This Sunday, February 16th
YOUTH SUNDAY!
10:00 a.m.

Worship led by First Congregational Youth

"Reconciliation"
Refreshments: Our Youth
February Trustee: Christa Lyles
From Rev. Lee Ann
It doesn’t seem possible, but Lent is just a few short weeks away. I love the sacred seasons of the church year and Lent may just be my favorite. Forty days to be intentional about our interior lives; time to free ourselves from distraction (whatever that may mean for you) and listen deeply to our interior selves. Some of us call that God.

This year we’re offering a very special opportunity near the beginning of Lent to mark the season - Leap into Life: A Pre-Lenten Mindful Meditation Day on Saturday, February 29, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (It’s on leap year day, hence the title – get it?) 

Two spiritual communities housed in our building, First Congregational Church and Cultivating Mindfulness Sangha, are joining together for this very special day. The activities of this half-day retreat are designed to nourish mind, body, and spirit by incorporating wisdom from both Buddhist and Christian traditions. (For more information and to register here. )

Take some time to give attention to yourself and to living life fully. The two are connected, you know.

In peace and purpose,
Rev. Lee Ann
NEXT SUNDAY: Fat Sunday Worship
and Pancake Breakfast!
You won't want to miss worship on Fat Sunday, next week, February 23rd ! Dig out your beads and come join us for a Mardi Gras-themed Sunday filled with great music, lots of ukuleles, a trumpet, kazoos for all, prizes, and oh so much fun! THEN STAY AFTER WORSHIP for a Fat Sunday pancake breakfast courtesy of our A-MA-ZING youth! This is their big fundraiser for the year, so come and support them while enjoying a delicious breakfast.

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Our Ash Wednesday worship service will be on February 26th at 6:30 p.m. This is a meaningful contemplative service that will prepare you for the Lenten season.
Leap into Life:
A Pre-Lenten Mindful Meditation Day
The Education Hour
NURSERY (infants-4 years old, next to Rev. Lee Ann's office)--The nursery is available during worship and the Education Hour. Drop your littles by for play time!

YOUTH (6th-12th grade, Second Floor, Room 203)--The Youth are going to celebrate all of their hard work on Youth Sunday!

ADVENTURE VILLAGE (Kindergarten-5th grade, Second Floor, Room 207)--AdVillians will continue exploring our ancient history. They will take a look at how agriculture and cities begin to appear around 3,000 years ago, and other major events like the beginning of the world's religions, including Christianity.

ADULT ED (Social Hall)--Join Adult Ed as our own Corena White, an instructor at Tarrant County College, continues the discussion on election-related topics.
Lucie Blue Trio
TONIGHT!


You are invited to Embrace UCC for the Lucie Blue Trio's "Citizen Tour" TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. Get ready to laugh and enjoy old and new songs with Lucie Blue, Chelley Seibert and Amelia MELE. 

FCC folks can use the discount code UCC to get tickets for $15 by clicking here. Tickets purchased in advance are $20 and $25 at door. 


February/March Small Groups
FCC BOOK CLUB, Thursday, February 27th, 7:00 p.m., home of Ingrid and Jim Keller    The February selection-- T he Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border  by Francisco Cantu--is a true story telling how Cantu became part of the US Border Patrol in hopes of understanding more of our connection with Mexico and those seeking asylum at our border. This is a timely telling of a powerful story that has been much in the news and on the minds of many recently. (Contact: Peter Nichols, 484-432-4548 or nich238@yahoo.com )

CULTIVATING MINDFULNESS, Saturdays, 10:00 a.m., Parlor
FROM LISA:   This week we will do our silent, walking, and guided meditation,, tea and dharma discussion. This morning, after listening to the news update, I read this quote from Thich Nhat Nahn and it is really resonating with me today: When we get angry, we suffer. If you really understand that, you also will be able to understand that when the other person is angry, it means that she is suffering. When someone insults you or behaves violently towards you, you have to be intelligent enough to see that the person suffers from his own violence and anger. But we tend to forget. We think that we are the only one that suffers, and the other person is our oppressor. This is enough to make anger arise, and to strengthen our desire to punish. We want to punish the other person because we suffer. Then, we have anger in us; we have violence in us, just as they do. When we see that our suffering and anger are no different from their suffering and anger, we will behave more compassionately. So understanding the other is understanding yourself, and understanding yourself is understanding the other person. Everything must begin with you. (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, March 1st, following worship, Tricky Fish ( 5917 Convair Drive off Bryant Irvin) 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 Sauer 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, February 19th, 10:00 a.m. Join H2H as Lisa Day shares what it's like being a CASA volunteer. (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 )

