THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, March 4
3rd Sunday in Lent
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Exodus 4:1-20
Sermon: “The One Who is Called”
Lenten Sunday School Class
Sundays Through March 25, 10:00 a.m., Wesley Hall
Join Pastor Cathy Stone during the Sunday School hour for an abbreviated study of Adam Hamilton's  Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet .
FUMC Writing Workshop
2:00-3:30 p.m., Family Life Center, Room 104
Our autobiography project continues in March (Women's History Month) with the role of women in life and leadership of First Church. Read More .
NEWS & EVENTS
Book Study: White Rage
Tuesdays, March 6-20
6:30-7:30 p.m.
La Madeleine, 5493 Brodie Lane
Join us as we read and discuss White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson, Ph.D. Read More .
Questions Needed for New Worship Series
Everyone has questions about God and faith—everyone! While we believe that these questions don’t have easy answers, we believe that Church is a place where we should openly explore and struggle with those questions. Starting April 8, our worship service will focus on a question raised from the congregation about God, the Bible, or Faith. So…we need your questions! During the month of March, please write down your questions on the provided cards and drop them in the box in the foyer, or submit online .
Easter Offering - Rise Up
It’s a resurrection invitation—an invitation from Christ to rise from the grave with Him into new life. This Easter, I invite you to “Rise Up” by giving to our Easter Offering that will support a major renovation to our sanctuary elevator. For years, our elevator has been increasingly unreliable. Soon, our elevator will not be usable at all unless we overhaul its control system and the other components that rely on that system. This is a major commitment, with a price tag of $75,000. To ensure accessibility in our sanctuary building for those with short or long-term disabilities, the elevator is essential to our mission to invite all people to know the love of God. Read More .
Pajama Sunday
March 11
We spring forward with Daylight Savings and we know this is a difficult Sunday to get everyone up and ready for church. To make it easier, we're inviting everyone to wear their pajamas!
Join the Easter Choir
Calling all singers who wish to participate in our festive Easter services by singing in the choir. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, March 14, 21, and 28, from 7:00 to 7:45 p.m. in the Choir Room. All three rehearsals are required. Contact Scott Davis at scott@fumcaustin.org or 512-478-5684 (ext. 209).
Family Fun Bowling
March 17, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Westgate Lanes
Please join us for a fun night of bowling! Cost is $10 per person. Contact Liz Kilday with questions and to rsvp at lizs1301@yahoo.com .
Kids' Day Out
March 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Education Building
While parents enjoy a morning out, children play, eat pizza, make crafts, and watch a movie with our trained childcare staff. We accept infants through fourth graders. Read More .
Easter Lily Sale
Order By March 21
FUMC members and friends are invited to place lilies in the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday to the glory of God and in honor or in memory of loved ones. The cost is $10 for each plant. Plants can be picked up after the 11:00 a.m. worship on Easter Sunday. Order Online .
Walk The Labyrinth
Murchison Chapel During Holy Week March 26-March 31
A labyrinth is an ancient pattern for prayer, meditation, and contemplation. During Holy Week, a labyrinth will be available for walking during regular business office hours and Easter.
Palm/Passion Services 
March 25, 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Wave palms as we celebrate the coming King, Jesus.
Maundy Thursday Services
March 29, 12:10 & 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary 
Gather with Jesus and his friends in the Upper Room to celebrate the Holy Meal and experience the washing of feet.
Good Friday Family Service
March 30, 10:30 a.m., Wesley Hall 
Experience passion stories in age-appropriate prayer stations.

Good Friday Services
March 30, 12:10 & 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary 
Experience Christ's crucifixion through scripture, prayer, and passion hymns.

Easter Egg Festival
March 31, 9:30-11:00 a.m. West Capitol Lawn
We join the Easter Bunny for an egg hunt/roll. Breakfast tacos, hot dogs, and sausage will be available for sale.
Easter Worship Services
April 1, 9:00 & 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary 
Celebrate God's victory over the powers of sin, oppression, and death in two identical services with Communion and full choir.

