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Message from the Executive Director Sid Johnston

Thank you for visiting our website. I’m honored to be a part of this great Church and enjoy serving you as Executive Director of the Foundation.

The purpose of the Foundation is – and always will be – to assist in preserving the church’s magnificent facilities and supporting the vital programs and ministries of the church body.

If you have any questions about our Foundation, or would like to make a donation, please feel free to contact me personally. My phone and email are under the Contact Us button above.

May God bless you.

 

Sid Johnston, Blog Posting November 16, 2017:

Foundation Thankful Series #1 - Thankful for Helen W. Watt's Vision for the Foundation in the Future

“May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

Psalm 20:4    

November and December are typically charitable, generous and thankful months where communities and families come together to reflect on their good fortunes and blessings. We would like to foster the spirit of reflecting on your blessings through a blog series during the months of November and December. We will take a moment to share our blessings at the Foundation with all of you to give a voice to what has made us the Foundation that we are presently.

This week we are reflecting on the incomparable Helen Watt and the Helen W. Watt Society that was created to honor her lasting legacy of work within the Foundation. We are so incredibly blessed by her executed vision for the Foundation. Helen is directly responsible for securing some of the earliest and largest gifts for the Foundation ensuring that the head start created by these gifts would catapult the Foundation into the compounding wealth we experience today.

After marrying W.R. Billy “Bob” Watt and moving to Fort Worth from Oklahoma, Helen began establishing her family’s life here in Fort Worth starting with raising her two boys (Bob Jr. and Tom) and devoting a large portion of her time to our Church through Sunday School class teaching and attending Church regularly.

In 1964, when the Foundation was created, Helen was intrigued by the new endowment. She soon began participating in fundraising efforts for the Foundation, eventually serving as the first female director elected to the board.  By 1976, the Foundation’s assets were $150,000. Through inspiration and hard work, Helen went about cultivating a generous gift of oil and gas assets from Mrs. A. J. Broderick. She was equally instrumental in prompting another major gift, one from the Ballard family, investors in the Southland Corporation in its early years.

Always, Helen’s goal was to ensure the future of her Church. She saw the Foundation as the indelible and ever-present supporting entity.  Her service sparked a tradition that her son Bob Watt Jr., a current member of the Foundation’s board, carries forward today as a board member himself.

“My mother’s work benefited from her reputation in the community. Her integrity and others’ trust in her made it easy for her to contact individuals by phone, quickly set up appointments and go visit with them,” Bob said. “Interestingly, she was not bashful at all about calling on people! That made her fundraising efforts very successful.”

The Broderick and Ballard gifts and others generated through Helen’s work set the stage for the Foundation’s exponential growth in the 1990s.

“Her involvement with the Church and the Foundation were very precious to her,” Bob Jr. said. “But she was private about her endeavors, never seeking the limelight, recognition or applause.”

Helen was a sensitive, perceptive and disciplined individual, one who was well-respected by all throughout her lifetime. Though Helen passed away in 1997, her legacy of hard work to raise funds for the Foundation lives on.

Her efforts created our planned giving platform: Based on her groundwork, the Foundation established the Helen W. Watt Society in 2006 to honor those who make a planned gift to the Foundation to sustain our church’s future.  Helen W. Watt Society membership is open to anyone who advises the Foundation of a plan to establish a legacy gift to the Foundation. Legacy gifts are ones made through a bequest in a will or living trust or designation as beneficiary of a retirement plan or life insurance policy. Such endowment gifts will benefit the Church for countless generations to come, mirroring the vision that Helen had for the Foundation’s future many years ago. Currently, there are dozens of HWWS members.   

The Foundation will forever be indebted to the visionary, Helen W. Watt for taking up cause for the Foundation so long ago to safeguard the preservation of the funding in perpetuity. We are thankful beyond words for Mrs. Watt, not only this week but every week especially when we see the benefits of the Foundation working to renew and restore the Church.  We would love to hear from you and what you are thankful for during these months of positive reflection and generosity, please contact us at 817-336-5698 or at fmc@fmcfoundation.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

Blog Archives:

09/15/17 Treasures of the Earth Gifted to the Foundation - A Look into the Foundation's Oil and Gas Assets

08/01/17 Have you Heard the Great News? - Halfway Check-In on the Foundation

06/15/17 Thanking the Lord for Sunshine,Children & Summertime

05/09/17 Spring Cleaning... Not Just Cleaning your Home, but Fine-tuning your Estate Planning as Well

03/31/17 Shining Light on an Overcast Path: Singing the Praises of the Methodist Justice Ministry

01/27/17 Reflect on the Past; Look Forward to the Future

11/22/16 We Are Here For You: We Call It Thanksgiving Back

10/27/16 Living the Legend of Helen W. Watt: Developing a Legacy through Mentorship

09/2/2016 Where there's a Will, There's a Way!

07/30/2016 Foundation Endowment Just Keeps on Working for the Church

06/30/2016 Legacy Giving As a Family Affair

05/27/2016 The Godliness of Clarity and Transparency

04/13/2016 Which comes first? Committment or Confidence?

03/14/2016 Foundation Dedicated to AchievingFinancial Best Practices

02/19/2016 Foundation Announces Methodist Justice Ministry Endowment

01/26/2016 All great deeds begin as little seeds

12/31/2015 Conversations & Cheer: Celebrating Our Relationships

12/17/2015 Wise Gifts

11/17/2015 Legacy of Gratitude and Giving

10/30/2015 Generations of Tradition and Support

09/28/2015 Men of Faith and Works Created Your Foundation

08/17/2015 A Tradition of Support

07/6/2015 Growing God's People in the World

06/24/2015 Foundation Funds Scholoarships, Honors Staff

05/13/2015 Wise Financial Policies

04/27/2015 Why the Foundation Exists

04/20/2015 Care, Loyalty and Obedience

02/12/2015 Clothing Ourselves in the Honor of History

12/28/2014 Building to Finish, This Year and in Years to Come

11/3/2014 Pillars of Civil Society

10/25/2014 What a Celebration!

09/24/2014 Pillars of the Community

09/11/2014 The Fifth Pillar: Music & Fine Arts

08/14/2014 The Fourth Pillar: Mission & Outreach

07/31/2014 The Third Pillar: Education

06/24/2014 The Second Pillar: Renewal Through Worship

05/20/2014 The First Pillar: Vision The Foundation at 50