Sunday, April 1
Easter Sunday
Scripture: Mark 16:1-8
Sermon: “The Unfinished Story”
The news is breaking: Christ is Risen! We gather with lilies, brass, and the joy of the risen savior to celebrate God's victory over the grave and wonder what this good news might mean for us. Come and worship!
Butterfly Release
10:00 a.m., West Capitol Lawn
Enjoy the beauty of resurrection and new life as we release butterflies.
Help Us Make a Flowering Cross
Bring a flower this Sunday!
Christ's resurrection brings new life to the whole world—it is the beginning of the restoration of all things! Help us create this beautiful symbol for all to see as they drive down Lavaca. Simply bring flowers—as many as you like!—to place on the cross, located outside, in front of the Sanctuary.  
Easter Egg Festival
March 31, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
West Capitol Grounds
Join us for this community-wide event with face painting, games, and the Easter Bunny! Breakfast tacos, hot dogs, and sausage rolls for sale. Bring food donations for Caritas of Austin.

Volunteers Needed
We still have many volunteer opportunities at the Easter Egg Festival. Sign up online for a shift (or more). From greeters to egg organizers, we have a job for you. Sign Up Here .
Sermon Series
Everyone has questions about God and faith—everyone! We believe that these questions don’t have easy answers, but Church is a place where we should openly explore and struggle with those questions. Beginning Sunday, April 8, join us for a new worship series called, “I have a question…”. Each week, our worship service will focus on a question raised from one of you about God, the Bible, or Faith. Check out the questions we'll be considering and make plans to join us for worship this spring!

April 8 | Do I have to believe what other Christians believe?
April 15 | We Die...Then What? Questions about the Afterlife
April 22 | What Do We Believe About Environmental Justice?
April 29 | United Methodist Women Sunday
May 6 | Does Prayer Really Change Things?
May 13 | Did Jesus Really Have to Die?
May 20 | Where Is Christianity Headed? (Pentecost and Confirmation Sunday)
Easter Offering Update
This Easter, we invited you to Rise Up! by contributing to the Easter Offering to support a major renovation of our sanctuary elevator. We sought to raise $75,000 for the project; to date, we have already received $76,860. WOW! What incredible generosity! Many thanks to those who have generously donated toward this effort, above and beyond your regular giving. Donations that exceed what is needed for the elevator will be directed toward other projects that improve accessibility on our campus; if you would still like to contribute to this effort, we will gladly put these gifts to work as we make FUMC more welcoming to all people.
Family Hike
April 7, 10:30 a.m., Mayfield Park
Join the FUMC Children’s Ministry Team for a family-friendly hike and enjoy a picnic lunch together. The park is located at 3505 W 35th St, Austin TX 78703. Contact with questions. For park information, please visit
Faith at Home: Sacred Moments
April 8, 10:00 a.m., Wesley Hall
Want to help your child feel closer to God, but life is just too busy to sit down for a devotional? Join Director of Children and Family Ministries, Lara Greene and other parents, grandparents, and care-takers of children and/or youth to discuss ways to cultivate sacred moments amidst our everyday events. Register Here .
FUMC Writing Workshop
April 8, 2:00-3:30 p.m., Family Life Center, Room 104
This workshop will focus on creative expressions of faith: poetry, music, and art as prayer and praise; claiming a creative Christian identity; and encountering God through our creative gifts. Bring your writing materials and your stories. Contact Amy Wink and Caroline Jones at with questions. Read More .
We are Blood Donation Drive
April 15, 9:00-11:30 a.m., Bloodmobile in Parking Lot
Blood donations have long been considered one of the easiest volunteer actions a person could make. Where else can you lay back for a few minutes and make a huge difference for others within the community while receiving juice and cookies for your efforts? Schedule an appointment at or call Craig Wellborn at 512-206-1316.
Young Adult Lunch
April 15, 12:15 p.m.
Front Steps of Sanctuary Building
Young adults (ages 18-35) are invited to lunch together once a month. This group will walk or carpool someplace nearby to eat. Questions? Contact Devon Bailey at .  
First Steps
April 15, 12:15 p.m.
Garrison Chapel, Family Life Center
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 ask questions. Sign up by emailing Trevor Harper at or submit your registration online.
Children and Youth Events
April 20
Connect for Tweens, 6:00–9:00 p.m., Room 202, Family Life Center
Calling all 5th, 6th, and 7th graders! Connect for Tweens bridges children and youth ministries through building relationships, serving, and connecting youth with one another and with God.

Kids’ Club, 6:00–9:00 p.m., Education Building
All 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders are invited to a night of faith building through games, mission projects, a movie, and pizza!

