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Replay: Worship October 11, 2020

October 17, 2020 at 6:09 pm · · 0 comments

Replay: Worship October 11, 2020

You can watch a replay of our October 11, 2020 online worship service below. For more information about the church reopening plan, please read this update.

 

Prayer Requests

If you have a specific prayer need, we want you to know that we are here for you. Please submit a prayer request or call the church office at 817-281-5254.

Offering and Giving Information

Members and friends of the church are encouraged to use these giving options:

  • Simply text the amount you want to give to 817-330-6093 and follow the prompts.
  • You can download our new app for Android and iOS devices. Search for the Church by MinistryOne app. Select First United Methodist Church of Colleyville as your church and tap “Giving”
  • On our church website at this link.
  • Mail your tithes to our church (1000 Church St. Colleyville, TX).

Replay: Worship October 4, 2020

October 17, 2020 at 5:16 pm · · 0 comments

Replay: Worship October 4, 2020

You can watch a replay of our October 4, 2020 online worship service below. For more information about the church reopening plan, please read this update.

 

Prayer Requests

If you have a specific prayer need, we want you to know that we are here for you. Please submit a prayer request or call the church office at 817-281-5254.

Offering and Giving Information

Members and friends of the church are encouraged to use these giving options:

  • Simply text the amount you want to give to 817-330-6093 and follow the prompts.
  • You can download our new app for Android and iOS devices. Search for the Church by MinistryOne app. Select First United Methodist Church of Colleyville as your church and tap “Giving”
  • On our church website at this link.
  • Mail your tithes to our church (1000 Church St. Colleyville, TX).

Replay: Worship September 27, 2020

October 13, 2020 at 11:07 pm · · 0 comments

Replay: Worship September 27, 2020

You can watch a replay of our September 27, 2020 online worship service below. For more information about the church reopening plan, please read this update.

 

Prayer Requests

If you have a specific prayer need, we want you to know that we are here for you. Please submit a prayer request or call the church office at 817-281-5254.

Offering and Giving Information

Members and friends of the church are encouraged to use these giving options:

  • Simply text the amount you want to give to 817-330-6093 and follow the prompts.
  • You can download our new app for Android and iOS devices. Search for the Church by MinistryOne app. Select First United Methodist Church of Colleyville as your church and tap “Giving”
  • On our church website at this link.
  • Mail your tithes to our church (1000 Church St. Colleyville, TX).

Replay: Worship September 20, 2020

October 4, 2020 at 10:15 pm · · 0 comments

Replay: Worship September 20, 2020

You can watch a replay of our September 20, 2020 online worship service below. For more information about the church reopening plan, please read this update.

 

Prayer Requests

If you have a specific prayer need, we want you to know that we are here for you. Please submit a prayer request or call the church office at 817-281-5254.

Offering and Giving Information

Members and friends of the church are encouraged to use these giving options:

  • Simply text the amount you want to give to 817-330-6093 and follow the prompts.
  • You can download our new app for Android and iOS devices. Search for the Church by MinistryOne app. Select First United Methodist Church of Colleyville as your church and tap “Giving”
  • On our church website at this link.
  • Mail your tithes to our church (1000 Church St. Colleyville, TX).

January 12, 2020 at 12:04 pm · · Comments Off on Boundaries – Week 2

Boundaries – Week 2

Many of us have complicated relationships with the word “no.” In our overscheduled, overcommitted society, many of us have difficulty saying “no.” This Sunday in our sermon series Boundaries, we talked about the hidden gift of “no.” We looked at some practical ways of when and how to say no in order to fulfill our God-given purpose.

In Genesis 2, God created a human out of the dust of the earth and breathed life into him. We are created, we are not the Creator. As created, finite beings, we have limits. For example, we have limits in the sense that we need a certain amount of sleep, food, and relationships to survive and thrive. God did not intend for us to do it all, we were not created for that. God made us with the hidden gift of no. The gift of no brings sanity and helps us to focus on our priorities and the things that matter most in our lives. Our limits help us to recognize where we begin and end, and they help us to know where our boundaries need to be.

Every time we say yes to something, we say no to something else. We are responsible for our own limits, not the limits of other people. Only we know what is within our own limits. When we have our priorities set, it is easier to know when we need to say “yes” or “no.” The UMC mission is to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” The top priority of our church is to fulfill that mission. One key question to ask yourself is “Am I using my gifts, resources, and life to the best advancement of the kingdom of God?”

