This Sunday
Sunday, February 23
Transfiguration Sunday
Preacher: Rev. Teresa Welborn
Scripture: Matthew 17:1-9
Bolder than the State of Texas: Stories and Conversations on Living Faith
Welcome Center in Sanctuary Foyer
The inaugural issue (Winter 2020) of Bolder than the State of Texas: Stories and Conversations on Living Faith is now available! With this project, our multigenerational and growing church begins sharing the stories of our life of faith. Be a part of the story this church is telling the world. Print editions will be available in the Sanctuary Foyer or you can read online at .
Lenten Devotionals
Sunday, February 23
Pick up your Lenten devotional materials this Sunday in the Sanctuary foyer. Take-home ashes and prayer sheets will be available to those who cannot attend an Ash Wednesday service next week.
Book Sale
Sunday, February 23, Sanctuary Foyer
Our Discipleship Team is selling copies of Robin DiAngelo’s book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism this Sunday. This book will serve as the foundation for our Lenten focus on the Spiritual Work of Resisting Racism, and we are encouraging all members to read it. Books are $15.
General Conference Briefing
Sunday, February 23, 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary Main Floor
Pastor Taylor will lead a briefing about the state of the United Methodist Church and the proposals likely to be voted on at General Conference in May.
Baptism Class
Sunday, February 23, 12:15 p.m. EDU Room 108
Are you ready to have your child Baptized? Pastor Taylor Fuerst and Lara Greene host this class to learn about 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 during worship or online at .
FEAST for Young Adults
Sunday, February 23, 7:00-8:30 p.m. , FLC Garrison Chapel
FEAST is a dinner for young adults (roughly ages 20–45) to build community and dig into the more difficult side of faith together. Led by Dr. Brad King, FEAST is a modern take on the most ancient form of Christian communal worship: the love feast. In addition to delicious food, these meetings are focused on creating meaningful and personal interactions among individuals seeking more connection and engagement in a faith-interested atmosphere. Register at .
At a Glance
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Youth News
Tacky Prom , 3/08

Service Spotlight

 Children's News
Baptism Class , 2/23
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Cheers at Community First! Village
Wednesday, February 26, 10:30 a.m.
9301 Hog Eye Rd #950, Austin, TX 78724
Get an up-close, personal look into the life-giving development at Community First! Village in East Austin. We will see the amazing opportunities offered to the residents and explore volunteer opportunities. Please note the tour is an outdoor walking tour. We recommend that you come prepared for the weather that day and in comfortable walking shoes. In the event of light rain, the tour will still commence. This is a meet-up, drive-yourself event at Community First! Village. Register at .
Ash Wednesday
Ashes to Go
Wednesday, February 26, 8:00-10:00 a.m., Church Parking Lot
For those whose schedule prevents them from attending the Sanctuary services, and as a public witness to passers-by, Pastors will be outside of the church marking people with ashes.

Worship Services
Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 a.m.,12:10 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
We begin our Lenten journey by confronting our own sin and mortality. Ashes marked as a cross remind us that we will die, and yet we will always belong to God.

Simple Soup Supper
Wednesday, February 26, 6:30 p.m., SAN Wesley Hall
Join us for a Simple Soup Supper prior to worship on Ash Wednesday. We will gather at 6:30 p.m. in Wesley Hall for dinner and fellowship. Register online if you plan to attend. If you are able to bring a crockpot full of soup, sign up here .
Worship Series: The Spiritual Work of Resisting Racism
Sundays, March 1-April 5
Lent is a time when we are called to tend to our spiritual lives more than any other season. We set aside worldly distractions and take on additional spiritual practices to discover what keeps us from experiencing the fullness of relationship with God and with others. For decades, the United Methodist Church has boldly declared that racism is a sin at both personal and institutional levels–a sin that “plagues and hinders our relationship with Christ.” This Lent, we are focusing on the Spiritual Work of Resisting Racism. Recognizing that we cannot be complacent with neutrality, we will engage in the steps it takes to actively work against racism in our lives and our world, moving in hope toward the Easter promise and the world that God intends. Take a courageous step in your faith and join us for this challenging series.
Daily Lenten Interruptions
Begins on February 26
Conversations about racism are difficult. Yet, we come together this season, willing to take steps toward resisting its hold on our systems and our lives because we know that God will lead the way. If you are ready to engage with us on a daily basis, interrupting your routine for just 5-10 minutes throughout Lent to consider what it means to resist racism, please subscribe below. Daily emails will be a mix of videos, articles, prayers, and personal reflections that will encourage you to consider how God is inviting you to respond to racism.
Participate in Sunday School Series
Resisting Racism Sunday School Class
Sundays, March 1–April 5, 10:00–10:45 a.m.
Sanctuary (3/01, 3/29, 4/05), Wesley Hall (3/08, 3/15, 3/22)
All are welcome to join Pastor Cathy Stone and Director of Youth Ministries Devon Bailey for a series of classes covering themes from White Fragility with no reading or preparation required. Join us as, together, we engage in steps to actively work against racism in our lives and our world.

Join a Book Study
All are invited to join a Lenten small group for our churchwide study of Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism . DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively. Lenten study groups will meet for four weeks, excluding spring break.

