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Fall Studies & Small Groups

All the likes and shares without any of the scrolling—small groups and short and longer term Bible studies are a chance to find support and intergenerational community. Find yours this fall!

If you have questions about these opportunities or are looking for particular ways to connect in community at FUMC Austin, contact Director of Adult Discipleship Emily Buchanan.

SUNDAYS

FEAST: QUEER SAINTS AND THE CHRISTIAN TRADITION

Sunday, August 28 | 7:30-9:00PM | FLC Garrison Chapel

Our FEAST community (adults in their mid-20s to mid-40s) will consider the history of queer Christian saints—individuals and communities that have embraced queer, trans, and non-binary views of gender across our faith’s long history as well as other more harmful examples that prefigure contemporary conflicts over the purpose and malleability of gender and gender roles. Dinner is provided for those who register by Friday, August 26. Contact Pastor Brad King for more information about this event or the FEAST community.  REGISTER NOW>

COFFEE TALK

Sundays, August 28 and September 4 |10:00-10:45AM | Parlor

Drop in for a casual time of connection and conversation on Sundays. Through Labor Day weekend, we are exploring “play’ and the unexpected ways it still shows up in our lives, even as adults. Each week stands alone, so come once or every week as you are able and know that you are always welcome at this chance to meet new friends, chat about our lives, and connect in community. For more information, contact Rachel Wright.
AGAPE AND ADVOCACY
Agape and Advocacy, a Sunday morning exploration of Christian love and actionSundays, September 11, 18, 25 | 10:00-10:45AM | EDU Murchison Chapel
For three weeks in September, join Pastor Brad King for this relaxed conversation about agape, the Greek word for that most precious form of Christian love, and how it has led Christians across time to embrace advocacy as an essential part of our shared lives in Christ.
FIRST STEPS

Sunday, September 11 | 12:15-2:00PM | FLC GREAT HALL
Take the first step toward membership at FUMC Austin with this casual chance to meet with pastors and staff, talk about United Methodist beliefs and practices, connect with others who have found a faith home here, and ask your questions. Lunch and childcare provided. To sign up, fill out the Connections Card online or in person during worship; fill out the electronic form, or email Rachel Wright.

WEEKDAYS

DISCIPLE I FAST TRACK: THE OLD TESTAMENT

Disciple Bible Study Fast Tracks the Old Testament this fall.Wednesdays, September 7 – December 4 | 6:00-7:15PM | FLC Garrison Chapel

The Bible is a complicated artifact that exemplifies some of the worst and absolute best aspects of humanity. At the same time, it is without a doubt the most important single repository of information about the history of our lives with God. The first of two 13-week programs, this fall module of Disciple I examines the Hebrew Bible. In the spring, we will offer the second module, which examines the New Testament. Join Dr. Brad King and member Pete Meeker for this conversational exploration of the social, theological, and historical aspects of the Hebrew Bible, from Genesis to the prophesies that Jesus’ early followers interpreted in light of their faith in the Christ. REGISTER HERE>
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Caregiver support available monthlyWednesday, September 7 | 8:00-9:00PM | Zoom
Caring for a loved one in their season of need is a sacred trust and holy work. At the same time, it can be isolating and exhausting—no matter how much we love the recipient. Often, caregivers need a brief time away to renew their spirits, to just be themselves, and to connect with others in similar circumstances to receive support and encouragement. Pastor Cathy Stone and member Judy Breckbill host this time that is open to those currently caring for a loved one or who have recently been in this role, whether in-home or miles apart. For questions or the Zoom link, email Judy.
BOWEN BIBLE STUDY

Wednesdays, beginning September 14, 10:00-11:30AM
FUMC teacher Jim Bowen, retired research scientist and Bible expert, is resuming his weekly Bible class of in-depth exploration of Scriptural texts. This weekly group will begin  study with the book of Hebrews . All are welcome to join. For more information, email Jim Bowen.

Adult Discipleship

Through discipleship classes, we offer opportunities to gather together and grow your faith surrounded and supported by others who are growing in theirs.

Sunday School

Sunday School offers everyone a special place to be. Sunday School is the place where people learn about the Christian faith in a loving, supportive environment. All groups meet at 10:00 a.m.

Small Groups

We offer small groups to help you deepen your own relationships with God while also making new friends at church. Groups of 8-12 participants join in conversation over approximately 6-8 weeks with experienced facilitators to explore their lives of faith and discover the direction God intends for each of our lives as well as our lives together. All adult members of our FUMC community are encouraged to take this step to grow their faith. New groups are forming now for the Lenten Season. 

Older Adults

Although not intended to be a replacement for your Sunday School class, the ministry will include social activities, service projects, and opportunities for friendships and new experiences — all within our faith community. 

FEAST/TOAST

FEAST/TOAST is a dinner gathering for young adults (roughly ages 20–45) to build community and dig into the more difficult side of faith together. Led by Dr. Brad King, FEAST is a modern take on the most ancient form of Christian communal worship: the love feast.

Table for 8

Table for 8 is a fun and exciting way to connect with people from FUMC in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Singles, couples, and families of all ages participate in this fellowship ministry that creates dining groups by geographical area. The groups get refreshed every September and are encouraged to meet three times in the fall and three in the spring.