Stewardship Campaign: We Are Making Great Progress!

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As of November 25th (four weeks into the campaign), we have received 244 pledges totaling $1,316,711. At the same point last year, we had received 255 pledges totaling $1,338,848. We anticipate receiving at least another 50+ pledges. (Last year’s campaign ended with 288 pledges for $1,416,000.) If you have not submitted your pledge yet, please do so today, so that we can complete our 2015 ministry plan. You can call your pledge in confidentially to Tom Mays, Business Administrator, at 512-478-5684 (ext. 205) or email pledge@fumcaustin.org. 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...]

Introducing the Circle of Stewards

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--Marilyn Good, FUMC Stewardship Chair The circle is one of the oldest and strongest images known to humankind. We gathered in a circle to tell our stories, circled the wagons to protect ourselves going west, joined in a circle to play games as children, sat in council circles to make decisions, and circle up for prayer. Now at First Church we are trying a new thing, using the circle, not a committee, task force, or board, to describe the virtual and real group of people who define themselves, or are seeking to define themselves, as Christian stewards. Those of you who heard my Sunday … [Read more...]