This Sunday, January 12th
10:00 a.m.
Worship led by Rev. Lee Ann Bryce
and Michelle Jendry

"In the River"
Refreshments: Fluffy Jones and Kathy Bowser
January Trustee: Jim Keller
From Michelle
This Sunday, churches throughout the world will be celebrating and thinking about the baptism of Jesus. There are probably 1,001 different sermons that can come out of the gospels' stories of Jesus' baptism, but the thing that struck me as I was preparing my sermon was the earthiness of our account of the baptism from Matthew. My brain was flooded with sensory images. The coolness of the Jordan River. The feeling of mud between my toes stepping into the water. I imagine John the Baptist's uhhhhh… "earthy"...scent? (What kind of breath does eating locusts and honey give you? I imagine not great.). While Jesus' baptism is a moment of the Divine's extravagant revelation, it's also incredibly material, earthy, and embodied.

Join us this week as we look at incarnation through the lens of Jesus' baptism as told by Matthew!
FCC Safety Training
begins this Sunday
An important part of our emergency preparedness plan at First Congregational Church is having its members and regular attendees trained in how to recognize and respond to emergencies.

This Sunday, January 12th , following worship, in the Social Hall, we will hold the first of four one-hour training sessions. Sunday's session is the recognition and control of life-threatening bleeding. This vital training can save lives when minutes count--after a shooting, car wreck, or other emergencies involving traumatic injuries.

This "Stop The Bleed" training session is provided at no cost to our church by trauma nurses from Texas Health (Harris) as part of Safe Communities America. It will include practice in applying tourniquets such as those in our red first aid trauma kits. 

Please RSVP below no later than tomorrow, January 10th , so the trainers know how many practice kits to bring. Feel free to invite non-church friends who might be interested, but please email  the office  to let us know how many guests will be joining you.

This Sunday's session is for adults and mature teens only.  There will be graphic training images that are not suitable for younger people.

Please mark your calendars for the remainder of the training sessions, each following worship in the Social Hall:

January   19th --AED/CPR Training
January 26th --Active Shooter Training
February 2nd --Suspicious Behavior Training

Thank you for making time for this important training.
Are you planning on attending this Sunday's STOP THE BLEED training?
DATE AND TIME
01/12/20 11:00am - 01/12/20 12:00pm

Yes, I will attend.
The Education Hour Resumes on Sunday!
Yay! It's time to get back in the Ed Hour groove! Here's what happening:

YOUTH: It's time to start planning for Youth Sunday! Bring your ideas as you plan for your special Sunday!

ADVENTURE VILLAGE: AdVillians are going to share about their holidays, and make a plan for their spiritual journey this spring. 

ADULT ED: See above article on "Stop the Bleed" training.
2020 Census Jobs
A representative from the local U.S. Census Bureau contacted us about job openings. Applicants can apply to join the 2020 Census team on a mobile device, computer, or tablet by going to  2020census.gov/jobs , or call 1-855-JOB-2020 for more information. They said that "being a 2020 Census employee means having great pay, flexible hours, weekly pay, and paid training."
Room in the Inn Each Wednesday
Room in the Inn offers the warmth of table fellowship and comfy beds on cold nights to our neighbors without a home each Wednesday through February.

Positions for the upcoming weeks are open. ( Click here .) I f you’d like to stay updated on how to help what to donate ,  and  when you are needed, contact Trisha Stanfill to be added to the RITI mailing list.
Save the Date!
You are invited to Embrace UCC for the Lucie Blue Trio's "Citizen Tour" on Thursday, February 13th at 7:00ish p.m. Get ready to laugh and enjoy old and new songs with Lucie Blue, Chelley Seibert and Amelia MELE. 

About Lucie Blue Tremblay

Lucie Blue Tremblay is one of Canada's great voices and songwriters, bringing her bilingual Canadian heritage to life in songs that celebrate love, strength, truth, peace, and honor. French and English lyrics, a gorgeous voice, and her trademark whistle have melted the hearts of listeners around the globe since she first arrived on the stage in the early 80's. The last decade has found her undertaking an extraordinary commitment to breast cancer education; earning a Commercial Driver's License; becoming a Certified Patient Care Technician; and becoming an American citizen.
Slumber Falls wants your
Christmas garland and lights...
Before you consider throwing away any Christmas garland or lights, consider sending them to Slumber Falls. They are collecting garland and lights that are safe to use and leave outdoors so they can decorate the camp for Advent/Christmas next year. Contact the camp office at 830-625-2212 for more details.  
Wands for Wildlife
One small way to help both the environment and adorable little animals is by dropping your used mascara wands by the church office.

