THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, September 9
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Ephesians 4:25-32
Sermon: “When I told them the truth, they kicked me out of the church.” |
Bert Garcia
"This is My Story" Worship Series
Each week in worship, we'll hear from an FUMC member—stories of pain and joy, church and family—and we'll reflect through prayer, scripture, song, and sermon. Join us as we delve into the stories of FUMC and find our own lives wrapped in the story of God. Read More .
Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times
Sundays through September 23, 10:00 a.m., SAN Wesley Hall
In this study based on his book Unafraid , Adam Hamilton explores the most common worries and fears experienced by Americans today. Led by Pastor Cathy Stone. Register at fumcaustin.org/unafraid .
A Way Forward Briefing
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. 
Faith at Home Parenting Class
10:00 a.m., EDU Murchison Chapel
At a Faith at Home session, participants learn and try out spiritual practices that are “do-able,” adaptable, fun, and meaningful. These activities can be used by households of all shapes and sizes. This class focuses on exploring the practice of prayer and touches on some practical ideas to enhance the worship experience for you and your child. Register Now .
First Steps
12:15 p.m., FLC Garrison Chapel
Are you interested in joining FUMC? Prior to joining the church, we ask all to participate in a First Steps class, to learn about Methodist beliefs and the ministry of FUMC, meet the pastors and other members, and ask questions. Sign up at fumcaustin.org/firststeps .
Practicing Christian Mindfulness
Sundays Through October 14, 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
SAN Room 212
Mindfulness is getting a lot of notice these days from everyone from elite athletes to business executives—and for good reason! Did you know that our Christian mothers and fathers created a rich legacy of mindfulness practices? This six-week class led by Cindy Walter explores several of these practices.
NEWS & EVENTS
Thank you, FUMC!
Many thanks to all who contributed new children's underwear during the month of August. Members of the UMW Joy Circle made two trips to Southside Community Center in San Marcos to deliver FUMC underwear donations which were received with great appreciation. These underwear donations will be given to San Marcos ISD elementary school nurses to use throughout the school year as needed. Your donations will help make children in need more comfortable and confident!
Sanctuary Bells Looking for New Members
Adults, rookies, teens, “old pros,” and everyone in between are welcome to join us! No handbell experience is necessary, but an instrumental music background is essential. Bring a willingness to learn and we will comfortably bring new ringers “up to speed." Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 6:15-7:15 p.m. in the balcony of the Sanctuary. For more information, contact Shirley Derryberry, Director of Handbell Choirs, at 512-497-1852 or derryberry22@gmail.com .
Kids’ Night Out
September 14
6:00–9:00 p.m.
EDU Room 102
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
September 14
6:00–9:00 p.m.
EDU Room 108
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
September 14
6:00–9:00 p.m.
Great Hall
Calling 5th, 6th, and 7th graders! Connect bridges children and youth ministries by building relationships. Read More .
3rd Grade Bible Presentation
Sunday, September 16
9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Worship
Sanctuary
We are called to celebrate the Bible—our gift of God’s word for us over many centuries and for our lives today. We invite all to celebrate and give thanks for the special book that shapes our lives in worship on September 16 when we recognize and present gift Bibles to all 3rd graders and any older children who have not received a Bible. Please contact Lara Greene at children@fumcaustin.org by September 10 to ensure your child receives a Bible.
Connections Fair
September 16, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wesley Hall
Looking for a new place to connect at FUMC? Come to the Connections Fair and learn about new ways to learn, grow, serve, and share. Check out tables hosted by various classes, missions, committees, book studies, and fellowship groups and learn more about new places to connect with FUMC.
Lunch & Learn About Global Fellows
Sunday, September 16, 12:15 p.m.
FLC Garrison Chapel
We have launched a new partnership with the Global Mission Fellows (GMF) Program that we are supporting through our September Mission Emphasis. We invite you to meet Grace Okerson , a GMF from Florida serving with the NOAH Project in Detroit, and Erica Oliveira, a former GMF now on staff with Global Minstries. Come and wonder with us about ways we can support these young people as their lives are transformed through their work transforming communities. Lunch provided. Register Now.
