Sunday, May 19
5th Sunday of Easter
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Acts 8:26-40
Sermon: "Outcasts and Those Who Meet Them"
Renegades Worship Series
Renegades: The unbelievable stories of the earliest Christians
Back before Church people got so “churchy,” they were outlaws. Everything they did was experimental; they challenged social and political norms; persecution and arrest were a way of life. They followed God, and in the process, they turned the world upside down.
ASP Stock Sales
Sundays, May 19-June 16, 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Church Sidewalk
FUMC’s Appalachia Service Project (ASP) team is raising funds for this year’s mission trip to Kentucky, June 21-July 2, 2019. Stop by to learn more about ASP, meet team members, and purchase stock in our ASP trip and the youth of our church. Purchase stock online at .
Manna Bag Sale
Sunday, May 19, 9:30–11:00 a.m., Sidewalk
Our 4th and 5th graders show the love of Christ to those in need through the making and selling of Manna Bags. You can purchase a bag for $5. 
Children's Choir Musical
Sunday, May 19, 10:00 a.m. FLC SAN Wesley Hall
Join our Children’s Choir as they explore the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand in their Spring musical: Table for Five...Thousand! Come be blessed by their performance.
Administrative Board Meeting
Sunday, May 19, 12:15-2:00 p.m., Great Hall, Family Life Center
All are welcome to attend. Board members have voting rights. We will hear a report and consider recommendations from the "Moving Forward" Task Force regarding FUMC response to General Conference. Register at .
Mobile Loaves & Fishes (MLF) 3rd Sunday
Sunday, May 19, 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. SAN MLF Kitchen
MLF serves daily, but this day is for individuals and families who want to try face-to-face service working with experienced volunteers. Join the Make-Ready Team from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (preparing food and loading truck) and/or the Truck Team from 5:00-6:30 p.m. (delivering food around Austin). Signup at /ml f.
Celebrate Our Graduates
This May, we recognize five high school graduates, one college graduate, and two law school graduates. High school graduates include Griffin Davis, Benjamin Hattaway, Grady Huffaker, Trent Huffaker, Thomas Wilson, and Mia Zaia. College graduate is Matt Steves and law school graduates are Jenaue Ruth Flores and Justin Rightmer.  Click here to view our graduates .
FUMC Seeks Director of Operations
As part of staff restructuring, FUMC seeks to hire a new Director of Operations. This full-time staff position is tasked with the ministry of administration, making the finances and facilities of the church useful for our mission and problem solving with staff and lay leaders to enable the church to carry out its mission. If you or someone you know is interested in applying for this position, please see the full job posting at .
Welcome Pastoral Intern, Brad King!
We celebrate and welcome Dr. Brad King to the FUMC Staff as Pastoral Intern beginning May 28. Having recently completed his Ph.D. in Religious Studies at UT, Brad is now exploring a call to ministry and preparing to complete the necessary seminary courses to pursue that call. For the next year, Brad will serve among us, exploring the many facets of pastoral ministry. In addition to teaching, pastoral care, and worship leadership, Brad will oversee ministry with young adults and coordinate the rental and use of FUMC facilities. Welcome, Brad!
Laurie Barr's Retirement
Assistant Business Administrator Laurie Barr will retire on June 11. We celebrate Laurie’s 15 years of service to the church. Laurie began working as the front desk receptionist in 2004, became the Membership Secretary managing our membership database, and then transitioned into the Assistant Business Administrator position in 2012 by learning how to process payroll, payments, and deposits. Laurie is moving to Missouri to live with her daughter’s family. Help celebrate Laurie’s ministry by sending a note of thanks or by giving a love offering. Gifts and notes can be given directly to Laurie or through FUMC marked “Laurie Gift” by placing in the offering plate, sending to the church office, or given online. (Please note that this type of gift is not considered tax deductible).
Ramadan Iftar Dinner
Monday, May 20, 7:30 p.m.
FLC Great Hall
Each year, Dialogue Institute Austin invites friends of other faiths to celebrate and learn about Ramadan, the holy season when Muslims focus on prayer, charity, and thanking God for his blessings. Ramadan Dinners are hosted almost every evening at different places of worship all over Austin. Dialogue Institute‘s mission is to promote mutual understanding, respect and cooperation among people of diverse faiths and cultures by creating opportunities for direct communication and meaningful shared experiences. Contact Terri Purdy for more information [email protected] .
Immigrant Story, It's Not Over!
Thursday, May 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m. , The 04 Center, 2701 South Lamar
Westlake UMC and Austin New Church will co-host "Immigrant Story, It’s NOT Over, part 2." Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, an Austin immigration attorney and Michael Benavides, Co-founder of TeamBrownsville are featured speakers. 
The Green Team
Sunday, June 2, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
EDU Murchison Chapel
We are building a Green Team to work on environmental best practices at FUMC as well as planning educational and awareness opportunities with our congregation and community. Interested in learning more? Join us for this information session. Please contact Caroline Jones at [email protected] with questions or for additional information.
VBS Volunteer Training and Luncheon
Sunday, June 2, 12:00-2:00 p.m., Wesley Hall
This training and orientation is for all adult volunteers new and returning for VBS 2019. (Youth will receive their own training on July 10). Come learn everything you need to know so you are ready to serve July 21-25. We will reflect on the scripture, explain roles and expectations, get a sneak peak at the special plans our area leaders are working on, and see the new changes we have made to the schedule (4 days) and kick-off party. Lunch is provided with registration at .
Conversations on Racial Justice
Sunday, June 2, 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 on first Sundays to discuss topics through videos, podcasts, and articles. Register at
ASP Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, June 9
Celebrate the ASP legacy at First Church!   For 40 years, we have been participating in the Appalachia Service Project, sending youth and adults to serve alongside families in the Appalachian Mountains to make their homes warmer, safer, and drier. We want your help to mark the occasion! On Sunday June 9, we've got big plans, so save the date, and help us out in four ways:

