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Day of Music

November 21, 2019 at 8:32 am · · 0 comments

Day of Music

On Sunday, December 8 at both the 8:30 and 11:00 worship services, our choir will present this year’s Christmas Cantata, “Have You Heard?” by composer Joel Raney. Familiar Christmas carols appear, as do some familiar Christmas texts set to beloved Irish and Welsh folk songs. This cantata will feature a chamber orchestra of string and wind instruments, as well as beautiful solos sung by some of our chancel choir members. We hope that you will make plans to attend one of the worship services on December 8.

Through the Valley: Week 3

November 17, 2019 at 8:48 am · · 0 comments

Through the Valley: Week 3

This Sunday we concluded our series Through the Valley, a three-week series about how to weather the seasons of loss and grief and rely on God’s comfort and strength in the midst of the valley.

John 11 is a story about people who were in the valley. Mary and Martha had just lost their brother Lazarus, and they were suffering, in pain, and disappointed that Jesus didn’t come sooner to heal Lazarus. When Jesus arrived and saw their suffering, he was deeply disturbed and troubled. He asked where they had laid Lazarus. The townsfolk responded, “Come and see.” They invited Jesus into the place of deepest sorrow, the tomb of Lazarus. It is here that Jesus began to cry. His weeping showed the depth of his love for his friend and compassion for those who were grieving. Jesus also was weeping for himself. He knew the suffering he would soon endure on the cross. When we invite Jesus into our deepest hurts, Jesus weeps with us. Our God is close to the brokenhearted and shares with our sorrows. Jesus does not weep as one who is unfamiliar to suffering, Jesus knows what it is to suffer. He has been through the darkest valley and came out the other side. Jesus’ sacrifice makes our eternal life possible. Jesus faced great suffering, enduring it all, and came out glorified.

The invitation “Come and see” in John 11 is not the first time it appears. “Come and see” is the same invitation Jesus gave his first disciples in John 1. “Come and see” is an invitation into discipleship, into radical obedience to follow God. It is an invitation to new and abundant life. After Jesus cried with Mary and Martha, he then essentially invited them to “Come and see.” He had someone remove the stone from the tomb and called “Lazarus, come out,” and Lazarus walked out of the tomb. Mary and Martha journeyed through the valley of the shadow of death to see a new day dawning, thanks to the resurrecting power of Jesus. While we will likely not see a physical resurrection of a lost loved one like Mary and Martha did, new life and resurrection can spring forth in Christ as we journey through the valley. The valley is not permanent, and death does not have the final word in Christ. In time, Jesus leads us through the valley to a new day dawning. Jesus’ invitation to “Come and see” is an invitation to healing, to hope, and to new life. It is an invitation to believe that Jesus is indeed the resurrection and the life.

Scripture Readings:

  • Monday- John 11:1-16
  • Tuesday- John 11:17-27
  • Wednesday- John 11:28-37
  • Thursday- John 11:38-46
  • Friday- John 1:35-42

Questions to Consider and Discuss:

  • What is the significance of Jesus weeping to you?
  • Think back to the valleys of your own life. How did God bring you healing, hope, and/or a new beginning through that valley?

Through the Valley: Week 2

November 10, 2019 at 8:52 am · · 0 comments

Through the Valley: Week 2

Being a Christian does not mean life is all sunshine and mountaintops. Sometimes in life we have to walk through the valley of darkness and suffering. We are in the middle of the series “Through the Valley,” which is inspired by Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” When we walk through the valley of depression, fear, sickness, aging, or grief, God is present, walking alongside us.

Isaiah 46:1-13 was written to a people who had been in the valley for a long time. The Judeans had been conquered by Babylon and exiled to a foreign land to live. They grieved the loss of loved ones, they mourned uprooting from their home and moving to a new land, and they struggled with sickness and aging. Isaiah 46 is believed to have been written to the Judeans while in exile or immediately after the exile. In Isaiah 46, God calls out the idols the Judeans worshipped, saying that they were powerless when compared with God. While these idols had to be carried, God carries us.

In this scripture, God offers a word of hope that God carries us from before we were born in our mother’s womb all the way until we turn gray and die. God invited the Judeans to remember how God had carried and supported them- from the Exodus in Egypt to the Promised Land to God’s continual faithfulness to the covenant to ensuring that the Jewish people survived as a distinct group. Not only does God walk with us through the valley, but God also carries us. The word “carry” reminds us of the parable of the lost sheep and the shepherd who carried the lost sheep back into the fold. God holds us, supports us, and bears our burdens too. There is no place we can go that God is not willing to go. We can find hope in the truth that God carries us from womb to tomb.

