Sunday, May 6
6th Sunday of Easter
Preachers: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Luke 11:1-13
Sermon: "Does Prayer Really Change Things?"
Everyone has questions about God and faith—everyone! In April and May, worship will focus on a question raised from one of you about God, the Bible, or Faith. To view upcoming sermon topics, visit our worship schedule page.
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 .
Administrative Board Meeting
12:15 p.m., Great Hall, Family Life Center
All are welcome to attend and participate in discussion. Board members have voting rights. Lunch will be provided for $10 per person. Register at .
VBS Work Day
12:15 p.m., Wesley Hall
Join us to start creating the decorations for VBS. We will be painting signs so bring a change of clothes. If you would like to donate supplies, visit our Amazon wishlist at . Lunch is provided with registration. Childcare provided with RSVP to . Register Now .
Joseph Delcambre Miers
Joseph, son of Josh and Doise Miers was baptized into Christian Discipleship on Sunday, April 29.
Melissa Biegert
Joined by transfer from another Methodist church, pictured with her son, Hunter.
Grant Demaree 
Joined by profession of faith and vows of membership.
Heather Irving
Joined by profession of faith and vows of membership.
Amy Sweetland
Joined by profession of faith and vows of membership.
Laura Velez
Joined by transfer from another Methodist church.
Celebrating Our Graduates
In May, we celebrate seven high school graduates and five college graduates. High School graduates include Madison Austin, Alexander Drazic, Aiden Dulaney, Olivia Gonzalez, Carter Harrod, Kennedy Schuelke, and Dessie Tien. College graduates include Hunter Ausley Flores, Amanda Cripe, Jessica Ellis, Scotty Stevens, and Katie Wallingford. View Our Graduates .
FUMC T-Shirt Sale
May 6 and May 20
10:00-12:15 p.m., Sidewalk
Show your FUMC spirit! FUMC t-shirts (S to XXL) are available for $10 each to wear during missions or other church activities or just for fun. The blue heathered t-shirt is 50/50 ring spun combed cotton/polyester. Purchase a t-shirt while supplies last!
Churchwide Workday Thank You
Wow! Thank you! A great group of people turned out to help make our Churchwide Workday on April 28 a success. We reclaimed lots of space in our closets, we recycled and disposed of many things that had served their purpose, and we made our Family Life Center more hospitable to our guests by cleaning the chairs and the carpeted stairs. All of this makes a huge difference as we welcome people to events and plan for new ministries. Read More .
Bring Back Your Bells
Remember the bell you received at FUMC on Christmas Eve? The one that was meant to remind of you of God's presence in your daily life? Well, it's time to bring your bell back to church! By coming together to form a bell banner, our bells will make a beautiful, moving reminder of God's presence with the church through the Holy Spirit. In order to have the bell banner ready for Pentecost, please bring your bells to worship on Sundays May 6 and 13.
Food for Caritas
We collected 230 lbs of food for Caritas of Austin at this year's Egg Festival! God's love, shared that day with nearly 600 children and their families, continues to ripple out into the community through the food donated to Caritas. Wellbeing begins with having our physical needs met. Caritas of Austin’s Pantry makes sure clients have access to healthy groceries as they transition out of homelessness toward stability. Thank you to everyone who donated!
Alternative Gifts for Mother's Day
Order Deadline: Monday, May 7
On Mother's Day, May 13, 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 on Sunday. Order Online .
Book Study: Jesus and the Disinherited
May 8, 15, and 22, Tuesdays
Join us as we read and discuss Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. In this classic theological treatise, the acclaimed theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman demonstrates how the gospel may be read as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. Jesus is a partner in the pain of the oppressed and the example of His life offers a solution to ending the descent into moral nihilism. Read More .
Meeting for Coastal Bend Mission Trip
Sunday, May 13
10:00 a.m., Murchison Chapel
Numerous families in the Crossroads and Coastal Bend Districts remain displaced from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. First UMC plans to respond by sending mission teams this year to aid with long-term recovery. Volunteers, including youth ages 14 and up, are invited to join our mission team which will travel to Sinton, TX (near Corpus Christi) to help with the rebuild effort. Our first trip is planned for July 15-18. An information meeting will be held on Sunday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m. in Murchison Chapel. Read More .
