The term "radical hospitality" certainly defines Eddie Dunn’s years of service as an usher at FUMC - Fort Worth. Having joined the church as a child with his parents in 1931, Dunn has seen many changes take place. He was baptized in what is now Wesley Hall before the sanctuary was built.
"I remember going to church when the minister wore a cutaway suit in the winter and a white coat and shirt and black tie in the summer," he said. "We used to have night services in the courtyard," he added.
He started serving as an usher to accompany his mother, who went to Sunday School at 9:30 and church at 11:00. He ushered during both Sunday morning services and ushered at all four Christmas services until just a few years ago. He now attends the 8:30 service in the chapel, and he applauds the younger church members who have stepped up to serve as ushers, including a 13-year-old young lady.
The services performed by ushers can include standing in the aisles and showing people to their seats, passing the plate during the offering, stuffing materials into bulletins and making sure the baptismal font and altar of the church are ready for the services. Not only are ushers needed for the weekly Sunday services but for any other special services during the week, including funerals.
Dunn can recall the names of numerous leaders in the church and their contributions over the years. Five preachers have headed up the congregation during his membership. He was a member when Dr. Lamar Smith was here during Gaston Foote’s leadership and renewed his friendship when Dr. Smith returned.
He also served the church on the Board of Stewards and is a member of the Twosome Class.
"I enjoyed getting involved. But, I think it’s good to have new people to do it," he said.
Hospitality Team and other ministries provide wonderful volunteer opportunities for our church Laity. Visit the Welcome Center to learn more about the different ways you can get involved with FUMC. Questions? Contact Rev. Chuck Graff, email@example.com.