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Erika Dietz Erika Dietz of Guru Academics and Advising in Southlake

Parents, do you need tips on preparing financially for college?  Do you know how to help your high schooler be prepared academically for the challenges that come in college education? First United Methodist Church of Grapevine invites area parents to join us Wednesday, September 21, for a special parent seminar, “Preparing for College Academics and Finances,” led by Erika Dietz.  Erika is the leader of Guru Academics and Advising in Southlake.

Join us at 6:15 PM on Wednesday, September 21 in Room 2001 of our Family Life Center to get tips on how to prepare you and your teen for the college experience. A light snack supper will be provided.  A suggested donation of $4 per person is gratefully accepted, but not required. Please RSVP to Family Ministries Director, Patty Bandy, 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 Grapevine. For more information about First United Methodist Church Grapevine and its ministries, visit us online at www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org or call the church office at 817-481-2559.

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First United Methodist Church in Grapevine is clicking "refresh" on their Sunday morning schedule. The church has been working on plans for renovations to their Founders Chapel space. This warm worship environment has been beloved for worship, weddings, prayer vigils and other community services, but is in need of updates to the lighting, sound, HVAC and interiors. As the church "refreshes" Founders Chapel, Sunday morning worship services will shift to accommodate the work. Effective Sunday, September 11, the Sunday morning schedule will be:

8:15 AM - Traditional Communion Service in the Sanctuary
9:15 AM - Dedicated Hour of Sunday School for all ages
10:30 AM - Contemporary Worship in the Family Life Center
10:30 AM - Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
11:45 AM - Bilingual Worship in the Sanctuary

Rick Schultz, chair of the church's Finance Committee, shared his thoughts regarding the changes: "I’m grateful for the different styles of worship. I like how the schedule makes pastors available for leadership during the dedicated hour of Sunday School. Most of all, my hope is that by moving the late service up half an hour, families will no longer choose between worship or a noontime activity; THEY CAN DO BOTH."

If you have been looking for a place to call your church home, now is a great time to visit First Methodist Church in Grapevine, located at 422 Church Street, one block west of Main Street in Downtown Grapevine. For more information about activities and events, please visit www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org or call 817-481-2559.

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Nestled along the Baltic Sea, the small country of Latvia harbors a wealth of culture, compassion and hope. A former Soviet state, Latvia regained its independence in 1991. Since then, the country has gradually grown its connections around the world. Specifically, the churches in Latvia have partnered with many churches across the world to grow together in faith and outreach to the community. Several churches in Texas and across the United States partner with churches in Latvia. For example, in the town of Cesis (approximately 88 km from the capital city of Riga), the Baptist Church shares an on-going connection with the First Baptist Church in Athens, Texas. The Methodist Church in Cesis shares a relationship with Smithfield United Methodist Church in North Richland Hills, Texas.

These on-going relationships have created opportunities for the churches to share together in various ministries. Latvia is known for its arts and music festivals, and so it is no surprise that the churches would share music with one another. The Cesis Baptist Church has partnered with the Athens First Baptist Church to develop a bell choir, which has been visiting Texas since April 1. They have played in various venues so far, and will be headed to the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Saturday, April 9. On Sunday morning, April 10, the Cesis Bell Choir will play in worship services at First United Methodist Church in Grapevine. That evening, the choir will be in concert at Smithfield United Methodist Church in North Richland Hills.

Here are the details of Sunday's events:

  • The Cesis Bell Choir will play at 8:30 AM in Founders Chapel, and at 9:45 and 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church Grapevine, located at 422 Church Street (one block west of Historic Downtown Grapevine).
  • The Cesis Bell Choir Concert will be at 5:00 PM at Smithfield Untied Methodist Church, located at 6701 Smithfield Road in North Richland Hills. A pot luck fellowship dinner will follow; please bring a side dish or dessert to share. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

All are invited to come enjoy the joining of faith and culture with our friends from Latvia!

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First Baptist Church, Athens - www.lovingtheworld.com

Smithfield United Methodist Church - www.smithfieldumc.org

First Untied Methodist Church, Grapevine - www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org

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Has your child struggled in school, been diagnosed with ADHD, LD, IDD, Autism, Asperger’s or Down Syndrome? At least one in six children struggle and have some sort of diagnosis. In today’s world it is tough to parent, and even tougher to parent when your child struggles with day to day activities, tasks and academics. We invite parents who are dealing with these issues to come to First United Methodist Church in Grapevine to be refreshed, renewed and to begin thriving as a parent! A "Parenting Special Needs" seminar will be held on Wednesday, February 3, from 6:15 to 7:45 PM in Room 2001 at FUMCG. We welcome pastor and author Dr. Lorna Bradley, who has led support groups and ministries for parents of children and youth with Special Needs. Presently, Lorna works at the Healing and Wholeness Center in Houston and has authored the book “Special Need Parenting: From Coping to Thriving.”

