This Sunday, March 17th
Second Sunday of Lent
10:00 a.m.
Worship led by Rev. Lee Ann Bryce

"Earth: Grounded in God"

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Refreshments: Dana Small and Maria Linares
March Trustee: Ken Penrod
From Rev. Lee Ann
We began Lent last week in the traditional way – a contemplative gathering with ashes placed on the forehead. Each person wrote down his or her focus for the next 40-day Lenten spiritual intensive, then we read them aloud. (The responses were anonymous.) All the responses are posted on the bulletin board outside the Sanctuary, but here are a few:

  • “appreciate what I have, where I am, and who I am”
  • “become more accepting of people with other political views”
  • “stop wasting my time and talents on meaningless and trivial things”
  • “releasing anger”
  • “value each day – and how you might give yourself away to others during that day”

Sunday worship experiences during Lent are designed to help us pay attention to ourselves, to God, to each other, to all of creation. The insights of Celtic Christianity provide a Lenten framework for our reflection. Over the next four weeks, we’ll encounter creation guided by the four elements: earth, wind, fire, and water. 

We begin this Sunday with Mother Earth. Weather permitting, we’ll go outside during worship for a short, silent meander around our beautiful property to listen for how God might speak to us through the sweeping beauty of live oaks, the bustle of wildlife, the sun, wind, dirt, and all the beauty that surrounds us on our little piece of the prairie. (Alternate plans provided for those who prefer to stay inside.)

I hope you’ll be there. You might find that the voice of God is heard differently in community than in solitude.

In the meantime, here’s a little something to help you remember our Lenten theme:
Sharing the Lenten Journey,
Rev. Lee Ann
Spring Church Work Day
Next Saturday, March 23rd
It might not feel like it, but spring is coming, and that means our spring church work day is coming, too! Please join us next Saturday, March 23rd , at 9:00 a.m., as we spruce up our building and grounds for Easter and the change of seasons.

There will be a sign-up sheet available this Sunday so you can see what tasks need to be done and what tools to bring. After a few hours of work, there will be pizza for lunch...because there is always pizza!
Tret Fure in Concert at FCC!
House on the Hill Concerts at FCC is proud to welcome contemporary singer/songwriter Tret Fure on Friday, April 12th, at 8:00 p.m.

Tret has released 16 albums and CDs over the course of her 48-year career. Her latest release--”Roses in November”--is a stunning collection of songs that has been on the Folk DJ charts for the past six months. (Click here to listen to music from her current album.)

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.
Holy Week Schedule
MAUNDY THURSDAY: We will have our annual Maundy Thursday Dinners on April 18th . Details to come.

GOOD FRIDAY: On Good Friday, April 19th , there will be a special gathering in which our youth--who have been part of the Embark program--will present their projects. More to come.

EASTER SUNDAY: Please join on us Sunday, April 21st , for Easter Sunday. In addition to our flowering Easter cross, there will also be an Easter egg hunt for our littles and a scavenger hunt for our youth. It is always a meaningful service and we hope you'll join us.
Chancel and Hand Bell Choir Meeting
Rev. Lee Ann will meet with the members of the Chancel and Hand Bell choirs on Wednesday, April 20th, at 7:00 p.m., to discuss the hopes and dreams for our church's music ministry.
The Education Hour
Adventure Villagers will meet upstairs in the Adventure Village classroom to circle, story tell, share, and then head outside for a nature walk around our church grounds. Please dress accordingly, and bring gloves in case kids want to pick up trash! 

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Youth are getting together for something fun and fabulous... because that's what they do!

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Adult Ed welcomes Dr. Nadia Lahutsky this Sunday and next for “What Do We Know about Mary Magdalene?”--a look at the life and legacy of Mary Magdalene.
 
A native of northeast Ohio, Nadia’s life has been a case of working her way south and west. She has the B.A. from Hiram College (Ohio) and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University (Nashville). In January, she retired after 38 years of teaching at TCU, most recently finishing as long-term chair of the Religion Department. Her field is the History of Christianity, with special interest in modern Roman Catholicism and women in Christian traditions.
Saturday Yoga is Back!
The SaturYAY yoga gals have decided to continue meeting on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. in the Parlor. Until they get a yoga teacher, they will be using DVDs. Everyone is welcome--no matter your yoga experience. If you have a question, contact Sall-Ann .
Mark Your Calendar!
Fundraiser for the South Central Alliance of Churches , Tuesday, March 26th, at the Corner Bakery (Hulen and Bellaire streets). More info to come.

Sall-Ann Sauer is creating an FCC team to participate in this year's cleanup on Saturday, March 30th , from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Last year's cleanup removed 140,000 pounds of trash from our local communities. This is a great way to get some exercise, and do something good. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join in--everyone is welcome! If interested, email Sall-Ann or text her at 817-688-1221 (be sure to state your name in your text).
March Small Groups
BEGers (Border Eating Group), first Sunday of each month, On the Border Restaurant, (4411 Bryant Irvin Road) Eat, drink, socialize, and have a percentage of the cost of your meal and beverage donated to the church choir! (Contact:  Sall-Ann Sauer )

FCC BOOK CLUB, Thursday, March 28th, 7:00 p.m., home of Ingrid and Jim Keller The March selection is **DO-OVER BOOK** Becoming by Michelle Obama.  This is a sensitive look into who Michelle Obama is and the forces that made her. It is not as much about being a political wife as it is about growing up in a black neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago; her education; her career both--before and after meeting Barack; and most of all being a mother and her own woman in a very bright spotlight that was not of her choosing.   You are always invited to join the book club for lively conversation, stimulating thought, and good fellowship--even if you didn't read the book. (Contact: Peter Nichols, 484-432-4548)

