“The Journey” Advent Series

This Advent Season, we join God’s journey into our world. Step by step, drawing on the work of historians, archeologists, and theologians, we will retrace the steps of those involved in the birth of Jesus. We’ll travel through the stories of Mary, Joseph, and Elizabeth on our way to the manger so we can discover greater insights about this story and what it means for our lives.

1st Sunday of Advent

Sunday, November 28
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38
Sermon: “Mary of Nazareth”

2nd Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 5
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-24
Sermon: “Joseph of Bethlehem”

3rd Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 12
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Luke 1:39-45
Sermon: “Visiting Elizabeth”

4th Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 19
Preacher: Rev. Laura Merrill,
District Superintendent
Sermon: TBD

Christmas Eve

Friday, December 24
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Luke 2:1-20
Sermon: “One Journey Leads to the Next”


Advent Kickoff

Sunday, November 28, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
FLC Great Hall
Come explore the meaning of Advent by creating an Advent wreath with your church family. We will make wreaths, play Advent Bingo, and share fellowship. Live greens and wreath supplies (one per household) are available by reservation on a first-come, first-served basis for a donation of $20. No purchase or registration required to attend and enjoy the fun. Children and youth will not have regular Sunday School that day, so bring the whole family to the party! Volunteers are needed for check-in and clean-up. Reserve your wreath supplies and sign up to volunteer on the event page. 


Decorating and Holiday Stroll

Saturday, December 4, 4:00-8:30 p.m.
SAN Wesley Hall
Kick off your holiday by decorating spaces around the church and offering hospitality to Austinites of all ages heading to and coming from the Holiday Stroll. We will begin with decorating the Sanctuary, Family Life Center, and outdoor spaces. A come-and-go potluck meal will be shared from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Wesley Hall. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., volunteers will greet event attendees with hot chocolate and cookies, and bathroom access. Sign up for our decorating team, potluck, and/or hospitality team.

Advent Study: The Journey

Sundays, December 5-19, 10:00 a.m.

EDU Murchison Chapel
Join Dr. Brad King for an in-depth study of Adam Hamilton’s The Journey, which forms the basis of our Advent sermon series. Through engagement with the historical data and archeological research at a deeper level, the most amazing moment in history will become more real and heart-felt for you this season. Attend in person or on Zoom. A limited number of books are available for purchase through registration.

WayS to give

Sock Collection

Sundays, December 5-19
We are collecting new, white, adult-sized tube socks to give to our unhoused neighbors at our annual Christmas Eve Breakfast. As you are out and about shopping, consider picking up a bag or two of socks. You may place donations in the collection bins located in the foyers of the Chapel, Sanctuary, and Family Life Center on December 5, 12, and 19. You may also bring your donations to the church office Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


Cookie Collection

Sunday, December 19
Cookie bakers are needed to provide guests at the Christmas Eve Breakfast with a treat. Our goal is 100 zipped bags! Make your chocolate chip cookies (NO NUTS) and package six per bag in zipped plastic baggies. Please deliver your cookies to the Sanctuary Foyer on Sunday, December 19, or to the church office Monday-Wednesday, December 20-23, from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Pastor Cathy Stone at