Sunday, November 22
Christ the King Sunday
Preacher: Dr. Melissa Biegert
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Sermon: "No Words"
Welcome Guest Preacher
Melissa Biegert is a long-time member of the First Church community, volunteer youth minister, and certified candidate for ordination as a Deacon in the Rio Texas Conference, UMC. She works as the High School Programs Academic Success Director for Austin Community College and serves as a Chaplain Intern with the University of Texas Police Department.
Sunday Worship
Our video worship service is at 11:00 a.m. accessible through our Zoom worship time, 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 12/06). Please check 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.
The Book of Revelation
Sunday, November 22, 10:00 a.m.
Join us for a presentation about the Book of Revelation by Dan Smith, a PhD Candidate in the UT Religious Studies program. Dan’s research interrogates what Revelation has to say about violence, protest, and resistance.
First Steps
Sunday, November 22, 1:00 p.m., Zoom Online
Prior to joining the church, we ask all to participate in a First Steps class to learn about Methodist beliefs and the ministry of FUMC, and meet the Pastors. Register Here.
Book Discussion: Evicted
Sunday, November 22, 4:30 p.m.
Join us as we discuss Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Register Here.
Virtual Feast!
Sunday, November 22, 7:30 p.m.
Young adults ages 20-45 are invited to join a Virtual FEAST with Dr. Brad King. We will have food, fellowship, and great conversation over Zoom. Register Online.
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November Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month
During November, FUMC is working to raise awareness about the problem of hunger and homelessness with educational and service opportunities. Learn more.
Thanksgiving and Recipe Swap
Thursday, November 19, 7:00 p.m. 
Our Cheers Ministry for those retired invites you to spend time together to enjoy connection and share our favorite traditions and family recipes. 
Christmas Donations
Instead of socks and cookies this year, help us provide our neighbors with "premium" manna bags and gift bags on Christmas Eve. Please consider making a donation by Wednesday, November 25 from our Amazon wish list this month instead so we can be ready for Christmas Eve. Learn More.
30th ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 26, Virtual All Day
Join this year’s ThunderCloud Subs Virtual Turkey Trot, one hundred percent of the proceeds are donated to Caritas of Austin. Caritas is a nonprofit whose mission is to prevent and end homelessness for people in Greater Austin. Register Here.
Mercy & Justice Fifth Sunday
Sunday, November 29, 9:45 a.m.
Join Rev. Jared Slack, Development Director of The Other Ones Foundation to learn more about a nonprofit that provides extremely low-barrier employment, case management, and humanitarian aid to people experiencing homelessness in Austin. Register Here.
Advent Worship Series
Begins Sunday, November 29
The history of humanity is fraught with pain, accompanied by fear, oppression, and violence. This is the world into which Jesus was born, and into which Jesus promises to come again and redeem. Through hope, peace, joy, and love, we find strength to believe once again that God’s promise holds, even in the darkest of times. Read More.
Advent Kickoff
Sunday, November 29, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
FUMC Parking Lot
Join our kickoff event and pick up Christmas Eve candles, Advent devotionals, luminaria kits, and help assemble Christmas Eve Brunch manna and gift bags. Read More.
Advent Study: Incarnation
Sundays, December 6, 13, and 20
10:00 a.m., Zoom Online
This Advent, join Dr. Brad King for a three-week discussion of what it means that Jesus Christ walked the earth with us. All are encouraged to read Adam Hamilton’s new book, Incarnation. Register Online.
Conversations on Racial Justice
Sunday, December 6
4:30-6:00 p.m., Zoom Online
This group meets on first Sundays to learn about systemic racism, white supremacy, and related topics through videos, podcasts, and short articles. Our December conversation will explore adultification bias. Register Online.
Reach Beyond Mission 2021
Registration Now Open!
Reach Beyond Mission is the middle school mission trip for FUMC youth that have completed 6th, 7th, and 8th grades taking place in Austin, the week of July 18-July 23. Registration is $100 and total cost is $350. Register Online.
Manna Bags Needed
We are collecting assembled manna bags for our hungry neighbors experiencing homelessness to be distributed by Officer Borton and distributed through the Homeless Outreach Street Team and the Downtown Austin Community Court. Completed manna bags may be dropped off at the Family Life Center. Email Pastor Cathy at [email protected] for her phone number 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. Pledge Online.
Central Texas Food Bank
CTFB provides essential services to neighbors in need across 21 counties with the goal to always provide food to the neighbors that need it most. Every dollar donated provides four meals for our Central Texas neighbors in need. Gifts can be made online or a check marked “CT Food Bank” mailed to the church during November.
Submit a prayer request online.
Within our Congregation
Sandy Bowles, Judy Breckbill, Gerry Carroll, Mari Perez, Dick Raycraft, Pam Tackett, Tom Ward, and Dan Wood.

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; Anthony Gutierrez’s mother, Elizabeth Gutierrez; Marcia Houston’s mother, Johnnie; Kaitlyn Krejci’s parents and brother, John, Julie, and Eli Krejci; Anne Marie Potts’ brother, Aaron Potts; Cindy Reidland’s friends, Carly and Colton Wimberly; Alan Stephens’ father-in-law, Bob McBride; Keely Nugent’s friends’ newborn, Cruz Garcia-Gonzalez; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
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1201 Lavaca St. Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-5684