CURRENT & UPCOMING EVENTS

Listed below are some of our upcoming and current events. You can find more about our small groups, classes and outreach under the MINISTRIES tab. See the full church calendar at the bottom of the page.

You can also learn more by reading our Back to School Newsletter Here!

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UNDERSTANDING & LOVING OUR NEIGHBORS

Most of us know someone of another faith. Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists are our friends, neighbors and co-workers. Would you like to grow in your understanding of these faith traditions in order to better love our neighbors? Join us for a 4-part Sunday sermon series in February called Christianity and World Religions: Understanding and Loving Our Neighbors. Plus, join us for a World Religions Study from 10:10-11:05am each Sunday led by Eileen Flynn - the Picayune Editor & Journalism and Religion Lecturer at UT Austin.

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January 12, 2020 - January 26, 2020

There are times when God doesn’t seem to make sense. We wonder why God allows terrible tragedies. We are disappointed when God doesn’t answer our prayers. Ultimately, we wonder, is God there? Does God care? We will address these questions as we examine how to align our real-life experiences with the concept of a loving God. Join us for a 3-part Sunday sermon series from January 12 – January 26.

Invite your friends on facebook here!

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January 26, 2020 12:15pm

Our annual Chili Cook-Off is such a blast, and this year, it’s getting a little spicier. Why? Because we’ve added another friendly competitive element: The Dessert Derby. Start prepping your ingredients for chili and/or for dessert and prepare to enter one or both into the competitions. If you’re not feeling competitive, don’t worry about it. You can still bring something to share and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you made some delicious sweet or savory foods to share with these great people at Westlake UMC. Besides, this whole event is really about getting together for a shared meal. The Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Derby are going down on Sunday, January 26. Please sign up at https://signup.com/go/NDVvUuZ to let us know that you’re bringing some chili and/or dessert to share. We’ll see you in the Gym right after the 11:15am service on Sunday, January 26.

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Rethink Mission: Join the Capital District on Saturday, February 1st, at Oak Hill UMC, from 8am-noon to hear and learn from Stories from the Mission Field. Representatives from Westlake UMC are sharing in both Workshop Sessions!

Click here for full details.

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"When someone dies, you don't get over your grief by FORGETTING, you get through your grief by REMEMBERING." (Author unknown.)

We offer you, family members, neighbors, friends, a time of Hope and Healing, a Grief Support Seminar. This is a six-week seminar dealing with the issues surrounding loss. Maybe the loss of a loved one, of a life changing event that brought loss, or of other loss markers in our lives. During the sessions, we will explore various coping skills and ways to help one grow through this experience into a level of wholeness.

There will be 1 class session per week. In the WUMC church library. Tuesdays, 7:00-8:15 pm.

This seminar is workbook based, with a $10.00 charge for materials. It is open to church members, guests, and the greater Austin community. (Payable to WUMC, on Tuesday, or you may ask for scholarship of the workbook price, through Pastor Tracey.)

Sessions will start Tuesday, Feb. 4, 7:00 pm. You may attend one, some or all the sessions.

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February 9, 2020 12:30pm

Are you newer to Westlake United Methodist Church? Or, have you been around a while, but still have questions? You are invited to the "Newcomers" Lunch on Sunday, February 9. Why are we doing this?

  1. We would love to have the chance to get to know you a little better.
  2. We want you to have the opportunity to come learn learn about Westlake UMC, what it means to be a Methodist, and discover how to deepen your spiritual journey through this faith community and serve Christ with authenticity in today's world.
  3. And if you want to become a member, we’ll tell you how!

Make plans to join us on Sunday, February 9, from 12:30 - 1:30pm in Wyatt Hall (Rooms 202-203). Free childcare is available.

Please RSVP below.

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February 7, 2020 - February 8, 2020

Wonderfully Made is a human development and sexuality program designed for 5th and 6th graders. This fact based curriculum is a great introduction and conversation starter for students and their parents around a topic that many find difficult. Sprinkled throughout the content are reminders that we are wonderfully made as beloved children of God.