Questions to Consider and Discuss:

  • Read Isaiah 46:3-4. What is one invitation from God that you receive as you read this passage?
  • How have you experienced God carrying you through the valley?

Scripture Readings:

  • Monday- Isaiah 46:1-13
  • Tuesday- Isaiah 53:1-12
  • Wednesday- Luke 15:3-7
  • Thursday- Matthew 11:25-30
  • Friday- Psalm 23:1-6

Through the Valley: Week 1

November 4, 2019 at 10:19 pm · · Comments Off on Through the Valley: Week 1

Through the Valley: Week 1

Sometimes we paint a picture that the Christian faith is all about the mountaintops, and we expect Christians to be good and happy all the time. But we all know that the Christian faith is not all sunshine and mountaintops. The Christian faith does not mean that we get to avoid suffering or pain. In Psalm 23:4 we find a promise, “Even though I walk through the valley of darkness, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” The operative word is “through”- God walks with us through the valley of the shadow of death. This Sunday we began a three-week series called Through the Valley, about faith in the midst of the struggle, pain, and darkness. This Sunday was All Saints Sunday, which meant that we remembered the saints who have gone before us. In light of All Saints Sunday, we began our series talking about grieving loss of loved ones.

We often deal with grief by numbing or avoiding it, but those two ways of dealing with grief cause more harm in the long run. Ruth 1 can teach us some important truths about grief. In Ruth 1, we encounter a woman named Naomi who endures much grief- she loses her homeland and extended family in a move to Moab because of a famine. Then, her husband and both of her sons die. In the midst of all the grief, she decides to return home to Bethlehem. When she is greeted by her community, she doesn’t hide her grief, she gives voice to her deepest feelings. She is honest with God and with her community about her grief. She expresses emotions of anger, bitterness, and emptiness. While we tend to numb or stuff down our grief, Naomi teaches us how to lean into our grief. When we lean into our grief, God begins to lead us through the darkest valley. After Naomi’s outburst, the scripture says that Ruth and her arrived during the season of the barley harvest. New life was bursting forth at the harvest. God is at work redeeming Naomi’s tears. In time, as she journeys with God through the darkest valley, she becomes instrumental in match-making for Ruth and Boaz, and she has grandchildren, who are a part of the lineage of Jesus. Grief and loss do not have the final word, God does.

There is something powerful in how the community responds to Naomi’s grief. They don’t criticize or question her or share unhelpful platitudes. They allow her to feel what she feels. They engage in a ministry of presence with her. Ministry of presence is simply being present to someone who is grieving. It is not necessarily saying anything, for there isn’t anything we can say that will fix the pain. Ministry of presence is listening to them and telling and showing them that you are there for them in the midst of the struggle. Ministry of presence lets people know that they are not alone and that God and their community cares for them in the midst of the valley.

Henri Nouwen shared a thought-provoking quote about loss: “And still I also believe that absence might lead to the awareness of a new presence. Lately, I have found much comfort in the words of Jesus: ‘It is for your good that I leave, because unless I leave my Spirit cannot come.’ Jesus’ leaving meant that he would become more intimately present to us, that he would unite himself in a new way with us. Because of his death we can say: ‘Not I live but Christ lives in me.’ I have a feeling that this is not just true of Jesus, but in and through Jesus of all people who leave us. In their absence we can develop a new intimacy with them and grow. We even can become more like them and fulfill their mission in life until the day comes that we too have to leave so that our spirit can stay with those we love. In this way mourning can slowly turn into joy, and grief into rebirth.”

Scripture Readings:

  • Monday- Ruth 1
  • Tuesday- Ruth 2
  • Wednesday- Ruth 3
  • Thursday- Ruth 4
  • Friday- Psalm 43

Questions to Consider and Discuss:

  1. In your own experience, how have you dealt with grief? What does it look like to “lean into grief”?
  2. How is God inviting you to engage in a  ministry of presence with someone who is hurting?

November 4, 2019 at 10:10 pm · · Comments Off on Office Manager

Office Manager

The Office Manager is a part-time (20 hours per week) salaried staff position. The Office Manager supports the ministry of the church by overseeing the administrative duties of the church office and supervising the FT Building Superintendent. The Office Manager reports to the Senior Pastor.

