THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, August 26
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:1-7
Sermon: "They raised me in faith…"  | Debbie Shaw, Leslie Ivey, Peyton Ivey
"This is My Story" Worship Series
Each week in worship, we'll hear from an FUMC member—stories of pain and joy, church and family—and we'll reflect through prayer, scripture, song, and sermon. Join us as we delve into the stories of FUMC and find our own lives wrapped in the story of God. Read More .
Contemplative Worship Service
9:00-10:00 a.m., Murchison Chapel
These services are offered to beginners and experienced practitioners of mindfulness meditation. The service typically lasts 30 to 40 minutes.
Acolyte Training and Registration
9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m., SAN Room 110
For all parents and children or youth who are in 3rd grade and older who want to commit to assisting with worship this year. Read More .
Administrative Board Meeting
12:15-2:00 p.m., Great Hall
All are welcome to attend and participate in discussion. Board members have voting rights. Lunch is $10. Register at fumcaustin.org/adminboard .
Back-to-School on Lake Travis
2:30-8:15 p.m., Drop off at Church Parking Lot
All middle and high school youth are invited to join us for a four-hour tour of Lake Travis! We will carpool from FUMC Austin at 2:30 p.m. for a 3:30-7:30 p.m. boat time and return to FUMC at 8:15 p.m. The cost is $20 and includes dinner. Register at fumcaustin.org/barge .
UMW Children's Underwear Drive
This is the last Sunday to donate!
Please join the UMW Joy Circle in contributing new clean (preferably packaged) underwear for ages 5-12 during the month of August. A collection bin is located in the Sanctuary Foyer.
NEWS & EVENTS
Breakfast with Jesus
Sunday, September 2, 10:00 a.m.
Murchison Chapel
Children and their grown-ups are invited to participate in a special time together as we have "Breakfast with Jesus." This event is designed to build intergenerational relationships by bringing families together around tables with the sharing of food, fellowship and learning. Intergenerational ministry empowers those who gather to invest in God, their faith, and the faith of others. We ask that children are accompanied by an adult; all adults are welcome.
"A Way Forward" Briefing
Sunday, September 9, 10:00 a.m.
Sanctuary
Pastor Michael will give a status update on "A Way Forward", the process our denomination is considering at the February 2019 Called General Conference. The briefing will include factual updates about the process as well as some limited interpretation about the efforts to organize in support of the One Church Plan and ongoing developments. This is the second of three scheduled briefings. The third is scheduled for November 18.
Faith at Home Parenting Class
Sunday, September 9, 10:00 a.m.
SAN Room 215
When households practice faith at home, everyone grows closer to God. Research shows that children and youth whose families participate in Christian conversations, Bible reading, traditions, and prayer are more likely to claim their faith as adults. At a "Faith at Home" session, we learn and try out some spiritual practices that are "do-able," adaptable, fun, and meaningful. These activities can be used by households of all shapes and sizes, including singles, friends, couples, children, teens, and parents. This class will focus on exploring the practice of prayer and touch on some practical ideas to enhance the worship experience for you and your child. Register Now .
First Steps
Sunday, September 9, 12:15 p.m.
Garrison Chapel
Are you interested in joining FUMC? Prior to joining the church, we ask all to participate in a First Steps class, to learn about Methodist beliefs and the ministry of FUMC, meet the pastors and other members, and ask questions. Sign up at fumcaustin.org/firststeps .
Accessibility During Elevator Construction
Beginning on August 12, accessibility to the Sanctuary for the mobility impaired will include a path through the North Entrance of the church. The South Entrance will be closed during the Sanctuary Elevator construction expected to last up to five weeks. The north stairwell to the Sanctuary will be reserved for the mobility impaired only. All able-bodied persons should access the Sanctuary from the front steps. Read More .
Kids’ Night Out
September 14
6:00–9:00 p.m.
EDU Room 102
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
September 14
6:00–9:00 p.m.
EDU Room 108
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
September 14
6:00–9:00 p.m.
Great Hall
Calling 5th, 6th, and 7th graders! Connect bridges children and youth ministries by building relationships. Read More .
Connections Fair
September 16, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wesley Hall
Looking for a new place to connect at FUMC? Come to the Connections Fair and learn about new ways to learn, grow, serve, and share. Check out tables hosted by various classes, missions, committees, book studies, and fellowship groups and learn more about new places to connect with FUMC.
3rd Grade Bible Presentation
Sunday, September 16, 11:00 a.m.
Sanctuary
We are called to celebrate the Bible—our gift of God’s word for us over many centuries and for our lives today. We invite all to celebrate and give thanks for the special book that shapes our lives in worship on September 16 when we recognize and present gift Bibles to all 3rd graders and any older children who have not received a Bible. Please contact Lara Greene at children@fumcaustin.org by September 10 to ensure your child receives a Bible.
NAMI Walks
Saturday, September 29, 9:00 a.m.
The Long Center
Join our team for this year's NAMIWalks event! We are walking to raise awareness of mental illness and raise funds for the important work of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. First UMC is working to support the work of NAMI as we promote education and awareness about mental illness and work to end the stigma associated with mental illness. Come walk with us or support our team with a donations through our NAMIWalks team page.
Baptism Class
Sunday, September 30, 12:15 p.m.
EDU Room 108
Are you ready to have your child Baptized? Pastor Taylor Fuerst and Director of Children’s Ministries Lara Greene host this class to discuss our beliefs about Baptism, logistical information about scheduling and service preparation, and ways to help your child live the baptized life. This class is required for those preparing for a child’s Baptism. To register, indicate your interest on the Connections Card in worship or register at  fumcaustin.org/baptismclass . If you are interested in adult Baptism, email Pastor Taylor at taylor@fumcaustin.org .
