"You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So get on your way!"
Dr. Seuss,  Oh, The Places You'll Go!
First Church News & Updates - August 11, 2017

Most of us received some much needed rain this week but the August heat is still with us. There are signs that fall is coming though. 

Our ministry areas are gearing up for fall classes and start dates for youth and children's choir, handbell choirs, and other groups are just around the corner. And the real sign...pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns and even Christmas decorations are showing up in local stores!
We hope to see you on Sunday. Enjoy this First Church news!
This week in worship...
Sermon Series: The Gospel and Dr. Seuss
Last summer, we had fun with  All God's Critters and celebrated the roles that animals played in the Bible. This year, we bring into conversation the teachings of the Bible and the writings of Dr. Seuss in our new sermon series,  The Gospel and Dr. Seuss. You will be surprised at how well they come together. Our children will be doing some of that in Sunday School and it will also become a part of our children's times on Sunday morning.

Will there be a sermon or at least a large part of one be done entirely in rhyme? Will the preachers have any wisdom to spare should they dare to share? And do you have a  cat in the hat hat to wear? Our choirs are working hard on selections from Seussical and the Lorax. Zany series like these have a way of helping us hear the gospel with new ears and allows us another way to invite people to worship services just to experience the novelty of it all.

Sunday, August 13

Sermon Title: "Let it Grow" from The Lorax
Scripture:   Matthew 13:24-32 
Dr. Beverly Jones will preach at the 8:30 am worship service and Dr. Will Cotton will preach at the 9:40 and 11 am worship services this Sunday.  The Source , our weekly devotional guide, is available on the church website
Please join us in worship this Sunday at  8:30 am (Sanctuary), 9:40 am (FLC), or 11 am (Sanctuary). 
Words from Will...

On Sunday, September 17, four new LifeGroups will launch! These four groups are designed primarily for people who attend the 9:40 am Crossroads worship service. LifeGroups are small groups that join together for spiritual growth, study and mission. They will have 8-16 members. One group will meet at 8:30 am and the other three will meet at 11 am. The group offerings include:

  • Spiritual growth through Bible Study and the Spiritual Disciplines. For those who are wanting to develop their personal walk through devotional prayer and study, this is for you. Facilitators: Dr. Paul Berg & Amy Friggle, 8:30 am.
  • Young Parents and Building a Christian Family. Parents are still the primary spiritual developers of children, so this study will provide a supportive community for learning how to do that. Facilitators: Scott & Pamela Mallory, 11 am.
  • Parents & Families in Transition. For parents of youth in late high school to young adults just out of college, this small group offers support and study. Topics include: Getting Reacquainted after the Kids are Gone, Building New Relationships with Your Emerging Young Adult, and a New Look at Finances. Facilitators: Steve & Peggy Bixler, 11 am.
  • Putting Your Faith into Action. This small group will mix study and mission, opening with Bob Goff's Love Does. Open to all ages and stages. Facilitators: Michael & Regina Bohmfalk, 11 am.

Registrations begin August 20! As needed, classes for children and youth will become available. While these groups will take place on Sunday morning, the vision is that LifeGroups will eventually happen during the week all over Round Rock and the surrounding area. Be praying for this exciting development in our ministry!

Sincerely in Christ,
Will Cotton Signature

Dr. Will Cotton

Have you reserved your photo session?
September Photo Sessions are now open online!
We have completed the August photo sessions with 203 families being photographed. That is less than half of our goal of 550 families.  

Why is it important to have your photograph made? Consider these situations:
  • You are new to the church, meeting lots of people. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to look up those names and remember the faces?
  • You see a name on the Prayer Concerns list. Wouldn't it be nice to look the name up in the directory and put a face to the person for whom you are praying?.
  • You are a pastor making a hospital visit to a member you don't know well. Wouldn't it be nice to check the photo so you know who you are going to visit?
It is time to sign up! The September 13 - 17 sessions are now open. You can plan your photo to reflect your family's interests. Choose your colors, bring the family dog, musical instrument...anything that you think best represents your family.

