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Mission Emphasis for May 2022

“Everything we do is about relationships. The biggest lesson we have learned over the years is that we are not a food ministry. We merely use food as a conduit to connect human to human and heart to heart.”— Alan Graham, Founder & CEO of Mobile Loaves and Fishes  ...

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Youth Mission Fundraising 2022

Youth Mission Fundraising 2022

Youth Mission Trips: KEY To Spiritual Lives of TeensAt FUMC Austin, both middle and high school students are taking trips away from home this summer, serving and learning through partnerships with Appalachia Service Project in eastern Kentucky and Reach Beyond Mission...

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An Update on Masks and Worship – April 2022

An Update on Masks and Worship – April 2022

Updates to FUMC Austin's Policy on Masks and Worship As we stay on this journey together through the COVID-19 pandemic and consider masks and worship, FUMC Austin remains committed to leading with love of neighbor across our community. For this reason, we continue to...

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Season of Celebration

Season of Celebration

As we continue to celebrate Easter—a season in the church that isn't only one day, but 50, though it is also paradoxically a single joyful feast—FUMC Austin will be hosting a time of fellowship and fun snacks in the Narthex and on the Front Porch immediately following...

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Recognizing Graduating Seniors 2022

Recognizing Graduating Seniors 2022

Graduation is an exciting milestone at any age! We want to recognize all graduating seniors—high school, college, or graduate school—in the FUMC Weekly on May 15. Please provide a picture of the graduate, name, school graduated from, degree(s) received, and future...

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Church Office Schedule

Church Office Schedule

The church office will be closed on Monday, April 18, in observance of the Easter holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, April 19, at 9:00 a.m. Have a safe and blessed Easter! Our pastors are on call during the holiday. Call 512-478-5684, press 213, and leave a message...

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Easter Offering 2022 — Justice for Our Neighbors

Easter Offering 2022 — Justice for Our Neighbors

Dear Church,   New Life. This is the promise asylum seekers cling to as they first navigate foreign terrain and later foreign languages, laws, and systems of power on the journey to legal status in the United States. "No one leaves home/unless home is the mouth of a...

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Holy Week Hospitality

Holy Week Hospitality

Holy Week Hospitality Sunday, April 10, 12:15 p.m. Sanctuary At Easter, an extraordinary number of guests, friends, and extended family join FUMC for worship. As an act of hospitality, help us prepare the Sanctuary for Holy Week by staying after the 11:00 a.m. worship...

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Child, Youth and Vulnerable Adult Safety Training

Child, Youth and Vulnerable Adult Safety Training

As part of Trusted Con Confianza, the Rio Texas Conference Child, Youth, and Vulnerable Adult Safety Policy, all clergy, staff, and volunteers in ministry with these populations must be certified every two years by following these three steps:1 Register with Safe...

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Master Plan Community Forum Update

Master Plan Community Forum Update

On Saturday, March 26, the FUMC Austin Community gathered to collect our hopes, dreams, and ideas for our ministry facilities at the Master Plan Community Forum, hosted by our team from Heimsath Architects. Our architects shared information they've gathered over the...

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Easter Lily Sale

Easter Lily Sale

The lily is a flower that comes from a bulb. It seemingly dies away, then returns with new life each year. In this way, they are a powerful symbol of Easter resurrection. FUMC members and friends are invited to place lilies in the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday to the...

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Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2022

Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2022

Knights of North Castle: The Quest for the King's Armor July 25-28, 2022 We're so excited to host in-person Vacation Bible School (VBS) for the first time in three summers. Join our quest and spark joy by signing up your child or volunteering today.Calling all...

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Breath, Belovedness, and the Postponed General Conference

Breath, Belovedness, and the Postponed General Conference

Dear Church, Last week, we learned that the meeting of the General Conference, the legislative decision-making body of the United Methodist Church, already postponed twice, will now be postponed once again. The meeting will now take place in 2024, when the next...

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March 2022 Mission Focus: UMCOR

March 2022 Mission Focus: UMCOR

Imagine you wake up one morning. A man-made or natural disaster has occurred. Lives in your community have turned upside down. It’s a citywide or statewide disaster. What do you do?   This is the plight of many people in the United States and around the world. Whether...