We know when to say “no” when red flags of resentment, anger, or frustration begin to build up when we are asked to do something. When that happens, we need to reflect and pray to God about where in our life we need to say no. Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend recommend practicing with “baby no’s”- which are small “no’s” spoken in loving, supportive relationships. Once we feel comfortable with baby no’s, we can move up to “grown up no’s,” which are the no’s we say to the people whom it is most difficult to set a boundary. “No” is a hidden gift from God we need to use in order to protect, nurture, and develop the life God has given us and desires us to live.

Scripture:

Monday- Genesis 2:4-9

Tuesday- Genesis 2:15-24

Wednesday- Genesis 3:1-7

Thursday- Genesis 3:8-19

Friday- Genesis 3:20-24

Questions to Consider and Discuss:

  1. How can the word “no” be a hidden gift?
  2. Is there an area of your life where God is calling you to say no in order to say yes to a more important priority?

January 5, 2020 at 12:24 pm · · Comments Off on Boundaries – Week 1

Boundaries – Week 1

This Sunday we embarked on a new series for the new year called Boundaries with the tag line “When to Say Yes and How to Say No to Fulfill our Purpose.” Many of us struggle with boundaries, and life without boundaries can lead to bitterness, shame, burn out, and unhealthy relationships. Throughout this series, we are looking at some teachings in Scripture and the book Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend to help us live a more free, fruitful, and fulfilling life in Christ.

The word “boundary” is a line that marks the limits of an area. We have boundaries all around us. We have boundaries in sports, in driving, and around our homes and yards. Each of us personally have boundaries physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Boundaries mark what is me and what isn’t me.

In Galatians 6:2, Paul writes, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in doing so, you fulfill the law of Christ.” This verse highlights our responsibility to others. Sometimes people have burdens too big to bear on their own- perhaps they don’t have the strength, the resources, or the knowledge. These burdens are like a big boulder or rock that crush us or weigh us down. Christ lived out this verse- he did for us what we could not do for ourselves. Jesus carried our burdens and sins all the way to the cross. As Christians, we are called to help carry each other’s burdens, and in doing so, we exhibit the love of Christ. Sometimes carrying each other’s burdens looks like bringing over a casserole, lending a listening ear, giving money, or referring to a counselor.

In Galatians 6:5, Paul continues, “Each one should carry their own load.” These two verses say almost opposite things; however, there is a difference between the word “burden” and “load.” A load is like cargo or the weight of daily toil. A load is something we carry around each day like a backpack. Galatians 6:5 highlights our responsibility for ourselves. Some examples of the things we carry each day that we are responsible for include our attitudes and beliefs, our behaviors, our choices, our feelings, our thoughts, our limits, our desires, and our love.

As followers of Christ, we live within the tension of these two verses. We are responsible to others, we are responsible for ourselves. Said another way, if I only take care of you, I cannot take care of myself and my own load. Likewise, if I only take care of me, I cannot take care of you- I fail to fulfill the law of Christ and help carry your burdens. Leaning into this principle is key to living a life with boundaries. Living by this principle will help us to let go of the anger, shame, and tension in relationships, and embrace God’s purposes for us.

Scriptures:

  • Monday-Galatians 5:16-21
  • Tuesday- Galatians 5:22-26
  • Wednesday- Galatians 6:1-5
  • Thursday- Galatians 6:6-10
  • Friday- Psalm 16:1-11

Questions to Consider or Discuss:

  1. In what ways are you realistically responsible to others? What is one opportunity God is showing you right now to help carry the burdens of another?
  2. In what ways are you realistically responsible for yourself? In what situation today are you acting as if the load of daily toil is a boulder you shouldn’t have to carry?

December 15, 2019 at 12:27 pm · · Comments Off on Messy Christmas – Week 3

Messy Christmas – Week 3

This Advent season we are discovering the hope and joy of Christ in the midst of what is often a messy, imperfect Christmas. This Sunday we talked about those sometimes complicated and tense relationships with our families.

Matthew 1:1-17 details the family tree of Jesus, going all the way back to Abraham, the father of Israel. Did you know that Jesus was born into a pretty crazy, messy family? Abraham lied to kings about his relationship with his wife Sarah, saying she was his sister. At the request of his jealous wife Sarah, Abraham also forced their servant Hagar away once she gave birth to a son Ishmael, sending her off with next to nothing. Jacob was a liar and trickster, misleading several of his family members. Judah sold his own brother into slavery and had relations with his daughter-in-law. Rahab was a prostitute, who helped the Israelites capture a city. David was an adulterer and a murderer. Solomon had 700 wives and concubines. We can only imagine how dramatic some of those family gatherings must have been!

Each person in Jesus’ genealogy has something dark in their story. Yet, here’s the amazing thing: Jesus was born into this messy family. The Savior of the world came from a crazy family, full of sinners and complicated relationships. Yet God used each of these people, in spite of their shortcomings and failures, to play a part in God’s unfolding story of salvation for the whole world. No one is unredeemable or beyond the reach of God’s grace. Matthew 1 demonstrates how God can bring restoration and hope in the midst of our complicated, messy families.

