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January 22nd, 2015

** Click here to watch 175th Anniversary News Coverage TWC-Austin

175th Anniversary Celebration!

Last week, we kicked off our 175th year with a wonderful celebration in the Family Life Center and an important challenge from Bishop Jim Dorff. He reminded us that the challenge to those with a glorious past is to resist the temptation to keep looking back, but instead to keep their focus on the future...Read more »

Many, Many Thanks! -- Darcy Hamre

Many of you have thanked me personally for my part in the 175th Anniversary celebration, and each time I was thanked I tried to express my gratitude for all of the people who contributed to its success. So many people went above and beyond to make this anniversary special...Read more »

January at the FreeStore

January 24th -- Sing Up Now!

freestore_plant100Looking for a way to serve in the New Year? Try the FreeStore! First Chruch members and friends serve each fourth Saturday, so please join them on January 24th. Sign up...Read more »

Point in Time Count

January 24th

echo100The Austin/Travis County Point in Time (PIT) Count is part of the national effort to eliminate street homelessness spearheaded by the Federal Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA)...Read more »

Administrative Board Meeting

January 25th

fumc_front2Our Administrative Board will meet in Wesley Hall following our 11:00 a.m. service. Lunch will be provided for $9 per person...Read more »

First Steps in the Faith Journey

January 25th

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 place it in the offering plate...Read more »

Volunteers Needed for “Feed My People”

January 27th

feed_my_people2014_100We need MORE volunteers when we host our next “Feed My People” Fourth Tuesday Breakfast on January 27th. Come experience this ministry that feeds breakfast to 300 of our homeless guests...Read more »

Covenant Bible Study Classes

Begin February 1st

covenant_bible_study100Covenant 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. This 24-week study discusses books from both testaments—showcasing the interconnectedness of scripture as a whole...Read more »

FUM Preschool Family Music Festival

February 7th

fump_music2015_100The FUM Preschool Family Music Festival is an annual half-day festival that gives young Austinites and their families a chance to enjoy Austin’s best live music together...Read more »

Training for Local Church Leaders

February 7th

leadership100“Rethink Leadership” is an annual training event that offers workshops and resources for laity and clergy in the district to develop leaders and strengthen congregations...Read more »

Foundation for the Homeless Tea Party

February 8th

Foundation_for_homeless_logo100United Methodist Women work to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders, and advocate for justice. For the second year, our congregation is invited to a Tea Party hosted by UMW highlighting ministries of mercy and justice...Read more »

Servant Hearts Needed for Family Promise

February 15th-21st -- Sign Up Now!

family_promise_hand-100Family Promise is a shelter program of Foundation for the Homeless that provides transitional shelter for families experiencing homelessness. The goal of this program is to assist families, through case management by licensed social workers...Read more »

Greater Austin Emmaus 4th Day Group

February 19th-22nd and April 23rd-26th

WalktoEmmaus_logo100The Gospel of St. Luke relates the story of the risen Christ appearing to two men who were going along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus sharing their hearts’ deepest concerns. The risen Christ joined them and explained the scriptures as they walked...Read more »

Four Corners Team Looking for Volunteers

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 »

Helpers Needed

help_wanted100_2+Helpers Needed in Church Office
+Helper(s) Needed for 9:00 Service Communion

Looking For a Way to Add Meaning to Your Life in 2015?

stephen_ministry_green-100Imagine our congregation as a place where nobody has to suffer alone. When someone experiences a crisis, a caring Christian friend comes to help bear the person’s burden and offer support for as long as needed...Read more »


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Reminders for Sunday, January 25th

* Take a Walk Down Memory Lane
A historical photo display is open today for viewing in Room 201 of the Family Life Center.
* Administrative Board Meeting
* First Steps in the Faith Journey
* Sign Up for Altar Flowers
* January Mission Emphasis

First United Methodist Church of Austin Celebrates Mile Marker 175


Sanctuary Worship Schedule

worship_with_us160_xmas January 25th
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Scripture: Ezra 3:10-13
Sermon: So Where Do We Go from Here?
Preacher: The Reverend John Wright

Worship Schedule in the Murchison Chapel

Monthly at 9:00 a.m.
A service will be held in the Murchison Chapel on Sunday, January 25th, at 9:00 a.m. The Reverend John Haller will deliver the spoken word. All are welcome.

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.

Click here for more worship information in January »

Pastor’s Meditation for the New Year

The Time of Our Lives
As I have told you in a couple of sermons, my Mamaw Alexander liked to hang quaint and faded sayings on the walls of her house. As I child, I was embarrassed by how tacky and..Read more »

January Mission Emphasis: Christmas Eve Breakfast

For 16 years now, First Church has sponsored a breakfast for our homeless neighbors in the Family Life Center, and 2014 was no exception! Planning for this event takes place during the fall, and funds are needed to ensure that enough food, drink, knit caps, and gloves, can be purchased in advance. That is why we focus on the Christmas Eve Breakfast in January rather than waiting until December. You are encouraged to give what you can at the communion rail and any time during the month of January to help support and prepare for next year’s breakfast...Read more »

2015 Habitat Methodist Build Needs Your Help!

First Church has committed to participating in a Habitat Methodist Build for 2015. This will be the sixth Habitat house that our church has helped build, and we are getting an early start on the fundraising...Read more »

January at the FreeStore





* Helpers Needed in Church Office
* January at the FreeStore
* Helper(s) Needed for 9:00 Service Communion
* Servant Hearts Needed for Cold Weather Shelter Program for Women
* Volunteers Needed for “Feed My People”
* You Are Invited to Join the “Knit Wits”
* Mobile Loaves & Fishes
* 2015 Habitat Methodist Build Needs Your Help!
* Looking For a Way to Add Meaning to Your Life in 2015?

Stephen Ministry


Online Giving

Altar flower dates for 2015 are already being filled, so now is the time to reserve special dates...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 January 22, 2015)


Remember Those within Our Congregation

Jan Higgs
Howard Payton
Ruth Randolph
Wilton Stone

Condolences to Carol Cone on the death of her mother, Lotus McCandless and to friends and family of Travis Doss
Condolences to Kaycee and Brandon Crisp on the passing of his dad, Jim Crisp

Melinda Pharr and mother, Sally

Remember Those Beyond Our Congregation
Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren
Marilyn Bettis’ niece and family
Peggy Davis’ friend, Shirley Carlton
Mack Hicks’ friend, Catherine Korth
Jan Higgs’ brother and sister-in-law, Mary Ellen and David Henry
Leslie Ivey’s grandfather, Louis Berger
Tom Watkins’ wife, Terry Hiner
William Veidt, former member

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