The seminar is offered free of charge, and a light snack supper is provided. Childcare for all children will be available. Your RSVP is appreciated for planning purposes. You may RSVP online at http://bit.ly/parenting-sn or to Linda McClure in the church office (817-481-2559 x126 or lindam@fumcg.org).

First United Methodist Church is located at 422 Church Street, one block west of Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine. For this seminar, you will enter the church through the Founders Chapel Atrium doors. For more information, visit www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org.

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PARENT SEMINAR:  December 2, 6:15-7:45 PM

Anxiety and Depression in Children and Teens: Led by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Children and Teens are faced with many challenges. Often, at an early age, they begin to feel overwhelmed.  This feeling can lead to anxiety about tests, family issues, relationships and more.  It is important as parents to help our children deal with the anxiety and depression that may occur during the growing up years.  At First Methodist Church in Grapevine, we want to aid parents in helping their children and youth with anxiety and depression.  Therefore, we have invited author, speaker and board certified clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson, to come speak to our parents.  Dr. Bengtson is a wife, mother and friend. She knows pain and despair firsthand and combines her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith so as to address issues surrounding medical and mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, both for those who suffer and for those who care for them. During her seminar she will offer sound practical tools, affirm worth, and encourage faith as a way to weather the storm of anxiety and depression. Dr. Michelle Bengtson wants to offer families hope as a key to unlock joy and relief—even in the middle of the storm. To find out more about Dr. Bengtson,  you can access her blog at: http://www.DrMichelleBengtson.com.

Contact:Patty Bandy, Director of Family Ministries

pattyb@fumcg.org, 817-481-2559 x129

First United Methodist Church is located at 422 Church Street, one block west of Main Street in Grapevine. The seminar will be held in Room 2001. For more information about our church or to get directions, visit www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org

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Each of us is created to be a precious vessel of God's love. Sometimes, we experience hurt or circumstances that bring a sense of brokenness into our lives. One of the goals at First Methodist Church in Grapevine is to help individuals and families to find wholeness in the midst of this brokenness. 

Starting on November 8, we will have a series of sermons and opportunities to allow us to focus on the church's response to mental health. Each week, we will provide resources and opportunities for you to address mental health needs within yourself or your family. Whether you have experienced brokenness from depression, addiction, grief, or other circumstances, we hope you will join with us in beginning a journey toward healing and wholeness. In addition to Sunday morning worship at 8:30, 9, 9:45 and 11 AM, you are invited to join in the following special opportunities:

November 8 - Hope and Healing with Dr. LaGrange

Psychologist Dr. Matthew LaGrange will lead a seminar and question and answer session on Sunday, November 8, at 9:45 AM and again at 12 noon, both in the Family Life Center. Dr. LaGrange will share a view for how the church can meet the challenge of caring for and walking with those in need and answer your questions. Childcare is provided and a snack lunch will be provided at the noon session.

November 15 - Medicine and Mental Health with Dr. Drake

Physician Dr. William Drake will lead a seminar and question and answer session about the medical aspects of mental health on Sunday, November 15, at 9:45 AM and 12 noon, both in the Family Life Center. Dr. Drake will share medical information about depression, its symptoms and some of the more unexpected ways it might show up. Childcare is provided and a snack lunch provided at the noon session.

November 22 - Service of Healing & Wholeness

We will hold a Service of Healing & Wholeness on Sunday, November 22, at 6 PM in Founders Chapel. Our focus is on mental health, God's response to us, and the church's response to help and bring wholeness. Whatever your need for wholeness - physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, or relational - you are invited to come and let God begin a good work in you.

December 2 - "Anxiety and Depression in Children and Teens"

On Wednesday, December 2, we will offer our next parenting seminar, "Anxiety and Depression in Children and Teens," with Dr. Michelle Bengston at 6:15 PM in Room 2001. Childcare is provided.

December 5 - "Coping with Grief at the Holidays"

Myrna Ashby, LPC, will lead a practical seminar to provide real-life coping techniques for dealing with loss during the holidays on Saturday, December 5, 9-11 AM in Room 2001.

Coming in January 2016...

We will offer short-term classes for both men and women starting mid-January. We will post details soon.

Resources...

