THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, August 12
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: 1 John 4:7-21
Sermon: "Living God's Story"
"Story of God" Group Discussion
10:00 a.m., Wesley Hall
Join our last group discussion covering our daily readings from the "Story of God" series. To learn more, visit fumcaustin.org/storyofgod .
New Kindergartners & Parents Gathering
10:00 a.m., EDU Room 101
New Kindergartners and their parents are invited to a special fellowship. We will enjoy the traditional reading of The Kissing Hand and a family craft. This is a great time to meet other parents.
Back to School at the Pool!
6:00-8:00 p.m., Balcones Woods Pool, 11204 Alhambra Drive
Families of all ages are invited to join us for a fun Back-to-School Bash. Calendars and information about fall children's ministry programming will be available, plus a sign-up for Children's Choir.
NEWS & EVENTS
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 .
Austin PRIDE Festival
August 11, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
FUMC will partner with other RMN churches in Austin at a booth at the PRIDE Festival. Volunteers are needed to represent FUMC so please sign up to work at the festival booth through SignUpGenius . Signup is required in order to obtain your wristband at a discounted price. Otherwise, volunteers will pay full price to get into the festival. For more information, contact the Reconciling Team at rmn@fumcaustin.org .
Austin PRIDE Parade
August 11, 7:00 p.m., Family Life Center
Ride or walk with the FUMC float in the 2018 Austin PRIDE Parade. We gather at the Family Life Center and walk to our starting position. The staging area is on San Jacinto between 11th and 15th Streets. Look for the FUMC float #34 towards the southern section of the four block stretch. Please bring your signs, wear comfortable clothes, and drink lots of water!  Volunteers are needed to help decorate the float starting at 3:30 p.m.
UMW Children's Underwear Drive
Month of August
Our FUMC United Methodist Women's (UMW) Joy Circle toured the Southside Community Center in San Marcos in April and discovered the need to supply the San Marcos ISD with new children's underwear. Many children attending area schools have limited resources and no extras. The school nurses give children new underwear when they have accidents or become ill at school. The need is great! Please join the 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.
Early Response Team (ERT) Basic Training
August 18, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
SAN Wesley Hall
The Disaster Response Team of the Rio Texas Conference has always been ready to assist at any time when disasters are beyond the resources of a local community or beyond that of the district. FUMC is building an Early Response Team (ERT) to work in conjunction with other United Methodist churches in our area to help victims when disasters occur. For additional information, please contact Ben Patterson at (512) 217-0756 or rickandben77@gmail.com . Register and learn more at fumcaustin.org/ert .
"This is My Story" Worship Series
August 19-September 16
Each of us has a story—an experience that has helped us understand God and ourselves through joy, connection, hurt, and hope. When we tell our stories, we find that they intertwine with God's story and the stories of others. 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 .
Back-to-School Blessing
August 19, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary 
All students, teachers, and administrators will receive a blessing and a gift as a tangible reminder of God’s and our congregation’s love and support. Bring your backpack or any personal item to be blessed as well. 
 
New Sixth Graders Parade
August 19, 9:45 a.m., Sanctuary Front Steps 
Everyone is invited to help us cheer the class of 2025 as they move from our children’s ministry all the way across the street to our youth ministry. Meet on the front steps at 9:45 a.m. (or directly following 9:00 a.m. worship). 
 
Children Movin' Up Sunday School
August 19, 10:00 a.m. New Classrooms 
We highly encourage parents to accompany their children to their new classrooms so they can meet their child’s teachers as well as other families. Look for room locations in parent email or on our website .
FUMC Children's Choir
Begins August 19
If your child (ages Kindergarten-5th grade) is ready to have fun learning music, leading in worship and performing in a children's musical this school year, then the FUMC Children's Choir is a great place to be! Weekly rehearsals begin August 19 from 12:05-1:00 p.m. Parents can register their children and meet Director Roxie Garza at the Back-to-School Pool Party on August 12 at 6 p.m. at Balcones Woods Pool or on the first day of practice. Children will meet in Wesley Hall for a brief snack before beginning rehearsal each week. If you have questions or want to register your child, email roxie@fumcaustin.org .
