Sunday, May 5
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Acts 9:1-20
Sermon: "Enemies"
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. Join us for worship as we track the adventures of Jesus’ first followers.
Alternative Gifts for Mother's Day
Last Sunday to order
On Mother's Day, May 12, you are invited to honor your Mother—and other women who are important to you—by making an alternative gift that helps a mother and family in need. View items and donate online or submit an order form found in the worship bulletin at church. Order Online .
ASP Stock Sales
Sundays, May 5-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. Learn more at
FUMC T-shirt Sale
Sunday, May 5, 10:00-12:15 p.m.
Church Sidewalk
Church t-shirts are now available to wear during missions or other church activities, or just for fun. Assorted sizes from S to XXL are available for $10 each so stop by and purchase a t-shirt while supplies last.
Training for Thursday Women's Ministry
Sunday, May 5, 12:15 p.m., FLC Great Hall
On May 23, we begin a new ministry with women experiencing homelessness. Training includes an overview of this ministry, volunteer roles, ways to interact with guests, and sign-up information. Lunch is provided.
Conversations on Racial Justice
Sunday, May 5, 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. Register at .
Welcome New Members
Congratulations to our 2019 Confirmation Class! These eighth grade students were confirmed on April 28. Confirmation is a big step in the faith journey of these youth during which they profess their faith in Christ openly, commit themselves to be responsible disciples, and are recognized as adult members of the church. The church also makes a commitment to continue to walk beside these youth, nurturing and guiding them in their faith. Top left to right: Samuel Miller, Paul Blome, Hunter Biegert, and Karsten Ivey. Bottom left to right: Campbell Goss, Madeleine Novinger, James Waggoner, William Strandwitz, Sheridan Austin, and Avery Deithloff.
Thank you, Teachers!
As the school year comes to and end, we want to acknowledge and thank the the wonderful people who have given of their time and gifts to nurture the faith formation of our children and youth:

Children’s Ministry: 
Jennifer Bevel, Brad Buchanan, Melanie Dow, Monica Choi, Pam Coronado, Carrie Dulaney, Stephen Dulaney, Chris Funke, Judy Funke, Dustin Goss, Jennifer Gius, Trevor Harper, Marijo Hartman, Lori Huang, Daviss King, Christal McDonald, Mike McDonald, Becky Strandwitz, Leslie Story, TJ Turner, Suzanne Wacha, Catherine Waggoner, and Sarah Whitley.