South Austin
Wednesdays, March 4-April 1, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Beto’s Restaurant, 1940 W William Cannon Drive
Co-Facilitated by Caroline Jones and Kathy Morales

North Austin
Thursdays, March 5-April 2, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Home of Daviss King, Co-Facilitated by Daviss King and Teresa Edwards

Central Austin
Tuesdays, March 3-31, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
FUMC Family Life Center, Room 104
Facilitated by Pastor Cathy Stone

Thursdays, March 5-April 2, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
FUMC SAN Library
Facilitated by Pastor Cathy Stone

Register for classes at .
Easter Bunny Needs Help
Sunday, March 1-April 5
In preparation for our annual Easter Egg Festival on April 11, we will begin collecting candy, empty Easter eggs, and toy trinkets on Sunday, March 1. We are in more need of candy and trinkets than empty Easter eggs. Please make sure all candy is nut-free and small enough to fit inside an Easter egg. (Starbursts, skittles, and laffy taffy are good examples.) Place donations in the “Bunny Barrels” located in the Church Office, Sanctuary Foyer, Preschool Hallway, or Wesley Hall. Thank you for your donations! To help stuff eggs, contact Chloe Conner at [email protected] .
Sneaker Sunday
Sunday, March 1
The Children's Ministry Team invites everyone to wear their walking shoes/gear to church on March 1. This Sneaker Sunday is in support of those walking in the CROP Hunger Walk hosted later that Sunday at Camp Mabry (2210 W. 35th St.). Please see Austin CROP Hunger Walk information below.
Austin CROP Hunger Walk
Sunday, March 1
2:00 p.m. Registration, 2:30 p.m. Step-off
Camp Mabry, 2200 West 35th Street
This family-friendly interfaith community event raises funds for hungry people around the world and here in Austin. This year’s walk is focusing on providing animals for people in the Dominican Republic. Austin CROP Hunger Walk is featuring a petting zoo for all ages to enjoy. Be a partner in this fun event by joining our First Church Walk Team. Sign up at .
Conversations on Racial Justice
Sunday, March 1, 4:30-6:00 p.m., FLC Room 104
Join us as we work to be anti-racists, seeking to undo racism in ourselves and to recognize and understand our participation in systemic racism. This group meets monthly and is currently watching and discussing the video web series  The Next Question: Imagining How Expansive Racial Justice Can Be , hosted and produced by Austin Channing Brown and co-hosted by Jenny Booth Potter and Chi Chi Okwu. Register at .
Tacky Prom
Sunday, March 8, 4:30-7:00 p.m., FLC Great Hall
All Middle and High School youth are invited to an evening of exceptional ridiculousness. Come dressed in the most antithetical outfit you can imagine as we dance the night away with fun and games and a prize for the worst dressed! This event is an open invite to youth in our community. We will be joined by other faith communities and look forward to the boogie. 
FEAST Happy Hour
Sunday, March 8, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto
In addition to our monthly FEAST dinner gatherings for young adults (ages 20-45), we are adding a monthly happy hour that we are calling TOAST! Come join us. Register at .
Feed My People Breakfast Experience 2020
Saturday, March 28, 8:00-10:00 a.m., FLC Great Hall
Foundation for the Homeless (FFH) is pleased to host a Feed My People (FMP) Breakfast Fundraiser for the benefit of First United Methodist Church of Austin and its kitchen remodeling project. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, FMP serves breakfast to over 300 of our homeless neighbors, the primary users of the kitchen. Feed My People, a Foundation for the Homeless volunteer-run program, has fed Austin’s homeless in FUMC’s Family Life Center since May 2000—that’s 20 years of kitchen use! Come experience our FMP breakfast and learn about the impact of this ministry in our community. Enjoy a typical FMP breakfast including scrambled eggs, biscuits, sausage patties, gravy, coffee, milk, and orange juice. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. for coffee and fellowship. Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. followed by a program of speakers including State Representative Gina Hinojosa. Register at .
February Mission Emphasis
Feed My People Breakfast Ministry
FUMC hosts this program of the non-profit organization Foundation for the Homeless, Inc. (FFH) each Tuesday and Thursday, every week of the year. Guests receive a hot breakfast, fellowship, toiletries, and showers. As you can imagine, a lot of plates, cups, napkins, cutlery, cleaning supplies, electricity, and water are used. In addition to hosting all the breakfasts, FUMC buys the food and drink for the breakfast on the fourth Tuesday of each month. You are invited to help by donating funds for its operation or by volunteering on fourth Tuesdays. Donations may be left at the altar rail or sent to or brought by the church office. Give Here .
Prayer Concerns
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Within our Congregation
Stephanie Benold; Sandy Bowles; Herb and Shirley Canada; Michele Fenton; Jeremy and Victoria Grogan; Doug Hagemeier; Marcia Houston; Nancy Littlejohn; Sue Norris; Mari Perez; Debbie Rippetoe; and Dan Wood.

Condolences to Catherine Waggoner on the death of her father.

Beyond our Congregation
Curt Ashmos’ friend, Elissa Marek; Grady Basler’s sister, Tonya Basler Stout; Tracey Beadle; Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren Stafford; Bob Block’s friend, Tim Sullivan; Jim and Jane Bowen’s friend, George Barnette; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Holly DeLeon’s daughter, Danielle Menoskey; Truman Fenton’s father; George Gaston’s friend, Dr. Robert Wootton; Mary Heckmann’s sister-in-law, Susi Tyler; Marcia Houston’s mother, Johnnie; Liz Kilday’s friend, Emilia Williams; Melanie Miller’s and Jen Stuart’s father, Doak Thomas; Annemarie Potts’ student, E; Andrew Pyle’s aunt, Mary; Cindy Reidland’s friends, Carly and Colton Wimberly; Kent Schuster’s brother, Stan Schuster; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
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