Connect with Others

First Sunday Lunch Bunch

First Sunday of the month, after the Education Hour (Please subscribe to our weekly newsletter, The Comma, for event details.)

On the first Sunday of the month, a group of FCCers head to a local restaurant to eat and socialize. This is a great way to stay connected with a great group of folks!

First Congo Book Club (Book Club will resume in the fall.)

Fourth Tuesday of the month (September-May), 7:00 p.m., in various homes

The folks in the First Congo Book Club always come up with interesting choices, and you are invited to join them. It's just one book a month and—whether you read it or not—you'll always find a friendly welcome and stimulating conversation. Contact Peter Nichols, 484-432-4548,for all the latest info.

Chancel Choir (Choir will resume in the fall.)


 Rehearsal on Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., September-May. Choir sings periodically at the 10:00 a.m. worship.

The Choir is always looking for folks interested in making a joyful noise. You do not need any experience; you just need to have a desire to sing, worship, and have fun.

Hear some special music.

Cultivating Mindfulness

NOTE:  There will be no Cultivating Mindfulness from Wednesday, July 17th through August 7th. CM will start again on Wednesday, August 14th.

Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Chapel; Saturdays, 10:00 a.m., Parlor

Cultivating Mindfulness is for both beginning and experienced meditators. Our Wednesday group consists of 10-minute periods of silence, walking, and guided meditation on a "come-and- go" basis. So if you have anywhere between 10 and 60 minutes for meditation, please come join us!

Saturday CM practices sitting, walking, and guided meditation, followed by tea and dharma discussion in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful center in your heart, this is the place for you.

Emmaus Dinner Church (Emmaus Dinner Church will resume in the fall.)

First and Third Sundays, 5:30 p.m., Chapel

Emmaus Dinner Church is a queer, progressive, radically welcoming faith community for those who may not feel seen: the doubters, the skeptics, the feminists, the advocates, the world-changers. For the people who have the greatest wounds from church, this space could be for you. For the people who want community, but have never felt accepted in religious spaces, this space could be for you. For the folks who just want to eat dinner with other like-minded individuals, then this space might be for you.

 

Emmaus Dinner Church is a community affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.; the service starts at 5:30 p.m.

The Fellowship (The Fellowship will resume in the fall.)

Quarterly, locations vary

The Fellowship is one of our longest-running groups. Their quarterly offerings are always different with guest lectures, group discussions, field trips, game playing, and more. This group focuses on camaraderie and fun, so expect to develop deep and lasting connections with some wonderful folks.

First Congo Foodies

Saturday morning dates vary (with occasional special cooking times), 10:00 a.m., FCC Kitchen

(Please subscribe to our weekly newsletter, The Comma, for event dates.)

Do you like to cook or would you like to learn? If so, this is the group for you! Ann is a professionally trained chef who is both talented and patient. Each participant pays a small fee (usually $5) to help offset the cost of supplies, but you get to enjoy a meal at the end of each cooking session. Foodies also help prepare dishes for church functions, along with making soup and bread to be delivered by our Pastoral Care Ministry. 

Guy Time

Monthly (Please subscribe to our weekly newsletter, The Comma, for event dates.), 9:00 a.m., Ol’ South Pancake House

Guy Time is a social group that meets for breakfast, and attends special events like the Fort Worth Auto Show or sporting events. Come on by, get a cup of coffee, order some breakfast, and get to know a great group of guys!

Hand Bell Choir (Hand Bell Choir will resume in the fall.)

Rehearsal on Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m., Balcony, September-May

Offers special music presentations throughout the year.

The Hand Bell Choir is looking for people interested in making a joyful noise. You do not need any experience; you just need to have a desire to play bells, worship, and have fun. This is a great option for adults and youth who can’t commit to weekly attendance, but who love music.

Heart-2-Heart

Every other Wednesday, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Chapel, (optional lunch following)

If you’re a gal who likes to discuss selected topics of interest, with some crafty time thrown in, this is the group for you. The focus of H2H is on sharing our thoughts and ideas in a non-judgmental environment, while getting to know one another and forming friendships. This group is open to all adult women in a drop-in or on-going basis. Topics and leaders vary. Ask to join the Facebook group (Heart2Heart) to get all the latest info.

