Sunday, April 11
2nd Sunday of Easter
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: John 20:19-31 
Sermon: "Unlocking Doors"
Sunday School
Children's Sunday School meets weekly on Zoom at 9:00 a.m. for Kindergarten-5th Grades. Youth Sunday School meets bi-weekly at 10:00 a.m. (next meeting is 4/11). Check the Sunday morning email for Zoom links. Adult Sunday School classes continue to meet weekly, all interested should reach out to class contacts for more information.
Sunday Night Youth Hang
Sunday, April 11
Freshman 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Sophomore/Junior 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Youth are invited to Whole Foods on Lamar for a socially distanced hangout. No agenda just fun, games and community! Bring a mask! We will meet on the rooftop at Whole Foods at 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703. Questions? Contact Devon Bailey, Director of Youth Ministries, at [email protected].
TOAST Check-In
Sunday, April 11
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Join us to check in, share, and connect on Zoom with Dr. Brad King and young adults ages 20-45! We’ll treat this time as a virtual happy hour. Bring a drink. Bring a story. Bring a friend. Reach out to Dr. Brad King to get added to the FEAST mailing list and get access to the Zoom login details at [email protected].
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Book Study: Vanguard
Tuesdays, April 13, 20, & 27
6:30-8:00 p.m.
In Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All, acclaimed historian Martha S. Jones offers a new history of African American women's political lives in America. She recounts how they defied both racism and sexism to fight for the ballot, and how they wielded political power to secure the equality and dignity of all persons. Zoom invitation will be sent with registration. Contact Pastor Cathy at [email protected] for more information. Register Online.
Book Study: Convictions
Wednesdays, April 14-May 19
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Join FUMC member Janet Duke, who will lead a six-week discussion of Marcus Borg's Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most. The author addresses a key question: What does it mean to be Christian and American today? How do we align Christian values with our lives in this powerful, affluent, and influential country, a country where we can be almost indifferent, not only to our neighbors, but to the rest of the world? Through a personal story of his journey in understanding what truly matters, he invites the reader to a similar journey in this last of his books. Register Online.
High School Weekend
Friday, April 16-Sunday, April 17
High School youth are invited to a weekend of outdoor activities. Friday evening we will have a movie night in the church parking lot from 7:30–10:00 p.m. On Saturday morning, we will kayak downtown and get lunch nearby. Final details to follow. Cost is $60 with registration. For more information, contact Devon Bailey, Director of Youth Ministries, at [email protected]. Register Online.
UUMC Lunch & Learn: Props B and F
Sunday, April 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
University UMC is hosting a program led by Central Texas Interfaith on the City of Austin props B and F. Both of these propositions are on the upcoming ballot. Early voting begins Monday, April 19.

Proposition B is an ordinance that would create a criminal offense and a penalty for anyone sitting or lying down on a public sidewalk or sleeping outdoors in and near the Downtown area and the area around the University of Texas campus. It would also create a criminal offense and penalty for solicitation deemed aggressive in a public area, and make camping in a public area a criminal offense, punished by penalties.

Proposition F would amend the city charter to change the form of city government from 'council-manager' to 'strong mayor-council,' which will eliminate the position of professional city manager and designate an elected mayor as the chief administrative and executive officer of the city.

To register for this event and receive the zoom link, go HERE.
Deep Dive Into Scripture
Sunday, April 18, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Each month, we will have a monthly Bible study on Zoom where you can join Dr. Brad King (or a special guest!) for an hour-long discussion of one or more passages read in church that month. In addition to broadening our understanding and appreciation of scripture, this is a time for you to bring questions about how, why, and to what extent scripture is meaningful for our lives today. Register Online.
Cheers Ministry:
Walk in the Park and Picnic
Thursday, April 22, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The Cheers Ministry is a community for those young-at-heart who are recently retired, semi-retired, or thinking about setting a date to retire. Cheers invites you to a Walk in the Park and Picnic at Zilker Park. Bring your walking shoes, cameras, picnic baskets, mask, and chairs for a few hours of enjoying our great historic park, food, and fellowship. Our meeting place in the park will be provided to those who register their attendance. Register Online.
Creating Spirit, Practicing Presence: We Are Family
April 24, 2021, 1:30-3:00 (Zoom) 
Join us for a conversation with Steven Self, ACC faculty librarian and professor, on family history and genealogy as spiritual practice. How does learning about your family history and understanding your roots bring you closer to understanding the kindom of God? Steven will offer practical research tips as well as share engaging discoveries of his own family history. Register Online.
Alternative Gifts for Mother's Day
Order Deadline: Monday, May 3
On Mother's Day, May 9, 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. Get started now by selecting the gifts you wish to symbolically provide using our online form. Make your online payment from our website by donating towards the Mother’s Day Alternative Fund. Order Online.
COVID Vaccine Assistance
Need help scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment? If you are an adult eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can complete this form to request assistance from church volunteers. No protected health information is required, and any information you provide (name, DOB, contact info) will not be shared except as needed to schedule an appointment. Questions? Contact Terri Purdy at [email protected].
Wedding Coordinator
If you enjoy the activity surrounding weddings, this job might be for you! We need a Wedding Coordinator to lead families through the process of celebrating a wedding here at FUMC. Visit our church website to read more about weddings at FUMC. This is a paid position, per wedding. If you are interested, please contact Dave Ballbach at [email protected] for further details.
At Easter, we celebrate the life-giving Resurrection of Christ. As a response to the new life we’ve been given, we dedicate a special Easter Offering to a ministry or facility need that increases our ability to serve others. This year our Easter Offering will be dedicated to the renovation of a restroom on the first floor of our Sanctuary building, located at the base of the main stairwell near Wesley Hall. What’s so missional about a restroom? As a church that seeks to welcome all people, we’ve spent years learning how to create a welcoming atmosphere for people of all gender identities, including those who identify as trans or non-binary. Our goal is to convert the restroom at the bottom of the stairs—currently a women’s restroom with two tiny stalls—into a single-stall unisex restroom to provide a centrally located restroom. The remodel will make the bathroom more comfortable, with ample room for a changing table and updated safety modifications for the entrance. Learn More
FUMC Endowment Fund
In memory of Pam Tackett, given by Joseph Annis; Tom and Robbie Ausley; Betty Bird; James and Sue Bock; Laura Lee Daigle; Steve and Dixie Houston; and Ann, Jan, and Ruth Howie.

Gifts to FUMC
To our Ministry Plan in honor of Terri Purdy and her Vaccination Appointment Team, given by Mary Rogerson.
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Within Our Congregation
Sandy Bowles, Bill and Shirley Derryberry, Kathy Morales, Ruby Parker, Mari Perez, Andrew Pyle, Sallie Novinger, Dick Raycraft, George Vanderhule, and Dan Wood.

Beyond Our Congregation
Curt Ashmos’ friend, Elissa Marek; Grady Basler’s sister, Tonya Basler Stout; Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren Stafford; Bob Block’s friend, Tim Sullivan; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; George Gaston’s friend, Dr. Robert Wootton; Marijo Hartman’s brother, Buddy Rector; Marcia Houston’s mother, Johnnie; Julie Nelson’s friend, Debbie Childers; Cindy Reidland’s friends, Carly and Colton Wimberly; Alan Stephens’ father-in-law, Bob McBride, and his mother-in-law, Betty McBride.
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