Sunday, October 11
19th Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Deuteronomy 15:1-11
Sermon: "Release"
Our Money Story Worship Series
This fall, we are taking a fresh look at our money stories and asking where might God be speaking a new narrative into the limited ones we have told ourselves. We are inviting you to open up your own money story and consider it in the light of God’s story—a story that liberates us and invites us to be transformed for lives of joyful generosity and justice. This theme is personal—it’s about you as a disciple—but it’s also about us as a church.

Throughout the month of October, we invite you to join us in worship to remember, release, reimagine, and restore your money stories so that we can write the one God is begging us to live into. Beyond worship, you can take additional steps to grow in your discipleship through a personal study guide and opportunities to discuss and engage in spiritual practices that open us to that transformation. Read more at
Sunday School
Children's Sunday School meets weekly on Zoom at 9:00 a.m. for Kindergarten through 5th Grades. Youth Sunday School meets bi-weekly (next meeting 10/18). 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.
Our Money Story - Visio Divina
Sunday, October 11, 10:00 a.m., Zoom
Join longtime member Caroline Jones in her exploration of Visio Divina. Visio Divina, Latin for “divine seeing,” is a method of meditation, reflection, and prayer through a process of intentional seeing, used here with original artwork and artist statements created as part of our generosity series, Our Money Story. Sunday School classes and individuals welcome. Register Online.
Sunday Worship
We go live with a video worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays accessible through our Zoom worship time, our YouTube Channel and on Facebook page. This traditional worship service lasts about 50 minutes. Our Interactive Worship service over Zoom begins at 10:50 a.m. and includes opportunities to connect with one another, share prayer concerns, and view our worship service. Check your Sunday morning email for Zoom link.
Toast Check-In
Sunday, October 11, 5:00-6:30 p.m. on Zoom
Join us to check in, share, and connect on Zoom with Dr. Brad King and young adults ages 20-45! We’ll treat this time as a virtual happy hour. Bring a drink. Bring a story. Bring a friend. Reach out to Dr. Brad King to get added to the FEAST mailing list and get access to the Zoom login details at [email protected].
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Our Money Story Study Guide
Through art, written reflections, poetry, text study prompts, and journaling prompts, a four-week Our Money Story study guide digs deep into eight scriptures to help us live more fully into God’s story. A digital version of the study guide can be found at this link.

Printed study guides are available for pickup on Thursday, October 8 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the church office. Contact Dave Ballbach at [email protected] or 512-478-5684 ext. 202 with any questions regarding picking up your printed study guide.
Mercy & Justice Book Study: White Too Long
Two Options on Zoom
Join Pastor Cathy Stone as we read and discuss White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity by Robert P. Jones. Drawing on history, public opinion surveys, and personal experience, Jones delivers a provocative examination of the unholy relationship between American Christianity and white supremacy, and issues an urgent call for white Christians to reckon with this legacy for the sake of themselves and the nation. Please register below and a Zoom invitation will be sent. Contact Pastor Cathy at [email protected] for additional information.
Tuesdays, October 13, 20, 27, 6:30–8:00 p.m., Register Here.
Thursdays, October 15, 22, 29, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Register Here.
Middle School Weekend
Friday, October 16, 5:00 p.m.-
Saturday, October 17, 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of our usual Middle School Retreat, all 6th through 8th grade youth are invited to a weekend of fun around town! On October 16 & 17, we will plan a series of events to safely get outside, have some dang fun, and be together. This is not an overnight event. We’ll have an activity Friday evening on the 16, and have activities the afternoon of the 17. More details to follow. Cost is $60. October weather can be tricky, given our desire to be safe outdoors, weather could impact our plans. We will communicate as quickly as possible should anything change. Any questions or concerns? Email [email protected]. Register Here.
Administrative Board Meeting
Sunday, October 18, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
All are welcome to attend and participate in discussion. Board members have voting rights. Please register to attend using the link below if you are interested, but not a member of the board. The Zoom link will be emailed prior to the meeting. Register Here.
Third Grade Bible Presentation
October 18, 2020, 4:30 and 5:00 p.m.
