THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, December 16
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38
Sermon: "The Angels"
Advent Worship Series
Waiting in the Wings: The Supporting Cast of the Christmas Story
What about the lesser-known characters of the Christmas story? You know, the ones standing outside the stable—who are they, and how does their journey of waiting, struggling, and proclaiming speak to us?
FUMC Choir Presentation: "Within Our Hearts Be Born"
9:00 and 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Come sing praise to God and celebrate through the gifts of others with a special musical offering by our FUMC choir during worship.
Manna Bag Sale
9:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Sidewalk
Our 4th and 5th grade children show the love of Christ to those in need through the making and selling of Manna Bags for $5 each.
Children's Choir Presentation: Lessons and Carols
10:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Through dramatic role playing and traditional Christmas carols, we will celebrate the birth of our Savior. 
Advent Sunday School Series: Home for Christmas
10:00 a.m., SAN Wesley Hall
Pastor Cathy Stone leads an Advent study of Home for Christmas: Tales of Hope & Second Chances which matches real life stories of struggle and triumph to the Advent themes of hope, love, joy, and peace.
Cookie and Sock Collections
Sanctuary Foyer and Family Life Center
Place cookie and sock donations for our “Feed My People” Christmas Eve Breakfast in the collection bins. We are collecting socks through December 16 and chocolate chip cookies (6 per bag) through December 23. Read More .
Mobile Loaves & Fishes 3rd Sunday
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 .
Youth Engage Christmas Party
4:30-7:00 p.m., FLC Great Hall
All youth are invited to come celebrate together for our last Engage of the year. There will be food, games and music, and a white elephant gift exchange, so bring a gift that costs $10 or less.
NEWS AND EVENTS
Children's Christmas Giving
The Children's Ministry Team invites children to bring a small to medium new or gently used stuffed animal to church to be given to the residents of The Villa at Marbridge. Donations can be placed at the Children's Christmas Tree in the Sanctuary Foyer from December 2 to January 6. Read More .
Blue Christmas Service
Thursday, December 20, 7:00 p.m. EDU Murchison Chapel
How come I don’t feel it? In the midst of the wonder and expectation of Advent, many of us might feel out of step with the joy and excitement of Christmas. Some of us have lost loved ones or face the “happy” holidays feeling blue with grief or depression. Senior Pastor Taylor Fuerst leads this special worship service on the longest night to acknowledge our grief and longing for hope.
Contemplative Worship Service Fourth Sunday
Sunday, December 23, 9:00 a.m.
EDU Murchison Chapel
These services are offered to beginners and experienced practitioners of mindfulness meditation. The format is simple and includes an opening, a reading, a period or two of meditative silence, and a closing prayer. The service typically lasts between 30 to 40 minutes. All are welcome.
“Feed My People” Christmas Eve Service
8:00 a.m., FLC Garrison Chapel
All are welcome to gather for an early morning Christmas Eve Service immediately following the Breakfast. This casual service is a great way to celebrate Christ’s birth through hymns, a short message with conversation, and Holy Communion.

Christmas Eve Noon Service
12:00 p.m., Murchison Chapel
This traditional service features carols, scripture reading, and Holy Communion and is ideal for those who do not want to drive at night and for those whose plans make it impossible to participate in our later services.

Christmas Eve Family Service
4:00 p.m.*, Sanctuary
Experience the traditions of Christmas carols, the Nativity story, Holy Communion, and a candle-lit "Silent Night" in this 45-minute worship service especially designed for families with young children.

Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion
6:00*, 8:00* & 11:00 p.m., Sanctuary
These traditional services feature carols, choral offerings, scripture, Holy Communion, and candle lighting to celebrate Christ’s birth.

