This Sunday
Sunday, November 3
All Saints Sunday
Series: Going Through Grief
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16
Sermon: " When You are Grieving... "

Everyone goes through grief, and we experience that grief from a variety of perspectives throughout our lives. In this series, we'll explore the promises God gives us through Scripture for times when our friends are grieving, when we are grieving, and when we, ourselves, are dying.
Daylight Savings Time Ends
As a friendly reminder, don't forget to set your clocks back by one hour this Sunday with the end of daylight savings time.
All Saints Day
9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Worship
All Saints, the first Sunday in November, is a day the United Methodist Church celebrates the communion of saints as we remember persons in the congregation who have died within the last year. Family members are invited to hold a candle in memory of their loved ones as their name is read.
Visit Our Sukkah
Sunday, November 3, 10:00-10:45 a.m., SAN Room 110
The 4th and 5th graders are celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot and they invite you to come visit their Sukkah open house and bring a non-perishable food item donation for Caritas.
United Methodism at the Crossroads
 Sunday, 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.
Cold Weather Shelter Training
Sunday, November 3, 12:15-1:00 p.m., EDU Murchison Chapel
FUMC is a Tuesday night host for Cold Weather Shelter for Women, a program managed by Front Steps at the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless. This training includes an overview of the ministry, safety and logistics, ways to welcome and interact with our guests, Q&A, and signup. Snacks provided.
 Candy Collection
Sundays, November 3 and 10
Please donate any leftover Halloween candy to our Mobile Loaves & Fishes (MLF) Ministry. Collection bins will be in the Santuary foyer, the FLC lobby, and the church office.
 Items Needed for Caritas of Austin
Help those in need by bringing canned goods and full-size toiletries to church. All contributions will be donated to Caritas of Austin, a local nonprofit working toward preventing and ending homelessness in Austin. Donations may be left in the collection bins located in the foyers of the Murchison Chapel, Sanctuary, and Family Life Center. View Donation List .
Conversations on Racial Justice
 Sunday, November 3, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., FLC Garrison Chapel
Join us as we work to be anti-racists, seeking to undo racism in ourselves and to recognize and understand our participation in systemic racism. Over the next few months, we will listen to and discuss podcasts and articles from "The 1619 Project" from The New York Times . Register Here .
At a Glance
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Children's News
Kids' Day Out , Dec. 14

Youth News
Engage , Nov. 10
Connect for Tweens , Nov. 15
Engage , Nov. 17
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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 .
November Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is November 16-24, 2019, sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless. During the month of November, FUMC is working to raise awareness about the pressing problem of hunger and homelessness with educational and service opportunities. Learn how you can get involved. Read More .
Directory Photo Submissions
 November 4 Deadline
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. If you were in the 2015 directory, we can reuse that picture so please specify your choice in your submission email.
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 .
Security Task Force
Two years ago, the pastors initiated a project with a committee of lay members and staff to review and develop an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). The committee developed a comprehensive plan to address emergency evaluations, lockdowns, severe weather, crisis communications, and trainings required for staff, ushers, and open to the congregation. One result of this committee was the addition of a police presence in the Sanctuary foyer on Sunday mornings to ensure our building remains a safe space to worship. As the committee completed its plan, a Security Task Force, led by Dave Ballbach, our Director of Operations, was put in place with staff members in partnership with a security consultant to carry out the implementation. Please be on the lookout for upcoming trainings and events to raise awareness of our new Emergency Operations Plan. If you have any questions, please contact Dave Ballbach at [email protected] .
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 .
Sunday, November 10, 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 at .
At the Well Ministry
Sunday, November 17, 10:00 a.m.
EDU Murchison Chapel
Inspired by God’s Spirit, At the Well welcomes Austin-area women experiencing homelessness by providing hospitality, supportive services, and some of life’s basic necessities in a caring, safe, and accepting environment that affirms self-worth and dignity. This new ministry launched in May 2019 and is blessing everyone involved. It’s growing and our greatest need is for additional volunteers! Come hear stories of love, acceptance, and transformation from our dedicated volunteers. To learn about volunteering, contact [email protected] .
First Steps
November 17, 2019 at 12:15 p.m.
FLC Garrison Chapel
Are you interested in joining FUMC? 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, meet the pastors and other members, and ask questions. For more information, contact Trevor Harper at [email protected] . Register at .
FUM Preschool Anniversary
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!
iACT Square One Thanksgiving Luncheon
November 20, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. 8th St
iACT Refugee Services will host their annual Thanksgiving Luncheon for ESL students, with help from The Soup Peddler, St John’s UMC, and FUMC. You are invited to join us to set up tables/decorations, provide desserts, plates, utensils, and cups, and serve a delicious turkey luncheon to students. Volunteers are needed from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and donations can be dropped off before the luncheon. Read More .
Intergenerational Advent Party
November 24, 10:00-10:45 a.m.
Great Hall, Family Life Center
Come share and explore the meaning of Advent with your church family. We will begin with food and conversations and then we will respond together in small groups as we prepare our hearts to listen and wait this Advent. This is a great opportunity to bridge generational lines and connect with people of all ages in new and fun ways.
November Mission Emphasis
Christmas Eve Breakfast for the Homeless
For 21 years, FUMC has sponsored a Christmas Breakfast in the Family Life Center. Each year, we provide a hot breakfast served restaurant style with hosts and a smiling waitstaff. After breakfast, guests receive caps, gloves, socks, lip balm, a one-day bus pass, and homemade cookies. Many thanks to the over 100 volunteers who help make this breakfast an event that provides our neighbors who are homeless or the working poor with a vivid reminder that they are loved. Your generous donations ensure that enough food, drinks, caps, gloves, and other toiletry items can be purchased. Give Now .
Prayer Concerns

Within our Congregation
Betty Berkey, Debbie Block, Sandy Bowles, Janell Hadsell, Terry Kahn, Elizabeth Lerner, Katherine Lerner, Kathy Morales, Mari Perez, Andrew Pyle, Mimi Raper, and Dan Wood.

Beyond our Congregation
Curt Ashmos’ friend, Elissa Marek; Grady Basler’s sister, Tonya Basler Stout; Debbie Block’s cousin’s spouse, David Schieve; Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren Stafford; Bob Block’s friend, Tim Sullivan; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Peggy Davis’ friend, Paul Goertz; Pat Freeman’s daughter, Staci; George Gaston’s friend, Dr. Robert Wootton; Beth Kerr; Melanie Miller’s and Jen Stuart’s father, Doak Thomas; Chad Price; Cindy Reidland’s friends, Carly and Colton; Rick Russell’s friend, Nancy Littlejohn; Kent Schuster’s uncle, Edmond Schuster; David Strong’s cousin, Sam Stephens; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
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