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July 24, 2014

Organ Repair: We Need Your Quick Response!

Update on Organ Repair Fund

organ_pipe_concert100Thank you for your quick and generous responses to the call for funds for our organ repair.
Needed: $374,000
On Hand: $205,756
Paid or Pledged: $269,675
Total: $275,431
For many years, the sanctuary organ has been in dire need of repair. R. A. Colby, the organ company we would like to have make the repairs, has had a job cancelled and can work with us to have those repairs completed by Christmas. Since the next available time Colby could offer is spring of 2016, we would like to ACT NOW!...Read more »

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covenant_bible_study100Covenant is a new in-depth Bible study course from Cokesbury. Touted as the new Disciple Bible Study for today’s busy generation, Covenant will cover the Bible in three modules: Creating the Covenant, Living the Covenant, and Trusting the Covenant...Read more »

Deadline for August Newsletter

July 24th

deadline_clock2The submission deadline for the Monthly Newsletter for August is 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 24th. This is your chance to reach our church family with news about your upcoming events, ministries, and Sunday School classes...Read more »

Which Way Home Screening and Expert Panel

July 26th

which_way_home100This screening of the film Which Way Home is hosted by Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)...Read more »

Special Offering to Offer Humanitarian Assistance to the Border Children

July 27th

border_children100Bishop Jim Dorff, having just visited the Valley, has issued an appeal for United Methodist to receive a special offering to help with feeding and housing the children coming across the border. We will forward our offering directly to UM offices in McAllen and Laredo...Read more »

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

August 4th-8th

vbs2014_logo2 Volunteers Needed: Are You Ready to Serve?
Training Session on July 27th
Decoration Day on August 3rd

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Group for College Students and Recent Graduates

young_adults_roundAre you a high school graduate, a college student, or a recent college graduate? If so, you are invited to a small group time of faith and fellowship. All are welcome— whether you are a regular here at First Church, haven’t been in a few years, or are brand new and want to check it out! We will meet on Sundays from 10:00 to10:45 a.m...Read more »

Missionaries in Training: Workshop of Wonders

(VBS for Middle School Youth)

vbs_2014_logo100All youth who have completed 5th-8th grade are invited to our annual Missionaries in Training (MIT) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the week of August 4th-8th. Join us in the Workshop of Wonders as we discover how the ordinary becomes extraordinary with God! We will experience the love of Jesus, meet people from the Bible who did amazing things with God, and learn creative ways to build our faith...Read more »

ASP Slide Show

August 10th

asp_logo100On Sunday, August 10th, all are invited to a slide show of this year’s Appalachia Service Project (ASP) trip to Fentress County, Tennessee. Join us in Wesley Hall following the 11:00 a.m. worship service to learn more about the trip,...Read more »

United Methodist Women Book Discussions

August 21st

umw_logo100Are you a book junkie? Do you like to discuss books with others? Are you interested in finding out more about UMW? Please join either the Joy Circle or the Whole Susanna Circle during the month of August for a lively discussions about other faiths and cultures...Read more »

FreeStore Backpack and School Supplies Drive

back_to_school_supplies-100In July our church will be collecting new backpacks and school supplies for the FreeStore. Elementary aged students will be given vouchers in late July and early August to be used for a special Back-to-School Event on Saturday, August 16th. Each voucher can be used for a backpack and school supplies for their grade level...Read more »

Pride Parade T-Shirt Sale

reconciling_ministry100_2It is time to order T-shirts for this year’s Pride Parade on Saturday, September 20th. If you would like one or if you need a new one, contact Libby Sykora at libby@fumcaustin.org...Read more »

Highlights from Annual Conference 2014

annual_conference2014_100 During the Annual Conference Session in Corpus Christi, First Church-Austin received the Community Achievement Award for Justice from the Southwest Texas Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA)...Read more »

