Stewardship Campaign Update and December Giving Needs

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Don’t be left out! We are about to close our 2015 Stewardship Campaign, but there is still time to turn in your pledge. No pledge is insignificant. Each additional dollar makes new ministries possible. Contact Tom Mays at pledge@fumcaustin.org or 512-478-5684 (ext. 205). First Church is counting on an outpouring of gifts and contributions in December to ensure that we make our last payment of $15,000 for missional apportionments. High utility bills and equipment repair costs in October put us off schedule. Hopefully, those of us who are behind in our yearly giving can catch up this month, … [Read more...]

Operating Fund Financial Results: Y-T-D November

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We received slightly less for the month than we expected; however, we are running about $21.3k behind for the year. Higher expenses in utilities and facilities maintenance have amounted to the same amount as our apportionments for two months. As a result, we delayed paying for October and November. Please review your giving. If you are behind, now is a great time to catch up. Your faithful generosity enables us to make disciples who in turn will transform the world. Thank you. … [Read more...]

Operating Fund Financial Results (September Year-to-Date 2014)

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While we received about $11.4k for the month less than we expected, and about $13.6k less than last year, we paid our apportionments through September on time and also spent $11.1k less than planned. On a year-to-date basis, our loss is less than we budgeted. Your faithful generosity enables us to make disciples who in turn will transform the world. Thank you. … [Read more...]

Operating Fund Financial Results (August Year-to-Date 2014)

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  We received about $6.5K for the month less than we expected but about $8.9K more than last year. We paid our Apportionments through August on time and spent $11.6K more than planned. On a year-to-date basis, our loss is less than we budgeted. Your faithful generosity enables us to make disciples who in turn will transform the world. Thank you. … [Read more...]

Sandy Wilder Receives Award

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Sandy Wilder, Administrative Board Chair, was recently honored by the Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas for her commitment to giving the gift of life. Sandy has given 35 gallons of blood in the past few years, helping to save hundreds of lives. Sandy’s donations add credit to our church’s account, enabling us to help our own members, as well as many others. Watch for the announcement of our next blood drive, and join Sandy in giving the gift of life! … [Read more...]

Administrative Board Highlights

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The Administrative Board met on Sunday, January 26th. The following are some highlights of the meeting: •  Upon recommendation of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, approved a request from the Reverend Barbara Ruth for a spiritual growth leave from February 16th to April 13th was approved. •  Received the report of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee informing the board of the Reverend Kathleen Jones’ decision to retire at the end of May and of the Reverend Jen Stuart’s decision to seek ordination in the Pacific Northwest Conference or the Oregon-Idaho Conference in light of the … [Read more...]

Proposed 2014 Operating Budget

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Financial Report for January

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Income: $129,662.60 Expenses: $121,051.91 Ending Balance: $ 8,610.69 % of 2013 Apportionments paid to date: 10% First Church is off to a sound start for January of 2013! … [Read more...]

2012 Charge Conference Documents

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First UMC 2012 Charge Conference Minutes (PDF) First UMC 2012 Charge Conference Minutes (docx) Church Conference Congregational Questions (PDF) Church Conference Congregational Questions (docx) Lay Leader - State of the Church (PDF) Lay Leader - State of the Church (docx) 2013 Administrative Board - Final (PDF) 2013 Administrative Board - Final (xls) 2013 Nominations & Leader Committee Report - Final (PDF) 2013 Nominations & Leader Committee Report - Final (docx) … [Read more...]

Administrative Board Actions

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The Administrative Board met on Sunday, August 19th, in the Great Hall of the Family Life Center. Three major actions were taken. 1. The Board approved a number of minor changes in the by-laws of the First United Methodist Preschool (FUMP) to make them consistent with current practice. 2. The Board approved the use of the Family Life Center for a pilot project to join with other downtown churches in offering overnight shelter to homeless women. Our basic commitment is to provide space on the gym floor for 50 women to sleep from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., use of our bathroom facilities … [Read more...]