The men's pickup basketball on Sunday nights is starting one hour later than usual and will be from 8-10 p.m. in the Family Life Center going forward. All ages and skill levels are welcome. For more details, contact Chris Moll or just show up ready to play.
Merrymakers (Arborlawn’s Seniors Group) is holding its next 4th Wednesday Potluck Luncheon on Wednesday, Mar. 27. Join them at Noon in the SAM Building, and stay after the meal for games. For details, contact Marilyn Anderson.
The Merrymakers group is traveling to Dallas on Wednesday, Apr. 10 to tour the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The cost of admission to the museum and bus transportation is $30 per person, and reservations are required. The group will leave the church at 9 a.m. and have lunch at the Museum Cafe. For more details, contact Janet Roberson.
NICA (Northside Inter-Community Agency) is asking for donations of deodorant during March. April is dental care month (toothbrushes and toothpaste). Please bring donations to Room 230 (small room adjacent to the kitchen) or to the donation area in the SAM Building. For more details, call NICA at 817-626-1102, visit NICAAgency.org, or go by their facility at 1600 Circle Park Boulevard, Fort Worth, 76164.
The Place to Belong women's Bible study group begins a new study on Thursday, Mar. 21 (7-9 p.m.) based on the book "Israel and the Church: God's Road Map." This anthology edited by Rebecca Brimmer covers topics such as the feasts, Aliyah (immigration to Israel), Israel in prophecy, anti-Semitism, Jerusalem, and replacement theology. The study meets in Room 231. For more details contact Bette Smith.
DATE: February 27, 2013 SUBJECT: Health Advisory TO: The people of Arborlawn
Whenever serious issues arise our goal is always to be open and transparent. The purpose is to inform, not alarm. We recently became aware of an individual who has been diagnosed with pertussis. We’re working with the Tarrant County Public Health Department to inform others who may have been in contact with the individual and to help stop the spread of the disease. Similar cases have been identified in several local schools as well. The following letter contains information and advice from the Tarrant County Public Health Department:
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This letter is to inform you that a person who attends Arborlawn United Methodist Church has been diagnosed with pertussis (whooping cough). Please read this information on pertussis and follow the recommendations to help stop its spread.
Pertussis begins like a cold with runny nose, sneezing, mild fever, and cough that slowly gets worse. After one to two weeks the cough gets worse and usually starts to occur in strong coughing fits called “paroxysmal coughing.” This type of coughing may last for six or more weeks. There is generally no fever at this time, and between coughing spells the person often appears to be well. The cough is often worse at night and may be unrelieved by cough medicines. In young children coughing fits are often followed by a whooping sound as they try to catch their breath. After coughing a person may have difficulty catching his breath, may vomit, or become blue in the face or around the lips. The coughing spells may be so intense that it is hard for babies to eat, drink, or breathe. Some babies may stop breathing (called apnea) and die. Adults, teens, and vaccinated children may have milder symptoms that mimic bronchitis or asthma.
Pertussis can be a very serious disease, particularly for infants less than one year of age. It is easily spread by droplets in the air that form when a person talks, sneezes, or coughs. Tarrant County Public Health recommends the following:
* Persons with any of the above described symptoms should be excluded from group settings until evaluated by a health care provider.
* Persons diagnosed with pertussis can be included in group settings (daycare, school, church gatherings, etc.) only after completion of their antibiotic therapy.
* Review your child’s immunization records and catch up any that are due.
* Close contacts of a person with pertussis should receive antibiotics to prevent them from becoming ill. (Close contacts are defined as anyone within an arm’s length in distance from the infected person for two hours or greater.)
Join in the fun at Family Movie Night on Friday, Mar. 1. The night starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. We will provide popcorn and drinks for everyone. Bring friends, bring games, and kick back and watch "Finding Nemo" with us. The movie starts at 7 p.m.
FaithWalk Sunday School Rotation: Footsteps to the Cross, Sundays March 3 through March 31
Join us in Sunday School as we make our way to the cross this Lenten season. As they arrive each week, the children will work together to create a mural which illustrates how we live not for ourselves, but for Him who died for us and was raised again. Each Sunday the children will journey to a different room to learn something new about Jesus’ sacrifice and the new life we have in Him. They will trek to our Sanctuary to see the story in our stained glass windows, read scripture, and contemplate this holy worship space. In drama, the children will act out every part of the journey that Jesus made as they retell the story through small group skits. In HisStory, the Easter message will be enhanced with a story basket, prompting the children to listen and remember. To reinforce what we learn, we will play games, including “Who’s Who Review” and “Scripture Scramble,” where the children race to see which team can put the scripture cards in correct order. Computer games and a movie with real people – all will tell the true meaning of Easter as we deepen our faith. Don’t miss it. See you Sunday!
