THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, May 27
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Genesis 1:1-5, 24-2:4
Sermon: "Creation"
FUMC will journey together through the Bible this summer! Our worship each week focuses on passages we are reading, delving deeper into the story of who God is and what God is up to in the world. 
Daily reading bookmarks are available to guide you through the scripture. Need a Bible to get started? We have free paperback CEB Bibles and a limited number of Study Bibles available for $40 each.  
On Sundays throughout the summer, join in group discussion at 10:00 a.m. in Wesley Hall as we read through the Bible. To learn more about the series, view Pastor Taylor's video message and visit fumcaustin.org/storyofgod .
Contemplative Worship Fourth Sunday
9:00 a.m., Murchison Chapel 
These services are offered to beginners and experienced practitioners of mindfulness meditation and typically last between 30 to 40 minutes.
ASP Stock Sales
9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Sidewalk
Our Appalachia Service Project (ASP) team is raising funds for this year’s mission trip to Kentucky, June 15-26. Stop by to meet our youth. Read More .
Farewell Reception and Love Offering for Wendi Olinger
12:00 p.m., Wesley Hall
Come say farewell to Wendi and her family at a reception this Sunday. For more than 10 years, Wendi Olinger has been a constant presence in our congregation, as Children's Choir Director, Associate Music Director, a teacher at FUMP, and a soloist and section leader in the Sanctuary Choir. Her family will be relocating to the Pacific Northwest this summer.
NEW MEMBERS
Confirmation Class
Congratulations to our 2018 Confirmation Class! These eighth grade students were confirmed on May 20. 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. From left to right, Miles Drazic, Peyton Casey, Colin Day, Devon Cato, and Lucy Hamre. 
NEWS & EVENTS
An Incredible Surprise
We give thanks for the incredible generosity of an FUMC family who has made a gift of nearly $1.6 million to pay off the remaining note for the Family Life Center. Because of this gift, our church is able to redirect funds previously designated for debt service, and use them to grow our ministry! The net result: lives are being changed because of the generosity of this church. Thanks be to God!
FUMC Hosts Liturgists Podcast
May 25-26
FUMC is pleased to host the Austin Gathering of The Liturgists on May 25 and 26. Gatherings are a spinoff from the immensely popular podcast that provides a place for the spiritually homeless and frustrated to explore issues of faith, science, and art. The gathering at FUMC will be the first time The Liturgists have visited Texas and FUMC welcomes the opportunity to host this diverse and exciting group of spiritual seekers. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit  http://www.theliturgistsgathering.com .
The Red Bench
May 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Family Life Center
FUMC is pleased to host The Red Bench, an ongoing dialogue program designed to address the most pressing needs of our time: improving interfaith understanding and civil discourse in our society. Each conversation is centered on moderated small group discussions that are genuinely respectful and safe. This event on mental health is free and open to all. A light, vegetarian meal will be provided. Register Now .
Ramadan Dinner
June 1, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Great Hall, Family Life Center
Over the next few weeks, Christians, Jews, and Muslims will come together to celebrate Ramadan with a series of Iftar Dinners in the Austin area. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, during which fasting from dawn to dusk is observed by Muslims. Iftar is the meal that breaks the daily fast during Ramadan, and is eaten at sunset. Join us to make this a memorable night and break bread together in the holy month of Ramadan! Learn more at thedialoginstitute.org/austin .
Baby Celebration Brunch
June 3, 10:00 a.m., Wesley Hall
We will be honoring the families who have children under the age of three years with a brunch. Come meet other parents with little ones and receive a special blessing. If you have recently welcomed a new addition to your family, or you and your child are new to our church family, please plan to attend the celebration. You may RSVP to children@fumcaustin.org . Parents may bring your little ones with you, or drop him or her off with our childcare staff.
Conversation on "A Way Forward"
June 3, 10:00 -10:40 a.m., Sanctuary
In an informational session regarding the Bishops’ recommendation on “A Way Forward” for The United Methodist Church, we will learn about the timeline of events leading up to the called session of the General Conference in February 2019. FUMC leadership commits to keeping the congregation informed of the process, opportunities for advocacy, and decisions for our ministry’s future. Read More .
Celebrate Our 5-Year Reconciling Ministries Anniversary
June 3, 12:00 p.m., Wesley Hall
Share stories and celebrate our journey of full inclusion as a reconciling church at a catered lunch.
First Steps
June 3, 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, meet the pastors, and ask questions. Sign up with trevor@fumcaustin.org or submit your registration online .
Bolder Than Texas Writing Workshop
June 10, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Family Life Center, Room 104
This writing workshop will focus on three diverse experiences of faith: doubt, music, and presence. How have you found strength (or despair) in doubt? How has music—sacred or secular or both—moved you toward or away from church, or challenged or built your understanding of the divine? Have you experienced the presence of the divine, in church, in nature, in fellowship? How has each of these experiences shaped your faith? Bring your writing materials and your stories. Read More .
Alternative Gifts for Father's Day
Due By June 11
An alternative gift is a perfect way to show appreciation for the men in your life. The items "purchased" will support the ongoing work to 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 17. Order Now .
Young Adult Lunch
June 17, 12:15 p.m.
Front Steps, Sanctuary Building
Young adults (ages 18-35) are invited to meet for lunch together once a month. This group will walk or carpool someplace nearby to eat. For more information, contact Pastor Cathy Stone at cathy@fumcaustin.org .
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
There are many opportunities to do lots of good, in a variety of places, with many different people, throughout the summer! Please view our volunteer opportunities. Every helping hand makes a difference. Read More .
Teach Our Children and Youth
Sundays, June 3-August 12
Summer Sunday School teachers for children and youth are needed each week during the summer months. We give our regular teachers the summer off. We count on parents and other church members to step in allow our amazing young disciples to get to know you. Curriculum will be provided and rooms will be prepared for you to be able to confidently walk in to the classroom. Sign up at fumcaustin.org/teachers .
Vacation Bible School Work Day
June 10, 12:15-3:00 p.m., Wesley Hall
Come help paint decorations for this year’s VBS. Lunch provided with registration. Childcare provided with RSVP to childcare@fumcaustin.org . Back by popular demand: our Amazon wishlist! If you would like to donate supplies or materials, visit http://a.co/3FzGutc . Register Now .
Central Texas Food Bank
Wednesday, June 27
1:30-4:30 p.m.
6500 Metropolis Dr.
FUMC adults, youth, and children 8+ are invited to serve at the Food Bank. Individuals and families must register online .
All are invited to participate in our ongoing monthly service opportunities.

