This Sunday, April 14th
Sixth Sunday of Lent
10:00 a.m.
Worship led by Rev. Lee Ann Bryce

"The Stations of the Cross"

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Refreshments: Priscilla Villamil
April Trustee: Jackie Johnson
From Rev. Lee Ann
Holy Week is here. It begins this Sunday with the children’s palm processional. In worship we’ll be guided by story, music, and image to ponder how the sacred story of Jesus’ final days resonates with our own lives. 

On Thursday, April 18th, we’ll gather in various homes to enjoy a meal and an informal time of being together. At the end of the evening, we’ll all share the bread and cup using a common liturgy. (Over 70 people from the congregation are currently signed up for meals, but there’s room for more. Email the church office by Monday if you’d like to participate in a meal.)

On Good Friday, April 19th, at 6:30 p.m., the youth who have participated in the Embark spiritual formation class this fall will present a project expressing something of their spiritual perspective at this point in their lives. It could be a dance, a piece of art, a story, a food thoughtfully prepared. Anything that reveals something deeper in them. 

And then, after a week of intentional, thoughtful spiritual reflection, we gather for a celebration. Easter Sunday is a highlight of the church year – joy-filled and satisfying – with the enduring and hopeful sacred story, beautiful music, celebration in community. Oh, and Easter eggs. Lots of Easter eggs.

Don’t miss out on your chance to participate in one or all of these events. And during the coming week, and always, may the peace of Christ surround and nurture you, step by step even through your most difficult days.

I am so grateful to walk with you.
Rev. Lee Ann
Tret Fure in Concert at FCC
TOMORROW!
House on the Hill Concerts at FCC is proud to welcome contemporary singer/songwriter Tret Fure tomorrow, Friday, April 12th, at 8:00 p.m. ( Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.)

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.)
Help Us Fill AdVill Eggs


 EGG STUFFINGS NEEDED!

We need donations of coins, individually wrapped candy, tattoos, and stickers to fill the eggs for the Easter egg hunt. There is a basket in the foyer to receive donations.
Holy Week Schedule
MAUNDY THURSDAY: We will have our annual Maundy Thursday Dinners on April 18th . This year's hosts will be Rhonda Grundy (east side of town); Veronica and Joel Penrod (west side of town); Shelby and Bart Shafer and Heather and Brian Goolsby (kids and youth); and Lisa November and Rev. Lee Ann (newcomers). The event is potluck with a special communion service held after the meal. NOTE: You are free to choose which host and location you prefer.

***Please email the church office no later than Monday, April 15th, if you'd like to attend and which location you prefer.***

GOOD FRIDAY: On Good Friday , April 19th , 6:30 p.m., there will be a special presentation given by our youth who have participated in the Embark program. Embark is a journey of spiritual questioning where our youth learned about such topics as the Christian faith, world religions, the legacy of FCC, and service to others. Participants were asked to create something that is a reflection or interpretation of what they learned, and those presentations will be made--gallery style--on Good Friday. Everyone is encouraged and invited to attend.

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.
Racists Anonymous at FCC
April 28th-May 19th
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?

Beginning on Sunday, April 28th , during the Education Hour, FCC will host a Racists Anonymous Group that operates under the same principles as Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs. The group will be 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.
SCAC Day at Corner Bakery Cafe
Tuesday, April 23rd
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 .
Day One Documentary
Refugee Services of Texas is hosting a screening of the documentary Day One on Wednesday, April 17th , at 6:30 p.m., at the Sid W. Richardson Lecture Hall 2.

Day One follows a group of teens from war zones in the Middle East and Africa as they are resettled in St. Louis and enrolled at Nahed Chapman New American Academy, a unique school in the St. Louis Public Schools system for refugees only. Traumatized on their arrival — having survived war and years in refugee camps — the kids are guided through an incredible program of healing, PTSD intervention, education, and adjustment by the school’s passionate and talented educators. Filmed over the course of a year, Day One follows the kids as they progress through their layers of grief and loss while attending school, forging new friendships, and preparing to be mainstreamed into “regular” public high school with the support and mentorship of their compassionate teachers and advocates. ( Click here to see the movie's trailer.)
The Education Hour
Adventure Villagers will meet upstairs in the Adventure Village classroom where they will talk about Palm Sunday.

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Youth are getting together to continue their Lenten discussion.

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Adult Ed welcomes back our own Rev. Peter Nichols to talk about the United Church of Christ. Have you wondered, "What is this United Church of Christ?" The class will continue exploring who we are as a part of the North Texas Association locally, the wider South Central Conference, and the history of the United Church of Christ which has been around even before there was a United States of America. Peter will keep it light while sharing who we are, where we come from, and how we are organized in the UCC.

Peter Nichols is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. His face may not be familiar because in retirement (since moving back to Texas) he has been an interim minister at Friedens UCC in Geronimo (near New Braunfels); at First Community UCC in Dallas; and most recently at St. Paul's E&R Church, also in Dallas. Peter is married to Betty, and they have three daughters, including Christy Alvear and her husband and daughters who are part of this congregation. Peter grew up in Ohio; met Betty at College in Abilene; and is a graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He has served churches in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas. He has served in many parts of the wider church and looks forward to sharing some of these stories with you.  
April Small Groups
FCC BOOK CLUB, Thursday, April 25th, 7:00 p.m. The April selection is a mystery thriller-- Where the Crawdads Sing  by Delia Owens. It's all about a "Marsh Girl" who is a mysterious figure, a combination of local lore and surprising fact. When a murder occurs in Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the coast of North Carolina, the Marsh Girl is the immediate suspect. She turns out to be a real person, Kya Clark, but as in all mysteries, what seems obvious is not. 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 Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. in the Chapel or Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. in the Meditation Room 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 call Lisa November (817-807-0890) when you arrive at the front door and she will let you in.

This Saturday, we will have our regular sangha time with a longer period of sitting and guided meditation, and walking meditation for about 10 minutes. We will also have a guided meditation about the Five Mindfulness Trainings. Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us that these Five Mindfulness Trainings are like the North Star, guiding us on the path of inter-being and helping us to increase our understanding, gratitude, and compassion, and decrease our intolerance, anger, fear, and despair. The Five Trainings are: Reverence for Life, True Happiness, True Love, Loving Speech and Deep Listening, and Nourishment and Healing. (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 on May 28th and take a trip to the Modern. 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, THIS Saturday, April 13th, 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, April 24th, 10:00 a.m. It's time to get your craft on as Laurie Dobson shows the group how to make something fun! (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

  • TONIGHT'S SCHEDULED EXECUTION HAS BEEN STAYED, SO NO VIGIL.

  • Silent Death Penalty Vigil, Wednesday, April 24th, 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

**UPDATE** FIRST CONGO UKERS, Saturday, April 27th, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., home of Eileen and Phil Gilmore (420 Cavender Court, Hurst, TX 76054) 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
The Coalition for Aging LGBT invites you to join them on 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.
Grief and Loss Symposium
TOMORROW
Christian Care Hospice, in conjunction with Dementia Friendly Fort Worth, and James L. West Alzheimer's Center, is hosting a Grief and Loss Symposium on Friday, April 12th, from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. You will hear experts in the area of grief share personal stories and experiences with families, as they cover topics such as children’s grief, caregiver and patient grief, along with an open panel discussion on presenting bad news. For more information, please visit their website at and select the “Grief & Loss Symposium” tab, or call 817-496-4730.
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.
Please Keep in Your Prayers
Shawn Hobbs
Stacy Roberts
The families of Bob McGuire, Dorothy Blackman, and Kay Westendorf
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

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

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.