"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you". Matthew 28:19-20

Based on this "Great Commission," First United Methodist Church has stated its purpose: "The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

We reach out to people and welcome them into the church
We have a direct responsibility for people of the "world" around our church, the community in which we and others study, work, shop, play, and so forth. In this world are people with many hurts, doubts, and questions. There are some who are new in the community and feel a little lost, some who are proudly self-sufficient, and others who are in desperate circumstances. Our mission is to reach out to them, listen to them, accept them, share the gospel in word and deed, invite them into the family of faith, and joyfully receive all who will respond.

We relate people to God and help them deepen their relationship with God
The second task in making disciples is to offer people opportunities for growing closer to God. Whether they are visitors or old-time members, just beginning the journey of faith or well along the road-all are in need of God's love in Christ. Through worship, prayer, study, and honest sharing, we help one another discover that the Holy Spirit is not far off but present with us, wanting an open and loving friendship with each of us-not only friendship but commitment as well. Through our congregation's various ministries we encourage one another to give our selves to Christ, to ground our lives in the living God.

We nurture people in Christian living
Our congregation's mission is to nurture people of all ages in the Christian faith and to help them practice the disciplines of discipleship. The church exists not to serve itself but to serve the world. We come to church not only for our own personal enrichment but also to prepare ourselves to do the work of love and to get ready to be Christ's disciples in the community. Through worship, baptism, Communion, Bible study, prayer, and other means of grace, we're strengthened for ministry.

The Mission and Outreach Committee is looking for ways to help people in need within our congregation and/or our community. We are also looking for volunteers to help with those projects as we learn of them. If you or anyone you know can use some help at your home in the way of small repairs, yard work, help moving things around that might be too much for you by yourself, or any such need, we would like to see if we can help. Of course, funding can be an issue, so if you feel this is a Mission you would like to support financially, please earmark a donation to “Local Missions”. You may contact the church office at 512 556-5513 for any projects you need or know of. Thanks so much.

Methodist at the Mission 
We are in need of more volunteers to help out at the Mission on the third Monday of the month. Some weeks we have to many and other weeks we don’t have enough. We would like to be able to rotate volunteers so they are there every 3 or more months depending on the amount of people we get to sign up. Please contact Bob Chapman or call Joann at the office if you are interested in signing up. Lets show the Mission that the Methodist members are here to help. The Lampasas Mission needs additional help in picking up food that is delivered by truck from the Austin Capital Area Foodbank. Pick-ups are done on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the First Baptist Church parking lot at 7 a.m. or thereabouts. If interested please contact Bob Chapman at bchapman50@msn.com or call the church office.

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