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GRAPEVINE, TX (September 29, 2022) — First Grapevine, A United Methodist Church, will be hosting a family-friendly Community Christmas Village event on Sunday, December 11, from 4-6 PM, at 422 Church St., Grapevine, TX.

 

Free and open to the public, the First Grapevine Christmas Village will feature photos with Santa, outdoor photo opportunities, face painters, a Christmas train, snow sledding, Christmas-themed treats, hot cocoa, and snow cones.

 

The Christmas train will be able to transport 16 people at a time for a ride from the First Grapevine water fountain to the portables and return to the water fountain. The snow sled will be made from 10,000 pounds of ice to create a snowy hill for children to slide down. The snowy hill will be set up at the top of the church’s hill on the south side of the Sanctuary. Hay and straw bales as barriers will ensure a safe sledding experience.

 

“First Grapevine has always had a heart for reaching out to the local community, and we’re excited about our upcoming Christmas offerings. Our event on December 11 will make for a very special Christmas celebration, perfect for families and kids of all ages,” said First Grapevine’s worship director, Jason Chavarria.

 

Families will have an opportunity to enjoy many festive activities at The Christmas Village event, which will lead to the Community Candlelighting concert at 6 PM in the Sanctuary for individuals and families who will stay for the concert. During the concert, attendees will receive greetings from Santa, listen to familiar Christmas songs, and light Christmas candles. For more information about The Christmas Village or the Candlelighting Concert, please visit Firstgrapvine.org/christmas.

 

First United Methodist Church Grapevine
First United Methodist Church Grapevine is a 501(c) organization based in Grapevine, Texas, providing numerous services to the local community and worldwide by partnering with organizations such as Blankets of Hope, Be Our Guest, Feed Our Kids and more. First Grapevine also partners with the Grapevine Police Department's Community Outreach Center to provide an after-school program for low-income and at-risk families in the area, VAST. First Grapevine’s outreach missions extend to Costa Rica, Kenya, and Latvia. For more information, visit FirstGrapevine.org or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Grapevinefumc

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FIRST GRAPEVINE UMC HOSTS NOONTIME ORGAN CONCERT SERIES DURING HOLY WEEK TO BENEFIT UKRAINE

GRAPEVINE, TX (March 29, 2022) — First Grapevine United Methodist Church presents its first-ever noontime Organ Concert Series during Holy Week on April 11, April 13, April 14, and April 15, in the Sanctuary, 422 Church Street, located one block west of Main Street. Admission is free and open to the public, and donations will be accepted after each performance for humanitarian aid in Ukraine through the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

 

Each day at noon, a local organist will offer a thirty-minute music presentation appropriate for Holy Week.

 

"We wanted to host this concert series for all to attend during their lunch break, hear wonderful musical arrangements, time for reflection and prayer for Ukraine, and an opportunity to donate to Ukraine," said Jason Chavarria, Director of Worship and Music.

 

On Monday, concert organist Bradley Welch will perform a varied and wide-ranging program of organ selections. Bradley is no stranger to First Grapevine's organ, as he re-dedicated the current instrument upon the addition of its new acoustic organ pipes in 2016. Bradley is an artist-in-residence for Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX, and serves as the resident organist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  

 

On Wednesday, organist Ken Surley will present a selection of reflective organ pieces appropriate for the Lenten season. Ken is an organist at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, where he has served for thirty years. He is certified by the American Guild of Organists and has played worldwide, accompanying various choirs and ensembles.

 

On Thursday, well-known organist and pianist Scott Ayers will provide an organ and piano selections program. Scott is the former organist of Highland Park United Methodist Church. He currently hosts a popular weekly Facebook Live broadcast where he plays arrangements of hymn requests online. During Ayer's program at First Grapevine, he will be taking hymn requests.

 

On Friday, First Grapevine's organist and master musician Linda Love will be offering a program of hymns and prayers appropriate for Good Friday. Linda has had a long career as an organist, accompanist, vocal coach, and director of the Fishers of Men, the men's choir ensemble at First Grapevine. 

