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April 16, 2014

holy_week_services_info360 During Holy Week we recall the triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; the Last Supper in the context of the Passover on Maundy Thursday; the arrest, trial, and crucifixion on Good Friday; the burial and rest in the tomb on Holy Saturday; and, finally, the resurrection early on the first day of the week, Easter Sunday...Read more »


April 20th

Today, for Christians, is the greatest day of the year! Lilies and trumpets herald the glory of Easter. It is the eighth day, the first day of the beginning of the new creation. Today all creation rises up to laugh in the face of death...Read more »

Easter Offering

April 20th

kathleen100_2014You are invited to make a special Easter Offering, over and above your regular giving, in honor of the Risen Christ. Because the risen Christ most often is experienced in communities of faith, this year’s offering will help build three communities of faith...Read more »

Catered Dinner to Honor Kathleen Jones

Reservation Deadline: May 12th

kathleen100_2014To recognize and celebrate Kathleen’s life-long service to the church, a catered dinner to honor Kathleen’s retirement from 50 years of ministry, hosted by Downtowners’ Sunday School Class, is scheduled for Friday, May 23rd, at 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Dinner reservations are $20 each, with seating limited to 300 guests. Reservations are finalized when payment for dinner is received on or prior to May 12th...Read more »

Church Office Closed

April 21st

The church office will be closed on Monday, April 21st, in observance of the Easter holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, April 22nd, at 8:00 a.m. One of our pastors will be “on call” for emergencies after 6:00 p.m. Thursday through 8:00 a.m. Tuesday...Read more »

“Feed My People”

April 22nd

We need more volunteers when we host our next “Feed My People” Fourth Tuesday Breakfast on April 22nd. 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 »

Basic Training: Journey 101--Serving God

Begins April 23rd

How can you know, love, and serve God in a life-changing way? Journey 101 is a three-part course that helps you answer this question as it guides you on the journey of growing as a Christian. Utilizing 15 core traits of a deeply committed Christian, the series guides you...Read more »

Reconciling Ministries Service

April 27th

This year’s Reconciling Ministries Service will be on Sunday, April 27th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary, with a reception to follow in the Great Hall of the Family Life Center. This service will feature Frank Schaefer as the preacher...Read more »

Order Alternative Gifts for Mother’s Day

Order Deadline: May 5th

On Mother’s Day, May 11th, you are invited to honor your Mother--and other women who are important to you--by making an alternate gift that helps a mother and family in need. As you make your gift,...Read more »

Family Promise

May 4th-10th

Family 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, in finding housing and employment...Read more »

First Church to Host World Music Concert

May 17th

Austin American Statesman photoblogger commented last year “I think one of the best kept secrets in Austin is its World Music scene.” What is world music? Wikipedia defines it as “a musical category encompassing many different styles of music from around the world,...Read more »

VBS Decorating Work Day

May 18th

Join us for fellowship and fun at our Vacation Bible School (VBS) Decorating Work Day on Sunday, May 18th, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. in Room 108 and Wesley Hall. We will gather as families to paint, cut, and assemble...Read more »

First Church Plans Farewells for Kathleen Jones and Jen Stuart

There is a time for every purpose under heaven..., and that includes time to say good-bye to clergy that have served First Church ministries with leadership, love, and longevity...Read more »

Life in the City Gets New Pastor

The Reverend Valerie Sansing will be appointed as pastor to lead the efforts to establish Life in the City as a new faith community in Austin. Its mission is to reach secular city dwellers and the un-churched and de-churched, especially those in Austin’s urban center...Read more »

Books Needed for Next Pickle Elementary Book Sale

If you are doing some spring cleaning, the Genesis Sunday School class would love to have your gently used preschool and elementary-aged children’s books for the Pickle Elementary “quarter book sale”...Read more »


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Reminders for Sunday, April 20th

* April Café Mission benefits our Eurasia Mission Team
* April Mission Emphasis
* Easter Services
* Easter Offering
* Manna Bag Sale
* Life In The City

April 20th
Easter Sunday
9:00 a.m., Murchison Chapel
9:00 and 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary

6:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Click here to see Holy Week Services (April 13 through April 20) »

Merry Easter?

The following is excerpted and edited from “Easter Changes Everything” by Frederica Mathewes-Green, originally posted at www.beliefnet.com. It’s that time of year again, when school children are coloring pictures of Jesus hanging from the cross, car dealers are promoting...Read more »

April Mission Emphasis: Native American Ministries Sunday

We at First Church are celebrating the United Methodist Church’s connection with Native Americans during the month of April. United Methodists celebrate, cultivate, and support urban missions with Native Americans and...Read more »

Sign Up Now for the April FreeStore Volunteer Opportunities!

Sermons Online

* “Easter Is Like–New Life for the Dead” (Rev. John Wright, 4/6)
* Life In The City (Kim Block, Testimony, 4/6)

Volunteer Opportunities

* Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Our Wonderful Volunteers...
* Hospital Visitation Team Looking for New Members
* Sign Up to Help the Easter Bunny
* Books Needed for Next Pickle Elementary Book Sale
* Donations Needed
* First Saturdays at the FreeStore Sign Up
* Volunteers Needed for “Feed My People”
* Volunteers Needed for Weekly FreeStore Collection
* Workshop of Wonders! Vacation Bible School Is Not Just For Kids!

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a care giving and receiving ministry in which trained lay members meet regularly with people whose lives are in crisis...Read more »

Altar Flower Sign Up for 2014

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Other Information

*Sign Up for Altar Flower Dates
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Pastors On Call
Sacrament of Baptism
“Knit Wits” Prayer Shawl Ministry
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Prayer Concerns This Week (As of April 16, 2014)

Remember Those within Our Congregation
Wade Bingaman
Eleanor Connell
Eliza Fenton
Bob Garrett
Howard & Helen Payton

Louise Bettis
Howard Bryam
Jimmie Sue Francis
Wamac Soward
Gazelle Sump

Remember Those Beyond Our Congregation
Laurie Barr’s mother, Eleanor Smith and aunt, Janet Piwonka
Richard & Marilyn Bettis’ friend, Matthew Turner
Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren
Peggy Davis’ friend, Jan
Susan Hensley’s father, Billy Willard
Mary Higgs’ friend, Helen Hanson
Judy Kostura’s friends, Jennifer, Katie and Dustin
Ivan & Glenna Marks’ daughter, Gay
Barbara Ruth’s mother, Jewel Ruth
Amy Spicer’s daughter & Nancy Haines’ granddaughter, Ashley Lloyd
Alan Stephens’ mother, Genevieve

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