THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, February 3
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Daniel 6:6-23
Sermon: "Daniel: The End of Courage"
Baby Steps
10:00 a.m., SAN Room 215
Baby Steps is a parenting class led by Lara Greene, Director of FUMC Children’s Ministries. These discussion-based classes are designed to equip parents/guardians with practical tools to help them engage spiritually with their child in their first five years of life.
Charge Conference/ Leadership Kickoff
12:15-3:00 p.m., FLC Great Hall
During the 2019 FUMC Leadership Kickoff Event and Charge Conference meeting, we’ll share lunch together, learn some key information about serving in leadership at FUMC, and divide into ministry teams to plan and set goals for the coming year. This meeting also includes approval of the FUMC 2019 budget, clergy compensation, and the establishment of a Long-Term Capital Project Fund. Please register online at fumcaustin.org/chargeconference .
Super Bowling Youth Night
4:30-6:30 p.m., UT Campus
All middle and high school youth are invited to bring their friends to Super Bowling Youth Night. Cost is $6 per person and that includes bowling and shoes —w e'll provide the food. Drop off and pick up on 24th Street east of Guadalupe. Parking garages are located west of Guadalupe.
BAPTISM
Caleb Michael George
Son of Michael and Molly George, was baptized into Christian Discipleship on Sunday, January 27.
NEWS AND EVENTS
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 fumcaustin.org/whitefragility .
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 fumcaustin.org/slumberparty . For those who wish to come for Friday evening only, free childcare is available. To make a childcare reservation, register your child at fumcaustin.org/kno and note you are attending the slumber party. Also, if interested in helping with planning, contact Ann Young, anngyoung73@gmail.com or (512) 517-2212.
Worship Series
February 10-March 3
Family | Circus: The Ups and Downs of Life Together
Parents. Siblings. Best friend. Barista. Spouse. The canine love-of-your-life. Whoever it is, there’s someone in your life whom you call “Family.” No two families are just alike, and yet we all know the experience of those challenging and life-giving relationships that make us who we are. Join us for worship as we explore who we are as God’s family and how we live with our real-life families, in the best and worst of times. View worship schedule .
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 trevor@fumcaustin.org . Register at fumcaustin.org/firststeps .
Conversations on Racial Justice
Sunday, February 10, 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 monthly to discuss and learn more about racial oppression, issues of whiteness and racism, and other topics through videos, podcasts, and short articles. Register at fumcaustin.org/conversations .
Advocate for Gun Sense
Wednesday, February 13, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Central Christian Church, 1110 Guadalupe St.
Supporters will come to Austin from across Texas to rally and meet with lawmakers for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s Advocacy Day. Your presence can make an important difference. Training is provided. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense is a non-partisan grassroots movement with 5 million supporters dedicated to preventing gun violence by advocating for common-sense, research-backed solutions. The agenda includes: fighting the push to arm more teachers, supporting a Red Flag law, and fighting to keep our permitting system for carrying of handguns. Register at every.tw/2RV4YC3 and join us!
Latin American Liberation Theology
Thursdays, February 14-April 4, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr, Austin, TX 78731
Have you ever wondered about the genesis of Liberation Theology? What influences brought about this revolutionary theology which continues to reverberate today? Please join Elizabeth Lerner in an 8-week course, Social Justice and Religion Latin American Liberation Theology, class #58 at the Lifetime Learning Institute (LLI) of Austin. For more information and to register, visit www.fumcaustin.org/lli
Sweetheart Dance
Saturday, February 23, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
FLC Great Hall
Celebrate the loving relationships in your life with a fun evening of dancing and fellowship. DJ, door prizes, selfie photo booth, snacks, and memory-making included. Friends, spouses, partners and partners-in-crime, parents/ grandparents, and children—all are welcome. Prizes awarded for most-years-together, best-dressed couple/group, and more. First 50 guests will receive a special gift. Cost is $5 per person, with a $20 maximum per family. For more information or to volunteer to bring sweet treats, contact Erin and Justin Scarth at erin.scarth@gmail.com .
Austin CROP Hunger Walk
Sunday, February 24
2:00 p.m. Registration, 2:30 Step-off
Camp Mabry, 2200 West 35th Street
This is a family-friendly interfaith community event raising funds for hungry people around the world and right here in Austin. This year the CROP Hunger Walk is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Walk. FUMC was a pioneer in organizing the first Walk in Austin. This is the longest tenured mission project of the congregation. For more information, contact Howard Hartman at 512-924-1378 or  hhartman1@austin.rr.com . Sign up to be a part of our FUMC Walk Team at at fumcaustin.org/crop .
Baptism Class
Sunday, March 3, 12:15 p.m.
EDU Room 108
Are you ready to have your child Baptized? Lara Greene, Director of Children’s Ministries, and Rev. Taylor Fuerst host this class to discuss our beliefs about Baptism, logistical information about scheduling and service preparation, and ways to help your child live the Baptized life. This class is required for those preparing for Baptism, and only offered twice each year. Register at fumcaustin.org/baptismclass .
Prayer Shawls
Do you know someone ill, grieving, or in crisis? The Knit Wits are a group of dedicated knitters whose mission is to knit or crochet prayer shawls for anyone in need of a tangible symbol of God’s love and comfort. To request that a prayer shawl be sent to someone, please contact marcia@fumcaustin.org or indicate on your Connections Card during worship. The Knit Wits create their prayer shawls as an act of love and service, and donations are not necessary, although they are always appreciated. If you are interested in serving with the Knit Wits, please contact Carol Dickerson at imcookietoo@gmail.com .
SERVING OPPORTUNITIES
Worship Volunteers Needed
Please let us know if you can serve as a Communion Helper or on our Audio/Visual Team by indicating so on your Connections Card during worship or contacting the person listed below. 