*Childcare is provided during the 4:00 p.m. Family Service and 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Candlelight Services.
End-of-Year Giving Reminder
Our church office will be closed December 24-28, but we will be open 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on December 31 to accept year-end gifts. Please note that IRS regulations require that contributions for 2018 must be mailed and postmarked no later than December 31, 2018. Contributions received after January 1 or in the mail and postmarked in 2019 will be considered 2019 gifts. 
Epiphany Party
Sunday, January 6, 10:00-10:45 a.m.
FLC Great Hall
Start the new year with joy by celebrating Christ's light in the world with your church family-all ages and stages! Children and youth will not have regular Sunday School classes that day, so bring the whole family to the party. Want to get involved? Bring some breakfast food items to share or bake special Epiphany muffins. Sign up at fumcaustin.org/epiphany .
Conversations on Racial Justice
Sunday, January 6, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
FLC Garrison Chapel
Join us as we work together on racial justice, seeking to undo racism in ourselves and recognize systemic racism, while working for and supporting work being done to end racial oppression. This group meets on first Sundays to discuss racial oppression, issues of whiteness and racism, and other topics through videos, podcasts and short articles. Register online at fumcaustin.org/conversations .
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Ushers Needed
Want to be an Usher or Greeter? You can be part of a team that continues to make FUMC one of the most welcoming congregations in Austin. Serving as an usher or greeter is an excellent opportunity to meet other members, make new friends, and welcome visitors to FUMC Austin. Your commitment would only be one Sunday a month at either the 9:00 or 11:00 a.m. service from January-June 2019. If you are interested and want to learn more, contact Richard Bettis, richard.bettis44@gmail.com or (512) 343-2361.
"Feed My People" Christmas Eve Breakfast
Monday, December 24
6:30 a.m., FLC Great Hall
Breakfast will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Our guests enjoy coffee and Christmas music beginning at 6:30 a.m., breakfast is served at 7:00 a.m. Many in the congregation have made this volunteer opportunity a significant part of their Christmas season. Spaces fill fast, so sign up now .
Service Project Sunday
Sunday, December 30
10:00 a.m., Wesley Hall 
Let us end the year caring for our neighbors! All ages and stages are invited to gather for conversation and projects about welcoming others. All Sunday School classes are invited to participate. There will be no regular Sunday School for Youth and Children. Good Neighbor Settlement House in Brownsville is welcoming refugees released from detention centers overnight before they continue on their journey. We will collect shoestrings and belts of all sizes that morning to replace those taken when detained, a small token of welcome to our migrant neighbors. 
CALENDAR
Friday, December 14

Saturday, December 15

Sunday, December 16
Cookie Collection for Breakfast
Sock Collection for Breakfast
FUMC Choir Presentation

Thursday, December 20
Blue Christmas Service

Sunday, December 23
Cookie Collection for Breakfast

Monday, December 24
December 24-28
Church Office Closed

Sunday, December 30
Service Project Sunday

Tuesday, January 1
Church Office Closed

Sunday, January 6

Friday, January 11

Sunday, January 13

Tuesday, January 15

Saturday, January 20
Hidden Figures Movie Night

Sunday, January 21
MLK Day Community March
DECEMBER MISSION EMPHASIS
Austin Justice for Our Neighbors
We get to join God in changing lives each year through our Christmas Offering, a gift to which we contribute beyond our regular giving for the year. This year, our offering will go toward two efforts—one local, and the other global. First, we will contribute locally toward the work of Austin Region Justice for Our Neighbors (ARJFON), a hospitality ministry of the United Methodist Church that welcomes immigrants by providing free or low-cost, expert immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Second, we will devote a portion of our Christmas offering to support our apportionments, the gift we make to support the wider ministry of the United Methodist Church. Read More .
SERMONS ONLINE
Missed Last Week's Sermon?
Sunday, December 9
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Luke 1:57-80
Sermon: “Zechariah”
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PRAYER CONCERNS
Within our Congregation
Health: Gabriel Baker; Teresa Baker; Melissa Biegert; Debbie Block; Jeanne Craig; Hadley Fuerst; Nancy Lewis; Charlotte Lyerly; Melanie Miller; Alleen Muenzler; Bruce Venno; and Dan Wood.
Congratulations: to Travis Bias on his marriage to Ashley Ramirez.
Condolences to the family and friends of Andrea Peck on her death.
Other: the Ben Thoma family for family dog, Wallace; travel mercies for college students returning for the holiday; and the people of Anchorage, Alaska, recovering from an earthquake.
Beyond our Congregation
Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren; Laurie Barr’s friend, Tisha Darey; Randolph and Cheryl Bias’ son, Drew, and daughter-in-law, Emily; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Janet Camp’s sister, Nancy Willet; Sherry Clark’s friend, Monnie Hightower; Peggy Davis’ aunt, Mary Lou Ellison; Shirley Derryberry’s sister, Marcia Ohlhausen; Meme Drumwright’s colleague, Lucy Atkinson; Nancy Gillett’s mother, Joyce, and brother, Ted; Mack Hicks and Julie Nelson’s neice’s husband, Lee Trusty; Doise Miers’ father, Jack Chew; Connie Payne’s brother, John Bellinghausen; Merry Rightmer’s father, David Rozendal; Barbara Ruth’s mother, Jewel Ruth; Leslie Story’s father, Neel Richardson; Sally Taylor’s brother, Michael Taylor; Amy Wink’s father, Weldon Wink; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
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