THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, July 15
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: John 4:1-26
Sermon: "Jesus the Christ"
FUMC will journey together through the Bible this summer! Our worship each week focuses on passages we are reading, delving deeper into the story of who God is and what God is up to in the world. 
VBS Volunteer Packet Pickup
July 15 and 22, Children's Hallway, Education Building
For returning VBS volunteers, a packet with all relevant materials, such as schedules, rotations, and parking information is available to pickup  for returning volunteers ONLY .
"The Story of God" Group Discussion
10:00 a.m., Wesley Hall
On Sundays throughout the summer, join in group discussion as we read through the Bible. Daily reading bookmarks are available to guide you through the scripture. To learn more, visit fumcaustin.org/storyofgod .
Sign Up for Table for 8
9:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Sanctuary Foyer
Sign up this Sunday for our new Table for 8 Fellowship Groups. Volunteers will be in the foyer to assist with registration. Read More .
Mobile Loaves & Fishes 3rd Sunday
4:00 and 5:00 p.m., 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 .
NEWS & EVENTS
VBS New Volunteer Training
July 22, 12:15-12:45 p.m., Room 111, Sanctuary Building
New volunteers should plan to attend this brief training before helping with set-up on decorating day.

All volunteers must be Safe Gatherings certified and/or background checked, depending on your level of participation for the week. If you're not sure which is required of you or if you need to attend the training, please contact Sarah Whitley at sarah@sarahwhitley.com or Melanie Dow at mdow722@gmail.com .
Table for 8
Table for 8  is a fun and exciting way to connect with people from First Church in a casual and relaxed atmosphere! Singles, couples, and families of all ages are welcome. Register online to sign up! Then you will be placed with others in your geographical area and a dining group will be formed. Our intent is to mix you up so that new relationships develop and grow while sharing a meal. From this group of 8, an initial “Lead Host” will contact all the other members to decide the date and time of your first gathering. Tables will meet three times in the fall and three in the spring. The group can meet at a home, a restaurant, a park...it is up to you! Questions? Visit our FAQ online at fumcaustin.org/tablefor8 or email Pastor Cathy Stone at cathy@fumcaustin.org .
Contemplative Worship
July 22, 9:00 a.m., Murchison Chapel
Contemplative prayer can provide a welcome respite, a place to find the inner resources to actively serve a chaotic world from a place of strength and peace. These services are offered to beginners and experienced practitioners of mindfulness meditation. The service typically lasts 30 to 40 minutes.
Young Adult Lunch
July 22, 12:15 p.m.
Front Steps, Sanctuary Building
Young adults (ages 18-35) are invited to meet for lunch together once a month. This group will walk or carpool someplace nearby to eat.
Fifth Sunday Presentation on Mental Health
July 29, 10:00 a.m.
Wesley Hall
Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition, as one in five adults will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. However, everyone is affected or impacted by mental illness through friends and family. “In Our Own Voice” is a program developed by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), in which two trained speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery. This relevant and important conversation is hosted by our Mercy & Justice Team. Read More .
ASP Slideshow
July 29, 12:15 p.m.
Garrison Chapel
Family Life Center
All are invited to a slide show of this year’s Appalachia Service Project trip to Magoffin County, Kentucky. Come hear stories from our high school youth about the trip, the people they met, and the experiences shared. We will also celebrate Gordon Wesley and his 25 years of leading this trip! A light lunch and ice cream will be served. 
PRIDE Interfaith Celebration
August 5, 4:00 p.m.
JCC Austin, 7300 Hart Lane
 This annual LGBTQiA+ inclusive faith celebration features speakers from our LGBTQiA+ communities and the return of the outstanding Celebration Choir! This year’s featured speaker is Kat Marcias. Reception immediately following. FREE. All are welcome!
Book Study: I'm Still Here
Tuesdays, August 7, 14, 21
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Family Life Center, Room 103
Join us as we read and discuss “I’m Still Here” by Austin Channing Brown, a powerful new voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America. Register Now .
PRIDE Festival
August 11, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Join the five reconciling United Methodist churches in presenting an affirming witness by hosting a booth at the PRIDE festival. Help let the LGBTQiA+ community know that FUMC is an affirming church. Sign up for shifts coming soon. For more information, contact the Reconciling Team at rmn@fumcaustin.org .
PRIDE Parade
August 11, Beginning 8 p.m.
Family Life Center
Ride or walk with the FUMC float in the 2018 PRIDE Parade. We gather at the Family Life Center and walk to our starting position at an evening time to be determined. Save the date and watch for announcements of details.   
Back to School at the Pool!
August 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Balcones Woods Pool
11204 Alhambra Drive
Families of all ages are invited to join us for a fun Back-to-School Bash. Calendars and information about fall children's ministry programming will be available, plus a sign-up for Children's Choir. Contact children@fumcaustin.org with questions.
Early Response Team (ERT) Basic Training
August 18, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Wesley Hall, Sanctuary Buiding
The Disaster Response Team of the Rio Texas Conference has always been ready to assist at any time when disasters are beyond the resources of a local community or beyond that of the district. FUMC is building an Early Response Team (ERT) to work in conjunction with other United Methodist churches in our area to help victims when disasters occur. For additional information, please contact Ben Patterson at (512) 217-0756 or rickandben77@gmail.com . Register and learn more at fumcaustin.org/ert .
