This Sunday
Sunday, September 29
16th Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Luke 12:32-34
Sermon: "When Dreams Become Nightmares"

Generosity Worship Series: Enough
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.

10:00-10:45 a.m., SAN Wesley Hall
We welcome Jennifer Long, Executive Director of Casa Marianella, the only shelter in Austin dedicated solely to immigrants. FUMC was one of the founding congregations of Casa Marianella back in 1986. Jennifer Long will update us on their work, how they are being challenged by current immigration policies, and offer ways we can support their work.  

6:00-7:30 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. Join us to FEAST on the Spirit, on Scripture, on good food, and on great conversation.
At a Glance
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Service Spotlight
NAMI Walks , Sept. 28
Children's News

Youth News
Engage , Sept. 22 & 29, Oct. 6
Blazer Tag , Oct. 13
Middle School Retreat , Oct. 18-20
Confirmation Classes , Begin Oct. 22
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NAMI Walks
Saturday, September 28, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
The Long Center
Walk with the FUMC team to raise awareness of mental illness and raise funds for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. FUMC is working to support NAMI to promote education and awareness to end the stigma associated with mental illness. Donate or walk with us. Learn More
Pink Shoes Protest
On October 6, World Communion Sunday, FUMC will join with other downtown churches to stand in solidarity with immigrants and protest current policies on the Mexico-US border. We will gather on the sidewalk along Lavaca St. after Sunday worship to stand or sit silently in prayerful protest for about 10 minutes. The symbol of this protest is pink shoes, drawn from a famous picture of a toddler whose family was stopped and detained after crossing the border into the U.S. In solidarity with this and so many other families, those who wish to participate may hold signs of pink shoes, pictures of pink shoes, or make another sign that demonstrates your faithful opposition.  
CPR and First Aid Training
Sunday, October 6, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
SAN Wesley Hall
Provided by CPR Resources, this CPR and First Aid training is open to the public. The training covers infant, child (pediatric), and adult CPR, Automated Defibrillator (AED), and First Aid. Class prices vary based on offering: combined CPR, AED, & First Aid for the adult, child, and infant is $25, CPR only is$20.00 (beginning of class), and First Aid only is $10.00 (end of class). Payment is taken at the class. Register online at and select "Austin Central" class.
Churchwide Generosity Study
Sundays, October 6-20, 10:00 a.m.
SAN Wesley Hall
Director of Operations Dave Ballbach will facilitate a study and discussion of Adam Hamilton’s Enough. Sunday School classes are encouraged to participate in the study in their classrooms as well. A limited number of books will be for sale for $15 in the Sanctuary foyer on September 29 and October 6. The audio book is also available on Audible and Austin Public Library’s digital content app, Hoopla. Register at
Conversations on Racial Justice
Sunday, October 6, 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. This group meets on first Sundays to discuss and learn more about racial oppression, issues of whiteness and racism, and other topics through videos, podcasts, and short articles. Over the next months, we will listen to and discuss podcasts and articles from The 1619 Project from The New York Times. Childcare is available with reservations made to our Childcare Coordinator, Pam Coronado at [email protected] by the Thursday prior to the class.  Register Here
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Tuesday-Saturday, October 8-12
Receive a complimentary 8x10 photo, a directory, and the option to purchase additional portraits or holiday greeting cards for family and friends.
Hospitality Helpers Needed
Want to help provide hospitality during the Lifetouch Photo Sessions? Consider volunteering for a two-hour shift. Various volunteer opportunities exist assisting with signup and as greeters/hosts. Volunteers are essential in order to facilitate this process and volunteering is a great way to meet and learn the names of those you do not yet know. Sign Up Here
Mercy & Justice Book Study: Dear Church
Tuesdays, October 8-22, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
FLC Room 104
Join Pastor Cathy Stone as we read Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S. by Lenny Duncan, the unlikeliest of pastors. Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, Dear Church offers a bold new vision for the church to take on forces of this world that act against God: whiteness, misogyny, nationalism, homophobia, and economic injustice.  Register Here
Blood Drive
Sunday, October 13, 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Bloodmobile in Parking Lot
Blood donations have long been considered one of the easiest volunteer actions a person could make. Where else can you lay back for a few minutes and make a huge difference for others and receive juice and cookies for your efforts? The upcoming holiday season is a critical time for blood donations and it would be great to get a big response from our church. Schedule an appointment at .
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. Board members have voting rights. Lunch will be provided for $10 per person. Board members and guests who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by 12:00 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the meeting. Childcare available by emailing [email protected]. Reservations are not guaranteed until confirmed. Register Here
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 for the Central Texas Food Bank.
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
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
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.
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
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
September Mission Emphasis
Global Mission Fellows
In Michigan, Global Mission Fellows actively work with the local community to assess the needs and organize neighborhood gardens, to provide fruit and vegetables to food-insecure neighbors. In Zimbabwe, Global Mission Fellows partner with the community to coordinate, design, and monitor health programs, including maternal and child health, malaria prevention, and HIV/AIDS education. At First Church, we contribute during the month of September to make the life-changing work of young adult Global Mission Fellows possible. Gifts can be left at the altar rail, in the offering plate, or at the church office, marked "GM Fellows." Read More
Prayer Concerns

Within our Congregation

Harrison Adams; Molly Adams; Betty Berkey; Sandy Bowles; Scott Davis; Kathy Morales; Mari Perez; Karen Smith, serving in Bahamas; Weldon Wink; Carol Walker; and Dan Wood.
Congratulations to Wayne and Veronica Hernandez, Greg Trosclair and Caroline Jones, and Kathleen Jones on the birth of son, grandson, and great-grandson, Austin Rafael Hernandez.

Condolences to John Flowers on the death of his father, Jefferson Flowers, and sister, Virginia O’Keefe.

Beyond our Congregation

Curt Ashmos’ friend, Elissa Marek; Doyle and Joann Beavers; Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren Stafford; Bob Block’s friend, Tim Sullivan; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Gage Goss’ grandfather; Jeff Jackson’s aunt, Joyce Jackson; Melanie Miller’s father, Doak Thomas; Dee Peter’s sister, Ruby; Ellis Pittman’s brother, Brian Pittman; Mimi Raper’s friends, Mel and Celia Barrentino; Cindy Reidland’s friends, Carly and Colton; Nathaniel Saunders’ mother, Heidi Saunders, and uncle, Tim Baumann; Alan Stephens’ father, Carl Stephens; Dorothy Whitfield’s sister, Mary Connell; Amy Wink’s friend, Kristi Wright; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
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