Immigrant Story
Tuesday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.
Westlake UMC, 1460 Redbud Trail
Many of us are, sadly, familiar with a part of the story. Reports of parents being separated from children, children being kept in cages, and other circumstances of utter desperation have been brought to the forefront of our media and consciousness. However, the reports are just part of the story, and the story is far from over. All are invited to attend Immigrant Story where we will hear presentations from acclaimed Austin Immigration Attorney Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch and Sofia Casini, Immigrant Rights Organizer at Grassroots Leadership. Both of these courageous women have worked on, and continue to work on, the front lines of the immigration story right here in Austin. Perhaps there’s something that all of us can do to help. For more information, please contact Pastor Cathy Stone at cathy@fumcaustin.org .
NAMIWalks
Saturday, September 29, 9:00 a.m.
The Long Center
Join our team for this year's NAMIWalks event! We are walking to raise awareness of mental illness and raise funds for the important work of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. First UMC is working to support the work of NAMI as we promote education and awareness about mental illness and work to end the stigma associated with mental illness. Come walk with us or support our team with a donation through our NAMIWalks team page.
Generosity Worship Series - Celebrate! "Living the Abundant Life"
Sundays, September 30-October 28
Do you find yourself thinking more about what is lacking in your life, rather than what is overflowing? Do you feel stuck, wishing you could become more generous or more open to God's leading? Jesus said that he came in order for our lives to change—to become more abundant. He didn't expect that anyone listening had already arrived at the full measure of abundance; he came in order to make it possible. So what does abundance look like on the ground? What is the fulfillment we really long for, and how does God help us get there? Join us for this five-week series this fall as we take steps toward the abundant life Jesus promises.

Generosity Sunday School Series
Sundays, October 7-28, 10:00 a.m.
Wesley Hall
Want to explore practical ways to live out the Abundant Life? Join our Pastors for study and practical discussion in conjunction with our upcoming series, "Celebrate! Living the Abundant Life." Study and Discussion Guides will also be available for other Sunday School classes who wish to participate in their own class setting. Contact Pastor Taylor for more information at taylor@fumcaustin.org .
Mercy and Justice 5th Sunday Presentation on Implicit Bias
Sunday, September 30, 10:00 a.m.
SAN Wesley Hall
Who, Me? Biased? As each of us experiences life—in school, at home, in church, at work, watching T.V.—we are surrounded by a number of biases. Some of these biases we consciously accept as our own, some we consciously reject, while many more fall into the subconscious level. Even though we are not aware of implicit biases, they constantly help to form our beliefs, values, ideas, and actions every day. By taking an intentional look at implicit bias and the ways it works in our brains and in our actions, we commit to rooting out the biases that are corrupted by stereotype or prejudice. Join us as we learn what implicit bias is, how it influences our thinking, and how its impact can be minimized.
Putting Your House in Order
Sunday, September 30, 12:15 p.m.
FLC Garrison Chapel
Give the loving gift of preparedness to those you love. This estate planning workshop helps you share your plans and passions with your loved ones while leaving a legacy of faith to continue the work of the church. Tom Stanton of Texas Methodist Foundation leads this workshop, which includes a detailed workbook. Register online at fumcaustin.org/house . Cost $10.
Baptism Class
Sunday, September 30, 12:15 p.m.
EDU Room 108
Are you ready to have your child Baptized? Pastor Taylor Fuerst and Director of Children’s Ministries Lara Greene host this class to discuss our beliefs about Baptism, logistical information about scheduling and service preparation, and ways to help your child live the Baptized life. This class is required for those preparing for a child’s Baptism. To register, indicate your interest on the Connections Card in worship or register at  fumcaustin.org/baptismclass . If you are interested in adult Baptism, email Pastor Taylor at taylor@fumcaustin.org .
