Genesis News and Notes
August 12, 2021
Hey y'all!

Are you ready for some football?!?! Yes, it's the time of year for training camps, preseason games, fantasy football drafts, marching band practices, and all the other excitement that goes with Friday night lights, dreams of college football playoffs, and Super Bowl ambitions. Will this be the year the Cowboys finally get back to an NFC championship game? Will North Crowley HS make the playoffs? How awkward will it be for Texas and Oklahoma in the Big 12 this year after the news they are moving to the SEC?

Some of you are football fans and are tracking everything in the above paragraph. Some of you are probably not fans and wondering what I'm talking about! Either way, I [Paul] think there are some important lessons football can teach us about faith and being the church. So the next couple of weeks, we are going to talk about "How Faith is Like Football" - and have some fun along the way! Everyone is invited to come to worship wearing the gear of your favorite football team(s). Look forward to seeing you in worship!

Grace & Peace,
Pastors Amber & Paul

PS. On a different subject, please note that the next "Dreamin' & Schemin'" zoom conversation about modern worship is moved to Tuesday, 8/17 at 7pm. Continue reading below to find the link to join us.
Health & Safety Reminders

As COVID-19 positivity rates In Tarrant County return to substantially high levels, we want to remind you of our health & safety measures at Genesis. We strongly encourage you to wear a mask in the building and during worship- both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons. We continue to have plenty of space for social distancing, including our side sections which are marked. 

If you are not fully vaccinated for whatever reason, including children under the age of 12, we urge you to wear a mask in the building. We also encourage you to consider getting the vaccine, if you are eligible. 

Unfortunately, most of the current cases are among unvaccinated persons. However, the CDC does caution that even vaccinated people can be carriers of variants of the coronavirus. Therefore, if you have been exposed to anyone with confirmed COVID-19 or the variants, we urge you to get tested and follow the CDC guidelines for isolation. If you feel sick, please join us online for worship. We will continue to monitor the situation and make updates as needed.
Join Us for Worship on Sundays at 10:30

Important Info- Sunday Livestream

Please note: our Sunday worship livestream will be hosted on YouTube only. We will post a link on Facebook to the YouTube livestream. When you click it, the link will take you to YouTube. 

Like Facebook, you can interact with us on YouTube. Leave a comment and let us know that you're online! Click the "thumb's up" icon for some positive ratings! You can also watch replays and comment on the replay. Please "subscribe" to our Channel: GenesisUnitedMethodistChurchFortWorth. There is no cost to subscribe; it's like following us on Facebook. Thank you for your patience and support during this transition.

Click below to join us live on Sunday: 
The United Methodist Men will meet this Saturday, August 14, at 8:00am in the dining room. The program for this month will be to discuss the upcoming Men's Retreat as well as what programs the members would like for the remainder of the year.  We hope to see you on Saturday as we make some important decisions and enjoy some fun fellowship.

We encourage everyone to follow Genesis COVID safety procedures.

Music Moments
This Sunday, an ensemble from our chancel choir will lead the congregational hymn “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus.” In the service we will look at how faith is a battle, and the abbreviated story that follows about that hymn certainly exemplifies this concept. I often think about how much our ancestors had to endure, all the while remaining faithful to Jesus and passing that heritage to us!

In 1858 a great city-wide revival swept across the city of Philadelphia. One of the most powerful ministers participating in this revival was 29-year-old Dudley Tyng. Tyng also began holding noonday services at the downtown YMCA and on March 30, 1858, five thousand men were in attendance to hear him preach from Exodus 10:11 - “Go now ye that are men and serve the Lord.” - and that day over 1000 of them committed their lives to Christ and His service. During that sermon he also remarked that he would rather lose his right arm than come short of his duty to deliver God’s message.

Unbelievably, the next week while visiting in the country, his sleeve got caught in a corn thrasher, his arm was severely lacerated, and the main artery was severed. Four days later he developed further infection and on April 19, 1858, he died from shock and a great loss of blood. At his death bed, his final whispered words were “Let us all stand up for Jesus.”

I certainly don’t believe that God caused the accident to happen, but perhaps Tyng had allowed God to influence what he said at the YMCA service so that others would remember his final charge to them. Likewise, because of the nature of his death, the friend who wrote the words for “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” was profoundly influenced by Tyng’s final words. Who knows what greater resolution can come from tragedy or hardship? Our task is to remain faithful to the end.

See you Sunday!
Personalized Technology Training Available!!
Okay, okay...that headline is a little misleading. This is not for your personal technical matters at home - this is for the new live streaming equipment we are using for morning worship. Larry Mundt has been working hard to simplify the setup and streaming process on the new equipment, and he has graciously offered to provide personalized training sessions for anyone who might be willing to help out!

If you are willing to learn more and help out in this way, please contact Larry directly at This would be a huge help for our worship ministry, so please consider this opportunity! 

UMW will be hosting a Zoom Chat on Tuesday, August 17 at 10 am. A program titled "Just the Facts, Why We Should Trust the COVID19 Vaccine" will be presented by Dr Margie Peschel. She will be sharing information she has received from the TMA.

All are welcome to join us to hear this important information. To be part of this meeting, contact Betty Foster at
Needle Arts Group

The Needle Arts group is now meeting again! Come join us every Monday morning beginning at 10AM in the conference room located in the church office. Knitting, crochet and various needle work are all offered during this time. If you don't know how to do any of these crafts, lessons can be provided.

For more information text or call Susan Hoffman at 817-682-1007.
Genesis Youth & Young Adults

Connect with us online.
Join us for worship this Sunday on Facebook Live!
Also, find us on Instagram and Facebook!
Pray with us...

We hope you will be praying with us, for us, and alongside us as we prepare to offer once again a more modern worship alternative as part of the life and ministry of our church.