 

First United Methodist Church Grapevine
First United Methodist Church Grapevine is a 501(c) organization based in Grapevine, Texas, providing numerous services to the local community and worldwide by partnering with organizations such as Blankets of Hope, Furnishing Hope, Feed Our Kids and more. First Grapevine also partners with the Grapevine Police Department's Community Outreach Center to provide an after-school program for low-income and at-risk families in the area, VAST. First Grapevine's outreach missions extend to Costa Rica, Kenya, and Latvia. For more information, visit its website at www.FirstGrapevine.org or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Grapevinefumc

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GRAPEVINE, TX (February 21, 2022) — On Ash Wednesday, March 2, pastors from First Grapevine, A United Methodist Church, will be placing repentance ashes on foreheads on Main Street from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The pastors will be on South Main Street between Wall Street and Franklin Street. There is also an opportunity for early risers to have pastors place ashes their foreheads from 6:00 am to 8:00 am outside the church's Founders' Chapel, 422 Church Street, located one block west of Main Street. All are welcome to participate.

Christian churches have observed Ash Wednesday as the beginning of Lent for centuries. Traditionally, the imposition of ashes is a part of a special service. First Grapevine recognizes that in today's busy society, work and family schedules do not always allow time for such mid-week services. This "Ash-In-A-Flash" moment will enable many to pause briefly on this special day to begin the serious process of preparation for the holy weeks of Lent.

Early Christian church gatherings and teaching sessions were not held in temples. They took place where people were living their regular life, such as places of work and daily tasks. A traditional Ash Wednesday worship service will also be held in the church sanctuary at 6:00 pm on March 2.

First United Methodist Church Grapevine
First United Methodist Church Grapevine is a 501(c) organization based in Grapevine, Texas providing numerous services to the local community and worldwide by partnering with organizations such as Blankets of Hope, Furnishing Hope, Feed Our Kids and more. First Grapevine also partners with the Grapevine Police Department's Community Outreach Center to provide an after-school program for low-income and at-risk families in the area, VAST. First Grapevine’s outreach missions extend to Costa Rica, Kenya, and Latvia. For more information, visit its website at www.FirstGrapevine.org or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Grapevinefumc

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First United Methodist Church of Grapevine has been ministering to the City of Grapevine on the same site since the 1850's. The church was officially chartered in 1866. As a part of its 150th Anniversary Celebration in October 2016, First United Methodist Church of Grapevine applied for and was granted a Texas State Historical Marker. The marker has now been received from the foundry and will be placed this week. A brief dedication will be held at 10:40 AM this Sunday, March 25. All those interested in Grapevine history are invited to come join us for the dedication at 10:40 AM, followed by Palm Sunday worship at 11:00 AM.

If you are not available to come on Sunday, we encourage you to stop by any time to see this new historical addition to the City of Grapevine.

First United Methodist Church is located at 422 Church Street, one block west of Main Street in Historic Downtown Grapevine. The marker will be placed in front of the large Sanctuary, which faces Scribner Street. For more information about the church and its ministries, visit www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org.

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First United Methodist Church in Grapevine has offered a Bilingual Worship experience since 2009. Starting this Saturday, February 3, the bilingual service will be moving to Saturday evenings rather than Sunday mornings! The Bilingual Worship Service embraces the Spirit of God in "Fiesta" with excitement and newness by meeting people where they are. Rev. Armando Alvarado, who leads the service, shares that our hope is to create “a worship service where we recognize that the church of Jesus Christ is unified across cultures, languages, and even in our differences.”

Back when the service first began, Rev. Alvarado explained, "We want to be welcoming and inviting to all people, not just those who speak English. We're not doing this to make people become Methodist. It's open to all people of all denominations. We just want people to come and enjoy a sense of community." This goal remains the same today. You are invited to experience a worship fiesta with your neighbors, community and other families. Whether you speak Spanish or English, you will be engaged in the excitement of worshiping in the Hispanic tradition.