2 Corinthians 5:15: “And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
Arborlawn Easter Celebration: Saturday, March 23
Come one come all to our Arborlawn Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt on Saturday, Mar. 23. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. We will have crafts, cookies to decorate, face painting, and a special balloon maker. Between 11 and 11:30 a.m. we will have the Easter egg hunt.
We will be collecting pre-filled plastic eggs starting Sunday, Mar. 3. Please bring them to our collection boxes located around the church. Contact Kim Cordell or Melissa Hedger for additional information.
Little Sweetheart Father-Grandfather/Daughter Dance: Friday, April 12
Join us Friday, April 12 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Family Life Center for a fun filled night of dancing! Arborlawn will be hosting this event for girls aged 2 through 5th Grade who want to dance the night away with their father, grandfather or uncle. The dance is free, and a corsage can be purchased for $10.
For event registration and to purchase a corsage, please register here. For additional details, please contact Melissa Hedger (817-731-0701).
VACATION BIBLE CAMP: July 15-19, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for ages 3 years (fully potty trained) throught exiting 5th grade. Registration will open in May. CAMP VINE: Aug. 5-9, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for ages exiting 1st through 5th grades. Registration will open in June.
“The Things I Wish Jesus Hadn't Said” is the theme for this year’s Lenten Pastors' Bible Study which began this week. The six-week study continues through Holy Week.
We're studying the "hard sayings" of Jesus: things such as "turn the other cheek" or "forgive seventy times seven" times. We're considering what might have been happening inside of Jesus on the way to the cross when he exclaimed, “Let this cup pass from me!” These parts of scripture (and many others) posed difficulty for even the inner circle of disciples; and for many still today. Clearly there are things we wish Jesus hadn’t said. But if we are to know and understand him more completely, it’s incumbent upon us to look at everything he said, not just the parts we like.
The Wednesday evening session is from 6-7 p.m. in the Worship Center and goes through Mar. 27. It is led by Rev. DeAndrea Dare. The Thursday morning session is from 10-11 a.m. in the Worship Center and runs through Mar. 28. It is led by Rev. Ben Disney.
Arborlawn Students will be at Potbelly (4825 Overton Ridge, 817-292-0362) on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Drop by anytime from 5-9 p.m. and help support Summer Missions.
They’ll get 25 percent of the store’s net profit during those hours. The Summer Mission trips do a lot of good for many people, and the students learn a lot about serving. So please come support their efforts.
Richard Heizer deserves the credit. He asked a simple question that no one had asked in eight years at the church. The question was: “Why do we have two trash dumpsters sitting side by side near the SAM Building?” No one, it seems, had a clear answer. So, Richard set out to find one. He discovered that when the two congregations merged together eight years ago, both congregations had two separate contracts with the waste management companies; so both dumpsters came with the merger. And that explains why two trash dumpsters have been sitting side by side for the past eight years.
Problem identified, solution found. Soon there will be only one trash dumpster, and the church will benefit from the lower costs. The story made me laugh and also made me think. Ironically, both congregations brought their garbage containers with them when we chose to come together. All that just proves that no matter how good we are or how careful we might be, we always seem to bring some of the garbage of our past to a new relationship. Truth be told, in the ensuing eight years there’s been very little garbage. Instead there’s been an avalanche of blessings and a ton of good memories of what God has done and continues to do in this place.
And one last thought. I asked Richard Heizer if both trash dumpsters were full on an average week, because I was concerned what might happen if we suddenly eliminated one; would we have enough space for the church’s garbage given that we reduced the capacity by half? That’s when he told me the two trash dumpsters remained full each week not because the church produced that much garbage on a weekly basis but because so much of the trash that filled both units was dumped by people in our neighborhood who were just looking for a place to get rid of their excess garbage.
So let me get this straight. Some of our neighbors have so much garbage in their lives that they’re forced to come to a church like ours just to try and get rid of it. There’s a sermon in there somewhere.
Join us Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 6-8 p.m. in Room 222 (note room change) for a presentation on Family Estate Planning. Karen Sanderson, one of our MOMS with a background in insurance, will talk with us about life insurance; and Ryan Scharar, an Arborlawn member as well as a CPA and attorney, will be with us to share great information about such legal issues as medical power of attorney, advance directives, trusts, guardianships, and wills. We invite you to bring your spouse to this important conversation.
Child care will be provided; just contact Nell Cantwell (817-731-0701) to make a reservation. You are welcome to bring a brown bag dinner or a snack to share if you wish, and as always, we'd love for you to bring a friend who is seeking fellowship with other moms. Read more about MOMS Group.
