Genesis News and Notes
November 4, 2021
Word from the Co-Pastors

We are now in November, and signs of the coming holidays are all around us - changing weather, leaves falling off the trees, making plans with family and loved ones, decorations in the stores and advertisements on TV, the calendar is filling up, and much more. November is also a time in the life of our church when we have a number of special services and opportunities to serve and give. Over the next few weeks, we will remember our loved ones with our All Saints observance (Nov 7), honor our veterans (Nov 14), and focus on our giving and stewardship (Nov 14 & 21) before celebrating Thanksgiving and then starting our Advent season. Along the way, we will be collecting items for community ministry partners and providing a number of special ways for us to gather as a church community. We really hope you make plans to be with us - in worship, in serving, in giving, and in gathering together [as you feel comfortable doing so, of course]. 

We also want to remind you that while we often refer to the holidays as "the most wonderful time of the year," it is also a time that can be difficult for many of us. The holidays often remind us of people we have lost. This time of year can be challenging for those going through financial difficulty, depression and other mental health struggles, and those who feel isolated or alone. Yes, this time of year can be filled with joy and thanksgiving....and yes, this time of year can be sad and filled with grief. Let's be mindful of this. Check on one another and on your neighbors. Yes, let's gather to celebrate....and let's also create space for other feelings too. As we are reminded in Romans 12:15, let us rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. To care for each other, we seek to do both!

Look forward to seeing you Sunday and in the weeks to come!

Grace and Peace, Amber & Paul  
November 7th
Daylight savings time ends - don't forget to set your clocks back one hour.
 
Sharing Thanksgiving Meals with Our Neighbors!
Thanksgiving is about a month away, and there are 2 ways for you to help your neighbors have a full table.

1) Monetary donations for the United Community Centers, Inc.
2) Thanksgiving Sacks of food for Crowley House of Hope and Neighborhood Needs. Sacks with grocery lists are available and ready for pick up. Completed sacks are needed back to the church by November 7th in order to get them to the ministries on time for their distribution. 

Cash or check donations are welcome for either ministry. Just mark your check or make your selection online at our church website for the ministry you choose to support.

Thanks to our Weekday Christian Preschool families for joining in this Thanksgiving Project too. Anyone is welcome to participate!
...To Meet
IN PERSON !!! 

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 13 at 8:00am. We will have a devotional and light breakfast in the dining room, and then those who wish can stay and help on the workday. One of the activities we will be doing is setting up Christmas trees in preparation for Hanging of the Greens. We hope to have a lot of help to make our church ready for the upcoming advent season.
Bring your gloves, gardening tools, shovels & rakes and plan to help beautify our church grounds. There are several areas in our flower beds that need attention. Some of our shrubs died during "Snowmaggedon" and these need to be pulled out. Thanks for coming for part or all of the day.

The more the merrier!
Veterans Day Celebration

We invite you to attend our Veterans' Day celebration on Sunday, November 14th. We will be honoring our veterans during the 10:30 worship service in our sanctuary. We hope to see you there.
Modern Worship Night
Sunday, November 14th @5pm

All are welcome this special night of worship in the Great Hall (a.k.a. gym). Our guest worship leader will be Jackson Christenberry from White's Chapel UMC in Southlake. Some of our own Genesis musicians will be joining Jackson for the worship music. Notice - the new start time at 5pm.

If you love modern worship music, you don't want to miss this! If you want to see what's unfolding here at Genesis, you'll want to check this out!



Angel Adoptions
Coming Soon!

Can you believe it's that time of year again? Yes, it's time for our angel adoptions and we would love your participation. We have decided that we will conduct our adoptions like we did last year during Covid.


Check out the procedure and options for adoptions.

  • Choose an angel from the Christmas tree located in the atrium we will have available during in-person worship. We will also be offering drive by opportunities as well.

  • Shop for your angel (online or in-person) and wrap the gifts and return them on Sunday morning or during our drive-by opportunities.

  • If you cannot do online or in-person shopping and still want help...please donate $40 to Genesis and we will shop for your angel.

Adoptions dates are: Nov. 28th, Dec. 5th and returns by Dec. 12th.

