Genesis News and Notes
January 14, 2021
“New Year. New World. New Church.”

I (Amber) read this caption in an email this week and it hit home. These phrases may bring you some anxiety or more positive anticipation. They could be referring to a new year/world/church that is emerging after the pandemic, or after a season of civil unrest, or simply after pioneering two decades in the 21st century. Are these new things emerging suddenly or a long time in coming?

Either way, we have been wrestling with the question “What does it mean to be the church in a new era and a new world?” because that’s what we believe 2021 will be. In our Sunday messages, we want to focus on what it means to be the church – not just a non-profit organization, not just a social group, not just a good cause—but the Body of Christ called and equipped for God’s work in this time and place.

There’s a lot we’ve had to let go of, re-imagine, re-consider, and start over again in the last 12 months. And it will likely continue to be that way. But here is what we believe never will change, nor should, about what it means to be the church….

The church is a Jesus-centered, life-transforming, world-blessing
community of people.

Our first series will explore what it means to be “Jesus-centered” as a church and individuals. We will look in scripture at what was at the center of Jesus’ life and ministry, his teaching and preaching. Join us this Sunday as we talk about Grace-filled relationships.

See you online or in-person!

Peace,
Pastors Amber & Paul 
Leadership Teams - 2021 Orientation
Sunday, Jan. 17 @ 5pm 

If you are serving on an Administrative Committee for 2021 and beyond, you should have received a Zoom invite for an Orientation happening this Sunday, 1/17 at 5pm. This orientation is for all Council, Staff-Parish Relations, Trustee, and Finance members (whether new or continuing). If you did not receive an email with Zoom link, please contact Pastor Paul before Sunday. 

Church Council 
Sunday, Jan. 24 @ 12:30pm

Church Council will be meeting via Zoom on Sunday, 1/24, following morning worship. Council meetings are open to all church members, who have voice (not vote). A Zoom link will be sent in next week's News and Notes.


Music Moments
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” the prelude for the service this Sunday morning, contains a verse of “Amazing Grace” that is not found in most hymnals today but is an original verse written by John Newton in 1779. “The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, the sun forbear to shine; But God, who called me here below, will be forever mine.” These words reflect the great faith that John Newton developed, after living a young life of sin and eventually serving as a captain on a slave ship, when he was called to a life of great testimony, ministry, and anti-slavery activism.

Earlier, in 1748, during a particularly stormy and dangerous slave-ship voyage, Newton began reading a book written 300 years before entitled “Imitation of Christ” written by Thomas a Kempis. It is still printed today. The reading of this book during that particularly frightening voyage began to sow the seeds of his eventual conversion and personal acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior. He began to feel greatly conflicted about his profession, even though he had sought to make conditions more humane. He decided to give up that life and returned to England, where he had married his youthful sweetheart, and became a clerk at the Port of Liverpool and actively began crusading against slavery.

As Newton increasingly felt the call to preach the gospel, he was greatly influenced by the evangelist George Whitefield (who has been mentioned in connection to other hymn writers) and the Wesley's. At the age of 39 he was ordained by the Anglican Church and often shared his conversion experience, preaching often outside of his own congregation to large crowds who gathered to hear the “old converted sea captain.” Contrary to the established Anglican church at the time, he believed in the singing of hymns that expressed simple, heartfelt faith. In 1779 he collaborated with a friend to write the “Olney Hymns” hymnal in which “Amazing Grace” is found. The tune is an early American folk melody.

In 1807, the year that Newton died, British Parliament abolished slavery throughout its domain. His tombstone features the following inscription: “John Newton, clerk, once an infidel and Libertine, a servant of slavers in Africa, was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, preserved, restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach the Faith he had long labored to destroy.”
What a great testimony of the life-changing power of our Savior!

See you Sunday! - Robyn
UMW Meeting Via Zoom

The next UMW meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 19th
and the program will be on the life of Dr. Margie Peschel.
Please join us for what will surely be a very interesting program.

The United Methodist Women meet the first and third Tuesday's on Zoom.
The first Tuesday is to visit and check in on one another. The third Tuesday is the Circle meeting. We meet at 10 am and all are welcome to join us.
Contact Doris Howard or Betty Foster for the Zoom link. 
You may email Doris or Betty for more information.
Doris Howard, click here.
Betty Foster, click here.
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
Pray for our kids as they start a new semester!

Connect with us online.
Join us for worship this Sunday on Facebook Live!
Also, find us on Instagram and Facebook!
Monday, January 18th - Church office closed for MLK Holiday
Tuesday, January 19th - UMW meeting 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 Kelly Adams at 817-292-4551 or email her at kelly@genesisumc.com.

Thank you for supporting Genesis! 
Genesis Prayer List
Concerns:

Lynn Zomper's sister, Melayne & her husband
Rick Zomper's cousin, Sandy
Charles Hix, son of Catherine Hix
Curtis & Freida Graczyk, son & daughter-in-law of Patricia Graczyk
Dan Ferry, brother of Becky White
Greg & Lynne Barnes
Doug Kirkpatrick & daughter Amy, friends of Troy Chapman
Family of Tim Herdman, friend of Troy Chapman
Charlotte Sassman's friend, Mark
Redmond Warren, friend of Lee Unger
Bob Greer
Reba Alley, mother of Trudy Bonifas
Claudia Lindsey, granddaughter of Pilar Taylor
Brandy Sharp, mother of Kaleb Faught
Family of Kelly Adams on the death of her uncle, Jim Cantrell
Drew Davis, nephew of Allen & Pamela Gann
Bonnie Kilberg, friend of Catherine Hix
Sandra Wilson, friend of Troy Chapman
Family of Joel Robinson
Pat Poyner
Kerry & Chester Winans
Dimphna Steyn
Kayleigh Krueger, great granddaughter of Connie Ford
Betty Davenport's brother Ralph Davenport
Sylvia Dominey
Sue Norris, friend of Betty Davenport
Margaret Farmer, mother of Karen Pace
JoAnne Myers daughter & baby Christopher
Thad and Lisa Arms, health concerns
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 Coordinator - Troy Chapman - troy@genesisumc.com
Director of Music Ministry - Robyn Hollimon - rhollimon002@gmail.com
Organist/Pianist - LK Fletcher - lisakay@genesisumc.com
Financial Administrator - Kelly Adams - kelly@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