There are 4 ways you can join us as we discern God's will and our next steps.

  • Follow the 40 Day Prayer calendar. Click here for printable prayer calendar.
  • Join the Pastors for online prayer, Fridays @9am on Facebook
  • Be a part of the last "Dreaming' & Scheming" zoom meeting where we brainstorm and pray together. This zoom conversation has been moved to Tuesday, August 17, at 7pm due to a schedule conflict.

To join Zoom conversation on 8/17 click HERE

Nursery is Open for Worship!

As we welcome families back to in-person worship, we are excited to resume the Nursery for children ages 0-5 during the 10:30am worship service.
Here’s what parents and caregivers need to know:

  • The Nursery room is located in the Preschool wing, classroom #7. Use the main Preschool doors across from the Chapel.
  • Access doors will remained locked for children’s protection. Ring doorbell for access to the preschool wing and the Nursery.
  • The Nursery will be open starting 10:15am.
  • The same adult must drop off and pick up the child.
  • No food or drink will be served, but individual beverage bottles are recommended.
  • As per our church guidelines, masks are encouraged for those who are not vaccinated yet including children over the age of 2 years.
We welcome children over the age of 5 in the worship service. More Sunday children’s programs will be considered in coming weeks. If you have any further questions, please contact Pastor Amber (
NOTICE!! Change in Date

Mark your calendar for this year's men's retreat. We will be combining Genesis and Christ UMM for what will be a very inspirational retreat. This year's attendance is limited to invited men only. And guess what, YOU'RE INVITED!

When: Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19
Where: Camp Arrowhead.
Retreat lead by: Rev. Bruce Carpenter

Enjoy spending time with nature, a campfire as well as inspiring sessions.
All we need is you!  
All Genesis UMM, Christ UMM, and Community Connection men are invited. 

There will be a sign up table in the atrium coming in July. Please stop by to sign up or contact Dick Ruddell at
Back to School Donations
for Weekday Christian Preschool

You can help our preschool by donating the following items:

Paper towels
Clorox wipes
Liquid hand soap (individual or refill)
White copy paper
Washable markers (classic colors)

Drop donations at the designated tables in the Atrium by August 29th.
Thank you!!

Now Accepting Fall Enrollment
Ages 18mo-PreK
9am-12pm, 2-day/3-day/5-day
with extended hours until 2pm

See our webpage for more details
Phone Problems

The church office is experiencing technical difficulties with the phone system. If you have tried calling the office after hours you have experienced this issue. Please be patient with us as we work through this problem. If you call the church office during the day, and don't get through, please try again. Currently, the voice mail system isn't working, nor is the rollover feature which allows us to receive more than one phone call at a time. We are working with our phone company and will update you on our progress. In the meantime, we kindly ask for your patience.
Pray with our Prayer Team | Sundays at 5pm
August 14th - UMM (8:00 am)
August 15th - Trustee Meeting (11:45 am)
August 17th - UMW Zoom Meeting (10:00 am)
August 17th - "Dreaming' & Scheming" Zoom (7pm)
August 22nd - SPR Meeting (11:45 am)
August 23rd- Finance Meeting (6:30pm)
Small Groups at Genesis
We have a variety of small groups that continue to meet online throughout the week. Join us to help stay connected to God and others during this time! Contact Linda Walker for details about how to get plugged in!
Generosity Notes
Memorial Fund

The Memorial Fund allows you to remember or honor a person or event by providing funds for a current ministry of the church. To offer a memorial or honor gift, you may contact the church, mark a gift accordingly or go to our website,
Genesis offers electronic giving, which allows you to make donations on a scheduled, automatic basis. To set up electronic contributions, (checking or savings account or credit or debit card) you can come by the church office and complete an authorization form or go to the church website and give online.

Another great way to give is with a quick text message! Simply send a text to 817-697-2824 with the amount you would like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign before the amount. Within a few minutes, you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Once your registration is complete you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email.

It is important to know that we can depend on financial support from our congregation members to continue the missions that Genesis provides to so many, as we go through the summer, fall and upcoming holidays.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Troy Chapman at 817-292-4551 or email him at

Thank you for supporting Genesis! 
Genesis Prayer List
Prayer Concerns:

Rita Roser
Larry Unger, son of Lee Unger
Jody & Jenn Hoover
Joyce Hoover, Jody's mom
Cathy Courtney for the loss of her brother
Bob Howse
Jane McClain, sister of Elaine Erion
The Meza family
Larry Grenzicki & family for loss of his mother
Carol Carlsen for the loss of her mother
Judy Clarke & family in the death of her sister, Donna Wickwar
Judy Vinyard
Joel Aiken, friend of Drew Etter's
Aubry Simmons, wife of Bob & Liz Greer's nephew
Betty Foster & family for the loss of her sister, Kay Childress
Georgia Cooley & family for the loss of her brother, Theron Reid
Martha Bayne, sister of Edie Jones
Travis Franklin & Lara Franklin
Jennifer Johnson & Emily Pendergrass, family of Pat & George Poyner
Sylvia Dominey
Craig Bender, friend of Shayne & Dennis Rasing
Kerry Winans and her husband Chester
Dimphna Steyn
Margaret Farmer
Kayleigh Krueger
Thad & Lisa Arms
Mona Foster

Contact our pastors at with your prayer concerns.
Co-Pastor - Rev. Amber Massingill -
Co-Pastor - Rev. Paul Massingill -
Missions / Interim FinanceAdmin - Troy Chapman -
Director of Music Ministry - Robyn Hollimon -
Director of Operations - Linda Walker -
Director of Handbells - Charlotte Hoffman - 
Weekday Preschool Director - Tammy Beck -
 Genesis United Methodist Church
 7635 S. Hulen Street, Fort Worth, TX 76133