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October 30th, 2014


Pledge Sunday Off to a Great Start!

Good news! As of the October 26th Commitment Sunday Service, we have received 129 pledges for 2015 totaling over $869,000. This is an excellent start. However, we still have a long way to go. Based on last year’s figures, we anticipate receiving another 160+ pledges. Last year, the church had received 288 pledges totaling $1,416,000...Read more »
* Stewardship Witness by Cliff Bevel
* Stewardship Witness by Bennett and Meisa Ezekiel
* Stewardship Witness by Mark and Darcy Hamre
* Stewardship Witness by Teresa Edwards

World Communion Sunday Offering

Total Received: $1004.95

world-communion-sunday100_2Thank you for exceeding our goal of $1000 with your generous support of this offering which makes it possible for international students preparing for church leadership roles to come to the U.S. for graduate professional studies.

A Gentle Reminder for 2014 Financial Commitments

gentle_reminder100As we head into the last quarter of this year and begin making plans for 2015, we want to make sure we meet our financial commitments for 2014. Normally in the summer, our giving drops off and then picks back up when school starts. We have had a “slimmer” September than we expected and some unanticipated expenses with building issues...Read more »

Life in the City Service

November 2nd

litc_logo2014-100Life in the City goes weekly at 11:00 a.m. at the Long Center, beginning Sunday, November 2nd. Please pray for this new church start being sponsored jointly by the Austin District UMC and the Southwest Texas Conference, each of which has appropriated $24,000 ($48,000 total) for this outreach mission to the unchurched of Austin...Read more »

Celebration of All-Saints Day

November 2nd

allsaints_candle100_roundOn Sunday, November 2nd, we will celebrate All-Saints Day at all worship gatherings with a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving, including Holy Communion...Read more »

Update on Café Mission

cafe_mission100Starting in January of 2015, Café Mission will be on hiatus, while the Mercy and Justice team, in partnership with the congregation, reconsiders the project’s efficacy and execution...Read more »

United Methodist Women Meeting

November 2nd

umw_logo100All are welcome to join the United Methodist Women (UMW) in Wesley Hall immediately following the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, November 2nd, for a program presented by Yolanda Rivera, the President-elect of the Capitol District UMW...Read more »

Candy Collection for Mobile Loaves & Fishes

November 2nd

candy_collection2_100Place your candy donations in the collection bins. If you did not bring your candy to church today, you can bring them to the church office or the Mobile Loaves & Fishes kitchen in Wesley Hall...Read more »

Books Needed for Pickle Elementary Book Sale

Now - November 16th

pickle_book_girls100The next Pickle Elementary Book Sale is scheduled for Friday, November 21st. Please bring all gently used or new book donations to the Genesis classroom, located behind the Library in the Sanctuary Building. Volunteers sell books for 25 cents to students, parents, and teachers who cannot afford store bought books or the Scholastic prices...Read more »

Charge Conference

November 16th

fumc_night1-100Our Charge Conference will be on Sunday, November 16th, in Wesley Hall immediately following our 11:00 a.m. worship service. Administrative Board members are required to attend, but all church members are welcome...Read more »

Christmas Poinsettia Sale

Begins November 16th

poinsettia2Beautiful poinsettias on the communion rails, around the trees, in the foyers...a great way to celebrate someone you love or who is now in God’s hands...Read more »

Prodigals New Study

Begins November 17th

the_prodigals_the_journey100The Prodigals, our Monday Night Men’s Study Group, will begin their next study on Monday, November 17th. For Advent, they will be reading and discussing Adam Hamilton’s The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem. All men are invited to join them from 6:30(ish) to 8:00 p.m. in Room 103 of the Family Life Center...Read more »

Donations Needed for Welcome Home Baskets

Now - November 16th

Foundation_Communities100Many Downtown Churches are partnering with Foundation Communities to help furnish apartments at their new downtown complex. First Church will help welcome home these new downtown residents by collecting 70 of the following items: pillows,...Read more »

Food Drive for Caritas

Now-November 29th

caritas100In support of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness, First Church is hosting a food drive benefiting Caritas, a non-profit organization that helps prevent homelessness, poverty, and hunger in Central Texas. Caritas of Austin relies on community support to provide food and household items to the 20,000 individuals they serve each year...Read more »

The Word Preached: A Collection of Sermons by Kathleen Jones

November 23rd

kathleen_book100To honor the Reverend Kathleen Jones, several First Church members are working on a compilation of sermons preached by Kathleen, spanning 1997 until her retirement in 2014. This book will be ready for purchase on Sunday, November 23rd, just in time for holiday gift giving...Read more »

