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Remarkable: The Jesus Story for All of Us

For the forty days of Lent, FUMC Austin is following Jesus through the Gospel of Mark. The shortest and earliest of the four Gospels, Mark moves through the Jesus story with an urgent focus on action. Mark writes for a world that is shaped by violence and fear, one desperate for the revelation of God's kin-dom and the reign of love. Use the daily reading plan linked below and take in the Jesus story according to Mark from beginning to end. Choose a familiar or favorite translation of the Bible, or experiment and read from several. What we will find is good news for Mark's contemporaries and for all of us, good news that can shape our lives, good news that can transform the world.

Lenten Daily Devotionals

Wednesday, February 14-Sunday, March 31
Sign up for daily Lenten devotionals delivered straight to your email inbox from Ash Wednesday (February 14) through Easter Sunday (March 31) as part of your practice of spiritual disciplines in this season. Daily devotionals might include a prayer, poem, song, brief reflection or another way to center yourself for a few minutes as we prepare for Easter. With questions or problems receiving the daily emails, email Rachel Wright, Director of Communications and Strategy.

Lunch & Learn

Fear, Suffering, and the Endings of Mark

Sunday, February 18 | 12:15-1:45PM FLC Garrison Chapel
Throughout the Lenten season, we are exploring the story of Jesus through the Gospel of Mark—the gospel that depicts Jesus at his most human moments. Unlike our other gospels, we know of several different versions of Mark's ending, each of which illuminates some of the cares and concerns of the community that produced it. Join Pastor Brad King for this opportunity to share a meal, learn about the disciples, and grow together in our faith. Lunch is provided, but donations are welcomed.

Book Study

The Gospel According to James Baldwin

6 Tuesdays, February 20-March 26 | 6:30-8:00PM
Cherrywood Center | 605 East 38 1/2 Street
In his new book, The Gospel According to James Baldwin: What America’s Great Prophet Can Teach Us about Life, Love, and Identity, author and professor Greg Garrett, wants to introduce a new generation of readers to the writer of short stories, novels, and plays who believed America can do better. Baldwin’s fiction, essays, criticism, and dramatic writing offer searing critiques of religion, culture, and discrimination that remain timely. Still, in his writings, and in the witness of his life, Baldwin holds out the possibility of hope and espouses the primacy of love despite the difficulties of a present moment. Join Pastor Cathy Stone to explore this unique portrait of Baldwin.

Deep Dive

Scripture's Difficult Questions

4 Wednesdays, March 6-27 | 6:00-7:15PM | Zoom
As we move through the season of Lent, we will examine some of scripture’s most difficult questions through the lens of the Gospel of Mark. Deep Dive is more than just a bible study! It is a chance to dig into the text with Pastor Brad King, exploring some of the deepest history of our faith and wrestling with the unanswerable questions that scripture invites us not to solve, but to consider. Zoom link sent with registration.

LENTEN SMALL GROUPS

This Lenten season, we will be making our way through the Jesus story found in the Gospel of Mark, the shortest and oldest of the gospel stories. Mark's good news was written with an urgency and immediacy of one who believes that the kin-dom of God is coming soon. With a brief daily reading plan, a simple guide for small group discussion, and the opportunity to connect with friends and meet new ones, we will discover what the Jesus story as told by Mark means for all of us as we prepare for Easter. Rsvp for the one that fits your style, schedule, geography, interests, or stage of life best. 

For Women in their 20s

Leaders:
Rev. Taylor Fuerst
and Lauren Cook
Time: 6 Mondays, Feb 19-March 25
7:00-8:15PM
Location: FUMC Austin
FLC Garrison Chapel

South Austin

Leaders: Robbie Cripe
Time: 6 Wednesdays, Feb 21-March 27
6:30-7:45PM
Location: La Madeleine,
5493 Brodie Ln, Austin, TX, 78745

For Members of the LGBTQ+ Community

Leaders: Rose Martinelli
and Mellissa Polk

Time: 6 Thursdays, Feb 22-March 28
7:00-8:15PM
Location: First Meeting on Zoom. Link sent with registration.

Central Austin

Leaders: Noble Doss and Pete Meeker
Time: 6 Thursdays, Feb 22-March 28
6:15-7:30PM
Location: Central Market - North
4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756

For Those Who Want to Meet Online

Leader: Cynthia Murray
Time: 6 Tuesdays, Feb 20-March 26
2:00-3:15PM
Location: Zoom. Link sent with registration.

East Austin

Leaders: Rev. Melissa Spence
Time: 6 Wednesdays, Feb 21-March 27
7:00-8:15PM
Location: Cherrywood Center,
1605 38 1/2 St, Austin, TX 78723