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October 23rd, 2014

the_joy_of_giving360_4Imagine all the people, sharing all the world—no need for greed or hunger. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you will join us, and the world will live as one.
--The Beatles

* Stewardship Witness by Bennett and Meisa Ezekiel
* Stewardship Witness by Mark and Darcy Hamre
* Stewardship Witness by Teresa Edwards

God has already imagined such a new world! And invites us to join in sharing God’s dream of making a world of difference...Read more »

“Knit Wits” Are 10 Years Old!

knitwits100For the past 10 years, our group of “Knit Wits” has met twice a month to knit or crochet shawls for those who are ill, grieving, or in need of comfort. All knitters and crocheters are invited to join this group at 1:30 p.m. in Room 210 of the Sanctuary Building on the first and third Wednesdays of each month...Read more »

Consecration Sunday

October 26th

giving_hands100On Sunday, October 26th, we will consecrate our Estimates of Giving for 2015 at the communion rail. Next week you will receive in the mail a letter with your Estimate of Giving card. Please pray and give thoughtful consideration to what you can commit to God’s ministries through First United Methodist Church in 2015...Read more »

“Get Swabbed” Bone Marrow Donor Drive for Matt Roe

October 26th

get_swabbed2This event is from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at University United Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe Street. Parking is free. It just takes a cheek swab to register. YOU just might be the ONE person who saves a life...Read more »

Appalachia Service Project (ASP) Team Meeting

October 26th

asp_logo100High school youth interested in serving on our Appalachia Service Project (ASP) Team for 2015 are invited to attend an informational meeting from 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. in the Garrison Chapel of the Family Life Center...Read more »

First Steps

October 26th

first_step3Worship leads us to make commitments to God. If your response involves taking a first step to become a follower of Christ and/or a member of this church, fill out the First Steps card clipped to the pew back and bring it with you to the session at 12:15 p.m. in Room 104 of the Family Life Center...Read more »

Volunteers Needed for “Feed My People”

October 28th

feed_my_people2014_100We need MORE volunteers when we host our next “Feed My People” Fourth Tuesday Breakfast on October 28th. Come experience this ministry that feeds breakfast to 300 of our homeless guests. If you would like to volunteer, preparation, cooking, and set-up begins at 4:45 a.m.; serving begins at 6:00 a.m...Read more »

Cold Weather Shelter Training

November 1st

cold_weather_shelterFirst Church will be hosting the Cold Weather Shelter for Women again this winter on Tuesday nights. Frost Steps is offering a pre-season training for any interested volunteers on Saturday, November 1st, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at St. Ignatius Church. This will include Mental Health First Aid training...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 »

gentle_reminder360A Gentle Reminder for 2014 Financial Commitments
As 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...Read more »
A Gentle Reminder for Organ Repair Fund
Payment Deadline: October 31st
If you made a pledge to our Organ Fund, please have your payment to us by Friday, October 31st...Read more »

Coming in November: The Word Preached

A Collection of Sermons by Kathleen Jones

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 just in time for holiday gift giving...Read more »

Gifts-to-the-World Market

November 23rd

gifts_to_the_world_market-100_2This year’s Gifts-to-the-World Market will be on one Sunday only, November 23rd. Join us in the foyer of our Family Life Center to make purchases for those hard-to-buy-for people or world-friendly relatives. Come shop ‘til you drop!...Read more »

Donations Needed for Foundation Communities 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, full size set of sheets/pillowcases,...Read more »


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Reminders for Sunday, October 26th

* Consecration Sunday
* “Get Swabbed” Bone Marrow Donor Drive for Matt Roe
* Appalachia Service Project (ASP) Team Meeting
* First Steps
* Baptism Counseling Class
* October Café Mission
* October Mission Emphasis/Communion Rail Offering


October 26th
Eighth Sunday of Kingdomtide
9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Scripture: Exodus 25:1-9; 35:20-29; 36:3b-7
Sermon: More Than Enough

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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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 »

Pastor’s Column

--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 »

October Mission Emphasis: World Communion Sunday

World Communion Sunday is a time to be in communion with Christians all over the world and to enable us to “press on toward the goal” of serving God in life-changing ministries...Read more »


Volunteer Opportunities

* 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

Sermons Online

sermon_online160_2 * GDIC Insured! (Rev. John Wright, 10/19)
* Stewardship Witness by Bennett and Meisa Ezekiel (10/19)



Stephen Ministry

Halloween ghosts and goblins are scary fun, but sometimes real life gets too scary. That’s when a Stephen Minister can be of help. A Stephen Minister meets a care receiver on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support. Men are paired with men; women with women...Read more »

Online Giving

Other Information

* Prayer Request
Pastors On Call
Sacrament of Baptism
“Knit Wits” Prayer Shawl Ministry
Holding an Event at FUMC?

Prayer Concerns This Week (As of October 23, 2014)


Remember Those within Our Congregation

Scott Davis
Shirley Derryberry
Mecy Leiser
Carol Simsak

Condolences to:
To the family and friends of Ken Durr who passed away 10/13

Remember Those Beyond Our Congregation
Karen Roe’s cousin, Matt Roe (Facebook link for Bone Marrow Drive for Matt Roe: https://www.facebook.com/events/269817056540352/)
Laurie Barr’s mother, Eleanor Smith
Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren
Valeria Bonn’s friend, Meredith Nutter
Cindy Gunderson’s brother, Scott Gunderson
Jolynn Greene’s mother
Susan Hensley’s father, Billy Willard
Judy Kostura’s daughter, Kisa
Della Peters’ daughter, Ruby Ybarra
Larry Peters’ sister-in-law and husband, Mike Gossett
Cindy Reidland’s friends’ brother, Andre
Pam Steves’ father, Paul Rider
Kay Sterling’s daughter, Suann Shoemaker
Sandy Wilder’s neighbor, Linda Presfield

Border Ministries working to feed and house immigrant children
Church World Service; Nominations Committee
Stewardship and Connections Ministries
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