CULTIVATING MINDFULNESS, Wednesdays, **NEW TIME 8:30 a.m.** , Chapel; Saturdays, 10:00 a.m., Parlor Wednesday CM starts with 15-20 minutes of guided meditation, then stay or go as the bell rings every 10 minutes. **PLEASE NOTE: For the safety of the preschool, the front door will be locked. To enter the building for Wednesday CM after 8:30 a.m., please text or call Lisa at 817-807-0890.**

Saturday CM practices different styles of meditation--guided, walking, and sitting--in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as having informal discussion during tea time. (Contact:   Lisa November ; Facebook page:   FoWoMindful )

EMMAUS DINNER CHURCH, ***First and Third Sundays*** , 5:30 p.m., Chapel Emmaus Dinner Church is a queer, progressive, radically welcoming faith community for those who may not feel seen; or who want community, but have never felt accepted in religious spaces; or who just want to eat dinner with other like-minded individuals. (Contact:   Avery Belyeu )

THE FELLOWSHIP The Fellowship has begun meeting quarterly. Here is the remainder of their spring 2019 schedule:  March 26th --a trip to Clark Gardens, and  May 28th --a trip to the Modern. Everyone is welcome to join them. (Contact: Suzanne Velte )

GUY TIME, Saturday, March 30th, 9:00 a.m., Ol' South Pancake House (University Drive) Meet up at Ol' South for breakfast with a great group of guys. (Contact:   Eric Dobson )

HEART-2-HEART WOMEN'S GROUP, Wednesday, March 27th, 10:00 a.m. The gals are headed to Ridgmar Place for a tour by fellow H2H'er Linda Wells! (Contact: Rhonda Grundy  or join their Facebook page: Heart2Heart)

JUST ACTION     Here is your opportunity to take action and help affect change toward a more equitable, just, and peaceful kin'dom of God. To stay updated join their Facebook page at  FCCJustAction . (Contact:  Joel Penrod )

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Silent Death Penalty Vigil, Thursday, March 28th, 5:30 p.m. On the day of an execution, we gather for the 30 minutes leading up to the execution either at the bottom of our hill with protest signs (weather permitting) or in the Chapel. There is a short liturgy and then a time of silence. (Please check the FCC Just Action or church Facebook page on the day of an execution to see if the execution has been rescheduled or stayed.)

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: the 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

REFUGE RECOVERY FORT WORTH, Monday, 6:30 p.m. (women only), Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Thursdays, 7:00 p.m., Saturdays, 11:30 a.m., and Sundays, 4:30 p.m., Parlor   Refuge Recovery is a non-theistic, Buddhist-inspired approach to recovery from addictions of all kinds. Weekly peer-led meetings include guided meditation, group sharing, and discussion. (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:  Audrey Meza )

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 )

TRANS TARRANT, first Thursday of the month, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Trans Tarrant provides support and resources to transgender and gender-variant individuals and their families in Tarrant County. They meet at FCC for a potluck dinner. For more info, email TransTarrant@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page: TransTarrant

FIRST CONGO UKERS, **Monthly, location varies**  Ukers are now going to meet monthly at a different location each month. 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 as they continue the yoga program. (Maybe there will be an instructor in the future...maybe not!) (Contact: Sall-Ann Sauer )
61st Annual SCC Women's Retreat
You are invited to Be All You Can Be  at the 2019 South Central Conference Women's Retreat at Slumber Falls Camp in New Braunfels on April 26th-28th.

  • Connect with God together as women of faith in a beautiful natural setting;
  • focus on how to be the best you can be by relying on Christ and getting past the "I can't's" and focusing in on the "God can's"; 
  • worship and participate in fun activities and workshops to support spiritual renewal and growth;
  • eat freshly prepared meals and enjoy a morning coffee bar;
  • get inspiration from guest speaker, Rev. Gale Kennebrew; and
  • visit the outlets (on your own time).

The cost is $100. Click here for more information and to register.
North Texas Association
Women’s Division Spring 2019 Meeting
You are invited to the NTA Women's Division Spring Meeting on Saturday, March 23rd , at 10:00 a.m., at St. Paul’s UCC (117 Gerald Lane, Elm Mott, TX 76640). A member of the McLennan County Sheriff’s Department will present a program on safety. The meal will be catered by Dickey’s Barbeque Pit and will cost $10 per person. Please RSVP to Sandra Leuschner (254-753-8632) by March 18th. 
The Passing of Bob McGuire
We were saddened to learn of the passing of long-time FCC member Bob McGuire last Thursday, March 7th. Bob was a part of our church family until he moved to Dallas a few years ago. He had begun having health concerns and wanted to be near his family. The funeral will be in Dallas and we will send an email when we have the details.
Please Keep in Your Prayers
Matthew Gibbons
Shawn Thelen
Gary and Janna Ferguson
The Goolsbys
The children of Heather Gooslby's sister-in-law
Guenevere, O'Ryan, and Mia
Melissa Gibbons
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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
Rev. Kathy Bowser , Pastoral Care Assistant
Laurie Dobson , Office Manager and Director of Communications
Heather Goolsby , Youth Director
Analiese Hill , Children's Director
Joel Penrod , Worship and Arts Planner
Laurie Simmons , Accompanist
Chris Wilson , Music Director
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
2019 Committee Chairs

Shelby Shafer , Cabinet Moderator
Tracy Hanna , Cabinet Moderator-Elect
Ingrid Keller , Christian Education
Ann Cartwright , Christian Service
Mike Nichols , Deacons
Suzanne Velte , The Fellowship
Carol Burnett , Trustees
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