Sunday, March 14
The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: John 3:14-21
Sermon: "God Loves First"
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
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 at 10:00 a.m. (next meeting is 3/21). 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.
Baptism Class
Sunday, March 14, 1:00 p.m. on Zoom
Are you interested in having your child Baptized? FUMC requires all parents to attend our Baptism class before scheduling your child's baptism. Now is a great time to participate in the class, regardless of whether you would like to schedule a Covid-safe Baptism soon or wait until we return to in-person worship services. Questions about Baptism? Email Pastor Taylor at [email protected]. Register Online.
TOAST Check-In
Sunday, March 14, 5:00-6:30 p.m. on Zoom
Join us to check in, share, and connect on Zoom with Dr. Brad King and young adults ages 20-45! We'll treat this time as a virtual happy hour. Bring a drink. Bring a story. Bring a friend. Reach out to Dr. Brad King to get added to the FEAST mailing list and get access to the Zoom login details at [email protected].
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Book Study: Across That Bridge
Tuesdays, March 16, 23, 30
6:30-8:00 p.m., Zoom Online
In Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America, Congressman John Lewis draws from his experience as a prominent leader of the Civil Rights Movement to offer timeless wisdom, poignant recollections, and powerful principles for anyone interested in challenging injustices and inspiring real change toward a freer, more peaceful society. Zoom invitation will be sent with registration. Contact Pastor Cathy at [email protected] for additional information. Register Online.
Cheers Service Event
Thursday, March 18, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
FUMC parking lot
On Thursday, March 18, join the Cheers Group to assemble “Super” Manna Bags for our least, last, and lost friends living on the streets. In addition to the usual manna bags, which provide a day’s worth of nutrition, we will pack the “super” bags with a mylar space blanket, hygiene kit, first aid kit, poncho, and a prayer card. The event will be outdoors, and we will observe the safety protocols: masks and social distancing. We also will have time for a short devotional. Register Online.
Creating Spirit, Practicing Presence: "Meeting God at the Page"
March 20, 1:30-3:00, Zoom
Join us for the next Creating Spirit, Practicing Presence workshop, “Meeting God at the Page.” Dr. Amy L. Wink, writer, poet, educator, and scholar of women’s diaries, autobiography, and life-writing, will lead this interactive workshop on writing as a spiritual practice. We will explore journaling, creative nonfiction, prayer-writing, and other fruitful ways to meet God at the page. No grades, but have paper and pen ready for practicing! Register Online.
Help Us Wave Hosanna!
Submit by March 25
For our Palm Sunday worship service, we will include a video of our congregation waving palms to welcome Jesus' triumphant entrance into Jerusalem. We know you may not have any (live) palms in your yard, so grab something green as your symbolic palm and record yourself and your family waving your palms like you would during our processional singing of "All Glory, Laud, and Honor" in the Sanctuary. The video will accompany the Children's Choir anthem for the morning, so your audio will not be heard. Please record in a horizontal orientation and send your 10-second video to [email protected] by March 25.
We're Hiring a Director of Finance
The church staff position of Director of Finance is currently open. If you or someone you know is interested, please visit or contact Dave Ballbach, Director of Operations at [email protected].
COVID Vaccine Assistance
Need help scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment? If you or a family member are over the age of 65 or otherwise eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can complete this form to request assistance from church volunteers. No protected health information is required, and any information you provide (name, DOB, contact info) will not be shared except as needed to schedule an appointment. Questions? Contact Terri Purdy at [email protected].
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 Week & Easter
Palm Passion Sunday
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Video / Zoom Worship at 11:00 a.m.
We'll gather for our Sunday virtual worship service on Zoom as usual, but as we kick off this Holy Week, remember to bring your palm branches (or whatever branches you can find!) to celebrate and remember Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Hosanna!
Maundy Thursday
Thursday, April 1, Video Worship
On this Holy Night we gather with Jesus and his friends in the Upper Room to share a meal and experience the washing of feet. We’ll provide a brief worship video with Scripture, song, and sermon, as well as a printed guide for footwashing and remembering Jesus’ last supper. Video and worship guide available on Thursday morning.
Good Friday Family Chapel Time
Friday, April 2, 10:00 a.m., Zoom
Families are invited to join Lara Greene in a live online Good Friday reflection. Story, prayer, and music will be used to lead children in exploring this special day and the mystery of Easter. This brief service of approximately 30 minutes will be presented live on Zoom at 10:00 a.m. A video of the chapel time will also be available afterward on our Family Facebook Group Page.
Good Friday Stations of the Cross
Friday, April 2, 2:00-8:00 p.m.
Outdoor Sidewalks & Chapel
The Stations of the Cross experience is designed for participants to walk the path of Jesus in the last hours before his crucifixion and burial. Ten interactive stations invite participants to reflect and pray in preparation for Easter. An audio podcast will be available through our Mobile App to guide you through the ten stations. No registration is required.
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil
Saturday, April 3, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Church Parking Lot
Join us for a new, in-person experience of celebrating the Resurrection and new life! In this extended service, we draw on the Jewish tradition of beginning our celebration the night before the Feast Day of Easter, much like we do on Christmas Eve. Utilizing the symbols of Fire, Word, Water, and Meal, this service will trace God's story from Genesis onward and culminate in a celebration of Christ's victory over the grave, complete with Holy Communion and the Baptism of Cherice Mumford and her newborn son, Diego. The service will last 90 minutes and will be held in the FUMC Parking Lot with Covid safety protocols in place. Bring your camping chairs! No registration required.
Easter Sunday Worship
Sunday, April 4, 11:00 a.m.
Celebrate God's victory over the powers of sin, oppression, and death! Join us for Virtual Worship, complete with virtual choir and trumpets, at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom, or view the service on the FUMC App, YouTube, or Facebook. 
Easter Communion
Sunday, April 4
4:00-4:30 p.m., Register Here
4:45-5:15 pm p.m., Register Here
On this Easter Sunday, join us for Holy Communion. Sign up to attend a brief Communion Service in the FUMC parking lot. One car per registration and 22 slots per time slot. Bread and juice will be individually bagged for each car.
Easter Flowering of the Cross
Sunday, April 4, All Day
Church Parking Lot
Bring a flower and place on our flowering cross on Easter Sunday! Christ’s resurrection brings new life to the whole world—it is the beginning of the restoration of all things! Help us create this beautiful symbol for all to see as they drive down Lavaca. 
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
When we want to buy fair-trade products. When farmers need help with appropriate agricultural technology. When a natural disaster strikes somewhere around the globe. When a community needs clean water and effective sanitation. When these and many other disasters occur, UMCOR is there because our contributions support the life-saving work in sustainable development, global health, relief supplies, and disaster response. Your gifts, marked “UMCOR,” may be made online or mailed to the church office throughout the month of March.
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Within Our Congregation
Sandy Bowles, Holly De Leon, Margaret McNeil, Kathy Morales, Ruby Parker, Mari Perez, Sallie Novinger, Dick Raycraft, Pam Tackett, and Dan Wood.

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; Sandra Green’s brother, George Aukerman; Marcia Houston’s mother, Johnnie; Lori Huang’s mother, Sharon Reed; Julie Nelson’s friends, Janet, Bree and Braylon; Cindy Reidland’s friends, Carly and Colton Wimberly; Donna Shands’ mother, Eva Reneau; Alan Stephens’ father-in-law, Bob McBride, and his mother-in-law, Betty McBride.
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1201 Lavaca St. Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-5684