Young Adult Lunch
May 13, 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 Devon Bailey at or 512-478-5684 (ext. 217).
Kids’ Night Out
May 18
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.  Read More .
Kids’ Club
May 18
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! Read More .
Connect for Tweens
May 18
6:00–9:00 p.m.
Room 202, FLC
Calling 5th, 6th, and 7th graders! Connect bridges children and youth ministries by building relationships. Read More .
Children's Choir Musical: Oh Jonah!
May 20, 10:00 a.m.
Wesley Hall
Join our Children’s Choir for a fun-filled musical based on the Old Testament story of Jonah that carries a serious message about responsibility. Come be blessed by their performance.
Churchwide Pentecost Picnic
May 20, 12:15 p.m.
West Capitol Lawn
RSVP By May 13
We will celebrate Pentecost (the birth of the church) and our newest confirmands at a churchwide picnic. Bring your picnic blanket and come prepared to purchase lunch from local food trucks. Feel free to bring outdoor activities—washers, frisbees, bubbles, etc.—as we gather for fellowship and fun! In order to prepare our food vendors with an estimated headcount, please register your attendance by May 13. Register Now .
Ministry of Space
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. You can find more information at: .
Summer Worship Series
May 27-August 12
Do you wish you knew more of the Bible? Then, the "Story of God" summer series is for you! We’ll start with the first chapter of Genesis and end in Revelation in August. The daily readings are short and cover essential passages of the Bible. Worship will focus on passages we are reading the week before. We’ll offer easy-to-use weekly discussion guides for individuals, small groups, or Sunday School classes. Any who wish to participate in group discussion are invited to Wesley Hall each Sunday at 10:00 a.m.  Read More .
The Red Bench
May 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Family Life Center
FUMC is proud 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 .
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 or submit your registration online .
Vacation Bible School
July 23-27, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sanctuary Building
Ages 4 years through completed 5th grade are invited to experience the ride of a lifetime with God! The cost is $30 before June 1, then $40. Register at . To volunteer, contact .
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 .
Family Service Day at Community First! Village
May 19, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
9301 Hog Eye Road
Community First! Village provides affordable, sustainable housing, and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless. A typical service day entails harvesting the gardens, laying pathways, tending the chicken coop or goats, dry landscaping yards, beautifying the property, etc. Read More .
Summer Teaching for 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. Read More .
Vacation Bible School
July 23-27, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sanctuary
For a safe and fun VBS, we need over 50 adult and youth volunteers! We can help you find the perfect spot to serve, so come join the fun! 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
May 19, 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
May 20, 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
May 22, 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 .
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
Missed Last Week's Sermon?
Sunday, April 29
5th Sunday of Easter
Preachers: United Methodist Women
Scripture: John 4:5-15; 25-30; 39
Sermon: "Why a Separate Women’s Organization?"
Within our Congregation
Health: Frances Allen; Randolph Bias; Gary Diehl; Michele Gallman; Merianne Gaston; Andrea Peck; Ralph Rash; Gris and George Anne Rogers; Donna Shands; Beverly Silas; and Chuck Watt.
Condolences: to Penny Appleby on the death of her brother, Peter Appleby. Other: Lisa Owens; and elderly parents, along with their families and friends who are their caregivers. 
Beyond our Congregation
Kathy Applegate; Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Bennett and Meisa Ezekiel’s friend, Dev Reddy; Cindy Gunderson’s friend, Michael Garatoni; Melissa Hall; Mary Heckmann’s uncle, Frank Tyler; Annye Jones’ grandson of Godmom; Mary Rogerson’s husband, David; Justin and Erin Scarth’s friend, Lisa Whatley and Chad Burnette; Donna Shands’ daughter, June; Leslie Story’s father, Neel Richardson; Alan Stephens’ father, Carl Stephens; Randy Teich’s friend, Malcolm St. Romain; Ann Venno’s friend, Mary Rose Hecksel; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
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