For more than forty years, FUMC Austin has been sending youth and adults to Appalachia to build relationships and repair homes to make them warmer, safer, and drier. We do this through the Appalachia Service Project (ASP). This service trip is one of the backbones of our high school youth ministry, providing opportunities to teach service and sensitivity in an environment away from home and beyond our comfort zone. ASP helps us to build stronger relationships with each other, and with the Appalachian communities we serve. Last year, ASP was unable to host volunteers due to COVID-19. This year, they will be up and running with increased need in their communities, and we have created a plan to safely return June 18-29.

In order to keep costs manageable for our more than forty youth and adult team leaders, we are asking for your help in raising a total of $25,000. Many of you who have been around the church for a while know we usually raise this money through our sidewalk “stock sale” after worship on Sundays. This year, our stock sale has gone online along with everything else, and we’re raising money as a team instead of individually as in the past. This trip cannot happen without the generosity and support of our FUMC family. Please take a look at these videos for stories from our youth about what ASP means to them, and then go online to donate toward this important mission of the church. We thank you for your contribution. For more information, please contact Youth Director Devon Bailey at