Genesis News and Notes
May 27, 2021

Last week, we mentioned some milestones happening in our home the last few weeks. Many of you may have seen posts on social media about graduation ceremonies, parties, and family visits to celebrate these transitions with our boys. As part of the decor for these celebrations, we've pulled out lots of pictures of our boys over the years - school pictures from different grades; group photos with friends on sports teams and in other activities; family shots from vacations and special occasions. We've been reminded of how much they have grown and matured over the years!

We will continue this week talking about the Holy Spirit and the work of the Spirit in our lives as believers and the church. A very important part of this work is our spiritual growth and maturity. In God's grace, God loves us just as we are and meets us where we are....but God doesn't leave us where we are. The Holy Spirit works in us to transform our character, our desires, our priorities, our vision for life. This is true for both individual believers and the community of believers. 

Hopefully, you've been doing your homework this week and praying each day - Come Holy Spirit! Look forward to being with you in worship this Sunday!

Grace and Peace, Pastors Amber & Paul  
Updated COVID Policies and Protocols

This past Sunday, the Church Council discussed and voted on new guidance for gathering in person, masks, etc. Please see this letter from the Co-Pastors for more details click here. You can also contact our Director of Operations, Linda Walker, for a copy of the new policies. Thanks for your continued patience, perseverance, and concern for one another!

Music Moments
This coming Sunday is both Trinity Sunday and the day before Memorial Day. We will be celebrating the faithfulness of God in our lives and specifically how the Holy Spirit helps us to connect to God and to the life He wants for us.
This Sunday we will sing “Holy, Holy, Holy” which was written specifically for Trinity Sunday by a young Anglican preacher named Reginald Heber who died at an early age from sunstroke in 1826 while serving as Bishop of Calcutta to India, the Island of Ceylon and all of Australia. Even with this immense responsibility Heber had been a prolific writer and many of his hymns were published after his death by his widow and friends. Most of them are still sung today.
Here are two meaningful selections for Memorial Day:

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In Remembrance by Jeffery Ames: (begins in Latin)
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See you Sunday! - Robyn
Genesis Garage Sale Update

 Take a look at the upcoming schedule for the garage sale!

 Sunday, 5/30 from 11:30am to 4:00pm - begin taking items
Monday, 5/31 from 10:00am to 4:00pm - drop off day
Tuesday, 6/1 from 10:00am to 1:00pm - sorting (no drop off day)
Wednesday, 6/2 from 10:00am to 6:00pm - drop off day
Thursday, 6/3 from 10:00am to 1:00pm - final day for drop offs
Garage Sale!
Friday,6/4 8:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday 6/5 8:00am to 2:00pm
Location - Commons and Atrium
NO Electronics (this includes TV’s and computers)
                       NO Clothes (with the exception of baby clothes)
                       NO Vacuum Cleaners
Baby Clothes/Kids Clothes
Baby Toys
Hats/Ball Caps (in good condition)
Home Decor
House Wares
Jewelry (must be in individual bags)
Tools/Lawn Equipment
So start gathering your goodies and bring them to Genesis during the hours listed above. We ask that when you bring your items, you have them boxed and labeled. This will help us when we sort and organize the items. It will be the responsibility of each one to get their items to Genesis. We will not be scheduling pick up’s as we have in the past.
If you would like to volunteer to sort during the week or work a shift during the garage sale, please let Linda Walker know as soon as possible. You can email her at We will be practicing social distancing, crowd control and safe protocols during the sale.
We look forward to a profitable and successful garage sale. 
Hope to see you there!
Summer Bible Study - "Jesus & Justice"

Pastor Paul will be leading a Bible study this summer on "Jesus & Justice". We will look at words from Jesus, as well as stories and passages from the OT prophets, and how they have inspired and influenced Christians to be concerned about matters of justice. This study meets on Zoom at 1pm on Thursdays, and includes folks from both Genesis UMC and Christ UMC. We will meet every week beginning May 20 through the end of July, knowing that people will be in and out based on summer travel. If you are interested in more info or in joining the study, please contact Pastor Paul at to make sure he sends you a Zoom invite! 
Genesis Youth & Young Adults

Save the Dates!