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Master Plan Community Forum

Master Plan Community Forum

Save the Date: Master Plan Community Forum Saturday, March 269:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Sanctuary Reimagining the ways that we use our facilities for ministry is an act that we do together, listening for God's Spirit to lead us. In order to do that, we need the whole...

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State of the Church 2022

State of the Church 2022

Learn More: The State of the Church 2022 This week, Pastor Taylor shared the State of the Church report at FUMC Austin's leadership summit. For highlights of 2021 and a preview of what we are looking forward to in ministry in 2022, click below and read the digital...

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Lenten Labyrinth Experience

Lenten Labyrinth Experience

March 2-April 14Murchison Chapel   During the season of Lent, our labyrinth will be available in Murchison Chapel. A labyrinth is an ancient pattern for prayer, meditation, and contemplation and can provide space for time set apart to re-center oneself. FUMC...

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Mercy & Justice Action Groups

Mercy & Justice Action Groups

The Mercy & Justice team is looking for people to be part of our action groups! Action groups are led by members of this community of faith that are focused on a specific area - doing the work and inviting others into the work. We're multiplying ministry! Action...

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Austin Marathon

Austin Marathon

The Austin Marathon is a Sunday morning travel and parking challenge, for sure. It's also an opportunity to give thanks for the way this faith community is at the heart of a vibrant city and a chance to cheer on our neighbors. Bring your patience and enthusiasm and...

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Tutors Needed for Pickle Elementary

Tutors Needed for Pickle Elementary

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays3:30–4:30 p.m. FUMC has a long-standing relationship with Pickle Elementary through its book sale and other literacy projects, and now  needs reading and math tutors for their 5th graders. Help students advance their skills in...

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Lenten Small Groups

Lenten Small Groups

Find community in a Lenten Small Group as you puzzle through some of the foundational questions of faith together over this six week period that is set apart for reflection. Small groups of 8-12 participants will be guided by group facilitators to consider questions...

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FUMC is Hiring!

FUMC is Hiring!

CHILDCARE COORDINATORPart-time / $15 per hourFUMC is looking for a responsible, loving Childcare Coordinator to manage our Sunday morning childcare classrooms and staff. This is a 6-hour per week position, from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Sundays, with 1 hour of time at...

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February Mission Focus: Huston-Tillotson University

February Mission Focus: Huston-Tillotson University

Each month we highlight a ministry or program that we see transforming lives and invite you to support it with your prayers and gifts above and beyond your regular financial support. February’s mission emphasis is Huston-Tillotson University. As Austin’s oldest...

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2022 UMW Legislative Event

Saturday-Tuesday, January 22-25 In-Person and/or Zoom This event brings together women of faith from across the Lone Star State to learn, pray, and​ ​advocate for freedom, justice, and opportunity for all God’s children. Legislative Event 2022​ ​focuses on providing...

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Cold Weather Shelter

Cold Weather Shelter

FUMC participates in the Cold Weather Shelter Program coordinated through Austin Public Health. APH coordinates with local churches and city emergency officials to open additional space to provide temporary overnight shelter on freezing nights. Austin’s lack of...

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How to Fight Racism Book or Video Study

  How do we effectively confront racial injustice? We need to move beyond talking about racism and start equipping ourselves to fight against it. How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice provides groups and individuals...

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January Mission Emphasis: Immigration Care Team

January Mission Emphasis: Immigration Care Team

Our January mission emphasis is the Immigration Care Team (ICT), a ministry offering active support and provision to asylum seekers and other immigrants. In Spring 2020, there was a request to sponsor a young woman from a Central African country, who was seeking...

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Christmas Offering 2021

Christmas Offering 2021

  This summer and fall, the stone that so beautifully adorns our buildings developed unsafe cracks, and a few pieces even fell to the ground. While we are thankful that no one was injured, we had to quickly deploy professionals to remove any loose pieces in order...

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We Need Children’s Books

We Need Children’s Books

Children's Books Needed for Pickle Book Sale We host a “Quarter Book Sale” every December and May at Pickle Elementary. If you, your family, or friends can donate any new or gently used books --- current titles, please --- appropriate for preschool through 5th grade...

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Christmas Eve Services

Christmas Eve Services

Join Us on Christmas Eve First United Methodist Church of Austin invites you to worship with us on Christmas Eve. We've expanded the number of services to help control crowding at our prime time services, and we ask you to register your attendance in order to enable...

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