Cold Weather Shelter Program

cold_weather_shelterThis winter First Church will again participate in the Cold Weather Shelter Program through Front Steps at the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH). Front Steps coordinates with local churches and city emergency officials to open additional space to provide temporary overnight shelter on freezing nights...Read more »


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Reminders for Sunday, November 2nd

* Candy Collection for Mobile Loaves & Fishes
* Group for College Students and Young Adults
* United Methodist Women Meeting
* November Café Mission benefit the FUMC Emergency Assistance Fund
* November Mission Emphasis/Communion Rail Offering


November 2nd
Ninth Sunday of Kingdomtide
9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Scripture: Hebrews 11:31
Sermon: A Most Unusual Saint!

Worship Schedule in the Murchison Chapel
Monthly at 9:00 a.m. A service will be held in the Murchison Chapel on Sunday, November 16th, at 9:00 a.m.

During the week, the Chapel is open for personal prayer and contemplation during regular office hours, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Pastor’s Column: Seven Ways Congregational Culture Needs to Change (pt.3)

--John A. Wright
The Reverend Anthony Robinson, senior pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church (UCC), a progressive congregation in Seattle, Washington, one of America’s most secular cities, has written an article that is a “must” read for us. It is about “Seven Ways Congregational Culture Needs to Change.”...Read more »

First United Methodist Church of Austin Celebrates Mile Marker 175

People are always telling us that we don’t look a day over 174, but buckle up because we are turning 175 years old. At our advanced age, we felt like one day of recognition was not enough, so we are going to host a variety of events throughout the first six months of 2015. We will be celebrating where we’ have been, where we are now, and where we are going with our theme of “You Are Here.”...Read more »

November Mission Emphasis: First Church Emergency Assistance Fund

The First Church Emergency Assistance Fund enables our Care Coordinator and clergy to provide emergency assistance each week. In addition, the fund is able to provide occasional assistance with rent, utilities, scholarships to church-sponsored events, and a variety of other requests for aid as long as funding is available. In these times of economic difficulty, requests for assistance have increased, and our Emergency Assistance fund has run dry. Your donations will help us contiue meeting these needs...Read more »

First Church’s 4th Saturday at the FreeStore (11/22)


Sermons Online

sermon_online160_2 * “More Than Enough” (Rev. John Wright, 10/26)
* Stewardship Witness by Cliff Bevel (10/26)



Volunteer Opportunities

* You Are Invited to Join the “Knit Wits”
* Mobile Loaves & Fishes
* Cold Weather Shelter Program
* Annual Christmas Eve Breakfast for the Homeless
* 2015 Habitat Methodist Build Needs Your Help!
* Family Promise Volunteers
* Office Volunteers
* Needed: Sanctuary Sound Technicians
* Needed: Sanctuary Acolytes
* We Need You: Teaching Is a Form of Nurturing
* Volunteers Needed for College and Young Adult Group
* “Feed My People”
* Ushers Needed for Sanctuary Services

Stephen Ministry

Sometimes the holiday season can be the hardest because everyone is gathering with family, celebrating, and you are feeling grief, loneliness, or just that vague depression that defies description. Stephen Ministers don’t solve problems or engage in therapy, they walk with you through the shadows and listen to what is on your heart. One care receiver put it this way, “My Stephen Minister listens—really listens. I never realized how helpful and healing such a simple act can be.”...Read more »

Online Giving

Other Information

* Prayer Request
Pastors On Call
Sign Up Altar Flower for 2015
Sacrament of Baptism
“Knit Wits” Prayer Shawl Ministry
Holding an Event at FUMC?

Prayer Concerns This Week (As of October 30, 2014)


Remember Those within Our Congregation

Kathy Calnan
Shirley Derryberry
Gussie Fallin
Cate George
Wilton Stone

April Mitchell leaving for Madagascar to serve with Mercy Ships and for all our “saints” who have entered the church triumphant.

Remember Those Beyond Our Congregation
Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren
Amber Buonodono, grandfather, Bob Reddin
Michael Carrillo’s mother, Jackie, and brother, Lee
Laura Carpenter’s grandfather, Dick Stone
Ann Cleland’s friend, Jillion Compton
Jolynn Greene’s mother
Cassie Helton’s friend, Margie
Susan Hensley’s father, Billy Willard
Jim and Ruby Parker’s daughter, Joan, and in-laws, Gene and Jimmy Lene
Karen Roe’s cousin, Matt Roe
Pam Steves’ father, Paul Rider

Condolences: to Curtis and Mary Higgs’ daughter-in-law, Debbie, on the death of her father

Nominations Committee
Connections Ministries.
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