Bolder Than Texas Information Session
Sunday, August 19, 10:00 a.m.
SAN Wesley Hall
Wondering about this Bolder Than the State of Texas Project? What is this business about community autobiography? Please join us to learn about the project that will record our past and present, as well as our hopes for the future. We will discuss the project’s scope, answer questions, and offer practical advice and how-to’s for generating and recording the stories of our living faith. For more information, contact Amy Wink and Caroline Jones at bolderthantexas@gmail.com . Read More .
Summer Book Club Conversations
August 19, 10:00 a.m., EDU Murchison Chapel
Let’s talk about books! Join with others who read a book, or books, from our summer reading list. We would love to know who will be attending as we plan our conversation. Register online today and let us know which book(s) you read. Want to read this week? The list is on our website! View recommended reading list and register at fumcaustin.org/summerbookclub .
Acolyte Training and Registration
August 26, 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
SAN Room 110 and Sanctuary
For all parents and children or youth who are in 2nd grade and older who want to commit to assisting with worship this year. Both novice and seasoned acolytes will increase their understanding of their responsibilities and sharpen their skills. Acolytes support both clergy and laity, ensuring that the behind-the-scenes tasks and logistics of worship flow smoothly. These tasks may include bringing the light of Christ into and out of worship,serving Communion, preparing the worship space, assisting with the worship slides from the balcony, and ushering and greeting. Read More .
Administrative Board Meeting
August 26, 12:15-2:00 p.m., FLC Great Hall
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, August 22. Childcare available by emailing childcare@fumcaustin.org to make reservations. Register at fumcaustin.org/adminboard .
Back-to-School on Lake Travis
Sunday, August 26, 2:30-8:15 p.m.
All middle and high school youth are invited to join us for a four-hour tour of Lake Travis to celebrate the start of a new school year! Food and water toys provided! We will carpool from FUMC Austin at 2:30 p.m. to our Marina (16107 FM 2769, Leander, TX 7864) for a 3:30-7:30 p.m. boat time and return to FUMC to 8:15 p.m. The cost is $20 and includes dinner. Youth are invited to bring up to two new friends at $10 per friend—that's three people for $30. We have a capacity of 70 people on the barge so be sure to register your crew as soon as possible. Register at fumcaustin.org/barge .
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 .
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.
Book Study: I'm Still Here
Tuesdays, August 14 and 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
FLC Room 103
Join us as we read and discuss “I’m Still Here” by Austin Channing Brown, a powerful new voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up as black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America. Register at fumcaustin.org/imstillhere .
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 2 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 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/disciple2 .
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
All are invited to participate in our ongoing monthly service opportunities.
FreeStore 3rd Saturday
August 18, 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
August 19, 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., 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 .
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 .
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 5
Preacher: Rev. Cathy Stone
Scripture: Romans 5:1-11
Sermon: "Paul"
PRAYER CONCERNS
Within our Congregation
Health: Randolph Bias; Gary Diehl; Merianne Gaston; Curtis Higgs; Jan Higgs; Andrea Peck; Pearl Spears; and Bruce Venno.
Congratulations to Carol Walker on the birth of her great grandson, Trey Brown.
Condolences to Lisa Owens on the death of her stepfather, Richard D. Hendrickson and to the family and friends of Terri Miles on her death.
Beyond our Congregation
Sarah Austin’s mother, Linda Hopper; Robbie Ausley’s sister-in-law, Sue Holt; Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren; Craig Blome’s and Tamara Golden’s parents, Paul and Carol Golden; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Shirley Derryberry’s sister, Marcia Ohlhausen;Bennett and Meisa Ezekiel’s friend, Dev Reddy; Nancy Gillett’s mother, Joyce Lester, and brother, Ted Lester; Cindy Gunderson’s neighbor, Barbara White; Reverend Sheldon Johnson; Mark Morris’ and Kathy Tullos’ neighbor, Warren Pettinos; Connie Payne’s brother, John; Pat Rives’ friend, Barbara Hall; Justin and Erin Scarth’s friends, Chad Burnette and Lisa Whatley; Leslie Story’s father, Neel Richardson; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
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