The Bilingual worship service will gather each Saturday at 6:00 PM in Founders Chapel at First United Methodist Church, located at 422 Church Street, one block west of Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine.

For more information contact the church office at 817-481-2559 or see the church's website, www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org.

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Join the Fort Worth Chorale and First United Methodist Church Grapevine on Saturday, October 14, for a FREE concert benefiting the Tarrant Area Food Bank and Food Ministries of FUMCG. The Fort Worth Chorale will be singing selections from their October "Our Songs" concert, in addition to joint performances with the Adult Choirs of FUMCG. The concert begins at 3:30 PM in the Sanctuary of FUMC Grapevine (422 Church Street in Grapevine). If you're coming to the area for the Butterfly Flutterby, Grapevine Garden Club Sale, or Fall Roundup at Nash Farm, be sure to stay around for the concert. Come as you are!

This event is centered around coming together through music to fight hunger. The music for this performance celebrates choral singing from across the USA and the globe, including arrangements of Moonlight in VermontSummertime (from Porgy and Bess), The Yellow Rose of Texas, and others. 

One hundred percent of the food and monetary donations will benefit those in need in our local communities. On any given day in North Texas, tens of thousands of families and individuals struggle with food insecurity and hunger. Although this is a FREE concert, we will be accepting monetary donations, as well as in-kind donations (listed below). All monetary donations will be split evenly between the two beneficiaries. 

Most Needed Items: Canned Meat (tuna, chicken, ham, etc.), Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Canned Soup & the following INDIVIDUALLY-SIZED items (for kid's backpacks):  Easy Mac, Ramen noodles, Applesauce, Fruit cups, Pudding cups, Breakfast bars, Instant oatmeal

The following CANNOT be accepted: Glass Containers, Baby Food, Bottled Water, Soda

For more information about the sponsoring organizations, visit www.fortworthchorale.org, www.fumcg.org, or www.tafb.org.

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Rev. Jim McClurgFirst United Methodist Church in Grapevine is excited to announce the appointment of their new Senior Pastor, Rev. Jim McClurg. Jim is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church who has most recently served as pastor at Alliance United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. Jim has a BA in Psychology from the University of Illinois Chicago and a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Jim and his wife Desirre have four children - Zachary, Madison, Jake and Morgan - and two grandchildren - Brody and Paisley. Desirre is a 5th grade teacher. 

Jim shares, "My family and I are very excited about the new opportunity for ministry with our new church family, First United Methodist Church Grapevine. We are excited about developing deep and meaningful relationships with the congregation as we serve side my side as the body of Christ. We also look forward to many years of fruitful ministry together as we carry out the mission of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

First United Methodist Church Grapevine is excited about the future of ministry under Jim's leadership. We invite you to rejoice with us and meet our new pastor and his family on Sunday, July 2. Worship will be at 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary, with a pot luck lunch to follow in the Family Life Center.

First United Methodist Church is located at 422 Church Street, one block west of Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine. For more information about worship, classes, outreach to the community, and other ministries of the church, visit www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org or call the church office at 817-481-2559.

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Monday, January 16, Martin Luther King Day, has become known as a Day of Service. If you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer in the Grapevine area, First United Methodist Church invites you to help make a difference in the lives of hungry and malnourished children in the world. The Kids Against Hunger project involves packaging nutritious meals to be shipped to areas in the world where they are most needed. The church has set a goal this year to collect $10,000 which will provide 43,475 meals! We will package the meals on MLK Day, January 16 in the Family Life Center of First Methodist Church in Grapevine.

The packaging process is a great opportunity for families to volunteer together. We will package meals that are composed of rice, fortified soy containing 52% protein and nine vitamins, six types of dehydrated vegetables, and a chicken-flavored vitamin powder that contains another 21 vitamins and minerals. They will be sealed in plastic bags and then boxed, ready to go. The meals, once they reach their destination are prepared easily by cooking the bag contents in boiling water for 20 minutes. Individuals only need to eat one cup of the rice casserole daily to acquire all the essential requirements for development and growth. Each package contains six servings. 

