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    Our 64th annual FALL FESTIVAL is this Saturday, September 23. Doors open at 9am for all kinds of shopping, fun, and fellowship including Kids Korner, silent auctions, and a car smash! Lunch begins at 11am and the live auction will start at 12:30pm. Bring your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors!

    * If you are available, unpaid servants are needed FRIDAY to help setup tables, chairs, and shopping areas. Contact Angela McFarland for specific times and details, 817-437-2673.

    ** All donations, including desserts for lunch and silent/live auction items, must be delivered FRIDAY as well.

    *** Wear your "Love. Grow. Serve." t-shirt this Saturday! T-shirts will be available for sale this weekend too.


    Pumpkins are scheduled to be delivered Saturday, September 30 (stay tuned for specific delivery time!) and Pumpkin Patch 2017 will officially open Sunday, October 1. Unpaid servants are needed for various shifts and there are MANY activities and special events planned throughout the month. For complete details, click HERE to visit our website and schedule your Portraits in the Patch photo session!


    JUMPS has an immediate need for experienced and loving caregivers in the Infant Room and Extended Care Program. If you or someone you know qualify, contact Dana Gomez, Director of JUMPS and Children's Ministries, at 817-487-2400 or


    If you have a student in 2nd-6th grade interested in serving as an ACOLYTE during Worship. the next training is Sunday, October 1 at 12:30pm. Lunch will be provided. To participate, contact Dana Gomez at 817-487-2400 or


    Items for Glitter Gallery are still needed, including jewelry, scarves, fashion attire, and much more! Collection bins are in the Worship Center and Education Building. 


    If you're anxious to support relief efforts in South Texas after the devastating hurricane, the best way to contribute is through UMCOR Advance #901670, our connectional giving resource for The United Methodist Church. Every penny donated directly benefits local residents. If you prefer a hands-on approach, assemble flood buckets. Please keep all those affected, including first responders, in your prayers. 

    As South Texas residents and emergency response teams (ERTs) continue relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey, our prayers are with those in the path of Hurricane Irma, now a Category 5 storm. Flood buckets are desperately needed and can be assembled very quickly and easily. Financial contributions should be made to UMCOR Advance #901670. 

    If you would like to become an Emergency Response Team (ERT) member, contact Nicole Hutchison at 817-807-0979 or The next training is Saturday, October 14 (9am-5pm) at Acton UMC in Granbury. Registration ends October 9.


    Students (at least 12 years of age or in the 6th grade) interested in Confirmation Class with Pastor Dale are invited to an information meeting with their parents/guardians this Sunday, September 3 at 6pm in Chedester Hall. Students will gather every Sunday, 6-7:30pm, and Confirmation Sunday will be celebrated at our Christmas Eve worship service. This is an 18-week commitment and regular attendance is required.


    Thanks to Denton ISD Adult Education coordinators, First Methodist Joshua now hosts ESL and GED classes every Tuesday and Thursday evening. If you know someone who would benefit, encourage them to register! Unpaid servants are welcome to help with childcare or serve snacks.


    Small study groups for adults are held every Wednesday morning and evening. Childcare is also provided. See Pastor Dale or Nicole Hutchison for materials. 



Stephen Ministry
Leader: Angela McFarland


The Stephen Ministry at First United Methodist Church brings care to all in need. This confidential, Christian care giving is a vital part of the total healing ministry of Christ's body, the church. Our trained Stephen Ministers are here to meet the needs of individuals who are:

  1. Homebound or alone.
  2. Hospitalized or recently discharged
  3. Facing serious or terminal illness
  4. Experiencing major life adjustments
  5. Residents of long-term care facilities
  6. Facing decisions on care of loved ones
  7. Experiencing the absence of family members due to death, school, military assignment, marriage or divorce
  8. Adjusting to becoming single parents

Our mission is to provide loving and distinctly Christian Care to those going through difficult times and to offer a ministry of highly trained and godly Stephen Ministers who provide loving Christian Care and share the burdens of others.

When someone requests a Stephen Minister, our Stephen Ministries Director, Pat Bonds, will meet with that individual, explain what Stephen Ministry is and determine whether a Stephen Ministry Referral is the appropriate care needed. If so, a Stephen Minister of the same gender as the care receiver will contact the care receiver and begin meeting with him or her for approximately one hour each week for as long as the need is there. All information is confidential. The Stephen Ministers don't try to solve problems; they listen, care, pray and help the care receiver find his or her path to healing and wholeness.

If you would like information about the Stephen Ministry program and how to become a Stephen Minister, Pat Bonds at (817) 641-9995 or

Our vision is to be a ministry recognized for its highly trained and godly Stephen Ministers who are providing loving Christian care and sharing the burdens of Christians having difficulty keeping focused on God due to issues or concerns in their lives.