THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, November 11
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Galatians 6:7-10
Sermon: "And yet, God..."
Halloween Candy Collection
Bring your leftover candy this Sunday!
Donate your Halloween candy to our Mobile Loaves & Fishes (MLF) Ministry and place in the collection bins in the foyers of the Sanctuary and FLC.
Food Drive for Caritas of Austin
Bring canned goods on Sundays in November!
The Caritas Pantry provides groceries to families transitioning out of homelessness. Collections bins are in the foyers of the Sanctuary and FLC. View Donation List .
Conversation with Rev. M Barclay
10:00 a.m., SAN Wesley Hall
Join a conversation this Sunday with Rev. M Barclay, bisexual, non-binary trans, and a deacon in The United Methodist Church. They have extensive experience in leading preaching, teaching, and facilitating workshops on matters of faith and justice, with a specialty in LGBTQ matters. They are passionate about the Holy, the Strange, and our collective calling to broaden and deepen our understanding of what it means to be human together.
3rd Grade Play
10:15 a.m., EDU Murchison Chapel
Come watch our 3rd Grade class perform stories from the Old Testament. Enacting faith stories is a fun and engaging way for our students to learn and they would love to have a supportive audience. 
Wedding Reception for Michael & Betsy Mumme
12:15 p.m., FLC Great Hall
Pastor Michael married the love of his life, Betsy Richards on Saturday, November 3. The happy couple had been dating for four years and even spent six weeks trekking the Camino de Santiago in Spain together. Join us for a reception as we welcome Betsy and celebrate the newlyweds! 
Circle Up Postcard Party
3:30-5:00 p.m., SAN Wesley Hall
Want to make an impact on maternal health in Texas? Circle Up: Methodist Women for Moms, a circle of UMW, is dedicated to doing just that and we’d love for you to join us for a Postcard Writing Party. We’ll fill out postcards to send to Texas State Senators and House Representatives as well as participate in a guided discussion about maternal mortality. Light refreshments provided. C hildcare available with reservation to childcare@fumcaustin.org by Thursday, November 8. Reservations are not final until confirmed. Register at fumcaustin.org/postcardparty .
NEWS & EVENTS
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, November 10-18, is sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless. During the month of November, FUMC is working to raise awareness about the pressing problem of hunger and homelessness with educational and service opportunities. Learn how you can get involved. Read More .
God in Transition: A Day of Faith Formation
Saturday, November 10
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Sanctuary
If you are interested in learning about how to support transgender (trans) and non-binary people and their loved ones, come join us for a day-long event of education and community building. With featured plenary speaker, the Reverend M Barclay, non-binary trans minister in The United Methodist Church, you'll be invited to grow in understanding of what it means to be trans today, learn how the Christian faith can support people in their transitions, deepen your understanding of gender, and walk away with practical tools for celebrating people of all genders. Childcare available with reservation to childcare@fumcaustin.org by Wednesday, November 7. Register at fumcaustin.org/barclay .
Justice For Our Neighbors Gala: Families Belong Together
Saturday, November 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Crown Plaza, 6121 North IH 35
Immigrant families face hostility in our land today and research shows most immigrants without legal representation in court face deportation. Join us at our annual JFON Gala as our honored guest, the Reverend Laura Merrill, shares her experience leading worship in the Tornillo detention center for minors and reflects on the need to reunite families and keep children from being housed in tent cities. Your support helps provide expert legal services to immigrants in need. Help us keep families together! Purchase tickets at www.jfonaustin.org/gala .
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Tuesdays, November 13 and 27
7:00 p.m., FLC Room 103
This November, we are highlighting issues affected by hunger and homelessness. Join us as we read and discuss Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City  by Matthew Desmond. The author follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Read More .
"A Way Forward" Briefing
Sunday, November 18, 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Pastor Michael will give a status update on "A Way Forward," the process our denomination is considering at the February 2019 Called General Conference. The briefing will include factual updates about the process as well as some limited interpretation about the efforts to organize in support of the One Church Plan and ongoing developments.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Sunday, November 18, 4:00-6:30 p.m. 
For the past 33 years, iACT has had the great joy and privilege of bringing this service to the Austin Community. This is a unique opportunity for Austinites of all faith backgrounds to come together to give thanks as one community. We invite you to come hear prayers and practices from all of Austin’s faith communities and share in a reception after the service. This year’s service will be held at San Jose Catholic Church, 2435 Oak Crest Avenue.
Intergenerational Advent Party
Sunday, November 25
10:00 a.m., FLC Great Hall
Deepen your experience of Advent and enjoy a fun morning with your church family. Bring any family staying at your house, too! We will have food (of course!) and games and activities designed to prepare our hearts for the holy season of Advent. This is a great opportunity to bridge generational lines and connect with people of all ages in new and fun ways. Pick up some special spiritual practice aids and service opportunities you can do at home! Breakfast foods are needed for this event. To register or to volunteer to bring breakfast items, visit fumcaustin.org/adventparty .
