This Sunday
Sunday, October 13
Generosity Worship Series
Preacher: Rev. John McMullen
Scripture: Mark 10:46-52
Sermon: "Giving Jesus a Chance"

Money holds great power in our lives—sometimes too much power. While this is a resource we need to meet our needs and accomplish our goals, it can often become a great challenge for us. This fall, we're diving into God's wisdom for how to approach money, so that we might learn to take joy and find freedom in what we already have. Join us for this series as we take on both the practical and spiritual implications of the money in our lives.
Churchwide Generosity Study
Sundays, October 13 & 20, 10:00 a.m.
SAN Wesley Hall
To complement the worship series, Director of Operations Dave Ballbach will facilitate a study and discussion of Adam Hamilton’s Enough during the Sunday School hour in Wesley Hall. Enough is an invitation to rediscover the Bible’s wisdom when it comes to prudent financial practices. Register at  
Blood Drive
Sunday, October 13, 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Bloodmobile in Parking Lot
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Administrative Board Meeting
Sunday, October 13, 2019, 12:15-2:00 p.m., FLC Great Hall
All are welcome to attend and participate in discussion. Lunch is $10 per person.
Blazer Tag for Youth
Sunday, October 13, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Blazer Tag, 1701 W Ben White Blvd
All middle and high school youth are invited for an evening out with Blazer Tag! Bring $20.
At a Glance
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Service Spotlight
Manna Bag Sale , Oct. 20
Children's News

Youth News
Middle School Retreat , Oct. 18-20
Confirmation Classes , Begin Oct. 22
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Family Fall Festival
Saturday, October 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Family Life Center
Join us for an evening of fun where Halloween costumes are encouraged and activities are especially preschool-friendly: a bounce house, cookie and pumpkin decorating, face painting/tattoos, family photo op, movie room, mummy bowling, prize walk, and ring toss. Pizza slices and drinks will be available for a small donation. In lieu of an admission fee, please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to Caritas of Austin.
Commitment Sunday
Sunday, October 20
9:00 & 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary
We will place our Commitment Cards in the offering plate as an act of worship. Completing and returning a Commitment Card expresses your intent and affirms your desire to honor God with your financial generosity. Your financial generosity enables all of our ministries to answer God’s call effectively. You may also submit your pledge online at
Churchwide Generosity Picnic
Sunday, October 20, 12:15 p.m.
West Capitol Lawn
We will celebrate our ministry and growth in generosity at a churchwide picnic. Bring your picnic blanket and come prepared to purchase lunch from food trucks. Have a favorite outdoor game to share? Feel free to bring games— washers, kickball, or even frisbees— as we gather for fellowship and fun! Registration requested by Thursday, October 17 at
Sunday, October 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m., FLC Garrison Chapel
FEAST is a new kind of dinner church program that aims to build bridges among young adults from different churches and even different denominations in the Austin area. These meetings focus on creating meaningful and personal interactions among individuals seeking more connection and engagement in a faith-interested atmosphere. Join us to FEAST on the Spirit, on Scripture, on good food, and on great conversation.