FreeStore 3rd Saturday
June 16, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Memorial UMC
Sort, organize, and shelve donated items; assist shoppers; bag items; provide hospitality; and share stories over a cup of coffee. Something for everyone, so just show up and serve. Read More .

Mobile Loaves & Fishes 3rd Sunday
June 17, 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., MLF Kitchen
An opportunity for first timers of all ages to give this ministry a try. 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). Read More .

Feed My People 4th Tuesday
June 26, 4:45-7:00 a.m., Family Life Center
 Come help serve breakfast to 300 of our homeless neighbors. Preparing, cooking, and setting up begins at 4:45 a.m.; serving begins by 6:00 a.m.; and clean-up is finished by 7:00 a.m. Arrive and leave to meet your schedule.  Read More .
MAY MISSION EMPHASIS
FreeStore
The FreeStore connects people who need and people who need to give, through weekly opportunities to shop for free clothing and small household items. It is a place where people from all walks of life have an opportunity to build relationships. The foundations of this intentionally cross-cultural, multi-racial community lie in the affirmation of God’s love for all people. You are invited to support this ministry by donating funds to help with its operation, by donating gently used or new clothing and household items, or by serving anytime it is open. Read More
SERMONS ONLINE
Missed Last Week's Sermon?
Sunday, May 20
Preachers: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21
Sermon: "Where is the Church Headed?"
PRAYER CONCERNS
Within our Congregation
Health: Francis Allen; D’An Anders; Gabriel Baker; Randolph Bias; Gary Diehl; Clairlea Eckert; Merianne Gaston; Andrea Peck; Phil Shaw; Beverly Silas; and Bruce Venno.

Condolences : to Davis Covin and Trevor Harper on the death of their friend, John Norton; to Mary Heckmann on the death of her uncle, Frank Tyler; to Mike and Crystal McDonald on the death of his cousin, Pamela Henicke; to Dick and Ann Young on the death of Blake Rogers; and to the families that lost loved ones in the shooting at Santa Fe High School.
Beyond our Congregation
Arthur Asika’s friend, Moses Ameku; Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren; Ed and Jan Berger’s brother, sister-in-law, and nephew, Chuck, Rita and Doug Cherry; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Stephen Dulaney’s sister-in-law; Bennett and Meisa Ezekiel’s friend, Dev Reddy; Kelly Mills’ mother, Sandra Mills; Mark Morris’ and Kathy Tullos’ friend, Barbara; Kallie Pitcock’s friend, Katie; Justin and Erin Scarth’s friends, Chad Burnette and Lisa Whatley; Leslie Story’s father, Neel Richardson; Alan Stephens’ father, Carl Stephens; Malcolm St. Romain; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
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