Photo: FCC Just Action

FCC Just Action

(Please subscribe to our weekly newsletter, The Comma, for event dates.) Here is your opportunity to take action and help effect change toward a more equitable, just, and peaceful kin’dom of God. This group may protest hate speech, appear before the city council, or participate in interfaith / community / mixed-demographic dialogue—wherever the group feels called. The best way to stay updated is to join the FCC Just Action Facebook page (FCCJustAction).

Pastoral Care Ministry

This is an ongoing group that meets as needed.

FCC's pastoral care ministers give particular attention to members of our congregation who are unable to regularly attend Sunday worship services due to health/mobility issues. The pastoral care group communicates and is present with these folks in several ways: notes of encouragement, phone calls, and visits. If you have a heart for helping and want to make a difference, consider joining this group.

Prayer Partners

Ongoing via e-mail

One of the most valuable gifts we can offer one another and our world is prayer. Prayer requests are shared via email, so this is a good way to connect if you are unable to attend scheduled events.

Lois Hundley Prayer Shawl Ministry

First and Third Thursdays, 1:00 p.m.

If you knit or crochet, come join these “chicks with sticks” and use your talents to make prayer shawls. This ministry offers handmade gifts to those who need encouragement during difficult times.

Tarrant County Pride Parade

The first Saturday in October each year

As an open and affirming congregation, FCC participates in the Tarrant County Pride Parade each October to let the LGBTQ community and our city know there is a local church that will embrace them. Everyone is encouraged to be a part of this special day!

Refuge Recovery Fort Worth

[NOTE: There will no longer be a Saturday morning gathering.]

Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., Wednesdays, (WOMEN ONLY), 7:00 p.m., Thursdays, 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, 4:30 p.m., Parlor

Refuge Recovery is a non-theistic, Buddhist-inspired approach to recovery from addictions of all kinds. Weekly peer-led meetings include guided meditation, readings from the Refuge Recovery book, group sharing, and discussion.

Refugee Services Team

(Please subscribe to our weekly newsletter, The Comma, for event dates.)

​​​​​​​Members and friends of FCC work with Refugee Services of Texas (RST) to assist refugee families coming to the U.S. The RST team gathers household goods, moves families into their new homes, and mentors them during their transition. (RST training is required.)  

Room in the Inn

July-August, and December-February, Wednesday afternoons through Thursday mornings, South Hills Christian Church

Room in the Inn (RITI) offers hospitality to five homeless men on Wednesdays, during the hottest and coldest months, by providing meals, personal interaction, and a comfortable bed for the night. Participants provide love in action by preparing meals, washing clothes, transporting guests, or hosting an evening. Working at RITI is open to adults and youth.

SoJourners

(Please subscribe to our weekly newsletter, The Comma, for event dates.)

If you are un-partnered, this group is for you. SoJourners is a social group—not a dating group—that likes to have fun. Ask to join their Facebook group (SoJourners) to keep up with the latest.

Soul Sisters

Check their Facebook page for events.

If you are a fun-loving woman, this is the group for you! Soul Sisters get together monthly for a themed potluck, and for other events as they are planned. No matter the event, there will be lots of laughter. This group is open to all women on an open and on-going basis. Ask to join their Facebook page (FCCUCC Soul Sisters) for all the latest.

T'ai Chi

Thursdays, 1:30 p.m., Chapel

T’ai Chi—a type of stylized meditative exercise focusing on stretching and balance—is available to adults and youth. A $30/month fee is required. Details are available through the instructor.

First Congo Ukers

Monthly, location varies

Playing the uke produces feelings of emotional and spiritual well-being. The uke is easy to learn, you can play lots of songs at any skill level, and it’s portable! Ukers meet monthly at a different location each month. To stay up with the gatherings, be sure to get on their email list. Everyone is welcome from "I've-never-held-a-uke-before" to "I'm-ready-to-go-on-tour!" (Contact: Laurie Dobson or join their Facebook page: First Congo Ukers)