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October 16th, 2014

the_joy_of_giving360_3Imagine all the people, sharing all the world—no need for greed or hunger. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you will join us, and the world will live as one.
--The Beatles

* Stewardship Witness by Mark and Darcy Hamre
* Stewardship Witness by Teresa Edwards

God has already imagined such a new world! And invites us to join in sharing God’s dream of making a world of difference...Read more »

Administrative Board Meeting

October 19th

fumc_front2Our Administrative Board will meet on Sunday, October 19th, in Wesley Hall immediately following our 11:00 a.m. worship service. Lunch will be provided for $9 per person. Board members and guests who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 16th. Contact Cindy Reidland at cindy@fumcaustin.org or 512-478-5684 (ext. 200)...Read more »

Children’s Manna Bag Sale

October 19th

manna_bag_breadOur third, fourth, and fifth graders assemble bags for you to buy and keep in your car so when you pass a homeless person, you can give him/her the bag instead of money...Read more »

Consecration Sunday

October 26th

giving100On Sunday, October 26th, we will consecrate our Estimates of Giving for 2015 at the communion rail. Next week you will receive in the mail a letter with your Estimate of Giving card. Please pray and give thoughtful consideration to what you can commit to God’s ministries through First United Methodist Church in 2015...Read more »

First United Methodist Church of Austin Celebrates Mile Marker 175

Destination: 175th Anniversary

you_are_here_175_100With Christians of many denominations, we will celebrate at the Lord’s table the catholic (universal) nature of the Christian Church, which transcends the boundaries of geography, language and culture...Read more »

Donations Needed for Foundation Communities Welcome Home Baskets

Now - November 16th

Foundation_Communities100Many Downtown Churches are partnering with Foundation Communities to help furnish apartments at their new downtown complex. First Church will help welcome home these new downtown residents by collecting 70 of the following items: pillows, full size set of sheets/pillowcases, full size blankets, full size comforters, and full size bed mattress covers...Read more »

gentle_reminder360A Gentle Reminder for 2014 Financial Commitments
As 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 »
A Gentle Reminder for Organ Repair Fund
If you made a pledge to our Organ Fund, please have your payment to us by Friday, October 31st...Read more »

Coming in November: The Word Preached

A Collection of Sermons by Kathleen Jones

kathleen_book100To honor the Reverend Kathleen Jones, several First Church members are working on a compilation of sermons preached by Kathleen, spanning 1997 until her retirement in 2014. This book will be ready for purchase just in time for holiday gift giving...Read more »

Gifts-to-the-World Market

November 23rd

gifts_to_the_world_market-100_2This year’s Gifts-to-the-World Market will be on one Sunday only, November 23rd. Join us in the foyer of our Family Life Center to make purchases for those hard-to-buy-for people or world-friendly relatives. Come shop ‘til you drop!...Read more »

Can You Help Us Find Our “Lost Sheep?”

lost_sheepThe following are people on our membership rolls with whom we have lost contact and who are listed as “Address Unknown.” The readings follow the procedure set forth in The Book of Discipline for location or removal of ¬¬people from church rolls...Read more »


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Reminders for Sunday, October 19th

* Administrative Board Meeting
* Children’s Manna Bag Sale
* October Café Mission
* October Mission Emphasis/Communion Rail Offering


October 19th
Seventh Sunday of Kingdomtide
World Communion Sunday
9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Scripture: Haggai 1:5-6; Luke 12:33-34
Sermon: GDIC Insured!

Worship Schedule in the Murchison Chapel
Monthly at 9:00 a.m. A service will be held in Murchison Chapel on Sunday, October 19th, at 9:00 a.m. Ken Murdock will be the worship leader for this informal lay-lead service.
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Pastor’s Column

--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 »

October Mission Emphasis: World Communion Sunday

World Communion Sunday is a time to be in communion with Christians all over the world and to enable us to “press on toward the goal” of serving God in life-changing ministries...Read more »


Volunteer Opportunities

* Needed: Sanctuary Sound Technicians
* Needed: Sanctuary Acolytes
* We Need You: Teaching Is a Form of Nurturing
* Volunteers Needed for College and Young Adult Group
* “Feed My People”
* Ushers Needed for Sanctuary Services

Sermons Online

sermon_online160_2 * Want to Leap for Joy? (Rev. John Wright, 10/12)
* Stewardship Witness by Mark and Darcy Hamre (10/12)



Stephen Ministry

Halloween ghosts and goblins are scary fun, but sometimes real life gets too scary. That’s when a Stephen Minister can be of help. A Stephen Minister meets a care receiver on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support. Men are paired with men; women with women...Read more »

Online Giving

Other Information

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

Prayer Concerns This Week (As of October 16, 2014)


Remember Those within Our Congregation
Gussie Fallin
Mecy Leiser

Ruth Howie
William Mayo
David Stocker

Condolences to:
Barbara Ruth on the passing of her cousin, Tony McComas and to his wife, Charlene

Remember Those Beyond Our Congregation
Susan Griffith's friend, Clint Winn
Laurie Barr’s mother, Eleanor Smith
Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren
Laura Carpenter’s friends and family
Cindy Gunderson’s friends, Mike and Chris H
Susan Hensley’s father, Billy Willard
Curtis and Mary Higgs’ son, Jimmy Higgs
Pam Steves’ father, Paul Rider
Cathy Stone’s friend, Leta
Debbie Watt’s mother

Condolences to:
Brad Buckanan on the passing of his great uncle, Gordon Riegle
Reed McNitsky on the passing of his grandmother
Doak Thomas on the passing of his sister, Carol Ann

The Ebola Outbreak
The November Election

Border Ministries working to feed and house immigrant children
Church World Service; Nominations Committee
Stewardship and Connections Ministries
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