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November 26th, 2014


Stewardship Campaign: We Are Making Great Progress!

As of November 25th (four weeks into the campaign), we have received 244 pledges totaling $1,316,711. At the same point last year, we had received 255 pledges totaling $1,338,848. We anticipate receiving at least another 50+ pledges. (Last year’s campaign ended with 288 pledges for $1,416,000.) If you have not submitted your pledge yet, please do so today, so that we can complete our 2015 ministry plan. You can call your pledge in confidentially to Tom Mays, Business Administrator, at 512-478-5684 (ext. 205) or email pledge@fumcaustin.org. Thank you!
* Click here to listen to Stewardship Witnesses.

Church Office Closed

November 26th and 27th

thanksgiving100_2The church office will be closed on Wednesday, November 26th, at 12:00 noon and all day Thursday, November 27th, in observance of Thanksgiving. We will reopen on Monday, December 1st, at 8:00 a.m. Have a safe and happy holiday...Read more »

Food Drive for Caritas

Now-November 29th

caritas100In support of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness, First Church is hosting a food drive benefiting Caritas, a non-profit organization that helps prevent homelessness, poverty, and hunger in Central Texas. Caritas of Austin relies on community support to provide food and household items to the 20,000 individuals...Read more »

Discussion on Racism Continued

November 30th

racism100The journey of education and love continues on Sunday, November 30th, at 10:00 a.m. in Wesley Hall. Come join Sunday School classes and members of our church family as we engage in compassionate conversation about racism and the ways we can make a difference through our church and in our community...Read more »

2014 #GivingTuesday

December 2nd

giving_tuesday100Multiply your impact on Tuesday, December 2nd. Your gift to mission that is made online through The Advance on UMC #GivingTuesday could be matched dollar for dollar up to $1 million!. ..Read more »

Advent Activities and Games and Potluck Dinner

December 6th

christmas_star_musicGather with church friends for an evening of Advent merriment on Saturday, December 6th.
Advent Activities and Games, Potluck Dinner, and Caroling
5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wesley Hall
Downtown Holiday Stroll and Capital Tree Lighting
7:00 p.m., Capital...Read more »

Training for Cold Weather Shelter

December 7th

cold-weather2First Church is a Tuesday night host for Cold Weather Shelter for Women. We will have training for our volunteers on Sunday, December 7th, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Garrison Chapel of our Family Life Center. This will include a short version of Mental Health First Aid training. Snacks will be provided...Read more »

Can You Help Put Up the Church’s Christmas Trees?

December 7th

christmas_tree100_roundWe need a half dozen volunteers to put up the Christmas trees and to hang the garland around the balcony and chancel area in the sanctuary during the first week of December in advance of Sunday, December 7th...Read more »

Christmas Poinsettia Sale

Now-December 8th

poinsettia2Beautiful poinsettias on the communion rails, around the trees, in the foyers...a great way to celebrate someone you love or who is now in God’s hands...Read more »

Books Needed for Pickle Elementary Book Sale

Now - December 10th

pickle_book_girls100The next Pickle Elementary Book Sale has been re-scheduled for Friday, December 12th. Please bring all gently used or new book donations to the Genesis classroom, located behind the Library in the Sanctuary Building. Spanish language books are appreciated and kids also love adventure, animals, exploration, dinosaurs, fairies, monsters, and sports books...Read more »

“Life Is In Your Hands” Blood Drive

December 14th

blood_drive2_roundOur church will host a “Life Is In Your Hands” blood donation drive on Sunday, December 14th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Wesley Hall. This will be a challenge, due to the Christmas holiday season, but it is around the holidays that The Blood and Tissue Center’s supply usually decreases and they could definitely use our donations...Read more »

Servant Hearts Needed for Family Promise

December 14th-21st

family_promise_logo100Family 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 »

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 »

You Are Invited to Join the “Knit Wits”

knitwits100The “Knit Wits” invite all knitters and crocheters to join them at 1:30 p.m. in Room 210 of the Sanctuary Building on the first and third Wednesdays of each month to knit or crochet shawls for those who are ill, grieving, or in need of comfort...Read more »

Mobile Loaves & Fishes

mobile-loaves-food100Mobile Loaves & Fishes (MLF) is a social outreach ministry that empowers communities into a lifestyle of service with the homeless. Their mission to provide food and clothing and promote dignity to our homeless brothers and sisters in need is accomplished through their core programs...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 »

A Gentle Reminder for 2014 Financial Commitments

gentle_reminder100As 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 »

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...Read more »


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Reminders for Sunday, November 30th

* Advent Devotional Materials in the Foyer
* Decorating for the Advent Season
* Need a Turkey Break This Holiday Season?
* Discussion on Racism Continued
* November Café Mission benefit the FUMC Emergency Assistance Fund
* November Mission Emphasis/Communion Rail Offering
In the last two church bulletins, we mentioned a website with a very interesting “test” concerning homelessness and poverty. It takes five minutes of your time, but it helps you to see why just having a job does not elevate one out of homelessness. At the beginning, you have three choices for a “job” and that determines how much you have to spend for the month. You must decide on health insurance, food, and everyday issues...
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“Looking for the Light”: FUMC Invitation to Advent


November 30th
First Sunday of Advent
9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Scripture: Romans 13:11-14
Sermon: Breaking the Spell
The Reverend John Wright

Worship Schedule in the Murchison Chapel
Monthly 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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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,...Read more »

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: Seven Ways Congregational Culture Needs to Change (pt.3)

--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 »

November Mission Emphasis: First Church Emergency Assistance Fund

The First Church Emergency Assistance Fund enables our Care Coordinator and clergy to provide emergency assistance each week. In addition, the fund is able to provide occasional assistance with rent, utilities, scholarships to church-sponsored events, and a variety of other requests for aid as long as funding is available. In these times of economic difficulty, requests for assistance have increased, and our Emergency Assistance fund has run dry...Read more »

Sermons Online

sermon_online160_2 * “3D Thanksgiving Feast” (Rev. John Wright, 11/23/2014)



Volunteer Opportunities

* 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!
* Family Promise Volunteers
* Office Volunteers
* Volunteers Needed for College and Young Adult Group
* “Feed My People”
* Ushers Needed for Sanctuary Services

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. Stephen Ministers don’t solve problems or engage in therapy, they walk with you through the shadows and listen to what is on your heart. One care receiver put it this way, “My Stephen Minister listens—really listens. I never realized how helpful and healing such a simple act can be.”...Read more »

Online Giving

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 November 26, 2014)


Remember Those within Our Congregation
Hospital: Brooks Gallman

Jo Ann Beavers
Laura Carpenter
Howard Payton

Condolences to Trevor Harper on the death of his uncle, Tim Hancock
Congratulations to John and Jackie McIntosh on their 46th Wedding anniversary and joining FUMC in November 2006

Remember Those Beyond Our Congregation
Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren and son, Travis
Laura Carpenter’s friends and family
Bob Garrett’s mother, Myrta Ann Garrett
Bert Greene’s mother, Laura
Susan Hensley’s father, Billy Willard
Paullette MacDougal

Prayers for Pastor Lynn Barton of Westlake United Methodist Church

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