Historical Marker to be Dedicated in Grapevine
First United Methodist Church of Grapevine has been ministering to the City of Grapevine on the same site since the 1850's. The church was officially chartered in 1866. As a part of its 150th Anniversary Celebration in October 2016, First United Methodist Church of Grapevine applied for and was granted a Texas State Historical Marker. The marker has now been received from the foundry and will be placed this week. A brief dedication will be held at 10:40 a.m. this Sunday, March 25. All those interested in Grapevine history are invited to come join us for the dedication at 10:40 a.m., followed by Palm Sunday worship at 11:00 a.m..
If you are not available to come on Sunday, we encourage you to stop by any time to see this new historical addition to the City of Grapevine.
First United Methodist Church is located at 422 Church Street, one block west of Main Street in Historic Downtown Grapevine. The marker will be placed in front of the large Sanctuary, which faces Scribner Street. For more information about the church and its ministries, visit www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org.
Bilingual Worship in Grapevine
First United Methodist Church in Grapevine has offered a Bilingual Worship experience since 2009. Starting this Saturday, February 3, the bilingual service will be moving to Saturday evenings rather than Sunday mornings! The Bilingual Worship Service embraces the Spirit of God in "Fiesta" with excitement and newness by meeting people where they are. Rev. Armando Alvarado, who leads the service, shares that our hope is to create “a worship service where we recognize that the church of Jesus Christ is unified across cultures, languages, and even in our differences.”
Back when the service first began, Rev. Alvarado explained, "We want to be welcoming and inviting to all people, not just those who speak English. We're not doing this to make people become Methodist. It's open to all people of all denominations. We just want people to come and enjoy a sense of community." This goal remains the same today. You are invited to experience a worship fiesta with your neighbors, community and other families. Whether you speak Spanish or English, you will be engaged in the excitement of worshiping in the Hispanic tradition.
The Bilingual worship service will gather each Saturday at 6:00 p.m. in Founders Chapel at First United Methodist Church, located at 422 Church Street, one block west of Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine.
For more information contact the church office at 817-481-2559 or see the church's website, www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org.
Voices for Hunger Benefit Concert
Join the Fort Worth Chorale and First United Methodist Church Grapevine on Saturday, October 14, for a FREE concert benefiting the Tarrant Area Food Bank and Food Ministries of FUMCG. The Fort Worth Chorale will be singing selections from their October "Our Songs" concert, in addition to joint performances with the Adult Choirs of FUMCG. The concert begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary of FUMC Grapevine (422 Church Street in Grapevine). If you're coming to the area for the Butterfly Flutterby, Grapevine Garden Club Sale, or Fall Roundup at Nash Farm, be sure to stay around for the concert. Come as you are!
This event is centered around coming together through music to fight hunger. The music for this performance celebrates choral singing from across the USA and the globe, including arrangements of Moonlight in Vermont, Summertime (from Porgy and Bess), The Yellow Rose of Texas, and others.
One hundred percent of the food and monetary donations will benefit those in need in our local communities. On any given day in North Texas, tens of thousands of families and individuals struggle with food insecurity and hunger. Although this is a FREE concert, we will be accepting monetary donations, as well as in-kind donations (listed below). All monetary donations will be split evenly between the two beneficiaries.
Most Needed Items: Canned Meat (tuna, chicken, ham, etc.), Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Canned Soup & the following INDIVIDUALLY-SIZED items (for kid's backpacks): Easy Mac, Ramen noodles, Applesauce, Fruit cups, Pudding cups, Breakfast bars, Instant oatmeal
The following CANNOT be accepted: Glass Containers, Baby Food, Bottled Water, Soda
For more information about the sponsoring organizations, visit www.fortworthchorale.org, www.fumcg.org, or www.tafb.org.
New Senior Pastor - Rev. Jim McClurg
First United Methodist Church in Grapevine is excited to announce the appointment of their new Senior Pastor, Rev. Jim McClurg. Jim is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church who has most recently served as pastor at Alliance United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. Jim has a BA in Psychology from the University of Illinois Chicago and a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Jim and his wife Desirre have four children - Zachary, Madison, Jake and Morgan - and two grandchildren - Brody and Paisley. Desirre is a 5th grade teacher.
Jim shares, "My family and I are very excited about the new opportunity for ministry with our new church family, First United Methodist Church Grapevine. We are excited about developing deep and meaningful relationships with the congregation as we serve side my side as the body of Christ. We also look forward to many years of fruitful ministry together as we carry out the mission of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
First United Methodist Church Grapevine is excited about the future of ministry under Jim's leadership. We invite you to rejoice with us and meet our new pastor and his family on Sunday, July 2. Worship will be at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary, with a pot luck lunch to follow in the Family Life Center.
