In October, we’re celebrating a churchwide generosity emphasis called “Defying Gravity.” Beginning on October 15th in worship, we’ll examine the generous life—what it is and why it can be hard to experience. We’ll study the topic of generosity, including data from surveys, insights from experts, and conversations with generous people about their goals and habits. We want to understand why generosity brings people joy and what forces work against it. Many of us want to experience the significance of blessing others but feel trapped by past decisions and misled by a society that bombards us with messages of having more. The good news is that Jesus offers us a way to “defy gravity” and break free from the culture of more.
Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Rev. Michael Mumme
“Tethered to God: When We Get it Right”
Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Family Card Packs
Put your household on the path of a vibrant and generous life. “Defying Gravity” Family Card Packs give 28 daily exercises to help you recognize God’s abundance and practice your generosity. Card packs are available in the foyer.
Sunday School Series
Sundays, October 8, 15, 22, and 29
10:00-10:45 a.m, Wesley Hall
Stuff. And more stuff. And even more stuff. The next thing you know, we’re pulled into the orbit of materialism! In “Defying Gravity”, Tom Berlin takes a look at the difference between “want” and “need” and illustrates how possessions can create an unbearable weight on our lives. He shows us how too much stuff affects our ability to serve and thrive, and then he helps us explore what is required to sustain a vibrant life. Led by Rev. Michael Mumme, this four-week study, “Defying Gravity”, features uplifting stories of how generosity has changed and shaped lives.
We will place our Generosity Commitment Cards in the offering plate as an act of worship on October 29th. Completing and returning a Generosity Commitment Card expresses your intent and affirms your desire to honor God with your financial generosity. Your financial generosity enables all of our ministries to answer God’s call effectively. Sharing with the church your prayerful decision to be generous makes it possible for us to confidently make and implement bold plans for effective ministry. You may also submit your pledge online at fumcaustin.org/pledge.
Time and Talents Survey
What are your talents? God blesses each of us with gifts to be used together to form the body of Christ in the church and do God’s work in the world. In addition to our financial generosity, we also give to God of our time and talents. Are you a great organizer of events? Enjoy public speaking? Handy around the house? You can serve God through the church with your talents. Fill out our Time and Talents Survey at fumcaustin.org/talents or place a printed brochure in the offering plate. Printed copies are available in the foyer.
Church-wide Celebration Picnic
We will celebrate our ministry and growth in generosity at a church-wide picnic. Bring your picnic blanket and come prepared to purchase lunch from food trucks: Blue Basil (Asian Fusion), Taco Food Group, and Evil Weiner. Have a favorite outdoor game to share? Feel free to bring games – washers, kickball, or even Frisbees – as we gather for fellowship and fun!
2018 Ministry Outlook
The Beloved Community, as described by Martin Luther King, Jr. penned for his vision a world in which poverty, hunger and homelessness have no place, and where “discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.” It is a picture of the Kingdom of God. King’s vision reflects God’s dream for the world. In the pages of our 2017 Ministry Outlook, you’ll find that this very work is happening in the ministry of First United Methodist Church: Doing Justice, Loving Kindness, and Walking Humbly with God. When we join our hands together, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray, work, teach, share, and love our way into a new community. When we give to the Church, we participate in every single one of these ministries; the stories of ministry and transformation in this booklet become our stories too. Click to view Ministry Outlook.