THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, January 6
Preacher: Rev. Teresa Welborn
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12
Sermon: "Dreaming of Home"
Welcome Rev. Teresa Welborn
This Sunday, we welcome District Superintendent Reverend Teresa Welborn to the pulpit. Rev. Welborne, is a graduate of Southwestern University and Candler School of Theology. Prior to her appointment to the Office of Clergy Development in 2011, she served four congregations in the Southwest Texas Conference: Smiley UMC, Manchaca UMC, Lakehills UMC, and Buda UMC. She has served the Capital District as District Superintendent since July 1, 2014. Teresa’s husband, Paul Harper is a music educator and guitar player. He teaches in the San Antonio Community College system and is involved in the music ministries at Oak Hill UMC. Teresa and Paul are the proud parents of six year old Clare who continually reveals to them the wonders of God’s love.
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 , 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 .
Children's Christmas Giving
Last Sunday to bring stuffed animals
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. Read More .
Volunteers Needed for Epiphany Sunday Cleanup
Sunday, January 6, 12:00 p.m., Sanctuary Main Floor
Ever wonder about the nooks and crannies of the FUMC building? Your chance to experience them firsthand comes this Sunday 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 fumcaustin.org/epiphanycleanup .
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 .
NEWS AND EVENTS
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, 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.
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 fumcaustin.org/babysteps .
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.
Sanctuary
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 childcare@fumcaustin.org . 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 terri.sohn@gmail.com or Devon Bailey at devon@fumcaustin.org .
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 fumcaustin.org/university .
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.
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 fumcaustin.org/preteenworkshop .
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, and 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. For those who wish to come for the evening only, childcare is available through Kids’ Night Out and Kids’ Club. Childcare registration is separate from this event registration at fumcaustin.org/kno . Also, if interested in helping with planning, contact Ann Young, anngyoung73@gmail.com or (512) 517-2212. Register at fumcaustin.org/slumberparty .
CALENDAR
Sunday, January 6
Epiphany Sunday Cleanup

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, February 8

Friday-Saturday, February 8

Sunday, February 10
ASP Construction Workshop
ASP Team Meeting
JANUARY MISSION EMPHASIS
FreeStore
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 .
SERMONS ONLINE
Missed last week's sermon?
Sunday, December 30
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Luke 2:25-40
Sermon: “Simeon”
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PRAYER CONCERNS
Within our Congregation
Health: Melissa Biegert; Debbie Block; Jeanne Craig; Gussie Fallin; Charlotte Lyerly; Melanie Miller; Kathy Morales; Bruce Venno; and Dan Wood.

Condolences to the family and friends of Nancy Lewis on her death. A service will be held on Saturday, January 12, at 2:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. To Mark Harris on the death of his wife, Len Harris.
Beyond our Congregation
Kim Appleby; U. S. Marine Pepper Appleby; Robbie Ausley’s friend, Mike Sharp; Laurie Barr’s friend, Tisha Darey; Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren; Craig Blome’s and Tamra Golden’s neighbor, Peggy Kemp; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Janet Camp’s sister, Nancy Willet; Shirley Derryberry’s sister, Marcia Ohlhausen; April Ferrino’s mother, Sara Ferrino, and friend, Gloria Hernandez; Nancy Gillett’s mother, Joyce, and brother, Ted; Susan Hammack’s friend, Isidro Delgado; Wes Holt; Judy Kostura’s friends, the Skipper Cox family; Doise Miers’ father, Jack Chew; Kelly Mills’ friend, Isaac Jackson; Patty Monical’s friend, Alana Smith; Connie Payne’s brother, John Bellinghausen; Pat Rives’ friend, Susan Tyler; Barbara Ruth’s mother, Jewel Ruth; Justin and Erin Scarth’s friends, Chad Burnette and Lisa Whatley; Leslie Story’s father, Neel Richardson; Dale Van Horne; Amy Wink’s father, Weldon Wink; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
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