This Sunday, July 14th
10:00 a.m.
Worship led by Rev. Lee Ann Bryce

"Bravery in an Unsafe World"

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Refreshments: Smith Hanna family
July Trustee: Ken Penrod
From Rev. Lee Ann

Tell me the truth. Do you ever sit in worship on Sunday morning and idly wonder, “How safe are we?” Sometimes I do.

There is almost nothing that can be done in life without at least a remote possibility of threat. Venturing into any public space – pulling out into traffic, a trip to the grocery store, going to school or to church – means that a dangerous situation might occur. Of course, the chances are extremely rare, but we know it is possible.

One aspect of life, then, is about coming to terms with that reality; learning to manage risk as best we can; not letting it control your life, but being as prepared as possible. It’s about learning to be brave given the reality of an unsafe world. 

On Sunday, we’ll talk about what that means in the context of church. Should an emergency situation unfold, quick actions might just make the difference between life and death. Please try and be present. The more of us who are even a little prepared, the better.

You might also want to check out this video:


It is produced by the FBI and it outlines some general guidelines to follow in an active shooter scenario. No one likes to think of that possibility, but let’s take care of ourselves and each other. Let’s do what we can to manage the reality of risk.

in peace,
Rev. Lee Ann
QUICK POLL
HOW OFTEN DO YOU (OR YOUR KIDS) EAT/DRINK FROM THE REFRESHMENT TABLE ON SUNDAY MORNINGS?
OFTEN
OCCASIONALLY
NEVER
Courts and Ports
The Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy/Texas Impact has begun a program called Courts & Ports: Faithful Witness on the Texas-Mexico Border.
It is a two-day immersion experience that engages people of faith to witness firsthand the legal and law enforcement processes related to immigration, detention, and deportation occurring in South Texas.

FCC has a growing list of folks who are interested in making a trip to the Texas border with the Courts and Ports program. 

The group(s) can be a maximum of eight and a minimum of two. Participants are responsible for getting to Brownsville, then paying the $300 fee which includes almost all your meals and two nights in a hotel (double occupancy). There is a closing worship service on Tuesday evening, so you may choose to stay a third night.

If you would like to go, but have not yet contacted Rev. Lee Ann or the church office, please let the office know and we can put you in touch with those already planning to go. You can register for the dates and times that work for you by clicking here.
South Central Alliance
July Donations

FCC is part of the South Central Alliance of Churches, helping our neighbors who need extra support. In the month of July, FCC will help stock the pantry for SCAC. The greatest need at this time is for feminine hygiene products and adult incontinence underwear. There is a basket in the foyer to receive your donations.
SCAC Fundraiser
Tuesday, July 23rd
Refugee Services needs donations...
Refugee Services of Texas is having a Summer Health Workshop next week and they need donations of:

  • sunglasses (10 needed) 
  • sunscreen (10 bottles needed)
  • reusable water bottles (10 needed) 
  • hats (10 needed) 
  • life jackets (10 needed) 

They also have a need for:

  • bikes (new or used) 
  • a bookcase 
  • car seat for a newborn (2 needed) 

If you are able to donate any of the following, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Myrah Osmani  at mosmani@rstx.org   or 817-522-4714. 
DFW Parents of Transgender Kids
DWF Parents of Transgender Kids is a local support group servicing the DFW/North Texas area, and is made up of like-minded parents who love and support their transgender, queer, or non-gender conforming children. The group works to become better educated on medical interventions, legal, educational, and political issues, and to support the children and parents.They are fierce and passionate, and come from all walks of life for the common purpose of loving, protecting, and supporting their children in a world that is sometimes not as reciprocating.

The group will be meeting here at FCC on Saturday, July 27th, from noon-4:00 p.m. Contact the office if you'd like to connect with the group.
Please help us stay pest free...
In order to keep our building pest free, we are asking that food/drink or empty food/drink containers not be left in trash cans overnight or over the weekend.

Deacons empty the trash around the refreshment table on Sundays, so it helps when folks throw their trash away after worship.

The kitchen and Social Hall trash are emptied nightly during the week by the preschool, but they are not emptied after the school closes or on weekends. Please take any leftovers directly to the dumpster. We very much appreciate your help.
Youth Summer Schedule
Sunday youth time is over, but the gang is getting together all throughout the summer! Take a look at what's on the schedule:

THIS MONDAY! July 15th - Family Game and Grill Night!
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at FCC
Bring your favorite board game and a side dish to share.
(Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided.) 