It is easy to sign up.  Click here to learn more and sign up online. If you have any trouble with online signup, contact Rae Frenette at 512.255.3336.
Ministry Focus...
Children's Ministry
Promotion Sunday
August 20 is Promotion Sunday for Preschool Children
All children will go to rooms based on their age as of September 1, 2017. Some children may be moving to a different pod. Talking to your child about change before your arrival can sometimes help with transition. All children will need a  2017-18 registration form.  Please indicate all programs you would like your preschool child to attend. You are welcome to print the form and fill it out before your arrival if you wish.

Kids for Christ Council

Kids for Christ Council will be meeting on  Sunday, August 27th at 11 am
The Children's Ministry Team is looking for volunteers who are passionate about children's ministry and would like to commit to planning for our children for the coming school year! We invite new members to join our council and would like you to prayerfully consider participating in this important part of Children's Ministry!

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Hall,  jennifer@fumc-rr.org,  
Other Children's Ministry Info...
Student Ministry
Save the Date: Fusion is Back on August 27
Mark your calendars because Fusion will be returning on Sunday, August 27 from 6-8 pm in the Family Life Center. This is our weekly programming on Sunday nights during the school year for students in grades 6-12. 

We have snack supper for $3, games, fellowship, worship and small groups! We can't wait for another amazing year, so save the date and join us as we kick off another school year!

Adult Ministry
Financial Peace University
Financial Peace University begins September 6
If you're tired of living paycheck-to-paycheck and would like to manage your money smarter, this 9-week course is for you.  Dave Ramsey, through fun and entertaining videos and lessons, leads us through a process of learning to decide where our money goes, rather than letting it control us. Classes begin September 6 at 6:30 pm. Cost is $93.Childcare will be available by registration if there is enough demand. Click here to register. 
JOY Senior Fellowship
JOY Fellowship Summer Gathering and Planning  Session 

Date: August 17

Time: 10:00 am in Payne Cottage, room 2

Program: Join us for some breakfast goodies and help us plan our upcoming year.  Dr. Beverly Jones, Associate Pastor, will lead us in discussing our mission and activities. We hope to see you there.
Disciple Bible Study
DISCIPLE Bible Study - Registration for Fall Classes nearly complete!
Most of our long term DISCIPLE classes are full! DISCIPLE I morning class, Christian Believer morning class, and DISCIPLE II evening classes are full to overflowing! There still a few openings in  the short term class Invitation to the Old Testament (morning), and if you've taken 3 long term DISCIPLE classes, there are still a few openings in Jesus in the Gospels (evening).  Classes begin in late August and early September.  Click here for details, course descriptions and registration links.
Other Adult Ministry Info...
  • Paths to Positive Living - New book study begins September 3. The Noticer by Andy Andrews.
  • Community Bible Study - Tuesdays at 7 pm, beginning September 12. Contact Paul Lake, plake4401@gmail.com
Caring Ministry
Care Caller Ministry Looking 
for Volunteers 
"Thank you for calling me!  It means so much that someone from the church would call about my mother." 

This is a typical response for a Care Caller, our church's newest Care Ministry. Volunteers call those in the church who have expressed a concern for a loved one, offering a caring ear of support and touching others in the name of Christ who touched the lives of countless souls. Most conversations last only a few minutes, but in that simple, brief phone visit, a lot of love is communicated.
Would you like to be a Care Caller? All you really need is a phone, a computer, and the willingness to reach out. The time commitment is normally less than an hour per week. For more information, contact Van Dickens, Retired Clergy-in-Residence at  louisianavan@gmail.com or Beverly Jones, Associate Pastor, at  beverly@fumc-rr.org,  512.255.3336).
Mission Focus...
School Supply Drive
Ministry of Motherhood August School Supply Drive
Throughout August, the Ministry Of Motherhood (MOM)  will be collecting school supplies to give to students in need within the community. Please consider donating any of the following items and placing them in the MOMs tub in the church office: Kleenex; Flash drive; Colored pencils; Backpacks; Pens- blue or black; Crayons; 12" ruler; Composition books; 8 oz. liquid glue; Markers; Binders; Spiral notebooks.  The greatest need is for older kids - grades 6-12. Thanks for your help!
Round Rock Helpers
Round Rock Helpers are ready to serve!
Did you know that First Church has its very own group of handy people whose mission it is to help seniors, disabled and others with minor home maintenance and repairs? 

