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Church Building Closed

In order to ensure the safety of our congregation, the church building is closed until further notice. Many opportunities for worship, faith formation, and connection are offered online. To get connected with Serving Opportunities, please contact Rev. Cathy Stone, Associate Pastor at cathy@fumcaustin.org.

Discover ways to serve your church and our community! We hope you will find something that interests you in the list below. If you have specific questions about a listing, please contact the appropriate person listed below.

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First Church Missions


At the Well Women’s Ministry

Inspired by God’s Spirit, At the Well welcomes Austin-area women experiencing homelessness by providing hospitality, supportive services, and some of life’s basic necessities in a caring, safe, and accepting environment that affirms self-worth and dignity. From 7:00-11:00 a.m. on Thursdays immediately following the “Feed My People” Breakfast, opportunities for women include showers, snacks, arts and crafts, computer access, coffee, and fellowship.  To get involved, contact Pastor Cathy Stone at cathy@fumcaustin.org.

English as a Second Language

Teach English and American customs to non- or limited-English speakers each Monday and Thursday morning at First Church from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon; training provided. To get involved, contact Catherine Bingaman at catherine.bingaman@gmail.com or (512) 497-4273 or visit www.fumcesl.org.

Feed My People Breakfast

Feed My People Fourth Tuesday Homeless Breakfast – Help with preparing, cooking, and serving food; then cleaning kitchen and Great Hall of Family Life Center; and visiting with our guests. Held every Tuesday and Thursday morning in the Family Life Center, and sponsored by FUMC on the 4th Tuesday of each month. To get involved, contact David Nicastro at baer-nicastro@austin.rr.com or (512) 306-9342.

Manna Bag Ministry

If you like the idea of helping our children and church members care for our neighbors, but do not see yourself as a teacher, we have a job for you! Twice a month we need adults to help set up and put away the materials for the assembly and selling of Manna Bags. This can be done before or after your preferred worship service and you would still be able to attend your Sunday School class. Manna Bag assembly days are on 2nd Sundays and Manna Bag sales days are on 3rd Sundays. Set-up shifts are 9:15-9:45 a.m. and clean-up shifts are 10:45-11:15 a.m. To volunteer or for more information, contact Lara Greene at lara@fumcaustin.org.

Mobile Loaves and Fishes

Help feed people experiencing homelessness daily on the streets of Austin; coordinate teams who prepare and deliver food; help with food preparation; deliver food in MLF truck; buy supplies; sort and stock supplies; and clean and repair truck. Items needed are travel-sized toiletries (shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors). Join the Make-Ready Team from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (preparing food and loading truck) and/or the Truck Team from 5:00-6:30 p.m. (delivering food around Austin). To get involved, contact Scott Wilder at swilder21@gmail.com or (512) 971-1525.

Pickle Elementary Book Drive

Help support the students and staff of Pickle Elementary by volunteering for the twice-annual book drive. For the past eight years, our generous members and their circle of friends have donated thousands of new and gently used books to support literacy initiatives at J. J. Pickle Elementary School. Each book sells for 25¢ so that the students, teachers and parents have a stake in this popular partnership. Every penny collected at the book sales goes into the FUMC account dedicated for Pickle. To get involved, contact Bergan Casey at bergan.casey@gmail.com.

Pickle Elementary Tutors

Pickle Elementary students need tutors to help them finish their classroom and homework assignments across subjects. Most of the students at Pickle are children of Spanish speaking parents who are unable to teach their kids because of language and education barriers. If you have 30 minutes each week anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., please sign up. The school will match you with a student and we will confirm the schedule. To get involved, contact Bergan Casey at bergan.casey@gmail.com.

Community Partners

Blood Bank Ministry

Makes arrangements to have the blood bank come to the church four times a year. They also schedule members who wish to donate blood. To get involved, contact Randy Teich at rteich@austin.rr.com.

Caritas

Donations of food, hygiene items, underwear and socks collected at various points during the year. To get involved, contact Pastor Cathy Stone at cathy@fumcaustin.org or (512) 478-5684 (ext. 215).

Central Texas Food Bank

Central Texas Food Bank works with food donors across the country, financial supporters and volunteers to fill unmet needs in Central Texas. This commitment from private, government and charitable partners has allowed us to bring 31 million meals to our community each year and into the hands of families and local nonprofits that turn to us for help.
Website: www.centraltexasfoodbank.org
Phone: 512-282-2111

Crop Walk

Find financial sponsors and walk in Austin’s largest interfaith event.  Funds raised at this annual event help feed the hungry in Austin and around the world. To get involved, contact  Howard Hartman at hhartman1@austin.rr.com or (512) 924-1378.

Drive-A-Senior West Austin

Drive-a-Senior West Austin provides transportation for older adults to enhance their ability to continue to live independently. Volunteer opportunities are strictly at your convenience rather than a specific day and time. Contact Chair, Tom Ausley at tausley@gbafamilylaw.com.

Hands on Housing

iACT’s Hands on Housing utilizes volunteers and skilled professionals to repair the homes of senior citizens and disabled individuals who are living in deep poverty. The goal is to keep our homeowners safe and help them remain in the homes and neighborhoods they love. To get involved, conact Terri Purdy at terri.sohn@gmail.com.

