This Sunday
Sunday, September 1
12th Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Sermon: Do I Really Have to Believe in Hell, the Devil, and the Resurrection?
Study and Discussion of Fear of the Other
Sundays, September 1-22, 10:00 a.m.
SAN Wesley Hall
Retired Pastor John McMullen will lead the discussion of Bishop Will Willimon’s book that invites you to look more closely at the gospel’s command to love—because to genuinely love those considered to be “Other” may be the hardest thing for people of faith to do.
At a Glance
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Service Spotlight
Courts and Ports Trip , Oct. 13-16
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Welcome Daviss King
We celebrate and welcome Daviss King as our new Assistant to the Pastors! In this part-time position, Daviss will take on a variety of ministerial endeavors in administration and congregational care. We are grateful for the experience in FUMC ministries and the wealth of relationships within the congregation that he brings to this new role. 
Safe Gatherings Certifications
Do you still need to be safety certified? If you're not already, but you want to work in ministry with children, youth, or vulnerable adults, then the answer is yes! This includes Sunday School, mission trips, care ministries, and chaperoning/driving. Parents of children and youth are highly encouraged to get certified. The church covers the cost, but our cost is going up 50% in January, so now's the time to do it. Visit our Conference Safety webpage to find out how, or contact Safety Policy Administrator Emily Buchanan at [email protected].
Fall 2019 Classes

Through discipleship classes, we offer opportunities to gather together and grow your faith surrounded and supported by others who are growing theirs. 
Mercy and Justice Book Study
The Far Away Brothers
Tuesdays, September 3-17
Led by Rev. Cathy Stone

Disciple I Fast Track
Wednesdays, September 4-November 20
Led By Dr. Brad King

Gender & Sexuality in the
Household of God
 Sundays, September 8-29
Led By Dr. Brad King
Study and Discussion of
The Song of the Bird
Sundays, September 15-22
Led By Lucius Bunton

Study and Discussion of
What is the Bible?
Tuesdays, October 29-November 26
Led By Curt Ashmos
Texas Maternal Health Update
Sunday, September 8, 10:00 a.m.
FLC Garrison Chapel
Circle Up: United Methodist Women is hosting a Maternal Health Update: a 2019 Legislative Recap and Looking Forward. Come learn about this past spring's legislative session.

Kids' Night Out
Friday, September 13
6:00-9:00 p.m.
EDU Room 102
Kids' Club
Friday, September 13
6:00-9:00 p.m.
EDU Room 108
Connect for Tweens
Friday, September 13
6:00-9:00 p.m.
FLC Great Hall
Parent Speed Friending
Friday, September 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Family Life Center, Garrison Chapel
Have you ever heard of speed dating? We're shaking it up and inviting parents of littles to join us for a night of food, fun, and speed friending! This is a great way to get acquainted with the awesome community of families at FUMC. You might even find a "match" for future play dates! Dinner is provided at $10 per person. Childcare (with pizza) is provided free with registration.

Welcome Rev. Laura Merrill as Guest Preacher
On September 15, join us for worship as we hear the Word preached by Reverend Laura Merrill. Rev. Merrill is an ordained elder in the Rio Texas Conference. Having served churches throughout the conference, she is now appointed as the Assistant to the Bishop. In June, she was elected to lead the Rio Texas delegation to the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis, MN. In addition, Rev. Merrill has a long-time FUMC connection: she is the granddaughter of beloved FUMC Associate Pastor, Bruno Schmidt, one of the two people for whom our Family Life Center is named. 
Celebration of the Wedding Ring Class
Sunday, September 15, 10:00 a.m., FLC Garrison Chapel
The Wedding Ring class has planted seeds, and watered them, and all of us are able to enjoy the garden because of them. Join us as we celebrate all that they have done for us! We will sing, we will pray, and we will praise God for the gift this class has been for FUMC Austin.
Lunch & Learn: International Justice Mission
September 15, 12:15 p.m., SAN Welsey Hall
Thais and Doug Kilday (brother of church member Dan Kilday) will share their story from a year-long mission trip to Cambodia with IJM, a global organization that protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems. Join us for lunch while we hear the ways God was at work in and through the Kilday family. Lunch from Jason’s Deli (suggested donation of $10) will be provided only with registration. For more information, contact Pastor Cathy Stone at [email protected] or 512-478-5684 (ext. 215).

