Connect with Others

BEGers (Border Eating Group)

First Sunday of the month, after 11:00 a.m. service, On the Border restaurant (4411 Bryant Irvin Road)

Would you like to make money to support the FCC choir just by eating? Then join the BEGers on the first Sunday of each month! A percentage of each meal and beverage purchased is donated to the choir. Eat, drink, socialize, and donate—what could be better?

First Congo Book Club

Fourth Tuesday of the month, 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. Ask to join their Facebook page (First Congo Book Club) for all the latest info.

Chancel Choir

Rehearsal on Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., Choir Room, September-May. Choir sings weekly at the 11:00 a.m. worship, and periodically at the 9:00 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.

Cultivating Mindfulness

Saturdays, 10:00 a.m., Parlor

Cultivating Mindfulness is for both beginning and experienced meditators. 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.

Filmies

Monthly; Time, cost, and location varies (Please subscribe to our weekly newsletter, The Comma, for event dates.)

Lights…camera…popcorn! Who doesn’t enjoy a good movie, good friends, and a good discussion after? This group meets once a month to see films chosen by a fellow Filmie at a variety of venues.

The Fellowship

Fourth Tuesday of the month, 10:00 a.m., September-May, locations vary

The Fellowship is one of our longest-running groups. Their monthly 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

Every other month on a Saturday morning (with occasional special cooking times), 10:00 a.m., FCC Kitchen

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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. Cooking, eating, and helping others—score!

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

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One way to get to know each other is by breaking bread together. It’s not easy stepping out of your comfort zone, but we have found that sharing a meal with others can build community. We are always looking for hosts and attendees who want to develop a wider circle of friends.

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

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., Family Room

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.

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. We decorate a float and walk in the parade to let the LGBTQ community (and everyone else!) know there is a local church that will embrace them. Much preparation goes into making our participation a success, and

everyone is encouraged to be a part of this special day!

Refuge Recovery DFW

Thursdays, 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 11:30 a.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.

Sundays, 6:00 p.m., Parlor

Michael Watkins

An offshoot of Refuge Recovery, Dharma Punx is a peer-organized Buddhist meditation group committed to going against the stream—against the greed, hatred, and delusion that create and perpetuate suffering in our lives and in our world. All are welcome; no need to self-identify as "Buddhist" or "punk." No prior meditation experience necessary. Always free. Donations welcome. 

Refugee Services Team

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​​​​​​​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

Usually monthly (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, 2:00 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

Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m., Family Room

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! Come on Tuesdays to learn new songs and techniques, play favorite requested songs, and just have fun! Everyone is invited—from beginner to skilled! Join their Facebook page (First Congo Ukers) for all the latest.

Vegan Potluck

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

Many FCCers have adopted a vegan lifestyle, so let's get together and share food and recipes! FCC is a certified Blue Zones site, and this group will support that initiative. This group is open to everyone; you just need an interest in and willingness to learn and support vegan choices.

Emmaus Dinner Church

Sundays, 5:00 p.m. 

Emmaus Dinner Church is a 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.