This Sunday, May 5th
10:00 a.m.
Worship led by Rev. Lee Ann Bryce

"Resurrecting Jesus"

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Refreshments: Sall-Ann Sauer
May Trustee: Karen Weller
From Rev. Lee Ann
Religion is linked to racism. At least according to the compelling analysis of USC’s Wendy Wood. She analyzed 55 different studies on religion and racism in America dating back to the Civil Rights Act. The study did not find that religion causes racism, but that religion is fertile soil for it.

Anne Lamott puts it this way, “You can safely say you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out God hates all the same people you do.” 

Bottom line – if your practice of religion doesn’t shape you to care for people you might otherwise dismiss, then your religion, Christian or other, is simply a structure to reinforce your biases. It’s not religion at all.

On Sunday, we’ll continue our exploration of systemic injustice, like racism, and those who are impacted by it. I’m currently taking a class at the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office about our local criminal justice system and on Sunday I’ll share some observations.

Systemic injustice, the ways people in power devise systems to retain power, is perhaps the single greatest cause of suffering. Jesus lived and died on behalf of those who were victimized by unjust systems.

And as we learn to care about the things he cared about, he lives again in us.

In peace and purpose,
Rev. Lee Ann
Ordination of Gihan Farag
This Sunday
You are invited to the ordination of Gihan Farag this Sunday, May 5th, at 3:00 p.m., here at FCC. Gihan will be ordained into the United Church of Christ, and installed as First Congregational Church’s Community Outreach Advocate. Guests include clergy and members from across the North Texas Association of the South Central Conference of the United Church of Christ and from Brite Divinity School. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate this joyful occasion!
The Fellowship at The Modern
this Tuesday
The Fellowship will gather for the last time until fall this Tuesday, May 7th. They will be going to the Modern Art Museum for a docent-led tour, then lunch. Meet in the church parking lot at 9:45 a.m. to carpool or meet Suzanne Velte in the lobby of the museum. (Let Suzanne know if you plan to meet her at the museum.) Admission is $16 or $12 for seniors. Suzanne’s membership allows her to invite a guest for FREE, so “First One Gets the Prize."
Racists Anonymous
at FCC this Sunday
Could it be that we are all just a little bit racist? Could this be the reason that wherever we go, racism always seems to be there as well? Could this be the reason that racism and religious and ethnic intolerance seems to appear in nearly all nations where ethnic and religious differences exist? Could it be that racism is a primitive behavior like cannibalism except, for some reason, we’ve not quite yet overcome racism?

Each Sunday through May 19th during the Education Hour, FCC is hosting a Racists Anonymous Group that operates under the same principles as Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs. The group is led by members of the congregation and is open to the church and community. The goal of RA is not to change others. The goal of RA is to, with God’s help, eliminate racism in ourselves.
FCC Emergency Response Team
and Church Safety Training
Saturday, May 18th
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Social Hall

First Congregational Church will host a free four-hour training course in Stop the Bleed (STB), CPR, and Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE)--all skills aimed at empowering bystanders, through proper training, to intervene in an emergency until professional help arrives. The course is presented jointly by the Harris Hospital Trauma Administration staff and the Fort Worth Police Department.  Note: By necessity, some of the training slides and videos are graphic.

  • Stop the Bleed (STB) is national awareness campaign that teaches community members how to render immediate, potentially life-saving medical aid in the event of a bleeding emergency.
  • There will also be a training segment to learn critical hands-only CPR skills.
  • Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) is a course that teaches individuals in the community how to prepare for, and defend themselves during active shooter events. 

If you would like to attend, please contact the office .
The Education Hour
Adventure Village

Head on up to Adventure Village to continue talking about racism.

Youth

There are some cool happenings in the youth room on Sunday! You'll have to stop by to find out what Heather has planned!