Summer Book Club
Summer Book Club is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Join with others who read the same book from our summer reading list.  1. Pick your book and register at fumcaustin.org . 2. Read your book. 3. Bring your book and discuss. Gather to discuss books on August 19 at 10:00 a.m. in Wesley Hall. For more information, contact Pastor Cathy Stone at cathy@fumcaustin.org . View recommended reading list and register at fumcaustin.org/summerbookclub .
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Vacation Bible School Decorating Day
July 22, 12:15-3:00 p.m., Wesley Hall
Decorate and help with final prep for Rolling River Rampage Vacation Bible School. Childcare provided with registration at childcare@fumcaustin.org .
Vacation Bible School Volunteering
July 23-27, 9:00-12:30 p.m., Sanctuary
For a safe and fun Rolling River Rampage VBS, we need over 50 adult and youth volunteers! We can help you find a place to serve. Contact Sarah Whitley at sarah@sarahwhitley.com .
Teach Our Children and Youth
Sundays-August 12
Summer Sunday School teachers for children and youth are needed each week during the summer months. We give our regular teachers the summer off. We count on parents and other church members to step in and allow our amazing young disciples to get to know you. Curriculum is provided and rooms are prepared for you to be able to confidently walk in to the classroom. Sign up at fumcaustin.org/teachers .
All are invited to participate in our ongoing monthly service opportunities.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes 3rd Sunday
July 15, 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., 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 .
FreeStore 3rd Saturday
July 21, 8:45-11:00 a.m., Memorial UMC
Sort, organize, and shelve donated items; assist shoppers; bag items; provide hospitality; and share stories over a cup of coffee. Something for everyone, so just show up and serve. Read More .
Feed My People 4th Tuesday
July 24, 4:45-7:00 a.m., Family Life Center
Prepare and serve breakfast to 300 of our homeless neighbors working in shifts starting at 4:45 a.m. and ending by 7:00 a.m. Without our regular supply of UT student volunteers, we need extra help during the summer. Training provided.  Read More .
Day of Service in the Caritas Community Kitchen
Thursday, August 9
9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
611 Neches Street Austin
FUMC adults and youth (12+) are invited to serve in the Community Kitchen at Caritas. Caritas of Austin provides a free, nutritious lunch—no questions asked—to over 300 individuals Monday through Friday. We have ten spots reserved to serve in this primarily volunteer-operated kitchen. Individuals and families must register online
JULY MISSION EMPHASIS
Mission Projects During Vacation Bible School (VBS)
During VBS, children will participate in hands-on activities showing love to neighbors. They will learn about and contribute to our main ministries with the hungry and homeless in the Austin community assembling Manna Bags for the congregation to distribute and Hygiene Kits for distribution at the Feed My People Breakfast. In addition to monetary donations, we are collecting items for the Hygiene Kits. We need 300 of each of the following items: Full Size: Chapstick; combs; disposable razors; feminine hygiene items; stick deodorant; and toothbrushes. Travel Size: bar soap; conditioner; hand sanitizer; lotion; shampoo; and toothpaste. Bring donations to the church by Sunday, July 22. Donation bins are located in the Sanctuary foyer and Family Life Center. Donate Online .
SERMONS ONLINE
Missed Last Week's Sermon?
Sunday, July 8
Preacher: Rev. Michael Mumme
Scripture: Isaiah 1:2-4, 15-20, Jeremiah 22:11-17
Sermon: "The Voice of the Prophets: The Word of the Lord"
PRAYER CONCERNS
Within our Congregation
Health : Francis Allen; Randolph Bias; Fay Brown; Gary Diehl; Merianne Gaston; Lucio Gonzales; Michael Render; Marie Richards; Pearl Spears; and Bruce Venno.
Condolences : to the family and friends of former FUMC pastor, Jack Heacock,
on his death.
Other : Daviss King; FUMC Middle Schoolers on Reach Beyond Mission Team;
and travel mercies to Africa for Henriette Iranyibuka and Donna Shands.
Beyond our Congregation
Robbie Ausley’s sister-in-law, Sue Holt; Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren; Craig
Blome’s and Tamera Golden’s parents, Paul and Carol Golden; James Jackson
Burns’ mother, Karen Burns; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Bennett
and Meisa Ezekiel’s friend, Dev Reddy; Curtis Fuelberg’s and Susan Griffith’s
friend, Ron Rogers; Nancy Gillett’s mother and brother; Rev. Sheldon
Johnson; Josh and Doise Miers’ father and father-in-law, Gene Miers; Chip
and Jan Morris’, daughter, Vanessa; Mark Morris’ and Kathy Tullos’ neighbor,
Warren Pettinos; Larry and Delia Peters’ aunt, Marie Simmons; Shirley Sanders’ son, Riley; Justin and Erin Scarth’s friends, Chad Burnette and
Lisa Whatley; Leslie Story’s father, Neel Richardson; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
Condolences : to Sherryl Orsak of the death of her sister, Sharon Johnson, and nephew, Ray. 
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(512) 478-5684 
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