Genesis News and Notes
February 18, 2021
Word from Co-Pastors
The church is a Jesus-centered, life-transforming, world-blessing community of people. In early January, we shared this sentence and said it would help frame our preaching and worship focus for at least the first part of 2021. For the last several weeks, we have talked about what it means for the church to be "Jesus-centered" - things like having grace-filled relationships; practicing radical hospitality; embodying humility and servanthood; and finding peace through the assurance of Jesus' power and presence.  

With the beginning of Lent, we are transitioning into what it means for the church to be "life-transforming." How is my life being changed through following Jesus within the community of the church?  Lent is all about focused transformation. We pay attention to God at work in our lives; we reflect with intention on our habits and practices; we give things up or take things on as a way to encourage growth. In short, Lent is a season when we seek for the Holy Spirit to be at work in our lives....creating positive change in us...to make us more like Christ.

We look forward to this season with you. Stay safe, stay warm, and stay connected to one another!

Grace and peace, Amber & Paul  
In case you missed it on Facebook, the
Ash Wednesday worship video is available on YouTube on the Christ UMC Fort Worth channel. Click here to watch it. We apologize that we were unable to post it on the Genesis channel. 
Weather Updates!
We hope all of you are staying warm and have power restored. We know for many it has been a cold and challenging week. Just a couple of weather-related updates. The preschool and church office will remain closed the rest of the week, but both will reopen on Monday. We will return to in-person worship this Sunday for those choosing to join us in person!  


Music Moments
When I started planning music for this new part of our series, “The Church is Life Transforming,” I started thinking about music that has helped to transform my Christian journey (still a way to go!) and music that has been instrumental in changing other people’s lives. If you have any old or new songs in this category that you would like featured in Music Moments through the middle of March please send your song information to rhollimon002@gmail.com.

Our scripture this Sunday centers around the calling of the disciples. Choir, I immediately thought we would have sung “Any Road, Any Cost” by Point of Grace, arranged by Keith Christopher. (You can hear a partial demo if you go to jwpepper.com and search the title.) I have included a summarized version of the text below and there is a link to the Point of Grace lyric video, (but I still miss singing the choral version!) I love the message of this song, and I think it speaks to us especially in this time of isolation and insulation. When Jesus calls us, we must start “leaving the safe and familiar” and start letting Jesus transform our lives and the lives of others!

Leaving the safe and familiar, with their hearts set on a heavenly prize.
There were some who laid down their nets, and some who laid
down their lives.
Not sure where they were going, but they did not have to know.
'Cause they knew who had called them, and they said, "We will go."
Down any road at any cost; wherever You lead we will follow.
Because we know that You've called us to take up our cross
Down any road, at any cost.
It may be fear that we're feeling, when we see what we must sacrifice,
But You promised You'll go with us, so we'll trust with our lives.
It's Your love that compels us to do what You've called us to do
and be completely abandoned to You.
Down any road at any cost, wherever You lead we will follow.
Because we know that You've called us to take up our cross
Down any road, at any cost.
Here is the lyric video by Point of Grace: Any Road, Any Cost (lyrics) by Point of Grace - YouTube
 
See you Sunday! - Robyn




Top 5 Needs

Want more concrete ideas about ways to serve with Genesis? Check out these volunteer opportunities...

#1 - Easter Egg Hunt team (be a part of planning and/or implementation for this outdoor activity)

#2 - Donations of canned tomatoes to be delivered to Crowley House of Hope

#3 - Sign up for Cowtown Brush -Up (Youth & Young Adult) for event to be held on April 10th.

#4 - Tarrant County Hand of Hope needs QT gift cards to pass out to people living in their vehicle to purchase gas/food. Gifts to be no larger than $10. Note on your check or on-line giving as Homeless Projects.

#5 - Crowley House of Hope needs more "shelf stable items." You may make donations to Genesis and notate "CHH" on your check or on-line giving. See Troy Chapman for additional information.

If you’re ready to get involved or want more information, please contact Linda Walker (linda@genesisumc.com
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.
Genesis Open for In-Person Worship!
Our in-person worship continues to welcome those who desire to be in-person with others in our sanctuary on Sunday. We will continue live streaming in our sanctuary for those not comfortable with returning just yet. You can tune in at 10:30 every Sunday morning for live streaming our worship service. For those of you returning to in-person worship, we ask that you arrive no earlier than 10:15 am, as you will not be allowed to gather prior to or after worship. We look forward to seeing you!
Join Us for Worship on Sundays at 10:30
Go to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GUMCFtWorth and worship with us on Facebook Live! every Sunday morning at 10:30 am. On Facebook, you will be able to interact through likes, comments, and a chat with our ministry team and other worshipers.
Go to our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFVF7BR3SiAsTX9ROUTbCuw and worship with us every Sunday morning as the services are posted at 10:30 am. You can also watch these services throughout the week or catch up on previous messages.
Pray with our Prayer Team | Sundays at 5pm
Genesis Youth
Brunch after worship THIS SUNDAY!
Come to in-person worship, and then stick around afterwards for brunch with Debbie Branch and Pastor Paul. All youth and young adults are invited.

Sign up for the Cowtown Brush-up, April 10th. 
Sign up now for the Trinity Habitat Cowtown Brush-up on April 10th! Spend the day painting a house for someone in our community who needs the help. There is limited space on the work team, so contact Debbie Branch to make sure you have a spot!

Connect with us online.
Join us for worship this Sunday on Facebook Live!
Also, find us on Instagram and Facebook!
February 21st - Youth Brunch
February 24th - Lenten Bible Study (via Zoom)
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, www.genesisumc.com
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 troy@genesisumc.com.

Thank you for supporting Genesis! 
Genesis Prayer List
Concerns:

Roy Terrell, friend of Kathy Boomer
Clyde Goodman
All those affected by winter storms
Family of Spencer Baker for the loss of his sister, Kendall Gunther
Chris Ruddell, son of Dick & Sherry and his family
Josephine Gehrig, sister of Patricia Graczyk &
Linda Duncan, submitted by Catherine Hix
Craig Bender, friend of Shayne & Dennis Rasing
Laura Stephens
Hjamil & Vanessa Martinez
Dan Ferry, brother of Becky White
Sylvia Dominey
Sandra Wilson, friend of Troy Chapman
Claudia Lindsey, Pilar Taylor's granddaughter
Rick Zomper and family for the loss of his cousin, Sandra Allen
Laura Stephens and family for the loss of her father, Frank Wright
Marla Goodman and family for the loss of her brother-in-law, Herb McReynolds
Lynn Zomper and family for the loss of her sister, Melayne
Joanne Chandler and her mother, Margaret McMillian for the loss of her father
Kerry Winans and her husband Chester
Dimphna Steyn, wife of Ron

All those effected by COVID-19

Contact our pastors at prayers@genesisumc.com with your prayer concerns.
Co-Pastor - Rev. Amber Massingill - amber@genesisumc.com
Co-Pastor - Rev. Paul Massingill - paul@genesisumc.com
Missions / Interim FinanceAdmin - Troy Chapman - troy@genesisumc.com
Director of Music Ministry - Robyn Hollimon - rhollimon002@gmail.com
Organist/Pianist - LK Fletcher - lisakay@genesisumc.com
Director of Operations - Linda Walker - linda@genesisumc.com
Director of Handbells - Charlotte Hoffman - ceho1009@gmail.com 
Weekday Preschool Director - Tammy Beck - weekdaypreschool@yahoo.com
 Genesis United Methodist Church
 7635 S. Hulen Street, Fort Worth, TX 76133
 817-292-4551