Justice for our Neighbors (JFON) Austin Region

Justice for Our Neighbors (ARJFON), a United Methodist-affiliated immigration ministry welcomes refugees and immigrants into our communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy. As a part of this nationwide effort, ARJFON hosts regular legal clinics to provide affordable immigration legal services to those with limited income. ARJFON’s services are focused on family-based and humanitarian immigration law.

Alternative Giving for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

Honor your mother and father with an alternative gift on their special day. Items “purchased” will be distributed by Church World Service, a United Methodist-related international ministry, to mothers and fathers across the globe in need of a helping hand as they work to support their families. To get involved, contact Howard Hartman at hhartman1@austin.rr.com or (512) 924-1378.

Appalachia Service Project (ASP)

Appalachia Service Project, or ASP, is FUMC’s high school summer mission trip. Each year a team of youth and adults travel to the Appalachian Mountains to spend a week in service building wheelchair ramps, fixing roofs, and building relationships. Through our participation with ASP, our high school youth are helping eradicate substandard housing in Appalachia. To get involved, contact Devon Bailey at devon@fumcaustin.org.

Courts & Ports: Faithful Witness on the Texas-Mexico Border

The Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy/Texas Impact invites you to participate in Courts & Ports: Faithful Witness on the Texas-Mexico Border. This two-day immersion experience engages people of faith to witness first-hand the legal and law enforcement processes related to immigration, detention, and deportation occurring in South Texas. To learn more contact Pastor Cathy Stone at cathy@fumcaustin.org or 512-478-5684 (ext. 215). Learn more about Courts & Ports at https://texasimpact.org/courts-ports/To learn more, reference this one-page overview.

Emergency Response Team (ERT)

Early Response Teams (ERT) are specially trained teams that offer assistance soon after the disaster strikes. They generally do clean up work and tasks required to stop further damage from being done, e.g. putting tarps on damaged roofs and removing damaged sheet rock and the flooded contents of a home. They might do minor repairs that help make homes habitable, but they do not do extensive repairs or reconstruction (that is the job for Long Term Recovery). To get involved, contact Ben Patterson at rickandben77@gmail.com.

Eurasia Mission Team

The FUMC Eurasia Mission Team has built a relationship with Good News UMC in Vologda, Russia by participating with them in Vacation Bible Schools at their summer camps, visiting Russian hospitals and orphanages, and providing financial support to GNUMC and their outreach ministries to vulnerable children. Fundraisers at FUMC include selling barbecue at the Texas Book Festival, Easter Egg hunts, and meals at Administrative Board meetings. Our friendships provide greater understanding as relationships between the US and Russia change.
To get involved, contact Tim Deschner at (512) 416-8955 or (512) 224-7388 or Shirley Derryberry at sderryberry22@gmail.com or (512) 497-1852.

Global Mission Fellows

The Global Mission Fellows Program of the General Board of Global Ministries is a 2-year mission service and educational opportunity for young adults, ages 20-30, to work in social justice ministries. Fellows from the United States and other countries leave their home communities, go through an extensive orientation, and work either in the United States or internationally. This graduate-level fellowship allows participants to address the root causes of oppression and alleviate human suffering alongside community organizations in a variety of issue areas, including public health, migration/immigration, education, and poverty.

INTERFAITH ACTION OF CENTRAL TEXAS (IACT)

Participate in organization that fosters cooperation and understanding between different faiths and facilitates interreligious outreach into the community to benefit needy people. iACT sponsors various ESL classes and activities with refugees; CROP Hunger Walk, and; Hands On Housing.

Reach Beyond Mission

Reach Beyond Mission is the middle school mission trip for FUMC youth that have completed 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The trip provides an opportunity for youth to learn about urban challenges such as poverty and housing while also serving within the community. To get involved, contact Devon Bailey at devon@fumcaustin.org.

Zoe Project

Zoe is a non-profit that organizes orphaned children into working groups of 50-100 orphans. Zoe ensures the kids have housing and education, and it then puts the kids through a three year training process. The training includes training on health issues (the need to boil water, proper use of mosquito nets, HIV/AIDS prevention, etc), religious training, and training on how to support themselves. To get involved, contact Pastor Cathy Stone at cathy@fumcaustin.org or (512) 478-5684 (Ext. 215).

Church Helpers

Audio/Visual (AV) Team

The Audio/Visual Team needs two volunteers at the media center in the balcony each week to run worship slides and adjust audio. No experience is necessary and training is provided. Commitment is one Sunday per month. If you are interested, please contact Case Conner at case@fumcaustin.org.

Bulletin Assembly

This requires 1-2 hours weekly on a Thursday morning, typically from about 9-11 AM. It is “assembling” the bulletins for the 9:00 and 11:00 worship with inserts and having them ready for the ushers on Sunday morning. If you are interested in helping, please contact Tami Kellberg at 512-478-5684 or tami@fumcaustin.org.