This Advent season, look for ways God’s grace is showing up in and through your family, no matter how crazy it may be. Sometimes God calls us to be the vessels through which the good news of Christ shows up for our families. How is God inviting you to share Christ with your family this Christmas? Maybe it’s through forgiving a family member who wronged you or asking for forgiveness someone you wronged. Maybe it’s spreading peace in the midst of disagreements or by being a comforting presence to someone in your family who is having a tough time. Maybe it is through inviting a family member to one of our Christmas Eve services. Jesus came from a messy family to help us with our own. God can bring redemption out of our complicated, broken family relationships.

Messy Christmas Advent Calendar:

  • Monday December 16- Read Matthew 1:1-17. This is the lineage of Jesus’ family- it was a family with a lot of messy, complicated relationships. Consider, where might joy be present in the midst of Jesus’ messy family? In what ways does your family bring you joy?
  • Tuesday December 17- Smile at everyone you see today. Even a simple smile can bring joy to someone having a rough day.
  • Wednesday December 18- Write a note or card thanking someone who has brought you joy recently.
  • Thursday December 19- Have each person in your family share something that brought them joy this week.
  • Friday December 20- Invite a few of your favorite people over for dinner or a game night.
  • Saturday December 21- Bring joy to your neighbors by leaving a small gift or sweet treat on the doorsteps with an encouraging note.

December 1, 2019 at 12:28 pm · · Comments Off on Messy Christmas – Week 1

Messy Christmas – Week 1

Christmas is often referred to as the most wonderful time of the year. However, this time of year is also often filled with stress and tension. Many of us have high expectations for what our Christmas should be like, and often those expectations do not line up with reality. Sometimes Christmas is a lot more messy than merry. This Sunday we began a new series called A Very Messy Christmas, which is about discovering the good news of a Christ, who is born in the middle of our messy, imperfect lives. We can find hope that God comes to us in the midst of our messy lives and redeems us.

This Sunday we talked about expectations and pressures around the Christmas. At Christmas, we struggle with pressures to buy the perfect Christmas gifts, to have our homes decorated like Better Homes and Garden magazine, for our Christmas cookies to look like Rachel Ray’s cookies,  for our family to get a long at the dinner table. Sometimes we struggle with pressures from family members around the holidays with judgments on how we live our lives. What pressures and expectations are you facing this Advent season?

In Luke 1:57-66, Zechariah and Elizabeth faced a lot of pressures from relatives and neighbors on what to name their son. About nine months earlier, Zechariah had received a vision from an angel that they would have a son, who would prepare the way for the Savior of the world. The angel said they were to name this son John. Zechariah questioned the prophecy, so the angel said he would be mute until the child was born. When their baby was born, on the eighth day Elizabeth and Zechariah took him to be circumcised and named. All the neighbors and relatives pressured Elizabeth and Zechariah to name their newborn baby Zechariah, after his father. But they both knew that God called them to name him John, so they politely but firmly told everyone gathered that their son would be named John. At this, Zechariah’s voice came back, and he began praising God. Then, the whole town knew that God had great things in store for John and that God’s power and presence rested upon him.

Making sure the relatives approved of her child’s name and ensuring that she was meeting other people’s expectations for her family’s life were not on the top of Elizabeth’s priority list. Elizabeth was more concerned about following God than pleasing people. This story is an invitation for us to focus on Christ’s desires for our lives over other people’s expectations and approval. Being in Christ is the best place for us to be. We encourage you to recognize the external pressures and expectations that are burdening you this Advent season. Then, release them to God in prayer. Seek God’s desires over the approval of others, and make this Advent season a little more merry in the midst of the mess.

A Very Messy Christmas Advent Calendar:

  • Monday December 2- Read Luke 1:57-66. Consider, what struggles did Elizabeth and Zechariah face during the birth of their son? Where is hope found in this story?
  • Tuesday December 3- Go to an online news site, or look through a newspaper. Find examples of bad news in these stories. Now, go back and see if you can find any good news. Consider, where God is present in the midst of these stories.
  • Wednesday December 4- Watch Orly Wahba’s TED talk called Kindness.
  • Thursday December 5- Bring hope to someone who is struggling through a random act of kindness.
  • Friday December 6- Have each person in your family share something that brought them hope this week.
  • Saturday December 7- Write down ten things you are grateful for this Advent season.

Through the Valley: Week 3

November 17, 2019 at 8:48 am · · Comments Off on Through the Valley: Week 3

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 · · Comments Off on Through the Valley: Week 2

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