ADULT DISCIPLESHIP
We have several ways for you to gather with others and grow closer to God. Through Sunday School classes, small groups or other discipleship opportunities, we want to help you grow in your faith surrounded and supported by others who are growing in theirs.
Financial Peace University
Mondays, September 17-November 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
FLC Garrison Chapel
With Dave Ramsey’s class Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money. Freedom from debt is part of being free to follow Christ. Join Pastor Michael Mumme for this personal finance class with a faith perspective. Register at fumcaustin.org/peace .
Disciple Fast Track: Into the Word, Into the World
Mondays, September 17-December 3, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
FLC Room 104
This 24-week study led by Pastor Cathy Stone immerses you in the books of Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts. Each week you encounter three spiritual disciplines, learn what they are, and how you can engage in those disciplines. Classes meet for a total of 24 weeks, 12 weeks in the fall and 12 weeks in the spring. Daily preparation is 3-5 chapters of the Bible. The cost is $30 for two study manuals. Register at fumcaustin.org/disciple .
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
All are invited to participate in our ongoing monthly service opportunities.
FreeStore 3rd Saturday
September 15, 8:45-11:00 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
September 16, 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., SAN MLF Kitchen
MLF serves daily, but this monthly third Sunday is for families and individuals who want to try face-to-face service with experienced volunteers. Read More .
Feed My People 4th Tuesday
September 25, 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 .
Disaster Recovery Mission Trip
October 5-8, Friday-Monday 
Sinton, TX
First UMC is sending a mission team (ages 14 and up) to Sinton, TX (Coastal Bend region), to help with long-term recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey one year ago. Volunteers must complete the background check process—no other training is required. Trip cost is $125; workdays are Saturday and Sunday. Please register at the link below and contact cathy@fumcaustin.org to complete background check process or for additional information. Register Now.
SEPTEMBER MISSION EMPHASIS
Global Mission Fellows
The Global Mission Fellows Program of the General Board of Global 
Ministries is a two-year mission service and educational opportunity for young adults, ages 20-30, to work in social justice ministries. Fellows from the United States and other countries leave their home communities, after an extensive orientation, and work either in the U. S. or internationally. This graduate-level fellowship allows participants to address the root causes of oppression and alleviate human suffering alongside community organizations in a variety of issue areas, including public health, migration/immigration, education, and poverty. Through this partnership, FUMC supports these young adults and their work through financial giving, prayers, letters of encouragement, and visits from Fellows. Make checks payable to FUMC and include a note stating that your contribution is for “GM Fellows.” Give Now .
SERMONS ONLINE
Missed Last Week's Sermon?
Sunday, September 2
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20
Sermon: “My Faith in God is Essential to My Work.” | Ginger Harrod
PRAYER CONCERNS
Within our Congregation
Health: Randolph Bias; Carol Brady; Ken and Susan Hensley; Nancy Lewis; Gene and Charlotte Lyerly; Andrea Peck; Pearl Spears; Wilton Stone; and Bruce Venno.
Congratulations To Bill and Shirley Derryberry on the birth of their granddaughter, Clara Grace, and to Isao and Julia Karisch Jonas on the birth of their son, Nat Charles Jonas.
Beyond our Congregation
Robbie Ausley’s sister-in-law, Sue Holt; Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren; Craig Blome’s and Tamra Golden’s parents, Paul and Carol Golden; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Shirley Derryberry’s sister, Marcia Ohlhausen; Bennett and Meisa Ezekiel’s friend, Dev Reddy; Cindy Gunderson’s neighbor, Barbara White; Elizabeth Lerner’s daughter, Katherine; Gene Lyerly’s neurologist, Dr. Thomas Hill; Mark Morris’ and Kathy Tullos’ neighbor, Warren Pettinos; Connie Payne’s brother, John; Debbie Rippetoe’s friend, Jo Johnson; Justin and Erin Scarth’s friend, Chad Burnette and Lisa Whatley; Donna Shands’ daughter, June; Leslie Story’s father, Neel Richardson; and Dick Young’s nephew Jeff Young.
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