The Audio/Visual Team needs two volunteers at the media center in the balcony each week to run worship slides and adjust audio. No experience is necessary and training is provided. Commitment is one Sunday per month. If you are interested, please contact Kim Block at kpblock@austin.rr.com .

Communion Helpers are needed to help prepare communion. Setup includes purchasing the bread, setting up the altar, and cleaning up after service. Communion is served every week at the 9:00 a.m. and 1st Sundays at the 11:00 a.m. If you are interested, please contact Teresa Edwards at te4858@gmail.com .
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. To sign up, email or call bergan.casey@gmail.com or 512-656-2515.
CALENDAR
Friday-Saturday, February 1-2

Sunday, February 3
Baby Steps Class

Tuesday, February 5

Friday, February 8

Friday-Saturday, February 8-9

Sunday, February 10
ASP Team Meeting
Saturday, February 16
FreeStore 3rd Saturday

Sunday, February 17
Chapel Service

Saturday, February 23
Sweetheart Dance

Sunday, February 24

Tuesday, February 26

Sunday, March 3
FEBRUARY MISSION EMPHASIS
"Feed My People" Breakfast
FUMC hosts the "Feed My People" Breakfast Program of the non-profit organization Foundation for the Homeless, Inc. (FFH) each Tuesday and Thursday in our Family Life Center. Guests receive a hot breakfast and can shower. FUMC buys the food and drink for the breakfast on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Approximately 250-300 guests are fed each Tuesday and Thursday. Donations will help cover operational costs. Give Online .
SERMONS ONLINE
Missed last week's sermon?
Sunday, January 27
Preacher: Rev. Michael Mumme
Profiles of Courage Series
Scripture: Esther 4:5-17
Sermon: "Esther"
Other ways to listen? Subscribe to our iTunes podcast or YouTube channel.
PRAYER CONCERNS
Within our Congregation
Health: Grady Basler; Gussie Fallon; Melanie Miller; Kathy Morales; Donna Shands; and Bruce Venno. 
Congratulations to Carsen Russell and Eli Clampett on their marriage.
Other: Thanksgiving for the end of the government shut down.
Beyond our Congregation
Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Teresa Del Castillo’s friend, Alina Wilson; Mary Higgs’ friend, Tanua Snyder; Steve and Dixie Houston’s friends, Robin and Doug Smith; Amy Jones’ friend, James Oliva, and cousin, Sherry Willerson; Reverend Earle Lewis’s sister, Mary Bost; Jan Morris’ mother, Marian Moore; Mimi Raper’s friend, Charlyn; Sue Rector; Michael and Dianne Render’s friend, Jennifer Helgenson; Crispin Ruiz’s sister-in-law, Gloria Ruiz; Barbara Ruth’s mother, Jewell Ruth; Justin and Erin Scarth’s friends, Lisa Whatley and Chad Burnette; Leslie Story’s father, Neel Richardson; Brandon Tate; Greg Trosclair’s father, George Trosclair; Dorothy Whitfield’s sister, Mary Connell; Amy Wink’s father, Weldon Wink; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young. 
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(512) 478-5684 
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