Sunday, January 3
2nd Sunday After Christmas
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: John 1:1-18
Sermon: "Fresh Start"

Sunday Worship
Our video worship service is at 11:00 a.m. accessible through our Zoom worship time, YouTube Channel and Facebook page. Zoom link is in the Sunday morning email.

Sunday School
Both Children and Youth Sunday School are currently on break until January 10. 
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End-of-Year Giving Reminder
Our church office will be open on December 31 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. to accept year-end gifts. IRS regulations require contributions for 2020 be mailed and postmarked no later than December 31, 2020. Contributions received after January 1 will be considered 2021 gifts. Consider making an end-of-year gift online. Give Online.
Magi-cal Mystery Tour
Sunday, January 10, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Begin in Church Parking Lot
Join us on a “Magi-cal” Mystery Tour as we participate in a photo Scavenger Hunt around downtown Austin in search of the Magi! We’ll each have some riddles to solve to try and find our Magi in different locations around town. Think you are up for the quest!? We’ll grab our clues in the church parking lot between 4:30-5:00 p.m. and then see how many riddles and locations you can find in an hour! Bring the whole family! Bring your whole self! Register Online.
Book Study: Just Faith
Two Options
Just Faith: Reclaiming Progressive Christianity by author Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons is a call to action for progressive Christians to reclaim our place in our national discussion of faith and politics. Please register and a Zoom invitation will be sent. Questions? Contact Pastor Cathy at [email protected].
Tuesdays, January 12-26, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Register Here.
Thursdays, January 14-28, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Register Here.
Deep Dive Into Scripture
Sunday, January 17, 1:00 p.m.
Zoom Online
Join us as we start the New Year with a new, churchwide Bible study! Starting in January, 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.
Breathe: 2021 UMW Virtual Legislative Event
Saturday-Tuesday, January 23-26, 2021
United Methodist Women’s Legislative Event will be online January 23-26. This annual event will still include keynote speakers, presentations from leading policy advocates, worship and opportunities for fellowship with United Methodist Women across Texasbut this year, you can enjoy it from the comfort of your home or office! All sessions will be recorded and available to registered participants for replay. Register at
Manna Bags Needed
We are collecting assembled manna bags for our hungry neighbors experiencing homelessness to be distributed by the Homeless Outreach Street Team and the Downtown Austin Community Court. Manna Bag items can include: tuna or chicken lunch kit, peanut butter or cheese cracker sandwiches, Nutri Grain fruit bar, raisins, juice box, socks, and an encouraging message such as "God loves you." Email Pastor Cathy at [email protected] to coordinate drop-off. 
2021 Pledge Commitment
First Church thanks you for your commitment to live generous lives. Your pledges and contributions are a critical part of how we make a difference in our church, our community, and our world in 2021.
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Within our Congregation
Sandy Bowles, Kathy Morales, Mari Perez, Sallie Novinger, Dick Raycraft, Pam Tackett, and Dan Wood.

Condolences to Duane Cripe and the Cripe family on the death of his mother, Lois Cripe.

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; Molly Drazic’s cousin, Dorothy Heacock Butler; Pastor Taylor's friend, Beth Walmus; George Gaston’s friend, Dr. Robert Wootton; Marcia Houston’s mother, Johnnie; Don Mayfield’s stepdaughter, Robin Michelle Clark; Cindy Reidland’s friends, Carly and Colton Wimberly; Pat Rives friends, Sandi and Don Parks; Alan Stephens’ father-in-law, Bob McBride, and uncle, George Frear; David Strong’s friend, Luciana P. Fellini; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
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First United Methodist Church
1201 Lavaca St. Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-5684