First United Methodist Church is located at 422 Church Street, one block west of Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine. For more information about worship, classes, outreach to the community, and other ministries of the church, visit www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org or call the church office at 817-481-2559.
Day of Service: Kids Against Hunger
Monday, January 16, Martin Luther King Day, has become known as a Day of Service. If you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer in the Grapevine area, First United Methodist Church invites you to help make a difference in the lives of hungry and malnourished children in the world. The Kids Against Hunger project involves packaging nutritious meals to be shipped to areas in the world where they are most needed. The church has set a goal this year to collect $10,000 which will provide 43,475 meals! We will package the meals on MLK Day, January 16 in the Family Life Center of First Methodist Church in Grapevine.
The packaging process is a great opportunity for families to volunteer together. We will package meals that are composed of rice, fortified soy containing 52% protein and nine vitamins, six types of dehydrated vegetables, and a chicken-flavored vitamin powder that contains another 21 vitamins and minerals. They will be sealed in plastic bags and then boxed, ready to go. The meals, once they reach their destination are prepared easily by cooking the bag contents in boiling water for 20 minutes. Individuals only need to eat one cup of the rice casserole daily to acquire all the essential requirements for development and growth. Each package contains six servings.
Pallets of food will be delivered to FUMC Grapevine, and volunteers will put them together into packages to be shipped around the world. We’ll need about 40 volunteers per shift (from 9 AM to 1 PM) to serve at stations with assigned tasks (like measuring a portion of soy, rice, seasoning, nutrients, etc. into a plastic bag, sealing, etc.). Each bag contains six meals (all dry), grouped, packed into a box and sealed for delivery. Children and youth are welcome to serve as well. Childcare is provided. If you’d like to help, register at www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org/kah. Please let us know if you will be taking advantage of childcare so that we can have enough nursery workers available.
First United Methodist Church is located at 422 Church Street, one block west of Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine. For more information about this or other ministry opportunities, visit www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org or call 817-481-2559.
Parenting Seminar: "Love and Logic"
First United Methodist Church in Grapevine will be hosting a 6-week Love and Logic seminar starting Wednesday, January 11. Love and Logic is proven curriculum that is known for providing positive parenting solutions & educational resources for healthy family relationships. According to the Love and Logic Fact Sheet, children learn the best lessons when they're given a task and allowed to make their own choices (and fail) when the cost of failure is still small. Children's failures must be coupled with love and empathy from their parents and teachers. This practical and straightforward philosophy is backed with 30 years of experience. Parents can apply it immediately to a wide range of situations, instead of struggling with difficult counseling procedures. Love and Logic uses humor, hope, and empathy to build up the adult/child relationship; emphasizes respect and dignity for both children and adults; provides real limits in a loving way; and teaches consequences and healthy decision-making.
FUMC Grapevine believes that teaching Love and Logic will be beneficial for the growth and faith development of families in our community. This seminar is open to all adults who interact with children - parents, grandparents, educators, etc. Classes will be held on Wednesdays, starting January 11, 6:15-7:45 PM in Room 2001 of FUMC Grapevine. The seminar will be taught bilingually (English/Spanish) by Hortencia Ibanez Loya. Hortencia has been a Community Liaison and a trainer for Parent Universities and Staff Development in Dallas ISD. She has trained other Community Liaisons and taught Love and Logic to parents in both English and Spanish speaking communities. She has been training parents for the past 12 years. The cost is $15 for the book, plus $4 suggested donation for a light snack supper provided each week.
To sign up, contact Lori B. Wolfe, Assistant to Family Ministries, at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 10. Please include your childcare needs (names and ages) in your RSVP.
First United Methodist Church Grapevine is located at 422 Church Street, just west of Main Street in downtown Grapevine. For more information about this and other opportunities, visit www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org. To read more about Love and Logic, visit www.loveandlogic.com.
Parenting Seminar: "The Boundaries of Love"
First United Methodist Church in Grapevine would like to invite you to a parenting seminar exploring how parents can maintain boundaries of love with their children. The seminar will be on Wednesday, November 16, at 6:15 PM in Room 2001 at FUMC Grapevine (422 Church Street in Grapevine). In this workshop we will explore how a better understanding of boundaries can transform intimate relationships and parenting. Utilizing insights about the emotional brain from current neuroscience, we will go beyond love and logic to discover the keys to relational intelligence, productive (rather than destructive) conflict and restorative approaches to discipline and accountability.