  • Counseling: The counseling page on our website provides contact information for crisis lines and recommended counselors.
  • Support Groups: The church hosts support groups on a regular basis. We hope to add additional groups as needed. The Caring Ministries calendar provides a listing of current groups that we host.
  • Stephen Ministry: Stephen Ministers are trained listeners who can help during times of stress or crisis. Visit the Stephen Ministry page to learn more, or contact Katherine Hunter (katherineh@fumcg.org or 817-481-2559 x130).

 

For more information about any of these activities or other ministries at First Methodist Grapevine, visit our website at www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org or call 817-481-2559.

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Rev. Jenn PickFirst United Methodist Church in Grapevine is excited to announce the appointment of a new pastor to the church's ministry team, effective July 1. Rev. Jennifer Pick will serve the church as Associate Pastor over the areas of caring and compassion ministries, and will contribute her considerable talents to worship, outreach and teaching ministries as well.
 
Rev. Pick is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. She has most recently served as the Path1 Resident for New Church Starts at the First United Methodist Church in Mansfield, TX. She has spent much of her professional ministry in the New York Annual Conference revitalizing traditional churches to be about the transforming work of God in their communities and their world. Jennifer has a Master of Literature in Biblical Studies from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. She has studied biblical archaeology in Greece and Turkey through Cambridge University. Rev. Pick holds a Masters of Divinity from Drew Theological School. 

Jenn is passionate about creative worship, loving God and God's people, and following the direction of the Holy Spirit. Jenn is excited about the possibilities that God has in store for First United Methodist Church Grapevine. She says, "I look forward to walking with the people of FUMC Grapevine as we seek a Holy/Human connection through worship, mission, community, and care. The journey awaits!" Jenn and her husband Todd have one son, Drew, who is 11 months old.

Rev. John Mollet, Senior Pastor of FUMC Grapevine, comments, "Jenn's educational background, ecclesiastical talents and warm personality are a wonderful addition to our church's pastoral staff.  I look forward to working with her as we continue to serve this congregation and the Lord in our ministry to the Grapevine community."

FUMC Grapevine would like to extend an invitation to the community to join us for Jenn's first Sunday morning message on Sunday, July 12. In the current sermon series, entitled "REAL," our speakers are sharing how they have seen God at work in very real ways in their lives. Jenn will be speaking in worship services at 8:30, 9:00, 9:45 and 11:00 AM on July 12.

First United Methodist Church is located at 422 Church Street, one block west of Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine. For more information about our worship services, 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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Being a parent in today’s world is tough! Youth and children do not come with a manual, and parents don’t have divine foreknowledge to be aware of every situation their child will face. It is important that parents prepare themselves to help their children through tough situations. We hear stories every day about children who face bullying. Some are prepared to endure it; others falter under the pressure.

On Wednesday, May 13, from 6:00-7:30 PM, First Methodist Church in Grapevine will host a free seminar for parents to help deal with issues related to friendships and acceptance. Dena Kohleriter, LCSW/Family Therapist from the Momentous Institute, will lead us in "Faith, Friendships and Belonging:  Dealing with acceptance, rejection and bullying." This seminar is for parents of youth, pre-teens and children.

First Methodist Grapevine, located at 422 Church Street in Grapevine, welcomes all in the community to join us for this learning opportunity. The seminar will be held in Leach Hall, and light refreshments will be provided. To help us in preparing materials, please RSVP online at www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org/parenting or by contacting Linda McClure in the church office (lindam@fumcg.org or 817-481-2559 x126). Childcare will be provided; please indicate your need for childcare on your RSVP. For questions about childcare, contact Nursery Director Monica Vickery (monicav@fumcg.org or 817-481-2559 x145).

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Next week is Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday on March 29, and ending with Easter Sunday on April 5. Many of you may wonder each year why Holy Week matters. What is Holy Week? And why should I care?

Holy Week is a part of the Christian tradition, reliving the final week of Jesus's life. For those who are not familiar with the history behind these traditions, it may seem like "too much church." But once you understand the significance these celebrations hold, you may come to value this time of reflection and preparation before Easter Sunday. Many faith traditions skip from the "parade" of Palm Sunday to the celebration of Easter without taking time to reflect on the last week of Jesus' life. You may want to take some time this year during Holy Week to reflect on the powerful last days of Christ's life.

There are many churches in the Grapevine area that offer services and remembrances during Holy Week. If you're looking for an option, First United Methodist Church in Grapevine would like to invite you to experience Holy Week together with us as a community. Below, we have outlined the special days of Holy Week and the significance of each service, so that you may learn a little more about why we celebrate Holy Week.