Disaster Recovery Mission Trip
October 5-8, Friday-Monday 
Sinton, TX
First UMC is sending a mission team (ages 14 and up) to Sinton, TX (Coastal Bend region), to help with long-term recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey one year ago. Volunteers must complete the background check process—no other training is required. Trip cost is $125; workdays are Saturday and Sunday. Please register at the link below and contact cathy@fumcaustin.org to complete background check process or for additional information. Register Now.
ADULT DISCIPLESHIP
We have several ways for you to gather with others and grow closer to God. Through Sunday School classes, small groups or other discipleship opportunities, we want to help you grow in your faith surrounded and supported by others who are growing in theirs.
Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times
Sundays, August 26-September 23, 10:00 a.m.
SAN Wesley Hall
In this study based on his book Unafraid , Adam Hamilton explores the most common worries and fears experienced by Americans today. Led by Pastor Cathy Stone. Register at fumcaustin.org/unafraid .
Practicing Christian Mindfulness
Sundays, September 9-October 14, 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
SAN Room 212
This class explores mindfulness practices to incorporate into your life today. Led by Cindy Walter. Register at fumcaustin.org/mindfulness by September 1.
Financial Peace University
Mondays, September 17-November 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
FLC Garrison Chapel
With Dave Ramsey’s class Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money. Freedom from debt is part of being free to follow Christ. Join Pastor Michael Mumme for this personal finance class with a faith perspective. Register at fumcaustin.org/peace .
Disciple Fast Track
Mondays, September 17-December 3, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
FLC Room 104
This 24-week study led by Pastor Cathy Stone immerses you in the books of Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts. Each week you encounter three spiritual disciplines, learn what they are, and how you can engage in those disciplines. Classes meet for a total of 24 weeks, 12 weeks in the fall and 12 weeks in the spring. Daily preparation is 3-5 chapters of the Bible. The cost is $30 for two study manuals. Register at fumcaustin.org/disciple .
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
All are invited to participate in our ongoing monthly service opportunities.
Feed My People 4th Tuesday
August 28, 4:45-7:00 a.m., Family Life Center
Prepare and serve breakfast to 300 of our homeless neighbors working in shifts starting at 4:45 a.m. and ending by 7:00 a.m. Without our regular supply of UT student volunteers, we need extra help during the summer. Training provided.  Read More .
FreeStore 3rd Saturday
September 15, 8:45-11:00 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
September 16, 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., SAN MLF Kitchen
MLF serves daily, but this monthly third Sunday is for families and individuals who want to try face-to-face service with experienced volunteers. Read More .
AUGUST MISSION EMPHASIS
English as a Second Language
FUMC began it's ESL Ministry as an initiative by a pastor for whom English was a second language, one who thought he knew English until he arrived in this country and faced a myriad of challenges with communication. Add to this dilemma the cultural differences in medical care, the condition of women in society, how to go to the grocery store, how to take a bus, and how to navigate the educational system for one's children. For over a decade, individuals who find themselves in these situations have come to our ESL classes. Attendees say the difference between these classes and those offered by educational institutions is the feeling of community, the creation of a place to belong. The social hours of ESL classes are a safe place to practice a language, but also a place to feel at home. One of the unique things about our ESL Ministry is providing childcare so mothers or fathers who care for the family can concentrate on improving their language skills. Although the teachers are volunteers, materials, childcare, utilities for the FLC, and refreshments for the social hours all cost money. Contributions at the altar rail offering during the month of August go to support this quiet but powerful ministry. Read More .
SERMONS ONLINE
Missed Last Week's Sermon?
Sunday, August 19
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Romans 8:22-28
Sermon: “I walked away from God…”
"This is My Story" | Jim Bowen
PRAYER CONCERNS
Within our Congregation
Health: Randolph Bias; Gary Diehl; Merianne Gaston; Ken and  Susan Hensley; Paul Hicks; Curtis Higgs; Jan Higgs; Gene and Charlotte Lyerly; Andrea Peck; Pearl Spears; Bruce Venno; and Olivia Weldon.

Congratulations: To Earl and Sarah Crane on the birth of their daughter, Sylvie, and to Lisa Owens on the birth of her son, Elliott Isaac Owens. 

Other: For all college students who are leaving home and their families.
Beyond our Congregation
Sarah Austin’s daughter, Madison; Robbie Ausley’s sister-in-law, Sue Holt; Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren; Craig Blome’s and Tamra Golden’s parents, Paul and Carol Golden; Adama Brown’s mother, Ressie; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Duane Crips’s daughter, Amanda; Shirley Derryberry’s sister, Marcia Ohlhausen; Bennett and Meisa Ezekiel’s friend, Dev Reddy; Cindy Gunderson’s neighbor, Barbara White; Howard and Marijo Hartman’s friends, Cecilia Collins and Randy Kimery; Jeff Jackson’s sister, Wendy; Reverend Sheldon Johnson; Elizabeth Lerner’s daughter, Katherine; Charlyn Loera’s cousin, Fernando Cuevas; Mark Morris’ and Kathy Tullos’ neighbor, Warren Pettinos; Alice Parrish’s friend, D’Anna Wick; Connie Payne’s brother, John; Delia Peters’ brother, Robert Ybarra; Larry Peters’ friend, Cathy Parker; Justin and Erin Scarth’s friends, Chad Burnette and Lisa Whatley; Donna Shands’ daughter, June, and mother, Eva; Leslie Story’s father, Neel Richardson; Amy Wink’s friends, Krish and Mona; and Dick Young’s nephew Jeff Young. 
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