Our leader, Charles Gaby, has 25 years of experience as a counselor and speaker. He is past president of the Tomkins Institute and now serves as Training Director for the Institute for Restorative Communities which provides training for Grapevine ISD. The pilot program he initiated here in 2012 saw reductions in disciplinary referrals of 70-80% in the three schools that undertook the program.
A snack supper will be provided; a donation of $4 per person is suggested, but not required. Please RSVP to Patty Bandy, Director of Family Ministries, at email@example.com or 817-481-2559 x129.
First United Methodist Church is located at 422 Church Street, one block west of Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine. For more information about the church and its ministries, visit www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org or call 817-481-2559.
First Methodist Grapevine Celebrates 150 Years
First United Methodist Church of Grapevine is excited to celebrate 150 years since the official charter of our church, back in 1866. The church has been on the same site since its beginning. From this historic land on Church Street, FUMC Grapevine has ministered to the Grapevine community through 15 decades of life's ups and downs. When the church began, Grapevine was mostly rough prairie and farm land. Through years of settlement, economic depression, wars, social change and tremendous area growth, FUMC Grapevine has continued to share God's love with Grapevine and surrounding communities.
We cherish our integral connection to Grapevine and its history, and invite the community to join us in celebrating our shared heritage. As a part of the celebration, we will host a free organ concert featuring world-class organist Bradley Hunter Welch at 6 PM on Saturday, October 8. We will gather together for one big celebration worship service at 10:30 AM on Sunday, October 9. We encourage anyone in the community - whether you are a member of the Methodist Church, another church, or any church at all - to join us in this milestone celebration.
First United Methodist Church is located at 422 Church Street, one block west of Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine. For more information about First United Methodist Church Grapevine and its ministries, visit us online at www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org or call the church office at 817-481-2559.
Jane Rubietta to Speak at “The Well”
First United Methodist Church of Grapevine invites area women to join us Thursday, October 6, for a special gathering of The Well, a replenishing ministry for women. Well-known author and Christian women’s speaker, Jane Rubietta, will be our special guest speaker.
Jane will invite women into honest conversation and life-changing application through humor, vulnerability, and spiritual depth. She invites her audiences to tumble into Jesus’ arms and find the love they’ve been looking for. A retreat coordinator from Illinois has the following observation: “Jane Rubietta's willingness to be 'real' and vulnerable is one of her greatest assets as a speaker; attendees also described her as 'passionate', 'sensitive', 'godly', 'energizing'."
Join Jane at The Well at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 6. The event will take place in the Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church at 422 Church Street in Grapevine, Texas. Tickets are $25 per person and include the program with Jane, special music and a catered dinner. They are on sale now in the church office and on the web at http://bit.ly/welltickets-oct2016. Childcare is provided with RSVP to Nursery Director Monica Lackey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 817.481.2559 x145 by Monday, October 3.
For more information about First United Methodist Church Grapevine and its ministries, visit us online at www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org or call the church office at 817-481-2559.
Understanding Islam with Dr. Robert A. Hunt
What do you really know about Islam? What about the Quran? What does it really say? Would you like to know more? First United Methodist Church of Grapevine invites the people of Grapevine and surrounding communities to join us on Sunday, September 25, to learn more about the religion we hear and read about every day.
Dr. Robert A Hunt will conduct a session in the First Methodist Grapevine Sanctuary at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25. Dr. Hunt is Director of Global Theological Education, Professor of Christian Mission and Interreligious Relations as well as Director of the Center for Evangelism and Missional Church Studies at Perkins Theological Seminary, Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Dr. Hunt has a degree in History for the University of Texas in Austin and a Master of Theology at Perkins School of Theology (SMU). In 1985 he and his wife, Lillian, moved to Kuala Lumpur, where they taught at the Seminary Theology Malaysia. From 1993 to 1997 he taught at the Trinity Theological College in Singapore. In 1994 he received his PhD from the University of Malaya, focusing on Christian missions to and relationships with Muslims in Southeast Asia. From 1997 to 2004 he was pastor of the English Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna, and an adjunct professor at Webster University in Vienna. Dr. Hunt presently teaches courses in World Religions, Interreligious Dialogue, and Mission.
The program is presented by the Peace with Justice Task Force, a ministry of First United Methodist Church, Grapevine and is free of charge. Childcare is provided with RSVP to Nursery Director Monica Lackey (email@example.com or 817-481-2559 x145) by Monday, September 19.