Youth Confirmation
Tuesdays, October 22-April 19, 7:00 p.m.
Is your youth interested in becoming a member of the church? All 8th, 9th, and 10th graders are invited to participate. We will meet weekly through April to learn more about Christianity, Methodism, and Faith. It is an exciting opportunity to build community, to formulate our beliefs, and to take personal ownership of one's faith. Register at .
Cheers Painted Churches Trip
Thursday, October 24, 9:30 a.m.-6:45 p.m., Schulenburg, Texas
The Cheers Ministry will travel 80 miles southeast of Austin to Schulenburg, Texas, a town of less than 3,000 inhabitants considered the “Home of the Painted Churches.” We will have a guide for the tour of the four painted churches in the area who will explain the churches’ architecture and history. Lunch will be in town. Travel details will be sent to those registered participants by October 21. Total cost of the trip will be $45.00 for the bus and guide. Please pay when you register for the event at
Coffee with the Pastors
Sunday, October 27, 10:00-10:45 a.m.
SAN Parlor
Want to connect deeper in our FUMC community? Come visit with the pastors and lay leaders in this periodic series of coffee and conversation. The emphasis of this first gathering will be on the Mercy and Justice ministries of our congregation and how to get involved. New and long-time members are welcome. Register online at
United Methodism at the Crossroads
Sundays, October 27 & November 3
10:00 a.m., SAN Wesley Hall
What does it mean to be a United Methodist Christian today? This series will take a look at where we’ve been, our distinctive beliefs, emphases, and organization, and where the Methodist movement may be heading. Led by Rev. John Wright, former FUMC pastor and retired district superintendent. Register at
ASP Summer 2020 Informational Meeting
Sunday, October 27, 12:15 p.m., Garrison Chapel
This meeting is for all youth and their families interested in the 2020 Appalachia Service Project (ASP) trip. Join us after worship to learn more about all that the trip and preparation entails and to register for this summer’s mission trip.
LGBTQ Work Group
Sunday, October 27, 12:15 pm
EDU Murchison Chapel
The Mercy & Justice Team is building an LGBTQ Work Group. We are seeking a diverse group to plan and lead outreach and engagement with the Austin LGBTQ community. This group will also explore ways to support our LGBTQ members as well as ways FUMC can more fully live out our values of inclusion. Come be a part of this conversation, we need all voices to help us hear where God is leading us in this work. Please contact Lisa Hildebrand at [email protected] with questions or for additional information.
Study and Discussion of What is the Bible?
Tuesdays, October 29-November 26, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
FLC Room 103
Author Rob Bell goes deep into the Bible to show how it is more revelatory, revolutionary, and relevant than we ever imagined and offers a compelling argument for why we need to look at it in a fresh, new way. Curt Ashmos will lead this thought-provoking class. Register Here
en-COURAGE: A Rally for Rio Texas UMC Next
Saturday, November 2, 1:30–3:30 p.m. 
Gruene United Methodist Church, 2629 East Common Street, New Braunfels, Texas
Do you hope for a more inclusive future for the Methodist Church? Are you in need of some hope and encouragement along the way? Come join us for en-Courage, an event to unite and mobilize Methodists in the Rio Texas Conference! Let’s gather with other United Methodists in our Conference to learn ways to support and participate in this movement as we continue our work of being fully inclusive. This is a great afternoon trip – grab some folks from your Sunday School class, Table for 8, or other small group and carpool to Gruene. Maybe lunch along the way! If you’d like to carpool from the church, email Pastor Cathy at [email protected]. Register Here.
Community First! Village Service Day
Saturday, November 9, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
9301 Hog Eye Road
Community First! Village provides affordable, sustainable housing, and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. A typical service day could entail harvesting the gardens, laying pathways, tending the chicken coop or goats, dry landscaping yards for micro-homes, beautifying the property, etc. Register Here.
Lunch & Learn: Homelessness and Front Steps
Sunday, November 10, 12:15 p.m.
SAN Wesley Hall
Natalie Freeburg is the Community Relations and Volunteer Coordinator for Front Steps. Front Steps is one of the largest providers of services for those experiencing homelessness in the Austin area and manages the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) in downtown Austin. Natalie's presentation will focus on how to interact with compassion, with those in our community who are experiencing homelessness, while keeping boundaries and learning the best ways to help someone on a longer-term basis instead of offering a quick fix. Come with your questions! Lunch from Jason’s Deli (suggested donation of $10) will be provided only with registration at
October Mission Emphasis
Casa Marianella and World Communion Sunday
This October, our communion rail offering will be shared between Casa Marianella and World Communion Sunday. Casa Marianella welcomes displaced immigrants and promotes self-sufficiency by providing shelter and support services here in Austin. In addition to shelter, Casa offers access to legal and medical resources, food, clothing, English classes, and other resources. The World Communion Sunday offering helps provide scholarships through the United Methodist Church for national and international graduate students whom God has called to learn and to serve. Read More
Prayer Concerns

Within our Congregation

Harrison Adams; Molly Adams; Betty Berkey; Debbie Block; Sandy Bowles; Scott Davis; Kathy Morales; Mari Perez; Andrew Pyle; Carol Walker; and Dan Wood.

Condolences to Suzin Bedell-Healy on the death of her mother, Barbara Bidell; to Robert Eakin on the death of his mother, Barbara Eakin; to Mary Higgs, on the death of her sister-in-law, Mimi Higgs; and to Amy Wink, on the death of her father, Weldon Wink.

Beyond our Congregation

Meredith Albright’s brother, Doug Fogle; Curt Ashmos’ friend, Elissa Marek; Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren Stafford; Bob Block’s friend, Tim Sullivan; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Scott and Lauren Cook’s friend, Scooter; George Gaston’s friend, Dr. Robert Wootton; Gage Goss’ grandfather; Mark Hamre’s friend, Matt Byarlay; Sydney Head’s aunt, Tara Hershman; Sam and Lisa Hildebrand’s friend, Steve Younkman; Jeff Jackson’s aunt, Joyce Jackson; Jazmin Kent-Loera’s uncle, Richard Kent; Melanie Miller’s and Jen Stuart’s father, Doak Thomas; Delia Peters’ sister, Ruby Fraga; Mimi Raper’s friends, Mel and Celia Barrentino; Cindy Reidland’s friends, Carly and Colton; Michael and Dianne Render’s friend, Carrie Baker; Nathaniel Saunders’ mother, Heidi Saunders, and uncle, Tim Baumann; Beverly (Slusher) Burk, former FUMC pastor; Alan Stephens’ father, Carl Stephens; Amy Wink’s friend, Kristi Wright; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.

Condolences to the family and friends of former member Doyle Beavers on his death.
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