ROOM IN THE INN, Wednesday-Thursday RITI 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 .) If 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. (Contact: Ann Cartwright )

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, Tuesday, February 18th, 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join the ukers as they prepare for our Fat Sunday service. (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 )
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.)
Easy Ways to do Good
HELP THE WELMAN PROJECT

Become a member of The Wellies' Second Saturday Squad! If you're looking for a give-back activity your whole family can do together, then join The Wellies--in the building on the far side of our parking lot--on the second Saturday of every month, from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. You can help them sort supplies, roll fabric, and prep materials. All children are welcome with adult supervision, but since it's a warehouse space, they recommend kids be five or older. To learn more and sign up to volunteer, click  here !

HELP LOCAL REFUGEES

There are always opportunities at Refugee Services of Texas! Here are current needs:

  • RST is partnering with World Relief to create a GIRL GROUP! They are still in the planning stages of what this group will look like, but it will meet Monday or Wednesday evenings in Ladera Palms Apartments (near TCC south campus). This is a great way to mentor and connect with young female refugees. Men and women are welcome to volunteer.
  • Individually packaged children's snacks (Goldfish, cookies, etc.) 
  • Electronics (WiFi enabled TVs, tablets, laptops, computers)
  • Bikes for adults and children 
  • Microwave
  • Couch/Sofa/Love Seat
  • Coffee Table 
  • Blankets
  • $10-$50 gift cards to Walmart, Big Lots, etc. 

You can always have items shipped directly to the RST office through our Amazon wish list  here ! ( NOTE: There are inexpensive items on the Amazon wish list like a $10 sewing kit that would make a big difference for a woman who is learning to sew to help support her family. )

If you have any questions, contact Tess Edmonds .

RECYCLE
Crayola has launched Crayola ColorCycle that allows used Crayola markers to be collected and repurposed. The Welman Project (housed in the Ken Davis Hall--the building on the other side of our parking lot) has a collection bin for used Crayola markers. So don't toss them--donate them! (And if the Wellies are not open, just drop your markers by the office with a note that says "Welman.")
One small way to help both the environment and little animals is by repurposing your used mascara wands.

Appalachian Wildlife Refuge uses mascara wands to help remove eggs and larva from the fur of animals. There is a container in the office to receive your donations (by the window). Contact Laurie if you have any questions.
ATTEND A LOCAL
CLIMATE STRIKE
Join like-minded folks for a climate protest to bring awareness to the citizens of Fort Worth and Tarrant County about climate change and to demand action by our government. Climate strikes are held weekly on Fridays at 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. at 1621 University Drive, just south of I-30 by Starbucks. The next major protest will be on Saturday, February 29th, at 3:00 p.m., at Trinity Park Pavilion #1, 2201 West 7th Street.
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
Martha Salvato
Ethan Goolsby
The family of Rabbi Jennifer Gravitz
Pat Parker
Our Room in the Inn guests this week: Lee, Van, Donald, Rod, Felix
Dana Small
Baby Finn and his family
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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 Committees

The Cabinet is responsible for managing the affairs of the church. They decide on church policy, oversee the finances, and manage all church committees and events. If you have any ideas, questions, or concerns about our church, please contact Tracy Hanna , Cabinet Moderator or Veronica Penrod , Cabinet Moderator-Elect.

Christian Education oversees the Sunday morning Education Hour and works alongside our Adult Ed, youth, and children’s directors to keep our education program going. If you have an idea for a program or speaker, please contact Christy Alvear , Christian Education Chair.

Christian Service plans and oversees the benevolence and social action plans of our church. If there is an issue you would like our church to be made aware of or become a part of, contact Ann Cartwright , Christian Service Chair.

Deacons work closely with Rev. Lee Ann and are responsible for weekly worship services, special services, and evangelism. If you have any ideas or questions, please contact Betsy Barbre , Deacons Chair.

Trustees are responsible for the care of our building and grounds, and manage the financial affairs of the church. If you see an area needing improvement inside or outside of our building, or have questions about finances, please contact Jim Keller , Trustees Chair.
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.