The 2013 edition of an Arborlawn favorite returns on Wednesdays Mar. 6, 13, and 20 with the Lenten Noon-day Recitals, presented by Concerts at Arborlawn. The 30-minute recitals start at Noon in the Sanctuary. We invite you to stay afterward for a light lunch in the Family Life Center.
On Mar. 6 we welcome Organist Jeff Ford in recital. Talents of Arborlawn perform on Mar. 13, and the series concludes on Mar. 20 as Tom Stoker and Karen Gossett perform a recital of piano duets.
We hope you will enjoy the musical blessings of this sacred Lenten season with us. Please invite friends in the community to join us.
Ladies, please join us for our Easter Hearts evening on Thursday, Mar. 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Upper Commons. The women were the first to witness the resurrection of the Lord. Let us take time to be in fellowship with one another and reflect on our role today in the resurrection story as we prepare for Easter.
The evening begins with an opening worship time. Then, enjoy desserts and decorations provided by table hostesses.
All ladies are invited. Bring your mom, daughter, friend, someone needing a new church home, or someone new to Arborlawn. Gather your Sunday School friends, ladies groups, Choir members, and Bible Study groups. Food donations for the Arborlawn Food Pantry will be accepted at the door and are appreciated.
The event is free. Please sign up at the Welcome Kiosk by Sunday, Mar. 17. Child care is available by contacting Nell Cantwell (817-731-0701). For more details, contact Patricia Johnson.
February TNT is next week! Arborlawn Singles holds Tuesday Night Together (TNT) on the 4th Tuesday each month to share great food and conversation.
This month they'll meet at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 at La Madeleine (6140 Camp Bowie). Please feel free to invite a friend. Arborlawn Singles events are for all ages and stages of singles. Let them know you're coming, and they'll save you a seat! Get on the email list today.
Upcoming TNT nights: Mar. 26: Ol’ South Pancake House (1509 S. University); Apr. 23: Red Hot & Blue (3000 S. Hulen); May 28: Esperanza’s (1601 Park Place).
[Editor's Note, 2/26/13: The Wyeth Quartet concert we were previously describing in this entry has been postponed. Please check back at this Category for future announcements about Wyeth Quartet concerts.]
Concerts at Arborlawn welcomes the Greater Fort Worth Community Band, under the direction of conductor Henry Schraub and associate conductor Christine Beason, as it performs here at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24. The band will be playing marches and other exciting repertoire. The event is free.
Merrymakers (Arborlawn’s Seniors Group) is holding its regular 4th Wednesday Potluck Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Join them at Noon in the SAM Building, and stay after the meal for games. For details, contact Marilyn Anderson.
We are excited to introduce a new ministry of outreach at Arborlawn called The Arborlawn Vineyard Series. The Arborlawn Vineyard Series will be a place of connection between the community, church, and everyday life. The series kicks off in our Sanctuary on Tuesday, Apr. 2 at 6:30 p.m. as we welcome the author Anne Lamott. The event is free, and we hope everyone will invite friends and neighbors to hear the talk.
Anne will share her personal journey with us in a time of conversation at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. A book signing and reception will immediately follow at 7:30 p.m. in the Lower Commons. Books will be available for purchase, or you can bring your own copies for Anne to sign.
She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “Traveling Mercies,” “Grace (Eventually),” “Plan B,” and “Operating Instructions,” as well as seven novels, including “Rosie” and “Crooked Little Heart.” Her latest book, published last November, is “Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.”
The series will create a format to encourage meaningful conversations about issues and topics relevant to the church and community, featuring a wide variety of guest speakers and presenters who will offer unique insights into community life from the perspective of faith.
Free child care for the evening is available by contacting Nell Cantwell (817-731-0701).
Members of both the Blessings in Stitches Ministry and the Lydia Circle (United Methodist Women) got together on Tuesday, Feb. 19* to make throws to give to chemotherapy patients.
The throws are made of fleece and help keep the patients warm during their treatments. The ladies making these wonderful gifts also hope to convey a little spiritual warmth to the recipients by letting them know that someone was caring about them. Each throw included a label in the corner indicating that it had come from Arborlawn. The ladies had a good time visiting while doing the project, and before the evening ended, hands were laid on the throws and a prayer was offered, asking for blessings to the recipients.
In the past year, about 120 of these have been made and donated by volunteers from Arborlawn. There is always a need for more.
*Please note: The Blessings in Stitches Ministry's regular meeting nights are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays starting Feb. 26. The group's Quilting Class offshoot will be on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays starting Mar. 5. Read more about the Quilting Class. If you would like more information about the Blessings in Stitches Ministry, please contact Martha Darwin.