Sunday, April 29
5th Sunday of Easter
Preachers: Terri Purdy, Pat Rosenblad, Olivia Weldon, and Ann Teich
Scripture: John 4:5-15; 25-30; 39
Sermon: "Why a Separate Women's Organization?"
United Methodist Women's Sunday
For almost 150 years, United Methodist Women has improved the lives of women, children, and youth through prayers, volunteer and advocacy efforts, and financial gifts. This Sunday, FUMC UMW will lead the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services. 

Mercy & Justice Fifth Sunday Presentation
10:00 a.m., Wesley Hall
Join our 5th Sunday presentation to learn more about recent UMW activities and participate in advocating for better maternal care in Texas.
Con Confianza Safety Training
1:00-3:00 p.m., Wesley Hall
A new Rio Texas Conference Child, Youth, and Vulnerable Adult Safety Policy will go into effect in June. To be in compliance, all FUMC ministry staff and volunteers who work with these groups must be certified through a three-step process. The first two steps are available online at . The final step is offered this Sunday. Read More .
Churchwide Workday
April 28, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Be part of making room for new ministry. Throughout the day, help carry out items for donation or recycling, reorganize spaces, relocate items, and clean the chairs in the Family Life Center. Bring your family, group, or Sunday School class. For more information, contact Debbie Rippetoe at . Sign Up Now .
Middle School Service Project: Reach Beyond Mission
Registration Deadline: April 29
July 15-20, Sunday-Friday 
Reach Beyond Mission is the middle school mission trip for FUMC youth who 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. Register Here .
Recognizing Graduating Seniors
Due April 30
Graduation is an exciting milestone—at any age! We want to recognize all graduating seniors—high school, college, or graduate school—in our FUMC Weekly on May 6. Please provide as soon as possible a picture of the graduate, name, school graduated from, degree(s) received, and future plans. Email pictures and information to Devon Bailey at .
Pre-teen Retreat: Love in Action
Registration Deadline: May 4
May 11-12, Friday-Saturday
Calling all 4th, 5th and 6th graders! Spend Friday night at church playing games, cooking dinner together, participating in small groups, and preparing to serve and love our neighbors on Saturday morning at Community First! Village. Drop-off and pick-up will be at the Family Life Center. Cost is $40. Register Here .
Administrative Board
May 6, 12:15-2:00 p.m.
Great Hall, Family Life Center
All are welcome to attend and participate in discussion. Board members have voting rights. Lunch will be provided for $10 per person. Board members and guests who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by 12:00 p.m. noon on Wednesday, May 2. Childcare available by emailing to make reservations. Register at .
Alternative Gifts for Mother's Day
Order Deadline: Monday, May 7
On Mother's Day, May 13, you are invited to honor your Mother and other women who are important to you by making an alternative gift that helps a mother and family in need. View items and donate online or submit an order form found in the worship bulletin at church on Sunday. Order Online .
Book Study: Jesus and the Disinherited
May 8, 15, and 22, Tuesdays
Join us as we read and discuss Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. In this classic theological treatise, the acclaimed theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman demonstrates how the gospel may be read as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. Jesus is a partner in the pain of the oppressed and the example of His life offers a solution to ending the descent into moral nihilism. Read More .
Meeting for Coastal Bend Mission Trip
Sunday, May 13
10:00 a.m., Murchison Chapel
Numerous families in the Crossroads and Coastal Bend Districts remain displaced from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. First UMC plans to respond by sending mission teams this year to aid with long-term recovery. Volunteers, including youth ages 14 and up, are invited to join our mission team which will travel to Sinton, TX (near Corpus Christi) to help with the rebuild effort. Our first trip is planned for July 15-18. An information meeting will be held on Sunday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m. in Murchison Chapel. Read More .
Young Adult Lunch
May 13, 12:15 p.m.
Front Steps, Sanctuary Building Young adults (ages 18-35) are invited to meet for lunch together once a month. This group will walk or carpool someplace nearby to eat. For more information, contact Devon Bailey at or 512-478-5684 (ext. 217).
Kids’ Night Out
May 18
6:00–9:00 p.m. Education Building
Pizza and a movie for the kids (infants-1st grade) and date night for the parents! Cost is $25 for first child, $8 for siblings.  Read More .
Kids’ Club
May 18
6:00–9:00 p.m. Education Building
All 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders are invited to a night of faith building through games, mission projects, a movie, and pizza! Read More .
Connect for Tweens
May 18
6:00–9:00 p.m.
Room 202, FLC
Calling 5th, 6th, and 7th graders! Connect bridges children and youth ministries by building relationships. Read More .
Children's Choir Musical: Oh Jonah!
May 20, 10:00 a.m.
Wesley Hall
Join our Children’s Choir for a fun-filled musical based on the Old Testament story of Jonah that carries a serious message about responsibility. Come be blessed by their performance.
Churchwide Pentecost Picnic
May 20, 12:15 p.m.
West Capitol Lawn
RSVP By May 13
We will celebrate Pentecost (the birth of the church) and our newest confirmands at a churchwide picnic. Bring your picnic blanket and come prepared to purchase lunch from local food trucks. Feel free to bring outdoor activities—washers, frisbees, bubbles, etc.—as we gather for fellowship and fun! In order to prepare our food vendors with an estimated headcount, please register your attendance by May 13. Register Now .
Ministry of Space
FUMC is pleased to host the Austin Gathering of The Liturgists on May 25 and 26. Gatherings are a spinoff from the immensely popular podcast that provides a place for the spiritually homeless and frustrated to explore issues of faith, science, and art. The gathering at FUMC will be the first time The Liturgists have visited Texas and FUMC welcomes the opportunity to host this diverse and exciting group of spiritual seekers. You can find more information at: .
Vacation Bible School
July 23-27, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sanctuary Building
Ages 4 years through completed 5th grade are invited to experience the ride of a lifetime with God! The cost is $30 before June 1, then $40. Register at . To volunteer, contact .
Summer Sports Camp
July 23-26, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Family Life Center
A multi-sport camp for ages 5-12 consisting of fun games like dodgeball, kickball, capture the flag, and more. The cost is $85 before June 1 and $95 after June 1. Register at .
ASP Stock Sales Begin
May 6, 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sidewalk
FUMC’s Appalachia Service Project (ASP) team is raising funds for this year’s mission trip to Magoffin County, Kentucky, June 15-26. Stop by to learn more about ASP, meet team members, and purchase stock in our ASP trip and the youth of our church. Read More .
VBS Work Day
May 6, 12:15 p.m., Wesley Hall
Join us to start creating the decorations for VBS. We will be painting signs so bring a change of clothes. Back by popular demand: our Amazon wishlist! If you would like to donate supplies or materials, visit . Lunch is provided with registration. Childcare provided with RSVP to . Register Now .
Family Service Day at Community First! Village
May 19, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
9301 Hog Eye Road
Community First! Village provides affordable, sustainable housing, and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless. A typical service day entails harvesting the gardens, laying pathways, tending the chicken coop or goats, dry landscaping yards, beautifying the property, etc. Read More .
Vacation Bible School
July 23-27, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sanctuary
For a safe and fun VBS, we need over 50 adult and youth volunteers! We can help you find the perfect spot to serve, so come join the fun! Free childcare is provided for volunteers with children under four years old. To sign up or for more information, contact Sarah Whitley at
All are invited to participate in our ongoing monthly service opportunities.