Responsibilities of the Office Manager include:

  • Opens church office promptly at 9:00 am Monday through Thursday
  • Welcomes visitors, answers phones to provide information to callers and to direct calls
  • Opens email to address the inquiries by answering or forwarding
  • Maintain church master calendar, pastoral and staff calendars and manage building use
  • Issue invoices for facility use per FUMCC policy and recap payment status with Financial Secretary
  • Management of the church office, ordering office and kitchen supplies and office equipment
  • Weekly management of programmed locks on all entry doors and programming the thermostats for the entire facility – achieve the trustees’ goal to minimize AC and heating costs
  • Update electronic sign copy to reflect relevant and current communication to the community
  • Responsible to evaluate and develop one direct report, the Building Superintendent
  • Coordinate expectations between the Trustees Chairperson, pastoral, staff and building needs to ensure daily tasks are completed in a timely fashion
  • Helps to identify future needs for building maintenance
  • Field calls and interview individuals to make decisions and disburse Helping Hands Funds according to FUMCC policy in partnership with a pastor
  • Maintain a tracking system for individuals who receive Helping Hands Funds.
  • Every week records and loads into Vital Signs the weekly attendance of church worship, Sunday School classes, all church groups including small groups
  • Order name tags for new members and replacement name tags for members
  • Ensures visitor records and a record of attendance of worshippers is maintained
  • Ensures membership records are maintained, including member transfers, professions of faith, baptisms, marriages, deaths and withdrawals
  • Ensures database of contact information for members and visitors is accurate to enable effective communication
  • Completes Bishop’s Reports, Charge Conference Reports, and all other statistical reports as directed by the Senior Pastor
  • Other duties as assigned by Associate or Senior Pastors
  • Comply with all policies and procedures as set forth by the FUMC employee handbook

To apply, submit a completed job application to the church office or via email to .

Download a job application. 

Be the Change: Week 2

October 28, 2019 at 4:14 pm · · Comments Off on Be the Change: Week 2

Be the Change: Week 2

This week we finished up our two-week series called Be the Change, inspired by the quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” We looked at the story of Jesus feeding the multitudes in John 6. In John’s version of this story, a young boy offers his bread and fish to Jesus to help feed people. When the disciple Andrew sees the meager offering, he inquires, “What good is that for a crowd like this?” That is a question that perhaps many of us ask in our lives. What good is my talent in the midst of people so much more talented than me? What good is my voice in a room full of people with much more wisdom? What good is my $20 with a need of $20,000? We live in a culture of scarcity, a mindset of never enough.

Yet Jesus has a profound response to this culture of scarcity. In this story, Jesus took the five loaves of bread and two fish, gave thanks to God, and gave it to the crowds gathered. Somehow the baskets of bread never emptied, and everyone had enough to eat. In this story, Jesus shows himself as the great provider, who can bring enough and even abundance out of the things we view as scarce. The young boy didn’t listen to the voice of scarcity, he chose to offer what he had to Jesus. The young boy chose to be the change and offer his gifts to Christ. He trusted God to provide and believed God was the source of blessing. What if we resisted the mindset of scarcity and trust that God provides? What if we offered our own forms of five loaves of bread and two fish to God?

From the UMCOR Sager Brown mission trip to Project Read to youth mission trips to small groups and Sunday Schools- all these ministries and missions exist because someone stepped up and said, “Yes, I’ll be the change.” These ministries transform lives because someone offered to God their own forms of five loaves of bread and two fish to God and trusted God to use them to be a force for good in the world. The next time you ask yourself the question “What good is that for a crowd like this?” remember the young boy with the five loaves of bread and two fish. Remember that our offerings have the capacity to be the change and do good in our world. Trust that God has the power to bring enough and even abundance out of the things we sometimes see as scarce.

“The world lies in the power of the evil one. The world does not recognize the light that shines in the darkness. It never did; it never will. But there are people, who in the midst of the world, live with the knowledge that he is alive and dwells within us, that he has overcome the power of death and opens the way of glory. Are there people who come together, who come around the table and do what he did, in memory of him? Are there people who keep telling each other the stories of hope and, together, go out to care for their fellow human beings, not pretending to solve all problems, but to bring a smile to a dying man and a little hope to a lonely child? It is so little, so spectacular, yes, so hidden, this Eucharistic life, but it is like yeast, like a mustard see, like a smile on a baby’s face. It is what keeps faith, hope, and love alive in a world that is constantly on the brink of self-destruction.” – Henri Nouwen

Scripture Readings: 
Monday- John 6:1-14
Tuesday- Matthew 14:13-21
Wednesday- Mark 6:30-43
Thursday- Luke 9:10-17
Friday- Psalm 147:1-20
* As you read the different versions of the feeding of the five thousand this week, consider these questions: How are the stories alike? How are they different from each other?

Questions to Consider and Discuss:

  1. Where in your life do you have a scarcity mindset?
  2. What are your own forms of “bread and fish” that you can offer to God?

