Sunday, January 13
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Sermon: "Jesus"
January Worship Series
January 13-February 3
J.R.R. Tolkien taught us that “courage is found in unlikely places.” With the legislative session, 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 in worship 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.
Baby Steps
Sunday, January 13-February 3
10:00 a.m., SAN Room 215
Baby Steps is a parenting class led by Lara Greene, Director of FUMC Children’s Ministries. This four-week series of discussion-based classes is 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 .
Sunday Parking Update
The parking lot west of the Family Life Center is paid parking only, even on Sundays. Parking in this lot without paying will result in a $75 fee. Premier Parking is providing a discounted flat rate of $2 on Sundays between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. If you received a parking ticket recently and would like to talk with the church about having the citation waived, please contact Mark Steves at and include your citation number.

On Sundays, free parking is available for able-bodied members in the Trial Lawyers' Garage from 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. and all day on the streets surrounding FUMC. We ask that the church lot be reserved for those with mobility issues. 
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; 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 canned goods and 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 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.
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 .
Maternal Health Brunch and Learn
Wednesday, January 23, 8:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Family Life Center, Great Hall
Circle Up: United Methodist Women for Moms, a circle of UMW, is hosting a Brunch & Learn about maternal health in Texas. A panel of maternal health activists, advocates, and experts will shed light on the current situation and ways we can positively impact the future of Texas moms and babies. Panelists include: Dr. Michele Rountree, The Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin; Adriana Kohler, Texans Care for Children; and Evelyn Delgado, Chair of the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition.
Contemplative Worship Service Fourth Sunday
Sunday, January 27, 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 30-40 minutes. All are welcome.
Experiences at the Brownsville Border
Sunday, January 27, 10:00 a.m.
SAN Wesley Hall
Marianela Ramirez Watson is a member of the United Methodist Women and has been a long-term aide through the United Methodist-related Good Neighbor Settlement House in Brownsville. She will share first-hand experiences of working with asylum seekers at the border over the last few years, and how the experiences have changed, based on needs, changing governmental requirements, etc. We will also hear from FUMC member, Noble Doss, who traveled to Brownsville this past December for “Courts and Ports” with Texas Impact. This group visited Good Neighbor Settlement House, observed immigration court and crossed the border in Matamoros, Mexico.
Pre-Teen Sexuality Workshop
Friday and Saturday, February 1-2
FLC Great Hall
Registration deadline is January 25. 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 pre-teens establish a foundation for their life in Christ. Register online at .
Book Study: White Fragility
Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19
6:30-7:30 p.m.
FLC Room 103
Join us as we read and discuss White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. This book deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively. We have a Facebook group for online discussion as well as meeting in person. Register at .
Women's Slumber Party
Friday, February 8 at 6:00 p.m.–Saturday, February 9 at 9:30 a.m.
Family Life Center
Women of the church and our guests will share dinner, fun, good conversation, snacks, games, movies, fellowship, and maybe sleep. Plan to bring a sleeping bag and a pillow, air mattress is optional. Dinner and continental breakfast provided. Feel free to bring a traditional slumber party snack and board game. Register at . For those who wish to come for Friday evening only, free childcare is available. To make a childcare reservation, register your child at and note you are attending the slumber party. Also, if interested in helping with planning, contact Ann Young, or (512) 517-2212.
First Steps
Sunday, February 10, 12:15 p.m.
FLC 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. For more information, contact Trevor Harper at . Register at .
Tutors Needed
Pickle Elementary students need tutors to help finish classroom and homework assignments across subjects. Most of the students are children of Spanish speaking parents who are unable to teach their kids because of language and education barriers. If you have 30 minutes each week anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., please sign up. The school will match you with a student and we will confirm the schedule. Questions call or email or 512-656-2515.
Sunday, January 13
Baby Steps Class Begins

Tuesday, January 15

Saturday, January 19
FreeStore 3rd Saturday

Sunday, January 20
Chapel Service
Baby Steps Class

Monday, January 21
MLK Day Community March

Tuesday, January 22

Wednesday, January 23

Sunday, January 27
Baby Steps Class
Friday-Saturday, February 1-2

Sunday, February 3
Baby Steps Class

Tuesday, February 5

Friday, February 8

Friday-Saturday, February 8

Sunday, February 10
ASP Team Meeting

Saturday, February 16
FreeStore 3rd Saturday

Sunday, February 17
The FreeStore connects people who need and people who need to give, through weekly opportunities to shop for free clothing and small household items. It is a place where people from all walks of life have an opportunity to build relationships. The foundations of this intentionally cross-cultural, multi-racial community lie in the affirmation of God’s love for all people. You are invited to support this ministry by donating funds to help with its operation, by donating gently used or new clothing and household items, or by serving anytime it is open. Read More .
Missed last week's sermon?
Sunday, January 6
Preacher: Rev. Teresa Welborn
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-120
Sermon: “Dreaming of Home”
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Within our Congregation
Health: Frances Allen; Grady Basler; Gussie Fallon; Melanie Miller; Kathy Morales; and Bruce Venno.
Condolences: Steve Houston on the death of his father, John Easton.
Other: For unpaid federal workers and students and teachers heading back to school.
Beyond our Congregation
Arthur Asika’s cousin, Chihedu Ozor, and uncle, Reverend Chibu Ozor; Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren; Laurie Barr’s friend, Tisha Darey; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Janet Camp’s sister, Nancy Willet; Shirley Derryberry’s sister, Marcia Ohlhausen; Doise Miers’ father, Jack Chew; Connie Payne’s brother, John Bellinghausen; Kallie Pitcock; Pat Rives’ friend, Susan Tyler; John and Erin Rodriquez’ mother, Gloria; Barbara Ruth’s mother, Jewel Ruth; Justin and Erin Scarth’s friends, Chad Burnette and Lisa Whatley; Donna Shands’ child, Sky. and mother, Eva; Leslie Story’s father, Neel Richardson; Whitney Thurman’s friend, Berta Onastott; Amy Wink’s father, Weldon Wink; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young. 
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