Sunday, June 28
4th Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Luke 16:19-31
Sermon: “The Rich Man and Lazarus”

You know the feeling…that feeling that happens as you listen to or read a story, and the realization washes over you: this is really about me! This is just the feeling that Jesus was going for when he shared parable after parable with his disciples. Parables are short stories that shine a light on our lives and help us to see the world a bit differently. They spur us toward change. They reveal who God is. They give us a vision for the world God dreams of. This summer, we invite you not just to read the parables, but to be read by them.
Children's Summer Online Sunday School
8:45 a.m. - This is a special time for our preschoolers where we will have fun learning about God's love through songs and a short story.
9:00 a.m. - Kindergarten through 5th graders will have a faith lesson, music, and a time to check in with their church friends.
Meeting ID: 402 211 293, Password: children, Dial-in by Phone: 1-312-626-6799
Video Worship Service
Sundays at 11:00 a.m. (opens at 10:50 a.m.)
We go live with a video worship service in the Sanctuary at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays accessible through our Zoom worship time, our YouTube Channel and on Facebook page . This traditional worship service lasts about 50 minutes.
Interactive Worship on Zoom
Our Interactive Worship on Zoom includes opportunities to connect with one another, share prayer concerns, and view our worship service.
Meeting ID: 496 666 774, Password: welcome, Dial-in by Phone : 1-312-626-6799
Administrative Board Meeting
Sunday, June 28, 1:00 p.m., Zoom Online
All are welcome to attend and participate in discussion. Board members have voting rights. Please register to attend using the link below if you are interested, but not a member of the board. The Zoom link will be emailed prior to the meeting. Register Here .
FEAST/TOAST for Young Adults
Sundays at 5:00 p.m.
All young adults ages 20-45 are invited to join us weekly to check in, share, and connect on Zoom! We'll treat this time as a virtual happy hour.
Meeting ID: 516 485 253, Password: feast, Dial-in by Phone : 1-312-626-6799
A Strong Connection
By Jimmie Sue Francis

My story begins with an introduction to Conneen Sanders, a homebound senior.

I was delighted to meet her as she was one of the sweetest eighty-year old ladies I had ever encountered besides my own precious mother. She truly was a joy to visit. I always looked forward to knocking on her door and being greeted by her happy smile and little barking dog. She lived in a beautiful garden home and was self-sufficient in the beginning of our friendship. We would sit on her couch and share stories of growing up in Austin. Her childhood home, as well as mine, was in iconic South Austin, zip 78704. As we shared stories of knowing some of the same good South Austin folks, we began narrowing down our neighborhoods. She grew up at the corner of Treadwell and Jessie Street. My childhood home was two blocks away on Jessie Street as well. At that point, we realized we knew each other's folks. However, we did not recall knowing each other as Conneen was older and had left home to be on her own. What a small world as we acknowledged a strong connection other than being member of FUMC.