FreeStore 3rd Saturday
May 19, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Memorial UMC
Sort, organize, and shelve donated items; assist shoppers; bag items; provide hospitality; and share stories over a cup of coffee. Something for everyone, so just show up and serve. Read More .

Mobile Loaves & Fishes 3rd Sunday
May 20, 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., MLF Kitchen
An opportunity for first timers of all ages to give this ministry a try. 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). Read More .

Feed My People 4th Tuesday
May 22, 4:45-7:00 a.m., Family Life Center
 Come help serve breakfast to 300 of our homeless neighbors. Preparing, cooking, and setting up begins at 4:45 a.m.; serving begins by 6:00 a.m.; and clean-up is finished by 7:00 a.m. Arrive and leave to meet your schedule.  Read More .
Accessibility Improvements
Building on our Easter offering, the April Communion Rail Offering will support a renovation of our sanctuary elevator and other accessibility improvements. Give at the communion rail, at the church office or online and mark "Elevator/Accessibility" in the notes. Give Now .
Missed Last Week's Sermon?
Sunday, April 22
4th Sunday of Easter
Preacher: Rev. Cathy Stone
Scripture:Psalm 104 
Sermon: "What Do We Believe About Environmental Justice?"
Within our Congregation
Health: Frances Allen; Randolph Bias; Gary Diehl; Merianne Gaston;Ruth Howie; Andrea Peck; Gris and George Anne Rogers; Beverly Silas; and Bruce Venno.
Congratulations : to Beth Rider on the birth of her granddaughter, Olivia Johnston.
Other: Donna Shands and Stephen Spears.
Beyond our Congregation
Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Bennett and Meisa Ezekiel’s friend, Dev Reddy; Cindy Gunderson’s friend, Tony Granett; Mary Heckmann’s uncle, Frank Tyler; Crystal McDonald’s cousin, Pamela Henicke; Julie Nelson’s cousin’s husband, Owen Zimmermann; Larry and Delia’s friend, Charles Roper; Justin and Erin Scarth’s friends, Chad Burnette and Lisa Whatley; Donna Shands’ daughter, June; Leslie Story’s father, Neel Richardson; Alan Stephens’ father, Carl Stephens; Sandy Swain’s aunt, Brenda McDonald; Ben Thoma’s family, Gary, Margery and Heidi; Ann Venno’s friend, Mary Rose Hecksel; Debra Wilder’s friend, Barbara Sandberg; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young. 
Condolences: to Delia Peters on the death of her cousin, Paula Arilla.
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