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September 18, 2014

Join the Downtowners for a Discussion on Racism

September 28th

racismAll are invited to join the Downtowners Sunday School Class for an interactive discussion on Racism on Sunday, September 28th, from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. in Wesley Hall. Errol Hardin, Ph.D. candidate in Christian Education, will be the facilitator for this discussion on: initial reactions to the events in Ferguson, Missouri;...Read more »

Ushers Needed for Sanctuary Services

usher_greeting_hands100As we move into the fall season, your church would like you to consider becoming an usher for either the 9:00 or 11:00 a.m. sanctuary services. In order to make sure that our worship services run smoothly and that all our guests are greeted with a warm welcome, we invite you to become an usher...Read more »

Pride Parade

September 20th

fumc_pride_parade2013-100First Church will participate with several other United Methodist churches in the annual Pride Parade on Saturday, September 20th, at 8:00 p.m. Our participation is a way of witnessing to the Austin GLBTQ community that “all persons,” straight and gay, “are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God”...Read more »

Guest Preacher Reverend John McCullough

September 21st

MuCullough100First Church has been selected to host the Reverend John L. McCullough, an ordained United Methodist minister and President and CEO of Church World Service, on his upcoming Texas tour. He will preach in the sanctuary worship services on Sunday, September 21st, at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday School classes and individuals are invited to Wesley Hall from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. to hear Reverend McCullough describe in greater detail the work of Church World Service (CWS) and to ask him questions...Read more »

Children’s Manna Bag Sale

September 21st

mannabag3_100Our third, fourth, and fifth graders assemble bags for you to buy and keep in your car so that when you pass a homeless person, you can give him/her the bag instead of money...Read more »

“Feed My People”

September 23rd

FeedMyPeople1_100We need MORE volunteers when we host our next “Feed My People” Fourth Tuesday Breakfast on September 23rd. Come experience this ministry that feeds breakfast to 300 of our homeless guests. 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 »

Deadline for October Newsletter

September 25th

deadline_clock2The submission deadline for the Monthly Newsletter for October is 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, Septemer 25th. This is your chance to reach our church family with news about your upcoming events, ministries, and Sunday School classes...Read more »

Donors Needed for “Life Is In Your Hands” Blood Drive

September 28th

blood_drive2_roundIf you saw someone stepping in front of a car and knew you could save their life by taking one action, would you? It may seem less dramatic, but a few minutes spent in Sunday, September 28 can save a life...Read more »

Baptism Counseling Class

September 28th

baptism_johnw100Baptism is the sacrament marking the enlistment of disciples of Christ. Persons seeking baptism for themselves or their children need to attend a baptism class. The next scheduled class is Sunday, September 28th, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m...Read more »

First Steps

September 28th

first_step3Worship leads us to make commitments to God. If your response involves taking a first step to become a follower of Christ and/or a member of this church, fill out the First Steps card clipped to the pew back and place it in the offering plate...Read more »

Family Promise

October 12-18

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 »

Kids’ Night Out

October 10th

Kids-Night-Out2_100On the second Friday of every month, we offer parents and children a “Kids’ Night Out” for a small fee. While parents enjoy a grown-up evening out, children play, eat pizza, and watch a movie with our trained childcare staff. We accept infants through fourth graders on a first-come basis...Read more »


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Reminders for Sunday, September 21st

* Guest Preacher Reverend John McCullough
* Sign Up for “Life Is In Your Hands” Blood Donation Drive
* Children’s Manna Bag Sale
* September Café Mission
* September Mission Emphasis/Communion Rail Offering


September 21st
Third Sunday of Kingdomtide
Sanctuary Worship
9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Guest Preacher: The Reverend John McCullough
Executive Director of Church World Service

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Pastor's Column

--John A. Wright
The Rev. Anthony Robinson, senior pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church (UCC), a progressive congregation in Seattle, 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 »

September Mission Emphasis: “Feed My People”

First Church hosts the “Feed My People” Breakfast Program of the non-profit organization Foundation for the Homeless, Inc. (FFH) each Tuesday and Thursday, every week of the year in our Family Life Center. Guests receive a hot breakfast and can also shower. As you can imagine, a lot of water, electricity, plates, cups, napkins, cutlery, and cleaning supplies are used. In addition to hosting all the breakfasts, First Church buys the food and drink for the breakfast on the 4th Tuesday of each month...Read more »


Sermons Online

sermon_online160_2 * “Dance with Me” (Rev. John Wright, 9/14)
* “Where Jesus’ Revolution Begins” (Rev. John Wright, 9/7)



Stephen Ministry

Back to school, sometimes it’s good, sometimes it brings on the blues. School is all about judgment and evaluation, especially in today’s competitive environment...Read more »

Volunteer Opportunities

* “Feed My People”
* Family Promise
* Ushers Needed for Sanctuary Services
* September Café Mission

Sign Up for Altar Flowers

Online Giving

Other Information

*Sign Up for Altar Flowers
There are only two available dates left to fill: October 5th and 26th.
* Prayer Request
Pastors On Call
Sacrament of Baptism
“Knit Wits” Prayer Shawl Ministry
Holding an Event at FUMC?

Prayer Concerns This Week (As of September 18, 2014)


Remember Those within Our Congregation

Nell Broadbent
Katie Cooley
Ruth Howie
Sally Watkins
Olivia Weldon


Congratulations to:


Remember Those Beyond Our Congregation
Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren
Richard & Marilyn Bettis’ friend, Don Daeley
Eleanor & Emerson Connell’s grandson, Peter
Judy Funke’s niece, Loretta Lightner
Bob Garrett’s mother, Myrta Ann Garrett
Susan Hensley’s father, Billy Willard
Larry Peters’ brother-in-law, Mike Gossett
Pam Steves’ father, Paul Rider
Amy Spicer’s daughter & Nancy Haines’ granddaughter, Ashley Lloyd
Kathy Tullos’ cousin, David Smith
Carol Walker’s friend, Tim Kemp
Condolences to friends and family of Ryan and Kylie Murphy who were killed in an auto accident
For all women who are struggling with fertility treatment

Border Ministries working to feed and house immigrant children
Deicke Clinic in Liberia
Covenant Bible study
Stewardship ministries.
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