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February 26th, 2015


Bishop Mike Lowry to Preach on March 8th

As part of First Church’s continuing celebration of its 175th anniversary, Bishop J. Michael Lowry will be our guest preacher in the sanctuary on Sunday, March 8th, at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 services. Bishop Lowry’s sermon “Audacious Foolishness” will be based on I Corinthians 1:18-25...Read more »

Friday Lenten Organ Concerts

Begin February 27th

sanctuary_organ100You are invited to this noonday series of magnificent organ music and reflection during the season of Lent. These free programs will feature outstanding organists from the greater Austin musical community and our newly renovated First Church R.A. Colby organ...Read more »

Fourth Saturdays at the FreeStore

February 28th -- Sign Up Now!

freestore_plant100Join First Church as we gather to open the FreeStore for shopping on our Fourth Saturday in February. Get a jump start on spring cleaning and bring some donations!..Read more »

Coffee Stop and Bible Talk

March 1st

john_mcmullenFeel like you are operating on auto-pilot? Then, it is time to pull over for a Coffee Stop and some Bible Talk. This church-wide Sunday School series will serve as a chance for the entire congregation to gather together to discuss where God is guiding us as a church. Plus, who better to point us toward the future than some important people from our past. Our second class will be led by John McMullen...Read more »

Special Meeting of Administrative Board

March 1st

fumc_front2The Administrative Board is called to a special meeting in the sanctuary on Sunday, March 1st, following the 11:00 a.m. worship service. The sole purpose of this meeting will be to consider funding a new control system...Read more »

Austin CROP Hunger Walk

March 1st

crop_walk_2013_100Sign up for the 2015 Austin CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, March 1st. Recruiters in Sunday School classes and at locations around the church will welcome your interest and get you the walk materials you need to participate...Read more »

Partners in Mission

russia_mission2012_100_2Through your continued support of our partnership with Good News UMC in Vologda, Russia, First Church sent $2,500 to Good News in support of their mission(s) and $750 was sent to the Moscow Methodist Seminary to be used toward scholarships in the training of new pastors...Read more »

First Church Hosts World Music Concert

March 7th

world_music_concertFor the second year, First Church, in conjunction with Cosmic Intuition Productions, presents a world Music Concert. The Peace-N-Rhythm Festival 2015 will take place on Saturday, March 7th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Family Life Center. The theme of this year’s festival is “Blessings and Unity for Africa-Unity in the USA.”...Read more »

Smile and Share with First Church

Capture-image100On Sundays and during the week, we have many opportunities to capture beautiful moments at First Church—new members, baptisms, choir performances, plays, mission projects, luncheons, Easter services, Mobile Loaves & Fishes, etc...Read more »

Plastic Eggs and Candy

candy_egg100It’s that time of year again! We are now accepting wrapped candies (no nuts, please) and plastic egg donations to make sure there are plenty of treats for the hundreds of children who attend our annual Easter Egg Hunt and Picnic...Read more »

Service Opportunity for Our Easter Egg Hunt

easter-egg-hunt100Last April we had over 300 children from the community—plus their parents—visit our “backyard” at the Capitol grounds for our annual Easter Egg Hunt and Picnic. We were blessed to meet so many new faces!...Read more »

2015 Habitat Methodist Build: Meet the Tefera Family

tera_family100The 2015 Habitat Methodist Build will provide a home for the Tefera family: Meskerem, her mother, Bogalech, and her two sons, Robert and Tefera. Meskerem came to America from Ethiopia in 2003, excited to start a new life with her new husband...Read more »

Volunteers Needed for 2015 Habitat Methodist Build

habitat2013_100If you like to hammer, saw, paint, or landscape, we can use your talents for the 2015 Habitat Methodist Build at 13108 Barteny Cove (located east of Texas State Highway 130, between Decker Lake Road and FM 969/Webberville Road). First Church is responsible for seven volunteers...Read more »

Spring Break Retreat

March 14-17th

youth_retreat2014_1Attention all middle school and high school youth. Are you looking for something fun and out of the ordinary to do over Spring Break? Join First Church on the Spring Break Retreat from Saturday, March 14th, through Tuesday, March 17th, at Camp Tejas!...Read more »

