Congregational Care

Congregational Care

First United Methodist Church cares about you. In the name and spirit of Jesus Christ, we seek to provide care through our Congregational Care Ministry to those facing life's spiritual, emotional, and physical challenges. Using church and community resources, we respond to real-life needs through pastoral staff as well as caring lay people.

Prayer Ministry

Prayer requests may be submitted on a confidential basis for the pastors or to be shared with our e-mail prayer ministry. To submit a prayer request or to be added to our e-mail Prayer Ministry, please send a notice to Rev. Russell Bowlin (

Emergency and Hospital Care

When a congregant or loved one is hospitalized or faces another emergency, a pastor and often a Lay Minister will visit the person. You are encouraged to notify the church when someone is in the hospital or scheduled for surgery by contacting the church office at 512-392-6001. If an emergency occurs after business hours and you need a pastor, please call 512-392-6001 and enter extension 304. 

Stephen Ministry Team  

The Stephen Ministers of First United Methodist Church nurture and care for individuals in the church community during times of illness, hospitalization, grief, and other challenging life situations. The Lay Ministers prepare for this ministry through an intensive ten-week training program and receive continuing instruction and supervision in monthly group sessions.

Care Team

A simple phone call, a card in the mail, or a short visit to share God's love with those who may be homebound or lonely. Care Team volunteers will be matched with one or two church members to stay in touch. Contact Carolyn Benitez or Lana King for more information.

Communion at Retirement Homes

Twice a month the pastors of First United Methodist church visit local retirement homes to lead worship, offer prayers, and celebrate Holy Communion. Worship occurs on the second Thursday of the month at Brookdale North and the fourth Thursday of the month at Regents Care and Brookdale South.  Contact Lana King for more information.


Communion to the Homebound

Sometimes people are unable to come to worship because they are homebound, hospitalized, or recently home from the hospital.  If you would like a pastor to bring Holy Communion to your home or the home of a loved one, please call the office at 512-392-6001 to arrange a time.  



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