Sunday, November 29
First Sunday of Advent
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-9, Mark 13:24-37
Sermon: "I Believe in Hope"

Advent Worship Series
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.

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). 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 Fifth Sunday
Sunday, November 29, 9:45 a.m.
Zoom Online
Join Rev. Jared Slack, Development Director of The Other Ones Foundation, to learn more about this nonprofit that provides low-barrier employment, case management, and humanitarian aid to people experiencing homelessness in Austin.
Sleeping Bag & Blanket Drive
Sunday, November 29 1:00-3:00 p.m.
FUMC Parking Lot
Donate sleeping bags (adult size) and fleece blankets (fleece twin/XL twin size) or purchase from our Amazon wish list. Each sleeping bag or blanket will make a difference for many experiencing homelessness.
Advent Kickoff Preview
Watch Lara Greene, Director of Children's Ministries, walk you through the materials that will be available for your family this Advent season. Plan to come by the church on November 29 between 1:00-3:00 p.m. to pick up your Advent devotionals and materials.
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. Sign up is only required for manna bag assembly.
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30th ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 26, Virtual All Day
Join ThunderCloud Subs Virtual Turkey Trot, 100% percent of the proceeds are donated to Caritas of Austin, a nonprofit whose mission is to prevent and end homelessness for people in Austin.
Sanctuary Christmas Decorating
Wednesday, December 2
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Join us in preparing the Sanctuary foyer for Christmas for those who travel by the church at night to enjoy a forest of lit trees and wreaths shining through the glass doors and windows.
Advent Prayer & Connection
Wednesdays, December 2-30
7:30-8:30 p.m.
A simple, low-key time to share a little light together during this holiday season. It’s a place to connect, check in, and pray for one another and our world. Join one of the Pastors any or each Wednesday in December. 
Meeting ID: 953 2564 7802
Passcode: Advent
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.
Christmas Eve
Parking Lot Decorations
Tuesday, December 22, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Bring a step ladder and join us in wrapping 10 Christmas trees surrounding our parking lot in white lights as we prepare for our Christmas Eve services.
Book Discussion:
Love is the Way
Sunday, December 27
4:30-6:00 p.m., Zoom Online
This December, walk the path of love with one of the warmest, most beloved spiritual leaders of our time, and learn how to put faith into action. Zoom link provided with registration.
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.
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
Robbie Ausley, Sandy Bowles, Mari Perez, Dick Raycraft, Pam Tackett, Tom Ward, and Dan Wood.

Beyond our Congregation
Meridith Albright’s brother-in-law, Doug Fogle; 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; Teresa Edwards' mother, Fern Edwards; 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; Charlyn Loera’s family and friends living in El Paso; Annemarie Potts’ brother, Aaron Potts; Cindy Reidland’s friends, Carly and Colton Wimberly; Alan Stephens’ father-in-law, Bob McBride, and uncle, George Frear; Keely Nugent’s friends’ newborn, Cruz Garcia-Gonzalez; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
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First United Methodist Church
1201 Lavaca St. Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-5684