Appalachian Wildlife Refuge uses mascara wands to help remove eggs and larva from the fur of animals.

There is a container to receive your donations in the office (by the window). Contact Laurie if you have any questions.
Go Fund Me for Lucas
A Go Fund Me page has been set up for the legal expenses of Lucas. ( Click here for the link. ) Can you please help spread the word by sharing the page? (Just click "Share" under the "Donate Now" button.) Donations are, of course, also appreciated. ( If you don't want to use GFM, you can donate through FCC...just write "Lucas" in the memo line of a check, or on the outside of an envelope.)
January Small Groups
FCC BOOK CLUB, January 23rd, 7:00 p.m., home of Han and John Will January's book is  Leaving the Witness  by Amber Scorah. This is an autobiography of a young woman, raised in a strict Jehovah's Witness home and church, who, with her husband, traveled to China to be missionaries. Their work in China is illegal and she and her husband must be extremely circumspect as they work to spread their faith. The story takes her through some difficult times and ultimately lives up to the book's title. (Contact: Call Peter Nichols at 484-432-4548 or nich238@yahoo.com .)

CULTIVATING MINDFULNESS, Saturdays, 10:00 a.m., Parlor
FROM LISA: We will begin with a sitting meditation and also enjoy waling meditation, either inside or outside the building, and guided meditation. We will enjoy silence while tea is served and then have a short dharma discussion. This week we will look deeply at a story the Buddha told about using a raft to get from an undesirable shore to a desirable shore.Without giving too much away, please think about what should/would you do with the raft after arriving on the desirable shore.  (Contact:   Lisa November ; Facebook page:   FoWoMindfu l)

EMMAUS DINNER CHURCH, first and third Sundays, 5:30 p.m., Chapel
Emmaus Dinner Church is a progressive faith community that practices expansive and radical welcome of ALL people, but especially God's LGBTQIA+ beloved. On the first and third Sundays, they gather around table to share a meal, songs, stories, and communion. (Contact: Nathaniel Cook )

FIRST SUNDAY LUNCH BUNCH, Sunday, February 2nd, following worship, location to come On the first Sunday of the month, a group of FCCers heads to a local restaurant to eat and socialize. This is a great way to connect with a great group of folks! Let Faye Swindle or Sall-Ann know if you're going so they will save you a place at the table. (Contact:  Sall-Ann Sauer )

HEART-2-HEART WOMEN'S GROUP, Wednesday, January 22nd, 10:00 a.m. Stay tuned for what's next! (Contact: Rhonda Grundy  or join their Facebook page: Heart2Heart)

MEDITATION ON THE GO, Wednesdays, Chapel, 8:30 a.m. We alternate meditation activities every 10 minutes until 9:30 a.m., so feel free to come and go when the bell sounds. (Ring the doorbell if you arrive after 8:30 a.m. and wait a moment for someone to open the door or call Lisa at 817-807-0890.) (Contact:   Lisa November ; Facebook page:   FoWoMindful )

PRAYER PARTNERS, via email    One of the most valuable gifts we can offer one another and our world is prayer. Prayer requests are shared via email, so this is a good way to connect if you are unable to attend scheduled events. (Contact: Church Office )

LOIS HUNDLEY PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY, First and Third Thursdays, 1:00 p.m., Family Room   If you knit or crochet, you can use your talents to make prayer shawls. These "chicks with sticks" offer handmade gifts to those who need encouragement during difficult times. (Contact:  Linda Bavousett

RECOVERY DHARMA FORT WORTH, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Thursdays, 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, 4:30 p.m., Parlor   Recovery Dharma FW practices ways to free themselves from the suffering of addiction of any kind using Buddhist practices and principles. This is a welcoming peer-led movement and community that approaches recovery from a place of individual and collective empowerment as participants walk the path of recovery together. (Contact: Kevin Woodson )

SOUL SISTERS    Soul Sisters get together every other week and share a meal, do activities, and just enjoy being together. The best way to stay up to date is to check out their Facebook page: Soul Sisters FCC. (Contact:  Kim Haymon )

T'AI CHI, Thursdays, 1:30 p.m., Chapel    T'ai Chi--a type of stylized meditative exercise focusing on stretching and balance--is available to adults and youth. A $30 per month fee is required. Details are available through the instructor. (Contact:  Steve Blostein )