October 25, 2019 at 11:43 am · · Comments Off on Director of Youth and Student Ministries

Director of Youth and Student Ministries

The Director of Youth and Student Ministries is responsible for the spiritual development of youth (grades 6 through 12) and young adults (post-high school through age 30). This is a part-time (20 hours per week) position. The Director of Youth and Student Ministries reports to the Senior Pastor.

The Director of Youth and Student Ministries is responsible for:

  • Provide programming and mission opportunities for youth and young adults to enhance their understanding of the Christian faith and address their spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and recreational needs.
  • Make contact with young adults who are members or who visit the church, finding points of entry for them into the ministry and life of the church.
  • Regular weekly communication with youth and young adults by maintaining an accurate data base for mailings and various forms of electronic communication.
  • Recruiting and training adult volunteers and sponsors for youth and/or young adult events according to FUMC Colleyville’s Ministry Safe policy.
  • Convene and lead regular meetings with the Youth Ministries Council, parents and other volunteers to plan programming, events, mission trips and fundraising opportunities.
  • Explore and order curriculum for youth programs. Curriculum should develop the Christian faith of youth and be compatible with United Methodist theology.
  • Develop individual relationships with youth, attending student events and providing encouragement and constructive feedback when they share joys and concerns.
  • Provide spiritual guidance for youth, their families, young adults, and others who seek such guidance, making appropriate referrals as needed.
  • Offer care to youth and their families who are in crisis or experiencing difficulties such as grief, depression, or hospitalization, making appropriate referrals as necessary.
  • Work with the Higher Education and Campus Ministry Coordinator to develop and maintain ongoing ministries to college students and young adults, such as the Secret Pal Program and high school/college graduate recognition.
  • Ensure that consent forms have been appropriately signed, notarized and are always on-hand in the case of an emergency.
  • Other duties as assigned by Associate or Senior Pastors
  • Comply with all policies and procedures as set forth by the FUMC employee handbook

To apply, submit a completed job application to the church office or via email to .

Download a job application. 

Be the Change: Week 1

October 20, 2019 at 4:18 pm · · Comments Off on Be the Change: Week 1

Be the Change: Week 1

Sometimes we wonder if one person can actually make a difference in the world. Sometimes we become so overwhelmed by all that is wrong with the world that we doubt that we can make a positive impact as just one person. This Sunday we began a two-week series called “Be the Change,” a series where we are asking the question “Can one person actually make a difference?” Through this series, we hope to embrace and live out the quote “Be the change you want to see in the world.” To change the world, we have to change ourselves first.

Daniel was a prophet who lived during an era when the Jews were living under the Persian rule. Daniel was a Jew with a strong faith in God, and he served the Persian king by interpreting dreams and signs. But when a law was passed forbidding people to worship any god other than King Darius or else they would be thrown into a pit of lions, Daniel was put into a difficult position- to save his life and dishonor God or to risk his life and honor God. Daniel chose to pray to God by an open window in his home just like he always did. His disobedience to the Persian law lands him in a pit of lions; however, God ensured that the lions would not touch Daniel and his life was spared. This miracle moved King Darius to belief in God, and he abolished the law about worshipping King Darius and replaced it with a call for everyone to follow the God of Daniel.

Daniel was just one person going against the Persian law and government. His action to stand up for his faith combined with God’s power led to monumental change in the land. King Darius along with many others in the empire began to follow God. Daniel dared to be the change he desired to see in the world. The same can hold true for us too. When we commit to “being the change” and that combines with the mighty power of God, we can create positive change in our world. Positive change does not always have to be something big and drastic, it can start small. Positive change often starts with just one- one prayer in front of an open window, one act of civil disobedience against an injustice, one child to sponsor, one $20 bill you give, one commitment to listen to understand. Will you dare to be a Daniel in our world?

Scripture Readings:
Monday- Daniel 6:1-9
Tuesday- Daniel 6:10-22
Wednesday- Daniel 6:23-28
Thursday- Daniel 3:1-18
Friday- Daniel 3:19-30

Questions to Consider and Discuss:
1. What are your thoughts on the quote “Be the change you want to see in the world”? Do you like the quote? Why or why not?
2. How is God inviting you to “be the change” in your own spheres of influence?

Set in Stone: Week 5

October 6, 2019 at 9:15 am · · Comments Off on Set in Stone: Week 5

Set in Stone: Week 5

This Sunday we wrapped up our sermon series on the Ten Commandments called Set in Stone by looking at the last four commandments.

