Sunday, January 31
4th Sunday after Epiphany
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Series: How to Recognize God
Scripture: Mark 1:21-28

How to Recognize God Worship Series
What does God do? How does God work? Is it when I get the favorable parking space (which, of course, is not the closest, but the most shaded)? Is it when I ace the test or get the promotion? Or is it something more, something better? We look to the Gospels for clues about where we can find God’s movement in our lives and the world.
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 (next meeting is 2/07). 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.
Mercy & Justice 5th Sunday
Sunday, January 31
9:45-10:45 a.m., Zoom
Come hear Andrew R. Hairston, Director of the Education Justice Project at Texas Appleseed. Texas Appleseed works on a number of fronts to advocate for policy changes at the state level, as well as the local and school district level, to close pathways to drop out and eliminate contact with the criminal legal system. Register Online.
Leadership Kickoff
Sunday, January 31
1:00-3:00 p.m., Zoom Online
During the 2021 FUMC Leadership Kickoff Event meeting, we’ll learn some key information about serving in leadership at FUMC and divide into ministry teams to plan and set goals for the coming year. This meeting is required for the Administrative Board and all Committee Members. Register Online.
The Color of Compromise Video Study
Sundays, January 31–February 28 4:30-6:00 p.m., Zoom Online
The Color of Compromise Video Study reveals the chilling connection between the church and racism throughout American history. Author Jemar Tisby takes us back to the root of this injustice in the American church, highlighting the cultural and institutional tables we have to flip in order to bring about progress between black and white people. Register Online.
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Community Service Opportunity
Thursday, January 28
ECHO and the Austin/Travis County community will not be conducting an in-person unsheltered Point in Time (PIT) Count in 2021 due to the pandemic. Instead, they’re asking community members to volunteer time and energy in a safe way that works for you. It’s simple: They have a list of great organizations with various needs to pick from. You pick an option and then deliver them to the organization you’re supporting on January 28. Be sure to take photos and videos to share!
Creating Spirit, Practicing Presence: Simple Gifts
Saturday, January 30
1:30-3:00 p.m., Zoom Online
Join us for the next Creating Spirit, Practicing Presence workshop with Dr. Amy Wink. 2020 helped us discover what is essential in our faith practices and we continue to learn what the Shakers understood about simplicity. In this workshop, we will explore simplicity as a spiritual practice and consider ways we can declutter our lives, literally and figuratively. Register Online.
Book Study: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Tuesdays, February 2-23
6:30-8:00 p.m., Zoom online
Join retired Pastor John McMullen for study and discussion of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents in which Wilkerson suggests that much of our frustration with each other has its base in a caste system that has been present and continually reshaped throughout history. The class will be presented in four sessions, and it will be important for the participants to read along. Register Online.
Deep Dive into the
Gospel of Mark
Wednesdays, February 3-February 10
5:30-6:45 p.m., Zoom Online
Deep Dive is a new program in which Dr. Brad King leads us through some of the deeper academic and faith questions posed by our Scriptures. Our first series will be a three-week study of the Gospel of Mark, which is both our earliest and most enigmatic gospel. Each week, we will also read and discuss one article (in addition to the Biblical text) that offers a new way to think about scripture.
High School Weekend 2021
February 12-13
All High School youth are invited to participate in a weekend of outdoor fun! Cost is $60 and covers activities and one meal. Due to Covid-19, this event may be rescheduled to a safer weekend. For more information, contact Devon Bailey, Director of Youth Ministries, at [email protected]. Register Online.
Deep Dive Into Scripture
February 21, 1:00 p.m.
Join our monthly churchwide Bible study on Zoom with Dr. Brad King for a discussion of passages read in church this month. This is a time for you to bring questions about how, why, and to what extent scripture is meaningful for our lives today. Register Here.
New Year, New App
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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.
Immigration Care Team
Our January mission emphasis is the Immigration Care Team (ICT), a new ministry offering active support and provision to asylum seekers and other immigrants. Formed in April 2020, ITC is currently providing ongoing financial resources for a young woman from a Central African country seeking asylum. Contributions to the Immigration Care Team will help cover living expenses and any legal costs that arise for her while she goes through the asylum process. Prayers for the work of this team and the asylum seeker are appreciated! Gifts can be made online or a check marked “Immigration Care Team” may be mailed to the church during January. Read More.
Submit a prayer request online.
Within our Congregation
Sandy Bowles, Jane Bowen, Kathy Morales, Mari Perez, Sallie Novinger, Dick Raycraft, Steve and Pam Tackett, and Dan Wood.

Condolences to Dick Young on the death of his nephew, Jeff Young.
Condolences to family, friends, and patients of pediatrician Dr. Lindley Dodson and Dr. Bharat Narumanchi.

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; Judy Funke’s sister-in-law, Carol Storm; George Gaston’s friend, Dr. Robert Wootton; Mary Heckmann’s sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Rob MacFarland; Marcia Houston’s mother, Johnnie; Judy Kostura’s family member, John Art; Charlyn Loera’s friends’ grandfathers, Claude Ayotte and Alejandro Trevino, and her friend, Sabrina Martinez; Cindy Reidland’s friends, Carly and Colton Wimberly; Dianne and Michale Render’s daughter, Shellye Arnold; Alan Stephens’ father-in-law, Bob McBride, and his mother-in-law, Betty McBride; all affected by the tragic incident in Austin on Tuesday.
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