Kids’ Night Out, 6:00–9:00 p.m., Education Building
Pizza and a movie for the kids (infants-1st grade) and date night for the parents! Cost is $25 for first child, $8 for siblings. RSVP to by Wednesday prior to the event.
4th and 5th Grade Play: Courageous Esther
April 22, 10:15 a.m., Wesley Hall
Our 4th and 5th grade class will present the story of Esther. All are invited to come be blessed by their performance.
UMW Sunday and Fifth Sunday Presentation
April 29
For almost 150 years, United Methodist Women has improved the lives of women, children and youth through prayers, volunteer and advocacy efforts, and financial gifts. On April 29, The UMW will lead the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services. All are also encouraged to join the 10:00 a.m. 5th Sunday presentation to learn about our recent activities and participate in advocating for better maternal care in Texas. Questions? Contact Sandy Wilder at .
Middle School Service Project: Reach Beyond Mission
Registration Deadline: April 29
July 15-20, Sunday-Friday 
Reach Beyond Mission is the middle school mission trip for FUMC youth that have completed 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The trip provides an opportunity for youth to learn about urban challenges such as poverty and housing while also serving within the community. Register Here .
Pre-teen Retreat: Love in Action
Registration Deadline: May 4
May 11-12, Friday-Saturday
Calling all 4th, 5th and 6th graders! Spend Friday night at church playing games, cooking dinner together, participating in small groups, and preparing to serve and love our neighbors on Saturday morning at Community First Village! Drop-off and pick-up will be at the Family Life Center. Cost is $40. Register Here .
Register Today for VBS!
July 23-27, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Rolling River Rampage invites rafters aged 4 years through completed 5th grade on a white-water rafting adventure to experience the ride of a lifetime with God! The cost is $30 before June 1 and then $40. Register at before July 9. To volunteer, contact Sarah Whitley at .
Summer Sports Camp
July 23-26, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Family Life Center
A multi-sport camp for ages 5-12 consisting of fun games like dodgeball, kickball, capture the flag, and more. The cost is $85 before June 1 and $95 after June 1. Register at .
Hands on Housing Spring Blitz
April 7, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
iACT’s Hands on Housing uses volunteers and skilled professionals to repair the homes of senior citizens and disabled individuals who are living in deep poverty. Come join us for the Spring Blitz event, and help repair and paint a home. Register Here .
Keep Austin Beautiful Service Day
April 14, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
FUMC families are invited to help clean two neighborhoods as part of Keep Austin Beautiful Day. A volunteer appreciation party follows at Huston-Tillotson University. North: 7500 Blessing Avenue, 78752, and South: 1100 Cumberland Road, 78704. Questions? Contact Terri Purdy at Read More .
All are invited to participate in our ongoing monthly service opportunities.

Mobile Loaves & Fishes 3rd Sunday
April 15, 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., MLF Kitchen
Teams prepare sandwiches and deliver them around Austin. Read More .

FreeStore 3rd Saturday
April 21, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Memorial UMC
Serving includes assisting shoppers and organizing items. Read More .

Feed My People 4th Tuesday
April 24, 4:45-7:00 a.m., Family Life Center
 This ministry serves breakfast to 300 of our homeless guests. Read More .
Accessibility Improvements
Continuing on our Easter offering, the April Communion Rail Offering will support a renovation of our sanctuary elevator and other accessibility improvements.
Missed Last Week's Sermon?
Sunday, March 25
Palm Passion Sunday
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Exodus 14:21-31
Mark 11:1-11
Sermon: “The Path to Freedom”
Within our Congregation
Health: D’An Anders, Gabriel Baker, Bill Berger, Randolph Bias, Tom Calnan, Michael Crowe, Brenda Hostler, Andrea Peck, Gris and George Anne Rogers

To Kathleen Jones on the death of her sister, Lucille Whitmill; to Jan Morris on the death of her father, Lane Moore; and to Ann Venno on the death of her friend, Mary Rose Heckse.
Beyond our Congregation
Laurie Barr’s sister, Karen Acock; Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Bennett and Meisa Ezekiel’s friend, Dev Reddy; Lucio Gonzales and Yosenia Abby Garcia; Lauren Jackson’s brother, Brady Jackson and friend, Sally Taylor; Mike McDonald’s cousins; Pamela Henicke and Art Balderas; Kelly Mills’ mother, Sandra Mills, and sister, Toni Repass; Dianne Ogden’s son, Christopher; Andrea Peck’s daughter-in-law, Jennifer Peck; Delia Peters’ cousin, Paula Avila Justin; Erin Scarth’s friends, Chad Burnette and Lisa Whatley; Leslie Story’s father, Neel Richardson; Alan Stephens’ father, Carl Stephens; Tom Ward’s friend, Clyde; Cecily Wright’s father-in-law, Joe Fitzsimon; Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young
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1201 Lavaca St. Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-5684