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National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is November 15-22, 2020 sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless. During November, FUMC is working to raise awareness about the pressing problem of hunger and homelessness with educational and service opportunities.

WAYS TO GIVE

Mission Emphasis: Central Texas Food Bank

Central Texas is among the fastest growing regions in the nation. But for many of our neighbors, that growth comes at a high cost. Hunger affects people from all walks of life. Working families, retired seniors on fixed incomes, grandparents with custody of grandchildren, the chronically ill, and the disabled all turn to the Food Bank for help in emergencies or as part of their regular meal planning. Due to COVID-19, the Central Texas Food Bank is experiencing a dramatic increase in need for our services as more people are impacted by shutdowns and work stoppages. But they remain open and the work continues. CTFB provides essential services to neighbors in need across 21 counties with the goal to always provide food to the neighbors that need it most. We can help ensure that all our neighbors have access to the nourishing food they need to grow to meet their full potential. Every dollar donated provides four meals for our Central Texas neighbors in need. Gifts can be made online or a check marked “CT Food Bank” may be mailed to the church during November. When giving online, please put “CAFB or Central Texas Food Bank” in the Notes field. Give Online.

Sleeping Bag and Blanket Drive

Sunday, November 29, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Help our neighbors experiencing homelessness keep warm this winter season with a donation to our sleeping bag and blanket drive. Collect blankets and sleeping bags from friends and family and then bring them all to the FUMC parking lot on Sunday, November 29, between 1:00-3:00 p.m. We request that sleeping bags are adult size and blankets are fleece twin/XL twin size. Each sleeping bag or blanket will make a difference for many experiencing homelessness and may literally save a life. You may also purchase blankets and sleeping bags from this Amazon wish list, along with other items for Christmas gifts for our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

Book Discussion: Evicted

Sunday, November 22, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
This November we are highlighting issues around hunger and homelessness. Join us as we read and discuss Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. Please read at your own pace during November and join Pastor Cathy for a one-time discussion on November 22. Books may be purchased through a local bookstore or Amazon. Contact Pastor Cathy at cathy@fumcaustin.org for additional information. Register Here.

5th Sunday presentation

9:45-10:45am Sunday, Nov. 29 on Zoom: Other Ones Foundation
Our Mercy and Justice Team invites you to our Fifth Sunday Presentation on Zoom at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, November 29. We will hear from Rev. Jared Slack, Development Director of The Other Ones Foundation. The Other Ones Foundation (TOOF) is a nonprofit that provides extremely low-barrier employment, case management, and humanitarian aid to people experiencing homelessness in Austin. Before coming to TOOF, Jared served as the Pastor of Missional and Spiritual Formation at The First Baptist Church of Austin. We look forward to hearing Jared’s passion for offering others the opportunity to participate in the vision and mission of The Other Ones Foundation. Join us and bring your questions! Visit https://toofound.org/ to learn more about TOOF. Zoom link provided after registration. Register here.

WAYS TO SERVE

Make Mana Bags

We are collecting assembled manna bags for our hungry neighbors experiencing homelessness. Officer Borton with the Homeless Outreach Street Team hands out manna bags to neighbors they work with and we have provided over 1,200 manna bags for distribution through the Downtown Austin Community Court. DACC has increased their client load and is needing more manna bags. Please email Pastor Cathy at cathy@fumcaustin.org for her phone number to coordinate drop-off at the Family Life Center. Manna bag items could include: tuna or chicken lunch kit, peanut butter or cheese cracker sandwiches, Nutri Grain fruit bar, raisins, juice box, socks, and an encouraging message such as “God loves you.”

Feed My People Breakfast

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:00 a.m.
FLC Great Hall & Parking Lot
The Feed My People on Tuesday and Thursday mornings is a program of Foundation for the Homeless. Currently, we are serving a sack breakfast at the doors of the Family Life Center. Due to Covid and our kitchen remodel, we need fewer volunteers and ask that no more than two people from a group or family signup at the same time. Please visit the signup to learn more.

Friday Morning Shower Ministry for Women

On Friday mornings, FUMC creates a safe space for women neighbors to come shower in our Family Life Center and enjoy fellowship with our women volunteers.  Please contact Pastor Cathy for more information at cathy@fumcaustin.org.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness around Austin

27th Annual Homeless Memorial Service

Sunday, November 15, 8:00 a.m., Online
Caritas of Austin will stream the virtual Annual Homeless Memorial Service at 8:00 a.m. to recognize the women, men and youth who have lived and died in Austin while homeless and living in poverty. The service will include a reading of the names of all those that have passed this year. Please join us in remembrance. Register for this free event here. To view FaceBook event, click here. Register for this free event here. 

30th Anniversary ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 26
If you haven’t heard the news – this year’s ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot is going virtual! One of Austin’s favorite Thanksgiving traditions, one hundred percent of the proceeds are donated to Caritas of Austin. Be sure to sign up to get your Trot on from wherever you are! Register and learn more at https://thundercloud.com/register/.