Sunday, March 11
4th Sunday in Lent
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Exodus 5:1-23
Sermon: “ Hard-Hearted"
Pajama Sunday
We spring forward one hour with Daylight Savings. To make getting to church a little easier, we invite everyone to wear pajamas this Sunday!
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 .
2018 Crop Hunger Walk: A World of Thanks
By Howard Hartman
First Church members and friends offered generous support for the 2018 Austin CROP Hunger Walk at Camp Mabry on February 25. Our 23 walkers have raised $3,172 so far, with additional support expected to help reach $4,300. Gifts, marked “2018 CROP Walk,” may be left at the church office or in the offering plate. Citywide, 500 participants—walkers and volunteers—have raised over $50,000. A world of thanks for making a difference in the lives of hungry people in Austin and around the world.
Family Fun Bowling
March 17, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Westgate Lanes
Please join us for a fun night of bowling on St. Patrick's Day! Cost is $10 per person. Contact Liz Kilday with questions and to rsvp at .
Kids' Day Out
March 24, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 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 .
Sign Up 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 until registration cut-off on July 9. Register at .
Summer Sports Camp
July 23-26, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
FUMC Family Life Center
A multi-sport camp for Ages 5-12 consisting of fun games like Dodgeball, Kickball, Capture the Flag, and other games revolving around classic sports like Basketball, Flag Football, and Soccer. The cost of the camp is $85 before June 1 and $95 after June 1. Register through Triumph Sports at .
Questions Needed for 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 and it's time we overhaul its control system and other components. This is a major commitment, with a price tag of $75,000. To ensure accessibility 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 .
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 or 512-478-5684 (ext. 209).
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 $11 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-April 1
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., Murchison Chapel
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.
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 .
Hands on Housing Spring Blitz
Saturday April 7, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
iACT’s Hands on Housing utilizes 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. Sign up here .
Hop Up and Help Out
We need 6,000 eggs and lots of volunteers for the 400+ community children we expect at the 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 during the offering or online (note "Egg Festival Supplies").
3) Stuff eggs at home or in your Sunday School class or small group. Contact Cassie Gresham at for supplies. 
4) Sign up for an Egg Festival shift (from greeters to egg organizers). Sign Up.
Vacation Bible School
For a safe and fun River Rampage VBS the week of July 23-17, we need over 50 adult and youth volunteers! Come join the fun from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. We can help you find the perfect spot to serve. Free childcare is provided for volunteers with children under four years old. To sign up or for more information, contact Sarah Whitley at .
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.
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.
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.
Missed Last Week's Sermon?
Sunday, March 4
3rd Sunday in Lent
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Exodus 4:1-20
Sermon: “The One Who is Called”
Within our Congregation
Health: D’An Anders; Randolph Bias; Melissa Biegert; Tom Calnan; Ivan Marks; Andrea Peck; Gris and George Anne Rogers; and Bruce Venno.
Condolences: to Lee Sloan on the death of his aunt, Martha Combs. 
Beyond our Congregation
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; Ron Hall’s friend, Thom; Marijo Hartman’s aunt, Barbara Chapman; Jerry Heare’s friend, Alan Barbee; Chip Morris’ cousin, Bill; Judy Kostura’s friend, Anne Greenway; Justin and Erin Scarth’s friend, Lisa Whatley; Leslie Story’s father, Neel Richardson; Alan Stephens’ father, Carl Stephens; Ann Venno’s friend, Mary Rose Hecksel; Cecily Wright’s friend, Quinn Cowan; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
Condolences: to the family and friends of Grace Foster on her death and to Brandon Tate on the death of his grandfather, Papa Gerald.
Church Life enables members to connect, view giving history, schedule giving, and access the church calendar. Available in mobile app with same login. Read More .
Contact Us
1201 Lavaca St. Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-5684