  1. Upload your favorite ASP photos to social media using the hashtag #FUMCASP40 or email them to [email protected] by June 1.
  2. Upload a short video (one minute or less) sharing what ASP means to you or recounting a memory using that same hashtag by June 1. 
  3. Wear your work clothes or ASP t-shirt to worship on June 9! ASP alums from across the years will share the impact these trips have had on them personally and on the life of this church.
  4. Join us on June 9 for a churchwide luncheon at 12:15 p.m. in the FLC Great Hall. Proceeds from the meal will support future ASP teams by establishing a permanent long-term tool fund. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Or, for just $20, you can get your meal ticket plus a limited edition commemorative lapel pin! Register online at by June 1.
Alternative Gifts for Father's Day
Due by June 10
An alternative gift is a perfect way to show appreciation for the men in your life. The items "purchased" will support the ongoing work of Church World Service, a United Methodist-related international ministry, to families across the globe. Recognition of your gift(s) will be in the bulletin insert on Father's Day, June 16. Order online at .
Reception for Pastor Michael
Sunday, June 16, 12:15 p.m. 
FLC Great Hall
Beginning July 1, Rev. Michael Mumme will serve as Senior Pastor at Canyon Lake UMC. Please join us for a reception to celebrate Pastor Michael and his four years of service to FUMC. Want to help? Do you have a photo of Pastor Michael in his element at FUMC or serving outside the church? Please send your favorite photos to Katie Kaighin at [email protected] by May 24 to help us commemorate his service. Help celebrate Michael’s ministry by sending a note of thanks or by giving a love offering. Gifts and notes can be given directly to Michael or through FUMC marked “Michael’s Gift” and placed in the offering plate, sent to the church office, or given online . (Please note that this type of gift is not considered tax deductible.)
Courts & Ports: Faithful Witness on the Texas-Mexico Border
Sunday-Wednesday, June 16-19
The Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy/Texas Impact invites you to participate in Courts & Ports: Faithful Witness on the Texas-Mexico Border . This two-day immersion experience engages people of faith to witness first-hand the legal and law enforcement processes related to immigration, detention, and deportation occurring in South Texas. FUMC will send a team Sunday evening, June 16-Wednesday morning, June 19. Register by Sunday, May 26 , with Pastor Cathy Stone at [email protected] or 512-478-5684 (ext. 215). Learn more about Courts & Ports at .
Vacation Bible School Registration
July 22-25 (4 Days: Monday-Thursday) 
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
For children 4 years-completed 5th grade.
VOYAGERS, come with us on a journey to Mars and Beyond this summer! The Starship Galaxion needs our help. It's going to be an out-of-this-world adventure as we explore where God's power can take us. Spots fill up quickly. Early bird pricing is $30 before June 1, then $40 until the registration cut-off on July 10. Plan to kick-off the fun at our Launch Party on Sunday, July 21 from noon-2:00 p.m. Register at .
Summer Sports Camp for Kids
Post-VBS Sports Camp
July 22-25, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
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. 

Rookies Camp
July 29-August 1, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
For ages 2.5-6 years, younger children will learn the basics of basketball, indoor soccer, and lots of other fun & goofy games. The cost is $75 before June 1 and $85 after June 1.