Round Rock Helpers exists to provide services (typically 3 hours or less over a couple of work sessions) with a focus on safety.  If you or someone you know needs some help, or for more information, please call Fred Clark at  512-450-4398 or contact the church office.
Kairos Prison Ministry
Can you imagine not having A/C or even a fan during August in Texas?  
Our KAIROS prison ministry team would like to provide fans for those at Lockhart Prison who are unable to purchase them. Nine inch, white electric fans are needed. Also, yarn is needed for a craft class. All colors, kinds and amounts would be appreciated! Donation boxes are in the Sanctuary and FLC foyers, and the church office.  Questions? Contact Cheryl Glasgow, 512.709.7009 or cherylglasgow@mac.com.
Other Mission & Outreach Info...
  • The Villages: read more about our strategic vision for church-wide Outreach and Mission-local, regional, and global.
  • The Handbell Ministry is staffing the Twin Oaks Cafe in August.
  • Plastic Bag Recycling: Donate your plastic bags for use at the Round Rock Area Serving Center. Leave them in the white barrel in Payne Cottage. They are picked up weekly.
  • Drive-A-Senior Needs More Drivers: Visit  their website, or call 512-310-1060 to learn more about this community service to our elderly neighbors.
  • Round Rock Area Serving Center:  Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs! New volunteer orientation is on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 4 pm at 1099 E. Main St., 2nd floor conference room.  Call 512-244-2431.
News from Council Oak Preschool...
Council Oak Preschool

Friends of First Church
Footprints Children's Grief Ministry
Footprints Children's Grief Ministry 
Classes Start Sept 14
Parents and children are greatly affected when death or divorce occurs in the family. Footprints Children's Grief Ministry classes are designed to help parents and children with those issues. The next class series will begin on September 14. Weekly one hour classes are offered for children 6 to 18 years old. The class series runs for 10 weeks. Registration forms can be found at www.fpcgm.org or by calling (512) 705-5194.
This week at First Church
Sunday, August 13
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship Services
  • 12 noon - Bereavement Meal Volunteer Luncheon, Bldg. 5-127
  • 4:00 pm - Youth Leadership Team, Bldg. 5/232/234
  • 6:00 pm - Disciple Fall Round Table, Bldg, 5-127
Monday, August 14
  • 6:30 pm - Communications Team, Bldg. 5-124
  • 7:00 pm - Backpack Coalition meeting, Bldg. 5-127
Tuesday, August 15
  • 8:30 am - UMM Tuesday Breakfast group, Ju├írez Restaurant on South Mays
  • 9:30 am - UMW Deborah Circle, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 6:30 pm - Outreach Team, Bldg. 5-122
  • 6:30 pm - Stephen Ministry Supervision, Bldg. 5-123,126,127
  • 7:00 pm - Finance Committee, Bldg. 5-124
Wednesday, August 16
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, devotional - FLC/Bldg. 3
  • 5:45 pm - Heartsong rehearsal, South Suite
  • 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite
Thursday, August 17
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
  • 10:00 am - JOY Planning Committee, Bldg. 4-6
  • 7:00 pm - Council Oak Bells rehearsal, North Suite
Friday,  August 18
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4
Saturday, August 19

There is always a lot going on at First Church. Visit the website, find us on Facebook or Twitter, and check the Church Calendar so you don't miss out! 

Betty Robertson
First United Methodist Church Round Rock

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