Youth Ministry:
Curt Ashmos, Sarah Austin, Suzanne Barnard, Melissa Biegert, Lucius Bunton, Bergan Casey, Robbie Cripe, Leta Deithloff, Tim Deschner, Molly Drazic, Melanie Greene, Leslie Ivey, Lauren Perry, Curt Shaw, Debbie Shaw, Heather Schuelke, Mark Steves, Rebecca Yohe, and Gordon Wesley.
FUMC is Hiring a Finance Assistant
FUMC is hiring! With Laurie Barr retiring in early June, FUMC is looking for a new Finance Assistant to help us fulfill our mission. Perhaps you know someone with accounting and payroll expertise who would be a great fit! Applications are being accepted through . To view position details, visit
Pre-teen Retreat: Love in Action
Register by Sunday, May 5
Calling all 4th, 5th, and 6th graders! It’s time for our annual retreat on Friday, May 10, 6:30 p.m.-Saturday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m. Our Friday night sleepover at the church includes playing games, having dinner together, participating in small groups, and preparing to serve and love our neighbors on Saturday morning. Drop-off and pick-up will be at the Family Life Center. Cost is $40. If you have any questions, contact Lara Greene at [email protected] . Register at .
Habitat Build Home Dedication
Saturday, May 11, 3:00 p.m.
7220 Boyle Drive 
FUMC volunteers have been working on the Habitat Methodist Build this spring to provide a home for Laura Rosales and her five children. All are invited to the Home Dedication Ceremony. We also still need your financial support donations may be placed in the offering plate or made online (marked "Habitat Build").
Recognizing Graduating Seniors
Deadline May 12
Graduation is an exciting milestone—at any age! We want to recognize all graduating seniors—high school, college, or graduate school—in our FUMC Weekly on May 19. Please provide as soon as possible a picture of the graduate, name, school graduated from, degree(s) received, and future plans. Email information by May 12 to Devon Bailey at [email protected] .
Book Study: The Color of Compromise
Tuesdays, May 14, 21, 28, June 4
6:30-7:30 p.m., FLC Room 104
Pastor Cathy Stone will lead this discussion of The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby. The author provides an accurate diagnosis for a racially divided American church and suggests ways to foster a more equitable and inclusive environment among God’s people. Register at .
Cheers Ministry Field Trip
Thursday, May 16, 9:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Our Cheers Ministry, a community for those young-at-heart who are recently retired, semi-retired, or thinking about setting a date to retire, is planning a field trip to Fredericksburg. Our first stop will be at The National Museum of the Pacific War at Nimitz Museum. After touring the George H.W. Bush War of the Pacific exhibits, we will eat together in one of the fine restaurants of the city. After lunch and some shopping or bench sitting, we will journey homeward, but not before a tour of a winery for a tasting. Because our mission is to build community, we plan to travel together for fun and fellowship. Transportation arrangements will be sent to the registrants. Register by May 3 at .
Administrative Board Meeting
Sunday, May 19, 2019, 12:15-2:00 p.m.
Great Hall, Family Life Center
All are welcome to attend and participate in discussion. 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. Lunch will be provided for $10 per person. Board members and guests who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15. Childcare is available by emailing [email protected] to make reservations. Reservations are not guaranteed until confirmed. Register at .
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] .
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 .
ASP 40th Anniversary
Sunday, June 9 During Worship and Celebration Luncheon
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 by June 1.
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 .
Habitat for Humanity Build
Saturday, May 4, 7:45 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
7220 Boyle Drive
FUMC will join area Methodist churches for the 2019 Habitat Methodist Build. Our commitment includes a fundraising goal of $7,500, along with providing 10 volunteers on Saturday. If you would like to put your faith into action, sign up at . Donations may be placed in the offering plate (marked "Habitat Build") or made online . For more information, contact Terri Purdy [email protected] .
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 cleaning house and making room for new ministry. Throughout the day, help carry out items for donation or recycling, reorganize spaces, relocate items, and clean the chairs in the Family Life Center. Bring your family, group, or Sunday School class. Meet in Murchison Chapel for instructions. Lunch and snacks provided. Sign up at
Friday, May 3
Cheers Ministry Field Trip Deadline

Saturday, May 4

Sunday, May 5
ASP Stock Sales Begin
Conversations on Racial Justice
Deadline for Love in Action Pre-teen Retreat

Saturday, May 11
Habitat Build Home Dedication

Tuesday, May 14

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
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

Friday, May 31
VBS Early Bird Pricing Ends

Saturday, June 1
Registration deadline for ASP 40 Luncheon

Sunday, June 2
Conversations on Racial Justice

Sunday, June 9

Saturday, June 15

Sunday, June 16

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, April 28
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Acts 5:27-32
Sermon: “Witnesses”
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Within our Congregation
Sandy Bowles; Gussie Fallon; Kathy Morales; Chuck Watt; Olivia Weldon; and Weldon Wink.
Beyond our Congregation
Jan Ashmos’ mother, Mildred Spencer; Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren; Melissa Biegert’s cousin, Michelle Cole; Sandy Bowles’ daughter, Carla Bowles; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Sarah Gutierrez’ brother-in-law, Mark Bishop; Ken and Susan Hensley’s friend, Jackie Middleton; Curtis and Mary Higgs’ friend, Eleanor Connell, on the loss of her brother; Lori Huang’s mother, Sharon Reed; Daviss King’s father, Hugh D. King; Reverend Earle Lewis’ son-in-law, Rob Valenca; Kathleen Malaspina’s friend, Kathy Farley; Katrina Morales and family; Mark Morris’ and Kathy Tullos’ friend, Martin Langan; Betsy Mumme’s cousin, Callie Metler-Smith; Delia Peters’ cousin, Michelle Cano; Cindy Reidland’s friend, Carly; Barbara Ruth’s mother, Jewel Ruth; Leslie Story’s father, Neel Richardson; Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young; and to the family and friends of James Higginbotham on his death.
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