Register through Triumph Sports at .
Books for Pickle Elementary
Our next Book Sale is Friday, May 17, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Donate the books your kids read this school year to students at Pickle Elementary who need books for summer reading. Books sell for 25 cents. Kids love dinosaurs, animals and insects, monsters, fairytale, adventure, mystery, sports, and exploration books. Only current titles or popular classics please. Spanish language books especially appreciated. Donations of books can be left in SAN Room 217 behind Library, or in bins off the Sanctuary Foyer. Consider donating gift cards from Savers. To sort or sell for an hour or two contact [email protected] .
Community First! Service Day
Saturday, May 18
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Road, Austin TX 78724
Community First! Village provides affordable, sustainable housing, and a supportive community for those who experience chronic homelessness in Central Texas. A typical service day could entail harvesting the gardens, laying pathways, tending the chicken coop or goats, dry landscaping yards for micro-homes, beautifying the property, etc. Register at .
Church Workday
Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
FUMC Campus
Be part of making room for new ministry. Help carry out old furniture and junk, make simple repairs, and tidy the landscaping. Bring your adult family, friends and Sunday School class. Check in at Murchison Chapel for instructions. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Come for a few hours or all day. Sign up at
New Ministry
On May 23, we are launching a new ministry with women experiencing homelessness. This ministry will immediately follow the “Feed My People” Breakfast, providing a safe and welcoming environment away from the streets from 7:00-11:00 a.m. Opportunities will include showers, snacks, arts and crafts, computer access, coffee and fellowship, along with assistance connecting with resources. We invite you to support this new ministry with your prayers and through financial donations marked “Thursday Morning Ministry.” For more information or to learn how to volunteer, contact Pastor Cathy Stone at [email protected] .
Volunteer with our Children and Youth
June 2-August 11
We give our regular teachers the summer off, which gives our parents and other church members a wonderful opportunity to build relationships with these amazing young disciples. Just a few hours of your time can make a big difference. Curriculum is provided and classrooms prepared. Caution: the more you serve, the more fun you have! Prayerfully consider how you can support our children and youth. Sign up at .
Vacation Bible School (VBS) Volunteers Needed
July 22-25, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
For a safe and fun VBS, we need over 50 adult and youth volunteers! To sign up, first you will need to fill out a one-time profile form in our volunteer management platform at . Once submitted, you will receive a login and then you can view all available jobs and signups. If you have already created your
profile, you can access the signup at . We look forward to going on this adventure "To Mars and Beyond" with all of you and our awesome participants!
Thursday, May 16

Friday, May 17

Saturday, May 18

Sunday, May 19
Chapel Worship Service
Manna Bag Sale
Children's Choir Musical
Senior Brunch
Senior Roast/ Last Engage

Monday, May 20
Ramadan Iftar Dinner

Sunday, May 26
Contemplative Worship Service

Monday, May 27
Office Closed for Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28
"Feed My People" Breakfast 4th Tuesday
Saturday, June 1
Registration deadline for ASP 40 Luncheon
VBS Early Bird Pricing Ends

Sunday, June 2
Conversations on Racial Justice

Sunday, June 9

Saturday, June 15

Sunday, June 16
Reception for Pastor Michael

Friday, June 21
ASP Team Departs
Kids' Night Out

Sunday, June 23
Contemplative Worship Service

Tuesday, June 25
"Feed My People" Breakfast 4th Tuesday
Mobile Loaves and Fishes
The Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ (MLF) downtown Austin truck, based at FUMC, goes out nearly every day of the year to provide meals, clothing, and hygiene products to the homeless and working poor in our community. Last year, our Downtown truck provided over 26,000 hearty meals with the help of more than 350 dedicated volunteers. It will cost over $67,000 to fund this ministry for the next 365 days. Please give generously as we try to make a difference for our friends living on the streets. You may leave gifts, marked “Mobile Loaves & Fishes,” at the communion rail or you may send them to or bring them by the church office. Give Online .
Missed last week's sermon?
Sunday, May 12
Preacher: Rev. Michael Mumme
Scripture: Acts 11:1-18
Sermon: “Unclean”
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Within our Congregation
Sandy Bowles; Gussie Fallon; Kathy Morales; Mari Perez; Olivia Weldon; Weldon Wink; and Dan Wood.
Beyond our Congregation
Curt Ashmos’ friend, Elissa Marek; Jan Ashmos’ mother, Mildred Spencer; Melissa Biegert’s cousin, Michelle Cole; Kerry Blackburn’s niece, Savannah Page; Sandy Bowles’ daughter, Carla Bowles; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Sammy Huffaker’s sister, Mandy Walsh; Jan Iverson’s friend’s nephew, Todd; Beth Peck Kerr; Mark Morris’ and Kathy Tullos’ friend, Martin Langan; John and Fara McMullen’s friend, Dale Van Horne; Betsy Mumme’s cousin, Callie Metler-Smith; Julie Nelson’s cousin, Troy Elliott Hooker; Delia Peters’ cousin, Michelle Cano; Cindy Reidland’s friend, Carly; Debbie Shaw’s friend, Alice Flores; Leslie Story’s father, Neel Richardson; Danielle Thoma’s siter, Laura Weiss; Reverend John Wright’s cousin-in-law, Gary; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
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