Pallets of food will be delivered to FUMC Grapevine, and volunteers will put them together into packages to be shipped around the world. We’ll need about 40 volunteers per shift (from 9 AM to 1 PM) to serve at stations with assigned tasks (like measuring a portion of soy, rice, seasoning, nutrients, etc. into a plastic bag, sealing, etc.). Each bag contains six meals (all dry), grouped, packed into a box and sealed for delivery. Children and youth are welcome to serve as well. Childcare is provided. If you’d like to help, register at www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org/kah. Please let us know if you will be taking advantage of childcare so that we can have enough nursery workers available.

First United Methodist Church is located at 422 Church Street, one block west of Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine. For more information about this or other ministry opportunities, visit www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org or call 817-481-2559.

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First United Methodist Church in Grapevine will be hosting a 6-week Love and Logic seminar starting Wednesday, January 11. Love and Logic is proven curriculum that is known for providing positive parenting solutions & educational resources for healthy family relationships. According to the Love and Logic Fact Sheet, children learn the best lessons when they're given a task and allowed to make their own choices (and fail) when the cost of failure is still small. Children's failures must be coupled with love and empathy from their parents and teachers. This practical and straightforward philosophy is backed with 30 years of experience. Parents can apply it immediately to a wide range of situations, instead of struggling with difficult counseling procedures. Love and Logic uses humor, hope, and empathy to build up the adult/child relationship; emphasizes respect and dignity for both children and adults; provides real limits in a loving way; and teaches consequences and healthy decision-making.

FUMC Grapevine believes that teaching Love and Logic will be beneficial for the growth and faith development of families in our community. This seminar is open to all adults who interact with children - parents, grandparents, educators, etc. Classes will be held on Wednesdays, starting January 11, 6:15-7:45 PM in Room 2001 of FUMC Grapevine. The seminar will be taught bilingually (English/Spanish) by Hortencia Ibanez Loya. Hortencia has been a Community Liaison and a trainer for Parent Universities and Staff Development in Dallas ISD. She has trained other Community Liaisons and taught Love and Logic to parents in both English and Spanish speaking communities. She has been training parents for the past 12 years.  The cost is $15 for the book, plus $4 suggested donation for a light snack supper provided each week.

To sign up, contact Lori B. Wolfe, Assistant to Family Ministries, at loriw@fumcg.org by January 10. Please include your childcare needs (names and ages) in your RSVP. 

First United Methodist Church Grapevine is located at 422 Church Street, just west of Main Street in downtown Grapevine. For more information about this and other opportunities, visit www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org. To read more about Love and Logic, visit www.loveandlogic.com.

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The Boundaries of Love: "Five Keys to Well-Being at Home"

Charles GabyFirst United Methodist Church in Grapevine would like to invite you to a parenting seminar exploring how parents can maintain boundaries of love with their children. The seminar will be on Wednesday, November 16, at 6:15 PM in Room 2001 at FUMC Grapevine (422 Church Street in Grapevine). In this workshop we will explore how a better understanding of boundaries can transform intimate relationships and parenting. Utilizing insights about the emotional brain from current neuroscience, we will go beyond love and logic to discover the keys to relational intelligence, productive (rather than destructive) conflict and restorative approaches to discipline and accountability.

Our leader, Charles Gaby, has 25 years of experience as a counselor and speaker. He is past president of the Tomkins Institute and now serves as Training Director for the Institute for Restorative Communities which provides training for Grapevine ISD. The pilot program he initiated here in 2012 saw reductions in disciplinary referrals of 70-80% in the three schools that undertook the program.

A snack supper will be provided; a donation of $4 per person is suggested, but not required. Please RSVP to Patty Bandy, Director of Family Ministries, at  pattyb@fumcg.org  or 817-481-2559 x129.

First United Methodist Church is located at 422 Church Street, one block west of Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine. For more information about the church and its ministries, visit www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org or call 817-481-2559.