Friday, February 7th Students: 5:45-9:00p, Parents: 5:45-7:15p

During the first 1.5 hours of this evening, students will engage in ice breaker and group formation activities lead by WUMC's Youth Director Diane. Parents will meet the program and small group leaders while learning more details of the curriculum. Parents are finished at 7:15p and students are picked up at 9:00p. Dinner is provided for all.

Saturday, February 8th, Students: 9:00a-4:00p, Parents: 3:00p-4:00p

For the majority of this day, students will engage in topic content, activities, with ample opportunity to ask questions. At 3:00p parents return for a short activity on...

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Special Offering in Parenting Tweens & Teens

The Austin Family Institute will be leading a special seminar in our Parents of Tweens and Teens Class from Sunday, January 12-26 in Room 405 during the Sunday School Hour (10:10-11:05am). Parenting pre-teens and teens can present one of the most challenging experiences as a parent. Come join us to better understand brain development at this stage of life and ways to maintain connection during this period of growth. This course will help you learn to learn to help your child cultivate this stage of life, not merely "survive" it.

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High School Seniors--its time to apply! Candidates must be WUMC church members who desire to further their education with the goal of becoming productive citizens, and who have applied to a college or an institute of higher education for any area of study. Primary factors for consideration are

1) church involvement,

2) financial need, and

3) a history of good scholarship practices.

The application will open around November 15th Scholarship recipient(s) will be announced on Graduate Sunday (May 3, 2020)

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September 1, 2019

We know this will be encouraging and inspiring and it will be even more so if we hear from many of you. We want to highlight your reasons for “churching” through the use of short video clips that you record on your phone. For example: Why do you worship? Serve? Give? Tell? What do you love about your church? These are one of the questions you could answer in your video. It can be very short (5-10 seconds). And it would preferably be no longer than 15-20 seconds. Upload the video file here(as-is – there’s no need to edit) and watch an example hereand we’ll show your video sometime during the “Why Church?” series. Please email Curt Daviswith any questions.

One more thing about “Why Church?” We believe that our church family can be a place of healing, growth, care, connection, and purpose for those who are seeking. We want to share that with others....

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December 1, 2019 12:30pm

10-Day Holy Land Tour - Departs October 13, 2020!

We know all of the stories of Jesus; stories that have touched our hearts and changed our lives. Can you imagine stepping into those stories, walking where Jesus walked? Can you imagine seeing and hearing, touching, smelling and tasting what Jesus did? Join me(Pastor Tracey) for the trip of a lifetime. Tour the Holy Land in 10 days and experience the stories of Jesus in a whole new light!

Click here for all the details!

If you have additional questions please contact Pastor Tracey

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Temperatures are trending downward in South Texas, albeit slowly, so the first week in October seems like a great time to return to our favorite working grounds in South Texas. The need for building wheel chair ramps is growing, but our case managers will decide on our top priorities, and decide on the best use of our time.

I'll head down the morning of Sept 30th and we'll return the afternoon of Oct 4th. I'll have coolers with cold water and Gatoraid, and lunch fixn's for a couple of days. I must admit that the sausage gravy and biscuits with fried eggs for breakfast were pretty good, so you just might just see a reprise of that one morning.

As always, come when you can and leave when you must. Hopefully we'll have a good turnout, because as I stated in my last report, many volunteer groups have faded away, so the need for us has grown. The fact that we've been doing this for over 2 years is a testament to our dedication and commitment. I thank you all for that.

Let me know if what days you can make it so we can prepare accordingly.

Thank you...

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See Our Full Calendar

The best place to view the calendar is through your WUMC Online account. To log in click the UMC Online button on the top of the page. It's easy to sign up if you don't have an account or use the calendar button below to see an overview of the calendar.