FIRST CONGO UKERS, January 18th, 6:00 p.m., home of Rev. Lee Ann and Lisa The music teams at FCC are gathering together for a party and all ukers have been invited. Ukers meet monthly at a different location to sing and play and socialize. To stay up with the gatherings, be sure to get on their email list. Everyone is welcome from "I've-never-held-a-uke-before" to "I'm-ready-to-go-on-tour!" (Contact:  Laurie Dobson  or join their Facebook page: First Congo Ukers)

SATURDAY YOGA, Saturdays, 1:00 p.m., Parlor There may not be an instructor, but there are DVDs, so come join the group. Everyone is welcome--no matter your yoga experience. (Contact: Sall-Ann Sauer )
Slumber Falls Camps
The Mid-Winter Youth Retreat for high school youth (9th-12th grades) is January 24th-26th. This retreat focuses on how we are growing, developing, and our desire to become. ( Register here .)

Slumber Falls Annual Work Camp will be held on February 7th-9th. Folks are needed to clean, restore, construct, and prepare the facilities for groups and summer camp. In addition, there are ongoing projects that they strive to achieve each year such as cleaning, folding t-shirts, cleaning and repairing flower beds, painting, and power washing. (Register here.)
Please let us know...
FCC's pastoral caregivers want to support you in times of need.

If you are ill, having surgery, or needing meals during recovery, please let the church office know. Rev. Kathy, Rev. Lee Ann, and our pastoral caregivers will support you with prayer, visits, or practical assistance as best we can. Social media is unreliable in communicating need.

Please let us know so that you may receive the support the church wants to provide.
Please Keep in Your Prayers
Our Room in the Inn guests this week: Craig, Clinton Lee, Davey, James, and Clarence
Gayle Tuma and Marla Boswell
Jerri Cunningham and Landon's family
Dana Small
Christa Lyles and family
Terry Lindeman and the family of Mackie
Baby Finn and his family
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SPREAD THE WORD! Share this information with your family and friends who might want to help support our church!
All about FCC
What We Believe
In May 2008, we declared: We, the congregation of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Fort Worth, declare ourselves to be Open and Affirming. We strive to be a congregation that includes all persons, embracing differences of sexual orientation, gender and its expression, marital status, age, mental and physical health and ability, racial and cultural identity or background, and educational or socioeconomic status. We welcome all to share in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities, blessings, and joys of our congregation's life in Christ.
Contact Us
Address: 4201 Trail Lake Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76109
Phone: 817-923-2990
Email: Church Office
Who's Who at FCC
Rev. Lee Ann Bryce , Senior Pastor, Director of FCC Singers
Rev. Kathy Bowser , Pastoral Care Assistant
Laurie Dobson , Office Manager and Director of Communications
Zane Freemyer, Hand Bell Choir Director
Heather Goolsby , Youth Director
Analiese Hill , Children's Director
Joel Penrod , Worship and Arts Planner
Laurie Simmons , Accompanist

FCC on Social Media
Website: fortworthucc.org
Instagram: FirstCongregationalFortWorth
Audio of Rev. Lee Ann's Sermons: Click here.
Sunday's Online Bulletins: bulletin.fortworthucc.org
2020 Committee Chairs

Tracy Hanna , Cabinet Moderator
Veronica Penrod , Cabinet Moderator-Elect
Christy Alvear , Christian Education
Ann Cartwright , Christian Service
Betsy Barbre , Deacons
Suzanne Velte , The Fellowship
Jim Keller , Trustees
Article/Announcement Submissions
Articles for The Comma and announcements for the bulletin must be in to the office via email no later than Wednesday mornings. For events to be published on our Facebook page, please email the office with the details. PLEASE NOTE: Articles and announcements may be edited for length, grammar, etc.
Privacy Policy
We frequently take photos or videos of all the wonderful events happening in our church. If you prefer we do not include photos of you or your family in our bulletin or on social media, please let the church office know. We will be happy to honor your request.
Online Giving
You can make a donation to FCC via Vanco--a UCC online giving website. Here's what to do:
1) Go to our web page fortworthucc.org click on "Giving" menu, then click on the "Give Now" button.
2) Once on the Vanco website, set up an account, and decide where you want your donations to go, how often, and from what account. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Credit/debit transactions incur fees payable to the credit card company. FCC will record the amount less the fees for IRS purposes.