Decorating and Holiday Stroll
Saturday, December 1
4:00-9:00 p.m., SAN Wesley Hall
Kick off your holiday by decorating spaces around the church and then offering hospitality to Austinites of all ages heading to and coming from the Holiday Stroll. We begin with decorating the Sanctuary, Murchison Chapel, Family Life Center, and outdoor spaces. Afterward, volunteers share a meal and then welcome event attendees with music on the front steps, hot chocolate and cookies, and a welcome family-friendly pit stop. Sign up for our decorating team and/or hospitality team at fumcaustin.org/stroll .
Advent Sunday School Series: Home for Christmas
Sundays, December 2- 23
10:00 a.m., SAN Wesley Hall
Pastor Cathy Stone will lead a four-week Advent study of Home for Christmas: Tales of Hope & Second Chances which brings inspiring stories of hope and second chances into the Advent season. Author and pastor Justin Coleman matches real life stories of struggle and triumph to the Advent themes of hope, love, joy, and peace to show how the light of Christmas shines brightly even in hard times. Throughout the study, Coleman captures the stories of formerly incarcerated men and women as they find work and opportunity through Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California. You’re invited, but not required, to read along and can purchase this book through Cokesbury.com or Amazon.com. Register Now
Advent Worship Series
Sundays, December 2-30
Waiting in the Wings: The Supporting Cast of the Christmas Story
We all know the main characters—Jesus, Mary, Joseph, a donkey—but what about the lesser-known characters of the Christmas story? You know, the ones standing outside the stable—who are they, and how does their journey of waiting, struggling, and proclaiming speak to us as we, too, await the birth of hope in a dark time? Join us in worship this Advent as we sidle up with the supporting cast and watch what God is about to do. View worship schedule details .
Christmas Caroling with Children's Choir
Sunday, December 2
All voices—young and old—are invited to help spread Christmas cheer through song! On the afternoon of December 2, join the Children's Choir in singing Christmas songs and visiting with residents at an assisted living facility (more details to follow). A great opportunity for families. We will practice together right before we go into visit with residents—song sheets provided. Dress holiday festive! For more information, contact Roxie Garza at roxie@fumcaustin.org .
VBS 2019 Save the Date
Vacation Bible School is July 22-26, 2019! We will go to Mars and Beyond this year. Adult and youth volunteers, mark your calendars so you can join us for the ride. Registration will open in December.
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Square One Thanksgiving Luncheon
Wednesday, November 14
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St.
iACT Refugee Services will host their annual Thanksgiving Luncheon for their ESL students, with help from The Soup Peddler, St. John's UMC, and FUMC. You are invited to join us to set up tables/decorations, provide desserts, plates, utensils, and cups, and serve a delicious turkey luncheon to students. Volunteers are needed from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and donations can be dropped off before the luncheon. Sign Up Now .
Community First! Village
Saturday, November 17
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 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. Sign up at fumcaustin.org/serviceday .
CALENDAR
NOVEMBER MISSION EMPHASIS
Mobile Loaves & Fishes
November is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month, a time for us to reflect on what we are thankful for, a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, and to work toward a world where no one has to experience hunger or homelessness. 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. Read More .
SERMONS ONLINE
Missed Last Week's Sermon?
Sunday, November 4
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-9
All Saints Day
PRAYER CONCERNS
Within our Congregation
Health: Marilyn Bettis; Hadley Fuerst; Nancy Lewis; Gene and Charlotte Lyerly; Andrea Peck; Carsen Russell; Bruce Venno; Jessica Wisko; and Dan Wood.

Condolences: To Teresa Baker on the death of her mother, Barbara Baker and to Steve Tackett on the death of friend, Kent Buesing.
Beyond our Congregation
Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren; Craig Blome’s and Tamra Golden’s grandmother, Dorothy Carter; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Janet Camp’s sister, Nancy; Shirley Derryberry’s sister, Marcia Ohlhausen; Dixie Evatt’s cousin, Darla Schultz, and friends, Johnnie and DeDe Demoss; Jimmie Sue Francis’ friend, Donna Hawkins; George Gaston’s friend, Ginny White; Tina Hester’s father, David Hester; Mary Higgs’ friend, Lillian Coil; Patty Kane’s cousin, Toni Carbone Batten; Doise Miers’ father, Jack Chew; Sue Norris’ aunt, Charlotte Wilson; Connie Payne’s brother, John Bellinghausen; Delia Peters’ brother, Robert Ybarra; Joe Sachritz’ co-worker, Janet Sanchez; Justin and Erin Scarth’s friends, Chad Burnette and Lisa Whatley; Tabatha Stephens’ daughter, Shiloh Stephens; Leslie Story’s father, Neel Richardson; Patrick Thoma’s friend, Marco; Laura Velez’ friend, Sue Jane Smith; Ann Venno’s niece, Stacy Workman; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
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