This Sunday
Sunday, October 20
Commitment Sunday
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Proverbs 11:24-28
Sermon: "One Generous Life Leads to Another"
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 Study
Sunday, October 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  
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. We will have three food options: Stony's Pizza, Top Taco, and Holy Smokes Barbecue (Shirley Derryberry and Eurasia Mission team). Have a favorite outdoor game to share? Feel free to bring games— washers, kickball, or even frisbees— as we gather for fellowship and fun! Please let us know if you can join us by registering 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. Register Here
At a Glance
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Children's News

Youth News
Middle School Retreat , Oct. 18-20
Confirmation Classes , Begin Oct. 22
Click here to view the full FUMC calendar.
Directory Photo Submissions
Thank you to the 187 families who participated in our recent Lifetouch photo sessions. If you were not able to participate due to schedule conflicts and would like to be included in the church directory, please submit a digital image to [email protected] by Monday, November 4.
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.
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 .
Pandora by Tilt Performance Group
October 25-30 & November 1-3
Evenings at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Ground Floor Theater, 979 Springdale Road.
The Austin-based theater company, Tilt Performance Group, together with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and Ground Floor Theatre, proudly presents an original musical “Pandora—Life Outside the Box," written by Texas favorite Allen Robertson (Biscuit Brothers) and directed by Adam Roberts. The family-friendly musical follows the ancient legend of a girl and her box, re-imagined in a modern-day coffee shop in Austin, Texas, as she tries to rid society of its evils. TILT Performance Group, an Austin-based theatre company comprised of adult actors with disabilities, shatters long-held stereotypes about people with disabilities through performance! Learn more about TILT and purchase tickets at and on Facebook @tiltperformance.
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.
Candy Collection
Sundays, November 3 and 10
Halloween is coming, and you are probably buying more candy than needed for Trick-or-Treaters. Please donate any leftover candy to our Mobile Loaves & Fishes (MLF) Ministry. The people we serve are so happy when we have candy to share! Collection bins will be in the Santuary foyer, the FLC lobby, and the church office.
Mercy & Justice Book Study: Enrique's Journey
Tuesdays, November 5, 12, and 19
6:30-7:45 p.m., FLC Room 104
Join Pastor Cathy Stone as we read Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario. Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, this page-turner about the power of family is a touchstone for communities to engage in meaningful discussions about this essential American subject. Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Join us as we learn about and discuss current immigration policies through the lens of faith and justice. Register at
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
FUM Preschool Anniversary Event
Sunday, November 17, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
SAN Wesley Hall
First United Methodist Preschool will celebrate its 40th Anniversary. Please join us for a come and go celebration with refreshments, photo displays, and a stroll through the campus. See old friends, tour the renovated preschool, and see fun photos from every decade. We hope for a great turnout from current and former families. Hope you can join us!
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
Betty Berkey; Debbie Block; Sandy Bowles; Scott Davis; Kathy Morales; Mari Perez; Andrew Pyle; and Dan Wood.

Condolences to Alan Stephens on the death of his father, Carl Stephens. 

Beyond our Congregation
Meridith Albright’s brother, 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; Scott and Lauren Cook’s friend, Scooter; Peggy Davis’ friend, Paul Goertz; George Gaston’s friend, Dr. Robert Wootton; Mark Hamre’s friend, Matt Byarlay; Sydney Head’s aunt, Tara Hershman; Sam and Lisa Hildebrand’s friend, Steve Younkman; Jazmin Kent-Loera’s uncle, Richard Kent; Beth Kerr; Melanie Miller’s and Jen Stuart’s father, Doak Thomas; Delia Peters’ sister, Ruby Fraga; Chad Price; Cindy Reidland’s friends, Carly and Colton; Michael and Dianne Render’s friend, Carrie Baker; Rick Russell’s friend, Nancy Littlejohn; Nathaniel Saunders’ mother, Heidi Saunders, and uncle, Tim Baumann; Beverly (Slusher) Burk, former FUMC pastor; Amy Wink’s friend, Kristi Wright; Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young; and house fire victims and Red Cross responders.
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