Sunday, June 2
7th Sunday of Easter
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Acts 16:16-34
Sermon: "Disruptors"
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 26-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 .
The Green Team
Sunday, June 2, 10:00 a.m., EDU Murchison Chapel
We are building a Green Team to work on environmental best practices at FUMC and plan 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.
Marriage Equality Resolution Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, June 2, 12:15 p.m. Sanctuary
This is the first of three town hall meetings to review a Marriage Equality Resolution to welcome all couples for marriage at FUMC. 
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
Journey with God
At First Church, we believe every person is a beloved child of God, on a journey to God, with God. This summer, as we journey to places near and far, we want to invite you and your families to capture what God is doing beyond our walls and beyond our city. Mail us your travel postcards or jot a note on the mock postcard found in a pew and we’ll display them in the Sanctuary Foyer for all to see the ways you’ve seen God while on your journey. Read question prompts at .
Marriage Equality Town Halls and Churchwide Vote
Over the last two months, the "Moving Forward" Task Force has developed a resolution to welcome all couples for marriage at FUMC. On Sunday, May 19, the Administrative Board unanimously recommended the resolution to the congregation for a churchwide vote. FUMC members are invited to participate in one of three Marriage Equality Town Hall Meetings. The three meetings will cover the same information.

Marriage Equality Town Hall Meetings
June 2, 12:15 p.m., Sanctuary Main Floor
June 16, 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary Main Floor
June 23, 12:15 p.m., Sanctuary Main Floor
Churchwide Vote
July 14, 12:15 p.m., Sanctuary Main Floor

Visit to view the full marriage resolution.
Annual Conference in Corpus Christi
Our pastors and lay delegates will gather with other United Methodists from
all over south and west Texas June 5-8, with Bishop Robert Schnase presiding and featured teaching by Bishop Karen Oliveto. Our pastors will be in daily communication with the church office and, if needed, will return to Austin for pastoral care situations. Members of FUMC serving as delegates for FUMC and the Capital District are: Clay Daigle, Noble Doss, Sharon Doss, Bob Garrett, Rick Ortiz, Lauren Perry, Brooks Schuelke, Cindy Walter, and Sandy Wilder. Please pray for annual conference and those attending. Read more about annual conference at .
Summer Book Club for All Ages
Now-August 11
Our Summer Book Club is as easy as 1, 2, 3! 
  1. Pick your book. 
  2. Read your book. 
  3. Bring your book and discuss.
Books to choose from: (1) The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr; (2) Inspired by Rachel Held Evans; (3) I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown; (4) Shameless by Nadia Bolz-Weber; (5) Torn by Justin Lee; (6) Beloved by Toni Morrison; (7) The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz (youth/young adult); (8) Who is My Neighbor? By Levine and Sasso or The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson (children).