Adult Ed

Adult Ed will begin Racists Anonymous. (See above article for more information.)
May Small Groups
FCC BOOK CLUB, Thursday, May 23rd, 7:00 p.m., at the home of Rhonda Grundy This month's book is  Born a Crime   by Trevor Noah, the host of "The Daily Show." The "crime" is that Trevor was born in South Africa to a black mother and a white father.  The Guardian sums it up, saying, " Born a Crime  does more to expose apartheid - its legacy, its pettiness, its small-minded stupidity and its damage - than any other recent history or academic text." At the same time, this book contains moving stories that will leave you laughing. We hope you will join us this month. 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, Chapel, 8:30 a.m.; Saturdays, 10:00 a.m., Parlor Please join us for walking, sitting, and guided meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Our Wednesday group consists of 10-minute periods of silence, walking, and guided meditation on a "come-and- go" basis. So if you have anywhere between 10 and 60 minutes for meditation, please come join us! It's that easy. Just ring when you arrive at the front door and you will be let in. This Saturday, we will talk about the Plum Blossom Retreat this past week in Austin. (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 will meet again this Tuesday, May 7th, and take a trip to the Modern. (See above article.) Everyone is welcome to join them. (Contact: Suzanne Velte )

FIRST SUNDAY LUNCH BUNCH, May 5th, Tina's Cocina (961 West Magnolia Avenue), following the Education Hour On the first Sunday of the month, a group of FCCers head to a local restaurant to eat and socialize. This is a great way to stay connected with a great group of folks! (Contact:  Sall-Ann Sauer )

GUY TIME, Saturday, May 25th, 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, May 8th, time to come. H2H is heading to Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth for a free mini-concert and meet-and-greet with legendary Mexican ensemble Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán. (Contact: Rhonda Grundy  or join their Facebook page: Heart2Heart)

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, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. (women only), 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--Stay tuned for info on the May gathering! 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 for now, but there are DVDs, so come join the group. Everyone is welcome--no matter your yoga experience. (Contact: Sall-Ann Sauer )
Spectrum Ensemble Concert
benefiting the Coalition for Aging LGBT
this Saturday
The Coalition for Aging LGBT invites you to join them this Saturday, May 4th for Spectrum Ensemble's premier concert at Denton Black Box Theater in Denton. Spectrum Ensemble is celebrating the start of their journey advocating for increased LGBTQ representation in classical music. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Coalition.

In this program, Spectrum Ensemble will perform world premieres of works specially commissioned by four wonderful Queer composers who produce some of the most exciting new music of our time, along with some of your favorite composers like Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber. 

By drawing attention to the lineage of Queer composers through the last century, Spectrum Ensemble shines a new light on the significance of LGBTQA+ individuals in the world of classical music.

Tickets at the door: $20 for adults, $10 for students with ID, Kids 12 and under free.
From The Master's Workshop
Dear Churches of the North Texas Association:

Congregations, women’s groups, and Family Night Suppers raised a total of $1,077 last year for The Master’s Workshop Camp Pantry Fund. Each and every donation was greatly appreciated. These gifts provide nourishing meals for campers and staff while keeping registration fees as low as possible. To ensure a successful 2019 Christian camping season, we are asking for your monetary donations so quantity items may be purchased economically. To make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to:
"NTA Women’s Division, Pantry Fund" and mail to: Margaret Abel, 446 FM 2307, Marlin, Texas 76661-6483.

The Camp Advisory Board administers the Christian camping program. The NTA Men’s Fellowship (Ronnie Durham, president) oversees the maintenance of the camp including the lodge, conference center, tabernacle, cabins, swimming pool, grounds, and caretaker’s home. The Women’s Division (Liz Smiley, president) conducts the Pantry Fund drive and supports the camping
program though volunteers and donations.

All forms for registration are now online at www.tmwcamp.com Please encourage your children and youth to attend. Thank you for your support. The Master’s Workshop Camp depends on the generosity of all our churches.

2019 Camp Schedule

June 23rd-28th: Leaders of Tomorrow Camp, 7th-12th Graders
July 7th-11th: Sports Camp, 5th-8th Graders
July 14th-19th: Discovers Camp, 4th-6th Graders
July 21st-24th: Young Seekers Camp, 1st-3rd Graders

Sincerely,
NTA Women’s Division & The Master’s Workshop
Camp Advisory Board
Please Keep in Your Prayers
Ethan Goolsby
Veronica Penrod and family
Guenevere, O'Ryan, and Mia
Shawn Hobbs
Shawn Thelen
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

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
Articles for The Comma and Bulletin Announcements

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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. 

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