Parents of third graders, third grade is a special year when the church presents your child with the gift of a student Bible. We will be doing this year’s presentation of your child’s Bible during a safe, outdoor, in-person event, separated in two groupings. We are planning some fun activities to make the presentation extra special and the whole family is invited to participate! You should have received an email from Lara Greene with details on how to choose a time for your third grader to receive their Bible and to provide their name as you would like for it to be written in their Bible. If you need more information, email [email protected].
Confirmation 2021
Tuesday, October 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Confirmation for 8th-10th graders begins Tuesday, October 20, 2020 and will run weekly through April 2021. This is for youth interested in deepening their faith, learning more about the Methodist and Christian traditions/beliefs, and becoming a member of the Methodist Church. Baptism is required for Confirmation but not for participation in the Confirmation course. For more information about Methodist Confirmation, click here. Register Here.
Cheers at the Paramount Theatre
Thursday, October 22, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
The Paramount Theatre presents Art Heist. Become a detective on a downtown Austin walking search for a criminal mastermind in the all-new interactive theater show Art Heist. Registration with $10 cost covers admission. No ticket purchase necessary. To view a full description, go to Art Heist at the Paramount. The Cheers Ministry is a community for those young-at-heart who are recently retired, semi-retired, or thinking about setting a date to retire. Register Here.
Commitment Sunday
Sunday, October 25
On Commitment Sunday, you will have the opportunity to turn in your Generosity Commitment Card at the church in a special way (more details coming soon) to express your intent and affirm your desire to honor God with your financial generosity. Your financial generosity enables all of our ministries to answer God’s call effectively. Sharing with the church your prayerful decision to be generous makes it possible for us to confidently make and implement bold plans for effective ministry. You may also submit your pledge online at
Pledge to Vote
FUMC is a co-sponsor with Texas Impact for the Texas Faith Votes. We are being challenged with other congregations to show our pledge to vote. Please pledge to vote on November 3. In light of COVID-19 safety, all eligible persons should apply to Vote by Mail. Applications for the 2020 presidential election are due by October 23 (mail to arrive before that date). You may go to and find out if your vote by mail application has been received, if your ballot has been mailed to you, and if your ballot has been received. Then when the ballot is received, return by mail OR for security, you may submit your vote-by-mail ballot in person. Drop off location is 5501 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78751-1410 (bring your photo ID). For more info, or if you need any help voting, please contact Jan Ashmos ([email protected], 512-771-3422) or Terri Sohn Purdy ([email protected], 512-680-4694), FUMC Vote-by-Mail Captains. To Pledge to Vote online, go to
Discipleship Archive
As a resource to the congregation, an archive of recordings from previous studies can be found online in our Discipleship Archive. For privacy purposes, the archive is password protected so you will need to type in "gather@grow" to access the archive. The video from the Reimagining Policing and Healthcare Conversations can be found in the archive. Please email Emily Buchanan, Director of Discipleship, at [email protected] with any questions.
Manna Bags Needed
We are collecting assembled Manna Bags for our hungry neighbors experiencing homelessness. Officer Borton with the Homeless Outreach Street Team hands out Manna Bags to neighbors they work with and we have provided over 1,000 Manna Bags for distribution through the Downtown Austin Community Court. DACC has increased their client load and is needing more Manna Bags. This is a great project for families or individuals, we’ll take 8 or 100! Completed manna bags may be dropped off at the Family Life Center. Please email Pastor Cathy at [email protected] with any questions about items to include and for her phone number to coordinate drop-off. She will unlock the FLC front door remotely. Manna Bag items could 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."
Casa Marianella and World Communion Sunday
This October, gifts to our mission emphasis 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.
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Within our Congregation
Bob and Clo Bains, Sandy Bowles, Maureen Cooley, Katie Cooley, Mari Perez, Dick Raycraft, Pam Tackett, 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; Judy Breckbill’s extended family member, Brian Mesko; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Scott Davis’ niece, Erin Gonzales; George Gaston’s friend, Dr. Robert Wootton; Cindy Gunderson’s friends, Glynie Walker and Sharon Liggett; Marcia Houston’s mother, Johnnie; Cindy Reidland’s friends, Carly and Colton Wimberly; Alan Stephens’ father-in-law, Bob McBride; Cindy Walter’s great-nephew, Titus, and his parents Mike and Courtney Stubbs; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
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