Palm Sunday, March 29

Worship at 8:30, 9, 9:45, 11 a.m. | Picnic & Easter Egg Hunts 12-2 p.m.
Palm Sunday is a celebration of Jesus's arrival in Jersualem before the events that led up to the crucifixion. We call it "Palm Sunday" because in the scripture, it says that people waved palm branches and praised Jesus as he entered (see John 12:12-13). It was like a parade! In the church today, we relive the parade by waving palm branches during the worship service.

Maundy Thursday, April 2

Come and Go Communion from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Founders Chapel
Worship at 7 p.m. (English in the Sanctuary | Spanish in Founders Chapel)
Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word "Maundy" comes from the Latin mandatum, which means "commandment." As recorded in John's gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). Services on this night generally include the washing of feet or other acts of physical care as an integral part of the celebration. Each of the Maundy Thursday services will include the service Holy Communion. All are invited to participate in Communion, whether you are a member of this church or any church.

Good Friday, April 3
Service of Darkness - "Song of the Shadows" at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary
The Service of Darkness (also called "Tenebrae" in some traditions) is an ancient Christian Good Friday service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus' burial. The word "tenebrae" comes from the Latin meaning "darkness." The increasing darkness in the service symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus' death and of hopelessness in the world without God. This year at FUMC Grapevine, the Chancel Choir and Orchestra will share a powerful musical experience that will help prepare you for the contrast of the joyful Easter Sunday. 

Holy Saturday, April 4
The scripture is largely silent regarding what happened on the day after Jesus' death. On this last day before the resurrection, FUMC Grapevine will hold a Service of Healing and Wholeness at 6 p.m. in Founders Chapel. This serves as one final opportunity to reflect on the season of Lent before Easter is upon us. In the book of James 5:13, we read: “Are any of you suffering? Call the elders (members) of the community together, have them lay hands on you, and pray for you.” Whatever your need for wholeness - physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, or relational - you are invited to come and let God begin a good work in you. 


Easter Sunday, April 5
After experiencing the depth of emotion and Jesus's sacrifice during Holy Week, we invite you to celebrate a joyful resurrection Sunday! Worship services at FUMC Grapevine will include a sunrise service in the Grapevine Botanical Gardens and celebrations in English and Spanish. Here are the details:

  • 7 a.m. Sunrise in the Grapevine Botanical Gardens
  • 8:30 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary *
  • 9 a.m. Praise & Worship in the Family Life Center
  • 9:45 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary *
  • 11 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary *
  • 11 a.m. Bilingual (Spanish/English) in Founders Chapel

No Sunday School Easter Sunday

*The 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services in the Sanctuary will be identical in style and content, featuring the Chancel Choir and Orchestra.


First United Methodist Church in Grapevine worships in Downtown Grapevine at 422 Church Street, just one block west of Main Street. For more information about Holy Week, Easter and all of the ministries of the church, visit our website at www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org.

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It wouldn't be Christmas without experiencing worship in Grapevine! First United Methodist Church in Downtown Grapevine invites you to come be a part of the Christmas spirit! 

For 78 years, First United Methodist Church in Grapevine has celebrated the beginning of the holiday season with a special Candlelighting service. The 78th Annual Candlelighting will be on Sunday, December 14, at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary of First Methodist Grapevine (422 Church Street). This musical celebration of the season features a children's choir, along with the Chancel Choir and Orchestra. There is no admission fee, just come enjoy!

The following Sunday, December 21, you can relive Mary and Joseph's Journey at the Las Posadas celebration, starting at 6:00 PM in Founders Chapel. The journey will take us from place to place, looking for "room in the inn." Share in Christmas carols, worship and end the evening with a celebration like no other! There will be food and fun for all ages!

You will also want to make plans to bring your family to Christmas Eve candlelight worship on Wednesday, December 24. We will offer worship designed for families with children, as well as traditional candlelight, communion and late-night services. There are plenty of Christmas Eve worship options for your family's needs! Check it out...

  • 5:00 PM - Kid-Friendly Worship (Downtown Sanctuary)
  • 6:30 PM - Traditional Candlelight Worship (Downtown Sanctuary)
  • 8:00 PM - Traditional Candlelight & Communion (Downtown Sanctuary)
  • 11:00 PM - Bilingual (Spanish/English) Candlelight & Communion (Downtown Founders Chapel)

All of the above events and services will take place at First United Methodist Church, located at 422 Chuch Street in Grapevine. Get all the details about Christmas in Grapevine at www.firstmethodistgrapevine.org/christmas. And don't forget to make an evening of it! There is so much to do in Downtown Grapevine... visit www.grapevinetexasusa.com for more information.