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December 18th, 2014

nativity2014_360 *To see more Advent pictures, click here.

“Home for the Holidays” College Class

December 21st

christmas_ornamentCome to our “Home for the Holiday” College Class from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. in Room 201 of the Family Life Center. We always love to see and visit with you when you are home, as well as any college students new to First Church...Read more »

Volunteers Needed to Bake Cookies

Dropoff: December 21st

cookieCookie bakers are needed so we can provide our guests at the Christmas Eve Breakfast for the Homeless with a Christmas treat to take with them. Our goal is 350 zipped bags with six cookies each!..Read more »

Sock Collection for Christmas Eve Breakfast

Now - December 21st

sock_collectionWe are collecting new, white, adult-size tube socks to give to our homeless neighbors at our annual Christmas Eve Breakfast for the Homeless on Wednesday, December 24th...Read more »

Stewardship Campaign Update and December Giving Needs

giving100 Don’t be left out! We are about to close our 2015 Stewardship Campaign, but there is still time to turn in your pledge. No pledge is insignificant. Each additional dollar makes new ministries possible. Contact Tom Mays at pledge@fumcaustin.org or 512-478-5684 (ext. 205)... Read more »

Servant Hearts Needed for Cold Weather Shelter Program for Women

cold_weather100First Church is participating 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...Read more »

Church Office Closed for Christmas and New Year’s Holidays

December 24th-January 5th

happy_holidayThe church office will close at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, December 24th, in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. We will reopen on Monday, January 5th, at 8:00 a.m. Have a safe and blessed Christmas and New Year!...Read more »

Epiphany Celebration and Potluck

January 4th

epiphany2_100Start your new year with joy by celebrating Christ’s light in the world with your church family on Sunday, January 4th, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center! As we celebrate the arrival of the wise men, who brought their gifts for the Christ-child, you may bring your filled “My Advent Gift” boxes as gifts, or a full-size toiletry item (shampoo, diapers, body wash, etc.) for Family Promise and the Women’s Cold Weather Shelter...Read more »

Saturday Karate Class Celebrates First Anniversary

karate100Did you know that we have a Karate Class that meets in our Family Life Center every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Enrollment is open to students ages six to adult, with preference given to First Church members and staff. Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate classes provide a unique blend of activities...Read more »

Prodigals New Study: Broken and Blessed

Begins January 5th

broken_blessedThe Prodigals, our Monday Night Men’s Study Group, will begin their next study on Monday, January 5th. They will be reading and discussing Jessica LaGrone’s Broken and Blessed: God Changes the World One Person and One Family at a Time...Read more »

Talent Auditions for 175th Anniversary Variety Show

January 10th

Talent-audition100Show us your talent! Singing, dancing, acting, instrument playing, puppetry and acts of all kinds and ages are welcome! Come one and all to help take First Church into its 175th year in style. Auditions will be Saturday, January 10th, at 2:00 p.m. in the Murchison Chapel and...Read more »

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 »

2015 Habitat Methodist Build Needs Your Help!

habitat2013_dedicationFirst 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 »

Homebound, Independent, Assisted Living,and Skilled Nursing Members

thank_you41_100First Church would like to acknowledge and honor our Homebound, Independent, Assisted Living, and Skilled Nursing members who have given so much to our church during their years of membership. We are grateful for each and every one and the contributions they have made...Read more »

We Reached Our Goal for Capital Studios!

capital_studio100Thank you to everyone who donated bedding items or money for us to purchase items for the Welcome Home Baskets at Capital Studios! We collected over $5,000 of in-kind and monetary donations...Read more »

Invitation to Drop In for Coffee and Conversation

You-Are-Invited100Are you looking for thoughtful, lively conversation for an hour on Sunday mornings? Then look no farther than the Drop In Class...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...Read more »

Sign Up Altar Flower for 2015

altar_flowerAltar flower dates for 2015 are already being filled, so now is the time to reserve special dates for next year. Placing flowers on the altar for our worship services is a wonderful way to honor someone you love...Read more »

