Sunday, March 21
The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Preacher: Dr. Brad King
Scripture: John 12:20-33
Sermon: "We are Reformed"
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.
Sunday, March 21, 10:15 a.m.
Our Children's Ministry hosts bi-weekly parent and infant/toddler (0-3 years) meetings with baby-friendly curriculum led by nursery staff and teachers, including everyone's favorite, Ms. Pam. 
TOAST Check-In
Sunday, March 21, 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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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.
FLC Kitchen Final Cleanup
Saturday, March 20, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 pm.
Family Life Center
We are near the finish line for completing the FLC kitchen remodel. While a professional contractor did their magic, many have helped on the sidelines preparing the space so that the contractor could do their work. We have appreciated our volunteers that helped us empty and move kitchen items all around the Great Hall to accommodate the work. Now, we need of a team of folks to complete the cleanup by helping us assemble shelves, move stored dishes and chairs, label for cabinets, and sort items. This is a family friendly event. Masks and social distancing required. Please email Dave Ballbach at [email protected] if you can attend! 
Creating Spirit, Practicing Presence: "Meeting God at the Page"
Postponed until this Summer
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! 
Welcome Our New Member
Linda Van Horne
(pictured bottom right)
Please introduce yourself and share with her how FUMC Austin has enriched your life.
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].

Wedding Coordinator
If you enjoy the activity surrounding weddings, this job might be for you! We need a Wedding Coordinator to lead families through the process of celebrating a wedding here at FUMC. Visit our church website to read more about weddings at FUMC. This is a paid position, per wedding. If you are interested, please contact Dave Ballbach at [email protected] for further details.
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].
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, 8:00 a.m.
Video & Worship Guide
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 by 8:00 a.m.
Good Friday Family Chapel Time
Friday, April 2, 10:00 a.m., Zoom
Families are invited to join Director of Children's Ministries 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! Register Here (one per person).
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 parking spots 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.
FUMC Endowment Fund
In memory of Olivia Weldon, given by Elizabeth Lerner and Tami Kellberg.

Gifts to FUMC
To our Downtowner Sunday School Class in memory of Olivia Weldon, given by June Nurnberger, Olivia’s niece.

To our Emergency Assistance Fund in honor of Tom and Robbie Ausley, along with Greg and Jade Ausley, who assisted in a very serious emergency, given by Kathleen Jones.

To our Immigration Care Team in honor of Sally Watkins’ birthday, given by Tom and Robbie Ausley.

To our Ministry Plan in memory of Clo Bains, given by Jimmie Sue Francis and Alice Parrish.

To our Ministry Plan in memory of Raymond Lewis, given by Vicki Baldwin.

To our Mobile Loaves & Fishes Ministry in honor of John Higgs and Alma Raymer, given by Mary Higgs.

To our Mobile Loaves & Fishes Ministry in honor of Pete Meeker, given by Mary Higgs.

To our Music Memorial Fund in memory of Olivia Weldon, given by Ruth, Ann, and Jan Howie.
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Within Our Congregation
Sandy Bowles, Holly De Leon, Bill Derryberry, Kathy Morales, Ruby Parker, Mari Perez, Sallie Novinger, Dick Raycraft, Curt Shaw, Pam Tackett, and Dan Wood.
Congratulations to Kathy Tullos and Mark Morris on the birth of their grandchild, Harriet Ruth Moffitt.

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; George Gaston’s friend, Dr. Robert Wootton; Sandra Green’s brother, George Aukerman; Marcia Houston’s mother, Johnnie; Julie Nelson’s friends, Janet, Bree and Braylon; Cindy Reidland’s friends, Carly and Colton Wimberly; Alan Stephens’ father-in-law, Bob McBride, and his mother-in-law, Betty McBride.
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First United Methodist Church
1201 Lavaca St. Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-5684