Youth & Children Mission Week, July 25-29
We are very excited about something happening this summer - a Local Missions Week! There will be age-appropriate mission-oriented activities for children & youth...there will be youth staying overnight at the church for evenings of fun and group formation...there will be opportunities for adults in the church to help with meals and more skilled mission's going to be an intergenerational week of having fun and serving others. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more info, but black these dates off in your calendar!!!

Sunday, June 6th
Graduating Senior Recognition, June 6
We are recognizing and celebrating our graduating seniors on Sunday, June 6! Please plan to join us in worship at 10:30am to celebrate these young people and this milestone in their lives. All youth, young adults, and their families are also invited to join us for a brunch following the service. 
Connect with us online.
Join us for worship this Sunday on Facebook Live!
Also, find us on Instagram and Facebook!
Now Accepting Fall Enrollment
See our webpage for more details
Last Wednesday, our Genesis Weekday Christian Preschool held a graduation ceremony for the Pre-K students who will be moving on to kindergarten. The church presented each graduate with a Beginner's Bible. We hope everyone has a safe and fun summer!
After 25 years of working with the Weekday Christian Preschool, Jamie Maxfield has decided to retire. She will be missed at the preschool, but will remain an active church member at Genesis. Congratulations and thank you for your ministry, Jamie!

Top 5 Needs

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

#1. Clean & spruce up the youth assembly room next Wednesday, 6/2 @ 10am.

#2. Volunteer to help with the Genesis Garage Sale.

#3. Become a Lawn Ranger! A great time of fellowship as we help care for our lawn and grounds! 

#4. Donate birthday greeting cards to the church office.

#5. Tech/AV volunteers! Help keep our live-streaming going!
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 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 to view the recorded Sunday morning service, which will be posted at the beginning of each week.
Pray with our Prayer Team | Sundays at 5pm
May 30th - Beginning of Garage Sale in take 11:30am
June 4th & June 5th - GUMC Garage Sale 8:00am
June 6th - Senior Sunday 10:30am
June 12th - UMM 8:00am
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! 
Financial Update
Many continue to ask about our financial situation in the wake of staff and pastoral transitions, the COVID pandemic, etc. Here are some 2021 year-to-date (YTD) numbers through April 30:
  • YTD income received - $224,135.90
  • YTD expenses - $183,294.86
  • General Fund balance - $147,917.38
  • Designated Funds balance - $150,614.82
  • YTD Connectional Giving - $0
  • TMF Mortgage debt - $3,932,138.37

Essentially, what these numbers show is that we have a healthy balance in the bank and are managing ongoing budgeted expenses well. However, we continue to have significant mortgage debt and are not currently contributing towards regional and global denominational ministry. Specific questions regarding our finances may be directed to our Interim Finance Administrator Troy Chapman, our Finance Committee Chairperson Chris Youngs, or either Co-Pastor. 
Genesis Prayer List

Rick Fowler, cousin of Linda Walker
Sharon McLaughlin, sister of Pam Paulson
David Belknap, son of Maurine Belknap
Liz Greer
Jody Hoover
Jennifer Hoover
Travis Franklin, wife Lara & family
Don Chandler and his wife, Linda
Aubrey Simmons, wife of Bob & Liz Greer's nephew
Jennifer Johnson & Emily Pendergrass, family of Pat & George Poyner
The Reinhart family & friends
Julie & Don Ward
Reinhart family & friends in Gainsville,FL
Gwen Gibson
Sylvia Dominey
Craig Bender, friend of Shayne & Dennis Rasing
Kerry Winans and her husband Chester
Jo Gehrig, sister of Patricia Graczyk
Dimphna Steyn
Syliva Dominey
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 -
Organist/Pianist - LK Fletcher -
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