First United Methodist Church is located at 422 Church Street, one block west of Main Street in Grapevine. For more information about our church or to get directions, visit www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org or call the church office at 817-481-2559.
Parenting Seminar: Preparing for College
Parents, do you need tips on preparing financially for college? Do you know how to help your high schooler be prepared academically for the challenges that come in college education? First United Methodist Church of Grapevine invites area parents to join us Wednesday, September 21, for a special parent seminar, “Preparing for College Academics and Finances,” led by Erika Dietz. Erika is the leader of Guru Academics and Advising in Southlake.
Join us at 6:15 PM on Wednesday, September 21 in Room 2001 of our Family Life Center to get tips on how to prepare you and your teen for the college experience. A light snack supper will be provided. A suggested donation of $4 per person is gratefully accepted, but not required. Please RSVP to Family Ministries Director, Patty Bandy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-481-2559 x129.
First United Methodist Church is located at 422 Church Street, one block west of Main Street in Grapevine. For more information about First United Methodist Church Grapevine and its ministries, visit us online at www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org or call the church office at 817-481-2559.
First Methodist Grapevine Gets a "Refresh"
First United Methodist Church in Grapevine is clicking "refresh" on their Sunday morning schedule. The church has been working on plans for renovations to their Founders Chapel space. This warm worship environment has been beloved for worship, weddings, prayer vigils and other community services, but is in need of updates to the lighting, sound, HVAC and interiors. As the church "refreshes" Founders Chapel, Sunday morning worship services will shift to accommodate the work. Effective Sunday, September 11, the Sunday morning schedule will be:
8:15 AM - Traditional Communion Service in the Sanctuary
9:15 AM - Dedicated Hour of Sunday School for all ages
10:30 AM - Contemporary Worship in the Family Life Center
10:30 AM - Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
11:45 AM - Bilingual Worship in the Sanctuary
Rick Schultz, chair of the church's Finance Committee, shared his thoughts regarding the changes: "I’m grateful for the different styles of worship. I like how the schedule makes pastors available for leadership during the dedicated hour of Sunday School. Most of all, my hope is that by moving the late service up half an hour, families will no longer choose between worship or a noontime activity; THEY CAN DO BOTH."
If you have been looking for a place to call your church home, now is a great time to visit First Methodist Church in Grapevine, located at 422 Church Street, one block west of Main Street in Downtown Grapevine. For more information about activities and events, please visit www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org or call 817-481-2559.
Latvian Bell Choir in Concert
Nestled along the Baltic Sea, the small country of Latvia harbors a wealth of culture, compassion and hope. A former Soviet state, Latvia regained its independence in 1991. Since then, the country has gradually grown its connections around the world. Specifically, the churches in Latvia have partnered with many churches across the world to grow together in faith and outreach to the community. Several churches in Texas and across the United States partner with churches in Latvia. For example, in the town of Cēsis (approximately 88 km from the capital city of Riga), the Baptist Church shares an on-going connection with the First Baptist Church in Athens, Texas. The Methodist Church in Cēsis shares a relationship with Smithfield United Methodist Church in North Richland Hills, Texas.
These on-going relationships have created opportunities for the churches to share together in various ministries. Latvia is known for its arts and music festivals, and so it is no surprise that the churches would share music with one another. The Cēsis Baptist Church has partnered with the Athens First Baptist Church to develop a bell choir, which has been visiting Texas since April 1. They have played in various venues so far, and will be headed to the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Saturday, April 9. On Sunday morning, April 10, the Cēsis Bell Choir will play in worship services at First United Methodist Church in Grapevine. That evening, the choir will be in concert at Smithfield United Methodist Church in North Richland Hills.
Here are the details of Sunday's events:
- The Cēsis Bell Choir will play at 8:30 AM in Founders Chapel, and at 9:45 and 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church Grapevine, located at 422 Church Street (one block west of Historic Downtown Grapevine).
- The Cēsis Bell Choir Concert will be at 5:00 PM at Smithfield United Methodist Church, located at 6701 Smithfield Road in North Richland Hills. A pot luck fellowship dinner will follow; please bring a side dish or dessert to share. The concert is free and open to the public.
All are invited to come enjoy the joining of faith and culture with our friends from Latvia!
First Baptist Church, Athens - www.lovingtheworld.com
Smithfield United Methodist Church - www.smithfieldumc.org
First United Methodist Church, Grapevine - www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org