“Do not kill.” Exodus 20:13 All humans are made in the image of God, which means that when we harm another person, we harm the image of God. All life matters to God. This commandment was given in a tribal society, where people feared for their lives as different tribes conquered each other. Some of us may wonder how this command relates to us today. However, we aren’t as different from the ancient Israelites as we would like to think. Our society is filled with violence. This commandment invites us to consider how we might change the church to be the sort of place that produces and supports nonviolent people. Jesus expanded this commandment to include that if you hate or resent another, you have killed in your heart.

“Do not steal.” Exodus 20:15 Stealing is taking something that is not ours without the owner’s permission. If you have ever been stolen from, you know the fear, anger, and feeling of being violated that theft causes. Stealing harms people and hurts the community. This command protects people’s property, but it also was given to protect the poor. In the Promised Land, everyone was given a parcel of land. There was no reason to steal because the community took care of each other and everyone had enough.

“Do not testify falsely against your neighbor.” Exodus 20:16 This commandment extends further than the courtroom to include lying in any form. Gossip and rumors can be forms of bearing false witness. This commandment speaks to the power of our words. Our words have the power to be weapons of destruction or the building blocks of community. God is a God of Truth, and as followers of Christ, we are called to be a people of truth and honesty.

“Do not covet.” Exodus 20:17 To covet is to crave and strongly desire anything that belongs to someone else. We could covet another’s possessions or even covet someone else’s personality traits. You perhaps have heard it said that comparison is the thief of joy. Comparison and coveting are closely linked. Coveting is the thief of joy too. It can lead to jealousy and resentment, and it can be quite harmful for ourselves and our relationships with others.

All four of these commandments can be summed up in this way: Love your neighbor as yourself. When we love our neighbors, we start to see them as God sees them- as beloved and worthy children of God.

Scripture Readings:

  • Monday- Exodus 20:13-17
  • Tuesday- Genesis 4:1-16
  • Wednesday- Matthew 5:21-26
  • Thursday- James 3:1-12
  • Friday- Psalm 19:1-14

Questions to Consider and Discuss:

  1. How does is disobeying these commandments cause harm to one’s neighbor? Community? Self?
  2. Which one of these commandments do you struggle with following the most?
  3. How is God inviting you to love your neighbor this week through these commandments?


Set in Stone: Week 4

September 29, 2019 at 9:37 pm · · Comments Off on Set in Stone: Week 4

Set in Stone: Week 4

This week we continued in our sermon series Set in Stone on the Ten Commandments. Often these commandments can be seen as rigid, burdensome rules, but during this series we have been looking at these commandments through a fresh lens to discover how they are lined in grace and guidelines that lead to full life. Today we talked about two commandments that relate to our families: honor your parents and do not commit adultery.

Commandment #5: Honor your parents. The word “honor” in Hebrew means “heaviness.” In English, it means something like “carries a lot of weight.” To honor is to treat with great importance and with respect. We often think of this commandment in terms of calling young children to obey their parents. However, this commandment was given to adults, calling them to take care of their aging parents. The commandment contains a promise of living a long life if we obey it. It is not necessarily a guarantee for long life, but taking care of our parents sets an example for children to take care of us when we are older. The marker of a vital society is how we treat the most vulnerable. Honoring our parents can be difficult to define, but we know it when we see it. We can honor them by obeying their house rules, by taking care of them when they grow older, by spending time with them, by making one of their signature recipes, and/or by telling them “thank you” or “I love you.” Honoring our parents is a way we can honor God.

Commandment #7: Do not commit adultery. There comes a point in many of our lives, where we stand in front of the person we love the most and say the words: “In the name of God, I take you to be my husband/wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish until death do us part.” Adultery happens when we break the marriage covenant and are unfaithful to our spouse. Fidelity is often not encouraged in our society. We see that in our media- from tv shows to movies to books. People throughout scripture struggled with obeying this commandment too. Adultery breaks a covenant not only with our spouse but also with God. Jesus talks about adultery in terms of internal motives. Jesus said that if a married person looks at someone who isn’t their spouse with lustful thoughts, he/she commits adultery in the heart. Adultery causes harm in a marriage, it negatively affects children, and can disrupts one’s family and community. The positive view of this commandment is to be faithful in marriage. Marriage is a gift from God- it is a gift to be loved and to love another. We honor God through honoring our marriage covenant.

Love is a choice. It is a conscious decision to love and serve one another above yourself. We invite you to choose love this week and to honor your parents and your marriage covenant.

Scripture Readings:
Monday- Exodus 20:1-2, 12-14
Tuesday- Ephesians 6:1-4
Wednesday- Matthew 21:28-32
Thursday- Matthew 5:27-32
Friday- Psalm 71:1-24

Questions to Consider and Discuss:
1. How can you honor your parents more fully?
2. If you are married, we invite you to consider- What is one way you can honor your spouse this week?