Covenant Bible Study Classes

Begin January 13th and 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 while demonstrating how the covenant relationship between God and people is woven throughout the Bible...Read more »

Rethink Leadership

February 7th

leadership100The district’s annual Rethink Leadership training event will be held on Saturday, February 7th, at St. John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Road. The event is free. Members of the Administrative Board, the Coordinating Team, and each of the ministry teams are encouraged to attend. Rethink Leadership is an annual district-wide training event that brings together lay people from across the area who are passionate about the mission of the church and interested in learning new skills and information about how they can transform the world through church leadership...Read more »


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Reminders for Sunday, December 21st

* Cookie Collection for Christmas Eve Breakfast
* Sock Collection for Christmas Eve Breakfast
* Children’s Manna Bag Sale
* “Home for the Holiday” College Class
* December Mission Emphasis

Starry Night Video Invitation

starry_night_video160 Share the Starry Night video invitation to our Christmas Eve services found on our website with your friends on Facebook. Also, take home postcard invitations in the foyer to post or pass around.

Annual Christmas Eve Breakfast for the Homeless

christmas_eve_breakfast160 Our annual Christmas Eve Breakfast for the Homeless has been a First Church event for many years. This year’s breakfast will be held on Wednesday, December 24th, from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. We made a few changes last year, including an earlier time, to better accommodate our guests, who are always lined up early in the morning ready for breakfast...Read more »

“Looking for the Light”: FUMC Invitation to Advent


December 21st
Fourth Sunday of Advent
9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Scripture: Luke 1:46-55
Sermon: Mary and the Magnificat Kid
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, December 21st, at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome.
The Reverend Kathleen Jones will deliver the spoken word and the chapel quartet will present special Advent music.

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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Walking Through God’s Starry Night

christmas_nativity_starry_night160 This Advent we are inviting people to walk through God’s starry night by means of a wonderfully creative video, advertising our services on Christmas Eve. You can view this beautiful video on the church’s website at www.fumcaustin.org...Read more »

First United Methodist Church of Austin Celebrates Mile Marker 175

First Church may be older than the state of Texas, but we are not too old to throw a Texas-sized party. Program the following stops in to your GPS for a trip down memory lane and use this anniversary as a chance to reconnect through worship and celebration. This celebration will not be complete until You Are Here!...Read more »

December Mission Emphasis: Mobile Loaves & Fishes

--Scott Wilder, Mobile Loaves & Fishes Coordinator
An old man is walking along a beach and he sees at a distance a young boy, standing in shallow water up to his ankles, repeatedly pick something up out of the water and throw it out into the surf. Curious, the old man approaches the boy and asks him what he’s doing. “I’m saving starfish,” the boy proudly answers, “the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them out into deeper water they will get stranded on the hot sand and die.” Amused, the old man says: “Son, don’t you realize there are thousands and thousands of starfish up and down many miles of this beach? You can’t possibly make a difference!” The boy reaches down into the shallow water...Read more »





* Servant Hearts Needed for Cold Weather Shelter Program for Women
* 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!
* Sock Collection for Christmas Eve Breakfast
* Volunteers Needed to Bake Cookies
* Volunteers Needed for College and Young Adult Group
* Looking For a Way to Add Meaning to Your Life in 2015?
* Training for Cold Weather Shelter

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...Read more »

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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 December 18, 2014)


Remember Those within Our Congregation
Hospital: Emily Eastman

Betty Berkey
Emerson Connell
Cate George
Bill Martin
Jinks Rector
David Stocker
Bill Thurman

Condolences to Greg Troclair and Caroline Jones on the death of their uncle, C. J. Ruth.

Remember Those Beyond Our Congregation
Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren and son, Travis
Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg
Tom Brown’s sister, Pam Smith
Gary and Maggie Lusk
Denise Neuman’s brother, Pete Neuman
Heather Schuelke’s mother, Darrellyn Smith
Cathy Stone’s sister, Jen
Terry Wiggins and Lorraine Papa
Dan Wood’s aunt, Audrey.
Condolences to the family and friends of John Winkler on his death.

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