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 email@example.com
. Thank you!
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Church Office Closed
November 26th and 27th
The 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
In 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
The 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 »
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Advent Activities and Games and Potluck Dinner
Gather 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
First 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?
We 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
Beautiful 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
The 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
Our 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
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 »
2015 Habitat Methodist Build Needs Your Help!
First 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”
The “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 & 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
This 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
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 »
Sign Up Altar Flower for 2015
Altar 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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