August - Free Play, Lunch, and a Movie!
Date and time to come
           
August 24th - Back to School Swim!
5:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

Any questions? Contact our youth director, Heather Goolsby .
All about Social Security and Medicare
Social Engagement Committee Tarrant County
presents a free seminar on
 Social Security & Medicare 101
                   
Preparing for Retirement and Social Security
Medicare & You - Enrolling in Medicare

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Celebration Community Church
908 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76104
 
  • If you are 55+ and planning your retirement future;
  • if you will be 65 in the next 6 months; or
  • if you assist friends or family with business decisions, then
you are invited to join us and hear from the experts!
 
PREPARING FOR RETIREMENT - SOCIAL SECURITY
Speakers:  Sam Perry, Director, MFS & Ashley Bloom, Edward Jones

  • How retirement benefits are calculated
  • Benefits for individuals, married couples, and divorcees
  • Taxes and your retirement plan 
  • When should I take Social Security if I still work?
 
MEDICARE & YOU! ENROLLING IN MEDICARE
Speakers:  Mike Torres, Director of the Agency for Retired, Elderly & Disabled
                   
  • What is Medicare?               
  • Who can get Medicare?                    
  • What does Medicare cover?       
  • How much does Medicare cost?
  • When and where can I enroll?
  • When can I change coverage?
  • What if I have insurance now?
  • Where can I go for help?
                         
Sponsor:  Ashley Bloom, Edward Jones
RSVP:   sectarrantcounty@gmail.com     
Enter: RSVP 101 Program - (Your Name)

Coalition for Aging LGBT Website: cfa.lgbt           
Facebook: Coalition for Aging LGBT (Tarrant County) 
Punch Bowl Social
benefiting PFLAG
Punch Bowl Social is a new restaurant opening in the West 7th Street corridor on Saturday, July 27th. Their grand opening, private-ticketed party is from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. The cost is $20/person, and  100% of ticket sales will go to benefit PFLAG Fort Worth!

You will be treated to food, drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and games during the party. PFLAG board members will be on hand to welcome you. It will be a safe space for  everyone.  

For information click here. To purchase tickets, click here.
July Small Groups
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. If you have anywhere between 10 and 60 minutes for meditation, please join us! (Ring the doorbell when you arrive at the front door and you will be let in.)

For Saturday: Tony Hernandez will lead the group on Saturday. Here is a beautiful, mindful poem for you:

Here is the road: the light
comes and goes then returns again.
Be gentle with your fellow travelers
as they move through the world of stone and stars
whirling with you yet every one alone.
The road waits.
Do not ask questions but when it invites you
to dance at daybreak, say yes.
Each step is the journey; a single note the song.

"Here Is the Road" by Arlene Gay Levine, from Wishing You Well: "Prayers and Poems for Comfort, Healing, and Recovery. Edited by June Cotner. © Loyola Press, 2005.
(Contact:   Lisa November ; Facebook page:   FoWoMindful )

FIRST SUNDAY LUNCH BUNCH, Sunday, August 4th, location to come, following worship 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 connect with a great group of folks! Let Dee Penrod, 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 )

GUY TIME, Saturday July 27th, 9:00 a.m., Ol' South Pancake House (University Drive) Meet up at Ol' South for breakfast with a great group of guys. The last Guy Time will be August 17th. (Contact:   Eric Dobson )

HEART-2-HEART WOMEN'S GROUP, Wednesday, July 17th, 10:00 a.m., Chapel It's always a surprise with H2H! (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: 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

NOTE: There will no longer be a Saturday gathering REFUGE RECOVERY FORT WORTH, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. (women only), Thursdays, 7:00 p.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 )

ROOM IN THE INN, Wednesdays-Thursdays RITI is a ministry of love and compassion and we need your help in July and August. Please consider one of these positions at least once during the summer: inn set-up, pick-up driver, dinner provider, greeter, innkeeper, breakfast provider, return driver, and laundry. If you are interested in joining this ministry, go to Room in the Inn Volunteers to choose a date and job. Please contact Ann Cartwright at acartwrightof7@gmail.com for all the details.

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 )

RESCHEDULED TO TONIGHT, JULY 11TH 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--July 27th, 2:00-5:00 p.m., home of Kim Johnson 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. Everyone is welcome--no matter your yoga experience. (Contact: Sall-Ann Sauer )
Dementia-Friendly Worship Service
First United Methodist Church (Chapel, 800 West 5th Street, downtown 
Fort Worth) has dementia-friendly worship services each Wednesday from 10:00 a.m – 10:45 a.m. The service is 45 minutes and includes the singing of old hymns, scripture reading, and prayer. This service is open to all persons with dementia, care partners, families, and anyone who likes to sing the old hymns.
Please Keep in Your Prayers
This week's Room in the Inn guests: Paul, Timothy, Michael, Bill, and Gary
Thelma Hees
Janna Brown and Pat Parker
Ethan Goolsby and family
Veronica Penrod and family
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.