Operating Fund Financial Results

May Year-to-Date 2014

finance-reportWe received about $28K for the month less than we expected and about $9.7K more than last year. We paid our Apportionments through May on time and still spent $17K less than planned...Read more »


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Reminders for Sunday, July 27th

* Special Offering to Offer Humanitarian Assistance to the Border Children
* Vacation Bible School (VBS) Training Session
* Good-bye Reception for Erin Murchison
* Group for College Students and Graduates
* July Mission Emphasis and Communion Rail Offering


July 27th
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Sanctuary Worship
9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Scripture: 12:1-2:3
Sixth in the series "Summer School: Back to the Basics"
Beginning at the Beginning with Stories from Genesis
Sermon: “Wandering”
The Reverend John Wright, Preacher
(In July, the Reverend John Wright continues the series of sermons on the stories of Genesis, which began in June.)

Chapel Worship
During the summer months, lay-led services will be held in the Murchison Chapel monthly: August 17th with Chip Morris. There will be special music by chapel musicians.
On other summer Sundays, a blended 9:00 a.m. service, combining musicians and leaders from both 9:00 a.m. services, will be held in the Sanctuary.
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August 4th-8th
All children (ages three years through entering 5th grade) are invited to join us for our Workshop of Wonders! Vacation Bible School (VBS) the week of August 4th-8th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come discover how the ordinary becomes extraordinary with God!

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Summer: A Time of Transition for Our Staff

--The Reverend Barbara J. Ruth
At the last Administrative Board meeting in April, Jan Berger, chairperson of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, explained to Board members that this spring and summer would be a time of transition for our pastoral and lay staff...Read more »

July Mission Emphasis and Communion Rail Offering

First Church wants to provide 150 back packs filled with school supplies for the Back-to-School (Free) Shopping Event at the Austin FreeStore on Saturday, August 16th. Purchase items from the list on the next page and then bring your items to one of the donation boxes in the foyer or the Family Life Center...Read more »

Sermons Online

sermon_online160 * “In Search of Noah’s Ark” (Rev. John Wright, 7/20)
Fifth in a series on the stories of Genesis, entitled: “Summer School: Back to the Basics”

July Events for Life in the City




Stephen Ministry

“We all need somebody to lean on,” the song says and so it is. One of the advantages of being part of a Christian community is having people who care about you and stand with you when things get tough...Read more »

Volunteer Opportunities

* Volunteers Needed for Hospital Visitation Team
* FreeStore
* Volunteers Needed for “Feed My People”
* VBS Volunteers Needed: Are You Ready to Serve?

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Other Information

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* Prayer Request
Pastors On Call
Sacrament of Baptism
“Knit Wits” Prayer Shawl Ministry
Holding an Event at FUMC?

Prayer Concerns This Week (As of July 24, 2014)

Remember Those within Our Congregation
Pam Jackson

Eleanor Connell
George Anne Rogers

Congratulations to Ryan Rightmer on his marriage

Condolences to Michael Carrillo on the loss of his brother
Condolences to Jim Parker on the death of his cousin
Condolences to the Simsak family on the death of their grandmother, Rose

Remember Those Beyond Our Congregation
Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren
Dean Cluck’s daughter, Pauline
Susan Griffith’s friends, John and Margaret Herman
Curtis and Mary Higgs ‘ daughter-in-law, Jan Higgs
Riley Nix’s grandparents, Bill and Almedia and friends, Casey Paul, and Dorothy White
Paul Prescott
Steven Spears’ friend, John Moon
Amy Spicer’s daughter & Nancy Haines’ granddaughter, Ashley Lloyd
Alan Stephens’ mother, Genevieve
Cynthia Thomas’ husband, Gary

Condolences to the friends and family of Linda Jean Myers, wife of Rev. Ron Meyers.

Jen Stuart family and all United Methodist pastors starting new appointments Staff transitions
Summer Sunday School Teachers
Vacation Bible School (VBS) planning
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