We will be assembling teams of individuals who would like to shop for these children, and another team to join us for a wrap party. You decide how you want to participate! More details to follow soon. Contact Linda Walker in the church office or Linda@genesisumc.com if you would like to participate in the shopping or wrapping duties. We look forward to hearing from you!

Pastor's Bible Study on
Mental Health Thursdays @ 1pm

Pastor Paul continues his weekly Bible study on Zoom. The topic is "The Bible and Mental Health," and we will talk about how the Bible and our faith practices inform how we think about concerns like self-care and stress; grief and loss; depression and anxiety; addiction and generational dysfunction in families; and other mental health issues and concerns. To receive a Zoom link for the study, please contact Pastor Paul at paul@genesisumc.com

After further consideration, this study will only be meeting one time during the week on Thursdays @ 1pm. However, if you are unable to participate at that time and would like to watch a recording of the Bible study, let Pastor Paul know and that may be possible.


Music Moments
As All Saints Sunday approaches, I want to share a few of my favorite Southern Harmony and Gospel choral pieces suitable for the occasion:
Shawn Kirchner’s Heavenly Home: Three American Songs:

1. “Unclouded Day” - Click here to listen
2. “Angel Band” - Click here to listen
3. “Halleluiah” - Click here to listen
4. "Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down" by Caldwell & Ivory
Click here to listen

See you Sunday!
Robyn
Genesis Youth & Young Adults
Youth THIS SUNDAY @ 5pm!!

Join us for some food, checking in with one another, a short time of prayer and Bible study, and help us put together care packages to send to our college students! Look forward to seeing you!! 

Confirmation Class - Time & date to be decided

This is a great time set aside for young people to learn about and explore questions they have regarding the basics of the Christian faith and the Church. This includes Bible study and intentional mentoring. Confirmation is open to any interested middle school or high school student.

Winter Camp @ Glen Lake Camp & Retreat Center - February 11-13, 2022

We will join together with youth groups from around the Central Texas area for a great weekend of worship, small groups, and lots of fun!

Please contact Pastor Paul at paul@genesisumc.com or 305-2-82-1929 if you have any questions!
Connect with us online.
Join us for worship this Sunday on Facebook Live!
Also, find us on Instagram and Facebook!
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: 
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. 
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
November 7th- All Saints Sunday 10:30am
November 7th - Thanksgiving donations due; Coat Drive Begins
November 7th - Church Council Meeting 11:30am
November 13th - Church Wide Work Day 9am-1pm
November 14th - Veteran's Day Celebration 10:30am
November 14th - Modern Worship 5pm
November 21st - Thanksgiving Meal 11:30am
November 22nd - Hanging of the Greens 6pm
November 28th - Angel Adoptions Begin 10:30am
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
Prayer Concerns:

Family of Craig Bender who passed away last Monday
Holly Shanz
Kayleigh Krueger, great-granddaughter of Connie Ford
Rick Fowler, Linda Walker's cousin
Terry Wolzen, former son-in-law of Troy Chapman
Zack Clarke, Judy Clarke's son
Mary Logan for the death of her brother, Roy Gene Henderson
Neal McDonald for the death of his wife, Jerrye
Paul Rosales & family on the death of his sister
John Gibson & family, on the death of his wife Gwen
Patricia Graczyk
Dale Courtney, Robert's father
Michael Brown, friend of Cathy & Robert Courtney
Tim Laughlin, friend of Troy Chapman
Joanne Myers & family, on the death of her husband Frank
Casey Triplett, friend of Pamela Gann
Sheryle Daniel's brother
Tom Howard
Sharron Drury, friend of Kathy Boomer
Bob & Anna Howse
Eva Rameriez
Aubry Simmons, wife of Bob & Liz Greer's nephew
Martha Bayne, sister of Edie Jones
Travis Franklin & Lara Franklin
Sylvia Dominey
Kerry Winans and her husband Chester
Dimphna Steyn
Margaret Farmer
Thad & Lisa Arms
Mona Foster

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
Director of Operations - Linda Walker - linda@genesisumc.com
Ministry Intern - Jody Hoover - jody@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