanctuary | Communion
Special Music: Cornerstone Youth Choir
Featuring: Christian Teague, bass
Reel: Miracle on 34th Street
“Those lovely intangibles — love, kindness, and joy — are the only things worthwhile” — Fred Galley
Real: “A Light in the Darkness” | Dr. Tim Bruster
“The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” — John 1:1-8; Isaiah 9:2-7
Each Sunday | 10:30 – 10:55 am | Chapel | Dr. Len DelonyWith special music, prayer and readings, this quiet 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.
Looking for a daily pick-me up that connects the fun and frivolity of your favorite holiday classics with their deeper meanings and reflections? Our 2014 Advent Devotional began Monday, November 24 in order to focus our individual studies and reflections each week in advance of the Sunday sermon.
November 30 – December 24
9:00 am – 12:30 pm | Room 147Celebrate the “lovely intangibles” of the season — love, hope, faith, and joy — with gifts of blessing. Use the First Church Christmas Advent Giving Catalog and find just the right fit for your heart-felt gift this 2014 Season of Advent. Questions? Contact Rev. Page Hines (email@example.com) at 817/339-5063.
Pick up your catalog of giving opportunities at the Welcome Center or Main Office OR click here to view the catalog and donate online.
Thursday, December 4
Tapas, Tables, & Trees
Noon – 3:00 pm | Wesley Hall
$10 in advance | $15 at the door | Festive Hors d’oeuvres BuffetCome view the tables, browse our fair trade items, purchase tickets for the prize drawing, and enjoy appetizers.
Festival of Tables & Trees Dinner
6:00 – 9:00 pm | Wesley Hall
Prize Drawing at 8:00 pm | Holiday Dinner & EntertainmentSponsor a table individually and invite your friends to see your creation OR get a group of friends together and enjoy the opportunity to decorate and dine together! There are three sponsorship levels this year: $1,000, $500, and $200.
Friday, December 5
6:30 – 10:30 pm | $20 — includes dinner | Wesley Hall
Make your reservations by November 29 for our annual UMC Tarrant Area Singles Christmas Dinner Dance featuring a wonderful dinner, dancing, and fun with friends! Contact Cindy Young (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/228-5971 for reservations & information.
Lay Ministry Hospitality Initiative
Pick up boxes for treats | December 7 & 14
9:00 – 9:30 & 10:30 – 11:11 am | Welcome Center
Deliver treats to local first responders | December 7 – 20
Share hospitality with others by baking goodies and taking them to local fire and police departments. Click here to learn more or contact Sammye Dunn (email@example.com) or Rev. Chuck Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5065.
Sunday, December 7
5:00 – 8:00 pm | Justin Building (801 W 5th St)Grab the tackiest Christmas sweater you can find, buy the tackiest “White Elephant” gift for exchanging and head to the Justin for some Holiday fun. We’ll enjoy dinner, desserts, a photo booth, a cookie decorating contest, and watch A Charlie Brown Christmas! Questions? Contact Brenda Kegans (email@example.com) at 817/339-3888.
Sunday, December 7
6:30 pm | Leonard Memorial Chapel | Rev. Phyllis McDougal
This service offers a special time to come together in worship to remember & celebrate lost loved ones. This service seeks to comfort and encourage all who are grieving this holiday season.
Wednesday, December 10
December Good Book Club
5:30 pm | Dinner & Movie | Wesley Hall
This December installment of Good Book Club is our second annual party and family celebration around Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. We will meet in Wesley Hall to watch the movie, read some passages from the book, drink hot chocolate, and much more! Note that we will start 30 minutes earlier (at 5:30) so we can finish up well before bedtime. And YES, the kids are invited to wear their pajamas! For more information, contact Janice Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5086.
Sunday, December 14
A Churchwide Family Event Sunday, December 14 │2:30 – 5:30 pm | Starting in Wesley Hall 2:30 – 4:00 pm | Caroling throughout the community 4:00 – 5:30 pm | Christmas CelebrationJoin us for this special day of service AND fun! Christmas Cheer begins with caroling groups traveling to downtown assisted living facilities to celebrate God’s love through song and fellowship. Then it’s back to Wesley Hall to celebrate the joy of Christmas with carriage rides, flip books, a Christmas card station, and cookie decorating! If you are interested in volunteering as a musician or would like to help set up in Wesley Hall, contact Elizabeth Marshall (email@example.com) at 817/339-5096.
Saturday, December 20
Featuring Peter Mayer with Guest Artist Elizabeth Wills 6:00 pm | Annual Winter Drum Circle (drums provided — or bring your own!) 7:00 pm | Doors open | 7:30 pm | Music begins | Wesley Hall $20 | Free parking across the street | Enjoy coffee, pastries, hot chocolate, and hot apple ciderPeter Mayer writes songs for a small planet — songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and the mystery of the world. “Elizabeth’s voice wraps around the listener’s heart with instant familiarity and warmth, like a long lost friend you’ve been waiting to meet…” — Sara Hickman Click here to buy tickets online or pay at the door with cash or check!
We need you to offer your service to God and others through volunteer opportunities at FUMCFW. This month we need:
- Christmas Eve Greeters
- First Street Mission Serving Opportunities
- Chrismon Tree Decorators
- Video Directors for eleven:eleven celebration and First 7th worship services
In November, please bring sheets and towels to:
First Street Methodist Mission
Mon. – Thurs. | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
OR the Welcome Center | Sunday Mornings
For more information, contact Elizabeth Becker (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/339-5068.
Small Gifts. Big Difference.
When I was in Jr. High, my church was without a youth director and money. We had about 40 kids and no money to hire someone. So Mrs. Alta Mae Smith stepped up to the plate and said she would do it. She was a retired school teacher and in her late 70’s. I was not sure I wanted an “old lady” doing this job. Would she be cool? Would we have fun? Well, it was the best 6 years of my life.(see more)