Genesis News and Notes
March 25, 2021
The Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, probably the most significant week of the Church year. You may or may not feel like this Lenten season has been “life-transforming” for you. As we said on Ash Wednesday, the entire last year may have seemed like an extended Lent for you—wandering in a wilderness called the pandemic.

Yet the purpose of Lent is to lead us to the Cross and ultimately Resurrection and New Life. So, as we enter this most significant of weeks - when we celebrate the coming King, gather around the table, gaze upon the cross, and find hope in the empty tomb - we encourage you to continue in your journey with Jesus and stay focused on Jesus' work in you. How has God been with you in the wilderness? Have you asked or allowed the Holy Spirit to change you? Where do you still desire to grow in faith? 

See you Sunday in person or online - and hopefully other times this week as well! 

Peace,
Pastors Amber & Paul
Join Us for Holy Week

Palm Sunday, March 28th
10:30am (in person or online)
Join us for a festive worship service marking Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. Children are invited to wave palm branches. 

Maundy Thursday, April 1st
6pm (in person only) 
This will be an outdoor event on the north lawn.
Bring your own blanket or lawn chair and picnic,
as we remember Jesus' Last Supper with the disciples. 

Good Friday, April 2nd
7pm (in person or online)
This poignant service includes scripture readings of the Passion of Christ and music from our Handbell Choir and other special music. 

Easter Sunday, April 4th
10:30am (in person or online)
Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with us!
Please RSVP by clicking here with the number of
adults and children attending. 


*Masks and social distancing will continue to be required for all events. 
**Children are welcome at all events however there is not a
separate nursery available.  
Church Council Meeting this Sunday
6:00 PM

All are welcome to join this meeting via Zoom. To participate, click here.


Music Moments
A few weeks ago, I encouraged you to send in some songs that have been transforming in your life, and here are few of the great songs that were sent. Some of them may be featured in upcoming church services!

Magnify - We Are Messengers
Click here
Living Waters - Shane & Shane
Click here
Whispering Hope - Bird Youmans
Whispering Hope, a great old time Gospel Hymn sung by Bird Youmans
Click here
My Redeemer Lives - Nicole C. Mullen
Click here
Blest Be the Tie That Bids - Fountainview Academy
Click here
If you like gospel music and want to put a smile on your face today, check out Kirk Franklin’s Tiny Desk Concert! Kirk is a product of Fort Worth choirs.
Click here

Looking forward to all of our Holy Week services and music next week!

Maundy Thursday at 6pm we will share in guitar and vocal contemporary music in a casual outdoor setting.

Good Friday we begin with a Pre-service Lent Handbell mini-concert in the Atrium at 6:30pm. The service at 7pm will feature handbells, violin, piano, solos, a vocal ensemble and congregational singing!

Easter Sunday we will celebrate the Resurrection with organ, piano, trumpet, a vocal ensemble, congregational singing and a special postlude!

See you Sunday! - Robyn
More on the
Genesis Garage Sale
 
The discussion continues about when and how to attempt our annual garage sale this year. If you are interested in helping organize this event, and so you want to be part of this conversation - or if you are interested in volunteering if/when this event happens - please contact Linda Walker ASAP to find out how to get involved. You may email Linda at linda@genesisumc.com or by calling the church office.
Crowley House of Hope New Van and Expanded Service Areas
We Did It!
Crowley House of Hope purchases a "new to us" van.

When we work together, we can accomplish anything for the community of Crowley, and we did! Crowley House of Hope has purchased a "new to us" van to help us serve our neighbors.

The original plan was to purchase a box truck, but as plans go, they sometimes change. Late last year Tarrant Area Food Bank began to offer a delivery service for partner agencies. Crowley House of Hope quickly took advantage of this option, therefore, diminishing the need for a box truck. Although the need changed, a reliable vehicle for weekly donations, seasonal program activities, and community events were still necessary. And so, the hunt for a suitable van began. This 2019 Ford Transit van with only 15,000 miles will meet our needs for many years to come. And, in true Crowley House of Hope form, the purchase is making a difference far beyond our expectations. Thank you to everyone who supported this effort with a financial donation. Your generosity is a gift for those we serve.

Elizabeth Becker was the quest speaker for United Methodist Men in February announcing they had expanded their service areas to cover all of Zip Codes 76133 and 76140. This allows for emergency assistance funds available to clients around Genesis and Everman areas.

Crowley House of Hope serves as the beacon of hope for the community of Crowley and the Crowley Independent School district along with Southwest Fort Worth by providing food and financial assistance, medical and counseling services and seasonal outreach programs in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.


The April Food Donation Focus will be Canned Fruit .These items can be dropped off in the Genesis Collection Containers or in the Church Office or make cash donations on-line or by check with memo Outreach – Crowley House of Hope.
Genesis Youth

Senior Transitions Group begins THIS SUNDAY
If you are a senior in high school, join us for in-person worship this Sunday (March 28) and then stay after for a brunch conversation to kick off our "Transitions" group. This group will meet several times over the next few months to have important conversations about making the transition from home/high school into an exciting new chapter. Look forward to seeing you!
Trinity Habitat Cowtown Brushup, April 10
There is still time to sign up for this, but we REALLY need to hear from you ASAP. This will be a good time of hanging out while helping out. Contact Debbie Branch @ 682-465-6100 for more information.

Day Away @ Glen Lake camp for the day!
There will be hiking, archery and group building fun. Get outside and get away for a relaxing day. Contact Pastor Paul to sign up.

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




Top 5 Needs

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

#1 - Kids and Teens to help on Palm Sunday, 3/28, with waving branches

#2 - It's that time of year to send care packages to our college students before finals! Contact Pastor Paul if you want to help!

#3 - We need folks willing to share practical skills with our high school seniors - easy meal preparation, basic personal finance, basic knowledge of tools and how to use them. If interested, please contact Pastor Paul.

#4 - Willing to provide a meal for a youth or young adult gathering? Please contact Debbie Branch.

#5 - Neighborhood Needs is in need of "shelf stable items." You may make donations to Genesis and notate "NN" on your check or on-line giving. See Troy Chapman for additional information.

If you’re ready to get involved in other ways or want more information, please contact Linda Walker (linda@genesisumc.com
A BIG THANK YOU. . .

. . . . . . .to Kathy Boomer and Sharron Drury for adding some cute decorations to spruce up the children's welcome desk area. The colorful kites and flags make this area fun for children once we return to additional children's activities. We appreciate all the effort that went into this project.
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
March 28th- Palm Sunday
March 28th - High School Seniors Group Meeting
March 28th - Church Council (via Zoom)
April 1st - Maundy Thursday (outside)
April 2nd - Good Friday Service (in-person & on-line)
April 4th - Easter Sunday
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:

Brandy Sharp, Kaleb Faught's mother
Dale Courtney, Robert Courtney's dad
Jim Debo, Liz Greer's cousin
Peggy Kay Jenson, Gayle Kay's aunt and sister-in-law of Nancy J. Welch
Margie Peschel
Clyde Goodman
Redmond Warren
Sharon Hague
BJ Beesley, friend of Ken Grosgebauer
Nancy Echols, cousin of Catherine Hix
Roy Terrell, friend of Kathy Boomer
Karen Pace for the loss of her uncle, JC Shaw
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
Sylvia Dominey
Sandra Wilson, friend of Troy Chapman
Rick Zomper and family for the loss of his cousin, Sandra Allen
Kerry Winans and her husband Chester
Dimphna Steyn, wife of Ron
Margaret Farmer, mother of Karen Pace

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