Gather with other summer readers to discuss books and share responses on August 11 at 10:00 a.m. in Wesley Hall. All are invited to find a creative way to respond – a picture, poem, poster, button…Bring it with you on August 11 or give it to Pastor Cathy to share. For more information, contact Pastor Cathy Stone at [email protected] or 512-478-5684 (ext. 215).
ASP Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, June 9
9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary and 12:15 p.m. FLC
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. On this Sunday, wear your work clothes or ASP t-shirt to church. ASP alums from across the years will share the impact these trips have had on them personally and on the life of this church. This year’s team will be commissioned at the 11:00 a.m. worship service. After worship, join us for a churchwide luncheon at 12:15 p.m. in the FLC Great Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Or, for just $20, you can get a meal ticket and a limited edition commemorative lapel pin! Proceeds from the meal will support future ASP teams by establishing a permanent long-term tool fund. Register at .
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 .
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).
Book Study: You Are My Brother
Tuesdays, June 11, 18, 25
6:30-7:30 p.m.
FLC Room 104
Join us as we read and discuss You Are My Brother: Lessons Learned Embracing a Homeless Community . Judith D. Knotts is an educator and consultant who has delved deep into the world of homelessness in Austin. Her book is a collection of true stories about her encounters with homeless people and the lessons she learned from them. Judith will be with us in person on Sunday, June 30, at 10:00 a.m. for our 5th Sunday Mercy & Justice Presentation to talk about her experiences on the streets of Austin and share her wisdom with us. View reading assignments and register 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. 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 .
Mercy & Justice 5th Sunday Presentation
Sunday, June 30, 10:00 a.m. SAN Wesley Hall
We welcome Judith Knotts as our speaker. Dr. Knotts is an educator, consultant, and author who has delved deep into the world of homelessness in Austin. Her book, You Are My Brother: Lessons Learned Embracing a Homeless Community , is a collection of true stories about her encounters with homeless people and the lessons she learned from them. Join us as Dr. Knotts shares her wisdom and experiences with us.
Cheers Ministry Movie Night:
The Sting
Thursday, July 11
6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:30 p.m. Movie
Mark your calendars! 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 movie night at the Stateside Theater at the Paramount. Hollywood movies of the 1970s have a very distinct style, but George Roy Hill went for something a bit more old-fashioned in this cunning caper, using ragtime music and other artistic flourishes to take us back to the Great Depression. Newman and Redford are at it again, this time plotting a big con against a wealthy mob boss. Will they pull it off? Join us to find out! Register by July 7 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 .
Civil Rights Trip Information Session
Sunday, August 11, 12:15 p.m. EDU Murchison Chapel
Mark your calendars for March 13-20, 2020. This eight-day trip for adults, youth, and families will include visits to Birmingham, Jackson, Little Rock, Montgomery, Memphis, and Selma. As we begin planning this summer, it will be helpful to have an idea of interest. For more information, contact Devon Bailey at [email protected] or Pastor Cathy Stone at [email protected] . If you are interested in this trip, register for the Information Session at .
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 .
Volunteer with 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 .
ASP 40th Celebration Volunteers
Saturday, June 8, 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 9, 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (in shifts)
On June 8 and 9, we are looking for some helping hands to get things ready for our ASP 40th celebration. Saturday, June 8 from 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., we’ll be meeting in the Family Life Center to help decorate the room and prepare for the lunch. We need help beyond the capabilities of this year's team. In addition, our ASP team will be commissioned during the 11:00 a.m. worship service, so we need some help with last-minute food preparation in our absence. If you are available to help serve, please sign up at .
Day of Service at Marbridge
Thursday, June 27, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
2310 Bliss Spillar Road
Come make a difference as we interact with residents through games, crafts, and other activities planned by the Marbridge staff. This event is family friendly for all ages. Children under the age of 10 years should be accompanied by an adult. Marbridge is a non-profit residential community that offers transitional and lifetime care to adults with a wide range of cognitive abilities and provides them opportunities to learn, experience, and achieve a whole new life. Space is limited, so please register online . For more information contact Pastor Cathy at [email protected] .
Vacation Bible School (VBS) Volunteers Needed
Monday-Thursday, 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! We look forward to going on this adventure "To Mars and Beyond" with all of you and our awesome participants!
Vacation Bible School: Ways to Help
The VBS countdown has begun and here’s how you can help:
  • Purchase items from our Amazon wish list at
  • Starting Monday, June 3, we will have take-home/work from home VBS projects. Fun the family can enjoy inside on a hot day! You can find these projects outside EDU Room 108.  
  • Our campers will create 200 hygiene kits for our Feed My People Breakfast. Help by donating the following supplies (travel size except if noted otherwise): comb - full size, deodorant - full size, gallon ziploc bags, hand sanitizer, lip balm, lotion, razor, shampoo, soap - full size, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Our kids love crafts! Help them have the experience of a lifetime as they create styrofoam Planets, a Galaxy in a jar, Solar System necklaces, and Constellation jar lamps. Help by donating the following supplies: 130 cds or dvds (used is fine), 130 4” Styrofoam balls.
  • 300 thin paper plates, black pony beads, cotton balls, food coloring (all colors), paint brushes, paper clips, silver glitter, toothpicks, wood beads (at Michaels).
Thank you for helping make VBS a huge success. All donation items can be left outside EDU Room 108. 
Second Chance VBS Volunteer Training and Luncheon
Sunday, July 7, 12:15-3:00 p.m., SAN Wesley Hall
If you missed the June 2 training, come to this second chance training and orientation for all adult volunteers—new and returning—for VBS 2019. 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 changes we have made to the schedule (4 days) and kick-off party. Lunch is provided with registration at .
Vacation Bible School (VBS) Work Day
Friday, July 19, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 20, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Help us transform our Sanctuary and hallways for VBS week! Please join us for fellowship and fun as we gather to paint, cut, and assemble decorations for our upcoming Mars and Beyond VBS. Whether or not you consider yourself creative, we have a job for you! Sign up at the link below for the day(s) you can help. Childcare is provided and we will go out to lunch after.
Vacation Bible School (VBS) Workday
Friday, July 26, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Help take down decorations from VBS. Childcare provided and we will go out for lunch after. 
To sign up to volunteer, 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 .
Saturday, June 1
Registration deadline for ASP 40 Luncheon
VBS Early Bird Pricing Ends