Engage Kickoff & Youth Parent Meeting
Sunday, September 15, 4:30-7:00 p.m., FLC Garrison Chapel
Youth are invited on Sunday nights to dig deeper through fellowship, study, and prayer. We will engage our whole selves in discussion, prayer, and worship…plus a whole lot of fun! Engage for Youth meets each week from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center.

During our Engage Kickoff, we'll have our Fall Parent Meeting. We'll go over all the information and forms for the new school year! Take a look at all the opportunities for the youth through Spring 2020 and hear feedback from one another! Dinner will be provided and we hope you can make it!
Cheers Potluck
Thursday, September 19, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
FLC Garrison Chapel
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 having a potluck dinner. Cheers will provide the chicken and you can bring your favorite side or dessert. Debbie Shaw has a video for us, “Dance Hall Divas”—how to tap dance your way to youth and joy. We may have time for board games, too!

Saturday, September 28, 9:00 a.m.
The Long Center
Walk with the FUMC team to raise awareness of mental illness and raise funds for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. FUMC is working to support NAMI to promote education and awareness to end the stigma associated with mental illness. Donate or walk with us.

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Tuesday-Saturday, September 24-28 and October 8-12
Receive a complimentary 8x10 photo, a directory, and the option to purchase additional portraits or holiday greeting cards for family and friends.
Mercy & Justice Fifth Sunday Presentation
Sunday, September 29, 10:00 a.m.
SAN Wesley Hall
We welcome Jennifer Long, Executive Director of Casa Marianella, the only shelter in Austin dedicated solely to immigrants. FUMC was one of the founding congregations of Casa Marianella back in 1986. Jennifer Long will update us on their work, how they are being challenged by current immigration policies, and offer ways we can support their work.  

September Mission Emphasis
Global Mission Fellows
$30 buys several cups of fancy coffee—or $30 invested in the Global Mission Fellows program transforms a young adult's life. Global Mission Fellows, ages 20-30, serve in social justice ministries across the country or internationally. They work alongside community organizations on hunger and poverty, global health, migration, and education issues. FUMC partners with the GMF program, a ministry of The United Methodist Church. Annually in September, we have the opportunity to transform a life by giving $30—or whatever amount we choose—at the altar rail, in the offering plate, or at the church office.

Prayer Concerns

Within our Congregation

Betty Berkey; Sandy Bowles; Gussie Fallon; Kathy Morales; Mari Perez; Weldon Wink; Carol Walker; and Dan Wood.

Condolences to Arthur Potts on the death of his father, David Potts. 

Beyond our Congregation

Curt Ashmos’ friend, Elissa Marek; Grady Basler’s sister, Tonya Basler-Stout; Kim Battle’s aunt, Bunny Christie; Sharon Bayliss’ father, Dwight Eads; Bob Block’s friend, Tim Sullivan; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Mary Higgs’ great-grandson, Luke Rivers; Reverend Earle Lewis’ husband, Russ Hummel-Lewis, and nephew, Robert Bost; Nadine McDowell’s fiance, Joe MackInday; Melanie Miller’s and Jen Stuart’s father, Doak Thomas; Ellis Pittman’s brother, Brian; Andrew Pyle’s kitten, Dara; Charlie Ray’s mother, Aranell; Cindy Reidland’s friends, Carly and Colton; Kent Schuster’s siblings; Alan Stephens’ father, Carl Stephens; Greg Trosclair’s father, George Trosclair; Gordon Wesley’s friend, Linda Campbell; Amy Wink’s horse, Blessing; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
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