As time went on, Conneen and I grew closer and she shared family issues with me. She took a downturn in health and had to sell her home moving near her son in Hutto. Throughout all health issues and family troubles, she survived as a stronger person of whom I am extremely proud. Our love and respect for each other have blossomed throughout the years, and I am so very fortunate to have her as my dear friend. She remains a sweetheart lady with a Christian heart of gold. She is a blessing in my life and I dearly love her.
Creating Spirit, Practicing Presence: Making a Joyful Noise
Saturday, June 27, 1:30-3:00 (Zoom)
Join us for the 2nd workshop of our series, Creating Spirit, Practicing Presence, when we will explore music as spiritual practice. Music plays a significant role in worship at FUMC-Austin, with our choir, handbells, our pipe organ, and our congregational singing. Methodism is often recognized as “a faith that sings.” Why is music so important to us? Some might think these things are nonessential, however, we know better! Though we might not sing together at the moment, we can develop a creative spiritual practice with music to sustain us until we can be together again. Facilitated by Amy Wink, this workshop is for anyone who is curious about creative spiritual practices and enjoys music. You do not have to be able to sing or play an instrument! Zoom link provided after registration. Register Here .
Virtual Talent Show
Saturday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m.
The FUMC Virtual Talent Show airs this Saturday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m. Hosted by our own Trevor Harper, our video of FUMC talent will be available for viewing on YouTube at 6:00 p.m. Check your email or our private Facebook group page Saturday morning for the private link to the video. Due to the safety and privacy of our children and youth, we ask that you restrict sharing the link with only close family and friends and do not post this information to your social media sites or the web. Join us Saturday at 6:00 p.m. for a shared time of entertainment. 
FUMC Launches New Website
FUMC is excited to launch a new wide-format website that provides additional functionality for users, improved organization, style, and content. Everyone will now have better access to information about events, classes, and worship. Ministry chairs and staff in partnership with an external designer worked together over the last six months to develop this vibrant online presence for FUMC-Austin. All are invited to go view the new website at . If you have any questions or comments, please direct those to Mary Heckmann, Director of Communications, at [email protected] .
Learning the Parables
Wednesdays Through July 29, 6:30-7:45 p.m. 
Zoom Online
Dr. Brad King and Lara Greene
Like many Jewish rabbis, Jesus was fond of using parables as a means of getting his audiences to arrive at deeper spiritual truths. Many of Christ's parables were intentionally difficult to understand. In other cases, Jesus was very clear about what he meant, but we have trouble understanding him across so many years of history! Join Dr. Brad King and Lara Greene to explore more deeply with your head and your heart some parables you think you know, and some you have never heard before. This combination class will alternate between the two styles of our teachers and their expertise. Zoom link provided after registration. Register Here.
Weekly Prayer & Connection
Wednesdays, 7:30-8:00 p.m.
A simple, low-key time to gather with FUMC family to check in and pray for one another and our world. No frills, no program, just people and the Holy Spirit! We'll gather each Wednesday night.
Zoom Login: 
Meeting ID: 805 144 062
Password: welcome
Dial-in by Phone: 1-312-626-6799 
Living the Parables
Meet Barnabas, the FUMC Staff Encourager. This “son of encouragement” (Acts 4:36) lives to encourage people through challenging times. When Pastor Taylor mentioned a worship series on the parables this summer, Barnabas offered to help. In June and July, he will provide weekly emails to encourage the congregation and share guides for engaging with the parables in new ways. Sign up to receive his emails every Monday through July 27. Learn More .
First Sunday Communion
Sunday, July 5, FUMC Parking Lot
Our Pastors will provide an opportunity to share Communion together. Sign up to attend one of two brief Communion Services in the FUMC parking lot, where we have devised the safest possible way to share in this Sacrament together. 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. Join us! One car per registration is required and 20 slots per time slot.
Sunday, July 5, 8:45 a.m., Register Here .
Sunday, July 5, 9:30 a.m., Register Here .
Conversations on Racial Justice
Sunday, July 5, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
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 on first Sundays, 4:30-6:00 p.m., to discuss and learn more about racial oppression, issues of whiteness and racism, and other topics through videos, podcasts, and short articles. Register Here .
Mercy and Justice Book Study: How to Be an Antiracist
Tuesday, July 7-28, 6:30–8:00 p.m. or
Thursday, July 9-30, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
The work of resisting racism continues. Join Pastor Cathy Stone as we read and discuss How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to Be an Antiracist , Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.
Tuesday, July 7-28, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Register Here .
Thursday, July 9-30, 1:00–2:30 p.m., Register Here .
Your Gifts Keep Us Going
Your gifts are a blessing to the ministry of FUMC. It is your donations that keep the church operating during this unique time. We may not be together in person for some time to receive offerings, but it is important we still pay our bills and staff to support and adapt ongoing ministries. You can give online to the ministry of FUMC through our website or by mailing a check to FUMC at 1201 Lavaca St. Austin, TX 78701. We appreciate your gifts.
Story Submissions
Help us build the next issue of Bolder than the State of Texas ! We are particularly seeking stories about Change and Resurrection. We are open to poetry, essays, photography, or art! Be part of the story this church is telling the world. Submissions accepted continually. Submit your stories online at . For more information, contact Amy Wink and Caroline Jones at [email protected] .
Manna Bags Needed
We are seeking assembled Manna Bags to hand out to our hungry neighbors on the street. Officer Shelly, our officer from the Feed My People Breakfast, is helping distribute the Manna Bags where they are needed the most. Completed manna bags may be dropped off at the Family Life Center. Please email Pastor Cathy at [email protected] with any questions about items to include and for her phone number to coordinate drop-off. She will unlock the FLC front door remotely. Manna Bag items could 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."
Submit a Prayer Request
If you have a loved one to lift up, send us your prayer concerns and we will add that person(s) to our prayer list. Prayer requests can be submitted to our pastoral staff using our online form or emailed to [email protected] .
Catch Up on Sermons

An archive of sermons is available on our website , our iTunes Podcast or YouTube Channel.
Justice for Our Neighbors
This offering supports the peace and justice work of Austin Region Justice for Our Neighbors (ARJFON), a United Methodist-affiliated immigration ministry that welcomes refugees and immigrants into our communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy. ARJFON’s services are focused on family-based and humanitarian immigration law, especially handling asylum and special immigrant juveniles, for clients whose income is limited to, at, or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Checks marked "JFON" may be mailed to the church or donations made online .
Submit a prayer request online .
Within our Congregation
Sandy Bowles, Herb Canada, Glenna Marks, Keely Nugent, Mari Perez, Dick Raycraft, Pam Tackett and Dan Wood.
Happy 100th birthday to Ruth Foote.
Congratulations to Sandra Green at the birth of her great-grandchild, Reese Allison Burdick.
Condolences to the family and friends of Nell Broadbent on her death.

Beyond our Congregation
Curt Ashmos’ friend, Elissa Marek; Grady Basler’s sister, Tonya Basler Stout; Jill Barre’s father, Bill Graeber; Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren Stafford; Bob Block’s friend, Tim Sullivan; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; former FUMC member, John Carpenter; Ann Fields’ cousin, Bill Leonard; Judy Funke’s parents, Bob & Josie Luckenbaugh; George Gaston’s friend, Dr. Robert Wootton; Marcia Houston’s mother, Johnnie; Connie Payne’s friend, Urban Bellinghausen; Cindy Reidland’s friends, Carly and Colton Wimberly; Kay Sterling’s friend, Henry Helwig; David Strong’s brother-in-law, Dan Hoge; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
Condolences to Lee Sloan's friend, Amanda Brown, on the death of her mother, Beth.
Guidance for our Local, State, and Federal leaders and decision makers.
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