Communion Helper

Communion Helpers are needed to help prepare communion. Setup includes purchasing the bread, setting up the altar, and cleanup after service. Communion is served every week at 9:00 a.m. and 1st Sundays at 11:00 a.m. If you are interested, please contact Teresa Edwards at teresa4858@sbcglobal.net.

Fill-in Receptionist

Looking for someone to answer phones and greet people as they enter the office area on an occasional basis, Tuesday, or Wednesday or Thursday mornings, from 10-2 PM, or as your schedule permits. Volunteer weekly, or monthly. Whatever fits into your schedule. If you are interested in helping out, even if only once a month, please contact Marcia at 512-478-5684 or marcia@fumcaustin.org.

Sanctuary Steward

There are several opportunities to serve as a steward in our beautiful sanctuary- keeping supplies stocked in the pews (pencils, envelopes, special envelopes, prayer concern cards, etc.) , replenishing the attendance folders, and other duties. It would require about an hour per week or less, if we have several people helping. This could be done following the 11:00 worship service or sometime during the work week. It is a task that should be done weekly in order to keep up, however, if you can only help out once or twice a month, that is great. This is a perfect opportunity for a couple or a family to “help” at the church and be in service to your congregation. It is a simple task but a task that needs to be done. Please consider volunteering your time. If you are interested, contact Marcia at the church office Monday thru Thursday, 9-6 p.m. at 512-478-5684 or marcia@fumcaustin.org.

Scripture Reader

A liturgist (reader) can be a lay person chosen by the pastor to read the scriptures or liturgy during worship. The pastor provides you with the readings several days prior to the service allowing you time to become “comfortable” in reading to the congregation. If you are interested in serving as a liturgist, please contact the Daviss King at the office 512-478-5684 or daviss@fumcaustin.org.

Usher and Greeter

Serving as an Usher or Greeter is an excellent opportunity to meet other members, make new friends, and welcome visitors to FUMC Austin. The commitment is one Sunday a month at either the 9:00 or 11:00 a.m. service. If you are interested, please contact Richard Bettis at richard.bettis44@gmail.com.

Care

Comfort and Joy

The Comfort and Joy Ministry provides love, nurture, and support in the highest and lowest moments of life. Some deliver baby blankets and food for those welcoming a new baby, while others help with the memorial service and reception for members and friends who have lost a loved one. Contact Co-Chair-Virginia McCarroll at lmccarroll@austin.rr.com or Co-Chair: Debbie Rippetoe at drippetoe21@yahoo.com.

Grief Groups

Grief Group facilitators provide a moderated small group community for listening and support for those processing grief. Contact Daviss King at daviss@fumcaustin.org or 512-478-5684 ext 204.

Hospital Visitation Ministry

The Hospital Visitation Ministry provides daily visitors to church members in local hospitals. Contact Jan Ashmos at jabc1129@yahoo.com.

Prayer Callers Ministry

The Prayer Callers Ministry conducts a few weekly telephone calls to those who offer prayer concerns during Sunday worship services. Contact Daviss King at daviss@fumcaustin.org or 512-478-5684 ext 204.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The “Knit Wits” Prayer Shawl Ministry gathers on the fourth Tuesday at noon of each month to prayerfully knit and crochet prayer shawls for distribution to anyone in need of prayers or is suffering. Don’t know how to knit? No problem, they’ll teach you! Contact Carol Dickerson at imcookietoo@gmail.com or 512-345-0619.

Silver Link Ministry

The Silver Link Ministry visits FUMC members who live dependently but are no longer able to attend Sunday School or church. Visits on a monthly basis to members who are in nursing homes or assisting living facilities. Individuals are identified by zip code to assist the volunteer’s visit. Contact Chair, Judy Breckbill at judybreckbil25@gmail.com or 713-825-0341.

Children

Acolyte

FUMC worship services are led by a team of acolytes each week. The acolytes are children who have taken a training class. The acolytes lead the procession by bringing the “Light of Christ” into our worship service and lighting the candles. The acolytes extinguish the candles at the end of the service and remind us that each of us is called to carry the “Light of Christ” out into the world as they symbolically leave with their wands lit. Any child in 3rd grade or higher is invited to attend acolyte training and to become a part of this very special ministry. Please email children@fumcaustin.org if your child is interested in serving as an acolyte.

Sunday School Teacher

Sunday School Teachers serve one hour on Sunday mornings as an assistant teacher in our children’s classrooms. To get involved, contact children@fumcaustin.org.

Choir Helper

Choir Helpers serve on Sundays during the school year from 12:00-1:00 p.m. to assist our children’s choir. To get involved, contact roxie@fumcaustin.org.

Youth

Sunday School Teacher

Sunday School Teachers serve one hour on Sunday mornings as a volunteer in one of our Youth classrooms. To get involved, contact devon@fumcaustin.org. olved, contact children@fumcaustin.org.

Meals for Engage

During the school year, the youth need meals during their Sunday night Engage from 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.  Meals are brought into the kitchen on the 2nd floor of the Family Life Center and serve approximately 30 youth and volunteers. To get involved, contact devon@fumcaustin.org.

Mission Trip Helper

Mission Trip Helpers serve on one of our middle or high school mission trips with our youth. To get involved, contact devon@fumcaustin.org.