Sunday, June 2
Conversations on Racial Justice

Wednesday, June 5
Wacky Wednesday: Aladdin & Barton Creek Mall 

Saturday, June 8

Sunday, June 9
ASP Commissioning

Monday, June 10
Deadline for Alternative Gifts for Father's Day
Youth Service Day at Partnerships for Children

Tuesday, June 11

Wednesday, June 12
Wacky Wednesday: Chickapig & Barton Creek Mall

Sunday, June 16
Manna Bag Sale
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

Thursday, June 27

Sunday, June 30

Sunday, July 7
Second Chance VBS Volunteer Training and Luncheon

Thursday, July 11

Sunday-Friday, July 14-19
Reach Beyond Mission Youth Trip

Sunday, July 14

Friday and Saturday, July 19-20
VBS Work Days

Monday-Thursday, July 21-25
Vacation Bible School

Friday, July 26
VBS Work Day
Peace with Justice Offering
Moved by Christ’s love to pursue reconciliation and peace, The United Methodist Church honors the dignity of every individual made in God’s image and is unwilling to turn a blind eye to injustice. This offering supports the peace and justice work of Austin Region of Justice for Our Neighbors (ARJFON), a United Methodist-affiliated immigration ministry that welcomes refugees and immigrants into our communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy. As a part of this nationwide effort, ARJFON hosts regular legal clinics to provide affordable immigration legal services to those with limited income. ARJFON’s services are focused on family-based and humanitarian immigration law. Monetary donations may be left at our communion rail or sent to or brought by the church office during the month of June. Give Online .
Missed last week's sermon?
Sunday, May 26
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Acts 7:51-8:1
Sermon: “Martyrs”
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Within our Congregation
Stephanie Benold; Sandy Bowles; Gussie Fallon; Kathy Morales; Keely Nugent; Mari Perez; Weldon Wink; and Dan Wood.

Congratulations to Chris and Judy Funke on the marriage of their daugther, Angela, to Wade Enyart.
Beyond our Congregation
Curt Ashmos’ friend, Elissa Marek; Jan Ashmos’ mother, Mildred Spencer; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Janet Camp’s sister, Nancy Willet; Cheryl Etie’s friend, Janice Hansen; Reverend Eric Gates; Sammy Huffaker’s sister, Mandy Walsh; Beth Peck Kerr; Reverend Earle Lewis’ sister, Mary Bost, and great-niece, Morgan Bost; Cindy Reidland’s friend, Carly; Crispin Ruiz’ sister-in-law, Gloria Ruiz; Danielle Thoma’s sister, Laura Weiss; Reverend John Wright’s cousin-in-law, Gary; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.

Condolences to the family and friends of Dick Ellis on his death and to Debbie Shaw and Sam Ruiz on the death of her friend and his cousin, Alice Flores.
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