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The Season of Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Holy Saturday. Lent in 2014 will start on Wednesday, the 5th of March and will continue until Saturday, the 19th of April. Lent comes from the AngloSaxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, ending the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. learn more
Imagine No Malaria: Sunday, March 2, kicks off a month long push to raise awareness for the worldwide "Imagine No Malaria" program. The goal is to eliminate this terrible disease that kills a child every 60 seconds. learn more
Lenten Study:Beginning Ash Wednesday, March 5, following the Imposition of Ashes we will begin our Lenten study. The study reference guide will be,“Listen: Praying in a Noisy World”, by Bishop Rueben P. Job.This study will be led by Pastor Joyce McCormick and is open to everyone. The study will be held in the Sanctuary each Wednesday at 6:45 pm through Holy Week, Wednesday, April 16. Books are available in the Church Office.
The United Methodist Church was created on April 23, 1968 when Bishop Reuben H. Mueller, representing The Evangelical United Brethren Church, and Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke of the Methodist Church joined hands at the constituting General Conference in Dallas, Texas. With the words, "Lord of the Church, we are united in Thee, in Thy Church and now in The United Methodist Church," the new denomination was given birth. . . learn more
Youth Summer Mission Trip for 2014: This year we will be going to a United Methodist A.R.M.Y. Camp in Sulphur Springs, Texas. It is a mixed ages camp (6th -12th grades). We will be working on projects in the community including general repairs and clean up, building wheelchair ramps, porches, steps, handrails, painting, mowing, and being Christ's hands and feet in the world. Daily worship and noon devotionals serve to focus everyone on Christ and promote spiritual development. (learn more)
Basic Lay Speaker Servant Coursewill be held Saturday, March 22 and April 5, 2014, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, at Crestview UMC, 1300 Morrow St., Austin, TX. The pre-registration deadline is March 14, 2014. read more
Bishop Jim Dorff: "Our own transformation has begun."The Río Texas Annual Conference will begin Jan. 1, 2015. The San Antonio Episcopal Area will have only one annual conference, not two. The United Methodists in this Area will have one combined witness for Christ. learn more
March 2014 Newsletter has been posted to the website. To locate the newsletter click on the NEWS menu title located at the top of this page. The deadline for the April newsletter is March 21, 2014.
The First United Methodist Austin District has opened the "Free Store" on an ongoing basis. Therefore, there is an ongoing need for donations and volunteers. Their shopping hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 1:00 p.m. and on the 1st and 2nd Saturdays from 10:00 to 1:00 p.m.. Fritzi Simon will be taking some gently-used clothes to the Free Store soon. If you would like to send donations with her, please let her know at email@example.com. The Free Store website is http://www.freestoreaustin.org/.
Outreach Ministries: Are you wondering how you can help? There is a "Service Opportunities Board" that is posted at different locations around the church. If you are interested in hearing about the possibilities to serve in our church and the community, please contact Traci Boyle, at (512) 921-7807 or firstname.lastname@example.org.