Boy Scout Troop 5 Mulch Fundraiser

troop5_100First Church’s Boy Scout Troop 5 is holding its annual mulch sale fundraiser. You can order 40 pound bags of enriched hardwood mulch for $5 each (six bag minimum order), and the mulch will be delivered to your driveway on Saturday, March 28th...Read more »

Four Corners Team Looking for Volunteers

April 18th-26th

four_corners100Our Four Corners Team has scheduled their 2015 trip to the Navajo Reservation for April 18th-26th. This is an adult mission trip where team members will be doing home repair and similar projects in the Shiprock, New Mexico, area. This is a great opportunity to experience the Navajo culture...Read more »


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Reminders for Sunday, March 1st

* Coffee Stop and Bible Talk
* Special Meeting of Administrative Board
* 2015 Austin CROP Hunger Walk
* March Mission Emphasis: One Great Hour of Sharing



Adult Discipleship Interest Survey: We Need Your Feedback!

Adult_Discipleship_Survey160The Adult Discipleship Committee is seeking your input in planning upcoming adult education events offered by First Church. Please complete a survey to let us know what types of classes, seminars, lectures, etc. would interest you...Read more »

Sanctuary Worship Schedule

worship2015_160 March 1st
Second Sunday in Lent
9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Scripture:Mark 8:31-38
Sermon:Facing Death with Jesus
Preacher: The Reverend John Wright

Worship Schedule in the Murchison Chapel

Monthly at 9:00 a.m.
The Ides of March may have been a bad day for Caesar, but in the Murchison Chapel, March 15th marks a welcome for John McMullen who is guest speaker for the 9:00 service.

Click here for more worship information in February »

“Into the Wild Places” (2/22, Rev. John Wright)

March Mission Emphasis: One Great Hour of Sharing

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is our March Mission Emphasis through our gifts to the annual One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. Donations may be left at the communion rail or in the offering plate today or any Sunday in March. You may also send them to or bring them by the church office, designated “One Great Hour of Sharing.”...Read more »


Begins March 24th
Covenant is an in-depth group Bible study in which people read and discuss the Bible together, learning how to love God—and each other—better. We are offering two sessions of the third module of eight-episodes, Trusting the Covenant:Read more »

First United Methodist Church of Austin Celebrates Mile Marker 175


2015 Habitat Methodist Build Needs Your Help!


Fourth Saturdays at the FreeStore




* Service Opportunity for Our Easter Egg Hunt
* Helpers Needed in Church Office
* Four Corners Team Looking for Volunteers
* Fourth Saturdays at the FreeStore
* Volunteers Needed for “Feed My People”
* You Are Invited to Join the “Knit Wits”
* Mobile Loaves & Fishes
* Volunteers Needed for 2015 Habitat Methodist Build

Stephen Ministry

Spring doesn’t necessarily provide a break from life’s trouble. Watching everyone else taking vacations and having fun can make you feel alone and abandoned when life is handing you challenges. A Stephen Minister can help...Read more »

Online Giving

Altar flowers dates are being filled, so sign up now...Read more »

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 February 26, 2015)


Remember Those within Our Congregation
Hospital: Jennifer Bevel

Health: Cassie Helton
Patrice Cheasty-Miller
Danielle Barr Morgan
Samantha Osgood
Ruth Randolph
Cindy Reidland
Don Rives
Carol Simsak

Other: Condolences to friends and family of Dean Cluck on her passing
Condolences to Denise Neuman on the passing of her brother, Peter

Remember Those Beyond Our Congregation
Ed Burger’s friend, Mike Mahoney
Marilyn Bettis’ friend, Patti Bucek
Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren and mother, Ruby Raney
Fay Brown’s brother, Gordon Graves
Andy Greens’ father, Butch
Cindy Gunderson’s friend, Alice
Ann Young’s aunt, Jo Danford
Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young
Carol Walker’s daughter

Prayers for the Reverend Tina Carter of Parker Lane Methodist Church

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