THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, February 28
The Second Sunday in Lent
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Mark 8:31-38
Sermon: "We Are Called to Listen"
Again & Again: A Lenten Refrain
This Lent, we spend 46 days in a refrain, back and forth with God: again we struggle, and again God meets us; again we suffer, and again God heals. Join us as we spend this season acknowledging our difficulties and receiving God’s promises along the way. Learn more at fumcaustin.org/lent.
Sunday Worship
Our video worship service is at 11:00 a.m., accessible through our Zoom worship time, FUMC Austin Mobile App, YouTube Channel, and Facebook page. Zoom link is in the Sunday morning email.
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. 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.
Virtual FEAST!
Sunday, February 28, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Zoom Online
All young and emerging adults (age 22-45) are invited to join us this Sunday for a Virtual FEAST examining one of the most important forms of early Christianity that you might not have heard about. We'll talk about the problem with the category, whether "gnostic" Christianity ever really existed, and a whole bunch of weird demons and creation myths. I promise this will be a very fun and very wacky virtual FEAST. Remember that FEAST is a community that meets to talk over a meal, and we have tried to continue that even during quarantine by providing gift cards to cover your meal at home. Make sure to register by Friday, February 26 to receive a gift card for your meal! Our food theme for this month is TexMex, so come enjoy some great food and conversation with FEAST! Register Online.
NEWS & EVENTS
Stay up-to-date on events at fumcaustin.org/events.
FLC Kitchen Preview
Saturday, February 27
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Family Life Center
Having been a workhorse for 20 years of ministry, our FLC kitchen was in need of renovation. Beginning with our 2019 Christmas offering, we made a commitment to invest in this space to ensure it is available for ministry for years to come. Now that the work is complete, we invite you for a sneak peek prior to blessing it for use. Stop by between 10:00 am-12:00 p.m. Saturday for a brief walk-through. Masks and physical distancing required.

Kitchen Blessing
Sunday, February 28
At the end of Zoom worship
Even if you don’t usually log in for Zoom worship, we hope you will this week! We will bless and commission our renovated kitchen for ministry at the end of Zoom worship.
Daily Prayer & Reflection
Are you receiving our daily prayer & reflection emails during Lent? If not, please opt in to begin receiving these daily emails which include a focus word, short scripture, reflection prompts, and a prayer. Sign up here. We invite you to share your reflections throughout Lent on our Facebook Group.
Creating Spirit, Practicing Presence: Hands of the Potter
February 27, 1:30-3:00, Zoom
Join us for an engaging conversation with ceramics artist, Robin Gary, who teaches at Austin’s Dougherty Arts Center and Fireseed Clay Studios, on pottery as a spiritual practice. No experience necessary! Register Online.
Communications Pulse Survey
This past year during a pandemic has required many adaptations to how we interact with our church community. The church has had to adapt. You have had to adapt. We’ve gone virtual for worship, Sunday School, and book studies. We want to hear from you on how you are receiving communications from the church and opportunities for improvement to help you feel more connected to our church community. The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete the questions. All answers are anonymous. Take Survey.
Holy Communion
Sunday, March 7, 12:30-1:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 7, 1:15-1:45 p.m.
Sign up to attend a brief Communion Service in the FUMC parking lot, where we have devised the safest possible way to share in this Sacrament together. One car per registration and 22 slots per time slot. Bread and juice will be individually bagged for each car and distributed when you arrive, and participants will be invited to park in every other spot, joining the service from your tailgate or camping chair behind your car.
Austin CROP Hunger Walk
March 7, Virtual Event
Join the First UMC of Austin CROP Hunger Walk Team! This year’s CROP Hunger Walk is virtual- raising funds and walking anywhere, anytime! The official Walk date is Sunday afternoon, March 7. You can watch the kickoff online, hear from the local hunger agencies to benefit and learn about projects where your funds will make a world of difference. Click here to join the FUMC Austin team, donate to the team, or learn more about the CROP Walk.
Curtis Higgs Men's Study Group
Monday, March 8 6:30-8:00 p.m., Zoom
Men of all ages, who enjoy book studies and discussion based on Scripture and Christian faith, meet almost every Monday night for study, prayer, and fellowship. On March 8, the men's study group will begin discussing Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith by Richard J. Foster. In this landmark work, Foster examines the "streams of living water"—the six dimensions of faith and practice that define Christian tradition. He lifts up the enduring character of each tradition and shows how a variety of practices, from individual study and retreat to disciplines of service and community, are all essential elements of growth and maturity. For more information, contact Randy Teich at randy.teich53@gmail.com. Register Online.
Moms Demand Action Advocacy Week
Monday, March 8, 7:00 p.m.
This event was rescheduled due to weather conditions. RSVP for Moms Demand Action Texas Advocacy Week to end gun violence! Our virtual rally kick-off and group photo is on Monday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. Wear your red Moms Demand Action shirt (or anything red)! Can't join the Rally? RSVP now to participate anytime Monday-Friday March 8-12 through our online platform, where even more content and activities will be happening all week long. Register at http://bit.ly/TXMomsAdvocacy2021.
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 cathy@fumcaustin.org to coordinate drop-off. 
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. During a normal year, guests receive a hot breakfast, fellowship, toiletries, and showers. Covid-19 and our kitchen remodel have drastically modified this program although we have continued to serve our neighbors during what is a very difficult time for them. We look forward to serving a hot meal in the newly remodelled kitchen as soon as it is safe to do so. 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. Gifts can be made online or a check marked “Feed My People” may be mailed to the church during February.
PRAYER CONCERNS
Submit a prayer request online.
Within our Congregation
Sandy Bowles, Kathy Morales, Mari Perez, Sallie Novinger, Dick Raycraft, Pam Tackett, and Dan Wood.
 
Condolences to Patricia Kenrick on the death of her aunt.

Beyond our Congregation
Meridith Albrights’s friends, Nancy, Janae and Joey Johnson, 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; Marcia Houston’s mother, Johnnie; Lori Huang’s mother, Sharon Reed; Cindy Reidland’s friends, Carly and Colton Wimberly; Donna Shands’ friend, Jim Claborn, and her mother, Eva Reneau; Lee Sloan’s friends, Regina and Jerry Southard; Alan Stephens’ father-in-law, Bob McBride, and his mother-in-law, Betty McBride; Shannon Sullivan’s parents, Max and Ruby Pope.
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1201 Lavaca St. Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-5684