Lenten Book Study
Sundays, March 10-April 14, 10:00 a.m., Wesley Hall
For the season of Lent, we will be hosting a churchwide study of Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week by author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine. Jesus’ final days were full of risk. Every move he made was filled with anticipation, danger, and the potential for great loss or great reward. The author explores the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story. She shows us how the text raises ethical and spiritual questions for the reader, and how we all face risk in our Christian experience.
Study groups will meet for six weeks, on the same day of the week at the same time. Register at fumcaustin.org/lentstudy.
Lenten Worship Series
This year, in this holy season of preparation leading up to Easter, we delve deep into the last moments leading up to Jesus’ Crucifixion–his entrance into Jerusalem, being anointed with oil, overturning the tables, sharing the last supper, and facing God in the garden of Gethsemane. Step by step, we will make our way through these moments with Jesus on his way to the cross and beyond, as we connect more deeply with the Lord of life this Easter. View our worship schedule.
March 6, 7:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Sanctuary
We begin our Lenten journey by confronting our own sin and mortality. Ashes marked as a cross remind us that we will die, and yet we will always belong to God.
Ashes to Go
March 6, Sidewalk by Church, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
For those whose schedule prevents them from attending the later services, and as a public witness to passers-by, pastors will be outside of the church marking people with ashes.
Palm/Passion Sunday Worship
April 14, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary
We wave palms as the people welcome Jesus to the Holy City, and then we continue our journey with Him to the cross.
Lenten Labyrinth Experience
Murchison Chapel During Holy Week, April 15-21
During Holy Week, a labyrinth, an ancient pattern for prayer, meditation, and contemplation, will be available in Murchison Chapel during church office hours, during the Egg Festival, and on Easter Sunday. FUMC welcomes all members and guests who are downtown during the week to take part in this Lenten practice.
Maundy Thursday Worship
April 18, 12:10 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Gather with Jesus and his friends in the Upper Room to celebrate the Holy Meal and experience the washing of feet. Childcare for infants and toddlers is provided for the 7:30 p.m. evening service.
Good Friday Family Service
April 19, 10:30 a.m., EDU Murchison Chapel
Experience the stories of Christ’s life through Easter with age-appropriate prayer stations and walking the Labyrinth. Wear socks! Childcare for infants and toddlers is provided for the 10:30 a.m. Family Service.
Good Friday Worship Service
April 19, 12:10 p.m., Sanctuary
We experience Christ’s crucifixion through reading scripture, prayer, and singing hymns.
April 19, 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
We experience Christ’s crucifixion through Tenebrae, a service of darkness, with special music from the FUMC Choir. Childcare for infants and toddlers is provided for the 7:30 p.m. evening service.
Easter Egg Festival
Easter Egg Festival
April 20, 9:30-11:00 a.m., West Capitol Grounds
FUMC hosts an annual Easter Egg Festival on the Capitol Grounds at Colorado and 12th Street. This event is open to the public, so you may bring your friends and non-perishable food donations for Caritas of Austin. Join us on the Capitol lawn for face painting, crafts, games, preschool egg hunts, and elementary school egg roll races! A visit from the Easter Bunny is a special tradition.
Easter Sunday Worship
April 21, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Celebrate God’s victory over the powers of sin, oppression, and death in two identical services with Communion and full choir. Childcare for infants and toddlers is provided for both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Easter services.
April 21, 10:00 a.m., West Capitol Grounds
Enjoy the beauty of resurrection and new life as we release butterflies on the Capitol lawn.