Sunday, December 30
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Luke 2:25-40
Sermon: “Simeon”
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?
Service Project Sunday
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 to replace those taken when detained, a small token of welcome to our migrant neighbors. 
End-of-Year Giving Reminder
Our church office 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. 
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 .
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 .
Volunteers Needed for Epiphany Sunday Cleanup
Sunday, January 6, Following 11:00 a.m. Worship
Sanctuary Main Floor
Ever wonder about the nooks and crannies of the FUMC building? Your chance to experience them firsthand comes today when we return our beautiful Christmas decorations to their resting places until Advent of 2019. All ages welcome. Many hands make light work. Sign up at .
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 .
January Worship Series
January 13-February 3
J.R.R. Tolkien taught us that “courage is found in unlikely places.” In the coming new year, with a legislative session looming at the State Capitol, a watershed General Conference on the docket for the United Methodist Church, and countless other moments of high stakes and crucial decisions before each of us, how do we find courage? Is it within us? Join us for worship in January as we reflect on stories of courageous people in both the Bible and modern history, drawing from their faithful example to find our way through challenging times.
FUM Preschool Recruiting New Families
FUMP is currently recruiting new families for the spring semester. We can use your help spreading the word. FUMP’s hours of operation are 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and they have placements for the following age groups: openings for the Two's Class (M-F, M-W-F, T-TH) and openings for the Three's-Fives Class (T-TH). For more information about current openings, refer families to or email
Baby Steps
Sunday, January 13-February 3
10:00 a.m., SAN Room 215
A Parenting class led by Lara Greene, Director of FUMC Children’s Ministries. Baby Steps is a four-week series of discussion-based classes designed to equip parents/guardians with practical tools to help them engage spiritually with their child in their first five years of life. Register at .
The Heart of Christianity
Tuesdays, January 15- February 26 6:30-8:00 p.m., FLC Room 103
Join Curt Ashmos in a discussion-based study of Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg. Borg offers a practical guide to thinking about God, Jesus, the Bible, faith, and Christian practice. He shows how faith in God and Jesus has never really been about believing certain propositions but rather about a dynamic relationship. He shows that being “born again” is at the center of Christian life and that the “kingdom of God” is a matter of transforming society into real world values of justice and love, and that the Christian life is essentially about opening one’s heart—to God and to others. Register Now .
Hidden Figures Movie Night
Sunday, January 20, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Our Mercy & Justice Team and youth invite you to watch Hidden Figures about some lesser known sheroes of the Civil Rights Era. In support of the upcoming MLK March the following day, we will collect can goods and/or non-perishable food items to be donated to the Central Texas Food Bank. Childcare is available by emailing . Register Now .
MLK Day Community March
Monday, January 21, 9:00 a.m.
MLK Statue, UT Campus
The Annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. Following a short program at the MLK Statue, we will march to the historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned. We can arrange carpools. Contact Terri Purdy at or Devon Bailey at .
Financial Peace University
Tuesdays, January 22-March 26
6:30-8:00 p.m.
FLC Garrison Chapel
What if you had an emergency fund, were debt-free, investing, and making wise spending decisions for your family’s future? With Dave Ramsey’s 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 .
Financial Peace University Information Session
Sunday, January 20, 12:15 p.m., FLC Garrison Chapel
Come learn about Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University , watch an introductory video, and pick up your materials for class beginning on Tuesday, January 22.
Pre-Teen Sexuality Workshop
Friday and Saturday, February 1-2
FLC Great Hall
The pre-teen years are tough. Changes are happening to bodies, minds, and emotions which make it hard to know exactly what is going on. And what hard topics to try and discuss with Mom and Dad. Wonderfully Made provides kids ages 10–12 the opportunity to ask questions about growing up and get faith-based answers. The curriculum covers physical development and spiritual connection while helping preteens establish a foundation for their life in Christ. Register online at .
Sunday, December 30
Service Project Sunday

Tuesday, January 1
Church Office Closed

Sunday, January 6

Friday, January 11

Sunday, January 13
Baby Steps Begins

Tuesday, January 15

Saturday, January 19
FreeStore 3rd Saturday
Sunday, January 20
Chapel Service

Monday, January 21
MLK Day Community March

Tuesday, January 22

Sunday, January 27

Friday-Saturday, February 1-2

Friday-Saturday, February 8
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 .
Sunday, December 23
Preacher: Rev. John McMullen
Scripture: Micah 5:2-5a
Sermon: “The Innkeeper”
Monday, December 24
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Luke 2:1-20
Sermon: “For all. For you."
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