Butterfly Release
April 1,10:00 a.m., West Capitol Lawn
Enjoy the beauty of the resurrection and new life as we release butterflies.
NEW MEMBERS
John Adams & Mary Alice Lopez joined by profession of faith and vows of membership.
James & Melissa Burns
joined by transfer from another United Methodist Church.
Jim & Grace Drew
joined by transfer from another United Methodist Church.
Kathleen Malaspina
joined by profession of faith and vows of membership.
Richard & Dian Peavey
joined by transfer from an Episcopal Church.
David, Shirley, and Joanna Sanders
joined by transfer from another United Methodist Church.
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Hop Up and Help Out
We need at least 6,000 eggs and lots of volunteers for the 400+ community children we expect at this year's Easter Egg Festival on Saturday, March 31.

How to help: 
1) Donate individually wrapped nut-free candy (Lifesavers, Starbursts, and bubble gum) and plastic eggs in the bunny barrels. 
2) Donate money in the offering plate or on our website and note "Egg Festival Supplies" on your donation. 
3) Stuff eggs at home or in your Sunday School class or small group. Contact Cassie Gresham at clwillif@hotmail.com for supplies. 
4) Sign up for an Egg Festival shift. From greeters to egg organizers, we have a job for you. Contact children@fumcaustin.org for more details!
All are invited to participate in our ongoing monthly service opportunities.
FreeStore 3rd Saturday
March 17
8:30-11:30 a.m., Memorial UMC
Serving includes assisting shoppers and organizing items.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes 3rd Sunday
March 18
4:00 and 5:00 p.m.
MLF Kitchen
Teams prepare sandwiches and deliver them around Austin. Read More .
Feed My People
4th Tuesday
March 27
4:45-7:00 a.m.
Family Life Center
This ministry serves breakfast to 300 of our homeless guests.
MISSION EMPHASIS
March Mission Emphasis
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is present in times of crisis and disaster around the world, acting as the hands of Christ in difficult or tragic times. This organization is able to provide fast and meaningful relief in the aftermath of disasters thanks, in large part, to the UMCOR Sunday Offering collected by local congregations every year. Read More.
SERMONS ONLINE
Missed Last Week's Sermon?
Sunday, February 25
2nd Sunday in Lent
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Exodus 3:1-15
Sermon: “The God Who Will”
PRAYER CONCERNS
Within our Congregation
Health: D’An Anders; Nell Broadbent; Fara McMullen; Andrea Peck; Gris and George Anne Rogers; and Bruce Venno.
Other: Anna Jobe.
Condolences: to the family and friends of J. B. Hathaway on his death; to the family and friends of Pam Jackson on her death; to Martha Knowles on the death of her mother, Ida Taylor; to Laura Torrez on the death of her mother, Pilar Rodriquez; and to Sue Weaver on the death of her father, Allen Wiant.
Beyond our Congregation
Arthur Asika’s daughters, Marilyn and Uchechi Asika; Laurie Barr's mother, Eleanor Smith; Jim and Jane Bowen’s niece, Anna Rohovec; Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Molly Drazic’s mother, Janet Cluster; Bennett and Meisa Ezekiel’s friend, Dev Reddy; Judy Funke’s father, Robert Luckenbaugh; Kathy Graham’s uncle, Don, and cousin, Bill; Miranda McCage’s friend, Shannon Stone; Amy Morehouse’s friend, Rob Baker; Jan Morris’ father, Lane Moore; Mimi Raper; Justin and Erin Scarth’s friend, Lisa Whatley; Leslie Story’s father, Neel Richardson; Alan Stephens’ father, Carl Stephens; Carol Walker’s friend, Ken Caswell; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
Condolences: to the families and friends of Jean Springer and Sariya Merrick on their deaths.
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Contact Us
1201 Lavaca St. Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-5684